Monday, 23 March 2020

Whatever your assumptions, beliefs etc, the most important thing now is everybody's health and safety.

Whatever your assumptions, beliefs etc, the most important thing now is everybody's health and safety.

What really matters now is evidence based epidemiological practice.

What really matters is stopping the spread of the virus.

What really matters is that we demonstrate that we are actively taking care to not spread the virus.

What really matters is that we take proper care for every vulnerable person in our community.

My beliefs are irrelevant.

Your beliefs are irrelevant.

Belief and theory will kill, where knowledge and evidence will save lives.

My dreams are irrelevant. That is all in the future, after we have taken care of each other through this...

The Economy and Stock Market can wait.

The 5G Conspiracy Theories can wait.

The work to deal with climate change can wait, just a few months, even a year. That can wait.

The work to deal with who is liable for bad advice during the run up to this crisis, that can wait.

The Rapture can wait.

The fear of a global dictatorship being introduced can wait.

The run-to-the-hills and get away delusion is just another vector of transmission.

Evidence based medical and clinical and epidemiological really matter.

This video, one of many by Doctor John Campbell, is crucial.

Doctor John is a Nursing Trainer. He knows his onions.

Let us learn from those who have the experience.

It ought to be on all TV Networks.

It concerns what all the people ought to know, in order to make good decisions...

Let us learn from the experience of others.

Why re-invent the wheel?

Watch this video.

John Campbell is a Nursing Trainer, with decades of  experience,

He presents the information the Government is not presenting, in a timely manner, so that we can integrate  that information and understand why we must isolate, shut down, identify all infected people, treatment, quarantine etc, in order to see how far the infection has spread - to make the disease path visible in order to slow and stop that spread.

He suggests we (The UK, where I live) learn from those who have already been through the experience.

Knowledge is far more efficient than belief, assumption, prejudice or ideology in resolving problems.

In my own past experience, in roles where I held responsibility for large teams of workers, whenever I was in a situation where I did not have enough accurate information which I could absorb in a timely fashion, I noticed a tendency to imagine, to make assumptions, to guess, to fall back on belief and opinion, rather than the evidence,

This created numerous problems, for me and for others. I learned very quickly to stop, seek evidence, and work with the evidence, Belief is a very dangerous thing, in the wrong place, at the wrong time.

Opinion is generally useless, and tends to be a reflection of the opinion holders internalised beliefs...

It is an understandable dynamic.

If you don't have accurate info, and you are worried or frightened, what do you do?

Most people fall back on beliefs and prejudices. I know because I have done this myself.

The job of those who Govern is to provide that accurate information, in a timely fashion, so that the population, understanding the situation, can act in congruent manner to face the situation.

Good quality information, delivered on time.

The British Government have failed in this, and the Media has failed in this with regards to COVID-19.

This is not a 'flu. 

I know because I am in day 7, or possibly day 13 of the illness.

I know because I know others going through this, and I see the statistics... of those who recover, many recover with lung damage that will afflict their lives.  There is a wide range of symptoms, and variations are because each human body is different, there is no average.

That means that each of us going through this must pay attention, close attention to our symptoms, we must understand them and then take action based on our understanding. Belief will not suffice, except as matter of sheer luck.


Then there is the trauma of such an experience, individual and collective.

How do you quantify that qualitative lived experience?

How do you prepare for that?

Honesty is the only way through.

So I repeat, do not be complacent because you have had flu's and colds before and gotten over them.

This COVID-19  disease symptom progress is way more variable than we are being told, the media and politicians throw the word 'mild' around as if it had value - as evidence it is void because we have no immunity to this particular virus, and bad management will kill many, many hundreds of thousands of people in the UK, millions world wide. Mild is deeply misleading.

The Government and Media have failed to inform the population in ways that would support our home treatments, in ways that would engage with is to follow the epidemiological protocols.

Herd Immunity and Take it on the Chin...

If you don't have accurate information, what do you do?

