Tuesday, 13 December 2016
Recently, in a national newspaper, I commented on aspects of future science that are, in my humble view, being suppressed from use today.
To take one in particular that I find most annoying. It concerns vehicles. My car is a Ford B-Max which is fitted with a 1 liter engine that can accelerate at greater speed than my previous Ford Focus. I was recently offered the chance to adapt its front and back sensors to make it self-parking; I chose to wait, after trying to park my previous vehicle in a badly lit underground space next to a large van and severely scratching the side against a concrete pillar, which sensors would not have detected. In spite of my reservations, self-parking and driverless cars are emerging on the market, and I look forward to the time when I can use one.
But are you aware that vehicles have already been invented that are powered by electro-magnetism and cost nothing to run? I kid you not. In fact they can also fly. Wouldn’t it be a dream to either rent or buy such a vehicle? Imagine not having to go to airports, be stuffed in the contagion-spreading flying cattle trucks, and fly from your door to your destination without all the associated hassle currently involved with mass transit. Door to door, yum yum. No trains either, because you wouldn’t need them. What a dream, but it needn’t be, today, now.
I can imagine you scoffing at my assertion, but it is indeed available technology that is being suppressed by the parties who would lose out, mainly the providers of fossil fuels. I shall now try and dent your skepticism.
John Searl is even older than I am! He’s not a fraud, and is from a humble background, but is seems that you North Americans have seen fit to bring him from the U.K. and give him a corporate identity. As I understand it, he once began powering his home for free, until the electricity company found out what he was up to and forbade him from continuing. Imagine, not having the countryside littered with pylons, nor needing power stations.
The last but one time I looked, he was being showered with accolades by some official association of American engineers, but that site has since been closed down. You can guess why, if you’ve got an open mind, but don’t worry if you haven’t. We’ve been conditioned in some way to treat all such events with oodles of strong doubt or indifference, and pretend things like this haven’t happened – yet, which is why new technology is introduced at a snail’s pace.
Free power? No such thing? Cobblers! On the contrary, Tesla had it going at the turn of the 20th century, well before he died. He was closed down be a certain merchant banker by the name of JPMorgan, no less, in the best interests of his investors. Read the books about Nikola Tesla if you are still scoffing.
Oh, by the way, have you read about NASA’s advanced, successful tests with the ‘EmDrive’’? It’s a self-generating propulsion system that is umpteen times faster than using rocket fuel and provides free power. Don’t hold back if you want to scoff…sorry; I’ve already said that!
NASA is the organization that stated ‘There’s no atmosphere on the Moon’, which is why it’s an optical illusion when the flag planted on its surface flutters. Oh dear, they got it wrong.
Yes folks, we’re stuffed in primitive times having to endure all manner of things until the powers-that-be can get round to serious population reduction. As Mark Carney, the Canadian Governor of the Bank of England, stated recently: thousands of jobs are going to go when we are replaced by robots using artificial intelligence.
How are we going to cope with all these eventualities? Read my book called THE INLOOKER and see my humorous but incisive take on future science, and how we should end up running our respective countries before the politicians decide our fates for us. Painfully.
Monday, 5 December 2016
Book Reviewers can be a confungled mix. By that, I mean you end up asking yourself, “What the hell is going on?”
You finish your latest book, after endless revisions to make it nigh-on word perfect, well-rounded and highly appealing, and release it in various formats. The objective is to achieve ‘marketing success,’ and you are determined to learn from your mistakes and omissions.
Recently, I enrolled on a marketing course, which began with stressing the importance of having an email list of contacts. I soon realized I was doing everything that was stressed as being important. However, my results were less than sparkling. One reviewer on my list merely commented, “He makes me laugh.” Another read the only first few chapters, like a literary agent would, and criticized another reviewer for praiseworthy comments he had made. Clearly, some sort of vendetta was going on and I was in the middle of it. In fact, the critical reviewer was in the habit of changing her name, as I subsequently found out when I made direct contact with her, and had used the same words in her review of my book as had been levelled at one of her books, so I believe she has issues in her personal life.
