Faith Schools: A Broken Society.

brainwashed-dngg[1]Faith schools are the perpetuation of indoctrination and brainwashing, in essence the control of thinking. This is everything that should be abhorrent to anyone with a liberal mind. But we find that in the name of multiculturalism that liberal minds have abandoned logic so as to subscribe to the adverse dogma of political correctness.

The frenzy that surrounded political correctness is characteristic of a body that had come from the wilderness with the assuredness of divine right; and sought to impose the PC bible, without hesitation, on all. There was no thought of consequence and the pace of imposition gained momentum as acolytes joined the trend.

Of course faith schools have been with us for generations. They were never so much about bringing God to the people as to ensure that the people followed the rule of law. The church had realised that their future was tied to the masters of the day.

However, once the church became powerful it did not demand equality. No, the church ruled as an erstwhile Emperor using the fear of God and the threat of Armageddon to impose its will. The Catholic Church today is still issuing diktats.

Therefore the church was never about –make-love-not-war. It has always been about self-preservation.

In 2011 (there doesn’t seem to be more up to date data) there were 7,000 faith schools broken down thus:

  • 68% Church of England
  • 30% Catholic
  • 12 Muslim
  • 3  Sikh
  • 1  Hindu

A study by the Guardian newspaper in 2010 found social bias whereby lower class kids

No where to go.

No where to go.

were omitted and that faith based schools were increasingly becoming the preserve of the middle classes. Such that in 2013 a Fair Admissions Campaign was launched to demand that children be able to attend a school irrespective of faith.

The Observer newspaper June 2014 carried out a survey and found that 58% of people were against faith schools being funded by the government. This falls in line with other opinion:

“We consider the promotion and public funding of religious schools to be divisive and detrimental to social cohesion”. www.secularism.org.uk/faith-schools.html

The Independent newspaper 2014/12/31 held a story citing Mathew Taylor of the Social Integration Commission (SIC) suggesting that the government was obsessed with faith schools. The conclusion was that it, “breeds social and racial segregation”. Taylor was also quoted as suggesting that consequentially, “Britain’s society would be characterized by ‘ugly’ divisions”.

www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/

In March 2015 the Telegraph pulled information from a survey by the SIC of 4,300 people aged 13 – 80. One conclusion was that, “…teenagers emerged as less integrated than young adults”. This drew a further damning statement, “Multiculturalism has effectively gone into reverse”.

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/11457650

Faith schools by purpose teach intolerance. They promote their interpretation of the bible/Quran and thus by extension their God as the real one. Thus millions of needy souls are not following the word of God but a contrived version of the bible/Quran.

thVVX2B7D6Most people believe that the church is there to help the neediest and the poorest in our society. Yet it seems that the faith schools walk in the opposite direction. Isn’t it ironic?

“England’s faith schools are on average failing to mirror their local communities by shunning the poorest pupils in their area”.

www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2012/mar/05/faith-schools-admissions

Thus faith schools are condoning and therefore perpetuating the class system and religious division in the name of God. In the name of God, swallow your ambition and raise us all in the joy of humanity!

Moreover, once lost in a religious fervour one becomes intolerant of others. We are living in the midst of it today in the Middle East, India and Pakistan. The UK has had decades of hell in Northern Ireland where religious divide still dominates political dogma. Over the centuries religious wars have caused the deaths of millions.

A cross on every hill

A star, a marinet

So many graves to fill

O love, aren’t you tired yet?

Leonard Cohen, The Faith, from the album – Dear Heather

I don’t believe that God, (are you there mate?) would condone the actions of the church, any church. Men and their dictatorial tendencies are the true authors of fire and brimstone.preacher-angry[1]

The world cannot grow until men learn how to!

 

Dark – Darker – Darkness

human_evolution_article_big3[1]How far are we humans along the road of evolution? Some will point to our technological advances to suggest we are well north of phenomenal. They will point to developments in science generally and to medicine, travel and communication in particular and pronounce that the world is growing smaller and more beneficial for all.

A minority report may argue vociferously that the world has grown worse. This report would point to trafficking of people, drugs, and weapons, in effect anything illegal that generates cash. Money is the oil which keeps the wheels of the economic system working. This ‘black economy’ is perhaps the real economy.

