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A minority of 1 – by Robert Ringer (A Voice of Sanity Blog from World Net Daily) – Posted: May 21, 2010 1:00 am Eastern Standard Time

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As BHO (FOX News Refers To Obama as “BHO”) continues to transform the United States into a socialist hell, yet another poke in the eye is the National Mediation Board’s proposal to make it easier for airline and railroad workers to unionize.

For 75 years, the rule has been that for any class of workers (e.g., pilots) employed by an airline or railroad to unionize, a majority of all employees in that class have to vote for unionization. But the proposed new rule would require only that a majority of employees who actually vote on the question of unionization would be needed to unionize.

All Democrats love unions; Republican progressives love unions; and even many conservatives believe that a worker should be allowed to join a union voluntarily, so long as those who do not want to join the union are not forced to do so.

Which probably makes me a minority of one. Why? Because not only do I believe that workers do not have a right to unionize a company through tyranny of the majority, I don’t believe that any worker has a right to join a union without the consent of his employer.

What would it look like if the federal behemoth were severely cut down to size? Read Wayne Allen Root’s prescription for the nation in “The Conscience of a
Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gambling & Tax Cuts”

It is a basic tenet of libertarian-centered conservatism that without property rights, no other rights are possible. Unfortunately, most people do not understand this fundamental concept. They view property only as inanimate matter, separate and apart from a person’s life.

In actual fact, they are so connected that one is virtually an extension of the other. If you took everything an individual owned, the fact is that he would not own his own life, because whenever he attempted to create something for his personal gain, the fruits of his labor could again be confiscated.

The same is true of purchasing property. The money used to make a purchase presumably was earned through the purchaser’s efforts. That makes the money an extension of his life, and, therefore, the same would be true of anything purchased with that money.

A libertarian-centered conservative believes that no one has a right to any other person’s property, which includes both his body and everything he owns. When people make “humanitarian” statements about human rights being more important than property rights, they are, in a sense, correct. That’s because human rights include property rights, as well as all other rights of man.

A man has the right to dispose of his life and his property in any way he chooses, without interference from anyone else. By the same token, he has no right to dispose of any other person’s life or property, no matter what his personal rationalizations may be.

As explained in “Fundamentals of Liberty,” there are only three possible ways to view property:

No.1 ANARCHY/BARBARISM

Anyone may take anyone else’s property whenever he pleases.

No.2 ABSOLUTISM/DICTATORSHIP

Some (select) people may take property of other people whenever they please.

No.3 DEMOCRACY (One-man, one-vote) / Republicanism (Lesser Representative Democracy)

No one may ever take anyone else’s property without his permission.

It is self-evident to anyone who believes in individual liberty that the only morally valid way of viewing property is No. 3. Likewise, no one has a right to tell a property owner (property being land, buildings, a business, or anything else that a person may own) what he can or cannot do with his property.

Take a business, for example. It belongs to the owner, whether he started the business himself or bought it from someone else. No one has a right to take any part of someone else’s business, nor do they have a right to tell him what he can and cannot do with his business.

If a business grows large and has millions of shareholders, the business is the property of many people – the shareholders. Thus, size is irrelevant when it comes to property rights. When property rights are violated against a multinational corporation as opposed to a “mom-and-pop” business, it simply means that far more people become victims of government aggression. It is a moral absurdity to believe that bigness validates aggression.

Therefore, as a minority of one, I am compelled to say that regardless of the size of a business, the only way unionization is morally valid is if the owner of that business voluntarily agrees to it. Why? Because it’s his business! It’s his property! And it is his human right to set the rules for his own property!

In a truly free society, a worker has one inalienable, overpowering right with regard to his job: He can quit at any time. He is not a slave, so his employer cannot chain him to his work. If he wants to belong to a union, he is free to search for employment with a company that allows workers to unionize.

The fact that so many people reading this article will find my comments to be extreme speaks only to how far down the road toward socialism we have traveled. We no longer respect property rights, especially when the property is a business. Generations have been brainwashed into believing that abstract notions such as “the good of society” and “social justice” are more important than private ownership.

The proposed new ruling by the National Mediation Board opens a debate that is nothing more than a distraction. The real debate should be over whether or not employees should be allowed to unionize at all without the consent of the owner.

This is precisely the kind of issue that has caused conservatives to lose their way over the years. Until politicians have the courage to confront an issue such as unionization head on and stop buying into debates about whether to move further to the left or stick to what has become the status-quo left, America will continue its acceleration toward total collapse – both morally and economically.

It will be interesting to see if anyone reading this article has a strong enough belief in the absolute sanctity of property rights to agree with what I’ve said here. That would be nice, because it would instantly elevate me to the status of being part of a minority of two.

“Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.” Mahatma Gandhi

(The truth propounded in this site being, that Malaysia’s Laws and Constitution as currently standing ARE institutionalised APARTHEID from the Colonial era which neither BN nor PR, (much less the Bar Council or Judiciary of which both groups should have their degrees revoked, the earlier 2 coalitions mentioned unvotable,  for the tacit approval of APARTHEID via silence, lack of address and mention) have yet to honestly address and mention or discuss openly . . . )

  

MahatmaGandhi    Robert Ringer (article author)

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Try considering the above issue on property to social freedoms now. Even for a minority of 1 (being rhetorical here, generally such uniqueness is extremely rare), no matter how rarefied/antipathetic the meme or preference, equitable space reasonable to ‘life and liberty’ as considered against the UNHCR AND access to NEUTRAL spaces must be given, must be protected. In this the district by district concept of living space earlier discussed is the best way to apply unique and diverse mosaics of disyricts (preferably with the most incompatible districts being as seperate from the least compatible ones as possible).

Try the below groups for example in order of ease of implementation for closed districts, though with access to neutral spaces, such as traveling spaces etc.. :

i) Luddites/Anti-technology types (this district being ENTIRELY free of Electrosmog, ELF or EMF emissions)
ii) Smokers-Tobacco users/Coffee users (this district will allow use of tobacco throughout/the other coffee throughout – as we know Coffee is disallowed to Xians etc..) For more information on coffee use, see : https://malaysiandemocracy.wordpress.com/category/coffee/
iii) Fundo-religionists (wearers of Burkha to any dietarily limited persons)
iv) Conscientious military objectors (refusers of military culture, who must be offered abstention options and not punitive fines and jail terms to allow them to make a choice without being punished for making a choice)
v) LGBT (non-binary gender types – as sexual-energic exchanges appear to exceed beyond a street or neighbourhood at anytime, separate districts should be considered or dedicated living spaces in generally closed districts at night may be dedicated to these persons at a quantum suitable to the number of such persons)
vi) Red Light Districts (sex workers and sex worker patrons (nominally atheists) without religious injunctions to follow)
vii) Nudists (wearers of nothing, again the psychic-vibrancy issue arises, so dedicated places for nudists could be ensured)
viii) Organic psychedelic users (again the psychic-vibrancy issue arises, so dedicated places for organics users could be ensured)
ix) advocates of right to bear arms (they could live with others fine with the preference, though perhaps with high and thick walls to prevent any accidental misfirings – this should be at cost to the users of this district IF not a majority to warrant use of tax funds)
x) Synthetic psychedelic users (due to the sometimes permanent and undesirable mental effects synthetics cause, these persons could be required to distance themselves from certain groups again, physically or otherwise – with the very most toxic and debilitating drugs left entirely illegal unless a euthanasia or consensual waiver staying awarness of potential permanent mental debilitation is considered)
xi) Neurotech/Cybernetic/Electrosmog-causing-device Areas (the enhanced or debilitating effects may require inhibitants to give signed waivers and for service providers to give accurate readings of ionising radiation and EMF or ELF emissions on a street to street basis)

All these groups or combinations thereof should have dedicated districts or spaces appropriate to their community size for expression of self,self determinism etc.. and not be subject to discriminative disenfranchising and punitive laws or uncivilised harassment by citizens with differing preferences.

