Archive for January, 2013

Antibiotics Are A Dying Cure-All

Posted in America, Britain, Europe, Health, Modern World, UK, USA with tags , , , , , , on 27/01/2013 by floroy1942
E-Coli Bacteria

E-Coli Bacteria

Ever been to the doctor and have him prescribe antibiotics for your ailment? Well, that may soon be a thing of the past. Doctors and scientists are beginning to discover that many serious diseases are becoming antibiotic resistant, and that is dangerous. For the last forty-odd years doctors in Britain, as in many other countries, have regularly prescribed this magic cure-all for everything from pneumonia to ear-ache and that has now become a major problem.

Scientists are calling this a threat of the same magnitude as global warming  when it comes to the survival of mankind in the future. We have relied on antibiotics for many decades as a bulwark against the serious and not-so-serious diseases that can infect us, but now time is running out because the bacteria are getting smarter, and we have no replacement that can defeat them.

A Surgeon 'Scrubs Up"

A Surgeon ‘Scrubs Up”

With the decline in effectiveness of antibiotics come severe problems, for in the future it will be a lottery if you go into hospital for an operation and pick up an infection. This is happening now with increasing frequency in hospitals across the world, even in western countries, as standards of hygiene continue to fall. At some time in the future contracting MRSA, pneumonia, E. coli or tuberculosis for example could be the death of you because the strains are becoming antibiotic resistant i.e. the wonder drug has no impact on them!

Medical Science - Our Last Hope

Medical Science – Our Last Hope

It is the natural way of bugs subjected to a single drug over many years to mutate into a strain that is resistant; ‘familiarity breeds contempt ‘ if you will. We do the same, and should therefore not be surprised when other lifeforms do it too. Sadly, research into new forms of antibiotics have been almost non-existent in recent years.

This future debacle could have been avoided if the medical profession had not severely over-prescribed antibiotics in the past for just about every infection from pimples to a cut finger. Now however we are entering a dangerous period in man’s history. Should a serious outbreak of any of the sicknesses that have become immune to antibiotics occur it could spread unchecked, and there would be nothing we can do about it. Quarantining the sick would be the only measure open to us to combat such an outbreak, but curing those inflicted would be nigh on impossible.

Middle Age Kitchen

Middle Age Kitchen

Another problem that has in my opinion exacerbated this situation is that we have become too clean in our ways. In the Middle Ages and before, they had no inspectors going around checking hygiene in food factories and restaurants, or chemicals to sterilize work surfaces in the home, and while I admit they are necessary, we should not take it too far. Back then, people ate things that would make many of us throw-up today, and yet they rarely got sick from it. The main reason for this is that their own immune systems were far stronger than ours today.

Food Off The Floor

Food Off The Floor

I remember as a child eating things that had dropped in the dirt or on the floor  and we never bothered about it, and more to the point I never got sick. The bottom line is that we have become so clean that our own immune system has weakened because it has had nothing to fight. I may be wrong because I am not an expert, but it is my belief.

Great PlagueWe are fast reaching a stage where things such as global warming are reducing in importance when it comes to a threat to our lives, for if we cannot find new effective antibiotics very quickly we will be in big trouble. Many of the poorer countries are regularly threatened by dangerous diseases, like Ebola in some African states in the past, but if such a thing spreads and we cannot turn to antibiotics for a cure, the consequences could be dire.

Anywhere - Anytime

Anywhere – Anytime

Any sickness can spread at an alarming rate thanks to over-population and the ease with which we travel across the world, so the scenario for a huge pandemic will be far higher than it was during the great plague of London in 1665-6 when 69,596 died in London alone. The figure for the whole country was in the region of 100,000.

Many will reply that medical science has improved by leaps and bounds since that time, but the backbone of all treatment for bacterial diseases today is still the antibiotic. When we no longer have that we will be in big trouble.

I think the ball now lies fair and square in the court of medical science, for they must vigorously seek a replacement for our everyday antibiotics and find something that will kill these immune bacteria before it is too late. I wish them good luck!

Roy.

Is Sir David Attenborough Right? – Are Humans A Plague?

Posted in America, Britain, Children, Environment, Forests, Modern World, Oceans, UK, USA with tags , , , , on 25/01/2013 by floroy1942

I read with some interest the words of Sir David Attenborough, the world famous naturalist who is quoted as saying: “Humans are a plague on the Earth”.  I thought about it and I have to say I agree with him. We are!

Sir David Attenborough - A Much-Loved Naturalist

Sir David Attenborough – A Much-Loved Naturalist

No other species on the planet is so hell-bent on destroying it than us humans. He predicts that humanity’s ravenous appetite will come home to roost in around fifty years, and to be honest, I can find no fault with that. Regular readers of my blog will know my sentiments when it comes to saving the planet and what we are doing wrong.

Spiralling Oil Production

Spiralling Oil Production

It doesn’t take an idiot to realize that we are using up resources at an unsustainable rate, and a rampant population explosion is pushing our world far beyond the limits of it’s capacity to sustain us. Anyone who thinks our world can go on like this is living in ‘cloud cuckoo’ land.

A Starving Child- A Shocking Image

A Starving Child – A Shocking Image

If people think world population growth can be maintained without cost, they are wrong. People who think we can go on pumping oil, and even water, from the ground without the wells eventually running dry is a fool. Anyone who believes we can continue to poison the land and sea with our rubbish without paying a price is crazy. Anyone who thinks we can continue to destroy other species without consequences is an idiot.

Just A Tiny Fraction Of The World's Endangered Species

Just A Tiny Fraction Of The World’s Endangered Species

We humans have become so convinced of our dominance that we think we can do as we please, but the fact is, we are destroying the planet we call home at an ever increasing rate. Faster and faster it goes, and if we ignore it it will end in our own destruction.

It’s sad though that if you say this to the man on the street they laugh and think you are mad. The warnings are all around us, and yet we choose to be blind because it may affect our profits or our life-style! If you say to someone: “Take the bus because there are too many cars on the road and they are poisoning the planet’s atmosphere”, the answer you get may well consist of  two words, one of four letters and the second of three!

Three-car Family

Three-car Family

Scientists the world over have been warning us for a decade or more of what we are doing to our home, and yet no-one wants to listen because they really need the three cars on the driveway, and having multi-bulb lights on in the living room is so much cozier than one or two. We think nothing of tossing away a plastic bag and watching as the wind carries it away; someone, somewhere will pick it up. More often than not they don’t, and it ends up as another piece of garbage contaminating our countryside or oceans.