Power and its offshoots – privilege –prestige – influence (there are more) are the motivators. It’s a truism that money speaks and money buys, whether you are a CEO of a major company or a head-honcho of a major drug cartel. If you are truly ambitious and have enough dosh personally and in support you can become the President of the USA, numero uno of the world’s politicians.thKGW4YVRM

“It is now painfully clear that elections depend substantially on money, and elected officials have to spend too much time raising money and respond disproportionately to the preferences of donors.” US Supreme Court cited Reuters 2015/01/19

www.blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/01/19/

In my previous post: Morality: Did it Ever Exist I mentioned that slavery is now more prevalent than ever and sad to say but the same is true of child abuse. The statistics are a tale of human depravity.

Figures such as, forty million kids below the age of 15 are subjected to abuse, WHO 2001. Most suffer from physical abuse. Emotional abuse can devastate for a lifetime. thBHNITY72Sexual abuse is estimated to affect 36% of girls and 29% of boys. In 2005 UNICEF suggested that an astonishing 100 – 140 million girls are subjected to genital mutilation. The ILO (2006) say that around 250 million kids between the ages of five (5) and fourteen (14) are used as forced labour. Also that one million kids have been trafficked for the sex trade.

Check the dates, they are from years ago but nothing has improved. Up to date statistics can be found at:

My attention was redrawn to this heinous crime by the events in Kasur Pakistan. Here child abuse was run like a family business.

Around 270 kids from the age of 12 were forced into sexual acts which were videoed. The child and family would then be blackmailed or the video sold. The depravity has been going on for years. We may never know the true number of kids abused in this way. Telegraph 2015/08/10 + uk.reuters.com

Another attention grabber was in Bedford England where a man was jailed for 16 months for having 20,000 images of child abuse on his computer. Some 3,300 were Category A – the most obscene. Personally, I would lock the cell door and toss the key! www.bedfordtoday.co.uk

The picture in the UK generally is not good, the NSPCC report that 62,000 children phoned Childline in 2014 of these over 18,000 referred to sexual abuse. Of 23,000 sexual offences against kids some 5,500 were under the age of eleven (11). The number of cases continues to rise.

Meanwhile across Europe 250,000 kids go missing. Almost half are runaways – from what? Of the rest; will we ever know? There is a European hotline 116000 but the funds to operate it run out at the end of the year. Do many know of its existence?          Euronews.

I was bemused to read that in western countries preventing abuse was “a high priority”, among politicians.  Read the coverage at this site.      www.en.m.wikipedia.org/childabuse

The situation in America is dire. The website childhelp.org suggests that 3 million child abuse cases are reported annually which is categorized as the worse of the industrial nations. In addition five (5) kids a day die from abuse and neglect.

Furthermore, compassion.com suggests that 20% of women and between 5 -10% of men say they were sexually abused as kids. That worldwide nearly two (2) million children are exploited in the commercial sex trade and, that sexual abuse is the second largest criminal industry and growing.

There is a slither of good news Google (developer) Facebook and Twitter are to block “hash lists” of child abuse. This is good news indeed by these companies but hiding it will not prevent it. Our politicians must do more.

What of the “high priority” pledge by politicians. Is it a pretence that something is happening when in fact it is not. We should demand a ten or twenty point plan with a timeline agreed to at a G20 summit.

At the 2014 UN General Assembly meeting – the 69th session –  seven (7) summits were organised for the week: indigenous people, climate change, counter-terrorism, Ebola, education and a Global compact – businessmen meeting. www.ipnews.net

Have you noticed any significant change in these areas? Ebola, but that in reality was a marketing exercise by the West. (Call me cynical) It was an easy fix in global terms. More people die in Africa from poor water supply and malaria. Let’s eradicate them!!

Another UN meeting in August 2015 the Sustainable Development Agenda was accepted with the aim to end poverty by 2030. The cost will be in the region of $3 – 5 trillion per year. Can you see it happening? Cynical!! One interesting point came from the discussions:

“Women and girls everywhere have much to gain from the SDGs. But to make it a reality we have to keep pressure on governments to follow through in their commitments”. Shannon Kowalski

Note the ‘But’! That’s a big ‘if’ factor as success depends on national politicians. Note also that everything is geared to sustained business development as the only hope of achieving the goals. However, centuries of capitalism has not ameliorated poverty, slavery or child abuse.