You make it up, you make decisions without all the necessary information.

Which is why so many people have been 'behaving' in ways others regard as insanitary, or even insane, and it is notable that much more voice is given in media to targeting those people, than the people who mislead them.

The media repeated the Government line, they did not challenge it, in the way it needed to be challenged.

The media is not baying for the head of Boris Johnson.


They are not calling for his resignation or his arrest,  nor or they calling for a Government of national unity, non-partisan, committed to the task, void of party politics, power grabbing and profit gouging.

Lateral Violence.

It is glorious of course, to rail about the stupidity of the masses. It's a buzz. People get off on that. It allows one to vent, to feel superior. It is a form of lateral violence. "Look at all those people who are so selfish -The loo roll hoarders, the caravans and RVs fleeing west, the frightened, the confused, the mislead, the hopeful. How stupid they are, how uncouth!" Easy targets. Wrong targets, this does not help the situation...

Social conditioning is real and it afflicts many peoples lives.
Powerful groups publish through their networks lots of dodgy 'information', gossip deliberately to mislead, mask, trigger, bully.

Where do we find accurate information delivered in a timely fashion?

Be VERY cautious of material that sets one group of ordinary folk against another. Be alert to materials that might trigger lateral violence.

I wrote previously about this misleading, manipulative dynamic. I called it grooming. Political grooming that exploits ordinary folk's varied perceptions and beliefs, assumptions and blind spots.. "The Chinese Virus".....

Kindest regards


"Do what you love, it's Your Gift to Universe"

Thank you for reading this blog. All we need to do is be really honest, responsive to the evidence we find,and ready to reassess when new evidence emerges. The rest is easy.

Saturday, 14 March 2020

Kindness is the key strategy when faced with vulnerability.

Kindness is the key strategic dynamic when faced with vulnerability.

People spontaneously making public music for pleasure and solidarity.

Bella Chao!


We do not need ever to be cruel to be kind, when faced with vulnerability.

These two pages of the same corporations news narrative speak volumes, dated Friday 13th March.

I breath in and I exhales gently. I am letting that go for now.

Monday 16th of MarchBritish Newspaper Front Pages focus on protecting the elderly, the economy, police powers to arrest suspected covid-19 patients (with no testing available?) and a front page portrayal of people of colour as loo roll panic buyers. Crime and punishment as grooming devices.

This portrayal reminds me, again,  of everything repulsive that has gone on in British Corporate News Media in the past decades, and in Irish History we know this pattern well - the dehumanisation of demographic groups, and  the caricature of situations as emotive trigger material, and the dearth of honest analysis leading to confusion across our population.

That said, I think there is a way to tie this together, logically.


Travel with me to zone in on kindness as a praxis, as a way of learning and growing in the real material world, through experience, reflection, deliberation and honesty and as a social organisational strategic modulation or behaviour, in and of itself. Especially in a time of great difficulty.

Kindness is looking at the whole situation, taking the detail as well as the larger field of view. Making that extra effort.

I realise I will probably write errors into this piece - there's so much more detail than I have access to.

I invite comment, correction, verification and attenuation, nuance and depth.

Kindness is responsive, rather than reactive.

Kindness is receptive : "I  hear you and  I have made sure that you know that I do and that I am responding to your need."

Kindness is focused.

Kindness is political, in that the lack of kindness in managing a power disparity is inverse exponential scale to the well being of the governed, who have less power by an expotential of magnitude.

A small policy adjustment of the powerful leader or official or office can alter the lives of millions of people, one way or the other, in ways none can counter.

That is not safe.

Kindness is political.

Kindness is what is missing from the concerns of budgets, population models, behavioural modification, reward/sanction dynamics, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning .

Kindness cannot be found in an algorithm or in coding.

And this kindness is what is missing from the interactions between the powerful and the vulnerable.

This translates into a consistent incremental escalation of chronic stress in vulnerable people, whose immune systems, living conditions or will to deal with that lack of kindness breaks down under the combined pressures.