Just too many cars on the road:

Population Rise By Year

Population Rise By Year

According to the experts, and David Attenborough, our biggest challenge comes from the world population explosion. Naturally this problem is not being exacerbated everywhere, but in countries like India, Africa and many others the population is so huge there is not enough food for all of them. The experts predict this will begin to happen in more countries as they become more developed.

Large Families Will Be The Death Of Us All

As a race we cannot expect to all have five, six or ten children per family, because if everyone believed that it would be ‘standing room only’ for the entire human race. While birthrates have dropped considerably for most western nations, in many developing and third world countries they have gone through the roof and are still climbing day by day. To put it in ‘a nutshell’ our population is growing faster than the world’s capacity to feed us.

On the same theme, global warming is beginning to cost us huge areas that we need to grow food, so we can see that as the population increases, the amount of necessary arable land is decreasing. Oops!

Drought Killed Many Crops In The Mid-West

Drought Killed Many Crops In The Mid-West

The huge changes we have seen in the weather across the globe in 2012 is in my opinion just a taste of what is to come. Huge tracts of land in many countries used to grow crops suffered massive drought, while others had devastating floods that wiped out crops. Temperature changes across the world during the past year, and even now, have been devastating not only for people, but livestock and crops. The only comment I have on these occurrences is: Get used to it!

Within the next twenty to twenty-five years mankind will be faced with the greatest challenge since we first emerged from the swamps, but it will be a monumental task to alter the mindset of people today, for we have become so used to the ‘easy life’ we would hate to see it disappear.

Ocean Oil Rig

Ocean Oil Rig

I can well imagine that a world-wide panic will break out when the oil starts to run out. Already some oil fields across the world have been sucked dry, and it has been necessary to start drilling in the oceans and the Arctic to keep up with the ever-increasing demand. But what happens when they start to run dry? Will we then be forced to look even further afield, like the bottom of the Marianas Trench? We have to face it that at some time in the future it will run out, and as it starts to get scarce many nations will go to war over what is left.

But what of a simple thing like water? Many poor countries in  Africa and further afield rely on water pumped from the ground to keep their people alive, and in some cases, grow crops. This water, trapped underground for perhaps thousands of years is not inexhaustible. Some day the well will run dry, and what then?

African Rain Forest Destruction

African Rain Forest Destruction

Another  bone of contention these days is the ever-increasing destruction of our environment. Rain forests like the Amazon, African Congo, Borneo and Sumatra are being cut down without a thought that they are the lungs of the planet. Much of the climate change we have seen over the past year  can be attributed to the rain forest destruction, and I kid you not!

When Will The Well Run Dry?

When Will The Well Run Dry?

There has to come a point in our future when we are given the final wake-up call. When that happens people’s lives will change drastically. No more two or three cars per family, limits on electricity use, the disappearance of all those electrical gadgets around the home, limits on the number of children you may have, and international travel restrictions. Food and water may well be severely rationed, and to cap it all, your foreign summer holiday may be a thing of the past.

Many people will consider this post nothing more than moaning and complaining, but I believe it is a serious look at the problems mankind is facing, and the more people that bring this subject forward to world attention so much the better. We are without doubt living in the ‘golden age of man’ when you compare it to life in the past. We can travel the world in a few short hours, we have computers and electrical gadgets, personal wealth and unheard of health care, so it will be hard for people to give part of this up.

You Should Worry About Her Future

You Should Worry About Her Future

Most parents worry about their children’s future, but they must realize that it is closely intertwined with the reckless way we live today, and the effect we are having on the Earth. Most parents will recoil in shock if asked the straight question:  ‘Would you like your children to suffer oil wars, starvation and a polluted atmosphere?’ We all want a bright future for our children but we have to realize that we need to change our way of life for that to happen.

At our age it is certain that neither Sir David Attenborough or I will suffer like the generations to come, but I fear for our children and we have no-one to blame but ourselves. In short, unless action is taken and people’s attitude towards Planet Earth is changed drastically, humanity’s  greed will be the death of us – all of us!

Whichever way you look at it, things are going to get a lot worse before they get better unless every man woman and child decides to ‘bite the bullet’ and make the necessary changes to their life-style before it is too late. Good luck with that!

Roy.

Is David Camerons’ Referendum Idea the Right Approach?

Posted in America, Britain, Conservative Party, David Cameron, Europe, Human Rights, Immigration, UK, USA with tags , , , on 24/01/2013 by floroy1942

Much has been reported recently about David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, saying he will hold a referendum on EU membership if re-elected in 2015. The question is; is this a good idea, and will the British people make the right decision? Various countries, media outlets and politicians are giving their opinion, but when it comes down to the wire it will be the general public who must decide the future of our country.

The White House

The White House

The Obama administration is already letting their dismay be known and that they are not in favour, saying Britain and the EU will be stronger together, and it has been hinted by some officials that any withdrawal by Britain from the EU could damage relations. The American government see the European Union as a strong military ally in the world, which is not surprising considering the Union’s involvement with America in the world’s trouble-spots. There is fear that the cooperation with America on military intervention, always so stoutly upheld by Britain, will be compromised.

India, and more particular China, have both expressed concern at the thought of Britain leaving the EU because of the massive amount of trade they both do with the Block. The European Union and Chine trade over £840 million per day and they see this as being grossly affected should Britain withdraw.

Abu Hamsa - Protected By The Human Rights Act

Abu Hamsa – Protected By The Human Rights Act

The main gripe the Brits have with Europe is the steady slide of more and more control slipping to Brussels and out of their hands. This is amply demonstrated by the total mess that our Judicial System is in because of interference from the politicians in Brussels. Since the introduction of the Immigration Laws, Human Rights Act and the Health and Safety Laws, which we are bound to follow, we have seen countless criminals getting away with murder because of some clause or other in the Human Rights Act such as Article Eight (the right to family life) which has been exploited by unscrupulous lawyers in Britain. You only have to look at the fact that it took the British Legal System 10 years to get rid of Abu Quatada, and we still haven’t been able to put Abu Hamsa on a plane to face terrorist charges in Jordan.

When it comes to the ‘elf & safety debacle, people have died because rescue services have been forced to follow nonsensical rules when it comes to saving people in distress. As for immigration, laws need to be rewritten so that it is no longer possible for one person to come in and be closely followed by his/her entire family, including uncles aunts, grandparents and grandchildren, all of whom live off the British taxpayer. We need to make sure when a man and his wife and children come in, it stops there! It needs to be made clear to immigrants that if they wish to settle in the UK they must learn the language, and there is a definite time limit to social welfare. In other words, get a job or get out!

