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Home Not Alone

By Mahons On March 19th, 2020 at 8:19 am

Everyone is home in my house. The interplay between normal and abnormal is part of the crazy world we now live in. I’m reading news that the actor Tom Hanks has the virus. I’m reading news the football player Tom Brady is going to a new team. I’m walking the dog. I haven’t been to the office since last Friday.
Ive watched some decent films, 1917 was visually great, good acting, but oddly not moving. I watched The Sting again, a well deserved Oscar. Shaw was great in it. I may binge his films (Jaws, A Man For All Seasons, Taking of Pelham 123).
The closed and closing businesses are scary. No school for the kids -for the month? For the year? Working from home sucks, though i dont miss taking the train and the subway.
The government may be sending us all a thousand dollars. That worries me nearly as much as them not sending it.
My mom’s 85, one town away. How long can i keep making my daily runs to see her from six feet away? Is this going to escalate to stay in place marshall law?
Some things seem positive. China’s numbers of infected are declining. But are their numbers real? What if there is a second wave? Where will we be a year from now? It is four in the morning as I am typing this. I suspect I’m not the only person losing sleep. The kids are sleeping fine, thankfully. For now. What is their world going to look like ten years from now?

“THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION SAYS …”

By Pete Moore On March 18th, 2020 at 9:53 pm

The British media pounces on any WHO statement which contradicts the scientific and medical advice guiding government policy. It’s a form of playing politics, but it ignores how deeply compromised and political the WHO itself is. This is what it reported in January, which demonstrates how suspect their judgement is (and how deeply the horrible Chinese communists have infested the institutions) –

HAS THE WORLD GONE MAD?

By Pete Moore On March 18th, 2020 at 6:31 pm

Whatever the Chinese Disease does, it won’t do as much damage in the long run as the horrific outbreak of socialism the British government has inflicted on us. “War is the health of the state”, wrote Randolph Bourne. The coronavirus is proving to be a very effective substitute for war.

All schools across the UK will be closed from Friday. The kiddies can’t believe their luck. The shelves are still empty. No-one is going to pubs and restaurants. The Telegraph and the Financial Times report that London is about to be locked down innit. They’ve even rolled out Dame Vera Lynn to invoke the Blitz spirit.

I  don’t want these sniffles either, so I’m being cautious. But we do know that most people who get this thing will just have a rough few days, don’t we? Some won’t even know that they had it. Some will have it rougher and a few won’t make it. So it’s like the flu then, except that the flu will kill more people everywhere this year.

If the media reported on the flu like it’s reporting this Wuhan Soup, we’d have the living standards of a socialist dump. Which we might have in a couple of year’s time anyway.

I know, it’s the measures which are keeping infections and deaths within limits, but I still think the world is going a little bit nutty now.

Voting For Reality

By Mahons On March 18th, 2020 at 7:52 am

Joe Biden trounced Bernie Sanders with wins in Florida, Illinois and Arizona. It is becoming more evident that Sanders success in 2016 was more anti-Hillary than pro-Bernie. It foreshadows the equivalent lesson that Trump’s successvin 2016 probably had an element of anti-Hillary in it as well.
The pressure on Sanders to concede, especially in the light of party consensus and national need should be immense.
Sanders, however, is not really a party guy. And the Democrats, despite what the silly people claim, are not socialists (real socialists are even more aghast at that idea). He may decide to continue to “champion the movement”, one that clearly doesnt exist. This time, however, the stakes are too high. The new reality can’t tolerate pipe dreams.

THE WALL IS GOING UP AROUND EUROPE

By Pete Moore On March 17th, 2020 at 10:07 pm

“No we can’t.”

The European Union will ban travellers from outside the bloc for 30 days in an unprecedented move to seal its borders amid the coronavirus crisis.

The measure is expected to apply to 26 EU states as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. UK citizens will be unaffected.

Many mantras and dogmas are being overturned rather quickly. So many finger-wagging lectures have held that “immigration cannot be stopped”, that “migrants cannot be stopped”, that “the world is on the move” and that “refugees cannot be stopped”.

And it was all drivel. When circumstance dictates, it can all be stopped.

TOP PLANNING

By Pete Moore On March 17th, 2020 at 7:12 pm

The NHS is woefully ill-prepared for the Chinese Flu. It lacks beds, ventilators and personal protection equipment an much else besides. But as of today, as it does everyday, it splurges fortunes on political commissars. This is the NHS jobs portal right now –

Some people think that the National Health Service is a health service. This is a deep misunderstanding. It is a vast, woke bureaucracy which exists to benefit itself. It just happens to have some ancillary health services as well, but this is secondary. Don’t think I’m joking.

This is how we end up in this absurd situation. The point of the NHS is simply to employ lots of bureaucrats who would, quite frankly, be happier if this pesky health care stuff would just go away.

 

HANG ON –

By Pete Moore On March 17th, 2020 at 6:54 pm

No international travel?

Empty shelves and shortages?

Massive state economic controls? Jobs being lost? The economy tanking?

The elderly dying off?

We appear to have elected Extinction Rebellion to Downing Street, George Monbiot to the Treasury and some fool put David Attenborough in charge of the NHS.

If you like these exciting days then you’ll love the future too, because this is exactly what the commie/green movement is all about.

MADE IN CHINA

By Pete Moore On March 17th, 2020 at 6:43 pm

The most racist people on the planet really ought to chill out.

People’s Daily, China @PDChina

Some US politicians try to stigmatize China with #COVID19, which China strongly condemns. China urges the US side to stop this groundless accusation, the Chinese FM spokesperson said on Tuesday in response to US President Trump’s “Chinese Virus” tweet.

It’s no “groundless accusation” to say that primitive Chinese appetites and filthy hygiene standards created the Yellow Peril Wuhan Flu. Because of them, this latest Oriental disease will kill thousands of people and screw the global economy.

It’ll do this after after the Communist Party of China and its mouthpiece, the Peoples Daily, lied and lied and lied about the Wuhan Flu. Along the way they persecuted the brave people who tried to blow the whistle. Some critics have disappeared.

The only reason to hear from the Communist Party of China is when it begs forgiveness and offers reparations. Until then they can shut their mouths and shove their hurt feelings.

March 17 0461 — in history

By Patrick Van Roy On March 17th, 2020 at 12:24 pm

Legend has it that on this day the Christian missionary and bishop Patrick dies in Ireland. He will be revered for his works and life, and by the seventh century he will have become Ireland’s patron saint. Patrick’s thoughts on green beer and ‘Kiss me I’m Irish’ t-shirts will be lost to the ages.

 

Happy St Paddy’s Day

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?