Of Coffee With Moronic

If you were having coffee with me, I would welcome you to my projection of the world where you only know what I tell you and trust that I am not trying to pull one over your eyes.

yellow hoodie Uncle B

If you popped by for my last coffee share: Oh My Another Variant, well, I mentioned the variant of concern, Omicron. So it turns out that the variant may have been elsewhere in the world before it was detected by the genius genomic sequencers of Southern African, but parts of the world just seem bend on exposing deep-seated prejudices.

the discovery of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, the threat of which remains unclear, triggers a pandemic of punitive panic.
Cartoon by Carlos for New Frame News

Newspapers around the globe have carried some headlines and imagery which, to put it kindly, should not have been allowed to pass the editor’s desk;

Rheinpfalz German Newspaper: “the virus from Africa is with us”.
Translation for this headline: “The Virus from Africa is with us
Translated Editorial from THE RHEINPFALZ
Government hunts for Afrocan visitors
Government hunts for African visitors

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that the Carlos’ Omicron cartoon seems very much on the nose, it made me chuckle a little bit then made me sad. I may have snorted my coffee a little when I read a comment on my blog from Baldmichael about how omicron is an anagram from moronic, and suddenly everything makes so much sense….

too bad there's no vaccination for stupid

Something about this new variant seems to make people act very moronic indeed, maybe The WHO guys should check if one of the symptoms of this variant includes abandoning all reasoning and science stuff, just make gut reactions to things around you.

Apparently, the new variant has been detected in Zimbabwe and that’s about all I know, no further information, oh and the president held a press conference and announced a raft of measures which were supposed to be effected immediately to combat the deadly pandemic.

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that the problem with announcements that should be carried out with immediate effect, is it means some of the things will not have been thought through nor will they have support structures. How is it all supposed to work?

A couple of days later the government issued out the Statutory Instrument which would make the measures binding. It’s almost like the government is saying it doesn’t want its citizens coming home for the holidays but hey there is a pandemic going on travel isn’t recommended.

statutory instrument 267 of 2021
Statutory Instrument 267 of 2021

A government official made the somewhat insensitive remark that anyone who could afford to fly into Zimbabwe should be able to pay for quarantine since they can afford to travel. Maybe they are projecting from their travel budgets or it’s a symptom of that moronic variant…

If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that I don’t know if its that variant again that made me sleep during the geography class on map projection or our curriculum did not care to go much into the details on how what is passed of as the standard map of the world the Mercator projection is not necessarily proportional to their actual landmass sizes, just vibes really.

Mercator Projection Map of the world  1544
Mercator Projection Map 1544 of the world Gerardus Mercator

While the map may have had its benefits and made some navigational sense, it gives a grossly inaccurate representation of how the world actually is. For example, Africa seems far much smaller than it really is….

Africa Size compared to Europe
Comparing a cross section through Northen Africa vs cross section of Northern Europe

Did you know; matching square area for square area, you could overlay USA, China, India and parts of Europe into Africa, if you wanted a representation of how vast the continent of Africa really is. It’s crazy how our view of the world is kinda moronic, blinkered by projections which we sometimes aren’t even aware of?

Africa's true size
Africa’s true size representation map  Scientific American

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that on the 8th day of Christmas my mobile service provider sent to us the early Christmas gift of hiking up the tariffs… I should rename them to the Grinch, trying to steal my Christmas but the real grinch is out there somewhere.

Do you know who is probably breathing easier this holiday? The corruption-exposing journalist Hopewell Chin’ono who has been facing charges for incitement to violence since the run up to 31 July Protest of 2020 and has just had the charges against him dismissed by the High Court Of Zimbabwe.

Sometimes our judiciary feels weaponised against us and once in a while, they remind us that justice stands for something, and now funny how I await for the other shoe to drop, maybe it’s the moronic variant affecting my trust in the world.

What’s going on in your neck of the woods? Oh and how about the moronic case of the robber who staged a money heist and then posted their loot on social media, leading to their arrest… whoopsie that strain again

Armed Robber Arrested After flaunting Cash on Social Media Credit
Armed Robber Arrested After flaunting Cash on Social Media Credit Chronicle News

~B

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8 Comments

  1. Despite the attempts to spin this varient into something it is not is now backfiring as populations are simply over all the hype and drama. Just like people are largely opposed to jabbing kids and yet the narrative is that it is vital to their health. So last year kids were fine, most of this year kids were fine, but now with a milder varient they are now in peril of dropping like flies from it. Doesn’t make much sense.

    My prediction is that at some point early next year they will mandate vaccines for kids with all the usual “encouragements” that the other vaccine mandates have. Segregation and financial ruin after all are not coercion in 2021.

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    1. Yep reminds me of that old proverb about closing the stable doors after the horses have bolted….

      Our minister of health made the announcement there will come a time when unvaccinated people will not be allowed into public transport

      I hope there will come a time when people realise enough is enough…

      ~B

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  2. I have to agree it’s all so moronic! And I figured Africa was a huge continent but had no idea how huge until you showed us with your map display! It’s ginormous!!! Interesting stuff B! I think everyone has lost their minds or so it seems! We all need to hang in there, one of these years I hope things will go back to normal, whatever normal is …. 🤪🤠 Thanks for the coffee! 🤩

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    1. I was shocked to also learn the size of the continent in relation to the world, I am still shook about that interesting revelation.
      If I was in charge or ministry of education or was on the board of cartographers who decide on the shape of countries and their boundaries hahahaha I would have a thing or two to say…

      And today I made the mistake of going through the headlines and looks like there new variant has a sister variant *switched off the tv*

      Thank you for popping by
      happy holidays
      ~B

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  3. I love the cases that are solved through social media postings. Too funny.
    Thanks for sharing omicron = moronic with us. Fantastic.
    And yes, I always wondered why the map does not reflect the actual sizes… So silly.

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  4. Hey Beaton. I too love a good map. They’re even better when used to demonstrate things like the size of Africa compared to various countries around the globe. This was so instructive.
    Thanks

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