Barroso - A Familiar Face

Barroso – A Familiar Face

The main problem with the EU is that with the exception of one or two well-known people like Jose Manuel Barroso, Europe is run by faceless individuals who are not answerable to the people. Does anyone from the general public know who represents our country in Brussels? I doubt that one in a thousand will know. The same problem exists in every European nation, and has led Brussels to be so far removed from the people they may as well be on the moon!

Abraham Lincoln said it better than anyone during his Gettysburg address when he pledged: “The government of the people, for the people, by the people”. It is this line from history that European politicians need to hinder, for to continue in the way they are could lead not only to Britain’s withdrawal, but to the breakup of the whole Union in time.

Open Borders

Open Borders

There are many many good things about the EU and the fact that so many countries can cooperate in the political and military spheres. It is wonderful to be able to travel across borders without all the customs and immigration checks, just as it is great not to have to change currency every time you cross a border. It is ideal that you can go and work in another country without all the hassle we used to have. There is no doubt that the benefits brought to us through EU integration have benefited our lives far more than those we have lost.

However, having said that, the areas outlined above plus a few more need to be relaxed. Judicial and Human Rights jurisdiction needs to be left to the nations and not dictated by Brussels. The national justice system must have a say in who goes to prison and who does not, and who gets extradited and who does not. Nations must decide the rights of its citizens, and the circumstances under which rescue services can save a life, not some faceless bureaucrat in Brussels.

There are of course many other areas of concern to the British people, as there must be in other European nations, but to list them all would turn this post into a book.

UK Exports By Year 1990 To 2006

UK Exports By Year 1990 To 2006

One other major concern that British voters must take into consideration when voting on such an issue is the economic impact. I have read recent reports proclaiming how Britain had most of its trade with Commonwealth nations before we joined the EU. Some seem to think that if we turn our back on Europe we can rekindle this relationship but I think they are dead wrong. Nations like Canada, Australia and New Zealand were suddenly ‘left in the lurch’ when Britain joined the EU and had to scramble to find alternative markets for their goods. These are now well established and it is unlikely Britain can replace its European trading partners with those of the Commonwealth again.

London has over the years become the financial hub of Europe with many major banks and companies having their headquarters in The City. If the British vote ‘No’ to Europe you can bet your last dollar there will be a mass exodus of these companies to somewhere like Berlin, Brussels, or even Amsterdam, and London will become a ghost of its former self. With so many empty office blocks in The City the economy of London will most likely collapse.

The City - Europe's Financial Centre

The City – Europe’s Financial Centre

The one fear I have is that if and when the referendum takes place, people will vote ‘No’ without thinking of the wider issues. The government cannot expect Mrs. Jones who lives at number 42 to have any idea of the economic consequences of leaving Europe.  It’s one thing to hate the interference from Brussels and shout that you want to be rid of them, but when you get down to the nitty gritty, such a move could spell economic disaster for the country.

It all hangs on how the referendum will be presented, and what questions will be asked of the public. If  the people are given a straight choice of  ‘in or out’ the backlash could be disastrous. On the other hand, if people are also asked which areas of control should be clawed back from Brussels, most will probably vote to stay in and give the government a firm indication of the changes the British want to see.

The British Prime Minister - David Cameron

The British Prime Minister – David Cameron

In my opinion, if the EU is to function as a cohesive element in the world countries have to be given back their national identity and not be told by the Brussels crowd the how, what and when of governing their own people. The politicians in Brussels should concern themselves with international politics, i.e. Europe as a whole, when communicating with the rest of the world.

I believe that the Prime Minster is firmly on the right track, but whatever happens, it is essential that David Cameron gives the general public a full understanding of what is at stake in the referendum.

Roy.

Prince Harry Comes Under Fire

Posted in Afghanistan, America, Britain, England, Islamic Revolution, Terrorism, UK, USA with tags , , , on 23/01/2013 by floroy1942

Prince Harry is on the way home after his tour of duty as an Apache gunship pilot and already the slanging match has begun. This impressionable young man who has served his country well is now coming under fire from not only the Taliban, which one would expect, but also from the Afghan President, the British Press and of course, a Labour politician.

The Deadly Apache

The Deadly Apache

An agreement was made with the Press that he would give an open-hearted interview once his tour of duty was finished, provided they didn’t hassle him while he was in Afghanistan.  Now he has given it he is being criticised from all sides.

As you would expect, The Taliban has naturally jumped on the bandwagon with hunted Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar calling the Prince a ‘hyena’ and saying that the prince “comes to Afghanistan to hunt the innocent Afghans while he is drunk.”. That’s funny because another report has said that Harry, now in Cyprus, has just had his first drink of alcohol in five months.

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar  - A Confused Man?

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar – A Confused Man?

Mind you, Hekmatyar also told the newspaper that his Hizb-i-Islamia party was prepared to fight in the 2014 presidential elections, which will precede the final withdrawal of British and American troops from Afghanistan. Hekmatyar insisted that he wanted a “peaceful transition” from the present Afghan government to a new administration based on “free and fair elections.” once the troops leave. Believe that and you’ll believe anything because he also predicted that Afghanistan “will collapse into murderous civil war after Nato troops withdraw in 2014”. So it seems he is somewhat confused!

During the frank interview Prince Harry made a reference to his love of playing X-Box and PlayStation games during his free time and said: “It’s a joy for me because I’m one of those people who loves playing PlayStation and Xbox, so with my thumbs I like to think I’m probably quite useful,” referring of course to operating the many switches controlling the Apache weapons. Innocent enough, but my how the words have been misquoted and twisted by all. Zabihullah Mujahid, Taliban spokesman, is quoted as saying: “To describe the war in Afghanistan as a game demeans anyone – especially a prince, who is supposed to be made of better things.”

Sharifullah Kamawal

Sharifullah Kamawal

Sharifullah Kamawal, a member of the Afghan parliament, is of the opinion that Prince Harry’s comments will hasten the withdrawal of NATO Forces from Afghanistan, saying: “This makes the withdrawal process much faster, because for now half of the people say the foreign forces must stay for longer, but if they say these kind of things then more people will want them to go home.”

