Pentecôte

Le jour de la Pentecôte, les disciples ont été confinés dans leur lieu de résidence, par peur de la grippe. Toutes les personnes âgées prenaient des statines et tous les athlètes prenaient des stéroïdes. Toutes les femmes et tous les hommes et les jeunes prenaient des pilules hormonales ou des pilules amaigrissantes ou des pilules pour augmenter la fertilité ou des pilules pour la prévenir. Toutes les personnes à la peau foncée prenaient des pilules pour la rendre blanche; toutes les personnes à la peau blanche prenaient des pilules pour la rendre foncée. Toutes les personnes aux cheveux bouclés prenaient des pilules pour les redresser; toutes les personnes aux cheveux raides prenaient, des pilules pour les boucler. Tous les gays prenaient des pilules PEP ou PrEP ou des terminateurs de chaîne d’ADN ou des inhibiteurs de protéase (ainsi que des popper). Tout le monde prenait des antidépresseurs. Tout le monde boit de l’alcool sans contrôle pour se saouler et prenait des stupéfiants. Tous les garçons prenaient des bloqueurs de puberté et chaque enfant avait déjà reçu une centaine de vaccins par injection. Tous étaient attendent constant de leur téléphone portable et de leur ordinateur portable.

Et, invisibles au-dessus des gens, tous les démons de l’air tournaient et riaient – et ils volaient bas pour chuchoter des messages de désespoir à leurs oreilles ouvertes, et certaines personnes ont si peur de mourir. Et certains autres mettaient rapidement des masques, des gants et des tabliers en plastique et jetaient les morts dans le four sans deuil ni détresse. Et si quelqu’un tousse ou éternue, les mêmes personnes le remplissaient de pilules, de gouttes et de tubes de toutes sortes, jusqu’à ce qu’il tombe mort. Et puis ils le traitaient de la même manière. Et tout cela s’est fait en silence et aucun son n’a été entendu. Sauf pour le son des gémissements, des pleurs et du faire taire les enfants.

Et puis tout à coup, ils ont entendu le bruit de vents forts, et des flammes de feu sont apparues au-dessus d’eux, se séparant en flammes individuelles qui se sont descendus sur la tête de chaque personne présente. Et ils n’avaient plus peur. Et ils étaient pleins de l’Esprit de paix, de patience, de douceur, de loyauté, de bonté, de bénignité, de maîtrise de soi, d’amour et de joie!

Et ils ont ouvert les portes. Et ils sont sortis!

Et tout le monde a commencé à prophétiser dans de nombreuses langues.

Et ils ont donc dit:

N’AYEZ PAS PEUR! AIMER L’UN L’AUTRE! ARRETEZ D’AIMER LES FAUSSES IDOLES QUI SE NOURRISSENT DE VOTRE PEUR! ARRÊTEZ D’ÉCOUTER LES PROPHÈTES DE LA PEUR! ARRÊTEZ DE SUIVRE CEUX QUI VOUS PORTENT À LA PERDITION! ARRETEZ D’ABUSER DE VOTRE CORPS ET DE LIVRER VOS PROCHES A L’ABATTOIR! VIVEZ VOTRE VIE ET SOYEZ RECONNAISSANTS! PARTAGEZ CE MESSAGE PARTOUT SUR LA TERRE!

AMEN

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Merci à Lyman Dunlap pour son image mise en place sur le domaine public.

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Pentecoste

Quando venne il giorno di Pentecoste, i discepoli furono confinati nei loro luoghi di residenza, per paura dell’influenza. Tutti gli anziani prendevano statine e tutti gli atleti gli steroidi. Tutte le donne e tutti gli uomini e tutti i giovani prendevano pillole ormonali o pillole dimagranti o pillole per aumentare la fertilità o pillole per prevenirla. Tutte le persone dalla pelle scura prendevano pillole per renderla bianca; tutte le persone dalla pelle bianca prendevano pillole per renderla scura. Tutte le persone di capelli ricci prendevano le pillole per raddrizzarli; tutte le persone di capelli lisci prendevano le pillole per arricciarli. Tutti i gay prendevano pillole di PEP o pillole PrEP o terminatori di catene del DNA o inibitori della proteasi (così come i popper). Tutti prendevano antidepressivi. Tutti bevono alcool senza control per ubriacarsi e si drogavano al stupore. Tutti i ragazzi prendevano i bloccanti della pubertà e ogni bambino aveva già ricevuto un centinaio di vaccini per iniezione. Tutti in attesa constanti del proprio cellulare e laptop.

