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Old 02.11.2021, 09:34 PM   #1521
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Another five day lockdown (or, as they insist on calling it, 'circuit-breaker') here in Victoria, harshest restrictions we had last year. I get it, but surely considering how few relative numbers we have, we should actually be better by now?
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Old 02.11.2021, 11:33 PM   #1522
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This is just fucked up. From Zakaria's newsletter:


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Covid-19’s ‘She-Cession’

As Covid-19 lays waste to much of the economy, that's what some have dubbed one aspect of its wreckage: a “she-cession” that has seen women bear more of the collapse.

US government data show that “women accounted for all the job losses in December, losing 156,00 jobs, while men gained 16,000,” as CNN's Kwegyirba Croffie reported earlier this month. “More than 2.1 million women have left the US labor market completely since the beginning of the pandemic, 20% more than the number of men, according to” the employment firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

At Foreign Affairs, a quintuple-bylined essay warned in January that as women exit the labor force, see their incomes drop, and carry a burden of lockdown caregiving, “even the modest economic gains that women have made in recent decades” stand to be “lost” if policymakers don’t act.

The effect is being felt across countries with vastly disparate economies, noted the authors, Jamille Bigio, Kweilin Ellingrud, Mekala Krishnan, Anu Madgavkar, and Rachel Vogelstein. In India, women are dropping from the labor force at 2.5 times the rate men are, according to the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy; a “December analysis by the International Labor Organization found that in Germany, women’s wages had declined by 8.6 percent, nearly double the drop of men”; a “report by Oxfam and Promundo found that women in the United States were spending ten to 15 hours more per week on caregiving responsibilities than they had before the pandemic.”

“Just before the pandemic hit, for the first time ever, for a couple months, we had more women employed than men,” Center for American Progress economist Michael Madowitz tells The New York Times, for a series of articles on how the pandemic hangs on American mothers, their incomes, and their minds like an unruly toddler. “And now we are back to late 1980s levels of women in the labor force.”

Solutions exist, the Foreign Affairs authors wrote—including more government support for childcare and expanding women's access to financial services—and they argue these changes would benefit the entire economy, not just women.
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Old 02.12.2021, 12:28 PM   #1523
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The Wappies have won

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Curfew lifted immediately after court decision

02/16/21 10:28 AM
Update: 46 minutes ago

The curfew must be lifted immediately, the preliminary relief judge in The Hague concluded on Tuesday. The curfew has been established on the basis of an emergency law, which states that a cabinet can introduce rules in emergencies without involving the Senate and the House of Representatives in the decision-making on this. However, according to the court, there was no emergency situation, "as is the case with a dyke breach".

The curfew will be lifted immediately. According to a spokesperson for the court, an appeal in the case is possible, but the curfew can only be reinstated if the appeal is in favor of the government.

The case had been brought by Virus Truth. The court ruled in the protest group on Tuesday. The introduction of the curfew was illegal because, according to the court, there was no emergency. This was evident, for example, from the fact that even before the introduction of the curfew, the far-reaching measure was discussed.

As a result, there was no more "super urgency", said the spokesman for the court. Such an emergency is required for the use of the law by which the curfew was instituted, the Extraordinary Powers of Civil Authority Act (Wbbbg).

"The judge has taken into account that there is a pandemic, that there is a virus that also mutates, and that the pressure on healthcare is great. It is a time of great worry and difficult decisions. But also, and precisely. , the drastic measures such as the curfew must be based on good law. "

This is why the judge finds that the curfew should be lifted This is why the judge finds that the curfew should be lifted
Still unclear what ruling means for curfew fines
The Ministry of Justice and Security says in a response to NU.nl that it is aware of the ruling and that it is studying the case. A spokesperson cannot make further statements at this time.

It is still unclear what the judge's decision means for the fines imposed for violating the curfew. "That is also part of studying the verdict," said the spokesman.

The introduction of a curfew caused a lot of unrest
The curfew, which was in effect from 9:00 PM to 4:30 AM, was instituted on January 23. Anyone who had no valid reason to be on the street could be fined 95 euros.

The measure had to contain further spread of the virus. The introduction caused great unrest in the country for several days: riots broke out in several locations.

The curfew would be in effect until March 3 at 4:30 am. On February 23, the current corona measures would be re-evaluated and a decision would also be taken on an extension of the curfew beyond March 3.

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"No emergency situation"... What the fuck, man.

Lamentable to see this pathological stupidity spread all over the world.
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Boris Johnson has given a road map with dates for England will be out of lockdown. He's saying everything will be back to normal by 21st June. He's actually lost his head.
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Boris Johnson has given a road map with dates for England will be out of lockdown. He's saying everything will be back to normal by 21st June. He's actually lost his head.

