So Sharon O.. spends £230k

On flying her dogs between the UK and the USA.. so what!!! I definitely don’t think there is any need for a journalist to come out with this comment on twitter..

…without looking into what Sharon O does for charity.

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You are at fault as well…

No it is not just down to schools, the government and every one else to control your child. It is down to you the parent as well. In fact I will go as far as saying it is down to all of us to stamp out radicalisation. So before getting spokesmen and lawyers shouting their mouths off, look at yourself. It is your child and you should take responsibility for not knowing what you child is up to, who they are talking to and associated with and what they are doing.

If my child decided to take drugs, do I blame the government for not jailing every crack dealer going and taking drugs off of our streets?  Of course not.  It is not their responsibility to bring up my child it is mine.  If my child is old enough then they are responsible for their actions… as a parent I can only advise them, teach them right from wrong and try to teach them the skills needed to be a law-abiding citizen.  If they decide to take drugs that is down to them… and when I know deep down I have tried my hardest to stop them going into that downfall in life, then I can honestly say, ‘I tried to do my best but maybe my best just wasn’t good enough.’ But what I can’t do is blame other authorities for the actions that my child has taken or for my failings.

Three young girls have run away to join ISIS fighters… and the lawyer of one of the families has said this to reporters.

British authorities are not doing enough to alert parents when their children are at risk of being radicalised online, a lawyer for the family of a young woman who joined Islamic State has said.

Aamer Anwar told Sky News security authorities are not passing on intelligence which could allow families to prevent their children from travelling to Syria or Iraq.

These failings, he said, mean the UK is “exporting terror” abroad.
Sky News

We could easily substitute the word radicalised for groomed.. and blame the government should our children gets abused due to that child’s online activity.  But it is not down to the Government to make sure your child is safe online, it is down to you as a parent… you can’t blame the Government, they have repeatedly informed parents through educational programmes and online sites telling parents how to keep their children safe online.

Teenagers are very, very clever at keeping things from parents… but parents have to be devious to find out what their child is up to…

Do you know what?  The government can’t win can they?  If they turned up on your doorstep and said your child is doing this and that, because we have intelligence to prove it… the first cry would be about invasion of privacy and how that right has been breached by government snooping.

And another thing, I don’t care how much the government snoops on me, if it protects me, and no that is not people scaremongering that has made me think like that… It is reality.  The reality that the world we live in is not safe, the reality that there are certain groups of people that want to cause carnage on our streets, the reality that even walking the street is not safe, if you decide to join the armed forces and protect your country.  The reality that policemen and women now live in fear that they too are classed as prime targets for extremists.  So me giving up a little bit of privacy in order to protect others is the price I am willing to pay.  If the government want to read my emails so be it… they won’t find anything interesting, in fact GCHQ will be bloody bored shitless… to be honest.  If having to give my real ID to Facebook, Google, and maybe Twitter in the future is a thing I have to do, then so be it.  Being anonymous online can and sometimes does breed an online persona that is threatening and harmful to others. Some people react like keyboard warriors when they type their vitriolic comments behind an anonymous username like ‘TwitterTwat’.  Simply because they are anonymous and hiding behind a keyboard and monitor.

FFS… It is not down to government alone to stamp out radicalisation and keep us all safe, each of us have a part to play… especially those from the Muslim community.  If radicalisation is going on in their community it should be down to their community leaders and Imams to work together and stamp out the radicalisation of their youngsters.  Yes the government can help with giving them the resources needed but until Imams are prepared to work with authorities and give information about who they think is radicalising youngsters in their community and which families need to be watch… then nothing will change.  It will only change if the Muslim community are prepared to take drastic action in order to stop their youngsters running off to fight for ISIS.

Yes we can have tighter border controls but honestly if someone is hell bent on joining ISIS then they will leave Britain on the pretext of a package holiday and travel to Syria via Europe.  Having armed guards escorting every person around when they are abroad is the only way to stop people joining ISIS and that is not feasible, is it?

But our media can play their part… when you show these ISIS training films on your news channels and speak about what ISIS want and how barbaric they are.. you are NOT deterring radicalisation, you are encouraging it.

