A Contagious Sickness Called ‘Greed’.

A small number of major corporations owning and controlling large parts of what we see, hear and buy, poses a real threat to the kind of democracy we want to be.
( Bernie Sanders )

I think that we’re all mentally ill.. Those of us outside the asylums only hide it a little better, and maybe not all that much better after all.
( Stephen King )

Tory Party vice chairman Ben Bradley apologised for a libellous tweet about Jeremy Corbyn.. He also agreed to make a donation to charities of his choice.. He deleted the tweet claiming the Labour leader sold British secrets to communist spies almost immediately.
( Keir Mudie, 25.02.2018 )

If the Conservative Government is serious about tracking down tax evaders, they just need to hold more fundraising events – most of them will probably be there.
( Len Firswood )

In 2016, the European Commission produced its first draft of the EU Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive, and within a month, then UK PM David Cameron announced the date for the EU referendum.

Days after MPs questioned cyclist Bradley Wiggins on his ethics, the Prime Minister, The Queen and the Archbishop of Canterbury rolled out the red carpet for the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.. That’s the man in charge of a country which brings in itinerant labour to build its skyscrapers treating them as virtual slaves, has one of the worst records in the world for torture, hangs gays, lashes rape victims for allowing adultery to happen, finances Islamist extremists and is guilty of horrific war crimes in Yemen.. Still, at least Parliament has stood up to that man on the bike who allegedly did something that broke no rules.. It’s good to have our ethical priorities in order, eh?
( Brian Reade, 10.03.2018 )

So, after all the agony and vitriol over our parting of the ways with the EU, our new, blue, post-Brexit, British passports are to be made in France.. Tu ne pouvais pas le faire ! In other words: you couldn’t bloody make it up. Well, you couldn’t, could you ?
( Fiona Phillips, 24.03.2018 )

In 2013, then UK PM David Cameron, personally wrote to the then president of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, to prevent off-shore trusts from being included into an EU-wide crackdown on tax avoidance.

A firm that employs Tory former Chancellor George Osborne, and pays him £650,000 a year as an advisor, partly owns the French company that won a controversial contract to make blue British passports.
( Andrew Gregory, 24.03.2018 )

Brexit And UK Fishing Rights ..
The biggest lie perpetrated by Brexiteers like Michael Gove, Nigel Farage and Jacob Rees-Mogg is that we would instantly take back control of our fishing industry.
It’s not EU quotas that have led to the collapse of the fishing industry. It’s the fact that for years we have over-fished.. EU quotas on fishing were a way of controlling over-fishing to allow fish stocks to increase so we could have a sustainable industry.. And the UK had the second-largest allocation.. But it is clear countries like France and Spain didn’t even inform the EU how much fish they were landing, so over-fishing continued.. Also, technology led to smaller vessels being replaced by huge trawlers over-fishing on an industrial scale.. It was the greed and profit maximisation of the industry that has affected our coastal communities, not the EU.. Ironically, the UK fishing industry is in much better shape than any of our EU partners.. Profits are continuing to grow and are the highest across the EU.. And the Government actually decides how its EU fishing quota is distributed.. If it really cared about the fishing industry, it would ensure these coastal communities with smaller vessels were allowed to fish more.. Instead, we have larger foreign vessels being registered in the UK but landing their fish overseas.. Brexit won’t change that.. The Government can, but it has done nothing.
( John Prescott, 25.03.2018 )

What Darwin was too polite to say, my friends, is that we came to rule the earth not because we were the smartest, or even the meanest, but because we have always been the craziest, most murderous motherfuckers in the jungle.
( Stephen King )

In 2015, Conservative, UKIP and DUP MEPs voted against the EU’s plans to crack down on corporate tax dodging by making companies report where they make their profits and pay taxes.

In a crystal we have clear evidence of the existence of a formative life principle, and though we cannot understand the life of a crystal, it is nonetheless a living being.
( Nikola Tesla )

A grasping, contagious sickness called ‘greed’ is infecting many in the world.

We live in a completely corrupted world where every government is a bunch of businessmen and none of them give a shit about the people. The sad fact is no one knows how to change it, because no one knows how to take on the corporations.
( Woody Harrelson )

Education spending for 16 to 19 year-olds has fallen by £1.2billion in real terms since 2010.. Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner said, “Despite their warm words, the Tories have slashed over a billion pounds of funding that should have been spent educating young people.”
( Keir Mudie, 08.04.2018 )

When the economy is measured, it measures how those at the top are doing, not how the masses are doing. And when governments make economy their sole objective, destruction is disguised as progress.

Oil giants employ an army of ex-government employees and politicians to paint a picture of the industry in an eco-friendly shade of green, according to campaigning investigators.
( Lewis Panther, 25.02.2018 )

Angela Merkel invited Donald Trump To Hallstadt, birthplace of his grandfather Friedrich in 1885.. It’s also where in 1905 Bavarians deported Friedrich as an illegal immigrant.

I don’t care that they stole my idea.
I care that they don’t have any of their own.
( Nikola Tesla )

State department records released in January showed the big four silicon valley firms spent $50million on lobbying in Donald Trump’s first year in office.
( Lewis Panther, 25.02.2018 )

Complicit in misery, suffering and death. Our governments and politicians ignore, and fail to condemn, the sickening and brutal atrocities and crimes committed by the nations they profit from. Greed has become stronger than morals and decency.

