Monday, January 25, 2021

White Australia (1901-1973) Explained On Australia Day

British strict classification of Races in this world.
Few years ago I used to drive taxis part-time on Sundays in Sydney to supplement my meager day-trading income. One Sunday I picked up a group of young Brits near the Opera House and they wanted to go to Chinatown. So we went. On the way the young woman at the front seat said, “Not many Asians in Australia?”

I was shocked as I thought our Sydney was full of Asians and by then we were already in Chinatown crowded with Asians. So I pointed her at the young fashionable Chinese crowd congregating on the George Street cinema strip and asked, “Don’t you see them? We have so many Asians here and we are now in the middle of Chinatown!”

“They aren’t Asians!” She looked at them young Chinese crowd on the street and told me. I was stunned.
“So what are they, if they aren’t Asians?”
“Orientals, back home we call them Orientals!”
“Wow! So who are Asians back home in England?”
“There, there, he is Asian!” She was pointing excitedly at a turban-head Panjabi on the street.
“You mean you Brits call Indians, Asians?”
“Yeah, sometimes we call them ‘Pakis’, but it’s a derogatory term!”
“So how about me? What do you call people like me?”
“You look Thai and we call you people Thai!”

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Wuhan Outbreak (Feb-21): Where Is Patient Zero?

                          (Staff article from the BBC FUTURES on 21 February 2020.)

As the cases of coronavirus increase in China and around the world, the hunt is on to identify "patient zero". But can singling out one person as causing an outbreak do more harm than good? Chinese authorities and experts are at odds about the origin of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. More specifically, who is "patient zero" for the outbreak.

Also known as an index case, patient zero is a term used to describe the first human infected by a viral or bacterial disease in an outbreak. Advances in genetic analysis now make it possible to trace back the lineage of a virus through those it has infected. Combined with epidemiological studies, scientists can pinpoint individuals who may have been the first people to start spreading the disease and so trigger the outbreak.

Identifying who these people are can help address crucial questions about how, when and why it started. These can then help to prevent more people from getting infected now or in future outbreaks. Do we know who patient zero is in the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak that started in China? The short answer is – no.

Chinese authorities originally reported that the first coronavirus case was on 31 December and many of the first cases of the pneumonia-like infection were immediately connected to a seafood and animal market in Wuhan, in the Hubei province.

Friday, January 22, 2021

87 Years Jail Sentence For Insulting Thai Royal Family

                    (Staff article from the ABC NEWS Australia on 19 January 2021)

87 yrs jail for sharing a facebook post on Crown Prince.
A court in Thailand has sentenced a former civil servant to a record prison term of 43 years and six months for breaching the country's strict law on insulting or defaming the monarchy. Anchan was initially sentenced to 87 years, but the punishment was reduced by half because she pleaded guilty.

Her sentence comes at a time of unprecedented youth-led demonstrations in which protest leaders have openly criticised the monarchy, risking prosecution under Thailand's strict lese majeste law, which carries a 15-year penalty for each violation.

Anchan Preelert, 65, pled guilty to 29 separate violations of sharing and posting clips on YouTube and Facebook between 2014 and 2015, her lawyer, Pawinee Chumsri, told Reuters. Ms Preelert was initially sentenced to 87 years but, because she acknowledged her violations, the court halved the punishment, the lawyer said.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Wuhan Outbreak (Feb-16): Where Is Patient Zero?

The Wuhan Institute of Virology on Sunday denied rumors claiming that the first person to contract novel coronavirus pneumonia (COVID-19), or patient zero of the COVID-19 came from the institute.

Huang Yanling, who received a master's degree from the institute in 2015, moved to work and live elsewhere after her graduation and has not been back to Wuhan since. She has never been infected by the virus and is in healthy condition, according to a statement the Wuhan Institute of Virology released on its website on Sunday.

The statement came after claims circulated on the internet on Saturday saying Huang was the patient zero of the novel coronavirus. At a crucial time fighting against the epidemic, this rumor has greatly disrupted the institute's research work, the institute said in the statement.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

China Bans WHO Investigators From Wuhan

(Natalie Brown’s article from the NEWS.COM Australia on 06 January 2021.)

