Month: November 2020

Substantial

From the OED.
A. adj.I. Relating to size, quantity, solidity, etc.Thesaurus »

 1. Of food, a meal, etc.: ample and nourishing; (in some contexts) large and heavy. substantial, adj., n., and adv. : Oxford English Dictionary (oed.com)

A meal that’s ample is a meal that stops one’s hunger and a meal that’s nourishing is one that provides nourishment. Whether that be the famous Scotch Egg, a three course meal or a packet of crisps. Under the right circumstances all three of these could be #substantial, surely the test is the reaction of the diner.

Has the packet of crisps stopped the diners hunger, does it provide nourishment? Only the diner, not the #police can answer the first point, as for the second the nourishment is printed on the back of the packet. far be it for The Dormouse to tell folks to disobey the law as promogulated by an ever more authoritarian plod but speaks for himself – assuming he can find a publican brave enough to serve him it’s a pint of Best and a packet of crisp please and *&^% the boys in blue.

Stupid #UK #Covid regulations, an occasional column.

On line harms … but who’s harming who?

Curious one this. The UK’s top anti-#terrorist gruppenführer, Assistant Commissioner Neil #Basu is in the news again. This time it’s not to label children playing video games as suspected terrorists in the making (right wing of course, never left wing or Muslim); but instead to open the doors to “talk” about new censorship laws. And not anti-terrorist laws either, but health ones.

The Dormouse asks, should a police officer involve himself in health policy and more to the point should a police officer be involving himself in gestating new laws rather than enforcing the ones we the public through our elected representatives set?

Fine looking chap

Mr Basu suggested that it might be better if scientific information posted on line that casts doubts on the government’s handling of the Chinese Plague be censored. He didn’t actually put in in those terms, he actually highlighted “anti-#vaccination” articles but effectively that’s what his suggestion amounted to. These remarks of his hit the press on the 19th of November, curiously the following appeared on #Twitter on the same day.

300+ identical tweets, saying exactly the same thing and all calling for internet censorship.
(1) Laura Dodsworth on Twitter: “On 19 Nov there was a coordinated campaign of over 300 tweets, comprised of accounts which look genuine and some which seem to be bots. Who initiated this campaign and who deployed these accounts to push for online censorship? https://t.co/DDKR5GqUf2” / Twitter

Coincidence? I’d like to hope so, maybe some Chinese internet slaves tasked with pumping out post after post that will ultimately undermine the police in the UK by making them appear part of a conspiracy were responsible. One hopes so because no one would like to think any attempt to wrongfully sway public opinion by such clumsy methods could be made by London’s finest. #Covid is being used as an excuse for far to much political excess, lets not allow to much more!

And to answer Dormouse’s somewhat rhetorical questions. No, a police officer should not involve himself in health politics and even more so he should not be involved in setting out new laws. That’s the job of the public and our representatives.

Political policing by the Met … again

Compare and contrast. Early in the epidemic when staying at home might have made a difference we have the #Metropolitan Police facilitating the #BLM riots by circulating the meeting place.

By early November though we can see that the tone has changed and the Met are now bragging about the arrests they made at a recent event. The major difference being that the #BLM event was a violent riot and the November event was a peaceful protest march conducted by ordinary men and women complaining that their businesses have been destroyed, that the rights commonly afforded to people in the UK are being trampled into the dust, that the Met are out of control and that that generally the #Covid crisis such as it is is being mismanaged on a colossal scale.

The Dormouse suggests that the bragging below makes the point quite adequately.

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But don’t take our word for it here’s what the police have to say. Complain about lock down and we’ll deal with you.

Thou shalt not complain …

And you know what? In law he’s correct. the right to protest has been removed from the current regulations. Do as you’re told, don’t complain or we will arrest and prosecute you …

… The Dormouse suggests that enough is enough.

As a final note for today, this is how the Met, Lock Down and UK policing generally is seen from abroad.

CIS

CIS: A word invented in the late 1990s initially to describe a concept known as “Heteronormative” but now used by bigots primarily within the #LGBT+ community to describe people who didn’t share one of the LGBT+ approved paraphilias.

To clarify the above the LGBT+ community is just like any other and contains folks of all outlooks, personalities, political persuasions, the helpful, the obstructive and sadly just as with the population as a whole that includes arseholes.

