Mr Floyd seemed so gentle …

So sad, poor George Floyd, its horrifying the depths these entrenched and bigoted so-called ‘Police Officers’ will stoop.  I assume we can term it institutionalised racism, they must know exactly what answers to provide on psychological profiling. I know others that play the game just the same.

trump always wanted the military on the streets of America, now his wish has been granted. Note lower case, I deny trump a capital letter to his name.

Somehow peace must return but pressure must be maintained at injustice. The likes of Bill Barr sicken me; low forms of life, of charlatans and whores that dance for money. Rich girl Ivanka and landlord Jared (son of a corrupt and banged up father) should never have been allowed anywhere near the White House; the list is endless, Stephen Miller for instance.

The crumbling citadel named trump must surely now fall;  please, God …. must fall.

Heres a useful feed on the situation … https://twitter.com/JenniferJJacobs

 

ps … have you noticed how absent this phoney president really is at every level …

  • the contrived and phoney hair arrangement – imagine the time it takes!
  • the pathetic utterly pathetic attempt by backward boy Donnie trump to read a teleprompter … MR PHONEY !!
  • all that America has in the WH is a fake, a swamp animal.
  • note, mr tv animal / invented creature under that suit, trump wears a corset … forever a phoney, a fake, a mere tv image.

I would suggest trump has achieved everything he planned for as outlined in his disastrous Inaugration Speech, something which drove me to tears in its awfulness, its awful inappropriateness in wanting to destroy all good things, to generate mayhem, to reduce people to their most desperate and fearful, to bring the military onto the streets, and now all trumps boxes to himself appear checked. I just wonder if the foul brutality of Mr Floyds death and a totally needless death were in fact on trumps list of ‘things to do’ so as to in his own mind propel the media away from his disastrous covid-19 performance, the already worsening economic situation caused by Trumpian inability and to propel himself forward as the ‘King of Law and Order’.

Prof Neil Ferguson, foot and mouth and now cv19…

Its generally agreed the Governments handling of foot and mouth was utterly and deeply flawed, a total disaster with not much notice being taken of all the experience gained from the 1969 foot and mouth epidemic and the recommendations from the then Duke of Northumberland (ie major landowner and farmer) … Prof Neil Ferguson was involved in the 2001 foot and mouth epidemic disaster and now he is or was involved on the cv-19 problem.

Methinks he is the wrong person for such activities.

https://www.rt.com/op-ed/484622-expert-behind-covid-19-shutdown/

Private Eye did a lot of work in exposing the hopeless attitude of the Government advisers at the time. https://www.private-eye.co.uk/special-reports/not-the-foot-and-mouth

 

the virus mess-up …

The UK Governments insistence on checking for antibodies is the wrong direction, it is actual viral infection (being an active carrier) that surely is what we need particularly for the NHS. Knowing carriers cuts down forward thrust, antibody presence is the slow baggage cart that follows, not the intrusive nature of the virus particles themselves at the spearhead so to speak. Right now press-speak / soundbites are rife with crazy often silly analogies, now we are getting ‘green shoots’,  theres at least one new one each day.  bbc r4 reveals this morning the UK Government is going for the wrong virus test, that hardly in reality any NHS staff have been tested for the the virus itself. And now we hear four frontline Doctors are dead.

I see after say a three week absence we are again hearing of ‘herd immunity’ which in crude low tech societies would be the eventual outcome, I thought we were capable of better than this.

The waffle and BS from no.10 is becomg a bit stale and ineffectual, I feel the best or capable advisors seem absent, even one top-flight UK university can perform more tests (was that a day or a week) that all the Government backed UK-wide tests performed so far. Apparently as of yesterday no-one has contacted all the small independent labs or University labs at taking up the workload.

Methinks Imperial College seems the Government principal contributor, front-line NHS staff Docs etc are basically ignored, the PPE is disastrous, contraryto the Government spin, woefully insufficient, unsuitable old or dirty, very little full face or of sufficient protection.  When Doctors ten days ago were using terms such as ‘lambs to the slaughter’ then we really are in a fix, Docs are not prone to over-exaggeration; after all, educationally (and their experience) is the best Britain has. China will have much that we need, after all they will have ramped up production massively.

So many things are quite not what they seem, a mask will not really save you from infection unless its full face and forced air ventilation. Virus are notoriously small, sub-microscopic unless you go to the electron microscope; their smallness hence means they are scattered as confetti everywhere. In my opinion conventional masks merely hinder outward breath and therefore particle projection. It was stated as ‘news’ this morning that coughs and sneezes have been found by a lab in the USA to project eight and nine feet respectively. Good God, how simplistic have we become?

I now have a disinfectant floor tray at my house entrance so I can help clean my footwear, I suspect supermarket floors are a source of coronavirus-19 infection and spread. I also suspect pet dogs, so hands off! Our carpets could become a reservoir. Likewise mobile phones will be reservoirs of infection.

