A Time… to a Seize the Chance for Change!

 

Take Courage, and Seize the Future!

Take Courage, and Seize the Future!

“My  country, right or wrong” is a thing that no patriot would think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying, “My mother, drunk or sober.”   G.K Chesterton

This is not a moment to be cynical… but to take the opportunity,  and to learn from the past; create a better future… as Dr John Davies expounded on his Scottish Independence in his speech:

“This is for the whole of mankind an inspiring example of a country inhabited by people basing their nationality, on civic  rather than ethnic identity.”

For any country in the world  to base its values on those of principle, rather than what has gone before… this is always a good thing!

 However nevertheless, personally… I do not wish to be part of a country, which thinks it even remotely acceptable that one million people visit food banks, and at the same time, we have more billionaires  per head of the population than anywhere in the world!

Or where the richest “1%” percent of Britain’s own the same amount of wealth as the entire bottom 54%  of the population. Although I refer to the term bottom  54% this of course staggeringly represents the ‘majority’ of our population, who are surviving from barely the crumbs, which happened to have fallen from the table of those at the very top.

 The Positive Future we could Seize…

The economy: We should be braver in respect of our currency concern, actually the
“Pound Scots” 
was the unit of currency in the Kingdom of Scotland before the kingdom united with England in 1770!

Can we ‘Scotland’ afford to be an independent country…

 “Edinburgh” is actually the richest city in the British Isles per head of population ‘not’ London, where there is more money generated but also has far more poverty and depravation!

 There is also a number of little told side to the economic story…

 By itself… Scotland, as an independent country rises  up many economic tables.

Also Scotland only spends 9.2% of the national average, but the country earns 9.9% therefore every person would be £800 a year better off in an independent country!

We also must ask ourselves do we also wish to accept the miserable record of inequality in Britain… a testament to the divisive policies of ‘decades’ of Westminster Governments, under the Conservative, Liberal Democrats, and Labour?

Holding out for a Labour victory at the next election, well this same party has still allowed the crass class distinction between those with extend in the last 40 years! 

In fact it could safely be argued that we cannot afford to ‘not’ to be independent, when you consider we spend £127 per second on loans  Scotland did not take out, as you can read from this source:

The environment: We lead the world  in respect of renewable energy,  and countries from across the planet are investing in us, in fact we are considered as the… Silicon Valley of Renewables!

I wish those who are in a position of responsibility such as celebrities… would be aware of the historical facts before commenting on Scotland’s future. as a Malcolm X  exclaimed in his renowned speech:

“We did not so much land on Plymouth Rock… Plymouth Rock landed  on us!”

They are the sentiments; however when some misinformed celebrity, who I respect in many ways claims we should grateful for the Union, and being born English I am not particularly proud of my prior country.

The truth is, I love  England, but this is precisely the reason why I am so unhappy with the direction the Westminster Government is taking, the austerity measures, which the Liberal Democrats did not believe in, until they had they took the opportunity power over principle, the attacks on our welfare system, and the underhand, but systematic attacks on our NHS, and the entire ravaging of the social fabric of British society.

Neither is it unpatriotic for someone born English to vote for independence!  The Union as it stands, from my perspective is more akin to an abusive relationship, where one partner dominates over the interests of the other. At the very best there are elements of co-dependency, which does not make for a healthy relationship, and in reality this is neither in the interests of Scotland or England!

Far better that we go it alone, and set an example for England, and instead represent those more noble traits of humanity, fairness,  and compassion and demonstrate how much better in reality things can, and actually should be. Otherwise there is little point in being alive, if we are merely struggling for money.

In this, as in everything in life people… Scottish and British alike, we should seek to…

Be your own heroes…?

Unlike others perhaps, I will admit there is some economic risk; however personally I would rather seize this opportunity… than live my life in regret!

And if you still have reservations, as to which way to vote… ask yourself these questions. Of the two camps yes and no,  of these, who demonstrates the most sincere passion, humour, zest for life, and vision in the future? Which of these two positions enthuses your own  heart… 

Whose argument, is based on hope,  and not fear?

