Author Note: In light of the indiscriminate action of the Russian Government against Ukraine it seems more poignant than ‘ever’ that we should have taken action some time back and boycotted these Olympics!
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!
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:
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:
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!!! :
Now I am not a Conservative supporter, but I do take issue with how many Brexit supporters and some Tories have conveniently implied that Winston Churchill was an anti-European. Churchill was in reality nothing of the sort, and contributed towards the very founding of Europe.
It was indeed “Churchill, who also proposed a European State and Charter of Human Rights.” He had lived the terrible atrocities of the Second World War, and understood the reasons why it is better for Europe to work together:
If you cannot take my word for it, perhaps you can the word of someone who fought as an airman in the Second World War, and has seen the consequences of conflict within our continent! Let ourselves not be deluded, lives are still being lost in this fight against a small minded mentality… Joe Cox for one, who if she represents what staying ‘in’ means, then I have no qualms her taking upon myself her fight.
David Cameron speaks in a passionate appeal for unity in the fight for Britain, and a strong voice in Europe.
“You listen to the experts, you do not ignore people such as the IMF! If you saw a mechanic, and they told you that the steering wheel, and brakes didn’t work, you wouldn’t put your family in the car.”
On the fight for Britain’s soul:
“Winston Churchill didn’t quit when it came to ourselves deciding to fight Hitler. He did not wish for us to fight alone… we fought with the Poles, French, and other nationalities.”
Economically “both” IMF & Financial Times… are warning about serious consequences if we leave EU! How on Earth can anyone delude themselves differently? If you do not trust the judgement of the IMF you should certainly do the FT, as they cannot afford to make a mistake when wealthy investors rely on them!
Each week we receive £88 million from the EU, and our own contributions goes towards amongst many… education and fighting poverty?
The truth is migrants are not the real problem but our unfair, unequal society! For example.. those who run and control most of our national newspapers the ‘Super Rich,’ who are themselves… “billionaires!” Indeed, it is no coincidence that most of the newspapers support Brexit, and we have more billionaires than ‘anywhere’ else in the world, while families struggle to even feed their children.
“It’s not just our >5,500 scientists’ signatures in The Times today… UK science is overwhelmingly in support of Remain.” pic.twitter.com/YQsrMi7qJa
Richard Branson, “before we joined the European Union and ‘without’ the EU we had to pay 35% tax ‘just’ to trade with the EU. Then there was the regulation, which went with this, and which was actually far more than now.”
N ot many people know… when the world was but young, it was inhabited, by all manner of mythical creatures.
S pirits dwelt everywhere and in everything; from the valleys to the mountains, from the woodlands, to the rolling forests… to even the rivers, and the babbling brooks.
Nevertheless, the fairies – unlike the mischievous spirits, did not live within things but on a mystical plain, just beyond the sight of man. When, on the briefest of occasions the material world of men collided… with that of the fairy folk, for good or ill, this was perchance how fairy tales came into being.
Here unfolds one such story…
O n a dark and stormy night, a devoted father was returning home from his distant travels, with a present for his son: a parcel – securely tucked under his arm, a toy soldier in a small juniper-wood box, loosely sealed with an elaborately tied… crimson red ribbon.
The wind blew driving rain – hard against his face, cloak flapping wildly in the gale, sweeping behind him in a darksome black curtain, as lightening cracked… sending jagged edges, across a dark boiling foreboding sky.
After a time… he came across an ancient, gnarled and rickety wooden bridge.
However, as his horse nervously began its passage upon this… the bridge started to rock unnaturally, increasingly alarming the devoted hard pressed – father. He struggled with his stead, as it reared… ferociously clawing at the air, very nearly flinging him from the narrow span of the bridge; wrestling vainly with the stricken mount, he attempted to steady the horse, but as he did so, their windswept, and besodden father – let loose of his precious cargo, and the parcel fell… tumbling from his hands.
Over the bridge the box toppled… falling, and spinning wildly in the air; down and down it tumbled, falling further and further, for what had seemed like an age beyond eternity! Before finally landing – open, on the bare sandy bank of the river… far below the ramshackle bridge.
