Corona Virus a Global Saviour?

Ok so that is a little controversial and of course I would never suggest that the suffering and loss of life from this virus is a good thing, the world is facing a terrible silent killer right now and my thoughts and feelings are with everybody at the minute trying to assist in this global time of need or are living through the virus itself, I wish everybody well and hope to see the end of this global tragedy as soon as is possible.

The focus of this statement is that we have seen an unprecedented drop in pollution since the lockdown, if you look out of your window and think for a moment the air is cleaner the sky is clearer and the atmosphere actually seems less turbulent.

This is not just perception the Guardian ran this article recently see here there is an unprecedented drop in pollution and even ozone levels are up in the UK since the shutdown, these are all positives and things that ecologists have been asking us to do for as long as I can remember, the charts below illustrate what I am talking about.

Lessons to be learned

Nobody and I mean NOBODY would ever suggest that this Pandemic is a good thing but you cannot argue with the very real statistics provided above, this is not to say that we brought this on ourselves or that mankind deserves this for ruining the planet, rather it is a very important lesson, 1 in 6 people in the UK dying from lung cancer are NON-Smokers, this is starting, our children are affected in town centers while we are shopping and there are smog clouds gathering over cities around the world, since the lockdown these have dissipated almost overnight, this means that while this is not some form of divine retribution it is a valuable lesson we can learn,

The way we lived before was killing us slowly !

When we get through this, and we will get through this we need to take a look at the effect our stopping the pollution has had and start to think about sustaining our future, Corona Virus has made us all react as a global community because we have a common enemy to fight, that does not care about profit and can not be paid off to look the other way, we need to apply that to industries that pollute at will and then simply pay the imposed fines or offset the perceived harm by buying pollution credits from other countries.

Conclusion

I am not a raving green eco warrior, I am actually a petrol head IT consultant that has a thing for V8’s, I have in the past treated arguments such as the one I have presented here with disdain and have even openly mocked extinction rebellion and groups such as that, as they have dared to hold up my day with their protests, but I was wrong, very wrong the facts do not lie and the facts are that as a global race we need to re-think the legacy we leave for our children, we need to concentrate on the speed with which mother Earth responds to us stopping our constant bombardment of fumes and fossil fuels, and maybe just maybe we can provide a better future for all.

You will make a million online, but not with this guy, Clickbait monkey.

So in a previous post that can be found here I presented a video from a YouTuber with the amazing headline “Make $100 in five minutes” and set about seeing if this was actually the case, there are two parts to the results and a rather sad and cliche ending to the video that he hasn’t even taken the time to remove the comments about that are underneath the video.

For your reference this is the video in question

Currently he has 130k subscribers and runs ads on his videos, so we know he is getting paid, but what about us? what about the reason you watched the bloody video in the first place, well no you are not going to earn $100 in five minutes, without spending some money and having a great amount of luck.

The process is simple you go to a site like Fiverr.com and advertise your services for a wide range of professional people to come and pay you upwards of $70 and $100 for providing them with a quality video advert or a video logo, and you will do this on https://quickengigs.com/ which is the same idea as Fiverr but has (according to our host) zero competition, however on first inspection it also appears to attract zero customers as well because try as I might I could not find a single GIG with a rating or a number of orders associated with it, the first page on fiverr has GIG’s with ratings into the hundreds whereas on quickengigs there are literally zeros after each person, it is as if they have bought the Fiverr site as a whitelabel and just forgotten to promote or launch it, however I have no experience with the site so I will not pass judgement.

So let’s move onto the theory behind the opportunity, well the idea is simple, you advertise that you can do video editing and set a price, say $100 and then just wait, on somebody taking you up on this you would go to the following sites.

  1. https://flixpress.com/ in order to create your professional video
  2. https://videocreek.com/ to make your logo / intro, then you simply deliver these to the client (or string of clients) and all is well.

There are several problems with this, the first and foremost is I do not see why you would not use Fiverr this other site just seems to have no traffic, in fact from the site http://www.siteworthtraffic.com we can see that it is worth next to nothing.

As opposed to

My second issue is the complete omission that this will cost money, I have no idea where he thinks the customers will come from but they are not going to pay $70 for a video that is of poor quality and has a watermark in it, and that is what you will get for free, these places are out to make money and they will not give away a saleable product for nothing, in the case of videocreek for instance, it is free for a 240p video with a watermark in it and then $7.99 for one at 720p and $9.99 for 1080 both with no watermark, bear in mind that the majority of times the customer will require a first draft or a proof of concept before paying for the final product, this could get expensive 3 or 4 revisions down the line.

That being said I have to say that on the face of it the two websites that were mentioned to provide the content looked really easy to use and seemed to be capable of producing very high quality end products, I have no doubt that you could quite easily make a reasonable living on the side with this and a bit of savvy as well as a bit of time to let the money build up through sales.

