Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Where or what is Albania again?

So, of course we now know more yet again about this infernal problem called ‘immigration’. Nearly half of those who have paid thousands of pounds are of one nationality – Albanian! What do we know of that small country hidden away on the eastern side of the Mediterranean? Except from the recesses of my brain I recall it was quite the poor communist country suffering under a dictator of vile reputation, Hoxha. Or something like that. May I now say again and I have said it many times before – Most immigration is for economic reasons and so it is with all these young male Albanians. Does anyone understand the governments reluctance or inability to deal with this problem? I don’t. We even send in the Navy to actually help these people to land in Dover. God help us all. I have also mentioned that I am NOT against immigration, certainly not but I am against unbridled, uncontrolled immigration. Simply because there is no room for so many arrivals, no work, no housing. As a result many will become a national problem due to criminality. The Albanian idea of women is that they are to be seen but not heard. Dressed in black with a hood over the face. No body shape to be seen. An Albanian thinks when seeing an ankle that is the summit of sexiness. Dear, oh dear but that's the way it is in such countries and we should be OK with that. But here it is altogether different. It is fine fine by so-called ‘experts’ to talk about diversity, equality of the sexes, freedom, democracy and all of that throwing off all shackles. Forgetting though that as with everything there are positive but also negative sides. How do you change the restrictive attitudes, even laws that people of Albania and also loads of other countries, Arabic and African live by? Especially when they move to a western country like Britain? You are asking for problems. Of course, not all arrivals are criminal but too many are and some will become because of the aforementioned, no work and no housing. We only have to remember the indescribable happenings in Rochdale and also other places yet unknown where men of Eastern origin procured underage girls for sex, indeed used them as prostitutes. They keep telling us there are no easy answers. Yes, there are – stop the uncontrolled immigration. If boats come send them back. Don’t worry about the French, they don’t know what they are doing at anytime. Stop this idiotic plan to send a few to Uganda, it is plain crazy and I wonder what happened to the person who thought that one up. Probably sectioned in Broadmoor now. No, it is high time that we put our collective thinking-caps on because we are just asking for problems, some of which we are already experiencing! Please will someone tell our MPs that their job is to look after the UK and the hard-working persons within. Not pontificating about whether Donald Trump is a nice guy or friends with Putin.

Tuesday, 9 August 2022

What?!! £4,000 p/a - which joker said that?

Are we sure that this country is governed by sane people? Are we sure the power companies are governed by greedy pigs? Well, the news shows that is just the case. Reports that the price gap might easily go up to £4,000 per annum. Now, I can easily see that is just unattainable for the greater number of people in this country. The first thing I can see coming on is a revolution. Either a revolution or a very long number of strikes by almost every worker, blue or white collar and certainly the workers of industry. How do these power companies expect people on less than £10 per hour to pay that? It’s just pie in the sky! This sort of charge actually means that more people than ever will be on benefits. So, the cost to the Treasury is going to be phenomenal! I just cannot believe these idiots are serious. I am not a Labour voter, I am laissez-faire but I no longer think that is possible to be. Nationalise all power companies without compensation! Whilst the government will do that have a very good look at how managers are paid and drop those levels by 50%. We just cannot continue like this and to my mind we don’t need to either.

You might ask how did we ever arrive at this situation and don’t tell me it is because of the war, or Putin. It is because of gross mis-management, over-paying shareholders and grossly inflated salary levels and bonuses to top management. I am certain that these people do just not know how most of us have to live. As such although I am no Labour man but I will vote Labour for the first time in my life! The Conservatives quite obviously have lost their grip on the ship’s rudder and we are floating powerless in a choppy sea without any idea where we have to go. Well, goodbye Cons, it will be better to let Labour sink us completely at least it’ll be quick.

Monday, 8 August 2022

Computer joys!

