Apr 07 2015

Pregnant and a Jehovah’s Witness – to take blood or die…baby and all?

Tag: Australia,Female Topics,health/lifestyle,Newswendy @ 5:29 pm

In 2009 a pregnant woman, a Jehovah’s Witness, was diagnosed in an Australian hospital with leukaemia. She refused the treatment due to her beliefs and also the suggestion to deliver her baby via C Section due to her anti-blood stance. Both she and the baby died, the baby died first from the effects of her cancer and she died weeks after from organ failure. But should she have been allowed to make such a choice for herself and her baby? Yes!

I don’t agree with that woman’s choice but what I do believe in is that she was allowed to make that choice. What is society for? for forcing treatment on that woman against her will? sectioning her, imprisoning her in hospital on a ward with her arms tied down and drips forced into her veins to administer chemo? don’t sneer…that is exactly happens here in the Republic of Ireland, that good ol’ bastion of Roman Catholic doctrine that women are vessels and incubators for growing fetuses and little else. We have had several women in recent years here held in hospital against their will, female rape victims sectioned and held by the Irish State for requesting an abortion and threatening suicide if refused. The State held one 18 year old African asylum seeker last year in hospital in Dublin against her will as she was suicidal having been raped in Africa and begged for an abortion. She was held in hospital until she was 24 weeks and a C Section was forced on her and the baby taken even though she never consented. Women in Ireland have NO choice at all – it is birth at all costs, pregnancy is compulsory once confirmed and the State WILL detain a woman in hospital if they suspect she will try to seek a termination.

It is terrible that a woman would choose to die with her baby rather than live, but for the State to be allowed to interfere and take control of her body and the fetus inside just cannot be allowed in Australia as it is here in Ireland. Every individual must have bodily autonomy – it is no woman’s fault that we were designed the way we are and that the fetus is inextricably tied to ours for 9 months, but the woman’s wishes must always be prioritised because the alternative – giving the State control over a woman’s womb – is happening here every day and it is horrific.

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Feb 09 2015

The Stephen Nolan Show makes it official – Mrs White is linked to insanity!

Tag: Entertainment,Female Topics,Newswendy @ 11:56 am

Anyone who heard this Co Tyrone woman’s demented ramblings on BBC Ulster’s Stephen Nolan Show this morning will no doubt have been shaking their head in sheer wonder at how a mind can possibly put together so many incoherent and ludicrous ideas about sexual assault on women. It’s about their clothing you see….’ please officer, the short skirt made me do it, I swear to god the shirt skirt and plunging neckline turned me into an animal and I just could not stop myself turning into a rapist!’……….you could not make it up if you tried. Mrs White does, however, make it up – on a regular basis, and thoroughly spurred on by a mind blurred by biblical bile and sanctimonious religious dogma.

Mrs White, who is obsessed by feminism, says in a somewhat shrill manner “Feminism has blurred the difference between actual rape and the rape that is used to forward the feminist agenda”….yes folks, really. And with that, the woman and her crazed commentary was brought to a halt.

Stephen Nolan was 100 per cent right – such commentary is insane, completely and utterly insane.

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Feb 07 2015

The Sydney Siege and its victims – how much publicity is too much?

Tag: Australia,Newswendy @ 10:13 am

Why is the Australian public losing its initial sympathy with the people who were involved in what was a serious hostage situation? following this tragedy major current affairs programs have broadcast interviews with the survivors, who were paid large sums of money for their stories, but instead of widespread support they have become increasingly subject to criticism. Has society become cynical about these widely broadcast news stories, do we feel less and less sympathy for the people who are caught up in them simply because we keep hearing about every single detail for weeks and months after the event? are we less sorry for people who make large amounts of money out of situations where fellow victims lost their lives?

