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The Measures Taken To Prevent Ghislaine Maxwell From Killing Herself Are Wild

Learning from past mistakes.

With Ghislaine Maxwell in jail and awaiting trial to spill all the scalding hot tea that Jeffrey Epstein never got to, there have been some serious worries that she’ll somehow end up conveniently killing herself while in custody. So in order to prevent another “Epstein didn’t kill himself” incident, some seriously next-level measures have been taken to ensure Maxwell doesn’t get prematurely shuffled off this mortal coil.

The GOAT team dive into the whole Ghislaine Maxwell/Jeffery Epstein saga on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

According to AP News, federal officials were so stressed that Ghislaine Maxwell would go the way of her long-time confidant Jeffery Epstein while in jail awaiting trial that they took away her clothes and made her wear paper clothing instead.

Just to be doubly cautious, federal officials also took away Maxwell’s bedsheets to make sure she doesn’t use them in some unsavoury way that’s unrelated to sleeping.

On top of all that, other protocols include additional guards being placed outside her jail just to make sure other inmates don’t harm Maxwell and to stop her from harming herself, ensuring she has a roommate in her cell, and someone always being with her while she’s locked up.

Given all the criticisms of the US prison system and what went down during the whole Jeffrey Epstein saga, these measures put in place to stop Ghislaine Maxwell from killing herself suggests that federal officials have learned a few lessons in not wanting another “Epstein didn’t kill himself” moment.

Details about the case against Ghislaine Maxwell have been kept under wraps as it’s an ongoing investigation. What we do know is that she’s awaiting trial after being charged with: conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.

With Ghislaine Maxwell being the holder of so much crucial information, her survival is crucial to ensure all her and Epstein’s victims receive some form of justice.

Plus the world also simply wants to know what kind of scalding hot tea she has on some seriously powerful figures, including Prince Andrew, so we’ll just have to wait and see how all this shakes out. We all know Epstein didn’t kill himself so here’s hoping we get some closure from Ghislaine Maxwell this time around.

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Here's How You Can Help People Stuck In The Melbourne Towers Lockdown

Over 3,000 residents are under "hard lockdown".

COVID-19 cases have started spiking again in Victoria, leading to a series of wild allegations of poor quarantine practices, people refusing to get tested, and ultimately culminating in the controversial lockdown of several Melbourne public housing towers in Flemington (totalling about 3,000 residents), as well as the closure of the state’s borders to the rest of Australia.

The GOAT team talk about what life will be like after lockdown ends on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

The lockdown of several Flemington public housing towers in Melbourne has been controversial. Despite the relief payments offered from the government, the harsh rules implemented – significant police presence, cops every floor, no warning was given, everyone can’t leave their home for at least five days – were Orwellian-sounding in nature and prompted feelings of oppression.

Throw in the hypocrisy of implementing such harsh lockdown rules in a lower socioeconomic suburb like Flemington while more affluent Melbourne suburbs, such as the Morning Peninsula, were not met with the same level of restrictions has resulted in allegations of racism and classism against the government.

But rather than dwell on how unfair and hypocritical this lockdown of Melbourne’s public housing towers are, not to mention the mental health implications, let’s focus on what we can do and how we can help all those people living in Flemington who are stuck inside.

The swift lockdown of those 3,000 residents under lockdown in the Flemington towers meant no one was afford enough time to stock up on supplies. Luckily, there are a number of charities, groups, and fundraisers that are pooling their resources to help those under lockdown who really need it.

So if you were wondering how to help those people in lockdown in Melbourne, you can play a part by donating to one or more of the groups listed below.

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

This group has teamed up with the Victorian Trades Hall Council to help deliver meals to those in lockdown in the Flemington towers. Donations can be made right here.

Solidarity for Melbourne Public Housing Residents in Lockdown

This is a fundraiser started by Ahmed Dini of the Ubuntu Project and aims to supply those Melbourne residents under lockdown with culturally appropriate food, hygiene supplies, baby products, petrol and mental health services. You can donate to the fundraiser right here.

AMSSA (Australian Muslim Social Services Agency)

This North Melbourne-based agency is asking for donations of PPE equipment, food, baby products, medication, sanitary pads, and toilet paper. Info can be found on their Facebook and Instagram pages.

Sikh Volunteers Australia

Sikh Volunteers Australia were some of the first people on the ground delivering free hot meals to the residents of these Melbourne towers when the lockdown was implemented. Donations can be made here.

Victorian Trades Hall Council Fundraiser

This is a fundraiser set up by the Victorian Trades Hall Council and all the funds donated will be going towards the residents. Donations can be made here.

Foodbank Victoria

This organisation has been delivering food and personal care hampers to residents under lockdown in the Flemington towers, and has delivered well over 1,000 hampers to families at the time of writing. You can donate to Foodbank Victoria right here.

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Victorians Are Refusing COVID-19 Tests Because They Think It's A Conspiracy

Good frigging grief.

Seems like all that laughing at America for royally botching their COVID-19 has been a bit premature because not only have we seen a spike in confirmed cases across Victoria, there are several thousand Victorians who are straight up refusing to participate in testing for several dumb reasons, including the belief that the coronavirus is a conspiracy.

Speaking of COVID-19 in Victoria, the GOAT team talk about life after lockdown in ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

According to ABC News, Victoria Health Minister Jenny Mikakos says authorities are “smashing targets for testing” since the recent spike in confirmed COVID-19 cases with over 164,000 Victorians getting swabbed.

That being said, over 10,000 Victorians living in Melbourne’s COVID-19 hotspots are refusing to get the all-important cotton swab up their nose during Victoria’s testing blitz.

There were a bunch of reasons why these people refused to get tested, such as they may have already been previously swabbed or the misguided belief the coronavirus won’t affect them – which is completely wrong. But the most infuriating reason is that some of these idiots actually believe COVID-19 is a conspiracy.

After several months, millions of confirmed cases, and hundreds of thousands of deaths, how can people honestly believe COVID-19 is a conspiracy theory? The fact that Mikakos had to even mention it in her presser suggests that the number is worryingly high enough to take seriously.

Either there’s something in the Victorian water or all the people who refused to get tested are Pete Evans because there’s just no explanation for believing in dumb COVID-19 conspiracy theories, especially when they’ve been thoroughly and repeatedly debunked.

At the time of writing, Victoria has 442 confirmed active COVID-19 cases and that number is likely to increase over the coming days due to the amount of tests being administered and the botched hotel quarantine incident.

Mikakos has stated that they’re investigating the source of the new COVID-19 spike including “super spreader” theory, which is a suggestion that the cause is due to a single source of infection. She also stated that authorities are not ruling out further lockdowns of additional suburbs in Melbourne.

So for those people who aren’t getting tested because they believe COVID-19 is a conspiracy (or just people refusing to get testing for any reason), please wake the hell up and take this seriously because you’re only extending the lockdown period by being selfish.

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