Fascism in the guise of healthcare.
Via Frank Davis (Via Rose) I became aware of this piece in The Lancet, Helping smokers quit in secondary-care services.
It is not so much a matter of “helping”, rather fascist bully-boy tactics for both patients and staff and I’ll tell you why it disgusts me so much.
I was detoxed from booze as an outpatient in a large alcohol unit near Glasgow in 1998 (and never returned to the demon drink, with God’s grace). I probably saw around a hundred other patients coming and going and I used to watch who smoked and who didn’t. I only recall ever seeing about four who never smoked.
Even if there were only seventy or eighty people I shared the premises with, the smoking rate was still over 90%.
The unit is actually a wing of a mental hospital, Dykebar. You could stroll through the corridors of the main building and see the seriously and permanently mentally ill walking around, seemingly oblivious to everything, looking like they were never going to get out, while I was on my way to get the bus home.
Back then you could smoke in all the public rooms of the alcohol wing (two very large sitting rooms and a pool room). To ban smoking completely in these places would be an act of barbarity. We were expected to stay for at least four hours a day. Being detoxed is quite a nightmare anyway, as I’m sure are other mental conditions. The pain would be compounded massively for the majority with the implementation of a complete smoking ban – something which could only be thought up by people who have lost their humanity. If they ever had any.
The Lancet says that, “more than two thirds of those in psychiatric units smoke” so it could well put off many people going for treatment. Maybe that’s part of the plan: to save money. I wouldn’t be surprised if that pool room has since been refurbished and is now the office of some executive on £100,000+ salary. Perhaps some ‘compliance’ officer. Or maybe it’s a board room for the bigwigs to discuss new ideas on how to turn the hospital into more of a POW camp.
Although, to be fair, and as Dr Dunbar reminded me on Frank’s blog a few weeks ago, the profession is now at the mercy of the crazy stuff coming from the Dept of Health.
And they intend to treat their staff like scum too. To suggest that they are “offered pharmacotherapy or behavioural support” is typical of these sociopathic cultists who all too often manage to rise in the ranks of public ‘service’ yet neither understand nor are concerned with the public.
According to The Telegraph,
Individual trusts will be left to follow the guidance as they see fit, but Nice said staff who ignore hospital rules, for example by smoking in their uniform or “facilitating” patients smoking, could face disciplinary procedures.
These ‘experts’ either do not understand the human condition or are out and out sadistic headcases.
The acronym, “NICE”, of course, makes us think that their ‘clinical excellence’ is to benefit the patient. Judging by this, it is the opposite, like the ministries in Nineteen Eighty-Four, where the Ministry of Peace is concerned with war, the Ministry of Truth with propaganda and perhaps most appropriate, the Ministry of Love which uses fear to ensure loyalty to Big Brother and contains Room 101, which for many mentally ill people is probably being locked up without cigarettes. No joking.
We’re almost there. Thirty years after Orwell predicted, although in a letter from Aldous Huxley to Orwell after receiving a free copy of ’1984′, he wrote,
Within the next generation I believe that the world’s rulers will discover that infant conditioning and narco-hypnosis are more efficient, as instruments of government, than clubs and prisons, and that the lust for power can be just as completely satisfied by suggesting people into loving their servitude as by flogging and kicking them into obedience.
As his brother, Julian, was a eugenicist and first director of UNESCO, Aldous would have had inside knowledge of things to come and we know schools now exist for infant conditioning and I suspect narco-hypnosis is achieved largely through television.
How else would they get away with all they have been?
I thought I would take a break from the usual political and politically correct nonsense to write about something else, albeit, these days it is full of politically correct nonsense itself and I wouldn’t watch it nowadays if you paid me. In fact, I stopped watching it after Tom Baker regenerated into someone who looked far too boring and I was eighteen at the time anyway – the same age as the programme.
Baker left in 1981, so I am really celebrating eighteen years of “The Doctor”. Just a few years late.
Channel 4 began the following year, so the nineteen year-old me was far more interested in the new “alternative” comedy, largely the product of the hallowed halls of Oxbridge University and their right-on, socially-aware (or so they thought) champagne socialist view of the world.
I did team up again with Doctor Who in 2001 (I think) in real life when I helped out a friend in the big film and telly memorabilia exhibition in Glasgow when he came up from London. He had brought the aforementioned Tom Baker to sign autographed photos for £15 a pop (but you got one of his trademark jelly babies absolutely free!).
Baker was really wonderful to the punters. He changed dramatically once they had gone.
According to this: Doctor Who: 50 things you didn’t know,
8. Tom Baker joined a monastery at the age of 15
This I knew. He showed great delight in telling us about it over dinner. In fact, he wanted the whole restaurant to hear and his language was more Channel 4 than CBeebies. It was embarrassing. When I returned to the table after a toilet break, I was asked what had kept me so long. They thought I had left. I must have been in a state of shock or something, wondering if this was really happening. He is a big man and when he talks to you he grips you in his gaze and you feel yourself being drawn in. Fascinating, but never again.
Give me a dalek to deal with any time.
Although, I hadn’t known that he had turned down the role of Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings films because he didn’t want to spend months on end in New Zealand. I guess you wouldn’t want to brag about a misjudgment of that magnitude.
My favourite Doctor was Jon Pertwee. He seemed like a jolly nice chap to a young boy. I remember Patrick Troughton – just, but I was born slightly too late to recall William Hartnell.
Things you didn’t know Number 5 is: The Daleks were based on the Nazis
… by their creator, Terry Nation, who suggested their call of ‘Exterminate!’, their obsession with forcible eugenics and their dedication to total conformity. The BBC designer Raymond Cusick, meanwhile, came up with the distinctive pepper-pot shape and the zapper with its sinister storm trooper salute. In The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1966) the Daleks roll into London and turn Britain’s stout inhabitants into mind-controlled, brainwiped ‘Robomen’ — a stark nod back to the once-real possibility of an Axis invasion of Britain.
According to the Internet Movie Database, the film is called Daleks’ Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. which rings a bell, because I remember seeing it two or three decades ago, and being appalled. (Peter Cushing played the Doctor in the two 60s’ films.) It was supposedly set in London nearly two centuries in the future, yet looked exactly like the London of 1966: when it was made. This van in the film lasted remarkably well…
The Morris JB van. Sure to make a comeback in time for 2150.
But talking of turning Britain’s stout inhabitants into mind-controlled, brainwiped ‘Robomen’, that has happened already. Daleks were not to blame. Cybermen need not be rounded up for questioning either.
Number 10 sounds peculiar:
Time Lords exist! Sort of…
Well, OK, they don’t really. But some people experience a rare form of synaesthesia – an involuntary crossover of sensory input – in which they are apparently able to perceive time. Those who experience the phenomenon often describe it as a circular formation, with years shading into one another and longer periods, such as decades, showing up in different colours. Dates, appointments and memories may have a ‘physical’ form and a place in the arrangement. Such time-space synaesthetes, as they’re known, can sometimes even perceive time as a ring encircling them. No word on the regeneration, though, and no one has come calling with a free TARDIS. Yet.
