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Our World is changing, as if you did not know, I
My generation is the first in Europe for a thousand
years not have to go to war by command of the King or Queen, their
Aristocracy or the Church, and the first to benefit from free higher
education and health care for all courtesy of the State. The extraordinary
had become normal.
While the original members of the EU, France and
Germany in particular, after suffering two devastating wars have said they
must not be responsible for the next and the conditions have been put in
place in Europe to avoid any internal war or prepare for an external war.
The aims of the European Union are amazing if you take out the lies and
distortions of our right wing press. For the first time in our history,
the core group of European countries invited peacefully other countries to
join with the promise to bring their country up to the standard of living
for all. But they would need to follow the breathtaking laws on human
rights as well as accountability and accessibility for all. Its not
perfect, what is, but for me it is a sort of miracle. In all the countries
that are actively participating, there is a quality of life for most of
its community that is second to none. There is no official religion, to
the consternation of the Vatican, and Europeans are free to follow
whatever region they choose. Each country is encouraged to promote local
customs and community activity, there are pavements and parks and public
services which most countries enjoy and everything is built on a human
scale to such a high quality and maintained and even improved.
I spend much time in Amsterdam and notice the gap
that has developed between the uk on one side and the rest of Europe on
the other with the growing poverty a tragic issue for the poor in the UK.
The rest of Europe look after their community much better. Even the air
they breathe. Free boats across the harbour to North Amsterdam 24 hours a
day so beautifully organised it takes your breath away. And now a
completed public transport system involving 4 carriage trams with helpful
conductors, clean bendy buses, enough comfortable trains, safe bikeways,
pedestrians walkways and of course canals and boats of all types all
happily and quietly coexisting even the fleet of Tessla electric limo
style taxis. And most seem to wear a smile. Like the transport system,
every one co-exist peacefully and with good will. Not all of course, not
in a city where 80, live on their own. But its a quality of life many
parts of Europe enjoy unlike many other parts of the World. And in any
direction from Amsterdam for a thousand miles or more within the EU, the
same standard of living and quality of life is normal. And this free
market of over 500 million promising human rights flourishes,
demonstrating what is possible.
Poets for Labour and Europe
you do not stand up for your beliefs, then why have them!
Did you notice that the Sunís headline on the day of the
EU referendum" Independence Day" which tied in with the
blockbusting film of the same name, released nationwide, when
mankind defeated the aliens, a marketing promotion beyond belief
for brexit. Murdoch does not like Europe! And £350 million a week
extra to the NHS on top. We were told lies and the results of the
referendum a travesty of justice. The aliens won! We want our
money back! The pound 10 percent down, house prices staggering, a
record 7 percent deficit gap between what Britain buys and sells,
a grimmer social and economic outlook, and a financial sector who
still cannot believe what has happened while checking on property
prices in Germany. Yet the Tories act as though they are to be
congratulated. Not only have we shot ourselves in the foot but the
rest of the world if not in the head then in a leg. And a majority
will suffer especially the working poor. We elected our Government
to govern and instead they gambled and lost, then heap the blame
on Corbyn. Because of the lies, we can change our minds. Accept as
normal that a mistake has been made. And that the system works for
the benefit of all and changes can be made where the will of a new
majority persists and it is called democracy.
Brexit negotiators are going to be run ragged in this
tragic/comedy of their own choosing and we will all suffer the
consequences. Maybe, true to form, nothing will be done and
nothing will change except that now Murdochís media and most of
the rest will continue to support the unsupportable and dictate
know it's a bit late now talking about its wonderful ambition but
such is the divisive nature of opposing opinions about Europe.
History tells us that the world is a dangerous place and a free
and united alliance of Europe is a force for good and a
substantial bulwark against totalitarian China and Russia. For the
first time in recent history, the recently civilised old world
powers of Western Europe, Germany and France, the Netherlands,
Spain and Portugal the UK, and all the others peacefully invited
to join in an alliance agreeing laws rather than making wars to
bring the standard of life of the poorer countries up to those of
the rich provided they follow the agreed rules protecting the
rights of their citizens which are frankly breath-taking in their
vision of a better future for the people of the community. It is a
of the Union celebrate their differences while agreeing not to
make war. It's not perfect, what is! Yet still on balance, much
wonderful work has been done. Europe is a good business, it
exports more than it imports and the euro continues to get
stronger against the pound. Policy is set by the elected heads of
State and Accountability and Access in the digital world means a
new and better way of doing things, honest!
seems in all ways to be setting a great example from their choice
of alternative energy and recycling to welcoming a million
refugees, they have led from the front in their desire to avoid
being responsible for a third European calamity in the last
century little realising that Britain would be the culprit this
time and maybe now can take the heat reserved for them. Getting
personal, Cameron's 19th century ancestors were economic migrants
from Germany who fled persecution to be welcomed in England and
they prospered within a generation and Cameron should put his
hands out to others in Europe not turn his back on them, his
ancestors will be turning in their graves. And planning our future
on working closer with the corrupt and repressive Russia and China
while turning our backs on a democratic and successful Union that
benefits the quality of life for most of its citizens especially
when compared with the inequalities in totalitarian Russia and
China .... where to be free you keep quiet..drifting towards a
continued web of secret offshore companies without the restraints
of European legislation. And the divisive nature of Trumpís
pronouncements making the abnormal and outrageous almost normal.
And maybe Teresa may have got the message.
for those wanting England to take their country back, we could
suggest the Queen heads a delegation to Berlin and we apply to
join the German federation which would require our Monarchy
substituting Berlin for Balmoral, just like old times. And our
football fans could at last have something to celebrate!
