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Friday, 31 August 2018

The new alternative to Twitter, better than GAB.

MINDS.COM

Forget Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Blogger or any of the others.

Forget censorship, rules and regulations.

Some guys in America have built a Social Media site which protects the rights of Free Speech.

It is in opensource which means you can demand the code and if you are code literate, you can check to make sure there are no back doors. Then compile it yourself. Hundreds have done this already.

For additional safeguards, nobody can interfere with the program (even the directors) that has already been coded in.

The best way to describe it is to say it is a cross between Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Although a newcomer to the social media world, it has already attracted 1.3 million users.

When you use it, whether to add content, read others' contributions, reply or interact in any way you are awarded tokens. You can use this to put your contributions in front of upto 5,000 other users.

I am a contributer with a monthly subscription but this is completely unnecessary and is not required. But I wanted to help. Anyone can be verified if they can prove who they are. I am.

After only a couple of weeks I already have 487 followers, and my contributions have been seen over 42,000 times.

This is more suited to USA #MAGA people and UK Brexiteers as the left will be more frightened of joining uncensored social media where they get nowhere when they are offended!

But, you need to spend a little time on it as there is so much to see and do. If I can get to grips in two weeks at 79, you should do better, unless you are over 79 of course!

If you decide to give it a try, look me up. My handle is @AmpersUK there.

Ampers

Sunday, 12 August 2018

What will happen with the Boris Johnson investigation by the Prime Minister?

Boris should not, in my view, and in the view of hunbdreds of thousannds of Tory Voters, apologise. After all, back in 2013, a Moslem woman journalist compared the Hijab to a post box, in an article in the Guardian.

Some people are saying May is going to push for a suspension, long enough for her to hold a leadership contest without him. She hates him so much, she’d rather run the risk of losing – rather than losing to him.

However, this will infuriate the Tory voters so much than members will withold their membership fee by leaviing and rather than vote for the Conservatives vote for the new crop of Brexit parties starting up, or even join and vote for UKIP.

If she decides that is too risky, she may just suspend him and carry one, or find some other punishment for him. But, as he is now a back-bencher, her choices are rather limited.

Mrs May is not a fool and she is not as stupid as many imaging. Everything is calculated to keep us into the EU in such a way that a future PM needs only a tiny tweak to make us full members again.

I think there is only one question to ask the Tory party and that is; “How many of your MPs, including Cabinet Members, are accepting bribes from the George Sorus organisation, the EU, or the bankers (Morgan, Rockafeller or Rothchild) to keep us in the EU”?

I’m off to China soon for a few weeks, so it seems appropriate to mention a Chinese curse here: “May you live in interesting times”.

Dear reader, we are living in those interesting times!”

Ampers.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

The Burka kerfuffle with Boris Johnson


The Moslem Burka

What a lot of hooha about Boris Johnson’s comments! The Burka or Hijab is a garment aimed either of Moslem men subjecting their women to torment or as a weapon to terrorise the inhabitants of Europe and America. There is a third reason which I will devote a whole paragraph to later.

Why do I say “ subjecting their women to torment”? This is because the garment is either black or in the case of the Hijab, darkish blue. In the sun, these clothes contain the heat and the woman suffers much more than their menfolk who wear lighter clothing to reflect the sun.

Why do I say “ a weapon to terrorise the inhabitants of Europe”? This is simple, many, including myself, see these people and wonder if they are wearing a suicide vest under the cloak. Or even that it may be a man hiding a Kalashnikov under the cloak.

The third reason is quite illuminating. It is not only well known, but obvious in Europe that Moslem men cannot keep “it” in their pants and many of them indulge in their favourite passtime, rape. Wiser women wear these garments so as not to excite Moslem men in their company, or even Moslem strangers walking down the street.

Many Moslem countries are now banning the facce covering garments, it is not only the west who are keen to;

Banning the burqa

Why more countries are outlawing the full-face veil
LAST June, a few months after Chadian forces had crossed into Nigeria to fight the Islamist insurgents of Boko Haram, two suicide-bombers detonated their belts in N’Djamena, Chad’s capital, killing more than 30 people. Two days later Chad’s government banned the wearing of the burqa, the Muslim woman’s covering that hides even the eyes. Henceforth, said the prime minister, security forces could “go into the markets… seize all the burqas on sale and burn them”. Those spotted in such “camouflage” would be “arrested, tried and sentenced after summary proceedings.” Heavy-handed as that sounds, several other sub-Saharan governments have followed suit. A month after Chad’s ban, Cameroon did the same in its northernmost region following suicide-bombings by people clad in burqas. Now the ban has been extended to five of Cameroon’s ten provinces, including its two biggest cities. Niger’s government has banned the garment in Diffa, a southern region that has also been hit by Boko Haram. And late last year Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, a Muslim, said that a ban even on the hijab, which shrouds a woman’s head and chest but leaves her face on show, may be necessary if bombings persist.
Even countries unharmed by Islamist terror are banning the burqa. Last year Congo-Brazzaville barred it in public places to “prevent any act of terrorism”. And Senegal, which the French security service says is vulnerable to an attack, is pondering a ban, too. Only one west African country seems to be moving in the other direction. The Gambia’s eccentric dictator, Yahya Jammeh, who recently declared his nation to be Islamic, told all female government workers to cover their hair.

If the Conservative Party decide to expel Boris Johnson, the party will implode. If they decide to punish in any other way, they risk hemorrhaging their party, possibly quite severely.

21st century votes have wised up considerably and will no longer be taken for granted.

Ampers



Wednesday, 8 August 2018

We are living in very dangerous times.

We are also living in extremely troubled times

What twitter is doing borders on criminality. They are stifling debate by Republicans, in the US, prior to their mid-term elections, but allow the Democrats free reign to not only debate their policies but to attack the Republican’s with impunity.

Then they have collectively banned Infowars, a large thorn in the side of the Democrats, from publishing their stories on four major outlets, including Google, Apple and Facebook.

Twitter are shadow-banning thousands of people who are on the right, but allow the left to rave and insult with impunity. A black girl, going into politics for Republicans was recently banned for a day for simply changing an insulting tweet against whites by repeating the tweet changing whites to blacks. She was banned but the other black woman was allowed to insult freely.

Twitter is also attacking right wing thinkers in the UK.

Many of us have additional accounts with Gab.ai, and Minds which allow more free reign. Neither is quite as good as Twitter but I have high hopes for Minds as it is opensource and is owned by its users.

