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2009.07.03 08:39 Everything Sucks!

Everything Sucks! is a Netflix original coming-of-age comedy-drama created by Ben York Jones and Michael Mohan that parodies teen culture of the mid-1990s. The series is set in the real-life town of Boring, Oregon in 1996, and focuses on a group of teenagers who attend the fictional Boring High School as they proceed to make a movie together while dealing with issues such as dating and sexuality. The series stars Jahi Di'Allo Winston, Peyton Kennedy, Patch Darragh and Claudine Mboligikpelani.
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2020.09.29 03:07 Pretty_iin_Pink NSW reports no new local cases and 2 new overseas cases 🍩

NSW reports no new local cases and 2 new overseas cases 🍩

New cases reported in the last 24 hours

  • 2 are returned overseas travellers in hotel quarantine.
  • For the fourth day in a row, NSW reports no new local cases of COVID-19. 🍩🍩🍩🍩
Note:
1. NSW Health has released the data for the 25/09. Although they officially announced on the 25/09 that there was 1 new local case that was under investigation (+ 3 new overseas cases), the data shows only 1 overseas case for that day. Up until yesterday, officials have said the case is still under investigation, but Gladys Berejiklian (during yesterdays presser) has also suggested that Dr Chant may have an update.
UPDATE:As mentioned, the last local-unknown case was officially reported on the 25th September. That case was first announced during the presser on the 24th, as the result was received after 8pm on the 23rd. That is why the NSW data shows that the last local-unknown case was on the 23rd, but it was officially reported on the 25th.
2. Passengers for 5 of the 9 Silver Service taxi trips are now confirmed. However, NSW Health is still seeking to identify passengers who took trips at following times and locations:
These passengers should call the NSW Health Call Centre on 9391 9000 for further advice.

Case and Test Summary

Last updated 3:58 PM [29/09]
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Sources of confirmed cases

Last updated 6:18 PM [29/09] - New data ✅✅✅
To track reclassification across time, check out our wiki page.
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September 2020 source totals - as of 29/09 : For a breakdown see here.
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Recent Clusters

Last updated 11:04 AM [29/09]
The name of each cluster links to a wiki page where the initial cases associated with the cluster are detailed, as well as information concerning the original source of each cluster.
Cluster Last 24 hours Total Reported
Sydney CBD - 72 Sept: 16, 13, 11, 9, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2. Aug: 31, 30, 29, 28, 27.
Concord/Liverpool Hospital - 22 Concord = Sept: 21, 18, 17, 16, 15, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7. Liverpool = Sept: 18, 11, 7, 6, 4, 1. Aug: 13.
Eastern Suburbs Legion Club - 9 Sept: 17, 14, 13, 11, 10.

Recently affected Educational Institutions

Last updated 11:04 AM [29/09]
School Suburb, LGA Last 24 hours TOTAL (students) Reported
Blue Mountains Grammar School Wentworth Falls, City of Blue Mountains - 2 Sept: 16, 11

Latest COVID-19 case locations in NSW

Last updated 8:45 AM [29/09]
Please view the NSW Gov website for the most up to date information, including information concerning additional locations and Sydney bus and train routes where you are required to monitor yourself for COVID-19 symptoms.
Increased testing and surveillance Self-isolate and get tested immediately
Bankstown (suburb) Glen Alpine: Campbelltown Golf Club
Blue Mountains LGA
Cumberland LGA
Fairfield LGA
Hunters Hill LGA
Liverpool LGA
Parramatta LGA

A collated list of NSW media releases and public health alerts are also available on our Wiki

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2020.09.28 21:18 normancrane Iris [3/3]

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3 <-- You are here.
I awoke to a world without women.
I rolled off the bed into sore thighs and guilt, got up to emptiness that echoed the slightest noise, and left my wife’s clothes on the sheets without thinking that eventually I’d have to pack them into a plastic bag and slide them down the garbage chute. I felt magnified and hollow. In the kitchen, I used the stove top as a table because the actual table had my wife’s tablet on it, and spilled instant coffee. What I didn’t spill I drank in a few gulps, the way I used to drink ice cold milk as a boy. I stood in front of the living room window for a while before realizing I was naked, then realizing that it didn’t matter because men changed in front of each other at the pool and peed next to one another into urinals in public restrooms, and there weren’t any women to hide from, no one to offend. The world, I told myself, was now a sprawling men’s pisser, so I slammed the window open and pissed.
I wanted to call someone—to tell them that my wife was dead, because that’s a duty owed by the living—but whom could I call: her sister, her parents? Her sister was dead. Her father had a dead wife and two dead daughters. There was nothing to say. Everyone knew. I called my wife’s father anyway. Was he still my father-in-law now that I was a widower? He didn’t accept the connection. Widower: a word loses all but historical meaning when there are no alternatives. If all animals were dogs, we’d purge one of those words from our vocabulary. We were all widowers. It was synonymous with man. I switched on the television and stared, crying, at a montage of photographs showing the bloody landscapes of cities, hospitals, retirement homes, schools and churches, all under the tasteless headline: “International Pop”. Would we clean it up, these remnants of the people we loved? Could we even use the same buildings, knowing what had happened in them? The illusion of practical thinking pushed my feeling of emptiness away. I missed arms wrapping around me from behind while I stared through rain streaked windows. I missed barking and a wagging tail that hit my leg whenever I was standing too close. Happiness seemed impossible. I called Bakshi because I needed confirmation that I still had a voice. “They’re the lucky ones,” he said right after I’d introduced myself. “They’re out. We’re the fools still locked in, and now we’re all alone.”
For three weeks, I expected my wife to show up at the apartment door. I removed her clothes from the bed and stuffed them into a garbage bag, but kept the garbage bag in the small space between the fridge and the kitchen wall. I probably would have kept a dead body in the freezer if I had one and it fit. As a city and as a world, those were grim, disorganized weeks for us. Nobody worked. I don’t know what we did. Sat around and drank, smoked. And we called each other, often out of the blue. Every day, I received a call from someone I knew but hadn’t spoken to in years. The conversations all followed a pattern. There was no catching up and no explanation of lost time, just a question like “How are you holding up?” followed by a thoughtless answer (“Fine, I guess. And you?”) followed by an exchange of details about the women we’d lost. Mothers, sisters, daughters, wives, girlfriends, friends, cousins, aunts, teachers, students, co-workers. We talked about the colour of their hair, their senses of humour, their favourite movies. We said nothing about ourselves, choosing instead to inhabit the personas of those whom we’d loved. In the hallway, I would put on my wife’s coats but never look at myself in the mirror. I wore her winter hats in the middle of July. Facebook became a graveyard, with the gender field separating the mourners from the dead.
The World Health Organization issued a communique stating that based on the available data it was reasonable to assume that all the women in the world were dead, but it called for any woman still alive to come forward immediately. The language of the communique was as sterile as the Earth. Nobody came forward. The World Wildlife Fund created an inventory of all mammalian species that listed in ascending order how long each species would exist. Humans were on the bottom. Both the World Health Organization and the World Wildlife Fund predicted that unless significant technological progress occurred in the field of fertility within the next fifty years, the last human, a theoretical boy named Philip born into a theoretical developed country on March 26, 2025, would die in 93 years. On the day of his death, Philip would be the last remaining mammal—although not necessarily animal—on Earth. No organization or government has ever officially stated that July 4, 2025, was the most destructive day in recorded history, on the morning of which, Eastern Time, four billion out of a total of eight billion people ceased to exist as anything more than memories. What killed them was neither an act of war nor an act of terrorism. Neither was it human negligence. There was no one to blame and no one to prosecute. In the western countries, where the majority of people no longer believed in any religion, we could not even call it an act of God. So we responded by calling it nothing at all.
And, like nothing, our lives persisted. We ate, we slept and we adapted. After the first wave of suicides ended, we hosed off what the rain hadn’t already washed away and began to reorganize the systems on which our societies ran. It was a challenge tempered only slightly in countries where women had not made up a significant portion of the workforce. We held new elections, formed me boards of directors and slowed down the assembly lines and bus schedules to make it possible for our communities to keep running. There was less food in the supermarkets, but we also needed less food. Instead of two trains we ran one, but one sufficed. I don’t remember the day when I finally took the black garbage bag from its resting place and walked it to the chute. “How are you holding up?” a male voice would say on the street. “Fine, I guess. And you?” I’d answer. ##!! wrote a piece of Python code to predict the box office profitability of new movies, in which real actors played alongside computer-generated actresses. The code was only partially successful. Because while it did accurately predict the success of new movies in relation to one other, it failed to include the overwhelming popularity of re-releases of films from the past—films starring Bette Davis, Giulietta Masina, Meryl Streep: women who at least on screen were still flesh and blood. Theatres played retrospectives. On Amazon, books by female authors topped the charts. Sales of albums by women vocalists surged. We thirsted for another sex. I watched, read and listened like everyone else, and in between I cherished any media on which I found images or recordings of my wife. I was angry for not having made more. I looked at the same photos and watched the same clips over and over again. I memorized my wife’s Facebook timeline and tagged all her Tweets by date, theme and my own rating. When I went out, I would talk to the air as if she was walking beside me, sometimes quoting her actual words as answers to my questions and sometimes inventing my own as if she was a beloved character in an imagined novel. When people looked at me like I was crazy, I didn’t care. I wasn’t the only one. But, more importantly, my wife meant more to me than they did. I remembered times when we’d stroll through the park or down downtown sidewalks and I would be too ashamed to kiss her in the presence of strangers. Now, I would tell her that I love her in the densest crowd. I would ask her whether I should buy ketchup or mustard in the condiments aisle. She helped me pick out my clothes in the morning. She convinced me to eat healthy and exercise.
In November, I was in Bakshi’s apartment for the first time, waiting for a pizza delivery boy, when one of Bakshi’s friends who was browsing Reddit told us that the Tribe of Akna was starting a Kickstarter campaign in an attempt to buy the Republic of Suriname, rename it Xibalba and close its borders for all except the enlightened. Xibalba would have no laws, Salvador Abaroa said in a message on the site. He was banging his gong as he did. Everything would be legal, and anyone who pledged $100 would receive a two-week visa to this new "Mayan Buddhist Eden". If you pledged over $10,000, you would receive citizenship. “Everything in life is destroyed by energy,” Abaroa said. “But let the energy enlighten you before it consumes your body. Xibalba is finite life unbound.” Bakshi’s phone buzzed. The pizza boy had sent an email. He couldn’t get upstairs, so Bakshi and I took the elevator to the building’s front entrance. The boy’s face was so white that I saw it as soon as the elevator doors slid open. Walking closer, I saw that he was powdered. His cheeks were also rouged, and he was wearing cranberry coloured lipstick, a Marilyn Monroe wig and a short black skirt. Compared to his face, his thin legs looked like incongruously dark popsicle sticks. Bakshi paid for the pizza and added another five dollars for the tip. The boy batted his fake eyelashes and asked if maybe he could do something to earn a little more. “What do you mean?” I asked. “Oh, I don’t know. Maybe I could come upstairs and clean the place up a little. You two live alone?” Bakshi passed me the two pizza boxes—They felt hot in my hands.—and dug around in his wallet. “It’s not just the two of us,” I said. The boy smiled. “That’s OK. I’ve done parties before if that’s what you’re into.” I saw the reaction on Bakshi’s face, and I saw the boy’s grotesque caricature of a woman. “There’s condoms and lube in the car,” the boy said, pointing to a sedan with a pizza spray-painted across its side parked by the curb. “My boss says I can take up to two hours but it’s not like he uses a stopwatch.” I stepped on Bakshi’s foot and shouldered him away. He was still fiddling with his wallet. “We’re not interested,” I said to the boy. He just shrugged. “Suit yourselves. If you change your mind, order another pizza and ask for Ruby.” The elevator dinged and the doors opened. As we shuffled inside, I saw Bakshi’s cheeks turn red. “I’m not actually—” he mumbled, but I didn’t let him finish. What had bothered me so much about the boy wasn’t the way he looked or acted; in fact, it wasn’t really the boy at all. He was just trying to make a buck. What bothered me was how ruthlessly we’d already begun to exploit each other.
For those of us who were heterosexual, sex was a definite weakness. I missed it. I would never have it with a woman again. The closest substitute was pornography, whose price rose with its popularity, but which, at least for me, now came scented with the unpleasantness of historicity and nostalgia. Videos and photos, not to mention physical magazines, were collector’s items in the same way that we once collected coins or action figures. The richest men bought up the exclusive rights to their favourite porn stars and guarded them by law with a viciousness once reserved for the RIAA and MPAA. Perhaps exclusivity gave them a possessive satisfaction. In response, we pirated whatever we could and fought for a pornographic public domain. Although new pornography was still being produced, either with the help of the same virtual technology they used for mainstream movies or with the participation of young men in costume, it lacked the taste of the originals. It was like eating chocolate made without cocoa. The best pornography, and therefore the best sex, became the pornography of the mind.
The Tribe of Akna reached its Kickstarter goal in early December. On December 20, I went to church for the first time since getting married because that was the theoretical date that my wife—along with every other woman—was supposed to have given birth. I wanted to be alone with others. Someone posted a video on TikTok from Elia Kazan’s On The Waterfront, dubbing over Marlon Brando’s speech to say: “You don’t understand. I could’a had a piece of ass. I could’a been a school board member. I could’a been a son’s daddy”. It was juvenile and heartbreaking. By Christmas, the Surinamese government was already expelling its citizens, each of whom had theoretically been given a fraction of the funds paid to the government from the Tribe of Akna’s Kickstarter pool, and Salvador Abaroa’s lawyers were petitioning for international recognition of the new state of Xibalba. Neither Canada nor the United States opened diplomatic relations, but others did. I knew people who had pledged money, and when in January they disappeared on trips, I had no doubt to where. Infamy spread in the form of stories and urban legends. There’s no need for details. People disappeared, and ethicists wrote about the ethical neutrality of murder, arguing that because we were all slated to die, leaving the Earth barren in a century, destruction was a human inevitability, and what is inevitable can never be bad, even when it comes earlier than expected—even when it comes by force. Because, as a species, we hadn’t chosen destruction for ourselves, neither should any individual member of our species be able to choose now for himself. To the ethicists of what became known as the New Inevitability School, suicide was a greater evil than murder because it implied choice and inequality. If the ship was going down, no one should be allowed to get off. A second wave of suicides coincided with the debate, leading many governments to pass laws making suicide illegal. But how do you punish someone who already wants to die? In China: by keeping him alive and selling him to Xibalba, where he becomes the physical plaything of its citizens and visa-holders. The Chinese was the first embassy to open in Xibalban Paramaribo.
The men working on Kurt Schwaller’s theory of everything continued working, steadily adding new variables to their equations, complicating their calculations in the hopes that someday the variable they added would be the final one and the equation would yield an answer. “It’s pointless,” Bakshi would comment after reading about one of the small breakthroughs they periodically announced. “Even if they do manage to predict something, anything, it won’t amount to anything more than the painfully obvious. And after decades of adding and subtracting their beans, they’ll come out of their Los Alamos datalabs like groundhogs into a world blanketed by storm clouds and conclude, finally and with plenty of self-congratulations, that it’s about to fucking rain.”
It rained a lot in February. It was one of the warmest Februaries in Toronto’s history. Sometimes I went for walks along the waterfront, talking to my wife, listening to Billie Holiday and trying to recall as many female faces as I could. Ones from the distant past: my mother, my grandmothers. Ones from the recent past: the woman whose life my wife saved on the way to the hospital, the Armenian woman with the film magazine and the injured son, the Jamaican woman, Bakshi’s wife. I focused on their faces, then zoomed out to see their bodies. I carried an umbrella but seldom opened it because the pounding of the raindrops against the material distorted my mental images. I saw people rush across the street holding newspapers above their heads while dogs roamed the alleyways wearing nothing at all. Of the two, it was dogs that had the shorter time left on Earth, and if they could let the rain soak their fur and drip off their bodies, I could surely let it run down my face. It was first my mother and later my wife who told me to always cover up in the rain, “because moisture causes colds,” but I was alone now and I didn’t want to be separated from the falling water by a sheet of glass anymore. I already was cold. I saw a man sit down on a bench, open his briefcase, pack rocks into it, then close it, tie it to his wrist, check his watch and start to walk into the polluted waters of Lake Ontario. Another man took out his phone and tapped his screen a few times. The man in the lake walked slowly, savouring each step. When the police arrived, sirens blaring, the water was up to his neck. I felt guilty for watching the three officers splash into the lake after him. I don’t know what happened after that because I turned my back and walked away. I hope they didn’t stop him. I hope he got to do what he wanted to do.
“Screw the police.” Bakshi passed me a book. “You should read this,” he said. It was by a professor of film and media studies at a small university in Texas. There was a stage on the cover, flanked by two red curtains. The photo had been taken from the actors’ side, looking out at an audience that the stage lights made too dark to see. The title was Hiding Behind The Curtains. I flipped the book over. There was no photo of the author. “It’s a theory,” Bakshi said, “that undercuts what Abaroa and the Inevitabilists are saying. It’s a little too poetic in parts but—listen, you ever read Atlas Shrugged?” I said I hadn’t. “Well, anyway, what this guy says is that what if instead of our situation letting us do anything we want, it’s actually the opposite, a test to see how we act when we only think that we’re doomed. I mean what if the women who died in March, what if they’re just—” “Hiding behind the curtains,” I said. He bit his lower lip. “It sounds stupid when you say it like that but, as a metaphor, it has a kind of elegance, right?” I flipped through the book, reading a few sentences at random. It struck me as neo-Christian. “Isn’t this a little too spiritual for you? I thought we were all locked into one path,” I said. “I thought that, too, but lately I’ve been able to do things—things that I didn’t really want to do.” For a second I was concerned. “Nothing bad,” he said. “I mean I’ve felt like I’m locked into doing one thing, say having a drink of water, but I resist and pour myself a glass of orange juice instead.” I shook my head. “It’s hard to explain,” he said. That’s how most theories ended, I thought: reason and evidence up to a crucial point, and then it gets so personal that it’s hard to explain. You either make the jump or you don’t. “Just read it,” he said. “Please read it. You don’t have to agree with it, I just want to get your opinion, an objective opinion.”
I never did read the book, and Bakshi forgot about it, too, but that day he was excited and happy, and those were rare feelings. I was simultaneously glad for him and jealous. Afterwards, we went out onto the balcony and drank Czech beer until morning. When it got cool, we put on our coats. It started to drizzle so we wore blue plastic suits like the ones they used to give you on boat rides in Niagara Falls. When it was time to go home, I was so drunk I couldn’t see straight. I almost got into a fight, the first one of my life, because I bumped into a man on the street and told him to get the fuck out of my way. I don’t remember much more of my walk home. The only reason I remember Behind The Curtains at all is because when I woke up in the afternoon it was the first thing that my hung over brain recognized. It was lying on the floor beside the bed. Then I opened the blinds covering my bedroom window and, through my spread fingers that I’d meant to use as a shield from the first blast of daylight, I saw the pincers for the first time.
They’d appeared while I was asleep. I turned on the television and checked my phone. The media and the internet were feverish, but nobody knew what the thing was, just a massive, vaguely rectangular shape blotting out a strip of the sky. NASA stated that it had received no extraterrestrial messages to coincide with the appearance. Every government claimed ignorance. The panel discussions on television only worsened my headache. Bakshi emailed me links to photos from Mumbai, Cape Town, Sydney and Mexico City, all showing the same shape; or rather one of a pair of shapes, for there were two of them, one on each side of the Earth, and they’d trapped our planet between themselves like gargantuan fingers clutching an equally gargantuan ping-pong ball. That’s why somebody came up with the term “the pincers”. It stuck. Because I’d slept in last night’s clothes I was already dressed, so I ran down the stairs and out of my apartment building to get a better look at them from the parking lot. You’re not supposed to look at the sun, but I wasn’t the only one breaking that rule. There were entire crowds with upturned faces in the streets. If the pincers, too, could see, they would perhaps be as baffled by us as we were of them: billions of tiny specks all over the surface of this ping-pong ball gathering in points on a grid, coagulating into large puddles that vanished overnight only to reassemble in the morning. In the following days, scientists scrambled to study the pincers and their potential effects on us, but they discovered nothing. The pincers did nothing. They emitted nothing, consumed nothing. They simply were. And they could not be measured or detected in any way other than by eyesight. When we shot rays at them, the rays continued on their paths unaffected, as if nothing was there. The pincers did, however, affect the sun’s rays coming towards us. They cut up our days. The sun would rise, travel over the sky, hide behind a pincer—enveloping us in a second night—before revealing itself again as a second day. But if the pincers’ physical effect on us was limited to its blockage of light, their mental effects on us were astoundingly severe. For many, this was the sign they’d been waiting for. It brought hope. It brought gloom. It broke and confirmed ideas that were hard to explain. In their ambiguity, the pincers could be anything, but in their strangeness they at least reassured us of the reality of the strange times in which we were living. Men walked away from the theory of everything, citing the pincers as the ultimate variable that proved the futility of prognostication. Others took up the calculations because if the pincers could appear, what else was out there in our future? However, ambiguity can only last for a certain period. Information narrows possibilities. On April 1, 2026, every Twitter account in the world received the following message:
as you can see this message is longer than the allowed one hundred forty characters time and space are malleable you thought you had one hundred years but prepare for the plucking
The sender was @. The message appeared in each user’s feed at exactly the same time and in his first language, without punctuation. Because of the date most of us thought it was a hoax, but the developers of Twitter denied this vehemently. It wasn’t until a court forced them to reveal their code, which proved that a message of that length and sent by a blank user was impossible, that our doubts ceased. ##!! took bets on what the message meant. Salvador Abaroa broadcast a response into space in a language he called Bodhi Mayan, then addressed the rest of us in English, saying that in the pincers he had identified an all-powerful prehistoric fire deity, described in an old Sanskrit text as having the resemblance of mirrored black fangs, whose appearance signified the end of time. “All of us will burn,” he said, “but paradise shall be known only to those who burn willingly.” Two days later, The Tribe of Akna announced that in one month it would seal Xibalba from the world and set fire to everything and everyone in it. For the first time, its spokesman said, an entire nation would commit suicide as one. Jonestown was but a blip. As a gesture of goodwill, he said that Xibalba was offering free immolation visas to anyone who applied within the next week. The New Inevitability School condemned the plan as “offensively unethical” and inequalitist and urged an international Xibalban boycott. Nothing came of it. When the date arrived, we watched with rapt attention on live streams and from the vantage points of circling news planes as Salvador Abaroa struck flint against steel, creating the spark that caught the char cloth, starting a fire that blossomed bright crimson and in the next weeks consumed all 163,821 square kilometres of the former Republic of Suriname and all 2,500,000 of its estimated Xibalban inhabitants. Despite concerns that the fire would spread beyond Xibalba’s borders, The Tribe of Akna had been careful. There were no accidental casualties and no unplanned property damage. No borders were crossed. Once the fire burned out, reporters competed to be first to capture the mood on the ground. Paramaribo resembled the smouldering darkness of a fire pit.
It was a few days later while sitting on Bakshi’s balcony, looking up at the pincers and rereading a reproduction of @’s message—someone had spray-painted it across the wall of a building opposite Bakshi’s—that I remembered Iris. The memory was so absorbing that I didn’t notice when Bakshi slid open the balcony door and sat down beside me, but I must have been smiling because he said, “I don’t mean this the wrong way, but you look a little loony tonight. Seriously, man, you do not look sufficiently freaked out.” I’d remembered Iris before, swirling elements of her plain face, but now I also remembered her words and her theory. I turned to Bakshi, who seemed to be waiting for an answer to his question, and said, “Let’s get up on the roof of this place.” He grabbed my arm and held on tightly. “I’m not going to jump, if that’s what you mean.” It wasn’t what I meant, but I asked, “why not?” He said, “I don’t know. I know we’re fucked as a species and all that, but I figure if I’m still alive I might as well see what happens next, like in a bad movie you want to see through to the end.” I promised him that I wasn’t going to jump, either. Then I scrambled inside his apartment, grabbed my hat and jacket from the closet by the front door and put them on while speed walking down the hall, toward the fire escape. I realized I’d been spending a lot of time here. The alarm went off as soon I pushed open the door with my hip but I didn’t care. When Bakshi caught up with me, I was already outside, leaping up two stairs at a time. The metal construction was rusted. The treads wobbled. On the roof, the wind nearly blew my hat off and it was so loud I could have screamed and no one would have heard me. Holding my hat in my hands, I crouched and looked out over the twinkling city spread out in front of me. It looked alive in spite of the pincers in the sky. “Let’s do something crazy,” I yelled. Bakshi was still catching his breath behind me. “What, like this isn’t crazy enough?” The NHL may have been gone but my hat still bore the Maple Leafs logo, as quaint and obsolete by then as the Weimar Republic in the summer of 1945. “When’s the last time you played ball hockey?” I asked. Bakshi crouched beside me. “You’re acting weird. And I haven’t played ball hockey in ages.” I stood up so suddenly that Bakshi almost fell over. This time I knew I was smiling. “So call your buddies,” I said. “Tell them to bring their sticks and their gear and to meet us in front of the ACC in one hour.” Bakshi patted me on the back. Toronto shone like jewels scattered over black velvet. “The ACC’s been closed for years, buddy. I think you’re really starting to lose it.” I knew it was closed. “Lose what?” I asked. “It’s closed and we’re going to break in.”
The chains broke apart like shortbread. The electricity worked. The clouds of dust made me sneeze. We used duffel bags to mark out the goals. We raced up and down the stands and bent over, wheezing at imaginary finish lines. We got into the announcer’s booth and called each other cunts through the microphone. We ran, fell and shot rubber pucks for hours. We didn’t keep score. We didn’t worry. “What about the police?” someone asked. The rest of us answered: “Screw the fucking police!”
And when everybody packed up and went home, I stayed behind.
“Are you sure you’re fine?” Bakshi asked.
“Yeah,” I said.
“Because I have to get back so that I can shower, get changed and get to work.”
“Yeah, I know,” I said.
“And you promise me you’ll catch a cab?”
“I’m not suicidal.”
He fixed his grip on his duffel bag. “I didn’t say you were. I was just checking.”
“I want to see the end of the movie, too,” I said.
He saluted. I watched him leave. When he was gone, my wife walked down from the nosebleeds and took a seat beside me. “There’s someone I want to tell you about,” I said. She lifted her chin like she always does when something unexpected catches her interest, and scooted closer. I put my arm across the back of her beautiful shoulders. She always liked that, even though the position drives me crazy because I tend to talk a lot with my hands. “Stuck at Leafs-Wings snorefest,” she said. “Game sucks but I love the man sitting beside me.” (January 15, 2019. Themes: hockey, love, me. Rating: 5/5). “Her name was Iris,” I said.