Back to the word CIS, nowadays it’s used in the same way as offensive terms such as “Faggot” once were and the use of #CIS is considered offensive by those who do not care for identity politics. Sadly the use of the word has now spread to some parts of the #Woke community who are unaware of the offence they cause by pandering to fashion.

“We’re all in a minority of one, treat all people as you’d like to be treated yourself and don’t impose your hang-ups on others.”

The Dormouse, many many moons ago.

Cobalt and the Green Revolution

Three cheers for the #green revolution no more #petroleum products, no #gas and no #coal. We’re all going to have unlimited #electricity the air we breath will be clear, little furry animals will scamper through the long grass and the planet will be saved.

France to double number of wind turbines

Great, free electricity.

But, each one of these turbines requires between 2500 and 500 tons of concrete to make. At best this means between 3135Mw and 627Mw just to produce. To which we add transportation costs, 90 tons of metal at 3753Mw (if inexpensive recycled steel used) and 287Mw for the plastics … and those are the “at least” costs, offshore #turbines and those on mountaintops can cost exponentially more.

Lets pretend that we have a 10Mw turbine and it runs at 50% average efficiency it will be over 930 days, near 3 years before it begins to generate more energy than it uses.

And those ladies and gents are conservative figures using the least expensive #cement costs and an exceptionally high efficiency figure. In the real world wind turbines work at 15 to 30% efficiency. Lets look again at the figures.

Low cement costHigh cement cost
15% Efficiency3,110 (8.5 years)4,780 (13 years)
30% Efficiency 1,555 (4.25 years)2,390 (6.5 years)
Days taken for a wind turbine to break even in terms of energy consumed in production compared to energy produced (figures rounded).
(These figures take no account of the energy costs in transporting and erecting the turbine)

The typical life expectancy of a wind turbine is around 20 years. With that in mind wind power is not yet energy efficient.

But that’s not the point of this little missive. Today we’re going to consider where all that not at all this free electricity goes. Well it goes into the massive server farms mining #BitCoin (7GW a day, the same as the whole of Swaziland), it powers the internet taking maybe maybe 10% of all the electricity produced on a daily basis world wide and then some of what’s left over is employed for useful stuff …

… but that aside where does it go when it’s not being used? It goes into batteries, bright new shiny Lithium-Ion ones. Lithium-Ion the breakthrough of the generation. Rapidly charging, high capacity and robust Li-ion powers the modern electrical revolution. Cordless tools, mobile phones and devices and of course electric cars. It’s been reported that by 2030 the UK government alone wants to stop the sale of all non electric (or hybrid) cars in the UK. That’s great news for the environment and in turn great news for the people of the world. But is it …

Lithium Mining Delivers BIG for WA, Increased Spodumene Production |  iSeekplant

This is a Lithium mine.

Not a particularly big one but as we can see it has a very positive impact on the local environment.

Glencore′s closure of Congolese cobalt mine ′could backfire′ | Business|  Economy and finance news from a German perspective | DW | 20.08.2019

And this is a Cobalt Mine

Why are we showing this? Very simply, Li-ion batteries only work because they are full of #cobalt and simply won’t work without it. If you want Li-ion batteries you need cobalt.

Another very positive impact on the local environment.

These ladies and gents are just the holes in the ground, the waste from the mine is dumped locally to the mines. Tis waste destroys the land it’s dumped on and very often in less well regulated areas of the world the land for miles around is also poisoned off the waste in the rain.

Li-ion batteries store electricity and will run electric cars; electric cars will save the environment so what we see above is inconsequential. This is an argument that is used repeatedly to justify the “local” damage caused by the mines. Really, just listen to your local Green Party candidates, your woke friends and the non stop social media propaganda. The message is always the same, everything electric good, everything not electric bad.

So far we’ve only shown you the damage to the physical environment. This damage isn’t the only cost though. There is the human cost. These photographs are all taken from inside Cobalt mines. We won’t caption them, we couldn’t do so adequately if we tried.

5 tech giants sued over use of child labour in Congolese cobalt mines -  Industry Europe
Five tech giants link to 'cruel and brutal use of children' in Congo mines  | New York Amsterdam News: The new Black view
Congo, child labour and your electric car | Financial Times
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Four-year-olds Mining Cobalt for Phones
Child labor in the mines of the Democratic Republic of Congo - Humanium

This is the true cost of your new Apple phone, your Samsung Galaxy, your new electric scooter and most of all your new electric car. So stand up and cheer and give a big hurrah for the stalwart cobalt miners that keep us in luxury. When asked #BLM had no comment to make …

Refuted

Refuted: To disprove an allegation or argument of any type by proving it to be false and to do so on the basis of observable evidence.

