Saturday, January 30, 2016

Why is it always me who finds out these things and has to write the letter?!! This time:Puppy Farmer uses WWOOF (willing workers on organic farms)

Dear WWOOF,

A wwoofer who had stayed at the above farm came away upset. Alongside the horse sales, he is breeding puppies. The dogs are not allowed outside the stable barn, they get fed once a day, when their beds are skipped out and they can run up and down the aisle for that 2 minutes. They have no interaction, exercise or fresh air. There is no need for this as he has the additional manpower of a wwoofer and it is basic care. She could not bear to bond with them as she knew they had no life and felt so bad that she could do nothing to change that. I gather there is plenty of room for a big run for the dogs but he plans to build more kennels but still no run this summer. 

I would like puppy farming to be made illegal in this country as there are already so many unwanted dogs. (In Finland, for example, it is illegal to buy a dog while there are any in shelters). I try and support the Carlow Kilkenny Dog Pound and PAWS in rehoming their dogs. This is why I got all the details from her and said that I would follow it up.

The girl was also upset about how she had been laughed at for her values. She said that she doesn't expect people to hold the same values as her but that it was horrible to be laughed at for being interested in a sustainable lifestyle. This is obviously offensive when she was specifically volunteering with wwoof to contribute and learn from like minded people. She herself has worked at both ends of sustainable production, with great innovative and compassionate companies and is a long time vegetarian herself. 

She said as well though that he was a very nice man. The horses are looked after alright, except for one day that they didn't even get any hay until 4pm. I also gather that they are not turned out but do not know that for definite. I think the dogs are in okay condition physically and the puppies, of course, only have to stay until they are 10 weeks' old and then are sold, so they get another chance then. Except for the day before she left, one bitch that they didn't know was pregnant, had her puppies and they were eaten by the other dogs in the pen.

As you can imagine all this amounted to a stressful situation for a sensitive human being, so she left to visit some other places in Ireland. I believe there is another wwoofer there now. The ISPCA said that a person can have up to 6 bitches for breeding without a license. He has 7 bitches, 3 dogs and about 15 puppies. Therefore the ISPCA said they would keep an eye on the establishment but that it is not a problem yet. Some of the puppies he breeds are beagles, I gather. As you probably know, they are still a popular breed for toxicity testing in laboratories for household cleaning products. All completely unnecessary in this day and age but Ireland is the worst for experimenting on animals in the whole of Europe, so these puppies could easily end up in a fate worse than death, being profited from again.  

I understand that when you have animals, you do need help. It is up to you at Wwoof, if you want to strike him off the wwoof listing, but then I would be concerned that the animals would get even less care. I am hoping that you could write and put him under some pressure and require him to offer better quality of life for his animals, such as turn out area, walks and toys and clearer evidence of his commitment to sustainability and the organic movement, to continue being a wwoof host.

I do not think he will stop breeding as he also said to her that he would have to keep '4000 sheep to make as much as he does from the puppies' a year or something like that. He values the dogs highly in that way but is not caring for them accordingly. Also, they are not mentioned on his website so the business is not completely above board either.

Many thanks for your help with this matter.

Best regards

Friday, January 29, 2016

Government word to Courts: Please enforce evictions of families JUST AFTER elections, not right now!

Evictions Task Force Facebook Page

Evictions on hold but only until after election!

Does everyone know that the government told the carlow courts today to put off about 45 evictions until after the election?! Then as soon as Fianna Gail/Fail are in again? Out those families are going on their ears.

Pay Your Mortgage but That Will Exclude You Specifically From Ownership in Future!

Even after years of paying a mortgage. And do you know who can snap up those properties for next to nothing? Houses mortgaged at 300,000 being sold off for €25,000? ANYBODY! Anybody at all, from anywhere EXCEPT somebody from Ireland. A whole estate in Waterford went to an american investor at 25 a house. I know of at least 15 properties picked up by an unscrupulous Chinese man. I kid you not.

