Archive for April, 2012

Will UK Doctor’s Deny Treatment To Smokers And The Obese?

Posted in America, Britain, Europe, Health, Obesity, UK, USA with tags , , , , on 30/04/2012 by floroy1942

According to a newspaper report, there has been a major shift in medical opinion in the UK towards denying non-emergency medical treatment to alcoholics, smokers and the obese.

In a website survey doctor’s were asked the following question: “Should the NHS be allowed to refuse non-emergency treatments to patients unless they lose weight or stop smoking?” Of the 1,096 doctors who participated, 54% said yes.

This indicates a major shift in doctor’s thinking in the current world, so are we setting a dangerous precedent for the future i.e. you will only get medical help if you deserve it (or can afford it of course)!

Doctors who agreed with the policy gave the examples of denying in-vitro fertilization to childless women who smoke because the procedure was only half as successful for them as for non-smokers, and also denying obese or alcoholic patients liver transplant surgery unless they change their behaviors.

Hippocratic Oath

In accordance with the Hippocratic Oath, taken by physicians since the late 5th century, and which lays down a specific code of ethics for doctors, no-one may be refused medical help that is in the power of the doctor to administer.

Line Two of the modern Hippocratic Oath reads: “I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures [that] are required, avoiding those twin traps of over-treatment and  therapeutic nihilism (a contention that curing people, or societies, of their ills by treatment is impossible).” It does not state “some of the sick’ or ‘a few of the sick’!

Medical Graduates Take The Oath

Line Six of the Oath ends with the words: “……Above all, I must not play at God.” So what has changed that a doctor now feels he has the right to play God with his patients? I  for one would like to know how doctors equate the current thinking with these two parts of the oath taken by all doctor’s when they graduate!

To be fair, I can well imagine the frustration some doctors must feel. When they have before them a patient suffering from diabetes and major heart problems who is so obese they cannot be moved without the aid of a crane, what do they do? The same goes for the situation where a chronic alcoholic requires a liver transplant or a chain-smoker needs a heart by-pass.

The human lifestyle has changed drastically over the past forty years, and if you look for cases of ‘self-abuse’ before giving medical treatment you can eliminate around ninety percent of the world population.  Taken to absolute extremes, do you refuse a heart operation to someone for simply not doing enough regular exercise? Do you refuse surgery to a person who partakes in extremely dangerous sports and has been injured ten times before? Extremes yes, but once on the slippery slope….!

Dr. Clare Gerada, chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners is quoted as saying: “Clearly, giving up smoking is a good thing, but blackmailing people by telling them that they have to give up isn’t what doctors should be doing.”

John Saunders of the Royal College of Physicians ethics committees commented: “Lifestyles contribute to risk and sometimes they may make treatments too risky to undertake, but that’s quite different to saying, I’m not going to give you surgery because you smoke or are overweight.”

Dr. Michael Ingram, who heads the Red House Clinical Commissioning Group in Hertfordshire wrote in an article: “Rationing is dressed up as science. Where does this go next? Will we deny IVF to those who have had pelvic inflammatory disease because of its association with sexual promiscuity?”

There can be little doubt this debate will continue, but I for one would hate to come across a doctor who refuses to treat me because I smoke. You can rest assured I would not be very gracious in telling him what I think.

‘Nuff Said!

In this precarious age where we are poisoning ourselves with car fumes every time we walk in the street, and are digesting all sorts of unnatural chemicals and insecticides every time we put something in our mouths I find it a little short-sighted of the medical profession to pick on the obese, the alcoholics and smokers and say we are not worth their efforts. In my opinion, it is impossible to set boundaries in this manner, and the medical profession should continue adhering to the oath of Hippocrates.

Roy.

English Bishops In A Betrayal Of The Church

Posted in Britain, Children, Christianity, England, Gays, Homosexuals, Human Rights, Parenting, Religion, UK with tags , , , on 23/04/2012 by floroy1942

As a member of the Church of England my whole life, I must admit to a feeling of my faith being betrayed by a number of leading clergy who recently claim that ‘gay’ church marriages should be welcomed. I must admit that I find the current wave of liberation of homosexuality to be disgusting, degrading, and downright offensive to ordinary people. Now that high-ranking members of the church have voiced their opinions it makes me shudder to think of where we are heading. They are blatantly undermining the core values of Christianity and the Anglican church, and as clergymen have taken a step that could prove devastating in years to come.

Advocates Christian Marriage For Homosexuals

It does not surprise me that the leading figure in this controversy, Dr Jeffrey John, dean of St Albans is himself a homosexual, and that along with the Bishop of  Buckingham and the deans of Portsmouth, Norwich and Guildford has said that ‘gay marriage is nothing to fear’. Sorry, I do not agree!

There is no place for homosexuals within the sanctity of marriage, which is a sacred union between a male and a female before God. Homosexuality is unnatural and brings with it all kinds of problems. In some countries it is now legal for homosexual couples to become joined in a civil union, i.e. outside the church, but they are not satisfied with that. In some countries it is legal for homosexual couples to adopt children, which in my view is recipe for disaster.

I Want My MUMMY!

Considering all the new freedoms these people have been given they are still not satisfied, and will not be until they, in their words, obtain the same rights as heterosexual couples. I suppose there is some solace in the fact that they are physically incapable of producing their own offspring and I suppose we should be thankful for that lest they breed like flies. But there still remains the thorny question of their right to adopt children.

