Poor Greta …

I abhor groups and crowds at the best of times buts let remember theres going to be one heck of a covid spike after scenes such as this slow moving jumble of people. How horrifying to be trapped in such a manner.

Covid virus is so small two hundred of the virus will fit side by side in one thousandth of an inch … this equates to four hundred virus side by side across the thickness of a human hair ie 0.002in. Lab workers, biochemists etc know fine well as how dastardly small virus can be and how difficult therefore to work with.

Masks may hinder breath projection which is all to the good but I doubt have much effect at scrubbing inward breath, distance is crucial, as is hand washing and minimising cross contamination, imagine its a powerful red dye that sticks to surfaces, keep off!

It is our daily 365 lives that signal our true carbon footprint, at the moment I’ve got my annualised electricity for my house at 86p a day, at the old tariff I wonder if I can get that to below 80p? Now I just need to work on the gas. We mustn’t lose sight that we still need to be productive in our work and business, unless of course our lives are propelled into a new and topsy turvy world of extinct businesses, shortages and limitations.

I fear for the poor, already in the UK Boris and rich kid Rishi are doing their best to knock the poor back, blind to the hardship they are creating with stopping a measley £20 note, this in practical reality anything BUT the handy feelgood ‘levelling up’ as promised. A lot of of what we hear from number ten is mere feelgood mantra, a slogan, a handy peg to hang an air thin promise upon, a soundbite and little else. Look at the decade and more of defunding of the NHS, ditto Education. Boris ‘acts the part’ but is no politician of any great ability, he does not respect Parliament quite obviously and from my observation has no perceptible knowledge or desire to take us to a better place.

I have no fear of the future, its as if we ourselves are a vast experiment viewed from some distant planet so to speak; our journey of exploration and discovery has spanned a hundred thousand years of stone tools to agriculture, to towns and cities, religion, electricity, the electron, things digital etc. I really don’t know if its at all possible to ‘get out of this jam’.

But also I can’t help but feel what a pity we invented the internal combustion engine! knowledge or desire

At least as a species we’ll not go down without an effort.

The more I think about all this the more I get bugged … Mans intransigence and utmost stupidity, trumps one trillion to the already super-wealthy, the craving for the latest bigger and bigger SUV, the multi home and multi car lifestyle. And sadly academics and scientists at least so far to this point having to keep shtum re the real situation, otherwise you get fired, side-lined, demoted, transferred to other duties; the USA particularly endemic of this so very non-scientific manner of managing things.

Lets drag a few other points, elaborate and often wasteful food consumption ….. just look at the problem of obesity. The need for a foreign holiday. The nonsense of countries saying “Look at our reduced carbon footprint” when in fact most our of goods are made in China, shipped across the world and the West has the audacity to accuse Chine of carbon footprint! Lets remember until recent times all through the C20 the near universal personal mode of transport in China was the bicycle.

Meat being dumped, does this figure in the news, the actual amount of meat taken back off supermarket shelves as out of date, I’ve witnessed this late in the evening as standard supermarket practice, is there data on this, is it fully recognised? I think I’ve had merely half a dozen traditional Sunday dinners in thirty years and now cooking my own food even regrettably being a meat eater I can pad out any casserole or stew with lots of veg, herbs and spices, particularly so far with tricks from India and Pakistan, hint … incorporate punchpooran, a five seed mix that to my mind eliminates the need for salt or meat to any great extent.

In my opinion a one child policy is essential.

1.5 degrees is now a nonsense, its obscene to think this is still a valid number, likewise 2050 ….

Anything style ‘2050’ is utter nonsense, we haven’t got the time, I doubt we’ll be here. Likewise I doubt if the vast majority of humans will be here by 2035. I wonder how diluted will be the reports planned for the first day at COP26, I’d like to think there will be a few suprises, maybe scientists will come forward and ‘grow a pair’ so to speak.

This morning I read of the tragic and gross scouring of the sea bed by deep trawling, surely this should have been stopped years ago?

Interestingly its only been this week I’ve encountered the term ‘vertical melt’ … this is exactly what I’ve been railing about all the time I’ve blogged here, ie three / four years. As all kids know, the extent of snow and ice can still appear as it has been first arrived but only at closer observation can we see that in fact its the thickness that much reduces every day until suddenly one morning we wake up and our sledging and fun in the snow has completely gone. That, is the nature of snow and ice.

