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Standing desk (again!)

kathythesane:

Feb (again) and I am now seated! We have spent the last 3 months refurishing the kitchen and my end of the dining table is no longer in the kitchen. Such a messy set up is not suitable for the lounge where the dining table is so I am seated on one side and know this is not good for me. I have just come across this from a virtual friend on Facebook who always shares good stuff. Thanks Catherine……I need to work out where to purchase this from.

http://design-milk.com/portable-flexible-affordable-cardboard-desk/?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=54ec9d0f15bb3b5125000001&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=facebook

Originally posted on musings from outside the asylum:

Back in Feb 2012, I began trying a standing desk and wrote about it here and here.  As you can see, I was very pleased with my new desk position and looked forward some healthier internet surfing.

In July(ish) 2012, I started with a rather painful foot problem necessitating eventually (after several months waiting for it to resolve itself) visiting a podiatrist a few times.   He prescribed me orthopedic insoles and for a while my feet improved.  However I’d been sitting for a few months and the pain was not resolved enough to bring me back to standing.   I am pretty sure the problem wasn’t caused by me standing, but I will be sure to use my insoles when standing just in case.

My standing desk was big and ugly and I decided to swap it with Jo (my Virtual Assistant daughter) who was looking for a…

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Dear David Cameron re Eugenics.

Dear David Cameron,

I note that you have been taking advice from an old leader about how to rid society of those who drain the economy, look nasty, and generally mess up the place by not fitting in.

David Cameron calls on obese to accept help or risk losing benefits.

Under proposals that are likely to be met with resistance from charities and some medics, the Conservatives will consider whether to reduce payments worth about £100 a week for those they consider could do more to help themselves by going on medical programmes designed to make them to lose weight, stop taking drugs or give up alcohol.

I know you know that you’re not the first to have ideas on how to clean up society by targetting the vulnerable.  I am sure you won’t be the last.  I am pretty sure (as a relatively intelligent fat woman) that Hitler wasn’t the first with these ideas, however he is an ideal example when making comparisons.

Nazi eugenics

In other words, a society could achieve positive outcomes – like increased productivity or reductions in crime – if it removed unhealthy or ‘undesirable’ genetic elements. Many governments had experimented with eugenics-driven policies long before the Nazis came to power. More than 64,000 Americans with mental illnesses were forcibly sterilised between the 1890s and 1924. Other countries – such as Japan, Canada, Australia, Sweden, France and Switzerland – also dabbled in eugenics-based policies in the 1920s and 1930s. – See more at: http://alphahistory.com/nazigermany/nazi-eugenics/#sthash.UsYHy9dW.dpuf

‘Life unworthy of living’

The final, most drastic phase of the Nazi eugenics program was euthanasia. Killing the unhealthy to protect public health had been proposed as early as 1920, by two German writers: psychiatrist Alfred Hoche and philosopher Karl Binding. The mentally disabled, Hoche and Binding argued, possessed only lebensunwertem lebens (‘life unworthy of living’); legalised euthanasia would end the “burden for society and their families”. While many Nazis supported introducing euthanasia, Hitler was wary, because he knew approving the medical killing of the disabled would generate considerable public opposition. In 1936 Hitler told his inner circle that euthanasia was a policy that would have to wait until wartime, when it could be introduced with less fuss

– See more at: http://alphahistory.com/nazigermany/nazi-eugenics/#sthash.UsYHy9dW.dpuf

Have read the above, I am wondering whether you should just move to Plan B and kill off all those who are not worthy.  I can imagine it will be far cheaper than wasting time paying buereacrats to administer yet another “scheme”.  I am sure G4S  and /or ATOS will be able to offer you a cheap all inclusive package.  You could probably get them to deal with all prison inmates at the same time in a job lot.  How much nicer society will be then!

Of course your eugenics programme is not new.  You  started with my disabled friends sometime ago.

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No more benefits for fatties, says Cameron, while fat cats remain his bestest chums.

“It is not fair to ask hardworking taxpayers to fund the benefits of people who refuse to accept the support and treatment that could help them get back to a life of work,” the Prime Minister said. “While it’s perfectly fair to force hardworking taxpayers to bail out banks and my friends in the City because massively high-stakes gambling with money that isn’t yours is an addiction that we Tories cherish and support one hundred per cent.

He then hurried away saying he had to meet his friend Eric Pickles for a drink and “something chocolatey and naughty” in one of the Houses of Parliament bars which are subsidised by the taxpayer at a cost of six million pounds a year.”

As you can see, some people think your ideas are beyond belief.  I do really wonder whether you really are getting your ideas from Hitler!  How can you sleep at night?  If only you could step back and look at yourself in the mirror and see what we see.

You may have missed this Horizon programme,

Why Are Thin People Not Fat?

“Most of the studies on obesity and weight loss have been done on subjects who are overweight to begin with. A BBC Horizon documentary titled Why are thin people not fat? looked at the obesity problem from a different angle. They chose subjects who were naturally thin and stuffed them with excess calories. None of the participants had watched their food intake before, but their weight had remained roughly the same for years.”