But I would definitely not follow this video as it absolute rubbish, completely and idea that he has thought up and made a video of to get to his real sell, the fact that he is involved in a funnel scheme himself! oh the irony, the hope is that once you see how good the idea is that you would be enticed in the $10,000 a month from the scam funnel underneath the thinly disguised affiliate link.

Conclusion

Utter Shi* avoid like the plague, this is a good and proven business model on other platforms such as Fiverr but you will need more than the 127 unique visitors to the site to get any traffic, laughable to be honest, but try Fiverr, and think through what you are going to do if you are good enough you can easily take some of the money being spent there.

Staying Sane During Isolation

So by now the reality of the situation has set in for most of us and the harsh reality that life as we knew it only a few weeks ago is now over, movements are restricted and monitored, and we are not even being given any indication when this may or may not end, people are losing their jobs already as an economy largely built on debt and the management thereof fails almost instantly the “just in time”repayment money fails to appear.

It would be easy to fall into depression, in fact that is one of the things that is worrying governments around the world, people will take longer to recover from the effects of having their lives taken out from underneath them slower than the world will take to beat Covid-19.

The important thing to remember at this time is that although this seems insurmountable it is not, it literally is just a matter of time, and frankly the conspiracy theorists out there claiming that governments have a cure but aren’t letting on are dreaming, there is no government anywhere in the world that would allow the demise of millions of registered tax payers if they could help it.

After the Boxset

Initially I think the majority of people will turn to Netflix (and other streaming platforms) with time on their hands, but once you have binge re-watched your favorite series what then, twiddle your thumbs? the reaction that the world had to being told they should stay in doors was almost completely uniform.

Majority of people had to get out and see other people, not because they suddenly had the desire to be social but because they were frightened about losing the ability to do something.

Our minds need stimulation and leisure activities are designed to give us a break from the stress and planning of normal daily modern life, if you think about what you would normally do in a typical day it is quite a long list, juggling work, home, activities, money, emails, social media, planning holidays, dealing with children and their problems, worrying about children the list is endless.

But these worries are starting to diminish we are not going out as much, balancing all the activities that we would normally do in a day and a night aren’t there any more and our brains are struggling to slow down, this is where the boredom and the frustration comes in.

As we become bored we become aware of the lack of stimulation, and that frustrates us more, the lack of stimulation is the biggest change we can go through at this time because people with a normal active life are, if anything, over stimulated, modern life has dictated that we become 24hr people and suddenly we have been thrust back into a time long gone where there is very little to do and a lot of time to think about things.

But it doesn’t have to be this way, you do not have to succumb to the boredom and ultimately the cabin fever, all you need to do is find a source of stimulation, a path of mental and physical occupation that means you are expanding your mind, believe me it will make that boxset even sweeter in the evening if you have been busy all day.

My Tips to Stay Sane in this Insanity

  1. Start a course online, literally pick a subject and start to learn it, if ever you needed the time to learn a new skill this is the perfect excuse.
  2. Spend time with your family (in your household of course) you would be amazed how little you know about each other really, as modern life forces the “ships passing in the night” on all of us.
  3. Make good use of Social Media, I hate it personally but not because of itself but rather the applications that humans find for it, usually the instrument of either hate or bullying or pornography, instead we now have the opportunity to use it for face to face communication, and to catch up with people you possibly haven’t had time to before.
  4. Read, reading is by far and way the easiest way to lose some hours while engaging your mind, read fiction and your brain will conjure images and emotions as well as improving skills that can be useful for education purposes, most of us fall out of the habit and struggle when we pick up educational books, not because of the subject matter but because we are out of practice with reading.
  5. Enjoy the time together, partners, children and pets are awesome we rarely (in most cases) get the opportunity to really enjoy time as it is always so finite but now the rushing around is out of the way you can truly enjoy the time together.

I hope this helps to at least give confidence that the way people are feeling is normal, and that there are ways to ride this thing out, it will be (and is being) a very challenging time for the world, but we will get through it, and who knows, with a helping of luck come out the other side a bit better connected and with a better prospective on the life we were living and how important some of the priorities we had were.

Quick Word on Staying Fit in these Difficult Times

I have seen and answered quite a lot of questions recently on Quora regarding training while in isolation, so I thought I would put a small post together just to help with this subject.

First things First

You don’t really need the gym, or at least not as much as you thought you did, the vast majority of us that are looking to stay in shape can do so quite easily from home, but we are sold the Gym story because it makes money for others and we buy it (on the whole) because it gives most people the best excuse for not working out, if I can’t get to the gym I can’t train, but the reality is (and if we are honest with ourselves) this is exactly what it is an excuse, I am not knocking Gyms, far from it but right now in this moment you haven’t got that as an option so let’s work a way round it, I put a previous post on about working out with an old log or tree stump located here but you don’t even have to go to those extremes, there are a few simply rules to remember and you will be just fine.

