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COVID-19 Observations #1

Having followed the development surrounding COVID-19 (a.k.a. the novel coronavirus) for weeks now, I feel I should start writing now to emphasise things I have learned and come to value.

First, there is the importance of context. Unless you are able contextualise a piece of information you can’t judge its value. A good example is the Diamond Princess cruise ship, the now well known incubator of COVID-19 moored near Yokohama, Japan: While many panicked about the apparent ease with which the virus infected people on board, I posited, as the Washington Post has now reported: “[the ship was] a vessel never designed as a medical quarantine facility.” It is therefore also no surprise that on a ship teeming with infected crew and passengers, many others would eventually be infected as well. Incidentally, did that repatriation plane have separate AC systems on either side of the plastic sheeting? (1)

Then there is the danger posed by idiots who, incapable of following simple instructions, endanger the life of innocent people. The passengers from the Westerdam cruise ship who disembarked in Cambodia are but one example. An even more idiotic one was the Chinese woman in London who despite blanket coverage of government advice endangered an A&E department at a local hospital where she arrived by taxi. As this came after yet more media coverage of the first UK super spreader, this made her more idiotic than those down in Brighton who, despite advice not to do so, went and endangered frontline health workers at their GP surgery. It is idiots like these who make me think that maybe the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is onto something when they forcibly arrest or detain people.

The most important thing to remember about this disease right now is that there is more we don’t know than what we do know. Those who do know or could find out the most easily, the CCP, are scared witless and aren’t being honest with the world because either way they go they’re in for hard times.

It is my sincere hope that those with influence and power will learn how foolish it is to rely on China as the world’s factory and only supplier and that it is effectively highly immoral to force the common people into consumerist illusions of wealth and prosperity by way of cheap goods and seemingly endless supplies of fiat money just so that they don’t have to participate in the common marathon of life. This is the dark side of globalism, a sort of worldwide socialist nightmare, where because of the alien nature of the 0.1% everyone will eventually suffer.

Thank goodness for all the supposed “far-right extremists” who are fed up and have begun to fight!

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  1. 1: https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/coronavirus-diamond-princess-cruise-americans/2020/02/20/b6f54cae-5279-11ea-b119-4faabac6674f_story.html
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NHS funding

Below is a letter I just e-mailed to my MP. I find it disgusting that HM Government spends far more tax money on welfare and healthcare than defence at a time when we’re allegedly under grave threat from terrorism. Yes, I sent it through the leftist 38Degrees, but only for convenience’s sake.

Many believe the NHS needs more funding. Being of a more libertarian persuasion myself, however, I do not believe in additional taxation but of a decrease in wasteful spending instead. So I’m getting in touch to see if you could attend the debate on health and social care on Monday afternoon.

I know this is late notice, but it’s an important opportunity to start working on solutions for NHS and social care funding. Having recently received an overview of how much of my taxes is spent on welfare and healthcare, I would welcome advocacy for more balanced spending priorities. I do not believe it is right to spend disproportionately more on welfare than on defence at a time when the government claims we are under severe threat from terrorism.

I believe the government needs to be much more stringent in clamping down on NHS abuse by non-entitled persons such as tourists or high wealth residents. There also appears to be room for a reduction in coverage for non-essential procedures. NHS spending should be based on sound principles, not political expediency!

On the more Labour flavoured side, 38 Degrees have produced some research laying out 28 different policies that could help get the NHS the money it needs. They can be found here: https://link.38degrees.org.uk/HealthSocialCareFundingPolicy

If you aren’t able to attend the debate, please could you write to the Chancellor about how we can run the NHS more efficiently, or talk to your colleagues about the policies?

Thank you.

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Lazy journalism at The Daily Dot

The Daily Dot – In the U.S, its a crime—in Canada, its the best political prank of the year.

I don’t usually bother pointing out flaws in online journalists’ reasoning as the likelihood of there being many more of such erroneous conclusions is just far too high.

Just for fun, however, I’ll be nice and tell Lorraine Murphy where she went wrong. But not too nice. Presumably she can fill in the rest eventually.

The difference in this case is not between Canada and the US. (The alleged differences between the two countries are largely myths and elements of state sponsored propaganda anyway.) The difference between Andrew and Kevin is that the former exposed information that a concerned party had a reasonable expectation of being private, whereas the latter merely did a bit of URL hacking on a PR campaign, thereby exposing the laziness of the agency creating the campaign.

“Weev”‘s mistake was to publish the information he had gathered. Unlike Kevin, his act was not that of a mere Nelson “haw haw” finger pointing, it was something approaching extortion, an act a competitor such as Verizon might commission if they were criminally inclined. What could have resulted in at worst a suspended sentence if he had simply notified AT&T instead of publishing the data he had farmed, instead has resulted in a much harsher sentence.

