Tag: COVID 2019

April 18, 2020; COVID 2019, Code RED – über-hubris

There is no evidence that people who have recovered from coronavirus have immunity to the disease,

the World Health Organisation

“Because not looking for politics or profit is #Science! Or that’s what Science has become now anyway.”

Dr D.

People generally fall into a few categories when it comes to “awareness”. Most just want to go about their lives gathering shiney shit and enjoying their TV shows….The Sheeple. Another group sits outside the Sheeple, consider them the Foxes. They, thru some sort of sociopathic tendencies deem it their right to take as much from the Sheeple as they can.

The Sheeple reward the Foxes with worship bordering idolotry, cause they have money. Not because the Foxes have demonstrated any higher social tendancies and forward the good of the group of Sheeple. Simply that they have money, lotsa shiney shit and a whole lot of self promoting gumption.

So this “awareness” or lack thereof is simply an understanding that Sheeple and Foxes even exist. Some Sheeple might have a small glimmer of understanding of this twisted relationship but most shake it off as an oddity. The smallest group of people are aware and have several paths to dealing with this: get taggged as a tinfoil hat wearer, disguise themselves as a Sheeple/Fox as suits their situation, walk away, go completely bonkers.

Now the curtains are pulled back and we get to see the Foxes scurrying frantically to keep whats theirs, whilst the Sheeple patiently wait for the time to get back to their aquisition of shiney shit.

I had hoped for more pushback. Our “world” of shiney stuff was never real. It was based upon multiple generations belief in a system of shiney stuff. Even if that shiney stuff was the root cause of the planets demise, our ability to have a future, our kids to have a future or humanity to even exist. To be able to look at this Sheeple/Fox Dance of Death (SFDD) is the first step in true awareness. But it means accepting that the future is filled with tough choices. That shiney is not best. That a good future is better. That the Foxes need to go and the Sheeple need to get their shit together before there is no way forward.

The past 50 years of planet destruction, resource depletion, crushing of people will end. The issue is, will we be behind the forces that develop a better world or will that world stop being our home and become humanities casket. (much sooner than you think).

  1. Only a monumental effort of political imagination can end lockdown. by Jonathan Freedland. “The methods – whether it’s mass testing or contact-tracing – matter less than the huge shift in thinking that is required”.
  2. The Perfect Killing Machine. by Dr. David Healy. Here’s a perfect example of the Sheeple/Fox dynamics. You thought that the research behind that medicine you or your parents take had full peer review? That the proper officials had overseen the research and verified it? For that matter, what is research? For all medicines, vaccines etc.? Follow the $$$ to the Fox den. That C-19 vaccine you’re waiting for…. you first.
  3. How COVID-19 Showed America’s Dependence on Blue-Collar Workers. by Tom Conway. I guess it makes sense to some. Indentured workers, can’t afford not to get paid, must work. Deemed essential. Paid slave wages to stay on front lines serving, so that those with the wealth can stay at home and have staples delivered to them.
  4. From Here to Dystopia. Not with a Bang, But a Cough by John Feffer. “Trump’s incompetence in the face of Covid-19 has helped cause a soaring American death toll. The U.S. is being serially laid to waste, a reality for which he accepts no responsibility. Unlike Oedipus Rex, Trump Rex has not the slightest interest in confronting the truth of his sins or the horror of his actions. Don’t expect the president to put out his own eyes, as Oedipus does at the end of the play. No need, in fact. Trump has always been blind and, not surprisingly, his blind ambition combined with his blind greed has culminated in an administration in which the blind are indeed leading the blind.”
  5. We’re Not Going Back to Normal. by Michael Maharrey. “It assumes everything was “normal” to begin with. It wasn’t normal. The economy was a big, fat, ugly debt bubble. Normal was abnormal. The economy was levered up to the hilt. Consumers were driving the economy with borrowed money. Corporations were already carrying record debt-loads. The government was already spending money as if we were in the depths of an economic recession. Coronavirus popped the bubble. It pulled the last piece out of the Jenga game. It turned a fan on the house of cards. We’re not going back to normal any time soon.”
  6. Flight Path. by Jim Kunstler. “The Covid-19 corona virus didn’t initiate the financial disorders of the moment in the US and Europe, but it ensured that there would not be another appearance of any “recovery” a la the central bank interventions of 2008-09. What it portends is a fast-track journey to a whole new disposition of things: first, for a while, a harsher, hungrier, angrier society of broken promises and dashed expectations; and then adaptation when a consensus emerges that the set of facts at hand amount to a new reality.

Pay attention.

Its complicated.

Start by questioning every one of your core beliefs.

April 15, 2020; COVID 2019, Code RED – Now What!?

“As the pandemic crisis recedes, we will have to choose between a society that addresses human needs or one in which a survival-of-the-fittest ethos becomes the only organizing principle of society.

