By Lambert Strether of Corrente.
Patient readers, I will be taking a holiday breather, and running an abbreviated Water Cooler though January 3, 2022 (may it be a better year). Please consider this an open thread, and talk amongst yourselves. –lambert
Bird Song of the Day
From the media notes: “Calls and eventually crowing from a group of four hens and one rooster foraging in the shade at the edge of a field.” So, a bonus hen.
Here are a couple Covid charts. Case count by United States regions:
We’re gonna need a bigger chart. I have helpfully added an anti-triumphalist “Fauci Line.” Worth noting the case count is probably an undercount. Home tests don’t get counted, and not everybody can go get a test.
Because hospitalizations and deaths lag, we won’t have a complete picture for the United States population — which is different from South Africa’s, the UK’s, and indeed every country, both demographically, and with respect to vaccination and co-morbidities like obesity — for another two weeks or so. I would be happy indeed if we lucked out, and Omicron indeed did turn out to be “mild.” However, I’n brain-meltingly enraged at our political class, which allowed the notion that Omicron would be “mild” to take root and flourish before the evidence for the United States was in. It’s the very reverse of the Precautionary Principle, and insanely dangerous in the midst of a pandemic, at least to public health, if there is such a thing anymore. Couldn’t these purveyors of hot takes have waited two weeks?
Here are the CDC’s rapid riser counties as of 12/23/2021:
Thanks to the sharp eyes of alert reader ChrisFromGeorgia, I have helpfully dotted the major cities that are also rapid riser counties — in blue (plus Denver and Nashville). Looks like those Blue Cities have some sort of Enemy Within thing going on…. (Chicago isn’t red, but pink, so no dot.)
Today looks worse, especially in the lower Mississippi.
Looking on the bright side:
The CDC shortening isolation time to 5 days should be taken as evidence of how quickly US businesses' would collapse under a general strike if one were to ever to manifest. If they can't afford to wait 5 days, they certainly won't be able to sustain a month long strike.
— Joseph R Reagan (@JosephRReagan) December 29, 2021
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> We’re gonna need a bigger chart.
> Looking on the bright side:
> The CDC shortening isolation time to 5 days
Perhaps, in its own little way, CDC is trying to make the pie higher.
perhaps it’s time to lay up store (channelling Denethor here; been watching LotR recently) of rice and beans in preparation for a siege.
Or one could join the besiegers. The Hamptons I hear might be an easy target.
Though caviar is wonderful, I am not sure how much was laid in to tide over the Hamptons. I would trust to my own hoardings. The Hampton hoardings may better serve amusement than need.
Hungry zombies would merely besiege the next-door neighbors who have stored some beans and rice. The zombies will never go to the Hamptons even if you give them a map.
If you decide to store some beans and rice, don’t tell anyone about it. If there are breadlines, make sure to be in them so no one suspects you have food. Make a point of visibly losing weight along with everyone else. Share the breadline bread with only those you discover can really truly be trusted to not sink ships.
And at the micro-social stabilization scale, if your church or mosque or synagogue or secular civic group or club contains enough people who are smart enough to understand stockpiling, help your religious or secular group stockpile bunches of beans and rice on the civic group’s clubhouse property, for some very local membership foodsharing and maybe even some more general local inhabitant soup kitchening.
Wheaton IL. Went to a store tonight to pick up some goodies for Salsa, so as to use Food Bank Romas. (Wait not waste not) Cilantro, a small red onion and Japalenoes.
Went through the snot/poop/spill wipe aisle. Hoarding on. Limiting to 1 signs.
I twice in five minutes heard a request for masking. The voice was not professional studio. It interrupted the corporate paid background noise.
The store is Union, UFCW.
On checkout I mentioned the loss of paper goods to the twenty something. He said: who needs toilet paper in the Apocalypse. I smiled(though he could not see it) and pointed to the Hostess Cupcakes in my bag.
The exponential rise in that case count graph is awe inspiring.
I think we ought to call it the ‘Fauci Hop’ related to the Lindy Hop, but lets face it nobody dances anymore, except Anthony ‘Fremont’ Fauci around the truth.
