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  1. There is some evidence that masks do help - as do the other public health measures. ( see BMJ “Public Health Measures for Covid “ systemic review and meta analysis 20 Nov 2021 pp 314-315) Though the article does say there has’t been a lot to evaluate the effects of “public health measures”- masks , social distancing -and hand washing, they do seem to be significantly effective, remarking “ The hand washing finding is somewhat surprising, and at odds with the evidence that the predominant route of transmission is inhalation rather than fomites” For some, the way masks are used may negate the benefits. Those are the folk who for ever re-adjusting and pulling them up and down,, below their chin , even up on their forehead , rubbing their eyes and their nose with un- washed hands and then then stuffing the moistened mask somewhere for further use. Masks can be very annoying to wear, but perhaps we should reflect that in many situations such as in hospitals and care homes staff have had to wear these darned things every working hour on long shifts for many, many months now- is it so difficult for us to wear one nipping into Shoprite?
  2. The medics you have spoken to will probably also tell you that the problem isn’t entirely about difficulties in “recruitment” it is also about “retention ” - or rather “failing to retain “ staff. Over the years there have been some excellent consultants who have been appointed, but then leave. This has nothing to do with the Island as a place to live. Characteristically, initial enthusiasm fades as they discover they work in a system that appears to have a special ability to frustrate and discourage. They leave.The system continues as before. The medical world is a small world, though.Word gets around.
  3. I think the “ Civic amenity site” at Balladoole has been referred to as the “Harrods of the North” because of the extent and turnover of goods in the recycling shed. The old books are almost a library facility and there is usually a good selection of nearly new push-chairs, bicycles and toys. Unfortunately, there seems to be a view developing from the “Department” that the centre generally would run much better if people could be dissuaded from the notion that it is somewhere to get rid of rubbish.
  4. I did the survey. Yes, it is a bit ponderous. The topics and type of questions will,I suspect produce figures giving percentages who drink more than a certain amount, are overweight, eat little fruit and veg, walk or cycle little and and are socially isolated and unhappy and that Covid had a bad impact on everyone. There will be a comparison with other populations. The bottom line will be about “ healthy life choices “, or similar phraseology - Do less of these things - for they are bad things, and bad for you to do. -Do more of these things - for they are good things, and good for you to do.
  5. Approaching heresy to praise something on MF., but , The firework display in Ramsey was really superb! What about the noise? O.K., there was 30 minutes of noise. What about the climate?O.K., there was is burning of carbon with nitrates and chlorates etc .O.K., hundreds of vehicles used fuel to transport people there. Those undeniable negatives ( for half an hour per year! ) have to be seen against the large positives of enjoyment for thousands of people. Life for many during Covid has been very difficult and dreary.Something colourful, even and a bit just different as the winter advances is very not only very welcome it is something of therapeutic importance. We must not forget fun.A bit of fun is good for the mental health of people of all ages. Another heretical positive: People. Us. As I wondered about everyone I encountered were enjoying themselves, the tone was civilised and good humoured. I can’t think there are many places where thousands of people can quickly congregate, co-operatively move about in darkness and afterwards disperse without being marshaled and policed.
  6. Non vaccinated staff member issues. The bereaved relatives of a patient who has died from Covid a little while after a non-vaccinated member of staff on a medical unit becomes ill with Covid ,may feel that there has been a failure of duty of care by the hospital in allowing that staff member, who they knew to be unvaccinated, access to clinically vulnerable patients such as their relative. The unvaccinated staff member may later claim that they had not been been properly and fully advised regarding the need for vaccination. They might maintain that had they received good counsel, they would have given consent for it ; They might say that given the option, they would have agreed to be moved to a less clinically critical area.
  7. The NHS is a huge multi-layered organisation . At its worst, it is self-preserving,ponderously slow and inefficient. Unfortunately though, no-one seems to have come up with anything anywhere near as good. Since 1948, it has meant that If you were very ill, your treatment was provided. You didn’t need to be wealthy and able to pay, or have to beggar the next two generations of your family in order to meet the bills. It does mean that we have been brought up in the comforting belief that the NHS was a total system of care from ,quote , “Cradle to Grave”. The reality is a surprise to many -It isn’t, and it never was. For NHS has never included Social Care -and specifically funding for looking after you when you are very old. This is a crisis that is already here, and one no politician will rush to wrestle.
  8. Conspiratory theorists flatter most governments and their institutions by crediting them with intricate, Machiavellian schemes and extraordinary organisational ability and the most impenetrable secrecy. Anyone who has had any dealings with any such institutions knows how flawed that view is. From experience, they know their activities to be reassuringly incompetent.
