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Police officers are seen at Strathfield shopping village in Sydney, Australia, on Aug. 12, 2021. (Jenny Evans/Getty Images) Commentary
As Australia’s death toll from COVID-19 passes 1,000, opinions about the efficacy of draconian lockdowns are beginning to diverge across the country.
“This is not a sustainable way to live,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison declared recently.
An increasing number of Australians, who have endured the pain of the world’s longest lockdowns, are inclined to agree with him.
Yet many weeks before, citizens in countries such as the United States, France, and the United Kingdom—which have higher case numbers and deaths along with higher vaccination rates—were already enjoying greater freedoms as restrictions were eased. And they also noticed that the heavy hand of government was keeping the supposedly authority-defying Aussie “larrikin” firmly under the thumb and locked up at home.
For the most part, from the start of the pandemic in 2020, Australians generally accepted government-imposed restrictions, which were accompanied by assurances from politicians and public health officials that they were intended to keep people “safe,” to “contain the spread,” and to ensure hospitals could cope with any surge in cases.
Even when police were granted extra powers, including the authority to impose hefty on-the-spot fines for trivial offences, few protested. A police officer speaks to a member of the public as part of public health order compliance operations at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia, on Aug. 15, 2021. (Brook Mitchell/Getty Images) And, of course, it is important to acknowledge that Australia had great success in keeping both case numbers and deaths very low throughout the first year of the pandemic compared to other countries.
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However, as Australia now moves into 2021’s spring, and the 80 percent vaccination target begins to look achievable, the limits of a “COVID Zero” policy are more readily apparent.
It’s not just that the spread of the Delta COVID-19 variant that has proved impossible to contain; it’s that society is becoming aware of the immense burden—and social and mental anguish—caused by prolonged isolation.No surprise, then, that a recent YouGov poll found two out of three Australians now believe vaccination, rather than a lockdown, […]
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Most “Conservative” News Outlets Are on the Big Tech Teat
Not long ago, conservative media was not beholden to anyone. Today, most sites are stuck on the Big Tech gravy train.
I’ll keep this short. The rise of Pandemic Panic Theater, massive voter fraud, and other “taboo” topics have neutered a majority of conservative news sites. You’ll notice they are very careful about what topics they tackle. Sure, they’ll attack Critical Race Theory, Antifa, and the Biden-Harris regime, but you won’t see them going after George Soros, Bill Gates, the World Economic Forum, or the Deep State, among others.
The reason is simple. They are beholden to Big Tech, and Big Tech doesn’t allow certain topics to be discussed or they’ll cut you off. Far too many conservative news outlets rely on Google, Facebook, and Twitter for the bulk of their traffic. They depend on big checks from Google ads to keep the sites running. I don’t necessarily hold it against them. We all do what we need to do to survive. I just wish more would do like we have, which is to cut out Big Tech altogether.
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