Ukraine: Trapped Between Two Worlds!

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What is happening in the Ukraine I am finding very sad but not surprised with it at all after Russia’s actions in the Crimea. It does strike me and the rest of the world that once again President Putin is setting up a situation in Eastern Ukraine to annex another part of the country under the false pretences of liberating the Russians from the evil fascists of Kiev!

But I must not be only one looking in from the outside thinking the same as yes there are government building are being taken over in Eastern Ukraine by Pro-Russians forces but the numbers of people actually involved seams not be be in the thousands but hundreds and where are the people marching for autonomy in the region?

It normal people of the region seam remarkably quiet over the whole situation be they Russian or Ukrainian bar a very vocal minority. The whole situation is starting to look like a well organised minority who have been armed and directly supported by Russians in high places both in the government and military.

This is at total variance to the official Russian line who say it is people of Eastern Ukraine who are speaking not them though this message is a blatant lie considering the build up of Russian troops on the Ukrainian boarder.

I think it is time the world stopped focusing on Ukraine problem itself to actually deal with true problem surrounding Russia itself of which the Crimea and Ukraine are the symptoms of the problem.

We as the world should start to condemn the actions of president Putin and his government as a whole as they have shown themselves to be open aggressive and expansionist as a country in the mould of the old Russia under the Tzars.

All this talk of NATO getting closer to them is just excuse of Putin and his cronies to retake back those countries who won their independence after the break up of the USSR. Putin and his cronies what power in the old sense in so much they want to rule a powerful Empire so they can become ever richer and have more influence over the world.

President Putin and his government are the most dangerous sort of government which we hope we saw the last of with Hitler in Nazi Germany that is a government with grand idea they are going to rule the world stooping so low as to use force and bullying to get their own way.

It is time the world as a whole stood up to President Putin and said as one we will not accept such old fashioned behaviour any more in a modern progressive world and once again should strive to blunt Putin talons by cutting off his access to the world markets which they depend on to survive.

If we allow President Putin to annex Eastern Ukraine no other ex-Eastern block country including the Baltic States will be safe from Russian aggression and expansionism!

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Questioning the Ethics of the Modern Business?

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I doubt I am not only one who is starting to question the ethics of modem business especially here in United Kingdom and United States mainly because of what caused the current economic crisis which the world is slowly coming out.

Add to this a whole series of scandal which have hit the business world which include Banks manipulating market in underhand ways to keep their profits up, companies paying people the low wages and stepping on peoples rights to work to small things like the Big Six here not giving people back any credit they have unless the people ask for it.

I bet if you looked more deeply into the business world both here in United Kingdom and United States you find even more systematic corruption, sharp practices and simple dishonesty which have been the acceptable way business has always ways been done or come into being because companies are trying to make a profit at any cost.

My personal view it is high time both governments in the United Kingdom and the United States got off their hands and actually starting to clean up the way business is conducted in both countries as frankly leaving things as they are will only end up causing real damage to the countries standing in the world and society itself, especially here in United Kingdom.

We did have a reputation of fair play and basic honesty all over the world here in United Kingdom but this is being eaten away by the actions of businesses here something once lost we will have difficulty to regain. Add to this why would a foreign investor want to invest in a country which is basically dishonest and corrupt?

Saddest part of all this nothing will be done in United States as both government and people have allowed their Federal Government to slip into the hands of both big business and the few rich.

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Almost Mind Blowing in Its Simplicity!

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As I have said before reading is a very dangerous thing myself reading as it gets me thinking again about things beyond the more trivial matters of my life.

I am currently reading ‘The Never-Ending Days of Being Dead’ by Marcus Chown which is to with modern ideas of Cosmology which I have to point out almost almost sounds like Science Fiction especially that of the 20th Century.

I have got to the part of the book talking of the work and ideas of one Stephen Wolfram which in itself is a bit mind blowing in what is suggesting. Basically what he is postulating behind the Universe itself is a very simple and small computer program on top of which he also postulates that intelligence per say is not unique to humans as such.

The final thing is the most controversial much like Darwin’s ideas of theory of Evolution as once again it means our intelligence is not unique to us which in a world centred very much ourselves is a revelation in itself.

But Stephen Wolfram’s idea that the Universe is the result of a very simple computer program fascinates me because of it’s elegance and the fact whole complexity of the Universe is created by something so simple. This is the mind blowing to myself especially as a programmer.

