36 thoughts on “Wednesday’s Papers

  1. Rosette of Sirius

    Well hello there! Now we can add space aliens to the 5G tinfoil hat-wearing covid conspiracy lockdown malarkey!

    Like in the X-Files all those years ago….

    The truth is out there, man. The truth is out there. Where’s Mulder and Scully when ya need ‘em?

    1. Ron

      Its confirmed unknown aerial phenomenon. Are you that arrogant that you completely disregard the possibility of extra terrestrial life? I feel sorry for people like you.

      1. Rosette of Sirius

        And anyways, given that I’m from Quaxxann – a planet that orbits the star Betelgeuse – it’s a big assumption….

    1. Lilly

      I saw it, Janet. I loved the one from Owen McCafferty, great performance too. Also liked the Nancy Harris one.

        1. Lilly

          I really enjoyed that too! It was in my top three. The only one I didn’t like was the first one, the whingey woman in the tent. Fairly banal and pointless.

          1. Janet, I ate my avatar

            snap, plus couldn’t get past the eyebrows, but fair play to all, something for everyone, looking forward to next installment

  2. f_lawless

    I thought this was a really good essay by former Guardian journalist Jonathan Cook – seems very relevant to whats currently playing out here. . Worth a read
    Some points points covered-

    – why there’s an increasing breakdown of faith in authority
    – information overload leading to a disorientation of the majority of people
    – how those who are instinctively inclined to dismiss any doubts in authority and reflexively label any expressions of distrust as “conspiracy theory!” are having a detrimental effect on public discourse
    – the urgent need for a more independent media

    https://www.jonathan-cook.net/blog/2020-04-28/era-great-disillusionment/
    “The test of our societies – and the only hope of surviving the coming emergencies, economic and environmental – will depend on our leaders being truly held to account…We need media we can trust to represent the full range of credible, intelligent, informed debate.”

    1. Finnster

      Thanks for this, f-lawless. Yes, lately, any dissenting/questioning intelligent voices are aggressively labeled as conspiracy theorists, to shut people up and get the mob going.

    2. SOQ

      Interesting piece, thanks f_lawless- the 5G part is very good, especially about the power of the telecoms industry but he misses a crucial point which is- where you start.

      If you begin with the view that 3/4G is entirely safe then you are way more likely to assume 5G is too. Except 3 and especially 4G is not safe, there are risks- it has been proven to cause cancers which is something MSM should be highlighting, but they are not so people are rightly suspicious. Is it so unreasonable to assume that 100 to 1000 times more exposure is not going to multiply the risks too? But the EMF message is getting through- I see more and more people holding mobiles away from their ears or using handsets- awareness of the dangers is definitely growing.

      As a general point, in some ways, all this information has left us less willing to take consider new ideas instead of more. Salman Rushdie makes the point that those of his students who would consider themselves left\liberal are also the ones who increasingly demand censorship and banning of other views they dislike- that the response is emotional rather than logical.

      So what is regarded as the right have grabbed hold of 5G, concerns over vaccines and even free speech but none of those things are actually right wing? The first two are about health and safety and pushing back against big business interests and the last, is a core liberal value.

      1. Cian

        @SOQ
        You aren’t giving a fair picture here.
        1. Studies show that mobile phone use may increase the likelihood of certain cancers. But this needs to be look at
        – what cancers? what is the base rate for getting that cancer? how much additional risk is there? (e.g. if the likelihood of getting a cancer doubles, but the base rate is 1:100,000… then your risk is still 1:50,000… or one extra case in Ireland per year).
        – are there positive health outcomes? some studies have found rats exposed to phone radiation live longer and are less likely to have certain kidney disease.
        – what is the benefit of mobile phones?
        2. Why are you saying that 5G will create “100 to 1000 times more exposure”? 5G needs more masts than 4G – but each mast will be lower power. Where is this 100 to 1000 figure coming from?

        1. SOQ

          Cain I don’t mean to be rude but I have already posted links to reputable studies. From memory- cancer of the ear, cancer of the brain, cancer of the skin and cancer of the breast plus infertility in men. I have no data on the rate of occurrence but it is enough to recognise a clear pattern in each case and that is only from mobile phones.

          Fully rolled out 5G requires a router (for want of a better word) every couple of hundred meters. The amount of data being transmitted and received will undoubtedly increase by that amount if not more- that is the whole point? Levels of EMF exposure are most definitely going to skyrocket and as magnetic beings we will be affected. 5G may be safe but it needs to be proved as such which is not an unreasonable position to take.