T he little toy soldier was not aware of how long he lad lain there: perhaps days, weeks… perhaps even months! Time seemed to hold no meaning for him in that tiny wooden box.
Then one such day he heard a voice, however… barely more than a whisper, arising from the gently flowing river, “Little soldier, are you lost?” it appeared to taunt.
He glanced around alarmed, “Whom-so-ever goes there?” he demanded, trying as hard as he might, to hide his astonishment.
“Look here, deep into my waters… within!” replied the mysterious voice.
“The soldier peeredcautiously into the clear running blue brook, only to see tohis amazement a mocking face hovering there, reflected, peering back at him. Its features were fluid, as ephemeral as thewater; nevertheless – through this… beneath, he could not fail to see the countless pebbles, which layshifting relentlessly… restlessly, on the river bed.
“Who are you?” he enquired alarmed.
“Who else? But the spirit of the gully,” gurgled the unearthly voice -mockingly, “and rest assured… I mean to bring this bridge crashing down – along with all those who are foolhardy enough to trespass upon it!” he threatened in dark foreboding tones. “It was not by mere accident… the bridge trembled and shook that day, and you ended here… marooned on my river bank!
“Watch my work… little soldier!” insisted the clear crystal blue face… ominously.
It was at that precise moment… the soldier heard the slow heavy clopping of hooves on the bridge above him. A farmer and his family, were gradually pulling an old cart over the rickety wooden bridge, drawn by a rather scrawny looking horse; the mare’s ribs – poking through its brown dowdy coat.
The spirit roared, “I shall smash this bridge to splinters, and doom those who dare to cross… to plunge to their watery graves!”
True to the spirit’s word… the waters began to rise rapidly against the ancient timber supports, lashing and crashing with force against the unstable beams. The bridge began to shudder and shake violently under the weight of the impending surge.
The farmer grimly tried to rein in his horse, as it screamed… scrambling for footing on the wooden planks, while his wife and children could do very little… panicking in their fear.
“I shall not permit this to happen!” retorted the little toy soldier. Purposefully he strode forward – boldly standing under the bridge, and defiantly propping up the bending shafts, with all the might he could muster.
“Little soldier, you cannot stay there forever.”
“I shall stay here forever and a day, until the end of all eternity… if needs be!” he stated determinedly.
This angered the gully spirit greatly, as he pushed his raging waters – yet ridingstill higher against the little toy soldier! The waters splashed over his head in flowing raging torrents, sweeping around his broad, but tiny shoulders. However, no matter how much it tried… the spirit could not budge him. And all the whilst… the farmer and his family – struggled valiantly across the creaking bridge, before finally – with relief, reaching the safety of the far side!
Days passed, and on every occasion a traveller tried to traverse the rickety wooden bridge – the gully spirit roared its anger, and once more its ferocious treacherous waters rose… tearingagainst the ancient bridge’s creaking beams. Buteach and every time, the soldier held absolutely steadfast… unfaltering in his resolve.
S easons turned… hot scorching summers, were followed by … bitingly cold – bleak snow driven winters. The little soldier’s paint work, became chipped and faded, but still he held firm against the spirit’s wrath, remaining strong and true to his word.
In fraught desperation the spirit trawled its depths to find curiosities to tempt the soldier: it brought forth pearls from fresh water oysters, which rolled upon its sandy and pebbled bed; lost rusted sabres – shattered and discarded from battles… long since forgotten – their opulent hilts encrusted with blood red rubies; even… bulging treasure chests, from sunken pirate ships, which had sat for centuries… decaying on the bed of the expansive creek.
But the brave little soldier held true, “I shall stay here forever and a day, until the end of all eternity… if needs be!”
W ord spread amongst the creatures, which inhabited the woods of the riverbank, of the little toy soldier’s act of valour. The little toy soldier – who actually dared to stand against the wicked, spirit of the gully! Until, a time came when the talk actually finally reached the mystical… Realm of theFairies.
I t was but one chill night, just after dusk had fallen, the little soldier yet again heard the slow grating of the old wooden joists. Above him, he was astonished to witness: a Princess passing over in a glorious golden coach, with a splendid procession of guards escorting her. The guards all wore splendid armour of finely burnished brass and glistening silver, which strikingly caught the glow of the pale moonlight.
