Category Archives: Politics

Surviving Disasters

survival is nothing more than recovery

on a cruise, know where your lifeboat station is

Only the very fortunate will not suffer some kind of disaster in their lives.  The very unfortunate may stagger from one disaster to another, with barely enough time and energy to get over one catastrophe before they have to face another.  Some may be forever scarred by one negative experience in their life, while others will survive and thrive no matter what kind of crap the Cosmos throws at them.  One person may never get over a single unhappy love affair, while another will still come out smiling and optimistic after having their heart ripped out by a promiscuous cheating partner.  Some may face ordinary adversity and die, while others will live through the most horrible experiences imaginable.

It’s all a question of attitude and preparedness, the difference between surrender and hope.  You are not who others say you are, you are the sum of your own beliefs.  A man owes very little to what he was born with, a real man makes himself.

Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air, but for only one second without hope.  ~  Charles Darwin

Disasters come in many forms, but disaster recovery has only one shape.  Be prepared.  Because one thing is almost certain, one day, in some way, most of us will face a disaster; unemployment, being broke, betrayal, divorce, violence, flood, fire, earthquake, terrorism, wildfires, death of a loved one, critical illness….

You might say; ‘how can anyone prepare for all that….’  or, ‘how can you prepare for a disaster if you don’t know what kind of disaster you are going to have to face…..’  That’s defeatism.  People who talk, think, and believe in those ways are less likely to recover well from a disaster than someone who knuckles down and optimistically gets ready to face whatever fate throws at them.

There are just three rules;

  1. Do not delude yourself.  If you live in an earthquake zone prepare to survive an earthquake.  If you marry a bastard / slut then prepare to end up broke and on the street.  If you set sail on uncharted oceans prepare to get dis-masted and lost.  If you leave a contractor alone in your home expect it to be wrecked when you return.
  2. Be as fit and healthy as you can possibly be in body, mind, spirit, finances, and ‘stuff’.  Work at it.
  3. Learn things.  Read books such as How To Stay Alive by Bear Grylls.  Go to night school to learn car mechanics.  Learn about camping.  Learn how to grow your own food.  Be curious, stop wasting your most valuable commodity; time.

There is a thing called Disaster Shock, and it will kill you ~ the more prepared you are the less likely you will suffer from this and die.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

have your important stuff easily to hand, so you can drive away from a wildfire within minutes

 

 

 

Life Goes On

obedience is the fundamental foundation of all police states

the shape of things to come

Day after day we see more rules and restrictions foisted upon us by the power-crazed unelected officials who are running things now.  Do not be fooled by the announcements and pronouncements made by Prime Ministers, Ministers, Presidents, Governors, et al, for those people are mere mouthpieces for the unkempt, unshaven, and badly dressed pseudo-scientists, non-practicing doctors, statisticians, and insane single-issue lobbyists who are really running this crazy war against the non-existent threat of the coronavirus.  There was a mantra trotted out by politicians here in the UK; ‘we are following the science…..’  Meaning; ‘we are only following orders…..’  Where have I heard that before?

No badly constructed computer model, no unproven theory, no set of false and manipulated statistics, and no private hobby-horse is too far out to be taken as justification for imposing more and more controls upon the supine herd of sheep the general population of towns, cities, counties, states, and counties has become.

Who would have believed that fathers could be prevented from attending the birth of their child, that relatives would be prevented from comforting the dying, that children would be stopped from attending school, that we could all be forced to wear face-masks, and that we would be stopped from meeting friends in a pub?  It’s insane, and it will only get worse.  Compulsory vaccinations, compulsory testing, and national identity cards are on the drawing board.

Woe betide you if you dare to question or ignore the illegal new rules and regulations imposed upon us.  Here in the UK you could be fined £10,000 for having a party.

Well, all I can say is keep calm and carry on.  Do not get fined, and certainly do not get arrested.  Instead just pay lip-service to all of the draconian crap we are supposed to embrace and obey.  Where you can, go against the spirit of the regulations and merely follow the ‘letter of the law’.  Live your life to the full, enjoy every second that you can, go shopping, go to the pub, eat at a restaurant, walk on the beach or in the woods, and whatever you do; seize the day.

