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Friday, 20 October 2017

All about Lavazza coffee beans you wanted to know!

I have a super Krups coffee machine and buy Lavazza coffee. But was totally confused at all the various brands they do. Then I came across this blog on the Internet.

Here is the preamble, and if you want to learn about every single brand they do, follow the link at the end of this article.

Ampers

Lavazza Coffee Buying Guide

Lavazza Coffee Guide

Lavazza Coffee

Shopping for espresso coffee beans can be a baffling experience unless you already know what you’re looking for. We only stock one major brand of coffee beans – Lavazza – and there are still a large number of different blends to choose from.

We therefore decided to put together this easy-to-follow guide to help you choose the right Lavazza coffee for you. Please note this isn’t an advert or a buyers’ guide, simply an explanation of the origins, flavour and suitability of the range of Lavazza coffee beans.

To be honest, it doesn’t really matter whether you are buying coffee beans for use in your coffee shop or just to enjoy at home, the principal is the same – if it tastes good to you, it should taste good to your customers too. The only thing to factor in is the price – you may be prepared to pay that little bit more for what you drink at home, for obvious reasons.

Another point to make before we describe these great Lavazza coffees is that taste can’t be measured. We are often asked whether one blend tastes better than another, and the answer always has to be that taste is a subjective thing, what one person loves another may dislike and vice versa. We can of course use quality as a guide, but as an example, my personal favourite and the blend often recommended by Lavazza is not the most expensive in their range. We’ll therefore stick with the facts rather than try to tell you how great we think it tastes to us.

Lavazza coffee beans are broadly split into two different categories, those in red bags and those in blue bags. Lavazza red tends to be found more in cash and carries, supermarkets and high street shops. Lavazza blue is a more premium range aimed at coffee shops, restaurants, hotels and so on. We only sell the Lavazza blue range so we’ll only be talking about those in this article.

And now for the coffees...

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

An open letter to Richard Dawkins

Dear Mr Dawkins,

Your twitter profile states that you are a UK biologist and writer. You also state that science is the poetry of reality…

You recently wrote that we need a second referendum but we shouldn’t have it too soon. You continue that we need to wait until there are more young voters [who will vote to remain in the EU].

You must realise that this is the same EU which, by insisting on open borders, has allowed millions more people into the UK?

So how will remaining in the EU benefit the young when they reach voting age?

First of all, the majority – and this is probably over 90% of them – will never be able to afford a deposit on their own home. Housing prices are growing astronomically. So, by the same means, deposits are rising astronomically as well. If these youngsters manage to save, with the present huge costs of rental accommodation, they could well be in their fifties or sixties before they can afford a deposit, and by then they will be too old to take out a mortgage.

Then, what about marriage and children? There are school places to consider. Immigrants I see in Finchley often have a baby in a pram – or perhaps two in a double pram, with two, three or sometimes four infants trotting behind. School places may be so far away, one partner in the marriage will always have to accompany their children to and from school so will have to earn less. Not just for primary school but right up to school leaving age as there are a lot of dangerous people about. This will have a lead on effect of reducing savings towards that ever elusive mortgage.

If we get our wish for Brexit soon, it may be in time to save our National Health Service. Already it is at breaking point. With frightening stories at A&E – these are supposed to be for emergency cases – taking up to eight hours before you are seen by a doctor.

I am sorry, Richard, but you appear to be a very silly man. Or, if not silly, certainly not wise enough to see the dangers of your philosophy on Brexit. Or is it that you just don’t care about the poorer working class British who will bear the brunt of all this?

Yours sincerely,

Ampers.

Friday, 8 September 2017

Crime and punishment

We need to rethink our sentencing procedures.

Prison doesn’t work for shorter sentences. They become training grounds for minor criminals to learn the rudiments of becoming more serious major criminals.

But any alternative sentences must either hurt or rehabilitate the minor criminal.

First of all, there should be a greater use of confiscation. A law officer should assess the total value of a criminal after he has been sentenced to forfeit a percentage of his total wealth. Any property should be taken into consideration and if jointly held with his spouse, the property should be sold in auction with half being returned to the spouse. All phones and other luxury gadgets to be confiscated and most of other belongings.

If the court suspect the prisoner has salted away wealth, then the sentence may be carried out in full for as long as the prisoner lives--if proved to be earned previous to the conviction.

If the prisoner has no wealth, they should be put to work washing buildings, cleaning roads and other duties aimed at helping the local community.

All prisoners should be assessed using the British Army criteria for finding out what the person can do best. I saw a dustman take the test in 1959, and the officer told him he would train as an electronics technician. I kept in touch with him and he passed with flying colours and spent his time repairing cipher machines at embassies around the world! If the prisoner is found to have useful talents, he should be encourage to attend school and learn a trade. His reward would be to escape the dirty work.

Hostels to house prisoners with a 7pm curfew, with a month added onto the sentence for each time they break curfew.

Prisons should not have TV, computer games, or cellphones for prisoners. Calls from a public phone box provided providing the convict has behaved themselves over the last week.

Separate prisons for political crimes by people who want to destroy the British way of life.

OK, maybe a little over the top but my objective here is to get us all thinking there must be a better way than just locking more and more people up where they learn to be more successful at crime.

