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Some Open Letters

Dear Right Wingers on the Internet

I am not going to explain this to you again.  The Council of Europe and the European Union are two entirely separate bodies. They have nothing to do with each other. I am not going to debate you if you cant be bothered googling the think we are debating.

When you are angry about human rights legislation because you think that deporting a few suspected terrorists would be worth giving up your own “right to privacy and a family life” or “right to a fair trial” you are angry with the Council of Europe, who enforce the European Convention on Human Rights, not the European Union who have nothing to do with it.

When you are angry about immigration, you are angry with the EU and it is totally irrelevant to bring up any recent human rights cases, for reasons mentioned above.

Sincerely,

Random Girl

Dear BBC,

In some of your coverage of Thatcher’s death one of your reporters said “Privatisation isn’t a political issue anymore, its just something governments do” – I would like to know who decided this and when.

Sincerely,

Random Girl

Dear Teacup making companies,

Go bigger.

Sincerely,

Random Girl

Dear Governments,

It has come to my attention that a man named Nickola Tesla invented a way to make electricity transmittable through radio waves, this would be more efficient and there wouldn’t be wires everywhere. However this was never put into practice as anyone could put up satellite and get electricity from it.  This means it would be difficult for companies to make a profit from it. The solution to this problem is to bring electricity back under state ownership and have everyone pay into it through tax.

An I am sure there are many other problems which could be solved with nationalization, like the price of trains, and if trains were cheaper fewer people would drive, and if fewer people dove the roads would be cheaper to maintain the roads, and since you already pay for the tracks I think this could work out well.

Stop acting like privatisation is the only way, please.

Sincerely,

Random Girl

PS.  Do haulage companies pay extra to use the roads considering they do the most damage to them? Because they should.

Dear Fashion/beauty/celebrity Magazines,

Did you know that the average female experiences a drop in self-esteem after just 8 minuets of reading you? You should probably do something about that. Actually what you will probably do is make a concerted effort to make that time smaller, considering almost all of your advertisements are for plastic surgery, diet products and make up. You are in the business of creating false illnesses in order to sell a cure. I have had enough.

Sincerely,

Random Girl

P.S. Did you know that cellulite was considered attractive until Vogue said it was a disease?

Dear Nick Clegg,

What happened?

Sincerely,

Random Girl

Dear Exams,

Did you know a Chinese teacher invented you to make more money out of his school?  The idea was that people would pay to come to the school and then pay to take the exam. I am adding you to the long list of problems with capitalism.

Sincerely,

Random Girl

Dear Internet,

I’m not sure how I feel about you, you are a mass of contradictions.

You increase potential productivity whilst reducing, for many people, actual productivity.

You make it easier for people to connect with each other but all we end up with is a bunch of meaningless insults with no constructive dialog.

You make it easier for talent to be discovered, but you ruin simple mediocrity. For example the case of a girl who’s parents paid for her to make a music video for a Bat Mitzvah present and ended up being called out as “the death of music”. (That’s all the Friday song was, a Bat Mitzvah treat, no one was calling her the next big sensation and instead of enjoying it, as she should have, she ended up being bullied to the point of dropping out of school)

And yet I cannot imagine my life without you, who would I be without fandoms and Nerdfightaria? Would I have ever gotten into politics without the Young Turks? Would I be more comfortable with my body without Internet advertisements? Or less without Laci Green?

To tell the truth weather you’re good for me or not I can no longer imagine life without you.  To tell the truth, sad as it may be I no longer know how to research without Google, or how to make plans without Facebook.

Sci-Fi has long predicted an age of cyborgs, and since many people can no longer function without computers, who’s to say we haven’t arrived?

All my love,

Random Girl

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Consumerism VS Festivity

I like to consider myself an anti-consumerist (despite constant failures to follow through in practice) and The Holidays have been turned into the biggest consumerism fest known to man. Or have they? Festive shopping, despite being done on mass, may be the least consumerist of all consumerist acts, as the shopper does not buy for themselves but for others. However consumerism is defined by Wikipedia as: “a social and economic order that encourages the purchase of goods and services in ever-greater amounts”- something we are definitely encouraged to engage with during the holiday season.

