Rant

A 61-post collection

Short Week

This Monday was a public holiday, so we have extra time for faffing about on the day. Schools are allowing students to come back so long as social distancing happens, but I'm betting my last dollar that this will be the source of another wave of the damn thing.

Australia and Britain alike want to investigate the pandemic and China is up in arms about it. Of course. China doesn't want to look bad, but I tell you, nothing looks worse than covering up a mistake.

Victoria and NSW have insisted on opening schools and -shock of the week- there's another spike down there. Colour me shocked.

They're shuffling residents in aged care facilities and I have to wonder how effective that's going to be when the tests aren't accurate. I know one lady had negative test results for a week and succumbed to the plague as a result. Now there's a panic about all the people she's come into contact with.

I'm doing what I can to kill the base canard that children can't catch or transmit the plague. This is a lie with its origins in US right-wing "news" where a host stated it as fact and instantly got shot down by the expert he was interviewing. This has done absolutely nothing to stop people repeating it. Wishful listening.

News is especially tonedeaf, because they have news about schools going back online to outbreaks of plague in the same area. I'm rolling my eyes so hard they can be used to power the world.

They're still claiming the plague came out of a laboratory and... they're going to be very upset when the truth is revealed. AKA, the truth that it was a natural virus, as was already discovered by several weeks ago. There's still the whole coverup issue, which is true. Tonedeaf Americans claiming China deliberately three-D'd everyone [deny, delay, distract] when they were doing the exact same thing round about January-February.

Spain is coming out of their bubbles, but it's unclear as to whether that's going to cause another spike. Facemasks are mandatory on public transit and in public spaces and that's a wise move. They prevent the spread.

It's looking like this plague will be persisting because of idiots who want business back to normal before any kind of reliable testing/treatment/vaccine/cure is out there. I really wish money didn't run this world.

There's secret locations guarding supplies of PPE, there's military organisations helping hide medical supplies from the US federal government. There's bidding wars for that which should be rationed out equally for the good of all. It's madness. It's 100% madness in the US and it's leading to unprecedented levels of death in the disadvantaged.

Anyway, I should be writing some fun and happy fluff for you. Everyone should have something bright in their day. Especially these days.

Stay kind, stay sane, and remember to get some sunshine.

Winding Down?

Optimists are saying we might be free of lockdown procedures as early as May.

When the dust finally clears, epidemiologists will be comparing the Covid-19 spread in the USA versus how it hit in South Korea. Both countries got the virus on the very same day, but both nations had very different policies with how to deal with it.

S. Korea locked down instantly, put all possible effort into manufacturing PPE and making certain there were enough medical facilities to go around.

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I'm getting better...

It's funnier if you read that title a la Monty Python.

The majority of the sniffles are gone, but the harsh throat and the mondo migraine are lasting reminders that life is pain and anyone saying any different is selling you something.

In other news: AO3 has won a Hugo Award, and the people behind it are sharing it with all the fanficcers who are members. Since I am a member, can I legitimately add "Hugo Award Winner" to my Authorial resume

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Slow Progress

Things... are chugging along. I'm into the final stretch of B'Nar, I've reached the point in my TangleBag(tm) is almost taller than it's ball of origin, and people apparently really liked my last Wordpress Wednesday. Huzzah.

...now if only the nice folks in Hollywood would notice this shit.

I know. I know. I am but one voice in the wilderness, yaddah yaddah. I would like to think that someone, maybe even a capital letter Someone, is out there and taking a

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BBC SOP - FEFO

For those amongst the acronym challenged - BBC stands for the British Broadcasting Company. The public television since whenever.

SOP is Standard Operating Procedure. For instance, the standard operating procedure for politics is lie, cheat, and rack off with a golden parachute.

FEFO is new. It's something Beloved and I coined after absorbing a couple of episodes of a new thing from the BBC. It stands for this:

Four Episodes, Fuck Off

We've seen a lot of this with high-quality BBC products.

