Archive for October 2015
One of the frustrating things about the West is that it’s pretty much controlled by large corporations or organisations with ‘interests’ to defend. Therefore, it cannot stand firm on principles that are grounded in verifiable scientific fact, it tends to go wobbly.
Today, the WHO (World Health Organisation) told us what we have known for years that processed (and cooked) meat is a major cause of cancer. However, watching the talking heads on the tellybox today, most are telling pork(ies) to defend special interests. ‘Hmm, it’s not conclusive.” “I eat sausages every day.” “Easy now!” and so on. The bottom line is that multicellular organisms, of which we and African Tigers are a prime example, get cancer when the body is unable to deal with a foreign entity it has not evolved to process. This is simple common sense. So, if food factories use nitrates and other nasties to preserve or we over cook meat, and we consume it, our bodies will react accordingly leading to cell mutation. (You can do your research on this elsewhere.)
When you deal with an alcoholic, the rules are simple. ALL OR NOTHING! No compromise! Either continue drinking yourself (and others) to an early grave, or stop altogether. “Barman? Mine’s a soda water, neat!”
Likewise, the authorities should stop letting industry influence their communications on this matter and state outright that preserved and overcooked meat is carcinogenic and here are accurate guidelines obtained from X(X) years of research by, and include a list of organisations/Universities. Further, such foods should be banned from children altogether because they are too young to make an informed choice.
We are the first and second generation of humans bought up on such an unhealthy diet. From WW2 and back, people world-wide ate ‘off the land’, meat and veg, no horrible plastics (and other byproducts of oil), no sedentary lifestyle – and so on. Anyway, this is a matter for a forthcoming overdue blog entry related to this one, entitled ‘The Big C’. It will discuss how the amount of money being spent on trying to ‘cure’ cancer and all the associated charitable efforts is a huge waste of time, and we’ll be better off avoiding lifestyles that cause it. I have lost a number of relatively young family members to cancer and entirely blame contemporary lifestyles and diesel pollution for this, so it’s deeply personal.
Fight back club: Ignore special interests, live your life based on science, because it’s the only truth.
(Sorry, another post with an exclamation mark at the end of the title, pure co-incidence, really!) 😉
Anyway, we have some good news, although it has not got much publicity. Shell have aborted their planned drilling of the arctic. According to them, this is for two reasons: It didn’t appear to be as practical as they hoped, (good!) and Shell were surprised at the level of the public backlash. Eh?
Whilst we should celebrate the power of public opinion to influence a large corporation, what is worrying is how Shell could be unaware of it! Gulf of Mexico spill, various oil tanker caused disasters along coast and so on.
Having met (and got into a bar fight with) staff from Shell, thinking about it, such a disconnect does not surprise me. They are paid so much, they don’t care anyway and are able to live away from where most of the output of their product (pollution) collects, such as valleys, or less well manicured coastal communities. Oh, and the arctic, and at the bottom of the ocean.
Kudos to Greenpeace for leading the way on this. Disclosure: They are the only charity I donate to and have almost no issue with. They are not political, very dedicated and use superb marketing to highlight their causes. True Earth savers! We plan to share profits from my business with Greenpeace and when I pop my clogs shall leave them some dosh if there is any left.
Fight back club: Go tell ’em
Ah ha, so people are up in arms about the government’s changes to tax credits. Conceptually, in view of the sort of people they effect (working people who are trying their best), perhaps rightly so, am not sure, as I don’t quite know what they are. However, and please, correct me if I am wrong, every single person the media has interviewed (inc the lady on Panorama) has been a woman – and more importantly, a ‘single mother’. Often a recipe for disaster, despite all the Hollywood propaganda that would have you think otherwise.
It’s interesting to note that all those families I know of out in reality land, not TV, movies or self serving idealism, where there is a man in the family, out earning his keep, yes, there is struggle, there are problems, there are disputes – but there is a modicum of stability and a lot less blaming someone else for any ills.
Yet women are moaning about tax credits! What hypocrisy! Feminists and some on the left have been bashing men and the concept of the family unit for the last however long, and now it’s come home to roost – as some of us foresaw when all these harmful ideologies began to become mainstream.
Do the math, if a man is bringing in the dough, mum can look after the kids (and do some work too if practical) – and things work out much nicer. It’s called teamwork, and it works.
Fight back club: Reject Hollywood propaganda
I have to stop work to state that if this is what the BBC truly believe, then our future is NOT looking good. If people today are so clueless (am going to say it, thickl!) to not realise how this programming is all about schadenfreude and has no moral, artistic, cultural or other benefit, then it is no wonder that as the climate and pollution spiral out of control people no longer protest like they did in the 60s. The public reaction to the (justified but way too lenient) 5p plastic bag charge in the UK is evidence of how disconnected and selfish some are today. And it’s all down to insipid television programming. Bread and circuses indeed!
Fight back club: Terraform Mars and send the TV producers there and let us have our smart pretty planet back. And can we put scientists and engineers in charge of our nations and planet?