Take courage, cast aside your doubts, and place your belief in those far more worthy and treasured of values:
in hope for the future,  for your children,  and for your… country!

We deserve better…

Are we supposed to trust a Westminster Government, which…???

Things can be 'different' even perhaps... "better?"

Things can be ‘different’ even perhaps… “better!”

Are we supposed to trust a Westminster Government,  which has cut benefits for the sick, and disabled, have allowed ‘food poverty’ a fundamental human right – to increase 100 000’s fold?

A Conservative Government, which says it will be the greenest yet, then has cut subsidies for Green Energy Alternatives,  and not to mention ‘fracking which has been proven to at times create earthquakes… and potentially poisons the groundwater for thousands of year.

A policy, which I feel in reality actually  verges on the insane!

Not to mention the ‘huge’ social inequalities under this Government, as I said they are quite prepared to remove someone’s sickness benefit, resulting in a person committing suicide, or dying belatedly on a hospital beds, both are cases which ‘have’  happened!

*Scottish father’s son suicide after ATOS test….

 However they then allow hunting rifles for the “elite plutocrats”  to be subsidised by the taxpayer to the tune of £150’s ‘each!’

All this, ‘and’ we have more billionaires  in this country ‘per head of population’ than “anywhere” in the world, but Westminster allows grinding poverty, which affects the wellbeing of children, and
our entire society!

I wrote this some time ago, which gives a broader picture in respect of the gross inequalities, which blight our society:

The crass inequality, which exists in Britain today…

And let us be honest, the Government cannot even stick to its own manifesto proposals! Take for instance the Liberal Democrats, and their stance originally ‘against’ austerity, then when they had a chance of power… not to mention their ‘full’ U-Turn on tuition fees.

Also there is another side to this story, in which if we get rid of Trident, this will save us “billions!”
Not only that, but this opens up an opportunity for huge investment and growth, as you can see from this
Twitter…

#YESFACT: Potential Jobs Boost for Firth of Clyde.

This will potentially create thousands of jobs, and further create additional revenue in the millions, if not… billions!

Please ‘think’ and see the situation for what it is. There are some disadvantages, but “YES….”
in stark comparison to what Scotland in reality potentially stands to gain…???

Syria Dossiers… Inaction will give the ‘green light’ to the Assad Regime to carry out – yet more atrocities!

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Worst humanitarian crime ‘this’ century…
Yet once – Great Britain, has decided to turn
a blind eye.

~ Over… potentially a thousand: Men, women, and children…  have been cruelly killed by a ‘gas’ attack in Syria on Wednesday 21st of August, and this is indeed… an exceptionally – terrible way to die! The very same day after – the British Parliament’s disgraceful voted  ‘no’ to taking military action – when this was placed before the Commons… in a snub to international opinion, and ‘basic’ humanitarian rights… a “primary school” in the North of the country was ‘napalmed’ by Syrian force’s jets.

         Yet still  even now… too many of the British ‘public,’ and elsewhere in the Western World… refute the need to take firm,  and decisive  measures – against the Syrian Regime!

          Those people who object to ourselves intervening, can we take it, in this case – that they would also have stood by during the ‘Second World War…’ when it came to the Jewish people being “gassed,” in their millions – in the Nazi concentration camps? Because I, for one – do not see the difference… if you think there is, then you are clearly in denial, as to in reality the dire dangers the people of Syria have in fact… been facing ‘every’ single day, for nearly three years; who let us not forget… and I know many people conveniently wish to do, but the Syrian people ‘on mass’ first began to fight for their freedom, by protesting… “peacefully!!!”

           There are far too many people speaking “blindly…” repeating the cliché mantra of – ‘no war!’ Do these individuals think the Syrian People like – war… absolutely not!  War was forced upon them, when they – stood up bravely… to speak out for the same freedoms, these people who wish ‘selfishly’ not to take action to defend the liberties of others… apparently take for granted!

*In conclusion: to deny what is actually happening in Syria – now, can be considered no better, and as misguided – in attitude  than those who were the at ‘best’ were described as the “holocaust deniers…” of the Second World War!