Some say that the sky is falling.  And that we should all stay at home except for essential journeys.  All I know is that the days will be longer and better if we enjoy them to the full.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

listen as the clock strikes thirteen

COVID-19 End Game

always eyes watching you and voices instructing you

The coronovirus is undoubtedly a nasty little bugger, in all likelihood I’ve had it and I was poorly for a couple of weeks.  But, the truth of it is that COVID-19 is a fairly mild pathogen, which isn’t even particularly infectious, (you can kill the coronavirus with ordinary soap and water).  In comparison to the H1N1 Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918 /1919, the coronavirus doesn’t even qualify as a mild head cold going around a school classroom.

Just in case you are not a student of history, the Spanish Flu first infected young very fit men, (military personnel), and not the old, frail, and infirm.  And, unlike the paltry numbers infected by the coronavirus, the Spanish Flu infected 500 million out of a much smaller world population.  Some 50 million died, (a mortality rate of 10%), of which there were 675,000 deaths in the USA out of a population of 103 million.  The Spanish Flu Pandemic really was a global killer.  The COVID-19 Pandemic is a political fraud.

And, the sad thing is that I believed it.  Then, I wondered why?  But, now the end game is becoming clear.

  1. There is an increasing erosion of our freedoms and civil liberties ~ coupled with ever greater control over our actions by politicians, governments, health officials, and parts of the scientific community.  This is not going to go away.
  2. As part of this drive for greater control over the populous the next likely move will be the introduction of National Identity Cards which will carry our health records and vaccination status.  Identity cards are weapons of control used by organisations like the Gestapo, Stasi, and KGB.
  3. Travel is being made increasingly difficult, particularly air travel.  There are moves afoot to make intrusive pre-flight documentation compulsory across the world.  You will need a permit to travel, just like in the now defunct USSR.
  4. Public gatherings and public demonstrations will be banned, made difficult, or just made socially unacceptable ~ unless such gatherings serve the purposes of the politicians, governments, and health officials controlling our lives.  It isn’t even acceptable to go into the office anymore.
  5. There is a general acceptance that an annual flu vaccination is a fairly good idea for certain people, such as the elderly and infirm.  It is likely that this will be made almost compulsory, and along with it everyone given the flu jab will also be given a vaccination against COVID-19.  This vaccination does not even exist as yet.  All vaccinations are generally unsafe and carry serious side-effects.
  6. History is being rewritten under the aegis of organisations such as BLM.  Rewriting history is a favored tool of totalitarian regimes.

The very sad thing is that most people don’t see any of this, and if they do see it think it’s all a good thing.

Some say that for evil to flourish good men just have to do nothing.  And that a lie will be half-way around the world before the truth has got its boots on.  All I know is that the coronavirus pandemic is a political fraud.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

we should stop allowing ourselves to be fed a diet of lies, half-truths, and confidence tricks

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Royal Air Force

today is Battle of Britain Day

On September 15th 1940 the Nazi Luftwaffe met the Spitfires and Hurricanes of the Royal Air Force over the skies of southern England.  By the end of the day the Luftwaffe had lost twice as many aircraft as had the RAF.  The Luftwaffe was broken and Hitler called off Operation Sealion, the proposed invasion of England.  Democracy had been saved for the world.

Churchill called the 2,927 pilots who had taken part ‘The Few’, and 510 perished during the battle.  Only one of The Few is still alive today; 101 years old John ‘Paddy’ Hemingway DFC.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

during the battle the Hawker Hurricane shot down more German aircraft than did the Supermarine Spitfire.

Random Jottings ~ COVID-19

you can take social distancing a little bit too far

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save the world, stay at home and watch TV

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social distancing is just like being shipwrecked

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practice social distancing and don’t hoard toilet paper

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it’s sad when self-isolation is just like your normal life

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without utter solitude, working from home is impossible

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COVID-19 is a deadly virus, kill it stone dead with soap and water

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you’re more likely to die of a heart attack, in the bath, than you are to die from COVID-19

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between 60% and 90% of positive COVID-19 tests are false positives

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

when life is a shipwreck

sing campfire songs

Fear, Frustration, Stress, Distress

ashes to ashes, iron to rust, rust to dust

suffering, injustice, post-apocalyptic

The world has been suffering from the draconian measures taken by governments and their non-elected officials for some 6 months now ~ all of it in order to deal with a chimera.  The alleged coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t even qualify as a true epidemic because it doesn’t ‘affect many people at the same time’, and yet the powers that be have spread so much in the way of lies, damn lies, false statistics, and Project Fear bullshit propaganda that some among us are really and truly frightened.  Which is sad because this is just an ordinary bug which is killed by soap and water.

