Wednesday, 6 November 2019

A Professional Review of Future World Rolls!

REVIEW I Love Unique Books
The story centers around two specially gifted cops named Charles and Stan. The duo were not only specially gifted; a personality trait that helps them to stay ahead of the pack in their profession but they were equally smart and cocky.
     A combination of physical attractiveness, natural intelligence and alpha male personality all made them irresistible to members of the opposite sex, and the two agents took advantage of it.
     Their philandering nature knew no bounds as they kept having more than their fair share of women, and to make matters worse, the marital status of the ladies that warmed their bed were of no consequence to them. However, Lucile was crushing on Stan but his cockiness kept unnerving her.
     The book is about the two FBI agents adventures and has loads of romance, love and tidbits of poems as an all-expense paid holiday trip turned into an endless stream of fun and excitement. It also touched on issues that take place behind the scene in the lives of agents as well as a futuristic dateline with all the advancements in technology and space travel.

     Future World Rolls has enough thrills to keep the reader turning the pages to the very last!


Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Now The Healing Can Begin!


Finally, the UK’s zombie parliament can be dissolved and nationwide division and bitterness dispelled –hopefully.
     The TV series “Why We Hate” has put matters into perspective. It is directed by Steven Spielberg and therefore has credibility.
     Leaders in the disciplines of Human Studies have concluded that even sports events like football are highly vulnerable to the rise of hatred. Its underlying cause is tribalism, as demonstrated by studies of our primate cousins. This also occurs where nations compete as opposing tribes and fighting breaks out. I get the message.
     The conclusion to be drawn, at a wary distance, is that aggression can best be dealt with by getting the warring factions to cooperate at a personal level.
     That is the difficulty, for instance, in getting Palestinians to meet with Israelites and cooperate amicably at personal levels. No problem is intractable as long as the means are found.
    A pipe dream? Not for the British citizens it isn’t. I suspect that Boris Johnson can achieve it, with his spirit of bravado and cheeky grin.
     Underneath his clownish, previous posturing and womanizing, there are not the makings of a ‘Tinpot dictator’, but a leader who many have started to hate.
     For the sake of us all, to those whose natural disposition is to be a Remainer or a Brexiteer, step back from the abyss of tribalism, see this negativity for what it is, and give him a decent chance to prove his mettle.
     A simple concept can end hatred. It is called willing COMPROMISE.

Monday, 21 October 2019

Can Wisdom Be Acquired?

Can Wisdom Be Acquired?
This topic was covered in the TV program Why Do We Hate?
A leading anthropologist being interviewed affirmed that the frontal lobe of the human brain, where wisdom is acquired, does not normally fully develop until a person reaches their mid-twenties.
     Having witnessed the behaviour of my granddaughter, who had a university education, I would endorse that statement. The same applies to her mother. It is why I have serious doubts about teenagers being described as adults and being given the right to vote in elections. This right is granted by some leading politicians who have their own, mischievous agenda.
     It is a major reason exercised by the army, who accept youngsters and teach them to follow orders, as squaddies, without question. They were once regarded as ‘cannon fodder’.
    Which brings me back more explicitly to the theme of wisdom.
It is defined, at its most simple, as possessing the qualities of experience, knowledge and good judgement. These are, in my humble estimation, acquired by education, innate intelligence, the lifetime school of hard knocks, also by opportunistic background and by interaction with others. In other words, we learn as we progress, although there can be no fool like an old fool whose senses become addled.
     Linking together the aforementioned qualities of wisdom, the ultimate ability that can be acquired is impartiality. Without this essential ability, prejudicial judgement is often present in people who are regarded as clever, like the Appeal Court justices in the UK and some leading democrats in the USA. It is often clear to discerning onlookers where their sympathies lie.
     The others who are inherently low achievers, tend to spit when they talk, as is evident when they open their mouths. I am of course writing metaphorically.