Capitalism is not the best-fit option for humanity. It stimulates our base instincts like greed and pride. When stress enters our lives some go dark, the greater the stress the darker they go. In times of great upheaval we enter the darkness, ethnic cleansing etc.

The world cannot grow until men learn how to!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Morality: Will it Ever Exist?

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There is talk and talk and then some more until it becomes irrelevant. Talk about the justice of human rights and the need for a moral landscape. A landscape that holds all equal. It has never existed. At present it’s as far off as never-never land!

For those adherents of morality it is time to remove the blinkers. They need to stop walking into a crowded room wearing sunglasses. Many of the smiling faces they will encounter will hold dark and at times barbaric secrets behind their chic exterior.

We try to make our children aware of morality and while some take it on board others I fear need a more intensive and extensive programme of study. That we are not meeting the needs of many highlights our own lack of understanding.

A moral code cannot be imposed; ask the Catholic Church. It has tried for centuries and as often as not has resorted to force, intimidation and war in their quest for rectitude.

The failure of the Catholic Church is obvious. Even among the ‘saints’ they sent out to deliver us, abused their position. In doing so they turned many off the very notion of morality.

True moralists are as rare as gems in a coal mine. In the modern era we can look to Mother Theresa, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King all of whom were subject to or breathed the air of persecution. Does this mean we must live in servitude to understand that it is wrong? NO!

We do not have to walk in the shoes of Pastor Niemoller on Nazi persecution.

http://hmd.org.uk/resources/poetry/first-they-came-pastor-martin-niemoller

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

It does mean we must step back from the mirror, open the curtain and realise there are others out there. That we need and depend on them for everything we have. We are born, in all aspects, naked.

History should teach us lessons. World War 2 was a barbaric conflict and should have been enough to lift the shades from our eyes. However, genocide is still a part of our life. War reminds us just how basic we are. How the limbic brain still controls the neo- cortex.

http://www.humantruth.info/limbic_system.html

  • Khemer Rouge nearly 2 million slaughtered
  • East Timor 200,000 Catholics
  • Bosnia – 200,000 Muslims
  • Biafra – 400,000
  • Kosovo – 300,000
  • Rwanda – over 1 million Tutsis
  • Darfur – 400,000
  • Congo – 6 million and counting

There are several more examples but genocide or ethnic cleansing is still very much with us.

A story of bitter discrimination is taking place In the Dominican Republic (DR).  Here around, one- million Haitians, many of whom have lived there for 30 years + are under threat. The government of the DR now wants them removed and in 2013 introduced a law which strips the children of Haitian illegal immigrants of citizenship. The Guardian 5/8/15

Ancient Celtic Warrior

Ancient Celtic Warrior

Meanwhile, we play with our gadgets by the score which feed our intrinsic desires. We unashamedly flash them as an ancient may flash their trophies. Technology has eased our lives, freed up time and given us more experiences. BUT! Technology has not served our moral being or made us more empathetic. We have taken giant strides but remain static.

Where in the world will we find: no persecution, no discrimination, no child abuse and no slavery? In 1833 slavery was abolished throughout the then British empire. In 1948 the United Nations issued the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which banned slavery globally. In 2007 Mauritania made slavery a crime.th1HIFN26V

 In 2015 there is more slavery than ever!

We suffer greatly from the complacency of politicians. Many speak with a liberal tongue but their taste buds are immune to anything other than delicate compromise. In the world of compromise there is no clear water only mud baths.

We can learn! (Hope) Every fool you have ever come across or are likely to come across is looking at you. Mirror, mirror on the wall. The learning curve is to be conscious, understand and develop in consequence. Unfortunately, testosterone has power over male brains as well as their genitals!

The world cannot grow until men learn how to!thI9DEC6BP

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Calais: Migrant Crisis?

Calais Jungle

Calais Jungle

Is the situation in Calais a humanitarian crisis that most on the left of politics say is the case? Or on the other hand a political crisis as many others would suggest. Who is right?

