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AUGUST 2013

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**30 Aug 13**
DECLARATION OF RIGHTS

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Thanks so much, Val.

I agree entirely. And thanks for supporting the idea.

Yes, we need to try to get everyone to see clearly what they are voting for.

Really that was the original intention of Save-Me … so let people know what Cameron's clique really stood for.

We were probably too little too late, but it's possible we helped to prevent Cameron getting a majority and being able to form a Tory govt.

They are trying to sneak a bill through the Commons right now which would restrict such campaigning by NGO's and charities. Almost unbelievable.

But Cameron's dream of getting ALL his own way suffered a big blow today over Syria.

Maybe things will change quicker than we think.

THANKS Val

Bri

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**29 Aug 13**
BADGER CULL

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In reply to a reader - SEE LETERS

In a word, yes, it seems certain you are right.  The badger is simply being used as a scapegoat.  Your analysis, as a Biologist, aligns perfectly with that of Steve Jones, a very experienced farmer who has been speaking out against the cull this year.

The fact that MBovis can lie dormant, and in fact is prevalent all around us, just like the human strain, is something which is never mentioned by those who are fanatically insistent that badgers are responsible for the spread of the disease, as a 'wildlife reservoir'; and in fact there is widespread denial that any other point of view can exist, the NFU and the Government having done such an effective job of whipping up this mentality of 'revenge'.  So, lying dormant, the microbacterium strikes whenever animals are overcrowded, or otherwise stressed, or in conditions of bad sanitation.  As Steve has said, farmers may need look no further than their husbandry for the cause of the spread of this disease (not to mention the still prevalent practice of transporting cattle all over the country to optimise financial gain, which has been the cause of recent outbreaks miles away from existing 'hotspots'; again, this is carefully never spoken of.)    

It's outrageous that the pro-cull lobby has managed to push this horrific scheme into place.  But of course they have been planning this for years.  

It all fits together … these people have worked it out - erode the rights of animals, appease the extremist farmers and thereby secure the votes of the farming lobby for the next election.  Then suppress protest as much as possible, spend huge amounts of money on spin, to persuade the people that what they're doing is decent, and that they really DO care about the Health Service, the poor, the disabled and even animals.  It seems that all you have to do is spend enough money on propaganda and black can become white, rampant self-interest can become heroism.  Then the last jewel in the crown of iniquity … the value of wild animals is now set at zero, so of course they are 'vermin' which needs 'controlling'.  Heigh-ho … bring in a motion to repeal the Hunting Act, and the whole scurrilous lot of them get what they most dearly want … a mandate to go out and enjoy the sport of killing.  That is what is at the root of the psyche of all this terrible bunch of overgrown public schoolboys that somehow got themselves into a position of power over all of us. 

The fox hunters, the animal abusers, the gang that enjoys causing pain because it makes them feel powerful, these people are within in ace of getting everything they want.  Oh yes … it's a Big Society.  It's the biggest coup of Big Selfishness that has been pulled in living memory.  Repugnant, shameful, unforgiveable.   

Cheers 

Bri 

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**Thu 29 Aug 13**
A NEW DECLARATION OF RIGHTS
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May I give you a proposal for the beginnings of a new contract for humanity ?

It's based, as you'll see, on the second sentence in the USA Declaration of Independence, originally drafted, as far as I know, by Thomas Jefferson, in 1776. 

I have changed just one word.  

Can we start here ?  Is this too much ?  I know there will be difficulties in the boundaries of its interpretation, and it will take time and extreme skill to go down this path.

But here is a new Declaration of Rights:  

We hold these truths to be self-evident, 
that all creatures are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator 
with certain unalienable Rights, 
that among these are
Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
 

Do we believe it ?  Please tell me.   We will have to start, of course, by making sure that nobody with the defective sense of morality exhibited by David Cameron, Owen Paterson, or David Heath is ever again allowed to have control over the creatures that surround us, and that includes cows as well as badgers.  It must also take into its scope laboratory rats and mice, and pigs and horses and dogs and chickens, and slugs and snails and  …   Am I asking too much ?  This aligns with the beliefs of Buddhism, Shinto and Janes, I think, though I am not well-enough versed to be sure.  I would also hope that it aligns with Christianity, though I'm sure there are different shades of opinion within the Christian Church.  Reading the present Archbishop of Canterbury's recent statements, one has to wonder if the subject ought to be debated among C of E leaders.  I'm sure a large proportion of us have sung "All Things Bright and Beautiful" as kids in Church.

