Reality Check – Update and Blogroll

Update and Blogroll

“About three-quarters of people in the UK are satisfied with life, according to a study to measure well-being by the Office for National Statistics” Cost £2,000,000 ( ) But “Brain ‘rejects negative thoughts’ (Peak Denial) – “One reason optimists retain a positive outlook even in the face of evidence to the contrary has been discovered, say researchers” Ref, ‘Mirror Neurons’ Ramachandran. Reality Check –  “The IFS forecasts two years “dominated by a large decline” in incomes, pushing 600,000 more children into poverty” And, “By 2013 there will be 3.1 million children in poverty in the UK, according to the IFS projections” And, “People on low incomes have suffered higher inflation than those on higher incomes in the past decade, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has said. The IFS said that the difference had been particularly strong since 2008. The poorest 20% of households faced an average annual inflation rate of 4.3% between 2008 and 2010, while the richest 20% only had a rate of 2.7%”

“This is the chart that struck me most forcibly, both for what it tells us about the debts of the private sector, in particular the private finance sector; but also because of what the Treasury chose not to tell us: that the public debt to GDP ratio is tiny compared to private sector debt to GDP ratio.” ANN PETTIFOR, DIRECTOR OF PRIME ECONOMICS Why the economic policy of the Coalition Government UK, GB, (Con – Lib –  pact) is based on ideological bigotry that is fueling inequality and great suffering to many.

“Ba-ba; French burn English Sheep alive for trade reasons (French farmers set fire to one truckload of British sheep, killing 219 of them. They poisoned 94 sheep on one truck, slit the throats of sheep on another and doused animals on a third truck with insecticide to prevent their meat from being sold ); many German’s like domination – ner ner ner ner (slangchildish) An interjection generally used when gloating about a perceived cause of humiliation or inferiority for the person being addressed, often when disagreeing with a statement considered incorrect or irrelevant. Examples: You’re wrong, so ner! I don’t care what you think, so ner! I’ve got more sweets than you. Ner ner ner ner ner! The chairman of the French central bank, Christian Noyer, has said ratings agencies should downgrade the UK before France because its economy is weaker. US agency Standard and Poor’s recently warned France its rating could suffer over the eurozone crisis and downturn” ‘Better we stick with the US, than sign a blank piece of paper, stamped by a Eurocrat ‘puppet’; the latest form of Germanic domination (completely obvious and inherent trait) and they fall for it! Hello-hello! (TV Series) – Francois Baroin: “You’d rather be French than British in economic terms” – “French Finance Minister Francois Baroin has become the latest senior figure in Paris to criticise weaknesses in the British economy” And, “A newish narrative for why the eurozone faces a stark choice between break-up and transforming itself into a federal super-state has been given by the chairman of the Financial Services Authority, Lord Turner”

