this is frightening …

Lara trump … utterly adrift from any sense of common decency, higher purpose, or Public Service. Money and the power that it brings drives them, is their God; its extraordinary such limited people have been able to gain tenure in the White House.

trump himself has no coherent Foreign Policy, knows nothing or can follow any Economic arguament, is destroying all he touches, is not in any sense suited to the role of President of the United States. Its all ‘front’, shallow veneer, no real depth; shunning his experts and scientists, his intelligence professionals, etc etc. Just as what he is, a crumby tv show persona.

For this woman Lara trump to utter such obscenities anywhere near the precincts of a democracy makes me cringe. A frightening social, intellectual and moral plunge from reality. They are too far removed and always have been during their lifetimes to have any real idea of fulltime working people on ordinary wages. To pull the trick of a shutdown and back up such absurdity to defend it is outrageous.

Politics in the US and specifically the Republican Party  has been hijacked by greedy money-obsessed overly self regarding undesirables, or is it more accurate to say the dark invisible influencers have drawn in anything trump to do their bidding, much as Putin secretly admits to himself ‘are useful idiots’. trumps rallies are distinctly stage-managed, witness recently the trigger word BS and immediately the hired stooges chant ‘USA USA USA’. This is what sensible reasonably honest people are up against, arch-manipulation.

Its as if the worst examples of glossy ‘society magazines’ have burst from the page to be made real and melded with the nastier parts of DC comics. We know that money, accumulated influence rule the roost… maybe they always had … but there has always been in the last 100 years a political arena and a democratic process to rein in such greedy self advancement. The trumps have no shame. Under what the trumps represent and are driving towards workers are mere fodder en masse to feed the economy. As with all things trump the insults donald hurls are most applicable to himself ie FAKE.

Politics is the mechanism whereby a better more just society can be promoted, with someone of the likes of Lara as below, decent values are being crowded out. I shudder to think of the conversations and phone calls that occur behind closed doors.

The first link is what prompted me to write this piece …

https://news.sky.com/story/trumps-daughter-in-law-on-racism-melania-and-his-re-election-campaign-11662591

Below, this is repulsive, she is repulsive …. at 00:40 the callous disregard to real life is frightening.

 

 

Thom tells it like it is !

Useful ten minutes from Thom Hartmann, shorter vids are better vids, thanks Thom.

Heres the comment i made, makes sense ….

to quote myself ….

I’ve a benchmark pinned to my kitchen wall, it will be somewhere between three to four degrees C by end of 2026, if i’m wrong and it doesn’t reach that temperature then I’ll donate £1k GBP to the poor and needy (but i cannot see how it can be avoided by say 2030). From what I’ve read the interconnectedness of feedback loops is quite staggering and how very insightful independant scientist James Lovelock was in his book ‘Gaia’ to open this to the layman. I fear Greenland is going to de-ice a lot quicker than the ‘2100’ figure that is bandied about. Air travel, beef consumption and the need for multi-car households are all going to have to be crow-barred from the hands of the affluent west. I fear many will want to continue ‘as is’ until they are gasping for breath, in a confused state and eating basic rations merely to survive. And the rich? ….. maybe its time the rich were taxed a little more significantly. It annoys me at present at the silence from better reporting of the Pacific seabird die-off three and four years ago and near universal omission to mention the role diatoms play both as the base of the marine food chain, symbiosis with the now departed bryozoans and producing DMS and conversion of CO2 to O. As you rightly say IPCC is a most emasculated and lamentable in some respects charade, i realise its better than nothing but do we continually have to be making excuses? They didn’t even include Prof Peter Wadhams re Arctic ice !! The worlds expert.

unquote.

And i forgot to say the IPCC do not even factor in the impending release of methane in its three forms ie geological, microbial and thawing hydrates.

 

I’m so glad he went off-script …

This way we can see the real man.

I’ve never known anyone read a tele-prompter so badly, as if never encountering the script before or even the dialogue or agenda. ‘Hollow words’ cannot describe how badly he attempts to proceed with something so alien to his mindset, experience and abilities. We now can see a ‘reality’ tv programme is insufficient for President material. Putin is happy though, his puppet is installed and wrecking ball djt is working his magic.  Luckily in that he is now ‘contained’ as the Guardian wrote last week, the world and America has made up their mind to basically proceed WITHOUT donald j trump.

I’m so glad he went off-script, it is a little entertaining and especially curious to see how close he can match his impersonators, as if what they portray is too outlandish, no … donald can descend to that level no problem.

