@bbctv when doesGovernment “Information” become News?

August 19, 2014

This is a letter to the Daily Express but is really meant to express my irritation over how much the BBC seems to have become an extension of Government propaganda. 19/8/14

It is puzzling as to how the BBC  deems some items Newsworthy.
The announcement that a Government Minister is choosing which, of three companies, he will award a train franchise to is only newsworthy, if the companies are named and, then, only if someone has an objection to one of those names and, then, only if the Minister is likely  to take any notice of that objector. Otherwise it is dead air and not newsworthy.
An Announcement that a local Council has found that a significant number of the schoolchildren, in its catchment area, are obese is only Newsworthy to the extent that they have, in a time of cutting budgets, collated this information.
News is supposed to be informing people about events that have occurred recently and which may be of interest to them.
When did it become a means of allowing bureaucrats to try to justify the tax money being extracted from the listener (or viewer, if the newsreader is on TV and worth lifting one’s eyes from a hastily munched piece of toast)?
An accident on your route into work is News,
The cause of the sirens that woke you, last night, is News.
The farther from your home, the more serious an incident must be, to justify iy being called News
Somebody signing a mundane legal document in Whitehall is not something of interest to a national Newspaper and a local Council Officer preparing a document for the next Council meeting is not a News item to excite a the local paper, So why does such dross fascinate the BBC?
 Perhaps there should be a special post-News section, entitled “public announcements of things in which you have no interest whatsoever, so feel free to dash off and catch the bus for work”.
An Evening version could include “changes in the Law and how they will affect you”.
E.g. there is now a 20mph speed limit on streets on housing estates and if there’s ever enough police cars available to administer it, that white van man who nearly hit you yesterday stands a better chance of winning the National Lottery than of being fined £50, or, more likely, being given a serious verbal warning.
Although there is a chance that Mrs Curtain-Twitcher, will make a complaint against you, which will not be substantiated but will necessitate some PCSO knocking on your door to try and lecture you about the sincere need for such legislation

We need protein culture technology.

August 19, 2014

I came across a video on Facebook, which purported to be an expose of marketing techniques but in actuality was a propaganda piece by fundamentalist vegetarians.

I know that vegetarianism is popular amongst my children’s generation, on ethical grounds but this video disturbed me, partly because of the way it was presented but mainly by the mindset behind it.

I’m from a generation, which knew what food shortages meant, who bought their chickens with head, feet and feather’s attached. we knew that animals were killed to feed us and a chicken was what we ate at Xmas, if we could afford it.

Our parents had come through a War, where people were blown apart.  Squeamishness was not normal and animal life did not appear to be quite so important in that context.

My parents had lived through the Twenties and Thirties and been vegetarians, because they had little say in the matter. Blind scouse was a standing joke. Death through malnutrition was common and diseases caused by vitamin deficiencies were almost unavoidable. State intervention (The Welfare State) to have vitamin supplements added to the plebian diet was a post war phenomenon and it  wasn’t until Windrush, when immigrant Caribbean children began to suffer from rickets, that Vitamin D was added to margarine (butter was expensive) and Calcium was added to white bread.

Foraging hedgerows for edible weeds, fishing canals etc. are modern hobbies. They were until, during my lifetime, a necessary means of supplementing one’s diet and preventing large doctor’s bills.  The Welfare State provided free concentrated orange juice to ensure children got Vitamin C but we still had family days scrambling through brambles to gather blackberries.

Don’t knock modern farming methods.

For the present generation six footers are common. In my generation, only the rich grew so tall

I’m just over 5’6″, which was near average height in my day but at 5’8″ my dad was considered exceptionally tall for his generation. The generation previous to his grew up under the Poor Law reforms caused by recruiter’s having to reject most of the applicants for Army Service, as being too weak and malnourished, with average height being 4’6″ (Puts the film Zulu in a new light).

If you’ve ever visited The Victory and gone below decks, take note that the ordinary seamen didn’t have to duck, when hurrying below decks.

It’s the access to fresh fruit and veg and especiallyto meat (think of the Beadle’s admonishment in Oliver Twist) that has created the tall healthy generation, which we see Today.

