Poetry – The Conspiracy Boogie

The Conspiracy Boogie

Joe’s got an earpiece and the world is flat.

Joe’s on drugs – what you think about that?

Don’s fighting a secret war against the deep state

If he doesn’t win it’ll seal our fate!

Nine Eleven was a CIA plot.

There’s a communist insurgency that’s really hot.

The holocaust was just fake news.

More propaganda from the Jews.

The UN wants to control the whole world.

And the WHO has completely failed.

The Dems want to take out guns from us!

They’ll do it too if we don’t make a fuss.

Trump’s a genius that’s why he’s a billionaire.

He’s clever, he avoids taxes – and we don’t care.

We never landed on the moon.

It was all Hollywood – filmed in June.

Covid-19 comes out a Chinese lab.

It was also caused by 5G, put that on their tab.

Hitler was a socialist, fascism is a leftist thing

The right is right about everything.

Evolution is a communist lie.

We all go to heaven when we die.

The Democrats and Hollywood have a paedophile ring.

They eat babies while doing their satanic thing.

Obama wasn’t a true American

He was an African man.

Antifa and all this George Floyd stuff.

A bunch of vandals – and we’ve had enough.

The whole of the media spews out fake news.

You have to check the internet to get the right views.

If we drain the swamp we can save the day

And stop the evil lefties from getting their way.

Immigrants are rapists and drug pushers too.

We need a wall to stop them coming through.

Trump is the saviour of the American way.

We’ll vote for him come what may!

They’re stealing the election with their fraudulent votes!

We’ll take to the streets and rip out their throats!

Opher – 1.10.2020

I’m sick to death with this constant stream of conspiracy garbage being cooked up by Trump and broadcast by right-wing propaganda sites. It is obscene.

The whole bunch of garbage is so preposterous that it defies all rational thought.

If there is anything that can be considered as ‘The Deep State’ – a conspiracy of billionaires – then Trump is in it up to his neck.

The irony is that the person spewing all this rubbish is the prime candidate!

Green – by John Phillips.

Green

‘it’s a load of rubbish.’ Yorkie thumped the table. ‘I tell you. It’s rubbish. You’re being conned.’

‘How can you say that?’ Chris shook her head in exasperation. ‘The proof’s all there. Global warming is a fact. End of.’

‘Proof? What proof? You’re being conned. They’re just out to control you. That and make a load of money. You commies fall for it every time.’

‘You’re an idiot Yorkie. Are you blind? The world’s warming up. Ice caps melting, sea levels rising, Gulf Stream slowing down. I mean, what more proof do you need?’

‘It’s all lies. Control. That’s what it’s all about. Boody commies, tree-huggers, vegetarians. You’ll believe anything.’

‘Well how do you explain all these weather events – storms, extremes of hot and cold? Come on,explain.’

‘Weather’s always been unpredictable. Same as always. Business as usual. Same as always will be. What do you reckon Cuff?’

‘I reckon you’re dead right. Carbon emmissions, wind power. It’s all nonsense. You can’t beat good old fossil fuels, or maybe nuclear.’

‘Oh come on Cuffy,’ Steve laughed. ‘What’s wrong with wind power? I really rate those turbines. It’s proven. They are the future.’

Cuffy shook his head. ‘OK ‘til they catch fire, and anyway what about the concrete? Aren’t they set in concrete? Concrete’s a major pollutant isn’t it?’

‘That’s it Cuff. You tell ‘em!’ Yorkie leaned forward triumphantly. ‘They’ll believe anything. Next thing they’ll be telling us is that they’re getting vaccinated.’

‘Of course I’m getting vaccinated. I’ve already had my first jab. Haven’t you?’

‘No! And I’m not going to. It’s all nonsense. No such thing as Covid. It’s just a trick to get you vaccinated. They inject you with a microchip. It’s that bloody Bill Gates. He’s behind it.’

Steve laughed. ‘C’mon Yorkie. Course there’s Covid. I mean what about all those people who have died?

‘All Lies.’ He smirked at Chris. ‘That Gates – he’s a tree-hugger and I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s not a vegetarian.’