How can any intelligent person, and I stress intelligent, imagine that the adopted child of a homosexual couple will have a normal life? What do they call them, Daddy 1 and Daddy 2? As such a child grows older they are going to find out that all their friends have a father and mother and begin to wonder why they don’t. Once they get to school age they will become a target for any bully that comes along, for we all know that bullying is one of the scourges of being young. What are they going to think when they start to learn all about sex? Do I like girls or boys? These are serious questions, the answers to which will not be known for perhaps another fifteen years.

Who Thinks Of The Children’s Well-Being?

Any child growing up with two ‘fathers’ is going to feel sexually insecure, which could lead to permanent psychological damage. It doesn’t matter how attentive and loving the homosexual ‘parents’ are, they can never fulfill the role of a true mother. What effect for example would it have on a young girl who begins her first menstruation and cannot learn about and share the experience with a female mother.

All those human rights and ‘gay’ rights protesters that infest our land have been campaigning for homosexual freedoms, marriage and adoption, but it seems to me they just have not thought it all the way through.

Bah! Humbug!

There can be little doubt that time will tell if the union of homosexual couples in a church of God is a good thing, but I have the feeling that C of E church attendances will fall much more rapidly than they already are. Your average Christian will not accept homosexual marriages in the eyes of God in their church, and all  this will do is speed up the decay that has been taking place in churches across the country for many years as we see more and more atheists on our streets. Once the current generation of old folk have passed on our churches will be empty relics of a bygone age when people were brought up with Christian ideals and morality. It’s enough to make you want to become a catholic, for they at least are fighting against it.

Roy.

Is A New Nuclear Arms Race Likely?

Posted in Al Quada, America, Britain, Europe, Iran, Israel, Nuclear Proliferation, UK, USA with tags , , , on 22/04/2012 by floroy1942

I fear the answer to this question is irrevocably: Yes! With India’s testing last week of a missile capable of reaching China, and North Korea’s abortive attempt, the possibility of such a thing is increasing. Despite its pleas to the contrary, Iran’s attempts at developing nuclear weapons could lead to other Middle East nations feeling the need to also possess such weapons. So all the cards are falling into place.

We now have a total of eight nations with nuclear capability, plus Israel that is considered by most experts to have such weapons. Only five of these nations have either signed or ratified the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) while three have not, with Israel remaining “Undeclared”.

Country Warheads active/total Year of first test CTBT status
The five nuclear-weapon states under the NPT
United States 1,950 / 8,500 1945 (“Trinity”) Signatory
Russia (former Soviet Union) 2,430 / 10,000 1949 (“RDS-1”) Ratifier
United Kingdom 160 / 225 1952 (“Hurricane”) Ratifier
France 290 / 300 1960 (“Gerboise Blue”) Ratifier
China 180 / 240 1964 (“596”) Signatory
Non-NPT nuclear powers
India n.a. / 80–100 1974 (“Smiling Buddha”) Non-signatory
Pakistan n.a. / 90–110 1998 (“Chaqai-1”) Non-signatory
North Korea n.a. / <10 2006 (2006 Test) Non-signatory
Undeclared nuclear powers
Israel n.a. / 80–200 possibly 1979 (See Vela Incident) Signatory

There can be little doubt about Iran’s ambition to join this exclusive club, but if it does, it’s doubtful it would be willing to sign up to the NPT, but would join India, Pakistan and North Korea as non-signatories. Even Burma, which is ruled by the military, has been rumoured ever since 2002 of wishing to develop a nuclear capability and is said to have obtained help from North Korea. According to defectors, bunkers are being built with the help of the North Koreans. The military junta wishes to cement its hold on power in the country with the nuclear threat.

India's Recent Missile Test

Most of the non-signatory nations have natural enemies, India versus Pakistan, North Korea versus South Korea and eventually we could see Iran versus Israel, any of which could become a flashpoint. That ‘rogue’ states like North Korea and Iran would not hesitate to use these weapons at the slightest provocation is without doubt a disturbing factor.

As you would expect, the major nations balance their possession of these weapons with caution and use them as a deterrent only, but fanatics do not care if their country is devastated in pursuance of their ideals. This is certainly a dangerous precedent and adds a precarious element to the nuclear equation.

Nuclear proliferation is most at risk in the Middle East, for if Iran does develop these weapons, it is fairly certain countries like Saudi Arabia, and possibly Jordan, Syria and others will find it necessary to have their own as  deterrent against Iranian aggression. Iran, as the only nuclear power in the region will certainly be ‘top dog’, and in true human fashion will begin to flex its muscles in an effort to dominate other nations.

North Korea's Missile Did Not Get Very Far

North Korea will need little provocation from either the South or the United States to begin lobbing weapons into South Korea. Border clashes between the two are in fact a regular occurrence. It would not take much for it to escalate into war, in which case, with everything to lose the communist hierarchy in Pyong Yang would not hesitate to fire off nuclear missiles at the South, and if possible the USA, although the latter is doubtful at their current stage of missile development.

The world has become a less dangerous place since the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the ‘Cold War’, but sad to say, we may possibly be heading for another arms race in other parts of the world. India and Pakistan seem to have stockpiled enough, and appear content with the status quo even with the Kashmir problem between them unsolved, but North Korea is only just beginning to start the process. In five years time, when perhaps Iran also has nuclear weapons, she too will begin stockpiling and build up an arsenal of weapons and missiles.

 

They Must Think We Are Naive

Another dark side to nuclear weapons proliferation is terrorism. With countries like North Korea and Iran developing nuclear bombs, it makes it easier for terror organizations to get their hands on them. A nation like Iran may well secretly provide groups like al Quada with small nuclear devices, if the target is either Israel or America, in a covert operation to get at their sworn enemies while appearing innocent. Nuclear bombs that fit into a small suitcase were developed in Russia many decades ago, and even such a small device would create havoc in say, Tel Aviv or New York.  