A third noteworthy reviewer made a point of criticizing my lack of definition of the characters featured in one book, where I had gone to great lengths to describe them physically and concentrated on their quirky interactions that led them to deeper relationships. I would have loved to contact this reviewer and challenge him to explain what he meant, but to no avail. Like the majority of reviewers on Amazon, he remains anonymous.
Another criticized me for detracting from the storyline by including what he described as ‘vignettes’. These were in fact chapters devoted to describing how the recipients of certain charitable activities felt about being provided with free, eco-housing. A closer study revealed he is a retired pathologist, and was the last person I would choose to review my humor-based books.
Then, I discovered that the founder of the book review company I use to farm out reviews of my books was reading them and filching my storylines – or so I have good reason to believe. I now have a distrust of giveaways for a similar reason: too many people are out there ready to swoop and poach your ideas, selectively.
I wait with interest to see what the writers of the TV series, Doctor Who, get up to in the future.
If I had my way, no reviewer would be allowed to post entries on Amazon or other outlets anonymously, and be banned if they refused to reply to authors, using their posted email addresses. Too many authors are afraid of a making a robust response and regard silence as a badge of honor, whereas I think unwarranted detractors should be challenged. It worked for me on Trip Advisor, where I was a top reviewer for a long time without abusing the privilege.
Amazon reviewers get away with blue murder.
Sunday, 27 November 2016
I leave you with a thought. It is about the possibility of afterlife.
My parents-in-law were married for 63 years and lived until into their eighties.
My mother-in-law, Nancy, died first. In hospital. She was unconscious, but waited hours until my wife, her eldest daughter arrived and whispered to her, “It’s me, Sandra, I’ve just flown over from Spain to be here with you.”
Within minutes, she sighed her last breath and passed away peacefully in her sleep.
My father-in-law was distraught, but was kept company by his younger daughter and her family as he shuffled around in his small flat. Within six weeks, on the exact date of their wedding anniversary, he also died in hospital at the same time as she had.
Call it coincidence if you wish, but all of us were convinced that she called on him to join her, on their final journey together.
Sometime later, I’ll give you my views on what happens to all of us.
Sunday, 30 October 2016
I ask this question. Knowing that many of you haven’t seen any evidence to confirm that they do, ergo your logic may be: they don’t!
I spend a lot of time researching the subject. This is because I write Sci-Fi novels, and I like my work to be as authentic as possible. In fact, what I write is not really Sci-Fi. But speculative fiction, which most book publishers do not recognise as a genre. I regard it as this because, believe it or not, most of what I find as I research the subject already exists or is on the verge of becoming reality.
Recently, I watched a new episode of Ancient Aliens: Series 9 Episode 15 that was about Alien Abductions. I am therefore presenting you with some of its content for you to consider – rationally I hope.
To start with a contentious example: it is related to a decomposing body of a 60 year old man found dead in a car in Pacific Palisades, California in the summer of 2015.
His name was Jeffrey Lash and he left behind a 1,200-plus firearms, tons of ammunition and $230,000 in cash that were in the Pacific Palisades condo.
I kid you not, he claimed to be a hybrid human and apparently had no fingerprints.
It seems daft, doesn’t it, but where did the stash of weapons and cash come from? Why was he accumulating them?
Okay, it’s a one-off, but read on.
Some years back. I read a report that ex-Russian President Medvedev let his guard down after an interview with five Russian television stations when he failed to realise the cameras were still rolling. He stated that when being handed power, the first file he received was the nuclear codes for starting WW3; the next file contained a list of known aliens living amongst us. I didn’t place much credence on this, thinking he was being jocular, until I saw his face and heard the discourse for myself.
In July 2007, President Kirsan Ilyumzinov of Kalmykia, Russia, said he had been abducted a decade earlier by ETs in yellow outfits, who took him on board a UFO that jetted off to a star far away. They shared with him information of mutual concern before returning him home.
