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“MAN GOES TO DURHAM” SHOCK

By Pete Moore On May 23rd, 2020 at 6:15 pm

The British press has had the worst epidemic of any group. It has sunk even further today by going apocalyptically mental at the revelation that Dominic Cummings, the Prime Minister’s chief advisor, drove to Durham.

In short, Mrs Cummings had the Wuhan Flu. He assumed he would get it, so they drove from London to an empty property where they self-isolated. His family was nearby so supplies could be dropped off and their 4 year old son could be helped if necessary.

I have no problem with that and neither does anyone have a problem with that, in truth. The reaction is purely political. Tories defend him (even if they think he should have stayed in London) and commies are publicly aghast, even if they are not really aghast in private.

The media has gone mental because Cummings led the successful campaign to win the EU referendum. That made him Dr Evil in fashionable, pro-EU salons. So they see his leaving London during lockdown as the crack into which to hammer their wedge. They want him gone because he’s highly effective and Boris relies heavily on him. That’s a Boris who is clearly not yet fully recovered from the Yellow Peril, but politics is dirty.

That’s what it’s all about. I had no problem with Scotland’s then Chief Medical Advisor going to her holiday home. I had no problem with Stephen Kinnock sitting in his father’s front garden on his father’s birthday. You have to be a total bedwetter to be outraged by this stuff. And no-one with any sense of proportion will have a problem with Dominic Cummings doing what’s best for his child either.

Maybe the valuable takeaway is that we should just get to living our lives as we see fit, sensibly.

The FBI Framed Him

By Patrick Van Roy On May 23rd, 2020 at 2:40 pm

Flynn Was Not Masked because the FBI Framed Him as a Clandestine Agent of Russia

 

The point of all this was politics, not national security.

Well, the mystery is solved, at least if you can believe what the usual sieves — those courageously anonymous “former U.S. officials” — have told their notetakers at the Washington Post. As I surmised in last weekend’s column, Michael Flynn was not “unmasked” in connection with his controversial phone call with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. He was never masked in the first place. The Post reported that on Wednesday afternoon.

Meanwhile, the Post is leading the media–Democrat effort to contort the fact that many Republicans were wrong in assuming Flynn had been unmasked prior to his name’s being leaked to the Post in early 2017 into a storyline that those Republicans must have been wrong to claim the leak was illegal. To the contrary, the leak is a felony, regardless of whether an American’s identity should have been concealed. Information collected under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) is classified. The point of classifying information is to keep all of it concealed, not just the names.

We’re ALL GONNA DIE!!!!

By Patrick Van Roy On May 23rd, 2020 at 2:28 pm

 

Most people are more likely to wind up six feet under because of almost anything else under the sun other than COVID-19.

The CDC just came out with a report that should be earth-shattering to the narrative of the political class, yet it will go into the thick pile of vital data and information about the virus that is not getting out to the public. For the first time, the CDC has attempted to offer a real estimate of the overall death rate for COVID-19, and under its most likely scenario, the number is 0.26%. Officials estimate a 0.4% fatality rate among those who are symptomatic and project a 35% rate of asymptomatic cases among those infected, which drops the overall infection fatality rate (IFR) to just 0.26% — almost exactly where Stanford researchers pegged it a month ago.

Until now, we have been ridiculed for thinking the death rate was that low, as opposed to the 3.4% estimate of the World Health Organization, which helped drive the panic and the lockdowns. Now the CDC is agreeing to the lower rate in plain ink.

Plus, ultimately we might find out that the IFR is even lower because numerous studies and hard counts of confined populations have shown a much higher percentage of asymptomatic cases. Simply adjusting for a 50% asymptomatic rate would drop their fatality rate to 0.2% – exactly the rate of fatality Dr. John Ionnidis of Stanford University projected.

