Jake Davidson, another weirdo

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This case just reiterated that parents have to systematically repel their own children’s attacks.

I came across a lady last week who tearfully admitted that her daughter beat her, I told her not to put up with and report it to police.

Parents have a big responsibility. If we allow kids to step over the line then they will never learn the difference between wrong and right.

I just apply the same principle to all. Nobody is allowed to take the Mickey.

WTW

Short for What Three words. A very interesting app, which divides the whole planet into 3 meter squares. so you can find places in the most remote areas, even on mountains, forest or deserts. Quite not sure what would happen if for example an earth quake would open gaps and enlarge the Earth’s circumference. Would extra squares be created automatically?

Very remote

There is already research available to show that the earths’ crust is warping due to glaziers melting.

Code Red

Today is all full of climate change and how we need to lower our carbon foot print. Yet, China re-opens coal mines, which cause a lot of carbon foot print.

Shouldn’t there be an international law that it is not allowed to re-open coal mines. So far it’s all talk the changes we are supposed to be making.

Whilst Greeks put out the fires, they already dream of tourist planes filling the sky, regardless of the type of fuel they are using.

As it happens, armies happily intervene when human life is at threat by genocides but they do not intervene when a country uses coal mines again or cuts down all of their rain forest.

Obviously environmental endangerment should be a crime against humanity.

It’s laughable that we lament about climate change, plant trees in our own small nation but then give all the industrial contracts to China, which has no choice but to re-open coalmines to fulfil them.

New teeth

New teeth

Finally got the new denture. This one seems better than my last one, but still slanting to one side.

web v app

The increasing use of App seriously manages to reduce reach, in fact it curbs it.

For example the current messaging of Tower Hamlets Police on Twitter has a wide reach and the great effect of this is that it connects to a huge amount of readers.

Just seen that some boroughs now have an OWL App, which does not allow publication beyond subscribers, which seriously diminishes reach of people. There is also the Nextdoor app, introduced through the government, which is extremely busy and doesn’t stop buzzing. The Safeland App however does some seriously good work by connecting alarm users to each other and to services, which other communication only apps don’t do.

The sheer amount of apps available now means that our phones, tablets and pcs are filled with icons of various apps to choose from.

most of us have several pages full of apps already

Companies pay us rewards for using their apps instead of using the web.

The trend to turn away from www to app is concerning as it reduces the ability to communicate openly, which is the principle of democracy.

The more apps are in use, the less can the content of app communications be monitored and people who are members of those apps are in serious danger of being brainwashed one way or another.

I am unable to use all apps on the market, so communication flow is already interrupted because some people have favourite apps and don’t use others. People are less likely to switch to see what happens on another app.

Any person can only use so many apps and is unlikely to ever be informed what happens on another.

It is much easier to manipulate smaller amounts of people on closed apps into thinking in a particular way and that – similar to sectarianism – leaves users open to manipulation.

I think the trend to use apps instead of www is not a good one. If things happen on the open web, sure we would also concentrate on some website, but still be able to look into others through searches and prominence and sheer availability.

I am unable to see what happens in an app unless I take part and nobody has the time to do all apps.

Especially in the case of the police, the current public appeal some police forces’ posts have on Twitter, Facebook, web based services is quite far reaching and has a very good effect on the general public. For example appeals to solve certain crimes, the public showing of how asb and crime is handled has many beneficial effects and attracts friends. But, when all this is taken off the web and put on closed apps, that beneficial effect gets removed and taken out of the public domain.

See how many apps you have on your phone and see how many new ones come out each day.

Time is money

Again I am surprised to see that there is no time-efficient crime reporting system in place.

If everybody who heard about crime stoppers actually would ring them, their line would be unavailable for months. But, as it happens, people only get referred to this one anonymous crime reporting site.

Currently phone waiting times for the 101 system in London are around 1 hour.

With the best intentions, who has time to wait for that?

