Inaugeration

I was fascinated to watch Jo Biden’s inaugeration. I didn’t even take that guy seriously. One look and I thought that old guy doesn’t have a chance against the burly bully-boy Donald Trump. With a woman as vice-president (Kamala Harris), the US is entering an era of hope and social change.

Actually for us older folks Jo Biden is a figure of hope as he is the one that dismisses those rumours that once over 70 you are only good for scrap.

There was a lot of hope with this high-quality performance of state duty.

Amanda Gorman recited and excellent poem, disguised as speech, the US’s first ever poet-loreate for young people and there were top singers to copella anthems and folk tunes.

This radiated a lot of hope. People believed and smiled.

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.

Save the hedgehogs

Please support this petition to give greater protection to hedgehogs. They are lovely animals, chubby!!!!

The family man

Phil Mitchell from East Enders is a proper family man. I just wonder whether there is a psychological mechanism that compels people wanting to be in control of blood related people.

It would frighten me if someone came up to me, saying we are related and that we have to be friends.

I think a connection between people has more to do with common cause.

A lot of crime gets committed in the name of family. More people get murdered by someone they know than by a stranger. Strong emotional bonds seem a recipe for disaster.

Family members covering for each other, providing alibis or planting evidence against others whom they find repulsive for purely emotional reasons.

As a mum or dad you do not have a life-long obligation to your kids. If you have a good relationship fine but if you drift apart, have little to say to each other, then you are not obliged to be there to supply gifts for birthdays or Christmas for the rest of your days.

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

positive young african american lady holding light bulb in hand on gray background

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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.

 

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