ATW FRIDAY NIGHT JUKEBOX

By Pete Moore On May 22nd, 2020 at 7:09 pm

Because Friday night is Music Night

Another week done at the crumbling coalface of capitalism, another long weekend. Not that most will notice. Every day is a weekender to half the country, still.

Some are rousing from their slumbers, including the geniuses at the various highways authorities. Two months they’ve had to dig the trenches and fix the potholes. Two months of empty roads to get stuck into it. So they sat at home instead and now start digging up the roads again, just as the traffic returns. Bravo and a slow hand clap for that lot.

Tonight we’ll have something from last week’s Pet Sounds thread. Something chosen at random and not one of my nominations. It’s great and a reminder that, first and last, Elvis Presley was a gospel singer. Have fun whatever you’re up to this weekend. As always, feel free to share your top sounds down below –

NEVER TREAT WITH COMMUNISTS

By Pete Moore On May 22nd, 2020 at 6:46 pm

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has condemned China’s plan to impose a new security law in Hong Kong, calling it a “death knell” for the city’s freedoms […]

That article says Hong Kong “must improve” national security, before adding: “When needed, relevant national security organs of the Central People’s Government will set up agencies in Hong Kong to fulfil relevant duties to safeguard national security in accordance with the law.”

That means China could potentially have its own law enforcement agencies in Hong Kong, alongside the city’s own.

I’m so old I remeber when evil communist dictatorships were called out for being evil communist dictatorships. They were not welcome at international forums. They were boycotted. They were undermined and eventually defeated.

Then one day we woke up to find that everything we buy is made in China and that China has planted an awful ot of agents and spies in Western institutions. Nevertheless the Chinese Communist Party is as evil as any evil communist authoritarian regime of the past and significantly more so than many.

The idea of dealing with the CCP as equals to be respected is abhorrent. The idea of not quarantining the regime is morally indefensible. There can be no open trade and civil diplomatic links with evil, enemy regimes.

ONE MONTH!

By Pete Moore On May 22nd, 2020 at 6:18 pm

Government borrowing surged to £62bn in April, the highest monthly figure on record, after heavy spending to ease the coronavirus crisis.

It means the deficit – the difference between spending and tax income – was larger last month than forecast for the whole year at the time of the Budget.

Government borrowing for April alone was £62 billion. All government borrowing is simply deferred taxation. We and the young will be paying this back for decades. And all the because the NHS is crap.

Anyone who thinks that they saw austerity after Gordon Brown’s mega-recession is in for a surprise. Anyone who thinks that the epidemic has meant a nice couple of months in the garden is really in for a surprise.

The economic effects of the Wuhan Flu on our pockets, our jobs and our standard of living will long outlast the virus itself. In the end the hit on our standard of living will kill many more than the virus did.

What a clueless bunch of spineless Twits

By Mike Cunningham On May 22nd, 2020 at 6:06 pm

There was a discussion on the BBC looking at how many there are who believe in the’ conspiracy theory’ when it comes to the corona virus, and the part that Governments played in the virus. Well, folks, being blunt as I am usually am, to accuse this bloody Government of any conspiracy, apart that is by covering their  own arseholes, is, simply, ludicrous. Any bunch hatching a conspiracy would have, by very nature, to be ruthless, targeted and bold.

I would describe this shower as Clueless, Worthless and Useless.

Let us look at the latest Serial Cock-Up as brokered by this useless bunch in Whitehall and Westminster. The NHS surcharge  was introduced by the Cameron-Clegg Government. In one of the very few well-thought out ideas and apt items adopted by the Coalition Government, the charge was supposed to cover the costs of people from Outside the EU who used the NHS facilities if they came into this country. A more thorough explanation for those whose memories are slightly glazed, can be found at this link. The only arguments against the imposition of the surcharge were mainly from the Nurses’ Union; the Royal College, and those arguments were both expected, discussed, and ruled out

As has been known and accepted by many, a large proportion of NHS and Care staffers are from other countries outside of the EU, and as such, WHEN THEY GET THEIR VISAS, they must accept and sign up to pay the NHS surcharge. They know exactly what they are entitled to before they set foot on our shores! They might well be working within the NHS or Care Homes, but, they still had to pay. No one queried why these people came from all corners of the globe to work in Great Britain; no one supposed that their reasons  or motives for applying for the jobs they were doing were otherwise than getting a fair deal of money in comparison for doing a similar job in the country of their birth.

