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Dear Dr. Hamblin,

I have read that a higher vitamin-D level correlates with better outcomes for other coronaviruses such as SARS and MERS. Could skin color be one of the reasons black Americans and Hispanic Americans are disproportionately affected by COVID-19? Should we be taking vitamin-D supplements?”

Sourced: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/06/paging-dr-hamblin-can-vitamin-d-stop-coronavirus/612547/

Damn.

I was led to believe that all is simply racial prejudice … no?

THIS CHRISTIAN LADY

often says things I wish I’d said myself.

God She and I are on the same page in so many respects—but:

  • she is a devout Christian, and
  • I am a rather devout Atheist*.

Be that as it may, she says—

“Far from New Zealand being excluded from  the Chinese government’s well-known trademark bullying and intimidation,  such as its rapid and unnecessary arms buildup;  its aggression against its neighbours in the South China Sea;  and its penetration into other oceans and continents in which it has no legitimate purpose or presence”,  it is clear that we are now very much part of its targeted campaign to gain as much control as possible of the strategic resources of other countries.  This has escalated  particularly now under Xi Jinping,  regarded as ruthless as Mao Tse Tung with his increasingly dictatorial and increasingly repressive demands on the Chinese population.”

Sourced:  CLICK HERE

Bingo, Ma’am!

And furthermore: spot on~!

dodo me

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* Which doesn’t worry me a whit, but I think it troubles her.

YA WANNA FLY?

catfiddle                  (Don’t even think of saying it!)

THIS down-there  IN RECENTLY

be warned: I ain’t checked nuthin’, I’m just re-posting here* out of human interest:

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A very SAD day for a 100 year old industry of AVIATION. 

Virgin fires more than 3,000 people including 600 Pilots.

– Virgin Australia files for Bankruptcy.

– Air Mauritius goes into Administarion.

– South African Airways Bankrupt.

 – Finnair returns 12 planes and lays off 2,400 people.

 – YOU grounds 22 planes and fires 4,100 people.

– Ryanair grounds 113 planes and gets rid of 900 pilots for the moment, 450 more in the coming months.

– Norwegian completely stops its long-haul activity!!!  The 787s are returned to the lessors.

– SAS returns 14 planes and fires 520 pilots… The Scandinavian states are studying a plan to liquidate Norwegian and SAS to rebuild a new company from their ashes.

– Ethiad cancels 18 orders for A350, grounds 10 A380 and 10 Boeing 787. Lays off 720 staff.

– Emirates grounds 38 A380s and cancels all orders for the Boeing 777x (150 aircraft, the largest order for this type). They “invite” all employees over 56 to retire 

– Wizzair returns 32 A320s and lays off 1,200 people, including 200 pilots, another wave of 430 layoffs planned in the coming months.  Remaining employees will see their wages reduced by 30%.

– IAG (British Airways’ parent company) abandons the takeover of Air Europa (and will pay €40 million compensation for that).

– IAG (Iberia) grounds 56 planes.

– IAG (British Airways) grounds 34 planes.  Everyone over 58 to retire.

– Luxair reduces its fleet by 50% (and associated redundancies)

– CSA abolishes its long-haul sector and keeps only 5 medium-haul aircraft.

– Eurowings goes into Bankruptcy

– Brussels Airline reduces its fleet by 50% (and associated redundancies).

– Lufthansa plans to ground 72 aircraft (in two instalments).

– Hop is studying the possibility of reducing fleet and staff by 50%.

Additional info:

Currently, 60 new aircraft stored at Airbus with no buyers in sight (order cancellations) including 18 A350s.

They forecast a minimum of 8,000 grounded planes by September.  With an average of 5.8 crews per plane (medium and long haul combined), that would make more than 90,000 unemployed pilots worldwide.

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I haven’t checked any part of it (I just post it here ‘cos it’s there, so there).

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* More or less exactly as it arrived, in an e-mail.

CLAYTONS ‘LOCKDOWN’

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but first a word from Wiki to explain my use of a term that may be unfamiliar:

Claytons is the brand name of a non-alcoholic, non-carbonated beverage coloured and packaged to resemble bottled whisky … promoting it as “the drink you have when you’re not having a drink at a time when alcohol was … a major factor in the road death toll

The name has entered into Australian and New Zealand vernacular where it stands for something that is obviously ineffective.

AND NOW,

of our world-beating Claytons anti-corona campaign:

An Oamaru man is concerned processes are not being followed at the Novotel Auckland Airport, the managed isolation facility … 

… quarantined in an Auckland hotel says he has not been tested for Covid-19 after a week in managed isolation.

The man … said the policy of testing all arrivals to the country on days three and 12 of their isolation had clearly not been followed.

He was also concerned about conditions at the Novotel Auckland Airport, where  … the public was able to easily enter the hotel and there was no requirement to wear a mask.

Oh dear, click here. But don’t fret, there must be some way we can shut him up? Properly?

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Another ‘Claytons’ lockdown, Argus?

WE MAY BE DOGS

DEPENDENT ON ‘MASTERS’

but why deliberately pass the keys of the kennel and control of the leash to strangers?

THE MAJOR FLAW

in Capitalism, its weakness — is its driving force, which in simple terms is the desire for the greatest profit for the least cost.

This time, any takers?

Anyone willing to argue, or call me stupid? Hey — I’m calling YOU stupid, no? Or am I simply lamenting and making a public display of personal despair?