Who really wields the power in the UK ?
Bureaucrats, lobbyists, mandarins and ex-spies are the ones pulling the strings behind the scenes – this is the secretive Deep State – the secret manipulation of Government by the wealthy and powerful, the ones pulling the strings on multi-million-pound government deals with multi-nationals, military contractors and pharmaceutical firms.
( Lewis Panther, 25.02.2018 )

To Cut A Service Like This Is Criminal ..
One of the proudest legacies of the last Labour Government has been Sure Start.
Set up in 1998 – by the late Tessa Jowell – it has been invaluable for many new parents.. Its vital centres are in some of the country’s most vulnerable areas.
Sure Start is there to give help and advice, but that doesn’t do justice to the myriad of services it offers.. Nor does it do justice to the incredible help its centres have given people over the years.. They help with child and family healthcare, teach parenting skills, and advise on money, training and getting work.. They offer early learning opportunities and, in some instances, full day care for youngsters.. They also offer ‘soft services’ – a place for new mums to meet, share problems, pick up tips, encourage each other, make friends, have a cup of tea together, to chat.
But since the Tory Government came to power, Sure Start has been dismantled, the entire system gutted.. Since 2010, the official figures show that 500 have vanished.. Yet experts say the number is closer to a thousand.. Brutal cuts to council budgets have forced them to close.. It’s an insult to those young mothers who turned to Sure Start in their hour of need.. To cut a service like this is criminal.
( Sunday Mirror, 27.05.2018 )

We live in a time when the rich and those with power are able to suppress, or deny, the truth, and feed the many not-too-smart masses with lies and propaganda that helps their dodgy, often selfish, agendas.
( Rose Winfold )

The Bookies’ Puppet In Parliament ..
A Tory MP who has fought against slashing the maximum bet on high stakes gambling machines received thousands of pounds of tickets from bookies in the past year.. Philip Davies got tickets to top horse racing meetings, such as the Cheltenham Festival, from the likes of Ladbrokes.. Many of the freebies – worth £4,385 in total – included hospitality.. Campaign for Fairer Gambling spokesman Matt Zarb-Cousin said, “Philip Davies has been the bookies’ puppet in Parliament for years, cashing in on freebies.”
( Ben Glaze, 19.05.2018 ) 

You can’t get rich in politics unless you’re a crook.
( Harry S Truman )

The simple-minded follow the loudest voice, the loudest crowd, the loudest group, and believe much of the lies and propaganda spewed in the media by those same groups, crowds and people.

I twice wrote to Richard Branson about how bad his Virgin East Coast train service from Hull was, but he never replied… So I’m glad the East Coast route is temporarily back in public hands.. Virgin and Stagecoach are the third private operators in a decade to fail on it.. But by allowing Branson to walk away, we’re losing £2billion.
When Labour nationalised the East Coast in 2009, it returned £1billion back to the taxpayer.
( John Prescott, 19.05.2018 )

When they have nothing intelligent to say, and when they are losing the argument, the witless resort to personal attacks in order to sound clever.

They didn’t bother to send me a birthday card or a Christmas card. They didn’t bother to thank me for the birthday cards and the Christmas cards I sent them. They didn’t even bother to thank me for the Christmas gifts I gave them. Those ‘relations’ of mine just better not bother coming to my funeral.
( Rose Winfold )

If we all judge our leaders and politicians by their actions, there is hope that even the ignorant and the idiots will never be fooled by their words.

The Tories have decided to pack the Lords with another nine Tory peers in a desperate bid to stop losing votes there.. They’ve only got themselves to blame.. In the coalition, they filled it with Lib Dems to push their austerity agenda.. Now the Lib Dems are stopping them.
( John Prescott, 19.05.2018 )

Propaganda Is Masked As News

A free press is essential to our democracy, but much of our press isn’t very free at all.. I want media workers to be free to do their best work, not held back by billionaire owners, tech giants or the state.
( Jeremy Corbyn, 23.08.2018 )

We live in a time when ignorance is disguised as politics, propaganda is masked as news, and greed is dismissed as capitalism.

Abundance is not a number or acquisition.
It is the simple recognition of enoughness.
( Alan Cohen )

Suppression Of Truth Is Already In Hand ..
People with full bellies, stable homes and secure employment do not allow themselves to be involved in civil disorder. Unfortunately we are living on borrowed money in a bankrupt society. When our debts catch up with us, society will collapse, violent disorder will ensue and martial law will be inevitable. Before our era of fossil fuels, despotic rule was the norm and democracies did not exist – we are going to return to that era. The hallmark of the tyrant is already being stamped on the nation for anyone willing to recognise it. Suppression of truth is already in hand, information on climate change has been removed from government websites. It is the preparation for your future governance. Oil is our prime source of energy, ‘alternatives’ cannot power our industrial infrastructure. Any business that continually burns through its assets at ten times the rate of replacement can be said to be bankrupt. That describes the global economy as clearly as it describes the smallest business enterprise. Fossil fuels are the only asset we have, because everything else is a derivative of coal oil and gas inputs. Without heat, nothing can be manufactured. We elect politicians to lie on our behalf, and offer prayers that the laws of physics should be contravened. We want to be told that our resources and growth are infinite. Everyone is complicit in the grand deceit. To accept the truth would destroy the existence of all of us. So to perpetuate that lie there is a collective insistence that the global economy must continue to function to a very simple (but ultimately nonsensical) formula: the more fuel we burn, the greater our gross domestic product. The faster we burn it, the higher our percentage growth.
( Norman Pagett, 17.07.2018 )

Some say that corrupt billionaires are the problem.
Some say that a corrupt government is the problem.
But few realise that corrupt billionaires are running a corrupt government.
( Rose Winfold )

Political corruption works by having an equally corrupt legal system to protect it.
( Steven Magee )

Power happily walks hand in hand with abuse.
( Dean Cavanagh )

Those who are weak, those who are afraid, will more easily accept the policies and believe the propaganda from Government.