If you say so.
This one I like:
40. The sound of the Tardis was created on the cheap, with a bunch of keys
Necessity was the mother of invention in the early days of Doctor Who, and so it was that the distinctive sound of the Tardis materialising came to be invented using house keys. Brian Hodgson of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop dragged the keys across the bass strings of an old piano, and played the resulting sound backwards.
If only I could be that four-year old boy hiding behind the couch again and start to live my life differently. Imagine living from that age with 46 years of hindsight? I used to be heavily into horseracing and the history of it, so I remember who won some of the big races over several decades. I would never have to do a day’s work in my life! Although I would also be trying to remember the dates and places of the big disasters so as to make an effort to avert them, so the responsibilities could outweigh the easy ride financially. But, there is no Tardis. The past fifty years have gone for the Doctor(s) and for me. I can only hope and pray and strive for a more significant next fifty years, or as long as the Almighty has in store for me.
I need to spice up my life? Any ideas? I don’t mean naughty ones – anyone can do them?
'Cracking cheek, Gromit.'
I received an email from Ed Miliband’s team yesterday about the ‘bedroom tax’ (I signed up to Labour emails).
[That's "sir" to you.]
There’s no place for the cruelty of the bedroom tax in Britain today.
[Unlike the cruelty of removing the 10p tax band for the very poorest workers like you lot did - that was fair! Or impose "green taxes" and VAT on gas and electric prices so even more old people die in cold snaps. You're not very nice yourselves. In fact YOU were Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change at the time of the Climate Change Act 2008, which compels us to reduce our CO2 emissions by 80% of their 1990 baseline figure by 2050.]
The next Labour government will repeal the bedroom tax. It is one part of my bigger commitment to you: to build an economy that works for all working people, not just a privileged few.
[Is that a cast-iron commitment? And aren't most of the 'privileged few' now Labour MPs and peers?]
Labour will always stand up for those who need it, support working people, and speak out against powerful interests.
[Like the EU riding roughshod over us and your Fabianistas in the BBC et al destroying our way of life?]
If you share our vision for a better politics and a better economy — and if you want to live in a society with no place for the bedroom tax — I’d like to invite you to do something to help make it happen.
[Don't have more bedrooms than I need? Stop voting for the Lib/Lab/Con lying and robbing machine?]
Help kick out the Tories at the next election and show your support for a fairer, better Britain: donate to the Labour Party now.
[Oh, that. Begging time to change from Blue Labour back to New Improved Red Labour.]
Our party is committed to building a brand new politics, one with working people at its heart.
[Hahaha. The reason you were allegedly founded over a century ago and the penny's just dropped, has it? What a doughnut!]
Across the country, we’re helping grow a movement of people like you who want to live in a Britain better for all. More than 100 full-time Labour organisers are already working in communities from Dundee to Plymouth, helping local residents fight for change.
[People like me? You know nothing about me, but I know what you are: a Marxist traitor.]
Not only is our election campaign going to be run by local communities, but it’s going to be the first in UK political history to be funded by the people. So, want to make history with us, Stewart?
[Funded by the people, eh? Is that because the unions have all given up on you or because you sold all their jobs to the Far East for carbon credits?]
Say you’re in: donate £10 now — or whatever you can — to help Britain get a government that will repeal the bedroom tax and build a fair, thriving economy.
[A good comedian keeps them laughing with the best gag at the finish. Let's see a return to that fair, thriving economy you built up between 1997 and 2010. Great joke, Ed.]
Thanks for playing your part,
[Thanks for the laughs. Yes, I'm playing my part by attempting to have traitors tried and imprisoned for life.]
[Red Ed, Traitor Trash]
Picture trousered from here.
I want to concentrate on the smoking bans, but to begin with, there seems to be an ever-expanding phenomenon: state-sanctioned cruelty. Paved with good intentions, naturally.
The Liverpool Care Pathway deprives hospital patients of food and liquids as the state’s new caring way to ease them into Heaven or Hell (and I bet most of them thought that the NHS was the Hell bit). There are many reports of people who were put on the LCP who were not even considered terminally ill and others who somehow still managed to recover from the death sentence.
The latest story to touch me, for which I cannot find the link, was the woman placed on the death pathway and who called out for food, but didn’t want anything to drink. As she didn’t want a drink, she was also denied the food and left to die.
Eight years ago, my ninety-two year-old grandmother was taken to the local GP and the A&E several times in the few weeks leading up to her death. She had been the fittest person over eighty I had ever known, but suddenly, she could not walk three steps without gasping for breath in an absolutely terrible state. The “doctors” all agreed that it was “all in her mind” (she was not at all a hypochondriac). After few weeks of intense misery and being fobbed off by what is laughingly called the medical profession, she died of a blood clot.
The family went to the local paper with the story, but they wouldn’t go with it as they reported on an almost identical case a few months earlier.
No, what is important to today’s NHS bosses is not care, compassion and appropriate treatment, but political correctness/ideological subversion, perverting the young, collecting information for the Government and killing.
Consultant paediatrician David Drew has lost his appeal against being sacked for emailing colleagues prayers. He had been told by Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust to “keep his beliefs to himself” after sending a prayer to workmates.
Whoever thought of calling these institutions “trusts” must have been having a laugh.
Then there was this fairly recent story in the Hereford Times about an elderly man who thought he was in hospital awaiting an operation, but had been put on the LCP without his family’s consent,
Mr Mitton’s step-daughter Shirley Bolger said: “He had a most horrendous death, and none of us had a clue that he was on the Pathway.
He seemed really hungry and really thirsty, but we didn’t make the connections.
“He was absolutely desperate and kept grabbing my hand, asking for a drink.
When I touched his lips with a sponge moistened with tea, he tried to eat it. He suffered terribly.
If you ask me, nine out of ten doctors need some sort of psychiatric help. This power of life and death they think they have seems to have produced in many of them a delusion that they are gods to be revered. But I know with my recent troubles that GPs just hate being inconvenienced with other people’s points of view, especially if you’re their patient. I have had one talk to me like I’m a piece of contemptible filth. Another put down the phone on me. And another asked me to find a new practice.
But then, the Establishment seems to increasingly find that the old, sick and disabled are becoming a “drain on resources”, despite all the rhetoric of “equality” and “respect”.
You might remember about a year ago that a Lord Bichard suggested that OAPs should be forced to work or lose their pensions. Bichard, by the way, is on a £120,000-a-year public sector pension. This is one of his hypocritical spewings,
We’re prepared to say to people if you’re not looking for work, you don’t get a benefit. If you’re old and you’re not contributing in some way, maybe there should be some penalty attached to that. These debates never seem to take place.
I wonder why?
So instead, hospitals have been given extra money to bump off folks on the LCP: Up to 50pc of deaths at Mid-Staffs NHS trust on Care Pathway.
