Bunking off school – a bad idea

greta-mud

Picture from Greta Thunberg’s rally, picture from BBC. People demanded that the organisers pay for the damage to the greenery. 

I could mobilise, on any given day, hundreds of pupils who want to bunk off school for a cause. It’s not 15-year olds who drive or developed the cars, which ruin our environment but 15-year olds with good GCSE results  are our best chance of getting young people qualified to develop the new technology needed to change our environment for the better.

Missleading young people that standing in a field of mud, risking their safety and not going to school, is not doing us any favours. Yet, there are the Human Rights advocates who strongly encourage anybody to take up their right to demonstrate.

Demonstrating is about as easy as eating a donut. Eating too many donuts makes you fat and doing too many demos, makes you docile.

Why did Bristol allow this demonstration to happen?

Kids you are not improving our world by not learning.

It’s very disappointing that the BBC news only show people in favour of the demos and do not also show people who voice against. It’s not neutral the reporting.

Really bad the comments of a member of the teachers union, saying that children need to bunk off school and strike to get more confident. What a lot of nonsense. They need to get confidence through learning not by standing in a sea of mud.

paying for use of email address

As a webmaster, I directly hire web space URL hosting space from hosting providers. For the general population, when you use BT services they give you email addresses you can use and when you leave you can keep your old email address for free or for paying a price.

BT would allow you 10 email addresses others have various rules. Sky and Virgin also give you bundles of email addresses, which you can create yourself and use.

My webspace providers wants to charge me over £12.25 per year for the use of one email address name over a period of 10 years. That costs a whopping £122.

Amazing prices. Yet, is it not in the best interest of service providers to let you keep your email address as the more they change the harder it is to trace communications.

Talking of continuation. It is very worrying that there are discussions to dismantle the BBC as on their website, there is a wealth of information and getting rid of the BBC would also stop those web pages being published. Those web pages are like an online library of history.

Every website that links to those web pages will have dead ends. Not very good.

Steady communications, including email addresses are very important for our security. Constantly changing media will make it impossible to trace. Just look how criminal gangs use burner phones. They only switch on when in use, then get disbanded. If we get the same thing with emails, life will be much more unsafe for us.

 

LBTH council budget 2020

Looking at the latest budget discussions published by Tower Hamlets Council, it seems to cause offense that the council wants to raise council tax by 3.99%, citing among other an ever tightening belt and less funds.

So, I look at the docs, which are published in that respect and I find it impossible to get a reference stating why the council put £17 Million into building and improving Raine’s Foundation buildings and how the tax payers of this borough actually benefit from that.

It seems easier to get a building improved for free and then close the school rather than continue education there. Is that a logal loophole that has been exploited?

I have asked my local MP Rushanara Ali and Councillor Danny Hassell for comment, which I shall share as soon as received.

Anyhow I am looking at a document called budget amendments pack and it contains some interesting facts and figures.

There are two main motions

  1. From the Conservative group
  2. From Lib Dems

Obviously the wasted £18 Million in total on Raine’s Foundation expenses and the additional cost of building a brand new school in Shadwell makes up a considerable amount of expenses. Yet, I can’t see any direct reference in the large amount of documents published.

Perhaps it would be easier to actually have a fully transparent easy to read list of documents.

So The Conservative group propose and end to a loss of reserves through inflation by investing the money.

I agree that purchasing solar wind farms would be a great idea but can’t see where they actually could be built in Tower Hamlets. There are however different proposals on environmentally friendly heating by using ground heat.

Purchasing cheap for rent flats for key workers in the borough is a great idea but that would mean that all those who change jobs and stop working for services in the borough would have to move out and that creates a whole new lot of problems.

I agree that a publicly owned charging system for electric vehicles is very good, yet the main point of problem is that the electricity itself needs to be green electricty.

Again the Conserverative group complains about how often the name of Mayor Biggs and John Biggs is mentioned in the now 1/4 publication of East End Life and ending this publication would mean a mere saving of £864 k per annum. A small sum compared to the £18 Million that has been gifted to the Church of England and the Raine’s Foundation.

Of course the ‘hail our leader’ philosophy is nothing new. In Iraq for example there were big billboards with Saddam Hussein everywhere.

But mentioning a person by name repeatedly does nothing to disperse with policies, which are damaging.

Anyhow social media has run away with election campaigns, false news and plastering us with news about some politicians endlessly for years now.

It is concerning that the East End Life budget is higher than the spending on CCTV in the borough, but that does not necessarily mean that we need to get rid of East End Life.