This must be assured WITH government awareness, formal recognition ofthe group, guarantees (administrators of government MUST be entirely neutral and non-judgmental and have no personal preferences or if they do have such prefeerence are very aware of the need to remain neutral in applicatio of thje law as oer professional administrators) of protection from discimination by other citizens, to ensure at least civilised treatment of the person is assured as per a responsible government.

The above suggested typifies an ideal First World Country’s conditions where any disparate group’s Human Rights may not be infringed on, via illegal electronic surveillance, secret druggings, theft of tangible or intangible property, tangible or intangible spiritual property, general harrassment or bullying by the mob-minded among the majority of citizens without consent or awareness in the most abusive cases.

Note : Building space issues notwithstanding, the above concept of separate districts was extrapolated from the ‘Nudist Colony’ and ‘Red Light Districts’ concept. So I thought why not specialised districts for every other disparate and diverse group? I have hence advocated closed districts based on a single street to a few streets (for example) since . . . with the narrow minded having condemened and smeared this one’s reputation no end with all forms of indirect retaliations from neurotech implantations/NLPs that have left some of us with no privacy, our human rights invaded upon, contrived car accidents (the last one being particularly serious), psychiatry-pharma neuro-poisonings to manipulative public reactions from people unknown no end. This world does not belong to any mob minded group, the world has enough space for everyone, the selfishness, hatred, unreasonable insularism and intolerance is a sign of a very vicious, sick, uncivilised and fundamentalist minded society. Hopefully the next generation of MPs and Senators or what not will have the presence of mind to develop a conscience and mental flexibility to appreciate the rarer mosaic parts that make up any and all societies . . . diversity is strength.

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5.5 Articles On Extreme People – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 10th February 2012

In diversity, out of context, subtle insults, unique, weight on January 29, 2012 at 3:10 pm

ARTICLE 1

The race to lose ONE TON (don’t confuse with Wantan) : Morbidly obese at over 600lbs, four of the world’s heaviest people attempt to change their lives on shocking new show By Daisy Dumas Last updated at 12:06 AM on 28th January 2012

They are larger than life for all of the wrong reasons.

A new TLC show is set to introduce audiences to four morbidly obese individuals as they attempt to shed pounds and live a more normal lifestyle.

My 600 Pound Life, premiering on February 1, sees the group, each member of which weighs over 600 pounds, attempting to lose an astonishing one ton between them.

645 pounds and counting: Melissa features in the new TLC series, My 600 pound life. She aims to lose a third of her bodyweight to save her life

The story has taken an amazing seven years to document. In 2004, cameras started rolling to film the four overweight Americans as they each underwent a life-changing gastric bypass operation.

They were some of the heaviest patients ever operated on for the revolutionary surgery, with one woman, Melissa, weighing 645 pounds alone.

The chance of the grave procedure having a lasting successful outcome was just five per cent.

Uncomfortable truth: Melissa says that she could cope with being 337 pounds but when she hit 645 pounds, she knew she had to make a change

Not so happy couple? Melissa and three other individuals aim to lose an astonishing ONE TON between them on the four-part series which has been filmed over seven years

The four-part series shows the life-saving but traumatic experience of surgery, the highs and lows of dealing with addiction and dependence – and the transformation from being utterly dependent to gaining a modicum of normality and a sense of self worth.

At the outset, their extraordinary weight means the foursome have little or no independence, relying on care just to live from day to day.

Bypass for your life: All four of the show’s subjects have life changing gastric bypass surgery in 2004 – the four-part series charts their struggle to lead normal lives

Some are bed-bound, unable to move from their homes.

‘It’s awful to realise what I had done to myself,’ says one woman in a sneak peak of the forthcoming first episode, while a man is heard admitting: ‘I knew that I was gonna die.’

But lives are very much interlinked, with the transformations affecting not only the health and happiness of the individuals but those around them.

One husband and wife couple show the strain, with the newly less-weighty wife admitting that her husband is struggling to come to terms with his newly active wife.

Checked baggage: One woman describes her husband’s fear of her new-found independence. ‘He’s afraid I’m gonna leave him,’ she sobs on a preview clip

‘He’s afraid I’m gonna leave him,’ she sobs.

The clip shows a horrendous post-surgery wound – and many a tear as the changelings come to terms with what they had done to themselves.

Melissa said: ‘I could tell you this whole journey was easy, but that would be a lie. But it wouldn’t be a lie to tell you it was worth it.

Losing it: The show sees a morbidly obese man falling as he attempts to get off the sofa – landing and shouting for help from his companion

‘No-one can understand it’s like to go from where I was to where I am today.’

Embodying that dependence – and independence – the story is about a lot more than weight loss: Facing the horrendous truth and taking the hard journey from forced medical intervention to developing a sense of pride.

My 600 pound Life premieres on TLC on February 1 at 9pm.

Here’s what other readers have said. Why not add your thoughts, or debate this issue live on our message boards. The comments below have not been moderated.

– kirstie, Chatham, 28/1/2012 You’ve hit the nail on the head. These so called celebs and their agents think we believe any old claptrap they spout. Please for the love of god, WAKE UP PEOPLE, they only want the adulation and the money. They all have hidden shallows!

– Suzanne, Cumbria, 28/1/2012 16:45
Rating   1

Jenna, Michigan – you must have a serious problem with your perception of body size if you think this woman has ‘soft curves’, and is a UK size 16-18. I am a UK size 16 and although I could certainly do with losing some weight, I am half the size of this woman, or less! She must be a UK size 28-30 at the least. And to imagine she is healthy at this size is ludicrous – and I very much doubt if she’s happy, either.

– Lucy, Frimley, 28/1/2012 16:39
Rating   1

For once the DM’s favourite ‘killer curves’ would be apt.

– Belle de Jour, U.K., 28/1/2012 16:29
Rating   13

She looks quite slim by American standards!

– Anthony, No Longer in Sheffield, 28/1/2012 16:28
Rating   1

I can’t wait to see it, my Tivo is programmed and ready to roll!!!

– Ocean Blue, USA , Santa Barbara, 28/1/2012 16:28
Rating   1

‘A wild Snorlax appears!’

– Daniel, Here, 28/1/2012 16:17
Rating   5

@Reader, UK I doubt it. if they reach a size 18 they will. Anything smaller than that, and they will either be ‘shockingly thin’ or ‘worryingly skinny’. You can’t win with the DM.

– Evidently ‘Unhealthy’, Brum, 28/1/2012 16:08
Rating   8

– Irving, Home Counties, 28/01/2012 13:50. ***** TLC is a satellite channel used to be called The Leisure Channel know known as TLC it’s a free channel that comes with the package. Do now you know, feel better now? Sigh ….

– julie, Essex, 28/1/2012 16:06
Rating   8

These people will be ‘Scarily skinny’ or ‘borderline anorexic’ according to the media in 20 years time.

– Craig, Sheffield, 28/1/2012 16:03
Rating   8

I always wonder where people like this get the money to buy all that food that gets them to this size, that’s a lot of food and it’s not cheap.

– DC, The rest of the world, 28/1/2012 15:48

Be inspired or disgusted . . . the gelatinous Archivist known as Pearl played by Eric Edwards II in (Blade II 1998 by Stephen Norrington) . . .

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These people have decided to follow the crowd mainly out of necessity and not vie for the honour of ‘Man Mountain’ or ‘Woman Mountain’. But there always will be those who intend to be the biggest tallest and what not. Some can take the ‘work’ (like eating is work?!?) some cannot, and some have genetics that are not the best for these purposes. If these people feel they are not ‘maxable’ having had serious health complications to prove it, then it is no loss, as what is in the heart as important as what is in one’s genes, no point doing something one does not believe in.

