Tectonic plates.

Another fun ingredient to add to the tally of global warming events and I’m assuming will rear its ugly head sooner or later, how else can it be, as explained below if the weight of ice disappears from Greenland than how else can the ground itself react but readjust its tectonic plate structure. Likewise subsea landslides are a real danger.

Not much seems forthcoming on this subject of tectonic plate readjustment / movement, maybe google is sometimes a hindrance than a boon? Or maybe articles pitched at the ‘layman’ aren’t so abundant? The achademic three year peer review system needs drastically to be shortened, we haven’t time.

Anyway, to read it and it is five minutes well spent. As always I hold self-education as vital, just like as in the olden days ….

https://qz.com/681239/global-warming-wont-just-change-the-weather-it-could-trigger-massive-earthquakes-and-volcanoes/

A couple of days ago we hear on bbc radio news that experts announce that the German and European floods could well be a sign of climate change. Wow, that is a serious under-reaction to ever increasing problems.

A petty grumble of mine but what really pips my noodle is cars especially diesel SUVs idling over in supermarket car parks whilst ‘the other half’ gets the shopping in ….. GRRRR !

Second grumble of the day is how lagging the IPCC are in all this, as if not wanting to upset anyone, they are supposed to be predicting the future and to motivate a worldwide response by scientists, engineers, governments, individuals etc. When a bomb was involved it was the Manhattan project, we need that seriousness of response multiple times over as well as vastly reducing our own personal carbon footprints, maybe its fruitless in actual reality but we cannot go down without a fight.

Aljazeera writes achingly sad re the famine in Madagascar, as when I read of the mass starvation during the Chinese Great Leap Forward and then the Cultural Revolution of people reduced to trying to eat scraps of leather or trying to scavenge nuts or berries that they know fine well is slowly killing them then we know the situation is bad, is irreversible for them. I think I shall be making my Christmas charity donations in the next few days. Interestingly a few years ago I learnt that in the Moslem world a working adult will contribute 1/40 of their income as charity contribution each year, I think a lot of us should work by that example and perhaps the tragedy of Yemen, Madagascar, refugees etc may find some relief from their plight.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/7/23/nothing-left-catastrophe-madagascar-famine-hit-south

Well done Mr Blair.

I only post and blog when it is something that matters to me. I don’t think i mentioned the name Obama once, because I thought the country was in good hands in those far off days.

I had hoped better than this from Biden, a great big whopping disappointment I’m afraid. Tony Blair is quite justified in the term ‘imbecilic’ as to the mad immoral and just plain nuts move to exit Afghanistan, throwing away a most useful platform to help encourage a positive view toward the West and our sense of democracy and equal rights, and of course its use for intelligence gathering. How utterly stupid, never mind in the manner that it has been done and the grief and fear it has so quickly engendered among most Afghanis.

Heres a well written apparaisal of Mr Blairs use of imbecilic… https://www.mail.com/int/news/uk/11053854-imbecilic-ex-uk-leader-tony-blair-slams-afghan-wit.html#.1272-stage-rightcolumn1-1

Tony Blair learnt hard lessons twenty years ago, its in his face. I have a lot of time for him and applaud his present day work. Heres the essay he wrote re ‘imbecilic’ from his own website …. https://institute.global/tony-blair/tony-blair-why-we-must-not-abandon-people-afghanistan-their-sakes-and-ours

I particularly applaud his focus on the absurdity of slogans, as to their shallowness and leading to a ‘non-thinking’ environment, to hook the easily led. I would think the 1930’s were full of slogans.

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

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What the hell did you think would happen?

Just listening to Diane Abbott a few seconds ago on bbc r4 ‘Any Questions’ and I’ve had to turn off.

At first shot at spouting forth Diane keeps it all very vague, in broad brushstrokes but at second pitch a few minutes later she states categorically that we we failed at nation building. This is incorrect.

In my opinion we succeeded at nation building with the western presence in Afghanistan; we certainly did, amply demonstrated by everyones dismay, fear and real horror at now being stuck (alone) with a Taliban master. I would think an entire half of the population ie female will be shaking at the loss of western freedoms (ie this is what is called nation building Diane). Also a great proportion of Afghan males will equally be horrified that now with Taliban masters ethnicity and regional and tribal origin will once again shape ones life/ or death. All these negative points were chipped away at and rendered paltry by twenty years of western nation building, Diane.

How is it words and views can become so deranged and inapplicable, I’m thinking of the wonky brain of Diane Abbott. She needs to work with texts, printed material and perhaps a writing course to gain the idea of inferences and real intended meaning from the written word… methinks so. Diane!

It looks that the trump administration (if ever a ‘trump administration’ could ever warrant such a term, I mean a bunch of opportunistic lackeys and self interested on-the-make fascists and petty fraudsters) …. did their utmost to speed the takeup of power by the Taliban, this is tantamount to aiding the enemy. This is so elementary as if a childrens flashcard session, but after all, this is how ‘Intelligence’ was indeed presented to trump, by childrens flashcards. Look again to Putin, trumps puppet master.

We’ve released a basket of vipers, what the hell did you think would happen?

