Truly Scandalous

Shameful Treatment Of Disabled Workers ..
For 70 years, since the end of World War Two, Britain has led the world in providing supported employment to disabled people, mainly through a company called Remploy.. But in July 2012, the Conservative Government announced that 27 Remploy factories will close by the end of the year, which will make around 1,700 disabled workers unemployed.

Fat-Cats Must Be Forced To Share The Cream ..
Everyone accepts those at the top will be paid more, but the gap is widening into an unacceptable chasm, all the more revolting as millions of workers are struggling to get by.
We want an economy operating for the millions, not just the millionaires, and that means raising living standards at the bottom while curbing boardroom excesses.. In any company every person on the payroll contributes to the success of that enterprise and their contributions cry out for a fairer link between earnings at the top and the bottom.. Fat-cats must be forced to share the cream rather than lapping most of it up themselves.
( Daily mirror, 26.08.2017 )

The Tories Are Trying To Con The North Again ..
The day Transport Secretary Chris Grayling announced the cost and new route for HS2 from London, the Institute of Fiscal Studies reported the growing inequality between North and South.. Southerners now have average incomes 25% higher than northerners.. Talk about Mind The Gap !.. But like Thomas the Tank Engine, Failing Grayling chuffed away with gusto.. He thought HS2 was “good news for everyone” and was “proud that it would be built and operated by the private sector, at a cost of £55billion and in over two decades”.. I recall a previous Tory Transport Secretary in 1996 said the same about HS1 – the High Speed Channel Tunnel Rail Link from London to the tunnel in Kent.. They promised this Eurostar service would go to Scotland.. They even bought the sleeper train for it.. Yet within 12 months, the private company said it was going bust and demanded £2billion more of taxpayers’ support because it failed to estimate passenger growth and future costs.. It was my job as Transport Secretary in 1997 to sort out the mess.. I told them they could go whistle for the money and instead took HS1 into public ownership.. I reorganised its governance and finances without its extra demand for public subsidy.. We got it delivered on time and on budget without extra taxpayer money.. It became so profitable that Cameron’s Government privatised it.. But the route never extended to the North and we had to flog the unused sleeper trains to Canada !.. Now the Tories are trying to con the North again.
( John Prescott, 23.07.2017 )

Brexit Is A Withdrawal From The World ..
To half the country, and most outsiders, Brexit is a withdrawal from the world, a retreat back to some mythical golden age.. A shrivelling into our shell which has shrunk the pound and economic growth and diminished our clout as a global power.
Since the Tories took power, big city councils have seen their budgets slashed by 50%, meaning fewer libraries and sports centres, dirtier streets, worse care for the elderly and more unfixed potholes, while citizens pay more council tax.
Talking of pay, it’s currently shrinking quicker than a man’s todger after a December dip in the sea off Blackpool.. Unless you’re the one doing the shrinking.. In the mid-1970s the average British CEO earned 20 times what his average employee did.. Today the average FTSE chief executive earns 386 times more than a worker on the National Living Wage, pocketing an average of £5.3million a year.
( Brian Reade, 29.07.2017 )

The Worst Education Secretary On Record ..
Just wondering if Michael Gove, lover of free schools, as well as the worst Education Secretary on record (just ask a teacher), has read about the fortunes of pupils attending Route 39 Academy, a free school based in Devon ?.. It’s just been placed in special measures after failing to enter ANY year 11 pupils for their GCSEs.. Truly scandalous.
( Fiona Phillips, 29.07.2017 )

Rape And Sexual Grooming In Care Homes ..
The most perverted individuals prey on the most vulnerable as yet another horrific story of abuse has confirmed.. According to confidential police documents, concerns were raised over the suspected rape of an autistic man as well as ‘sexual grooming’ of residents at three homes run by Hillgreen Care, which apparently specialises in the ‘care’ of young adults.. The documents also highlight incidents of staff having sex while on duty.. The deputy manager of one home was a convicted sex offender.. The Care Quality Commission, which has powers to prosecute, kept the information to themselves and has failed to act.. I, for once, am lost for words.
( Fiona Phillips, 29.07.2017 )

A Scam To Make City Investors Richer ..
The reaction from Tory politicians whenever British Gas massively hikes its tariffs is priceless.. They take to the airwaves to urge hard-hit customers to embrace capitalism by playing the markets, switching provider and hitting the exploiters where it hurts.. Funny how that kind of advice was never in the brochures when Thatcher privatised gas in 1986 by urging us : “If you see Sid, tell him.” .. There was no warning that flogging off a publicly-owned utility was just a scam to make City investors richer.
( Brian Reade, 05.08.2017 )