Where’s that fattest (not necessarily heaviest, nor most personable but necessarily aesthetic – distinguish the nice and disgusting versions or get out of the casting profession, audiences are here to be entertained mainly) person in the world contest? None yet? Actual weight does not match actual size all the time, larger looking people that are lighter exist, and small people who have dense bones or muscle could also be quite heavy on the weighing machine, it’s like the difference between a balloon filled with air or a balloon filled with lead . . .

(Here’s a related idea for a theme restaurant . . .  at the head of the Fats Jr Jr Restaurant is one of the fattest persons  from the Mr and Miss Fat Universe eating and MC-ing, there are candles lit in that restaurant from HUMAN TALLOW fron overweight people who got lipo, the candles are categorized by age and genetic health . . . fill in the rest yourself . . . just don’t get too non-mainstream by getting into ‘Fleshcore’ or ‘Vore’ and Cannibalism, most of the public cannot take beyond fava beans, liver and chianti . . . )

Agents and film programmers, heres something again for the world to gawk at. It’s not a sideshow for them, but instant celebrity and probably life time endorsement contracts for so many foods or franchises (think hookers or poor students offering their best tattoo spots for advertising deals with brands like Cola or Fast-food or whatever Labels’) and what not that need the fattest . . . then the other extremes as well – death-camp-thin (death camp chic), giants, dwarves, muscular, one eyed, 3 breasted, whetever (memorable people make your product memorable) . . . have fun, make life that circus before the ‘regular’ non-distinct people die of boredom or old age, they will thank you physically and in spirit for making their lifespans that much longer because they were all hyped up rather than bored!

death camp chic     
-a fashion trend that has resulted from anorexia and malnourishment being depicted as, and associated with “beauty” by various celebrities and advertisements.
-the idea that intentionally starving oneself and looking like a death camp inmate is attractive and sexy.
-also a term used to describe any celebrity who looks as thought they just got released from Auschwitz.

Person A:
“Those Olsen twins look like they need to eat a fucking sandwich or something.”

Person B:
“They’re death camp chic.”

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=death%20camp%20chic

Article 2

Man without face terrorizes others for decade – 05.07.2011

Man without face terrorizes others for decade. A man with no face has been terrorizing the citizens of Riga, the capital of Latvia, for more than ten years already. He is not a ghost, but a disabled individual, who had his face severely disfigured with burns. He usually creeps up on people from behind and scares them by looking at their faces. The man does it just for fun. Psychologists say that the man with no face and other individuals like him either take revenge on the society or simply try to stand out from the crowd.

In spite of the fact the “the man with no face” has been terrorizing people in the Latvian capital for as many as ten years, his story was made public just a short while ago.

A woman, named only as Gunta, was riding a bus when a stranger approached her from behind and touched her. The woman looked back and saw a man with horrifying burns on his face and neck. The man scared the woman incredibly, and she fell seriously ill.

Several days after the incident, the woman asked for medical help. Soon afterwards, she came across the man without face in municipal transport again. The woman saw him doing the same to a little boy.

It turned out later that the woman was not the first “victim” of the disabled man, who was entertaining himself by scaring the people around him. The woman realized that it was a very delicate subject, because the man was a very unhappy person. However, she believed that his appearance did not give him the right to hurt others.

Ivar Balodis, the head of the association of disabled individuals, said that he knew many other physically challenged individuals, who use their affliction malevolently. Balodis has known “the man with no face” for over a decade. However, the disabled man has never asked anyone to help him. According to Balodis, this way of public behavior is unacceptable even for those who suffer from serious deformities. Quite on the contrary, such people need psychological help from those who can help them live with their problems.

The story of a young American woman, an aurally impaired individual, is much more shocking. Bethany Storro, 28, attracted a lot of attention in 2010 by saying that she was maimed by a stranger, who splashed acid in her face. She was sitting in a cafe, when an unknown black woman ran up to her and splashed acid in her face. One may say that Bethany was lucky: the sunglasses that she was wearing saved her eyes.

However, it later became known that there were too many strange details in her story. Storro eventually confessed that she maimed herself, that no one attacked her. She said that she wanted to commit suicide, but then changed her mind. Storro has never explained why she made up the story with the acid assailant.

Katie Piper, a British woman, fell victim to a real acid attack. She was attacked by her boyfriend. The young man decided to disfigure the woman’s face after she had broken up with him. Piper’s story received an extensive coverage in the media. Katie received plastic surgery and became a local celebrity. She regularly appears in photo shoots for glossy magazines and says that she feels beautiful again.

Yuri Levchenko, a candidate of psychological sciences, believes that such people as Katie and the faceless man from Latvia have passed beyond a certain moment of desperation. They came to realize that they will never become better. They decided to live the way they are and they do not want to hide from others.

“People want to be distinctive. Some want to do with by having large breasts, others achieve something in life, some others try to stand out with the help of their deformities. Another motive of this behavior is revenge. The society has made me like this so I am going to get even with this society. This is what such people normally think. As for the people who like to watch the photos of injured or disfigured people they usually do it to realize that they are so much better,” the psychologist said.

Ksenia Obraztsova

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There is a place for this man and it could be that he has a new role somehow in the larger scheme of things. Many people seek to be frightened out of their ‘funk’ or just to experience fear. they will appreciate his attempt to frighten them. Offer him some kind of job at a fear institute or some such place. But NEVER put him there to be changed to something else. If there is change to be made, it must come from within him and muct never be a form of intervention that could well destroy him. Who knows after decades of frightening people he could decide to get plastic surgery, even marry and retire quite happy.

” The man scared the woman incredibly, and she fell seriously ill. ” Soul loss. The wounds needed the fear to heal somehow. So when he has had enough fear, the energic wounds would have healed and he could decide to heal the physical facade. In this case, it is through causing of fear that he heals himself.

ARTICLE 3

Britain’s fattest woman weighs 40STONE and is so big she hasn’t been outside in FOUR years

    Brenda Flanagan-Davies eats more than 6,000 calories per DAY – including nine chocolate bars and three litres of fizzy drinks
    She can’t walk 20ft to shower without getting out of breath
    Former shop assistant has spent most of her adult life on benefits
    Married Brenda once tipped the scales at 45st

She was forced to marry husband Ron, 65, in her house because she is too fat to leave – by Rob Cooper – Last updated at 7:57 AM on 16th February 2012

Meet Britain’s new fattest woman – who weighs 40 stone and is so big that she has not left her house in four years.

Brenda Flanagan-Davies, 43, has never once sat in her taxpayer-funded living room because it takes too much effort for her to walk there from bed.

Once as heavy as 45 stone, Brenda is now the heaviest women in the UK following the death of 45-stone Sharon Mevsimler in 2010.

Big Brenda: She tips the scales at 40st and has not left her house for four years. But Brenda is addicted to food and eats more than 6,000 calories of food each day

The former shop assistant, from Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, eats more than 6,000 calories per day – including nine chocolate bars and three litres of fizzy drinks.

The recommended daily calorie intake for women is 2,000.

Brenda is virtually bed-bound by her extreme girth and is so addicted to food she even has a fridge next to her reinforced bed crammed full of chocolates and soda.

Now after years of being confined to her tiny bungalow, Brenda is begging for help after doctors warned her ‘lose weight or die.’

She said: ‘I spend my life in bed – that’s not a life. I have tried countless diets but I can’t stop eating. I can’t walk 20 feet to my shower without getting out of breath.

‘I hate this life. I want to have children while I still can, but I’m not healthy enough to get pregnant.

