Sunday, 6 February 2022

"If you can keep your head..."

“If you can keep your head when all about you

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you…”

The narrative is collapsing. You know it’s collapsing when the White House Press Secretary is now distancing the current president from any association with “lockdown” policies, and heaping blame solely on the previous president. Who can blame her, when studies are saying that only 0.2% of deaths were likely saved by the hugely damaging “lockdowns”? (And that is no doubt before you strip out the majority of deaths that were “with” COVID, rather than “from”, which in the UK at least means you end up with only about 10% of the number that the mainstream media always bandies around. For those still unaware that this was happening, yes, there were "COVID deaths" literally from getting hit by a bus...)

What actually needs to happen now?

There need to be criminal trials. First and foremost these need to target Fauci, Collins, Farrar and Daszak. Let’s be honest at this point: the SARS-COV-2 virus clearly emerged from a lab in Wuhan, and many highly respected scientists believe it was probably engineered. Nobody - at this point - is accusing anybody of malicious intent in that engineering, or that it was released maliciously. Merely rank stupidity and carelessness. But let’s be really clear: those aforementioned people knew all this and covered it up, and are continuing to deny any knowledge. They need punishment.

On the UK only side of things I also suggest putting our public health officials on criminal trial. Whitty, Vallance, Van Tam and Harries. They may have been in on the conspiracy to conceal its origins. I don’t really care. Even if they didn’t their decisions were criminally negligent.

And of course, we can’t leave good old Neil Ferguson out of the fun. Reserve a place in solitary confinement for him, for the entirety of his whole life sentence. Nobody else in the world would be more deserving than that charlatan. Though of course shame on any fool who believed the fool, when the fool had been well and truly debunked even prior to 2020.

The narrative is collapsing. But I can see that huge numbers of COVID cultists are still clinging on. Lockdowns, masks, vaccines, vaccine mandates. None of it has worked, and yet so many people are still clinging on to it all.

I have always found psychology both a fascinating and terrifying subject. It explains so much of the less desirable attributes of our brains. Human intellect has achieved things that have elevated homo sapiens above any other animal (though I’m now willing to argue whether that is necessarily a good thing) - and yet we clearly have a brain that is, at its core, no different to any reptile acting purely out of primal instincts. In particular: fear.

So I’m going to leave you with three things to read. The first two, here and here, are a superb summary of where we are, psychologically speaking, and how we got here, and how we might be able to get out of this ridiculous situation.

The last is a good summary of the censorship that made this so possible. Dissenting voices were needed in the last two years more than ever, but in a hugely ironic twist, the modern internet, supposedly a bastion of freedom of expression, did not want to tolerate free expression. We are all impoverished because of that, and the newfound enthusiasm among many people for censorship and the crushing of dissent has dark portent for our future. A newfound enthusiasm for the Faustian (Faucian?) deal to trade liberty for perceived safety will take us to dark places.

I am proud to have kept my head. Right from the start. Those who didn’t were no better than these people, rushing madly in to panic buy toilet paper. I will not forget or forgive those who lost their minds - and told me I had lost mine.


Wednesday, 2 February 2022

Graveyard Spiral

Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, is my MP. I recently wrote to my MP. I’ve never done that before, because I’ve never been under the delusion that writing to your MP is an effective means of activism. (Especially when your MP is Rishi Sunak, who is highly unlikely to read such correspondence himself.)

However, I decided to write a very quick email to him after Christmas as it was quite clear that he (and a few other cabinet colleagues) were managing to restrain the mad dog Johnson from plunging the country into yet another destructive and pointless lockdown. All I said was thank you for doing his best to keep a little rational thought going in government and that I didn’t want a reply, particularly not a template press release reply.

Unfortunately, his office sent a reply.

Kind of.

I mean, they got my name (entirely) wrong. And my address wrong. (I was given the letter because the people at the address it was sent to didn’t know who it might be for, so showed it to me, and I suspected that it actually had been intended for me.)

But anyway. Basic office staff incompetency aside, it was indeed one whole A4 side of meaningless template press release

Sorry. But just fuck off.

I didn’t vote for Sunak. I will never vote for Sunak. But given his background, I have realised since the start of 2020 that he would be one of the few people in Parliament willing and capable of analysing the situation for himself and coming to rational conclusions. No doubt he did - and privately I imagine he has been trying to counter the insane doom mongers throughout - while trying intensely to not put his own political career in jeopardy. (A shame then about the hugely misjudged furlough scheme, without which COVID19 would have been over and done with after three weeks after people realised that they couldn’t sit at home getting paid while pretending mortal fear of a common cold.)

During 2020 and 2021 I made sure to visit the high streets of anywhere I happened to be. In many places they are increasingly beginning to look like 1980s Beirut. Back when I still had social media I would irritatingly tag in Sunak so his social media flunky could sigh again at the crazy person randomly tagging in the Chancellor of the Exchequer to photos of streets full of empty buildings in Barrow in Furness, or Great Yarmouth, or Halifax, or central London, or wherever I happened to be at the time.

I’m also not under the delusion that the last two years are solely responsible for the economic meltdown we’re facing - but they have been the shotgun blast to the face that finished off the victim. And to those who say that “things are looking up again!”, I think you’re stupid and na├»ve and incredibly shortsighted. Personally I have always felt that the economy has been artificially buoyed since 2008, with money printing and a smoke and mirrors property market delaying the inevitable collapse of a structurally unsound and unsustainable system. 2020 and 2021 saw those two delaying measures cranked up to 11. I believe it is now impossible to maintain the fiction for much longer, though no doubt those with rose tinted welding goggles still clamped to their faces will dispute.

Anyway. This country is fucked. Enjoy.

(All photos taken in 2021.)

From Wikipedia: "In aviation, a graveyard spiral is a type of dangerous spiral dive entered into accidentally by a pilot who is not trained or not proficient in flying in instrument meteorological conditions. Other names for this phenomenon include suicide spiral, deadly spiral, death spiral and vicious spiral."