Some people just don’t seem to ‘get it’ how social distancing is vital to knock the spread. I still see a neighbour every day have his buddies round for motorbike buddy talk; I’ve seen this elsewhere, biker guys seem so sad and lonely … HAVE to talk.

I feel so sorry for third world countries, for the poor, the displaced. At least we in the west are more able to create space and distance to thwart the spread.

Its a Thursday and we are informed its another Thursday evening front-step applause for the NHS and other vital workers, supermarket staff etc. I’m just wondering, increasingly sceptical of this move, after all realise the smallness of the virus itself, its probable it will stay in the air for days; therefore everyone out on their step collectively sharing their breath and exultation is a sure guarantee to destroy any effort at social distancing. Madness! 

Virus are measured in millionths of an inch, to open the engineers micrometer at one thousandth of an inch would mean we could fit in one hundred virus particles side by side … if they are as big as ten millionths of an inch. Difficult to find coronavirus-19 particle size online. Search term ‘morphology’ gets the results we need.

The second link below allows us a glimpse at the sophistication and knowledge employed by the scientists themselves. It always worthwhile to realise what others do for a living, their level of education and abilities .

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

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4369385/

We read from the above wiki, using the handy search term ‘morphology’  the virus particles are 120nm which of course is metric as is all lab and scientific work. Pasting from google search we find I quote …. A nanometer is one billionth of a meter, 0.000000001 or 10-9 meters. The word nano comes from the Greek word for “dwarf.” unquote.

Heres an example of group stupithink… this is unwieldy, note how the 0’s are not kept in threes for ease of reading, nowhere in engineering do we use tiny dimensions as ‘parts of a metre’ in small component manufacture it is ALL in mm (millimetre) or hundredth part thereof. Therefore knock off three noughts to get part of a mm ie in mm = 1×10-6 ie 0.000001mm, hint the ‘6th bit’ being the position of the final number one.

As an engineer I naturally think in terms of ‘a thousandth of an inch’ I can visualise it, know where it matters, where to incorporate it and when to ignore and when to take account of it.

Now, I know 0.025 mm is roughly equiv to one thousandth of an inch ie 0.001in.

Therefore as we visualise a thousandth of a thousandth of an inch as in my initial micrometer example firstly above we add three more ‘0’ to the mix, ie 0.025mm     becomes  0.000 025mm (note I bunch up zeroes in groups of three for ease of reading).

Therefore 0.000,025mm = a millionth of an inch ie 0.000,0001in

As 0.000,001mm is 1nm (ie 10×10-6) the above value is 25nm.

Voila! We can now visualise in real terms what we are talking about.

Therefore the coronavirus-19 particles are five millionths of an inch. We can place not a thousand side by side in our micrometer opening of 0.001in as if they were a millionth of an inch but ‘merely’ but a fifth of this ie two hundred virus particles side by side.

This demonstrates the virus will behave more like a gas than a particle, you have only to see how hedgerow seed from common orchis floats dips and rises on the still air, never seeming to want to drop to earth and orchid seed is (to borrow a Boris word) hugely bigger.

 

Postscript: We are coming to one thousand deaths per day this weekend. Hold up your hands, form an ‘0’ with RH thumb and forefinger, this gives us eight little piggies to count with, each space representing three days ie a total span of 21 days. Count out from the left one thousand, two, four, eight, sixteen, thirty two, sixty four, one hundred and twenty eight thousand deaths in one day in three weeks time.  Well seeing social distancing is so vital, of the utmost importance. No wonder scientists talk of it ‘running through the herd’ this admits they have nothing else.

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‘cors …

… cleaner skies will mean more immediate climate heating, oh dear. And my previous post and link for Sam Carana ie Arctic news blogspot focus on the huge release of methane from what looks to be an earthquake in the Arctic. Yuck.

Driving thro my nearby town tonight (NE UK) was a trifle upsetting considering how we still mingle for shopping and for instance many small businesses such as car repair seem to still have human interactions; I cannot help but feel pub and restaurant closure ie trifling but valuable human interactions will create a whole bundle of frustrations and eventual anger. I’m okay, I pretty well live the exact social distancing lifestyle that the Government would so wish us all to pursue, but I’m not sure the average person would wish to live as I do. In fact I know they would not and could not.

Boris has promised vast amounts of citizen wage aid, but be warned he will want his price ie stringent shutdowns as and when he thinks fit.

My heart bleeds for front-line Doctors and nurses  …  despite the pure lies and blindness  of Government Press Briefings … we hear several times over each day from NHS frontline workers that the correct PPE is not present and is pathetically unsuitable, short of the decent minimum.

And where is   TEST-TEST-TEST  which we were implored to pursue? Its a bit like UK ‘Foot and Mouth’ in that all the hard lessons learnt from the experience of 1969 were ignored thirty years later.