Labour's Jim Murphy - Get Off Your 'High Horse'

Labour’s Jim Murphy – Get Off Your ‘High Horse’

The one unnecessary criticism I found distasteful came from Labour’s Jim Murphy, the shadow defence secretary, who questioned the language the Prince had used. He is reported as saying: “I’m not going to second guess whether he should or shouldn’t have said it…..He’s obviously a young and brave man. He was candid. Perhaps he may have been more candid than the Palace may have wished.” Get off your high horse Murphy, or better still go out and defend Afghanistan from terrorism yourself instead of pontificating from the sidelines!

The fringe groups also had words of condemnation for Prince Harry’s interview when Lindsey German, who is convenor of the Stop The War Coalition, said the Prince’s comments were “crass” and asked how he knew those he killed were members of the Taliban. referring to the Prince’s comment that he had killed insurgents during his tour. Well, Ms. German I have news for you.

Lindsey German Of Stop The War.

Lindsey German Of  Stop The War Coalition

Let me put it to you straight Lindsey. If someone in Afghanistan is pointing a weapon at you or your comrades, you can be pretty sure he is a Taliban and intends to kill you!!!! In war the one thing you don’t do is hold up your hand to someone aiming a gun at you and ask: “Excuse me, are you Taliban?” before you shoot them.

I deplore these ‘high and mighty’ individuals who have no idea of the hard facts but just swallow the lies and half-truths put out by the Press, before getting up on their high horse to pontificate about something they know little of! If it were up to me I would give you a gun Ms. German and put you in the front-line alongside the troops, so that you have a chance to wake up to the real world and not the dream world you inhabit! Personally I wouldn’t give an inch of press space to someone making such stupid comments.

Shot For Wanting An Education - This Why We Fight The Taliban

Shot For Wanting An Education – This Is Why We Fight The Taliban

 

Please remember Ms. German that it was the Taliban that shot Malala Yousafzaia a short time ago, and all she wanted was to be educated. It makes no difference that the attack on Malala happened in Pakistan, they are all the same group. Do you support the Taliban who shot her? For if you want the war against them to stop you surely do! These insurgents were responsible for gross atrocities against women when they controlled Afghanistan. Think about them apples!

Whatever criticism comes his way, for me Prince Harry has done an outstanding job in Afghanistan, and although the restricted Prince William is doing a brave and necessary job in Search and Rescue, it is Harry that has actually put himself in the firing line twice against an insurgency that must be beaten, one way or another.

The sad thing is, it seems members of the Royal Family are easy targets for the Press and anyone else who wants to ‘have a go’ at someone. As you would expect, St James’ Palace declined to comment.

Roy.

Self-Drive Cars – Are They Viable?

Posted in America, Britain, England, Europe, Modern World, UK, USA with tags , , , , , on 17/01/2013 by floroy1942

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is normally all about the latest innovations in electronics, but there have been some interlopers this year that have drawn significant interest – namely cars, or to be more exact, self-driving cars.

Sergey Brin Of Google

Sergey Brin Of Google

It is widely presumed that at some future time you will be able to read the local newspaper or catch up on some work while driving to the office. If you are hung-over from last nights party you could even get some extra sleep, but for today however, its still science fiction.

After reading some reports on the development of self-drive cars it becomes clear that we still have a long way to go despite the fact that Governor Edmund G Brown Jr. of California has signed a Bill allowing driver-less cars in the State after riding in a Prius upgraded by Google and ‘driven’ by co-founder Sergey Brin.

BMW On The Road

BMW On The Road

There can be little doubt that the technology is available today for the production of these vehicles, but at the moment the hold-up is that its not quite ready for the job because no-one wants to drive around in a car that has antenna’s sticking out all over it. Given time however, these problems will be overcome and we will see the first versions going into production. In my opinion it may take another ten years but the time is fast approaching.

The big question in many people’s minds is: Would you trust your life to a box of electronics built into your car?

Pilots In The Cockpit Make Everyone Feel Comfortable

Pilots In The Cockpit Make Everyone Feel Comfortable

We have for many years had the technology for pilot-less planes that will take-off, fly you to your destination and land without any human intervention, but the truth is, no-one wants to fly in an airliner that does not have a pilot at the controls. In the back of most people’s minds there is the fear that something may happen that is outside the scope of a box of electronics to fix. Many passengers still don’t realize that apart from the take-off and landing the flight is controlled by the ‘box of tricks’ in the electronics bay anyway. Apart from the final 200 feet or so landings can be automated where bad weather does not allow the pilot to see where he’s going.

Toyota Lexus Experimental Car

Toyota Lexus Experimental Car

So what about cars? Your daily commute to work or the wife’s shopping trip could be fully automated but would you step into such a car knowing that although you sit in the drivers seat you are nothing more than a passenger? I believe in the majority of cases the answer would be: No way! As humans we like to feel we are in charge and its our decisions that count so to hand over control to a bunch of circuit boards and wires would indeed be a big step. I can well foresee that eventually we will get over our phobia’s but it will take a long time and we will need a lot of convincing.

Could Be A Problem!

Could Be A Problem!

Several auto manufacturers have been experimenting in this area including Toyota, Ford, BMW, Audi and Lincoln and much progress has been made, most of it in the right direction thankfully. Driver-less cars have been tested on our roads for a very long time, and the funny thing is, no-one has ever noticed even though the manufacturers have notch up thousands of miles. One thing is for sure it won’t have been the idiot tail-gating you on the motorway!  

All manufacturers hope driver-less cars will greatly reduce the number of accidents on the worlds’ roads, which is admirable. As you can imagine, where the car goes will be dependent on a sophisticated navigation system that ensures you end up in the right place. Its no good you wanting to go from Las Vegas to Chicago and end up in Ontario Canada.  

One Task Left To Us Humans!

One Task Left To Us Humans!

I’ll leave you with one last thought: Will driver-less cars also fill their own petrol tank when required or will that mundane chore be left up to the human passenger?

Roy. 

Lance Armstrong Is Not The Only Liar!

Posted in America, Europe, Modern World, USA with tags , , , , , , on 16/01/2013 by floroy1942

One of the top news items recently has been the fact that Lance Armstrong, seven times winner of the Tour de France, has finally come clean about his involvement in drug abuse. For 15 years he steadfastly denied that he had taken any performance enhancing drugs but was eventually caught out by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and banned for life. Serves him right I say.

The Oprah Interview

The Oprah Interview

Having had ample opportunity to ‘come clean’ he has consistently denied having anything to do with drugs, but now, suddenly he has done just that during an interview with Oprah Winfrey. Naturally, there is a sinister motive behind the confession – he wants to get back into sport again! By finally admitting his offences he hopes the USADA will now wipe the slate clean and allow him to ride in Triathlon events.

