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COVID-19 a comedy of errors

if you have a wasps nest, burn down your house

Boris has lost the plot

Here in England the government’s popularity has tanked after the latest hysterical pronouncements on ‘controlling the coronavirus’.  Luckily the Chancellor of the Exchequer has vetoed the idea of a second national lockdown and Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s own party’s Members of Parliament are in open revolt over the economic devastation caused by the COVID-19 laws, regulations, and recommendations.  Voters here are also more worried about the state of the economy than they are about a virus which is a lot less worse than the seasonal flu which is about to hit us.  Polls suggest that 48% of voters think the government is doing ‘the wrong things’, while only 38% believe the government has got it right.

This coming week M.P.s will vote on whether ministers need parliamentary approval before introducing any more COVID-19 laws and regulations.  The signs are that the government will lose this vote and be forced to come to parliament every time they want to enact another stupid coronavirus law.

England is in the grip of corrupt mad scientists, especially Sir John Bell who owns £770,000 worth of shares in Roche, the pharmaceutical company who charged £13.5 million for the pointless antibody screening kits he advocated.  Then there is Sir Patrick Vallance, the Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor, who has £600,000 of shares in GlaxoSmithKline the pharmaceutical company developing coronavirus vaccines that are unlikely to do anything to stop this alleged pandemic.

The influenza vaccine, which is widely regarded as being a success, is said to prevent 50% of cases in a good year, down to 15% in years when the winter flu really takes hold.  But that’s statistical rubbish because only the people who have had the vaccine are measured.  It’s likely that half the people who become eligible to have the COVID-19 vaccine won’t have anything to do with it, and that there just isn’t the capacity to immunise large swathes of the population anyway.  The coronavirus vaccine is no silver bullet.

The worst place for COVID-19 in England is a North Western town called Burnley, which has the equivalent of 256 cases per 100,000 people, or an infection rate of 0.256% of its population.  You have more chance of being run over by a bus than you have catching the coronavirus.

Meanwhile business here; bars, pubs, restaurants, are subject to a 10 pm curfew.  All that means is that young people start their drinking night out earlier in the evening.  Slow handclap for the thick scientists who thought that a curfew was a good, workable idea.

Some say that COVID-19 is the worst threat faced by civilisation, ever.  And that we must all be good sheep and follow our government’s orders.  All I know is that the government has totally lost the plot.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

mad scientists are running the country now

Random Jottings ~ Mad Scientists

and so he created a woman, who got angry when her batteries ran down
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he was smart, but he could never get a girl

so he made one

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every mad scientist dreams of playing God

the really crazy ones believe they are God

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keep you arms in the time machine at all times

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‘that’s strange perfume…..’ he said

that’s not perfume, it’s formaldehyde…..’ she answered

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they had solved the theory of everything

and after a few bottles of booze they thought it was a good idea to build a time machine

things went downhill after that

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

she must be a scientist

she’s wearing a white coat

Liars, Cheats, and Thieves

you can tell when a politician is lying, it’s every time they say something

All Ministers, Politicians, Government Spokespeople, and Officials routinely dissemble, obfuscate, and downright lie.  During the current COVID-19 crisis they have also been constantly cheating on the health guidelines, rules, laws, their wives, husbands, families, you, me, and basically everybody.  Right now I wouldn’t trust any of them as far as I could throw a truck, and I will never, ever believe anything any of them say at any time in the future.

They have also been stealing some very precious things from us; our freedom, our jobs, our education, our childrens’ futures, our physical, mental, and spiritual health and well-being, our very lives.

There is very strong evidence that ‘those in authority’ knew all about this coronavirus at least as far back as January this year, and they did nothing.  There is compelling evidence that the health services in the UK knew there should be a large scale testing programme, but that idea was abandoned in March because health officials thought the outbreak was already too big.  It was also dragged out of Public Health England that out of the 719,000 home test kits sent out half have not been returned.  Public Health England have also refused to turn over some of its scientific papers to Members of Parliament.   ‘Something is rotten in the state…..’