The next sentence is a direct quote, and this defines the road to follow: 

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, 
 deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — 
That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, 
it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, 
and to institute new Government, 
laying its foundation on such principles and organising its powers in such form, 
as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. 

This is the challenge before us.  Looking at the hideous tragedy unfolding in the 'pilot' badger cull zones – something we never quite believe would be allowed to happen – I now believe nothing less will do.   

Are you hearing me ?  Are we up to the challenge ? 

Bri 

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**Thu 29 Aug 13**
A NEW WAY TO TEACH PHYSICS
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New way to teach physics

Sent in by Peter West...

Brill !

Thanks Peter.

I think we need to put this up on site, to cheer ourselves up !

Cheers
Bri

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**Thu 29 Aug 13**
EVIL V EMPATHY

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Somebody (working in Animal Welfare) asked me today (28 August)… "If there is a choice, why do some people not make the one that is kind and nice?"

It's a question I ask myself often. Naive as it may sound, I now think there are two different kinds of humans - those with Empathy, and those without, to whom the feelings of others mean nothing, and worse than nothing, because for these people, it's actually enjoyable to cause pain to to other beings. It's so enjoyable that it becomes their biggest obsession. And they spend a major portion of their lives trying to make it look as if their behaviour is actually justifiable and decent.

We are in the majority, but the minority who are compulsively cruel are capable of massive damage, because, by definition, their actions are not bound by the kind of morality that guides us.

We are fighting guns with pea-shooters and words.

But we must win in the end. Because we are in the right.

I'd be interested to hear people's views on this. Am I being naive ? What is the explanation for evil behaviour ?

Bri

P.S. Before I get a sackful of outrage, please don't think I'm suggesting that everybody who is involved with the badger cull is evil. Not at all. I know some of the proponents pretty well, now, and I'd never suggest that, for instance, Adam Quinney is anything other than a very decent family man, with plenty of empathy. Then you get into wondering how the beliefs in this hopelessly ill-conceived cull got so firmly ingrained in decent people. I think the answer may be that loyalties play a part, and for some of those involved, it's hard for them to back out now, without being made to feel they are betraying their pals and colleagues. And it's hard to admit that you're wrong anyway. Sadly, there ARE a lot of people who love having a gun in their hands, and this policy is a gift for them.

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**Wed 28 Aug 13**
SIGNIFICANT POLL RESULT - SURGE IN E-PETITION
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Significant poll result:

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/poll/2013/aug/27/badger-cull-sympathise-with-saboteurs

Government getting less popular by the minute. Stop the cull VOTE !

Guardian Poll

Massive surge on badger-cull E-Petition, as NFU gunmen prepare to begin killing 5,000 badgers, reportedly tonight.

Trending e-petitions

To you folks out there peacefully protesting against this morally indefensible slaughter, God Bless You. >80% of Britain is with you.

Bri

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**Mon 26 Aug 13**
SOMETHING AWFUL IS HAPPENING
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Well, dear folks, something awful is happening.

But, strangely, this will move things forward.

One day all animals WILL be treated decently.

Bri

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**Wed 22 Aug 13**
A TRAGEDY IS UNFOLDING
- THE ATTEMPTED DESTRUCTION OF THE RSPCA'S POWERS TO SAVE ANIMALS FROM CRUELTY
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20 August 2013

It is nothing less than a vicious, calculated attempt to discredit the RSPCA and destroy its powers to prevent cruelty to animals.
This vile attack is being mounted by the Countryside Alliance, elements of the National Farmers Union, elements of the Press and media, and elements of the very Government of this country.

IT MUST NOT BE ALLOWED TO SUCCEED.

What we are witnessing is a last desperate attempt by the old privileged set in Britain, to hang on to its perceived right to trample over people, property, pets, wild animals and basically anything that gets in the way of their selfish desires.
This is a pivotal moment.

The RSPCA was founded in 1824 with the express purpose of defending animals against abuse - against unnecessary pain and death.

The RSPCA is one of the finest altruistic organisations this country has ever seen. It has tirelessly pursued that goal for 180 years, rescuing animals from all kinds of terrible fates, recently fighting amongst other things against the cruel export of live farm animals to Europe, the random massacre of badgers in a futile attempt to eradicate a farming disease, and the pursuit of fox hunters who have been routinely flouting the law against the pursuit and killing of foxes using packs of dogs.