Iris

“What if the whole universe was a giant garden—like a hydroponics thing, like how they grow tomatoes and marijuana, so there wouldn’t need to be any soil, all the nutrients would just get injected straight into the seeds or however they do it—or, even better, space itself was the soil, you know how they talk about dark matter being this invisible and mysterious thing that exists out there and we don’t know what it does, if it actually affect anything, gravity…”
She blew a cloud of pot smoke my way that made me cough and probably gave her time to think. She said, “So dark matter is like the soil, and in this space garden of course they don’t grow plants but something else.”
“Galaxies?”
“Eyes.”
“Just eyes, or body parts in general?” I asked.
“Just eyes.”
The music from the party thumped. “But the eyes are our planets, like Mars is an eye, Neptune is an eye, and the Earth is an eye, maybe even the best eye.”
“The best for what? Who’s growing them?”
“God,” she said.
I took the joint from her and took a long drag. “I didn’t know you believed in God.”
“I don’t, I guess—except when I’m on dope. Anyway, you’ve got to understand me because when I say God I don’t mean like the old man with muscles and a beard. This God, the one I’m talking about, it’s more like a one-eyed monster.”
“Like a cyclops?” I asked.
“Yeah, like that, like a cyclops. So it’s growing these eyes in the dark matter in space—I mean right now, you and me, we’re literally sitting on one of these eyes and we’re contributing to its being grown because the nutrients the cyclops God injected into them, that’s us.”
“Why does God need so many extra eyes?”
“It’s not a question of having so many of them, but more about having the right one, like growing the perfect tomato.” I gave her back the joint and leaned back, looking at the stars. “Because every once in a while the cyclops God goes blind, its eye stops working—not in the same way we go blind, because the cyclops God doesn’t see reality in the same way we see reality—but more like we see through our brains and our eyes put together.”
“Like x-ray vision?” I asked.
“No, not like that at all,” she said.
“A glass eye?”
“Glass eyes are fake.”
“OK,” I said, “so maybe try something else. Give me a different angle. Tell me what role we’re playing in all of this because right now it seems that we’re pretty insignificant. I mean, you said we’re nutrients but what’s the difference between, say, Mars and Earth in terms of being eyes?”
She looked over at me. “Are you absolutely sure you want to hear about this?”
“I am,” I said.
“You don’t think it’s stupid?”
“Compared to what?”
“I don’t know, just stupid in general.”
“I don’t.”
“I like you,” she said.
“Because I don’t think you’re stupid?” I asked.
“That’s just a bonus. I mean more that you’re up here with me instead of being down there with everyone, and we’re talking and even though we’re not in love I know somehow we’ll never forget each other for as long as we live.”
“It’s hard to forget being on the surface of a giant floating eyeball.”
“You’re scared that you won’t find anyone to love,” she said suddenly, causing me to nearly choke on my own saliva. “Don’t ask me how I know—I just do. But before I go any further about the cyclops God, I want you to know that you’ll find someone to love and who’ll love you back, and whatever happens you’ll always have that because no one can take away the past.”
“You’re scared of going blind,” I said.
“I am going blind.”
“Not yet.”
“And I’m learning not to be scared because everything I see until that day will always belong to me.”
“The doctors said it would be gradual,” I reminded her.
“That’s horrible.”
“Why?”
“Because you wouldn’t want to find someone to love and then know that every day you wake up the love between you grows dimmer and dimmer, would you?”
“I guess not,” I said.
“Wouldn’t you much rather feel the full strength of that love up to and including in the final second before the world goes black?”
“It would probably be painful to lose it all at once like that.”
“Painful because you actually had something to lose. For me, I know I can’t wish away blindness, but I sure wish that the last image I ever see—in that final second before my world goes black—is the most vivid and beautiful image of all.”
Because I didn’t know what to say to that, I mumbled: “I’m sorry.”
“That I’m going blind?”
“Yeah, and that we can’t grow eyes.”
This time I looked over, and she was the one gazing at the stars. “Before, you asked if we were insignificant,” she said. “But because you’re sorry—that’s kind of why we’re the most significant of all, why Earth is better than the other planets.”
“For the cyclops God?”
“Yes.”
“He cares about my feelings?”
“Not in the way you’re probably thinking, but in a different way that’s exactly what the cyclops God cares about most because that’s what it’s looking for in an eye. All the amazing stuff we’ve ever built, all our ancient civilizations and supercomputers and cities you can see from the Moon—that’s just useless cosmetics to the cyclops God, except in how all of it has made us feel about things that aren’t us.”
“I think you’re talking about morality.”
“I think so, too.”
“So by feeling sorry for you I’m showing compassion, and the cyclops God likes compassion?”
“That’s not totally wrong but it’s a little upside down. We have this black matter garden and these planets the cyclops God has grown as potential eyes to replace its own eye once it stops working, but its own eye is like an eye and a brain mixed together. Wait—” she said.
I waited.
“Imagine a pair of tinted sunglasses.”
I imagined green-tinted ones.
“Now imagine that instead of the lenses being a certain colour, they’re a certain morality, and if you wear the glasses you see the world tinted according to that morality.”
I was kind of able to imagine that. I supposed it would help show who was good and who was bad. “But the eye and the tinted glasses are the same thing in this case.”
“Exactly, there’s no one without the other, and what makes the tint special is us—not that the cyclops God cares at all about individuals any more than we care about individual honey bees. That’s why he’s kind of a monster.”
“Isn’t people’s morality always changing, though?”
“Only up to a point. Green is green even when you have a bunch of shades of it, and a laptop screen still works fine even with a few dead pixels, right? And the more globalized and connected we get, the smoother our morality gets, but if you’re asking more about how our changing morals work when the cyclops God finally comes to take its eye, I assume it has a way to freeze our progress. To cut our roots. Then it makes some kind of final evaluation. If it’s satisfied it takes the planet and sticks it into its eye socket, and if it doesn’t like us then it lets us alone, although because we’re frozen and possibly rootless I suppose we die—maybe that’s what the other planets are, so many of them in space without any sort of life. Cold, rejected eyes.”
From sunglasses to bees to monitors in three metaphors, and now we were back to space. This was getting confusing. The stars twinkled, some of them dead, too: their light still arriving at our eyes from sources that no longer existed. “That’s kind of depressing,” I said to end the silence.
“What about it?”
“Being bees,” I said, “that work for so long at tinting a pair of glasses just so that a cyclops God can try them on.”
“I don’t think it’s any more depressing than being a tomato.”
“I’ve never thought about that.”
“You should. It’s beautiful, like love,” she said. “Because if you think about it, being a tomato and being a person are really quite similar. They’re both about growing and existing for the enjoyment of someone else. As a tomato you’re planted, you grow and mature and then an animal comes along and eats you. The juicier you look and the nicer you smell, the greater the chance that you’ll get plucked but also the more pleasure the animal will get from you. As a person, you’re also born and you grow up and you mature into a one of a kind personality with a one of a kind face, and then someone comes along and makes you fall in love with them and all the growing you did was really just for their enjoyment of your love.”
“Except love lasts longer than chewing a tomato.”
“Sometimes,” she said.
“And you have to admit that two tomatoes can’t eat each other the way two people can love each other mutually.”
“I admit that’s a good point,” she said.
“And what happens to someone who never gets fallen in love with?”
“The same thing that happens to a tomato that never gets eaten or an eye that the cyclops God never takes. They die and they rot, and they darken and harden, decomposing until they don’t look like tomatoes anymore. It’s not a nice fate. I’d rather live awhile and get eaten, to be honest.”
“As a tomato or person?”
“Both.”
I thought for a few seconds. “That explanation works for things on Earth, but nothing actually decomposes in space.”
“That’s why there are so many dead planets,” she said.
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Sydney CBD - 72 Sept: 16, 13, 11, 9, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2. Aug: 31, 30, 29, 28, 27.
Concord/Liverpool Hospital - 22 Concord = Sept: 21, 18, 17, 16, 15, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7. Liverpool = Sept: 18, 11, 7, 6, 4, 1. Aug: 13.
Eastern Suburbs Legion Club - 9 Sept: 17, 14, 13, 11, 10.

