Scovid19 by Jon Cocks

This was Jon’s entry in the Greens essay contest I organised in 2020. Australian readers will recognise all the news items he indirectly cites. For people from other lands, “Scomo” is what Scott Morrison, Australia’s hopefully temporary Prime Minister, wants to be called. Jon’s definitions exactly match the personality and record of actions of this faithful servant of Big Money.

An insidious virus lays a large part of Australia even lower than the other well-documented global one that just makes you sick.

But this local virus does more than make you sick. This malignant tumour on the fabric of our society allows billionaires to dodge tax and prescribe national energy policy, while resultant noxious carbon emissions from fossil fuels dug from ever more pock-marked landscapes burn in outmoded power stations, fouling our air and poisoning our reefs, as well as our collective faith in social justice and democracy. This pox for posterity makes poor people starve, marginalises indigenous citizens, destroys their sacred sites, and indefinitely incarcerates refugees to our country in offshore hell-holes. This vile visitation causes our elders to die in miserable conditions and ill or injured people to expire in hospital corridors. Its toxic venom has been abroad longer than the global pandemic. There will be only one small window of opportunity in the next year or so to excise it.

The illness in question spreads virally from men in suits and their lackeys via social media and through murdocrat Sky and News.com carriers into closed-shop minds. It infiltrates the conspiratorial whispering of the easily gulled. The virus fosters greed and promotes corruption. It flattens whole economies to the barest pulse. It robs the poor to favour the rich. It spreads misinformation, fosters misogyny, encourages racism and ravages nature. Its carriers rort and rot institutions from within. Since May 2019 it has circulated unchecked. While some of us have resisted infection, we have all been dangerously exposed to Scovid-19.

The disease and its language have devolved organically. Scovid-19 was the result of a previously dominant strain imploding through external pressure and breaking off initially into three new strains, then two when the less toxic third was extirpated. The Scomo exforo malignancy multiplied more quickly than the other insidious strain and assumed dominance. The Scomo made its way into the viral lexicon as follows:

  • Noun (1): ‘Scomo’. Definition: leader who specialises in knowing nothing about knowing nothing; one who lies, dissembles, blames competition for every societal and economic ill and does anything but address problems that arise from his negligence, incompetence, or both. Example: Nero did a Scomo, fiddling while Rome burned.
  • Noun (2): ‘Scomodity’. Definition: capacity for lying, dissembling and deflecting blame. Example: Government scomodity plumbs new depths after rape allegations against a Cabinet minister become public.
  • Noun (3): ‘Scomosis’. Definition: intellectual blindness as a result of apathy or complacency. Example: During the 2019 federal election the conservatives exploited widespread electoral scomosis in the absence of any stated policy, and were duly re-elected.
  • Noun (4): ‘Scovidity’. Definition: capacity for cruelty, especially towards the most vulnerable and least able to fight back. Example: Satan has nothing on the notorious scovidity behind the smirk.
  • Noun (5): ‘Scomology’. Definition: the ideological acquisition of principles that define the meaning of power to be synonymous with narcissism, personal greed, influence and self-gratification to the exclusion of everyone except close allies and wealthy sponsors. Example: Amongst the children of the über-wealthy, Scomology became the most sought-after and costly liberal arts course at Hellsang College of Advanced Privilege (H-CAP).
  • Noun (6): ‘Scomologist’. Definition: one given to a narcissistic sense of inflated importance, characterised by greed and disregard for the law if it interferes with one’s own agenda. Example: At H-CAP the students learn that it is easy for a Scomologist to pass through the eye of a needle on the way into heaven, because he (it’s always he) will be able to afford a needle with an eye the size of the Lunar Park clown mouth.
  • Verb (1): To ‘scomo’. Definition: to disappear in a crisis. Example: He scomoed off to Hawaii when the nation was on fire.
  • Verb (2): To ‘scomodify’. Definition: (i) to alter or ‘manage’ the narrative from the wheel of governance, (ii) to turn everything to shit at the merest touch. Example (i): The Parliament House operatives scomodified reports of the junior staffer’s alleged rape by her office senior to minimise collateral damage. Example (ii): By arriving well after the fires had ruined the region, pantomiming transparently insincere sympathy and alienating locals further by seeking photo-op publicity, he managed to scomodify the situation into a public relations catastrophe.
  • Adjective (1): ‘scomodified’. Definition: the condition of an institution having been allowed through executive corruption to deteriorate into a state of chaos, wreckage and confusion due to ideological predisposition and innate cruelty. Example (i): Cutting the Coronavirus supplement will result in the economy becoming scomodified to the point that a cadaver would seem the life of the party by comparison. Example (ii): Many deserving grassroots sporting clubs were left scomodified, when taxpayer money denied them was instead showered on wealthy institutions in electorates targeted by the conservatives in the 2019 Federal Election.
  • Adjective (2): ‘scomotic’. Definition: cultivated ineptitude in exercising reason or logic founded in basic decency; advanced susceptibility to extremist hateful political narratives, crackpot notions and trending conspiracy theories. Example: In the countdown to the last election there were those on social media who averred with scomotic fervour that Labor would tax ‘your super’.
  • Adjective (3): ‘Scovid’. Definition: denoting the behavioural pattern of an individual affected by the virus, in which the patient’s manner becomes cruel and unfeeling, while experiencing concurrent narcissistic notions of great personal power and influence, a disdain for any truth inconsistent with the patient’s grandiose sense of personal destiny and innate rightness (in every sense of the word). Example: When questioned on his knowledge of the rape-victim junior staffer, the timeline of the crime’s reportage, and subsequent access to parliament for the rapist, the minister’s manner became scovid, prefacing his remarks with: ‘I’m not going into the she said-he said of it …’
  • Adjective (4): ‘scomological’. Definition: to be as blind to the truth out of personal hubris. Example: A scomological approach to climate crisis enables a leader to ignore consistent warnings concerning the lack of national bushfire-readiness from all twenty-three Australian fire chiefs.
  • Adjective (5): ‘scotoxic’. Definition: a particular virulent attitude that will bear no witness to unshakeable scientific truth or basic human decency in the quest for power, influence and personal gain. Example: Scotoxic preferential treatment of the fossil fuel industry by government arises from the numerous hefty monetary party political donations they have accepted from billionaire mining magnates.