E, invisibili sopra le persone, tutti i demoni dell’aria ruotano e ridono – e volarono in basso a sussurrare messaggi di disperazione nelle orecchie aperte, e alcune persone erano così spaventate da morire. E alcuni altri indossarono rapidamente maschere di plastica, guanti e grembiuli e gettarono i morti nel forno senza lutto o lacrima. E se qualcuno tossiva o starnutiva, le stesse persone lo riempivano di pillole, flebi e tube di ogni tipo, fino a quando non cadeva morto. E poi lo trattavano allo stesso modo. E tutto ciò fu fatto in silenzio e non si udiva alcun suono. A parte il suono di lamenti e pianti e il silenziare i bambini.

E poi all’improvviso, hanno sentito il suono di forti venti, e fiamme di fuoco hanno comparivati sopra di loro, separandosi in singole fiamme che si sono scessi sulla testa di ogni persona presente. E non hanno avuto più paura. Ed erano pieni dello Spirito di pace, pazienza, dolcezza, fedeltà, gentilezza, bontà, autocontrollo, amore e gioia!

E hanno aperto le porte. E sono andati fuori!

E tutti hanno iniziato a profetizzare in molte lingue.

E così dissero:

NON AVERE PAURA! AMATEVI L’UN L’ALTRO! SMETTETE DI ADORARE GLI IDOLI FALSI CHE SI NUTRONO DELLA VOSTRA PAURA! SMETTETE DI ASCOLTAR I PROFETI DELLA PAURA! SMETTETE DI SEGUIRE QUELLI CHE VI PORTANO ALLA PERDIZIONE! SMETTETE DI ABUSARE IL VOSTRO CORPO E DI CONSEGNARE I TUOI CARI AL MACELLO! VIVETE LA VOSTRA VITA E SIATE GRATI! CONDIVIDETE QUESTO MESSAGGIO IN TUTTA LA TERRA!

AMEN

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Grazie a Lyman Dunlap per aver liberato il suo disegno “Dark Flame Pattern” alla Public Domain.

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Pentecostes

Quando chegou o dia de Pentecostes, os discípulos estavam confinados em seus locais de residência, por medo da gripe. Todos os idosos tomando estatinas e todos os fortes tomando esteróides. Todas as mulheres e todos os homens e todos os jovens tomando pílulas hormonais ou pílulas dietéticas ou pílulas para aumentar a fertilidade ou pílulas para preveni-la. Todas as pessoas de pele escura tomando pílulas para torná-la branca; todas as pessoas de pele branca tomando pílulas para torná-la morena. Todas de cabelo encaracolado tomando pílulas para alisá-lo; todas de cabelo liso tomando pílulas para enrolá-lo. Todos os gays tomando pílulas de PEP ou PrEP ou terminadores de cadeia de DNA ou inibidores de protease (além de poppers). Todo mundo tomando antidepressivos. Todo mundo bebendo álcool sin control para ficar bêbado e drogas até estupor. Todos os meninos tomando bloqueadores da puberdade, e toda criancinha já com cem vacinas por injeção. Todo mundo pendentes no celular e no laptop.

E, invisíveis acima das pessoas, todos os demônios do ar girando e rindo – e voando baixo para sussurrar mensagens de desespero em ouvidos dispostos, e algumas pessoas com tanto medo que caíram mortos. E alguns outros rapidamente colocaram máscaras de plástico, luvas e aventais e jogaram os mortos no forno sem lamentar ou chorar. E se alguém tossisse ou espirrasse, as mesmas pessoas o enchiam de pílulas, gotas e tubos de todos os tipos, até que ele caísse morto também. E então eles o trataram da mesma maneira. E tudo isso foi feito no silêncio e não havia som nenhum. Além do som de gemidos e choros, e o silenciar das crianças.

E então, de repente, eles ouviram o som de ventos fortes e chamas de fogo aparecerem acima deles, separando-se em chamas individuais que pousavam na cabeça de cada pessoa presente. E eles não estavam mais com medo. E eles estavam cheios de um espírito de paz, paciência, humildade, fidelidade, amabilidade, bondade, domínio próprio, amor e alegria!

E eles abriram as portas. E eles foram lá fora!

E todos começaram a profetizar em várias línguas.

E assim eles disseram:

NÃO TENHAM MEDO! AMEM-SE UNS AOS OUTROS! PAREM DE ADORAR ÍDOLOS FALSOS QUE SE ALIMENTAM DO SEU MEDO! PAREM DE OUVIR OS PROFETAS DO MEDO! PAREM DE SEGUIR AQUELES QUE LHES TRAZEM A PERDIÇÃO! PAREM DE ABUSAR OS SEUS CORPOS E DE ENTREGAR OS SEUS AMADOS AO MATADOURO!

