Why cannot we …

Why can not we have what has nurtured and enthralled us for centuries?

Why does it have to be the next ‘big thing’ ie its only the next big thing that will fulfill us, the shit of Meta, social networking junkery or whatever is riding on the crest of technology?

I’d prefer to read a page of text, a few lines of poetry, perhaps the distilled essence of most likely an old man long dead; or a picture from the Renaissance or almost anymost century accompanied with a worthwhile and educated commentary.

Why has human experience been watered down to one technological and morose thrill after another?

Devised by incomplete humans to engender an army of other incomplete humans.

Think, read, learn …. theres more to life than the web!

Featured

I cannot believe…

That someone was stupid enough to bring live ie with lead projectile ammunition onto a movie set.

Whoever supplied ‘the props’ I’m assuming lets say the armourer I would assume should NEVER leave his house / HQ with anything other than crimped dummies. There should never have been anything in his vehicle other than dummies … hey folks its a movie set he or she is going to … no-one requires any lead.

Baldwin and the other top brass cannot be blamed or held liable for this surely, they hire folk supposedly savvy in this area, the hired individual carries the can …. IMHO.

When an ordinary person expects and assumes and the ‘expert’ fails them, then its the expert at fault. We pay them for this expertise and their role of supply, but also they accept liability of any failure in this service surely.

My heart goes out to Alec Baldwin, the cast, the family of the deceased.

But please those looking for $ compensation be cautious, be mindful, money is not the remedy.

https://www.mail.com/entertainment/movie/11231114-stars-stunned-mismanaged-set-fatal-prop-gun-shooti.html#.11224420-welcomeback-list1-2

Featured

I’m not sure a straightforward re-wilding is the answer.

You’ll not get many if any people that work in the countryside to agree with re-wilding. Its another one of those subjects turned into something emotive, something that its no longer so easy to get the activists to embrace the full story. I wonder if the web has aided tribalism? …. of course it has.

A myriad of life can exist in a multi-purpose landscape, goodness how difficult it would be to fight ones way through sheep walk turned to hawthorn scrub. Nor do I want to have my progress straight-jacketed into pre-cut walks and pathways. Nature and all its little participants is very clever, theres a habitat for just about everybody, barring of course the hopeful additions that we heard Chris mention yesterday, Lynx, goodness what else and oh yes he tells us bears and wolves! Oh dear, how silly. I always think it a bit corny when an army of kids are enrolled to march upon The Palace!

In a practical real-life situation it has been the fifty years of excessive drainage on upland areas that to my mind has caused great harm, eradicating the upland sponge that minimises flooding. Likewise for decades farmers were paid to eradicate old hedges. How silly and blind!

Another point that I’ve never heard anyone speak of is the universal municipal spraying at any feature of grassed pathways, ie signposts, lampposts, fencing, kerb edges, all of these are microhabitats for tiny things which in turn would be a source of food. I’m talking about the nooks and crannies that have been rendered useless, not neccessarilly a complete re-wilding as per recent experiments. Here of course I am assuming the insect count is down compared with unsprayed, I must be vigilant here, as a great byword of mine is ‘don’t assume’, which is probably the most basic and elementary understanding in any rational and scientific treatment of any subject or situation.

Good quality front gardens are in great decline, concrete slabs, block paving and gravel as standing for cars has eliminated I guess a full half of what might have been a convenient hop off point and source of food for garden birds. A decent garden much like the washing line is becoming a rare thing. Even rarer is the ability to allow leaf litter to remain, to be adding an extremely beneficial upper organic layer that returns soil to what it should be, it was never intended to be naked.

I wonder to what extent ‘nature’ is taught in schools, I know in my early 1970’s UK Secondary School it was poorly dealt with. I could do a far better job myself. If art, practical handicraft (ie wood and metalwork) have been near eradicated and music in great decline at state schools then what of nature study?

My usual hobbyhorse of diatoms is a no-fail way to get kids interested.

Featured

Boris, lorries and food…

If Boris cannot match drivers to the necessary requirements of an adequate operating capacity for this countrys food needs then what the heck is he doing managing this country?

Can he be trusted or can he even comprehend the necessary fine detail and sophistication of fiscal policy, the control of money supply and inflation, of effective financial management, of international relations, ie complicated stuff ad infinitum etc etc all bound up with understanding nomenclature and terms that I cannot comprehend? The last few days we have had daily re-runs of ‘crisis what crisis’ when in fact the first requirement to solving anything is to realising there actually IS a problem.