           At the very worst… this is an exercise in selfish self indulgent denial…  by those who are seemingly prepared to stand by, while men, woman and children – are slaughtered!

 ” If we do not learn from the lessons of history… we are doomed to repeat them! “

Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

Stephen Fry Urges David Cameron – To Ban Russia From Hosting Winter Olympics Over Gay Policies…

The International Olympic Committee - is a travesty, and a betrayal of the values to which it should espouse, and represent... 'with' a sincere sense of integrity openness , and most of all freedom...

The International Olympic Committee: is a travesty, in its betrayal of the ‘values’ to which it should espouse, and represent… ‘with’ a sincere sense of – integrity, openness, but…
most importantly – freedom!

The recent controversy surrounding the Russia’s Winter Olympics… not to mention continuing complaints as to the damage the construction work has contributed to the environment, and the races indigenous to the area of the development! Also, the Russian’s Parliament’s recent introduction of homophobic legislation; this makes it a moral imperative, that we take an equally strong stance against this country’s increasing anti-democratic governance.

In its all too familiar attempts to subvert the truth – the Russian Regime is carrying out a further systematic  crackdown on the freedom of the press in the country:

~Russia Silencing Journalists.

After all, Greece is actually not only the home of the Olympic Games, but it is also the original birthplace of democracy… but ‘every’ time the International Olympic Committee  – are morally required to take a stance for what is ‘right…’ instead they seek to pitifully  absolve themselves of responsibility!

But the Olympic Movement… in too many respects… has not been the ‘flag ship’  for democracy throughout recent history – it should have been… harking right back to even the Black Civil Rights Movement  in America; particularly the incident, which took place at the 1968 games, which absolutely epitomises the International Olympic Committee’s crass adherence to convention, and their overt misplaced concern that the Olympic Games has an easy  ride – at the expense of what should be the more important priority, the principle of courage,  and those who seek to stand for what they passionately believe in,  which is of course , actually the values the Games should truly  represent!

As you can see in this article:

Black America will Understand…

The Olympic Committee spokesman, said of these brave men’s gesture: “this a deliberate and violent breach of the fundamental principles of the Olympic spirit.”

This is a absolute nonsense… the spirit of the Olympics should be ‘first’ and “foremost” the promotion of democracy, truth and the right to the peoples of the world to – freedom of expression. Whatever, the colour, race, religious belief, or of course ‘their sexual orientation!’

These are the “principles” the Olympic Movement… should be upholding, not in effect ‘colluding’ with the “blatant” prejudice and discrimination, which too many power corrupt regimes  of these countries are subjecting upon their ‘own’ people, and also therefore the… global community!

The Russian Regime is corrupt…  the false pretender President – Putin is  guilty of carrying out ‘all manner’ of abuses – against the people of Russia, from imprisonment to torture and murder!

# Here is a considerably lengthy  compendium – of the corrupt Regime’s abuse of power, and why we should ‘all’ be concerned about… the country, which is after all is still  – the second… in fact some would argue is ‘the’ biggest  – nuclear power in the world:

Mikhail Khodorkovsky,  arrested on “trumped” up charges of fraud, when he had challenged Putin the previous year about corruption in Russia, and actively supported & funded those who opposed the regime. As well, as many other brave individuals have fallen under his shadow. Yet we in the West we barely do anything, increasing the blood on our own hands. When Khodorkovsky was arrested we should have imposed some level of sanctions – then, instead of allowing Putin’s corrupt regime to remove dissent, and increase its power base, in the ten years – since.

He was arrested on 25 October 2003, to appear before investigators as a “witness,”  so right from the outset in this case, the Russian Authorities  behaved abhorrently dishonestly, and on a decidedly false pretence… as within hours of initially supposedly appearing as a witness, he was being taken into custody, and was charged with fraud:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mikhail_Khodorkovsky

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Litvinenko

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_Russia

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/04/russian-lawyer-aids-prison-dies

http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/impunity-and-attacks-silence-russian-journalists-2011-10-13

Not forgetting of course… those outstandingly brave girls in Pussy Riot,  who since being shamefully and falsely imprisoned, have been assaulted and hospitalised for being overworked – at the jail they were in:

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2012/aug/17/pussy-riot-sentenced-two-years

In fact what the girls are in reality having to endure amounts to little short of – torture; I just wish the women, and men – of the West, but particularly perhaps the… women of Western Europe… not in the least Britain – would realise what is actually at stake, and how much they risk squandering – when they do not choose to fully  fight for and progress their own rights, in a manner, which respects all of us… as equals. 

