Happy Xmas Jihadists. Too busy shopping to watch out for you.

December 17, 2014
 Letter to daily Express 17/12/14:
At the height of the IRA bombings, the Public were warned to be vigilant and we were.
All unattended parcels were deemed suspicious and reported to the nearest person with a semblance of authority.
But how can we comply with the demand for vigilance in terms of Jihadists?
Obviously, if their rucksack is smoking, you move away fast.
If they are brandishing Kalashnikovs, or wearing a vest of dynamite sticks, you, again get away fast. You might even focus their attention on yourself by shouting a warning to the less attentive.
These actions don’t require vigilance, just a little bit of awareness, on par with not walking into a lamp post.
So what can we be vigilant of?
Does that mean accosting everyone who looks like they might be Muslim and demanding to know if they are Jihadist? Not very nice and certainly not very wise.
What, then? Nothing.
We emulate the Security forces and wait until there is proof of intent, such as pulling out a pump action shotgun.
 
Meantime it’s Xmas and there’s presents to buy.

I spend half my computer time cleaning out spyware. should I surrender and get a tablet?

December 17, 2014

I’m close to giving up on firefox as a browser.
I have a TomTom which needs constant updating.
I’m pretty sure it also checks out my cookies, which means I’ve always cleaned them out before an update.
The problem is that Firefox has decided to protect me from their snooping, by blocking the flash drive it uses.
There is no way around it.
So having to clean my cache etc. (CCleaner), then change default browserm a 1 minute update is lasting 15 mins., or more.
On top of this Ccleaner’s latest update insists on monitoring all traffic. I can not stop it except by uninstalling it.
Firefox has warned me off Adobe Reader and wants me to use their on-line browser, everytime I want to check a pdf manual.
I went into a Firefox forum to try to remove a plug-in only to find that not only was it problematic, with a risk of fouling up my registry, but Microsoft probably had two other plug-ins on Firefox, of which I knew nothing.
What is the point of trying to stop these corporate voyeur’s, when the “good guys” appear to have sold out.
Io all activists out there, stop concede defeat and at least let me run my computer without Microsoft seizing control to update the patches on their trapdoors.

@Daily_Express. Combat cyber wars with free computer vaccinations

December 17, 2014

To the EU:
I know all these websites are using cookies and may be spying on me.

All your stupid legislation does is make me waste time acknowledging the fact, every time I switch websites.

You’re not protecting me. You’re just pissing me off.

It’d be more useful if you subsidised Freeware such as CCleaner and told everyone to use it.

Malware Malbytes is good, as are AVG anti-virus and Spybot.

Sponsor CD’s carrying these progs, for same reason some people hand out free condoms and vaccinations.

@PositiveMoneyUK reply from my MP to the query on the money debate

December 13, 2014

Thank you for contacting me recently about money creation, banking and the Positive Money campaign.

I know the Positive Money campaign has been raising important issues about how we ensure financial stability and gain a greater understanding of money supply in the UK and, indeed most other developed countries, following the global financial crisis.

As you know, there was a debate on this issue in the House of Commons on 20th November, which provided a welcome opportunity to debate money generation and consider how we can improve our banking and financial stability so they better serve consumers.

I believe we need a more transparent and accountable commercial banking sector which works for the whole economy if Britain is to earn our way out of the cost of living crisis. I also believe, though, that the Government have not taken sufficient action to deliver a competitive banking system which serves the interests of consumers or the needs of businesses and the British economy. It is particularly disappointing that the Government have not done more to implement the recommendations of the independent Vickers commission on banking or to help rebuild consumer trust in the sector.

In my view, instability in the money supply is less related to the existence of bank credit and more an issue of incentives to ensure that loans and debts are repaid and only granted when there is a strong likelihood of repayment. If the money supply expands so quickly that doubts exist about the viable repayment of that credit then real risks emerge.

That is why I strongly believe that the banks need to be tightly regulated both in terms of the constraints placed upon their leverage ratio and the core capital that they are required to hold in the first place.