It seems to me that outright honesty died a tragic death many years ago, for he is not the only person in the world who will not admit to wrong doing. We see it across the whole world where, in particular politicians, refuse to admit their guilt when faced with accusations of impropriety. Other cases in point are Strauss-Kahn and currently the Prime Minister of Pakistan who has been arrested for corruption.

Everywhere we can immediately assume that any offender will enter a ‘Not Guilty’ plea when charged with a crime even when caught red-handed with a ‘smoking gun’ in their hands. Its all a sure-fire indication of the lack of integrity and honesty among people these days. In the minds of the guilty there is always the glimmer of hope that they will get away with whatever it is they have done wrong, and this ranges from corruption through to outright murder.

It may seem like nothing to the ordinary individual but you have to consider the massive expense in many cases of taking the ‘villain’  to court and the long drawn out process of the trial, lawyers fees etc. all at the tax payers expense. Of course the lawyers like it because it makes them rich, and we all know they are at the top of everyone’s tree when it comes to who you distrust the most.

It’s a sign of the times, and there doesn’t seem to be anything we can do about it until people once again learn the essentials in life: Integrity, honesty and respect.

Roy.

The Science Of Child Spanking

Posted in America, Britain, Child Abuse, Child Discipline, Children, Modern World, Parenting, Teen alcohol abuse, Teen Violence, UK, USA with tags , , on 13/01/2013 by floroy1942

Scientists are losing touch with reality, that’s my opinion of today’s report on research published in the autumn 2012 Journal of Family and Marriage by researchers Andrea Gromoske and Kathryn Maguire-Jack into the psychological effects of spanking recalcitrant children.

Child Temper Tantrum

Child Temper Tantrum

The researchers believe that giving a very young child a smack across the bottom when they are naughty will make them more aggressive around age three, and lead to depression at age five. What a load of hogwash! I have never subscribed to the belief that you should not smack your children when they misbehave and I never will. At the age they are talking about a light smack is all that’s required to get the message home. It should never be necessary to give a small child a walloping on the backside because I believe that is bordering on child abuse.

Naturally Kids Are Against It

Naturally Kids Are Against It

Over the past thirty years, parents have been told they should never smack their children by people who are ‘in the know’, and look what has happened in the world. These ‘do-gooders’ have forced their opinions onto everyone and had laws put in place that actually forbid you giving your child a smack when they misbehave. Instead you are supposed to use psychology on children and tell them what they did is wrong and they should not do it again, but if they ignore you as most do, what then?

No Discipline

No Discipline

When this idea first gained a foothold in the seventies one of my brothers-in -law at the time used this approach with his first born son. He turned out to be a right little B&*T+*D and many of the family told him to leave the child at home if he came to visit. As you would expect, with his second child everything changed and he turned out well!

Binge Drinking Be-gets Violence

Binge Drinking Be-gets Violence

Many of today’s teenagers, are extremely aggressive, have little or no respect for anyone or anything, ‘binge drink’ and more often than not take drugs as a way out because they are unable to handle the normal stresses and strains of life. Many wonder why!

People have forgotten the basic fact that baby’s are like a blank slate and everything they learn comes from us, their parents. It is up to us to teach them the essentials in life like respect for others and the law, honesty, reliability, disappointment, and the basic ability to shoulder the many ups and downs of life in general.

Your Child?

Your Child?

The massive failure of parents over the last thirty years has led us to today where many teenagers turn to drugs as an escape from life’s troubles, get into gangs, steal, and in general look for an excuse to ‘have-a-go’ at the police as is witnessed regularly by rioting teens. In my opinion, any parent who really cares about their children would make the effort to teach them right from wrong at every opportunity. If as a parent you are not ready to do this, you don’t deserve to have children.

The trouble is, it often takes a smack across the backside to enforce the message, and this is what the scientists are saying is making very young children aggressive, and turning 5-7 year-olds into depressives. Poppycock!

Old Style Discipline - And It Worked!

Old Style Discipline – And It Worked!

Parents have been using this form of discipline for centuries and it has worked ninety-nine times out of a hundred without children having the symptoms these researchers describe. When a young child starts to get aggressive this must be got out of them at the first sign in the firmest way. They have to learn from a very early age that aggression is not the way to get what they want. That is why you have to be strict with children from the very beginning, for then they learn quickly and it no longer becomes necessary to repeat a chastisement. Given the opportunity, all children will get aggressive if they think they can gain by it – it’s human nature after all.

Embarrassing?

Embarrassing?

In countless supermarkets I have seen many young children throw a tantrum because they want a bag of crisps or sweets off the shelf and mother doesn’t want to give it to them. More often than not, as the child screams and shouts, she cannot be bothered to stand her ground and gives way. Naturally, the child learns that if they throw a tantrum they can get what they want and the seed is sown. Here a soft smack on the back of the hand or leg makes the point that they cannot have what they want when they want it and they should behave. Shouting at them to behave achieves nothing. But of course now we could get in trouble with the law because if you chastise your child in this way in public, there is always some ‘holier than thou’ arsehole who thinks they know better and calls the police. The answer is to either go outside or find a quiet aisle.

All Grown Up And Ready To Face Life

All Grown Up And Ready To Face Life

When my two children were growing up they both got a few smacks across the buttocks when they wouldn’t listen and in fact I even used a slipper with my son on a couple of occasions. I only needed to chastise them in this way three or four times and after that they took notice when I told them something. I never went in for child abuse or anything even close and I abhor those that do, but I taught my children all the qualities that are required of people and I am happy to say they both turned out to be exemplary adults, honest, hard-working and respectful. You never saw my son hanging around on a street corner wearing a hood and causing trouble for passers-by.

This Approach Will Never Work On Its Own.

Don’t Waste Your Breath Madam!

So I am afraid these scientists have got it dead wrong in my opinion. I have always believed that it is essential to draw a line on what is and is not acceptable behaviour, and make children understand what they need to know to be a success in life. It’s the old saying: “If you give them an inch they will take a mile”. The kind of message that is being sent out by this ‘research’ is extremely misleading and inevitably many parents will consider it ‘The Holy Grail’ of parenting. They will find out in future years when their off-spring go off the rails.

Roy.

Death Star? Who Left The Asylum Door Open?

