The Iron Lady’s Prayer: A Parady

 

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“Parody! Barely.

The Conservative’s* prayer to their goddess of greed, Margaret Thatcher. Her state funeral last year was bordering on outright worship of Thatcher and her ideological legacy of self-centred greed which with all the other branches of libertarianism/capitalism, is creating global harm on a colossal scale: fueling poverty, oppression and environmental devastation.

It’s bad enough when anyone participate’s, but even as an ex-christian, I find the sight of hypocrite’s who pretend to be religious, happily pushing the cult of greed over need; sickening. People who have no problem with the gaping wealth inequality, the poverty, the foodbanks, the homelessness.”

“*Not just the Tories, but UKIP, the US GOP, Conservatives in Canada and Australia…. and all the other    greedy, selfish, sociopaths everywhere.”

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I cannot and never will understand the cult of greed at the expense of other people, other animals, the earth itself, our very existence and the existence of future generations. The insatiable greed of the few is like an illness, a compulsion when enough is never enough. Like a gambling or other addition it leaves nothing but misery in its wake.  Sadly it is mostly those of this ilk who rule the world and our lives, yet few challenge this status quo. Here in the UK benefits are being stripped from disabled people, people who are too sick to work who can in many cases barely cope with day-to-day living yet are considered fit to work and for non compliance are left destitute with no income, not even the means to obtain food, shelter or warmth, all of which are basic human rights that we all should demand. While food banks open at an alarming hitherto unparalleled rate and people die in their own homes from cold here in the sixth richest country in the world, the rich get richer.

While a child dies of hunger every three seconds in so-called developing countries, while people die of preventable disease and the want of clean water and medical care, have no shelter, no education, no hope and no future, the decadent 1 percent continue living their extravagant life styles accruing more and more wealth at a phenomenal rate.

Here in the UK thanks to the sociopathic polices of Thatcher and her even more warped successor Cameron and his cohorts the gap between the have and the have nots is growing ever wider, more so here than anywhere else in Europe.

How the super rich got richer: 10 shocking facts about inequality

The gap between the super rich and the rest of us is spiralling out of control, with Britain’s 1% grabbing more than their counterparts anywhere else in Europe.

“The coalition government has already reduced the top rate of tax to 45%. Now it plans tougher benefit cuts for the poor. Under current financial plans, it will reward the top 1% even more in future, by cutting income taxes further. The rest of the top 20% can expect slight increases in their net income in the years up to 2016, while everyone else is impoverished.”

“We are facing a fork in the road between having a majority global middle class, or most of us becoming a global service class employed to satisfy the needs of a tiny minority of super-rich individuals.

In spring this year, Oxfam revealed that some 85 of the world’s richest people now had as much wealth as the poorest half of all humanity. A few weeks later, Forbes magazine updated that estimate to just 67 people. Then, within days, they corrected that estimate on their website to 66 people, so fast was the wealth of the multi-billionaires rising in the world during early 2014.”

Interesting to note the following:
London’s wealthy elite also includes the largest concentration of Russian millionaires found outside of Moscow – at least 2,000, many of whom are also “Ultras”. It is impossible to accurately assess their wealth because so much of it is hidden. But the donations from many of them to the Conservative party suggest that they have a direct interest in maintaining the low tax – especially wealth tax – policies of that party. It is not just property that the Russians are buying.
Extracts from How the Super Rich got Richer: 10 shocking facts about inequality
Read the full article:
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/sep/15/how-super-rich-got-richer-10-shocking-facts-inequality

Are the super rich getting even richer?

The world’s richest 1 per cent will own more than the other 99 per cent by next year, a charity warns.

“Do we really want to live in a world where the 1 per cent own more than the rest of us combined? The scale of global inequality is quite simply staggering and despite the issues shooting up the global agenda, the gap between the richest and the rest is widening fast.

“In the past 12 months we have seen world leaders from President Obama to Christine Lagarde talk more about tackling extreme inequality but we are still waiting for many of them to walk the walk. It is time our leaders took on the powerful vested interests that stand in the way of a fairer and more prosperous world.

“Business as usual for the elite isn’t a cost free option – failure to tackle inequality will set the fight against poverty back decades. The poor are hurt twice by rising inequality – they get a smaller share of the economic pie and because extreme inequality hurts growth, there is less pie to be shared around.”

