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Kwarteng needs to get back to his Latin poetry …

Chancellor material he certainly is not, even with his priveliged education, Eton etc the extent of his blunder, blindness and sheer arrogance at his ‘alternative fix’ beggars belief.

I don’t know how they are going to write this up in the history books, I really do wish it wasn’t happening and thats from a man who lives frugally, I eat modestly cooking all I need and don’t have an employer to rely on, no mortgage either, thank God. People must be tearing their hair out (with attendant blood pressure) at everything they have built up being shredded, rendered useless, reposessed.

I imagine most folk are already stretched to the limit, so Kwarteng really does think its a good idea ….

Petrol prices up massively (dollar based).

Food prices to soar.

Agriculture at home will be severely stressed, its always been heavy on borrowing.

Borrowing costs pushed to the limit, for private and business.

Businesses will not invest, many will fail.

Mortgages now unaffordable for I suspect most folk.

House values yet more added fun from Kwarteng pushed to negative equity.

Rental sector looks set to collapse (ie evictions) as its mostly fuelled by interest only mortgages.

All the effort to prop up catering/ leisure during covid all down the pan, we are stuck with paying it off for decades.

Leisure industry, eating out, pubs etc will be massively hit.

The insanity of borrowing to fund a tax cut to the super wealthy, its unwanted, unwarranted.

Imports and materials now much more expensive, cars too.

NHS looks set to be squeezed even further, we assume education and social care ditto.

etc etc

And this is called progress? Kwarteng is set to do as much harm as the German bombers that flew in our skies eighty years ago.

I can think of no-one in the Truss Cabinet that is any good including Truss herself. What are they on?

Its hard to believe its less than a week since Black Friday, the totally mis-named ‘mini budget’ better termed ‘major catastrophe authored by Kwarteng‘. It is catastrophic and the workings of a man from the madhouse, quite seriously. I mean this objectively; as much as I find Kwarteng to be repulsive, a great deal of UK sentiment is already against him at his bizarre performance at the Queens funeral the previous Monday. It would be best, imperative he is removed from Office immediately. But what happens … Truss will not hear criticism of him, likewise so many Tories, Redwood, Frost, Coffey, Zahir, Dorries etc you name them … all will not see the elephant in the room, the catastrophe that is unfolding on all fronts. I would assume their personal security is much hardened, they will not be feeling safe at any time for what they intend / have delivered to every citizen of the UK.

With Kwarteng, surely to God his parents both high fliers have pulled him aside and had one heck of a frank conversation? Along the lines of “You cannot do this”.

As of today 28th Sept when you have received a letter from the IMF telling you what you are doing is both bad (and mad) for the UK and will have world repercussions then surely this somehow must get under the thick skin of this hopeless and unwanted Chancellor Kwarteng?

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Convince me these are not chemtrail…

Chemtrail … lots easily found, at present I’m sort of (slightly reluctantly) using NASA Worldview which basically gives us one daytime shot, I reckon around noon or a little before.

Heres a hottie, chemtrail Sept 10th ’22 … https://go.nasa.gov/3xvE7z2

Chemtrail south west England and Irish Sea, https://go.nasa.gov/3xvE7z2

Chemtrail Sept 11th … https://go.nasa.gov/3DzCq7J

Chemtrail Sept 11th … yikes! … https://go.nasa.gov/3BP7qiU

Chemtrail Sept 10th using a different filter … https://go.nasa.gov/3qIMIuG

Chemtrail again Sept 10th, north east of Scotland, Shetland, Orkney … https://go.nasa.gov/3DyCq7N

Sept 12th, chemtrail northern France … https://go.nasa.gov/3qMP9w5

Chemtrail Midlands, East Anglia, Irish Sea 13th Sept … https://go.nasa.gov/3LokXky

Chemtrail Sept 17th southern Ireland … https://go.nasa.gov/3QQfLXS

Please explore and find more for yourself!

Lines in the sky.

Scarborough, North Yorkshire got plenty of chemtrail on 18th Jan this year, found whilst googling ‘lines in the sky’.

https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/news/local-news/gallery/scarborough-residents-baffled-beautiful-morning-22791315

As well as the thrill of the squiggly trails in the foreground what people haven’t realised is the distant background is also chemtrail, old say more than an hour.