Doesn’t Fauci sound more and more like Alan Greenspan , if you listen carefully to all the words?
A faster Friedman cycling?
Cheese and rice, you’d think these folks would create a black hole with their irrelevance.
Very scary stuff :-(. This variant is burning through NYC like crazy and the city is slowing down big time.
Normally it slows down a little between Xmas and New Years but nothing like this.
For example, the Lincoln Tunnel exclusive bus lane shut down before 9am this morning because traffic was incredibly light. The park and ride had half as many cars in the lot than it did 2 weeks back when I was there last. On the bicycle portion of my commute I had no problem finding a bike at rush hour, across the street from the bus terminal and flew crosstown to my job near the UN. Normally I have to walk to Bryant Park for a bike.
Looks like the Bidendepression is off to an early start.
My employer (large foreign financial institution), after telling everybody in NYC and London to WFH from mid-Dec to the end of the year, has now said to not bother coming back to the office until after mid-Jan. And even then, they’ll probably extend that.
I certainly saw a lot fewer people on the streets over the Thanksgiving / Christmas period than in years past (except for last year). The PMC workers are staying home, the foreign tourists are mostly staying home, and the local tourists (Long Island, CT, PA) are coming in a bit. Half the ads I hear for concerts and shows are to announce cancellations.
My building (large co-op) sent out a note this morning reminding everybody that any workers they have coming in must be vaxxed, per the Mayor’s order.
I think it’s going to be a long winter.
People are providing themselves “leaderless mass leadership” in the absence of any pro-public-health leadership from the “leaders”. In fact, some people are providing themselves leaderless mass leadership in defiance of the “official leaders’s” deliberate efforts to lead us into getting more covid and spreading it around more.
It is just a long step from there to general leaderless mass cultural rebellion and then mass cultural rejection of official authority leadership.
And then what? Dare one hope that a hundred million or more Americans begin trying to figure out how to craft part-time subsistence survival-augmentation Free UnMarket BioPhysiconomies in rejection of the mainstream Forced Market Moneyconomy?
Like being stalled on the tracks in front of that speeding train: the moment of awe and wonder before the brain mumbles, “Aw s#!t…”
And with the CDC admission that they vastly overstated the prevalence of Omicron so far, this is so far very much a Delta spike. So what comes next? And this in the midst of what appears to be the 2022 theme of endemicity and “live with the virus”. I cannot wait. Does this mean we have to live with the stupidity of our betters as well? We’ve been living with that long enough.
The latest figures from the UK show a massive increase in hospitalisations – well above those forecast. 54% in one week.
Yes, but it’s mild hospitalization.
Fine but what if a good proportion are long Covid. I have seen an estimate, based on the latest data of over 50%
It’ll be mild long COVID, obviously.
The mainstream cheering of own goals suggests team USA doesn’t know which net it’s supposed to be defending.
I think you have the zeitgeist down. I’m curious how they will characterize the flooding of Thames Street in 50 years. Maybe they will have “moon tide sales events” to excite locals to row down commercial street to purchase “solar powered cellar pumps.”
Not necessarily. My daughter had a mild case if covid in June 2020 and still stuffers from long term covid….
Yes, I’ve seen at least one similar estimate. At some point the absence of major media coverage of long Covid becomes highly suspect. In my estimation, that time has long since passed.
I have for a while suspected that covid will be the “lyme disease” of viruses.
Personally, I have never been hospitalized for anything mild.
The story goes that this is down to testing all people who are admitted into hospital, for any reason.
If there is uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 in the catchment area of the hospital, it stands to reason that they’re going to be admitting a lot of folks who are coming in for something else, but also happen to have (possibly mild or asymptomatic) COVID-19.
A new spin on the FOR/WITH question. “Were they admitted for COVID-19, or with it?”
Or did they get it in the waiting rooms? Or in the ER? Or did they get it post-admission within the hospital itself?
This is a good time to delay any elective anything unless neglecting it makes it life or health threatening in a non-curable way.
According to my friend who is a team manager of NHS statisticians, you should not go to a hospital (including A&E) if you can at all help it right now.
