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gu3st October 15, 2020

You could dismiss her with an eye roll if she wasn't making decisions that put her colleagues in danger, unknown to them. If I were her employer, I'd also be furious with her endangering their probably already delayed project.


Selfish, over-entitled paranoiac.




gu3st October 15, 2020

@guest2 Why does it all have to be a big conspiracy orchestrated by the WHO to drag down Trump? 


Trump's US pandemic outcome is objectively bad when looking at any metric. It deserves criticism and pressure for Trump to do better is thoroughly merited.

gu3st October 15, 2020

"5. Michael J. Fox ended up chocking himself"

Er, MJF did something that sounds a little deviant to himself?

gu3st October 15, 2020

@guest2 The WHO isn't very relevant to America's pandemic response, nor is China. Both just smokescreen that Trump tried to spin. If you find that you're having to do backflips and point to side issues to defend a politician on an issue, isn't that revealing that they're not really directly defensible on that issue?


In the US,  the buck stops with Trump, as much as he'd like you to believe otherwise. 

gu3st October 15, 2020

If a shark swam under the bridge just then, I'm pretty sure this show just technically jumped it.

gu3st October 14, 2020

@rush Haha. Oh dear. Absolutely. A little similar. Thanks for sorting me out.

gu3st October 14, 2020

@rush I was trying to wryly understate it.

I think that there's no point pursuing an engagement where fidelity didn't even last a month, not someone whom I'd marry. To move from the high of engagement to relationship-ending and internationally public humiliation, in just over three weeks, would be devastating.

gu3st October 14, 2020

@cat In the absence of a vaccine, COVID-19 could tick along the way it is for years. I'm more in favour of a widespread testing response and contract tracing to respond to these low levels of infection. I think that economics of the situation will inevitably push us towards this solution.

gu3st October 14, 2020

Permanent tax cuts to families that can afford childcare without assistance and temporary tax cuts to the lower income families that can't easily afford childcare doesn't even approach to helping out with childcare.

gu3st October 14, 2020

@guest2 The WHO has no executive control over the way individual countries control their contagion. China was rigorously taking measures against their contagion while Trump was attempting a political solution to a medical crisis. Criticism of Trump had a chance to reduce deaths, criticism of China at that stage was too late. Trump sat on his hands, even now,  and American deaths continue. China isn't sitting on its hands.

gu3st October 13, 2020

Lachlan should be embarrassed by Fox's antics, but it's rumoured that he's ideologically further right than his Dad...who most will have read, astonishingly had a bust of Lenin and ties to the Oxford Communist party while at university. What a turn around.

I've spent the past year reading Fox News and what they do in carefully curating facts to effectively create a fiercely slanted narrative through omission and emphasis,  is antithetical to a healthy democracy. Fox opinion columnists write "Here's the Dem's socialist agenda and what they want you to think", where they project any motive that they can come up with on to prominent Democrats that is aimed to galvanise their right-leaning readers. There are law and order pieces that seem to make subliminal suggestions about race.

I don't want a propaganda arm like Fox to arise in Australia - The Australian is an attempt, but unlike the US Fox, it's poorly subscribed (behind a paywall) and loss-making.

So, I was an enthusiastic signatory to the petition calling for a royal commission into Australian media concentrating under the Murdochs. Bit cynical about outcome, though. Fingers crossed. Healthy democracy should be a bipartisan objective.

gu3st October 13, 2020

Oh dear, engaged for just over 3 weeks. That bodes abysmally.

That's an awkward conversation.

gu3st October 13, 2020

@cat Fair enough, but I can only opine on childcare alone, I'm not in a position to defend or agree with every line item in the Budget.

gu3st October 13, 2020

@guest2 These damn globalists, huh?


The WHO does valuable work around the world, dropped the ball a bit on COVID, but perhaps the main reason it's in the sights of the right is because it very justifiably criticised Trump's mishandling of the pandemic. Trump has tried to scapegoat everyone and everything other than himself for the world's highest death toll in the wealthiest country in the world. Stopping the WHO's US funding, essentially due to a very large and brittle ego, isn't something to cheer.

gu3st October 12, 2020

@cat I think that there are limits to what childless taxpayers should subsidise.

gu3st October 12, 2020

@guest2 WHO are calling for more nuance in controlling the pandemic, if you're dealing with spot fires, then don't flood the whole region in an attempt to douse them. Lockdowns were, without a doubt, necessary and effective in countries caught unawares and contagions raged widely and out of control. Now, like in Australia, where we're dealing with limited outbreaks, aggressive testing and contract tracing is more appropriate than Stage 4 lockdown.


   

gu3st October 11, 2020

@rush Yep. Uncomfortably true.

gu3st October 11, 2020

@cat I think that you need to prove that you genuinely need childcare due to employment circumstances, but it shouldn't be free to those who just want a day off parenting.

 Also, if your combined income justifies you paying more, rather than the taxpayer subsidising, then you should. Low income earners deserve subsidy.

gu3st October 11, 2020

I think that the Morrison government is losing political capital gained in the centre accrued due to effectively handling the pandemic, because it is weighing in to the border closures debates on a partisan basis. At least, that's how it looks at face value.

That being said, I think that the Palaszczuck government is creating a rod for its back by being over-stringent on closure.

There will be tremendous pressure to re-open for Xmas, as long as the numbers support it, QLD would be politically inastute to paint itself in to a corner on this one.

gu3st October 7, 2020

As someone who has used a lot of childcare, I don't think that it should be free.


Perhaps, subsidised further on a tiered basis, subsequent to a means test.

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