18 5 mins 2 yrs

Guest Post from Noel

“If the reader has ever been present in a vast metropolis, on the day when some great national idol was carried in funeral pomp to his grave, and chancing to walk near the course through which it passed, has felt powerfully, in the silence and desertion of the streets and in the stagnation of ordinary business, the deep interest which at that moment was possessing the heart of man,—if all at once he should hear the death-like stillness broken up by the sound of wheels rattling away from the scene, and making known that the transitory vision was dissolved, he will be aware that at no moment was his sense of the complete suspension and pause in ordinary human concerns so full and affecting, as at that moment when the suspension ceases, and the goings-on of human life are suddenly resumed.” 

De Quincey

Kids are this week returning to schools, not sure what to expect, afterwards to playgrounds as once before, meanwhile gyms are reopening for their parents who’ve been gorging themselves for weeks out of sheer boredom, and on Sunday the various faithfuls will again flock to their various churches as if nothing had happened. You go out to have a look and walk through the city just to see who is going to stand up again after this wave has passed and who will remain lying never to arise again: your favourite café or bookstore,  that old bar that you always wanted to visit but for some reason never did and now perhaps will never have the opportunity to. 

Tourists are nowhere to be seen. The industry that normally contributes EUR 782 billion to European GDP and accounts for 22 percent of jobs in the services sector has practically disappeared. Very bad for cities like London and Paris, but for countries like Italy and Greece, already in dire financial straits, it will be a complete disaster. Nobody expects much from the pathetic efforts being made by Croatia and other places to entice travellers back with some kind of Corona-compatible tourism offers.

The finer things of life seem to be all suspended. Haute couture is now on the floor. Givenchy has dropped perfume and switched to disinfectant production, while Louis Vuitton and Balenciaga are churning out protective clothing. Although I’m told the creative people there are very positive (no, not after the virus test) and full of ideas for the future. Some say the Black Death ultimately led to the sensual joy of the Renaissance, and maybe they’re hoping for more of that.

Then there are all those cinemas, opera and concert halls everywhere. The live entertainment industry needs closely packed crowds and conviviality. A sprinkled audience at safe distances from each other in the venue is a certain killer, both for the artist and the audience. But nobody can enjoy a performance in the knowledge that the person next to him could have the virus, as Abba’s Björn said about London’s West End yesterday, so audiences will probably simply stay away, and those awful notions like live concerts online will pretend to take their place. 

We will never know the amount of great new talent that will never make it, never have a chance to get their performance across and who simply disappear into other fields because their stage is no longer there. 

People can grit their teeth and bear the lockdown and defy Corona, but many will not be able to bear the ugly moment in which “a sigh and a stirring announce the recommencement of suspended life” as after the passing of De Quincey’s funeral cortege.

 

Click to rate this post!
[Total: 0 Average: 0]

18 thoughts on “The Awakening

  1. Good stuff Cunning Noel. Long overdue and I hope it’s the first of a series.

  2. Yes, a warm hearted and refreshingly humane antidote to the other Cunnigham’s posts. Well done Noel.

  3. It’s not a Black Death and so there’s no evil pathogen for me to defy whilst I go about ignoring as much of this nonsense as possible. For those who are above governments and who really own the institutions which own the corporations, the base-case of this play is below:

    https://www.henrymakow.com/upload_images/abatoir.jpg

    and it must be admitted that it is realistic and a potential winner as they are counting on the stupidity of the masses. Take the basis of the lockdown which is the predicted death scenario depicted by Professor Neil Ferguson. The Prof admitted that his coding had not been checked by any reasonable peer, and I called this out as unacceptable and would even be criminal if down within my sector. One person at ATW commented that it was “a bad thing”, but it’s way more than a bad thing, beyond being just a bad thing, and sadly nobody other than me at ATW appears to grasp the significance – but others are…..

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2020/05/16/coding-led-lockdown-totally-unreliable-buggy-mess-say-experts/

    The Covid-19 modelling that sent Britain into lockdown, shutting the economy and leaving millions unemployed, has been slammed by a series of experts.

    Professor Neil Ferguson’s computer coding was derided as “totally unreliable” by leading figures, who warned it was “something you wouldn’t stake your life on”.

    The model, credited with forcing the Government to make a U-turn and introduce a nationwide lockdown, is a “buggy mess that looks more like a bowl of angel hair pasta than a finely tuned piece of programming”, says David Richards, co-founder of British data technology company WANdisco.

    “In our commercial reality, we would fire anyone for developing code like this and any business that relied on it to produce software for sale would likely go bust.”…

    Not only was the code not reviewed by reasonable peer(s) but it is apparently unreviewable, and yet the output from this garbage is what ‘persuaded’ the highest medical authorities of the UK and US to instruct the respective PM/POTUS to lock down the country. So who paid these oafs? As has been shown, the entire linkage is funded by Bill Gates and other dodgy ‘foundations’ and any medic or scientist who disagrees gets removed from the corporate media

    https://nypost.com/2020/05/16/youtube-censors-epidemiologist-knut-wittkowski-for-opposing-lockdown/

    Big Tech companies are aggressively tamping down on COVID-19 “misinformation” — opinions and ideas contrary to official pronouncements.

    Dr. Knut M. Wittkowski, former head of biostatistics, epidemiology and research design at Rockefeller University, says YouTube removed a video of him talking about the virus which had racked up more than 1.3 million views.

    Wittkowski, 65, is a ferocious critic of the nation’s current steps to fight the coronavirus. He has derided social distancing, saying it only prolongs the virus’ existence and has attacked the current lockdown as mostly unnecessary.

