DJ360

How's your day?

Recommended Posts

Took a Prescription into Kings Mill hospital for a neighbour yesterday,,something to do with his Cataract procedure he'd had a couple of days afore,,,anyway on the way out saw a nice Coffee establishment and just fancied an Espresso......'''Coffee made and handed to me''saw me getting cash out  '''sorry Sir, only take Cards''' told her ''bleddy Stupid,i'll have to leave it then''' and went to walk away,,......whereupon she said ''you may as well have it anyway,,it will only get thrown away'''

                       Nearly ordered a Sandwich and cake as well,,,but thought she would get a bit Narked,,,,i don't use a Bank Card,,but looks like i'm going to be forced to,,,the World is becoming a very foreign place to me,,,would'nt even let me pay for Parking,,,whats that about ?,,

                     Just watched 2 or 3 Adverts on theTelly....not a clue what they were selling,,its ok,,feel like a moan today....

  • Like 6

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Welcome to the cashless society, Ben.  I'm afraid it's only gonna get woss.  There's my moan for the day. Now back to me breakfast before the dog gets it.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yesterday I had a text from my GP offering a normal flu jab (like you have every year).

 

As it's almost impossible to get appointments for anything these days I'll probably accept, just for the novelty of going into the health centre again.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Actually appointments seem to be on the uptick here.  I had one to renew my drivers licence this past week, plus a couple of others.  Seems like they don't want folks waiting in line.  Suits me.  Bit awkward if you are an old timer who doesn't know how to use a computer to set one up though.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Our flu jabs are booked for 26 September but they are being done in the village hall, not the surgery.  We have to attend at 10.25am and have been told to wear loose clothing above the waist and masks, of course.  
It will be a case of waiting outside until called and then exiting by another door.

Ben, just google Revelation chapter 13 verses 16 and 17.  A payment card may not be a tattoo or other mark, but I reckon it will soon be going that way!

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
17 minutes ago, MargieH said:

A payment card may not be a tattoo or other mark

 

How about a bar code tattooed on the wrist?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You are pretty close to the mark, Brew.  Pun intended.

 

I would not have believed this would come in my lifetime.  At least, I hoped not.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
29 minutes ago, Brew said:

 

How about a bar code tattooed on the wrist?

I reckon it’s more likely to be an implanted chip.. God knows!

(Not said irreverently btw)

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Iris recognition is the way. All irises have complex patterns but are unique and stable and can be scanned and recognised from a distance

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Iris recognition can, as you say, be scanned from a distance and that is it Achilles heel. When NFC (contactless payment) came out they had to limit the range to prevent others in the queue at checkouts being debited. Everyone would need to have their eyes scanned and registered on a database before it worked. Nor is iris recogntion foolproof, a cataract operation can change the way the iris is seen by scanners.

Bar codes, Q codes do not need such infrastructure and RFC chips under the skin are best of all - for far more (and maybe sinsister), reasons than paying the grocery bill

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We both had our flu jabs on Thursday at our lovely local Pharmacy, same as last year.  The surgery sent a text the other week to get appointments booked but apparently they haven’t got any vaccine yet anyway.  
A couple of months ago the surgery rang me to see if I wanted to go in for a Shingles jab.  I asked if that was all I was being offered and they said yes as I’d had a Pneumonia jab a couple of years ago ....... I don’t remember that happening!  I’d been hoping to get my Annual Health Check but they were only dealing with Shingles jabs.  I’ve finally had my Health Check, 5 months late.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Orwell didn't go far enough!  That was mild compared to what's coming.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Maybe he had the wrong century, by 2084 there will be around 11 Billion people which is probably more than the planet can support. The highest growth rate will be/is in areas least able to sustain human beings.

 

Several authors have predicted a dystopian future, Orwell was not the only one.

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Overpopulation is rarely mentioned but that is at the root of most of the world's problems - and still people breed like rabbits!

 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

When I was about 10 in 1953, my uncle who was was talking to my dad said: "I'm glad I'm on my way out!"  He was about 60 at the time.  At that time, I thought it was a crazy thing to say but I'm now beginning to understand what he meant...

I wonder what it was that caused him to say that.    I was too young at that time to ask questions like that to my staid, elderly uncle!

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think the answer to that, Margie is that as kids, life was mostly a breeze and it was good to be alive.  As we age we develop a greater awareness of the world's issues.  As we progress into old age the infirmities of age creep in and there are few real solutions. No medicine can make us 25 again.

In the last couple of years I have become very world weary.  I am ready to go and when the Lord calls I will go with joy.  That is not morbid, just the product of a real hope and trust. 

 

Edited to add.  Margie, I'd have sent you a p.m.  The last time I tried it said your mailbox was full or blocked or something.  Can't remember which now.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well, I certainly wouldn't want to go back to being a teenager and do it all over again!  Most of my relatives have expressed the opinion, as they grew older, that they'd had a good life and didn't like the way the world was going.  I agree. I have one remaining auntie, in her 90s. She has poor mobility but is mentally very sharp. Every time I speak to her, she says she's had enough and doesn't want to be here.  Not a nice situation to be in and I wouldn't like it if it were me.

