The German weakness

The biggest one is wanting to equalise everything or make it the same.

One party, one uniform, all looking the same, the odd ones out.

Translate this to today, the EU suffered from laws about odd looking veggies or fruit and now it’s the turn of the iPhone charger, which is just different. Germans still don’t like different

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.

A day out

It’s a day out for many families and individuals who just can’t do much travel or go anywhere. A day out demonstrating seems the perfect solution. And compliments of HM Government, people can just come out, hold demos, sit in streets and enjoy the day.

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A lot of young people and also older ones, find the theatrical appeal of going against the grain fascinating. Sitting in busy roads, stopping traffic, showing the government that all power lies in those who sit-in, gives a sense of purpose I suppose.

It also provides cash-strapped and bored families a way to spend the day, it costing nothing.

I compare that with the young Afghan mother who sits in the street with her child, complaining of a lack of food, water and money, waiting for a Taliban fighter to chose her as new mate.

I suppose it would be only the people rich enough and full fridges to afford the time to stop food deliveries, holding police from fighting criminals.

I don’t see such demos to stop crime, I want to see the same amount of people who waste working time to actually report crime and take part in their community, talking to their neighbours.

I don’t suppose it’s whole communities who turn out for the demos in London. It seems to be some individuals who do not know their neighbours where they live who come to demonstrate to connect with somebody.

Instead of connecting to their local communities they just go out into the streets, demonstrating against the very people who provide for their plentiful lifestyles.

I think people need to invest more into their local communities to stop crime and anti-social behaviour to develop to the extent as it has develop in counties like Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq.

It seems logical that the people organising such demos – to save the planet – do that with an agenda to keep our law enforcement busy looking after demos instead of fighting criminals.

That seems a circular equation.

Jake Davidson, another weirdo

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This case just reiterated that parents have to systematically repel their own children’s attacks.

I came across a lady last week who tearfully admitted that her daughter beat her, I told her not to put up with and report it to police.

Parents have a big responsibility. If we allow kids to step over the line then they will never learn the difference between wrong and right.

I just apply the same principle to all. Nobody is allowed to take the Mickey.

web v app

The increasing use of App seriously manages to reduce reach, in fact it curbs it.

For example the current messaging of Tower Hamlets Police on Twitter has a wide reach and the great effect of this is that it connects to a huge amount of readers.

Just seen that some boroughs now have an OWL App, which does not allow publication beyond subscribers, which seriously diminishes reach of people. There is also the Nextdoor app, introduced through the government, which is extremely busy and doesn’t stop buzzing. The Safeland App however does some seriously good work by connecting alarm users to each other and to services, which other communication only apps don’t do.

The sheer amount of apps available now means that our phones, tablets and pcs are filled with icons of various apps to choose from.

most of us have several pages full of apps already

Companies pay us rewards for using their apps instead of using the web.

The trend to turn away from www to app is concerning as it reduces the ability to communicate openly, which is the principle of democracy.

The more apps are in use, the less can the content of app communications be monitored and people who are members of those apps are in serious danger of being brainwashed one way or another.

I am unable to use all apps on the market, so communication flow is already interrupted because some people have favourite apps and don’t use others. People are less likely to switch to see what happens on another app.

Any person can only use so many apps and is unlikely to ever be informed what happens on another.

It is much easier to manipulate smaller amounts of people on closed apps into thinking in a particular way and that – similar to sectarianism – leaves users open to manipulation.

I think the trend to use apps instead of www is not a good one. If things happen on the open web, sure we would also concentrate on some website, but still be able to look into others through searches and prominence and sheer availability.

I am unable to see what happens in an app unless I take part and nobody has the time to do all apps.

Especially in the case of the police, the current public appeal some police forces’ posts have on Twitter, Facebook, web based services is quite far reaching and has a very good effect on the general public. For example appeals to solve certain crimes, the public showing of how asb and crime is handled has many beneficial effects and attracts friends. But, when all this is taken off the web and put on closed apps, that beneficial effect gets removed and taken out of the public domain.

