Cowed and Frit


I read yesterday somewhere:

Face coverings will be compulsory in England’s shops, Matt Hancock announces

James Delingpole responds:

It’s so obvious why forcing us to wear masks is a bad thing that I really shouldn’t need to spell it out. But here, for the thickos at the back, are a few hints.

First, it’s an almost entirely pointless gesture. As wind turbines are to climate change, so face masks are to coronavirus: they’re ugly and intrusive; they’re a very public display of obeisance to what is essentially a religious rather than a scientific belief system; they do nothing to cure the problem they’re supposed to be curing…

Not only will masks almost certainly not work, but even if they did, why now? The peak of the virus has long since passed. We are now in summer, when flu-like viruses are naturally killed off anyway.

It’s hard to imagine what kind of situation might have justified this draconian imposition by Boris. A sudden, massive resurgence of infections leading to many more deaths and an almost overwhelmed hospital system, perhaps. But since this hasn’t happened, not even remotely, Boris’s mask gesture looks like not merely shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted, but welding it shut, burning down the stable and then shooting the horse on capturing it so that it doesn’t bolt again.

Clearly, then, the reasons for introducing this mask ruling have nothing to do with sound science. Rather, this is a political gesture borne of the Boris administration’s desperation to get Britain up and running again after months of lockdown indolence. So successful has UK government propaganda been in persuading the population that Covid 19 is almost unprecedentedly dangerous that a  cowed and frit populace are now proving extremely reluctant to leave their homes.

Cowed and frit is exactly how they want us.

Even the police don’t like it:

Major police federations have slammed the assumption that officers will be on the frontline enforcing mask-wearing inside of shops and supermarkets, calling it “impossible”, “unrealistic”, and “absurd”.

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22 Responses to Cowed and Frit

  1. Elizabeth says:

    They are trying to avoid a winter spike?

  2. Rose says:

    This is where the Smoking Ban Experiment comes in as worked out by Clicky, Roobee and me this morning.

    • Roobeedoo2 says:

      How to cover up senicide? Mask it – pun intended.

      • Clicky says:

        • Rose says:

          I love that one “What’s in a cigarette” Roobee, I took Pfizers version apart some years ago.
          It was invented by Simon Chapman in the 80’s

          Simon Chapman

          “Citations are included from patent office registrations of new chemical applications to tobacco processing and from the specialist chemical literature.
          Both these sources are virtually unintelligible, let alone normally accessible to the average person but are rich in potential for anyone willing to translate them into news items with popular interest .

          Polysyllabic chemical names should be checked through a reference book that lists common usages and toxicological data for chemicals .
          Look for usages that will connote revulsion or concern .
          For example, well known chemicals found in tobacco include cadmium (as in car batteries), ammonia (as in toilet cleaners), cyanides, formaldehyde and so on ……” (p.15)

          Acetic Acid (vinegar)
          Acetone (nail varnish remover)
          Ammonia (cleaning agent)
          Arsenic (ant poison in the USA)
          Benzene (petrol fumes)
          Cadmium (car battery fluid)
          DDT (insecticide)
          Ethanol (anti-freeze)
          Formaldehyde (embalming fluid)
          Hydrogen Cyanide (industrial pollutant)
          Lead (batteries, petrol fumes)
          Methanol (rocket fuel)
          Tar (road surface tar)

        • Rose says:

          They are mostly trace elements found in fertilizers that are also used on fruits and vegetables.

          Carbon Monoxide Gas Is Used by Brain Cells As a Neurotransmitter

          “THE simple gas carbon monoxide is used by nerve cells to signal each other, researchers have found in a discovery that could open the way to a new understanding of how the brain operates.

          The discovery follows a finding that another simple gas, nitric oxide, can also signal nerve cells. Together the two gases break all the old rules on how neurotransmitters work”
          Neurobiologists have been finding neurotransmitters since the 1920’s and thought they had the rules for nerve signaling in hand. Each substance was thought to be stable and specific. One nerve cell would release the transmitter and it would fit into the next cell like a key in a lock.

          But gases are volatile and nonspecific, and they diffuse into any nearby cells. Transmitters were also thought to be stored in small pouches in cells that made them and released when necessary. But gases are not stored and are made only when needed. Clinical Implications

          “It’s a whole brand new signaling mechanism,” said Dr. Charles Stevens, a neurobiologist who is a Howard Hughes Medical Institutes investigator at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, Calif.

          “So far, he added, he is finding evidence that carbon monoxide might be used to cement memories in the hippocampus of the brain and that established memories might be erased when carbon monoxide is absent.”

          And, he says, the new findings about carbon monoxide and nitric oxide have taught neurobiologists an important lesson: “It makes you think that when people are evaluating whether a given chemical is a candidate neurotransmitter, they ought to be very careful about applying the rules of ancient days.”
          https: //


          And you’ll scream when you see what’s in apples

          “In order to overcome that potent, intuitive response, we have to know some basic science, we have to think carefully, and we have to be willing to set our feelings aside when they clash with what reason tells us. Plenty of people fail on all three scores — and so their perceptions of the risks posed by chemicals are routinely wrong.

          How wrong? Well, I have some disturbing news for those parents who insist there should be no traces of contaminants, ever. Scientists have detected formaldehyde in apples. Yes, the chemical used for embalming corpses had been discovered in apples. The very apples you feed your children.

          It’s OK, though. The quantities are far too small to cause harm. In fact, formaldehyde has been present in all apples forever because it occurs naturally. For generations, parents have been feeding children formaldehyde-laced apples which everyone thought were “pure” but the development of testing technology revealed that our intuitive sense of “purity” is an illusion.

          Something to think about when a headline freezes your blood.”
          http: // … pples.aspx


          U.S. Department of Agriculture
          Farmer’s Bulletin No.1356
          Issued June, 1923
          “Describes methods for the use of arsenate of lead to control the tobacco hornworm and prevent damage to crops.”

          With picture of the cover

          The Apple Bites Back: Claiming Old Orchards for Residential Development

          LA was introduced in 1892 in Massachusetts for use against the gypsy moth. Two other arsenical pesticides (copper acetoarsenite, known as “Paris green,” and calcium arsenate) also were in use, although LA largely replaced them in the 1930s due to lower cost, greater efficacy, and lower phytotoxicity. Even though arsenic residue was recognized as a problem as early as 1919, LA was the most widely used pesticide in the nation—recommended by the USDA and applied to millions of acres of crops—until the late 1940s, when DDT (considered at the time to be safer and more effective) became available. LA continued to be used in some locations into the 1970s, and was ultimately banned in 1988.”

          Arsenic, cadmium, and lead in California cropland soils: role of phosphate and micronutrient fertilizers

          “Phosphate and micronutrient fertilizers contain potentially harmful trace elements, such as arsenic (As), cadmium (Cd), and lead (Pb). We investigated if application of these fertilizer increases the As, Cd, and Pb concentrations of the receiving soils. More than 1000 soil samples were collected in seven major vegetable production regions across California. Benchmark soils (no or low fertilizer input) sampled in 1967 and re-sampled in 2001 served as a baseline. Soils were analyzed for total concentrations of As, Cd, Pb, P, and Zn. The P and Zn concentrations of the soils were indicators of P fertilizer and micronutrient inputs, respectively. Results showed that the concentrations of these elements in the vegetable production fields in some production areas of California had been shifted upward.”
          https: //

        • Rose says:

          He may have missed out Polonium, but they got interested when the Russian spy got poisoned. So I looked at that too.

          It’s yet another trace element in fertilizer and much more of a danger, I would have thought, on fresh vegetables.

          Polonium-210 has a half-life of 138 days, and it decays to stable lead-206 by emitting an alpha particle.

          “Because it is produced during the decay of naturally ubiquitous uranium-238, polonium-210 is widely distributed in small amounts in the earth’s crust”

          ” Polonium-210 is also emitted to the atmosphere during the calcining of phosphate rock as part of the production of elemental phosphorous. Although direct root uptake by plants is generally small, polonium-210 can be deposited on broad-leaved vegetables.”
          http: //
          No longer works

          “The process of calcination derives its name from its most common application, the decomposition of calcium carbonate (limestone) to calcium oxide (lime). The product of calcination is usually referred to in general as “calcine,” regardless of the actual minerals undergoing thermal treatment. Calcination is carried out in furnaces or reactors (sometimes referred to as kilns) of various designs including shaft furnaces.”

          So Polonium 210 has a half life of 138 days, assuming that the apatite rock is crushed, calcined onsite and spread immediately.

          “N. tabacum requires a frost-free period of 100 to 130 days from date of transplanting to maturity in the field”

          Then it gets cured and aged for three years, if my studies of American Agricultural Colleges are correct.

          Polonium-210: basic facts and questions WHO

          “Po-210 emits alpha particles and is 5,000 times more radioactive than radium. The half-life of Po-210 is 138 days”

          “For the general public, normal hygiene measures (such as thorough washing of hands and washing of fruit/vegetables before consumption) are sufficient.”

  3. Rose says:

    From Richard Delingpole’s article.

    “Sure it’s conceivable that if everyone now has to wear a mask in public, one or two bedwetters skulking at home may be more likely to venture into the light. But it’s equally possible, I would argue, that it will have the opposite effect – and make a bad situation even worse.

    “Well if they’re making us all wear masks the problem must be even more serious than we imagined,” people will say. (And indeed are saying already: a friend of mine overheard this very comment after the announcement was made).”

    How true.

    “Now, those of us on the sceptical side no longer have that liberty. And it makes us righteously angry because we know that this massive imposition on our freedom has nothing to do with health and safety but has everything to do with an overweening state flexing its muscles and getting far too comfortable with its new authoritarian powers.”

    Having had my hair cut yesterday and lunch at the pub today, I suggested somewhat sarcastically to my timorous friend that perhaps we should give sunday lunch a miss to see if I survived the week.
    They thought it was a very good idea to keep them safe.

    • Joe L. says:

      Now, those of us on the sceptical side no longer have that liberty. And it makes us righteously angry because we know that this massive imposition on our freedom has nothing to do with health and safety but has everything to do with an overweening state flexing its muscles and getting far too comfortable with its new authoritarian powers.

      If I didn’t know Delingpole was writing about face masks, I would have sworn he was a smoker writing about smoking bans. Nonsmokers are now getting to know what it feels like when authoritarians in positions of power and influence use pseudoscience to convince their gullible peers to shame them into relinquishing their liberties.

  4. Александра Собина says:

    As I have found out today on my own experience, face covering can be very unpleasant and maybe even dangerous for some to wear, especially for longer while. I tried out my mourning thing today, looks great in my opinion, but very uncomfortable to breath, even it is silk. Synthetics perhaps are worse. Do they want to extend death rates(?) with muzzling us all.

    • Rose says:

      Beware of silk, AC, I was once riding my motorbike wearing a silk scarf under my helmet, the scarf got wet in the rain, the tiny gaps in the fabric blocked up and the scarf was sucked into my mouth and nose and stopped me breathing, I had to get to the side of the road, park up and struggle to get the whole assemblage off on my last breath, not easy wearing a pair of motorcycle gloves..

  5. Александра Собина says:

    Yes, it was exactly as you said.

  6. Clicky says:

  7. waltc says:

    I’ll bust one thing Delingpole said: heat doesn’t kill it. The new wave is in the US west and especially southwest. And it’s hot there (and in fact everywhere here).

    • RdM says:

      I thought I’d read that heat with humidity was more fatal to it.
      You can have dry heat and humid heat, in different climactic regions.
      But I don’t know US climate regions or whether that was validated or not.

  8. RdM says:

    Some interesting commentary here:

    An old tab I found scrolling back through hundreds was how I came into it:

    But it’s still visible on the home page, as is its predecessor part one.

  9. RdM says:

    This a little interesting, too?

    Scottish doctor, author, speaker, skeptic.

    Vitamin D & o ther topics co vid o pin ions

  10. slugbop007 says:

    Owen Jones or Spike Milligan? Spike Milligan! This is PM Boris’s Goon Show but it’s not funny.


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