The nonsense we are told.

bbc r4 this morning devoted a few minutes to some top medical bod telling us we mostly all carry too much weight (yes I agree) and need to look at calories and not particularly look at fat or sugar content (I don’t agree). There was no mention of sedentary tv and i-phone lifestyle, that kids seldom if ever play outside, that so many are hooked on the battery chicken Disney lifestyle, browsing, never making or doing much in particular.  Particularly there was no condemnation of off-the-shelf meals, an over-reliance of frozen as opposed to fresh and the resultant lack of good quality nutrition.

My immediate reaction to this un-thinking piece of low grade journalistic nonsense was how unquestioning the interviewer was. As the famous Mr Meatloaf was quoted recently all you need do is look at sugar and fat….. to which I would add get into home-cooking and some vigorous walking exercise. The latter is so now desperately needed that a few weeks previous again bbc r4 ran a piece that Docs are desperate for pre-op patients wherever possible to get into exercise and a healthier lifestyle. This I concur entirely. It must be hellish to have to deal with raw material ie patients that are so tragically unfit.

I personally do not enjoy eating out whatsoever to the extent I would dread such an invitation.  Surely its more fun to cook and learn at home, the beautiful aromas, the tweaking and experience gained in getting something ‘just right’, a friend and a drink surely what more could you want … and think of the money saved!  Yes it takes time but at least we are not sat in front of the tv or dreaded I-phone and are somehow active and building a skill.

Likewise other moans today, American propaganda in general and specifically the downed airliner.  I am increasingly highly sceptical of any intel or pronouncements offered from the Americans, particularly anything with the taint of trump attached to it. I personally think it was truly shameful that trump upped the tensions in the Middle East with the assassination Soleimani. And as the third article suggests, its probable the Americans can fool enemy radar into mis-identifying the data they see on their radar screens.

Heres some brain food ….

I Helped Sell the False Choice of War in Iraq. It’s Happening Again

Remember Iran Air Flight 655

https://limitlesslife.wordpress.com/2020/01/14/iran-jet-disaster-setup/

Those clever bbc r4 people.

Greta Thunberg was Guest Editor this morning on the bbc r4 ‘Today’ programme.

Does everyone know this? I was very impressed, I only caught the last half hour but is available to listen again and download over on the bbc radio website. Only drawback is that these days we have to perform the dreaded ‘log-in’; this I shall in this instance do. At one time it was merely click and play; everyone every organisation wants their stats.  ‘The Cloud’ I read is running at 4% of annual electricity consumption and of course is set to rise!

I’m v impressed with Greta, she is erudite in English, has a v good brain and implores everyone note EVERYONE to read the science. We would hope a certain donald trump and his crooked coterie would likewise read the science but of course we know of his unshakable inability to read, inability to accept experts and inability to learn.

Science we know can be achingingly slow at coming back from the ‘front line’, we now have to stay on the up-curve, work hard to be near the crest of real-time feedbacks and data. Science too is full of vested interest, funding sensitivities, viewpoints and stances of all forms of regard and hue.

I wish Greta the greatest good luck and good health in maintaining ‘the message’. She is much too valuable to go back into a schoolroom, it would horrifying for me to see her having to plod along at dated quite needless material when her real task is elsewhere ie the whole world. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=na1aHtv0OKI

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qj9z/episodes/player

For a ‘no punches pulled’  instructional overview on climate change and what we need do, the best I can think of is anything from Prof Kevin Anderson, full of intelligent  content; it is a no waffle, pure condensed informative and knowledgeable overview. He speaks with the directness and brevity of a top class experienced engineer.

 

My own ethos is, in my own immediate little world:-

  • no more long drives out into the countryside, I walk and ramble much closer to home.
  • make clothes last, wear them out.
  • cook quick meals, seldom any longwinded oven cooking (and for me certainly no  baking).
  • I wash everything by hand, wring dry and use a bamboo pole across the kitchen ceiling and/ or my washing line outside. No tumbler, no spinner.
  • get rid of the SUV…. and something that particularly irritates me, forget about letting the diesel idle pointlessly in the supermarket car park!
  • forget about airflights.
  • pester the Council, some carriageways are far too overlit at night.
  • eat less red meat; move away from ready-bought ‘burger culture’ its a con !
  • I actually prefer a £15 Melissa bench-top oven, the main oven hasn’t been used in twenty years.
  • slim down web posts, keep it brief, therefore reduces charging and ‘cloud’.

