Last I heard Charles, son of Elizabeth II is first in line for the throne of Britain, followed in turn by his sons Prince William and Prince Henry. However…
Her Majesty is aged, being somewhere around 100 years old. Her son, Charles, is also old. Both are just the wrong age for C19 and most likely have preexisting conditions that but them in danger. This got me to thinking…
That thinking led to this scenario: Prince Charles succumbs to the virus, so Prince William is named Heir. But then he dies of C19 due to some preexisting condition, to be followed in his turn by the Queen. Thus Prince Henry and his wife Meghan wind up King and Queen of England. The Prince and Princess who once tried “divorcing” from the royal family, in a sense. That sounds like irony to me. To you?
If nothing else I can hope we learn one valuable lesson from all this brouhaha. Namely that refusing to do something because it would cost us costs us just too damn much. We really can’t afford to ignore a possibility. We hear of people being refused testing for C19 because they don’t appear to have symptoms, when even the asymptomatic can have the illness, and that the illness can be spread to others. By our false economy we end up spending more than if we had just gone ahead and done the testing.
C19 is going to radically change how science is done. From now on, I should hope, we’ll start looking at mysteries with the idea of actually investigating them instead of saying there just isn’t enough evidence for an investigation. We’ll become more involved in learning what is going on instead of just sloughing off a conundrum just because we think we don’t have the time. And that is going to change things.
We can’t afford ignorance. We especially can’t afford wilful ignorance, and what all we need to learn is something that will change our lives immeasurably. Your opinion of course may differ.
It’s happened here before. Back about a year ago we had an outbreak of Hep A here in San Diego. It did some spreading to other parts of the country, but when counter measures were put into place it pretty much faded away.
The difference between now and then is, Hep A is pretty much known to us so while there was some panic most folks pretty much got on with their lives after taking the steps they needed to handle the epidemic. You know the routine; clean up after yourself, don’t shit anywhere you like, get the homeless off the street, that sort of thing. Of course the homeless are still with us, so Hep A really didn’t have that great an impact on us.
The current affair should fade away to, for as Bob Heinlein once noted, “The most ordinary thing in the world is a ninety day wonder on the ninety first day.”
About a week ago Neil DeGrasse Tyson appear on Late Night with Stephen Colbert. The two talked about a few things and from what I could see Tyson had himself a good time. One thing I did note was what Neil had to say on the current pandemic, and as I remember it was something like it being an experiment to determine how well the common man could listen to scientists.
That got me to thinking, that it would appear that the reaction of scientists to the existence of bigfoot is an experiment to determine how well they can listen to science.
By now you’ve heard of Trump’s decision to cut off travel from Europe to the United States. I have to ask, who the hell does he think he’s kidding? This strikes me as being something a lot like shutting the barn door after about an hour of letting the stock ramble back and forth. You don’t want certain parties coming here, then damn well block passage immediately (my emphasis). You don’t give the cat an hour in the rabbit hutch and then lock the door.
And I’ve got more to do, so this thinking will have to wait for later.
Back with WordPress that is, for the simple reason that I can handle this platform. So I get to build up a list of subscribers again, and that means getting back to posting. Which really isn’t possible at the moment because I need to rest up and do some thinking.
But this time I’m going to do what I can to keep it simpler than it was before. In other words, no piling on the crap.