All of these activities sit within the RSPCA’s charitable objectives. The RSPCA’s charter not only allows it to prosecute these abuses, but actually obliges it to do so. Until recently the organisation had been infiltrated by supporters of cruel sports, and had stopped short of pursuing the cruelty of the Hunts, but under the strong leadership of Gavin Grant, the RSPCA has recently for the first time taken long overdue direct action to prosecute illegal acts of fox hunting. The result has been a backlash – a frantic attempt by the criminals and their cohorts, to vilify the RSPCA in the eyes of the public.

Imagine, for a moment, that the NSPCC succeeded in a prosecution against a team of child abusers. Imagine if elements of the Press, in reporting the prosecution, neglected to report that justice had been done, but instead accused the NSPCC of recklessly spending its money, letting down its supporters, breaking its charter, and being politically motivated in its behaviour. Imagine if a bunch of child abusers then banded together to spread vile propaganda against the NSPCC, its officers, and the very children that were abused. This terrible scenario is exactly what the RSPCA is being subjected to, the only difference being that the creatures involved are non-human. The analogy between the RSPCA and the NSPCC is far from random. Both organisations were the result of action by William Wilberforce, the NSPCC being born actually within the offices of the RSPCA in 1884; both organisations operate with the clear intention of stamping out cruelty absolutely. It is widely accepted by criminal enforcement agencies that cruelty to animals is closely correlated with psychopathic behaviour and cruelty to children, and the two organisations have maintained their links over the years.

How could we stand by and let the pro-cruelty section of the community get away with it ? The people vilifying the RSPCA and anyone who speaks up for them are a small in number, but rich, powerful, well connected, and utterly ruthless. Their aim is to bring back the despicable blood sports of fox hunting, hare coursing, and stag hunting, which were outlawed by the Hunting Act of 2004. The fact that this Government is within an ace of starting a massacre of badgers might appear to be unrelated. But the fact is that the only way such carnage can be justified is if the value of a badger is set at zero. If they get away with this badger cull, then the value of every wild mammal is also set at zero, so, under the dishonest pretext of ‘vermin control’, they will be able to get away with bringing back all these appallingly cruel pursuits. There is no reason to suppose that it would stop there. We may see a return to legalised badger-baiting, bear-baiting, and even the burning of supposed witches at the stake. This is the crossroads.

Britain at this point either allows Cameron’s government to propel us back into the Dark Ages of barbarism, or we all stand up and cry “NO !” No return to the despicable pursuits of the privileged few in the name of tradition, or hidden under the entirely bogus claim of ‘control’.

Here, in brief, are details of the attacks on the RSPCA which followed (coincidentally!) the prosecution of four members of the Heythrop Hunt, David Cameron’s local Hunt, which he himself has supported.

On 29th January 2013, in Westminster Hall, members of the Conservative Party led by ex-Countryside Alliance chief executive Simon Hart, agitated to bring in a motion questioning the right of the RSPCA to prosecute cases of cruelty, and the legality of the charges brought against the Hunt. A debate was organised in a private chamber, with a motion of censure on the RSPCA. The motion was defeated.

The Press, led by the Daily Telegraph, widely made little of the groundbreaking convictions, and instead headlined reports that District Judge Tim Pattinson had commented at the trial that the money spent by the RSPCA in bringing the prosecution was out of order. He was apparently subsequently required to apologise for his comment.

3) On the 20th December 2012, a few weeks after the Heythrop Hunt convictions, a complaint was made by Simon Hart and other pro-hunt MP’s and Peers, direct to the Charities Commission claiming that the RSPCA had broken the rules of their charter. The complaint was judged unwarranted by the Charity Commission in a letter sent to the RSPCA on 28th January 2013. The RSPCA deemed to have acted according to its charter. Yet the Press almost totally ignored this outcome.

4) Accusations were made by a national newspaper that the RSPCA killed a high proportion of its rescued animals, with a clear implication that the money spent on prosecutions ought to have been spent on housing these animals. The claim was later judged to be untrue.

5) A number of ‘members’ of the RSPCA were given airtime on the Radio and TV, expressing their disgust at the actions of the RSPCA, and declaring they would never support it again. These people were, in the main, plants sympathetic with the Countryside Alliance, who had earlier infiltrated the organisation for this very purpose.

