May 7, 2020 at 8:34 pm #201460AnonymousInactive
Nonetheless they are having these effects.
Tangible objects are disappearing. Real photographs, papers, books, magazines, penmanship and traditional correspondence – the accompaniment of leisure and meditation (contemplation) and analysis that takes time and composure.
I can but think that you did not particularly enjoy these things, that you speak as you do.
However, you are no more free to think as I do than I am to think as you do. 😉May 7, 2020 at 10:21 pm #201472
It doesn’t follow that finding mobile phones useful, indeed very useful, means that you don’t value the things you list.
Anyway perhaps we should migrate this discussion to the one you started on digitalisation since it’s a bit off topic — though, come to think of it, what would lockdown be like for personal interaction without the internet? Lucky it got invented as there’d be virtually none.May 8, 2020 at 12:30 am #201510alanjjohnstoneParticipant
Regard mobile phones, it won’t be our generation that will either benefit or suffer but those growing up with such technology which will determine if they are boom or a bind upon society. People our age are adopting it, perhaps adapting a bit to them, but not fully evolving with the technology. Just watch a youngster’s finger-action when texting…
But personally, despite not being someone who carries a mobile on a daily basis, I do recognise the convenience of them.
I go shopping and I see people taking pictures of what they want to buy to send to friends for advice, or to check prices with other retailers or online suppliers.
For kids, it is no more notes from teacher to take home but texts to parents direct from the teacher. A closer monitoring than I ever had in school.
I recall why I bought my first mobile. Car breakdown service wanted mobile number to give the tow-company to locate me. (I was landline phoning from a nearby petrol station)
Then I had to update another time when the car insurance companies wanted pics of a bump and the damage to both cars. So it was more than just talking as phones now had built-in camera and video.May 8, 2020 at 5:30 am #201547alanjjohnstoneParticipant
Nations can always invest in the preparations for a possible future war, engaging in military exercises, stockpiling weapons and ammunition and supplies that may never be used.
But when it comes to other scenarios such as a pandemic, such precautions are neglected.
The government has kept the Exercise Cygnus report secret since it was first circulated in Whitehall three years ago. A copy was leaked to the Guardian, which is publishing the document in the public interest.
Martin Green, the chief executive of Care England, “It beggars belief. This is a report that made some really clear recommendations that haven’t been implemented. If they had put in place a response to every one, we would have been in a much better place at the start of this pandemic.”May 8, 2020 at 9:07 am #201560AnonymousInactive
The final eradication of May Day and its formal replacement with VE Day and nationalism. The virus has allowed this coup to finally be completed in the UK.
“He who celebrates victory rejoices in killing.”
– Lao Tzu.May 8, 2020 at 9:36 am #201562rodshawParticipant
My heart sank this morning when I saw the people across the road had put up Union Jack bunting across their driveway. I hope my other neighbours don’t follow suit or else, being at the end of a cul-de-sac, I’ll be well and truly cornered.
There again isolation is nothing new for socialists, we’ve known all about it for decades.May 8, 2020 at 9:39 am #201563AnonymousInactive
Absolutely. My sympathies.May 8, 2020 at 9:50 am #201564AnonymousInactive
A few years ago a house in my area hoisted the Jolly Roger, but was forced to remove it.May 8, 2020 at 11:09 am #201568
I think (hope) it’s a one-off just for 75th anniversary. But still appalling, a re- affirmation that “We will do it again. Don’t know where. Don’t know when.”May 8, 2020 at 3:13 pm #201579AnonymousInactive
They are linking the present situation to the war, and making it a nation thing , trying to make out that health workers and soldiers are the same , and that soldiering is also admirable.May 8, 2020 at 4:21 pm #201595
Still, it’s better that people are cheering health workers rather than soldiers.May 8, 2020 at 4:56 pm #201605Bijou DrainsParticipant
The fuckwit opposite me, who is always into this sort of stuff, has put a whole load of bunting up with different flags on, strangely enough the bunting has the German, Japanese and Croatian flags included. I’d like to thing it’s because he has some sort of internationalist tendency, but I’m more inclined to think it’s becuse he’s a moron.
Interestingly the message boards for the BBC news site the same people who have been posting messages for weeks saying that lock down should end because it only kills old people and that doesn’t matter are today saying how important it is that we should celebrate the achievements of the “greatest generation”. I suppose it’s ok to have a street party for them, but to provide them with safe and appropriately resourced care it their old age is asking a bit too much.May 8, 2020 at 5:59 pm #201606AnonymousInactive
Bet he has no idea the red, gold and black German flag, used today and by the Weimar Republic, was the standard of Munzer and the revolutionary peasants of 1525.
Glad we’re not in care homes with Alzheimers. We would have Union Jack hats put on us and flags put in our hands.May 8, 2020 at 6:34 pm #201608marcosParticipant
https://therealmovement.wordpress.com/2020/05/06/how-the-dsa-is-responding-to-the-pandemic-emergency/. Another point of view in three parts ( just press continue for the other two parts ) It is not my opinionMay 9, 2020 at 3:03 pm #201688
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