What hope …

Posted October 30, 2006 by sprinkledis9
Categories: community, sanity

I heard today that the chancellor (the polite way to refer to the chubby Scottish New Labour Luvvie), speaking on the Stern Report, said that the free market would be the solution to the economic problems faced by the warming world.

So just what does the mumbling wannabe prime minister think brought the globe to this pass in the first place?

He should go to some flood-threatened part of the country – like most of the East Coast – and there say that the problem is not immediate, or that it is not the result of reliance on the free market.

Or just don’t bother eh, my tubby little mate, for no-one believes you now and no-one would believe you then.

What hope is there then for this sceptred isle, as its clown prince Charlie does a prance in Pakistan …

Don

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Sunny days, rainy days …

Posted October 29, 2006 by jackdaw
Categories: community, sanity

Many of the old classic pop-songs used the term “sunny days” to represent happiness and “rainy days” to mean sadness. This may change soon.

Many English people, looking for happiness, intend to emigrate to Australia, the land of sunshine. On arriving they may find that “fings ain’t what they used to be”.

Australia still has plenty of sunshine, but ‘happiness? Well. The Australians, who have had six years of very low rainfall, are now suffering the worst drought for over a hundred years.

This is having a bad effect on the economy and, on average, seven farmers a month are committing suicide.

The Australian government is now trying to invest in clean technology with the aim of reducing carbon emissions. Let us hope that they are not doing too little, too late.

Maybe they should have been signatories to the Kyoto agreement in the first place.

jackdaw

Iraq

Posted October 27, 2006 by jackdaw
Categories: sanity

Most people in England are unaffected by the war in Iraq.

Some use it as a topic of conversation to express racist views or to criticise the Government or America. I do think that the British Government could have handled the situation better. Throwing all our efforts in with Bush was an error.

Bush said that in the fight against terrorism “You are either with us or against us!” If Britain had adopted that attitude in the past we would have been at war with America long ago.

He was obviously against Britain and with the terrorists when he allowed the IRA to collect money in the USA for their fight against us. Having experienced guerrilla tactics by the IRA and Vietnamese, etc, you would think that the western powers would have learned a lesson.

In such cases politicians should consult and take heed of the military people whose job it is to assess the prospects and result of a conflict.

As for the Iraqi people, well, frying-pans and fires spring to mind. According to the Lancet, in the three years (2003-2006) of low intensity war, the death toll of Iraqis has now topped 650,000.

Compare this with the British and Commonwealth military casualties in the six years of the second world war: only 600,000. Check these figures if you don’t believe me.
Somebody should be able to come up with a solution quickly to put an end to this slaughter.

I believe we are paying the price for having “career” politicians who have little experience of life outside government office.

jackdaw

Untouchables

Posted October 26, 2006 by jackdaw
Categories: community, Discrimination

Discrimination against the Untouchable Caste was made illegal when India gained its independence.

In practice, the discrimination continued. The Daltis, as the untouchables are now known are, among other things, not allowed to draw water from the same wells as those Hindus of a higher caste.

The Daltis are now in revolt against the discrimination from Hindus higher up the pecking order. They will be converting to Buddhism in mass ceremonies right across the country later this month.

Strange that by changing religion they will have made their lives happier and command more respect. The Hindus’ loss is the Buddhists’ gain.

jackdaw

Old folk and the NHS

Posted October 25, 2006 by jackdaw
Categories: community, Discrimination, respect

The Government has a tricky job in trying to sort out priorities in the way the Health Service spends its cash allocation. It seems to think it is the right action to take to spend £1.5 thousand million on management consultants. Maybe they are worth their pay.

The Government says that this is cost effective, but paying £2.50 per day on a drug to slow down the effects of Alzheimer’s is not.

There has been an increase in the prescriptions for anti-psychotic drugs with serious side effects to troublesome elderly patients suffering from dementia. This sedates the patients which covers up the shortage of properly trained staff to care for them.

Our politicians should think ahead on this problem, which is quite common in many geriatric wards and private care homes. One day they may need the services offered by these establishments. They should do something about it now.

Nobody will take any notice of them when they are inmates.

jackdaw

Upside to Islam

Posted October 25, 2006 by jackdaw
Categories: respect, sanity, Uncategorized

The ICU (Islamic Courts Union) took over in Somalia and imposed Sharia Law with punishments which include amputations and/or executions for piracy.

For the last 15 years, when the last effective government collapsed, there had been a lot of pirate activity. Sea captains were advised not to come within a hundred miles of the Somalia coast for fear of pirates since the American liner Seabourn Spirit was attacked less than a year ago. Between March and July this year 40 attacks were reported. There have been none since.

Where does this leave the argument that capital punishment is no deterrent?

jackdaw

Homophobia

Posted October 25, 2006 by jackdaw
Categories: community, respect

Back in the days of the Hollywood film star, homosexuals stayed firmly in the closet.

Louis B Mayer, the boss of MGM, had a cunning plan to discover who among his stars was queer. Near to the studio he opened a brothel and made no secret of the fact that if any of the bachelor staff did not make regular visits, they would be sacked!

Things have changed in the USA since those days and even the Republicans have back-pedalled. Maybe it is because a senior Republican congressman was caught attempting to seduce under-aged young men and vice president Dick Cheney has a lesbian daughter.

jackdaw