Whacky voices, crazy animated expressions meanwhile Ivanka, Jared and Huckabee Sanders want to justify this garbage !!! The past-his-sell-by-date clown now needs to be retired from anything White House, anything Presidential; the pretendy stage managed rallies now need to stop.

As I’ve said before, he’s like some ranting fourth-rate burger stall vendor, stuck down some no-hope alleyway repeating junk from whatever his last few customers have told him. I also think he’s on something, certain to tell us he doesn’t consume alcohol but theres other things that can give a high, enable a sense of ‘coping’ and to be creative. I think this explains the charade of Hanoi.  Imagine, Airforce One flying for a day just to get there and a sumptuous banquet totally ignored. In Asia particularly this will be seen as an insult, but then again what others perceive as insult is for donald j trump to be a matter of routine. Therefore in future I would send him Tourist Class, he could entertain with his wacky impersonations and funny voices, he just loves an audience.

Anyone involved in Mental Health will be very concerned and alarmed at this parade of funny voices and wild exagerrated motions. Its obvious how he regards ‘his generals’ for instance; he has utterly no idea of the depth, experience, operational level or knowledge at which goverments and professionally educated people operate.

Note at 02:30 trump uses a pre-arranged trigger word so that the paid stooges in the audience wake up, cry and cheer and immediately launch into a “USA USA USA” concerted rant. This is all phoney and highly stage-managed as is this so-called Presidency, and proves yet again that whatever trump directs as insult and criticism ie ‘fake’ is in fact most applicable to himself.

 

 

 

 

Richard Hoggart, applaud and rejoice …

This evening at 8pm bbc r4 we are treat to an hours radio documentary of Richard Hoggart and his book ‘The Uses of Literacy’.

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

I have the book here on the shelves, purchased I reckon forty two years ago. It fit in well with my George Orwell, Miller Arthur and Henry; art and architecture and SWP Paul Foot booklets. All made good sense and indicated a world beyond …

Theres lots we can learn from him and lots that is revealed in the not very distant past ie seventy years when Britain was so very hide-bound, so ossified that to be working class, or even worse labouring class meant a phenomenal trajectory for the bright child to ‘do better’. Labouring and working folk were kept in their own areas of town, cross-over was not invited; yet self made men were accepted, if their new earned money was sufficient. We spoke differently, yet our so-called betters inherit an already customed superiority, perhaps sometimes warranted sometimes not. If you take all the warm unctious syrupy-ness out of Dickens then it is harrowing and i reckon is closer to what it really would have been. Mayhew etc…

Sometimes I think little has changed.

richard hoggart
richard hoggart, a brainy young man that flew far fom his early difficulties.

 

Postscript, this evenings radio prog reinforces yet again that rhetoric is much needed as a curriculum subject in State Schools. And music too, which in the UK is now being taken apart. Morning Assembly classical music has stayed with me throughout my life, those couple of dozen tracks were certainly not lost on me, Pearl Fishers, Fingals Cave, Beethoven 6th, Peer Gynt Suite etc all were a catalyst to have bbc r3 as a daily companion. As usual the Educationalists to my mind are clueless; the loss of a traditional wood and metalwork course thirty and forty years ago deprives so many of a once in a lifetime to develop manual skills and insight, to use their hands … which the Educationalists blinkered in their vision cannot realise uses the brain too!

so lets hear and see …..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below, I know so very well the duet of Robert Merrill and Juse Bjorling on RCA Victor. Again so lucky to be given this music by my old Headmaster. Even from early years I was so very touched by such beauty and accomplishment. Hint … wiki the lyrics, its quite wonderful what they are fighting about.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lets have Caruso … again the wiki is very worthwhile …..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wow, below is supercharged … typical Lennie! I could never get my wife to admit Bernsteins genius, theres much more to him than ‘West Side Story’ as accomplished and clever as that actually is. Without reading about him one could never realise his breadth and accomplishments, his career.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I rather would go for the Karajan …..for instance at 01: 15 it is often described as swans taking off after their long run up on the water …. wonderful to see footage of the great man himself. At 06:35 we do in fact see swans, utterly beautiful …..

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here it is becoming more a list of personal favourites, I fail to see how anyone could not be enthralled in the richness, broad landscape or full invention of the musical mind …. yet i need to keep this within the bounds of say ten embeds and not one hundred or a thousand !!!

 

 

 

 

 

Imagine, being able to see and hear Caruso himself on stage !

