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…no comments allowed under any of these Guardian articles or column. Just saying.

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Written by Oflife

June 20, 2017 at 12:15 am

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Continued BBC bias

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We all know how much the BBC hates anything American or not liberal, so it was no surprise that in regards to the collision between two ships near Japan, they state:

“Later will come the investigation into how one of the world’s most sophisticated warships failed to avoid colliding with a 30,000-tonne cargo ship on a calm, clear night.”

Who says the warship collided with the cargo ship? Even from the photos the damage to the cargo ship is on the bow and on the destroyer mid ship, so clearly the cargo ship hit the destroyer!

Ah, but then this is the same BBC that reports the Palestinians being killed, and as a footnote, mentioned that female soldier they had murdered earlier.

So glad I pay not a penny in license fees to that organisation.

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June 17, 2017 at 10:25 pm

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We need to talk about plastics

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Something tells me am not the only one to be concerned about this awful material. Made from the equally nasty petroleum, plastic was hailed as a miracle material during it’s heyday, but there has always been something unpleasant about it, from the effect plastic picnic dishes have on the taste of food, the effect BPAs used in plastic bottles have on humans to the horror caused by melting plastic dripping on a living being to the fumes given off when it burns to how it is polluting our oceans and countryside. Just stop at the side of any motorway and prod around the verge, you’ll find countless plastic bags and bottles embedded in the ground.

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Look closely at that photograph above. Ignoring the inferno inside that flat that I discussed on the previous post, look at the outside of the building, all bubbled. Effectively, the whole building was flammable! Why? Because the cladding was plastic or made from an equally flammable material.

Fight fire club: We need to get off plastics, period.

Not sure how copyright works with blogs, but I have not contacted the photographer who took that above photo, but credit to max Butterworth @ Splash News. Will try to get permission later.

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June 14, 2017 at 2:38 pm

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Firethought

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Re the horrific fire at the Grenfell Tower, (I know the area well), this was completely avoidable:

  1. Warnings by this group
  2. A resident stated that the fire started on the 4th floor when a fridge ‘exploded’. If this is the case and it was the same brand of white goods appliance that has caused over 100 other fires (including some fatal), we have to ask why this brand was allowed to be sold in the UK, or anywhere else! Was it because we have geopolitical interests in the country where the brand originates? 10-15 years ago, electrical goods had to pass stringent QA tests, anyone shopping today knows how shoddy a lot of electrical goods are. (A similar dumbing down of our nation as per the end of dog licenses, hence more and more cases of babies and young children being maimed or killed by dogs that to be honest, should not be bread, never mind owned by people unsuitable to ‘manage’ them!) Re electrical goods, my advice is buy higher priced German models BUILT in Germany. They will last decades and be much safer.
  3. There have been countless fast moving fires in towers in Dubai and other nearby nations – the connection being the obviously flammable cladding used on the outside that helps the flames spread so quickly.
  4. If you look at the screen shot below, and this goes for every flat in that building that was (or still is as I type this) ablaze, it is like an inferno inside. And that is due to the use of plastics everywhere, including carpets. I have warned on this blog for over 10 years that the use of plastic in packaging, clothing and carpeting is not only catastrophic for the environment due to the difficulty in re-cycling, but a fire risk – the fumes kill you before the flames, happens in aircraft fires too. Just go outside and set fire to any non cotton clothing or a piece of non cotton carpet and see what happens.
  5. On 9/11 and here, (more so here where the tower is much shorter), why aren’t helicopters used to drop water onto the roof AND/OR rescue people who go onto the roof to rescue? Surely there is a fire escape to the roof in case that leading down is blocked?

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Note infernos inside each flat
Photo (C) 2017 Sky News

Written by Oflife

June 14, 2017 at 8:43 am

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Disillusionment

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A few posts back, I commented on how unethical English capitalism is, from the way Channel 4 (a for profit venture!) showed masses of advertising during documentaries about the 9/11 attacks to dystopian parking technology companies that have blackmailed councils to charge for parking at hospitals and just about everywhere else in this godforsaken country. This not only causing additional stress and distress for loving family visiting hospitals, but the latter wrecking small businesses and communities.

Further, companies like Wonga and Bet365 exploit those with little hope but luck, creating a fake economy the leads to devastating consumer debt, and sometimes, crime. All whilst their owners live isolated in their ivory towers, like the wealthy Chairman of the parking companies.