Oxfam International executive director Winnie Byanyim quoted in the Channel4 article:
Are the super rich getting even richer?
Read More:
http://www.channel4.com/news/inequality-world-richest-wealth-oxfam-poor-uk-rich

Take Action

Watch the Video and join the Oxfam Campaign Even it Up:
http://www.oxfam.org/en/campaigns/even-it-up

Inequality is out of control: Time to Even It Up!

Around the world, the gap between the rich and poor is spiralling out of control. Extreme inequality is not accidental or inevitable – it’s the result of deliberate policy choices by people in power. Together we must #EvenItUp and stop #inequality from undermining our fight against #poverty. Join our campaign now to close the gap between the rich and the rest: http://www.oxfam.org/en/even-it-up

Wealth: Having it all and wanting more –  A report by Oxfam

Global wealth is increasingly concentrated in the hands of a small wealthy elite. These wealthy individuals have generated and sustained their vast riches through their interests and activities in a few important economic sectors, including finance and insurance, and pharmaceuticals and healthcare. Companies from these sectors spend millions of dollars every year on lobbying to create a policy environment that protects and enhances their interests further. The most prolific lobbying activities in the US are on budget and tax issues; public resources that should be directed to benefit the whole population, rather than reflect the interests of powerful lobbyists.

This briefing explains Oxfam’s methodology and data sources and updates key inequality statistics, such as Oxfam’s frequently cited fact in 2014: ‘85 billionaires have the same wealth as the bottom half of the world’s population’

Download the full report:
http://policy-practice.oxfam.org.uk/publications/wealth-having-it-all-and-wanting-more-338125

Surely enough is enough, when are we going to take a stand against the greed of the few at the expense of the many. Time for a fair society, one that allows people to have fulfilling lives including of course the very basics which so many people lack such a shelter, food, clean water, warmth, education and health care, without exploitation of other human beings, other animals or the planet.

While the Oxfam initiative is a good start the ultimate fair world consists in removing ownership of the world’s resources from individuals who for all intents and purposes control these often essentials for the life, health and wellbeing of the vast majority of the world’s inhabitants.

“Gross economic inequality is as vile as racism, misogyny and hatred of the disabled; as damaging in effect; and as dependent on a small group of supporters who believe that just a few should have more and more and more, because they’re worth it.”

Danny Dorling

 

Horse Dismembered alive in a Village in Colombia

Below is a guest post by the animal and human rights activist Luis Leonel

WILD PARTY IN A VILLAGE OF COLOMBIA: A HORSE IS DISMEMBERED ALIVE.

The animal had been gored by a bull during a traditional “corral”.

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“A horse was gored by a bull during the holiday village in northern Colombia was then dismembered alive with knives , denounced a citizen in a video that trended on Sunday in social networks.

In the bloody images , you see how a crowd of men approaches the fallen animal, still alive, and it shatters against other attendees to these parties occurred in the municipality of Buenavista, consisting of the fight of a bull in a square where dozens of people are thrown into the ring with rags or sticks to provoke.

“That day the bull gored the horse and the crowd, most dangerous, people armed with knives inside the corral, took the horse and dismembered alive before the whole community, “he told Radio Blu Orlando Serpa, who recorded death the horse.

The images sparked the debate on Twitter and many animal advocates asked prison for offenders.

The president of the Humane Society of Sucre, Muffit Salaimán Fayad said denounce the mayor of Buenavista, Quintilian Tapia for allowing corralejas was attacked in the horse.

Tapia, meanwhile, said he learned of those facts by the media and noted that denounce the case for the authorities to act against those who attacked the animal.

This horrific case recalls another registered earlier this month in the town of Turbaco, in the department of Bolivar where a group of people killed kicks, stones, shovels and stabbing a bull in a corral, common festivals northern Caribbean country .

In Colombia the law does not prohibit “corralejas” but the Constitutional Court has already ruled against animal abuse.”

 

The above is a Google translation

Original article in Spanish

http://tn.com.ar/internacional/fiesta-salvaje-en-un-pueblo-de-colombia-descuartizaron-a-un-caballo-vivo_563412

PLEASE REPUDIATE THIS CRIME BY WRITING TO THE COLOMBIA’S EMBASSY OR CONSULATE OF YOUR COUNTRY.

Here are address of Colombian embassies and consulates abroad
http://www.embassypages.com/colombia   –   Colombian embassies and consulates abroad are on the right of the page. Includes postal and e-mail address, telephone numbers and the embassy’s /consulates website. 

