Category Archives: Social Policy
Life without trees is life without Love.
The street where I live is under serious redevelopment, which involves making a tremendous amount of mess. It also means that the contractors have cut down all the mature trees which used to line both sides of the street, and surround the old church, (which is now actually an art gallery).
Perhaps the redevelopment is a good idea, and the place will look much better when it’s all finished, but cutting down all the trees is just urban vandalism.
Where I live now looks as though urban riots / a small war has just been through there.
And, the old church / art gallery now looks utterly bereft. All such a shame.
As you can tell,
it’s still raining cats and dogs here.
Banning cannabis just makes it even more desirable.
Some say that using cannabis has medicinal benefits. And that using a little weed never hurt anyone. All I know is that regularly using cannabis will put you on a slippery slope to misery, degradation, and death.
The US Food and Drug Administration, (FDA), has not approved marijuana for medicinal use, although a large number of doctors and their patients swear by its effectiveness and positive health benefits. Which is utterly delusional because a placebo is just about as effective as cannabis when it comes to relieving the worst symptoms of most illnesses. However, people still take medicinal marijuana to obtain relief from the more unpleasant symptoms of their illness ~ and not just to get high. However, medicinal marijuana will still give you a rush and get you high.
Cannabis in my view is being deliberately oversold as a medication, deliberately so by people whose primary objective is drug legalisation. Nations should be cautious and should not be seduced by extravagant and unscientific claims by noisy lobbyists. ~ David Raynes
This inevitable drug rush is because marijuana’s healing properties come from its high cannabidoil (CBD) content and critical levels of medical terpenes, flavonoids, and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). CBD, won’t get you high, but THC certainly will. Actually, there are more than 100 cannabinoids in marijuana ~ doctors and scientists don’t know what effect some of these potent chemicals have on the human brain and body.
Nevertheless, medicinal marijuana does show some slightly positive effects in treating certain psychological problems, and the pain from illness such as degenerative neurological disorders. Allegedly, medicinal marijuana helps ease pain, nausea and loss of appetite in people with HIV and cancer, and it just might help people with epilepsy or multiple sclerosis. It’s the CBD and THC that has these beneficial effects.
What THC does is make your brain release dopamine ~ the pleasure chemical, and to be honest, that’s why everyone uses pot, even the people who take it for ‘medicinal’ reasons. You will get high if you take cannabis for any reason ~ you will feel more relaxed, happier, and probably sleepy. You may also have hallucinations, delusions, short term memory loss, paranoia ~ and if you have pneumonia or bronchitis those illnesses will suddenly get a lot worse.
Cannabis does more harm than good, even when taken for medical reasons. New medical guidelines have been issued in Canada, (where cannabis is legal), warning that the negative effects of the weed far outweigh the minor benefits it has for most illnesses. The Canadian Family Physician journal states that in the few conditions where cannabis is helpful the effects are only marginally better than a placebo.
This Canadian guidance states that there is little evidence that cannabis could help many patients at all, and that the downsides far exceed the potential benefits.
Marijuana very strong stuff, especially the more potent types grown now, and its effects last a very long time. You will still be suffering from the after-effects of using pot four weeks later. Pot is addictive, and it’s also a gateway drug to worse things such as cocaine and heroin.
Marijuana is damaging and dangerous. If you use marijuana a lot you will probably get one or more serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia, anxiety and depression, memory problems, have difficulty with coordination, distortions in your sense of time and space, and have suicidal thoughts. Your work, social life, and interpersonal relationships will suffer. You will do risky and stupid things. To top it off, marijuana damages unborn babies too.
The real reason anyone uses cannabis is to experience the instant gratification of a THC / Dopamine rush. Anyone who craves instant gratification is immature and nowhere near being a balanced, grown up, grounded, and together person. They care little about the future, themselves, or anyone else. They have no real life outside of feeding their own wants, needs, and desires. They are unlikely to ever get well until they first learn to cure their own need for instant pleasures. This applies to anyone who demonstrates little self-control.
If you really want to turn into a Mr. Hyde, then smoke pot.
Guns make very small men feel very big.
The whole world must know by now that on St. Valentines day a nineteen years old youth called Nicholas Cruz carried out his very own cowardly massacre at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida. After about 7 minutes of shooting, 17 people lay dead, and 14 others were wounded, some of them critically.
Nicholas Cruz was expelled from that Florida High School for ‘disciplinary reasons’ after ‘getting into trouble’. It is now said that this cowardly youth is mentally ill, has a history of killing animals, showed off his kills and firearms on social media, and that his mother called the police to their home 39 times to try and ‘talk some sense into him’.
It is also said that the other students were very afraid of Nicholas Cruz and his propensity for violence when he did attend the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida.