We must demonstrate the same spirit  and bravery Pussy Riot have, and others… around the world,
if we are ever to win ‘true’ freedom!!!  :

http://jezebel.com/5980817/pussy-riot-member-hospitalized-after-being-overworked-in-jail

Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

Nothing less than perhaps the very: ‘ Bear Necessities… ‘ of life?

Yogi Bear...  Runs amok - having depleted his last - picnic hampers!

Yogi Bear: Runs amok, having depleted the very last of the…
Yellow Stone’s Park’s tourists’ reserves… of ‘picnic hampers!’

~ Click the image above to watch the Video, and the links ‘below…’ one of which, connects with our favourite inimitable character: ‘Baloo’ from that classic… “Jungle Book!”    * Witness him swing – and indeed… ‘scat’ with redoubtable style and panache – all in the very same jaunty routine!

However, I cannot think why this Colorado restaurant, which specialises in German cuisine – 
is growling,  like the proverbial… bear with a sore head?’

#  This particular Grizzly is after all… I suspect, just ensuring he is gathering – in his rummaging, nothing short of the: ‘Bear Necessities!’

On a personal note: I’ve really acquired something of an inclination towards having my own pet:
Grizzly Bear… “ or giraffe, or perhaps an armadillo… there happens actually to be a particularly  fetching, although – irate example of one these critters… in my rather zany children’s book title: Quirky Claus!

However, I haven’t quite decided yet, which of these furry, and scaled, indeed a veritable – menagerie of options…  to actually plump for.

~ All donations towards this intrepid, and noble endeavour… will  be ‘gratefully’ received?

Pick-up-a… Pick-up-a… ‘apparently’ a “Cosmic-Penguin?”

Captain Jean Luc Picard... knew the Starship Enterprise, had discovered a unique phenomena, whey they stumbled across a 'giant galactic penguin!' Albeit,  he lamented... with no sight of his favourite brew - a cup of Earl Grey!

Captain Jean Luc Picard… knew the Starship Enterprise, had discovered a unique phenomena:
when they happened to stumble across a ‘giant galactic penguin!’
Albeit, he lamented alas…with evidently no discernable sight of his favourite tipple -
‘nothing less’ – than a piping hot cup of alluring… “Earl Grey!”

They may have coined the phrase the ‘Cosmic Penguin,’ for this astounding visage… but it hardly rolls off the proverbial tongue – now does it?

“ *As you can see – here… we have the spectacular sight of the magnificent…
‘interstellar constellations’ of: “

              ‘Taurus the Steadfast Bull; Leo the Brave and Fearless Lion; Scorpio… determined and reputedly the most #sexual of all the star signs,  and of course not forgetting – our most recently discovered edition to these heavenly bodies… the Perilous Penguin of Perpetuity : beware its floppy webbed feet, its inexhaustible predilection for krill, ‘and’ its predisposition for…
errrr  – falling over! ‘

# This… I can ‘personally’ attest to… myself being a Scorpio – an’ all!

Disclaimer: # Sexual of all the star signs   This comment is ‘solely’ the opinion of the writer, and has not been affirmed by any  hitherto – present, prior or some other inconceivable daft bat;  who may be unfortunate enough to ‘date’ the author… in the present, foreseeable; ooooh, let’s be honest – ‘very’  distant future… I mean we’re talking: time travel, and quantum singularities  ‘ere!

Read more at the HuffPost…

Most Voters… “Think Austerity Has Failed,” Recent Poll – ‘Clearly’ Demonstrates!

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Indeed… the previous Labour Government  admittedly made a few mistakes, but spending too much – was “not” one of these; particularly… when you consider many countries spend far more as a proportion of their gross income!

