Monday, 30 March 2020

Lockdown in Moronavirustan

Note: This is a follow up to my previous article on COVID-19, the famed Coronavirus. If you have not yet read it, you can do so here.

There is a famous dictum in crime detection: cui bono? Who benefits? Real life crimes are usually nothing like Agatha Christie whodunits, with incredibly complex plots laid far in advance and the least likely person axiomatically the villain. Real life criminal behaviour is more often like the mugger who waits in a dark alley and attacks anyone alone and vulnerable-looking who happens to come by. Making use of opportunity, as it were.

This applies to criminals on the individual level. It applies to criminal activity in and by corporate entities. It applies in the governments owned by said corporate entities. It applies to the behaviour of entire criminal countries.

It even applies to the mechanism of action of that famous virus owing to fear of which half the planet is hiding under their beds, COVID-19.

You don’t understand? I will be happy to explain.

Most people, unless afflicted by some rather rare conditions, have a defence mechanism in their bodies known as the immune system. This isn’t a place to go into the mechanics of the immune system, but basically it is meant to repel the trillions of microorganisms that populate the world around, on, and in, every single one of our bodies. Yes, you are crawling with microorganisms: bacteria swarm over your skin and in your mouth and intestines, protozoa crawl around the crevices of your gums, tiny mites burrow in your eyelash and hair follicles, eating the oil your skin produces, and, yes, there are viruses. Viruses are everywhere.

A bit about viruses and immune systems:

For the benefit of everyone, let me repeat exactly how a virus works. There is a lot of controversy over whether a virus is a living thing or otherwise; one school of opinion holds that since it is totally inactive outside a living cell, a virus should be called a “particle”, not an organism. Nor does it display most of the typical activities of living organisms, in that it does not ingest food or drink, metabolise, or excrete. But it does one thing in common with all living organisms: it reproduces. Oh, how it reproduces.

Here is a schematic of a typical virus: it basically consists of a core of genetic material, which may be DNA or RNA, surrounded by a protein capsule, which may or may not be, depending on type, covered in turn by a lipid (oil) coat. As they say, quite correctly, a chicken is an egg’s way of crating another egg; in viruses, the “chicken” part has been dispensed with and the virus’ existence consists entirely of reproducing its genetic core of DNA or RNA.

This is an influenza virus, but COVID-19 is almost exactly the same.

In “normal” living things, here is how reproduction works: the organism in question absorbs enough nutrients – whether from food, sucking up nutrients from the soil, or absorption from a host organism is immaterial – until enough material and energy have been built up that it can expend some of that material and energy into creating another organism. Whether it does so by splitting like a bacterium or amoeba, or puts forth buds like a hydra, or pollen and ova like a plant, or mycelia like a fungus, or indeed sperm and ova like so-called higher animals is immaterial; the process involves the organism using its own stored body mass and energy in reproducing itself.

Viruses do no such thing. What they do is invade a cell, breaking through its cell wall or membrane, and then hijack the cell’s own genetic material – a DNA virus the DNA, an RNA virus the RNA – and set it to creating copies of the virus’ own genes. This means that parts of the cell’s genetic material is cut and spliced into the new viral genetic cores, which are then surrounded by proteins and lipids also taken from the cell and used to cover the new cores. Then, when all this is done, the new viruses, or if you would prefer, viral particles, burst out of the cell and set out to find new cells, where they repeat the whole process over again, from the start. Therefore the viruses are born full grown and they only exist in the complete viral shape until they can find another cell and start reproducing themselves again. The majority of viruses, incidentally, are RNA viruses.

All clear so far?

