Word from the Dark Side – second piano concerto, Spinal Tap, sick Brits, scary driving, skyscraper dodging and stealing the ex’s Nintendo Switch

Rachmaninov’s second piano concerto. If you don’t like classical music, try listening to this piece twice (not in a row). If you still don’t like it, give up on classical music for a while.

In Britain, thousands more are dying than usual this time of year but about half of them don’t have Covid. I’ve not yet seen anything else like this from the mainstream media:

So if all these extra people are not dying from coronavirus, what is killing them?

Data from Public Health England (PHE) shows that during that period there were 2,103 extra death registrations with ischemic heart disease, 1,552 with heart failure, as well as an extra 760 deaths with cerebrovascular diseases such as stroke and aneurysm and 3,915 with other circulatory diseases.

Acute and chronic respiratory infections were also up with 3,416 more mentions on death certificates than expected since the start of July, while there have been 1,234 extra urinary system disease deaths, 324 with cirrhosis and liver disease and 1,905 with diabetes.

Alarmingly, many of these conditions saw the biggest drops in diagnosis in 2020, as the NHS struggled to cope with the pandemic . . .

“There is an increase in non-Covid emergencies that are arriving at the front doors of hospitals from all the delays the pandemic has created already. Things like people presenting later with tumours, and therefore having bowel perforations and aneurysms and lots of other things that were delayed,” she said . . .

The country is also suffering because of a lack of immunity. While lockdowns, social distancing, isolation and masks kept Covid-19 down, it also prevented other diseases from circulating . . .

The danger is that these added pressures on the NHS will force the Government into locking down the country again this winter, mandating masks and work from home rules.

If it does, we could end up in a perpetuating state of low-immunity in winter that it will be difficult to escape from. The Covid-19 response may have inadvertently created an ongoing health crisis from which there is no way back.

Wow. This is from MSN.

It may be related to the thing you all want to say but it’s not only that. We’ve just conducted the most radical, worldwide experiment ever conducted and the various health, economic and social effects are gradually becoming apparent.

No one ever asked, ‘What happens if we shut down the world for six months?’, but that is the question we are now finding answers to.

Journey into the belly of the beast: what it’s like to battle bureaucracy in order to move interstate with a large family under baffling Australian Covid restrictions. And if you haven’t already, please watch Brazil (1985).

I published an extra post on the Melbourne protests in case you missed it. There’ll be an extra post tomorrow on the Victorian vaccine mandates.

Duck Duck Go might not be all it’s cracked up to be. Remember, no platform is forever, just as producers of samizdat constantly needed new printing presses and secret headquarters. Alternatives include Qwant and the new Brave search engine.

Based MSN strikes again: CDC study finds childhood obesity increased at ‘substantial and alarming’ levels during COVID pandemic due to lockdowns to keep us safe from a virus that disproportionately harms fat people:

For kids who were moderately obese, expected weight gain rose from 6.5 pounds a year before the pandemic to 12 pounds after the pandemic began. For severely obese kids, expected annual weight gain went from 8.8 pounds to 14.6 pounds, according to the study’s findings . . .

Obesity rates among kids ages 6 to 11 showed the most dramatic increase. Researchers said this age group may have been more affected when schools suspended in-person classes.  

What do school test results mean these days?

Since that first real awareness, I’ve met other kids with top 1% test scores who are similarly…unimpressive.  98+ percentile SAT scores, eight 5 AP scores, and a 4.5 GPA with no intellectual depth, no ability to make connections, or even to use their knowledge to do anything but pick the correct letter on the multiple choice test or regurgitate the correct answer for a teacher. Some I could confirm their high scores, others I just trusted my gut, now that I’d validated instinct. These are kids with certainly decent brains, but not unusually so.  No shame in that.  But no originality, not even the kind I’d expect from their actual abilities. No interest in anything but achieving high scores, without any interest in what that meant.

It probably won’t come as a shock to learn that all the kids with scores much higher than demonstrated ability were born somewhere in east Asia, that they all spent months and months learning how to take the test, taking practice tests, endlessly prepping.

Film recommendation: This is Spinal Tap (1984).

If you’ve long heard about it but never got around to watching it, now’s as good a time as ever. My overwhelming impression was how healthy the West looks in the 1980s. Though the characters are debauched, pompous and ridiculous, there’s a physical and spiritual vigour lacking today.

A very enjoyable watch. The lyrics are deliberately awful but some of the music isn’t half bad.

This is true. Twenty years ago I got involved in the anti-war movement. The main organisations campaigning against it were Trades Hall and assorted Socialist loonies. They had professionally printed leaflets distributed and bills posted all over the city within 48 hours.

That’s what two dozen dedicated people can do (who don’t have real jobs to distract them).

We’re not always obsessed with safety at any cost in Australia. Brisbane this week:

An interesting look at the choices available in the recent Russian elections.

The trouble with grand conspiracy theories:

My problem with it, as with most conspiracy theories, is the amount of moving pieces and points of failure. The US Government isn’t like you see on ‘Blacklist’. From my observations dealing with Guberment types, it runs on the Pareto Principle. There’s 20% of the government workers that are dedicated professionals. They care about their jobs, and are competent. The other 80% is a conglomeration of morons, seat warmers, slackers, and doofuses. Hell, look at how they’ve handled this crisis so far.

Meanwhile in Japan, a man is arrested for breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment to steal her Nintendo Switch.

2 comments

  1. Kentucky Gent · 18 Days Ago

    “The trouble with grand conspiracy theories…”

    Well, that’s the trouble when starting from an atheistic world view that assumes God does not exist. Well, if God does not exist then neither does Satan and his minions, because they are God’s creatures.

    So if demons don’t exist then the grand conspiracy must either have human origins or else it does not exist either.

    Not hating on you, NV. Just pointing out that when people start with the assumption that God does not exist, or is not intimately involved with his creation, then it becomes impossible to understand the world and how it works.

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  2. Johnny Caustic · 18 Days Ago

    I agree with Kentucky Gent. This is a spiritual war, with demons leading the enemy. The reason why it looks less like humans conspiring and more like humans mindlessly alternating between hivemind and incompetence is because much of the conspiring is being done supernaturally. There ARE human conspirators, of course, especially at the tippy top–and some of the very top elites do explicitly attend black masses and worship Baal or Satan or some top demon–but a great many more of the elite are conscious nonbelievers who are subconsciously open to the influence of demons.

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