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Saturday in Parliament at the end of this week, along with the demands for Scottish Independence


THE FORTHCOMING SATURDAY IN PARLIAMENT
If a second referendum is called for and passed by a majority of MPs, the delay the country can expect would probably cause major unrest. It would take months to carry out.
     Then, we can expect another tedious delay before the election itself. If this route were to be permitted, the Tory party would be seriously punished at the polls.
     Either way, Labour looks likely to be doomed, especially if Momentum succeeds in keeping Corbyn in power as its leader.
     In addition, if the referendum overturns the result of the first - yet to be delivered - Brexit outcome, it is probable all hell would occur. No, in that event, the most likely occurrence would be the government then declaring a state of emergency and no-deal happening by default at the end of October. Civil unrest would probably have broken out in the meantime.
     How out of touch can opposing MPs be?

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE
How does the Scottish First Minister think the UK will react to her strident insistence on Independence for her country? If it happens, it is highly probable that the rest of the UK will stop subsidising education, its own version of the NHS, university fees, and other such hefty costs paid for by the British taxpayer.
     Plus, it could and should remove its naval bases and cancel its agreed future shipbuilding contracts, to benefit other parts of the UK which would welcome the work. This shortfall would undoubtedly have to be met by their own resident taxpayers, until such time as the EU accepts them as another minnow nation expecting to go on the handout bandwagon that is having their wings clipped by the UK's departure.
     Has the good lady yet absorbed this potential scenario?


Sunday, 6 October 2019

Climate Change

I’ve paid scant attention to the problems associated with climate change, regarding this as a topic outside our control. That was until I watched the TV program called ‘Decoding the Climate Machine’. It ran over two nights on the PBS channel.
     To say that I am horror-struck would be an understatement. In summary, the finger of blame points at us human beings for our impending, dire fate.
     The program started by asking if the recent spate of mega-storms, raging fires, sustained droughts, and severe earthquakes are flukes or trends? It concluded by affirming that it is a long-term trend, as we face a major impact on the relationships between the air we breathe, the land we live on, the seas we pollute, and the ice caps melting.
     The root cause of all of this lies with the greenhouse gases we generate, primarily carbon dioxide. Think long and hard about the meaning of that innocuous word ‘greenhouse’ and its connotations of heat.
     Did you know that 80% of our energy supplies are sourced from fossil fuels? These generate gases as byproducts that contain carbon dioxide; vast quantities are belched into the atmosphere from industrial chimneys.
     In Antarctica, scientists have drilled through the ice to a depth of 2 miles, to extract samples containing air bubbles trapped for up to 800,000 years. They have measured the carbon dioxide in each period against the current level and found an inexorable upward trend that is peaking. Whatever the causes of the torments that the earth faced previously, we are causing them now.
     Scientists have also dredged seashells from mud deposited on the ocean floors at varying depths. They have established that, whilst the seas absorb 98% of the gases we are responsible for emitting, the remaining 2% is also steadily rising This is sufficient to cause coral reefs that absorb carbon dioxide to die, and ice caps to melt at an ever-increasing rate.
     Another group of scientists, in New Jersey, have created a computer model of our planet, slotting its surface into grid blocks so that the rate of change can be predicted under varying scenarios. One likely outcome is that, by 2100, major changes will occur that render many low-lying cities uninhabitable.
     Optimistically, the PBS program is emphatic that we can use our intelligence to take counter-measures to prevent this scenario happening. Some authorities are already building sea defenses to mitigate potential damage. However, we need to take positive action to reverse the damage we are inflicting on ourselves.
     Fracking? Don’t! It generates the use of fossil fuels at its ultimate destination. As far as I can see, the petroleum industry has outlived its usefulness and must be replaced with modern, more costly alternatives that do not produce harmful side-effects. Plastics? Ban them!
     Ways are already being found to replace silicon-based solar cells with a much cheaper and abundant product called perovskite.
     Battery technology is progressing in leaps and bound, to give us zero-emission vehicles. Wind farms are increasing in number, complemented by new generations of solar panels.
     Without a rapid decline in carbon dioxide, we are doomed. Am I optimistic? I would be if the PSB program had not skirted around two major problems. One is the unsustainable number of people inhabiting this planet with its finite resources. Unless we agree voluntarily to significantly reduce from 7+ billion something will happen that may be accidental or ruthlessly induced.
     The second factor is the increasing level of volcanic activity. Our efforts will be puny compared with the volume of gases these monsters can exude, as all of us should appreciate.