NAMA, The Government, Legislation & The Courts All One Happy Party: Home Owners Not Invited

The original mortgage payers are not given an option and nor is anyone else from Ireland. I believe NAMA has made it somehow illegal. So what does this new page 'Anti-Eviction Taskforce' need?! 1. A few foreign nationals on side to buy some of these homes back for the evicted families 2. For everyone to not vote the same politicians back in. They gave senior NAMA officials millions in recent months, to stick around and finish evicting everyone from their homes and selling the houses abroad. If they had any regard for the people at all, that money could have squared up masses of arrears for people on the brink.

Anti-Eviction Taskforce

Please like the page and VOTE instead for an independent and responsible adult. Councillor Malcolm Noonan for Carlow Kilkenny comes to mind. I can pretty much guarantee there'd be no evictions on his watch. I would very much like to know who are the good Independent councillors of sound mind in each County so let me know if you know. Thank you.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

A Way Out of The Compromised Position we Find Ourselves via Referendums. Have you considered voting for the 'People Before Profits' Party?

I write this from the perspective of the 'People Over Profit' Political Party (because I was at their meeting last night) but I do not know their full manifesto. I am just using this opportunity to let them know what myself and a few other people that I know would like them to deal with, if they get elected!

They are here, as if by a miracle, in time to return the governing of the country to a democracy.

Refuse Transatlantic Trade Partnership
TTP will be refused. This is a bit of legislation that Europe is considering that will give Corporations the right to sue countries and individuals for curbing their sales. Just today this report of Monsanto doing it in the States already. It is 500 pages long, completely undecipherable but thankfully can be refused in its totality as a power grab of economies and markets and as an illegal move to direct the courts to serve profits and no longer "the common good"

Housing and Justice
For those of you who have unfairly lost your homes or jobs under the last government, those cases will be re-opened in a revised legal system where successful legal representation and complete impunity can no longer be bought. NAMA will be sent packing.
(If you are a voter and you don't know who NAMA are? Suffice to say, they collect up all the evicted people's houses and sell them for a tiny price to foreign investors. The original owners are not allowed to buy them back or other impoverished families. Even the council's don't buy them to offer social housing. People lose their house after a mortgage of 2 or 300,000 and the same house is sold out of the country for 25,000.

The government, in the last months, gave senior NAMA officials a 100 million to encourage them to keep doing what they're doing. Selling Ireland from under us. Think what could have been done with that money for the homeless and to support people burdened by now impossible mortgages on the brink of defaulting? The current government is corrupt beyond measure. The only reason they would give this money is that they are profiting themselves. Please do not vote for them again.

People before Profit will stop NAMA at once.
They will investigate the corrupt deals of the last ministers in office and fine them for the damage they have done. This is how we will tackle the croneyism that defined the country for too long-giving official jobs and brown envelopes to completely ill-equipped friends, with no merit or ethics to contribute.

Abolish Water Charges
Do you know that you have already been charged for your water use? That it is incorporated into other taxes you pay? We will work out how much the economy was making from this unfair tax and charge it to the biggest polluters in the country. Did you know that Shell are drilling in Irish Waters for gas? Do you know that Ireland does not benefit from it at all, by cheaper electricity, shared ownership or taxes? Did you know Shell must use thousands of litres of water to wash the salt water off their gas?Did you know last year our current government gave shell 100 million euro to insure themselves? The same week as the government said that unemployed people would have their water charge taken out of their benefits at source? Did you know that Shell do not pay for their use of our water?

Did you know that Pharmaceutical companies have contaminated rivers in Cork and Coke have in the West? Did you think Computer companies were safe, bar the odd radiation problem from mobile phone and wife signals? They are not safe at all, producing micro chips uses thousands of litres of chemicals, contaminating fresh water.

Did you know that Round Up, same as you buy in the garden centre is highly carcinogenic and that every vegetable you eat is sprayed with it, unless it says 'Organic'. Did you know that all the animals eaten have all eaten chemically sprayed grass and genetically modified grains and then the meat is preserved by injecting further chemicals into it?

Audit of all Corporations operating in Ireland, taxed or fined according to damage.
People Before Profit will audit all the high bracket companies using Ireland as a tax haven and fine them according to the damage they have done and are doing. The economic system we will use instead of profit, is the concept of a triple bottom line. THe bottom lines that they will be audited on will be Social Impact, Environmental Viability and Economic Viability.

