Lockdown 3 (Day 14): Morrison’s

A security tag is supposed to be automatically approved and cancelled when scanned at the till.

If it goes off at the exit, don’t worry. The security guard has gone home already and I know your face anyway.”

Great to know that the art of careless talk survives and no she doesn’t know my face as I always wear a face covering from neck to the bridge of my nose every time I am in the shop.

Coronavirus fatigue is kicking in. The vaccines are being distributed and the people are slackening their guards…and security guards.

Three of the points I raised yesterday are in the national news today:

  1. How much is a life worth?
  2. Who should be vaccinated first?
  3. What are the world’s wealthiest nations doing to ensure humankind all gets a fair share of the vaccines?

Meanwhile the UK had the highest recorded death rate in the world per hundred thousand Covid-19 infections.

Don’t even mention Brexit to me, please.

Alexander Johnson suddenly wants us all to be kind and civil when discussing political matters, so we are not like those ‘ghastly colonials’ (he implies).

Perhaps he might help by actually answering some very straight questions with some relevant answers?

I will stop there.

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CLP 18/01/2021

On Numbers (2021)

What does it matter?

A fresh start or same, same old?

Welcome aboard guys!

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n.b. Things will be different, things will be the same. My new year resolution is to love my neighbour. Worth another go, don’t you think?

CLP 01/01/2020

On 2020

Memorable year

One I would rather forget

Finally ends here

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CLP 31/12/2020

Tier 4 (Day 5): BBC Radio 5 Live

30th December, 2020. I wake up to the news that a stable, easy to administer vaccination has been approved for public use.

GPs will be delivering the mass vaccination programme as soon as possible. A GP on the morning news programme estimates that he could issue up to 500 jabs per day if supplies from the manufacturer are available.

Those who argue against mass vaccination have undoubtedly been infected by fears of their own and a need to feel as if they are “independent” or “free thinkers”, when in fact they are out of touch with humanity and a danger to public health. I suspect most, if not all if them, were vaccinated as children against polio, as a minimum and probably tetanus at some time, so they have had the privilege of health protection from the start of life.

Anti-vaxxers will continue to rely on the humanity of others being vaccinated to allow themselves to continue to enjoy the privilege of pontificating to others about their “free will” and crazed conspiracies.

We need everyone’s engagement in this public health programme from the off to get up to full hugging speed.

This BBC programme will tell you more about how the vaccine has been developed…although it may not be available everywhere worldwide.

In the meantime, my thoughts today are with those currently fighting infection, treating infection, or mourning losses from Covid-19.

I feel particularly humbled by the sacrifice made by those volunteers who were in the vaccine control group that did not receive the test vaccine who became infected and those who subsequently died from Covid-19. Science is not magic.

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CLP 30/12/2020

On Losing (8)

Big Pharma profits

will have to take a back seat

to humanity

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n.b. Intellectual property rights and patents are all very well, but as with HIV, not worth the paper they are written on if used to hold a gun to the heads of the poor, or inhibit production of effective vaccines for Covid-19.

If you have not heard about the idea of the “intellectual commons” this is a good place to start. https://www.monbiot.com/2016/12/15/the-fortifying-commons/

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CLP 10/12/2020

On Numbers (More)

It’s said pathogens

Have one aim; to reproduce.

We no different.

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n.b. Dress life up as we might, but without children we have no legacy; we die out as a species. All we do has no meaning without the generations that follow. We are otherwise just marking time.

The sociability of humanity is how we ensure that children can thrive so they too can mature to take up the task of reproduction. It is an inclusive process.

Cooperation not competition.

CLP 20/11/2020