We both have little people and are having to be a bit more overbearing parents by making sure they don’t break stuff whilst climbing on the park exercise equipment. Wait times at A&E are like 10 hours plus now due to staff shortages (according to him as well as anecdata), so even if you’re not worried about getting Covid (or have had it in the last month), you do not want to wait 10 hours plus to see someone. And they don’t let people stay with you either due to Covid rules…
Time to wrap your kids in bubble-wrap. About a foot thick should do it. :)
Well, a lot of fairly objective analysts at the moment and NHS managers are saying that it *is* mild. No increased ICU demand or high oxygen flows.
I don’t hold a candle for BoJo but it would appear to be mild.
More worrying, NY has sequenced several samples with furin ckeavage site enhancement a la Delta, so get yer classic omicron while yer can….
Regarding the “mild hospitalization”
From Firesign Theater quiz show when the contestant defers the door prize choice and picks the bag the MC is holding:
“Why this … why this is a bag of shit!”
“Yes but it’s really good shit Mrs.Presky.”
The medical use of “mild” is somewhat different from the common meaning of that word!
Anyways, those US charts are rookie numbers!
From BBC America: 90% of cases haven’t had a booster. The ever moving goal post.
Italian landscape photo… life imitating art, fergoshsakes!
Charts/ Testing: are the tests reliably accurate and indicative of status? I am starting to have no faith in anything….
And it seems an overt policy is, We don’t need or want tests or data. Vax up and shaddup.
NJ WalMart shuts down after 90 workers get sick with COVID
Stay frosty NCers and for gosh sakes be careful out there.
Stay frosty, you say?
Best action movie evah!
I ventured into the pine barrens (completely barren of pines that is) of the CVBB yesterday for sustenance and about half of the people were naked from the neck up, with slightly more masked women than masked men, for those of you keeping score @ home.
This in one of the hardest hit areas of the state prior to Omicron…
Thank you. I read the article. it doesn’t include any info on if workers are/were vaccinated. Funny that. About as funny as a screen door in a submarine.
As New Variants Emerge, We Continue To Focus on the Safety and Well-Being of Our Associates Walmart
“We’re pleased that more than 90% of our campus office associates have been fully vaccinated. While vaccines are not required at this time for frontline associates who work in our stores, clubs and supply chain facilities, we are paying them to roll up their sleeves. We recently reintroduced our vaccine incentive* for frontline associates to provide $150 after an associate becomes fully vaccinated.”
How much will WalMart pay for one of their worker’s livers? Can you imagine Steve Jobs buying a WalMart liver? Would that have destroyed the brand?
Dunno, they are “Associates”. I suspect that Wallmart would rather render them down for biofuel and “green” plastics – before paying for anything Associated with their Associates!
Wow! From one of the interviewees, “Everybody I know has Covid right now.” Three hour lines for testing. Things not looking good.
I am at work at Lakers game with 13,000 people. 80% no mask. Arena started the portable air scrapers again. Like that is going to help
No one here thinks omicron is serious.
I still believe that one of the long term outcomes of the Covid crisis is a reinvigorated labor movement. Too much of this can be seen by too many people as favoring the monied classes. People can smell the BS and the smell is getting ranker by the day.
I’m expecting a lot of pissed off nurses to be in the vanguard of the revolution.
Nurses are in the vanguard (airline workers next!)… cf:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2021_Mercy_Hospital_strike (does not include settlement information)
Betcha that Mercy Hospital is thankful they have organized nurses that will stay once a fair contract is signed and voted on. It includes path-breaking minimum staffing levels.
And how! A strike by non-union delivery drivers would by the catalyst for a general labor strike.
The ability to impose an embargo on the entire PMC, is an interesting proposition.
As lambert is wont to say, ‘perhaps there’s power laying in the street, waiting to be picked up and put to use?’
In terms of plagues, labor and insolent overlords, I did enjoy reading Ken Follett’s “Pillars of the Earth” series of historical novels. The underlying truths on which he overlaid his story were the die off of serfs and the rise of freeholders on the land and artisans for construction. Set during the 1350 era, the Black Plague and religious & political upheaval make for a trilogy that I liked.
