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.

The desperate time government

vehicle driving on freeway towards wind turbines

Hard shoulders are used as driving lanes on many motorways now. Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

They call it gender discrimination but in the times when women stayed at home to look after the kids, we could manage when a school closed. Now all are drafted in as workers and when the workers fall ill, there is nobody to run services and nobody to look after children.

Not even in an equalised society, lets say dads or mums can stay at home any longer because parents have to work when a child is 5 now, and can no longer wait until they reached the age of 13.

woman wearing blue jeans

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If you have people idling around, they can be seen as potentially spare workers but if the country already uses the last man standing to work on, then in a crisis, we have no reserves left and start to panic.

The removal of hard shoulders on motorways, showed all drivers that the non-contingency policies lead to serious problems. If a car breaks down on a lane on a motorway where all lanes are in use, emergency vehicles cannot reach them.

If all parents are working and schools need to close, then who is going to look after the children? Or if workers need to stay at home with children then who is going to do the work?

Supermarkets are our best friends, because they charge the same price whatever the demand. In some unregulated remote, local shops, owners just double and treble prices, during the Corona Virus crisis,  because they just want to make as much as they can out of a crisis.

But what is disturbing, is that quantities are not regulated and those unfortunate enough, not being able to get to a supermarket at 7am in the morning will find empty shelves.

At the Sainsbury’s superstore, there were exactly 8 loaves of freshly baked bread in the shelve at 7:15AM. There was no pasta, no toilet paper at all.

Amazingly people do not opt for the fresh foods. Salads, fruits and veg are the only thing you can do to strengthen the immune system. Eat them regularly to stay healthy.

Thinking about Heathrow

Extinction Rebellion is a movement sponsored by Billionnaires and those having gotten rich from the old way of doing business.

Now, come to think of it, Britain being an Island nation, relying on transport and especially so, air travel, Extinction Rebellion pours a lot of energy and money into fighting the expansion of Heathrow Airport, just as Britain has left the EU.

Of course the Paris Climate agreement needs to be properly referenced in thecourt proceedings about a third runway, but the loss of the expansion case is only a temporary stoppage and will be addressed by the appeal that Heathrow Airport plans to do. It’s a matter of changing the wording and show proper reference to the agreement.

Whilst I strongly support the reduction of carbon emissions world-wide, which would include an improvement of air-travel for all countries. Extinction Rebellion spent and continuous to spend an awful lot of energy to concentrate on Britain, doing an extra sacrificial deed and asks us to cut off our almost only viable connection to the outside world.

Of course we do have ships, we do have the Euro tunnel to Paris and Belgium but why ask Britain to be the first to reduce commercial activity.

Of course if Britain cannot have air capacity, they would re-channel air traffic via France but the air travel as a whole will not be reduced.

It is a matter of changing methods of transport and trade world-wide, so that all nations have a fair amount of responsibility.

It seems doubly weird that Keir Starmer, prospective leader for the Labour Party, strongly supports Extinction Rebellion and so does Sadiq Khan. Is it any wonder that Extinction Rebellion now has put up camp in one of London’s most left-wing council’s namely Tower Hamlets and moved into our commutiy centre.

Apparently residents have not been consulted prior to this. Our local area is getting deprived of services and they get replaced by birds, bees flowers and fruit trees; and we hold a totally free, yearly fireworks extravaganca nearby. As if that will pay our council taxes.

I  suppose you can achieve sensible world-wide policies by supporting inventions that develop the new technology we need and not by stopping traffic. Extinction Rebellion put their eggs into the demonstrations basket. How crude.

Their radical actions are designed to actively disturb our economy by stopping traffic, interrupting public transport to weaken our economy but that does not help changing technology.

paying for use of email address

As a webmaster, I directly hire web space URL hosting space from hosting providers. For the general population, when you use BT services they give you email addresses you can use and when you leave you can keep your old email address for free or for paying a price.

BT would allow you 10 email addresses others have various rules. Sky and Virgin also give you bundles of email addresses, which you can create yourself and use.

My webspace providers wants to charge me over £12.25 per year for the use of one email address name over a period of 10 years. That costs a whopping £122.

Amazing prices. Yet, is it not in the best interest of service providers to let you keep your email address as the more they change the harder it is to trace communications.

Talking of continuation. It is very worrying that there are discussions to dismantle the BBC as on their website, there is a wealth of information and getting rid of the BBC would also stop those web pages being published. Those web pages are like an online library of history.

Every website that links to those web pages will have dead ends. Not very good.

Steady communications, including email addresses are very important for our security. Constantly changing media will make it impossible to trace. Just look how criminal gangs use burner phones. They only switch on when in use, then get disbanded. If we get the same thing with emails, life will be much more unsafe for us.

 

contract holds the key

Whilst we continue to hear horror stories how tax payer’s money is wasted on either useless projects or bad management, it is always the poorest and most vulnerable who are made to pay for misdemeanors under this system.

Why can’t tax payers bring class-actions against those who wasted their money? Nobody is ever held responsible for money wasted.

The recent case of the Tower Hamlets school debacle, whereby Tower Hamlets council subsidised a Church of England school to the tune of £18 Million and can’t get the cash back shows there must be a serious problem with contracts.

They rather close the new school and build another one instead of using the one they got and make something of it.