Link below for a high quality overview of climate change….

http://arctic-news.blogspot.com/

and … https://www.worldwildlife.org/pages/six-ways-loss-of-arctic-ice-impacts-everyone

An atrocious radio interview…

The performance this morning at 08:45 of Amol Rajan was atrocious, I used to enjoy him on the Media Show but his personal qualities are proving insufficient to be fronting early morning news on bbc r4.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amol_Rajan

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qj9z

Amol Rajan was interviewing Steve Barclay and made a complete mess of it, I would hope his bosses tackle this horrible treatment of Steve Barclay; this is a new low, is not acceptable. In my opinion Steve Barclay was quite in his rights to abandon and walk away from this horribly ‘loaded’ treatment. Steve stuck it out much to his credit.

I think there needs to be an inquiry and there needs to be an apology from Amol and from the bbc for this.

Amol needs to realise this is not a gladatorial engagement, you don’t pick up points for destroying your ‘enemy’ and you certainly must not promote your own emotive bent when the format is principally to deliver current news in an unbiased intelligent manner and in this case allow the interviewee impart of their best. This is not the place for a tabloid shock treatment.

In my opinion the UK sort of ad hoc muddled through with covid, in all fairness we were completely in the dark and anything like ‘lockdown’ was at first contemplation a real shock to contemplate and seemingly alien to anything any of us had experienced. We knew there would be casualties, this is sad and lamentable, but such is life (and death) and covid. Death I am afraid stalks the Earth and will take the vulnerable.

I see now we have a media bandwagon of stirring up passions with ‘accusations’ of groupthink and the leapfrogging to new insights all by means of hindsight. Of course hindsight will temper and modify our opinions, how else can this be, it will provide ammunition for critics but as stated already at the time in my opinion we mostly did the best we could in those uncharted waters. Better then than the USA under fairground trickster trump and the extraordinarily timid Dr Fauci and seemingly so-disengaged Deborah Birx; trump we may remember dumped the Dept for dealing with pandemics the first week he entered Office; or at least dumped by those pulling the strings, I doubt trump would ever have an opinion of anything other than his own self.

If learning from the past is so much in vogue among pundits then how was it of the foot and mouth crisis of twenty years ago the guidelines and basically the manual of operations learnt and devised from the previous foot and mouth thirty five years earlier by the Duke of Northumberland was totally ignored! Important lessons and methods such as burial on site being totally ignored. That particular Duke was very highly regarded, I doubt anyone knew more of husbandry and correct farming practices.

Personally with unfolding covid it jarred on me that mass event gatherings were allowed to continue for so long.

Likewise it seems to me inconceivable that some care workers were allowed to continue WITHOUT the covid jabs.

Dido Harding and the Track and Trace I think needs some greater scrutiny, the costs were bizarrely high yet a trifling twenty quid a week to the poor the Government seems ‘so important’ and needs to be cut in such a cruel, petty short sighted way; the longterm cost I’m sure will be far higher than any twenty quid.

Here we are with this mornings reaction … https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-58880971

(However, jarring to see Cummins with his worn out violin being given a soap box to whine from, yet again).

Dominic Cummings …

What a nasty opportunistic individual with his skewed vision and nail scratching desire to be somehow kept in the news cycle. He’s bitter to the extreme and hurtful to others – whats new – this is Dom Cummings! It is his nature to be so, to ‘have the angle’ no-one else can see, to dismember to turn upside down. Reminds me of very clever sixth formers trying to impress the girls, lots of noise and ‘cleverness’ but in the end of little value.

I think we often get the face we deserve and Cummings bears this out, is most unattractive. In simple terms ‘he has a screw loose’ if not several … always able to promulgate ideas as if known in depth, the glib glibber, but I wonder at his real depth, perhaps just a clever bod, arguamentative and ‘on the make’. He’s been too close to power to let go of it now and in fact wielded far too much influence and policy as unelected and the close advisor of Boris. Why did Boris allow him so much influence, to suffer and encourage him ?

Dom the clever sixth former impressing all around with his desire to be known as the cleverest man in the room, trashing all established norms, de-rating everyone and everything in sight. Again, I find him repulsive, I’m glad I never knew him. It seems so out of character of him for to now be so concerned at loss of life, in his day to day dealings with people his manner is dire, he certainly cares nothing for their feelings. Many if not all in the Commons must dread his presence.

We remember them sadly but looking at the death toll remember that many that died were old people, already so vulnerable, but this is reality, crap happens and must be realised when looking at the numbers; we cannot cheat the effects of age or the weakened old state we will all enter, whether birds animals or humans.

