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  1. ssiri

    How is Megan doing so far?

    Yes. That’s a bit of a come down for a Prince, and I doubt that’s their only expense. Let’s see.
  2. ssiri

    How is Trump doing so far?

    I saw. So it looks like tyrants couldn’t have been elected to office at a worse time. This period in history will not age well sadly, I feel.
  3. ssiri

    How is Megan doing so far?

    That leaves about $7m remaining from their $30m personal pot? How much is the cost of their security, again?
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    Off Topic Coronavirus 2020

    As you say, its like Pearl Harbour, you can’t be prepared. It requires a herculean effort, with people reacting as best they can as the situation on the ground changed day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute. So by your reckoning that absolved Europe and the US. Yet, China and the WHO or anyone hit first cannot be absolved by the same analogy? Most strange. I recall the news in Jan with pictures of cranes building industrial scale hospitals in four days (or similar), in China. Also the WHO at the same time saying this is serious and Chinas speed to mobilise being commensurate. I recall our horror at the way we perceived China was treating its citizens as regressors who did not abide by the authoritarian lock down. The rub is, we perceived this as a ‘China’ problem, and considered their approach ‘excessive’, to be expected from an authoritarian regime. Yet, in our freedom of everything democracies, we in our arrogance never perceived it would happen to us and were unable to cope, mobilise in a similar manner, were ill equipped. Excepting perhaps NZ and Aus. I say that, because I work in the tertiary education sector, and Aus locked borders in mid/late Jan or so to China and we’d been preparing from about the second week in January to move classes on line in short order - as we saw what was coming, and what was in the air. No Pearl Harbour ‘caught napping’ over here.
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    Off Topic Coronavirus 2020

    and to add spice to this nonsense, the mantra goes: ‘...the rest of the world was just collateral damage. So come on boys! This is an act of war, we want blood for blood! World war 3! World war 3! World war 3! Nothing less will appease us. ‘ Rah! Rah! Rah!
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    Off Topic Coronavirus 2020

    I think you will fond the WHO started warning the world very early on in Jan, as soon as they knew, then alerted the world to the impending seriousness of this by Jan 25th. Commendation of Chinas efforts came around the same time, when it looked like the measures there were working. One doesn’t contradict the other. The WHO repeatedly kept telling the world to prepare. Its up to Governments to act. Granted, they were slow to declare a pandemic and so do have questions to answer, but the fact is - they aren’t the only ones (as we all know - UK, China and Europe all in the fray, and no doubt more to come ). If the current US regime wants to let down it own people and prefers to spend energy and resource on pointing fingers at press conferences focused on blame (WHO, Governors, China, my Aunt Nancy etc.), thats their call, just leave the rest of the world and its institutions alone to get on with it (as we are doing).
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    Off Topic Coronavirus 2020

    Here here
  8. ssiri

    Off Topic Coronavirus 2020

    Yes you did
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    Off Topic Coronavirus 2020

    Frankly, Trumps America is no place to be right now, and I feel for average Americans. However, it concerns me that the current US regime is playing fast and loose with resources of the rest of the world like the WHO. The US response hasn’t been whiter than white on this. Furthermore the current regime likes to throw bricks at glass houses. Thankfully the rest of the world is getting on with things and not supporting the current US regime, as they rally to move forward. If the current US regime wants to drag their country down, thats up to them- just leave the rest of us in the real world, alone.
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    Off Topic Coronavirus 2020

    Trump world IS bat shit crazy land...
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    Off Topic Coronavirus 2020

    This is true, but I’d imagine there will still be die hards.
  12. ssiri

    Off Topic Coronavirus 2020

    I tend to find they report facts, and correct errors, even their own. The ABC and SBS. Cant say the same for the others. If i want to get a well rounded global picture I revert to British news programmes available in Aus - Sky UK and the BBC, which by and large report the same facts as the ABC and SBS. And all these aren’t to far off from Al-Jazeera either, the only difference there being for Al Jazeera, the world extends to Africa, Asia, South America also - so you get global coverage.
  13. ssiri

    How is Trump doing so far?

