Remembrance

Tomorrow on the eleventh day of the eleven month at the eleventh hour many countries will hold 2 minutes of silence in honour of the fallen of World War I  or as it was known 99 years ago The Great War, the war to end all wars. We all know now that it wasn’t but who back then knew Europe would be throwing it’s young men away again in just 21 years. Mothers must have been distraught that they wouldn’t see their beloved sons again, fathers might have been broken but proud. Wives would lose beloved husbands and some children a father they didn’t know. Some poor people would lose out by losing a loved one in each World War as those too young the first time round rushed to join for the second.

I think over the years since then there have been a few more localised wars for some of us. The young still join the forces because of a pride they have in their country and go off to fight and die for their causes. But should they? I’ll be honest and say if I was a U.S. citizen called to fight for my country these days I wouldn’t want too unless there were Russian troops on my soil. There’s nothing there to be proud of anymore and let’s face it, the next war may be there anyway between Republican and Democratic voters or worse still Black and White. Things in the UK could become just as bad with the Brexiteers and the non- Brexiteers.

Over all these 99 years and heading for a big anniversary next year we need to decide whether the mothers and fathers, wives and children have cried enough for what they’ve lost and whether the rest of us have taken note. There’s no need for this mass killing anymore, no need to lose a generation of people who might, if still alive, make huge contributions to our health or welfare.Let’s concentrate on getting along with our neighbours and making the world a safer. nicer place to live in where no-one is bankrupted by the cost of war anymore, be it money or lives.

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What is Happening?

Many people like me were stunned to wake up this morning to hear of the newest, worst killings yet, over in Las Vegas. There have been rumours all day about the who and the why, no doubt many of them started to stir up and take advantage of any hate generated. It’s always handy to have a minority to blame. This time it turns out that the minority is a 64 year old white man with no criminal record and whose family say had no strong religious feelings. They are in fact stunned. The fact that Daesh claimed responsibility for the act does not make it true. Had he not killed himself he might have been  able to answer questions as to his reasoning and also how he managed to smuggle all his arms into the hotel. Maybe the truth will emerge slowly. Since his family say he was a country music fan, it can’t have been the concert that upset him.

I can’t help it, whenever I hear of something like this I immediately think and ask about gun control like the responsible bodies are actually going to see sense. One lady told me I shouldn’t ask this as whatever happens the criminals will still have access to guns. That may be so, but the access could be made a lot more difficult for them, especially by those people who buy guns regularly just to sell on to criminals. But, in part answer to the lady in question I’d say that a lot of these massacres are not committed by criminals, they’re committed by people with no criminal records but who had access to the arsenal found in that hotel room today. So maybe you just need to have gun control for the law-abiding. At times like this the NRA say don’t make decisions like that when the event has just happened. Don’t penalise gun owners for the actions of a few. Just how many more losses of life like this do you let go by before talking of gun control again. It’s not as if guns are a necessity and I’m sure many battered wives would be alive today if their partner hadn’t had a gun in his hand when he was feeling pissed with her. These people are in no shape or form the local militia envisioned by your Second Amendment yet they can get guns quite legally.

Please wait until you hear the reasons for this atrocity before you start throwing out blame, don’t listen to Daesh or others claiming it. Please think about how many more events like this America can bear, you may lose someone in the next one. 58 dead and 500+ injuries this time. Give some thought as to how many guns a person should be allowed and how easy it should be for them to get anything. Think about the number of youngsters who commit suicide or who are harmed by the guns in their houses. Or the number of women killed because their boyfriend doesn’t like the way his steak was fried.Think hard about some gun control.

End these atrocities and bring a little more peace to the world.

Hugs. David 02.10.017

 

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True Colours

At last this week Donald Trump showed his true colours. Whilst mobs of KKK and alt-right White Supremacists roared and fought their way round Charlottesville last weekend he refused to condemn them, instead comparing the hatemongers with the protesters against them. After some time he attempted to say how terrible prejudice and hate are but then railed at his staff about how unfair the press is towards him.

I was told to mind my own business and concentrate on my ‘Welshy’ Welsh politics by a supporter of Donald Trump. What he fails to realise is that it is my business. Whatever the President of the United States does or says has an effect throughout the world. At a time when this particular one has become the laughing stock of Europe and probably the rest of the civilised World, the laughter had to stop abruptly when he showed himself to be so in tune with the White Supremacists and the fascists in the march.I suppose it’s possible that our home grown Nasties will take to the streets thinking it’s OK now he’s virtually given his consent.

