Derila Pillows – faulty merchant interface? or a deliberate scam?

Scary things can happen to your money. Keep N EYE ON YOUR BANK.

Meeka's Mind

I haven’t been sleeping well for a while now – neck problems – so this morning I bit the bullet and went looking for a better pillow. I found glowing testimonials for a new kind of pillow – the Derila. When I checked the price it seemed reasonable, so I started the process of buying one…ONE.

By the time I reached the bit at the end where you have to confirm your order, I noticed that I’d been charged for 4 pillows, not one. I tried to fix the quantity but the website wouldn’t let me. So I regretfully decided I’d live without and did NOT press that last, all important button.

Imagine my horror when I checked my online banking and discovered that the website had taken my money anyway. I am now $152.00 poorer. On an age pension that is a lot.

This is the email I sent…

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Trump Policies for the Future.

Today I reproduce an article by Mark Sumner of the DAILY KOS online newspaper. It’s scary stuff that some wannabe ex-President can be touting stuff like this in Public despite having formulated a failed insurrection to wipe out the votes of the majority of the electorate and having caused pain and suffering to the very people he now says he supports- the Police. To me this is a Freedom too far. Trump is advocating a return to Nazi Germany before WWII.

Donald Trump appeared in Washington, D.C., for the first time on Tuesday night since he slunk off into the night, breaking with all tradition and common decency, skipping the inauguration ceremony for President Joe Biden. Trump was in town to give a speech to a new member of the Republican network of shady, money-grab “institutes,” the America First Policy Institute. And if the intent of Trump’s speech was to show that not only is America under threat, but also that irony is stone-cold dead, he absolutely nailed it.

The focus of Trump’s speech—when he wasn’t whining about the House select committee on Jan. 6—was on law enforcement. In short, he wants a lot of it. In fact, he wants the U.S. to be more like—wait for it—China. Police on every corner. “Very short trials.” And mass executions. Trump also praised the way crime is handled in the Philippines, where over 12,000 people have been executed for drug-related crimes. And while the police were busy shooting everyone they suspected of selling or using drugs, Trump also insisted they force homeless people to leave the cities for tent-based camps erected in the wilderness.Top ArticlesNews Roundup: Manchin might(?) agree to do a thing; Republicans take anger out on war vetsNewsNation hires Chris Cuomo as host for fall prime-time showCLICK TO READRussian media still loves Trump: 'He was destroying the leadership of the United States'Ukraine update: Taking out the Dnipro River bridges creates opportunities that go way beyond KhersonFormer ICE official who compared family jails to summer camp lands job with private prison profiteerCaribbean Matters: Dumping the queen and the British colonial legacyNewsNation hires Chris Cuomoas host for fall prime-time show

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But while Trump had plenty of time to explain how the police “are my heroes” and to push for lots of executions and a new generation of internment camps, there was one thing he didn’t get around to mentioning. In all his calls for law and order, there was not a peep about how his followers savaged police on the steps of the Capitol. In fact, when it came to the assault on the Capitol, Trump said, “We may just have to do it again.”

Newsmax, which carried Trump’s speech live, had perfect timing in their ads. Trump spent a big section of the speech complaining about how all those unsightly homeless people spoiled his view of cities and made the scenes outside his limo unpleasant. So he advocated for all homeless people to be rounded up and forced from the cities, safely out of view of those who were deemed wealthy enough to remain. Trump didn’t say exactly where he wanted the homeless to be sent, other than to “large parcels of inexpensive land.” Places like Tule Lake, California; Minidoka, Idaho; and Heart Mountain, Wyoming. These camps, Trump insisted, could be created “in one day.” And then everything would be better.

As Trump was pushing for the unhomed to be moved from cities so they could be “clean and beautiful” and taken to a new generation of Manzanars, Newsmax decided to split the screen with an ad selling gold coins for Trump supporters. Because there is no bottom to disdain.

