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Tory MP accused of ‘physically threatening’ comedian in BBC interview gone wrong

Stand-up comedian Luisa Omielan said in her video post that Philip Davies MP shoved her and demanded she hand over her camera before being allowed to leave. The comedian said Davies tried to stop her leaving the room when she terminated a meeting set up for her new BBC TV show ‘Politics for B*****s’.

Filming live on Facebook, Omielan said she burst out of Davies’ office and ran out of the nearest fire escape after the MP accused her of having a “Corbynist agenda for the BBC.”

The BBC Three series was set to feature the meeting in Davies’ office in Westminster’s Portcullis House, but it all went wrong. Omielan said she expressed surprise that someone from Yorkshire could be a Tory. On Facebook she wrote: “I asked him about how he sits with the country when it feels divided with Brexit , NHS cuts and homelessness.

“He blamed homelessness on addiction and mental health issues and demanded my facts and figures for NHS cuts. His mic wasn’t working, at which point he pulled it off and started calling me names, most of which were ‘you extreme left wing Corbynista with a BBC agenda.’”

The argument exploded, she said, over the NHS. Omielan’s mother died in summer 2017 and the comedian-turned-broadcaster was critical of her NHS treatment, saying she had been “failed at every turn.”

According to Omielan, the MP, who had initially expressed sympathy over her mother’s passing, then asked her for “proof” there had been cuts to the NHS and brandished a spreadsheet on his PC to prove her wrong.

“He could not show any empathy or humanness,” she said. “I’m telling him my personal experience and he wants to use numbers to show he is right. He then asked for the camera and tried to come and get it. Instead I grabbed the camera and told him he’s not having it and left the office. I accidentally pushed by his assistant at which point Phillip Davies got in front of the door and slammed it so I couldn’t get out and shoved me a little.”

She said she called Davies a “d***head” and ran out of the office with the camera. After the meeting, and subsequent social media horror at the story, Omielan said she is weighing up her options.

“I never expected an MP to behave in this way and be physically threatening,” she said. “We can disagree on matters without resorting to name calling or shoving. I expected him to have answers and a cause not a complete shutdown defensive.”

Davies caused a row last week when he called out “noisy feminists” over inaction on Sharia courts. The MP, who has a reputation for filibustering, has been branded a “disgrace” by women’s rights campaigners.

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Related Teen Epidemics? Looking for Answers in All the Wrong Places

As discussed in Part One, American teenagers are drowning in a rising tide of disorders: behavioural issues, sensory problems, depression, self-harm and more. The medical-pharmaceutical industry has rushed to brand all of these problems as mental health conditions treatable with profit-generating drugs. Few are talking about the broader neurodevelopmental crisis—triggered in part by environmental toxins such as the mercury and aluminum in vaccines—that is sabotaging children’s neurodevelopment and sapping adolescent resilience.

Age of Autism’s media editor Anne Dachel deconstructs this disproportionate focus on mental health, suggesting that the underlying aim of proclaiming half of American children mentally subpar may be to mask the real and serious neurological issues affecting children. As Dachel explains, “If every other child is ‘mentally ill,’ the ones with autism…and a host of developmental problems won’t matter.” In short, mental illness will become “a normal and acceptable part of childhood,” conveniently letting the manufacturers and purveyors of environmental toxins off the hook.

Blame the parents—for everything

Dachel astutely observes that some of the trendiest explanations for teen distress are inherently victim-blaming—or, more precisely, parent-blaming. Chief among these is the suddenly ubiquitous notion that teens’ problems are all due to “adverse child experiences” (ACEs), a vaguely conceptualized term comprising early-life trauma or abuse and household dysfunction. The sweeping line of reasoning underlying ACE research is that experiences such as “trauma exposure, parent mental health problems and family dysfunction put children at risk for disrupted brain development and increased risk for later health problems and mortality.” In response, researchers are calling for a more “trauma-informed and trauma-focused” approach to psychiatric diagnosis and treatment. Investigators also have begun holding ACEs responsible for a wide range of health behaviors and outcomes, including “depressive symptoms, ADHD symptoms, cigarette use, alcohol use, marijuana use, and BMI, in addition to lower levels of fruit and vegetable intake, and sleep.”

