Category Archives: SERIOUSLY though

It has started, and we’ll do nothing to stop it

“Rich western countries are now siphoning up the planet’s resources and destroying its ecosystems at an unprecedented rate,” said biologist Paul Ehrlich, of Stanford University in California. “We want to build highways across the Serengeti to get more rare earth minerals for our cellphones. We grab all the fish from the sea, wreck the coral reefs and put carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. We have triggered a major extinction event.

Link for full text here (Guardian)

Teresa May – so careful to sound just a bit like Corbyn

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So Teresa May then?
A mixture of good and bad.
The ‘good’ if you can call it that, being such comments as  “Under my leadership, the Conservative party will put itself – completely, absolutely, unequivocally – at the service of working people.”  Not so good the continuation of – Privatise through the backdoor – policies such as ‘free’ schools, academies, et al.

It hasn’t been suggested yet, so I thought I’d wade-in here – you don’t think, I mean, it’s not possible is it – that such a Monster reformer looms somewhere in the background, in Opposition, that the Tories just HAD to manoeuvre this ever so slightly softer version of their usual true blue stance, as a foil against such a threat?

The Cons can reasonably argue that the public might well, after Brexit, not have the appetite for yet more shocks, so, ‘steady-as-SHE-goes’ – with just enough wiggle room to feel someone might be a bit on their side, is less of a leap of faith than a full-blown political system upheaval?

Definition of the word: manoeuvre
carefully guide or manipulate (someone or something) in order to achieve an end.
“they were manoeuvring him into betraying his friend”
synonyms:    intrigue, plot, scheme, plan, lay plans, conspire, pull strings;

And what on earth, WHO on earth could be such a threat as to necessitate such manoeuvres?

Ah yes, Jeremy Corbyn.

A tumultuous week

An eerie silence descended upon England Friday 24th June.

“What the HELL have we done?” – coupled with the feeling of loss, of instability, the realisation of a few complications and truths not made apparent during the disgusting run-up to the In/Out referendum.

Days later both main Political parties are at each other’s throats – as if it was only ever about THEM, and as I type this, we’re facing the possibility of seeing one imaginative force for change ousted today (Jeremy Corbin).  Not just change, but a change of direction – away from the city-led, money-led, spin-led CRAP that has assisted the UK in its downward path toward the mediocrity we see today all about us.

Windows 10 – Anniversary Update preview build

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Curmudgeonly old git wot I am – the WIN10 preview start menu build seems fantastically cluttered with the addition of a ‘rail’ down the far-left edge.
 
(I’ve thoughtfully marked it in the pic -with a lovely wiggly line).
 
Not sure – in the longer run if MS’s and Google march toward ubiquitous icon markings (EVERYONE knows what these icons mean – don’t they . . . I mean, DON’T THEY?) – no, really NO, they don’t. This is singularly inaccessible to most except frequent and constant users.

Wanna deal, matey?

spiv2Well I dunno – it’s all got a bit Barra-Boy spivs smoking tiny cig-ends leaning against lamp posts in the swirling fog.

What is? The process of buying stuff you HAVE TO BUY, here in the UK.

Take gas or electric. You can find a deal if you search and switch, and then comply with a few restrictions. No-one will offer the lowest possible price to you (taking into account all costs and investments needs) just because it’s a human necessity.

I mean REALLY?   You have to seek out a DEAL on Gas/Electric?

You know, I don’t really want to have to find a deal for something as basic as heating and cooking, or for a legal requirement, or to discover hidden costs, hidden deals, hidden prices.
More, I shouldn’t have to.

Train tickets?   One price somewhere, another price somewhere else, and no doubt there’s a deal to be had somewhere else again.

spivInsurance? (and don’t forget motor insurance is a legal necessity) You’ll get a quote. It will be ridiculous, you get another – no better, you go online, much different – you call the original company, and they (guess?) do a deal – bettering their 1st offer by £100 or more.

 

What does that say?
It says “you HAVE to buy insurance, so I’m gonna fleece you as much as I can – AND I’m going to send officious documents reminding you of your legal duty whist I rip you off.  When I’ve finished doing that, I’m gonna sell your details on to garages, ambulance chasers, legal firms if I discover you might have a need (?) for one of these, AND then I’ll take a cut of their profits”.

 

OK, OK I know – this is the market economy. Competition drives down prices. Competition adds choice, avoids cartels – and it seems to work – to a point.

I think in the UK, we’ve just stepped-over that point where it’s healthy.

For me, it’s starting to feel faintly subversive, with smutty, untrustworthy trickster-land dealing that subverts decent trade and denies reasonable access to fair-priced necessities.

losing the plot – UK leads the way

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Lets face it – any society that feels the need to put up such posters in doctors surgeries, A & E centres etc – has already utterly and completely lost the plot.

The Poster’s signal is clear – “It’s too late for Posters”

To me it means that so many people that you and I rub shoulders with, in the course of day-to-day life use drama, lies, abuse and threats in some attempt to bend things toward their weird way of living and/or thinking.

Not just in the Surgeries or A & E; on the roads, the pavements, in shops – I am witnessing a steady descent into a sort of low-level lawlessness, a sort of wild-west mentality – in the name of choice, or rights, or freedom of action/inaction.