Some of our leaders lack clarity of vision and purpose (and consistency), so people are forced to choose those who may mean well and promise to deal with some of the aforementioned issues, but alas lack a clear understanding of how their extreme politics could create other problems, such as high inflation and industry malaise.

Where’s the grand vision, like Kennedy’s speech that lead to the moon landings? When are we going to have a leader that says, right, “We’re going to invest £10billion in an off shore solar energy plant” employing 7000 people, or as Boris suggested, move Heathrow to the sea. Everyone is too focused on screwing someone over and talking, no one does anything!

No wonder the election went the way it did and the country is now so unsure of itself.

Prince Charles once commented that the best way forward was a mix between the pros of capitalism and socialism, leading to an economy and society that is both free market, and fair.

Thing is, who can lead the country to this ideal?

Fight back (up) club: An industrialist for PM? Boris? James Dyson? Someone else?

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June 11, 2017 at 12:02 pm

Lord help us

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Exhibit A

Exhibit B (Translate from German using Google)

Exhibit C (Assuming attack is verified)

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June 7, 2017 at 8:08 pm

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How long before the placid English revolt?

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We’re known for our laid back attitude to being ‘wound up’. And then, like a drunk alpha male at a bar who witnesses someone hitting on his girl friend, we spring, and punch – hard.

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June 4, 2017 at 11:31 am

Now we have snowflake police!

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Read this, and realise where we are in the UK. I don’t like quoting the tabloid media, but it’s happening and needs to be known. Can you believe a police officer pressed a panic button because she was offended? Is she aware of what that button is for? It’s for threats to her life. The irony of it all, being she is supposed to be protecting other people not herself. Oh wait…

Here is a 16 minute video from the 1980s to show that the dysfunctional selfish oh woe is me snowflake is nothing new. I was not clued up to such things back then, but my Lord, if what is in that video is being taught at schools today, it explains a lot!

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May 29, 2017 at 12:21 pm

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Question

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Just watched the live broadcast from Manchester of the 1 minute silence for the victims of the latest carnage. At the end, everyone clapped! Is the new in thing in the UK to self congratulate? Be interested to know if such clapping will make those laying in hospitals with horrific injuries suddenly get better and make the terrorists run away.

From my history lessons, I don’t recall this being done after a German bomb levelled a building during WW2.

Anyone else feel like they are on another planet, confused at the bizarre behavior of contemporary society?

Answers below please!

My take: Denial.

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May 25, 2017 at 11:08 am

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Losers indeed

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5 or 6 years ago, I asked a well educated colleague of mine (who used to work for the BBC) what lay at the heart of one of the world’s oldest prejudices, being I had no idea at the time and was doing some research.

His reply was instant, “Envy!”

I hate to say it from the country I’m based in as I type this, but for those of you who have engaged in being creative, entrepreneurial or similar, there is a streak in some people diametrically the opposite of how (say) the Americans would respond to your success in life. A form of shrug, or puh, as if to day, “You’re better/having more fun than me, and I hate you for it.”

Trump may not be a man who can communicate as well as his predecessor, nor with tact, but his message is often spot on when you get to the core of the issue. And today, he told it like it really is.

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May 23, 2017 at 2:12 pm

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Told you so

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Have been warning my friends, family and colleagues for over a decade that social media was toxic and not suited to anyone under the age of 19 (anywhere) and even for adults, for it demeans our manner. I also predicted it would lead to suicides and other issues of the over stressed mind. Well, finally this has sadly been validated.

Several years ago, someone I know asked me what he should do for Lent. I said, close your Facebook account. He did, but not for long.

Apologies for sounding righteous, but in my role as technical and social visionary, sometimes beyond designing and making cool machinery, it is also nice to help people and society in general avoid certain disaster. Is it right to stand by and watch things unravel? Not much different than refusing to help a road accident victim.

Fight back club: UN needs to recommend an outright ban on social media to anyone under 19, world-wide.

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May 19, 2017 at 10:31 am

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Reap, snowflake

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Coming soon, the long overdue post that will probably instantly wreck some friendships and such, but truth has to be told. In summary, it is selfish somewhat bizarre contemporary ultra thin skinned dysfunctional liberals who have single handedly handed the environmental future of this planet to the wrong people – with the UK leaving the European Union and Donald Trump being elected in the US.

I’ll simply be listing a series of documented events that go back to about 1982, mainly covering matters of the bedroom and other awkward subjects.