He sounds and looks like a serious man to me, not prone to flights of fancy. He is certainly high profile.
Look up the work of Dr. David Jacobs including abductions and the potential for hybrids living amongst us.
I’ll throw another name at you: it is John E. Mack, MD, Professor of psychiatry at Harvard University, who threw himself open to criticism when he turned from skeptic to believer after interviewing alleged victims of alien abductions. (Incidentally, the word skeptic can also be spelt as sceptic, depending on which side of the pond you live.)
Still scoff? There’s lots more ammo out there.
Friday, 3 June 2016
The German iron fist is smashing Europe apart: Merkel's brutal treatment of Greece means a peaceful and prosperous EU is a pipe dream
By ALEX BRUMMER FOR THE DAILY MAIL
Amid the tumult over Brexit, an annual ritual is being played out which demolishes the notion that Angela Merkel’s Germany is a benign power working for the greater good of its partners in the European Union and the eurozone.
Berlin is demanding its pound of flesh from the government of Greece, which is beset by high debts, economic desolation, broken banks — and the flood of migrants that resulted from Merkel’s catastrophically mistaken open invitation to refugees from Syria.
June and July are when repayments on Greece’s loans are due, and when future repayment arrangements are negotiated.
And Germany, as Greece’s main creditor, is playing hardball — as it has every year for the past five years.
On Tuesday, the former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis warned that Chancellor Merkel’s relentless insistence on keeping to strict repayment agreements was a ‘loop of doom’ for his country, in which the only flourishing industry today is soup kitchens.
The German [repayment] condition amounts to imposing permanently escalating austerity on Greece,’ he said, adding that it was spreading new misery through a nation that is already Europe’s most depressed economy.
No one can doubt that Merkel, together with Germany’s hard-line finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble and the Bundesbank (the German central bank), rule the EU and the 19 countries of the eurozone with an iron fist.
The German Chancellor even issued an ominous warning to Britain yesterday about leaving the European Union.
Speaking in Berlin, she said the UK was ‘part and parcel of the EU’, before adding: ‘You can have a much better influence on the debate when you sit at the bargaining table . . . the result will invariably be better than being outside the room.’
The truth is that Merkel wants to run Europe her way, whether we are inside the camp or out, and she is determined to impose tough medicine to bring basket-case economies to heel. No matter that these ruthless policies are seriously jeopardising the very countries they are designed to restore to a sound financial footing.
The harshness of German policy has increasingly opened up a chasm between the haves and have-nots in the European Union.
It has poisoned the political atmosphere and led to considerable acrimony between countries like Greece and their unbending paymasters. Every year, as the date for repayments looms, the bitterness increases.
Far from building bridges among nations and advancing peace, as Remain campaigners insist, the EU and the single currency are provoking deep divisions in Europe and impoverishing large regions of it.
The great irony is that Germany recovered after World War II to become Europe’s richest and most powerful nation only thanks to the immense generosity of the allied nations, which forgave large chunks of German debt and funded the country’s reconstruction in the Fifties.
More recently, Britain experienced its own example of unashamed German bullying in the run-up to the UK’s ignominious 1992 departure from the Exchange Rate Mechanism, the predecessor to the euro which pegged sterling to other European currencies.
Our humiliating exit was forced upon us by Germany’s determination to raise its interest rates to curb inflation in the face of pleas by the then Chancellor Norman Lamont to cut Britain some slack.
The subsequent economic and political convulsions led to a 17 per cent devaluation in the pound. But the silver lining was that, once we were outside German influence in the ERM, this weaker pound enabled our sinking economy to make a dramatic recovery from which we are benefiting to this day.
The trouble is that, because it is trapped in the eurozone, Greece is unable to devalue its currency — the best way to boost exports, encourage trade, investment and tourism, and thereby help its economy to recover.
The only alternative is for richer nations in the eurozone to help it out. This, surely, should be the essence of a currency union in which the better-off countries make sacrifices to ensure weaker members survive and the union flourishes.
