More corporate bollocks

Just back from hospital, it was purely a check up and they’re pleased with my progress. Nutritionist will get on to peg nurse to remove my peg, can’t wait for the alien removal (although I must not forget it’s kept me alive these last weeks). Speech and language therapist gave me some tongue exercises.

Feel a little disappointed with eating and drinking; I have some taste, which is good and much sooner than expected, so when I began eating and had some taste I became excited at the prospect of eating and tasting all those lovely foods I’d been missing. Unfortunately some foods are still tasteless, and weirdly I don’t have an appetite to eat many different foods so eating is currently a little disappointing. Likewise drinking. What an ungrateful git I am.

Given fuller information about the process over next few months. They won’t be able to give me a definitive answer as to the success or otherwise of the treatment until three months after finishing the treatment, so late March. There will still be swelling and residual stuff in my neck so have to wait until this has gone. That’s a long time to wait.

Here’s the picture I was sent yesterday, unfortunately I don’t know the artist’s name:

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Going to frame it, certainly get the sense that the woman is keeping on.

Also I forgot to add something to yesterday’s blog when I was writing about Peretti’s programme about the super rich. He said that instead of a trickle down of wealth there is a trickle up. This isn’t true, it’s a flood up of money to the rich. Also the connotation that it’s ‘gone up’, implying that they are on a higher level than the rest of us. I prefer to think of it as a flood down, down the sewer to where the kleptos exist, it’s certainly where their morals reside.

I read something by Charlie Brooker yesterday and it was one of his best ever. It’s titled ‘ The most dangerous drug isn’t meow meow. It isn’t even alcohol …’. He starts by writing about his personal drug history and then:

“It’s perhaps the biggest threat to the nation’s mental wellbeing, yet it’s freely available on every street – for pennies. The dealers claim it expands the mind and bolsters the intellect: users experience an initial rush of emotion (often euphoria or rage), followed by what they believe is a state of enhanced awareness. Tragically this “awareness” is a delusion. As they grow increasingly detached from reality, heavy users often exhibit impaired decision-making abilities, becoming paranoid, agitated and quick to anger. In extreme cases they’ve even been known to form mobs and attack people. Technically it’s called “a newspaper”, although it’s better known by one of its many “street names”, such as “The Currant Bun” or “The Mail” or “The Grauniad” (see me – Ed).”

He expands on how it works, this drug, of it’s many side effects including scuppering any sensible debate about ‘the war on drugs’ (good band). Read it on the Grauniad’s site, it will entertain most of you.

So how many of you are aware of this TTIP thing, it’s being debated by the lackeys this week in the Commons. I have written about it before, it stands for: Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership which basically will give corporations more power, circumvent national governments and put corporate interests way ahead of those trifling things such as human health, the natural world, labour rights, the poor and the vulnerable. These lovely corporations, who only have our best interests at heart, just read all their ‘mission statements’,  feel there is a need to have any conflicts that might arise between their financial well being and any country’s well being sorted differently. Trouble is they don’t trust the usual judicial systems because they might make judgements against them and we can’t have that, so there’s to be a separate tribunal of corporate lawyers. So if governments have the temerity to threaten or reduce their profits by putting their people’s or the planet’s needs in the way then they will be sued. Similar stuff has already happened with smaller states. Of course it will be a free and open debate in the Commons even though recent information shows that 46 of the top 50 plc’s have a British parliamentarian as a director or shareholder, no conflict of interest there then. As Martin Lange in a letter suggests they have corporate logos emblazoned on them.

I was looking for a suitably apt cartoon about the corporate domination of the world or parliaments when I came across this cartoon which made me laugh, so I put it in instead:

Manifesto 61:

  • every politician, think tank person or similar talking head to wear logos of the corporations and companies they are connected with. Would be fun seeing them looking like snooker players.

Keep on keeping on, love Duncan.

PS had another viewing from Monaco (record of 5 different countries yesterday) and I’d love to know who it is, is it you Paul? Please email me on duncan473@btinternet.com if it is.

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