I personally find it appalling that the constitution isn’t amended to make groups like like unlawful. Freedom of speech has gone too far when it allows words of hate and threats of violence to come to be uttered like this putting some people in fear of their lives. Some have come from other countries to escape just this. The KKK have promoted hate and murder and should be a proscribed organisation, membership of which carries a jail sentence. The neo Nazis with their hated Swastika should be ashamed to insult the memory of their kith and kin who fought and died in WWII to keep the evil of Hitler’s Germany from their acts of genocide.

I know there will be some in these groups who have joined from fear, and some who have joined because they feel abandoned or cannot find a direction in life. They must be shown that the side of peace and of equality is the way forward. Those who promote membership in these groups are clever with their targeting and we must be just as clever in promoting the path of peace. America is a broken Country at the moment but I’m sure Donald Trump has turned some of his followers away with his recent actions so his power base is much less than it was. As he loses his followers I hope the Democrats are trying to pick them up showing that the majority of the Republican party have lost their way trying to tear down all that President Obama did, at the expense of the less well off in America. The replacement care programme would have been a disaster for millions yet so many Republicans tried to put it through. Thank heavens for those senators with a conscience. The only ones who deserve to retain their seats at the next elections.

It’s going to be hard for a while. I don’t suppose the hatemongers have finished yet by a long chalk but you who believe in the equality of our fellow man regardless of colour, gender or sexual preference will feel the burden of trying to protect those at threat as well as letting the thugs know there is no place for their evil in America. America was never a white country. It had it’s own Native Americans in place before white men arrived and black slaves and Chinese coolies helped to bring about the wealth of the Country with their hard work. That deserves it’s recognition. It’s been big enough to welcome people from all over the world, some as refugees who have all made America their home and worked for it’s future. Those people are not terrorists. The killing of one and injuring of many more when a car was driven at them last weekend shows that home grown terrorism is more of a danger. A young WHITE man of about 20 did that, claiming the woman he killed was a communist. I wonder how he could tell that from inside his car.

Peace and equality must be the way forward so we can forget all the divisions people see as keeping us apart. We must celebrate the differences between us and not run in fear of them.

Namaskar 17.08.2017

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In Flanders Field

by John McCrae, May 1915

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

During the early days of the Second Battle of Ypres a young Canadian artillery officer, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, was killed on 2nd May, 1915 in the gun positions near Ypres. An exploding German artillery shell landed near him. He was serving in the same Canadian artillery unit as a friend of his, the Canadian military doctor and artillery commander Major John McCrae.

As the brigade doctor, John McCrae was asked to conduct the burial service for Alexis because the chaplain had been called away somewhere else on duty that evening. It is believed that later that evening, after the burial, John began the draft for his now famous poem “In Flanders Fields”.

One hundred years ago today the battle of Passchendaele started during the First World War or what became known as The Great War to those who fought in it. Who knew that a mere 22 years later some of them and certainly their sons would be stuck fighting the same foe in World War II. 

Since then, that foe has become our ally and though we haven’t fought on the scale of those wars again we have still sent our sons (and daughters off to be killed). In the First World war Nurse Edith Cavell was shot as a spy. There were brave men and women fighting in the resistance during both wars.

Today I watched a commemoration of the start of Passchendaele from Tyne Cot Cemetery in West Flanders, Belgium. Queen Mathilde of Belgium was there as were Prince Charles and The Cambridges,William and Kate. It was a very emotive programme with readings from people who had lost members of their family during this period and others who read letters from the period including one from a mother who had lost her only son and was writing to members of his company, his friends, for details of when it happened but also to thank them for being his friends and to wish them well in the battles to come. I don’t mind admitting the tears were rolling down my face. The Brits, Irish, French, Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders all lost a good part of a generation during this war as we all lost more in the next one. The Germans and their allies also lost many young men during these wars.

Surely there has to be a time when sanity takes over. We have to let our Governments know that we no longer want to send off our children to die. No more missing generations, no more of the hate that makes us follow our leader’s words and rush off to battle. They must work harder on the diplomatic front or at the most send our strongest man to fight their strongest man with a finale that doesn’t end in a death. Peace must have a chance so we can concentrate on looking after the planet too.

Hugs to all

 

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I protest #InternationalChildrensDay

I want the world to live in peace. I want an end to the wasteful loss of life. How many times might we have killed the one person who could end cancer had they been allowed to live? It looks like the World isn’t ready to grant my wish so I’m ready to start small as per this great post by Sue Vincent.

