Insect decline, moths, butterflies …

Time to see what new material we can find on this …

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jun/17/where-have-insects-gone-climate-change-population-decline

An old article, I’d say it is meantime that the loss has been so apparent … https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/feb/01/british-moths-calamitous-decline

Its peculier how the obvious decline of moths these last five years is so little reported.

Where have all the insects gone?

Australia … http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/faqs/gone.html

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/as-insect-populations-decline-scientists-are-trying-to-understand-why/

1,005 comments …  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/27/magazine/insect-apocalypse.html

For the UK an old book E B Ford ‘Moths’ in the Collins New Naturalist Series is a good all round starter. https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Moths.html?id=mVsxvgAACAAJ&source=kp_cover&redir_esc=y

Roy Pitman ‘A Naturalist at Home’

Newman ‘Looking at Butterflies’

Quick I/D guide … Collins ‘Complete British Wildlife’… good for moths and butterflies.

Anything Richard South on moths, the old Warne series but still useful.

Theres lots, thank goodness for ebay.

Remember, our liveable space on the planet (half a mile up and half a mile down) is represented by a one thousandth of an inch ie 0.001″ cigarette paper placed on a childs eight inch dia football. A cigarette paper is one quarter of the thickness of copier paper ie at 0.004 inch. We have so little space, therefore if we mess with its chemistry, its temperatures and a myriad of multi-webbed feedback loops then we are in trouble; or a single species such as ourselves takes too big a bite of burning resources and upsetting natural systems alien to nature, then as again, we are in trouble.

 

 

 

 

Chemtrail diary UK…

Heavily overcast here all day, but can hear air traffic above, high alt too. Will there be chemtrails up there ie lingering hazing creating yet more fug up above. Answer is yes in fact lots over central and eastern England today, as shown by NASA worldview.

chemtrails Eastern England, Humber 16th April 2019 ... https://go.nasa.gov/2Ggvqxf
chemtrails Eastern England, Humber 16th April 2019 … https://go.nasa.gov/2Ggvqxf

I didn’t need to click + …  it was blindingly obvious even when viewed as a complete worldview at first glance!

chemtrails Braganca, Lisbon, Madrid 16th April 2019 ... https://go.nasa.gov/2V99bTC
chemtrails Braganca, Lisbon, Madrid 16th April 2019 … https://go.nasa.gov/2V99bTC

NASA worldview is not conclusive at showing chemtrail activity, but on a larger scale than my mere forty mile cone of view its a useful starting point (it so far is all we have).

chemtrail Thames Dover 16th April 2019 ... https://go.nasa.gov/2V1IZtT
chemtrail Thames Dover 16th April 2019 … https://go.nasa.gov/2V1IZtT
chemtrails / geoengineering UK 16h April 2019 ... https://go.nasa.gov/2UW3hVN
chemtrails / geoengineering UK 16h April 2019 … https://go.nasa.gov/2UW3hVN

I am not stating or proving anything here with this blog, merely presenting pictures and info that my naturally curious mind will not allow me to pass over as if ‘nothing’ … we are looking at something that is not so easily waved glibly aside. And so i will continue to prod and poke and build up a feel for the subject; just as I’ve done with so many things in my lifetime.

With chemtrail / geoengineering its obvious the sprayers work with the weather pattern, they don’t contradict the flow in other than sporadic ‘random’ spraying events. This is basic common sense but something often in short supply.

Here below is Costa Verde and northern Spain again, they often get chemtrail / geoengineering crap so there will be youtubes for this too.

chemtrails geoengineering Costa Verde northern Spain ... https://go.nasa.gov/2GkKc61
chemtrails geoengineering Costa Verde northern Spain … https://go.nasa.gov/2GkKc61

Below, Berks UK youtube … look at 04:06 …

 

So clever but couldn’t tell it was a blackbird!

I seldom listen to bbc r4 BH on Sunday mornings  (ie ‘Broadcastig House’ programme at 0900) as I’m generally a r3 man but before ten this morning i tuned in and was staggered as not one of the assembled clever people could state the birdsong recording being played multiple times was Turdus merula … the blackbird!! Not one, not even the bossy sounding know all elder middle class woman that reeked of tweeds and sensible shoes!

