Big bother

In the news today is a story about organ donation.  It seems that Wales now has a policy of assuming that everbody is happy to donate their organs unless they ‘opt out’.

For many years, the system has been that hospitals/doctors had to check for, and find, an organ-donor card before they could remove organs from a recently deceased person.  For many years, there have been arguments made that many valid organs were lost to the transplant pool because the card giving permission was not found.

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What SPAM is and isn’t

On the menu bar across the top of every page is a link to the ‘Scumbags’ page, which is updated many times a year.

Part of the reason for this page is to highlight how the rules for Direct Marketing are a total waste of time. The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) have a ‘code of conduct’ which they claim makes what they do different to SPAM. Their code states that they will not just send emails to any address they can get hold of, but will instead only send marketing materials to those who have ‘expressed an interest.’

Now, they will argue that visiting their website is expressing an interest, or that clicking on an advert is, or having your eyes open when they walk across in front of you – all of those, I admit, can be argued for.

The code also requires any email sent to include an ‘unsubscribe’ link – giving the illusion that we, the recipients, have some say in whether we are on their lists.

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I can’t ignore it any longer

It’s less than a week away, and it’s taking over the TV, Radio, and print.  I’m talking about the election, of course, and I’m already sick of it.

I watched the ‘leaders’ debate, where the leaders of seven parties all talked over each other.  Why only seven parties?  Why were there no independents?  No Monster Raving Loony?  Why were we limited to those who ‘might’ win the election?

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I need to get this post done before midnight, because if I post it tomorrow you’ll assume it’s an april fool gag.
It feels like one.

My partner had a daughter in their previous marriage, who married her present husband 23 years ago.  Big wedding, family came from all around the country to attend.  They have four children together.

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“Minimum unit pricing”

I’ve touched on this subject before, I know, but it’s in the news at the moment so I thought I’d spend a few minutes talking about it.

‘It’ is ‘minimum unit pricing’ – an idea that the government is rather keen on whereby they do away with low price alcohol.  The reasoning behind it is that a large proportion of incidents that the police deal with involve low cost booze.
Do away with the low cost booze, and you do away with the problem…

Yeah, right.

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I’m surprised

A little while ago, there was a big furore about MP’s expenses.  After this, a system was introduced whereby the pay, benefits, expenses etc for MP’s would be controlled by an independent body.

No longer would MP’s be able to award a pay rise to theirselves.  Yay!

Now, at the end of a year where every area of life has seen enforced economies – either a reduction in wages, or a limit on the payrise – this independent body wants to give MP’s a payrise of 11%.

Anybody who asked for an 11% pay rise this year should not be surprised when the negative answer was followed by an immediate dismissal!

And this got me thinking…

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From a line to a point

Once again, a story in the news has prompted a blog post.  (Well, it’s about time something did…)

Apparently, a recent study has concluded that as much as a third of under 16’s have had sex.
So what’s the big news?

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Taking liberties

In houses all across our county, letters from the Council are landing on doormats.  We got ours today.  Well, I say ‘letters’ – what I mean is that the Council are compiling the Electoral Roll again, and writing to every house asking for a list of residents.

Nothing too strange about this – it’s actually a legal requirement that we give them this information.  If we don’t give them our names, we could lose our right not to vote!

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Taxing the wrong people

A recent story in the news is the proposed 5p a bag tax on carrier bags.
I’d like to share my thoughts on the subject with you, if you’ll let me.

I’m not going to dwell on the main fact that it may well never happen.  Why not?  Well… it’s a policy that will be proposed by the liberals if they are in power after the next election.  Let’s face it, everyone will say that the liberals have done nothing while ‘in power’ so there’s no point voting for them again.
It happened before, in 1974-1977, when the liberals teamed up with labour – and the last election was the first time since then that the liberals had even a taste of power.  Prior to that, it was WWII.  So look to the liberals again in thirty to forty years.

No, I’m going to talk about why the tax is wrong.

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Cutting it

I posted before about my ‘grab-bag’ and how I was getting ready for disaster.  (All I’m going to say on the wisdom of putting the gear together is: haven’t you noticed how the weather is changing?  Can you be certain that we won’t suffer some extreme conditions which make our home uninhabitable?)

But I’m not trying to convince anybody to do as I have.  No, today I’m back to an old favourite: intrusive demands.

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