The problem is that according to our current understanding, the number of fat cells can only be increased, never decreased. This means that any new fat cells produced as a result of (prolonged) overeating will always stay with you. What’s worse, as the purpose of fat cells is precisely to store energy, the body will now send more signals of hunger to your brain to keep those fat cells filled up. Obviously this makes following diets that rely only on cutting back on calories very difficult.”

The overall message of the documentary is that being naturally thin is a combination of many factors, some of which are genetically determined and some a result of the environment. Of course, individual choice also plays a role, but the studies on small children given unlimited candy show that even before we have the capability to think rationally about our food choices (kids will eat as much candy as they desire), there are differences among people.”

So you see David, those people you are suggesting you sanction are not just fat through lack of will power.  I am not fat due to lack of willpower.   Fat people spend their whole lives being told they’re fat and the person telling them is,

  • Doing them a favour
  • Telling them something they didn’t already know
  • Is being cruel to be kind
  • Wants to help them
  • Is no longer allowed to be racist, so fatist will do

When you look in the mirror do you see a fat guy?

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So, let perhaps begin higher up the food chain a sanction some bankers.

Tax dodgers

 

Do that and you’d get my vote.

 

 

 

Oh what a beautiful morning.

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By far the best time of year for clearer photos of châteaux which are normally hidden by leafy trees.

 

Chateau de Touffou at Bonnes, Vienne.

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Chateau Touffou beside the Vienne at Bonnes.

11 little changes to move your life in unimaginable ways.

Originally posted on musings from outside the asylum:

1. Listen with your heart, not with your ears- you’ll be surprised at what you hear.
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2. Turn off your inflexible button for one day a week – see what life sends for you.

3. Do something thoughtful for one person each week.

4. Change But to And in all that you say – pay attention to how this changes everything.

5. Have a look at “Golden Silence”, practice it in all your disputes.
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6. Look at it again; practice it in your sales pitches.

7. Never promise yes when you mean no.
note to self

8. Yes, you’re right, for you, not always for them.

9. Sometimes the journey is just a journey, enjoy it.
Journey

10. Tell someone how much they mean to you, even if you think they already know.

Let me know how you get on.

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Conspiracy theories and ‘ists

I seem to be surrounded currently by conspiracy theories and those who spread the news.
It’s driving me crazy! I have been intrigued when reading some of the stories and seeing how convoluted a story is made to fit the theory.

Some of the “theories” I am seeing are not news to me. Many of them are stories that have been told time after time. Perhaps they are “new” to those 30 somethings, and I am just getting old and cynical. Even my crazy family member is spouting off on their FB page and sadly has quite a following. If only her fans and followers could see the dark side of this person.

This constant demand for “us” (as opposed to them) to “wake up”. Why the **** do they think we’re asleep just because we dance to a different tune. I am awake, awake in my truth and it might not match your truth (thank dog) and I am okay with that.

The hardest theory for me to even consider is the twin tower one. We have a friend (who we will be eating with today) who insists it was a ut up job and for some reason believes there was no rubble after they collapsed. I doubted myself so much after he’d gone off on one I had to go and look at the photos again just to assure myself that there was plenty of rubble (and of course nit as much as there would have been had they been pre 1940’s buildings.

So, that’s better, letting off a bit of steam and expressing my frustration and sadness that there are some who will only see conspiracy in any major catastrophe/accident. I am sure we’ll be subjected to a conspiracy theory re Charlie Hebdo at lunch today :(

Sunshine, blue sky, castle and old man’s beard.

I love Old man’s beard when the sky is blue and the sun is shining. Thought I’d share it with you to bring sunshine to your day.

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Christmas, a Birth, and a Problematic Foodbank Report

kathythesane:

It amazes me again and again how cynical people are about the plight of others. This is a massive tragedy unfolding in towns and cities in UK. I seem to recall David Cameron refusing European Aid for feeding the hungry…..(I may be wrong), but what an arrogant ball bag. There are tonnes of Aide European food stuffs that could be helping the food banks in the UK.
How many deaths will there be this winter down to hunger and cold.

Originally posted on Ann McGauran:

Hayley, whose baby is due next week, came to this Greenwich foodbank for help. Hayley, whose baby is due next week, came to this Greenwich foodbank for help.

I apologise in advance for the length of this post. There’s a lot to say. Hayley is a 31-year-old mother of two and is heavily pregnant. She came to the food bank at the weekend with her partner and her youngest child of nine. Her baby is due next week, but her family is not in a celebratory mood. This young family’s cupboards are empty. It’s the first time in their lives they’ve ever had to ask for a food bank voucher.

They’ve hit a full-blown crisis. Hayley is a domiciliary care worker. Because she normally gives birth prematurely at 27 weeks, she went onto statutory sick pay three months ago. She was naturally wary given her earlier pregnancies, and by that stage she also couldn’t do the hoisting and lifting that her job requires. Moving…

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