The trendy-wendy left remind us that the migrants are human and do have rights and therefore by simple logic should be allowed to enter Britain. The ambition of the migrants is to build a new life and believe that it will be easier in the UK. But the perplexing question for the trendy-wendy left-wing is how many should be allowed to come to Britain.

On the opposite spectrum, those on the right of the political divide have some pertinent questions; whether they are given credence or not.

  • How will the migrants support themselves?
  • Have they got a worthwhile skill?
  • Will they take our jobs for less money?
  • Will they get preference on the housing ladder?

There are a host of other questions but these suffice to give a flavour of the angst that ordinary people feel. Many do feel frustrated, angry and scared by the possible influx of new cheap labour. They have other relevant points to raise: are we not human too? Do our anxieties and fears mean nothing?

Can the situation at Calais be construed as a fundamental humanitarian crisis? The simple straight forward answer is NO. The migrants may have travelled many miles to reach Calais. In their journey they may have crossed the border of several European countries. Why did they not stop in the first nation they entered?

According to EU law, the Schengen Agreement, all migrants should be held in the port of arrival until they have been processed e.g. Greece and Italy. Those who are purely economic migrants are supposed to be refused and returned to their home land.

Migrants can therefore be fed, clothed and given shelter in the host nation. The migrants who continue to Calais have made a choice, a decision to try and enter Britain illegally. Thus Calais is the place of choice and is therefore not a humanitarian crisis. Their needs can be met in the original host nation.

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Moreover, many migrants have been resident in Calais for several months. Some have been arrested and released but have decided to remain in the squalid squatter camps. Every day the migrants make a choice. It is not imposed it’s a burden of choice!

Furthermore, I have seen many reports that include migrant views but none that seek the opinion of the local French residents. Perhaps they have an opinion on what is happening?

Once again some relevant questions:

  • How did the migrants afford the fees of the people traffickers?
  • How do they support themselves in Calais?
  • What does Britain offer which other European countries don’t?

Simple questions, with a decided political tone, but nonetheless pertinent.

Note that commentators try, when they can, to bring children into the equation. This is to invoke an emotional response from the viewer, listener, and reader. It is an old trick but at times effective.

What are not mentioned are the underlying costs. Kent County Council has an estimated 600 migrant youngsters in their care at an annual cost of £30,000 per person per year. That is a lot of money and must be paid for by the council taxpayer. However, the left-wingers are not concerned by the cost, which is merely another arrow to shoot at the Tory government.

Where are the parents of these children? Are they planning to use their offspring as a back door into Britain?

Clearly the left are creating an atmosphere of a humanitarian crisis. Is this to raise awareness or to fuel their cheap politics? The hypocrisy of the left knows no boundary. What is more despicable is that they have no concern for the ordinary Joes of this country.

The left-wingers need to deal with the fact that the poor pick up the lion’s share of the tax burden. It is the poorest who are hurt the most as they cannot work for less than the minimum wage which migrants are forced too.

Are the Tories the good guys? That would be a resounding NO!

The Conservative eyes are firmly on the future election and know that many voters are deeply concerned by immigration and the Human Rights Act. Many are exasperated by the latter that seems to side with every loose nut (perception) but does nothing for the everyday person. Thus the Tories are pandering to the disaffected electorate.

Actions taken so far by the Tories are minimal: more fencing, more dogs, more police and more money. They are simply tinkering with the issue. It’s a political blind-sider to make you believe something big is happening.

A local guru down the pub has a ready-made solution. His suggestion is to find a couple of hundred illegal migrants in England pack them on to buses and drop them off in Calais. To carry through the process for a few weeks until the guys in Calais realise their hopes are fruitless.

When I interjected to explain that such action might breach their human rights; I was nearly blown off my bar stool by the roar of derision about the Human Rights Act. On a democratic vote I would have lost my deposit!

Many hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants are in Britain and little is done to rectify the dilemma. Most work in the ‘black economy’ a cash in hand daily job. They can be found in places like Old Kent Road, London where they queue to be picked up and taken to a place of work; being paid below the national minimum wage.

These illegals are being exploited and a government which turns a blind eye is complicit in that exploitation. The left-wingers who are silent on this issue are condoning this tawdry business.