 

 

To hear Robert Mueller.

I am privileged, we all are, to hear integrity and sharpness of mind. Theres no sleaziness here, no Cohn teaching a misfit how to handle and con his way through life.

My utmost respects to Mr Bobby Threesticks.

 

postscript: here below for instance is a model of unbiased reporting, to deal with the unvarnished facts. How very far removed from trumps own rhetoric. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/07/robert-mueller-testimony-latest-updates-190724004507548.html

The limits of knowledge …

…  its quite a high falutin’ term and has been used many times in the past, but mostly toward ‘advanced thinking’ by academics and philosophers but in my post here I mean it toward how it is often so difficult to put across in a few words areas of interest that I think others should also explore, ideas for children to build upon with activity and focused attention, a potential source of interest, joy and knowledge.

The limit of knowledge is that they are not interested and parents often now will view it as if witchcraft, ie the unusual, the less trodden pathway !!!

A case in point is encouraging young people to get a little more art and craft orientated in a practical manner, to explore images and artists from the past, to get practical  whether its cutting and pasting or sketching or modelling, clay, plaster whatever. To develop manual dexterity, to open pathways of thinking and co-ordination.  If by age ten they are not so inclined or have never known such activity then its not a given they will show any interest whatsoever in their lifetime. The curse of the screen has in a decade destroyed centuries of skill development that each child could experience so that in life they can have some facility with their hands, sketch, visualise, convey their meaning. Nursery rhymes, simple songs and poetry have for most children fizzled to nothing, become non-existent, needlework, helping with mother… all gone. Knowing the latest pop video release or minute nuanced trend in pop fashion is not building or development for rounded able citizens, just candyfloss, so much smoke and mirrors based on fantasy, endless escapism.

Looking at the Times newspaper April 29th p.29 print edition we find not even experts can agree, for instance counter to any common sense the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health decided this year there was no evidence that screen time itself was harmful!! This beggars belief. April 2019 the World Health Organisation injected some sanity to ask parents to greatly control and limit the amount of screen time children experience. Hurrah for the World Health Organisation !

Surely even a few brief seconds of seeing children hooked and over-enthusing on this junk can tell a parent or concerned adult all they need to know. Dear knows how poor their abilities will be as they progress through school, I’ve a feeling performance could be assessed as two and three years behind. Even the use of paper and being able to practice handwriting, sketch convey ideas is seen as arcane and marginal to requirements!!!

More enlightened parents will see to it Little Jonny does not skip the fundamentals the basics and will realise among other things paper and bookbased learning is essential. Theres an element of social class and background here that is being amplified and widened. A screen just cannot provide the depth quality or reinforcement to learning that is required, or the joyous serendipity of say a paper based textbook or encyclopedia.

This means there is an increasing gulf and stratification between those that can and those that cannot. An increase in differences of social class and performance. This unravels the efforts made to increase opportunity and pull up the poor performing, particularly since the Second War.

https://chicago.suntimes.com/well/world-health-organization-guidance-limiting-kids-screen-time/

Yet still in the above we hear of groups asking for evidence … answer = watch the bloody kids and see how skewed their behaviour actually is !!!

Likewise the UK Guardian in its often emotive woolly nonsensical fashion asks for evidence – as if again do they not use their eyes and ears to see things are amiss!

Kids cannot even ride in the car without having a screen installed right in front of their faces, to suck on the digital pap as they journey along; God forbid, more junk from Hollywood and endless animated crap. What we could describe as using that dire term of modern times ‘a targeted audience’. Or maybe a film about journeying thro Monument Valley … as they drive thro Monument Valley ?