It was hearing Dom Cummings on radio that really made me so sceptical of this desire to pour out all the minutae from fifteen months ago, obviously it was in some ways a different world then, we muddled through, what else can be expected. All I needed to know was in his to my ears a painful delivery, the phoney concerns, the pauses, all telling us so very much more than he realises. He’s clever alright, tricky, an ace manouverer. Pre-Machiavellian or post-Machiavellian take your choice, but in my minds eye I see as if Dickens at his darkest, Mr Cummings stalking the dorm with cane in hand all too ready to inflict pain.

Dom Cummings in his dire outpourings today has capitalised on hindsight to a ridiculous degree. Yes mistakes and a lethargic response created problems and the PPE shortage really should not have happened but considering we were asked to conform to and accept totally new concepts with constricting lockdowns, its my opinion we did okay, outside of war this was as dire a sea change one could imagine, no bombs dropped, we were generally still okay and infinitely lucky as compared to war. Everyone in this country and in Government were being asked to accept completely and with total adherence a totally different way of spending our days. My heart bleeds for all those small businesses, self employed, those on the fuzzy margins, all the struggling black economy workers, the lonely and infirm during all this. The analogy of ‘at war’ is sometimes drawn into the arguament with covid, but goodness me being at war was full of mistakes and errors, yet somehow in an ad hoc fashion we muddled on in a muddy messy muddle. Things have to be done, decisions made, we move forward each day. Ask my grandfather, on a minesweeper in the English Channel with hundreds of evacuees from Dunkirk then to be hit by ‘friendly fire’ and only three survived, swam to France.

I often had the feeling with Matt Hancock his hands were tied, too many to appease, there was a back story we were not allowed to hear; of course there was, its called democratic input and a Cabinet of high stressed colleagues that somehow need to be melded into agreement and with bevys of scientists and modellers adding their data, noise, and opinion. I remember that the 2001 foot and mouth was handled badly, way too much pain and suffering heaped onto both animals and farmers and as if the gold standard 100% credible report from the Duke of Northumberland in 1968 was totally ignored, modellers this time got ahead of themselves and as far as i can see inflicted misery. As the Duke and all practical farmers realised bury local and in quick lime, no transportation, no need for contiguous cull, no ridiculous inefficient pyres. Mr Ferguson! But also we must realise the EU controlled our response during that 2001 foot and mouth, its a blessing and a tragedy avoided with covid yr 2020 we were free of EU control.

A major PR disaster was the term ‘herd immunity’ that was freely aired at the first few weeks of covid here in the UK; yes I can see its meaning but it sounded bad. I was also very sceptical of input from Prof Ferguson, as I remembered him from the foot and mouth cock-up twenty years ago. Maybe I’m wrong, I’ll have to read further.

The biggest disgrace and being led along the garden path during this covid 19 outbreak was the Dido Harding track and trace fiasco; we are talking literally billions of pounds, where the heck did it all go, there certainly needs to be an enquiry. After the tiscali foul-up during her tenure I would have thought she must be kept from any systems and software! When we read ‘billions were pumped into it’ … then where the heck did the money go ?

okay, more to follow perhaps …

E&OE entertainment purposes only, no harm intended, climate-change-briefing.com 2021

Ivermectin for Covid.

Not sure whether USA friend Ted has mentioned this but tootling around the web this morning we find that qualified serious health professionals have been conducting trials with an already established and already much lauded drug Ivermectin, it has received a Nobel Prize five years ago and looks to be what exactly the world is looking for. As you will see in the following links at bottom of page a huge group of top people, highly qualified published professionals meet with a wall of silence when they try to repeatedly get this into the debate at Government level, even the news media takes no notice, perhaps what we in the UK would term a ‘D’ notice?

V strange.

Ivermectin is a known drug, extensively trialled, is established practice and of low cost.

COVID-19 treatment analysis for Ivermectin (c19ivermectin.com)

All thro this pandemic I have been saddened at the USA Administration and I recall first thing trump did was vastly reduce (eliminate?) the US Gov Pandemic Unit when he took Office. As with all things trump what he accuses others of are in fact his own most immediate and personal crimes and failings, its trump and his backers that are ‘Deep State’; you can make up your own list, trump is the fake, trump is the class failure, trump is low energy and as John Bolton tells us is wholly unsuited to High Office, probably has never read the Constitution and is quite clueless as to what it all means and cares even less. Note how trumps camera appearences have dried up, it was all an act, playing the ‘part’. How still can a substantial amount of the USA be so fooled? As with the Janus style finger pointing which always with trump are mostly the measure of trump himself.

