5G madness !

I had no idea LED street lights contained 5G transmitters. bit of a shame really, streetlighting 120 years ago provided someone with a job …..


I detest the 5G idea.

Lets look for more links ….




YUK !!! the classic Economic growth model is doomed, witness climate change, yet still all is powered forward to something we don’t even need or want.

curious aside …

I sympathise, especially re asking and getting sent dumb nonsense schematics …..


Like what happened and where is the empathy, the follow up or concern.  The poor woman explored the product first offered and suffered an abrupt turnaround and at some expense too!  I think the original offering / product is worth exploring as a piece of equipment as far as i can see.   Pls google as I shall too !

Coral reef without diatoms?

Diatoms are a keen interest of mine and heres a e360yale article that as with all others never seems to involve or stress the importance of diatoms in the symbiotic relationship /actual existance of coral reef.

I might be wrong, I’m only an interested layman with a few hundred hours of hobby microscope time ie freshwater algae but it vexes me when this vital aspect is basically ignored. The answer is already there ie temperature rise.

Show any child an image or view of diatoms and they will be fascinated, its hard to be otherwise.



postscript … at our mostly okay Secondary School north UK circa 1969-74  maybe only  once did the microscopes come come out of their dark cupboard; the teacher himself must have never realised life at microscopic level, algae etc its wonders and beauty. Or maybe just too lazy, probably the latter. He was too interested in his beloved youth club, forms and paperwork that should not have displaced his teaching effort. I have literally sat through complete lessons playing ‘hangman’ (many times in fact) a kids pen and paper time filler whilst the pillock was busy on admin he should have done elsewhere. A lot of hangman….

I mention this because a couple of days ago a bbc radio news reporter was ‘alarmed’ to interview a cash strapped African teacher of biology and he admitted they did not have a microscope to help reveal a great number of otherwise hidden detail. Alarm! How upsetting, how tragic. How bullshit! No such facility was offered to us up in our village Secondary School in England. And anyway, a textbook is all you need to get through any O level or as we did a simpler thing called CSE.

Likewise here locally a more industrial area a couple of years ago publicity was made re a group of students from China (say fifteen year olds?) and that old standby photographic prop the microscope was featured, it was obvious this was a prop, merely to give ‘an impression’ of a more involved level of competence and enquiry. Again. B/S raises its ugly head….

How much does google store?

This is quite sick, what a fine job we’ve done on surveillance, who would have thought George Orwell was so prescient.



From the New Yorker …. how much on the web is phoney and fake. Its curious how trump endlessly slings ‘fake’ at the Press but in fact they are the highest bastion, the last bastion against an otherwise quite easily manipulated  source of our news. Witness the Ruskis. Its very annoying to me as it must be to all journalists and newspapermen and the general population to witness trump act so dishonestly. Anyone and everyone deserves better than this. Its only a minority that applauds trump, always has been and luckily now without Russian help he is failing on so many fronts this small base is shrinking rapidly.  Given time we can get adults and educated people back into the White House, people of experience and higher values, that can work, make an effort and have the common good in their minds.


nonsense news miscellany …

Just hearing bbc radio news a few minutes ago, a new report telling us its quite allright to allow kids any amount of screen time!

A hundred lorries to trundle around Kent on Monday morning rush-hour to see how a clog-up will look like!  Far better route them all past the Nigel Farrage home and make it a round thousand…. all blaring their horns at the most unsocial hour possible.

Imagine being a farmer or food export / importer with perishable goods. Margins will be slim therefore its in big quantities and I cannot see how any but the biggest operators could manage to survive. Funny things traffic jams never mind blockheaded across the Channel awkward and or pedantic Customs Officials. Takes very little to jam the roads and strangely I’ve noticed a collective stupidity seems to overcome many drivers as they reach the roundabout inducing a slowness and total memory loss of the huge tailback behind them.

My opinion is in the first place a 4% swing most certainly did not warrant Brexit. Now I’d say as we have a better idea of it all it would be a swing of 40% to stay. To plough on pig-headedly is heaping injury upon injury, disadvantage upon disadvantage. Unless of course the Pound becomes so weak we start to look like a third world country and become a place to make things on the cheap.

The Government signing up a so-called Ferry Company that doesn’t even own or possess access to anything ‘boat’. Who’s website utilised terms and conditions of a fast food takeaway as material to fill the void !! … !!

trump wanting a Border Wall …. from what I see there is already a wall where it matters; FACT. Maybe get Christo to wrap it up and make a gift of it to the Idiot in Chief.


Its about time his mega-expensive motorcade did something useful, drive the idiot to the town dump and eject him, job done!


*Is there an increasing collective stupidity?

So many areas we seem quite hopeless and driving headlong into trouble. With decreasing oxygen levels and the crap from chemtrails its inevitable populations become stupid.



A test for Art.

Heres an interesting aside, a smidgeon of ‘something else’ to add some levity to the usual shenanigans called our preoccupations (ie web / trump / climate).

