The Origin of the Virus

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/04/five-eyes-network-contradicts-theory-covid-19-leaked-from-lab

Here we go, Mike Pompeo asserts that the virus ‘originated’ in the Wuhan laboratory, who deny that they have ever sequenced the virus before the outbreak. America is trying to undo the Chinese Communist Party rule by inviting Taiwan to a WHO body, and China may be ramping up its military muscle over Taiwan.

The USA Government is trying to lay blame on China for mismanagement of the virus outbreak despite the fact that China after initially trying to suppress information, China published full sequencing of the virus and cooperated with the WHO. The USA withholds funds from the WHO.

China (without information from other outbreaks) managed its outbreak and America, with information from China, Korea, and Japan botched its response so badly their death rate is so far 20x China’s and by far the worst in the world.

Deflection propaganda is in full play by this self-centered and destructive administration governing the USA.

Consider the ridiculous argument the White House is asserting: it also means a) the virus is not sourced in nature, and b) it’s spread was intentional. To accuse China of the deliberate massacre of potentially millions requires very solid evidence to be credible. But to say that they crafted the virus requires a level of science and bravado that only the USA has employed in its play for dominance in the world. It is also a bit silly – millions of viruses are sourced in nature and could and do jump species, but only a handful presents a challenge to immunity that evolved over time with us to protect us from infection.

It will happen again. It is how we craft our political response and empower science and medicine that limits the destruction of a virus our biology does not deal with swiftly. We are not there yet, despite what we learned from the 1918 ‘Spanish Flu’ outbreak. Despite our successful containment and eradication of SARS and MERS. Despite what we could learn from the Covid-19 outbreak.

The plague sweeping over America is predictably going to claim millions of lives if the growth curve of infection continues to rise exponentially. The end of containment has happened. If the infection rates do not subside over summer, growth in the fall is inevitable.

Every country in the world has to cooperate to reduce infection to zero, instead, America has taken the risky course of infecting its most vulnerable (i.e. anyone) and survival of those with natural immunity until the vaccine arrives. The moment they found a drug can help treat the symptoms, the arguments for containment and mitigation were rolled over by the economic argument that is based on a fear of tax increases required to support the isolation measures.

America justifies its lack of management, pats itself on the back for its ‘incredible’ response and the only real hope the world has is in a vaccine that has yet to be found. The response by President Trump, in particular, has been spectacularly wrong and misguided, ineffective and dangerous.

Does this Government work?

The UK Government hesitated deliberately before applying the lockdown rules that were being applied already by citizens, businesses and sports organisations. It was as though Boris Johnson did not want to be left behind, because there he was shaking hands of victims to establish his own immunity because in the long run, that gives him an advantage.

The Government could not solve the problems of funding the NHS which they made worse by vilification of immigrants, especially the backbone of the nursing corps, the European nurses. They could not solve the problem of the care of the aged.

The policy of “herd immunity” to a disease which killed older people disproportionately can only be described as an evil opportunistic measure rather than one based on the previous decisions to limit nurses pay, to limit spending on protective gear and the UK’s cynical approach of only counting deaths in hospitals is a cover-up of this evil. Deaths in care homes for the aged is a statistic that the Government does not take responsibility for, and yet, one that is entirely their fault.

The Government has powers to enact laws and spend budget. The Conservatives have done more to destroy real wealth and preserve the wealth of tax dodging criminals who call themselves ‘business’. This is not simply a divided nation, it is a feudal state, the many who are vulnerable economically and now physically serving the needs of those who own this government. What comes next in the Conservative Secret Agenda? Slavery?

Lockdown is an incomplete policy, it is an effective emergency measure to stop the virus spreading, but without the other side of this equation, contact tracing, it is a death sentence to those pockets where the virus exists. The real problem is the lack of a health system and lockdown has probably exacerbated the vulnerability of individuals. It becomes economic punishment and control, as the Government selectively dishes out taxpayer funds to those who need it, letting many descend into debt precipitously.

The evil of this Government is exposed by its omissions. Gaping holes in Governmental response. The vacuous defensive innocence of the Health Secretary, not a role to be taken lightly but one being performed by an amateur. The entire cabinet comprised of fools and poor thinkers can not frame a successful argument against the pursuit of death that is trademark Dominic Cummings extremism, the Dr Frankenstein who has the PM’s brain in a jar, pickling it, controlling the direction of policy while tearing away at the civil service infrastructure. So protective gear for the ‘front line’ takes far too long, smaller firms who offered their expertise are ignored, even masks are in short supply – there is no real coordination of effective measures – but a ‘war stance’ taken to battle media attention and confuse public opinion rather than actually thinking about what to do: they just accept what they are told and do very little with their extraordinary power over resources. They appear to have taken more time over how to avoid a real death count so the UK is not quite as bad as its European neighbours when their inaction has caused familial devastation and nearly twice the number of deaths than they report.

