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Thanksgiving Day: Food for thought and a time for ‘post truth’ reflection

By giving the News a helping hand ahead of unfolding events** rather than falsifying it, Cottingham TV’s editor has with creative and historical personality profiling and research successfully pre-empted events unfolding – is this also the beginning of a new ‘pre-truth’ politics*?

Ben Franklin pioneered particulate or granular money as popular printed-on-paper (aka cotton, green-back) currency denominations and accounting economics – mirroring his Electroscope (Franklin Jar) invention revealing the particulate nature of electrons and hence their flow and accumulation as electrical charge

Historical Analysis reveals additional similarities between President Donald Trump and Governor Benjamin Franklin – before the days of lawyers and litigation and the age of political correctness they’ve ushered-in: both were masters of invention, fabrication and the (social) media of their time with BF producing scurrilous defamatory printed leaflets about his opponents on his presses! Had modern online social media been on hand to BF as a ‘can-do’ pragmatist and empiricist who wasn’t so hide-bound by rules and regulations back then, democracy as we know it might well have turned out rather differently!

Profiling personalities to predict electoral success – forget the numbers – its about chatacter leadership style and charisma: Nigel Farage and Donald Trump – and Hilary Clinton as ‘rule-breakers’ and ‘rule-makers’!

A role we predicted Nigel Farage would be delighted to accept!

Read about Cottingham TV’s first major scoop

Celebrating with turkeys voting for Christmas – and what about the poor turkeys? 🙂

Read about American Thanksgiving

Analysis

The word “News” means ‘new’, or better, ‘what’s new’ (as it happens). In the German Language they call the news “Nachrichten” which means ‘after-wrighting’ which translates to ‘interpreting and reporting what’s happened after the event’ (post-truth analysis). This raises the question posed by Evelyn Waugh: should the newscaster ‘pre-empt’ the news by helping make it happen or should he/she remain a dispassionate or objective, even ‘scientific’ observer and sit on the fence **?

It’s worth noting here that those readers who are ‘of an academic or intellectual persuasion’ are encouraged to disregard the tabloid ‘popular’ press and read the broadsheets instead.

As a further aside worthy of a Mark Twain observation, ‘trust the Germans to leave the reader in suspense until the very end of each overly-long sentence where they gather-up all the important verbs and then spring ‘the truth’ on the reader catching him unawares – the shock of the News – it’s really quite shocking indeed!

Best left as is (the news, that is) and remain objective, as to interfere with it would make matters infinitely worse, as the more orderly, rule-based, pessimistic and perhaps more cynical and sensible Germans might surmize’!

 

Nick

Has Nigel Farage Over-reached Himself with “Delusions of Grandeur” as did Lawrence of Arabia a Century Ago?

WW1: the Arab Uprising: T.E. Lawrence, a latterday celebrity and legend in his time, an Arabic languages student, linguist and Oxford scholar, was recruited by British Intelligence and he ‘went native’ with the Arabian tribes to assist King Faisal in the Arab Uprisings

A double whammy warning from history awaits those that would interfere with due democratic process, the Establishment, its bureaucracy and elected representatives!

British Democracy, Rule of Law, tax collecting and governmental administration aka “The Establishment” are intimately intertwined and together they deal relentlessly with revolutionaries upstarts and those that would meddle  and tinker with the ‘dead hand’ of due bureaucratic process! In such a way it has put down many colonial uprisings and even enslaved and bent continents to its will including in the most recent past!

Lawrence of Arabia was treated very shabbily – especially after WW1 when the British Establishment ‘closed ranks’ on him

Like Icarus, the mythical Greek birdman with wings fastened on by wax and string that melted when it flew too high and hence too close to the sun or too low and hence ecome too damp and heavy from the sea, will a fall from grace await Nigel Farage, or will he face the indifference of the British Establishment? To Nigel, the thought of this will probaly chime with his Anti-European Union ‘red lines’ comment about “likened to being savaged by a dead sheep“!

Trump Declares on his Election: “Let’s Make This Our Independence Day”!