Here I copy and paste from the Scarborough Examiner 18th Jan 2022 ….

https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/news/local-news/gallery/scarborough-residents-baffled-beautiful-morning-22791315

In the above paste look toward the rising sun, the sky is full of chemtrail. So from this let us look at NASA Worldview which may show something at a full three hours later …

Chemtrail over North Sea 18th Jan 2022. https://go.nasa.gov/3rMnMng

Yes indeed there is chemtrail, some of the chemtrails measure at 370 miles. Click on the link and click to magnify the image, there is detail captured. This is the same day Scarborough North Yorkshire had the spectacular chemtrail sunrise in the link to the Scarborough Examiner at start of this post.

Click on my tags and categories, theres hundreds of pics and posts re chemtrail on this blog of mine, all real, nothing invented, nothing assumed.

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Things go well for Boris…

Nice to see my words echoed a day later by ex PM John Major, a much under-rated man and we align totally in that it is quite despicable supposedly competent Cabinet Ministers attempting to defend the indefensible, for example step forward Kwasi Kwarteng.

Things go well for Boris today, lickspittle adulators rush to defend, okay admittedly only one or two at least but there is rampant inflation, there is Ukraine, there is Cressida Dick, all wonderful things to draw the spotlight away from a hapless and callous Boris Johnson. As I’ve always said if he couldn’t recognise a party in the garden (Friday night, bottles of wine) then what was happening in no.10 on a day to day basis? As Boris refuses to admit to the obvious this nation is being laughed at around the world, it being openly stated on bbc r4 news we are losing credibility on the world stage.

Rishi Sunak will be judged as really not very competent, throwing loose no tie loans to instantly folding ‘companies’ all comers welcome sounds like naive in the extreme. We need more ’rounded’ and experienced people in Cabinet, theres too much Eton, theres too much ex merchant bankers financial types, we need people with a greater sense of the position they hold and the requirements of public service, to have experience of ORDINARY LIFE.

Never mind, the Government has rapid inflation, exactly as we would expect and is exactly as Boris and Rishi could have hoped for, to erode the burden of this borrowing mess we are in.

The Dido Harding track and trace fiasco and the billions down the drain must not be swept under the carpet.

We now under the Boris Johnson Administration have seen created before our very eyes two new forms of under-class, those folk that work yet seem endlessly stretched in expenditure they cannot meet and below them the poor and disadvantaged that if Kwasi Kwarteng gets his way will be colder and hungrier than they have so far experienced.

The poor en-masse, Boris and Co would now like to push sub-radar as if they do not exist. Ask Kwasi Kwarteng, he is good and ready with the knife.

Heres my check list of all the waste and incompetence of the Boris Government of recent months as per my blog post of a couple of days ago.

Lets list from top of my head the dastardly acts of Boris Johnson, Rishi Sunak etc.

  • Peroguing of Parliament (actually now seen as illegal).
  • Pushing through Brexit which again is disastrous, for decades we will hurt from this. It will hit precisely those businesses comprising ordinary working people, growers, manufacturers.
  • Blind to the impracticality of the Northern Ireland / EU trading border.
  • Most definitely eroding the status of the poor and the ordinary, the mass of people, the stats in 10yrs time will amply demonstrate this.
  • Snatching the notorious £20 note from the poorest, this Rishi is very mean and cruel.
  • Billions wasted on HS2 particularly in a time of zoom meetings and remote working, no-one mentions freight, doesn’t seem to be part of it.
  • Both NI and income tax up for ordinary workers.
  • Crippling energy costs, on the rise, unfettered a huge profit machine for the those companies that can stay the course.
  • Still allowing the IR35 tax loophole, this is disgraceful by any standard other than vested interest and greed.
  • Not any great real effect on climate change, Boris is a Johnny come lately at even accepting the phenomena.
  • In my opinion Boris disrespects the House, remember it suited Boris fine to have the likes of Dominic Cummings as close advisor; whoops that is a misnomer, theres nothing ‘the likes of’ Dominic Cummings, fortunately a total one-off and Boris couldn’t get enough of him.
  • The phoney mantra of ‘levelling up’ which will prove to be empty and hollow.
  • The disastrous withdrawl from Afghanistan and its consequences, I shudder at the suffering and poverty we have left behind, as with Iraq a consequence of western meddling.
  • The multiple serial contravention of covid restrictions at no.10 and if Boris couldn’t recognise the contravention then what was happening inside no.10 on a day to day basis?
  • The billions wasted on the Dido Harding track and trace fiasco.
  • Draconian lockdowns, quite needless when losing family members. Imagine the misery in adhering to a ‘rule’. This well illustrates the Boris lack of empathy and callous disregard to the ordinary and suffering.
  • The millions perhaps billions wasted on inappropriate substandard PPE at the start of covid, bought from ‘mates’.
  • The billions wasted on naive Rishi shovelling out money as ‘loans’ to companies that subsequently surprise surprise declare themselves bankrupt.
  • The stupidity of the cash grants ie free money no strings handed out without any screening whatsoever from Local Authorities to any small business that said ‘yes’, lets face it hospitality needs to shed massive overcapacity and many niche businesses under covid have thrived. A waste of money once again.
  • We’ll see the situation quite soon where doctors on call-out will be making visits to homes six months of the year in cold weather where the occupants suffer without heating, Boris and Rishi have set the clock back a hundred years.
  • Immediate rampant inflation, surely not a surprise to anyone but Boris.
  • Measly near non-existent rates for savers, prudence and thrift is not rewarded; they want us to spend spend spend.
  • The rise of the private landlord has been allowed to increase unfettered.
  • And perhaps worst of all the huge NHS backlog, literally millions of people held in limbo UNABLE to enjoy the magnificent resources of as we are told so often this wonderful NHS.

