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.

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Death by hand gun the statistics

People killed in 2011 by use of handguns legally or illegally are:

  1. Great Britain = 8 (Pop 62.500.000)
  2. Sweden = 21 (Pop 9.540.065
  3. Switzerland = 34 (Pop  8.000.000)
  4. Germany=  42 (Pop 82.000.000)
  5. Japan = 48 (Pop 127.500.00)
  6. Canada = 52 (Pop 35.000.000)
  7. Israel = 58 (Pop 7.950.000)
  8. United States 10,728 (Pop 315.000.000)

It must be said that the ratio of death per 1000’s of population ratio is particularly  high both for Switzerland and Israel. It would be interesting to compare other statistics alongside, e.g. deaths by traffic accident or various health conditions for example. Statistics of substance and alcohol abuse are also important.

Showing is the fact that prohibition of ownership does not stop use as Britain is an example of this but having easy access makes it an ‘easy’ solution for many to solve problems with.  The US has roughly over 200 times more gun killings than Canada and Japan but US has 10 times more people than Canada and only 3 times more than Japan when Japan is a tiny country compared to the US, it doesn’t make sense to say that close living causes the stress that makes people kill.

gun-control-stats-2013

I do not know about the law in those countries about gun ownership. However I came across another set of interesting statistics about the causes of death and the article says that death by Baseball bat is the biggest culprit. See the picture.

A revolution for education

An American university is the first to provide a completely free of charge online course, that carries a valid degree as a result. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, will offer a course on Circuits and Electronics. It does not require formal entry qualifications but one has to understand science and maths to pass. There are interactive exercises.

I very much welcome this concept because it frees up education for anybody to study from their own environment without having to group their whole lifestyle around study. The university plans other courses to follow and there is finance for it but contributors to the courses are sought.

This puts a stop to putting people under severe pressure for education.We are constantly blackmailed in having to pay very high prices for education, cannot have kids and study or work and study and that puts an end to it all, brilliant.

The Obama question

I think it just shows what suckers we have become that it can come to the stage that anyone’s credentials can be doubtful once they have become president of the USA. See article here.  The Supreme court is going to hear a case about Obama’s citizenship.

I am just puzzled that the BBC has not picked up this story and doesn’t bring it as headline of their service.

A breakdown in US – Israeli relations

That also affects the European US relationships very much. A conversation overheard by eager journalists heard that the French President Sarkozy called the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu a liar and President Obama, did not vehemently deny it either.

The world is catching up fast on the facts of politics.

More down to Orde

From this recent BBC article it seems that Sir Hugh Orde is more down to Earth in his approach to policing here in Britain because he puts the context within the European Union and the laws that have to be observed in Europe. David Cameron’s approach is quite clearly a forceful one as he accused the police of acting timidly. Cameron’s newly appointed personal advisor Bill Bratton wears 2 handguns when he is out on patrol. Bratton has 400 gangs in his neck of the woods to deal with and Sir Orde points out that getting to a stage where 400 gangs can even built up is a sign of bad policing. I am not certain how many gangs operate in the UK.

Bill Bratton has advised that the UK police cannot arrest their way out of the problem, that either indicates that he thinks shooting is better than arresting or that he thinks that the underlying social problems have to be addressed.

I think what has to be on the forefront of tactical thinking is the fact that the riots have to be broken up quickly to prevent loss of life and victims. The longer those riots would have gone on, the more people’s lives would have been at risk and there were already a number of deaths and people had to escape fires and run or jump for their lives.

It’s a little bit strange that David Cameron gets  himself a personal advisor from the US on board, who has no legal powers whatsoever in the UK and cannot think in the local context. There also has been wrangling between government ministers and police chiefs over who has the final word on policing orders and strategies. Obviously the police have to be seen to be politically neutral. Theresa May reacted cleverly to publications about a possible rift with the police over cancelling all leave. One report said she ordered all leave to be cancelled whereby police said that she has no power to do so. Mrs May praised the police for their actions.

The riots were completely unpredictable and with current police numbers impossible to quench quickly on the basis that no water canons or plastic bullets were used. I don’t think using those methods would have alienated the youth more because there is little in social actions proposed to help them out of the dilemma they are in, the youth that is. There is little social investment in young people and their families and instead of proposing some, the government wants to favour benefit cuts and homelessness for riot participants and their families. It would have done the youth a favour to cool them down quickly and disperse them even faster because then they could not have committed the crimes that later happened when the riots progressed further north.

It seems that Mr Osborne is more concerned cutting the 50p tax rate than devising help packages for our young citizens.

The riots leave a bitter taste in everybody’s mouth who expected a caring attitude from our government towards young people. It’s really just cracking down the whip and getting rid of the responsibility by sanction and imprisonment.