However, we got the ‘balance’ wrong… it is a disgrace that there are millionaires, and “billionaires” in this country, who even in the very midst of the recession – their wealth actually ‘increased.’

Doubly  a disgrace, that when George Osborne cut the tax rate for the very richest in this country from 50% to just 45%… the average millionaire would be £14 000 per week  better off! This at a time… when people’s disability benefits – are being threatened, and actually a number… too many of these desperate despairing citizens – are resorting to committing suicide!

In stark contrast, if you are on benefits – many of these people will not see £14 000’s in
an entire  year…

I wish people would “wake up,”  and be fully informed of  the circumstances, which created the crisis, which fundamentally down to the huge inequalities in our society. For instance in “2012…”  right in the eye of the maelstrom of this crisis – the very richest people in the world, actually increased…  their wealth by at least a staggering  “250 billion dollars!”

Too many people seem to all too conveniently forget, this crisis started with the bankers in America, not  actually with our ‘then’ – Labour Government.

Also people are inclined to believe the ‘easy’ & too  simple excuses the ‘right wing’ press spin – in many of the newspapers, which they ply the public with; instead of allowing the people to observe the actual  facts, and judge the situation for themselves!

The fundamental core of the problem – was not overspend… if it were – we would ‘not’ be living in a country, where people are sleeping homeless on our streets, and something akin to ‘1 in 5 children’  are still  born into poverty!!!

The problem in reality was, that ‘not’ enough “tax” was taken from the wealthy in Britain – to balance and spread this burden fairly, and pay for the improvements in services… the people of the British Isles required, and decisively  deserved.

*The Labour Government did ‘not’ spend too much, the problem is – the wealthy here… have for far too long been taxed ‘disproportionally’ not enough!

If this were not the case, the ‘bankers’ in this country, and others, would not have taken the risks – they actually did; risks  at times so momentously gigantean, that the average person in Britain – has been left feeling agog… at the nature of the figures speculated. In truth situation was… the bankers and those from a decidedly privileged background; who had so  much money… they did not in reality know the real value of this, and as a consequence – to the same extent, behaved equally irresponsibly!

Since… the financial sector of the economy and ‘particularly’ the bankers – who are more to blame than most, have in most respects – taken the least burden for the results of the crisis, but this more epitomises  the continuing gross inequalities, which pervades our society!

And, which I hasten to add ‘any’ mainstream party, and I include UKIP in that equation – particularly considering their improved poll standing, and also because many people delude themselves that ‘they’ offer an easy… simple solution to the crisis. This is simply not  the case, because as with ‘all’ the mainstream political parties, they are not prepared to tackle the greatest issue, which is without doubt – ultimately… the crass underlying social inequalities, which ‘insidiously’ eat
away at Britain.

Even Labour – are more interested in appealing to those ‘most’ likely to vote – such as pensioners; I am thinking Hilary Benn’s objections to the rich and very wealthy pensioners continuing  to receive cold weather payments, and other benefits, whether they need the money or not.

This is actually absurd, when you consider that the Government is currently cutting housing benefits, which is directly contributing to increased homelessness in the British Isles; not forgetting other equally effected vulnerable segments of the population struggling to survive on benefits! Families, and those with children… who cannot even be guaranteed a decent upbringing, including the basic right… to have access to nutritional food, and sufficient heating, and not neglecting of course… a good education – so the future is therefore brighter for everyone in our social society!

~ All this lack of generosity of spirit, and downright penny pinching… which is literally costing lives, and this  in a country – where we are ‘still’ remain one of the very richest nation’s in the world!

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As Nelson Mandela dies… the historical leader of the anti-apartheid movement – who bravely fought his own battles… in his latter days with his legacy of respiratory problems; how does his legacy compare with Margaret Thatcher’s… who many believe was a tacit supporter, in her polices – at least, of the South African racist Regime?

*Thoughts: On the passing of Nelson Mandela, and his longevity... in outliving one of his fiercest critics - Mrs Thatcher, albeit struggling greatly in the latter stages of his life, and their 'starkly' contrasting contributions... to 'our' society, and in fact - the world!