Its hard to believe such a list of blunders. I would like all of these blunders to be investigated and will it happen, not really. The Boris Government is increasingly looking to be a clowns comedy cavalcade.

postscript: 24 hrs later we hear on bbc r4 news that in fact Steve Barclay has announced Government will be shrinking its presence, its aid and facilities provided, taking a more ‘back seat’ role. In other words they have wasted so much unaccounted for billions that now they have no choice, but of course will not admit this. This is uncanny how I can pre-guess what this atrocious Conservative government is capable (or incapable) of. All the decades of struggle are being eliminated, contrary to natural human optimism. This will please Kwasi Kwarteng and others of his ilk; they need to be ‘outed’ and shamed.

We live in a world of whitewash and bluff and soundbite the future is not bright.

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A poor performance by Boris.

I just wonder if he has early stages dementia, and I am quite serious about this question.

Boris Johnson refuses to apologise for the peculier mention of Jimmy Saville whilst at crossed swords debate in the House and gives no valid reason to drag this irrelevant point into the harangue; merely to hurt the Opposition Leader, to stab Sir Keir Starmer; this by any standards was brainless, ignorant and cruel. All he need do is apologise and admit the situation, the heat overcame him, but his ongoing waffly obfuscation since then and somehow pretending there was any justification for this most awful blunder compounds his hurt, his damage and what little is left of his credibility. To anyone, it looks bad, a despicable act.

This last few days have been shameful in those that are now defending Boris, hearing Kwasi Kwarteng this weekend was particularly dire, Kwasi insisting the vaccine roll-out and fight against covid was plainly the achievement of Boris Johnson, others have voiced how he was near death and his epic battle to fight it, he pulled through, etc etc! I could practically hear ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ start to play in the background! Embarrassing how Kwasi Kwarteng can stoop so low, this would fit more with Russia and China than the UK.

As blogged previously I’m horrified how these sad blind unfortunate so called supporters are insistent on voicing what are supposedly a ‘list of achievements’ of Boris Johnson, utter humbug. I beg to differ and would say his REAL list of achievements makes for very sad reading and worst of all we have to live with the real world consequences of it all, ask any ordinary working person; Rishi Sunak likewise equally in my mind not so clever as so many would have us pretend, history will not be kind to them.

Where is objective clear thinking and accountability?

Lets list top of my head the dastardly acts of Boris Johnson, Rishi Sunak et al ….