Has none of these people walked in a park particularly at dusk, or heard birdsong from their own garden, or their grandparents garden, or the blackbird echoing along the street after sunset? Has none taken any notice of birdsong, apparently not. So can we fear that as we lose species and populations that these clever folk, loosely labelled the chattering classes will have no idea what they have lost?

I’m bloody annoyed at this actually the more I think about it.

A fortnight ago March 26th p.20 a Times article as mentioned a few posts back has a new Controller James Purnell that to save time / money interviewers are ordered not to read the books or publications of the people they have for interview! Purnell is keen to broadcast to a younger audience, including bbc r3 and 4 output. In the same article Michael Buerk complains of the excessive level of private education within the bbc, but surely i would think its never been any different. Its oversimplistic to grief at such a thing, what i’d rather have however is the best, the brightest, the educated. George Orwell / Eric Arthur Blair was an old Etonian, but then again he was an extraordinary person, enigmatic, highly inventive and original.  He railed against convention and the  accepted status and stratification of the classes.

But i do not want dumbed down r3 and r4 output, please reserve that for bbc r1 and 2 and whatever other stations.

trump: I’m frightened now.

The dreadful nastiness of donald j trump now needs to be reined in. His intent is clear and he represents a regressive mindset far worse than anything visualised as ‘the swamp’. trumps downward spiral needs to now be reined in, for decency to be pressed upon him and his unsuitability for high office made clear. However today we read trump and his tweets are getting most unpleasant, sinking to lower depths of ignorance…

Ilhan Omar, isn’t she lovely, its in her face! Likewise with AOC, these are valuable and much needed people.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/apr/12/ilhan-omar-democrats-trump-attacks-sanders-warren

Some of the nicest people I’ve ever met are Moslem and Pakistani. To berate such people is silly trending toward sick. Offenders such as trump and I guess Stephen Miller and others in the creaking decrepit wagon called the White House have most evidently inadequete and shrivelled cold hearts, their paucity of human compassion is deplorable. It also indicates they seem to have read so little, never sampled the world at large as from the printed page; their minds and hearts have never got out of first gear. As with all con artists, fantasists and bluff merchants anything other than a ten second bar-room soundbite is beyond them. Nothing wrong with such brevity in its self among ordinary folk but not fit for a President.

We know for instance trumps only reading of a serious newspaper is to work across the page with his bigboy marker to see how many times his name appears, theres no comprehension, no insight, no learning. The racists such as we see attaching themselves to the trump bunker and to trump himself are narrow and cold, certainly lacking in completeness as civilised humans.  Perhaps their own guilt and shame fuels at lashing out at others they perceive as different, after all trump has quite happily mocked the handicapped. With climate change ahead we haven’t time for this nonsense. trump is immature, always was and is ignorant, always was.

Little better than a snot-nosed playground bully from the backward class.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/apr/12/ilhan-omar-democrats-trump-attacks-sanders-warren

I see a great similarity with Mao and trump, both were determined to establish chaos and set people against each other. And Mao of course just like trump in his ignorance could never accept the notion he had made a mistake, or did not understand practical reality, both are highly impractical. Likewise, Mao and trump will so quickly turn against a previously devoted member of staff. The similarities of Mao and trump are quite uncanny.

Its quite accurate to compare Mao and trump as alike …

  • insulated from reality.
  • impractical in the extreme, Mao was extraordinarilly impractical.
  • endlessly creating chaos, delighting in chaos.
  • turning upside down established practices and customs.
  • secretive, above the common masses as if breathing rarified air.
  • hidden schemes and projects.
  • brazen, capable of violence, no compassion, much like trumps beloved sharks.
  • thinking only of themselves.
  • knowing how to manipulate/control media, to create a cult, to create fear.
  • can do no wrong.
  • will easily drop and destroy anyone that served them.
  • deliberately sets person against person.
  • its trump / Mao they serve, not the nation.
  • experts are ignored.
  • sycophants promote absurd non-truths and their masters ignorance zealously.
  • Russias influence on 1950’s and 1960’s China has never been fully revealed… just as with trump!
trump and his multi-pronged attack on decency and truth ..... a misguided and dangerous fool, the ultimnate con-man.
trump and his multi-pronged attack on decency and truth ….. a misguided and dangerous fool, the ultimate con-man.

The Great Entanglement … oops the web.