As you may be aware, these issues were debated in Parliament during the consideration of the Financial Services (Banking Reform) Act 2013. during which the Opposition frontbench proposed a number of amendments including for a leverage target to be set by the Treasury and ahead of 2018.

Unfortunately the Government rejected this amendment.

I accept that the main points you raise in your letter are broadly correct but cannot agree with all of the points made by the Positive Money campaign. I do, however, welcome that such fundamental questions are being asked about how the money in our economy is being created and used. how our financial system can be more transparent and accountable and work for the benefit of the country as a whole.

Thank you again for writing to me. I will of course keep your views in mind as the issues around our banks and financial institutions continue to be raised in Parliament.

osborne stitching up Greater Manchester like Chinese have done in Hong Kong

December 11, 2014

this is a piece by Stephen Hall, which I’ve copied from Facebook:

The Chancellor dismisses call for referendum on Devo Manc and says “the talking is over”.“What people here want to see is real transport improvements, they want to see the Oyster card scheme rolled out to the whole of Greater Manchester they want to see the investment in the skills, the businesses.” Really?

While additional investment in transport and new skills, such there is actually going to be any, are to be welcomed, few if any Greater Manchester residents support the idea of a new elected Mayor, and most are highly suspicious of any so-called devolution package which is to be imposed on them without any proper public scrutiny and whether they like it or not.

Additionally, not one of the the leaders of Greater Manchester’s ten local Councils has any democratic authority or mandate from the people of Greater Manchester to speak on their collective behalf. None at all! Neither have they even asked Greater Manchester residents whether they want to be part of any Manchester City region devolution deal, or whether they might actually prefer to be part of a wider devolution to deal for the North West, which might even include more devolved and “substantial new powers” for local communities, or even if they want any kind of devolution at all.

GMATUC are reliably informed that the Chancellor made the whole Devo Manc agreement conditional on the ten GM local authority leaders agreeing to a new Mayoral set up, and that if they didn’t do that it would be withdrawn entirely. If that is so, then they should have refused to sign it rather than simply rolling over and meekly accepting what effectively amounts to a sell out of our democratic rights, just to get control of a bit more cash, with a whole series of strings attached, than they have control of now.

They could have also pushed for something a whole letter better, with less strings attached, and which could have involved a real devolution of powers to the regions and then put that to the people in a referendum. If Osborne wouldn’t agree to that, then maybe they could have even pushed for a better deal from the next Government? Instead, what we are presented with is little other than a stitch up.

Our campaign for a referendum will continue whatever Osborne and our ten local authority leaders say, and the more they oppose it, the more the public will get behind it in our view. It’s not a done deal, the talking isn’t over and we aim to prove it.

Sign our petition now at: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/people-must-have-right-to-vote-on-devo-manc. Printed versions available from stefan.cholewka@btinternet.com

check out #GetCovered to see what Obama care looks like ( & #NHS under TTIP?)

December 5, 2014

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I clicked on the above link to see what was involved in Obamacare. I had to use fictitious details but this gives a flavour of what we are in for.>>>>>

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Eat nuts and berries, forget about pensions and free doctoring, know your place.