 

 

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Join the Day Of Action Against Maximus, March 2nd

Attacking people with disabilities is the lowest display of power I can think of
Morgan Freeman.

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Please make a note in your diaries to join The Day Of Action Against Maximus

Maximus is the new Work Capability Assessment (WCA) contractor taking the place of ATOS  to conduct the deeply unfair WCA for sick and disabled people.

These crude and callous assessments have been used to strip benefits from hundreds of thousands of sick and disabled people after a quick computer based test ruled them ‘fit for work’.  A growing number of suicides have been directly linked to this stressful regime, whilst charities, medical staff and claimants themselves have warned of the desperate consequences for those left with no money at all by the system.

In a huge embarrassment for the DWP, the previous contractor Atos were chased out of the Work Capability Assessments after a sustained and militant campaign carried out by disabled people, benefit claimants and supporters.  In a panicky effort to save these vicious assessments Iain Duncan Smith hired US private healthcare company Maximus to take over from Atos this coming April.

This is not the only lucrative contract the Tories have awarded this company.  Maximus are also involved in helping to privatise the NHS, running the Fit for Work occupational health service designed to bully and harass people on sick leave into going back to work.  Maximus also run the notorious Work Programme in some parts of the UK, meaning that disabled people found fit for work by Maximus may then find themselves sent on workfare by Maximus.  There is no greater enemy to the lives of sick and disabled people in the UK today than this multi-national poverty profiteer who even are prepared to run welfare-to-work style schemes for the brutal Saudi Arabian government.

Read More including details of the day of action:
http://dpac.uk.net/2015/01/disabled-claimants-welcome-to-maximus-march-2nd-everywhere/

Details of local Events

Planning for the Day of Action to Welcome Maximarse to their new role as assessors for the cruel and hateful WCA is taking shape, and we now have local actions planned forBalham, Brighton, Cardiff, Croydon, Glasgow, Ipswich, Lincoln,  Manchester,  Reading, Sheffield, and of course Maximus HQ in central London.

Read More:
http://dpac.uk.net/2015/01/maximus-day-of-action-2nd-of-march-list-of-events-around-the-uk-scrapwca/

Keep an eye on the above page – “we will keep it updated with locations all over the UK where actions are planned, and details of new actions are coming in to DPAC central thick and fast so keep an eye out for updates.”  Includes  details of how to set up an event in your locality it there is not one where you live. Also online action planned. So do check this page out every so often.

Twitter hash tag ‪#‎ScrapWCA‬

Download the above leaflet and others:
https://twitter.com/hashtag/scrapwca

DPAC on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/dis_ppl_protest/status/555868168481038337

More information about the detrimental effects of the WCA and also the misery and suffering as a result of sanctions for non compliance, which many mean being sanctioned and loosing at least one month’s benefit for, in some cases, being as little as one minute late for an interview with your Jobcentre adviser!

Don’t consider for one minute that Maximus may not be like ATOS , it is a foregone conclusion that they are indeed as bad if not worse than ATOS.  The following helps to confirm this:
The senior civil servant previously responsible for government policy on the notorious “fitness for work” test could start offering advice on the same issue to his new private sector bosses within weeks.
http://disabilitynewsservice.com/2015/01/former-wca-boss-free-advise-maximus-fitness-work-test-within-weeks/

The is no doubt concerning the misery and suffering inflicted upon vulnerable people as a result of the WCA, thousands have died as a consequence, many as a result of suicide.

The WCA is not suitable for its purpose and needs to be scrapped

List off those who have died as result of government reforms including the WCA

Terry McGarvey, 48. Dangerously ill from polycytheamia, Terry asked for an ambulance to be called during his Work Capability Assessment. He knew that he wasn’t well enough to attend his WCA but feared that his benefits would be stopped if he did not. He died the following day.

Elaine Lowe, 53. Suffering from COPD and fearful of losing her benefits. In desperation, Elaine chose to commit suicide.

Mark Wood, 44. Found fit for work by Atos, against his Doctors advice and assertions that he had complex mental health problems. Starved to death after benefits stopped, weighing only 5st 8lb when he died.

