Hi everyone. I'm hoping that Victoria gets some freedom back today, but I'm not very hopeful. A friend in Melbourne said that when the curfew was lifted, it made no difference because everything was still closed, which made her more angry. It's interesting that the media is now turning on the Vic govt when they were all in favour of the cruel and brutal restrictions for at least six months, whilst painting any other point of view as being treasonous. As we all know, the media thrives of sensationalism and fear mongering, as this provides ratings, and "clicks" on stories determines how much of the same stuff will be repeated in future editions, but in this case, the media has been acting as if its an arm of the state - cheer leaders blindly supporting every single government around the country that has locked its own people up and stopped ordinary business from carrying on. The "old chestnut" about Sweden/UK/USA is also based on false premises, which I've tried to explain to "friends" many times, without much success. Britain has never had the same testing regime as Australia. In Britain, most people can't get tested. Most diagnoses of Covid 19 in Britain on physical examination only. I have a friend in the UK was counted as a case back in April, but still isn't really sure whether she had it or not as she was never tested. In Britain, it seems as though you have to be Prince Charles, the PM, the Queen, or one of their employees to be able to get a test. In contrast, Australian govts are begging healthy people to get tested to keep the number up. In Sweden, it's my understanding that there is widespread support throughout the population for the approach to keep things open. The death rate is going down. In the USA, they don't have free universal health care and tests are expensive. Even then, the death rate is still a really small percentage of the 360 million population. Lack of scrutiny of the reported statistics is breathtaking. It's amazing how many people suddenly trust the government in all things, even though it's clear that govt incompetence and failure, supported by media, is entirely responsible for the mess. 7000 ventilators are "on stand by" all around the country. Huge amounts of money spent on ventilators that are not, and never would be, needed. No wonder they beg people to be tested. They need to find some cases each day to justify the bad decisions and maybe even use some ventilators that are currently laying idle.