Single parent? Attend the Jobcentre and get referred to social services as a troubled family. New trial at Ashton Jobcentre.

March 27, 2015

We’re back in the realms of “Cathy Come Home” here! All pervasive, government authorised “social services”, means-testing the right to exist reserved only for the privileged few! I’m seething!

The poor side of life

Yesterday I heard something very disturbing. A lady contacted me, she was very upset. She attended the Jobcentre for her signing on appointment and was confronted with something totally unexpected. She’s a very intelligent lady and thankfully she acted quickly and appropriately. She said hello to the advisor or job coach as they call them now. I don’t know why because they don’t coach you into anything except desperation. She’s been attending a mandatory work related course and had despite this completed all her Job searches correctly. The meeting then took a totally different atmosphere. The advisor suggested to her that she should be willing to get involved with a trial that they are running with Tameside Council. They are asking single parents to be assigned a social worker and a key worker so they can keep an eye on her… The reason for this? Because they said she hadn’t…

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The Feral Children of the Upper Classes

July 24, 2014

That sociopathic sense of entitlement and the reason violent revolution appears to be the ONLY option open to the underpriviledged is clearly laid out here……

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I was reading A Gay Mentalist’s blog a little while ago, and a term he used to describe the middle classes struck me. He called them ‘feral’. It’s not a word that usually applied to the upper ranks of society. Usually it’s given to the underclass and their children, the type of people, leading bleak lives of deprivation and pointless moral squalor. The type of people with no jobs, and no self-respect, whose chief and often only activities seem to be drunkenness, drug dealing, violence and sexual promiscuity. The type of people who provide the raw fodder for Jeremy Kyle, as they slouch onto his show to present their sordid tales of domestic abuse and accuse each other of stealing each other’s partners.

It does, however, also perfectly describe the attitude of the middle classes, and particularly the hysterical ranting of the middle market tabloids and the vicious, punitive attitude…

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ATVOD Begins Internet Censorship

June 29, 2014

Control the media and you control the mind….

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Amnesiaclinic, one of the commenters over on Vox Political, posted this video from Not UK Column News as a comment to Mike’s article on the conviction of Cameron’s aide for possessing paedophile material. The video is by the two or three leaders of UK Column, a website which includes videos, critically examining and reporting current events. It seems to be part of the British Constitution Group, an organisation which believes that the British constitution has been undermined and corrupted by the rich and powerful. I really don’t know who British Constitution Group are, nor what, if any, their political affiliation is. A casual glance at their website shows that they are concerned with the destruction of the NHS, and also with the apparent theft and kidnapping of children by NATO officials. If this is the case, then they’re really similar to organisations like Index on Censorship, which report…

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Tory Fascist Lie Machine The Daily Mail Has Met Its Match

June 6, 2014

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In the 1930s, Theodor Adorno offered cogent criticism of the mass media, stating that it gave rise to ideology by standardising and stereotyping cultural “goods”, and it weakened people’s capacity to think in an autonomous and critical manner. Everyday life becomes  the ideology of “its own [notable] absence”. Put another way, the “news” constitutes a reification of an extremely narrow range of our human experience.
Adorno and the Frankfurt Institute of [Critical] Social Studies generally proposed that this had rendered the public more susceptible to the ideology of Nazism and fascism. The media is simply a way of transmitting ideology, and is a mechanism by which dominant and powerful social groups are able to diffuse ideas which promote their own interests. Louis Althusser regarded the media as an integral part of the ideological state apparatus.

So I had wondered when the right-wing media bullying, character assassinations and lie campaigns against Ed Miliband would…

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Case proven? Government stays away from benefit deaths tribunal

April 24, 2014

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Seen to be done: The tribunal took place at the Law Courts in Cardiff (pictured), in public - which allowed friends of Vox Political to hear the case. Seen to be done: The tribunal took place at the Law Courts in Cardiff (pictured), in public – which allowed friends of Vox Political to hear the case.

The Information Commissioner’s Office and the Department for Work and Pensions have highlighted the weakness of their own case for hiding the number of people who have died while claiming sickness and disability benefits – by failing to turn up at a tribunal on the subject.

They had the opportunity to explain why mortality statistics for people claiming Employment and Support Allowance since November 2011 have been suppressed, at a tribunal in the Law Courts, Cardiff, yesterday (April 23).

But, rather than be grilled on the reasons for their decision by a judge, a specialist in this area of law, and a ‘lay’ person (representing the opinions of right-thinking members of the public), they chose to stay away.

The tribunal had been…

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In case you think the media aren’t trying to pull the wool over your eyes

April 7, 2014

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On 16 March this year, around 112,000 people marched in Melbourne, Australia, against the policies of its government that are clearly against any principles of decency, fairness, social justice or just plain humanity.

It was one of many marches across Australia that day for the same purpose – some of the largest in the country’s history – yet you probably never heard of it. No surprise – even the Australian media chose to almost completely ignore the protest, focusing instead on the St Patrick’s Day revelries that took place the following day.

All the while, state governments are pushing through laws against protesting with penalties of up to two years’ imprisonment.

In October 2012, I was one of hundreds of thousands of people marching through London in protest against our own (excuse for a) government’s policies of victimisation and demonisation of ordinary people to smooth the way for draconian penalisation…

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Want the Tories out next year? Only one way to do it…

March 1, 2014

Want the Tories out next year? Only one way to do it….

Derren Brown’s TV Extravaganza – “Fear and Faith”.

November 17, 2012

I watched with much interest Derren Brown’s Channel 4 programme on Faith. This was the second instalment of the above titled two-parter. I noted that his successful attempt to convert an atheist needed only 15 minutes of suggestion to reach his goal. He ended his discourse with the thought that religion, he felt, was ‘hard-wired’ into the brain.  I believe that ‘wiring’ is the earliest memories being evoked and presented to consciousness in his hapless stooge using his suggestions. Her mind attempting to make sense of the overwhelming emotional rush in the context of the culture she was born into. My guess is that had some atheist from, say, a Hindu background, would have imagined  the loving embrace of Vishnu!

