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PILLHEAD NATION

By Pete Moore On December 10th, 2014 at 6:49 pm

Half of British women are on prescription drugs?! Not even I thought that so many British adults were stuffing so many of them down their throats:

The comprehensive Health Survey for England, which provides a snapshot of the nation’s health, shows 50% of women and 43% of men took at least one medicine in the last week.

This doesn’t include contraceptives or drugs to help against smoking.

Cholesterol-lowering statins, pain relief and anti-depressants were among the most common, with an average of 2.7 million items dispensed every day in the UK.

2.7 million every day! What an earner this is for Big Pharma, which rakes in £15billion a year from the scam, which is more than 15 per cent of the NHS budget. Look around you. Look at the women around you and think of all the women you know: do you think half of them “need” pills to sort out their heads and hearts and blood vessels? Likewise almost a half of men? Of course they don’t, but quacks and patients alike do love a quick solution, even if none is required, and the drug firms are more than happy to oblige. Especially with billions to be grabbed.

What a country: half the people out there are sitting on their arses, watching celeb-TV, stuffing microwaved pizza down their gobs, arteries hardening, depressed that they’re not beautiful celebs, and popping pills to make themselves feel better.

Partisan is, as Partisan does

By Mike Cunningham On December 10th, 2014 at 1:25 pm

When the level, non-partisan, and genuinely sympathetic report regarding the allegations of serial torture from Senator Feinstein’s committee was published (Sorry about the sarcasm) the usual suspects collectively cleared their throats, and unanimously condemned this bunch of criminals masquerading as employees of the CIA; for their terrible and illegal approach towards people whose only real ambition in their lives was to kill Americans. I would have thought that the first thing any committee, intent upon carving a way through the lies and serial attempts at covering up the truth about the nasty things which were alleged to have been done to these men, all of whom were seemingly arrested whilst on holiday in terror-strewn lands, would have been to interrogate the CIA leaders, ex-leaders and CIA staff who were engaged in these alleged acts of torture.

The rebuttal, shown on the website, is fairly damning to the Majority report, produced without a single interview from any senior or ex-senior CIA staffer. Reading through a small selection of rebuttal documents shows that both the White House and the Administration were briefed, aware, and approved of the techniques used to gain intelligence about people who were planning to kill Americans.

I applaud the CIA for their stance, but of course fully expect the Obama Administration to condemn the CIA, because after all, those nasty Republicans knew what was being done in America’s name, and all those orange jump-suit detainees were all completely innocent; well nearly all, except possibly one or even two bad apples, and they were picked up by mistake, possibly on jay-walking charges.

 

THE GRAND-A-WEEK FOREIGN BRICKIES

By Pete Moore On December 9th, 2014 at 7:21 pm

So much for that degree in David Beckham Studies.

Building companies in London have hired Portuguese bricklayers on £1,000-a-week wages because of a shortage of skilled Britons, a recruitment firm has said.

The finding was revealed by Manpower, whose research is said to have confirmed industry fears of a lack of suitably-trained workers.

Manpower managing director Mark Cahill said he was told the normal £500-a-week pay for bricklayers was being doubled.

It’s probably not as much as that. Alot of brickies are self-employed and there are costs to deduct, not to mention taxman’s evil cut. But there is great wage inflation in construction, fuelled by the Bank of England’s flood of easy money. It’s now worked its way through the economy into new housing estates, extensions and garden walls.

So what a blinding decision by government to shovel as many youngsters into universities as possible, which the Tories continue to do after inheriting the policy from Labour. It’s a massive earner for universities of course, and it fiddles the government youth unemployment numbers further. But the country which built railways, canals, bridges and glorious structures the world over now can’t find enough brickies from its own ranks, so employers are having to bid up and up. Youngsters should be scrambling to get in there, urged on by rising wages, but there’s that degree in Golf Course Management to get out of the way.

TORTURE INC.

By Pete Moore On December 9th, 2014 at 6:42 pm

The Senate’s CIA torture report is out, and the details are brutal. Bob Wenzel has a summary.Some of what we know is there, such as the well-used waterboards, but there are things we didn’t know, but then the government torturers kept their methods quiet.

The forced standing on broken legs sounds like a painful one, and I don’t even want to know what “forced rectal feeding” is. We learn also that someone died (was killed) by freezing to death after being chained to a floor, and that torture carried on for up to 180 uninterrupted hours. Oh, and the torture turned out to be a waste of time, producing no useful information.

What a grotty regime. America truly sank into the moral abyss in the decade following 9/11.

We’re fed the line that the CIA lied to politicians, who were in the dark, which is obvious drivel. There’s not knowing what you don’t know, and there’s not going out of your way to discover details of what you know is going on. The idea that the Bush regime knew none of the grisly practices of its torturers is simply not credible.

Charges should follow of course. Torture is a war crime, for which many individuals have ended up in the dock. Torture is also against US federal law so the FBI ought to investigate immediately, but of course it won’t do that.

“Government” is the magic entity which waves away its own sin. If you want to know if a government action is right or wrong morally, then ask yourself if you can do it too. If you are likely to be arrested for the same act then no-one in government has the moral right to do it.

The chief American warlords of the early 21st-Century: Bush, Cheney, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld etc, should join the long list of black names who have been charged with war crimes, but that’s to wish for the fanciful. A future of FOX interviews, highly paid sinecures and presidential libraries is all we’ll get. But at least we have a much fuller picture of the terrible nature of the wicked regime.

CANDY CRUSH SCANDAL IN PARLIAMENT

By Pete Moore On December 8th, 2014 at 6:29 pm

A TORY MP has been snapped playing Candy Crush, which is apparently a computer game, during a select committee hearing. The Sun has the incriminating pic. Scandalous, and all that.

Well not really. The scandal is that someone sanpped him at it, according t Parliamentary authorities, who have launched an investigation into how someone defiled the dignity of esteemed MPs by taking a pic of Nigel Mills MP playing the game.

Mills has spologised, but it’s wasted on me. I wish they’d all spend their days playing games instead of thinking up new ways of sticking the boot into society. For the avoidance of doubt: what Mills did was incomparably more productive than any government ‘work’ ever could be.

Strange ways of peaceful protesting

By Mike Cunningham On December 8th, 2014 at 2:50 pm

So the  peaceful ‘Protest’ against alleged white police brutality towards black people goes nationwide in America. Fair enough, if these guys want to protest, that is their undoubted right.

But it seems rather strange, to this obsever at least, that protests against violence turns into violence themselves.

Seems to me that what they threaten is ‘if we don’t get what we want, Whitey is gonna’ see much more of our violence. Not too many observers point out that both Grand Juries’ were from both black and white communities, and they considered all the evidence over many days; and still they refused to indict either officer.

The protests have developed into not so much ‘Hands up, don’t shoot’ as ‘We want Whitey down, and we want it now; and to hell with the Law’!

AT LEAST DINNER WASN’T SERVED

By Pete Moore On December 7th, 2014 at 8:24 pm

I had a call from an old mate, Steve Tinsley (because that’s his name), a couple of weeks ago. This was the gist of it –

Me: Alright mate.

Tinz: Alright mate. There’s a school reunion in a fortnight. Saturday 6th December at the Rose & Crown. Class of ’86 or whenever it was.

Me: Have fun mate.

Tinz: Come on geez, you know you wanna be there.

Me: No I don’t.

Tinz: Yes you do, and I’ve been given the job of getting you there. Come on …

Etc etc. So that’s how I came to be at a school reunion back in London on Saturday night, which was fun, but a bizarre and unsettling evening at times. It was fun to get pissed with old mates I haven’t seen in a while. Years can pass but everyone slipped straight into their old roles. It’s funny how blokes can do that.

The unsettling bit was realising that my mind for faces might not be what I thought it was. A woman walked up to me all “Pete! Pete Moore! Bloody hell it’s you.” I asked her if she was one of my teachers. Nope, we were in the same class, and we were the same age. But I didn’t have a clue who she was till she told me her name, and even then it was a vague recollection. And that’s how it went on all night. I was chatting with Fiona O’Shaughnessy for ten minutes with no idea who she was, and I spent half my teenage years trying to cop a feel of her tits. I even went out with Debbie Gibson for a few months and I looked right through her.

In the end I realised I didn’t have a clue who I’d been to school with and who was just a pub punter. I can’t be bothered with pretending to recognise people, so with each “Pete, it’s you!” I mainly replied with “and you are?”

I was sure I’d recognise everyone, but I came away thinking I must be going senile.

 

and the sewage-pit to the left? That’s Kabul.

By Mike Cunningham On December 7th, 2014 at 6:06 pm

We were told that our Forces were leaving Helmand, Camp Bastion, and the blood-stained sands of that slag-heap masquerading as the country of Afghanistan.

We were told here, and then there, and finally over there, that we were going; and then, finally, we left, but not without the final measure of corporate military bullshit being spewed by a man who really ought to have kept his mouth shut.

Brigadier Robert Thomson, the most senior British officer on the base, said he was delighted with how the manoeuvre took place.

“This is not an evacuation,” he said. “I am standing here without body armour and we are going at walking pace. This is a deliberately measured transfer of power to the Afghans.”

 That statement was made on the 27th October 2014.

We now read in the Sunday Times that the new Prez. of Afghanistan, knowing that he doesn’t have any sort of an air force, despite the $65 billions pumped into his shambles of a nation over the thirteen years since we went in and kicked the Taliban out, has repeatedly asked Cameron to send the Typhoons, the Tornadoes and the helicopters back in, because the Afghan National army is absolutely useless, with levels of corruption at all-time high levels, and desertion to the Taliban ranks seen as a good option.

So despite those other calls on the 40-year-old Tornados, and the lack of pilots for the Typhoons; 453 dead British just isn’t enough, and that sad number will rise, because that prick Cameron can’t say ‘no’ to his muslim buddies in Kabul.

It’s Sunday

By The Troll On December 7th, 2014 at 3:32 pm

That bit of Hildabeast propaganda on Friday in no way counts as my Musical contribution. I also did not want to detract from the rare excellent choice of Pete, so I have waited till today.

It is also Christmas time, so xmas music is the playlist.  Here is one from the real ELVIS.  A man the angels gifted their voice too,  and the devil gifted him his flaws.

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the Agony………and the Memory

By Mike Cunningham On December 6th, 2014 at 12:06 pm

I shall be busy with Family duties tomorrow, duties involving two of my Grandsons; which of course makes tomorrow important to me. Far too busy to give due accord to a day which changed the history of the World, so; a gentle and subtle reminder of America’s strengths, along with her weaknesses, in today’s convoluted and turbulent times.

From agony:-

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To a statement that America will prevail, whilst always remembering:

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…………..almost despite the presence of an academic liberal at the helm; mainly because America is an idea, which cannot be trashed by a President who got elected mainly because he was black, not because of what he promised, or what he proposed.