    Wet markets happen all over the developing world, as does eating ‘exotic’ creatures - its cultural so a ‘crack down’ needs to be global to work, and done through education, and not just aimed at one country. The chances of that succeeding quickly, if at all is like a lead ballon. The next alternative is to look at control measures, as the issue is unhygienic conditions, leading to contamination and cross contamination leading to what we see today. Rather than cultural change by decree/fiat, control measures would be a start, to effect the change. Having said that, the WHO can only advise. Governments are the ones who need to take action/ignore or pay lip service to the advise. As we know, repeated pleas by the WHO at the start of the outbreak to take it seriously as fast changing and developing crisis fell on deaf ears worldwide, till it became an issue in their own back yards, and wasn’t just a ‘China’ thing. Its easy to apportion blame to deflect from inaction, but in reality, this needs a collective effort (rather than an isolationist one) when the dust hopefully settled. Brinkmanship, ALL methods from the past aren’t going to be effective or productive either, so change will keep on coming, the question is how, and will it be productive or will it be divisive?
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    Off Topic Coronavirus 2020

    We shall see, depends if the US electorate feel despite his short comings, Biden has a better team and less of an ego, so may actually listen to his tram bring some stability and leadership. Also that people are now fed up enough at the current regime. Equally Trump may turn it around, in which case who knows? Depends how many people are willing to forgive him his ‘shaky start’ to say the least. I’m thinking of those other than his die hard US supporters.
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    Off Topic Coronavirus 2020

    Stay away from Sky news Aus, channel 7 and 9 and just maybe we’ll find balanced coverage as opposed to a continuous blame fest, divisive reporting or fear mongering. Having said that ABC was on about a split in decision making at the Federal and State levels, but it soon dies down.
  16. ssiri

    How is Trump doing so far?

    How insane, circa 1914-1918 or 1938-1944 level of insane?
  17. ssiri

    Netflix & Stan

    The Bodyguard
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    Off Topic Coronavirus 2020

    Reality bites eh? Sadly for Americans it’s all too little too late. Clearly if all else fails, the new Trumpian strategy is to use the WHO as a scapegoat. Allegedly the US hasn’t been keeping up with WHO payments anyway, so this may well just be playing to the gallery. However, if its true, and payments are suspended, I’m sure arch-bogeyman China will step up, to wield soft power, as may other Governments to support the WHO. The rest of the world developed and non-developed really doesn’t need to be dragged into a scrap, when globally we are all fighting a pandemic and have economies tanking everywhere. If the US (ie: Trump) wants to be isolationist and turn his back on the world right now, with a parting shot of ‘i’ll take the rest of you with me as I continue to fall and fail my country’, maybe it’s time to be isolationist towards his regime. This is clearly not the time for a toddler strop, but clearly he thinks it is.
  19. I met Prince Charles and spike to him in 1997 at a dinner I attended where he was the patron
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    Off Topic Coronavirus 2020

    Sadly yes, we do have a lot to learn - this os going to be a long haul
  21. ssiri

    Off Topic Coronavirus 2020

    Its not acceptable irrespective of where ever it originates from.
  22. ssiri

    How is Trump doing so far?

    So you deny that some zealots are putting people’s lives at risk and should be encouraged and given a special pass do so, wantonly? All others who practice religion seem to now be able to do so, safely, securely and without restriction to their religious freedom, online. Why are these zealots the exception?
  23. ssiri

    How is Trump doing so far?

    This is indeed ‘interesting’, as in another possible facet (used very loosely, that word), of this virus. Reports out of the UK and US are also indicating in this particular age bracket (middle aged/younger), that they are also economically deprived. So they typically work till they drop, eat poorly and may have underlying healthy conditions (that they may not know about, or do - because especially in the US, healthcare for them is virtually non existent). In first world countries these are mainly (Not all, obviously), from ethnic minority communities (black and hispanic in the US, Asian, African/Caribbean etc. in the UK). The epidemiology in developing countries will definitely be one to watch. Its to early to say whether its just down to socio-economic conditions alone, or if hereditary/ethnic afflictions play some part also.
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    Corona Virus

    and just for a bit of seasonal humour:
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    Off Topic Coronavirus 2020

    This is an act of nature, encouraged by human arrogance and disrespect for mother nature and the laws of nature. Conspiracy theorists (on all sides), can quite frankly, just do one. They are all as bad as each other. Be there working for Governments or fringe individuals.
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