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Blue Mountains Grammar School Wentworth Falls, City of Blue Mountains - 2 Sept: 16, 11

Latest COVID-19 case locations in NSW

Last updated 10:25 AM [28/09]
Please view the NSW Gov website for the most up to date information, including information concerning additional locations and Sydney bus and train routes where you are required to monitor yourself for COVID-19 symptoms.
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Bankstown (suburb) Glen Alpine: Campbelltown Golf Club
Blue Mountains LGA Mollymook: Bannisters Pavilion Rooftop Bar & Grill
Cumberland LGA Ulladulla: Carlo's Italian Ristorante Bar & Seafood
Fairfield LGA Ulladulla: Milton Ulladulla Ex Servos Club
Hunters Hill LGA
Liverpool LGA
Parramatta LGA

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2020.09.27 13:00 lenalikesboots A few of my POTO wants

Hi guys!!!
I'm close to completing my POTO video collection! However, for that to happen, I still need a few videos. Hit me up if you have any of these videos:
Phantom Follies Rob Guest, Marina Prior, Dale Burridge, Maree Johnson, Caroline Ferrie 1992; Australia "Australian cast puts on skits and spoofs for charity, runs for over two hours. Some of the skits/parodies: 'Beauty School Dropout,' 'The Three Raoul Amigos,' 'A Charade,' 'I'm Too Sexy,' a rock version of 'Il Muto,' and a rap/dance version of 'Think of Me'."
Brad Little, Elizabeth Southard, Tim Martin Gleason January 11, 2004; Orlando Matinee performance. Three DAT files. Small picture with a lot of washout and fuzziness. Looks like it was filmed by the same person who did the evening performance on the same date. Brad Little's last matinee performance in the national tour
Damian Aleksander, Paulina Janczak/Edyta Krzemien, Marcin Mrozinski/Piotr Domalewski 2008 (?); Warsaw, Poland Various clips, highlights, and trailers from the Polish production, mostly ripped off YouTube. Combination of MP4 and FLV file
Brad Little, Claire Lyon, Anthony Downing Late 2014/Early 2015; Hong Kong, China Poorly shot, very far away video. MP4 files. Lots of blackouts, often not focused on the stage in Act 1, but improves slightly in Act 2.
Dmitry Ermak, Tamara Kotova, Eugeny Zaycev 2015; Moscow, Russia MP4 files, highlights of Act 1 only: Hannibal, 'Think of Me', 'The Mirror', and the title song
Brad Little, Emilie Lynn/Kristi Holden, Anthony Downing 2015; World Tour A bunch of Instagram clips of various scenes and actors from the World Tour. To be gifted.
Hugh Panaro, Sandra Joseph, John Cudia, Jeff Keller, George Lee Andrews, Patricia Phillips, Marilyn Caskey, Larry Wayne Morbitt, Joelle Gates* August 9, 2003; Broadway Rather massive head blocks most of the bottom, but filmer does their best to shoot around it.
Howard McGillin, Rebecca Pitcher, Michael Shawn Lewis, Julie Schmidt (u/s), David Cryer, George Lee Andrews, Marilyn Caskey, Roland Rusinek, Heather McFadden* August 18, 2006; Broadway Terrific quality video, very sharp colors and details. Audio is out of sync starting at 'Angel of Music' but is fixed by the title song.
Absolutely Phantomless April 13, 1995; Australia "The Australian cast of Phantom of the Opera in their annual Easter Charity Concert. Each of Cameron Mackintosh’s Australian shows participates at midnight after their regular performances. These shows feature the cast members parodying songs and other shows, with a slight tilt towards their own productions. Pro-shot for video, these tapes were made for cast and crew only."
Chopper Opera Rob Guest, Danielle Everett, John Bowles April 4, 1996; Sydney, Australia "The Sydney casts of Phantom of the Opera and Miss Saigon feature in this Easter Charity concert. Features "adapted" music from both shows in addition to pop music and songs from other shows. Pro-shot for video but generation loss."
Tomasz Steciuk, Edyta Krzemien, Marcin Mrozinski, Anna Gigiel, Jan Bzdawka, Jakub Szydłowski, Wojciech Socha July 8, 2011; Wieliczka, Poland 5 MP4 files of a concert version of the Polish production. Includes most of the big numbers and limited sets and costumes.
Hugh Panaro, Mary Michael Patterson, Jeremy Hays December 10, 2013; Broadway Highlights, turnofthescorpion's master.
Hugh Panaro, Mary Michael Patterson, Jeremy Hays January 18, 2014; Broadway
Marcus Lovett, Sofia Escobar, Simon Thomas, Lara Martins, Duncan Smith (u/s), Gareth Snook, Cheryl McAvoy, Jeremy Secomb, Layla Harrison (u/s) March 6, 2013; London 6 minute WMV video, containing parts of 'Think of Me', 'Angel of Music', 'The Mirror', title song, 'Music of the Night', 'Stranger Than You Dreamt It', and 'All I Ask of You'. Blurry shot most of the time, but sometimes clears up, though is not zoomed in. Still, great to see video of Sofia Escobar.
Marcus Lovett, Anna O'Byrne, Simon Thomas April 22, 2013; London Two VOB clips only, 'Music of the Night' and 'All I Ask of You Reprise'. (Note: Image is cropped; it's much taller than it looks here.)
Hugh Panaro, Mary Michael Patterson, Jeremy Hays October 4, 2013; Broadway Turnofthescorpion's master. Starts from 'Wandering Child', mostly blindshot. MT2 file.
James Barbour, Ali Ewoldt, Jordan Donica July 15, 2016; Broadway Act 1 only, MP4 file, mostly blindshot.
Phantom Compilation 1 Original review: "San Francisco local news behind-the-scenes segment with Franc D'Ambrosio and Lisa Vroman; Mid-August 1999, All I Ask of You and Music of the Night on Today Show with Ted Keegan, Sarah Pfisterer, and Gary Mauer; 1993, Today Show Broadway 5th anniversary segment with Mark Jacoby, Karen Culliver, etc.; 1993, Michael Crawford interviewed and performing "Since You Stayed Here" on Regis & Kathie Lee and Good Morning America; E! Entertainment behind-the-scenes special of LA production hosted by Davis Gaines, with Dale Kristien, Michael Piontek, and Calvin Remsberg; 1989, CBC Behind the Mask behind-the-scenes documentary on Toronto production with Colm Wilkinson, Rebecca Caine, Byron Nease, Hal Prince, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cameron Mackintosh, etc."
Phantom Compilation 2 Behind-the-scenes special on the national tour in Buffalo with Ted Keegan and Rebecca Pitcher, mainly in black-and-white, as well as similar behind-the-scenes special in Seattle with similar content (in color) and interviews.
Rob Guest, Maree Johnson, Peter Cousens 1994; Sydney, Australia Midday Special that aired on TV; includes interviews and four proshot songs: 'Music of the Night', 'Prima Donna', 'All I Ask of You', and 'Masquerade'.
Laird Mackintosh (u/s), Mary Michael Patterson, Jeremy Hays January 22, 2014; Broadway Laird Mackintosh's second time as the Phantom on Broadway; includes 'All I Ask of You Reprise', 'Point of No Return', and 'Final Lair'. M2T file.
James Barbour, Kaley Ann Voorhees, Jeremy Hays March 2, 2015; Broadway A bunch of MP4 videos consisting of scattered, generally Christine-oriented highlights. This was uploaded to Instagram live at the performance, so all parts are 15 seconds long. Consists of parts of 'Think of Me', 'The Mirror', title song, 'Music of the Night', rooftop, 'Wishing', 'Point of No Return', and 'Final Lair'. Parts are well-shot (sometimes it looks like the person is right under the cast member!). 
Various Phantom of the Opera-Related Clips Clips all copied off of TV: Steve Barton & Sarah Brightman singing AIAOY live, Sarah Brightman and Steve Harley's concept POTO video, interviews with Michael Crawford during his Phantom run, 1988 Tony Award Presentation to Michael Crawford, Michael Crawford and Dale Kristien performing POTO, Michael Crawford AIAOY duet with Dale Kristien, Michael Crawford in concert performing MOTN, Davis Gaines and Tracy Shayne performing MOTN, German version of MOTN sang on a TV set, German version of POTO Video, PONR with Sarah Brightman and Michael Crawford, Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman performance at the Tony Awards, Michael Crawford and Dale Kristien – Music of the Night, Sarah Brightman singing MOTN,footage of the OBC at the Majestic Theatre, Robert Guillaume and Dale Kristien – MOTN, Colm Wilkinson singing MOTN, Unidentified Raoul and Christine performing AIAOY, Michael Crawford video of MOTN, interview footage with Steve Barton.
Tim Martin Gleason, Trista Moldovan, Sean MacLaughlin* 2010; Cleveland Not my review: "This documentary aired on August 9, 2010. It includes interviews with the Advance Stage Manager, the Conductor, a Playhouse Square VP, Trista Moldovan and Tim Martin Gleason, and the Wardrobe Supervisor. Also includes footage clips from the current 2010 Phantom cast, filmed here in Cleveland."
Peter Karrie, Teresa DeZarn, Kip Wilbourne 1997; Vancouver, Canada Half hour segment from The Slate on BBC Wales about Peter Karrie's time in the Phantom Canadian production. Includes interviews and proshot clips with the cast at the time, but has some pretty heavy distortion and color bleeding.
Ian Jon Bourg, Alison Kelly, Janine Kitzen, Maike Switzer, Beatrix Reiterer 2000 and onwards; Hamburg, Stuttgart, and Essen, Germany Proshot videos of Ian Jon Bourg performing in-concert with various Christines. About 30 minutes long.
Ian Jon Bourg, Lori Zeglarski (?), Kyle Gonyea 2000 (?); Hamburg, Germany Act 2 only, includes part of the March 31, 1999 video with Jerzy Jeszke, Carla Nicholson, and Bjorn Olsson. Christine was labeled as Colby Thomas, but it looks like Lori Zeglarski. Date is also a guess.
Ian Jon Bourg, Janine Kitzen, Michael Shawn Lewis November 16, 2002; Stuttgart, Germany Monitor video of one of the first shows in Stuttgart, with audio fed in from the soundboard. Decent color and exposure; better than the other two monitor videos that came out of Stuttgart. Filming continues through intermission, so video features 30 minutes of curtains. LIMITED TRADE.
Ian Jon Bourg, Sandra Danyella September 4, 2005; Essen, Germany Promotional outdoor concert for the Essen production, includes 'Wishing', title song, and 'Music of the Night'.
Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cameron Mackintosh, Charles Hart, Gillian Lynne, Richard Stilgoe, Michael Crawford, Sarah Brightman, etc. December 26, 2006; Various Locations Not exactly an online video of the show, but the 'Behind the Mask' special documentary, taken directly off the BBC 2 channel.
Some other POTO videos:
- Video: Steve Lucas, Kristin Holck, Carsten Lepper; March 2004; Stuttgart, Germany; monitor video - Video: Hugh Panaro, Susan Owen, Tim Martin Gleason; October 1, 2005; Broadway; Panaro's last matinee of his 2005 run - Video: Christian A. Muller, Anne Gorner, Niklaj A. Brucker; March 11, 2007; Essen, Germany; last performance, monitor video - Video: Osamu Takai, Shiho Ito, Yusuke Kitazawa; June 30, 2008; Osaka, Japan - Video: Nic Greenshields, Gina Beck, Simon Bailey; May 16, 2009; London; Phanasma's master - Video: Howard McGillin, Jennifer Hope Wills, Ryan Silverman; June 25, 2009; Broadway; Howard McGillin's last - Video: John Cudia, Marni Raab, Ryan Silverman; November 17, 2009; Broadway - Video: John Owen-Jones, Celinde Schoenmaker, Nadim Naaman; December 1, 2015; London; cityofemeraldtrading's master - Video: Thiago Arancam, Lina Mendes, Fred Silveira; May 2019; Sao Paulo, Brazil; P. Rose's master - Video: Fred Silveira, Giulia Nadruz, Henrique Moretzsohn; August 2019; Sao Paulo,Brazil; P. Rose's master - Video: Thiago Arancam, Lina Mendes, Fred Silveira; December 14, 2019; Sao Paulo, Brazil; evening, P. Rose's master - Video: Thiago Arancam, Giulia Nadruz, Fred Silveira; December 15, 2019; Sao Paulo, Brazil; last matinee, P. Rose's master - Video: Thiago Arancam, Lina Mendes, Fred Silveira; December 15, 2019; Sao Paulo, Brazil; last performance, P. Rose's master
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2020.09.27 13:00 lenalikesboots A few of my POTO wants

