What concerns me more, is the impending trade deals with the USA that will undermine the satandards of care, and food security of the people on the mainland. I just would not buy chicken that has been bleached, or milk that does not meet the high standards we have developed. How will we know what products contain milk that has been allowed into the food chain from cows with udder infections. Good grief, do the people in the USA drink this milk? It’s just wrong to have antibiotics in the food chain. We are trying to combat MRSA. What’s the point of limiting antibiotic use for Humans, and allowing them in the food chain.
Its wrong both morrally and hygenically to have a cow in pain with an udder infection not being treated. Our milk standards in Europe are very high. Our animal welfare not perfect, but very good.
Don’t ask me about the transport of live animals. That does upset me very much. It’s an area of European legislation that needs addressing. Why transport live animals when we have refrigerated trucks, and you can transport more meat in a refrigerated truck than jamming live sentient animals in cattle trucks and subjecting them to awful conditions for hours in the heat on motorways.
It was an awful image I took away from a visit to Italy last year. We took a day trip to Venice, and seeing live animals being transported on the motorways was heartbreaking. They were abject. It is quite unnecessary.
I am a meat eater. I am increasingly feeling that the less meat I eat the better it will be for animal welfare. We ordered a Chinese take away on Saturday night. I won’t suggest it again. It didn’t occur to me about the meat, nor the ingredients. It was all sweetened. The takeaway for two was enough for four meals, so we finished it last night. I will teach myself to make the Chinese food from now on. Obviously Chinese food is sweet and sour, but I think I need to experiment.
I digress. A lot of that antibiotic contaminated milk will probably end up as baby food, also dried milk additives, or creamer for coffee machines. Biscuits, pre made custard, rice pudding, the list is endless.
The UK government are trying to get a trade deal with the USA, and on this issue alone, accepting dairy products that do not conform to our standards is frightening. The long term health risk unimaginable. Can anyone needing surgery for a hip replacement, or a heart operation imagine what the world will be like when we can no longer use antibiotics.
The other issue is the animal welfare that allows this contamination of the milk to be allowed. The cow should be on antibiotics, in which case the milk should not be used. We are trying to battle MRSA, not invite it through the front door.
No animal that has been given antibiotics should be in the food chain for a quarantine period after administration. It is appalling that animals are given antibiotics to fatten them up. I have my dog on antibiotics at the moment. She had a nasty cough. We took her back to the Vet after four days on antibiotics, so the vet could see if she was responding, or still had the infection. It was still bad, so she decided to continue the course to ten days. Her tummy is all tight.
The dog is suffering from the antibiotics. She is well enough in herself, but her coat isn’t right. She is playful, and eating well, but I can tell. She gets a little buttermilk with each meal for the culture. At least we know we are doing the best we can for her. As I keep saying our family pet gets better treatment than the millions of people denied medical care. It’s a scandal.
Losing free movement of people will be a disaster. If we have to get visas to travel in Europe, I think I would find out how to sue the British Government. It’s a loss of my personal freedom. You can’t have Free movement of people, and then take this privilege away.
What is the point of leaving the customs union? Somebody explain this to me in language I can understand. Why would you want to make it more difficult to transport goods and services throughout Europe? This was the reason we worked towards these initiatives. It will increase the cost of imports drastically. You will have lorry drivers sitting for hours while their goods are processed through multiple borders. You have to pay the lorry drivers, you will need more trucks in transit. It’s mad. Why are the UK government pushing for this?
What did people think they were voting for when they voted to leave the EU? To take back control of their laws? Say goodbye to the hard fought for employment protections the EU has developed. Expect the welfare system to collapse any time soon, and the USA to annex everything from the National Health Service, and sue every company that contravenes their competition Laws.
Expect a corporate raid from the USA if you lot leave the EU. No wonder they are fed up with you lot in the European Parliament, fancy allowing Nigel Farage to represent your interests abroad. His one agenda has been to get the UK out of the EU so the USA can send a raiding party to an exposed shoreline somewhere near you. Remember the Vikings, expect worse. This will be corporate rape and pillage.
I hope the British Farmers get mobilised. They have a lady as President of the Farmers now. The French Farmers are very good at getting their point across, perhaps some rather extreme methods, but they are effective. A pile of Cow manure outside No10 Downing St, would catch a headline.
Perhaps Horse manure would be a better statement. The UK is being flogged to death, and traded for horsemeat. Expect that in your beefburgers if you leave the EU.