Is The UK Government Lying Over The Skripal Incident ? ..
The United Kingdom unknowingly admitted that its government has been lying, accusing Russia of allegedly poisoning former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia by the nerve agent Novichok on March 4 in Salisbury. The British government has already made two grave mistakes. First, it reported that an assassin smeared a nerve agent on the door handle at Skripal’s home. Second, according to the doctors of the hospital where Yulia Skripal is being treated, her condition is getting better and her health status is currently described as stable. Previously, the same doctors stated that Sergei Skripal and his daughter have only 1% hope of survival and ‘will be invalids for life’. Moreover, former chemical weapons scientist and former Russian chemical weapons’ program whistleblower Vil Mirzayanov, who is currently a leading western expert on toxic agents, assured the British media that two grams of Novichok will be enough to kill 500 people instantly. He also told the Daily Mail: “These people are gone — this man and his daughter. Even if they survive they will not recover.” If Sergey and Julia Skripal were poisoned in front of their house, then they wouldn’t have been able to walk through Salisbury. Thus, this fact completely excludes the use of nerve agent Novichok.
The earlier report that Skripal and his daughter had been attacked while sitting on a bench at a shopping mall has also been refuted by Scotland Yard.
Let us remind you, Scotland Yard detectives came to a conclusion that Sergey Skripal and his daughter were poisoned at their house. A particularly high concentration of agent was detected at the entrance door. If Skripal was poisoned at his home, then the agent used against him cannot be a nerve gas. A number of experts believe that such gases can kill people within a few minutes. Skripal simply did not have time to walk to a restaurant or shopping centre, where he was eventually found. There is no way that the agent used to poison Skripal and his daughter could be Novichok. More likely the victims received an overdose of painkillers that are used for anaesthetics. This show with the involvement of pseudo-experts and baseless allegations was specially staged by the British Government to increase tensions in Europe and contribute much to the rise of Russophobic sentiments around the world.
( Bassim al-Khalili, Global Research, April 04, 2018 )

Really ? ..
Two Russian Military Intelligence Officers arrived in the UK on March 2nd. (after being granted entry visas by the British Home Office ?).
Yulia Skripal arrived in the UK on March 3rd.
On March 4th., the two Russian ‘assassins’ used one of the most lethal nerve agents in the world in a botched attempt to murder Yulia Skripal and her father.
The two Russians left the UK later that day.

The Nazis used the term ‘Socialist’ to cover the fact that they were not socialists.
The clue is in the fact that they killed all the real socialists first.. Read some history.
( Penny Flynn )

First, our enemies were the natives, then they were the Nazis, then after a while it was the communists. Finally, at the pinnacle of what we’re calling civilization, our enemies are the Islamic terrorists. Our enemies seem to change over the course of history along with our ways of fighting them. But what hasn’t changed is government profit. Politicians and leaders seem to always be getting richer by the blood of our soldiers. Makes you wonder who the real enemy has been all this time.
( Bruce Crown )

In a 52-48 referendum this would be unfinished business by a long way.
If the remain campaign win two-thirds to one-third that ends it.
( Nigel Farage, prior to the EU referendum )

Excess Heat Is Altering Our Climate Beyond Human Tolerance ..
Collective prosperity at the global level depends on cheap surplus fossil fuel energy. For two centuries we have been able to use those fossil fuels as collateral for future debt, to build ever bigger machines to extract elemental resources from the earth. This has been our great burning, because extracted materials of themselves are of no use to us unless we use heat to process them into desirable commodities.
That excess heat is altering our climate beyond human tolerance. But heat provides our industrial growth economy: fuels must be consumed to sustain it and provide continued employment to make things that are ultimately thrown away in order to consume more to enable our debts to be continually carried forward. Our system of rolling debt depends on increasing energy input and burning it ad infinitum.
So they who assert that climate change is a hoax get voted into office, granting permission to burn our planet forever.

( Norman Pagett, 17.07.2018 )

The claim is not hysterical..
From health to disability benefits to prisons, it’s clear that Tory policies cost lives.
( Zoe Williams, Guardian, 13.11.2017 )

The harsh austerity plan rolled out under consecutive Conservative Governments has been linked to 120,000 deaths in Britain.
( Jack Peat, London Economic, 16.11.2017 )

The moral crisis of our age has nothing to do with gay marriage or abortion.
It’s insider trading, obscene CEO pay, wage theft from ordinary workers, Wall Street’s gambling addiction, corporate pay-offs to friendly politicians, and the billionaire takeover of our democracy.
( Robert Reich )

We Are Stealing From Our Own Future ..
We demand more, you have heard the aspiring tyrant’s words that promise more. Political promises evaporate when there is insufficient energy to support them. The notion of “Saudi America” is reassuring, but the facts are not. Despite the rhetoric and posturing, reality cannot be ignored. The USA produces around 12+ million barrels of oil a day, but uses 0ver 19 million barrels a day (2016).
This imbalance is not going to change, despite collective belief to the contrary.
The USA cannot produce sufficient oil to sustain itself. Price fluctuations and the ebb and flow of gluts should be ignored. If the cost of oil rises to a level that sustains the producers, users can’t afford to buy it. If it falls, oil producers can’t afford to extract it. This is the economic vice that is inexorably crushing the global industrial system as oil supplies decline. As surplus energy falls away, so does real income. We have substituted debt for income and caused that debt to grow to mask the reality of our situation. We are stealing from our own future and from generations unborn to stay solvent. It might be called intergenerational larceny. When our great grandchildren arrive they will find nothing left for them to burn. We are already in the phase of expending too much energy to get energy, which is why real income has been static for 30 years. We live in an energy economy, not a money economy. We cannot devote our commercial existence to the businesses of finding new sources of energy.

