Exploiting weakness

Just watching Natural World about the secrets of Nature’s arms races.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08n9f6d/natural-world-20172018-3-natures-wildest-weapons-horns-tusks-and-antlers and it shows how smaller males can circumvent the strong males and mate with the female by using sneaky tactics. That is with dung beetles as with cattlefish. Small cattlefish, pretend to be female, go around the strong male and mate with the female anyhow.

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Small dungbeetles ignore the strong male on top of the chamber, dig down beside the chamber and dig a tunnel across and whilst the strong male sits on top, the sneaky small, weak male mates with the female.

Reminds me of the tactics that ‘Extinction Rebellion’ use to justify their desire to teach young people in resistance tactics. XR even managed to get a big grant from Big Lottery to do it.

XR simply used the same terminology that Neighbourhood Watch now uses, which is improve the wellbeing of local communities.

Whilst Neighbourhood Watch wants to improve the wellbeing by introducing lawful behaviour to reduce anti-social behaviour and reduce the crime rate, XR wants to improve wellbeing by teaching people passive resistance tactics and long-term hate of the current establishment to reduce global warming, they teach their followers to stage large demos.

Yet XR managed to dupe the Big Lottery into giving them money, which is amazing as they are quite rich already.

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.

 

BIG Lottery lost the plot

Virtually that is what they funding, plodding on plots. They have now funded a scheme that is giving the poor of Tower Hamlets the illusion that they can grow their own food, so that they no longer need to be reliant on food banks.

For that illusion they pay several project leaders good salaries to carry out that deception.

Remember how dreamer George Galloway tried it years ago, he tried to convince Tower Hamlets residents that they no longer need supermarkets but just have to buy local or directly from farmers.

The poor haven’t become any richer, they have become poorer and making them feel that they are responsible partly for 20% of the global greenhouse gas emmission because they don’t grow their own food is foolish to say the least.

Tower Hamlets council even splashes out on a community kitchen, which is (un)suitably located directly next to a private school. So any fires from that kitchen will lead to an evacuation of the school of course.

I thought avoiding accidents whilst cooking in my own kitchen was difficult at times but imagine sharing a kitchen with many who are led to cook there together. The person with the nut allergy next to the nut lover.

It is more than cruel to give people the illusion that they can grow their own food in densely crowded urban area.

I grow my own raspberries and currants and still end up getting them from Sainsbury’s because I do not get more than a handful. Any plots people have in Tower Hamlets are small plots, balconies, window boxes. Surely not enough to feed anybody.

And aren’t the poor to work for their money? Now they are not only expected to work but also to grow their own food, so they no longer need food banks.

Apparently the Big Lottery has not yet realised that you can’t grow rice in London and that fish grows in rivers and the sea and not the local canals. So food will always have to be transported into urban areas and all those food-growing schemes can be no more than a hobby to get people out of the house, if they got a tub somewhere.

I am more than disappointed that the Big Lottery supports that scheme, which is also connected to workshops about Climate Action.

As Extinction Rebellion already use our local community centre for making props for their demos, they now gotten even more money to educate local poor people on climate action.

Obviously the last thing a poor person wants to do is spend their last pennies on a bag of compost so that they can harvest 10 potaotes in a few months time. 

UK v. China

The latest diplomatic row is merely based on the territorial dispute around Hong Kong. It makes sense to discharge the Extradition deal on that basis. The UK can hardly be expected to extradite protesters from Hong Kong, which fled to the UK or associated territories.

I just don’t like that the discussion gets based around policies to do with repression of populations in China.

Both China and the UK have policies to reduce population growth.

China houses people but doesn’t allow them to have children, whilst the UK doesn’t house people and allows them to have children.

On my council estate a lot of the 1-bed or 2-bed flats are occupied by single house buyers. Those flats would have been allocated to young mothers or young families who were given a start in life with their children.

As these flats were taken off the social housing register by selling them, we have in effect made it impossible for poor young couples with children to get social housing as easily as it used to be.

Also people who bought a small flat, let’s say 1-bed, they then decide to have kids. The flat soon becomes too small but they work in a town. They cannot sell the flat and buy a bigger one in the same location. They cannot move away without losing the job, so they are trapped in that small flat with children.

Yet the bedroom tax does not solve those problems, yet some Labour politicians do not argue to get rid of it. Overall the decision to sell council flats was the worst decision ever made. Removing the pool of council flats restricted choices for most.

In effect Chinese and British policy has a similar outcome. Only difference is in Britain if you manage to get rich, you can have as many children as you can afford whilst in China, they restrict children to almost all but now rural populations.

There we have the class inequality again that two-class sytem is alive and well in Britain.

As Tony Blair is just as enthusiastic about Margaret Thatcher as Boris Johnson is, the consensus of stopping the poor in Britain from having kids is not just in the domain of the Conservatives.

