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Outraged people often lose their freedom

Every day some outrageous events occur. The media starts a frenzy and the masses get begin to holler for blood. A sacrificial head is needed on the block or something has to be done. Politicians find it expedient to bow to public and media pressure and some knee jerk reaction is announced. The government administration swings into action drafting new laws and imposing curbs and the mobs are silenced. Then peace returns briefly to the land before the next uproar. The cycle repeats endlessly.

There is a dangerous pattern. With each action our liberties, freedom are being taken away. Like killing the people with a thousand cuts, until one day all we have is a compliant, submissive and frightened people. It is becoming impossible to exist without breaking some law or the other or causing offense to      some individuals or groups.

Trial by media is the new norm, and inquisitions are on the rise. In a travesty of justice people are now first judged guilty and must prove their innocence.

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Knocker - up

Mary Smith earned sixpence a week shooting dried peas at sleeping workers windows. A Knocker-up (sometimes known as a knocker-upper) was a profession in England and Ireland that started during and lasted well into the Industrial Revolution and at least as late as the 1920s, before alarm clocks were affordable or reliable. A knocker-up’s job was to rouse sleeping people so they could get to work on time. The knocker-up used a truncheon or short, heavy stick to knock on the clients’ doors or a long and light stick, often made of bamboo, to reach windows on higher floors. Some of them used pea-shooters. In return, the knocker-up would be paid a few pence a week. The knocker-up would not leave a client’s window until sure that the client had been awoken. There were large numbers of people carrying out the job, especially in larger industrial towns such as Manchester. Generally the job was carried out by elderly men and women but sometimes police constables supplemented their pay by perfor…