The ‘big rip-off’: how Trump exploited his fans with ‘election defense’ fund | Donald Trump | The Guardian


The former president used donations to a nonexistent legal defense fund for his hotels and the January 6 Ellipse rally

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Trump says he is the greatest, but the greatest what, well it is evident that he is the ‘Greatest Conman’, for he has been conning people ever since he was born and his biggest con was conning the US population for him to become the 45th President of the US.

If he is not convicted for his cons during his Presidency, then that will show that the US judicial system is as corrupt as Trump himself.

I feel really sorry for Trump supporters that they can so easily be conned, even by the greatest expert living.

 

Source: The ‘big rip-off’: how Trump exploited his fans with ‘election defense’ fund | Donald Trump | The Guardian

£11.8bn of taxpayers’ money lost to fraud due to flaws in Tories’ Covid support schemes | Morning Star


Average of £420 per household lost, the equivalent of more than a month’s worth of food.

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Yes, taxpayers money was lost to fraud, but if forward planning by many previous Governments had been in force in the preceding years there would have been no need to spend this money in the first place. Lets hope lessons have been learned, but I have great doubts that they have been.

Source: £11.8bn of taxpayers’ money lost to fraud due to flaws in Tories’ Covid support schemes | Morning Star

Pounds, ounces, pints! Johnson is offering a whole bushel worth of phoned-in gibberish | Marina Hyde | The Guardian


As No 10 goes ‘bananas’ with announcements, the British public can only sit and wait until the banter king is finally deposed, says Guardian columnist Marina Hyde

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Oh Boris, what shall we do with you, as you are limping from one idea to another to bring the public on your side, but, there is no return from ‘Partygate‘.

What little trust you had Boris, certainly evaporated with ‘Partygate’.

So, again, ‘what shall we do with you’, well the answer is so simple, for you, go and the sooner the better, for the country no longer needs you, if it ever did.

Your mess didn’t start with ‘Partygate, as you have created many messes and you are no longer at ‘Eton‘.

So, Boris, do us all a favour and, Go.

Source: Pounds, ounces, pints! Johnson is offering a whole bushel worth of phoned-in gibberish | Marina Hyde | The Guardian

Survivors of Uvalde shooting paint horrifying picture of terror and tragedy | Texas school shooting | The Guardian


Schoolchildren, teachers and family members offer graphic details of day gunman killed 19 children and two adults

 

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This is a terrible tragedy, one of many that occur in America, but only in America is it put as a justification for their gun policy and even more so, for an increase in gun ownership.

Any other country would see this as an indication to reduce gun ownership, but some Americans are blinkered by their own Constitution, which was written in 1789, but has been amended 27 times to allow for passages of time and changes in Society and life in general. The last amendment was in 1992 and gun law amendments have not taken place since 1791 with the 2nd Amendment.

Guns have always been lethal weapons when in the hands of humans and have become even more lethal with the passage of time and become much more deadly, which is why many countries have put extensive limitations on gun ownership, but America will not do so due to the power of the Gun Lobby and the NRA, the National Rifle Association. Yes, Rifle, not the current armaments, which should only be in the hands of a well trained military run by a national Government, not in the hands of individuals and many non-government militias. That should be seen as anarchy, but not in America.

So in America this apparent legalised killing of innocents is allowed to continue, due to the inflexibility of the so very powerful NRA and the gun owning militants, who in any other country would be viewed as terrorists.

Now we have Trump, as he does, using this for his own agenda to gain re-election in 2024, sorry not re-election but a continuance of his Presidency for he still believes with his militant supporters that he never lost the 2020 election. How can one be so stupid, only trump and his supporters know.

In America, with regards to Guns, there is a very real abuse of power.

 

Source: Survivors of Uvalde shooting paint horrifying picture of terror and tragedy | Texas school shooting | The Guardian

The Spanish state has launched an offensive against exiled Catalan MEPs


Just shows how, currently, undemocratic Spain is, one would believe that Franco is still in authority.

Josep Goded

The Spanish state via unionist parties has launched an offensive against Catalan exiles and MEPs. The Committee on Legal Affairs of the European Parliament, led by Adrián Vázquez from Spain’s extremist party C’s, announced that it could not verify the MEP credentials of exiles Carles Puigdemont, Clara Ponsatí, Toni Comin, as well as Jordi Solé. He asked for Spain’s Electoral authority, which is under influence of the far-right, to make a decision on the matter. However, Vázquez himself admitted that, for the time being, practical problems would not be an issue for them to continue doing their jobs as MEPs.

“The European Parliament has yet to receive any notification and documentation from Spain to prove the four civilians meet the requirements to get the credentials,” he said

The most surprising part of Vázquez’s explanation is that the decision of what should happen to the four MEPs is in the hands…

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US tourists claim restaurant scammed them into paying $640 for crab legs and cocktails in Mykonos  | Daily Mail Online


Brenda Moulton and her 19-year-old daughter Kaylea were looking to spend an idyllic day on the paradisiac Platys Gialos beach, but in turn, had the scare of their lives at DK Oyster bar, they claimed.

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Scam it may be, but please always beware and don’t order anything until you know the price and conditions.