Posted in America, Government Spending, Modern World, Obama, USA with tags , , , , , , on 12/01/2013 by floroy1942

There are many ‘nutters’ in the States just like any other country, but what I read today just about takes the biscuit! Apparently, 34,000 Americans have signed a petition for Obama to authorize the building of a ‘Star Wars’ type Death Star. Their justification is that it would create more jobs and ‘bolster the military’. I can think of a thousand better ways to create jobs and I doubt the American military needs bolstering, seeing as it is perhaps the largest in the world.

Yes I Know! The mind Boggles

Yes I Know! The mind Boggles

It is no surprise that President Obama turned down the idea, saying his administration does not support ‘blowing up planets’ – I should damn well hope so! Can anyone imagine such a thing in the hands of a single government? Apart from the cost, which experts estimate at around $850 quadrillion, I doubt that such a weapon is yet possible considering our current state of advancement.

Remember What Happened To This One!

Remember What Happened To This One!

I am quite convinced that whoever started this idea must have escaped from the local nut-house  because no sane person would think of such a thing. Really, where would you use it? Would the owner threaten to blow up our planet, because there are no others within a reachable distance. Maybe if the Mars Rover discovers life on Mars we could threaten them, or Mercury or Pluto, or maybe we could wipe the smile off the face of the ‘Man in the Moon”!

No, I think the authorities should track down whoever started this story and lock him/her up as a danger to the public sanity!

Roy.

Cameron Makes The Right Decision On Child Benefit

Posted in Benefits, Britain, Budget Cuts, Children, Conservative Party, David Cameron, England, Government Spending, Immigrants, Parenting, UK with tags , , on 10/01/2013 by floroy1942

here are going to be a lot of upset people in the UK at this particular moment as they face losing part of their income in the form of Children’s Allowance. David Cameron and his coalition partners have decided to remove part of this benefit for couples earning over £50,000 a year, and to cease paying it altogether where one parent earns over £60,000 a year.

Welcome To The UK Benefits System

Welcome To The UK Benefits System

I am glad that we finally have a government that is willing to do something about a scandal that has perpetuated for so long in Britain. Its time people recognize the fact that “Benefits” were introduced to help the less fortunate among us, i.e. those that could not afford to put food on the table or clothe their children properly! It was not intended as a free government handout to those who can support themselves adequately as many seem to think these days.

The scandalous way in which people lie and cheat to get benefits they either are not, or should not be entitled to these days is nothing short of a national disgrace.

Costa Sunset

Costa Sunset

Let me give you an example: Here on the Costa del Sol in Spain it is currently 18*C, and yet there are thousands of Brits who travel down here for the winter and still claim their Cold Weather Allowance. When asked about this they say, “Well! I am entitled to it!” While these parasites are getting their ill-begotten payouts there are thousands of pensioners at home in the UK who must choose between food on the table or warmth because they cannot afford both.  To me that doesn’t make sense.

The entire benefits system has been creaking under the strain ever since Tony Blair and his gang of crooks started handing our money like confetti to his immigrant chums. Regardless of what anyone might say to the contrary, the benefits budget has got to be brought under control so the money can be given to those who really need it, and not the parasites that are sucking the lifeblood from the system.

Immigration Rate

Immigration Rate

Why should a family on a good sustainable income be paid by the state for each child when they don’t really need it, financially speaking? Its disgraceful, but all you ever hear is, “I’m entitled to it!”

Sky Diving Disability Cheat

Sky Diving Disability Cheat

Another area that I would like to see the government cracking down on is the disability benefit scam. There are tens of thousands of people in the UK who are scamming the system by getting benefits for a ‘disability that prevents them from working’. In the past I have known cheats who have never done an honest days work in their entire lives because they have a ‘disability’ and get paid for sitting in the pub all day long. Cases have come to court of people on holiday in Spain or elsewhere having a high old time when they are supposed to be wheelchair bound.

We do hear on occasion that ‘so-and-so’ has been caught by government inspectors and prosecuted, but they are far too few, even though the number has risen since Labour were kicked out of power at the last election. The government need to hire more inspectors and catch them all.

Lastly, and probably the most popular measure among the British people, we need to see a curtailment of benefits to immigrants who are living in our country at tax payers expense.

Come One - Come All

Come One – Come All

As we all know to our cost, it starts with the husband, followed by the wife and children and then the parents, grandparents, in-laws, uncles and aunts and so on until the UK tax payer is supporting a family of twenty or more from a single entry.

They are all are living the ‘Life of Riley’ in large houses, fed, watered and pampered by our benefits system so they can demonstrate on the streets about ‘Islam Will Rule the World” and “Sharia Law in Britain”. At the same time, there are tens of thousands of our own people who are literally struggling to survive. The amount of money spent on immigrants is one of the greatest scandals of our time.

The Prime Minister On The Andrew Marr Show

The Prime Minister On The Andrew Marr Show

If I have any criticism of what the government is doing, it is that the system devised is far too complicated and will itself cost money. This business of paying more tax if you are ‘over the limit’ etc. is in my view the wrong approach. It appears to me that the simplest method would be to just reduce or stop the payments where applicable. That way we don’t need another tax department or the general public having to fill out yet more forms. Mind you, I may be over simplifying the problem, I am after all, not an expert in the field.

All that aside, I stand firmly behind David Cameron and Nick Clegg in their drive to cut expenditure on the benefits budget, but I sincerely hope this is only the beginning.

Roy.

The Julia Gillard ‘Muslim Speech’ – The Truth

Posted in America, Britain, Conservative Party, England, Europe, Human Rights, Immigrants, Muslim, Religion, UK, USA with tags , , on 07/01/2013 by floroy1942

Julia Gillard, the fiery Australian Prime Minister, is reputed to have given a speech telling Muslims who cannot accept and live by Australian standards to leave the country. It has been shown that she did not in fact give such a speech but that it was fabricated from other sources.

Barry Loudermilk

Barry Loudermilk

In fact it comes from an American Air Force veteran by the name of Barry Loudermilk who, after 9/11,  put his thoughts into a letter which he posted to friends with a copy to the local newspaper, the Bartow Trader. Within a very short time it was passed on to State newspapers, and very soon Barry Loudermilk was inundated with letters from people all over the country who agreed with what he wrote.

The following is the text of his letter dated October 2002:

At a high school in Oklahoma, school officials remove “God Bless America” signs from schools in fear that someone might be offended.
At a Long Island, New York television station, management orders flags removed from the newsroom, and red, white, and blue ribbons removed from the lapels of reporters. Why? Management did not want to appear biased, and felt that our nation’s flag might give the appearance that “they lean one way or another.”
Officials in a California city ban U.S. flags from being displayed on city fire trucks because they didn’t want to offend anyone in the community.
In an “act of tolerance”, the head of the public library at a Florida university ordered all “Proud To Be an American” signs removed so as to not offend international students.