Increasingly when I see and hear Boris I cannot help but recall some bumbling inept middle or higher rank military man.

The highly toxic and disadvantageous mix of Brexit and shunning of all European hired hands is an absolute recipe for disaster but yes we certainly walked into it eyes wide open. Farage and any other brexiteer you can think of have certainly landed us into a complete mess, setting the clock back fifty years.

The Tories talk of ‘levelling up’ but as every day ticks by there is nothing other than an increasing inequality, a blind halfwit would surely be able to ascertain of this. A case in point has been the withdrawl of the £20 regular covid payment, being withdrawn we are told ‘to save money’ but this so-called reason is complete nonsense, the hardship, anxiety and fear engendered by this measly withdrawl of an assistance payment will result in far more than any twenty quid per person in future spending to help the poor and needy. Yet it is only now that furlough payments are to cease, an expense that could have stopped even months ago. A bit of a joke considering present day mobility, there must be many people back to working full time and pocketing the furlough money. Another state sponsored scam…..

To compound Tory stupidity as well as announcing stopping the £20 covid payment Boris and team announce ‘new measures’ to help the poor ie another form of payment to look for. Surely if all is ticking over why the heck introduce yet another with set of hurdles with all the attendant stress and admin costs of starting all over again from scratch! Loony is the only term for Boris & Co. Madness. All of this when we are staring into the prospect of inflation of the likes we have never seen for many decades even for the simplest things as food and heating.

Why is practical wisdom and the foresight of experience so unfashionable?

Another quite blind and stupid idea from Boris and his team of which Rishi Sunak the Chancellor seems adamantly keen are the cuts in Overseas Aid, this again is madness. Imagine in your mind projects and programmes that would be abandoned, food, medicine, healthcare, schools, assistance to self sufficiency, birth control, education, equal rights …. all scuppered by the ‘levelling up’ Tories. I’m sure China would be delighted to step-in, if we in the West are so stupid then good luck to them. Very much a case of out of sight out of mind with Boris and the team I think, this could in fact suit them admirably as a campaign slogan.

If I were in charge the first thing I would do is hunt down those big corporations that are so skilfull at tax evasion, the Amazons that are destroying the multivarious web of stockist to end user network that has existed for a long time, their relentless market capture.

Additionally here in the UK we have an epidemic of individuals operating for tax purposes as Limited Companies, this I think is as obscene as any tax avoidance by say Amazon. Already this typical individual IR35 is on ‘big money’ and somehow pleads themselves as a special case somehow not needing to contribute as all the rest of us…. quite sickening. Yet still expect a legal system, Police, education, healthcare whenever it suits them! IR35 hypocrites I think is the correct term.

Featured

This is NOT levelling up…

The silly huff-puff nonsense administration of Boris Johnson in his onward and downward insistence of removing the twenty quid boost for people on benefits here on the UK is stingy in the extreme, Dickensian and mean to excess. It deserves to be on a list of queerly named characters that by their mere pronounciation spell ‘hard times’.

So who are these people in Cabinet that so sincerely appreciate the day to day and hour to hour existence of the poor, I mean ‘the poor folk at the bottom’ that can only hope at best to scrape along, or to survive for another twenty four hours but know fine well they imbibe nothing of any decent nuitrition and overall are ‘going down’. No bloody wonder we have beggars in our cities, what else are they supposed to do !

Lets look at a few of these considerate and understanding folk, with life experience to stand them in good stead; in no particular order …

Boris Johnson … https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_Johnson

Kwasi Kwarteng … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kwasi_Kwarteng

Nadhim Zahawi … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nadhim_Zahawi

I’m choosing at random, I applaud their achievements and opportunities in education, but I still question their ability to realise the nerve-frying insult to stop £20 a week. The above are all very wealthy, possessing considerable capital, they have confidence, unfazed by what tomorrow may throw at them. Even the less advantaged are drunk on power, witness Prit Patel, callous indeed and of such modest beginnings.

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

…….

Sorry, but I am very very sceptical.

Featured

Everything in boxes and plastic bags ie food.

I have the luxury of wanting to cook meals from scratch and the time too; but also I can understand many peoples need for convenience. However on a recent supermarket visit for a few seconds I just stood there and realised all around me everything is in boxes or plastic packaging, single use items that leave behind an absurd trail of litter and garbage merely to sate a few mouthfuls or a quick drink; this is starting to jarr with me now.