See how many apps you have on your phone and see how many new ones come out each day.

Time is money

Again I am surprised to see that there is no time-efficient crime reporting system in place.

If everybody who heard about crime stoppers actually would ring them, their line would be unavailable for months. But, as it happens, people only get referred to this one anonymous crime reporting site.

Currently phone waiting times for the 101 system in London are around 1 hour.

With the best intentions, who has time to wait for that?

On the point of crime reporting. It even takes quite a bit of time to fill in the online forms for councils and/or police online reporting.

Looking at the reality of the situation, if you work as a delivery courier in London for example, you may see concerning things 10 times per day. But you cannot possibly want to get involved in 10 investigations, want to spent 10 hours waiting on phones to get through, spend 20 minutes reporting each incident online on the Met Police website.

It is impossible to report fast and anonymous.

In Tower Hamlets we have just put up a quick to use form to just upload pictures, very basic info like time, date, place, short description. You do not have to give any personal details but can if you want.

I think crime reporting has to keep up with the times and actually enable people to quickly upload a pic that you might have on your camera to a webpage, without having to worry about getting detectives knocking on your door day and night to enquire about your involvement, when there is none because you happen to be working in London.

Also there are many spam and phishing messages in circulation. At one point I got so many and reported them to the government phishing email, that they blocked me as spam.

If you have a system, you need to be able to maintain it to actually make it work.

So why can criminals purchase endless amounts of sims and use them for burner phones to send out phishing messages and calls just to throw away the sim after a day and replace it with another one.

If police were to investigate each burner sim, used for spam or fraud phone calls, they would be looking into Britain’s bins for the rest of their days.

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left behind

whilst I am now repeat watching old detective stories, it seems that the discrepancy in content from old to new communications methods has fallen behind sharply.

Nowadays crooks use modern technology to scam us with sims bought in bulk, which they use to ring, text, email bought contact lists until somebody falls for the tricks.

I noticed that somebody obviously bought sims in their hundreds and the numbers are very similar within a certain reach. Answering the phone and telling them not to ring back, makes no impression at all.

What they notice is that you answered the phone and that is enough for them to keep trying.

There are many other scams these days like

  • Royal Mail pay for parcel re-delivery
  • NHS, Covid Scams
  • Romance fraud, among others, a full list can be seen on the Neighbourhood Watch website.

Today’s serials often assume that all people in a locality know each other. East Enders, Coronation Street, etc. all show that everybody knows everybody else.

But, in a large city like London, people often do not know their neighbours. If people are lucky they have a job, but do not necessarily have friends at work or where they live.

Along comes the fraudster, who tells you, after they contacted you via, perhaps your social media, that they are really interested and you are the best thing since sliced bread, when otherwise you just get the typical criticism at work and a lot of loneliness.

Todays films, detective stories, soaps, do not address this changed environment.

I think it is about time, that producers address this and make films, which are relevant and not just fit for past sentiments.

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A lot of people still assume that somebody contacting them has a moral compass and actually means what they tell you, but as a current TV advert shows, the man got robbed of all his pension by a guy who simply saw the money at the end of it.

I get so many scam calls per day, that it would be too time consuming to report them all. We all have this problem, lots of scammers and no time to do report.

I think that also the police would be totally overwhelmed to follow up all scam reports as the scammers use burner phones on a giant scale. Scammers can simply purchase sims and use and throw them away.

By the time the police investigate reports, the sims have been buried in the sands.

I think there needs to be a sensible solution to this.

One way of dealing with this is put your landline on answer machine and set your mobile to reject all unknown callers and refer them to the answer machine. Most people who really want to talk to you and are legitimate will leave a message.

Not much progress – dealing with stereo types

Just wondering how little progress actually gets made because those making decisions are not qualified to make them. The new CIO constitutional frame work allows for great strides for charitable organisations, the way they can be set up and governed. But, as it is. charities often rely on volunteers, the volunteers are not qualified and set in their ways and so nothing can happen because decisions need to be made by those volunteers and can only be made on the basis of the knowledge that each person has.
Charities can actually charge for membership and they should use that to make companies pay towards regular running costs as to achieve more.