What is however concerning is that quite a lot of money is put into mother tongue language classes and that money should be used instead for ESOL classes to help the 27% of adults in the borough who do not speak English.

Anyhow, I highly recommend that people spend time and do the number crunching. Today’s media is full of glam gossip, we need more reality publications.

 

The Buddhist connection

Just had a big argument and discussion with the former chair of our local Residents Association, she is a regular worker with the London Buddhist Centre, when I just came across this article, showing that the new Attorney General is also a Buddhist who visits the London Buddhist Centre regularly.

Question of sexual exploitation arise in every religion, more or less. Yet the point of reducing democratic processes is more concerning.

The article in the Guardian mentions the threat to a reduction in Human Rights.

My little taster of this is that our local Buddhist committee member of our local residents association simply blackmailed me and said that either I reduce access to booking facilities to our local community centre for local residents or I could not be an officer of the Association. Whilst I am a fully qualified and highly experienced secretary, I was unable to become secretary of our local residents association who rather rent the community centre out to Extinction Rebellion rather than allow local mothers to have baby showers there. In fact that was a minuted and fully supported notion by the whole committee.

Of course I do not want to participate in such an organisation. Our local community centre is owned by Tower Hamlets Homes, a Labour council run social landlord, who are held to ransom by people who want to put a completely new slant on the term community centre.

 

 

Oh BBC

Massive changes to the BBC set-up are pronounced and led by John Whittingdale, the culture secretary.

Working for BBC radio as production secretary was my first job in Britain. It was hugely under-paid, as women usually were in those days and I could not live on my earnings.

But, I worked at Bush House and Bush House hosted the World Service radio stations, which also included a German Service, now dissolved.

I read through this article citing reasons to curtail the BBC but if anything, I think the BBC indirectly helped the Conservatives win the election because they made so much negative propaganda about them, that the constant mentions attracted more people to vote for them than not.

Obviously the BBC broadcasts did not stop the Conservatives from winning the elections with a landslide. Programs like Daily Politics, a discussion forum at lunchtime invited two right-wing bloggers on a regular basis, people like Iain Dale and Guido Fawkes.

I do agree that the world service should be the main focus of the BBC, to broadcast about cultural matters and political freedom. That was always the main cause of the BBC.

The programs shown now are cheap productions, which are educational but for example the re-make of the Pale Horse in two instalments is unneccsary. Constant antique sales are on throughout the day.

We are now forced to subscribe to TV channels just to get a fairly balanced viewing experience. I could not manage on the BBC alone.

And its because the cost of TV viewing is pushed up by the subscription services, the BBC license fee seems more expensive now. We now have to pay for SKY, Amazon TV, Netflix, Disney and other channels. The BBC fee is just on top of that.

It’s just another expression of ridding the nation of government run services. Another privatisation.

But what free viewing will be made available for pensioners once the BBC license fee has been dismantled? So the whole discussion about the BBC being responsible for free licenses to pensioners was a waste of time?

What this dilemma also shows is that if a government has the power to dismantle services without an independent scrutiny available to object, we are forced into ‘say as you are told or close’ situation. It’s an assault on democratic principles.

Whilst Victoria Derbyshire is already closing and the BBC says, she will be deployed across other programs, how feasable is that when the whole license fee will be scrapped?

Will we be able to see any critial programs that deal with shoddy services, faulty legislation and general problems people have?

I’ve never earned much money from the BBC but found it really important that people gotten an outlet to voice their concerns and that the publishing power of the BBC actually made service providers scrutinise and force changes on care homes for example.

What’s also worrying is that changes to the BBC website will mean that probably many documentaries will no longer be life to view on the website.

BBC Actionline also provides an important social service though it could be argued that such a service could well be run via the NHS online services as it is a public health service.

 

 

Baftas celebrate the world

Only watched the replay of the Baftas this morning because last night I watched Vera, another non white male production with a very sensible and down to earth and not even slim woman in the lead role.

Baftas was great and the Parasite winner didn’t even speak English for the acceptance speech. Hopefully all those speak English racists who post notes in Tower Blocks learn from that.

I also loved it that Robert De Niro said: “There is no such thing as confidence, you feel good and hope for the best”. Doing well or not doing well is in the eyes of the beholder.

Victoria = Boris’s first victim

Is it incidential that the Victoria Derbyshire program gets shut as soon as the Conservatives have gained an enormous majority?

Victoria Derbyshire was the only program that gave detailed insights into grassroots problems.