As some might know I am a computer lover, particularly because I am also a Linux fan. I detest Windows and its money grabbing ideas. You remember – 'We will not go beyond Windows 10, it is the last O/S'. Ah, yes and so we now are forced to have Windows 11 and apparently by 2025 there might be Windows 12. I think it is deplorable! Linux in all its flavours (pick the one that suits you best) is free to use and does not cost a penny. Linux Mint is very Windows like but with much all Linux flavours, it helps if you are not afraid to learn how to operate the command line. It is not difficult, if I can do it, you certainly could as well! I build my own desktop but I have family eying it because its pretty powerful and they are becoming quite adept at using a computer of the calibre that the Universities use for research. Anyway, so I purchased a Mini! No, not the car, a mini-computer. 500Gb SSD storage, 16Gb memory and an AMD Ryzen 7 processor. How do they do it for the price I paid! Less than £400!

When it came it had Windows 11 already installed. So, I did not waste time to delete that and loaded Linux Mint 21. That sounds simple but what you have to do is make a bootable USB with an iso file. This can be downloaded from the Internet. Then the USB has to be made bootable. To do this you will use your still working Windows 11 or 10 system, download a program called Rufus. Install that and copy your iso file onto your computer as well. Best is to see it on the desktop screen. Rufus will copy the iso file and expand that and make the USB bootable. Next you take the USB and put that in a suitable slot on the computer to be changed (in my case the Mini). It will when started probably tell you it cannot be done. The reason is that you also have to change the boot order. In most computers you get that by pressing F12 or Delete and the boot process will show up. Set the first choice available (there are about six possible choices) to boot from USB. Switch off and on again and now it will boot into the new Linux system. You will get the option to install the complete system or stay as you are. You obviously can do this on the one computer you copied the iso to as well. The process to follow is the same. Unfortunately there are computers, laptops in particular that have been ‘locked’ into Windows. You cannot change it. My laptop, an Acer, is like that. I can  have two O/S’es, so I just ignore the Windows and boot into Linux. It will take half of your available memory. You can check how much by using a program called GParted. A partition checking/altering software suite. The only thing I’ll be missing by using a Mini is you will have to purchase a DVD drive as there is no CD capability. The way I circumvent that is to copy all the relevant bits I need onto another non-bootable USB drive. There are other ways through linking two or more computers and sort out the network that way. But here everything works well, the Ryzen 7 processor is unbelievable. Good choice!

Saturday, 6 August 2022

Just who wins and who pays? Hmmm..

The problems just seem to keep on and stacking up. Price increases across the whole spectrum, the war in the Ukraine, the belligerence of China, global warming and plastic fouling of the global water systems. One of the problems that even myself can see clearly is the inability of politicians to even begin to solve these problems. Despite the lovely words we hear daily, precious little materialises. The Ukraine war is just such a talking shop – western politicians decry Russia but at the same time are looking for ways to continue using Russian gas and oil. The facts are simple, come this winter we will see a sharp diminishing of support for Ukraine. Here in Britain we support Ukraine fully, for the moment but just wait when the cold days are coming! Price increases and UK inflation are all the making of bad management by politicians and weak management. Management of the Bank of England. You don’t have to look far, just listen to the governor! He doesn’t seem to know whether inflation can be worked on or not! For such a highly paid person to make gaffes like that, is really inexcusable! The inability of government to control price rises in times of rapid inflation seems another economy failure akin to what Labour used to come up with. I would have thought the Conservatives were better than that! Gas and electricity prices have been left to the vagaries of the global market but at the same time the companies like Centrica and Shell have been actually coining it in! There should have been controls to monitor the real cost of acquisition, i.e the price per barrel versus what the companies charge. But who am I, I know nothing.... as Manuel of the comedy program Fawlty Towers used to say! And then we have the continuing pressure that China exerts in the Pacific because they feel that Taiwan belongs to them. Typical authoritarian politics and a demonstration of how democracies are put under pressure and thought to be weak! Just ask Putin what he thinks of the western democracies. Just like the Guardian newscast stated – it is a game of time and management of resources (incl logistics). Time because the longer it goes on the pressure on resources increase. In other words one will run out of projectiles making the opposition bolder and more likely to counter-attack. Also as already stated, Putin hopes that in time the west will lose its opposition and will want an end to the war by pressurising the Ukraine to cede land. From my perspective whatever will happen, nothing will favour Russia or China should they actually invade Taiwan. It looks pretty stupid, here are two rather large countries seemingly intent on acquiring more! In the case of Taiwan the price is not just land but the infrastructure and industrial capacity of Taiwan which is very big, might even surpass that of China itself! Russia is an anomaly, it is just a country that throws its badly managed might around. A despotic aim to rekindle the erstwhile Soviet Union lands and spheres of influence. What a shambles. So, let’s be absolutely correct here, we should NOT become victim to thoughts of giving in to such pressure. Because if the western democracies will do that, the outcome will be worse in ten years time or sooner and then indeed might we end up in a nuclear confrontation.