So, how was it that Nicholas Cruz was, ‘perfectly legally’, able to buy an AR-15 assault rifle and magazines at Sunrise Tactical Supply, of 7600 Wiles Rd. Coral Springs? The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives say that; ‘No laws were violated in the procurement of this weapon’.
Really? And now 17 people are dead and at least 14 injured, some of them critically. Because Nicholas Cruz was allowed to legally buy an AR-15 and magazines.
The Colt AR-15 assault rifle is a military weapon of war, and a variant of the US military’s M16 rifle. Along with the Russian AK-47 (Kalashnikov), the AR-15 is the weapon of choice for terrorists and mass murderers who carry out insane random shootings. Stephen Paddock used a variant of the AR-15 to kill 58 people in Las Vegas on October 1st 2017.
The AR-15 is a lightweight semi-automatic rifle, either 16, 20, 0r 24 inches in length. It fires either the US .223 Remington, or 5.56 x 45 mm NATO cartridge, with a probable rate of fire of 90 rounds a minute, and an effective range of 600 yards. It is said to be a very user-friendly ergonomic weapon.
The gun laws in Florida are very lax. Florida is a ‘shall issue’ state and will routinely allow ‘concealed carry’ licences for handguns. You don’t need a permit to buy or carry a rifle or shotgun in Florida, nor do you have to register your weapons. You can buy as many guns as you like, all at the same time, including assault weapons with large-capacity magazines, and .50 caliber rifles. All you have to be is 18 years of age, (or a minor must have the permission of their parent or legal guardian), and you can equip yourself to start a reasonably sized war in the State of Florida.
Nicholas Cruz wasn’t old enough to buy a beer, but he was more than old enough to buy a deadly weapon and carry out his own St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.
And Florida is not alone, the most lenient gun laws in the USA are to be found in; Arizona, Alaska, Wyoming, Vermont, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Utah, and South Carolina.
From England, the gun laws and gun culture in the USA look utterly insane. The US Constitution’s Second Amendment looks like a throwback to 1765, 1776, and 1783. The British Redcoats are not going to march down Pennsylvania Avenue anytime soon. The only time an American President likely to hear the massed bands of the Brigade of Guards play ‘The British Grenadiers’ would be on a State Visit to London.
Keep your Second Amendment and keep your mass shootings.
You are in our thoughts and you have the deepest sympathies of all England
Core Values are who you are when no one is watching.
Appreciation of natural beauty is one of my core values.
I cannot claim to know, accept, and understand in detail what my core values about Life are. In fact, I even had to check the definition of ‘core values’ before I could work on knowing, accepting, and understanding my own core values. The various definitions seem to coalesce into;
Core Values are Fundamental Beliefs and Principles that guide a person’s conduct and relationships with others.
It would appear that Core Values can be positive, negative, or pretty meaningless and neutral. I firmly believe that almost everyone has all three types of core values, and we all have more negative core values than we would like to believe.
My own negative core values include;
- Everybody lies.
- The world is full of fools, and 90% of the people I meet will be much less intelligent than I.
- The world is a dangerous and brutal place, and a man has to be capable, knowledgable, and tough to survive and thrive.
- Casual sex, first date sex, sex with multiple partners, picking up girls in bars ~ are all reprehensible behaviours.
My more positive core values include;
- Treating my friends with kindness, consideration, acceptance, understanding, and unselfish love.
- A belief that there is great beauty in this world, and it should be protected, celebrated, and appreciated.
- Life is short, and I should therefore make the very most of every minute of every single day.
- I should continue to strive for self-improvement and self-awareness.
- We should treat all others as well as we possibly can, just as we ourselves would wish to be treated.
If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals. ~ J.K. Rowling
As it goes, I have a small problem with the quote from J.K. Rowling, as it makes the assumption that some people are superior to others, ergo some people are inferior. Actually, this is true, but it is not a pleasant thought.
My wishy-washy, neutral and meaningless core beliefs include a belief that politics, and religion are pointless, dishonest, and self-serving. Which may really be more negative than neutral.
There are some other words which resonate with me when it comes to my core values;
Honesty, Integrity, Individuality, Enjoyment, Trustworthiness, Reliability, Wisdom, Simplicity, Learning, Discipline, Truthfulness, Politeness….. All of these words should probably form part of my written core values.
It’s actually all pretty difficult stuff. I think I need to meditate, or take a long walk, or just let my subconscious mind ponder the whole subject of my own core values for a while. It could take the rest of my life. It should take the rest of my life.
Dawn seen from the garret.