Reconsidering connections to Europe
Have we been used enough as a power station for outdated wind turbine and pylon energy systems?

Have our seas been exploited enough by the Dutch owned super trawlers, fishing on a Latvian quota, with nets twice the size of football pitches and sonar equipment so no shoal will get away? Each freezer  trawler can carry 7000 tonnes at a time. Do the maths, even loosely. Did you know there are 19 recognized dead zones around the UK, where there are NO fish. Whole ecosystems ravaged.

People Before Profit will declare a No-take zone around Ireland until the area has recovered.

At the People Before Profits party we recognize that the people of Ireland need hope, need something to look forward to, short term, medium term and long term.

It is our pleasure to offer you 


Compensation

All those companies that have fleeced us and destroyed our resourcefulness and resources, will be investigated and commanded to pay for the return of the land to a 'clean declaration'.
Do people even know what a clean declaration is? It means that there are no chemicals or residues present. We understand that most of these companies will have to leave but they will not leave a mess. They will pay their staff redundancy, to bridge the gaps between 'working for the man' and developing their own ventures.

Companies will be charged with so great damages that that will provide money for the country's transition to a self governing, thriving society of sustainable independent enterprises.

Did you know the current County Enterprise Boards (now the the LEOs) used to fund small 'start up' companies but now coordinate the payment of millions of euro from European Funding to military innovations? Anyone who has tried to get funding for a legitimate business plan in recent years will have been told to come back at least ten times (this is so the LEO can say it has carried out its quota of appointments). You will have noticed that there is never 'funding available'. You will have been told that your business was not unique enough to have a competitive edge. Or that it would compete with another local business that they're supporting. Or that its too unique and no one will be interested.

Although all these arguments contradict each other, they will have written down on your file which one they've given you so that you don't ever hear two. There is also a loop now between the Enterprise Boards and Credit Union Small Business Loans. This means that even if you have been a fully paid up, savings intact, long term credit union customer, with a perfect credit rating and something sizable to guarantee your loan.. the Credit Union cannot give you it unless the LEO approves it. With this knot of compromised people in positions of power, 'say so' and abuse of the imagined power they have, they have vetoed any half decent viable plan. With People before Profits' governance, the Enterprise Boards will have a new remit. They will requite proof that one can sustain oneself and one's family with the project and provide something worthwhile. This idea of 'worthwhile' will include evidence of social awareness, compassion, economic viability and not be wasteful, destructive or exploit anyone.

The level of compromise, coercion and corruption filtering down from the current government and embedded institutional abuses are going to take time to sort out but we are going to be thorough in our restructuring of the economy, our culture and our responsible stance -

To leave Ireland better than we found it: The people heard, provision for the less fortunate secured and opportunity for the boldest visions of a new society are supported, developed and implemented.
To this end of encouraging the personal responsibility and participation of every member of society, we will use the forum of a referendum. As there will have just been an election, it will be no big deal or expense to put further questions to the people.


Referendums (Highly Informed and Transparently conducted)


People before profit will propose referendums on whether Irish people want:

1. Ireland's Neutrality

2. Ireland's Participation in Europe

3. Ireland in or out of NATO (7 current ministers joined Ireland to NATO secretly 15 months ago)

4. Animals - Do we want to allow animal experimentation?
                Factory Farms?
                Cruelty and Abuse with impunity?
                Meat?
                Fish?
                Dairy?
                Live Export of animals with or without regulation?
                Wild life
Did you know that the current government supports Hare Coursing with over a €100,000 of tax payers' money?

Do people know that the although Genetically Modified products are illegal here, especially the potato. The government office in Carlow has a massive programme of potato genetic modification research going, manned only by foreign post graduates. This is clearly to make sure no one from Ireland was to find out. Except one of them came to Harmony Hall for Interview Preparation before she went, so I heard all about it.

r for Agriculture knew the value of milk would go straight down as he encouraged farmers to increase their herds? Do people know that animal agriculture is the largest contributor to CO2 emissions and animals drink two thirds of the world's fresh water and eat half the world's grain? The current government vets have covered up countless food safety risks and food fraud by meat producers and yet bullied individual farmers with endless tests and costs.