In my opinion, the greatest danger from Iran and North Korea obtaining nuclear capability may well be the terrorism factor. There are a significant number of nations in the world, in particular the arab world, who would love to see a nuclear device exploded in New York, Washington, London, Paris or Berlin which would make 9/11 seem like child’s play by comparison.  There can be no doubt that such an act would throw the world into turmoil, the likes of which has never before been seen in our history.

"Sleep, Perchance to Dream....."

One can only hope that the hotheads in these countries never get to be in the majority, and that all nations of the world  come together and do what needs to be done to remove these threats as soon as possible. In the meantime, rest easy in your bed tonight for it is not likely to happen for some yet!

Roy. 

How Many More Appeals is Abu Qatada To Be Allowed?

Posted in Benefits, Britain, England, Extradition, Human Rights, Insurgents, Justice, Prison, Terrorists, UK with tags , , , on 18/04/2012 by floroy1942

Britain’s number one security threat Abu Qatada has it would seem once more been allowed to appeal his deportation order. It’s incredible! After negotiations with the Jordanian government the Home Secretary Theresa May has received assurances from that government that Qatada will get a fair trial. All concerns raised by his last appeal to the Court of Human Rights (ICHR) in January have therefore been met to the full, but his lawyers state they wish to appeal now to the higher Grand Chamber. What the hell is going on here?

No Wonder The S.O.B. Is Smiling!

The man has already spent the last ten years since his initial arrest appealing to one court or another, and has managed to delay deportation for all that time. How much longer is he going to make an ass of the legal system? I can understand the frustration of the Home Office on hearing that this animal’s lawyers managed to lodge yet another appeal at the last second, although the timing of it is by all accounts suspect.

I would hope that the next time the green light is given for his deportation to Jordan he is put on a plane within minutes, and to hell with his human rights, for he doesn’t seem to think we ‘infidels’ have any!

Qatada's Mother - Living Off The Fat Of Our Land

This entire farce has gone on for ten long years, and I might add, at tax payers expense! It is unbelievable that one terrorist could cost the country so much money, for in that period the cost must have risen to many tens of millions. The British tax payer has not only paid for his incarceration and many appeals, but also for his wife and family during this whole unsavoury period.

Is it any wonder that it can take years to get a case through the ICHR when criminals like Qatada are allowed not one, not two, but many after a ruling is made. Forget not that Qatada is not the only one making appeals to the ICHR, who knows how many are bogging down the system. It is about time this body got its act together and made it mandatory that no more than one appeal is allowed on any ruling made by them. Should this be done we could well see the backlog of cases disappear in a few short months.

Disappointment

Lawyers today seem to think they can keep appealing time after time until they get the verdict they want. Justice should not work like that! Anyone in a court gets the case judges ruling  and is allowed one appeal. when that fails they can go to the ICHR if appropriate with no further right of appeal open. This business of working your way up to the top of the justice system in a whole series of appeals to the next higher court is ridiculous.

Roy.

The Anti-Smoking Hype Raises Its Ugly Head Again

Posted in America, Britain, Diabetes, Europe, Health, Obesity, Overweight, UK, USA with tags , , , on 15/04/2012 by floroy1942

From a news report it seems the British government is once more on the warpath against smokers. The latest in a long line of attacks against people smoking comes with the possible introduction of plain packaging for cigarettes. As if that will make a difference!

Lansley – Sorry! You Are Nuts!

It seems the Health Secretary Andrew Lansley is of the opinion that cigarette manufacturers are extremely clever by choosing special colours for the packets to ‘entice you to buy’. In his words, the tobacco companies use certain colours to trigger memories and their brands constitute a type of advertising. The man talks a load of twaddle!

Smoking Children – An Every Day Sight

They have already tried health warnings and graphic pictures on cigarette packets, but did it help – No! They removed cigarette advertising – did it help – No! They removed cigarette vending machines, did it help – No! They have raised taxes many times on cigarettes and did it help – No! They banned smoking in public buildings and enclosed spaces but did it help – No! They raised the legal age at which cigarettes can be bought, did it stop our youth and children from ‘lighting up’ – Not on yer life! So to be honest, I fail to see why so much public money needs to be spent on a such a cockamamie idea, for it too will fail. The only up side to such a move, at least for the criminal element, will be to make it easier to sell counterfeit cigarettes. According to Jane Chisholm-Caunt, secretary-general of the TMA, said: “There is no reliable evidence plain packaging will reduce rates of youth smoking”, i.e. just like all the previous measures taken.

Cranes In Hospitals Soon To Be The Norm?

All the hype gushing forth from critics is about the current ‘strain’ on the NHS of treating smoking related diseases, for it is estimated that 100,000 deaths a year are caused by smoking, but I have news for these idiots, more people are dying and/or getting treatment for sickness related to obesity and being overweight than smoking, but that is never mentioned. Already obesity is causing almost half-a-million premature deaths in Europe, and Britain is the obese capital. In a few years time smoking related deaths will be looked upon as the good old times by the NHS as their wards fill up with people suffering from diabetes, heart conditions and blocked arteries as a result of not taking proper care of themselves or their children.

You Can Get Life Threateningly Fat – But You Can’t Smoke!

Considering that at the present time an estimated 1 in 2 of the British adult population are either overweight or obese, we have but seen the tip of the iceberg. So in about ten years time when all these people are dropping like flies what will governments do, start banning food in public places and putting graphic health warnings on packets of sausages? The mind boggles! It all comes down to one simple truth; smokers are an easy target and research is biased and/or not objective enough!