Now, normal microorganisms in a body, like bacteria or protozoa, face a constant running battle with the host’s immune system. A malarial parasite, for example, has evolved fascinating mechanisms to hide from the host’s immune response, which is a considerable feat because the immune system is both extremely active and highly effective. However, immune systems have more difficulties dealing with viruses than with bacteria and protozoa, first, because they are very small, and, secondly, because they tend to hide inside the host’s own cells. This, while most bacterial and protozoal invasions are eliminated before they can actually do any harm, viruses much more often manage to start an infection. Thereafter, the body’s (I am talking of a host that’s an animal here, with the ability to control its body temperature, an ability restricted to birds and mammals) immune system’s response to an infection tends to comprise two things. First, it tries to make the body’s environment as hostile to the infectious agent as possible, by raising the body’s temperature beyond the level the virus can tolerate; this is known as a fever. Secondly, if the infection affects the respiratory system or digestive system, the body also attempts to flush the infective agent out. In the gut this normally results in diarrhoea. In the respiratory system this results in the production of liquid secretions in copious quantities – phlegm or mucus – which is then expelled in the form of sneezing and coughing.

Fever, sneezing and these symptoms sound familiar? They should, unless you’ve never had a cold in your life, or a bout of influenza, or known anyone who has.

So, to recapitulate so far: viruses exist to copy themselves, they copy themselves inside a host cell, and the body’s immune system attempts to get rid of them by throwing them out, apart from raising the temperature to a fever.

So, once the immune system begins working, most viral infections are eventually eliminated. Some, like rabies, are almost invariably fatal, but we aren’t concerned with them here. And because the immune system doesn’t want to have to do the work all over again, it attempts to create something called antibodies.  

What are antibodies? In a science fiction novel (I don’t remember the name) I read long, long ago, the protagonist, whose name was Carmody if I’m not mistaken, finds himself transferred to a series of parallel universes, in each of which there appears, soon after his own appearance, a predator “with claws shaped to seize nothing but Carmodys, with jaws adapted to eat nothing but Carmodys, whose entire existence is dedicated to restoring the balance by eliminating Carmodys.” Only in his own universe, assuming he can find it, can Carmody be free of this uniquely-shaped Carmody-eating predator. Similarly, antibodies are the host’s immune system’s response to the virus it has already encountered; each antibody is tailored to the form and chemical composition of the invading virus’ outer coat (the inner genetic core being inaccessible). The antibody will seize the virus it is designed for, and only the virus it is designed for, and eliminate it before it can enter a cell and start making new viruses. If another virus enters, this antibody is as helpless as the Carmody-predator would be if a Purkayastha entered its parallel universe. It’s able to eat Carmodys, it can’t do a thing to Purkayasthas. The parallel universe needs to develop a Purkayastha-predator for that.

At this point you’re probably asking yourself why I have written this long rigmarole. You’ll soon find out.

Now, suppose we have a healthy person who’s youngish, fairly strong, and reasonably medically fit; even if he (or she, or any of the 12345 other gender pronouns the liberals babble about, let’s just assume we’re talking about all of them here) has an infection that makes it past his immune system at the start, he is likely to be robust enough to survive the disease. If he is infected with only a few individual viruses, rather than a mass of them all at once, he will only get a few cells infected by those viruses at the start, which will then infect another (larger number but still relatively) few cells, and therefore his infection will be slow to develop and spread. This will in turn give his immune system time to organise, recognise the disease, and take defensive measures. Imagine a situation where an entire unit of ISIS terrorists storms a building, overwhelming the guards and massacring everyone they can find. Compare it to a situation where a single psycho with a gun infiltrates the building, and moves along the passages, shooting people one by one and tracked on CCTV. The rest of the building can be evacuated, said psychopath isolated and eliminated before too much damage is done. The situation is exactly the same.

However, if your building is not of sound construction; if years of wear and tear and neglect have weakened the supports, crumbled load bearing walls, clogged the sprinklers, shorted out the CCTV, and made the fire escapes inaccessible and unusable – why, then, the intruder can hide in disused rooms, bypass the police sent to flush him out, and, if he’s well armed enough, say if he’s wearing a suicide vest – he can bring down the building itself with a well-timed explosion. Then you don’t need an entire ISIS unit to destroy the building – one man can do it just as well. Even grenades used by the security forces to eliminate that one man can bring down the building around their ears.