Hi guys!!!
I'm close to completing my POTO video collection! However, for that to happen, I still need a few videos. Hit me up if you have any of these videos:
Phantom Follies Rob Guest, Marina Prior, Dale Burridge, Maree Johnson, Caroline Ferrie 1992; Australia "Australian cast puts on skits and spoofs for charity, runs for over two hours. Some of the skits/parodies: 'Beauty School Dropout,' 'The Three Raoul Amigos,' 'A Charade,' 'I'm Too Sexy,' a rock version of 'Il Muto,' and a rap/dance version of 'Think of Me'."
Brad Little, Elizabeth Southard, Tim Martin Gleason January 11, 2004; Orlando Matinee performance. Three DAT files. Small picture with a lot of washout and fuzziness. Looks like it was filmed by the same person who did the evening performance on the same date. Brad Little's last matinee performance in the national tour
Damian Aleksander, Paulina Janczak/Edyta Krzemien, Marcin Mrozinski/Piotr Domalewski 2008 (?); Warsaw, Poland Various clips, highlights, and trailers from the Polish production, mostly ripped off YouTube. Combination of MP4 and FLV file
Brad Little, Claire Lyon, Anthony Downing Late 2014/Early 2015; Hong Kong, China Poorly shot, very far away video. MP4 files. Lots of blackouts, often not focused on the stage in Act 1, but improves slightly in Act 2.
Dmitry Ermak, Tamara Kotova, Eugeny Zaycev 2015; Moscow, Russia MP4 files, highlights of Act 1 only: Hannibal, 'Think of Me', 'The Mirror', and the title song
Brad Little, Emilie Lynn/Kristi Holden, Anthony Downing 2015; World Tour A bunch of Instagram clips of various scenes and actors from the World Tour. To be gifted.
Hugh Panaro, Sandra Joseph, John Cudia, Jeff Keller, George Lee Andrews, Patricia Phillips, Marilyn Caskey, Larry Wayne Morbitt, Joelle Gates* August 9, 2003; Broadway Rather massive head blocks most of the bottom, but filmer does their best to shoot around it.
Howard McGillin, Rebecca Pitcher, Michael Shawn Lewis, Julie Schmidt (u/s), David Cryer, George Lee Andrews, Marilyn Caskey, Roland Rusinek, Heather McFadden* August 18, 2006; Broadway Terrific quality video, very sharp colors and details. Audio is out of sync starting at 'Angel of Music' but is fixed by the title song.
Absolutely Phantomless April 13, 1995; Australia "The Australian cast of Phantom of the Opera in their annual Easter Charity Concert. Each of Cameron Mackintosh’s Australian shows participates at midnight after their regular performances. These shows feature the cast members parodying songs and other shows, with a slight tilt towards their own productions. Pro-shot for video, these tapes were made for cast and crew only."
Chopper Opera Rob Guest, Danielle Everett, John Bowles April 4, 1996; Sydney, Australia "The Sydney casts of Phantom of the Opera and Miss Saigon feature in this Easter Charity concert. Features "adapted" music from both shows in addition to pop music and songs from other shows. Pro-shot for video but generation loss."
Tomasz Steciuk, Edyta Krzemien, Marcin Mrozinski, Anna Gigiel, Jan Bzdawka, Jakub Szydłowski, Wojciech Socha July 8, 2011; Wieliczka, Poland 5 MP4 files of a concert version of the Polish production. Includes most of the big numbers and limited sets and costumes.
Hugh Panaro, Mary Michael Patterson, Jeremy Hays December 10, 2013; Broadway Highlights, turnofthescorpion's master.
Hugh Panaro, Mary Michael Patterson, Jeremy Hays January 18, 2014; Broadway
Marcus Lovett, Sofia Escobar, Simon Thomas, Lara Martins, Duncan Smith (u/s), Gareth Snook, Cheryl McAvoy, Jeremy Secomb, Layla Harrison (u/s) March 6, 2013; London 6 minute WMV video, containing parts of 'Think of Me', 'Angel of Music', 'The Mirror', title song, 'Music of the Night', 'Stranger Than You Dreamt It', and 'All I Ask of You'. Blurry shot most of the time, but sometimes clears up, though is not zoomed in. Still, great to see video of Sofia Escobar.
Marcus Lovett, Anna O'Byrne, Simon Thomas April 22, 2013; London Two VOB clips only, 'Music of the Night' and 'All I Ask of You Reprise'. (Note: Image is cropped; it's much taller than it looks here.)
Hugh Panaro, Mary Michael Patterson, Jeremy Hays October 4, 2013; Broadway Turnofthescorpion's master. Starts from 'Wandering Child', mostly blindshot. MT2 file.
James Barbour, Ali Ewoldt, Jordan Donica July 15, 2016; Broadway Act 1 only, MP4 file, mostly blindshot.
Phantom Compilation 1 Original review: "San Francisco local news behind-the-scenes segment with Franc D'Ambrosio and Lisa Vroman; Mid-August 1999, All I Ask of You and Music of the Night on Today Show with Ted Keegan, Sarah Pfisterer, and Gary Mauer; 1993, Today Show Broadway 5th anniversary segment with Mark Jacoby, Karen Culliver, etc.; 1993, Michael Crawford interviewed and performing "Since You Stayed Here" on Regis & Kathie Lee and Good Morning America; E! Entertainment behind-the-scenes special of LA production hosted by Davis Gaines, with Dale Kristien, Michael Piontek, and Calvin Remsberg; 1989, CBC Behind the Mask behind-the-scenes documentary on Toronto production with Colm Wilkinson, Rebecca Caine, Byron Nease, Hal Prince, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cameron Mackintosh, etc."
Phantom Compilation 2 Behind-the-scenes special on the national tour in Buffalo with Ted Keegan and Rebecca Pitcher, mainly in black-and-white, as well as similar behind-the-scenes special in Seattle with similar content (in color) and interviews.
Rob Guest, Maree Johnson, Peter Cousens 1994; Sydney, Australia Midday Special that aired on TV; includes interviews and four proshot songs: 'Music of the Night', 'Prima Donna', 'All I Ask of You', and 'Masquerade'.
Laird Mackintosh (u/s), Mary Michael Patterson, Jeremy Hays January 22, 2014; Broadway Laird Mackintosh's second time as the Phantom on Broadway; includes 'All I Ask of You Reprise', 'Point of No Return', and 'Final Lair'. M2T file.
James Barbour, Kaley Ann Voorhees, Jeremy Hays March 2, 2015; Broadway A bunch of MP4 videos consisting of scattered, generally Christine-oriented highlights. This was uploaded to Instagram live at the performance, so all parts are 15 seconds long. Consists of parts of 'Think of Me', 'The Mirror', title song, 'Music of the Night', rooftop, 'Wishing', 'Point of No Return', and 'Final Lair'. Parts are well-shot (sometimes it looks like the person is right under the cast member!). 
Various Phantom of the Opera-Related Clips Clips all copied off of TV: Steve Barton & Sarah Brightman singing AIAOY live, Sarah Brightman and Steve Harley's concept POTO video, interviews with Michael Crawford during his Phantom run, 1988 Tony Award Presentation to Michael Crawford, Michael Crawford and Dale Kristien performing POTO, Michael Crawford AIAOY duet with Dale Kristien, Michael Crawford in concert performing MOTN, Davis Gaines and Tracy Shayne performing MOTN, German version of MOTN sang on a TV set, German version of POTO Video, PONR with Sarah Brightman and Michael Crawford, Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman performance at the Tony Awards, Michael Crawford and Dale Kristien – Music of the Night, Sarah Brightman singing MOTN,footage of the OBC at the Majestic Theatre, Robert Guillaume and Dale Kristien – MOTN, Colm Wilkinson singing MOTN, Unidentified Raoul and Christine performing AIAOY, Michael Crawford video of MOTN, interview footage with Steve Barton.
Tim Martin Gleason, Trista Moldovan, Sean MacLaughlin* 2010; Cleveland Not my review: "This documentary aired on August 9, 2010. It includes interviews with the Advance Stage Manager, the Conductor, a Playhouse Square VP, Trista Moldovan and Tim Martin Gleason, and the Wardrobe Supervisor. Also includes footage clips from the current 2010 Phantom cast, filmed here in Cleveland."
Peter Karrie, Teresa DeZarn, Kip Wilbourne 1997; Vancouver, Canada Half hour segment from The Slate on BBC Wales about Peter Karrie's time in the Phantom Canadian production. Includes interviews and proshot clips with the cast at the time, but has some pretty heavy distortion and color bleeding.
Ian Jon Bourg, Alison Kelly, Janine Kitzen, Maike Switzer, Beatrix Reiterer 2000 and onwards; Hamburg, Stuttgart, and Essen, Germany Proshot videos of Ian Jon Bourg performing in-concert with various Christines. About 30 minutes long.
Ian Jon Bourg, Lori Zeglarski (?), Kyle Gonyea 2000 (?); Hamburg, Germany Act 2 only, includes part of the March 31, 1999 video with Jerzy Jeszke, Carla Nicholson, and Bjorn Olsson. Christine was labeled as Colby Thomas, but it looks like Lori Zeglarski. Date is also a guess.
Ian Jon Bourg, Janine Kitzen, Michael Shawn Lewis November 16, 2002; Stuttgart, Germany Monitor video of one of the first shows in Stuttgart, with audio fed in from the soundboard. Decent color and exposure; better than the other two monitor videos that came out of Stuttgart. Filming continues through intermission, so video features 30 minutes of curtains. LIMITED TRADE.
Ian Jon Bourg, Sandra Danyella September 4, 2005; Essen, Germany Promotional outdoor concert for the Essen production, includes 'Wishing', title song, and 'Music of the Night'.
Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cameron Mackintosh, Charles Hart, Gillian Lynne, Richard Stilgoe, Michael Crawford, Sarah Brightman, etc. December 26, 2006; Various Locations Not exactly an online video of the show, but the 'Behind the Mask' special documentary, taken directly off the BBC 2 channel.
Some other POTO videos:
- Video: Steve Lucas, Kristin Holck, Carsten Lepper; March 2004; Stuttgart, Germany; monitor video - Video: Hugh Panaro, Susan Owen, Tim Martin Gleason; October 1, 2005; Broadway; Panaro's last matinee of his 2005 run - Video: Christian A. Muller, Anne Gorner, Niklaj A. Brucker; March 11, 2007; Essen, Germany; last performance, monitor video - Video: Osamu Takai, Shiho Ito, Yusuke Kitazawa; June 30, 2008; Osaka, Japan - Video: Nic Greenshields, Gina Beck, Simon Bailey; May 16, 2009; London; Phanasma's master - Video: Howard McGillin, Jennifer Hope Wills, Ryan Silverman; June 25, 2009; Broadway; Howard McGillin's last - Video: John Cudia, Marni Raab, Ryan Silverman; November 17, 2009; Broadway - Video: John Owen-Jones, Celinde Schoenmaker, Nadim Naaman; December 1, 2015; London; cityofemeraldtrading's master - Video: Thiago Arancam, Lina Mendes, Fred Silveira; May 2019; Sao Paulo, Brazil; P. Rose's master - Video: Fred Silveira, Giulia Nadruz, Henrique Moretzsohn; August 2019; Sao Paulo,Brazil; P. Rose's master - Video: Thiago Arancam, Lina Mendes, Fred Silveira; December 14, 2019; Sao Paulo, Brazil; evening, P. Rose's master - Video: Thiago Arancam, Giulia Nadruz, Fred Silveira; December 15, 2019; Sao Paulo, Brazil; last matinee, P. Rose's master - Video: Thiago Arancam, Lina Mendes, Fred Silveira; December 15, 2019; Sao Paulo, Brazil; last performance, P. Rose's master
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2020.09.27 03:07 Pretty_iin_Pink NSW reports no new cases! 🍩

NSW reports no new cases! 🍩

New cases reported in the last 24 hours

🍩 🍩 DOUBLE DONUT TIME! 🍩 🍩

Note:
1. This is the first time, since the 10th June 2020, that NSW has reported no new cases. FYI: Chelsea Hetherington reports the 2nd/3rd of July, however according to my trusty NSW data set, the last time there were no new cases in NSW was on the 16 June (as well as the 5, 10 and 15).
2. New NSW Health press release: Testing sewage for COVID-19
3. How can you tell if it's COVID-19, flu or a cold? w/ Dr Kerry Chant.
4. Passengers for 5 of the 9 Silver Service taxi trips are now confirmed. However, NSW Health is still seeking to identify passengers who took trips at following times and locations:
These passengers should call the NSW Health Call Centre on 9391 9000 for further advice. When taking taxis or rideshare, commuters should sit in the back and wear a mask.

Case and Test Summary

Last updated 11:05 AM [27/09]
Click on the image or this caption to view/enlarge table.

Sources of confirmed cases

Last updated 10:30 AM [25/09] - New data will not be released until at least Monday 28/09.
To track reclassification across time, check out our wiki page.
Click on the image or this caption to view/enlarge table.
September 2020 source totals - as of 24/09 : For a breakdown see here.
Click on the image or this caption to view/enlarge table.

Recent Clusters

Last updated 11:05 AM [27/09]
The name of each cluster links to a wiki page where the initial cases associated with the cluster are detailed, as well as information concerning the original source of each cluster.
Cluster Last 24 hours Total Reported
Sydney CBD - 72 Sept: 16, 13, 11, 9, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2. Aug: 31, 30, 29, 28, 27.
St Paul’s Greystanes - 17 Sept: 13, 12, 10, 4, 3, 2, 1. Aug: 30
Concord/Liverpool Hospital - 22 Concord = Sept: 21, 18, 17, 16, 15, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7. Liverpool = Sept: 18, 11, 7, 6, 4, 1. Aug: 13.
Eastern Suburbs Legion Club - 9 Sept: 17, 14, 13, 11, 10.

Recently affected Educational Institutions

Last updated 11:05 AM [27/09]
School Suburb, LGA Last 24 hours TOTAL (students) Reported
Blue Mountains Grammar School Wentworth Falls, City of Blue Mountains - 2 Sept: 16, 11

Latest COVID-19 case locations in NSW

Last updated 10:46 AM [27/09]
Please view the NSW Gov website for the most up to date information, including information concerning additional locations and Sydney bus and train routes where you are required to monitor yourself for COVID-19 symptoms.
Increased testing and surveillance Self-isolate and get tested immediately
Bankstown (suburb) Glen Alpine: Campbelltown Golf Club
Blue Mountains LGA Mollymook: Bannisters Pavilion Rooftop Bar & Grill
Cumberland LGA Ulladulla: Carlo's Italian Ristorante Bar & Seafood
Fairfield LGA Ulladulla: Milton Ulladulla Ex Servos Club
Hunters Hill LGA
Liverpool LGA
Parramatta LGA

A collated list of NSW media releases and public health alerts are also available on our Wiki

Sources:
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2020.09.26 03:08 Pretty_iin_Pink NSW reports 0 new local cases and 1 new overseas case

NSW reports 0 new local cases and 1 new overseas case

New cases reported in the last 24 hours

  • 1 is a returned overseas traveller in hotel quarantine.
  • Community transmission = 🍩 ✅✅✅
Note:
1. COVID-19 weekly surveillance in NSW [NEW! ✅ Published 24/09/20]
2. A COVID safe summer; Dr Kerry Chant / Thank you to NSW Health staff; Brad Hazzard
3. When taking taxis or rideshare, commuters should sit in the back and wear a mask.
4. NSW Health is still seeking to identify passengers who caught a Silver Service taxi at the following times and locations:
These passengers should call the NSW Health Call Centre on 9391 9000 for further advice.

Case and Test Summary

Last updated 11:05 AM [26/09]
Click on the image or this caption to view/enlarge table.

Sources of confirmed cases

Last updated 10:30 AM [25/09]
To track reclassification across time, check out our wiki page.
Click on the image or this caption to view/enlarge table.
September 2020 source totals - as of 24/09 : For a breakdown see here.
Click on the image or this caption to view/enlarge table.

Recent Clusters

Last updated 11:05 AM [26/09]
The name of each cluster links to a wiki page where the initial cases associated with the cluster are detailed, as well as information concerning the original source of each cluster.
Cluster Last 24 hours Total Reported
Sydney CBD - 72 Sept: 16, 13, 11, 9, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2. Aug: 31, 30, 29, 28, 27.
St Paul’s Greystanes - 17 Sept: 13, 12, 10, 4, 3, 2, 1. Aug: 30
Concord/Liverpool Hospital - 22 Concord = Sept: 21, 18, 17, 16, 15, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7. Liverpool = Sept: 18, 11, 7, 6, 4, 1. Aug: 13.
Eastern Suburbs Legion Club - 9 Sept: 17, 14, 13, 11, 10.