Chris leaned forward. ‘So you’re saying that Bill Gates has invented Covid in order to microchip everyone.’ She laughed. ‘Here we go again. Now tell us Yorkie, why would he do that?

‘Control. That’s what it’s all about.’ Yorkie nodded vehemently. ‘They can trace you anywhere in the world. He’s one of them you know.’

‘One of what, or should I say whom?’

‘He’s one of the gang of twenty. Read about then in ‘The Sun’.’ He turned to Steve. ‘You know who I mean, don’t you?’

Steve laughed. ‘Oh you mean the Illuminati.’

Yorkie thumped the table in triumph. ‘That’s them! That there David Icke knows all about them. There’s twenty of the buggers. All lizards. That’s what Icke says. They’re the ones who control the world.’

‘And you got all this from ‘The Sun’?’

Chris shook her head. ‘You can’t believe anything you read in ‘The Sun’.’

‘That’s what you say. They’ve got it all sussed. Global Warming, vaccinations. All rubbish. You’re being conned. That Corbyn, he knows all about it.’

‘Jeremy Corbyn?’ Chris angry now. ‘For goodness sake Yorkie. You really are a moron.’

‘No. Not that commie bastard. I mean his brother Giles. Real visionary. He soon put them right.’

‘I suppose he’s a holocaust denier too?’

Cuffy slammed his cup down. ‘That Hitler wasn’t so bad. OK so he went a bit over the top.’ He chuckled. ‘At least he solved the unemployment problem and for sure he wouldn’t have had any truck with this Green nonsense.’

‘Hitler was a vegetarian.’

Yorkie smirked. ‘I knew there was something not quite right. A good beef-steak now and again would have sorted him out good. I tell you, veggies and vegans, all crackers.’ He sneered at Chris. ‘I suppose next thing you’ll be buying an electric car?’

I couldn’t afford one, but I would if I could. We’ve only got one planet, we’ve got to look after it.’

‘One planet,’ Yorkie shook his head. ‘You’re talking rubbish. There’s millions of them out there. Where do you think these, er, what did you call them Steve?’

‘Illuminati.’

‘That’s it. I’ll tell you where they come from. They’re aliens. Come in on the U.F.O.s ages ago. They are the ones running the show.’ Yorkie’s voice rose an octave in excitement. ‘I tell you, all the great people believed in aliens and the like. Hitler, Trump and that Russian bloke, all believers, all visionaries.’ He glared at Chris. ‘You lot think you’re clever but you’re not. No idea what’s really going on. No idea at all.’

Chris sighed deeply. ‘I suppose you’ll be telling us next that the Earth is flat?’

Yorkie stared at her in amazement. ‘Are you stupid or what? Of course the bloody Earth is flat. If it wasn’t we’d all fall off and float away.’

Poetry – The World Spins

The World Spins

The world of fake news

                Runs on spin and lies

                                Conspiracy rules.

Dictated by media bias,

                Owned and run by

                                Wealthy fools.

Truth lost, QAnon spaghetti

                Spin-doctor stew and

                                Poitical gruel.

Opher 6.2.2021

People have lost faith in the media and whatever politicians say. They know that it is either spun out of all recognition or a pack of lies.

Whatever comes out of a politician’s mouth is political.

What we need is the truth.

People are turning to other sources of information and unscrupulous people are feeding in even worse lies.

We are a gullible mob. We are cynical too. We have learnt not to believe what is in the news but we are open to nonsense from unknown sources.

We are seduced by people who appear to be talking without spin. Hence we end up with liars like Trump, Farage and Bolsonaro and are lumbered with Brexit.

The populist crap plays on our fears and cynicism.

The Deep State, where alien Lizards run the world and join with the Democrats to eat babies, is believed by millions. They pour cash into the Trump coffers to drain the swamp.

The politicians’ lies and spin have brought us to this – the loss of all reason.

We’re spinning into the darkness of nonsense and superstition.

What happens to the Republican Party now?