6) The RSPCA is now accused to unfairly having access to police records, necessary for the pursuit of their job, in tracking down and prosecuting offenders.

7) Gavin Grant has been the object of personal threats and abuse, and was yesterday (19.8.13) attacked in The Times.

8) Officers of the RSPCA have been the victims of vile abuse – their families, their pets and their very lives put under threat of ‘retribution’ from the fox hunting community.

9) Recently, a second complaint has been filed with the Charities Commission against the RSPCA, this time by the NFU. The NFU is strongly implicated in the whole affair anyway, because Simon Hart and other pro-hunt MP’s were assisted in their election campaigns by VOTE-OK, an organisation specifically set up to place pro-hunt activists in positions of power – and the organisation was founded by Charles Mann, an official of the NFU. (http://www.huntwatch.info/news511.htm)

I hope the true picture of what is going on is now becoming clear.

People of the UK, if you value your personal freedoms, and your right to be able to stand up against an anachronistic clique of ruthless toffs and bullies ….

What we must demand is zero tolerance of cruelty towards any sentient creature; but, in particular, zero tolerance for the despicable acts of cruelty against those who cannot speak up for themselves … the elderly, children and animals.

These attacks on the RSPCA will continue to appear – desperate attempts to thwart the prosecution of animal abusers, with the ultimate aim of making it acceptable for wild animals to be culled, hunted for sport, and regarded as vermin.

At this crucial time WE MUST GIVE THE RSPCA OUR FULL SUPPORT.

Brian May

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**Wed 21 Aug 13**
DVD ON THE WAY
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Thanks for asking, folks - yes, thank God there is a joyful side to life. Kerry's visit to studio today (Tue 20 Aug] totally inspiring. DVD on the way.

Bri

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**Wed 21 Aug 13**
THE NFU NOW ATTEMPT A PRE-EMPTIVE ATTACK ON PROTESTERS
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FARMERS GUARDIAN article refers

The NFU and the Government are wildly lashing out at anything which might thwart their evil culling plans. At the 11th hour before the beginning of the shooting of badgers, apparently scheduled for this coming Monday, they are applying for an injunction to try to prevent any interference with their dirty work. But, reading the small print, it looks as if they are not just trying to stop illegal activities (the police already have plenty of power to do that), but actually trying to prevent legitimate protests all over the country against almost anything the Government decides to do against the will of the public. In short, this injunction, if granted by the judge, could constitute one of the most outrageous curbing of civil liberties this country has ever seen.

It seems there are no lengths the Government will not go to, using our money, to implement this futile cull. Perhaps the best consolation is the fact that we now get to see them wrestle with the dire results of getting their own way. Perhaps conspicuous public failure is the only message that will get through to them. It's an awful, cruel, misguided, tragically wasteful disaster. But a disaster which, strangely enough, by awakening public outrage, may eventually change the balance of power in this country.

Bri

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**Wed 21 Aug 13**
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FRITZ RAU

We salute Fritz Rau tonight,
sadly passed away at the age of 83.

Fritz was the original Rock and Roll promoter in Germany,
and a truly cultured and generous man.
His knowledge and insight into the industry was matchless,
and the wonderful stories he had to tell stretched back way further than Rock
- to Marlene Dietrich and beyond.

He was a legend and a mentor to every German impresario,
the first champion of Queen in his country, promoting our first tour
in partnership with Michael Sheller in 1975.

He will be sadly missed by all.

RIP Fritz. With love

Brian


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**Wed 21 Aug 13**
WE HAVE BEEN INFORMED (BADGER CULL)
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We have been informed

THE BADGER CULL WILL BEGIN THIS MONDAY EVENING.

This information given to us by DEFRA today.

Bri

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**Tue 20 Aug 13**
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Happy Birthday Deacy !!

Bri

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**Tue 20 Aug 13**
ALL HAIL CAROLINE LUCAS
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All Hail Caroline Lucas - an MP who has the courage to act according to her good conscience. http://www.itv.com/ We all applaud you.

Folks, an apology for absence. This knee replacement journey demands a lot of patience and attention. I had to turn off, and 'do' recovery. Thanks again for the great supportive messages. I'm on the mend, slowly but surely. It's a journey, for sure. First day back at work today. (Monday 19 Aug)

Bri

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