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November 29, 2015

Student Grant

Filed under: Politics — theplastichippo @ 4:00 am
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Shapps image via BBC

Shapps image via BBC

Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the resignation of Grant Shapps is the startling fact that Grant Shapps still occupied an office of government from which he was able to resign. It seems that this fraudster, liar and two-bit conman has been drawing a salary as international development minister since the May election yet had strangely disappeared from broadcast studios and photo opportunities. Formerly the poster boy of a caring, compassionate Conservative Party, central office have done all in their power to keep him far away from public exposure as possible with, it has emerged, very good reason. (more…)

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November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving

Filed under: Faith,History,Literature,Politics,Rights,Society,World — theplastichippo @ 2:00 am
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Via statuelibertytours.com

Via statuelibertytours.com

The tradition of giving thanks for a bountiful harvest pre-dates the Pilgrim Fathers of Plymouth Rock, all organised religions and probably even the invention of recognisable clothing. After successfully hunter-gathering the roots, berries and mammoth steaks, what better way to celebrate than pulling on the Sunday best and eating until physical activity is rendered impossible.

Fleeing from intolerance, religious oppression, imprisonment and summary execution, England Dissenters migrated first to Holland and then undertook a perilous voyage across treacherous seas to reach a new world offering a land of the free and a home for the brave. Many died in that first harsh winter but, according to legend, the colony managed to survive due to its endurance, toil and by the grace of God. Another version suggests that the local Native Americans took pity and shared their food only to be rewarded with the European gift of smallpox. (more…)

November 23, 2015

Network of Death Cult

Via militaryphotos.net

Via militaryphotos.net

In these uncertain and dangerous times, it seems churlish to point out that even before the term was coined and the condition categorised, governments have operated from a position of paranoid schizophrenia. Monsters are out to kill us, they bellow. We will be murdered unless you do exactly what we tell you to do. Vote for us and we will keep you safe in exchange for your civil liberties. You have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide. In the aftermath of yet another dreadful atrocity, “leaders” feel it necessary, usually in the same statement, to tell us that we are in great danger and yet also quite safe. (more…)

November 21, 2015

Trust NHS

Filed under: Health,Politics,Rights,Society — theplastichippo @ 2:00 am
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Doctors treat Jeremy Hunt

Doctors treat Jeremy Hunt

At the end of the day, in the final analysis, when all is said and done and when the dust has settled, it all boils down to a question of trust.

For example, you would not wish a drug-crazed loon with a weakness for the unsubtle expertise of a dominatrix anywhere near your broken roof even if the sun was shining. Nor would you employ a benefit cheat to “reform” the benefits system or put known criminals in charge of banks or allow someone with a hatred of children to fail at education and then be awarded law and order. At election time, the British are clearly a very trusting nation. (more…)

November 17, 2015

Singing in the lifeboats

Filed under: Faith,Media,Politics,Rights,Society,World — theplastichippo @ 3:01 am
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Image credit Philippe Wojazer via Reuters

Image credit Philippe Wojazer via Reuters

François-Marie Arouet, better known as Voltaire, was born in Paris in 1694 and died in Paris at the ripe old age of 83. Frequently exiled or banged up in the Bastille for having a pop at the Church, the Monarchy; the State and just about anything else that smacked of hypocrisy, Voltaire was at the centre of the Enlightenment and gave voice to the beginnings of the French Republic. Now considered to be a national hero, he has a splendid Haussmann designed avenue named in his honour.

Exactly 250 years ago and about 25 years before the start of the French Revolution, Voltaire published an essay critical of organised religion called “Questions sur les Miracles”. In it, he said:
“Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.” (more…)

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