The problem that has arisen is the lack of consistency for what is needed to deal with such sudden riots and what the political and social answer to those discontented is. David Cameron does not even want to hold an enquiry and forget about it as quickly as possible whilst Ed Miliband called for one.

The former advisor to Ken Livingstone made a sympathetic statement for the youth but then under Livingstone, there was a much higher rate of youth on youth crime, when he constantly had stabbings in London, which have receded under Boris Johnson. Yet under Livingstone we did not have youth rioting. It seems we have a choice between rioting and stabbing but that is a choice nobody really wants to make and all we need is a way out of this malaise.

From other comments made around the net, I wonder whether this riot was a political uprising on the scale of an attempted revolution and think that David Cameron’s approach will not help stem it at all. He simply drives the problem into the Underground and that can get well out of hand. It seems to be Cameron’s tactic not to get involved in any social tit for tat and just get rid of the unhappy youth by making them criminals and keeping them criminals and outlaws a bit similar to the good old Sheriff of Nottingham.  I think Cameron’s strategy is political suicide and will lead to a further detriment of the UK gentry.

Putting it into the context that Mark Duggan’s uncle was a crime lord, according to the Mail online, I wonder how much criminal and how much political context this whole riot actually has. History has proven that politicians always call those who are in more or less violent opposition criminals. Yet it has to be seriously considered as a tactic that local opponents of current upper classes want to flood the UK with drugs in the hope that those upper classes drug themselves out of their minds and become hapless victims of their own habits. The recent confiscation of a very large haul of drugs cannot have been welcome by UK drug barons.

It is only in the drug context that I can understand why Cameron wants to involve a US cop (Bratton) as advisor.  I see little hope that the current government can come up with a digestible approach that is coordinated across all service areas of government.

I am often tempted to compare today’s civilisation with the Roman Empire and scientists now belief that the sanity of Roman Emperors was afflicted by the lead in the water they drank because their water viaduct pipes contained a lot of lead. Could it be that the lead of Roman times is replaced today by class A drugs? After all the use of drugs spreads more and more into upper circles and I believe that today’s society is very much inflicted with drug abuse. We see that society is pretty stagnant and corrupt too.

China wants to be top-dog

China has now called that the US Dollar stops to be the world’s reserve currency amidst the current world debt crisis. Financial markets are shifting and David Cameron has said that the English Pound is in fairly good shape. Putting the emphasis on the fairly, it makes the sentence a fairy tale.

Our economy drives on debt. Banks lend money on a debtor’s ability to pay back the debt and that is a calculated risk that then drives on the economy by pushing up the production of goods. China thinks that this is the wrong way to go about driving forward economic and commercial markets. We used to stop counting monies on primarily gold reserves a long time ago and the playing with financial figures now creates a headache because the interest calculations create and reduce imaginary monies and further attached money debt purchases and the credit interest on those produce a big cliff hanger for the economy. It produces an enormous gap and creates wealth that really does not exist but that money can be spent by those with the finger in the till.

Considering that it is all mostly money created on data sheets and not real money in a bank or a gold reserve, it can all be seen as a giant game of Monopoly, with very serious consequences.

Of course the Western nations want to prop up and support the US as the mother of all currencies but China and of course India in its footsteps would like to see the finance centres of the world shifted Eastwards.

Of course world dependency has shifted from US produced goods and food to Chinese and India produced goods and services. My new phone was actually produced in India, a first for my collection of phones. Whilst we increase our debts, our unemployed continue to enjoy the cheap clothing Made in China, whilst the Chinese sweat behind sewing machines and keep their heads down with merciless vigour.  Here in the West we have only just established that most of those who claimed disability benefits can do some sort of work, yet the work is not here but it is there and far away, maybe too far for the ones that were unlucky enough to get the notice to quit for their council flat to move to for employment.

We saw feverish attempts to rid us of our gold by sending out bags to sell your gold quickly without fuss for those who needed a few quid in the most recent downturn. But whilst Tony Blair tried to make the UK an education centre of the world, I wonder what they want to teach? How to mess up a financial system and lose the top spot in the world perhaps.

Unfortunately it is impossible to bring any common sense into our financial systems as only those get employed who have been thoroughly brainwashed  into accepting our current financial system without any creativity. I suppose the less you can use mental arithmetic the better for the banking jobs.

Those found guilty of misdemeanor were publicly prosecuted. Yet here in the UK whilst MPs and Lords were imprisoned over badly composed expenses claims the NPIA ran up £6.5 million up on government owned credit cards of which £100.000 was for taxi rides  and some money had been spent on lingerie and karaoke equipment.