Some examples:

Make America Great … trump has made it tiny, it has shrivelled internationally.

People are saying … only trump is saying.

trump talks of the other Deep State … he is in fact ‘Deep State’.

trumps accusations of swamp is in fact the swamp he himself brought to the White House.

America is no longer great, trump has turned citizen against citizen, worse than any Nero analogy, this is pure Mao with his Red Guard followers and ridicule of learning and science etc.

trump vastly reduced US Gov cybersecurity capability, the result is Russian longterm hacking as being revealed in this week. I wonder if trump gets all his prompts from Putin, after all two hours alone with Putin in Helsinki amounts to treason in anyones book. Looks like Putin wanted weakened US cybersecurity, trump delivered.

Its my opinion the Border wall is in fact a fake motive, a smokescreen to divert funds from departments that have now been much curtailed. In my opinion trump couldn’t care less about a border wall other than it pandering to his hoodwinked base, in addition hurting people of colour and allowing him to divert funds. In my opinion the USA general education of ordinary kids seems to have failed when anyone whatsoever votes trump.

Okay, back to Ivermectin, the medical professional we see here demonstrating the need to utilise Ivermectin is Pierre Kory MD. He’s easily found on the web and is top notch qualified to speak on such matters, first link is a transcript of a presentation to a recent Homeland Committee Security meeting, third link down is a vimeo of the hearing with Dr Pierre Kory. Be sure to read what he says, it is harrowing and straight from where it happens, no gloss, no spin.

Testimony-Kory-2020-12-08.pdf (senate.gov)

Ivermectin – Wikipedia

Dr. Pierre Kory (FLCCC Alliance) testifies to senate committee about I-MASK+ (incl. the following Q&A part) on Vimeo

Resources | Lung Center of America | United States

Here below is part of the vimeo as posted on youtube, you can tell Dr Kory is having trouble with his message not getting across …. ie a treatment for covid.

Dr. Pierre Kory Senate Testimony On Early COVID-19 Treatments – YouTube

So why in heavens name is Ivermectin not being taken up?

trump IS the Deep State.

If such a thing exists, trump surely has to be the figurehead of such a so-called ‘Deep State’, trumps Janus style pointing finger always points directly to himself. Hence the terms fake, swamp, sleepy, crooked, deep state are all manifest primarily essentially in trump, with his vested interest unaccountable backers, cohorts and sycophants. Most certainly trump lies comfortably with Deep State, its been apparent from day one, ‘Who put him up there’ and ‘Who pulls his strings?’

Remember this is a rich kid , hardly able to read, no respect for anything, constantly failing, of near zero academic ability and tutored by Roy Cohn. Grandaddys bags of gold from the Yukon fostered all this, whores and hotels. Brag and swagger are the pasteboard mask.

It baffles me how anyone either believes his crooked disjointed nonsense or can present themselves in public endorsing his destructive incompetent chaotic tenure. trump is the epitome of callous disregard. Witness Kayleigh McEnany. They seem to want to be along for the ride, the aftertaste will indeed be bitter.

Very clever that trump can fool with his breezy low vocab delivery, a crude untalented reality-show ‘actor’ tailor-made for vested interest to project its values and work their abominal desires, ie witness EPA dismantling, scientists frightened to speak out, protection of environmental issues all gone, sadly Dr Anthony Fauci a far too timid individual. Witness also the negation of womans choice, disregard and destruction of human and civil rights, of black equality. Just as with the tone of his detestable inauguration speech trump has indeed followed through, in a sense kept his promises, his ‘Deep State’ backers wanting us back to the 1930’s … a 1930’s that also includes vast shifts on the political map; the rise of overpowering Fascism, the criminalisation of peaceful democratic protest and the horrors of war.

Its all about lies, of fooling people, bluster and brag, the tv soundbite… trump is a conman quite gifted and with a lifetimes experience of this.

But trump is cleverer than he seems, can assimilate a nuanced plan, a nuanced trajectory and as heard a few weeks ago may not leave the White House when voting should result in the end of his so-called Presidency. Quoting ‘I don’t like losing’ …. this beggars belief … this is a Democracy not a tv show!

trumps realisation to dominate the news cycle is crude but effective.

trump is outlawing any peaceful civil protest, witness the recent Bible waving photo-op on a street of peaceful protestors cleared with tear gas.

trump enjoys his ‘militia’ … in other words conventional fascist thugs.