Before I give my advise I would like to remind readers that I

A)   Did not come up with all these Ideas myself, I will be looking throughout the internet for pointers whilst writing this, all sources will be referenced at the bottom

B)   Have at least partially failed to remove consumerism from my Christmas celebrations

C)   I am a teenager who has never had a full time job or lived away from home- this is just my opinion I am not claiming to be an expert on anything

Whilst the obvious and most commonly sighted way to keep big business out of you’re festivities is to “make your own gifts” 99% of the population runs into trouble here. This takes a hell of a lot of time, equipment for stuff making is often far more expensive than simply buying a gift and few people actually own the skills to make a good gift- not to mention you’ve got to pull all this off behind your families back. Not to mention many people expect store bought gifts so unless you are a very skilled craftsperson or a three year old your loved ones are unlikely to appreciate your efforts. So for this reason I will be offering tips on how to buy gifts in a non-consumerist fashion.

 

Include Personal jokes and sentiments

If you incorporate small personal jokes and thoughtfulness into the purchase of gifts this takes the focus away from the accumulation of material wealth and back to the relationship you have with this person. Recognise that you can get a far better gift with 5 pounds and a good knowledge of the recover than you can with a million and no knowledge of them.

Buy From Small local shops

I have brought most of my gifts from small local shops. This way you insure that your money doesn’t go to a tax haven and that you are paying for a childs football lessons not a third holiday home.

Don’t buy any “Disposable” crap

I havnt been entirely true to this value this year. I have offended with disposable reindeer antlers on the last day of school (put to shame by my friends beautiful, durable, handmade ones) and my family uses a disposable turkey tray every year. But we all know the spiel: landfills, wastefulness, not cost effective and so forth. Very bad. Best avoided.

Check where stuff comes from

I haven’t brought anything from Amazon this year. It has recently been revealed that they only pay 1% tax in the UK. I if you need to go to chains John Lewis and Lush both pay good levels of tax  . The Guardian has a fantastic charismas shopping guide with an “ethical shopper” section.

Give, and Ask For, Books

Nothing is as bad for consumerism  like educating yourself- and there is nothing consumerist about it.

Take the Focus Off the gifts

The holidays are about taking time away from work and stress to focus on you’re family, friends and being joyful (and for some people faith). If you focus more on this than the gifts then that is anti consumerist in itself.

Bagginsing

This is a favourite of my Grandmother Despite needing to be strictly reserved for those of your friends and family who are on the same anti-consumerist page as you are, bagginsing can be quite fun. It simply involves giving people your pre- loved possessions as gifts. If you don’t own anything your family would want you could always try charity shops and second hand stores. Some people will definitely prefer something new so keep that in mind and agree on bagginsing before hand.

Donation Gifts

Another one likely to piss off the pro-consumerist relation. Oxfam allows you to give a donation in someone else’s name as a Christmas gift alongside many other charities. You can even get an E-Card if you are running late. You choose what you give and options range from school supplies, to hygiene kits, to goats , to safe water for an entire school at the top end of the price range. But be careful I have heard many a rant against these.

I have found many websites advocating that we should agree with our friends and family not to gifts for each other. This could work but I will not deny that gift giving – if done correctly- can be a good way to tell the people we love that we care about them. So long as we keep our money away from international chains who don’t pay any tax.  And make sure you buy you’re conservative friend a subscription to The Guardian- or is that like buying someone deodorant.

 

Bibliography

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consumerism

http://makewealthhistory.org/2012/12/18/the-changing-culture-of-disposability/

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/christmas?INTCMP=SRCH

http://www.wikihow.com/Celebrate-Christmas-Without-Going-Broke

http://www.oxfam.org.uk/shop/oxfam-unwrapped/ecards?intcmp=hp_131_hero_shop-ecards_2012-12-18

Personal contact- Pat Hall

 

 

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