Ampers.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

The black economy

Once Brexit happens, and it will; we must consider the immigrants who have remained in the UK. Many come from countries where the culture is to avoid paying any tax. Alas, many British have also succumbed to this dishonest way.

So a new way of thinking needs to be introduced. We need to consider taxing on spending rather than on earning. In addition, people will be encouraged to save more. The country will benefit and the world is our oyster for exporting our goods.

Read on.

First of all, we need to get rid of VAT – a stupid tax that makes all companies in the supply chain pay it as the goods move from manufacturer, to distributor, to wholesaler, to shop.

We should introduce our old system of “purchase tax” which only the company selling to the public introduces. That will, at least, save extra costs which should ensure a cheaper product as they move down the supply chain.

We can do two things now to help destroy the black economy.

First of all, keep purchase tax at 20% and increase the individual’s tax free allowance to £50,000. In one instance, the Inland Revenue/VAT Office would be reduced in size by well over 80%. Non productive public servants could then move to the more productive private sector.

However, there will still be a financial deficiency so we have to think about a sliding scale tax system.

This will need a lot of careful thought.


First of all we need to have a zero rated purchase tax on gas and electricity, providing all tax payers live in a building which has solar panels fitted on their buildings roofs which generates electricity and returns unused electricity to the National Grid. Otherwise the 5% tax will remain. Financial assistance to be given to install the solar panels. Landlords to pay the 5% purchase tax on gas and electricity if they don't add solar panels to their roofs.
  • Petrol and diesel tax. At present the combined tax from the duty and VAT on an average price of £1.16 litre of petrol is 69.7%. There should be only one tax, so do away with doubling up on people, and have a purchase tax of 70%. Raising it further will be unproductive as it will put up all food prices and goods which are transported by lorry.
  • Motor Vehicle.  If imported, the first £20,000 of a single item at 20% and thereafter at 40%.  If made or fully assembled in Britain, the first £80,000 of a single item at 20% and thereafter at 30%. The tax that owners pay on CO2 emissions is a little complicated but should stay the same until we become all electric.
  • Food. All food produced within the UK to remain zero ratedare. All imported food to be either zero rated or 5% depending on origin. For example, food from poor countries to remain zero rated and food from wealthy countries to be taxed at 5%.
  • Clothes. Zero rated up to a certain amount – enough for people to be smart in their chosen jobs. For example, if you work in an office, items (eg suits) up to £200 zero rated. Otherwise full purchase tax.
  • Luxury items. If imported, the first £200 of a single item at 20% and thereafter at 35%. If made in Britain, the first £400 of a single item at 20% and thereafter at 30%.
  • Computers. If imported, the first £200 of a single item at 20% and thereafter at 35% If made or fully assembled  in Britain, the first £600 of a single item at 20% and thereafter at 30%.
  • Mobile Phones. If imported, the first £200 of a single item at 20% and thereafter at 40%. If made or fully assembled in Britain, the first £400 of a single item at 20% and thereafter at 30%.
This is just an idea to get people thinking. Remember, the idea is to transfer tax from earning to spending. If the above taxes on spend earn the government more than they receive at present, we can increase the tax free allowance from £50,000 upwards until it balances. If not, we can increase the taxes on spend until it balances. We should not reduce the tax free allowance or we will defeat the objective of changing tax from income to spend.

One final point – and I am not able to cover this as I don’t know the answer. What to do if the immigrant workers just exist on the bare minimum here whilst sending all their money out of the country? What can we do?

If you'd like to chip in with your ideas, comment below, I will then reply.

Ampers.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

They haven’t finished yet…

… but what they have works perfectly.

I am referring to the Drupe communications app. The clever Israelis have written an app which does the following:

On the screen are two columns.

On the left are a list of your contacts with their photos and on the right are the various things you can do with your contacts. How it works is simple, you drag the contact you want over to place it on top of the sub app you want to use.

But first of all a list of what apps you can drag the contact to:.

Phone – drag a contact here and it phones the contact.
Loudspeaker – Same as Phone, except it will start a call with the loudspeaker on.
SMS – drag a contact and send a message.
Reminders – drag a contact and set a timed reminder to appear at the designated time.
Notes – drag a contact and make notes of what you want to discuss so you can keep the call short.
Calendar – drag a contact and enter an appointment.
Maps – drag a contact and navigate to their home (soon it will show their whereabouts).
Video –  drag a contact and make a video call with Google Duo.
Record call – drag a contact and record the call.
Messenger – drag a contact if you have messenger installed to contact someone.
PayPal – drag a contact to pay them by PayPal if you have a PayPal account.

And, if the other person has Drupe installed, you can send Talkies – recorded messages to them. Also, if they have animated GIFs – you can choose an appropriate one about your message and call them and if they also have Drupe, it will appear on their screen as soon as their phone starts to ring. For example, a Happy Birthday GIF.

If any of your contacts also use Drupe they will have a green dot to the left of their name in the contact list.

There is also a page of 81 different types of businesses – just click on the one you want, and a page will open up with a list of that particular business in the order of how far they are from your present position.

Four dots appear on the side of your home screens, and you can move them left or right, up or down to suit you. Just drag them across the screen and Drupe opens. This may not impress you at first, but you’ll be impressed when you see the four dots in any app you may be using. Instant communications at any time.

Although the app works perfectly, Drupe are continuing to improve it. For example, Skype recently removed their account support from the device address book recently so it broke the functionality in Drupe. They're investigating alternatives to make Skype work.

