Another Lockdown ! Co-Vid 19 situation.

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Its Just been announced that the 26 counties is to go in Lockdown for at least six weeks starting Wednesday night. This is in response to the increase in cases of Co-Vid 19 throughout the country. This is basically the run up to Christmas and shopkeepers will be angry as it is their busiest time.

I noticed last week  that the cinema’s/pubs are shut again with a quick perusal of the internet. That was  level 3 restrictions i suppose. It looks like being a “Blue Christmas” or sad Christmas with alot of activities being banned – Christmas parties, dinners and pub crawls being stopped to avoid people getting infected. One wonders what the situation will be for people returning home for Christmas ? Possibly bring the Co-Vid 19 virus with them ? They will have to be testing at the airports or before arrival in Ireland . The government might put a stop to people coming back – its possible

Will six weeks clear the virus ? More likely the spring alot depends on the flu season.  Read somewhere that the amount of flu cases has declined from 2019 will all the restrictions on movement, face masks etc..

One thing for sure the economy is really taking a hit.

Halloween is already a casualty like “off”  with Minster Harris saying that there will be  “no trick or treating” this year. The situation here is largely a failure of Government/s to coordinate their antivirus measures with each other leaving  every country open to re-infection as soon as the lockdown ceases. Some co-ordination between countries is required .

 

Sunday Bloody Sunday.

Just noticed on the Tv3/Virgin Media news at eight, that up to fifteen British soldiers will not face any charges for their role in shooting dead 14 civilians in Derry in January 1972. All the civilians were unarmed.

There was no evidence of the British soldiers being fired upon on the day and their firing on the march against internment was totally unnecessary .

At the time the massacre brought a wave of revulsion against British rule in Ireland with the British embassy in Dublin being burned to the ground.

However todays decision by the British authority’s is an attempt to cover up their crimes in the North of Ireland which they want hushed up. Relatives of those killed on Bloody Sunday are planning a appeal against the judgement.

Nearly fifty years later what does one say ? British army siding with loyalists against Nationalist protests. The apartheid orange state established against the wishes of the majority of Irish people by Lloyd George and the rest of the British cabinet. One ponders should they follow the South African model of  a Truth and Reconciliation commission which would give an amnesty to those who had committed war crimes during the troubles. No one is more opposed to this than the British government who want their collection of dirty tricks to remain secret. There will be little justice or truth until the Brits are brought to book.

 

 

Nama’s Northern loan Book -Scandal.

Well well, the establishment have made a mess out  of Nama, two men have been charged in the North with fraud in respect to the sale of Nama’s Northern loan book. It was sold for less than one third of its book value of sterling $4.5 billion. Basically sold for a song to a American company Cerebus who obviously got a bargain. Wouldn’t you make a “killing” here if you had the credit rating. Mick Wallace then TD now MEP raised the matter in 2015 in the Dail that one politician got over £7 million lodged in a Isle of Man bank account obvious kick-back  or “Success fee” as the politicians call them.

You have the Vista  of state  assets being sold for way less than their worth and then the “state” paying three times the price when it comes to the National Broadband Plan- € 3 billion when Eir (formerly Eircom ) said they would do it for  €1 billion, big difference what ?

The Broadband plan and that National children’s hospital are obvious examples of waste and government corruption. What country can be run this way, One that ends up being bankrupt ! One that needs the Troika (The EU, the ECB and the IMF)  to bail it out and put the citizenry even deeper in debt.

 

TD Mick Wallace ‘told he would be “sorted” for raising issues on sale of NAMA Northern loan book’ – Dáil hears

Sinn féin & the Good Friday Agreement.

Irish News

http://www.irishnews.com/news/northernirelandnews/2020/07/20/news/sinn-fe-in-mp-defends-saying-people-were-sold-a-pup-with-good-friday-agreement-2010012/?fbclid=IwAR1e_NZLxRdBccgkxFaS__4vYYe28Dp-3wvvPANNnoUs3yZPxws3CNfKepI

Here is a remark made by one Francie Molloy Sinn féin MP for “Mid Ulster” on the Good Friday Agreement. Mr Molloy now says that Sinn féin  got nothing in the agreement with both governments prevaricating about a Border poll. One wonders what took him this long to get this revelation about the GFA, a rather one sided agreement which shored up the Orange state. In fact “nationalists” seemed to have given up on a United Ireland in return for power sharing with loyalist politicians. Despite this power sharing has been on and off during the last twenty years .

