Clumsy mistakes

Noone can accuse the British for ousting people for clumsy mistakes. We have accepted all horroundes mistakes that Boris Johnson made, from the letterbox ladies to the Care homes. Yet Harpers is an American publication and published a letter about censorship and Freedom of Speech.

During my time at the High Court, I suffered the most horrendous online bullying, being called names and people generally very negative with swearwords woven in.

Now I find myself warned by Facebook if I say something that offends somebody there and they threaten you with expulsion if you say something as hateful as that again.

I re-posted an optical trick illusion – it was clearly marked as such – Facebook deleted the video saying it was not realistic.

Taken censorship to that breadth and width is overdoing things a lot.

Perhaps, now in hindsight, I would not bring the libel action again on the strength of radicals posting over-radicalised stuff, just to make their case and impress the Anarchists, I would just argue as I did in a recent posting, that people who do not like education come up with all kinds of tricks to make educators look silly.

But also perhaps I had suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and the trauma of what had happened to me, even though a very long time ago – was still firmly wedged within my psyche. It helped me to get over it though.

The over-anxious police actions like they recently happened to Olympian Bianca Williams are a sign of the time.  This kind of stuff happened in Germany during the 70s everywhere, its just that they didn’t search you, they locked you up for months. I wouldn’t attribute that to racism, they are generally freaked out about the fact that they lost control over some crimes.

I went to Lidl yesterday and wondered why the queue at the self-checkout was non existant when normally most people queue there. I attribute that to the fact that they sold knives only available at the cashier.

 

 

sacked for a re-tweet

Public responsibility has a high price. I realise this all the time. You need to know what you are doing and take responsibility for putting things around the public domain that forms public opinion.

Those Jewish conspiracy theories were around for decades and sounded plausible and fascinating at first. But then, it became very clear that those theories were spread by Holocaust deniers and anti-Jewish campaigners.

I think, I once re-published one of those articles but then shut this blog down for around 10 years. As it became clear how poisonous those conspiracy people are, I scanned my blog for articles and deleted those nasty ones, when I re-opened the blog.

We live and learn.

By now it is quite clear to everybody what those articles are about and Rebecca Long-Bailey should not fall foul of using Jewish conspiracy theories in tweets nd blogs.

Simple measure to take, never use any race, creed, gender, religion in thoughts that promote conspiracy theories about anything.

We have laws and rules that apply to everyone equally. That is the society we should promote and be proud of.

We just all need to learn the rules and live by them.

Keeping it safe – the in-betweeners

It doesn’t matter whether its

  • Neo-nazis
  • Daesh
  • Extinction Rebellion
  • Left-wing rebels
  • Religious fanatics

They all have one thing in common. They want to destroy the current orderly organisation of society and after the breaking down of law and order implement their ideas of right and wrong.

If it wasn’t for the current furlough scheme, they would be a very big step ahead of their goals.

Whilst I keep going on about family and relationships it becomes more and more clear that in many instances, in our current modern society, ordinary working people spend less time living at the same place, working for the same employer, spending time with their family.

The average school kid these days spends around 8 hours per day in school and around 2 hours of that are used for communiting to and from school Then there are clubs and/or home work.

Whilst a parent or parents spend in excess of 8 hours working, commuting.

Very little time is actually spend together in the family unit. Kids use Apps, time online, TV watching, gaming, streaming, pod casts to entertain and form relationships away from the person to person communications among their nearest and dearest.

Extremists exploit those facts and recruit anybody who is slightly attracted to them by remote means.

The constant need to find accommodation, employment and fighting off debt collectors make building relationships very difficult indeed for a working person. And there is literally no means to actually check for truth beyond what a relative presents as truth. Remember the parents who got convictedof supporting their son’s time with Daesh, when he told them he went on a humanitarian holiday?

Long gone are the days of secure long-term tenancies in council flats, the job for life at the state owned service or local factory.

Yet the people who keep our economy going rely on short-term contracts, zero working hours to make their operatoin profitable and operational.

Whilst any abnormal event like for instance Covid-19 leads to the closing down of schools, which form the main social contact for children, the online world that recruits extremists keeps on going and never sleeps.

People now make it a habit ot organise some sort of demonstration, just to socialise with others, it has become a way of life.

Whilst law enforcement agencies are seriously behind keeping up with covert organisatoins recruting and training the new radicals, I cannot see modern governments actually being able to halt the discontent.

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The old-fashioned ideas of family, religion, have been replaced with modern legislation, which no longer puts morals or god at the forefront of their thinking.

There is no family unit that can catch up ideological uncertainties, no school that is always available and doesn’t expel delinquents, no church that actually translates old ideology into modern terms.

We are all in-betweeners. Trying to make sense of the morality of our bibles in comparison to modern laws and trying to find solace in our family units, which hardly have the time to have a meal together.