For example, the medical profession does not seem overly worried about all the airborne chemicals we breath on a daily basis from industry, cars and trucks, something that we all suffer from every day of our lives, especially in the towns and cities. Perhaps scientists’ time would be better employed making a comparison between cancer deaths etc. in cities as opposed to deaths in the countryside away from these pollutants. The different rates etc. may well surprise them.

You’ll Notice The Guy Is Wearing A Chem. Suit!

Another important factor is the amount of unnatural chemicals we throw down our throats every time we eat something. As the natural growing potential of  the soil has decreased over the years through ever-increasing production quotas, farmers have been adding more and more chemicals to the soil so they can continue to grow crops essential for the food chain, not to mention the ever increasing amounts of insecticide sprayed on crops. We, innocent as we are, enjoy our breakfast cereal and chemically enhanced meat, followed perhaps by an apple containing traces of an unknown insecticide. In my opinion this is doing us more harm than smoking the pure tobacco leaf which is a natural product, but few seem to make the connection.

Speaks For Itself

Governments worldwide can take whatever measures they like, but if people want to smoke they will, and should have the right to do so if they wish, providing of course they do not inconvenience others. Doctor’s have been jumping on the bandwagon for years and everything from warts to an ingrowing toenail is caused by smoking. Cut your finger and go to the doctor and the first thing they ask is ‘Do you smoke?” Bullshit!

We as a species have been smoking tobacco for more than six centuries, and while I fully agree that modern cigarettes are not good for the health in general, I think people should have free choice just like those who drink alcohol.

Some Of Many Additives

If governments want to take action it should be directed in a different direction i.e. at the chemical crap that tobacco manufacturers put in cigarettes these days. I believe the additives are far more dangerous than the basic tobacco leaf.

Chemical Additives

In 1994 the American government ordered cigarette manufacturers to provide a list of chemicals they add to cigarettes, and you will be amazed to hear that the list contained 599 different compounds. Research has also shown that cigarette smoke has 30 different chemicals. So what are the manufacturers doing to us? Well, one example is they add chemicals to make sure the cigarette will continue to burn even when placed in an ashtray. You will notice the difference if you smoke rolling tobacco, for when you put them down they go out. When you think about it, its a clever move. If you place a freshly lit cigarette in the ashtray and forget about it, when you come back you will light up another. Two for the price of one so to speak, and more money for them! Manufacturers have also been accused of adding compounds that increase addiction to nicotine.

Drying Tobacco Leaves

Considering the number of centuries that tobacco smoking has been around, I believe governments can better put pressure on the tobacco industry to ban these chemical additives completely, for in my opinion, its not so much the tobacco that causes all the problems, but more the chemical cocktail these unscrupulous companies add to it.

If the world’s governments wish to make war on tobacco let them at least aim their ammunition in the right direction.

Roy.

Britain and the Devil’s Children

Posted in Britain, Child Discipline, Children, England, Parenting, Teen Violence, Teens, UK with tags , , , , on 14/04/2012 by floroy1942

Amazing how some young children can become monsters, and should perhaps have been strangled at birth. Three stories of occurrences with children caught my eye this week and prompted this post. When it comes to teenagers in Britain, most people are afraid of them, especially if they are hanging around on the street corner ahead wearing the inevitable hood. They are totally unpredictable and may let you pass unmolested, or they may on occasions pull a knife on you. It all depends on their mood and how they see you.

Children are our little darlings and wouldn’t hurt a fly, right? Well, I have to tell you that just this last week there were three cases that I for one find shocking, and totally unacceptable.

The Dreaded Hoodie

The first concerns a 15-year-old Gainsboro’ boy who has just been sentenced to six years in prison for raping two young boys – one of whom was just five. It came out in court that the offences, which took place between April 2008 and September 2010 with a further two in January last year, first occurred when one of the victims was five years old, while another seven-year-old was repeatedly raped over a period of time. In summing up the judge said he could not avoid handing down a custodial sentence due to the repeated nature of the crime.

In another case, the mother of a young Downes Syndrome sufferer is appealing for help in a vicious hate campaign against her daughter. It seems that childhood photos of her sixteen-year-old daughter Heidi had been hi-jacked from the website of the local support group she ran, and along with others, are being used in an internet hate campaign against people with Downes Syndrome on Facebook and other sites. The mother reported the offensive images to Facebook which were eventually removed. It does however indicate how sick some youngsters are that they would post such hate-filled pages on the internet for no apparent reason other than to deeply hurt others.

In Northampton last Monday, two girls saw a group of young boys throwing a very small kitten between them like a ball, and when they got tired of the sport they tossed it from a bridge into the stream flowing underneath. Eventually, once the group departed, the girls were able to retrieve the poor animal from the water. Thankfully, it survived the ordeal and is now in the hands of the RSPCA.

Gang Violence – Girls Too!

None of these incidents are related, but it shows the kind of animals in the guise of youth we are raising these days, and makes me wonder how much further down this road to hell we are going before parents finally decide to become parents and teach their children how to behave. Britain has the highest number of child criminals in Europe and the numbers are rising.

Apart from handing out tougher sentences the government can do very little about curbing youth crime, for the true responsibility lies with the parents alone. They cannot blame the government or the schools, for it is their legal and moral duty to raise their offspring to become responsible citizens in today’s society. In this many are sadly failing and have done so for years, hence the problems we have today. It is no excuse for a parents to yell that they cannot control their kids because they are too wild, for if that is the case they started trying far too late and are not putting enough energy into it.

I have always been convinced that a child must know who the boss is in the house from the cradle. It is no good allowing a child to dictate things for the first two years because; “well, he/she is just a baby” because by the time they get to three and you try applying the discipline you will surely find it is far too late. This happened to some good friends of ours, for now their life is hell and the daughter is only four-years-old. Now she throws tantrums and screams her head off until they give way and let her have what she wants. I would never venture to say that she will eventually grow up into ‘a bad ‘un’, but the possibility is there.