Oh it’s underway, the question is how much steam does it gather? And how does it organize and get expressed?
But, yes, the context has shifted and the lower working class is looking more empowered than it has been in decades.
This might be a good time for the lower working classmembers to try learning and practicing what they can about Jackpot Resistant Survival lifestyling, so they can at least reduce their die-off to being no-more-proportionally than the die-off among other classes.
This might be a good project for those Democratic Socialists of America action teams . . . to learn and then spread Jackpot Survival Knowledge. They might even call themselves the Barefoot Doctors of Survivalism.
npr gets something right.
I sure hope JW works.
Thanks for the link
But what if we discovered we are not the only nor the most important lifeforms in the universe?
Did the fact that other countries exist ever, in any way, deter Americans from believing they are exceptional and the only indispensable nation?
A musical interlude – Covers
Photo of the Beatles watching Jimmy Hendrix play Sgt. Pepper
Jimi Hendrix opens the set with Stg. Pepper which had been released three days before.
Isaac Guillory – Taboo
Guillery is widely ignored in the U.S. because he lives in Europe.
Sam Cook – Blowing in the Wind
The Neville Brothers – Congo Square
I needed that, thanks.
NYC Residents Must Check Vax Status Of Babysitters, Housekeepers Under New Mandate [Gothamist]
¡Siembradme vuestros papeles!
Another stink bomb from de Blasio on his way out the door.
Somehow I’m guessing that these mandates will be as rigourously enforced as are the wages provisions of the local laws concerning said menials.
We have reached the point where we must consider further adherence to the “vaxvaxvax” policy as being actively evil. There is enough evidence in the public sphere for a rational and reasonable person to know that the “vaxvaxvax” policy is both wrong and dangerous to the public health.
This is a very thoughtful and measured ~30minute utube.
Why I Don’t Want to Show my Vaccine Passport
Thank you for recommending this link, it was a real breath of fresh air in terms of Canada’s dubious media bubble, and also an interesting summary of the generally available information with respect to COVID therapeutics, immunity questions and so on here.
This from Forbes magazine, 2019: 3 of the 10 worst cities in the world are US cities NYC, LA, and San Francisco.
California and New York states are losing residents (and House congressional seats after redistricting). People are voting with their feet.
Thanks Robert. I teach public school music and these are 3 songs I’ve used over the years that teach amazing lessons on many levels. Some needed a word or two of editing. Good listening for adults too.
Mangiamo – tutti!
Teddy Bear All:
Respect and love of Nature, community, and funk:
I like a tweet I saw yesterday: “Nobody talks about ‘Long Polio.'” That is, millions were infected with the polio virus, but the modern mass perception only encompasses those that suffered death, paralysis, and/or life-long sequelae. Parallels with Covid obviously. Talk about straining the resources…
My 96 1/2 year old mom (the halves matter when you’re almost 9 or into your 90’s) told me that Polio was the most feared thing in that you never knew when it was going to hit and if somebody in school came down with it, they’d close up the school for a week to 10 days. It was a scourge for which there was no protective measures to speak of, and everybody knew somebody ensconced in an iron lung-for life.
This threat went on for her first 30 years, here we are caterwauling about heading into a 2nd year of what could be a life sentence,
‘Wouldn’t work in an iron lung’… Aussie slang for an extremely lazy person
Would that be an iron lung for tuberculosis?
Mitch McConnell had polio, one of the lucky ones. Us, not so much.
It proves that polio destroys empathy.
Didn’t FDR also have polio? I think there is a flaw in your equation…
No worries. Long Covid will be wrapped into something nebulous like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome The public will be educated that the those patients are nuts and there will be a cottage industry of “experts” that will make some bank spewing nonsense. Any criticism will portrayed as attacks on “noble scientists”. Easy peasy.
That ploy has a long history behind it such as with Agent Orange from the Vietnam War, Gulf War Syndrome from the 90s and even the 9/11 responders who were initially denied their claims. Mostly it was just delay delay, delay until a large portion of the victims were in the ground and out of the way.