VIVAM A SUA VIDA E SEJAM GRATOS! COMPARTILHEM ESTA MENSAGEM EM TODA A TERRA!

Amém

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Obrigado Lyman Dunlap por liberar seu imagen “Dark Flame Pattern” no Public Domain.

Versión castellano. English version. [Versione italiana]

Pentecostés

Cuando llegó el día de Pentecostés, los discípulos fueron confinados en sus lugares de residencia, por temor a la gripe. Todos los ancianos tomando estatinas y todos los fuertes esteroides. Todas las mujeres y todos los hombres y todos los jóvenes tomando pastillas hormonales o píldoras de dieta o pastillas para aumentar la fertilidad o píldoras para prevenirla. Todas las personas de piel morena tomando pastillas para hacerla blanca; todas las personas de piel blanca tomando pastillas para hacerla morena. Todas de cabello rizado tomando pastillas para alisarlo; todas de cabello liso tomando pastillas para rizarlo. Todos los gays tomando píldoras de PEP o píldoras de PrEP o terminadores de cadena de ADN o inhibidores de la proteasa (así como los poppers). Todo el mundo tomando antidepresivos. Todo el mundo tomando alcohol sin control para emborracharse y drogándose al estupor. Todos los niños tomando bloqueadores de la pubertad, y cada niñito ya con cien vacunas por inyección. Todo el mundo pendiente de su móvil y ordenador portátil.

Y, invisibles por encima de la gente, todos los demonios del aire dando vueltas y carcajadas – y precipitándose para susurrar mensajes de desesperación en oídos dispuestos, y algunas personas con tanto miedo que cayeron muertas. Y algunas otras se pusieron rápidamente máscaras, guantes y delantales de plástico, y arrojaron a los muertos al horno sin luto ni llanto. Y si alguien tosía o estornudaría, la misma gente lo llenaba con píldoras, goteos y tubos de todo tipo, hasta que se callera muerto. Y luego le trataron igual. Y todo esto se hizo en silencio y no hubo ningún sonido. Aparte del sonido de gemidos y llantos, y el callar de los niños.

Y luego, de repente, oyeron el sonido de vientos fuertes y les aparecían llamas de fuego sobre ellos, separándose en llamas individuales que se posaron sobre la cabeza de cada persona presente. Y ya no tenían miedo. ¡Y estaban llenos de un Espíritu de paz, paciencia, humildad, fidelidad, amabilidad, bondad, domino propio, amor y alegría!

Y abrieron las puertas. ¡Y salieron afuera!

Y todas comenzaron a profetizar en muchas lenguas.

Y así dijeron:

¡NO TENGAN MIEDO! ¡AMAD LOS UNOS A LOS OTROS! ¡DEJAD DE ADORAR A LOS IDOLOS FALSOS QUE SE ALIMENTAN CON VUESTRO TEMOR! ¡DEJAD DE ESCUCHAR A LAS PROFETAS DE MIEDO! ¡DEJAD DE SEGUIR A LOS QUE OS LLEVAN A LA PERDICIÓN! ¡DEJAD DE ABUSAR VUESTROS CUERPOS Y DE ENTREGAR A VUESTROS AMADOS AL MATADERO!

¡VIVID VUESTRA VIDA Y DAD GRACIAS! ¡COMPARTAD ÈSTE MENSAJE POR TODA LA TIERRA!

Amén

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¡Gracias a Lyman Dunlap por liberar su imagen “Dark Flame Pattern” al “Public Domain“.

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Pentecost

When Pentecost day came round, the disciples were locked down and sheltering in place, for fear of the flu. All the frail on statins and all the strong on steroids. All the women and all the men and all the young people on hormone pills or diet pills or pills to promote fertility or pills to prevent it. All the people with brown skin were on pills to make it white; all the people with white skins were on pills to make it brown. All those with curly hair were on pills to straighten it; all those with straight hair on pills to curl it. All the gays were on PEP pills or PrEP pills or DNA chain terminators or protease inhibitors (as well as poppers). Everyone was on anti-depressants. Everyone was addictively drinking to get drunk and drugging themselves into stupor. All the children were on puberty blockers – and every toddler had had a hundred vaccination injections. Everyone was constantly on their phones and laptops.