There is a concerted attack by the establishment against normal free-thinking Anglo-Saxons. They are terrified of us. They’ve seen what we can do from the past (remember when three-quarters of the world was coloured red on a map? Red for England). This is one reason why I wanted the Scots to have their independence, with the hope that Wales and Northern Ireland would follow.

England would always be on the right, we are more independent than most races, free thinkers and like to do our own thing.
English MPs:

Conservative:         296 – 55.534%
Labour                   228
Liberal Democrats     8
Greens                       1
We are living in troubled times. Families such as JP Morgan, Rothchilds and the Rockefellers, George Soros and many other billionnaires are fighting for a world government so that they can control the entire planet, making sure there is nowhere to hide. One of their weapons where they try to attract others to their way of thinking is through the Bilderberg Group which is used to discuss future plans for achieving their purpose.

The EU is part of their plans. A stage after the EU has consolidated with all of Europe in their clutches, they have plans for the USA and the EU to join forces. Britain is essential for them as they will be able to exert pressure on the Commonwealth. This paragraph has been put together simply because a journalist after one Bilderberg meeting found a scribbled note with the map of the USA with the stars changed to the EU circle. So it is tenuous and I will understand if you would rather disregard it.

The time is rapidly approaching where we may have to make a stand. If we do nothing but write comments on Facebook or Twitter, then we will lose. We need to take action.

I am not a lover of the Far Right. However, I am a firm believer that Tommy Robinson has realised his mistake of aligning himself with, and leading, the EDL He has become more central right. Not a lot but enough for me to feel a little more at ease following him
Positions are lost by the timid who do nothing.
Positions are lost by those that follow the crowd.
Positions are lost by those ignoring politics.
And positions are also lost by voting for a party because your parents voted for them, and their parents before them. The time has come to start thinking for yourselves. Or taking anything a politician tells you at face value. Check everything they tell you.

Ampers.

Saturday, 4 August 2018

Eddie Rickenbacker; an incredible American hero of his time.

This is an interesting true story.

Every Friday evening, almost without fail, when the sun resembled a giant orange and was starting to dip into the blue ocean.

Old Ed came strolling along the beach to his favorite pier.

Clutched in his bony hand was a bucket of shrimps. Ed walks out to the end of the pier, where it seems he almost has the world to himself. The glow of the sun is a golden bronze now.

Everybody's gone, except for a few joggers on the beach. Standing out on the end of the pier, Ed is alone with his thoughts... and his bucket of shrimps.

Before long, however, he is no longer alone. Up in the sky a thousand white dots come screeching and squawking, winging their way toward that lanky frame standing there on the end of the pier.

Before long, dozens of seagulls have enveloped him, their wings fluttering and flapping wildly. Ed stands there tossing shrimp to the hungry birds. As he does, if you listen closely, you can hear him say with a , 'Thank you. Thank you.'

In a few short minutes the bucket is empty. But Ed doesn't leave. He stands there lost in thought, as though transported to another time and place .

When he finally turns around and begins to walk back toward the beach, a few of the birds hop along the pier with him until he gets to the stairs, and then they, too, fly away. And old Ed quietly makes his way down to the end of the beach and on home.

If you were sitting there on the pier with your fishing line in the water, Ed might seem like 'a funny old duck,' as my dad used to say. Or, to onlookers, he's just another old codger, lost in his own weird world, feeding the seagulls with a bucket full of shrimps.

To the onlooker, rituals can look either very strange or very empty. They can seem altogether unimportant.. .maybe even a lot of nonsense.

Old folks often do strange things, at least in the eyes of Boomers and Busters.

Most of them would probably write Old Ed off, down there in Florida... That's too bad. They'd do well to know him better.

His full name: Eddie Rickenbacker. He was a famous hero in World War I, and then he served in WWII. On one of his flying missions across the Pacific, he and his seven-member crew went down.

Miraculously, all of the men survived, crawled out of their plane, and climbed into a life raft.

Captain Rickenbacker and his crew floated for days on the rough waters of the Pacific. They fought the sun. They fought sharks. Most of all, they fought hunger and thirst. By the eighth day their rations ran out. No food. No water. They were hundreds of miles from land and no one knew where they were or even if they were alive.

Every day across America millions wondered and prayed that Eddie Rickenbacker might somehow be found alive.

The men adrift needed a miracle. That afternoon they had a simple devotional service and prayed for a miracle.

They tried to nap. Eddie leaned back and pulled his military cap over his nose. Time dragged on. All he could hear was the slap of the waves against the raft...suddenly Eddie felt something land on the top of his cap. It was a seagull!

Old Ed would later describe how he sat perfectly still, planning his next move. With a flash of his hand and a squawk from the gull, he managed to grab it and wring its neck. He tore the feathers off, and he and his starving crew made a meal of it - a very slight meal for eight men. Then they used the intestines for bait. With it, they caught fish, which gave them food and more bait....and the cycle continued. With that simple survival technique, they were able to endure the rigors of the sea until they were found and rescued after 24 days at sea.

Eddie Rickenbacker lived many years beyond that ordeal, but he never forgot the sacrifice of that first life-saving seagull... And he never stopped saying, 'Thank you.' That's why almost every Friday night he would walk to the end of the pier with a bucket full of shrimps and a heart full of gratitude.
 
Reference: (Max Lucado, "In The Eye of the Storm", pp...221, 225-226)


PS: Eddie Rickenbacker was the founder of Eastern Airlines. Before WWI he was race car driver. In WWI he was a pilot and became America's first ace. In WWII he was an instructor and military adviser, and he flew missions with the combat pilots. Eddie Rickenbacker is a true American hero. And now you know another story about the trials and sacrifices that brave men have endured for your freedom.

Monday, 16 July 2018

What is the difference between a Classical Liberal and a Liberal?

First of all, the lines are blurred with many people. A major problem here is people identify Liberalism with the political party called the Liberal Democrats who, alas, are neither liberal nor democratic.

I do not see myself as a Liberal at all when, looking at the following video, I see that I am, indeed a Classical Liberal.



OK, this is an American production but it applies to people all over the world and the views expressed here are, to me, describing pretty accurately how I feel.

Is it describing you?

Ampers.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

This is how we can punish the Tories and not get Labour

First of all, there will be thousands of Tories who are Remainers. Then there are idiots who voted to leave but cannot break the umbilical cord which attaches them for life to the Conservatives and, who will still vote Tory.

The sad news is, there are very many Leavers who have seen the light and will probably abstain from having anything to do with the vote at the next election.

My plan is two-fold,
first I want to produce an idea which will bring them back to voting, and secondly, I want the same idea to appeal to the huge swathes of people across the country who have either never voted, or have given up on the political system.