On the point of crime reporting. It even takes quite a bit of time to fill in the online forms for councils and/or police online reporting.

Looking at the reality of the situation, if you work as a delivery courier in London for example, you may see concerning things 10 times per day. But you cannot possibly want to get involved in 10 investigations, want to spent 10 hours waiting on phones to get through, spend 20 minutes reporting each incident online on the Met Police website.

It is impossible to report fast and anonymous.

In Tower Hamlets we have just put up a quick to use form to just upload pictures, very basic info like time, date, place, short description. You do not have to give any personal details but can if you want.

I think crime reporting has to keep up with the times and actually enable people to quickly upload a pic that you might have on your camera to a webpage, without having to worry about getting detectives knocking on your door day and night to enquire about your involvement, when there is none because you happen to be working in London.

Also there are many spam and phishing messages in circulation. At one point I got so many and reported them to the government phishing email, that they blocked me as spam.

If you have a system, you need to be able to maintain it to actually make it work.

So why can criminals purchase endless amounts of sims and use them for burner phones to send out phishing messages and calls just to throw away the sim after a day and replace it with another one.

If police were to investigate each burner sim, used for spam or fraud phone calls, they would be looking into Britain’s bins for the rest of their days.

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Political solutions

Councils really love it,

you collect signatures for petitions, you present the petition in council chamber and they can either allow or deny the request. Often enough they deny it, but, they still love it that you came to try because it is democracy in action.

Apparently it is extremely time-consuming to collect signatures for petitions on the whim of it being disallowed most of the time.

Many problems can be solved much easier and quicker if people go along the complaints route.

In Tower Hamlets you can complain three times about a problem within six months, if nothing has improved after that time you use Community Trigger. That shows up in the statistics as a failure for the council to solve a problem. They really hate that and actually have to improve things to resolve problems.

Whilst with the petitions and representations, they just do not have to do anything but deny it.

Another great route is complaining to the Ombudsman.

Many problems I get presented with have to do with Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs). In some council areas they have listened to people and removed road blockages but in others they just don’t. It’s made a political issue and powerful politicians try to push the issue. In Tower Hamlets that has led to this: “Let’s vote Lutfur Rahman again, he is the only politician to remove them, whilst Labour wants to keep them there”.

Taken from Facebook, local traders protest on road closures

Then people wonder why Lutfur Rahman again gets elected. Labour always uses the same political ploy, they enable more radical left-wingers to get into positions, whether it’s George Galloway or Lutfur Rahman because that is what they want to happen.

I have seen messages from London Fire Brigade and been told that the Met Police have officially requested the removal of road blockages for LTNs with no effect. That should be unlawful but unfortunately it is not unlawful for councils to not listen to concerns from emergency services.

Also it is wicked and cruel to first of all tell traders to open shops and then close the roads so that people cannot drive to them, this includes deliveries and pick-ups for orders.

Personally I do not think that particular politicians can resolve technical problems because technical problems should not have to rely on particular politicians, they should be there regardless of political leadership.

Just look at the issue of Fire safety in Tower Blocks. There are many Facebook groups and local politicians, even the new MP for Poplar and Limehouse, who is currently in court for alleged housing benefit fraud, says, that we need a political solution to solve the problem of paying for removing cladding.

But in the meantime, until the cladding is removed, there are alarm based solutions.

Yet, non of the politicians involved in the debate ever mentions this once.

Alarm based solutions enable the flat owners to install a smart alarm that is connected to other alarm owners via an App called Safeland. If one alarm goes off, all other alarm owners connected get alarmed as well. That saves people from patrolling blocks day and night.

It costs a little bit for the alarm and a yearly small subscription fee to Safeland but it is peace of mind. Yet media like TV channels have spent a lot of time portraying people as having to patrol their blocks and never mentioned the alarm based solutions people can instal.

So why do politicians and so many Facebook groups not mention this to their readers?

