Saturday, 12 June 2021

Wearing short skirts, but what next?

It might be construed that I am jumping on the bandwagon but the particular issue now being spoken about is pretty important. It concerns the issue of sexual harassment in schools. Highlighted through the splendid work and courage of one lady Soma Sara with her website ‘Everyone’s Invited’. Everyone’s Invited was was set up last year as a place where victims, mostly in schools, are encouraged to record their experiences of sexual assault and abuse. It features accounts from university-age students to pupils as young as nine. They range from reports of people being drugged and raped at parties to explicit images being shared around. Soma reported a "rape culture" is "endemic" within the education system.

But how do we think this happens? Let’s look at our culture as shown in the media for starters – newspapers with scantily clad ladies, full-on articles about sexual gratification for women (the Big ‘O’), all in the most widely sold newspapers in the UK. TV programmes depicting full-on sex, books (the (in)famous ‘Fifty Shades’ series and much much more.

Furthermore this has culminated in dress codes, particularly for girls, where the skirts are now so short even a Scot wearing a kilt might blush. In the past I have ended up in a heated argument with a lady in our office when I said a lot of women dress and wear make-up like prostitutes. Now that might have been wrong of me because as the lady said ‘I wear this to feel good’. But I retorted ‘But it also excites non-wanted responses in men’. I suppose I had a point but expressed it in the wrong way. I am not apologising because basically, as we know now, I was right. There are ways of looking good without tons of make-up, micro dresses and skirts, t*ts hanging out, or stuffing bananas up one’s trousers.

Does it sounds banal? Well, it’s up to you but if we want to have a good, well behaving society where everyone but especially young girls feel safe and go about without being molested then we simply will have to look at our behaviour and address the issues.

I know sex is nature’s way to procreate and ensure a species survival. Nature does not give a hoot whether you enjoy the process or not. Sex is merely the way to combine two different genetic make-ups. It is a strong urge but it needs to be controlled in such a way that 1. it is successful and 2. does not interfere with the well-being of participants. Or 3. the well-being of others who could be affected by the behaviour of the participants. Meaning these could be existing children of the relationship.

It will take time to alter our behaviour. Even world-wide faith systems have strong views about sex but still fail to ensure good behaviour. The Rochdale sex abuse horrors being a case in point. Christian leaders too often seem to fall foul of things whether through systems of having to be celibate or through asceticism. But if we want to walk in safety from unwanted attentions we need to address these issues, so let’s get on with it!

Thursday, 10 June 2021

Hang Cecil Rhodes... oh a statue you say, hang it anyway!

Writing about our political problems is easy. But listening to some TV progs like Politics Today on the BBC makes my high blood pressure much higher. Today there was a discussion about the Oxford lecturers (bless their little hearts) refusing to teach the students at the Oriel College. First of all I thought that one of the lecturers might have molested a woman student or such things, as apparently happens in Universities from time to time but no, they were getting on the Woke train! The statue of Cecil Rhodes must die, possibly not a nice man as indeed many men or women from those times were not either, but that statue has to be removed, pulverised and the bits thrown into the nearest volcano. Iceland probably. Then we had on the discussion panel Layla Moron, sorry it might be Moran, not sure though, and Kate Porter, plus good ol’ Richard Madeley. After hearing Ms Moran I now know why the LibDems are in the doldrums and moreover will not get their fingers on the power button any time soon. Mind you she would not be better off in Labour either. Why do we have so many woke liberal lefties in politics today? Where are the people with common sense? Moreover why do we the electorate keep voting in these nobodies? As Richard indicated these statues are mostly of dead people. Nice ones and not so nice ones but they ARE dead! I keep on saying also you CANNOT change history whether you agree with it or not. But what you can do, is learning from it. But so far I would not think looking at all these woke actions, we have learned anything at all!



Sunday, 6 June 2021

Where are the birds now?

Writing about our political problems is easy because there are so many. The past few years have been particularly busy. It is true to say that due to easy use of the Web, Bloggers included, commentary and opinions are now worldwide. In many ways that’s good and in others it’s a bad thing. Us humans have not yet obtained self-control in using the Internet. But despite all of that there is an item that I have not heard of as yet. It is to do with Nature. When I was an ‘ondeugend’ (Dutch-naughty) chappy every summer we could see dozens and dozens of swallows flying and wheeling in the sky above the city. Even more in the countryside. Catching the numerous insects. Since marrying a Welsh beauty (they are all beautiful over here) I have seen a decline every year. But this year is the first year I have not seen any swallows, house martins, swifts in our sky above the Rhondda valley. There might be a few stragglers here and there but the hundreds are no more. What could be the reasons? Well, apparently the scientists have decided that insects on which they live have declined sharply. In fact it has become a worrying fact that bees and other pollinators have virtually gone from our gardens. So a few years ago I planted a cotoneaster plant as I noticed in someone else’s garden that bees swarmed over it when in bloom. It is true the garden wall against which the  cotoneaster grows is now also home to bumblebees. I also noticed that bees are flying around the top of my house and getting under the eaves. So, OK so far. But no swallows. The other thing is climate, too hot further south? Hunting? Italians seemingly are particularly fond of killing birds every year when the swallows migrate. Nesting opportunities? That was a problem also with another once numerous bird, house sparrows. Our modern homes have less chance of nesting under the eaves! I have not seen a house sparrow for a few years! A great pity that we, as humans, do not take much greater care of our companions in the world and instead do everything to destroy their habitats. Hopefully we will wake up when there is just one pair of everything left. Let’s hope there’s one chap who has built a boat.