In stark contrast however, the Princess’s mood was solemn in her coach. Soon her father, the King wished her to marry, but none of her numerous suitors had the bravery and strength of spirit, she dearly desired of her… one true love. It weighed heavy on the Princess’s mind – as the royal party passed over, the creaking rickety wooden bridge.
Nevertheless, far below, the spirit of the gully… saw his opportunity and swept against the posts, as wave after wave lapped over the toy soldier… the bridge shook and shuddered in its wake. The gallant knights struggled in their saddles, and many a number were thrown from their horses, but still the little soldier stood firm, tensing himself – against all the wrath and fury the spirit might muster!
Then alas the fairies… having taken pity on the toy soldier, cast a spell and by an enchantment carried on the breeze – the Princess heard for the first time the taunts of the evil gully spirit and the battle beneath the bridge, which had been waged over, and over again… for what seemingly passed as an age beyond measure.
“Little toy soldier, you shall be washed away!” threatened the spirit, darkly.
But the soldier only replied, “You cannot move me. I shall stay here forever and a day, until the end of all eternity… if needs be!”
The Princess’s heart was moved by these words… and she commanded her troop of knights to stop! Peering over the bridge, she beheld the little toy soldier standing at the base of the bridge – stoically holding the beams… fast and resolute; even as the fiendish gully spirit, taunted and relentlessly tugged at him… with its shimmering watery arms.
“Little soldier,” she harked, “why do you brace this bridge so?”
“For the gully spirit, seeks to wash this bridge away and all who pass over her… my lady,” replied the stout little soldier earnestly.
Then on the wind, the fairies in a soft whisper called to him and spoke thus, “Step away – let go of thy burden, your task is complete! Fear not, the bridge shall not fall – ye who is… without doubt the ‘stoutest in heart’ amongst all warriors!”
With a great effort, and a sense of apprehension – the little toy soldier unclenched his dank wet moss covered hands from the wooden beams, which he had held for what had seemed… so terribly long.
As he stepped forward, the very air swam and filled with what appeared to be the lights of a thousand dancing fireflies. In a flash, the beams of the bridge magically liftedknitting together, repairing themselves – in midair. He was astounded to find himself – suddenly, no longer standing on the banks of the river, but up upon the now… sparkling polished rafters of the wooden bridge, itself.
Neither was he, any more – just a little toy soldier, but a man areal Man, wearing his gleaming soldier’s red uniform, with shiny brass buttons and proud standing hat.
The Princess looked upon the tall dashing soldier, only to discover her heart… instantly stolen.
S oon they were wed… and the people of the kingdom rejoiced; finally their Princess… had found the true love of her dreams. And through the little soldier’s gallant feat… the Princess when she became Queen, sat with her King at her side – ruling their fair land with courage and wisdom.
HerKing… who was once had been: nothing more – than a little toy soldier, in a box tied loosely with a ribbon of the deepest crimson; who had lain… all but lost and forgotten, on the sandy banks of a river!
Y ou may as to wonder… what happened to the spiteful spirit of the gully? It is held in truth… the fairies in their eminent displeasure – punished him for his misdeeds, by cracking the earth and banishing him to the netherworld, from where he whence.
And it is told…
Where, he is still remarked to be… even to this very day!
The move some time back by this Government – to prevent the notorious 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, this Government “has” undoubtedly enforced!
We must not judge all politicians – as the same, for our convenience, whatever their allegiance or whichever persuasion they happen to be. In effect this is ‘as’ mistaken – as staunchly following a party ‘blindly’ and all its varying manifesto of its policies, whether they are right or not, regardless of what sense they actually make!
People should ‘objectively’ look at each policy and view it in context of what is best for the world, mankind, and ultimately their country, and by consequence society.
In this case, whatever reason the Government have banned gagging orders preventing whistle blowers from speaking out, from within the NHS; the point is – this ‘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!
More on NHS Read the Article at HuffingtonPost
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 actually increase a staggering… “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 poisons the groundwater we live from, for thousands of years! Not to mention, it is also linked to reduced health, including respiratory problems, for those people to have the misfortunate, to be living in close proximity to a fracking site!
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 people at least a few dozen by the latest estimates… committing suicide, or dying of starvation or belatedly on a hospital beds, after receiving a letter from the DWP expounding how they are ‘fit for work,’ both are cases which ‘have’ actually unfortunately happened, and too many times!
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 in reality
our entire society!
It was a while ago I composed this, however lucklessly this is still very relevant, gives a broader picture in respect of the gross inequalities, which blight our society:
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.
~Personally, I do not feel there is much purpose of power… in ‘any’ place in life, if you have lost those most meaningful of all things principles, which motivated a party to try make positive use of this position, and therefore make a meaningful difference! They at best merely represent a cheap shadowed parody of what they were, at the worst they are actually contributing to the policies, and problems which they initially strove to challenge.
Also there is another side to this story, in which if we proposed to 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…
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 #sexualof 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 of course… myself being a Scorpio – an’ all!
Disclaimer: # Sexual of all the star signsThis 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, andquantum singularities ‘ere!
Don’t forget…*Quirky Clausis now available to buy:Online Bookshop…or ask at your local bookstore, and not neglecting the fact this story of “manic mayhem and mishap” is available in over “300” libraries in Britain…’and’ Ireland!
“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 merely 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 risesup 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 loansScotland 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 hailed in many respects 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 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 of many people living in Scotland; 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 actual 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!
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 facing the stark alternatives of being massacred, or imprisoned and tortured, and the countless other crimes perpetrated 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 – merely 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, we risk the demise of our very own liberties.
# In fact a report has stated in respect of the five year battle for liberation – the Syrian conflict was “disturbingly unique” in its deliberate targeting of children, warning that ‘no child was now safe.’
My criticism of the “no war brigade” is that they utter this mantra ‘whatever’ the circumstances… and it is reflects a position of… I couldn’t care less masquerading as moral stance!
Too often, in regard to this topic, I see ‘over-riding’ ignorance prevailing of the reality of how this conflict came to pass with initially children scrawling anti-Assad graffiti, and being captured and tortured by Government troop… then peaceful protests arising as a response, and these protesters being fired on by the Assad Regime with gunships!
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 “many” who sincerely desire, and are fighting with their lives – for the freedom of Syria!
The development of Assad Regime: using gas nerve agent against civilians… including “426 children,” let us not delude ourselves – these are no worse than any of the other heinous crimes committed during the First and Second World Wars… alarmingly similar in fact to the ‘millions’ of Jews gassed in concentration camps… because we ‘chose’ not to act or certainly – soon enough!
The ‘world’ at the time promised they would not “ever” again stand by, and watch… while such atrocities are perpetrated, but seemingly – we are!
When we do not stand shoulder to shoulder… with those in desperate need, and are not prepared to defend their rights… we actually risk demeaning our own.
~ 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 military action – 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 evidently in denial – as to in real reality , and 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!
People are concerned in respect of taking military action, but if Assad were to succeed… if we are to learn a lesson from history, then we can expect that the President will launch a wholesaler massacre on his enemies… as his father committed with the city of Hama, which he flattened killing “20 000” people!
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! “
~ 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?
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.
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.
Gary Numan… OK I am fickle, I concede the point, damnit! However, just realised he’s still producing excellent music even now, and has been for years! And his new single My Name is Ruin.
Brian Blessed… do you really really require an explanation?
Sandy Toksvig… potentially funniest female alive!!!
( A little dynamo of comic and cosmic energy of super-nova proportions)
Tony Robinson of the… bumbling but irrepressible Baldrick fame and series… Blackadder.
Brian Cox… Physicist genius and dude, but I would not only like to pose some interesting questions about the universe; also, of even more paramount importance… you played base in the band D-ream… seriously? I hasten to add – a few years ago, also see him leaving a sandwich shop in Leeds, and heading back towards the university. This was at a time (time being relative an’ all) when only the occasional nerd or geek would have any of inkling or interest (in reality, this one or some other parallel multiverse) as – to who he actually was.
Stephen Hawking: Perhaps he could demonstrate how a picnic blanket in the midst of meadow… is reflective of the fabric of the… space-time continuum?