Without discounting the potential mental and physical health impacts of trauma and abuse, there are two problems with using ACEs as a catch-all explanation for young people’s mental and neurodevelopmental woes. First, a large body of scientific evidence clearly indicates that the neurodevelopmental disorders disabling today’s youth are multifactorial in origin. ACEs are only one component of a much longer list of likely environmental factors—including chemical pollutants and drugs—that can “interfere with typical brain developmental trajectories, eventually increasing the risk of either subclinical neuropsychological alterations or…clinical conditions such as learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).”

Second, it is hard to explain why ACEs suddenly should result in sky-high rates of intellectual disabilities and developmental delays (including autism) when, historically, even the most extreme forms of adversity have not been predictive of neurodevelopmental disorders. As Dachel observes, “Adversities and stress are nothing new. Somehow, everyone’s buying into the idea that kids today are falling apart because of the stress of modern life.” Dachel describes her grandfather’s family, which left Northern Ireland after going through a lot in the struggle for independence. She observes, “He and his siblings were working at a very young age when they got to North America. Although no one went beyond the fourth grade and they were as poor as one can imagine, all these kids were normal, intelligent and functional. They had to function in the adult world, and they did it.”

As with refugees from the Northern Irish “troubles,” there is no evidence that Holocaust survivors had (or have, for those still alive today) higher rates of ADHD, Asperger’s, autism, learning disabilities, sensory processing disorders or dyslexia, despite undergoing extreme trauma. Violinist Alison Fujito notes that Holocaust survivors “were tortured and suffered emotional and physical agony, and most had severe nutritional deficiencies. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the norm for a Holocaust survivor, not the exception.” Yet after Fujito’s father escaped Nazi-occupied Austria, leaving “his home and his entire family at age 14, not knowing if he’d ever see his parents, aunts, uncles or cousins again—talk about stress!—he hardly ever got sick, and it certainly didn’t affect him neurologically. He earned top honors in an English-language school though his first language was German and went on to not one but two successful careers. And he was always happy and cheerful—this was not an act, he was just a positive force.” Fujito noted that Holocaust survivors also “didn’t have fidget toys.”

If it’s not the parents, it’s the smartphones

Dachel’s commentaries note that, in addition to ACEs, a growing number of celebritiesand academics are blaming smartphones and social media for adolescents’ plummeting mental health. Again, without discounting this still-emerging body of research, the chronological sequence of events suggests that this can only be a partial answer at best. The first mass-market-oriented smartphone did not appear on the scene until 2007, and widespread smartphone ownership did not take off until some years later. However, rates of neurodevelopmental disorders started climbing in the 1990s, and the widely cited national survey that first highlighted the astoundingly high prevalence of teenage mental health disorders was conducted in 2001-2004.

Unhelpful victim-blaming explanations serve corporate interests, allowing powerful medical and pharmaceutical entities to shirk their ethical responsibilities. Instead of telling parents they are doing everything wrong, we should immediately be looking to reduce children’s and teens’ exposure to neurotoxins and other damaging chemical concoctions. Otherwise, families, schools and communities increasingly will find themselves hard-pressed to fulfill their task of safely guiding adolescents into a healthy and happy adulthood.

WMP NOTE: In Part One, WMP examines whether the ballooning epidemics of mental health problems and developmental disabilities are connected by having the same root causes.

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These 15 Drawings Are An Incredible Reflection Of What’s Wrong With Society

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For centuries art has been used as a tool for telling the human story. What we look like, what we do, artistic expressions of our society – all are encompassed in centuries worth of art.

Now is no different. We see in film and music today, people calling out various aspects of our society that need to be observed. Whether it’s bands talking about the prison like nature of our world or films drawing upon the underlying consciousness that makes up all of life, the reflection triggers are there.

It’s no secret that in our society today we are faced with many challenges that are long overdue for change. In fact, humanity is being challenged a great deal to deal with those changes… now. It’s part of an overall shift in consciousness sweeping its way across our world.

The following drawings by Al Margen offer an opportunity to reflect on what our society has become. What do we do with these feelings as they arise from looking at these images? Begin with yourself. How do you feel about the images you see? Are you contributing to what they are representing? What can you do to change yourself and your own behaviours when it comes to what you see below?

Through acting on this change yourself, from a peaceful non judgmental or damning way, you inspire others to do the same. It’s one thing to simply look at these images and be amused, it’s another to begin acting on what they represent.