This is what is playing out at home, on TV and on the international political stages.

T-Cells and The Virus

To the biology of the virus, and to the body and T-cells of the human being it does not matter what kind of political or economic model China operates .

What mattered was that State and the people agreed to the strategy that limiting the spread by lockdown, identifying the unwell, treatment and quarantine, offering treatment all the way to ICU level support where necessary, covering everyone's living costs, resourcing transparent and on point, and the experience of working in it together because in this, everyone is in it together works.

We have known since 1918 that it does. It is established scientific and clinical practice.

This one chart demonstrates the efficiency of social distancing, treatment of infected, reduced transmission during the 1918 flu epidemic - two cites, two different policies, two different outcomes.

One city went into lockdown, the other did not.

Because cities varied in their responses, we also know that this pattern repeated itself across the Earths population affected..

The Chinese Government and people know that they will see future out breaks, and are devoting funds to prepare for that, right now.

The Chinese Government did not suppress information about the outbreak, There was a case of local Government having a go at a number of doctors, for sharing information in online social media.

The Chinese medical, clinical and epidemiological communities were totally open about what was happening, and were sharing there information with others in other countries across the Earths nation states, including the British Government who rule over me and my compatriots, and our visitors.

It was the National Chinese Government that initiated the lock down, and threw all available resources into limiting and stopping the spread of the infection, and ramping up hospital and treatment facilities.

Boris Johnson's plan is bogus.

Boris Johnson tells us that "many of your loved ones will die".

He says the strategy is to move 'from contain, to delay.'

Containment would mean social lock down, social distancing, testing to identify pockets of infection, quarantine and focus resources in order to delay the spread of infection...

Delay is to delay the correct action as indicated by best practice epidemiological protocol.

The UK Government, 'led' by Boris Johnson has carried out no such program, and has not acted according the best medical practice..

"Our policy is informed by data modelling and behavioural science" Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer, UK Government.

Behavioural Science - not epidemiology, not medical practice, not public health protocols.

Nudge, anyone?

Herd Immunity, or Hoard Immunity?  People or the Economy?

It can be both. This is not an either or situation.

As of this date, there is no testing offered locally, no public information on symptoms, such that he had to say that this was not a flu, but something much, much different.

No  testing, identifying infected patients as early as possible, offering correct protocol advice for self management and when to move to more intensive care, having the facilities to operate that care at sufficient strength to be kind all the way through. Nothing.

Social distancing, identification of people afflicted, quarantine and treatment support works if put together, any gap undermines the whole..

It worked in 1918, where it was applied, and where it was not applied, mortality rates went way up.

There are more examples, detailed in the history of 1918, and beyond.

They chose to deploy all available resources to ensuring as few people as possible become infected, and that as much resources as can be made available to treat the unwell, and the seriously ill... and to acknowledge the fatalities, and keep accurate up to date information at local level, so people know what is happening..

This method had form, has been used to contain epidemics for a long time, and was clearly successful where applied during the 1918 worldwide flu outbreak.

The worst misleading public narrative for me was the insistence in Mefia that the illness was similar to the 'flu. that impression of a 'bad flu'  started from the beginning, even though the Chinese State Health System understood it was a lung infection, and made that quite clear sometime ago -

They knew that this virus entered the body in a two wave process, a fever, dry cough, which passes, to be followed by the second stage later on in which the lungs become infected and breathing becomes stressed.

This is a two stage mechanism to enter the lung environment where it replicates, and the rapidity of replication stresses lung capacity causing stress throughout the body.

This is not a 'flu.

That was deliberately misleading..

That was a dangerous lie.

In terms of prevention, and of treatment, the Chinese appeared to have developed practical protocols which we know to have been helpful, and there will have been many variations in dosage and reaction, that they can analyse the data, the evidence.

 Field tested.

Saves time in helping other States draft responses within their own territories.

