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.

 

 

Don’t support traffic stopping demos

We all want to do something sensible about earth warming and stop global carbon emissions. Yet the traffic stopping demonstrations that Extinction Rebellions lays on, do exactly the opposite from what we are trying to achieve.

Those demos stop traffic and make cars spew out more exhaust fumes as they otherwise would.

Research has totally unquestionably proven that flowing traffic causes less damage to our air than standing traffic does.

A recent survey carried out in Milton Keynes for example shows that cities with roundabouts create less emission than those without. We can follow on that stopping traffic at classic junctions cause the problem.

“The Milton Keynes roundabouts do two things – they reduce stop-start driving which reduces production of pollution, and they make space to help the pollution dilute and mix away,” said Prof Mackenzie. “The biggest effect green spaces have on air pollution in urban areas is to provide space for that pollution to disperse.”

Whilst many support Great Thunberg and Save Our Planet initiatives, we should not support the show-stopping demonstrations of Extinction Rebellion, which ruin our air quality. We do not stop earth warming by making traffic even more dangerous than it already is.

Avoid the demo in Bethnal Green on 22. February as it will create enormous traffic tail backs as we get a lot of through traffic from the West End to the M25 and all going East and North street traffic.

Cynically the demo in Tower Hamlets is going to be called ‘Enough is enough’. We should tell Extinction Rebellion that their ancient methods do not help develop a better society, they just make our air dirtier than it already is.

 

 

Honest decisions

I respect former Chancellor Sajid Javid’s decision to stand up to the government after all. One sees he is a grassroots politician because he can’t forfeit his advisors who helped him all along. He can’t discard them for a new team, appointed from above, just prior to the delivery of his first budget.

Character is also shown by the former Tower Hamlets, Conservative Councillor Andrew Wood, who stood down, a day after he had been refused – again – a potential parliamentary candidacy spot from his party. Being the only one of two opposition team councillors, together with councillor Peter Gold, Councillor Wood was tending to help against the closure of Raine’s Foundation school. Yet, the very rules his own government introduced made opposition to the Labour Council’s decision impossible.

Perhaps the more rules, the Tories’ introduce, which turn out to work against historic principles, – in this case a Church of England school having to close in an increasingly Islamic council – the more their own grassroots representatives feel unable to actually oppose Labour decision-making, especially if those decisions are strictly following government rules.

The results of the Big Society is markedly visibly also on our own housing estate, where the local community centre becomes less and less available to local residents for family occasions on Saturday afternoons but stays open for Extinction Rebellion to cook up disruptions to London’s daily life.

Community Centres need to be for the community but if the community has no ability to actually run the centre, the availability becomes solely available for those who have the money to pay and don’t need close supervision. Of course Extinction Rebellion, sponsored by Billionnaires has plenty of money to rent local community centres, whether they are on the Police dodgy list or not.

I think local residents should be consulted on whether they will support that their community centres are used by radical groups or not.

I have decided to be cautious and no longer promote the decisions of the local Residents Association, who are very partial to Extinction Rebellion. Though they are all home owners, it’s not the poor local tenants who help those causes.

I’ve run a local website to promote Neighbourhood Watch and community safety but perhaps the close association with Extinction Rebellion has promted my local Residents Association to ask me to ensure that I do not represent them on my website.

We all have to be able to do as we see fit and act in our own and the best interest of those around us.

Funnily enough, Tower Hamlets have just announced a demonstration around Bethnal Green Station for the 22. February, which will bring all traffic to a standstill. Our council will be pleased that they were able to prepare that activity in one of their local Community Centres here in Tower Hamlets.

 

Pale horse

white coated horse running

Photo by Helena Lopes on Pexels.com

I’ve now watched two different versions of the Pale Horse, a novel by Agatha Christie, my favourite author.

I enjoyed the Miss Marple version more and though old-fashioned, it made it clear and easier to understand how the criminal organisation worked.

Quite fascinating that a criminal organised a gang of helpers who went around the homes of potential victims to find out what their habits were and what potions they used daily.

Then the criminal broke into the home of the victim, exchanged their favourite potion with a similar item but the contents now containing Thalium or rat poison so that the victim died from poisening, which was very hard to detect.

Doesn’t that make one paranoid not to disclose such information to strangers?

Ofcom to regulate harmful content

How could I ever forget that I spent 3 years as a litigant in person at the High Court in London – and part of it in relation to an infringement of my publication rights also at the commercial court-.

The whole aim of my efforts was to help reduce harmful content and to keep publishers to sensible limits on how to report things to do especially with terrorism.

Remember at the time a Labour Party member put pictures of the blazing machine gun logo of Baader-Meinhof on a website to report about ancient history.

It should be made illegal to use the logos of outlawed terrorist organisations to report about something, just as it is illegal to use certain Nazi salutes and phrases.

Using the logo of a terrorist organisation to report about something actually brings the organisation back to life and promotes that organisation. I fought against that, and though I lost, I now feel that the government has finally woken up to the manner of publication as well as to the content.

Actually I think libel laws are not fit for purpose as they allow the use of harmful pictorial material without making it illegal to do so. That is why I formally lost my case but now the purpose I pursued is finally winning.

Ofcom will now be given power to regulate harmful content. Hopefully they will also realise that school children and local communities are sometimes receptive to the promotion of unlaw aims by the use of pictures and logos that are associated with terrorists.

Falling snow

Watching all films in the Snowfall series and it is a stark reminder how the drug trade is propelled by a US CIA agent who sanctions the import of cocain from Columbia via Mexico in order to make money because he wants to fund the Contras in Nicaragua.

Once local US families established a viable drug trade the US government agents allowed the trade to expand and little was done to stop and/or prosecute the drug dealers.

This destroyed a lot of lives and communities.

