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Chronicles from the state of emergency No. 4 – Wall paper from #Trentino

Comrades from Trentino (Italian territory) published their third wall paper about the current state of emergency which is now being pasted in several cities. You can read No. 1 here and No. 2 here and No. 3 here.

Originally published by Il Rovescio. Translated by Enough 14.

Orignal Wall paper (Italian) as PDF file:

April 13. 2020

“Their viruses, our dead”

We are overwhelmed daily with data on the number of infected, dead and cured. Even if the structural causes of this epidemic never emerge – the industrial plundering of the natural environment and the imbalance in relations with other animal species – some truths, for those who know how to isolate them in this flood of information, stay in the bubble. Over 70% of those who died with Coronavirus suffered from hypertension. In 95% of the cases there are risk factors that can predispose to its development; in particular sedentariness and stress. The ban on leaving home – with the necessary precautions – creates the preconditions for new crowds of sick people. Not to mention the devastating psychological consequences for all those living in unsustainable housing and family conditions that have been removed by state optimism (“Everything will be fine. I’m staying home”). Moreover, if the importance of sunshine and vitamin D for the immune system is “fake news”, why in the protocols distributed to the Carabinieri and police is it recommended at least half an hour of sunshine a day and, in case of impossibility, the use of vitamin D pills?

Sacrificable

At BRT [1] in Rovereto there were two cases of Coronavirus among the porters (one of them is in intensive care). The logistics company, after quickly and secretly “sanitizing” the offices (not the warehouse), demanded that the workers continue to work quietly, without having any buffers. The porters refused, putting themselves on sick leave. Meanwhile Confindustria pushed to open the factories as soon as possible (closed only after the wave of strikes that forced the government to stop “non-essential production”). Someone speaks of an “unbalanced division of risk”. Others, who look at the entire planet and its gigantic injustices, of “differentiated apocalypse”.

We’ll talk about it, long-winded

According to official data, between 2009 and today, 37 billion euros were taken away from the health care system. Could it be for the objective eloquence of this fact that the local newspapers reported the news of an inscription that appeared in front of the hospital in Rovereto (“Thanks to the health workers, but let’s not forget who cut health care”) without the usual queue of comments of criminalization? In addition to the quantitative data, there is another qualitative one. If we widen the time span a little, we realize that health care has not only been cut, but also transformed. Up until 1978 there was a relationship of exchange between preventive medicine and the “Citizens’ Committees” (an expression with which an attempt was made to institutionalize the many basic committees for health in the territories and on the jobs born a little bit everywhere during the struggles of the seventies). From the meeting of doctors and grassroots committees, a few years earlier, the most serious and in-depth investigation into the environmental disaster of ICMESA in Seveso [2] was born. Given that what we are living through a mass experience that will not be erased as soon as possible – it is the heaviest limitation of freedoms in the history of Italy – it will be of fundamental importance for the future to create spaces of debate between the population and critical health personnel in order to analyze in general and in detail what caused this epidemic and how governments and state scientists faced it.

“I wish you a fantastic future.”

With these words, closes the letter in which the computer scientist Thomas Frey explains to a scientific publisher that soon the current passwords will be replaced, thanks to 5G, with “vocal phrases coupled with laser spectra, touch resonance, heartbeat recognition, infrared signature” (“Corriere Innovazione” of April 3, 2020). “Wherever you are – adds his interlocutor, Professor Derrick De Kerchove – you will be tracked down and virtually reconstituted in four dimensions in a complete and continuous way as 5G can do. It will be able to capture and store each of your movements as your digital unconscious profiled and distributed in databases from which decisions (choice, purchase, vote, etc.) will emerge”. “But it’s not the end of the world – the professor assures us – only that of our illusory and pleasant autonomy”. “This emergency has provided the shoulder that was needed to spread digitization”. Besides, “never waste a crisis”. For those who rebel against such a fantastic future of man-machine, the definition is already available: “Taliban of physical experience”.

English advice

Some 5G mobile phone antennas were set on fire in Sparkhill, Birmingham, on Thursday April 2, and in Melling, Merseyside, on Friday April 3. The news was also spread in Italy. The authors of the sabotage have been called “conspirators”, in a communiqué from Google and Facebook, for whom the new 5G infrastructure is essential for the surveillance they carry out on the web to extend to real life behaviour and the city environment itself. There is no conspiracy here. It is the very logic of accumulation that makes the best way to predict consumer behavior – and sell predictions to advertisers and industry – is to program them.

Best wishes from Greece

It is always wise to listen to your neighbor who has already experienced a condition that tomorrow may be your own. A collective from Athens writes: “They are talking and we are talking about war. And it’s true. From the rise in prices to the black market. From empty supermarket shelves to food storage. From “recruiting” some employees to reduce the employer’s losses, to firing others. From the coercion of work without elementary health prevention to emergency overtime. From the lack of hospital and medical equipment and lack of nursing staff, to the transformation of hospitals into wards full of ” injured of war “. […] So “war economy” means a new round of memoranda, layoffs, wage cuts, pension cuts, social security cuts and privatisation. What the state is giving today to stop its bankruptcy, we’ll pay in blood tomorrow.”

Notes

[1] BRT is an Italian based logistics service provider that is a member of the DPD Group.

[2] The Seveso disaster was an industrial accident that occurred around 12:37 pm on July 10, 1976 in a small chemical manufacturing plant approximately 20 kilometres (12 mi) north of Milan in the Lombardy region of Italy. It resulted in the highest known exposure to 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) in residential populations, which gave rise to numerous scientific studies and standardized industrial safety regulations. The EU industrial safety regulations are known as the Seveso II Directive. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seveso_disaster



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