I die for what I believed in? Say I was wrong
a poem to follow, preaching to
Age is just a number
Etched in recent stone
It's the mind that really matter
Younger than the surrounding skin and bone
And I am forced to remember
As I do the occasional 4.30 to 5
The need to maintain my energy
This feeling of being alive
My desire to keep moving
My need to stay still
This relentless restless feeling
Still looking for the next thrill
And there is an answer to my problem
A reply to a whispered prayer
It's as if there's something out there
I life force I am not aware
Moving though a vacuum
Filling an empty space
The power of unseen forces
My willingness to embrace
And I know lurking near
A gem will appear
A moment in time
When life will be fine
Loving myself, and all of mankind
For my own mental health I need to accept the
inevitable If I cannot change things make them acceptable Only think of
things I can change Starting up close within touching range
Keep life simple, keep life sweet
Get closer to nature, choose with your feet Create
heaven on earth, don't pretend it's in space mother. Nature provides for
the whole human race
Loved up, a happy place to be
Music and dance, the universal therapy
Who gives a damn the way you look
Follow the beat, as well as your book!
much has happened, I went to Thailand twice, went for a 12 night silent retreat
both times to Suan Mokkh which must be an organiser's dream since no one
can complain except with their feet but you would not dream of it, got
back in Jan to the Dam thatís Amsterdam to a flooded boat. Glad I went
back, and spent 6 weeks drying out in artic conditions which was fine for
a while especially as now in Thailand the temp is hitting 40 and promising
to get hotter which is a lot better than freezing your balls off,
especially when next to the sea with a breeze in your face What bliss. As
I said, not much happened
monastery was an eye opener on many different levels from not even
noticing the absence of puff to one meal a day and you did not even think
of it at the time, and trying to quieten the monkey mind that we possess
sharing 98.5% of our genes with monkeys and only 50% with banana's, to the
sheer exquisite joy of being so close to nature in the grounds of an old
style Thai meditation and teaching monastery. I wonder how many banana
genes a monkey has?
I had a revelation, truly, after about 60 hours of meditation, I realised,
bingo, that the varicose vein on my left leg was an exact copy of the A303
which I could say I know better than the back of my leg. Honest, every
twist and turn,
, Amesbury, Wyle, Mere, Wincanton, Honiton,
, they are all there. I did not manage to silence my monkey mind for long
but it got better the second time round.
was only recently that I realised that my Grandfather on my motherís
side real name was not grumpy, he had seven daughters, and they say genes
usually skip a generation! I need to be careful, I am not old, 70 is quite
old, 80 is really old, 60 is not old.
guess happiness means different things but uninterrupted periods of
contentment, like for a mother with child, or sitting on a veranda
overlooking a shimmering sea, the only sound the ocean and the birds and
frogs, dogs and even chickens crowing, with a cool breeze in your face,
your cheek even kissed with a tear might be another. With your cup half
full, maybe happy is not being unhappy. But whatís that got to do with
is a war going on.
banker and P.M. David Cameron who has the same surname as my grandfather
on my motherís side continues to wage war on the working class while
further enriching the ruling elite. The trio of:
Right wing media ie Mr. Murdoch and Lord Rothemere
Right wing Government ie David Cameron with his 22 millionaires cabinet
Corporate and financial institutions who operate right wing principles of
profit before people who also call the shots. Those who pay the piper call
Monbiot in the Guardian on Page 29 of the 13th December issue
the theologian Walter Wink shows, challenging a dominant system requires a
3 part process; naming the powers, unmasking the powers, engaging the
powers. Their white noise of distraction and obfuscation is the means by
which the newspapers prevent this process from beginning. They mislead us
about the sources of our oppression, misrepresent our democratic choices,
demonise those who try to challenge the 1%."
Murdoch effectively owns 186 newspapers though he tells us he does not
control their editorial policy. He is talking out of his arse.
held the biggest anti Gulf war demo with over 1.5 million marchers against
and it made not a blind bit of difference. Not one of Murdochís 186
newspapers was against the illegal war. The media are hand in hand with
the Government. Just why was Cameron sending a dozen texts a day to
Rebecca Brook, Murdochís British representative?
the paymasters of the right wing Government and right wing media are
largely right wing big business including the financial institutions! They
are joined at the hip!
the working classes continue to suffer.
recent financial crisis was caused by the illegal activities of financial
institutions bailed out by Governments using the public purse and covered
up by most of the media. And nothing has changed. Despite the biggest
transfer of wealth ever from the public to the private purse, the same
ruling elite continue to enrich themselves with literally billions more in
Cameron family were refugees from
who escaped to
in the middle of the 19th Century. They were welcomed to
with open arms and set up as Bankers and were rich within a generation.
They adopted the name Cameron as my forefathers on my motherís side did.
The name has a nice honest ring to it. It begs the question. David is the
first of his family line not to run a bank except that he does but from
the position of P.M.
the powers! When they refuse to engage?
They the power, we the people!
The 1% V 99%.
Those that set the agenda v Those that have to cope
with 1.5 million people makes no difference.
The need to target.
Right wing Trio continue to talk up the break up of the Euro.
If things are so bad in Euroland, how come the Euro has strengthened
against the pound and the dollar by about 10% in the last 6 months.The
European Union has introduced the financial transaction tax of a tenth of
1%, if England and America introduced the same, it would go a long way to
solving the crisis. It would stop speculators buying and selling large
volumes for a tiny percentage of profit which is one reason why the
speculation in food commodities is driving up food prices. If Obama who
has surrounded his Government with Wall Street advisors and Cameron
accepted this small concession, it would make a big difference. Their
greed and selfishness has no boundary. They should be ashamed of
themselves. They are no longer accountable!
aspirations of the European Union are less under the control of big
business, so far, and more for the people. And who can deny that working
together like the countries of
without unfortunately The UK is better than not.