Like a good boy, like a model citizen, I self-isolated and went into lockdown when my government told me to on March 23rd this year, and you know what?  I got sick.  The reason I was ill was nothing directly to do with the coronavirus.  I got sick because I was stressed and worried, I wasn’t getting any sunshine, fresh air, and exercise, and my diet had suddenly gone from healthy to crap.  When you have nothing to do all day but watch TV and worry you tend to over-indulge in comfort-eating, junk food, booze, (and if applicable to you cigarettes and drugs).  When you can’t get to the store you also lose all the fresh fruit and vegetables that help to keep you healthy.

Many people also lost their jobs, worried about losing their jobs, or had to think about working from home.  Nobody was allowed to see relatives, friends, or loved ones ~ up to and including people on their deathbeds.

No wonder this country and much of the world was filled with fear, frustration, stress, and distress.  No wonder that so much of the social media was filled with vitriolic, frightened, ill-informed shit.  No wonder America is going to hell in a hand-basket.

And it isn’t going to get any better any time soon.

Along with targeted lockdowns the latest ideas floated here in England are; compulsory flu vaccinations, compulsory coronavirus vaccinations, (when there is one), and the compulsory carrying of ID cards.  What’s more these ID cards would carry details of your health status.

There seem to be two kinds of country in the world today; those descending into totalitarianism, and those descending into anarchy.  And the only people to blame are governments and unelected officials whose sworn duty is to keep us safe.

Some say that COVID-19 is the biggest threat to world health since the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918.  And that we should all wear face masks all the time.  All I know is that if you give into irrational fear you may as well curl up and die.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

inner cities are suffering more than most

COVID-19 Lies

lies, damned lies, and statistics

is this really what we want?

Something is  rotten in the state of Denmark ~ and in every other country in the world.  Something is not right, seriously amiss, and not only are the authorities doing nothing to prevent this dangerous state of affairs, the authorities are the cause of the terrible mess the world finds itself in right now.

A lie can travel around the world and back again while the truth is still lacing up its boots.  ~  Mark Twain

Of course I refer to the hysteria surrounding what is commonly referred to as the coronavirus pandemic, which has many people terrified, has destroyed many lives, and has indirectly killed many people by preventing them from receiving urgent medical treatment for many other life-threatening illnesses.

To begin with, on March 23rd I believed what the government told me, and like a good citizen I obeyed the lockdown rules, self-isolated, stayed at home, watched my life go down the toilet…..

Since then I have become increasingly disturbed by the propaganda pumped out by the media, politicians, health officials, et al  ~ which says that COVID-19 is the greatest threat faced by humanity since… anything really.  And it’s all lies.

I didn’t have to look hard to find the evidence proving that the whole coronavirus pandemic is a pile of bullshit.  I will give you just 2 pieces of evidence, and then let you make up your own mind.

  1. The statistics which say that millions / billions of people have tested positive for COVID-19 are wrong.  To begin with, only 0.4% of all those supposed millions tested have actually given a positive result.  Read a learned study published by Prof Carl Heneghan BM, BCH, DPLC, a practicing doctor and Professor of Evidence Based Medicine who also states that of every 18 positive results 10 will be false positives.  (About 60% of positives are false positives.)
  2. The mortality for COVID-19 statistics are based on these positive results.  To be said to have died from the coronavirus the deceased must have tested positive within the last 28 days ~ and then their death from whatever cause is attributed to COVID-19.  So a guy who was given a false positive result within the last month, and is then run down by a truck, is counted as a COVID-19 death.

I make no apologies for saying that the entire coronavirus pandemic panic is a lie.