When sort of defocusing I could see avenue upon avenue of ‘stuff’ that in actual fact was not a great quantity or tonnage of nuitrition lets say but puffed out in its packaging occupying a far greater space than the contents themselves necessitated. I’d hazard great effort taken in the look of the thing as designed, as if this was paramount, certainly it must be, its sole purpose is to be chosen from among many other things, from among a wall of boxes and packets.

I realise I probably buy considerably less pre-packaged or processed food than most folk, in fact near none at all, merely I need a portion of meat and the bulk of any of my meals will be vegetables, I seldom have waste and at all occasions I clean my plate and as if a little boy I often lick the plate too … its so delicious!

I am low gluten, near zero dairy and low salt, the latter is no problem as my Indian herbs and spices do all I want.

I also consciously cook meals that utilise minimum carbon, a twenty minute meal prep on low gas for my ‘psuedo-stir-fry’ creations, for instance can be ….

good quality ext v olive oil flavoured with level tsp ‘punchpooran’ Bangladeshi seed mix, also fresh ground black pepper, no salt needed and where possible fresh garlic.

cubes of day old boiled potato (greater flavour).

fresh boiled turnip cubed (doesn’t keep)

one diced spring onion.

thin sliced leek.

*at this point we can go ‘Indian’, ie half a jar of ready made sauce,

or Chinese stir fry, bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, noodles and sweet n sour sauce in wait for it … a packet!

or seafood pilaf, smoked haddock, mussels, chicken stock and white wine,

or maybe a little curry powder and just more vegetables ie broccoli and sweetcorn.

Sometimes a dash of Lee and Perrins can help and also a tiny drizzle of Canadian maple syrup where appropriate; for instance with my usual lunchtime steak mince casserole I accompany with half a tin of spinach, yesterdays pre-cooked potatos (whole) warmed up with the casserole in the benchtop Melissa and say tinned carrots or sweetcorn cooked with nigella seed and dillweed, finishing with tiny drizzle of Can m syrup before serving. Fast cooked broccolli is also fast becoming another favourite.

Precooked chicken can generally be added, I mostly do this, I bring my M purchased cooked chicken and it gets another 30 mins at 220c to dry it out and get the meat itself to a more palatable product, all in my tiny Melissa bench top oven, I get five meals out of this (no fridge). Oregano and black pepper helping things along.

I must now stop typing meal info … cooking fascinates me!

Interestingly I have no refrigeration, the two door remains of such an item is a useful storage box only.

Another side track can be to thin slice sweet potato and gently stir fry in cumin and a little ajiwan seed. but that leads on to other tricks and meals of mine, the above is my general do-all near daily procedure.

I don’t think the penny has dropped re long durations of oven cooking, a recent emergency purchase of a ready made lasagne necessitates a 40min cooking time each mealtime, high fat, high salt and the cooking time make it hard for me ever to buy that again, merely tiredness and lack of time pushed me to it, I confess. But during the 40min if i hadn’t had so much leg pain this time period would have enabled me to make a better quality replacement, at less cost too.

People knock China for pollution etc but isn’t that the country where for most of the twentieth century the bicycle was near universal and all meals cooked quickly!

To be honest there was nothing on those supermarket shelves that I wanted, endless variations of cookies and nibbles and ‘non-meal stuff’ that I have absolutely no requirement. I’d even say getting good bread is not easy, no way will I contemplate the ‘from frozen’ junk (generally small chiabata) that is presented so prominently before us at that chain of supermarkets name beginning with M. They have an instore bakery, so why the frozen, theres no valid excuse, a sales disaster i reckon.

The store itself is badly managed nowadays, more accurate to possibly say the chain of stores, its known as a food purveyor (name begins with M) but now we see newly introduced avenues of clothing, also an avenue devoted to bottled water and fizzy cola that interestingly gets little footfall, its near always devoid of shoppers. In retail the the target is to maximise £ return per square foot, I think in any analysis their ‘improvements and changes’ these last couple of years must be disastrous. I think what this town needs as most towns do is small family businesses with multi-generational skill and a hard work ethic, lets say an Italian ethos, or middle eastern or whatever.

This rant on my distrust of ‘food in boxes’ stems from some youtubes a few days ago where the major fast food outlets are infiltrating third world countries and pitching product way higher in fat and salt that would ever be allowed in their developed western operations. It saddened me greatly for instance to see Macdonalds, Domino Pizza etc pushing their horrible and grossly unattractive retail style in India, a country with a huge array of streetside food possibilities. How jarring, how brash and incongruous and of course … all in little boxes!

