Newell News-round up, week 16

This weeks round up is quite simply a shocker.

We have had great sporting distraction completed, the British and Irish Lions won their first series for 16 years in Australia, the BBC told that Murray was the first Brit to win Wimbledon for 70 plus years, totally ignoring the achievements of Virginia Wade, the Aussies are taking a pasting in the cricket and David Moyes lost his first game in charge of Manchester United. T.V is god.

Health/Welfare

If the attack of the NHS was not obvious before it is now as the home of health care is being forced to shut by the Tories. Trafford General where the first ever NHS patient was treated is about to have its A&E department closed down as the grim reaper of health care Jeremy Hunt said patients could go to neighbouring hospitals.

The Daily Mail who makes its name in bashing immigrants and benefits scroungers is backing a call from the confused public for the Royal spawn to have a stay at home mum and dad. It is alleged that Wills is thinking of quitting his job to be with his child. They are lucky they have the choice! Most parents are having to work one or two jobs just to make ends meet and their ends are meeting as Eddie Murphy would say “Like a mother f**ker!” I believe that children need to have a stable environment with parents/guardians or whatever they are called these days, to help shape them but unfortunately for you and I we do not have that luxury with the cost of living and yet we are going to support these people in quitting their jobs to look after their children. If the BBC or Sky ran a story about a benefits scrounger you would be up in arms about it.

More UK service men and women took their lives last year than in the total number killed in action in Afghanistan during the same period. I have been asking for some time what the real damage of this war will be on the personnel deployed to fight the illegal wars. The Falklands war lasted a fraction of the time these illegal wars have and the post traumatic stress that came about as a result of the horrors they witnessed was astronomical.

Today the government continues its attack on the less fortunate as the £500 cap on benefits rolls out. MPs are on the verge of getting pay rises worth £6000, claim for their children to get more for themselves, come from families of millionaires (and are pretty well off themselves), are entitled to £450 a month food allowance and tell us about the need to tighten belts because we are all in this together. You couldn’t make it up but Iain Duncan Smith has decided he believes he is right so it must be true.

Politics/Human Rights

Theresa May finally got her man and Abu Qatada spent his first week back in Jordan awaiting trial. Sky News in particular pushed both May and PM David Cameron on whether the delay in his deportation will now mean tht they make moves to change or withdraw from the European Court of Human Rights. Neither of them said yes but then they did not say no either. These may be troubling and worrying times for the rest of us.

Nelson Mandela is said to be stable and may return home soon. We should be mindful when the time comes and the tributes pour in that there are Conservatives who once viewed him as a terrorist and there was a very real belief he should have been hung. This is not to say that people cannot change, but the surrounding evidence does not support that idea.

Economics

The Chinese economy is in the news again with the statistics showing that it has slowed between the period of April to June. Trade wars loom.

Mark Carney (head of the Bank of england) is to get a house costing us £11,000 a week. Another pig at the trough.

Rent in the UK is unaffordable for the low income families in a third of the UK. Wage deflation continues, cost of living increases and house prices are still floating in the bubble created at the turn of the century. Of course housing is unaffordable in over a third of the country.

Technology

NASA have tested a 3D printed engine part for the first time. 3D printing made a more controversial entrance into the mainstream media earlier this year when the blue print for a 3d printable gun went online.

With the announcement of a new Terminator trilogy Arnold Schwarzenegger could be replaced by a real life military robot. Built and design by an American Defense Department the drone wars are not as far away as we might think and at over 6ft tall and 23 stone with the ability to mimic human movements it might be a better actor than Arnie too.

World

Trayvon Martin, aged 17, shot and killed by a neighbourhood watchman George Zimmerman. Zimmerman was found not guilty by the jury and Barack Obama has appealed for calm as a sense of anger and injustice rose across the States. Much has been written, some in haste, over the events that led to the death of Trayvon Martin the end result is a young boy has lost his life and his family’s life ruined. Some will say George Zimmerman has a life now in pieces too but he made the decision to pursue a young boy, believing him to be up to no good based purely on the colour of his skin. Zimmerman made the decision to disregard the advice of police control not to pursue what may have been a dangerous assailant and the consequences of his decisions that night lead to Trayvon’s murder, yet somehow Zimmerman has been found not guilty and walked free from court. If a young white boy had been shot by a black man I wonder would the result have been the same? To put the curious law of stand your ground into some kind of context, an African American woman who lived with a man with a history of domestic violence used a side arm to fire a warning shot after a row broke out in the family home, the judge decided that she had not feared for her life and due to a slight variance in testimonies sentenced her to 20 years in prison. America and the world are divided. Some believe the acquittal was the only verdict, believing Trayvon to be the aggressor, others believe at the very least a man slaughter charge should have been awarded. Twitter has seen the various attacks, lead by none more so than Louise Mensch.