This whole scenario could not have been better planned or nuanced in its fine graded onslaught against common sense, decency and democracy. Somewhere, maybe in Jared or Ivankas office theres a huge flowchart on the wall planning out all these steps away from Democracy, the insults, the sleights all finely graded.

Luckily trump throws up sufficient gaffes for us to get an idea, to map his views and mindset. He couldn’t care less about all the coloured lives lost with covid, of police bigotry, of incoming asylum seekers that will most likely work hard, or of overseas struggle such as Sudan, Palestine and Yemen. Its a trump trait to cut aid. Cruelty and polarisation are a trump trait.

For example, mail and air parcels going into the US have hiked 50% in one single price rise a couple of months ago, and are abysmally slow, this is not covid, it is trump Protectionism.

Here in the UK the ‘bent’ and to my mind deliberate intention TO NOT criticise trump does indeed beggar belief. BBC r4 news certainly on the daytime news cycle is peculiarly pro-trump, seeming not to want to disturb or upset His royal ‘Highness’ !

The Daily Mail so-called newspaper is a tawdry useless thing, more akin to a gossip sheet with its main occupation seeming to be girls in bikinis. And this morning online we read in the Daily Telegraph the following absolute nonsense ….

Daily Telegraph headline quote:- Trump’s flaws are many, but he’d be better for Britain than Biden …… https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/09/20/trumps-flaws-many-better-britain-biden/

Surely ‘flaws’ are not the correct interpretation of outright trump incompetance, inability and callous disregard, its more ‘total outlook and destruction of Democracy’, his very nature and mission is the essence of chaos and hence can be defined as evil. Its a bit like saying herr hitler wasn’t very nice at times.

As an example of janus-style finger pointing that most certainly describes trump himself and his un-admitted ‘deep state’ style puppet masters, they do indeed admit to climate change when one thinks about it, not outwardly but most certainly in their intentions to militarisation, to bullying tactics, to abandoning any assistance for non-trump States; setting up the system for when climate change starts to bite to ignore and quash mass migration, to grab food resources therefore exacerbating food shortages and they will have the brute force, the military and quasi military muscle to do whatever they want. Witness the disregard to comprehensive health care, the erosion of hard won Civil Rights, in the disregard of equitable and cordial International Relations; when the scramble for food and resources takes hold already trump-style USA will have ‘removed the gloves’, with trump and his Deep State backers it will be a coarse brutal world.

Yes Biden is old, but Kamala Harris would be first class in the role of President. Realise the dismantling of hard won rights and legislation that is being destroyed quietly behind the scenes by trump and his nasty hangers-on. Ever wonder why someone so career high-flying as Mnuchin basically just stands there silent …. its trumps s minder, just as with Pence, to ensure trump keeps up the facade, to reinforce the message.

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Postscript, re-reading and editing the above a few days later I can’t believe we are having to write such things as this post, but write and witness we must certainly perform and exercise our critical faculties.

trump relies on his critics, the general population and any guardian of Democracy as being unable to forsee his next crazy move, today 24th September after a days absence from googling ‘trump latest’ say twice a day the latest trump horrors are most alarming, trump stating outright he will not regard or trust any democratic election process at election time. trump has hinted at this previously but never in such stark terms as yesterdays Press Briefing. As with all Fascists he is increasingly brazen and inclined to exercise brute force. I notice also the change in his face, something is happening we might not so far realise how drastic. These are genuinely frightening and dangerous times. Luckily theres a thing called the Constitution and I hope the Military will halt the march into outright Fascism.

Interesting and alarming embed on this Guardian article below how sick trump actually is ….

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/sep/23/donald-trump-press-conference-us-elections-breonna-taylor

Have you noticed?

In the UK the conversation presented on bbc r4 news can verge to the puerile and simplistic, only Marc Mardell say Sunday at 1pm and the consistently worthwhile ‘The World Tonight’ keep me interested. Filler pieces on the bbc r4 5pm slot can often be over extended and need drastic editing, in fact often wasting time when I’m sure theres lots more we can hear about of this world. It must be mighty frustrating for daily commuters to be served such slow paced puerile fare.