If you have several numbers in your contact list, the system doesn’t necessary pick the number you want. However, when you drag the contact to the phone or SMS app, continue to hold it there for a short time and a list of the contacts phone numbers will appear for you to choose.  – but if you just click a contacts name alone, it opens up a page where you can choose the number you want to ring or SMS.  You can also favourite or unfavourite the contact, or, choose a ringtone, share a contact, create a shortcut, view the contact in your address book, share Drupe, write a note or set a reminder.

You will notice a Me contact in your favourites list. That’s you! You can use this to set a reminder to yourself, or a series of notes. In addition you can use this to Navigate to home or work.

At present, it is mainly an Android product but they are working on an Apple app and are looking for beta testers for this. Contact Drupe at support@getdrupe.com whether you are an iPhone or Android user, and want to help.

Try it and see for yourself, after all, it’s easy enough to delete if you find it isn’t for you. According to Google Play, this app has had between ten million and fifty million downloads to date.

Update:
There are approximately 30 other apps you can include within Drupe and more are being added. For example I also have WhatsApp, Hangouts, Line, Vibor communications, and the Waze SatNav program. And, they are all accessable within Drupe. Different people on different communications apps, but they are all inside the Drupe umbrella.


Soooper!


Ampers.

Saturday, 26 August 2017

The best time to buy your smartphone or smartwatch.

The manufacturers tend to bring out a new model every year now.

When a new phone or watch comes out it never works perfectly so over a ten month period, they bring out upgrades as each fault is reported and put right. At the end of, say, ten months, they have a product which works, and usually works very well.

When a new phone or watch comes out it costs the earth, as users have to pay for the privilege of being the companies beta testers for the latest product. Yes, my tongue is in my cheek, but you understand what I am getting at.

About two months before a new, untried and untested watch comes out, manufacturers bring the price down, often by as much as 25% to clear the decks for the new model.

This is the time to buy. 25% off and a model which works!

Ampers.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Did you get a bargain changing Jews for Muslims?

A thoughtful article from a Spanish writer.

What really died at Auschwitz? Here's an interesting viewpoint.

The following is a copy of an article written by Spanish writer Sebastian Vilar Rodriguez and published in a Spanish newspaper. It doesn't take much imagination to extrapolate the message to the rest of Europe - and possibly to the rest of the world. 

"I walked down the streets in Barcelona and suddenly discovered a terrible truth - Europe died in Auschwitz . . .

"We killed six  million Jews and replaced them with 20 million Muslims. In Auschwitz we burned a group of people who represented culture, thought, creativity, talent. We destroyed the chosen people, truly chosen, because they produced great and wonderful people who made great contributions to the world, and thus changed the world.

"The contribution of today's Jewish people is felt in all areas of life: science, [electronics], art, international trade, and above all, as  the conscience of the world. Look at any donors' board at any symphony, art museum, theater, art gallery, science center, etc.  You will see many many Jewish surnames. These are the people who were burned. Of the 6,000,000 who died, how many would have grown up to be gifted musicians, doctors, artists, philanthropists?

"And under the pretense of tolerance, and because we wanted to prove to ourselves that we were cured of the diseases of racism and bigotry, Europe opened our gates to 20 million Muslims, Who brought us stupidity and ignorance, religious extremism and lack of tolerance, crime and poverty, due to an unwillingness to work and support their families with pride.

"They have blown up our trains and turned our beautiful Spanish cities into the third world, drowning in filth and crime. Shut up in the apartments they receive afree from the government, they plan the murder and destruction of their naive hosts.

"And thus, in our misery, we have exchanged culture for fanatical hatred, creative skill for destructive skill, intelligence for backwardness and superstition. We have exchanged the pursuit of peace of the Jews of Europe and
their talent for a better future for their children, their determined clinging to life because life is holy, for those who pursue death, for people consumed by  the desire for death for themselves and others, for our children and theirs.

"What a terrible mistake was made by miserable Europe.

"Recently, the UK debated whether to remove The Holocaust from its school curriculum because it 'offends' the Muslim population which claims it never occurred. It is not removed as yet. However, this is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world and how easily each country is giving in to it.

"It is now approximately seventy years after the Second World War in Europe ended. This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of the six million Jews, twenty million Russians, ten million Christians, and nineteen-hundred Catholic priests who were murdered, raped, burned, starved, beaten, experimented on and humiliated. Now, more than ever, with Iran, among others, claiming  the Holocaust to be 'a myth,' it is imperative to make sure the world "never forgets."

"This e-mail is intended to reach 400 million people. Be a link in the memorial chain and help distribute this around the world.

"How many years will it be before the attack on the World Trade Center never happened because it offends some Muslim in the United  States? If our Judeo-Christian heritage is offensive to Muslims, they should pack up and move to Iran, Iraq or some other Muslim country.

"We must wake up the world before it's too late."

"If you do not take an interest in the affairs of your government, 
then you are doomed to live under the rule of fools." – Plato

Monday, 24 July 2017

We have walked together in the shadow of a rainbow

This was sent to me in a round robin email, I have no idea of the author.

Bear Quintuplets - once in a lifetime photo 

Black bears typically have two cubs; rarely, one or three. In northern New Hampshire, a black bear sow gave birth to five healthy young. There were two or three reports of sows with as many as 4 cubs, but five was, and is, very extraordinary.

