A day in the Life … during Ireland’s second Lockdown introduced Midnight 23rd October 2020: COVID-19 has its stranglehold on the people of the global landmass; it is a virus that has the potential to kill especially those who are elderly or vulnerable to medical conditions. It is essential for all people to change their behaviours; these behaviours have centuries of history behind them; they are basic; we have no vaccine yet.

Groundhog day life: it is worth a thought that there are people who live Groundhog day because they were born with a disability, have sustained a long term brain injury, those who have lived their lives and are now elderly, and there many exemplary situations which can help people to change their behaviours to live as we must with the virus COVID-19 until a vaccine is available and that could be in 2021, 2022; the real truth is that we must realise that there may be no vaccine. I live Groundhog Day – abiding by a rigid routine because cognitive impairment means that memories formed enter oblivion but I learned to cope through routine and using the benefits of a technology.

The Pandemic has caused a an acceleration and change is thrust upon us and the challenge is to engage. Part of my rehabilitation over the last 30 years has been caterpulted to near “normal” because of these advances in technology hence I can write on WordPress, publish a book on Amazon and everyday I use Twitter to re-engage from an empty brain to hook up with society. Some people use Twitter daily to upload famous paintings; other’s historical events; others are politics fanatics; others just chit chat. We will ignore those who are trolls. I use “Twitter to augment my memory” as do others who have sustained a brain injury or stroke. Everyday I seek out a quote that may be appropriate to news on that day. I then look for quotations that may be relevant and I send them at random to people I think may be interested in them.

I was talking to two interesting people who lived in South Korea and we discussed the differences in culture. Breaking rules is part of our culture in Ireland having been subjugated to colonial rule for over 700 years, hence there are sound historic reasons for this. China differs. we talk about Autocracy of the ruling elite but in reality it is more to do with the word “Altruism” and the ordinary majority of people; Confucius thinking prevails and the Chinese people tend to and aspire to take account of others so that when it was understood that the masks would benefit other people; they adapted promptly and masks were worn; they were a priority because by wearing a mask you ensure the virus will not pass to other people who are in your company.

I plan to write a short essay most days during the lockdown. This essay will start with my quote for today 23rd October 2020 – Day 2 of the Lockdown

Presently writing the essay:

Tweet @canisgallicus

Autumnal & beautiful. Not a reprimand but a suggestion. Leeson Street D2 pupils gathered in huddles unaware of realities of COVID-19; “Tell people – and they may forget… show them – they may remember… but involve them and they will understand.” Confucius

Outline for Essay

Tell people – and they may forget

Show them – they may remember

BUT involve them and they will understand

Confucius 551-479 BC

Confucius “Master Kǒng”; 551–479 BC) was a Chinese philosopher and politician of the Spring and Autumn period. Confucius founded the Confucian school of thinking, or Confucianism. It emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice, kindness, and sincerity. While Confucians emphasize personal cultivation of character, they give priority not to the individual but to the family, community, and the world. The Confucian approach to learning and education, which emphasizes humanity and service to others, is of significant value to the modern world.

Confucius valued learning and devoted his whole life to education. Speaking of himself, Confucius said, “I have never grown tired of learning, nor wearied in teaching others”……Students are expected to extend and apply their knowledge and virtue to others and to the world. The emphasis of Confucian learning is on the search for personal strength and the commitment to social responsibility. Confucius believed in the equality and educability of all people. He viewed education as a means of transformation, the discovery of human nature, and the cultivation of character.

Outline:

COVID-19 history

Behaviour

Culture and behaviour.

Recommended links:

Physicians/Doctors who commit suicide: To mother, a nurse and her little 7 month old baby who died today. We must learn to understand people; not to stigmatise them or shame them. https://www.ted.com/talks/dominic_king_physician_suicide_what_medical_students_need_to_know/up-next

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Book: “Fortune Favours the Brave”

by Michelle Marcella Clarke

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Keep your mask on: Why a coronavirus vaccine won’t be the panacea many hope for – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

We all want the pandemic to end. Many of us are are hoping a coronavirus vaccine becomes available soon. But will a vaccine development process that many believe has been politicized and some fear is being rushed deliver a safe and effective vaccine? Will people want to take it? As we wait to breath a sigh of relief, we’ll still need to keep those masks handy.