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As CNN notes, Trump didn’t miss paying tribute to the smaller ways in which police can exert authority over the population, display racism, and cause systematic misery. He made calls for a “return to stop and frisk” policies that have proven to be roundly ineffective in everything except giving police an excuse to harass Black people. He also opposed the idea of removing from police “their liability shield in any way, shape, or form” to prevent police from facing any consequences when they execute people in the streets.

In summary, Trump wants mass executions over drugs, mass incarceration for the poor, and unlimited authority for the police. That’s his formula for America. Then the cities will be beautiful. Like in China.

Repeatedly, as he was expressing his love for law and order, Trump simply ignored the fact that he had encouraged his followers to join in a violent riot in which people died, and hundreds of police were injured. He also ignored how he planned and executed that assault in service of a coup plot designed to utterly grind any concept of “law” into the dust.

But wait. It gets better.

Nowhere was the irony level more skull-crushingly high than when clear when Trump actually started talking about calling out the National Guard. “Where there is a true breakdown of law and order,” said Trump, “… then the federal government should send the National Guard to restore order and secure the peace without having to wait for the approval of some governor that thinks it’s politically incorrect to call them in.”

In addition to removing governors from the loop so that the whole National Guard would become his personal police force, nowhere—nowhere—did Trump mention that when he had the opportunity to call in the National Guard to halt the assault on the Capitol, he refused to take that action. It fell to Mike Pence to finally get the Guard moving, while Trump sat in the White House dining room, flinging ketchup on the walls and fretting that his insurgents weren’t able to actually hang anyone.

Trump openly described a nation in which he would be in sole charge of a national police force, police would be exempt from the consequences of their actions, execution would be carried out immediately, following “a very quick trial,” and millions of Americans would be confined in internment camps without ever being charged with a crime.

That’s what he’s selling. It’s not about “law and order,” which interests Trump not at all. It’s about authority and brutality.

But the most horrible thing is, there are buyers.

Beyond my Understanding.

I’ve been reading about the disclosures made by the House Select Committee investigating Jan 6th and I confess that it’s blown my mind, In the past I’ve made mention that Trump is a con-man though on large scale with his Trump University Scam and his Trump Charity Scam. I can maybe see how a man with the Gift of the Gab could get away with things for so long but now, not to such a degree.

Donald Trump asked for donations to fund his ‘Official Election Defence Fund’ to pay legal fees to challenge and overturn the ‘stolen’ 2020 Election results. He received 250 million in donations for a fund that didn’t exist then….or since which means he committed Wire fraud. Of that money, 13 million went to pay court expenses. The rest went to organisations run by Trump staffers, The Trump Hotel Collections or to the fiancee of Donald Trump Jr. plus others.

This was wholesale fraud meant to gain as much money as possible with no regard for the Truth. Who says you can’t fool all of the people all of the time?Now that it’s been exposed, there must be some of the donors who are angry enough to complain to the law about being defrauded so that Merrick Garland has no choice but to act .These days he acts like he’s on the side of those who want to trample on Democracy, like he’s too scared to do his job. As one of my friends pointed out this week , He must be regretting ever having taken the job in the first place, it’s no compensation for having been cheated out of his place on the Supreme Court by Moscow Mitch.

The DoJ MUST ACT NOW to prosecute all those found to be involved in this latest scam, there have been so many before this and Trump has got little more than a slap on the wrist except where the New York A.G. forced the closure of his Donald Trump Foundation charity for a shocking pattern of illegality in it’s transactions .It’s not even his first election Fraud having perpetrated the Save America PAC and was forced to refund 122 million to elderly voters in the scheme before election day, exposed in November 2020.

I suspect many of his victims would say they gladly give him the money, more fool them, but that’s why the state must act to protect the more gullible amongst us from the circling sharks.

Please do your job Mr Garland. Punish the guilty, protect the innocent.

Hugs to you all

Rose Tinted Glasses Please.

During the 1960’s I was young and no doubt naïve and yet many of the people I came into contact with seemed to feel the same way. There was a feeling of great hope for our world and what it could become. My hopes diminished a bit as I saw new politicians voted into, place only to become the politicians they replaced. Is the system geared up to ensure meaningful change could not be possible?