Edit - Sunday 13/6/21 - I have just seen a family of 5 swifts flying high. The air pressure is high, hot weather ensures updrafts that take insects up. The swifts follow. But I'm happy to see at least  some. But again it is pretty dismal.

Saturday, 5 June 2021

Answering simple questions? Impossible in the UK.

With the nicer weather the boats are coming again.The English Channel has seen dozens, it has never been so busy. The people organising these trips must be rolling in cash! I think as far as the promises we’ve heard the government making day in, day out I think they don’t know what to do about it. Hiding behind flowery words. Even the competent Ms Patel has been banging her head against the Civil Service wall. I can tell Ms Patel she needs to wield the sword. The Civil Service is not fit for purpose. It is full of the Wokestan and Etonstan nobility! I wish her good luck. Secondly, what we see now on telly is the demands now made by the people we call ‘immigrants’. Not being contend to finally arrive where they have been wanting to go for months and paid huge sums to do so. They now expect first class hotel service, no less! Hot showers, good food and a three bed-room council house in the leafy suburbs. That’s what was promised to them in France. There is a simple question that needs asking – why cannot this be dealt with? This debacle was one of the reasons a lot of people voted for Brexit! But we are still having all the same problems we had before. I voted for the Conservatives, God only knows why, but I believed they had the gumption to get things done. I might have been wrong. Like all the governments before, just empty promises. The problems are already stacking up and it won’t be long before this Conservative government will lose its raison-d’être. It has not been easy, this Covid virus but the way we are dealing with it is bonkers. We are jumping on and off the bandwagon at the whim of ultra woke lefties who want to go desperately on holiday. Even with the CO2 belching planes of Ryanair or Easyjet. Are we absolutely doomed? Well, I have my Union Jack ready to wave as the waves close over my head. I will before expiring give the flag to the next ‘intelligent’ species to walk the Earth. Crabs.

ED Wokestan = London, Etonstan = Is a school for super privileged offspring of super privileged ultra left wing quasi nobility. Didn't you know that?

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Some worrying statistics....

For some time now and in quite a few messages I have mentioned global warming and the how’s and why’s. There should be no doubt that it is humanity’s fault. Yes, you and me! We are very quickly destroying the only place where we can live. If you do not think so I refer you to plenty of web research about CO2. I was astounded by how ill-informed I was. The Carbon Independent.org website shows why. Apparently the Paris agreement (Google that if you haven’t a clue) assumes greenhouse gas emissions of a quarter of a tonne of CO2 per hour flying. So, if you use air-planes to go on holiday and care about children, future generations, and social justice, and want to stay within the personal lifetime carbon budget of 50 tonnes CO2, flying is likely to be unaffordable, and therefore need to stop flying for the time being. (The limit of 50 tonnes CO2 per person is a figure compatible with the Paris Agreement.)

A Boeing 737-400 jet is typically used for short international flights. For a distance of 926 km, the amount of fuel used is estimated to be 3.61 tonnes , including taxiing, take-off, cruising and landing. Using a seating capacity of 164 [Wikipedia, viewed 28.2.08] and an average seat occupancy (or 'load factor') of 65%, this gives a fuel use of 36.6 g per passenger km. Another website (https://micpohling.wordpress.com/2007/05/08/math-how-much-co2-released-by-aeroplane/) has worked out that 2.6kgs of CO2 is produced per litre.

Jet engines as used by the 737 (and 747) use approximately 4 litres every second, so 14,400 litres an hour. Per hour that means 37.5 tonnes of CO2 are produced. Say, two hours to Spain therefore 75 tonnes of CO2 per flight. Per passenger if full, 75 tonnes/170= 441kgs of CO2. Your holiday puts 1 tonne of CO2 on your personal balance! So, the average family of 4 have produced 4 tonnes of CO2. Even if you planted a tree to offset this you would need to plant 4 trees per person every year! A native broadleaf tree is estimated to take up 1 tonne of CO2 during its life time (about 100 years). With figures such as these you can see the damage done by flying air-planes, even to just go on a holiday. 

There seems to be a strange misunderstanding between scientists as to how much CO2 is produced by jet engines. I have a printed out conversion table which is produced by the University of Exeter. That says that short-haul flights is deemed to use 0.18 kgs per passenger per kilometre. This sounds pretty close to the truth. So, you can work out short haul costs to the environment.