 

Nostradamus

Now even the Financial Times is cashing in on the Dominic Cummings Saga, calling him the Nostradamus of the financial world as he has not lost his job like so many others.

Those comparisons are getting increasingly ridiculous. So is the hate.

Why not just look at Dominic Cummings as a human being who made the most of what he has got. I can sympathise. In Germany I would have a very similar family set-up. The land owning family with their own forest, whilst the young offspring lives in the city with an important job and lots of stress-factors.

If I would live in Germany now, I would have gone to country-relations and gotten my young kid looked after.

Of course you can’t compare a government advisor with just any other person, a government advisor has many more stress factors and security concerns than most of us.

It would have been the job of the police to check his travels and he should have been fined there and then if he broke the rules like everybody else.

I am certain there are many who were fortunte enough to be able to break the rules. Whilst us poorer people now just have to stay put and do not even have the opportunity to break those.

The hate against Cummings has become the hate against those who are a little bit more privileged.

I just spent time watching TV and think there is a lot of stuff on that reminds us of the World War II mentality, which is so much more relevant now that Britain has left the EU.

Can a whole country suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder? Yes they can.

I do enjoy watching Foyle’s War, which is currently being re-run on ITV late at night and it just emphasises the mentality of the nation sticking together against all who are not friends but foes.

Again so very relevant for me as German immigrant to remind myself that the war ended 75 years ago but is still kept alive in the minds of the nation.

Last night a German lady, who was married to a Brit, invited her German relative to come over across the Channel illegally. A very silly thing to do, especially as the war was on. It became a major hanging offence for the German man who tried to enter Britain via the Channel in a small boat and the woman was stigmatized even by her British husband for the rest of her life.

I can compare myself to Cummings from the priviledged family set-up point of view but I can’t compare myself to the German woman who illegally tried to import German spies from her own German family.

Let’s face it, whichever country you live in, you have to keep to the nation’s rules that you live in.

I reckon that during a war -time scenario Cummings would not be slanted by the press as he is being slanted now.

 

 

Where is my MP?

My local MP is Rushanara Ali. I have seen her giving interviews to the local newspaper but all my correspondence has stopped with her.

Is it that all local MP’s suddenly dropped all their cases?

The Housing Ombudsman expects people who have unresolved matters to discuss to have an 8 week cooling-off period, during which people are expected to mediate their cases with the help of councillors or members of Parliament.

So far I have not even had my old cases resolved and I have heard nothing from my MP.

Especially in a Labour run borough, with a Labour MP, you would expect that local services do actually communicate with their subjects.

I have tried to discuss the situation with my local Labour Councillor, who apparently also is in charge of Housing in the borough, but he has flat out refused to get involved.

I don’t think you can just let everything slide because of Corona Virus. It seems that the Labour position is to keep everything closed just to ensure nothing happens.

 

 

Easing the burden

67.000 claims under the Job Retention scheme were made by employers within the first 30 minutes of the website going live reports the BBC.

Whilst this government furiously refused to pay workers benefits within an acceptable time-frame, they now get what they are due under the job retention scheme.

Only difference is, they are no longer benefit recipients but employed or self-employed instead.

This whole problem hinges on the fact that we cannot control nature and that viruses creep up out of nowhere. Yet doctors made no effort whatsover to analyse or test for viruses in the last decades.

Of course, its easy to see that the government tried to drive people into jobs and what has resulted is that more people than ever sit at home doing nothing.

What the government needs is that those weirdos and missfits who currently advise it, should step down and allow for some more sensible people to take over, people who have the nation’s long-term health in more than one sense at heart.

What they need to do is to introduce tests of viability for every policy someone proposes and thinks they can get it accepted simply because they belong to the right circles.

Being employed, self-employed or part of a productive society is always better than lingering around without proper tasks, which are keeping communities safe, yet, the problem of breakdown prevention is not being addressed proprely.

We always hear excuses like

  • worldwide economic breakdown
  • worldwide pendemic.

I think that either can be prevented through proper policy control. The free market economy prevents that. The whole system of a free market economy is merely set up to keep people in employment as an easy measure to keep people in a context of socially acceptable activity.  There is little scope for systematic disease control. They assume it too expensive for a doctor to get a testing kit out once a patient complains about a viral infection.

Only when the virus becomes too bad to heal and people die, do we get little but complete shut-down.

 

Home

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There is an event when the press reports that the Queen goes to Balmoral or reports are in the press about the few people rich enough to own near palace homes and those are the people we assume to be happy with their homes.

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Yet, there are also former luxurious abandoned homes of those once rich enough to buy and build them but not able to keep.

Most of us live in average, often too small homes. The younger we are the smaller the home. I used to live in a 2-bedroom flat with 7 people.