The understanding since the Spanish Flu of 1918 is based on real experience, the truest evidence set of all. It is recorded in detail that social distancing, self isolation, testing, treatment once infected or infectious until recovery, acknowledging the tragic fatalities... was the most effective action in limiting the transmission.

We can arrive at a reasonable and rationaL evidence based observation.

In amongst all of this, I watched  some live Al Jazeera, today and a segment on refugees, in refugee camps, about the vulnerability of those 100 million displaced people.

How can that not be front page news here?

What about the 320,000 people in the UK who are living in temporary accommodation, in B&Bs, Hotels, Hostels.... most are families, living in very close quarters...

Are they left to play a loaded dice of life and death with Boris Johnson's pseudoscience and behavioural nudges?

"Take it on the chin."

Why is war still happening?

This is unacceptable, pathologically insane behaviour.

"Take it on the chin." The civilians of Iraq, Libya, Syria, Mexico and Colombia, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, the bullied, the victimised and the vulnerable must 'take it on the chin'.


"Take it on the chin"

Back to the issue with Covid-19, and Cytokine Storms., and other complications, the risk factors, the real risks to real people

... breathe,,,, calm, relax, for now I am ok.

Some reality checks.

The T-cells do not care about our political consciousness, they care about us supporting the living beings, our brothers and sister, our mothers and fathers and grandparents immune system with every tool available.

That kindness of quality care at all stages - that people care enough to engage with and carry out shutdown social distance for a temporary situation, that the care the state and agencies take in carrying out action -  all ,of that care is our immune systems ally, and is a counter to the survival of the virus within the population in this outbreak.

Boris Johnson decided the UK would not follow the Chinese experience of slowing down transmission, isolating the virus by supporting people to stay at home, by testing every person who showed any signs of symptoms, by intensifying care for the infected once identified.. thus limiting the spread until the virus has no more hosts and is rendered inactive.

What happened - real material evidence - was the transmission from person to person was reduced, those who were infected were treated until they were clear, no longer infectious, had proven immunity, so they could then not be a transmission or infection agent or submit to the disease state again, because their immune systems now know the virus, and have anti-bodies. And there are variations in peoples immune systems which led to variations in outcomes. Including, tragically many fatalities.

Boris Johnson would not follow this practical, proven advice for all the T-cells in China!

Excuse the pun and alliteration, kindness has a sense of humour.

Kindness has to be robust, firm, gentle, determined, and given an unquestioned budget for cost only delivery - the profit is the health of the population, our welfare and well-being.

Jeremy Corbyn is the kind of public figure who could hold that together.

He has ideas, based on the evidence.

 If the competing bullies just stood aside,  within Labour as much as anywhere else, and if the rest of us organised, as the grass roots turned to mutual aid, in conjunction with NHS, social services, councils and military logistics support, to self organise around resources placed at our disposal and need, so that we can all live within infecting millions to watch millions die?

Would that be so bad?

Genuine Social Kindness is demanding all of  this, and more, and if those who dominate the reality of the lived experience of others for power and status, the ruling oligarchies,  do not agree, what they will tell you, is that Genuine Social Kindness is a threat.

Corbyn is a threat.

Sanders is a threat.

The Chinese are a threat.

Grass roots request for the human right to regulate and eliminate industrial pollution is a threat.

The virus is just a virus, doing it's thing.

There is no WAaV, no 'war against a virus', there is living with it, having strong immune systems supported by nurturant social behaviour.

There is knowledge based proven efficacy care.

The Virus has no political or religious affiliations or concerns.

The threat comes from whether or not the state and the oligarchy, the organisations that hold vast material power over all our lives cares for us, as recognising as real meaningful autonomous people in real materially evident and functional terms, observed beneficial outcomes, reduced harms improved long term prognosis, prevention.

That is where this all needs to go, kinda.


Kindest regards

"Do what you love, it's Your Gift to Universe"

Thank you for reading this blog. All we need to do is be really honest, responsive to the evidence we find,and ready to reassess when new evidence emerges. The rest is easy.