You and I know that ISIS fighters are barbaric and they are brutal and they have only one agenda and that is to create a nation purely based on fear and treachery.  So why do you keep showing us these clips?   In a young mind that has already been radicalised, you are not proving how wrong ISIS are, you are showing that mind how right ISIS is..  SO STOP.

And by stopping, it doesn’t mean we are putting our heads in the sand, it means we are not doing ISIS’s propaganda for them.  If you want something to die, then you cut off their oxygen supply…. well how about cutting the oxygen supply of ISIS and not report what they are up to.

I, for one, don’t need to see 21 Coptic Christians lined up in orange jumpsuits to know their fate.  Social media need to cut off ISIS’s supply as well.  Facebook, Google+ and Youtube need to take down pages and videos of their brutality immediately. Each and everyone of us should play a part in stopping ISIS propaganda immediately.  Like we should play our part in reporting crime and informing authorities of behaviour on the internet that could cause harm to another person.

Pages to promote ISIS are not doing the world any favours, so pull the plug on them. And we as human beings should report things to site owners, like Facebook, Google and Twitter immediately we find something that is promoting ISIS and let the authorities and site owners do their part in stamping out radicalisation.

As for these three young girls who have run off to be with ISIS, yes I hope they are found and brought home before they come to any harm, but they should face the consequences of their actions.  If as a nation we find that young men who run off to join ISIS are guilty of a crime than the same should apply to all that run off… whether they are man, woman or child.  That is what growing up in our society means, learning right from wrong… and facing the consequences of your actions.  When a person is taken against their will that in its self is a crime but to freely go to join a terror organisation is a crime in our country… and as they say, ‘If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime.’

And may one day we have world peace.

world peace

Twitter…Hopkins and the cops..

Katie HopkinsNow I know for a fact I am going to offend some people but hey goes. But I am sick to death of a) hearing that gobshite Katie Hopkins and b) how people think they should run to the cops every time that woman opens her trap.

Yes what she says, is said to offend.. she doesn’t do it by accident… she does it too offend and to upset people and by god does she succeed… especially when people take such offence that they want her arrested and charged with trolling and god knows what else.

Trolls are a pain in the arse… they do what they do because they know people will react.  And yes the most serious trolls should be dealt with by the police… for instance if what they write is threatening and makes a person fear for their life… or the threats are to harm a person or a person’s family… But for god sakes.. just because someone says something that is classed as ‘sick’… Please think of the man hours a copper has to waste because of some twat on Twitter or Facebook.

From since I can remember, and that is a good few years… sick jokes have been going around… they’ve been said in pubs, passed on by text message or said between friends sitting at the dining table.  Some people find them funny whilst most of us, see how sick these jokes are…. mind you there are times when no matter how much we despise ourselves for it.. a smirk does come across your face at times.

But do we run to the cops if our mate shows us a sick joke?  Of course not… we tell them straight that the joke is sick and not funny and it is bloody well sick.  End of.  If they show it to someone else and they find it funny well that is up to them.  But as far as I am concerned it doesn’t warrant the Police getting involved.

What Hopkins said about the Ebola victim and the Scottish people, was said for impact … and boy did she get some impact..  What she said wasn’t funny and yes it was bloody offensive but it didn’t in my opinion warrant any Police Force getting involved.  People like her are best ignored… do you not realise that every time someone has a go at her… she is in her element?… She is back being the centre of attention.

I wrote a blog post back in September 2014 of how the Police were so under-resourced now that they were asking victims to investigate crimes committed against them.

And do you know what?

I would be bloody angry if I was robbed or had my car stolen and I had to look for it because the Police just didn’t have the manpower and what manpower they did have was now investigating a low-life like Hopkins because she said something offensive… yet again.

Please get to grips… there is a certain family on Twitter and Facebook who are harassed day in and day out… and nothing gets done… and the harassment is allowed to continue.  That is the kind of harassment that needs to be investigated and stopped by Twitter and Facebook. And should there be direct threats involved in any of these harassing posts that are written daily, then the Police should be informed… but come on… calling the cops because someone tells a sick joke…. no way… Jose… no matter how offensive some might think it is.

One death too many….

Ivowed never to comment on the Madeleine McCann case on this blog… but in light of what has happened over the last few days and because of a certain Portuguese Blogger Joana Morais deciding to put my twitter handle to the dossier that was handed to the police with regards to the online harassment of the McCann family, I feel I should clear my name.

First and foremost I was never part of the dossier people, in fact in all honesty I don’t know the identity of the people involved. So to accuse me, Ms Morais, you are libelling me and defaming my character, so please cease and desist and remove my name from that graphic you created and tweeted, which people are now retweeting on Twitter, now.

Should this dossier have been handed to the media?  In hindsight no.

My opinion is that the media should have reported on such a dossier being given to the Police, but they should never have acted like judge and jury as they did in this case.  They could have given Brenda Leyland the chance to appear on camera if she so wished… but they should have applied pressure, if any pressure was needed, on the Police as to what they were doing with the dossier.

As far as I am concerned the harassment the McCanns are suffering on Twitter is a matter for the Police and the Police alone. The media are NOT judge and jury and they should never be.  The Leveson inquiry showed us what people went through, due to press intrusion. How innocent people were character assassinated and made to look as if they were guilty of a crime when they were totally innocent.  The Leveson Inquiry told us how headlines were made up… just to sell papers and how leaks from sources were NOT checked and verified, and lies and smears were printed in order to satisfy editorial headlines and paymasters.

With regards to the tragic death of Brenda Leyland, and that is what it is, very tragic; I can’t help but feel compassion for both Brenda and her family at this sad time.  What her thoughts must have been, to take such drastic action is beyond comprehension.  Perhaps the public humiliation and the stares and glares of village residents was too much for her.  Who knows?  My only wish, is that I wished she had found someone to talk to and not take the action she did.  Whether the guilt of what she did was too much for her to bear?  Or whether the prospect of spending time in jail frightened her? Again nobody knows.   But her death was her decision… albeit a tragic one.

As for Martin Brunt doorstepping her, well the facts are this…

  • Martin Brunt never divulged her address.
  • Journalists for years have been doorstepping people, we even watch programmes where dodgy builders have been caught on camera and asked pertinent questions due to their actions.  But in this case it was wrong, simply because there could have been pending charges laid against those named in the dossier.  It was down to the Police and not the media to name and shame. Identities should have only been revealed if and when these people were hauled before the courts and found guilty of their crimes.
  • Martin Brunt went to great lengths to say Brenda Leyland was not the worst offender by a long shot and throughout his broadcast he referred to her as Sweepyface and never used her real name.

We know how the other media reacted when they got wind of the story, but what we don’t know is, if they descended on Brenda’s home town, like a pack of wolves.  And if the way the media hounded, stalked and doorstepped the McCanns is anything to go by… if they decided to track down Brenda and pressured her for  an interview, then my sympathies go out to Brenda Leyland for having to deal with such a media onslaught.  Whatever Brenda Leyland did… one thing she didn’t deserve and that was to feel so alone, so abandoned and backed into a corner where the only way out she could see was to end it all.

As for the McCanns taking the blame, please don’t be silly and blame them.  They have never forced Brenda Leyland or anyone else for that matter, to post such horrendous comments on Twitter.  People do that of their own free will.  People have to learn to take responsibility for their own actions.  We are all human, we make mistakes, but we can see the error in our ways and make amends.

Just take a step back for a moment and imagine how you would feel if you were constantly at a barrage of abuse on social media platforms?  Would you just ignore it?  Or would you, want all those that are hurting, you and your family, both mentally and possibly physically to be held accountable for their actions?  The McCanns have categorically said they don’t use social media… how can they?

We have seen what happens when people even try to get a woman’s figurehead on a £10 note… they are threatened with rape and physical harm.  Can you imagine what would happen if the McCanns decided to take to Twitter?  They would be abused constantly.  Do we as the public have the right to hound people off of Twitter or put them in fear of joining Twitter? Most certainly not.  We are human beings, not vigilantes.

Eventually, the McCann’s youngest will want to be on Twitter and Facebook, just like their friends. What will happen should people find out they are on Twitter?  Again they would be abused or have tweets and messages directed at them blaming their parents for what happened to their sister.  Even today I read a comment from a South African businessman, who is threatening to tell the McCann’s youngest something he firmly believes.  Something that if he bothered to check his facts is totally impossible.

But how can we stop this harassment and persecution of people on Twitter, Facebook and other Social Media?  Because something has to be done… and it is not going to happen unless every nation on this planet gets together and agrees that online bullying and harassment is a criminal offence and something needs to be done to stop it.

The only solution I can see is to stop anonymity.  If we decided to take a megaphone out into our streets and lambast our neighbours because we don’t like them… the police would be involved and we would be charged with possible harassment and breach of the peace. But could we do this under anonymity?  Of course not, we couldn’t go out into our streets and use a pseudonym of ‘Imatwat’ could we?  We couldn’t walk into our local pub and shout obscenities at the landlord using our ‘Imatwat’ pseudonym.  We would be known by our real identity… so why are we allowed to use pseudonyms online.

Perhaps if people were made to use their real names… they might be less willing to spill their bile all over the place.  Yes there will be those with enough bravado, like an ex-solicitor and South African businessman who do use their own names, who will constantly continue their campaigns.. but that is when the law is needed and when it should be used to the fullest. Persecution of innocent people is not acceptable, it never has been and it never will be.  We need to protect the vulnerable, those who are easily influenced by others.  But above all we need to protect the victims of such attacks on the internet.

Our banks issue us with a card, that we can use over the phone, with a PIN number for use in shops, and if we use our card online we use the Verification number on the back of our card… One way forward is for all internet providers to provide their subscribers with such a verification number, where people have to enter these details and register who is going to use their internet.  That way the likes of Facebook, Twitter,  Yahoo, Twitter, Microsoft et al will be able to check if people are genuine, or whether they are trying to register with a fake ID.   You can’t join Paypal without confirming who you really are.  So why should we be allowed to join social media without confirming who we are?

People are going to shout about their human rights, but your human rights do not include, you being allowed to create a fake persona to harass, intimidate and persecute another person.  I use my real name and identity on all accounts… I use the handle ‘BrenR1958’ but that is my name, the first letter of my surname and year of birth.  On my Photography blog, we use our real names.  Anything I have to say is said under my real name.

Yes there is an argument about being safe online and not using your real name… but if everyone was made to use their real identity then and only then will keyboard warriors, hiding behind a keyboard spilling out vitriolic comments, be eliminated. The police would and should be able to then contact the hosts of platforms, ask for details and be given the verification number issued by the ISP provider and be traced easily.

The internet is not local, it is not your local pub or garden fence where you can have a gossip.  What you tweet or post on Facebook can and is seen by strangers.  Rumours grow arms and legs and become facts and then people are harassed.  We would conduct our real lifes like this, so why should we be allowed to conduct our online personas in such a terrifying and horrific manner.  Laws on internet use should be international and every country that refuses to sign up to an international charter should be blocked from transmitting on the internet.

Something needs to be done, not tomorrow, next week or even after the next election, it needs to be done now. Before more deaths occur due to online harassment.  Our press does need to be restrained and a proper code of conduct enforced, and our Police need to be given the resources needed in order for them to tackle a problem that is growing daily…. online abuse.

Just like all those deaths that have occurred where children, mainly, have committed suicide due to online bullying, Brenda Leyland’s death is one death too many.  RIP Brenda… and my thoughts and prayers are with her family at this sad time.

Down’s Syndrome – To Abort or Not?

richard-dawkinsAnother Twitter controversy erupted last night, and is being reported today in the Guardian newspaper; when the scientist Richard Dawkins said, in a Tweet it was immoral not to abort a baby with Down’s Syndrome.

Apparently the argument stemmed because Richard Dawkins, posted a tweet about a foreign women in Ireland who was force-fed, forced to carry her baby until it was deemed fit that a caesarean would be safe, all because she wanted an abortion.

Richard Dawkins tweeted:

To which came the reply

Richard Dawkins then replied

Then a new person enters the conversation, highlighting that they wouldn’t know what to do if they were ever faced with the decision about whether or not to terminate a pregnancy if the unborn foetus was diagnosed as having Down’s Syndrome.

Richard Dawkins then replied

Of course the comments of Richard Dawkins caused a public outcry on Twitter and he tweeted this

So is it immoral to bring a baby into this world with Down’s Syndrome?  I don’t know.  But the biggest question should be if a woman is forced to make this decision and decides to take the road of abortion, should she feel guilty, ashamed and be forced to hide her decision from others,  for fear of what others might think or say? Should she and her partner (if joint decision) not be able to talk about their decision and why they choose it, for fear of retribution?

I don’t think any one is asking for a law to be brought in that stipulates that all unborn foetuses that are diagnosed should be aborted.  But there is a stigma attached to a woman who decides that she couldn’t cope with having a Down’s Syndrome child.  There are people who do think it is immoral to bring a child, that could need care all its life into this world.

A person faced with such a dilemma will probably have the fear of what will happen to this child, should they die?  Will they be able to cope?  How will it affect the other children they have? By keeping this baby will it mean that they will have less time, due to the amount of care needed to a Down’s Syndrome child, with their other children?

There are a lot of things for a family to think about when making the decision, and those who take the route of abortion must feel guilty that they couldn’t cope and this is the decision they made; should we as compassionate and empathetic people make their decision even harder for them to bear?  No we shouldn’t.

Like if a woman is rape she has the choice of whether or not to abort this foetus; so should a family be allowed to decide upon whether or not to abort a child with Down’s or with any other serious  medical condition, without the added guilt and shame from those who don’t agree with their decision, being thrust upon them?

Some people just couldn’t cope and they know it and they decide the best option for them is to abort… there is no shame in that.  And there is no right or wrong decision when it comes to the reasons why people choose  to abort a baby.

For all those who want to stop abortions and make abortion illegal, all I will say is this. If abortion is made illegal, we can say ‘welcome back’ to the back-street abortionists.  Abortions will still continue, but there will be greater risks to the mother, because they are being carried out in dark seedy places, with no medical back-up on hand. Women could bleed to death or face the prospect of never having children again.  Children could be left motherless, because of back street abortionists.

Do we really want to turn back to the dark ages?

Things are looking positive…

Accu-Chek Aviva Blood GlucoseAs I have mentioned under two weeks ago I was diagnosed as being Diabetic.. I don’t know what it was but I felt guilty for being diabetic… I thought it was a stigma; a result of not looking after yourself and living an unhealthy lifestyle. Years of eating the wrong thing, eating things that you knew were not good for you… Ice cream, sweets, sticky puddings etc.

And of course the years I smoked… Which I did give up in 2010.  Mind you I didn’t have half go wrong with me when I smoked as I have since I stopped smoking.  I never went to the Doctors, only if I felt so ill, and I couldn’t deal with it with over the counter medicines. My normal way of dealing with minor ailments would be to patch myself up, and carry on… Doctors were for real sick people; not me.

But the last four years, since giving up smoking I have done nothing but become a pin cushion and sat in surgery’s and hospital outpatients being diagnosed with one thing then another and then something else.  Makes me wonder whether I should’ve given up smoking. 😀

nhs_prescriptionMy prescriptions were being produced in novel form now due to the number of items 😀 Thank God the NHS runs a Pre Payment certificate system, because having 8 different drugs to take a day, without the Diabetic one is very costly when each item on a prescription is charged at £8.05.

So paying for a yearly Prepayment Certificate at just over £10 a month was beneficial to me.

However, my Doctor did inform me, that now that I am Diabetic I don’t have to pay for prescriptions or eye tests.  Mind you I think I’d prefer to pay the £10 a month at times than having to give up things like a trifle and strawberry cheesecake.

The directions for taking this Diabetic drug Metformin was:

  • One tablet for seven days, 30 mins before breakfast
  • One tablet twice a day for seven days, 30 mins before breakfast and evening meal
  • One tablet three times a day for seven days, 30 mins before breakfast, lunch, and evening meal
  • And then 2 tablets twice a day, 30 mins before breakfast and evening meal.

I have done the first stage and am on the second stage… Come Tuesday I will be on the third stage before finally reaching the full dosage.  Anyway, when we went to town the other week I did purchase an Accu-Check Blood Glucose Tester from Boots, which wasn’t bad at just under £16.  Of course I tried it when I got home and because we had lunch out… I nearly died when the test strip said 20.1.

Anyway, when I had my initial fasting (12 hour) blood test the result was 18.3.  Way, way too high.  So today because I hadn’t eaten or drank anything within the last 10 hours, when I got up I got hubby to do a test.  And I was so pleased when the machine bleeped at me to say it was now 8.6.  Not perfect, but a whole lot better than it was three weeks ago.

And what makes that figure even more important to me is that last night we went out for a meal, and when it came to ordering a desert, my hubby ordered profiteroles and I asked for two spoons and I stole two of those profiteroles.  That waitress must have thought that we were tight buggers asking for two spoons. 😀

I have found people, especially on Facebook and Twiiter, to be so helpful, people who either have diabetes or know someone who has.  Their tips about what you can and can’t eat really do help.  Especially today when this kind lady told me about how I could have something sweet at times, but after a meal and even better if I took a walk after it.

Friday, last week I received two letters, one enclosing my 5 year Medical Exemption Certificate and the other to phone for an appointment for the Diabetic 6 week course. Due to high demand I can’t go on mine until the end of October.

It is not a stigma to be diagnosed with Diabetes… It is just one of those things and in all probability mine was probably caused by taking steroids for a long period of time.

The only fear I have to overcome is the fear of doing the self-check…. I can’t bring myself to prick my finger.  Thank God hubby is on hand… He pricks my finger and I does the test for me.  That is what you get when you have a phobia of needles and blood.  You get a scaredy cat. 😀

Just feel like….

MH17Giving up on humanity at times. How can people go on killing one another?  What drives all these people who kill to bring such harm on on others? Where is their humanity?

Yesterday the news broke about Malaysian flight MH-17 falling out of the sky and crashing in Ukraine. First of all I was shocked and felt sad that people have lost their lives.

Then the speculation started that it is believed that a missile caused this tragic plane crash.  If it wasn’t bad enough, knowing that a plane could be brought down to earth by a possible BUK missile launcher, believed to be in the hands of rebels, the media then decided to sink to new lows.

The media’s scramble against one another to bring people the first pictures, resulted in the likes of Reuters, Sky News and even BBC News, posting on Twitter pictures of the wreckage where you could see body parts and bodies.

It doesn’t take much imagination to realise that the scene of the accident would be utter carnage.  Do we really need to see such appalling pictures? Do we need to see innocent victims shown no common decency?

I couldn’t believe what I was seeing on Twitter… when people started to say, we should see these pictures… Really? For all those that agree with this pictures being show, just a few questions.

  • How would you feel, if it had been one of your family?
  • Would you want these pictures shown of your loved ones, laying there amongst the wreckage?
  • Why can’t you show some empathy, compassion and respect to these families, by condemning the actions of the media outlets for showing these pictures?

So far no-one has answered the questions… they have rattled on about free speech and about censorship.. yet no answers to how they would feel.

There are many questions that need to be answered by Malaysian Airlines, but the main question has to be…

  • Why are airlines companies, like yourself allowing airlines to fly over areas where there is known conflict?

It was only after the accident, that airlines, then took to social media and made statements that they wouldn’t be flying over these conflict zones any more.  Talk about shutting the stable door, once the horse has bolted.

It saddens me to see such carnage and my thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those people killed on flight MH17.

And if that plane crash was not bad enough… the day ended when I saw a video, as reported by CNN, of people standing on a hillside cheering as missiles launched by Israeli forces landed on the people in Gaza.

The reporter tweeted this and then deleted it 20 mins later…

How can anyone stand there and cheer, when they know full well that innocent, men, women and children are being killed?  I won’t proclaim to know the intricacies of the Israeli/Gaza conflict, but what I do know is that both sides need to take stock of the situation and learn to live in peace.  But I doubt that will ever happen in my lifetime… so sad.