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Unfortunately this Governments attitude and policy is taking the Thatcher directive to bring back ‘Victorian values‘, but are they values to be applauded, for were there not child labour, poor and workhouses, debtors prisons and many others.

Are the progressions of the 20th Century and the start of the 21st to be abandoned. Will we bring back poor and workhouses, debtors prisons and may be even child labour, will there still be free education for all children and the disabled and poor left to their own devices, while the rich elite gain all the benefits of life.

We have the Equality Act 2010, the Care Act 2014 and others but are these just bits of legal jargon, which when they come to be tested are not worth the papers they have produced.

Are they just bits of paper with no real significance, but giving all the non-elite a belief of a caring Government.

Are we now seeing the real true colour ‘Blue’, when previously there could have been a tinge of ‘Red’ now what does that produce, could it be purple, now what party does that create and do they still exist. Something with UK in their terminology, perhaps.

Is this what our recent forebears fought for in the wars of the 20th Century.

If so, is life really worth living for, are we not just producing for the wealthy elite, while fighting and working for a pittance.

Govt Newspeak

Minister suggests ‘realities of the world’ mean government will not halt attack on rights. The justice minister responsible for human rights appears to have dismissed calls for the government to do more to protect the social and economic rights of disabled people and other groups.

Dr Phillip Lee, a junior justice minister whose responsibilities include human rights, was speaking at the launch of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) new report detailing Britain’s progress in implementing the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

In a speech at the launch, he appeared to suggest that “the realities of the world” – including population growth, an ageing society, and mass migration – and “finite resources” meant the government could not afford to meet the report’s call for action on the rights laid out in the covenant. The covenant includes the rights to work, including safe and healthy working…

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I believe we all should live in harmony with each and in doing so we should all respect the views of each other. Whether there is a God or not or which religion we follow is up to each individual and no other persons or organisation should decide otherwise.

Religions are beliefs and not a matter of fact and should never be held to be based on facts. Many of the religious scriptures were written many years after the events with no proof they occurred except for hearsay.

If religion make you feel good or not is up to the individual and not any other.

Respect each other and their beliefs, but do not dictate these to others, leave this to individual choice.

By all mean advise children the different religions but no one should say one is better or not than the other. Children should be allowed to make up their own minds, but they should be taught respect, understanding, compassion and that we all have a right to live our own lives, provided we all abide by the laws of the land.

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There are many people who believe that the world is 6000 years old. Should we allow them to teach this to our children as a fact?

There are many people who believe that evolution is nonsense. Should we allow them to tell our children that it is nonsense?

There are many people who think god put fossils in the rocks. Should we allow them to tell our children that this is what happened?

There are many people who believe there is a god. Should they be allowed to tell our children that god is a fact?

There are many people who believe that their religion is right and all the others are wrong. Should they be allowed to tell our children that their religion is the only right one?

There are many people who believe that the Old Testament, or New Testament, or the Koran, or the Upanishads, or the…

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Independent-run Wrexham Borough Council has declared war on disabled people, it seems.

The council wants to take away £25,000 a year from the money disabled people in the borough need to survive – in parking charges.

Not only that, but the council is prepared to pay twice that amount to install the changes needed to impose those charges – so it would not even start to make any money for two years.

 I wonder how badly the change would affect disabled people during that time? They don’t have much money to support them and even the smallest change can be disastrous. Wrexham’s MP is Labour’s Ian Lucas. Hopefully he will monitor the situation.

It seems unlikely that the so-called Independents (they’re usually closet Tories) on the council have even bothered to think about that.

Source: Wrexham’s plan to charge disabled people for parking is not only “absurd” but vindictive :Vox Political

The BMI is a measure used to determine if you are a healthy weight for your height. It is calculated by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height in metres squared, to place you in a category of underweight, healthy weight, overweight or obese.

 But is it useful or does it give us misleading and inaccurate information about our health?

Professor Garry Jennings, National CEO of The Heart Foundation, told The Huffington Post Australia the BMI is an effective measure to determine whether a person is overweight or obese.

“Most people with a high BMI are overweight or obese,” he said.

However, this should be taken with a small pinch of salt. Margaret Hays, Accredited Practising Dietitian and Spokesperson for the Dietitians Association of Australia, told HuffPost Australia the BMI is more useful for measuring populations rather than individuals.


Source: The BMI Explained: How Useful Is It Really? : Huffington Post

It is shameful that Theresa May will not scrap this law and that being so would it be possible to review this Act so that it becomes more relevant to the 21st Century.