Hence Labour does not have a policy that is defending the poor to have equal rights for all, so for many, there is little point in voting for Labour.

the Eureka moment

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Just having this Bingo feeling. The pain from my Arthrities in my knee woke me up early. One of two medical conditions I do not get any medical treatment for and which keep me unable to do much but blog. Firstly I got the arthrities in the knee and secondly I can’t wear my denture and I am toothless, which makes me less than photogenic.

So I blog.

There was a moment when my mind started associating things, namely when I learned that the father of Shamima Begum is in Bangladesh. Apparently one of the suspected rapists of my daughter also originates from Bangladesh, so I believe. I have some nice pics of two of the men who were accused by her of being rapists but they had expensive cars, sports coupees and they weren’t the run of the mill local lads. They drove BMW’s.

Could that have been one of the reasons why the CPS didn’t want to prosecute them?

But so far, we never associated anything to do with ISIS with Bangladesh at all.

Well of course the testimony of a learning disabled person is always difficult to believe but there we are. But then, when my daughter was in school they never even bothered to even give her an assessment or statement of special educational needs.

It just seems that the parents are the last people to find out about what is actually going on.

The second thing that alarmed me was when I watched the interview with the Chinese Ambassador on the Andrew Marr show yesterday. He was shown a pic or film of ethnic people being driven to a camp and women of being forcibly sterilised.

Of course here in Britain we do not forcibly sterilise women, we just make it very hard for them to get benefits and somewhere to live with their children.

I believe the Chinese Ambassador when he says, they treat all people equal, equally bad he should have said. They do have the one-child policy for anyone in cities.

Talking of equality. When I came to Britain women were equally pushed into child-bearing with generous benefits and easy housing. Now they are relentlessly prevented from having lots of kids by making benefits very difficult and housing even harder to get.

One could argue that sterilisation is one option to stop women from having lots of kids so they do not need housing or benefits but can work instead. So whilst the Chinese may carry out these procedures, the British attitude is not to intervene physically and so direct but indirect by policy instead.

But, to say the truth, my learning disabled daughter has now been sterilised here in Britain, so I have heard, as she has problems coping with further pregnancies and making sensible choices.

So there are those policies and diplomacies that seem to override directly naming and shaming what is actually going on.

The new phase

Just watching Joan d’Arc and the mother said that she thought she knew her children when she brought them up but now she is surprised.

That is what probably happens to most parents. How close relationships remain is up to the dialogue that parents and children can develop.

Whilst I think of dialogue, I think everybody needs to support the new direction of Britain being out of the EU. I get Government up-dates each day and the more I read them the more I am getting convinced that all, even if they opposed leaving the EU, now have to support the new direction.

Read Michael Gove’s Outside the EU, a bright future awaits Britain, published by the Cabinet Office on 12. July 2020.

We need to make our best effort to contribute. We need to support what is there and the way the government leads us is what we need to support.

For me as immigrant from Germany, the thought of leaving the EU was unthinkable, but then I am not very familiar with the ins and outs of daily wheeling and dealing in economic or political terms. We have to trust the government and support it.

 

Energy consumption

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India uses the most fossil fuel

Use of any type of energy, that is produced with the effect of carbon emmission will contribute towards global warming.

If we reduce energy consumption in whichever shape or form, we’ll do good for our planet.

Lets look at cooking for example. It makes a huge difference whether we use gas, electric hobs or induction.

I have realised that induction hobs use considerably less energy than any other form of cooking.

Yet what makes is very difficult for most people to actually get the latest white goods to instal in their kitchen is to have the facilities to do so.

My landlord for example, is a social landlord. They make a kitchen available and that kitchen has built in units with a facility for an built-under double oven and hob.

The measurments however are so tight, that it would not accommodate the standard of goods available in the market today.

The kitchen was made to accommodate a double oven and a gas hob or hob that doesn’t sink into the work top below the work-top level.

Now most work-tops quite thin.

Induction hobs tend to sink into the oven space and take about 2 cm away, which makes it impossible to fit into it any standard double oven.

Yet, when I asked my landlord about altering the kitchen unit the accommodate the latest energy saving cooking method, they refused, telling me that I just have to get what I can fit into the space provided or make an application to alter the unit myself.

The problem with altering any type of standard kitchen unit from a landlord, means they make you responsible for the maintance of it, and that piles on a cost, which otherwise tenants would not have to pay.

So all in all using the most energy friendly form of cooking is being made impossible by inflexible furnishings, provided by landlords and owners who do not want to facilitate change because of the cost.

Landlords should be made to provide flexible fittings, which accommodate any new technology, to make life more environmentally friendly. Instead they only supply, olf-fashioned, often wood-chip type furnishing.

Still I installed an induction hob anyway, I just will have a problem finding an oven that fits into the space below the worktop.

I have a space of 68.5 cm, which is too short for a double oven and too big for a single one. My landlord doesn’t care.

It’s a similar story with energy provision in homes via standard electricity and gas central heating systems, all provided by landlords to tenants.