EU exports more than it imports, thank you
, we should be in the middle of it, as was originally conceived until
ís elite. If
adopted the financial rules of Europe, the community in
would benefit and ultimately in the best interest of the financial
what the media tell you, and accepting that mistakes have been made, the
EU is a Despite what we are being told the European Community is still a
wonderful institution. Open and accountable and accessible.. They promise
to reply to enquiries within 48hours.
for the people, for the community, for the workers, especially
who has bent over backwards for the benefit of the community, you need to
hear the whole story.
acknowledges it was largely responsible for two catastrophes in the last
Century, it does not want to be responsible for a third. But it is war,
the EU on behalf of the community and workers on one side, and US and
financial institutions on behalf of the ruling elite of the right!
showing the way for a future without fossil fuel, a mainstay of corporate
. There were days last year when over 50% of German energy needs were
supplied by solar and wind energy. And now with Hydrogen power that they
are pioneering, they are pointing the way forward. Setting an example for
others. And they will also reap the financial benefit of their endeavours.
first step somehow is sometimes the most difficult. We know what we need
to do but do not do it, almost sabotaging our own opportunities despite
little real cost to ourselves.
Britain Stop buying, as if you would be, the newspapers of Mr. Murdoch and
Lord Rothemere(The Times, the Sunday Times, The Mail and on Sunday, the
Sun the Telegraph to name a few) and for your daily fix maybe buy the
Guardian the ones who exposed Murdoch in the first place.
also stop watching Murdoch the FOX NEWS to avoid mental pollution.
being at the centre of the EU
or else the Devils Agenda thatís evil with a capital D for Death.
the Devils agenda when the right flex their might,
an agenda so black sane men shake with fright,
Has the world gone mad, or is it me?
Our leaders cocooned in a world that is free
so much and still wanting more,
then wasting it all on some future war,
taking resources to end up in smoke
better do nothing and work on your jokes.
said better to do nothing than do something wrong,
a world of beauty, giving bounty, getting bombed!
Your outlook so bleak promising only more pain,
when thereís enough for all our leaders play games.
to explain, known to be true,
Fears become real, out of the blue,
Fearing a lot, giving fears life,
hot as a flame, sharp as a knife.
we know for ourselves thereís much good in the world,
the poor from all over share more than just words,
love and affection as well as their food
sharing more than just words in their zoo.
you look at the facts, you will find it hard to believe,
Without Murdoch subverting the truth for his business need
he does not like
, it puts people before profit,
so at every turn his media make mischief their topic,
sensation and trivia his own personal intention,
the true spirit of the people he daily(ies) offends.
as the sky grows black and the air thinner
and our Governments continue their ineffective bicker,
at the very heart of global industry,
serving corporate masters, creating human misery.
Personal wealth at the expense of the worlds health
Their policies intent on making us all history.
on earth is going on,
when the right have got it so wrong,
up has become down, left has become right,
and the truth remains firmly out of sight.
for a few days then in
before the end of April, when its spring again, tulips from
Line them up
Its been a bit long since the last update, caused in
part by my reluctance to pass on depressing news, or maybe, baby, I have
mellowed a bit, a bit more resigned, a bit less angry, maybe, still
looking for the chinks of light.
After 6 years, I finally lost my appeal in the Dutch
Supreme Court for driving under the influence of Pot. My lawyer said we
would win, I guess he would. I thought we would win on a technicality
based on the extraordinary behaviour of the original residing judge.
Extraordinary from our masters has become ordinary
As we all know and I might have mentioned before, in
continues to bully and dominate in the manner of the dominant
military/Industrial power to enforce their own warped and draconian
policies also including drugs policy.
The cotton Industry destroys the environment and does
not want to compete with the far superior Hemp, nor the wood and paper
Industries, nor the pharmaceutical industry from the vast number of Health
benefits from Cannabis
Its like moving back to the dark age, with drones
replacing dinosaurs, but its equally ruthless and bloody.
Even recent news on Coffee shops in the
is a bit depressing.
In May of this year, coffee shops near the
were no longer allowed to sell to foreign tourists operating instead a
members club for the local Dutch.
It is not working. The locals do not want to register
and provide their names and addresses and business is down in some areas
as much as 90%.But standing outside these coffee shops are businessmen
offering free samples and a promise of an efficient home delivery service
of their favourite choice. The market is reacting to a change in the law
and customers will get their supply from one source or other.
This new initiative, at present, is to be extended to
in January 2013. It will lead to a reduction in coffee shops especially
because they will not be allowed within 350 metres or so from schools
despite the evidenced showing they are no risk whatever to schoolchildren
enforcing strict rules.
It is unfortunate that these issues were first raised
by a pro Cannabis group in
Coffee shops have become a social hub for some who
might otherwise be on the street. Cultural Divisions dissolve. The streets
They are extremely well run, some are up market
air-conditioned chrome and glass structures others more like a traditional
The Dutch themselves smoke less Cannabis than the
Brits I think and also seem to handle their drink better or maybe they
just practise more.
As it is, coffee shops in
could disappear at the turn of the year to be replaced by a home delivery
service available in hotels, wherever, the market will provide.
