Affordable hygiene

Of course, I support the banning of plastic wet wipes. I buy the Andrex washlets, which are purely made from paper, that dissolves when flushed.

Whatever the government comes up with, it has to be affordable. Also they are saving time for busy parents who cannot spend a lot of it changing nappies as parents now have to work as well as parent.

It’s mainly parents who use wet wipes, which are now cheap enough to be afforded by poor people.

Wet wipes are the classic example of the purely entrepreneur based economy system.

Develop, manufacture it, sell it, make a profit.

Any damaging effects of products often only emerge after decades of use.

There is no blueprint in law, which automatically would require producers of goods, which later emerge to cause a problem and cost a lot of money to remedy, have to actually contribute towards the cost of the remedies.

People generally revert to law to claim compensation, as they do with asbestos, tobacco etc, but wet wipes, cause damage mainly to the environment, the water industry, local governments.

Basic problem is, most products need to be cheap enough to be afforded and in the case of baby wipes or wet wipes, the hygiene is really important to people and society in general. Yet, the cheapest washables I can get are around 99 p for a pack of 40, whilst wet wipes come in large packs of 100 for far less than this and can be as cheap as 60p for 100 wet wipes.

I think the economy cannot just be left to itself to develop new products, without there being at least laws in place that apportions responsibility for problems, which often cannot be seen to be coming.

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learning responsibility

The longer children do not need to stand on their own two feet and can rely on provision of care from parents, the longer those kids will not need to learn the basics of life.

Unfortunately in schools these days, children still do not learn about

  • household budgeting
  • banking and debts
  • living costs and organising accommodation

The majority of children do not grow up in households where the family has a business to run, so that children automatically get involved in the business principles because they hear their parents and other family members talk about this frequently.

Most children live in households where parents are either self-employed or employed.

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Due to the way kids are schooled also, which means children spend at least 8 hours per day in school, this does not include the travel to school and parents spend at least 8 hours at work, children and parents do not see much of each other.

Most parents work in excess of 8 hours per day.

There is less time for conversations in families these days. Quality time is often spend on outings, if people can afford this. Kids also have gaming systems or go to sports clubs, spend time with friends.

Kids generally do not tend to develop much interest on how

  • direct debits affect the household budget
  • rents, rates, other bills have to be paid
  • cost of energy, water
  • clothing, school uniform

Hence, if kids then also get free university education and again get everything organised and provided for, they still do not have to learn the basic life necessities about paying and earning what we spend. Those university loans and letters to repay the cost of education, provide an essential down-to-earth effect.

Of course there are schemes whereby banks for example try to provide school schemes, whereby a school pupils runs savings schemes for pupils with help from a bank but many schools are not taking up that possibility.

I often think that my children never imagined how expensive life on their own actually is because they never thought about this much.

Just getting washing done and installing a machine in student accommodation is something that is taken for granted. How to deal with repairs when they are needed.

And how much time it actually takes to do daily chores.

I think that kids, who do not get enough reality training are more likely to get involved in troublesome activities like demonstrations, which can end in tragedy.

I thought about this again and again when I compared the beginning of the German Baader-Meinhof group and movement with today’s Extinction Rebellion demos. They both try to sell radicalisation as a necessity to the general public.

Both look similar to me,

  • the mass appeal
  • large demonstrations
  • the causes

Just that in Germany university education was and remains free and many students were mainly attracted to the radical ideas of the day and today, Extinction rebellion are trying exactly to recreate this mass appeal on issues that speak to us all. They even use 85% naked women to sell their appeal to the public and police officers attending.

I think it is more than sick to combine sexy models with blood red paint being spattered onto buildings.

However, in Britain it seems that those at least who have to work and have their daily lives interrupted question the benefit of attending those demos, which get increasingly radical with now blood marches for example and incidentally one solicitor is accused of injecting foods in local shops with blood at the same time.

Radicalisation can be due to a lack of reality sense, which can be exacerbated by a feeling of safety because being cared for by provision either by parents or government makes children feel safe regardless of what they do.

I think British law is pretty good both in the sense of radicalisation provision as well as trying to make things not too easy for people.

centralising services – Facebook

The positive first, Facebook has developed a way to determine what is deep fake and where the image comes from, reports Microsoft News. However on the other hand, the social media platform Facebook now acts as intermediary for all types of contract service if something is lost and wants to control how service provision works.

Facebook allows anybody to advertise cards, keys wallets.

What is even more concerning that, if you subscribe to a service, e.g. bank card, TfL travel card, driving license etc. you have a legal agreement with those service providers in case of loss.