There is UKIP, but now we have many other political parties springing up. There is Anna Marie Waters party “For Britain” There is Henry Bolton’s “One Nation” and there is John Rees-Evans “Democrats & Veterans Party”. No doubt many more before the next election. If you know of any, please let me know above [on the right] or at @AmpersUK.

Although my plan doesn’t involve the coming together of these new parties, I am toying with an idea in which they can each get an MP or two.

We are all short of manpower. Yes, UKIP has a lot, but nothing now compared with Conservatives and Labour.

My plan needs the leaders of all the smaller Brexit parties to send a representative to a meeting to start discussing election tactics. But, I hasten to add, not to actually join forces.

Fighting the next election: At these meetings, each representative should choose two only constituencies where the others agree not to fight. That’s not a lot out of 650 seats. But enough for the smaller parties to concentrate their efforts. Pick the two containing most of your members.

The important point here is there is no competition between the parties in each of these two constituencies. However, they can also fight in as many other constituences not earmarked by the above team without fear or favour!

All the parties, including UKIP, should distribute a joint leaflet with no party mentioned. I can hear you all laughing from my home in Finchley!!! But here is an idea for the leaflets.
Staying at home is not an option

Please read on. Note: we are not suggesting what party to vote for in this leaflet.

There are many reasons why the United Kingdon is in such a mess. One is “tribal” where people think: “My grandfather voted for x party, my father did, and what was good enough for them is good enough for me". How many, reading this leaflet, truly believe the Tory and Labour parties have the same aims as they did when your father and grandfather were alive?

The only hope for Britain is to end the two party dominance of our politics. Apart from not really seeing much difference – both are harmful for people at work, struggling to earn a living to support their families; for the elderly keeping warm in winter; for finding a school place reasonably near your home and keeping them safe from groomers; for getting medical treatment from your doctor on the day you need it and from getting seen to in A&E the same hour you are admitted.
Vote for one of the smaller parties if there is one putting up a candidate in your area. If everyone who sees this leaflet does that, they could get in and upset every official in the two main parties.

Don’t be “tribal”, if there are no small parties standing, destroy your vote by writing “I’ll never vote for ______________ in my life again” [insert the major party applicable]
Please go and vote on May xxth 202x. 
[no actual date available yet]
Before you totally throw out my ideas, remember, unless the smaller parties can work together tactically, we will still end up with the two similar tribes controlling Parliament.

Write to your party leaders with a link to this article and ask them to consider it, providing you think it is a good idea of course!

For Britain                                @AMDWaters
UKIP                                         @GerardBattenMEP
One Nation                               @_HenryBolton
Democrats & Veterans Party    @JohnReesEvans
A possible comeback                @Nigel_Farage

On reading this article through, one thing stands out in my mind. And, that is, how important it is not to put any identification on your leaflet indicating what party people should vote for. Once you do this, it becomes a political leaflet and has to be accounted for in your party expenses for the Electoral Commission. And, should have the name and address of your party agent at the bottom.


Ampers

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Who remembers FUD? The Establishment have taken over from IBM on this art!

I don’t understand

The authorities are pushing how bad a complete break with the EU will be every single day. There are a few things they just cannot seem to comprehend.

These arguments of theirs are the same arguments put out before the “vote” -- they even got Barak Obama to come over to tell us how leaving would be bad for Britain.

In addition, Mark Carney of the Bank of England, the CBI, Richard Bransom and other leaders of Industry drummed into us how bad leaving the EU would be. And, to crown it all, David Cameron sent out a glossy fourteen page booklet to every home in the UK reinforcing all this fear, uncertainty and despondency.

In the sixties, this was known as FUD and was coined by IBM to persuade company buyers to only buy IBM computers. Until Brexit, IBM were the acclaimed masters of FUD.

However, 52% of the British people who took an interest in their country still voted to leave.

Now, over the two years since the referendum, not only the 52% but most of those who voted to remain in the EU are learning that all those “stories” were false, or to use modern parlance, fake news.

Now those same people have started up the discredited stories of FUD (fear, uncertainty and despondency) to persuade us to remain in the EU, should the establishment manage to get their aim of a second referendum.

Our Prime Minister is now well known as someone who has no understanding of negotiations, as she allows the EU negotiators to walk all over her and Britain. We know she was 100% remain when Home Secretary, and we must now consider whether she is really putting Britain’s best interest forward in these negotiations.

A lot of the British public were persuaded to vote remain through “fear, uncertainty and despondency”. The question to ask is, how many of those people who fell at the first hurdle would know now not be taken in by Establishment lies? Would they now vote to leave?

If just one in five were wise enough to see through the propaganda, that would mean the 52% would be increased to over 60%. But, personally, I think the British public are a lot wiser than the Establishment give them credit for and the number could be much, much higher.

Please send a link to every remainer you know!

Ampers

Monday, 25 June 2018

Some Brexit misconceptions

First of all, I must apologise if this is not perfect but I am experimenting on producing a slide show in Blogger.

I have set automatic movement to their mazimum of one minute so you can use the arrows to move as quickly as you wish to.

If it works OK, I may do some on various subjects which lend themselves to this method of communication.

I'd be grateful for any feedback, either in the comments below, or if they are exceedingly rude about my capaabilities, you could be decent and leave a email in the slot on the right!



Ampers.

Monday, 18 June 2018

We are living in dangerous times

The important thing is, to keep your head and act wisely.

When walking down the street, always be aware of who is passing you, and who is behind you, even in broad daylight with crowds around you. Especially when the pavement is crowded. Keep an eye on the traffic.

Carrying a weapon is prohibited by law and the police attitude is, it is far better to be killed, or raped, than having to go to prison because you killed your attacker. If you agree, don’t carry a weapon.

Outdoor clothes

If someone intends to kill or rape you, then you need to consider what you are wearing. Killers hate toffs, and if a rapist thinks you think you are God Almighty, he will hone in on you. Slouch and wear dull outer chothes.

High Heels and leather soles give out a clickety clack sound and the eye immediately hones in on the wearer. I’m from Africa and am a hunter by nature (shops were 200 miles down the road and if you didn’t hunt you’d get pretty hungry). As soon as I hear the clickety-clack of loud shoes, my eye’s automatically swivel towards the sound, and I’m no killer or rapist. Wear trainers and keep your high heels or smart leather sole shoes in your bag until you get to your destination.

Another thing, always walk facing the traffic, if you walk in the direction of the traffic, you are at risk if a car pulls up next to you.

