Job-share in biblical times

Very interesting that Al finally solved the Dead Sea Scroll mystery. Al concluded that two different people worked on the same piece. So they worked in shifts and shared the job.

Very time-efficient.

But, dated third century BC, unfortunately the content of the scrolls, did not magically transform into modern technological advances.

Hence the bible being a bit of a riddle for many young people today.

walking past the cake shelf

Of course those high-energy users like for example Amazon Prime delivery guys or builders etc., they need plenty of calories but myself, sitting in front of the screen a lot of hours, I really need to keep those cakes out of my shopping basket.

My concerns for Christmas are centred around getting enough fresh vegetables, salads and fruit. Having a nice and cosy home over the long winter break.

I won’t even bake a Christmas cake this year. Those cakes just give me an excuse to gorge myself on unnecessary carbs.

Whilst shopping I noticed some vitamins seems to be out of stock, especially cheap Vitamin D.

It is not easy to escape the constant dribble of having to buy gifts for Christmas. I remember the times when government was busy telling us to save our money, now we are being urged to spend it, to keep business going.

Fine, me buying stuff keeps someone else in employment but then, I also don’t need anything right now. Business will always try to find ways to make me want to buy something.

But if society was built on need to do rather than need to make a profit, we would change our ways of making things.

We spent a lot of money getting ready for school, buying tech to assist learning, paying for communications services is a very important part of spending the limited budget we have.

I think people shouldn’t fall into that trap, which tells them to buy a gift or be a dork. If you don’t have money, don’t buy a gift.

All cultures and religions have times when giving gifts is part of the celebratory regime. But in fact the life-cycle demands us to spend our money sensibly on choices, which further education, career and job prospects instead.

Advertisements are made for the few people who have lots of money because the many who have little money can’t possibly spend as much as they are expected to.

Joan ‘arc a mitigation disaster

After watching the Joan d’Arc film, my mind went into overdrive, analysing the situation from my point of view.

Joan d’Arc was clearly a forerunner for women’s lib and the freedom of women to behave in a non-sexist manner. Interestingly the British defend that right to the hilt.

At the time when France was under British rule, during the 100 year’s war, Britain tried to calm the situation by bribing the French King and I suppose also the Catholic leaders of the area in particular Pierre Cauchon in 1431.

Perhaps also the Catholic Cauchon tried to consolidate their situation and unite all present, French and British alike under Catholic faith, by sentencing Joan d’Arc to death and burning her as witch; The classic punishment of the day. This simplistic public entertainment didn’t impress all.

How wrong could the the Catholic church be as not long after the British denounced the Catholic religion completely and gotten rid of it in 1536 under Henry VIII

The Pope realised that mistake in 1456.

As an act of preserving Catholic supremacy over the situation after all, Joan d’Arc was canonised in 1920. During the French revolution previously the French beheaded English aristocrates, as a sort of delayed reaction.

compulsive control disorder

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They should introduce a new classification of mental conditions, the Compulsive Control Disorder. That is the best way to describe how people use media to control others or enjoy being controlled by others by the same means.

Seeing how much time people spend on processing information and on the phone or social media, it has to be concluded that this time results in mind control over the people involved.

Every hour I spend watching the TV, the more time do I let others control how to think.

A simple example is the latest advertising about going on holidays again after the lock-down. They are selling this to us as having the freedom to go on holiday.

Yet, if you look at the basic structure of a holiday, it seems you spend a lot of money on 2 weeks. Some people get into debt just to go on that holiday.

I would find it much more distressing that I spend money on 2 weeks of sitting around elsewhere and calculating the cost of this rather than not going on holiday and paying off my debts instead and spending 2 weeks in my local park on a bench.

How many hours do young people spend on the phone just talking to each other. In fact, they control each other. Each person involved in that conversation is not able to spend the time constructively like learning for better grades or doing some research how to better their live.

You could say but they are building relationships. But do teenagers really need to build relationships? It would only be beneficial if that relationship actually leads to definite improvements and not just emotional exploitation over one another.