Politically Correct Attacks Against America
I, for one, am quite disturbed by these actions of so-called “American citizens”; and I am tired of this nation worrying about whether or not we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on September 11th, we have experienced a surge of patriotism by the majority of Americans. However, the dust from the attacks had barely settled in New York and Washington, DC when the “politically correct” crowd began complaining about the possibility that our patriotism was offending others.

I am not against immigration, nor do I hold a grudge against anyone who is seeking a better life by coming to America. In fact, our country’s population is almost entirely comprised of descendants of immigrants; however, there are a few things that those who have recently come to our country, and apparently some native-born Americans, need to understand.

If You’re Among the Politically Correct, Here’s What You Need to Know
First of all, it is not our responsibility to continually try not to offend you in any way. This idea of America being a multi-cultural community has served only to dilute our sovereignty and our national identity. As Americans, we have our own culture, our own society, our own language, and our own lifestyle. This culture, called the “American Way” has been developed over centuries of struggles, trials, and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom. Our forefathers fought, bled, and died at places such as Bunker Hill, Antietam, San Juan Hill, Iwo Jima, Normandy, Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf, for our way of life.

We speak English, not Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society, learn our language!

And Yes, We Do Trust in God
“In God We Trust” is our national motto. This is not some off-the-wall, Christian, right wing, political slogan. It is our national motto. It is engraved in stone in the House of Representatives in our Capitol, and it is printed on our currency. We adopted this motto because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation; and this is clearly documented throughout our history. If it is appropriate for our motto to be inscribed in the halls of our highest level of government, then it is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools.

If God Offends You, Here’s What to Do
God is in our pledge, our National Anthem, nearly every patriotic song, and in our founding documents. We honor His birth, death, and resurrection as holidays, and we turn to Him in prayer in times of crisis. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture, and we are proud to have Him.

It’s Our Heritage
We are proud of our heritage and those who have so honorably defended our freedoms. We celebrate Independence Day, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Flag Day. We have parades, picnics, and barbecues where we proudly wave our flag. As an American, I have the right to wave my flag, sing my national anthem, quote my national motto, and cite my pledge whenever and wherever I choose. If the Stars and Stripes offend you, or you don’t like Uncle Sam, then you should seriously consider a move to another part of this planet.

This is Our Culture – If You Don’t Like It You’re Free to Go Elsewhere
The American culture is our way of life, our heritage, and we are proud of it. We are happy with our culture and have no desire to change, and we really don’t care how you did things where you came from. We are Americans. Like it or not, this is our country, our land, and our lifestyle.

Our First Amendment gives every citizen the right to express his opinion about our government, culture, or society, and we will allow you every opportunity to do so. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about our flag, our pledge, our national motto, or our way of life, I highly encourage you to take advantage of one other great American freedom, the right to leave!

My thanks to Barry Loudermilk.

If You Don't Like It Here - Leave!

If You Don’t Like It Here – Leave!

Having read this you will recognise many sentences that were supposedly used by Julia Gillard in her ‘speech’ last year, but in actual fact, parts were removed from this letter and put together with the idea of making a speech that she has supposedly given. She did not!

John Howard

John Howard

In 2008 many sentences from the letter were coupled together in a separate piece about ‘Muslims in Australia’ to give the misleading impression of a speech by the previous Prime Minister John Howard.

While the greater majority of western people agree whole-heartedly with the sentiments expressed by the original writer, it is sad that modern politicians do not have the balls to come out and say plainly what everybody is thinking.

German opinions:

I am 100% convinced that with the exception of the “Politically Correct” nut-cases just about every indigenous member of society in Europe, The United States and Canada will agree whole-heartedly with Barry Loudermilk’s letter, and the sooner our politician’s recognize the fact so much the better. At some time in the near future the people will demand to be heard! If you want your country back, go and see your local MP, Congressman or political representative and demand action before it’s too late.

Roy.

Question – Should Julia Gillard Have Made Her Controversial Speech?

Posted in Afghanistan, America, Britain, England, Equality, Europe, Human Rights, Immigrants, Religion, UK, USA with tags , , on 04/01/2013 by floroy1942

There has been a huge reaction to my previous post that revealed whether or not Julia Gillard the Aussie Prime Minister actually gave a speech to the public on immigrants in Australia, telling them in a nutshell to either adapt to the Australian way of life or leave. So this leads us to the question, is such a speech justified?

An Australian view on Muslim immigration:

American Muslim Demonstrations

American Muslim Demonstrations

It is interesting to note that the great majority of comments on the post fully agree with her sentiments. Many countries like Great Britain, France, Holland, Switzerland, Germany, The United States and Canada are facing the problem of unruly Muslim immigrants pushing the boundaries of religious and human rights freedoms to new  limits for their own ends.

In many countries they demonstrate daily for the right to have Sharia Law in their communities, build more mosques, and basically ignore the laws of the land and do as they please.

Detroit Mosque

Detroit Mosque

Sharia, as we all know is the most barbaric form of justice on the planet, and mosques are rapidly increasing in number, getting bigger and bigger until they dominate the surrounding area of any town or city that allows them.

Tower Hamlets London - Completely Taken Over By Muslims

Tower Hamlets London – Completely Taken Over By Muslims

In many places Muslims have taken over entire towns and boroughs within cities where they refuse to integrate, or accept the laws, culture and language of their ‘adopted’ country.

Julia Gillard is falsely credited with giving a speech that told Muslims and other immigrants to either accept Australian law, culture and language or leave. The full text can be seen in my post – https://floroy1942.wordpress.com/2012/08/28/did-julia-gillard-give-a-controversial-speech-on-muslims-in-australia/

Julia Gillard - Australian Prime Minister

Julia Gillard – Australian Prime Minister

But what if she had actually given this speech? For many politicians it would have been the death knell for their political careers. Naturally there would have been much ‘huffing and puffing’ in political circles, even though most would have applauded the speech in private. I also believe such a speech would have been warmly praised by the majority of ordinary people, and every man woman and child on the street would have been solidly behind her.

Victim Of Muslim Rape

Victim Of Muslim Rape

As previously mentioned, many countries have been forced to accept hundreds of thousands of Muslim immigrants, and even though many have arrived as refugees from the violence in their homeland and were taken in, housed, cared for and fed by the indigenous tax-payers, they still seem to think that we, their generous hosts should change our ways, culture and beliefs to accommodate them.

