Living in an Unreal World: Can we leave this Mad Hatters Tea Party?

Scriptonite Daily

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One of the most common dismissals of those trying to make the world a better place is ‘get real’. Ironic, given the complete distortion of reality that governments and corporations are creating for us today. Our beef is horse, our horses are on steroids, our money is debt, and our public services are private. Daily life seems to consist of a Mad Hatters Tea Party where people are sipping imaginary tea and scoffing from empty plates as they occupy an ever less real world.

Sport

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How much of the high performance we see in the world of sport is natural human endeavour, and how much is an unattainable result based on performance enhancing drugs?

The world of cycling’s biggest hero, Lance Armstrong was found to have been part of an extremely sophisticated doping regime.  Armstrong had won the Tour de France seven consecutive times, despite undergoing treatment for…

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Council Report Shows Impact Of Benefit Cuts

Birmingham Against The Cuts

A report presented to this week’s Birmingham City Council Cabinet puts numbers and places to the horrific impact of the bedroom tax and benefit cap.

8779 council owned properties and 5600 social landlord properties are under-occupied according to the government criteria. Over ¾ of the tenants of these homes will lose between £10 and £20 per week in housing benefit and ¼ will lose over £20 per week (max £30).

Those affected are spread right across the city, but the worst wards are Nechells, Kingstanding, Aston, Shard End , Kings Norton and Weoley.

The report contains the following table showing the housing required to move everybody into the “right” sized properties. It is glaring that 5200 extra one bedroom properties would be needed and the city would have exactly 3 available! This illustrates the complete vindictiveness of the bedroom tax. People are being penalised for not making a move which…

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Cameron woos Right by encouraging loveless marriage with tax breaks

Pride's Purge

(satire – barely)

David Cameron has reached out to the Tory right by promising to table a Commons vote on encouraging couples to get married so they can pay less tax – rather than because they love each other.

Amid concerns on the Tory Right that the Prime Minister has no feel for their concerns, Mr Cameron said that he can force the right-wing touchstone issue of getting married to someone you don’t love simply in order to avoid paying as much money as possible in taxes, because he is technically the most senior Treasury minister.

In an interview with the Conservative Home website, Mr Cameron said:

It’s clear that if we are to get the economy on its feet again, the country can no longer afford to continue to prioritise luxuries such as love and romance and all those other things the Left think are so important.

That’s why as…

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Lightning

Nineteen. Forty. Seven

We ache with intense-melancholy,
Severing veins because your nightmares,
Are no longer something alien to me,
When your springs cannot be pink,
Our tears fall alternately upon these lands,
Sprawled across the earth — we join hands.
Physically we may never reach.
But our spirits are already encrypted between the folds,
Of the unified waves resonating between us,
From my eyes and yours reaching the banks,
Of rivers where we have always stood, together.

The chilling summers and fiery winters,
Overwrite everything in-between,
Spring and autumn are not fading but are reflected,
Within the daily storms we carry in our arms.
The rain never promised it would fall silently,
So each drop collides with earth,
Fragile-strength leaving footprints,
Aiding growth — the way that we do,
Each time our souls collide,
In all of our painful- tender ways,
Reaching through tears that we’ve both tasted,
Memories bitter-sweet intertwine,
Deeper with…

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Library Monster Poster

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As well as signing the petition online (in the post below), you can download and start collecting signatures on a hard copy. Also, start putting your orders in for the new poster; for windows, community centres or wherever. Unless we all stand up for city local services, before we know it they will all be flogged off.

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#OpFreeAishah PHASE TWO UPDATE PART 1……..

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PHASE TWO UPDATE……

Firstly  a BIG thank you to all who have donated and tweet everyday to raise awareness of A’ishah. Your continuing support is brilliant and we couldn’t do this without you.

A’ishah’s mother has had a terrible time out in Egypt, fearing for her safety, as the civil unrest escalates. Unfortunately Leila has had to leave Egypt for the time being and return home. But the struggle to return A’ishah to her mother is not over.

As you are probably aware, we are raising funds to continue to help A’ishah’s mother. Leila has never asked for financial help but her funds are diminishing rapidly. To continue her legal support and to be able to return to Egypt she needs our help.

We raised the $800USD via “wepay.com” and were able to make an initial payment to her lawyer. Thank you soo much to all those who gave. But it…

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The sound of silence – an update on cuts to Birmingham Early Year services

Birmingham Against The Cuts

Details of how £3m worth of cuts to Birmingham’s Children’s Centres and Early Years’ service were presented to April’s cabinet meeting to be met with absolute silence. There was no comment from Cabinet members or even challenge from the opposition Councillor’s present, and the cuts were nodded through.

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