Taxpayers’ Money Used To Subsidise The Profits Of Fat-Cats ..
When Ted Heath was Prime Minister in 1973 he coined the phrase, “The unacceptable and ugly face of capitalism.”.. He used it to describe the UK mining company Lonrho, for trading with apartheid Rhodesia, which became Zimbabwe.. Prime Minister Thatcher’s response was to privatise energy, railways, buses, steelmaking, telecommunications and shipbuilding.. She encouraged private companies to run care homes, education and health.. Now, after two decades of privatisation, we see our services in crisis, the state subsidising the profits of these private companies and higher prices.. British Gas is to increase bills by 12.5% as the wholesale price of gas falls and parent company Centrica earns half year profits of £639million.. Its chief executive Ian Conn pulls in more than £4million a year.. We subsidise their greed.. The Government gave £6billion of tax breaks to BP and Shell to boost declining North Sea production.. Theresa May is happy to let capitalism get uglier by the day.. She scrapped her election pledge to cap energy prices as soon as she won and axed rail electrification across the North.. The market has failed Britain.. Housebuilding is down to its lowest rate in almost 100 years.. It’s time the Government got back to meeting the public interest by building the homes, supplying the energy and running the trains.. Instead of subsidising the profits of fat-cats with a licence to print money – OUR money.
( John Prescott, 06.08.2017 )

The Evil Empire ..
Saudi Arabia, the long-term sponsor of intolerant Islamicism, is the most deadly enemy.. European governments have kowtowed to the kingdom for too long.. If we don’t cut our ties with the evil empire, terrorism will destroy the civilised world.
( Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, 20.08.2017 )

Nearly Four Million Children Are Living In Poverty In The UK ..
Buttle UK, an anti-poverty charity, published a report which stated : “The plight of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable children is deteriorating – more are living in poverty than at any time in the last 10 years – 3.9million children across the UK living below the breadline.”.. The CEO, Gerry McAndrew estimates around 400,000 children have no beds.. No beds !.. The Institute of Fiscal Studies expects one million more kids to be living in poverty by 2020.. Nine out of the 10 most impoverished regions in northern Europe are in the UK.. How can anyone be proud of a nation that fails so many ?
( Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, 20.08.2017 )

It’s no coincidence that there are over 70 Tory MPs who are private landlords and the Conservative Party, including Mrs May, voted AGAINST a proposed Bill by Labour to force private landlords to make their properties ‘Fit for human habitation’.
( R.S. Hutchison, January 2016 )

Another Scandal By One Of Our So-Called Leaders ..
UK Chancellor Philip Hammond took a personal stake in a food technology company just months before it won a share of a £560,000 Government grant and he became Chancellor.. Mr Hammond, when he was Foreign Secretary, took the 15% stake in Cambridgeshire-based Hydramach in October 2015, according to records at Companies House.. Months later – in April 2016 – Hydramach was one of eight companies which won the grant to develop low fat and low sugar soups, ready meals and sauces from Innovate UK, a tech start up quango run by the Department for Business.
The fact that Mr Hammond took a direct stake in a company when he was a Cabinet minister with the possibility of receiving advance knowledge of Government plans for start-up companies is scandalous.
( Reported in The Telegraph, January 11, 2017 )

A Deliberate Policy To Hurt The Poor

Coal Put The Great In Britain ..
It powered the industrial revolution.. Our ships, trains, electricity generation, gas manufacture and chemicals.. The Government’s reckless abandonment of an industry that once employed a million men devastated communities yet to recover.
Under President Trump, who promised to bring back miners’ jobs, the USA is going back to coal.. The huge, fast-growing economies of China and India never left it.. But the UK now burns biomass at power stations like big-hitter Drax, wood pellets made in Mississippi, shipped to Liverpool and taken in special trains over the Pennines to Yorkshire.. How environmentally unsound is that ?.. Yet Kellingley, Britain’s last deep coal mine that closed 18 months ago was just a few miles away with a dedicated rail service.. And now we’re embarking, at vast cost, on an uncertain nuclear future reliant on foreign construction and know-how.. Going Green and nuclear has proved massively expensive for consumers, suppliers and homeowners.. Coal is cool again in America.. It’s too late to revive the industry here, but at least we could be spared the self-congratulations of the privatised power bosses.
( Paul Routledge, 22.04.2017 )