A term seemingly forgotten is bio-security, quite handy actually, its what we all should aim for. Something else we should aim for is NOT to excessively stockpile, methinks there will be much waste, lots ending up in the bin, after all … its difficult to get excited at the prospect of yet more pasta based meals. Luckily I’ve started to get into Indian and Pakistani cooking, I’ve a couple of excellent charity shop books here and once you are ‘tooled up’ ie have the necessary herbs and spices you are able to create so much beautiful taste and often without using meat of any form. Heres so far my rock-bottom must have …..

mustard seed and fennel seed.

olive oil.

cumin seed with hot fried sweet potato ‘twiglet sized’ pieces.

fresh coriander.

try supermarket jars of Indian sauce (try Saag Masala) … you can use red onion, leek and broccoli for an instant meal. Garam masala is part of the toolkit as well as additional  coconut milk.  I also make my own chapati and Peshwari nan … all v quick and simple.

Besan flour too can make a simple bhaji or vegan burger which is wonderful with say an onion chutney.

I also use Ajiwan seed in my trad brit suet crust or for my nan bread mix.

I also enjoy a sea food pilaf (ie white wine, smoked haddock, mussels, chicken, rice, chicken stock).

a beef skirt casserole with chopped parsnip and carrot for flavour, don’t forget a couple of cloves, also Kalo beef stock ie low salt.

as a treat, crushed chilled raspberry with carnation, ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg.

try to add fresh garlic and ginger wherever possible, fresh diced fig also fine chopped red onion, leek, spring onion; fresh ground black pepper and sea salt. This is all as can be termed ‘Natures Medicine Chest’.

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In praise of Jeremy Hunt…

… well done Jeremy Hunt to call for a greater reduction in the assembly and gathering of individuals and in my opinion sports gatherings should be closed altogether, no matter what size; in your minds eye imagine a group of blokes, theres always somebody coughing or as we see here in the north east … spitting!  For the UK I’d say this is not a ‘once in a generation event’ as much bandied by the PM in his recent speeches but similar to a WW2 blitz eighty years ago or the Spanish Flu of a hundred.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51865915

I see this as a taster or try-out of the climate change disruption that will undoubtedly take hold in a few years. However it heartens me that much personal / recreational airflights can be eradicated and the economic model we have at present ie year on year annual growth and continuous market growth has limitations and should certainly be open to scrutiny. As I blogged previously I fear the virus will certainly demonstrate the unfairness and inefficiency of the American health system never mind the lying hapless nature of trump.

Concurrently there is also an official thread or counter to the Jeremy Hunt line in that meetings, groups etc should still be permitted, in an effort to help the populace develop immunity; but surely its not quite like that in that this is a virus, read and listen to how this spikey critter latches on to and enters host body cells. My own particular vigilance would be to avoid or minimise travel within the country, ie MPs sit in London and then spend the weekends at their constituency,  the virus we could say is riding piggyback on the railway system!

Heres a good link to bbc r4 radio programme  ‘Inside Science’ with Adam Rutherford, but unfortunately the bbc want us to jump thro hoops and ‘register’, wow this annoys.  https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000g3gf

I am so lucky, I’m so glad I do not live in a large town or city, that I have personal transport and can obtain my food shopping quite easily and quite close by (all fresh and home-prepared) and do not have to use public transport nor work within a group of other people nor visit anywhere with other people present, I’ve no long term health problems and am happy enough with my own company. I’m lucky indeed.

 

Learning to cook.

I would never have known cooking was so much fun, so fascinating and of course the better I get the greater the reward ie gorgeous food for me!

I keep an eye to low cost and increasingly to minimise meat content. What has sort of turned my mind (and my stomach) was opening a can of corned beef  a couple of weeks ago to make ‘bubble n sqeak’ which in my case is based on red onion, fine chopped leek, sweetcorn, broccoli, be sure to season with sea salt, fgbp and a little oregano; the potato content is ‘forked up’ not crushed down, I aim to keep it light and airy and uses previous day boiled potatos to increase flavour, skins always remain on.  The can of corned beef if you look closely is quite horrible, a bit like sausages in that you would be horrified as to the junk that gets included, looks to be everything is pushed through the grinder to maximise output. There was a lot of material ground up that is to my mind  a) is non meat content and  b) if landed onto my kitchen work surface would be instantly binned; try a magnifying glass, you’ll never use corned beef again. Its high fat too, the wrong sorts of fat I would reckon. Hint: heat some up and let go stone cold to see the horrible fat that lies on the surface.

