Are they Better Tan Me? from the blog of Attenti at Lupo

There have been over the years many instances of actions of abuse in the Catholic Church, which have, until recently, been kept secret, but lets hope this, from now on, will not be so.

There is the adage that ‘you look after your own’ and this is certainly true of the Catholic Church of the past, now lets hope that it is not of the current and certainly the future. Unfortunately this is not only true of the Catholic Church but of many other institutions, all need to be cleansed, but that will never be the end, for abuse will always be there, so it is the responsibility of all to be forever vigilant. Then when it does occur, the abusers needs to be dealt with and those at risk of harm be protected.

The answer to the ‘Title’ is no, they just believe they are.

Originally posted on Attenti al Lupo:

Priest2(photo from Telegraph.co.uk)

This is Neil Gallanagh. The Church decided not to unfrock him even if abused boys.

Deaf boys.

Priest3(photo from The Guardian.Com)

Bernard Cardinal Law covered-up hundreds of sexual abuse of children by priests of the Archdiocese of Boston.

He’s still inside the Church.

John Paul II (yes, the so called Saint) in 2004 made him archpriest of St. Mary Major, one of the Eternal City’s four Patriarchal basilicas.

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Stranger safety and Autism: Here is what you need to know from the blog of Special Appucations

It is always best to be safe than sorry, as an abuser can be anybody so do all you can to make your relatives, friends or acquaintances safe and free from harm.

From Carers UK

‘Carers pushed to breaking point

11 September 2014

Carers across the UK are being pushed to the brink – suffering exhaustion, physical and mental breakdown as they struggle to care for older or disabled loved ones.

Carers UK’s Carers at breaking point research – based on a survey of over 5,000 carers1 – shows:

  • 6 in 10 caring for an older, disabled or seriously ill loved one have reached breaking point.
  • A quarter needing medical treatment as a result.
  • 63% suffered depression and 79% reported anxiety.

Heléna Herklots, Chief Executive, Carers UK said:

“For millions of families, caring for older or disabled loves ones means a daily battle with exhaustion, stress and anxiety. Carers reported exhaustion, suffering physical injury and collapsing from stress and anxiety as they struggled to care for ageing parents with conditions like dementia, severely disabled children or seriously ill partners. A fifth of carers were receiving no practical help at all – leaving them unable to take a break from caring or even get a good night’s sleep.”

The report out today (11 September) also reveals:

  • For 1 in 9 carers who had suffered a breakdown, the person cared for had to be rushed to hospital or needed emergency social care while the carer recovered.
  • 46% in crisis had fallen ill but had no choice but to carry on caring – unable to access additional help from social care services or the NHS.

Carers UK has warned that even greater numbers of carers face crisis, as social care services in England are cut by £3.5 billion and carers’ benefits by £1 billion.

Carers UK is calling on all political parties to take urgent action to:

  • Deliver urgent new funding for social care services.
  • Place a duty on NHS bodies to identify and support carers.
  • End cuts to carers’ benefits and take urgent action to alleviate carers’ financial hardship.
  • Implement a right to paid ‘care leave’ for those combining work and care.

84% of respondents were caring for 35 hours a week or more.

Carers UK is a charity led by carers, for carers – our mission is to make life better for carers.

  • We give expert advice, information and support
  • We connect carers so no-one has to care alone
  • We campaign together for lasting change
  • We innovate to find new ways to reach and support carers

Facts about carers:

  • Across the UK there are 6.5 million people caring for a loved one who is older, seriously ill or disabled. This number is set to rise to 9 million by 2037.
  • Full-time carers are twice as likely to be in bad health as non-carers.
  • An estimated 2.3 million people have given up work at some point to care for older or disabled loved ones, and 3 million have cut working hours.
  • Over 1.4 million people care for over 50 hours a week.
  • Carers save the economy an estimated £119 billion per year with the unpaid care they provide, an average of £18,473 per carer. Source:Facts about carers (2014) Carers UK’

This is further evidenced from the results of a survey by FLASh (Families Lobbying & Advising Sheffield) in Sheffield.