Similarly, if a virus infects a person with a sound immune system, it’s likely that he’ll be able to live through it; if few enough viruses infect him he may not even realise he’s infected. This is known as a subclinical or asymptomatic infection. Such infections are extremely well known, and not just among viruses; the infamous Typhoid Mary was a cook who, while herself never suffering the slightest symptom, was a lifelong carrier of the typhoid bacterium and inadvertently killed several people who employed her by giving them typhoid. However, if he has other medical problems, or if his immune system is malfunctioning – for instance if he’s got HIV or if he’s an organ transplant patient and is on immunosuppressive drugs as a consequence – even a few viruses can spread sufficiently to kill him.

Now what inevitable physical transformation tends to load the body with a list of debilitating health disorders? What leads to a steady deterioration of function of most organs? Right, it’s the phenomenon of ageing. The human body is now living well beyond – two to three times beyond – the span it would realistically survive in nature. It’s simply not evolved to function as well after the reproductive years are over as it would during them; genetically speaking, anyone not able to reproduce is dead. Therefore someone at 80 years of age is much weaker, health-wise, than someone at 30 or 40. Someone at 80 has a body that’s in the same state as that building brought down by one terrorist with a suicide vest.

It is absolutely not a coincidence that the mean age of death of the dead in Italy – allegedly the world centre of COVID-19 infections now – is just over 80. It is exactly what would be expected of a virus that finds a weakened and debilitated victim and therefore can take full advantage, as compared to one faced with a much tougher opponent.

Think back again to the mugger in the dark alley, faced with two potential targets. One’s a bodybuilder, the other a pensioner with a limp. Who is he more likely to attack successfully?

Like a mugger, viruses find greater success when they attack a weaker victim. And since there are many more viruses than muggers, if they attack enough victims in a short period, they can cause a significant amount of damage overall just by the success of their efforts in the bodies of ageing and debilitated individuals. It’s like our ISIS terrorist unit spreading out to attack multiple buildings instead of just one, with one or two to each building. Most of them will do minimal damage, but enough will find debilitated constructions that are on their last legs to cause more widespread devastation than they would have if they’d just assaulted one single building. And if they are in a city with many old buildings, their chances of success are that much the greater.

Is it clear now why the ageing societies of countries like Italy and Spain, with a greying population and a high number of retirees, have a far higher death rate than countries with younger populations from this epidemic? Is it possible to understand that the virus doesn’t actually even have to kill anyone directly, just overload their bodies’ ability to resist so that the other problems – such as the building’s weakened support beams, broken load bearing walls, and non-functional sprinkler systems – are enough to bring it down?

In fact, according to the Italians’ own figures, the average age of the dead in this current epidemic is 80.5 years. At that age, literally any infection is enough to kill you. You don’t need COVID-19 to do that. Not only this, the Italians’ own figures also say that as many as 99% of the dead had one or more pre-existing medical conditions, and, what’s even more interesting, 88% of them died from other illnesses, with COVID-19 only being among those present. In other words, they died with COVID-19, not of COVID-19. 

Also, the actual number of infections from COVID-19 is almost certainly many, many times higher than the official figure, simply because most people who are invaded by only a few viruses, or are in good health, or both, never notice it. That also means the actual death rate is infinitely lower than the official figure. The actual death rate from COVID-19 in Wuhan, the alleged epicentre, was a shockingly high 0.12%!

But if you read and listen to the so-called mainstream media, you won’t ever hear about this.

And that brings me to the main problem.

Crime and Opportunity: the viral model of criminal governance:

Let me say this and get it over with: most governments in the world today act exactly like viruses. They – and, more importantly, the corporate interests that own them – are constantly on the lookout for what they can get away with, and they constantly exploit any opportunities that they can find to increase their control, and, more importantly, their profits. And, whenever possible, they exploit their populations’ energy, money, and property to achieve their goals, rather than pay for these from their own wealth.