  • Peroguing of Parliament (actually now seen as illegal).
  • Pushing through Brexit which again is disastrous, for decades we will hurt from this. It will hit precisely those businesses comprising ordinary working people, growers, manufacturers.
  • Blind to the impracticality of the Northern Ireland / EU trading border.
  • Most definitely eroding the status of the poor and the ordinary, the mass of people, the stats in 10yrs time will amply demonstrate this.
  • Snatching the notorious £20 note from the poorest, this Rishi is very mean and cruel.
  • Billions wasted on HS2 particularly in a time of zoom meetings and remote working.
  • Both NI and income tax up for ordinary workers.
  • Crippling energy costs, on the rise, unfettered a huge profit machine for the those companies that can stay the course.
  • Still allowing the IR35 tax loophole, this is disgraceful by any standard other than vested interest and greed.
  • Not any great real effect on climate change, Boris is a Johnny come lately at even accepting the phenomena.
  • In my opinion Boris disrespects the House, remember it suited Boris fine to have the likes of Dominic Cummings as close advisor; whoops that is a misnomer, theres nothing ‘the likes of’ Dominic Cummings, fortunately a total one-off and Boris couldn’t get enough of him.
  • The phoney mantra of ‘levelling up’ which will prove to be empty and hollow.
  • The disastrous withdrawl from Afghanistan and its consequences, I shudder at the suffering and poverty we have left behind, as with Iraq a consequence of western meddling.
  • The multiple serial contravention of covid restrictions at no.10 and if Boris couldn’t recognise the contravention then what was happening inside no.10 on a day to day basis?
  • The billions wasted on the Dido Harding track and trace fiasco.
  • Draconian lockdowns, quite needless when losing family members. Imagine the misery in adhering to a ‘rule’. This well illustrates the Boris lack of empathy and callous disregard to the ordinary and suffering.
  • The millions perhaps billions wasted on inappropriate substandard PPE at the start of covid, bought from ‘mates’.
  • The billions wasted on naive Rishi shovelling out money as ‘loans’ to companies that subsequently surprise surprise declare themselves bankrupt.
  • The stupidity of the cash grants ie free money no strings handed out without any screening whatsoever from Local Authorities to any small business that said ‘yes’, lets face it hospitality needs to shed massive overcapacity and many niche businesses under covid have thrived. A waste of money once again.
  • We’ll see the situation quite soon where doctors on call-out will be making visits to homes six months of the year in cold weather where the occupants suffer without heating, Boris and Rishi have set the clock back a hundred years.
  • Immediate rampant inflation, surely not a surprise to anyone but Boris.
  • Measly near non-existent rates for savers.
  • The rise of the private landlord has been allowed to increase unfettered.
  • And perhaps worst of all the huge NHS backlog, literally millions of people held in limbo UNABLE to enjoy the magnificent resources of as we are told so often this wonderful NHS.

Its hard to believe such a list of blunders. I would like all of these blunders to be investigated and will it happen, not really. The Boris Government is increasingly looking to be a clowns comedy cavalcade.

Rishi is so divorced from reality if he were to walk along a street (I doubt he ever would) and if a poor person were to hold out their hand he would probably mistakenly think they want to give him money!

Theres not much cheer or hope in any of this; merely ‘dread’ for the ordinary.

We are in dangerous territory here, where its expected the public have no memory of the rolling disaster of Boris Johnson or whatever Government, this whitewash and lack of any sense of history is precisely what George Orwell warned us against.

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No10, Boris and climate change.

I subscribe to updates from carbonbrief.org and this just arrived in this morning. Makes for interesting reading, and pertinent to these last few weeks wishing this countrys leadership can get back to focusing on climate change, the elimination of poverty and coping with the future.

But lets also remind ourselves of COP26 Glasgow … what did it achieve?

Were the right people invited?

How will COP26 be viewed in hindsight?

In actual effect was it pointless?

One could be certainly justified in saying it was pointless, the IPCC we must remember does not factor in the effects of methane, something that can arrive as microbial activity, thawing methane hydrate previously locked as ice, and subsea ice itself thawing and allowing vent to previously trapped methane fields. Also, I find it erroneous when the multiplication factor of say 80x is bandied around for methane which is a projection over an incredibly generous time frame, in reality with a series of big releases in one season of thawing our time on this planet would be measured in months, and at that timeframe the methane effect must surely be many hundreds that of CO2.

Lets add some substance to this, casting around re methane Al Jazeera have this worthwhile article and vid embed third of four lower down the page … https://www.aljazeera.com/features/2021/10/27/melting-arctic-ice-permafrost-uncontrolled-global-heating

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Boris …

Interesting how my older blogposts attract zero enquiry according to my stats here at wordpress. Maybe we/ I are wasting our time at this onscreen activity?

