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.
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)
Appropriate post for remoaners to read. It might illuminate them as to why UK wants Brexit! Thank you…
I found this very interesting. Okay, it’s with UKIP MEP’s, but any MEP must say similar things.
After all, the way things work in Brussels is the same for everyone.
This is archived here to remind me why I voted for the UK to leave the European Union. And to view again, once we have left (if we do).
It is a testament to how bad the European Union is. And what we escaped…
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.
- 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
I found this site I like. They post videos twice a week.
This planet gets more and more alien as I age. The sickest part is that young people don’t KNOW what it was like. They think today is normal – and yesterday old-fashioned.
We have to get to grips with what is wrong with this place so we can make it right!
Here is the video that came out today. Isn’t it great? Check it out….
I found this article interesting. It is especially thought provoking on how we, in the West, think we are ‘right’ to impose sanctions and our standards on other nations.
But lately Uzbekistan, like other Central Asian countries, are experiencing a mini-boom – a boom thanks to the sanctions imposed on Russia by Washington and through extension by its European vassals. Her exports of vegetables, fruit, other agricultural and industrial goods to Russia are skyrocketing. Mr. Putin already said two years ago, the sanctions were the best thing that ever happened to Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union. They forced Russia to develop their agriculture again and bring her defunct industrial apparatus with science and research up to cutting edge technology, at par or above that of the west. They have certainly succeeded and by association, the sanctions have benefitted Uzbeks and other Central-Asians by improving their standards of living by supplying goods and services to Russia, while Russia’s capacity is growing stronger.
What is the opposite of collateral damage? Collateral benefits?
Our West, hammers on about human ‘rights’ whilst they meddle, promote and interfere with other countries. We are shameful? Seems we are!
The western populace lives in a bubble in which their values are enshrined as the truth – all the wars and conflicts started by the west, the so called war on terror, based on a ‘false flag’ 9/11, is justifying any human rights abuse, wars, CIA assassinations, drone killings, financial strangulations by ‘sanctions’ abject torture, raping and slaughtering entire countries, like the central African countries, for natural resources, rare earths used for the military-security industrial complex that needs an ever-mounting spiral of wars and conflicts for ever more and higher profits by an economy of death and destruction – which is what we have become in the west. ‘Fake news’ also makes Uzbekistan a country that allegedly supplies terrorists, like the recent downtown Manhattan sidewalk rampage, supposedly carried out by an Uzbek national.
Yet, hardly anybody in the west sees the context of western aggression, when they launch accusations of human rights abuse against Russia, China, Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba, Uzbekistan – and the list goes on. It is beyond comprehension how blind our media have made us in the west – to the point that truth seeking media, like Russia Today (RT), Sputnik, TeleSur – are shunned, if not outright banned in the west, i.e. in the US of A and its European puppets and in some of the newly converted neoliberal Latin American countries.
Uzbekistan, China, Russia and the entire East is doing great as far as human rights are concerned – there is not even a shred of comparison with the abusive, murderous west.
Time for introspection? Yes.
Dr. Camille Paglia is a well-known American intellectual and social critic. She has been a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (where this discussion took place) since 1984. She is the author of seven books focusing on literature, visual art, music, and film history, among other topics. The most well-known of these is Sexual Personae (http://amzn.to/2xVGEEV), an expansion of her highly original doctoral thesis at Yale. The newest, Free Women, Free Men: Sex, Gender, Feminism, was published by Pantheon Books in March 2017 (http://amzn.to/2hGycTG). Dr. Paglia has been warning about the decline and corruption of the modern humanities for decades, and she is a serious critic of the postmodern ethos that currently dominates much of academia. Although she is a committed equity feminist, she firmly opposes the victim/oppressor narrative that dominates much of modern American and British feminism. In this wide-ranging discussion, we cover (among other topics) the pernicious influence of the French intellectuals of the 1970’s on the American academy, the symbolic utility of religious tradition, the tendency toward intellectual conformity and linguistic camouflage among university careerists, the under-utilization of Carl Jung and his student, Erich Neumann, in literary criticism and the study of the humanities, and the demolition of the traditional roles and identity of men and women in the West.
Many years ago, my husband and I met an Armenian woman. She talked about strange things we didn’t understand. She spoke about ‘The Armenian Genocide’ – how her nation was wiped out in Turkey. We must have listened with little comprehension. I remember her mainly, because my husband was attracted to her – she was very beautiful – and I could see the admiration in his eyes.
This post is out of respect for her – I should have listened more intently, and worried about my husband less.
This is for you, beautiful lady, wherever you are now.
The Armenian holocaust was the first in the last century. We have been blinded by THE holocaust – the Jewish one. The one that occurred because no one screamed and yelled about the first one – the Armenian Genocide – a template for Hitler. The Jews are very protective of THEIR holocaust, but, in fact, the Armenian Genocide is a holocaust too. A holocaust has no ownership. Turkey denies it ever happened.
An estimated 1.5 million Armenian people were extinguished by the Turkish government ruling the Ottoman Empire in a centrally planned and administered slaughter known as the Armenian Genocide. Under the cloud of World War I, between 1915 and 1918, the mostly Christian Armenian population were subjected to deportation, expropriation, abduction, torture, massacre, and starvation as they were forcibly removed from Armenia and Anatolia to Syria and marched through the desert to die. Following the end of World War I, the atrocities resumed between 1920 and 1923, and the remaining Armenian population was subjected to further violence, slaughter and expulsion. In 1915, thirty-three years before UN Genocide Convention was adopted, the Armenian Genocide was condemned by the international community as a crime against humanity.
Oh. will it never end?
Of course it will!
When the illiterate and tribalists rule – as they do in Zimbabwe, it will end.
The day we flew out of South Africa, the President broadcast a message. He said “To all the people leaving South Africa, just GO!
WE DON’T NEED YOU HERE!”
We left with the millions of other academic and professional classes who streamed out of South Africa in the big diaspora twenty years ago. We were black, white and ‘coloured’ people, leaving because the world as we knew it had changed so violently, we couldn’t bear it anymore. And because of our qualifications and education, we could.
It was not a case of white people fleeing, it was a case of educated people fleeing. Mr President, you should beg educated people to stay, whatever their colour. The thing we had in common, was not our colour, but our culture. White man’s culture learned at university. The culture that has changed the world for the better, which gave you hospitals, roads, dams, irrigation, farming, medicine, science, democracy and learning.
And restraint and logic!
Since then, the violence is worse, the education is worse, the administration is worse, the corruption is worse. The murder of farmers is worse. The whole place is a cock-up! Greed and venality rules.
We have family living in South Africa. They stay there because they have ‘hope’.
I lost hope many years ago.
Mr President, when we left, you did not pick up the pieces that we left behind, you did not follow our lead. You lost the plot. YOU SHOULD HAVE BEGGED US TO STAY!
Mr Molemo, it is YOU that is speaking utter nonsense. Leave the farmers alone – otherwise you will end up like Mr Mugabe and have to beg them to come back, when your country collapses and you are sitting hungry in the wreckage.