A Broken Election Pledge By Mrs May ..
Theresa May has been blasted for breaking an election pledge to her own voters over protecting cash for schools.. Thirty of 40 schools in her constituency face cuts totalling £614,000 over the first two years of a new Tory funding plan.. Yet the PM fiercely backed David Cameron’s manifesto pledge that “the amount of money following your child into school will not be cut”.
( Nicola Bartlett, 16.04.2017 )

Tories Have Always Put Themselves First ..
If we truly lived in a country which works for everyone, the NHS would not be under-funded and parents would not be buying their children textbooks schools can no longer afford.. If we truly lived in a country which works for everyone, low-income families would not be paying for austerity while the better off get richer on low interest rates.
If we truly lived in a a country which works for everyone, workers would not be exploited by zero-hours contracts while bankers line their pockets with fat bonuses.
The Tories have always put themselves and their rich cronies first, and nothing Theresa May has done so far changes that view.
( Sunday Mirror, 23.04.2017 )

One Billion People Have No Access To Sustainable Energy ..
More than one billion people – one in five human beings on the planet – don’t have access to sustainable energy.. They are working and studying in the dark.. They are cooking and heating their homes using dung or kerosene, breathing in toxic smoke that causes lung disease and kills nearly two million people a year.. Most of them are women and children.. In Uganda, where access to power is limited, doctors have to deliver babies in the dark, performing C-sections by candlelight.
( Mike Shinoda, August 2012 )

A Policy To Impoverish The Public Sector And Hurt The Poor ..
David Cameron sings for his roast poodle supper in South Korea, by telling businessmen that Britain can’t spend money today it may need tomorrow, when such a concept has never had to cross the mind of the banker’s son with a tax-haven trust fund who married into aristocracy.. He tells emergency service workers who lay down their lives every day that to ask for their first effective pay rise in nine years is “selfish”.. As Cameron told the South Koreans, the policy he introduced which caused untold misery and death is “so-called austerity”.. A deliberate policy to impoverish the public sector and hurt the poor, all in the name of bailing out and enriching the banking class.
Not all public sector workers have felt the pinch though.. Were I a paramedic who came home after scraping bodies off the M6 to hear Tory MPs cheering the vote that stopped me getting a pay rise I’d be raging.. Because this is the seventh year my pay would have been capped at 1% or frozen, meaning a real-term cut of 9% since 2010.. Meanwhile, an MP’s basic pay has gone up £11,000 in that time ( to £76,011 ) with inflation-proof rises and a 10% hike in 2015.. A hike Cameron called the “going rate” for a highly demanding job.. Yes, so demanding that his co-austerity architect George Osborne recently managed to do it while holding down five outside jobs.
( Brian Reade, 08.07.2017 )

Bankers Plundered Our Country ..
Gordon Brown is not widely adored, but he is respected, admired and trusted.
When the world economy went into meltdown, our way of life was on its knees.
As the bankers plundered our country, capitalism itself seemed a spent force.
This country, and the developed world, were close to catastrophe.
That the banks stayed open and the cash machines kept working, and that salaries kept getting paid was down to Gordon Brown, Alistair Darling and Labour.
They brought a sinking ship into shore.
Everyone followed their example of part, nationalising the banks, even the Americans.. It was the only solution if we were going to survive.
Does anyone seriously think that the chinless Conservatives could have handled the collapse of our economy ?.. The Tory toffs continually opposed what Labour were doing but didn’t offer an alternative solution.
If left to them, the banks would have closed, the cash machines would be empty, millions of people would have lost their savings, their investments and their homes, and our country would have ground to a halt.
It was the greed of the bankers, needless to say mostly all Tories, who almost destroyed our economy, and our lives.

Britain Changed Forever ..
The roots of the financial chaos can be traced directly back to October 27, 1986, when the biggest revolution in the financial markets took place.
Margaret Thatcher saw London being over-taken as the centre of world finance by New York and she decided that it’s problem was over-regulation.
The big bang saw an overhaul of the system with a ‘light touch’ approach to regulating banks and trading bonuses went through the roof as “greed is good” became the mantra and the markets became a casino.
Weak banking regulations led to the irresponsible lending that triggered the crisis.
On May 4, 1979, Margaret Thatcher strode into number 10 and Britain changed forever.
She will never be forgiven for crushing millions under her heels.
She set out to destroy entire industries in an appalling act of political and social vandalism.. Thatcher’s legacy is the drug abuse and crime in communities deliberately stripped of work and dignity.