Advice for knuckleheads:

Saturday Night in Any English Town

Now we sit with a generation of youth who think they can get away with murder, literally, and can go out on a Friday and Saturday night and get paralytic drunk without any fear of retribution for their actions. So how bad is it going to get when they become parents and their children are growing up? I leave you with that thought!

Roy.

What Will We Do Without the Humble Bee?

Posted in America, Britain, Europe with tags , , , , , , , , on 10/04/2012 by floroy1942

Did you know that the honey bee is being poisoned out of existence? Have you any idea what could happen to the food chain if they cease to exist? Questions we need to ask ourselves, because they are disappearing fast, and science has finally found the cause.

Bees Are Essential

For a considerable time the number of bees in nature have been in decline and many people began to wonder why. They are extremely important to nature, and to us, because of what they do. Most people know that bees are responsible for passing pollen from one plant to another and therefore ‘pollinating’ them. That is to say they add the missing ingredient that enables a plant to reproduce, much like male sperm fertilizes a woman’s egg allowing us humans to reproduce. Without this action, many areas of our plant-life, including many basic food crops like wheat etc. will not be able to reproduce and thus die out.  

As you would expect there are other means of pollination available for plants such as the wind, birds, other insects and animals, but none do it half as well as the humble bee. Pollination is also a selective process whereby pollen from an apple tree for example will not fertilize an orange tree and vice versa. This is also true of the many beautiful flowers we grow in our gardens and parks, but imagine the scene without the bee.

Spreading More Poison

At last science has come up with the answer after much exhaustive study, and surprise, surprise, they say the culprit is certain pesticides sprayed by farmers on crops to kill harmful insects. In several studies the scientists have laid the blame squarely on pesticides that contain neonicotinoid which attacks the nervous system of insects, eventually killing them. It makes up part of very many insecticide compounds available to farmers in today’s market.

Tests as long ago as 1990 raised questions about this product due to its ability to survive in plant-life for many years. At that time there was also concern about its impact on the bee population, for it was believed by some to account for worker bees’ neglecting to provide food for eggs and larvae, and for a breakdown of the bees’ navigational abilities, leading to what has now become generally known as Colony Collapse Disorder or CCD.

Another Pollinator

Because they were only ‘concerns’ back then nothing was done about preventing their use and now they are used everywhere. In the United States alone some 143 million acres are sprayed with this product and who knows how many in Europe. In Slovenia its use was banned in 2003 due to ever increasing cases of CCD. Perhaps it is time for the rest of the world to do the same before it is too late!

However that is not as simple as it seems, because governments will have to fight the big corporations like Bayer and others who manufacture the stuff. Already they have started a campaign against the scientific findings by sowing seeds of doubt on the results in an effort to delay legislation as long as possible.

Do We Have To Say Goodbye To Such Beauty?

Any government that takes on these big multinational corporations will find it a hard fight for the companies affected have huge amounts of capital invested in their products. They don’t give a damn about the bee, or the effects of its population decline on food production, because all they can think of is profit! But they should realize that in the long term, they will be just as affected as the rest of us, but what the hell, that’s a long way into the future!

Roy.

The Syria Farce and the UN

Posted in Demonstration, Human Rights, Muslim, Security Council, UN, United Nations, World War 2 with tags , , , on 09/04/2012 by floroy1942

Honestly, did anyone really expect UN peace envoy Koffi Anan’s peace plan to work in Syria? Personally I didn’t believe it for a minute. It was an elaborate flop before it even got off the drawing board. Throughout all the world’s troubles in the last fifty years where the UN has been involved, very little has been achieved by this talk shop. The Syrian crisis of the past year is a prime example.

Assad in Obstinate Mood

Both Russia and China voted against measures of censure being taken against the Assad regime even though it was requested by the Arab League, and why, because Russia views Syria as an important strategic ally that buys billions of dollars worth of arms from them, and also provides a Mediterranean port for the Russian fleet. China also does does not want to damage its important trade ties with the Assad regime. So there  you have it, greed and self-interest! Of all the many times when the UN has been called upon to act against rogue states, civil wars and outright aggression, it has failed dismally on all but a few occasions.

Winston Churchill - Statesman Extraordinaire

Few people will know this, but the concept of the United Nations was the brainchild of Winston Churchill during the early years of World War 2. At his instigation it began life as the Inter-Allied Declaration of June 12 1941 between Churchill and President Roosevelt of the United States, declaring that both Britain and America would work together to destroy Nazi Germany. On August 12 1941 the Atlantic Charter was proclaimed by the two statesmen to give the world a set of conditions for the management of the post-war world once Germany had been defeated. It stated that all national boundaries would be respected and all Allied nations would work together to ensure world peace. It was later re-released with the inclusion of Japan after the Pearl Harbour attack as the Declaration of the United Nations  (Allies) after being co-signed by all 26 powers on the Allied side on January 1st 1942.

At meetings in Moscow on October 30 1943 the governments of the United Kingdom, the USA, Russia and China called for formation of an international organization to maintain peace and security throughout the entire world. This was reaffirmed at the Tehran Conference on December 1 1943.

Yalta Conference - October 1945

At joint conferences between 21 September and 7 October 1944 the final draft was thrashed out in Washington. Following the Yalta Conference on the 11th February 1945, Winston Churchill, President Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin declared their resolve to establish  “a general international organization to maintain peace and security” and on April 25 1945 the leaders of fifty nations stepped forward to sign the United Nations Charter which came into force on the 25th October 1945. The first meeting of all signatories took place on the 10th of January 1946 in Westminster Hall London.