Andrew Kain gives good advice to people in his SAS Handbook.
If there’s a wall, walking close to it will reduce the chances of an attack from that side, because the wall protects you, and you’re narrowing the angles of attack.
As you approach a corner, alley or driveway, however, veer out away from the wall to give yourself that essential arms-length distance on anyone hiding around the corner.

Carry an aid to maintaining your arms-length space, such as an umbrella.
If you have a handbag on a long strap, wear it on the side closest to the wall and wear the strap across your chest, rather than over one shoulder. When crossing the road, clasp the bag in your hand, restricting the opportunity of a thief.
If you’re in crowds, whether it’s in subways during the rush hour, the supermarket on Saturday morning or at a football match, it’s particularly important that your valuables are tucked away and not obvious.
I bought the SAS Handbook for £22.00 way back, Andrew Kain signed the book in October 1996 so I must have had it before then. It was in a slightly larger than A5 loose-leaf format. Andrew, and two of his pals in his executive protection company, had 44 years in the SAS between them.

The book covers home security, street security, car security, and travelling abroad security and much more. Amazon sell the paperback for £6.99 and the Kindle version for £4.79. I can’t stress how useful this book is whether you are living at home, travelling locally or abroad. It is my bible.

Home security

First of all, make it visible. You may be very fond of your neighbours, but your object here for the thief is for him to feel it’s too much trouble – and move off along the road.

When we first moved in, I had Banhams replace the front door with a strong specially made door, with two Banham security locks – one latch and one mortice. The same with the back door. I so had window locks, and the lights – at the top of the windows – were fitted with an unobtusive bar so we can leave those little windows open in the summer without fear the burglar can lift a small child through.

Then I had another professional company come in, more recently, to install a burglar alarm and motion detectors in all the room, and security cameras.

By spending a little more I have insured that these precautions are invisible to friends and relations who visit me, but to a trained (thief’s) eye, these all spell trouble for him.

This is what Living in London is all about. I have taken further precautions but I would prefer to keep these to myself.

Ampers

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Is WhatsApp really all that secure?


Secure messaging:

Avoiding back doors is possible providing you use an open source program. This type of program is usually available in code; the user can examine the code and then compile it for their computer. If you don’t know how to compile a program, why not ask next door’s twelve year old son! You'll be amazed at what he can do!

You may ask "why would you need to use this app". I will give just one example but I'm sure you can think of many more. 'Political parties in opposition. Every party which is in government has access to MI5' (and, in America, the NSA)! Texts can be read!

Signal Messenger can also be used as a normal SMS program so you can remove your normal SMS app as there are special benefits with Signal Messenger.

Providing both parties are using the program, full encryption is also available. This part can, of course, be covered by WhatsApp, but remember - WhatsApp is a proprietary program and you’ll never tell if the CIA for MI5 have forced them to put a trapdoor in no matter what they may claim.

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I dictated this whilst on the London Underground using the EdiVoice app. This app allows for long gaps between each bit of dictation unlike Google’s own voice efforts, but you need to speak slowly and clearly. The app also allows for teaching, if it gets things wrong.

OK, I admit this article is a little stilted but I haven’t used mechanical means for dictation for over fifty years. Hopefully I’ll get better at it!

Ampers

Friday, 15 June 2018

High and safe security on your mobile phone.

Secure messaging:
Avoiding back doors is possible providing you use an open source program. This type of program is usually available in code, the user can examine the code and then compile it for their computer. If you don’t know how to compile a program, why not ask next door’s son!
You may ask "why would you need to do this". I will give just one example but I'm sure you can think of many more. Political parties in opposition. Ever party which is in has access to MI5.
Signal Messenger is such a program and can be used as a normal SMS program.
However, providing both parties are using the program, full encryption is also available. This part can be covered by WhatsApp, but remember - WhatsApp is a proprietary program and you’ll never tell if the CIA for MI5 have forced them to put a trapdoor in.
I dictated this whilst on the London Underground using the EdiVoice app. This app allows for long gaps between each bit of dictation unlike Google, but you need to speak slowly and clearly. The app also allows for teaching, if it gets things wrong. OK, this article is a little stilted but I haven’t used mechanical means for dictation for over fifty years. Hopefully I’ll get better at it!
Ampers


Thursday, 14 June 2018

Use your mobile phone and never lose your memory.

Subtitled: To old codgers everywhere - and a few younger ones!

This article is aimed at people like me, who have been retired for a few years, are starting to procrastinate, but still have their mobile phones. Alas, as I use Android, some of the apps I suggest may not be easily available on the Apple store.

You may not be exactly the same as me as, in under a month, I will be celebrating my 79th birthday. I run our home using the following apps and software.

Younger readers might be interested in the following as well, as – apart from helping procrastinators – it can also help to make one more efficient.

A little while ago I discovered £20,000 in an old ISA which I had totally forgotten about. This led me to search for a full accounts program to list all my assets and liabilities. I didn’t want to make the same error again! However, I can now see exactly when bills are coming in so I can be earning as much interest as possible.

I chose a free program – I like free if it works and this one does. I use Linux so was a little restricted but I chose GNUCash. The good news is it is also available on Microsoft Windows and Apple operating systems. Like Quickbooks, if you make a mistake and it hasn’t been reconciled with your statement yet, you can overwrite the errant transaction. And add new accounts to your account tree whenever you need. I won’t talk about their reports section! There are so maay of the reports I haven’t began to use them all!

I use “Daily Expenses” by Michel Garvajal. Load version 2 and if you like it, pay for version 3. This allows me to add my expenses, cash/credit card etc as I travel around and every Sunday I transfer the week’s expenses into my GNUCash. This is, in fact a great freedom.

I arrange my time during the week, but only Mondays to Fridays using the 52 minutes on a job and 17 minutes as a break. The 52:17 is a recognised system and you can Google it. For this I use “Just Reminder” by AppHouze Go. Available from the Google app store. I keep fairly bland names starting with Admin for the first period followed by Project A, Project B, Project C, Project D, Firefighting (for all those problems that crop up) and Reading as the last period when you may be too tired to work! During the day I have an exercise period where, rain or shine I walk one mile. I have a weekly time table proforma and against the projects, I put what I am going to use them for for that week.                                          

I use the “Todo List”, the one by Splend Apps. They write great apps and I have four of them, all paid for but you can use them free. This is for regular things and information throughout the year and I get daily reminders. I always forget to take my asthma puff mornings and evenings. I also remind myself here to take the dustbins out, Another reminder to increase my blood pressure every Wednesdays to watch PMQs. And to change my undersink water filter twice a year, and to buy a new pair once a year, to give an idea. To remind me a month earlier when my home insurance becomes due so I can shop around for a better deal. The uses here for a procrastinator are endless.