Near-death experiences have recorded many different experiences for survivors who have described mystical revelations based on cultural histories. When the last endorphins are rushing into the brain to ease the death throes of an individual, what is finally presented to consciousness is what is expected. Many have recorded seeing their long-lost relatives standing in front of some bright light, beckoning the dying to come and free themselves of their mortal coils. Some have seen their departed pets and other loved objects! The final breath, for many creatures, is probably the calmest breath they’ll ever take.

Many years ago I read an article in a doctors surgery written by someone who’s name has eluded me ever since. But the article’s main thrust concerned the author’s fascination with near-death experiences. It began whilst watching his cat cruelly playing with a seriously wounded bird in his garden. He noted that when the cat finally got bored and put the bird in its mouth to kill it, the bird relaxed. He went on to observe many such deaths and noted that at the end the dying animal, or human, relaxed. All fight had gone. And yet, it seemed a peaceful event.

My own experience stems from a failed suicide attempt in my distant past. All fear had left me. I felt incredibly calm. Until, of course, I failed and then it all returned! I have heard stories from surfers who have been dragged under by waves and found themselves unable to recover from the power of those same waves. All have said that that is how they wish to die because at the last moment, everything is peaceful!

I’ll return to this subject at a later time. Interesting, no?

Curiostity Might Avail Answers….

November 6, 2012

I’ve been trawling these blogs looking for some inspiration as to what I might write about with regard to the human condition. Most of the blogs I’ve encountered appear to be a forum for religious idealists who believe that their beliefs are the absolute truth. Any criticism of these “truths” that they hold results in a tirade of abuse and, in some cases, violent threats of unimaginable pain they wish inflicted on those who may oppose them. But there is a commonality about them. They are all written by (seemingly) very immature people. I may sound slightly pompous and arrogant, but I do not mean it to be insulting! I’m simply trying to point out that, when discussing (or even, perhaps, ranting) about their favourite magical heroes, they sound  almost childlike in their approach.

When all the evidence is presented to them proving the fact of, say, the Earth being many billions of years old and not some six-thousand years old as some of them believe, they simply resort to insults and name-calling! It’s quite bizarre.  Any form of rational conversation is reduced to a verbal form of sticking their fingers in their ears and humming! These types of responses are often ended with some strange comment that anyone who disagrees with them has been deluded by Satan! (I am. of course, referring mainly to  Christian fundamentalists at this point, but similar responses occur in Islam.)

I have to say that even when talking to highly educated religious people there is a tendency toward infantile behaviours when, ultimately, they have to accept that what they believe in is “magic”. It leads me to try to formulate a hypothesis as to why this might occur.

The temporal lobes in the brain have long been implicated in religious experiences: epileptic seizures in that part of the brain can apparently produce mystical experiences and visions. Dr Michael Persinger’s “God helmet”, (or Koran Helmet to be more precise,) stimulates the temporal lobes with weak electromagnetic fields through the skull, and has been shown to induce a “sensed presence”, under blinded conditions. I’ve never tried this but there are a number of scientific papers claiming its abilities, so I’ll be guided by them. If this is true then here’s my hypothesis:

We all learn through experience. That’s a fact. Our brains, through trial and error, create neural connections when experience solves a problem. Watch very young infants as they try to hold their mother’s features – their eyes wander to and fro until they eventually lock onto their targets. Once they’ve learned to ‘lock on’ a neural pathway is created and gets stronger with more frequent attempts. All our lives we are constantly making these connections. As we learn we make more and more of these pathways. But it had to start somewhere. Its my contention that this process starts in the womb as the brain is developing. Pathways for early survival are being formed. These pathways form early memories which are too early to be presented to consciousness (which form the last part of the brain’s activities). In the womb there may be a “sensed presence” which is, more often than not, a benign presence which feeds the foetus, maintains its core temperature and keeps it safe! But these experiences are never presented to the conscious, self-aware individual! Consciousness is a whole new adventure!

The Koran Helmet might well be evoking those very early, unregistered, experiences. How one would test such a hypothesis is beyond me. But I think it indicates why religion can take such a hold on an individual and return them to a childlike state of thinking.

Freud argued that God was an unconscious representation of an ideal parent. He may have been right. Made masculine among a patriarchal warring tribal people, it becomes a father-figure, but perhaps earlier matriarchal religions were closer to their own “truths”.

My own experiences of religion were based on Christian fundamentalism. I was raised a “Penticostal” and from that start, was taught that the Devil was a cunning soul out to destroy God’s work. But he would ultimately fail because God was more powerful. But that raised the first of far too many questions for me to continue to believe. Why, then, would God allow the Devil any kind of free reign over His subjects? Why would God feel the need to create Hell? That was before I’d read the Bible! Where did Cain’s wife come from? How could the “mark of Cain” be carried beyond the flood? And on it went…… And all before the New Testament!

I tried to visualise “eternity”. There was a real problem with that one! However, I’ll leave that for another time.

On Being Human!

May 5, 2010

This blog, when finished, might give some indication as to what it might mean to be human.

My personal journey has led me to some conclusions which may, or may not be accurate. However, they are my conclusions. Take from it what you will, and discard what you don’t accept. I won’t be offended.

Personal Development seems to be the buzz everywhere these days and there is no shortage of advice. And there are a plethora of gurus out there to spin you a line, or twenty, on how to live your life. We all want to live happily ever after. Is it possible.

This blog will look at the evidence from one man’s point of view. Enjoy!