Far away dreams

Why do people explore space, want to go to Mars or explore for Exo Planets? Most likely because they look for happiness.

People’s relationships rely largely on chemistry whether that is triggered by money or some other currency of exchange value.

Just watched the Bruderhof and it reminded me a lot about my child-hood. I could however never now, express myself over a love for Jesus. I would use other values instead. Values like honesty, humility and responsibility. HHR, I might have found a new letter combination that means something to me at least.

It’s extremely rewarding to emphasise important values and it is humiliating to learn that a lot of people do not understand the basic values that life consists of.

I suppose in places like the Bruderhof you learn to concentrate on those basic values alone before anything else and it’s harder to get confused and divert into destructive or unhealthy habits.

I suppose people who enjoy the Bruderhof will be strong characters who have a huge will to live and contribute to their community.

In a ‘normal’ society people who are depressed are most probably the ones who are most frivolous in their behaviour. People who are depressed also tend not to clean so often.

I have just come across basic values in my own community. Learned that people have big plans, starting large, expensive schemes to teach people about environmental values but they are unable to remove the weeds in front of their own porch to stop weeds from destroying the concrete tarmac.

This is how our Residents Association keeps their porch in front of the community centre. Yet they have great plans to start a Climate Task Force. Perhaps what they need is a weed removal task force first. Even if the social landlord doesn’t do their job, would it not make sense to get a task force of volunteers to deal with that?

It’s pretty easy to explain that away with environmental concerns, to say that a living weed has a big environmental impact and that the damage to remove it would be immense.

Still those weeds destroy the civilised building structures, overgrow a footpath and where would that weed-growing stop? Would we end up being re-forested for the sake of the environment and have our houses swallowed up by trees or can we manage a basic form of discipline and agree to keep our cultured living spaces clean and free from plants whose roots can destroy our driveways?

Those are the people who have been given a substantive amount from the BIG LOTTERY to teach us about the environment. They probably going to teach us to leave weeds be; if we let them.

 

My new career

scrabbleI’ve taken up Scrabble and other similar online games, which not only keep the mind from deteriorating but are also fun. Time goes quick and it is interesting.

My scores are very good, encouraging to be in the top 5% in almost all categories with exception for the one that costs money to take part. Try it out folks, keep on training those grey cells and get better.

The media puppets

For entertaining useful general up-lifting watch Healthcheck life each day.

Shame, that I’ve taken the Christmas decorations down this year, as this time now, feels just like a loooooong Christmas. Even better because it recreates the time of rest we used to have in the older days.

Yet around Christmas time there was a hype in the media about people with mental health problems and an increase in domestic violence.

But all that talk about mental health suddenly died down completely. The Sunday Times, published a graph showing the real impact of deaths from Corona Virus and it is microscopically small, in relation to the mass of the population.

But this outbreak has been played up so much by the media, that they are literally seem to be under some kind of threat not to report about other problems occurring as a result of Corona Virus isolation.

Today we hear reports that even the Police will no longer investigate some crimes, criminals being released early. People have to stay with those they normally live with and some manage that only because they know they can leave each day.

But, I suppose the isolation policy will bring crime down that relies on transport and distribution, such as drug dealing.

What about those who need restbite from looking after others.

I think we will get some stark statistics later on in the year with regards to secondary problems caused through the Corona Virus isolation.

There are some voices who question our freedoms being taken away like movement and certain basic human rights of association and family life.

Thankfully most of us can manage because of the Broadband and energy provisions not being disrupted.

now we are bored

Yesterday’s list of vulnerable people* included 1.5 Million people. Whilst all of us follow our natural herd instinct and join all queues we see, just to be part of something, we should stop letting our desire to belong rule our heads.

Of course we are raised in a state of emotional dependance.

First in the womb, then growing up as a baby, toddler, child and so on, always depending on the family or people around us.

But now as adults, we need to stop that urge to join crowds just to belong to something.

