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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Abortion is a Drastic Act of Self-Defence


I am not against abortion that is safe, legal, and considered. Abortion the sacrifice of the existence of one human entity for the existence of another, like being forced to choose which child to save in a burning house.

The moment the father and mother combine genetic material they create a unique living, developing, entity with a human genome. It is not replicating single-celled organism, a cluster of cancerous cells, an organ, or an invasive organism, but the natural result of the choice to engage in intercourse, whether willing or coerced, a unique individual who will develop in complexity until stopped by death. This is regardless of whether it is called a human life, a fetus, a baby, a legal person, a moral responsibility, or an inconvenient problem.

The developing entity has the same, or more, human potential as the mother and it up to her to weigh that in her decision, a decision that only she is qualified to make. She has to live with it either way.

I defend a woman's right to choose as part of my defence of freewill, I just want it to be certain that the drastic severity of that choice is clear and not dismissed either way by minimizing the humanity of the two unique individual entities involved.

That's all I shall say. I will never have to personally face that terrible choice .

Thankfully.

Everything is always in process.

Only compassion defeats dehumanization



Fundamentalism is the True Satanic Religion



Fundamentalist fanatics all follow the same satanic region.

Standard religions are centred around teachings about the responsible exercise of freewill.  The prime idea in Christian is that god gave us freewill and that we are each responsible for working on our own salvation, not that of other people. God doesn't force us to be good, he holds our freewill inviolate thus allowing s to choose to inflict evil. Fundamentalism is about suppressing the freewill of others in order to preserve your own or force theirs. This is against the intent of god and by definition Satanic.

Christ said that we were to forgive and love everyone, to worry about our own sins before theirs, not to judge others, and openly condemned religious hypocrites and child abusers. Muhammad decalred that killing one person was like killing all people. Buddha said that we must give up selfish personal desires and respect all life. Fundamentalist Vatican bureaucrats and priests protect child abusers and authorized the systematically abuse of indigenous people for their salvation. Evangelicals feel quite free to judge and condemn the choices of others without considering the beams in their own eyes, some believing that Christ promoted wealth as a sign of goodness in direct contradiction to the parable of the Needle's Eye. Fundamentalist Muslims are eager to kill and make choices for other for their own salvation. Fundamentalist Buddhists struggle violently for political power. 

Satanism is the backwards reading of the Bible and upside-down crosses, it's the Inquisition, the protection of pedophiles, the suppression of same sex relationships. the pursuit of "holy" lucre,  the enslavement of women, and the belief that martyrs are guerrilla suicide soldiers instead of exemplars murdered for their beliefs. 

Fear is the tool of Satan, compassion the salve of Christ. Fear is the mind-killer, as said in Dune. Ignorance is its food, intolerance its water. Religious bigotry is based in ignorance and xenophobia as is the concept of race. Racism treats ethnicity, culture, and tiny regional genetic differences as defining separate species of humans as if we were races of angels. It is the de facto religion of hate that supports all fundamentalism. It is the Satanic root of all Evil.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Retail Banking is a Destructive Conflict of Interest




 
Banks aren't in the retail industry; they are essential services you can't function without. They should be non-profit to avoid the inherent conflict of interest and they need to be to actively regulated.

The main reason banks tells us we need a credit card is to establish a credit rating. The main reason for establishing a credit rating is for getting loans from banks who give out the credit cards. Notice a problem? It’s a vicious pressure cycle of debt for profit. 

Banks were created to eliminate loan sharks and to lubricate and stabilize the financial system. Banks should be financial only through deposits, loan interest, and bonds. No stocks. Issuing stocks makes them beholden to shareholders shifting their primary focus away from a stable financial system to maximizing share value and profit, not to mention executive bonuses. This turns them into the very loan sharks they were supposed to eliminate.

Deregulation has been a universal neoliberal disaster. We all know how hard it is to regulate ourselves, and we don’t have massive profits involved. Self-regulation is no regulation, anarchy. Criminals thrive in anarchy as do tyrants. Regulation limits and protects. 

Just having a check done on your credit rating that isn’t followed by a loan reduced your rating.
It is said that because most people are invested in banks through pension funds and the like profit for banks is good for everyone. This doesn’t justify the behaviour; it makes us complicit in our own exploitation, in usury. Credits rating have become the chains of modern economic slavery.
Credit has replaced labour (defined as time and effort) as the basis of our currency, for the money supply. Banks control credit and thus money. They don’t sell goods and services; they control the financial system and the value of currency. They determine who is in society and who is out because you can’t do much these days without a bank account or credit card. Without a banks account you8 have to pay fees to just get the money you earn. We are supposed to be clients they advise not customers they exploit. Exploitation is the basis of most retail.

Banks were permitted to exist to help regulate and infuse cash into the system, not to skim off profit. This drains the economy and is why when a financial industry grows too large, the economy suffers.  Currency isn’t a good or service but a representation of the labour used to produce such. It has no inherent value. It shouldn’t be possible to make money off of money because this produces nothing of real value, just an increase in abstract numbers. It is a trick of math and the very definition of inflation. Things don’t demand more time or effort to produce but everything gets more expensive because the currency itself has less real value.  The apparent growth in total wealth is just an economic illusion.

The more complex, arcane, and opaque a system is, the more likely it is to be based on utter nonsense or to be a screen for criminal activity. Accounting is basic math: 1+1=2 not 2+10%. The current system is a literal attempt to get money from nothing and that’s magical thinking not the basis of a stable, productive economic system or society. It becomes trapped in the inevitable boom and bust cycle of the stock market. Buy low and sell high. A financial system needs to be reliable for its users than a casino. Right now banks are the House. That’s why they record profits every year, despite the economic reality around them. The House always wins.

If an enterprise is too big and essential to be allowed to fail because of market conditions, it is too vital to be controlled buy those markets. It is too big for private ownership and to be driven by market behaviour which is short-sighted, opportunistic, and amoral. Because it is the basis of system, it spreads throughout the system and society until there is no way to refuse, resistance becomes futile and even nations must bow.

The financial industry has become a chain on the transmission instead of a stabilizing lubricant. The engine is roaring, overheating, and starting to cease in order to go nowhere fast while making a damn loud noise. Banks don’t care as long we keep paying them for gas.
They even punish you with fees for responsible financial behaviour, such as getting a credit card and not using it. Anything to push up the debit and the profit, keeping you chained to the system.
It’s all for our benefit you know.

The sharks are only circling us for our protection.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Inequality is the Thickest Root of Most Modern Evils Including Climate Change

Inequality is the largest and easiest root that we can kill. The biggest tool we have is the Guaranteed Minimum Tax-Free Income. Social Capitalism instead of Criminal, Corporate, Military, or Neoliberal.
Nothing will happen if we don't work together for the common good. 
Remember that? The ideas of mutual benefit, egalitarianism, meritocracy, and civil responsibility. 
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Equal Opportunity and Liberal Democracy

https://www.equalitytrust.org.uk/

History

The Equality Trust was launched in 2009 by Bill Kerry, Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett. The idea for the Trust was developed from 2007, after Kate and Richard secured a publishing deal for The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better (the original hardback title) and Bill recognised the potential for a campaign based on their evidence.

In 2008 the Trust was awarded funding by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust  which enabled the founders to commission a website and employ their first member of staff. The Equality Trust's launch coincided with publication of The Spirit Level on 5th March 2009.

In November 2009, a new campaign called One Society was set up by The Equality Trust and the Network for Social Change. One Society's main focus was promoting policies that would take us towards a more equal society - as well as responding to political developments relating to top pay and income inequality. In 2013, One Society was fully merged into the Trust.

The Trust obtained charitable status in May 2015 and continues to be funded through a combination of charitable trusts and support from many generous individuals and organisations for which we are very grateful.

he UK is a divided society where the richest receive the lion’s share, leaving crumbs for the rest. How did we get to this point? What are the costs of having such high inequality? And what do people think we should do about it?


How is economic inequality defined? How unequal is the UK? How has UK inequality changed over time?

What factors have led to this increase in inequality in the UK?

How does inequality affect the individual, society and the economy?

What do people think and know about inequality?

The most up to date research on economic inequality, its causes, and its effects.

Why is equality better for everyone?

Local Groups

The Equality Trust works with numerous affiliated local groups up and down the UK and across the world, carrying out awareness-raising and campaigning work to reduce economic inequality.
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We have always believed that to reduce economic inequality, a social movement demanding change is necessary. Local groups play an absolutely vital role in making that movement a reality. In their own words, here's why some of our excellent local group members got involved:

​“More than anything, The Equality Trust ignites and fosters the realisation that, even alongside the everyday demands of life and work, we can have a real and meaningful effect on our local area, and as part of a greater nationwide movement for a fairer society. Our relationship with the Trust has shown us that a great deal can be achieved, not through time or money, but with simply the motivation to make change happen.” - Adam, Colchester Equality

"The reason for being a member is simply that we have such institutional and ingrained inequality in Britain and elsewhere today and Equality North West and The Equality Trust provide opportunities to work against such a pernicious situation. I get to spend time working with fundamentally decent human beings who aren’t entirely motivated by their own self-interest and I do it because it makes a difference." - Various members of Equality North West

"You've got to be a passionate person and believe that you can make a difference. I feel I'm educating people about inequality. Despite frustrations I feel I'm achieving something when I talk to people on the stall, even if I change just one person's view." - Pam, Bromley Income Equality Group

If you would like to campaign for greater equality in your local area or region and are interested in doing so with other like-minded people, please get in touch with our Supporters & Affiliated Local Groups Manager, Bill Kerry, at bill.kerry@equalitytrust.org.uk and he will put you in touch with other active supporters in your area.

International Groups

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Julieta Elgarte
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Austria

Dr. Georg Hubmann
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Canada (Toronto)

Benjamin J. Trister
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Justin Veuthey
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Chile

Fabiola Cabrera
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Germany (Munich)

Catherine Lodge
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Hungary

Samantha Cheesman
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Elisabetta Rossi
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Joseph Mbugua Githae
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Malawi

Simon Gondwe
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Netherlands

Marjan Leneman
marjan.leneman@tele2.nl

New Zealand

Nick Jennings
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Portugal

Filipe Morais
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South Africa (Cape Town)

Adam Bertscher
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South Africa (Plettenberg Bay)

Dr Mark Marais
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Sweden (Gavle)

Kristina Palm
kristinapalm1@gmail.com

Switzerland

Balthasar Glaettli
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Turkey (Istanbul)

Hülya Baylan
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USA (California)

Leslie Lewis
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https://www.equalitytrust.org.uk/affiliate-us

Affiliate To Us

The Equality Trust welcomes affiliation from organisations or groups (both incorporated and unincorporated) that wish to be fully informed about all aspects of economic inequality and how it affects the society or sector in which they operate (our affiliation scheme complements our supporter scheme for individuals which can be found here).
We welcome applications from the worlds of business, trade unions and the public sector as well as from civil society, including co-ops, charities and social enterprises as well as campaign groups. To affiliate please complete this form and return to us either by email or post.
As an affiliate, you will automatically:
  • Have direct access to our research team to discuss the latest data, evidence and research relating to inequality as it affects your areas of interest.
  • Receive copies of all our publications, in various formats, free of charge.
  • Be invited to at least one affiliates-only briefing and networking event each year with expert speakers.
  • Receive priority invitations and free entry to our high-profile events.
  • Have your logo listed on our affiliates page (which will link to your website when clicked).
  • Receive a number of our egalitarian badges.
Sponsorship Opportunities
Affiliates can also sponsor different aspects of our work at competitive rates, including our:
  • Newsletter - our informative, regular newsletter goes to thousands of people every month, including many prominent politicians, journalists and policy-makers as well as academics and commentators.
  • Reports - our well-respected reports on issues relating to inequality also go to our entire mailing list as well as being transmitted to our growing social media following. Our reports receive regular and widespread press and media attention across print and digital formats.
  • Website - our website typically receives over 50,000 views a month from over 20,000 users. Our affiliates can sponsor our entire website or sections of it such as the influential and widely read “About Inequality” section or our popular Local Groups section.
  • Social media - our very active twitter and facebook pages reach tens of thousands of people including many influential people and organisations.
  • Events - our flagship events Local Groups Day (summer) and Annual Conference (autumn) as well as other opportunities throughout the year are available for sponsorship. We very much welcome discussions around sponsored donation of venues or services in relation to events.
Partnership Opportunities
For those affiliates seeking a more in-depth relationship, we welcome discussions around the sponsorship of staff positions to produce original research into particular areas of interest relating to inequality. We can also provide affiliates with bespoke education and training on matters relating to economic inequality, equality and diversity for your staff, members or other stakeholders. We can also provide speakers for your events, including our Executive Director and various Trustees. These services will be provided at a competitive cost to suit your budget.
For further details about affiliation, sponsorship or partnership with The Equality Trust, please contact our Executive Director, Dr. Wanda Wyporska, at wanda.wyporska@equalitytrust.org.uk



Staff Members

Executive Director
Dr Wanda Wyporska is Executive Director of The Equality Trust and was awarded a DPhil. from the University of Oxford, where she was a  Starun Senior Scholar. She previously led on equalities at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and also worked at the TUC.

Media and Communications Manager
John Hood is Media and Communications Manager at the Equality Trust. John previously worked at the Liberal Democrats' Policy and Research Unit.

Supporters and Local Groups Manager
Bill is a co-founder of The Equality Trust and looks after our supporters and affiliated local groups. Previously, Bill worked as a Company Secretary across the private, charitable and social enterprise sectors, a role he now performs for the Trust as well. He is also a Non-Executive...

Public Affairs and Campaigns Manager
Lucy Shaddock is Public Affairs and Campaigns Manager at the Equality Trust. She holds an MSc in Public Policy from University College London and previously worked at the Institute for Government.

Finance and Operations Manager
Jo is part-time Finance and Operations Manager for the Equality Trust, having previously worked at The Judith Trust. Jo is also a Breastfeeding Counsellor and holds an MSc in Gender Studies.

Board Members

Chair of Board
Sean Baine is Chair of the Board.

Co-founder and Board Member
Kate trained in biological anthropology at Cambridge, nutritional sciences at Cornell and epidemiology at UC-Berkeley, and is currently Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York. She co-founder of The Equality Trust and is co-author of The Spirit...

Board Member
Judith Moran is the Director of Quaker Social Action, an East London charity which supports people on a low income to find solutions to the issues affecting their lives.

Board Member
Tom is responsible investment co-ordinator at the International Transport Workers’ Federation. This is a recently created post to support trade union work in the capital markets in Europe. Prior to this he was Head of Communications at PIRC, and previously was a senior policy officer at the...

Co-founder and Board Member
Richard has played a formative role in international research on the social determinants of health and on the societal effects of income inequality. He studied economic history at LSE before training in epidemiology. He is Professor Emeritus of Social Epidemiology at the University of Nottingham...

Board Member
Zoe Williams has been a columnist on the Guardian since 2000 - previously, she wrote a column for the London Evening Standard.  She has appeared on various current affairs and discussion shows and written for a load of magazines. She was 2013's Print Journalist of the Year for the...

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Journalism Isn’t Creative Writing



http://www.slideshare.net/krishsj3/introduction-to-journalism-24100823
Journalists are the historians of the present, not novelists, entertainers, spokespersons, subject experts, commentators, or prognosticators. Their job is not interpretation, prediction, or narrative creation, but the reporting, explanation, and verification of facts, events, uncertainty, probability, and context. Without context facts are meaningless. A 50% increase sounds big unless it’s from 2 to 3. They need to abandon hyperbole, opinion, and embellishment, like Elmore Leonard’s advice to good writers to avoid all adverbs. Let the facts in context reveal the narrative and the reader/viewer’s interpretation determine the drama. This is speaking truth to power. 

To regain credibility, stop treating every scientific discovery and study as the final word on the subject. Science is based on uncertainty, debunking, and questioning. It is a body of evidence linked by theories that have yet to be disproved, not a dogma of certainty. It is a process involving a balance based on the weight of evidence, often debunking the scientist's personal opinion. A scientist only knows that  their theory appears correct when they have failed to disprove it.  Pushing false certainty is creating certainty in falsehood. 

Also, demanding instant information from investigations, particularly criminal ones, is a toxic effect of the 24-hour news cycle. Everyone knows that early information is confused and that it takes time to sort things out effectively, but you have to fill every broadcast second to enable advertising. It’s turning science and journalism into the Super Bowl, where 15 minutes of actual football action happens amid 50 minutes of advertising with the rest of the three hours time-fillers and entertainment. The ads are the goal, not the athletics competition, and it’s reported upon endlessly in advance and on the day as if it is vital world news. This has led to the election of the Super Bowl of presidents. 

News organizations have been Tweeting information for years in the form of sound bites delivered in tabloid style. Now they’re getting bitten and the Enquirer is as trusted as the New York Times. Drama without context has created the false equivalency problem because the media has confused artificial conflict with balanced debate. Sometimes it's just in the tone of the presenter's delivery. Every-time announcements were made about legalization of cannabis they were delivered as if dramatic obstacles never before encountered when they were exactly the same ones faced by alcohol, tobacco, and other regulated substances. Like the way "reality" game -shows are edited to condense and amplify minor things into tension and to leave cliffhangers at every commercial break, it manufactures drama, threat, and conflict where there are none, often detracting from the actual inherent ones.

Stick to the facts in context and leave narratives, opinions, and interpretations out of journalism because none are objective or verifiable. Narration, interpretation, prognostication, and opinion, always involve a subjective bias created intentionally or unintentionally by a personal lens formed by experience and point of view. Journalists need to abandon the idea of following, chasing, or telling the "story" and return to investigating, verifying, and reporting the facts within context. Journalism with narration is a documentary not a news report.
 
Leave narration to narrators and the authors who create them to tell stories exploring interpretations and opinions of facts. A good writer engages readers' imaginations to help them think without saying what to think.

Truth should be the only point of journalism and accuracy its only rating system.

Truth is stranger than fiction, often involving what was believed to be unthinkable, impossible, or ridiculous.

Let reality tell its own story.