‘Doctors have warned me my weight could eventually kill me – I’m putting so much stress on my organs. But food is an addiction I can’t fight. I need help.’

Reinforced bed: Brenda spends her life in her bedroom – with a fridge full of snacks at her side. She spends a lot of time watching the television and has never even been in the living room

Breakfast: Brenda eats a yoghurt with two slices of toast with cheese and pickle

Snack: Three bottles of Coke and three chocolate bars – Wispas are her favourite

Lunch:  An entire large pizza with chips, then banoffee pie for dessert.

Snack: Three further chocolate bars and chips with cheese as a snack. Three bottles of Irn Bru

Dinner: Either a large portion of sausage, egg and chips or a Chinese takeaway.

Evening treat: Another three chocolate bars before bed.

Unlike Sharon, who had a gastric band fitted at her heaviest in 2009, Brenda has been told her heart is under so much strain from the fat she wouldn’t survive invasive surgery.

Sadly, mother-of-four Sharon, from Chelmsford, Essex, died of a heart attack just 13 months after her surgery.

Brenda, who is married, said: ‘I don’t want to end up like Sharon. I’ve been as heavy as 45 stone – the same as her. I feel ashamed of myself that I’m even in this position.’

Brenda, who has spent most of her adult life on benefits, is terrified of leaving the house in case she falls over and can’t get up.

In fact she has not left the house since a doctors appointment four years ago.

She said: ‘I struggled to get in and out of the car to get to the doctors and when I was there I was terrified of sitting down in case I broke a chair. I had to stand up and it was totally humiliating with everyone staring.

‘After years of being called “monster” and “lardy” in the street, I’d had enough of it.

‘People looked at me like I was a freak. They didn’t see a person, they saw a massive blob they didn’t think had any feelings.

‘Sometimes wanted to scream, and tell them I’m still a person. Everyone has their issues, but my addiction is more obvious because of my size.

‘Brenda’s days are filled with surfing the internet, watching her favourite shows and, of course, eating.

Amazingly, Brenda insists that is healthier than what she used to eat before – causing her to be her heaviest weight of 45 stone in 2006.

She said: ‘I used to eat a couple of bacon rolls plus a full English for breakfast, and I’ve cut back on takeaways.

‘To me, food is like a drug. I am constantly craving chocolate and sweets.

‘I get tired easily, so every day I drink a litre and a half of diet Coke and the same in diet Irn Bru. I pick diet to save on a few calories.’
Huge meals: Brenda’s daily menu includes a large pizza, chips, six bottles of fizzy drink and up to nine bars of chocolate

Huge meals: Brenda’s daily menu includes a large pizza, chips, six bottles of fizzy drink and up to nine bars of chocolate

Just moving 20 feet from her reinforced bariatric bed to the bathroom or her giant ‘wet room’ shower leaves Brenda gasping for breath. Sitting up straight for too long causes her severe pain.

It’s the sad reality for a woman who has been overweight her entire life, falling into a cycle of binge eating when she was a young girl.

Growing up with two average-sized parents and two slim brothers and a sister, Brenda always felt like the black sheep.

By the time she was eight Brenda weighed seven stone – the average for a 13-year-old.

She said: ‘When I was little my mum fed us normal dinners, chicken and spuds with cake after. But I would always go for seconds if I could.

‘No one else in the family seemed to gain weight. When I was eight my mum took me to see a specialist. Nothing came of it.

‘I started comfort eating as a young girl – the little pocket money I got I spent on bags of sweets. I didn’t like sport and didn’t do anything active.’

Although Brenda’s worried family continued to nag her about watching her weight, she took no notice.

She said: ‘My older brother offered to buy me a leather jacket if I lost weight, but I would just laugh it off and say ‘I will never be a size 10 – I’m a big girl.”

By the time she was 18, Brenda tipped the scales at 20 stone and was a size 18. She said: ‘I used to be in denial about my size. I am without a doubt an emotional eater.

‘I would eat whenever I was sad, happy, lonely or depressed. And the heavier I got, the sadder I got, so I just continued to eat more.’

In 1989, aged 18, Brenda got her first job as a shop assistant at a Topman in the Gateshead Metrocentre.

She said: ‘I quit after a year of working full time because I found it so tiring being on my feet all day. It was torture being surrounded by skinny, pretty girls out shopping with their boyfriends.
Obese: In six years Brenda’s weight has ballooned by 11 stone and she has never even been into her own living room because she is too big

Small meal: Brenda was overweight as a child and saw her size balloon in her 20s as she turned to comfort eating

‘I wish I could have worked more of the years, but I just wasn’t up to it physically or mentally.’

In her 20s, Brenda moved into bedsits, shutting herself off from the world.

She said: ‘I didn’t have any money and few friends. I didn’t see my family much. I couldn’t see any way through my problems and used food as comfort. I was about 28 stone by the time I was 25.’

Brenda didn’t work again until 2000, when she was hired at her local Wok And Roll takeaway shop.

But she quit after just four months because she didn’t like it.

At one point doctors prescribed Brenda course of weight-loss drugs which initially seemed to help.

Brenda said: ‘I lost four stone quite quickly but when the course finished I put twice that on again.

‘I have tried Weight Watchers and Slimming World but I can never stick to a strict diet.

‘I take so much pleasure in chocolate that when I can’t eat it I feel like I am being punished.’

Ashamed of her body, Brenda only started dating in her 30s.

She said: ‘It was sporadic, but I had boyfriends. No matter what they said, I always felt I wasn’t their dream woman.

‘Once I went up to meet a boyfriend’s parents. They were really nice but outside his house someone called me a fat cow. It destroyed my confidence and all I could think about was going home and hiding.’

Then six years ago, at a community centre day out, that Brenda met her husband, retired labourer Ronnie Davies, 65.

The two hit it off and Ronnie, who is still living down the street from Brenda, proposed in 2010.

40 stone: During one trip out with her husband Ronnie, Brenda’s weight broke the suspension on the vehicle

She said: ‘I loved his sweet nature and personality and he liked me for my cheeky sense of humour. He was able to see past my weight.’

The pair wed in January 2010, but by then Brenda was housebound. They had a registrar from Gateshead Civic Centre come into her home to perform the ceremony, followed by a buffet and drinks.

Of the ten guests at the wedding many were former carers.

Brenda, a size 9XL, wore black trousers and smock because that was the nicest outfit she had that fit.

She said: ‘Like all women, I used to dream of a white wedding in a church. I can at least say I have found the man of my dreams.’

These days Ronnie is responsible for caring for Brenda, along with a team of hired carers.

The carers cook her normal-sized meals, but Brenda dips into the chocolate as soon as they leave.

Devoted Ronnie washes up to four loads of laundry per day as her bed sheets and clothes quickly become drenched in sweat.
‘Ronnie used to take me out in his car, a Ford Mondeo, but eventually he wasn’t able to turn the steering wheel or change gear because my flab was in the way. And the front suspension went, which we both knew was because of me. Ronnie is very sweet and loves me for who I am, but he is honest.’

Each day she is helped into her wet room where a carer helps her to shower and clean her excess skin.

Later Brenda receives a ‘deep crease clean’ on her bed to tackle the sores which develop from being in bed so much.

Brenda buys her clothes from specialist online shops which cater for the morbidly obese, using her money from incapacity benefit and disabled living allowance.

Ronnie, who draws a state pension, also receives incapacity benefit for a leg injury he sustained in 1997 as well as a carer allowance.

He is planning to move in with Brenda later this year when she is settled in her new home.

She said: ‘It’s tricky, but Ronnie and I do have a sex life. Hopefully we’ll eventually have a bed big enough for both of us.