Social landlords do not by default instal solar energy panels on the roofs of their buildings, they do not yet provide plans to change heating use to underground heating extraction.

The u-turn

Yesterday the Prime Minister announced that all who can should go back to work but walk, cycle or use cars and avoid public transport.

All that caution about carbon emissions has been thrown to the wind for the sake of personal breathing space whilst in a car.

It’s all about direct transmissions; the government is not concerned about long-term health effects.

I remember when my kids went to Primary. In Primary, kids often get sick, the younger the more sick they got because they caught all type of germs from each other. Yet teachers preached day in and day out that the 100% attendance is very important for children’s education and ability to achieve good grades.

Now Jeremy Corbyn warns that it is not safe to get back to work and especially schooling because transmissions are rife.

The only difference is that the childhood illnesses could not be caught my teachers but Corona can.

Is there anybody making any sense?

First we were told that the government will use existing health apps to monitor the spread and potential infection risk whilst yesterday I got an email from my Covid-19 app that they have to cease operation unless they get voluntary donations to continue.

The new rule from Wednesday people who usually live together can sunbathe, play games and go on outings, using cars together. Who is going to check whether the people usually live together if enforcers are faced with lots of groups of people. A lot of people flat-share these days.

It is obviously discriminating to only allow those who have cars to travel for leisure whilst public transport is off limits but to those working.

It’s almost back to normal with the excepton of children not being allowed to school. This knock-on effect stops many people from going to work. Also I’ve heard little about sports clubs and events and training in clubs and gyms and pools.

Betterment

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By Source (WP:NFCC#4), Fair use,

So Agent Hotchner argued that he rather sees serial killers locked up for life to show how they are a failure rather than have them put to death, so that they can’t think they won and go down in glorious death.

But then he resigns, citing his and his child’s safety because some serial killers, many of which make up state penitentiaries, conspired to frame him and reported him to the CIA who sent SWAT teams round to arrest him on the basis of a convicted serial killer giving information to the CIA about Agent Hotchners apparent misgivings. All of the data was forged by the convicts but the CIA had to arrest the FBI agent on the strenght of the lifers evidence.

One could argue, if you put on the death penalty then the totally deprived individuals who committed such heinous crimes could no longer cause any harm to the living.

What is the point in fighting crime and putting criminals behind bars if those sentenced can then use electronic communications and friends on the outside to murder retired agents, steal their identification badges, pretend to be from the bureau and commit further crimes like murder?

You can’t make any progress if those sentenced do not improve and do not show any betterment but only use their time to cause more damage to law enforcement and civilians.

Serial killers are the most depraved type of human beings. If you watch Criminal Minds, it is completely off the chart how reprived those individuals are. I do not know whether the material on Criminal Minds was taken from real cases or not. But if anybody who lives in normal society can detach themselves so far from reality and our laws as to murder others without any care for social norms, are they really able to ever improve or are they so damaged that they are no longer able to learn?

On the other hand you could argue, just do not believe a criminal convict without any doubt of its merit. Should the CIA have taken the word of a convicted mass murderer to arrest an FBI agent?

In the film the whole block of mass killers staged a mass breakout. Making agents have to re-capture at least 9 extemely dangerous mass murderers.

Considering that these criminals cause severe danger to the private lives of agents, it is not in the interest of human kind to allow those convicted to conspire to undermine society further once in jail.

It all depends on quantity, you may be able to keep a few depraved criminals in jail but if you got a lot, they can cause real damage by the sheer volume of their support systems and they can bring society to the abyss.

 

Lutheran tactics

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Picture taken from Extinction Rebellion Facebook page. This publication does not mean that I support this activity.

When Martin Luther nailed his thesis’ on the door of the Gutenberg Church in 1517, it meant a revolution was about to start in the church. The posters reading ‘Closed for Good’ plastered by Extinction Rebellion on businesses doors are not so different. This relationship in methods is probably one reason to the fact that our local Church of England Pastor strongly supports Extinction Rebellion and makes his church available to them for meetings and helps to disrupt local traffic at the nearby junction.

One of the XR hashtags also is very similar that John McDonnell wrote Another World is possible, a Manifesto for the 21st. Century.

No wonder the Labour Party has made a pact with Extinction Rebellion to turn over the power politically.

I am wondering whether this is approriate to associate Climate change with political direction.

Climate Change action is used as political pressure point.

Obviously the current Lockdown measures have significantly reduced carbon emissions around the world and especially in London, so how appropriate is that activity.

Considering that production methods are a matter of scientific research, and results of implementation, it seems trivial to hang a protest movement on this.

The negativity of Extinction Rebellion is outweighing all the positive impacts they could have. Show me how much leeway there is being made to implement new production methods, heating methods to change our central heating systems from using gas to different sources of heat, would be much more beneficial to us.

I could not see Labour opposing classic producton methods for the sake of the environment in the past. In Fact Labour always supported everything as long as jobs were saved.

 

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