( Norman Pagett, 17.07.2018 )

All morons hate it when you call them a moron.
( J.D. Salinger )

Corrupt utility companies require a corrupt legal system to protect them from their own sickened workers and the masses.
( Steven Magee )

It’s painful to believe that the would-be ‘public servants’ you’re forced to choose between are all phonies whose only real concern is their own care and feeding and who will lie so outrageously and with such a straight face that you know they’ve just got to believe you’re an idiot.
( David Foster Wallace )

Our ‘Survival Brain’ Hasn’t Developed Beyond The Level Of The Hunter ..
Energy is required to sustain all life forms, we cannot go on taking more than our fair share. 80 million new people arrive on the planet each year. They demand to be housed, clothed and fed, spreading available resources even thinner. The mothers of the next 2 billion people are alive now. They will reproduce as a matter of personal survival, taking global population beyond 9 billion by mid century, guaranteeing our fall off the ‘energy cliff’ because the means to sustain that number does not exist. We are 7.5 billion people on a planet that, pre-oil, supported between 1 and 2 billion. By any reckoning, 5 billion people alive now do not have a future, let alone 2 billion more due over the next 30 years. We must burn fuel to maintain what we have, but the act of burning destroys what we have. This is contrary to human instinct, because our ‘survival brain’ hasn’t developed beyond the level of the hunter/gatherer. The only recourse will be violent conflict to take what others have. All wars are about survival and acquisition of resources. Conflict will destroy what energy sources we have left and finally exhaust any survivors. As energy supplies deplete, the industrial economy will enter its terminal phase, still suffering collective denial. But no nation can hold together without the fuel sources that created it. Secession will become inevitable, into five, six, seven or more regions in the USA, along racial, religious, political and geographic lines. The faultlines are already there, with no energy base there will be nothing to stop ultimate breakup.
Other conglomerations of states and provinces will also disintegrate. The EU, Russia, China, Africa will react and deny, but the end result cannot be avoided: Energy depletion = social/economic collapse.

( Norman Pagett, 17.07.2018 )

The media is a closed shop for the privileged, the press being mostly run by wealthy oligarchs who defend a status quo from which they benefit.
( Owen Jones, 23.08.2018 )

A ‘no deal’ Brexit would be an unmitigated disaster – and the fact that UK Government is even talking about it is evidence of their abject failure.
That they once had the nerve to tell us that independence threatened our place in Europe adds insult to injury. Scotland deserves better.
( Nicola Sturgeon, 23.08.2018 )

I have interacted with the police complaints and internal affairs division twice and both times I came away with the opinion that I was dealing with a blatantly corrupt group of people.
( Steven Magee )

Fascism Cloaked In Holy Orders ..
Without the power of fossil fuels there will be an inexorable regression to the brutalities of medievalism, where the command of muscle reflects political power.
As civil unrest takes hold, governments will act in the only way they know how: violent suppression to restore order. This will mean military intervention and imposition of martial law as civil breakdown becomes widespread. At that point your elected leader will assume the role of dictator and suspend the constitution.
Once established, godly certainties among those around him will cloak this in righteousness and subvert it into a theocracy of the worst kind. That will make it easier to identify the heathen and justify any form of retribution. It will be fascism cloaked in holy orders. Those who support him will become part of the new order. Those who do not will be dismissed from office, either voluntarily or more likely by force. Police and military will fall in behind whoever pays their wages, and enforce the new regime. Totalitarian states have shown that there is never a shortage of willing hands to perform unpleasant tasks. They are always ready and waiting to be recruited. So what of the years to come? The dictator’s power will grow for a time, and make life unpleasant for millions, but ultimately his Reich will extend only to the door of his bunker. No doubt he will remain in his seat of imagined power for as long as possible, issuing incoherent commands that cannot be fulfilled because there will be insufficient energy to do so, just as his predecessor discovered 75 years ago.

( Norman Pagett, 17.07.2018 )

The truth is very bitter. There is no purpose for humans. The only purpose is to propagate and consume resources. In Nature, humans are the most useless species. If we disappear, Nature will thrive. The bacteria, the fly, the insects, the algae, the plants all have more important roles.
( Rohit Kale )

The American people, and the citizens of all Western nations, have the right to know about every single thing their representatives do on their behalf. After all, elected officials are merely representing those who hold the true power, the people.
( James Morcan )

I read the newspapers avidly.
It is my one form of continuous fiction.
( Aneurin Bevan, 1897 – 1960 )

Truth v Propaganda

People will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think.
( Aldous Huxley )

Due to Government cuts, around 900,000 old folk in the UK on Pension Credit are no longer eligible for emergency cold weather payments. Targeting the vulnerable seems to be the policy of the Conservative Party.

Liam Fox has flown around the world eight times in a vain attempt to secure post-Brexit trade deals with the bill for his 219,000 air miles topping £100,000.
( Brian Reade, 06.01.2018 )

Ideologies are exportable, and legitimise attempts to alter the internal regimes of other countries ( such as the USA’s recent attempt to bring ‘democracy’ to Iraq ).
( Peter Hitchens )

Russian gangsters with their stolen loot are allowed to live freely in Britain.. Russian traitors are given refuge there.. And the UK Government descend into uncontrollable, deranged hysteria over the consequences of their own shifty dealings.