Poverty, Depression And Suicide ..
Margaret Thatcher was determined to break the miners and engineered their crippling defeat.. The Ridley plan detailed how they would fight, and defeat, a major strike in a nationalised industry.
In 1984, The National Union of Mine Workers went out on strike for a year over planned pit closures and their defeat marked the end of serious union might.
The coal industry was sold off and gradually shut down.
Communities had their hearts ripped out when the pits closed and many have still not recovered.. High unemployment still haunts many former pit villages along with poverty, depression and suicide.

The Family Silver Sold Off ..
Margaret Thatcher’s market-led policies saw the sale of 20 state-controlled companies including British Telecom.. Sales were marketed by huge advertising campaigns like “Tell Sid” for British Gas, which ended with a £5.4 billion sell off.
She said she wanted to open up share ownership to all.. But most people who bought shares in the newly-privatised firms sold quickly to make a quick profit.
The proportion of shares held by individuals rather than institutions did not actually increase.. With the family silver sold off, market forces now set the price.

So What Do We Have Now ? ..
We used to have an economy that was less virtual and depended more on making and selling real, actual, physical things.
During World War 2, the Clydeside yards built more ships than the United States of America.. We had an economy based on manufacturing.. But that’s gone now.
The Tory government of Mrs Thatcher destroyed our industrial and manufacturing base.. So what do we have now ?
We have an economy that depends on delivering pizzas to each other, and doing up our homes in the hope that we can sell them at a profit.
The banks lent all our savings to dodgy borrowers, and paid themselves huge salaries and obscene bonuses.
Can a nation have an economy worth the name if it doesn’t actually make anything ?

Lives Are Being Lost

We Are Losing The Battle Against Childhood Cancer ..
A terrifying 40% rise in children’s cancer is being blamed on modern life.
Experts warned of a cancer epidemic and identified fast food, computer tablets, mobile phones, car emissions and cleaning agents as contributing factors.
The huge rise, revealed in Child Cancer Awareness Month, means that 1,300 more children are affected each year than in 1998.. The stark news comes from the charity Children with Cancer UK, which demands the Government acts to ensure parents and parents-to-be are aware of wide-ranging lifestyle dangers.. Alasdair Philips, the charity’s trustee and science advisor says, “We are losing the battle against childhood cancer. It is so many lives lost, so many futures unfulfilled, so many devastated families.”
( Emily Retter, 04.09.2016 )

Humiliation Of Mixed-Sex Hospital Wards ..
The number of patients enduring the humiliation of mixed-sex hospital wards has soared by almost 50% under Theresa May… More than 8,500 patients were put in such wards during the Prime Minister’s first year at No 10, up on 5,700 the year before.. Hospitals are fined £250 per patient per day for breaching rules on keeping patients on single-sex wards.. The Tories vowed to eliminate mixed-sex wards completely in both their 2010 and 2015 manifestos but the pledge had vanished when it came to this year’s election.. From July last year, when Mrs May first moved to Downing Street, until June this year there were 8,546 instances of mixed-sex ward use – up 49% on the 5,720 in the year before.
Shadow Health Minister Justin Madders said, “Patients expect dignity and respect in hospital but this Government is letting them down.”.. Norman Lamb, the Lib Dem health spokesman, added, “It’s an utter scandal and an affront to basic human dignity. We need to make sure the Tories start properly funding the NHS to end this intolerable practise.”
( An extract from an article by Andrew Gregory, 22.07.2017 )

Palm oil, used in crisps and chocolate, was found to cause the cancer protein CD36 to spread, says a study in the journal Nature.
( Metro, 08.12.2016 )

Duty NHS Doctors Treating Private Patients ..
A surgeon claims his NHS Trust spent £1million fighting him after he blew the whistle on malpractice.. James Akinwunmi, 52, said emergency cases were turned away as duty doctors treated private patients and that some staff fraudulently claimed double pay.. But he was fired – his marriage collapsed and his kids became estranged.. The neurosurgeon at Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, spent £100,000 clearing his name.. Now the Trust has lost an appeal against an unfair dismissal ruling.
( Sunday Mirror, 23.07.2017 )