Friday, 5 August 2022

Quality government or a class of Dumbos?

What are we saying about our esteemed Governor of the Bank of England? Not so long ago he said that he could not control inflation. Did anyone get the impression that our ‘betters’ don’t know what they are talking about? For quite a few years I have had a go at the poor performances of MPs and you only have had to look at the present crop to sadly nod your head in agreement. Frankly, between you and me, it’s the same across the world. The latest applicant for the Dumbo prize is the Bank of England boss. Not so long ago he tearfully exclaimed in front of the nation’s TV audience that he could not control inflation. He more or less indicated that it wasn’t his job. Suddenly today he increased the interest levels to the highest levels since they were lowered in the early Noughties (Noughties=2000-2010). Once again he put on his ‘serious’ face and looked us all in the eye saying that he really understood the hardships it entailed. Do we believe he does? No Sir, we do not. We know you are alright with your half a million salary and million pound bonuses for doing a great job. For myself I am beginning to ask yet again – Where do we find these moronic people? I cannot believe they are all coming out of the Eton College of Perceived Intelligence? I might not be most intelligent dog on the block but I think from what I see and hear I could be a perfect dictator.

There is something rotten in our political set-up. Lies and subterfuge are too common. Half of politicians' time seems to be spent on TikTok or other social media channels checking what other politicians are saying about them. They ought to look more closely at how the general population feel. We are all struggling to make ends meet. The price of electric and gas are obscene. These are not really to do with Russia or with the war. There will be a bearing on some level but the real reason is the world-wide demand. Almost all countries are vying for oil and gas and other commodities as well. Again, I have said in the past – what do we expect with so many people on the planet? Britain has a fast-growing population alone, mostly due to immigration. Thousands come every year and increasing. We sometimes forget, and by we I mainly mean the woolly-headed woke liberal leftie nincompoops, immigrants need housing and being without jobs need quite a high level of benefits. Benefits that are paid out of taxation. Taxation that all working people pay. So, you can feel the stresses on those budgets already. Yet politicians obfuscate the issues and when directly asked avoid a proper answer or simply lie. I cannot see the situation changing fast so I put this here now – Politicians are guilty of killing us all! I hope that before too long we wake up and charge them accordingly.

Thursday, 4 August 2022

A Pelosi view of the world...

Sometimes you hear or read some nuggets of information that are 100% correct. One of those nuggets was uttered by Ms Nancy Pelosi (Speaker of the US House of Reps), who said “ Today the world faces a choice, a choice between democratic and autocratic government”. Bang on Nancy. Please stand for Prime Minister in the UK next time Liz or Rishi make a gaffe. We change PMs at the whim of social media goons or the views of ultra left-wing woke libertarians. Sometimes we even bet on horses like Jeremy Corbyn and lost all our money! Although he never came on as PM, he nearly made it. The war in the Ukraine would have been a foregone conclusion as British soldiers would have been forced to fight with the Russians. I hasten to add, there might have been a revolution in the good old Home Counties, Scotland and Wales secede and Jersey declaring war on Britain and join France.