It is the National Government encouraged by
International Drug Laws police'd by Americans who want to see coffee shops
outlawed. The Mayor does not want it, nor the city of
, so it will be interesting to see what happens.
On every measure compared with
, the Dutch system is shown to work. Why do we allow the Americans to
dictate their failed policies?? Because Corporate America demands it.
is tied to the waist to
on drugs policy and
's number one issue is the extraordinary violence inflicted on Mexican
citizens as a result of
drugs policy. Its actually quite fucking mad. Mexican politicians are
grappling for a solution to a problem caused by American consumers. There
is a better way.
Citizens(users) get their supply of drugs from
whatever the undergrowth market throws up, while the State on behalf of
the Community denies for itself a lucrative source of income.
And a Police forces are spending most of their time
and effort, literally, locking up users.
Itís ACTUALLY QUITE FUCKING MAD!
Specifically, from drugs to finance, David C...
should be ashamed of himself.
He had a historic opportunity to complete the circle
and he blew it.
He is neither benign nor enlightened.
He took a selfish position, not for the benefit of
His family were refugee bankers from
who to escape persecution, fled to
in the middle of the 19th Century and set up shop here and prospered. And
the World has moved on for some more civilised. Many in Germany still want
to atone for the conflagrations inflicted twice in the last hundred years
on the rest of Europe and most of the
World and do not want a third.
Cameron should have put his hand firmly out to
Instead, he put both hands into his own pocket. He
continued to pursue the short term interests of his own highly privileged
group. It is very unfortunate because
is good business. It exports more than it imports.
is the Worlds leading quality manufacturer. And their "workers"
are totally involved. The Germans try and do things proper. And their
green credentials, phew!
Originally, when Ted Heath was P.M,
was to be the financial centre of the Community of Europe, willing to join
and be an important part of the Community. All for one
and one for all!
A unique community surrounded by a mountain of
corporate interest and totalitarian states, instead, humanitarian brothers
working together, feeling comfortable, eyeball to eyeball.
As it is, we are on the outside.
We are told that if the Banks of the Euro collapse,
ours will go with it! We have the worst of both Worlds, unable to
influence yet bound by the outcome, hoisted by our own petard.
Those not only selfish but short-sighted bankers.
Still Cameron refuses even a tenth of 1% tax on financial transactions
which would go a long way to paying for the deficit. The line of battle
are extremely clear, David C... and his mates in the States on one side
continuing to make excuses,
a better run
more on behalf of its citizens and less on the corporate on the other.
and still Cameron advises the rest of
to instigate expansionary expenditure to encourage employment when he does
not do so himself in his own country.
And still Cameron punishes the deserving poor and
reduces the rate of tax for the rich,
including the very ones that caused the problem. Itís unbelievable.
And still Murdoch and his 176 newspapers turn out
rubbish, focusing on the rare £500 a week claimantís benefit, as
opposed to the 6 million below the poverty line.
And David C...says he is "comfortable" with
Murdochís line. They are in it together up to their necks!
And nothing has changed. The new Sunday Sun taking
over from the old News of the World but outselling it by 400,000, still
anti workers rights, still anti
, still at the beck and call of its privileged and criminal owners who are
good friends of the current Government. The 1% are ruthless in maintaining
their privileged position.
and Brits were initially responsible for the financial crisis, their
involvement for change, and agreement for a 0.1% tax on financial
transactions, is both just and fair.
Yet we can ask David C... no questions, he will tell
us no lies, able to deceive, no debate to analyse.
He should be lined up and if not shot, at least join
a line of jobseekers!
I hope Angela puts her foot down and insist on the
financial transaction tax before any more rescue plans. Stand firm against
the selfish bankers. Their mis-selling of often
worthless assets mixed with others back and forth
between themselves taking a healthy commission each time was largely
These financial transactions are all done
electronically, a jumble of assets, passing back through space ending up
in vast and unmanageable digital landfills. And their problem is, how do
you find the info you are looking for? its the proverbial needle in a
haystack? Seriously! two Court cases involving as it happens two US
football players currently in the States on this problem, maybe you have a
mortgage too? Ask, you never bloody know!
At the very least, Line them up! At the local
And reflect that in a peaceful and relatively
compared to the rest of the World, we still have a chance to exercise that
prerogative, one of the privileged few, and a factor for our quality of
But Why does every generation have to find out for
themselves just how selfish are the Tory right. They are waging war on the
working classes. Ed and Nick for all our sakes do the right thing do a
deal and hold the Conservatives to account! Work more closely in
for the benefit of all in the
Community, its a chink,
Make hay while the sun shines!
Conversationally, my mothers maiden name was Cameron,
her family came from Dundee, they were Cambells who at the battle of
slaughtered their enemy so viciously that they
changed their name, as it happened to Cameron, to avoid detection.
David C. family and my own are similar in this
respect. Both families chose the name Cameron and were grateful to be
accepted into British society.
They needed to survive. None of us need go far back
before We all need to ask for forgiveness. Its time for us all to move on,
including David C...
The over riding reason for the Common market was to
stop a literal thousand years of war. It is a very civilised and
civilising institution. More rehab than retribution, more humane less
suffering and pain, working together for our mutual interest. It deserves
It is not that the right has become more popular, it
is because more on the left cannot be bothered to vote, (a)pathetic Voter,
Vote for me and I'll vote for you, start a party, get rid of your blues.
-- ooOoo --
, better football supporters than foot soldiers!
What you lack in financial muscle, you make up for with football.
