there are lies
there are damn lies
and then there are government statistics
totally unused Covid testing station
Governments, at least in western civilised countries, are not supposed to lie. However, that does not stop them from being economical with the truth. Based on the evidence of my own eyes I firmly believe that my government is not only being économique avec la vérité, but is not averse to telling the odd untruth.
Lots of lockdown restrictions are supposed to be lifted tomorrow, Monday July 19th, and in the run-up to that there is growing alarmist talk from 10 Downing Street, (the seat of English government). Allegedly the number of new covid cases is now running at some 50,000 a day, with 740 patients hospitalised. (There are about 115,385 hospital admissions a week in England, for all reasons.)
Even if these numbers were real, that means that only about 0.075% of the UK population are testing positive for the coronavirus and only 0.055% of those are being sent to hospital ~ with covid, not necessarily for covid. There is NO new covid pandemic here in England, despite all the government’s lies, misinformation, and black propaganda would have us believe.
I also treat the ‘testing positive’ numbers as suspect. Here in the North East of England I am supposed to be right in the middle of a covid hot-spot, and to prove it there is a huge walk-in, drive-in testing station just the other side of the Marina from me. In a week I have seen nobody going in there to be tested, and nobody coming out again after being tested, positive of not. Where are all the ‘positive for covid’ numbers coming from?
The most common test for covid here is called the rapid lateral flow test, which is so useless that any schoolboy knows how to make it give a false positive. No doubt our new health secretary Sajid Javid knows how to make a lateral flow test read positive, and if he doesn’t, he should.
Governments and their health advisors have created a monster with all the coronavirus pandemic lockdowns, laws, regulations, and restrictions ~ and now their monster is out of control.
Maybe none of them are intelligent enough to have ever read Mary Shelley or Robert Louis Stevenson.
it only looks impressive
the summer solstice
day 455 of coronavirus house arrest
Today, June 21st 2021, was supposed to be the end of lockdown, the day on which all Covid-19 restrictions were to have been removed and we English would be free to live normal lives again. Instead, our imprisonment stretches into the future, with a new release date set for the 19th of July, perhaps, maybe, if you can believe Prime Minister Boris Johnson, which I don’t because he’s a proven philandering, lying, cheat.
Why is lockdown set to go on and on and on when it’s all a gross perversion of the natural duties of doctors, politicians, and government officials? The whole sorry saga provides a chilling example of how a taste of almost unlimited power and prestige, wielded through secret committees, can distort the judgement of supposedly moral and intelligent people.
Those now in power justify their needlessly cruel rules, regulations and laws as necessary to help mankind at large, and specifically to protect our National Health Service. In reality they are feeding their own egos and pockets at the expense of the people.
There is no one with sufficient courage and morals to let go of the power they have stolen over us ~ besides they like it too much. They have all sat there too long for any good they have been doing. They will not likely be forgiven, if ever. The people are angry.
another angry day in the dungeon of my own home
happiness consists of getting enough sleep
stop howling at the moon
If I remember correctly the header is a quote from R.A. Heinlein’s ‘Starship Troopers’, and reflects what it’s like to be pushed to the very limit, which I’m not, I live an almost idyllic life. I am getting my 7 hours a night, and yet lately I’ve been struggling to get out of bed in the morning. On top of that, for the first hour or so of the day I’ve been feeling groggy and listless.
That’s a very different issue to lack of sleep, and it’s called Dysania ~ trouble getting out of bed in the morning.
One reason for the feeling of just wanting to stay in bed is that there’s nothing worth getting up for. And I can’t be blamed for feeling a bit like that. Today is lockdown day 451, so for more than 16 lunar months I have been almost imprisoned at home, with nothing to do, nowhere to go, and nobody to see. All those of us who are independently wealthy, or laid off, or ‘working from home’, are entitled to have that feeling that we might as well just stay in bed. Worse when we do get up we might have the feeling that there’s nothing worth getting washed, shaved, and dressed in clean clothes for.
I have worked hard at not falling completely into that trap. I have some support, a person who I am accountable to, someone I go online with early every morning, and that ‘accountability partner’ does drag me out of bed. Another thing that gets me up and going is writing this blog, which is an almost every day thing for me. And, so help me God, I bought an Alexa which plays 70s and 80s hits every damn morning ~ until and unless I tell her to shut up.
I live in a small loft apartment, that has un-shaded skylights, so the dawn also helps me to wake up, although lately it’s still hard to get out of bed. The other thing I have is a daily plan, what’s on the agenda for today, and it does help if you know you have something you should be doing, maybe something that you really enjoy.