I am too busy to finish and publish the post now, but just inserting a placeholder. I came up with the phrase, ‘Reap, snowflake’ myself last year before Brexit.

The irony of the situation today is incredible.

Note that I have been using the term 2+2=5 for years now, which was really an alternative way saying ‘fake news’, although I was referring mainly to inaccurate scientific reporting by corporations and right wingers. Liberals are also in denial about certain matters.

Let’s kick things off, in reverse chronological order…

Monday May 15 2017

US – This!

UK – Lads can wear skirts at school. (Although I’ll go into detail another time outside of this list, the reason for all this madness is financial. Men are to be made socially obsolete so women can pay clinics to be impregnated. By causing them to question their identity, men will lose their natural strength, desire and confidence. Don’t think so? I’ll track down the BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour episode where it was implied.)

Saturday May 13 2017

Several entries for today!

1. Why is the BBC putting this banner at the top of their Eurovision page? Who are they to tell me what to celebrate?

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2. The BBC are implying that his support of feminism and other ultra liberal behavior by the Canadian PM are popular. Who says? Why is he promoting concepts that are not supported by everyone, this blogger included? Are the BBC aware of the current political situation in the world both sides of the Atlantic?

Very glad I do not pay a penny in license fees to the BBC!

LOTS OF ENTRIES TO GO IN BETWEEN TODAY’S AND 1982

1982

Scientific community warns* of a new virus that appears to be spread through homosexual behavior. The warnings are ignored, leading to thousands of horrific deaths. Politically correctness more recently (1990s onwards) leads to continued illness and death that is covered up by the MSM, but still researchable online.

*Scans of articles to follow. I have printed magazines in storage.

Written by Oflife

May 11, 2017 at 6:30 pm

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More ‘Parking Eye’ criminal money grabbing

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This needs to be stopped. Although English (partly), I pity the fact the lives of the typical person here is a lifelong battle against dubious councils and companies. There is so little time to actually live any more. No wonder there is an increasing number of incidences of mental illness, people are stressed to breaking point by an out of control unpredictable inconsistent mechanised dystopia.

Fight back club: Don’t pay. Don’t even waste time reading the letters, just photograph them with your phone, discard – and get on with your life. Revolution is about breaking the law if need be to create a better more decent world. If everyone revolts, the evil ones will perish due to lack of resources.

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May 11, 2017 at 3:04 pm

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Corbyn is right

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V busy, but being we’re about to have another election and the whole future of the country is at stake, (and consider this as part of my own planetary manifesto), society should be structures as follows:

Core infrastructure, such as the following, managed by the state, with private companies contracted by tender to provide any tactile products, such as rolling stock and such. (Similar to how the military operates.)

  • Railways
  • Motorways
  • Internet
  • National Health Service

Non essentials, managed by the private sector with the state there to protect consumers against poor business practice. IE…

  • Cars
  • Mobile phones
  • Flat screen TVs
  • Music streaming services
  • Etc

People argue that the trains used to be far worse when state owned. Totally untrue. The carriages had private compartments and comfortable seats. The staff were well dressed and polite. Only downside was trains polluted a lot more then because they were often reliant on dirty fuels.

We need a consistent brand for the railways – nationwide, fair pricing, well treated staff and modern technology. Today, each train is different, some with WiFi, some with decent fold down trays behind the seats, some with dirty toilets, some with well positioned power sockets, some journeys of the same distance cost more than others and so on. This inconsistency of design and pricing means that passengers are forced to choose based on their location, IE, it’s luck of the draw whether you get a good service.

If the government brings in top designers and visionaries to design a rail network of the future, it can then give the private sector the work to realise the design. The upside will be a less exhausted and frustrated commuter that in turn will be good for the economy.

Infrastructure cannot be for profit, it has to be there as a foundation with which to BUILD a successful ethical economy.

The same with the mobile phone business. We are still no there yet. Whole areas lacking coverage making it annoying for the locals and equally so for business people travelling who need to gain access to the cloud away from the office, cafes, pubs and so on.

Fight back club: Vote for consistency and fairness

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May 11, 2017 at 1:30 pm

Exactly!

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Good to see common sense fighting back against the forces of unnatural sham social concepts.

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May 10, 2017 at 10:46 am

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And the evil dystopian parking companies…

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…continue to exploit the already over stressed English public.