Anyway, Boris Johnson has pulled another master-stroke to match his Prorogation of Parliament in that the pending Sue Gray report has been totally emasculated by the newer police investigation. A master stroke of simplicity yet a resultant total obfuscation of getting at the facts!! Well done Boris, playing to expected form as usual!!

ie “I report that *** something happened at *** a certain address concerning certain *** individuals but unfortunately *** certain facts said and unsaid cannot be mentioned ! ”

What an utter heap of B/S !!!

You could not make this up, beyond any plausable fiction, but there it is laid out bare for all to see, or not see!

This is censorship of the highest order or perhaps the burial of facts and liability re drinking and socialising in covid times whilst ‘ornery folk suffered massively at correctly interpreting the words and rules of our so-called masters. Wow … were we taken for fools!!! Admittedly and this is how it will pan out is that the good folk at no.10 appear socially distanced in that garden (lucky too, looks very pleasant) and they kept to their work bubble. Yet its the draconian measures levied to everyone else that galls.

I’m sick of hearing endlessly on bbc r4 last week how ‘The Sue Gray Report’ will be a no punches pulled ‘as it is’ hard reality, how she is such a respected and incisive Civil Servant. Bah humbug, puff and bluster as Boris full on would term it… its been utterly ‘throttled’ as per strangled to death. What a waste of resources, news reporting airtime and general gas lighting.

We have climate change, we have (predictably) rampant inflation and the poor are getting poorer and these pointless Boris induced shenanigans are what occupies the time of Parliament and media news coverage. As my dad would say…”They couldn’t organise a p***-up in a brewery”.

Boris strikes again huh. We also hear all last week again on bbc r4 at ‘how much’ Boris has achieved, again this to my mind is a total misnomer. All he has done is tread water so to speak, made Brexit happen regardless of the slow dripping cost over the coming decades and most certainly made the poor poorer (and more anxious).

Yet Boris ‘n Co trundle out the feelgood message of ‘levelling up’ at every opportunity, we know fine well this is all merely window dressing, is hype and actual fact will amount to very little or nothing. I can see them all in a huddle rehearsing this months latest mantra, “We say this we say this – yeah yeah yeah – we got it!”…. all posh boys with low attention spans until the next mantra comes along. I fear it could end up as the proverbial London bus if they’re not careful, you wait ages and all of a sudden two come along together!

Clever kid Boris uh … and what are his qualifications? Not many really … privelige, a posh elite education and Editor of the posh mag ‘Spectator’ …. come on Britain … get real!

And co-hort Rishi who is as ever divorced from the real world and the needs and struggle of the poor now wants to screw the poor as hard as he can, remember he took back the twenty quid a week from the poorest but having scattered money far and wide as ‘loans’ to businesses or any limping business in sight that now have surprise surprise now declared themselves bust and no longer able to pay back their extraordinary naive loans from Rishi. What sort of world do these over-priveliged kids think is out there?

You know when you are poor when you are not only cold but also hungry, when you are in fear of your Landlord due to misguided policy these last thirty plus years of allowing rampant buy to let and throttling to near zero Local Authority housebuilding and theres no chance of a job. We have not achieved progress thats for sure.

We are also told money is now to be taken as additional income tax (again the ordinary will pay, the slick and dubious IR35 tax dodgers again slither out of sight) … for the NHS to clear the backlog, but as is often stated, it takes many years to train and qualify people to do this task, it cannot be turned off and on like a tap

I have no problem with a penny or two of higher tax, I must be the last man in England to deliberately and wilfully retain sole trader status even after forty years of self employment, I quite happilly contribute to the system. I think the IR35 loophole is the hole in the bucket of tax collection.

Con-man bluster-fool Boris needs to be held accountable, his array of courtiers and sycophants need to be brought in, to be reined in. I never thought I would b thankful for Dominic Cummings.

