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Signs of Hope – A continuing series October 16, 2020

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Gewerkschaftler suggested this recently:

I suggest this blog should have a regular (weekly) slot where people can post happenings at the personal or political level that gives them hope that we’re perhaps not going to hell in a handbasket as quickly as we thought. Or as the phlegmatic Germans put it “hope dies last”.

Any contributions this week?


1. EWI - October 16, 2020

I see a number of people publicly unsubscribing from the Irish Times over their decision to accept Covid-denialist ads.

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tafkaGW - October 16, 2020

Brilliant. Hit them in the balance sheet. It’s the only thing they understand.


2. tafkaGW - October 16, 2020

Antigen tests for Sars-Cov 2 are approaching the end of the certification tests.

This means that people could quickly find out with a reasonable degree of certainty and reasonably cheaply whether they are infectious *ON THE DAY OF THE TEST*.

These could, for example, be used by people wanting to visit isolated elderly people on a particular day.

However a negative test is *NOT AN INDICATION OF NON-INFECTIVITY ON SUBSEQUENT DAYS*. The willfully ignorant meeja will probably present them as some kind of persistent proof of non-infectivity.

How widely available they are depends, unfortunately, on ‘the markets’, rather than a globally coordinated and publicly owned medical infrastructure and production network.

So availability will depend on the willingness and ability to pay.

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WorldbyStorm - October 16, 2020

+1 That’s a key point you make re subsequent days.


3. CL - October 16, 2020

“State secondary schools are to phase out a range of Catholic influences such as mandatory graduation masses, the display of Catholic symbols only and visits from diocesan inspectors.

The new rules will apply to more than 200 secondary schools run by the State’s Education and Training Boards (ETBs) – formerly vocational schools – which are officially categorised as multidenominational.

However, an unpublished document on the core values of these schools has raised concern within the sector that Catholic practices are normalised in many State schools.”


Joe - October 16, 2020

Jesus. The Irish education sector. This is progress for sure but it’s only happening now? How did we allow that to happen for so long – that STATE schools would have this Catholic influence and symbols in place?

Next step is to take all the religious-run schools under state control too.


CL - October 16, 2020

“In Ireland, 90% of primary schools are Catholic. This religious domination of public education is anomalous in a developed nation. It does not meet the needs of Ireland’s increasingly diverse population, or of the many citizens – religious or otherwise – who would rather that Catholicism was not afforded a privileged place in public life.”

Unlike the U.S., Ireland does not have a constitutional separation of church and state.


4. tafkaGW - October 19, 2020

The treatment of severe Covid 19 in hospital has improved since the spring wave. Mortality has at least decreased in hospital where the appropriate resources are available – i.e. the richer world where the health infrastructure hasn’t been overwhelmed.

Dexamethasone and less aggressive application of ventilation I believe are largely to thank for this.

It’s still not a disease you want to catch, and risk having to be treated in hospital.

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5. tafkaGW - October 19, 2020

Despite Brexiteer funders Banks and Wigmore throwing money at the ‘populist’ (neolib anti-immigrant racist) New Zealand First Party, it failed to enter the New Zealand parliament.

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WorldbyStorm - October 19, 2020

And the interview on NZ TV with their leader was very entertaining.


6. ar scáth a chéile - October 19, 2020

After last year’s OAS sponsored coup, MAS at 50 plus% in exit poll for yesterday’s elections. It’ll be some comeback , but dont rule out more OAS chicanery

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Joe - October 19, 2020

Yes. Indications are that the MAS candidate is at 50% plus in the first round. It would be some victory. It will be a pleasant surprise if the military/elite/OAS/USA don’t scupper it. Timing could be good for MAS. The US Presidential election may mean that big brother up north is otherwise preoccupied.

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7. tafkaGW - October 20, 2020

Well at least the govmint has implemented the NPHET recommendations if two weeks too late. And with a dubious exception for schools.

Not so good is that it will take two weeks before the effects of the lockdown are felt in terms of reduction in case numbers and hospitalisation. The increases over the next two weeks is already baked in.


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