I think you can abuse the public by steering every problem into a political solution without mentioning the sheer brilliant technical ones.

left behind

whilst I am now repeat watching old detective stories, it seems that the discrepancy in content from old to new communications methods has fallen behind sharply.

Nowadays crooks use modern technology to scam us with sims bought in bulk, which they use to ring, text, email bought contact lists until somebody falls for the tricks.

I noticed that somebody obviously bought sims in their hundreds and the numbers are very similar within a certain reach. Answering the phone and telling them not to ring back, makes no impression at all.

What they notice is that you answered the phone and that is enough for them to keep trying.

There are many other scams these days like

  • Royal Mail pay for parcel re-delivery
  • NHS, Covid Scams
  • Romance fraud, among others, a full list can be seen on the Neighbourhood Watch website.

Today’s serials often assume that all people in a locality know each other. East Enders, Coronation Street, etc. all show that everybody knows everybody else.

But, in a large city like London, people often do not know their neighbours. If people are lucky they have a job, but do not necessarily have friends at work or where they live.

Along comes the fraudster, who tells you, after they contacted you via, perhaps your social media, that they are really interested and you are the best thing since sliced bread, when otherwise you just get the typical criticism at work and a lot of loneliness.

Todays films, detective stories, soaps, do not address this changed environment.

I think it is about time, that producers address this and make films, which are relevant and not just fit for past sentiments.

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A lot of people still assume that somebody contacting them has a moral compass and actually means what they tell you, but as a current TV advert shows, the man got robbed of all his pension by a guy who simply saw the money at the end of it.

I get so many scam calls per day, that it would be too time consuming to report them all. We all have this problem, lots of scammers and no time to do report.

I think that also the police would be totally overwhelmed to follow up all scam reports as the scammers use burner phones on a giant scale. Scammers can simply purchase sims and use and throw them away.

By the time the police investigate reports, the sims have been buried in the sands.

I think there needs to be a sensible solution to this.

One way of dealing with this is put your landline on answer machine and set your mobile to reject all unknown callers and refer them to the answer machine. Most people who really want to talk to you and are legitimate will leave a message.

Student rent can be unfair

Students who live with parents, who own their home and merely pay rates do not get a change to rent or rate demands of the parents by local authorities.

But

if a student lives with parents who themselves are entitled to rent reductions get a huge change in their rent demands once they start going to university, even if they decide to remain in the parental home, in which they may have only one small room and share the home with others who may not have to pay any rent. In some cases students have to share their room at home with another sibling.

This pushes students out into student accommodation, which may be more expensive than a whole flat on social housing.

For example a 4-bedroom council flat in Tower Hamlets can cost £160 rent per week but a student accommodation of just one room can cost £200 per week.

Yet, if a student only occupies a small room in a flat with others, who do not have to pay rent, why should that student then be liable for the whole rent on the dwelling, also occupied by others.

University students do not get exemption from paying rent, regardless of where they live, if rent is due to be paid on a dwelling.

Hence students who can remain at home with home owning parents have less problems, which is quite unfair.

We cannot assume that all students move out from home once they go to university. They may be able to attend a local uni and remain at home.

It would lessen the demand for housing if students could remain at the parental home whilst at uni.

I think where students to remain in the parental home, they should also get a reduction in rent because they only occupy part of a flat, that is otherwise shared with other people who do not have to pay rent at the full rate.

It is hard to understand but explains why so many poorer children find it completely unfair to having to pay the whole rent on a flat once they go to uni. This problem is not unique to the UK as I learned on Yahoo today.

Source Yahoo

football fairness

I can’t understand why UEFA doesn’t act immediately.

If the goal keeper had a laser pen shone into his eyes then that should bring an immediate decision about the validity of the goal.

If there was a problem with other discipline issues, they should have stopped the game and thrown the people causing the problems out of the stadium, would have delayed the game but increased fairness. source: The Guardian

What is most important to the players and the people, is the fairness of the game. Like this the win is being belittled and made bad.

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