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I protest.

I protest against the poverty and hunger in which so many children are forced to live by failing societies where greed is an economic norm. In the UK, alone, one in four children officially live in poverty… yet it is relative poverty. In many countries, poverty is the norm and means utter deprivation of even the most basic necessities. Every ten seconds, a child dies from hunger and its consequences. Almost nine hundred children die every day because they have no access to clean water.

I protest against the denial of medical care to any child. Every year, over 13 million children less than 5 years die from illnesses which could have been avoided or treated.

I protest against eager minds denied education in a world where so many have access to so much. Over a hundred million children, the adults of our own future, are growing…

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Targeting Music Fans

May 22nd 2017, Manchester U.K.

Last night in Manchester there were reported to be at least 22 dead and 50 injured outside a pop concert starring Ariana Grande. It’s suspected that the atrocity was committed by a suicide bomber. The dead and injured included children.

While I can’t say that Moslems don’t have a reason to want revenge for the killing of their own people in their own countries by the West, killing children is not the way to achieve understanding. Since there’s a good chance that there will have been Moslems in the crowd at the concert, your indiscriminate killing hurts your cause. Especially as the Q’ran doesn’t advocate this kind of violence.

Terrorism is not the way to bend the faithful to your will, nor is taking away the rights of women and refusing them education. It’s time now to bring peace to all our countries and to have East and West in harmony. I offer hugs to all those who think me an enemy.

I’m so, so sorry for all the death and injuries in Manchester. I send my sympathy to all the victims and their families.

Hugs to the World

 

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Time for understanding

Yet again it looks like there are terrorists at work. Today an SUV vehicle ploughed into a group of pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London. It’s possible that a group of students from France were part of that group.

I understand the vehicle struck the fence of the Parliament complex. The driver of the SUV entered the grounds where he stabbed a Policeman to death. At that point, other policemen from the protection group shot and killed the terrorist. I know that at least two of the pedestrians struck on the bridge have died. Police and ambulances were there quickly. No-one was sure whether this man was acting alone or maybe a diversion for other attacks. Police were on high alert. Maybe the incident on the bridge was the diversion for the terrorists to try and reach other targets but there was nothing else found by security forces.

That this was a terrorist attack seems highly likely but as yet it isn’t known if it’s a home grown one or an immigrant. What is sure is that given the number of immigrants here we are lucky that so few are terrorists and the rest are as horrified as we are.

I’m purposely not providing a description so that people who look similar are not targeted by the vindictive unthinking people who dislike any immigration. Instead I’m speaking to the rest of you. We need immigrants. Please only treat those that deserve it with any disrespect. Smile at strangers, hug if you can and let them know you can see they are not terrorists. Defuse any hate.

My sympathy for those who lost their lives today and for the family and friends they leave behind. Lets hope these are the last.

Hugs to all.                                                                                                                                                           Wednesday 22.03.2017

 

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I Believe…

Whatever side you say you’re on you cannot disagree with this. Each of these claims has been shown to be true in such a short space of time. For the sake of all the people these points must be properly addressed and corrected.

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I Believe….

I believe that Donald Trump, his Cabinet and administration, and his Republican enablers in Congress are a real and active threat to me, and
to the people I love.

Trump says he won the election and wants us to “work together” to
“Make America Great Again”.

This is my response:

•I will not forget how badly he and so many others treated former President Barack Obama for 8 years.

•I will not “work together” to privatize Medicare, cut Social Security and Medicaid.

•I will not…

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Has the wind changed?

Despite suffering from depression I’m normally fairly upbeat. I’ve seen the winds of change wash over various Governments as they become aware just how important the issue of the environment is to more and more people. And the issue of terrorism throughout the world

Now I wonder if the wind has changed direction again.A huge number of people in America voted for Trump despite the things he said during his campaign. Could it be that people’s interest in the environment is starting to wane, at least in the United States?

Trump has declared that he will back out of the Paris accords on Global Warming and America’s agreement to reduce it’s carbon footprint. After years of trying to get America to commit to this,  you finally think you’ve won and this happens.So half the population have lost interest? He also declares that a few million square miles of Federal lands will be sold off (That’s National Parks people!!) for more drilling for oil and mining or fossil fuels.Federal lands belong to the people really so it’s wrong to sell them off to his friends in the oil and mining industries.Up goes America’s carbon footprint. Trump can give the finger to Europe and to future generations of American children too.

