How do three people write an article? How do three people write an article so dry that you’re left gasping for water? This was my response to a story in Saturday’s Australian Financial Review. The “journalists” David Martin-Gruzman, Tom McIlroy, and Finbar O’Mallon have collaborated on a work noteworthy for its collegiality and for the division its underlying concepts promote. Our media has failed us. There are no insights. No effort to discuss or describe anything outside politicians’ proclamations. I use this article as an example and probably spend too much time pulling it apart.
The AFR 3 presented appalling notions like mandatory mass vaccination, including young children, forced unemployment for unvaccinated workers, whimsical lockdowns, mandated masks for children indoors and other restrictions. Am I exaggerating on this whimsicality? In an adjacent article, NSW Chief Health Officer, Kerry Chant says: “The evidence around curfews is mixed but I also think it sends a significant signal about the crisis we are facing”.
“The evidence around curfews is mixed but I also think it sends a significant signal about the crisis we are facing”.
Jane and Fran want to vaccinate our children Jane Halton and Fran Kelly discuss how we need to vaccinate the children to protect adults and vaccinate adults to protect the children. Jane explains the children are vulnerable but don’t get sick. This is an extraordinary conversation. You might say horrendous. Meet Jane Halton.
WHO is Jane Halton? – We probably should have introduced Jane first but we thought we’d build up to it as she is a VERY important person. You will not believe the number of corporate boards she is on and the scope of her key role in Australia and even the world’s Covid-19 vaccine rollout. To describe her as peripatetic would be to undersell Jane Halton.
Trusted News Initative – Have you found someone you can trust through the Covid-19 crisis? We are finding it hard to sort fact from appalling, perpetual, proliferating, posturing, presumptive propaganda. Maybe we have found an organisation that can pull all of our news outlets together and discern the truth. Or maybe that is the problem. One remarkable fact about this organisation is it doesn’t seem to have a logo. What does that tell you?
Two Economists Take Over – neoliberal economists have owned public debate in western society for at least the last forty years. In a recent Australian Financial Review article, two economists tell us how the Covid-19 crisis should be managed. The same selective logic that has run this country’s economy now measures a pandemic and we reckon they come up short.
I Take Dan Andrews Drinking Through a Mask Test When Dan banned the pop-up pub and removing your mask to drink I figured like lockdowns we would soon face the same dilemma in New South Wales. I decided to get ahead of the trend and test drinking through a mask. The experience was just short of fabulous.
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