This has pushed me to realise something like Indian cookery is the way to go. Online is certainly useful as in fact can turn into a hobby taking notes and learning about spices and how to use them. A book I bought four years back for a pound in the Saly Army shop is a teasure trove, ‘India with Passion’ by Manju Malhi, pub Mitchell Beazley ISBN 1 84533 166 4.  The enthusiasm and knowledge of the author is a feast both for the senses and the intellect and the photography is as good or better than any trip to India. I’ve a bee in my bonnet about needless travel and airflights, its just not needed, certainly as grazing tourists or resort lovers there is no life threatening need for this travel (nor any planetary threatening need to make the silly journey) ie youtube, a book or an atlas can provide a near zero carbon travel experience. The sight of stag parties to Prague, flying needlessly across Europe is the height of human stupidity.

The latest thrill is buying in spices from my shopkeeper friend a few miles away that opens up a new world of taste and texture, I’ve about fifteen at present; theres so much, vast amounts of incredible dishes that you need never use meat. Heres an example, a beginners toe in the water and utterly infallible in outcome; remember two things, moderate quantities of each, don’t overwhelm and think about the appropriate heat, I’m lucky I cook with gas, the electric hob would send me crazy!

I’m sort of gluten free, low salt, low cholestrol and dairy free so this recipe is very useful to me, used for lunch most days, maybe chicken salad later and home-made soup late afternoon. I can create very good meals at say per serving £1.00 to £1.60 most every day.

Recipe: vegan Indian style burger with caramelised onion chutney. Be sure its a non-stick pan and use only a little oil to start and add only a little more as reqd.

Mustard seed hot pan till it pops open, add fennel seed, both are essential.

Quarter red onion, sliced thin and long.

Leek, slit down, cut as thin half circles.

Slice a cooked potato or two into slices, slice again into mini potato chips, push aside pan contents, fry in a little oil, add sea salt.

Say an inch of skinny green chilli, fine chopped.

Sea salt, fgbp, a little oregano.

Add thin sliced broccoli, mix well. You can add fine chopped garlic but not essential, fresh coriander sprinkled before combining with the besan flour lifts the taste to something even more interesting.

In a bowl mix besan flour (a very useful ingredient) till runny and drop in and mix the contents of the pan. Using a big desert spoon pick up a dollop, place in pan and pat smooth, tidy up the edges till approx round.  Cook till a little bit of dark brown appears on both sides, do not overcook, do not use too much oil.

Result is scrumptious, low cost, nutritious and satisfying. They will keep a few hours quite easily and are good hot or cold, easy to take to work or picnic. They are irresistible;  I developed the idea from thinking about onion bhajis but without deep frying in oil, therefore flatten and near to dry fry and no doubt lots of other people have done the same.

I’ve other tricks too, for instance when I buy a ready cooked chicken whilst still warm I  cut longitudinally and in my little Melissa bench top oven cook on at 220C for another ten minutes, this drains some fat and crisps up the skin which of course you should try to not eat too much of.

I buy fresh, nothing frozen, nothing processed. I think about air miles and helping to avoid pains I avoid tomatos, excessive amounts of potato and certainly bell peppers of any sort, also aubergines as all these can trigger excessive body pain. I abhor the ‘burger culture’ and particularly how it is promoted in the USA, it is ‘white man lazy cooking’ and unthinking excessive consumerism. I also abhor the American fetish to over-serve vast quantities of food say in diners, its very bad on so many levels. I never buy takeaways, I can do so much better myself at a fraction of the cost, its far more fun and of far more benefit nutritionally. In my opinion all kids at school should undergo a few hours of ‘crash course’ of say ten basic meals such as those I cook here, the recipes all combined onto a data sheet they can show parents and hopefully retain for use later.  My inventory of basic food materials means there is very little waste. I never eat out.

If you want a snack eat a carrot! My basic ingredients include fresh fig, red onion, leek, spring onion, these are always to hand and can form a chicken and rice non-fried ‘pseudo-stirfry’,  or a chicken salad with celery and a little bit of tomato and cold potato. My basic ingredients can also morph into an ‘Indian’ with a ready bought sauce and low fat coconut milk (hint add extra garam masala) or move sideways to a Chinese style sweet n sour with bamboo shoots and water chestnuts, cashew nuts, Chinese five spices, Aldi ready made sauce for same; all of these starting with my basic red onion, leek, spring onion base. Occasionally I try cold potato with say three fish selection baked in the oven and this works well, but I am mindful of micro-plastic contamination and must be wary to avoid anything from the Pacific Ocean (Fukushima).

I also do all my laundry by hand, the washer packed up over a year ago and it bugged me how needlessly the thing expended so much time and energy to spin. I’ve a washing line in my garden and a bamboo pole across my kitchen ceiling, radiators too so I cope perfectly well without a washing machine, in fact I enjoy it, we seem to have reached a point in ‘civilisation’ where we are perhaps too far removed from simple honest work, a time when kids appear to be without any practical skill other than the keyboard, they don’t make, they don’t explore, they don’t learn by their own initiative.

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