Keeping on top of Afghanistan I assume seemed do-able, I assume also quite do-able for many years to come, certainly strategically immensely useful to us, and also useful to them, the ordinary people, we provided a looser more accepting society, western values generally diminish fear. Yet, the mere hint of retreat and the Taliban rush in at great speed. Question is, quite what did the trump administration tie down with the Taliban, what did their ‘secret negotiations’ contain?

Biden looks super-bad in all this; I’m so sad he has turned out to be quite useless and in fact a danger to world peace and strategic thinking. Its ironic the newly presented ‘gloss and spin’ from the Taliban is so like the gloss and spin that trump has used so much throughout his life ie saying one thing but actually doing another. I can see the influence of trump in this, exhorting the phoney tv and media image, merely a game of smoke and mirrors; media and tv to be ‘used’ and spoonfed whatever angle someone such as trump wished to world to see, this signals zero respect to the outer world, the viewers.

Checks and balances I wonder? Where was NATO? Likewise British Cabinet and Foreign Office appear woefully ineffectual, again, top-brass military, where were all the brains and experience in allowing any of this to happen? Afghanistan was an ideal place to gather Intel, a windfall to influence and propagate western values, now all thrown to the wind. We hear also today Saturday 21st that callers to bbc r4 ‘Any Questions’ are pleading for the Home Office, Foreign Office etc to get more joined up and realise how to fast-track applications and procedure. Maybe Dominic Cummings was correct in there needing to be a big shake-up.

Factual testimony today Saturday informs us the Taliban are as cruel as ever, again on bbc r4 ‘Any answers’ of the brother of a man that worked for the British, and therefore his brother a qualified surgeon had a hand cut off merely because the brother had worked for the Brits and following from this other family members have been murdered these last few days, murdered by the Taliban because of this Brit connection, as another caller told us, his life will be measured in hours, not days or weeks.

So we can see, the Taliban are using western style media to in fact bullshit the west, whilst meantime pursuing their unenlightened backward mindset; amputation, torture, murder.

trump did his best to denigrate and diminish NATO for his friend in the Kremlin, strange how Biden let this utterly catastrophic and easily avoided go through. Biden and the Americans can now never be trusted.

It is also cruel and mindless to set the final date for withdrawl as 9/11 … this should have been realised and avoided at all cost, it helps no-one.

I hope and pray we can insist the window for bringing back all those that helped western forces can be extended, maybe in exchange for aid and not sanction. But also ‘to mop up’ all those feared and cowering that cannot physically reach the airport nor have all the documents required.

I am keen to sponsor an Afghan family. I need now to find how to do this, I know what it is like to be without help, to stand alone, ignored.

I can see clearly now…

Lets shoot a line, let me use my imagination…

This whole thing has been pre-rehearsed, it is to a script, the bizarre spectacle of America sleep walking into the Afghanistan ‘withdrawl disaster’ is in fact in my opinion heavily scripted, hence Bidens stilted nonsensical Monday speech.

For instance when forever has a president genuinely troubled themselves at the loss of life in the course of duty? Pity he didn’t consider civilian lives, was it running at a ratio of ten to one? But this wouldn’t have been foremost until a few weeks ago, I’m assuming everything was ticking over nicely so to speak until then, in todays UK Parliament we are informed of no US military deaths in three years, can we say this tour is now a patsy? For sure from now on there will be much greater loss of life. Bidens thoughts and views on this hold no water. These things are viewed statistically by the top brass at home and its for sure far more people die of traffic accidents, but we never ban cars. Sorry to be caustic on this but this ‘stinks to high heaven’.

This cack-handed and supremely inept withdrawl perhaps results from the trump administration speaking to the Taliban in secret. A deal has been done and I reckon this could be the result of trump meeting with Putin in Helsinki for two hours a couple of years ago with no record of what was said, no minutes taken. The deal entails the Taliban being handed Afghanistan in exchange for them displaying a certain leniency and ‘enlightened thinking’.

In essence he has handed Afghanistan and the region to Putin, made the USA look stupid and created turmoil setting the scene for trouble in the future, no doubt all to the glee of Putin. I hesitate at using the term Russia because everything is Putin-centric, its the man, not the country. China will build economic aid but it will be Putin who exercises muscle; along with Pakistan wallowing in their unforseen luck.

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Postscript:

Lets extend this speculative line of thought of mine a little further, it makes one wonder if the dreadful scenes of the Jan 6th storming of the Capitol were in fact a Russian manipulation? Thinking is allowed. Their intent on making western society and values look stupid certainly seems to be taking effect. After all, it is obvious for the trump four year White House tenure he was walking hand in hand with the Russians.

Airlifting so many people out of Kabul airport in such an uncertain, heart rending and last minute manner is a profound failure in planning, of local knowledge, of the practical business of getting things done. The UK Ambassador we hear from bbc r4 is still there along with volunteers from the Embassy doing their best to process and fastrack the airlift of all those likely to suffer at the hands of the Taliban. Meanwhile can we assume the western allies had already pulled the plug on their own military airbases, I assume the answer is yes. Also, we learn on bbc radio that this is ‘the fighting season’ when armed militias etc are most prominent, yet another blunder of Intelligence and planning. Theresa May had good right to be scathing, I would think behind the scenes more so too.