We could have two referendums. As it happens, it might make more sense to have the second referendum after the renegotiation is completed.
( Jacob Rees-Mogg, 24.10.2011 )

I believe it is clearly in our national interest to remain a member of the European Union.
( Theresa May, 25.04.2016 )

Politicians and media fear-mongering demonising Russia for political agenda is now the norm in the Western world.. Russia pose no threat to the West .. We all need to wake up and look closely at who benefits from the propaganda and the scare-mongering.

Why have we unquestionably allowed public servants to replace the three-letter word ‘lie’ with the three-word phrase ‘error of judgment’ ?
( Brian Reade, 24.02.2018 )

Just by listening to, and observing the actions of some people, even some in our Governments, it does seem that intelligence is in short supply. Common-sense is almost non-existent among those who are in charge. Greed, self-interest and vanity is rampant among those in power.

It seems that the American people have been conditioned to hate Russia.
Both the Democrats and the Republicans accuse Russia of meddling in elections and hacking just about everyone.
The people of America need to wake up.
Russia poses no threat to the West, they have more important things to attend to.
I think the ‘enemy’ of America lies within.
( Dion Felsrow )

Britain Refuses To Back Investigation Into War Crimes By Saudi Arabia ..
Britain vowed not to back a proposed UN investigation into possible war crimes by Saudi Arabia in Yemen after the Kingdom threatened to review its trade with nations who backed the move.. A Saudi-led coalition has been waging war in northern Yemen for more than two years against Houthi rebel forces who are opposed to the country’s leader, President Abdrabbuh Mansour.. More than 10,000 have been killed – many of whom are said to be civilians – and some 50,000 injured, figures show, after mostly air strike attacks by fighter jets dispatched by Riyadh.. It comes after figures from charity War Child UK claimed that British arms companies have earned more than £6billion from trade with Saudi Arabia since the conflict erupted.
UN members Holland and Canada have called for an inquiry into alleged war crimes by the Saudis in its campaigns against the Houthi forces over its border with Yemen.. But the Kingdom said it “will not accept” any outside investigation into the allegations and warned countries that supported the move could see their trade with the Saudis suffer.. A letter distributed by the kingdom read: “Adopting The Netherlands/Canadian draft resolution in the Human Rights Council may negatively affect the bilateral political economic relations with Saudi Arabia”, according to the news agency AFP.. Britain’s Middle East and North Africa minister Alistair Burt said “finding a resolution for the conflict in Yemen was a high priority”, but added the UK would not support the proposed UN inquiry.
( Independent, 28.09.2017 )

It’s rare to see an opinion poll play out with such chilling accuracy the moment it’s announced.. But that’s what’s happened to a survey of Tory party members which shows that a majority of them want to bring back the death penalty, 60% think people of the same sex should not be allowed to marry, and 90% believe that the pain of austerity should be upped.. Well done YouGov.
( Brian Reade, 06.01.2018 )

The Weak And The Vulnerable Left To Wither ..
Thousands of unnecessary deaths, millions suffering pain and misery.. Homelessness, suicides, violent crime at highest recorded levels.. The money-laundering, drug capital of Europe.. This is the UK, ruled by an incompetent, greedy, selfish, arrogant government.
The weak and the vulnerable and the powerless are blamed for economic ills and left to wither.. While those at the top, responsible for all the shit and all the misery, are exonerated and grow richer.

I suppose it’s possible that Russia, a country with no ideology, a falling population and a GDP the size of Italy, is in some way threatening western democracy, though I can’t think why. Main threat to western democracy is intellectual decline of western media and politicians.
( Peter Hitchens )

Politics is no longer Left v Right.. It’s Truth v Propaganda.

Most world religions denounced war as a barbaric waste of human life.
We treasured the teachings of these religions so dearly that we frequently had to wage war in order to impose them on other people.
( Jon Stewart )

Almost Half Of British Arms Exports Go To Saudi Arabia ..
The UK Government has absolutely no problem murdering innocent civilians on foreign soil.. It has no problem engaging in acts of aggression with and on behalf of other nations.. It has no problem extracting profits from the sale of armaments to genocidal regimes.. It has no problem subjecting its own citizens to the head-choppers and covering up their massive, organised, systematic raping of British girls.. Almost half of British arms exports go to Saudi Arabia, up fivefold since they intervened in Yemen’s civil war.. British bombs are being dropped by British planes maintained by British personnel over one of the world’s poorest countries.
Tens of thousands of people have died, if not from direct bombardment then from starvation or disease as a result of the Saudi-led blockade and the deliberate destruction of civilian infrastructure.. The Department for International Trade employs hundreds of civil servants as sales reps for the private arms industry.
No other export industry of the same size enjoys such a perk.. Liam Fox, the International Trade Secretary, has said he would ‘personally lead on helping the defence and security industries to export’.

I don’t blame Farage for hating the EU really.
Imagine having to keep attending an institution where everyone is smarter than you even in their second language.
( Ralf Little )

I am here to acknowledge and represent the African-American girls whose stories don’t lead on the evening news.. I represent the African-American women who are victims of gun violence, who are simple statistics instead of being vibrant, beautiful girls full of potential.
( Naomi Wadler )

The Magic Money Tree ..
The UK Government have picked another £48million from the magic money tree to invest in building a chemical weapons defence centre to tackle what it says is a growing threat from Russia and North Korea.
The sick and the homeless and the children in poverty will have to wait.

