Monday 10th of August 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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nothing exists. everything is fantasy?...

rimini beach

 

Joachim Giehl has never experienced a trip like this before. In early June, he became one of the first German tourists to head across the Brenner Pass this summer. "It was like being in a disaster movie," says the businessman from Munich. There were hardly any other cars on the road and the rest stops were all but deserted.


Then he made a stopover in Venice. There were only locals far and wide, otherwise he and his family, who followed in a second car, had the place to themselves. "Glorious," says Giehl.


Now, he is sitting at Rimini's Grand Hotel and looking quite satisfied. Ahead of the Pentecost holiday, he talked to friends about possible holiday destinations, but many were still afraid of traveling abroad and preferred to stay in Germany. "Now everyone wants to go to Sylt," says Giehl, referring to the popular island in the North Sea. Meanwhile on the Adriatic, Giehl, his wife and their three children enjoy the miles of beach, the palm trees in the park and the hotel salons that are more than a century old. All without the crowds.


The only thing disturbing the peace and quiet in the lobby is a disinfection squad, armed with spray bottles, that briefly covers the red velvet sofas in a fine mist. That and a camera team eager to film one of the few other guests, the rock star Vasco Rossi, beloved in Italy. "Nothing exists. Everything is fantasy," is written on the wall in the Fellini Suite, where Rossi is currently staying.

 

Read more:

https://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/alone-on-the-adriatic-the-it...

 

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Note the cartoon at top is not far off the mark as demonstrated by the picture above... In many of the EU "resorts" one has to pay for a spot on the beach... In the picture above, it's most likely that the umbrellas have been placed to maintain "social distancing"... Now, imagine Bondi beach with this caper: A REVOLUTION! A revolution similar to when 200,000 people protested on the beach about turds floating in the sea due to the substandard sewage works which were then fixed by the government of the day... I remember...

 

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

the lemmings decide to take the plunge...

An English beach has declared a "major incident" after thousands of people flocked there during Britain's hottest day of the year, ignoring public health warnings over coronavirus.

 

Key points:
  • Thousands flocked to Bournemouth beach during hot weather, ignoring social distancing guidelines
  • The local council declared a 'major incident' and asked people to return to their homes
  • The UK has been in a strict coronavirus lockdown since March 23

 

Local authorities in the popular beachside town of Bournemouth have urged people to leave the town after it became "stretched to the absolute hilt" during a second day of a heatwave as temperatures hit 33C.

Fears over the spread of coronavirus between people packed on the beach, as well as gridlocked roads, illegal overnight camping, rubbish left on beaches and alcohol-fuelled fights forced Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Council to act.

"We are absolutely appalled at the scenes witnessed on our beaches, particularly at Bournemouth and Sandbanks, in the last 24-48 hours," Council Leader Vikki Slade said in a statement.

 

"The irresponsible behaviour and actions of so many people is just shocking and our services are stretched to the absolute hilt trying to keep everyone safe."

 

Most of the UK, which has a coronavirus death toll of more than 43,000 people, has been in a strict lockdown with social distancing measures since March 23, but those restrictions are due to be relaxed on July 4.

With pubs still closed, many people have been heading to parks and beaches to meet friends and drink alcohol, in some cases ignoring advice to remain two metres apart.

 

Read more:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-26/major-incident-declared-as-thousands-flock-to-uk-beach-heatwave/12394772

 

 

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a new religion hates the sunshine...

The scenes of people enjoying the sunshine on Bournemouth Beach has led to a ludicrous over-reaction by those who seem to want us to stay home forever in fear of a virus which in Britain has clearly petered out.

What to do on a day of glorious sunshine and when the temperature is a tropical 33 degrees Celcius?

Answer: Throw your swimming costume, suntan lotion and a bottle of water into a rucksack and head to the coast. And that’s what lots of people did. Cue cries of "it's outrageous" from those whose entire lives seem to be spent searching for things to be outraged about.

Some background. Britain has been in "lockdown" since March. It's been a grim time. Man is a social animal, and socialising is one of the things we're told we can't do.

"Social distancing is here to stay" announced the chillingly robotic Home Secretary Priti Patel in May.

City centre pavements are marked with "Keep your distance!" signs. The level of control over the citizenry makes the old East Germany look like a libertarian's paradise.

So in the circumstances, is it surprising that many people decided on Thursday they'd had enough and set out for the "freedom" of the beaches?

The pearl-clutching New Puritans and COVID-cultists didn't like that at all. "The scenes on Bournemouth beach make Britain look like the jackass of the world", one newspaper columnist wrote.

The beachgoers were called "vile idiots" by the "absolutely appalled" Liberal Democrat leader of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole council, which declared a "major incident".

Now normally if you read a "major incident" had occurred you'd think there had been a terrorist attack or some other dreadful disaster. Now it seems lots of people on the beach is a "major incident". That's how crazy Britain has become under the new COVID religion.

 

Read more:

https://sputniknews.com/columnists/202006261079727961-in-the-uk-of-2020-people-going-to-the-seaside-on-the-hottest-day-of-the-year-is-a-major-incident/

 

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your square in the summer sand...

sand

As many countries ease lockdown restrictions, residents are returning to old spaces that now feel unfamiliar. The places themselves did not change – but from wearing masks to avoiding crowds, the way we are allowed to navigate them is going to be radically different. 

Many of these changes may remain for some time. Even once the spread of coronavirus is contained, the risk of a new wave of contagion will remain as long as a vaccine is not available, which may take between nine months and two years. Moreover, scientists say, new, equally destructive diseases could paralyse humanity in the future, just as the coronavirus has done in 2020. 

For those who work on planning our future cities and public spaces, the pandemic is both a daunting threat requiring immediate measures – and an opportunity to rethink how we live, move, and get together.

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Humans don’t cope well with isolation. Multiple studies analysing the outcomes of quarantine during past epidemics found that it severely affects mental health, sometimes even resulting in post-traumatic stress disorder. Restoring social spaces as soon as it’s safe to do so is more than a financial priority, experts say. It’s a way to look after people’s wellbeing and help their recovery after a global health crisis.

 

Read more:

 

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200527-coronavirus-how-covid-19-could-redesign-our-world

 

 

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