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  • Called it. https://www.skynews.com.au/details/_6183906297001 Premier Daniel Andrews has announced Victoria’s state of emergency will be extended for 12 months beyond the scheduled September 13 finish date. Mr Andrews said a decision was yet to be made as to when the Victorian Parliament would sit to pass the bill but it…
  • I forgot to mention kids who are being denied proper education and socialization, and whose families aren't rich and well-connected enough to set up a "learning pod" or hire private tutors. Check out this guy over here, telling people he's keeping his kids home, when he is a rich and famous TV personality who can hire…
  • There's a difference between "not believing COVID-19 is real" and having the opinion that the COVID-19 restrictions are unsustainable and ineffective. Of course I believe COVID-19 is a real illness that exists and kills people. Now, if you're a non-elderly, healthy person, especially if you're non-obese, you have almost no…
  • Um, that's not what I said. I said that the areas of the US that are having a spike in cases are areas that never had one before. Whereas the areas of Italy that are having a spike in cases already had a surge. So it makes sense that the US would have higher case rates because those areas having spikes never had any…
  • No I didn't. I said "the media" is inaccurately representing statistics. You claimed that Italy had a lower death rate than the US, and I corrected it, with sources. Well, I could just as well say you're biased for assuming that in "most" places you are likely to get mocked for wearing a mask. Most metropolitan areas are…
  • No offense, but that's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard of in my life. No public policy should ever be enacted without thinking of the long-term effects, especially one as historically unprecedented as this.
  • The areas of the US that are having surges are areas that never had a first wave in the first place. Italy already had a first wave. So you really can't compare the two. Also, Italy has HIGHER deaths per million than the US (https://www.statista.com/statistics/1104709/coronavirus-deaths-worldwide-per-million-inhabitants/).…
  • Exactly! And on top of that, these organizations (CDC, WHO, etc.) have claimed masks don't work twice -- first in February/March/April, and then again briefly in early June before backtracking. Is it any wonder people don't believe them? Yeah it really doesn't bother me to wear a mask either. It is an annoyance, and I…
  • What is your evidence that shutting down Italy permanently reduced the cases, as opposed to just delaying them? Especially considering it's having an increase in cases right now: https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2020-08-20/italy-sees-845-new-covid-19-cases-highest-since-end-of-lockdown-in-may So then you agree…
  • The problem is that it never gets anywhere. We never get conclusive info on to what extent masks and hygiene prevent the spread of COVID-19. And we never get a policy that allows more things to open up because masks and hygiene are mitigating the spread. That's why a lot of people don't believe masks work. Well, that, and…
  • So you aren't concerned, at all, about the authoritarian overreach that made it illegal to go outside and to make a living, in a matter of weeks, with zero due process? That really doesn't bother you, even a tiny bit? Literally no public health effort ever predicts 100% compliance. It's just not possible. Especially…
  • It's to be expected. And it's pretty mild compared to some of the comments I've gotten in the past. Like, some guy once accused me of "not believing in water fluoridation" because I don't agree with lockdowns. Someone else started mocking me and accusing me of "claiming I was psychic" and spamming me with crystal ball…
  • That depends on the person. I don't have any problems with overeating, and I have no problem eating junk food in moderation. Also, from what I can tell based on people I know and on "what I eat in a day" videos, overweight/obese people generally tend to have a problem with overeating all foods in general, not just junk…
  • Ah, the classic shifting the narrative from deaths to the vague and poorly defined "long-term effects." a) Again, how are lockdowns supposed to prevent this? Lockdowns only delay cases. b) That's 35% of cases that were both symptomatic and tested positive. A lot of the milder cases never even get tested for, either because…
  • Yes, so, did the lockdown in NY/NJ accomplish anything? Did it even help to "flatten the curve" and slow the spread of cases? Or did the pre-lockdown community spread ensure sufficient population immunity, that the cases were going to peak in April either way? Also, why did other areas of the country lock down when the…