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Controversy: ‘It’s too late for Germany’ says German feminist SJW, admits she got it wrong on immigration

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In 2012 Rebecca Sommer founded the refugee aid association Arbeitsgruppe Flucht + Menschen-Rechte (AG F+M) [Working Group Asylum + Human Rights]. At the end of 2015, this artist, photographer and journalist and documentary maker applauded Angela Merkel’s decision to open German’s borders to the “refugees” who had been blocked in Hungary, despite the vacuum effect this would create. “At that time I wanted to help everyone and truly believed that all these people were fleeing hell and were in a state of complete distress,” the German activist explained in an article published by the conservative Polish weekly Do Rzeczy on 15 January, discussing how she woke up to reality.

In 2015, her NGO had almost 300 volunteers who were giving German courses to the new arrivals.

“I thought their medieval view was going to change with time…but after having seen these situations occur repeatedly and observing what was happening around me, as a volunteer, I have had to recognise that the Muslim refugees have grown up with values that are totally different, they have undergone brainwashing from childhood on and are indoctrinated by Islam and absolutely do not intend to adopt our values. Worse, they regard we infidels with disdain and arrogance.

“It was a jarring perception when I noticed that these people I had helped, who were eating, drinking, dancing and laughing with me, who didn’t pray, who didn’t go to the mosque, who didn’t respect Ramadan, who made fun of religion and deeply religious people, called me ‘the stupid German whore’ when they were eating my food and were in my garden.

Rebecca Sommer says she is not an isolated case, that many other volunteers also came ultimately to have the same perception and that there are now far fewer volunteers ready to work with the new arrivals today in Germany. She also acknowledges that, through their numbers, these Muslim immigrants pose a threat to the German way of life, and that this will get worse with family reunification.

She also told the Polish weekly magazine Do Rzeczy that she personally knows Germans who are getting ready to emigrate to Poland because they have had enough, and she added: “If Poland and Hungary do not give in on this question, you could become countries that some Germans and French will flee to. You could become islands of stability in Europe.”

Islands of stability but also democracy because Rebecca Sommer also notes that democracy no longer really exists in Germany… When the human rights activists wanted to denounce forced conversions to Islam in Indonesia, her account was blocked.

This Berlin woman no longer dares to go out on her own on New Year’s Eve and she has already been attacked five times by men speaking Arabic!

She thinks it is already too late for Germany and she plans to emigrate for her retirement. Political Islam is present everywhere, including in the government, in political parties, in the police and schools. With family reunification, millions of additional Muslim immigrants are going to come. In the German capital where she lives, entire districts are already dominated by the Muslim community which forms a parallel society.

UPDATE: Rebecca Sommer has responded to this article, claiming it is “fake news”, without specifying what she means by that. See this follow-up article (link).

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Reefill wants to get New Yorkers off bottled water. What’s wrong with this picture?

New York City water doesn’t need to be filtered and citizens have already paid for it, that’s what.

At first glance, TreeHugger should love Reefill, pitched as “a cheap and easy alternative to bottled water, providing unlimited access to chilled, filtered tap water on the go.” It got a lot of coverage when it launched on Indiegogo last year and can now be found in a few spots in Greenwich Village. According to TechCrunch, it has interesting and green roots.

The founders, Jason Pessel, Andrew Betlyon, and Patrick Connorton, first worked on the idea during the 2015 Think Beyond Plastic accelerator but they’ve been lifelong friends. They bootstrapped the first few stations and won grants from NYU and the 2016 New York StartUp! Business Plan Competition.

Water and plastic waste© Reefill

We do go on about plastic waste and, as Reefill notes,

50 billion single-use bottles are produced each year, of which 38 billion go unrecycled. That means millions of tons of plastic are being dumped into our oceans and landfills every year… it takes about 17 million barrels of oil to make all of that plastic. And we’re not even counting the oil wasted from trucking those bottles around after they’re filled!

Instead, Reefill is setting up stations in local businesses where one can fill their water bottle with cold, filtered water, as often as you want for the small price of $ 1.99 per month. What could we possibly object to about that?

For one thing, Reefill implies that their water is somehow better than New York water out of the tap.

