Brexit

So where are we now?

Well, most of my Christian friends are very pleased that we have voted to leave the EU. Bear in mind that few of them are inclined to doctrines of end-times and new world order conspiracies, and nor, to be frank, are many of them deeply politically and economically knowledgeable about world affairs. Notwithstanding this, many have stated that by voting for Brexit we have had a close shave and have just escaped by the skin of our teeth from something terrible. Many mentioned the prospect that Europe was contemplating a European Army and that we would have been dragged into wars we did not want to be part of. A small few have mentioned immigration, but that was, at least among my Christian friends, very few and not a very loud complaint. They were far more concerned about the centralization of power in the EU and the taking away of power from individual governments to make decisions based what their people want. Several feel that the EU is deliberately secularizing and is suppressing Christianity under the guise of promoting equality. I agree with them. For a long while I was going to vote remain, but the day before the vote I was led to vote leave. I am glad I did.

Pessimists said our economy would suffer if we left. Well initially they are right, we have seen a huge drop in our currency which is at the moment making all our imported things much more expensive. But hey! We should be EXPORTING and doesn’t that mean stuff we sell abroad just got cheaper? Sure they might put up trade barriers, but we will be able to negotiate new trade deals with countries we haven’t been allowed to by the EU. More export money coming in could offset the currency fall.

There are cynics that say the EU was very keen to keep us in and under their rules because they fear our leaving would be the first domino in the fall of their empire, and to keep us in check as the second or third largest of the two dozen or so EU states, right on their doorstep, we would otherwise be a terrifying competitor if our wings were not kept clipped by EU rules. Well I have news for Europe – and its no news at all – yes your empire is falling we are not he only ones that want freedom, and yes we will be again the competitor you have to see to believe.

Optimists said we would become more outward looking. Yes I see it happening at an amazing rate. I work for a large company and we have just bought a company in East Africa because we see huge development opportunities there. The BBC has announced many new World Service Radio stations in 19 languages. On our TV news we are now seeing regularly Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and South African news and culture that we hadn’t until now.

America has also had enough of it’s old deal, and say what you like, their new force in politics likes our new force in politics – Trump likes Farage, and Trump likes the UK. Trump says Europe must pay its way in NATO. The UK already does of course. That sits with the European Army that the UK won’t have to pay for and prop up now of course.

So here’s an optimistic reminder of things the UK has done in the past and positions we hold that are a good indicator of why we need have no fear that we will not be a huge success out of the EU in the future, and why the EU was so scared we would leave.

Industry – the Industrial Revolution
Global Trade – the British Empire ruled 3/4 of the Earth
and many of the things that make these possible…
Satellites – Arthur C. Clarke
The World Wide Web – Tim Berners-Lee
Computers – Charles Babbage
Telephones – Alexander Graham Bell
Television – John Logie Baird
Railways and Trains – Richard Trevithick, George and Robert Stephenson
Maglev Trains – Charles Wheatstone and Eric Laithwaite
Hovercraft – Christopher Cockerell
Telegraph – Charles Wheatstone and Samuel Cooke
Undersea Communication Cables – a long list of British inventors
Jet Engine – Frank Whittle
London is biggest financial hub in world (Global Financial Centres Index)
Heathrow Airport – 2nd busiest in world by international passenger traffic
Pedal Bicycle – Kirkpatrick Macmillan
UK is 2nd in world league of Nobel Prizes
UK is 3rd in world league of Olympic Medals
UK is 5th biggest economy in world (IMF world economic outlook April 2016)
Military victories – Agincourt, Spanish Armada, Napoleonic Wars, WW1, WW2 (how many times has Britain saved Europe from itself? – maybe Brexit is preparing the way for us to save them again!)

And here’s some lovely things we gave the world:
The mini car
The mini skirt
The E-Type Jaguar car
The Flying Scotsman Train
The Mallard Train
William Shakespeare
Roll Royce cars and aero-engines
The Spitfire fighter plane
The Harrier Jump Jet
Concorde (with France)
The channel tunnel (with France)
The Millau Viaduct (for France!)
The Beatles
The Rolling Stones
W H Auden
Charles Dickens
Winston Churchill
Margaret Thatcher
Cambridge University
Oxford University
The King James Bible translation

So how do you think we are going to do, post-Brexit?

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Symbolism in the NatWest advert

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The children throw coins into a fountain. Ever heard of a wishing well? It’s an ancient pagan ritual. Occult.

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Ever heard of pennies for a dead man’s eyes. How sinister do you need?

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An octagon, in church symbology midway between heaven (the circle) and earth (the square) – why show the octagonal form of the fountain so clearly? Remember – in this 30 second commercial so there are no wasted shots.

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Oh that logo is a bit illuminating isn’t it. Three 6-sided cubes? 666?

Does NatWest have a monopoly on such symbolism? Hardly. One of its competitors has a dark horse that canters down through time like a death horseman of the apocalypse into a maternity ward.

Christians recognize these symbols. Our Lord reveals what is hidden in plain sight. The love of money is the root of all evil, the wages of sin is death. Now there is some money sense.

It IS a trick (not a treat).

