Monday 25th of May 2020

when the now deserted beaches had seen better days...

beach

"Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Corona and all the odious apparatus of Virus rule, we shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be."

 

"We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and if, which I do not for a moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in god's good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old."

Gustaphian Churchill


The New World, under Trump-the-Magnaninous-Twitteratti-flumbii, is busy with its own invasion — an invasion the like of which was never seen before... April fool's days (see journal of an old kook...) will come and go — and the world will never be the same... The rabbits never fell completely to myxomatosis... We had to invent another virus...

Meanwhile, knowing that the opinions expressed below are those of the author and may or may not specifically reflect those of Mr Leonisky:


If This Is A War, It’s More Willow Run Than Stalingrad

We need production to keep our economy afloat lest we sacrifice society in the name of public health.


By Ben Sixsmith


The lockdowns are unsustainable. While closing public places—schools, universities, restaurants, bars, gyms, et cetera—might have contained the spread of coronavirus, they cannot last.

Already tens of thousands of Americans have lost their jobs. Unemployment websites are allegedly crashing as traffic floods in. Bank of America warns that a recession is already here. Of course, governments can and should step in to help businesses and citizens who are struggling, but governments do not have limitless resources with which to help. The longer the closures drag on, the poorer and angrier people will become.

This will have more than economic consequences. Lonely and mentally ill people are further isolated. Victims of domestic violence are cooped up with their abusers. It cannot go on indefinitely. We know that if the coronavirus runs rampant, it could cause the nation’s health care system to break down, but if the economy tanks we could be looking at the breakdown of society.

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Testing was crucial in South Korea, as it allowed authorities to locate clusters of infections. Hundreds of thousands of tests were performed, while in the U.S. it seemed as if you could only get a test if you were a Hollywood actor or NBA basketball player. Containing the spread of the coronavirus will depend on solid epidemiology, and the U.S. and other nations must create more testing sites. Progress has been made, but Michael Mina of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has said: “The testing capacity remains extraordinarily limited compared to where we should be. And in many ways we are absolutely flying blind at the moment.”

Finally, hospitals must have the equipment they need to treat the sick. Anyone who knows my writing could guess that I am not a big fan of Germany’s Angela Merkel, but the Germans have done an impressive job of equipping their hospitals. Germany has 29 critical care beds per 100,000 inhabitants, while the U.K., appallingly, has fewer than seven. The U.S. has an impressive number of critical care beds, but a high occupancy rate, as well as a low rate of normal hospital beds. Elon Musk, the ever-immature billionaire behind Tesla, said his company would make ventilators “if there is a shortage.” Pre-empting that shortage did not seem to have occurred to him, though to Mr. Musk’s credit he has since begun work on producing ventilators and masks. To speed up progress, red tape should be slashed at the FDA with the enthusiasm of El Cid.

All of this costs money, of course, and that money comes from the taxpayer. Industry and entrepreneurialism being diverted from their normal purposes is expensive as well. But while I will cheerfully admit that I am no economist, if mobilizing industry to provide these resources will be even a fraction as expensive as prolonged shutdowns, I would be very happy for someone to tell me how. We—that is, people in every nation in the world—have to keep the unaffected working and the ill in isolation. That, as ambitious a goal as it might be, is our only hope if we are to walk the treacherous path between twin catastrophes.

Ben Sixsmith is a British writer living in Poland who has written for Quillette, the Spectator USA, the Catholic Herald, Public Discourse, and Unherd. Note: all these publications are right wing-ultra...

 

 

Cartoon at top by Claude Serre (10 November 1938 – 13 November 1998) — a French cartoonist born in Sucy-en-Brie, Val-de-Marne.


After academic studies, he studied the craft of stained glass for eight years under Max Ingrand, along with his cousin Jean Gourmelin. He then started drawing cartoons and became an illustrator for many French journals, including Plexus, Planet, Hara-Kiri, Lui, Pariscope and La Vie Electrique. He also began illustrating books. The first was Asunrath, a work of fantasy, published by Losfeld. He incorporated his interest in the fantastic into many of his early lithographs, which were published, sometimes exclusively, in many countries including Japan and Germany. He also participated in both group and solo exhibitions.