Interestingly Gordon Brown took the western way of doing business to the hilt and wanted to increase borrowing whilst Cameron said to tone it down, which is what China likes and Cameron was then in conference with the Chinese PM. Does Cameron play more into the hands of the Chinese than Brown does? it seems that way.

The people had enough of the suffering and riots have broken out all over London. Just imagine the press in other countries about this. If they report the same way about us as we report about them, then it doesn’t look too good for us.

Cameron completely underestimates the situation with his policies and in the end Archbishop of Canterbury was correct in his assessment in saying that the policies werent’ wanted. We had now widespread rioting that was set off by police shooting a local resident with 4 children, who was suspected of having shot at an officer.Quite obviously that was only the trigger that set off that widespread rioting because people have lost out everywhere, now even their secure homes and they get less housing benefit and there are no jobs. I think that David Cameron cannot expect too much from the British public and that Gordon Brown held the situation better under control than Cameron can who lives in his cloud cuckoo dream.

It has now become apparent that Asian stocks have also slumped in the market downturn. Obviously the less we spend there the less they earn.

Apple is richer than the USA

That is the stuff the Conservatives dream of, powerful private finance, less tax and what is left is a country that is unable to fulfil its obligation to the citizens within.

According to this BBC report, President Obama has inherited a poor nation that is going broke.

US Treasury Department figures show that the country has an operating cash balance of $73.7bn (£45.3bn). Apple’s most recent financial results put its reserves at $76.4bn £46.9bn).

This simple comparison shows that more wealth for companies and less taxation simply doesn’t work. Apple is under no obligation to run the country and the US have to borrow more money or go broke. So David Cameron and George Osborne your schemes simply are not workable in the real world. Incidentally Obama himself is known to own an Apple iPad, but can he tipp into it a request for ‘More money please’.

Is the US more racist than Hitler?

With the Olympics coming up next year here in London in 2012, we are all very excited to speculate about the amounts of medals each country will be getting. Of course the British hope for medals will be high and I must say, just watching over the years, that UK and British athletes did relatively well. At least I can recall having seen the UK crop up here and there in the contenders for medals lists in the various sports.

It is not the same about my country of origin Germany. When I was a child the Germans did much better in the Olympics than they do now. Especially in sprinting and other athletic discipline the Germans were athletes to be reckoned with but lately they are hardly in the headlines.

I was therefore amazed to read in a magazine that Germany got 33 more medals in the Olympics in 1936 than any other nation. So something must have worked well in the early Hitler years. It just all went badly wrong afterward with the Holocaust and the wars to follow.

Whilst Hitler then wanted to prove that the Aryan race is superior, his athletes gave Jesse Owens tips on how to improve his techniques, which led to him winning a record 4 gold medals but when he then returned to the USA he got treated like a second-class citizen because of his black skin says Doug Stanhope. Of course in those days athletes were amateurs who could not also endorse commercial products especially not if they were black and US citizens.

I always thought that everything about the Hitler era was bad but this article in Shortlist on page 45 seems to break the mould of universal condemnation of the Hitler era and at least allows some credit for sporting attitude. The 1936 Olympics success must have put the nation onto a high. Just wonder whether David Cameron now hopes that Olympic success will rub off on his popularity positively.

OUTSTANDING Obama BBC interview

The most recent interview US President Obama gave to the BBC is outstandingly good. It shows what an extraordinary good understanding Mr Obama has about just about everything that matters to us and to policies.

Tony Blair also praises Obama’s excellent attitude towards the Middle East.

Compare Miliband to Obama and you end up with the fly on the wall, whereby Miliband represents the fly.

When we compare international politics to national strategies it seems to me that it was domestic political strategies that lost Labour the UK election and of course the inability of the UK media to appreciate the politicians themselves.

Of course in relation to international politics there are real enemies to be considered whilst on the home front, we have an interlaced political scene whereby we see all being friends and there is nothing really to go against. National strategies require a deeper understanding of domestic issues and that is something current politicians cannot do very well throughout the political spectrum. We see the Conservative plan to sell forests backfire. The next new contested plan is revolutionising the NHS but there Obama also failed in his own country, when he tried to reform US health care.

It is easier to formulate international requirements for peace but within our own borders we still find it difficult to make sense of international business and domestic finances.

I think that international peace will be immensely important for the future of humanity itself and therefore all diplomatic efforts are very important. Obama made it quite clear that the US will not tolerate attacks on the US without retaliation and that is a very understandable effort.

I would really like to see more emphasis being placed on spelling out how irresponsible people like Bin Laden really are as they can jeopardise world stability to a point that could endanger the whole human race.

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