Corona nights- Don’t be a serf if at all possible.

I will not be proofreading this so it will be a bit of a mess:

In my last post I used the word ‘hoarder’ a lot. I was quite disparaging towards ‘hoarders’. I was grumpy after a quite hard shift at work. Having had time to reflect, I wish I had kept those thoughts private. Since then I have worked two more night shifts. I have had ample chance to get used to the new situation myself and neighbours currently find ourselves in.

Most shops on the high street are closed. A significant amount of them might very well not open again. The supermarkets are generally still open for business. It is only natural with the amount of scaremongering being conveyed to us via the numerous media outlets that people are going to want ample supplies to keep themselves as comfortable as they can be in this time of uncertainty.

Lots of people who have been food shopping on several occasions only to find the shelves empty. It is only logical to go shopping for food at the time the store opens.

Day by day the situation in the supermarkets is improving. Despite the shortage of various goods, there is plenty of stock being delivered to the stores and most of it is being put on the shelves each night.

There are still some rude and abusive customers, but there are always rude and abusive customers. Most that I notice in the morning ‘rush’ are kind and courteous, often quite talkative. There have been some interesting conversations, exchanges of useful information. Polite debates about current affairs. There is no panic in the air. There is justifiable fear in our voices. The common reaction if the word ‘Boris’ gets a mention is a dismissive eye-roll.

We might disagree on what should or shouldn’t be done by our elected officials, but this compulsory lock down is not popular among the people I’ve been taking to with two yards between us.

In each other’s company we are polite and softly spoken. I am quite sure the tone of voice is more animated with our familiars. Over the last week or so we have been getting used to the craziness going on around us. Things have calmed down considerably. Most people that I can see have got used to the sensible advice – washing our hands, keeping a couple of yards away from one another if possible, not gathering in large crowds.

In the mornings now a 1 in, 2 out policy has been introduced at the supermarket where I work. At the time the automatic doors are unlocked about 20-30 customers are alowwed in.. then as one leaves, one more are allowed in. It’s very simple stuff, and it sensible and proportionate to the situation we find ourselves in.

This is despite the panic mongers- bungling parish clerks called Boris, hellfire preachers called Piers.

And now we seem to be under house arrest. I wish I had the time to be able to articulate what I thought about this. I hope the house arrest doesn’t apply to me, I dont fancy getting fined six nights a week when walking to work.

I only have a few minutes before I take a nap or the nap takes me. I’ve woken from a rather healthy six hour sleep, but a two or three hour nap is on the cards. My better half will be back from work soon. And I like to give her space when she gets in, to de-stress from her long day of wage-slavery without me excitably pecking at her head.

I will leave some links to articles and videos that contain some calm and level headed analysis of what is happening. Whatever the politicians and the media outlets are playing at, there seems to be mass psychosis among a large proportions of social media users.. I must sign out. Take care. Don’t be a serf if at all possible please.

1:

“A recent interview with Professor Dr Sucharit Bhakdi, an infectious medicine specialist. The Professor is one of the most highly cited medical research scientists in Germany. He was head of the Institute for Medical Microbiology at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, one of Germany’s most distinguished seats of learning.”

https://hitchensblog.mailonsunday.co.uk/2020/03/an-expert-says-the-current-response-to-the-coronavirus-is-grotesque-absurd-and-very-dangerous.html

2:

Is shutting down Britain – with unprecedented curbs on ancient liberties – REALLY the best answer?

by Peter Hitchens

https://hitchensblog.mailonsunday.co.uk/2020/03/peter-hitchens-is-shutting-down-britain-with-unprecedented-curbs-on-ancient-liberties-really-the-bes.html

3:

Corona nights: notes from the plague.

So I went back to work after a week off.

The head offices of most of the major supermarkets must be loving this. They would be rubbing their sanitised hands together with glee if only they could get the supply chain untangled – the current state of globalist affairs would then be like Christmas with bells on.

