Absurd election pledges.

If it cannot be solved commercially then its utter folly to guarantee broadband to EVERY household in the UK, a wide open pledge that will most certainly come to haunt Labour if God forbid they were in power. Are we not suffering sufficiently already with web addiction?

My smug hapless and bragging IR35 friend a posturing keen to be seen Labour voter likewise will regret the tightening of iffy tax loopholes, much as Diane Abbot realised on radio interview a couple of years ago its essential you can ‘do numbers’ when promising expenditure (re increase on police recruitment). There was austerity for a reason, but its a shame much Council and Social Services were lost, pity the madness of bailing out the Banks or Gordon Brown selling the UK gold reserves at the lowest price !

Inducements like candy for voters go back a long time, originally it was “Vote for me and you get a loaf of bread” possibly a better option than in these ‘modern times’ as the compliant cannot be duped, cannot be brushed aside months or years later when the so-called election pledges are thin memories, they get their loaf.

The absurd simplemindedness of Labours pledges and bribes beggars belief …

a shorter working week,

huge extra money for the NHS,

funding lifelong learning,

comprehensive childcare,

the compulsory purchase of the jewel ie BT broadband.

I might otherwise have been thinking of voting Labour as when you get a ‘good’ or effective Labour MP they shine, but theres too many Labour crew that are woefully and dreadfully lacking. A lot of the above pledges are wide open to manipulation and potentially a needless take-up by the dishonest that is taking for taking sake. Why do we have to fund lifelong learning for someone at taxpayer expense when in fact they would never bother to pick up a book and teach themselves, to gain a groundwork of the subject at home.

For instance personal health and how common sense can save a lot of money later in life, Doctors increasingly encourage people to get out and exercise, to walk as a regular hobby, many will not do this. Look around see the epidemic of obesity. Instead for a near zero cost preventative measure in later life the NHS will have to step in and pick up the pieces.

Corbyn is a master of the soundbite, of the indignant response to injustice and failings of his adversaries, but I think his own travelling caravan of Government would be wasteful, nonsensical, quite a charade.

Its a bad way to run any system, country or business by continually reversing the work of the previous encumbants every few years. Thank God for the Upper House.

Why is it theres so much nonsense around, witness the determination on HS2 to pursue the not needed max upper speed when lowering the upper operating speed a few percent will save billions and possibly save lives and stress in the longterm for everyone.

The one thing no-one is talking about, the increase in UK retirement age which is a scandalous stratification and divisive act of cruelty, this needs to be stopped. 

Raising the retirement age hits the honest and the ordinary, the little people, in the worst way possible. If we are so-called ‘civilised’ then the retirement age should be reduced, not increased. The Chinese for instance find it incredulous we work beyond age fifty. Its all very well politicians that have the opportunity to rest their backsides on occasion to pursue the aged, the hurting and crack the whip further, but can they not realise how quite scandalous and very cruel this policy actually is. Also realise anyone with sufficient money has no need to work any more at some tedious or fatiguing low status job, those that can have already ‘got out’ therefore this stupid retirement age increase hits those that already are hurting, the most vulnerable.

 

 

bbc r4 screws up again …

Tonights broadcast presented at the close of ‘PM’ at near 6pm by Evan Davies of ‘a curlew’ intended Evan tells us to add relief to the turmoil of present day political fractions and splinters but instead WAS NOT in any way the otherwise delightful memory of springtime upland and moorland curlew birdsong; it was an otherwise unheard screech or distress and quite difficult to pin down as in any way ‘curlew’ and in heavens above any way ‘delightful’.   Oh dear error upon error Evan.

Evan Davis and his patchy 5pm bbc r4 news prog cannot help but drop clangers, bbc r4 itself is full of error, witness the continuing inability to match mic levels, it is oh so irritating to have to lean back from my machine work and turn up the audio to hear the other side of a conversation. Who do they employ for sound engineers?  Theres a particularly irritating female presenter often Sat pm that is so difficult to hear, a voice definitely NOT made for radio.

Another instance… Laurie Taylor in his otherwise useful ‘Thinking Allowed’ insists on utterly irritating music links or fillers, a really unwanted over-loud blast into my otherwise controlled environment.

Whilst I’m busy wingeing re bbc r4 … please would r4 output realise much of its so-called comedy output is utterly cringe-making, a turn off in all senses.

Okay, rant over.

The gold-plated turd known as trump.