WHO investigators have been banned from Wuhan by Chinese authorities, as another province goes into “wartime” mode over a new outbreak.

World Health Organisation (WHO) investigators have been denied access to Wuhan – the province largely thought to be where the coronavirus originated in late 2019 – by Chinese authorities, as another province goes into “wartime” mode over a new outbreak.

According to reports, Beijing is avoiding the independent WHO probe – expected to take between four and five weeks – in a bid to evade being held accountable for the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed more than 1.8 million people worldwide.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Will Insurrection Lead To Civil War in US Soon?

(Susan Page’s article from the USA Today on 06 January 2021)

Cops were cool to the Trump supporters.
With the Capitol's breach, President Trump's virtual coup on Twitter became all too real: It was the moment that the virtual coup President Donald Trump had been waging on Twitter since Election Day became all too real.

"We will never give up; we will never concede," the president told thousands of supporters on the Mall at midday Wednesday, repeating debunked allegations that fraud had cost him a second term. The crowd had gathered in Washington to pressure Vice President Mike Pence and Republican legislators to object to the certified Electoral College count that would make Democrat Joe Biden the next president.

With that, the protesters marched toward the Capitol, breached metal barricades, pushed their way into the halls of Congress, and took over the dais where House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Pence had been standing an hour earlier. The rioters trashed offices and took selfies. They draped a huge Trump banner off the front of the Capitol.

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Shi Zhengli: Evil Scientist Created The Corona Virus?

 (Based on Shi Zhengli's GOF experiment article from the NATURE on 09 October 2015.)

Shi Zhengli was born in May 1964 in Xixia County, Henan, China. She graduated from Wuhan University in 1987. She received her master's degree from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 1990 and her Ph.D. from Montpellier  University in France in 2000.

In 2005, a team led by Shi Zhengli found that the SARS virus originated in bats. The results were published in Science in 2005 and Journal of General Virology in 2006.

In 2015, Shi Zhengli was involved in an investigation of bat coronaviruses, specifically gain of function experiments involving both the SARS and bat coronaviruses, a joint research of University of North Carolina and Wuhan Institute of Virology, with Ralph S. Baric as principal investigator

The 2015 Gain-of-Function experiment by Shi and others was famously known to have created a so-called Chimeric or Hybrid Virus and a version of which was believed to have been leaked (either accidentally or deliberately) from Shi's main lab the Wuhan Institute of Virology in late 2019. That lethal and extremely contagious virus is now called COVID-19 a.k.a. Wuhan Corona Virus.

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Interest Rates Are Negative & Free Money For Aussies

(Peter Martin’s article from the ABC NEWS Australia on 29 December 2020)

Interest rates are negative now in Australia: On December 10, it finally happened. Instead of demanding an interest payment from the Government in return for lending it money, a group of investors offered to pay the Government in order to lend it money.

Naturally enough, the offer was accepted. The Australian Government needed $1.5 billion, which it promised to repay on March 26. It sought tenders. What was the lowest return an investor would accept to lend it the money?

It wasn't short of offers. It fended off $8.2 billion of bids, and some of them were prepared to accept very low returns indeed. The lowest was -0.01 per cent. The minus sign indicates that, instead of the Government paying the lender a return for lending to it, the lender would pay the Government a return for the privilege of lending to it — a perfectly legal backhander if you like.

Sunday, December 27, 2020

City Blackouts: China’s Aussie Coal Ban Backfires

(Rohan Smith’s article from the NEWS.COM Australia on 23 December 2020)

China’s ban on Australian exports backfires as city blackouts ordered: The decision by China to banish Australia and blockade crucial exports is having real-world consequences in cities around the country.

The provincial capital of Hunan and home to more than 7 million people is without street lights, too. Lifts have been switched off, forcing workers to scale dozens of flights of stairs to the office in the bitter cold. In Yiwu, a city of 1.2 million in China’s fareast, factories have slashed working hours by up to 80 per cent. When workers leave at night, the streets are dark.

The problem is two-fold. The first part of the problem is that China has emerged from the worst of COVID-19 relying heavily on electricity to fuel work through the winter which, in many parts, features temperatures below zero. The second part of the problem is that China banned Australian coal.