And just in case you did not think car driving is so bad, the average diesel pours 12kgs of CO2 into the atmosphere per 100kms. My workplace is 23 miles from where I live, that is about 36kms. I calculate that with stopping and starting in the busy traffic I have put some 15kgs of CO2 in the air. Petrol is worse, the average petrol car puts 20kgs per 100kms!

If we use the average of 16kgs per 100kms over all and multiply that by the average number of cars on the road (the RAC has calculated some 15 million people – this might be 15 million cars but some will have more passengers. Averaging out to 10 million cars. The average length of a commuter trip by car/van varies little across English regions and Wales at about ten miles. It is highest in the South East (11.2 miles) and lowest in London (8.6 miles).

So, averaging it all out we arrive at 1.6kgs of CO2 per 10 miles x 10,000,000 cars. Therefore on a daily basis we can pump some 16,000 tonnes of CO2 into the air in Britain alone! As these are averages there will be days it is less but also days it will be vastly more!

All these figures are easily obtainable from the Web. Just as I have done. Now we know why we are in trouble.

Edit - I think scientists use different techniques and possibly use data from manufacturers but I believe the University of Exeter seems to be the more correct.

Sunday, 30 May 2021

A bit of planning might do you good, or not......

In the good old UK and particularly in Wales, we have loads of by-laws, laws, and regulations to keep us all happy. One of these fields is Planning. That seems to be designed to make as much money for Councils as possible. No friends, it is not for your benefit as a citizen of your area. That is what they want you to believe. Don’t fall foul of political talk. I live in an area that is called the Rhondda. Once the world’s supplier of steam coal to power ships, trains and in so doing make it possible to travel and trade with the rest of the world. Today that has, as we now know, helped to heat up the atmosphere because of increased CO2.

So, what then about planning? Well, you only have to listen to central government and their ideas. Opening up the countryside because yes, we all know we need 2 million new homes.

It is plainly ridiculous. If we only just control immigration properly, then we would not now be one of the most densely populated countries in Europe. I am not saying we should stop immigration, it has its good sides but to just have open borders is plainly unsustainable. We cannot and should not concrete over vast swatches of green fields just so that every Tom, D*ck and Harry can tip-toe over and demand a proper three-bed room council house.

Councils take the easy route, certainly those in Wales seem to do. They have beautiful ideas like LDPs (Local Development Plans) I have seen one in my area and indeed it has already attracted development plans. Development plans that take no notice of water problems due to increased heavier rainfall, no notice at all of increased car usage and associated problems like PM (Particle Matter) in which the size 2.5 is a big problem causing bronchial disease, asthma among others. I have taken measurements with my PM detector and frequently we go over the 30 ug/m3, sometimes as much as 50! That is more than the WHO says is acceptable.

I would say nothing is acceptable but certainly no-one listens in the hallowed halls of government. We are stuck in the old stop-gap government style. You know it as ‘We have a problem, we solve the problem, that brings three new problems, we solve them, that bring 200 new problems. We go home now and kick the dog’. That’s our planning system. In one way we pay lip service to global warming because we just work on today’s problems like housing. Forgetting that it will just increase CO2 and water effluent.

The small river behind our house is no longer small. Thanks to increased rainfall and increased run-off from the new housing estates. No one thinks about how the medical services, doctors, dentist have to cope. To obtain an appointment takes quite a time, if you’re lucky. Planners do not seem to concern themselves with such problems, it’s nothing to do with them. The planet is presently at a fork in the road. Make a bad decision and take the right fork and we all die. Take the left and our grandchildren will live. Remember that when next voting for your preferred councillor, is he or she the right one? Don’t worry about political parties. They rarely do anything that benefits the population at large. Sorry to be so exhaustive, but it is important.

Saturday, 29 May 2021

Piers Morgan back to ITV? Do it right now!

Hullabalooh and all that, I’m hearing rumours that Piers (Morgan) might be coming back to ITV. Interesting that. Not really important to most I suppose but nevertheless interesting. Especially as he is known to have walked out of the ITV studios after a spat with the woke Alex Beresford. Well, just look at the occasion. Piers said that Meghan had been lying in her interview with the obviously starstruck Oprah Winfrey. Personally, I saw that interview, well, at least that bit shown in the UK and I have never seen or heard such drivel portrayed as prime world news! If that is what Americans like to do, it shows what I suspected a long time ago, Americans in the main are vacuous and money obsessed. Yet, the US has some great people in their midst. How did a two-bit soap actress get so much influence? It shows the Tinseltown’s approach to life. You go over dead bodies to get what you want. So, well done Piers to point some of that out. It is high time that lifestyles like that are portrayed and looked at. To be preached at how about to live bearing in mind global warming by persons who quite openly do not follow their own advice is about as mind killingly boring as looking at Eskimos trying to figure out what a coconut is.

Indeed Piers back at ITV to sort some stuff out happening in the world, what the upper echelons are up to whilst telling everybody else how good they are. We need people who are not afraid to ask awkward questions. They may not be answered, politicians in particular are good, educated in how to answer questions. Or rather how NOT to answer questions. Piers, good luck, let’s hope you can return to ITV. I cannot wait!