Every single major BBC commentator is a Tory voter.
Many have actually worked for the party in the past.
Bias is therefore unavoidable, whether conscious or not.
( Mel Melvin )

Best For Britain ? ..
Hungarian/American multi-billionaire financier George Soros plans to give up to half a billion to overturn the referendum result decided by the British people.. He’s handed it to a campaign group called Best For Britain.
Soros has got an interesting record on doing what’s best for Britain.
He took on the Bank of England by betting against the pound in 1992.. Britain was then part of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism, a device to align all currencies ahead of the introduction of the euro.. This meant us following the German mark.. But because the Tories had made our economy weaker than Germany’s, their attempt to follow the ERM made matters worse, leading to low interest rates and high inflation.. The Tories started putting up interest rates to try to boost the pound’s value, but Soros began shorting the pound – effectively selling heavily on the currency.. The Tories were then forced to push up our interest rates from 10 to 12% in one day and up to 15% the following morning.. When that failed to stop the crisis, they pulled out of the ERM on Black Wednesday, costing the taxpayer over £3billion and earning Soros $1billion .. Now he wants to interfere again in Britain’s business by making us stay in the EU.
( John Prescott, 18.02.2018 )

People, including politicians, who express opinions that go against the agenda of the Government are being insulted and vilified, not only by the Tory-supporting media, but by Government ministers.. This is not democracy, nor is it respectful, nor is it how Britain should be.

Propaganda From The Right ..
They did it to the first Labour Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald with the fake Zinoviev Letter.. They did it to Harold Wilson and they did it to trade union leader Jack Jones.. And now the Right are doing it to Jeremy Corbyn.. Quoting dodgy East European sources to prove that everyone on the Left is a spy who wants to sell this country into the hands of communism.. Thank God they think Corbyn is that much of a threat to their Thatcherite agenda.
( Brian Reade, 24.02.2018 )

The US, the EU and Israel have a list of targets and agendas in the Middle East but Russia poses a problem, disrupting the outcome in Syria and supporting Iran.. Just one reason for the scaremongering, propaganda, and false claims that Russia is a threat to the West.
( Dion Felsrow )

A country where the media attack the opposition rather than the government is a country where freedom is under threat.
( Peter Hitchens )

NHS hospitals are borrowing record amounts of money from the Government. Figures reveal that Hospital trusts owed £7.5billion in loans in 2016/17, up from £5billion on the previous year. The Government should be giving, not loaning it to them. After all, it’s taxpayers’ money.

She is a charisma free, mentally fragile calamity in waiting, which would be wonderful if she were merely a Tory leader.. But she’s in charge of Britain at its most crucial negotiating time with foreign powers since Suez.. And rather than resemble a statesman from the 1950s she looks increasingly like she’s playing the senile nun in Call The Midwife.
( Brian Reade, on UK PM Theresa May, 24.02.2018 )

The Unlucky Victims Of Cameron’s Childish Vanity ..
Whose fault is it that so many of our fellow creatures have drowned in the Mediterranean on the way to Britain ? Whose fault will it be when many more do so, crying out for help that will not come, in the future ?
One thing is quite certain. Completely avoidable actions have made this crisis much worse. The worst action of all was the unforgivable stupid decision by David Cameron and others to over-throw Colonel Gaddafi’s state in Libya. I am still amazed that this blunder did not destroy Mr Cameron, as it should have done.
Like all shallow modern politicians, he wanted a cheap and victorious war to make him seem more important than he is.. Libya and its people were the unlucky victims of his childish vanity.. Not only did this bird-brained action turn Libya into a hideous, bloody chaos without hope, it removed the single most important barrier between Europe and the Third World.. Without Gaddafi’s stringent control of his coastline, the economic refugees of the whole of Africa and much of the Middle East (many of them fleeing wars and conflicts begun or encouraged by us) can clamber into coffin ships and set out across the Mediterranean.. Liberal vanity kills and goes on killing.. And it is all the worse because the culprits continue to have such high opinions of themselves.
( An extract from an article by Peter Hitchens, 02.11.2014 )

In 1991 when the Communist Party was crushed and the USSR collapsed, the Russians believed there was an unspoken agreement that, in return for this, they would be allowed their dignity.. Yet for the last 25 years they have been falsely accused of all sorts to hide Western agendas.
( Dion Felsrow )

Lucky me.. I was in Italy for the dawn of 2018.. New Year’s Day is my birthday and I’d go to the ends of the Earth to avoid it altogether if I could.. I dislike birthdays.. Anyhow, arriving in Italy it was a birthday treat to still be able to relish the expediency of the EU passport control queue.. The non-EU queue was long and slow.. The immigration officials unsmiling and suspicious.. A grim taste of things to come whenever we venture across the channel come 2019.
( Fiona Phillips, 06.01.2018 )

The Things That Separate Us

Quiet people have the loudest minds.
( Stephen Hawking )

Dumb politicians are not the problem..
The problem is the dumb people that keep voting for them.

The American Way ..
A Nation that has the death penalty, allows its citizens to carry guns, has the largest stockpile of nuclear weapons on the planet, and threatens smaller Nations with violence and invasions in an attempt to make them behave how they don’t.

Although I am a typical loner in daily life, my consciousness of belonging to the invisible community of those who strive for truth, beauty and justice has preserved me from feeling isolated.
( Albert Einstein )

Don’t fear weapons of mass destruction..
Fear weapons of mass distraction.

What we know is a drop, what we don’t know is an ocean.
( Isaac Newton, 1643-1727 )

Privilege is when you think something is not a problem because it’s not a problem to you personally.

Never be deceived that the rich will allow you to vote away their wealth.
( Lucy Parsons, 1853-1942 )

Common sense is not a gift..
It’s a punishment because you have to deal with all those who don’t have it.

My goal is simple.. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.
( Stephen Hawking )

I am in competition with no one.
I have no desire to play the game of being better than anyone.
I’m simply trying to be better than the person I was yesterday.