Newell News-round up, week 15 *sport distraction special*

It has been one of those great weeks of distraction. The NHS is under attack. Public services are under attack. Legal aid is gone but don’t worry, it is sunny, Wimbledon is on, the Lions are in Australia and history beckons.

Sport

What a weekend. The world is on fire, with countries such as Egpyt, Brazil, Turkey and little known Bulgaria rising up against corruption in government and here in the UK we are waiting to join in just as soon as the soaps have finished but before the X-factor starts, but then the football season kicks-off and it is world cup season too…. I am sure we will find some time to think about how badly the government are abusing democracy here. Sky News have been telling us the feel good index is up, the market s are booming and it is all to do with our confidence in the weather, Andy Murray and Warren Gatland.

The power of the social conditioning box to frame our opinions or what we think about should not be under estimated. At the same time as all this was kicking off Abu Qatada was being deported to Jordan and Theresa May and David Cameron were slapping each other on the back, again with Sky News asking the question whether or not this result after 12 years now means we need to withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights. They may not be telling you what to think by the media is telling you what to think about.

Politics

MP’s are about to receive a pay rise with the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) stating it may be as much as 15%. This comes the week after Jeffery Osborne’s spending review speech when he slated the public sector calling for an end to automatic pay rises which have been non-existent for the majority of the people who provide our services in the first place.You could not make it up. Nick Clegg says he won’t take the money but the sideman will do as he is told.

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War criminal Tony Blair has been at it again, not content with calling for military intervention in Syria the week before he now throws in his blood thirsty views of Egypt into the arena, although he effectively called on the UK public to think about what had happened in Egypt if you don’t like what is happening. Unfortunately the soaps are on.

David Cameron took an opportunity to attack Labour and their trade union history at Prime Ministers Questions (PMQs) this week. It was a “Quick, look over there, do not look at what we are up to!” moment. The idea is that unions wield too much power over Labour and are their puppets. Is he joking? The Labour fall out with Unions being talked at length by propaganda machine is a distraction. The biggest back of Labour last time they were in power was not a union but the largest media empire going, News International, headed up by the jackal Rupert Murdoch, followed closely by Terry Leahy or Mr Tesco to you and I. The rise of Leahy and Tesco was intrinsic with the rise to power of Blair and Labour.

Between them they killed of the local shop and tens of thousands of brown women and children in Afghanistan and Iraq, not to mention several thousand of our service men and women, many more of which were given bullet proof vests, only to get arms and legs blown off. Terry Leahy got a knighthood and Tony ‘the war criminal’ Blair earns £2m a year from JPMorgan and is the middle east peace envoy. Not making it up. It’s all true.

In the mean time Ed Miliband has decided he has to “mend” the union link with Labour, effectively killing off any last flicker of hope for some that Labour would start to stand for the working people of this country again instead of cosying up to big business and the war machine.
Labour AND Conservatives suck on the nipple of corporations and business, they do not care about you. They do not care about us. We are a vessel for them to suck the life blood out of to keep them and their mates in the life style they have become accustom to and they get away with it because they know we will not do anything about it until the soaps and X-Factor have finished.

Health and Social care

The NHS is 65 and about to be retired, sold off to privateers to make profit from our misfortune. How will they make profit you might ask from providing a service to us? By making you pay through the nose for it. The potential for these vampires to make a few million pound out of us is why we face the unthinkable and despicable act of privatisation. In brief, before the NHS infant mortality, one in twenty children died before their first birthday and is one of the most efficient health services (in what we call the developed) world. If we do not offer a resistance to this then we are condemning our children and grandchildren to a world of pain.

The lows to which some will stoop to never fail to amaze me. In Liverpool this week it was reported that Atos, the SS department for the Department for Welfare and Pensions, called the police to stop experts in welfare giving advice to the sick and elderly being assessed. These people recently assessed a woman fresh from a double heart and lung bypass as being fit for work and she received a return to work letter , nine days later, the day she died in hospital. These people and this world is sick and backwards. There is no justice, there is just-us.