Hardly any doctors, nurses, and other health workers have yet been tested.  The much vaunted Track-and-Trace mobile phone app is a fiasco.  The returning of children to schools on June 1st is a fiasco.  The 2 metre social-distancing rule we have here is unnecessary and based on very fragile evidence.  The deliberate policy of moving elderly patients positive for COVID-19 from hospitals to care homes should be treated as manslaughter.

The worst fiasco in governments handling of the coronavirus pandemic is that the whole lockdown thing is a waste of time, (according to Nobel Laureate Professor Michael Levitt, and a team at JP Morgan), and was nothing more than a panic knee-jerk reaction from governments desperate to be seen to be ‘doing something’.  Given that the lockdown has destroyed modern society, then somebody should be locked up.  Maybe start with that other piece of philandering scum Ferguson, who’s deeply flawed, inadequate computer model wrongly predicted a half-million UK deaths if lockdown wasn’t imposed.

Furguson’s model was a buggy mess that looks more like a bowl of angel hair pasta than a finely tuned piece of programming.  ~  Dave Richards co-founder of WANdisco

Some say that Boris Johnson is being a loyal friend in trying to save Dominic Cummings job as a government advisor.  And that the scum’s three trips up and down the country are all-right because ‘it wasn’t like he was visiting a lover…..’  All I know is that some people should learn when to keep their big mouth shut.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

people are heartily sick of standing in line outside supermarkets

The Electric Car Chimera

a thing which is hoped for but is illusory and impossible to achieve

Tesla Model S ~ from £81,200.00

Whenever the political establishment gets involved in anything to do with transport they fuck it up in a big way.  The latest monumental fuck-up by the British Government is to propose to ban sales of all new diesel, petrol, and hybrid cars from 2035.  This is in an attempt to meet a carbon-neutral target, which in itself is pointless as it’s designed to tackle the non-existent problem of catastrophic anthropogenic climate change, (man-made global warming).

You heard right, in the UK from 2035 you will only be able to buy a plug-in electric car.  This is going to be the most monumental disaster to hit Great Britain since WWII.

There are 32.5 million cars on the road in Britain today, of which less than 40,000 all electric cars were sold in 2019.  Leaving aside the myriad of other problems to do with electric vehicles and consider instead the issue of charging these damn white elephants.

Currently there are only 15,500 public charging points for electric cars in the UK.  Assuming that lots of people will want to charge their electric car when they are at work, shopping, and doing what we are wont to call living a normal life, then maybe another 20 or 25 million charging points will be needed.  These charging points are damn expensive, to install one means digging up the road, laying cables, and connecting to the local electricity network.  If this is to work at all it means the next 15 years will see British roads dug up like never before ~ how much carbon will all those diesel trucks, backhoes, road rollers, compressors et al produce?  How much disruption is there going to be?  We don’t have enough of all that stuff anyway.

It’s actually much, much worse than that.  Everyone gets home at night, and the first thing they do is plug their electric car into their home charging point, and the local electrical grid collapses because it’s not designed or built to take that kind of load on top of everything else.  So we fix that at vast expense and more digging up of roads.

That just pushes the problem up the chain until it hits the National Grid, which will collapse because it’s not designed or built to take that huge additional load.  So we fix that.  And every power station in the country trips out, and there is no electricity at all, across all of the UK.

To fix that we would have to build another 20 gigawatts of generating capacity, and that’s doubling the amount of all the electricity generated in the UK, and it will have to be instantly available electricity, which rules out wind and solar power.  It will have to be 20 gigawatts of nuclear and fossil fuel power.  It’s back to coal and oil again.

It’s madness.

Some say this is our last chance to save the planet.  And we should all be green, clean, and carbon neutral.  All I know is that the sky isn’t falling.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

there is no viable substitute for coal

Useful Beliefs

do you believe in Father Christmas, do you believe in a brave New Year?

do you believe in the ten commandments, is your life filled with fear?

To believe is to accept that something exists, or that something is true, when there is no evidence or proof to back up that belief.  Millions of children around the world believe in Father Christmas, Santa Claus, Kris Kringle, Saint Nicholas…..  He will remain in the hearts of children forever, and the children have proof, he brings them toys and other gifts every Christmas.  This belief is useful too, for doesn’t he have a list of who’s been naughty and who’s been nice, checking it twice before he leaves toys and presents for the nice children, and a lump of coal for the naughty boys and girls.  A perfect cautionary tale for parents to blackmail their kids into being nice near Christmas.