  1. if you no longer have access to a wide range of weights, slow down your repetitions and use increasingly concentration exercises, so this would mean concentration curls resting your elbow on the inside of your leg, or lunges instead of squats.
  2. Anything can be a weight if it weighs something, sounds simple but it doesn’t have to be a bar with plates on it, logs, stones, paving slabs anything that weighs something and you can pick up will work, just remember to be careful of sharp edges and any dirt falling into your eyes and so on, apply common sense.
  3. As long as you stress the muscle or you push cardio capacity till you are out of breath you are going to adapt it is simple, so go out for a run (on your own or with members of your household) and push yourself.

Desperation is the Mother of Invention

Remember that you can think a way through anything, in fact a little time having to invent movements will probably do us all some good, consider the muscle group you are wanting to train and think about what movement involves that muscle group, then perform the movements slowly and deliberately, try and feel the muscle group working under the weight, not only will this help with the mind muscle connection when you go back to the Gym but you will find that using heavy objects that are not always completely centred or are awkward to pick up will help recruit supporting muscle groups as well meaning that you can push more weight with the main group as it now as much more support.

Sticking Points

Chest, is always going to be a difficult one, as the normal way of training is to be on a bench allowing greater movement of the elbows, but you can just as easily lay on the floor and do flys, again just slow down and feel the movement, press-ups are of course the staple and see if you can get someone to place a weight on your back while you perform them, cross bench dips can be replicated with two chairs just be careful that one of them does not tip over, I would say just use one and place you feet on the floor. elevating your legs during press-ups will also help engage your upper chest, but not too much as your blood pressure will rise easily in this position.

Yoga, Yoga, Yoga

I cannot stress this enough, if you are looking for a way to improve overall health and wellbeing as well as improve muscle tone and burn fat and you only have restricted space, you cannot beat Yoga, there are a million and one videos on YouTube that you can just put on and work along with, you will feel better for it, I know that for some the idea of Yoga seems a little hokey but believe me I have such an admiration for the strength, flexibility and durability of Yoga practitioners since I started doing it, and my flexibility has improved no end.

Above all

This time is unavoidable, you cannot do anything different because this virus has taken those options away, but although it is controlling our lives now, don’t let it win in the long run, think a way round the limitations and work to emerge better, stronger and more educated when all this is done, and reap the rewards of a bit of time away from keeping up with the virtual Jones’s

Another Casualty of Human Nature – Every Man and Woman for Themselves.

As this continues we have started to see (and I suspect will continue to see) the true nature of mankind, the underlying motivation in any society would appear to be one of greed, and at a time like this it seems incredulous to me that as a race we appear to still be looking out for ourselves, companies rushing to find ways around the restricted opening, looking to still sell as much as they can to a population that have nowhere else to go right now, here’s the thing, if there is nobody left to spend it then money is wallpaper and nothing else! you see money and wealth are not mutually exclusive, although we are taught this through countless morons on social media, making money from using whatever they think they can sell, and of course the powers that be want us to equate the two as equal as well as it serves their purpose, after all if you have lots of money then you are wealthy right? no, No and F**K NO,

It is not only perfectly possible to have money and be broke as well as have no money and be wealthy and in fact in most cases that is the status quo, think I am talking rubbish? think about it, how many people living lavish lifestyles actually have money? the vast majority of them are living with eye watering debt and yet they live lives of personal Jets, Yachts, huge houses and extravagant vacations either to elite destinations or in some cases destinations they own, and the reality of it, none of it is theirs, they have become what the Mafia refer to as “A good earner” that is to say their debts are so huge that they never repay a single cent or penny of the original sum, simply the interest they have become essentially an investment by the bank and a dividend payment at the end of each month, if they screw up then they lose all the loaned goods and lifestyle and the bank moves onto the next entrepreneur.

During this time there will be job cuts, people will lose their livelihoods due to the chaos that is going on around us, and they will find it difficult if not impossible to find another one in a short space of time, after all they can’t even leave the house to attend an interview!

Stuck in a mountain of debt this is where the lesson will be learned that human nature is to cut loose anything that is no longer profitable and ignore it till it goes away.

What then ?

Well the first instinct is the emotional response that sends most people into a pit of either saturated fat or alcohol self pity, but there is nothing to stop you from taking action and becoming the top of the pile, hell if you make enough noise the people that turned their backs on you will come running again you’ll see, whatever you did, whatever your shape of cog within the machine of the larger organisation is your way to work yourself back up the ladder, you can start a business, because now you have nothing to lose, if you are already in debt and you have been cut loose by a company trying to save money in this time when we have a global need for stability then you will eventually lose what you have anyway, so if all is lost then why not gamble what you don’t have on a future a million times as bright as the one you have now?

