looking after you

Just watching Reggie in China and it is quite amazing, the film about Shenzen, when the guy says: “we can’t wait for the old building to be pulled down because we want to see progress [sic]. The government will look after us and give us another place to stay until the new building is ready”.

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So these people don’t have to spend hours and days and weeks looking for alternative acommodation and can go on deveoping brilliant new ideas instead.

The government quickly changed all public transport to electric and China has developed to the second largest economy.  Things get done very quickly there because the money is being made available centrally without much fuss.

Looking at the new technology they do, soon the world will be mapped in 3D and nothing will be hidden. Back to the old village atmosphere when everybody knows everything about everybody, just not by rumour mill but via CCTV surveillance.

I like it that robots will be used to recall data instead of a human having to memorize data because it uses too much brain capacity and there is not enough space left for creativity if we use all our brain for memorizing things.

A Chinese inventor believes that the world will be ruled by technology instead of by politicians. It’s probably much quicker to get Brexit done then, if that is appropriate.

Hong Kong students please consider

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Whilst I watched Newsnight, it just was unavoidable to think about those tragic Hong Kong Students who are unfortunately a perfect example how bad communication can only lead to doom.

People complain about algorythms on Apps but those students, who are in a compact environment, spend a lot of time together and most likely also use app communications hype each other on to more protests and stronger and stronger outbursts.

This can only lead to severe disruptions and destruction of the buildings and one interview with a students confirmed that there is a doom and gloom atmosphere, whereby a student said it is better to be dead than have live in the circumstances.

That is classical self-harming psychology and a message spread amonst students where it catches on like fire in their minds.

The obvious escalation of violence is not going to stop unless the law enforcement break up the protests.

The Chinese Ambassador was at the program and it was discussed that China promised to purchase some British steel works to save British jobs and that brings us on their side. Hopefully we won’t see another Tian’anmen Square disaster but that the Hong Kong police use a strategy that avoids death.

Hopefully the Hong Kong police can bring an end to the protests by using smart tactics.

This is not about the cause any longer its about the results that can be achieved and self-destructive methods are not a good lesson for anybody to follow.

 

Against brothels

What I really hate is legalised prostitution. Having to sell your body is just about the one thing that people must not be forced to do. My biggest fear of Germany is that prostitution is legalised in that country and that is why I would never have had children in that country I suppose.

You just imagine, you send your kid to school and then, once they finished education, they get a letter from the Department of Employment telling them to go for an interview in a brothel and if they do not attend, they loose their entitlement to unemployment benefit.

How horrible is that!!!

Because if sex work is a legalised activity, then children will be groomed into the profession from a very young age, as it is already happening in India, where girls as young as 7 get prepared into sex work. Further up in Asia they sell girls from the age of 7 into marriage, a similar slave trait.

Personal freedom must be that the one bastion that is us, must be our body. Just as our home is our castle, so our bodies have to be our first priority to choose what we want to do with it or not.

We have some very good personal protection laws in Britain and we have to be careful not to overstep the mark and loose the right to protect our bodies from harm.

So being against Brexit doesn’t mean that I would want to accept German employment laws, I am only in it for the close proximity of land mass.

I have not heard much about that point in for or against Brexit discussions.

 

 

It’s all about the money, money

Whilst the Taxpayers Alliance stimulates people to vote Tory to avoid higher taxes, tax payers are taken to the cleaners by private finance initiatives like ‘buying council flats’, which cost them loads more money than paying a little more tax. Many people have been defrauded by crooks exploiting vulnerabilities of private investors.

I am trying to keep out of current affairs, yet today’s politicians don’t seem to look further than just in front of their noses. There are no long-term goals indicated in policies.

It’s out of the EU, free trade deals with the US but no longer-term plans on how to avoid incremental costs with all those extra risk factors that are accumulated through trade deals with far-away countries.

There are talks about reducing carbon rich activities, but how does bulk trade with far-away countries reduce the amount of carbon that is generated through transport. How do we avoid bad-weather disturbances of container ship transports?

Unfortunately today’s politics do not ask people to look at the basics, but their minds get fixed on ideologically tinted ideologies.

It were American manufacturers who supplied most of that faulty cladding that adornes our tower blocks and which cost a fortune to leaseholders to remove. They also manufactured the faulty tumble dryers.