It took a TV disclosure that Barnet council realised how bad housing conditions in one of their blocks was. Now they suddenly want to re-house residents in the block.

Victoria Derbyshire is important reality TV and compared to Call the Midwife, show cases actual events with poor people suffering from policies and managerial problems.

I have stopped watching ‘Call the Midwife’, which seems to show caring nuns. I never came across caring nuns in my lifetime. Perhaps that program is supposed to be attractive to foreign viewers who have no healthcare whatsoever.

Back to housing. I appreciate that in Tower Hamlets, the council and housing providers make much more efforts to keep residents in good stead. Of course Barnet, a Conservative led council shows less concern.

Find it though slightly concerning that the method of public housing admin has similar models in Barnet and in Tower Hamlets.

Barnet has Barnet Homes and Tower Hamlets has Tower Hamlets Homes. Councillors in Tower Hamlets opposed the elongation of the Tower Hamlets Homes housing contract, they wanted housing to get back in-house with the council.

 

The cookie saturation

Just mentioned on a blog a couple of days ago that I am currently suffering from Plantar Fasciitis and promptly today, whilst I play a game online, during the advertising break, I get an ad stating that there is an ideal gadget to help me in the mornings. If I only buy this item and put it on in the mornings, my foot problems, due to Plantar Fasciitis, will be much better.

Of course that is a result of cookies and algorithms re-calling matching ads, fed into some database by companies seeking customers, that then are played during my games to me to make me buy this item.

Of course that principle of making people use free market economy solutions would work if people had unlimited amounts of money to buy what somebody produces somewhere and then get it shipped to them.

Would we really still need doctors, a National Health that prescribes established medications to those wanting certified solutions rather than promoted ones?

When I search anything into a search engine, promptly following on from that for several days, I will get inundated with ads about articles relating to that search.

It’s just like that once an interest is shown that then gets thrown back into our faces again and again with the hope that we spend money on that item.

If we would have no other option than to buy what is being offered to us in case of a need, then we would probably end up getting back to woodoo or witch-craft solutions rather than optimised nationally approved medicines.

Where is the quality control and who checks what type of products get advertised to us? Those freedom of market economy gurus would be able to set the standards if they are the only ones having the power to provide solutions.

Probably Human Rights standards is the only mechanism that saves us from those wanting to sell us anything that goes without making sure we have enough money to buy the stuff.

At dawn with pistols

This morning’s interview conducted by Joanna Gosling on the Victoria Derbyshire program was a jewel.

Boris Johnson’s father was invited to talk about why Boris didn’t attend the Channel 4 leader’s debate, and avoids the Andrew Neil program.

Accusations were made that Boris is frightened and that he tries to avoid being interviewed.

Boris Johnson’s father said at one point, that it is no way to speak, people used to say: “See you in the morning with pistols”. Whereby Joanna Gosling replied it is 2019. Ha, ha, ha.

A viewer then asked which politicians these days ask their dad to get the coals out of the fire and speak for them.

I put a better transcript later.

But having watched a film about censorship in China yesterday, it seems quite disturbing that Boris Johnson’s father finds it amazing that people are allowed to call the Prime Minister a liar and that the Conservative Party threaten to withdraw the license of Channel 4, underlyingly.

private schools used to traffic girls

It’s a no-brainer, the more deregulated schooling gets, the more scope is there to use them to misappropriate children.

Today, ‘The Times’ newspaper reports how private school visas are used to bring Vietnamese girls into the country, they get the first term paid and the schools then pay for the Visa and then the girls disappear. Some as young as 15 years old. They end up in mailbars, cannabis farms and brothels. Read the story here.

Obviously taking education away from the councils makes it easier to abuse the system.

We do have lots of girls in Britain already, we do not need to import them from Vietnam. We do not need cannabis farms, we do not need brothels and we have too many nailbars already.

I do not use nailbairs. Why do we need so many nailbars anyhow? It has become an obsession to do nails for women. That is sexist to say the least. I have come across an official in the swimming fraternity who said that women swimmers need their nails polished so that it is easier to see the finishing touch. What about the males? It is absolutely dreadful that girls these days are put under so much pressure to have their nails done and then Vietnamese girls are smuggled into the country to do them. It’s a bit of a doubly whammy for females itsn’t it?

Woman should be careful to avoid fashions, which restrict their freedom of movements, e.g.

  • high heels restrict ability to walk and cause health deformity of feet and legs, hips
  • nails, don’t allow cooking, crafts, hobbies.

 

 

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