This thread and the Politics thread should be the same thread.

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Boris Johnson has given a road map with dates for England will be out of lockdown. He's saying everything will be back to normal by 21st June. He's actually lost his head.

Dipshit might as well have said COVID-19 will "magically disappear", taking a page from Coup d'Fat's book. (Wait, that mook doesn't have any books... except Mein Kampf.)
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I wonder if years from now, I can look back at this time with a calmer, more distanced and analytical mind. Right now everything's too close.

A constant circle of being disappointed in acquaintances, friends, or simply society as a whole because of misguided, antiscientific beliefs they display

or not taking the concept of social distancing all too seriously. I know, it takes a psychological toll on all of us. But there people dying right now.

And the personnel of any hospital is dealing with a hellish amount of workload each day.

Maybe what I mean to say is: I wonder if one day trust isn't such a rare thing anymore. Right now, it kind of is.
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the fucking texas moron....

wait, does this belong in the politics thread?

the fucking moron... just declared a free for all in texass
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the fucking texas moron....

wait, does this belong in the politics thread?

the fucking moron... just declared a free for all in texass




Tbh, most topics these days fit into both threads perfectly.

And yeah, that was probably one of the most baffling things I've heard this week. Idiocy has obtained the golden ticket.



The other baffling Covid-related thing, local-edition: There's a group of aggressive covidiots which is currently planning flashmobs consisting of maskless shopping in over 70 Austrian supermarkets this Friday. They were stupid enough to create a virtual flyer for it. I hope the authorities crack down hard on those responsible. Stupid motherfuckers willingly endangering customers and store clerks to boost their moronic agenda.
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the fucking moron... just declared a free for all in texass


 
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"Look, I hope everybody's realized by now these masks make a difference. We are on the cusp of being able to fundamentally change the nature of this disease because of the way in which we're able to get vaccines in people's arms. ... The last thing, the last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking, that, 'In the meantime, everything's fine. Take off your mask. Forget it.' It still matters." —Joe Biden

"Make no mistake. Texas and Mississippi opening back up to 100% will disproportionately impact and kill minorities, who comprise much of the essential work force bearing the brunt of this pandemic. This is criminal, a racist death sentence for so many who could have been spared." —George Takei

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My heart goes out to Texans who take this pandemic seriously/suffer from different types of social anxiety/feel overwhelmed by crowds etc.

A lot of people out and about already behave pretty badly (even before the Corona crisis and not exclusive to Texas) and now they're incentivized by the government to do so.


Update on the covidiot situation in Austria: Authorities have been made aware of the planned actions by Covid-deniers and local police will monitor the respective supermarkets on Friday. Seeing how they did little to nothing to curtail the massive illegal protests by rightwing groups throughout the last two months, I remain skeptical. But at the very least there has been some reaction to this madness.
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Update on the covidiot situation in Austria: Authorities have been made aware of the planned actions by Covid-deniers and local police will monitor the respective supermarkets on Friday. Seeing how they did little to nothing to curtail the massive illegal protests by rightwing groups throughout the last two months, I remain skeptical. But at the very least there has been some reaction to this madness.




Maybe this will help you put situation into perspective: in Slovakia we have the highest amount of covid-related deaths per inhabitant in the whole world.


so I guess you guys have to be doing something right.


while our prime minister did a huge press conference behind a cargo plane with Russian Sputnik vaccines that he order despite his agreement with all other government parties. A total ultra-moron.
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Maybe this will help you put situation into perspective: in Slovakia we have the highest amount of covid-related deaths per inhabitant in the whole world.


so I guess you guys have to be doing something right.


while our prime minister did a huge press conference behind a cargo plane with Russian Sputnik vaccines that he order despite his agreement with all other government parties. A total ultra-moron.




I hear you. I don't want this to be a contest. A tragedy is a tragedy. And I'm sorry to hear Slovakia is hit that hard.


I think it's mostly down to the comprehensive healthcare system and the general wealth of Austria that there aren't more deaths than there are right now. However, according to recent studies, 7% of last year's deaths in Austria were caused by Covid. That's a significant percentage still. The fact that other countries are doing worse is a massive tragedy, really.



Yeah, I think that a lot of governments are royally fucking up right now. The reason I concentrate on Austria is because I feel most qualified to talk about it. Also, there have been some major fuckups here. Like a ski-region in the Tyrol being a major motor in the increase of infections all across Europe in the beginning.