Currently used by morons, the easily influenced and pretentious idiots to mean that an argument is denied. As in, “I refute that allegation”.

The correct response to such a claim is of course to ask, “Well go on then, how do you refute it?”.

Existential

#Existentialism

The philosophy that focuses on the existence of the individual person as a free and responsible agent who determines their own development through the active action of the will.

The Dormouse is grateful to the #Daily_Mail for this little gem and wonders which one of #Khan’s battalion of press officers came out with this.

Indeed The Dormouse is equally keen to learn if Khan understand the language he uses.

Just another example of a politician trying to impress the proles by using impressive sounding language he doesn’t understand.

British Police just who do they serve?

Over the summer we’ve seen UK #police forces (services!) facilitate rioting by #racist mobs. We’ve even seen the various forces grovelling on their knees or running away from the self same mobs. Later we’ve seen peaceful protesters beaten to the ground for merely challenging the national lock-downs.

This has lead to a certain degree of navel gazing. Who makes up todays police forces, who commands and directs them, who sets policy and who on earth tells them that it’s OK to drag a middle aged woman of a chair and apparently punch her to the ground?

Attacked from behind by one of London’s finest and then shoulder barged (or punched) to the ground. Compare and contrast to the image below.

An absolute disgrace from start to finish but to date no announcement of the officer being arrested for assault, placed under investigation for discipline matters or even an apology.

Police grovelling to a violent BLM mob
This lot fights back, best we get on our knees.

OK so it’s a big question and the answer is to long for a single blog post so what we’ll do today is just get the ball rolling and see what it is our police officers actually promise to do when they sign on the dotted line.

The current oath

’I………………..of………………..do solemnly and sincerely declare and affirm that I will well and truly serve the Queen in the office of constable, with fairness, integrity, diligence and impartiality, upholding fundamental human #rights and according equal #respect to all people; and that I will, to the best of my power, cause the peace to be kept and preserved and prevent all offences against people and property; and that while I continue to hold the said office I will, to the best of my skill and knowledge, discharge all the duties thereof faithfully according to law.’”

Police Reform Act 2002

The 1996 oath

I, … … … … of … … … … do solemnly and sincerely declare and affirm that I will well and truly serve Our Sovereign Lady the Queen in the office of constable, without favour or affection, malice or ill will; and that I will to the best of my power cause the peace to be kept and preserved, and prevent all offences against the persons and properties of Her Majesty’s subjects; and that while I continue to hold the said office I will to the best of my skill and knowledge discharge all the duties thereof faithfully according to law.

Police Act 1996 Which just happens to be the same as the historical one.

The 1964 oath

Police Act 1964

The 1964/96 oaths are straightforward enough, must treat everyone fairly, mustn’t play favourites, don’t pick on folks, do the best job they can and of course acknowledge that they are serving “Our Sovereign Lady the Queen”. Great, long live Queen Liz the absolute fountainhead head of law and justice in the UK.

And then we come to the 2002 version. The first thing to note is that Queen Liz, ‘gor bless her is no longer “Sovereign”, she’s still a Queen but she’s no longer the top dog. Niether are we in Britain no longer her subjects. A little worrying is that there’s no mention of who actually is sovereign nor is there any mention of who UK citizens are subject to. As it happens we know that this change came about as a result of the Treaty of #Maastricht 1992 and in preparation for the #EU constitution, later the Treaty of #Lisbon 2007. It had been assumed by a series of pro-EU governments that the UK would at become fully subject to EU law. It will be interesting to see if the words “Sovereign” and “Her Majesty’s subjects” return to the oath in 2021.

What else can we take away from the 2002 oath. At first glance it looks very much to be a rerun of the earlier oaths converted to “Woke-speak”. This in itself is no big deal, we all have to move with the times. There are though two very worrying elements to this new oath (not including Liz’s demotion).

