This will come as no surprise to anyone who understands the toll of shutting down an economy and ordering people to self isolate/shelter away from their family/friends/community.
The Australian government shutdown their economy on March 23. As of 6 May 2020, 6,875 cases and 97 deaths from Wuhan virus had been reported in Australia. Australia has a population of 25 million people. You do the math.
“Suicide rates in Australia are forecast to rise by up to 50 per cent due to the economic and social impacts of the coronavirus and tipped to outstrip deaths from the pandemic by up to 10 times.
World-leading research by the country’s top mental health experts predicts the impact of the virus could result in an extra 1500 deaths a year over the next five years and a generational mental health crisis linked directly to the pandemic.
Regions hard-hit by a collapse in tourism are expected to be particularly vulnerable to an increase in suicide and it is feared that young people are among those most at risk.
Preliminary modelling by the Brain and Mind Centre suggests the COVID-19 pandemic may give rise to 25 per cent more suicides, with up to 30 per cent of those among young people aged 15-25 years.
This was based on an unemployment rate of 10 per cent and the associated recessionary impacts. But this could rise to 50 per cent if unemployment was to peak at 15 per cent.”
But the bonus is we’ll have one less Hollyweird libtard in our country.
From Yahoo: Orange Is the New Black star Yael Stone is giving up her green card to reside in her native Australia full-time amid the global “climate war.”
As bush fires devastate the continent, the 34-year-old actress, who played Lorna Morello in the Netflix series, took to social media to slam the lack of leadership from Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison amid the ecological disaster.
She went on to call for regular citizens to step up as leaders — and said she would be making immediate changes to her own lifestyle, starting with giving up her green card in the U.S. and residing full time in Australia to reduce her own carbon footprint.
I’m sitting in a dark room wondering what the hell is happening,” Stone said in the first of two Instagram videos. “Our country is on fire… and our prime minister has done absolutely nothing. Cold, calculated nothing. We don’t have leaders, we have cowards.
“The leaders we have are the people around us and that’s what we have to become. We have to step up because this is war. This is a climate war. And for the first time, our enemy is not wearing a uniform that we’ll be able to recognise. Our enemy is our own behaviour. And, yeah sure — on an individual level things can change but it’s corporate-wide, it’s government-wide, it’s systematic changes that must happen — and they must happen yesterday. It’s time to act.”
She went on to detail the personal change that she’s going to make.
“To begin with, I’d like to announce that I’m giving up my green card. After a long considered process, we’ve come to understand that it’s unethical for us to set up a life in two countries knowing what we know,” explained Stone, who shares a one-year-old child with Jack Manning Bancroft, founder of AIME, the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience.
“The carbon emissions alone from that flying, it’s unethical, it’s not right. So I will be going through the process of giving up my green card and saying goodbye to a life in America. I’m going to be here in Australia doing the work I can to make a difference here because the time is now.”
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From 7News.com: Last year, 13 men gave birth in New South Wales.
Medicare figures released this week show they were among 22 men nationwide to give birth during the 2018-19 financial year, out of more than 35,000 people to give birth nationwide. That’s slightly up on the previous year in which 15 men gave birth across the country.
But it is well down on the 55 men who gave birth in 2014-15, the 44 men who gave birth in 2015-16 and 37 men in 2016-17. And from 2000 to 2012, no men gave birth – just one “unknown”.
The men are transgender men who are still physically able to bear children.
Melbourne University academic Dr. Lauren Rosewarne said transgender people were becoming increasingly visible and so more likely to nominate their gender when giving birth and, because of administrative changes, they were now able to do so.
“I think certainly you can date it to when we started to become more interested (in transgender people), the Caitlyn Jenner factor,” she said. “There was a heightened visibility, culturally.”
The sudden appearance of men giving birth on Medicare records stems from a federal government administrative change in 2013 that allowed departments to recognise a gender other than the one somebody was born with.
