Posts by midnight^star

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    Such a materialist culture as we have creates a very disturbing idea of who can apparently afford children....funny cos some of the happiest children I've ever seen are in some of the poorest countries, but with that mind set they wouldn't even be alive......

    Oh right well the way our society is right now the working classes can't actually afford to work and have children without family support. So if we're only left with people who can who can afford child support then who is going to sustain society in low paid jobs? So low paid workers shouldn't be supported to have families as the cost of Living is now too high...so maybe we should just sterilise anyone who isn't on a 30k+ wage? Since they are the only people who apparently deserve the natural pleasure and right of children...and come to think of it we should sterilise the whole world since 2/3 live in poverty anyway so they shouldn't have children either....wow your ignorance is incredible and really says it all about the helpful workers of the job centre....

    I like the use of the word excuse too..like if your a single parent on min wage and child care only just about covers that wage and nothing else you should just accept your lot and basically work for nothing...oh I work in child care too - when I can be bothered at least...

    Yeah solo exactly the effect I think I'll get with company. Maybe she'll behave herself this time. Instead of when I was pregnant and she tried telling me "you'll be expected to look for work once you have the baby" - gee that's a nice bit of bullsh*t to tell a pregnant lady! Some of these people really do just get off on scaring the vulnerable. I read an article on the observer page yesterday confirming me fears - a job centre employee whistle blowed to The Observer about how staff at the centre he worked at were given targets to sanction at least 3 people a week and had team work mottos like "saving the public purse" - great by increasing poverty, well done you...I always like to dress my best for them, appearances can mean everything and I like mine to tell them I am educated and informed so don't try it. Not too many real life examples on here yet but lots of great social discussion...if any other single parents have any more experience to share, it would be gladly taken! X

    Hey guys I just wanted to check something out with you people... So I'm a single parent of a child under 5 - therefore under income support you don't have to look for work, right? I mean that's what it says on the citizens advice site and what a job centre phone advisor told me....so I'm guessing the answers yes but I was just after some real life experiences really....I've gotta job centre "advisor" who likes to spin the truth and is a bit of a bully, so I'm preparing myself before my "benefit review" meeting. I've already told the moo that I'm exercising my right to take someone along with me to the meeting - so put that in your pipe and smoke it benefits lady ;) xxx

    if you just want a taste of communal living, many of the coops in the uk off WWOOFing opportunities - where you get to volunteer at a community for a few hours general garden work etc a day...I did that years ago and got to stay at a wonderful commune for months,..

    And that's exactly what I'm wondering...if the whole scheme that assures our suppossed 'British standards' is actually anything but a cover up that cosily blinds general society to the real goings on around our meat farms?? I hadn't put any thought into it until I noticed Jimmy Doherty actually advertising them, which is where my cynicism started to become restless and my curiousity wanted to know more. So yeah the guy wanted a free-range pig farming experience, so maybe he cares, so maybe he wouldn't put a face to something like this scheme unless it really did have success rates for animal welfares...or maybe the guy just wanted to sell gormet pork, maybe he's just another hapless celebrity willing to bypass the facts is the price is right for the product placement...since I've never met him I'll probably never know....


    When you go onto the Red Tractor site it gives you vaguely reassuring statements like 'they conduct over 60,000 inspections a year' and stuff about 'the logo is only appearing on food that meets the high standards.' Plus bigger statements that claim things someone concerned about animal welfare would wanna hear, like...


    "Our standards have been developed and refined over a number of years in consultation with scientists, academics and independent experts on issues such as food safety, animal health and welfare, crop protection and looking after the environment. A wide range of experience and expertise is represented on the AFS board, including specialists in veterinary medicine, animal welfare, microbiological food safety and environmental protection. We are committed to reviewing and updating our standards in the light of the latest scientific research, and to continuing to publish them in full for the public to read on this website."