‘Ronnie used to take me out in his car, a Ford Mondeo, but eventually he wasn’t able to turn the steering wheel or change gear because my flab was in the way.

‘And the front suspension went, which we both knew was because of me. Ronnie is very sweet and loves me for who I am, but he is honest.

‘Once we were sat in Ronnie’s car outside Tesco and a couple were stood staring at me.

‘Ronnie made a joke that they were looking at him because he was smoking – but then he told me the truth, they were looking at my flab.’

Still, Brenda remains hopeful that eventually she will get help in time to become a mum.

She said: ‘My ideal weight would be 20 stone, then I could get a gastric operation to help me lose some more.

‘I know my weight is stopping me from getting pregnant. If I had a child, I’d make sure they stayed fit and healthy.

‘I want to help my self but I don’t know where to start.’

Last year Brenda was moved out of her bottom-floor flat into a council-owned bungalow which has been equipped with a bariatric bathroom and reinforced bed.

It took a team of five people to get her into a specially reinforced ambulance and transport her to her new home.

The footage was filmed for new Channel 5 programme Big Body Squad, which kicks off on February 22 at 8pm.

The programme follows teams of paramedics, firemen, carers and other specialists as they cope with the task of transporting and treating the extremely obese.

Brenda said: ‘I was so terrified of leaving the house and I still can’t believe they got me out.

‘Now I’m happy with my new house and my husband, but I’m still screaming inside about my situation.

‘I put on a brave face to the rest of the world but this can’t go on.’

Big Body Squad is on Channel 5 at 8pm starting on Wednesday, February 22.

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Really sad. She’s a tax payer too. You starting a campaign of hate towards fat people as well as disabled people DM? – stellio69, angus, 16/02/2012 08:08 ============================ Stellio69 how can she be a tax payer when she has been claiming benefits for years??

– female, uk, 16/2/2012 09:05
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I hope she finds Overeaters Anonymous (check online). Like Alcoholics Anonymous it is highly effective in helping people beat their addiction, when everything else has failed.

– LondonKen, London, 16/2/2012 09:05
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ahhhh, look how proud she is of her pizzas and bottles of coke!!! If i was the benefits officer I’d be grinning like that too as I took away her benefits, as it is clearly self-inflicted!! People who suffer disabilities through no fault of their own should get benefits, not selfish people like this!

– John H, Bolton, 16/2/2012 09:04
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Really sad. She’s a tax payer too. You starting a campaign of hate towards fat people as well as disabled people DM? – stellio69, angus, 16/02/2012 08:08 How is she a taxpayer? She doesn’t make any contribution to the cost of her life .

– oliviasmummy, London, 16/2/2012 09:01
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Another reason to overhaul the shocking benefits system in this country.

– misty1112, yorkshire, 16/2/2012 09:00
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Sorry and no doubt I will get red arrowed but these people disgust me. They have no respect for themselves or for anybody else. You don’t wake up one morning and find you have ballooned to 40 stone it’s done by relentlessly over eating and under exercising. Truely “caring” would be to cut her calorie intake and make her exercise – even moderate walks would make a difference at her size.

– PROUD to be ENGLISH, Worcester, 16/2/2012 08:59
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This self-abuse disgusts me…particularly as my taxes appear to fund it. No sympathy, sorry.

– S Smith, Southampton, 16/2/2012 08:59
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How can she afford to eat so much – ‘we’ obviously pay for her to do so…. IT INFURIATES ME! I work full time (in a job i hate – but cannot afford to leave) and pay all my bills myself – no hand outs – and i can’t eat very well myself… i have a little dog to think of and have at times gone without so he could eat – can’t explain to a dog that he can’t have any dinner!?! That’s my choice, BUT, this is ridiculous – who is buying the food for her??? Stop shopping for her and only buy decent food – when she’s eaten it all – tough… let her starve!!!!!!!!

– mags, Watford, Herts, 16/2/2012 08:56
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Look at those bottles, the Coke is all diet coke!

– Liz Ward, Huddersfield UK, 16/2/2012 08:56
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I have always noticed a lot of very large people drink diet drinks? That fridge is full of diet coke….confused!!

– DebbieHarryxxx, Manchester, 16/2/2012 08:56

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This sort of ‘corpulent’ form while quite diversity promoting, this should only be undertaken by self funded people, effectively limiting the participation in the ‘fatness sub-culture’ to the wealthier set. It’s not very good to have people of the mid or lower wealth set who need to be funded by government burdening the taxpayers.

Being not ‘Sumo-fit’ kind of fat, this isn’t something very good to propagate overall, though the ‘rebel factor’ is definitely there. Perhaps since English society is so Orwellian, this unhealthy ‘form’ is that much more acceptable, but once society has been ‘harmonized’ from Orwellianism towards the sense of freedom of law and social freedoms being assured, this fatness would be quite negative to emulate.

While people like Brenda are still relevant due to the generally poor social freedoms of England, an entire paradigm sift in social freedonms is needed. Perhaps an equally fat but healthy ‘sumo-culture’ targeting the upper crust types aiming for a ‘defined’ ‘diversity edifying’ look could be promoted as the standard? This IS a sign of luxury and wealth of a nation but should be increasingly confined to self funded individuals as the social freedoms situation in England improves.

Leviathan like!

Mini-ARTICLE 3.5

Fat chicks don’t wear Chanel – by Jan Moir – Last updated at 1:27 AM on 10th February 2012 OK. Adele is a little large — but so what? She is a gorgeous, big velvety rose of a girl; beautiful in spirit, in person and in voice. Why does everyone get so hysterical over what freakish geriatric Karl Lagerfeld says?

As if Adele herself would be bothered.

Gorgeous, big velvety rose of a girl: Adele

Best of all were those semi-hysterical responses from ‘fatist’ support groups such as Fat Chicks Unite — or whatever they call themselves —who are going to boycott Chanel. Listen, honeys, as a fat chick myself, I want to tell you something. Chanel doesn’t make stuff in our sizes anyway. And their pumps are over-priced! Karl won’t be crying into his earth coffin if we ten-tonners don’t shop there.

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Karl sure as hell did not call Jan anything, so Jan DON’T call Karl a ‘freakish geriatric crying into his earth coffin’. Easy on the comebacks. Just dissociate with those who seek purity in their meme, or preferred associates. Don’t lob stones from afar or gatecrash. Who invited anyone of the peasant mob mentality type to attack Karl on Adele’s behalf? It’s for Adele alone to address or argue or retaliate if she wishes. Adele is able and no victim, maybe she wishes to ignore Karl?

So Karl’s made clear his ‘type’ preference. Then what? For example, I don’t know you, how’d you like it if someone you didn’t know attacked you for attacking Karl? See how unfair this is? Don’t be a peasant. Let them fight – it’s between the 2 and dooubtless one will back off, typically the weaker one as per the rules of combat. If you involve yourself, you’re just a follower or a busy body with too much time or insanity brewing inside. Adele has honestly not asked her friends or family to attack Karl, so Adele is playing by the rules. One on one, loser forfeits. Don’t call in your redneck freaks when you can’t handle taking on a giant. Adele did not and deserves respect.

Adele’s weight is quite typical for a woman of that age actually . . . though definitely needs to lose weight to be considered for modelling the type of clothes Karl hawks . . .

VOTE : Do you think Karl Lagerfeld was entitled to comment on Adele’s weight?