Viva Europe, Viva
And for my benefit:
Reflect that not long ago during World War2,
Henry Ford built a car of an organic brew,
A composite car comprising 80% hemp
Ten times stronger than steel, though of an organic bent
"Grow Hemp for Victory"
The Cry went- out
What we can do without.
A plant that grows wild and free everywhere
Cannabis Sativa its correct Latin name
Its benefits to mankind then miraculous
Now reaps derision and blame
Now more than ever, the truth is there to see,
a plant our saviour, even more than coffee, nicotine, alcohol and tea,
It provides food and clothing, and building material too,
its also a healer including for me too
No profit from weed is its only misdeed,
again our leaders act for corporate greed,
to benefit from pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals, dirty coal and oil
While heaping abuse on a plant grown in soil
What on earth is going on,
When something so right is said to be wrong,
Up has become down, left has become right,
The truth remains firmly out of site
fight the battle, win the war, third time lucky, changing the
The anger of the 99% is coming to the fore with the protest movement not least because people are more than a little frightened by the uncertainty and possible chaos not only in the financial market but by the problems associated with climate change already affecting millions. Even now half of all amphibian species are in decline and a third threatened with extinction. History has shown that the more complicated the species, the shorter is its stay on earth.
Go down to part one to avoid a rant, or even for those like me who often have a 10 second attention span, do not read it all in one go.
For now, the current global protest against the financial system should maybe take up the cause of the financial transaction tax, just a quarter to one tenth of one percent tax on shares and other city
transactions, otherwise known as the Tobin tax and by the hypocritical rich as the Robin Hood tax, could raise enough money to pay much of the bills.
Europe wants it, Barossa representing the people of Europe wants it and Angela is becoming more insistent for its implementation, but the Government of Bankers in England and America refuse even this tiny concession to their obscene greed. They remain unbelievably selfish while others suffer. American and
British protesters, take up the cause .25 to stay alive. America and Britain say it would not work because it is not worldwide yet if the US and UK were involved, since they were the cause of the meltdown, it would be enough. This single issue, easy to implement, could make all the difference.
If the selfish do not change, then they must be held accountable.
The signs are not good. More than a million marched in London against the Iraq war and it made no
difference. Much of the media is still controlled by the right and represents their interest. It does not need a million marchers, it needs a million strong pressure group with an effective press office denying the mistruths
perpetrated by the right. It also needs small but effective groups ready to picket any organisation
propagating mistruth. There are many needs. The pharmaceutical industry in America employ enough full time lobbyists so that each and every congressman and Senator has three full time lobbyists concentrating just on their case representing the interests of the drugs industry. There needs balance.
Most are already aware that our current chaotic financial was a stitch up caused by American financial Institutions who packaged worthless assets - the mortgages that were mis-sold to people who could not afford to pay for them- for the commissions that they would earn and these worthless assets were bundled together into packages that were then sold and sold again and again and again to other banks whose directors and brokers worldwide all benefitted massively from the enormous commissions that they earned selling assets that were worthless. The pubic purse was used to bail out the basically criminal activities of the servants running the banks and financial institutions. In the process, we the saw the biggest transfer of wealth to private individuals since
HENRY VIII ANNEXED, now there's a lovely word, the Catholic Church and all its land and wealth in England. And now when the Buffett tax tells it how it is, many of the same stinking rich accuse the victims of their criminal activity of waging a class war! Yes, bring it on, we want justice, especially for the starving for we are all the chosen ones.
Mr. Cameron tells Europe to go for greater integration yet he stays out of the Eurozone. When Ted Heath was negotiating Britains full entry into the European Union, it was intended that London would be the financial centre of Europe, a zone of special interest, which would have befitted the whole of Europe. Instead the right championed a move towards the American model of fewer rules for the benefit of Big
business. Mr Cameron's forefathers were refugee bankers from Germany still intent on maintaining
their private interests, he should reflect.
How can our current British Government ape the antics of the American system when 47million Americans are below the poverty line with many cities no go areas at night for pedestrians because it is not safe out there as well as there being no pavements.
Europe benefits its citizens much better. You do not hear about this on Fox news.
In America, secure and segregated gated communities are available to those who can afford them further widening the social gap between the haves and have nots. We know that stress is the biggest killer in America and we know people are stressed when they see unfortunates destitute. By comparison, citizens in Japan and Europe enjoy a longer life, due to 3 or more factors including genetics, a more egalitarian and fairer society which makes people less stressed, diet and exercise. In America, the two most favoured activities are driving and eating so that Americans now eat half their meals at the wheel.
And for many of the citizens of Russia and China, although theur autocratic regimes can benefit growth bulldozing though enormous projects, its the 1 percent who benefit. Most citizens suffer dreary lives in polluted overcrowded cities or suffering starvation in the countryside because prices of basic commodities have risen so fast. In Russia, half of all males have been imprisoned at some point as an instrument of repression by the state. In China, there were reported over 60,000 cases of civil disturbance in one year repressed by the largest state apparatus.
Is it any wonder that the family is so important in these two countries, both populations having to suffer enormous deprivation because of the psychotic actions of their own leaders.
And the rich all over drive bullet proof BMW and Mercedes.
Europe has had its own problems but we should count our blessings and recognise that in an imperfect world, its 99% have it better than elsewhere.
Since Thatcher, Britain has joined America for unfettered capitalism and the twin towers of enormous wealth and extreme deprivation and it does not have to be that way. The rest of Europe without the UK, have worked on building a Community for the benefit of its citizens who collectively are better able to take on big business.
The community originally came into being and Germany and France said after WW2 how could they ensure that Europe after a thousand years of fighting forged a lasting peace, seriously! to put an end to a thousand years of fighting!
