Boris Johnson and his government have failed to tackle coronavirus but, despite public criticism, the agenda of the Boris cabal is nothing to do with public service. Their objectives are deregulation, authoritarian power consolidation and the unparalleled profit from a coordinated program of public-private partnership grift. Why should it matter if half the country wastes time arguing the toss about what Boris should do, how the PM should care for the people? Naive fools.
Three fairytales: The Nature of Boris, Jeremy Spoke In, and Circle Casting Pearls Before Swing. They're supposed to be allegorical.
Public-private partnerships share traits with military-industrial wealth appropriation. Both invert the wealth redistribution ideal to send money up the ladder, from poor to rich, rather than trickling down rich to poor. This piece recasts British government failure on coronavirus as the latest success for Boris Johnson and his cabal. Their agenda isn't public service. They prosecute their aims with great skill: deregulation, authoritarian power consolidation and an unparalleled program of public-private partnership grift.
The conditioned ignorance inertia of coriolis populism builds year on year and it's drawing the world down the poop chute. The journey ends in a foul blend of consumerism and neofeudalism. This article lays out the problem and attempts to list practical, realistic ways to push back. NOTE: this list is kept up to date.
"See it. Mock it. Dismiss it." It's an authority-enabling response that dominates social media and for some it's become how they respond to everything. It perpetuates a polarized confirmation bias that's reducing society to in-group out-group stagnation. It's encouraged and exploited by politicized clickbait media. As individuals, it's up to us to resist these lazy instincts twisted to serve the agenda of authoritarian divide-and-rule.
Gothic is a rather subjective term but the novels Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte) and Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte) transcend literary nit-picking. Both are the finest gothic exemplars of their generation. The two books evoke landscapes of gothic expressionism using wholly different palettes. The Bronte sisters published almost concurrently, but their masterpieces diverge on an elemental level from the first sentence of the opening chapter. Wuthering Heights is a novel howling at the gothic stone, Jane Eyre a faerie whisper from of gothic shadow.
Roche's Elecsys Anti-SARS-CoV-2 serology test is a blood sample. Based on in-solution double-antigen sandwich format. Blood samples taken 14 days after PCR-confirmed infection process Elecsys Anti-SARS-CoV-2 test with 100% accuracy. It's available now. Which governments are buying and which are instead risking lives trying to save money (or play nationalist politics by waiting for their own 100% test)?
It's often said that Judeo-Christian religion, whether or not you believe in the God part, has been an absolute force for good; that it's the basis of Western culture, morality and science. Is this true, or is this codswallop?
Friend versus enemy, faithful versus corrupted, good versus evil: choose your favorite dichotomy, it doesn't matter. Tribalism is compelling. It's melodrama designed to misdirect public discourse away from scrutinizing the real business of exploitation. Governments, corporations, institutions, vested interests, city halls, these power dynamics use the same method. Democracy itself subordinates to this corrupt pantomime.
The White Horse Tavern (founded circa. 1890) is a bar and eatery on Hudston Street in New York's West Village. It was a favorite drinking hole for poets like Dylan Thomas and regular venue for the young beats Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. Bukowski got drunk there once or twice too.
Utilitarianism defines good as “the greatest happiness for the greatest number”. It's an aspiration to make real choices based on an ultimate goal that's an ideal, not a dogma. This short article tries to explain what that means.
Google: "How do I use your laptop webcam as a camera for your smartphone?" It used to be an art, finding the best wording to put into Google, to narrow down results until they're on point, no matter how esoteric the info searched for. It's a major problem: corporatized tech the world over is devolving. It's the opposite of progress. Tech itself is improving but function is degrading. This must stop.
How did a mere academic movement of the mid 20th-century metastasize - over less than three generations - into a neo-identitarian phenomenon powerful enough to be assimilating venerable institutions whole departments at a time? Public opinion (and therefore policy) is being subordinated to a consensus mediocrity, hostile to talent, individuality and merit. Is society helpless against this confederacy of dunces; or is there a deeper more sapient power dynamic embedded in postmodernism's banality substrate?
"We simply don't have the testing capacity for the large numbers dying at home. Now only those few who had a test confirmation *before* dying are marked as victims of coronavirus... means we are undercounting the total number of victims of this pandemic." - Mark Levine, Chair of New York City Council health committee.
Data on coronavirus test kit options covering the three basic types we'll need to mass-produce and distribute widely, or else prolong lockdown or be forced into a gamble that might cost millions of lives.