I have heard the Good Friday Agreement described as a “False Peace” a agreement made by bribing one side to accept unacceptable conditions lies and half truths. In this agreement the principle of “Consent” is established in that the majority of Northern Ireland have to consent to a United Ireland  for it to happen. Who consented to “Northern Ireland” in the first place ? Answer Nobody, it was conceived against the wishes of the majority of Irish people who were never allowed a vote on it.

My opinion is that the clock should be  rewound and that Irish people are allowed to vote if they want a border or not in a Fair and free referendum. Thus the principle of “Consent” is established for all to see. The Good Friday Agreement made a United Ireland almost impossible to achieve and gave the “South” all the legitimacy of a reservation or more accurately one of those black homelands in apartheid South Africa.

Bertie Ahern and Gerry Adams are happy to be the big knobs in the free state but the time is coming when the boat will be rocked and both Mr Ahern and Mr Adams and others will be overboard.

Last Days of Summer.

July has passed and officially the summer of 2020 is over, though August a month of Autumn is more or less regarded as a summer month. Well where did the summer of 2020 go ? We got a nice May and a not bad April but after the first week of June the summer seemed absent and we got a lot of rain. Not ideal as the co-vid restrictions will make a lot of people have to holiday at home and having good weather would be rather nice . No such luck though and the rain continues . Interesting i have heard that the hotels despite missing many tourists are still charging over €300/night and some self catering charging €120-€150 a night pretty steep what ? No bargains there ! We have alot to learn about affordability and value for money, definitely. May be next year will be better, don’t we say that all the time ?

Books I have Read – Downsizing by Thomas Watson

I actually listened to this book, a audiobook on Audible. It makes a good listen and is narrated by the author himself. It tells of the author’s journey in being over 22 stone – 140 kilos to eventually losing 8 stone- 50 kilos and regaining his health and spark for life.

The author was at a party when a friend of his who happened to be a doctor pulled him aside and told him that he probably had diabetes, Tom was overweight, making frequent trips to the loo and had to dabble his forehead to wipe off sweat. A appointment was made with the doctor , which subsequently tested positive for diabetes . Tom had a unhealthy lifestyle , he ate rather a lot and did alot of snack eating in between meals. The author rarely cooked for himself and ate takeaways rather a lot. His lifestyle also included going to union meetings across the UK and dining on lavish meals provided and consuming lots of drink too. He wore a baggy suit for his obvious bulk and when he turned fifty vowed to makes changes to his life.

His major motivation that his health wasn’t good and he probably faced a premature death if he carried on the way he was. He adopted the “Keto” diet and made time for a routine exercise in his busy work schedule. A stop was made to all the takeaways and the snack eating he was doing. He reckons that he was the House of Commons canteen best customer and consumed lots of bacon buttes as well other items on the menu. He ditched all sugary foods, pies cakes, biscuits and ice cream and sought to consume more fruit and vegetables though being carbohydrate aware. He also consumed some “bullet” coffee, coffee with some yak’s butter added in to ease cravings . He walked to work, took the stairs rather than the elevator and had a regular “box exercise” with a private instructor most weekday mornings.

He made a point of getting out more, climbing Snowdonia and taking part in other outdoor pursuits such as cycling, kayaking and so on, The result of all this was that the weight pilled off Mr Watson though it was slow and steady progress. He lost some 8 stone – 50 kilos off his body and felt like a new man. He gained a love for the outdoors and physical activity. He resolved to fight big food companies in the way they push sugary food on people and especially children with tempting sweets and cartoon characters . The author makes the point that children don’t get enough outdoor activity and what they get is comparable to high security prisoners,

The author journey ends with him competing in a bicycle race cheered on by his son and daughter  from his first marriage. I am struck by the fact that it is largely will power which motivates him rather special diets and so on. He was able to see his weight reduction through and reap the benefits i.e no more diabetes medication,  There are many people who need such will power .

