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Month: November, 2017

There’s nothing you can see that isn’t shown, nothing you can know that isn’t known

I wonder if anyone is still living today who has read the book “Mein Kampf” apart from me. I was curious to see if Adolf Hitler had actually stated his intention for the Holocaust before the start of 1939 and it is all there, written in 1923, that every ill that had befallen Germany following the end of the Great War (WWI) was the fault of the International Jew.

How much of an argument did he have with the Jew? Well, he set out his stall and argued that everything that had happened since the signing of the Armistice in November 1918 bringing WWI to an end was a plan to ruin Germany and bring it to its knees by the Jewish people. Complete poppycock but he argued so strongly for it and blamed the Jew for the rise of Communism and the fall of Germany, the rate of inflation in Germany was all the fault of the Jew and no blame was laid at the feet of any one German, well not true, he accused the Chancellor of signing away the rights of every German at the behest of his Jewish masters. He argued very strongly to wipe out Jews from the whole of Europe and then proceeded to get himself elected to office by creating disruption to meetings of the bourgeois class and then marching in with his National Socialist Party henchmen to beat up those party members dressed in the same manner as the German Communists. this won him praise from the German people so when he finally became Chancellor in the 1930’s he proceeded to declare elections illegal, the parliament was disbanded and he became the Supreme Ruler, or Fuehrer.

He conned the German people and the Governments of France, Italy, Britain and others to allow him to re-arm the German people so that they could protect their borders, as soon as the German Army became almost as powerful as it had been at the outbreak of the Great War he started plotting to take over Eastern Europe and sent a few troops into Poland wearing Polish uniforms to break through the barricade into Germany and gun down German soldiers wearing German uniforms. That way he thought he would get away with invading Poland. What he didn’t envisage was the Western powers seeing through his scam and promptly declaring war on Germany (again).

Had Hitler thought things through a little more he might have waited until Germany had developed it’s Nuclear arsenal, in 1942 German scientists were working on rockets and nuclear warheads but the war started to turn against them in 1942 so they were running out of time and the Allies were almost at the same place Germany was with nuclear weapons. Anyway, the point of this little exercise is that if Hitler hadn’t been in such a rush to try and conquer Eastern Europe and Russia while invading France and the Netherlands maybe the war would have had a different ending.

However, we are where we are today and we recognise jumped up dictators for what they are because of Hitler. It has to be time to educate each other and say enough of hate and destruction let’s work together to make this planet fit for everyone without exception. If we include everyone it makes us better citizens and better humans, gives us an edge and helps us to continue to grow. We need to spread love and understanding to every corner of the planet and see if we can work together to conquer all the ills that are still going around. Let’s not bury our heads in the sand and hope that the idiots will wake up to themselves because they won’t. Let’s educate them and teach them how to behave and think, without bitterness and blame. Everyone needs someone to start and a place to begin, let’s make that time now, today and not put it off any longer.

 

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But you and me ain’t no movie stars. What we are is what we are.

It’s often said that beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, but if we don’t choose to see beauty does that mean it isn’t there? I think beauty is not just in the eye of the beholder but exists for anyone who has a mind to see it, to drink it in and enjoy the view. There is more to life than work and sleep, we should all take times when we do nothing but enjoy the view, smell the roses, and give thanks for all we have. After all, there is beauty to be found in the streets, the hills, the skies. At night when there is no pollution from street lights there is a myriad of glitter in the sky around us.

Does anyone truly believe that in all the vastness of space this is the only inhabited rock? Or is there somewhere out in the great vastness of the unknown at least one other inhabited planet with intelligent beings living on it who are more advanced than we are? Or perhaps they are less advanced than we are, who knows for sure? When we look out with our telescopes (even Hubble) we are looking into the past and the further we look the further back we go.

Does anyone think that if someday we meet strangers they will be beligerent and look to conquer us? Just the way the Europeans went round the world in the 12th to 15th centuries and enslaved every native race they encountered led by the French, Spanish and English while being closely followed by the Dutch and German explorers. When the world had been carved up, India, Africa and the lands close by the explorers started thinking that if the sun and moon were orbs then it would make sense that this planet of ours was also an orb, wouldn’t it? One explorer set out from Spain with the blessing of the King and Queen to find another way to the Indies. Instead he found an entire new continent inhabited by natives using bows and arrows to hunt and fight their enemies. Columbus had three ships, crewed fully and canons, guns and muskets but he chose to try and negotiate with the natives not to kill them.