This is not a government, it is a ship of fools guided in their decisions by a secret agenda and destructive psychotic insanity. It is not just that they are wrong, it is that they are steering the ship into the worst catastrophe that they could find, and then lying about the terrible consequences of their contemptible inadequacy.

American Leadership

America has inappropriate leadership.

Enough has been said and written about the personalities involved. President Trump, Mitch McConnell and the dishonest Senate who could not follow through on removing the impeached Trump. The Democrats who appear to fail to rise to the challenge of opposition and have nominated, again, their most establishment candidate for President due to a fear of ‘socialism’.

Conservatism is only appropriate when there is something worth conserving. Trump’s corrupt form of economics will add more to the National Debt than even Barack Obama did, the difference being that Barack Obama recovered the economy from 2008 and built infrastructure. Trump burned infrastructure including that created to deal with pandemics.

America must reject the politics of populism if it is to thrive in the new world. The Democrats need to realise that only new evolved thinking will save America from itself. And corrupt populism is a cancer that is every bit as destructive as the disease that corrupted the USSR from within.

Automation and the Dangers of Populism

Automation should allow us to extend and redefine productivity. Vending machines replace people in banks and for certain products. Banking is now more productive than ever but do we measure industry by how efficient it is or how many people it employs?

Redefinition of goals – instead of ‘job for life’ for some it has become ‘passive income’ or ‘my own business’ for many whilst unemployment and benefits may be necessary to fill in gaps, families coming together to support young families will become the new normal.

Politicians can not be expected to solve this or many problems for us, they are there to set the framework of laws, not rescue us from ourselves.

The economy belongs to us, they are there to take some of it and provide public services. Politicians are not going to rescue airlines or banks from economic evolution. That is the lesson populism and isolation will learn hard. That is what is wrong with this wave of out-of-date thinking from the likes of Trump and Brexit, it will kill people who matter to other people, but people who are merely statistics that embarrass the government.

We expect politicians to be able to do something about it, our reaction is understandable, but they can’t. We pay lawyers ridiculous amounts to defend our inadequacies regardless of the fact that half of them have to lose. The economics of failure are not well understood, but they are there. Governments set a direction, but it is up to the people to innovate. Conservatism has been lost in the dense haze of populism.

And Left-wing thinking has been branded ‘socialism’ and therefore ‘wrong’. The Left-Right dichotomy was out of date but has been perverted by populism and idiotic thinking, masked by lies and confidence in the domination of others.

Prejudice and Influence

No 10 defends the activities of Dominic Cummings, a right-wing promoter of extreme Brexit and source of this Government’s most extreme ideas at the Science guidance body Sage, where two members have complained that Cummings has been more than an observer but has directed the course of discussion to suit his own pet theories.

Hence, we believe that the policy of seeking ‘herd immunity’ and not counting deaths in the community or care-homes, has come directly from this advisor to the PM. This self-satisfied feedback mechanism has no place in forming policy: it is nothing but reinforced prejudice and has caused the UK to be the worst country in the world for managing this pandemic. Cummings and his role are directly responsible for the brutal course the UK has taken.

The economic fallout will go on for years. The social damage of overwhelming the NHS on one hand and ignoring the massive overflow of patients who could not be saved, on the other is effectively genocide by inaction. It is the disabling of expertise through interference and influence.

Britain is one of the most tragic offenders of cheating the greater population from the benefits of taxation.

Hiding real statistics, making false statements and pursuing nihilistic and hypocritical goals makes this Government both cruel and heartless, complicit in damaging the fabric of the society it pretends to support and enables massive and legalised tax fraud.

Let’s hope that a near-death experience allegedly suffered by Boris Johnson has woken up his conscience and informed him of the dangers of pursuing the course of his Government has taken thus far.

Austerity ended up being more expensive than maintaining social services.