Recently affected Educational Institutions

Last updated 11:05 AM [26/09]
School Suburb, LGA Last 24 hours TOTAL (students) Reported
Blue Mountains Grammar School Wentworth Falls, City of Blue Mountains - 2 Sept: 16, 11

Latest COVID-19 case locations in NSW

Last updated 10:53 AM [26/09]
Please view the NSW Gov website for the most up to date information, including information concerning additional locations and Sydney bus and train routes where you are required to monitor yourself for COVID-19 symptoms.
Increased testing and surveillance Self-isolate and get tested immediately
Bankstown (suburb) Glen Alpine: Campbelltown Golf Club
Blue Mountains LGA Mollymook: Bannisters Pavilion Rooftop Bar & Grill
Cumberland LGA Ulladulla: Carlo's Italian Ristorante Bar & Seafood
Fairfield LGA Ulladulla: Milton Ulladulla Ex Servos Club
Hunters Hill LGA
Liverpool LGA
Parramatta LGA

A collated list of NSW media releases and public health alerts are also available on our Wiki

Sources:
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2020.09.25 03:08 Pretty_iin_Pink NSW reports 1 new local case and 3 new overseas cases

NSW reports 1 new local case and 3 new overseas cases

New cases reported in the last 24 hours

  • 3 are returned overseas travellers in hotel quarantine.
  • 1 is locally acquired and is under investigation (no contact with a confirmed case):
    • Announced yesterday - man in his 50s from South West Sydney.
    • If you attended Woolworths @ Campbelltown mall on Thurs 17/09, between 1:30pm 2pm = casual contact. Monitor for symptoms and get tested immediately if they develop.
Note:
1. New media release re NSW school communities and community sports organisations, and a video message from Education Secretary Mark Scott and Education and Early Childhood Learning Minister Sarah Mitchell.
2. The NSW Sewage Surveillance Program found two of 42 sewage samples detected SARS-CoV-2. These samples were taken from Bondi and Malabar and are expected given the presence of known COVID-19 cases in the sewerage catchment areas.
3. NSW Health is still seeking to identify passengers who caught a Silver Service taxi at the following times and locations:
These passengers should call the NSW Health Call Centre on 9391 9000 for further advice.

Case and Test Summary

Last updated 1:31 PM [25/09]
Click on image or this caption to view/enlarge table.

Sources of confirmed cases

Last updated 10:30 AM [25/09] - New Data
To track reclassification across time, check out our wiki page.
Click on image or this caption to view/enlarge table.
September 2020 source totals - as of 24/09 - New Data: For a breakdown see here.
Click on image or this caption to view/enlarge table.

Recent Clusters

Last updated 11:00 AM [25/09]
The name of each cluster links to a wiki page where the initial cases associated with the cluster are detailed, as well as information concerning the original source of each cluster.
Cluster Last 24 hours Total Reported
Sydney CBD - 72 Sept: 16, 13, 11, 9, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2. Aug: 31, 30, 29, 28, 27.
St Paul’s Greystanes - 17 Sept: 13, 12, 10, 4, 3, 2, 1. Aug: 30
Concord/Liverpool Hospital - 22 Concord = Sept: 21, 18, 17, 16, 15, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7. Liverpool = Sept: 18, 11, 7, 6, 4, 1. Aug: 13.
Eastern Suburbs Legion Club - 9 Sept: 17, 14, 13, 11, 10.

Recently affected Educational Institutions

Last updated 11:00 AM [25/09]
School Suburb, LGA Last 24 hours TOTAL (students) Reported
Blue Mountains Grammar School Wentworth Falls, City of Blue Mountains - 2 Sept: 16, 11

Latest COVID-19 case locations in NSW

Last updated 10:55 AM [25/09]
Please view the NSW Gov website for the most up to date information, including information concerning additional locations and Sydney bus and train routes where you are required to monitor yourself for COVID-19 symptoms.
Increased testing and surveillance Self-isolate and get tested immediately
Bankstown (suburb) Campbelltown: Mama Wok, Macarthur Square
Blue Mountains LGA Glen Alpine: Campbelltown Golf Club
Cumberland LGA Mollymook: Bannisters Pavilion Rooftop Bar & Grill
Fairfield LGA Ulladulla: Carlo's Italian Ristorante Bar & Seafood
Hunters Hill LGA Ulladulla: Milton Ulladulla Ex Servos Club
Liverpool LGA
Parramatta LGA

A collated list of NSW media releases and public health alerts are also available on our Wiki

Sources:
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2020.09.24 20:15 normancrane Iris [2/3]

Part 1
Part 2 <-- You are here.
Part 3
Kurt Schwaller, the foremost theoretical physicist of his time and renowned discoverer of the theory of everything, committed suicide at the age forty-two in the humble bedroom of his Swiss home by swallowing sleeping pills. As far as suicides go, it was graceful and considerate. His husband found him peacefully at rest. He left behind no research, no reports and no working hard drives. He was not terminally ill. He died with his boots off but his computer on, and exactly six hours after his death the computer executed its final chronjob, posting a suicide note to his Facebook page. The note was short and cryptic, and the way in which it spoke so purposefully from beyond the grave unnerved me. It ended: “Like Edith Piaf, I regret nothing. This was not inevitable.” Whether he meant his suicide or something more remained unclear.
“Who’s Kurt Schwaller?” Greta asked.
“He was a very smart scientist,” Jacinda said.
The monitor on the wall was playing Spirited Away. Nobody in the room asked the question that was on everybody’s mind. The internet condensed into a cluster of theories, before exploding as a hysterics of trolling and contradictory evidence. Depending on who was speaking, Kurt Schwaller had either been depressed for years or was the most cheerful person in the world. He simultaneously regretted discovering the theory and considered it the best means of keeping human life sustainable. His death was suspicious, tragic, commendable, prophetic. Some said good riddance. Others said their goodbyes. Yet, as a species, we never quite shook the gnawing belief that he indeed knew something that we didn’t, and that that knowledge was what killed him. His mind may have been as hermetically sealed as the wombs of the women around us, but in his death we sensed our own foretold. I was relieved I didn’t have a daughter to explain that to.
By April 15, no opossums had given birth. By itself that’s not a troubling fact. However, the average gestation period of an opossum is 12 to 13 days. Hamsters, mice and wombats follow with gestation periods of around 20 days, then wombats, chipmunks and squirrels. No recorded births of any of these species occurred in April. Physically, their females looked pregnant but that was as detailed as it got: “The specimens display the ordinary symptoms of pregnancy, but they are displaying them in excess of their expected due dates, although they do remain healthy and function comparatively well to their male counterparts.” My wife and I developed a fascination with a particular family of opossums in Ohio that we watched daily via webcam. We gave them names, we pretended to be their voices. Our opossums had adventures, family squabbles and bouts of stress at work. The daughter, Irene, was rebellious. The son, Ziggy, was a nerd. The dad, whom we dubbed Monsieur Charles, sold insurance and the mom, Yvette, worked as stay-at-home technical support for Amazon. We realized right away that we were already preparing for the storytelling phase of parenthood, but we didn’t stop. As uncertain as the future was, the preparation for it was ours and we enjoyed doing it together. Nothing would take that away from us. When I touched my wife’s body in the shower and pressed the palm of my hand against her tummy, it felt no different than it had felt a month before. There was no hardness, no lumps. It seemed unreal that somewhere beneath her skin, for reasons unknown, her body had produced a substance that was impervious to diamond saw blades and precision lasers—a substance that, at least if you believed the rumours, the Russians were already trying to synthesize to use as tank plating.
For the rest of April it rained. Streaks of water ran crookedly down windowpanes, following the laws of physics but just barely. If you stared long enough at the wet glass you forgot there was anything behind it. Eventually, all you saw was your own distorted reflection. I liked when my wife put her arms around me from behind and pressed her chest against my back. I didn’t feel alone.
Pillow started to show her pregnancy in May. The World Health Organization also amended its initial communique, stating that based on the evidence regarding the prolonged gestations of other mammals, it was no longer able to predict an influx of human births in late December. If mice and gerbils weren’t birthing as predicted, humans might not either. However, the amendment stated, preparations were still proceeding along a nine month timeline, and they were ahead of schedule. When the BBC showed field hospitals in South Sudan, I wondered what the schedule entailed because the images were of skeletal tent-like buildings that despite their newness already had the aura of contamination. My wife said it was naive to expect the same medical standards in developing countries as in developed ones. Perhaps she was right. The BBC repeated the platitude that there wasn’t enough money for everyone, listed the foreign aid and private funds that had come in, and interviewed a tired young doctor who patiently answered questions while wiping sweat from his eyebrows. The United States Supreme Court issued an injunction against the New York Time’s theory of everything evaluation website based on a barrage of challenges from corporations that claimed the website violated their intellectual property. Another website sprang up overnight in Sweden, anonymous and hosted from compact discs. Salvador Abaroa announced a free Tribe of Akna gathering at Wrigley Field. Bakshi called. He and Jacinda had argued, and she’d taken Greta and their car and driven to the gathering in Chicago. We watched it on television. Salvador Abaroa banged his gong and advanced his theories. The world was made of squiggles, not lines, and all this time we’d only been approximating reality in the way an mp3 file approximates sound waves, or the way in which we approximate temperature, by cutting it into neat and stable increments that we mistake as absolutes. Zurich opened its arms for Kurt Schwaller’s funeral, which was interrupted by a streaker baring the logo and slogan of a diaper company. Police tackled the streaker and—for a moment—the mourners cheered. Later, an investigation of Kurt Schwaller’s Dropbox account performed in the name of international security revealed that he had deleted large amounts of files in the days leading up to his suicide. The Mossad, Bakshi told me, had been secretly monitoring Kurt Schwaller for at least the past two years because of his Palestinian sympathies and were now piecing together his computer activities by recreating his monitor displays from the detailed heat signatures they’d collected. The technology was available, Bakshi assured me. It was possible. I was more worried when Ziggy the Ohioan opossum injured his left leg. “Oh my God, what happened?” Yvette asked when she saw his bandaged limb. “You told me to be more physically active, so I tried out for the soccer team, mom,” he answered. “Did you make the team?” My wife’s breath smelled like black coffee. “No, but I sure broke my leg.” After pausing for some canned laughter, Yvette waddled obligingly toward Ziggy. “Well, you should at least have some of my homemade pasta,” she said. I made eating noises. “Do you know why they call it pasta, mom?” My wife turned from the monitor to look at me. “I don’t,” she said in her normal voice. “Because you already ate it,” I said. We laughed, concocted ever sillier plot lines and watched the webcam late into an unusually warm May night.
In June, I returned to work and Pillow joined the list of pregnant mammals now past their due dates. She ate and drank regularly, and other than waddling when she walked she was her old self. My wife started to show signs of pregnancy in June, too. It made me happy even as it reinforced the authenticity of the coming known unknown, as a former American Secretary of Defense might have called it. My wife developed the habit of posing questions in pairs: do you love me, and what do you think will happen to us? Am I the woman that as a boy you dreamed of spending your life with, and if it’s a girl do you hope she’ll be like me? Sometimes she trembled so faintly in her sleep that I wasn’t sure whether she was dreaming or in the process of waking. I pressed my body to hers and said that I wished I could share the pregnancy with her. She said that it didn’t feel like it was hers to share. She said she felt heavy. I massaged her shoulders. We kept the windows open during the day and the screen mesh out because the insects that usually invade southwestern Ontario in late May and early June hadn’t appeared. Birds and reptiles stopped laying eggs. We luxuriated in every bite of pancake that we topped with too much butter and drowned in maple syrup. We talked openly with our mouths full about the future because the world around us had let itself descend into a self-censoring limbo. The opossum webcam went dark. Bakshi dropped by the apartment one night, unannounced and in the middle of a thunderstorm. There was pain on his face. “What if what Kurt Schwaller meant was that fate was not inevitable until we made it so,” he said, sobbing. “What if our reality was a series of forking paths and by discovering the theory of everything we locked ourselves forever into one of them?” Jacinda had left him. “You’ll get her back,” I said. My wife made him a cup of tea that he drank boiling hot. He put down the cup—then picked it up and threw it against the wall. “I’m sorry,” he said. “I just wanted to see if I could do something that I didn’t really want to do.” I bent down to pick up the broken pieces of porcelain. “You’ll get her back, Bakshi,” my wife said. Rain dripped onto our table from the ends of his black hair. “I don’t think so. I think we’re locked in and Kurt Schwaller took the only way out there is.” We didn’t let him go home. We discretely took all the knives from the kitchen and hid them in our bedroom, and did the same with the medicine in our bathroom, and Bakshi slept on our sofa, snoring loudly. He was still sad in the morning but felt better. We ate scrambled eggs, knowing that unless chickens started laying them again we were having a nonrenewable resource for breakfast.
Time was nonrenewable. My wife and I tried to take advantage of each second. But for every ten things we planned, we only did one. Our ambitions exceeded our abilities. On some days we were inexcusably lazy, lying in bed together until noon, and on others we worked nonstop at jobs like painting the walls, which later seemed insignificant. We considered leaving the city when the smog got too thick and renting a cottage in the country but we didn’t want to be without the safety of the nearness of hospitals and department stores. When we were scared, we made love. We ate a lot. We read short stories to each other. Outside our apartment, the world began to resemble its normal rhythms, with the exception that everywhere you went all the women were visibly pregnant. Some tried to hide it with loosely flowing clothes. Others bared their bellies with pride. I flirted with a supermarket cashier with an Ouroboros tattoo encircling her pierced belly button. After she handed me my change I asked her if she’d had it done before or after March 27. “Before,” she said. “What does it mean?” I asked. “That people have been making up weird shit for a long time and we’re still fucking here.” In Pakistan, the United Nations uncovered a mass grave of girls killed because they were pregnant—to protect the honour of their families. When I was a kid in Catholic school, my favourite saint was Saint Joseph because I wanted to love someone as much as he must have loved Mary to believe her story about a virgin birth.
On July 1, we subduably celebrated Canada Day. On July 4, my wife shook me awake at six in the morning because she was having back spasms and her stomach hurt. She got out of bed, wavered and fell and hit her head on the edge of a shelf, opening up a nasty gash. I helped her to the bathroom sink, where we washed the wound and applied a band-aid. She tried throwing up in the toilet but couldn’t. The sounds of her empty retching made me cold. The cramps got worse. I picked her up and carried her out of the apartment—Pillow whined as I closed the door—and down to the underground garage, where I helped her into the back seat of our car. Pulling out into the street, I was surprised by the amount of traffic. It was still dark out but cars were already barrelling by. On Lake Shore, the traffic was even worse. I turned on the radio and the host was in the middle of a discussion about livestock, so I turned the radio off. Farther in the city foot traffic joined car traffic and the lights couldn’t have changed more slowly. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw women collapsing on the sidewalks, clutching their stomachs. I kept my eyes ahead. At a red light, a black woman kept banging on the passenger’s side door until I rolled down the window. She asked if she could get a ride. I asked to where. “To the hospital, where else?” she said in sing-song Jamaican. I let her in and at the green light stepped as heavily on the gas as I could. In the back seat, my wife’s eyes were barely open. The Jamaican woman was in better shape. Noticing my concern, she said, “Don’t worry yourself none. I was like that this morning, too, but I’m better now. It comes and then it goes.” I was still worried. The streets around the hospital were packed with parked cars, but I found a spot by turning the wrong way up a one way street. The wheel hit the curb. I got out. The Jamaican woman helped me with my wife, and the three of us covered the distance from the car to the hospital in minutes. Ambulance sirens wailed close by. I heard the repetitive thump of helicopter blades. I glanced at my watch. 7:24. In the hospital, the hallways and waiting room were packed. There was standing room only. I left my wife leaning against a sliver of wall and ran to the reception desk. The Jamaican woman had disappeared. When I opened my mouth to speak, the receptionist cut me off: “Just take a seat, Mister, same as everybody else. Stay alert, stay calm. If you need water you can get it down the hall. We’re trying to get as many doctors down here as we can as quickly as we can, but the roads are jammed and there’s more than one hospital. That’s all I’ve been told.” I relayed the information to my wife word for word, once I found her—the waiting room was becoming encrusted with layers of incoming people—and then they shut the hospital doors—and my wife nodded, looking at me with eyes that wanted to close. I kept her lids open with my thumbs. My watch read 7:36. I wanted to tell her I loved her but was stupidly embarrassed by the presence of so many people who might laugh. I didn’t want to be cheesy. “It comes and it goes,” I said, “so just keep your eyes open for me until it goes, please.” She smiled, and I touched my lips to hers without kissing them. Her lips were dry. Around me shouts were erupting. There was a television in the corner of the waiting room, showing scenes of crowded hospitals in Sydney and Paris, and violence in Rio de Janeiro, where families huddled together in the streets while men, young and old, flung rocks, bricks and flaming bottles at a cordon of black-clad BOPE behind which politicians and their families were running from shiny cars to state-run clinics. My wife’s weak voice brought me back to the present. “What do you think happened to Monsieur Charles?” she asked. “I don’t know, but I’d guess he’s probably just getting ready for work now,” I said. She smiled and the pressure on my thumbs increased. Her eyes started to roll back into her head. “Don’t go away,” I said. “Don’t leave me.” I felt her eyes sizzle and shake like frying spheres of bacon. I couldn’t hold them open anymore. I didn’t know what to do. The shouting in the hospital had devolved into chaos. “Do you know why they call it pasta?” I said. I didn’t expect her to answer. I didn’t expect any reaction, but, “Because I already ate it,” she said, smiling—and it was the last thing she ever said, her last smile I ever saw, because in that moment there was a horrible whine that made me press my fists against my ears and in the same instant every woman in the hospital exploded.