1[ ] Yes – he’s entitled to his opinion
2[ ] No – it was hurtful and unnecessary

[ ] Both (negative) – Karl’s entitled to his opinion ALTHOUGH it was hurtful and unnecessary
[ ] Both (positive) – Karl’s entitled to his opinion DESPITE THE FACT it was hurtful and unnecessary
[ ] None of the above – (please type in your opinion) ___________________________________________________________________________
[ ] Question is irrelevant – (please type in how the question should be phrased) _______________________________________________________

[ ] I don’t know
[ ] No opinion

***Commentary on the ‘poll’ system :

The original poll only had the Hegelian Dialectic choices Yes / No only, in these sorts of online polls teach ‘Sheeple-ism’. There is no critical discourse in 2 choices without a non of the above at least or in the worse options cases (No Opinion or I don’t Know – a display of the evil intent of media)

Ahem, 10 tonners? Try 1 tonne. Hardly anyone even reaches the 1 tonne mark. Any bored 7-8 ft tall people who can afford to spend time on this sort of challenge want to give the record a try?

Wanton or Yuntun or Wonton - 云吞 (yúntūn - pinyin)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2070793/Jersey-Shore-season-5-trailer-Snooki-gang-return-Seaside-sneak-peek.html

ARTICLE 4

Britain’s fattest woman weighs 40STONE and is so big she hasn’t been outside in FOUR years

Brenda Flanagan-Davies eats more than 6,000 calories per DAY – including nine chocolate bars and three litres of fizzy drinks
She can’t walk 20ft to shower without getting out of breath
Former shop assistant has spent most of her adult life on benefits
Married Brenda once tipped the scales at 45st

She was forced to marry husband Ron, 65, in her house because she is too fat to leave – by Rob Cooper – Last updated at 7:57 AM on 16th February 2012

Meet Britain’s new fattest woman – who weighs 40 stone and is so big that she has not left her house in four years.

Brenda Flanagan-Davies, 43, has never once sat in her taxpayer-funded living room because it takes too much effort for her to walk there from bed.

Once as heavy as 45 stone, Brenda is now the heaviest women in the UK following the death of 45-stone Sharon Mevsimler in 2010.

Big Brenda: She tips the scales at 40st and has not left her house for four years. But Brenda is addicted to food and eats more than 6,000 calories of food each day

The former shop assistant, from Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, eats more than 6,000 calories per day – including nine chocolate bars and three litres of fizzy drinks.

The recommended daily calorie intake for women is 2,000.

Brenda is virtually bed-bound by her extreme girth and is so addicted to food she even has a fridge next to her reinforced bed crammed full of chocolates and soda.

Now after years of being confined to her tiny bungalow, Brenda is begging for help after doctors warned her ‘lose weight or die.’

She said: ‘I spend my life in bed – that’s not a life. I have tried countless diets but I can’t stop eating. I can’t walk 20 feet to my shower without getting out of breath.

‘I hate this life. I want to have children while I still can, but I’m not healthy enough to get pregnant.

‘Doctors have warned me my weight could eventually kill me – I’m putting so much stress on my organs. But food is an addiction I can’t fight. I need help.’
Reinforced bed: Brenda spends her life in her bedroom – with a fridge full of snacks at her side. She spends a lot of time watching the television and has never even been in the living room

CHOCOLATES, CHIPS, A LARGE PIZZA, FIZZY DRINKS AND A TAKEAWAY: WHAT BRENDA EATS

Breakfast: Brenda eats a yoghurt with two slices of toast with cheese and pickle

Snack: Three bottles of Coke and three chocolate bars – Wispas are her favourite

Lunch:  An entire large pizza with chips, then banoffee pie for dessert.

Snack: Three further chocolate bars and chips with cheese as a snack. Three bottles of Irn Bru

Dinner: Either a large portion of sausage, egg and chips or a Chinese takeaway.

Evening treat: Another three chocolate bars before bed.

Unlike Sharon, who had a gastric band fitted at her heaviest in 2009, Brenda has been told her heart is under so much strain from the fat she wouldn’t survive

invasive surgery.

Sadly, mother-of-four Sharon, from Chelmsford, Essex, died of a heart attack just 13 months after her surgery.

Brenda, who is married, said: ‘I don’t want to end up like Sharon. I’ve been as heavy as 45 stone – the same as her. I feel ashamed of myself that I’m even in this position.’

Brenda, who has spent most of her adult life on benefits, is terrified of leaving the house in case she falls over and can’t get up.

In fact she has not left the house since a doctors appointment four years ago.

She said: ‘I struggled to get in and out of the car to get to the doctors and when I was there I was terrified of sitting down in case I broke a chair. I had to stand up and it was totally humiliating with everyone staring.

‘After years of being called “monster” and “lardy” in the street, I’d had enough of it.

‘People looked at me like I was a freak. They didn’t see a person, they saw a massive blob they didn’t think had any feelings.

‘Sometimes wanted to scream, and tell them I’m still a person. Everyone has their issues, but my addiction is more obvious because of my size.

‘Brenda’s days are filled with surfing the internet, watching her favourite shows and, of course, eating.

Amazingly, Brenda insists that is healthier than what she used to eat before – causing her to be her heaviest weight of 45 stone in 2006.

She said: ‘I used to eat a couple of bacon rolls plus a full English for breakfast, and I’ve cut back on takeaways.

‘To me, food is like a drug. I am constantly craving chocolate and sweets.

‘I get tired easily, so every day I drink a litre and a half of diet Coke and the same in diet Irn Bru. I pick diet to save on a few calories.’

Huge meals: Brenda’s daily menu includes a large pizza, chips, six bottles of fizzy drink and up to nine bars of chocolate

Just moving 20 feet from her reinforced bariatric bed to the bathroom or her giant ‘wet room’ shower leaves Brenda gasping for breath. Sitting up straight for too

long causes her severe pain.

It’s the sad reality for a woman who has been overweight her entire life, falling into a cycle of binge eating when she was a young girl.

Growing up with two average-sized parents and two slim brothers and a sister, Brenda always felt like the black sheep.

By the time she was eight Brenda weighed seven stone – the average for a 13-year-old.

She said: ‘When I was little my mum fed us normal dinners, chicken and spuds with cake after. But I would always go for seconds if I could.

‘No one else in the family seemed to gain weight. When I was eight my mum took me to see a specialist. Nothing came of it.

‘I started comfort eating as a young girl – the little pocket money I got I spent on bags of sweets. I didn’t like sport and didn’t do anything active.’

Although Brenda’s worried family continued to nag her about watching her weight, she took no notice.

She said: ‘My older brother offered to buy me a leather jacket if I lost weight, but I would just laugh it off and say ‘I will never be a size 10 – I’m a big girl.”

By the time she was 18, Brenda tipped the scales at 20 stone and was a size 18. She said: ‘I used to be in denial about my size. I am without a doubt an emotional

eater.

‘I would eat whenever I was sad, happy, lonely or depressed. And the heavier I got, the sadder I got, so I just continued to eat more.’

In 1989, aged 18, Brenda got her first job as a shop assistant at a Topman in the Gateshead Metrocentre.

She said: ‘I quit after a year of working full time because I found it so tiring being on my feet all day. It was torture being surrounded by skinny, pretty girls out shopping with their boyfriends.

Obese: In six years Brenda’s weight has ballooned by 11 stone and she has never even been into her own living room because she is too big
Small meal: Brenda was overweight as a child and saw her size balloon in her 20s as she turned to comfort eating

‘I wish I could have worked more of the years, but I just wasn’t up to it physically or mentally.’

In her 20s, Brenda moved into bedsits, shutting herself off from the world.

She said: ‘I didn’t have any money and few friends. I didn’t see my family much. I couldn’t see any way through my problems and used food as comfort. I was about 28

stone by the time I was 25.’

Brenda didn’t work again until 2000, when she was hired at her local Wok And Roll takeaway shop.

But she quit after just four months because she didn’t like it.

At one point doctors prescribed Brenda course of weight-loss drugs which initially seemed to help.