There’s a few damn good reasons it’s hard for me to get out of bed; anxiety, depression, stress, and poor physical fitness ~ all of which can be attributed to being locked up in solitary confinement for 451 days ~ by order of my own fucking stupid government.
But take heart, we can still be busy doing nothing.
it’s worth getting out of bed just to see the dawn
I’m not allowed to take an aeroplane to anywhere
but there are some places I can still go
At the north end of the bay the old town is now called The Headland, and it has been fortified since at least the 12th century. The last time it was attacked was on December 16th 1914, when German battle cruisers bombarded the town. Over 100 people were killed. The gun in the picture dates from Napoleonic times. The modern battery is now a museum.
The 13th century parish church of St. Hilda’s was built on the site of a 7th century monastery. It’s far too big for the size of today’s congregations.
The old town is very peaceful now.
click on the link
it’s May 12, Lockdown Day 412, and the weather is wintery
Lockdown in England Day 400
It’s been more than a year in lockdown, I recently had a false positive test for COVID-19, and things are really getting to me.
This Madness song says it all.
I like the Jaguar ~ great car, drives like a truck.
a better Jaguar
’emergencies’ have always been the pretext on which individual liberty has been eroded
the only casual sex allowed is phone sex
Here in England it’s Day 380 of the national coronavirus lockdown, and now that there may be some signs that some of the restrictions may be lifted in the foreseeable future, it is worth remembering just what has been taken away from us.
Just to focus on three of our inalienable rights;
- Freedom of Association. All through this lockdown we have been prohibited from meeting our friends and families. Two women sharing walk and a cup of coffee were arrested for ‘breaking the spirit of lockdown’. A lady was arrested just for being outside the care home of her elderly father. And while the Black Lives Matter ‘protests’ were allowed to go ahead, every other public gathering of more than six people was treated as a riot by our increasingly heavy handed police. Schools, Universities, and Churches have been closed, as have all other possible meeting places. Extramarital sex is out of the question unless you are part of the ‘governing elite.’
- Freedom of Movement. We have been told not to to go anywhere unless it was absolutely essential, not to leave home, not to travel more than a dozen miles from home, not to go to work unless you couldn’t possibly work from home….., and our increasingly Gestapo-like police force have happily arrested anyone seemingly breaking the rules. Airlines have been grounded, Wales and Scotland closed their borders, and do not even think about attempting to travel to the USA.
- Freedom of Trade. Apart from some ‘essential’ food stores and pharmacies, everything has been shut. Factories have been lying idle because nobody could buy anything they made. Agriculture has been badly hit because farm workers were told to stay at home, or in the case of ‘foreign casual labourers’ weren’t even allowed into the UK. And, of course, any business where people could gather together has been closed for the duration. Forget getting a pint with your mates down the pub.
Some say that losing our freedom was a necessary part of staying safe and protecting the Health Service. And that those who complained should be gagged. (Well, there goes Freedom of Speech.) All I know is that we have all lost more than just our basic liberties to combat a mild ‘flu epidemic.
all doors have been firmly closed
by order of some power-mad unelected officials
23 March 2021 ~ my birthday ~ one year of lockdown
trust me; howling at the moon doesn’t help
The British Government’s draconian response to the coronavirus crisis starts its second year today. We begin another year of lockdown. None of the numbers surrounding COVID-19 are either real and nor do they make any sense. In particular the alleged 126 thousand people who are said to have died of this virus in the United Kingdom in the last year is a completely false statistic.
There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. ~ Mark Twain
Here, as in most countries, anyone who has tested positive for the coronavirus in the 28 days before their death is deemed to have died from COVID-19, no matter the true and real cause of death. Even using the false statistics fewer than 2 in 1,000 who have caught the disease have died from it, (0.2%), and of those who have allegedly died from coronavirus, the vast majority have been over 82 years old, (which is older than the median age of death here).
A real statistic is that because of the coronavirus lockdown the UK is broke, and getting deeper into penury with every day that passes. The cost to the UK economy of this lockdown is said to be £521 million a day, ($730 million), although our government is actually borrowing a billion pounds a day, every single damn day.
And the lockdown just gets more and more severe. From next Monday, March 29th, taking a foreign holiday is illegal ~ in fact I would be fined £5,000 for just turning up at an airport. It’s like living in East Germany under the yoke of communism.
All I can do is wish myself a happy birthday ~ hoping and praying that things get better for us all very soon.
after we’ve been vaccinated
why do we still have to wear a mask?