Monday, 30 September 2019

Brexit - Seeking legal redemption


Probably the most famous feature of the Old Bailey is the gold statue of Justice atop its dome. She is helmeted but not, as widespread belief has it, blindfolded. The misconception of Justice as always blind is common. Whether the judges at the Supreme Court of appeal are even-handed in their rulings remains to be seen.
     The sword the statue carries is an instrument of justice. The Remainers, in their parochial ignorance, need to be reminded that it is a two-edged weapon. Now is the time to use it against those who decry the wishes of the majority of the population, whose wishes to leave the EU are being denied.
Starting with the Speaker, John Bercow, legal action needs to be taken because he openly believes himself to be unassailably above the law. This needs to be challenged lest he commits any more biased actions against the present government. Hence, it should be swiftly followed by legal action against the who are brazenly trying to assume the role of the current government and intervening to tie the hands of its elected officials by preventing the scenario where a no-deal emerges as the last resort. We have opposition parties denying the present government the chance to hold its own conference, without molestation, to pass new laws in their short absence. The illegality of this is surely undeniable, even by the 11 appeal judges.
     Either way, the Remainers too should swiftly answer for their activities, using their own, chosen paths to judgment.
What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, with all the trimmings, served on top.


Thursday, 5 September 2019

A bleak political outlook

It is surely blinkered for anyone who is impartial to want another referendum when delivery is lacking on the first?
     I suspect that Boris 's refusal to go cap in hand to the EU to ask for another extension is simply to force the creation of a replacement government by those who oppose him. Else, no-deal comes into force on the 31st October.
     I wouldn't be surprised if the endless defeats by the government are being engineered to this end. The chance is high that the EU will see the writing on the wall and offer a belated deal on the backstop. Too late for us and to their financial benefit. The EU is cash-strapped and badly coordinated.
     That leaves Boris with the rump of badly-brokered Olly Robbins and Theresa May deal. It also leaves Remain MPs looking stupid for their premature actions, and the need anyway for an election in the UK as Winter approaches. Corbyn may get into Downing Street by default, as the SNP MPs grow in numbers at Westminster, and the LibDems and Labour benefit from the collapse of the Tories as the Brexit party splits the vote of core Tory voters.
     I hope that Cummings is as clever as some think him to be and some devilishly clever scheme is being hatched. Or is this it?
     Britain could well be getting a parliament that it does not really want. The inmates are taking over the asylum.

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Just how facile can you get?

The UK Ambassador to the USA is a died-in-the-wool EU supporter, who represented the UK in the EU for several years. He was due to retire anyway from his posting to Washington, but it looks like he and his chums at the Foreign Office decided it would be a golden opportunity to thwart the much hated Boris at the hustings, to get his rival Jeremy over the line.
     So what did they do? They resurrected a bile-filled, inflammatory report released much earlier, deriding Trump. It was supposed to be confidential, but said nothing beyond the type of thing that was already being said in public at that time.
     Boris said that he would decide on the ambassador's fate if and when appointed PM. This gave Sir Kim Darroch the ideal opportunity to resign, under the pretext that Boris had failed to support him in public and therefore broken with protocol.
     A previous, knighted Foreign Minister, a mandarin himself, then gleefully launched a tirade against Boris as the first step in a campaign of vilification.
     to my way of thinking the British Foreign Office is anything but impartial, and this sequence of orchestrated events proves just how much a clearout of this institution is needed, along with the House of Lords, unelected as they all are, like the bigwigs in the EU at Brussels.
     If Jeremy gets elected, it will signal the end of the Tory party. I believe. Time will tell.

