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Bill Gates Said ” We’re Not Ready ” in 2015

By Phantom On March 16th, 2020 at 10:37 pm

Unless there are any Taiwanese or Singaporeans here, I can’t imagine that anyone is remotely impressed with how their country’s political leadership has dealt with the coronavirus. Most of them have been late, reactive, or much worse.

We’re now reading of epidemiologists who’ve been sounding the alarm for some time. Most of us didn’t hear their speeches or read their books, as epidemics isn’t exactly the sexiest subject in town.

But five years ago, one of the most famous people in the world gave a speech from a very visible platform. He said that our countries, all of them, were woefully unprepared for the virus that would ineveitably follow ebola.

After 60 months, we remained very unprepared when Mr. coronavirus came to town.

I didn’t even know that Gates gave this talk. I don’t know that any politicians, including those who were running for president in 2015, said anything about it. What were they talking about that was more important than this?

IT’S COMING QUICK

By Pete Moore On March 16th, 2020 at 7:06 pm

Britons have been advised to stop non-essential travel and social contact. It’s Pubmaggedon now. Within a few days the elderly, people with health conditions and pregnant women will be asked to stay at home for 12 weeks. Reported cases in the UK are lifting, so these measures have been brought forward.

The EU is to implement a Trump-style travel ban. All non-essential entries will be halted for 20 days initially. Schengen is dead for now. Borders are back in fashion, right across the continent.

Canada’s Justin Trudeau imposes a Trump-style travel ban. Only citizens and permanent residents will be allowed entry. It appears that diversity is no longer our strength.

Bang: The first human vaccine trial begins today in Seattle. That was quick. Good luck to the volunteers.

Airlines are taking a complete hammering. Hardly anyone is traveling. The research firm Centre for Aviation predicts that most airlines will be bankrupt by the end of May without financial support.

While the world is at home

By Patrick Van Roy On March 15th, 2020 at 9:31 pm

Most of my life I worked an average 60hr work week. Then I got sick, we shall put aside all the drama and financial disasters that then ensued and get to a problem that still haunts me and I believe is the number one killer of people when they’ve worked their whole lives, and suddenly find themselves retired.

Time…. I’ve got too much time on my hands…. as now so will most of you.

If it was retirement I have a very complete list of things that you can do to fill your time and stay alive, but we’re only talking a week for all and two or three for a select few. That means no groups, charities, or volunteer work. A couple of good books will do if you are more sedate and that is your cup o tea. However with limited time 1-2 weeks, and bound to the confines of our own comfortable prisons essentially on house arrest that just leaves…..

BINGING 

Get yourself comfy in front of the boob tube, set yourself a place for your drinks and food…. then grab the clicker!

Now we all have some sort of subscription service Prime, Hulu, Netflix, or standard cable/satellite with On Demand some like me might even have a KODI build. No matter we all have access to thousands of videos. What were you watching that you lost track of, what have you wanted to watch but just haven’t had the time ? Well now you do…..

A list of suggestions from me, and I would appreciate the same from you since I’ve already seen most of what I wanted.

Prime Shows: Hunters, haven’t seen it but the cast is headed by Pacino 1 season, Jack Ryan, based on Tom Clancy novels 2 seasons, The Expanse, best SciFi in years 4 seasons, Carnival Row, sherlock holmes setting with fey in the world 1 season, Good Omens quirky and good 1 season. House, all of it.

HULU Shows: Castle Rock, all of Stephen king tied into a very bizarre but good series, Catch 22, I started the series but never finished, Hulu has an impressive Library of series like Justified, Sons of Anarchy, Boston Legal, It’s always Sunny in Philadelphia, American Horror and many others.

Netflix : You can just go nuts here…. Altered Carbon, we live forever take all the problems of today and continue them into the future (very good), Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage (best soundtrack), skip the Iron Fist (not really) but watch the Defenders, Person of Interest, very cheesy but good tv, Sherlock, if you haven’t seen it watch it, a million other shows plus every episode of every Star Trek series.

Those are a short list my recommendations of shows, what are yours ?

MIND HOW YOU GO

By Pete Moore On March 15th, 2020 at 7:23 pm

It seems that the Secretary of State for Health has been doing other things these last few months instead of ensuring the NHS has enough equipment to deal with an unavoidable epidemic. I already knew that Matt Hancock is mediocre. We can know be reassured that he’s a moron. This is one reason for the delaying strategy; the NHS is hopelessly short of being prepared.

EUROPE SHUTS DOWN

By Pete Moore On March 15th, 2020 at 7:03 pm

Italy is reporting that 368 people died over the last 24 hours. In Spain, 97 people have lost their lives and there are 2000 new Covid-19 cases. The numbers everywhere are increasing rapidly. Switzerland reports 800 new cases.

Germany will impose temporary controls on its borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark and Luxembourg on Monday to stop coronavirus spreading.

Other EU states are also taking radical action, with Austria banning gatherings of more than five people from Monday.

The Republic of Ireland is asking all pubs to shut until 29 March and schools in the Netherlands are to close.

The moves follow strict measures taken by France and Spain on Saturday.

The Stereophonics gigged in Cardiff last night. Bath held a half-marathon today. All involved are out of their minds. The first line of defence, and the strongest, is every one of us. How we all behave has the greatest potential impact. Everyone should be keeping away from everyone else already, as much as possible. We all have to nip to the supermarket, but gigs and fun runs are not essential.

apropos

By Patrick Van Roy On March 15th, 2020 at 3:08 pm

COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN

By Pete Moore On March 15th, 2020 at 1:12 pm

A lot of people are losing their minds over British schools and colleges not (yet) being shut down. Who knew that we had so many expert virologists?!

Caveat blogger: I have no idea if schools should be closed. I am not remotely qualified to judge. But the people who are qualified, and who are leading government policy, say that they will close, but not yet. Even though it has been explained why they are still open, a lot of people seem to have not got the message. I’m not surprised; the government’s communication has been appalling.

So a man out there made this helpful little video to explain the strategy. It’s a brilliant piece of communication, but then he didn’t spend 4 years studying Communication at university.

Germs

By Patrick Van Roy On March 15th, 2020 at 3:31 am

SO HOW DOES THIS WORK?

By Pete Moore On March 14th, 2020 at 8:21 pm

When amputee Shreya Siddanagowda was offered new hands, the Indian student did not hesitate – even though they were big, dark and hairy, and once belonged to a man.

Now, her new hands have not only become more slender but also changed colour to match her skin tone, mystifying the doctors who carried out the 13-hour transplant.

I admit to a little chuckle at a young woman waking up with big hairy man hands. Come at me. But the medicals are fascinating. They are now daintier lady hands and have changed to match her skin tone. Did anyone know that is a thing? And how does that work? Hormones?

ENOUGH OF SENSATIONALIST MEDIA

By Pete Moore On March 14th, 2020 at 7:00 pm

SKY NEWS: A doctor has described the last moments of coronavirus patients, saying they remain lucid until the end and ask to talk to their loved ones by phone as they realise they are dying.

Gee, thanks for that.

I’ve seen more photos of scared people wearing face masks than is really necessary. Every story has them because a story isn’t enough. The striking visuals are needed to draw us in as much as a headline. And I’ve read more than enough doom too. Sky News has always been trashy. When I last looked at the Daily Mail website, two days ago, the top twenty stories all had the same underlying message, that being that WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE!

So no more sensationalist media for me. I want simple facts only from now on. I know where to find them and I can add all the doom I want by myself.