“The Medicare system was progressively updated to removed gender-based MBS item limitations to comply with the Australian Government Guidelines on the Recognition of Sex and Gender, which commenced in July 2013,” a Department of Human Services spokesperson said.
I wonder how many of these frightened Americans are just showing up at a country’s border and expecting to obtain illegal entry? Oh wait, they are applying for Visas. Guess only other countries are expected to determine who has the right to enter their country…
From Yahoo: Eleanor Pelta has secured Polish passports for herself and her two sons. Stephanie Schwab is planning an escape route via Spain. Elie Jacobs has begun to keep enough cash on hand to buy last-minute plane tickets to Israel for his family. Alex and Aussa Lorens are applying for work visas in Australia, while Josh Lewin is aiming for New Zealand.
And Kami Lewis Levin already has her bags packed and tickets purchased. She leaves next week, with her husband, three children and a dog, for a new home in Costa Rica.
Americans are not flocking to the exits, but some of them are thinking about it, and some are talking about it, and at least a few are acting on the idea. Google searches for terms like “how to move out of America” spiked this past weekend to levels not seen since November 2016, right after the presidential election, and last seen a decade ago during the Great Recession. And in dozens of interviews after the massacres in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, people who were born here spoke of their crystallizing desire to leave.
These are not recent immigrants who feel threatened by nationalist rhetoric coming from the White House and Congress, but for the most part middle-class or relatively affluent Americans disheartened by the turn in American politics since the 2016 election. And it is not necessarily Canada — the default destination for agitated Americans over the decades — where they are threatening to move, because work visa qualifications there are tight. Instead, they are casting a larger net across the globe.
“The text-message threads and FB message threads have surged with questions about how and when to leave,” said Jacobs, a 41-year-old public affairs consultant who lives in New Jersey with his wife and toddler, and who began looking to Israel as an “escape hatch” as soon as Donald Trump was elected, but whose stockpiling of cash took on new urgency this week.
For many, the exploration of the departure gates is a direct response to the current president of the United States and his party. Before 2016, Coloradans Alex and Aussa Lorens were saving up to buy a house; after that they turned their attention to qualifying for a 190 Skilled Nominated visa for Australia, which requires proving English proficiency, a skills assessment and an “expression of intent” letter to those Australian states that are specifically looking for workers in Alex’s industry, which is hospitality.
Among what the couple sees as the many attractions of Australian society — including universal health care and affordable private insurance, mandated parental leave, four weeks of vacation for all workers and strong limits on guns — the Lorenses are drawn by the political culture, which, Aussa says, “protects them from a Trump-like outcome.”
“They do not have a major political party that is at all equivalent to our far-right Republicans,” she says. “Their conservative party is more like the moderate Democrats. They don’t argue about whether health care is a basic human right or whether climate change is real. They banned guns after a mass shooting.”
For others, the motivation is what they describe as an increasing level of daily fear.
“The way things are going, it’s to where you can’t even take your family out in public because it’s just a matter of time,” says Josh Lewin, 34, a native of Murfreesboro, Tenn., who lives there now with his wife and four sons ages 4 to 14 and works selling commercial security systems. “I need to do something to protect the family and not have to worry about this day in and day out.”
“First it was a shooting once a year, then once every six months, then once a month, and now it’s every day,” he says. “We don’t even bat an eye as a country now. I would like to move somewhere where that isn’t true and my kids don’t have to be afraid.”
He is surprised to feel as he does, both because he knows that statistically the dangers to any one individual or family are quite small, and because he has never been one for strong political opinions, and lives among relatives and friends who are Trump supporters. In fact, he emphasizes, “I’m not trying to choose sides. I am the type to sit back and support whoever is piloting the ship because you want to support your president and not see him fail.”
He has kept his feelings to himself, he says, particularly at work, where other men wear handguns strapped to their ankles at the office and, according to his wife, “joke about mass shootings being a force of natural selection.”
