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.

Easing the burden

67.000 claims under the Job Retention scheme were made by employers within the first 30 minutes of the website going live reports the BBC.

Whilst this government furiously refused to pay workers benefits within an acceptable time-frame, they now get what they are due under the job retention scheme.

Only difference is, they are no longer benefit recipients but employed or self-employed instead.

This whole problem hinges on the fact that we cannot control nature and that viruses creep up out of nowhere. Yet doctors made no effort whatsover to analyse or test for viruses in the last decades.

Of course, its easy to see that the government tried to drive people into jobs and what has resulted is that more people than ever sit at home doing nothing.

What the government needs is that those weirdos and missfits who currently advise it, should step down and allow for some more sensible people to take over, people who have the nation’s long-term health in more than one sense at heart.

What they need to do is to introduce tests of viability for every policy someone proposes and thinks they can get it accepted simply because they belong to the right circles.

Being employed, self-employed or part of a productive society is always better than lingering around without proper tasks, which are keeping communities safe, yet, the problem of breakdown prevention is not being addressed proprely.

We always hear excuses like

  • worldwide economic breakdown
  • worldwide pendemic.

I think that either can be prevented through proper policy control. The free market economy prevents that. The whole system of a free market economy is merely set up to keep people in employment as an easy measure to keep people in a context of socially acceptable activity.  There is little scope for systematic disease control. They assume it too expensive for a doctor to get a testing kit out once a patient complains about a viral infection.

Only when the virus becomes too bad to heal and people die, do we get little but complete shut-down.

 

Spending time

chocolates

Bought those chocolates as a gift for our consultant who operated on my daughter’s shoulder as a thank you. As all appointments have been moved to virtual and I even had to remove her stitches at home, I resigned to having those chocs for Easter.

Half that box has just over 800 calories and that is easily eaten in one day; at the end of which I felt a lot of energy and I exercised whilst sitting and watching the series of Criminal Mind on Amazon Prime Video.

It’s amazing what one can do without even having to leave one’s chair. Just have a small weight or full bottle and exercise the shoulders whilst leg muscles can get improved by simple movements whilst sitting down as well.

Of course streaming allows the occasional standing up and stretching.

The Criminal Mind films show how easily perpetrators can enter victim’s homes because people do not lock their doors and even often call out for perpetrators if they hear noises.

We have to become much more protective towards ourselves and do not allow others to enter our sphere’s so easily.

We once sat in our living room when suddenly the balcony door opened and some guy stood in our living room. My son recognised him as a neighbour and all ended well but from that day onward, (it happened some years ago) I never leave my balcony door open, not even for a moment. Always lock your doors. My front door closes automatically and is security enforced.

I didn’t even open my door when my neighbourhod knocked and offered me some grocery delivered by mistake and asking whether I wanted it.

Being cautious and careful is a new way of thinking, promoted by social distancing, we can think about picking up germs and problems from mixing with others.  I never enjoyed hugging, kissing and touching others for greeting purposes.

The social distancing must make a huge impact on drug dealing and the problems brought on by it. That is most welcome by all, I suppose.

I don’t know anybody affected by Corona Virus personally, it must be awful if you are affected.

I am keeping busy with online games like Scrabble and watching videos.

Viral wasn’t on the menu

The world is least prepared to deal with viral outbreaks as many instances proof.

For example architecture. In a virul outbreak people are supposed to stand 2 meters apart, yet we have many high-rise buildings, which rely on transporting people quickly with lifts. Lifts, strictly speaking can only transport one person at a time in a case of viral emergency.

Yet no quick solutions came up. Nobody quickly thought of putting people into plastic tubes to transport them in  lifts, so they do not break the 2-meter rule.

Perishable foods. Shops should immediately put a limit on the amount of perishable foods people can buy, especially in relation to eggs, milk.

Fire-hazardous items like paper and oil should be restricted. I’ve seen photos and film clips of people who have amassed 5-litre bottles of oil around their whole flat. And those storing lots of toilet paper increase their fire risk.

Distribution chains are not working. Those companies supplying catering businesses are sitting on stock whilst food retailers cannot get enough deliveries out.

The whole private finance system is broken because people cannot even buy and sell property and actually move.

The people who benefit are the homeless who at least now get a flat.

But those who followed the guidance and became self-employed or worked in the gig ecnomy – often not because of choice – are left out in the cold.

Capitalism only works if nothing unexpected happens.

 

TV ads instead of demos

Whilst Extinction Rebellion are trying to sell us their story, they do so by stopping traffic, apologetic, no less, they cause a disturbance.

They say, they need to do this, to make us aware of the climate agenda.

But, what about taking out a TV ad instead. You cannot reach more people than with a TV ad. XR got lots of money, they have extremely rich sponsors, so TV ads, should be affordable for them.

And as it is such a good cause, ITV or other commercial channels may even chip in and half the price?

Apparently the Chief Medical officer, constantly appears in between our favourite program to remind us of corona Virus dangers, he wouldn’t dream stopping traffic to remind a few drivers of the dangers.

Obviously XR want to use the issue to radicalise ‘rebel’s, teach them how to interrupt and feel good about it. They use and abuse us to train political resistance.

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