The papers this week have been telling you all about benefits scroungers again. This time it is a woman who has been given £500,000 house that you should be upset about, not the bankers bonuses (up 64% to £143 pound a week each on average) and certainly not the Royal Spawn, who’s bedroom had a £1m makeover. They tell you what to think about.

Finally the Ministry of Love has released a report confirming what you already knew from the constant bombardment of fear and hatred, that immigrants cause over crowding and fuel tensions. You just sit down and stay in fear of your neighbour and if you want to serve the Ministry of Love (#Miniluv) then you just be fearful and spy on them.

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World

The people of Egypt took to the streets and gave their president 48 hours to leave office or they were taking it back. He stood his ground and the people mobilised with the largest protests and mass assemblies perhaps ever witnessed in the history of mankind. The Egyptian army, America backed, took back the office a new interim leader is in post for the time being but violence on the streets is escalating as supporters of the ejected president Morsi fight back.

The President of Bolivia’s aeroplane was forced to land earlier this week. The rumour mill was that Edward Snowden was on board. Can you imagine Air Force One being called to land because they were harbouring war criminals? Imagine that!

Water wars! I haven’t mentioned anything about that for a while but now even the mainstream media is stoking up the fear. The world is looking at a threat to the food supply as our water wells dry up. We are over pumping our ground supplies and face peak water. I like the sound of water wars better because when we face up to it, other than the air we breath, water is the most important thing to the human species. Perhaps people might want to think twice about the process of hydraulic fracturing, contaminating water to extract gas or oil, with potentially devastating environmental consequences, or go back to Coca-Cola and ask them to stop using our water for their madness inducing syrup juice.

The U.S are honouring the religious observation of Ramadan at Guantanamo Bay by only force feeding its detainees at night. That’s alright then. Thanks Barack.

Also in America an airline passenger plane crashed in San Francisco and Barack Obama has once again applauded the actions of the first responders. Be careful if you are a first responder in Yemen or Pakistan, they will blow you up with their reaper drones because you are probably a terrorist.

The football world cup is next year and this week a referee was beheaded after he fatally stabbed a player. Where’s that ticket…

 

Entertainment

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Laurie Penny asked on Twitter this week what the next generation would be called, after a debate about what the present generation are called? The two point zero? Who knows, but the next generation will be called ‘The Unfortunates’. The Unfortunates because we let the corrupt take away legal aid, our freedom and liberties, social security, loading them up with £73,000 debt before they’re born, gorged ourselves on fossil fuels, ruined the environment with shale gas and gave them cancer with the way we grow and develop food and through the use of depleted uranium in our ammunition. Yes, the ‎#unfortunates . We are sorry, we had to wait for the soaps to finish but now X-Factor is on

Newell News-round up, week 13 and 14

Week 13 and 14 double due to a convergence of events but we still try to get our message out.

Economy

The institute for financial services has revised the figures and said we did not enter a double dip recession… It just felt like it for most of us and the shop keepers that have had to shut as a result of the crunch. Anyone that doesn’t think we are in a depression, sorry recession, take a slow walk down your local high street and see the pain.

Chancellor Jeffery Osborne laid out his 11bn austerity frame work and proved that if your department head shouts loud enough and the public are willing to accept the blame pointing fingers at each other, then you’ll get away lightly. 140,000 public sector workers are to be thrown overboard, who will then have to wait an extra week effectively before they will be able to access the social security parachute that cushions the fall once they have been thrown out of the governments aircraft. A stop to automatic pay rises (what automatic pay rise?) You couldn’t make it up and all the while he reeled it off with a glib and smug look on his face.

The Queen was referred to as frugal. She has a million pound hat forged from blood diamonds and a house with 78 toilets and an army of servants (and quite literally) an army. She also received a 5% pay rise and the cost of keeping the Monarchy in the lifestyle the are accustom to went up in the last 12months. What does frugal mean again?
The unborn Royal spawn has been lucky enough to receive a £1m room makeover and no one batted an eyelid. If the television show Skint had a family on it that had received a million pound room make over for a chid the social media feeds would have been bleeding, such would be the furious thumbs be tapping away at their multifunctioning devices.

No such luck, the media had obviously not told the public to think about that. Our unborn children are £73,000 in debt before they get to make their first whimper and the Royal spawn has a bedroom worth more than many people will earn in their life time.

