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Have you heard?

July 10, 2021 - 10:40 -- Admin

Did you hear Peta Credlin say: “Today should have been that day when this New South Wales government finally died of shame”; “Liberal leaders should be whacked with baseball bats for their epic incompetence and ineptitude”; and “Sydney’s lockdown is based on a lie”.

Lucky it’s us

July 8, 2021 - 09:07 -- Admin

Climate change deniers have tried many, many lies to try to deny the reality of climate change. Initially it was simply denying that it was happening at all. Then, after slowly realising the data showed that the planet was actually warming, they tried to convince the gullible that the warming stopped in 1998. However, again they had to back down when they realised the data showed that assertion was equine ordure.

Airborne transmission

July 7, 2021 - 10:56 -- Admin

In early April of 2020, I wrote a very short article advocating the wearing of face masks, and it was largely based on a paper in Nature indicating that Sars-Cov-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, is likely transmitted by aerosol rather than just by droplets or from surfaces. The precautionary approach would assume that this was the case, and have made masks mandatory1,2. However, the authorities did not do so because masks were apparently ‘in short supply’.

One down, one to go

July 4, 2021 - 11:50 -- Admin

As I mentioned last week I was due to get my first dose of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine from my local GP1. It was at about lunchtime and all went very smoothly. I didn’t have to wait long and, while waiting, had to read a blurb about what the risks were and what I should and shouldn’t do, and what I should look out for in the event I have some sort of reaction to the injection. This particularly relates to the blood clotting problem.

Targets, horizons, pathways

July 2, 2021 - 17:58 -- Admin

After being in hiding from Zoom for most of the week (rumours are that it is to count his numbers, as Frydenberg does the same), Prime Minister Scott Morrison appeared outside The Lodge, in Canberra, after his post G7 isolation. When he fronted the cameras he said that he would use this morning’s National Cabinet meeting to discuss setting vaccination targets which, once reached, would mean lockdowns and travel restrictions would no longer be required1.

Birmingham’s hypocrisy

July 2, 2021 - 09:50 -- Admin

After Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s AstraZeneca brain-fart, and the reaction against it1, Minister for Finance, Simon Birmingham has claimed that Morrison was simply trying to spread the word about the indemnity for GPs2. This is a lie. Morrison specifically mentioned those under 60, which was the age cut-off for the Astra-Zeneca vaccine. The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has stated that people under 60 should get the Pfizer vaccine1.