I enjoy watching ‘Educating Greater Manchester’ , a great television programme that gives us a glimpse of life in a UK secondary school. The series focuses on a different group of students each episode and we see the challenges they face, the reasons for them having issues and sometimes how they overcome them. It’s also wonderful to see real teachers at work and some of the things they have to deal with on a daily basis.
The episode I watched the other day was focused on some of the issues created by social media and the efforts of the school to deal with them.
I could not believe that smart phones are allowed in lessons. this is complete madness. One clip was of a girl trying to finish a game of something whilst the teacher was asking her to stop and listen and then complaining to the teacher and the rest of the class that she had lost the game.
There were countless shots of children snap-chatting, texting, taking pictures and checking their phones etc whilst in class. At one point one child’s phone beeped and the teacher actually said “Put your phones on silent please”!!!
I realise that children today have grown up with mobile phones and the internet but shouldn’t that be the exact reason that the phones are left at the school doors? Young people have so much less time interacting because most of the time they are staring at these devices and yet they are allowed to use them during lessons?
Pupils were googling answers to questions, in class!
There can not be any valid reason for phones to be allowed in school, I believe they are allowed simply because the backlash from students and parents would be so severe that allowing them is just the easier option.
The rule should be that you do not bring your phone to school and if you do it will be secured until you leave at the end of the day. Put a scanner on the doors as children will obviously try to get around the rule.
I had absolutely no idea that phones in school were a thing. I simply presumed they were not allowed. The fact that they are is not helping the children of this county, it’s harming them.
On 22nd April 2017 the world saw something it had never seen before, because it had never been needed before.
The March For Science was a protest event to coincide with Earth Day, over 600 cities all over the globe organised marches some of which welcomed participants in the 100’s of thousands.
Over the years certain politicians and business leaders around the world have questioned solid scientific results seeing them as just opinions rather than peer reviewed facts. This has always happened to a certain extent of course with the deniers mainly seen as wackos or idiots.
What changed? Trump is what.
Ever since he even officially began to run for the presidency he has been pushing some pretty crazy views on scientific results and he’s appointed science deniers to his team. This is now a huge problem as he has a lot of people that believe him not only in the good old USA but all over the world. As the problem got worse with major news outlets also pushing his crazy opinions the scientific community simply had to make a stand, the March For Science was born.
Hopefully this will become an annual event so that the UK and other countries do not see the science denial growing to the extent that it has in the USA.
There were some fantastic placards and signs carried during the protests, here’s some of my favourites along with some Trump quotes and insane shit associated with him.
06/11/2012- Donald Trump – “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”
27/11/2016 – Trump’s “default position” is that climate change “is a bunch of bunk.” Following Trump’s confusing New York Times interview, incoming White House chief of staff Reince Priebus sought to reassure supporters that the president-elect is, in fact, a climate change denier. “As far as this issue on climate change, the only thing he was saying, after being asked a few questions about it, is, ‘Look, I’ll have an open mind about it,’” Priebus explained on Fox. “But he has his default position, which is that most of it is a bunch of bunk. But he’ll have an open mind and listen to people.”
26/01/2014 – Donald Trump – Any and all weather events are used by the GLOBAL WARMING HOAXSTERS to justify higher taxes to save our planet! They don’t believe it $$$$!
02/01/2014 – Donald Trump – This very expensive GLOBAL WARMING bullshit has got to stop. Our planet is freezing, record low temps,and our GW scientists are stuck in ice
16/02/2010 – Trump claims scientists admitted global warming is a “con.” Around this time, Trump caught wind of the so-called “ClimateGate scandal,” in which climate deniers wrongly claimed a trove of hacked emails showed that scientists had conspired to fabricate evidence of global warming. Trump said (inaccurately) on Fox News that there was an email “sent a couple months ago by one of the leaders of global warming, the initiative…almost saying—I guess they’re saying it’s a con.” He added that “in Washington, where I’m building a big development, nobody can move because we have 48 inches of snow.”
06/11/2012 – Donald Trump – “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese.”
21/09/2015 – “I’m not a believer in man-made global warming.” During the GOP primary race, Trump kept up his climate denial. Here he is on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show: “I’m not a believer in man-made global warming. It could be warming, and it’s going to start to cool at some point. And you know, in the early, in the 1920s, people talked about global cooling…They thought the Earth was cooling. Now, it’s global warming…But the problem we have, and if you look at our energy costs, and all of the things that we’re doing to solve a problem that I don’t think in any major fashion exists.”
19/10/2015 – Donald Trump – “It’s really cold outside, they are calling it a major freeze, weeks ahead of normal. Man, we could use a big fat dose of global warming!”