And unseen above the people, all the devils of the air were circling and cackling and swooping down to whisper messages of despair into willing ears and some people grew so afraid they fell down dead. And some of the others quickly donned masks and gloves and plastic aprons – and threw them into the furnace unmourned and did not mention their names. And if anyone ever coughed or sneezed, the same people filled them with pills and drips and tubes of all description, until they were dead. And then they treated them the same. And all this was done silently and there was no sound at all. Apart from the sound of whimpering and weeping, and children being hushed.

And then, suddenly, they heard the sound of rushing winds and it seemed to them that flames of fire appeared above them, separating into individual flames that came to rest on the head of each person present. And they were no longer afraid. And they were filled with a Spirit of peace and patience and gentleness and fortitude and goodness and kindness and temperance and love and joy!

And they opened the doors. And went outside!

And they all began to prophesy in many tongues.

And this is what they said:

DO NOT BE AFRAID! LOVE ONE ANOTHER! STOP WORSHIPPING FALSE IDOLS WHO FEED UPON YOUR FEAR! STOP LISTENING TO THE FEARMONGERS! STOP FOLLOWING THOSE WHO LEAD YOU TO PERDITION! STOP ABUSING YOUR BODIES AND SURRENDERING YOUR LOVED ONES TO THE SLAUGHTERHOUSE!

LIVE YOUR LIFE AND GIVE THANKS FOR IT! SPREAD THIS MESSAGE OVER ALL THE EARTH!

Amen

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Thanks to Lyman Dunlap for releasing Dark Flame Pattern into the Public Domain.

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What’s AIDS got to do with it?

You may have seen the video Plandemic, about The Virus, that’s gone viral. I’m not going to post a link as they keep getting censored and reposted. I’m also not going to discuss the claims of the video one by one. ‘Fact checkers’ have done so but, as Spiro Skouras points out, sometimes you need to fact check the fact checkers.

I may not agree with everything claimed in Plandemic, but I’m grateful that someone has joined the dots from the lucrative Covid-19 establishment assumptions to those about HIV. Note that I didn’t say conspiracy. What are those assumptions and whom do they benefit?

Here’s the assumptions:

  1. There is a constant, coherent and distinct set of reported symptoms.
  2. There is convincing evidence that the cause of this set of symptoms is viral.
  3. A determined virus has been isolated and purified – and proved to be the cause.
  4. This virus is not only the necessary but the sufficient cause.
  5. Anyone with antibodies to this virus is in danger and may endanger others.
  6. Anyone without antibodies to this virus is in danger and may endanger others.
  7. The malignancy of the virus can be controlled by anti-virals.
  8. The spread of the virus can be controlled by physical barriers to bodily fluids.
  9. Transmission can be prevented by a vaccine.
  10. Everyone needs to be subject to constant surveillance and to get the vaccine.

Here’s whom they benefit:

Big Pharma. Here’s a cheery account of its origins which does mention the thalidomide scandal but omits entirely the founding firms’ collaboration with the Nazis and opioid addiction. This take is less cheery as it’s basically about murderous profiteering.

None of these assumptions were true for HIV and AIDS.

The claim that there was a cover-up by Big Pharma over AIDS has already been made and verified by the meticulous reporting of John Crewdson of the Chicago Tribune.

The African monkey business origin story of HIV/AIDS has been debunked but Big Pharma is still selling its products and people are still dying of unnecessary and aggressive drugs.

That matters now because the Chinese batsoup origin story of Covid-19 is seriously shaky but the same assumptions are putting you and your loved ones at risk.

I DO NOT BELIEVE that The Virus was manufactured, that it originated in bats or civet cats or pangolins – or that the various symptoms experienced by people in the grip of a worldwide panic (either during cold and wet flu season or when the summer pollen count is high) conform to a constant, coherent and distinct set. I’m an active vegan. I hardly every get sick. But, put me on a ventilator in a morphine-induced coma with HIV chemo drugs dripping into my veins and I’ll most probably die, as 90% do – as even those deep in biotech admit. That’s if other iatrogenic harm from stressed medics doesn’t kill me.

I DO BELIEVE that capitalists are capitalising, as they did with AIDS and that the establishment narrative is useful to those who want even more control and even more profit.

Wake up. Stay out of hospital. Inform yourself. Resist. Peacefully.

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Thanks to Mikhail Denishchenko for releasing his image Corona Virus into the Public Domain.