  9. It depends on where you mean quite a lot per day
  10. I wasn’t saying anything about vaccination or this particular one -in fact my view is very much pro vaccination - including this one. Yes, very much the overwhelming majority of GPs are in favour, and thank goodness they are. ( though you need to recheck your numbers - there aren't anything like 250,000 GPs in the UK-more in the region of 62,000) It is the “maritime court “/“ common law court “ aspect which I don’t understand and was hoping it could be explained to me.
  11. Mr Heading says he is going to bring legal action against individuals who he claims have committed “ crimes against the people “ This will be in a “Maritime court” My knowledge of legal matters is very limited and in In my naivety, I always thought “Maritime Courts “ were to do with the sea and shipping Is it on the same lines as the other year, in hired room at the Manchester Art Gallery, when similar charges were brought by Mr H against IoM health minister and Director of public health and Jersey’s Public Health chief in a “common law court” The charges were similar but the vaccine was a different one, the HPV vaccine. The outcome was referred to in another story about “ Common Law Courts” in Iom News today( 15 Oct 2020) saying that the “defendants” were all found “guilty”.They were required by the court “ to be removed from their positions and be barred from any future roles in health” -and pay a shared fine of £250,000 to Mr Heading and all HPV vaccs. were to cease immediately. Are there prosecutors/ defenders, judges, juries in these courts ? who appoints them? who gives judgement ? - or are they simply a soap box and refuge for the delusional
  12. We already have a complicated justice system. It is not perfect,but it has evolved, over centuries. It will be interesting to see how a pressure group setting up a “court” in a hired venue somewhere( Not Nuremberg) can even begin to believe they have any sort of legitimacy.
  13. Hindsight has such wonderful clarity. In early 2020, little helpful advice was forthcoming either locally, or nationally to help care homes. Disastrously, PHE even in early April made little of any threat to care homes and Gov. advice seemed out of step against a picture of mounting care home deaths:
  14. A few of the folk involved in the delivery of vaccines are people I am privileged to have known for some time. I also know them to be kind, decent, caring and intelligent people who genuinely just want to get on with the job- fighting against this very real threat to our society. But there is an extraordinary madness afoot. It is fueled by anxiety, suspicion and “common sense fatigue” - and the vanity and greed of anti - Covid / vaccine promoters. It has been further aided , unfortunately by the ponderous self- defensive systems securely in place in the non -clinical corridors of the Health Service. There is a delusional strive amongst the “ Antis” to project the notion that our defenders are our enemies. Even the nightmare of Nazi atrocities exposed at Nuremberg has been dragged into it That is without doubt, a most vile and vicious slur contrived to intimidate. health workers. - Last year there was an enthusiastic, albeit sometimes rather cloying and virtue- signaling, saucepan-bashing every Thursday and with it, an easy tear- wiping adulation. Now these same people are slandered as “ war criminals” by the “Antis ” Professionals in our NHS should not be trampled underfoot by the “antis” in their frantic ascent of the moral high ground. There is room left on the lower slopes- I’ll stick with them. They’re good company. -
  15. Politicians and others readily trot out, “We are all living longer” - there follows a readily accepted view “old people = drain on resources”. After a life time of “usefully”paying taxes they are now a burden. The trouble with viruses as a crude form of population control is that it can be very un- selective: The second wave of the 1918/19 pandemic was certainly “effective” - but it targeted the fit and young ( age range 17-42 ) and pregnant women were especially vulnerable. Like most things in life, “ it might not be quite as simple as that”. The decade upon decade increase in life expectancy shows a trend of leveling off and even dipping ,first for men and then for women. So for the first time in history, it looks like we may have to accept there may be a real possibility that not only will life expectancy of many people be less than their parents -or grand parents, but the health service’s main burden may shift from looking after the elderly, to be focussed on the chronic illness and long term disabilities of much younger people as a result of conditions as such as obesity and the multi system complications of disease like diabetes that come with it - such as chronic kidney disease caused by accelerated degenerative arterial gegeneration. This is in addition to the long term treatment of conditions which would have proved fatal for those in young age some decades ago but now require long term and expensive treatment. Effectively, some in the coming generations may not “live longer but well be “unwell longer”and as a consequence, not be able to “pay in “ to the system that looks after them in the way their grand parents did.