The photographer learned of them shortly after they emerged from their den and set a goal of photographing all five cubs with their mom - no matter how much time and effort was involved. He knew the trail they followed on a fairly regular basis, usually shortly before dark.

After spending nearly four hours a day, seven days a week, for more than six weeks, he had that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and photographed them. He used the  equivalent of a very fast film speed on his digital camera. The print is properly focused and well exposed, with all six bears posing as if they were in a studio for a familyBear Quintuplets - once in a lifetime photo portrait.



The photographer stayed in touch with other people who saw the bears during the summer and into the fall hunting season. All six bears continued to thrive. As time for hibernation approached, he found still more folks who had seen them, and everything remained OK.

The photographer stayed away from the bears because he was concerned that they might become habituated to him, or to people in general, and treat them as approachable friends. This could easily become dangerous for both man and animal.

After Halloween, no further reports and could only hope the bears survived until they hibernated. This spring, just before the snow disappeared, all six bears came out of their den and wandered all over the same familiar territory they trekked in the spring.

The photographer saw them before mid-April and dreamed nightly of taking another family portrait, a highly improbable second once-in-a-lifetime photograph.

On 25 April, he achieved his dream.















When something as magical as this happens between man and animal, Native Americans say, "We have walked together in the shadow of a rainbow." And so it is with humility and great pleasure that I share these exhilarating photos with you.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Why? Many questions are answered here...

Why do men's clothes have buttons on the right, while women's clothes have buttons on the left?

When buttons were invented, they were very expensive and worn primarily by the rich. Since most people are right-handed, it is easier to push buttons on the right through holes on the left. Because wealthy women were dressed by maids, dressmakers put the buttons on the maid's right! And that's where women's buttons have remained since.


Why do ships and aircraft use 'mayday' as their call for help?

This comes from the French word m'aidez -- meaning 'help me' -- and is pronounced, approximately: 'mayday.'


Why are zero scores in tennis called 'love'?

In France , where tennis became popular, the round zero on the scoreboard looked like an egg and was called 'l'oeuf,' which is French for 'the egg.' When tennis was introduced in the US, Americans (naturally), mispronounced it 'love.'


Why do X's at the end of a letter signify kisses?

In the Middle Ages, when many people were unable to read or write, documents were often signed using an X.  Kissing the X represented an oath to fulfill obligations specified in the document. The X and the kiss eventually became synonymous.


Why is shifting responsibility to someone else called ‘passing the buck'?

In card games, it was once customary to pass an item called a “buck” from player to player to indicate whose turn it was to deal. If a player did not wish to assume the responsibility of dealing, he would 'pass the buck' to the next player.


Why do people clink their glasses before drinking a toast?

In earlier times it was common for someone to try to kill an enemy by offering him a poisoned drink.  To prove to a guest that a drink was safe, it became customary for a host to pour a small amount of his drink into the guest’s glass.  Both men would drink it simultaneously. If a guest trusted his host, he would only touch or clink the host's glass with his own.


Why are people in the public eye said to be 'in the limelight'?

Limelight was invented in 1825, and used in lighthouses and theatres, where the lime burned in a cylinder, producing a brilliant light. In the theatre, a performer 'in the limelight' was the center of attention.


Why is someone who is feeling great 'on cloud nine'?

Types of clouds are numbered according to the altitudes they attain, with nine being the highest cloud. If someone is said to be on cloud nine, that person is floating well above worldly cares.


In golf, where did the term 'Caddie' come from?

When Mary, Queen of Scots, went to France as a young girl, Louis, King of France, learned that she loved the Scottish game 'golf.' He had the first course outside of Scotland built for her enjoyment.  To make sure she was properly chaperoned (and guarded) while she played, Louis hired cadets from a military school to accompany her.

Mary liked this a lot and when she returned to Scotland (not a very good idea in the long run), she took the practice with her.  In French, the word cadet is pronounced 'ca-day' and the Scots changed it into caddie.


Why are so many coin collection banks shaped like pigs?

Long ago, dishes and cookware in Europe were made of a dense orange clay called 'pygg'.  When people saved coins in jars made of this clay, the jars became known as 'pygg banks.'  When an English potter misunderstood the word, he made a container that resembled a pig.  And it caught on.

A true story exposing the true nature of Jews.

A young boy, the grandson of slaves, was born in a poor neighborhood of New Orleans.  His father abandoned the family when the child was an infant. His mother became a prostitute and the boy and his sister went to live temporarily with their grandmother.

He soon proved to be musically gifted and began singing in the streets for coins.

A Jewish family, named Karnofsky, who had emigrated from Lithuania to the USA, took pity on the 7-year-old boy and brought him into their home where he initially did some housework for them. There he remained, sleeping in this Jewish family's home where, for the first time in his life, he was treated with kindness and tenderness.

When he went to bed, Mrs. Karnovsky sang him Russian lullabies that he would sing with her. He learned to sing several Russian and Jewish songs.

In time, he was adopted by the family, and the Karnofskys gave him money to buy his first musical instrument, as was the custom in Jewish families.

Later, when he became a professional musician and composer, he used these Jewish melodies in compositions such as “St. James Infirmary” and “Go Down Moses.”