Leaving the EU in favour of American trade deals will be very expensive according to this social media profile: @BarnabyEdwards

Costs broken down per day, per person:

  • EU membership £ 0.35 per person per day.
  • Cost of Brexit since 2016: £ 0.91 per person per day
  • Est. cost of Brexit: £ $.15 per person per day
  • Est. cost of No-deal Brexit: £ 5.81 per person per day
  • Nigel Farage’s earning from publicity since 2016: £ 541.10 per day.

Whilst our current government constantly claims to deliver the cheapest options, I am not so sure that those following all the advice, especially including private ownershp of council homes, actually make much money out of it.

I think it would be much more sensible if the Americans (US) concentrate on improving relationships with their neighbours (like Mexico) instead of constantly building walls and the same should be said about every other geographical region. If all continents make strong relations within themselves, we will all have better chances of getting a better life.

We do need world-peace and will not achieve it if we cannot make peace with our neighbours.

It’s like a desease that everywhere we look there are these pockets of aggressive conflict and it seems to be catching like a virus.

Nothing compares

A lot of things are trying to compare something to Malala Yousafzai. Yet Malala is completely unique. She is unique in her quest to establish better girls education because she comes from a country that is notorious trying to prevent girls from getting to grip with any kind of academic concept. Malala has become a world-wide ambassador for better girls education.

Malala was almost killed by Taleban fighters, shot in the head, but luckily survived to be a great role model for girls around the world.

That fact, that girls need education is true for every culture in the world. However, since people’s mix and move and mingle in other geographical locations, secular principles are a good idea. I support it that countries forbid their civil servants, including teachers to wear religious symbols at work. Every person, girl or boy has the right to a great education and if everybody gets the same treatment, we all have the same chances.

That should not stop churches or relgions to run schools, anybody with the correct qualifications can run a school and educate pupils. We are attending a local Church of England school and we love that the school is not too pragmatic and doesn’t enforce stereo-typical relgious practises. Some churches, have too much dogma and cannot successfully run their schools in a multi-cultural environment.

Of course most countries, have developed certain holidays around relgious beliefs that had been held over centuries but even that  phases out gradually, the more pople mix. Many people still are accustomed to practises they were taught as children and carry on through families, and it will take a long time to ease out of this.

Most schools now educate on a variety of religions, during religious education classes, which could be further enriched with Humanist content.

We are more tolerant generally in western countries and allow people time to neutralise their relgious belief; the Chinese however actively re-educate and tear people away from their familar surroundings in tailor-made camps. The tactic to take children away from families now becomes more popular and is even practised in the USA to deal with immigrants. Yet the Chinese seem to treat the children better than the US.

The Chinese have the space and resources to build such huge camps, we in smaller countries would never have the space to do so. We slowly integrate. We develop methods like having to speak the host country language and making people work in jobs their religion would normally forbid. We establish laws that contradict some relgions and enforce them on the whole population.

We out-lawed forced marriage, domestic violence, genital mutilation and our laws force all children into education.

 

 

 

 

 

The 2 Nigels

Under Labour we had 2 Jags Lord Prescott, who dictated the political scene but now under the Conservatives we are wedged between the 2 Nigels, that is Nigel Lawson and Nigel Farage. The Farage sort of Nigel is of course not a Torie but right-wing enough to have the same tendencies as Nigel Lawson, who wants Britain to quit the EU.

Steady on you two!!!

It is quite true that the world is dominated by International conglomerates and we all import from Eastern countries more than we export but being part of the EU would still give a geographical sense of belonging, whilst if Britain gives in to the old urges to tear away from Europe again, it would be alone with or against the rest of the world without EU support.

I find it surprising that Nigel Lawson doesn’t look ahead and goes by the momentous statistics, when I thought that the Tories plan for the future with the hope that things get better and if they get better for Europe Britain will find it hard not to be jealous if Britain is not going to be part of it.

Drop the dead Donkey is what the Nigels want to play, rather than Jack the Peg with the extra leg.

Royalty is thicker than gas

I can smell a total royal knees up in the matter of the sour gas contract being awarded to Shell rather than Total. The Royal connections of the Dutch to the Royal House of Abu Dhabi could be playing a role and explain why the French republic got left out in the cold.