It's also driving a wedge between relationships. I see a lot of people drifting off towards theories and behavior that I consider to be quite dangerous. At first it seemed merely fringe. But now, if only on a micro-scale, it impacts friends, acquaintances, etc. Pair that with maskless alt-right/borderline Nazi-protests that are downright ignored by the authorities despite being illegal, and we have a situation that is really disheartening right now.


Probably no news to anyone, because such things happen on a global scale. Washington D.C. being one of the more extreme examples. I'm simply reporting what it feels like in Austria right now.


But yeah, it's a shitshow all around. And I'm aware there are places that are hit much harder. I just hope that there will be some relief in the near future.

Hope you and your family are doing okay right now.
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"The last thing, the last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking, that, 'In the meantime, everything's fine. Take off your mask. Forget it.' It still matters." —Joe Biden

MAGAssholes adopting the term "Neanderthal" like they did with "Deplorables" in 3... 2... 1...
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And now, the ultimate Coronavirus/Politics crossover post. Zakaria's latest Washington Post column:


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Biden is showing the world that U.S. government can work again

The Biden presidency is still in its early days, but it is not too soon to point to its most impressive accomplishment, one that will have major implications for years to come. The covid-19 vaccination program has been transformed. The federal government has established or expanded more than 450 vaccination centers, and the country is carrying out 2 million vaccinations per day, more than double the rate when President Biden was inaugurated. The president says he has secured enough supply to vaccinate the entire adult population in the next three months, well ahead of every major country except Britain. The United States has administered about 80 million doses of the vaccine, compared with the European Union’s 35 million and China’s 50 million. More than 15 percent of Americans have received at least one dose, about five times the rate in China. In short, Biden is demonstrating to Americans and to the world that the U.S. government can, once again, work.

The Trump administration deserves credit for Operation Warp Speed, the program that helped to fund the vaccines, and the private sector deserves credit for the miraculous speed and effectiveness with which it developed the vaccines. But, for the most part, President Donald Trump left the rollout to the states. Last March, Ron Klain, now Biden’s chief of staff, observed that the Trump administration was approaching the pandemic, a massive national crisis, as if the country were still living “under the Articles of Confederation.”

Trump did this for two reasons. First, it was clear the pandemic was going to create big problems, and he didn’t want to bear responsibility for them. The sentiment was: “Let the governors own the lockdowns. We will own the recovery.” Second, Republicans have for years denigrated the federal government, arguing that it was incompetent and dysfunctional, that Washington was corrupt and that the private sector could handle everything better. Trump’s initial solution to the pandemic was to line up a bunch of private companies and announce that they would quickly set up websites and testing centers to cover the population. Little of that actually happened.

Biden came into office intent on reversing Trump’s approach. He owned the crisis, releasing a 200-page national strategy that outlined, for example, exactly how the government would use its powers and resources to ramp up vaccinations. That included ordering millions more vaccines; using the Defense Production Act to ensure that additional production could happen fast; enlisting the armed forces, National Guard, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other agencies to support vaccination sites; and shipping vaccines directly to pharmacies, thus creating another network of vaccination centers across the country.

The result: a massive ramp-up of the supply, production and administration of the vaccines. With some luck, the United States could soon be vaccinating 3 million people a day.

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Government is hard. American government is harder still. It’s a political system designed to prevent tyranny, not facilitate speedy action. Power is checked, divided and shared. Making it work takes energy, ingenuity and, above all, a belief in government. Biden clearly learned from his experience running the stimulus program as President Barack Obama’s vice president. Klain, who coordinated the response to Ebola in 2014-2015, is impressively focused on execution. Biden’s covid-19 coordinator, Jeffrey Zients, is a talented executive who has excelled in the private and public sectors. (He may be best remembered for fixing the Obamacare website.)

A senior White House official told me, “You have to work every day at all the details, grind the stuff out, persuade, cajole and force everyone to get on the same page. The federal government has amazing people working within it — FEMA, for example, has some real miracle workers — but they have to be led and managed. It can be done. The answer is not that a consulting group can do this better. For people like us who believe in government, task number one is to make government work.”

The contrast with Trump is easy to draw, because Trump didn’t really view his job as diligently administering the federal bureaucracy. For him, the presidency was a reality television show and politics was a series of symbolic acts. But there is a broader view of the federal government that grew out of the Vietnam War, Watergate and some of the excesses of the Great Society programs, one that President Ronald Reagan gave voice to when he said in his first inaugural address, “Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”

Biden can show us that Reagan was wrong. It was the American government that put a man on the moon and created the Internet. And in today’s world, there are crucial challenges that only government, well led and administered, can solve.
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