The little black boy grew up, wrote a book about this Jewish family, and in their memory, wore a Star of David most of his life. He said that with them he had learned "how to live real life, with determination."

You might recognize his name: Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong.

Louis Armstrong proudly spoke fluent Yiddish!  And "Satchmo" is Yiddish for "Big
Cheeks"!

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Man adopts a penguin in Brazil

The story of a South American Magellanic penguin who swims 5,000 miles each year to be reunited with the man who saved his life.

Retired bricklayer and part time fisherman Joao Pereira de Souza, 71,who lives in an island village just outside Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, found the tiny penguin, covered in oil and close to death, lying on rocks on his local beach in 2011.

Joao cleaned the oil off the penguin's feathers and fed him a daily diet of fish to build his strength. He named him Dindim.

After a week, he tried to release the penguin back into the sea. But, the bird wouldn't leave.

'He stayed with me for 11 months and then, just after he changed his coat with new feathers, he disappeared,' Joao recalls.

And, just a few months later, Dindim was back. He spotted the fisherman on the beach one day and followed him home.

For the past five years, Dindim has spent eight months of the year with Joao and is believed to spend the rest of the time breeding off the coast of Argentina and Chile.

It's thought he swims up to 5,000 miles each year to be reunited with the man who saved his life.

'I love the penguin like it's my own child and I believe the penguin loves me,' Joao told Globo TV. 'No one else is allowed to touch him. He pecks them if they do. He lays [sic] on my lap, lets me give him showers, allows me to feed him sardines and to pick him up.

It's thought Dindim believes the fisherman is also a penguin.

'Everyone said he wouldn't return but he has been coming back to visit me for the past four years. He arrives in June and leaves to go home in February and every year he becomes more affectionate as he appears even happier to see me.'

Biologist Professor Krajewski, who interviewed the fisherman for Globo TV, told The Independent: 'I have never seen anything like this before. I think the penguin believes Joao is part of his family and probably a penguin as well.

'When he sees him he wags his tail like a dog and honks with delight.

This is, I believe, a true story. But there is some doubt as the newspaper it has appeared in is the London Metro, and the TV station which featured it was CNN!!!

Ampers

Thursday, 13 July 2017

A new candidate declares for the UKIP election

I attended an event where John Rees-Evans [JRE] announced his intention to stand in UKIPs forthcoming Leadership Election.

The remarkable thing was, He didn’t mention Moslems once and, rather, addressed what he sees, as our real enemies.

Yes, immigrants are flooding in to the UK, but JRE wants to attack those who created the environment. He sees our real enemies as our politicians, globalists, corporates and the establishment in general.

The problem as many see it is, these people are too powerful for us to fight and Johnny Public must make the best of this New World Order.

But as we say in South Africa: “‘n Boer moet ‘n plan hĂȘ” (a farmer must have a plan). John isn’t South African and he’s not a farmer, but he certainly has a plan – and to use a South African expression again; “a bleddy good one”.

His plan is to bypass Parliament as it is today, bypass the media, as they are today, and to do away with the need for large doners who always want their pound of flesh by controlling everything.

How can he do this? His plan is to use the Internet in all three areas.

One, a website for UKIP members, no matter how isolated, to interact with each other. I won’t go into it here but he has some very good ideas in this area.

Two, to use Social Media, YouTube and other means to put out what UKIP is doing. Initially, it will be slow going but the objective is to bypass the establishment media totally so the public can really see what is going on. Much as the Trump Administration have been doing in the USA.

Three, to attract, through means of commercial advantage, small businesses throughout the country, This could work as his idea seems to be, you scratch our backs and we will scratch yours.

John has a certain amount of baggage to overcome (Gay Donkey springs to mind) and he is very earnest and needs to lighten up. But both these shortcomings should disappear as he matures into the job.

I may or may not vote for him as, like him, I am also ex army, and don’t make tactical decisions until I have all the facts (and in this case, the facts are a list of all the candidates standing and their manifestos).

Ampers

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Question: How do you feel about getting old?

As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend.

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world, too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it, if I choose to read, or play, on the computer, until 4am, or sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 50 & 60's, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love, I will.

I will walk the beach, in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves, with abandon, if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set. They too, will get old.

I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And, I eventually remember the important things.

Sure, over the years, my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break, when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car?

But broken hearts are what give us strength, and understanding, and compassion. A heart never broken, is pristine, and sterile, and will never know the joy of being imperfect.

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face.

So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.

As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don't question myself anymore. I've even earned the right to be wrong.

So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free.  I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be.

And I shall eat dessert every single day (if I feel like it).

<taken from a round robin email>

Ampers

Friday, 23 June 2017

Signal Private Messenger is the safest text messaging system in the world


Whisper Systems developed Signal Private Messenger.

Most commercial undertakings are slowly moving their mobile communications to Signal. This article will help explain why.

Both WhatsApp and Signal have encrypted messaging but then the differences start.


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Use anything by Open Whisper Systems.
Edward Snowden, Whistleblower and privacy advocate

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WhatsApp allows you to download your messages so stores them on the cloud. Signal does not store any messages so is safer from government eyes. Both the NSA and GCHQ are suspected of not only searching for spies and terrorists, but looking for commercial secrets.

With whatsApp, you both have to be using the WhatsApp app. but with Signal you only both have to if you want encryption. So Signal also doubles up as a SMS program, reducing the need for two communications programs.

