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UK Workforce Going Mad?

Posted by feww on October 26, 2017

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– UK Report # 46 –

Poor mental health costs the UK economy up to £99 billion ($130bn)

Background:

Thriving at Work, a report commissioned by the UK government, explores the significant cost of poor mental health to UK businesses and the economy as a whole. Poor mental health costs the national economy up to £99 billion (US$131bn), or about £3,100 for every working person in the country, each year.

[Report prepared by FIRE-EARTH affiliated experts.]

  • UK Reports Nos. 01 – 46 are available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

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FIRE-EARTH Report: UK 05

Posted by feww on April 18, 2017

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UK “Democracy”: Politics of Mass Deception

UK caretaker PM T.M. May has announced she would call for snap general election in the U.K. on June 8, seeking to strengthen her ‘Brexit’ mandate.

[Prepared by an affiliated team of political scientists.]

  • Reports UK 01 – 05 are available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

Background:

Nine out of ten Brits believe the UK Government is run by big entities acting in their own self interest.

  • Nine out of ten Brits say the UK government is run by a few big entities acting in their own interests.
  • 67% say that UK political parties are corrupt.
  • 69% of respondents in the United Kingdom believe the media are corrupt/extremely corrupt.
  • 66% feel political parties are corrupt/extremely corrupt.
  • 55% believe parliament / legislature is corrupt/extremely corrupt.
  • 49% feel business is corrupt/extremely corrupt.
  • 45% say public officials and civil servants are corrupt/extremely corrupt
  • 18% feel education systems are corrupt/extremely corrupt.
  • 24% say judiciary is corrupt/extremely corrupt.
  • 32% believe police are corrupt/extremely corrupt.

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FIRE-EARTH Report: UK 04

Posted by feww on April 5, 2017

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UK Corruption is Endemic: Brits

Nine out of ten Brits believe the UK Government is run by big entities acting in their own self interest.

[Prepared by an affiliated team of political scientists.]

  • Reports UK 01 – 03 are available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

Background:

  • Nine out of ten Brits say the UK government is run by a few big entities acting in their own interests.
  • 67% say that UK political parties are corrupt.
  • 69% of respondents in the United Kingdom believe the media are corrupt/extremely corrupt.
  • 66% feel political parties are corrupt/extremely corrupt.
  • 55% believe parliament / legislature is corrupt/extremely corrupt.
  • 49% feel business is corrupt/extremely corrupt.
  • 45% say public officials and civil servants are corrupt/extremely corrupt
  • 18% feel education systems are corrupt/extremely corrupt.
  • 24% say judiciary is corrupt/extremely corrupt.
  • 32% believe police are corrupt/extremely corrupt.

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UK: ‘Fake science used to justify badger culls’

Posted by feww on March 28, 2017

UK government risked losing trust on how it used evidence on important scientific issues —Researcher

The UK government is accused of using “fake science” to justify its policy of culling badgers to control cattle TB.

Prof Rosie Woodroffe, a wildlife expert at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), says the UK government ministers were creating an “illusion” of success to justify their policy of culling badgers to control cattle TB, said a report.

Prof Woodroffe, who conducted the scientific research of culling badgers to control Cattle TB, which forms the basis of the current policy, said the government risked losing trust on how it used evidence – not just on its policy on controlling cattle TB but on other important scientific issues as well, the report said.

“When evidence is being cherry-picked and presented in the best possible light, it ceases to be evidence. It is fake science,” Woodroffe said.

“When it comes to (other policy areas) such as climate change and bee pollination, issues that have a big impact on lives and livelihoods of people, it is important that we can rely on the government to provide good evidence to stand up to scrutiny.”

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UK Govt ‘covered up botched Trident missile test’ weeks before crucial vote

Posted by feww on January 23, 2017

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Secrecy over failed Trident test launch ‘bizarre and stupid’ –Former Navy Chief

“A serious malfunction in Britain’s Trident nuclear weapons deterrent was covered up by Downing Street just weeks before the crucial House of Commons vote on the future of the missile system,” according to a report.

The Sunday Times has revealed that a Trident II D5 missile, capable of killing millions when armed with nuclear warheads — failed after being launched from HMS Vengeance, a British submarine, off the coast of Florida in June last year, and probably veered off towards the United States.

The intended target for HMS Vengeance’s missile was a sea target about 9,000km off the west coast of Africa.

“It was the only firing test of a British nuclear missile in four years and raises serious questions about the reliability and safety of the weapons system. The failure prompted a news blackout by Downing Street that has remained in place until this weekend.”

“There was a major panic at the highest level of government and the military after the first test of our nuclear deterrent in four years ended in disastrous failure,” a source told the paper.

“Ultimately Downing Street decided to cover up the failed test. If the information was made public, they knew how damaging it would be to the credibility of our nuclear deterrent. The upcoming Trident vote made it all the more sensitive.”

The incident occurred shortly before Theresa May became the UK Prime Minister; however, she failed to mention the failed test, and instead persuaded Parliament to spend £40bn ($50bn) on new Trident submarines in July.

The motion for the Trident renewal was carried out by 472 votes to 117, by almost the entire Conservative Party and more than half of Labour MPs(!)

A joint statement issued by both Downing Street and Ministry of Defence (MoD) called the capability and effectiveness of Trident “unquestionable.”

“In June the Royal Navy conducted a routine, unarmed Trident missile test launch from HMS Vengeance, as part of an operation which is designed to certify the submarine and its crew.

“Vengeance and her crew were successfully tested and certified, allowing Vengeance to return into service. We have absolute confidence in our independent nuclear deterrent.”