In 1969 he met Jack Claude Nezat, and they became friends. Nezat wrote numerous articles devoted to his art and his work and organized two exhibitions in Germany in 1975 and 1976-1977 that met with great success. This relationship also allowed Serre to work with the magazine Pardon. Serre, meanwhile, started drawing cartoons on such topics as medicine, sports, automobiles and DIY, and his first book of cartoons, Black Humor and Men in White, satirising medical professionals, was published in 1972 by Editions Grésivaudan. The book won the Black Humor prize. A number of similar themed books in the same vein were published by Glénat of Grenoble. He also continued to work as an illustrator and worked in particular on books by Francis Blanche and Frederic Dard, author of the San Antonio series.



Serre died of a brain tumour at the age of 60 in Caen, Calvados.


 

See more:

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claude_Serre

 

https://www.ecosia.org/images?q=claude+serre+cartoonist

 

bondi desert by the sea...

The NSW Government has closed Bondi Beach after the number of people on the famous sands exceeded Australia's outdoor-gathering limit imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Key points:
  • Pictures of a packed Bondi Beach on Friday went viral online
  • People making the most of Sydney's warm weather have been widely criticised 
  • Gatherings of more than 500 people in outdoor areas are banned in Australia

 

The closure is temporary and the measure will extend to other beaches if social-distancing rules, which have banned non-essential outdoor gatherings of more than 500 people, are being flouted. [note: the rule now is a crowd of two persons..]

NSW Police Minister David Elliott ordered the beach to be shut on Saturday afternoon.

It came after many people made the most of warm weather in Sydney on Friday, descending on the tourist hotspot.

Pictures of the large crowds went viral online, attracted widespread criticism, and drew the ire of Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt and other officials.

 

Read more:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-21/bondi-beach-closed-over-crowds-am...

 

See also:

http://www.yourdemocracy.net.au/drupal/node/37184

 

 

Meanwhile:

 

Antarctica has experienced its first heatwave, with scientists fearing the long-term damage it could have on plants, animals and ecosystems.

Extreme maximum and minimum temperatures were recorded over January 23 to 26 at Casey research station in Antarctica's east, ticking the classification for a heatwave.

Record high temperatures were also reported on the Antarctic Peninsula.

The minimum temperatures at Casey were above zero while maximums were above 7.5 degrees Celsius.

The highest maximum recorded at Casey was 9.2C on January 24, which is nearly 7C higher than the mean maximum for the station.

The morning after clinched the record for highest minimum of 2.5C.

Principal scientist from the Australian Antarctic Division Dana Bergstrom says the hot summer would most likely lead to long-term disruption.

"Most life exists in small ice-free oases in Antarctica and largely depends on melting snow and ice for their water supply," Dr Bergstrom said.

"Melt water flooding can provide additional water to these desert ecosystems, leading to increased growth and reproduction of mosses, lichens, microbes and invertebrates.

"However, excessive flooding can dislodge plants, and alter the composition of communities of invertebrates and microbial mats."

Dr Bergstrom said if ice melts completely early on, then there will be drought for the rest of the season.

Higher temperatures can also cause heat stress in plants and animals that have adapted to cold Antarctic conditions.

Further studies are needed to understand the full impact of the heatwave.

Read more:

https://www.victorharbortimes.com.au/story/6704276/first-heatwave-record...

 

Worrying times if you are a penguin...

out with the virused iPhoners...

The age group most represented in Australian statistics for confirmed cases of Covid-19 are people in their 20s, because they are the group most likely to travel or party with returned travellers, experts have said.

Data updated daily by the federal health department shows that 11.3% of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Australia are among people aged 25 to 29, followed by 9.5% in those aged 60 to 65 – the cruise ship cohort – and 9.3% in those aged 20 to 25.

People aged 80 and older account for just 2.7% of the confirmed cases of Covid-19 but 47% of the deaths. As of 31 March, 19 people have died after testing positive to Covid-19 in Australia. The youngest was a 68-year-old man from Queensland, although a 36-year-old Australian man who had tested positive to Covid-19 died in a hospital in Iceland earlier this month.

 

Read more:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/31/australians-in-their-20s-h...

 

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more cartoons on the subject...

pigs

 

the curve

 

busy

 

occupation in isolation

 

sleeping beauty

 

social distancing

 


aussie beaches returning to normal...

sharks

 

 

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