Some beliefs are neither useful nor true ~ like a Flat Earth.  Those who believe the Earth is flat are either deranged, or willfully stupid, or as thick as two short planks.  There is plenty of evidence to prove the planet Earth is more or less a sphere, as are all the other planets visible through a telescope.  Also believing in a flat Earth is not useful, since long-distance navigation is based on the great circle theory, which is navigating a ship or an aircraft using spherical trigonometry.  Ergo believers in a flat Earth should never ever get on an aircraft or go on a cruise.

One does not have to believe everything one hears.  ~  Cicero

Another belief that is neither useful or true is Alien Visitation.  There are plenty of spurious reasons given to prove that alien visitation happens all the time, and I don’t believe any of them.  There is also one crushing piece of evidence to disprove the very idea that creatures / people from the stars regularly visit the Earth ~ nothing can travel faster than the speed of light.  The nearest known exoplanet is 4.25 light years away, so allowing for basic physics that means a round-trip of about 12 years, even if our starship can get near the speed of light.  Just never going to happen.

One false belief that is useful is in Pythagoras’ theorem; the square on the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares on the other two sides.  Or more practically just remember 3,4,5.  This is mostly true, but some believe it is always true.  Try navigating from England to New York using Pythagoras and the Gods only know where you will land.  Sometimes even the dearest held, and most provable belief is only mostly true.

Believing in God, any God, is maybe the most commonly held belief of them all, along with whichever prophet fits the religion of your choice.  This belief is useful to many, especially the clergy of every religion, but there is no proof whatsoever, and that’s the whole point.  Religion is all about Faith not Belief ~ and if you start to look into Faith you get into a circular argument.  Anyway I think religion isn’t based on faith, it’s about the fear of eternal damnation

Some say that real belief needs no proof.  And that faith is trust without reservation.  All I know is I trust scientific and engineering methodologies more than I trust priests and demagogues. And I believed in Love.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

the Earth is positively not flat

 

 

the energy of waves

Life is a series of waves to be embraced and overcome.

Waves are born on the wind, they live in the deep ocean where their power grows, and then, eventually, they die.  Waves die of old age.  Waves die as they crash upon the rocks. And, waves die softly and quietly as they gently caress the shore.  In the end, everything and everyone dies.

Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore, so do our minutes hasten to their end.  ~  Shakespeare.

Waves are not objects like pebbles, or rocks, or cliffs.  Waves are living things, more akin to clouds, more akin to trees, more akin to us.  Waves are fascinating to watch, and waves are both science and art combined.  Waves are filled with powerfully energetic emotions.  Waves almost have personalities.

From time to time, one must release the grime built up inside them to free their emotions like the ocean.  ~  Suzy Kassem.

Just as sound is not made of air, waves are not made of water ~ waves are made of energy.  Waves do not move, only the energy within the wave moves.  And energy is the mysterious force that binds everything in the Universe together.  The movement of energy creates everything; the stars, the planets, atoms, life, relationships, love…

An understanding of the power of waves helps us to understand ourselves.  Throw yourself against a rock, and you will break.

The energy within a wave is always changing, yet always stays the same.  The energy within us and within our relationships is always changing yet always stays the same; relationship energies may move from disinterest, to desire, to love ~ and sometimes back again.  In that way, our lives mirror the dark power of the waves.

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

photographs taken with a Lumix

 

 

 

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believing in very strange things

Our Scientific Power has Outrun Our Spiritual Power.

aphroditeAmong the things with which I will have nothing to do with whatsoever are; God, Gods, Goddesses, Angels, Cherubs, Seraphs, Spirits, Ghosts, Flying Saucers, the channeling of mystical beings and spirit guides, people who are believed to have peculiar psychic abilities…, and sushi.

However, I do believe in the existence and efficacy of some very strange things indeed.