Just what can be done?

Currently both Labour and Conservatives are promising to increase spending to the NHS, but are not increasing spending to Local Authorities, in fact this money is being cut and has been for at least the last 4 years. While most of the benefits which are paid to the persons with a disability and the Elderly are from Central Government departments, additional moneys for care and support are mostly paid by Local Authorities from Social Services departments. So the moneys available from Social Services are being reduced. The criteria for eligibility for these monies is through assessments to ascertain if the persons are in the categories of Critical or substantial, but even then it does not follow that all the monies to ensure you do not fall below these categories will be available. Where Family Carers are involved not only will their older or disabled relatives be in need of support and care, so will the family carers.

Social Care from Local Authority Social Services is as important as the NHS, so while one is being promised increased funding the other is receiving reduced funding. This can only have further impact on the services of the NHS and Social Services, so both areas will need increased funding.

But the NHS is welcomed by all in the UK and receives a fairly good press, even though there have been recent incidents of substantial failings, MidStaffs being only one. While Social Service does not get a good press, even though there have been failings, Winterborne being only one. But the press and Government are appearing to push the view that persons who approach Social Services are scroungers, this follows all the comment that there are Benefit Scroungers. So the apparent public view that all persons on benefits and under Social Services are scroungers.  While some on benefit most likely are, the majority will not be.

Let us look at this, if persons on critical are not fully funded, what will occur, surely they will fall below critical and that can only be non-survival or in other words death.

The UK through no fault of the majority of the UK population as been in serious financial difficulty, but we are now being told the recovery is progressing, but cuts are still being imposed on those who can least afford it.

The time is long over due that persons with a disability and the elderly and also their carers, where applicable, need to be given all the care and support that is required to ensure existence, for not to, will eventually mean that they will be here no more. Or is this what those in power in Local Authorities and Central Government wish to occur.


Some reasons for blogging from the blog of earth & ink

Originally posted on earth & ink:


One of the many places I’ve sat and blogged.

My fourth anniversary of blogging* has come and gone without much fanfare, so now, two and a half months after the fact, I thought I’d talk about why I still blog and why I’ve committed to keeping my blog going.

I get the complications of keeping a blog going.

For me, part of the difficulty is that I have yet to figure out how, or even if, I want to aim my blog. Is it a lifestyle blog? a food blog? a writing, art, creativity blog? a nature blog? a personal tell-all? an astrology blog? a place to talk about my spirituality and holidays and pagan practices? a place to comment about the world? a place to rant? a place to talk about the past? to plan the future?

In truth, over the years, it’s been all of them.

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ANGEL COMES OUT.  A post from  Christian Mihai which is originally from a post on SERENDIPITY:

This is a very sad, but true story. It is excellently written and I do hope that by sharing it, it may be possible that some who have similar views to those of Angels father, may change their views so that they can accept people for what they are and not how they wish them to be.

For then the world would be a better place.


Scientists discover cancer fighting berry on tree that only grows in far North Queensland from the blog of Global Newsstand

On the face of it this could be good news for treating the specified cancers, but until human trials have been undertaken no one can say for sure.

Lets hope QBiotics start these trials soon and that the results are meaningful and produce clear indications that will provide evidence for for EBC-46 to be made into a treatment for use on persons with these cancers.


Originally posted on Global Newsstand:

A dog called Oscar, before and after treatmentA dog called Oscar pre-treatment with the berry compound (L) & 15 days after treatment (R).

Jessica van Vonderenreporting,

Scientists have been surprised by the rapid cancer-fighting properties of a berry found only in Far North Queensland.

An eight-year study led by Dr Glen Boyle, from the QIMR Berghofer medical research institute in Brisbane, found a compound in the berry could kill head and neck tumours as well as melanomas.

An experimental drug derived from the berry, EBC-46, has so far been used on 300 animals, including cats, dogs and horses.

Dr Boyle said in 75 per cent of cases, the tumour disappeared and had not come back.

