Look after the goldfish bowl!

Much of what passes for modern news plays on our our emotional states, often quite deliberately. 

Hence the presentation of Syria last year and the alleged chemical attack carried out by Assad’s forces, used very quickly by the US and UK to make preparations for war, only voted down in Britain’s case by memories of Iraq. unreported go the finding s later last year that what chemical attack there may have been was likely to have been carried out by the rebels, many of whom were western-backed. 

There’s a similar presentation going on now with the Ukraine. after a western-backed coup, the new government is immediately given lots of legitimisation (as apposed to vilification of the Russians) by western powers. there are similar reasons at play; Russia is an important protector of Syria and everyone watching knows that America has plans to get both Syria then Iran predating 9/11. 

Closer to home we see it in the perennial arguments about foreigners and immigration, so everyone is familiar with the arguments of them taking our jobs’ or ‘benefit scrounging’ – or both these days in the strange policies we’ve adopted. 

Whose murder is all over our screens? The Pistorius trial. It’s there for shock value, involves a celebrity, they’re both white. Was it a tragedy or a murder? Why should it matter to us,thousands of miles away? Actually it doesn’t. It’s there to entertain and to give us something to gossip about. Do we know as much about the 1 or 2 murders a day in Britain? no, of course not. For some reason, they’re not as newsworthy. But why? They’re no less a human tragedy, so if we value human lives surely we should be more concerned about those, read about them, be told about them?

There’s more to being human than any given emotional state.  This is quite important for those of us who live in pathological societies like America or Britain. America has the school of counselling tricks known as NLP, or new age thinking like The Secret, or The Seven Habits of Successful People. But to think that a mindset will cure all our ills is delusional, even if it is temporarily helpful. It arises out of the How to Get Rich school, something America has become very good at. A good contrast for The Secret would be The Wolf of Wall Street – where individuals also get fabulously wealthy and successful – by lying and at the expense of others.

For all Americans to be as rich as their own richest have become would mean the destruction of the planet (already far advanced). We’d be better off with a global ethic such as ‘Live simply, that others may simply live’. This starts from a more global understanding and imperatives arising out of the known macro effects humans are having. The biggest single class in the way of this are the rich and powerful, most of whom haven’t got there by the ‘Law of Attraction’ but through inherited wealth, position and exploitation of others or the earth or both.

Foremostly, we’re social beings and the health of the society will influence how generally healthy the individuals are, rather than the other way around. Like fish in a goldfish bowl – one enlightened fish may teach the others how to enjoy life, but if the water’s poisoned, the progress is short-lived. We have to look after the goldfish bowl now (even if it makes some people unhappy).

Hul Axe the Bedroom Tax Rally | Christopher Alder Vigil

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“We need an end to this tax; an end to this government!”
Martin Deane speaking at the Bedroom Tax Rally, Hull, with Dermot Rathbone, LRC (Labour Representation Committee). (Photos: Peter Pollard, with thanks)
Martin Deane, of Hull and East  Riding Green Party, spoke at the Bedroom Tax rally, Sat 5th April.
“The figures surrounding the Bedroom Tax are staggering. Despite government’s avowed intent to rehouse people more sensibly, only a tiny fraction have been able to move. A further staggering number involve disabled people, as if they didn’t have enough to contend with. Figures exposed recently by the BBC show that only 6% of people affected by the bedroom tax have been able to move.”
“The bedroom tax is one further blow to disabled people in Britain, already hit hard by the deeply flawed and grossly unreasonable Work Capability Assessment administered by the dreadful Atos.
“We rejoice – briefly – at Atos caving in after recent national demonstrations, and requesting their government contract be ended early – but we know some other craven company will take their place.

“Two thirds of households affected by the bedroom tax have at least one disabled member. This unjust tax piles disadvantage on disadvantage. It expects children of the same gender to share bedrooms – yet we’re expecting schools to improve results for the most disadvantaged pupils. Forcing those children to try to do their homework and study in overcrowded, stressful environments will not help.
“We currently have a government detached from reality. Iain Duncan Smith proclaims “let them move house” but there are no homes to move to!  We need to back policies to ensure that people have a roof over their heads and enough to eat in the UK – one of the richest countries in the world.”
“It is deeply concerning how grossly unfair it is that the poor are targeted by this tax – especially when the richest benefit from tax cuts. It’s horrifying that such a high proportion of those affected are disabled.

“This abhorrent policy is pushing people who are already desperate, into homelessness or into the hands of pay day loan sharks.

“A government minister was recently asked, How much money has the Bedroom Tax saved? She said, It wasn’t all about saving money…”
“We need to see an end to this tax. We need an end to this government!”
Also speaking were Dermot Rathbone (People’s Assembly), Cllr Shelagh Finlay (Lab), and Cllr Gill Kennett (Labour, suspended for voting against the budget costing 400 Hull jobs).
Vigil for Christopher Alder (1960 – 1998)
Janet Alder still seeks justice for her brother Christopher who died on the floor of Queen’s Gardens Police Station, Hull.
16 years on, and despite an unlawful killing verdict, dozens of questions remain unanswered. (Indeed there have been a staggering 6000 deaths in police custody since the year 2000).
Adding insult to death, when Chris, a 37-year old ex-paratrooper, a partner and father of two, was buried, the WRONG body was handed over for the funeral. A recent investigation shed no light on how this occurred beyond revealing Christopher’s body had been transferred between 6 body bags. It also refused to lay any blame or to find any criminal wrongdoing.
Of further worry is the revelation that 59 police officers attended the mortuary to view Christopher Alder’s body. There is no explanation as to why nor when this was.
Janet also revealed she had had no support from Labour (under who this killing happened), the Lib Dems or the Conservatives. The Green Party should formally support her and others of the 6000 dead seeking answers.
Time to end the paramilitary model of policing.