          Now I am open to debate on these things but what bugs the hell out of me is when IT geeks start their discussions on 5G in the same way as if it was a new phone. That anyone who has concerns need to be convinced or dismissed a crank when in fact THEY have no clue what they are talking about- how could they?

          Since when did IT people or even journalists study the effects of radiation exposure on the human body? It is a classic example of attempting to shut debate down.

          1. Cian

            yes – you have posted some link – which is a good start. However you also post a lot of rubbish and that makes it hard for me to take you seriously.

            you say “100 to 1000 times more exposure” but don’t explain what that means: just because 5G can transmit more information per second doesn’t imply that it will cause 100 to 1000 more cancer.

            You ask for “may be safe but it needs to be proved as such” but you can’t prove anything is safe: you can only show something is harmful (so it is not safe), or show that “in these tests no harm was detected”… Hell, you can’t prove red wine is safe and we’ve been drinking that for millennia.

            You then said “as magnetic beings we will be affected [by EMF]” – I don’t even know were to start. What on earth does “magnetic beings” mean? I’m not magnetic: Iron doesn’t stick to me. This sounds a lot like woo and mumbojumbo.

    3. Cian

      This is interesting. For me the point that ” we will need media we can trust to represent the full range of credible, intelligent, informed debate” is really important.

      The difficulty, as I see it, is
      (a) who decides which of the following items (he listed) are actually worthy of debate: “5G, vaccines, 9/11, aliens and lizard overlords” and which can be simply dismissed – although it isn’t a binary decision – it should be how much effort should be allocated to each.
      (b) How do we remove/referee/judge the untrustworthy, unintelligent, ignorant from the debate?
      (c) the media is either profit driven – so will balk at upsetting business (how much do the phone companies spend on advertising), or is government funded (e.g. RTE/BBC) and will follow the government line?

      For me the problem is that individuals aren’t used to thinking for themselves. They are more swayed by emotion than logic. They don’t have the knowledge to interpret the data themselves and need to rely on ‘experts’. They have no way of evaluating the ‘experts’. They want simple black/white, good/bad, right/wrong choices – but most are nebulous.

      1. SOQ

        OK look what happened yesterday- two experienced doctors in Calafronia held a press conference on their experience with CoVid-19.

        The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) jointly issued a very brief high handed statement condemning them but have refused to be drawn as to what exactly the doctors said which was wrong. It is likely they are the reason why YouTube banned the video.

        The two doctors in question were only giving their opinions- take it or leave it- and yet, they were silenced and their professional reputations attacked. For anyone who hasn’t seen the video, it’s still on the internet.

        1. Nigel

          Having your video taken off YouTube after holding a public press conference that is shared and dicussed, at minimum, on the other side of the Atlantic and presumably beyond is far from being ‘silenced’ by any actual, workable, useful definition.

        2. Cian

          ACEP-AAEM Joint Statement on Physician Misinformation
          The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) jointly and emphatically condemn the recent opinions released by Dr. Daniel Erickson and Dr. Artin Massihi. These reckless and untested musings do not speak for medical societies and are inconsistent with current science and epidemiology regarding COVID-19. As owners of local urgent care clinics, it appears these two individuals are releasing biased, non-peer reviewed data to advance their personal financial interests without regard for the public’s health.

          COVID-19 misinformation is widespread and dangerous. Members of ACEP and AAEM are first-hand witnesses to the human toll that COVID-19 is taking on our communities. ACEP and AAEM strongly advise against using any statements of Drs. Erickson and Massihi as a basis for policy and decision making.

    4. Lilly

      I misread that at first as ‘an increasing breakdown of faith’. Are many religious types losing faith as a result of Covid, I wonder?

    1. Rosette of Sirius

      BBC iPlayee Sunday. Not sure about it being my cuppa tea. Very well made tho and top marks for trying to make the ga look ‘high school’ sexy. The Yanks will love it when it hits Hulu later today. And the cailin does a decent Irish accent to be fair to be sure. Only watched the first one though.

  3. GiggidyGoo

    Can’t be dirtying the private hospitals with plebs now can we?. But no problem filling Goodmans and O’Briens boots with millions of euro. At every hands turn, when there’s a handout available, who shows up?
    Big announcement by Boo Harris about the state taking over private hospitals, and we find that they are almost empty while patients from public hospitals were moved to nursing homes and the like. SOP.

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