Since

Blood, guts and bone shards blanketed the surfaces of the waiting room, making it look like the inside of an unwashed jar of strawberry jam. My wife was gone. Every woman in the room was gone. The space behind the reception desk stood eerily empty. The television in the corner was showing the splattered lens of a camera that a hand suddenly wiped clean—its burst of motion a shock to the prevailing stillness—to reveal the peaceful image of a Los Angeles street in which bloodied men and boys stood frozen, startled…
I was too numb to speak.
Someone unlocked the hospital doors but nobody entered.
The waiting room smelled like an abattoir.
My clothes smelled like an abattoir.
I walked toward the doors, opened them with my hip and continued into the morning sunlight. I half expected shit to rain down from the skies. If I had a razor blade in my pocket I would have slit my wrists, but all I had was my wallet, my car keys and my phone. Sliding my fingers over the keys reminded me how dull they were. I didn’t want to drive. I didn’t want anything, but if I had to do something I would walk. I stepped on the heel of one shoe with the toe of another and slid my shoe off. The other one I pulled off with my hand. I wasn’t wearing socks. I hadn’t had enough time to put them on. I threw the shoes away. I wanted to walk until my feet hurt so much that I couldn’t walk anymore.
I put one foot in front of the other all the way back to my apartment building, waited for the elevator, and took it to my floor. In the hall, I passed a man wearing clean summer clothes. He didn’t give my bloody ones a second glance. I nodded to him, he nodded back, and I unlocked the door to my apartment and walked in. My feet left footprints on the linoleum. A dark, drying stain in the small space between the fridge and the kitchen wall was all that was left of Pillow. She’d squeezed in and died alone. I took out a mop and rotely removed the stain. Then I took off my clothes, flung them on the bed, which was as unmade as when we left it, took a shower and laid down on the crumpled sheets beside the only pieces of my wife that I had left. My sleep smelled like an abattoir.
Proceed to Part 3
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2020.09.24 03:49 okcthrowaway3483 Late 20s Male 1st year of online dating summary, conclusion: dating is hard, confusing but there are fleeting moments when it is great!

Posted this on the okcupid subreddit, but think this makes sense to post it on here as well
Late 20s male here, decided to take dating seriously in the last year (I know great timing with covid!). For various reasons, I had pretty minimal dating experience before this last year. I decided to track the dates and provide a summary. Putting this on reddit, for no particular reason but, but I've always liked posts detailing peoples experiences with online dating, plus I am a bit of a geek when it comes to stats and numbers. End conclusion, I'm still single after this year, online dating is difficult and in the end is a numbers game, but feel like I'm getting closer!
Note, names have been changed for privacy!
Summary:
Dates (Name; Number of Dates; Month of Date; Who Ended Contact; Summary of Dates; Did I learn anything) :
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2020.09.24 03:20 Pretty_iin_Pink NSW reports 🍩 new local cases and 1 new overseas case

NSW reports 🍩 new local cases and 1 new overseas case

New cases reported in the last 24 hours

  • 1 is a returned overseas traveller in hotel quarantine.
  • 🍩 local transmission ✅ ✅ ✅ = 3 days of no local transmission
Note:
1. Since 8pm last night, there is 1 new local case which is under investigation, but there is a suspected link to a known case or cluster. This case is a man in his 50s, who lives in supported living accommodation, and has underlying health conditions. He lives with 2 others who have been tested (no result as yet), and there are support staff who have been identified as close contacts. He is currently being treated at Campbelltown hospital, in ICU. This case will be in tomorrow's numbers.
2. NSW Health will provide an update re the case who is a taxi driver - however, the covid safe app did not aid contact tracing (still no update).
3. If you’re heading out to a venue with friends or family, bookings can only be made for 10 people or less. When you’re at the venue, it’s important to stay with your group at your table and avoid mingling with other people.
4. Easing of some restrictions to come: Maximum of 20 in a bridal party who can dance at the reception; School sport to resume as pre-pandemic, however parents cannot attend unless at a public venue; up to 5 students can sing in a choir; unlimited students in music ensembles; parents may once again volunteer to aid school activities; camps and excursions will resume; orientation and transition programs for kinders and year 7 students to resume; Kids community sport: from this weekend all spectators can attend, as long as covid-safe guidelines are in place.

Case and Test Summary

Last updated 5:33 PM [24/09]
Click on the image or this caption to view/enlarge table.

Sources of confirmed cases

Last updated 10:30 AM [23/09] - New Data
To track reclassification across time, check out our wiki page.
Click on the image or this caption to view/enlarge table.
September 2020 source totals - as of 21/09 - New Data: For a breakdown see here.
Click on the image or this caption to view/enlarge table.

Recent Clusters

Last updated 11:00 AM [24/09]
The name of each cluster links to a wiki page where the initial cases associated with the cluster are detailed, as well as information concerning the original source of each cluster.
Cluster Last 24 hours Total Reported
Sydney CBD - 72 Sept: 16, 13, 11, 9, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2. Aug: 31, 30, 29, 28, 27.
St Paul’s Greystanes - 17 Sept: 13, 12, 10, 4, 3, 2, 1. Aug: 30
Concord/Liverpool Hospital - 22 Concord = Sept: 21, 18, 17, 16, 15, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7. Liverpool = Sept: 18, 11, 7, 6, 4, 1. Aug: 13.
Eastern Suburbs Legion Club - 9 Sept: 17, 14, 13, 11, 10.

Affected Educational Institutions

Last updated 11:00 AM [24/09]
School Suburb, LGA Last 24 hours TOTAL (students) Reported
St Paul's Catholic College Greystanes, Cumberland - 7 Sept: 10, 2, 1. Aug: 30
Blue Mountains Grammar School Wentworth Falls, City of Blue Mountains - 2 Sept: 16, 11

Latest COVID-19 case locations in NSW

Last updated 10:55 AM [24/09]
Please view the NSW Gov website for the most up to date information, including information concerning additional locations and Sydney bus and train routes where you are required to monitor yourself for COVID-19 symptoms.
Increased testing and surveillance Self-isolate and get tested immediately
Bankstown (suburb) Campbelltown: Mama Wok, Macarthur Square
Blue Mountains LGA Glen Alpine: Campbelltown Golf Club
Cumberland LGA Mollymook: Bannisters Pavilion Rooftop Bar & Grill
Fairfield LGA Ulladulla: Carlo's Italian Ristorante Bar & Seafood
Hunters Hill LGA Ulladulla: Milton Ulladulla Ex Servos Club
Liverpool LGA
Mt Druitt (suburb)
Parramatta LGA
Randwick LGA
Waverley LGA
Woollahra LGA

A collated list of NSW media releases and public health alerts are also available on our Wiki

Sources:
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2020.09.23 13:00 cincbus Introducing: The Danish Royal Family

Royal Family Instagram https://www.instagram.com/detdanskekongehus/?hl=en
Queen Margrethe II (b. 1940)
Margrethe is the Queen of Denmark, the supreme authority of the Church of Denmark, and the Commander-in-Chief of the Danish Defense. She takes no part in party politics and does not express any political opinions. She has the right to vote however chooses not to exercise that privilege.
She became heir presumptive to her father in 1953 when a constitutional amendment allowed women to inherit the throne. When it became clear that Queen Ingrid would have no more children (they had 3 girls), her father capitalized on his popularity to begin the constitutional change in 1947. She became Queen when her father, King Frederick IX, died in 1972. She is the first female monarch of Denmark since Margrethe I (1375-1412).
Interesting Facts:
Lord of the Rings Illustrations
Making animal costumes
An interesting article
Her famous raincoat
Check out the latest official portrait of Margrethe, released 9/21/20, to mark her 80th birthday.
Marriage:
Henrik, Prince Consort (1934-2018)
Born Henri Marie Jean André de Laborde de Monpezat
He met Princess Margrethe, who was studying at the London School of Economics, while working at the French Embassy. They dated for a year before Henrik proposed.
Interesting Facts:
Henrik became the first male consort in Danish history. This meant there were no clear descriptions of his duties and he struggled with this throughout his life. He felt frustration with his lesser title and lack of recognition, and was public with his frustrations that his title put him on the same level as his sons and grandsons.
In 2002, he left Denmark for France after his son, the Crown Prince, was made the host of a reception in the absence of Queen Margrethe. "For many years I have been Denmark's number two," he said. "I've been satisfied with that role, but I don't want to be relegated to number three after so many years." Henrik "fled" Denmark to reflect on his status in the Danish Royal Family. Queen Margrethe flew to France to meet her husband. After three weeks he returned to Denmark.
In 2008, Queen Margrethe conferred the new Danish title “Count of Monpezat” to both of her sons and made it hereditary for their male-line descendants, both male and female, as a nod to her husband.
In 2015, it was announced that Henrik would conclude his official duties on January 1, 2016. In April of 2016, Henrik renounced the title of Prince Consort, and in 2017 publicly announced he refused to be buried next to his wife in Roskilde Cathedral, where Danish royals have been buried since 1559.
"It is no secret that the Prince for many years has been unhappy with his role and the title he has been awarded in the Danish monarchy. This discontent has grown more and more in recent years," the Royal Danish House's director of communications told tabloid BT, in a quote verified and translated by Reuters.
"For the Prince, the decision not to buried beside the Queen is the natural consequence of not having been treated equally to his spouse - by not having the title and role he has desired," the spokesperson told the wire service.
Henrik was diagnosed with dementia in 2017 and died in 2018 after complications from a lung infection.
Though Henrik often struggled with his title as Prince rather than as King, their match was still a love match. In fact, prior to his death, he arranged a tribute to Daisy during his funeral. Read about it here.
Crown Prince Frederik (b. 1968)
Full title: Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, Count of Monpezat. Danish Kings alternate between being named Frederik and Christian (you'll see his eldest son is named Christian).
Full Name: Frederik André Henrik Christian
Interesting Facts:
See a video of Fred and Mary on a visit to America
There was a recent documentary of Fred titled "My Way". See a trailer here. I can't seem to find a link to the entire thing so someone help a girl out!
Marriage:
Fred met Australian Mary Elizabeth Donaldson at a Sydney bar (Slip Inn) during the 2000 Sydney Olympics. They started a year-long relationship with Frederik making secret trips to Australia, and in 2001 Mary moved to Denmark. They were married in 2004.
Watch their wedding here. Fred notably cried as his wife walked down the aisle
Deep dive into Mary's dress here
From 2018 – Mary gave one of my all-time favorite (emotional!) speeches as a tribute to her husband on his 50th birthday . Watch here
Crown Princess Mary (b. 1972)
Mary was born the youngest of four children to Scottish parents. She grew up primarily in Tasmania and after graduating from college worked in advertising in Melbourne and Sydney.
Interesting Facts
Mary has been open about her “Princess Training”. She has talked about her struggles in interviews to become fluent in Danish, which has a reputation as one of the hardest to learn due to its eclectic-sounding consonants, hard and guttural sounds and plethora of vowels. She had months of intensive lessons to learn the language.
She enrolled in a $1195 course at Starquest Studios in Double Bay, run by style consultant and actor Teresa Page. The training included instructions on how to relate to other people, how to walk into a room, how to socialize, and how to perform in front of the camera.
She reportedly hired hair and make-up artist Soren Hedegaard to help polish her look in the lead up to her royal wedding, and hired Danish stylist Anja Camilla Alajdi to consult on her fashion choices.
Mary also had to be schooled in Danish society, politics, history and language. Per Thornit was tasked with Mary's royal transition through his role as chief-of-court. He was instrumental in her understanding of Danish political life, taking her to meetings with the Prime Minister, key public servants and other important leaders. Thornit was also helpful in preparing Mary for the finer points of being a princess – including how to accept a bouquet in public and when to discreetly pass it on.
Fred and Mary have 4 children:
Prince Christian (b. 2005)
Princess Isabella (b. 2007)
Prince Vincent (b. 2011) *Twins
Princess Josephine (b. 2011 ) *Twins
Prince Joachim (b. 1969)
Has studied economics, and speaks Danish, French, English, and German. Is currently living in France with his family to attend a military educational program at Ecole Militaire. Earlier in June 2020 the Danish Secretary of Defense appointed the Prince to Brigadier General due to his new acquired educational merits at École Militaire. He was subsequently appointed to Military Attaché at the Royal Danish Embassy in Paris, France for the next three years by the Danish Ministry of Defense. The Prince will commence his new position 1 September 2020.
In July of 2020 was admitted to Toulouse Hospital for a blood clot in his brain. He is currently recovering in France.
In a recent interview Princess Marie, his current wife, was asked about their happiness in France. She indicated that the move “was not their choice”.
Joachim is sometimes known for being a party-prince, and his stay in Paris has raised the eyebrows of some Danes. In the French city, he's said to have no royal responsibilities and is still enjoying a handsome wage – believed to be $834,000 a year – from the Amalienborg Palace’s purse.
First Marriage:
Married Alexandra Manley, a Hong Kong-born sales and marketing executive in 1995. The two met at a dinner party in Hong Kong in 1994 and kept their relationship a secret. They divorced in 2005, however by all accounts have an amicable relationship. Alexandra often attends family events with Joachim and his current wife, Marie, and is included in family pictures if her two children are involved.
Alexandra was gifted a tiara for her wedding and got to keep it after her divorce. It’s one of my favorites.
A popular Copenhagen tabloid had this to say about their divorce: 'It appears Joachim had become ... a party prince with a passion for loud music, strong drink and attractive female company,' Ekstra Bladet reported.
They have two children together:
Read their engagement interview
Their wedding
Second Marriage:
Prince Joachim and Princess Marie met while Joachim was still married to his first wife, Countess Alexandra. They were invited to a dinner and, being the only two French-speaking people invited, their host introduced them. Their romance, however, started much later. They were married in 2008. They have two children together.
Watch their engagement interview
Watch a documentary in English where Marie talks about her life in Denmark
It is reported that there could *possibly* be tension between Joachim’s first and second wives. You can see an article/video here and decide for yourself
Alexandra Manley, Countess of Frederiksborg (b. 1964) (1st wife of Joachim)
Alexandra was born in Hong Kong, the eldest of three daughters. She met Joachim at a party in Hong Kong where he was working for a Danish shipping company.
Alexandra became popular with the Danish people. Known for her fashion sense and charity work, she was dubbed the Diana of the North. She is a native English and German speaker (through her father and mother, respectively), and her fluency in German helped her pick up the Danish language quickly. Within a few months she spoke it nearly without accent, which further endeared her to the Danes.
She and Joachim divorced in 2005 however she was allowed to keep her title. She has been remarried and divorced once since.
Princess Marie (b. 1976) (2nd wife of Joachim)
Marie was born in France, the only child of wealthy parents.
A self-sufficient woman, Marie had held jobs in PR and advertising before landing a gig as an executive secretary in ING Numismatic Group SA, where she worked until her engagement to Joachim.
The Dowager Princess of Sayn-Wittenstein-Berleburg, Princess Benedikte of Denmark (b. 1944)
Often represents her elder sister at official or semi-official events. She married Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and has 3 children. The couple met at the wedding of Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands and Claus von Amsberg the previous year. Benedikte was there representing her father, King Frederik IX of Denmark, and Richard was a close friend of the groom.
She and her two sisters are extremely close. Since her wedding, Princess Benedikte has divided her time between her marital home at Berleburg Castle, Germany, and Denmark, where she keeps residence at Christian VIII’s Palace in the Amalienborg Complex. Her Royal Highness has also acted as Assistant Regent of Denmark in the absence of her sister, the Queen, Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim.
See info from their wedding
The Queen of the Hellenes, Queen Anne-Marie of Greece (b. 1946)
We’ll have a separate thread for the Greek Monarchy so I will keep this description short. Anne-Marie is the youngest daughter of King Frederick of Denmark and sister to the current Queen. She married King Constantine II of Greece in 1964.
The Greek monarchy is now defunct. Queen AM and her family retain their titles out of courtesy and lived primarily in London after the downfall of the monarchy, though they have since moved back to Greece. She often appears at events with her eldest sister, the Queen, in Denmark.
New Year's Eve Ball
One of my favorite events of the year, the Danish Royals host a NYE ball for government officials and parliamentarians.
Take a look from 2020 or deep dive into prior years for a tiara-fest. Evening gowns, tiaras, furs, oh my!
Jewels
See an overview of their tiaras here
Read a previous RoyalGossip thread on their tiaras here
Fashion
Crown Princess Mary is known as a fashion icon around the world. Feel free to post your favorite outfits of hers below. Personal note - I think she KILLS the evening gown game.
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2020.09.23 03:08 Pretty_iin_Pink NSW reports 🍩 new local cases and 6 new overseas cases