The only people laughing in this situation are the businesses that are profiting from employing the migrants. Perhaps they should face the same penalty as is proposed for rogue landlords who allow illegal migrants to rent their property – 5 yrs. in prison. No, can’t do that to our donors, our mates!!!

Is it all Britain’s fault? NO!

The migrants are in France it is their legal obligation to deal with it effectively. However, recently the European Commission made it clear that Britain should have cooperated in the dispersal of 40,000 migrants throughout the EU. Britain refused! Is the UK now being held to ransom, taught a lesson?

What is the truth? Unfortunately, there is no truth in politics, only agendas.

 

 

Greece: Democracy to Dictatorship.

Unity

Unity

A world apart

A world apart

 

 

A Greek tragedy, it could be a re-write of the Shakespearian play Julius Caesar. The Brutus in this modern version is of course the EU. Perhaps a more apt correlation is that of Timon of Athens which is about bankruptcy and the failure of powerful Lords to refuse loans.

Act 1. Scene 1 Servant: ‘His means most short, his creditors most strait:’

It would be great to read a Shakespeare play on the present debacle. How the faceless bureaucrats of the EU forced their diktat on Greece in defiance of the peoples voice. How might Shakespeare have penned the death of democracy and the rise of the machine?

Other great writers come to mind, George Orwell – 1984 and Aldous Huxley – Brave New World. How may they have told the story about a David in his struggle for independent thought against the might of a Goliath?

There is consensus among journalists that the deal to keep Greece in the euro zone was harsh:

  • ‘brutal negotiations – punitive deal’ Financial Times
  • Euro zone leaders made Greece surrender much of its sovereignty. Reuters + NYT
  • ‘ultimatum’ NYT
  • ‘painful and humiliating agreement’ Economist
  • ‘no reason to consider the summit a success’     Sachische Zeitung

The ensuing debate has battle lines drawn. Daniel Stelter a German writer – Beyond the Obvious suggests that the problem is the euro which is ‘flawed’. (France 24 en) He has support in this analysis from two Nobel Prize winning economists; Paul Krugman – ‘a fateful error’ (p168) and Joseph Stiglitz ‘a political project’ (p276) not one based on sound economic analysis.

Stiglitz p275 identifies one of the problems: “In fact, the ECB continually threatens not to buy the sovereign bonds of the countries of the euro zone, unless they do as it says”.

Jacques Rupnick while supporting the deal qualifies himself by suggesting that closer fiscal integration is necessary. In doing so he is accepting the argument that the euro is the problem. Without the euro being reformed the problems will continue. The notion was that the euro would bring the different economies together; “The last decade has proved that to be illusory”. NYT

Of course the economists’ who-fly-the-flag for austerity support the deal and the Austrian School of Economics. There are several ‘schools’ of economic thought so who says the austerity mob has got it right? Being a follower of a school of thought denies the opportunity to think of alternatives.

The Greeks were given three (3) days to force law changes through their parliament to be introduced by Wednesday 15 July 2015:

  • Accept the Eurozone’s 2012 fiscal compact, which includes an independent fiscal council. Thus the Greek government cannot make decisions on its own.
  • Must introduce EU banking rules.
  • Overhaul their legal system.
  • Raise retirement age to 67 by 2022
  • Must make the statistical agency independent. It seems the EU doesn’t trust the Greeks to be honest!!!
  • Further spending cuts.
  • Raise taxes + VAT to 23% EU average = 20%

Failure to comply with the package will result in Greece being denied a sufficient loan to pay back the €3.5 billion it owes to creditors due on 20 July 2015. This is indeed a crackdown. The faceless have brought out the whip and are lashing the Greeks into submission.

One of the main creditors the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has come out against the EU proposals suggesting they are too harsh and won’t actually work! Hm. The EU negotiators were aware of the IMF report but paid it no heed. This suggests to me a strict adherence to their preferred goal – make Greece suffer; perhaps as a warning to others. Telegraph 15/07/2015

The IMF decision may have been strongly influenced by the Americans on the committee. The Yanks wanted a debt relief solution but the EU disagreed. A debt relief package would have seen a huge chunk of the debt chopped-off making it easier for Greece to repay the remainder.

Now we have the big boys at loggerheads. Fight! Fight! Fight! School playground rules, please!