Read More Stories

UK Welfare Reform Deaths ~ Updated List ~ October 21st 2014:
http://blacktrianglecampaign.org/2014/10/21/uk-welfare-reform-deaths-updated-list-october-21st-2014/

Here is another tragedy, another suicide of a man with mental illness:

Sanction and suicide:
https://thepoorsideoflife.wordpress.com/2015/01/23/sanction-and-suicide/

Obtained under the freedom of information act it has been revealed that the DWP has investigated 60 deaths linked to cuts in benefits and the refusal of ESA as a result of the WCA declaring them fit for work

It has emerged that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has carried out 60 reviews into deaths linked to benefit cuts in the past three years. Shocking cases reveal a spike in suicides and health deterioration resulting from cuts.

In some cases, deaths appear to be caused by a refusal of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). Other deaths of predominantly disabled claimants resulted from claimants being found “fit to work” by a Work Capability Assessment (WCA).
http://rt.com/uk/206247-benefit-cuts-related-deaths/

This is just the tip of the iceberg as untold thousands more have suffered serious detriment to their lives because of these vile reforms. There are no doubt many many more cases that go unreported.

It is sickening that the lives of chronically ill and disabled people should be made even more wretched by this morally bankrupt government’s vicious and grossly unjust welfare reforms and that few people speak out. Certainly not the media who have done much to support the government in what I believe is the slow and systematic dismantling of our welfare system. Where is Labour in all this? With the exception of the bedroom tax mainly silent. Though there is evidence that Labour will continue with this deeply unfair assessment:
https://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com/2015/01/18/taking-the-wca-back-to-the-bad-old-days-why-sick-and-disabled-claimants-should-fear-a-labour-government/

Even if you manage to fulfill the criteria to claim ESA that is not the end of the matter, you can be stripped of your benefit as a result of unfair sanctions particularly if you are mentally ill. It has been shown that people with mental health conditions are sanctioned disproportionately.

According to welfare weekly 100 mentally ill people are sanctioned everyday:

100 Sickness Benefit Claimants With Mental Health Problems Sanctioned Every Day

Benefits claimant judged as unfit to work due to mental health problems are more likely to have their benefits stopped by sanctions than those suffering from other conditions,

Homeless charity Crisis warned in 2014 of a “shocking increase” in the number of ESA sanctions. In the first three months of 2014 alone, 15,995 disabled people had their benefits docked, compared with 3,574 during the same period the previous year.

Whilst it isn’t possible to say how many of these ESA claimants also suffered from mental health problems, disability is often accompanied by mental health issues – such as anxiety and depression.

According to the DWP data, the most common reason for being sanctioned is that a person has been late or not turned up for a Work Programme appointment

http://www.welfareweekly.com/100-sickness-benefit-claimants-mental-health-problems-sanctioned-every-day/

Read Mikes Story:

Mike found himself in court for stealing just £ 7.45 worth of food:

Mike had lost his job a few months earlier and had been stuck on a bus unexpectedly delayed by road works.

He was ten minutes late for his appointment at the Jobcentre and as a punishment he was sanctioned for four weeks – that means he lost all his income for a month.

Three weeks into the sanction he had nothing, he was ill, he missed the local foodbank’s weekly opening day and eventually he stole some food because he hadn’t eaten in four days.

Read more:
http://www.itv.com/news/2015-01-20/the-most-vulnerable-claimants-are-being-punished-for-minor-mistakes-over-benefits/

If you think that such an extreme sanction is a mistake then think again.

In the same article:

Harsh punishment for minor mistakes

When people hear stories like Mike’s they are tempted to believe that this must be a mistake and that it’s not how the system is intended to function.

However, looking closely we see that punishing minor mistakes extremely harshly is core to the sanctions system.

Please read the full article if you haven’t done so already:
http://www.itv.com/news/2015-01-20/the-most-vulnerable-claimants-are-being-punished-for-minor-mistakes-over-benefits/

It is likely that mentally ill people are more often sanctioned as they as a result of their illness are less likely to fight back, raise  an objection or cope with finding help and advice. Mentally health conditions are far more incapacitating  than many people realise, take the most common condition of depression, a disorder that can render a person unable to get out of bed feed or care for themselves let alone challenge such unfair decisions. Another common mental health problem is anxiety which may be so severe that the suffer may be prevented from leaving the house let alone arrive on time or at all for an appointment, such as an agoraphobic for example.

Here is an example of what happens to mentally ill people

“It’s hard enough dealing with a mental health issue – but it’s made much worse if you’re not able to work.