I actually applaud the new slogan ‘Be Alert’ its my opinion we need to get a lot of the workforce back into action. Sports events I can do without, likewise I never eat out in restaurants so why are they needlessly pushed as being so essential! Therefore to ‘Be Alert’ is vital, to stop any under 2m proximity, prolonged encounters and needless conversation. It was interesting to hear Prof Marc Woodhouse at lunchtime being of the opinion cv-19 transfer is low when out of doors. I think the UK is needlessly restrictive at this point ie first week May. So much of the non healthworker population should be allowed nearer a normal productive life. The Governments restrictions of ALL UK citizens is over simplistic and hence over damaging to most everyone and everything.

Too much emphasis has been placed on nice words which are at disjoint from reality and whats happening ‘on the ground’ … witness PPE and testing … both are victim to blether and whitewash. At 5pm listening to Rishi Sunak makes me think we need more ‘bite’, less nice feeling ramble, items of PPE and testing has proven to be not what we are told it is ie British manufacturers still exporting PPE and the disjoint twixt testing hype and reality is a scandal. 

We need a four or five month opening up of restrictions, say June thro October, what no-one is mentioning is that we’ve seen nothing yet until when we hit the ”season of coughs and sneezes’. I think we will have to suffer a weekly death toll for the sake of avoiding financial disaster, both individually and as a nation.

What is vital and again not being brought out into the open is the importance of cordoning all encounters and activities of medical and care workers. These folk are ‘hot’ so to speak and cannot be allowed to beak bio-security in the general community. This needs to be made plain.

The terms and expressions around this cv-19 problem seem hindered, not developed. Only today did we hear the use of ‘proximity and duration’ come into play and also my own term ‘breath projection’ as yet I’ve never heard anyone else use but surely an essential term especially when talking about facemasks and their efficacy.  The virus is super tiny but I guess needs droplets of breath to hitch a ride, hence ‘Be Alert’ is admirable.

trump has set a deadline (end of May) to disband his corona virus task force, in other words jettison Fauchi and I bet install wonderboy and I’ve read slum landlord Jared.

trump a day or two ago is mimicking exactly the manner, look and responses from when he was questioned and asked to read a document three years ago; he blustered, he mimicked un-concern …. reality was he couldn’t read. If this was any other person I would feel sympathy but not some intentional and blustering non-event d j trump. In other words he has given up, he is now a hollow man. My opinion is now that he wants merely to walk away, his tv skills may have fooled for a while but now he himself knows he is way out of his depth and will want to return to the comfort of his gilded apartment in Manhattan. Yes certainly trump is clever but not a cleverness I hold in esteem.

 

 

Forecasting what next …

With the virus shutdown there very seldom is any chemtrail to be seen (maybe say only something every three days)  and so now we have the problem such clear blue skies will aid heat absorption by the oceans. Therefore its my guess governments will put forward the idea quite openly that we need to spray our skies to hinder climate change and slow down the seas warming and hinder the crucial but inevitable and dreaded methane release.  For instance google for methane hydrate, an ice-free Arctic, thawing permafrost, East Siberian Ice Shelf.

I had a bad dream the other day,  quite horrible in fact, a total inept termed donald j trump (I deny him upper case) …. had become President of the United States !  One can only state that this is indeed beyond the realm of sanity … preposterous!

Here in the UK its my opinion the lockdown leaves a lot to desired, there is seemingly total refusal to deal specifically with those in health care and their immediate family, how in fact they are a ‘special case’ and need much greater rigour in how they circulate after they leave work. Has anyone mentioned this so far – looks to be not. They will; they will have to as too many ‘innocent people’ are being needlessly corralled. The sight of those silly pale blue plastic pinnies drives me nuts, the slightest breeze and they are flying around all over, as good as useless I assume.

Note the irony if that’s the word that the virus shutdown is in fact facilitating the reduction of carbon footprint, of unnecessary airflights etc – just what the planetary doctor ordered!  Huge sheds with respirators, much limited personal mobility, all as would be required when the methane time bomb hits.

