JANE EYRE’S GOTHIC SHADOW AND WUTHERING HEIGHTS’ GOTHIC STONE

Gothic is a rather subjective term but the novels Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte) and Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte) transcend literary nit-picking. Both are the finest gothic exemplars of their generation. The two books evoke landscapes of gothic expressionism using wholly different palettes. The Bronte sisters published almost concurrently, but their masterpieces diverge on an elemental level from the first sentence of the opening chapter. Wuthering Heights is a novel howling at the gothic stone, Jane Eyre a faerie whisper from of gothic shadow.

CORONAVIRUS ANTIBODY TEST WITH EU (CE) AND US (FDA) APPROVAL – BLOOD SAMPLE WITH 18 MINUTES TO 98.1% – 100% ACCURACY – AVAILABLE NOW

Roche's Elecsys Anti-SARS-CoV-2 serology test is a blood sample. Based on in-solution double-antigen sandwich format. Blood samples taken 14 days after PCR-confirmed infection process Elecsys Anti-SARS-CoV-2 test with 100% accuracy. It's available now. Which governments are buying and which are instead risking lives trying to save money (or play nationalist politics by waiting for their own 100% test)?

JUDEO-CHRISTIAN RELIGION IS THE SOURCE OF WESTERN MORALITY … NOT

It's often said that Judeo-Christian religion, whether or not you believe in the God part, has been an absolute force for good; that it's the basis of Western culture, morality and science. Is this true, or is this codswallop?

GOOD GUYS vs BAD GUYS IS COMPELLING GROUPTHINK, DESIGNED TO MISDIRECT PUBLIC ATTENTION, TO CONCEAL AMORAL PROFIT-FIRST EXPLOITATION BY ENTRENCHED POWER

Friend versus enemy, faithful versus corrupted, good versus evil: choose your favorite dichotomy, it doesn't matter. Tribalism is compelling. It's melodrama designed to misdirect public discourse away from scrutinizing the real business of exploitation. Governments, corporations, institutions, vested interests, city halls, these power dynamics use the same method. Democracy itself subordinates to this corrupt pantomime.

WHITE HORSE TAVERN – 567 HUDSON STREET, NEW YORK NY 10014

The White Horse Tavern (founded circa. 1890) is a bar and eatery on Hudston Street in New York's West Village. It was a favorite drinking hole for poets like Dylan Thomas and regular venue for the young beats Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. Bukowski got drunk there once or twice too.

UTILITARIANISM – DEFINING THE IDEAL AND EXTIRPATING THE DOGMA

Utilitarianism defines good as “the greatest happiness for the greatest number”. It's an aspiration to make real choices based on an ultimate goal that's an ideal, not a dogma. This short article tries to explain what that means.

HOW TO USE YOUR MAC WEBCAM AS MOBILE PHONE CAMERA FOR ANDROID OR OSX (IPHONE CAMERA) – GOOGLE NLP

Google: "How do I use your laptop webcam as a camera for your smartphone?" It used to be an art, finding the best wording to put into Google, to narrow down results until they're on point, no matter how esoteric the info searched for. It's a major problem: corporatized tech the world over is devolving. It's the opposite of progress. Tech itself is improving but function is degrading. This must stop.

POSTMODERNISM IS THE BANAL CONSENSUS WAGING CULTURE WAR AGAINST ART, SCIENCE AND INDIVIDUAL GENIUS

How did a mere academic movement of the mid 20th-century metastasize - over less than three generations - into a neo-identitarian phenomenon powerful enough to be assimilating venerable institutions whole departments at a time? Public opinion (and therefore policy) is being subordinated to a consensus mediocrity, hostile to talent, individuality and merit. Is society helpless against this confederacy of dunces; or is there a deeper more sapient power dynamic embedded in postmodernism's banality substrate?

CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 – GLOBAL DAILY CASES, CRITICAL, DEATHS, RECOVERED and TESTING COUNTS

"We simply don't have the testing capacity for the large numbers dying at home. Now only those few who had a test confirmation *before* dying are marked as victims of coronavirus... means we are undercounting the total number of victims of this pandemic." - Mark Levine, Chair of New York City Council health committee.

CORONAVIRUS TESTS -WHAT’S AVAILABLE, WHAT’S COMING, WHAT’S IN TRIAL – JUST THE FACTS (APRIL 2020)

Data on coronavirus test kit options covering the three basic types we'll need to mass-produce and distribute widely, or else prolong lockdown or be forced into a gamble that might cost millions of lives.

A man walks along an empty street in the old town area of Salzburg on April 6, 2020 during the exit restrictions amid the new coronavirus / Covid-19 pandemic.

WALKING: MAP LOADS SLOW BUT CACHES AT THE SPEED OF THOUGHT

When you move through the world on foot it is slow, but the detail is unparalleled. Distilled into memory, the space and time become navigable at the speed of thought; the fastest speed you can imagine. We can call this taking possession and none of the 'faster' modes of travel take ownership of space in this way. Walking is therefore the fastest and the best and the most bohème way to move through the world.

POSTMODERNISM – BLUEPRINT FOR WESTERN IRRELEVANCE

Today, three full generations after its birth in the 1940s, postmodern thinking has engendered a uniquely degraded democratization of creative ambition. It has subordinated individual originality and culture to consumerism. This piece is an exercise in therapy but useful for anyone keen for a definition of post-modernism, the cultural coronavirus against which we have no vaccine. Yet.