Global Gullibility ‘For Dawkins, religious gullibility is not only an illustration of, but may be a precursor to, a more global form of gullibility. As he said, if you can believe “something as daft as the transubstantiation [then] you can believe anything” , and (witness the story of Doubting Thomas) these people are trained to see that as a virtue” (p. 141). In other words, training children to accept nonsensical religious notions may predispose them to accept all kinds of other nonsense with a similar blind trust’ Government’s can be very nasty to the unfortunate or weak and it’s getting worse, Why? – “You know, social movements are usually at their most extreme in the beginning—and become more rational over time. But the Reconstructionist venom just multiplies (see, Milgram). It takes different forms, but the radical tone of Michele Bachmann, for instance, resonates with a lot of homeschoolers” “We are now into the third and forth generations of this ideology. These people don’t get the news from places that other people do. Their news sources are so filtered through their worldview that these people radicalize the whole movement. I don’t want to be hyperbolic. I don’t think the sky is falling. But if you want to understand why any of these people are taken seriously in politics, you have to understand that they’re talking to an audience bred to hear their message. Are you sure the sky isn’t falling? What about massive cuts to social spending? We should be concerned. This history is the reason that Republicans are so opposed to anything public—public schools, transport, infrastructure, even Amtrak. They believe the government is illegitimate and question everything it does. They conflate government with Roe (UK eqiv, M Thatcher’s – Parliamentary, ‘Housekeeping’ {simple minded – pissy, rich, bigoted religious and BBC media for balanced reporting, Conservative Party} Budgeting Financial Philosophy) and it plays right into corporate America’s interests. In privatizing everything, they give reign to corporate interests and diminish public space. Evangelicals were not friendly with Wall Street, but aligned with them because they distrusted the government” And, “President Barack Obama delivered a sweeping indictment of economic inequality in the U.S. on Tuesday as he summoned the memory of President Theodore Roosevelt and pledged to fight for fairness at a “make or break moment for the middle class” And, progressive family philosophy = President Obama: The economy, the Congress, the future CBS News [Obama in Kansas: Their philosophy is simple: we are better off when … to raise a family, build a modest savings, own a home, secure their retirement. … <> Forget ‘hope’ — in 2012, Obama goes for cynicism Baltimore Sun TR left the Republican Party to promote his new nationalism philosophy and run as a Progressive — a “super socialist,” in the words of The New York Times … <,0,6513395.story> progressive family philosophy = Nick Clegg mocks Conservatives over ‘1950s view’ of British family The Guardian Open society liberals are progressive: we believe that the future can and … for the deputy prime minister to lay out his “core political philosophy”. … <> “The deputy prime minister, in a speech to the Demos thinktank, will also take issue with Cameron’s defining idea of a “big society” based upon the institutions of marriage, the family, the church and voluntary organisations.” Or, (Republicans and Conservatives, Technocrats right-wingers) “Ordinary people, simply doing their jobs, and without any particular hostility on their part, can become agents in a terrible destructive process. Moreover, even when the destructive effects of their work become patently clear, and they are asked to carry out actions incompatible with fundamental standards of morality, relatively few people have the resources needed to resist authority.” “… education should aim at destroying free will, so that, after pupils have left school, they shall be incapable, throughout the rest of their lives, of thinking or acting otherwise than as their schoolmasters would have wished…. Diet, injections, and injunctions will combine, from a very early age, to produce the sort of character and the sort of beliefs that the authorities consider desirable, and any serious criticism of the powers that be will become psychologically impossible. Even if all are miserable, all will believe themselves happy, because the government will tell them that they are so.” – 61 What is Agenda 21? United Nations And, “The government wants to measure our happiness. It won’t be easy, explains Michael Blastland in his regular Go Figure column” “Whatever the future of the Occupy movement, there is no denying it has already had an impact on public debate. Economic inequality and reform of the financial system are now discussed by policy makers in a way they were not before these protests began. But so far very little has happened. Former US Senator Alan Simpson co-chaired a national commission on fiscal responsibility and recently sat down with the BBC’s Paul Adams in Wyoming to tell him why” And, What a lot of unreal and misleading rubbish our government (and others) waffle on about “Public sector strike: This week a 24-hour strike over pension changes saw hundreds of thousands of public sector workers at rallies, marches and on picket lines. But there were a lot of conflicting numbers being thrown about. Tim Harford explains how the government was able to make public sector pensions sound generous, at the same time the unions could make them sound small. Eurostats: The Financial Times this week reported that the head of Greece’s new independent statistics agency, Andreas Georgiou, is facing an official criminal investigation for alleged statistical crimes. Tim finds out from the economist Professor Yanis Varoufakis of the University of Athens what Mr Georgiou is accused of. And in the first of a series of scrutiny of Eurozone-crisis inspired statistical claims, Wesley Stephenson asks whether it’s really true that there are more Porsche Cayenne owners than tax payers declaring an income of more than £55,000 in Greece. Cheap homes? We explain what affordable housing is, and how affordable it is. World on an island: It is often said that the world’s population could fit on the Isle of Wight, if people stood shoulder to shoulder. But is it true, now that the UN estimates that there are 7bn people on earth? To test the theory, Tim Harford tries to squeeze as many people as possible into his studio. Producer: Ruth Alexander Editor: Richard Vadon. And, “The proportion of homes in fuel poverty in England and Wales has risen from 18% to 24% in two years, estimates suggest” “We no longer need to fear the jackboot but we have a great deal to fear from German bossy boots By STEPHEN GLOVER
Read more:  And, “Modern Greece has lived through the Asia Minor disaster of 1922, Axis occupation in 1940s, civil war and military dictatorship. But in those critical times there was at least an enemy, a cause and the belief that popular action could bring about significant change. But the current national crisis feel different. Different every day, different every week, different every month. As the most recent 48 hour national strike gripped the nation, the writer Maria Margaronis navigated her way through her beloved country to hear – above the din of protest and the hiss of the tear gas – those voices trying to make sense of this spiralling crisis in Athens and in the mountains and villages beyond” Enemy of the poor – Friend of the rich, kick them all out the technocrats of the ‘useless central bank’, as a ‘lender of last resort’, and its so very, very, slow to react interest rate policy, past too high for far too long, to protect, and make profits, for themselves) “Stocks have fallen after the European Central Bank ruled out any substantial aid for any ailing and indebted eurozone states” And, If the people say f..k off to France and Germany, ‘the cowardly partnership’ against Britain and the many ‘others’, “Half-Baked Treaty Deal Could Lead to Collapse of Euro Zone” And, “Greece’s financial crisis has made some families so desperate they are giving up the most precious thing of all – their children”

