Dumbing Down

 Editors of TV news programmes have a responsibility to the viewers to stop false information being given to them.  Surely the comments of people who assume some sort of expertise should be vetted.  Recently on a TV News programme a black American comedian was questioned about a new show which he has written containing the “N” word.  A roving reporter asked members of the public their views on the subject.  Some were against and some were unconcerned by the use of the word.Sitting next to the writer in the studio was a well dressed, well spoken British black man.  Although he seemed not to want to upset his “brother” he was against the use of the “N” word.His arguments showed that he was poorly educated and should never have been allowed to be on serious TV.   He stated that the word “Negro” was insulting as it had its origins in slavery and that the word came from a corruption of the Latin word meaning “dead”!  This, of course, is complete nonsense.   He was probably thinking of the word “necros” which is Greek for “corpse”.  In fact the “N” word comes from the Latin word “
niger” meaning “black”.  Forty years ago the interviewer would have pointed out the error or this part of the conversation would have been cut.  We are certainly seeing dumbing-down on a massive scale.

Published in: on November 18, 2006 at 4:45 pm  Comments (1)  

Crime and Punishment

The children of
Britain are now often called barbarians for doing what used to be considered youthful pranks.  They face ASBOs and community service as punishments which appear to be ineffective.  The adult population faces worse penalties if they try to correct the bad behaviour of the young.   Hence the youngsters have a sense of immunity from the thick ear and push their ‘lawlessness’ to the limit.  Many are now out of control.  Much of the blame must be put upon the parents who abdicate responsibility for their offspring.British citizens are the most watched in
Europe with 4.2 million CCTV cameras, more than the rest of the EU combined. 
Britain also has the biggest DNA data base with 3.6 million profiles with another 40,000 being added every month.  There are plans in place to introduce biometric ID cards and link these to a national computer which will carry all of our medical information and other facts about us which many find inappropriate.These measures seem to be working because we have more people in prison than most of our neighbours.  This presents a problem.  Our prisons are full up and therefore many prisoners are released early to make room for a new batch of criminals.  Nobody seems to know what to do about this.  There are several options.  We could build more prisons.  If we had the capacity, convicts could serve there entire sentence thus keeping the hardened criminal out of society and prevent them from re-offending.  These options cost money.  Most of the population would prefer not to pay so much to keep these people in prison.  Keeping prisoners is a very expensive operation.  Reintroduction of the death penalty would be a good option economically.  This may not be a deterrent to crime but it would certainly be cheap and so save the tax payer a great deal of money.  Fewer prisoners to look after, feed, keep warm, cloth and clean would help ease global warming.  Do “The Greens” support capital punishment?

Published in: on November 17, 2006 at 12:45 am  Comments (1)  

Terrorists

I was thinking of the recent elections in the USA and I found a copy of a letter that I wrote to the editor of my local paper just after the 9/11 affair.  Here it is:-

TheEditor.                                               14thSeptember2001.

Dear Sir,

               I, like many of your readers, have sympathy with all the causalities of the terrorist attacks in
New York and
Washington and with their friends and relations.    All the world leaders are looking for ways to prevent a reoccurrence of these events.   I wish them luck.  

The thing that frightens me is that G. W. Bush, the most powerful man in the world, seems to have very little idea of how to handle the situation.    He seems to believe there should be one rule for Americans and a different one for the rest of us.

He stated that all countries are either with
America or against it and they must now declare which side they are on. The
USA is now at war with the terrorists and any country which has offered them support.   Perhaps this is the right attitude to take.   However, if the British government thought the same way we would have declared war on the
USA when they supported the IRA while they were bombing
London.    Maybe someone can tell me the difference between Moslims bombing
America and Catholics bombing
England. 

In my opinion all countries should get together and distinguish between genuine followers of the various religions and the terrorist organisations they spawn and seriously crack down on all terrorists and the regimes that support them whoever they are.    If this situation is not handled correctly there is big trouble ahead.   Let us hope that common sense prevails. 

Jackdaw. 

Published in: on November 13, 2006 at 8:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

Corruption.

World leaders have many perks, large town houses, country mansions, chauffeur driven cars, domestic servants, free travel. When they leave office the western leaders can make millions by going on the lecture circuit, securing a place on the board of some large companies etc. When African leaders leave office they get nothing; they lose all the trappings of their former position. This explains why many become corrupt and hold on to the job as long as possible by fixing elections. Mohammad Ibrahim a modest Sudanese man, who now has British Nationality, is attempting to put an end to this African corruption. He has made a huge fortune from his pan-African mobile ‘phone business. He does not want or need the toys of the super rich; no yachts or planes for him. He has set up a fund for African ex-leaders who can prove that they have not been corrupt while in office and stand down when they no longer have a majority at the polls. These worthy people will receive $5 million cash prize with $200,000 a year for life. By his thoughtful actions M. Ibrahim will hopefully stop injustice and misery for thousands of ordinary Africans. Let us hope that he will become a roll model for other extremely wealthy people all over the world. He certainly deserves world recognition; perhaps a Nobel Prize. Maybe there should be new honours something like the British honours system but on a world-wide scale.

Published in: on November 6, 2006 at 9:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

N.H.S.

I recently visited my GP with painful thumb joints.  She said that I should see a specialist at a hospital; she asked which hospital I should like to attend.  I said the nearest one would suit me and so an appointment was arranged.  Since then I received a letter from the hospital with a questionnaire enclosed.  A couple of extracts from the letter:- 

“Your answers will be completely confidential.  They are not linked to your patient records.  The Hospital reference and Primary Care Trust reference that have already been completed on the survey will enable Ipsos MORI to analyse survey results for individual hospitals and regional Primary Care Trusts.”  (What does that mean?) 

“Please return the survey as soon as possible.  The survey is folded over and needs to be opened to answer the questions.”  (Good job they mentioned that!) 

Is this necessary?  Surely all hospitals should offer the same high standards.  Why should patients have a choice which they are probably not qualified to make?  Would not the money spent on all the letters, postage, leaflets and wages for the clerical staff and fees for the survey producers be better spent on improving the conditions in the hospitals?

Published in: on November 4, 2006 at 12:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

Liberal Holland.

It is two years ago this month that
Holland had a shock.  The Dutch people are now frightened by the fast growing immigrant quarters of their cities.  In a few years time half the citizens of
Amsterdam will be from ethnic minorities most of whom will be Muslims.   It seems that the Dutch are afraid that their liberal views, lax laws on drugs and racial tolerance may backfire on them.

Theo van Gohg made a film showing verses from the Koran, which called for the subjugation of women, projected onto the bodies of naked girls.  Mohammed Bouyeri did not like this film.  In
Amsterdam, in broad daylight, he shot van Gohg and cut off his head.  This happened in November 2004.

Will this behaviour be repeated throughout Europe?  It is difficult to think of a just and workable solution to the problem of immigration.  It is sure to get worse.  Is it possible for different races with different customs and religions to live together in harmony?  Perhaps Prince Charles should not become defender of the “faiths” when he comes to the throne; maybe we should be a secular nation and ban all religions.

Published in: on November 3, 2006 at 7:51 pm  Leave a Comment