Sunday, 23 November 2014

Abortion or Murder


Since life begins at conception, abortion is akin to murder as it is the act of taking human life. Abortion is in direct defiance of the commonly accepted idea of the sanctity of human life
No civilized society permits one human to intentionally harm or take the life of another human without punishment, and abortion is no different.

Pro-life and pro-choice activists at a rally - Alex Wong/Getty Images News/Getty Images

Polls in recent years show that men support more liberal abortion laws than women – even among Catholics. Are they accurate, and if so what could explain the counterintuitive gender divide?
theguardian 8th May 2014


  In favour

Nearly all abortions take place in the first trimester, when a fetus cannot exist independent of the mother. As it is attached by the placenta and umbilical cord, its health is dependent on her health, and cannot be regarded as a separate entity as it cannot exist outside her womb.
The concept of personhood is different from the concept of human life. Human life occurs at conception, but fertilized eggs used for in vitro fertilization are also human lives and those not implanted are routinely thrown away. Is this murder, and if not, then how is abortion murder
The ability of a woman to have control of her body is critical to civil rights. Take away her reproductive choice and you step onto a slippery slope. If the government can force a woman to continue a pregnancy, what about forcing a woman to use contraception or undergo sterilization?

Your views

  Lets debate

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Armed Police (Trigger Happy)

Recent Events


THE shooting of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African-American, by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, is a reminder that civilians—innocent or guilty—are far more likely to be shot by police in America than in any other rich country. In 2012, according to data compiled by the FBI, 410 Americans were “justifiably” killed by police—409 with guns. That figure may well be an underestimate.  
Last year, in total, British police officers actually fired their weapons three times. The number of people fatally shot was zero. In 2012 the figure was just one. Even after adjusting for the smaller size of Britain’s population, British citizens are around 100 times less likely to be shot by a police officer than Americans. Between 2010 and 2014 the police force of one small American city, Albuquerque in New Mexico, shot and killed 23 civilians; seven times more than the number of Brits killed by all of England and Wales’s 43 forces during the same period.

The explanation for this gap is simple. In Britain, guns are rare. Only specialist firearms officers carry them; and criminals rarely have access to them. The last time a British police officer was killed by a firearm on duty was in 2012, in a brutal case in Manchester. The annual number of murders by shooting is typically less than 50. Police shootings are enormously controversial. The shooting of Mark Duggan, a known gangster, which in 2011 started riots across London, led to a fiercely debated inquest. Last month, a police officer was charged with murder over a shooting in 2005. The reputation of the Metropolitan Police’s armed officers is still barely recovering from the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, an innocent Brazilian, in the wake of the 7/7 terrorist bombings in London.

In America, by contrast, it is hardly surprising that cops resort to their weapons more frequently. In 2013, 30 cops were shot and killed—just a fraction of the 9,000 or so murders using guns that happen each year. Add to that a hyper-militarised police culture and a deep history of racial strife and you have the reason why so many civilians are shot by police officers. Unless America can either reduce its colossal gun ownership rates or fix its deep social problems, shootings of civilians by police—justified or not—seem sure to continue.
Police Shooting Missouri 


If Ferguson Were In The UK, Michael Brown Would Almost Certainly Be Alive

Cases like the shooting of Michael Brown test the limits of when police can turn to their guns. But even law enforcement experts and authorities who question the shooting of Brown stand by the U.S. policy that police sometimes must open fire.
Take the case of Kajieme Powell. He was shot dead by police a few days after Brown in Missouri for reportedly carrying a small knife and acting erratically after police called to report that he had stolen some sodas and a pastry from a convenience store. Video capturing the footage from start to finish shocked Americans, but some experts say the shooting was standard American practice. “All of my training and all of my background tells me that is a justifiable police shooting against it looks like a mentally ill young man,” said David Long, a criminal justice professor who conducted firearms trainings for federal agents.
   Full article at Mint Press News Desk |


Racism And Unchecked Police Violence: An American Epidemic

Communities are uniting in their lack of faith in police and standing up to law enforcement, but underlying issues like racism still need to be addressed if communities like Ferguson and the nation as a whole are to move forward.

