Imponderables, Have You Lost £10?

So I was in Morrisons supermarket in Bangor this evening and found a ten pound note on the aisle floor. Well I thought about it for a few seconds and decided I would hand it in at the till and they could maybe put an announcement out or whatever. If it had been on the street, fair game, finders keepers, but this is a smaller contained space and I’d like to live in a place where if I dropped ten quid in the supermarket I would find someone had handed it in and I would get my much needed cash back. But the reaction was a bit bemused, I think they thought I should have just pocketed it, anyway I sort of pushed them to take my name and number so that if after a few days it is not claimed I get 10 lovely Earth pounds! Of course they might just pocket it and tell me it was claimed..perhaps by a mysterious figure in a cloak whose thin voice seemed to echo from the distant reaches of aeons dead space (make you lies entertaining people!), or someone who has lost ten pounds, just not that particular ten pounds, might end up with it (which sort of works out anyway). I’d just like to think that the loser of the cash has a chance to get it back and that they are in need of it. Probably though it will be a tight fisted millionaire who will get it back, put it towards some champagne which he sips with his pals as they applaud Cameron’s plans to create a new slave underclass.

I did afterwards ponder should I have kept it but put it to good use (other than me) say the Mae Tao Clinic donation page [Please put “Cylcone Nargis Disaster Relief” in the ‘Purpose’ field].

Or to Hicham Yezza’s legal fund

Or the Raytheon 9.

Should I have appropriated it? Hmm, but that runs the risk of some poor old lady dying of starvation perhaps (in this imagined dramatic and perhaps implausible scenario, or worse her poor little kitten, oh no I killed a kitten!) or a millionaire being slightly less obnoxiously rich. Hmm. So without enough information to concretely assess the hierarchy of need I passed the buck (tenner). Although looking above it’s hard to say sending it to the Mae Tao clinic would have been a bad move, I think starvation and disease in a military dictatorship beats even the kitten and the old lady in rich old Britain. Hmmm. Although ownership would say I don’t have the right to make that decision, but that’s capitalists for you. Although if the loser of the money does go and ask if they had any money handed in at the supermarket and they actually get it back maybe that incident of honesty and social karma will inspire them to do something splendid with the cash. Further it will reassure them the country is not overrun with grasping Thatcher’s children and this will help them not to succumb to self-absorbed consumerism in this neoliberal Hellhole. Or it’s the millionaire, who is also probably a paedophile, fan of Ayn Rand and majority owner of a mercenary company currently torturing people to death wherever America will pay them to. Dammit!

Raytheon 9- Eamonn McCann

An interview at socialistworker.org

Raytheon is one of the many companies that fuels war for profit. But the Raytheon company also has a political agenda. Adam Cherill, the business manager of Raytheon, if my memory is correct, has said that the Palestinian people have no connection to the land of Palestine–that they have no culture, no society and no historical ties to the land. Now, that is not a commercial statement. That is a political statement.

The Raytheon company is closely tied to the top brass of the Pentagon. So they are complicit in everything that happens in the Middle East. In particular, they are complicit in war crimes committed through the use of Raytheon munitions.

We know that towards the end of the Israeli-Lebanon conflict in the summer of 2006, Raytheon rushed so-called bunker-buster bombs. They delivered a rush-order, of these bombs just a short time before the war ended so that Israel could continue bombing.

Was Florence Nightingale Primarily a Religious Figure?

Because the company paid by the BBC to make this film are a religious media company-

A lot became suddenly clearer when I saw that Florence Nightingale, Norman Stone’s drama-documentary about the lady with the lamp, was a Faith & Values Media production. This is a company on a mission, rather literally. It actually states on its website that its mission is “to use the electronic media to enrich spiritual life and to build bridges of understanding among people of faith”. So the early-evening Sunday slot, the hagiographic narrative structure, that odd talky bit about religious doubts at the end, suddenly all made sense. This wasn’t a common-or-garden BBC biopic, it was an inspirational tract, and one that will, no doubt, eventually be catalogued alongside Faith & Values Media’s other recent productions, such as Patrick, a biopic of Saint Patrick, Joan of Arc: Child of War, Soldier of God, and Reluctant Saint: Francis of Assisi (oddly, although it describes itself as a multi-faith organisation, its current back list appears to be exclusively Christian in content).

This is the list of- FAITH & VALUES MEDIA ASSOCIATION MEMBERS

Faith Group Members include:
African Methodist Episcopal Church –
American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. –
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) –
Christian Reformed Church –
Church of Christ, Scientist
Church of God of Prophecy –
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Church of the Brethren –
The Episcopal Church, USA –
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America –
Friends United Meeting (Quakers) –
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America –
Conservative Judaism: Jewish Theological Seminary –
Mennonite Church USA –
Moravian Church –
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches
New York Board of Rabbis
Orthodox Church in America
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) –
Reform Judaism: Union for Reform Judaism –
Reformed Church in America –
Roman Catholic Church –
The Salvation Army –
Seventh-day Adventist Church –
Unitarian Universalist Association –
United Church of Christ –
United Methodist Church –

Organization Members include:
Alliance for Christian Media
American Bible Society
Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters (AIB)
Auburn Media
Catholic Telecasters Group
Chicago Sunday Evening Club
The Christophers
Family Theater Productions
Hartford Seminary
Interfaith Youth Core
Inner-Attainment Television, Inc.
MarbleVision
Maryknoll Productions
Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic, Inc.
Medical Mission Sisters
The National Conference for Community and Justice
National Council of Churches –
Oblate Media and Communication Corporation
Religion Newswriters Foundation
Religions for Peace – USA
Saving Grace Ministries
Tri-State Catholic Committee on Radio and Television (TRISCCORT)

So apparently an American religious media corporation was the BBC’s best choice for a film about Florence Nightingale, hmmm. I’m guessing they won’t be turning to them should they commission an Oscar Wilde biopic.

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