Compare this tragedy and its victims to that of the Granville train disaster and its victims and I can see why people are being so cynical about ‘The Sydney Siege’ fallout. Its the way in which major events like the siege are presented to the public these days when rolling 24 hour coverage and desire for the most sensational angles and details drives the news networks in feeding the appetite of the masses. People want coverage to be as explicit as possible these days because society has become de-sensitised to death, horror and grief. At Granville the media kept a respectful distance from the rescue workers, at the siege journalists were getting as close as possible to ‘see everything’ even members of the public were going out of their way to take selfies at a serious hostage situation! after Granville the victims and rescue workers quietly got on with the business of moving on, these days such victims get their hair and makeup done and earn vast amounts of money ‘recounting’ every gory detail. The media is so obsessed with feeding the public’s appetite for extreme grief and gore that a potentially serious terror threat was broadcast as though it was a major entertainment spectacle and the survivors are treated as cast members. Do we really need to know what happened to them in such detail and do they need to go public instead of maintaining some dignity and going to a trauma counsellor instead of 60 Minutes? no wonder so many are cynical and lacking sympathy for these people, they are not victims as much as they are ‘The Siege Survivors’…the more exposure and publicity they get the more this tragedy loses its impact.

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Jan 09 2015

Portrait of a child: Dennis O’Neill 1932 – 1945

Tag: Family Life,Newswendy @ 3:00 am

dennisoneilDennis O’Neill was born in Newport, Wales on the 3rd of March 1932. He was your average little boy who enjoyed doing all the mischievous, fun things that all little boys like to do. He was born into a large family, his parents were very poor. Dennis had older brothers and sisters but he was closer to his two younger brothers Terry and Freddie. Dennis was particularly close to his younger brother Terry who he met up and played with after school each day, Dennis was very protective of Terry. The little boys were often hungry and cold in their home but they did not know physical cruelty. Dennis went to school and would come out each day and meet little Terry in the street, Dennis would walk towards Terry with one foot on the road and one foot on up the kerb, doing a funny kind of walk just for some fun. One day in 1940 Dennis, Terry and Freddie were taken from their parents and placed into foster care.

Dennis and his younger brothers went on to live in different places a hospital at first then a children’s home and then in the homes of some very kind foster parents. Dennis enjoyed regular hot baths, delicious meals every day, going to school and to church. Dennis enjoyed playing in open fields with his brothers at these foster homes; he told Terry scary stories as they walked home from school on dark wintry days, he collected watercress from river banks to take home and eat on sandwiches, he played in woods, he went bird nesting and he loved to swim and make dams in creeks with Terry and Freddie in the warm summer weather. Dennis loved to collect frogs and tadpoles in jam jars from ponds, he liked to play ‘aeroplanes and gliders’ with Terry in the open fields around the home where he lived with his kind foster parents. Dennis was protective of his younger brother Terry and defended him from school bullies. He made an apple pie at school one day and afterwards proudly shared it with his brothers. Dennis could be a tattle-tale from time to time, sometimes getting Terry into strife. Dennis was the boss, he said clever things and was a quiet, kind and well-mannered little boy.

In June 1944 Dennis and Terry were taken to live with new foster parents Reginald and Esther Gough at Bank Farm in Minsterly, Shropshire.

Dennis went to the local village school with Terry and made pocket money by picking crab-apples and selling them to local shop owners. Dennis worked very hard everyday doing his chores on the Gough farm with Terry working alongside him. He loved the animals, he was good at bringing in the horses and cows and feeding the chickens.  Dennis enjoyed visiting and playing with his youngest brother Freddie who was living with a family at a neighbouring house. Dennis was good at school, he and Terry looked out for each other. Dennis worked hard and did his best to please at all times. Dennis had dark hair and was a good looking young boy. At the age of 12, Dennis was a well-behaved, quiet and polite little boy.

On the 8th January 1945, Dennis was violently beaten by Reginald Gough.

On the 9th January 1945, 70 years ago today, Dennis died in his bed from his injuries.

Dennis O’Neill is more than just a name on the files of untold numbers of court, government and social services documents.  He is more than the subject of an inquiry, more than a wiki page, the subject of blog posts and cause for change. Dennis O’Neill was a real little boy who loved to run and play and get into scrapes, who lived and laughed and went to school and had friends. He was a son and is a brother and an uncle. And for as long as his name is known and for as long as he is held dear by his remaining family and for as long as we who read about him and care about what happened to him…..he will be remembered and loved.


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