Steve Wright… in the Afternoon! Well, it does not have to be the afternoon, morning, evening… any time really? But then I’d also like to invite his nemesis, none other than:
William Shatner! (I could never quite figure out – why Steve Wright was not keen on ol’ William, either…?) Both particularly zany chaps, who’s mentalities would reside most probably hospitably on another planet.
Nelson Mandela… a black dude with attitude!
Sean Connery... Scottish tartan dude with attitude.
Midge Ure... Scottish singing dude with attitude.
Bob Geldoff.… for saving the world, with the help of the likes of Midge Ure! Who knows perhaps these two could reconcile their differences over a cheese and cucumber sandwich?
Artic Monkeys… very kool, contemporary dudes!
Tom Waits… Bizarre musical genius dude!
James Garner – Rockford Files dude… sadly deceased now, but in spirit!
Michael J Fox, hey – the guy singlehandedly brought back skateboarding, and aspired to its innovative successor – the hover-board!
Jim Carrey… Rubber faced comedic hero & I’d just like to hear is philosophy on life, and this being a carousel?
Guy Garveylead singer with the great band Elbow… and ‘all round’ nice guy – excuse the pun! Do really quite like this song… Grounds for Divorce
Ian Holm– hugely under-rated British thespian genius. He has appeared in just about every movie from the Aliens trilogy, Lord of the Rings and not forgetting The Borrowers (where on both occasions, they had to decrease his stature by a decidedly minimal proportion. Remarkably – he has been the essential lynch pin – in more films than you may imagine!
Gorbachev…for tea, egg and cucumber sandwich, in between giving Russia, and the world the best chance at democracy and fairness it had in decades when he was President.
Terry Pratchett – comic fantasy writer, and much missed! Certainly helped inspire my own style of scribbling: The Tallest Dwarf
Melvyn Bragg – progressive thinker and cultured commentator.
Plan B the singer… and not the latest schematics for the local supermarket complex, and reference to where the trolleys are stacked! Really poignant, thought provoking musicand a little too close to home on this occasion.
Timba and Pumba from the Lion King, no doubt an invitation to ensuing mayhem & unrivalled unmitigated-chaos, but without exception “interesting…!”
Willy Wonka... I once played this role in a school production… never quite managed the elevated -and lofty echelons of Gene Wilder’s zany mad antics however!
Alex Salmond, who seemed I feel to have spoken more sense when he was First Minister of Scotland… does concern me that the SNP are becoming the establishment rather than challenging themselves the way they have in the past, and seeking a better way of ourselves moving forward together?A sombre note to conclude on, but unless we attend to the serious issues in life… we do not then get to relish those precious moments, which give life meaning.And for anyone else I perchanced to have missed?
Also there is Trump’s economic record, and his stirring support for Britain leaving the European Union, which has been an unmitigated success… or do I mean disaster, one or the ‘tother’ as we say in Yorkshire.
Then let’s not allow ourselves to forget Trump’s stunning record on inclusivity, he is after all forever exhibiting that spirit of goodwill and kindness to our fellow human beings.
Anyway that Wall of his will resolve Trump’s overly generous inclinations to those who happen to be different. Then there’s Mr Trump’s proposal for a Wall! Ok… apart from the fact he described all Mexican’s as potential drug dealers and rapists, well apart from this minuscule detail… there’s absolutely no flaw in his proposal to demand that the deeply insulted and affronted Mexican people pay for this Wall… whatsoever!
Also we would like to assure Trump supporters that having the active support of none other than President Putin of course is nothing, in any way… to worry about; no not at all!
In no way is this a threat to America, your democracy and everything you hold dear… if you happen to disregard the 200 or so murdered journalists who were… rather past tense critical of Putin, and the fact he’s been eliminating people since the 90s including the single mother of a teenage girl!
Then there’s the various political opponents who have been … murdered, and Putin’s rumoured hand in planting bombs that killed 300 people so he could justify war with Chechnya and boost his popularity before an election. I can assure everyone that is purely coincidental, nothing to worry about… whatsoever!
