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Hey guys and girls, a slight rant or waffle if you will.

I start my days waking up and eating breakfast, showering and brushing my teeth, grooming and putting on products to make me smell nice, get dressed and then that is where your day and mine split. You go to work, I sit at home and switch on the computer. I load up the 15 or so sites for job hunting and I think of new and interesting ways to fill in application forms.

This is my second month of doing this now and I can honestly say that I have come very close to being homeless as I have accidentally spent more money on travel that I was meant to, that is if I have any money in the first place for travel. “Ummm the job center pay for travel you dickhead!” – Thank you random person that will no doubt not read my whole post but comment anyway. Yes they will pay for it, unless you cannot provide proof, or they don’t feel like it or they are having a bad day or they don’t remember to put it through the damn system. To put this into context I have the following make up this month;

£30 over draft, £25 phone bill, £323 rent.

Incoming is £134 twice in a month and £158 once.

dolestreet_1713190cSo take away that from that and you get £49. I have also rounded things up to make it easier. Now £49 for a month of food, toiletries, travel, any new items I should require, for instance new shoes for interviews, shirts, ties, you get the idea. In a world where a loaf of bread can be over £1 to buy I find myself on a diet primarily made up of pasta and something tinned, a diet that makes my body feel lack luster and dull. A body need fresh fruit and veg to function at it’s highest and it is RIGHT NOW I need to be on my “A” game. I’m all up for reducing money from not working, think it’s a good idea but they need to balance it a little. The money situation is now hindering me finding work, which in turn will probably mean I have to sponge off the state for longer, so the reduction in out of work income, in my instance, is useless as I will be taking from the state about as much as I would have been before the changes but now just over a longer time.

There are 100 jobs and 1000 people for each one looking down this way at the moment. Not so much Cardiff but Newport and Bridgend are both doing badly and they are either side of Cardiff and the competition is eminence. Cardiff is become saturated as is Bristol. I am having to look further a field to find work, which is fine, however when you consider that the closest city to me is Cardiff and is around a 8-15 mins train ride away and costs around £6 to get to and back from every single time I want to go there, it kinda makes a longer trip to a further away location either impossible or a toss up between food buying and an interview.

Ok. I get that “As of Q1 2013 UK government debt amounted to £1,377 billion, or 88.1% of total GDP” and that is bad. But you can’t make money, or in this instance get people back to work by simply making people poor. It makes it harder.Nillionaire someone having little to no money

Plus they made the changes for money in one go. so instead of gradually doing it over a year or 6 months so people flowed into work, they said HEY, 3 million people you won’t have enough money to live on unless you find work from……..

NOW GO GO GO. What the fuck did they expect?

My final ranty bit has to do with an E-mail I got yesterday from Mc Donalds. It was an email saying that I was unsuccessful in my attempt to work at one of their stores. I have a feeling it is to do with my age as the application form is not particularly taxing, with multi-choice answers for questions being presented, most of which are something along the lines of;

If an employee said something that offended you, would you, A) Beat the shit out of them. B) Put their face in the fry station or C) try and talk to them or your manager and see if something can be sorted out.

I feel that being in my 30’s now and looking for any type of job does have it’s downsides. I have traveled the world with the British Armed Forces, I’ve been back packing across Europe I’ve lived in Paris, I’ve been called all the names under the sun and I have made my mistakes. So as an employer you can expect someone of my age and up to call bullshit out. If something is wrong we will bring it up, bring it up in a polite and proper way, be that going to the manager to tell them of a leak or asking someone not to repeat something again as it is not appropriate for work etc etc. There lies the problem, they don’t want that, managers don’t want more work, they would rather employ an 18 year old who knows nothing of their rights, nothing of what is really right and wrong and will simply walk away if fired for no reason. I and many others of my “age bracket” and above simply could not and would not tolerate that.

6-things-to-consider-when-you-have-to-cut-back120412_0So to sumerise I feel that I am being put into a tared group of people that does not want to work, I want to work and I actively do everything in my power to do so, but in reality I have to pick and choose which interviews I go to some days, or ring them up and try and change the date and time to a day I am already in that city, mostly this results in me no longer being offered the interview as I am already kicking up a fuss about something that should be easy to do, a view that is sensible and reasonable but yet is something that is sometimes out of my reach to accomplish. Why employ someone when they can’t even travel 15 mins down the road on a given day? Will that person even be able to make it to work for the first month of employment? How reliable is this person if he/she cannot even commit to a simple interview without wanting to change the date and/or time.

I fully expect to not have that bottle of wine in the fridge, to eat cheaper food and to commit my days to filling in forms but when the current infrastructure put in place by the government hinders that, I can only see a prolonged usage of benefits. This money could well be spent on other things in our country, if not in employment or growth but in education, the NHS, maybe even employing someone with the balls to tell the US, “You know what? we are not joining you in this war, costs too much for no return”.

Anyway rant over of a very annoyed and increasingly stressed Phil.

 

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It’s Olympic time soon and I could not give less of a shit about it I don’t think.

This is not because I am against the idea of hundreds of the very best athletes fighting it out in their chosen events this time in the city of London, ow no, it’s for the very fact it is not about that anymore. Once upon a time it was about the athlete, it was about the sheer excitement of who was going to win, the taking part the being the best you can be tagline went perfectly with it but sadly, these days the Olympics has sold out, it’s been taken over by the multinational corporations, all of which I might add are neither healthy or British!

