Thoughts out of season

We are living in strange times. Countries are effecting curfews in peace time. Flights have been grounded without a shot fired. There is no Bush to tell us you are either with us or with the terrorist ( an ultimatum that is no different from the terrorist).

The US economy, the largest in the world, has a 2.2T cheque to save its economy & as they are won’t to do, bail the rich in this trying times. I am not sure poorer countries have such deep pockets and their poor and homeless will fend for themselves. For example the tax reliefs announced by Uhuru only help those in formal employment. The lowering of VAT by 2% has such a limited range on most perishable goods and all.

In 2009/2010 the world suffered a flu pandemic (H1N1) and I don’t remember such shut downs. So far as I can remember, only meat products from severely affected countries were banned. And in the year starting June 2009 to August 2010 when the pandemic was declared over, about 60mn people had caught it and deaths, depending on who you ask were in the range of 200-575k world wide and I don’t think this novel coronavirus will get there.

I have been to the airport in the last two weeks and every time it looks like a ghost town. Passenger lounges that are usually bustling with activity are deserted. Restaurants are open only for take outs. It’s a bad way to live.

Gaddafi before he was killed said ‘they’ will make a virus, infect you with it and then sell you an expensive cure. Maybe 100 years from now when the lid will be lifted on secret documents, our descendants, if they will be still alive will find that this was a bad experiment. Question is, who benefits from a global meltdown? Is it a nation? A group of individuals?

Can’t we just go back to work? If we die we die. This must be one of those occasions people should say give me freedom or give me death!

And with that I go to ride. Damn coronavirus.

Postscript: if you live in a country that has used nerve gas, or some other chemical or biological weapon against her citizens or adversary, why do you think it would be beneath them to try it on a global scale to stimulate a response? Besides war has changed from boots on the ground to drones and all.

My barber has closed until further notice, don’t question my unkempt hair.

And while still on this, our police are shit. I think police use their heads as helmets or vessels to hold their ears in place. If anyone needs new brains, it is the police and those who lead them. How do you go about brutalizing people in the name of effecting a curfew when these people are just trying to get home?

And finally some dark story.

Appointment in Samarra by W S Maugham

There was a merchant in Bagdad who sent his servant to market to buy provisions and in a little while the servant came back, white and trembling, and said, Master, just now when I was in the marketplace I was jostled by a woman in the crowd and when I turned I saw it was Death that jostled me.  She looked at me and made a threatening gesture,  now, lend me your horse, and I will ride away from this city and avoid my fate.  I will go to Samarra and there Death will not find me.  The merchant lent him his horse, and the servant mounted it, and he dug his spurs in its flanks and as fast as the horse could gallop he went.  Then the merchant went down to the marketplace and he saw me standing in the crowd and he came to me and said, Why did you make a threating getsture to my servant when you saw him this morning?  That was not a threatening gesture, I said, it was only a start of surprise.  I was astonished to see him in Bagdad, for I had an appointment with him tonight in Samarra.

About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

58 thoughts on “Thoughts out of season

  1. wuodflora says:

    You’re absolutely right, let us go to the streets, meet this so cold Corona, those who will survive will form the next generation. We can’t stay inside because of flu yet malaria kills us more and when we stay inside the mosquitoes come looking for us in the house to spread malaria.

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  2. Arkenaten says:

    It hasn’t caught on like wildfire down here yet, and there are occasions where people seem to not give a shit.
    We had to go to the vet yesterday and this morning with Bobbi our boxer and while it was very quiet yesterday this morning there was considerably more traffic about including on foot. And at the traffic lights there was the usual crown of arseholes with their squeezy bottles intimidating motorists to allow them to was their windscreens. Police no where to be seen.

    Some folks are being respectful others not so.

    I read that one of the problems with this virus is that so many can be asymptomatic and risk infecting loads more people without even knowing the are carriers.


  3. judyt54 says:

    One thing to consider, when you’re throwing numbers about: it took the H1N1 virus 14 months to reach its peak death count. The Corona virus has been active (as far as we know) for less than three.
    One of the reasons for the spread, it takes up to two weeks for it to show itself, if you have it. You don’t even have to sneeze to pass it along, it clings to everything. By that time you could have passed the thing to hundreds of people.
    The spread of this isn’t person to person, but person to crowds, and we have nothing in place to deal with it: no shots, no treatments, no inoculations. Even people with pneumonia shots are vulnerable.