Therefore, whatever they may claim, the current COVID-19 pandemic represents, to governments and corporate interests, not so much a threat as an opportunity – one that they are going to exploit for all it’s worth. Please keep this in mind when you hear any official pronouncement on this virus; unless the pronouncement is from an internationally renowned microbiologist, you can be certain that it’s designed to help someone, somewhere, make a profit.

Let’s talk about vaccines, which seem to be the big subject right now. To understand what a vaccine is and does, you’ll have to hark back to what I said about how a virus reproduces, and the antibodies the immune system creates. Vaccines are, basically, artificially produced antibodies, introduced into the body in the hope that if and when the body is attacked by the organism the antibody is matched to, the antibody will already be there and the infective agent will be eliminated before it can do any harm. No – no! – a vaccine does not, and cannot, cure anything. It can only prevent disease if the vaccinated person is subsequently attacked by the particular agent the vaccine is meant for. If you will, it’s as though the Carmody-predator is already present in a parallel universe before Carmody pops into it, so that its Carmody-shaped jaws can swallow him in a gulp immediately. But this only works if Carmody is still Carmody; if he changes into someone else while jumping universes, the Carmody-predator can’t touch him.

Have you ever copied out a page from a book or newspaper? If you have, chances are that you’ve made a couple of mistakes. Minor mistakes, perhaps, but mistakes. If you’ve copied out a larger text, say a chapter, the chances of your making a mistake is much greater. If you’ve copied the whole book, you’ve almost certainly made numerous mistakes. The more you copy, the more mistakes you make. It’s natural. And if you don’t have the time or patience to check back and correct them, those mistakes will stay; anyone who copies your copy will also copy them as well as making his own mistakes.

Exactly the same way, as genetic material is copied – whether it is to form a sperm or egg or a new virus – mistakes tend to occur. The more the copying, the more the mistakes. These mistakes are known as mutations, and since the characteristics of an organism depend on the genetic material it has (that’s why you tend to look like your parents), any mutation tends to change those characteristics. For a slow-reproducing animal like a human or an elephant or a blue whale mutations are also slow and take hundreds of thousands of years to build up to make any major change. For organisms that reproduce very quickly, however, like bacteria, mutations are much quicker. And for viruses, which only reproduce and literally do nothing else – along with using their host’s genetic material to supplement their own – the mutation rates hit the roof.

This is especially true of RNA viruses, which I had said make up the majority of virus types. Coronaviruses, such as COVID-19, are RNA viruses. RNA viruses also lack a feature that allows DNA viruses to “check” themselves for the correctness of their genetic copying, so they can’t self-correct. This means that RNA viruses are constantly evolving into new subtypes (called “strains”), each with its own features, and they are notorious for being extremely difficult to impossible to make a vaccine for.

The common cold is caused by a Coronavirus, by the way. So is influenza. The former has no vaccine, and as for the latter, there are so many strains of influenza virus that, vaccine or not, at least  forty to fifty thousand people die every year from influenza in Amerikastan alone.

Therefore, any vaccine for COVID-19 will at best be a rather hit-and-miss affair, and may even be impossible. And yet, just as I predicted in my last article, “democratic” governments such as Denmark have already passed laws making refusal to be vaccinated by a COVID-19 vaccine illegal, even though no such vaccine exists yet.

No such vaccine exists yet even though the pharmaceutical companies have apparently decided to throw all the standard procedures on vaccines out of the window. Here is how a vaccine to a virus would normally be created, if done in a scientific manner:

First, the vaccine would be tested on a cell culture (in vitro) which would then be subjected to the virus to see if the cells got infected. If the vaccine worked, it would then be used on laboratory animals, which would then be subject to the virus (in vivo) to see if they develop the disease. It they didn’t, they would be observed for months to see if the vaccine had any other side effects, like, say, an increased cancer rate, birth defects, or anything else. Assuming they were all right, then the vaccine would be tested in human volunteers and compared with a control group. Assuming that everything was still all right – and the vaccine was still effective – then, and only then, could it be released for public use. Obviously, this will take a year or longer, and pharmaceutical companies are falling over each other at the prospect of the riches to be made. So all these procedures will be, and are being, dumped in favour of getting the first “vaccine” out in the market.

