Daily Archives: March 14, 2020

Defending Forests

Paradigm Shift, community radio 4ZZZ FM 102.1, Fridays at noon on 13th of March 2020 .

This week we catch up on forest blockading around the country – hearing from direct action campaigns to protect native forests in the Tarkine in Tasmania, in the central highlands of Victoria, and at Helms in South-West Australia.

Andy interviews activists stopping logging in forest ecosystems that took millions of years to evolve by storing carbon and producing huge species diversity.


Insurge – Lock on
The Great Shame – Old growth
Mooks and Shanto – For a handful of timber
Brenda Liddiard – Forest song
David Rovics – A kiss behind the barricades
Formidable Vegetable – Plant some trees

Listen @ https://soundcloud.com/ian-curr/defending-forests

Paradigm Shift (4ZZZ fm 102.1 Fridays at Noon) on soundcloud.

Corona virus detection and prevention


Guangdong Province, China, sent the following notes on
Coronavirus for guidance (received March 2020):

1. If you have a runny nose and sputum, you probably have a common cold.

COVID 19 virus is a single strand Ribose Nucleic Acid surrounded by a lipid layer that is vulnerable to soap

2. Coronavirus pneumonia is a dry cough with no runny nose.

3. This new virus is not heat-resistant and will be killed by a
temperature of just 26/27 degrees. It hates the Sun.

4. If someone sneezes with it, it takes about 10 feet before it drops
to the ground and is no longer airborne.

5. If it drops on a metal surface it will live for at least 12 hours –
so if you come into contact with any metal surface – wash your hands as soon as you can with a bacterial soap.

NY Times Corona virus map 15 Mar 2020 – according to NY Times Australia doesn’t have any cases ?

6. On fabric it can survive for 6-12 hours. normal laundry detergent
will kill it.

7. Drinking warm water is effective for all viruses. Try not to drink
liquids with ice.

8. Wash your hands frequently as the virus can only live on your hands
for 5-10 minutes, but – a lot can happen during that time – you can rub your eyes, pick your nose unwittingly and so on.

9. You should also gargle as a prevention. A simple solution of salt
in warm water will suffice.

10. Can’t emphasise enough – drink plenty of water!


1. It will first infect the throat, so you’ll have a sore throat
lasting 3/4 days

2. The virus then blends into a nasal fluid that enters the trachea
and then the lungs, causing pneumonia.

This takes about 5/6 days further.

3. With the pneumonia comes high fever and difficulty in breathing.

4. The nasal congestion is not like the normal kind. You feel like
you’re drowning.

     It’s imperative you then seek immediate attention.