WILL WE EVER LEARN?
Easy answer that springs to mind: no~!
Sure, some will learn and for many that learning will be the classic ‘too little too late’. But that’s the human condition. As a species we have books and various other records that non-humans lack. But to balance, many other animals have a common-sense that we humans lack.
One hundred years ago, in 1918, a strain of H1N1 flu swept the world. It might have originated in Haskell County, Kansas, or in France or China—but soon it was everywhere. In two years, it killed as many as 100 million people—5 percent of the world’s population, and far more than the number who died in World War I. It killed not just the very young, old, and sick, but also the strong and fit …
Do I think that ‘locking me down’ is an over reaction? At first I was disturbed, being a Libertarian of sorts. But deeper into it I now cheerfully go with the flow. It took me twenty-two minutes lining up this morning just to reach the supermarket door; (where I was glared at by a battle-maiden in full regalia and then disinfected with a squirt of cold goo on my paws—before being allowed in).
I EXPECT THAT
things can never be the same again. The old order is overnight dead and we are entering a new age; hopefully one with tighter border controls applying equally to all.
I’m dreaming I may as well put in a bid for education systems that teach all people how to actually think for themselves … objectively, critically. (Which would blow politicians out of the water for a start, which probably is why we have what we have, instead.)
So no — I don’t see that we shall ever learn. It’s simply not in our nature to.
(SFX: cue Santayana’s famous line here, please. Be gentle …)
and a silent voice of reason
calling for balance. But wait—cheerful stuff isn’t news, only Doom & Gloom is news!
Whither then, this observation?
Remember swine flu in 2009? Initial estimates of case-fatality rates were about ten times higher than those calculated once the dust had settled. It turned out that swine flu, that year’s killer virus, was no more harmful than seasonal flu.
Damn. Here I am cheerfully reminiscing the old naval toast—
“Sudden plague, or a bloody war!”
(SFX: clink, glug glug glug … … burp)
A CLUE FOR YOU NOW BEWILDERED:
the toast covers the two events which (in peacetime) could speed promotion. As can lack of foresight coupled with the inevitable hubris …
These include forgetfulness. In the 23 years since 1995, new generations who have never experienced the horrors of Ebola have been born in Kikwit. Protective equipment to shield doctors and nurses from contaminated blood has vanished, even as the virus has continued to emerge in other corners of the country. The city’s population has tripled.
AND IF YOU
still don’t see where we’re going with this … trust me now:
I envy you~!
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“Taking advantage of this impulse, some are already going much farther. On Friday, the Hungarian government sent a bill to Parliament that will give dictatorial powers to the prime minister, Viktor Orbán, in the name of the “emergency.” For an indefinite period of time, he will be able to ignore whichever laws he wishes, without consulting legislators; elections and referenda are to be suspended. Breaking of quarantine will become a crime, punishable by a prison sentence. The spread of false information or other information that causes “disturbance” or “unrest” will also be a crime, also punishable by a prison sentence. It is unclear who will define false: The language is vague enough that it could include almost any criticism of the government’s public-health policy. None of this will fix the fact that Hungary is one of the European countries least prepared to fight the pandemic—not least because the policies of its nationalist government persuaded so many educated people, doctors included, to leave the country.”
—ho hum. Now be a good sheeple and slurp your soma; the shepherds have the con and God is on watch. What have you to fear?
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WHY I’M MORE THAN A LITTLE CONCERNED:
“There is nothing new about the sudden enthusiasm for aggressive government intervention during a health crisis. Throughout history, pandemics have led to an expansion of the power of the state. As the Black Death spread across Europe in 1348, the authorities in Venice closed the city’s port to vessels coming from plague-infested areas and forced all travelers into 30 days of isolation, which eventually became 40 days; hence the word quarantine. A couple of centuries later, William Cecil, the chief minister to Queen Elizabeth I, battled the plague in England with a law that allowed authorities to shut the sick in their houses for six weeks. A few years later, the Plague Act of 1604 made criticizing these and other measures illegal.”
Sourced from: CLICK HERE
Now look again at the final sentence in that quote. And think about it. Good luck.
Where’s Patrick Henry when you think
you might need him?
THINGS THAT GO ‘SNORP’ IN THE NIGHT
You will wonder what is happening to all those who can’t stay home because they don’t have one. You will feel vulnerable when going out shopping in the deserted streets, especially if you are a woman. You will ask yourselves if this is how societies collapse. Does it really happen so fast? You’ll block out these thoughts and when you get back home you’ll eat again.
