What About Doctors, Clinics, Waiting Rooms?

Seems to me that nowadays therapy doesn’t begin until you get into the Doctor’s room.

I mean it is not out there in the waiting room. Is it? Ever sat in a hard chair with nothing to do and can’t go away for even five minutes and with some physical discomfort – for half an hour, an hour, an hour and a half?

In a doctor’s waiting room? I have. And I know, of course, many others have. Why ‘of course’ ? Well they were all around me, waiting, as I waited.

And many is the time I’ve seen them waiting and declined to join the queue, gone away till another day. My illnesses not being so immediately critical.

Yes. Not ‘therapeutic’. Not at all. Quite the opposite if anything.

And that’s not to mention the queue before the encounter with the ‘receptionists’ and the actual encounter. Intimidating, wearying, annoying and downright aggravating as they can often turn out to be.

Why not? Why not therapeutic?

It seems the attitude the medical profession nowadays believes that their Hippocratic oath to dispense therapy is satisfied by dispensing a ten minutes (timed, planned ‘consultation’) face to face with a patient.

The conditions the patient waits in, the environment the patient comes from, goes to, is none of their concern apparently. Today.

I just found today’s ‘modern Hippocratic Oath’ . Apparently there’s a number them.

A Modern Version of the Hippocratic Oath

I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:

I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.

I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures which are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.

I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.

I will not be ashamed to say “I know not,” nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient’s recovery.

I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.

I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person’s family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.

I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.

I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.

If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.

The modern version of the Hippocratic Oath was written in 1964 by Louis Lasagna, Dean of the School of Medicine at Tufts University.

I particularly like these paragraphs as they seem to me to point to what is missing in to day’s waiting rooms and general attitude of the medical profession :

I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.

I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person’s family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.

I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.

Post with a pic.

I have never made a post with a pic before. This is a test, see if I can do it:

Hmmm… this seemed to work, so far…

And now try to add one:

Well that all seems good… 🙂

p.s. that first one puts me in mind of a Frederick McCubbin….

Why Do The Oldies Approve in Sweden?

Just heard Radio National reporting on a survey in Sweden that showed the highest approval rating in Sweden for the Swedish Covid policy was amongst the elderly.

And they found that a bit puzzling and essentially, I think, put it down to politics – the elderly simply approving of anything ‘their’ party (which is in power) is doing – and the general docility of the elderly.

I don’t know what it is. But it could be something else. The elderly may be acutely aware that they are the most at risk. Overwhelmingly. 70% of the infected simply have no symptoms at all or very mild. The elderly generally don’t fall into that category.

And so on. There’s no debate. The elderly are the major risk group.

So why be in favour of a permissive ‘lockdown’ policy?

Well maybe because the elderly are practicing self isolation and waiting for the infection to spread through the populace to where herd immunity is reached.

And then they can come out of ‘hiding’.

This is a sensible approach. The only really sensible approach all things considered.

The sensitive are protected – protect themselves – and the ‘forcible’ (by the forces of nature) ‘vaccination’ of the populace proceeds in the quickest possible manner – slowed only by some modest social distancing measures that enable the hospitals to cope with the load.

Which in any case in the absence of the elderly will be a modest load even when the virus spreads at its quickest.

So as testing methods slowly improve it gets easier and easier to discover what percentage of the population has been exposed to the virus and fairly quickly it becomes apparent that ‘it is over’, that nearly everyone (save the ‘hidden’ elderly ) have had it.

And the elderly can relax.

In contrast to the Australian model.

Which seeks to keep the virus out. Which quarantines all of Australia.

Which isn’t bad in itself, arguably but which means that the elderly will never be surrounded by a safe ‘immune herd’.

They will be surrounded by a susceptible herd, a herd very prone to infection and therefore very prone to rapidly spreading it. They don’t report the rate, to this day we are without accurate figures for the main parameters: death rate/infected, R nought, infection rate/population. But we can clearly see it could move at its quickest among a totally susceptible population.

Aware of this ‘spreading’ danger – which exists right now – the govt. has introduced severe lockdown and social distancing measures which are currently killing the country and actually killing individuals in the country owing to various associated factors that come into play and which had not been considered.

The govt is trying to reduce these measures – ‘roll them back’. And if they are successful they’ll get to where all the measures have been removed and we are back to ‘normal’ life among the ruins and can make a start rebuilding, hopefully.

But we will remain a susceptible population. And any successful invasion of the virus from outside, any case that gets through our border controls – will find itself in a virgin population through which it can travel at its best speed.

