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.

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.

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.

starts bad, gets worst, ends well – hopefully

2021 was the worst start to any year I can remember. And, I am not even suffering from Covid-19. Though my blood oxygen level wasn’t at its best today, I am not suffering from Covid.

Can’t understand why hospital A&E departments do not take Covid tests as a matter of routine. Because once the patients are there, they might as well take one.

After total Waste-pipe blockages, rendering my kitchen and bath useless, I now also suffered a fall, which resulted in me getting myself to A&E on advice of my GP. I was glad to find out that I still can at least walk.

I can well imagine that almost anybody who saw my black eye, thought that I am a victim of domestic violence. I am not. I took Christmas decorations down and excitedly ran to the door for a delivery, when I fell over a floor cushion, and landed face first in the bathoom door frame.

My eye looked at first like I had a baloon over it. It’s now become the shape of a fancy eye shadow, the discolouration. Just as I do not use make-up.

I won’t post a picture of this because I don’t want to look worst for wear on a blog.

Whilst I was at the hospital, they took my blood oxygen levels twice. The first time. the best it got was 92. A brilliant result should show 95 – 100. Well, I could not breathe freely because I fell onto my body and my ribs hurt me when I breathe in deeply. I also think that wearing the face mask may reduce the quality of the air we breathe in.

Still, they could have taken a Covid test.

All I am hoping for, is that things can only get better and that the year 2021 ends as good as it started bad.

Lock-down’s not working for me

I have had the worst start to the New Year.

I reside in a building that is plagued by bad plumbing problems. As soon as it rains above the normal, which is just a little bit, my drains block either my sink or my bath.

It takes the landlord then around a week or more to unblock it.

My kitchen waste gets through the same waste pipe as my bathroom waste and as the bathroom pipe has been blocked by upcoming silt, I am totally unable now to

  • use my washing machine or diswasher if I had one
  • have a shower/bath
  • use my kitchen sink

as all my waste water from kitchen and bath, come out in my bath tub.

The idea of lockdown is that you spend time at home and do not use public bath and shower facilities. Unfortunately for me, I can’t use my personal facilities either. I have been getting a lot of excuses.

Just wondering how is it furthering public health if people can’t wash properly at home?

My landlord says they do not have the necessary staff available to deal with repairs in good time.

a virtual world on Klondike

Over those long stay-at-home days, I have taken to trying out yet another farming game and this is called Klondike. It is surprisingly complicated as you have to produce things, both farming and material, using raw material that you either find or produce in factories, you have to build from materials you have made.

You will quickly find out that you have to deplete natural resources to make money and produce goods needed for materials.

Additionally, you may travel to other destimations using sleds or planes or trains.

You may export and import goods and produce from other levels and you can transport your goods and must manufacture certain items on other levels.

This is quite realistic when it comes to real world import and export and production of items on the local level that then gets exported and imported.

If this game had a realistic algorythm, which is bound to the actual seasonal production of agricultural products, one could feed the world on a game like this.

A virtual world created by computer programmers, who could then be staffed by ‘gamers’ who have to ensure that local products are distributed evenly all over the world, so that all have enough to eat at all times. The term game-maker could be appropriate for this too and not just Olympics.

Of course its more complicated with weather and conflict put together but it would make a realistic modelling structure to try and achieve real equality all over the world.

Nationals with large rain forests for example could be planned in for needing extra other resources and the people’s in such nations could be trained in jobs, which enable them to earn a living other than chopping down their forests to make money.

Or scientific advances could be programmed in to enable new technology to be employed like capturing extra carbon from the atmosphere to produce air plane fuel from as a product.

I think we need such a world game to program in what is actually available and that such knowledge and resources need to be shared out all over so that we get no left-behind regions of the world.

Poor areas, left to themselves, always develop undesirable political systems, ending in tyranny and disaster for the rest of us.

making false hopes for Christmas

We all want to have a good time over the Winter holiday. Nice decorated homes, well cooked meals and some good will never goes amiss, regardless of religion.

But, to use Christmas to show extra generosity and make people believe that Covid-19 can be ignored to have family get-to-gethers when all reasonable expectations are that this will lead to another total lock-down, just about put a dampener on everybody’s enjoyment.

It’s also got a really racist or better religionist tint to it. The government wouldn’t even dream of extra lenience for any other religios festivals at this time of year and declared Christmas the one time, we are allowed to let our guard down.

closing schools?

Why close schools wand blame educational processes for Covid-19? Doesn’t that just show somebody who wants to stop youth from mixing in educational establishments?

A lot of our young people’s learning and personal development is aimed at taking place in the school environment.

Whilst Greenwich follows the Major’s advice and closes all schools tonight, Hackney follows government advice and allows Covid-19 testing for all pupils and families if wished. That also fits in with the request of the Oxford Covid-19 vaccine developers to obtain more test results from carriers who may not have symptoms to enable a more effective development of the vaccine, they are working on.

Our whole family development is more around getting children away from their natural famlies and into the educational institutions for prolonged hours. I doubt that parents – under normal circumstances – even get to see their own children much when they are working.Fair enough, there is the ability to learn through Teams or Zoom but then, there are also a lot of families who don’t have sufficient Internet access yet.

Here in Tower Hamlets around 50% of people do not use the Internet regularly.

I am just perplexed why the media only pushes Sadiq Khan’s request to close schools and doesn’t equally publish about the other education strategies equally strong.

get vaccinated

Whatever your gripe is against vaccination, it is irrational and based on myth. We live in this world and if we want to stay as energetically healthy as possible, we need to be vaccinated. I have had the flu vaccination now and had absolutely no side-effects whatsoever.

Most years I make for 11 1/2 months of the year without the flu but those 2 weeks when I do get the flu, it just causes trouble. In the end, I would always ring the doctor just to be told that I have the flu. So just get vaccinated and save yourself 2 weeks of misery.

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