“There’s a compound in the seed – it’s a very, very complicated process to purify this compound and why it’s there in the first place, we don’t know,” he said.

“The compound works by three ways essentially: it kills the tumour cells…

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A True Story of Kindness another great blog from Madamsabi’s Blog, originally by Bernard Hare* for BBC Radio 4

Bernard Hare says ‘At Christmas 2010, I wrote and presented my first story for BBC Radio 4, The Good Conductor, a modern parable.’*

*© 2013 Bernard Hare

Unconditional Acceptance !!!. A blog from Madamsabi’s Blog.

Is this within us all, but some are more concerned about the views of others than the actions of ourselves?

It shows how a caring outlook and a thought for others can bring a feeling of warmth and togetherness.

Would not the world be a better place if we all learned from this?

While in many parts there is only anguish, fear and no feeling for others. No matter what your race, religion and culture, here is a lesson to be learned.

Don’t Worry Your Pretty Little Head from the blog of Diary of a Benefit Scrounger

Is this true of all the NHS, I do not know, but from the above blog and the comments contained it would appear to be wide spread.

Much is said about waste in the NHS, but the details in the post would appear to be saying, if the NHS professionals actually listened to their patients rather than assuming they as the professionals knows best. From the comments contained in the blog many costly treatments and numerous stays in NHS hospitals could have been avoided. Appropriate treatments could have been given more timely, thereby reducing pain and anguish for the patients and may be their relatives.

But how do the NHS professionals weed out those patients that really know what is wrong with them or have a good idea, to those who believe they have a condition, but they truly have not, whether this be by genuine misunderstanding of their feelings and anxieties or those who just want to waste time.

In many cases this would be the experience of the professionals, who should be open to information and ideas and not be judgmental. But is this not going against the grain of how these professionals have been trained for years. It is said that ‘A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. So is a lot‘, but is it more true to assess how the knowledge is used for the best interest of all concerned.




This is a post from the blog of ‘jujufilms’ which highlights instances of abuse of children in some boarding schools in Nigeria. But these instances of abuse are not just to Nigeria, but I believe worldwide, if they are not known about, then are they waiting to be unearthed.

In the UK we have had many instances of abuse against children which has been allowed to occur for more years than it should.  But why do the supposed responsible authorities allow the actions of harm to persons at risk of harm. In the UK we have legislation which is supposed to protect those that may be at harm, but if the responsible authorities ignore the legislation, then what else can be done?

One of our latest instances is the ‘Saville abuse scandal‘ where the police, the judiciary, BBC, prison authority, Health Authorities, children homes and may be others, have all, over a span of at least 50 years, allowed instances of harm to occur to persons at risk of harm. While some of the persons who committed these instances have now been brought before the UK courts and been sentenced, we are still waiting to hear why these acts and persons were allowed the time and opportunity. Why have the authorities and the supposed persons in authority also not be brought before the courts, is there still a conspiracy of silence?

This follows one of my previous posts ‘Abuse, what is and to whom‘.

Can anyone answer the question ‘Why is abuse allowed to continue?’

In some countries it may be down to culture, but it may also be due to lacking responsibility, afraid to make public, not noticing, not understanding abuse or other reasons. Then you have the fear of what may happen to you if you make your concerns known to others. But if people are not prepared to be responsible, then abuse and the abusers will go unchallenged and more persons will be subjected to acts of harm.

Originally posted on Juju Films:

British colonialists introduced western style education and boarding schools to Nigeria same as Christianity. During the early period of colonialism there were only a handful of schools in the country, many students had to travel far from home to attend the best schools. Indigenes living in close proximity to these schools but could not afford to attend were subsidized.

Privileged Nigerians who themselves had previously studied in England and could afford the tuition and boarding sent their children overseas for school. In the last two decades the number of private boarding schools in the country has increased considerably, partly due to a failed public school system and an emerging middle class.

Two decades ago there where no boarding schools in my community but today we have two within two miles of my childhood home and the situation is the same for many towns and cities across the country.

I did…

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