They agreed to share the coal fields on their borders that were the ultimate reason for the war and this economic cooperation led to closer ties in many areas of common interest. The well oiled German Industrial machine combined with the science of French
bureaucracy and Benelux and the Netherlands at its heart then over time invited the rest of Europe to join their club providing they followed the rules. Now with 27 members with the aim of bringing everyone up to the standard of the richest.
Unfortunately, Europe Agricultural policy of large subsidies has cost the community dearly but while the system is not perfect, it is by far the best there is more for the benefit of its
inhabitants. Europe has more of all the best there is to offer Russia is a gangster state and China a totalitarian one and the state insists you follow the official line and prison or worse for those that do
not. China does not benefit its citizens, there are reported to be 60,000 anti Government demonstrations as for one half of the population in the country get poorer as prices rise and those in the City have to endure weary lives in dreary
towns. The only plan is more industry with all its worst effects of low wages and pollution. Change has to come and a united Europe has shown the way!
After the second World War in the UK, the people thru the Government owned the coal pits and the steel mines, the electricity gas and water companies, as well as the train companies,
nationalised, owned by the Nation. Many who worked for these companies were proud to continue the
practice of public service and by and large these utilities worked well for the benefit of the
community. We need to turn back to this model.
During that early postwar period in the UK, the National Health service also came into being and I was also able to benefit from a free education and financial assistance while at Uni. England for a while and was a truly socialist country and its people truly pulled together for a better future. In many ways since Thatcher the UK has gone backward while much of the rest of Europe has continued its European Community ways
only more recently polluted by the effects of privatisation.
It needed the shock of a war when people had to work together to produce the socialist and labour reforms of 1945-51 and it maybe needs another war on some financial institutions to effect dramatic change. Desperate times call for desperate measures.
Europe should now go on its knees to Germany so different from 60 years ago. The Germans hard work and efficiency in production and design and labour relations have enabled them to be rich and compassionate enough to bail out the rest of Europe.
They export more goods than America. Europe balances its trade. The Governments of America and England are now calling on the Eurozone to get it together yet they seem to forget that the euro has increased its value against the £ and $ by about a third since it came into being. I guess one consequence of a reduction in value of the pound and dollar is that they pay in real terms less interest on their outstanding trillions debt to the Chinese and the Arab countries, how very convenient.
The USA and British Governments are calling on the EU to raise a 2 trillion dollar bail out fund to further transfer money to the financial sector. Maybe the EU is right to be cautious as their plans could just further enrich the super rich.
Maybe its the swing of the pendulum. After the German activities of six or seven decades ago, they have tried to make up for it to the extent that the German Government is the only Government to take responsibility for the welfare of animals recognising them as sentient
beings. There is little animal testing in Germany.
Germany is the only country whose Government has accepted their electors decision of no new nuclear generators and for the phasing out of existing ones. This is despite the fact that Germany is surrounded by countries with nuclear
power. They are setting a standard for others. This will result in German Industry investing in alternative energy that will benefit their industry and eventually everyone else too.
Germany has long been admired for its workers rights and their kids gave have a much better chance of getting training and jobs, because they do things properly.
In every area, Germany are the pioneers of Europe and demonstrate a better way, even though you might not want to live there.
Manufactures of packaged goods in Germany are responsible for recycling this packaging collected at the point of
sale. Return the empty packets to the shops you bought them from. We should all be following this green model not the unbridled consumerism and waste of America.
Many energy experts believe we passed the point of peak energy last year or this year, the point where demands for petrol or oil exceeds supply hence the US wars in the Middle East. Petrol Companies have a tendency to overestimate their reserves to bolster their
balance sheet. And in the short term, things could get serious, yet in the middle term, the outlook is rather positive. Europe with Germany and France at its centre is putting in a system of energy carrying cables that will eventually connect Europe to The deserts of North Africa for solar energy to the North pole for hypothermal energy, and any wind and wave production, including even using nuclear until it can be replaced. And our homes will have a device that will switch automatically from one energy source to another depending on the sun shining and the wind blowing, all within maybe 30-40 years. In the meantime, we have to ensure that the minority who have their freedom value it.
Unfortunately, Murdock continues to set the agenda including criminal mischief. He does not like the Community of Europe as it is able to limit the power of their companies. So their TV and press have been biased against Europe. The press
Industry has virtually no controls at all. They are allowed to print lies and affect attitudes of viewers and readers. Their greatest crimes are the lies that their papers continue to spew out thru the TV and press reducing the lowest common denominator to the norm. Shock jocks with the Tea Party ferment outrageous attitudes, all controlled by a small club of rich and selfish men, even denying the benefits of the Buffett tax.
The biggest demo in the UK ever was the anti War march and not one of Murdoch's
176 newspapers was against the War, distorting not reporting. And despite the ongoing criminal investigations, their corrupting powers and campaign of misinformation for the benefit of big business and not e community
continues unabated. They should be charged for crimes against humanity.
And our British Government of rich men is part of the problem, not part of the solution.
It seems that every generation in England has to discover for themselves how corrupt and self interested are the Conservative ruling
elite. Cameron's only job previously was as a banker, he does not represent the interests of the community. He promotes for private profit in the Health
Service, the Prison and education services as well as defense and private security and others when the firm evidence from America shows that for profit companies do not benefit the
community. Standard go down, the customer become a client, a number, holding on the phone for hours, waiting for a machine to answer, and being charged 10p a minute for the privilege, For profit for public service stinks.