Henry A. Giroux

Watching this C-19 shit show unravel, the health side, the economic side, the blatant pro corporate politics, makes me wonder who exactly is watching this from the 100,000 ft level. Does anyone have a clue?

Does this not shine an eirie light on all our world views, as we thought it to be? All’s well in the world, no worries. Climate change, financial chaos, peak oil, social chaos, meh.

This C-19 is not a black swan. It was predictable, had been predicted, even had some planning in place. But for a pile of reasons; OK money, nothing was ready as it should have been, our leaders ignored it. Even as proof comes out they knew of it. Now we hear the excuses and blaming.

And they flounder around trying to keep the old world order of Corporate control of our government, that which says the market will guide us. And we watch the wizards behind the screen, on full display being the incompetant boobs we suspected them to be.

Best example: wear or not wear face masks. Common sense says that if it is asymptomatic, and aerosol transmitted that one should wear a mask. I don’t need a virology/PhD/MD diploma to figure that out. And yet. For weeks we have watched Gooberment leaders vacillate on this simple issue. Still no real direction. They basically screwed up by not having any, needed to provide front line health care providers, and couldn’t. So they waffled on doing anything, were unable to say, “We screwed up, we need to save them for healthcare providers and you should make your own and wear them”. Nope. Six weeks of absolute Keystonion behaviour. These people couldn’t run a 5 item garage sale. And these are our guides forward. And don’t get me going on testing….

We sit waiting to see what our fate will be under C-19. And the same assholes will be propping up the economy so that Corporations can keep making money, whilst we the Sheeple have less and less, to the point we resemble 13th century pheasants toiling in the fields.

I have managed to keep my mouth shut over the past 3 weeks, there was a ton of unknowns. It was easy to see C-19 gather steam in China, be ignored everywhere else, watch our leaders deny, obfuscate, simply ignore the details in China. It was easy to yell warnings at loved ones. It was easy to have my hair go up in flames each day as C-19 crept closer and our own Gooberments did sqwat.

It wasn’t easy to figure out what to do next. Of course isolation, stay at homeness and careful interaction. And so much bullshit being dangled by the New-Experts. The ones who woke up in mid March and had it figured out. Not so much how to emerge from this and deal with the new world that will be there.

It’s been galling, very chilling, and highly irritating to hear our leaders promise: “we have your backs”, “2 weeks”, “we deeply care about the average person”, “we will do whatever it takes”, “we are on this 24/7”. Its all part of the system we have let permeate our lives. Pretty words, followed up with ……… very little.

I’d like an apology, complete with a plan, with concrete examples of how these new systems will improve our lives. It won’t be easy, or without mistakes, but how about moving forward with some truth? oh yeah…. when monkeys fly out of my butt.

Instead; we are grievously short of PPE, test kits, ventilators, no one has a clue what this C-19 is or how to deal with it. But for sure there will be a rush to open up for business and the resultant 2nd wave. Cause you know…… the economy.

So here we sit, bunkered down as best we can, with no clue to how dangerous C-19 is, no ability to test in numbers that matter, no idea how long this will last and what the world will be when its over. And for some, a sinking feeling of dread for changes coming to our way of life.

Most expect a back to normal transition in 2 weeks possibly 4. Get over yourself. In the grand scheme you are the equivalent of a grain of sand on a rather large beach. You have to look after you (and yours). Coming fast at us: food shortages, massive unemployment, stock market collapse, retirement plans collapsed, collapse of business, much more aggressive and beligerent behaviour from the “powers”. And absolutely no guidance or planning or preparedness and all neatly covered up with whole pile of lies.

Welcome to the Crashing ’20s. Where we get to watch Gooberments who have proven to be incapable of preparing for an easily predictable pandemic, struggle to pull us out of it, while marching us blindly into the Giant Turdball shower coming our way.

Just as predictable, just as ineptly.

“I just don’t see the practical potential for knowing who to blame during a time when What To Do is of paramount importance.”

boscohorowitz on Automatic Earth comments.

I’d suggest you actually read these articles. Three weeks readings distilled into 3 fairly important articles. Big ideas, big words (get that dictionary out!). Or you can rely on a speaking head to give you their words du jour and subsequent bowl of shit. From here on, its all about your own actions.

  1. The Only Man Who Has A Clue. by Raul Ilargi Meijer. Real risk management. Real smart. No wonder you don’t hear him more.
  2. First the People. Read this article by Rusty Guinn of Epsilon Theory. Take a day to digest it. Imagine what our world will look like in 10 years doing the same thing(s). Imagine your world, family, job, security, community. How will they fare? Do you believe it will better or worse?
  3. Economies won’t be able to recover after shutdowns. by Gail Tverberg. Some pragmatic thinking to penetrate the unreal fog of the V shaped recovery talk.

Stay Strong, Healthy and Resilient!

What other choices do you have?