U.N. urges U.S. to stop police brutality after Missouri shooting

(Reuters) - The U.N. racism watchdog urged the United States on Friday to halt the excessive use of force by police after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman touched off riots in Ferguson, Missouri.
Minorities, particularly African Americans, are victims of disparities, the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) said after examining the U.S. record.
"Racial and ethnic discrimination remains a serious and persistent problem in all areas of life from de facto school segregation, access to health care and housing," Noureddine Amir, CERD committee vice chairman, told a news briefing.

Full article

Defiance and despair

 Here is a clip from The Economist which I have commented on andd which was allueded to by Jim Campbell's comments
Yet most of the demonstrations—in St Louis and elsewhere—were non-violent acts of civil disobedience. Many marched and chanted in protest against a law-enforcement system that often seems biased against people who are poor and non-white. The troubling way Ferguson’s police handled the Mr Brown’s shooting and its aftermath is symptomatic of larger problems of race, class and law enforcement in the country, says Eugene O’Donnell, a former policeman turned lecturer at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. America’s police officers are often poorly paid and badly trained, and many resort to heavy-handed tactics, often involving racial profiling, in their patrols of city streets. “Police departments are frequently not good at their core function,” says Mr O’Donnell. “Ferguson is not an outlier.”  

The full article can be found on

We shouldn't talk about Ferguson without talking about guns

The death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, reveals many things about America. One of them that has not yet received adequate attention is that there is a strong case for a form of gun control that is much stricter than anything that's remotely plausible in the context of American politics.
This is true if you think Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson should have been found guilty of a crime. But in many ways it's even more true if you think he's innocent of any wrongdoing. A system in which legal police shootings of unarmed civilians are a common occurrence is a system that has some serious flaws.
In this case, the drawback is a straightforward consequence of America's approach to firearms. A well-armed citizenry required an even-better-armed constabulary. Widespread gun ownership creates a systematic climate of fear on the part of the police. The result is a quantity of police shootings that, regardless of the facts of any particular case, is just staggeringly high. Young black men, in particular, are paying the price for America's gun culture.

Trigger happy Britain? How police shootings compare


            Another Channel 4  article compares UK police shootings to other parts of the world

But how common is it for British to police to open fire?

In short – very rare. Police officers in England and Wales opened fire just five times for the year 2011/12. Out of these incidents, two people were killed, including Duggan.
In the four years to 2012, armed officers officers opened fire 18 times - nine fatally. No-one was shot dead by police in 2012/13.
The two fatalities in 2011/12 emerged from 12,550 operations during the same period, in which firearms officers were on the scene and had been given authorisation to open fire, even though they did not, according to the latest Home Office stats.
The authorisation factor is important, because this is where British police differ to most of the rest of the world. Aside from Ireland, all major police forces in Europe routinely carry firearms, along with the US, Canada and Australia. New Zealand is another exception.

See full article


Latest - Breaking News


Antonio Martin shooting: Officer kills armed 18-year-old near Ferguson

Violent protests broke out in suburban St. Louis after another black 18-year-old was fatally shot by a white police officer. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said the officer was questioning the 18-year-old and another man about a theft late Tuesday at a convenience store in Berkeley when the young man pulled a 9mm handgun on him. The officer stumbled backward but fired three shots, one of which struck the victim, Belmar said.

Berkeley is just a few miles from Ferguson, Missouri, where a white police officer fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, on Aug. 9. 

Violent protests break out in suburban St. Louis

What are your views?



Monday, 17 November 2014

The UK free National Health System

About the National Health Service (NHS)

Since its launch in 1948, the NHS has grown to become the world’s largest publicly funded health service. It is also one of the most efficient, egalitarian and comprehensive.


Funding for the NHS comes directly from taxation and is granted to the Department of Health by Parliament. When the NHS was launched in 1948, it had a budget of £437 million (roughly £9 billion at today’s value). For 2012/13, it was around £108.9 billion. 


"The obese and smokers are less of a strain on a free healthcare system because they tend to die early and wont get the more expensive diseases that healthy people get in the last stages of their lives!"