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Straya Day

It's a public holiday today. Marking the anniversary of the day that all of the white people who had invaded and then set up stakes voted to make ourselves an independent nation. The people who were here first weren't consulted. They weren't even classed as people by the invaders.

Natives, who now have most of the rights of the invaders, call this Invasion Day and they're right to do so. My lot invaded, took over, ran the native peoples off to the

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Failed Day, Yesterday

I just wanted a relatively relaxed day with a chance to finish a thing or two and maybe play Fortnite with my Beloved until it made me sick.

Well... everything went firkin wrong on me. And in my experience, there is little in this world that is worse than the entire world going against you.

About the only thing that went right was finally and at last working out all the bugs in the Rabbit-hole scene for SESP. That thing has been

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Getting Organised

Organisation comes as naturally to me as dancing on the ceiling. But, little by little, some sense of order is emerging slowly from the chaos. We have a fortnight, just about, to have everything in a row for our trip to Adelaide and the week in the Murray. Including a stop-over at MeMum's for a combo Mother's Day and Gift Exchange. Exact day and time to be determined.

I have a LOT of clothes to wash. Mount Laundry has been gathered from

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...shit

There's certain realisations in life that don't result in swearing or tantrums. They just... defeat you. And then all you can do is mutter "...shit."

I have, some time in the past, skipped over some of my Instants in my super-mega-master-file. Which means I have to do a re-count. As soon as I locate all of said missing files and include them.

...shit.

The day I set aside for the Grand School Run is also the day I'm due to see my

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Progress?

MeMum asked me about the ins and outs of Keto or LCHF, this morning. For her doctor to read. And I am glad to provide any information about it at all.

Not only am I a writer who does research for fun, but I am also a nerd who loves sciencey things.

I admit. I am neither a doctor nor a dietician, but I have listened to enough of them to get the basic gist of how ketogenics works, and retell that

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Murderous Modern Medical Science

Yesterday, I promised you, my dear reader, that I would tell the sordid story of how modern medicine nearly snuffed my talent out in the cradle. But before I get onto that tale of intrigue, business ventures, and just plain fucking up... I have to define a few things.

"Modern Medicine", when I use it in the context of this story, is actually shorthand for "modern medicine at the time" because modern medicine is constantly in flux and capable of change. Except

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Slow recovery and horrible green things

I'm pretty sure my virus is done. Hooray. I'm still coughing up things ranging from chartreuse to pea-green, including a random few bronchial casts1. And first thing in the morning, some of my ejecta is so dark that it could double as scabs.

Hooray for night-time drying effects? I guess?

And for those of you who are watching my weight with concern, I actually wobbled upwards by 0.1 of a kilo and am holding steady in the 84 kilo range.

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What another fine day for politics...

...ze said whilst oozing sarcasm until hir audience drowned in it.

There's an old law that the POTUS can't have any kind of business earnings whilst also in power, lest conflict of interest rear its ugly head and corruption eat the government alive. And since the Muppet has shown no signs of surrendering his holdings to anyone else, it looks like the grand old new rule of "It's okay if Republicans are doing it" seems to be coming to the fore.

If

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Hello, Inertia. Can I kick your arse?

Yesterday, my Beloved begged off of the daily walk because of a light rain. I could understand because they have cloth-sided walking shoes. Even the best of athletic shoes are water permeable and not proof against the slings and arrows of early morning dew.

Or a good, soaking rain.

It's why I wear my boots when the ground is moist.

Today, however, Beloved's diabetes pills are kicking their arse and they're not feeling so very well at all, this morning.

At first,

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I wrote a cursed book

Well, that's the half-joke. During most of 2014, I was working on a novel entitled Kung Fu Zombies, which threw a lampshade on every zombie trope and every kung fu trope I could make fit. And possibly a bunch of American survivalist tropes as well.

For all the fun I had writing the bloody thing - my life went sideways in a big way. Disasters big and small plagued my life. Culminating in the death of my father barely a week before

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