“The Americas” was the one group of British Colonies that revolted by declaring their Independence and is therefore most likely to side with underdog Nigel Farage ‘Boston-Tea-Party-style’ against the UK Establishment!   

Is Theresa May in danger of making a grave error of judgement if she underestimates the influence of Nigel Farage in the Trump Administration?

In upholding Democracy has Nigel Farage been hoist by his own Petard?

Hopefully the UK Government will see sense and not behave in a niggardly way towards him as they have towards so many others over the decades and Centuries, including Benjamin Franklin, Charles de Gaulle, Alan Turing .. the list goes on

Nick

Open Question Interview with local represetatives ..

Europe: Never was so much owed by so many to so few

Yes – this is indeed a tale about the few and the many

and what’s sauce for the goose ‘over there’ ..

Complementing the National Debate ahead of the Referendum: –

Stop Press! Oxford University Mathematics and Economics Professors Support Cottingham.tv’s assertions

UK Economy ‘has blossomed within the EU’

J DOYNE FARMER (Professor of Mathematics), Sir DAVID HENDRY (Professor of Economics), DR MAX ROSER (Project Director, Institute for New Economics Thinking), Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford.

Letters to the Editor, The Times, Thursday, June 7th, 2016

Oxford Professors support Cottingham.tv’s assertions – we’re better off staying in!

With barely 3 weeks to go – do you think the mainstream broadcasters havn’t quite got it yet? 

12 (more) questions Cottingham.tv puts to ….

Q 1. Should we place our blind faith and trust the UK National Democracy to manage our affairs?

Q 2. And particularly ask: are our elected representatives with all their vested interests going to protect the public interest or place their own first?

Q 3. We should further ask: why would those with certain vested political interests seek to abolish the European Bill of Human Rights and replace it with our own, further to going without one, whilst our neighbours have enshrined theirs in Law for decades?

Q 4. Why has the UK establishment repeatedly failed to manage its economy over the decades since WW2?

Q 5. We should further ask: under existing (UK) democratic governance our aviation industry severely declined in the ’60s, the automotive industry followed in the ’70s, all the strife and class-ridden inequality in the ’80s, with issues of corruption abuse and bribery in other organisations only now surfacing, several decades later?

Q 6. Would those priviliged ‘the few’ who insist they are ‘on the side of the many’ risk plunging us back into all the post-war austerity decades we suffered prior to joining Europe?

A. For those of you who can remember, it took a good decade before the benefits of European membership started to become widespread over here

Q 7. We should further ask: subsequently to joining Europe in the mid-70s did not our economy turn the tide and economic conditions for the many get significantly better?

Q 8. Is the reason our manufacturing industry (especially automotive) is so successful today precisely because we have enjoyed substantial foreign investment and management practises as well as worker migration into the UK, not in spite of it?

Q 9. If we vote to leave the EU, would our industry base, seen as a gateway into Europe by many international foreign investors manufacturers and exporters from further afield be deserted, causing collapse of our financial services industry?

Q 10. If we vote to leave, will the Humber Region with its Billion Pound Inward European Investment from Siemens and Dong Energy turn into a decline – and would those “I’m alright Jack”, little Englander Exiteers with their vested interests even care?

Q 11. Back to trust: just why are some of our democratic representatives assumedly with those same vested self-interests supporting an escallating £ 78 billion ‘cost-plus’ investment in our future UK nuclear power station and placing their blind trust in an un-democratic unaccountable foreign power to build it?

A. If you do the maths, you can buy an awful lot of solar panels for this which now cost less than $1.0 per watt of solar electricity generated! I can take you through the costings step by step as an experienced environmental technology businessman

Q 12. If Germany can opt out of nuclear, why can’t we?

A 1. Germany can rely on the collective will of Europe to defend its economic and social interests, whereas if we go it alone, we may be left with the enormous £78bn bill to find – how would we finance such a sum? Would ‘the few’ be prepared to foot the bill for ‘the many’?!

