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From the constantly brilliant blog Watts Up With That?
, their Friday Funny
, Outstanding comment IMHO (so far!): Charles Hilgey, March 27, 2020 at 1:33 pm (PDT): I hope he doesn't mind me copying and pasting:
"As the test for this virus is the only test and the flu season involves a salad of 15–20 viruses which all are transmissible the same way, many people probably have more than one virus. The only thing the Covid-19 test determines, possibly, because the test has never been tested for accuracy, is that one has this virus. But, this virus is not necessarily the virus making a person ill. It might just happen to be there. This would explain why so very many people who test positive are asymptomatic, as quite a few corona viruses are rather mild or innocuous. The presence of Covid-19 is basically meaningless as a diagnosis.. If we simply combine the illnesses and fatalities into the flu season, it would not even be a blip in the statistics. The world loses 800k+ people every year and we are panicking over about 10k? What about the 80 times more people dying of the normal “flu”? It makes no sense. Looking at the flu in general and the Swine flu in particular, it should be pointed out that Swine flu in 2009 hit the young fairly hard, because they were not immune, while the elderly, having been through the Hong Kong flu, were already mostly immune. The reverse seems to be true here, as this virus is a SARS virus that will add onto people with existing respiratory conditions, smoker’s lungs, or compromised immune system. Which ever virus is the culprit, the tests we have are far from definitive as we would have to have individuals who have only Covid-19 or have tests for all the suspect viruses. That is why the Italians have a “died with Covid-19” designation rather than only “died from Covid-19.” The culprit virus adds onto the already existing burden of a patient and take them down. This, alone, indicates that whichever virus is the problem, it is relatively weak and does not take the healthy. Every year the flu season takes the elderly and infirm. Nothing new about that. The alarmists just found something to focus on, and then reported falsely alarming numbers to scare everybody, counting on the ignorance of the public." BOOM
: "Inaccurate Virus Models Are Panicking Officials Into Ill-Advised Lockdown
s"...we sort of suspected the same thing here in the UK. Could almost be Climate Change on steroids!
US Department of Justice: "Nicolás Maduro Moros and 14 Current and Former Venezuelan Officials Charged with Narco-Terrorism, Corruption, Drug Trafficking and Other Criminal Charges
" [US Gov DOJ
]. Looks like a fake but it isn't. Maybe this news and coronavirus plus the new oil crisis
will be enough to get the Venezuelan [typo edit
] military to do what they should have done years ago and protect their people!
a lot. Yes I know there's a new virus going round that people are panicking about (good numbers HERE
if you're that interested) although  I am still seeing people using airport bathrooms and leaving without washing their hands
...FFS, no hope for some dirty cunts I suppose. The Brexit barometer
from Brexit Watch
: "In summary, the Brexit Barometer scores the government well on rhetoric, with 67% but on action the score is poor at just 24%. Do not forget that Brexiteers expect rhetoric to be turned into reality.
BoJo seems to have gone stir crazy, a sort of demob happy
in reverse. The overbudget, behind schedule, no business case, no environmental case, unwanted and unneeded HS2
, the Huawei bullet
(now dodged maybe), possible fuel tax
rises, green zero carbon eco-lunacy
etc. money money money.
The graph highlights the good work done (slowly but surely) over the last decade to reduce borrowing (spending!). Now it is all set to go pear shaped. That said, the graph really does pop the bubble and highlight the lies of the 'austerity' screamers* (quadruple, triple and double the 2007 borrowing from 2009-2016...and they didn't hide it under the mattress). Spending has been more than income since 2002
Graph hat-tip: Guido
Full info debt, deficit, borrowing, receipts etc: UK Gov ONS Public Sector Finances
* It may have been just a 'vote for me' gimmick but BoJo was wrong
to say "austerity" was 'not the way forward'.
...and identity politics
will kill the Labour Party: the 'progressive' Left is eating itself. "Former Labour voters must be looking at this nonsense and congratulating themselves for abandoning this lost, deluded party.
", so concludes Brendan O'Neill in his scathing article in Spiked!
decribing the Labour Party and "The purge of the unwoke
": "Labour is plotting a Stalinist purge of anyone who questions the cult of transgenderism.
"... ...the purge demands unquestioning loyalty to one of the key orthodoxies of identitarian extremism
: that 'trans women are women' and 'trans men are men'.
"The Stalinist vindictiveness of the purge is made clear in its demonisation of two perfectly reasonable campaign groups: Woman’s Place UK and the LGB Alliance. The former is an organisation of feminists concerned that gender self-identification could lead to born males entering women-only spaces – such as changing rooms, rape-crisis centres and female prisons – and which campaigns for the preservation of women’s sex-based rights. The latter is a gay-rights group concerned that transgenderism erases the specificity of the homosexual experience – of same-sex attraction – for example by allowing people with actual penises to identify as lesbian. Scandalously, the purge refers to these two organisations as ‘hate groups’. It says Labour members should ‘organise and fight against’ these despicable, hateful outfits."
This isn't a minor group within Labour: two of the final three leader candidates have signed up to it, literally. Lisa Nandy, the Labour Party leadership candidate I thought best of a very poor bunch (and the only one untainted by the Corbyn shit-show) has signed.
Let them wither, but somebody needs to keep BoJo on the straight and narrow; will we have to rely on [the great] Nigel Farage again?
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