I’ve often been accused of viewing the World through rose tinted glasses. I’m not going to make excuses for this since my view is nicer than most, I was very much against apartheid and gave support when I could. What a delight when Nelson Mandela came to the stage. What an exceptional man who could forgive those who imprisoned him and move on to create a great Nation while still talking of Love for his fellow man. His death is a great loss but I don’t think his dream is dead.

My Friend Jill writes a weekly piece about Good People doing Good Things which keeps my hopes alive that if we tried, we could really make the World abetter place to live in. I was upset earlier this week to read that a young man of 12 who suffers from Autism was attacked with a walking stick by an elderly lady fo some minor incident which may not even have involved him. Her excuse was that he looked about 18. He was the only one attacked, singled out by this harridan. Need I mention that he’s black? Please G*d don’t let my Country get like America. The police have said they won’t be taking action against her.

I know I’ve rabbited on about Hugs and many will be bored by it, but, they are genuinely good for you. I’m asking if some of you will help retrieve and renew my innocent view of the world and improve it a bit. If you have the opportunity to hug a stranger this week please do. Make their day and perhaps your own as well. Lets forget our political tribes and just come together as people for once. Don’t let colour be a bar, we all have arms. Do something really nice for someone, be it carry a shopping bag or donate a cup of coffee to a homeless person. Just make an effort. Hugs cost you nothing at all but can gain you something. Possibly a new friend and we can never have too many of those. Do ask first though or it’s an assault. As Michael Jackson sang ‘Make this World a better place if you can’.

Massive Hugs to you all.

Ubuntu

My friend and fellow blogger Jill reminded me tonight of a post I did some time ago early in July.I’m sure it was pre-covid though possibly before the end of Trump’s tenure at the White House. Since the half term elections are this November and the Republicans are going all out to win both the House and the Senate preparatory to reintroducing Trump IN 2024 unless the Attorney General does his job and jails him. With that in mind maybe this African concept deserves another look. Maybe we can all find the strength to come together when in matters.

President Barack Obama said at the funeral of Nelson Mandela :-

There is a word in South Africa – Ubuntu – a word that captures Mandela’s greatest gift: his recognition that we are all bound together in ways that are invisible to the eye; that there is a oneness to humanity; that we achieve ourselves by sharing ourselves with others, and caring for those around us.

We can never know how much of this sense was innate in him, or how much was shaped in a dark and solitary cell. But we remember the gestures, large and small – introducing his jailers as honored guests at his inauguration; taking a pitch in a Springbok uniform; turning his family’s heartbreak into a call to confront HIV/AIDS – that revealed the depth of his empathy and his understanding. He not only embodied Ubuntu, he taught millions to find that truth within themselves.

The term Ubuntu was known in South Africa around the middle of the 19th C.  Reported translations covered the semantic field of “human nature, humanness, humanity; virtue, goodness, kindness”.

The term appears in the Epilogue of the Interim Constitution of South Africa (1993), “there is a need for understanding but not for vengeance, a need for reparation but not for retaliation, a need for ubuntu but not for victimisation”

According to Michael Onyebuchi Eze, the core of ubuntu can best be summarised as follows:

‘A person is a person through other people’ strikes an affirmation of one’s humanity through recognition of an ‘other’ in his or her uniqueness and difference. It is a demand for a creative intersubjective formation in which the ‘other’ becomes a mirror (but only a mirror) for my subjectivity. This idealism suggests to us that humanity is not embedded in my person solely as an individual; my humanity is co-substantively bestowed upon the other and me. Humanity is a quality we owe to each other. We create each other and need to sustain this otherness creation. And if we belong to each other, we participate in our creations: we are because you are, and since you are, definitely I am. The ‘I am’ is not a rigid subject, but a dynamic self-constitution dependent on this otherness creation of relation and distance. (from wikipedia).

Visitors do not need to burden themselves with carrying provisions – all they need is to dress properly and be on the road. All visitors are provided for and protected in every home they pass through without payment being expected. In fact, every individual should try his or her best to make visitors comfortable – and this applies to everyone who is aware of the presence of a visitor within a locality.