David (not his real name) suffers from schizophrenia and receives two types of income support to help him live while he deals with his illness. He was sanctioned twice in 2013 for not attending work focussed interviews and appointments due to his deteriorating health.

He was even sanctioned while he was very ill in hospital, and forced to rely on his family for food.

Caught in a bureaucratic nightmare without any guidance, David was too ill to speak to advisors.”

Read More:
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/ampp3d/how-benefit-sanctions-punish-people-5005786

Though the issue of sanctions may seen like a separate matter,  this particular grave injustice stems from the accumulating impact of Tory welfare reforms which are effecting the most vulnerable and which need to be scrapped. Getting the WCA scrapped would be a good start.

Labour have already stated that they’re going to be tougher on benefit recipients than the Tories so it is unlikely that there will be any changes from them.

The Tories will not scrap the WCA  because it’s doing exactly what it was designed to do and that is to deprive people of their sickness benefits and eventually to do away with the welfare system.

I very much doubt that unless we robustly demand change that change to this inhumane system will ever come about.

Anyone who can attend or support the day of action please do so, you do not have to be sick or disabled, a carer or in any way personally affected. We are all in it together, a now infamous term used by a truly deplorable human being (Cameron) that in this instance is nonetheless true. Think about it all those of you who imagine that by denying sick and disabled people a decent standard of living you will somehow be better off –  pay less taxes or social security.  On the contrary you will be disappointed. If this is what you expect you are delusional, naive at best, stupid at worst. Consider one day it could be you or a loved one. With the exception of those born with disabilities I very much doubt that those who are sick or disabled today ever thought that this would happen to them. Old or young one never knows if or when one may be rendered disabled or chronically sick. Do you really want to destroy  the only means of living provided by the welfare system for the thousands of us who are unfortunate to be sick or disabled. What kind of person condones such an inhumane notion, what kind of person promotes such a state of affairs where disabled people will be left to fend for themselves relying on handouts from relatives or charities.  What kind of person stands by and allows this to happen?

It is sickening that in a modern society that a tiny minority have the power to being about such appalling devastation, misery and suffering into the lives of the most vulnerable in our community.  Even more shocking is the number of people who have swallowed hook line and sinker the Nazi Style Tory propaganda labeling benefits claimants as scroungers.  As a consequence few stand up in defence of this grave social injustice which has come to the attention of the UN, though it has to be said the UN appear to be doing very little about it other than to cite it for the human rights violation that it is.

Other Related Information

A very interesting document. Please read… And please share…..

“Today I received a very interesting document. It consists of the governments latest plans regarding sanctions. It makes very interesting reading. That is if you don’t get too angry and stop reading. For this reason I have taken out the “worst” bits. I shall put a little explanation alongside each one. Sources of this document etc shall remain nameless but you need to read this and share it.

LIE!!….Sanctions make people too scared to live, too scared to do anything but what the Job Centre tell them to do. SANCTIONS KILL.”
Read More:
https://thepoorsideoflife.wordpress.com/2015/01/06/a-very-interesting-document-please-read-and-please-share/

Britain’s benefits sanctions: ‘My brother’s gone. We can’t bring him back, but we can’t let this go on’
Read More:
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/dec/17/benefits-sanctions-gill-thompson-cathie-wood-vulnerable-claimants

Maximus: The Company That Dare Not Show Its Face #ScrapWCA:
Read More:
https://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com/2015/01/19/the-company-that-dare-not-show-its-face-how-maximus-plan-to-hide-their-involvement-in-the-work-capability-assessment/

Also from the Void  –  (A Good source of information concerning benefit reforms and other related issues)

Benefit Sanctions Will Cause A Deterioration In Health And That’s OK Says DWP Rule Book
https://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com/2015/01/21/benefit-sanctions-will-cause-a-deterioration-in-health-and-thats-ok-says-dwp-rule-book/

Cuts to employment and support allowance ‘considered’:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-29821696

 

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Please Sign a Petition to Stop the UK Grey Squirrel Cull

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More squirrel photos further down.

What right has anyone to kill another species or rather systematically massacre other animals? If this happened to human beings it would be called genocide. I don’t like the word cull it has a tendency to mitigate the atrocity for what it is, the organised murder of another species.

