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i cant believe it , trump wins

9 Nov

london 1.49

this headline, trump wins, obama congratulates him in this guardian post gave me such a surprise i could not believe it. the guardian is quite sure of it, even though it is based on exit polls. are they so sure of the accuracy of their exit polls? we here in uk knows it can be false, but maybe americans are more truthful when they talk to pollsters after they voted.

i thought the huge turnout by hispanic voters will swing it for hillary. but i think i shall wait till the official results come in before i make any conclusions. but it might make people start thinking of what a trump presidency will mean to america. i am optimistic, and dont think even if he is president it necessarily mean doom and gloom. there are checks and balances with congress and the senate that will make it very difficult for him to rock the boat too much.

he can tighten immigration that is something a president can do without resort to congress. but building a wall along mexico… that might not be that easy. they allready have a fence along the border so he might strengthen that one instead.

 and i think a lot of people do not want uncontrolled borders. people have seen how not controlling your borders is really bad, just look at europe… but lets wait for the final results and know who really gets in.  

added. it is really true all the other papers are saying it.

this is the result they published. it is very quick for them to get the results. it is shocking the scale of red that swept across america. its a lot like brexit, with every expert predicting doom and gloom but it seems now he is president the armageddon scenario is not going to happen.

what is interesting is that the republicans control both the  house of representatives and the senate . that makes a republican president very powerful. such a about turn from the obama era.

law enforcement usa

10 Jul

london 5.44pm 21.9C sunny sunday 2016

i took these photos on the way through the housing estate to the bus stop to catch the bus to the paddington library. so peaceful doesn’t it?

though on the way back from the library the traffic came to a standstill at marble arch. i suspected a march, because on sundays, if ever there is a protest march planned, it will happen on sunday. i saw a crowd of them, but did not go near, preferring to dart down the steps into the marble arch tube station and catch the tube back to my place.

i was walking from the tube to my place, and was distracted by a metro lying on the ground. i was hoping it was the metro paper that holds a whole page of discounts from burgerking, so i picked it up but it turned out not to be so. i looked up and saw simon right in front of me. that was a surprise.

he told me he  tried to drive to work, but the traffic jam was so great at oxford st, that he turned back and returned to the flat, parked his car and walked to the tube instead.

i googled it, went into the evening standard website, and saw it was a black lives matter march. it turned out to be the 2nd protest march by the black lives matter people. yesterday they marched in brixton. i wonder what about the policemen who were shot dead by the sniper? dont their lives matter too?

sigh, america has this real big problem with their race relations between the white and black citizens. anyone making comments about it will generate huge anger to either parties… but the basic thing is there is law enforcement…unfortunately the criminals are likely to be black…this is not a racist thing to say… the chances of a black person resorting to criminal activities is bound to be higher than for a white…it is simply because so many blacks go into criminal activities as a career, as they dont have much of an alternative.  how to separate the criminal elements from the passerbys, and how to distinguish the killing of criminals by the police in their enforcement of the law from other more peaceful ways of catching the criminals (if it ever could be done), and the fact that so many of them carry guns and willing to use it to kill the police or anyone else who stand in their way. is it because guns are so prevalent in usa? that might be a factor too.

maybe a country without such easy access to guns might react differently… here is a footage of a gun man attempted holdup in christchurch new zealand. a shop keeper who ignored a gun man who entered his shop and demanded money. the shopkeeper continued to service another customer, who came and took the goods and walked off, and the shopkeeper than just walk off to the back of the shop leaving the gun man so confused, that he left too.

in the usa, there are professional criminals, who make a career out of it. and when they get killed they try to get public opinion on their side, trying to show they are just ordinary thieves robbing a store, and though it is a bad thing, but they have to eat, and that does not deserve being killed for it…  and hiding the terrorising that they inflict on everyone around them and the store assistants. and the public sees the video of the kill, never getting the full picture of what went on before the footage… gets angry and think it could happen to them, being gunned down by a trigger happy police…and goes on the march, saying black lives matter…and even when the police gets gunned down by a black sniper, which should make people realise  there are bad black people out there…and the whole situation is not as black and white as it appears people still dont take that into account and march anyway. they should march to say black and white lives matter, and criminals should be condemned , no matter if they are black or white; and not excused. 

 whilst here in this footage about the christchurch holdup, it looks like an amateur on his first day robbing a store. 