You will put on weight. You’ll look for online fitness training.
You’ll laugh. You’ll laugh a lot. You’ll flaunt a gallows humour you never had before. Even people who’ve always taken everything dead seriously will contemplate the absurdity of life, of the universe and of it all.”
But wait, it gets better—
Many of you will fall asleep vowing that the very first thing you’ll do as soon as lockdown is over is file for divorce.
Many children will be conceived.
Your children will be schooled online. They’ll be horrible nuisances; they’ll give you joy.
Thank heavens The Spouse and I never had pups. So we can curl up in our kennel with a warm rug and peer out at a changing planet. Change it shall, and with the best will in the world I don’t see it getting better. Quite the opposite, in fact … as for contemplating the absurdity of life, and the gallows humour?
Been there, done that …
turns ‘game’ into War.
AND THAT IS
exactly how this thing is going to have to be beaten. No? So from somewhat scanty evidences I offer only broad-brush conclusions:
- the world as we knew it
- is already gone, defunct, history.
The new world will be different. Certainly a lot less pleasant—less freedoms, less purchasing power (less to purchase anyway) … with a helluva lot more “make do and mend”.
As always some clever people will make fortunes—to not digress, I’m expecting the ‘price’ of genuine money to curve upwards and suddenly go ape. (Clue: by ‘money’ I don’t mean fiat stuff.)
AS THE OLD
saying now goes:
Eat, drink, be merry;
for tomorrow we diet.
And diet we shall. I don’t see how economies and currencies can stand up under what is coming; a depressing thought … perhaps some oblique thinkers may yet save us? How?
“Stupid nut! Stupid stupid nut!”
When you’re young, and—
When you’re young and so alive as we
And bewildered by the world we see
Why do people plague us so
Only those of us quite mindless know
Ours is not an easy age
We’re mindless bunnies on a cage …
And is there honey still, for tea?
This answers that, then—
The International News Media Association – drawing on research by scientists, experts and the World Health Organisation – is unambiguous in its message: There is no documented incident whereby the Covid-19 virus was transmitted from a print newspaper or magazine.
The reasons for this are several:
- Covid-19 lasts longest on smooth, non-porous surfaces. Paper, on the other hand, is incredibly porous.
- The printing process and ink used add to the sterility of newspapers (remember that people used to eat fish n chips from papers for that very reason)
- The printing, bagging and stacking process is fully automated.
- The printing shifts are split – and kept apart – to prevent any cross-infection should anyone become ill.
—which sure beat wearing the semi-mandatory face-mask, flippers, snorkel, and wetsuit for collecting and unwrapping the Southland Times. How ’bout that?
WRT the fish ‘n’ chips … here in NZ the takeaway goodies were always removed from the deep fryer and plopped straight into a grease-proof crinkly liner paper atop the newspaper before immediate wrapping. (I was surprised when I returned to the UK as an adult to find they didn’t do this.)(Yeuch …)
Monkey see, monkey do.
For myself, I’ve been dreading the backlash of all this: an economic depression like we moderns cannot begin to imagine. Brrrr. The fix will require “outside the square” thinking. Writ large.
Let’s face it: the old model is now history.
Death throes, yes, but dead on its feet already though in places it may twitch for a while yet. We are in for a bumpy ride—but we did have it good, no?
This week, the Danish government told private companies hit by the effects of the pandemic that it would pay 75 percent of their employees’ salaries to avoid mass layoffs. The plan could require the government to spend as much as 13 percent of the national economy in three months. That is roughly the equivalent of a $2.5 trillion stimulus in the United States spread out over just 13 weeks. Like I said: very, very big.
This response might strike some as a catastrophically ruinous overreaction. Perhaps for Denmark, it will be. But we are at a fragile moment in American history. The U.S. faces the sharpest economic downturn in a century, and statistics that seem impossibly pessimistic one moment look positively optimistic hours later. In weeks—even days—Denmark’s aggressive response could be a blueprint for how the world can avoid another Great Depression.
Sourced: CLICK HERE
Worth a look?
Don’t ask me, I’m just an old dog happy to scratch fleas … or burgle next-door’s clothesline.
duuuuuhhhh … this means
The below Corona stuff came in with an e-mail. Unfortunately it somehow seems copy-protected against my antique computers, so here ’tis as screenshots instead. Make of it wot we may—
My apologies to anyone who may be a bit miffed but it seems too good not to spread around with mad rapturous abandonment.
And as always on my blog: