Wednesday, 8 December 2021

Omicron and other threats

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Yesterday Vladimir Putin said fears about the omicron variant may be “premature”. 
“Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. They say it’s not that virulent. Some specialists even call it a live vaccine.”
The Telegraph explains:
"Live vaccines include an attenuated, or weakened, form of the virus that causes a particular disease to trigger an immune response that will generate protective antibodies, but is not strong enough to make an individual sick."
In other words a vaccine, as the word was understood until very recently. We know viruses mutate and become less and less dangerous. 

The head of the World Health Organisation in Europe said that travel bans will do little to combat the omicron variant, as it has already been identified in 21 countries in Europe, but still restrictions are put in place.

They manage these things better in Sweden, when it comes to Covid, though Sweden gets most things badly wrong.

Scientists and doctors know or should know that there is an order in the universe and nature usually finds a balance. Unfortunately doctors are alarmists by calling. As Lord Salisbury said, if you believe doctors nothing is wholesome.

Even so, both Professor Whitty in the UK and Dr. Fauci in the USA say omicron seems not to be serious.

The doctor who discovered omicron said it’s a lot milder than delta- don’t panic!

Cue a manufactured panic, while voices that say things are not as serious as the authorities think are suppressed. 

This seems terribly wrong to me and a terribly bad precedent. Is this the shape of things to come? 

Probably, along with unprecedented numbers of refugees, Black Lives Matter ideas and climate anxiety. 

All are products of a sort of Platonism, an attempt by would-be philosopher kings to reorganise the world. 

When people try to reorganise the world, especially on rational lines, it rarely goes well.

Plato has been described as the distant ancestor of fascism. Our neoplatonic rulers fear fascism above all other things, but are increasingly fascistic themselves.

Yet a left-wing friend of mine from childhood wrote to me last night that he is thinking of emigrating to Ireland because England is "becoming far less tolerant and far more hateful and inward looking". 

I can't see any sign of England or any country in the world becoming more inward-looking. I don't think it is possible, for technical reasons. But I am 1,500 miles away. 

Perhaps a backlash against internationalism and experts is going to come. I suspect my friend just dislikes Brexit and won't move, but things must change sometime. 

Getting back to Vladimir Putin, the virtual meeting yesterday between him and Joe Biden was described by the Kremlin as 'frank'. 'A free and frank exchange of views' in diplomatic parlance usually means blows came close to being struck, but this meeting was a virtual one.

Russia has invaded a neighbouring country and is a fairly big problem for Europe, mainly because of most of Eastern Europe's dependence on her for gas, but Russia is another danger to Europe that is much exaggerated and for which there is not really any solution.

For now, the default setting of the world is to panic about things that should not cause panic and suppress any mention of things that should absolutely terrify us.

5 comments:

  1. "For now, the default setting of the world is to panic about things that should not cause panic and suppress any mention of things that should absolutely terrify us." In a nutshell.

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  2. Philosophy is a species of terror - onto its object; Theoria...

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  3. Mr Putin is not a doctor - but he is repeating what many doctors have said. The panic in Western countries can not be justified medically - it appears that the international establishment is continuing to whip up panic in order to justify their pre existing (Agenda 21 - Agenda 2030, "Sustainable Development") plans. Only a couple of years ago I would have dismissed this conclusion as paranoid - but now it is unavoidable.

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  4. "Live vaccines include an attenuated, or weakened, form of the virus that causes a particular disease to trigger an immune response that will generate protective antibodies, but is not strong enough to make an individual sick."

    This is my testimony. For a long time, I could not pray with any assuring faith that my prayer would be answered in the affirmative, that God would get rid of covid, without the evil politicians and big pharma trying to steal the credit. A few weeks ago, this changed, and (although I hadn't hear the term), I asked the Lord to create what I learned from you today is called a "live vaccine". When I heard about Omicron, I believed that this confirmed what I had believed after I prayed, that Omicron was the answer to my prayer.

    I leave you with a parable I tweeted:

    "Every day, 3 ugly sisters, Astra, Derna & Fiza, asked a magic mirror who was the safest & most effective destroyer of the plague in the kingdom. The mirror would reply, 'You 3 are the best, ladies.' Until, that is, the mirror replied, 'Omicron'. They knew what they had to do!"
    https://twitter.com/John_Allman/status/1467489077415063553

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  5. This is one detail that can be known:

    https://twitter.com/tassagency_en/status/1416775020873932800?s=20

    The other matter, not ex ante.

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