Why can’t public bodies who finance projects protect themselves against loss and why can’t they make beneficiaries liable for losses incurred.

In this case the school governor system is not working well. School governors don’t have a personal liability, so nobody can in fact be held to account.

We have started to deal with excessive salaries some company bosses pay themselves whilst the companies go broke by trying to cap salaries. But in the case of public money wasted on bad decisions there is only one group of people losing out, the homeless, the poor, the vulnerable and the children who get less services.

It is just not good enough, that our laws are not protecting the people but only those who own property.

Governments change more and more frequently so that decisionmakers hardly ever have to take the brunt of incompetences.

Yet whilst on the private basis individuals can trash out contracts to deal with potential losses and/or insure themselves against it, why can’t councils or governments do the same?

It seems that public services is a big melting pot for a distribution of tax payers money that ends up not in the hands of those who don’t need it most.

We do get performance contracts for football club managers or other employees in companies and those not shaping up loose posts and get sacked but in public services a job is a job.

 

Bezos pledges 10 Billion to fight climate change

action air aircraft aviation

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Latest news announced on his Instagram account., Bezos announces that $3 Billion will be donated to climate change causes, Money to be distributed from this year. Amazon Prime is already thinking about deliveries from drones, at least that will beat the traffic stopping demos from Extinction Rebellion.

ER dug up some lawns in Cambridge University. Of course deep root planting is always better than sheer lawns but stopping traffic at every occasion is not going to improve our lives at all.

Bezos needs to be clever and negotiate that ER stop stopping traffic, which has a huge carbon footprint because those cars are out on the road and will need to get on. Stuttering traffic uses more exhaust fumes.

It seems to be some satisfying control function to stop traffic. A highly neurotic, annoying activity. I think the data collection from Amazon is nothing special. Every web server spews out data like that, e.g. where visitors come from where they go to, their IP address. It’s just how it is collected is important. There may be some good for environment improving services.

After all if you allow people to order from one central location and deliver those orders collectively sorted by area, you save a huge amount of journeys.

If everybody opens up small shops and individuals have to transport themselves from shop to shop that uses a lot of energy and fuel.

 

TUC – neutrality

  • Thought poverty
  • Unilateralism
  • Compartmentalisation

The three ingredients to conflict and distraction.

I don’t just look at what I want to see and don’t just read what I want to hear. I get myself a selection of books from major influencers and compare their thoughts.

Presently it’s

  • Greta Thunberg
  • Donald Trump
  • Mike Berners-Lee

I must confess I only bought the Berners-Lee book because the name reminds me of Tim Berners-Lee, the founder of the Internet and I thought, that everybody with the name of Berners-Lee must know what they are talking about.

Greta, a girl with Aspergers, she is a definite proof of thought poverty and unilateralism and so is Donald Trump. Though because Donald Trump is on the powerful side of life, what he says is good and what Greta says is dangerous.

The clash of ideologies here is not much different from all other clashes in the history of man. For example when Britain invaded the colonies and all those invading repressed the natives. Though now we know that the natives had and still have important knowledge and methology. Probably more knowledge in some stuff than our newly taught engieners and scientists have.

That brings me to compartmentalisation. Nowadays everybody has to specialise fairly early on in life. So a guy like Boris Johnson wouldn’t understand what climate change is all about. He is just a happy go lucky chap who wants to make things happening and with a good sense of humour in a smiling way.

Donald Trump – I am still not through the first book of his – has only profit margins at heart. Very dangerously though, he wants to separate the Social Security budget from the rest of the financial world. He hardly ever talks about standard of living and security of housing, he talks about saving and interest rates.

It’s clear that if you are in power, whatever you say is good. From your point of view, you are the money maker, the law maker and the standard bearer of all things great and small.

Of course radicalisaton of strategy only works for those in power. Those against become criminals in any event.

Now comes Mike Berners-Lee as the go-between Great Thunberg and Donald Trump, the man who also pleases Boris Johnson’s desire to widen the British Empire and international trade relations of Britain with the rest of the world. Mike simply declares that the amount of carbon produced by transport is nothing compared with natural carbons produced by animals and rice production or fermentation for example.

There are now so many statistics available on earth warming and what percentage of what produces most dangerous carbons, that the mind literally boggles.

But if energy production produces 70% of damaging carbons then it doesn’t really matter if that is through transport or animal farming or fermentation. It is just including everything that uses energy.

Unfortunately those at the top are unable to just analyse and change tac, the politicians have to please the sponsors of parties and those sponsors are the ones who run business and those are the makers of our world today.

Perhaps we need to look at another way of shifting power to those who are not dependant on any financial support from business leaders. We need neutral observers and decision makers.

same lies

Whilst President Trump explains in his state of the Union speech that there is now record employment, also amongst the multi-cultural population in the US, the BBC reports that there is record child-homelessness in the US.

How does this all work out?

Obviously the wonderful world of high-yield economy should work for the people and not just for the employers.

The same strategy gets used in the UK. One of the most used arguments in parliamentary debate is, to rebuff Labour, yes, but the unemployment rate is very low.

Whether that creates the highest number of working poor and other problems does not seem to be the problem for the governments on either side of the oceans.

The standard of living is very important and voters really have to stop creating poverty for children.

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