A 2. What’s sauce for the gander: Germany and Northern Europe generally have a more scientific and technically literate democratic leadership than we do the UK, so I tend to believe them on balance when they say they can manage without nuclear!

A 3. If we left Europe, our Pound will likely plummet internationally and we would then not be able to pay for our escallating nuclear programme! The Chinese would indeed then have us over a barrel! If we vote to stay in Europe, we can hold onto our hard-won right to wield the nuclear deterrent by proxy as currently, thereby helping to retain our global policeman’s role in the World, military intelligence, armed forces, respect from the other super-powers.

Nick

Is the UK in danger of adopting a ‘Groucho Marx position’ on European Membership?

Groucho Marx

If one thinks of ‘Groucho’ and ‘Marx’ as discrete words, one conjours-up images like stubborn, dyed in the wool, small-thinking, petite bourgeoisie socialism and yes, even bolshy ’70s-style shop stewards and union members!

What Groucho Marx actually said was much more witty: “I would never join a club that would have me as a member!” 🙂

Is it ‘I’m alright Jack’ or ‘jobs for the boys’ that is really at stake?

Being fed on a diet of plenty to the point of being sick may never satisfy the truly (in)dependent addict – only exploding will suffice!

Are we being sucked-in by a Bolshevick-inspired Kafkaesque socialist movement having a seemlingly-relentless, verging-on-chronic need for administration and togetherness, brought on by the strength of the ‘union of togetherness’? Together we’re strong

Or are we being seduced by other factions? The author remembers that it’s not just governments that recruit foreign labour – it’s employers!

UK and Europe: who is the fat man, who is in danger of becoming the thin man and who is the sick man in danger of exploding?

 

This idea was depicted humerously in Monty Python’s exploding fat man being offered a further desert; “go on sir, just one more mint!” Warning: those of a delicate disposition should look away as this satire can still shock even today!

European Membership Stay or Leave Opinion: are we the straw that broke the camels back or are we more like a house of straw if we go it alone?

Will producing finer steel for example help us produce sharper tools?

No. We’re on our own if we decide to leave on account of the edicts laws and machinations emenating from Brussels. We’re more vulnerable to hostile trade deals and market pricing as hundreds and even thousands of jobs in the regions can depend upon events beyond one nation’s control as illustrated in today’s headlines threatening jobs at TATA in Port Talbot: China’s steel prices. Future trade wars cannot be ruled out.

If the City of London comes on hard times as will occur sooner or later in our global boom-bust economy, will our diversified but under-invested UK provincial manufacturing base be able to sustain us? Will we still be able to dig ourselves back out of recession as we did in the early ’80s without a substantial manufacturing base?

As Donald Trump said about abortion: will the regions be ‘punished’ either way as a consequence of poor centralised strategic decision making – either by London or from Brussels?

Will Scotland leave the UK in order to re-negotiate its European membership as a sovereign state if we vote to leave?

Will the provinces e.g. Yorkshire and the Regions wish to follow suit as the City hardly re-invests in the regions nowadays – unlike Europe with it’s Regional Development Funding? Even this regional fuding allocation is still run by the ‘old boys club’ and for the benefit of ‘jobs for the boys’ which is tolerated unfortunately however – and they’re not going to give up without a fight. Remember the QUANGOs like the bloated Yorkshire Forward which the previous administration made their election pledge to dismantle? It still goes on and Europe appears riddled with it as a Spaniard recently related to me. But that’s the point: that culture would not change if we left the EU – it would just get worse! If a reformed Europe were able to stamp-out all the low-level corruption, it would certainly be worth remaining in it to help it to bring about the changes sought.

Those with long memories may remember the post-war austerity of the 1950s where we had to make and export to the US in order to earn money to pay our way. No fat men or international trade dealing existed back then.. well, not as we know them today.

Nein, Non, No!

We’ve also been referred to as the “Insel Affen” (Island of the Planet of the Apes – loosely translated). In terms of meaning, one could describe us in the UK as being like the Ferengi citizens as reluctant and rather selfish trading members of the Federation of Planets in Star Trek!

