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Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 23 March, 2020, 05:20:17 PM »

Out on our gardening rounds today in this fine weather, few people seemed concerned. In fact, whilst doing the gardens adjacent to fairly well travelled roads, more people than usual stopped for a quick natter about nothing in particular.

The only hitch was our last customer, an elderly lady who usually makes us a brew and let's us use the toilet, declared herself in lockdown (which is fair enough, of course) - so no brew and no toilet. Had to do the last hour of weeding with crossed legs and a clenched jaw. (It's just weeding, wee-ding, WEE-ding - think about deserts, think about deserts... Nnng...)

Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 22 March, 2020, 12:55:24 PM »

Coronavirus bill: summary of impacts.

"The policy makes provision to postpone elections in England
and Wales scheduled for 7th May 2020 by a year to 6 May
2021. It also makes provision for other relevant elections
and referendums that may arise (for example, by-elections)
to be postponed up to 5 May 2021, and for supplementary
provisions to be made to handle the consequences of any
election postponements."


Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 22 March, 2020, 12:33:23 PM »

You're always welcome, Tordels - as are you all (I'm not nearly so scary in real life...).

Anyhoo, I've been reading some second-hand reports about a Bloomberg report - unfortunately, my 'phone can't access the Bloomberg site at all (annoying transcoding error). I'll post what the reports of this report typically say and then the link. If anyone feels like it, could you possibly check the link to see if the reports of the report are real and/or accurate and pass on any links that might be included? Thanks, guys:)

Typical report of the Bloomberg report:

"More than 99% of Italy's coronavirus fatalities were people
who suffered from previous medical conditions, according
to a study by the country's national health authority.
After deaths from the virus reached more than 2,500, with a
150% increase in the past week, health authorities have
been combing through data to provide clues to help combat
the spread of the disease.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte's government is evaluating
whether to extend a nationwide lockdown beyond the
beginning of April, daily La Stampa reported Wednesday.
Italy has more than 31,500 confirmed cases of the illness.
The new study could provide insight into why Italy's death
rate, at about 8% of total infected people, is higher than in
other countries.
The Rome-based institute has examined medical records of
about 18% of the country's coronavirus fatalities, finding
that just three victims, or 0.8% of the total, had no previous
pathology. Almost half of the victims suffered from at least
three prior illnesses and about a fourth had either one or
two previous conditions.
More than 75% had high blood pressure, about 35% had
diabetes and a third suffered from heart disease.
The average age of those who've died from the virus in Italy
is 79.5. As of March 17, 17 people under 50 had died from
the disease. All of Italy's victims under 40 have been males
with serious existing medical conditions.
While data released Tuesday point to a slowdown in the
increase of cases, with a 12.6% rise, a separate study shows
Italy could be underestimating the real number of cases by
testing only patients presenting symptoms.
According to the GIMBE Foundation, about 100,000 Italians
have contracted the virus, daily Il Sole 24 Ore reported. That
would bring back the country's death rate closer to the
global average of about 2%.
© Copyright 2020 Bloomberg News. All rights reserved."

And the supposed link:


Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 19 March, 2020, 06:18:00 PM »

Too Old to Die Young. An LA cop becomes an assassin. I can't decide whether this is awesome or shite. It's full of long tracking shots of nothing much, scenes of people doing ordinary things like sleeping or getting dressed or thinking, lingering shots of women in underwear and so on - interspersed with bloody violence. Still, I'm up to episode six(of ten), so it must be doing something right...

Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 18 March, 2020, 09:47:31 PM »
At this point, money is exposed as the fiction that it is. The government has two options—pretend that all the old economic ‘realities’ still apply and let a few hundred thousand people die, or adopt some policies that three months ago we were told were communist heresy and would mean the end of the world.


I suspect, however, that the Powers That Shouldn't Be will use this current situation to further their money-as-chains agenda. They've been trying to eradicate cash for years and replace it with digital currency - which sounds good until one realises that authorities will then be able to switch off any individual's money for any reason. All they have to say is that notes and coins spread the Virus of the Day and people will actually beg for cash to be abolished. Classic problem, reaction, solution.

Personally, I'm not over worried about this latest outbreak. What does worry me is how this situation is going to be used to further curtail freedoms and rights for the masses, and increase the freedoms and rights of "authorities." Sure, steps should be taken to combat the virus - but will those steps be retraced when the crisis is over? I doubt it. Once a government gives itself a power, it rarely gives it up again.

We're going to see a lot of Draconian measures instigated, things authoritarians have been dreaming of for a long time, and people will accept them through fear. Never let a good crisis go to waste.

There's a lot of weird surrounding this year's virus, from the idea that at least one of the five strains of corona originated in the US but was either covered up by or misdiagnosed as a result of vaping to the suggestion that it's a weaponised virus which either breached quarantine or was deployed on purpose. I don't know, to be honest.

Whatever's occurring, I think the best thing to do is act sensibly on a personal level because all the "elites" want to do is use it to spread fear and panic in order to advance their own agendas. Which seems to be working better this time around. When I remember all the other civilisation-ending diseases the MSM has been waving at us for the past few years, I can't help but think about "The Boy Who Cried Wolf." Perhaps the whole planet should remember that fable and demand a better, more balanced media, amongst other things.

I'm not going to get into arguments over this post - this is just how I see things - I may be right and I may be wrong, I really don't know.

Stay well, everyone, and don't give in to the fear.

Off Topic / Re: yoincks! followed closely by bah!
« on: 17 March, 2020, 02:42:59 PM »

Congratulations, Jimbo!

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 09 March, 2020, 12:31:38 PM »

Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 07 March, 2020, 12:56:47 PM »

Fascinating conversation, chaps - seriously.

Film & TV / Re: Judge Dredd: Mega-City One - TV show announced!
« on: 03 March, 2020, 11:07:06 PM »
Hey everyone here's an update.......but er.....still not happening.....


I think it's fair to say it's dead in the water.

I'm not sure what people expected to happen when it was announced this was being developed, many seem to have assumed that meant they'd have a Dredd series on their telly a year later. That's not how these things work. As someone who works on entertainment media which takes years and years and years to develop before there's anything to tell or show the public, I really don't expect you'll hear anything else until it's much, much further along. Everything in the meantime is just speculation for clickbait.


I've had scripts on file and in the works, some of them for the better part of a decade - one of them is the entirity of Jikan Book IV. Most of my scripts seem to take around a year or two to get properly interpreted and printed. Sometimes it's quicker, but not very often.

And that's just for three to ten page comic scripts.

Which have already taken me days or weeks to write.

And months or years to dream up.

So yeah, creating stuff takes a lot of time - especially for a part-time hack with delusions of Wagnerhood like me. If you need to make money as well, that just adds another layer of arcane abstract forces and formulae that I know nothing about but clearly complicate the whole thing. I don't know about you, but if I had to deal with all that as well I'd never finish anyt

General / Re: Life Spugs because...
« on: 03 March, 2020, 12:37:35 PM »
They do so the best comedy comes from dark places.

So I used to think of the worst things that had happened to me when writing my set.

Sadly the audience didn't want to hear about my Dad dying and my premature ejaculation.

Though I should point out that those are separate events.

I suspected no connection between those two events until you tried to disconnect them. Now I'm just suspicious...

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 01 March, 2020, 06:39:27 PM »

I have a cold and everybody's looking at me weird.

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