Living within Limits

It comes to something when you go to a Christmas market for trimmings and a few gifts then have to walk away depressed with nothing in your hands as everything was just too expensive.

A few examples,
3 tiny pots of jam £17.50 ($28 US).
100 grams of fudge (sugar candy) £4 ($6.40) or 3 lumps for £10 ($16)
Baskets of marzipan fruit FROM £25 ($40)
Slivers of slate chips, engraved with snow scenes, with a piece of ribbon thread through a hole , to hang on the Christmas tree £2.50 each ($4).

Season of goodwill? To give is better than receive, Bah humbug!
No wonder so many commit suicide coming up to and during the Christmas holidays.

We on the other hand are JUST living within our means.
That means we don’t owe a penny (cent) to a soul BUT coming into the holiday season, the line between looking forward to our break and wishing it would end before it started is blurring WAY OUT OF FOCUS.

We’re not alone and talk in the cheaper supermarkets and shops where we go is all about MONEY or, to be precise, lack of it.

The rich verses the poor in reality.
I was having a discussion with another about how unfair things were about taxation and used the example of 1% extra in tax for someone on a little is vastly greater than someone rolling in money.

I got challenged about that,
Someone earning £10,000 to someone earning  £100,000 and 1% tax.
£10,000 ($16000) = £100 ($160)
£100,000 ($160000)= £1000 ($1600)

On first view the rich pay more BUT look at what’s left.
Low figure leaves £9,900 to live on
High figure leaves £99,000 to live on.

Not much of a difference is it?
Like hell there isn’t!

Tory      Austerity

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UKIP aka New Tory

After Rochester, UKIP Leader Farage looks to the future.

BBC News‎ – 20 hours ago
Nigel Farage has said UKIP can become a major force in Parliament at next year’s election.

UKIP, the UK’s latest “lost hope, last chance” for a change of government style is trouncing the established parties in the by-elections.

YET what difference will it make, what if they got into “POWER”?
In my humble opinion NOT A LOT.

After all the party is made up in a sort of mongrel mix of the other parties “rats leaving their own respective sinking ships”.

sinkingshipSo what you now have is a mix of malcontent-defecting Tory, Lib Dem, and Labor MP’s making up a sort of “NEW TORY”.

I will make a prediction though, they will get into power, as yet another tail for the “uber alles, rich list” Tory party to wag.

All the wackiness of Farage and the oppression, hatred, and aggression of the Tories, unleashed onto a pathetic UK voting sheeple aka electorate for another term of office.

God help us if that happens.

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Kicked off

Hi folks especially my regular followers.
It’s 23rd November 2014 and things aren’t quite right.

lostmysmileIt seems that Word Press has had a bit of a tilt and regular readers will find they need to renew any links they have to my site.

Sorry about that, I don’t know why, I’ve asked the “Happiness Engineers” to look into it for me.

Until it is resolved, I’ll keep scribbling and hope for the best.
Paul Gray,
Thoughtfully Prepping in uncertain times.

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If Ebola isn’t enough try plague

This report from The Guardian

An outbreak of the plague has killed 40 people out of 119 confirmed cases in Madagascar since late August and there is a risk of the disease-spreading rapidly in the capital, the World Health Organization has said.

That’s the one spread by fleas
and is also known as
The Black Death.
plagueflea

As you will read in the report:-
It is one of the most deadly infectious diseases and can kill people within 24 hours.

The WHO is again handling this one.
Wanna bet they fall short of effective control like they are with Ebola and also that the worlds leaders will do absolutely nothing about it?

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Police Success!

In life people tend to measure success against a reference.
In the UK it’s a numbers game but the reference is usually whatever the scribblings on the cigarette packet say or a “best guess”.

So, today, up pops this on the BBC:-
150 weapons surrendered to police in gun amnesty
Dyfed-Powys Police Ch Insp Ieuan Matthews said the response was “fantastic”.

OK I can believe that in Wales (where the men are men and the sheep nervous) but in a US gun fair, the dumpsters at the end of the fair have probably got more discarded weapons and ammo than this.

The authorities haven’t actually got a clue about how many illegal weapons there are on the streets with some “learned pundits” guessing at 500,000 to a million.

Yet here we go again. the yearly firearms amnesty for weapons offered by police forces up and down the country.

Most will have been discovered in someone’s attic (loft) or a kid was found to be holding a weapon by his mother and she has been waiting to give it in and not having to answer any awkward questions.

Overall the criminals will keep their weapons and the balance again will turn in favor of the bad guys. The good with less, and the criminals more.

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Meanwhile Ebola.

Shush! I don’t think we or in fact anyone is allowed to talk about this anymore.

(Reuters) – The death toll in the Ebola epidemic has risen to 5,459 out of 15,351 cases identified in eight countries by the end of Nov. 18, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

So that’s the US, UK, France, Germany, Norway, Mali, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, have all seen or are seeing Ebola.

Looking good seeing as most of the non-African deaths were because our glorious leaders left international travel working and didn’t impose strict quarantine on visitors or even try to stop the”noble” from going out to the hot zones and subsequently falling ill.

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Got a theme going here.

I am all for a woman’s right to choose (and my right to choose come to think about it) and a while ago this poster also caught my attention.

It sort of sums up the hypocrisy that all governments and the misguided anti-gun lobby show regarding gun control.
womanguncontrolIn case you are one of those “Ban the gun types” or stupid politicians who choose not to read the small print when it suits them:-

Gun Control: The theory that a woman found dead in an alley, raped and strangled with her own pantyhose, is somehow morally superior to a woman explaining to police how her attacker got that fatal bullet wound.

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