I’ve taken to looking at art books these last few days, the blanket nothing-ness of Christmas is proving its toll and I need nourishment. Apart from the sumptuous, educating and beautiful six parter Peter Philips ‘Polyphony’ on BBC r3 late evenings not much from the ordinary to engage me radio-wise. However the dreaded Christmas Day was quite good, well done bbc r3. Considering their library of material and skills as broadcasters it really would have taken a great effort to screw it up.

Plenty of art books here, plenty of art too that I’ve made twenty and thirty years ago, lots to engage any conversation if anyone were to visit or get access to my activities. As I’ve stated previously our web hours seldom if ever serves us any art (or images from past decades and centuries) …. of value, yet pick up a book or an encyclopedia and instantly dozens of incredible images, forms and ideas fly into our vision. I’m into planning and architecture too, I suppose all developments of human thought and ability, often the web is like peering through the thinnest of cracks in a broken door yet pick up a book and theres a feast for your mind, you instantly learn new things.

Point of this post is figuring out how to test for Art, how to evaluate a piece of nonsense presented as of merit. A case in point being trying to figure out a household where a family member makes a point to emphasise her new degree yet all around theres utterly nothing to reveal such an interest, walls bare, no book in sight. I think we’ve got a little bit of the emperors new clothes creeping in here. We have tv, we have phones and handy personal transport but does it make us work and study any better  …  I think not. So where is the Masterwork of this handy person? A masterpiece is a very old term indeed, ask any watchmaker or skilled time served worker of three hundred years ago. It will have carefulness and veer toward perfection; yet I enter the house in question and all I can recall is seeing something that looks likely, a homemade five minute drunken scribble masquerading as art. Depth ability and genuine effort seem in short supply.

My test for Art :-

  • You should immediately be able to tell which person produced it with only the merest acquaintance of the ppl involved as you enter the home. Which family member is likely to have done this, the six year old now fast asleep, or the demented grannie coping with her last years ? Can we tell ?
  • Can you instinctively put a name to it, a maker, a style of execution. Usually we can if it is cooking or needlework or handicraft … or why is the adept working so hard to conceal their supposed knowledge and enthusiasm of which I am increasingly sceptical? How much tackle is involved in its production, a work area, if none of these things present then i wonder.
  • Is this the remains of an art therapy session for someone injured or seeking recovery ? Scribble scribble, colour colour ….
  • Is this the only thing they’ve ever done now proudly or desperately displayed as a Masterwork; what is the hinterland we are drawing from? None? Ask ‘explain this to me’ … Can they speak for five minutes on this piece … I reckon not. Its all a charade in the particular case I’m thinking of.
  • Genuine application (ie our supposed ‘degree’ person) is sadly wanting,  not some few minutes  wannabe artist wishing to create an aura …  glib waffle to impress the check-out girl and strangers.
  • One hour is not a thousand hours. Please!
  • What knowledge, insight or craft was entailed in its production, show me your portfolio, your effort. Increasing ability with practice and effort.
  • What is the dialogue for this piece, references, developments, a body of work, an ongoing conversation, next step ?
  • Have a child make a copy, could anyone tell the difference?

The answer to this  (from my viewpoint a year later) … is go for the jugular … show me your portfolio, your development, your books and notes. Your enthusiasm.  Talk to me about it. In other words I’ve been duped and this is why I am so angry about this. These are wannabes and fantasists wishing to impress the girl at the checkout or a passing neighbour.  I am mighty vexed its assumed I’ll tag along with the fantasy, I don’t mind ppl acting a part or being pretentious, it generally always looks silly and raises a smile but I do not like it assumed I am taken in by this; trying to weave me into their dumb web. Thats two big scams I can put a name to for the same couple.

This highlights a problem I see more of, ppl kidding us they are something they are not. Its getting worse.

I’m all for people playing around harmlessly and maybe even learning something, hopefully to appreciate the value of books (ie a bound collection of information compiled by an expert) …  but what vexes me profoundly is nonsense, non-performance dressed up as something else, a self deluding pretension or mirage of greater things. All my reading, all my effort and I have adults playing as if children to perpetuate a no-hoper blind fantasy.

And once you hear “Oh I don’t read books!” then you know its time to quit.

postscript … something I wrote this summer … https://climate-change-briefing.com/2018/08/19/we-need-art/


A few words to the yellow vests ….

…. reactionary, puerile, pointless, hijacked.

Oh dear … a little bit of tax on fuel …  my dear friends as Climate Change begins to bite you will be utterly lost, bamboozled, thwarted. Get on board, pull together, stop titting around.

I feel so sorry for Macron …. having to deal with this crap.

To quote my friend Dr MLK  there are some difficult days ahead.

And if the presently displayed stupidity is the so-called reaction to difficult days then I think the protestors are indeed …  queer – challenged – out of their depth.