Overweight man weighing himself

The number of people with obesity in the UK has more than trebled in the last 25 years. Doctors now say that the condition is reaching 'epidemic' proportions.  
Some experts believe obesity is responsible for more ill health than smoking. Being significantly overweight is linked to a wide range of health problems, including:
  • Diabetes,   Heart disease
  • High blood pressure,   Arthritis
  • Indigestion  Gallstones
  • Some cancers (eg, breast and prostate cancers)
  • Snoring and sleep apnoea
  • Stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Infertility


    Dead Man Walking

    History and Debate of Death Penalty 

    Criminal punishment is a huge source of controversy in the United States. Opponents often argue that innocent people are sometimes executed and that the main motive is revenge, not true justice. Those who support the death penalty debate that the punishment offers retribution for victims of murder and is more cost efficient than offering life sentences in prison. Whether or not the death penalty will remain legal in the United States has yet to be seen.


    We should have the Death Penalty

    1. To keep people in prison for their whole lives is inhumane
    2. These people have done something worthy of death
    3. When someone is a criminal they (most times) do not learn from their actions Ted Bundy said he was proud of his feats till the day he died (of the death penalty)
    4. The victims families get real closure
    5. people left in prison too long get let out! Charles Manson is going to be getting out of prison because California did not have a death penalty


    Is the death penalty morally correct?



    We should  not have the Death Penalty

    1)  A  civilized society does not solve the problem by putting the perpetrators of heinous crimes to death.
    2)  The death penalty creates a whole new set of victims.  Perpetrators of the crime(s) for which they've been executed have loved ones and friends who grieve for them.
    3)  All too often, mistakes are made.  People are often killed who turn out to be innocent of the crime for which they've been executed, the person who actually committed the crime is later found, and often ends up getting off scott-free.
    4)  The death penalty is all too often used as a discriminatory tool.  Very poor people, particularly non-whites, are much more likely to end up on Death Row, and to be executed for their crimes.
    5)  The death penalty is no more a deterrent to murder than life imprisonment.  If a criminal is that hardened, s/he will not stop to weigh the consequences of his or action(s).
    6)   Many prison inmates, especially those who've had to dig the grave(s) of executed inmates and help with their burials, have reverted back to much worse behavior and more aggression after being traumatized by witnessing such a horrible event.




    Death Penalty around the world

    An increase in executions by a small minority of countries that continue to buck international trends moving away from the death penalty meant that we recorded more executions in 2013 than for each of the previous four years.

    Sunday, 16 November 2014


    We live in a nuclear-capable world.  The United States, while being the only nation ever to use this awesome power, are not the only ones capable of causing destruction.  There are several reasons for and against nuclear arms and in this article we are going to look at reasons to build our nuclear stockpile.  While many of you may not agree with this, feel free to look over our sister post on

    Arguments for nuclear abolition

    The humanitarian case
    The abolition of nuclear weapons is an urgent humanitarian necessity. Any use of nuclear weapons would have catastrophic consequences. No effective humanitarian response would be possible, and the effects of radiation on human beings would cause suffering and death many years after the initial explosion. Eliminating nuclear weapons – via a comprehensive treaty – is the only guarantee against their use.

    Here is quote to prove my point

    “Nuclear weapons are unique in their destructive power, in the unspeakable human suffering they cause, in the impossibility of controlling their effects in space and time, and in the threat they pose to the environment, to future generations, and indeed to the survival of humanity.” – International Committee of the Red Cross, 2010

    Nuclear weapons made the world more peaceful?


    Arguments against nuclear abolition

    One of the reasons that we haven’t had World War Three is because of nuclear weapons are a deterrent.  Other countries know, whether they have nuclear weapons or not, that a country armed with these metallic cylinders of death can really hit back hard.  No one is willing to lose land and resources, so they are less than eager to jump into a fight.  Because of the terrible destruction brought on by a nuclear war, the major powers are weary of engaging in warfare with any but the most defenceless of nations.  Additionally, with nuclear weapons and treaties between nations, it stops the powers from waging war with just anyone, since there is always the possibilities of

    Look at both sides of the argument. Think about them.
    You know my opinion, get rid of them all!
    You have an opinion!!