    I don’t know. I think what it has done is made us consider our own lives and how we affect others. And a certain amount of self-management, either by state or city or personally, is not a bad thing.

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    • makagutu says:

      You are right on the numbers. I have read elsewhere that Italy and Spain will see their peak in the next week or so if the measures already taken work. New York gov has said their estimate their peak in another two weeks. In short, for all hot spots, they are looking at mid April to the end for their peaks. What happens after that time, no one knows. That asymptomatic people can spread it is the really scary bit.
      What has been done in some places have led to behaviours that are anti-social. Panic buying all supplies forgetting others will also need them and all.


      • judyt54 says:

        I find a lot of our so-called “christians” seem to be hellbent on spreading this thing–praying it away, huddling together in churches, “defying’ the devil that created this. No. Just no.
        Mike Pence is proof that THAT doesn’t work, isn’t he.

        And since we have to way, as of yet, to inoculate against it, we have to just take responsibility for our own lives and those around us, I guess. Which, frankly, is the way it should be.

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        • makagutu says:

          I think there is some confusion among the faithful. They believe God will see them through this and also that she is punishing us for our transgressions


  4. This is all a plot by Hillary Clinton, Barrack Obama, and the LGBTQ community to hurt Donald Trump and conservatives world wide. These evil people first placed the virus into a live bat; then fed said bat to an innocent Chinese man, how, I’ve no clue, and then sent said man out into the crowded streets of Hong Kong to infect his whole country and then the world. It is sad the steps that libtards and woke assholes will go through to devastate the world. Shame on them. The bastards.

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  5. john zande says:

    Just saw a wonderful Tweet:

    If capitalism is so good, why does socialism have to bail it out every 10 years.

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  6. Arkenaten says:

    Jeff says you know how to report a blog post. We have a live one on the go at the moment and he is off off the charts.

    Note the word cure in the title?


  7. Charity says:

    Shit, I completely lost my comment.

    Yeah, a lot is shut down here in Memphis. I didn’t plan it that way, but it seemed timely to put dating on the back burner and read a couple of books instead.

    How the hell are you, Noel?

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  8. Stay safe. I heard that the police are ruthlessly enforcing curfews in Kenya.

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  9. Tish Farrell says:

    I love that Maugham tale. Spot on for the times. By way of further rational debate you might want to check out Professor Dr. med Sucharit Bhakdi, one of Germany’s most illustrious infectious disease specialists. Stay well!


  10. […] Finally, my big brother and I still believe we should be let free to go meet this is virus and fight with it.  Those who survive will form the next generation, those who will not make it then were part of the population reduction that we have been doing selectively. Corona thoughts […]


  11. Ron says:

    Contrary to popular belief, the U.S. government has no deep pockets. It just borrowed that non-existent money from the Federal Reserve and passed the IOU on to future generations.


    • makagutu says:

      What would happen were the future generations decide to print dollars to pay off those debts?


      • Ron says:

        Since those dollars represent debt-based money and only the Fed can print money, the only way to repay the entire debt is to return all the money issued back to the Fed — which would reduce the number of US dollars in circulation to zero, but still leave behind all the unpaid interest because only the Fed can print the money needed to pay the interest on the loan.

        To put it in perspective, if you borrow $100 at 2% per annum, you will have to repay $102 at the end of the year. But since there’s only $100 in circulation you can never repay more than the original $100 you received.


        • basenjibrian says:

          There is a whole…odd…school of economics out there called Modern Monetary Theory that says this is OK. Naked Capitalism posts a lot of MMT stuff, and the commentariate there is enamored of the concept that we don’t have to worry about it at all.

          I was banned for some reason from commenting there. Maybe I was a bit harsh in responding to some of the left wing Trumpalos? Can’t understand it, as people post far worse there! 🙂

          Ron: Naked Capitalism would make you head explode a la Scanners. Please stay away for your own health!


  12. Nan says:

    Final CDC figure for H1N1 deaths — estimated at 12,469.


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