Home seems a simple word but it can be quite difficult to be happy in it. We spend usually as much as possible to make it comfy. Buy the broadband, phone lines, heating systems; insure it, decorate and furnish it.

But living in it, is often quite difficult. It depends whom we share with and how much we can have respect for ourselves and those around us and make it work on an amicable basis.

Some people want to spend as little as possible at home and go to fitness centres for showers for example. Whilst those are closed, they will have to use their own.

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Home can also be a boring place when our hormones and instincts want us to mix with others and make friends. That introduced a whole new industry of the caffee house culture and that bohemian society is largely responsible for most of the protest movements we know to cause uproar around our towns.

There is always a cause and where there is a cause there is somebody making money from it. Whether its a church or a club, political party, society, somebody holds the strings, collects our cash and gets us involved in activities around it. Almost every association outside of our homes has become a cashcow for somebody or groups of people. (Apart from some countries where memberships of some churches is compulsory).

Whole new industries evolved around the cafe culture, supply chains have specialised around it.

Staying at home also stifled the travel industry considerably. Those frequent flyer clubs are now so useless.

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We need to reflect and examine our consciouses and think whether our causes actually are useful for more than just making friends and getting that next cosy lay. Some protest movements are no more than meeting places for people who want to find a reason to make friends.

I moved home a lot simply because I was bored when I was young.

Do our protests really achieve anything spectacular or do they just get us out of the house and help us make friends.

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Governments can come up with new viruses each year, so carefully examine what strategy to use next for making friends.

 

 

 

 

Virus kills democracy

The Washington Post reports that Hungarian populist Orban has stopped democracy and replaced it with unlimited powers. Whilst Boris Johnson had no problems proroging parliament early, due to the virus, this time around. I think Johnson’s emergency powers stretch to two years.

Yet, under political arguments alone Boris Johnson could not prorogue parliament in favour of Brexit. Yet a virus, that prominently attacks elderly rich people, can cause democracy to die in a week.

I am sure it would have been possible to keep parliament open on a limited access routine. Parties could have agreed rotas to reduce the numbers of MPs attending at any day and sit apart, within the 2-metre rule.

Why does parliament shut down at all for Easter, Christmas and summer. There is no need to shut down parliament. The government is perfectly able to collect information from people for the purpose of completing the Census and local councils can allow people to up-date their voting register online securely. Such systems are very similar and can be used for MPs to cast their votes.

Debates can be streamed by using a central screen, which can even be televised.

Where there is a will, there is a way.

TV ads instead of demos

Whilst Extinction Rebellion are trying to sell us their story, they do so by stopping traffic, apologetic, no less, they cause a disturbance.

They say, they need to do this, to make us aware of the climate agenda.

But, what about taking out a TV ad instead. You cannot reach more people than with a TV ad. XR got lots of money, they have extremely rich sponsors, so TV ads, should be affordable for them.

And as it is such a good cause, ITV or other commercial channels may even chip in and half the price?

Apparently the Chief Medical officer, constantly appears in between our favourite program to remind us of corona Virus dangers, he wouldn’t dream stopping traffic to remind a few drivers of the dangers.

Obviously XR want to use the issue to radicalise ‘rebel’s, teach them how to interrupt and feel good about it. They use and abuse us to train political resistance.

trees as weapons

trees can be a force for good or for bad

As a good force they capture carbon and keep it in the wood they produce. For that to happen a tree has to be 20 – 30 years old and not be allowed to rot be destroyed otherwise.

A bad side-effect of trees can be that they can destroy buildings either with their roots (subsidance) or branches if they are too near to buildings.

Remember Zac Goldsmith, former Tory Mayoral candidate, he wanted to tear down council estates and replace them with newer private buildings.

The government has now promised to plant thousands of new trees and people have to watch out that they do not use them to destroy existing council homes.

On our estate, Tower Hamlets Homes has planted two large tree species, Silver Birches, which reach a height of about 15 meters and get huge crowns, very near 2 council houses, in fact within 3 meters of the building. Tree saplings are allowed to sprout along the whole length of the building. Those trees should be planted 10 meters away from a building.

Not only will these trees take away all light from residents, they will also destroy the guttering and external decorations of the buildings and their roots will cause subsidence as our summers get dryer each year.

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We are not supposed to accept trees just because there is a hysteria about earth warming and a climate emergency. We do not want our homes to look like that do we? Down the line our culture can disappear under trees. Good for the planet though.

Council estate residents have to be alert to the fact that some councils may plant trees to near to council buildings to destroy them, so they have an excuse to tear them down. If you have residents associations who are tree huggers mainly you cannot rely on them to do something about it.

Our homes are the priority. We do need trees to support us, we need to plant them in appropriate locations.

 

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