Interesting to note that American G.I’s in WW2 were 6 footer’s, whilst the Japs were 5 footer’s, reflecting the diet of those two nations.

It’s true that you don’t need to eat meat to survive and it’s possible, with modern access to fresh fruit and veg to be healthy but you still need Vitamin B12, which you can get from eggs. The only problem is that the present plentiful supply of eggs, depends on chickens and factory farming.

Those who enjoy dairy products, also need to bear in mind where these  come from.  If factory farming was ended, many modern breeds of domesticated animal would cease to exist.

Actually apart from any other consideration, the real problem facing mankind isn’t Climate change, or asteroid hits etc. the main problem is over-population and that may be behind this drive to encourage vegetarianism.

It won’t be enough and future generations will have to face up to The four Horsemen of The Apocalypse. It’s just a question of how they’ll arrive.

The better nourished will be best able to face them and I  fully expect the masses to be taken back to a pre-war diet, within another generation.

(Chicken Little and Soylent Green)

@bruciebabe what a pitiful misunderstanding of Socialism and of Capitalism and of Free Market Forces.

August 17, 2014

If you go here:

http://www.bruceonpolitics.com/2014/07/23/socialism-is-evil-7-articles/

you will see what is claimed to be an accurate description of socialism.

Below is a revision of that piece, from a different perspective:

@bruciebabe begins with a simplistic version of “The Market”
 A simple but effective mechanism that puts the customer first, providing the goods and services that the customer wants at the price and quality that they need and is the reason major calamities like wars, epidemics and natural disasters are quickly overcome.
This mechanic also ensures that the most efficient possible use is made of all resources, from labour and capital through to crops in our field and minerals in the ground.

The following is my continuation/version of what he then wrote:

Then along came the evil of greed. Manifested with punishing the hard working by extorting their labour to give to the lazy and feckless a mechanism whereby they maximised profits and minimised costs to improve their own standard of living at the expense of the health and well being of their employees (impersonalised by referring to them as Labour, a commodity).

To prevent this requires that the state takes control of most things with the moral superiority of treating all men as of value. They protect the individual’s life from cradle to grave and regulate to protect him from the depredation’s of domestic, as well as foreign aggressor’s.
This social care based system was successfully implemented after the second World War, in the form of the Welfare State. Ordinary people have ceased to die of diseases caused by poverty and the rich can longer talk of employing a little man to carry out the menial tasks, because under this system the average height of plebs has increased by six inches. It is called socialism.

Britain was a socialist country but we now have a neo-liberal government and some of the biggest sectors of our economy are now run badly by privateer’s using artificial markets in what are actually cartels.(e.g. Gas,Elec., Rail,Water).
As part of the extending of this process, of raping State Assets (I.e. Assets paid for out of General Taxation), successive Governments have begun a process of debilitating the rest of the executive structure of the Country, selling off, piecemeal, the prison Service, the probation Service, the Police Service, The NHS, Education etc. They seem to be examing the best means of doing the same job with the Armed Forces, Tax collecting, the Judiciary and presumably, when TTIP is signed up to, Government itself.
This process has been accelerated under The Shock Doctrine, to use alleged Austerity measures to  reduce wages and working conditions, whilst shovelling more and more of tax income into the pension pots of privateers’  share dividends. Feckless parasites, leeching off the labour of the masses, whilst berating those unable to secure employment as scrounger’s.

Earlier he wrote seven articles to explain some of  the many evils of socialism. Here they are collated in one place:
Why socialism is evil #1, equality  
The poor want a fair deal. disgusting!
Why socialism is evil #2, envy.
The poor are eating too well. If a million poor people each had £1 taken off them and given to me, I’d be millionaire
Why socialism is evil #3, control freakery
They want to prevent me selling them horsemeat and calling it beef.
Why socialism is evil #4, financial ineptitude.
They want to spend less on shareholder’s and more on the welfare of plebs.
Why socialism is evil #5, they think they know better than the market.
They know that the Market has the sense of a fox in a hen coop.
Why socialism is evil #6, they pretend to be nice.
They are nasty to those who would prey on the masses.
Why socialism is evil #7, financial sleaze.
They don’t know the true meaning of financial sleaze.