December 4, 2014
this was a letter to the express over their persistent front page stories from Tory HQ, trying to edge us towards a low cost lifestyle. I suspect it’s a piece of Social engineering, moving us back to a Victorian workforce.
I am bewildered by the free advice, which is continually presented to me.
Recent pronouncements, by “Scientists”, via Twitter, instruct me that we should eat less meat in order to reduce our carbon footprint, whilst a “scientific” publication has put out a schematic showing that while as much energy, as received from the Sun, is radiated out into Space, even more is “created” by Greenhouse gases.
OK, it’s Twitter but then I pick up my Daily Express with its headline proclaiming that I’ll live a longer healthier life if I would only adopt a Mediterranean diet.
This theme of living off nuts and berries is continued on page three.
Sandwiched (!) between them is a story about an 80 year-old butcher (presumably a carnivore)living healthily and happily, having not endured even one days holiday, throughout his working life.
Page four I’m immediately into a story of a 102 year-old woman, turfed out of hospital in the wee hours.
Musing on the pro’s and con’s of living longer, I make my way to unlucky page 13, where I’m informed that sadly our hard-pressed MP’s are donning sackcloth and ashes at the thought that they may have to make commoner’s work on until 70, without a State Pension. Ironically a snippet of news about The Rolling Stones saxophonist is squeezed up next to this, giving his age at death, as 70!.
So this Xmas, what should I do? Forgo the Turkey and its trimming to extend my life and avoid the Planet turning into a fireball? Forgo the mince-pies and brandy-soaked Xmas pudding, so I don’t die of diabetes, or cirrhosis?
Perhaps I should advise the younger generation to take advantage of our EU membership and move to a Mediterranean country, where they Siesta in the midday heat, retire early (Is it still 55 years in Greece?) have plentiful nuts and berries, all, presumably, cooked in healthy olive oil and life is one long holiday, financed by bailouts from their northern EU partners.
I don’t know what to do. Any more advice?

@Ed_Miliband @David_Cameron signing TTIP will make it impossible for Government to rein in over-exploitive Capitalism

December 4, 2014

I’ve just watched this:

http://www.sg.org.za/beware-fellow-plutocrats-the-pitchforks-are-coming/

This man  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Hanauer  is not saying anything new; the significance is that no-one can accuse him of Socialist twaddle.

If our politicians listened to this and accepted its truth, they wouldn’t sign TTIP.

They’d stop cutting public services, they’d limit monopolies, patent rights and copyrights.

They’d increase the minimum wage.

In one of my blogs, I pointed out that protecting the NHS, Police, etc. protected the wealth source, because if you keep lowering wages and raising prices you eventually destroy your market. No one is buying and no-one is profitting.

What the man says becomes more relevant as we move towards a Global Economy. The mine owner, of last century, could screw his workers via the company store, because he sold his goods to another wealthier community, but in a Global Community, all the workers eventually become equally unable to afford them.

If I pick apples and you buy them, you can polish and pack them to sell, profitting from the added value. However, if I’m the only person buying them, I won’t be able to afford them. I starve and you go bankrupt (then starve).

Nuclear War Scenario’s

November 28, 2014

Back when a Nuclear War was an ever present threat, the Government built secret survival bunker’s, which most of us didn’t know about. As a teenager I was only aware that when I heard the sirens, I’d only have 4 minutes to wonder if it was real and decide and how to spend the remainder of my life.

Since Glasnost and the cessation of the Communist threat, these bunker’s have been abandoned and TV crews given access.

The impression is that a Nuclear War was survivable and for the present generation it probably doesn’t really impact on them, how frightening it was.

The scenario’s that are presented are of a latter day Hiroshima. I.e. just a very large bomb. Even the post apocalyptic films of the time don’t really capture the full picture.

There were various sizes of bomb, ranging from the 1 kiloton (Hiroshima) up to a 50 Megaton.

Let’s deal with the 50 Megaton first, because that was a more likely scenario.

The problem with this one is that it relied on surprise and avoiding any anti-missile defences which we might have had and which the Russians didn’t know about. That last bit was a joke, as we now know that the Russian military knew more of our secret’s than the Prime Minister of the day.

If this bomb dropped on Birmingham, it would have turned the Midlands to glass and kill all the population of the UK, either through blast, suffocation or radiation damage.

The blast would have flattened every building in England and Wales and burned anything that could burn. The blast would have sufficiently expanded the air that those in bunkers and sheltered by hills would have been sucking on a near vacuum and would have suffocated. If they survived that the counter blast, of returning, oxygen depleted, air, would have seared their lungs.

Anyone in Scotland, Ireland, or Northern France, who survived this would likely suffer from radiation. Let’s just clarify this. It’s usually spoken of as radiation burns, or radiation poisoning but you’re actually being shot through by the equivalent of millions of tiny sub-atomic bullets.

