Goodbye To The World Of Reason, Hello To The Age Of Feelings…

Lucy Easthope, so the ‘Guardian’ tells us, is ‘a senior lecturer specialising in disaster response’ at Lincoln University’s law school. She is also the emergency recovery lead at the Cabinet Office emergency planning college.

And what she proposes is dangerous nonsense:

With the best of intentions, we have allowed DNA technologies to interfere with the production of a timely final death toll. We have needed to look in control, with the right kit and the right experts in place; and have set about baffling and frightening with tales of sieving and mitochondrial samples. In this new order, there is little room for a family’s recollection (“He was sat next to me as we broke the fast, and then he was gone”); no room for mother’s instinct (“I knew in my gut straightaway that she wasn’t coming back”).

Well…..yes. That’s right. There is no room for those things, nor should there ever be. This is the First World, not the Third!

Pronoucing someone dead with no evidence that they are dead shouldn’t be considered. Ever.

There is still a chance to break the cycle and create a new approach that takes the best of 9/11 and Lac-Mégantic, reinforcing a respect for community narrative, and an understanding of the importance of a list of names generated by the devastated. That is at odds with talk of latest scientific advancements, and it will need considerable bravery from police and politicians in relinquishing some of their need to stay in control.

Utter insanity. And once again, once this was pointed out by the readership, the comments were deep-sixed with frightening speed.

8 comments for “Goodbye To The World Of Reason, Hello To The Age Of Feelings…

  1. Mona
    August 28, 2017 at 10:55 am

    “Not yet scientifically bereaved”, Lucy Easthope is quite clearly suffering from an “Occupational Psychosis” her imaginative transfer of principles from one field to another is spookey, if it were not for the horror of the subject I might laugh.

  2. August 28, 2017 at 11:40 am

    ” her imaginative transfer of principles from one field to another is spookey,”

    ‘Spookeyer’ still is the phrase at the beginning of this reported crock of shit:- ‘the emergency recovery lead at the Cabinet Office emergency planning college.’

    This alleged ‘academic’ has access to the Cabinet Office? The days of ‘lunatics running asylums’ grows ever closer!

    • August 28, 2017 at 5:22 pm

      It does.

    • Mona
      August 28, 2017 at 6:27 pm

      “The emergency recovery lead at the Cabinet office emergency planning College”, you are right it is a weird use of words, it has an Orwellian feel to it or HG Wells, can they be expecting a Martian invasion or is this a thought reform and conditioning program. or just plain shit from the Guardian.

  3. Hereward Unbowed.
    August 28, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Having read her piece a couple of times, still, I really don’t know what she [Easthope] is on about.

    death by mama said she “feels” it……. how is that scientific or even relevant?

    Furthermore, the comparative exemplar she quotes is, similar only in respect that fire was the, if not exclusively, then it was the main cause of death.

    I would posit that, the remains of most of the Canadians who lost their lives in that terrible train derailing and consequent explosion [Lac-Mégantic]in a fairly close knit community would be, were, as far as possible quickly identified. Next, the missing – if no traces could be identified then the Coroner would preside over a verdict and adjudge thus.

    Grenfell, a tragedy in every aspect from cladding to inadequacy of just about every and any facet you can imagine. Plus that there were clearly some who lived there should not have even been in the country, add in a hopelessly wrecked and abused housing allocation and a serially gamed system done by all sorts of dubious characters ie, illegal landlords re-renting ‘council flats’ – the final death toll can only ever be a near guess.

    DNA can only do so much but then if there are no matching sources, or people cannot, will not, do not provide family samples for comparison – other than providing the authorities with number of dead, for the purposes of identification, the task will rendered hopeless and coroners’ [Inquiry] verdict will have to remain open.
    Other than those who [do not] need an excuse to re batter the authorities speciously planting all manner of bogus rumours,. In this, there can be no easy answers, nor for some, even, any answers.

    • Mudplugger
      August 28, 2017 at 9:05 pm

      I suspect the authorities at Grenfell are trying to manage uncomfortable revelations, as the real truth risks exposing/confirming so much.
      It is reckoned that the real death-toll exceeds 300, possibly up to 500 but, if it transpired that, say 50%, of those had no right to be here, you may anticipate how that ‘average’ may be used by some groups in extrapolation.
      With that in mind, those noisy ‘Grenfell Grievers’ could be well advised to pipe down or be careful what they wish for, as the real truth and its consequences may hurt far more than they imagine.

      • Hereward Unbowed.
        August 28, 2017 at 11:27 pm

        All pertinent points and well made and if those figures [probably much nearer than those ‘official figures’] are anywhere near correct, the disaster ‘signpost’ shriekers had best shut their cakeholes.
        Plus, Grenfell tower a problem exposed……………for if these sorts of unofficial sources of population ‘underestimations’ are then extrapolated across the whole of the greater London area…………highlighting in stark terms just how inaccurate are the official depictions of UK population trends accorded by the HO and their puny statistical methodology or perhaps they know and are scared s999less that we’ll get to know…..

        But of course we know it, Tesco budget and provide comestibles assessed for a nationwide pop’n figure nearer to 80 million – I would now aver that their [Tesco’s] figure is about 5 million light.

  4. August 30, 2017 at 4:29 am

    “”Pronoucing someone dead with no evidence that they are dead shouldn’t be considered. Ever.””

    For a decade from age five to fifteen, I walked to school down streets where houses were missing. Big, weed-overgrown holes and rubble punctuated the rows of houses on either side. Holes where houses used to be before the Lufftwaffe Home Decoration Service dropped by to remodel Coventry. They were not cleared because the owners were ‘missing’ They could not be declared dead without a body. And without them signing over the property, the rubble and weed strewn holes remained.

    People are ‘missing’ from the tower block. Will they leave floors unrepaired?

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