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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

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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.
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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


There is plenty of evidence that being physically active can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke, but when do the benefits of exercise start to pay off? You might think that it’s after a few weeks – or even months – once you’ve lost some weight and your cholesterol levels have come down. But our latest review provides strong evidence that a single workout protects your heart immediately.

It is commonly thought, even among healthcare professionals, that exercise prevents cardiovascular disease by reducing risk factors such as excess body weight, cholesterol levels, insulin levels and fat mass. But it can take weeks or even months for these risk factors to be affected by exercise and, even then, the effects are often modest. However, our review summarised studies that found that just one bout of exercise may protect the heart.

Researchers have studied animals, such as mice and rats, to see if exercise can reduce the size of a heart attack. For our review, we looked at studies where scientists had induced a heart attack in rodents by blocking one artery in the heart and then examined the size of the heart attack. In other words, they examined how much tissue died.

The researchers performed this test in animals that had just exercised and compared them with animals that did not exercise at all. All of the studies that we included in our review showed that a single bout of exercise is associated with a smaller heart attack – and the ability of exercise to reduce the size of a heart attack remains for several days.

For obvious reasons, these experiments can’t be performed in humans

 

Source: A single workout could save your life : The Conversation


Thank you and I agree with all you have said.

Why as Society a down on all aspects relating to Mental Health, when they do not to other health conditions.

The Media needs to be accountable, just as politicians and others should be.

It is easy to create outlandish headlines and this may follow the actions of some within Society. I hope this is down to their ignorance, but fear it is a part of their makeup and no amount of educating them will change their outlook.

Then of any area of the media to manufacture such headlines just feeds these persons ego.

I implore all within the media to think before they act for in time this condition could come to them or one of their loved ones.

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This is a short note to the people who work at the Daily Mail.

A couple of personal facts by way of introduction:

For more than twenty-five years, I have served as an officer with the Metropolitan Police. And I am incredibly proud of that fact. It has been – and it remains – my duty and my joy.

For the past four years and eight months, I have taken anti-depressant medication at the start of every day. And I am not remotely ashamed of that fact. It’s a part of who I am.

I don’t read your newspaper, but it’s been difficult to avoid your front pages in recent days. It’s apparent that you don’t think much of people like me: people who stand on thin blue lines; people who might need a helping hand to get through the day.

So I wanted to say a handful of things by…

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Where are our priorities recycling, energy production, feeding our population or any others.

What is the purpose of food is it to feed people to form human energy and prolong survival or to produce other forms of energy, which again can be used for survival.

Where is the need most required?

Which is the most cost effective?

Which survival is more important?

Some questions and there will be many more before there will be effective answers.

Are we born to live or produce?

There lies the question, but who will provide the answers.

Govt Newspeak

Food producers are “incentivised” to send excess supplies to green energy plants rather than to charities feeding the hungry and homeless

Producers are paid more to send surplus food to green energy firms 

The poor are missing out on surplus food because producers make more money by sending it to green energy firms, it has emerged.

Food producers are “incentivised” to send excess supplies to green energy plants rather than to charities feeding the hungry and homeless , it has emerged.

Every year hundreds of thousands of tons of “waste” food is sent to anaerobic digestion plants, or ploughed back into the ground because it is cheaper than funnelling it to the needy.

Food charity FareShare urged ministers to launch a £15million fund that would cover storage and transport costs for 100,000 tons of food.

Labour MP Frank Field says the government must make sure there is a change

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Mass Shootings, gun control, gun violence are some pointers that come to mind whenever we hear of shootings, especially those connected with civilians. Gun crime can occur in any country irrespective of the level of gun legislation these countries have.

But, at these times do we ever think of the general Society in these countries and how this can have a bearing on the extent of gun crimes these countries have.

The American Society has, certainly within the West been open to extensive gun use and you could say this was virtually from the beginning of America. While for Japan this would appear to be no so.

Could this have some bearing on the level of Gun Crimes within these two countries.

There is also the availability of guns, if it is relatively easy to obtain a gun, as opposed to not being so, could this also have a bearing.

So the level of gun crime may not be always down to the legislation of any country, but could be dependent on many other factors.

Japan appears to have little or no mass shootings while in America there appears to be a high level of mass shootings.


WASHINGTON—If you are looking for anecdotal evidence that evidence no longer matters in American politics, you can call up someone like Lana Shardea.

Shardea, a 73-year-old in Phoenix, believes Donald Trump is “the most intelligent, powerful, courageous president we’ve had in years,” a man with not just knowledge but “superpower knowledge.” She didn’t pay close attention to politics before Trump came along, but she knows enough to know the mainstream media is unfair to him. Thus, she has found three alternative sources of information.

She follows Trump’s tweets. She watches video from pro-Trump cable channel One America News. And she relies on her friends on Facebook, where she recently shared videos from Fox News and an article from a website called TheRealConservative.info. Its headline: “Rothschild: Donald Trump is threatening to destroy the New World Order.”

Shardea is genuinely confused when she is told that many people believe Trump is dishonest. This president, she says, never changes his personality even a little bit. Isn’t “take me the way I am” the very definition of honesty?

“I don’t see how anybody can say he’s dishonest,” she said. “Dishonest about what? What would it be that he’s dishonest about?”

About almost everything, honestly.

On the day of his inauguration, Trump lied about the weather. The next day, he lied about the size of his inauguration crowd. He has become no less brazen in the 11 months since. The president who won’t change isn’t so much untruthful as anti-truthful, his words so frequently and flagrantly wrong that they amount to a comprehensive rejection of the very idea of accuracy.

The Star has counted 978 false claims since his inauguration, an average of three per day, about everything from media outlets to legislation to the head of the Boy Scouts calling him to pay him a compliment. (Didn’t happen. He just made it up.) As Trump careens from policy to policy and outrage to outrage, lying has been the most consistent feature of his presidency.

 

Source: Donald Trump has spent a year lying shamelessly. It hasn’t worked | Toronto Star


Merry Christmas to One and All

I sincerely wish everyone in the World a Good Christmas and a Very Happy New Year.

2017 for many has not been a good year, but hopefully the coming of 2018 will be better.

A Time for Peace and Goodwill.

I wish you all Well.

Chris Sterry