Christmas is something, we are all exposed to. The advertising is so strong that almost everybody gets drawn into this. But, the only people laughing at Christmas are those who make a lot of money from it and can relax counting their cash.

A lot of people are unable to do something for themselves and are not even able to understand their emotions. Personal insecurity leads people to wanting control from somebody. Is that why so many break the law, knowing they end up in a prison?

Religions are a great example. Somebody has the idea to invent a super-national being. We can easily transfer all our own emotions into dedication towards that illusion. This concept has existed since people can communicate, super-natural Gods have been around for as long as humanity exists.

People’s thinking, habits, emotions, are channelled into controlled events, so that people can be better controlled.

Of course our very nature dictates ability and requirements. But always remember humans are not sheep.

 

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.

Lutheran tactics

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Picture taken from Extinction Rebellion Facebook page. This publication does not mean that I support this activity.

When Martin Luther nailed his thesis’ on the door of the Gutenberg Church in 1517, it meant a revolution was about to start in the church. The posters reading ‘Closed for Good’ plastered by Extinction Rebellion on businesses doors are not so different. This relationship in methods is probably one reason to the fact that our local Church of England Pastor strongly supports Extinction Rebellion and makes his church available to them for meetings and helps to disrupt local traffic at the nearby junction.

One of the XR hashtags also is very similar that John McDonnell wrote Another World is possible, a Manifesto for the 21st. Century.

No wonder the Labour Party has made a pact with Extinction Rebellion to turn over the power politically.

I am wondering whether this is approriate to associate Climate change with political direction.

Climate Change action is used as political pressure point.

Obviously the current Lockdown measures have significantly reduced carbon emissions around the world and especially in London, so how appropriate is that activity.

Considering that production methods are a matter of scientific research, and results of implementation, it seems trivial to hang a protest movement on this.

The negativity of Extinction Rebellion is outweighing all the positive impacts they could have. Show me how much leeway there is being made to implement new production methods, heating methods to change our central heating systems from using gas to different sources of heat, would be much more beneficial to us.

I could not see Labour opposing classic producton methods for the sake of the environment in the past. In Fact Labour always supported everything as long as jobs were saved.

 

turning up noses at poor white children

I have to put the distinction of colour into this post as traditionally Christian children were white and that explains the term of working class and under-achieving white boys.

Perhaps the latest round of austerity helped to increase that problem with under-funding of schools and policies that drive poor people out of cities; that led to an emptying of working class families from Tower Hamlets.

Whilst at the same time there is an influx of immigrants from coloured back-grounds, which are mainly of the Muslim religion, the problems encountered through that, make a Church of England Secondary school in Tower Hamlets the victim of council cuts in education provision.

Whilst Raine’s accepts pupils from all backgrounds, religions and creeds, many pull up their nose on the C.o.E. school and prefer to achieve in the newer, less historic schools of the borough.

If we add into that equation, the deep hate against the monarchy, a weak Church of England school seems the perfect victim to cull that extra bit of establishment in the borough.

Fair enough, you don’t like the monarchy, but why let it out on vulnerable children?

Whilst councillors vehemently deny this and sway popular argument against the school, the governor minutes from Raine’s Foundation school show clearly that at one point, they had almost the whole swathe of pupils under child protection in the school.

Repeatedly the councillors try to deny that the proportion of pupils on child protection could not have been as high as stated, yet the minutes of the governors board dated 21. September 2017 clearly states that the cases of children with short-term child protection issues had gone up to 32% and that 210 children had CP issues. A fact firmly denied by Councillor Hassell.

Tower Hamlets council says the achievements of the school are not high enough, yet the school followed the legacy of their founder, Henry Raine’s, to educate the poor of the borough. Whilst a lot of schools just expel and put out of the way into special provision and often into the hands of criminal gangs, Raine’s actually educated those kids.

What Tower Hamlets wants to see is excellence in education – that is a good aim – and get rid of those nasty pockets of under-achievement. Moving families out of the borough is one way of achieving this; yet it is just a momentary whitewash.

But Christine McInnes’ attempt to appear to have ulturistic concerns for education in the borough is politically tainted.