26/09/2016 – Trump picks leading climate skeptic to run the EPA transition. Hours before Trump’s first debate with Hillary Clinton, word leaked that he had chosen Myron Ebell of the Competitive Enterprise Institute to lead his transition efforts at the Environmental Protection Agency. Ebell has a long history of opposing efforts to fight climate change; he’s even accused climate scientists of “manipulating and falsifying the data.” As we reported, “Ebell has called…Obama’s Clean Power Plan ‘illegal’ and the Paris Climate Accord a ‘usurpation of the Senate’s authority.’ Any small increase in global temperatures, he has said, is ‘nothing to worry about.’”
26/05/2016 – Trump pledges to “cancel” the Paris climate agreement. In a major speech on energy policy, Trump said that during his first 100 days in office, he would “rescind all the job-destroying Obama executive actions including” his landmark climate regulations, “cancel the Paris Climate Agreement,” and “stop all payments of US tax dollars to UN global warming programs.”
30/12/2015 – “A lot of it’s a hoax,” and “I want to use hair spray.” During a campaign speech in Hilton Head, South Carolina, Trump criticized Obama for worrying too much about “the carbon footprint” of the greenhouse gas emissions that are causing climate change—an issue that Trump proceeded to conflate with the hole in the ozone layer. “I want to use hair spray,” complained Trump. “They say, ‘Don’t use hair spray, it’s bad for the ozone.’ So I’m sitting in this concealed apartment, this concealed unit…It’s sealed, it’s beautiful. I don’t think anything gets out. And I’m not supposed to be using hair spray?” He then returned to the subject of the climate hoax: “So Obama’s talking about all of this with the global warming and the—a lot of it’s a hoax, it’s a hoax. I mean, it’s a money-making industry, okay? It’s a hoax, a lot of it.”
26/05/2015 – Trump says it’s “madness” to call climate change our “No. 1 problem.” The day after announcing his candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination, Trump appeared on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show, where he said he was “not a believer in man-made” warming. He added, “When I hear Obama saying that climate change is the No. 1 problem, it is just madness.”
16/03/2017 – Trump plans to cut to climate research because it’s “a waste of your money.” The Trump administration released a budget proposal that would wipe out $100 million in funding for the EPA’s climate work, including scientific research and the Clean Power Plan. The plan would eliminate international climate aid and scale back NASA’s earth science research. Asked about the cuts to climate science, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney responded, “I think the president was fairly straightforward: We’re not spending money on that anymore; we consider that to be a waste of your money to go out and do that.”
For a long time we have been sending criminals to prison, in almost half of cases when we free someone they will return to prison at some point and the reason for that is they have been caught doing another crime and found guilty of it. It is safe to presume that a far greater number are re-offending but are either not caught or not prosecuted.
Here’s some stats.
UK Prison Population (Dec 2016) – 77,880 (Male & Female in every category of institution)
Average cost to the tax payer per prisoner (2016) – £32,520 (Between £27,972 and £85,975)
Our prisons do not work in their present form. We are trying to punish and rehabilitate at the same time and this makes no sense.
You cannot mix prisoners that want to live a crime free life or are capable of rehabilitation with other prisoners that are intent on staying criminals. Plus when they get out they encourage and/or teach others criminal behaviour and are basically scumbags.
The prisons are overwhelmed with drugs, contraband and mobile phones. They are making rap videos and selling the ‘music’ on iTunes!
It’s too easy to smuggle things in either by visits, deliveries, drones or crooked officers. Contraband and goods legally purchased in prisons are used as currency and therefore become a symbol of power over others
We have open prisons where rapists, murderers and child molesters are held alongside shoplifters, drug addicts and tax evaders and we have maximum security prisons where pretty much the same type are people are held. Again this makes no sense at all.
They are violent scary places and none of that can or will change except to get even worse.
Young people that move in the ‘right’ circles or grow up in the ‘right’ areas learn that prison can be not that much of a problem, they grow up knowing people that have been there many times but are still committing crime therefore how bad can it be? They learn that some even make more money inside than they do on the outside. We let the wrong people free to teach the wrong lessons to others.
We need 2 systems, the first is a system where the person who gets out will teach the lesson to others that the prison helped them and gave them the means and morals never to commit crime again and the second system will show everyone that if a prisoner cannot or will not be rehabilitated he will never be seen by anyone ever again.
The First System – Rehabilitation
It’s important that not every criminal will be given the chance of the first system for a few reasons. Firstly we are not starting from the beginning of time, if someone is convicted again for a serious crime, rape, murder, child abuse, domestic abuse and many others then that criminal will go straight into the second system.
If someone is convicted for the 100th time after the system goes into force they will go straight into the second system.
If a criminal confirms by their own admission they will retaliate against someone or commit further crimes they will go straight into the second system.