Can’t we learn a lesson from him? Better to try and negotiate and remain friendly than to kill and fight, even when you have the upper hand. Of course Columbus landed thinking he was in the Indies until he discovered that beyond the islands there was a huge land mass which was not India, nor Africa. He named this new world the Americas, and when he returned to Spain with his ships laden with gold, silver and jewels ever nation in Europe heard of his exploits and then the Europeans set sail for the New World and fought many bloody battles across the Atlantic Ocean to stop the others from increasing their wealth.

You would think that time would have taught us all that united we can remain strong but alone we become weakened and if we are weak then will we not perish at the hands of the terrorist? England has been threatened before and stood strong, we joined Europe and made her stronger but now we are leaving can that be a wise move? Only time will tell, the fact that the people chose an exit means we are on that route and will remain so until we make our divorce settlement then we stand or fall alone. I still think we can fight this world war united with our fellows in Europe and the USA but trade may become harder short term once our ties with our nearest neighbours are cut.

However, we will have to wait and see what comes forth in the future but the “Muslims” who follow their own religion will see that we will never lie down in the face of threats and death. We are stubborn and have never been afraid to fight against terror for those who are invaded, held under a jackboot or otherwise enslaved. (Yes we did begin the slave trade moving blacks from Africa to the New Land but we were also the first to end our involvement in it).

In the North East there were good people who saw the slave trade as the evil it was and decided to fight it in the water and in Parliament to put an end to the mistreatment of human beings just because they were primitive and uneducated and stop trading them as they were animals to be bought and sold. When there is enough love to go round everyone then surely war will become a subject in schools because it will have no place in our brave new world.

All you need is love, love is all you need.

Wow, right how about this for a complete turn around! Heard from HP about my laptop and, drum roll please, they have decided to send me a replacement after all… woohoo patience does work wonders sometimes.

On a less favourable note, and this is asked of everyone of you my dear readers, if someone works in a care home how long would you expect them to keep cctv footage for? A week, a month, longer, less? I’m asking because I’m convinced that any footage should be kept securely off site for at least a year. I’ve tried looking on the gov.uk and nhs web sites without any luck.

Just to give you a heads up the care home hasn’t been accused of not taking care of the residents, but a member of staff was sexually assaulted by a more senior member of staff in view of another female member of staff and the cameras, the senior member of staff and the female colleague both denied the incident took place and, apparently the footage has been written over since the incident so there’s no proof to back up the allegations. I find this very convenient and believe the woman who told me about this. I’m not prepared to stand by and tell her to leave, I told her to report it to the police because, if the care home should still have the footage and don’t that’s serious, also her underwear being cut off her body at work in front of witnesses makes the company liable under the health and safety at work act for a sexual assault going unreported and the perpetrator going unpunished. Let me know by leaving a comment whether you agree with me or the care home that cctv footage can be overwritten within a month. Thanks for reading.

One day I’ll fly away

Yesterday was the 99th anniversary of the Treaty of Versailles ending the Great War. Today is Remembrance Sunday and our thoughts (or at least mine) have been with those souls who gave their lives in time of conflict to protect our way of life.

Some, died in battle, others saving lives of their comrades and others died at the hands of cowards. However they died I am thankful for the sacrifice they made.

No music, no pictures because nothing can make up for the war which ended so many lives and we still fight today, not for Empires, not to force our way of life on others but we ask so much of our troops today to fight an enemy to scared and cowardly to wear a uniform and make themselves known to our children. They prefer to hide in plain sight, behind a facade of piety, saying they are doing God’s will. How can they be doing God’s will when every holy book preaches peace, love and understanding? They’re doing the devils work and this was told from the beginning when man first took up arms against himself, devils come in all guises and twist religion and religious text to suit their purpose.

How long do we have to wait for peace to come? Will it ever get here? All you need is love and respect for each other to stop fighting for ever, let’s join together and give peace a chance. We’ve tried war for millennia and it’s never worth the losses, the time has come to try something else. We can’t give in to terror or terrorists, they will never break us today and they could not break us before!

Here we all are, sitting in a rainbow

It’s really sad when we hear about people dying no matter how old they are. That’s part of human life though so we should expect it to happen at some time. There is one thing I hear time and again though that really makes me mad, and that’s someone in a position of authority who abuses that authority.

I hear from women all the time that they are subjected to all kinds of unwanted sexual advances and this constitutes sexual harassment under the human rights acts. I’m not saying that I have never made comments to colleagues that could be misplaced but I hope that they know me well enough to tell me if my comment was on the bad side of appropriate. To give an example one of my colleagues, who usually wears jeans came in on Halloween wearing the most wonderful pair of tights and her makeup was also brilliant so I commended her on her makeup and tights, I would have done the same if she had been a male colleague who had been wearing those tights and had the same makeup on.