Election 2020 -No Change

This is a delayed comment on the election which was held on 8th February. The outcome was good for Sinn Fein but they  didn’t run enough candidates to gain a outright victory.

What has happened is that the establishment parties have merged, blocking Sinn Fein from forming a Government. This was bound to happen when both Fianna fail and Fine gael lost support. There was little between the establishment parties for a long time as both are a collection of gangsters i.e alot of taxpayers money ends up in a politician’s bank account ( a secret one at that).

A Sinn fein government wouldn’t be that much different from the establishment, maybe some people are naive to think that, but they would be some movement on the North at least.

Varadkar and Martin have stymied that with their coalition of the “unwanted”. People are bound to pay more taxes, get less services and have living standards squeezed. While all the time the rich pay less and take out more. You could talk about  government inefficiency/waste/ blatant corruption  till the cows come home but nothing will change in the immediate future. Irish politics is a puppet show at best.

Life under Lockdown.

 

www.who.int

Well we are at lockdown for the  last 6 weeks and it hasn’t been much fun. Nearly everywhere is shut and there is restrictions on how far you can travel, can’t go to Ballybunion on a sunny weekend and so on. Television is the usual crap when was it any good anyway. They could put on a few films won’t cost that much but not RTE apparently.

The Government has extended the lockdown/restrictions until May 18th and a gradual easing from then on. Schools are to remain shut till September, gyms, swimming pools remain closed until July i think. Builders can go back to work, so too can gardeners, garden centers and other people who work outdoors but have to keep the “social distancing” up or take other precautions.

Business’s have piled the pressure on the Government to reopen many Business and ease the restrictions. The economy has taken a major hit with the lockdown and the Government has a quiet a bill for paying for laid off employees and furlough workers. I think that most “shops” could reopen and take precautions like the supermarkets are doing, Perspex screens, staff to wear masks, hand washing and so on. Bars / nightclubs / cinemas could check the temperature of patrons before admission and so on. It is a bit over the top to keep them closed . I think now is a go0d time to get any DIY done. .

Medical bills are enormous too with privates hospitals being commandeered for the duration of the crisis. There is the possibility of reinfection during the summer or reemergence of the Corona virus in the autumn, they will have to assess the risks. Not all countries are doing lockdowns and may act as reservoirs of the disease. A effective vaccine is really the only solution. Talk is of a vaccine in late September/ October at the earliest more likely next year.

A word must be said to people who lost someone/ had their time cut short or who got sick, they have my sympathy for what it is worth.

https://www.who.int/

Corona Virus Pandemic .

Well you would want to be on another planet to miss all the commotion about the Corona virus that originated in China and has spread to the rest of the world.

It is seemingly a deadly disease that effects the airways and lungs of infected people. There is no vaccine for  it at present and no drugs to alleviate the symptoms. Measures taken to contain the virus rely on isolating people away from possible carriers of the disease and hoping that the virus dies out in the containment period. To this effect the government has ordered the closure of schools, pubs, gyms, restaurants, night clubs and so on. The airline industry is being mothballed with the lack of people travelling and lot of hotels have closed down. All in an effort to contain the virus.

Despite this the level of new cases is averaging over a hundred cases a day and it is not believed to have peaked. It is now  past the containment phase and onto the delay phase. Ireland (32 counties) is more or less in lock down along with a number of countries in Europe. The Government (along with a lot of medics ) has warned the population to follow the guidelines given out otherwise we will have a Italian situation on our hands in about two to three weeks. Government also promises to crackdown on pubs flouting the virus ban.

How long will the containment take ? Possibly longer than the 29th March and maybe beyond Easter through to May. Elderly people are especially vulnerable and so are people with underlying conditions or who suffer from other aliments but the Corona virus will infect both young and old.

Measures will have to taken to stop the eating/ slaughter of wild animals in places like China, Africa. As diseases are jumping the species barrier. The matter of why they failed to contain the virus will also need investigation.

No one knows what the death toll will be, Hopefully it will be small.

My sympathies to any one infected by the virus or who has lost someone to it.

Links of Interest

https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/

https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/ .