But even when your intention isn’t to kill off elderly people, via the LCP or general negligence in hospitals and “care” homes or with huge utility bills with added green taxes and EU-imposed VAT to scare the old into freezing to death in winter, the punishment is still there if you are a smoker.
Smoking bans are just one example of where dogma becomes more important than people. In Scotland, especially, Alex Salmond is attempting to be a World leader in complying with every UN/globalist diktat.
The Scottish National party (SNP) is planning on making Scotland totally smoke-free within the next two decades, according to reports.
The effort will make the Alex Salmond administration one of the most radically anti-tobacco governments in the world. Only New Zealand and Finland have set a smoke-free target date so far – of 2025 and 2040 respectively.
Of course, this means extending the bans into your car, your home, your garden and absolutely everywhere. Indeed today, Leg-iron links to Simon Clark’s blog where he draws our attention to the initiative in Tayside, where you can sign up and turn your home (or all but one room) over to the authorities in exchange for a nice plastic gold or silver badge or something.
The GOLD promise means you agree to no smoking in the house, while signing up to the SILVER status promises that smoking will be confined to one room in the house and never in front of children.
Before we get to the total ban, there are other bans on their way in Scotland.
A ban on smoking in play parks has already been introduced in many areas in Wales, while the Scottish Government’s smoking strategy, published earlier this year, said councils should consider extending smoke-free policies to other areas within their jurisdiction.
Ministers have also announced that smoking will be banned within hospital grounds by 2015, with many health boards already enforcing this policy.
The hospital ban is particularly evil, especially in psychiatric units where the majority of patients tend to smoke. The Royal Edinburgh Hospital (Edinburgh’s psychiatric hospital) has banned smoking for almost three years now.
But according to the NHS document (pdf), “Smoking and patients with Mental Health Problems,”
A recent review of smoking bans in mental health and addiction settings (el-Guebaly et al., 2002) indicates that total or partial smoking bans resulted in ‘no major long-standing untoward effects in terms of behavioural indicators of unrest of compliance’, although they appeared to have had little or no effect on smoking cessation.
It is a classic case of the “experts” having no idea about what they are doing, other than obeying orders and making life extremely uncomfortable for very vulnerable people.
When I was an outpatient at an alcohol detox unit coming on for sixteen years ago, I reckon to have seen around a hundred other patients coming and going. I was interested that so many smoked. In fact, I only remember seeing four or five who didn’t smoke. Back then, you could smoke in all communal areas, but it must be mayhem now if the patients are having to congregate outside for a smoke, as there were dozens getting treatment at any one time and we were expected to stay for several hours, including taking lunch there. And if smoking is not even permitted on hospital grounds then I’m sure many people will not bother continuing treatment.
That document also admits,
There is also evidence that, for some illnesses, nicotine through smoking is used as self-medication. Nicotine improves the symptoms of adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and also stimulates the release of some neurotransmitters which may counteract depression. In addition, nicotine helps alleviate some of the negative symptoms of schizophrenia (Patkar et al., 2002).
So patients are, in effect, being denied their medication under this tyranny.
Only 3% of the participants of this survey from 2008, an Exploration of in-patient attitudes towards smoking within a large mental health trust, favoured a total smoking ban. But despite this and despite the special needs of mentally ill patients, the smoking rooms in psychiatric hospitals that had been exempt when the smoking ban was introduced were closed. But the ban has been weakened and Charles McCann who suffers from schizophrenia and has been detained for 18 years, challenged the ban after smoking was forbidden inside The State Hospital in Carstairs, and in its grounds, in December 2011. Lord Stewart also ruled that the decision to compel Mr McCann to stop smoking was “flawed in every possible way”.
But see how it’s a constant drip, drip, drip of attack? First it’s for the children. Then it’s for the workforce and the “secondhand smoke” for which there is actually no evidence that it has ever killed anyone. Then it’s a blanket ban for everyone, everywhere.
And so it is for the children that your own car will no longer be your own car. That’s how it will start.
A BID to ban smoking in cars carrying children as passengers has been backed by doctors and health charities.
Yes, taxpayer-funded fake charities and doctors paid to prescribe useless Pharma products. And there you have an NHS propaganda shot of a young baby shrouded in smoke.
And there are other busybodies who are campaigning for all cars to be smoke-free at all times because smoking is a “distraction”. So what is driving long distances gasping for a smoke, then?
Because health and safety never was the driving force behind the bans. All the governments of the World are abiding by the UN declaration they signed up to: the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
This is why we *must* not be allowed to backtrack. The UN/global cabal literally has its minions in almost every national government obeying orders.
Between 2003 and 2004, the Treaty, which is now closed for signatures, “has 168 Signatories, including the European Community, which makes it one of the most widely embraced treaties in UN history.”
This is the level of control the global cabal has over national governments (and the EU).
1. Each Party shall develop, implement, periodically update and review comprehensive multisectoral national tobacco control strategies, plans and programmes in accordance with this Convention and the protocols to which it is a Party.
2. Towards this end, each Party shall, in accordance with its capabilities:
(a) establish or reinforce and finance a national coordinating mechanism or focal points for tobacco control; and
(b) adopt and implement effective legislative, executive, administrative and/or other measures and cooperate, as appropriate, with other Parties in developing appropriate policies for preventing and reducing tobacco consumption, nicotine addiction and exposure to tobacco smoke.
3. In setting and implementing their public health policies with respect to tobacco control, Parties shall act to protect these policies from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry in accordance with national law.
4. The Parties shall cooperate in the formulation of proposed measures, procedures and guidelines for the implementation of the Convention and the protocols to which they are Parties.
5. The Parties shall cooperate, as appropriate, with competent international and regional intergovernmental organizations and other bodies to achieve the objectives of the Convention and the protocols to which they are Parties.
6. The Parties shall, within means and resources at their disposal, cooperate to raise financial resources for effective implementation of the Convention through bilateral and multilateral funding mechanisms.
And we must all report on our “progress” to our UN Mummy WHO loves us so much.
Reporting and exchange of information
1. Each Party shall submit to the Conference of the Parties, through the Secretariat, periodic reports on its implementation of this Convention…
And there is no escape from whatever is decided in the future.
PART X: DEVELOPMENT OF THE CONVENTION
Amendments to this Convention
1. Any Party may propose amendments to this Convention. Such amendments will be considered by the Conference of the Parties.
And they are moving onto the drinkers and the overweight as the next targets to boss around and deny treatment to. Those wanting to use natural remedies have been dealt a bitter blow with the EU ban on hundreds of over-the-counter herbal supplements, which have never been demonstrated to have killed anyone, unlike the Big Pharma killing machine.
But again, the EU and national governments are only obeying orders from the UN. Codex Alimentarius this time, “setting international standards” to help keep us all safe, don’t you know?
We are under the dual curse of the WHO and the Department of Health, where people can be treated worse than you or I would be allowed to treat an animal.