It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his job depends on not understanding it.
( Upton Sinclair, 1878-1968 )

We won’t find a cure for life-threatening diseases until we find a cure for greed and selfishness.

Those of us who are warm and dry and safe and well-fed must show up for those who are cold and wet and endangered and hungry.. That’s a rule of life.. Every ethical and religious and spiritual tradition in the world agrees on that rule.
( Elizabeth Gilbert )

Fear doesn’t stop death, it stops life.

Most humans are never fully present in the now, because unconsciously they believe that the next moment must be more important than this one.. But then you miss your whole life, which is never not now.
( Eckhart Tolle )

Yes, I’m crazy .. No, you can’t have some.

The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.
( Eckhart Tolle )

Governments don’t want an intelligent population, because people who can think critically can’t be ruled.. They want a public who are just smart enough to pay taxes and dumb enough to keep voting for them.

True humility is not thinking less of yourself.. It is thinking of yourself less.
( Rick Warren )

Freedom Of Speech ..
You are not a racist for simply discussing your concern about the barbaric ideology of Islam, and how Muslim immigration can destroy your country’s quality of life, like it has in some European countries.. Don’t buy into political correctness bull-shit your government is trying to dump on you.. Freedom of speech is something you should never allow government to take from you, as your children will never get it back.

Civil disobedience becomes a sacred duty when the State has become lawless or corrupt.
( Mahatma Gandhi )

A privileged, entitlement culture lurks at the heart of the Conservative Government.

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people things they do not want to hear.
( George Orwell )

He said, “Don’t you feel lonely living in your own little world ?”
She replied, “Don’t you feel powerless living in other peoples’ worlds ?”

I’m like Victoria Beckham, you know, when she’s really, really, really hungry, she has a piece of lettuce.
( Anne Robinson )

Men should be glad that women just want equality and not revenge.

Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose.
( Eckhart Tolle )

Keeping Them In Control Was Not Difficult ..
Heavy physical work, the care of home and children, petty quarrels with neighbours, films, football, beer, and above all, gambling filled up the horizon of their minds.. To keep them in control was not difficult.. All that was required of them was a primitive patriotism which could be appealed to whenever it was necessary to make them accept longer working hours or shorter rations.. And when they become discontented, as they sometimes did, their discontentment led nowhere, because being without general ideas, they could only focus it on petty specific grievances.
( George Orwell )

I don’t like lifestyles that become badges. Badges of superiority.
Badges that declare others are wrong or stupid.

The Things That Separate Us ..
That’s all the media and the politicians are ever talking about, the things that separate us.. Things that make us different from one another.. That’s the way the ruling class operates in any society.. They try to divide the rest of the people.. They keep the lower and the middle classes fighting with each other so that they, the rich, can run off with all the fucking money.
( George Carlin, 1937-2008 )

Governments want efficient technicians, not human beings, because human beings become dangerous to governments, and to organised religions as well.. That is why governments and religious organisations seek to control education.
( Jiddu Krishnamurti, 1895-1986 )

The British and American Intelligence along with the Israeli Mossad worked to create the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).. A terrorist organisation that is able to attract all extremists of the world to one place, using a strategy called “The Hornet’s Nest”.. It is created to protect the Zionist Entity of Israel by creating it with religious and Islamic slogans.. The only solution to protect the Jewish State is to create ISIS near its borders.
( Edward Snowden )

Controlled poverty is what the Tory wants, not the abolition of poverty.
( Nye Bevan, 1897-1960 )

A German Soldier Shot Her Dead ..
My grandmother was ill in bed when the Nazis came to her home town.
A German soldier shot her dead in her bed.
My grandmother did not die to provide cover for Israeli soldiers murdering Palestinian grandmothers in Gaza.. The present Israeli government ruthlessly and cynically exploits the continuing guilt from gentiles over the slaughter of Jews in the Holocaust as justification for their murder of Palestinians.
( Sir Gerald Kaufman, 1930-2017 )

Land Seized By Force ..
Consider how the so-called owners of the land got hold of it.
They simply seized it by force, afterwards hiring lawyers to provide them with title-deeds.. In the case of the enclosure of the common lands, which was going on from about 1600 to 1850, the land-grabbers did not even have the excuse of being foreign conquerors.. They were quite frankly taking the heritage of their own countrymen, upon no sort of pretext except that they had the power to do so.. It is desirable that people should own their own dwelling houses, and it is probably desirable that a farmer should own as much land as he can actually farm.. But the ground-landlord in a town area has no function and no excuse for existence.. He is merely a person who has found out a way of milking the public while giving nothing in return.. He causes rents to be higher, he makes town planning more difficult, and he excludes children from green spaces.. That is literally all that he does, except to draw his income.
( George Orwell, 1903-1950 )

Capitalism has outlawed its usefulness.
It takes necessities from the masses to give luxuries to the classes.
( Martin Luther King, Jr., 1929-1968 )

Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.
( John Maynard Keynes, 1883-1946 )

The war is not meant to be won.. It is meant to be continuous.
( George Orwell, 1903-1950 )

I would like to see every single soldier on every single side, just take off your helmet, unbuckle your kit, lay down your rifle, and set down at the side of some shady lane, and say, nope, I aint a gonna kill nobody.. Plenty of rich folks want to fight.. Give them the guns.
( Woody Guthrie, 1912-1967 )

In politics, nothing happens by accident.
If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.
( Franklin D. Roosevelt )

When wealth is passed off as merit, bad luck is seen as bad character.
This is how ideologues justify punishing the sick and the poor.
But poverty is neither a crime nor a character flaw.
Stigmatise those who let people die, not those who struggle to live.
( Sarah Kendzior )

Every Dream Is A Prophecy

We’re back to the same lies that got us into Iraq.
Do we never learn to question the propaganda ?
( Ron Paul )

I always wonder why birds choose to stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth, then I ask myself the same question.
( Harun Yahya )

You might be an economic illiterate if you think roads created business success and not the other way round.
( Ron Paul )

Loyalty to country always.. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.
( Mark Twain )

Why do I find it so annoying to be told cuts in the public services we rely on are essential… By people with tennis courts, swimming pools, nannies, private health insurance and offshore bank accounts !
( R.S. Hutchison, April 2010 )

Wouldn’t it be great if we could inflict Conservative policies only on people who voted Conservative.