So in sum, Ms. Murphy, no, this is not a difference between the US and Canada, it’s the difference between a benevolent and a malevolent hacker. It’s like the difference between telling a man his fly is open and posting a picture of whatever is showing for everyone he knows to see.

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The climate alarmists have lost the debate: it’s time we stopped indulging their poisonous fantasy – Telegraph Blogs

The climate alarmists have lost the debate: it’s time we stopped indulging their poisonous fantasy – Telegraph Blogs.

It’s a shame the “climate change” industry is so profitable. This will relegate reality and the truth accompanying it to the sidelines for a long time.

Climate alarmists are the snake oil salesmen of the 21st century. Like their counterparts of yore, they too are portraying natural, unstoppable processes as something they have influence over.

Face it, lemmings, climate changes, it always has and always will. Nothing we have done will change that, and all that the alarmists’ spazzing does is line their pockets. “Climate change” is a racket, a plausible sounding theory used to extort huge sums of money from governments who will then steal it from their citizens.

I do favor freedom. But like Obamacare, it should be illegal to charge me for something I don’t believe in and have no need for. If you wanna pay a flat earth tax, suit yourselves, but kindly only waste your own money!

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Has Bono grown up?

The Beacon: The Blog of The Independent Institute.

From the article above, it would seem that at long last, and about 35 years too late, Bono has finally grown up. Gone seem the days of standing with Bob “give us the f*cking money” Geldof and conspiring with Rothchild junior on plundering the wet liberals.

Capitalism, when unrestrained by government, IS the answer, especially for poor countries, but for wealthy ones too!

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Read this first

Seeing as how even old horses like the Stones and The Who still have newbies at events, here’s a few key points about the wire:

  • Don’t take things literally. Seriously, I will not be held responsible.
  • There’s plenty of opinion here, but also pitch black humor, satire and deep thoughts.
  • Sometimes if you don’t “get it”, I probably didn’t intend for that to happen. No hard feelings.
  • If I tried to explain, we’d still be here in the afterlife.

N.B: The serious, business stuff is elsewhere.

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Internet Access Is Not a Human Right (NYT)

“There is a high bar for something to be considered a human right. Loosely put, it must be among the things we as humans need in order to lead healthy, meaningful lives, like freedom from torture or freedom of conscience. It is a mistake to place any particular technology in this exalted category, since over time we will end up valuing the wrong things.”

via Internet Access Is Not a Human Right – NYTimes.com.

Cerf is right of course. How would you feel if everyone got a pickaxe at birth without ever needing one?

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Sun Causes Climate Change Shock – Telegraph Blogs

Sun Causes Climate Change Shock – Telegraph Blogs.

Once again we see that unlike what most would have us believe, man made global warming is still an unproven theory.

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Cameron recalls Parliament as London riots spread (C4N)

“This is not about race, faith and class pure and simple,” said Professor Mike Hardy

via Cameron recalls Parliament as London riots spread – Channel 4 News.

Faith, maybe, but beyond that I’m not so sure. I very much doubt there were any rich business men among the rabble. This is a failure of no one but the criminals themselves and their utter lack of any notion of civilized behavior. It’s their animal like primal behavior that caused the loss and utter mayhem.

Mind you, if Boris and Cameron hadn’t pussyfooted around this long much of this could have been prevented, but that’s another story.

Much of this could also have been curtailed had the labor governments of the past not opened the floodgates to just any vermin and instead focussed on integrating new arrivals like they used to before 1968.

Recent events certainly are a post-humous vindication for the late MP Enoch Powell who predicted these sorts of events 43 years ago. I wonder if Mr. Hardy would like to personally apologize to the victims and tell them that those animals just wanted a better life.

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Apple plans social network for tech support chatterings | 9 to 5 Mac

Apple plans social network for tech support chatterings | 9 to 5 Mac.

So I guess Jive persuaded Apple to upgrade. As Dell-boy used to say, what a bunch of wallies.

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Not Always Right | Funny & Stupid Customer Quotes

Not Always Right | Funny & Stupid Customer Quotes

The above site lists examples of why I object to every citizen having a vote.

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Apple’s secret to selling iPhones: Windows Mobile

Apple’s secret to selling iPhones: Windows Mobile

Oh the irony… 🙂

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Another “told you so” moment

ZDnet has an article on how companies are better off using open source CMS products as opposed to in house created ones. This is something else I’ve literally been saying for years. There is no point in wasting money on hiring commercial or in house support when there is already a viable open source product surrounded by a free support community in existence.