Health and Welfare

Forget health and welfare, Jeffery Osborne and co are on the Titanic and they are sinking the life boats, you better hope you don’t fall ill, get injured, aren’t disabled and can swim.

Politics/Human Rights

The US and the UK are the last bastions of freedom, says William Hague in America. Yes, I laughed too because Edward Snowden has chosen China, Russia and Ecuador ahead of the UK or the US in the freedom stakes. The UK Pre-Crime Police Department have 9000 people on a domestic extremist list, many of which have no criminal record whatsoever.
Activists beware, are you on their list?

Justice

There is no justice, there’s just-us. Legal aid is dead and it’s only for those that can afford it.

Education

A teacher was sentenced for grooming a girl of 15 and running away from her, Michael Gove has been grooming away the curriculum and education since he got in office leaving an age old famous quote to sum up the story; Hey! Teacher! Leave those kids alone!

Science

Scientists have managed to clone a mouse from a drop of blood. Would a clone have the same memories as the individual they came from or would they be a blank canvass starting from scratch? The science behind it is breath taking but is it moral and just, or will we end up cloning people for spare parts like the Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson movie ‘The Island’. I presume the answer lies in the question of what do you buy the people that have everything?

Have you been nudged? The latest in psycho manipulation. Are you hear to understand whether you really made the choice to do something or just simply to understand the choice you have made? Actors and politicians Barack Obama and David Cameron have both utilised Nudge specialists in the governments. The process being that rather than creating a campaign to convince you to do something, they create a type of inception that makes you do something without realising. The trick is to understand whether the idea came from you or from Leonardo DiCaprio. It started with a fly painted on a urinal in Europe which reduced the clean up bill by 80% I believe because having something to aim at increases men’s aim by 30%. You can find this article in this months New Scientist and I strongly encourage you to read it.

Technology

Vice News have reported of surveillance drones proving that the jihadist trial in the Middle East has all been about fine tuning for us; they have been “Introducing it, so we get used to it” The Artist Taxi Driver. Anyone familiar with the boiling frog theory will understand what that means.

The US military are blocking the Guardian website from its staff over network hygiene issues. Ignorance is strength.

World

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Bulgaria have joined the rest of the world in protesting against their governments. The list now includes, but is not limited to; Bahrain, Brazil, Turkey, Greece and Spain. The United Kingdom is expected to join in any time soon, just as soon as the soaps have finished.

Bolivians have been eating Quinoa for 7000 years and now, because of the greed, consumption and advertising of the superfood on the Western world, everyday people in Bolivia are being priced out of eating it. Yes it has or will result in increased revenue but as always with the free market, it will serve only to benefit the few. Is quinoa the new Coca-Cola because if so, I will have to cease eating it.

Ecuador have told the American government to poke their trade pact agreement, as it appears Edward Snowden is on his way to the country providing Julian Assange asylum, to prevent any kind of manipulative tactics from one of Hague’s last bastions of freedom.

China’s economy is not doing so good, neither is India’s, which posted its first negative growth for a decade this year. Not everything that glitters is gold.

America witnessed a 12hr filibuster in Texas as a one woman show stole away the Texas authorities ability to pass a bill which would have effectively ended abortion past 20 weeks. An emotive subject for some but the effort and endurance to stand there for 12hrs over such a hot topic should be noted. Most people will not even stand for what they believe let alone do it for 12hrs.

Cambodia have discovered a new bird species, living in the city and it is beautiful.

In South Africa, Nelson Mandela’s condition continues to vary from stable to not looking so good and the world waits with baited breath. Obama has visited in the mean time with a question asked what this means for the youth. Probably that the US wants something, therefore their future is bleak for them.

Finally in Australia, Julia Gillard has been dethroned by the man she usurped in 2010, Kevin Rudd. There has been talk of misogyny and sexism is Australian politics being the reason for her down fall being the first female Prime Minister, but then this is the country that believes the land belongs to blue eyed white people and not the Aborigines, who would actually tell you it belongs to no man or woman.

Sport.

Wimbledon is on, so is the British Formula One Grand Prix, so it’s raining, cold and windy.
Spain and Italy showed everyone just how to kick it but we all know the Italians are like England when it comes to penalties that matter.

Entertainment

A new trilogy of Terminator movies is to be filmed and released with the first starting in 2015 but with hunter killers (reaper drones) already in operation we are already on the slippery, reality slope.