Saturday, 6 July 2019

Apocalypse Soon


     By apocalypse, I mean that a very serious event resulting in great destruction is likely to occur within my lifetime.
     Normally, I would regard climate change as a naturally recurring event that is outside the influence of mankind.
     My attitude changed profoundly when I saw a game-changing program about NASA’s GRACE Project. One of the NASA Earth Science Enterprise’s focus areas is Earth Surface and Interior studies, which includes studying the gravity field.
     The Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE), launched by NASA on March 17, 2002, is revealing more detail about the gravity field than has ever been available before.
     Data provided by GRACE are substantially improving our knowledge of Earth’s gravity and of a number of important aspects of global change.
     NASA and German scientists now have access to data, using satellites and other tools that identify two regions of the Earth that are causing our planet to alter its poles and rotation. It seems that atmospheric changes, not so subtly or deliberately induced, are causing rapidly increasing changes in weather patterns.
     The finger of blame points at India and its neighboring countries, for changing the flow of water at source on a monumental scale.
     Another finger of blame points at China, for its massive use of cement. It has consumed in three years more than the USA did on the whole of the 20th century.
     These two countries, with their burgeoning populations, are claimed to be the source of the current changes in climate. I am not the author of these accusations.
     The consequences are escalating, although the Trump administration insists that the problem does not exist. Yet, its NASA agency insists that it does.
     The fantastical consequences were then revealed. The USA will become a totally devastated desert, with the mighty Mississippi reduced to a trickle.
     In that eventuality, Trump had better start being nice to his near neighbors, sooner rather than later.
     Europe, on the other hand, will also become uninhabitable because of its thick covering of ice and snow.
     This was its situation 10,000 years ago, when cannibalism was rife and skulls were used as drinking vessels.
     No doubt, those enterprises that were created to evade privacy laws in the USA are aware of what is happening in the Asian continents, due to over population.
     When the ‘dime drops’ with Trump, does anyone think he will hesitate to remedy the impending cataclysm without delay? His own country put at existential risk by other profligates, one with teeming slums, who are at the heart of the problem?
     No doubt those new kids on the block at the Bilderbergers think tanks are also aware of what the Earth faces, hence Bill Gates widely publicized opinion that the worldwide population needs to be reduced to less than 750 million people.
     There is no time to be wasted in getting the numbers reduced, so get ready folks for a dystopian future. It is too late for the mass, painless sterilization for which I hoped.

Initial source: NASA’s Unexplained Files, Series 4, Episode 6, final 15 minutes.

Sunday, 2 June 2019

Design of book covers


Recently, I began to focus on designing book covers. Microsoft Publisher was my initial choice, but it has a severe design flaw that resulted in one of their technical staff being allowed access to my PC to seek a solution. The effort did not succeed, so I abandoned the software package and chose another. It is a rival to Adobe Photoshop but only has a one-off fee and lots of tutorials to support it. The problem? Publisher cannot correctly edit unwanted picture backgrounds on export for printing in PDF format. They show as square, white backgrounds surrounding the main image, even though they are invisible within the original publisher picture.
     I have now completed four books in the Snippets series, as per www.terrytumbler.blogspot.com. These are approx. 30,000 words long, self-contained extracts of full-length books and are intended for busy readers who want something shorter to evaluate. The cost to me of handing out these 'snippets' is just over 2 euros each for a paperback.
     I have also completed a rewrite of a full paperback, which is three times as long, with the redesigned cover going through the publishing routine without a hitch, the first time, using Amazon. The ISBN to uniquely identify it in the publishing world is Amazon's own and cost me nothing.
     The software is Affinity Photo, but is not for the faint-hearted. For my specific needs as a cover designer, it is in a vastly superior league to MS Publisher and well worth the €54 I paid. I needed a half-day to get up to speed by finding and viewing online tutorials, plus reading the free, in-depth guide.
     It will save me a bundle in fees paid to professional designers, who typically charge $120. These know all about bleeds, gutters, odd and even pages, margins and the like. So do I.
If anyone reading this needs advice, I can be contacted directly at terrytumbler@gmail.com

Sunday, 12 May 2019

The death of parliamentary democracy


It is a case of too little, too late. The 1922 committee has failed to act in a coordinated way to tackle the impending disaster. It clearly lacks a shared vision and is riven with dissent.
     Now the whole party must fear for its future, which is bleak. Serves its right, for electing a dogged, perverse PM to continue unchecked, acting as a dictator.
     A true, gutsy, leader can only hope to salvage something from this self-imposed failure to honour its basic commitment and do what the electorate wanted.
     After the clearout of the weasels and stoats from parliament, we can start afresh. Let's continue to have and abide by referendums whatever the MPs insist is best for voters.
A new style of participative democracy is coming, but not with the current lot at the helm.