Just after 10pm, amidst the laminated A4 notices that remind hoarders not to be rude, abusive and violent, and in front of the signs attached to empty shelves -informing the hoarders that 2 or 3 of any given product is the limit – the staff got on with their replenishing duties.

It was very unusual to see the long rows of shelves devoid of items. The stock levels of most items were extremely low, and often non-existent.

Behind the scenes, despite all the handwashing tips and the mental health helpline numbers.. the main message was clear ‘fill up the store, continue to serve our customers’.

Barely a tin of beans or tuna. The Italian-made dry pasta was entirely absent apart from a few cases of kids’ animal shapes.

I proceeded to replenish about a quarter of the rice section, mainly boil-in-bag and pre-cooked microwaveable varieties. The selection of oriental and Indian sauces were filled to about a third of full capacity. There was a lot of stock to put onto the giant shelving. After seven and a half hours of listening to Bob Dylan albums and five chapters of an audiobook version of Micah Clarke.. my latest graveyard shift came to an end.

Despite putting out all the stock at my diposal , long rows of shelves were still empty, but seemingly full enough to justify the opening the store at 6 in the morning, to let in the long queues of impatient hoarders, so they could remove all the essentials from the shelves before 10am. (10am being the begininning of the hour supposedly reserved for the old and the vulnerable.)

The selfish greedy hoarders care only about having their cupboards, fridges freezers and cellars full of non-essential items , especially alcohol and mutant chickens.

I am sure much time could be spent tidying up (and expanding upon also) what I have written into something that someone might enjoy reading. But these rough notes will lie dead here as they are , like the country that I love dearly, and sometimes wish I could hate.

Why has Julia Hartley-Brewer banned Peter Hitchens from her commercial radio show?

JHB: “And let’s speak to Peter Hitchens, he’s a columnist for the Mail on Sunday, he’s also the author of a book called ‘The War We Never Fought: The British Establishment’s Surrender to Drugs.’ Peter this is exactly the sort of thing you were warning about, this flooding of the country with super-strength cannabis, the drug that was perhaps seen by many and used by many in our, the British establishment in perhaps their younger days. Seen as quite benign, no, certainly whether it was then, it certainly isn’t now, is it?.”

PH: ” No, I don’t think it ever was, marijuana has had some of the best spin-doctors in human history, working to give it an image completely misleading. It’s a very dangerous drug because it actually is increasingly correlated with severe, irreversible mental illness. It’s also increasingly correlated with violent crime and yet, people still refer to it as a peaceful drug and as a soft drug. A soft drink is a non-alcoholic drink, a soft cop is preferable to a hard cop and the whole idea of it, that it’s somehow not really even a drug and many of, I think, Sir Robin Murray’s patients who come into his clinics with rather worrying symptoms following having used it, asked if they take drugs say ‘No, no no no.’ But when asked if they smoke marijuana they say ‘Yes, all the time.’ But they don’t even regard it as a drug, it is as I say one of the most skilful propaganda and PR campaigns ever seen, some people even think it’s a medicine, and it’s extraordinary how the British establishment in general, the media establishment particularly, the political establishment as well, has been captured by this propaganda and as a result have now for 40 years and more, been completely failing to interdict its use. They make various flailing public relations driven attempts to pretend that they’re trying to limit its sale and supply, but it’s very very difficult these days to get arrested, let alone prosecuted, and let alone seriously punished for the actually quite significant amount of possession.”

JHB: And one of the reasons for that, of course, was a bunch of middle-class children who were getting done for possession and their parents didn’t want them, particularly in the political media world, didn’t want them to have a criminal record.”

PH: “Well too bad, their parents should have told them not to commit crimes. The fact is possession of cannabis is a crime under the laws of this country and indeed those laws are backed up by international treaties, which prescribe that it should be a crime. But you are quite right that many, many influential middle-class people did smoke dope in their university days, regarded it as a sort of right of passage of the cultural revolution, allowed their children to do so and continue to pretend that it’s harmless. But also behind this is a huge billionaire campaign for legalisation, which is really approaching success at the moment.

