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9/11: Fifty Four Million Dead Poor Children … And A Few Thousand Rich Westerners

September 11th, 2006 No comments

It is the fifth anniversary of September the eleventh and everyone is making lots of noise about it. It was indeed a horrific and unwarranted act, debased and obscene in every way. I do not wish to pretend that it was not that.

However since September the eleventh, 2001 a total of approximately fifty four million, seven hundred and fifty thousand children have died needlessly in the third world because of the economics of market forces that the terrorists so hated.

Hatred does not help. The acts of the terrorists were without doubt misdirected. But so have the efforts of leading western governments since that day. If you want to stop terrorism stop children starving and dying needless deaths from curable illnesses. Stop war in all forms, including the “war” om terrorism. Solve those problems, reduce the anger and start building a world where we care for each other.

This is the political and personal project of freedom that will pay the dividend of lasting peace. Any attempt to control and cajole will only impose economic burdens that create more division, more hatred, more anger and more terror.

It really is that simple.

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And Still The Rain Comes Down.

August 19th, 2006 No comments

I stood watching the day go by from the window, And the rain came down. Little drops froze in space then jumped backwards as the wind whipped round the corner of the building and dragged them off course. Trying to hold myself on course I meditate as August turns quickly to autumn. The mind doesn’t clear itself unless the right conditions are found. Thoughts drag us off course just like the raindrops. We learn when we pay attention and become more adept. We become stronger and more steadfast.

The rain doesn’t stop falling nor the wind blowing yet these things stop being the influence they were. The habits they triggered become unwoven from the fabric of the person, unweaving and weakening its structure in turn. Each time a habit is experienced and turned around that part of us which grows towards truth grows bolder. And still the rian comes down yet we do not feel bothered by it. It is.

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Growing Up Broken

July 27th, 2006 No comments

Growing Up Broken is hard. Yet it is easier than growing up whole and being hurt, I guess, or I would not have done it. Fixing yourself seems an impossible task. I have been aware I was damaged goods for some twelve years. Asking for help gets you practicaly nowhere in the United Kingdom. Eveyone is in denial.

The facts speak for themselves: 25%-40% sexually assaulted in some way as children; 90% or so of prostitues, addicts and criminals abused. The problem in our society, the single biggest cost to us all, is sexual abuse of children. And do not think it is strangers doing it. Some is, but most are abused by close relatives meant to care for them and family friends or older siblings.

Growing up broken was hard. Breaking down, mentally, then coming together was tough. Only to have my body injured and untreated by an uncaring and ineffective National Health Service such that it has broken down beneath my healing mind has been a burden and a blessing. I can not imagine I would have the focus of mind I have now without this process.

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NHS To Prescribe Marijuana

July 9th, 2006 No comments

It seems the National Health Service are trialling marijhuana joint prescriptions for pain relief.

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Labour: “We are screwing generations to come”

June 30th, 2006 No comments

New Labour’s mantra needs careful interpretation. “We are taking difficult decisions for the long term” – on the face of it this sounds fine. But, difficult, in New Labour speak means “we do not understand the issues” and long-term means “we won’t live to see the effects”.

So Mr Blair and New Labour are making decisions they don’t understand the implications of and with which they will not have to live. They are screwing generations to come because they are making the wrong decisions. This is only to be expected from a man and government that backed Bush’s illegal war in Iraq, lied about the logic and then tried very hard to hide the truth.

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