“As there are estimated to be another 4,000 older tower blocks in the UK without automatic sprinkler protection, can we really afford to wait for another tragedy to occur before we amend this weakness?”
That tragedy happened three months ago. It’s the 21st century, and Theresa May again rules out fire sprinklers in high-rise buildings. It’s such a basic safety regulation, and it’s turned down. Add composite panels, and you have a fire that would spread rapidly… as it did.
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As the government’s public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower disaster begins, exactly three months after the terrible events took place, minds are turning again with interest that should never have waned to the fire that took so many lives and the failings that led to it.
But a leaked 2013 letter sent to a government minister acts a stark and tragic reminder of what will almost certainly not be considered at the inquiry that many are concerned is aimed at obscuring the real picture of Grenfell Tower, because its narrow scope will look only at the immediate causes of the fire and its rapid spread.
Ex-firefighter Ronnie King OBE is the Honorary Administrative Secretary of the ‘All-Party Parliamentary Group’ (APPG) for fire safety and rescue. The leaked letter is one that he sent in 2013 to then-LibDem MP Stephen Williams, who was at the time a communities minister in the…
As you all know, life can be tough. No matter what positive spin I put on it—and I am positive—life’s challenges are at best difficult. Yes, they provide the contrast helping me appreciate the good times, but still…
As I reflect on life over the years I’ve gathered tools that help me ease the burdens of life that are within my control. And more are within my control, and yours, than I once thought.
What I call the Four A’s: Accept, Allow, Adapt, and Adopt help make life easier in the areas under my control
Accept: Embracing What Is
Acceptance has been difficult for me. For much of my life, control was a dominant behavior. I controlled my emotions, often appearing aloof, when aloof is far from what I felt. I attempted to control my environment by working hard to make things the way I wanted them, then working even harder…
I don’t know why people seek out fortune tellers. Why would you want to know the heartaches that lie ahead, the assurance that life will take your spouse and body and dreams?
He will be with his family tonight, Doctor, when he goes home, the deathless man says. Why should I tell him that tomorrow he is going to die? So that, on his last night with his family, he will mourn himself?…Suddenness. His life, as he is living it – well, and with love, with friends – and then suddenness. Believe me, Doctor, if your life ends in suddenness you will be glad it did, and if it does not you will wish it had.
Not me, I say. I do not do things, as you say, suddenly. I prepare, I think, I explain. ~ The one quotable text from Obreht’s The Tiger’s Wife I can’t recommend
As always, Lizzi is quite eloquent with her words, as is the metaphor— taking on water and repairing our ship. …Of course, I would think, prior to repairs, the ship would be taken off the water, like grounding oneself, and even finding friends or relatives to visit, perhaps. All in collecting in light of stress, etc., but not to stress others out…
It can be hard finding that balance— how much help is needed from others in holding things together. Normally, it is up to us as individuals to take control, taking care and learning, for we naturally breathe on our own before we can do anything more.
Sometimes therapy can feel inadequate or “too professional.” We value our friends a lot, and sometimes we can feel like a drain on them. Our self-awareness is important in being human, but sometimes it can defeat the nature of things; we don’t think about breathing, we just do it. The thought that we need to be “complete” takes away from the journey.
I’ve been sinking for a while, if I’m honest. Probably since before I began this blog, a little over four years ago. Likely since childhood. Life works in ups and downs for us all, with a few peaceful patches, a surprisingly large number of dangerous squalls, and a handful of downright maelstroms. I’ve weathered them all. Just.
Together, John Deere and Monsanto make up 86% of all equipment in the precision-planting sector, which would make the merger— John Deere’s plans to acquire Monsanto’s Precision Planting— a virtual monopoly. In other words, it would make arbitrary price hikes easy.
They claim the merger is necessary to “protect farmers.”
Yeah, greed may promote commerce, but it doesn’t protect anyone. …Oh, and “fudging” numbers too… Just wonderful.
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September 7, 2016
The Securities and Exchange Commission has paid out the second largest settlement in U.S. history to a former Monsanto executive who blew the whistle on the biotech giant’s shady business dealings involving Roundup, a widely used herbicide containing glyphosate which was labeled a probable human carcinogen by the World Health Organization last spring.
