By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act, 40 U.S.C. 101 et seq., and in order to promote economy and efficiency in Federal contracting, to promote unity in the Federal workforce, and to combat offensive and anti-American race and sex stereotyping and scapegoating, it is hereby ordered as follows:
But once again according to Victoria Police, it's up to the good people to "take proactive steps to keep their homes and belongings secure".
What about getting stuck into African crime gangs?
“It’s time to not only reflect, but act.” This #NationalVoterRegistrationDay, join #Time100 alumni Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, in taking action for the future. pic.twitter.com/JerXHxiZK3— ABC (@ABCNetwork) September 23, 2020
I did not take notes of the meeting. I cannot now recall the discussion with precision, but I do have some memory of it.
The whole pathetic effort is here
Robert Gottliebsen & The Australian call for Victorians to take a stand against Andrews Covid-19 legislation
Robert Gottliebsen and The Australian have done a great job in exposing the Andrews government's power grab.
Today, The Australian's publishes this email to Robert from a Victorian lawyer, farmer and Vietnam veteran.
Thank God we still have people like this among us.
Here's the email to Robert.
“What has moved me to ‘pick up my pen’ is your excellent piece in The Australian this morning on the COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) and other Acts Amendment Bill 2020.
“Many of us in my generation have been wondering how we have found ourselves in this position.
“We used to wonder how could the ‘good Germans’ have allowed the rise of Hitler and allowed him the powers he assumed?
“More recently, how could the Turks allow Erdogan to trample their rights and become a despot?
“And now we begin to understand. With apparent popular support, Andrews extends his power incrementally.
“The ability to protest has been physically shut down, using the police force that he controls.
“The fines for objecting are crippling – and now summary arrest and indefinite detention, over riding the Magna Carta given right of Habeas Corpus, is upon us.
“A version of the Stasi (East German secret police organisation) is within sight.
“Parliament has been shut down – ostensibly for health reasons but can be brought back to sit when it suits the dictator – to enable him to extend his power.
“The necessary number of cross benchers have been stood over or bribed to become compliant.
“The press seems largely compliant also – little hard questioning or criticism.
“Edmund Burke said that ‘the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing’
“I have been a lawyer, a farmer and a soldier with active service in Vietnam.
“I think that I have some intestinal fortitude but for the first time in my life I feel powerless to stop what seems to be an awful march to totalitarianism.
“Diverted by the virus we hear little or nothing from Canberra on this subject.
“We tell each other that this could not happen here in Australia – but the canary is coughing in the coal mine!
“I hope that I am being melodramatic but I fear not.
“Those of you who have a platform and can express our concerns – do please continue….”
Prince is an 8 year old Indonesian Catholic schoolboy. His dad Derek drives a taxi, which right now in the midst of a pandemic lockdown means he has no income.
Prince has a worrying growth behind his right knee, and his dad is keen to get some advice about what it could be.
If you or someone you know has a medical background and could offer some advice it'd be most appreciated!
If this story's true, then good on Tony Abbott. If you take up arms against Australia, expect to be liquidated.
By contrast, this is a training film for US soldiers in World War Two - back when the West had moral clarity and character.
Evidence is mounting that Sweden has beaten the coronavirus with herd immunity rather than a lockdown, according to a renowned expert on the spread of disease.
Sweden’s infection rate has remained low and stable at a time when other European countries are facing a strong resurgence.
In Britain there are 69 cases per 100,000 people compared with 28 per 100,000 in Sweden, which did not implement strict lockdown measures in the northern spring. The infection rate in France is almost seven times higher than in Sweden, and in Spain ten times higher.
Kim Sneppen, professor of biocomplexity at Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, told the Politiken newspaper: “There is some evidence that the Swedes have built up a degree of immunity to the virus which, along with what else they are doing to stop the spread, is enough to control the disease.”
A recent study by the University of Stockholm has suggested that infection in 43 per cent of the population could be sufficient for herd immunity.
Long list of judges, law professors and QCs write to Andrews Government over draconian detention laws
Here's the Bill
And here's the letter.
We are deeply concerned by the passage of the COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2020 (Bill) through the Legislative Assembly.
Emergency powers already allow authorised officers under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 (Vic) to detain people and to restrict movement.
The Bill would expand the emergency powers to allow an authorised officer to detain:
• any person that the authorised officer reasonably believes is likely to fail to comply with an emergency direction and is a close contact of a person diagnosed with COVID-19 (or a person diagnosed with COVID-19) not given clearance from self-isolation;
• for so long as the authorised officer reasonably believes the person in detention is likely to fail to comply with an emergency direction.
The Bill would also allow any person the Secretary considered appropriate to be authorised to exercise emergency powers. There would be no requirement that persons authorised be police officers, or even public servants.
Authorising citizens to detain their fellow citizens on the basis of a belief that the detained person is unlikely to comply with emergency directions by the “authorised” citizens is unprecedented, excessive and open to abuse.
We call on the Legislative Council to amend the Bill, or to vote against it.
MICHAEL MCHUGH AC QC
PETER HEEREY AM QC
NEIL YOUNG QC
JAMES PETERS AM QC
PETER COLLINSON QC
MARYANNE LOUGHNAN QC
MARY ANNE HARTLEY QC
PHILIP CRUTCHFIELD QC
GEORGINA SCHOFF QC
PHILIP SOLOMON QC
DAVID BATT QC
STUART WOOD AM QC
FELICITY GERRY QC
MICHAEL BORSKY QC
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Mitch McConnell: "This is a man who does not care about a dying woman's final wish." pic.twitter.com/rISUJRsa5D— The Hill (@thehill) September 19, 2020