Read the above and you will understand that the Conservative party and New Labour party truly are the nasty people of British politics. They have done immense damage to Great Britain in countless ways by applying their evil and avaricious dogma. Their fellow travelers are The City and the bankers, such as Goldmann Sachs, who bankroll them.

What have trade unions done for Great Britain?
They’ve given the masses a chance to see that it is possible for their children to grow up safely in a world free from the horrors that their great grandparents endured, when Trade Unions were illegal.

What is in these articles is not an in depth study of the evil these people have suffered, that would take several books. It is merely a misguided attempt to smear them and obscure the evil done under the doctrine of step on your fellow man and break his neck.

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Soldier’s get crosses. General’s get statues (and live longer)

August 11, 2014

The theme of my previous posting about QI led me to thinking about the destruction of Folk History in order to write a new politically approved History.
It has become more noticeable with the Commemoration of the murder of millions of soldiers in WWI, as part of our indoctrination into becoming “good” Europeans. The History of the senseless murder of Plebs by Politicians is to be re-written as the noble self-sacrifice of patriots.

They were undoubtedly patriots but folk history remembers the “lions led by donkey’s”, officers shooting soldier’s who were too scared to leap into a hail of machine gun fire, after clambering over  the mounds of men who, seconds before, were their “pals”.  Folk history remembers the guns at Churchill’s Gallipoli, when the Turkish soldier’s were said to have become dazed by the number’s of men falling prey to their guns. It remember’s how General Pershing typified the mentality of the Senior Officer’s by ordering 10,000 US soldier’s to die, knowing that the Armistice was only hours away. Folk History remembers the treatment of those men, who survived to face starvation, or the begrudged charity of the Workhouse.

Folk History remembers the conditions for the poor from before the Poor Law acts and the freeing of the Slaves, right up until soon after the first Labour Government achieved office.

My generation have the recollections of snippets of our parents childhood’s, backed up by an untainted Official school-based History of the times. The History is only about the important people, so it’s impact on the Plebs being taught it was of no more concern than gossip being overheard by the servants. Besides, most knew their place and the consequences of stepping out of it.

My children’s generation have a History, which is constantly being re-written and sanitised, as it happens. Debunking, as in QI, is a constant noise, so News is expunged from memory, or simply disregarded as information overload.

Newspapers, encourage this disconnection, with headlines immediately contradicting those of the previous day. Warnings of  weeks of Heatwave are followed up with warnings of a week of Blizzards. The dangers of Statins, Aspirin etc., announced on the Monday, are replaced, on the Wednesday,  by official exhortations to protect one’s self by daily consumption of them. Wonder foods and adulterated foods and contaminated foods jostle for space amongst the Supermarket adverts, for those same foods.

In this electronic age, one might hope that Social Media would come to the aid of Folk History but it can’t.

By its nature, electronic data can evaporate at the flick of a switch.

Who, apart from the NSA and similar, have records of Yesterday’s tweets. You could download them but how do you keep them?

How long ago were we using floppy discs to store documents and pictures. Who now has devices and necessary software drivers to read them?

Even Wikipaedia, which has large memory storage facilities, can’t vouch for the safety of  the truth.

Apart from the persecution of its overseer’s (£7,000,000 spent, so far, on keeping Assange in prison), its pages are being re-written by TThe Ministry of Information, taking advantage of the nature of Wiki’s open access.

The politicians of the EU have legislated (and maybe bribed with tax freedom) Google into removing access to certain public information. Ostensibly protecting the private lives of ordinary citizens, whilst also blocking access to stories of corruption; protecting pederasts and embezzler’s alike.

If Fritz Lang’s Metropolis were re-made Today, it’d appear very mundane and far from futuristic.

Quite Interesting, or, intentionally, Bloody Irritating?

August 11, 2014

When QI was first aired, it was quite enjoyable.

Alan Davies’ non-stop babbling took some time before it began to get irritating.

The occasional nod to Stephen Fry’s sexuality was in the tradition of theatrical gaiety and took time to become so dominant a theme.

It may be the fact that I was a Science teacher, which makes me irritated that he steals all the best classroom demo’s (used in school lessons to brighten the burden of having to think and struggle to catch intellectually hard concepts) and fritters them away, so Davies can squeal about how if Fry had been his teacher, he’d have enjoyed lessons more (Pillock!).

