Category Archives: World events

trump exacerbates coronavirus =========================

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Trump said do not make cure worse than disease . this crisis taxes even and alpha mind.

lie after lie. wrong predicton after wrong prediction

evidential reason. statements with no evidentiary basis

anti-enlightenment. encylopiedists. hypothesis. test. anti science.

he has over reached himself

it will go away. miracle. like peter pan. I believe in fairies. wishful thinking. he has outdone himself for overrationality

a personal best for malice.

trump notorous for his poor competence in logical reasoning. maths. nous.  business failures. ungrammatical untterances.

Trump turned down WHO offer of tests. take firm action. that will also save economy

a stitch in time saves nine

nurses without kit . plastic bags.

tell it to people straight. straight talking. runs away from reality

many weeks of sacrifice.

disease which kills.

cure which makes us slightly less rich.

corona is picking up speed. multiplying. swamp the healthcare system

26 February trump. 15 people had corona. in 15 days number would be close to zero.

trump knew it would be a massive killer. intelligence briefings. world experts counselling him

grossly neglectful. attenion span of a may fly

open at Easter. beautiful time/ death and resurrection

churh. when 2 or 3 are gathered in my name

not Jesus and Lazarus.

like a war. vacilating.

we need unequivocal crystal clear and consstent advice

reasons for instructions. obey. wash hands 20 seconds lather.

work cancelled £ 240. life wirth more

UK 75% of wages.

stock market matters more

”near the end f our hustoric battle with the invisible enemy”.

stimulus packahe. government intervention can help the market ad peopel/ wow? GET Government off the backs of the people

single payer healthcare would save lives . tests, treatment

doctors nurses not recognises in other states. over regulation. litigious.

does not care a fig for people/ priorities

privileges money over lives. kill customers.

ethically sub optimal

indifferent to suffering of others.

total dearth of empathy.

trump lacks intellectual ability and temperament to cope with this

face up to the trtuh

”do not sacrifice the country” Dan Patrick lieutenant governor of Texas said on Fox.  i e kill them?

larry kudlow. people should go to work

”wouldnt it be great to have churches packed at easter”?

cups. handshakes.

when 2 or 3 are gathere din my nmame

he has set so much store by stock market

”I would love to have it open by easter”. 3 weeks

UK. 12 weeks. we can beat it.

battle has hardly begun

#highly irresponsible.

denying reality.

growing assault on truth and ibjectivity. abetted by fox, republicans and evangelical christians.

does not have cognitive faculty to cope

mind malfunctioning. tirades. non sequiturs pepper his speeches.

workers dying. health spending. no tourism. people leave the cpuntry. some refuse to work and to buy.

peter pan. I believe in fairies.

ostrich stick head in the sand.

magical thinking

said it was going down not up

when warm miraculously go away

devin nunes. go to restaurant

oklahome governor in restaurant

new york . california. internationall engaged coasts

Trump does not care about democrats. two states that he will lose again

10% of NYC cops infected. cannot get tests.

metastasising.

sky ricket like italy. contagion.

do not trust the government . federal versus state

v strict measure in chian and W europe to keep it under contorl. only just stabilising it

lift restriction too soon ti will spread like wildfire.

if we are lucky has peaked in italy. pinnacle in spain?

6 weeks of severe measures in wuhan.

totalitarian.

in USA only the beginning.

fact based decision making. study data projections. educated guess

uneducated guess.  USA is lucky in ebing one of last seriously affected

the sleep of reasos brings forth monsters. spansih artist. franciso Goya

there’s a silver lining through the dakr

air quality. we can be happy without shopping. no commute.

prof haseltine former harvard medical school. 2004 warning. SARS. develop drugs against coronavirus. pandemic war plan.

drug companies did not find it protfitable

US Government made drugs against bioweapons. bill gates said it would come.

coronavirus ====================

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rationale proportional fear. tranquil. soberly reflect on the severity of the situation.

pandemic. not epidemic

film outbreak.

rand paul . poetic justice.

fix the roof whil the sun is shining.

measures that would make draco of athens blush.