Europe is as much a cultural union as it is a trading union!

Ferengi Citizen

Are our financial services also destined go the way of Steam?

There are large changes in the pipeline: will the City of London be left high and dry?

Will we abandon Europe at the worst possible moment as it abandons it’s out-moded primary operating culture from centralised finance directly into distributed production?

You may also remember that in Star Trek, the need for money had been abandoned in favour of personal development, discovery and altruism, as their economy of plenty had liberated them out from a world of financial enslavement. Financial services are changing now with the introduction of automated AI trading systems and the future of employment in the City is also being called into question. As a further example of technical developments; the future role of medical doctors is also brought into question with the advent of artificial intelligence AI in our IT systems where we are diagnosed for illness by virtual doctors on-screen and plugged in for our personal MOT health checks rather like modern cars.

It would therefore be most unwise to walk away from a seat at the top table of the wealthiest diverse trading block and market on Earth – regardless of your ‘Groucho’ or ‘Karl‘ interpretation of Messrs. Marx!

Note: don’t we already have the best of both worlds – as in having your cake and eating it?

By retaining both our own currency and European membership, are we not already at liberty to trade with whomever we wish? Brazil, Russia, India and China BRIC included?

Nick

 

PS: EU Referendum Postal Poll Cards are in the post to registered voters – ours arrived today – make sure you have your say by making sure you’re registered on the voting list

Bowie Songs

David Bowie Tribute

Europe 2.0: Great Scott!

There are old pilots and there are bold pilots, but there are no old, bold pilots!

And so it is sadly with today’s politicians, their pundits, commentators (and lecturers): – going to begin this lecture by making some bold mission statements, debunking some historicism and rehashing some old  declarations – and support our retailers: –

 

But back to the future:

it was assumed that we would have made great strides discovering the ‘governing dynamics’ of the Scientific Universe at least by now – as in “Back To The Future”: –

Finding the 1.21GW required for fictional time travel by DeLorean – but only just in time!!

Time flies like an arrow ..

The DeLorean time machine’s destination date was set to 21st October 2015 Wednesday last week as Back to the Future Day, a time the scriptwriters predicted when we would have discovered and invented gravity-defying hover-boards and time-defying flux capacitors!

In our parallel future however, the 1.21 gigawatts required to power the famous Flux Capacitor is replaced by 14 TeV at CERN today, as the quest for the ‘governing dynamics’ of the universe  (hence providing us with an understanding of Gravity and Time ultimately) a “Theory of Everything” – which still eludes us.

Flux capacitor

.. but fruit flies like a banana!

‘Back to the future’ in the political democratic arena: –

In the political and democratic arena by comparison, there appears to have been be little or no change in managing basic human nature: 21/10/2015 still retains the undemocratic and dystopian economic and political structures that Biff Tannen and his henchmen inevitably created!

Karl Popper echoed this pessimistic view of utopias in his devastating critique of the use of Historicism in the Social and Political Sciences. If you want to have a deeper understanding of politics and economics, you need philosophy too – as well as an understanding of the economics of supply and demand.

So what are the governing dynamics – of government?

Popper asserted we just don’t know and that government by precedent and historical analysis of its constituent social and human sciences is incomplete i.e.  flawed.

One thing is certain however, the future is not inevitable!

Both unpredictable and unexpected things events may take place in government by politics. “Events, dear boy, events”.

In one mechanistic political future; the inventors get the upper hand with discoveries and hover boards make levitation and flux capacitors make time travel possible. In another predicted informatic or technical metaphor future as predicted here; online democracy becomes ubiquitous through online gaming and creates governmental and electoral reform! Technology can and does inevitably change our methods of working and their governance over time.

The quest for a gravity-levitating machine as a device as a mechanistic invention rather than a scientific discovery has not, as far as the editor knows, produced a sustainable lift system; only brief and small changes in an objects weight over short periods. If such a system were to do so, it would have a profound way in which we govern ourselves!

All rise!