Skulls are everywhere, even on baby clothes. The icon of the death cult is ever more pervasive due to the sterling efforts of that very dubious artist with the aptly dubious name. Well there ARE NO COINCIDENCES. The evil IS hidden in plain sight, and the only reason most people can’t see it is because they are not born again Christians, they have not had their eyes opened by the light of our Savior. Other symbols are also hidden in plain sight.

So for you edification and education I re-present to you an illuminati ufo glowing triangle disguised as a play button, that takes you to a little occult game where you can ritualistically practice drawing symbols. Can you feel it sucking you in yet? Or maybe just adding to the background relentless acclimatization to the occult just like the relentless acclimatization they have going on to deviant lifestyles and many other things that are contrary to the way God would prefer we choose to live our lives.

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Also, for the record, I’m feeling blessed, not “lucky” as there is no such thing as “luck” either.

Ricola

ricolaRicola Original flavour are delicious Swiss sweets – no not the sugar free ones or the other flavours – Original.

But you can do some really wrong things with them!

How about smashing one up and dissolving it in best pure malt scotch whisky and making a Scotch Alp cocktail?

How about melting a couple into a bowl of porridge?

Add one to a cup of Earl Grey Tea.

 

I am not paid or incentivized by Ricola or anyone else to write this, I just like the product.

What is a dimension?

Reader warning: You are highly unlikely to understand this article unless you have read all my preceding physics articles.

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What is a dimension?

A dimension is a direction that a probability wave can extend along.

It is defined by it’s angular relationship to other dimensions (or tangential relationship if any closed-loop is present) and its closedness.

One dimension is a line. If closed it is a loop, large or small. Two and you have a surface, if closed it is a sphere or  a torus.

Hmm, so how does a dimension curve, unless there is another “direction” “above” it, into which it curves in order to loop? What should we call these extra dimensions? There is something to develop.

The wave-crest model of the (“The” – singular) electron is (in previous articles) explained as the amplitude of probability poking above a plane of significance which is the level at which we perceive the electron, and this gives rise to the perceived physical boundary in space that we define as the fuzzy location of this particle. You may remember this is how the particle/wave duality of the electron is resolved – if you read that in one of my earlier articles. The electron is fuzzy because the probability of it (actually its “edge”) being there varies with time (time is another necessary dimension for our perception/ experience/ viability but let’s not go there for now), but perhaps also fuzzy because the level at which significance/perception intersects the wave, truncating off a neat little package of electron, just maybe goes up and down.

We can “remove” some of these “dimensions” from our working memory scratchpad – the ones that don’t have to be “real” “plains” can just be trigger values – but for the sake of elegance and simplicity if might be better to stick with them in our scratchpad, even if it makes mentally juggling the interfaces between so many dimensions difficult. Just keep hold of the idea that these are quite possibly all simply notional directions in which probability waves can extend. This accords best with the understanding that everything is simply a thought spoken by God and held there by His existence.

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So I took the offending i-mac back to John Lewis, and after three hours of negotiating like Henry Kissinger, they did me an upgrade to a nicer 27inch bigger 5k new i-mac. This was finally an acceptable solution. It’s only a bit of a shame it was quite such hard work to get there. Morals of the story? – Great service is more a slogan than a reality even in places where once it was true ( a small sign of the times); Stuff on earth gets corrupted by moth and rust, the Bible tells you so, so expect it; It is often true (Grace aside) that you don’t ask you don’t get, so ask God and ask the people, and keep on asking, persistence works well with patience.

Service problems

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Swiss watches “run like clockwork.” Sadly some other things do not. My I-Mac’s motherboard died. That is a large part of why you haven’t heard from me for a while, and I am typing this on a dinky little Lenovo Windows 8 rig. I could have “upgraded” it to Windows 10 for free but actually for a 10-inch touchscreen notebook, 8 is nicer, with a true metro slider interface and let’s face it, a whole lot less baked in spyware.

Normally I am a fan of John Lewis, but at the moment I am somewhat less so. I took in the I-Mac and 4 weeks later I collected it. The repaired unit lasted 8 minutes before it went into a freeze reboot loop. So I took it back. Three weeks later I have it with apparently a new wireless card.. This time I tested it 20 minutes in their shop and so I took it home. Where it has lasted 20 minutes before going into freeze reboot loop. I notice they also misaligned the screen fit, left some sort of glue gunk on the bottom edge, and put a small flaw/chip/scratch on the inside of the screen. Happy bunny I am not.

Anyways, here’s some better stuff I have been indulging in – there world does not entirely stop when one’s I-Mac dies.

My Sony cell phone was very good and lasted many years. I used it as a camera and pod-player, but only really in the house and not as a phone. It finally died so I went for an I-pod  Touch. To enjoy it without disturbing my wife I chose a pair of Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H7 headphones. They don’t feature noise cancelling but they do have very nice large over-ear pads and are of course wireless. The Beoplay IOS app is rubbish but you don’t need it, and the headphones are great. I purchased the headphones at the Colchester, UK branch of B&O – great service, props to them. Practically such frankly expensive headphones deserve a nice stand to keep them stored safely so it’s not wholly indulgent. I couldn’t resist wedging a Baltimore Orioles baseball in it. My few and oft neglected followers will know I am a long-time supporter of that faraway team.

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It was my birthday this week, so I received a lovely Harris Tweed flat cap as a present from my wife, and I treated myself to a watch that I have had my eye on for quite a long while – a Mondaine “Swiss Railways” watch.

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