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Facebook Founder Finds He Wants Some Privacy (NYT)

Facebook Founder Finds He Wants Some Privacy – New York Times

Talk about hypocrisy… The guy responsible for publishing every user’s private details by default can’t take what he dishes out. Maybe he feels he’s entitled to more than everyone else due to being a member of the “chosen people”. 🙄

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European ISPs: “Aiding and abetting” copyright violations could land our CEOs in jail

European ISPs: “Aiding and abetting” copyright violations could land our CEOs in jail

And they have the balls to accuse us of having a police state…

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Adams v. UNCW – By Mike S. Adams

Townhall.com::Adams v. UNCW::By Mike S. Adams

Reading that column made me think that I could probably sue my university or the State of New York on the same grounds. Sure, for me it may have been about being discriminated against as a student assistant and degree candidate, but Adams’ narrative sounds all too familiar.

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Tax Facts – By Bruce Bartlett

Townhall.com::Tax Facts::By Bruce Bartlett

“Contrary to popular belief, the vast bulk of federal taxes are paid by the wealthy.”

Just in time for tax day, Bartlett destroys some more liberal / communist myths.

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Briefing on Bush’s “Z Visa” Amnesty Proposal

Briefing on Bush’s “Z Visa” Amnesty Proposal: FireSociety.com — America’s Grassroots Community

This is outrageous! Even if all illegals were mandated to pay $1 million each for such a visa or green card, they would still be rewarded for committing a crime. As it is likely that a proposal such as this one will become law it is clear once again that the President is not planning to honor his oath of office and is still gung ho on committing treason!

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Google TiSP

Welcome to Google TiSP

Wouldn’t it be great if there was as yet uncharted territory in the area of Internet access?

(Just remember the date.)

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The Democratic budget plan puts our future at risk – By Roy Blunt

Townhall.com::The Democratic budget plan puts our future at risk::By Roy Blunt

Tax and spend liberalism is alive and well. How gullible are those people who believe the Democrats when they claim to care about the middle class?

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Feinstein quits committee under war-profiteer cloud (WND)

WorldNetDaily: Feinstein quits committee under war-profiteer cloud

So much for corruption allegedly being a Republican thing…

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Global Warming Swindle – By Thomas Sowell

Townhall.com::Global Warming Swindle::By Thomas Sowell

The channel 4 documentary is indeed a must see. Al Gore, the IPCC and all other leaders of the global warming cult should be tried for fraud and libel.

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Credit cards for illegal aliens criticized

Credit cards for illegal aliens criticized – Business – insider.washingtontimes.com

I think an inquiry into whose campaigns the executives of this traitorous company funded is in order.

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Global warming ethics, pork and profits – By Paul Driessen

Townhall.com::Global warming ethics, pork and profits ::By Paul Driessen

“[W]e must acknowledge that money to be made, and power to be gained, from climate alarmism and symbolism is a major reason so many are getting on the climate “consensus” bandwagon.”

Democrats like money too, they just like to get it the cheap way.

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Dark Roasted Blend: How they steal your card at ATM (photos)

Dark Roasted Blend: How they steal your card at ATM (photos)

This could be filed under “things dumb people let others do to them.” Don’t be dumb, guard your card.

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Forget iPhone, Think Google Phone (GigaOM)

GigaOM » Forget iPhone, Think Google Phone

I wonder if I’ll be buying a Google Home branded house…

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Black Friday to start earlier

Black Friday to start earlier – Business – insider.washingtontimes.com

Or we could just have a grey Wednesday… 🙄

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Jobless rate drops to five-year low

Jobless rate drops to five-year low – Business – insider.washingtontimes.com

I wonder how Democrats will spin this into some alternate reality where our economy is not doing well.

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Top 10 States With the Worst Business Tax Climates for FY 2007

Top 10 List – HUMAN EVENTS : Top 10 States With the Worst Business Tax Climates for FY 2007

Surprise, surprise… Liberalism hurts business.

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Intel May Be Edging Toward Antitrust Showdown in Europe

Technology News: Legal: Intel May Be Edging Toward Antitrust Showdown in Europe

I just can’t shake the impression that the Europe is trying to punish another American company for being innovative and successful. If you can’t manage, don’t complain if someone else can. 🙄 There is nothing wrong with being the best (unless you’re American, apparently).

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The economics of CSR – By Wayne Winegarden

Townhall.com::The economics of CSR::By Wayne Winegarden

Yet another way for the commies to destroy our country… 🙄

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‘A basic rule of punctuation’

globeandmail.com : ‘A basic rule of punctuation’

That’ll teach them to watch their punctuation…

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In Defense of Wal-Mart (Mises Institute)

Should Wal-Mart Be Broken Up? – Mises Institute

A great article of much use to dispel the anti-business crowd’s rhetoric.

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Top 10 Dumbest Online Business Ideas That Made It Big Time

WeirdTechNewsHub: Top 10 Dumbest Online Business Ideas That Made It Big Time.

Some good examples showing that it’s not what will sell but what people will buy that makes you rich.