Yet Germany makes no such sacrifices. Despite the turmoil that has beset Greece since the eurozone crisis flared in late 2009, Germany consistently blocks efforts to relieve the country of its debt burden — an act that would allow it to recover and grow again.
It is true that, before the financial crisis, Greece was appallingly corrupt and profligate, with huge numbers failing to pay taxes, and state spending and borrowing running completely out of control. But the country’s predicament today paints a very different picture.
In the six years since the eurozone crisis erupted, Greek economic output has plummeted by 27 per cent — about the same as for the U.S. during the Great Depression.
Unemployment remains stubbornly high at 25 per cent of the workforce (more than five times that in Germany and the UK) and the youth jobless rate is 51.1 per cent, condemning generations of young Greeks to hopelessness.
Meanwhile, cuts in public spending mean that less than 10 per cent of those who are out of work receive any unemployment benefit.
As Yanis Varoufakis puts it: ‘An ugly reality looms . . . Small businesses have been crushed by punitive taxes, and a wave of foreclosures is on the way. Greece’s hospitals are running out of basic necessities, while universities cannot even afford to provide toilet paper in their restrooms.’
Greece has a debt mountain of €323 billion — 176 per cent of its total output. The hard truth is that it would be almost impossible for any country to repay debts of that level.
Even the Washington-based International Monetary Fund, known for its commitment to financial responsibility and austerity, argues that Greece needs some breathing space.
Indeed, it is demanding that Europe frees Greece from all of its loan payments for decades to give it a chance to repair its economy.
A debt moratorium of this kind, in effect a declaration of bankruptcy for the country concerned, is the classic way of giving heavily indebted democracies a second chance. Yet Greece’s eurozone creditors, led by Germany, are holding out against the IMF plan.
If any country ought to understand the importance of debt forgiveness it should be Germany.
In February 1953, a German External Debt Agreement was signed in London, which cancelled half of Germany’s loans of 30 billion Deutsche Marks to the rest of the world and stretched out repayments of the rest over many years.
I keep a copy of the 145-page document near my desk as a reminder of how statesmanship should work.
A huge act of generosity by Germany’s biggest creditors, including Britain, the U.S., France and Greece, helped clear the decks for a war-destroyed nation and led to the most remarkable economic renaissance of modern times.
The IMF proposes that Greece’s creditors should offer a similarly generous deal as an alternative to the stuttering, stop-go efforts to bring closure to the Greek crisis.
Under its plan, Germany and other creditors would have to wait until between 2040 and 2080 for repayments to be triggered on existing loans. Interest would still accumulate at 1.5 per cent a year, but would add to the total outstanding and would not have to be repaid now.
Such a scheme would give Greece a quarter of century to restore its economy, as the value of the debt would be eroded by inflation.
Germany fears, however, that such a debt moratorium within the EU would spark a domino effect and encourage other struggling eurozone nations such as Portugal to demand similar forbearance.
Yet if Germany does not compromise, the IMF will walk away and the proposal will be dropped, leaving Athens without the cash it needs to pay bills that fall due in July — triggering a political and economic crisis across the eurozone. For the moment, the impending doom in Greece is being overshadowed by the debate over Brexit. Britain, after all, is the world’s fifth largest economy and the second biggest in the EU, and its departure would be a seismic event.
But we should not underestimate the crisis that would result if Germany, forgetting how it was rescued in its darkest hour, confines Greece to a pit of despair while continuing to punish Spain, Portugal and other more peripheral eurozone countries for their failure to obey monetary rules made in Berlin.
These are rules drawn up by the Bundestag and executed by the European Central Bank and the hapless European Commission.
There is no doubt which country and which leader calls all the shots in Europe. Just look at the geopolitical, humanitarian and budgetary mess Germany has unleashed over open-door immigration.
Its insensitivity to Greece is truly chilling — and tells us why the Remain campaign’s glowing picture of a harmonious, secure and prosperous EU is quite simply a preposterous pipe dream.