Lets use our brains …

Propaganda to the masses and bad thinking at the top are rife, epidemic. Some examples…

  • When trump tweets realise its not just his finger on the keyboard but in fact that little keyboard is a giga-powered propaganda machine with open input from any of his crooked and twisted lackeys and I include Ivanka and particularly Jared in this; the little keyboard of his phone (or more likely an office computer logged into trumps twitter feed) the most powerful meat grinder (unfortunately) in the world. Meat grinder in that trump and cohorts will quite happily sacrifice the poor and less fortunate to get past this lockdown, to mangle the truth at every convenience to trump and his constant revision of what he said the day before. At every turn, so many times trump likes to sacrifice the poor and helpless, think travel bans think border wall, all needless.
  • trump is the wrong man at the wrong time in the wrong position at least to all God fearing sane and decent citizens, yet to Putin trump is the right man in the right place at the right time, an unprecedented opportunity for exploitation. Of course trump is being massively exploited, I’m sure in my mind there is huge amounts of Russian money chanelled through trump activities, trump depends and needs this to survive as no American Bank will suffer him and remember the disgusting lovefest of trump and Putin at Helsinki; two hours behind closed doors, no American witnesses and no notes, trump emerging visibly shaken. This is sickening, trump indeed is skewered on Putins arm as some hapless dumb ventriloquists doll. Note trumps endless insistence that Russia did not meddle in the elections no matter the clamouring of US citizens at all levels, that Russia is his friend, that Russians have been invited and freely entered the Oval Office.
  • Everything trump issues as an insult or failing is in fact most applicable to himself;  everything from trump is a reversal of the truth and time-won practical experience, of established institutions, of knowledge and scientific data ie climate change, the environment, sleazy tax handouts to cronies, international relations, the respect to other religions and ways of life etc etc. He courts dictators. When he points the accusatory finger “Fake news” he in fact is the only fake in the room; shouldn’t therefore everyone point back silently, good move I think and we are quite entitled to do so however the irony would be that trump would assume the accusatory finger to be in fact a fascist salute and therefore an adulation!! As usual, with trump we are in a room full of mirrors. Personally I would also encourage public booing to somehow break the bubble of the would-be fascist Emperor and his hangers on after all he is so incredibly thin-skinned.
  • trumps obsession and over-repeated slogan “Drain the swamp” is now utterly most applicable to himself, no great swamp existed pre-trump but now boy-o-boy trump has created his very own sickening swamp by any standards. Note handler Mnuchin always standing by rooting for Big Money, likewise Pence to ensure a fundamentalist, regressive and backward doctrine are included, to be promoted at all times.
  • Truth is cooked up each day according to the whim or shallow fancy of trump, as cooked up as him unfathomable tax returns or unknown educational attainment, both we assume not worth the paper they are written on if only anyone could ever find them.
  • Mining the moon … one couldn’t make this up! This really is an exercise of sustainable living in hostile conditions, which has been foreseeable for the last couple of years, such as the dreaded impending methane release and subsequent chaos of interconnected climate feedback loops running out of control from the efficiency / efficacy of surging methane levels. Its not CO2 that will kill us but the much more damaging (say x120 fold) and much faster acting methane release in its three forms ie microbial from thawing permafrost, methane deposits trapped within the strata capped and held in place by permafrost and probably worst of all thawing subsea hydrates for instance the East Siberian Ice Shelf. These are huge areas, far bigger any one of them than Europe.
  • My opinion is that there is a limit to the gullibility of trumps so-called voter base, like most things of his its smaller than he says; soon trump fans will tire of the trump spiel and media hogging, even the most unthinking zombie-like adorer of the trump stance must surely quite soon see the light, the obscuring fakery of trump.
  • Has anyone realised the huge places recently constructed to die and equipped with respirators, a life of lockdowns, the end of personal freedom as of cv-19 are exactly what we will need when climate change kicks in hard? Which it will, the impending catastrophic increase of methane being the real ‘biggie’.
  • From my UK standpoint and I think near universal is insufficient regard taken with care and health workers, these special people need special treatment in safer distancing from family members and public, to be cordoned off in effect. The PPE scandal will not go away, neither the scandal of care home deaths being kept out of the cov-19 death toll. The early hours health and care worker shopping hour needs to be redefined as a means of increasing bio-security, so far no-one is taking this angle seriously enough. This would allow economies to loosen up and get a few more contributors working again. Issuing all care workers with a badge is exactly what one would have decided is the first step in identifying such workers and hey presto was announced a fortnight ago. Funny how this can be redefined as a means to separate out care and health workers from the general population, which I think would be utterly stupid not to do so, yet no-one specifically mentions this. this in some ways silly lockdown needs to be engineered more intelligently.
  • In essence we need to be more aware to separate the health and care workers from the rest of the general population, the latest tragic news of two sisters, both care workers to die reinforces the need to do this.
  • Quite seriously, why has no-one drawn attention to the lunacy of having a beard at this time, I would imagine a virus catcher par-excellence!