It would be cheaper in monetary terms, for tax payers, to save the school. Already £17 Million have been poured into the new and refurbished buildings and it would be more than feasable to reduce the intake of other schools and channel pupils to Raine’s rather than close Raine’s and throw the pupils and staff into the wind.

Raine’s Sixth form is superior compared to Oaklands, yet Tower Hamlets sent Raine’s Sixth formers into Oaklands, who cannot continue their chosen curriculum. It is clearly discriminating what is happening here.

Clearly the school has educated many children well enough to send them to university. Yet councillors simply never mentioned the positive achievements of the school.

It appears they hate the monarchy so much that they want to show-case a Church of England school as sheer failure to have a good reason to dimish the hated part of the monarchy, that comes in the shape of the Church of England and victimise a school full of followers.

You may believe in God or not, you may like the monarchy or not, but why let it out on a bunch of children. The school has provided an immeasurable amount of support to the poor of the borough and prevented a lot of kids falling into the wrong hands and did a lot of good.

It would have been fair if Christine McInnes and Councillor Hassell at least would have found the charity to mention the many kids who went onto A-levels and university but they could not bring themselves to do so. Shame on them.

Obviously the school had building work going on for about two years. An extra building was added whilst the old part was re-furbished. In that time, the intake had to be reduced. Yet the council takes this intake reduction as a reason to declare that the school is no longer popular and parents do not want the school.

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Raine’s school is located at the most northern part you can see on this map. Away from the underground network, in a green and leafy area near Victoria Park

The north of the borough is a bit of waste-land with little service provision. Our local schools are just about the only services available here. The area is near Victoria Park.

The council now has increased admissions for Oaklands on 26. Feb 2020, the only other near school, by 60, before even the last appeal procedure against the closure of Raine’s has completed, deadline was 28. Feb 2020.

They just added one word proposed closure, whilst the closure process was started 2 years agao already. The council wants to force the poor white children out of their comfort zone and force them to mix with the newer immigrants in the setting they prefer rather than the other way around.

You can see the new borders of admission preference areas this council has created to parcel local pupils and bunch them into certain schools into areas, that have been drawn up for reasons unknown. Look at the area borders and you wonder what’s wrong with this council.

As you can see from the map, north-east is nothing but park, the area borders onto Hackney and Tower Hamlets council expects local Hackney schools to accept some over-spill from the closure of Raine’s because it can’t afford to keep the school open. Yet the council is well able to keep on running the annual fireworks display, free of charge, in Victoria Park, which is mainly visited by Hackney residents, usually a total of 75.000 spectators. Not even the Mayor of London puts on free fireworks on New Year’s eve any longer, they charge for those now, and ticket the event. Yet the Mayor of Tower Hamlets feels fit to put on free fireworks displays but shuts down schools to save money.

Council gifts Church of England £18 Million

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the brand-new building of Raine’s Foundation school

As the Raine’s Foundation saga now nears it’s bitter-sweet end, it emerged last night that in fact the winner is the Church of England and one of it’s charities, the Raine’s Foundation Trust.

Apparently Tower Hamlets Council has invested £17 Million Pounds into the new building in Approach Road and into the Lower Building in Old Bethnal Green Road.

I gotten this information solely from watching last night’s call-in meeting, screened via a life-stream from the Tower Hamlets Council chamber. As a Steering Group Committee member I am on a confidentiality clause and I am not allowed to discuss what is said in Steering Group meetings.

Yet yesterday’s council meeting, mentioned in my previous post, says everything we need to know. Not only invested the council £17 Million into buildings, owned by the Church of England, they also put up £1Million to fund the education of pupils in an under-used school, which is to close.

Fancy that the school needs to close because they have no money to repay the funds lost through the failure of raising an incomee from the government because of the low pupil numbers.

Apparently the council was unable to strike a contract to say that they have a claim on the estate. No, it’s a gift to the Raine’s Foundation mainly, who can take the building and walk away with it.

So whose losing out? Perhaps the local parents and pupils who love their local school and who have been thrown out of it by the use of clever arguments, saying, the performance isn’t good enough, the pupil numbers aren’t high enough but the buildings stand and are ready to use.