There are more things in heaven and earth, [Horatio], Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.  ~  Shakespeare, Hamlet.

aries-ramI have no real faith in astrology, despite the fact that I was born on March 23rd and I am a very typical Ares male.  Anyone who knows me will agree that I am a crazy mixture of the fearless warrior and undisciplined schoolboy ~assertive, bold, egotistical, extrovert, independent, macho, stubborn, but very in touch with my inner child.  Also, if I don’t have real faith in European astrology, why should I believe anything about Chinese astrology?  That, even though I am an archetypal Horse male ~ independent, generous, globetrotting, restless, revolutionary, wandering, driven by an irresistible force.  Add Ares to Horse to Man, and you get a real maverick ~ I am indeed an iconoclast.

Logically and scientifically, why and how could when you were born have any effect whatsoever on your character, your personality, your life, your luck, your past, present, and your future?

Well, I think when you were conceived, when and where you were developing in the womb, and when you were born does have a major effect on your entire life, and I partly base this on the theory of the interconnectedness of all things.  Also I believe the perfectly respectable Jungian philosophy of the collective unconscious, and that other perfectly respectable theory that there is a collective consciousness.  Over and above all this psychology, I believe that the seasons of our conception and earliest development have an overriding effect on which human archetype we become.

stonehenge1That begins to explain a lot of European astrology and its monthly cycles, but what about Chinese astrology and it’s 12 year cycle?  Our sun operates on just about an 11 year cycle, and everything on this planet and far beyond is influenced, driven, and controlled by our sun.  Astronomy is a very ancient science, dating back to at least 35,000 years BC.  There is no doubt that our ancient ancestors knew all about the cycles of the moon and sun, and that astronomy and astrology were one in the same thing until as recently as the 17th century in Europe.  There is no doubt in my mind that about 5,000 years ago Stonehenge was built as an astronomical / astrological / religious / political clock and calendar.

ophiucusWhy is it then that both European and Chinese Astrology actually has it all wrong?  There should be 13 star signs in European astrology to agree with the lunar cycle, and 11 animals in Chinese astrology to agree with the solar cycle.  Turns out there are 13 astrological star signs, the 13th being Ophiucus, also turns out that the normally accepted dates for which star sign you were born under are wrong as well.  Who knows why the ancient Chinese did anything.

Never underestimate The Power of 12.  If man can make something add up to the very symbolic number 12, he is much happier than with, say 13, or 11.  Thirteen is an ‘unlucky’ number, and the number 11 symbolises male and female equality, and that was an anathema to our ‘civilised’ ancestors.

Numerology is another very ancient mystical belief.  Face it, back in the day when no ordinary person could read, write, or do arithmetic, anyone who could count had to be half way to being a powerful sorcerer or wizard.  I believe in both unlucky 13, and even unluckier Friday 13th.  Who at NASA thought it was a good idea to have an Apollo 13?  (It made a great Tom Hanks movie.)

pentagramWhat scientific or logical basis is there for believing in the power of numbers?  How and why does numerology work?  Anything to do with numbers and mysticism is almost always laid at the door of Pythagoras, who, if the stories are to be believed was a genuine genius.  Most genuine geniuses have weird cults built up around them and Pythagoras was no exception with Pythagoreanism, and that’s close enough to ‘cults’ like Satanism, the Knights Templar, Illuminati, and Freemasonry for me.  These guys are all very into the power of geometry, (as am I ~ 3,4,5).  And why is the Eye of Providence on the US one dollar bill?

Number rules the universe.  ~  Pythagoras.

According to the theories of the collective unconscious and collective consciousness, and the fact that numbers do rule the universe, numerology just has to work, (in one form or another).

wiccan moonSome are deemed to have psychic powers, the capacity to supernaturally see things and do things which is denied to ‘ordinary’ people.  Mostly I believe that real psychic abilities do not exist.  However, I do believe that some people have greater faculties than most.  For example, I know when people are lying.  My ability to tell when someone is passing off ‘alternative facts’, or being ‘économique avec la actualité’ or especially ‘not telling the whole truth‘ is not something that I learned on purpose.  My ability to be an almost infallible lie detector grew in me by accident, probably from childhood.  I can’t ever turn this ability off, although more often than not I choose to ignore it ~ people don’t like it if you point out to them that you know they’re lying.