It seems to me that the Republican Party is at a crossroads. They have some important decisions to make. They have been taken over by the extremists – the mad Tea Party nutcases and Trumpist conspiracists. They have virtually ousted the genuine Republican conservatives. The party now represents the extreme groups – the KKK, neo-nazis, white supremacists, proud boys, and QAnon conspirators.

Now that Trump has stepped over the bounds and his popularity has dived they are left stranded. The party has been sullied and lost its moral basis. Too many of the politicians support mad conspiracy theories and have condoned immoral and even criminal behaviour.

It seems to me that they have a number of choices:

  1. They can go on as they are with the conservatives kowtowing to the dominant extremists and hope that the popularity bounces back;
  2. They can oust all the moderate conservatives and become an extreme far-right party;
  3. The conservatives can seize their party back from the extremists and reinstitute their traditional values;
  4. The party can split into two distinct parties.

This is a similar thing to what has happened in the UK with the Tory Party over Brexit. The Tory Party ousted all the moderate Tories, like Rory Stewart, Kenneth Clarke, Michael Hesseltine and Philip Hammond, as the extreme Brexiteers took over and it lurched to the right. Now that Brexit is over we’ll see what the repercussions are. Will the public support an extreme-right party or will they suffer for this sway to the right.

As someone who detests the callous selfishness of right-wing policies, their favouring of the elite and crippling of public services, I think this is great. The more extreme the Republicans and Tories become the less electable they are. I’d be happy to see them annihilated for ever!

Free Speech – One Each!!

Would you feel alright about a foreign power, such as Russia or China, pouring out propaganda to deliberately affect an election?

Would you be happy with a political party deliberately putting out misinformation or lies that were masquerading as truth?

Would you be happy with conspiracy theories being put out on the media and social platforms and being represented as truth?

Would you be happy with terrorist groups (white supremacists, jihadists, neo-nazis, anarchists etc.) pumping out false information and propaganda via the internet?

That is what is currently happening.

There are TV channels that are deliberately putting out misinformation and extremely biased information disguised as news.

Social media has been targeted by political parties as a means of putting out conspiracy and fake news.

Trump has been the master of fake news and conspiracy theories. He has deliberately undermined science, experts and the media while promoting and encouraging conspiracy theories.

Not only do a high percentage of his followers believe the election was stolen, they also believe that the corona virus was a hoax, QAnon is a good source of truthful information, the Deep State is controlling everything and alien lizards are running the planet. They believe democrats hold satanic rituals and drink babies blood. They believe PC is simply wrong and many of them believe the earth is not only flat but was only created 3000 years ago.

All this is defended in the name of free speech.

That opens a lot of questions.

I believe anybody should be able to discuss anything from the holocaust to Jesus, from Hitler to Pol Pot, without censure. They should be free to express their views and be challenged.

But I do not believe that anybody has the right to pump out deliberately false conspiracy as fact and that sites or news channels that deliberately try to lie and spread fake news should be shut down.

It’s a view. What do you think??

Vaccination and Antivaxxers.

As a Zoologist I used to teach this. I’ll keep it simple.

A vaccination is a process of stimulating your immune system so that it fights off a specific disease.

Your body has antibodies that are specific to the antigens (proteins) on a virus. If you have not encountered that virus before you will not have any antibodies to fight it. A small percentage of people, through mutation, will have a natural immunity.

When you become infected with a virus your body starts to defend itself. It learns to produce antibodies to destroy the virus. It alerts T-cells to recognise the virus antigen protein and attack it. This takes time. While your body is learning to do this you are ill. If your immune response is too slow you may suffer damage to organs or even death.

Some viruses are deadly, others less so. Some viruses will permanently damage the brain, heart, kidneys or organs. They can leave you paralysed, blind, deaf, with a weak heart or damaged brain. Some may leave you infertile or cause cancer.

No viruses are good. Childhood viruses like Measles kill children, cause deafness or blindness. Mumps causes infertility. Scarlet Fever damages the heart.

In the past we were ravaged by virus outbreaks – smallpox killed millions, polio paralysed and crippled millions. But we developed vaccines and now they are eradicated and controlled. The death-rate in children has come right down. We no longer see the same level of damaged bodies.