“Simplenote” by Automatic Inc for all the major things to do, listing all the major items I have to accomplish. I find this particularly useful as they have a browser app whick links so you can use your computer keyboard. Yes, I know there is Google Keep and Evernote. I use them both for various reasons, but this is best for this job.

I also use “Voice Recorder” and “All Notes”, also by Splend Apps. Voice Recorder records onto various sound files – I use mp3 – for notes on the go. You can speak fairly fast, and have gaps whilst you think of what to say. I use it for taking down people’s phone number, appointments, notes and sometimes expenses, to be added to various apps later when I am sitting down comfortably. All Notes is different. It allows speech to text, but if you hesitate too long the sound closes and it types out what you have said. It also has a todo list, use of your camera, and you can also record a voice file. You can also share all types of these notes by email.

Suddenly, at approaching 79, I have become more efficient. You may find it hard to believe, but regimenting myself this way has given me a new lease of life. Now I never have to clutter my mind with all the things I have to do over the coming twelve months.

I also use “Call Forwarding” by DHC Apps. I have a good phone system at home with a wire free handset in every room. So when I get home I forward all my mobile calls to my home phone. When I leave home, I “unforward” them. Apart from the obvious, saving battery, it also saves me rushing from room to room searching for my mobile. [I also have a wireless charger in each room so that doesn’t help me find my mobile!]

If you can think of other apps which can be included here, add them, together with a paragraph on what the app does, to the Comments Section below. Please also add the cost of the app.

Ampers.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Does your account program cost you an arm and a leg?

Welcome to GNUCash!

First of all, it runs on many operating systems, including Windows, Mac and many flavours of Linux, including ]Debian series (Ubuntu, Mint, Debian etc)], Red Hat, SuSe and a few others.

Secondly, it is Open Source and totally free to use. For the suspicious, this includes the souce code which, if you have a technical programmer working for you, you can download and look through the code before compiling it yourself. But that’s for the techies – however, it is reassuring.

So, what does it do.

  • A simple answer here, is everything. I have used Quicken and Quickbooks in the past and this works in a very similar way, from entering all your accounts to producing a copious amount of reports right up to Balance Sheet. Reports can be for the month, quarter or year.
  • Not only can you build your ‘accounts tree’, but you can call the headings whatever names you like. In addition, you can add to them even after using the program seriously for some time.
  • You can download your statements in the Quicken QIF files or the new OFX files, which between the two, are used by most banks in the UK.
  • The program has routines to enable you to reconcile your statements with your accounts easily, and as you reconcile each item, you can mark them as reconciled.
  • You can liaise with your accounts program through your Android phone.
  • You can, as I have done, download the 275 page manual, print on both sides, and have it bound by the local print shop for under a fiver. Well worth doing if you are going to be serious about using this program.
  • Amazon have many books, written by many people, available in book format or Kindle format. However if you own a Kindle, you can download the document in .mobi format. Those with other e-readers, you can use the e-book format.
  • You can start using the program from any date. I used the first of the following month, and when the statement arrived later in the month you can add the balances in, these were dated the first of the month and immediately appeared in the correct place before the records I had previously entered. Great.
  • If you put in your company name and address, and your client’s name and address, you can print invoices for any sales transaction.
  • When using for the first time, you have a choice of different sets of accounts to automatically set up. Then all you need to d
There are many more good points about this program, but I tought I’d just give you a flavour of this FREE software.

The way open source works is, someone has an idea for a program. He puts this information out, and someone technical takes it up and calls for help. Hundreds, sometimes thousands of programmers around the world offer half a day, a day, or even  longer to code up, or solve problems from other coders.

There is a GNUCash Android app, but it doesn’t feed the main program too well so I use an app on my Samsung phone called “Daily Expenses”. You get a whole lot more by buying it (just over £2) and it will back your data up to either Drive or Dropbox. I use this when I am out to record all my purchases and, every week, enter them into GNUCash every Sunday.
    
You can delete any account errors, but that is not advisable once the entry has been reconciled with your statement. Some, but not many, banks and building societies, offer an electronic statement. I don’t mean a pdf but what is called an OFX or a QIF, or even a csv file, which you can upload to your GNUCash and most of the items will be reconciled, leaving only a few to investigate.

It is said you don’t need to be a book-keeper to operate it, but a little knowledge of book-keeping will stop you making a few errors in the first month.

Don’t worry about opening balances, you can put these in at any time, just don’t forget to put the date as at the last day of the month before you begin and they will always show up first.


A word of warning, although this is ideal for small businesses, if you, like me, are using it for your home accounts, you could be heading for a little heartbreak when you see just how much certain aspects of your life is costing you. Men, if you are doing this, split the “clothes” account into his and hers. This could be ammunition when she says “You’re not going out to the pub yet again?”

Ampers

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Android apps - some new kids on the block

Astrobot and Mastermind look very interesting for serious business people.

Astrobot
This is an email program, on a Desktop or Notebook which will show your emails on the left and your calendar on the right. Naturallyy this can’t be done on a mobile apps, so a simple click between the two. At present it is only available on the Mac Desktop or in the Android and Iphone app stores.

It has a way to go, but the team of 28 in the company developing this are successful software entrepreneurs who sold their previous software program for around $350,000,000.

At present Astrobot links in to both Amazon Alexa and Slack. By the end of the year they will probably link and work for a lot more. For the office, the Amazon Echo is cheaper and will do everything that Alexa does except Alexa has better speakers for music which you may not require.

At present it is free, but I hear it will eventually be charged out to companies, although I have been informed it may be free for the single user.

Here’s their own blurb:

The Press?
  • Mashable: The 12 best apps of 2017
  • The Wall Street Journal: “The cleverest email client”
  • Product Hunt: Mobile App of the Year
  • TechCrunch: “A high-end Gmail replacement”
  • Fast Company: “This email app uses AI to keep your inbox under control”
  • Lifehacker: “The magic really comes from the app’s built-in digital assistant”

Why Astro
• Modern, intelligent features for FREE: Snooze, Unsubscribe, Send Later, Email Tracker, Priority Inbox, Unified Inbox, Calendar, and more, for Gmail, G Suite and Office 365 email accounts
• Astrobot: AI-powered email assistant that highlights important messages and questions, unsubscribes you from emails, and responds to hundreds of commands to help you stay on top of your mailbox and calendar
• Priority Inbox: Know which emails are most important with a focused inbox, powered by AI
• Calendar: View and manage your calendar directly from the Astro app, including an Agenda view with events for Snoozed emails, scheduled emails and reminders
• Slack Integration: Easily work across Slack and email. In Slack, read and respond to emails, and create Calendar events. In Astro, search for Slack messages and share emails to Slack channels
• Astrobot Voice & Amazon Alexa Skill: Read, manage,and reply to emails hands-free by talking to Astrobot, directly from the Astro app or from your Amazon Echo

