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By Mahons On April 1st, 2020 at 12:23 am

I did the last check in a week ago. Im working remotely here at home, an hour north of NYC, keeping a beer in each hand to avoid touching my face. Supermarket workers are as brave as soldiers which is an uplifting thought. Any time i cough i half think i have the damn thing. My kids get lessons via remote but it sure aint school (which they now actually wish it was safe to return to). Traffic is slight. Ive ordered takeout from some local restaurants but i dont think many will survive this finacially. I can see it in their eyes. Tough times when you know tougher times are still ahead. Hope all are well among the group here.


By Patrick Van Roy On March 31st, 2020 at 9:45 pm

Real News

By Patrick Van Roy On March 31st, 2020 at 9:38 pm


By Pete Moore On March 31st, 2020 at 8:12 pm

A coronavirus app that alerts people if they have recently been in contact with someone testing positive for the virus “could play a critical role” in limiting lockdowns, scientists advising the government have said.

The location-tracking tech would enable a week’s worth of manual detective work to be done in an instant, they say.

Don’t even bother trying to tell me that this wouldn’t be misused. Before you know it Nanny will be pinging you to get out of the drinks aisle in the supermarket. And don’t even think about popping into Greggs either, citizen.

The academics note that similar smartphone software has already been deployed in China.

I’m even less keen! Made in China, deployed in China, whatever-in-China is a very good reason to do the opposite right now.


By Pete Moore On March 31st, 2020 at 7:54 pm

Wile the state-central health rationing bureaucracy flounders around, Ocado, an online supermarket and delivery firm, has bought 100,000 coronavirus testing kits for its staff. Let’s be honest, everyone still at work in British industry are the heroes of this Chinese Virus disaster.

I just hope that Ocado have also bought the medics to administer the tests. If Dr Peck here is correct, there’s no way that anyone will be doing this up both nostrils. At least not correctly. Most people won’t go deep enough and those few who do will be risking injury.


By Pete Moore On March 30th, 2020 at 10:17 pm

A radical idea from Singapore.

A bid to overturn a law that criminalises gay sex in Singapore has been dismissed by a court, dealing a blow to the city state’s LGBT movement […]

The presiding judge said the law was “important in reflecting public sentiment and beliefs” in Singapore.

The establishmet here long ago threw the idea of grubby public opinion overboard. What the people think and want is usually irrelevant. What they’ll get is determined by the priestly metropolitan caste. You might prefer it that way. It might be a neat solution to the horrible idea of the masses having a say. Or should the law reflect public sentiment if that sentiment is stark and clear?


By Pete Moore On March 30th, 2020 at 7:12 pm

To no-one’s surprise, the British police have gone nuts about enforcing social distancing guidelines. They have used drones to shame dog walkers in the Peak District, miles from anywhere. You want to see the video to absorb how insane they’ve become. They have hectored and harassed and badgered and shooed people home. Now they are telling shops that stocking Easter Eggs is not necessary, as if it’s any of their business.

Even so, the crack that Lord Sumption has opened up in the apparent consensus on these guidelines (not laws, guidelines) is astonishing. Sumption is a former Supreme Court justice who, this morning on BBC Radio 4, beautifully skewered the fat doughnut-munchers for the tin pot wannabe dictators that some of them appear to be. This is superb and necessary commentary –


By Pete Moore On March 30th, 2020 at 6:55 pm

We won’t know that until the eggheads have poured over the data for a long while yet. There’s a difference between dying of coronavirus and dying with it. I suspect that a few/some/many people dying of it are simply dying with it. But we can’t untangle that right now. Everyone is too busy doing more urgent things. The way that deaths are recorded might not be helpful. ATW regular Harri linked to this piece yesterday, by Dr John Lee, a retired professor of pathology and a former NHS consultant pathologist.It’s very interesting on these things. Do read it all.

Now look at what has happened since the emergence of Covid-19. The list of notifiable diseases has been updated. This list … has now been amended to include Covid-19. But not flu. That means every positive test for Covid-19 must be notified, in a way that it just would not be for flu or most other infections.

In the current climate, anyone with a positive test for Covid-19 will certainly be known to clinical staff looking after them: if any of these patients dies, staff will have to record the Covid-19 designation on the death certificate — contrary to usual practice for most infections of this kind. There is a big difference between Covid-19 causing death, and Covid-19 being found in someone who died of other causes. Making Covid-19 notifiable might give the appearance of it causing increasing numbers of deaths, whether this is true or not. It might appear far more of a killer than flu, simply because of the way deaths are recorded.


By Pete Moore On March 30th, 2020 at 6:31 pm

Every word of this is gold.

Astrophysicist gets magnets stuck up nose while inventing coronavirus device

Australian Dr Daniel Reardon ended up in hospital after inserting magnets in his nostrils while building a necklace that warns you when you touch your face


By Pete Moore On March 29th, 2020 at 8:58 pm

The coronavirus pandemic could kill up to 200,000 Americans and millions more could be infected, the US government’s leading expert has warned.

Dr Anthony Fauci, the face of the Trump administration’s coronavirus task force, made the prediction on Sunday.

“Looking at what we’re seeing now, I would say between 100,000 and 200,000 deaths,” he told CNN.

But he quickly urged caution. “I don’t want to be held to that,” he said. “It’s such a moving target.”

Yesterday the head of Public Health England said that if the UK keeps it under 20,000 it will have done well. I hope these people are talking big numbers so they’ll look good when they come in lower.