 

 

 

 

Below, Furtwangler conducting for Robert Schumanns 4th Symphony  …

 

 

We are so lucky to get this material below, the wit and energy of Bernstein (and Gould)  …

 

 

 

Theres lots more on the world of classical. If this doesn’t ignite an interest then its hopeless. Witness tonights puerile Baddiel programme on bbc radio, quite stupid https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/david-baddiel-from-bowie-to-bach-can-i-learn-to-love-classical-hrhgxzx9p

Its about brain and heart, if after listening to these excerpts you are un-moved, unexcited, uninterested then forever this rich landscape is unattainable; the intricacy, the invention and intelligence, of human endeavour.  No probs, you’ll never know what you’re losing, you will be happy to not have this rich tapestry of genius thrust upon you. when i hear the pointless prattle of everyday life around me its then I crave this material, these sounds.

hint: try the Beethoven Late Quartets starting with Rasumovsky no.1,

anything Haydn,

Debussy,

Purcel, inc Shakespeare songs,

J S Bach – the Great Chaconne,

J S Bach – the second half of the unaccompanied Cello Suites.

Rosalind Turek (Goulds teacher) playing the first half hour of Bachs ‘Goldberg Variations’

Ravel ‘Introduction and Allegro’,

Vaughan Williams ‘The Lark Ascending’,

 

 

etc.

 

 

 

 

I cannot believe I heard this !

Kelsey Grammer just destroyed his bookings for the forthcoming ‘Man of la Mancha’  bbc r4 0830 and tells us he likes what he hears from donald j trump, had voted for him and the full two years later is still okay with what he hears.

This is utterly baffling. We have a screaming outright idiot/ dictator in the White House and the bbc r4 are able to pull off this stunt! I have always maintained there is bbc bias, an agenda, a viewpoint but this goes against all common sense and decency.

Another instance how ‘the world out there’ is increasingly distorted, the break-away seven from the Labour Party are in my opinon to be applauded, to have had the nerve to dump an unusable system called the Labour Party under Corbyn. Clever fella Corbyn, good on camera, loves his little loudspeaker van, always able to deride the party in power yet generally has no policy of his own, would be disastrous in power; one gets the feeling too much time spent watching, ruminating, but reacting (albeit often v slowly) … but no forward energy. Without T May as a punchbag its hard to know what he thinks.

We are in a strange place, the disastrous Brexit will destroy any UK car manufacturing and the supply chain, we were sold a simplified idea of the future. With what we know now Brexit would never happen, yet T May steam rollers on regardless. Those responsible for this simplified over-sell have a great deal to answer for. Perhaps the over-simplified ‘sell’ was an indication of their own limited abilities?

How we think, reach a viewpoint is quite odd nowadays, information is not necessarilly enlightenment. trump rides on this, tv show experience he knows fine well is all he need know.

Theres a common thread in all this, Brexit and trump … its the destruction of present evolved systems and trading partnerships. I shudder as perishable goods / agriculture will fare in the present situation. With trump I’d say he’s knocking down the little men, the smaller producers to allow his bigtime new friends to hoover up any opportunity at knock down prices.

Lets look at how being connected, the digital superfluity of so-called connectedness is diminishing the human experience … https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/84273524/posts/2177568231

 

Insect decline.

Plenty of news coverage yesterday re insect decline, bizarre predictions of  ‘100 years’ seem so silly, if insect loss stands as it does now I’d say three years, five or seven. How else, if they’re ‘dropping like flies’  (horrible pun)  with nicotinoids and unmentioned aluminium levels then the tail off will can only be drastic. I feel so sorry for the knock on effects, to lose garden song birds will be so sad. Likewise bees, butterflies, and i wonder at earthworms. I garden for birds here, strangers have told me so, yet we use the term ‘garden songbird’ when in fact gardens suitable for them, swathes of urban garden are punctuated with barren grass patches at best or paving and gravel and the dreaded dreaded membrane. People just do not seem to connect, few people plant a garden hedge, there are other preoccupations, other toys to play with nowadays. People are so THICK …

My garden is a maze of carefully thought out ‘jumble’, niche corners, shrubs, flowering things, every day of the year theres something in flower. All done at little expense, lots from seed and cuttings.

Many farmers are not the best of operators in ensuring biodiversity, often on my rambles hedges are left to fail and thin and then remain as a few straggling hawthorn sixty years later. A most useful small / mini wood at the entrance to Old B Church was destroyed a few years ago, snowdrop churned to muck, for no purpose, the Forestry Commission a hundred miles away telling me they granted a license to fell and there will be i assume grant aid to develop another artificial synthetic planting. Here in our local Park much used by urban dogwalkers similar nonsense is occurring, an obsession in destroying potential butterfly habitat ie strimming and putting out of reach leaf litter for blackbirds with an obsession with wood chippings; maybe I’m wrong, maybe it will house worms and woodlice, I shall have to check.

