What if Game of Thrones was a metaphor for today’s world?

In Game of Thrones, the different houses fight each other to get the throne, but instead they could be banding together to fight a much bigger threat: the white walkers. I think we're in a similar situation. We have all the political parties fighting for a seat in power and countries fighting each other for resources. [...]

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Don’t ignore the ideology and attitude of the party you’re voting for: Promises can be broken.

Don’t focus so much on the policies that you ignore the ideology and attitude of the party you’re voting for. Once people are in power, policies can change and promises can be broken. But if you trust that the leader cares more about doing what’s right than saving face, I think that’s worth taking into [...]

Drugged up zombie or pretty much cured for life?

Depressed people's brains are overactive in certain areas. As Laci Green puts it: "They're ruminating on their own inadequacy and worthlessness to an obsessive point. This over activity is an illness that actually removes people from reality and the research suggests that magic mushrooms block this obsessive activity. People that took part in the mushroom [...]

A letter to my MP about the current UK Drug Policy

Russell Brand has influenced this letter for sure: Here's the letter I sent to my local MP: "Dear Catherine McKinnell MP, My name is Annie and I’m contacting you on behalf of myself and my partner. We currently live in Newcastle and wanted to contact you regarding an issue that we feel needs addressing. We [...]

“It doesn’t feed your soul, I’m still empty inside. The things you’re being offered can’t fill what we’re looking for.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3PalrfEF4g&feature=em-subs_digest-vrecs Russell Brand on consumerist western society and celebrity culture and how he's been part of the charade but he's awake now and wants to wake others too. "Conservatism appeals to our selfishness and fear, our desire and self interest" He recognises qualities in himself of egotism, selfishness, lustfulness and because he recognises them in [...]

What if non-violent offenders got therapy instead of going to prison?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CU7a8qp7h7Y Getting therapy for non-violent offenders would probably be much less costly than keeping them alive in prison and it would be much better for their rehabilitation, mental health and for society when they're done. Piper Kerman has learnt some strong life lessons while doing time in prison, taking responsibility for her mistakes. She wants people to tell [...]