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America never learn, but do believe they are the sole masters of the universe and what they do must be right. Trump said he was different, but as we see he is just the same.

Oil is the paymaster and oil has to be obeyed.

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Here’s another brilliant little video from the Jimmy Dore Show, which casts further light on the US’ role in spreading the carnage and chaos in Syria. In this clip, the comedian, with his co-hosts Steffi Zamora and Ron Placone, talk about a story which appeared in March, 2016, in the Los Angeles Times. The Pentagon and the CIA are backing different rebel factions in Syria. The Pentagon is backing one bunch as part of their campaign against ISIS, while the CIA is arming another group in order, the paper claimed, to bring Assad to the negotiating table. As Dore points out, this isn’t what the CIA and its government paymasters want. They want to oust Assad altogether. He reminds his viewers how the United States was approached by Saudi Arabia and Qatar several years ago. The two Arab nations offered to pay if America invaded Syria and overthrew Assad…

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The first benefits “fauxtrage” of 2017 is upon us, barely a week in. Harrumpher-in-chief Phillip Schofield decided that the best use of his time was to shake his head patronisingly at a woman who had the gall to buy two bottles of prosecco on her “Christmas bonus” – a pittance added to her benefits payments. This leaves the tabloids free to engage in their ceremonial monstering of someone who bought a tenner’s worth of fizzy wine while not being currently retained by an employer.

Moaning about the fecklessness of the poor is a national sport that predates the introduction of the chip shop – the patronage of which (“with my tax money!”) is likewise cause for public tut-tutting. “Would it not be better,” asked George Orwell in 1937, “if they spent more money on wholesome things like oranges and wholemeal bread or if they even … saved on fuel and ate their carrots raw? Yes, it would, but the point is that no ordinary human being is ever going to do such a thing.”

“Unemployment,” he continues, “is an endless misery that has got to be constantly palliated.” The disagreement on this issue is not on the misery of poverty and unemployment, but on the idea that alleviating that misery is a good thing. If the unemployed do not earn their money through hard labour, then they should be expected to earn through suffering.

Anything can be used as an example of the unemployed worker’s fecklessness. Fridges and microwaves can be used to suggest the poor aren’t “really” poor. The screed against the “massive flatscreen TV” is positively ubiquitous, which is one of those things that really demonstrates the kind of alienation from the realities of the consumer electronics market you only get among the middle class. I don’t even know where to go to buy a cathode ray tube TV these days, but I do know you can get a 43” flatscreen for under £250 at Tesco.

Source: What’s wrong with spending your benefits on prosecco? Nothing | Phil McDuff | Opinion | The Guardian


The Conservatives’ pernicious treatment of chronically ill and disabled people has made us even sicker. Closing the disability employment gap is not that simple

Source: Disabled people have every reason to be sceptical about new Tory work plans | Frances Ryan | Opinion | The Guardian


Ken Loach’s new film on poverty, living on benefits and Britain’s welfare sanctions regime struck a chord with our commenters

Source: We, Daniel Blake: readers on the UK benefits system | Opinion | The Guardian


This is disgraceful and the law should be protecting the victims,the Standing Rock Sioux people.

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If true, this is pure barbarism. I blogged earlier this week about protests by Native Americans about the North Dakota Access Pipeline, which is intended to carry oil through the lands of the Standing Rock Sioux people. The tribe are opposing it, as they fear that the pipeline will lead to the pollution of their water supply and the destruction of their lands and its ecosystem. In this piece from Democracy Now!, the anchor Amy Goodson speaks to the tribe’s lawyer, Jan Hasselman, from the chambers Earthjustice, and the tribe’s chairman Dave Archambault.

The oil company has tried a number of tactics to try to close down and disrupt the protests. They local sheriff and officials have pulled cellphone access over the area, to stop citizens uploading videos of the protests to the internet. They’ve also attacked the protesters with dogs and pepper spray. There’s video footage of the bites…

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the void

jrf-in-workNowhere in the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s latest stupid report do they ackowledge the real cause of poverty – which is the relentless theft of our labour and land by a capitalist class whose wealth and power grows ever greater.