It would seem that the FT called this one right by suggesting it was a ‘punitive deal’. It’s a mess caused by the € euro and the failure to implement it properly in the first instance.

Trying to hold such diverse economies together under present conditions will merely stave off the inevitable collapse. Bull by the horns comes to mind.

Why try hard to keep Greece in?

If Greece is allowed to bail out other weak economies may have to follow: Spain, Italy and Portugal among them. These are being given help under the table at the moment.

Another possible reason is that Greece has more migrants knocking on its door than Italy which has got all the publicity. If Greece opted out it could give all the migrants a free bus pass to Europe and that would cause all kinds of ramifications. A political storm is already blowing!

 

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Paul Krugman    End This Depression Now

Joseph Stiglitz    The Price of Inequality

 

 

 

War: Shit Street!

 

 

  • Refugee camp

Is there shelter from the storm? Most people know that war is hell; others have been desensitized by movies and war games. However, there is no fiction in reality. Those who have witnessed it know it is no fantasy. In recent years war has come to affect people in every country in one way or another.

An article in the www.nyt.com/2015/20/06 taking its information from the UN (UNHCR) tells us that there are around 60 million refugees in the world. The Economist uses the same figure but gives it a concrete context by linking it to the population of Italy; that’s a lot of people. Side Bar:

  • The new term for refugees is ‘displaced persons’. Displaced is a nice word but does not give sufficient gravity to the situation. Running from hell is not exactly being displaced; it’s fleeing for your life. We are not talking of a set of keys that you know will turn up.

There is no shortage of war zones. Middle East: Syria, Yemen and Iraq with the spread of Islamic revolution by ISIS. Sub-Sahara Africa with: Somalia, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria, with another Islamic group Boko Haram. The surprise area for some will be Columbia in South America.

Why is there such a fire burning around the globe? A main reason is political power as in Syria where the dictatorial Assad regime is in conflict with groups seeking more democratic rights. The consequences are that nearly 50% of the population has been forced to flee their homes. Many have simply fled within the country but some 4 million have scattered abroad.

Neighbours, Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and war torn Iraq have taken many Syrians in. The NYT suggest Egypt has 138,000; the Economist says Turkey has 1.7 million. It’s important to get the numbers right as aid being sent to the accommodating nations requires solid numbers to meet the need.

  • ISIS has driven an approximate 2.6 million Iraqis from their homes.

The civil war in Syria has affected 5 / 6 of its neighbours directly. However, the ramifications go much further. Thousands have made a dash for Europe or America. For Europe they have travelled to Libya, which itself is in turmoil, to find passage across the Mediterranean Sea. There is not a warm welcome in Europe because in their travels they meet up with other refugees from various parts of the world who are also escaping hell.

It is understandable that they want to flee the hell of their home nations to find the perceived stability elsewhere. The problem is that America is trying on a daily basis to stem the flood of migrants from South America. Europe, in a period of austerity, and a history over the last 20 years of conflict in the Balkans and presently in Ukraine, is panicked by the flow.

The influx of migrants has caused a political storm in Europe, which has seen a rise in radical parties. Politicians can’t ignore this trend. Hungary, is debating whether to construct a 100 mile fence to stop migrants crossing over from Serbia as numbers have increased from 30,000 to 100,000 in the past year. There is a huge cost in both political and financial terms in trying to cope with increasing numbers.

There are many poor people in the UK; some estimates suggest upward of 2.7 million families are affected. A large influx of economic migrants can have a direct impact on the poor by forcing wages down, putting pressure on housing and waiting lists for doctors, dentists etc. Thus little surprise that most poor people will not welcome migrants.

th67LNBAFYIn sub-Sahara Africa an estimated 15 million refugees have been forced from their homes. Ethiopia, houses an approximate 665,000 mainly from Somalia and South Sudan. An interesting point made by the NYT report was that most African refugees stay in Africa. Another point raised by the Economist is that 85% of refugees have sought shelter in developing countries.

It may appear cruel on those fleeing hell but developing nations often don’t have the resources to cope with an influx of refugees. Ethiopia is such a case. This country is still a recipient of foreign aid of over £200 million just to sustain their own population.