 

Even if you still have good health, I can see how life on overpopulated planet earth could get on your nerves.  It gets on mine at times!

 

Just going to prepare the hedgehogs' supper now.  My Moggies have made a generous donation of their food...what? Cheek! Giving our food away without even asking! :blink:

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

@loppylugs  I’ve deleted about half of my messages now!

(Apologies to anyone who finds they’ve been deleted...    I hate getting rid of messages)

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks Margie.  I said pretty much what I wanted to say on the thread anyway.  Just nice to have pm available when one wants to discuss issues that could be controversial.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Evening!

 

I'm not using cash..nor accepting receipts.. on my occasional forays into shops.  Both are just another possible vector for the virus.  On the other hand I do think some provision needs to be made for those who don't have, or use. cards.

 

I'm really not bothered about being 'tracked' by the govt.  There's little they can find out that they don't know already... so I don't subscribe to the assorted crackpot theories propagated by 'anti-vaxers'/David Eicke/ 'Covid-19 is a Govt Control Conspiracy dumbos' and other fruitloops who see conspiracy everywhere.

 

Does that mean I trust our present Govt.?  Absolutely not.. but they are just blatant crooks who have proven by their actions since in power, that they have no respect for the Law, Parliament, or the People.  None of what they are doing is secret.. It doesn't need to be because they have no shame, conscience or morals and just shut down any controversy by Boris Johnson declaring 'this matter is closed'.. and move on. Furthermore. they are very aware that the bulk of the population is far more interested watching 'Britain's Got A Strictly Talent Voice On Ice in Essex'. than noticing the erosion of their Democracy and the Sovereignty of Parliament.

 

Until 'yer average' voter wakes up to what Boris, Cummings and Co are up to..they'll just keep doing it.  I will now take that line of argument to the Politics Thread.

 

I have my Flu Jab booked for 23rd Sept. On very similar lines to Margie's. They are using a community space next to the Med Centre.  Timed arrival.. no hanging about... masks.. easy access to upper arm/shoulder.  Makes sense to me.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
8 hours ago, philmayfield said:

Overpopulation is rarely mentioned but that is at the root of most of the world's problems - and still people breed like rabbits!

 

 

The above is..frankly... simplistic rubbish.  Please define 'breed like rabbits'.  Who are you talking about?  Malthus tried this one on in the 19th C and was roundly mocked by Dickens in 'A Christmas Carol'.  Thing is at the moment the only ones screaming 'overpopulation' are the wealthy..in the developed World... who see their own priveleged position under threat.

 

Most of the Earth's surface is entirely devoid of humans.  Even in the UK, we have whole swathes of land with very low population densities.

 

Have a look here:  http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160311-how-many-people-can-our-planet-really-support

 

The issue of population is really about three things:

 

1. Overcrowding in Urban Centres. Both the poor and the wealthy being attracted to major urban centres.. for slightly different reasons... but creating polluting and high carbon emmission 'hotspots'

2. Less wealthy population centres demanding the priveleges we have in the developed World. You know.. clean water.. sewerage,, gas and leccy.  Cheeky of them to ask I really!!

3. Pressure on natural areas such as rain forests, the oceans, the polar caps.

 

There are many sub sets of the above.. but really anyone quoting population as the cause of Earth's problems is actually saying.. " Hang on.. I want my place by the Sea.. my Aircon and my Winter heating and my car(s) and my boat and my bike and my gadgets.  And in many cases 'I want my second home,,or at least somewhere in the Pretty Places where I can go and experience 'The Wild'.. so long as I still have my Heating..and my Aircon..and my nice food.. and my motor transport...  Ohh.and I want starving people around the World to grow the nice stuff I want to see on my Supermarket shelves.. rather than the stuff they need to survive..

 

So yes. unltimately there will be a maximum population the Earth can sustain.. but I'd argue we are well short of that yet.  Our problem at the moment is that a very selfish few.are grabbing all of the planet's resources for themselves.  That same few..are contributing the bulk of the Carbon Emissions which are killing the planet.

 

We are presently 'pulling the ladder up'.

We need to stop,

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Quite frankly Col all that is outdated socialist clap-trap. A diatribe of far left dogma I don't believe you can support with evidence.

But over in the 'other place' is where we should take it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So. Demolish my argument!

 

:)

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
10 hours ago, Jill Sparrow said:

Well, I certainly wouldn't want to go back to being a teenager and do it all over again!

I'd do it all over again in a flash right up to where I am today and beyond I hope.

From the sixties, the best music, no shortage of jobs if you wanted one, reasonably safe out and about and I am not referring to Covid. Cheap package  holidays and always seemed to have a few bob left over after board, petrol and entertainment.

The early seventies were years of uncertainty with the miners strike of 1972 and the three day week of 1974 were elements of my decision to emigrate in 1975 and fortunately I missed the winter of discontent at the end of the decade and the horrendous interest rates.

From 1975 on it was life in Australia, working and playing hard. The birth of our three kids, watching them grow up and creating lives of their own.

We now have grand kids who range from 6 to 18 and are enjoying it all over again.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...