It was Quite Interesting to find some long held belief’s shown to be unfounded but it becomes tiresome, when question’s were posed, so that they might be debunked;  or appear to be.

For instance the query, “how many moon’s has the Earth got?” is obviously intended to be debunked. A more honest question would have been to ask how many large, natural satellites it had but that would have been a not so interesting question. There may be more than the one , known as The Moon, but the fact that there are other rocks up there, which could be claimed to be moons isn’t really interesting, or accurate.

What about the man-made satellites, from paint flakes to the Space Station. Are the rings of Saturn made up of moons? At what point do people feel entitled to call a rock, a moon? Does it become a moon when it can be distinguished by the naked eye (rules out Phobos and Deimos), or when some sky-watcher rushes in to print with his new “spot”? I know Stephen Fry briefly acknowledged this but it’s the debunk that’s rembered and becomes accepted fact.

Ok! maybe that little rant is pedantry and jibes with the nature of the show but then why was Dara Ó Briain hauled over the coals for knowing about the Triple point of water? If the show is going to claim that precision is Quite Interesting, then it needs to be more precise by stating levels of tolerance and degrees of significance (a point at which most go to sleep, yet it is the essence of Science)

QI also needs to check its own facts such as the story given out about the origin of the Prince of Wales emblem, which an entry on the Prince of Wales’ regimental website discounts.

The big problem is that the sources of these “alleged” myths almost always present them with a disclaimer. Ordinary repeated conversation drops the disclaimer, for the sake of brevity. Some people may preface their repetition with an “apparently” but there’s always some pratt (thinking Alan Davies, again), who’ll immediately jump in with both left feet, shouting that it must, therefore, be a lie.

Now my concern is that Propagandists are using this acceptance of authorative debunking to destroy Folk History.  How do you know what to believe, if authorative and popular personalities are constantly debunking everything you were taught, or believed?

1984 may have been meant to parody 1948, with its scissor and glue copy and paste of books etc. but its idea’s will still work with electronic copy and paste. It’s just faster and easier to disseminate the niu facts.

The two party system avoids revolution, by letting people think they have a choice.

August 11, 2014
This was a letter to the Daily Express, which wasn’t published.
I congratulate Fred Forsyth on his summation of the pathology of the EU but must point out one omission.
He refers to the EU distrust of Democracy and its detestation of Referenda but missed the opportunity of using the Referendum, on joining the Common Market, to explain why Democracy had been unable to prevent the rise of Hitler etc.
As in the case of the vote to apply for membership of the Common Market, the people were deceived. I’m not refering to the overall deceit about political union but the reason I was one of the 30% who voted against joining The Common Market.

It was known, although politically played down in The Press, that it would mean severing trading ties with The Commonwealth.
It was not about Free Trade, as it was promoted to be, it was about trade embargoes and protectionism.

This was very quickly proven by the effect on Commonwealth economies notably with setbacks by restrictions on lamb, butter and sugar (this, last, hit Jamaica quite hard and may have had some knock-on effect, in terms of Windrush).

[ A side comment for Judy Finnegan's lament about the ignorance of The History of The British Empire and why the past was being airbrushed..... It's like removing all the picture's of the divorced spouse from the photo album]
Democracy didn’t create the problems in Europe.
 
Those problems were created by the suppression of Democracy and the respective population’s backlashes against the iniquity, or deceitfulness, of those in power.

@Morrison’s time to re-think Market Street

August 1, 2014

Next door to the market in Wigan, there is a Morrisons.

You can walk through the real Wigan market with ease.

Morrisons, on the other hand is coagulated.

Every time some old biddy with a trolley stops to examine anything, all movement stops.

There is no room to manoeuvre around them and little chance of examining the same merchandise.

It is, in fact, easier to negotiate the Souk in Marrakesh.

Nobody in a hurry would shop there, which is why its customer base is mainly the elderly with time on their hands.

Market Street doesn’t have to be as crowded as a favela, to achieve the ethos intended.

