My state is in absolute disarray. I don't even know where to begin but I think by now if you are reading this you know about the draconian measures currently enforced in Victoria, Australia, particularly Melbourne. ... What's worse is that the tone around here is generally apathetic or support for these measures. Particularly on the hard left, who were protesting to dismantle cops mere months ago as part of BLM. It's pure cognitive dissonance.
Thankfully I don't live in Melbourne, I moved away to regional Victoria just in time in 2018. But many of my friends are still there. Here are some of the measures enforced and stories I've gathered, for Melbourne and Victoria:
Strict curfew 8pm-5am. (76 people were fined for breaching curfew within the first 24 hours, including a man fined $1652 for getting a burger on the way home from work)
Mandatory masks in all of Victoria (even where I live, 90 minutes from Melbourne in a town where the nearest COVID case was 40 minutes away, and that was months ago. No reported COVID death within a 150km radius of where I live but I still am made to feel like I need to wear a mask and avoid all human contact.)
No travel except for "essential activities".
Army deployed at stops outside of Melbourne to prevent anyone from getting out or in. Heavy police and army presence on foot in the streets and on the roads and in the skies.
Police can enter your home without a warrant and there are reports of police breaking car windows to force people to hand over details.
The media and government have started talking about forced vaccinations this week.
Warnings on YouTube and Google regarding new censorship legislations
All of this and much more with 458 deaths. Our annual influenza death rate sits at about 500-800, and they're saying influenza has completely disappeared in Australia this year. Nearly all deaths are in nursing homes. For perspective, our annual suicide rate is about 3000 annually, but I've read reports that we've already far surpassed that number in 2020. The majority of suicides occur in people under 44. This boggles my mind the most, especially since I was hospitalized for an attempt in November and have been treated like absolute crap by the mental health system since. COVID concerns or symptoms are treated with the utmost importance and there are specialist testing tents set up in nearly every large regional town near where I live and everywhere in the city and they're often empty.
There is a great Facebook group called Millions Rise for Australia which is absolutely flooded with real-world stories of Australians like me enduring absolute hell at the moment. I'd recommend everyone who cares jump in and join the group for support and to witness the insanity we are living via personal accounts. I've read lots of conspiratorial reports in that group of people in Melbourne hearing helicopters and planes flying overhead during the curfew spraying, odd sulfur smells during the curfew, waking up with yellow powder over the streets, birds waking and chirping hours early at 11pm-2am, explosions (I've experienced this where I live too), rumors of child trafficking rescue missions.
Something is definitely going on here and my mind is absolutely spinning with the myriad conspiracies on my own fucking doorstep. I've never posted in this group (I've been a lurker for years), but I check daily for Melbourne updates and felt I'd share my brain dump. I may share more stories as I see them arise but all of this just makes me feel so sick mentally. They're making anyone who questions the narrative feel psychotic and for me, that's what's destroying me the most, emotions exasperated by my pre-existing mental illness (BPD with delusional episodes).
I don't know what this post is besides a rant and awareness-raising for my fellow empathetic humans overseas. Please just spare a thought for us here, join the FB group to help show our government the world won't stand for this, and if your time comes, just don't buckle under government pressure like we have. I do believe we are a testing ground for either a new world order or some kind of communist/China takeover (the later is especially interesting given Victoria's relationship to China.) As a society, Victorians are notoriously apathetic, easy-going, and progressively people-centric.
To me, it feels like Victoria and NZ could be a testing ground for forced vax and/or majorly increased censorship and/or new world order/China dictatorship.
Thank you. I really thought this was a lucky country. I like Australians as people, particularly the cool kids in Melbourne as that was my home for nearly 10 years, but this whole situation has me questioning the critical thinking and brain processing power of even some of my closest and oldest friends, and basically this entire state. It's truly bizarre but I'm glad I'm not alone; there is definitely an uprising in people seeking truth.
Oh and a few more important restrictions I realize I should have added:
8. People in Melbourne are only allowed to travel within a 5km radius, and;
9. People in Melbourne are only allowed to leave the house for one hour of exercise per day
10. They're deploying drones in the city to ensure people are adhering to these measures
Here in Norway, on the other side of the globe, we have a population of 5 million, and 13 (thirteen) people are currently (as of yesterday) hospitalized with covid-19. Zero of these are on ventilators. You can count our summer covid deaths on one hand, and those are elderly people who would've died by the flu anyway. Our average covid death age is higher than the general age of death.
Despite this, our government and our MSM are threatening to close down the country once more. Several schools are currently closed and under quarantine, due to "local outbreaks". There are severe restrictions on the size of social gatherings (except BLM protests), and small businesses are going bankrupt by the hour, while unemployment is rising exponentially.
Hospitals are empty (my SO works as a nurse on a covid ward), and regular diseases aren't treated anymore, at least not by our public healthcare system. --
I live in Melbourne and it is definitely affecting me. I'm a lonely person who has almost zero interaction outside work but what helps keep myself occupied and feel better is spending time outdoors and in the gym.
Now, I'm bored to death and there's absolutely nothing to do. I've already gotten sick of binge-watching movies/series and grinding levels in my card box in the last 4 months and it's driving me nuts knowing I can't do anything about it.
I gained from 60kg to 76kg due to binge eating trash thanks to our dictator wannabe state government that severely restricted our movement.
I have to carry work permits all the time like everyone and worry about getting stopped at checkpoints outside work hours.
Go look how almost everyone is a hellbent pro lockdown in r/Melbourne sticky COVID thread and those who are against it gets downvoted into oblivion, we're so fucked.