Increasingly i think the web is in fact the Entanglement … The Great Entanglement, to be spoken of in future generations such as the Enlightenment, a  signal of change but this time its for the worse.  We are heading toward a situation that we read predictions indicate a major part of world power generation will be consumed with online data surveillance / storage and whacko ‘get rich schemes’ as bitcoin.

We do something, some small activity and that alone warrants a followup posting and texting and endless selfies, I’m slightly guilty re this blogging but its mostly me writing to myself, collecting useful material and pushing forward, developing my ideas.

We are losing the point of what life is about, endless consumerism, mindless ‘enjoying’ viewing, sampling and nothing beyond; browsing the immediate. A major ‘de-tech’ would do us all good. Admittedly i realise business demands connectivity, thank God  I can choose my own level, I have the benefit of having practical work to perform in a very old fashioned manner,that cannot easily be displaced or altered.

Yesterdays radio news tells us Uber being floated has never made a profit and possibly will never generate a profit. Be mindful its costs are being covered and salaries, fees, fixed and variable costs being met; but all the same asking punters to put money in to something that on the face of it generates no return on capital is again just plain whacko! When things such as this are happening its time to eliminate exposure to stock market fluctuations. I likewise dread the American crash once trumps shenaigans and inability with Economic Management comes home to roost. That little old thing called debt, a self proclaimed ‘King of Debt’ should NOT be President and his denigration and belittling of overseas trading partners is crass beyond belief, but hey … its djt !

Useful reading …

Consumerism, human disregard … https://opensociet.org/2019/04/12/the-man-who-saw-trump-coming-a-century-ago-a-readers-guide-for-the-distraught/

Surveillence capitalism … https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/84273524/posts/2240984298

No chemtrail to be seen…

However its only 0800 BST and for the second day it is clear, today is Thursday 11th April 2019, even the blue sky itself showing only minimal signs of aluminisation, remember we can see complete alteration of the sky if drift comes in from chemtrails sprayed elsewhere. In fact its so unusual to feel as ‘sans chemtrails’ it is a pleasure posting a photograph.

No chemtrail so far 0800 BST NE England.
No chemtrail so far 0800 BST NE England.

My garden extends further than the plum tree visible on right, this is taken from an upstairs window, the plum tree Czar this morning has the dreaded bullfinch pulling it apart. Various birds like to pull the blossom apart, likewise coloured primula other than yellow have seen their attention this year, without a wire mesh dome they are soon without any colour. My deliberate habit to plant ‘successive layers’ of display in each square yard amply repays the effort and attention, i think thats why so many garden birds are present. So many perennials and shrubs are cuttings from gardens visited / worked in. I’ve never seen a place like mine, no … maybe three times in my lifetime, my own dads sister was also gifted and had similar outlook, her dad too, its in the blood.

As each fortnight unfolds Jan thro May its a new display of bulbs, all sorts, hellebore, erythronium, campanula, cyclamen many species of each.  I focus on perennials, probably the only annuals are weeds, but Raphanus rupestris is often useful, ie radish sown as a flowering plant. Its all about helping insects, invertebrates, etc creating a healthy and significant soil litter is a must, bare earth is a total contradiction, a connected food cahin, ecological completeness. Also so called ‘garden compost’ is not what it seems – best avoided. Nearby down the road theres a hidden ‘wild area’ of say half an acre that has two dozen British native plants introduced by me (say seed/ cuttings ratio of 70/30) over the last quarter century, only things that would have found their way perhaps eventually to the reclaimed land, common spotted orchid, foxglove, avens, fifteen cuttings of honeysuckle thriving and maturing etc etc. As long as the Council ‘do nothing’ then everything will be fine.

This last five years theres hardly any moths wanting into the evening kitchen light. Last two years bees noticably absent, this spring a few more than the previous year, but only a few. I also think in our semi-urban location the Dawn Chorus is quieter, six years ago i would get up at 0400 to record it. The encroaching desire for gravel and paving in small urban gardens does not help. Likewise at the multi-million pound revamped local authority Public Park, a typical unthinking use of wood chippings does not help, ie ‘think blackbird’. .

Okay, back to the purpose of this blog ie UK chemtrail diary….

Next task will be wind direction and look at NASA worldview to see signs of yesterdays chemtrail therefore predicting likely aluminization/haze even if no chemtrails were visible above yesterday.

If we get a second clear day it will be because we are being allowed a clear day. 

what will the day provide?