The whistleblower’s identity is being kept secret, according to reports, presumably to protect the individual from the potential backlash of powerful industry groups.
The former Monsanto executive, who exposed “accounting improprieties” involving Roundup, has been awarded more than $22 million, according to CNBC.
“The award of $22,437,800 was tied to an $80 million settlement between the SEC and Monsanto in February, according to the lawyer, Stuart Meissner in New York, in a statement.”
Federal government accuses Monsanto of fudging sales numbers for weed killer
Now that the dust has settled with Brexit, people can stand back and look at it without panicking. Some of the short-term ripple effects of the referendum outcome are past us; many markets have rebounded, but there are still long-term consequences. The GB pound was set back over thirty years against the U.S. dollar, and has yet to fully recover. Without certainty, volatility— those are things you want to avoid in the markets.
The word ‘tariff’ came up, in regards to Britain trading with its neighbors. I don’t remember the last time I heard that word. Debt is another issue of the times, particularly with Greece. After all, Brexit was coined after Grexit (Greek exit). …Which reminds me: the Puerto Rico “rescue” bill was passed and signed. PROMESA, it’s cool… if you don’t look at the reality surrounding it. Non-English speaking people getting disability for not speaking English, executive orders and 99% underfunded public pension money…
…But back to the U.K.
Why did it happen? Why did the majority of turnout (and a large turnout) vote to leave the E.U.? You’ve probably already heard answers from news media by now. And those surprised by what happened, well… It’s easy for narrative-driven publications to be surprised by the events that unfolded— to be surprised by actual news due to distorted views. Don’t get me wrong, I had no idea which way it was gonna go. But it’s not hard to figure out why, when it happened. Continue reading That Little Thing Called Representation→
If things couldn’t get any worse in regards to the micro-blogging site, with the regular myopic social media outrage (recently, over one inside-joke, Stephen Fry deactivated his account…again), unpopular feature changes, and… overreaction to said feature changes… “Twitter is turning into Facebook!”
The user base is dropping… slightly. And some news websites are calling it: dead; flatline. But these kind of news sites have been saying ‘twitter is dying’ for years.
In the attempt to get the company moving ‘up’ again, in other words more attractive to advertisers in competition to other social media platforms (advertisers are still attracted to twitter anyway), they brought back Jack Dorsey, thinking if they acted like Apple Computer, Inc. (when they reinstated Steve Jobs), things would improve. Think Differently.
Burgers and hot dogs, walking under a hot sun, sweating. Be sure to thank the birds …’cause they eat the danged insects.
Well, it’s the end of the season. The calendar puts the autumnal equinox at 4:21 a.m., so I’m literally kind of doing this at the last minute… I’d considered doing something “The Last Leg of Summer” weeks ago, but didn’t have it in me, or enough photos.
It’s not just your blog that may have been dipping in stats, it’s across the board. I know I’ve had less interest in blogging in general, trying to make more productive use of my time— er, different use of my time. But seasonal changes aside (Summer sun), remember to stay engaged…maybe not every minute or hour, but…showing up is important.
Vitals over necessities, YES… gotta have & find purpose, awareness— a.k.a., live; otherwise, you’re just existing. …On that note, it should perfectly okay to be away from the blog sometimes, since actual living and breathing come first. Not everything written goes up, am I right? 🙂
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I want to file an official complaint as a subscriber to the Holistic Wayfarer for going MIA on us. (Completely forgetting she’s been out week after week with his son while keeping the lessons going.) You need to blog again, be reminded there are good people all over the world. They want to hear from you. When you don’t blog for a while, you crawl into yourself and scowl about the people who are !@#!. You become deeper, happier, and look out when you engage your readers. You should take a few days off school, give T a break, and just BLOG.
~ Mr. Wayfarer last night
(Gasp. A break?? The boy has his Sabbath.)
Where I’ve been is a good question. The kitchen, trying to keep up with You-Know-Who’s sumo appetite. Foodie is growing before my eyes. We’ve been at the annual appointments I saved for the summer (photo…