The elderly in Australia will not find themselves embedded in an immune herd.

There will be no immune herd.

They can never feel that measure of safety. The virus still stalking them. Death still waiting in the wings.

Owing to border controls and residual ‘distancing’ measures which the govt. is saying it will continue in the foreseeable future, I believe, any new invasions by the virus into Australia will be prevented from making a sudden widespread ‘blip’ on the radar indicative of a sudden outbreak and calling forth an instantaneous full scale response such as we’re all embroiled in right now.

Rather there’ll be one or two cases here and there or something of that nature. A much slower spread. Almost a stealth spread. Not slowed by natural herd immunity making it difficult for the virus to travel through the population, but by the artificial distancing practices making travel difficult.

But, of course, travel it will.

And invasion from outside, breaching of our border controls will almost – almost, I suppose, or certainly? – occur.

So the virus will be at all time exerting a pressure, will at all times be stalking us.

And we will be at all times socially and economically ‘crippled’ by our efforts, our measures, to slow its spread within the nation if it gets in.

That’s the planned future.

The plan is to make the nation artificially ‘covid sterile’ in a covid world.

All in order to protect me. I’m elderly. So – the Swedish puzzle. Why do they approve? Well I’d approve, too. For the sake of myself and for the sake of the nation.

If you all get it and recover then I’m finally safe in an immune herd which is good for me. And the nation’s work and social life can continue which is good for you and the nation.

But hopefully I’m looking at it not perhaps all wrong but perhaps without full information or full understanding of what will happen.

Perhaps the virus will simply die out in the wider world. Run its course. Mutate itself out of existence. Polio did not. The common cold did not. Many virii do not. But many do mutate into milder forms which then coexist with us for millenia or something.

Perhaps something like that will happen. And as the Australian border controls report fewer and fewer incidences of covid detection down to where eventually there are none at all and it seems clear the virus has gone from the world the danger will have passed and all controls will be relaxed and we’ll get back to normal. Get down to counting the cost. Get down to figuring a better way to handle the next one.

I hope so. I do. 🙂

ABC Radio and Barley

I’m always surprised by the shallowness of ABC radio’s coverage of the news. They appear to not think at all. Perhaps they leave the thinking to the mouthpiece, the presenter or whatever they call the person who actually speaks the news and does the interviews.

For instance this morning I’ve heard about four different iterations of news regarding China’s impost of an 80% tariff on Australian barley.

And none of them informed me as to the possibility of storing Australian barley for perhaps some years. I don’t know if it is storable and if it is I don’t know if we have the capacity, the storage facilities.

Nor did they tell me anything about why the Chinese buy Australian barley. Because it was the cheapest? Or was it always expensive but it is a premium product?

Nor did they tell me about what ‘slap’ might be available – has it been a very profitable product? Is there room for a reduction in price by the Aussie farmer to where the final price gets down to where it may remain competitive in China?

Nor did they tell me anything about how realistic this may be in the China context. If they cannot afford Australian barley can they still work with other barleys? Are they good enough? Is enough available in the rest of the world? Or is it going to damage some industries (presumably brewing, mainly) in China?

How about some human content instead of this eternal talk of ‘china’ and ‘australia’ etc., virtual entities – what about the Chinese people? How will this effect them? Will it effect them at all and if so how?

And if it won’t effect them then how about their attitude? What do they think of their govt doing this?

All I hear – and I’m hearing it again right now – is the ‘umm’, ‘errr’ ‘presenter’ trying to foment trouble by attempting to get some support for any contention that all this is a manifestation of political enmity..

Neither, as the discussion again mentions how China is our largest market, do they call into question how that cuts both ways – if they buy most of our products then that gets to be such an enormous amount that it surely must have some effect on them?

They are not buying them for fun, are they? They are buying them because they need them so they are presumably jeopardising their own future interests if they upset us.

But I hear no thoughts along those lines – just what leverage we have with China considering our overall importance to their economy.

It is all very disappointing, again and again.

That and the time given to motor mouths. One going on right now…. Never so clear a demonstration of the old adage: those who speak don’t know, those who know don’t speak. Again and again on ABC radion motor mouths hogging the air time and telling us nothing…

Life’s like that.


Funny About Posts Isn’t it?

It’s funny how what we post for the word to see is what we can’t tell anyone.

When you’ve no one to tell something to – you tell it to the world.

Perhaps anonymously but quite often boldly, in your own name, like all the major commentators or bloggers or journalists.

If you have a complaint it would generally be seen as whining and whinging by your own friends and acquaintances. Or worse – if it involved one of them. So what to do? How to give it an airing?

