Without a care in the world
Ignorance is bliss
n.b. Street homeless, racism, violent crime, poverty, the 1%, addictions, outbreaks of disease, falling life expectancy, war, climate breakdown. “Nothing I can do about it” I hear. Is this true? I wonder.
We’ve got a problem
It’s getting wet down here
Waters are rising
People filled with fear
We all have to move up to higher ground
If we don’t do that
We will all get drowned
Hey young man
On the ground floor
I’ve my own issues
In fact plenty more
And while that may seem
A little unfair
I’m nice and cosy
And I have got to wash my hair
n.b. Not a proper rap just a bit of rhyming stuff.
Speck circles march of many
“I see no police”
n.b. Apparently Horatio Nelson (see Column) did not say “I see no ships”, but “I really do not see the signal.” at the Battle of Copenhagen.
Yesterday’s (19th October, 2019) protest march against Brexit in London is conservatively estimated to have been attended by more than one million people of all ages, from all parts of the country. There were the usual collections of police vans full of back-up officers tucked away in the nooks and crannies of Shepherd’s Market and other insalubrious corners of Westminster, but few if any interventions were required. However, the police helicopter was constantly there, watching it all.
The photograph shows it high above the Palace of Westminster in mid-afternoon.
There are many people who think they might be watching more closely what is going on inside the corridors of power at this time.
Regulating “white collar” crime is not what the police was ever set up and resourced to do. The streets are where the police move most easily, yet the largest criminal enterprises, effecting the safety and security of millions, are well-established and comfortable in the offices, meeting rooms, corporations and banks that fund Brexit, privatisation and free-market extremism. In these places, I see no police.
Shifts in the Jetstream
Washing machine turbulance
Ark! Heralds now sing
n.b. The above image shows the Jetstream forecast path and speeds as at 00:00 today. This pattern is unusual and is likely to continue for a sustained period. This particular air flow will help produce some quite wet weather, delivered in bulky packages until the Jetstream returns to a more usual arrangement. Nothing we can do about that except put on the wet weather clothing, close the M25 because of sink holes and review any plans in the pipeline for outdoor activities, (the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, or Glastonbury Festival, for example). https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-48591882
Over a month’s rain forecast for parts of the north-west Europe each day for the next several days.
Down it pours again
Thrown to Earth distainfully
Waste this not, want not
n.b. There is the challenge; water capture, water storage and water recycling required. With long dry periods that end with thunder storms of extreme intensity, such that can wake us from deep sleep, how can the gift of water from the heavens be best utilised? It will just rush off in flash floods if there is no acknowledgement that rainfall is no longer just a few regular showers, but arrives with the banner of “extreme weather event” after many weeks without precipitation.
It rained this morning
Not enough to fill a glass
Half full? Not even that
n.b. A Scottish, family lucky enough to own land with its own spring, has admitted that they have had to halt whisky production for a period as that well was dry. Apparently they are not the only whisky producer facing such difficulties. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jun/02/scotland-whisky-climate-crisis-heatwave-distilleries-halt-production
This raises many questions, not least who “owns” the planet? Who has a right to exploit the natural resources found in the land for profit? Who should benefit from such resources?
Much of the rain in Spain ends up in the Teja river. Obviously the people and businesses (for people and business firms are two distinct legal entities) of Spain use the water that courses along this river. Further along the Teja crosses into Portugal and is known as the Tagus where it eventually flows into the Atlantic Ocean on the southern side of Lisbon. The people and businesses of Portugal need water from this river too, but they have less than previously. The two countries are in prolonged dispute about how this natural resource is being drained. https://www.euronews.com/2017/08/15/spains-longest-river-at-risk-of-drying-up
Returning to whisky production, the family owned distilleries have a challenge that may make whisky a seasonal product, but the corporations which have bought up numerous small businesses to exploit the highly profitable, long-established whisky brands have to sustain production, maintain growth and generate dividends for shareholders every financial quarter. How will these businesses cope with climate crisis and water shortages? Diageo plc says about the Scottish water crisis that “contingencies are in place.” Pernod said nothing, but both corporations leave the details to the imagination.
Personally I have little sympathy for the whisky industry that was happy to smuggle its products into the USA in partnership with murderous gangsters such as Al Capone during the period of alcohol prohibition in the 1920s. capone-helped-whisky-barons-beat-prohibition-1-536957 Like tobacco companies today, international boundaries and national legislation were matters to circumvent in order to sustain profits. https://www.tobaccotactics.org/index.php/Tobacco_Smuggling
Maybe the fashion for marketing gin is a way for the alcohol industry to shift tastes away from whisky, grounded as it is in the very soil of a parched Scotland, to a drink with ingredients less specifically geographically set. I understand the flavours of gin are drawn from different flower types, which is lovely. Now talking of flowers brings us onto bees… https://friendsoftheearth.uk/bees/what-are-causes-bee-decline