“Astronomers have confirmed the existence of an Earth-like planet in the “habitable zone” around a star not unlike our own. The planet, Kepler 22-b, lies about 600 light-years away and is about 2.4 times the size of Earth, and has a temperature of about 22C”

“The most coveted prize in particle physics – the Higgs boson – may have been glimpsed, say researchers reporting at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva” And, “Finding the Higgs would be one of the biggest scientific advances of the last 60 years. It is crucial for allowing us to make sense of the Universe, but has never been observed by experiments” And,”The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) on the Franco-Swiss border has made its first clear observation of a new particle since opening in 2009. It is called Chi_b (3P) and will help scientists understand better the forces that hold matter together.The as-yet unpublished discovery is reported on the Arxiv pre-print server @ ”

“The world is losing its human dimension,” he says, “Self-propelling mega-machines, large-scale enterprises, faceless governments and other juggernauts of impersonal power represent the greatest threat to our present day world: Totalitarianism is no more than an extreme expression of this threat” – “Vaclav Havel, the Czech Republic’s first president after the Velvet Revolution against communist rule, has died at the age of 75” And, Feb 3 2010 Reality Check

“When banks can’t borrow, they can’t lend. A general problem of that sort is a credit crunch, in which businesses and households can’t obtain the credit they need. That, in turn, leads to an economic slowdown or even a recession”

No thanks to gods that some of our world is growing up – “Two female US sailors have become the first same-sex couple to share the traditional dockside “first kiss” since the US ended a ban on gays in the army”

Much more fun and less sophistry , PCness, bigotry and hatred with a (natural – natures) Winterval, than (stupid – religion, Dawkins) Christmas – ‘Winterval’ v ‘Christmas’? “Theirs is a very modern crusade over the place of religion in public life that has been taken up on both sides of the Atlantic. In the UK, rumours the very name “Christmas” had been replaced in some places by “Winterval” provoked outrage

“Here, Prof Clive Finlayson looks back at the year’s developments in human evolution research and asks whether recent discoveries rule out a well known idea about our ancestors” And,”Sexual relations between ancient humans and their evolutionary cousins are critical for our modern immune systems, researchers report in Science journal”

Margaret Singer Ph.D. “Six Conditions for Thought Reform”

Keep the person unaware of what is going on and how she or he is being changed a step at a time. Potential new members are led, step by step, through a behavioural-change program without being aware of the final agenda or full content of the group.

The goal may be to make them deployable agents for the leadership, to get them to buy more courses, or get them to make a deeper commitment, depending on the leader’s aim and desires.

Control the person’s social and/or physical environment; especially control the person’s time. Through various methods, newer members are kept busy and led to think about the group and its content during as much of their waking time as possible.

Systematically create a sense of powerlessness in the person. This is accomplished by getting members away from the normal social support group for a period of time and into an environment where the majority of people are already group members.

The members serve as models of the attitudes and behaviours of the group and speak an in-group language. Manipulate a system of rewards, punishments and experiences in such a way as to inhibit behaviour that reflects the person’s former social identity.

Manipulation of experiences can be accomplished through various methods of trance induction, including leaders using such techniques as paced speaking patterns, guided imagery, chanting, long prayer sessions or lectures, and lengthy meditation sessions.

Manipulate a system of rewards, punishments, and experiences in order to promote learning the group’s ideology or belief system and group-approved behaviours. Good behaviour, demonstrating an understanding and acceptance of the group’s beliefs, and compliance are rewarded while questioning, expressing doubts or criticizing are met with disapproval, redress and possible rejection. If one expresses a question, he or she is made to feel that there is something inherently wrong with them to be questioning.

Put forth a closed system of logic and an authoritarian structure that permits no feedback and refuses to be modified except by leadership approval or executive order. The group has a top-down, pyramid structure.  The leaders must have verbal ways of never losing. “When God’s word… is neglected, and when God’s law is ridiculed, despised, laughed at, the result can only be destruction and injustice.” Pope Benedict XV1 “Following his 14th birthday in 1941, Ratzinger was conscripted into the Hitler Youth—as membership was required by law for all 14-year-old German boys after December 1939[9]—but was an unenthusiastic member who refused to attend meetings, according to his brother.[10] In 1941, one of Ratzinger’s cousins, a 14-year-old boy with Down syndrome, was taken away by the Nazi regime and killed during the Aktion T4 campaign of Nazi eugenics.[11] In 1943, while still in seminary, he was drafted into the German anti-aircraft corps as Luftwaffenhelfer.[10] Ratzinger then trained in the German infantry.[12] As the Allied front drew closer to his post in 1945, he deserted back to his family’s home in Traunstein after his unit had ceased to exist, just as American troops established their headquarters in the Ratzinger household.[13] As a German soldier, he was put in a POW camp but was released a few months later at the end of the war in the summer of 1945.[13] ”

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My First family, second marriage, bringing up my 18-year-old twins, boy, and girl. I am a third generation Humanist, who has some old handwritten information and notes; collected over many years. Someone may find the articles interesting, or helpful. They could bring back a little ‘reality’, after being ‘shocked’ and ‘brainwashed’, by some malicious group, or institution (REBT Therapy). People should know better, than to do this, to our very young, and the ‘obviously’ vulnerable! Go to easily accessible, non-superstitious knowledge that is not charlatanism! The blog has given me an incentive to order my thoughts, learn, and read up again, after a few non-thinking years of (very silly) imagination and passion. Why not, get your own key to a ‘door’, customise it to suit you, and it can be, all of your very own! Don’t believe, or be led by someone else’s; inherited, stupid, and a very likely (past, and not of today’s) ‘totally preposterous reality’s’. Only some interest in the ‘really big questions’, keeps life above the level of a farce, and very little else! KEEP THINKING! Some of the posts may need some correcting. Interests: REBT Counselling, Atheism, Secularism, Humanism, Psychology, Reading, Popular Science, School Ethos, Philosophy, History, Family, Parenting, Psychology, Horse Riding, Sailing, Rescue Boat Driver, Skiing (Teppichswinger), TV Documentaries, Motorbike Cross Country Riding, Volunteer Sports Stewarding, Writing, Primitive Man, Pre-history, Social Anthropology, British Humanist Association, BHA, Meaning of Life, The Big Questions, Where am I, What am I, Why am I, Hippie Love, Knowledge, Education, Globalisation. Favorite quote: “The world belongs to those who, at least to some degree, have figured it out.” Carl Sagan, ‘The Demon Haunted World’, ‘Contact’, and other famous books DVD ‘Cosmos’. The warning of another and horrendous, “Age of Superstition”. “Isn’t there something deeply absurd in the presumption that children ought to inherit beliefs from their parents. It can be deeply damaging, even lethally divisive. A ‘them’, with an ‘against us’, mentality” – Professor Richard Dawkins. “The will to believe is stronger than mere reason in the vast majority of people” – Dr J.Brown, Army Psychologist of the 1960′s. Humans will believe in almost anything, in fact, they seek it! Why? “98% of us, trained to be just good consumers, let’s train our children to be the 2% who have their very own creativity and discernment”; quote by a famous surreal artist. “The lack of reason brings forth monsters”. “Global interconnectedness is lethal against mass religion, nationalism, racism, and other destructive memeplexes. Let us connect everybody they hate it in restrictive regimes”; from the ‘meme learning group’, Richard Brodie’s book, ‘Virus Of The Mind’ (Richard Brodie a designer for ‘Microsoft Word’). Following on, J.Bronowski, and ‘The Ascent Of Man’ TV series, and a book with the last DVD in this series, ‘The Long Childhood’ being especially revealing. ‘Prehistory’ and the ‘Making of the Human Mind’ by Colin Renfrew, with P.Wilson’s, ‘The Domestication of the Human Species’, and Nigel Spivey’s, TV series and book, ‘How Art Made The World’, offers some further explanations. Latest reading: Jared Diamond
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