Banking has become very much more secure in terms of supplying identity and consent. This assumes that you are in direct contract with your bank. However if now lost bank cards are advertised on Facebook, then the direct contract between the bank and the customer has been broken by the intervention of a third unauthorised entity, namely Facebook, who have no right to even deal in bank cards.

Facebook users have no qualm to advertise children’s found travel cards with name and pic on Facebook, breaching privacy of those individuals. I even found an American Express card, which prompted me to get in touch with American Express about this.

At the same time Facebook increases its godliness by removing posts from genuine services because they do not like them and call them spam.

With respect of anonymous crime reporting for example. Facebook removes all ads, which are not from Crimestoppers, as if there is a law that says that Crimestoppers are the only organisation who can provide that service. Even as Neighbourhood Watch groups can make their own arrangements with police how crime reporting is done, Facebook thinks they can control how policing works now by removing service offers from individuals without their consent.

So we got these two concerning issues.

  1. Facebook acts as unwanted intermediary lost and found service for lost items
  2. Facebook acts as unwanted service control on service provision with police for example.

There is absolutely no respect of privacy and data protection with Facebook. There is no respect of contract law between service providers and the user on Facebook.

TfL have told me that they cannot stop Facebook users to pick up lost cards and advertise them on Facebook. Is this supposed to increase the amount of Facebook users so that you go onto the platform just to find a lost item, instead of asking the actual service provider first?

I can understand and support it that platforms like Facebook remove hate speech and the like but getting involved in the dispersal of personal items like keys, wallets, bank cards, Freedom passes, driving licenses and getting involved in police methods is definitely overstepping the mark.

It could be bullying, that somebody stole a card from somebody, offers it on Facebook?

Where are the security checks that are supposed to be in place to ascertain that the rightful owner gets to use a card, if they can just be offered on Facebook when found?

the advertised cards could be deep fakes, stolen, found.

Especially when there are bunches of keys on Facebook, previously you had to go to a police station or other service provider and describe your bunch of keys, now they show the bunch and you do no longer need to describe it as there is everything on display for everybody to see.

How can the rightful owner of a lost bunch of keys be found if the advertiser, the finder on Facebook knows which door those keys open? Would the advertiser then follow the ‘owner’ to the door to see that it actually opens?

It’s a no brainer, that something isn’t right about those lost and found adverts on Facebook.

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.

Bank holidays being eroded

Since the advent of banking Apps bank holidays are being eroded.

One bank issued a bank statement on 24. December for credit card customers. When we all know that this is Christmas eve. Then on Bank holiday 25. we get the notification of the bank statement being available online.

Another service provider, this time in the domestic fuels field, found out that benefits customers get paid on 24. December, the day before Christmas and debited all end of the month direct debits for fuels on the 24. to then just send another email on Christmas, the 25. December to say that they are so sorry they taken the money early. Please contact them to get reimbursed if bank costs resulted int he early DD.

So, that would have been unthinkable in traditional bank holiday times for sure.

Whilst they still do not debit or credit accounts on the 25. or 26. December itself, they do action admin functions and keep the Apps going.

Don’t support slavery

That case of the Vietnamese people being smuggled into Britain in a lorry, in which they all died, highlights the danger of people smuggling and exploitation.

I have seen it in so many films how property owners in remote locations can easily hide slaves and nobody seems to care.

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Labour intensive business, the beauty industry, sex industry and others seem to find it easy to use slave labour instead of the regular people who get wages and have contracts to work as free people.

What I find interesting is how to avoid buying goods or services from companies who use slave labour.

Most larger companies have a lot of scrutiny to content with but those non regulated supplier, whether they work from markets or selling over the Internet, who asks where they get their staff from?

What we need is labelling on all goods supplied in shops or markets, which state that the supplier has adhered to a code of human respect. That employes who helped produce the item in the packaging are employed under good conditions.

Why stop at calorific value and fat and sugar content, we also need to know who is making it.

Nobody seems to check what people companies employ. How else would it be possible that suddenly people get detected locked away and enslaved and that they worked for a business as cheap labour.

I refuse to buy things from non regulated business whether that’s a market or an unknown Internet company. I do not use the beauty industry like nail bars anyhow. The one time I used a nailbar, was extremely frustrating, the lady did not seem to know the first thing about nails. Though I got charged top money for a rubbish service.

self-isolate

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Imaging a DALEK going round spurting out ‘self-isolate’ self-isolate all day long.

Indeed Hygiene is the big preventer on infections and of course-self-isolation helps spread the virus but doesn’t make others more resiliant to it.