The same with crime reporting. If there were more anonymous crime reporting local facilities all over Britain, we could crack the hold that criminals have on whole swathes of our society.
Yet, nothing of the sort happens very fast.

What I also realised that its often always the same people.
We often remarked it on the local voluntary sector level, that it’s always the same people who show up to meetings and engage with organisations. Now it seems it’s also always the same actors, we see in films. I have no qualm with the ones we do see, they are all brilliant actors and seem jolly nice people but for a whole country, to always only show the same actors over and over, seems strange as if there are not enough people to go round to give more than a few people a job.
Human progress is not as flexible as I thought. Many people are set in their ways and not able to adjust to new situations quickly. Yet they hold all the strings.
Was just thinking that Thüring only got accepted because his skills were badly needed during war times. His personal choices were not appreciated widely it at the time.
Don’t we just love to create heroes and condemn them whilst they are alive and then praise them once they are dead.

I just hope that people don’t’ think that all those who strive to achieve change today but run against a wall don’t take it personal. We can only achieve what we are allowed to achieve and otherwise just have to go along with what is there and available.
Just when I had this court case. It went on over three years and now we see small amounts of progress being made in controlling hate speech at least on the Internet, whilst before this wasn’t even possible.

On the opposite site of the spectrum, we see those former heroes, who were embellished with statues, now being villains. Those former heroes achieved their fame by repressing others, mostly slaves. 

What we all really need is a little respect, to say it in the words of that famous Aretha Franklyn song. 

concerning crime trends

I am quite amazed that the police only advertises Crimestoppers for Anonymous crime reporting instead of seeking more service provision from localised providers.

It’s a bit like having only one hospital for all the sick in Britain. Britain has a population of over 64 Million, yet only one anonymous crime reporting service among constant complaints by the police that there is concerning under-reporting for crimes.

Neighbourhood Watch is notoriously under-developed and growing Neighbourhood Watch groups would increase conscience and ability to repel crime, especially the scams and App led type.

Whilst I already often moaned about the normalisation of crime in some BBC programs like East Enders and now Time, I definitely miss an effort by the police themselves to help grow an army of local reporting networks.

Just imagine, that if only 1 % of the population wanted to report crime anonymously, the one service in Britain could never cope.

What we need is that every Neighbourhood Watch Association provides local crime reporting services for those who do want to provide information without getting involved.

In Tower Hamlets, we are leading the way.

the problem with getting information

Just as I wrote that last article about Facebook posts, I see this article about Novlett Robin Williams on Microsoft News. That exactly describes the problem with information sharing, passing on information and using some platforms.

Problem is that police use profiling for crimes and if somebody sends you a crime evidence to a personal email address and you pass it onto them from that personal email address then you are profiled into the crime.

I got a lot of pictures sent to my WhatsApp and had no idea about those but those were all harmless group photos from some walking group. I have warned police about using WhatsApp some time ago. WhatsApp can also be hacked.

I can well imagine that if you do not constantly monitor your phone, emails, spam folders, you can get a fair amount of stuff in it without knowing about it.

Hence I use different email addresses for different functions.

I do not want to be implicated in crimes just because people send pics about something they saw. I do not accept them at all any more on personal email addresses.

So, it is very important, that if you pass on information to the police that you make it quite clear that you are not personally involved in it.

I strictly monitor all my emails each day, but I have the time to do so, whilst others busy people hardly have time to look at emails because of job obligations. It’s a time thing, how much time do you have to check emails, how much time do you have to read online articles?

Only 100 years ago the human brain was much less busy. With the advent of modern technology our brains have a multiple amounts of work to do with memory and information storage. Our brains have not grown size-wise immensely since we gotten more to think about each day. Think this over please.

I remember having argued with this High-court judge that the current laws simply do not take into consideration how much time it needs to process something, to read something and fully understand it.

Just as nobody really reads the terms and conditions any longer – because we do not have the time to do so.

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