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Blah-Blah Bar / Re: Movie thread...
Last post by Lods -
The whole thing is a bit bizarre.

On the face of it it's a terrible accident and the negligence seems to be (or is being blamed ) on the part of the armory crew and the AD  who handed Baldwin the gun and pronounced it 'cold'
Conspiracy theories are starting to take off...Was the gun fiddled with on purpose to make Baldwin look  bad given his anti-gun stance?
The thing I don't get is why the gun was pointed at someone who was not part of the 'acting group'...and the trigger pulled.

Good luck to the authorities trying to make sense of all that.

@ LP re Deadwood...It's been a while so I'm not sure  whether you caught up with the film. If you liked the series you'll probably enjoy the film. It kind of ties up a few things. When the series was cancelled it left everything a bit up in the air.
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Blah-Blah Bar / Re: CV and mad panic behaviour
Last post by LP -
Thinking more about the Aus Open, we need to avoid thinking about current restrictions. What will be the restrictions come the start of the new year? It may be that there won't be many restrictions in Victoria save perhaps for mask mandates and perhaps vaccine passports. Maybe they won't even exist.
I think one of the problems is the Feds are perceived to be having a bob each way, calling for states to open up but then enforcing quarantine rules confuses the public, but I don't see those decisions as a contradiction at all!

They won't make any genuine changes for months, it'll be early in the New Year before we see significant changes if any. At the moment the current conditions favour vaccinated and healthy people, the politicians see themselves in that group with very few acknowledging their own age or fragility. That's a problem of human perception, old, frail or vulnerable is always someone else when the observer is healthy! But the risk is some new variant won't respect those boundaries, in much the same way that Delta has bent the age limits.

As much as some new variant can be a negative, it also has some positives, because vaccine refusal has plummeted as more and more youthful cases of COVID surface. There are very few youthful hold outs now, and rightly so, adolescents are no longer seeing themselves as immune!
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Blah-Blah Bar / Re: CV and mad panic behaviour
Last post by Mav -
Thinking more about the Aus Open, we need to avoid thinking about current restrictions. What will be the restrictions come the start of the new year? It may be that there won't be many restrictions in Victoria save perhaps for mask mandates and perhaps vaccine passports. Maybe they won't even exist.

The real quandary for TA is getting the players into Australia. If the Federal Govt allows unvaccinated people into Australia by then provided they do 14 days quarantine, then the Victorian Govt may not have any restrictions that will stop unvaccinated players from playing in the Aus Open. The only issue would be whether vaccine mandates will apply to players. Who knows what the vaccine mandate will be by then? After all, there's a current challenge to the vaccine mandate wending its way through the Supreme Court with 100 plaintiffs attached to it. 

The ball seems to be firmly in the Fed Govt's court. Maybe the TA email was more of a projection of the restrictions that will apply in the new year rather than a suggestion that they will have an exemption from current restrictions. But if that's the case, this was a PR blunder as it's easy to assume it's a case of TA getting an advantage. 
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Blah-Blah Bar / Re: CV and mad panic behaviour
Last post by LP -
Unvaccinated tennis players will be allowed at the Aus open but they have to quarantine for 14 days.
They have to do hard quarantine, then stay in a bubble outside of being on court, very few will take up that offer as they will be at a huge disadvantage unable to practise, prepare and socialise to the same degree as vaccinated players. They are basically segregated from everybody else outside of being on court.

By the authorities not saying no it basically puts the decision back onto the individual regarding vaccination or no vaccination, it's basically the same as the rules for unvaccinated locals and I don't see it as a double standard at all!

You are free not to be unvaccinated, but everyone else is not obliged to make special arrangements to comply with your choice.

As far as I can tell, they are the same basic quarantine rules for returning unvaccinated Australian's, and the reduced freedoms are basically the same, excluding the bubble the international players must obey after quarantine ends.
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Blah-Blah Bar / Re: CV and mad panic behaviour
Last post by Mav -
I’d be interested to know how rigorous the quarantine would have been. I’m thinking they would have been allowed out to practice, go to the gym, go for runs and eat in any premises that could lawfully have served them. In other words, the quarantine you do when you’re not in quarantine.