Just as we are told to wash our hands for 2 minutes with soap, swimmers actualy spend prolonged time in the magic liquid called water, enhanced with the cleaning agent chlorine. Perhaps more people should take a regular sheep-dip in water to cleanse the whole body.

I won’t blog much about Covid-19, as there is a hunt on bloggers who may spread false information. A 10k fine for failure to self-isolate is a lot of money, perhaps mirrored in the fact that the UK government has borrowed record sums to make up for economic and tax losses. The fines reflect that. Why do taxes always depend on wrong-doing?

You get taxed for eating lots of sugar, smoking, drinking, having cars, fined for breaking rules. Government would be stuffed if nobody had unhealthy livestyles nor broke the rules.

A skills-based win

Apparently my business skills and economics, business based set of qualifications, gained in various specialist schools both in Germany and Britain and my great ability to do accounting, are probably responsible for my most recent win of a complaint to the Housing Ombudsman.

I have run my own business for 10 years. I had been a company director.

They were just finding for me because they obviously looked at the accounts of the local social landlord e.g. council and from the accounts they could determine what had and had not taken place.

There is always room for basic logic to be successful in many walks of life.

compulsive control disorder

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They should introduce a new classification of mental conditions, the Compulsive Control Disorder. That is the best way to describe how people use media to control others or enjoy being controlled by others by the same means.

Seeing how much time people spend on processing information and on the phone or social media, it has to be concluded that this time results in mind control over the people involved.

Every hour I spend watching the TV, the more time do I let others control how to think.

A simple example is the latest advertising about going on holidays again after the lock-down. They are selling this to us as having the freedom to go on holiday.

Yet, if you look at the basic structure of a holiday, it seems you spend a lot of money on 2 weeks. Some people get into debt just to go on that holiday.

I would find it much more distressing that I spend money on 2 weeks of sitting around elsewhere and calculating the cost of this rather than not going on holiday and paying off my debts instead and spending 2 weeks in my local park on a bench.

How many hours do young people spend on the phone just talking to each other. In fact, they control each other. Each person involved in that conversation is not able to spend the time constructively like learning for better grades or doing some research how to better their live.

You could say but they are building relationships. But do teenagers really need to build relationships? It would only be beneficial if that relationship actually leads to definite improvements and not just emotional exploitation over one another.

Christmas is something, we are all exposed to. The advertising is so strong that almost everybody gets drawn into this. But, the only people laughing at Christmas are those who make a lot of money from it and can relax counting their cash.

A lot of people are unable to do something for themselves and are not even able to understand their emotions. Personal insecurity leads people to wanting control from somebody. Is that why so many break the law, knowing they end up in a prison?

Religions are a great example. Somebody has the idea to invent a super-national being. We can easily transfer all our own emotions into dedication towards that illusion. This concept has existed since people can communicate, super-natural Gods have been around for as long as humanity exists.

People’s thinking, habits, emotions, are channelled into controlled events, so that people can be better controlled.

Of course our very nature dictates ability and requirements. But always remember humans are not sheep.

 

too complicated

Spending time watching parliamentary debate. They are talking about a new digital services tax. Why do we need a special tax bill for individual services?

Just tax anybody for anything they sell for profit in any particular country. That makes things much easier. There is one principle to get part of the profits.

We need two taxes for every company, a proft of sale tax to replace VAT and a corporation tax.

Every sale that goes into a sales spreadsheet, has the buyer’s address on it, so from that record, the profit of sales taxes will be declared in the country of the customer.

All that argument whether online services damage local business are not relevant. As we all have seen the current Covid-19 crisis made local shops close whilst online services like Amazon could deliver those goods.

On the other hand should a global technical crisis shut digital services down, then we’ll rely on local shops more.

What it needs is full flexibility to manage any eventuality.

Paying profit of sales taxes directly to the country of the customer will resolve a lot of problems like import or export tariffs.

Any corporation tax will have to be paid to the country of residence.

We need to get away from trying to establish principles that force governments to keep local high streets open as a matter of first priority.

I could not get the same selection in a local shopt as I can get it on Amazon. Also from environmental consideration, any business storing stock centrally will have less environmental carbon footprint than a company who has to shop goods to a local display location and then back to the customer.

The footfall in any locality attracts less buyers than an online sales outlet can. I reckon we need to produce much more goods to display them in every corner of the world than we need to produce to display them online and sell them to any location on the globe.

If we produce just to display in any geographical location we produce much more carbon than if we produce to display online and then sell to all who want.

That way, with only 2 taxes levied, and profits being paid directly to the country of the consumer and country of business host, we enable business to settle production anywhere, where they can get the best corporation tax rate and the best transport and storage conditions for their goods.

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