NI, Wales, Scotland

england most impacted . particularly london

firday PM order

M and S. wetherpsoons. barbers. geriatrics

cull the senior generation. respiatory

prophents of doom. jeremiad.

4 000 ventilators

5 000 cases

 

coute de coute.  quarantine

south korea

singpaore. warmth

police state.

france police and gendarmeria. .

fear is a friend

racist gargoyle.

USA. deny, deflect, disinform

mendacious ignorant ghoul.

economy going to hell in a handcart.

pants on fire. hoax. insurance paying for more.

kung flu. pander to sinophobia.

nativism. xenophobia

scapegoating

this does not resolve issue

underlying issues. health insurance.  seema verma. ventilators. testing.

paid sick leave. devin nunes. governor of oklahoma

mega churches. trumpsters. snake handlers. providentialist view. anti vaxxers.

reduce life expectancy.

trump would end debt.  make drugs way cheaper and far better.

wall.

worst equipped president

lacks the cognitive ability. the temperament or the empathy. problems needs to be examined unemotionally.

Endgame in Syria =============================

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Assad. Ba’athists. not commie but Russian Soviet ally for decades.

Sunni.

Shia. Alawi

Christians

Druze

Yazidi. peacock angel

bedouin

turcomans.

Syrian Democratic Forces

Free Syria Army

Al Nusra Front

ISIS

Iranians pile in. spooks Israelis. Israel bombs Iranian positions . de conflicitng areas with Russians.

complex interplay between the competing powers in the region.

US pull out

Turkish Army in North

Kurds

Iraqi Kurdistan. Peshmergas.

fortitude

gallantly battling ISIS

outcry against US withdrawal

oil pipelines from Iraq through Turkey

Turkey NATO

2015. Russian jet shot down

2016 July coup in Turkey

authoritarianism. unfair trials. no free speech. cult of the personality. chauvinism. fight with no holds barred. jingoism. militarism. expansionism. closing down dissent by calling it extremism.

where next?

US will pull out eventually. no stomch for the fight. who rules syria is unimportant for US

it is nver going to be pro US.

Assad will win. Russian bases there. Syria broken. in debt to Russia, China and Iran.

no chance of reform or democracy there.

 

social housing 7 sept

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cheaper than private. 80% of market rate

housing associations councils

1.2 m on housing list

some are ex prison and ex army ex homeless

shelter has a petition for more houses

London needs 39 000 a year builds 17 000

social rent pegged to incme. central govt controls

those in greatest need given reasonable preference

social home is permanent

housing assoc is independent of council

social hosuing run at arms length from council

there is a regulator of social housing UK govt

Theresa may 2017 announced 2 bn for new houses

only 5 000 more houses built a year. now only 40 000 social houses a year built

2011 it was 50 000

1950s 200 000 houses a year built

house costs 8 times more than annual salary. in London 11 times

people under 50 vote labour

1990s councils were banned from borrowing money

2003 71% of people owned houses

now it is 64% lowest since 1987

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sajid javid announced 600 m to buily 50 000 new homes in s e england

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England’s small towns are set to swell with increasing numbers of elderly people as they reject city living amid a hidden housing crisis caused by a lack of appropriate homes for a rapidly ageing population, a new study reveals.
Bexhill in East Sussex, Corby in Northamptonshire and Denton in Greater Manchester are forecast to see the biggest increases in populations aged 55 and above during the next two decades, according to the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Centre for Towns thinktank.
Failure to improve housing options for the elderly could add hugely to care and NHS costs, with the Building Research Establishment forecasting that inappropriate housing for the over-55s will cost nearly £20bn by 2041. Hip fractures caused by falls on stairs, excess cold and overcrowding are among the threats.