We must remember Obama set all this running ie the departure which in itself is a bad idea, after all, we have the soldiers, mostly the gear and so why not deploy them meaningfully, the US and the British still have many bases and soldiers around the world, curiously a huge contingent still in South Korea, so what possible arguament for Afghanistan withdrawl could hold water?

I do not think it was ever a ‘waste of time’ in any sense, western presence at each minute for twenty years was time well spent, imagine how bad it could have become without our being there. Its just a crying pity the end was so badly done.

If I were a Prime Minister or President …

I’m sure I would have not travelled the road of insanity as displayed by Johnson and Biden. And why? For what reasons have they done this? Both are now rock bottom in my estimation of suitability to hold Office. What is the matter with them, has some collective stupidity enveloped them and rendered them blind to the obvious?

As PM or Pres I would reach out to countries, help with all aspects of decent moral life, with education, scholarships, equal rights, infrastructure, the nitty gritty of electricity and sewage. As far as I could determine with western forces in Afghanistan everything was sort of ticking over okay, no doubt masses of experience had been gained and hence things could only get better, but to depart so haplessly and concede everything to the so-called dreaded taliban then what was it all for? Are there warmongers and industrialists at influence at Washington that would like nothing better than a total mess to emerge so that in time they will have a full scale war to enjoy again?

Biden has failed catastrophically, his speech of Monday will become infamous as fatuous nonsensical and scratching at any excuse to justify a withdrawl that a) would never work and b) created mayhem and danger for everyone left behind and thrown to the wind the opportunity to win hearts and minds, thrown to the wind all the good work done, the manhours and effort. A catastrophic failure of foreign initiative. Remember with Iraq a dozen tissue-thin basically non-existant reasons were endlessly peddled and promulgated so as to initiate huge military operations, when all along no legitimate reason existed (remember the guilty Colin Powell, Reece et al) but now with a hundred valid and concrete reasons to stay they have gone deaf and mute to any drop of good sense. Whats all behind this???

Macron too is displaying strange behaviour, I cannot converse in French therefore its all in translation but again ‘doesn’t read right’. Something smells a bit fishy.

Nature abhors a vacuum and I shudder to think how the next few months will play out as less than benign world players will enter Afghanistan to peddle influence and gain huge regions of new territory, to colour the map according to their own un-enlightened viewpoint, most likely allowing madmen and zealots to run riot as long as it is not too ‘in their face’. Whatever nations park themselves as the new friends of the taliban controlled Afghanistan they will be quite happy for a low-level illegal mayhem to percolate contentedly.

I’m thinking of the Chinese here, their treatment of minorities and Uyghers will be forever a black mark on their so-called modernisation. But realise when the Chinese persecute they are actually erasing the presence of people that have lived and worked in specific regions for an awfully long time; those people surely have every right to go about unhindered in their daily lives, not to be hounded and persecuted and basically wiped out by some invisible unaccountable beauracratic machine in Beijing. China feeds its population total media junk, have a look at their online media content, endless junk as if desperate to elevate everyone to an in the present mode of life and hundreds of years of quiet living are now looked down upon and seemingly to be eradicated, just as with hutongs, all this sounds so very Orwellian.

I cried on Monday when I heard the radio news of people hanging onto an aircraft at takeoff, martyrs indeed.

postscript …

read the link below and see the massive interest paid in funding American activities in Afghanistan, a whopping huge rake-off i would never agree to no matter how desperate for money. Realise, this goes to line the some Corporate coffers. Easy money, Ezra Pound would have something to say about all this.

https://www.aljazeera.com/economy/2021/8/16/the-us-spent-2-trillion-in-afghanistan-and-for-what

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 …

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

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

Climate change, ice loss, the future.

Its not very well put actually, Prof Peter Wadhams does okay in his own style but the other two particularly Mark seem not too good with words, I’d have expected greater eloquence, must be hell to get a lecture from them, or maybe I should have been a lecturer myself.

Good to hear criticism of the IPCC, they have a powerful voice and grip on humankinds response to this climate catastrophe and impending mass extinction event.

It rambles and rumbles along, but I cannot share the enthusiasm at the loss of Stuart Scott the previous frontman for this, I always thought he was too much the lightweight, not much presence, too light a touch on the subject to get anyone to notice, too quiet a speaker. Maybe we need more of the Brian Blessed to get these discussions noticed!

Never mind, Mr Grumpy here, no harm intended, it starts very elementary and luckily gets better, salient points are mankinds inability with non-linear change and a hypothetical question at 28:00 that if we fast tracked solar generation into a five year period as how this would help or solve the matter of human extinction. Answer is ‘not really’ … all the changes are now ‘locked in’ to the unstoppable dynamic of climate change and extinction. Not much was made of the methane time bomb but when Prof Wadhams is quizzed into admitting five years as a possible diary marker for a cataclysmic event in my opinion I agree.

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