Something else some people have is ‘inherent omniscience‘ ~ if they want to some people can know everything there is to know about someone they’re with, or have met, and have talked with for a while.  It seems very spooky, very mystical, and evidence of real psychic abilities ~ it isn’t.

So how does this work?  It turns out that some people allow themselves to see and feel much more than others.  Some people have a natural gift for this.  If you want to know how to do this for yourself, then I suggest you spend a few years diligently studying Neuro Linguistic Programming.  If you are of above average intelligence, quick of mind, and have an excellent memory, eventually you will be able to astound others with your own ‘psychic abilities’.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.  ~  Arthur C. Clarke

There is more in this universe than mankind knows, or respectable scientists will admit.  But I don’t believe any of it is given to us by the Gods, or is sorcery, or magic, or from the spirit realm.  I firmly believe that what some see as magic is actually the application of advanced knowledge.  In which case almost everyone and anyone can become a witch, sorcerer, psychic…  All it takes is the desire, time, intelligence, and a hell of a lot of hard work.

It helps if you have a familiar called Pyewacket.

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Pyewacketthese thoughts are mine and mine alone

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Clinton on Coal

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Burning coal is the most efficient and cost-effective way to produce large amounts of electricity.  Unless you happen to live in an underpopulated country that is also blessed with many large lakes, mountains, and rivers, or Iceland.

However, apart from in the industrial powerhouse countries like China, Germany, and India, the idea of burning coal is an anathema to politicians, left-leaning media, and the metropolitan elite.  They all believe profess to believe that burning coal causes global warming, and unless every country in the world stops burning coal we are all going to die / drown / choke / starve.

We’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.  ~  Hillary Clinton

In that one sentence Hillary Clinton conclusively demonstrated that she is unfit to hold the office of President of the United States.  Either she in scientifically uneducated, or a liar, or both.  She shows that she cares far more for the few fashionable metropolitan elite than for the vast majority of real Americans.  She demonstrates that she has no grasp of day-to-day economics, hard science, or industrial strategy.

Hillary Clinton doesn’t like coal or coal miners.  Next to coal, the most cost effective way for Britain and America to generate large amounts of electricity is to burn natural gas obtained by fracking.

By the time we get through all of my conditions I do not think there will be many places in America where fracking will continue to take place.  ~  Hillary Clinton

The really sad thing is that the other candidate for president is probably even worse than the harsh voiced harridan, albeit in different ways.

photosynthesis processWhere do the proponents of catastrophic anthropogenic climate change think the carbon in that coal came from in the first place?  Outer space?  (Well actually, it did, but that’s another matter.)  It came from the carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere.  Plants turn carbon dioxide into more plants, then over millennia that turns into coal.

It’s an inconvenient truth that predictions of doom by the man-made global warming alarmists, like Hillary Clinton, just have not come true.

If anyone bothered to learn some real hard science they would know that the only way mankind can possibly change the Earth’s climate is through all-out and total nuclear war.  There is no empirical or hard scientific evidence that burning coal, oil, or gas can ever change the Earth’s climate.  There is plenty of empirical and hard scientific evidence that burning fossil fuels in cities causes stinking smog ~ just look at London before the Clean Air Act, and Los Angeles, and any number of cities in China today.

Climate change is a normal, natural, and perpetual process which occurs, and has always occured, with sublime indifference to man’s puny input.  ~  James Delingpole

Smog is not climate change.  And, the ultimate cause of smog today is cars, buses and trucks.  If some of the bone-idle, lazy, and indolent people would get out of their cars once in a while and actually walk places for a change, then there wouldn’t be anything like as much smog either.

Do yourself a favour and stop looking stupid by banging on about non-existent anthropogenic climate change.  Learn some hard science, or just take a walk instead.

(By the way, the stuff coming from those ‘chimneys’ in the pictures is steam, not smoke.)

