Partisan Pandemic

I can’t believe that America is so greedy and selfish that people are promoting competition and not cooperation. This is allowing profiteers to rob people as States bid against one another for limited ventilators and protective gear. They should be cooperating and sharing in regards to need. That isn’t socialism – that’s common sense and plain humanity.

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Ladies and gentlemen, what we have is a partisan pandemic. Yes, indeed we have sunk Soapbox Logoso low, so far we are no longer Americans, rising together to defeat the enemy that is this terrible virus. Instead, we remain firmly in our corners, pointing fingers, blaming the other side, and even laughing as our fellow Americans sicken and die so long as it is not us but them. Our Commander in Chief feeds this partisanship, demanding the Governors’ play nice’ or he won’t assist in this time of great need, downplaying the crisis despite what we hear from those who see it first-hand.

Just the top of the list as of Friday, 27 March 2020:

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Many of our medical professionals tell us the numbers of confirmed would be far higher if testing were readily available, but as of today, it is not. What does that say about the greatest nation in…

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Advice about Covid-19 from a pulmonary critical-care doctor

This is well worth listening to.

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Reader Rick sent me this video, which I’ve listened to in its entirety (57 minutes). It’s made by Dr. David Price, a critical pulmonary-care specialist at Weill Cornell Hospital in New York City. Usually he deals with all kinds of respiratory ailments, but, as he says, now he’s dealing only with COVID-19 patients. Here Price offers advice, and it’s somewhat reassuring, as the precautions you need are not onerous but are IMPORTANT. Reader Rick added this information.

I found this encouraging.

Dr. David Price is a critical care pulmonologist. He does a conference call describing  his experience.  It’s a long video, but quite valuable.

Bottom line: COVID-19 is becoming well understood.  If you practice good hand cleanliness procedures and distancing, you have nothing to worry about.

  1. Hand to face is the critical path. Spray, rarely.
  2. Get into the habit of knowing where your hands are and be sure they are…

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Opher Goodwin Author – Featured Book – Ebola in the Garden of Eden – a Sci-fi novel.

I think this is highly appropriate for the situation we are in with covid-19.

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This is another of my best Sci-fi novels. A look into the future as a government comes up with the solution to the population crisis with unexpected results.

This is the blurb:

The Synod

The Synod is a group of the world’s top politicians who received their orders from ‘upstairs’ – a shady group of billionaires who pull the strings. There is concern that the huge population is out of control. It is no longer economically viable. The problems now exceed the profits. It is time to take drastic action.

The Scientist

Science is pure. Working with the genome is expanding knowledge. The ethics can be left to the politicians to worry about.

Mickel’s Syndrome

Mikel’s Syndrome is a rare genetic disorder of partial trisomy creating a slight difference in biochemistry but a large difference in a person.

A crisis precipitated

There is a law that whatever can go wrong…

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BEWARE, TRUMPATITIS!

This really shows up the extreme foolishness of what Trump has done. He has removed all the experts on anything to do with health, science and the environment, slashed budgets and put everyone at risk.
There’s more to life than money – millions of people are about to find that out.

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BEWARE, TRUMPATITIS!

One of the major signs of the deadly Trumpatitis is having the ability to bungle your job in huge and mind boggling ways and not being able to identify the problem while looking directly in the mirror!

On January 11th the first non travel case of Covid-19 was diagnosed in the U.S. and the Chinese Government sent out to the world the genome of the Covid-19 virus.

Within a week of that posting the Germans had produced the first diagnostic test for the disease.

By the end of February, the World Health Organization had shipped tests to almost sixty countries.

Yet the Trump Administration refused the WHO test and waited for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to produce its own test.

THIS WAS ONE OF THE FIRST FAILURES OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO SLOW THE VIRUS IN THE U.S., according to vital-disease experts both within…

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The Corona Diaries – Day 12

Bit of a strange day today. It is the twelfth day of our isolation. As it would have been Liz’s  Mum’s hundredth birthday (she died twenty years ago) Liz wanted to visit her grave. So we drove into Hull to the huge cemetery on Chanterlands Avenue.

After leaving some daffs we had a walk round. It is quite strange in the midst of a pandemic to find oneself doing ones ten thousand steps of exercise in a graveyard – but it was a beautiful day, there were nicely kept paths and hardly any people so we were able to keep isolated very easily.

Life is transient.

It is the third day of our son’s covid-19 illness. He seems OK. One always has to bear in mind that it is around day 10 that the complications can kick in. Hopefully they won’t. The odds are on his side.

As for us – we still have slight coughs and runny noses – not corona related I’m sure.

The lockdown intensifies because there are too many loonies who don’t seem to get it. Talking to a friend last night he was telling me that round his way the kids were hanging out in large groups and when the police tried to disperse them they were spitting at them. There are always some ignorant twerps.