Leg-iron has written a piece which had Frank Davis poking his head above the parapet to catch a wider view of society, post-smoking ban, which had me pondering on both their thoughts and felt inclined to add my own observations.
Like Frank, I was interested in the fact that favoured groups suddenly go out of favour, as we are seeing right in front of us these days. Leg-iron noticed an article in the Mail about the latest Office for National Statistics survey on homosexuality showing the same result as last year.
The Daily Lunacy claims that the Government’s ‘equality’ agenda is not working because we aren’t all dressing up as Julian Clary and singing ‘I’m a little teapot’.
Only one in 100 people say they are exclusively homosexual, an official survey found yesterday.
Is that not enough? Does ‘equality’ demand a fifty-fifty split?
The count by the Office for National Statistics shows that despite the promotion of same-sex marriage and full gay equality by David Cameron and the Coalition, there has been no increase in the past year in numbers of people who say they are gay.
In the past year? This year we have the same population as last year, the only difference is we’re all a year older.
Stonewall must be particularly unamused that their efforts seem to have been wasted.
Leg-iron proposes that, in the interests of true equality, we are all assigned a gender, skin colour, religion and sexuality from the State.
Equality demands the numbers match. Some of us will be declared fat and some thin, some will be allocated political beliefs so that all parties get a fair and equal share of the vote…
It makes a lot of sense. If you’re an equality-obsessed psychopath who prowls the corridors of power considering novel ways of creating an extra layer of chaos in the community at large.
Leggy makes the following points,
Why can’t we all just be ‘people’? That would be so much simpler and would require no government involvement whatsoever. It would require no equality legislation because everyone would be defined as a ‘person’ and gender, skin colour, religion, sexuality, size, none of those things would matter at all. None would be defended in law because there would be no need. The law would define crimes against ‘the person’ and deal with them accordingly.
If someone beat me to a pulp because I come from Wales I would not care why they did it. I would only care that they did it. Beating someone to a pulp is illegal, the reasons are irrelevant, the crime is in the beating and there should be no opportunity for excuse. Because these differences are used as excuses. ‘His religion made him do it. He was influenced by some neo- Nazi group or other’ and so on. It does not matter. The trial should be concerned only with ‘did he do it, yes or no?’ and the only mitigating circumstances would involve direct provocation.
So, if someone beat me to a pulp because I was constantly provoking them, then that should count in the defendant’s favour. If they did it because their friends egged them on, or their holy book said that Welsh people must die, or because they were drunk or for any reason that did not involve me provoking them, then the law should not make any allowance at all. The law should treat everyone as equal.
‘Equality’ as applied to human relations is not a mathematical formula. If there was only one gay in the country he/she would be ‘equal’ if we were all treated the same.
Instead we are sorted and categorised and classified like some farmer’s stocktake and there are those who think this is a good idea because, at the moment, they are the favoured stock.
But that is part of the ‘fun’. Having Government pet groups is a perfect way to engineer a divided country, and that is largely the point of feminism, militant homosexualism and mass immigration, to have a large melting pot from which to choose your (Temporary) Preservation of Favoured Races in the Tussle for Strife.
But apparently, ‘cattle’ is exactly the word the elites use to describe the rest of us. It’s why they treat us like animals and the way most of us allow them to and keep voting in their puppets, it’s hardly surprising they keep pushing the boundaries. I know we now pay tax on top of tax on top of tax. Considering the American Revolution was fought on tax and I’m sure we must be getting squeezed tighter than they ever were, it’s a dangerous game they are playing on many levels.
The tide has started turning for last year’s favoured stocks – Muslims and travellers are not getting the easy ride they have become accustomed to any more. It will get worse.
If you are one of this year’s favoured cattle, beware. They are just fattening you up for the slaughterhouse.
Don’t believe it? As a smoker I have watched society from the outside for a long time now. I have no desire to rejoin what I see. It’s not nice in there. You think it’s great that the government is on your side, fine, you carry on believing that.
Note though, that they are now pushing a gay agenda just like the previous favoured groups and look what happened to them. The disabled? People who cannot move or speak are now being classed as fit for work while only a few years ago, someone with a bad back could languish on benefits with a free car thrown in. When that tide turns, it turns all the way.
Watch the tide.
Indeed. As Yuri Bezmenov – former KGB subversion agent – says, when they have finished with their useful idiots they get rid of them. Sometimes literally.
It all had Frank pondering…
It had me thinking that perhaps it’s entirely random who’s “in favour” and who’s “out of favour” at any one point in time. Later, on further thought, I wondered whether it came in waves.
I think it depends who the ‘authorities’ consider most dangerous/inconvenient and/or who can be used most for political leverage.
I don’t pay much attention to Jewish affairs, but I have the idea that antisemitism has been on the rise in recent times. It never really ever went away, of course.
Being, as I am, keen to learn what I can about the real power structure on the planet, there is a great – in my view – misconception that it is all the fault of “the Jews”. Some people use the word ‘Zionists’, but it seems that “Jews” is used increasingly. Just because some of the big banking families are Jewish (like Rothschild and Warburg) they assume that “da Joos” run everything, when it is far more likely that the Jesuits/Vatican do.
The Jews are God’s chosen people, while Babylon the Great in Revelation is a city on seven hills. That, of course, is Rome.
But a new generation has been misled by “Truth Movement” disinfo agents into believing the Jews are behind the New World Order, so called, and so anti-Semitism is acceptable again in their eyes.
Frank adds, Certainly the world seems to be a much less tolerant place than it was 30 0r 40 years ago.
Indeed it does, and you don’t need to step outside of these shores. A story I have told before is about the short time I worked in an insurance office in Oxford Street, London, in 1991. There were probably about thirty of us. Myself and another two Scots, a Welshman, at least one Ulsterman, a few from other areas of England and an American woman, a French mademoiselle, a Nigerian fella (who was planning a clever, major insurance scam), an Algerian Muslim alcoholic, two Indian girls, an Arabic gentleman and my boss, who was half Irish and half Indian and referred to herself as an “Irish Paki”: her words, not mine. There was even one or maybe two native Londoners working there, would you believe?
There was no “racism”. There was no “homophobic bullying”, in fact, “sexuality” was never mentioned. We just worked and went out for lunch in various groups and sometimes had a few pints after work before catching our trains home. I don’t recall hearing anyone talking down anyone else at work or even at lunch or in the pub. Well, maybe just our boss, but not because of her genetic “heritage”.
Two of the three bosses were women. Two were “ethnic” – all three if you include Mags from Scotland.
What I’m saying is that today, a similar office would no doubt have had visits from “diversity officers” ordering us to get along with each other and that there was no place for racism in the workplace. Stonewall would have sent posters and information about stamping out the rampant homophobic bullying they imagined MUST be going on. Feminists would no doubt be asking why one of the bosses is a man…
Of course, all these social re-engineering ploys brought to us via unintelligent politicians and fake charities and phoney human rights laws and compromised media to subvert our culture had the natural and intended effect of stirring up trouble where none (or little) existed before. It created a divide and rule which we never experienced in that most diverse atmosphere in London. Maybe I was fortunate to work with likeable people, but I was a Scot living in England for 13 years and never experienced any hatred towards me because of it.