I cannot believe trump is allowed to inhabit the Office of President. It is quite baffling, his apparent low IQ approach and defiance of decency, good sense and not one iota of human compassion renders his Presidency as to be evil. Its his backers that need to be recognised and tallied, a sordid mess. A mobster tenure.

This below is a useful resume of his wrecking ball, super-arrogant and ignorant so-called presidency.

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/president-trump/opinions-donald-trump-corrupted-absolutely/ar-AAIFZrz?ocid=spartanntp#image=AAyuwGR|29

 

Trump is a clown.
This is the swamp ie trump… a total fake that can barely read !

 

A defiant little shit.

The ultimate fake, schooled by a decade of crummy tv programme and thinking he can ride the tv soundbite, ride the people of the USA.

Look at that face, a face determined to be blinkered to reality, to see nothing, to live in its own constructed bubble, in fact a bubble-gum mentality of nothing over the horizon that could possibly interest him intellectually, nor offer any compassion to anything outside of that bubble. In my opinion he will go down as being quite sordid and the most dreadful aberration to decency and good humanitarian practice one could imagine. Mao of China perpetrated the most dreadful ignorance and callous disregard to rights and human life, trump in his way will be his equal.

Any normal person would be crushed by the embarrassment of being trump, but oh no not Private Bonespurs himself; he exists in his own fantasy bubble. The most recent chaos of destabilising the Middle East and his abandonment of the Kurds is a most evil and callous act, as if acted out without even a moments consideration to the human suffering and turmoil created. But that is the nature of trump, it is an ongoing chaos.

Its strange and frightening how such a destructive individual is by a series of flukes and manouverings, by seeking out vested interests of big money pals and enabled by tv skills honed over a decade has enabled trump to weasel himself into the Oval Office. I’ve met someone like trump before, all that results is a room full of broken toys, festering utter distrust and a fake reality based on fantasy rather than the here and now.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/oct/13/kurds-in-nashville-say-trump-betrayed-them

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/oct/13/donald-trump-ukraine-turkey-impeachment

The nastiness of trump.

I ordinarily do not nowadays mention trump too much on this blog; his bigotry, ignorance and sheer inability to develop or increase knowledge and insight have hopefully ensured his demise. He has endlessly dismissed advisers and lives in a bubble of The Emperors New Clothes. All insults he throws to others are in fact MOST APPLICABLE to himself. So, when he levels the irritating nonsense term ‘fake news’ as applicable to the general media and in particular investigative ethical journalism the truth in fact is that he himself is the fake President.

trump is an ace B/S’er … promising to ‘drain the swamp’ when in fact with his creaking ramshackle coterie he himself HAS BROUGHT the swamp to Washington DC.

The clip below drove me to write this post, just in case anyone hasn’t seen this dire embarrassing spectacle ie a joint press conference with the visiting President of Finland which must have been incredibly embarrassing for everyone in that room apart from of course trump himself who in his as usual always mistaken view was merely acting the ‘big man’ rousting the minions.

 

 

Wow, indeed trump is a dotard, a fragmented old fool. And remember the gangster striding dotard runs contrary to world opinion in railing against any recognition of climate change and champions his greedy short sighted big money chums that support his tenure. In fact, they have their arm up him to the hilt and make him work as the worlds most easily suggestible puppet. Its quite easy, a twenty word vocab and an invented ‘reality’ allow any vested interest to fit him as a glove.

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/editorpicks/unfit-for-office/ar-AAIgpXl?ocid=spartanntp

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/oct/04/as-trumps-lies-reach-new-heights-have-the-media-reached-a-tipping-point

Many months ago when trump gained a foothold in the Presidency and his lies, spin and general ineptitude became apparent ie from the start of his Inaugural Speech parallel would be drawn with Richard Nixon ie Watergate but in reality as Bob Woodward speaks below no way should Nixon in any way be comparable to the low form of life that at present occupies the White House. As my little cartoon at bottom of page illustrates ‘trumps multi-pronged attack on good sense and decency’.

https://www.msnbc.com/morning-joe/watch/bob-woodward-looks-at-trump-nixon-comparisons-70440517793

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/oct/05/trump-impeachment-inquiry-finland-china-tweets

 

rump and his many pronged attack on good sense and decency...
trump and his many pronged attack on good sense and decency…

Postscript:

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/lies-trump-truth-191006054742791.html

Climate change, a laymans guide.

I often feel there is difficulty in finding or locating the latest on climate change ie increasing methane, ice loss, feedback loops etc.