How to fix the Economy and keep filling our boots

July 31, 2014

Apparently the solution to our economic disaster does not lie in taxing the banks, who caused the problem, nor with leaving the EU.  (That money pit, which demands we provide housing and financial support for the families of East European immigrants, South European State pensions and a larcenous, Pan-European Bureaucracy.)
The problem and the solution lies with British Baby-Boomers.
If only we could get them all to drop dead.
We can’t further cut State Pensions, even though we’ve already re-defined the truth about the money that they paid into it.
We can’t just work them to death, by further raising pension age (it’s taking too long).
However, we could end all payments, if we could just kill them off, instanter.
Let’s put medical aid out of their reach by requiring them to pay for it, or better still denying them timely access.
Here’s a good one:
For year’s G.P.’s etc. have been advising them to take half an aspirin daily, to thin their blood and reduce risks associated with old, clogged up blood vessels.
Let’s reverse that recommendation and tell them that aspirin has been found to increase the risk of a heart attack. They’ll be bursting blood vessels all over the place and by the time the ambulance gets them to one of our new Centre’s of Excellence and they’ve proven their eligibility for treatment… LOL!
Here’s another: for years we’ve been telling them to take it easy in the bedroom and to get plenty of gentle exercise, possibly through long walks. Keeps the blood pumping and joints moving.
Let’s change that advice to engaging in short bursts of intense activity. They’ll be popping off, all over the place.
It’s brilliant, we’d not only save on their State pension and health care costs but we could legislate to seize all their assets, including any cash they’ve released from their private pensions.
All we need, now, is a really bad Winter and the wrong flu vaccine.

@bbcthisweek @NickyMorgan01 set up an Ofsted clerk to the Governor’s service

July 22, 2014

the BBC Daily politics show had a three person discussion on the problem of Birmingham schools being taken over by extremist Sunni Islamism.
The main complaint sems to be that anti-British and racist views are being implemented.
The representative of the group (AMS), purported to be behind this, was at great pains to point out that it shouldn’t happen in State schools (implying that such views should be allowable in private schools!) and that this was a Government problem.
Trevor Phillips (former Chairmain of the HRE commission) asserted that it was a natural consequence of ghettoisation of schools and, in saying that Ofsted wasn’t omnipresent, also implied that it was a Government problem and, consequently, their fault.
As the policing of these schools is supposed to be via the governing body, then it is there that attention needs to be directed.
Under the present system the Governing body is composed of mainly parents and councillor’s with token representation by teacher’s.
Decisions are often made by the Chair of Governor’s and presented to the governing body as a fait accompli, necessitated by the need to take swift action.
The problem is that there is no recourse open to any individual Governor to prevent such decision making and no body set up override illegal decisions, to which concerned individual Governor’s, or teacher’s can appeal.
The Clerk to the Governor’s is often without training for the role and instead of being able to advise the Governing body on its legal limitations, has been relegated to a secretarial role.
Trevor Phillips’ point suggests a remedy to this lack of oversight.
Governing bodies meet maybe 6 times a year. It shouldn’t be impossible for Ofsted to set up a pool of suitably trained clerk’s to manage this oversight, with a helpline for concerned Governor’s, or for the advising of Head’s and Chair’s in emergency decision’s.
This, in a less rigorous form was the system used by the LEA’s, under DES oversight, before “Education,Education,Education” and the gradual weakening of LEA responsibilities, to enable school’s to become more independent.

The EU is an Opium Den. We need an intervention for our political leaders.

July 16, 2014
 David Fuller provides an advisory service and forum to investor’s.
This is his view uf the EU, which our political leader’s are determined to enchain us:

” Europe’s wealthy and largely unelected ruling bureaucrats remain out of touch with reality.  They press ahead with empire building while their economies generate little GDP growth and unemployment levels in many EU countries remain an indictment of the system.”

David Fuller represents people whose whole raison d’être is dependent on accurate assessment of financial matters.

It is obvious that the EU is terminally sick and we do not hold the key to its cure; nor are we in a position to rescue it from being gobbled up by the CEB, under a resurgent Germany.
It’s too late to resurrect our Commonwealth ties, which seem to have been gathered in by the US but we may still be able to resurrect EFTA in some form, if we could only help our political leaders recover from this pipedream of a United (and free) Europe.

 


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