A local cop, who genuinly tries to fight the local drug dealers gets suspended because a lot of pressure is on the police to turn a blind eye.

Once in the drug trade it is almost impossible to get out of it. Governments who allow drug trade to go on, only allow as much as they want and then the people doing it, get treated as criminals; risking being killed by other criminals or sentenced for very long in a jail. If it is found out they became informers then the treatment from other criminals gets very brutal.

The only message those films give is to never get involved in any type of drug trade.

  • do not take drugs
  • do not deal drugs
  • do not tolerate drug dealing

The CIA agent actually sanctions the killing of other agents to fulfil his dream to make buy weapoons for Nicaraguan Contra rebels.

Unfortunately us little people have not enough influence on what’s happening in all these secret channels of governments. They are not accountable enough.

The CIA agent promises his colleague that in the end all drug dealers and networks will be stopped, once he made enough money to help the Nicaraguan Contras. The woman agent who fell for that, got killed by a drug lord and dissolved in acid in the ground, witnessed by a government agent. 

These are very gruesome ongoings and should deter anybody who thinks about it to ever get involved in drug dealing. Watch the whole thing in succession to understand what is going on in the films.

On the local level, even today, in real life, many people wonder and complain that not enough is done to stop drug dealing on our streets. We need to make sure that the police stop the criminals and do not turn any blind eyes.

I love detective stories

When I watch detective stories on TV, the detectives always find the perpetrator and they don’t stop before they do.

But, when I just watched the Malcolm X films on Netflix, I am starting to understand why there are Conspiracy Theories in existence. They mainly exist in the US. The evidence presented by the program showed that Malcolm X, a Muslim, had a thought for the exploitation of women and I think that angered many men.

Detective stories are only as good as the detectives put effort into it and when a state service doesn’t do everything to find the truth, then the truth loses out. We all do. The film shows a lot of evidence.

A lot of my life the belief that we can still trust in our legal agencies and that they will ensure we get the truth was always one of my biggest motivators in life. But to see that the FBI suppressed evidence, so that the wrong person gotten convicted of the murder is unforgivable and puts the whole law enforcement into doubt. If you can’t trust them, whom can you trust. It should be unlawful that law enforcement can withhold evidence, which leads to wrong convictions.

I have gotten plenty of time whilst I recouperate from a day-care operation I had and when I am not sleeping I look at the films that are available online.

At the moment, a lot of providers aim to get our custom, Apple TV, Netflix, Amazon, Britbox.

As a child I had to sit in front of the TV when a program was streamed, I watched all the Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock production, the Avengers the German versions. Now I can watch when it suits me – within reason – perfect.

TUC – neutrality

  • Thought poverty
  • Unilateralism
  • Compartmentalisation

The three ingredients to conflict and distraction.

I don’t just look at what I want to see and don’t just read what I want to hear. I get myself a selection of books from major influencers and compare their thoughts.

Presently it’s

  • Greta Thunberg
  • Donald Trump
  • Mike Berners-Lee

I must confess I only bought the Berners-Lee book because the name reminds me of Tim Berners-Lee, the founder of the Internet and I thought, that everybody with the name of Berners-Lee must know what they are talking about.

Greta, a girl with Aspergers, she is a definite proof of thought poverty and unilateralism and so is Donald Trump. Though because Donald Trump is on the powerful side of life, what he says is good and what Greta says is dangerous.

The clash of ideologies here is not much different from all other clashes in the history of man. For example when Britain invaded the colonies and all those invading repressed the natives. Though now we know that the natives had and still have important knowledge and methology. Probably more knowledge in some stuff than our newly taught engieners and scientists have.

That brings me to compartmentalisation. Nowadays everybody has to specialise fairly early on in life. So a guy like Boris Johnson wouldn’t understand what climate change is all about. He is just a happy go lucky chap who wants to make things happening and with a good sense of humour in a smiling way.

Donald Trump – I am still not through the first book of his – has only profit margins at heart. Very dangerously though, he wants to separate the Social Security budget from the rest of the financial world. He hardly ever talks about standard of living and security of housing, he talks about saving and interest rates.

It’s clear that if you are in power, whatever you say is good. From your point of view, you are the money maker, the law maker and the standard bearer of all things great and small.

Of course radicalisaton of strategy only works for those in power. Those against become criminals in any event.

Now comes Mike Berners-Lee as the go-between Great Thunberg and Donald Trump, the man who also pleases Boris Johnson’s desire to widen the British Empire and international trade relations of Britain with the rest of the world. Mike simply declares that the amount of carbon produced by transport is nothing compared with natural carbons produced by animals and rice production or fermentation for example.

There are now so many statistics available on earth warming and what percentage of what produces most dangerous carbons, that the mind literally boggles.

But if energy production produces 70% of damaging carbons then it doesn’t really matter if that is through transport or animal farming or fermentation. It is just including everything that uses energy.

Unfortunately those at the top are unable to just analyse and change tac, the politicians have to please the sponsors of parties and those sponsors are the ones who run business and those are the makers of our world today.

Perhaps we need to look at another way of shifting power to those who are not dependant on any financial support from business leaders. We need neutral observers and decision makers.

same lies

Whilst President Trump explains in his state of the Union speech that there is now record employment, also amongst the multi-cultural population in the US, the BBC reports that there is record child-homelessness in the US.

How does this all work out?

Obviously the wonderful world of high-yield economy should work for the people and not just for the employers.

The same strategy gets used in the UK. One of the most used arguments in parliamentary debate is, to rebuff Labour, yes, but the unemployment rate is very low.

Whether that creates the highest number of working poor and other problems does not seem to be the problem for the governments on either side of the oceans.

The standard of living is very important and voters really have to stop creating poverty for children.

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