AI-Powered Email Assistant
• Ask Astrobot: Responds to hundreds of natural language commands to manage, clean up, and search your inbox, add events to your calendar, set reminders, and learn how to use Astro
• Insights: Unsubscribe and archive suggestions for messages that can skip your mailbox
• Reminders: Automated reminders to follow up on important emails, questions, tracked emails, time-specific requests, and @mentions from other Astro users
• VIPs: AI-powered contact list management, so you always know when a priority email arrives
• Voice Commands: Manage your inbox by talking to Astrobot directly from the app
• Daily & Weekly Update Emails: Insights that help you clean up your mailbox and make it easier to know what to follow up on

Smart Inbox Management
• Priority & Other Inbox: Astro sorts your emails using artificial intelligence
• Smart Notifications: Eliminate distractions by getting notified only when an email is important
• Snooze: Swipe to read or respond to an email at a specific time, or when you get back to your Mac
• Email Open & Reply Tracking: Get notified when a recipient opens an email or get a reminder if you haven’t heard back on time
• Send Later: Schedule your emails to be sent at exactly the right time

Calendar
• Unified Inbox & Calendar: Streamline your workflow and save time by viewing and managing your Gmail and Office 365 email accounts and calendars all in one place
• Calendar Assistant: Add simple events using natural language
• Complete View of Today’s To-Dos: Calendar includes events not only from Gmail and/or Office 365 email accounts, but also Snoozed or scheduled emails and reminders, so you get a complete view of your day
• Customizable Calendar Views: Choose which calendars and email accounts to display

Additional Features
• Customizable swipes
• Fast search
• Folders and Favorites
• Email aliases
• Signatures
• Attachments - Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, Quip, iCloud
• Rich text and emojis
• Support for Gmail, G Suite and Microsoft Office 365

I suggest you put their link in your brought forward diary for later in the year. Believe me, this software has potential. If you like experimenting, log in and use it now. I am, and thoroughly enjoying it. Just in case of problems, I use it in tandem with...

Aquamail
I consider this the best email app I’ve seen but it is only available on mobiles which destroys a lot of its potential.

Mastermind
This is an interesting program which will read your emails (as Astrobot does) but will read your SMS messages and allow you to send via voice. It communicates with both Alexa/Echo and Google Home (once again, their mini is best for office use). Like Astrobot it is in a stage of development but promises much.

Here, using their own words, is what they have done so far:

Mastermind lets you send and read SMS text messages, make and answer phone calls, get caller ID, find your phone, get notifications and launch apps on your mobile device and television via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant devices.

Mastermind connects your smartphone, personal computer, and television to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

* Send and receive SMS text messages
* Make Phone calls
* Find your phone
* Get Caller ID
* Read and manage all app notifications whether they come from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, WhatsApp, Email, Netflix, Youtube or any other app!
* Cast to Chromecast TV
* Get phone battery charge, data usage stats and app usage stats
* Turn on Wifi, Bluetooth and Do-Not-Disturb
* Launch Mobile Apps
* Start Google Maps navigation
* Send articles from your phone and personal computer to Alexa
and Google Assistant to read aloud
* See your phone's notifications, text messages, and phone calls on your personal computer
* More...

Mastermind Commands:
http://www.mastermindbot.com/c

Subscribe to the Mastermind Youtube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/playli

Download all the Mastermind Bots: http://www.mastermindbot.com

5 reasons to try out Mastermind:

1) To send a text message, say "Alexa/Ok Google, Ask Mastermind to Send Message" and Mastermind will send the SMS message using your carrier phone number.

2) To find your phone, say "Alexa/Ok Google, Ask Mastermind to Call My Phone" and Mastermind will ring your phone full volume even if it's in silent or do-not-disturb mode.

3) When your phone rings, say "Alexa/Ok Google, Ask Mastermind Who's Calling?" to found out who's calling. Send unwanted calls to voicemail, say "Alexa, Ask Mastermind to Reject Call".

4) When your phone dings, say "Alexa/Ok Google, Ask Mastermind What Was That?". Mastermind will read out the email, Facebook update, WhatsApp message, Tweet, Instagram post or any notification instantaneously without you reaching for your phone.

5) To make a hands-free phone call, say "Alexa/Ok Google, Ask Mastermind to Make Phone Call" and Mastermind will initiate the call from your phone or connected bluetooth speaker.

Mastermind takes your security and privacy very seriously. Mastermind uses end-to-end encryption to make sure that all of your information is secure.

All permissions on Mastermind are optional. If you do not grant the permission, you will not be able to use commands that require the corresponding phone permission.

This app uses the Device Administrator permission: Casting to Chromecast from Alexa requires Mastermind to be able to Unlock your phone. This requires Mastermind to have Device Admin Permission. If you don't want to cast to Chromecast from Alexa, you do not need to grant Mastermind this Device Admin permission.

For more details on permissions and which commands require which permission, please see Mastermind's privacy policy:

http://www.mastermindbot.com/p

Mastermind is powered by the Convessa Connected Conversational Platform, the most powerful enterprise-grade connected conversational platform available. Learn more at http://www.convessa.com.

Two important points, the program relies on you having Alexa or the Echo Dot, as without one of these the program is pretty pointless. Remember, the program is still in Beta and is still growing. Once it is off Beta and works smoothly, with new items added, I will enjoy it. Let’s face it, most of us can dictate faster than we can type. I envisage executives with an armchair in their office, just issuing strings of commands!

Bonus to this article.

Evinote app for Android. (not Evernote!)
This is a handy dictating app. It has some good points and some bad points. But before I mention them, let me tell you where I find it really useful. I have it on my home screen and when I am out and about and an idea occurs to me, I dictate the idea. The app then types it out. Then I can either copy it to a clipboard, or share it. I share it to SimplyNotes for action when I get to the office.

Now if Mastermind can access that note and send it to an SMS message or email, it would be fantastic.

The pros
The idea that you can dictate is terrific as it isn’t always easy to get out a pen and piece of paper to scribble a note when on the move. Another point is, it won’t stop until you push a button, unlike Google Voice. I tested it by dictating a sentence and waited for five minutes and dictated something else and it just carried on as if there wasn’t a gap.

The Cons
You have to dictate slowly but then this is a free app with adverts, or for a low cost to remove the adverts.