Have we all been little Caesars, standing on the balcony with a wee fiddle whilst below and all around our ‘new Rome’ is engulfed in flames? Why have we turned the Nelsonian ‘blind eye’ to obvious signs?

QUO VADIS

indeed. But despite your optimisms and the appearance: there ain’t no ‘return to normal’. The incoming normal ain’t no normal, and shall not be*.

Now please forgive me, I’m off to look up the word ‘watershed’. As Oates said on that sad and sorry occasion:

“I MAY BE SOME TIME”

Oh. Yes.

Here’s your quote:

Basic ingredients often come from just a few factories in China and India — and in early March, India suspended the export of 26 active ingredients and drugs, including paracetamol and the ingredients used to produce antibiotics. A study compiled by the logistics consulting firm Resilience360, a subsidiary of DHL, warns that the current crisis has shown just how important it is to maintain multiple supply sources. “Overall, the COVID-19 outbreak may be a wakeup call to the pharma industry and governments,” the consultants write.

Read from source: CLICK HERE

 

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someone has a good name … doesn’t necessarily mean they are experts in everything. Try this quote on, tell me what YOU think. It’s from Der Spiegel*: CLICK ME

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“This loss of prestige of the North is also reflected in the fact that no country is capable of assuming a global leadership role. The U.S. is no longer a global power, and China is no longer a role model. What we see instead are nation states going their own way.”

But wait, it gets better—

“The question of how they will emerge from this crisis will determine who we will look to for guidance in the future.”

Oops. Insecurity, coupled with smugness?

“This could lead to social uprisings, not in the form of revolutions but as a redefinition of the democratic exercise of power.”

As I’ve mentioned before, ‘Democracy’ is best defined as two wolves and a lamb voting on dinner …

“I see great efforts from the Chinese side to help Africa. And I think this will pay off in the end, because America is currently doing nothing to help and Europe is doing very little. China will be an even more important trading partner in the future than it already is.”

The most successful method for a pusher to get someone hooked on drugs is to give him all he can gobble at a ‘loss leader’ price (bait). Once sucker is hooked the pushers then charge whatever they like …

SO IF SPIEGEL

is a ‘western’ news outlet, why all the anti-western rhetoric?

Why indeed …

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                                        Sourced: Wikipedia

EVERYONE’S DOING IT,

3 gerbilsTHE LATEST “IN” CRAZE.

You know: maxing out the ol’ credit card, waaaayyy through the gates to limits above and beyond the call of any form of fiscal acumen:

The United Kingdom’s economy is crumbling under the strain of the coronavirus lockdown and government borrowing is soaring to the highest levels in peacetime history, increasing pressure on the government to set out an exit strategy.

to read from source: CLICK HERE

So we all know what happened in Dickens’s time to folks who couldn’t meet monetary obligations; the Heavies were sent in to repossess. So: whom today do they send in to repossess sovereign nations?

Who knows?

Who actually cares?

Just eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we diet. In spades … in the meantime here’s a further snippet you can add to the “D’oh~!” quotient:

Ministers have been struggling to explain high death rates, limited testing and shortages of protective kit, and the reality of the damage to the world’s fifth largest economy hit home on Thursday.

… hey, don’t ask me—I’m just a dum’ dog, remember? Go ask those nice baby-kissing horn-of-plenty politicians who are not even trying to cover their arses in the face of the wrath of the insouciant.

But rest assured, Your country is safe in the hands of your elected officials and their professional lackeys.

Until foreclosure, of course. Oops.

Moi & bucket zzz

DANGER:  insouciance at work

OUCH~!

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tourism-based operations. Face it, people are going to be shonky about moving out of that nice warm homely ‘bubble’ for quite a while. So opportunities abound for those who test the wind and can set their sails accordingly.

And now, your depressing clip of the day—

“If you ask most operators whether their business can survive on 10% or less of their last year’s revenue, they would say “no”.

So adventure operators are going to have to convince New Zealanders to spend more — but even if we did this successfully and domestic numbers doubled, very few operators can survive on just 20% of the previous year’s revenue. Therefore it is a pretty grim prognosis if borders stay closed.”

—make of it what you will.

It refers to Kiwiland’s tourism industry, and is from:

Sourced: CLICK HERE

 

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CO V

SKULLY BONESand 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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For more: CLICK HERE

 

MOTIVES

I really don’t

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TOO BORING

but Greta Thunderbutt is a chance that as a pedantic old poop I can’t resist.

Simply put:  she is an over-indulged spoiled brat puppet. An actress not even of the first order; a creation of the malaise known simply as Political Correctness.

No?

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And yet—

—they lap it up!

Is that some kind of perversion, some strange subliminal sexual desire for fem-dom, or child molestation? Are all the lappers and sycophants simply lonely closet perverts of some kind? Think about it …

OR are they too damned scared (of fouling political correctness) to just get up on their hind legs and tell the kid to at least “GET A LIFE, you obnoxious brat!” … hmmm?

Now try this one on for size (it’s only a couple of minutes) and ask yourself:

“Who is trying to kid whom?”

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… and why is she wearing man-made fabrics?

She’s wearing synthetics. Why not locally sourced organically farmed indigenous reindeer hides? (Worked into shape with bone—not steel—tools … hmmm?).

 

CUI BONO?

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