There are so many profits to be made!

And they are making profits. One of the most ludicrous things I read recently was a pronouncement from a COVID-19 True Believer that went something like this:

“I do not understand how ANYONE (sic) can believe that...(if COVID-19 were just like the common ‘flu virus) could be powerful enough to bring every world economy to a screeching halt and jeopardize (sic) both RICH (sic)and POOR (sic), Republicans and Democrats, men and women, children and the old, EVERY (sic) single race, ALL (sic) religions, smart and stupid person on the planet.”

There’s such a lot of claptrap to disentangle from this that I’ll just pass over some of the less egregious ones first:

1. COVID-19 has, to date, not killed a single child. Anywhere.

2. Religion has nothing to do with diseases unless you talk about some disease that is passed on through food and people of a religion that prohibits that particular food don’t get it. This isn’t such a disease and nobody has ever suggested it was.

Now, as to Point Three: both Amerikastani political “parties” (or, to be more accurate, allied Mafia gangs) have benefited from COVID-19. They were briefed early enough on it to sell their stocks, handily exiting the market before it tanked. Their “foreign policy”, far from being hurt by COVID-19, actively seeks to use it to try and overthrow the Iranian government. Far from helping their NATO slaves in Europe, Spain and Italy, they left them to sink or swim and it was Cuba, Russia and China – NATO’s declared enemies – who came to the aid of Italy. I don’t know about Spain. And Trump announced a gigantic “stimulus package” of businesses which, I’ll bet you any number of stimulus packages you want, will go to bailing out such criminal enterprises as Boeing, which was already on the rocks after the 737MAX crashes.

One of the most obvious economic results of the world panic is clear to see. It’s the virtual massacre of small businesses, industries, and farmers. They can’t manufacture, they can’t trade things, and they can’t sell their produce. What does this mean? It means that they will go out of business sooner rather than later, while the corporate conglomerates who have been waiting to swallow them up have the political clout and money reserves to wait for them to collapse. It’s so obvious that I don’t know why the media aren’t talking about it.

Belay that, I know exactly why the corporate-owned media aren’t talking about it.

In the illegitimate racist-fascist apartheid Zionist settler colony in Occupied Palestine, the so-called state of “Israel”, the war criminal Binyamin Netanyahu has used COVID-19 to stay on in power despite not exactly winning the last election. It was also supposed to be tried for corruption, but said trial has now been indefinitely postponed. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of zionazis have apparently been sacked without pay and sent home. To survive, they can take “loans”, which, of course, will have to be repaid later with interest. While I don’t have the slightest smidgen of pity for them – after seventy years of oppression of Palestine they have long since lost the right to pity – it’s just more evidence of how the ruling class is using COVID-19 for power and profit.

Meanwhile, in my last article, I said that the gerontophiliac Macronist regime in France would take this opportunity to crush the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) protests. Within literally hours of my writing that, I discovered that the Macronist regime made laws compelling French people to download and print a form to be carried with them if they dare step out of their houses, with only a few reasons permitted.

Interesting things also happened elsewhere in France, where the world’s premier virologist, Professor Didier Raoult, said that chloroquine in the early stages of the infection handily scotches COVID-19. I don’t know if this is true, but surely it’s amenable to scientific testing. Instead, Raoult was virtually blacklisted and France’s stock of chloroquine has apparently “gone missing”, rather handily for pharmaceutical companies which will make profits from manufacturing it to feed the market.

I'm consistently amazed at how the European Union criminals imploded at the first crisis, I mean, the first crisis that they did not themselves create in the first place for their own ends (like the destruction of Libya, the creation of "Kosovo", the Ukranazi coup in Kiev, the ruination of Greece, or the buying of oil from al Qaeda and ISIS in Syria from 2012 which led to the headchoppers rolling in money, just for example). The first hard blow and it's borders closed, every country for itself, the devil take the hindmost. Why shouldn't any rational person, or country for that matter, choose Russia or China over this shambolic wreck?  While I'm on the subject, Russians should thank their lucky stars for the sanctions since 2014. It compelled Russia to resurrect its domestic manufacturing capacity. As recently as 2010 something like COVID-19 would have been an economic catastrophe for Russia. Now it's manageable. I hope other countries are also noting the fact that you had better not hand over your economy to foreign bureaucrats, or you'll regret it.