Nowadays (I moved back north nearly 16 years ago), it may be different. Many English want Scottish independence because they believe the propaganda, such as the perception that we take out more money than we put in or that England gets less than its fair share (it depends what data you use – as usual – some show Scotland as a net contributor to the UK in terms of taxation and some areas of England are heavily subsidised by the South, of course) and we now get “free” prescriptions up here, which is unfair, I agree, but which irritates the English more than walking into a swarm of midges on a hike through the Highlands.
Simple things can create a massive rift between people. Just a teensy bit of favouritism – whether asked for or not – makes the others agitated and causes division.
My regret is that many more of us couldn’t see what was happening 20 or 30 years ago or more and stubbed it out back then and kept our country as an oasis of relative sanity in a crazy world. Maybe if Al Gore had invented the internet twenty years earlier …!
I’m sure the Americans, Canadians, Aussies, Irish, Greeks, Spanish, Swedes, Dutch, etc. feel the same way.
But I thought it was exciting and vibrant working with so many people from different backgrounds. I don’t think any of us had an inkling we were guinea pigs in a global eugenics experiment, which has actually been ongoing for a long time.
Frank suggests that,
Perhaps there’s a feedback loop at work. When one bunch of people get trodden on, they take it out on other people. And they in turn take it out on yet another bunch of people. And everyone gradually gets angrier and angrier with everyone else. Eventually it all boils over.
With Pastor Niemöller’s famous, “First they came …” statement in mind, some of the targets have changed, but the sentiment seems to remain. Both Leg-iron and Frank seem to have distanced themselves from the goings on in the wider community since the smoking ban, when they consider themselves to have been rejected by society.
In their case… First they came for the smokers, and others didn’t speak out because they weren’t smokers. Now smokers are given increasingly appalling treatment for using a legal product. Even many non-smokers see the unnecessary cruelty imposed on this large section of society, especially people in hospitals and care home and soon possibly even in prisons.
Now they are coming for the drinkers. Talk of Cameron’s 45p per unit minimum and Salmond’s 50p seem to have been shelved amidst legal implications as part of our EU membership, but after a couple of decades of egging on youngsters with trendy flavoured vodka-based drinks with their telly adverts suggesting the stuff is to be drunk in serious quantities, it is hardly surprising what has happened. Before I ditched the telly nearly nine years ago, I remember thinking that one of these alcohol companies seemed to be trying to compete with illegal drugs with their message.
But now, the resultant generation of young alcoholics and binge drinkers brought up to worship their exotic happy juices are in the health fascists’ sights too. There is even talk of putting the incapacitated ones in privately-owned “drunk tanks” for the night and charging them a huge sum of money for the overnight stay.
How many should have gone to hospital instead? How many will die? Who will care, now they are part of the denormalised ones?
You could argue that the dehumanisation programme started with abortion, but few people spoke up for the unborn because they were already born.
Christians are being denormalised. If you listen to Yuri Bezmenov you’ll understand why. Simply because once a society loses its faith system, it’s a gonner. It collapses. It gets taken over.
It’s even crazier, though, because while there is genuine and increasing institutionalised intolerance hatred of Christians, smokers, patriots, the elderly and the sick there are all manner of invented “hate crimes” just because someone has said something, or overheard someone else say something, that they don’t like.
But people think if they keep their heads down and don’t make a fuss about anything, they’ll survive. It’s not like that now. UN Agenda 21 and “sustainable development” means we are all expendable. We need to get together to fight the real enemy. But people seem to love their enslavement too much, as exemplified by something else frank wrote,
Smokers aren’t a small minority. They’re a very large minority. Depending where you look, they range from 20% to 50% of the population. When minorities that large get angry, you don’t get pogroms: you get civil wars.
But you see them huddled outside for a smoke in all weathers. The odd landlord who breaks the ban ends up in court. Almost every single citizen subject does as he or she is told. We are acting like lambs to the slaughter.
To sum up, I imagine the Tories are devastated that the number of homosexuals has stayed the same tiny proportion of the population, making Cameron and Salmond look even more stupid (and who would have thought that possible) after rushing through “same-sex marriage” by order of Brussels.
I used to worry that we would end up as an Islamic country, as many still do, but I cannot see this happening now. I don’t think those canny social engineers will allow more than enough into the West as they need to change all our institutions, laws and way of life. And once they have outlived their usefulness, which seems about now, they will be esteemed as dross like the majority of us.
This country is barely recognisable as the land I grew up in. Coming from the West of Scotland, our traditional hatred centres on Rangers and Celtic and their religious wings, Protestantism and Catholicism. Now the whole shebang is under the microscope with sectarian songs and chants banned and even Celtic players crossing themselves before going onto the pitch seen as “provocative”.
I was brought up on the Rangers side of the Glasgow fence and although I went to very few games and we weren’t big on the whole thing, I still grew up believing that Celtic fans were barely human. For some years now, I have distanced myself from the whole sordid affair. The joke is that Protestantism is Catholicism Lite.
I used to visit the local branch of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster now and again (the one Ian Paisley set up and whom I had the chance to speak with for quarter of an hour one evening about four years ago) and I remember one tale from one of the preachers about a young man carrying a Loyalist banner through the streets which read, “For God and Ulster”.
The preacher asked the youth if he believed in God. He replied that he didn’t.
If you ask me intolerance is increasing because God is being pushed out more and more. He is used as the excuse, like always, but Christ said to love your enemy as yourself. He will sort out the wheat from the tares. We just have to try to love everyone, hard as that may seem. But when you consider that we have a common enemy stirring us up, overtaxing us and trying to control every aspect of our lives, it should be easy to kick them into touch. But some people just love to hate too much. Some know no other way. Some only care about their own hides. The bad men with the big mixing spoon know our weaknesses. That’s why we have to grow stronger in resolve and moral fibre and stop this experiment and take back control of our lives and communities and country.
Col Ian Brazier and Capt Joe Eastwood ejected from the Tory Conference.
I read over at Subrosa’s that the Tory Conference has had a Walter Wolfgang moment. This time it was two army veterans, Col Ian Brazier and Capt Joe Eastwood, who were asked to leave following their heckling of Defence Secretary, Philip Hammond, about the plans to disband the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. Subrosa writes,
Oh how times have changed. I can remember my father, a staunch Labour supporter, describing rallies or hustings he’d attended and how he judged the politicians by the manner in which they handled those who were in disagreement with their views.
In those days ’security’ wasn’t called to remove objectors. Politicians argued their point and used their skills to reduce any tension. Today’s politicians don’t even have to do that. They just give the nod to a ‘heavy’ and low and behold their critic vanishes.