Last week’s queue outside of Iceland wasn’t inviting. People shouted, shoved and pushed. I didn’t want to be part of it. I don’t desperately need anything right now.

Going shopping to entertain myself is really not what I want to spend my time with.

This is now the third time that I am getting into the hamster mode.

First we had the bad weather shopping-spree, then the Brexit, get prepared shopping spree and now we have the Corona Virus hoarding spree. The latter is of course by far the worst.

There is not one online food retailer still accepting orders from new customers.

My first two hoarding phases led to me having to throw out, the out-of-date tins I got from deliveries. My cupboard was invaded my micro-sized beetles, the last time I hoarded flour and dry goods in my kitchen cupboards. I threw the lot away and sprayed all my surfaces to get rid of the pests.

I certainly won’t hoard cooking oil as this will increase substantially my fire risk. Incidentally so does hoarding lots of papers of any sort.

Just snap out of it, relax and dont’ go shopping because you are bored. Play online games instead. There are Scrabble games, all types of gaming solutions sold by providers like Microsoft, Playstation and the like.

And if you really want to and can help join the groups of volunteers organised by local councils to help vulnerable neighbours.

*The latest in a string of initiatives from the government has seen letters sent out to the 1.5 million people in England considered to be most at risk, advising them not to leave their homes for at least 12 weeks from Monday.

Those being urged to stay at home include people who have received organ transplants, those severe with respiratory conditions such as cystic fibrosis and severe chronic bronchitis, and with some cancers such as those of the blood or bone marrow.

panic buying bad for mental health

Went to a local Poundland this morning and walked around shelves. A woman started getting excited about some tins of fruit in the bottom of a shelve and shoved them all in her basket. I then walked on and she turned around and asked me whether I wanted one, she is getting the tins for her uncle.

I declined the offer. I do not know whether she wanted to try and charge me more for the tin or not.

Then afterwards, the local Iceland had a long queue in front and they had just opened. I made a big loop around it as the scenery was shouty and unpleasant.

bowl being poured with yellow liquid

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

Some people post pictures with a house full of 5l bottles of vegetable oil or garages full of wipes.

Obviously that is an increased fire risk for people to live with.

Having the hording mentality is not healthy either.

A couple of years back I fell into that buy extra for provisions slogans and ordered extra tins. They also had use-by dates and I ended up throwing a few of them away. Stocks of flour I accumulated were all spoiled by micro-sized beetles, they also ended up in the bin.

We are all better off, if we just buy what we need for no longer than 2 weeks.

If it’s a pretty woman

I am extremely concerned to learn about the suicide of a fire brigade officer whilst on duty in the early hours of today in the West Midlands.  In 2019 more police officers died through suicide than in the line of duty. Yet, that story does not even get the fraction of attention that the Caroline Flack story got.

I don’t want to say that one life is worth more than another but I think that the lady suffered from depression is a matter that should have been addressed via her GP or private health service, whichever she prefers.

It seems rather unfair that her prosecution is so overrated and the CPS gets the blame, what about the partner who suffered domestic abuse?

It is more than regrettable that people die needlessly and through their own actions. Generally that problem has to be addressed.

Obviously it is very distressing for a large amount of people if a very popular person commits suicide, that increases stress levels for all of us. But to blame the media for the problems is just completely unfair and unrealistic.

I had some very bad media reports for years and had to put up with it. It happens. Some politicians put up with severe media preasures and survive it. That is a matter of personal strength.

I want to offer sincere condolences to the family and friends of Caroline. I only started to watch Love Island this series and think it must be very stressful to openly deal with very personal and intimate feelings in front of the world and half-naked at most times. Especially as the Islanders don’t have projects to follow other than personal relationships, that must be extremely difficult to cope with.

 

Right-wing extremism

the development of which is a real danger for Britain today. The Big Society is the breeding ground for extremists of all sorts.