As for India: a few days ago, the Modi regime called for a day-long “People’s Curfew” to keep everyone off the roads so as to “halt the spread of Coronavirus”. This was accompanied by a demand that everyone clap and bang spoons on plates at 5pm to express their “gratitude” to the doctors and other health workers “keeping them safe” from COVID-19; by that evening cringe-inducing videos of people dancing and clanging pots and pans were making the rounds of social media. As someone said astutely, this was not the sound of gratitude; it was the sound of abject surrender to der Führer’s diktats. Not surprisingly, the very next day after this display, doctors in Telengana state were complaining that they had been evicted by the owners of their rented accommodation on the grounds that they would bring the virus back from hospitals with them. Such gratitude!

This was just the start. A couple of days later Modi clamped down a three week nationwide lockdown at three hours’ notice. Modi always makes these pronouncements at 8 pm, because that’s prime time television; optics are important. With everything closed, migrant workers - who form the backbone of the economy - have been thrown out of work in the tens of millions and are desperately trying to go back to their hometowns and villages where at least they have a measure of social support and don't have to pay rent. The Modi regime unleashed its police on them, brutally beating and humiliating them on the streets. The Modi regime tame media totally ignored this in favour of breathless reports on how celebrities were "coping with the crisis". This finally broke down when hundreds of thousands of migrant workers found themselves stranded in the heart of Delhi, unable to find buses to take them home, despite said buses having been promised by the Modi regime. Then it could no longer be ignored. So what did the Modi regime do? It immediately ordered all the states to close their borders to stop migrant workers from leaving. The state governments are supposed to house and feed and take care of their medical needs, but how this is to be managed isn't something Modi explained. Typically of Modi, this is just another "resolute" stunt which will cause massive hardship and chaos but the blame will go to those trying to implement the policy, not to der Führer himself.

Of course, nobody will ask why – if COVID-19 is as lethal as advertised – the Modi regime was doing nothing during the three months between its appearance in Wuhan (assuming that’s where it first appeared, which is yet to be proven) and pressing the panic button. What was it doing, if anything at all? Apart from pogroms against protestors, of course.

The Anti-China propaganda campaign:

Simultaneously, with China’s virtual elimination of COVID-19, a most interesting phenomenon surfaced in India, especially on WhatsApp – the Modi worshippers’ (I call them Modifellating Bhaktonazis) communication medium of choice. Suddenly, as though a switch was turned on, right wingers began circulating claims that China “invented” the virus in order to “crash the American economy” and “take over the world”. This ridiculous claptrap was in much better English than the average crude anti-Muslim/anti-secularist rhetoric which infests the right wing Indian WhatsAppsphere, and all the versions of the claims appeared at approximately the same time. I don’t think this is a coincidence. It’s obviously an orchestrated paid campaign, and there’s not much doubt as to who the paymaster could be.

1. There is no evidence that the virus arose in China.
2. There is no evidence that the virus came from eating bats.
3. Chinese normally do not eat bats.
4. By insinuating that the virus is “Chinese” the Trump regime is deliberately opposing WHO instructions to not call germs by any geographic term.
5. Viruses jump species all the time (as I mentioned a few days ago).
6. The Chinese did not institute any kind of cover up and were instead aggressively proactive in containment measures once they realised that it was an epidemic. Unlike the EU and the Trump regime, which waited until hundreds of deaths before beginning quarantine measures. If there is anybody responsible for turning it into a pandemic it is the EU and America.