The current Ministers - Agricultural, Environmental and T'Shock know all about the major illegalities but do not act.

Public Representatives are not even in discussions about Public Contracts

Do people remember the scandal of the county council dog and horse pounds last year? In brief, Kilkenny Council lied in writing to say that a charity had won the tender (Contract stated as worth€450,000 to €650,000). They had in fact awarded it to a private firm, registered in a town in Latvia with the largest Animal Body Parts factory in Europe. This company also have many of the other massive Irish public contracts to collect stray horses too at €980 per horse. And then to profit again on its parts. This exposed the fact that elected representatives (yes, the people you vote in) are not even informed of upcoming Public Contracts.  (Just so you're under no illusion about the last government's total injustice: Legitimate shelters, housing ten times as many animals and for a longer time, with more care needs, receive government support to the tune of between €4,000 and €20,000.
So please vote for the People Before Profits so we can change this arrangement.

Whatever field you work in, the People Before Profit party are asking you to stop accepting slim pickings for doing good, much needed work. We are intent on successful, independent food security and energy, relying on Irish and visiting expertise.

So referendum No.5
5. County Council Management Teams? However corrupt, selfish and compromised, at the moment they stay with a job for life arrangement and the final say on County Development Plans and Public Contract Awards. Do the people of Ireland want that or do we only want the Elected Representatives making decisions, as instructed by the priorities of the people?

The number one light on the horizon that this will bring if people vote against the current system is that, if local people want a trusted group to run a state-run home, you can tell your elected representative and it will actually be considered.

6. Basic Wage for All?

7. Community Participation by those assisted by the state? - Democratic Say& Physical Contribution to Help Farmer's Shift to Organic

8. Geo-Engineering and chemical spraying - Stop the routine dropping of toxic coal ash by passenger planes

9. Weapons testing in Ireland - Minister Coveney like a maniac is excited about testing weapons on Ireland. Biological weapons cause disease all over the States already because of these covert operations. Testing Nuclear weapons could obviously wipe us all out in a heart beat (especially considering the last governments complete refusal to set safety standard

10. Health Care System
People before Profits are prepared to take on the HSE and make it successful. We recognize the monopoly by pharmaceuticals, the hospital policies that lead to a worsening of more conditions than
recovery.

With a holistic approach, we will endeavor to adopt a different medical model: The proposition that the doctors' job is to prevent illness and keep people well rather than be a desperately slow crisis response. In line with this, all medical and social care qualifications will include rigorous Nutrition modules. Also Ethics, Empathy and Respectful Communication training will be required and will be part of the recruitment requirements at all levels. Focus will be on Food, Laughter and Love being the best medicines.

In fact we take the analogy further and propose that we will give big pharmaceutical companies a taste of their own medicine!

Did you know that big Pharmaceutical companies have a Mission Statement that aims to have every citizen on an average of 4 prescribed drugs from infancy to the grave? That is not about promoting health, is it.

Also in Australia, the government have ruled that Child Benefit will be stopped for families whose children are not vaccinated. Pharmaceutical companies forcing legislation like that here will happen if the TTP, Transatlantic Trade Partnership is agreed in Europe. The repercussions will be devastating to everyone. Compulsory vaccination?! Mercury (second most deadly substance in the world) is in all of them, see my recent blog for a full list of vaccines and their ingredients). They have been linked to all sorts of system failure. We don't want private companies forcing their products on us.

We can support our own Health Service with Ethical companies and products that actually work.
Did you know that they say, in the trade, if the cancer doesn't kill you, the Chemo will? Well, that is what they say.

People before Profit hope to educate everyone in how to live a healthy life, take responsibility for their environment too and clean up the toxic residue on most things, from bad decisions in the past.

Taxation - Universal Social Charge
We will not be making lots of subtle changes to taxation that will need to be managed by more official bodies, that will have to be monitored themselves to stop self-serving management exploiting and stringing out the processes. Instead, we will keep the economy stable by calculating how much has been sucked out of the individuals by tax per year and re-directing that figure to Corporations to pay, via corporation tax.    