I will not mention the barbaric US penal system imprisoning for profit over 10 times per head than Europe, keeping prisoners in solitary being standard
practice. Cameron is promoting this way of life, the 1% benefit.
The right are all powerful,
all pervasive, all strong,
controlling the media,
confusing right from wrong
for an answer to the problem,
a reply to a whispered prayer
there has to be something out there
a life force I'm not aware
moving though a vacuum,
filling an empty space
the power of unseen forces
the willingness to embrace
Lovedup, Reasons to be cheerful had the privilege of getting drunk with Ian Drury when he was with the Blockheads and I was Marketing Manager of Pye Records with a drinks
cupboard. I guess I was one of the crew that Keith Richards described as white twits in the business that did not know their ass from their elbow yet still the one eyed man flourished. But this is no reason to be
cheerful, it was a thousand years ago. How about the news that some mega rich
are offering to pay more taxes. Is this not an answer to our current financial woes, and good for business too
I know lurking near
a gem will appear,
a moment in time
when life feels fine
and loving mankind
for my own mental health
accept the inevitable
if I cannot change things
make them acceptable
only think about
things I can change
starting up close
within touching range
Keep life simple, keep life sweet,
get closer to nature, choose with your feet,
create heaven on earth, do not pretend its in space
Mother nature provides for the whole human race.
is the way to be
music and dance
the universal therapy
who gives a dam
the way you look
follow the beat
not a story book
We know that dancing is good for us and we have the evidence from recent research. We know that the Muslim World a thousand years ago prescribed certain types of music depending on the ailment as medicine.
You might think that feeling good is very good but that it does nothing to help the situation but you could be wrong. Has anyone seen Darren Browns experiments. If your cup is rather half full rather, rather than half empty, then you influence for a better result. Though I guess it depends on
what's in the cup
On a practical level, we should hand over all the worlds financial institutions and trade
practices to Germany. If anyone can sort it out, then they can. They do it properly
A New Europe needs to centralise those things that need centralising and
de-centralise everything that can be handled on a local scale.
And celebrate the differences
Germany with France and Benelux and the rest of Europe have shown through their existing policies that they offer the best plan for the
community. Get out and see.
While including Greece might have been a mistake, it does not take away from the founding fathers original
magnificent aims of eventual economic equality for those involved, the richer helping the poorer. Invite Switzerland to join if it follows the rules and if that idiot Cameron wants to stay outside, make Switzerland the financial centre.
Its all very well America and Britain bullying Europe to put up another 2 trillion Euros into the kitty, but if it ends up again mainly going in the hands of American and British financial institutions, then maybe its time to bring up , make again the subject of the quarter of one percent financial transaction tax on those same financial institutions before handing over any more money. VIVA
Its not exactly rocket science, it needs an all inclusive system which is also accountable, the very model for the European community, and the people of the rest of the world should be protesting to join despite what Murdochs press and TV say. VIva the 99%! With Justice in the Hague. I Am R U?
These matters make my appeal against driving dangerously under the influence of marijuana pretty low on the list of priorities yet legalising and cultivating non t.h.c (the active ingredient in Marijuana) crops for their many benefits could play a part in repairing our planet. Cotton has destroyed vast tracts of land and Cannabis Sativa plants can heal this soil as well as being a fantastic and improved alternative to cotton, and America
continues to object.
Whats all this got to do with my case which after about 6 years is due in the Supreme Court some time next year.
For me, I am taking up the case the only way it has been offered..
America's business interests continue to dominate the World Trade
Organisation (WTO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) as their drones patrol enemy territory.
American business interests also dominates the body that is tasked with controlling the the Worlds drugs policy - the International Narcotics control board the I.N.C.B.
American interests set that policy. Even now, Obama is unfortunately taking action against the medical marijuana policy policy that has grown up in California.
American foreign policy affect our lives and their foreign policy is as messed up as their domestic situation.
Europe has to set the agenda for the cause of the community, the 99%
I am asking too much, though my cup is filling.
I was in the middle of a Santo Daime work having drunk two large glasses of thick brown almost bitter honey, the brew called Santo Daime in the Santo Daime work and known as ayahuasca, an ancient brew used in Shamanic works and medicine in Brasil and other parts of South America.
The Santo Daime ceremony is based on the Christian ritual and prayer to include masses of singing and
dancing, and boys on one side, girls on another, dancing the same steps to the same
rhythm 1-2-3 to sublime music. Some of the time, when its good its very very good, and when its not, its not.
It is a very safe environment and with so many involved appears to be quite normal.
Santo Daime translates as Saint Give-me, a favoured highly flavoured cup of tea
Santo Daime Christian based ritual puts a lot of people off and I must admit my prejudice supports this view, for years beating myself up with the contradictions. Now I realise it provides a
beautiful ritual and a safe environment for singing and dancing. That's all that
matters. During the ceremony, everyone tries to stay in their own space. If
it feels good, then its doing you good. Everything else might be garbage.
Hallelujah, and pass the plate.
Viva Amsterdam, Viva Germany, Viva Europe.