Children are never orphans since the roles of mother and father are by definition not vested in a single individual with respect to a single child. Furthermore, a man or a woman with “unhu” will never allow any child around them to be an orphan.  In the Shona language spoken in  Zimbabwe unhu is Ubuntu.

Ubuntu: “I am what I am because of who we all are.” (From a definition offered by Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee.)                                                                                Archbishop Desmond Tutu  offered a definition in a 1999 book:[14]                                      A person with Ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, based from a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed.

The African worldview is about living as one family.  It is about kindness to all because all are part of we, part of us. There are opportunities that pass us by every day where we could practice Ubuntu because we don’t feel joined to others, a part of them and their lives.That concern could bring us all closer together and remove the urge to disparage others, and not to shrug off our oneness and revert to the old disdain to wards those of colour or different in some other way. I have touted the benefits of Hugs in my Buthidars Blog          https://davidprosser1.wordpress.com/the-buthidar-hugs/ it sounds like my ideal world is with Hugs and with Ubuntu where we are all One and more or less responsible for the care of those within our reach who need help. Caring for those around us  as Mandela said.

Massive Hugs to all.

Ukraine

Todaay we enter a new darker period in the war in Ukraine.Prior to the G7 and Nato meeting on the conflict there was a rocket attack on a suburb of Kyiv which left at least one dead and more civilians mourning. Since then there has been a rocket attack on Kremenchuk in Central Ukraine, an area well away from the front line. The attack in full daylight hit a busy shopping arcade/ This cannot have been a mistake so showing that Uncle Vlad is now condoning attacks on civilians in Crowded areas.

I have to believe that The G7 meeting may have pissed Putin off, since he is no longer invited and this is his way of showing he’s not worried by their deliberations. A bit of a short sighted view since the accusations of War Crimes won’t be easy to shake off and if he is ever turfed out of the job for life he seems to have awarded himself he could find himself in a cell in short order as the Russian people get on with conducting free and fair elections. A guilty verdict could be easier to prove than anything Teflon Trump has had to face though no less guilty.

There is movement on the Polish frontier by Ukrainians going back to their homes. This includes young children who will be at great risk if today’s activities are a sign of what is to come. These people are returning to their homes, if they still stand, with very little so donations to a Charity would be most welcome. In some instances, goods rather than money may be welcome as many will find themselves with nowhere to live. Please make sure you let your local newspapers know you don’t approve of this Russian aggression on a Sovereign country, and that you do support Ukraine and it’s people.

Hugs to all.

Junteenth Celebrations.

Yesterday June 19th was a celebration by the previously enslaved peoples of Africa over how far their case has progressed in the USA with a now paid public holiday inn recognition of their fight.I think they realise these is still a long way to go to get rid of Institutional racism, particularly amongst the police, and creating educational opportunities that rank equal to those of the white races, with matching job opportunities.

It’s my contention that those opportunities are still a long way off as long as politics has the chance to play fast and loose with the laws of the land. The Republicans do not want to lose the majority in the Senate so currently all the states where the Republicans hold sway laws are being changed to deny black people the vote. Racism is pumped into the arena by Politicians who push stories they know are untrue of Black Live Matter being responsible for creating problem at Demonstrations. Just look at the number of Republican Politicians who jumped to the aid of Racist Kyle Rittenhouse, offering him positions within the party. How quickly a racist white group declared him innocent at his trial.

The Republican majority group of very Wealthy Senators don’t want their power to be lost, and with it their source of income from the people that pay for their votes like the NRA and BIG PHARMA, so they will whip up this hatred so that no-one realises the fight is really rich v poor rather than white v black.But it is rich v poor and it includes poor whites too. Betsy De Vos still maintains that there should be a difference in education offered. The rich should go to Charter Schools and the poor to voucher schools paid for by whatever is left. There is a class of Ruling Elites and an under class to serve them. They will have to survive on whatever the minimum pay is at the time and Charity because there won’t be benefits from the State. They frown on that. ElonMusk has already shown what contempt h holds his staff in. That will be the byword of Law under the next few Governments if complacency takes hold now, Get out and make the vote count for the common people in November. Keep the Democrats in Power but make sure they know what you excpect from your vote.