For taxing the individual worker, People Before Profit propose a 3 band tax I think, that favours the lower paid and those on the brink of earning something but find themselves taxed to within an inch of their lives as soon as they do.

Also we will start our own bank and get off the International Monetary Fund (IMF) merry go round of war mongering and controlled corruption. For a better understanding of what they're up to see my recent blog about it called IMF show their real stars and stripes.

So these are just my ideas about what the People Before Profit party might be able to achieve. I was just at a meeting of theirs yesterday in Kilkenny. The great thing they definitely did say was that the government are employed by the people, they should not consider themselves Leaders. They also definitely did say that they would use Referendums and listen to the People.

I think this is a golden opportunity to vote for democracy. Enda Kenny said today, that this was no time to rock the economy. So I wrote this to wake people up to how much of a God-forsaken, corrupt, self-serving shambles they have made and sold us up the creek (which I know is a mixed metaphor but I think its appropriate) So don't go kidding yourselves that you're in safe enough hands. The current government have completely deserted and abused the people, shown complete disdain for basic regard or transparency. Lets go for gold and let the People define the way we want to go. Get back our creativity, independence and most of all our humanity.

Monday, January 18, 2016

A Whole Food Plant-based Diet is easier to Digest Physically, Emotionally and Karmically

Health equals positive attention to detail

Do you know how to treat yourself? Its not a coincidence that I'm so healthy. I just don't kid myself any more. On the left is a sprayed and chemically-wax coated apple and on the right is an organic apple. What you might call a matt version. Not so glossy but all the goodness Nature intended. If you already have some glossy apples PEEL THEM and if you have to take them as a pack lunch, wash them in a mild astringent like vinegar to get the wax off. Unless it says organic, every thing is sprayed and those chemicals never leave the body.

Smoothies and Soups can include what you need to boost, absorb and detox 

Another handy tip is to adopt a whole foods plant based diet. Like my breakfast consisted of a smoothie with organic banana, apple, chia seed, mango and pineapple mix, spirulina, acidophilus (good bacteria to combat yeast and sugars in the digestive system), herb robert (to help with boundaries and protect from others' germs and difficult energies) and a couple of drops of vegan Vitamin D orange oil. Grainne Thompson in her Wexford-based Integrated Energy Therapy clinic will confirm that this smoothie is delicious. And she's another person to follow with her energy work and clarity. Her whole family, as we speak, are on a raw fruit juice detox and soup nourishment evening-times.

Plant-based Organic Food is easier to Digest, Physically, Emotionally and Karmically  

Have fun with it, experiment. Get a few ingredients in and always, even if its smaller amounts, get organic cruelty free food. It is much easier to digest! The optimum is that we get a new government in who will support small organic food producers, recover our food security, health and independence. They will also retract all subsidies from animal agriculture farms and direct the same money towards their transition to using their land for organic crops. With the election coming, now's the time to decide what you want, vote for it and make it happen on a grand scale…as opposed to just focusing on what we don't want, which we're quite clear on these days!! We have our own amazing organic apple farm here in Kilkenny too, the Highbank Orchards on the Callan Road if you're looking. They make interesting and delicious organic booze too!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Legislate the pharmaceutical Industry: No commitment to cure but a license to kill

Pharmaceutical companies have no intention of curing you

You know and I know that my focus is on your well being, self healing and independence of mind. Can you say that about any other medical practitioner? I'm just asking, what makes me the 'alternative' practitioner?

Legislate the Pharmaceutical Industry

I am calling for legislation for the pharmaceutical industry. Currently there seems to be none. I would go so far as to say that they are the real problem with health services. All the doctors are 'sponsored' by the producers of the drugs they prescribe. A chill ran down my spine in a back consultant's office (!) as I described an allergic, digestive, thermostatic, insomniac reation to a nerve pain killer and found my eyes drawn to his box of tissues - Lyrica written down the long side. Yes Lyrica was the medication I was describing and how it does not ease the pain, it does not induce sleep, it makes a person like the living dead; ranting raving, constantly in and out of the bathroom. The consultant himself was sponsored by this company.

What a Monopoly

Doctors who I have interviewed, confirmed that they just prescribe what the drug companies offer. That means that they have no idea what counter-indications there may be between medicines. They don't know what trials have been done or long term repercusions of taking the drugs. They also don't know the ingredients.