Update, June 2011
Update 13 Oct 09
Update 13 Oct 09
Evidence (so grand the gift, so small the sin)
Cannabis and Driving, a scientific and rational
a cascade of euphoria to our receptors
brain in a state of bliss
feeling you get from smoking a joint
good for too many to miss
are free to choose what substances we use
provides a wealth of good news
this weed, until your eyes bleed,
with now, not some future need
lady who can make you high,
so much you want to cry
turns to day as time slips by
smiley face, a happy sigh
and gentle, also releases pain
is the male, grows fast and firm
for mankind needs, with fuel left to burn
evidence is overwhelming, explore and see
plant, our saviour, even more than coffee, nicotine, alcohol and tea
food and clothing, building materials and fuel
a medicine, a healer, even healthy nutrition too..
offers a very real and immediate solution
deforestation and Industries pollution
cleans the topsoil of contaminated oil
itself little water nor toil
our World was at War, World War 2
Ford* made a car with an organic brew
composite car comprising 80% hemp
stronger than steel though of a natural bent
for Victory, the US Government then shouted
evidence provided, no one then doubted
can grow our cars, the cry went out
import what we can do without
their once in a billion year rape of the Worlds resources
then had to provide for themselves in mid-course,
few imports possible, they had to adapt
decided on Hemp, to help avoid a collapse
weed that grows freely everywhere
its correct Latin name
benefits to mankind THEN miraculous
reaps derision and blame
on earth is going on
something so right is said to be wrong
has become down, left has become right
truth remains, firmly out of sight
corporate profits from weed is its only misdeed
again our rulers act for corporate greed
profit from chemicals, plastic, pharmaceuticals and oil
heaping abuse on a plant grown in soil
become voters, change our fate
responsibility for the current state,
a groundswell of the environmentally committed
anyone whose read this far remain seated.
Prime Minister, a sad faced clown,
matter the evidence, his face, a frown,
from the stock of God fearing Presbyterians
to Wine; HIS mind expanding experience
to debate the issue that matter
main concern; that corporate backers get fatter
to communicate policies through
reduced to a sentence of spin, or two.
we can ask no questions,
are told no lies
debate to analyse.
against drugs, no light for the blind,
in his head, war on his mind
is no answer, death is no game,
solve problems, yet cause even more pain
type of dealer his policies produce
provide a range for even more use
Mary-Jane Ė then something else for the brain,
kids can expect only more of the same
trend is down in Cannabis use
illegal excites rebellion in youth
on the increase, marijuana use is down
coherent policy would suggest the other way round
the sky turns black and the air grows thicker,
continue their ineffective bicker
the very heart of global industry,
corporate masters, creating a community of misery.
, again, calling the tune
dissention, harmony in ruin
policy devoid of any sane logic
personal wealth and corporate profit
free gift of nature, this plant divine
benefited all, in past and recent times
is not for everyone, but what is
not inhale if you dislike getting blitzed
our own mental health, accept the inevitable
we cannot change things, make them acceptable
worry about things we can change
up close, within growing range
life simple, keep life sweet
closer to Nature, choose with your feet
heaven on earth, donít pretend itsí in space
Nature provides for the whole human race
, I had not come far,
very carefully, no more than 90 an hour,
was a bright starry night though the snow now light
under a blanket looked a pretty sight
ahead at the road, I thought I saw stars
up from the ground, they were not so far
a flash, I realised I was looking at a reflection
floating on ice, in totally the wrong direction
into the turn and keep your feet off the brake
shit, shit, not in control of my fate
into the turn and keep your feet off the brake
shit, shit, still not in control of my fate
offside front bumper was sliding along the central reservation
I was having doubts about my personal preservation
fuck oh fuck oh fuck what now
as the road was reaching the brow
luck would have it, I stayed on the road
not believing what their eyes had been told
a little I set off again slowly
the unknown but not quite so boldly
did I realise that within a few hours
pol-ice not the ice would put me behind bars
, the ice melted, it offered no fear
like black ice from nowhere a motorcycle cop would appear
for admitting to smoking weed
with a coffee in a layby near Breeda
my Doctor confirms I am a medical user
police can be considered legal abusers
the station I was also charged for speeding
charges from nowhere later appearing
choice but some blood and what I was peeing
a cell does not help much that Xmas feeling
with t.h.c. in my blood
so they say a little faster than I should
license withdrawn, my driving suspended
plans for Xmas totally up-ended
The samples later suggested a low level of t.h.c
effect to an experienced user like me
affects my enjoyment but not my attention
more slowly my honest intention
20 years earlier did their research
recent neurophysialogical evidence adds to the work
slows you down, you modify your behaviour
experienced users, a long distance Saviour
makes you think you can fly
the top rather than round the sides
slows you down and tends to send
experienced user slowly around the bend
year ago, a year later, the Prosecution presented
information as to the charges intended
Judge asked if I had anything briefly to say
big chance, my big day , my say.
the evidence against me was a farce
replied the Prosecution was talking out of their arse
realising the effect this would cause
Court of official females in total uproar
power of words to shock was intended,
facts of the case had been ignored, reality suspended
licence withdrawn and a hefty fine too
said I appealed with this crazy ass view
excuse my rudeness that caused a sensation
poetic licence was lost in translation
proceeding in Dutch, I was up at the front
legal translator in the Courts rump
am always genuinely sorry for causing offence
the court had decided no matter my defence
2 years late, another Court Date
continues a mate
is not me thatís on trial,
Mother Natures intended
Court represents the corporate defence
will help Nature get
profit from weed is its corporate misdeed
again our Government acts for corporate greed
profit from petro-chemicals, plastic, dirty coal and oil
heaping abuse on a plant grown in soil
a cell of his own making
truth will come out
the land of the free
of the brave
rich, are they happy?
bill, make it snappy
suffer from stress, aliens at best
orders early, still dressed to impress
for sun and adventure
maybe inexpensive work to my dentures
has to be naturally true
is legal too
times are hard, it calls for special measures
can help provide for lifeís little pleasures
does not grow on trees
of course your growing weeds
you need to put food on the table
is wrong with a few plants in the stable