Most of those bullets damage the water molecules in your cells, creating heat, some damage a bit of cell wall, creating heat. Most of the damage just creates heat but some will damage the DNA etc. Usually the cell dies, sometimes it turns cancerous. The same things happen when you get an electric shock, or are X-rayed. But the difference is like the difference between being hit by an air rifle pellet and machine gun fire.

Your flesh is effectively cooked, in parts, internally and externally. You might be lucky enough to last long enough for all your internal organs to heal but there will be scar tissue throughout your body and possibly Cancer. You may survive the cancer but your gonads may be affected, meaning that your off-spring will have mutations. Most mutations self-abort, those which don’t aren’t usually beneficial.

Most likely the radiation will kill you and you’d have to be unlucky to survive it.

Of course, the soil etc., that wasn’t vitrified in the blast, will go up in the atmosphere and rain back down over a wider area for quite some time; so people in nearby countries will get doses of radiation poisoning and there will be random deaths through cancer.

This effect was seen after Chernobyl, when Welsh lamb was off the menu for quite a few years, until the radio-activity on Welsh hills had fallen to levels where the expected death rates were considered acceptable.

Why would Russia do this? Because the rest of Europe would have immediately surrendered to the advancing Russian Army, whilst The USA would have shrugged their shoulder’s and decided there was no profit in going toe-to-toe over a cremated corpse.

It was this scenario combined with consequences from Chernobyl, which woke up politicians to the effects of the Nuclear Winter and a reason for agreeing not to use nuclear weapons. Strange that our politicians insist on keeping hold of such weapons!

The alternative scenario was the multiple warheads, with two options.

Both involved hundred’s of 1kiloton bombs, which would take out key sites e.g. Until recently Burtonwood, near Warrington, was a huge underground store with everything from ration books to tanks and aircraft. There would probably be three missiles intended for that location and three for Warrington town centre, itself. The idea would be to occupy the UK, afterwards, so the first option would be to go mainly for airbursts. The other option, ground blasts, would possibly take out the command bunker’s under each of the Town Halls and the various supply dumps but it would throw up nuclear fall-out, which, depending on the prevailing wind, would contaminate the countryside destroying its value for occupation and posing a risk to invading troops. The scenario, hoped for, by the Government would be the one that they might survive.

In quick reach of the politician’s and the “Important” people were (and maybe still are, for the VIP’s) bunkers better than Saddam Hussein’s, which, if you recall, was capable of surviving anything but a direct hit by a nuclear missile.

They would only have a four minute warning, so essential plebs needed to be aware of them and based in close enough proximity.

By essential plebs, I mean police, medico’s, artisans and breeding stock ( secretaries, perhaps). The police were to be armed and their first job, when it was safe to emerge, would be to round up all able bodied survivor’s for administrative purposes.

Wounded were to be shot, as a necessary expedience.

Radio would establish the highest ranking survivor’s, a new Government would be formed and a chain of command would be established with dictatorial powers (the true origin of the word being applied).

Most of us would be dead, dying or euthanised. The benefits for the survivor’s would be questionable.

Privatisation = blackouts in Winter and hosepipe bans in Summer; welcome to Britain.

November 25, 2014

I read this on Facebook and added my own comment below:

”Belgium is already set to selectively switch off electricity in parts of the country this winter with its energy capacity at a low of 2 percent. The UK, at a seven-year low of just 4 percent capacity, is also cutting it fine… According to the global insurance company Allianz in an extensive report on blackout risks in the US and Europe, “privatization and liberalization” have contributed to “missing incentives to invest in reliable, and therefore well maintained, infrastructures.”

http://motherboard.vice.com/…/…/the-coming-blackout-epidemic

The lights may go out sooner than you think.
motherboard.vice.com
my addition:
This a consequence of privatisation. When Fiddler’s Ferry was bought by an American company, California had a blackout because the same company had no spare capacity to cope with a sudden hot spell (air conditioners). The first thing privateers do is sell off spare capacity. It also happened when water was privatisef with reservoirs sold of as landfill and then building sites. That’s why we have hosepipe bans, which will get worse with a rapidly increasing population and nowhere to build new reservoirs.

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