Too Much News

There is too much news and not enough analysis. CovId-19 is seriously changing the world. Who knew that a Cold Virus would cause so much mayhem? Besides Boris Johnson, of course…

The DailyGasLamp is hard at work on several stories… here is the heads up:

  • The relationship of the campaign of Anonymous Companies and Brexit – and the destruction of the planet – it’s hideous. Contributions to follow this up would be welcome.
  • Bernie Sanders getting the “Jeremy Corbyn treatment” by the USA media. This pandemic has turned up at exactly the time to disrupt Sanders’ presidential campaign…
  • DailyGasLamp is still following up the (illegal) use of AI for the GE2019 campaign. See new article here
  • Finally… (hold your breath)…
  • Stories that the CovId-19 virus itself is man-made. That statement is not made lightly, there is a good scientific source for this.

We built a chimeric virus encoding a novel, zoonotic CoV spike protein—from the RsSHC014-CoV sequence that was isolated from Chinese horseshoe bats—in the context of the SARS-CoV mouse-adapted backbone. The hybrid virus allowed us to evaluate the ability of the novel spike protein to cause disease independently of other necessary adaptive mutations in its natural backbone.

A SARS-like cluster of circulating bat coronaviruses shows potential for human emergence
Vineet D Menachery et al

This information needs to be taken in the context of the earlier DailyGasLamp article regarding the smelly state of the US/UK response to this pandemic.

COVID-19 and Future Policy

As predicted last July, part time prime minister Boris Johnson has terrible leadership skills. This isn’t the first crisis he has backed away from responsibility but this time his response to the COVID-19 pandemic emergency may have major impact. Loose talk or policy, whatever, the term “Herd Immunity” has horrified scientists world wide when its been applied to COVID-19: such a policy could condemn as many as 1 million to death in the UK with no guarantee that any future immunity protection would occur. The UK stance of “no action” has been condemned by the World Health Organisation and regardless of whether it is right or wrong, science-based or just mumbo-jumbo, the UK government should be working with other neighbours, especially the EU, on a coordinated approach to the pandemic. Instead Johnson’s “your loved ones may die”, “take it on the chin” approach, seems to have been taken from the Donald Trump’s lead: while the UK policy has been bad, the USA is far worse! If you want to hear how bad that then listen to Mike Galsworthy broadcast on twitter!

Future Specific Policies

Anyway, assuming that many people are covering the Cornavirus in detail… then let’s discuss what policies are required to move forward out of this crisis…

Various commentators have suggested the following postive approaches at addressing the crisis:

  • Testing of people suspected of COVID-19 at home – rather than bunging up hospitals and doctor’s offices and causing spread of the virus
  • Test for people at airports / ports – all part of a wider track and trace system to contain and understand the epidemology of the virus.
  • Providing people with proper sick leave (even for people just suspected of having the disease).
  • Minimise contact and reduce public gatherings until test, contain and control policies are in place – this could be several months
  • Build more ventilators for hospitals
  • Fund NHS, find a cure, roll it out
  • Release of non-violent prisoners from jail

Wider Policies

But already we have run into problems: testing at home? testing at airports? proper sick pay? release prisoners? All these policies need a complete change in government direction! What about the problems to travel/transport/retail/catering/tourism/entertainment industries? Are these just going to go to the wall?

What we need is:

  • Universal Basic Income
  • Nationalised public transport
  • Relief from mortgages and rents
  • Free education for nurses. Actually for all students. End student debt!
  • Free broadband for everyone
  • End homelessness

A form of QE for the rest of us. This just a short list… for a full list see here

Potential Problems

What we don’t need is “socialism-for-the-already-rich”:

Enabling a Change of Direction

There is no point, wishing for a Corbyn-led government. That boat has sailed. In the UK the chances of dislodging Boris Johnson lies in the courts, not parlaiment (but stranger things have happened). But this year, the best change of direction would be a Bernie Sanders president in the USA. A Sanders Presidency would be a siesmic shift towards a greener, health conscious, anti-war set of policies. Despite his huge appeal to US voters, the DNC is attempting to anoint “gaffe machine” Joe Biden by… voter suppression! This is on-top of the other fun and games in earlier rounds of state elections where there has been troubling mismatches between exit poll and final totals.