While the majority of the West are trying to show support for Muslims and let them see we know they are not all terrorists, but suffer from terrorism at home worse than we do, Trump is going all out to offend them by stopping travel to America by 7 different Muslim Countries. The excuse for this is to keep terrorism out of the United States, despite the fact America has not suffered any terrorism at the hands of these countries.America did however suffer terrorism on a huge scale on 7/11 and yet travel from the Countries from which the terrorists came is not affected. I have to wonder if that’s because Trump has business interests in those places yet none in the 7 Countries affected.

There seems to be (or hopefully have been) a renewed interest in the far right in certain Countries.Switzerland, The Netherlands, Germany, some Eastern bloc Countries and France. Until now I wasn’t too worried as I basically had enough faith in the people not to vote them in. That was until America decided to do just that.A President in power who leans to white supremacy and neo-Naziism. A man who can appoint white supremacists to positions of power inside his Government.People also who can tell lies and call them alternate truths.

I know there’s been a promise of jobs under this man and that America badly needs jobs now but the previous Government was doing well with the unemployment levels. I’m not sure how many jobs Trump can create unless it’s for bricklayers but once that wall is built and visitors stop coming through I think you’ll find a lot of job losses on the U.S. side of the border as the border shops have no-on to sell to any more. The President of Mexico will be angry of course at the insults thrown his way as no doubt are some other heads of Countries also insulted by Trump’s actions.

There has to be a way to reverse this trend and get the World back to the way it was when lessons were learned about the Nazis and their ways and about protecting the environment for future generations. Don’t cast your vote for the far right and in America make sure no Republicans are voted in next year and get rid of your mentally ill President while you can.

Sending Hugs to all for a great week

 

 

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Why ?

Like many other people outside America I’m still stunned at the election of Donald Trump. Many of his election promises must have sounded good to a lot of people and that’s a thought I have to cling to rather than believe that racial prejudice is running as strongly as it ever did. As for Trump himself, despite having taken advantage of the low wages accepted by foreign labour I can well believe his prejudices.

In the week since his inauguration we’ve seen him sign documents to commence building a wall along the border with Mexico.No doubt some people believe this will cure all the ills of the US but how many have considered the down sides? Mexico is never going to pay for the building, it has no need to. So, the cost will likely land fair and square on the American citizen unless it gets added to the National debt. Further though is the likelihood that less visitors will come from Mexico so there will be job losses and a loss of income for border traders.

We’ve now also seen a document signed disallowing visitors into the Country from 7 places abroad. Noticeably these places are all Muslim Countries which is like saying All Muslims are bad Muslims which simply isn’t the case…..at least for now but Trump is going out of his way to make enemies of them all. Amongst all those held at airports after de-planing is at least one Muslim who actually worked for the U.S.in his own country and now needs a place of safety. Once again I suggest there will be a big loss of income to the US as well as questions asked at the diplomatic level by other Countries.

At 5.15 am this morning I read a post that said a New York Judge had overturned Trump’s declaration as being Unconstitutional. he UCLA had also intended to take out law suits against him by a variety of clients. Hurrah for human decency.

Various Government departments have had  gag order from Trump so that they cannot report to the public new findings in fields like the Environment.Global warming it seems is not just to be denied but hidden too.

Following the various demonstrations held about the appointment of Trump and of the various appointments made by him 6 reporters have been arrested and may be charged with various things like inciting a riot , taking part in one or anything else that can be thought of. At the moment I don’t know if this is because the police have a grudge against the fourth estate or because Trump has declared war on them.                                               What is the biggest surprise to me is that the papers are not in uproar and filling their front pages with this story about an attack on their own. Surely they can’t be running scared of Trump, it’s their job to report on him and what he does. A suggestion by his white supremacist press secretary that they shut up and wait should not cow them. Come on chaps, grow a pair and support your own as well as keeping your public up to date with what happens in Government without fear or favour.

The world is never going to be a better place if we continue to tolerate the hate  and prejudice seen here. W cannot allow ourselves to be manipulated by our politicians. They must be made to remember they work for us and under our instruction no matter their own personal feelings. If they can’t do that, or will only work to fill their own snouts at the trough then they must go.

Speak to your representatives and ask them to vote against further moves to ban refugees as a humanitarian gesture. Bring a little more love to the World.

Hands shake in agreement while embracing the world

 

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