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/04/24/limit-screen-time-hour-day-5s-none-2s-says/

 

 

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

We need to hear this (AOC) …

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks her conscience when many turn aside and would rather not voice any criticism. A fine incisive mind, that can detect crusty old nonsense, unthinking bigotry and perpetuated un-earned privelige from a great distance.

Anyone that has a small asteroid named after them has to be worth knowing !

This world and particularly America needs clarity of thought, to ask for actions to be justified, for people to be held accountable for misleading and less than honourable intentions. Its was a fine moment to witness AOC make it plain and clear when questioning Michael Cohen a few weeks ago that trump deliberately misled and knowingly falsified figures, knowing how it would increase his financial positon with phoney over-valued assets and property for insurances purposes and wifully undervalued assets by huge amounts so as to minimize and falsify his tax position.

Well done Alexandria for making this plain and clear to us all.

We need role models, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is an exemplary role model, donald j trump is not, yet the USA is saddled with him, literally saddled, he is riding America.

Thank goodness she is entering her prime, I extend my greatest heartfelt wishes to her continuing good work. A real person with real abilities and life experience, AOC majored in International Relations and Economics.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexandria_Ocasio-Cortez

 

 

 

Statins …. over-prescription?

Maybe…. and in my case no cardiovascular disease, reasonably okay healthwise for born 1958, yet at no request of mine steered to take statins when in my opinion unrequired. The only factor mentioned in our conversation at the GP clinic to prompt being prescribed statins was borderline cholesterol, which is something i’m working on with diet anyway.  We’ve now got blood pressure down and the weekly or more cause of panic attacks namely my wife has now left this planet. By panic attack i mean rigid steel bar right up my central core, horrible pain, steel tube in throat, along into jaws, temples, iron band around my head and my usual exhortation to shut the f up. No-one could ever tell me what this was whist she was alive, two years after her death a Pharmacist admits ‘panic attack’. At worst case it also generated a v intense burning at the base of my spine. Luckily no pain down left arm. And I got out of marriage alive.

Apart from asking what i did for a living there was utterly no enquiry as to my frame of mind, daily chores / activity, outlook on life – nothing. Nor diet and what i would term pleasure or happiness or hobbies and enthusiasms. Tweaking any of these things would be as good as a daily statin.

I took then for a month and stopped (this was a year ago) with no intentions etc  …. the fatigue was horrible, a problem I already raise when at the Docs. My own answer is to find one own ‘natural high’ to without drugs get happy, live life from what suits one-self, generate ones own happiness. I’m lucky i have my own little one–man business and i have incredible freedoms.

What did alarm me is that statins can prompt Parkinsons and / or diabetes. I mentioned the latter and all i got from the glib, slimey ‘Pharmacist’ at the GP Clinic was that “we can control that with diet” … and for the former its the last bloody thing I need as i live alone. Even when she took my BP couldn’t even tell me the answer, without my prodding as to …..

Seems to me we need some ‘joined up thinking’.

 

Postscript, my wifes death was totally avoidable, with hindsight the Docs were blind to the obvious. Paramedics insisting here in this house she slows her breathing when in fact with undiagnosed blood clots on the lungs needed to breathe rapidly. When ordered to breathe slower in my arms she responded “I can’t I can’t” …. ten days morning and night this fast breathing and mentioned five times to the professionals over this ten day period … NOT ONE REALISED this obvious sign. Forty years ago my dad dieing of cancer was undiagnosed until his last few weeks (a fortnight). I’ve seen other things too, other people whose deaths i think were as much the result of Paramedic incompetence as anything else, Mr s in the next town whom i gardened for, he too suffered when kept out in the cold by the Paramedics, they had no knowledge of him having a ‘weak chest’ yet his voice would be (and gasping) an instant giveaway.  Its baffling the lack of accumulated expertise, the fog and bullshit of procedure, protocols, as if automatons rigidly adhering to a checklist whilst the patient dies. Forgetting what they witnessed yesterday and every day previous.

To my mind the problem with the NHS is attitude.