We cannot categorise a person as left- or right-wing whether they are white or not, we have to categorise them by religion and/or traditional behaviour towards their religious doctrine.

We need to re-evaluate the systemic fascist bevaviour that may or may not be religious because the orientation towards a god-like persona, whether living or dead is the main attraction in those movements. Domestic abuse is an indicator of wide-spread day-to-day facism.

Boaz’s book of ‘The politics of Freedom’ are a symphony’ to praise venture Capitalism and with it comes the religion of exploitation of the moment to help the venture individual become rich and successful.

With the Big Society, the Conservatives developed the red herring of Brexit, a concept that runs right through their tenure of government. Whenever they needed something to talk about, it was/is Brexit.

Newsnight’s data – obtained under the Freedom of Information Act – revealed there were 322,250 RUI cases between April 2017 to October this year. Of these, 93,098 related to violence against a person and sexual offences cases.

All pressing current issues were ignored. Right-wing extremists are not necessarily white these days, they can come from all backgrounds and Usman Khan, the recent London Bridge terrorist is the dead proof of it. He got a ‘get out of jail’ card without proper scrutiny but it would have been apparent to specialists that he is definately a terrorist risk. Yet there was no money available to properly assess or monitor him as the government spent millions on Brexit preparations instead, putting all our security at risk.

_rui_offences-ncIn fact 93.000 suspectd violent criminals and sex offenders – were released since 2017 into society without restrictions. The government changed the rules on pre-charge bail in 2017. People suspected of offences including rape and murder have been among those “Released Under Investigation” (RUI). Such persons could have an immense effect on society because they may have a different attitude towards democracy and freedom of the individual among other things.

This means suspected offenders who could be part of a certain ideology could be released without jail back into society and severely affect the fabric of society.

Politics is evolving very fast and we cannot keep getting stuck to old and no longer reliable concepts. Multi-nationalism and international movement puts a stop to that.

Whenever I write to a government department, the answer that the minister is just changing prevents a meaningful dialogue. Many voluntary organisations are primarily staffed with those who can afford to spend the time and energy to do those roles. That in itself indicates, the persons are well off and from a middle to upper class background. There are a few organisations who meet through need like those around Grenfell Tower and victims of crime of some sort, who meet whenever they can.

The ability to organise these days is severely restricted through changing working patterns. The change in working patterns was orchestrated on purpose so the so-called working classes could no longer meet and organise themselves on a regular basis.

Only those who are established and well off can find the resources to dedicate themselves to the Big Society, they are also the least likely wanting to rebell.

Wealth concentration is spiralling towards a smaller elite whilst the masses are kept in some poverty and ever bigger dependance on the charity donations that fewer people are able to give.

The Labour policies currently pushed by the Labour Party are there to counter this development and it is necessary to re-establish some level of playing field for society to flourish.

 

Happiness, the forbidden word

sculpture st. pancrasThe per-pupil funding formula leads to huge, overcrowded schools, which leave no time for enjoying education. Pupils are perched into class-rooms like chickens in a coop.

Pupils are stuffed in their hundreds and thousands into the smallest available space and treated as profit making goods to get as much yield per square metre of pupil occupied in relation to GCSE results achieved.

Of course the law of probability will ensure that the more pupils there are, the more top results will be achieved. Perhaps a couple per hundred achieve top results.

So any school that has a huge building, with even more pupils can kid themselves by saying, they provide quality education because a few of their pupils achieved top marks. Smaller schools will find it harder to get the same success total. If a dense school achieves 10 out of 2.000 top achievers, a small school will probably only produce 1 out of 200.

It then comes down to cost spent per top grade achieved. It is no longer about the person.

If it was and researched and the research would be publicised to show how much knife crime originates from over-crowded schools, how much misery and despair follows in the aftermath of production line style education follows, we would see a sudden change in attitudes, yet those figures are never made public in that context.