Take the official food sponsors. You have mac Donald’s, a fast food super corp with no less than 33 thousand plus stores around the world, serving what I consider to be disgusting food that only helps to kill you a little quicker if abused. It’s food is modified to be fattier, cheaper and addictive all of which has nothing what so ever to do with the Olympics

Secondly there is Coca Cola who sell billions of cans of corn syrup induced lovelyness which again is catastrophically bad for you in high enough measures over long periods of time. Since studies indicate “soda and sweetened drinks are the main source of calories in [the] American diet”,most nutritionists advise that Coca-Cola and other soft drinks can be harmful if consumed excessively, particularly to young children whose soft drink consumption competes with, rather than complements, a balanced diet. Studies have shown that regular soft drink users have a lower intake of calcium, magnesium, ascorbic acid, riboflavin, and vitamin A.The drink has also aroused criticism for its use of caffeine, which can cause physical dependence. A link has been shown between long-term regular cola intake and osteoporosis in older women (but not men). This was thought to be due to the presence of phosphoric acid, and the risk was found to be same for caffeinated and noncaffeinated colas, as well as the same for diet and sugared colas. Again this is not very Olympic, be the best you can be super athlete now is it.

And last but definitely not least you have Cadbury, a company that up until recently was more or less British but now like the other two is American owned, this time by the massive Kraft corporation. Cadburys is a confectionary maker and I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how too much chocolate is bad for you lol

So there we have the food sponsors. Pathetic but the stupidity does not end there, ow no, in recent days mc Donald’s fries were to be the only chips to be served anywhere near the Olympics unless your chips were being served with fish! Now I have heard that this “rule” which I’m sure a lot of businesses would have ignored anyway, has been quashed and this pathetic bullshit well and truly thrown out by understandably very angry local business owners – Good for them i say!

Also the fact that this is now in its 9th billion to host is astonishing! Why does it need to cost so much? Why the hell does it have to be done this way, what happened to just having the games, the whole point of the games is the actual games themselves not greedy corporations taking over a city for the best part of the last 4 years, controlling a nations Capitol to the point of bringing it to its knees to suit their money making agendas. Now I understand it created jobs and I understand it will bring in money, but in a country struggling to stay afloat in a world wide economic crises I could think of a damn sight more worthwhile things to spend 9 billion on.

So I think I will end this rant of mine with something I literally saw when I was writing this peice, that is this. Source http://boingboing.net/2012/07/13/london-olympic-committee-says.html

The Atlantic’s Alexis Madrigal, who has estimated how long it would take to read every privacy policy you encounter highlights an interesting bit from the “Linking Policy” in the Terms of Use for the London 2012 website:

“a. Links to the Site. You may create your own link to the Site, provided that your link is in a text-only format. You may not use any link to the Site as a method of creating an unauthorised association between an organisation, business, goods or services and London 2012, and agree that no such link shall portray us or any other official London 2012 organisations (or our or their activities, products or services) in a false, misleading, derogatory or otherwise objectionable manner.”

So I think that says it all, when they have to try and control media and free speech with this attempt that they deserve nothing but multiple links defying their made up rules..

So LOCOG you’re a money grabbing, greedy, horrendously run, fat cat, corporation loving bunch of tosses. Have a great day.

SO this is a subject that has been plaguing the internet for some time now and I have no idea why we all put up with it, I am of course talking about the amount of abusive and down right disgusting behaviour on the internet.

I know some might say that I don’t have to read the comments, or I don’t have to view a site but that is not the point, I don’t expect that sort of behaviour from what is meant to be the superior species on this planet.  Maybe that’s why we have not encountered any alien life if all they can pick up from space is Youtube flame wars over whether a music video is good or not!

It’s not just the way people speak to each other, it is the down right stupidity of it all, take for example a person says they like a music video by Lady Gaga, a perfectly reasonable response for one who likes such music, now I personally do not like that type of music (More of a metal and rock man) so would I start shouting at the person in the street for saying such a thing? Would I be out-of-order if I started comparing them and their love for Gaga as “gay” or shall I simply reference their intellect to that of a piece of dung because I do not approve of their opinion? Would it not be wrong of me to then continue to pester the poor person until they physically leave the area I am in and then to cap it off I do it so many times they then purposefully never visit that area again? Does that sound like an ordinary situation to you? So why is it deemed acceptable online?

The internet creates a shield of anonymity that protects it user from harm, a shield wrongly used in attack rather than its intended purpose of defence. Now what these people or “Trolls” fail to see is that their constant arguing, their petty actions are quickly becoming a problem world-wide and that problem will come to the attention of the nations governments and in time a bill like SOPA or ACTA,will be put into effect. Now  I know these two policies are for the prevention of copyright and for the protection of intellectual property, however how long do you think it will be until “they”, the governments of the world will link cyber bullying and harassment to an act that will bring about a change like SOPA, but for people’s “protection” instead?  When this epidemic of mindless textual bullying becomes so strong and it starts to hurt the internets money-making ability,  you watch how fast massive companies clamp down and start slapping you lot around, but at the same time leave the door wide open for governments to swoop in and take more of all our privacy.

True the above is rather extreme but you’re not doing yourself any favours, you are not adding a single thing to a conversation and are definitely not adding anything to an opinion. So I beg of you mums and dads, please teach your children to not only behave in real life but also in virtual life as well. As for the adults of you that do such a thing, just realise that you’re actually hurting the very place you find liberating and if you continue this place you hold so dear will be slowly taken away from you until it is as controlled as a police state.

Everyone just realise that others have an opinion that may not be in line with your ideas so have a discussion NOT an argument.