You are on holiday and feel relaxed, but the places you visit are not on holiday and certainly not relaxed. Also, the law is the law of the country in which you are in, irrespective of how you view the law in your home country.

Do endeavour to enjoy your holiday, but please also be well aware what you are doing if you wish to go home unharmed.

Fleecing of tourists can happen anywhere.

 

Source: US tourists claim restaurant scammed them into paying $640 for crab legs and cocktails in Mykonos  | Daily Mail Online

Government says it’s too costly to give disabled people in fire risk blocks evacuation plans – The Big Issue


Campaigners say they are “devastated” after ministers rejected recommendations made following inquiry into the Grenfell fire

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Everyone should be equal, but some are more equal than others as finance is a prime factor in creating equality when it shouldn’t be, as needs should be the main factor within any legislation to combat discrimination.

Disability discrimination was supposed to be dealt with through the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, amended by the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 and then replaced by the Equality Act 2010,

but written into these acts was the proviso, that  if adjustments were to be seen to be unreasonable then the adjustments did not need to be proceeded with and exorbitant costs were one of those provisos.

This could well be the reason for the rejected recommendations in the case of the Grenfell fire. But should costs be, really a reason to make safety not equal.

In building regulations these should be there to protect and when, especially, these regulations were not abided by, then, irrespective of costs all actions and recommendations should be carried through and make those who were at fault accountable.

 

Source: Government says it’s too costly to give disabled people in fire risk blocks evacuation plans – The Big Issue

Man with severe learning disabilities faces being deported to Jamaica | Home Office | The Guardian


Judge has found 34-year-old, who needs support with basic tasks, would ‘struggle to survive’ if deported

 

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The Home Office is the guilty here, guilty of having no ‘Duty of Care’.

It is very evident that this man was exploited by those he was with and therefore was not guilty of any offence. In fact the Home Office should be doing all they can to retain this man in the UK and allow his family to care for him.

But, the Home office is blinkered for if he is deported they will be sending him to certain death, but I believe the Home Office has no conscience and certainly no understanding of the circumstances.

Whether this be by ignorance or design is not clear, but I fear the latter.

Source: Man with severe learning disabilities faces being deported to Jamaica | Home Office | The Guardian

US oil refineries spewing cancer-causing benzene into communities, report finds | Pollution | The Guardian


Analysis shows alarming level of benzene at fence-line of facilities in Texas, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Indiana and US Virgin Islands

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This is not only exceedingly alarming, but shows incompetence and should be seen to be a criminal liability. One instance is one too many, but one could be seen as a mistake, but another not so and a considerable fine should be imposed. Then, if there is a third then the establishment should be closed permanently.

Then to see that these are occurring in close proximality to residential areas means that the existing exposure levels need to be tightened and why should those being exposed be largely people of colour and of low-income.

I am sure if this was occurring in close proximality to the ‘White House’ not even one exposure would have been allowed. So, the safety levels do need to be examined and be revised so no exposures occur, and if not possible the establishments need to be permanently closed or moved to non-residential areas, for surely America is more than large enough to accommodate this.

Source: US oil refineries spewing cancer-causing benzene into communities, report finds | Pollution | The Guardian

National Service would benefit young people today – Yorkshire Post Letters | Yorkshire Post


I believe it probably would benefit youngsters today as many have been brought up in a period when much is available, but only if you have the money available.

Crime has mushroomed, but although it has it is only done by a small percentage of the population, as is the so-called, indiscipline youth, but on viewing the media it would appear it is by the majority, but bad news creates much more public appeal than good news. Not that many would agree with this, but how often is bad news so prominent in the media while good news is not.

So would National Service be a good idea, on refection I think not, for many reasons

  • all youth would need to be included, and not as it was with the previous national Service, when Black and Asian youths were generally not included and it was only males, now it would have to include all ethnicities and both males and females. This would leave a great gap in the areas of who would be available for other employments in the UK.
  • at the time of National Service in the 50s the percentage of youths going into higher education, taking ‘A’ levels or the equivalent and proceeding to universities was small
  • many occupations, such as care, depend on the youths to provide the numbers of carers required and there is still an insufficiency.
  • then to crime, well in Sweden it has increased
  • but could we afford to pay the numbers of persons that would be conscripted into National Service, as for years we have had a policy of reducing the costs related to serving in the UK armed forces
  • surely a better education system would be a better idea, a system of providing learning to enhance and create opportunities for a good working life. and provide a basis on how to live. But currently we concentrate on giving an education to gain qualifications which for many will have no basis or help to living life outside education. When have you used trigonometry, algebra and much more forced fed to pupils by process of rote

Rather than fallback to areas which may have been believed to be good some years ago, more forward thinking is required to engage people to be more enlightened, to be more considerate of others, that everyone has rights and be able to lead a reasonable life. That violence is not the answer, but respect for each other is and not only for persons who are known to you, but everyone irrespective of race, gender, sexuality, age, disability, etc.

Abusing is not the answer, which many believe is what armed force is, but be a good listener, be understanding, always show respect, be a good citizen.

Source: National Service would benefit young people today – Yorkshire Post Letters | Yorkshire Post