NSW reports 🍩 new local cases and 6 new overseas cases

New cases reported in the last 24 hours

  • 6 are returned overseas travellers in hotel quarantine.
  • 🍩 local transmission ✅ ✅ ✅
Note:
1. From Monday, NSW will receive an addition 500 overseas travellers per week = ~3000, in total.
2. New NSW Gov press release: Sydney set for a summer revival
3. In addition to yesterday's fantastic result, recent reclassifications means that we also had a local donut on the 17/09 🍩, but didn't know it at the time. Last unknown case was on the 7/09, and the last time NSW had consecutive days without community transmission was July 3, 4, and 5.
4. Testing numbers have declined in recent weeks. NSW Health would like to see testing levels above 20,000 - particularly in South Western Sydney, and ahead of school holidays. If symptoms recur even a few days later, test again. It’s free.
5. NSW Health will provide an update re the case who is a taxi driver - however, the covid safe app did not aid contact tracing.

Case and Test Summary

Last updated 11:05 AM [23/09]
Click on image of this caption to view/enlarge table.

Sources of confirmed cases

Last updated 10:30 AM [23/09] - New Data
To track reclassification across time, check out our wiki page.
Click on image of this caption to view/enlarge table.
September 2020 source totals - as of 21/09 - New Data: For a breakdown see here.
Click on image of this caption to view/enlarge table.

Recent Clusters

Last updated 11:02 AM [23/09]
The name of each cluster links to a wiki page where the initial cases associated with the cluster are detailed, as well as information concerning the original source of each cluster.
Cluster Last 24 hours Total Reported
Sydney CBD - 72 Sept: 16, 13, 11, 9, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2. Aug: 31, 30, 29, 28, 27.
St Paul’s Greystanes - 17 Sept: 13, 12, 10, 4, 3, 2, 1. Aug: 30
Concord/Liverpool Hospital - 22 Concord = Sept: 21, 18, 17, 16, 15, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7. Liverpool = Sept: 18, 11, 7, 6, 4, 1. Aug: 13.
Eastern Suburbs Legion Club - 9 Sept: 17, 14, 13, 11, 10.

Affected Educational Institutions

Last updated 11:02 AM [23/09]
School Suburb, LGA Last 24 hours TOTAL (students) Reported
Kincoppal Rose Bay School Rose Bay, Waverley - 3 Sept: 8, 6
St Paul's Catholic College Greystanes, Cumberland - 7 Sept: 10, 2, 1. Aug: 30
Blue Mountains Grammar School Wentworth Falls, City of Blue Mountains - 2 Sept: 16, 11

Latest COVID-19 case locations in NSW

Last updated 9:19 AM [23/09]
Please view the NSW Gov website for the most up to date information, including information concerning additional locations and Sydney bus and train routes where you are required to monitor yourself for COVID-19 symptoms.
Increased testing and surveillance Self-isolate and get tested immediately
Bankstown (suburb) Campbelltown: Mama Wok, Macarthur Square
Blue Mountains LGA Glen Alpine: Campbelltown Golf Club
Cumberland LGA Mollymook: Bannisters Pavilion Rooftop Bar & Grill
Fairfield LGA Ulladulla: Carlo's Italian Ristorante Bar & Seafood
Hunters Hill LGA Ulladulla: Milton Ulladulla Ex Servos Club
Liverpool LGA Waverley: Eastern Suburbs Legion Club
Mt Druitt (suburb)
Parramatta LGA
Randwick LGA
Waverley LGA
Woollahra LGA

A collated list of NSW media releases and public health alerts are also available on our Wiki

Sources:
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2020.09.22 03:06 Pretty_iin_Pink NSW reports 0 new local cases and 2 new overseas cases

NSW reports 0 new local cases and 2 new overseas cases

New cases reported in the last 24 hours

  • 2 are returned overseas travellers in hotel quarantine.
Note:
1. New Public Health Alert: Moorebank Sports Club at Hammondville [evening of 11/09].
2. A case reported Sunday drove a taxi for a number of days while potentially infectious. NSW Health is seeking to identify passengers who caught the Silver Service taxi on the following times and locations. These passengers should call the NSW Health Call Centre on 9391 9000 for further advice.
Click on image or this caption to view/enlarge table.

Case and Test Summary

Last updated 6:00 PM [22/09]
Click on image or this caption to view/enlarge table.

Sources of confirmed cases

Last updated 9:15 AM [22/09] - New Data
To track reclassification across time, check out our wiki page.
Click on image or this caption to view/enlarge table.
September 2020 source totals - as of 20/09 - New Data: For a breakdown see here.
Click on image or this caption to view/enlarge table.

Recent Clusters

Last updated 11:02 AM [22/09]
The name of each cluster links to a wiki page where the initial cases associated with the cluster are detailed, as well as information concerning the original source of each cluster.
Cluster Last 24 hours Total Reported
Sydney CBD - 72 Sept: 16, 13, 11, 9, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2. Aug: 31, 30, 29, 28, 27.
St Paul’s Greystanes - 17 Sept: 13, 12, 10, 4, 3, 2, 1. Aug: 30
Concord/Liverpool Hospital - 22 Concord = Sept: 21, 18, 17, 16, 15, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7. Liverpool = Sept: 18, 11, 7, 6, 4, 1. Aug: 13.
Eastern Suburbs Legion Club - 9 Sept: 17, 14, 13, 11, 10.

Affected Educational Institutions

Last updated 11:02 AM [22/09]
School Suburb, LGA Last 24 hours TOTAL (students) Reported
Kincoppal Rose Bay School Rose Bay, Waverley - 3 Sept: 8, 6
St Paul's Catholic College Greystanes, Cumberland - 7 Sept: 10, 2, 1. Aug: 30
Blue Mountains Grammar School Wentworth Falls, City of Blue Mountains - 2 Sept: 16, 11

Latest COVID-19 case locations in NSW

Last updated 9:56 AM [22/09]
Please view the NSW Gov website for the most up to date information, including information concerning additional locations and Sydney bus and train routes where you are required to monitor yourself for COVID-19 symptoms.
Increased testing and surveillance Self-isolate and get tested immediately
Bankstown (suburb) Campbelltown: Mama Wok, Macarthur Square
Blue Mountains LGA Glen Alpine: Campbelltown Golf Club
Cumberland LGA Mollymook: Bannisters Pavilion Rooftop Bar & Grill
Fairfield LGA Ulladulla: Carlo's Italian Ristorante Bar & Seafood
Hunters Hill LGA Ulladulla: Milton Ulladulla Ex Servos Club
Liverpool LGA Waverley: Eastern Suburbs Legion Club
Mt Druitt (suburb)
Parramatta LGA
Randwick LGA
Waverley LGA
Woollahra LGA

A collated list of NSW media releases and public health alerts are also available on our Wiki

Sources:
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2020.09.21 03:06 Pretty_iin_Pink NSW reports 1 new local case and 3 new overseas cases

NSW reports 1 new local case and 3 new overseas cases

New cases reported in the last 24 hours

  • 3 are returned overseas travellers in hotel quarantine.
  • 1 is locally acquired and is linked to a known case or cluster:
    • the individual was in isolation when they acquired symptoms as they were already identified as a close contact to a Concord hospital case.
Note:
1. While it is not unusual for testing numbers to drop over the weekend, NSW Health would like to see levels above 20,000, particularly in South Western Sydney.
2. A case reported yesterday drove a taxi for a number of days while potentially infectious. NSW Health is seeking to identify passengers who caught the Silver Service taxi on the following times and locations. These passengers should call the NSW Health Call Centre on 9391 9000 for further advice.
Click on image or this caption to view/enlarge table.

Case and Test Summary

Last updated 6:00 PM [21/09]
Click on image or this caption to view/enlarge table.

Sources of confirmed cases

Last updated 8:39 AM [21/09]
No data has been released for the 16-20 September yet. This will likely become available tonight [21/09]. To track reclassification across time, check out our wiki page.
Click on image or this caption to view/enlarge table.
September 2020 source totals - as of 15/09: For a breakdown see here.
Click on image or this caption to view/enlarge table.

Recent Clusters

Last updated 11:02 AM [21/09]
The name of each cluster links to a wiki page where the initial cases associated with the cluster are detailed, as well as information concerning the original source of each cluster.
Cluster Last 24 hours Total Reported
Sydney CBD - 72 Sept: 16, 13, 11, 9, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2. Aug: 31, 30, 29, 28, 27.
St Paul’s Greystanes - 17 Sept: 13, 12, 10, 4, 3, 2, 1. Aug: 30
Concord/Liverpool Hospital +1 22 Concord = Sept: 21, 18, 17, 16, 15, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7. Liverpool = Sept: 18, 11, 7, 6, 4, 1. Aug: 13.
Eastern Suburbs Legion Club - 9 Sept: 17, 14, 13, 11, 10.

Affected Educational Institutions

Last updated 11:02 AM [21/09]
School Suburb, LGA Last 24 hours TOTAL (students) Reported
Kincoppal Rose Bay School Rose Bay, Waverley - 3 Sept: 8, 6
St Paul's Catholic College Greystanes, Cumberland - 7 Sept: 10, 2, 1. Aug: 30
Blue Mountains Grammar School Wentworth Falls, City of Blue Mountains - 2 Sept: 16, 11

Latest COVID-19 case locations in NSW

Last updated 9:02 AM [21/09]
Please view the NSW Gov website for the most up to date information, including information concerning additional locations and Sydney bus and train routes where you are required to monitor yourself for COVID-19 symptoms.
Increased testing and surveillance Self-isolate and get tested immediately
Bankstown (suburb) Campbelltown: Mama Wok, Macarthur Square
Blue Mountains LGA Glen Alpine: Campbelltown Golf Club
Cumberland LGA Mollymook: Bannisters Pavilion Rooftop Bar & Grill
Fairfield LGA Parramatta: Albion Hotel (Beer Garden and Pavilion)
Hunters Hill LGA Sydney: Hyde Park Medical Centre
Liverpool LGA Ulladulla: Carlo's Italian Ristorante Bar & Seafood
Mt Druitt (suburb) Ulladulla: Milton Ulladulla Ex Servos Club
Parramatta LGA Waverley: Eastern Suburbs Legion Club
Randwick LGA
Waverley LGA
Woollahra LGA

A collated list of NSW media releases and public health alerts are also available on our Wiki

Sources:
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2020.09.20 03:21 Pretty_iin_Pink NSW reports 1 new local case, 1 new overseas case, and 1 new death

NSW reports 1 new local case, 1 new overseas case, and 1 new death

New cases reported in the last 24 hours

  • 1 is a returned overseas traveller in hotel quarantine.
  • 1 is locally acquired and is under investigation:
    • Early investigations into the source of infection indicate the case may have acquired the virus at Liverpool Hospital.
  • 1 man in his early 70s has sadly died
    • This case was linked to the CBD cluster.
Note:
A new public health alert has been released which details locations that today's positive case had travelled to while potentially infectious. The person also drove a taxi for a number of days while potentially infectious.
Early investigations into the source of infection indicate the case may have acquired the virus at Liverpool Hospital.
For more info, see here.

Case and Test Summary

Last updated 11:15 AM [20/09]
Click on image or this caption to view/enlarge table.

Sources of confirmed cases

Last updated 8:39 AM [20/09]
No data has been released for the 16-20 September yet. This will likely become available on Monday night [21/09]. To track reclassification across time, check out our wiki page.
Click on image or this caption to view/enlarge table.
September 2020 source totals - as of 15/09: For a breakdown see here.
tl;dr: There are 11 fewer cases than reported during the daily NSW press releases, and currently 6 unknown cases.