Collectively we know the right thing to do. Yet the billionaires are funding and fixing puppet leaders, gaslighting a proportion of the population (and most of the mainstream media), to ensure the rich get richer and the poor – not just get poorer but to completely die off! So yet again, no matter what we do, we come back to this concept of “democracy”… do we want this or not? It either needs to be fair or… what? Please add a comments below?

GasLighting from Number 10 and the expose of election fraud from Iowa

Background

The 2019 General Election was the culmination of a Military-style PsyOp (Psychological Operation) managed from the Institute for Statecraft with help from friendly nations. Full Situational Awareness was coordinated by Dominic Cummings using his Voter Intention Collection System (VICS), just like he did for VL, recording every voter intention. With 100% accuracy, the Tories obtained the 80 seat majority predicted on Nov 25th, 2019, by micromanaging the postal votes to suppress voters or stuff ballots (imitating people they knew wouldn’t be voting). After all there was precious little evidence on the ground to indicate that the Tories were campaigning at all in the north…

Johnson settles in

Boris Johnson “won” the election, having been tipped off that Trump could possibly start WW3, he decided to go on holiday to forget his election promises, returning fresh to double-down on austerity. Fortunately WW3 did not start but an innocent airliner was downed in the confusion.

So Friday January 31st 2020, turned into a Friday 13th Nightmare for some. There’s no way back to the EU for years and maybe no food coming to our shores unless a trading deal can be arranged in 9 months.

Journalists Boycott No 10

So what happens next? Johnson is keen to obtain a news agenda on his terms; Number 10 needs to keep up the gaslighting… they even have a giant gaslamp outside the front door to remind everyone… So Johnson instructed non-partisan news outlets to be banned from PM briefings. Now we may now get no news at all after journalists, in solidarity, walked out together. It was left to one of Boris Johnson’s aides to ban reporters. “The confrontation took place inside No 10 after Lee Cain, Johnson’s most senior communications adviser, tried to exclude reporters from the Mirror, the i, HuffPost, PoliticsHome, the Independent and others from an official government briefing.” You know what they say, “first they came for the journalists and I said nothing… I don’t know what happened after that!” Was stopping every news report, all part of the plan? Since we can only expect bad news for the next few years…

Transatlantic Aspects

So connecting the dots between what is happening in the UK and the USA: the billionaire class attempting to subvert democracy by promoting toadies and stooges and crippling the election process… what does this mean for the 2020 US Presidental election?

Currently it is not looking good. What exactly that happened in the Iowa Caucus last night? Details are sketchy but this is the Daily Gaslight’s current understanding:

  • Bernie Sanders is a popular DNC front runner. (Read up on the controversal 2016 DNC nomination campaign between Hilary Clinton and Bernie Sanders)
  • The DNC party leadership want someone less radical/socialist like Jo Biden or Peter Buttigieg
  • Jo Biden (at 25%) can hardly string a sentence together but Peter Buttigieg was confident he would do well in Iowa
  • Buttigigieg had (apparently) funded the development of election software from a company called Shadow (!) which was to be used to present the count at the Iowa Caucus.
  • But the results were delayed
  • With just a few districts announced, Bernie supporters, checking their own canvassing called foul. The Shadow software was underreporting Sanders’ support by 40%! The Sanders team showed their estimates: a lead for Sanders with some 29% of the vote.
  • In the resulting confusion, every candidate announced they were the winner.
  • Twitter was a buzz with anti-Bernie jibes that he had cheated (!) and was encouraging anti-semitism in the party.

So Gaslighting continues… the DNC party leadership seem to have this real grudge against Bernie Sanders and the democratic process… let’s see what happens next in the USA (since we will be getting precious little news from Number 10 by the look of things!)

To tie this news back to the theme of this post: what happens to the UK Trump deal if Bernie wins the Presidential race?