Ingredients

Casein

The majority of tablets are coated in casein, which is a milk protein. This ties them to the agricultural industry, when research clearly points to casein itself being carcinogenic. For more information see The China Study by T Colin Campbell

Mercury

Talking of ingredients, vaccines are known to contain mercury:

"Many vaccines still contain thimerosal (49.6% ethylmercury by weight.) While mercury is a highly toxic element second only to radioactive plutonium, when combined with other ingredients, specifically aluminum and formaldehyde, the synergistic effects increase 10,000-fold."

What Vaccines Contain What Ingredients

It makes for grim reading, expecially for those who respect animals or wild life. Especially for those who find themselves picturing, even for a moment, how hard won these vaccines are and how pushed down our throats (In Australia, as of January 16th 2016, families who do not get their infants vaccinated will have their benefits stopped)

Animal Products in Vaccines

Measles, Mumps and Rubella contain:

"hydrolized beef gelatin, chick embryonic fluid, and human diploid cells from aborted fetal tissue" as well as heavy metals, chemicals, anti-biotics and the mirobes of the viruses themselves.

Somehow, pharmaceutical companies in Ireland have managed to get legislation in place that all dogs must be vaccinated against Rabies if they are traveling to the UK...when there has been none for years.

Rabies vaccinations contain: 
"Rhesus monkey fetal lung cells" .... as well as the other ingredients.

Chickenpox vaccination contains:
"processed gelatin, fetal bovine serum, guinea pig embryo cells, albumin from human blood, and human diploid cells from aborted fetal tissue" .... as well as the other ingredients.

Mad Cow Vaccine...but this time its the vaccine not the cow that is mad

Cows have been identified as a large emmiter of methane gas, as the biggest contributer to CO2 Emmissions there is, more than all transport and fossil fuels collectively. Some listened up and said 'Let us keep less and less cows and turn to a plant-based diet'.
But no!
The pharmaceutical industry this week said,
'We have come up with a vaccination for cows to eliminate their methane emmissions. We are now at the testing stage'
Cow Vaccine Testing Article

Think about any of that for a moment, if you will! Who are they testing it on? How many? For how long? Releasing methane is a natural part of the digestive process and cows have 3 stomachs, what will happen to that digestive tract? Will these cows explode? Make solid dung rather than cowpats? Will they fattened quicker and slaughtered earlier before their systems break down altogether? They have already bred cows with smaller lungs to leave room for more fat and because they are not left live until full size anyway, so they don't need full capacity lungs. This is a heavy duty paper, thermal mapping from space on America's Emissions

Then of course there's the 'produce' from these 'vaccinated' cows. I bet you 50p that that milk and meat won't be very good for those that still call them food.

Old idea that pharmaceutical drugs are medicines

Don't let the pharmaceutical industry foist products on the health system and the food industry.
Don't let the pharmaceutical industry test on animals and be considered beyond reproach as it is in the name of medicine. They do not deserve that identity any more.
A brief guide to big pharma

Corrupt Agenda To Keep Us Ill

The brilliant series 'The Truth About Cancer' showed beyond all doubt (reasonable or unreasonable) that if the cancer doesn't kill you, the chemo will.
The Truth About Cancer - free episode
The best way to start is to not prostitute your government to these big companies. If you've received a few grand towards your campaign, does that over ride the need to monitor plane loads of animals arriving to a life of meaningless torture? Is it enough to justify the damage and deaths of heaps of people by vaccines and prescribing long term toxic medications?
Political Parties both receiving Corporate Donations for elections any way they can

Endless Medical Testing

Also this week the elephants who were released from a year early from their twenty years in the circus, only to tested on in cancer research. You might say that that is a long way away but the principles or lack of them are right here among us.
 People will exploit anything, even a noble elephant, for as long as they can get away with it

Natural Health is There In Your System Waiting For Your Attention

So when you next think to yourself, I don't feel well, should I go to the doctor. The answer is NO. They won't help. You need to be able to look at your own life and experience and identify what needs attention. Even though about 60% of doctors will do their best with a diagnosis, it will always be you that must give yourself the treatment.