A Daily Aspirin Is Worth The Risk ..
The benefits of an aspirin a day outweigh the risks , according to new research.
Although the drug raises the chance of stomach bleeding, the bleeds are less serious than those that can occur in people not taking the drug, said the study.. Aspirin is already known to cut heart disease and cancer.
Professor Peter Elwood, of Cardiff University, said he hoped the research will lead to wider use of aspirin among the elderly.
( Daily Mirror, 02.12.2016 )

Could Liquid Aspirin Fight Brain Tumours ? ..
Aspirin is a very simple substance.. It’s chemical structure is so tiny that, compared to molecular monsters like proteins and carbohydrates, it can cross the ‘blood-brain barrier’ – an obstacle that has so far stopped cancer drugs reaching and attacking brain tumours.
Scientists say the results of early tests show a drink of liquid aspirin is ten times more effective than any existing chemotherapy drug at killing brain cancer cells and could save the lives of thousands of brain cancer patients.. The hope is liquid aspirin could be bolted on to cancer drugs to form powerful combinations to attack brain tumours.. This Portsmouth University research has been hailed as a ‘game-changer’ by experts.
( Dr Miriam Stoppard, 02.12.2016 )

More Children Suffer From ‘Obesity’ Disease ..
Toddlers are being treated in hospital for a killer liver condition linked to obesity and fizzy drinks.. Alarming new figures show the number of under-18s admitted in England with fatty liver disease has more than doubled in five years.. Last year 185 kids were treated – including 27 not yet of school age.. The stats from NHS Digital likely show the tip of the iceberg, as only the worst cases end up in hospital.. Dr Jude Oben, a consultant liver specialist at London’s Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital. said medics had an ‘epidemic’ on their hands.. The condition is caused by a build-up of fat in the liver that can lead to cirrhosis and raises the risk of heart attacks and strokes.. Dr Oben added, “You can be carrying the problem possibly for years before you start to feel unwell and by then you will have done some serious damage to your liver.”.. A recent study at the University of Southampton found children who consumed excessive amounts of fructose were more likely to have the advanced form of fatty liver disease.. Just one 500ml bottle of cola can contain double the recommended daily amount for children.. Jane DeVille-Almond, of the British Obesity Society, said, “It drives me mad that parents are so reluctant to see their kids are becoming obese because of what they are feeding them. Giving them treats like fizzy drinks is not kind, it is killing them.”
( An extract from an article by Nicola Fifield and Martyn Halle, 02.04.2017 )

Hidden Benefits Of Statins ..
Several studies have suggested that statins may cut the chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease.. One in journal Neurology found taking them for at least two years reduced the risk by 15% for women and by 12% for men.
A study found statins could cut the chances of dying from breast cancer by 43%, prostate by 47%, bowel by 30% and lung by 22%.
Better Eye Health Research has found a link between statin use and a decreased risk of eye cataracts.
Studies have found patients who take statins significantly lower the chances of developing rheumatoid arthritis.
( Sunday Mirror, 07.05.2017 )

Lives Are being Lost ..
The former head of the Army has blasted defence chiefs for failing troops with post-traumatic stress disorder, leaving them to rely on a charity helpline instead.
General Sir Richard Dannatt said, “Lives are being lost.. We cannot penny pinch or seek efficiencies where the lives of our people are at stake.. The Government’s failure to support our troops is a breach of the Armed Forces Covenant.. In 1917, they didn’t understand shell shock, but in 2017 we do understand PTSD.”
A major study has found recent wars, including Iraq and Afghanistan, left 83,000 British troops physically or mentally scarred.
( Sean Rayment and Dan Warburton, July 2017 )

Medical Staff Leaving The NHS ..
The number of stressed workers quitting the NHS has more than doubled in just four years.. New figures show nearly 14,000 staff left last year because they wanted a better work-life balance.. In 2011/2012 the figure was 6,727.. The number who left for health reasons also soared, from 2,138 four years ago to 3,068 last year.
Unions say the NHS is spending millions on agency staff to plug gaps and claim patients will be at risk from dangerous staff levels.. Figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre shows nearly 67,000 clinical staff, including 15,656 doctors and 31,546 nurses, left the NHS last year.
( Nicola Fifield, 12.06.2016 )

Is Eating ‘Meat’ Killing Us ?