Finally….

I want to wish everybody around the world the best of luck with this because that is what we are going to need, my whole point is that although your landscape may be changing every day and seeming to just get darker, with the right motivation you can turn the tables on the establishment and secure your own seat at the top, there is shameless display of profit over human life evident in most quarters of the globe, maybe your empire will change that and value your fellow human.

Finally some calm amidst the chaos

Finally after we all got told not to go out and meet up with old friends and to strip the shelves bare like a plague of locusts the message appears to have hit home, finally there is stock back on shelves, not all stock is back admittedly but there is a good chance that when we go to the shops tomorrow there will be food and toilet roll, so what have we learned ? nothing, not a damn thing in my opinion as the time frame so far is to small to effect a change in human nature, you see the problem is that we still have companies doing everything they can to stay open, bending the rules and attempting to subvert the government at every turn, all in the name of profit, and this (to some) is reason enough to doubt the validity of this pandemic, there are demonstrably those among us that need to feel that if they are disobeying advice, coercion and ultimately instruction that somehow makes them free, even if that freedom endangers the lives of themselves and there loved ones and in this case can go onto to infect and destroy the lives of others not even known to them.

Define freedom

Unfettered, ungoverned freedom is a flawed concept, it simply cannot exist within a civilized society, the very fact that we are civil is based on rules and etiquette we do not simply voice an opinion or carry out a threat every time we feel like we could kill somebody for a wrong they have done us, and many of our freedoms are afforded to us due to these rules, the fear of recourse from breaking a rule provides the barrier to the vast majority of human impulse.

The past couple of weeks in the UK have been surreal, the lack of constructive advice from recognised authority figures and the mass dissemination of opinion presented as fact on social media caused panic and mayhem in the lives of ordinary people, it stripped us of our freedom the freedom that can only exist with rules and guidelines, the freedom to eat when we want and to drink when we want, to feel the comfort and assurance that living in a rich western country provides through abundance of resource, there was no supply chain issues other than the ones caused by the panic buying, this situation will pass and hopefully it will take some of the values of the human race with it.

Fresh Start

When the dust settles on this and we look back, I would hope that we will see money and the acquisition of money for what it really is, nothing, money and wealth are nothing unless they are applied to a situation, my point is that if you never go anywhere and never do anything but you have a million pounds in the bank then you may as well not have it, if you don’t believe me take out a note right now, it is a piece of paper, nothing more and nothing less, but imagine that there are no more people, what then ? what if there were no more food to fill the stripped shelves ? what is you had all the money in the world but your family were sick, if there is no cure then believe me one cannot be bought, I am hoping this makes us not stop the pursuit of money, but rather make us pursue the things that money provides, freedom of movement, cultural and academic education for our children through travel, time to relax and enjoy what is truly a beautiful planet, sure pursue money start your business, buy your stocks and shares but when the money starts coming in apply it to life and enjoy the freedom of controlled and grown finance.

You have a choice

Just because certain shops are open and trying to entice people to gather make a choice for you and your family as well as the rest of the human community that you are likely to be in contact with, you do not owe these retail giants anything, and they will not turn you away when this is over, in fact a drop in profits may very well make them realise the value of their customers and maybe they will change how they operate in the future, becoming fairer and more focused on the person rather than the value of a persons spending power, above all you must preserve your life, and that does mean staying as far away from this silent killer as much as possible, sure humans have always gone out to hunt and provide food since time began but the sports equipment or a pair of jeans will not feed anybody, leave them today and ensure you are alive and well to buy them tomorrow.

Above all stay safe and look after yourselves.

Don't fall victim to virtual Corona

As the world comes to terms with the new way of working and of course the huge loss among our number it would appear (as if it is a surprise) that there are certain quarters looking to profit from or use this pandemic as a way to push their message, we personally have already seen fraudulent transactions on Paypal, ordinarily not really a problem just call and they will fix it, but this time PayPal customer services are CLOSED yep closed, even in this age of distributed call centres they are closed, and this is the real problem, as some businesses just simply pack up and shut their doors others seem determined to put profit over and above public health, not a huge revelation but there you go.

So for the foreseeable future you should really pay attention to the following.

  • Check Bank accounts for unauthorised payments
  • Be very wary of visiting websites that provide information on Corona stick to easily verifiable sites
  • Don’t spend a fortune on supplements to boost the immune system, some help is good like vitamin C and so on but companies are already selling “immune packs”
  • Remember that it is going to go on for a while, so stay alert and always check who you are talking to before handing over any credentials, companies will use messaging apps during this time make sure it is the company you want to talk to on the other end.

Stay SAFE