Loan sharks thank government for abolishing Local Welfare Assistance

Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s the UK today!)

All MPs will be receiving this excellent spoof letter next week, highlighting the fact that the main people who are going to benefit from the government’s decision to abolish Local Welfare Assistance, will be loan sharks:

loan sharks thank you letter

MPs will also be receiving pillow cases with the slogan “How do you sleep at night?

For more about the campaign to raise awareness of the impact of cutting Local Welfare Assistance – which funds essential furniture, electrical goods, food, rent deposits etc for vulnerable households at risk of homelessness or going through a crisis – see here.


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Petition to Ban Construction on Agricultural Lands in Cayey, Puerto Rico

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CAYEY para el MUNDO is a group founded by neighbors of the town of Cayey, Puerto Rico. They are circulating a petition to be sent to Governor Alejandro García Padilla to try to save the surrounding rich agricultural flatlands, and for these to be used to develop sustainable agriculture projects. Read the description here and access the complete petition in the link below:

Just 70 years ago, Puerto Rico produced 70% of all the food consumed here. Today, we produce less than 10%. Modernization strategies based on foreign investment and our colonial relationship with the U.S. created a national economy of extreme dependence. Agricultural dependence is always dangerous.  But Puerto Rico is particularly vulnerable. A chain of islands in the Caribbean, our storehouses are designed to hold just three days’ worth of food. If war, natural disaster or any other emergency interferes with the arrival of the ships that supply us, four…

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Islands In The Stream: The battle for the soul of Bimini

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Bimini, the island in the Bahamas beloved by Hemingway, is at war with a Malaysian consortium planning a large-scale development. And it is a battle which is turning the islanders against each other, Harriet Alexander reports for London’s Telegraph.

It is the paradise retreat where Ernest Hemingway set his novel Islands In The Stream – a place so relaxing and unspoilt that the author described it as being “like the end of the world”.

Bimini, the smallest habitable island in theBahamas, may be only 50 miles off the coast of Florida, but its 2,000 inhabitants have resisted the onslaught of mass tourism – preferring to attract a small, elite clientele of divers, big-game fishermen, and Caribbean connoisseurs of Hemingway’s ilk.

But now the once sleepy seafaring community is under threat. A Malaysian consortium has won approval to start bringing up to 500,000 tourists a year to a…

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Four Freedoms – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

“In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.

The first is freedom of speech and expression—everywhere in the world.

The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way—everywhere in the world.

The third is freedom from want—which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants—everywhere in the world.

The fourth is freedom from fear—which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor—anywhere in the world.

That is no vision of a distant millennium. It is a definite basis for a kind of world attainable in our own time and generation. That kind of world is the very antithesis of the so-called new order of tyranny which the dictators seek to create with the crash of a bomb.”—Franklin D. Roosevelt, excerpted from the State of the Union Address to the Congress, January 6, 1941

via Four Freedoms – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Bacteria that ‘eats’ odour could bring end to smelly toilets in mainland China | South China Morning Post

A must import for Rest stops on highways and in service stations! Mainland scientists have developed a “bioweapon” that can wipe out the notorious bad smell in public toilets.

Up to 75 per cent of the odour can be removed, with the rest suppressed by a natural, pleasant fragrance, according to researchers with the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

The magic is mainly done by bacteria in the Lactobacillus family, which is used in the production of yogurt, cheese, beer and chocolate.

Lactobacillus feeds on human waste, releasing lactic acid that eliminates the growth of most odour-making bacteria.

The “smell-free toilet” study was highlighted on the academy’s website last month as offering an “ultimate” cure to an “urgent” national issue.

via Bacteria that ‘eats’ odour could bring end to smelly toilets in mainland China | South China Morning Post.