    But this is all I can find, a bunch of reassuring statements with the same old jargon everybody wants to hear. Except I want more! I tried googling them, see if I could trawl through a few sites and get a wider angle of their 'assurances'...anyone else better clue up on this than google appears to be?? As someone who hasn't eaten red meat for over 13 years, but is now considering going back with a conscience, I don't just wanna hear a bunch of biased assurances, I'd liked some informed objectivity..I'd like some solutions for a person that doesn't enjoy the large economic freedoms of choosing £15 packs of free range bacon, but would be quite interested in joining the meat eating community once again...anyone?

    I think definatly environment and circumstances affect your mindset, if you feel you have no control of your life or work or just a catalogue of shite happens things can trigger off. I get tiny bouts of lowness now but nothing i cant handle, it weird its like i re wired myself.



    Yeah in many situations mindset definitely plays a key role....luckily I've been able to 'rewire' myself to a certain degree through my practice of mindfulness and just learning how to not let my mind escalate things, only see the bleak, judge harshly..I'm not saying I've conqured it, but it definitely goes a long way into fixing the overall symptoms that cause depression...

    was it a great big tumour that finally got him? cos the guy is so cancerous he actually looks like a walking carcinogenic...


    It doesn't saying anything as specific as actually hating gay people in the bible, just having sex with the same sex..that's just how certain haters like to interpret it so they can inflict their misery and cruelty onto others...the bible also goes on about not eating shellfish, funny how no one starts getting hysterical and waving banners around about that though isn't it....


    I can only think - it has to be made easier for people to recycle or donate items - I use freegle but not everyone thinks about that. Not every charity shop can collect items and not every one has a car or even the patience to wait to get rid of things. We could maybe have very local more community based recycling depots.



    I dunno...I think it's soooo easy to donate/recycle, I think it's people's attitudes that are the problem. All the focus is on spend spend spend, everyone is working all the hours they can to buy what their sold, this secular society doesn't have much room for sustainable living...

    Something that hasn't been touched on here - most cheep, highly sought after, throw away goods are made by people living lives one step up from slavery, working in appalling conditions, working underage, wages not enough to keep the wolves from the door (if indeed the unfortunate worker has a roof over their head) and in incredibly unsafe and unsanitary conditions. Surely that should be enough for people to reign in their "must have" mentality? Unfortunately not!


    I was kinda working on the assumption that everyone on this post was already all too aware of this little fact and that was one of the main reasons they disaproved of this modern trash consumer culture we live in....no?

    I think having the mobile ap now has really opened up this website for me again, as I really love that I can use it sitting on a bus or train, going here and there...time was often a reason I didn't log in as much as I'd have liked, but having this access has definitely inspired me to use more..

    I think that perhaps why we are often irritated - or appalled - by others' lifestyles is because we may in some way care or feel responsible for them as people, especially if they are maybe relatives or friends, etc. Often also because the consequences of what they are doing can and does impinge in some way upon your own life, and the lives of those close to you. But you can't just lock them out.



    I really like this idea, I think it makes a lot of sense and I can definitely relate to it! I've felt so much heart-ache in the past just feeling like I wish I could do more than I could for someone making the 'wrong' decisions...Kinda one of those things though isn't it, where it's always easier to give rather than recieve advice; which is probably why none of this 'nanny state' advice ever goes down too well, we like doing things our own way no matter how ill-informed and damaging they might be...pesky humans...

    well put point of view..as an often "caught and judged recycler and skip raider i am all for not wasting but thats just me..:whistle::D:hippy:


    I don't remember saying I approved or participated in the modern way of life, I just accept the differences and accept the world has never been a perfect place. 90% of my clothing is recycled, 70% diet vegetarian, I recycle and I don't drive so yeah I think I'm 'doing my bit...But the way people are living in this country now is significantly better than they have been with historical consistency. The reason we all sit here with our advanced judgements of the world is through improvements of education that also came from the development of our nation. So it's not all bad...