Wasting Resources

There have been lots and lots of heart-string-plucking adverts on the TV over the last several months asking for money to ‘save the lives’ of children, tigers, donkeys, cancer suffers, and the like. I am sure that they are all worthy ideals. One of the things that really puts me off is the emotional music. That really, really gets up my nose. Also, I remember seeing a documentary on BBC, I think, some years ago. They were videoing young children in Africa with distended tummies, and such. They were doing so in the open air. The BBC made a mistake because, as they made the video, they showed people standing around watching. The audience consisted of lots of big, fat ‘mammas’.

I am not decrying efforts to ease suffering. What I am decrying is the methods being used. They are sentimental slop.

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We might ask ourselves whether the IPCC and Tobacco Control (and Sugar Control, and Salt Control and and Pop Control) are engaged in similar sentimental slop tactics. On the face of it, they claim scientific evidence, but we all know that their evidence consist of wild exaggerations. To make it worse, they have engineered for themselves a virtual monopoly. They have created for themselves vast organisations, mostly at public expense, with a bit thrown in by the likes of Bill Gates and Bloomberg, which are costing the public enormous amounts of taxes, and yet THEY CONTRADICT EACH OTHER.

Tobacco Control wants to keep people living longer and longer while Climate Control wants to create ‘sustainability’. Clearly, the longer people live, the more resources are required.

I have read tonight a treatise produced by some woman which advocates “post-natal abortion”. Foetuses which have been born, which have defects, should be aborted after they have been born. One can only assume that the word ‘abort’ is another word of which the meaning has been manipulated by the Medical Establishment. From now on, it means KILL.

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You would think that, in this age of austerity, politicians would be scouring the public finances for ‘savings’, and yet our government continues to fund the massive waste of resources which constitutes tobacco control and the IPCC (along with most of the other functions of the UN and the EU). All of them are self-perpetuating frauds.

 

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4 Responses to “Wasting Resources”

  1. michaeljmcfadden Says:

    One of the saddest and most effective “hunger” commercials I have seen featured a teenage girl in North Korea who was surviving by eating bits of grass between occasional finds of edible garbage. At least as it was presented, she seemed to have suffered from that level of deprivation for so long that she could barely think. When the interviewer spoke with her, her responses were so listless as to almost be seeming to come from someone who was already dead.

    Of course when you see something like that you have to wonder about what happens immediately afterward. Did the camera people go on to feed her or help her in some way? Was she an isolated and sad case, possibly a girl who suffered naturally from extreme mental retardation and simply was suffering due to lack of social services? Or were there hundreds or thousands like her, wandering the countryside searching for anything organic to eat in hopes of surviving another day?

    When you see the amount of suffering in the world that could be effectively helped if money was put into it, and then see money wasted on stuff like smoking bans and so many of the other frivolities that our better off governments engage in to please upper class voters’ sensibilities, it makes the stomach churn.

    – MJM

  2. Samuel Says:

    Distended abdomens are a sign of malnutrition rather than starvation. Very young children have different nutritional needs from their adult parents. Part of food aid for “starving” children in places such as Africa consists of grains which are easy to store and ship but which are nearly indigestible for children as they are mostly carbohydrates without essential vitamins, minerals, enzymes and fats. These grains, in turn, are produced in surplus through government subsidies (taxes stolen from the rest of the population) to the farmers that encourage more grain production than can be sold at a profit. The grains, produced at a “profit” only through subsidies are then “purchased” by the governments and given away (thrown away) as State sponsored charity which leads to malnutrition and death for children and further reproduction of the adults coupled with dependency on handouts. It is this dependency that is the goal of both the giving and the receiving governments. Further development of the cycle comes where these advertisements solicit cash donations from the people who have already been fleeced to subsidize the farmers so aid organizations in both countries can “purchase” more grains and further stimulate demand for grain farmers to grow more of what no one really wants or needs.

  3. Harleyrider1978 Says:

    South Korea’s Health Insurer Sues Tobacco Makers Over Costs

    National Health Insurance Service filed the suit against KT&G Corp. (033780), the former state-run cigarette maker privatized in 2002, and the local units of Philip Morris International Inc. (PM) and British American Tobacco Plc (BATS) in Seoul Central District Court, the insurer, which is overseen by the nation’s health ministry, said in an e-mailed statement today.

    The lawsuit marks the first time a national agency has sought damages against an industry in which South Korea’s government was previously a key participant. The Korea Tobacco Association, which represents cigarette makers in South Korea, said in January the insurer’s proposed lawsuit has no legal merit based on past court rulings in favor of tobacco producers.

    “It’s the duty of NHIS to take responsibility for people’s health and to manage insurance finances,” the insurer said in the statement. NHIS said in January it spends at least 1.7 trillion won a year on health care related to smoking, with costs expected to increase in future.

    KT&G will deal with NHIS’s legal action “in line with previous lawsuits,” the Daejeon, South Korea-based company said in an e-mailed response to questions from Bloomberg, without elaborating. The company had 62 percent of the nation’s tobacco market last year, according to the Korea Tobacco Association.

    KT&G shares closed unchanged at 82,400 won in Seoul, while the benchmark Kospi index was little changed.

    Legal Principles’

    Philip Morris’s main switchboard operator in Seoul declined to make a public relations official available and referred inquiries to the Korea Tobacco Association. British American Tobacco’s local office didn’t immediately respond to phone calls seeking comment. The two companies had a 19 percent and 13 percent share of the Korean market respectively last year.

    “In terms of legal principles, this litigation is not different from a lawsuit that was recently rejected by the Supreme Court,” the Korea Tobacco Association said in an e-mailed statement. “Tobacco makers have abided by related laws and they will attend trials sincerely.”

    South Korea’s Supreme Court said April 10 that a smoker suffering lung cancer isn’t proof of a causal link between cancer and cigarettes, because a combination of external and biological factors can also contribute.

    Cancer Patients

    The nation’s highest court made the statement in rejecting an appeal by a lung cancer patient and families of deceased patients in a private suit filed against KT&G and the South Korean government. A group of 31 lung cancer victims and their families filed the suit in 1999, claiming they weren’t fully informed of the dangers of smoking.

    NHIS will prove the causal relationship between smoking and disease with the results of studies, assistance from experts and cooperation with international bodies including the World Health Organization, the insurer said in today’s statement. It plans to increase the compensation claim during the legal process, according to the statement.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-14/s-korea-s-health-insurer-sues-tobacco-makers-over-smoking-costs.html

  4. Junican Says:

    Only the PERSECUTION matters.

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