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draxthese opinions are mine and mine alone

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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Wheat and Money

Be fit and healthy ~ stop eating wheat

This is not about food, this is all about money.  Wheat has been all about money since the dawn of egyptagriculture in about 9,500 BC.  In fact for a long, long time wheat and bread took the place of money, being both a store of value and a medium of exchange.  The builders of the pyramids were paid in bread and beer, both by-products of wheat.  Every American consumes about 55 pounds of wheat flour every year, and this consumptions pays for the powerful business and political empires that go along with modern agriculture.

Modern wheat is very bad for you, and so are wheat products; flour, bread, cakes, cookies, biscuits, pasta, noodles, tortilla, wraps, pizza, pancakes, flapjacks, doughnuts, soups, beer…  The wheat and it’s products that we eat now is the end result of genetic research and long way from the simple 14 chromosome Einkorn wheat plant we ate 10,000 years ago.

Wheat is basically the worst of the worst carbohydrates, and even a modest exposure to the starches in wheat is enough to increase the appetite, raise blood sugar, induce fat accumulation, initiate inflammatory processes, increase bad LDL cholesterol, and cause high blood pressureCeliac Disease is described as far back as 100 AD, but wheat problems aren’t restricted to people with celiac disease.

Cutting wheat products in my diet, in particular, proved a dietary turning point that reduced my appetite, accelerated weight loss, and just helped me feel clearer, more energetic, and happier than I’d felt in years. ~ Dr. William Davis, Cardiologist.

Wheat makes you ill.

Wheat is full carbohydrates and some very bad proteins; gluten, wheat germ agglutinin, and amylase trypsin inhibitors.  These proteins irritate your gut, and cause inflammation and bloating.  This irritation causes a problem called intestinal permeability which is a contributory factor in autoimmune diseases.  Wheat germ agglutinin exacerbates this leaky-gut problem which allows all kinds of nasty things into your blood.  The gluten in wheat also messes with the friendly bacteria in your gut.  All of this makes you prone to obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, infectious diseases, along with diarrhea and or constipation, heartburn, bloating, farting, and other gut problems.  Wheat is also a contributory factor in brain fog, depression, Alzheimer’s Disease, schizophrenia, autism, and other mental health problems.  For good measure the gluten in wheat will mess with your skin making you feel itchy and leading to eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis.  The thing is, everyone is gluten intolerant to a greater or lesser degree.

Wheat makes you fat.

  1. The super starch amylopectin A in genetically modified dwarf wheat that makes great bread and cakes will spike your blood sugar just as much as eating pure refined sugar.  There is no difference between whole wheat and refined white flour, both are equally as bad.
  2. Dwarf wheat gluten has twice as many chromosomes as the gluten protein found in ancient wheat plants, as well as a lot more gluten in general.  This gluten will make you sick and fat.
  3. Dwarf wheat contains a super drug which will make you crazy, hungry, and addicted.  Your body turns the proteins in wheat into polypeptides called exorphins, which are exactly similar to the endorphins you get from a runners’ high, which are exactly similar to opioids.  People will binge on cakes and cookies because of this super drug, but people never binge on broccoli.

bread-beerSo why do we eat wheat and other grains?  One reason is that wheat and other high carbohydrate grains are addictive.  The other reason is that we are all subjected to endless propaganda encouraging us to consume more and more of these nasty foods.  From the tempting counter displays in supermarkets to pronouncements by official bodies like the US Food and Drug Administration, and the Food Standards Agency in the United Kingdom we are constantly encouraged to consume wheat, barley, oats, rice.. all of which are bad.

There is another reason wheat has become highly toxic in recent years.  It is common practice in the USA, Canada, and Europe to drench wheat and barley fields with a herbicide called Roundup a few days before the combine harvesters start work.  Killing and desiccating the grain plants like this allows an earlier, easier, and more efficient harvest.  Roundup contains the deadly chemical glyphosphate, and it’s residue in wheat and barley also kills the good bacteria and contributes to leaky-gut syndrome.

Wall_StreetRoundup is made by the giant chemicals company MonsantoMonsanto is set to merge with the Giant German chemicals company Bayer.  No politician or regulator is going to want to annoy Monsanto or Bayer.  It is all about money.  The production and consumption of wheat and other grains has nothing whatsoever to do with good food, it’s all about money.