    Wittkowski, who holds two doctorates in computer science and medical biometry, believes the coronavirus should be allowed to achieve “herd immunity,” and that short of a vaccine the pandemic will only end after it has sufficiently spread through the population.

    “With all respiratory diseases, the only thing that stops the disease is herd immunity. About 80% of the people need to have had contact with the virus, and the majority of them won’t even have recognized that they were infected,” he says in the now-deleted video.

    “Anything that goes against [World Health Organization] recommendations would be a violation of our policy and so removal is another really important part of our policy,” CEO Susan Wojcicki told CNN.

    Wittkowski’s argument is a minority opinion among his colleagues, but still well within mainstream thought and currently is the basis for Sweden’s non-lockdown approach to the pandemic.

    As far as Wittkowski’s argument belonging to a minority – I’d love to see the data on that because no one has seen that data. Every single meical scientist who does not work for the government is extremely critical of this lockdown. In fact, I’m not aware of a scientific expert in any of the related fields who does not work for the government who supports it, and some of the people who do work for the government are calling much of this scheme a hoax.

  4. One person at ATW commented that it was “a bad thing”, but it’s way more than a bad thing, beyond being just a bad thing, and sadly nobody other than me at ATW appears to grasp the significance – but others are…..

    I did..

    I strongly suggested Professor Neil Ferguson is not only an oaf of biblical proportions, and could not possibly ne more wrong on well, just about everything he has been involved in, he should be arrested, not leading a team advising the government.

  5. Oh Allan, you are the needle stuck in the groove, that can’t stop playing the same refrain over and over again….

  6. We will never know the amount of great new talent that will never make it, never have a chance to get their performance across and who simply disappear into other fields because their stage is no longer there.

    Interesting post

    Yes, this will make it harder for any up-and-coming artists …Or athletes

    Major league baseball is my main sport.

    There is a long apprenticeship for young kids that seek to make the major leagues. Up until this year there were 261 minor-league teams throughout the United States and Canada of various levels where the young guys could hone their craft and get noticed

    This year, there Might not be any minor league games played at all.

    The odds of any of these minor league kids making the major leagues might’ve been 100 to 1 at best before; those odds are longer now

  7. Colm.

    Because he has over many years caused more misery and pain than any other singular person in the whole of the U.K.

    Has he, and his crazy models of doom & gloom, ever been even slightly correct?

    No, not even close.

    Again, my analogy was..

    It’s like you have a leaky tap, and call Neil Ferguson plumbers inc, he doesn’t fix the leaky tap, he floods the whole house.

    You get a second, third, and fourth leaky tap, call out Neil Ferguson plumbers inc, a second, third and fourth time, again he floods the whole house, time after time after time.

    You get a fifth leaky tap, and somehow call out Neil Ferguson’s plumbers inc again.

    Only this time he floods the entire street.

    Let’s hope whatever government is in power when the Chinese gift the world yet another deadly virus, they finally decide that Neil Ferguson plumbers inc are not really very good at fixing leaks after all.

  8. In a fair country you don’t put somebody in prison because they make a mistake. Doing that would be an injustice.

    If he’s always wrong, stop listening to him

    Trumpers and Michael Savage Are constantly talking about putting people that they don’t like in prison for no good reason

  9. Thanks, Patrick, you did a great job!

    //It’s not a Black Death and so there’s no evil pathogen for me to defy whilst I go about ignoring as much of this nonsense as possible. //

    The point was whether there will be a post-survival depression, as often happens, or a post-survival euphoria, as after the Black Death (some historians say; others argue against such an interpretation as background for the renaissance). .e.g. Whether the economies and the arts and everything around us will pick up again with new growth and a feeling of optimism.

    Whether you believe Corona exists is irrelevant; the fact is that a huge amount of human activity suddenly came to a halt and the vast majority of people felt they were facing an existential threat and the consequences of that will affect everyone.

  10. Whether you believe Corona exists is irrelevant; the fact is that a huge amount of human activity suddenly came to a halt and the vast majority of people felt they were facing an existential threat and the consequences of that will affect everyone.

    Precisely.

    I can only account for the U.K., we went into lockdown because Professor Neil Ferguson who has been wildly wrong on well..everything else previously, was by some miracle dragged out again to advise the government, which has led to social, and economic destruction.

    Making a mistake once is acceptable, making the same mistake four or five times and affecting the lives of 70 million people, for now and possibly generations…is not.

  11. yeah yeah yeah…… Title fixed…….

    No thank you Noel good piece.

  12. Harri

    Professor Ferguson has not caused any misery or pain. He is responsible for nothing. You want to send a man to prison who has committed absolutely no offence.

  13. Colm, on May 17th, 2020 at 6:52 PM Said:

    Oh Allan, you are the needle stuck in the groove, that can’t stop playing the same refrain over and over again….

    Colm – do you not reckon that it might be important to determine whether the ‘scientific’ basis of the lockdown is sound? This breaks the fundamentals of validation on every conceivable measurement. There are very good reasons why technical documents such as plans, proposals, materials, design calculations etc are robustly checked by qualified and expeienced peers – yet, for the decision of whether to shut down an entire economy, this wasn’t done – and it wasn’t done. This isn’t mere incompetence.

    Needle stuck in the groove as to whether we should be locked-down at all – absolutely, because everyhting else is a side-show

  14. Allan you are hilarious. I hadn’t look at ATW in about two years but before I did I guessed that you’d be saying it was the JOOOS what done Covid-19. 😆

Comments are closed.