This being that now, as it was not so in 1824 there are other means to consider people who are homeless. Rather than criminalise them the Law should be reviewed so that there is a commitment or ‘Duty of Care’ on every Local Authority to do everything possible to minimise homelessness. Many of these homeless persons will be there due to circumstances, which in many ways would be outwith their control and therefore each individual should be considered so that their life could be changed in such a way that they are given choices that are mutually agreed upon and not just dealt with like an object that can be bungled away.

Like everyone these homeless persons also have rights and deserve the choice to lead a reasonable life.

Govt Newspeak

Theresa May refuses to back bid to scrap Dickensian law that criminalises rough sleepers

Lib Dem MP Layla Moran raised the issue at Prime Minister’s Questions

Lib Dem Layla Moran has called for the 1824 Vagrancy Act to be repealed – but the Prime Minister refused to back it. Theresa May has refused to give her backing to a bid to scrap a Dickensian law that criticises homeless people sleeping rough.

Lib Dem MP Layla Moran has called for the “draconian” law to be scrapped, after it was used by local authorities more than 2,000 times last year. Most recently, Windsor council wanted to use it to ensure homeless people were “moved on” ahead of the Royal Wedding.

Conservative Simon Dudley said beggars could present the town in a “sadly unfavourable light” when Prince Harry marries American actress Meghan Markle in May. He drew criticism from figures including Prime Minister Theresa May…

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Yeah, there’s the whole millions of toddlers having no insurance, along with millions of innocent kids getting deported—not to mention the fact that McConnell is steadfastly refusing to pay the military.

But the big question you should be asking is this: How will this affect Donald Trump’s golf game?

No? Really? Because that’s the only damn thing he cares about.  (  Even though he’s just set the record for playing golf with over 90 trips his first year at a 50 million price tag to taxpayers, he was REALLY looking forward to a well-earned vacation this weekend at Mar-a-Lago to celebrate his one year disaster as president.

The plan was for him to go to his party, eat chocolate cake, take photo-ops, have people fawn all over him, and then spend the rest of the weekend golfing.  (Apparently, golfing all day on MLK day instead of volunteering was not enough this week.)

Now he can’t go.  His temper tantrum and deal sabotage came at a terrible price:


Source: Trump Reportedly LIVID about Shutdown’s Impact–On HIM!! (But Not As Much As His Donors 🙂 : Daily Kos

Western vegans are the new custodians of the earth, the Adams and Eves before the Fall, each one of them a saviour who sees and lives the truth. I know many and can vouch that they are good people. But as with all the rest of humans, not nearly as good as they think. The Vegan Society is ecstatic that this is “the fastest growing lifestyle movement” in Britain today – up 360 per cent and rising. You can be thin! Glow! And feel superior to feeble veggies – who still consume dairy – and grubby meat eaters, the worst of the lot. But these faddists are clueless about the actual impact of their diet.

They can be aggressive too, as chef Laura Goodman found out. She had served a large party of vegans in her restaurant and then posted on Facebook that she “spiked” one meal with cheese. Her partner later clarified that the vegans had ordered a meal containing cheese, leading to her joke. Even so – death threats because someone had a milk product added without being informed? Insane. Who pays the price? Yes, vegans care deeply about animal welfare and the environment, but not about the farmers and their families who are now paying the price for this “lifestyle movement”. Underneath the most popular vegan crops lie buried scandals and tragedies. The exceptionally knowledgeable food writer Joanna Blythman warned about this five years ago: “There is an unpalatable truth to face for those of us with a bag of quinoa in the larder. The appetite of countries such as ours has pushed up prices to such an extent that poorer people in Peru and Bolivia, for whom it was once a nourishing staple food, can no longer afford to eat it.”

Source: Sanctimonious vegans would do well to think about their diet’s global impact

Automation good or bad, a good question. We know automation is here and more is coming. Be it good or bad could depend on which areas automation is and will be affecting and with the individuals be they workers or profit takers.

The big expansion that appears to be coming is with transportation on roads and may be rail. To some extent this is already within aviation with autopilot, but more could be on the horizon as could be with oceanic transportation.

With roads this will lead to driverless cars, which if you follow this through could be the end of taxi drivers, but also expansion into trade transport so could affect lorry and van drivers. Then there will be public transport covering buses and trams and this would extend onto rail travel with driverless trains. How will the rail unions deal with that?

But automation could extend into other industries such as care to some extent and maybe even some aspects of nursing.

Should all or even some come to pass this will have a drastic effect on the various employment areas and more than likely effect greater proportions of the employed and self employed sectors.

Yes, all the affected persons could be retrained but retrained into what areas and will there be sufficient opportunities within any of the other areas and it will limit a person’s choice. But the firstly it will have to be the respected workers who need to be the priority areas, for the profit takers will always benefit to varying degrees. Who could say why bother with the profit takers, but we discount them completely who will provide the required investments.