The last time the editor researched “gravity drives” along with “perpetual or practicular motion”  was a over decade ago, so things have developed since rotating pairs of gyroscopes on a balance to measure their weight! Perhaps it is also interesting to note that so keen were the Victorians to invent and patent ‘practicular motion’ devices, the Patent Office actually wrote a clause to refuse their submission!

Europe 2.0

  • Europe 2.0 should and could (therefore) be a region and a zone where individuals, groups and Nation States can experiment creatively with participating democracy, constitutional framing, economics and social groupings – not an over-arching bureaucracy where all practices are locked-down and set in stone!
  • Europe should (following on) be thought of as a collection of dynamically-re-configurable systems rather than static immovable bureaucracies
  • In case you were pondering; – “just in time” governance as in manufacturing is not, repeat not the same as dynamic constitutional framing –but  rather, it forms an important sub-set thereof!
  • Back in the days of the early computer pioneer Ada Lovelace, we had punch cards for ‘batch card processed’ production relating to automating weavers looms. Our democracies have however remained set in stone i.e. ‘batch card processed’. This can be referred to as ‘static constitutional framing’. The result is pre-ordained, bureaucratic, exclusive and inflexible
  • Modern computing comprises real-time user interfaces like Windows. ‘Front end’ user-driven screen processes operate  ‘middleware’ business logic to manipulate ‘back end’ data processes to realize their ‘just in time’ governance in production systems – working in ‘real-time’ as “three-tier systems”
  • Take a moment to consider this: a flexible manufacturing system with its distributed economies of production can be compared with a future Europe with its distributed democracies – as a user-friendly computing machine metaphor.
  • A future Europe can therefore be considered to be an aggregate of dynamic economies and dynamic democratic constitutions with dynamic resource allocation!

 

Europe 2.0: Dynamic Constitutional Framing for Economic Growth: what are the   advantages?

  • Interactive government by eDemocracy as proposed engages electorates through real-time user (hence electorate) participation in online gaming
  • A Europe comprising a collection of dynamically-reconfigurable systems is a Constructionist Europe comprising building blocks, rather like ‘smart social LEGO’
  • Used as an antidote to, rather than a replacement for, elective representative democracy within and between bureaucracies
  • Provides pathways to implementing smarter government aka. electoral reform that will be required to match smarter technology on a country-by-country basis
  • A recipe for economic and social growth
  • Leaving the best until the last: a Super State as so described – namely Europe 2.0 – can maximize the choices available for its ‘end-users’ – namely its electorates – on demand and on an individual by individual basis. The parallel is drawn with modern automobile production where no two cars leaving the production line are necessarily identical as each has been chosen from a wide array of choices available to the individual purchaser: for example body color, engine, model, interior trim and optional extras. No two cars rolling in sequence off the production line are alike.
  • One size no longer has to fit all and we each have the right to govern and be governed by consent as self-determining individuals!

 

Nick @NPRFTEDesign

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P.S. Update: for a most recent example, The UK House of Lords exercises ‘dynamic constitutional framing’ to defeat the House of Commons in today’s news!

If you are concerned the reforms will hit you as a carer, we’d like to hear from you!

Europe 2.0: Sometimes  re-invention may be the best form of conflict resolution!

Innovation to solve ice-cream seller wars in 1980s Glasgow

Watching “Comfort and Joy“, screened recently on BBC 2, (1984)

Innovation as a way of averting ice cream seller wars in Glasgow from the 1980’s.

Europe 2.0: Hive Mind Financial Ecosystems:

read on ..

Europe 2.0

Town and Council Elections

Cottingham North: Councillors Ros Jump and Geraldine Matthiessen re-elected!

Cottingham North

Bucking the overwhelming trend at both the regional and national levels to vote Conservative (hence the ‘hive mind’ Microsoft logo as proposed by the editor) , independents Ros and Geraldine are re-elected as Independents. As former Conservatives, they made a courageous choice to abandon central party diktats and stand to “put Cottingham first”

Cottingham South

The East Riding returned all Conservative candidates, excepting Independents Ros and Geraldine and Labour in Hessle.