Theresa May has refused four times to admit that she knew of botched test, UK media reported.

The former head of the Royal Navy, Admiral Lord West, has slammed Downing street over its ‘bizarre and stupid’ decision to ‘cover up’ a major malfunction in the UK’s Trident nuclear missile deterrent, saying that it made Britain look like the former Soviets, North Korea or China.

Trident system was acquired by the Thatcher government in the early 1980s as a replacement for the Polaris missile system, which the UK had possessed since the 1960s.

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Superbug Outbreak Could Kill 80,000 —UK Govt

Posted by feww on April 6, 2015

New antibiotic-resistant infections could kill 80,000 Britons in a single outbreak

An outbreak of a drug-resistant infection caused by new superbugs could kill up to 80,000 people in the UK alone, according to a UK Government report.

Some 200,000 people would be infected by a widespread bacterial blood infection that is resistant to existing drugs, says the report.

The report warns:

“An increasingly serious issue is the development and spread of AMR (antimicrobial resistance), which occurs when drugs are no longer effective in treating infections caused by micro-organisms.

“Without effective antibiotics, even minor surgery and routine operations could become high-risk procedures, leading to increased duration of illness and ultimately premature mortality.

“Much of modern medicine (for example, organ transplantation, bowel surgery and some cancer treatments) may become unsafe due to the risk of infection. In addition, influenza pandemics would become more serious without effective treatments.”

Influenza pandemics would become more serious without effective treatments, the report says.

“If a widespread outbreak were to occur, we could expect around 200,000 people to be affected by a bacterial blood infection that could not be treated effectively with existing drugs, and around 80,000 of these might die.

“High numbers of deaths could also be expected from other forms of antimicrobial resistant infection.”

Antibiotic-resistant infections kill about 25,000 people die annually across Europe each year.

U.S. Travel Concerns

More than two million people in the U.S. are infected by drug-resistant superbugs every year, and at least 23,000 die of related infections, according to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

CDC recently reported that international travelers were bringing back and spreading a drug-resistant bacteria called shigella sonnei in the US.

Shigellosis is an acute infection of the intestine caused by Shigella bacteria. There are 4 species of Shigella: Shigella dysenteriae, S. flexneri, S. boydii, and S. sonnei (also referred to as group A, B, C, and D, respectively), said CDC.

[S. sonnei strain UCN59, which causes bloody diarrhea and fever, has been found to be
resistant to ampicillin, trimethoprim, sulfonamides, and cotrimoxazole but susceptible to quinolones, third-gen-eration cephalosporins, and doxycycline, said a report.]


Shigellosis is an infectious disease caused by a group of bacteria called Shigella. CDC

Shigella Transmission 

Transmission occurs via the fecal-oral route, through direct person-to-person contact, or indirectly through contaminated food, water, or fomites. As few as 10 organisms can cause infection. Only humans and higher primates carry Shigella. In the United States, S. sonnei infection is usually transmitted through interpersonal contact, particularly among young children in day care settings. Foodborne outbreaks have been linked to contaminated foods commonly consumed raw, as well as infected food handlers. Outbreaks have also been traced to contaminated drinking water, swimming in contaminated water, and sexual contact between men.

Worldwide, Shigella is estimated to cause up to 165 million cases of disease and 600,000 deaths annually. Shigella spp. are endemic in temperate and tropical climates. Transmission of Shigella spp. is most likely when hygiene and sanitation are insufficient. Shigellosis is predominantly caused by S. sonnei in industrialized countries, whereas S. flexneri prevails in the developing world. Infections caused by S. boydii are uncommon. S. dysenteriae is even more uncommon, but makes up ≥25% of all Shigella spp. isolated in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Shigella spp. are detected in the stools of 5%–18% of patients with travelers’ diarrhea. In a FoodNet study of travel-associated enteric infections diagnosed after return to the United States, Shigella was the third most common bacterial pathogen isolated by clinical laboratories (of note, these laboratories do not test for enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli, a common cause of travelers’ diarrhea). Most infections caused by S. dysenteriae were travel-associated (56%). Many infections caused by S. boydii (44%) were acquired while traveling, but infections caused by S. flexneri and S. sonnei were less often associated with travel (24% and 12%, respectively). Risk of infection caused by Shigella spp. is highest for people traveling to Africa, followed by Central America, South America, and Asia.

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One Good Thing Out of Britain?

Posted by feww on September 27, 2008

From the country that gave the world package holiday tours, the worst Rock bands of all time, kinky F1 CEOs and poodle politicians, finally comes a good (?) thing: Visual warnings on cigarette packs!

Britain’s 10 million smokers will find gruesome images of rotting teeth, tarred up lungs and throat cancer tumors appearing on their cigarette packs from next months, in a new phase of government’s anti-smoking campaign.

Drill, baby, drill!

The stomach-turning images will supplement written health warnings which the UK Department of Health introduced 5 years ago. Up to 90,000 premature deaths are caused by smoking in England alone each year.

To influence the ‘macho’ instincts of British male smokers, the photos also depict male impotence by way of a flaccid cigarette. “These new stark picture warnings emphasize the harsh realities of continuing to smoke,” the government’s chief medical officer said.

The rules of a 2001 European Union directive on tobacco health warnings, clearly influenced by the powerful tobacco industry, dictates what type of images can be displayed on cigarette packs.

Smoking in enclosed public spaces was banned in Britain only in July 2007. Reuters reported.

The Captions read: (Top) – Smoking causes fatal lung cancer; (above) – Smoke contains benzene, nitrosarnines, formaldehyde and hydrogen cyanide.


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