The first is this, “upholding fundamental human rights” nonsense and then this “according equal respect to all people”. The sound good don’t they but here’s the thing:

“Upholding Fundamental Human Rights”

Consider the above and ask yourself just what are “fundamental human rights”? Focus for a moment on the “fundamental”. Where are these fundamental rights defined, who enforces them, who defines them? Does such a collection even exist? No.

All unanswered. Our modern day plods are swearing to uphold something that is both undefined and non-existent.

“According equal respect to all people”

That’s great to see, at last the victims of crime will be afforded the same respect given to Billy the Burglar and Robby the Robber.

Not what it means? Well here’s the thing, not all people are deserving of equal respect. Being treated fairly in accordance with law? Of course, absolutely. But equal respect? Gods no! Respect is earned.

So our modern day plods are also required to “respect” offenders and those who harm society.

No wonder modern plod doesn’t know his arse from his elbow.

Mike Yeadon speaks

So who’s Mike #Yeadon and why should you care? He’s a top rank #virologist, he’s also a previous vice-president of #Pfizer, holds a first class honours degree and relevant doctorate. Pfizer is one of the companies producing a #Covd19 vaccine. What he’s not is some lone wolf, conspiracy theory fruitloop living in his parent’s attic.

Dr Yeadon like a great many scientists is critical of the SAGE advice to the UK government and also believes that the the UK government is significantly mishandling its response to the Covid19 virus

There’s nothing unusual about this. For instance we can turn to the #Great_Barrington_Declaration signed by thousands of real scientists, many of whom are world leaders in their fields and who have been saying fundamentally the same thing from the international perspective for some time now. Many of you dear readers though won’t have heard of these people, this is because there is a process by which some social media companies are actively removing content.

Here’s what a rather alarmed but well known journalist had to say on #Twitter.

We say that it’s not the role of Social Media companies to edit what we as adults (and rather good looking rodents) can and cannot read. It’s bad enough when the subject of the censorship is the aforementioned roof dwelling conspiracy fruitloop but when social media companies decide what is and what is not good science the outcome for us all takes a turn for the worse.

Dr Yeadon’s censored video can now be seen here … https://www.bitchute.com/video/J0JWur5LNePt/

Dr Yeadon spouting wrongthink … you decide, it’s OK, unlike YouTube and HMG we trust you.

Today in the UK we are living under unprecedented restrictions. As a society we’re currently accepting these restrictions because we’re told by our government that the restrictions will prevent more deaths than they will cause. They base this advice on the advice of SAGE and SAGE alone. A group of advisors that we now know went to #wikipedia for information – yes, really! We know that the current government imposed restrictions on the people of the UK are causing deaths, causing poverty and are causing long term social and economic harm. Some political groups and organisations such as the UK #Labour Party and the #SNP are calling for even tighter restrictions despite the harm these will cause.

If these restrictions are genuinely saving more lives than they’re costing then so be it. The UK’s survived much worse. But what if these restrictions are doing the opposite and killing more than they’re saving? This is the question we and government need to answer and before doing so we need the very best advice, from the very best people whether than advice plays to our preconceptions or challenges them.

This means that we have to listen to real scientists on both sides of the debate, if we don’t then it’s axiomatic any policy decisions made are going to be flawed. For this reason we have to say no to #YouTube and the other Social Media companies censoring what we say and read and view. Social media companies are our clients, that make money out of their users and as such they they are our servants, not our masters.

Dr Mike Yeadon's letter to the UK  health secretary debunking government claims about the safety of the new Covid viruses being known and concluding that he does not trust the Health Secretary Mr Hancock.

More on “that” report.

Now published we can see that #Sir_Alex_Allan’s report on Mrs Patel’s alleged behaviour claims that she did indeed cross the line when dealing with civil servants within her department

How horrific, whilst considering this earth shaking conclusion the following should be borne in mind …

  • Sir Alex Allan was a top flight civil servant appointed by John Major
  • The ministerial code is written by civil servants
  • This behaviour came about when Mrs Patel asked civil servants to do what they are paid to do after she believed than to be underperforming
  • And the “bullying” is that this tiny woman shouted and swore at top flight civil servants when they consistently under performed

Personally The Dormouse’s sympathies lie with Mrs #Patel. If top flight civil servants can’t stand up for themselves then The Dormouse has to ask whether or not they are up to the task of sitting at the apex of the pyramid. He also believes that if the author of this report really believes that the behaviour described amounts to bullying then he needs to spend some time in the real world,