We introduced vaccination programmes to protect our children and ourselves against polio, tuberculosis, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox and have completely eradicated the terror of smallpox due to vaccination.

We no longer have people ravaged and crippled by polio, blind and deaf from measles, or getting cervical cancer.

There are a number of types of vaccination.

Live strain – injecting a harmless strain of a virus that produces antibodies that attack a lethal virus.

Dead Strain – injecting lethal viruses that have been killed by irradiating or chemicals.

Component – injecting a part of the lethal virus – usually its protein sheath.

Conjugate – injecting a combination.

Some Facts

You cannot boost your immune system to fight a particular virus. If you do not have the antibodies or T-cell response to a particular antigen you will become ill with it. You can boost your immune system to work effectively and produce an immune response quicker – but that might not be quick enough.

Vaccines cause a reaction. That is what they are designed to do. They stimulate your body into producing the antibody response. This can make you feel a little sore or even make you ill for a few days – but nowhere near as ill as if you caught the disease. Most vaccinations have no visible reaction.

A tiny percentage of people have a more severe reaction. Compared with the risk from the disease this is insignificant.

Antivaxxers

Plenty of scare stories and conspiracy theories have circulated regarding vaccinations.

Andrew Wakefield in 1998 was funded by lawyers bringing lawsuits against vaccine companies. He published a paper in the lancet that received widespread publicity claiming there was a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. This led to a big drop in vaccination. The findings were later completely refuted. There is no link. Unfortunately the damage had been done. There is no link at all to autism.

Certain religious groups refuse to have their children vaccinated on the grounds that it is contrary to god’s will – as if god is happy having children die or being severely crippled or damaged.

There are a number of completely stupid conspiracy theories that suggest that some tracking device is being injected by the Lizards who run the ‘Deep State’ so they can keep tabs on your movements. These ideas are idiotic.

Some people have a disbelief in science.

Some people believe that they have strong immune systems, never go down with diseases and would fight it off. They are wrong. Diseases and immunity is very specific. If you haven’t got the antibodies you will get ill.

Some people believe that vaccination is all some means of the massive pharmaceutical companies making big money. They do. It is wrong. Which is why I think that governments should be responsible – not private companies. But that is no reason not to be vaccinated. Vaccination works. People shouldn’t make money out of it – but, ironically, many of the antivaxxers are the most outspoken when defending privatisation and oppose Obamacare. They are quite happy to let these companies make big profits out of sick people.

Covid-19

The new vaccines against Covid-19 operate by injecting some mRNA into the body. This produces the protein sheath of the virus (which is completely harmless). The body’s immune system recognises the protein and creates T-cell responses and antibodies against it. If the real virus invades it is mopped up straight away.

The safety checks are to ensure that it does not trigger an allergic response.

Covid-19 kills, it causes permanent damage to organs (lungs, heart,brain and kidneys). While it mainly kills the elderly it can still greatly affect those a lot younger. Long Covid and the Suzuki syndrome severely affecting children are major risks.

The damage to peoples’ jobs and the economy is enormous.

It is a lottery. While most people seem to get it mildly some react very seriously, requiring hospitalisation and even ventilation. This puts enormous strain on our health services. Many health workers have died.

The only way out of this is a vaccination programme that will create herd immunity so that the virus no longer spreads or, like smallpox, can be eradicated altogether.

If too many people start believing the conspiracy theories or false stories about vaccination and do not get vaccinated then there are going to be a lot more deaths, a lot more severely damaged people and we are going to be in lockdown forever.

As for me – I’ve been vaccinated against anything and everything – BCG, MMR, Flu, yellow fever, typhoid……… the list goes on. My kids were all vaccinated. I knew it was my responsibility to keep them safe.

Vaccination works. Science is good. It is not by chance that these infectious diseases have been greatly reduced. It isn’t a product of better hygiene or healthy eating – it’s the vaccination programmes.

As soon as the vaccine becomes available I shall be first in line. I want to be safe. I shall urge my children and grandchildren to get vaccinated. I want them to be safe too.

If you have any questions or want to discuss this further then please leave a comment. I’m open to debate.