Passing Observations 104

Dr Vernon Coleman

This is a long standing series of small items which have caught my eye or mind and which seem relevant, startling, amusing or all three. Occasionally, items which appear here may return as a longer piece. Mostly they will not.

1. `If I had to make an axe I wouldn’t know how to take the ore from the ground, turn it into iron and make an axe head. So, in a way I, who live in an era where we’ve landed men on the moon, am actually more primitive than stone age man.’ – Terry Nation, creator of `Dr Who’ and `Survivors’.

2. The best `buy’ of all time was when the US bought Alaska from the Russian Government in 1867. The Americans paid $7.2 million and the purchase was described by many as a waste of money. However, when oil was discovered the purchase seemed good value. It is estimated that Alaska currently has oil reserves worth in excess of $4 trillion.

3. Over the last seven years the number of civil servants in the UK has risen by over a fifth to 485,000. Brexit and the fake pandemic are blamed for the rise in wasteful, unproductive jobs.

4. We have become a nation of milquetoasts.

5. Newspapers are now inaccurate and prejudiced. But television news is worse. News is an adaptable and adjustable commodity. If a newspaper’s advertising sales staff have sold X pages of ads, the paper will print X plus Y pages, where Y is the number of editorial pages allowed to balance X amount of advertising. If X rises so will Y, so that the paper doesn’t seem to be full of nothing but ads. TV news programmes, on the other hand, don’t have the same flexibility. A 30 minute news programme has to contain 30 minutes of news – less whatever ads are allowed. The result of this is that TV news editors will fill their available minutes with whatever propaganda they are instructed to share. And remember that as far as television is concerned news isn’t news unless there is a camera there taking pictures.

6. My website has been online, sharing the truth, for longer than Google, YouTube or Wikipedia have been online (sharing lies and propaganda).

7. Don’t forget to watch Dr Colin Barron’s videos on BrandNewTube. They are brilliant and biting.

8. I spent some time trying to decide whether the staff of the BBC and The Guardian (brothers and sisters linked through their organisations’ financial relationship with Bill Gates and through him Jeffrey Epstein) should be described as rabid or rancid. I eventually decided that there was no `either’ or `or’ but that the staffs of these treacherous media organisations are both rabid and rancid. Entry requirements for both organisations are: an IQ under 100, sympathy with the communist party, no experience of, or interest in, journalism and a cheap nylon rucksack full of prejudices.

9. A new electric car described with enthusiasm by a reader in the Daily Telegraph has a 43 mile range and a maximum speed of 28 miles per hour. It sounds the perfect vehicle for the New Normal. Oh, for the open road!

10. Directors’ pay at Manchester Airports Group rose by 23% during the first 12 months of the alleged pandemic – when air travel slumped and staff and wages were cut.

11. The three bosses of Pfizer, BioNTech and Moderna (vaccine makers) took home combined pay of $107.2 million in 2020-21. Two of the bosses are now `paper’ billionaires. Pfizer’s share price rose 60% during 24 months. The share price of BioNTech tripled. And the share price of Moderna rose by five times.

12. Home owners in the UK will have to pay £70 each to cover the cost of compensating energy companies that have gone bust. If I go bust will everyone in Britain have to give me £70? If not, why not?

13. The fake pandemic cost Britain at least £400 billion. Most, if not all, of it was wasted.

14. The history of the treatment of mental illness has been one of reckless experimentation, cruelty and failure. Surgery, ECT, drugs and psychotherapy have all been tried, enthusiastically promoted (usually at great profit to the promoters) and subsequently discredited.

15. US President Joe Biden has pledged to eliminate fracking. He wants people to use more electric vehicles. He constantly talks about manmade global warming as though it were real. He has, however, repeatedly released oil from emergency stockpiles to make American petrol cheaper than anywhere else in the developed world. He wants to fine companies which don’t produce oil quickly from federal leases. He has called for more drilling for oil. Confused? He is.

16. There are some jolly moments in the news these days. I was tickled pink to see a headline reading `Apple chief warns of privacy emergency’. But that was trumped when I read a quote from the BBC’s next political editor who apparently said that he was approaching his new job with a shed load of excitement and enthusiasm. `To lead the best team of journalists in the business on the best news patch of the lot is something I’d never dared dream of,’ he allegedly said. I want to take some of what he’s taking. I’ve now found a new practical definition of `deluded’.

17. Hedge funds and hamsters both have an average life span of three years. But the latter are far more fun, more loveable and more useful than the former.

18. Wildcats are being introduced into England – part of the absurdly dangerous re-wilding of the countryside (designed to wreck farming and force country dwellers into the towns). Wildcats aren’t domestic cats who’ve gone feral – they are far more dangerous and in addition to killing rabbits, squirrels (both red and grey) and domestic animals they will kill farm animals. And they probably won’t do babies and children much good either.

19. The prices of nickel, cobalt and lithium are soaring because of all the electric cars being built. The small children being used to dig out these metals (check it out) will doubtless be told to work harder.

20. The cost of electricity produced by wind turbines and solar panels has rocketed by 28% in the last year. Shipping problems caused by the fake pandemic and the lockdowns are part of the problem. And the sanctions against Russia have done the rest.

Copyright Vernon Coleman May 2022

Vernon Coleman’s book `Memories 1’ is the first volume of his autobiography. It’s unusual in that it consists of a mixture of reflections, experiences, confessions, regrets and observations – rather than the usual `and then I had lunch with…’ sort of autobiography. `Memories 1’ is available as an eBook, a paperback and a hardback.