Korean War 1950-1953

Since that time the UN has had to take action on several occasions. The first great test of the Council was the Korean War of 1950-1953 in which it made the decision to send an international force to stem the Communist North Korean invasion of South Korea. Since its creation, the United Nations has been directly involved in about thirty incidents or wars world-wide but sad to say, has failed in more than half to put an end to the trouble.

First UN Meeting - London 1946

This is in direct contradiction to the original aspirations for this body by Winston Churchill. He envisaged an international ‘powerhouse for peace’ with the express purpose of enforcing peace upon all nations. His idea was that any country bent on aggression would be completely shut off from the world, including its neighbours who would close all borders. By isolating the trouble-spot in this fashion he was of the opinion that wars between nations could be consigned to history. It did however assume that all nations would immediately agree to such a move. Unfortunately he did not take into account the modern attitude of greed and self-interest among the world’s nations – like Russia and China for example who, among others, have used their veto power to block legislation and action.

Another Ruthless Dictator

This of course brings us back to the current crisis in Syria. In the last year thousands have died, and there is no end in sight to the suffering inflicted on the Syrian people by its own government. It is a scenario often seen in the world today where a dictator will do whatever it takes to hang on to power. These individuals will stop at nothing, and do not care if their people are dying by the thousand from military action or from hunger and disease in places like Zimbabwe.

Blah Blah Blah!

As always, the United Nations becomes little more than a talking shop, where endless discussions are held and countless votes are cast, all in the name of humanity. I am not saying the UN does not do some good, for to say that would be to ignore many of the charitable campaigns it is involved in, such as feeding the starving. It has over the years however fallen far short of the lofty ideals of its creator Winston Churchill. 

What Really Goes On Behind The Smoke Screen?

In the meantime, Assad has agreed to countless proposals to stop the slaughter, but much like Iran and its nuclear programme, these are nothing more than a smoke screen and it is clear he will not stop until all protestors are either dead or in prison.

Casualty At Turkish Refugee Camp

Today reports are coming in that Syrian troops are firing at refugees across the borders in Turkey and Lebanon, and Human Rights Watch reports that one hundred civilians and protesters were summarily executed by Assad’s forces sometime in March

So you don’t have to wonder what Assad’s ‘master’ plan is for this crisis, he wants to win at any cost. Until an end comes to the violence by whatever means, the people of Syria continue to suffer and bleed with no end in sight. A sad indictment not only the toothless UN, but of our world today.

Roy. 

Some Demonstrators Make Me Very Angry!

Posted in Britain, Demonstration, England, English Schools, Insanity, Police, Prison, UK with tags , , , , , on 08/04/2012 by floroy1942

It’s a long road to total stupidity, but an event yesterday shows we have finally reached that goal in spectacular fashion. During the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race, an annual event since 1854, the event was disrupted by a world-class idiot who thought it was the right place to hold a protest. Dressed in a wet suit he deliberately swam into the path of the boats, forcing the race to be halted.

Oxford Suffer A Broken Oar

Although it was restarted some 30 minutes later, Cambridge’s’ victory was sour however, because at the time of the incident Oxford were in the lead but broke an oar when the two boats collided after the restart, giving the Cambridge team an unfair advantage. In their desperation to make up time with one less oarsman, one of the Oxford team collapsed with fatigue after the boat crossed the finish line. Medical reports say he has regained consciousness and will hopefully make a full recovery.

An Oxford Oarsman Collapses

The protester, Trenton Oldfield, said he was protesting against ‘Elitism’ which he claims ‘leads to tyranny’.  What should he have against students who work hard, get the grades, and are admitted to two of the best, and most certainly famous universities in the world. Where does he think all our philosophers, scientists, academics, writers, economists and politicians etc come from, the local secondary modern school? Does he imagine that our country can do without such places of higher education?  

Stephen Hawking - A famous Oxford graduate

Every affluent country has such seats of learning, and they are needed if we are to advance in our knowledge as a race. Many of the most famous people in history graduated from either Oxford or Cambridge, and that is something idiots like Oldfield should not forget. Far from ‘elitism’ it is a form of higher education that provides a nation, and indeed the world, with its foremost thinkers.

Trenton Oldfield - Smug S.O.B.

He was smiling when pulled from the water and was obviously proud of the fact he had stopped one of Britain’s oldest traditions. He was subsequently arrested by police and charged under the Public Order Act. I suppose he will get a slap on the wrist and then be free to have a go at the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations and the Olympics.

People like him make me sick and very angry, but I hope he is satisfied that he got his face on TV and in the newspapers. I have no doubt he will be bragging to his mates about it.

Give Him A Clout!

Along with many of the comment writers on the story, I hope he gets the book thrown at him and they lock him up for a long time. Its time we taught these self-righteous prats they cannot get away with such stupid, senseless stunts. Many of the comments suggested the two university teams should have just kept going and given him a few clouts with the oars as they passed. That I can also agree with.

Prison Tough Guy - Always On The Lookout For Fresh Meat!

There is nothing wrong with demonstrating about serious issues, and many who do have my support, but this is bordering on the insane. I believe the laws should be tightened and much tougher sentences handed out to idiots like Oldfield. They should be handed over to a few of the tough guys that infest the prison population and we will see if he is still in mind for such stunts after his backside is red raw. End of rant!

Roy.