 Add Media *Thoughts: On the passing of Nelson Mandela, and his longevity… in outliving one of his fiercest critics – Mrs Thatcher, albeit struggling greatly in the latter stages of his life, and their ‘starkly’ contrasting contributions… to ‘our’ society, and in fact – the world!

In the wake of Nelson Mandela’s passing… and his memorial service – I believe it is time to consider the of this great man, and one of his notorious counterparts.

# Nevertheless, it is better I feel… to allow people to arrive at their ‘own’ conclusions in regard to what…

Margaret Thatcher’s legacy – should actually be?

However, for my own part, I do wonder if there is a sense of…  poetic justice?

Nelson Mandela – the man she actually branded a terrorist, who had his own health scare only recently and who has been struggling greatly since, but appeared for a time – to be on the mend, before ultimately taking his final bow.

He had nevertheless – outlived our own prior Prime Minister…. Mrs Thatcher!

Whom I believe – in effect, at the very “least” actually gave ‘tacit’ support… to racism and segregation in South Africa – by continuing to do business – as usual, with this regime; when decisive action  was required – not a state of at the very ‘best…’   almost – apoplectic apathy.

*An alternative perspective from a young African… ‘challenging, provocative and controversial.’

Or read more of the Article at HuffingtonPost:

Syria Uprising: We may cast a critical eye on the abuses of the First… and Second World Wars; however ‘we’ similarly neglect – to take action to prevent… crimes against humanity, which in many respects amounts to -nothing short of genocide!

The lies we tell ourselves to allow ourselves to feel - comfortable, while 'innocents' die "murdered" by cruel barbaric regimes!

The lies we tell ourselves to feel comfortable, while ‘innocents’ die… “murdered” by cruel barbaric regimes!

# ‘ It’s nothing to do with us…’  “apparently!”

How can we utter these monotonous narratives…   when children  are being forced to fight, because they  and actually their families  are struggling to survive, and otherwise facing… imprisonment, torture, murder,  and countless other crimes against the people of Syria?

Under such circumstances, placing a gun… in your child’s hands, is better than – that child facing these possible alternatives. For that matter, is there much point in you,  your family, and children… living, if they are unable to actually live – freely?

Nevertheless far… ‘far’   too many people with the Syria issue – have an attitude of:

“See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil!”

And instead of rightly being appalled at the plight of the Syrian People, and the subsequent lengths they have to resort to – just to survive, because we  are allowing  for this state of affairs to continue, and indeed in fact – deteriorate; I have actually heard on the contrary –  people crassly describing these brave citizens of Syria as terrorists…  which is the precise reason… I felt compelled to write this article.

Indeed, I think it would be another matter entirely… if it were people’s own  children, and their families, who were being persecuted – instead - ‘ here ‘ in the comparatively comfortable and safe West! If we are not prepared to care enough… to protect the rights and freedoms of others, then we are actually – equally…  not valuing our own rights, and by default – taking these for granted; therefore… as a consequence – risking the demise of our own liberties.

# In fact a report has said: the Syrian conflict was “disturbingly unique” in its deliberate targeting of children,  warning that ‘ no child was now safe.’

Too often, in regard to this topic, I see ‘over-riding’ ignorance prevailing, alarmingly similar as to the ‘millions’  of Jews being killed in concentration camps, which was apparent in the Second World War,  because we ‘chose’ not to act or certainly – soon enough!

As we see Samantha Cameron  visiting Lebanon – in the HuffPost article link at the end of this piece,
I would ask please for: ‘ Less words, and “more” action? ‘

We ‘should’ at the very least  instigate a “No Fly Zone” over Syria, and ‘neutralize’ once and for all…  the advantage of ‘air capability,’ this repressive undemocratic regime – has over those who sincerely desire, and are fighting with their lives – for the freedom of Syria!

The recent probable development of Assad using gas nerve agent – against civilians… let us not delude ourselves: these are no worse than any other heinous crime – committed during the First and Second World Wars, which the ‘world’ at the time promised  they would not ever  again stand by… and watch, while such atrocities are perpetrated, but seemingly – we are!

