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The Roman Catholic Church has long been known to advocate against all forms of birth control except abstinence and the rhythm method. There’s an old joke about what you call people who use the rhythm method – parents. It seems that in its fervor to produce more and more Catholic babies in Ireland they were willing to sacrifice the health and well-being of the young women who would labour to deliver them.
A horrendous scandal is brewing in the Emerald Isle where numerous women are testifying about their treatment in the hospital where they went to give birth.
From 1944 to 1984 an estimated 1500 young women had their pelvic bones cut apart in order to free a lodged baby. The method was first recorded in the 16th century in Europe. By 1944, those who had a difficult labour involving a stuck baby were normally given a Caesarian Section (named after Julius Caesar). That involves surgery to open the uterus to manually lift out the baby. A Caesarian Section often leaves the uterus scarred and women were advised that they should have no more than one or two more pregnancies.
Those women who had their pelvis sawn apart didn’t have scarred uteri so they could support any number of “gifts from god”. They also had infections, bladder injuries, incontinence, difficulty in ever walking properly and pain, pain and more pain. The procedure was done without the patient’s informed consent and did not always result in a live birth.
The Irish government has announced a sliding scale of compensation to the women. It is to include as well, those who had their pubic bone cut through. The scale is in Euros – 50,000 to a maximum of 150,000. There are 150 court cases currently active. Those women have been told that if they continue their search for some justice that they will not be eligible for the offered compensation. Survivors of the surgery have between November 10 and December 5th to decide what to do.
In a meeting of women who suffered these procedures, Survivors of Synphsiotomy, this week they voted overwhelmingly to reject the government’s offer. Chair of the group, Marie O’Conner, pointed out that the government in addition to not accepting any responsibility for the pain and heartbreak also has a list of women who would be excluded from any payments.
She described the scheme as having “grossly discriminatory and utterly unjust aspects” including that it excludes women with dementia and those living abroad and penalises women who are less well off, those without records and those with psychological issues. Irish Times
It looks as if neither the Irish Government nor the RC Church is ready to accept their part in what the UN has labelled torture of these young women.
The Irish Times
One Coast Salish First Nation woman, who identified herself as a guardian named Sut-Lut, says she's willing to defy the order and go to jail because she loves Canada, the land and her human family. CBC News
The tide of public opinion seems to be turning against the building of more pipelines for transporting petroleum for export. Today the Republican Senate of the USA failed to endorse the Keystone Pipeline which would carry diluted bitumen south from Alberta. Formerly, Pres. Obama made a strongly worded statement about the project, asking what real advantage the pipeline would bring when the product would be slated for export to the world market.
The Vancouver Sun
CBC Early Edition podcast
In the process of viral reproduction, one virus may encounter another and combine some genetic material into its own makeup. The result may be a virus that has new characteristics such as changing from infecting chickens to infecting people as well.
The CDC is no longer updating information on bird flu strain H5N1. World Health Organization has no recent updates. People are understandably anxious when hearing about an avian flu outbreak in spite of health authorities assuring them that the chance of cross infections is rare. The spectre of the great 1918 pandemic which killed between 50 and 100 million people still lurks. That great pandemic is believed to have been a bird flu changed to a more aggressive form.
Pigs are another animal that develops influenza. A few years ago the WHO declared a pandemic when swine flu(H1N1) spread out of Mexico to the rest of the world. Health care people were extremely worried at the time that the pig virus and a bird virus would combine to make a killer of people.
German World DW
The Poultry Site
The two day event saw mass, peaceful rallies for a cleaner environment and rallies agitating for a full investigation into the plane crash over the Ukraine which cost many Australians their lives. While the main thrust of the summit was economic growth and tightening of banking rules, much discussion of climate change and civil unrest was also discussed.
It wasn’t all hard work and no-nonsense. Venues like Club Vixen and the Pig and Whistle are reported to have done brisk business during the two-day conference.
Vladimir Putin leaves G20 after leaders line up to browbeat him over Ukraine
While billions worth of oil has been extracted, many have been asking, “Where is the money?” The head of the national oil company has been accused of failing to account for $20 billion in oil revenues. The hapless government seems unable to ensure that its military has bullets for its guns in spite of the oil money rolling in. The finance minister could not explain to the BBC why $100 million per month in kerosene subsidies is unaccounted for.
Stolen petroleum is a big business in the Niger Delta as well. Cottage industry refineries work at night producing gasoline, kerosene and diesel. Some crude oil is reported to be shipped directly onto barges which move it to offshore tankers.
For the people living in the delta, the situation is a catch 22. The fishing has been hard hit with the pollution and no jobs are available so what is left is stealing oil. Those that are tasked with stopping the thievery are accused of taking bribes to ignore the refineries. An estimated 170 million people live in extreme poverty in the country making corruption, thievery and bribery a way of life.
"We settle with the army people. If they see money in your hand they will take that," Edward said.
"If not they will take products from you. If we have 10 drums we will give them two," he said, adding, "It's very normal." BBC
Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa with the largest economy, yet it seems unable to cope with modern realities.
The north of the country has been terrorized by the Boko Haram fanatics. The government of Goodluck Johnathan seems unable or unwilling to stop their predations of citizens. The Boko Haram recently announced that the 200 school girls kidnapped this spring have been married off as “slave wives”. When the awful news of their kidnapping became known to the world, the government originally denied it, then turned its ire on the mothers of the girls for demanding action be taken. A few girls escaped early in their capture, but the majority have been sold as slaves. This last week a boys’ school was bombed, killing about 50 young men.
UN Economic Programme
US Central Intelligence Agency
In fact, due the distortions of zero interest rates and other factors, an enormous shale gas bubble has developed. Like all bubbles, this one will pop sooner than expected and when it does, the aftermath will be very unpleasant. Forbes
Inextricably tied to the shale fracturing industry, is the water each well requires to hydraulically break the shale beds. On average about two to four million gallons of water for each well. That water is mixed with toxic chemicals and becomes an environmental hazard. As fresh water becomes an increasingly important environmental factor, water conflicts may increase as fracking continues.
When all the costs of fracking are added up, the price of cheap gas may be too high for the people to pay.
The Guardian UK
Economic and Social Research Council
Hello my Darlings, well another day is nearly over and we are still intact and at present are under a little better circumstances than we were. How is everything going at home and how is our Little Darling? I hope she is keeping well, also you Sweetheart. Have you been out to see any shows lately? How are your music lessons coming along Honey. I suppose they are getting a little more difficult now are they? We found about half a dozen jars of home made jam here also some fruit. There isn’t very much danger of thing being poisoned in these places, but anything that looks suspicious, we don’t touch. I had 3 eggs last night for supper and 2 today for dinner. Sometimes we find civies in their houses but most of them have evacuated and took with them just a few of their personal belongings. Cattle and horses are often left tied up in the barns but we usually turn them out because it may be a long time before the civies get back to look after them.
Well My Darlings, there isn’t very much more to write about just now so I’ll say Bye-bye for now and God bless you both. Keep happy My Angel and don’t forget I love you always.
Millions of kisses, Your ever-loving Darling, Johnnie xxxxxxxx