Do your own research.  Stop believing the crap the media, politicians, health officials, et al are shovelling down your throat.  Be an intelligent, curious, concerned human being and not one of the sheep.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

the BBC no longer gives us the news

like all media the BBC now shovels propaganda

 

Food on Friday ~ Corn

sex is good, but not as good as fresh sweet corn ~ Garrison Keillor

Corn is a quintessentially American staple.  Just like the potato and the tomato, corn or maize, was brought back to Europe from Central America by the Conquistadores.  In actuality corn is a Mexican grain, and can be found in many indigenous recipes. While here in England we really only roast, grill, or barbeque the whole cob and serve it with butter.  Canned corn is a second choice to canned peas for us.

Maize / Corn is the most grown cereal grain in the world, and the most sprayed with glyphosate, so always buy organic corn if it’s available.  Most corn isn’t eaten by humans anyway ~ it’s fed to animals, makes bio-diesel, and that wonderful stuff high-fructose corn syrup.

If you’re growing your own corn, plant it in a block not in rows, and grow it alongside kale, peas, or beans.

Our first corn recipe this week is from Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower.  Her Small Batch Shrimp Boil is tossed with half-cobs and served in a buttery garlic sauce.

Small Batch Shrimp Boil

From Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest we have these great looking Bacon Wrapped Cheddar Corn Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers, looks tasty.

Bacon Wrapped Cheddar Corn Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

Cookie + kate bring us these Sweet Corn Salad Wraps; simple, healthy, vegetarian, and tasty.  What a great lunch on a warm summer day.

Sweet Corn Salad Wraps

I was looking for a Mexican street recipe and I found Mexican Street Corn Bowls at Damn Delicious.  Chungah is good at street food.

Mexican Street Corn Bowls

Jessica Merchant at How Sweet Eats can always be relied upon to produce something interestingly pretty.  This Coffee Crusted Strip Steak with Herbed Corn Salasa ticks all the boxes.

Coffee Crusted Strip Steak with Herbed Corn Salsa

Our collection this week is from epicurious; 79 Corn Recipes to Enjoy All Summer Long.  Featured is this utterly simple, no fuss, always welcome, Grilled Corn on the Cob with Salt-and-Pepper Butter.  Nothing easier or better.  Who says they can’t cook?  Anyone can make this.

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Salt-and-Pepper Butter

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

growing corn is highly mechanised

including scary crop-dusters

 

Random Jottings ~ Track and Trace

we shall meet in a secret place where social distancing isn’t known

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in-car satellite navigation isn’t private

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the Police are being taught how to say;

‘Papers Please…..’ in a menacing voice

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who controls the past controls the future

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as far as his recent lovers went, his lips were sealed

ever since he used a pritt stick instead of lip-balm

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‘sorry babes-o, can’t meet for lunch, I’m having my microchip fitted’

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these days, when you book a call girl there’s a hell of a lot of paperwork

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we all leave tracks in the sand

we just never expected that the government would follow them

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

she had no objection to telling them who she’d slept with

but she couldn’t remember all their names

Enola Gay

on August 6th 1945 the B29 Superfortress Enola Gay
became the first aircraft to drop an atomic bomb

The Boeing B29 Superfortress was the most sophisticated, complex, and expensive aircraft ever built up to that time.  After Japan’s leaders ignored a demand to surrender, President Harry S. Truman authorised the atomic strike, in order to avoid the millions of casualties expected if ground troops invaded Japan’s Home Islands.  Under the command of Colonel Paul Tibbets the Enola Gay flew from Tinian in the Mariana Islands and released the bomb at 08:15 over Hiroshima.

At that time the B29 Superfortress was the only aircraft capable of carrying the 10,000 or so pounds of the atomic weapons Little Boy and Fat Man the approximately 1,400 miles from Tinian to their targets in Japan, and getting home again.

The Atomic age had begun.

Japan unconditionally surrendered on September 2nd 1945 after a second strike by the B29 Bockscar on the Japanese city of Nagasaki.  More people were killed and injured by the RAF’s conventional bombing of Hamburg than the casualties caused by the atomic bomb at Nagasaki.

Today, the Enola Gay is exhibited at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Chantilly, VA.  Bockscar may be seen at The National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB near Dayton, OH.

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jack collier               jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

 

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