The pharmaceutical companies overtly have a mission statement that they want every single citizen on an average of 4 prescribed drugs throughout their lifetime, from the cradle to the grave. Extricate yourself from the system and let me know if you want to touch down and get some sound advice as to where you can get the support you need.

Pharmaceutical Companies are Part of the Corporate Power Grab which is the TTP


In the meantime, while you still have the wealth of your health, ask the canvassing politicians in advance of the election to get their government departments to legislate for ethical standards and also to stop the Transatlantic Trade Partnership (TTP) which will give these private companies even more of a free rein and unaccountability.
Understanding the TTP by Dee Sewell of Greenside Up


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Virtual Adoption Centre Kilkenny



Real Pound Dogs

Virtual Adoption Centre 

but tangibly here in Kilkenny City!  



What a great day it was yesterday! Got a Virtual Adoption Centre going with Petmania in Kilkenny! This is like an active notice board containing shelter contact details, web address to look at all the dogs that are under pressure in the pound and space for regular photos of a few that are urgent with their 5 days up and the pound over capacity.

To Adopt A Dog, bring a dog license

Just go to a post office, buy a license for €20. It will ask which breed and just say mid-sized, mixed breed. The pound will only let you take a dog if you have a license! I don't want people going out there and being sent away to do this and that and sometimes not coming back. I would like every visit to the pound end in a dog re-homed! Also bring money. It is, I think, €40 to buy a dog but all that money goes towards the care and extended time the next dogs might get in the pound, waiting for their forever home. They would also be glad of foster homes for some so any offers much appreciated. 

Adoption Centre Initiative

This poster is up in Petmania and Eurofarm and both lots of staff are up to speed on the where, how are why to adopt a dog! What this means is that anyone who re-homes rather than buys - be it from the Carlow Kilkenny Dog Pound or PAWS or anywhere in fact, can get the adoption kit, which includes all the things you need to start out, some free and some at a major discount. Big thanks to my friend who cannot be mentioned (in case he gets offered a poster-making contract and has to work every day!) for the poster which I laminated. If you're worried about a particular dog, feel free to print out a picture and drop it into them. Lets bring these dogs into town (even just virtually), where there are people who would dearly like to meet them! 
Up until now they have been tucked in here behind the building, 10 miles out of town!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

What can we do about the fact that for everything we need to happen, the very opposite is happening!

In this New Directions podcast, the analogy between living at this time and enduring a bad marriage is explored with humour and considerable insight as to what is going on in terms of the Trans Atlantic Trade Parnership deal and how it will negatively impact justice for the individual, society and the planet. The courts will rule not based on a common good but on to what extent profits might be effected for the claiming corporation. This means that the origin of meat will no longer be mentioned, so that factory farming complete inhumanity cannot be spotted from the label and that rejected chemicals can be forced on to the market, in the name of free trade. The discussion goes further in order to help people to navigate through this wildly distorted reality, not using individual fights with particular parts of the system or specific offending institutions but through gratitude for the freedoms we individually have. For example the ability to communicate and the greatest activist power, retracting your investments small and large from toxic producers. This means looking for the leaping bunny symbol that confirms that what you buy has not been tested on animals. It means, looking for vinegar-based organic weedkillers that do no long term harm. Refusing the epic rows of vegetables that have been sprayed over 10 times in their short growing life with glysophate - the main ingredient in round up. Glysophate is not only found carcinogenic but it is also cumulative - that means that what you ate 10 years ago, glysophate-wise is still in your body building up to a very serious illness. So that brings up meat as well. Don't go out to eat at fast food joints and restaurants, unless they state that they are committed to compassionately farmed (are those two words mutually exclusive?) animal products. Don't for a moment assume they are if they don't say so.

So I don't think any of that was covered in the show but just bringing to life the way people can move forwards even when they wake up to horrible aspects of the food, pharmaceutical, education systems foisted on humanity. Unexpectedly, the answer if keep noticing and being glad of the companies that bother to produce what you need ethically. They say that what you are grateful for and pay attention to expands, so that goes for making good companies and products successful….surely! Only buy them!