How to Survive an Apocalypse

7 lessons about relationships, resistance and resilience in crisis are really useful for us to learn right now. Perhaps you watched Jessica Alba superbly cast as the courageous and compassionate Max Guevara in Dark Angel in 2000. Maybe you saw any of the more recent post-apocalyptic films or TV series or read one of the classic dystopian stories: Brave New World or 1984. You might be a history buff and know about the Allied Resistance to the Nazis, the Underground Railroad freeing enslaved Black Americans – or even way back to the early Christians surviving persecution in the Roman Catacombs. What can we learn from our past and our imagination?

  1. Compassion Right now, Big Brother is telling you to be afraid and to look out for yourself. Resistance consists in consideration of others too. When you stop selfishly panicking, you become aware that IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT YOU! Others are suffering, physically and mentally. What about them? Just turning your attention to others will help you CALM DOWN and start thinking clearly.
  2. Courage Dystopia is founded on fear. Some people are naturally brave but courage is a decision. Make that decision. Living in fear is no fun and makes no sense. Life is a risk and then you die. Face it. As Bob Marley said: Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights – and for the rights of others.
  3. Creativity Panic shuts down the brain. Creativity opens it. Don’t reach for your phone (for more bad news) as soon as you wake up; reach for your notebook and record your dreams – write or draw what’s in your mind. Dreamtime is free time. Big Brother can’t control you there. Dream a new reality. Restart your arts and crafts, get out into the garden and dig for victory. The technocrats are pushing us into a digital economy based on biodata recorded by a skin tattoo of quantum dots (I’m not making this up, you know). LETS (local exchange and trading systems) and freecycling are two creative ways to unplug from that Matrix.
  4. Critical thinking When your mind is free, and you’re not acting like an obedient child or a docile servant, you’re able to weigh up evidence of what’s really going on. To get to that stage, you’re going to have to deprogramme from all the state and pharmaceutical propaganda that’s occupying your mind. That’s hard. But it’s worth it. Do you want to think your own thoughts or have them chosen for you?
  5. Informal and covert communication Students of church history will recognise the current spy-and-snitch neighbourhood culture from Calvin’s theocratic Geneva; secular historians need only look back at the McCarthy era of political and moral paranoia in the USA or the Stasi secret police informers on the lives of others in the GDR; and everyone should know about the witchcraze where everyone with a grudge against any women (or men) could simply accuse them and their condemnation was assured. Now we have all the added surveillance and reporting of thoughtcrime on anti-social media. So be careful what you say, how you say it and to whom. You can’t trust everyone. Big Brother is watching you.
  6. Mutual aid Not one-sided charity, mutual aid is one of the three core values of anarchism. The other two are love and spontaneity. That’s a lesson I learned doing fieldwork for an ethnography on a back-to-nature political community up the Pyrenees. Everyone can do something. They may need a little more support but a job shared is far more fulfilling for all.
  7. Real relationships Online shopping and porn (which is just more shopping) and mindless anti-social chit chat have absolutely nothing to do with real relationships. But Big Brother really loves it when you do either. Because, when you’re in cyberspace, you’re under surveillance. And that, and the digital economy, is the whole point of all of this. This isn’t a conspiracy theory. It’s hiding in plain sight. Get off the desktop, the laptop, the tablet and the phone. It’s an addiction. TALK TO REAL PEOPLE! MEET UP! Stop swapping socialising for screentime. It’s fake and, if that’s all you’re doing, so are you. Wake up!

The virus that’s currently paralysing human society didn’t escape from a lab, it wasn’t released during military games and it has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with bats or some poor pangolin! It’s a glitch in the system of human thought that goes back to Socrates and – because of a coincidence of globalised technology and government preparedness plans – has only now taken such devastating control. It’s the same glitch responsible for the AIDS panic but if you’re not Black, a recipient of blood transfusions or a gay man you might not have noticed.

Now that’s you’ve noticed, you have two alternatives:

A. Submit to fear – and give up control over your own body and every one of your human rights

B. Resist – and live life as fully and as well as possible

Big Brother is watching you. Which option are you going to choose?

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Thanks to Kai Stachowiak for releasing his image Virus into the Public Domain.

Zen and the Art of Deprogramming

David Icke is the gift that keeps giving. His, shall we say, outlandish conspiracy theories are everywhere on the Internet at the moment. Even though (perhaps because) his channels have been censored. The truth may be out there but, in his case, it’s far out there! In comparison, the ideas of the Flat Earthers seem quite mild. Then there’s the anti-vaxxers. And we all know how crazy they are! And the AIDS deniers. Nuff said. Well, actually, let’s chuck in the climate deniers, 9/11 truthers, and Holocaust deniers, for good measure. All mad, if not bad. And, nowadays, dangerous to know.