At first his ideas sound a little strange almost disconnected with the reality we see around us but his work and ideas have resulted in his idea of the Universe has produced equations which matched some of those postulated around gravity and the such.

Myself I really find this idea very engaging because of it’s simplicity and elegance plus it is one of many interesting ideas around Cosmology. It shows that Cosmology and Science around the Universe itself as such have been making big leap and bounds in the background since I took my degree in Physics and Astrophysics.

All this reminds me why I found Physics and Science fascinating in the first place in so much it fires my imagination and curiosity about the world around me. Something I have not lost even as I’ve got older just trying to make living just distracted me from following it as we all do.

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Sort of Says It All!

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What is always very sad on my journal is the fact people read the lighter entries but seam to avoid the more politically orientated entries almost with passion. Though I should not be surprised as it sort of reflects the modern world around me that is a world full of people who more concerned with the trivial rather than real issues.

I think I am not only one both in the United Kingdom who has noticed this singular fact about our society but as always the comment falls on deaf ears sadly exactly as the people who hold the power here want.

Who needs an actively oppressive government for the few to keep power when apathy rules a society!

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Reading Can Be a Dangerous Thing For Me!

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I have to smile as I have recently read ‘Universe in a Nutshell’ by Professor Hawkins and currently started to read ‘The Never-Ending Days of Being Dead’ by Marcus Chown both are about the current theories about Cosmology and basically everything and both sort of got me thinking.

I know thinking and questioning are a good thing but sometimes can be dangerous in so much the basic concepts and views, in both books, Cosmologists have about the Universe is mind blowing to say the least even to someone like myself.

As an ex-avid reader of both older Sci-Fi and Fantasy plus a Role-Player a lot of what is postulated by current Cosmologists would almost feel at home on the pages of the books in question. This includes parallel universes and more than 3 dimensions to name a two.

But from what I read the current theories of Cosmology makes our Universe both a far more simpler and complex place which is very elegant in it’s very nature. The science around Cosmology down to the Quantum level has become far more fascinating especially to myself.

As I said reading can be a dangerous thing for me as it gets me thinking about things again!

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A Place of My Own!

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I may not actually own my new house yet but it is my own place to live with all the responsibility to maintain the place even change it suit my own needs without getting the owners permission for every little change. Essentially the home is mine something I have never had in my life as such.

It is the first time I have ever been settled in a home which is mine which to some people is a trivial matter but it is a big thing to me. It is first time in my life that I can truly call somewhere mine and share it with my partner.

It’s strange and old concept to some modern people but it is nice to finally have a space call my own which is also somewhere I can escape the world just by closing the front door. It is a simple piece of magic in a complex modern world of ours!

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Has the Time of the Super Powers Passed?

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With the recent actions of Russian Federation in the Ukraine with the illegal annexation of the Crimea and the continued ineffectiveness of the United States to influence the situation, if anything the Russian Federation blatantly ignored them got me thing about both of these so called Super Powers.

In so much it struck me that the time of both United States and Russian Federation (ex-U.S.S.R.) as real Super Powers of the world has passed and the both simply are trying to hold on to something they has simply passed much like the Cold War did in the late 1990s.

Each of the Super Powers are trying to keep their positions in different ways with United States messing in other countries politics when not welcome while the Russian Federation uses blatant military power to keep it influence in it’s region even in the case of the Russian Federation invading neighbouring countries because they have chosen to turn towards the West away from Russia itself.

It is high time both United States and the Russian Federation, both who my have massive military, realised they are not the Super Powers they once were as the world has moved on from the Cold War especially in Europe.

The World is not about how big your army or super power blogs any more but simply economic power which seams far more effective way for nations to damage each other. After all the Russian Federation my of illegally annexed Crimea but the price it has paid economically will send the message the world will not accept it behaviour more effectively than military action would of ever done.

But my personal view is the world has to be very vigilant of both ex-Super Powers, yes this includes the United States, as each loses it power and influence over the world, they will be at their most dangerous as they grimly cling on to their power especially those within power in both nations!

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United Kingdom: Do Your Bit Send a Message to the Big Six!

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Now finally the government of the United Kingdom have finally decided to do something about the Big Six power companies here in the United Kingdom, we should also as a people here send a clear message to them by simply switching power suppliers to the smaller independents!

