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SETTINGS FOR NOVEL IDEAS

Five novels by Martin Knox are listed on Amazon.

ANIMAL FARM 2

Continuing George Orwell’s story Animal Farm (1945) the animals discover coal on the farm and the pigs enslave them as miners. The animals want liberation and they get paid for their work. They contest superpower climate science they realize is illogical and threatens their living conditions. Will the animals achieve liberation?

TIME IS GOLD

Maxi Fleet is a high school student who is an outstanding and ambitious distance runner. Her physics home tutor adapts Einstein’s theory of relativity and coaches her to run in dilated time and ‘in flow’ against elite runners. Will she achieve her goal of the World marathon record?

SHORT OF LOVE

Tom and Vicki meet when they are students at Liverpool University in the Beatles era. Their relationship is disrupted by misunderstandings and they live apart in different countries. Will they be united by their opposition to scandalous trading in petroleum by a government in Africa?

PRESUMED DEAD

Jane Kenwood is a feisty independent councillor for Alexandra city. When she tries to stop a casino development, she disappears and her friend Dr Phillip Keene, an innovative forensic scientist, leads the search for her and her abductors. Will they be in time to find her alive?

THE GRASS IS ALWAYS BROWNER

250 years in the future, Australia has a young indigenous Prime Minister: Abajoe. He and his partner Siti hold the nation together when it is threatened by population growth in neighbouring Bhakaria, with pressure to accept immigrants, religious division, famine and floods. Will the government be brought down?

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WHAT COULD A HUNG COUNCIL DO?

How unstable could local politics become when an elected council becomes hung?

If party politicians join independents on the cross-bench, would developments wanted by the public be more or less likely to be approved?

‘Presumed Dead’ is a novel by Martin Knox set in a fictional council chamber within the Westminster system. Corruption at the big end of town is suspected when Jane Kenwood, a feisty councillor, disappears.

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PANDEMIC DYNAMICS NOT UNDERSTOOD

The coronavirus organism is keeping humans guessing at the microscopic, medical treatment and political levels. Could its behaviour be complex, are situations diverse, or is detection and recording of its presence variable, local, partial and haphazard? Is it possible that behaviour is random, unpredictable, unrepeated, invisible and baffling scientists?
Manifestation could be determined by a stochastic algorithm of processes that is constantly changing and beyond analysis. No-one has the full picture. Is it asking too much that scientists should collaborate? After 6 months, pandemic control is still uncertain, without any definite prospect of a vaccine or any other treatment.
This was once the situation with AIDS, so there is hope.
No-one seems to be interpreting a global data set with authority beyond generic cautionary advice at an unprecedented large scale of economic impact, with catastrophic impacts. Normal scientific caution in establishing causes is being widely interpreted as epistemological deficiency. The causality vacuum is permitting growth of political authority and totalitarian rule.
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OPINION: LIBERTY COULD BE REDUCED


Individuals exposed to infection by COVID19 have responded mainly in three ways. They have accepted the risk unprotected, self-protected, or have obtained protection by government restriction of their own and others’ activities. Consequences are not yet fully known but government intervention has already created a precedent for public health policy.
Given a choice between catching a dangerous virus and losing employment, few people would hesitate to stay home. Response to past influenza outbreaks was largely individual, without regulation of individual activity. Regulative response to COVID-19 has attributed new potential for infection but this has not been manifest in all countries. Virulence of COVID-19 has been summarised by Swiss Policy Research as follows.
‘In countries like the US, the UK, and also Sweden (without a lockdown), overall mortality since the beginning of the year is in the range of a strong influenza season; in countries like Germany, Austria and Switzerland, overall mortality is in the range of a mild influenza season.’ 
Compared with previous responses to influenza, lockdown in Australia for COVID-19 has had new levels of social control compared with past outbreaks, when it was left to individuals to decline risks, or accept them with mild social sanctions. Unless COVID-19 is significantly more virulent, social and economic consequences of government protection seem disproportionate to other influenza treatments. Perhaps public health care has advanced and people expect better protection nowadays. Ordinary influenzas nevertheless continue to kill without social regulation. In Australia in 2017, 4269 deaths from influenza and pneumonia had less social control, whereas in 2020 there have been 103 deaths to June 25 from COVID-19. Protection imposed by restriction of public behaviour for COVID-19 is relatively a loss of liberty, compared with for example: inability to go to work by accepting personal risk similar to crossing the road. Young lives could be stunted. Those who want protection would be free to self-protect at home, especially elderly people who are most vulnerable. Supposing that COVID-19 hangs around for repeat seasons, or new virulent viruses arrive, the regulation of the many, for the benefit of the few, could threaten restoration of society, unless we revert to the kinds of voluntary behaviour that were accepted for so long. When difference in virulence numbers between countries is clear, actions needed could be clearer.
https://swprs.org/studies-on-covid-19-lethality/

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