Monday, 28 May 2018

Beware of these greedy mobile app writers

I have noticed a trend nowadays for app writers to rent out their apps at £x a month. This is sheer greed in most cases. The only legitimate case for this is if they have to rent business premises and employ staff to give massive backup. If this is the case, there may be a design fault in the app.

Take an app with 380,000 users containing advertising. They get an ongoing income, probably not that large, but they offer an upgrade for an app with no advertising and some extra benefits for £2.75. Supposing 170,000 decide to buy it as they love the app and want to support the writer. That’s an income of £467,500 – without the advertising income of the non-purchasers.


This website quotes:
The effective cost per thousand impressions, a measure that equalizes advertising revenue of apps with different click-through rates, ranged between $.53 and $1.12 in 2012. An impression occurs each time a new ad is displayed to a user. So if an app averages 1,000 daily users who see two ads each at an eCPM of $.50, the app would generate $1 on average each day.
Now supposing there is a similar app someone is renting at £1.25 a month. Supposing they only have 85,000 users. That is a regular income of £106,250 but this is per month.  One person is paying £1.25 a month which is £15.00 a year. Suppose he uses it over a ten year period? That’s £150.00 you’ve paid. And, overall, the app writer makes £12,750,000 – nice work if you can get it.

Take Quickbooks invoicing. £9.99pm = 119.88pa = £1,198.88 in ten years. And that’s for one app.

My advice here is, do not rent software if you can help it. An exception could be that you are in business and the app will save you more than the cost, and you can write it off for tax purposes.

I have set up and run five businesses in my life, selling them when the work has become boring and there were no more “challenges”. Annual spreadsheets normally show income and expenditure. Mine showed income, variable expenditure and fixed expenditure. (as an example, telephone equipment came under fixed and calls – which I could control - came under variable). I never minded fixed expenditure too much, but came down hard on variable expenditure.

Ampers.

Sunday, 27 May 2018

How productive are you working from home?

This article is aimed at both self-employed and office staff working from home.

The most important discipline here is self-discipline. To make sure you work at a sensible pace and, at the same time, get your work done.

I work from home, and I have four major projects on the go at any one time. I have a reminder app to remind me when each job needs to be started. And my phone buzzes at the following times. I use the 52:17 technique, that is 52 minutes concentrated work and 17 minutes for a rest break. This keeps me going at full pace throughout the day.

08:30 Administration
09:22 Rest break and phone calls
09:39 Project A
10:31 Rest break and coffee
10:48 Project B

… and so on until five o’clock.

Type in “Reminder” in your app search box in Google and you’ll find a few. But make sure you choose the one by Arthur Ivanets. Some are just a single date widget, but the ones you need to look for are for a series of alarms throughout the day. I’m on Android and use Reminder free, it’s £1.99 to remove the adverts which I am about to do. If not in the Apple Store, you may need to look through a few to find one suitable

An app available on both Android and Apple is called “Wunderlist”. This is ideal for adding all those chores that turn up daily, weekly, monthly or even yearly. Home ones might include clean the Krups coffee machine every three weeks, Take a tablet at 11:00am every day – you’ll need that if you become engrossed in your work. Working reminders might include, send in weekly report for each week by noon every Monday. Ringing the boss every Thursday at 3pm. Normal day by day matters such as buy more printing paper and phone George about meeting up after work, could go into the Reminder app.

One other app is Simplenote which allows quick notetaking on your Android or Apple phone, and you can get versions for Windows, Apple or Linux to share across these platforms. There is also a web version for when you are on someone else’s computer. Google Keep is also ideal as is Evernote, but the latter two can have other uses. I use Keep for snippits of information I get from the Internet and with email. Evernote is useful for entering information, such as clothes sizes, my VoiP account information and other such information but naturally passwords aren’t kept in there.

A good electronic notebook which is networked to your home computer, or to the company if you are employed is very useful. I sometimes pop in with mine to the local coffee shop when I have a routine job which I can do as it breaks up the loneliness.

If it's convenient, include a minimum of a mile walk into your schedule. A brisk walk can do it in around 20 minutes. Best time is early afternoon so it puts some oomph into the tail end of the day. Ideally do it in a rest period – 10 minutes to the local coffee house leaves you seven minutes to order a coffee, 52 minutes working on one of your prrojects, and a ten minute return half mile in the next rest break another seven minutes to relax. As I say, working at home requires self discipline and not lying to oneself.

If you have other apps you prefer, please add them in the comments section.

Sunday, 20 May 2018

An interesting option on retirement

Or, perhaps, well after retirement when you are around 75.

It will also depend, of course, on whether you have children, whether the children are well off, whether they are still loving and supportive if not well off.

And whether, of course, you have invested wisely in pensions during your working life.

This article will assume that you haven't an adequate pension, and if you have children, they are either well off, or have neglected you.

First of all, if you need to go into a nursing home, and you can't afford a private one, there are certain restrictions as you can read in this Daily Telegraph article.

Of course, you can always sell your home and go on a "round the world" luxury holiday and live like a prince until it is all gone, and throw yourself at the mercy of the local council. You need to have less than £118,000 left if you've read the Daily Telegraph article in the above link.

Another way is to consider"Equity Release". This is where you sell your house to an insurance company. It is very difficult to say how much you will get as it depends on the value of your house, the area it is in, whether it is likely to go up in value and other criteria.

For example, if you release £50,000 now from a home worth £250,000 and the loan runs for 15 years, you will build up a debt of £123,000. If we assume that house prices rise at 5pc a year, the value will be £528,000 in 15 years' time. So you will have £405,000 remaining to bequeath.

However, this will still be a lot over the £118,000 mentioned earlier - so an outright sale and a very, very long around the world travel holiday might be your best bet.

But only if you don't have loving, and supportive children.

Ampers.

Friday, 18 May 2018

Some Middle Eastern Facts & Figures

Israel and the Middle East


There are so many misconceptions about Israel, the Palestinians, and the Middle East in general.

Accurate figures are hard to come by, so I have taken various facts and added the best figures to show the minimum below. The first three items are accurate.

The first known date that Jerusalem became Israel’s capital is very hazy, but it was a long time before the figure I show below. There are many figures between 602 and 670 when Mohammed established the Islam religion, but I have taken the earliest.

    • Square metres of the Middle East
    • 3.5m sq miles or 9 m sq km
    
    • Square meters of Israel
    • 20,770 sq kilometres

    • Percentage of Israel over the entire Middle East
    • zero point two three percent – 0.23%

    • The first known date that Israel existed
    • In the time of Abraham, 2,000 BC
    • Originally known as Canaan.