This guy might bridge the so-called culture wars of the US.
“Critical Sports Studies” I love it!
Poe’s Law seems to apply here, but I don’t think this guy is trolling.
I liked that tweet about long lasting general strikes. I mean if, there was a real bottom up base, which I think is here, that organized such….it would be ‘our’, the working class’ decision….. Funny how as some of his replies mirror, people think that a mass general strike would not be decided upon, by the masses, that choose to go on a long strike, with all the obvious hardships that would entail…… Leadership worship is deeply embedded here….I mean how could you have a long general strike, without majority of those involved saying ‘yes’. Weird, that people auto reply like it would be some top down dictate…like there are huge Leninist or maoist parties with mind control going on here. Absolutely no contact with the working class of all colors here…..people are ready…but the real left structure is not being built…
Wonder if NJ is the COVID canary again. Remember, NJ still has the third highest per capita COVID death rate.
Today was a daily record of 20,483 COVID-19 cases. NJ hospitalizations more than tripled from last month to > 3,000. For comparison, > 3,800 last winter and > 8,000 at the beginning of the pandemic. This is with the 74% eligible vaccination rate.
We’re >80% vaccinated here in Alameda County, CA. Just looked at the chart “cases by vaccination status“. Although there are twice as many cases among the 20% unvaccinated, both categories look to be rising at about the same rate, that is like a rocket on its way into the inky void. Hospitalizations up a tad, ICU remains low. But then here we’re a little late to the Omicron party.
The iconic world junior hockey tournament, in Edmonton this year, is about to be cancelled this afternoon due to a spread of covid through most teams. The organizers had tried to keep it alive as long as they could with extensive isolation and testing procedures to no avail.
Total bummer. I love the Juniors. I’m thinking that I may never see another live hockey game. These days you gotta’ be a real knucklehead to sit in a frozen barn for two+ hours with a few thousand other chattering, yelling fans. Left to check out the Utube highlights every morning. More Connor McDavid please!
People who enter hockey arenas (especially of the small town variety) during a respiratory pandemic are likely terribly informed about risk factors. Their ventilation is poor at best, and the lack of humidity isn’t exactly favourable either.
Of course, in Canada hockey means money, so …
We’re crowing like a rooster for the hens on the nest.
Better be stirrin’ around.
I stopped watching You-Tube long ago. A little more information about what you are [?] crowing about might be nice.
Woops. Apologies. Just a song. It’s lyrics.
Has anyone ever seen Jeff Zients and Jared Kushner in the same room at the same time?
White House won’t sign deal to mass-mail COVID tests until ‘late next week’ [NY Post]
On the bright side, at least he didn’t say an app.
So isolation is cut to 5 days and testing isn’t required before you go back to work, even for nurses.
Because we can’t have “The Economy” falter.
So what happens to the economy when 5%-10% of the populace is out sick with Covid at the same time?
Or, be Hochul-ed into working sick as a dog and terrified, with “mildly” hospitalized kids and more chronic PASC damage, shrugged off during video visits to out-of-network replacement doctors, in Sri Lanka? When mass walk-outs (riots), strikes (looting) or protests (insurrection) are beat down by OathKeeper cops & Boogaloo Boi company thugs I’m pretty sure most of us were infected by (presumably) asymptomatic 1099 gig-workers, who have absolutely NO say in any of this. So, I’m noticing no anosmia or fever, this time. But, man, no WAY I’d be able to teach or operate a MTA train during this “mild” Omicron gnawing at my PASC screwed-up epithelium. We need a frigging comet just now? Pfizer’s Paxlovid & Merck’s Molnupiravir sales up?
I think that we are already beginning to see this right now with so many people out. And is there really a manager or a human resources department that wants a coughing worker standing in front of them explaining that they still feel sick? Maybe those firms that opted to keep work from home going may be less susceptible to going into crisis mode.
Or permanently with long covid.
This failure to recognize that there is no economy without a healthy populace is as staggering an indictment of “our betters” as is imaginable. Have these people no familiarity whatsoever with Maslow’s hierarchy of needs?
