Archive for August 2014
My greatest fear is that I might die and not be remembered.
I don’t mean remembered as a great philosopher, writer or social innovator- just not to be remembered.
I know my son and daughter will remember me, but when they are gone, who will remember?
My dad always said he’d live on through us; many ancient- and not so ancient- belief systems said pretty much the same thing. You do not die until you are forgotten.
Isn’t that a bit more scary than death itself?
Words fail me when attempting to describe this vile depiction of a man- this term ‘man’ being used loosely- I hate him with a vengeance.
If there is a God and a heaven, then by definition there is surely a hell. And when I go there, my torment will be exponentially relieved to see him there, suffering.
Once there was a man who grew cabbages. Each year, he had a plethora of cabbages, which were generally composted to enrich the soil for next year’s crop.
On the next strip of land but one was a man who raised chickens. He had a superfluity of eggs, which he generally disposed off ergonomically.
One day, Cabbage Man took a walk over to Egg Man’s field and asked if he would like some cabbages in exchange for some eggs. They agreed that a cabbage was worth six eggs and so a bargain was struck- we’ll exchange one cabbage for six eggs when we have a surplus and when it is convenient of us both.
Now, on the separating strip of land lived Something-for-Nothing Man who saw an opportunity. So he went to Egg Man and Cabbage Man and said ‘I’ll have all your surplus eggs and all your surplus cabbages.’
Egg Man and Cabbage Man saw no problem with this and agreed.
Until one day Something-for-Nothing Man said “I have all the eggs, all the cabbages and this is my price.”
And thus, capitalism was born.
James Dearsley, 60, receives a three-month sanction while on the Work Programme
A vulnerable 60-year-old has been left penniless and dependent on food bank support after his Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) was sanctioned at the end of July while on the Work Programme. South-east Londoner James Dearsley received a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions (below) telling him that he had been sanctioned from July 29 and that his JSA would not be reinstated until October 29. James, who is already in arrears with his council tax, has spent more than three weeks without social security. This withdrawal of money means that he’s already been forced to use Greenwich food bank twice.
He says the local job centre told him he was being sanctioned because on three consecutive occasions he had failed to turn up for his Work Programme appointment with a Seetec job search support club. The letter…
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Of course the question is “…whether such an establishment is unjust…”; its sustainability has been proven for almost a millennia, back to the days of the Norman invasion and feudalism. The rich rule, we serve.
A positive idea in a letter in the Guardian today……from Simon Jenkins to Laurie Penny no more articles. I can just hear the pipsqueaks……’this is not the right way to tackle inequality’ …..it’d be a fucking start though wouldn’t it.
Just to emphasise the point Owen Jones has two whole pages to plug his new book – already had a large chunk earlier in the week……..still he’s our new Orwell so shouldn’t carp. The book is a 38% style well worn run through of injustices ending thus………’the question is not whether such an establishment is unjust…….the question is whether it is sustainable’. I suspect Jones’ new book will not be so uncritically reviewed elsewhere.
It’s short notice, but I’ve only just seen the video; if anybody can help this man by offering sound advice or by turning up at Chesterfield (especially if you are a solicitor prepared to help pro bono) then do so.
Oh, boo-hoo, you poor soul. Welcome to austerity.