Notre Dame Donors & Poverty Consciousness

Notre Dame Donors & Poverty Consciousness

Every year, wealthy philanthropists donate billions to charities, including environmental and agricultural charities. The Forbes list of 50 top US donors will tell you who some of them are and who received the money. Take a look at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the people who benefit from their donations for just one…

Are You A Climate Change Devotee Or Denier?
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Are you a climate change devotee or denier?

Extinction Rebellion are protesting in London and bringing our capital city to a standstill. They feel justified in doing so due to the urgency of the situation. Do you endorse their point of view or do you see them as alarmist and unscientific? According to Wikipedia, “Extinction Rebellion (abbreviated as XR) is a socio-political movement…

Some Thoughts On The Age Of Jihad In Europe

Some thoughts on the Age of Jihad in Europe

The Hunkpapa Lakota holy man Sitting Bull once said, “Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.”   Today we could paraphrase that and say, “Let us put our minds together and see how we can prevent our children being slaughtered by jihadis.” My parents generation had to fight…

Integration, Segregation, Tribalism.  What Tribe Are You?

Integration, Segregation, Tribalism. What tribe are you?

Depending on the context, tribes and tribalism are sometimes something to be celebrated and at other times regarded as primitive and inferior. Sometimes when I can’t get to sleep I don’t count sheep but instead I go through an alphabetical list of Native American tribes.  It usually starts well; Apache, Arapaho, Apsaroke, Assininboine…I falter on the…

The Nhs’ Wasted Billions – Where Does All Our Money Go?

The NHS’ Wasted Billions – Where Does All Our Money Go?

Hardly a day goes by without one politician or another banging the NHS drum.  The political ping-pong often revolves around the NHS wasted billions. In July of this year the Jeremy Vine show on BBC Radio 2 covered the anniversary of the death of Aneurin Bevan, the founder of the National Health Service.  I wonder what…

Dakota Access Pipeline – Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee

Dakota Access Pipeline – Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee

If you’ve read anything about the history of the American West you’ll know that it’s a long and sad tale of human suffering. Dee Brown’s classic Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West is a compelling account that summarises the history from the arrival of Columbus to the massacre…

Let’S Draw A Veil Over The Debate.  Stop Wearing A Veil

Let’s draw a veil over the debate. Stop wearing a veil

In a 2016 episode of Britain’s Secrets Anne Robinson featured interviews with two couples at opposite ends of the clothing spectrum.  It included a few points that illustrated why I believe it would be healthier if niqab wearing women chose to stop wearing a veil. On the one had there was a naturist couple who went about…

Katie Hopkins Quotes Can Teach Us Plenty

Katie Hopkins Quotes Can Teach Us Plenty

Katie Hopkins continues to provoke reactions with her controversial views, but in the final analysis the reactions she generates can teach us about how we respond to the world.  When you read a list of Katie Hopkins quotes focus on your reaction, not on the woman delivering the messages. If you can contain your outrage for a few minutes…

Welcome To Brexit Britain. It’S Up To All Of Us Now

Welcome to Brexit Britain. It’s up to all of us now

Welcome to Brexit Britain.  I’m one of the 17.4 million people in the UK who voted to leave the EU. According to many this means I am likely to be an ageing little Englander, a racist xenophobe, and a short sighted ill-informed idiot who has been duped by a campaign run by clowns. It seems I’m also…

Wind Turbines And Dead Whales. Nuclear Energy And Solar Panels.

Wind Turbines and Dead Whales. Nuclear Energy and Solar Panels.

After a third explosion at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant  in Japan, the pro nuclear power lobby must be watching their case ebb away in silence.  The situation is changing day by day but already confidence in the nuclear industry has been rocked to the core. However, before those who oppose any form of nuclear…