The surcharge, by its very nature, was suppose to stop scandals such as the maternity wards full of Nigerian women, as has been verified,  all expecting the British taxpayer to pay for their forthcoming babies. The Surcharge bedded down over the months, and was deemed to be working well, with contributions in the order of £250 millions in 2019.

Come the Pandemic, come the howls of despair. “How come these poor, semi-destitute NHS and Care workers have to pay this iniquitous Surcharge, so that they are only allowed to continue risking their very lives if they pay this Iniquitous Surcharge?” and of course so on, and so forth…..ad infinitum.

Thirty-odd of the very Tory MPs who voted this legislation into reality commenced bleating like a squad of scared rats, copying  Committee chairman William Wragg who called for an immediate change in policy, adding “now is the time for a generosity of spirit towards those who have done so much good”. Fat Pang himself, a.k.a. Lord Patten squeaked “it’s monstrous that people who come from oversees to help and risk their lives aren’t treated properly”.

Boris Johnson, who of course, because he couldn’t keep his big mouth shut, had already fouled his own front door by bleating, on national tv, “how his life had been saved by migrant workers’ watching over him in the St. Thomas’ Hospital ICU, bleated that the cash coming in was a necessary boost to the NHS. But the ever-caring Opposition Leader Keir Starmer had spotted a good line, and he wasn’t going to let the Government off the hook.

More and more pressure came from Social Media, the press and TV…..

Lo and behold, the charge, we are told, is scrapped.

 

It is true, they couldn’t organise a piss-up in a brewery!

The Rajun Cajun Speaks

By Patrick Van Roy On May 22nd, 2020 at 4:59 pm

 

 

Democratic strategist James Carville predicted that President Donald Trump “will get his fat ass beat” in the 2020 election to presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

“Alright, he’s gonna get his fat ass beat. The question is by how much.”

“If we want to go to the lethargic stuff, blah, blah, blah, worry about this, we can get 290, 295 electoral votes and it’ll change nothing,” Carville continued. “If we go and take it to him and talk about what a massive fat failure he is, we can runaway with this thing. The idea is not to defeat Trump, we have to defeat Trump-ism.”

“Trump is weak, he is fat, he is slow, he is being stolen from,” Carville added. “…They’re just sucking off of him. They’re going to steal everything to the last moment. At some level, Trump knows that.”

Poor James…… reduced to doing Stuttering John’s Podcast….. ahh the things that happen when you’re no longer relevant.

No…. I’m Shocked!

By Patrick Van Roy On May 21st, 2020 at 7:41 pm

Q: HOW DOES THE NHS TRACING APP WORK?

By Pete Moore On May 21st, 2020 at 7:14 pm

A: It doesn’t.

Germany, Taiwan and South Korea have working contact tracing apps. Google and Apple have working contact tracing apps. Jeez, that’s the point of mobile phones. Instead of using something which works the NHS decided it could write and launch its own app, ready to roll in mid-May. It turns out that the NHS can’t write apps, so it’s delayed yet again. Who could have predicted that?

Everything the public sector has done in these Wuhan days has been a failure – everything, without fail.

This is just the public sector at work, nothing unusual. What the Yellow Peril has done is expose how unfit for purpose the public sector is. The public sector usually keeps its never-ending failures secret, away from scrutiny.

But the Chinese Disease has seen the overpaid, wealth-leeching bureaucracy tested in the open and under intense gaze. So they have nowhere to hide and we can see their serial failures each and every day.