Both Sides of the Muslim Divide

Posted in America, Christianity, Demonstration, England, Europe, Immigrants, Islamic Revolution, Muslim, Sharia Law, UK, USA with tags , , , on 08/04/2012 by floroy1942

Quite a lot is written about Islamaphobia, and I have written a few articles myself, but one young lady from Luton England has taken it to another level by going onto the streets of the town for a BBC Three documentary. The results are very revealing in that they show clearly the two sides of the Muslim Faith in Britain, and probably everywhere else.

United Kingdom

The town of Luton, in north London has an ever increasing population of Muslim families, and is getting much like Bradford further north where you see fewer ethnic brits. Almost daily there are demonstrations by a few radical Muslims on the streets of the town casting scorn on Britain, the police, the government, and anything else British.

Stacey Dooley

Stacey Dooley, who since 2009 has done several documentaries for BBC Three, did something few others have done. She spoke to the radicals, and the more moderate Muslims in the town. The result is a documentary that is enlightening, because it not only reveals both sides of the coin, but does not have a negative slant one way or the other like we are used to in most TV documentaries and especially the newspapers.

EDL Demonstration

It was clearly obvious that many remarks made by some of the demonstrating radicals, in particular a Muslim woman, upset her quite considerably, but on the other hand she warmed to some moderate women in a mosque who said in plain language that the radicals were twisting the message of Islam for their own ends, and the perpetrators of 9/11 were not proper Muslims. She also spent some time with a member of the EDL or European Defence League who demonstrate against radical Muslims.

Many Muslims in the town want Sharia Law, in particular the radicals who demonstrate for its inclusion in British Law. One said they do not feel bound by British Law because they are Muslim. It is clear they will never accept our laws and will continue their campaign.

I urge you to view the following video for it will open your eyes to what is happening in Britain and, more importantly, many other countries that are suffering from Islamic extremism.

Stacey Dooley on Luton Muslims:

France

I think most of us realize that not all Muslims are bad, but the radical element is causing all Muslims to be painted with the same brush. I have frequently said that I do not believe this is right. I do however believe that for immigrants to be accepted in any society they must integrate, and if they cannot trouble will ensue. In any western country with a large Muslim population they tend to flock together, and as in Britain, are taking over large areas of cities like Tower Hamlets London, Leeds, and even whole towns like Bradford and Luton. Since the major influx of Muslims into Britain began under the last Labour government, many of our towns and cities bear more resemblance to Bagdad than an English town or city. Even the French capital Paris has whole areas that have been taken over by Muslim families.

Holland

The video clearly shows Muslims who want to change the very fabric of Britain, who want to do away with our laws, our religion and our way of life. To say that this is preposterous is putting it mildly. Stacey wound up her video by saying that there needs to be more dialogue between people, that we should try to understand what the other wants. That may well work with some Muslims, but certainly not with the radicals who will only accept their brand of Islam, and will not cease their activities until the whole country is an Islamic state with Sharia law.

I have said it before and will repeat it here. The only people capable of stopping the radicals and insurgents are the Muslim people themselves. They must stand up to these people and their twisted interpretation of Islam, and tell them in a loud collective voice that they are wrong.

USA

All those who demonstrate against our soldiers returning from Afghanistan, the police and those who want Sharia Law in Britain, should be rounded up and put on a plane bound for any arab country that embraces the system of law and government they want. It is not right that these radicals should be allowed to live in our midst while trying their best to destroy our culture and way of life to suit their own ends. The same goes for France, Holland, Germany, the United States and any other western nation where they decide to settle. All of them have the obvious choice of going back where they came from if they don’t like it here. It is time the government rounded up these malcontents and shipped them back where they came from and to hell with their human rights. After all, they don’t seem to think we have any!

Roy.

Could We Be Heading For Another Great Depression?

Posted in America, Britain, Environment, Europe, UK, USA with tags , , , , , , on 06/04/2012 by floroy1942

Everyone is suffering from the economic crisis and money is tight as people economize wherever they can, but the worst thing is, in countries like Greece, Spain and many others, the end still seems a very long way off. Because so many people have suffered in the current crisis, it will be very unwelcome news to hear that we could be heading for a total meltdown of the world’s financial systems in twenty years time.

Our Exploding Population

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) predict that we could be heading for a global economic collapse by 2030. They give as reasons for this the exploding world population and our ravenous appetite for natural resources. When you think about it seriously, it does seem likely. Estimates of population growth for 2011 show that 135 million people were born and 57 million died, leaving a population increase of 78 million in a single year. Annually this adds up to a major addition to the number of people the Earth must sustain. Since 1800 the world population has grown by a factor of 700% and it should be obvious to everyone that this cannot continue.

The First and the Last For This Family

As you would expect, countries like China and India top the league for growth, and have already reached the stage where they cannot successfully support such numbers. This is leading to huge areas of desperate hunger and poor living standards among its citizens. India has not taken any measures to reduce population growth, but the problems in China were becoming so acute the government had to impose a restriction of one child per family in 1978. This policy is estimated to have stemmed the population growth by between 250 and 300 million births in the country up to the year 2000 and 400 million from 2000 to 2011.

There can be little doubt, that barring a global war or devastating disease decimating the human population at sometime in the future, we cannot under any circumstances continue in this fashion. The time will come when there are just too many people for the Earth to sustain. It seems inevitable that starving millions will begin migrating ‘en masse’ to the richer countries in search of the necessities of life, whether we want them to or not. You can see the prelude to this in the refugee camps in Africa where the starving are supported by western aid organizations.  Food will become an expensive commodity as the population numbers increase, and global food shortages will no doubt become the norm.