What Is The Point? A Young Person’s Perspective On The Earth, And Climate Change (Guest Post)

We can and will change it. We are a stupid species. We have to learn.

All we have is the moment. Nothing is forever. We have to work hard to make our limited time – all of us – as good as we can make it – for ourselves, the ones we love, all people and the rest of life on this planet.

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By Jon

“What’s the point (in learning), the world and everything on it is going to die anyway.”

This was a comment from a young lady to me yesterday. She is intelligent, independent and thoughtful. Someone who is much older in their thinking than their age. I would gladly talk to her about her opinions on anything.

What struck me was the fact that she is right. If what we read about climate change is to be extrapolated to the extreme, she will not have a future. I may do, if limited.

She indicated that the world is looking to their generation to fix things. That should not be the case. It is my generation who will fix it. We need the mass mobilization of people to apply pressures to governments and corporations.

An individual can change their habits but a population needs complete system change, which doesn’t happen overnight…

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Hallowe’en with a hearty breakfast, a decent walk and a great gig.

From the philandering of Christianity to the Jarrow march – a ramble through time, a mind and towns and cities. I loved it.

Fergy's Rambles.

It’s almost winter.

Fair warning first, this is another one of my rambles, both literally and in it’s writing form so you might want to grab a drink and make yourself comfy if you feel like doing it all in one hit.  OK, if you’re sorted, let’s get to it.

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Inspirational Quotes

Some great quotes!

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The Corona Diaries – Day 10

Well you can feel the tectonic plates shifting and the mood not lifting. The conspiracy theories, fake news and real news all confused.

I’m not sure what to believe anymore. I’m really not sure.

I write prose that rhymes all the time but that’s no crime.

I didn’t mean to press that publish button – I was just doodling!

I’ll update.

We had fish and chips yesterday – I’m not sure how long we’ll be able to do that. There is talk of it lasting a year. There is talk of a drug cure.

I think it is going to get very bad very quickly – in a few weeks. Then everyone will panic and disappear. Then we will come out and it will come back!

But that’s just me.

I quite like this routine I’m in – but I miss friends and family already. What’s that going to be like in three months? I suspect we shall drift into a new reality.

On a positive note – among all the selfish Zombie Apocalypse at the supermarket – we have had offers of support from all manner of people. Society lives!!

Roy Harper – Tom Tiddler’s Ground

I think what we all need is a lovenest in Tom Tiddler’s Ground, somewhere where nothing can touch us.

Roy used to do a long intro to this song when he performed it live.

Tom Tiddler’s Ground is a child’s game. It’s like Tig. But when you are standing on Tom Tiddler’s Ground you can’t be tagged.

As the fear of the virus spreads I think we could all do with a sanctuary. My sanctuary is music – particularly Roy’s.

Stay safe – find your own Tom Tiddler’s Ground. Build your own lovenest. It’s time society got its priorities right. Maybe this will be the start of something better?

Tom Tiddler’s Ground Lyrics

You know, I thought you had passed
Ah, but you caught me at last
Where you know I could never be worn
And now that you’re here, and you finally do hear
It’s so clear on the wings of the dawn
Where your smile starts to shine
As you breath in the brine
Of the spray on the very same day
The same day we all go
When we’re absolutely sure that we know
What it is to be floating awayAnd there’s a lovenest, in Tom Tiddler’s Ground
Oh there’s a lovenest, in Tom Tiddler’s Ground
Oh there’s a lovenest, in Tom Tiddler’s Ground
Long before Eden was a lost and found

But you know you’ll have to be kind
If you’re ever gonna find
The place that your face could have been shown
Especially when you don’t dare
To force anyone there
To share in the ice that is being blown

And there’s a lovenest, in Tom Tiddler’s Ground
Oh there’s a lovenest, in Tom Tiddler’s Ground
Oh there’s a lovenest, in Tom Tiddler’s Ground
Long before Eden was a lost and found

And you heard me say ‘yes’
But you know its a guess
Somebody else shouted ‘no!’
But you know freedom is free, of all the forces that be
And the ice that you too thought that you should throw

And there’s a lovenest, in Tom Tiddler’s Ground
Oh there’s a lovenest, in Tom Tiddler’s Ground
Oh there’s a lovenest, in Tom Tiddler’s Ground
Long before Eden was a lost and found

You know, I thought you had passed
But you know, you caught me at last
Where you know I could never be worn
And now that you’re here, and you finally do hear
It’s so clear on the wings of the dawn
When you made up your mind
How much you needed to find
Before you were finally born
But you know freedom is free of all the forces that be, yes
And the ice that you too thought you should throw

And there’s a lovenest, in Tom Tiddler’s Ground
Oh there’s a lovenest, in Tom Tiddler’s Ground
Oh there’s a lovenest, in Tom Tiddler’s Ground
Long before Eden was a lost and found

Build it.