I have done it myself switching from EDF to Ovo Energy a smaller power company which is both cheaper and uses more Ecological sound power sources. Strangely it is the best thing I have done, even if I am on a fixed price tariff, as much to my surprise my electricity and gas bills in real turns are a lot cheaper.

As I have said here before we here in the United Kingdom need to send a message to the Big Six Power companies we are not prepared to pay the overcharged prices and take the excuses for them any more.

What I think we here in the United Kingdom forget is we do have the power to change things in this case by changing power suppliers to alternatives to the Big Six sending the message to them we will not stand for their actives any more!

For those outside of the United Kingdom the Big Six Power companies are:

E.On, EDF, SSE, Scottish Power, British Gas, Npower

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United Kingdom: The Big Six Finally Face the Music!

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It has only taken the present government of the United Kingdom almost all of their term of office with Ofgen being their hatchet man to finally stand up to the Big Six Power Companies who have been overcharging people for their gas and electricity and running a cartel to keep the prices up for consumers here in the United Kingdom.

It has been both their actions and the Banks which both caused and have prolonged the credit crunch here in the United Kingdom both have been responsible for the damage to the economy here. The Big Six especially which have caused major financial problems to the large majority of citizens here In the United Kingdom especially those who are on low wages who have seen more and more of their wages disappear to the Big Six just to keep living a normal life.

My personal view it is high time the British Government actually got off if it’s backside and did something about the Big Six though the only reason why the current Conservative Government here in the United Kingdom are doing anything is because the elections are due in the next few years and frankly they need every vote to get back into power.

What the Big Six with their allies in government done, large majority of which are members of the Conservative party here, have succeed doing is bring the country to it knees economically over the past decades over charging both people and businesses for their energy.

It his high time that both the Big Six and those within the Conservative Party who privatized the energy industry in the first place and now support face the music and I think I am not only one who is calling for them to face the justice system for the damage they have done to the United Kingdom.

All of us here in the United Kingdom should make sure the government cannot back down from dealing with the Big Six by actually using people power and or voices to keep the politicians focused on the battle and if they back down we should make sure the present government pays the price by not voting for them in the next General Election.

The battle line have been drawn and time we as a people here in United Kingdom fight for a better deal for our energy both from the Government and Power Companies!

For those outside of the United Kingdom the Big Six Power companies which have been both overcharging and running a cartel here are:

E.On, EDF, SSE, Scottish Power, British Gas, Npower

This journal entry was inspired by the BBC news story: ‘Big six’ energy firms face competition inquiry

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Welcome to the Bad New Days!

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What is very apparent in modern United Kingdom is that more and more of businesses from the biggest to smallest are now putting profit first at the expense of both it’s employees and customers. This is certainly prevalent among big business here which it is becoming the norm rather than the exception and now includes even so called international companies.

All this encouraged by a current Conservative Government who claim it does the country good as it will mean more rich people will invest in the country hence the country will climb out it current problems quicker.

Plus god forbid should these people have to pay more for labour here in United Kingdom as it would mean they would invest in countries with cheaper labour.

All this of cause is lies by the Conservative Party, even by the CBI ,as what it really means the few who are rich here in the United Kingdom would not get richer off the backs of other people which they poorly pay and treat, all in the pursuit of money currently.

Add to this these rich people on the whole do not invest the money back into the United Kingdom as the Conservatives claim they do but they take their money and run to other countries where they can keep their money.

All this sounds very familiar as it is highly reminiscent of Victorian England a place of the few wealthy, a large down trodden masses with a small middle class stuck in the middle. A society full of social injustice and inequalities with masses nicely kept in place by less than subtle methods by those who are in power and rich.

What a grim, grey and oppressive United Kingdom we have all made for ourselves in the blind obsession for money.

Welcome to the bad new days!

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Sweet Irony of This Journal!

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The biggest irony of this whole Journal is the fact it takes some creative thinking writing the blog entries themselves. That is not making things up but by putting my thoughts and opinions it exercises both my creative and imaginative side.

Those of you who read my journal on a regularly will know I can complain a lot about my creative side not being used enough because I am tired and the such. Strangely in this very journal itself!

It’s taken the more slower side of my brain to finally dawn on me that the very act of writing this journal exercises both my creative and imaginative sides exactly the things I was moaning about the lack of in my life!

All part of being human sometimes we fail to see what is under are own noses.

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It is Not That People Are More Stupid!

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After a recent experience at work involving a customer who simply did not get how to set up a computer by following what is a relatively simple set of instructions which they would have had to follow in previous computers got me thinking.