Do yourself a favour and avoid wasting money due to ill-health, stop eating wheat and it’s products for six weeks.  Then see just how much fitter, healthier, and more alert you feel.  I gave up wheat on the 9th of June this year, and today I feel so much better than I could have ever believed.

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Wall Streetjackcollier7@talktalk.net

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Tesla and Baked Alaska

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Electric automobiles have been around since the 19th century, Englishman Thomas Parker built the first production electric car in 1884.  The land speed record was held by en electric car until 1900.   Not much has changed since The Electric Construction Corporation’s car to today’s Tesla.  (Nikola Tesla was a Serbian physicist.)

ALL electric cars have 5 main systems;

  1. electric carThe Vehicle.  Since the early days this has standardised around 4 wheels, a chassis, and something to keep the rain off.  The modern Tesla is maybe better looking and a hell of a lot more sophisticated than a 19th century dog-cart.
  2. The Electric Motors.  These convert electrical energy into mechanical energy, (and nowadays they also convert mechanical energy back into electrical energy via braking regeneration).  Again these are far, far better and more sophisticated than they were in Victorian England, but the basic principle hasn’t changed at all.  Electric motors as used in cars have one huge advantage over the internal combustion engine ~ massive torque at low rpm, so no separate gearbox is needed.
  3. The Control System.  Modern methods of controlling the amount of electricity that gets to and from the electric motor / dynamo are light years ahead of how it used to be done, which was basically a variable resistor.  The Tesla has computerised Intelligent Motor controllers.
  4. teslafireThe Batteries.  This is the Achilles Heel of electric cars.  Batteries are bulky, heavy, expensive, can burst into flame, and have a limited life.  Early electric cars had a lot of damn heavy lead-acid batteries, of exactly the same type as a normal car has at the heart of it’s electrical systems.  The Tesla uses a hell of a lot of lithium-ion batteries, of exactly the same type that powers your mobile phone and laptop / tablet…
  5. The Power Source.  Electricity doesn’t appear for free out of thin air, it has to be generated from a primary energy source.  For pure electric cars, like the Tesla Model S, this means plugging them into mains electricity to charge the onboard batteries.  Hybrid cars also have an onboard internal combustion electricity generator. (Which makes one wonder why all the batteries and other complicated stuff?  Why not just connect the petrol engine directly to the wheels?  Oh, we’ve done that, it’s called a normal car.)

The Weak Point of any electric car is battery life.  This comes in 2 flavours;

  • Range.  How far can one drive on one battery charge?  The Tesla Model S is supposed to do either 230 miles, or 320 miles, on one charge.  (Depending on how big a battery you’ve bought.)  That’s assuming a constant 55mph, (and that you’re not killing the A/C).  Also, charging a battery at a normal plug in socket will take 30 hours.  In normal, everyday, long-distance motoring, that’s as much use a cell phone in a lifeboat, in the middle of the Atlantic ~ no damn use at all.
  • Total Battery Life.  How long will the vastly expensive lithium-ion battery pack last before it’s only so much junk?  All batteries have a finite life, so how long will the battery in a Tesla last?  If you drive it every day, then my guess is performance will start to fall off, (a lot), after 4 or 5 years.  Total usable life?  I have no real idea.  Hey, I know the theory of making baked Alaska, but any real attempt by me would be just embarrassing.  (If you want to be an expert start with Arrhenius’ Law.)

poppies-lupineTesla make great looking, technologically advanced cars, with one huge flaw ~ all batteries eventually die, even sophisticated rechargable batteries die eventually.  One day the battery pack in your Tesla will reach the end of its usable life.  But the Tesla is a fashionable throw-away product, made for fashionable throwaway people.  (It’s also very unethical and environmentally damaging.  Recycling lithium-ion batteries is damn difficult.  You get toxic waste, not wildflowers.)

I would drive an electric car, if I had to.  I would not choose any electric car for a cool road trip.  The Tesla is very sexy looking, but it’s got no soul.  For the price of a Tesla, I could buy a really cool car instead.

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