The Lewins have rejected Australia because “they have huge spiders there,” Josh says, and he is about as scared of spiders as he is of mass shootings. He has set New Zealand as his goal, intrigued years ago by the popularity of the extreme sport of “drift triking” — riding nonmotorized Big Wheels-like contraptions down huge hills. (New Zealand does have spiders, but venomous species capable of harming humans are extremely rare.) More recently he has been attracted by the fact that “after one mass shooting there they took steps to make it not so easy for people to get ahold of weapons of war.”
And then, “after the shootings this weekend, I went from a 3 on the scale of how likely I was to actually move to a 6.”
Those who say they are serious about leaving are quick to add that they recognize the privilege that allows them to consider such a move at all.
“I am acutely aware of how not everyone can do this,” says 40-year-old Janelle Hanchett, a writer, who sold everything she owned in Northern California in July and moved with her husband, Charles MacDonald, a union ironworker, and their four school-age children to the Netherlands. “We are not rich, we have crippling student loans, but we had equity in a house and the means to pick up and leave.”
Tired of what Hanchett describes as “the specter of this rising authoritarian regime, and of feeling unsafe all the time,” they applied for a “freelance visa” that the government of the Netherlands created to thank America for liberation during World War II, and that allows Americans to live and work as freelancers. (If they become employed by a Dutch company full time, their status switches to a sponsored visa.)
“It feels saner, more humane,” she says of her new home in the city of Haarlem, the capital of the province of North Holland. “The people seem happier. And there aren’t guns.”
Under the program, they are entitled to all the country’s benefits, including universal health care, a payment from the government of about 250 euros per child per quarter, and admission to a “Newcomer” school that costs 3 euros per month and helps children learn Dutch and transition to their new country. When they learned about the school, Hanchett says, “we started to cry from happiness.” The principal told them, “Americans always react this way.”
From Daily Mail: Royal Australian Air Force pilots are taught to think of women and take a ‘gender perspective’ during bombing operations.
The ‘Gender in Air Operations’ doctrine informs pilots what they should do before dropping bombs in war zones to ensure women aren’t placed in danger.
It gives the example of how destroying a bridge used by enemy troops could force local women to walk further to fetch water or wood.
‘Although destroying this target may provide a military advantage against the enemy, the second order effect may mean that, due to the gendered social roles, women need to travel further afield, on unfamiliar and less secure, well-known or well-lit routes to gather water and firewood,’ the doctrine said.
Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veterans Association NSW/ACT president Bruce Relph said the program will also protect pilots.
‘This is going to make the pilot hesitate, afraid he might be charged with war crimes, and that puts his life in danger because the enemy will not be hesitating to shoot him down,’ he told The Daily Telegraph.
However former army officer Bernard Gaynor said: ‘We need our Defence Force to train combat warriors, not social justice warriors. The sooner Defence returns to its core business the better.’
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From NY Post: A British boy born with just 2 percent of his brain defied the odds and is now a happy 6-year-old — after it “grew back.”
Shelley and Rob Wall, from Cumbria, in northwest England, were advised to terminate the pregnancy five times after finding out that their baby had “no brain.” Dad Rob said that many doctors believed his unborn son had not developed a brain.
Incredibly, however, by the time Noah was 3 years old his brain had grown to 80 percent of the normal size.
Now doctors believe Noah’s brain had actually just been squashed into a small space — and that after he had a shunt fitted, it grew back to where it should have been.
The youngster, now 6 years old, appeared on “Good Morning Britain” with his parents to share his extraordinary story, which host Richard Madley called “a miracle.”
“Even if his brain had been so squashed up, he’d be severely mentally disabled because of all that damage and look at him — he’s as bright as a button,” said Noah’s father.
He explained that because they were older parents, the couple was more resistant to doctors’ calls to terminate the pregnancy. “I think possibly if younger people were offered that choice, they may have felt pressured into taking it. Because we’re older parents, we know our own minds and we’re positive people. We wanted to give Noah the chance of life.”
And it paid off big time.