How Long Can We Sustain This

As you can expect, the growing of food will become harder as we work the soil to death in an effort to feed everyone, and this will add a further complication. Today, farmer’s already have to use tons of fertilizer for the soil to support our current food production. Even now the soil is dying because of over-production, for it no longer contains the natural elements that promote healthy plant growth. On top of all this there are signs of what may be coming in the form of drought. This year there are concerns about the lack of water in Spain and even Great Britain among others. So what does that tell us of the future? One thing is for sure, it’s not good news!

The Basics of Life Today

The second major point raised by the MIT researchers was our rampant consumption of the world’s natural resources. Our never-ending greed for more and more energy will eventually lead to disaster, but the sad thing is, no-one seems interested so long as it doesn’t affect them personally. We remain indifferent to the fact that there will come a time when, for example, the oil runs out. Our present way of life  is sustained by this precious commodity for it literally fuels our lives, so what do we do when the last well runs dry? One thing is certain, as stocks finally dwindle wars will be fought over the last drops, for remove the oil from our way of life and we are back in the Middle Ages! Just imagine life without it; no more cars, trucks, boats or ships, no more plastic, no more computers or man-made fibres for clothing and a million other things.

Tornado

Another major factor is global warming, for if current weather trends continue large areas of the globe will become uninhabitable, and again we will see mass migration to areas that are not ravaged by savage storms, hurricanes, cold, heat or floods. When large areas of the world are uninhabitable it will also mean large tracts of land that cannot be used for the growth of food, and so we come back full circle.

We Are ALL Greedy

Mankind has unfortunately reached a stage where we, as individuals, have become so self-centred and greedy that we have forgotten how fragile we are. Our very existence on this planet is solely dependent on how we treat our environment and the Earth’s resources, but sadly, it will take a disaster of earth-shattering proportions to wake us up to the fact. Most people will read this post and not give it a second thought because they think it will not affect them, but what of your children? Throughout the universe we are perhaps a young race, but we must make drastic changes to the way we live if we are ever to become an ancient one!

Roy.

Flying Cars, Not Likely!

Posted in America, Britain, Europe, Modern World, Teens, UK, USA with tags , , , , on 04/04/2012 by floroy1942

Are flying cars really going to take off? If that is the future, then all I can say is you had better keep your steel helmet handy. Viewing the daily chaos on today’s roads can you really imagine the same situation in the sky, I’m afraid I can’t. In my opinion, these contraptions may well become a toy or weekend sport idea, but only to those who can afford it.

Flying Home In the Car?

I must admit, the idea does sound appealing. Imagine flying over the congestion on the motorways and landing in your street outside the house when you return from the office. Commuting would be much less of a strain. But then you would have to take into consideration millions of other people with the same idea! Sorry! But it ain’t gonna fly!

Such a concept would be an air traffic nightmare, even presuming flying vehicles would be limited to a height of 500ft or less. A real aircraft taking off or coming in to land would be faced with having to cross major highways with thousands of flying cars zipping across the sky, and as we know, there will always be some idiot who wants to take a short-cut home. The mind boggles!

Sci-Fi City

The whole idea seems to work perfectly in the minds of the science fiction writers, for we see anti-gravity vehicles in neat lanes flying between soaring skyscrapers in a busy futuristic city, but we are a long way from that. Could the current concept really be a for-shadowing of what is to come? Hmmm! We would need to think long and hard about that.

In the first place, science is a long way from developing the ‘anti-grav’ vehicle, and secondly, there are just too many people on the planet to give credence to the idea. In a city like London or New York for example, which have populations in the millions, how do you evolve a system that will allow the safe transportation of those millions across the city in the air? I think you would be far safer on the ground.  But then another alarming thought comes to mind! What of all those nutters trying to find sufficient space on the road to land and take off?

Touchdown

There you are, travelling along a road thinking perhaps of getting home to the wife and kids, when suddenly a flying car comes roaring over the roof of your vehicle and makes a messy landing on the road right in front of you! You think to yourself, “He’ll never stop in time for the traffic lights ahead”, and of course he doesn’t. Like I said, keep your steel helmet handy!

What does surprise me is the company’s assertion that a car driver can fly one of these things with as little as twenty hours flying practice in a couple of weeks. It seems incredible, just twenty hours and its off into the wide blue yonder so to speak! What about navigation and air traffic rules etc. etc. etc. Of course, should you ever buy one of these things would you let your son drive it? Now there’s a big question! “Dad! Can I borrow the car tonight, I’m off out with a few friends”. The next thing you know he thinks he’s a fighter ace showing off to his friends! On this point, could you find an insurance company to cover you?

At Least it Fits

The company producing the flying car causing all the hubbub at the moment is Terrafugia based in Woburn Massachusetts, and they really think they can make a success of the venture. Their new vehicle, ‘The Transition’, is still undergoing Dept. of Transport crash tests to see if it is safe, at least on the ground. Surprisingly, they have already had around 100 people who have put down a deposit for a Transition when they finally roll off the production line.

Terrafugia themselves think their main market will be in the United States, and I can see why. It won’t be in places like New York, or any other city for that matter, but out in the open countryside where distances are vast and habitation sparse, I can well see they could catch on with the wealthy. Wealthy? Yes, you will need to be, for these vehicles are projected cost around $279.000 each. My my! I could buy a Ferrari with that and still have some change, but there again, it can’t fly!

The developers, Terrafugia, have had some luck with their design, for the government has relaxed some of its road safety standards to accommodate this concept. Among the changes made have been special tyres and glass so as to make the whole thing lighter. Weight has also been saved by not fitting such gadgets as electronic stability control.

In conclusion, I think the possibility exists than some of these machines will be seen flying around the skies ‘out west’ but certainly not here in Europe, for overcrowded as we are, we just do not have enough wide open spaces.

May your journey always be safe one!

Roy

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