Source: Keep your mask on: Why a coronavirus vaccine won’t be the panacea many hope for – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Can We Trust AI Doctors? Google Health and Academics Battle It Out

When it comes to life and death decisions, when can we trust enigmatic algorithms—“black boxes” that even their creators cannot fully explain or understand?

Source: Can We Trust AI Doctors? Google Health and Academics Battle It Out

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Estonia Is a ‘Digital Republic’—What That Means and Why It May Be Everyone’s Future

Estonia has digitized 99 percent of its public services and persistently achieves one of the highest ratings of trust in government in the EU.

Source: Estonia Is a ‘Digital Republic’—What That Means and Why It May Be Everyone’s Future

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Estonia Is a ‘Digital Republic’—What That Means and Why It May Be Everyone’s Future

Estonia has digitized 99 percent of its public services and persistently achieves one of the highest ratings of trust in government in the EU.

Source: Estonia Is a ‘Digital Republic’—What That Means and Why It May Be Everyone’s Future

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

COVID-19: Intention was to write essays. Gathered data, too much, too manic, then came fear as I read the Harvard notes on how to write an essay. After the last recession 2009; I wrote most days on WordPress. Time is now and I will continue to write in the way I know best, without having to conform …

11th October, 2020

The Qualifier is the essay to me is about perfection and it is perfection that creates the massive anxiety disorder which causes mental collapse.

Every day I start the day by looking for a quotation which engages me with whatever is within that day. I then go to my twitter account @canisgallicus and I “paste” the quote, with a comment added by me to a variety of tweeters who may be interested – these days it mostly relates to COVID-19.

Tweet:

Please COVID-19 has given us “TIME”; let’s take time to examine

our lives; we know 2021 will yield vaccine, but

be learned going forward. Charlie Chaplin –

Final Speech from The Great Dictator

https://youtu.be/J7GY1Xg6X20 via @YouTube

“Fight for world of Reason” Science too.

Pandemic no 2 is mental health; the loss of mental wellness which is happening now but will apply for decades to come.

This was tweet sent out on 10th October 2010 – World Mental Health Day.

Mental Health Crisis in a Knowledge Economy-The Brain Forum Debates 2020 YouTube https://youtube.com/watch?v=z_BJw5oD7w4 2nd pandemic=mental health; it is sequel to COVID-19. Listen to ple who have had mental breakdowns esp Alistair Campbell&Anna Williamson; be ahead of curve. Me Anxiety/Bipolar

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Trump’s COVID infection shows why it’s time to retire the nuclear football – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Allowing the president to retain sole authority—even when he can’t think clearly—increases the risk of blundering into nuclear war.

Source: Trump’s COVID infection shows why it’s time to retire the nuclear football – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Digital Technologies Will Help Build Resilient Communities After the Coronavirus Pandemic

Leaders are handling time-sensitive tasks and meeting pressing needs with affordable, inclusive technologies that don’t require much technical knowledge.

Source: Digital Technologies Will Help Build Resilient Communities After the Coronavirus Pandemic

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Vaccines don’t save lives. Vaccinations save lives

(2019). Vaccines don’t save lives. Vaccinations save lives. Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics: Vol. 15, No. 12, pp. 2786-2789.

Source: Vaccines don’t save lives. Vaccinations save lives

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A Norwegian Startup Is Turning Dry Deserts Into Fertile Cropland

The UN population forecast predicts that by 2050 there will be almost 10 billion people on the planet. They’ll live mostly in cities and have an older median age than the current global population. One looming questions is, what will they eat? The Green Revolution of the 1960s used selective breeding to double crop yields …

Source: A Norwegian Startup Is Turning Dry Deserts Into Fertile Cropland

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment