Delicious advertising insanity

People are talking. The press is reporting. Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall must be delighted.

Sane people are appalled. It would be funny, if it wasn’t so very peculiar, a symptom of odd thinking.

The true absurdity of the ‘junk food’ advertising ban revealed

A little known fact about Transport for London’s ban on ‘junk food’ advertising is that a company doesn’t have to be selling food to fall foul of the rules. If an advert for a West End musical used a picture of a custard pie, it would be rejected.

The rules also apply to TfL’s own advertisements. The campaign shown below ran in 2016 but would not be permitted today because cakes have too much sugar for Sadiq Khan and the neo-puritans of ‘public health’.

Banning the depiction of normal food products in adverts that are not advertising food soon leads to absurdity. To get an idea of quite how absurd things get, I used a Freedom of Information request to ask TfL how many of its own adverts it has had to edit to comply with its own daft rules. The documents I received are mind-boggling.

The story begins in late November 2018 when someone at TfL with the mildly sinister job title of Customer Marketing & Behaviour Change Executive realised that her organisation could be caught short by the impending changes. She e-mailed staff requesting a comprehensive review of TfL’s in-house advertisements to weed out any depictions of ‘junk food’ that could violate the new rules and embarrass the Mayor. To be on the safe side, it was decided that ‘junk food’ would not only be scrubbed out of TfL’s adverts on public transport, as the ban required, but from all its marketing materials.

Do read more…it gets pretty crazy – LINK

and more..

TfL forced to remove strawberries and cream from Wimbledon advert after it fails to follow its own junk food rules

First they came for the smokers…..when ARE we going to be allowed to be normal, ordinary people, safe from maniacs?


Roundup, Monsanto, cancer, golf courses, hidden secrets

Very interesting post, thank you. The host at our last year’s holiday rental was an avid golfer. Just before we left to come home, he had a whole lot of squamous cell cancers removed from his head. He shot to my mind as I read your post. He spent most of his time on the nearby golf course. Cancer in dogs is on the increase. They have to deal with weed killer along the roads. I have reblogged this to Life on an Alien Planet.

Nice links for smokers and vapers

Such skill and knowledge in the writings of these two men is worth sharing.

For smokers read this answer I found by Gustavo Guardiola on Quora – it’s great.

How is it fair that during work, smokers get to take a break to smoke but don’t have to make up the time they missed?

For vapers read Clive Bates on The Vaping Epidemic (in young people in the USA) (Long but worth the read)

The great American youth vaping epidemic. Really?



Abortion Laws

I’m an abortion in-betweener. I think abortion is good when done very early. 24 weeks which is the current cut off  is too late for me. What is 24 weeks, 6 months? At six months a baby is a person!

But this morning I watched this video of people clapping and cheering as the new law allowing up to birth terminations by any medical staff was signed in New York. As they laughed, I thought of the grief of thousands of mothers aborting thousands of babies who are real people.

To me, late abortions should only be done by proper doctors under exceptional circumstances.

New abortion law signed


Monsanto exposed for all the world to see -and about bloody time too!

At last, all our suspicions – well, I have had mine, I don’t know about you, have been confirmed. Monsanto are lying through their teeth. The Roundup they produce is killing us.

Glyphosate-based herbicides are so widely used around the globe (roughly 826 million kg a year) that residues are commonly found in food and water supplies, and in soil and air samples. US scientists have even recorded the weed killer residues in rainfall. Exposure is ubiquitous, virtually inescapable.

This is science for profit. And they have lied about the safety of Glyphosphates for many years telling us ‘scientifically’ they are safe.

Now evidence from their internal files and secret knowledge stores are being perused by lawyers in this case and what they find is not nice!…..

Company’s own records revealed damning truth of glyphosate-based herbicides’ link to cancer

It was a verdict heard around the world. In a stunning blow to one of the world’s largest seed and chemical companies, jurors in San Francisco have told Monsanto it must pay $289m in damages to a man dying of cancer which he claims was caused by exposure to its herbicides.

And this won’t be the end – there are 4000 ‘cases’ in the pipeline.

And about bloody time too!

The BSE saga – poisoning by Government proclamation – what else has it done to us?

We were in Africa when BSE broke out in the UK. We felt ‘safe’ – until I found out that tonnes of infected meat had been shipped to Africa to ‘get rid of it’!

I’m sure many of my readers have never even heard of BSE – or mad cow disease.

  1. bovine spongiform encephalopathy, a disease of cattle which affects the central nervous system, causing agitation and staggering, and is usually fatal. It is believed to be caused by an agent such as a prion or a virino, and to be related to Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease in humans.

It was supposedly caused by feeding scrapie infected meat and bone-feed to cows – fancy that; feeding meat to cows! and eating sick cows gave it to humans. Well that was the theory – it was caused by feeding cows dead animals.

People were terrified of developing CJD, which can take years to show itself.

But, there is another story.

This is the story of the OTHER story.

Organic livestock farmer Mark Purdey was ordered in the 1980’s, along with all cattle and dairy farmers in the UK, to treat his cows with an organophosphate pesticide ‘Phosmet’ manufactured by I.C.I.. Organophosphates are derived from military nerve gas and a systemic treatment (the chemical enters the entire internal system of the cow) would undermine his organic principles so Mark refused to treat. “If Phosmet is proven to have caused BSE, the worldwide use of organophosphates (OPs) could be put into jeopardy, costing the chemical industry billions. The government know more than they’re letting on. They’ve stuck to the scrapie theory to placate people and give the impression they’ve got it under control.” Mark Purdey, Organic Dairy Farmer, Exmoor. “If the government are found liable for BSE – by enforcing organophosphate treatment – the payout could break the economy.” >>>

The British Government “got BSE under control” by ordering the slaughtering of millions of cows – millions. Britain lay under a pall of smoke from the incineration fires as it did during the foot and mouth outbreak in 2001.

The story continues in more detail – but the final outcome in my comment under this quote might have given Mark Purdy some comfort. He wrote a book, but died before he completed it. It is heroes like Mark Purdy that REALLY change the world.

Mark Purdy, had a different theory about the cause of BSE.

 One that the authorities and the pesticide producers have gone to great to lengths to silence. Between the late 70’s and 1982 British farmers were forced by law to treat their cows for warble fly with a pour on organophosphate called phosmet – organophosphates are derived from nerve gas formulated by nazi chemists during World War II. Big business soon realised its profit potential and, post war, it was exclusively marketed as an agricultural pesticide by ICI, and later their cunningly renamed subdivision Zeneca. Seeing how his own organically reared cows never developed BSE, but phosmet-treated cattle brought onto the farm did, Somerset dairy farmer Mark Purdey refused to treat his herd. In 1984 MAFF took him to the High Court, but lost. “Before 1982 farmers could treat warbles with an organic ground-up root compound called Derris. This was outlawed, so they could sell more organophosphates,” said Purdey. Organophosphates, used to treat headlice in school children, have been implicated as a potential cause of Gulf War Syndrome. Purdey managed to alleviate symptoms in a BSE infected cow by injecting oxime, an antidote to pesticide poisoning. The cure was never completed as MAFF turned up and destroyed the cow. Unconvinced by the accepted cause of BSE and CJD, Purdey set about studying how disease clusters reflected OP usage. He found Britain, the only country enforcing phosmet use, to have the highest rate of disease. Ireland had some BSE, but OP use was voluntary, and given at a lower dose. Brittany (France) began to develop BSE following an enforced phosmet trial, and human new variant CJD was clustered in Kent’s Wield Valley, where hop and top fruit growth gets saturated with organophosphates. Agitated by Purdey’s discoveries, the pesticide industry hit back. The dubiously named National Office of Animal Health (NOAH), a lobby group representing the UK animal medicine industry, whose membership reads like a Downing St dinner party invite list of extremely dodgy chemical interests – including Bayer, Monsanto, Novartis, Pfizer, Roche, Schering-Plough etc – published documents discrediting Purdey’s work. NOAH produced an independent expert, Dr David Ray, for the BSE Inquiry, who turned out to be receiving funding from Zeneca for his Medical Research Council toxicology unit. “I don’t think this affected my judgement,” Ray told SchNEWS. “You may not believe it, but I didn’t realise Zeneca produced phosmet at the time.” Hmmm. In March 1996 – one week before the UK government admitted to a link between BSE and new variant CJD – Zeneca sold the phosmet patent to a PO Box company in the Arizona desert. As Ray said: “Zeneca are not keen to be sued.

Interestingly – and VERY STRANGE! is that the British Government, in it’s final analysis ” took the view the cause was not scrapie, as had originally been postulated, but was some event in the 1970s that was not possible to identify.” My bold. Link Wikipedia

Here is Mark Purdy telling his story in 2001. In today’s glitzie video line up, it might seem dull, but it is well worth watching and reveals his courage in the face of persecution. Unfortunately, Organophosphates are still used in some countries – as herbicides and pesticide – ‘Its use is banned or restricted in 23 countries and its import is illegal in a total of 50 countries.’ and they have been mostly abandoned for use on animals.

Here is Mark


Oh rubbish – how CAN you know, Melanie Klein

I get videos from the School of Life – I like many of them. But recently I received this one to which I took exception. It speaks of Melanie Klein’s theories about babies. Babies “hate”. Babies HATE? How can anyone ever know what babies feel?

That charged my interest in Melanie Klein – and other psychoanalysts in the fifties and sixties. Gosh, they were a mixed up lot! Squabbling, nit picking and pouring venom on each other big time. I don’t like Psychoanalysis myself. There is something, mmmm,  something in it, that gives me the creeps. What it is, I cannot quite say – possibly I feel it’s all just someone’s IDEA of something – THEIR interpretation.  And psychoanalysts in the Klein days belonged to a closed, elite group where everyone analysed everyone else and regurgitated their favourite “ideas”.

These ideas were sold to Governments! Seems a bit tricky to me, to know what is a true idea and what is rubbish.

Back to the video. Here it is. The bit that really impressed me as jumping to conclusions was that babies HATE. If you check out Melanie Klein, you will see that she probably jumped to that conclusion because of her own rather miserable life.

How can we possibly KNOW what babies feel? We can assume they feel hungry, frightened, wet, uncomfortable, tired, in pain with the gripes, when they yell, but hate? I don’t know about that…..

I am one of the lucky breastscreening escapees!

I am one of those whose breast screening letter never came. This is a story making nice dramatic headlines in the UK .

I feel lucky I never got my letter. The benefits of screening  for breast cancer have always been questionable. But I found this excellent article in The New Scientist, that suggests the cock-up with the letters might have actually saved lives.

How lucky are we?

Why breast screening error stories are getting death stats wrong

It was announced this week that, between 2009 and 2018, a computer error meant that 450,000 women aged around 70 in the UK were not sent their final breast screening appointment letter. These women were mistakenly not offered screening that may have picked up a cancer that had developed since their last check three years before. Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt announced in Parliament that “there may be between 135 and 270 women who had their lives shortened”. This has been reported as “up to 270 women died”.


But the third issue is that, contrary to popular belief, screening also does harm . The current NHS leaflet states that, for every 200 women attending screening between the ages of 50 and 70, we would expect one to have her early death from breast cancer prevented, but three to be unnecessarily treated for a harmless cancer that would not have troubled them. It might be worth pointing out that these women (or their doctors) would never know this – they would forever be grateful, thinking that their lives had been saved by the harrowing treatment process. So, it is an invisible harm, difficult to quantify or take into consideration.

But it means that up to 800 women may have been saved from harm by not sending them their final screening appointment letter, as they avoided possible reduction in their life expectancy through unnecessary treatment.


More on the carefully staged ‘nerve agent’ drama – questions from Craig Murray

You might be watching the new drama unfolding in the UK, carefully scripted by the UK Government, and be cringing in shame at our foolishness like I am.

We are making total arseholes of ourselves!

Here is an excellent post on the situation as it now is, and how questions should be asked by intelligent people of the UK Government.

Knobs and Knockers

What is left of the government’s definitive identification of Russia as the culprit in the Salisbury attack?


Motorola sales agent Gary Aitkenhead – inexplicably since January, Chief Executive of Porton Down chemical weapons establishment – said in his Sky interview that “probably” only a state actor could create the nerve agent. That is to admit the possibility that a non state actor could.

David Collum, Professor of Organo-Chemistry at Cornell University, infinitely more qualified than a Motorola salesman, has stated that his senior students could do it.


So given that the weapon itself is not firm evidence it was Russia that did it, what is Boris Johnson’s evidence? It turns out that the British government’s evidence is no more than the technique of smearing nerve agent on the door handle. All of the UK media have been briefed by “security sources” that the UK has a copy of a secret Russian assassin training manual detailing how to put nerve agent on door handles, and that given the nerve agent was found on the Skripals door handle, this is the clinching evidence which convinced NATO allies of Russia’s guilt.


Two questions arise. How credible is the British government’s possession of a Russian secret training manual for using novichok agents, and how credible is it that the Skripals were poisoned by their doorknob.

To take the second question first, I see major problems with the notion that the Skripals were poisoned by their doorknob.


Suspect locations were hosed down by the fire brigade.

But if the substance was in a form that could be washed away, why was it placed on an external door knob? It was in point of fact raining heavily in Salisbury that day, and indeed had been for some time.


The second problem is that the Novichok family of nerve agents are instant acting. There is no such thing as a delayed reaction nerve agent. Remember we have been specifically told by Theresa May that this nerve agent is up to ten times more powerful than VX, the Porton Down developed nerve agent that killed Kim’s brother in 15 minutes.

But if it was on the doorknob, the last contact they could possibly have had with the nerve agent was a full three hours before it took effect.


This narrative simply is not remotely credible. Nerve agents – above all “military grade nerve agents” – were designed as battlefield weapons. They do not leave opponents fighting fit for hours.


The second part of the extraordinarily happy coincidence of the nerve agent being on the door handle, and the British government having a Russian manual on applying nerve agent to door handles, is whether the manual is real. It strikes me this is improbable – it rings far too much of the kind of intel they had on Iraqi WMD.


These are some of the problems I have with the official account of events. Boris lied about the certainty of the provenance of the nerve agent, and his fall back evidence is at present highly unconvincing. None of which proves it was not the Russian state that was responsible. But there is no convincing proof that it was, and there are several other possibilities. Eventually the glaring problems with the official narrative might be resolved, but what is plain is that Johnson and May have been premature and grossly irresponsible.

Please read the whole post from Craig Murray – it contains much more than simply this!