The Forestry Commission have drawn up new plans obliging UK land owners to cull tens of thousands of grey squirrels each year, using methods which include poisoning them or trapping and shooting them. Landowners will be paid millions of pounds (£100 per hectare per year for five years) of taxpayers’ money to carry out the cull. “

Please read more and sign the petition:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/679/501/974/stop-the-uk-grey-squirrel-cull/  – There are other actions you can take further down

As with the Badger cull due to commence once again in the spring such action has no basis in morality. What right has the human race to consider itself Lord of all the earth with the right to kill and manipulate other species as we see fit.

Furthermore it is an outrage that millions of pounds of tax payers money will be handed over to already wealthy landowners to massacre these defenceless animals while other members of our society reply on food banks, spend winter in cold homes as a result of huge heating bills, struggle on low wages or much reduced benefits,… well I could go on, social injustice here in the UK seems to get worse and worse. Most Tax payers would not want their money to be spent on the killing of these much loved animals.

Though not indigenous, brought here from America in the 19th century by the British banker Thomas Brocklehurst who released a pair of grey squirrels on his land, they are now part of our countryside and 5 million of them are here in the UK. It has happened and it cannot be undone.  Most importantly this tiny mammal is a living being with as much right to life as you or I.

Other Action

Animal Aid Cull Watch – (not just grey squirrels)

“The following culls are either planned or underway. Please write letters and emails of complaint to the addresses given, and if you know of wildlife culls in your area, let us know.”

Read More and please take suggested actions to help save the lives of squirrels and other animals :
http://www.animalaid.org.uk/h/n/campaigns/wildlife//2177//

Related Links

Prince Charles’s attack on grey squirrels is nostalgia posing as environmentalism

He says he has the red squirrels at heart, but Charles may have more personal and political motivations for his bloodlust by Oscar Rickett

The old cliche applies here: two wrongs don’t make a right… The anti-grey squirrel campaign is deeply rooted conservatism masquerading as environmentalism, in which cruelty to animals is justified on the basis that it will provide some sort of as yet unseen benefit to another, smaller group of animals.

Read More:
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/may/09/prince-charles-attack-grey-squirrels-nostalgia-environmentalism-red-squirrels

A selection of squirrel photos.

I have to ask what kind of person can kill such a beautiful animal, I find the cold callous calculation to wantonly kill any creature beyond my comprehension.

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Grey squirrel Sciurus carolinensis UK. Image shot 2007. Exact date unknown.

 

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Please Help Send Lonely Bear to a Sanctuary

Below is a guest post by the animal and human rights activist Luis Leonel

Eva, a 17-year-old bear, is condemned to suffer a cruel and slow death in a prison of the Uruguayan zoo of Salto, in Salto city.

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Call Liberty for Eva bear Zoo Salto

A group of Salta citizens, supported by people from different parts of the country fighting for the same cause, has started a movement that aims to relieve a local municipal zoo bear living alone after the death of his mother.

Eva, as she is called, was born in captivity 17 years ago and lately she looks very sad and deteriorated …

Spends most of the day resting his head against a fence no matter what happens around him..

Read More:
The above is a Google translation from the following:
http://www.elpais.com.uy/informacion/piden-libertad-osa-eva-zoologico.html  In Spanish, but can be translated if you use Google or other translator.

The translation is not too good, basically this poor bear is all lone after his mother died, he is depressed and lonely and needs to be with other bears in a sanctuary.

Please write to Salto’s mayor, German Coutinho, and ask him to be compassionate with Eva by sending her to a sanctuary.

German Coutinho’s contact details:

Postal Address:

Uruguay 202,
Salto,
Uruguay

Phone: (++ 598) 4732 9898 int 107 y 167

Fax: (++ 598) 4733 2769

email:intendente@salto.gub.uy

http://www.presidencia.gub.uy/intendencias/intendentes/german-coutinho
Website:www.salto.gub.uy

German Coutinho’s Official Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/german.coutinho.7?fref=ts

German Coutinho’s Official Twitter page – Please send him a tweet.
https://twitter.com/germancoutinho

You may also wish to contact the zoo and ask them to please allow Eva to be moved to a sanctuary

Zoológico Municipal de Salt0

Address: Avenue Harriague, Salto,

Uruguay Phone:+598 4733 8677

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Urgent! Please Help Save Hopefield Animal Sanctuary

 

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Please take the following actions to help save Hopefield Animal Sanctuary

Petition

“At Hopefield Animal Sanctuary we look after over 300 sick, unwanted and mistreated animals – including horses, cattle and rabbits. The land that the sanctuary is on is owned by Tescos and they want to sell it to housing developers. If this goes ahead the sanctuary will need to close, leaving the animals with nowhere to live. Many of the animals are too old to be adopted by members of the public, so it will mean a death sentence for the animals!