It is truly “full re****”
New (to me) COVID graphic site: COVID 19 Circuit Breaker
– State & County views
– Tracks the tipping points necessary for States and counties to run out of hospital capacity.
Well, well, well …
Can’t resist this as an internetworking person. Just as large networks deploy inspection devices to detect virus signatures and drop packets bearing them, so too was this the proper approach to our biological virus problem – essentially #CovidZero. China, New Zealand and a few other did this, and got to reap the benefits. The US, UK and much of west chose not to, and now are suffering the equivalent of getting DDoS’d by Omicron from within. Just like a company that suddenly finds itself with multiple infected hosts behind their firewalls, the US now has to deal with reduced operational capacity due to infection.
Will the criminally negligent US leadership learn? Based on Biden’s about-face on federal responsibility, the horrible answer is “no”.
The more covid now, the more long-covid Jackpot later. The agenda remains to spread covid to every person if possible now, so as to create more long-covid slow-rolling dieoff later. Social shutdown now is a risk the OverClass is willing to take.
#LongCOVID as #TrojanHorse, yes …
Being inside the Trojan Horse always seems to be a good idea until you realize some of the consequences-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mr9JKYA7yoI (37 secs)
Ha! Funny … but in my analogy, it’s COVID in the #TrojanHorse … ;-)
I hope lives the whole time in Jail
If she’s lucky, old Joe will give her a full pardon on the way out the door for ‘services rendered.’
And he’ll demand a lock of her hair as a momento.
I notice that somewhat into the article it says . . . ” Epstein died in federal custody while awaiting his own sex-trafficking trial. ”
Did the article-writer merely forget to say that Epstein “committed suicide” . . . ? Or did the article-writer make a pointed point of deliberately not saying that?
That picture Is pretty spectacular! And calming. Thank you!!
What picture? Some of us, me, are old and are obscure reference challenged.
Jeremy, I think Randall means the plantidote today-beautiful, magical landscape photograph of Italy.
Petal, Thanks for cleaning up with clarity my vague comment. Be well
KA is checking in with her puppet masters. Sadly it’s not us on Main Street because it’s Big Club and we are not in it.
Huh? I feel left out. What am I missing here?
I hate, HATE, acronyms. KA? and what Main Street bruhahah?
Sorry but I am old and obscurity challenged.
[If far far from base … please accept my apologies.]
(Corrected and with nose-rubbed-in-it I might apologize further.)
New to me as well, but I’m guessing KA refers to Kamala Harris … ;-)
As for Main Street, in Political/Econ slang/parlance, the opposite of Wall Street metaphorically, as in:
Wall Street = Capital, Plutocrats, The 1%
Main Street = Labor, The Working Class, The 99%
It would be good if we could viralize some snappy version of . . .
The top 1%,
The next 9%,
The lower 90% at the bottom.
If we could viralize that, then we would have a basis for universal understanding of the question when we asked the 9% . . . ” which side are you on?”
I have seen Kamala Harris referred to by the initials KY for some obscure reason. Perhaps it’s because of how slippery a Politica she is.
Sadly I don’t care what you hate because my spelling is so baaaaaaaad that you won’t have even read it in the first place. Enjoy
Who amongst us has not made a spulling error from time to time? I sometimes think that I need a poof reader myself.
I understand your complaint. However I was able to glean the context from the headline contained within the link’s web address/URL (Uniform Resource Locator)
he Henderson County Sheriff’s Office announced the 3-year-old girl who accidentally shot herself on Christmas day has passed away.
Deputies said they were sent to Spicer Cove Road around 2:25 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 25 for an accidental shooting.
The 911 caller said they had a visitor who had a gun in their car, which they didn’t know about. The caller said the child picked up the gun and it went off.
North Carolina police officer accidentally shot and seriously injured his 15-year-old son Monday night, a report said.
The teen was struck in the head in the shooting at a home in Onslow County, WCNT reported, citing authorities.
“This is a tragic event, and this matter remains under investigation by the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office,” District Attorney Ernie Lee said in a statement.