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Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

Arm the opposition? For those who ‘fight’ against the Assad Regime, ‘and’ seemingly now – Hezbollah, who are actively supporting this discredited Government!

Syria Man & Child!!!

*How on earth can people disagree with arming the Syrian Rebels?
Where in this great battle for the ‘right to the freedom of expression,’ and for the people of Syria to choose the course of their lives… where are ‘consciences,’ and the rightful sense of indignant injustice we should be feeling for the Syrian People’s plight?

             Where are…  our consciences?

One of the near countless  incidents, which sparked this war… was in fact a group of children who were caught by the Regime: scrawling anti-Assad messages on a wall, and were consequently captured and tortured – by having their fingernails pulled out!

              This is not a group of terrorists trying to overthrow a respectable fair minded State, a representative of democracy in any  sense; these are people fighting for their very existence, the right to govern themselves, and actually determine their own lives!

            The Syrian Regime, is committing genocide, murder, rape, torture, and imprisonment of ‘any’ and all of its opponents; what more atrocities does this cruel despotic Government have to indulge in exactly, for we – the ‘West…’ to finally get some backbone  and feel we must  rightly intervene?

            Those people in the West who lazily label the Syrian people as terrorists  - who are instead fighting for their lives and freedom; these people in the West who adopt the attitude of “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil,”  conveniently forget the Syrian people did  attempt a “peaceful” uprising, but were shot and bombed, and ‘worse’ for their brave stance against a dictatorship, which is intent on stamping out the merest sign of dissent! They, the ‘people of Syria…’ as a result were left with little alternative – than to bear arms.

            Not forgetting, when many members of the Syrian army, who ‘stoically’ refused to fight or carry out atrocities – in the name of Assad, and were usually consequently summarily shot on the spot!  Other brave individuals – deserted, taking up the cause, and forming the courageous ranks of forces – such as the Free Syrian Army!

           On Wednesday hundreds were reported dead in an alleged gas attack A Call to Action…  by the Assad Regime on the suburbs of Damascus! This comes on top of a prior reported incident, only a short while ago…  yet another reported massacre of men, women, and ‘children.’

            In this conflict and these people’s brave and stoic fight for liberty against overwhelming odds…  this term has almost become a Cliché,  which is an atrocious indictment of the world’s crass indifference, and lack of meaningful action taken – in resolving this conflict.

           If the Assad Regime were to achieve victory, and I ‘do’ believe the human spirit will triumph, and this despotic dictatorship will  be overthrown! Nevertheless, consider for just a moment please… the consequences of the Assad Regime succeeding? This regime is supported by without doubt – those with real  terrorist links: Hezbollah, and Iran just to mention a few! Also Russia… yet another Government, which murders, tortures and imprisons its opponents… has military installations situated in Syria and therefore is actively  supporting the Asad Regime.

           What is more… the fledging democracies of both Iraq, and Afghanistan have come under renewed threat recently, by internal struggles, and external pressures – including Iran, which attempts to subvert both of these countries, because in reality ‘many’ in the Iranian Regime, do not wish to have a democracy for their own people, and see such as these… emerging democracies as a genuine threat to their own repressive regimes; and what is more… they absolutely  are! They shine the light of hope for people, who wish to see a better future for not just the select few, but all!

           Yes, both Iraq and Afghanistan are admittedly endeavouring to evolve into mature democracies… in fact in many respects, have recently come under pressure like never before, and deserve our sincere and continued support. Nevertheless, they also have acted like a beacon of hope in the Middle East for the Arab uprising,  and those who protested in Iran after the ‘largely believed’ 2009…   flawed election.

            Please do not underestimate how much is at stake here; the Free Syrian Army, are not  just fighting for their people’s freedom, but also actually – in reality, the stability and the huge potential for a balanced, fair and open democracy – in the region of the troubled Middle East, and therefore of course, the future prosperity, and progress, of in fact – our own  society, if not the world!