I meant that as a compliment and it was accepted as such, however had she felt my comment made her feel uncomfortable I would hope she would have said something at the time. I’m not saying I don’t find her attractive, she is very beautiful and her boyfriend is a very lucky man, but I don’t think of her as anything other than a colleague and a friend. I support every woman’s right to wear anything they want and not to feel as though they are “asking for it” because of the clothes they wear.

Any man who sees women as sexual playthings has his head on back to front, women deserve to be treated as equals and they often work harder than any man to achieve recognition for themselves. This attitude stinks. Women who are made to feel uncomfortable because of a man’s attitude towards them should be able to tell him how he makes her feel without any kind of comeback. Men are not better, harder working, or superior in any way shape or form and if we, as males, don’t fight to change attitudes and behaviours then we are failing as human beings to protect our society.

No one deserves to be seen as a sexual object, even though we are all human we have different aspects to our character and we feel attracted to different people in different ways. I feel so strongly that, due to the time we spend at work every day that we should all feel comfortable being there. We’re all human with human needs and no one should feel uncomfortable around us.

Let me know if you agree or disagree, as always, dear reader.

I am he as you are he and you are me and we are all together

See how they run like pigs from a gun see how they fly. In 1967 just after christmas there was a short film shown on BBC1 for the first time, made by The Beatles and not released in the cinema’s it was the first (at least the first I remember) that a film was made specifically for a television audience.

I watched it with my mum and dad, and during the stripper sequence my mum turned round and said “Why didn’t they just show that instead of putting CENSORED all the way across it?” when she turned round to face the camera. I recently bought the film on blu-ray disc and guess what… CENSORED still comes up even though women have been used to advertise everything from cars to condoms and creams in more states of undress than that. Now I’m no prude but did that have to be left on the screen or could they have shown more of the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band at the point she turned round? If a woman is prepared to strip off then it should be her choice how far she is happy going. But that is not the point I’m trying to make here.

The point is, if the woman was stripping in front of the camera while the Bonzo’s were singing death cab for cutie why show her turning round at all? Why not just leave her back view or side view when she started to turn around and zoom in on the band playing or even the Beatles themselves sitting in the audience? Why did Paul McCartney think it necessary to have her turn to face the camera and place a sign across her chest saying CENSORED? Especially now when the censor is you, me and every thing is permitted. The Beatles pushed the boundaries in so many ways during the 1960’s and I grew up with their music and inspiration to change the world for the better.

I still feel we have a long way to go but we are still heading in the right direction, in the main. Yes there are some people who preach hatred as though it is a good thing, it never is. There are those who preach that their religion is the only true religion and all others are false, how do they know this? There are those who preach that violence and destruction is the only way the human race will ever grow, it isn’t. There are those who teach intolerance and hatred of anyone who is different to their children. We have to eradicate this intolerance and hatred but how do we educate those too stupid to realise they have become lodged in the past when history has shown how division only ruins nations and never proves stronger than unity?

I would like to take those who refuse to accept that people are all the same, we all bleed red and have the same inside us as everyone else, put them on an island somewhere and leave them to their own devices for a month then go back and see if they have all survived and whether or not they have learned anything from being there.

We need to concentrate on sharing our similarities and not fighting over our differences. The differences are what make us unique, and we are all unique. If someone hurts one of us it hurts us all, whether it is done deliberately or accidentally an injury suffered by one at the hands of another is not going to end there it has ripple effects. Every thing we do, every thing we say, everyone we meet has an influence on us for good or ill. The feeling we go away with affects our attitudes towards others from that point onwards, ripples on a pond.

If we show someone that we are pleased to see them by smiling at them, saying hello or some other small token, it will make them feel better and it also makes us feel better. If we glare at someone as we pass them in the street will it make them feel bad for their behaviour? Probably not, will we feel better for having glared at them for some perceived action? Probably not, will it disturb our attitude for the rest of our day? Very probably.

If we share some love around, believe me dear reader this does work, then the receiver of this love will feel better and will go on to share this with others. We will also feel better that a smile, hand shake or kind word has gone on to make some one else feel appreciated. Back stabbing is never a good idea, this only succeeds in spoiling our own day while those affected will feel bad for a little while, but not forever and, probably, not for the rest of the day.

Please remember that Love is all you need and all you need is Love. Spread it around and it comes back to you with sunshine instead of rain. As always the music is from YouTube and is not owned by me, hope you enjoy it anyway.