Reefill stations use carbon and sediment filters that meet the performance standards of NSF certification 42 (meaning they reduce specific aesthetic or non-health-related contaminants, including chlorine, taste, and odor) and NSF certification 53 (meaning they reduce specific health-related contaminants, including lead, Cryptosporidium/Cyst, and Giardia).

But in fact, as noted in an earlier post, New York tap water is among the world’s best. Thanks to some very smart and far-sighted planning going back to 1842, the City controls 1,900 square miles of land containing pristine lakes and reservoirs that supply approximately 1.4 billion gallons of water each day to nearly 9 million people in New York City and surrounding counties. It is pure, clean, and unfiltered. It has none of those listed contaminants and many repeated blind taste tests have found that it had a better taste and odor than Aquafina, Poland Spring, and Evian.

Now to be fair to Reefill, they do have what a wag on Twitter called a “steerage button” where you can get plain old New York water out of their taps for free. And to be balanced, they do note on their site that they are not really selling water, but the hardware.

The membership fee covers the infrastructure and maintenance of the network, including the chilling and filtering of the water. We are not charging for the water — tap water is always free from each Reefill station — and once you access chilled, filtered water from a station, you can take as much as you’d like and fill up your friends’ bottles too!

But in fact, there are lots of places in New York City where you can get New York water for free and fill up your water bottles; it is a public resource. The big problem with Reefill is that it continues delivering the message that somehow, tap water isn’t quite good enough. This has been going on for a while; as Elizabeth Royte noted in Bottlemania, one Pepsico marketing VP said to investors in 2000: “When we are done, tap water will be relegated to showers and washing dishes.”

The bottled water people have pretty much succeeded if people actually believe that they should pay to drink filtered New York tap water. I suppose TreeHugger should support any venture that is trying to reduce the use of bottled water, but not if it is continuing to scare people off tap by suggesting it is somehow better.

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German Refugee Worker Admits She Was Wrong, Plans to Move to Poland


A refugee worker who once welcomed Angela Merkel’s decision to open Germany’s borders to over a million predominantly Muslim migrants now admits she was wrong and is emigrating to Poland, asserting, “It’s too late for Germany.”

After founding the refugee aid association Working Group Asylum + Human Rights in 2012, Rebecca Sommer was delighted to welcome the deluge of migrants that began arriving in Germany in the second half of 2015.

“At that time I wanted to help everyone and truly believed that all these people were fleeing hell and were in a state of complete distress,” Sommer told Polish weekly Do Rzeczy.

Along with over 300 volunteers, Sommer began providing German language courses to the new arrivals with the aim of helping them integrate into society.

With the initial hope that “their medieval view was going to change with time,” Sommer soon realized that, “Muslim refugees have grown up with values that are totally different, they have undergone brainwashing from childhood on and are indoctrinated by Islam and absolutely do not intend to adopt our values.”

She also observed how the migrants, “regard we infidels with disdain and arrogance,” after they began to refer to her as “the stupid German whore,” a realization that she says has led other refugee volunteers to quit.

Sommer now admits that despite her good intentions, she got it completely wrong and that Muslim migration poses an existential threat to the Germany way of life, a problem that will only be exacerbated by the process of family reunification, where migrants will be able to invite their relatives to stay in Germany.

“If Poland and Hungary do not give in on this question, you could become countries that some Germans and French will flee to. You could become islands of stability in Europe,” said Sommer, adding that she has been personally attacked five separate times by Arabic-speaking men.

Indeed, fear of sexual assault is now so commonplace in Germany that jogging shorts which emit a high pitch alarm when triggered are selling like hot cakes.

Following the mass sexual molestation of women in Cologne two years ago, Berlin set up “safe zones” where women could congregate to avoid being assaulted. Police statistics for 2016 show that a full half of the crimes committed in Berlin were carried out by migrants.

A recent study by the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs found that there is a direct correlation between the country’s rising violent crime rate and the mass influx of migrants.

Sommer concludes that with family reunification, Germany will be swamped by Muslim migrants and that political Islam, which is already beginning to exert its influence in schools, political parties, the government and the police force, will eventually become completely dominant.

“It’s too late for Germany,” she adds.

As we document in the video below, while Angela Merkel has announced her intention to continue bringing in hundreds of thousands of migrants per year, the country’s population are unwitting participants in a bizarre social engineering experiment to get them to accept their new reality.



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