How i distrust ‘the little box’!

copyright climate-change-briefing.com 2021 E&OE

Featured

Thinking about Tesla …

I think we need be sceptical of Elon Musk, the electric truck for instance does not seem to ‘add up’ so to speak.

From the vid below we learn on US roads 36 ton gross is the max allowable vehicle weight when fully loaded.

For Tesla at 03:53 we are told truck without batteries = 16 ton; batteries = 17 ton, which also represents a lot of forthcoming disposal problems!

Therefore the crazy Tesla truck has a load carrying capacity of …. 3 ton! … which represents say a mere 9% of fully loaded weight as actual money-earning payload and remember after you have off-loaded say half of your ‘tiny cargo’ you are left with a 33 ton monster working to deliver say the remaining half of payload at 1-1/2 ton. This is a project gone wrong, but Elon can do this, I’m sure the paypal connection is delivering money literally by the ton. This is basically no better than the little self propelled vehicles I made as a kid out of Meccano and the Mamod steam engine, enough oomph to carry themselves forward but not much left over. So, beloved of people with huge egos and penchant for the big stage presentation its all B/S.

The vid tells us conventional truck load cap is around 19t as opposed to the electric Tesla truck at 3t.

I am always highly sceptical at the carbon cost of creating electric vehicles, I’m sure not as ‘green’ as they would have us believe.

As the vid commentary tells us at Tesla does not deliver the one figure that logistics companies need to know ie load capacity, see 02:00

For entertainment purposes only, E&OE

Featured

I can hear the breying of donkeys….

I use the term in its most derogatory sense, thinking of the numskull British Generals of the First World War, ie Genl French or Hague etc all notorious and never forgiven.

We live in an age of near endless fingertip access to information yet the deeper human qualities of insight, reason and good sense seem as far away as ever. Boris Johnson will go down as one of the most inept Prime Ministers the UK has ever seen, to my mind he makes Chamberlain or Anthony Eden look like a beacon of good judgement and insight. Likewise Biden in my judgement has slid to rock bottom. Oh dear I hoped far better than this.

Their dis-service to the country and people of Afghanistan is criminal, so lacking in appreciation of what is the real world. The USA we know can be so ill-judged in its dealings with other countries, it never seems to throw its brightest and best to foreign policy.

Witness the USA invasion of Iraq on little better than imagined aerial pics of ‘factories’ and compounds that when tested amounted to nothing, but by jingo they were adamant to ‘do the right thing (ie all imagined) to invade and to occupy.

But now we are dealing with reality, with human safety, emotion and well being; seemingly quantities right off the Biden and Johnson radar.

This will have seen by the world most likely already, but for the sake of completeness I cannot omit: earlier today when I heard the news of people clinging to a plane on take off I was in tears for their fear and desperation. I think we all need to dig into our pockets and help those less fortunate.

My heart crys for what I see …

Featured

Siberian fires and carbon particles.

The title says it all, just about the last thing we need is the accumulation of carbon particles on Arctic ice with its increased absorption and hence melting all the quicker, as goes for a myriad of other interconnected feedback loops ie impending methane in its three forms, permafrost thawing, jet stream alteration (now very much in change) and Greenland ice loss, the demise of algae and plankton, bees and insects in decline, none of those things we need right now.

We have upset this chemistry set called planet Earth with its fag paper thin inhabitable zone as if a one thou cigarette paper clinging to a child eight inch diameter football as demonstrated by simple arithmetic.

Below, fires in Siberia 8th August 2021 … https://go.nasa.gov/3yHx2Kt

Fires in Siberia 8th August 2021 … https://go.nasa.gov/3yHx2Kt F

Featured

Do you want to see me?

Approx four hundred films on Chinese servers from a decade ago, ponds, moorhens, landscape, getting close to nature. I am pleasantly surprised how evocative and worthwhile this vid footage actually is. As Lord Grey of Falloden remarked ‘A Capital of Happiness’ … I highly recommend read his book of the same title.

see 05:20 …. https://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNDU5ODUyNDky.html?spm=a2hcb.profile.app.5~5!2~5~5!3~5!2~5~5!26~A

Ten years later 2021 I now have the problem the moorhen juveniles want to get too close … ‘shoo -shoo’ to release their desire to be close!

Filming days are all gone now.

ps … a very late clutch of moorhen, little black bundles in August see 06:40 … https://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNDM5NDI3MTA4.html?spm=a2hbt.13141534.app.5~5!2~5!2~5~5~5!2~5~5!2~5!2~5!2~5~5!50~A