Doctors told the parents that their son would be severely mentally disabled — unable to talk, see, hear or eat. Then they also discovered that Noah had spina bifida and gave him very little chance of surviving. But the 6-year-old can do all of those things.
Noah was born 11/11 at 11 o’clock.
“We waited with bated breath and they put a ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ notice on Noah,” recalled mom of three Shelley. Now the pair have dedicated their time to his brain development, even flying him to Australia to a radical brain training center, where he learned how to sit up unaided and even managed to go surfing.
Noah now wants to learn to walk and wants to continue learning how to surf and even start skiing.
The treatment that Noah’s been having in Australia is called “neurophysics” — a mixture of physiotherapy and cognitive exercises.
Noah’s father explained that typically doctors don’t usually undertake the therapy with children because of the cognitive side of things, however, they were lucky enough to be able to persuade them to see and assess Noah and prepare them for when he’s old enough to have that cognitive treatment.
“It’s all to do with the brain’s ability to heal or correct the body’s nervous system,” he said.
The doctors who initially met with Noah and his mother in the UK admit that the youngster is “extraordinary.”
The family now sends them emails, pictures and updates about Noah’s progress, and he even goes to visit and bring them presents at Christmas.
English actress Daniella Westbrook tweeted the show to say that Noah was the “cutest little boy” — something which seemed to delight the boy who keeps proving doctors wrong.
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Because that makes complete sense in today’s world…
From NY Post: The siblings dubbed the “world’s most identical twins,” Anna and Lucy DeCinque, have revealed their mom wants them both to get pregnant at the same time with their shared boyfriend’s babies.
The twins made the startling confession on Australia’s “Today” TV show. Any baby would be both half-sibling and cousin. The 33-year-old sisters, who are both dating 35-year-old Ben Byrne, said: “Love is love, we are all adults. “Our mom’s actually convincing us to give birth naturally. “I don’t know how that’s going to work.”
They continued: “We need to be pregnant at the same time. How is that going to work? It’s going to be another challenge. There’s a lot of pressure on Ben.”
Previously The Sun revealed the sisters both wanted to marry Byrne, although polygamy, having more than one wife, is banned under the Marriage Act 1961 in Australia.
“If we can change the government we would love to marry Ben,” they told “Today,” speaking at the same time. “I think we should marry the same man. This is what works for us. People need to get that. We aren’t hurting us.”
The girls also told the show how they were going back to a “natural look having previously spent S175,000 on surgery. “We’re really happy with how we are looking right now,” they said. “We are a lot happier in ourselves. We’re a lot happier where we are today.”
In November, The Sun reported how they were bullied on social media for what they dubbed their “spider-eyed, trout pout.”
They told Australia’s New Idea magazine then: “We would block the comments, but down deep inside they were hurtful. The more popular we got, the more haters we had and we were getting called everything from ‘plastic Barbie dolls,’ to ‘fish lips.’
“We wanted the biggest everything – particularly lips. We loved the look and feel of big lips. Now we realize they were too big,” they said.
They spoke of their regret after plucking their eyebrows off so they could get a thin line tattooed on again. They’ve also thrown away hair and eyelash extensions and stopped getting lip fillers.
Last year they revealed they had an astonishing 14 surgeries in 14 days, including mole removal, pixel lasering, lip filling and tattooing and eyebrow tattooing.
Choose wisely ladies…one of these is a better tool to use for saving your life during an attack.
Strict gun control laws in Australia make it very difficult for a woman to best determine how to take responsibility for her own safety.
Do tell #GunControlNow crowd (who love the gun control model of other countries), why do you want to make it more difficult for women who want to carry a firearm for safety, especially when police tell them to take responsibility for said safety?
From TheAge.com: Police have not ruled out a possible link between the death of a woman whose body was found on a soccer pitch in Carlton North(suburb of Melbourne) overnight and the recent sexual assault of a woman at a nearby park. Detectives have promised round-the-clock patrols of Princes Park where the body of the woman, believed to be in her 30s, was found in the early hours of Wednesday. It is understood police suspect it may have been a random attack.