Perhaps it would be better not to speculate what could have been because we do too much of that already. Even so, Ms Nancy is worth listening to because she is absolutely right. The choice is a stark one. Just look around, look around the world, there are loads of countries still shackled by autocratic regimes and look how they behave. They generally have no problem at all at throwing about force to counter what they believe are external threats. Invisible external threats. Imaginary external threats. In no way am I expounding the virtues just of democratic nations. We only have to look at the US to see how that can be used but generally we do seem to need a nation that is prepared to expend trillions to police the world. 

Humans are just mammalian entities suffering from anxiety and worry about existence all the time. Continually looking over our shoulders is not such a funny thing, it makes you paranoid. Viz Russia and China. But it is more worrying to note how “our” western politicians and companies deal with autocratic regimes. Take Russia and China in particular. Chinese companies are everywhere, a big chunk of western companies’ profits come from trade with China. Even for myself I own a few Chinese mobiles and I must say they are good. So, why does China like to flex its military muscle over a smallish island with which it could trade very profitably indeed? Well, only God and Xi Ping will know. China and to some extent Russia are in the process of decimating the economic progress we enjoyed since the end of WW2. The question whether WW3 will end all of that is now paramount in all our minds. Humanity quite obviously has not moved on from its primal desires and fears. Pretty sad, huh?

Saturday, 30 July 2022

Minorities rule? Well eh....

It is a funny world we live in. Certainly very funny when you consider the UK. Or Britain in the vernacular. We seem to be living in a country where minorities make all the rules. The rules by which all of us live our lives. Yet most of us shrug our shoulders. But should we? Politicians keep on talking about how they will shut up the woke liberal nonsense spouting blabbermouths but actually are showing their incompetence for all to see. The afore-mentioned blabbermouths such as ‘Stonewall’ are becoming ever more militant. Then we have the Home Office, despite being headed by a few competent politicians, their inability to properly police the borders is tantamount to dereliction of duty! In fact they have just merely provided a convenient taxi service by using the Navy! As such we ‘welcome’ hundreds of thousands onto our shores. As a result the nation is scrambling looking for more and more houses with the minorities pressing for relaxation of the planning laws! In the meantime more are forced to look for the essential food in food-banks! All this in 2022! All politicians and other organisations can say is ‘It is because of the war in the Ukraine’, ‘the restrictions imposed on Russia’. Next we learn that the oil and gas companies are coining in billions of pounds extra over and above the profits they already make. Even worse, we learned recently about the ‘obscene’ amounts the top people ‘earn’ and the bonuses they ‘so richly deserve’.

So OK, the war in Ukraine, certainly a bad thing, wars are no more than death and destruction and for which the purpose is unknown except as a grab for profit through the acquisition of land and resources such as mineral riches. In the case of Russia we also need to include it is a dictatorship and therefore the mental state of the leading clique must be taken into account. But more and more it seems that the so-called West has lost the initiative that it had at the beginning. It has been a long standing fact appeasement is counter-productive. There has been a fear of proliferation – using nuclear weapons, called WMD’s (Weapons of Mass Destruction) but I think if humanity is thinking like that we really deserve to be sent to the nether regions of oblivion! As I think I have mentioned before – the Earth might have a long sigh of relief. Humanity has been a cancer on this planet. An animal that cannot control its impulses usually won’t last long. 

However, back to the UK – we can all see the state it is in when looking at the Wagatha Christie court case. When millions are squandered on no more than a perceived personal injury to over-rated personal opinions and feelings. It is long overdue to enforce standards of behaviour and usage of the Internet. Never mind the opinions of aforementioned woke liberal lefties just do it and whilst we are at this overdue action, let’s sort out the other pressing problems. Take the Unions to task, sort out the immigrant problem, by imposing proper entry controls. Furthermore we need to look at how we want to live. I know I too want to be free to do whatever I want but with 67million people all wanting the same and more people to come, we simply cannot do that. We need stringent rules and police them properly! Over to you Ms Truss!