There are other areas being considered by the council for housing development, so it isn’t essential that our sanctuary land is used.

Please sign my petition to ask Brentwood Council to reclassify the land as a leisure and recreation area, which would reduce the value of the land, giving Hopefield Animal Sanctuary a chance to buy it, in order to save the animals.”

Read more and please sign the petition:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/120/056/273/  – you can read more about Hopefield Sanctuary further down.

Please help spread the word about this petition and help save Hopefield Animal Sanctuary
Please click here to share on Facebook and Twitter.

In Addition please also consider writing to Brentwood Council and ask them to “reclassify the land as a leisure and recreation area, which would reduce the value of the land, giving Hopefield Animal Sanctuary a chance to buy it, in order to save the animals.”

Postal address

Brentwood Borough Council,
Town Hall,
Ingrave Road,
Brentwood,
Essex  CM15 8AY

E mail

Email: enquiries@brentwood.gov.uk

Or Telephone:
Phone: 01277 312500

http://www.brentwood.gov.uk/index.php?cid=1241

Write to Tesco head Office

You could also write to Tesco and ask them to reconsider selling the land and allowing the sanctuary to continue with its vital role of caring for homeless, abandoned and unwanted animals. Please be polite. I know such awful injustice induces anger but abusive communications are unlikely to be read.

Tesco
Shire Park,
Falcon Way
Welwyn Garden City,
Hertfordshire
AL7 1TW

There doesn’t appear to be an e-mail address. You could try using the customer service contact form:
https://www.tescohelp.com/tesco/forms/cs_form.html

Or telephone, the numbers can be found at the bottom of the contact page under ,Tesco Stores Customer Service Team:
http://www.tesco.com/help/contact/

More about Hopefield Sanctuary

“Since the first day I visited Hopefield Animal Sanctuary I knew it would become a big part of my life. The work they are doing to save these abused and neglected animals is essential, they would simply have nowhere else to go if this sanctuary wasn’t here. At Hopefield these animals get to live out their lives peacefully and free from abuse.”

Read More
http://www.hopefield.org.uk/

Keep up to date with the campaign including further actions to save Hopefield Animal Sanctuary by visiting their facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/hopefieldsanctuary

Sadly once again greedy developers and equally greedy sellers will cause misery and suffering in the name of profit. Driven my insatiable greed it seems no one is spared, not even helpless animals.

Please help save the lives of these animals by taking the above actions and share share share

At the very least please sign the petition:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/120/056/273/

 

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Reasons Not to Vote Conservative in the 2015 General Election: Privatisation of the NHS

During the lead up to the general election here in the UK I am going to include a series of entries under the heading: Reasons Not to Vote Conservative in the 2015 General Election . These periodic postings will as the title suggests concern the many reasons why we should not vote Tory. Each post will centre on one issue, today’s post concerns the privatisation of the NHS and its disastrous consequences.

What should be the glory of the profession is that a doctor should be able to meet his patients with no financial anxiety.
Aneurin Bevan – Labour Party politician best known for his part in the creation of the National Health Service after World War II.

Aneurin Bevan’s stated ambition was to build a health service based on four principles: it was to be free at the point of use, available to everyone who needed it, paid for out of general taxation, and used responsibly.

Sixty-six years on our NHS is under threat from the Conservatives who originally strongly opposed its inception.

If you value our NHS don’t vote Tory in the forthcoming 2015 general election.

Despite pre-election promises and against the wishes of the overwhelming majority the conservatives have steadily and systematically privatised our NHS with disastrous consequences.

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Taking the NHS Along the Road to Ruin

Every pre-election promise David Cameron and the Tories made on the NHS, they broke (no surprise). Damaging cuts, unnecessary and disruptive re-organisations and £ BILLIONS of NHS services contracted out to the private sector even when they cost far more to do the same job (but they’ll still do it worse even then).

