sense of humour

The latest Banksy is going to test the greed for money of the prison authorities. Whilst in the past whole walls were removed to preserve and sell the art-work, that won’t be easy with a wall that surrounds a prison. LOL.

unrecognizable

took part in a Teams meeting yesterday and could not see myself in the list of 50 attendees. I scrolled up and down, and clearly being the first to log in, I MUST surely be there.

But, I had changed my hairstyle. I thought who is that intelligent looking person and then, at the very end, it dawned on me, that this was me.

With the new hairstyle I did not recognize myself.

Don’t outsource the problem

The arguments on ‘The big Question’ this morning were excellent. Amazing how well things were put especially about povery. A Billionnaire could write each person in the USA a cheque for $3.000 and still be extremely rich.

So there are those who say that the poor, we don’t get paid enough, should also organise into Unions and do industrial action and strike to get higher wages.

It’s not working that strategy, as this will only villify the workers and not make employers pay higher wages. This vicar who then said, that asking workders to strike on top of working is outsourcing the problem hit the nail on the spot.

Interrupting lives with strikes and protests simply makes the lives of the poor even harder, it doesn’t affect the mega rich, who can live on their interest, unless interest turns into negative. That is one reason why I oppose the Extinction Rebellion activities. Those are paid for by mega rich people who can sit back and relax in their country manners, whilst people in cities, miss out on going to work.

It’s those big company owners who should pay more wages. What instead is being done, wages still get subsidised, allowing people to rely on food banks and benefits whilst raking in the money. Of course some wealth gets paid to shareholders but the majority goes into private coffers.

It’s obviously a matter of legislation rather than anything else.

I’m negative

Been contacted by Ipsos Mori for a random Covid-19 test. They sent me a test in the post and then collected it by courier.

Today I learned that I am negative. Tried to enter the result into my NHS Covid App but the number wasn’t compatible.

The same happened to another family member who couldn not enter their test result into the NHS app either.

So happy we are.

I’ve fallen victim

I cannot believe that I’ve finally fallen for a phishing scam. I am normally very aware and spot scams straightaway but on this occasion I fell for it.

I think for many of us, during lock-down, waiting for parcels is just about the only entertainment we’ll get. But then there are scammers who pretend to wanting to re-deliver missed parcels just on a day when we are expecting one.

It’s happened twice now, that on a day, I expected a parcel, that I got either a card through the coor or a text inviting me to rebook delivery against a fee.

Both times from scammers.

What surprises me the most, that this latest text scam actually only asks for

  • Date of Brith
  • Name and address
  • date for re-delivery

they did not want payment information.

I am asking who would want such iformation. For any British company that information is easy enough to come by as most of us are on many databases. They just want to harvest basic identity details.

I assume those scammers are from other cultures, countries or from criminal networks from abroad. People can hardly steal my identity because my name is pretty unusual for Britain.

But there we are, nobody is immune against a drop of the guard at some time. Because when we are busy and do three things at wonce, our biggest fear nowadays is that we miss the parcel delivery because it could have been too noisy or something like that. Then that scammer text offering re-delivery feels like soothing of the soul. Keep on the lookout.

Forward all phishing email to report@phishing.gov.uk you can also send them a copy of phishing texts with the number it came from.

Somthing’s not quite right

You know when you end up with a bad feeling but you can’t quite put your finger on it and have no proof but you feel that something’s not quite right?

This was not the worst pair they made for me, there were others

That is the feeling I got from my opticians.

Medical services go to the very heart of our sensitivity. We absolutely rely on doctors, nurses, even opticians or other medical specialists.

It’s because you really only know whether your spectacles are well made if you are an opticians. An untrained person could never know whether it’s the spectacles or the way they are made or indeed if you have a condition that can’t be corrected with spectacles.

I had this catarract operiation and shortly afterwards, I could see and didn’t need any spectacles and it felt great. But after a while, I needed laser correction because the body rejected the implanted lenses by growing a skin over them, so a doctor needed to pierce holes into that skin over the lenses using laser treatment.

However those holes then had an effect on my eye sight because of course it changes the light as it enters my eyes. That is all very complicated but the long and short of it is, that my optician couldn’t make me a pair of spectacles to correct the vision.

I was made to feel and told that I just would have to live with it.

What bothered me the most that with the spectacles I couldn’t actually see my feet and with the latest pair they made me, I could not even get a clear field of vision. Everything looked broken up and silly.

Now, those spectacles were made for me by a very famous highstreet chain of opticians and because of that, I just believed what they told me but I started getting suspicious over time because of the way they spoke to me. They were either very friendly and overly understanding or shouty and dictating.

What I did to attempt to understand the source of the problem is, I took the prescription and up-loaded it to an online spectacles service and had a pair made, very cheaply.