Likewise at a couple of separate places i visit, i place bird seed in useful rough weathered fencepost, for twenty years yellowhammer have always accompanied me along that road in spring and summer, its the least i can do. I feed horses too, initially a little neglected, twenty years ago, nowadays the owners realise they need to make an effort. Its what you do that matters, not platitudes or vacuous observations with no follow up. In the bad snow of seven years ago it was only one visit in six weeks that I missed a 28 mile round trip to feed each afternoon; snow tyres being essential.

Do kids do gardening at school? They’ve stopped the wood and metalwork decades ago. And I always wonder that once the photo-op has passed what are the results of their efforts with trowel and seed packet? The consistency, the regularity of effort?

I recall my years eleven to sixteen in a village Secondary School NE England … the microscopes only ever came out of the cupboard once in five years, the biology / science teacher hopeless and uninterested, many lessons devoted to playing ‘hangman’ while he played around with his admin tasks!

We most definitely are bringing up kids that cannot make perform simple tasks to satisfactorily conclusion, cannot complete a practical task. The term ‘using ones hands’ still carries to many a derogatory inflexion to it. Lets blame the Educationalists, they have eradicated so much that is practical and geared toward a finished piece of work, not just fannying on with the apron and plastic specs. We live in a bullshit world, we are getting what we deserve.

An American style obsession driven by big business, all sizes of business with red meat and burgers will have to be re-thought, likewise population control; likewise what we spray on the fields. Probably its too late, but i would never give in, never decline to make the effort.

Aluminium levels are much ignored, not embraced as mainstream and my interest in diatoms is just too obscure (fundamental to the marine food chain) to yield anything from online searches!

 

https://www.straitstimes.com/world/europe/world-seeing-catastrophic-collapse-of-insects-study

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/feb/10/plummeting-insect-numbers-threaten-collapse-of-nature

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-47198576

https://www.wired.co.uk/article/insects-dying-out-uk

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00553-8

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-47203344

 

From the Readers Digest Book of Birds, a most valuable and informative book. It 'appeals' ... is a beautiful object, it draws you in like no website ever could.
From the Readers Digest Book of Birds, a most valuable and informative book. It ‘appeals’ … is a beautiful object, it draws you in like no website ever could.

 

Isn’t that a beautiful rendition of the lapwing!  So accurate, so characterful, a credit to the artist. Their antics, their beautiful rippling warble across upland landscape is joyful, a masterpiece of creation. To those that don’t know it, they are sadly lacking.

So lets remind ourselves and also learn …

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

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pesticide_toxicity_to_bees

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_R._Ehrlich

https://www.ecologise.in/2017/10/26/giant-insect-ecosystem-collapsing-due-humans-catastrophe/

Esquire and links…

The Esquire article holds worthwhile links to get a grip on climate change, it would benefit donald j trump enormously to get a handle on this  ….

https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a26077427/trump-tweet-midwest-cold-global-warming/

With warming oceans you can forget abt the marine food chain, lower strata and indispensable diatoms, algae, plankton hardly get mentioned yet are crucial. Its my opinion its diatom collapse that we’ve lost coral reef, its a symbiotic relationship and have yet to find one article stating this case.  Its burning the oil and gas remains of diatoms that has led us to this predicament, ironic in the extreme. A few months ago i posted a ‘make a model of planet Earth’ whereby the usable space ie a mile total on this planet is represented by a one thousandths of an inch cigarette paper moistened onto the surface of a kids eight inch diameter football. Scale one thou inch equals one mile. A lot of the ice is melting from below, as when kids, we are so suprised next day its gone. As Sam Carana tells us its when grain production fails that we will really be in a predicament. Its as if everything we have, nature etc is merely a scummy film ready to be wiped off.

https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/84273524/posts/2153823518

trump is a dickhead of an extreme and dangerous kind, seems theres a word to express his wish to incubate, spread and render viable the worst of ignorance for the common masses i mean those people he cares not one jot for other than poll and voting numbers … the spread of ignorance agnotology.

 

postscript : here a link from the above Esquire article, near total absence of insects and butterflies from Puerto Rican forest as visited by scientific professionals  ie 98% of ground dwelling insects are gonehttps://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jan/15/insect-collapse-we-are-destroying-our-life-support-systems