    Saturday, 15 November 2014

    Racism or Oversensitivity



    In Ferguson

    Ferguson, Missouri, was unknown to me living in England before August 9. That's the day Darren Wilson, a white police officer, shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen.
    The shooting prompted protests in the suburb of St. Louis, making it a flash point in the debate over race and policing in America.
    Sometime this month, a grand jury announcement is expected on whether or not to indict Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Missouri, police officer who fatally shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown. The community of Ferguson is collectively holding its breath in anticipation of mass protests.

    The verdict

    Riot police on a vehicle in Ferguson, 24 November
    Read about it in the Economist
    Obama on Ferguson: U.S. 'has more work to do' on race relations

    (Reuters) - President Barack Obama issued an appeal on Monday for restraint by protesters and police after a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer in the shooting death of a black teen last August.
    In a late-night appearance in the White House briefing room, Obama also urged Americans to understand that much work remained to be done to improve relations between black Americans and law enforcement.

    Full article


    In the UK 

    The UK has it's own issues

    Some quotes

     We have made enormous progress in teaching everyone that racism is bad. Where we seem to have dropped the ball… is in teaching people what racism actually IS.
    Jon Stewart
    Things like racism are institutionalized. You might not know any bigots. You feel like “well I don’t hate black people so I’m not a racist,” but you benefit from racism. Just by the merit, the color of your skin. The opportunities that you have, you’re privileged in ways that you might not even realize because you haven’t been deprived of certain things. We need to talk about these things in order for them to change.
    Dave Chappelle
    The problem is that white people see racism as conscious hate, when racism is bigger than that. Racism is a complex system of social and political levers and pulleys set up generations ago to continue working on the behalf of whites at other people’s expense, whether whites know/like it or not. Racism is an insidious cultural disease. It is so insidious that it doesn’t care if you are a white person who likes black people; it’s still going to find a way to infect how you deal with people who don’t look like you. Yes, racism looks like hate, but hate is just one manifestation. Privilege is another. Access is another. Ignorance is another. Apathy is another. And so on. So while I agree with people who say no one is born racist, it remains a powerful system that we’re immediately born into. It’s like being born into air: you take it in as soon as you breathe. It’s not a cold that you can get over. There is no anti-racist certification class. It’s a set of socioeconomic traps and cultural values that are fired up every time we interact with the world. It is a thing you have to keep scooping out of the boat of your life to keep from drowning in it. I know it’s hard work, but it’s the price you pay for owning everything.
    Scott Woods

    Most middle-class whites have no idea what it feels like to be subjected to police who are routinely suspicious, rude, belligerent, and brutal.
    Benjamin Spock

    A blog by BeccyJoy Minnisotan

    To the people of color;
    I’m sorry. I’m sorry you’ve had to be so loud to get our attention. I’m sorry that another beautiful boy had to die to make us notice that you are oppressed. I’m sorry that no one is listening. I’m sorry that no one believes your experiences. I’m sorry that this is still happening. I’m sorry for the ignorant, invalidating, and racist comments you’ve had to deal with on top of everything else. I’m sorry that I’ve turned a blind eye to your struggle. I hear you, I believe you, I stand with you for justice. You deserve way better.



    What say you?

    Can a white person really understand racism?
    Is the current situation in the US between law enforcement and Afro-Aamericans a storm in a tea cup?
    Are black people being too sensitive?

    Friday, 14 November 2014

    General Elections



    The next United Kingdom general election will be the election to the 56th Parliament of the United Kingdom, likely to be held in 2015. The terms of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 mandate dissolution of the parliament on 30 March 2015 and that the election will be held on 7 May 2015, unless Parliament itself orders an earlier date.

    David CameronEd MilibandNick Clegg

    Democracy isn't necessarily the best way of choosing government!!
    I mean, take a look around.
    Should everyone who can vote, be allowed to vote?
    I think there should there be awareness tests, or some sort of poll test to ensure the person voting is aware of the current issues and stances and policies!!

    Should UK residence without a British passport be allowed to vote?

    What do you think?