Its almost 5am. I am going to get my accounts up to date and finish my tax return. I may not pay a lot of tax, but I pay mine on time. We get a ten percent discount if we pay on time. What’s the point of delaying the payment and then getting a 10% fine for late payment. I would slap that on the corporations who haven’t paid their tax on time as well. If I have a moral duty to pay my tax on time, and don’t deem it neccassary to add a further ten percent to my governments coffers, it leaves me that ten percent to give to charity. Now that I am going to Church again, it covers my weekly donation.
I might just just look into tithing it annually soon, as the Church should be able to claim any tax back.
God is very good at accounts. I am going to ask Him to help me do them. He likes the maths! Also we get to negotiate our budgets, and account for the use of our money. I like the idea that God is generous. We get to keep nine tenths of our money, it is blessed and multiplied in effectiveness. Don’t ask me how it works, it’s just a side benefit. I suppose like getting loyalty points, special deals, and air miles. He is very strong on not having any debt either.
He can’t bless our money if we have debt. God doesn’t compromise His own laws. He can make special dispensations and be merciful when we get things wrong thankfully. But standards are standards. God hates the bondage debt places on people. If I take any loan out that involves paying interest, the blessing I get for my money will go out of the window. I have learned my lesson on that one.
Even I got tempted the other day. Then I suddenly realised what I was thinking. Yikes, so easy to get trapped these days. I like to save up for things. When I get them I enjoy them more. It also means I have plenty of time to change my mind before buying something. Right gird up the loins of your mind girl, and get that paperwork out!
There, I spent twenty minutes looking for the connector to the transformer to my laptop and couldn’t find it. I think it is in the bedroom with the camera charger. I am not going to wake my Husband up trying to find it. That’s a bit of quid pro quo for being rude to Him when He couldn’t find the part for His car the other day!
In the meantime I have made some bread, and got a duck ready to cook tonight. We fancy trying crispy Peking Style duck ourselves. I had t realised we would be eating Chinese style for three days when we got the duck out to thaw. We wanted to try it out ourselves to see if we could serve it to friends, so this is a practice. Everyone likes pancakes and crispy duck hopefully.
In the meantime I was mentally girding my loins for the bookwork. My old laptop is on its last legs, and I have a sneaky suspicion it will simply die of old age soon. I am being challenged by God to do my accounts manually. Two main reasons, the first is that I object to paying a monthly subscription to use quicken, and have my stuff stored on the cloud. The second is that I don’t want to pay for that either.
I can surely go back to manual. I won’t get the instant reports, but if I just do it weekly instead of monthly it’s less of a chore. It is easier just to have a book to do it in and simplify the process. My Husband is very helpful in that he writes down all the expenditure in a big A4 notepad. Then He staples all the receipts on each page. A page to a month. Then I can tally that with the statements.
The thing is, I am six months behind with entering into the laptop, because we had a huge house upheaval having some building work done and a new kitchen put in. Hence the loin girding to tackle it.
Big G is suggesting I do it manually and to simplify the process. Then I won’t think of buying another laptop when this one crashes, and I can do whatever needs entering as it arrives. I also won’t have to bother with buying a subscription for an accounts package and pay for data storage. Big G also says it will do my brain good to get a bit more exercise. We can do it together, because He likes the Maths!
Well that’s a weight off my mind. I will get another scrapbook today. I might even check to see if I have an old ledger from my business days. At least I won’t have to worry about data security or pay for that either. The Tax office can always check the hard copy if I take the ledger in.
So that’s Four savings.
No potential new laptop.
No subscription to an accounts program,
No subscription to data storage,
and no subscription to internet security for the laptop.
I am not even going to bother pricing up what God just saved me in cash. Plus it’s more accessible to me. I won’t have to sit in the office to do it. It’s a nice view, but it’s a cold room in the winter. I would rather sit by the fire and keep it up to date.
Another word from God on that sheet I got yesterday...
For I am your best counsellor says the Lord. Therefore, bring all your concerns, bring all your worries to me. And I will advise you.
Its great advice thanks God! I shall be looking forward to doing this job with you as well. Another little snippet from my daily word from God book, which is probably about 70years old, is;
Doing any kind of work unwillingly, fretfully, with complaint and murmuring, hurts the life.
Not just our own life, and our relationship with God, but everyone else around us. Tutting over things all the time isn’t very gracious I suppose! No I am not aware of doing it, but I do notice when other people do.Still, life can be irksome sometimes. Like not being able to find things.