Voyage to California (14) – John Jackson Lewis – January to March, 1851


Another fascinating read for the keen amateur historian

"Greatest Generation" Life Lessons

(1) John Jackson Lewis, (2) Edith May (Lewis) Rider, (3) Marian Faith (Rider) Irwin, (4) Marian Dunlop (Irwin) Guion, (5) Judith Anne Guion.

The following are transcriptions of John Jackson Lewis’s diary and journal of his voyage to California in 1851. He was travelling  from New York to visit his older brother William in San Jose.

Diary

This morning we found that the captains and agents of the several steamers advertised, had combined to keep up the price of passage and we were refused our tickets at the stipulated price. A little fuss was made, and some high sounding words spoken, but no beneficial results followed. The Tennessee, New Orleans, and Antelope are all advertised to sail tomorrow. I and two others took a walk on the beach this morning. We saw a number of beautiful shells, and the remains of a young shark that had been washed up by…

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Truman and the Pacific War


This makes important reading for anyone interested in facts and the way history is made.

Pacific Paratrooper

Potsdam Conference w/ Churchill, Truman & Stalin

Harry S. Truman did not have the outstanding record that most people look for in a president. He had poor eyesight and was unable to complete a 4-year college. Later, he failed as the owner/operator of a small mining and oil business, as a farmer and then as a haberdasher. (In my opinion, that only left politics as an option.)

HST was elected to the Senate with the assistance of the corrupt Thomas J. Pendergast and proved to be an unimportant legislator. His only military achievement was in successfully tightening up the discipline of the rag-tag outfit he was given. He was chosen as the Vice-Presidential candidate because southern democrats liked him and FDR needed those votes. (I’m afraid these facts were located during research, they are not my own thoughts – unless specified.)

This was the man sent to Germany, sailing on…

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Complaint Re Quite Inappropriate IMB Manager


The old adage is proving true in this case, once given a bad name – or an imagined bad name by falling foul of the supposed upholders of the law, and you’re socially stigmatised for life.

The police of South Wales are as inept as their counterparts in Rotherham and elsewhere in the country. It’s so much easier to victimise a vulnerable old man than hunt real criminals harming vulnerable young girls.

Flying Vet challenges South Wales Police

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Complaint Re Quite Inappropriate IMB Manager


The old adage is proving true in this case, once given a bad name – or an imagined bad name by falling foul of the supposed upholders of the law, and you’re socially stigmatised for life.

The police of South Wales are as inept as their counterparts in Rotherham and elsewhere in the country. It’s so much easier to victimise a vulnerable old man than hunt real criminals harming vulnerable young girls.

via Complaint Re Quite Inappropriate IMB Manager

Huddersfield Examiner – Grooming gang coverage


This sordid episode brings shame on a whole community, and draws attention to the dishonourable conduct of those who should have supported the victims but chose instead to ignore their duty.

Rotherham Politics

Meet Huddersfield’s ‘Girl A’ – groomed, raped, beaten and only discarded by gang when she fell pregnant

Groomed in year nine of school, she was sexually abused countless times until she was pregnant and deemed ‘too old’

Vulnerable from being bullied at school, the Huddersfield grooming gang’s main victim was targeted at just 13 or 14 years old.

It started in 2004 when three men – including Amere Singh Dhaliwal and Zahid Hassan – approached her and her even younger friends in Huddersfield bus station as they were on their way to school. They offered the girls cigarettes and told them to skip school to get drunk with them.

They didn’t truant, but they exchanged numbers.

She said they kept phoning her and turning up outside her school. “There was no getting away from them,” she said.

Read on… https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/grooming-gang-survivor-girl-a-15295020

Huddersfield grooming gang jailed for 221 years after ‘insidious, persistent…

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Hope and salutogensis


An innovative look at medical practice that opens up a whole new, yet realistic way of thinking about how doctors and patients can work together for the common good.

A Better NHS

Salutogenesis

Four patients in my afternoon surgery were suffering from chronic pain and had spent years being treated by pain specialists, spinal surgeons, psychologists, physiotherapists and complementary therapists. None of this specialist attention had alleviated their pain to any significant degree or provided a satisfactory explanation for their suffering. I have long-since stopped trying to ‘explain pain’, but for people who want explanations there are excellent resources online like ‘Pain is Weird’ by Paul Ingraham on Painscience.com and Tame The Beast by Professor of pain science, Lorimer Moseley.

Two of these patients with chronic pain had suffered child sexual abuse and one had also been a child slave. One had been tortured by the police in his home country and one had been traumatised by having to kill people when he was an army conscript. One of the women who had been abused had been seeing me with her back pain…

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Films To Watch


It takes great courage to face and discuss moral issues, especially those dealing with children and the often heartbreaking stories that accompany them as dark baggage.

I have seen ‘The Children Act’; it was superb and heartbreaking at the same time, I can recommend it to all those who care about things that matter.

Researching Reform

Four films which feature child protection themes have been aired over the last few months to critical acclaim, and so we thought we would share them.

TRIGGER WARNING: please bear in mind that some of the trailers in this post may contain distressing images, particularly for those who have suffered child abuse. 

Based on a true story, A boy, a man and a kite, is a new film centering around child sexual abuse at Carmel College in the UK, which was referred to as the Jewish Eton before it was closed down in 1997. The information available from the Film Collaborative’s page, tells us more:

“A bedridden man, on the edge of death, contemplates the sexual abuse he suffered as a boy and seeks resolution and redemption from his past.

It’s an abstract narrative short film based on true events in the early life of British composer Stephen Endelman…

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