The spectacles that came were a revelation. I could see my feet and my field of vision was much clearer. I recommend you all try this one first before you believe your opticians that nothing can be done.

put a stop to property exploitation

Really glad that prosecution is being brought in a ‘sex for rent’ case. Thoroughly sickening to think that a landlord can force a homeless person to have sex in exchange for housing. It’s prostitution through the back-door. See the latest article about this.

Inaugeration

I was fascinated to watch Jo Biden’s inaugeration. I didn’t even take that guy seriously. One look and I thought that old guy doesn’t have a chance against the burly bully-boy Donald Trump. With a woman as vice-president (Kamala Harris), the US is entering an era of hope and social change.

Actually for us older folks Jo Biden is a figure of hope as he is the one that dismisses those rumours that once over 70 you are only good for scrap.

There was a lot of hope with this high-quality performance of state duty.

Amanda Gorman recited and excellent poem, disguised as speech, the US’s first ever poet-loreate for young people and there were top singers to copella anthems and folk tunes.

This radiated a lot of hope. People believed and smiled.

personal convictions

The more I watch of series on the BBC called The Spiral. (see also my previous post), the better do I understand the connections between personal strength, conviction and results.

There is one weak investigator, with a tendency to take drugs, involves with the dark world and becomes susceptible to blackmail and such individuals can really bring a whole investigation down. The boss also is very important in that he/she puts his personal stamp on others and they react to his input.

Then there is the judge who really believes in correct justice and the money grabbing lawyers who take any job as long as the client pays them lots of money.

That is our society. Where people have to earn money whichever way they can, they take money from anybody who can give it to them. Whilst it is legal for criminals to have cash, they can give it to others and buy services from them.

I recommend to watch that whole serial to anybody intested in human interaction and how personal drive commands outcomes.

What is particularly useful is the change of police lead from series 3 to 4 and the judges’ desire to raise through the ranks.

How criminals corrupt the justice system and individuals within.

In the end, human evolution has shown, that it is always the strongest who survive and if it proves that criminals are stronger than lawful people then they will prevail.

However as also said in my last post, criminals tend to kill each other off, so their changes of prospering and multiplying has little chance because the legal system nurtures and cares for its members whilst the criminal fraternity, kill each other on a whim.

I think that humanity has found a system that allows everybody a fair chance and regulates life for the benefit of the majority. All previous models of governance failed because they relied on the judgements of leaders who had the power to personally persecute and extinguish others because of their own emotional preferences.

The Spiral being set in France doesn’t really matter as human interaction is the main focus of the series and not the model of justice system.

A fair justice system will always expose those who are petty minded and try to rule their own societies with murder and threats. The part about human trafficking was particularly powerful, showing how a group of girls are exploited and lived from by some leeches who simply use them to make money and don’t allow them to make any choices about their lives.

Such girls were in terrible danger from criminals who were attracted to the easy prey they posed as victims of violence, with little restriction on the depravity used.

The series I watch right now is about a group of terrorists who mask themselves as human rights defenders who fight for the rights of immigrants, but who completely fail to protect their own member, who blew himself up and they just dumped him in a ditch to die.

I find all those who complain about our society today laughable. They happily sit in a well-lit and heated room, planning to overthrow the same society that actually ensures that they have the well lit room and heating in the first place.

The french connection

Started to watch this French crime drama series on the BBC called The Spiral. I have to turn to foreign production since the making of British films has all but stopped. We get a lot of repeats.

It is a bit hard to watch as there is lots of dialogue and I do not speak French. One has to look at the subtitles constantly as they talk non-stop.

I do like the tone of the series though, as the police are shown as winners. It is quite amazing what personal efforts police officers put into this job and how risky it is. Us normal folks never even get to know the edge of it.

For people not involved in crime it is hard to imagine what goes on within it. From watching it on films, the best solution is not to get involved at all. There is no health and safety for criminals. They simple kill anybody who is a risk to them and as nobody is perfect, they all seem to be a risk to each other and they themselves bump each other off. What a sad prospect for a criminal gang member, to end in a grave, beaten to death by a fellow gang member. No justice no trial, no security.

I prefer watching a series where the police are shown as having grit and determination to fight crime, ridding us of those awful drug barons, who do so much harm to us, our children and society as a whole. Once society decides to declare something criminal they fight it, but if something is legal, the long-term health damage can be lasting – as with cigarettes, alcohol for example – and it is harder to fight on legal mechanisms alone.

I prefer watching this French serial to East Enders. I have completely stopped watching East Enders with that constant dribble of crime families ruling the roost and police shown as inadequate nonsense. I turned to Coronation Street instead as it is at least fairly normal and shows problems within a conceivable context for normal people.

Well, not much time for this now, amazing how short days are despite having not much going out to do.

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