Done correctly this should improve everyone’s quality of life, but would the quality be acceptable to everyone, especially then their choice of the aspects of life may not have been considered.

There is then the ages of the employment market to consider, will all be ready for change, could it be that some age ranges be more open to change then others.

Will the monetary reward (wages/salaries) be sufficient to maintain life.
Should this be the opening or the opportunity to bring in the universal guaranteed income, so that all persons will receive an income irrespective on what employments they are engaged in.
But this assumes all have the capacity to undertake a working position.

Where will sickness be in all this and also those who because of various disabilities will never be able to engage in engage in any forms of employment.

Here I am not relating to persons who should be able to work, but decide not to do. There are within the population some who wish to work but because of their disability this can never be a realisation. Yes, people can be trained some techniques to mitigate some disabilities. But there are some disabilities where this will never be a realisation because they will lack the capacity through no fault of their own.

So on paper automation can look good for us all, but in reality this will not be so for us all.

Any outcome or outcomes need to take all the various situations into account and not just discount various sectors of the community.

For some life is and will be not easy, but they still have a right to a life.

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Automation – Good or Evil?

It seems to me that every innovation that comes along heralds in a new age of possibility and a new age of problems.

Just like the start of the industrial revolution, which spawned the Luddites of yore, these developments threaten existing jobs and ways of life. They are usually seen as a bad thing but gradually we adjust to them. The old ways never survive. Once the new age comes in the old is shunted out.

We saw this with the new machines of the industrial age that threw people out of work and ripped apart communities that had existed for centuries. No longer were masses of labour required to farm the land; machines could do the work more efficiently. The workers poured into the cities and ended up slaves to machines in the factories. Trains, trams, cars, diesel engine ships and planes replaced the…

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Things you always wanted to know, or should know about dementia, but were too afraid to ask and healthcare professionals are sometimes too frightened to tell you to tell you.

Those with dementia MAY, and I have to STRESS, “” MAY “” show some of these symptoms

Confusion and repeated questions are very common; please remember they are not doing this to” WIND YOU UP”. Every time they ask a question it is the very first time they have asked it, according to them.

  1. Swearing and Anger; even though they may have never have sworn in their life, they just like you will have heard people swear many, many times. So they know the words and are very familiar with them. Try not to be so shocked, this may be a form of release because their inhibitions have changed.
  2. Inhibitions; some may start to walk around completely naked in front of others with no conscience whatsoever, they may also start to speak their mind and say exactly what they are thinking and feeling. They may be a lot sharper in tone and lose their temper quickly. This is all born out of frustration.
  3. 4. Violence; this is a tricky one but has to be spoken about, even the mildest mannered of people may lash out at loved ones and strangers. They may bite, scratch, nip punch, spit at you, kick out or worse, please remember it’s not them, but the disease.
  4. Incontinence; believe it or not on diagnosis many doctors and medical staff don’t raise the subject. Yes it does happen and for those affected it can have a bad impact on everyday life. Generally incontinence starts with small accidents, small damp patches etc and increases. Please remember the signal from the Bowel and the bladder has been disrupted and the person living with dementia has no idea that the need to ‘go’.

In all honesty, if they KNEW what was happening they would be MORTIFIED as would you, SO NO NEED TO CHASTISE AT ALL!!

  1. Frustration; Try to imagine you have this disease as in Lewy bodies, and knowing there is no cure, no remedies, and the chance is, you will forget ALL that you hold dear but you can do absolutely NOTHING about it.

Wanting to scream and shout is a huge understatement and why it often happens


Source: It’s time to tell the truth about dementia-By The Purple Angel founder | Care Industry News

Drinking moderate amounts of coffee – about three or four cups a day – is more likely to benefit our health than harm it, our latest research shows. This is important to know because around the world over two billion cups of coffee are consumed every day.

Earlier studies have suggested beneficial links between coffee drinking and liver disease. Our research group has an interest in liver conditions. As such, we had previously conducted two meta-analyses, one looking for links between coffee drinking and cirrhosis and another at coffee drinking and cancer of the liver. We found that there was a lower risk of both conditions in people who drank more coffee.

Most of the evidence, however, is from observational studies, which can only find probable associations but can’t prove cause and effect. To overcome these limitations, we plan to conduct a randomised controlled trial in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease to see if coffee works as a treatment to reduce the risk of the disease progressing.

But before we can start giving coffee to patients, we needed to know whether coffee drinking had any recognised harms, so we decided to


Source: Three or four cups of coffee a day does you more good than harm – our new study suggests: The Conversation

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