In fact this atrocity, which condemns us to a lifetime of drudgery, servitude, poverty and need, is presented as a perfectly natural, and even desirable state.  Which of course it is if you’re some chinless wonder paid a fat salary to toss yourself off at some liberal think-tank all day whilst the people you write reports about do the work that makes your lifestyle possible.

If JRF were serious about ending poverty they would not asking employers to try not to use zero hour contracts quite so much, or pay the living wage – just if they can afford it of course.  They would be throwing every resource they have into…

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To what other lengths will the DWP go as sanctions were bad enough, now these hidden interview and observation techniques, so what next, perhaps lie detectors or forms of direct torture, who would put it past them.

The poor side of life

Being a disabled claimant is hard enough, the whole rigmarole of trying to ensure that you get money to live on, money that you deserve is unbelievably hard. Not happy with the methods that they already use to stigmatise ill and disabled claimants they have decided to go one step further.

At first I read this and couldn’t quite believe it. In essence they have recruited an agency to take part, alongside the DWP in what can only be seen as interrogation tactics, or methods used in police stations when interviewing possible criminals.

A claimant will be told to attend an office for an interview, as we know these interviews aren’t voluntary. If you don’t attend then it gives them the option of punishing you, usually by stopping your only source of income.

From what I have read a claimant will be asked to enter a room which consists of…

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How true, ‘With friends like Brussels, who needs enemies? ‘.

So far as I am concerned if there was not a valid reason for Brexit, there is now, for who in their right mind would wish to be in ‘club’ as the European Union, as it is not a Union, but a dictatorship by the bueurocrats of Brussels in league with Germany, Merkel.

Bring on Article 50.


As you say this is derived from Victorian Era British Law and you also say it is still used in the USA. For some in the UK it is still their belief, while for the enlightened it is not, for you can not and should not label whole sections of Society relating to their appearance, actions and their assumed beliefs. For, in effect, there is deserved and undeserved in all different sections of Society. Just because how they look and react my not be to your liking, no one who is not connected to the individual is aware of their circumstances relating to their appearance and their behaviour.

There may be a medical factor which is not evident, or a sudden change in circumstances , which is relative, the latter of which could occur to anyone and does.

Unfortunately many people, even today, are too judgemental, which is all to seen in political and policing circles, which creates abuses to individual rights.

More tolerance needs to be applied to many situations and this would then reduce the many abhorrent acts which take place all over the world today. We all need to learn how to live with each other and be respectful and understanding to create peace on earth.

Adora Myers

The following terms are drawn directly from Victorian Era British Law, but continue to be utilized here in the USA when addressing poverty in relation to society, politics, and resource options. If you are sensitive about stereotypes, Class Discrimination or Classism, the following descriptions may be hard to read; however, survival is dependent upon a clear understanding of reality, and this is what poverty survivors face today.

Deserving Poor

The Expectations: Words and phrases are commonly used to describe the ‘deserving’:

  • Connected: Has family or community support or socially acceptable human connections.
  • Entertaining: Fun. Makes people laugh. Useful at a social function or a party. Good source of entertainment.
  • Complimentary: Makes people ‘feel good.’
  • Polite: Makes people feel comfortable. Not scary. Does not swear or get angry.
  • Good Person: Has well behaved children. Lives a socially acceptable lifestyle

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In the main I do agree with this article, but to further understand the problem, in-work needs to be further described. Over the years many good wage/salary jobs have been lost and while other jobs or employment prospects  have been created, but just what are they.  Many are on the Minimum Living Wage (MLW) or lower and for how many hours per day or week are these jobs for, as it may be they are only for a few hours per day or week. Then for some it is not even that, for they may be on zero hours contracts where there is no guarranteed hours and the persons may not have actual paid work for weeks.

For those who are on MLW what deductions do they have to suffer and other practices, to look at Sports Direct for example and there will be others.

So Theresa May you have a job on your hands, not counting all the other crises that are already about and others yet to come. To look after just the wealthy is not the answer, for we are all in the UK and everyone of us should be counted.

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Families are still struggling to meet basic needs

Source: In-work poverty is the real crisis facing Theresa May

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