WhatsApp allow free calls and texts. As with WhatsApp, Signal allows secure messaging. The difference is, with WhatsApp, if you want to send text to someone not on WhatsApp, you have to use a texting app. However, with Signal, if both people have Signal installed, it has encrypted messaging. But if the other person hasn't Signal installed, you can still message others with unencrypted texts as you do with a standard texting app.

One major difference is, unlike WhatsApp which may store your messages on the cloud, Signal never stores messages and therefore doesn't offer a cloud service. This keeps your messages away from spying eyes.

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After reading the code, I literally discovered a line of drool running down my face. It’s really nice.
Matt Green, Cryptographer, Johns Hopkins University

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Now for the crunch, WhatsApp is a propriety app, whereas anyone can download the Signal code (it's in the public domain) and a friendly programmer can examine the code for government trap doors, then compile it for company use. So users of the former don't know whether NSA have added a trap door, whereas users of the latter know there isn't a trap door or technical people would have spread this information all over the Internet.

The following has been taken from Wikipedia which is of interest:
Reception

In October 2014, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) included Signal in their updated surveillance self-defense guide.[84] In November 2014, Signal received a perfect score on the EFF's secure messaging scorecard;[42] it received points for having communications encrypted in transit, having communications encrypted with keys the provider doesn't have access to (end-to-end encryption), making it possible for users to independently verify their correspondents' identities, having past communications secure if the keys are stolen (forward secrecy), having the code open to independent review (open source), having the security designs well-documented, and having a recent independent security audit.[42] At the time, "ChatSecure + Orbot", Pidgin (with OTR), Silent Phone, and Telegram's optional "secret chats" also received seven out of seven points on the scorecard.[42]

On December 28, 2014, Der Spiegel published slides from an internal NSA presentation dating to June 2012 in which the NSA deemed Signal's encrypted voice calling component (RedPhone) on its own as a "major threat" to its mission, and when used in conjunction with other privacy tools such as Cspace, Tor, Tails, and TrueCrypt was ranked as "catastrophic", leading to a "near-total loss/lack of insight to target communications, presence..."[85][86]

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden has endorsed Signal on multiple occasions.[34] In his keynote speech at SXSW in March 2014, he praised Signal's predecessors (TextSecure and RedPhone) for their ease-of-use.[87] During an interview with The New Yorker in October 2014, he recommended using "anything from Moxie Marlinspike and Open Whisper Systems".[88] During a remote appearance at an event hosted by Ryerson University and Canadian Journalists for Free Expression in March 2015, Snowden said that Signal is "very good" and that he knew the security model.[89] Asked about encrypted messaging apps during a Reddit AMA in May 2015, he recommended Signal.[90][91] In November 2015, Snowden tweeted that he used Signal "every day".[33][92]

In September 2015, the American Civil Liberties Union called on officials at the U.S. Capitol to ensure that lawmakers and staff members have secure communications technology.[93] One of the applications that the ACLU recommended in their letter to the Senate Sergeant at Arms and to the House Sergeant at Arms was Signal, writing:

One of the most widely respected encrypted communication apps, Signal, from Open Whisper Systems, has received significant financial support from the U.S. government, has been audited by independent security experts, and is now widely used by computer security professionals, many of the top national security journalists, and public interest advocates. Indeed, members of the ACLU’s own legal department regularly use Signal to make encrypted telephone calls.[94]

In March of 2017 Signal was approved by the Sergeant at Arms of the U.S. Senate for use by senators and their staff. [95][96]

Following the 2016 Democratic National Committee email leak, Vanity Fair reported that Marc Elias, the general counsel for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, had instructed DNC staffers to exclusively use Signal when saying anything "remotely contentious or disparaging" about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.[97][98]

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I am regularly impressed with the thought and care put into both the security and the usability of this app.
It's my first choice for an encrypted conversation.Bruce Schneier, internationally renowned security technologist
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The following two paragraphs concern "WhatsApp" and the Google app "Allo".

When you first set up WhatsApp, you’re encouraged, but not required, to share your phone’s contact list with the app. This helps the WhatsApp service connect you with other users quickly and easily. A WhatsApp spokesperson confirmed to me that the company retains contact list data, which means that WhatsApp could also hand over your contact list in response to a government request.

The first thing to understand about Google’s forthcoming Allo app is that, by default, Google will be able to read all of your Allo messages. If you want end-to-end encryption via the Signal protocol, you need to switch to an “incognito mode” within the app, which will be secure but include fewer features.

And on Signal:

The first thing that sets Signal apart from WhatsApp and Allo is that it is open source. The app’s code is freely available for experts to inspect for flaws or back doors in its security. Another thing that makes Signal unique is its business model: There is none. In stark contrast to Facebook and Google, which make their money selling ads, Open Whisper Systems is entirely supported by grants and donations. With no advertising to target, the company intentionally stores as little user data as possible. If you back up your phone to your Google or iCloud account, Signal doesn’t include any of your messages in this backup. WhatsApp’s gaping backup issue simply doesn’t exist with Signal, and there’s no risk of accidentally handing over your private messages to any third-party company.

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Signal is the most scalable encryption tool we have. It is free and peer reviewed.
I encourage people to use it everyday.
Laura Poitras, Oscar winning filmmaker and journalist

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I'm not paranoid, but there is no way I want amateur chefs working at NSA or GCHQ finding out about my secret baked beans on toast recipe, But I will say I use in excess of eight ingredients!