Recent Clusters

Last updated 11:15 AM [20/09]
The name of each cluster links to a wiki page where the initial cases associated with the cluster are detailed, as well as information concerning the original source of each cluster.
Cluster Last 24 hours Total Reported
Sydney CBD - 72 Sept: 16, 13, 11, 9, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2. Aug: 31, 30, 29, 28, 27.
St Paul’s Greystanes - 17 Sept: 13, 12, 10, 4, 3, 2.
Concord/Liverpool Hospital - 21 Concord = Sept:18, 17, 16, 15, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7. Liverpool = Sept: 18, 11, 7, 6, 4, 1. Aug: 13.
Eastern Suburbs Legion Club - 9 Sept: 17

Affected Educational Institutions

Last updated 11:15 AM [20/09]
School Suburb, LGA Last 24 hours TOTAL Reported
Kincoppal Rose Bay School Rose Bay, Waverley - 3 Sept: 8, 6
St Paul's Catholic College Greystanes, Cumberland - 6 Sept: 12, 10, 1. Aug: 30
Blue Mountains Grammar School Wentworth Falls, City of Blue Mountains - 2 Sept: 16, 11

Latest COVID-19 case locations in NSW

Last updated 7:57 AM [20/09]
Please view the NSW Gov website for the most up to date information, including information concerning additional locations and Sydney bus and train routes where you are required to monitor yourself for COVID-19 symptoms.
Increased testing and surveillance Self-isolate and get tested immediately
Bankstown (suburb) Ashfield: New Shanghai Night restaurant
Blue Mountains LGA Ashfield: The Crocodile Farm Hotel
Cumberland LGA Concord: Concord Repatriation General Hospital*
Fairfield LGA Glen Alpine: Campbelltown Golf Club
Hunters Hill LGA Mollymook: Bannisters Pavilion Rooftop Bar & Grill
Liverpool LGA Oatlands: Oatlands Golf Club
Mt Druitt (suburb) Parramatta: Albion Hotel (Beer Garden and Pavilion)
Parramatta LGA Sydney: Hyde Park Medical Centre
Randwick LGA Ulladulla: Carlo's Italian Ristorante Bar & Seafood
Waverley LGA Ulladulla: Milton Ulladulla Ex Servos Club
Woollahra LGA Waverley: Eastern Suburbs Legion Club

A collated list of NSW media releases and public health alerts are also available on our Wiki

Sources:
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2020.09.19 14:00 noparkingfriend New Political party proposed.

https://old.reddit.com/AusPol/comments/ivr85k/new_political_party_proposed/?ref=share&ref_source=link
I found the following comment in the comments section at the bottom of this article on the macrobusiness website
https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2020/09/jobs-lift-all-about-bullshit/
Macrobusiness Member "Gunnamatta" proposed a new political party and outlined policy.
I think that there is merit to the suggested policies and would make for an interesting discussion.
Disclosure I am not "Gunnamatta". I am not a member of the macrobusiness website. I am just a regular reader of the non-paywall articles.
I have copied and pasted the comment from "Gunnamatta" below:
GunnamattaMEMBERSeptember 18, 2020 at 2:03 pm
That’s not bullshit……….
This is Bullshit – Bullshit Australia!
At this stage of the game it simply begs the question of whether it is the policy of the current Australian LNP government, headed by PM Scott Morrison, to completely trash the competitive basis of the Australian economy and to inflict lasting economic pain on all Australians.
Further to that, if we think it was an ALP government (Gillard’s) which OK’d the Gladstone white elephant, and governments of both flavours which have looked the other way while Australian gas which once meant amongst the cheapest gas prices in the world for Sydney and Melbourne, and therefore cheap electricity, has become about the world’s most expensive – while both sides of politics try to nudge coal seam gas and fracking on a population all too aware of the environmental and health costs this entails – then the following question simply arise.
Does Australia’s body politic – both mainstream sides including the Lberal Party, the National Party and the Australian Labor Party – have at its core an economic policy of completely trashing the competitive basis of the Australian economy and to inflict lasting economic pain on all Australians?
Have Australian public sector data gathering, regulatory, and policy formulation organisations and departments been so corrupted that they do not identify the above? Have they been so neutered that they cannot report the above to Australian politicians?
And at that point
Are Australian political and public sector elites acting in the best interests of Australians? Are they accountable for acting in the interests and explaining their actions to Australians to a sufficient degree enabling Australians to feel that their politicians and senior policy makers are accountable to them? ….and if they are not, How can they be made more so?
It is time for open revolt.
I think it is time for a new political party which I would call putatively Bullshit Australia – the party to identify and deal with Australian Bullshit and to promote informed and data backed decisionmaking throughout the political and administrative bodies of Australia, and to hold politicians, public officials and corporate interests to account for past decisions made, starting with a permanent standing Australian Corruption Commission.
(Edit removed members names)
I propose we aim initially – the next Federal election – at trying to get up 4 Senators from each state. I propose we get as far as we can up the nose of the current ‘elites’ by constipating their policy platforms in the Senate. I think/suspect we currently lack women…….
Key Slogan ‘This is Bullshit!’ Men and Women of Australia, Have you ever wondered about your energy costs ………‘This is Bullshit!’ Do you wonder why your salary hasnt gone up in donkeys years? ‘This is Bullshit!’ Do you work in a large organisation wondering why psychopaths inhabit the upper floors and you get stuck with meaningless KPIs? ‘This is Bullshit!’ Do you worry about if your kids will get a decent education in a government school while ‘elite’ private schools get more funding from all levels of government than your kids school does? ‘This is Bullshit!’ Do you wonder why your governments keep banging on about immigration needed for skills shortages when kids with Master degrees are joining the military as base grade grunts because there is nothing else for them to get into? ‘This is Bullshit!’ Do you wonder why Australia, the worlds largest gas exporter has the worlds most expensive gas in Sydney and Melbourne? ‘This is Bullshit!’ Do you wonder why foreign nationals traipsed on in and laundered money through Australian real estate so your kids need to move to Campbelltown to be able to afford a house, and hack out a 2 hour commute to a peanut paying gig every day? ‘This is Bullshit!’
Every time a mainstream politicians opens his mouth (or her mouth) in the public domain, just point out ‘This is Bullshit!’
Draft Policy Platform – for discussion/arguing about/ data provision I propose that the Bullshit Australia and the Macrobusiness cognoscenti run a full campaign in the upcoming election to get ourselves elected as the swing players, running on a platform revolving around (with negotiations/debate/argy bargy) the below…….
– which would at least offer some sort of genuine left and data backed – and openly transparent – presence in parliament
Policy Positions
Constitution
· Enshrine Medicare into Constitution
· Enshrine ABC funding into Constitution
· Enshrine Australian Bureau of Statistics funding into Constitution
· Enshrine political party funding transparency into Constitution
· Enshrine freedom from foreign influence legislation into constitution
· Enshrine requirement for all candidates for every election in Australia to be approved by AEC prior to standing for parliament
· Enshrine a National Crime & Corruption Commission into Constitution and give it investigatory powers.
Taxation
· End negative gearing
· End capital gains tax dispensation
· End health insurance rebate
· Implement Federal Land tax
· Remove PAYE taxation for those earning under 55K (but retain/create Medicare (4%), Defence (2%), ABS (1%) and ABC (1%) levy
· Inclusion of family home in determination of access to the aged pension where the home is worth more than 500k.
· Development and maintenance of publicly available database on Australian taxpayers [companies & individuals]
Economic and Monetary Policy
· Reinclusion of employee and community representatives on RBA Board.
· Requirement for RBA to report quarterly to Parliament on monetary policy in relation to wages and housing costs
· Requirement for RBA to report quarterly to Parliament on the effective use of taxpayers funds in relation to support for Australian banks and financial system entities.
· Requirement for RBA, Treasury, and other government agencies (including ABS) to develop standards and monitor quality of life issues being faced by Australians (both on average and by decile) and report on how policies being adopted by them influence a range of demographics
· Mandate the creation of new entity to be called the Australian personal public and corporate debt commission to produce analysis on the debt, indebtitude and debt servicing of Australians and Australian entities This organisation is to have representatives of the RBA, Treasury, State governments, local governments, retail banks and community organisations at a board level.
· Requirement for RBA to report quarterly to Parliament on money creation and the beneficiaries of money creation over the preceding quarter and year, and forecast such into the future.
Housing
· Commence federal government building housing
· Implement competitive GST Bonus payable to states which do best on housing affordability and housing creation
· Enshrine right to housing into Constitution
· Enshrine a National Probity and Veracity test for all funds used for housing purchases.
Urban Design and Construction · Establish a set of national standards for residential design and construction. Enforce these standards with criminal penalties. · Establish ‘Plot Ratios’ in the state planning systems to ensure adequate green space on residential blocks. · Establish a national policy to harvest storm water for urban parks and open spaces. · Establish access to natural light as a property right. · Re-establish the professional registration of building related engineering services. · Outlaw private building surveyors and re-establish the system of Municipal Councils administering building standards.
Politicians
· Mandate real time visibility of politicians allowances and outlays
· Mandate Housing affordability requirement for all politicians to reaffirm whenever they propose legislation
· Audit all payments to or on behalf of politicians
· Mandate funding transparency for all levels of Australian government (Federal State and Local), and a donations and gifts declaration requirement for all persons above a particular level (about SOG C in APS) in all public services of budget funded organisations (including Universities)
· Mandate rate of politicians salary at 2, 3 , or 4 times average full time earnings.
· Mandate access to politicians super is only accessible by vote of the seat which politician represented each 5 years at rate of 25% 50% 75% or 100% of standard politician rate.
· Mandate all politicians and all political aspirants seek and gain clearance from Australian Electoral Commission on suitability for office regarding S144 of the Constitution & fiscal relationships with the Australian Taxpayer
Industrial Relations
· Reintroduction of the Australian Industrial relations Commission with powers to intervene in cases of Award and Agreement transgression – whether brought before it by parties or now.
· Additional role for revived AIRC will be to oversee employee superannuation payments, their payment by employers, and the effective deployment of these funds as regards to the interests of employees (and with a view to minimising longer term budget and pension impacts on government outlays).
· Additional role for revived AIRC to oversee use of contractors, contracting arrangements, and corporate entities to ensure employees are appropriately addressed for entitlements.
Climate Environment & Agriculture
Mandate of Inland Water Commission
Abolition of tradable water rights
Audit of all inland water resources and adoption of real time water availability monitoring.
An investigation into the viability of major water users in the Murray darling basin (eg cotton farming) and the impact these have on water for other water usage in the basin
Mandate of Australian Native Flora and Land Clearance Commission and audit of all Flora on Australian landmass and adoption of real time monitoring
General policies to proomote reforestation where Australian Native Flora and Land Clearance Commission designates appropriate
Mandate of Australian Salt Office to promote annd monitor management of salt issues in land use
Energy
· Mandate gas reservation policy to ensure globally cheap electricity and gas.
· Mandate solar panels and hot water on all new dwelling construction
· Mandate tax deductability of residential and corporate solar battery investment
Defence
· Enshrine right to lifetime medical care for all Australians who have served in the military more than 7 years
· Mandate immigration rights (for individuals and families) for those foreign nationals agreeing to serve 10 years in ADF
· Mandate that no deployment of more than 200 ADF personnel to any particular offshore location or theatre of operations can occur without debate and vote in joint sitting of parliament.
Education
· Remove student visas from right to residence and housing purchase
· Remove student fees from first degree in science, mathematics, finance, medicine
· Increase training of medical practitioners and access to medical degrees
· Remove all public funding for non government schools
Immigration
· Mandate economic diversity criteria
· Mandate country of origin criteria so that applicants of no nation comprise more than 10% of the total immigration intake in any one year.
· Enshrine 70k NOM per annum as Immigration base, with priority to refugees and families
· Allow NOM above 70k per year only where economic diversity, debt, education, housing affordability, intergenerational quality of life and employment conditions are being met.
· Allow temporary visas in circumstances (eg academic world, some science) where globalised workforce would expect it.
· End temporary work visas unless companies can demonstrate they have made attempt to develop their own skills in their own workplaces, or made genuine attempt to source skills within Australia.
· End Special Investor Visas (except where entity is contributing to export or import competing business in Australia employing more than 10 Australian employees)
Free Trade Agreements
· Mandate audit of all Free Trade Agreements entered into prior to signature and ratification by Australian parliament
· Have productivity commission audit all extant FTAs Australia is signatory to
Foreign Policy Foreign Aid with a focus on: – The Pacific – Supporting nations on the frontline of refugee crises to make safe camps there with the hope they can return. – Empowering women in developing countries to make decisions on family size.
Public Service
· Commence regionalisation policy for major APS agencies
· National audit of all APS outsourcing since 2000
· Mandate that no company identified to shift profits offshore can receive government contract (onus is on company to prove and gain certification from ATO)
· Mandate that all contracted services in Australian public sector are audited and re[ported on to parliament for effective use of public monies, and with all transition costs (including relocations and redundancies) included in that consideration.
· Mandate that selection for all Senior Executive Service Positions in the Australian Public Service be subject to approval of APS Probity Commission
· Mandate creation of Evaluator General for all public policy proposals
· Mandate all policy that can be based on empirical evidence should be so based · Mandate any policy that is intended as an interim measure have a review date and terms of review attached to it, and · Mandate that all policy Have a clear plan for the future of the nation at a federal and state level, so policy has a long term rather than short term vision
Social Welfare
· Make unemployment the same as study assistance
· Re Establish Commonwealth Employment Service
· Mandate requirement for all calls to all social welfare services be monitored, and answered within 10 minutes
Internet Data
· Mandate that all Australians own the data collected on them
Royal Commissions
· Royal Commission into the Tertiary Education Sector and Links to Foreign States
· Royal Commission into Private Indebtedness
· Royal Commission into the Funding of Australian Politicians
· Royal Commission into Housing Affordability
· Royal Commission into the advent of COVID 19 – its Origins, entrance to Australia, and effects on the Australian Public
· Royal Commission into the value for the Australian people & Impact on budget of Australian Public Sector Outsourcing and the Embedding of Private Sector Providers into Australian Public Sector Service Provision
· Royal Commission into Housing Affordability
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2020.09.19 03:08 Pretty_iin_Pink NSW reports 1 new local case and 2 new overseas cases

NSW reports 1 new local case and 2 new overseas cases

New cases reported in the last 24 hours

  • 2 are returned overseas travellers in hotel quarantine
  • 1 is locally acquired and is under investigation:
    • The locally acquired case worked at Concord Hospital while potentially infectious. The case cared for patients with COVID-19 and further investigation is underway to identify how the infection was acquired.
Note:
NSW Health advises that further assessments and testing of the case reported in Murrumbidgee LHD on Thursday has determined it was a false positive and therefore not a case.
Testing has decreased this week (down 16%) though overall testing rates remain high. The largest decrease in testing rates this week was evident in school-aged children. The number of people reporting flu-like symptoms has decreased; this may lead to a reduction in testing rates for COVID-19.
Proportion of locally-acquired cases interviewed by public health staff within 1 day of notification to NSW Health = 100%
Proportion of close contacts (identified by the case) contacted by public health within 48 hours of case notification = 100%

Cases to date - last updated 11:00 AM [19/09]

Click on image or this caption to view/enlarge table.

Sources of confirmed cases - last updated 9:55 AM [19/09]

Over the last week, I have reported some differences in the number of reported cases when comparing the NSW press releases and the Data.NSW daily data sets. To save space in the daily post, if you are interested in seeing the differences across days, check out this link.
FYI: No data has been released for the 16th, 17th or 18th of Sep yet.
Click on image or this caption to view/enlarge table.
September 2020 source totals - as of 15/09: For a breakdown see here.
tl;dr: There are 11 fewer cases than reported during the daily NSW press releases, and currently 6 unknown cases.

Recent Clusters - last updated 11:00 AM [19/09]

Cluster Last 24 hours Total Reported
Sydney CBD - 72 Sept: 16, 13, 11, 9, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2. Aug: 31, 30, 29, 28, 27.
St Paul’s Greystanes - 17 Sept: 13, 12, 10, 4, 3, 2.
Concord/Liverpool Hospital - 21 Concord = Sept:18, 17, 16, 15, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7. Liverpool = Sept: 18, 11, 7, 6, 4, 1. Aug: 13.
Eastern Suburbs Legion Club - 9 Sept: 17

Recently affected educational institutions* - last updated 11:03 AM [19/09]

School Suburb, LGA Last 24 hours TOTAL Reported
Kincoppal Rose Bay School Rose Bay, Waverley - 3 Sept: 8, 6
St Paul's Catholic College Greystanes, Cumberland - 6 Sept: 12, 10, 1. Aug: 30
Blue Mountains Grammar School Wentworth Falls, City of Blue Mountains - 2 Sept: 16, 11
\ The case at Lidcombe Public School was a false positive. Sept:) 7, 6.

Latest COVID-19 case locations in NSW - as of 19/09 [10:48 AM]

Please view the NSW Gov website for the most up to date information, including information concerning additional locations and Sydney bus and train routes where you are required to monitor yourself for COVID-19 symptoms.
Increased testing and surveillance Self-isolate and get tested immediately
Bankstown (suburb) Ashfield: New Shanghai Night restaurant
Blue Mountains LGA Ashfield: The Crocodile Farm Hotel
Cumberland LGA Concord: Concord Repatriation General Hospital*
Fairfield LGA Oatlands: Oatlands Golf Club
Hunters Hill LGA Parramatta: Albion Hotel (Beer Garden and Pavilion)
Liverpool LGA Sydney: Hyde Park Medical Centre
Mt Druitt (suburb) Waverley: Eastern Suburbs Legion Club
Parramatta LGA
Randwick LGA
Waverley LGA
Woollahra LGA
\This location is not listed on the) NSW gov website, however, there was a press release on the 10/09 instructing anyone who attended Concord Hospital’s ED waiting room on Sunday 6/09 - 2:20 PM - 5:00 PM for an hour or more to self-isolate for 14 days, even with a negative test result until Sunday, September 20 inclusive. NSW Health is contacting all close contacts, but anyone else who visited the waiting area for less than one hour should be alert for symptoms.

A collated list of NSW media releases and public health alerts are also available on our Wiki

Sources:
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