Indeed Trump must be a formidable leader, when he admires such as Putin… a man who imprisons three girls young girls – some mothers, because they had the audacity to speak out against him in a ‘2’ minute musical rendition. These young women were then placed in slave like conditions and driven through overwork into hospital.
That’s what you want from a prospective president… who aspires to be like a Russian despotic dictator who will imprison three young girls for years, place them in torturous conditions, and seek to intermittently humiliate them on a regular basis by subjecting them to frequent gynaecological tests; merely because they happened to disagree with him.
Donald Trump is a huge proponent of guns, and supported by the NRA… indeed a wise move. Guns are big business, and America needs the money… yes ok 117 000 American’s are shot ever year, and the US has the worse gun deaths in the entire Western World, but that’s good business!
Neither, of course there is nothing to worry about when you have a potential president who has a temperament so very volatile that even he doesn’t seem to know what he’s going to say next, and has had their twitter account rem! That’s someone you can trust the nuclear codes with.
A Commander in Chief who at any moment might have an outburst and flying off the handle…. upsetting those delicate negotiations where heated exchanges could escalate into armed conflict, and particularly with our nuclear neighbours China accusing them of creating Global Warming to steal American jobs and has his hand on the nuclear trigger.
This is what the world needs, a President who makes life interesting… adds an element of Russian Roulette, as to whether our children will have in reality any futures to speak of or not? Who as his behaviour frequently demonstrates... acts first and then thinks later!
That’s precisely what the world needs in delicate negotiations where more countries than ever have nuclear weapons before, which if they don’t go well… could result in the fiery nuclear conflagration of the entire planet!
And if you are going to deny all the evidence of climate change, and the “97%” of scientists who believe in this?
Why not then not go the whole hog, or… wok in this case, and blame the Chinese? Well you can see his point, it’s all those infernal Oriental-type people knocking those chopsticks together at such a frenzied velocity… there’s nearly one half billion of them you know?
Then there’s Trump’s cunning plan to lull the Chinese into a false sense of security by actually
Ok, so he’s a little bit racist, don’t let the fact bother you… ok, quite a bitbut that’s part of his animate character, disliking
immigrant! Some might say Trump is also a hypocrite lecturing on the broken homes of minorities… when he has such a diverse family himself.
Neither, in no-diddly-way… is banning Muslims from America pandering to extreme right wing fascism reminiscent of the Nazis; which then led to the Second World War, the deaths of millions, and the near total destruction of civilisation itself! This is nothing like that… at all, well ok, a bit, quite a lot actually, but hey ho the German’s did it, and that worked out well, didn’t it?
Ok, then there’s that little matter… that no living former Republican President actually supports Mr Trump, indeed don’t let the fact that notable figure of George Bush senior is so disgusted by Trump that it is said to be voting for Hillary!
Some might say this should cast the shrill ring of warning bells to Trump’s supporter, when even they the two former Bush president’swill not vote for their Republican candidate.
Hey, but do two former Republican Presidents know…? They after all, only held the highest position in America for well over a decade between them!
So to conclude: apart from the overt racism, sexism… the tax evasion, and the numerous business misdemeanours including the 3055 litigation, the four, five… six (I lose count) bankruptcies, lack of Mr Trump taking any cohesive responsibility for his own words, and mistakes, apart from that.
Oh, and that potential destruction of all mankind… thing.
There’s nothing to worry about in the slightest in voting Trump… that is if you happen to find appealing the thought of a… fiery brimstone and ash apocalyptic disaster of biblical proportions!
” America was built on the hope of dreams… not the fear of nightmares.”
Age 44 (Ahem… you should never ask a ‘lady’ her age!)
Where are you from
Leeds, although it has been speculated that I may have harkened from some other inter-planetary body!
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Jeez, that’s a big one…
Erm, I sorta just take one day at a time!
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve always been a writer, as with life… there’s no beginning or end apparently – bugger! Time is all “relative” an’ all that…
Who was it who said that? That chap with the big hair? He who appears to have been spending too much of his recreational moments… undertaking the work of an electrician, whilst evidently lacking in the necessary qualifications; or perhaps standing too long in the vicinity of a particular efficacious plasma globe!
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?