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coping with only one hand
in the film noir bad day at black rock Spencer Tracy plays a one-armed man coping with deception, difficulty, and danger. a few days ago i sprained my right wrist, and from my limited recent experience, coping with anything while you can only use one hand is damn difficult.
typing this blog post with my left hand is much harder than you’d think ~ maybe there are keyboards specially adapted for only one hand.
basic daily tasks ~ washing, shaving, and dressing are taking me a long time and much thought. going out, for example to do some shopping, is just not going to happen. how vulnerable is having only one good hand making me feel?
household chores are unbelievably time consuming ~ cooking and washing up the dirty dishes takes so much effort it will have to be take-out food and ready-meals until i can use both hands again. i did some laundry yesterday, and found i can’t neatly fold clean stuff. if i lost the use of my right hand on a long-term basis, either i’d have to send out my laundry, or get a home-help. (there’s a snag with a home-help for me; nobody is allowed to come into my garret.)
other ordinary tasks such as bed making are problematic with only one good hand ~ and i have no idea how i’m going to tie my shoelaces.
all this makes me realise that if one doesn’t have the usual complement of fully functioning bits, then one’s day-to-day life becomes difficult, slow-paced, frustrating, expensive, and maybe reliant on others.
a really good society would give extra help to those less fortunate, to those with physical, or mental, or other problems. however, i don’t see too many signs that we’re living in a good society right now. at least, my sprained wrist should get better soon, and in England treatment for my sprained wrist is ‘free’. i’m kind of glad that i don’t live in the USA today.
The writing was on the wall when Britain refused to have anything to do with Europe’s grandiose, fatally flawed scheme to replace the national currencies of its member states with a single pan-European currency, the Euro.
The usual suspects were all in favour of Britain dumping the Pound Sterling, and accepting the new Monopoly Money currency. Left-Liberal politicians, Europhile officials, and the leaders of big business all warned that Britain was destined for economic failure if we did not adopt the Euro ~ well that was a load of bull droppings. The Euro has proved a disaster, especially for the smaller, less wealthy countries, Greece, and Ireland being two notable examples.
These same usual suspects are trumpeting the same doom and gloom now that the people of England have voted to leave a club we didn’t even know we were joining. If you lived here you would be heartily sick of the amount of air-time the pro EU BBC are giving to the vapid talking heads.
Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind. ~ Rudyard Kipling
The European Union was sold to the English as a free trade zone, not as an attempt to replace the sovereign nations of Europe with a sort of United States of Europe, with a single European Government, mostly made up of unelected technocrats. This was just a small part of the internationalists goal of a one-world government. Not only that, the corrupt European Union receives, net, billions of £ from England, every single damn year. Some of that money comes back to the United Kingdom disguised as EU largesse.
And that is called paying the Dane-geld; but we’ve proved it again and again, that if once you have paid him the Dane-geld you never get rid of the Dane. ~ Rudyard Kipling
There are some immediate downsides to the English electorate’s decision to walk away from the European Union;
- Total chaos in the United Kingdom’s political system. (We English despise all politicians, with the exception of Churchill, and possibly Thatcher.)
- Total chaos in the financial markets, especially the City of London. (So what, some City cowboys are just using Brexit to make money.)
- A down-grading of Britain’s credit rating from AAA+ to AA. (Good, we borrow too much anyhow.)
- A resurgence of the loony Left-Liberals, all of whom are saying that the electorate was wrong, stupid, ill-informed, and we want another referendum, preferably one we can rig. (Have you seen the joke they call Jeremy Corbin?)
- New calls for Independence in Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales, and by the way these countries don’t want to leave the EU. (Good, these countries are a drain on England’s prosperity, and they all hate the English.)
You want to know what the ‘man on the Clapham Omnibus’ thinks about those downsides ~ the average Englishman doesn’t give a damn. We do not like being told what to do by a bunch of Johnny Foreigners, we don’t like uncontrolled immigration, we really don’t like politicians, unelected officials, the leaders of big business, and pseudo intellectual professors who would like England to be a communist country. As always England will prevail in the end.
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew to serve your turn long after they are gone, and so hold on when there is nothing in you except the will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’ ~ Rudyard Kipling.
After the immediate chaos, the politicians had better negotiate an EU exit deal which is satisfactory to the average Englishman. If they don’t, if they try to sell the same old stinking fish in new wrappings, the chaos you see now will be as nothing to the upheaval to come. Politicians need to remember that the ballot box is a two-edged sword, and sometimes it cuts off the heads of the complacent.
Historically, England has always looked to the sea. Every single time England has become involved in the politics of Europe it has cost us dear.
Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves, that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, This was their finest hour. ~ Churchill
My American friends also have reasons to be worried. As you are about to celebrate your Independence Day, the independence of the U.S.A. is under increasing attack by the United Nations, ably assisted by your incumbent President and staunch UN proponent, Mr Barak Obama.