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ales and profits at Persimmon have slipped as the UK’s second biggest housebuilder attempts to repair its battered reputation after criticism of its shoddy workmanship, huge executive rewards and an overreliance on the government’s help-to-buy scheme.
The company said it had increased spending on customer service by some 40% over the first six months of the year, adding an extra 200 staff to its 5,000-strong workforce to help deal with customer calls and site visits.
Persimmon said it expected to spend an extra £15m on the initiative on top of the additional £140m being spent on homes in progress after criticism over poor-quality builds that included leaks and cracking windows.

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The group’s half-year profits dropped from £516m to £509m. The number of homes sold totalled 7,584, meaning Persimmon generated more than £67,000 profit from every house completed. The average selling price rose to £216,942, up more than £1,000 on the same time a year ago.

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If hospitals deliberately spread disease, it would be a scandal. But with an acute housing crisis, local councils, housing associations and other public bodies are routinely selling off homes intended for social rent at public auction. Those with a responsibility to reduce housing need are making the situation worse.
This month, at least 37 homes are due to go under the hammer at four separate auctions held in West End hotels. Among the sellers are Wandsworth and Westminster councils, which have a combined housing waiting list of 9,000 families, and Oxford Citizens Housing Association, part of GreenSquare Group, which operates in the city with the most unequal housing market outside London.

In east London, Newlon Housing Association is offering a five-bedroom family home in Cable Street, Tower Hamlets – a borough in which 18,000 families are languishing on the housing waiting list. Even London mayor Sadiq Khan is getting-in on the act, with City Hall flogging a three-bedroom semi in Finchley. Another repeat offender is Peabody, one of t

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An additional three million social homes are needed to solve the housing crisis, according to a landmark report which calls on the government to extend the criteria for who is eligible for social housing.
A major review by housing charity Shelter, commissioned in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster, urges ministers to invest £214bn in a 20-year housebuilding programme that will “reverse the decay” of social mobility in Britain.

The proposals, produced by 16 independent commissioners from across the political spectrum, would offer social homes to millions who fail to qualify under the current system, including young families and elderly people who are “trapped” in rented housing.

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More families are being housed in hotels and other nightly rooms in Brighton due to a lack of short-term accommodation, the BBC has learned.
One household made homeless by a fire were put up in a four-star seafront hotel.
Conservative politicians said Brighton and Hove City Council had failed to address the wider shortage of housing and build more homes.
The council is due to discuss plans to find more accommodation this month.
Between April and August, 198 households were placed in “spot-purchased” accommodation, in which the council buys a room on a last-minute, nightly basis in hotels, B&Bs and other rented rooms.
The council forecasts it will have to do this for 337 households by March 2020, compared to an average of 284 per year in the previous four financial years.
Three people made homeless by a fire in December were put up at the Jurys Inn on Brighton seafront, at a cost of £75 per person.

 

 

 

 

death of khasoggi================================

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push back

did Saudis underestimate fall out?

maybe they knew there would be response but consider killing a priority

money or morality?

is trump an ingenue thinking he was not killed

only a naif would doubt he was murdered.

cleaners in. chemicals can clean up blood stains.

Turkish staff suddenly given day off.

Turkish police cannot go in. diplomatic immunity. no demi viergerie.

mid terms. USA distracted. USA has a one month attention span. think about florida school shooting in march.

 

Trump was right to cancel military aid to Pakistan ===================================

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ISI backs taliban

Taliban kills thousands of Pakistanis

taleban not united.a  brand name. opportunistic criminals too

sometimes they slay shia, ahmadis or christians

ISI a mind of its own. pak is Prussia or sparta

problem of ISI backing Taleban is indisputable. Clinton and Obama and busg knew it

trump warned them. pak did not play ball

could make problem worse

some money and arms go to tlaben from pak. so why fund pak

make pak worry about India

India forges linskw ith afghanitsn

ethnic and linsutic and family ties – pak and Afghanistan

ISI wanst afgahnistan as an adjuncit

do not want encirclement

tlaben control half country. loss of will by NATO. wr weary. no commitment. drawn down

talebna have good relationship woth china and irna . bith enemies of this ideology but think tlaben is winning

defeat in agfgansiat for NATO/