I am used to the same treatment from politicians online. Even my own MP ‘unfriended’ me on Facebook. Numerous others have done so on Facebook – like the stuck-up Tom Harris – and blocked me on Twitter. For my opinions. No swearing. At first it was solely Labour politicians, but now it can be anyone from any party. MPs, like GPs, believe themselves to be Chosen Ones and beyond reproach because they are just so much more intelligent than the rest of us – and better paid than most to prove it. My GP recently asked me to find a new practice for daring to speak back about my (lack of) treatment.
We are the little people now. Always were, but we’re getting smaller and smaller in the eyes of those who claim increasing power over us.
And when GPs are forced to obey orders from MPs, don’t expect anything pleasant to result. The Mail carried this next story, but I no longer link to the rag when possible, so here’s the bare bones from LBC Radio two days ago,
And finally, patients are being denied minor treatments because they smoke, The Mail on Sunday has found. In one case a healthy middle-aged man was told he could not have a ten-minute operation to cut a small benign growth off the side of his head, because of his habit. Paul Merrett thought it would be no problem to get the inch-long fatty lump, called a lipoma, removed. It was getting caught when he put on ear defenders and hygienic headgear for his job inspecting catering equipment. As a result, the lump was becoming painful. But when he attended King George Surgery in Stevenage, his GP said he could not have the minor operation – which doctors often do under local anaesthetic in their own consulting rooms.
Mr Merrett, 46, said: ‘I was told, in no uncertain terms, that unless I gave up smoking or signed up to a quitting clinic they would refuse to treat me. I was gobsmacked.’ He claims the doctor told him: ‘These directions are not mine. It’s not me refusing this treatment, it’s the NHS trust.’Mr Merrett, who smokes ten roll-ups a day, said: ‘It makes me livid. I can count how many times I have needed to rely on the NHS in the past ten years on one hand. I pay into the system and it’s my right to be able to use it when I need it.’
What did the show’s listeners think about this blatant discrimination?
I asked you, should patients be denied more treatment because they smoke?
Many of you saying this is just a witch hunt over smokers, and that if they pay into the NHS then treatment should not be denied.
As Frank Davis says on his post today,
This is outright blackmail: Do as we tell you, or you won’t get medical treatment. And once they’ve blackmailed patients into conforming in respect of smoking, what’s to stop them blackmailing them in lots of other ways? To force them to stop drinking alcohol, stop eating disapproved foods, stop voting for the wrong political party, or attending church, or reading banned books? This is also about control.
And isn’t the doctor who said, “These directions are not mine,” really just saying, “I was only obeying orders“? For once doctors have become state employees in a state-run healthcare system (such as Obamacare?) there is always the possibility (and therefore the absolute certainty) that doctors will be one day required by their employers to do things that they would not do of their own volition. And might not many of those doctors who are now regularly prescribing Chantix/Champix for smokers, despite its track record of suicides among smokers, be held responsible for the deaths of their patients?
It’s one powerful argument for private healthcare over state healthcare.
I have said before, the NHS now exists primarily to control, subvert, gather personal information and kill.
But back to those brave Army chaps. As Subrosa writes,
Sadly, Col Brazier and his colleagues will lose. Just a few years ago thousands took to the streets in Scotland in an attempt to save some of Scotland’s historic regiments, but their protests were in vain. The 2nd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers is just a continuation of a long term plan to reduce UK Forces to a shadow of what was once a great defence force.
The Government is making another huge reduction in armed forces numbers for a reason. I haven’t heard much, if anything, about those 27,000 Government-funded fake charities the Tories were going to deal with. Why would they prefer to sack tens of thousands in our army, navy and air force, while still trying to involve us in every war that’s up for grabs?
A comment I read in one of the newspapers’ websites was from someone in the forces talking of the all-time low morale.
Former KGB subversion agent, Yuri Bezmenov, talks about the demoralisation stage as part of bringing down a country through subverting its values. Even ‘league tables’ of unhappy children put ours at the top. Our culture has been diluted; our values rubbished – even practically illegal in some cases; children have been deliberately dumbed down at school then half are sent to further education to gather debt and infused with further indoctrination and of course the Judeo-Christian traditions which gave us fair laws and relative freedom are shoved into a corner so that all alternative belief systems and ‘lifestyle choices’ can be promoted. Again, all part of the subversion process Mr Bezmenov describes.
Back to the Army (again) and the plan could be to weaken our armed forces so much, while stretching them to the limit, that the EU Army finally becomes the only ’sensible’ and ‘viable’ solution. You can just imagine Cameron or Miliband saying this, can’t you?
And more people being ejected from conference halls.
Someone made this using a sign generator, but if there is no God, how can you kill Him or blaspheme?
Atheists are planning a network of “churches” where unbelievers can gather to enjoy the benefits of church, but without the inconvenient parts which are a bit of a bummer for people who want to carry on sinning and not be reminded.
At the start, the stand-up comedians who came up with the idea, Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans, wondered, “What would happen if they set up a “godless congregation” that met to celebrate life, with no hope of the hereafter?”
The first bit sounds like fun, but then they go and spoil it with the hopelessness which the Gospel can deliver us from.
Stuart Balkham is one of a small group of Brighton unbelievers who next weekend will hold their inaugural assembly – the theme is beginnings – in a disused church in Hove.
He and his partner went to the London gathering where, he says, “there was just something that clicked”. Part of the appeal was the style of non-worship: “It’s unashamedly copying a familiar Church of England format, so it’s part of the collective consciousness.”
I suppose the first three words of the atheist “Bible” would be the same as the King James Version: “In the beginning,” then go something like, “a sub-atomic particle expanded to become the size of the Universe as it is now in under a second containing every particle which is in it.”
How can anyone with faith in this find Christianity difficult to believe in?
Some stars are so massive, they make our sun look like a garden pea in comparison. Or an intensely hot and round baked bean in tomato sauce. And all once confined in something smaller than a single atom?
And the ending of the atheist Bible will be doom and gloom like real scripture, again, ironically, due to a subatomic particle,
It may be the universe we live in is inherently unstable, and at some point billions of years from now it’s all going to get wiped out…
But with billions of years to wait for the catastrophe and billions of years since the Big Bang, the atheist Bible could be quite a hefty tome. I get the feeling that atheist churches will need plenty of wheelbarrow space to allow the faithless to bring along their bibles.
You can imagine the minister (or whatever they’ll call him) asking the congregation, “Now, please turn in your bibles to the Book of Dawkins, chapter 345, verse 4,532. The band will play the entire Beatles “White album” while you all find it.
If the movement gets serious, they’ll need a huge number of leaders’ meetings to set out doctrine. What do they do about Christmas, for example. They can’t call it after Christ, and anyway, it’s as Christian as Ramadan, since its roots are in Paganism, which is religious too. They won’t want to miss out on the festivities, so they’ll just have to rename it something like Darwinmas and carry on more-or-less as everyone does anyway. There will doubtless be atheist carol singers in shopping centres signing future classics, like “Hark, the Big Bang subatomic particle explodes, glory to the newborn Universe” and of course “Oh, Come All Ye Faithless.”