The woman’s body was found by a passerby on the pitch in the middle of the popular Princes Park running track, next to Melbourne General Cemetery, about 2.40am. Her body was found near the centre of the pitch.
“Paramedics worked on the woman, who is yet to be formally identified, but she was not able to be revived,” a police spokesman said. The Parkville sex attack
On March 28, another woman was sexually assaulted less than one kilometre away, near Royal Park in Parkville, as she was walking by the intersection of Gatehouse Street and Bayles Crescent about 2.35am. A man approached the woman from behind, trapped her in a bear hug and the pair fell to the ground, where he sexually assaulted her, police said. The man tried to cover the woman’s mouth as she screamed for help but several nearby residents heard her. She managed to break free and ran to a nearby property where residents helped her and called police. The area was searched by police, including by helicopter, but the attacker was not found.
Detectives from the force’s sex crimes unit have confirmed they are liaising with homicide police as they work to track down the Parkville attacker.
Detective Senior Sergeant Brendan Butland said the possibility both cases were connected was being investigated, but at this stage there was “no known link” between the two. “We’re keeping an open mind,” he said.
Since the Parkville attack, detectives have made a number of inquiries into possible persons of interest, but they have since been ruled out.
Last week, Parkville residents received letters from Victoria Police asking for information and any CCTV about the Royal Park assault. The letter from Senior Constable Rhiannon Woolfe told residents that police were doorknocking the area and asked them to contact the sexual crime squad command. Police keeping ‘open mind’ about possible link
On Wednesday – only an hour after the woman’s body was found in Carlton North – police renewed their appeal to help find the Parkville sex attacker.
Police have released a computer-generated image of the man police wish to speak to in connection with the Parkville sex attack, as well as CCTV footage of a man walking along the street.
Acting Homicide Squad Inspector Andrew Stamper said police were keeping an open mind about a possible link between the woman’s death and the sex assault. “We’re aware of that matter and we have been liasing with our colleagues at the sexual crimes squad,” he said.
“At this stage we have an open mind, but obviously we will be considering that matter in relation to this matter.” Carlton North death ‘suspicious’
The circumstances of the death are being treated as suspicious, but Inspector Stamper did not reveal the details of the woman’s injuries or if she sustained any at all. He declined to comment on whether she had been sexually assaulted before she died.
Inspector Stamper said the man who found the woman’s body and raised the alarm was assisting police with their inquiries, but was not being treated as a suspect at this stage.
He declined to comment on the reasons why the woman or the man who found her were at the park in the early hours of the morning. He also declined to comment on a pair of black shoes found not far from the woman’s body.
He said police were taking the matter “very seriously” and were canvassing CCTV footage in the area. “It will be a long day out here a lot of resources are getting thrown into it,” he said. Police ramp up patrols of Princes Park
North west division Superintendent David Clayton said there would now be a highly visible police presence at the park “all times of the day and night”.
“They [police] will be on foot, they’ll be on bicycles and they’ll be in cars,” he said.
He urged anyone walking in the area at night to take extra precautions and always be aware of their surroundings. “The message we would provide to all members of the community is to take responsibility for your safety,” he said.
“Make sure people know where you are and if you’ve got a mobile phone carry it and if you’ve got any concerns at all call police.”
Carlton resident Fran Keenan does a lap around Princes Park daily, but she said she would never walk in the area when it’s dark.
Ms Keenan said she was left shaken by the discovery of the woman’s body and recent sexual assault nearby. ‘‘I walked around [Princes Park] and it was really early in the morning once and I just didn’t feel comfortable being out there in the dark so I’ve never done it again,’’ she said. ‘‘I feel perfectly safe in the daytime, but it’s a different feeling when you walk at night and there’s less people around. ‘It’s just awful to think that a woman has died so close by and it’s a bit eerie here today with all the police around.’’
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