I dare to say that our increase in knife crime and gangs is a direct result of per pupil funding, bigger schools and absent parents, who work for the work program.

The government believes a crowded school is more rewarding, cheaper to run with bigger yields.

So our not so clever government tends to rate all schools, that manage to educate hundreds of kids like robots on an assembly line with top Ofsted ratings simply because a small percentage of the huge pool of pupils get top grades.

If those pupils then can actually behave on the day of the Ofsted inspection, the school can get a world class rating. Ofsted puts no weight on pupil’s mental health, physical health or happiness. Well they look a bit at healthy meals, but that’s all.

Happiness, is the forbidden word.

Smaller schools, which can actually find the time and space to allow for some personal freedom to build meaningful relationships with teachers or among pupils are only possible in either private schools or such remote environments, that there are naturally very few children around.

The government has to change the per pupil funding formula and Ofsted has to consider mental, physical and academic health of pupils. Ofsted should enquire about any reports of stressed behaviour, how many pupils bunk off, how many have eating disorders, mental health issues, learning disability and special needs, the amounts of bullying, the air quality, the green space, academic, sporting, craft, arts achievement, all important factors to ensure a young person can develop a great personality.

It makes sense to improve A&E care

I was turned away myself once from an A&E Department just to be re-admitted by a caring GP. Frequently we hear of those horror stories that patients get turned away from A&E units just to die at home.

Behind all those outcries that resulted from such negligent patient treatments is now probably the attempt to re-organise A&E care in London. I welcome the proposed changes. I am terrified would I have to go to A&E with an urgent problem because I could be turned away by some doctor who is not very well qualified to judge on my particular condition, if I had one.

The last time I went to my local A&E with a cut off finger tip, I witnessed how regular visitors to the unit with mental health problems had to be coaxed out of it with a lot of diplomacy. That resulted in me feeling very uncomfortable because others were somewhat aggressive in tone and strongly moaning whilst I was waiting for my treatment.

It makes sense to downgrade former A&E units to 24/7 urgent care centres, whilst fewer specialised A&E units can perform urgent surgery if needed.

However what the wording of the article indicates is that most current A&E units do not have the required amount of well trained doctors available currently to be able to deal with requirements sufficiently.

Where were the good guys?

In the meantime, the National Rifle Association of the USA better known as NRA, held a press conference about the Newtown shooting, with¬†Wayne LaPierre, NRA saying: “Good guys with guns stop bad guys with guns”.

That statement followed the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school, that saw 20, 6-year old’s killed by a lone gunman who suffered from a personality disorder.

Of course in principle it is correct, that good guys stop bad guys, that’s why we have armed police and the army. But where were the good guys with guns?

Even I have called for more armed police officers in Britain to stop rogue shooters after a lone taxi driver went on a killing spree and for lack of armed officers he could not be stopped for a considerable amount of time. Here in the UK we already have strict gun laws, which practically forbid gun ownership for most of us.

Lets be practical to have good guys stop the bad guys, we would need a good guy with a gun, meaning an army soldier stationed at every street corner. Only army soldiers have he mentality to even recognise danger when it comes and are ready to respond in good time to stop those bad guys.

Even if you put armed guards in every school, then the bad guys are likely to just pick on some other soft target that hasn’t gotten an armed guard. But to properly protect all equally well we would need armed guards everywhere.

We would need an army run country without democracy and end up with a Military state. We are using our own army to dismantle other military states by stating that they are not democratic enough but in our own quarters the NRA practically calls for the setting up of one. At least that is my very own interpretation of their words.

Indeed in this very particular case Adam Lanza’s mother was the good guy with the guns that would have stopped the bad guy if the bad guy would not have taken her weapons to shoot her with them first. Showing that only specially trained good guys are able to prevent being killed with their own guns, leading further into the discussion of widespread military deployment to stop those bad guys everywhere.

Previous Older Entries

Blog Stats

  • 53,940 hits