Hugs to all

How the Mighty have Fallen

It’s been a week unlike any other in my lifetime(that I can recall).The House Select Committee on Jan 6th have been revealing some of the details of that fateful day and detailing some of the proofs they have of how events unfolded. What an ignoble enterprise it was with the collusion of American Senators and Representatives to bring down the lawful Government. What has sickened me apart from the inclusion of Racist groups as a deliberate act in the venture, so that those responsible can never disassociate themselves from the intent, is the lack of condemnation from much of the mainstream press. Do they really think the man on whose behalf this was done is such a Stalwart American Hero that his actions rate forgiveness?

They Don’t!!! A friend shared on her blog a letter she’s sent to her State representatives and Senators asking whether they meant the oath they took after being elected. For those of you unsure of the oath this is it……… .I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. It seems a viable question given what’s been heard from the commiittee. Those involved in the insurrection cannot in good conscience claim to be defending the constitution from domestic enemies. In my mind those same people who take money from Big Pharma and the NRA are not faithfully discharging the duties of the office when they sell their votes not in the interests of the people. I feel that way whichever Political Party you’re from.

Following in the wake of the Uvalde massacre I think the law should change to stop any politico from accepting money from the NRA until proper bipartisan laws are in place to make it harder for people to get guns, specifically ones like the AR15 which do not belong in the hands of civilians. Politicians who do not subscribe to laws that protect the people of America should be voted out at the earliest opportunity. But going back to the start of this post I sincerely hope all those who took part in the insurrection are dealt with most harshly by Merrick Garland who has a duty to uphold the laws of the Country. Maybe when this happens the rest of the world can stop laughing and America can take it’s place as the Home of the Free again.

 Do covers ever top the original? 

I am jubilant on this special bank Holiday weekend in the UK which sees Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II achieve 70 years of dedicated Service on the Throne. The First Monarch to do so. I am not just a Royalist but a believer that restoring the Monarchy to all the Previous Countries who had one would benefit the Countries and the people who were previously Monarchies.That would include France and Greece where the departure of the Monarchs did not go well.Modern Monarchs ad learned from past mistakes and would not just be bettter rulers but would be a bulwark between the people and the politicians cwho haver distanced themselves from their people. However this is an emotive subject perhaps best left for another time.

Today is a subject I came across in my mail toady on the subject of Cover version of songs and whether they can ever better the originals I contend that they can.

As proof I offer up the original version of a song called Walk Away Renee https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDfrW5cWqMU . Then just listen to the cover version by the Four Tops full of power and emotions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xu5ynjOlnOg . Sticking with the Four Tops for a moment , they did a cover of a song If I were a Carpenter which for me also knock spots off the original. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXX36b_mlMo . The original was by Tim Hardin.

Next up is a Rolling Stones song which is good https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADtnUC_ctNk But the cover is by Melanie Safka and I thought she brought it to life. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9alAuYr2g_8

Just something for you to ponder over. You may have favourite covers of your own or may think all covers are abominations.

Hugs to all, have a nice weekend.

Environmental Threat.

In view of all the news of killings, murders, refugee crises, and Wars that flows from the news each day it’s quite easy to forget there are other crises in the making across the globe that will affect us. One especially large one that may well impact the globe on a massive scale is EACOP (EAST AFRICAN CRUDE OIL PIPELINE). it sounds almost innocuous doesn’t it?

The pipeline is intended to cross almost 900 mils of Sub Saharan Africa and will be the longest pipeline in the world to carry heated crude oil from the shores of Lake Albert on the border with Uganda and DRC to the port of Tanga on the Indian Ocean. There will be disastrous consequences for communities and for wildlife and quite possibly for the planet. The pipeline will pass through multiple diverse habitats with endangered species (including Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake), jeopardise community water sources, cause air pollution, and its construction will negatively affect up to 120,000 people.

Any Incidence of a leak could make other disasters fade into insignificance in that vital water supplies will be poisoned and endangered species will be written off.