This overview by Sam Carana holds up well, succinct and eminently digestible for the layman; I am a layman.   http://arctic-news.blogspot.com/p/extinction.html

It illustrates the stacking pernicious influences which in themselves arithmetically ensure sufficiently our downfall and even for this guaranteed scenario Sam Carana plays a light touch re the inevitable compounding and accelerating positive feedback loops that will push us into a whole new series of situations. Its all a quite dire mix, highly ironic as its mainly the consumption of oil and gas from ancient diatoms that has led to our demise, taking away the fundamental first layer of oceanic food chain and 20% of the worlds CO2 >O conversion. And yet no-one has ever seen a diatom with the naked eye.

I think I’m correct in saying it was independent scientist James Lovelock that discovered the gas DMS a product of oceanic plankton and its importance. I suggest read his autobiography, an instructive blend of practical science, talent and an independent thinking mind.

Also …  https://www.whoi.edu/oceanus/feature/dms–the-climate-gas-youve-never-heard-of/

Sam Carana in a more recent post highlights the disregard paid by the latest IPCC (Sept 2019) briefing / report in which NO FIGURE IS QUOTED for the effects of subsea methane in its three forms, frozen hydrates, microbial, capped gas deposits. The IPCC are criminal in this neglect. However not as criminal as donald trump in the rolling back and eradication of decades of wise strategies to husband the planet more sensibly; but of course trump would know nothing of the natural world.

 

IPCC and the refusal to acknowledge the importance of impending methane release.

IPCC is wrong.

Just now I heard on bbc r4 ‘Inside Science’ an interview with Phil Williamson  from Univ East Anglia ie https://people.uea.ac.uk/p_williamson   … concerning the latest report from the IPCC in which impending methane release is given very low priority. This is utterly baffling, quite erroneous and I think the placative ‘one metre by the end of the century’ to be shameful in its misleading nature.

There will not be any  ‘end of century’ to witness I am afraid.

Most of what was said I disagreed with from Phil Williamson, for instance stating that coral reefs could re-generate in fifteen years is utter nonsense, yet again no mention of the bryozoan / diatom symbiosis. Diatoms factor into so many perspectives of what we are going through. I may be wrong, merely an interested layman here. However to quote myself …

Diatoms also live a symbiotic relationship with Bryozoans ie the coloured animals that create and live in coral reefs. It is a dire irony that consuming the oil and gas of ancient diatoms ie comprising 70% of the oil and gas industry has led to both their own and our demise. No-one has ever seen a diatom with the naked eye.
diatoms – climate-change-briefing
climate-change-briefing.com/category/diatoms/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diatom

http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/micropolitan/marine/algae/index.html

I would have thought last years IPCC Annual Report in which low importance was given to impending methane release (ie thawing permafrost cap releasing already formed methane gas, rapidly rising microbial activity and thawing methane calthrates; both from land and from the horribly shallow East Siberian ice shelf )  would have now been aligned with enlightened thinking but no, its been swept under the carpet yet again by the IPCC and its select band of contributors. In addition Phils endeavour to constantly massage downward the numbers to 1.5 from 2.0 degrees warming is taking things too far, as dangerous as any over-exaggeration, in my opinion from what I read of other scientists 2 deg C will soon come and go, to be overshot rapidly.

Why is it Prof Peter Wadhams was not interviewed, he knows ice, a lifetimes work.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/aug/21/farewell-to-ice-peter-wadhams-review-climate-change

Its the nature of nature to ramp and accelerate as outside influences ie mans fossil fuel greed and polluting activities come home to roost. ‘Ye reap as ye shall sow’ seems appropriate. https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Bible-Verses-About-Reap-What-You-Sow/

Sorry to get Biblical but maybe its an ‘endtimes prompt’ because after all as time trundles on what else shall we cling to, occupy our time?

 

 

Work in progress, more info on IPCC obfuscation as info is obtained, merely the opinion of an interested layman.