Make a blog post out of it. Make an article out of it. Generalise it and tell the world.

And so on. A number of different mechanisms, examples, I think. But overall: yes, the publicly announced is what is privately not welcome.

So generally we’re all looking at stuff we don’t want to see/hear.

That’s funny, I reckon. 🙂

The Post Covid World

The Post Covid world will be characterised by world governments who know that they can order their populations to hide in their houses for indefinite periods of time no matter the cost.

A world full of governments who know they have unlimited powers and can spend money like they own the printer. Which, they now realise, they do.

It will be the world of the despot’s dream: a population proven to be so obedient, so servile, so simple, it will do exactly as it is told no matter how constraining, no matter how absurd.

And a treasury without limit.

Issue orders to the last extreme…. spend without limit….

It has been established.

They won’t easily let that go will they?

Near Death Experiences And Love, Truth.

check out NDE (near death experiences) and Child Reincarnation vids on youtube and you could well become convinced that we are all really just eternal spirits having a life on earth involved in matter for some reason – generally said to be educational, to learn something for ourselves.

Seems pretty certain. Then if you look a little more you’ll maybe see that while everyone seems to have the same overall things happen to them they seem to tell the story of it in their own religious terms, if they have a religion. And the more they have a religion the more kinda ‘freaky’ or peculiar to themselves their telling gets.

The more they people it with their own ‘people’, from their own faith, though going over their accounts no on in their account actually claimed to be this or that person or for this or that thing to be the truth.

They just all actually seem to have an experience of feeling enormous unconditional love, of having all knowledge instantly available to them, of being able to contact at any time anyone they’ve ever known and of being on earth to do something which they have to go back and do.

They come back and tell that story in their own particular way which seems very much to be their own interpretation of it rather than a simple recounting of it.

So that’s where I’m at these days: I see all religions as attempts to explain the truth to people by analogy, by metaphor etc and from, by, people who themselves have had NDE’s and are reincarnates with patchy recall and so on.

A very, very difficult job Never underestimate just how difficult it can be to teach human beings things. Look at two major religions today: Islam and Christianity and see how they perform when practiced by their adherents.

Apparently in places like northern syria you can be stopped and asked what religion you belong to and if you give the wrong answer you are killed immediately. Now what has that got to do with the truth of reality? of human life? of good action, good behaviour, sanity, reason, sense?

Those obviously insane murderers firmly believe themselves to be acting in accord with the wishes of their god.

That’s how hard it is. that’s how crazy people can get.

So it is not hard for me to believe that simply trying to tell people what life is ‘really like’ – i.e. ‘on the other side’ or ‘in heaven’ or ‘after death’ or ‘in a previous life’ has led to this mishmash of weird beliefs and cults and superstitions and mystic writings etc., etc…

None of which is necessary at all. None. None of those religions, none of those writings, none of the preaching.

According to common sense and according to what we hear from these NDE people and those reincarnations that remember enough to tell us anything the whole thing boils down to simply: Love.

You are/we are in reality loved unconditionally by reality itself (creation, the creator, god, whatever…). We are apparently totally loved no matter what. The whole of everything is in fact love.

So love. Simple as that.

Too hard? Can’t go around kissing everyone. Certainly can’t go around having intercourse with everyone. How to do it? See? It already begins to shade off into weird, wordy explanations tending towards ‘books’ and bibles.. Now we have to have a book of instruction.. it all begins…

But not necessary. Let’s not do it.

Do unto others as you’d have them do unto you is enough.

That’s how to love. In practical ordinary real world terms.

As simple and easy as that.

All else is sheer and utter unnecessary bullshit.

Now if that’s not good news I don’t know what is.


The Malevolaj Virus

Pogroms, Massacres, Atrocities, Ethnic Cleansing.


Happening all the time. Current affairs always include the presence of some such. They are going on right now.


People such as I are always trying to decide where the truth is: which side is right and which side is wrong. It gets very hard to do.


Always there seems to be wrongdoing on both sides.


We finish up deciding the question can’t be decided.


But more and more I think the question is decided before we start. We’re just not looking at things correctly.


It’s not really a question of which side did wrong, which country did wrong. It’s not even a question of was this right or was this wrong.


It is simple. The wrongdoers are those who kill, torture, torment, persecute, maim others.


That’s the wrongdoing and they are the wrongdoers.


In the end it is we the people who must take responsibility for our own acts.


It is we who are the mass murderers, etc. Not ‘the State’, not ‘this country’ or ‘that country’ or ‘this organisation’ or ‘that organisation’.