Lies and Statistics

Trump is guilty of misrepresenting the truth, within 24 hours he tries to fool people by saying he was being sarcastic to the media when saying people could take disinfectant into the lungs, when, clearly and obviously he was not. He appeared earnestly serious, trying to be ‘the man’ who ‘found the cure’ by suggesting something which seemed logical to him in the moment and asking his medical experts if this could be a feasible cure. That he did this was not the issue, that he did this in a press briefing designed by his deputy to inform the public, and taken over by him for obvious reasons of continuous exposure is utterly beyond contempt. That he then recommended to his willing faithful that they should take hydroxychloroquine – ‘just take it – what do you have to lose’ and more recently light and disinfectant to the lungs, or injected into the bloodstream not only reveals his rampant desire to be ‘the one’ who found a cure, the miracle man – but a complete ignorance on the role of the press. He then plainly and obviously lied about it – saying he was being sarcastic. For what exact purpose? To elevate him above the evil media who criticise him? To assuage his aching ego?

His personal measure of success, the stock market, has betrayed him and with any luck destroyed his electoral chance as people start to really feel the bite in November. ‘Winter is coming’ and death stalks the dishonest dealer.

And then the UK, representing their Covid-19 deaths statistic by only counting those that occurred in hospitals and the total count only tests conducted in hospitals, ignoring the more horrific measure of grief, people who died in their own homes and the sad horror of the convenient reduction in the care-home population being left out of daily media reports.

Well, here it is – as we pass by the grim 20,000 death ‘threshold’, the FT has published a ‘conservative estimate’ of 41,000 total deaths, making the UK and the USA the two countries that have badly mismanaged the outbreak – the very worst in the world – and by a grim and significant margin. And the worst of this is yet to come.

(Source: FT linked article included here for clarity)

Both countries reduced the message and allowed the pride of its population to attend events in March or congregate in ‘freedom’ protests encouraged by President Trump in April, while other badly hit EU countries are starting to recover, the UK and the USA are relealing an accelerating infection and consequential death rate, and can not even be honest about their numbers. Because they are so terrible they do not really even know. Because the Executive branch of the USA government is dysfunctional, and the UK Government is run by dishonest and rather useless ministers.

Boris Johnson and Trump have carved their places in the very flesh of history. They will be remembered, certainly.

The Danger of Polarisation

The middle ground offers the least amount of danger, overall.

Total lockdown has to be temporary. It is analogous to repairing a car, you have to turn the engine off. But to drive the car, you have to have a running motor.

Too rapid or even total exposure would overwhelm our health systems, fill hospitals and quickly expose how (in the UK) Tory governments ignored the demands of the health and other social systems in their 10-year austerity quest: now ridiculous as they have to spend so much more to protect the economy from a single viral contagion.

The middle ground is to allow some return to productivity. Those who are low risk can keep the economy working while investing in protective measures for those who are at risk. The gradual spread of immunity is the natural way to protect us all from the virus. But our system needs revisions if we are to survive with an increased quality of life.

Russian Asset

Trump is a Russian asset.

It is not even a question of if President Trump is an asset to Putin and the larger concerts of the emerging Russian Empire, it is self-evident. Look no further than his policies. And the growing mountains of evidence: his statement to the Russian Ambassador that he effectively endorsed and normalised interference in elections: an act of war.

Russia is not really concerned with the EU, of course they want to isolate it from America. Russia is more concerned with four of its neighbours: China, North Korea, Afghanistan and Iran.

Trump’s actions have heightened tensions in the gulf which put pressure on energy prices: good for Russia. Trump’s trade war with China provides an opportunity for Russia as well as slow down the most dangerous rival for regional power.

Trump practices the art of disinformation. Instead of denying he sought to influence Ukraine for political ends, he attacks the whistleblower, threatening a firing squad by implication in a filmed “private” event. He is a master of media manipulation: his crimes keep him on the public’s tongue. He is so outrageous he gets away with the obvious shortcomings of blatant lying, of naked manipulation of the economy to suit the ultra-rich and hold the rest of us in stagnation: and half of us cry out for more pain. That half is wearing away, his ride of populism, his denial of the climate crisis, his rampant sexism and racism are buried under louder crimes: somehow he has survived because he is a master of disinformation. A skill that no doubt Vladimir Putin is also very skilled at, being the head of the KGB.

What else do we need to know? Trump is a Russian asset.

Another time…

It feels strange to have nostalgia for the times of GW Bush, but Trump has make President GW Bush into a soft of folksy hero, and a re-evaluation of his time in the White House and his own sense of self-effacing humour contrasts sharply with the humourless, narcissistic approach we have become used to.

Take a look his Present Bush and his imitator Steve Bridges: we hoped thing would improve for the “shiny America”, and a joke about telling the Premier of China to “tear down this wall” contrast so well against the theft of 3.5 billion dollars from the US Miltary budget to build a wall that solves no problems.