The boy remained hospitalized at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville on Tuesday.
The teen’s father is an officer with North Carolina’s Jacksonville Police Department.
Guns don’t kill people….guns in N. Carolina kill people
A report from Old Blighty that might be of interest.
The Christmas ringing up of old friends & a couple of relatives included a cousin, who is he states back on the barricades. DBL vaxxed – he’s 68 & has been protesting in London against Covid restrictions, attending Assange demos & just generally hanging around mainly at Speakers Corner – He is a veteran of many years back to the 80’s – Poll Tax demos, Brixton riots etc.
The situation reminds him of the bad old days when the SPG ( Special patrol group police ) were big into intimidation & violence. They were disbanded & replaced by the TSG ( Territorial support group police ) who are known as the muscle of the Met ( Metropolitan police ). Back to the future as he puts it with plenty of cop violence & harassment of demonstrators which include Assange demos & those puttin the world to rights at Speakers Corner. In his opinion over the last few months the tide has turned & at the increasingly large anti vax, covid, restrictions or however they are labelled demos, the cops are increasingly on the back foot after having run rampage previous to that.
He told me to checkout a youtube channel called Resistance GB & all the kind of stuff he told me about is available there with much else he didn’t mention, like cops arresting Pier’s Corbyn for basically nothing & footage of PC being thrown out by heavies at a Q&A given by London Mayor Sadig Khan. Cuz is of the opinion that things could blow up pretty badly as a growing resentment to the general state of things & increasing hatred towards the cops grows.
According to him the demonstrators are mainly ordinary people of all ethnic groups who are not another incarnation of the infamous London Mob – who even William Blake got caught up with when they burned down the much hated Newgate Prison. He does however believe that old ghost is always there as potential with it’s own stewing grievances in places like Brixton, Hackney etc last seen in action according to him after Mark Duggan was murdered who was raised in the Broadwater Housing Estate being another potential flashpoint, as since the murder of PC Blakelock in the 80’s the cops have consistently given the place a hard time.
Omicron he thinks could be a factor if the now stretched thin blue lines are reduced further due to isolating, as is already the case with the ambulance service, something that could result in a loss of order, which in turn might lead to the mob smelling a weakness. Anyhow, just conjecture on our part & maybe the Fat Controller would bring in the Army either before or after, but a new video I saw earlier illustrated for me how crazy it’s getting. It featured a group of very ordinary people from a town / City further North of London attacking & vandalising a Covid testing centre in Milton Keynes, which is something I could never have previously imagined.
Happy New Year !!!
Meanwhile, in Oz-
‘State leaders are bidding against each other in the global market to secure tens of millions of rapid antigen tests in the absence of a federal plan on at-home testing, after Australians were urged to avoid getting a PCR test unless symptomatic.’
This reminds me of how Trump would pull back on federal authority and would have all 50 States have biding wars against each other for medical supplies. Then again, maybe the States here in Oz don’t trust Scotty’s government. When New South Wales decided to let the virus rip, Scotty secretly took vaccines off the other States and sent them down to Sydney because he neglected to stockpile them there when he had them open up. So maybe the States now don’t trust the feds here to do the same with rapid antigen tests-
Then again, Scotty seems to be following Biden’s example these days in many ways.
Our son and his husband are heading down from Sydney for a visit on Monday. They each need a negative Rapid Antigen Test before they board the flight. Unfortunately, no RATs to be had in Sydney for love nor money.
Solution? We sent them a couple of test kits by Express Post this afternoon. Should be with them tomorrow. (no DeJoy in Australia – yet)
Delta Air Lines cuts COVID-19 quarantine time for employees after CDC’s new guidance [Seattle Times]
`Improving symptoms’ would be a subjective standard,
so you can’t blame the C-suite for wanting to follow the science. /s
Positivity – keep climbing.
We’ve now hit an all time record number of cases. Congratulations, President Biden! You’ve shown us it’s possible to govern worse than Trump, no small feat.
DemRats will respond “are you a Republican?” unless you’re black and then they’ll tell you you’re not.