Conspiracy Theory (Half Serious)

I have been finding it harder and harder to make sense of what is going on.

In theory we all have to wear face masks, socially distance and follow other regulations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 but the level of compliance is dismal in and around London. Go on any train. 40% of people have masks over their mouths but not their noses. 30% have no mask at all (or it is nowhere near their faces). Only about 30% are wearing them properly. Nobody is enforcing anything much. Despite high theoretical fines, and a few shops being forced to close, nobody else faces any real consequences for flouting the rules.

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November 29, 2020. COVID-19, London, Politics, Silly. Leave a comment.

Gratuitous Schadenfreude

We live in a world that seems to be sliding ever closer to outright fascism. That is deeply depressing but we also live in a world where teenage K-Pop fans can successfully troll the imbecile President of the United States of America, from the comfort of their own homes, and leave him flailing around with absolutely no idea of what actually happened. Trump is currently blaming everything on a completely nonexistent mob allegedly besieging his half arsed attempt at a combined Nuremberg Rally and plague party.

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June 21, 2020. Tags: , . COVID-19, Politics, Sensible. 1 comment.

Is This… Nostalgia?

So, I checked my Wikipedia watchlist, to make sure that nobody was dicking around with any of the articles that I watch, and saw that somebody had (legitimately) edited the article on the 2013 horse meat scandal and I was hit by a wave of… what? Nostalgia?

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April 19, 2020. COVID-19, Food, Silly. Leave a comment.

There is no prioritisation of the elderly

You will no doubt have received hundreds of very similar emails from various companies telling us all about what they are doing “at this difficult time” making a big deal about prioritising the elderly and vulnerable and generally auditioning for sainthood.

This is all bullshit and I’m calling bullshit on it. I’m naming names. There is no prioritisation of the elderly! It is all just PR! I give all this corporate autohagiography a D-. It is unreadable drivel. More to the point, it isn’t helping anybody!

(Oh, yes. And there will be swearing. I guess I should have mentioned that before.)

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April 17, 2020. COVID-19, IT, Politics, Sensible. Leave a comment.

Self-improvement?

Everybody else: Reading improving books. Learning languages. Searching for meaning in the dark chaos of these troubled times.

Me: Binge-watching UNHhhh, because I am trash.

April 4, 2020. COVID-19, Media Picks, Personal, Silly. Leave a comment.

Soylent Groan

I am not an economist. Nonetheless I would like to start with an economic point so basic that it should be completely uncontroversial irrespective of your economic philosophy:

The idiots who are saying that we should sacrifice people to save the economy are economic illiterates because they fail to grasp that the economy is made out of people.

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March 31, 2020. COVID-19, Money, Politics, Sensible. 1 comment.