Ampers

Monday, 12 June 2017

A pep talk to all UKIP members throughout Britain.

A good appraisal from the leader of Barnet UKIP which may be of interest to local UKIP branches throughout Great Britain.

Ampers

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Well the election is over for now but that may not be the end of the story. There may have to be another election at some point soon.

I cannot see the Tories lasting the full five years. A pact with the DUP is not likely to hold because there are fundamental differences of policy. Such as same sex marriage and abortion for example.

Anyway, during the life of a parliament there are defections, deaths and other events causing by-elections. One such event could happen in Thanet South where the MP was charged with fraud prior to the election. I don't know but this may at some point cause him to step down even though it relates to the 2015 election a fraud charge could become a fraud conviction.

In Chipping Barnet UKIP saved Theresa Villiers, by not standing, we got her elected as she only won by 353 votes. In 2015 UKIP got over 4000 in Chipping Barnet.

I believe that this means she owes us and it may be an idea to have a meeting with her at some point to put forward our opinions directly to her in person. I am sure she recognises the fact that without UKIP support she would not have won.

UKIP nationally ran a very poor campaign and our ex leader Mr Nuttal appeared to do nothing right. Locally in Barnet I feel we did make the best of a bad situation. Against the advice from our superiors we decided to stand candidates and also ordered 20,000 leaflets which were from UKIP official templates. Many of these leaflets were delivered in Hendon, Mill Hill and Colindale.

Our candidates attended several hustings and got positive reviews on their performances and we also managed to get several articles in the Barnet media again which was mainly favourable.

We as Barnet UKIP can therefore feel proud we kept the UKIP flag flying and did our best in difficult circumstances.

The party nationally is in turmoil however, we as a local branch must understand that we seek to represent the people who live and work in Barnet and we must therefore continue to communicate with, educate and also serve the local population.

Therefore our aim now is to prepare ourselves for the Local Council Elections which will take place in May 2018. UKIP Barnet is entitled to stand 63 candidates and we aim to get 63 UKIP candidates on the ballot.

This will be a mission, however, I strongy beleive that by the time May 2018 comes around people will be ready for a change and will be receptive to UKIP as a credible alternative.

Nigel Farage has said that he may return as party leader which will give the party a fighting chance again, but regardless, we must organise ourselves and become a more professional political organistation.

After the Barnet AGM which will be held during July 2017 we will seek to expand the elected committee with several new appointed positions. The aim of this will be to improve and expand the party locally. We will seek to contact all local businesses to promote UKIP as the business friendly party for Barnet.

In 2016 over 40,000 people in Barnet voted for Brexit and it is our duty to represent those electors by giving them a voice. The ony way is to get councillors elected to Barnet council. It is highly possible because we have time to plan and promote ourselves and the public mood is very much against the political establishment at the moment.

Personally i do not believe the election result nationally is a bad one. Remember, Theresa May is not a Brexiteer and never has been. She only took the party leadership to block lesser known staunch leavers such as Andrea Leadsome from becoming PM. I dont expect her to survive as PM because there are several better and more trustworthy people in the Tory party such as David Davis and Jacob Rees Mogg who would make better choices for Britain. Zac Goldsmith would also be a pro Brexit choice but he is an outsider now in the Tory party after they threw him under the bus last time.

One of the reasons Jeremy Corbyn did well despite the media smears and establishment campaign against him was because he is seen by voters as the anti candidate. He has always voted for Brexit in the past, in 2011 he voted for a referendum and was one of only 19 Labour MPs to do so. So he will not block Brexit and he has pledged not to.

The Tories ran a shocking campaign which included such clangers like the dementia tax and scrapping free school meals that it was possibly deliberate. I mean it now gives Theresa May the option to go for a fake Brexit or even a second referendum.

If Nigel Farage does return as party leader he will energise the party and the base especially as the public will be looking for Mr Brexit to save us from Theresa May.

UKIP did badly but we still got over 500,000 votes and that means we got more than the Greens. We can build on that solid bedrock of support for the 2018 council elections.

Many voters lent their votes to the other parties for this election but the cycle will change now and those 4,000,000 who supported us in 2015 will return. UKIP will come back stronger as we have done in the past.

Kal Kahn
Chairman - Banet UKIP

Sunday, 11 June 2017

An imporrtant communications for the UKIP membership.

UKIP results in GE2017

First of all, the picture of woe

We received 593,852 votes, or 1.8% of the votes cast.

At the GE2015, we received 3,881,099 votes or 12.6% of the votes cast.

This election, we lost 3,288,047 voters who lost faith in our NEC shenanigans. Or to put it another way, 89.20% of our previous voters.

It is impossible to put such an appalling loss on one man. Yes, there does seem to be weak leadership here, but the leadership is not, funnily enough, the leader. A political party is run by their NEC (National Executive Committee) and the UKIP NEC needs to resign en masse and give the membership a chance to elect a completely new committee. This will only happen if UKIP members press, and press hard for this. There is an old saying, “a foolish man does the same thing, time and time again, and expects a different result.” Dwell on this saying, it is important in politics.

If a huge amount of our membership emails mail@ukip.org, giving their membership number, saying “We are seriously considering our position in UKIP and will not be renewing unless the entire NEC resigns and there are fresh elections.”

