Welcome to East Finchley Rant in London!
We intend to act as a peaceful protest group who try to influence local matters that we consider unfair or unreasonable.
All too often the Administration or big business rides rough-shod over the man(or woman) in the street.
We have no executive powers but we can act as an irritant and maybe bring some change.
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About us - Each Week we raise local & general items of irritation worthy of consideration. You may not agree with some of the points of view raised but if it only creates discussion then it has achieved its purpose.
The Health Confidence Trick – part 1
A couple of years ago I reached sixty years of age and found myself in the lucky position of being able to retire (for a while at least).
To do this I had had to work for forty one and a half years and pay a lot of money into a pension plan.
During my time I have enjoyed good health in spite of my ill spent youth and beyond.
I have been aware for some years now that should I wish to see my GP there would always be a delay(currently two weeks).
As the only ailments I had suffered were cold and flue I was therefore a very occasional customer.
All I had heard about the NHS was that it was stretched to the limit and that it was getting harder and harder to get any sort of treatment.
It was therefore something of a surprise to me when I started to receive letters inviting me to have all manner of tests and check ups from an organisation that was supposedly on its knees.
I have always taken the view that to go to the doctor when you are well is rather like taking the car into a main dealer – they will find something wrong.
If you are over sixty you will probably be told that your blood pressure and or cholesterol level is too high.
For the blood pressure they will prescribe Warfarin (rat poison) and for cholesterol they will prescribe Statins.
Read below before you are tempted.
Doctors and drugs companies want you to believe that cholesterol is a major cause of heart attacks and strokes.
Why? So that they can sell more cholesterol-lowering drugs, known as statins…
One in three people over the age of 45 in the UK – that’s 7 million people – currently take statins at a cost to the National Health Service of £450 million per year. Sales of statin drugs have skyrocketed to an eye-watering £60 billion per year which makes statins the world’s best-selling class of drugs.
But what you’re not being told is that cholesterol isn’t the arch villain it’s made out to be. . . and that all these people (and you could be one of them) are risking their health.
Statins come with a huge list of debilitating side effects, including:
- Heart failure...
- Muscle pain and weakness...
- Liver damage...
- Kidney failure...
- Fatigue and shortness of breath...
- Hair loss...
- Digestive problems...
- ...and even Cancer
They are also linked to depression, loss of cognitive function and memory, nerve damage and sexual dysfunction.3
So, why don’t doctors, hospitals or drug companies — or anyone else in the medical profession — tell you the shocking truth about statins’ side effects?
Why wouldn’t they want you to know that these cholesterol-lowering drugs do almost NOTHING to reduce heart attack risk?
Simple: Because when you don’t take their drugs . . . or when you prevent disease or heal yourself with safer alternatives… they don’t make a single PENNY!
Pharmaceutical companies also don’t want you to know that statins seriously deplete your body of Coenzyme-Q10 (CoQ10) – the vital heart nutrient produced by your body that naturally PREVENTS heart attacks and strokes.
CoQ10 stops cholesterol from blocking arteries, it helps lower blood pressure and rejuvenates heart cells…
Yet statins destroy this essential ‘life spark’… diminishing it to such an extent that it reaches dangerously low levels. This increases your risk of serious side-effects like muscle wastage and pain, confusion, forgetfulness, disorientation, fatigue, liver damage, migraines, nausea and diarrhoea, to name but a few…
You simply need to look at all the known side-effects of statins to realise that any possible benefit from taking these drugs comes at a massive price to your health.
Warfarin may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
- abdominal pain
- change in the way things taste
- loss of hair
- feeling cold or having chills
If you experience any of the following symptoms, or those listed in the IMPORTANT WARNING section, call your doctor immediately:
- difficulty breathing or swallowing
- swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, or eyes
- chest pain or pressure
- swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
- extreme tiredness
- lack of energy
- loss of appetite
- pain in the upper right part of the stomach
- yellowing of the skin or eyes
- flu-like symptoms
You should know that warfarin may cause necrosis or gangrene (death of skin or other body tissues). Call your doctor immediately if you notice a purplish or darkened color to your skin, skin changes, ulcers, or an unusual problem in any area of your skin or body, or if you have a severe pain that occurs suddenly, or color or temperature change in any area of your body. Call your doctor immediately if your toes become painful or become purple or dark in color. You may need medical care right away to prevent amputation (removal) of your affected body part.
Warfarin may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.
Maybe the cure is worse than the disease?
Remember recently when certain politicians were advocating stains for everyone over fifty years of age?
Perhaps they were genuinely concerned for the health of the public or maybe they or their mates just happened to have a lot of shares in drug companies.
Drug companies control and drive the medical profession and have financial influence that can rock governments.
There is a fundamental flaw in the system that limits what drugs are produced and what we are likely to have prescribed.
Research is by its nature very expensive and requires very high calibre personnel who can command high salaries.
For a drug to be worthwhile in financial terms the formula or process by which it is made has to be patentable.
Once patented the drug can be produced or sold on license to other companies to sell at whatever price the industry sets.
This is where the problem lies.
If a disease can be treated with everyday cheap drugs that are no longer under patent then it ceases to be of interest to the drug companies.
This was bourn out recently with the outbreak of Ebola.
Only when governments pressed for help did they come forward knowing their rewards would be high.
So if you go to your doctor and he/she prescribes you some drugs, ask what they do to your system.
More importantly ask what the risks are associated with them!
To be continued …..
The Morality of Profit
I am not the first to coin this expression but let us consider it and its ultimate implications.
Firstly I will define my interpretation of profit in a simple business sense.
The exchanging of goods or services between individuals (or groups of individuals) for the purpose of pecuniary or material gain by the supplying individual.
To achieve this we use money or promissory notes endorsed by the government.
If you are in the building trade and manage to get a regular profit(after turnover costs) of 10% you would be considered to be doing extremely well.
In recessionary times it was not uncommon to work for zero profit just to allow the firm to keep tuning over.
In complex manufacturing processes it is sometimes not possible to make this profit.
However it does produce a lot of employment for people at all levels in society.
Businesses traditionally approach banks to lend them money for them to expand and the banks make their money lending money.
Over the years it has become more and more difficult to borrow money for business as the banks have realised that is better for them to lend money to individuals or the government.
The individual has to already have assets greater than the sum to be borrowed and the law and government protect the lender.
For the man (or woman) in the street to start a business, they will have to either have an extraordinarily good idea or be a criminal.
Large utility companies in this country were established with tax-payers money prior to privatisation.
Privatisation in itself is not all a bad thing but when it is sold off to foreign owners in far-away lands you have to ask if the said owners will always have British residents’ best interests at heart.
These mega companies produce lots of revenue for the government (particularly VAT) so there is not any real wish to for them to reduce their charges.
The bulk of these firms are little more than retail chains as they do not actually produce the commodity that they are selling.
No one can calculate exactly how much a kilowatt hour of electricity costs to produce( including those who generate it) but it is pretty safe to say that the level of profit will be in thousands of percent.
Similarly with gas, water and fresh air too, if they could get away with it.
They then have the brass neck to demand government green-subsidies to build useless windmills all over this green and pleasant land.
The cat will eventually get out of the bag on that one.
It is worth remembering that the government minister who was the main advocate of these was the same chap who lied about who was driving his car and finished up at one of Her Majesty’s Hotels.
Profit is not a dirty word but extortion is.
Gas, electricity and water are necessities of life in the civilised world and their generation by whatever means should not be a facility for putting cash into the pockets of wealthy shareholders. Particularly ones who do not belong to or reside in this country.
The government does not care of course because the more the utility companies charge the more revenue they collect.
However just recently one of the large energy retailers has announced huge losses which rather beggars belief.
How can a firm with an effective monopoly and the authority to set its own prices lose money?
Probably because the companies are turning into giant ponzi schemes, where the incoming revenue is used to bribe shareholders. Remember Enron?
When these firms do start to crash have a guess whose pockets are going to get raided to bail them out.
Back to the banks who are still moaning at having to pay back fraudulently sold insurance for which not a single person was prosecuted.
If you want to deposit money you will be offered a paltry interest rate that will not even cover inflation.
If you want to borrow money you will be paying at least ten times that rate in interest.
Much of the problem stems from who ultimately has control of the bulk of the money in the first place.
These people find their returns much better and safer lending to the government than investing it in British industry, heaven forbid.
Of course if your first allegiance is to another country and its culture and you live here because it is a safe haven for your inherited assets then the reason becomes clear.
Listen to left wing middle class luvvies in Westminster who loathe all that is British tradition as they sneer at it.
We have collectively fallen into the trap of allowing accountants to preside over everything.
Accountants do not have original ideas, do not invent nor do they do anything that improves the lot of mankind.
They are the rags that wipe up the oily mess left by the complex system of finance and tax invented to impoverish the working man/women.
At one time they were kept at their correct level - to merely service the functions of the creative.
Not anymore. Until recently we had one as a prime minister in waiting.
Would the inventors who created the industrial revolution have done so if they had been overseen by a balance sheet?
Would Stevenson have invented his rocket or Frank Whittle his jet?
And neither will their descendants because the age of educating clever working class kids has gone.
What would either of them have thought about an Indian Company owning the remnants of the British Steel Industry?
Having wealthy parentage will get you a good education but it will not make you clever as is well demonstrated by the crew that preside over parliament.
Our society has begun to stagnate through lack of ideas as the wealthy elite emplace their spoilt and conceited offspring into positions of control and power.
This is the price of profit and it is becoming irretrievable.
Another spectre on the horizon is that of money laundering on a truly industrial scale.
Consider the boom of property selling of chunks of the most expensive areas of London to non-nationals.
We are one of the few counties that allow persons not born in the country to buy freehold property and land so long as the price is right.
With returns for investments that run into thousands of percent is it any surprise that the people with the money do not want to invest in high risk low return that employs a lot of British born workers.
So how much profit is acceptable?
Again the accountants will quote a mass of jargon that will confound and confuse us mere mortals in the street.
However consider wages to the average man in the street.
It is unusual to have an hourly rate with more than one nought behind it.
Our bills though always seem to have two or even three behind them.
Having worked in various capacities in the building industry for many years I would frequently hear the phrase “ but they do earn good money” from the well heeled middle classes annoyed that a peasant can make money by the deftness of hand not the bullshit of mouth.
The middle class contempt for the ordinary man/woman is endemic and very widespread through those who rule us.
So next time you hear one of the loathsome parliamentarians spouting their support for anything, ask what’s going into their pockets as a result of it.
Your Pension or Is it?
Medical science is helping mankind live longer but it seems that we should feel guilty for being a drain on society for taking our pension that we've paid for.
Just to cheer you up……how did a pension we all paid into suddenly become a benefit. ?????
Worth some thought - Where did all the money go????
IT MAKES YOU THINK !
PLEASE PASS THIS AROUND, UNTIL EVERY ONE HAS HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO READ IT... THIS IS SURELY SOMETHING WE ALL NEED TO THINK ABOUT !!!!
THE ONLY THING WRONG WITH THE GOVERNMENT'S CALCULATION OF AVAILABLE PENSION IS THAT THEY FORGOT TO FIGURE IN ALL THE PEOPLE WHO DIED BEFORE THEY EVER COLLECTED OLD AGE PENSION.
WHERE DID ALL THAT MONEY GO ?
Remember, not only did you and I contribute to our Pension, our employer did, too. It totalled 15% of your income before taxes.
If you averaged only £15,000 over your working life, that's close to £220,500.
Read that again. Did you see anywhere that the Government paid in one single penny ?
We are talking about the money you and your employer put in a Government bank to ensure that you and I would have a retirement pension from the money we put in, it was not money that the Government had any right to spend elsewhere.
Now they've started to call the money we paid in an 'entitlement' when we reach the age to take it back.
If you calculate the future invested value of £2500 per year (yours & your employer's contribution) at a simple 5% interest (that's less
than what the govt. pays on the money that it borrows from overseas), after 49 years of working you'd have £892,919.98.
If you took out only 3% per year, you'd receive £26,787.60 per year and it would last better than 30 years (that means until you're 95 if you retire at age 65) and that's with no interest paid on that final amount on deposit !
If you bought an annuity with the money and it paid 4% per year, you'd have a lifetime income of £1976.40 per month.
THE CROOKS IN GOVERNMENT HAVE PULLED OFF A BIGGER ROBBERY THAN THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERS EVER DID.
My foot !! IT'S MY MONEY !! I paid IN cash for my pension.
Just because they borrowed the money to spend on other things, that doesn't make my pension some kind of charity or handout!!
Remember MP's benefits ? --- free healthcare, outrageous retirement packages, 67 days paid holidays, three weeks paid vacation, unlimited paid sick days. Now that really should be called welfare entitlements, yet they have the nerve to call my O A P retirement payments entitlements ?
We're "broke" and the government can't help our own OAPs, our ex-service personnel, our orphans or our homeless.
Yet in the past few years we have provided aid to Haiti, Chile, Turkey, India, Pakistan, etc., etc., etc. Literally, BILLIONS of Pounds !!!
And they can't help our own citizens !
Our retired seniors living on a 'fixed old age pension have to beg social services to receive additional aid, while our government and religious organisations pour hundreds of billions of £££ tons of food to foreign countries !
They call the old age pension an entitlement even though most of us have been paying for it all our working lives, and now, when it's time
for us to collect, the government is running out of money. Why did the government borrow from it in the first place ? It was supposed to be in a securely locked box, not to be used as part of the Government's general funds.
Sad, isn't it, that 99% of people won't have the guts to forward this.
I'm in the 1% with guts enough to do it - - - and I just did. I hope some of you will do the same.
Solving the Energy Crisis – Part 1
Much is discussed about the energy crisis but not all the mainstream policies hold up to closer scrutiny.
Let’s start with transport and look at the options.
At present oil is here to stay as it is the basis of exchange in the international money markets.
Therefore if an alternative to oil was found tomorrow that cost nothing to produce it would not be used or allowed by governments.
Internal combustion engines are now more efficient than they have ever been and their emissions are minimal.
Most of the nasty by-products are a result of chemicals in the oil that formed when it did so in the ground millions of years ago.
The production of fuel is itself uses vast amounts of energy and waste heat into the atmosphere.
We are all being urged to buy hybrid or even all electric cars as if they are a new concept that will save the planet.
They aren’t and they won’t!
Their concept is well over 100 years old and is about as 21st century as a horse and cart.
However with some quick legislation the government can make a lot of revenue from you and me by forcing us to scrap existing vehicles.
The hybrid and all electric vehicles have to carry large quantities of batteries made from very poisonous high energy materials.
The typical rechargeable battery set up on an all electrical vehicle lasts for about 5 years before it needs replacing and the toxic old one disposed of.
Conventional engines are primarily steel and aluminium and can be quickly recycled.
So could we keep and improve the existing vehicle engines and avoid use of a lot of high energy poisonous metals?
The answer is almost certainly yes.
A conventional petrol engine will run very nicely and very efficiently on basic alcohols (methanol or ethanol).
Alcohol is produced daily in the brewing industry by processes that are entirely sustainable which is more than you can say for the oil industry.
Alcohol’s energy yield is considerable higher than petrol and the combustion products are only carbon dioxide and water.
For this reason a smaller amount of fuel for the same energy would be possible.
There are no harmful nitrates or other pollution associated with petroleum products.
Similarly, a diesel engine will run quite happily on vegetable based oil and produce less pollution than with oil based diesel.
Again the processes for producing a suitable and sustainable vegetable oil are already in place.
To produce alcohol virtually any vegetable or fruit material can be made to foment and produce it.
Similarly oil from Rape-seed or similar is an easy product to make.
The raw materials could be grown in land areas where other crops were not viable throughout the world.
This in itself could be a help to third world countries seeking to establish their own industries.
None of this will happen of course whilst we have over 70% of the money we pay for fuel going to the government.
It is interesting to note that the previous government was sounding out the feasibility of taxing us by the mile.
Perhaps not surprisingly because as engines were becoming more efficient they were using less fuel and the revenue per capita was falling.
No politician gives the slightest damn about being green except when seen in public or posturing in Brussels.
Their collective carbon footprints make ordinary motorists like you or me look like tree huggers.
In conclusion while the banks speculate with oil and the countries that extract it use it as a power base, we are unlikely to see any real changes.
To be continued……..