    • The first known date that Jerusalem became Israel’s capital.
    • Dates are very hazy but certainly before 1,500 BC

    • The first known date that Mohammed founded Islam
    • The date is uncertain other than it was in the seventh century AD.


The idea that Jews only inhabited the land known as Israel after WWII on the 19th May 1948 is therefore not at all accurate. In addition, as Muslims only came into being over 2,000 years after the Jews, it tends to put a different light on matters.

It is hard to say how many rockets the Palestinians have fired into Israel, but I found that the figure of 5,972 rockets have been fired into Israel between 2001 and 2011, I have been unable to get a more updated position.

Muslims have killed 11 million other Muslims since 1948. The amount over the centuries totals hundreds of millions but I’m trying to restrict numbers for this aspect to modern times.

Thomas Sowell wrote in ‘Race & Culture’ (page 188) in 1948 that 17 million people, mainly Africans, were captured and made slaves and shipped to Islamic countries. We learn from many articles in newspapers that this is still going on today.

This information has been taken from Wikipedia: There are 6,335,000 Jews in the Middle East mostly residing in Israel, there are between 27 and 34 million Christians across the Middle East, there are 800,000 - 1,100,000 Druze who live in Israel, Syria and Lebanon. There are large communities of Hindus in the Arab states of the Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia who number over 3.1 million and an estimated 902,890 Buddhists and 700,000 Yazidi and numerous other religions. Non-Muslims are about 43 million or 23% of the Middle East population, Muslims form the majority of the rest.

The Middle East consists of Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. According to this definition, Middle East has a population of 218 million in 2013, i.e. 3.05% of the total world population (7.2 billion) in 2013.

So 6.3 million Jews (2.89%) and 218 million Arabs 97.11%) – and this was in 2013. As Israel has no oil it is probably the reason why the USA gives financial aid to Israel. But, to help balance that off, they also give aid to Palastine.

I have been careful to only offer facts of my short research here. I offer no insight or opinion. That is not the object of this article. However, I do find it interesting that the Arabs tend to hate the Palestinians, read on.

Note: I may be departing from facts in this last paragraph:

It is not easy to believe either side’s propaganda in this conflict: The following link is from an Israeli newspaper by an experienced Jew on the Middle East at a prominent Israeli university, but it makes fascinating reading although I suspect there is bias here.

Ampers.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

We need to get organised or perish

The Government ignore all our petitions with mealy-mouthed responses. As far as they are concerned, these are a nuisance, but a useful way for the population to let off steam.

The British people, the English in particular, have lost their “thrust” from the old colonial days of Nelson and Wellington.

We are now far better off, and comfortable, and dying for one’s country is only an option for the very few.

The globalists are winning. It is looking more and more unlikely that we will be free of the European Union. We have a Prime Minister who is either still a staunch remainer, or has no idea of how to negotiate, or has no courage. Some may well think it is all three!

The idea behind globalism and the New World Order is to have a One World Government. Once this happens, there will never be any elections, and whatever country you decide to move to, you will be under the same government. You will be trapped. Whatever you may earn, the taxes will be crippling as they will need to keep the workers poor so they don’t fight. If they do show spirit and start to organise, the government‘s thugs will find them and kill them, No mercy will be shown.

So we must become organised. Now, before the damage is done.

If we make a big show of this, then we will be infiltrated before we even get off the ground.

One person only should start this, and run it for the first year. He or she should enrol only friends and acquaintances after sounding them out thoroughly. Nothing should be mentioned on social media. Then each friend and aquaintance should approach other friends and acquaintances, sound them out, and enrol them. Every member should be extremely well known to at least one other member.

A database should be kept of the membership showing a full tree of dependences.

Members should come from both the left, and the right, but not extremists of either left or right.

These members should be of people who love their country, love their history, and feel disillusioned at they way our system is deteriorating.
  •     A Civil Service which has become politicalised
  •     Qangos costing huge amounts but jobs for the boys (and girls)
  •     The way we spend our foreign aid budgets
  •     A House of Lords which is destroying the Government
  •     A politicalised Local Government which should be there to assist residents and businesses
  •     A House of Commons which betrays the wishes of the people.
  •     International Conglomerates which suck Britain dry
I could go on, but unfortunately the list is endless so these should be enough to get on with.

After the first year, where members sole role should be (a) to sound out promising new members, and (b) to gather information in articles, and Hansard, for future ammunition. The group needs to take stock and decide, on the strength of membership, exactly what can be done to start to alter the status quo.

If everyone recruits two people in their first day and even if they never do more afterwards, in a further seven days we will have 256 members and in 14 days we would have nearly 33,000 members. If each member just found one piece of useful information, that would be 33,000 pieces of ammunition. Naturally it would take a little longer than this, but I see no reason why it shouldn’t be over 50,000 strong in the first year.

However, in the early days it might be useful to avoid recruiting people who could be disrupting to an embryo organisation, such as ours, finding its feet.
  •     Avoid members and voters of both the Liberal Democrats and the Greens who are pro Britain losing its sovereignty.
  •     Treat with suspician card carrying members and fervent voters of the Labour Party and the Conservatives
  •     UKIP have infiltrators, especially at the top. Treat members who joined within the last ten years with a healthy suspicion
  •     Avoid Civil Servants, NGOs, Qangos and other Government backed organisation staff or be very careful unless they are in a lowly position
  •     Avoid managers and above of all large SMEs and all Corporates
Never tell anyone you are a member of the group, even when you are sounding people out. Questions to ask when sounding people out are:
  •     Are you pro Brexit? If yes:
  •     Do you think our politicians will see it through? If no:
  •     Who do you think is behind our failure (If EU, Soros, NWO, Common Purpose, Globalists or similar, then:
  •     What can the ordinary person do about this?
Based on their last answer, perhaps with a little prompting from you, see if they are the sort of person who might risk a little to save our country. However, do not mention this new organisation for at least 48 hours whilst you reflect on their position.

Before approaching for the second visit, mention you’ve heard of an organistion of pro British people and ask whether we (you and your prospect) should try and approach them. If they are interested, go away and wait at least another 48 hours and meet them again and tell them about this.

But before you can recruit, you have to be recruited yourself.

Finally, I haven’t the resourses to start such an organisation myself and it might be years before one of my friends joined and then approached me.

I would appreciate any ideas you may have on this so, I implore you, to share your thoughts and ideas with me at twzaite@gmail.com with a heading “We need to get organised or perish”.

Someone with a little money to spare might decide to do something along these lines. But if so, don’t approach me so I can say under duress “I know nothing”!

Ampers