A fresh canard claims that the Chinese supplied “defective” virus testing kits to Spain and the Czech Republic. As Moon of Alabama says, the truth is that

“When one checks the original reports from Spain and from the Czech Republic one learns that these countries bought anti-body tests which only react when a person has had the virus for some time and developed anti-bodies against it. These tests can obviously not be used to find persons who are infected but have not yet developed anti-bodies.
China's ambassador in Spain also pointed out that these tests have yet to be verified by the regulator and were imported without the help or knowledge of the Chinese government.”

As you will remember, antibodies are only created when the body recognises an infective agent and the immune system develops a defence against them. Therefore they only appear at a relatively late stage in the disease. This should be obvious to anyone except the medically illiterate...or someone with an agenda.

And of course they have an agenda, don’t they?

In fact it seems that the fault of the Chinese is that they successfully took steps to crush the pandemic and did not drop dead in millions. If they had, of course, then they would have been blamed for “neglecting their people”, but they wouldn’t have been blamed for “creating” the virus. Amerikastan would have been too busy trying to overthrow the People’s Republic to waste time on that.

Remember what they told you earlier when they demanded you believe something.

The Management Of Fear, or, I Am More Afraid Than You:

One of the frankly most bizarre things I’ve seen in this current, wholly manufactured, crisis is the eagerness of people to fall over themselves to do exactly as ordered by their overlords even when such action would seem to be directly contrary to their own best interests. I should have anticipated, it, though; it’s a fairly standard practice, astutely used by the Nazis. Create a wholly spurious “crisis” (a “Bolshevik Jewish conspiracy” in the 1930s, a “killer virus” scare now), convince people that you’re the only thing standing between them and chaos, and scare them constantly. That’s all you have to do.

Even so, the extent to which people are falling over themselves to beg for even more restrictions on themselves amazes me. It’s like a concentration camp inmate going up to the commandant:

“Oh, Herr Hauptsturmführer, your concentration camp isn’t oppressive enough! Could you please have us beaten more, fed less, and worked harder? Thanks!”

It’s like that.

Cui bono? 

They all do.

Except us, of course.


Anyway, just to make you happy, here are a few photos of me rescuing a Huntsman spider from the kitchen sink.


  1. I read too much. Trying to learn more about the flu, I found that there is no unambiguous, universally accepted definition. Some insist the flu is a single family of viruses. A respiratory infection by a different virus is not the flu, and there are only a few thousand cases of flu a year. The more common definition is that the flu is any viral respiratory infection that is worse than a cold but not as bad as pneumonia (not quite unambiguous, but widely used). So I was unable to find out how CoViD-19 compares with the annual flu, since I could not find out what the annual flu really was.

    The claim that one can trust "an internationally renowned microbiologist" is a bit optimistic: all the ones on TV or prominent on the Web have been hired by some people who figure they can use those microbiologists' pronouncements to make money.


  2. Vaccines

    Imagine that there are twin Carmodys, Bob and Sam. Bob and Sam look exactly alike, but Bob is a quiet fellow who never makes a mess or breaks anything, while Sam is a nasty fellow who destroys whatever he can. If Bob gets into a human, he reproduces until the body figures out that he's an undocumented migrant and sends ICE and BP to round up Bob and all his reproductions and put them all in a concentration camp without food or water until they all expire (but not before Bob has infected one or more other humans). If Sam gets into a human, he causes severe illness, death up to 99% of the time. A vaccine is a copy of Bob. The body learns to recognise Bob and get rid of any copy of him that comes along. And since Sam looks just like Bob, the body recognises him and sends ICE and BP to put him in a concentration camp before he can do any harm.

    In real life, Bob was the Bovine Pox, a common, harmless virus that's very common in bovines (vacca is Latin for bovine, which is why we called bovine pox a vaccine), and scientists noticed that cowgirls seldom got smallpox. Sam was Smallpox. If one had been infected with Bovine Pox, Smallpox was not a problem, your body would stop it before it could do any damage.

    One creates a modern vaccine by taking the RNA or DNA of a virus that causes serious problems and creating a version the body will recognise as the virus but which doesn't cause any problems.



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