Muslim Demonstrators At A Military Funeral

Muslim Demonstrators At A Military Funeral

In Britain there are almost daily protests by Muslims demanding we turn our country into a Muslim state to accommodate them instead of accepting thankfully all that we have done for them. When funeral processions of our soldiers killed in action against the Taliban paraded through the streets there were gangs of Muslims holding placards calling them ‘killers of innocent children’ and ‘murderers’ while screaming abuse as the coffins drove past. This does not sound like people who are willing to accept their adopted country to me. Anyone trying such a thing in a Muslim country would have been stoned to death!

Self Explanatory

Self Explanatory

So is it time one of our western politicians stood up and said the things that need to be said? I think so, and I know I am not alone in this. It may only take one politician to stand up and say loudly the words attributed to Julia Gillard for others to follow. We should also bring the full force of our law on these people to let them know we will no longer stand for their hatred. For too long our law enforcement agencies have been afraid to tackle these people for fear of being branded ‘racist’ or upsetting the ‘politically correct’ brigade.

There is a massive undercurrent of feeling among the general public that we must put these people in their place, for otherwise our own cherished culture, beliefs and way of life that have stood for more than a thousand years will disappear forever.

Enoch Powell - A Man With A Vision Of The Future

Enoch Powell – A Man Of Vision

It was Enoch Powell who on the 20th April 1968 gave his famous ‘Blood in the Streets’ speech at the General Meeting of the West Midlands Area Conservative Political Centre, first raising the problems of mass immigration, and predicted accurately as it turns out, the problems we have today.

UK Immigration Figures During The Blair Years

UK Immigration Figures During The Blair Years

At the time he was worried about the huge influx of people from the Caribbean and African nations, but as it turned out, to their great credit, they integrated readily into English society and are respected today. Then the numbers were but a drop in the ocean compared to Lionel Blair’s ‘Multi-Cultural Britain’ plans. Today, it must be said that many Muslims have integrated reasonably well into our society but the vast majority continually refuse to do so.

Such Hate For Their Adopted Nation

UK – Such Hate For The People That Feed And House Them

Right now we need a new Enoch Powell who is willing to stand up and say what must be said, and he/she should not be alone, for in every western country that is suffering this problem there must be a politician somewhere who sees things a they really are. The only question is – do they have the nerve?

The words incorrectly attributed to the Ausssie PM are clear: IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT HERE – GO BACK WHERE YOU CAME FROM!

Roy.

Modern Science Has Lost its way

Posted in America, Britain, England, Health, Insanity, Modern World, Obesity, Overweight, UK, USA with tags , , , on 03/01/2013 by floroy1942

I don’t know whether you have noticed over the past year, but scientists are coming out with some ridiculous claims. They are the result of supposedly serious studies consuming a great amount of money and time, but some of them are both nonsensical and unbelievable.

Don't Worry Ma'am, With That Waistline You'll Live To Be 100 - According To Research!

Don’t Worry Ma’am, With That Waistline You’ll Live To Be 100 – According To Research!

The latest claim by a group of scientists that appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association is that obese people can lead a longer life than normal folks. This report has been heavily criticised by medical professionals the world over.

The British Royal College of Physicians slammed the results as being inaccurate and a danger to health. Prof John Wass, who is vice-president of the college is reported as saying: “Have you ever seen a 100-year-old human being who is overweight? The answer is you probably haven’t.” He went on to say: “Huge pieces of evidence go against this, countless other studies point in the other direction.”

The researchers at US National Centre for Health Statistics who carried out the survey looked at 97 studies involving nearly 2.9 million people to compare death rates with Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI is the way in which physicians measure the levels of fat in a persons body. The research methods used by the team were heavily criticised by  Dr Walter Willett, from the Harvard School of Public Health who said: “This is an even greater pile of rubbish”, referring to a study conducted by the same group in 2005. Referring to the test subjects, Donald Berry from the University of Texas said: “Some portion of those thin people are actually sick, and sick people tend to die sooner.”

Obesity groups like National Obesity Forum in the UK, said: “It’s a horrific message to put out at this particular time. We shouldn’t take it for granted that we can cancel the gym, that we can eat ourselves to death with black forest gateaux.”

This is just one of many ‘scientific’ experiments that are currently feeding the general public with wagon-loads of horse manure (and I put that politely).

I Hope This Doesn't Mean Woman Will Start Judgeing Men On Their Shoe Size!

I Hope This Doesn’t Mean Woman Will Start Judging Men On Their Shoe Size!

One of the more bizarre experiments carried out by researchers at the The University College, London was a comparison in the length of a male’s foot to his penis. At the  University of Pittsburgh and the University of California, Santa Barbara they carried out an experiment to test the ratio of waist to hip measurement and a woman’s intelligence! The results indicated that women with waists that were about 70 percent of the diameter of their hips scored slightly better on intelligence tests and tended to have a slightly higher level of education than women with a higher waist-to-hip ratio. Now, I really needed to know that, and so do all women!

How Intelligent Will I Be Mr. Scientist?

How Intelligent Will I Be Mr. Scientist?

It seems to me that many scientists and researchers have dropped the ball in recent times. It would appear that their one aim in life is to get a paper published at any cost, no matter how ridiculous the research. I don’t know if you have noticed, but all scientific results these days are clouded in words like “Maybe – Possibly – Could be”. It seems that scientists today are incapable of conducting experiments that get conclusive results and almost everything is conjecture. Many of the research projects are so ‘off-the-wall’ as to have little or no significance to human life.

Herring Communication?

Herring Communication?

A prime example is a study carried out jointly by Canadian and British scientists asking the question: Do Herring Communicate by Passing Gas? The study revealed that Atlantic and Pacific herring pass gas from their anuses which gives off a sound underwater through which they, according to the team, ‘communicate’. How Bizarre! They called it Fast Repetitive Tick, which makes for a rather interesting acronym, FRT. Along with just about every animal on the planet we humans also FRT but I would hesitate to call it a means of communication!!!

There is little doubt in my mind that it is time for the science world to begin concentrating on things that matter in life and stop wasting their education, time and money on stupid research that benefits no-one. Among other much more important issues, how about some intense study into curing sickness and hunger? That should keep them going for decades.

We have today raised a crop of scientists who are steadily losing their way and who are more interested in having their name up in lights in the scientific world than doing any serious research that actually benefits mankind.

Roy.

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