Animal aromatherapy

June 30th, 2009 § 1 comment § permalink

Jim Barker pointed out a No. 10 Petition (this one, “Maybe this petition explains why ex-pats make such bitter comments on the Daily Mail website”) and after signing it A. Bollockhead, had a look at some more.

This one came up

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Permit Qualified Aromatherapists and Wiccan Practitioners To Treat Animals.

Why not allow Woo-ists to practice on animals, eh?

Well, in the ‘more detail’ bit the originator of the petition does indeed go in to a bit more detail, but doesn’t really give aromatherapy any more relevence to animals…

The practice of aromatherapy is recorded from Egyptian times, so we can assume that it is probably older than that. References to aromatherapy appear in the famous Ebers Papyrus, which dates from the eighteenth dynasty. The Holy Bible contains many references to the use of oils, in Israel.

All those qualified to us it should be permitted to practice it with animals also.

I don’t doubt the truthfulness of anything that the Karen Stapleton has asserted there, especially as I can’t be arsed to find out, but I don’t think that she or her co-horts in witch-doctory have taken in to account, not just robust investigation in to the effects of their sugar pills, smelly oils and water with memory, but also the ability to fool ourselves which we cannot do to animals

[Q]uackery might just about be justifiable on humans on the account that the placebo effect might give some relief (although I would argue against taking this position). But an animal cannot experience the placebo and will gain no benefit whatsoever from homeopathy, reiki, or ear candling for that matter. The only person who will gain is the carer, thinking they are doing good for the prickly little fellow. Placebo Effects work on humans. It’s a cultural thing. Hedgehogs do not cotton on to the significance of the psycho-suggestive shamanistic healing rituals involved in homeopathy. They would just prefer to curl up into a pin cushion. Many go on about homeopathy tests on animals proving the case for homeopathy think they do not need to have randomised blind controls, since animals cannot have a placebo effect. But this dodges the fact that it is their carers and owners are reporting the animals’ health improvements – the placebo works on the carers. Blinded trials on animal medicines are still absolutely necessary. For more details on homeopathy, placebos and animals see the excellent British Veterinary Voodoo Society.

I also feel that one of the five other people to sign the petition may have missed the point a little as they’ve signed as…

people should have the choice

Dear Sir or Madam

June 4th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

From: Sim-O
Subject: Your little petition

Hi Shadowy-Persons-Known-Only-To-The-News-People,

Could you please add my name to the list of people who would like Gordon Brown to resign as Prime Minister.

The last twelve years started off with a big bang of hope and optimism and has been disappointing to some degree or other ever since.

As Mr Brown has been at the centre of this for the whole period, I think it is about time we all stop being so nice about him and tell him it is time to go. Think of it as though he were your 90 year old grandfather that really should hand in his driving licence. There’s no way of breaching the subject without upsetting him, but it must be done. He’s had his go in the driving seat, but ultimately, he is a bit crap and keeps crashing.

I do hope that my lack of membership to your club doesn’t hinder my name being one of the fifty needed to get your letter sent to him as I feel this is a much more worthy cause than most of the e-petitions I have signed recently and would like to know I played my part, however small.

Best wishes and good luck in the upcoming elections,



Help a church make the right decision

May 6th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Stop the bigots – support Aberdeens gay minister.

Sign the petition.

Petition for an enquiry into Ian Tomlinsons’ death

April 9th, 2009 § 2 comments § permalink

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to launch a full enquiry into the circumstances of Ian Tomlinson’s death seperate to the IPCC investigation.

Due to the new evidence being shown in the press of the circumstances of Ian Tomlinson’s death we urge the Prime Minister to step in now to immediately bring the truth to light.

Go on then. What you waiting for?

Oops! I forgot… Via

LibDems on freedom

February 27th, 2009 § 1 comment § permalink

The LibDems have launched a bill, The Freedom Bill, to repeal a load of laws that have steadily eroded our freedoms and civil liberties.
At the moment they have twenty thing to look at…

Our first draft of the Freedom Bill contains twenty measures to restore the fundamental rights that have been stripped away in recent years. We would:

  1. Scrap ID cards for everyone, including foreign nationals.
  2. Ensure that there are no restrictions in the right to trial by jury for serious offences including fraud.
  3. Restore the right to protest in Parliament Square, at the heart of our democracy.
  4. Abolish the flawed control orders regime.
  5. Renegotiate the unfair extradition treaty with the United States.
  6. Restore the right to public assembly for more than two people.
  7. Scrap the ContactPoint database of all children in Britain.
  8. Strengthen freedom of information by giving greater powers to the
  9. Information Commissioner and reducing exemptions.
  10. Stop criminalising trespass.
  11. Restore the public interest defence for whistleblowers.
  12. Prevent allegations of ‘bad character’ from being used in court.
  13. Restore the right to silence when accused in court.
  14. Prevent bailiffs from using force.
  15. Restrict the use of surveillance powers to the investigation of serious crimes and stop councils snooping.
  16. Restore the principle of double jeopardy in UK law.
  17. Remove innocent people from the DNA database.
  18. Reduce the maximum period of pre-charge detention to 14 days.
  19. Scrap the ministerial veto which allowed the Government to block the release of Cabinet minutes relating to the Iraq war.
  20. Require explicit parental consent for biometric information to be taken from children.
  21. Regulate CCTV following a Royal Commission on cameras.

It looks good to me so I’ve added my name to the petition.


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