This table can be used for a number of interesting calculations. First, we find that during the 2012/2013 period, blacks committed an average of 560,600 violent crimes against whites, whereas whites committed only 99,403 such crimes against blacks. This means blacks were the attackers in 84.9 percent of the violent crimes involving blacks and whites. This figure is consistent with reports from 2008, the last year DOJ released similar statistics. Perhaps not coincidentally, that was the year Mr. Obama was elected president.

Interestingly, we find that violent interracial crime involving blacks and Hispanics occurs in almost exactly the same proportions as black/white crime: Blacks are the attackers 82.5 percent of the time, while Hispanics are attackers only 17.5 percent of the time.

Some observers argue that what causes the overwhelming preponderance of black-on-white over white-on-black violence is “chance of encounter,” due to the fact that there are five times as many whites as blacks in the American population. However, there are only about 30 percent more Hispanics than blacks, yet black-on-Hispanic violence is almost as lopsided as black-on-white violence. This suggests blacks may be deliberately targeting both whites and Hispanics.

Using figures for the 2013 racial mix of the population–62.2 percent white, 17.1 percent Hispanic, 13.2 percent black–we can calculate the average likelihood of a person of each race attacking the other. A black is 27 times more likely to attack a white and 8 times more likely to attack a Hispanic than the other way around. A Hispanic is eight times more likely to attack a white than vice versa. quote from this report by the dept of justice 2013

what i suspect is that the figures are boosted by a small percentage of black criminals who are professional criminals. they are so good at it they account for a high percentage of black on white and black on hispanic crimes… take them out and u will reduce the statistics drastically at one stroke. that is why they have noticed that when one notorious gang man is jailed or killed, crime statistics for that area drop suddenly .

i got across this report, after i wrote all the above. but it kind of reinforce my original impression.

different jobs payments

11 Apr

london

I have been chatting to my friends from the usa, and he was saying that businesses have to contribute for your health insurance if they hire anyone who works over 30hrs a week.

so that is why many jobs in usa are parttime, to get round this requirement that lays costs on businesses who hire anyone working more than those hours.

And because working less than 30hrs means people earn less, many have to work more than one job. that explains why so many americans work in more than one job. and why so many dont have health insurance. 

but this is interesting,did u know that  when they get to 65yrs old they get free medicare. not many know that. my friend is 65yrs and he told me he was so relieved when he turned 65yrs without  getting a serious illness before than, or he would be made bankrupt.

but now he is over 65yrs old, medicare means he is safe from being bankrupt if he gets ill.

now i know why there was that theroux program i saw recently about people being kept alive and going through great lengths to prolong their lives even though they are in coma or in long term no hope illness. And there were whole hospitals and doctors there to help them keep alive even though their prognosis is hopeless.

at that time,when i was seeing the program;  i was thinking how come these people can afford that … now i know. medicare pays for it. that medicare bill must be enormous and it will fall on the taxpayer.

isn’t it a paradox! when u are below 65yrs old, u want to die quick if u get a serious illness, after 65yrs old u want to prolong your life even though the chances of getting well is hopeless and the doctors will want to keep u alive for as long as possible. this is in america the great big land of freedom and democracy. i am glad i live in the uk, with our national health. 

we were looking at a tv program on london live, a new tv channel, and they were showing a bunch of workers in the ritz cinema in brixton demonstrating for a living wage. the minimum wage in uk is £6.80, the workers were paid £7.70 and want £8.50 an hour. the ritzy is a small cinema in brixton, which is not really a rich area.

and not like one of the big guns cinema chains in leicester square charging £12 for a film. so it makes me wonder how the workers can justify asking for such high wages. they are actually paid more than the basic wage and they still want more. it makes me realise why businesses dont like to give workers more than the minimum wage if they can help it because it seems u start giving them more, the workers start getting ideas and want still more. 

now i ask myself do the workers in the vue, or anyof those cinema chains in leicester square make more than the basic wage or not. and if so do they want to strike for a living wage?

or do they get overtime and that bungs up their salary and so no need to fight for living wage.

perhaps  they are all  hired full time, seeing that in uk no businesses deliberately hiring parttimers only; because businesses dont have to contribute to  the  national insurance of their workers. it is related to pensions though, businesses will have to contribute an extra % to their full time workers’ pension pots. some businesses may only want to hire on a short term contract, so that they dont have to contribute to the pensions. you can see how govt rules can influence how businesses hire people. or they might want to hire self employed workers. that way they are not responsible for the pensions of those workers. sigh, there are all these bits and bobs that influence who and why and how workers are hired. 

crocodile tears

15 Dec

London
14.12.12 friday
It was raining this morning, so I decided to stay in rather than go to the library.