Scovid-19 has roots in Australian history. There were well-connected, trail-blazing opportunists in colonial Australia who never really hid their intent when issuing bullets to settlers to ‘clear’ the land for grazing. They often looked out on the vast plains of terra nullius and remarked with a scomotic intensity that God really must have intended it for livestock and the plough. Without actually shooting to kill, contemporary scomological conservatives now treat their constituents and unborn descendants with a comparably scotoxic disregard for their collective welfare.

Scovid-19 infects individual freedom and the democratic right to choose how an individual might shop for goods and services, permanently scomodifying the life choices of our most vulnerable. Inflicting the Scovid variant Induitis Scovidius severely limits how and where welfare recipients might spend the pittance in their accounts. A consequence of scotoxic prosperity gospel victimising the poor, it is another example of democracy’s death by a thousand cuts. It is one case in many that illustrates how scomological economic policies shift risk and debt to private companies and individuals, privatise everything that should be a government service and scomodify labour laws to minimise basic wages and eliminate job security,.

Until widespread external intervention curbed the infestation rate and brought it back under, Scovid-19 spread Robo-debt-mania from the same scomotic ‘the-poor-are-unworthy-and-ungodly-and-must-be-punished’ fetish. This psychotic side ailment led to an outbreak of billing of welfare recipients for overpayment based upon spurious income averaging strategies that had little or no basis in reality in all but the most opportunistic cases of welfare fraud. The mania festered until around November 2020, when the wrongful debt notices exceeded the billion-dollar mark in total. After an out-of-court class action, the scomotic apology for ‘any hurt, harm or hardship caused’ elicited parliamentary crocodile tears, an unedifying by-product of scomodity in action.

As Scovid-19 is oblivious to the reality that those living hand to mouth keep the wheels of commerce turning and spend money in their localities on essentials, only the most scomotic rusted-on neo-conservative ideologues can truly be comfortable with the surgical removal from the most vulnerable of the remaining fortnightly income supplement of $150. Instead, scomodified ideology prescribes the unemployed a base payment increase of less than the price of one cup of coffee a day, not that recipients are likely to spend it on coffee. Scomological governing ideology looks set to ravage the poor until a couple of hundred billion bucks deficit becomes a surplus again, the kind of cruelty towards the poor by elected officials perhaps only surpassed by the Scovidity of those who rort and abuse the privileges of office.

After two decades of scomotic conservative failure to acknowledge the climate crisis, instigate effective bushfire action plans and develop sustainable energy to replace fossil fuels — an industry that employs just 3% of Australians — and exacerbated by Scovid-19’s billionaire-enacted inaction on climate change, the month before Christmas of 2019 saw Australia emit a fair chunk of its contemporary average annual carbon emissions count during the most calamitous and destructive bushfire crisis in Australian recorded history.

Scovid-19 warps and bends truth into its preferred narrative. It leads to bulk prescription of barrelled pork to areas most affected. Fossil fuel barons are granted immunity to the reality of climactic consequence, but for many Scomologists such scotoxic disregard for facts is reflexive. Scomologists get a better-than-fair go, because they go all-out to have a go, to be a part of the club. Travelling by private jet to sponsors’ birthday parties and charging helicopters to the taxpayer come with club membership. On a per capita basis, it is a very small club.

Scomologists feign shock at the sudden discovery of a scotoxic culture in Parliament despite an entire succession of administrations over the past decade or more being scandal-riven with all manner of harassment claims by women against men ‘managed’ under the carpet. When under the pump to justify rampant Scovidity, its proponents reject the premise of the question, or break out the corporate-speak, as in the ‘efficiency dividend’ of the scomodified $1.2 billion cut to Aged Care in 2015, and, more recently, the Opposition accused of being ‘too binary’ when rejecting the lie that federal aged care is somehow a state matter. If all else fails, Scomologists move that the Opposition member no longer be heard.

Religiously inclined Scomologists find truth in God’s will that the poor should be liberated from reliance on welfare. Scomosis fosters the notion that the end of the world is nigh, so why bother bean-counting carbon emissions when all that nonsense will soon be irrelevant anyway? The scomo-righteous will ascend to their heavenly reward, while the rest of the human race will burn in ever-lasting perdition.

Scovid-19 has riddled the nation’s capital so thoroughly that the Federal Police are forced to beg its ministers and their staff to report crimes committed in their offices, rather than provide the offenders with gold-standard referrals for mega-buck gigs behind closed corporate doors. Scotoxic amnesia of wrong-doing is rife. Not that it matters for the murdocrat conservatives, who have their kindly old media magnate uncle in their corner to report: nothing to see here, unless it is a high-profile, outspoken NewsCorp critic on the front pages of all eight major daily tabloids on the same day being ‘wrong’.

Scovid-19 is vile infestation on a pandemic scale. It poisons media, minds, the very earth and air we breathe. We have mere months to vaccinate the nation against at least three more years of this plague on both houses that divides our nation.

About Dr Bob Rich

I am a professional grandfather. My main motivation is to transform society to create a sustainable world in which my grandchildren and their grandchildren in perpetuity can have a life, and a life worth living. This means reversing environmental idiocy that's now threatening us with extinction, and replacing culture of greed and conflict with one of compassion and cooperation.
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