I’m not Australian, but I have had to go, generally for work not pleasure, to all the Eastern States over time. All of them have more regulations than they have poisonous snakes. And they have a lot of poisonous snakes. The most egregious state, however, is Victoria, and the city most full of Karens enforcing the rules of the CCP aligned government is Melbourne.
I call Melbourne “the village of the damned” for a reason. They have entered a second lockdown.
One-time Australian of the Year Patrick McGorry has warned the severe Melbourne lockdown and job losses have triggered a surge in mental health crisis calls and that suicide prevention has lost out because of the focus on COVID-19.
And no, the fact you need papers to move around there is not a joke, nor is the 5K fine if you are found out of your house without good excuse.
So the question is what to do? Protesting won’t help. It will get your car smashed in, and in addition to paying for the window to be fixed you better have funds for a good lawyer.
The first thing to do is not live in the big city. But in Australia the window that would have allowed you to move is now firmly shut. So, what to do now?
- Be low profile. Do not wear Black Lives Matter T shirts, or even shirts proclaiming your love for Arsenal. Dress bland. Do not be flashy. Leave the BMW and Jaguar at home.Aim to fit in. Wear a mask. Keep well away from others. Have a purpose for when you leave, and get back as soon as possible. You can expect that there will be Karens trying to police what you do, and there will police questioning you. Be professional, polite. Do not stand up for your rights and protest. In these times, you don’t have any.
- Be alert. If you cannot read a street and assess risk, stay home. I know that in other countries you can equalize your weakness with firearms, but these are functionally banned in Australia and New Zealand, so only go where you are safe when you are safe. Noon is a good time.
- Stay in your lane. Your ethnicity is your uniform. You don’t have to like it, but most big cities are functionally a series of ghettos where everyone is like you. So, if you are Iraqi, stay in the Iraqi quarter, and if you are Samoan, ditto. Don’t go where you stick out. Stay where you can instinctively read body language. If it gets nasty (as it has in the USA) you don’t want to be obviously different
- Work on healthEat sparingly, fast. Hydrate. Take your usual medications. Do not use alcohol, cannabis, or other substances. Do bodyweight exercises at home. If you are allowed to walk, do it as a family and stay in your group. Read books. Switch off the news: you can get better information on what you are supposed to do from the daily releases from the department of health
- Be prepared to run. Keep a car fueled. Have a few hundred dollars in cash, and a prepaid credit/debit card. Plan how to get out of town to somewhere safe without using freeways, motorways: know where the checkpoints and traffic jams are. Work out which neighbourhoods are unsafe. Yes, I know you are trapped in town by law and circumstances. If it remains peaceful, then you will be OK. But if there are riots or demonstrations organized in your neighbourhood during the same lockdown (Melbourne’s current administration managed to do both at the same time) then you need to be elsewhere, and you need to not get stopped by the police or the gangs
It would really help if you have some staple foods in the house. If the bubble extends to a greater area and you can move to your relatives out of town, do so.
Because in these times of anarchotyranny, never be where the crowds are.