Brenda said: ‘I lost four stone quite quickly but when the course finished I put twice that on again.

‘I have tried Weight Watchers and Slimming World but I can never stick to a strict diet.

‘I take so much pleasure in chocolate that when I can’t eat it I feel like I am being punished.’

Ashamed of her body, Brenda only started dating in her 30s.

She said: ‘It was sporadic, but I had boyfriends. No matter what they said, I always felt I wasn’t their dream woman.

‘Once I went up to meet a boyfriend’s parents. They were really nice but outside his house someone called me a fat cow. It destroyed my confidence and all I could

think about was going home and hiding.’

Then six years ago, at a community centre day out, that Brenda met her husband, retired labourer Ronnie Davies, 65.

The two hit it off and Ronnie, who is still living down the street from Brenda, proposed in 2010.

40 stone: During one trip out with her husband Ronnie, Brenda’s weight broke the suspension on the vehicle

She said: ‘I loved his sweet nature and personality and he liked me for my cheeky sense of humour. He was able to see past my weight.’

The pair wed in January 2010, but by then Brenda was housebound. They had a registrar from Gateshead Civic Centre come into her home to perform the ceremony,

followed by a buffet and drinks.

Of the ten guests at the wedding many were former carers.

Brenda, a size 9XL, wore black trousers and smock because that was the nicest outfit she had that fit.

She said: ‘Like all women, I used to dream of a white wedding in a church. I can at least say I have found the man of my dreams.’

These days Ronnie is responsible for caring for Brenda, along with a team of hired carers.

The carers cook her normal-sized meals, but Brenda dips into the chocolate as soon as they leave.

Devoted Ronnie washes up to four loads of laundry per day as her bed sheets and clothes quickly become drenched in sweat.
‘Ronnie used to take me out in his car, a Ford Mondeo, but eventually he wasn’t able to turn the steering wheel or change gear because my flab was in the way. And

the front suspension went, which we both knew was because of me. Ronnie is very sweet and loves me for who I am, but he is honest.’

Each day she is helped into her wet room where a carer helps her to shower and clean her excess skin.

Later Brenda receives a ‘deep crease clean’ on her bed to tackle the sores which develop from being in bed so much.

Brenda buys her clothes from specialist online shops which cater for the morbidly obese, using her money from incapacity benefit and disabled living allowance.

Ronnie, who draws a state pension, also receives incapacity benefit for a leg injury he sustained in 1997 as well as a carer allowance.

He is planning to move in with Brenda later this year when she is settled in her new home.

She said: ‘It’s tricky, but Ronnie and I do have a sex life. Hopefully we’ll eventually have a bed big enough for both of us.

‘Ronnie used to take me out in his car, a Ford Mondeo, but eventually he wasn’t able to turn the steering wheel or change gear because my flab was in the way.

‘And the front suspension went, which we both knew was because of me. Ronnie is very sweet and loves me for who I am, but he is honest.

‘Once we were sat in Ronnie’s car outside Tesco and a couple were stood staring at me.

‘Ronnie made a joke that they were looking at him because he was smoking – but then he told me the truth, they were looking at my flab.’

Still, Brenda remains hopeful that eventually she will get help in time to become a mum.

She said: ‘My ideal weight would be 20 stone, then I could get a gastric operation to help me lose some more.

‘I know my weight is stopping me from getting pregnant. If I had a child, I’d make sure they stayed fit and healthy.

‘I want to help my self but I don’t know where to start.’

Last year Brenda was moved out of her bottom-floor flat into a council-owned bungalow which has been equipped with a bariatric bathroom and reinforced bed.

It took a team of five people to get her into a specially reinforced ambulance and transport her to her new home.

The footage was filmed for new Channel 5 programme Big Body Squad, which kicks off on February 22 at 8pm.

The programme follows teams of paramedics, firemen, carers and other specialists as they cope with the task of transporting and treating the extremely obese.

Brenda said: ‘I was so terrified of leaving the house and I still can’t believe they got me out.

‘Now I’m happy with my new house and my husband, but I’m still screaming inside about my situation.

‘I put on a brave face to the rest of the world but this can’t go on.’

Big Body Squad is on Channel 5 at 8pm starting on Wednesday, February 22.

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Really sad. She’s a tax payer too. You starting a campaign of hate towards fat people as well as disabled people DM? – stellio69, angus, 16/02/2012 08:08

============================ Stellio69 how can she be a tax payer when she has been claiming benefits for years??

– female, uk, 16/2/2012 09:05
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I hope she finds Overeaters Anonymous (check online). Like Alcoholics Anonymous it is highly effective in helping people beat their addiction, when everything else

has failed.

– LondonKen, London, 16/2/2012 09:05
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ahhhh, look how proud she is of her pizzas and bottles of coke!!! If i was the benefits officer I’d be grinning like that too as I took away her benefits, as it is

clearly self-inflicted!! People who suffer disabilities through no fault of their own should get benefits, not selfish people like this!

– John H, Bolton, 16/2/2012 09:04
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Really sad. She’s a tax payer too. You starting a campaign of hate towards fat people as well as disabled people DM? – stellio69, angus, 16/02/2012 08:08 How is she

a taxpayer? She doesn’t make any contribution to the cost of her life .

– oliviasmummy, London, 16/2/2012 09:01
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Another reason to overhaul the shocking benefits system in this country.

– misty1112, yorkshire, 16/2/2012 09:00
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Sorry and no doubt I will get red arrowed but these people disgust me. They have no respect for themselves or for anybody else. You don’t wake up one morning and

find you have ballooned to 40 stone it’s done by relentlessly over eating and under exercising. Truely “caring” would be to cut her calorie intake and make her

exercise – even moderate walks would make a difference at her size.

– PROUD to be ENGLISH, Worcester, 16/2/2012 08:59
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This self-abuse disgusts me…particularly as my taxes appear to fund it. No sympathy, sorry.

– S Smith, Southampton, 16/2/2012 08:59
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How can she afford to eat so much – ‘we’ obviously pay for her to do so…. IT INFURIATES ME! I work full time (in a job i hate – but cannot afford to leave) and pay

all my bills myself – no hand outs – and i can’t eat very well myself… i have a little dog to think of and have at times gone without so he could eat – can’t

explain to a dog that he can’t have any dinner!?! That’s my choice, BUT, this is ridiculous – who is buying the food for her??? Stop shopping for her and only buy

decent food – when she’s eaten it all – tough… let her starve!!!!!!!!

– mags, Watford, Herts, 16/2/2012 08:56
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Look at those bottles, the Coke is all diet coke!

– Liz Ward, Huddersfield UK, 16/2/2012 08:56
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I have always noticed a lot of very large people drink diet drinks? That fridge is full of diet coke….confused!!

– DebbieHarryxxx, Manchester, 16/2/2012 08:56

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This sort of form while quite diversity promoting, this should only be undertaken by self funded people, effectively limiting the participation in the ‘fatness sub-culture’ to the wealthier set. It’s not very good to have people of the mid or lower wealth set who need to be funded by government burdening the taxpayers.

Being not ‘Sumo-fit’ kind of fat, this isn’t something very good to propagate overall, though the ‘rebel factor’ is definitely there. Perhaps since English society is so Orwellian, the unhealthy ‘form’ is that much more acceptable, but if society has been ‘harmonized’ in the sense of freedom of law and social freedoms being assured, this would be quite negative to emulate.

While people like Brenda are still relevant due to the generally poor social freedoms of England, an entire paradigm sift is needed. Perhaps an equally fat but healthy ‘sumo-culture’ targeting the upper crust types aiming for a ‘defined’ ‘diversity edifying’ look could be promoted as the standard? This IS a sign of luxury and wealth of a nation but should be increasingly confined to self funded individuals as the social freedoms situation in England improves.