 

Postscript, nice to hear my words echoed and the exact words indeed as utilised by Polly Toynbee a few hours after I wrote them, great minds think alike!  Likewise two days later interesting to hear Nick on bbc r4 this morning  echoeing my particular sentiment that nice sounding words are useless when in fact in reality things don’t happen or the PPE isn’t delivered and the cv-19 testing just is not happening as they portray. I would term this a disjoint of delivery. The latest disaster is a recall for botched cv-19 testing, also the NHS and Government seeming to be ignoring the offers of PPE manufacturing and lab testing capacity in the UK. One couldn’t make this up!

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Heres Amy Goodman with Noam Chomski …

 

As Noam Chomsky tells us trump is indeed v v clever.

Scandals, incompetence, lack of vision.

It baffles me how short sighted the bods at the top really are, I mean the UK Government. BBC r4 radio news this morning again carries mention that highly qualified ultra-competent laboratories in Uni, research, contract testing etc are all available to ramp up cv-19 testing yet multiple contacts and phone calls from Professors and Doctors in their own field produce nothing in return from the NHS or the UK Government;  we are so woefully challenged as how this virus is being handled. I think when we view retrospectively the double scandal not using the myriad of labs available outside of the NHS (which I think possibly can often be in advance of the NHS) and the also incredulous scandal of NOT examining and collating deaths in care homes or at home to achieve more accurate data of lives claimed by the virus. Aiming to deliver a competent speech as say from the Head Boy is NOT the same as the actual hard reality of PPE in the hands of those that need it. Maybe we need a Lord Beaverbrook? The only good thing you can say is that our only resort, social distancing was pushed forward as utterly essential. But has anyone ever yet seen trump or the creepily quiet and distanced Fauci wearing simple handgloves? … scandalous!

This terrible time highlights the lag from daily pronouncement to actual on the ground delivery, such as PPE which contrary to podium pronouncements is not to hand for those at the sharp end. And I wonder if that recent Russian and Chinese PPE was delivered to those that needed it or in fact hoarded by Jared?

All care workers and those in contact with cv-19 patients need to be tested every couple of days, these are ‘hot-beds’ of infection no matter how hard the staff follow as many precautions as possible, that’s of course if they have anything near the PPE ther really need, I mean full face gear, forced ventilation head protection (ever heard anyone mention this?). Wow, as I type this we hear someone from the USA (Prof Paul Rohner sorry I missed the name bbc r4 08:46) saying exactly this idea ie to harness the Universities, to intensively test the hot beds of infection. My thoughts exactly. I also think all in healthcare, care homes etc need their own special distancing, their own family members, these people need to be treat and manouvered as the potential super-spreaders these really are … to NOT test say daily is madness.

News from across the pond and as usual presented uncritically and even as ‘normal’ of the continuing, worsening trump disaster as is typical bbc r4 news stance. At 10pm ‘The world Tonight’ at least has some ‘teeth’ and offers a clearer view, a valuable radio programme. In the old Soviet era photographs people were airbrushed out of the picture to alter history, trump does it by merely denying his previous words and actions. I had thought trump was basically a puppet but these last few days I’m more inclined to think he actually does come up with all this crap mostly from himself. At least his unpredictability is predictable, forever casting himself with hindsight as the ‘stable genius’ and reworking his message at whatever shallow whim drives him that day. We can assume now that those around him really are the dregs, Mnuchin, Miller, Kushner etc and with the White House Eunuch Pence in attendance. Even with Anthony Fauci he really does seems to have trawled for and ineffectual yes-man. These really are sick white folk. Winess jareds outburst a few days ago when questioned as to the Governments own massive stocks of PPE when America struggles …. “They are for us” …. wow yet again a DC comic adventure.

For trump to announce withdrawl of funding to the World Health Organisation is cruel indeed, hell-bent (an apt term if ever) at Trumpian disruption and bile. Witness Yemen, tragic. Its again the trump style, max disruption, max cruelty; its got trump written all over it. To be so stingy and pretend ‘he has a view on anything’ (quite laughable were it not so cruel) is all reality show smoke and mirrors, which is all trump knows apart from conman crow-barring of perceived enemies and debtors; he came from the Roy Cohn School of Charm and Grace.  Thinking about it, this is when Sean Hannity and Fox could do the nation a service and turn this monstrous Clown to a more sensible approach, come on Sean n Co …. help the Free World!

 

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