That’s very clever of those who made a packet out of this one. Apparently school’s finance is not closely monitored in line with regulation each year.

Needless to say the Council meeting last night refused to allow the call-in and so the Mayor of Tower Hamlets won’t be looking at the closure order again.

Interestingly one of Christine McInness’s favourite arguments all along is that pupils usually do one grade better if they do something else. So, if you go to Raine’s you get one grade lower, if you get a job you get one grade lower too. She says all the teachers at Raine’s are not doing well and that meeting last night, totally trashed the governors of the school as incompetent.

But who is really incompetent here?

She also said that 95% of pupils in Tower Hamlets go to Excellent or above average schools. The government statistics show that in Tower Hamlets the truth is very different.

Out of 19 Secondary schools 11 – 16 years provision there are

  • well above average 4 schools
  • above average 5 schools
  • average 4 schools
  • below average 4 schools
  • worst and not improving 1 schools
  • well below average 1 school

Raine’s is on position 17 in this list. The number 17 however, seems the lucky number as the council invested £17 Million into the buildings of the school with nothing to show for it.

But whilst the new government now refuses entry visas to low-skilled workers, whose going to educate those who will be doing the fruit picking and toilet cleaning in future? Those will hardly be entering the UK in the back of lorries. If we are to supply labour ourselves, do they really need the highest grades in all schools for all pupils anyway? Has Britain entered a downward spiral?

Keep out of religion

Having been raised next to a Catholic Cathedral but as a Lutheran Protestant, I never found my peace with God. I don’t believe that there is a God.

Even at my Confirmation, aged 14, I thought the vicar didn’t like me and I didn’t fit in.

Unfortunately the media is full with quite a lot of negativity about religion too. Stories of exorcisms going wrong, mothers with children being killed. Most recent case in Panama, but there was also a similar story in Ireland . Religion plays an important part in both cases.

Living here in East London without much money and raising children, I felt compelled to use the church schools. But they force parents to attend masses and participate in religious rites, which are always connected to various money collections, no matter how poor you are.

I also heard (non proven rumour) that a Catholic school allowed an expelled pupil to stay on when the parent agreed to pay £200 bribe money to keep the child in school, I felt betrayed. Betrayed for all those poor people who could not afford to pay that much and whose children were forced to drop out of mainstream school. This offends my sense of equality, fairness and justice.

I never felt really part of the church community unless I paid money to someone.

Whilst I don’t oppose churches providing education, I am opposing the obligation of parents to attend their church services in return. After all the education is paid for by the state and only a small amount of voluntary contribution is required by parents, which should not be connected to church attendance.

I thoroughly reject the idea that exorcism is a valid form of treating anybody and I am very uneasy about this.

If you have a choice, stay away from church communities. Only take part if you have no other choice. Never agree voluntarily that you need exorcism, it makes you more vulnerable.

I would go so far as to say that I would not stay in any kind of relationship that involves me receiving any type of injury, accidental or not.

 

The conscience of a nation

Justin Welby brings sense and sensibility into this country at Christmas when he voices his concerns about the direction the country is travelling in:

  • the increase in homelessness
  • the domestic debt increase and inability to pay back
  • increase in food bank use

Why do we need a man of God to tell us that we are becoming less and less human?

It is probably the fault of our economic system and how we administer success. Paying for services rendered but showing little respect for people’s need of abode, nourishment and social needs.

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We have become a solely profit oriented society and the recent votes towards the political party, which masters profiteering has been given the largest majority to give us more of that.

Our laws should need to change, it should become illegal to tolerate homelessness and poverty.

Every council should have an absolute duty to house every individual in their area and business should have to pay a homeless levy.

It really doesn’t help that profit making is the ultimate goal of our society and indiviudals within it.

Less people concentrate more of the pool of money in circulation and the ever increasing poor rely on the charity of those having accumulated all the cash.

We do not need God to help us, we need to help ourselves and cynically it is a man of God who has to remind us of our worldly duties.

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