Friday, 3 May 2019

As many as 16 other countries want to quit the EU

EU on BRINK: Eurosceptics assemble in Warsaw to demand exit from bloc – 'We want out'

Thousands of anti-European Union voters marched down the city centre of Poland's capital Warsaw to demand Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki take the country out of the bloc.
     Wednesday 2nd May, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki hosted a one-day summit with the leaders of the newest 13 EU member states after which he urged Brussels to relinquish more power to national governments.
     Mr Morawiecki said: "Where it doesn't have to, the European Union should leave member countries to their own competences.
"We say this with a single Central European voice."

Britain on its own is it, really? Can’t make it as a small country?
Get these countries on board and set up a new currency, the Beuro. Then we can start to compete on level terms with that powerhouse, Germany, which is now in recession.

I’ll never understand why anyone should want to stay in this undemocratic block. It is run like a dining club at exorbitant cost by effete bureaucrats.

Friday, 5 April 2019

Hacking on the web

Gauging from a reply to my raising a query with Amazon, this is the first time that this behemoth admits to having put security restrictions in place on accounting information. This is a big thing, since they have been raiding accounts for ages in order to track friendship and family links. This is done to delete favourable reviews that may or may not be impartial. It is not permissible under Data Protection legislation and an odd way for a major book publisher to behave.
     This suggests that the Data Protection laws are beginning to stop Amazon’s illegal searches to establish links between people.
     Likewise, Google is deleting most accumulated Contacts. This will obliterate the records of those authors who build them up in order to get their Books promoted. Now, I only have three contacts in my list, and some have entirely disappeared from both the Correo Outlook accounts on my personal PC as well as those held online, elsewhere (On the Cloud etc).
    This indicates that the central intelligence agencies are at work, to prevent hacking and hostile governments from abusing the web to manipulate its users’ records. One update from Microsoft (version 1809) rid my Chinese-built Lenovo PC of the personal data; the HP PC it left untouched.
     The same thing happened when, to restore the seriously diminished WiFi internet speed of the affected PC, I downloaded driver software that cleared the problem. My data again disappeared.
     I expect WhatsApp to have to change the way it operates, since my Family group has been cut back without any intervention from those in it.

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

False claims about what leaving the EU entails

SWITZERLAND has been extremely successful outside the EU at negotiating trade deals. The Alpine country managed to open markets of more than £26 trillion, an economist claimed in a book.

     In 2016 book "Myth and Paradox of the Single Market: How the Trade Benefits of EU Membership Have Been Mis-sold", leading economist Michael Burrage argues that the free trade agreements concluded by the EU are not comparable to the ones of independent countries such as Switzerland.
     Mr Burrage claims the Alpine country has none of the “heft” or “clout” or “negotiating leverage that the CBI and many businesses consider essential in trade negotiations”, but has performed considerably better outside the bloc.
     The author explained: “In terms of the absolute size of the markets opened, in some unknown manner and degree, to freer trade in services, the EU agreements total $4.8tn.
     “Whereas Swiss FTAs have opened markets of $35.8tn (£26tn) to their services exporters, which is more than seven times larger than those opened by EU negotiators.”
     Mr Burrage also noted how the GDP of the countries with an EU agreement in force differed from independent countries.
     He said: “Since 1970, the EC has concluded 37 agreements, most of them with small economies, some multi-country.
     "The aggregate GDP in 2015 of the 55 countries with an EU agreement in force in January 2014 is $7.7tn."

Saturday, 9 March 2019

A Moral Dilemma

Recently, Jacob Rees Mogg said he would be inclined to allow the wife of an ISIS fighter back into Britain, where she was born.
     The wife in question was hiding in a refugee camp in Syria, amongst the people ISIS had subjected to acts of terrorism too horrible to mention.
     Let us take this situation to a higher level. Imagine the choice was not made in isolation, but with one of her victims standing alongside her. The victim is a Yazidi, whose race has been subjected to genocide. ISIS has murdered, raped and tortured many like her.
     Who would you choose, the Yazidi or the ISIS terrorist’s wife, who has shown no remorse? The displaced, innocent Yazidi girl or the ISIS bride who regards seeing a decapitated victim’s head in a trash can as a normal event?
     I suspect that those currently calling Sajid Javid a hard-hearted monster for not having permitted her and her sadly deceased baby back into the country are not seeing events in perspective.
     Which one would you choose to house as a refugee? Who is the most deserving between them?
     My choice would be neither, since they both need the utmost help in rebuilding lives where the devastation occurred.