The Sydney Morning Herald meme maker

Much outrage abounds today as the Australian left’s chief bogeyman, Tony Abbott, spoke overnight to a UK Parliament Select Committee.

The headline could almost write itself. In fact, it’s not beyond the imagination to see this screenshot being used as a generic meme template.

For example;

Abbott says water is wet

Or

Abbott claims night is dark

The actual headline was, “Abbott criticises Victoria’s lockdown“. Actually, better still, it had the qualifier, “Former PM“, presumably to remind us all that there have been two more Prime Ministers since he was fired (the office of Australian Prime Minister being a very temporary appointment, rather similar to jury service).

Anyway, after sifting through what Abbott said, the activists at the SMH decided the most egregious thing was something along the lines of, after we’ve experienced 6 months of economic destruction and the concomitant social and human cost that incurs, perhaps we might consider the possibility that the old and seriously ill should be allowed to take their chances against viruses while the rest of us get back to being productive, educating children, having lives with rich experiences and continuing the economic progress and global trade that has lifted billions out of extreme poverty in the last 50 years?

Or, as the SMH translates it; “let granny die“.

Let’s have a moment’s silence for the death of nuance and reasonable good faith debate, shall we?

Bill’s Opinion

Aaaand we’re back.

In the meantime, the news you won’t find on the pages of the SMH is this report from the USA’s Center for Disease Control (I’ve linked to the “fact check” version, to “steelman” what I’m about to claim).

The report confirms 94% of the deaths attributed to Kung Flu in the USA had at least one co-morbidity.

So, millions of otherwise healthy people are being subject to draconian restrictions to their life to avoid a disease that would be extremely unlikely to kill them. Shouldn’t they be given the choice?

4 Replies to “The Sydney Morning Herald meme maker”

  1. Its all very weird. I am looking forward to the day I can walk beyond my front gate after 8.00pm at night and not have someone stop their car and wonder what I am doing. Actually happened, when I was looking for some misdelivered supermarket goods. I got a couple of hundred metres down the street before I remembered I wasn’t meant to be out, and by then I had one at least car parked and watching me.

    But I am not that worked up about it, which worries me most. Perhaps I am just naturally compliant, and trusting that our rulers will one day see themselves free enough of potential reputation damage to release us. I’m also still being paid, spending less, and enjoying not going to the prison that is the office.

    Interestingly, Vic’s CMO has actually responded to a specific question around co-morbidity. In Vic, there is no difference between a death from COVID, and a death with COVID in the official stats. Which leads to some funny jokes of course.

    I also recently saw the Governor of Florida be quite clear about a balanced approach to the lockdowns, and measuring the positive effects of not locking down against the negative effects of a lockdown. Which means he is less in favour of complete lockdown. Perhaps unsurprisingly.

    1. “But I am not that worked up about it, which worries me most. Perhaps I am just naturally compliant, and trusting that our rulers will one day see themselves free enough of potential reputation damage to release us.”

      This is the greatest revelation for me. My fellow citizens are happy to outsource their decisions on the most important aspects of their lives.
      I cannot explain it.

      1. We do it all the time. Just not to this extent. Particularly in an over-regulated place such as Australia.

        I often take this recognition further. At what point do I and sufficient of my fellow citizens start to push back? And then you remember, societies can go a long way in the wrong direction, with a lot of compliant people, participating in catastrophe (or outright evil) with their compliance. Or is more than just compliance?

        Aligned, but different. One of the better quotes from someone a while ago was the problem with Australia was not that they were descended from convicts, but also from their gaolers. And here we are.

        You obviously read the SMH for the pictures.

        1. “the problem with Australia was not that they were descended from convicts, but also from their gaolers. “

          My new favourite quote. Thanks.

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