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/november5/15631676904/in/photostream/ – larger sizes available of this and other posters with a creative commons license, ideal to spread the word about the coalition’s privatisation of the NHS

The above graphic is a parody of the Tory election campaign poster “Road to Recovery”. You can see the original poster here along with an article about the Tories disastrous policies concerning the NHS:
Labour Slam Tory NHS Plans in Poster Parody
http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-5606-Labour-slam-Tory-NHS-plans-in-poster-parody

If you don’t believe the Tories are privatising our NHS, read the following:

Next time a Tory tells you that what they are doing to your NHS is not “Privatisation”, show them this:B5S09_OIQAAjBzA

Source and more information:
https://twitter.com/EvidenceUK/media

Here is an example of a hospital run by the self-serving profit motivated private sector, in this case health care company Circle.

Hinchingbrooke patients told to soil themselves, Care Quality Commission hears, as Circle hospital branded ‘inadequate’

The country’s first privately-run NHS hospital has been branded “inadequate” in an inspection report, which includes claims from patients that they were instructed to soil themselves.

Hinchingbrooke Hospital, which was taken over by healthcare company Circle in 2012, was given the worst rating possible by the Care Quality Commission in the report published today.

It said they found “significant areas of concern” during their visit in September.

Read more:
http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Hinchingbrooke-patients-told-soil-Care-Quality/story-25832030-detail/story.html#ixzz3OosO3B6i

Here are the facts about the disastrous consequences of privatisation

 

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NHS – Share the Real Facts

Share the real facts on 5 years of this ruinous, profit obsessed Tory coalition government. They have taken the best healthcare system in the world – the “envy of the world” – which has saved countless lives… and trashed it. For profit.

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More Facts

Below is comprehensive well researched information by Eoin Clarke concerning the impact of Tory polices on the health service:

Here are a few highlights:

“518 GPs surgeries have closed or merged under the Tories. The rate is accelerating with 90 closing in the first 5 months of 2014

Performance at England’s A&Es has fallen to its worst levels since January 2004

3.2million patients are currently languishing on NHS Waiting Lists for treatment. This year’s figures are the highest in at least 6 years

The Tories broke their promise not to have another top-down reorganisation of the NHS. They did so by introducing the Health & Social Care Act that abolished SHAs & PCTS and replaced them with CCGs

Jeremy Hunt has subjected the majority of NHS Nurses to a real terms pay cut over 4 years. Nurses’ pay has declined £2,000 in real terms. It is unacceptable that bankers’ pay now grows six times faster than nurses

1,876 Mental Illness Beds have been axed in little since Q1 2010. At least 7 mental health patients have taken their own lives as a result …”

Now please read the full report including supporting evidence and share widely:

Report: 100 ways the Tories have failed the NHS (evidence based with links to data),

By Eoin Clarke
http://www.greenbenchesuk.com/2014/12/report-100-ways-tories-have-failed-nhs.html

Furthermore Cameron has failed to include the NHS is his list of six election priorities.
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/01/12/david-cameron-priorities_n_6454050.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cuk%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D321630

Action you can take

Click the link below for more information and for actions you can take to save our NHS
http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/list-of-sectors/healthsector/healthsectorcampaigns/unite4ournhs/

Please sign 38 degrees petition:

SAVE THE NHS: SIGN THE PETITION
http://www.38degrees.org.uk/page/s/Protect_our_NHS_Petition#petition

Use Byzantine_K’s posters t0 spread the word about the coalition’s privatisation of the NHS

The most decisive action may be taken at the general election by not voting Tory

Related Links

The Birth of The NHS
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/features/the-birth-of-the-nhs-856091.html

12 things you should know about the Tory NHS “reforms”

“The NHS reforms introduced by the Tory party are designed to make the NHS much more like the US system by bringing in ever more private health corporations to take over NHS services. The Tory mantra about bringing in the private sector to “make the NHS more efficient” is just a smokescreen. The real reason for bringing in the private sector is to soak as much profit out of the system as possible, with no regards for the quality or efficiency of the service. ”

Read More
http://anotherangryvoice.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/12-things-tories-nhs.html

Proposed NHS hospital funding changes may lead to ‘avoidable deaths’
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30594929

This emergency is no accident!

“Four weeks ago the figures for A&E waiting times were the worst since records began. Then three weeks ago they were even worse, until two weeks ago when they were worse still, and finally last week when they became the worst ever recorded… again!”

Read More:
http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/19916/14-01-2015/nhs-in-crisis-this-emergency-is-no-accident

 

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