JHB: “Yes, there has been quite a campaign on that for many years, goodness me.. “

PH “No, it’s intensified greatly Julie, the recent passage of Proposition 64 in California, which was openly backed by billionaire backers which contained provisions, for instance, for the advertising of marijuana once it was legal, showed you which way this is going. These people want marijuana to be as available as cigarettes once were.

JH: “Why is it relevant the people that are backing this are billionaires?”

PH: “Well, because I think you’ll find that there is an awful lot of money to be made out of the legalisation of cannabis. In fact billions and billions of pounds, just as huge amounts of money being made out of the other two legal poisons in our society.”

JHB: “Ok, look, I very much came from the same view as you on the issue of drugs. I’m very ‘zero tolerance,’ got no time for it and no interest in it myself and my, goodness me, even if it was a benign drug, one of the main reasons I don’t like it, is that it makes people incredibly dull and boring. You have a really fun evening, everyone starts smoking dope and suddenly they stop having interesting conversations.

PH: “Don’t make light of it too much.”

JHB: “No no no no, I just said ‘even if’ “

PH: This ‘dull and boring’ stuff is quite funny, but I get stories across my desk over and over again of people’s lives utterly ruined…”

JHB: “O’ absolutely.”

PH: “… by their, particularly by their teenage children taking up cannabis and being irreversibly damaged in the most horrible ways.

JHB “No, I completely agree with you.”

PH: “So ‘dull and boring’ doesn’t really, it’s like saying cigarettes, you know ‘make me a bit wheezy.’ Cigarettes will give you lung cancer, emphysema and heart disease, and will kill you terribly, so making a joke out of smoking doesn’t help that warning.

JHB: ” No, I wasn’t making a joke out of it, I was saying ‘even if it were.’ Can I go back to the point I wanted to make though?

PH: *inaudible (volume on mic been turned down?)

JHB: ” O’ Peter, let me ask you a question my love, it makes it so much easier to do an interview.”

PH: ” No, it makes it so much easier for me if I’m allowed to make my point without being interrupted, but hey we all can’t get what we want, can we?

JHB: “Peter, you interrupted me, I’m trying to ask you a question. Ok I want to ask you though, given that so many other countries are looking at legalisation and going forward with legalisation, many states in America legalisation, there’s a lot of pressure for it happing here, do you think that the evidence will mount up in those countries that will suggest that this is a terrible way to go ahead and this is something that will then stop this happening here. Or do you think that there will just be this pressure from all these people who just think this is a harmless drug, the pressure, the tidal wave will be so great that there will be legalisation of cannabis eventually in this country as well?”

PH: “Well if only evidence were treated fairly by a completely unbiased media and establishment, that might well be so. We’ve had many many studies going back to Swedish army study, and the Dunedin Study and the work, as I say, anybody can look upon the internet of Professor Sir Robin Murray on the correlation between cannabis use and mental illness, which you would have thought would make people quite worried as it is, but the truth is that we have had de-facto legalisation for so long, the effects of it are so evident in our society. At the moment, unless people in the media, such as yourself, are more responsible and more serious about this matter, and stop treating this thing as a minor issue. We’re stuck.

JHB “Peter, excuse me, I haven’t. I’ve always been anti-drugs, I’ve written numerous columns about it, I’ve talked about it on the radio.”

PH: “You talked over me.”

JHB: “What?”

PH: “You did a bit, and when I tried to explain why, you talked over me and I was unable to explain why, you didn’t listen to what I said.

JHB: “O’ Peter I can’t be bothered to do this, no I can’t be bothered anymore. It’s so painful, seriously, I was agreeing with you for goodness sake man. I wasn’t talking over you, you interrupted me and I carried on talking. I know I talk over people when I’m disagreeing, I’m going to put my hands up to that, but I wasn’t making the point you were trying to make, which was you were trying to correct me on a point I haven’t made. O’ let’s go to an update on the travel and we’ll talk about something else, and I’ll be an irresponsible journalist forever more. It’s 9:17”