But on a serious note, it may have started out as a joke, but many atheists are very religious in their unbelief and their faith in the Theory of Evolution is their sure foundation that there is no Creator.
They basically believe that everything came from (practically) nothing material, just like it says in the Bible. Because that subatomic particle was actually the word of God decreeing that the Universe would be created, but scientists have to give it at least some physical presence to make it believable [shakes head]. David wrote in the Psalms about the Universe expanding to its present size almost instantaneously when he wrote that the Almighty stretched out the heavens like a curtain.
“Science” is just a few thousand years behind scripture.
But these new churches aren’t likely to last,
Nick Spencer, research director of Theos, a thinktank looking at religion’s role in society, says the growth of the movement may appear striking but it is not necessarily new. “This contemporary idea of people who are not religious but wanting to maintain some kind of church-like existence has got form. We’ve been here before.”
Spencer, who will publish a book next year on the history of atheism, sees echoes of the late 19th century, when hundreds of “ethical unions” were founded in response to the growing atheism of the times. The movement, he says, similarly concentrated on good works and community around a recognisably church-like liturgy, but petered out within a generation or two.
“The reason for that was because you need more than an absence to keep you together. You need a firm common purpose. What you can see in these modern-day atheist churches is people united by a felt absence of community. I suspect what brings them together is a real desire for community when in a modern, urbanised individualised city like London you can often feel very alone. That creates a lot of camaraderie, but the challenge then becomes, what actually unites us?”
Enjoying the tea and custard creams after the service?
So, the people of England are to be charged fivepence for a cheap poly bag to carry home their shopping as from 2015. Yes, it’s another one of Nick Clegg’s contributions to the Coalition. According to Slugger O’Toole, shoppers in Scotland are facing the charge from next year, Northern Ireland’s levy started this year and Welsh shoppers were hit two years ago.
Because plastic is a terrible thing. It takes ages to decompose and traps wildlife and causes litter and all sorts of calamities.
But hold on a moment. Most of our groceries are already wrapped in plastic. Most cardboard boxes have plastic inners and even tins are plastic-lined. The manufacturers can do all this while muggins at the checkout has to fork out for extra bags to put all the other plastic into.
I remember a telly advert from the 70s hailing what I suppose was the first mass-produced loaf of bread ever to be sold in a plastic bag, rather than wrapped in paper. I think it was called “Big D” and the words of the jingle went something like:
“It’s big on flavour and it’s big on size,
Now here’s the idea that’s the big surprise:
Big D, Big D, in a baa-aag”
I’ve tried searching on the ‘net, but I can’t find any trace of it. I know my memory is phenomenal, but hopefully someone else remembers it.
Look at how environmentally UNfriendly we have become in the past four decades:
THEN: Bread was wrapped in paper, not plastic (other than Big D).
NOW: Nearly all loaves are in poly bags.
THEN: Milk was delivered or shop-bought in glass bottles, which were collected/returned for reuse.
NOW: For ages, we had cardboard cartons then suddenly clunking great plastic monstrosities.
THEN: Similarly, fizzy drinks were in glass bottles, for which money was refunded for their return to the shop: a meager, but welcome extra revenue stream for us children.
NOW: Nearly all plastic.
THEN: All chocolate bars and snacks were wrapped in paper, as I recall.
NOW: Nearly all in plastic. I remember when this started happening over thirty years ago and being appalled.
THEN: Things were built to last.
NOW: They often barely survive past their one year warranty.
THEN: Consequently, things were dearer, as they were better made, so when something broke, we either fixed it ourselves or paid someone to fix it.
NOW: It is usually cheaper to buy a new one, complete with plastic wrappings and polystyrene for protection.
And the list goes on.
But, unlike most moneymaking scams, the profits from the bags are to go to environmental “charities”. I imagine the rather large sums will be used for climate change propaganda as well as removing plastic bags from rivers and trees.
But it could easily become a scam,
In Northern Ireland the levy has been so successful, reducing the number of bags by 80 per cent, they are doubling the charge to 10p. In Wales there has been a 76 per cent drop in plastic bag use since the charge was launched in 2011.
I reuse almost all my shopping bags by refilling them with rubbish, so from next year I will need to buy other plastic bags, which will probably be heavier duty. The net result will surely be even more plastic in landfill sites.
If the levy does lead to a drastic reduction in the number of bags being discarded in the streets and countryside then the plan might be of some value, but what of all the other plastic being used? Now that we have become such a “throw-away” society, where nothing lasts long and few things are biodegradable and some downright toxic, like the new light bulbs they expect us to use, why pick on the humble poly bag?
Remembering the few pennies we got from returning pop bottles, I was thinking along the lines of giving youngsters some cash for retrieving discarded bags, including ones from rivers and trees, but I imagine that the number of drownings and broken bones would bring a swift end to such a scheme.
Or instead of this:
Why struggle when you don't have to?
Why not issue every household with one of these?
Stylish and practical...
Although, I expect the Government would impose a road tax (or pavement tax) on them…
First picture taken from this Welsh website, without paying the bag levy.
Second picture from this forum.
I cannot believe I haven’t written about water fluoridation before on this blog (I’ve just had to add a new category on the right-hand side!). Well, here goes. I thought I might as well turn a comment I left on Subrosa’s post on the subject into a post of my own.
While growing up in Glasgow in the 70s I remember there were plans to fluoridate the water, but the local opposition to this mass medication prevented it and Scottish water is still free from the poison which was given to prisoners in Nazi concentration camps and Soviet gulags because it made them docile.
More recent studies from China have shown that children growing up in fluoridated areas end up with IQs as much as ten points lower than those from non-fluoridated areas.
But strong local feelings do not necessarily influence political decisions, as we know. 200,000 people in Hampshire are about to have their tap water fluoridated, despite the majority being against it. Most of the people leaving comments show how detested the plan is.
From the horse’s mouth – here’s Colgate’s high fluoride toothpaste (normal Colgate Total has 1,450 ppm): Colgate Duraphat…
4.4 Special Warnings and Precautions for Use
Duraphat 5000ppm fluoride toothpaste is not intended for use in adolescents and children under 16 years of age.
This toothpaste has a high-fluoride content. Therefore, the opinion of a dental specialist must be sought before the product is used.
An increased number of potential fluoride sources may lead to fluorosis. In order to prevent the accumulation of fluoride, the total intake must be assessed before this fluoride toothpaste is ever used. Fluoride tablets, drops, chewing gum, gels or varnishes and fluoridated water or salt should be avoided during use of Duraphat toothpaste.
The toxic dose, i.e. the lowest dose at which symptoms of intoxication can be induced, is 5mg fluoride per kg body weight. Such intoxication appears in the form of digestive problems: vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain. In extremely rare cases, it can prove fatal. Where a substantial quantity of the medicinal product is ingested accidentally, the patient will need to undergo gastric lavage immediately or vomiting will need to be induced; calcium needs to be taken (large amount of milk) and the patient will need to be kept under medical observation for several hours.