I have personal experience of multicultural societies, both in Europe and the United States. I don’t love multiculturalism, and I don’t like being a second-class citizen in my own country. In England today, if you are white, christian, male, educated, straight, and financially secure, it seems that you are automatically guilty of anything and everything. Especially you are guilty of racism.
Neither do I love open borders, uncontrolled immigration, inadequate passport checks, inadequate security checks at airports, and throwing resources at corrupt foreign regimes rather than protecting our own citizens.
The language of England is English, but sometimes you wouldn’t think so. The language of the United States of America is also English, but sometimes you wouldn’t think so. Across much of the civilised western world there are immigrant ethnic groups who choose to maintain their distinctive culture, making no effort to assimilate and integrate into the native culture of their host country. This is a recipe for youth disaffection, alienation, doctrinalism, and nihilism.
Left-liberal politicians and opinion-makers have spent years tiptoeing around the disparate cultures of those who have chosen to come and live in our countries. We produce official documents in dozens of languages to help protect ‘foreign’ cultures in the name of multiculturalism. There has been little effort to protect the natural cultures of the English, Americans, Belgians, Swedes, and the French…
Is the civilised world going to sit back and wait for another massacre? Or, are we going to remember what we value, what our forefathers have fought and died for, and do something to save our sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, wives….?
France is bleeding, hurting, grieving. Who will be next?
deafening words silently weep
shameful secrets long unspoken
childhood horrors yours to keep
pitiless parental terror choking
tears keep you from sleep
childhood innocence broken
vicious loveless degradation
humiliation, another beating
secrets buried soul-deep
so what are you longing for?
desolation, depression, suffering
jerk, scum, bastard, cunt, creep
Mensurability, Modularity, Monstrosity, Monotony
Nudity, Overfamiliarity, Perversity, Quasiperiodicity
Reciprocity, Reproducibility, Rationality, Reality
Sexuality, Simultaneity, Synchronicity, Serendipity
words and pictures by jack collier
Third Sector Hypocrisy
These days I only give to one organised charity, my local hospice. Lately I don’t even give that charity any money. As I am de-cluttering my life I am busy donating my books, music and clothes to their thrift shop. This is from a guy who once had several large monthly charitable donations coming straight out of his bank account.
Why the change of heart?
I firmly believe that Big Charity is an oxymoron. I believe that these organisations are run by self-important charlatans who could care less about the cause they are supposed to serve.
To give you some evidence;
- Ninety-two years old Olive Cooke threw herself to her death in the Avon Gorge after saying that she, ‘couldn’t give any more.’ Olive had 27 ‘charities’ taking money from her bank account by direct debit. Olive also received about 260 begging letters a month from big charities and had countless nuisance begging telephone calls from their call centres. Any sane man knows you cannot pester a frail old pensioner like that.
- When you receive a nuisance call from a ‘charity’ it isn’t even from them. These charities employ specialist call centres to telephone people on lists they buy from data collection firms. The personal data of millions of UK charity supporters being traded for just 15 pence a name. The staff in these call centres are under instruction to use strong tactics to get people to donate to the ‘charity’ they are working on behalf of that week.
- The senior executives of the large charities award themselves eye-watering remuneration packages. 30 charity bosses are paid more than £100,000. Some charity bosses are paid more than the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister.
- All taxpayers are made to give to ‘charities’ whether they want to or not. The UK ‘overseas aid’ budget currently stands at £11,400,000,000 per year. This will increase by an extra £1 billion over the next two years under new European Union rules. Most of this absurd sum is distributed via big charities.
- The bankrupt European Union spends about 6% of its total budget on its External Action Service, which gives money to organisations such as Oxfam.
- Even though ‘charities’ work with the downtrodden, the poor, the sick, the disadvantaged and the persecuted, there is no evidence that most charity workers share their hardships.
Every week it would change and we would call on behalf of a different charity. …they actively encouraged us to harangue people and hound them and not to take no for an answer… ~ ex-call centre worker Lucy Draper
A large proportion of the money given to charities is wasted, misused or just stolen. Charites do not care if their ‘giver’ can really afford their donations, a pensioner’s budget only stretches so far. The charities’ own publication ‘the Third Sector’ shows just how sick these charity czars really are.
…it won’t stop right-wing newspapers and Tory backwoodsmen from continuing to carp on about top pay in big charities…. ~ Editorial in the Third Sector
I firmly believe that the charitable industry treats everyone with contempt, in which case they can do it without any voluntary donations from me.
Meanwhile, old age pensioners in England are struggling to make ends meet.
moine guerrier, esprit universel