A few hours later and bbc r4 again broadcasts the radio programme ‘Inside Science’ from five hours previously. Never before have I been so glad of a quick repeat. I feel sorry for Phil Williamson, I can hear in his voice the tension between what the IPCC expects and his own self worth and integrity; he invites others to reach their own conclusions, this I applaud. This also highlights the IPCC to focus on published papers where in fact change is happening SO FAST that published and peer reviewed papers have a self defeating time lag that we now need to circumvent, a view I’ve held since I first latched on to climate change a couple of years ago. Therefore the best we can be sure of is to listen to the likes of Peter Wadhams and for instance Jason Box and Natalia Shakhova.

https://envisionation.co.uk/index.php/blogs/99-russian-scientists-excluded-from-presenting-important-research-as-nasa-goddard-director-tries-to-discredit-observational-scientific-research

From the above I quote …

The event, held a fortnight ago, is still causing controversy beyond the negative tweeting by NASA Goddard Director, Dr Gavin Schmidt. Schmidt aimed his presentation at discrediting the Russian’s work, using theoretical models, without expertise in methane, or credible data. The end result is that the Russian team have composed a letter to Royal Society President, Sir Paul Nurse, asking for an opportunity to present their findings, including contributions from over 30 scientists working in the region for over 20 years.

end of quote.

Also,

https://robinwestenra.blogspot.com/2017/06/interview-by-nick-breeze-with-dr.html

How the Arctic climate drama runs its course

And …

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/09/ipcc-sea-level-rise-report/598765/

 

The ‘main man’ Sam Carana reports on the limp kow-towing IPCC Report and informs us that the IPCC doesn’t even add in methane from the submerged East Siberian ice-shelf ie what will be a quick warming and vast release of methane from less than 50m of underwater thaw; this beggars belief. http://arctic-news.blogspot.com/2019/09/ipcc-report-ocean-and-cryosphere-in-a-changing-climate.html

 

 

 

Collective madness?

What is the matter with people? Why is it we hear such madcap nutty ideas from ppl that should know better?

Today we have the Labour Conference and when it comes to nationalisation (not a wholly bad thing) instead of electricity gas or water or the railways we hear its the organised theft of Public Schools ie fee-paying education that is bugging loony Labour long into the night! At least they had the wit to keep Diane Abbot away from interview today, enough damage has been done …. “Jeremy said at Conference last October” is not the best or brightest.

Fee paying education offers diversity and choice and hopefully excellence for those that want it, ie pupils pay far better attention and both expect to get on in life and their parents expect success too. My own frustration at state school for instance was how hopeless art and science were taught, so I taught myself. I’ve seen the strata of material available as pupils for state school, our Labour stronghold here offers plenty of examples of the dregs; take a drive around, young overweight couples without work wheeling the pram, a significant benefits obsessed layer of daytime tv that voluntarily or sadly against their will could hardly hold prospect of climbing from their unfortunate position and children freely gobbing up their real or imagined class affirmation ‘tick’ as they leave school each day (have they ever heard of TB)?  Yet the town is mostly good people, the worst third as usual colouring the whole scene. Here in the UK there is a diversity of class, expectation, education and demeanour, thank God for it, it should be celebrated!

In my experience excessively good and sparkling facilities do not make for necessarily a better exam result, the gear and tackle will generally stand there un-used more an Open Day prop to impress as happened for instance in my country Secondary School forty five years ago, it mostly still boils down to old-fashioned ‘chalk and talk’ memorising and understanding the nuts and bolts. Many science lessons were reduced to ‘playing hangman’ at the so-called teachers request. Why did no-one complain to the Headmaster?

Why is it that increasingly we are witnessing the most bizarre nuttiness from politicians that should know better? This reminds me of the problem a century or more ago when it was not realised the lead in canned goods for say an expedition to the Antarctic resulted in madness, dragging a piano onto the ice as essential travelling kit. I do not possess a mobile phone and as having a little electronics knowledge know fine well to NOT put such high frequency RF next to my head. Maybe that’s the connection?

Corbyns posturing and ill-defined position throughout the Brexit debacle has been shameful, even now he is unable to take the lead and is a Master of Obfuscation. What does he do all day … ruminate twiddling his beard and stare at the clouds?

The latest wheeze to abolish prescription charges, a multi-billion pound expense was hardly countered nor with near nothing for research and action in how to counter the Grim Reaper … ahem … I mean climate change. I think this is called ‘electioneering’ a free loaf of bread if you vote for me! 

 

Postscript … dithering useless Jeremy Corbyn still will not formulate a line of action to pursue and move forward, there is a vast amount of work to be done, yet still his dwindling supporters stress ‘loyalty’ to a limp useless obfuscator that has done nothing but hinder ie Jeremy Corbyn. Its as if they are all in a dark totally unlit room yet are kidding themselves there is complete illumination and bright pin sharp clarity, all able to perform their tasks to perfection!

Loyalty to a donkey?