It is time to show the NEC that we cannot be taken for granted.


If you have friends and colleagues who are UKIP members, please pass them a link. If you are on social media, please spread this far and wide. If we don't do something, UKIP will be confined to the dustbin of history.

Ampers.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

England, in the end, rises up to all challenges.

My loving people

We have been persuaded by some that are careful of our safety, to take heed how we commit our selves to armed multitudes, for fear of treachery; but I assure you I do not desire to live to distrust my faithful and loving people. Let tyrants fear. I have always so behaved myself that, under God, I have placed my chiefest strength and safeguard in the loyal hearts and good-will of my subjects; and therefore I am come amongst you, as you see, at this time, not for my recreation and disport, but being resolved, in the midst and heat of the battle, to live and die amongst you all; to lay down for my God, and for my kingdom, and my people, my honour and my blood, even in the dust.

I know I have the body of a weak, feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too, and think foul scorn that Parma or Spain, or any prince of Europe, should dare to invade the borders of my realm; to which rather than any dishonour shall grow by me, I myself will take up arms, I myself will be your general, judge, and rewarder of every one of your virtues in the field.

I know already, for your forwardness you have deserved rewards and crowns; and We do assure you on a word of a prince, they shall be duly paid. In the mean time, my lieutenant general shall be in my stead, than whom never prince commanded a more noble or worthy subject; not doubting but by your obedience to my general, by your concord in the camp, and your valour in the field, we shall shortly have a famous victory over these enemies of my God, of my kingdom, and of my people.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

The most important video I have watched on YouTube

Stefan Molyneux, of FreeDomain Radio, talks about how we have to avoid the problem which has dogged Western Civilisation over the last century.

It is just over an hour long but will probably open up a lot of insights of the way the world has been progressing during that time. It is not a quick fix video, but a warning that if we don't understand what if happening, we will travel blindly towards the end as we know it.

If you can't be bothered to watch, that's fine, those of us who do will gain power over those who don't.


Ampers.

Friday, 28 April 2017

What’s wrong with Britain – apart from the SNP?

Oh dear! There are so many things it’s difficult to know where to begin.

First of all, we are being manipulated. Whether by politicians or a “shadowy establishment” or the bankers is immaterial. The main point here is we are being manipulated.

First of all, the aim is to make us poor. The printing of money with nothing to back it up was the start. That, together with an extremely low interest rate, was designed to hit the prudent middle class—to decimate their savings. The poor were hit by higher food prices caused by the EU CAP where it costs us so much to import food both from within and without the EU. This is apart from all the immigrants taking up jobs previously held by the working class.

And, note that overcrowded hospitals and doctors surgeries, together with over crowded schools, don’t affect the uber rich, or our politicians – including Diane Abbot – who make full use of the private sector.

Then we have the globalists who will stop at nothing to obtain their dream of world government where they will have full control of fiscal policy which will make slaves of everybody.

Our politics are all wrong. On the one hand we have the Labour Party who have managed to fool the left for generations that they are for the working man. The working man has suffered as much financially under Labour as they have under the Conservatives.

On the other hand, we have the afore-mentioned Conservatives who, from past performance, show they are only after what they can get. Usually as kickbacks from Corporate Business, and some, such as Kinnock and Mandelson, have made millions from the EU, which come indirectly from the taxes you pay our government.

The Liberal Democrats hate the idea of a ‘sovereign and free’ Britain and will avoid us being in a democracy as long as possible.

UKIP are in trouble, but hopefully they will climb out of the mire. The original party when Mr Farage was at the helm had a lot of good ideas but I fear it may have been destroyed by Conservative fifth columnists.

We need to ensure that all constituencies have an equal amount of inhabitants in them, that will avoid any party having control of Parliament with fewer voters than any other region.

Then you have the system of “jobs for the boys” where many, who fund the political parties end up in the Lords. Cronyism run amock!

So, what can we do about it?


We need to reform the House of Lords and make it an elective body. The first chamber is a talking shop where they examine the second chamber’s laws and check them. There is no need for expenses other than free tickets in the Parliament canteens and second class travel warrants with the facility for them to pay the extra for first class.

The second chamber (Commons) should have a reduced salary of £50,000 for backbenchers, rising in increments to £80,000 as a minister, and £125,000 as a prime minister. After all, a PM has a free house, a car and chauffeur etc. All perks should be taxed, the same as any other UK director, other than fixed amounts for offices and staff. The various bars and restaurants should not be subsidised.

Although I think the whip system demoralises honest MPs, it should be kept. We need to have a limit where it can be used in any one year of three times, but not to be carried forward.

We need to study other countries to see whether we can get a better system. Should we have a separate vote for the Prime Minister as in America? Should we allow non politicians to stand? Should we allow him to choose his cabinet, but unlike America, only from MPs? There should be no interference from the upper house. This way, the vote for the leader can be on the same ballot paper as the vote for MPs.

Is the French system a better idea than proportional voting? We need to examine that and decide on one of them. The present system of first past the post is not good. Whether you like UKIP is immaterial to my next statement, but fairness is.

Is it right for a party that gets just over 3,8m votes gets one MP and two parties with approximately the same number of votes between them, get 64 seats? The British readers of many generations will think this unfair, others and newcomers to these islands will be happy with the status quo.

Ampers