History will judge him badly, inept, out of his depth, a blustering fool. As per a First World War General of the worst sort.

postscript, things aren’t quite right in this world. We read now that the murderers installed in the British army will no longer ever be held accountable by a new ruling, or more precisely be held to account for the 108 live rounds fired on Bloody Sunday (the second such day termed Bloody Sunday after the first mayhem of the Black n Tans in 1920) of 1972 in Derry. Soldier ‘F’ I think the stats declare killed two and injured five others, no way should this paratrooper be not rewarded with jail time.

https://www.derrynow.com/news/home/731486/soldier-f-accused-of-murdering-two-people-on-bloody-sunday-named.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloody_Sunday_(1972)

But why is it ‘the Establishment’ does all it can to obfuscate and move so slow for those rampant paratroopers to never have to pay the price? These were live rounds remember on UK soil. I listened to the Peter Taylor 25th Jan ’22 radio broadcast, interesting interviews, particularly chilling being the manner and response from the Para CO.

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Too much screentime for kids.

Are kids able to read anything further than three sentences or more exactly do they EVER read more than three sentences strung together? Like … things called ideas, instruction, information?

We as adults are kidding ourselves and more particularly kids themselves are kidding us all that this is ‘work’ or education or learning … when it is mostly anything but. I don’t mean the bright kids or those from motivated households, but I mean the kids from households where theres never any utterance of anything remotely connected to learning.

I can think of instances in even my limited social interaction where the adults seem apparently unable to contribute anything to a childs intellectual development. And then of course once age sixteen has passed them by and the exams fizzled to nothing everyone exhibits collective blindness as to how a valuable life opportunity/ waymarker has been allowed to drift past beyond reach. A vacuum of any hope to human potential.

We also as adults in this present age collectively somehow retain this silly notion that a laptop is ‘now essential’ for learning …. WHAT UTTER RUBBISH. What most average kids learn, or more correctly attempt to learn in a day I’m sure could quite easily be typed on one side of a sheet of A4; maybe even A5.

Perhaps the Russians are right on this, no child under eighteen is allowed to use a mobile phone.

Paper and books retain the images, facts and explanations forever, no matter how many times it takes until eventually ‘it sinks in’ and I know this myself from at later middle age still retaining the pleasure of ‘finding things out’ to quote Richard Feynman, making it a hobby to memorise things, little bits of foreign language, technical theory of various sorts. How we learn has been a fascination of mine most of my life, half a century and more. It is the ability to open the page again, to revisit again and again that sets it into ones mind, the weak point of screen based learning is that mostly its a once only experience, theres no pages to flick! Another weak point of screen learning is that theres too much faffing about to find what it is you want, I reckon any serious for instance medical student or professional engineer intending to pass exams will jettison the screen for a hard copy set text in book form, but anyway they will be bright and know the material already when plunged into exam prep.

And what of writing itself, gone is the effort and eventual mastery of a ‘good hand’ likewise the ability to make quick and efficient sketches and so many times we realise already kids and young adults can barely spell. Theres too many lame excuses from all concerned why this that and the other cannot be made to happen. The antidote is called hard effort and application and this means the ordinary and the struggling are now worse off than they have ever been and to my mind certainly book based learning can be called the most efficient reward for time spent, little in life that is valuable is gained without a little pain or effort.

Minds eye visualisation is hardly mentioned but once developed sets you apart from the vast majority, its also my experience minds eye visualisation is much reduced by an overwhelming reliance on a screen. This I believe is under-reported and under-researched.

I came from a ‘humble’ background, I recall vividly over fifty years ago meeting a slick new potential uncle that was technically literate (college ‘n suchlike) and could actually recall and set down on paper circuit diagrams and explain it all and most certainly had this ten year old enthralled.

Another case in point, an ex g/f has two grandchildren, age ten and fifteen, which up until December a web fascination fed only from a phone screen is now a laptop and x-box for the just turned ten year old girl (!) and a self bought laptop a few months ago for the boy of fifteen that now spends all night camped out in the parked caravan; I wonder at what time he eventually gets to sleep? I’ve already highlighted to the grandmother the dangers of all this, the reality of web addiction, and so what happens is yet more addictive gizmos are bought for them! Am I speaking a language they understand, does it sink in …. obviously not!

I predict the lively bright ten year old girl within three months will be solemn, uncommunicative and increasingly obese. She will be obsessed with the utterly pointless so called ‘social media’ and hobby activity will be a thing of the past. Progress? I think not.

The bright and advantaged will fly ahead as more than ever, the ordinary the slow are increasingly an underclass, disadvantaged by the over zealous application of screens and keyboards. Art, creativity and handicraft, modelmaking and inventive play for the younger kids and striving to make things with their hands and make them better each time is increasingly looking to be practically a Victorian oddity in its total abandonment. So does this mean the effort to do better with increasing skill in hand eye co-ordination and visualition are becoming near extinct … looks to be so!