If Jeremy Corbyn does one or both of the following, of which the second covers the first, I’ll vote for him:

  1. Repeals ALL hospital parking charges, for everyone, for ever, no strings attached or small print.
  2. Makes parking in the UK free, everywhere, except outside fire stations and other similar locations where access and/or safety is paramount

But he won’t because the appalling entrapment based economy the UK is now based upon means that more and more people are going to be paying to stop their vehicles and waste millions of pounds driving around trying to find or exit car parks, not to mention pollute the air.

The English are too slow or reluctant to protest.

Fight back club: Refuse to pay to park and intentionally stay over the limit and refuse to pay any fines. Stop allowing landlords and ‘Parking Eye’ type ‘businesses’ to ‘own’ the planet. They are contemptible immoral bastards and need to be shut down.

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May 9, 2017 at 10:55 pm

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The useless snowflakes continue their crying

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Whilst I don’t have time for her policy towards clean energy and the demotion of junk food, the one thing that our current PM can be praised for is having balls and not letting the useless oh woe is me snowflakes get her down.

 

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May 9, 2017 at 10:29 pm

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Barking mad

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Uh, the government of the UK are still so in bed with the oil industry and supplier nations in that not so nice part of the world. So to appease them, rather than kick out or lock up the nasties who the police in the UK and France admit to having tracked BEFORE they carried out murder and carnage, they are letting them stay and instead a) Monitor us all b) Ruin our open democracy that was working rather well until we capitulated by creating a ‘wall of steel‘ around our great institutions, this time, with dogs.

Fight back club: Kick them out or lock them up. And if you’re a consumer, go solar.

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May 7, 2017 at 4:48 pm

How very American

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It was only a year into my 10 years in the US that I discovered the one major flaw in American society – a total lack of common sense. Ability to comprehend why things happen and deal with them at the source, rather than try to get the ship back into the bottle later.

And this is dangerous. As forecast in many dystopian science ‘fiction’ books and movies, Taser (now Axon) are introducing the sort of Minority Report type technology to deter crime. And once this is coupled with that other dubious corporation, Facebook, with their forth coming mind reading technology (it will happen!), our worst privacy nightmares will be realised.

What isn’t being discussed is WHY there is crime! What causes the sorts of activity that requires this type of surveillance? The poverty trap? Multiculturalism? Liberal justice? Conservative justice? Culture? Genetics? More than one of the above?

This lack of common sense analysis applies to the American attitude to gun ownership and associated massacres too. I have stated on this blog that the (non political) mass killings occur due to fundamental flaws in American social and family life, and that removing guns won’t prevent more multiple fatality incidents, as recent vehicular terrorism have proven.

All these things are connected, and the sooner America studies the relatively stable societies of old school Europe, the better, else large corporations are going to profit from this disaster of a society to our mutual detriment.

Fight back club: Fix society.

 

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May 1, 2017 at 10:20 am

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Imbecilic

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How very right wing, on one had, good at dealing with despots, but despotic when it comes to the environment. So rather than invest in alternative energy sources such as solar, hydro, wind and other, Trump is not only going to risk polluting areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONB), but continue spewing CO2 into the atmosphere with his new energy policy.

Fight back club: Get off the grid.

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April 29, 2017 at 8:23 am

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Worse than 1984

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If anyone needs evidence that the UK is headed towards a worse than Orwellian police state run by useless snowflakes and their sponsors, read this. I just cannot believe this is going on, and the government is not intervening! We are on the brink of something that is a huge threat to freedom, common sense and a way of life that is in fact harmless. Someone somewhere is injecting sham issues into the narrative and turning young people into sham victims and that is going to lead to decent people being branded as criminals, which is what you will be if you breach these inane protocols.

Yes, this is in the Daily Mail, but the article is backed up with tangible evidence.

Fight back club: Refuse to comply. If you’re a snowflake, get over yourself for goodness sake!

UPDATE: April 27 2017 – Melted!

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April 22, 2017 at 3:08 pm

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Paying to stop your vehicle

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The corporate surveillance police state that now ‘powers’ the UK is out of control.

Co-incidentally, in view of the timing of this article, I was recently visiting a town that charges between £2.00 and £3.20 an hour for parking, or £16 all day. WTF?! There is literally NO place where you can park for less than £2, and certainly not for free, even further out from the town centre. You literally cannot stop your car, causing pollution and a waste of fuel. Poor people cannot afford to stop and enjoy the location or shop anymore, so there are few people around in the scenic areas.

