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Leaked, tragic letter: govt knew #Grenfell waiting to happen. Will inquiry ignore?

“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.

grenfell-burnBut 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…

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Four A’s of Easier Life: Accept, Allow, Adapt, and Adopt

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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…

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Thirty Years Later

“Will it take 30 years for you to know it is All Right to breathe, to smile, to trust that life is worth it?”

These are the kinds of questions I could ask myself.

A profound and beautifully written post of personal growth by Di.

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A Holistic Journey

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

We hope…

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Monsanto whistleblower awarded $22 million after exposing ‘shady deals’

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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Source: NaturalNews.com
Samantha Debbie
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

The SEC has accused Monsanto

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