It is individual people.


We can call them sick people if you like. Inflicted with a virus. Let’s invent a name for it: ‘malevolaj’, call it the ‘ malevolaj ‘ virus.


It is people inflicted with malevolaj who do all this horrific dirty work.


Then like doctors we could investigate these historical – and topical – events from the point of view of discovering the diseased and isolating and treating them.


Reporting on outbreaks of the disease. Predicting likely outbreaks,. Discerning factors leading towards outbreaks.


It is the malevolaj virus is the problem. The ‘elephant in the room’ that never gets discussed.


How about a government issued an edict to its people, to its soldiers especially but also to its people – that it want them to go out into the street and hang themselves from lamp posts?


How many would obey? A tiny, tiny fraction of crazies.


But issue an edict that they must go out and hang others from lamp posts and how many obey?


Apparently an enormous fraction. We don’t have the figures, it is never looked at from this point of view.


But we have anecdotes and more evidence of mass operations and simple logistics and ergonomics can conjure up some estimates of numbers involved.


Those are outbreaks of malevolaj.


Without this virus there’d be no chance of a government being able to issue such an edict and have it acted upon.


We look at the world and we judge the evil to be those at the top of government who issue these edicts.


But in a sane and rational world they’re doing no more than talking nonsense. Issuing lunatic edicts that could never be acted upon.


Today, since the Mai Lai massacre it’d be that kind of lunacy to issue edicts to American troops that they go into unarmed villages and kill everyone.


I think.


Madness. You wouldn’t find anyone who’d do it.


It should be like that all the time in our nations. The sanity should, must, reside within every member of the population.


The insanity is the malevolaj virus. It needs recognising from the earliest age and rooting out.


Given a healthy population free of this virus and these things wouldn’t, couldn’t happen.


Anything less than that and it can and will happen.







They’re In Hiding And It Is Our Fault

I just wanted to query the procedure for plumbing an old septic tank system into the sewer line.

So I phoned them. And went through the mandatory ‘sort yourselves out to save us the trouble’ hurdles of phone options, key tapping, etc. to finally get through, after the mandatory ‘on hold’ time to a human operator.

Who was very pleasant and told me all I had to do was get the appropriate form which was online at their website.

You beaut. But when I went to the website I couldn’t find a form that identified itself as having anything at all to do with sewage at all.

I only found one form in fact and it seemed primarily concerned with fire services. What they have to do with Water services I don’t know.

But this seemed to be an online fill in form anyway and I wasn’t prepared to fill in anything at this time. I want to look ahead and see what’s entailed, not put in an application right now. Don’t have the answers to hand. Seeing I don’t yet know the questions.

So I thought I’ll email them and ask.

I much prefer email to phones because of things like this. Phone and you get sent off somewhere dubious: i.e. come the event it doesn’t work – and then you’re left again without an established connection but have to go back to square one with no record of progress to date. Which, of course, means progress to date: nil.

So I thought I’d email them. Surely there’d be an email connection? After all they’re such a wonderful organisation. Every page of their slick looking web site seemed to extol further their wonders, their magnificence, their virtues…

Nope. Nothing. Not an email address in sight.

But social media ! Facebook. Or Twitter. Yes. They’re there.

Lost in the herd. Anonymous and totally public all-shout-together spaces.

I am free to put my request on those sites.

So I try facebook. And get nowhere because it hangs and crawls and I can’t complete the post. This is not unusual in my experience. I don’t know why it is but it is peculiar to Facebook and I think it is something to do with them and perhaps the amount of traffic they carry. With everyone in the world trying to everything on their platform.

What a public utility is doing trying to carry on their business on such a platform is beyond me. Entirely. Seems totally inappropriate to me.

So I revert to Twitter and send off a tweet.

That’s the best I could do. And that’s what I’ve done. Added an anonymous, unofficial birdlike ‘tweet’ to the cacophanous thunderous roar of a billion ‘birds’ tweeting their nonsense.

Why did it come to that? Because the phone failed, as it so often does, and left me nowhere, which it always does by its very nature unless they ‘keep a recording’ as they always threaten to do – and because they offer no other option.

It is like they are hiding from us, isn’t it?

Keeping us at arms length. Staying as far away from us as they can get.

But they are not. Are they? Ever worked in a place like that? Hundreds, even thousands, of dumb little clerks each in their own cubicles doing the same processing day after day. Doing as they’re told. Doing what they’re told, the way they’re told.

They don’t want to hide from us. They would welcome interaction with us.