             Ultimately we face a stark contrast, if Assad were allowed  to succeed, and this is what the fundamental question really boils down to… because we have more than the necessary capability to end this conflict – if we applied the will, and therefore the force of arms…  potentially within a matter of just a few weeks  this conflict could be over; leaving the Syrian People free to choose the course of their ‘own’ lives, which is a fundamental   human right! We must neither forget that – Hezbollah, who have now been classed as a terrorist  organisation by Europe… that they alongside others are supporting the Assad forces, but if  this barbaric regime – were to succeed, the ramifications for the people of Syria, and in fact the world… would be nothing short of a – catastrophe.

              This is not to speak of the fact… that AL Qaeda has also become increasingly  involved seeking to spread their influence throughout the world. AL Qaeda… were reportedly to have recently captured and tortured a little girl…  to death, due to the simple fact… her family happened to be of the wrong  religious grouping!

# Alternatively, if the Free Syrian Forces were to overthrow their oppressors… then this would be another significant turning point, perhaps even a tipping…  point for democracy – in not only the Middle East, but for ‘mankind’ throughout the planet.

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Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt “Bans…” Gagging NHS ‘Whistleblowers!’

Whistle blowers bring much needed honesty, and transparency into the dark places of any and 'all' organisations; this should be respected!

Whistle blowers bring much needed honesty, and transparency into the dark places of ‘any and all’ organisations; this is a gesture of courage, which should be respected, and most certainly…  protected!

This move by the Government to prevent gagging orders, should be welcomed. To criticise this move regardless of its merits, because it has been enacted by an unpopular Coalition… is as misguided in many respects, as the multitude of actual ill conceived polices, they ‘have’ enforced.  We must not judge all politicians – as the same, for convenience, whichever their allegiance or colour happens to be. In effect this is ‘as’ mistaken – as staunchly following a party ‘blindly’ and portfolio of its policies, whether they are right, and happen to make sense, or not!

People should ‘objectively’ look at each policy and view it in context of what is best for the world, mankind, and our country, and therefore society.

In this case, whatever  reason the Government have deceased to stop gagging orders preventing whistle blowers – speak out, in the NHS… the point is – it ‘is’ the right thing to do!

Ultimately rather than criticising the moves of individual parties, and labelling all politicians as untrustworthy; if people are looking for ‘long term’ & meaningful change, then this will only ever take place… when there is a “fundamental” and ‘wholehearted’ reform of our electoral system, and therefore my preference is to choose for forging a better future: Proportional Representation  as the most ‘accountable and transparent’ of the varying forms of electing – what are after all are…
our  representatives!

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..as an Author, when all else fails, yeez can retire to the back of yer own mind and there be content… #TBSU…

Sean Sebastian White:

Not sure what the ‘reblog’ function is… but I like this article!

However, Einstein ‘did’ get a lot of things wrong, and bizarrely refused to believe in Quantum Physics, which having understood this myself – I can understand why.

Originally posted on Seumas Gallacher:

…he was supposedly regarded as slow, a bit backward at school, being a quiet, reserved lad… didn’t communicate very well… kinda introverted, not much of a mixer… the WURLD later came to know him as Albert Einstein… his mustachio-ed adorned upper lip would have served the Movember charity push proud… and his burgeoning riot of a hairstyle would have kept a team of trainee barbers going for weeks… his equation, E=MC2,  is recognised almost globally (although few could tell yeez what it actually means)… his IQ would prob’ly rip through the upper ceiling on Mensa test gauges… if he lived in this modern 24/7 chat-show channel age, there’s no doubt the television moguls would be clamouring to have him on screen constantly… except… except… the man was possessed of more than just intelligence… his genius of thought was coupled with an enormous dry wit, and an awareness of how…

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Raccoon Interrupts Cats’ Dinner, to Dine Alfresco… (VIDEO)

Clearly this raccoon is exclaiming: Look indeedy…
I’ve got ” opposable thumbs…! “

‘And what’s more – frankly: there’s bugger all… you can do about it!!!’

Ok, they don’t  actually have opposable thumbs, but neither do they apparently either -
wear ‘tight pants…’ as it elaborates in some depth – in this rather informative article:

Truth and Half-Truths!

# But they ‘do’ after all… wear the masks of a robber,  which seems aptly appropriate, considering her extremely convincing attempt at  – cat burglary!