Demonstrating the halo effect of adding your promotions on Cottingham.tv

We have published interviews with Ros and Geraldine (Independents) and Alex Duke and Edward Hart (Labour). Each of those we interviewed said yesterday they did “far better than they expected!”

Labour candidate for Cottingham South Alex Duke and Parliamentary Candidate Edward Hart whom we interviewed previously also improved their votes!

Labour held Hessle (as featured in the video footage),

Nick was delighted to be invited to attend the election count  in Anlaby yesterday (8/5/2015) and he will be uploading video footage over the weekend!

Meeting David Davis at the count to offer congratulations

Whilst being delighted to engage with him and have a rare opportunity to discuss business issues relating to patents and IP infringement briefly when invited, he “Doesn’t do inventions!”

Do you feel let down as an inventor and innovator by governments and financial institutions?

If you have ever struggled with a patented idea and struggled with a business start-up against hostile authorities, we would like to hear from you.

Yes “it does make one feel pretty bloody well pumped-up about it”!

The chicken and egg problem of innovation, finance and patents

Why is East Yorkshire maintained as an ‘Intellectual Property cold spot’?

Did you know that East Yorkshire has long had the lowest number of patent registrations per head of population in the UK! The Government featured my invention for their front cover (check out the link above)!

Let’s hope David Willetts and cabinet colleagues can aim to up their game now in the new regime – or better – shift the blame onto the Liberal Democrats role in the previous regime and make a fresh start in the regions with their non-technical political leaders and sweep away their coterie of jobsworths and special advisors!

 

Answers to Cottingham.tv please

Nick


Much has changed at the National Level! Heads have rolled!

As other broadcasters said; “Politics is a brutal business!”

Europe 2.0

The Local Council Votes are being counted at Haltemprice Sports Centre from 2PM this afternoon and we hope to bring you news updates asap.

On a personal note: as a political activist and lapsed Conservative Party member, the editor has not affiliated himself to any other political party but focussed instead on representation, reform in Europe, graphics the usability and pshchology of governance and commenting.

Nick

EAST RIDING OF YORKSHIRE COUNCIL MAY ELECTIONS

ELECTION OF DISTRICT COUNCILLORS COTTINGHAM

THURSDAY 7 MAY 2015

The following is a statement as to the persons nominated for election as Councillors for the

COTTINGHAM NORTH

STATEMENT AS TO PERSONS NOMINATED

The following persons have been nominated:


ELLIS Patricia Mary 40 Woodland Drive

Anlaby HU10 7HX Liberal Democrats


JUMP Ros 4 Etton Close

Cottingham HU16 5LN Independent


MARTEN Daniel 36 South Street

Cottingham HU16 4AS Labour Party

MATHIESON Geraldine 21 Dene Road

Cottingham HU16 5PD Independent


PETERSEN Lynne 58 Mill House Woods Lane

HU16 4HQ Labour Party


REDSHAW Phillip James 14 Spencer Close

Cottingham HU16 5NR Liberal Democrats


ROUSTOBY Eric Herbert Westfield Farm

Riplingham Road

Skidby Cottingham HU16 5TR Conservative Party


SHORES Colin Colmar

North Moor Lane

Cottingham HU16 4JN UK Independence Party (UKIP)



WEST Angus James 8 Middledyke Lane

Cottingham HU16 4NH Conservative Party Candidate


DATED: 10 April 2015 Nigel Pearson, Returning Officer

Reprinted from the Returning Officer, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, County Hall, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU17 9BA

COTTINGHAM SOUTH


DUKE Alex

Cottingham South Labour Party


 

MARTEN Jilia

Cottingham South Labour Party


 

GREEN Helen

Cottingham South Conservative Party


 

KNIGHT Win

Cottingham South Liberal Democrat Party


 

Marten Julia

Cottingham South Labour Party


 

MEDINI Mike

Cottingham South Conservative Party


 

WEIGHILL Richard 

Cottingham South Liberal Democrat Party


 

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