Is Meat Killing Us ? ..
In a paper entitled ‘Is Meat Killing Us ?’, doctors from the Mayo Clinic in Arizona said a vegan diet had been shown to “reverse” cardiovascular disease, reduce blood pressure and the risk of getting diabetes.. The review, published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, covered studies that looked at the health of a total of 1.5 million people.. A vegan diet has been shown to improve several parameters of health, including reversal of CVD, decreased body-mass index, decreased risk of diabetes, and decreased blood pressure in smaller studies.. A 2003 study found a “decreased risk of 25% to nearly 50% of all-cause mortality for very low meat intake compared with higher meat intake.
Lynne Elliot, chief executive of the Vegetarian Society, said the tide of public opinion was moving in their direction.. She pointed to the British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey which found three in 10 people in Britain said they had reduced the amount of meat they eat in the past 12 months with 58% citing “health reasons”.. “For people who want to improve their health, plant-based eating has a lot to offer,” she said in a statement.. “This global review comparing meat and vegetarian diets appears to confirm the findings of similar British studies.. Vegetarians have lower rates of significant health problems such as cancer (10% lower) and heart disease (32% lower).. But UK studies also indicate that in addition vegetarians have lower rates of other common illnesses such as diabetes, kidney stones and high-blood pressure.”
( Ian Johnston, Science Correspondent, The Independent, May 2016 )

Drug-Stuffed, Disease-Ridden, Shit-Contaminated ..
Scientific studies and government records suggest that virtually all (upwards of 95% of) chickens become infected with E. coli (an indicator of fecal contamination) and between 39 and 75% of chickens in retail stores are still infected.. Around 8% of birds become infected with salmonella (down from several years ago, when at least one in four birds was infected, which still occurs on some farms).. Seventy to 90% are infected with another potentially deadly pathogen, campylobacter.. Chlorine baths are commonly used to remove slime, odour, and bacteria.
Of course, consumers might notice that their chickens don’t taste quite right – how good could a drug-stuffed, disease-ridden, shit-contaminated animal possibly taste ?.. But the birds will be injected (or otherwise pumped up) with “broths” and salty solutions to give them what we have come to think of as the chicken look, smell, and taste.. A recent study by Consumer Reports found that chicken and turkey products, many labeled as natural, “ballooned with 10 to 30% of their weight as broth, flavouring, or water.”
( Jonathan Safran Foer )

Meat Consumption And Cancer Risk ..
The World Health Organisation has determined that dietary factors account for at least 30% of all cancers in Western countries and up to 20% in developing countries.. When cancer researchers started to search for links between diet and cancer, one of the most noticeable findings was that people who avoided meat were much less likely to develop the disease.. Large studies in England and Germany showed that vegetarians were about 40% less likely to develop cancer compared to meat eaters.
Two themes consistently emerge from studies of cancer from many sites : vegetables and fruits help to reduce risk, while meat, animal products, and other fatty foods are frequently found to increase risk.. Consumption of dietary fat drives production of hormones, which, in turn, promotes growth of cancer cells in hormone-sensitive organs such as the breast and prostate.. Meat is devoid of the protective effects of fibre, antioxidants, phytochemicals, and other helpful nutrients, and it contains high concentrations of saturated fat and potentially carcinogenic compounds, which may increase one’s risk of developing many different kinds of cancer.
( Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine )

It’s The Way Things Are ..
We send one species to the butcher and give our love and kindness to another apparently for no reason other than because “it’s the way things are”.. When our attitudes and behaviours towards animals are so inconsistent, and this inconsistency is so unexamined, we can safely say we have been fed absurdities.. It is absurd that we eat pigs and love dogs and don’t even know why.. Many of us spend long minutes in the aisle of the drugstore mulling over what toothpaste to buy, yet most of don’t spend any time at all thinking about what species of animal we eat and why.. Our choices as consumers drive an industry that kills ten billion animals per year in the United States alone.. If we choose to support this industry and the best reason we can come up with is because it’s the way things are, clearly something is amiss.
( Melanie Joy )

Red Meat Is Strongly Linked To Bowel Cancer ..
Oxford University’s heart unit analysed the health consequences of a range of diets, concluding that eating meat no more than three times a week would prevent 31,000 deaths from heart disease, 9,000 deaths from cancer and 5,000 deaths from strokes each year.. In health terms, red meat is strongly linked with bowel cancer, while meat and dairy products high in saturated fat are causes of obesity and heart disease.. Environmentally, South American rainforests are being cleared, releasing climate change emissions, to grow animal feed and rear cattle for export to Europe.
( Martin Hickman, The Independent, 18.10.2010 )

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 )

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

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.

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 )

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.

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 )

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

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

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 )