  16. Some of us will have steeled ourselves to delve into history to learn what happened in Nazi concentration camps, and in particular about the depravity in the guise of medical science - perverted science, by Joseph Mengle and his ilk, and also about the 21 “Doctors trials” in Nuremberg that followed after the war. ( Mengele , wasn’t there, he escaped to S. America) To even contemplate and equate what happened there with our NHS staff trying their best to reduce morbidity and mortality in our community from this virus , is not just reprehensible , it is utterly beneath contempt.Sadly such rhetoric is becoming steadily more raucous and threatening. Nuremberg Code 1. - regarding “Consent “ This has absolutely no possible relevance in this situation. This was established in the shadow of the atrocities perpetrated on the poor souls who could not object or avoid being painfully mutilated. “Experimentation without consent” almost makes it sound an abstract legal technicality rather than the outrageous brutal, moral and humanitarian obscenity it was. There is no comparison between people being herded off cattle trucks and forced to (read it for yourselves if you have the stomach ) be the unwilling victims of the most vile proceedures with no prospect afterwards other than the merciful release of death, and the 40,000 plus volunteers in free societies around the world in late 2019 and early 2020 who very nobly and bravely signed up as volunteers for the initial Covid vaccine trials. Since then over 4.5 billion vaccs.have been given world wide, each and everyone requiring consent. They are not compulsory - If you don’t want one - simply, don’t have one.
  17. The title strongly implies that New Zealand doctors, dentists and “scientists” are the concerned signatories to the “petition”. Surprising there are more than 9,000 signatures but fair enough, if that’s what these professionals feel. but hang on a minute…. if you venture to the bit where you sign-up , look at the drop down options: - There are options to sign as a ” Concerned citizen of New Zealand” or even as an “ International citizen ”
  18. There are prominent anti vaxxers, who don’t just exercise their choice and not have a vaccination. If you don’t want to have it -fine, don’t have it. But they go further to grand-stand, be aggressive and threatening and incite their followers. Kate Shemirani - shouted about Nuremburg trials and hanging of doctors and nurses, demanding that if doctors and nurses didn’t “ Get off the bus “ she wanted her baying audience to “send me their their details”.This was incitement and the theat was clear. Piers Corbyn and some of his followers caused a clinic in Brighton to close for the day referring to vaccination the staff there as “scum”. Others of their ilk have likened health care workers and NHS officials to Dr Mengle. To anyone who is familiar with the history of Josef Mengle , that’s pretty vile.
  19. I have never heard it used, but others may be familiar with it. if your family has made up its own word - why not ? Rather cool. What is it you have to be doing, or not doing, to be accused of ‘bringeing about “ ? I can’t offer anything helpful I’m afraid, only these two rather useless pieces of information: “Bringe” I think can refer to the chest area of a horse. and “bringen” in German is the verb “to bring” so “I bring” would be “Ich bringe” (but German pronunciation would be “bring” with the “e” pronounced)
  20. I don’t understand what you mean by “pseuds”. Anyone one who is a “paid influencer “ in this situation I hold beneath contempt and this includes everyone associated with the flakey websites with a “Donate” button for the gullible poor souls who trawl them. “Welfare of our people”? My welfare, my family’s welfare, my friends ‘ welfare and the welfare of the larger community in which I live, and globally, I see as inseparable. At this moment there is suffering and death which everyone should be united in trying to prevent rather than wallowing in a fantasy land of delusional conspiracies. This is real. The only really effective thing we have against it is vaccination.
  21. I have contacts in UK hospitals and they are describing situations which are very similar. For a pregnant woman to get Covid and end up needing intensive therapy is a desperately dangerous and tragic situation. I am with Wrighty here - Get vaccinated!
  22. OK ,one’s immediate reaction is that it seems OTT , but the above is a valid point. Additionally, the situation to consider is one of unknown guests, possibly a series of guests, coming to stay the night/nights in a house which as I recall is not spacious. Given the present situation, I think I would prefer to know my guests had been vaccinated.
  23. The “point” or rather “points “ are: 1.They are still an extremely vulnerable group. Being vaccinated greatly reduces the chance of them contracting Covid and greatly reduces the severity of the illness if they do. It can be regarded in simple terms - if they are unfortunate to contract Covid it effectively reduces their “Covid age” by over thirty years. It is for basic humanitarian reasons.The effects of Covid for someone in this vulnerable group can be terrible and It’s a horrible way to die. 2.Most , but not all, residents consented to be vaccinated 3. Most, but not every member of staff, consented to be vaccinated Looking at the care home deaths in UK last year - we were fortunate to have just one care home disaster.
  24. Perhaps if it “says” something by manipulating the letters and spacing, to produce something obvious and fleetingly amusing, perhaps, Few like “show -offs” - but then they paid for it - not you. Also, people are not all well-off egotists who have “cherished” number plates - there can be all sorts of reasons. For example, obtaining a number for no other reason that a very fondly remembered, long since deceased relative had it on their car over sixty years ago, isn’t “showing off”. it is a something more personal.
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