But they can’t get to us any more than we can get to them.

We are they. They are us.

But we are held apart.

Why? By whom?

By the IT department. And by the complicity of upper management. Either from ignorance or design. I don ‘t know which. I think ignorance and laziness. They are ignorant of what the IT department is doing and too lazy to care to look into it.

If a complaint ever gets through to them ‘I’m a customer, I can’t get through your maze and can’t get the service I want, I need a person..’ – then they go ask the IT department head or the Customer Relations Dept Head or the Head of the relevant Department and that Department Head – here’s the twist, the irony, the elephant in the room, the irony – is one of them.

Is just another one of ‘them’. Upper management ignorant of the IT realities and too lazy to care to look into it.

That ‘upper management ignorant idler’ meets another ‘management ignorant idler’ when he goes asking his questions.

All the way down the management heirarchy we meet the same types: ignorant idlers.

And they all take refuge behind the same mantra: “People would cost more money.”

‘We would need to employ more staff if we were to allow communication with actual people within our organisation’.

They mean this when talking about increased telephone comms to reduce on hold times. That’s bad enough.

But they also mean it when applied to potential receipt of emails and responding to them.

They mean they cannot afford to have staff receiving individual queries from the public, reading them, understanding them and responding to them.

That’s what they mean. That’s what they’re saying.

All of them. More and more and more of them. These big companies. Private and public. That they cannot afford to have their staff – any part of it – actually in communication with the public.

Then how can they perform?

The IT Department says they can do it all online via automated programmes.

The IT Department says they can automate the whole interface.

That’s what is going on.

The IT Department wants to control the whole thing. The IT Department is not in love with people. The IT Department is in love with ‘no-people’, with the idea of cyberspace, cybereality. The IT Department seeks to construct a reality within which the customer or client interacts only with cyberspace, never with people.

This is their goal. Their idea. Their raison d’etre. To eliminate the human side of the organisation.

It goes further. They actually have the goal of eliminating the customer, the client.

How can a service, a business, exist without customers? Well it can’t. But it can exist without customers as human entities.

Imagine a retailer. They don’t need ‘people’ customers do they? They just need ‘orders’. Place your order. The retailer interacts with the order, not the person.

The order is nice and neat, discrete, defined, pure and simple. It either is complete or it is not. It has multiple choice questions and they’re either answered and complete within themselves or not. They are never ‘maybe’ or ‘not quite’ or ‘perhaps’.

The ‘Order’. Think about it. Many businesses really respond only to the Order.

Order Forms have to be filled out and that’s what the company responds to.

You know that. We all know that. More and more as time goes by and we get accustomed to online ordering we know that we simply ‘fill in’ an ‘order form’ and buy what that form specifies.

The whole process is automated. On our end we provide an ‘Order’ at that end they respond to ‘The Order’. Not to us. To ‘The Order’.

If ‘The Order’ is not correctly constructed it gets rejected.

So there’s no humanity there, see?

And now the service industries especially that biggest of all Service Industries: the government, our Government Departments, are remaking themselves in this likeness.

They respond only to ‘The Order’. We have to construct our queries in certain ways and only in those ways. We fill out multiple choice questions. We select certain paths from a limited set of options.

We sort ourselves and categorise ourselves until we’ve constructed a pre ordained ‘Order’ which the system then satisfies from pre-programmed responses.

And that’s how the IT Department removes us from the equation.

It doesn’t suit the IT Department to have people in the equation at all. It wants certain input and it demands that it gets them. There is no input specified as ‘human’ because that’s far too woolly.

So that’s what’s happening and that’s what’s wrong.

And who is to blame?

Why it is obvious, isn’t it? We are. We who ask should accompany every ask with the statement ‘and I want a person to respond to me’ and they who work int he organisations with which we seek to interact should continually tell their masters and their workmates that they want to talk to the public, to us, to the people.

We the people should say that we want us, the people.

And if we don’t. If we continue as we’re going, we’ll destroy ourselves.

But in the end..

You jump up and down ….. shake your arms around…

you scream out, shout out, sing out, speak out…

you dress up, dress down, undress, overdress…

recriminate, expostulate, enunciate and remonstrate….

cower, tower, lower and glower…

wheedle, beseech, moan and groan….

insist, persist, resist and retribute…

proclaim, exclaim, expound and annunciate..

profess and extol, praise and raise…

adore and nurture, love and cherish,

value and protect, dote…

calibrate, castigate, calumnate…

like a lighthouse..

with slowly turning beam…

signalling ‘here I am’

and in the end

you meet your death.


and your light goes out.