Just as I gotten myself a new gas cooker, I can now rest assured that there will actually be the gas to cook my dinners.

What worries me slightly with all excavations, whether gas or oil is what it does to the earth’s crust when those layers of material are sucked out of the earth and a vacant space is created underneath. Seeing that the earth’s core is ca. 6000 C, about as hot as the sun, we can do with any bit of bolster to shield us from the heat. Surprisingly little is written about this subject but I can imagine that in generations to come they may regret that this material has been extracted for some reason or other.

That just reminds me to ask myself why we have heard so much about various gas explosions in all types of countries, even as far away as Prague

Normally we rarely hear about gas explosion and now suddenly they seem to turn up everywhere? Are we being told the truth or had the media only just started to tell us about gas explosions that happen all the time?

I would urge anyone who smells any gas, to call 999 immediately.

Go East

Not surprising for me, Michael Gove now urges us to adapt Eastern lifestyles to improve our Maths. It’s just as I wrote in my previous blog “Thatched Mary” that Britain is less British since Margaret Thatcher, changed us to have a shopkeepers mentality. Mr Gove wants longer school hours, ,shorter holidays.

The argument that the old  term rhythm is grouped around old rural lifestyles might be true but then proposals had already been accepted to shorten the summer holidays and stretch out terms equally around the year.

I do however smell a rat around the term argument because fees are often paid per term and if terms get shorter and more frequent, as suggested by some,then we can simply be asked to pay more money for education and more often. One school wants to have 7 terms per year. David Young Community Academy in Leeds which operates a seven-term year starting in June.

There is absolutely no proof that different terms or longer school hours improve the Maths of a pupil. My child is doing very well at Maths with the terms and school hours we have. There are a lot of factors involved like ability, which is something we constantly get ignored by modern education.

I do agree that academies like Harefield, that specialises in athletics, need much longer training hours because often sports require intense physical training on a daily basis.

I think it is a mistake to use a blanket approach and say now we have to copy Chinese lifestyles because they already manufacture our goods. That was not the idea to end Christianity and become Communists, though that is what many modern Conservatives think would be a good idea.

I could almost imagine how Mr Gove wants us to work longer hours for less pay, just to copy the Eastern lifestyles more authentically, in the hope that our children Maths would improve, NOT!!!

 

Where has all the copper gone?

Whilst we have been plagued by copper thieves all around the country, I wonder where all the copper came from that the North Koreans built their statues with?

UK trade deficit may increase

Looking at the fact that Japan just posted a record trade deficit, it seems that the UK will follow suite in the same fashion. The value of the Pound has just reached a new low against the Euro and the Dollar. Yet somebody actually suggested that this will  help the export of UK goods. But because imports will become so much more expensive that will increase our trade deficit much faster.

David Cameron is busy rekindling the UK’s love affair with India and he asks for better trade relations. This amidst the ongoing grunting of UK banking and other customers that they do not like Indian call centres.

Obviously to me, Cameron tries to build up an anti-EU anti-dote by making the UK more engaged with Asian countries, such as India.

But why go so far when the good things are so near. Britain has trading partners nearer to home ready and waiting and even the US has intensified trading agreement talks with Europe. It is just that the current government tries to buck the trend and wants to show their increasingly cold shoulder to Europe. That will cost this country dear.

Personally I just closed an online banking account with one large UK bank. They do use Indian call centre staff who also run their online banking scheme. I got absolutely inundated with phone calls, e-mails and not even a request to stop calling me ended the at least 3 calls per day I got from these people who obviously have gotten nothing better to do. Calls asked me to look at my e-mails, to make statements whether I like the response from them to a comment I made via online banking. I gotten so fed up with it now that I closed the whole online banking account and that will give me peace. I just do not want to spend more time complaining about nothing really.

But it shows that in India staff are there at an abundance and clearly use their time to engage with customers at a rate that is not always appreciated.

But then not even the Indians themselves seem to be happy with the trading reforms proposed by their government. It will obviously destroy their current social and economic infrastructure if they get western supermarket chains. But whilst we have no choice but to use them,India still can say no.

But then most countries with mainly rural societies will see big changes coming along.

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