Unfortunately, those fleeing horror face further danger of exploitation. Even if they manage to reach the UK or USA they are used as cheap labour or forced into the sex trade. When it comes to humans there is no depth to their barbarity. The continued struggle in Columbia has caused the uprooting of around 6 million, 136,000 in 2014 alone. A further 360,000 have fled abroad to adjoining nations or perhaps trying to reach the USA.

If only there was an easy solution but being tied to politics, fear and cost there is no straightforward option. It is at a time like this that we witness the selfish gene come to the fore and this gene can be very erratic, and cruel.

Let Me Breathe, Please!

thLQSH1L46To accept the political outlook of compromise, the adage, ‘the art of the possible’ is to ride on a broken down train. Naturally progress on such a train will be slow, if at all.

When you come to the conference table with the proviso of compromise you are not being true to yourself or to the people you purport to represent. With the mindset that there is no alternative, there is no alternative. Politicians who follow such a pedantic logic congratulate each other on their political wisdom. So they arrive at a meeting with a tin of beans and leave with a teaspoonful and on the way out smile at the mirror before smiling for the camera.

Meanwhile, for 21 years representatives of world governments have been meeting to discuss the climate and the dangers inherent in sizable change. The next meeting will take place in December 2015 in Paris France. Each delegate will arrive with their tin of beans and having eaten something more upmarket will leave; not forgetting to smile at the mirror before smiling for the camera.

Therefore, can we expect a decisive response in December or will we be served with the leftover beans on a plastic plate? The view of scientists is overwhelmingly in favour of cutting CO2 emissions. But politicians don’t represent scientists, they represent business interests. Business enterprises have had at the very least 21 years to prepare a long-term strategy, but are still to be found having a tantrum in the background. Anything that effects profit adversely makes them cry.

One has to ask if it would do any good to present our politicians with a portfolio of factual information. I suspect not. Nonetheless:

American Medical Association

“Our AMA … supports the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s fourth assessment report and concurs with the scientific consensus that the Earth is undergoing adverse global climate change and that anthropogenic [human] contributions are significant.” (2013)

Global temperature increased by more than 1.4oF over the last century.

The AMA is one of several bodies that have put their name to the argument that climate change is a reality. Check out the web site!!!

www.climate.nasa.gov/scientific-consensus/

An anonymous poll was carried out with 10,200 scientists being contacted of whom 3146 responded:

Question #1: When compared with pre-1800s levels, do you think that mean global temperatures have generally risen, fallen, or remained relatively constant?

About 90% of all the scientists and 97% of the climate scientists said temperatures had risen.

Question #2: Do you think human activity is a significant contributing factor in changing mean global temperatures?

About 82% of all the scientists and 97% climate scientists agreed that human activity is a significant contributing factor.

http://www.wunderground.com/resources/climate/928.asp

A large number of studies have been done and the findings are:

New Picture

http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/images/science/models-observed-human-natural-large.jpg

This is a worthwhile site to visit. It is a question and answer piece and very informative. In one answer I came across the following statement: “… carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are higher than they have been for at least 800,000 years”.

U.S. Global Change Research Program // Karl S Thomas et al

Thus at the meeting in December will we witness China, America and India come to the conference table and agree to give up the use of coal? Coal is deemed to be the worse polluter of the fossil fuels. Unfortunately, I think not!

All delegates may attend with their tin of beans but leave with less than their teaspoonful because the big boys will not compromise on issues that their industry makes mega-bucks from. And there you have the proof – the short-term interests of business are more important than the long-term health of our planet.

If I was a betting man I would wager £50 that no jaw-dropping decision will be taken, that some kind of fudge will be reached. Politicians will raise their shoulders in a gesture as if to say ‘what did you expect’. However, they will be united in agreeing that it is a good deal. They will smile for the camera and argue that everyone got something out of it. As for the planet and our health, well, that’s another matter.

Let’s pray for rain.

Another telling piece of information was to be found in theguardian.com/2015/jun/22/. In the capital of Chile such was the smog that an environmental emergency was declared: the 7 million residents were warned not to do any physical activity, over 1.7 million vehicles were ordered off the roads and 1300 businesses were closed. It was the driest June in 40 years and the prospect of rain is weeks away.

In the last months we have heard of similar stories from Paris France, London England and Delhi India. This is an increasing phenomenon.

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