Of course some conspiracy theorists do seem sane. There’s the cuddly bear cub, Spiro Skouras, who only reveals how bonkers he is when he gets onto (opposing) gun control and the demise of animal agriculture. Then there’s Whitney Webb who’s harder to spot because she not only does all that meticulous fact-checking business but she’s also got that earnest young educated American female reporter thing going for her. And happens to look like Supergirl. We only know she’s completely mad because some of her interlocutors appear to consider the mega-rich turning up at each other’s weddings as hard evidence that they’re taking over the world. And she doesn’t contradict them. Okay she might be being polite. And too busy with all that fact-checking.

Now some are very clever indeed. Take Ryan Cristián of The Last American Vagabond. Sneaky, sneaky, sneaky. In the middle of a daily round up, where he’s careful to just throw out ideas rather than endorsing any particular one as absolute truth, he makes the remark that anyone questioning the narrative has got to get over bipartisan politics (here’s looking at you, Spiro!). Well that almost sounds sane! But he rambles on. In a rambly way. So he must be crazy too.

Okay I’ll stop being ironic now and tell you what I really think.

People who believe really outlandish things are really useful distractions for the political establishment. Because anyone asking awkward questions can get lumped in with them. Our brains are predictive. That’s a great evolutionary advantage. But, as a proofreader and a linguist, I know that’s an ability that sometimes works against us. Because I can type the words “and and” next to each other in a sentence and and, when I reread it, I simply won’t notice because my brain skips over one of them, predictively making sense of something unusual using information I already know.

So we don’t actually listen to each other and we don’t actually read what someone writes. Just enough to guess the rest.

I don’t plan to pay attention to anyone theorising what seem to me to be weird Sci-Fi scenarios; I don’t think the Earth is flat or that all vaccines are bad; I don’t deny that people have died after a diagnosis of AIDS or Covid-19; I do believe the climate is in crisis; and of course the Holocaust happened. I don’t know what happened that day at the Twin Towers, because I wasn’t there, but I remember thinking that if I had an American flag I would have hung it out the window of the Scottish youth hostel I was temporarily in charge of when all the flights got cancelled, to show solidarity with all the grieving young people we had doubling up in bunks and kipping on the floor.

What’s my first point? We don’t have to agree with every viewpoint of every person who’s asking useful questions at the moment. Personally I won’t miss what David Icke is reported to have said about Jewish/ alien lizard plans for world domination – but I object to him being censored now for questioning the official Covid-19 narrative rather than then, for that.

I am also very glad indeed to hear that even some guns are being banned. I’m no fan of the military but I don’t think a citizen militia is a good idea either. That’s not the way to defend democratic freedom. As for animals, I would rejoice at the end of their captivity but I fear that all those already in thrall will simply be slaughtered anyway – unless we start to massively fund the existing animal sanctuaries.

The mega-rich tend to only have two things in common: money and knowing each other. So they do tend to turn up at each other’s family weddings and be photographed socialising. Of course there may be more to that but, in itself, it’s not conclusive.

In fairness to Spiro and Whitney, whom I admire greatly, they do check facts. They’re not responsible for all the views of their guests and neither takes socialising as hard evidence of conspiracy.

What’s my second point? I don’t think we’re literally being brainwashed. But it’s clear that there’s massive social, legal and economic pressure on us as individuals to accept a version of events and associated rules of behaviour being pushed by the state – and behind that, multinational corporations. People are religiously sitting in front of screens every day to hear and obey the words of our leaders. Neighbours and strangers are policing each other, and reporting those whose actions or even words don’t conform to the official narrative. Censorship even of expert testimony is happening around the world. Not only in so-called authoritarian regimes.

How do we make any sense of all this contradictory evidence? (If you don’t know how contradictory, follow some of the links in this post.) How do we know we’re not being programmed in some way?

Find out. Switch off. Take three days without input. Here’s how:

  • Don’t watch TV or, if you must, consciously choose content and mute the adverts.
  • Don’t tune into any content from anyone commenting on this crisis.
  • Log off social media.
  • Politely but firmly change the subject when it comes up.
  • Move any emails about the crisis into a special folder named READ LATER.
  • Spend as much time as possible in nature, with plants and animals.

After three days, you may be feeling more serene. Then, not till then, pay attention to the questions that have arisen in your mind. Does it still all make sense? If not, start asking why. Don’t stop until it does.

Congratulations. You’re de-programmed. You may have to maintain some distance from those still caught up in this madness. For the sake of your own sanity. As your serenity becomes apparent, they may ask you why. Share what you know. Cautiously.