And while I was in I remembered to liftup my phone to hear the tone, which tells me if I have messages or not. And that was how I heard the message on my phone. Mine is a landline with its own message retrieval system, but it does not bleep to tell me I got messages. I have to pick up the phone and listen for the dial tone, if there are messages the dial tone will be replaced by a series of long bleeps.

I know it is rather a primitive warning system, and I wonder my talk talk still uses it, but maybe so few people have landlines and access the message retrieval system that they must have considered it uneconomic to upgrade it.

So I found out that there was a message for me. It was from a guy who wanted to chat to me via the phone rather than communicate via email.

He wanted information on a social naked party to be held today. In fact it is now 7pm, so the party would have just started now.

Whether he is able to go is another question as it is rather short notice.

I did not return his call, because when I did the last time I got his message he was not in.

Later he told me that he called yesterday at about 10pm and left that message, and called again this morning, but I was asleep and simon took the call.

And that is the trouble with phones, u don’t always get the other guy when u call so he does not receive the call and u end up leaving a message, and if he calls and u are not in, he leaves a message and this can go on for some time with a series of phone messages .

Anyway, I got an email from him saying call him before I go to work this morning, and I thought I better call him even though it is close to 12noon. If he is not in, at least I can say I called.

I was surprised to get him on the phone. He said he promised to stay in and so he did. Well I am glad something got me to give him a call, I am usually very unreliable about returning people’s calls.

 

It is nice to chat on the phone, but even then there was some hitch. He got a call from his extension, and when he came back, his voice was so faint. So he had to terminate my call, and call me back instead.

It brings home to me how very inefficient calling on the phone is compared to emails.

That is why I don’t call people on the phone even though I get free calls locally and country wide.

He told me he inherited from his mother a house in marble arch. And that is where he lives. Otherwise he would never be able to afford to live there. Haha.

According to the census 2011,only 7million out of the 50million who live in England and wales have paid off their mortgage. For those of us who belong to that group, live is very cushy.

It is warmer now, about 9C according to the weather website. 7.08pm now.

Added. 15.12.12
There is that newtown school massacre in Connecticut, usa. Yesterday’s tv news was just nothing but it. Which kind of illustrates the quartz article about how news like this is no more remote but beamed straight into our homes life and make everyone think it can happen to them.

http://qz.com/37069

 

Quartz the online news magazine says in 10yrs, 2000-2010 the usa has more of these school massacres than 36 other countries worldwide.

http://qz.com/37015

But it wont increase the support for a gun ban.

http://qz.com/36996

It is curious that such tragedies do not swing the country towards a gun ban. The pro gun lobby must be extremely powerful and influential.

There is an underlying defect in american society, where it can produce individuals who have a quarrel with a member of staff , or their immediate family or partner; and want to settle that by killing them. What a society that harbours and produce such individuals.

The basic story seems to be someone have a grudge against a member of staff, or family member or partner, goes to the school and kills that member and while they are at it, kill the others who happen to be there .

If u think that is a naïve view, don’t, because it is a simplified view stripped of all the extras. It is the basic scenario.

Granted banning guns will not stop these people, but it would definitely limit their ability to kill as many people as they like. And they might be easier to overpower, if armed with a knife or machete, rather than a automatic weapon that can shoot out a stream of bullets.

Will there be a huge ground swell to have a gun ban on america?

There is the freedom to possess arms, but there is also the freedom of a vast number of families of sending their child to school to learn without them being killed by a gunman.

There will be a lot of tears shed and lamentations over the internet about this, but unless they ban all guns and impose big restrictions on their possession , these tears will be crocodile tears.