I had two years ago when lockdown started produced two very good worksheets for them, intending to get them hopefully with my input to lay their work out better on paper, twenty questions or topics or mini projects were covered … did either of them do anything from this attention of mine ….. nothing, zilch.

Jaron Lanier who knows all about things tech implores us all to dump the screen and keyboard to dump facebook and phony titled ‘social media’ … and how very right he is.

postscript, lets bullet point a few ideas of what troubles me of endless screentime for kids and the obscenity of mindless parents desperate to buy them more crap at every opportunity …

  • reduced attention span.
  • inability to follow a thread of educational information or explanation nor any desire to do so.
  • reduced vocabulary.
  • a world view and view of life formed by less than ideal pundits and other such nonsense makers, advertising and clever attention grabbing algorithms.
  • reduced interaction with parents and family relations, no sense of past, no anecdotal recollection.
  • becoming isolated from realtime face to face human interaction, losing the ability to evaluate who is kosha, who is spouting nonsense or fantasy.
  • impaired ability with pen and paper, cannot sketch, writing poor, atrocious layout on paper.
  • blind to any decent tutoring coming from another adult, if it don’t come off a screen they just don’t want to know.
  • seldom if ever visiting the same page twice ie for reinforcement of material learnt.
  • a world devoid of Art, of the achievements of human endeavour, many things of beauty and creativity since the Stone Age all eradicated in a generation.
  • hanging on to extremely trivial social media posts, curled up in a chair with zero exercise.
  • an acute sense of living in the here and now, trivia rules okay; history eliminated.
  • kids do nothing to please their elders, their focus or loci is the screen.
  • and parents that are no different from the kids.

Not a pretty picture is it?

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Thwaites Glacier.

This rolled up into a news story mid-December and quite rightly too but what no-one is mentioning is the monstrous tidal wave and subsequent follow-on ripples when the Thwaites Glacier drops into the sea. This is not an ‘if’, it is an absolute certainty, only question is ‘when’ … and probably a lot quicker than we have bargained for. The question is, how far around the globe will this tsunami from Thwaites actually penetrate?

We hear of the likes of Henry Dimbleby on bbc r4 this teatime informing us of the need to re-wild, the need to minimise meat consumption (yes I concur) but the arguament re methane in agriculture is quite tiny (and laughable) when one considers the likely many multiple ‘methane burps’ from the Arctic; our actions to remedy are a mere pin-prick and is JUST NOT worth the effort! As well as feel-good platitudes we need to evaluate quantities, realise the scale of what nature can throw at us. Then we’ll realise how we are wasting our time.

I’ve seen so-called ‘re-wilding’ and I suggest creating a better urban landscape, more competent gardens at home is a more valuable exercise.

It is pointless but lets pretend we are trying, we need ….

i) a one child policy.

ii) the near elimination of the American style burger culture.

iii) to live close/ local to our work.

I myself am a twit, no fridge, no washing machine (or tv or mobile) … but does my personal endeavour really help matters at all, not at all unless I can get half of every country in the world to do the same. Will they, not really and y’know it doesn’t even matter….

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climate change in the UK …

This bugs me, for the first time ever I can hang out towels at 11pm just short of them dripping with a hand wring from a wash in my downstairs loo sink as per my usual routine (being sans washing machine at this location) and bingo next morning they are dry. This may be usual in say the Caribbean but is not the norm for the north east of England in mid November!

The year end of 2026 is the line in the sand I chose for what is tolerable and what is as mentioned to friend Gary the point at which I presume conditions may well become difficult indeed. COP26 has been an utter failure, who the hell handpicks these numskulls? Pundit Beckwith over on youtube includes footage and dreary as his presentations as ever are they do illustrate some very misleading presentations at COP26. Footnote: Paul, please try and assimilate NT manner and humour…. your fifteen minute vids are hell to get through.

COP26 seems to have utterly disregarded interconnected amplifying feedbacks and their importance, their many-fold increase over anything linear, ‘linear’ being the darling of COP26 and the emasculated head in the sand IPCC and the curse of NOT being able to get a grip on what really is happening.