Or, you could just get on with your life. It’s not all about the leaders of the cult of Covid leading us into Dystopia.

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Thanks to Karen Arnold for releasing her photo Zen Stones on Beach into the Public Domain.

Letter template to MPs: lockdown, statistics & civil liberty

(Want to end lockdown/ shutdown? Complete/ adapt and send this letter by post or email to your MP/ representative – link below works for UK MPs only – share widely)

[ADDRESS OF YOUR MP]

[YOUR ADDRESS]

[DATE]

Dear [NAME OF YOUR MP],

As our representative at Westminster, I ask you to uphold the human rights of your constituents to freedom of expression, privacy, and bodily autonomy, already provided for in law, when PMs are called upon to violate them due to the ongoing panic over “Covid-19” (SARS-CoV-2). I am extremely concerned about the role that certain unelected persons are playing in influencing government agenda in the UK and worldwide (using their major funding of the World Health Organisation) when the same persons have no medical or epidemiological expertise and stand to reap huge profit from harvesting biodata from tracking devices, testing and untested vaccines.

Medical polymath Professor John Ioannidis of Stanford University described the epidemiological statistics on the death rate used sensationally by the media as “utterly unreliable” (statnews.com 17th March 2020) and concludes a recent medical research article: “People <65 years old have very small risks of COVID-19 death even in pandemic epicenters and deaths for people <65 years without underlying predisposing conditions are remarkably uncommon.” (medrxiv.org 5th May 2020). A Stanford Structural Biologist, Chemistry Nobel Prizewinning Professor Michael Levitt, agrees – and warns: “There is no doubt in my mind, that when we come to look back on this, the damage done by lockdown will exceed any saving of lives by a huge factor.” (unheard.com 2nd May 2020).

Apart from the substantial evidence that statistics for excess death (which Prof. Levitt calculates as “one month” not the “one year” modeled by Imperial College et al.) have been greatly inflated as doctors are under pressure to cite Covid-19 as cause of death, and that invasive and aggressive try-it-and-see treatments (such as intubation, morphine and HIV chemotherapy) have led to more death as the medical maxim primum non nocere is put aside, it is clear that the warning over the mental, physical and social harms caused by extensive lockdown is one we must heed.

Our elderly are isolated and in despair, our children’s education curtailed and impetus frustrated, our young people are unemployed and the middle-aged struggling as caring duties and economic pressures coincide. The state response is increasingly patronising and draconian, encouraging further unrest and distrust.

For all these reasons, please:

  • Push for an early end to lockdown/ shutdown
  • Oppose compulsory/ mandatory testing/ tracking/ invasion of privacy
  • Oppose gathering and sharing of biodata by either public or private bodies
  • Uphold civil liberties, including bodily autonomy, and stand against censorship

Yours sincerely,

…………………………………………. [ YOUR NAME]

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Thanks to George Hodan for releasing his image Children’s Hands into the Public Domain

Life After Lockdown

Agoraphobia and anxiety disorders in general are widespread, according to this neuroscience report by two German psychiatrists in 2015:

“Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent psychiatric disorders. According to epidemiological surveys, one third of the population is affected by an anxiety disorder during their lifetime. They are more common in women. During midlife, their prevalence is highest. […] High comorbidity is found among the anxiety disorders and between the anxiety disorders and other mental disorders, respectively.”

These sentences are missed out of the middle:

“There is no evidence that the prevalence rates have changed in the past years. Differences in prevalence rates found in different countries and cultures may be due to differences in methodology rather than to culture-specific factors.”

Really? Can anyone over 50 remember so many clinically anxious people, say 30 years ago? Even 20 years ago or just a decade? Anecdotal evidence I know but, honestly, ask (if you’re younger) – “How many people can you remember who suffered from their nerves?” Cos that was the phrase then. I recall 2 people growing up, one only neurotic; and another in great distress at university.

Now? Countless. Every third person I know is on anxiety meds. And as for “different countries and cultures”, I live in post-industrial UK. When I lived in Mexico, Brazil, Spain, Greece and Turkey, were people anxious? NO. Just no.

Coming home from those countries made me feel that I was leaving a continual street party (with a little cold beer and lots of tapas) to take part in an endless series of interviews (with loads of milky tea and biscuits) shut up in 4 walls back in Blighty. I missed the rain and the sense of humour. What can I say?