ARTICLE 5

Meet Ben Stacy, the living descendant of the BLUE men of Appalachia – who was born discolored too but grew out of it

Isolated family in Kentucky started producing blue children in 1800s
French orphan Martin Fugate married pale American Elizabeth Smith
Genetic mutation reduces individual’s ability to carry oxygenated blood
Intermarriage led to ‘pure’ gene pool which often met ‘met-H’ gene
Alaskan Ben Stacy’s fingernails & lips sometimes turned blue as child

By Mark Duell and Micaela Mclucas Last updated at 4:24 PM on 23rd February 2012

It wasn’t just Ben Stacy’s astonishing arrival in 1975 as a baby with blue skin that shocked doctors.

The 37-year-old descended from an extraordinary family in Kentucky – and although the colour soon diminished from him, his lips and fingernails still went blue when he became cold or angry as a child.

He came from an isolated family whose members were born with a condition that discoloured them, as a result of a coincidental meeting of recessive genes, intermarriage and inbreeding in the 1800s.
Family history: Ben Stacy, 37, left, of Fairbanks, Alaska, is descended from a isolated eastern Kentucky family with an extraordinary colour defect

Family history: Ben Stacy, 37, left, of Fairbanks, Alaska, is descended from a isolated eastern Kentucky family with an extraordinary colour defect

The story began when French orphan Martin Fugate settled on the banks of Troublesome Creek to claim a land grant in the early 19th century and married a red-haired woman named Elizabeth Smith.

She had a very pale complexion – and their union brought on the ‘methaemoglobinaemia’ genetic mutation, also known as met-H, which reduces an individual’s ability to carry oxygenated blood.

Minnesota-based blood expert Dr Ayalew Tefferi said the whole story is ‘fascinating’ and shows how society and disease can intersect – as well as the ‘danger of misinformation and stigmatisation.’

‘If I carry a bad recessive gene with a rare abnormality and married, the child probably wouldn’t be sick, because it’s very rare to meet another person with the (same) bad gene,’ he told ABC News.

Mr Stacy was born and taken to the University of Kentucky Medical Center, where doctors were amazed by his blue skin and quickly prepared a blood transfusion before his grandmother butted in.

Heritage: Mr Stacy came from a family born with a condition that made them discoloured, as a result of a coincidental meeting of recessive genes, intermarriage and inbreeding in the 1800s (colourised photo)

She explained that he looked like his ancestors in Troublesome Creek and his great-grandmother Luna, who died aged 84, was once called ‘the bluest woman I ever saw’, reported ABC News.

‘If I carry a bad recessive gene with a rare abnormality and married, the child probably wouldn’t be sick, because it’s very rare to meet another person with the (same) bad gene’

Dr Ayalew Tefferi, blood expert

MailOnline tracked down Mr Stacy to the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, where he now works as a water plant supervisor. He gained a wildlife management degree from Eastern Kentucky University.

The Fugate family tree shows Martin and Elizabeth had a blue boy called Zachariah who married his mother’s sister. Their son named Levy married into a nearby family and they had eight children.

One of these children was Luna, who married John Stacy and had 13 children. Ben Stacy comes from this family line, reported ABC News. His mother Hilda Stacy, 56, lives in Hazard, Kentucky.

There are other relatives in the Stacy line still alive in Virginia and Arkansas. MailOnline found Mr Stacy has a wife named Katherine Stacy in Alaska and they appear to have four children.
Rural: The Fugates lived in an isolated part of eastern Kentucky and had little opportunity to mix with others

Rural: The Fugates lived in an isolated part of eastern Kentucky and had little opportunity to mix with others

Methaemoglobinaemia (commonly known as met-H) is a recessive gene (shown by the small r) so only produces ‘blue’ people in very rare circumstances

Diagram: Methaemoglobinaemia is a recessive gene (shown by the small r), so rarely produces ‘blue’ people

As eastern Kentucky has become vastly more populated than the early 19th century, and as more genes are married into the Fugate family tree, there were far fewer children born with the condition.

‘Luke was just as blue as Lake Louise on a cool summer day’

Dr Charles H. Behlen II on seeing Luke Combs, a descendant of Fugate branch

The blue people in Kentucky began to disappear in the early 20th century as families moved apart and the disease therefore became less common as inbreeding reduced, reported ABC News.

Looking at the old family portrait, they appear to have been either Photoshopped or made up to mimic characters from children’s cartoon the Smurfs, but science proves that the condition is real.

The family was first discovered in 1958 when Luke Combs, who was a descendant of another branch of the Fugates, took his white wife to a hospital and doctors ended up paying more attention to him.

‘Luke was just as blue as Lake Louise on a cool summer day,’ Dr Charles H. Behlen II said in 1974. Fortunately for the sufferers, there are no serious problems associated with the disease.

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Sounds like they have been drinking Colloidal Silver – Perhaps their stills from the Blue Ridge Mountains contained Colloidal Silver said to benefit you health. You can buy it today, but will risk turning blue.

– Lyn, Sussex, 23/2/2012 16:41
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could this explain smurfs?

– maria, bradford, uk, 23/2/2012 16:35
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Does this mean that everyone suffering from schleroderma (a condition that turns the extremeties blue – including the nose) come from this rare Blue gene? This story is farcical.

– Lesley, Hertfordshire, 23/2/2012 16:23
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Excellent story and follow-up. I would like to see more. Unretouched color photos of the blueness would be most fascinating. I look at my wrist and see faint blue lines of blood being returned to my heart and wonder if the blue is close to that or much deeper for the least affected. I do recall having seen some with blue lips but don’t recall their fingernails. Marrying relatives was predominant among royalty thus I wondered if this was the basis for calling them, and other elites who practice likewise, bluebloods. At least there is a remedy to alleviate this physicality. I have been left wondering if birth defects may also be a result of the same lines crossing, even if three or more generations later. Perhaps there’s someone in this field who will follow up on the probability.

– Aval, USA, 23/2/2012 16:22
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So that’s what Monica meant when she said the date was like cocktails and appalachia.

– Elle, London, 23/2/2012 16:16
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As reported on september 11 2009 paul karason 58 turned blue after drinking a silver compound. Is it not more likely that these people were drinking contaminated water that turned them blue. Is this not just bad journalism cutting and pasting a story without research.

– Matt, Manchester, 23/2/2012 16:09
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As reported on september 11 2009 paul karason 58 turned blue after drinking a silver compound. Is it not more likely that these people were drinking contaminated water that turned them blue. Is this not just bad journalism cutting and pasting a story without research.

– Matt, Manchester, 23/2/2012 16:07
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Are there any pictures of Ben from his blue period. Hey, I wonder if Picasso was one of them?

– Pass the Dynamite, London, 23/2/2012 15:52
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Interesting how Mr. Stacy (the younger) ended up in Alaska where this genetic condition shows up in certain Native tribes. It’s a small world.

– Tabitha, New Orleans, USA, 23/2/2012 15:30
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” I was born a poor Blue child , but I had a special purpose, my mamma told me I’d find it one day”

– Scar, City, 23/2/2012 15:20

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Perhaps the same types of ‘sufferers’ COULD be asked to retain the same bad genes in a colony with sufficient individuals to ensure the ‘blue’ gene does not disappear. Government should however in a form of compensation ensure these ‘bad geners’ in a very comfortable life (much like 1%ters have but without the extreme wealth sequestration) and keep them breeding the gene in a specialised colony to ensure viable colonies. Who knows these ‘blue geners’ could in sufficient generations actually do without oxygen! Think methane breathers, then consolidate these genetic VIPs! Perhaps these are the original ‘blue blood’ derived meme/race that has blue skin?