There will be many other reasons to bypass the first system.
This first system will help the criminal, it will educate, train and encourage them. They will live a comfortable healthy life while inside without the threat of violence and intimidation.
If they have any mental health issues they will be counselled and treated. If they are addicts they will be treated and weaned off without the assistance of substitute drugs.
Large population communal prisons do not work. Prisoners in system one will be housed in very small blocks of just a few inmates specially chosen to be compatible with each other.
If they are uneducated to college level then they will be taught up to that level. They will asked what they would like to do and wherever possible be trained to do that job or be taught to a high enough level so they can be trained when they are released.
The point here is a huge percentage of criminals are victims of either their environment, family or friends. Very few people get a great start to life, a good education and fantastic advice and then go on to commit crime.
So although we cannot give them the start they should have had we can certainly give them an education and worthy advice and guidance from decent people, and over time many of the criminals will see that life is more rewarding if they do things the right way and have the resources to do it.
So we give them 4 years which includes any time needed to come off any drugs. During this time each prisoner will have a mentor, if for any reason prisoner and mentor don’t click then we change the mentor. They will live in very comfortable blocks in their own rooms, they will not have TV or games consoles, they will have books. Everyday they will be taught basic education eventually progressing to higher levels, while this is going on they will be working towards an employment goal which was defined at the start, they will learn their trade.
They will exercise daily and eat healthy food. They will get 2 visits a year separated behind glass, in the last year they can have 2 visits where they can hold their spouse or children or parents.
In the beginning of their regime they will probably make mistakes, these are allowed as they do not know any better but they must learn, if they repeatably mess up and show no signs of improvement in their first year they will be sent into the second system.
By the second year they will know or should know the score so only 2 mistakes are allowed, any more and they are sent into the second system.
For years 3 and 4 no mistakes are allowed, by this time there will be no excuse for any bad or disrespectful behaviour. 1 strike and it’s the second system.
By the time they are released into the community they will have learned not only knowledge and respect but also their own worth. The successful ones will not teach others criminality but the values of education and working towards a goal.
If they screw up, even once then they will be sent immediately into the second system.
The Second System – Punishment and Paying For Your Crimes
Some people are just scumbags and/or career criminals and for these people there are zero reesons to show any compassion or mercy as they show none to their victims.
What we do at the moment is to squeeze the worst people in society all together in huge criminal cesspits to socialise and communicate with each other while they give absolutely nothing back to society at all. This also gives them the opportunity to share ways to commit crime, brag about crimes they have done, get ‘respect’ from others for the worst crimes, plan future crimes and commit crimes while in prison. This is not a place of punishment for the vast majority of criminals in there, for many the worst thing about prison is dealing with bullying sand intimidation from other prisoners.
So we need a drastic change to the entire structure and this is where the second system come in.
We will build massive new prisons, human rights will go out the window (except there will be no windows). The people that will be held in these new prisons are prisoners that will at some point if let out commit more crime, so we won’t let them out, ever.
It will be one to a cell and cells will consist of a mattress, a toilet, a sink and a treadmill. They will be just big enough for a person to stand up and stretch their arms but nothing more. They will be given a cheap nutrition (gruel) and water only. They will not get visitors, ever. They will not be let out their cells, ever. They will not communicate with other prisoners or officers, ever. Soundproof cells are the key. They will not receive any medical treatment, ever. They are going there to die.
In the cells will be a treadmill, if they choose to they can walk or run on it and this will generate power firstly for the jail and any left over for the community.
The only choice they will ever have is to end the incarceration by volunteering for a quick lethal injection, no strapping them to a gurney with witnesses watching, just an arm stuck through a special hole in their cell marked ‘FREEDOM’ which holds their arm there until the doc comes along on their daily jab fest.
It’s so simple.
I think this will work, if only to get the worst of society out of circulation and give the ones that want to try a real chance of changing theirs and others lives.
Costs of keeping these wasters will plummet and that’s even with the extra costs of the rehabilitation programme. Insurance across the board will go down as the crime will gradually be reduced. Government costs for everything to do with criminality such as the courts, probation will be reduced. Costs to businesses and councils will be reduced due to less damage and theft.
We will never get rid of all crime but we can get rid of most of it by getting rid of the people who do it and stopping the people that do it from teaching others to do.
Let’s get rid of the human rights act and make this a reality!
If we are to expand and save ourselves by ruining lots of other planets we really need to look into this…
Almost 20,000 pieces of space debris are currently orbiting the Earth. This visualization, created by Dr Stuart Grey, lecturer at University College London and part of the Space Geodesy and Navigation Laboratory, shows how the amount of space debris increased from 1957 to 2015, using data on the precise location of each piece of junk ( from https://www.space-track.org ).