I guess we all feel like that now, at least those of us in lockdown. And for some people, lockdown may be making their anxiety worse. But what happens when we get out? I have some prior experience of being locked up (voluntarily) that I’d like to share.

Some decades ago I spent 11 months in a Franciscan friary in a remote part of North Wales. It wasn’t a particularly dramatic (or scandalous) experience and it’s one I still treasure. What happened when I left was unexpected.

  • I couldn’t cross the road. I remember my sister meeting me at the station and taking my hand because I was afraid of the traffic.
  • I couldn’t make decisions. Suddenly I had so many options! It was overwhelming.
  • I didn’t know who I was. Determined to stop being “Brother Alan”, I remember a friend phoning me up and asking if I wanted to go to the pub, and I didn’t know. I didn’t know what to do.
  • Suddenly there were so many people! I was used to seeing the same faces each day. Now people would come up to me on the street (every traditional Catholic has something to opine about a “failed vocation”) and phone me up. I felt vulnerable and unprepared.

On the other hand, I was young and had supportive friends and family. I started some voluntary work, made plans for the future and went to work on a kibbutz (I know, I know but that was then) then in a few months was at university with all the structure – and hi jinks – of first year.

Over the years, there have been few people who have understood my experience of being institutionalised. A guy who’d been in the army, guys I used to visit in prison, and anyone who’d had the same experience in a religious order.

Living through a couple of months of lockdown is a different experience but there are things in common. Here’s what you might expect as you come out of it:

  • People have had different experiences and not everyone will want to talk about it.
  • Some people desperately need to spill their guts and others just want to get on with their lives.
  • People will make different decisions about masks and social distancing – and they probably won’t welcome your opinion on that.
  • Some people will be more emotional, even volatile; some emotionally shut down.
  • No-one wants you going on and on and on about THE VIRUS!
  • If you’ve been self-isolating, you may have a very different take on what’s been going on from those of us who haven’t. Life online and on TV is very, very different from life outside.

Here’s my advice:

  • Take things easy. Don’t feel the pressure to drive from Landsend to John O’Groats and visit everyone in your address book in between, before jetting off around the world, just because you now can. It’s okay to stay at home, even for an entire day. Even doing just the things you did during lockdown. Just knowing you can go out now, anytime, will be a relief.
  • Be patient with others. Make kindness your default. We have no idea how rough it’s been for others.
  • You don’t have to jump back into your normal life from one day to the next. Try to transition gradually between the structure (if any) you’ve become accustomed to during lockdown and the one you want to (re)build afterwards.
  • Try not to be too judgmental about who checked you were okay and who didn’t over this time. People cope in different ways and some people’s caring behaviour is neurotic and serves to distance their own pain. Some people, admittedly, are just selfish.
  • Remember that Ramadan lasts till about 23rd May. So Muslims will have been going through that, as well as lockdown.
  • DON’T blame Chinese people. DON’T boycott their businesses. They were among the first to suffer from economic repercussions of public paranoia – and all this nonsense about THAT LAB is just putting money into the pockets of Big Pharma. Ignore it.
  • Don’t stereotype people. Motivations can be complex. The guy with a gun outside the Governor’s office may or may not be a terrorist (whatever his colour). Maybe he really is selfish. Maybe he thinks he’s standing up for his civil rights. In a really scary way! If people from the inner city are talking about economic impact they’re expressing a really different discourse in a neighbourhood of multiple deprivation than the same themes spoken in a corporate boardroom. Be discerning.
  • Now you can go out, think about all those who can’t. What has this experience taught you about long-stay institutions? In my own town, the local Carmelite monastery has been a beacon of hope as so many people have tuned in to see the sisters cheerfully and serenely at prayer. They haven’t been out for years and they have no intention of doing so. But their stability has meaning. What about those who just endure? Do we need to change our attitudes about them?
  • Reflect on who or what got you through. Thank those people. People show their true character in crisis. Now you know who and what you can rely on.
  • Finally, value what you’ve experienced during lockdown. Even if it was pure hell. You may have experienced a shift in values. It happens. Suddenly ultra-cool independent urbanites living in their exclusive metropolitan pocket handkerchief apartments were envying retired couples pottering about their gardens in wee villages miles and miles and miles outside the M25. Do you see things in a different light now? Is it time to make other choices?

Whatever your experience of lockdown, you lived it. This (perhaps) has been a unique and historic moment. Personally, I believe 2020 is Year Zero of Dystopia. I hope to God I’m wrong but, whether or not, this is something to share with generations yet unborn.

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Thanks to Petr Kratochvil for releasing his photo Statue of Liberty into the Public Domain.