According to their website, a tube contains 51g of toothpaste, so the total sodium fluoride present is 561mg. I calculate that one tube contains the minimum toxic dose for an adult weighing 17½ stone, so “in extremely rare cases” a young child would only need to swallow a small portion to “prove fatal”. So if I have done my sums right then ingesting the majority of the contents of a “normal” tube of toothpaste could be fatal to a child?
And I have known at least one person who eats toothpaste.
Of course, in the USA, Colgate and every other manufacturer of fluoride toothpaste has to carry warnings like this, even on their “normal” products:
In 2006, the prestigious National Research Council of the National Academies of Science released a 450-page review of fluoride toxicity. The report, which was three years in the making, concluded that the safe drinking water standard for fluoride (4 ppm) causes significant damage to teeth, and places consumers at elevated risk for bone damage, including bone fracture and joint pain. Because of this, the NRC recommended that the fluoride safety standard be reduced. In addition to its concerns about tooth and bone damage, the NRC identified a range of other health effects that may be associated with fluoride exposure, including damage to the brain, disruption of the endocrine system (thyroid gland, pineal gland, and glucose metabolism), and bone cancer.
Someone who emailed Subrosa mentioned fluoride in teabags. A recent study suggested that Cheaper Supermarket Teas Could Cause Fluoride Related Illnesses because: Significant differences in fluoride levels were discovered when economy black tea blends from supermarkets Asda, Tesco, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s were compared with branded black tea blends such as PG Tips, Twining’s, Typhoo; and with green tea blends including Clipper Organic leaf, Green Twining’s bags; pure blends such as Assam, Dilmah and Ceylon; and Oolong and Pu’er blends from India and Sri Lanka.
With regard to fluoride in the water supply, no “authority” has the right to mass-medicate the population, especially when most are against it. Even if it was the best thing since sliced bread, they still would have no mandate to proceed with their project.
In toothpaste, most of the public are not even given a choice at the shops. Out of the dozens of varieties at our largest supermarket, I can’t remember being able to find a single one which didn’t contain fluoride, so have had to buy it from the health food shop at X-times the price.
Fluoride in toothpaste is yet another thing most people take on trust without knowing the first thing about it. Put it in the water, though and the majority is against it. I assume people trust big corporations more than government. Is this because we know most politicians lie to us as a matter of course while corporations are run mainly by persons unknown? Do you trust those glossy TV ads with the gloriously smiley beautiful people with perfect teeth?
CORRECTION – I used the amount of sodium fluoride in my calculations rather than fluoride at 5,000ppm, so the person at minimum risk would need to be eight stone and eat an entire tube of the strong stuff to risk the possibility of death. But a small child could still potentially be at risk from eating a tube of normal fluoride toothpaste.
I have had nine days to get used to being fifty years old and it hasn’t had the devastating effect you might imagine if you have not reached this milestone yourself. It might hit me later on: “I’m how old???”
When I turned thirty, I was deeply depressed about it and got seriously plastered at my then local, The Bull, in Salisbury. I was drinking heavily in those days anyway, but I was on the Malibu and just about everything else that caught my eye on the shelf behind the bar that summer evening. I fell down a deep ditch on my mile-and-a-half-long stagger home along a path (I went the long way round, for some reason). I was very fortunate, because the river takes a sharp detour under the path just yards before, so I could easily have ended up in the soup. (I’m sure that ditch was the river’s original course.)
Being 50 is like being 49, but just a year older. I haven’t experienced any sudden feeling of oldness or frailty. No aches and pains have materialised. Although I quite fancy retiring! Well, not really, but it would be nice to relax and take things easier. Or change direction altogether, which I am planning to do, because this society is not going to be a place where Christians can live in relative comfort for much longer.
Ideally, I would like to find like-minded people (are there any?) to start a commune based on self-sufficient, independent, completely off-grid living, because the way things are shaping up, the vast majority of commercially available food will be genetically modified in a few years’ time – if it isn’t already, especially if soya and tomatoes are ingredients.
The carbon reduction “commitments” Labour signed up the country to in 2008 are expected to reduce electricity generating capacity to such an extent that there will be power shortages, and inevitably, even more expensive bills. The old and poor are going to die in even greater numbers in future cold snaps, and as I’m becoming older and poorer myself, I had better have a Plan B and be prepared to carry it out.
Subrosa, untypically taking time off from her daily blogging schedule, wrote last week,
In the past few weeks I’ve had a few trips around Scotland and one to deepest England. Once again I was horrified to see how many wind turbines blot our lovely landscape.
And these are expected to power the future? I can see the future, and it’s dark and not just from power cuts.
Christians – real ones – will effectively be barred from many jobs unless we comply fully with whatever the Government (EU/UN) decrees. This could affect self-employed people like myself and has already devastated the lives of a few B&B owners who have refused to let out double rooms to two men. Wait until Christians working in the wedding industry (for want of a better word!) decline business from those planning same-sex “marriages”.
And even churches who refuse to “bless” these unholy unions, could find themselves in trouble. Oh, you believe the Government’s reassurances? Were they “cast-iron”?
So, I do fancy being part of something new and exciting. I know it will involve hard work and a lower standard of living in some respects, but which will be more than compensated for in terms of freedom and quality of food and life in general.
It might help me finally overcome my half century of depression. I have been living with depression for as long as I can remember and did not even know what it was until I became unemployed in the 1990s and started watching daytime television. Richard and Judy used to talk about it with that doctor they had on continually and it was the subject of other discussion programmes.
Of course, being a depressed child growing up in the 60s and 70s, it remained undiagnosed. At least I wasn’t drugged up. I waited until my mid 20s to medicate myself by engaging in a decade-long drinking binge, which ended over fifteen years ago, with God’s grace.
It was the untreated depression combined with having just spent thirty months in a tiny bedsit, just the door’s width longer than the bed which, I suppose with hindsight, helped introduce me to my new friends, like Messrs McEwan, Smirnoff and Whyte & Mackay. These pals offered comfort and solace to begin with, but they turned on me after about three-and-a-half-years. They became such good friends, I found that I couldn’t live without them for a single day. Then a single waking hour. They were very demanding friends too; they demanded that I spent nearly all my money on them.
By the age of 34, I was convinced it was going to kill me. I even wrote a letter expressing my sorrow that I couldn’t help what I was doing to myself. Just a few months later, and after years of seeking help, I finally found a GP, Dr Morrice, who took real concern for me and I was detoxed in the early Spring of 1998 and have not touched a drop ever since. So really, turning fifty feels like I have gained almost an extra half a life more than I was expecting.
My depression, I think, stems from the fact that I instinctively knew from being a very young boy, that this country was destined to become worse and worse the older I became and I didn’t know how to cope with that. Then I got online in the year 2000 and realised that not only had I been right, but that it was being made to happen and that millions could also see it.
But at the moment, life feels like this: