Beautiful sunny day in Swanage, bit chilly but a good day to go to a place called Arne and get ourselves a Christmas tree. Arne is an RSPB reserve with a lot of moorland so it helps their moorland management to get rid of fir trees, so on this day many locals go to get their trees. Hope it’s not like Black Friday, could be even more dangerous with all those cutting and chopping implements.
Well I have to say that at the beginning of this week I was expecting to be a lot worse than I am now, Still eating and drinking, painkillers keeping pain manageable, can still just taste a few things and keeping occupied. One thing occupying me is reading and especially on the interweb and thus far my favourites are: The New Inquiry, Huffington Post, Guardian, Laurie Penny, and thesaurus. Trouble is the sheer volume and my distractability, so one has to develop some sort of discipline but not lose the old serendipitous element.
So, on looking at the Huff was drawn to articles about Russell Brand and the Sun. As you may, or may not, have noticed this week the Sun attempted to have a go at Brand for being a hypocrite over housing after his New Era stuff in Downing street on Monday, they made it very personal in that crappy Sun way. Well I take one of my now numerous hats off to Mr Brand as he’s having a real go at Murdoch and the Sun:
Still not able to put direct links in, advice gratefully received, but just highlight, right click and search interweb to play Trews News and Brand saying a lot of things that are true and I agree with. In previous blogs I’ve stated what petty little things I do: hide the pile of Suns in the Co-Op, boycott Swanage News, well maybe we should just boycott the Sun and every other klepto run big corporation’s products. It’s actually quite simple, their raison d’etre is to make money so if we the mug consumer punters simply stop giving them our hard earned and tax paid monies then we can fuck them over. Trouble is I doubt any readers of this blog ever buy the shitty rag anyway, butt we could boycott places that sell it and patronisingly inform our fellows who do buy it about what Murdoch is really like. Bet a fair few of you have Sky though, are you happy with the thought that you are helping subsidise such a malign and corrupt character as the ‘dirty digger’?
So continuing the theme of corrupt corporations I’ve been reading more about the food business and obesity. We have an obese epidemic that is sweeping the world, and there is increasing evidence linking fast food, food production corporation corruption and obesity ( and other co-morbid disorders, notably diabetes which now takes up 10% of NHS spend and rising). Last year Mexico quietly overtook the USA as the fattest nation, not because the Yanks have started slimming but the Mexicans have got fatter. In 1994 the USA imposed NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement), it did boost Mexican trade but Mexico lost it’s ‘food sovereignty’. Mexico is the world’s home of corn and it had been the backbone of it’s food culture. Corn has also become a staple of American food business, but with GM monoculture, unlike the diverse Mexican breeds of corn grown by many local farmers. Guess what? most of these small farmers are now out of business and Mexico has been flooded with cheap American products:
“But these cheap products didn’t just shut down farms and swell Mexico City’s slums. Studies by the liberal Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) show that the rise in obesity correlates exactly with NAFTA, that NAFTA’s trade liberalization lead to a proliferation of cheap processed meat, soda, sugary drinks, animal products, fats, and sweeteners in Mexican stores and homes.” ( The New Inquiry, Weight Gains).
Further evidence that this neoliberal shit makes the world sick.
The brilliance of our current capitalist corruption is that these corporations then develop the diet industry, such that in Yankland it is now twice as big as the film industry, which of course increasingly reinforces the food and diet industries in wonderful symbiosis. Look at how we sit through interminable adverts before the film you’ve come to see starts, poor Kate gets fed up with my increasing moaning as I sit through this propaganda and also get irritated by other folk stuffing their faces with……..popcorn! And product placement gets ever more prevalent in films and TV, aaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrggggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh it’s everywhere, is there no escape?
So, these giant corporations have sewn up food production feeding us shit, they provide the ‘answers’ with dietary bollocks, all reinforced by the media propaganda. Now they’re inveigling their way into our ever increasingly privatised NHS, and with the corporations trying to impose TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) which, among other things, will allow these corporations to sue governments for not allowing them to carry out their thievery. Check out this very dangerous TTIP, it will make our lives worse and the kleptos even richer.
BOYCOTT AS MUCH AS YOU CAN OF THE CORPORATE SHIT.
- any corporate proposals, such as TTIP, to go before a proper representation of the people, not the supine parliament we have that is stuffed with the ‘squalid mush’ of the privately educated.
Oh happy days, I’m off to try and do a random act of kindness.
Keep on keeping on, love Duncan.