My first thoughts were that the person in question was being terribly stupid which after a little thought could not of been the reason after all the person in question could not be that stupid as after all they could drive a car without crashing it and even dress themselves correctly.

So why were they having the problem in setting up the computer?

Only conclusion I could come up with they were far too lazy to actually follow the instructions given by them by others. They actually expected someone else to do easy task of setting up their computer for them to a point of arguing it was someone else’s job not theirs to do such of a task.

Regardless of the fact it is their responsibility to set up their own computer and no one else’s!

So all this time when I have been saying people around me are largely stupid, which may be still true in some cases, is not totally actuate in our modern world. It is more the fact in the modern world people simply have got more lazy especially in the West as life is relatively easy in modern world. In so much we do not have hunt or gather our food any more.

It is a sad fact our Western Culture has encouraged this laziness especially in those who live a very privileged and easy life so now we have group of people who expect others to do everything for them even routine tasks!


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UK: Give Big Six Power Companies the Heave Ho!

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I have recently changed my power supplier at my home here in the United Kingdom to one of the smaller power companies not directly associated with the big six power companies which include EDF and British Gas.

Yes, I have moved into a smaller house in time but even so with two bills over a similar period of time at the new house and the bill from the new power company is cheaper by a significant amount than the previous supplier which was one of the big six here in the United Kingdom.

It has certainly opened my eyes to the fact just how excessive the big six here in the United Kingdom have charged for gas and electricity even with the excuse that they have to invest in the power grid and generation. It has highlighted to me just how much they have profiteered off the backs of people like myself over the years.

Even with the fact the smaller power companies do not invest as much in the power grid and generation it makes me wonder just how they can charge prices for gas and electricity which are significantly less and still make money?

My personal opinion like all older and more established companies here in the United Kingdom the big six power companies basically put profits and shareholders before customers even to the detriment of the United Kingdom itself.

I would recommend that everyone in the United Kingdom do what I have done recently and turn their back on the big six power companies and sign up with the smaller power company en mass. As it is easy to do and if enough of us do it the big six grip on gas and electricity here would be broken for once and for all time.

Plus it would only take a small percentage of people to switch to start to worry the big six as they are so profit and money orientated even a small drop in profits with get them to stand up and think!


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Remember the Blackshirts!

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Sad fact of modern Britain my new work uniform now includes a Black Shirt whose significance has been lost on most people around me.

Those of us who remember our history here United Kingdom especially that of the dark decades of the 1930s to 1940s will remember the significance of Black Shirts in the context of the British Union of Fascists led by one Oswald Mosley. The Blackshirts being the security come bully boys of the BUF over this period.

So I will ware the black shirt but only because it is part of my uniform but I will not be comfortable wearing the black shirt because of it’s historical significance and connections with Fascist parties of both Britain and Italy.

Those of you who know me will know the one group I hate with a passion are Fascists, Nazi and extreme right wingers so wearing a colour which is associated with them is not exactly something I like doing as I never have worn a black shirt in my life until now or never intended too because of this association!

Those out there who think I am making a big thing about such a small thing should wake up and remember what the Fascists did and are still doing in the name of their politics. I would like them to ask a Jew, Gypsy, Polish National and Communists in Europe just how significant Fascists were to their lives and all will say the same. That Fascists caused a death of large number of their people in the name of their sick racist politics.

I find it sad and extremely disturbing those around me have forgotten the significant of wearing of a Black Shirt and what it represented. My personal view like the Germans we here in United Kingdom should be constantly reminded of the evils of Fascists and their symbolism such as black shirts so we never fall into that trap of that evil again!

Link to Oswald Mosley Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oswald_Mosley.


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Remember!

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It is a sad fact of our modern world we do not or want to remember our past consigning it to the waste bin of time or just remembering the good things our forefathers did ignoring the bad things.

Most people around me think this is perfectly fine but personally it will mean once again we are almost destined to do the exactly same mistakes again and not learn from our mistakes. Add to this history is part of what makes our cultures and society.

I get told the past is the past by those around me but I answer just how are we going to learn and move society if we ignore the past both the good and bad parts. Strangely it is how we learn as individuals we learn from remembering things we have experienced in the past for example we learn fire hurts and remember this fact and not doing the same.

Our society learns the same way and has to move forward if we continue not learning or even refusing to learn from our past we are destined to never to move forward as a society if anything to go backwards!


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