The Governments of Uganda and Tanzania have signed up to this with oil and gas company Total and with China National Offshore Oil Corporation, in a huge $20bn project. Currently they don’t quite have enough funding to go ahead. Many large banks are committed to not funding the project. The result of that was the unlawful arrests of many journalists and activists by the Ugandan Government. The current tack is to ask Insurers to stop their support of the project as with Insurance more banks /Investors may decide to go ahead and invest .Please if you have the opportunity, ask the big insurers to pull the plug or to publicly declare they will not offer either investment nor Insurance. AEGIS UK, ASPEN,BERMUDA.CHUBB , US and LIBERTY MUTUAL. US LLOYDS OF London are the most likely ones to go forward and offer the Insurance Needed.

The pipeline will disturb nearly 2,000 square kilometres of protected wildlife habitats, including Murchison Falls National Park, the Taala Forest Reserve, the Bugoma Forest, Wembere Steppe, and the Biharamulo Game Reserve – all of which are critical to the preservation of vulnerable species, such as the Eastern Chimpanzee and the African Elephant – the largest animal walking the earth, which pays a crucial role in maintaining a balanced ecosystem.

The pipeline will also cross more than 200 rivers – just one oil spill or leak could have catastrophic consequences on vital freshwater sources and the millions of people who depend on them. The likelihood of this is high as the pipeline will traverse an active seismic zone which regularly experiences earthquakes, on top of existing risks stemming from erosion, accidental damage or poor maintenance. Lake Albert is thought to be at particular risk, with the Tilenga oil field on its northeastern shore and the Kingfisher project on the eastern shore, which will put the Bugoma forest at risk by pipelines, roads, an airport, and migrant workers who will need to clear land to grow crops. South of the Lake, EACOP will cross Taala Forest Reserve, which currently provides 30% of Uganda’s fish catch. A third of the pipeline’s journey will run along Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake – an essential watershed for more than 40 million people and a source of the Nile river.

The pipeline is a threat to local communities who are heavily dependent on natural resources. It will displace thousands of families, and over 100,000 people across Uganda and Tanzania will lose land they rely on for farming. Many will be forcibly removed from their homes under compulsory purchase orders: A report by Oxfam found that Total’s human rights conduct is not being met in practice, with the land acquisition process being marked with a lack in transparency, inadequate valuation of land and delayed compensation. Many of people affected have been denied meaningful participation or adequate information on the environmental and social risks of the project – with representatives disproportionately stressing its benefits. Communities have expressed concern about oil spills, water shortages and deforestation affecting their right to a clean and healthy environment.

In Uganda, 7,000 people from 13 villages have already lost land to make way for infrastructure, including an airport to fly in equipment for the oil fields. Many of the displaced now live in concrete houses in so-called “resettlement villages” and complain about cramped conditions and long walks to their fields. Many are still fighting on the land, and their opposition is supported by a number of environmental groups to resist the increasingly authoritarian government.

Another report by FIDH titled “New Oil, Same Business” found that farmers faced intimidation and manipulation, forcing them to give up their land for meagre cash compensation. In order to suppress dissent, the government of Uganda has been heavy-handed with those speaking out publicly against the project. In October, six workers from the non-profit policy research group AFIEGO, who have been advocating against EACOP, were arrested under false accusations that they did not hold proper registration documents – the workers were held in jail for three days despite a lack of evidence against them. Last year, Global Witness warned about the criminalisation of environmental defenders and their communities, reporting that governments and companies exploit the legal system to silence activists who threaten their interests. Organisations are being accused of money laundering or funding terrorism after speaking out against fossil fuel developments, and subsequently have to suspend their activities.

Much information from  Jessica Kleczka

more available on https://www.stopcambo.org.uk/updates/stopeacop#:~:text=The%20East%20African%20Crude%20Oil%20Pipeline%20%28EACOP%29%20project,the%20port%20of%20Tanga%20on%20the%20Indian%20Ocean.

Save the World, stop the Pipeline going ahead.

Hugs to you all