If you want others to be happy, practise compassion.
If you want to be happy, practise compassion.
( Dalai Lama )

Be brave .. Even if you’re not, pretend to be.
No one can tell the difference.

The earth, like the sun, like the air, belongs to everyone and to no one.
( Edward Paul Abbey )

Beautiful faces are everywhere..
But beautiful minds are hard to find.

There is nothing in the world like a persuasive speech to fuddle the mental apparatus and upset the convictions and debauch the emotions of an audience not practised in the tricks and delusions of oratory.
( Mark Twain )

It’s a man’s job to respect a woman.
It is a woman’s job to give him something to respect.

The environment should be put in the category of our National Security.
Defence of our resources is just as important as defence abroad.
Otherwise, what is there to defend ?
( Robert Redford )

I’m not anti-social, I’m selectively social.
There’s a difference.

The tragedy of modern war is that the young men die fighting each other instead of their real enemies back home in the capitals.
( Edward Paul Abbey )

A religion will hide the truth if the truth would destroy their religion.
Science will hide the truth if the truth would destroy their theory.

Why is it that countries which we call ‘strong’ are so powerful in creating wars but so weak in bringing peace ?
Why is that giving guns is so easy but giving books is so hard ?.. We have already taken many steps in the right direction.. Now is the time to take a leap.
( Malala Yousafzai )

When talking to a stupid person, it’s a good idea to pretend you are not stupid.

The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the constitution so the second will not become the legalised version of the first.
( Thomas Jefferson )

Deceit for personal gain is a shameful recurring crime among our politicians and so-called public servants.
( R S Hutchison )

A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out.
( George Bernard Shaw )

There are moments in life when you wish you could bring someone down from Heaven.. Just to give them one more hug, a kiss, and to hear their voice.

We live not in the world outside, but in a world inside ourselves.
( Harun Yahya )

He knows nothing, and he thinks he knows everything.
That points clearly to a political career.
( George Bernard Shaw )

Our governments are full of career politicians, interested only in themselves, not caring a damn about the welfare of the people.

When the rich rob the poor it’s called business.
When the poor fight back it’s called violence.
( Mark Twain )

I think I need to see somebody who knows about mad people to tell me that I’m not one of them.

Patriotism is a conviction that your country is better because you were born in it.
( George Bernard Shaw )

Some people say you are going the wrong way, when it’s simply a way of your own.
( Angelina Jolie )

Men were given strength by God to protect women.
So, if you are a man and you hurt a woman..
You have no right to call yourself a man.. An asshole, perhaps.

Human greed knows no limits and the casualty will be nature, climate and bio diversity.
( Rose Winfold )

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.
( George Bernard Shaw )

Just because something has been done for years, it doesn’t make it right.

All your memories are behind you.
All your dreams are before you.
All those you love are around you.
All that you need is within you.
( Florence Emily Hookins )

April Fool’s Day ..
A day when people pause to think if what they read or see on the internet is true or not.. A skill sorely lacking during the rest of the year.

The devil frequently fills our thoughts with great schemes, so that instead of putting our hands to what work we can do to serve our Lord, we may rest satisfied with wishing to perform impossibilities.
( Santa Teresa de Jesús )

My way of joking is to tell the truth.
It’s the funniest joke in the world.
( George Bernard Shaw )

Evolutionists have been digging fossil strata for about 140 years looking for these hypothetical forms. They have found millions of invertebrate fossils and millions of fish fossils; yet nobody has ever found even one that is midway between them.
( Harun Yahya )

All great truths begin as blasphemies.
( George Bernard Shaw )

The Seven Social Sins ..
Wealth without work.
Pleasure without conscience.
Knowledge without character.
Commerce without morality.
Science without humanity.
Worship without sacrifice.
Politics without principle.
( Frederick Lewis Donaldson, 20.03.1925 )

Every dream is a prophecy.
Every jest is an earnest in the womb of time.
( George Bernard Shaw )

Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer but the right answer.
Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
( John F. Kennedy )

I will never understand how politicians who call themselves Christian can read the Gospels and then treat the poor and the sick like dirt.
( James Martin )

We’ve become now an oligarchy instead of a democracy.
( Jimmy Carter )

Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.
( Theodore Roosevelt )

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
( Ephesians, 6:12, King James version )

Society is like a stew.. If you don’t stir it up every once in a while then a layer of scum floats to the top.
( Edward Paul Abbey )

In 2012, research in New Zealand found an irreversible reduction in intelligence is just one cost of smoking cannabis from your early teens.

Religions, invented by man, have increasingly become a corrupt mechanism of manipulating large chunks of the population and attacking humane thought.
( R.S. Hutchison, November, 2015 )

The Earth will continue to cleanse itself while material and negative things collapse and cease to be.
( William Roache )

Poor God, how often He is blamed for all the suffering in the world.
It’s like praising Satan for allowing all the good that happens.
( E.A. Bucchianeri )