Passing Observations 39
This is a long standing series of small items which have caught my eye or mind and which seem relevant, startling, amusing or all three. Occasionally, items which appear here may return as a longer piece. Mostly they will not.
1. There is no little irony in the fact that politicians are constantly making loud noises about trolls on social media while the most vicious trolls of all are the 3,000 odd spreaders of vitriol and misinformation employed by the British Government to attack and libel those telling the truth about the covid-19 hoax and the safety and efficacy of the covid-19 injections. (The 3,000 trolls are members of a special unit of the British Army. They have been relentlessly spreading evil lies about me for months – paid for by British taxpayers.)
2. Facebook shareholders spend $23.4 million a year providing security and private jets for squillionaire Mark Zuckerberg. Maybe, if Facebook were not such a foul, repressive and freedom crunching company it would not be necessary to spend so much on the security.
3. If you think you might ever have to speak in public, or appear on television, then I recommend that you buy and devour Colin Barron’s immensely practical but always readable book, The Craft of Public Speaking. I wish I’d had a copy 60 years ago but I don’t think it was available then. You can get a paperback on Amazon. Read it and, as one reviewer says, `you’ll never be alarmed at having to speak in public – whether to an audience of ten or an audience of ten thousand’.’
4. Ideally we need a country where we can live together; somewhere which respects freedom, independence, democracy and quiet human dignity. Maybe there is one decent government somewhere in the world. I know a number of people are already planning to leave the UK – which is now possibly the most corrupt nation on earth.
5. There are still thousands of hand sanitisers around. I wonder if the idiots using them (and insisting that they be used) realise that in April the US Centers for Disease Control and Infection found little scientific support for the routine use of disinfectants in community settings, without indoor or outdoor.
6. Why is the NHS allowed to lie with impunity? The NHS has posters out and about promising: `The vaccination protects you and those around you.’ Really? And where is the evidence for this? I bet the private Advertising Standards Authority won’t do a thing about the NHS telling porkies.
7. Am I the only one to have noticed that people in shops who wear masks are always much slower at the tills? Is this because only stupid people choose to wear masks or because people who wear masks become stupid? It’s definitely one or the other.
8. People who are vaccinated must be observed for 15 minutes in case they collapse. I think the 15 minutes is too short. People who are vaccinated should be observed for at least two years before they are allowed to leave the vaccination centre and go home.
9. Global food prices are at a seven year high, and the United Nations index which tracks key staple foods is a third higher than it was a year ago. Those who laughed and sneered when I said that food prices would rise and result in millions of deaths might like to reconsider their laughter and sneers.
10. Face mask wearers are going to enjoy life so much more if we have a hot, sticky summer. Pollen will lodge in their masks, causing endless hayfever, and the heat will cause acne and other skin eruptions to get much worse.
11. Deaf students have lost out in the classroom. Those who rely on lip reading were lost. Some, but not all, teachers were wearing see-through masks in order to help avoid this problem.
12. Patients are finding it increasingly hard to find or see a GP. There have been 788 practice closures since 2013. In my view, the GMC’s absurd revalidation scheme is responsible. Doctors are fed up with the bureaucracy and are retiring early. Once they’ve retired the revalidation rules mean that they’re out of medicine for the rest of their lives.
13. I do get upset when people ask me where my mask is. But I avoid the consequences of my anger by not taking an axe with me when I go shopping. A friend of mine has a quick retort when asked where his mask is. `Are you wearing that mask because you’re ugly or just because you’re stupid?’ he asks.
14. Mask wearing is recommended for all those who are growing a moustache and finding the process rather slow. Other than that I cannot think of anyone for whom a face mask is a good idea.
15. `No one will be safe until the virus is under control everywhere,’ said The Times recently. No one will be safe. What an utterly absurd position to take.
16. The first covid-19 vaccines for children will be available by June. All we need now is for someone to explain why children need the vaccines.
17. German studies show that children could suffer long-term psychological problems as a result of the lockdowns. Hamburg University found that a third of children aged 11 to 17 were depressed and 44% suffered from insomnia.
18. Researchers suggest that everyone should take anti-hypertensive drugs – whatever their BP might be. I bet the drug companies didn’t object to that bit of research being printed. GPs won’t be happy. Everyone on tablets for blood pressure should have their BP taken once a month and see their doctor at least once every three months. My researchers suggest that many patients taking BP medication haven’t seen any doctor for years.
19. All this working from home is undoubtedly wonderful for folk who enjoy not having to go to work. But in the last week I have on three occasions spoken on the telephone to people who were working from home and who were all clearly distracted by crying children and/or babies. All three made serious mistakes.
20. Many people are enjoying the money being handed out by governments these days. In the USA, new President Biden is handing out $1.9 trillion to deal with the coronavirus. Not surprisingly, with all that free money floating around employers are finding it difficult to hire staff. I’m still predicting a massive rise in inflation.
Copyright Vernon Coleman May 2021
Vernon Coleman’s latest book is called Endgame: The Hidden Agenda 21. The book explains how we got here, why we got here and where we will end up if the resistance movement doesn’t win the war we are fighting. `Endgame’ is available on Amazon as a paperback and an eBook.