  • Yes, so New Zealand is basically where the US was in February. No population immunity. The second they open up cases are going to begin to spread again. All they've accomplished is pushing cases forward by a few months, just like the states in the US that locked down before their initial surge and then reopened. So what's…
  • Living in a non-walkable area definitely influences weight and fitness. It's easier to stay fit when you have the option of walking places, or running outside. Any supermarket that removed junk food would face a huge backlash and probably go out of business. You can't dictate something as personal as food on that scale.…
  • I wrote a paper on the Spanish flu in high school and used that book as one of my main research sources. However, I don't get why the same people who say "you can't compare COVID-19 to the flu" also think it's ok to do so when it's the Spanish flu. Especially considering that the Spanish flu was much worse. The Spanish flu…
  • Yes, but, by the "logic" of "we would have been done with this if everyone followed the rules," New Zealand and Australia should have eradicated it by now, considering they have the harshest lockdown rules in the world outside of China. I seem to recall when New Zealand claimed to have zero cases, a lot of smug posturing…
  • Same thing we did for H1N1 in 2009. It can't be "vanquished." The only way out is through. At this point that should be very clear considering that no country has been able to eradicate it. Not even isolated island nations. Not even China, which welded people into their apartments and brought everyone food instead of…
  • Everyone I know stayed home for months. About 20% of the population lost their jobs. I know some people who still haven't even left their property the entire time. My friends and I didn't see each other for five months until there were basically no cases/deaths in my state. And even after that, we met outdoors. I literally…
  • The question isn't whether it's having some effect. The question is how effective it is. There's a lot of memes such as "mask it or casket!" or "if you think it's hard to breathe with a mask, try using a ventilator!" that basically say that if you don't wear a mask, you will die, and if you do wear a mask, you will not…
  • As evidenced by the fact that people are downvoting me on posts that are just linking articles which present facts, simply because the facts do not fit their political agenda. And they are upvoting the people who continue to make claims about COVID-19 policy that I have disproven through the articles I posted -- even…
  • Victoria is part of Australia, is it not? "Spoiling for an argument"? I was just stating my opinion. Other people are the ones who started arguing with me by accusing me of "spreading lies about their country." And then "disagreeing" with my posts that were just posting news articles supporting what I was saying...like…
  • These restrictions are for Victoria, as it clearly states in the articles, although other parts of Australia have started to implement more restrictions too. Also, just because the news isn't showing it or you haven't heard of it happening, doesn't mean it hasn't happened. There would have to be video footage of it sent to…
  • "The state of disaster declaration will empower the police minister, Lisa Neville, to appoint police as authorised officers. This means when doing spot checks on people’s homes, if the residents did not give permission for them to enter, police will be authorised to enter without a warrant."…
  • Well, obviously they don't come out and call them "internment camps"...they call them "quarantine facilities." But people can't choose whether to go there or not -- all positive cases are now being sent there -- and they're guarded by the military to prevent anyone from leaving. I'll take my $1000 now.…
  • Last week I was wearing both a multi-layered cloth mask (two layers of thick fabric with some kind of filling/batting in between) AND a plastic face shield. I sneezed. The face shield moved up and down due to the volume of air from me sneezing going right through the mask and under the face shield, even though the face…
  • Yesterday: Breakfast/Lunch: Two slices of sprouted whole-grain toast with peanut butter. Two slices of sprouted whole-grain toast with deli turkey, fresh mozzarella, and mustard. A peach. Unsweetened iced tea with soymilk. Snack: Dark chocolate. Dinner: Whole-wheat linguine with butter, grated Parmesan cheese, walnuts, and…
  • Breakfast: didn't have Lunch: Boston Market combo meal -- 1/4 white meat chicken, mac and cheese, creamed spinach, cornbread, unsweetened iced tea Snack: Panera everything bagel with cream cheese and vanilla latte Dinner: Decided to have a light dinner since I ate so much earlier in the day, so I had a bowl of silken tofu…