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RIP The family outing – better to grow obese on the sofa in front of the telly

Of course, the council are Greens, so despite a name that creates the impression of caring for the environment and people, they are in fact making things worse. Of course the millions they make on parking fees and penalties pay their huge salaries, but do NOT go toward the upkeep of the town that features many areas and items in disrepair – something I’m logging with my camera.

Worse, want to take a bus, it’s £8 to travel 15 miles. Think about that! For the record, I took a bus the same distance as a student, and it was 15p. Or about £0.30p for non students.

UK councils are like oligarchs, all socialist on the outside, but greedy self serving and corrupt on the inside. Please don’t buy their green or community BS, if they cared, they would invest in making things EASIER for the motorist or public transport user, not worse. Effectively, they are entrapping people.

Fight back club: 1. Refuse to pay fines, no matter how threatening the letters your received or nasty the bailiffs. I was issued a fine for parking on a Sunday afternoon, around the back of a row of shops for a few minutes on a bit of road that I assumed was ok to park on. Little did I know there was a tiny no parking sign affixed to a building. Even if larger, there was no good reason for the parking restriction. I refused to pay the £100 fine and they have given up chasing me. What really showed how nasty these people are is that they must have used a hidden camera to spot my car and send a jobsworth around to affix the ticket to my windscreen. 2. Time to expose councils and replace them with something more visionary, compassionate and democratic. I have some ideas on this.

Please don’t let these dystopian corporations take control of our democracy and freedom to stop our vehicles and enjoy the day, oh, and buy things whose taxes pay for the infrastructure. It is these corporations who make all the surveillance gear and manage the issuing of fines.

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April 21, 2017 at 9:30 am

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Is every Brit a precious snowflake now?

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I cannot believe people are complaining about this harmless ad from Tesco that is neither rude, offensive or other. What is really worrying is that it is ADULTS complaining now!

Have for a while been trying to workout how to stop this madness before the whole of the UK (if not the world) becomes a species of fragile humourless drones.

How to melt a snowflake or stop one forming

  • Compulsory non combat military service during youth
  • Compulsory rowing, rugby or other very intense outdoor sports between late single digits and mid teens (yes, I did all of it)
  • Those slightly older should be forced to watch at least 2 episodes each of the following:
    • The Two Ronnies
    • Benny Hill
    • Monty Python
    • Open all hours
    • The Sweeney
    • I’ll add some more as I think of them

This would be banned today!

 

 

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April 13, 2017 at 7:59 pm

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The terror just got personal

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One of the frustrations of being in a position of leadership is that one has to temper ones, uhm, temper. There are situations when it may be acceptable to get strict with staff, but when it comes to politics and other matters where one may desire to express an opinion whilst releasing steam from the ears, where do you draw the line? Speak your mind in an internal email or blog post and risk alienating those in your team and other stakeholders? Or keep quiet, in order not to offend anyone. It’s a tough one.

I just learned that along with an 11 year old girl (still missing?) and two or three other people, one of the victims of the recent heinous atrocity in Sweden was a wonderful British guy from Spotify, and not only that, he held a position directly related to my work and my staff may have interacted with him. (Since it’s foundation, I have been a massive fan of Spotify for multiple reasons.)

Connections with my employer or not, he has been murdered in a horrific manner.

It really is time that people extract their heads from the sand and admit that something has to be done that may not be politically correct. What really bothers me is that for some reason that I cannot fathom out, a large proportion of those in the tech community (including tech blogs, some of which I have been banned from, simply for stating the truth, not being rude), are the sorts who have allowed this very atrocity to happen by supporting groups whose values are in direct contradiction to the society that allows their employers to blossom.

I am angry and very very upset. It will be interesting to know how many more wonderful people will be slaughtered before this is dealt with effectively.

(I was going to send this text to my team, but won’t.  Shall keep my opinions within the personal sector – here.)

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April 9, 2017 at 10:40 pm

And so it begins…

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Here you go.

For the record, my day job is (was!, it’s finished!), designing a service that actually gives people control over their data. Do you want a future where you are the master of your well intentioned destiny, or at the whim of a cold remote entity run by a profit algorithm or worse?

You see folks, if their intentions were good, the chips would be embedded in removable water resistant bands or rings.

Fight track club: Think before injecting.

P.S. Sweden seems to be allowing some very dubious concepts to be tested, with consequences that are proving non to pleasant to date.

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April 7, 2017 at 3:40 pm

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