Thursday, 28 May 2020

A Great Graduation Speech

3:22&ff ...
and it's my belief that after you've witnessed months of a pathetic divide
where people care more about being right than the facts on hand
where conspiracy theories fester because they're met with pompous rebuttal
where everyone's an expert - but also a butthead
it is my belief that your generation will forge a new path
marked by truth and kindness and love
Stirring stuff, and the whole is a gem. Gratitude to Ace of Spades HQ for this trouvaille.

Monday, 11 May 2020

Nope, Not Censorship

VPN turned off and looking for Lockdown Sceptics...

VPN on, ooohh there it is!

Aaaand... VPN off, gone!

VPN on, ooohh there it is!

Some technicality of the interwebosphere I'm too dumb to understand, and not censorship at all, obviously.

And well worth the effort of turning VPN on, for amongst other goodies this comment on coding and public responsibility.

Having spent too much time in the last forty years re-writing from scratch the miserable fuckwitted garbage turned out by the likes of Prof. Pantsdown, I should perhaps be grateful that Imperial College are doing their best to disappear the original...
I wrote the code (thousands of lines of undocumented C) 13+ years ago to model flu pandemics
...sez the proud Prof, oblivious to the pain even this causes, never mind a skiz at the actual crash site itself.

Gentleman Ranker out on the C: and look what happens if I change this input parameter a little bit..!

COBRA Coneys: oooh look he made the graphy things go all wiggly... better demolish the economy immediately! "Input parameter", eh, he must be a real scientist with all that posh talk...

Saturday, 9 May 2020


Even your crusty old Blogista is a better man for this: tip'o'th'tiplo hat to Duff & Nonsense!

Friday, 8 May 2020

Ask Uncle Neil

What a track record, here summarised by the Business Insider:
Michael Thrusfield, a professor of veterinary epidemiology at Edinburgh University, told the paper he had "déjà vu" after reading the Imperial paper, saying Ferguson was responsible for excessive animal culling during the 2001 Foot and Mouth outbreak.Ferguson warned the government that 150,000 people could die. Six million animals were slaughtered as a precaution, costing the country billions in farming revenue. In the end, 200 people died. 
Similarly, he was accused of creating panic by overestimating the potential death toll during the 2005 Bird Flu outbreak. Ferguson estimated 200 million could die. The real number was in the low hundreds.  
In 2009, one of Ferguson's models predicted 65,000 people could die from the Swine Flu outbreak in the UK — the final figure was below 500. 
On March 16, around a month after the earlier interview, Ferguson delivered a bombshell 20-page paper to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.The message was clear: 510,000 people could die if the government didn't abandon its current strategy of allowing the disease to spread.
The obvious riposte is that the predictions are so insanely off-scale because the Government reacted by, say, trying to kill every farm animal in Britain or demolish the UK economy as a prophylactic measure.

On another view the Government would have done equally well to consult a Panel of defrocked palm readers, bankrupt bookies, Mayan Prophecies mavens... the Flat Earth Society! David Icke (pbuh)! God knows there are plenty of loonies and losers in the UK with a better track record than Prof Pantsdown who might at least have lent some gaiety to the proceedings.

Pictured today: Covids thwarted by the lockdown policy

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Ask Uncle Vlad

The Worthy People of Britain: Vladimir Il'ich, Comrade Professor Lockdown has been caught breaching his own lockdown to have... relations. Isn't that a bad thing?

Dyadya Vlad: One who talks a right-wing government into sabotaging its own economy and wrecking millions of livelihoods with it, doesn't merit a legover or two?
Hero of the Soviet-Union-on-Sea, overfulfil your quota with plenary zeal!

The Suddenly Worth One Hell Of A Lot Less But Haven't Twigged Yet People of Britain: Vladimir Il'ich, how did he achieve such a feat?

Vlad the Advisor: Well, that's a toughie, there's nothing in my experience... you know, Sergei Witte, Piotr Stolypin, Piotr Durnovo... the Tsar's governments usually had at least one member who wasn't a complete putz...