Ears and Cotton Swabs By Mrs Vera West

     Do not clean your ear holes with cotton swabs. I did, but now, in horror, I have stopped:
  https://www.livescience.com/cotton-swab-ear-skull-infection.html?utm_source=ls-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20190817-ls

“A woman's daily habit of cleaning her ears with cotton swabs led to a life-threatening infection in her skull, according to news reports. The 37-year-old woman, who is identified only as Jasmine, said she cleaned her ears every night with cotton swabs, according to the Australian magazine That's Life! But over time, she noticed she had trouble hearing out of her left ear, and finally went to the doctor. She was initially told she had an ear infection, and was given antibiotics. But her hearing problems remained, and she soon noticed blood appearing on the cotton swabs after she cleaned her ears. After a hearing test showed she had moderate deafness, she was referred to an  ear, nose and throat specialist. The specialist ordered a CT scan, which showed a horrifying condition: Jasmine had a bacterial infection that was "eating away" at her skull bone behind her ear, That's Life! reported. "You should have come to see me four or five years ago," the specialist reportedly told Jasmine. "You need surgery yesterday." Jasmine eventually underwent a 5-hour surgery to remove the infected tissue and reconstruct her ear canal. The surgeons told her that she had cotton fibers lodged in her ear, which had become infected.

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Sugar-Loving Super Bugs! By Mrs Vera West

     I told you that sugar was bad for you; look who loves sugar:
  https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/hospital-superbug-is-evolving-into-a-new-species-of-bacteria-that-thrives-on-your-sugarrich-diet/

“Clostridioides difficile (C. difficile) is a bacterium that can cause a nasty spell of diarrhea and colitis for those unlucky to be infected. Now, researchers analyzing the genomes of various strains in Nature Genetics have discovered it is a millennia-long process of evolution that will see it separate into two different species. One of those species is particularly adept at evading hospital disinfectants and thrives on a sugar-rich Western diet. "This largest ever collection and analysis of C. difficile whole genomes, from 33 countries worldwide, gives us a whole new understanding of bacterial evolution," author Brendan Wren, a professor at the London School of Hygiene and Medicine, said in a statement. "It reveals the importance of genomic surveillance of bacteria. Ultimately, this could help understand how other dangerous pathogens evolve by adapting to changes in human lifestyles and healthcare regimes which could then inform healthcare policies." C. difficile is the leading cause of antibiotic-associated diarrhea – "good" gut bacteria will fend off the bug in a healthy person but antibiotics extinguish "good" gut bacteria, leaving the patient vulnerable to infection. Because of this, the bug is frequently found in hospital settings. For the study, the team sequenced the genome of 906 strains, collected from humans and other animals as well as the environment. The researchers then compared the genomes from each strain to find that it is evolving into two different species. The emerging species (called C. difficile clade A) accounts for roughly 70 percent of the samples collected from hospital patients.

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Computers are Killing Our Eyes By Brian Simpson

     One of the sacrifices made by the band of over-enthusiastic journalists here, who put in countless hours searching for juicy news, then writing and rewriting articles to get them, tasty and just right, is that we go blind most days. Just like our youth:
  https://www.studyfinds.org/study-blames-disturbing-rise-in-teens-who-need-glasses-on-excessive-screen-time/

“According to the report released by United Kingdom-based eye care company Scrivens Opticians, the percentage of 13-16 year olds in the U.K. who need glasses has nearly doubled over the past seven years — from 20% in 2012 to 35% in 2018. Two-thirds of those teens were diagnosed as being myopic, or short-sighted. Researchers theorize that this significant increase in eye problems among young people is likely linked to excessive time spent staring at screens, which can lead to eye strain, shortsightedness, and blurred vision. In fact, the study also found that the average 13-16 year old spends around 26 hours per week staring at a smartphone, playing video games, or watching TV. Overall, optometrists from Scrivens say that much more research is needed to determine what all this screen time is really doing to teens’ eyes, especially in the long-term. “Children’s eyes continue to grow until early adulthood, and their vision is changing too,” comments Sheena Mangat, an optometrist with Scrivens, in a statement. “Because conditions such as short or long sightedness can happen gradually over time, neither children nor parents can ‘see the signs’, which is why regular eye checks are so important.” Additionally, the study found that it is no easy task for parents to pry their kids away from their screens; 73% of surveyed parents said it is a “challenge” to get their children to stop staring at some type of screen for a few hours.”

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Sex differences 101 By Mrs Vera West

     With all we hear in the media is about how sex differences are a social construction, for a breath of air, consider some basic physiology, neatly summarised here, which is good once I got past a few bits of course language that nowadays seems to fill blogs:
  https://notpoliticallycorrect.me/2019/08/02/men-are-stronger-than-women/

“Men have about 61 percent more muscle mass than women (which is attributed to higher levels of testosterone); most of the muscle mass difference is allocated to the upper body—men have about 75 percent more arm muscle mass than women which accounts for 90 percent greater upper body strength in men. Men also have about 50 percent more muscle mass than women, while this higher percentage of muscle mass is then related to men’s 65 percent greater lower body strength (see references in Lassek and Gaulin, 2009: 322). Men have around 24 pounds of skeletal muscle mass compared to women, though in this study, women were about 40 percent weaker in the upper body and 33 percent weaker in the lower body (Janssen et al, 2000). Miller et al (1993) found that women had a 45 percent smaller cross-section area in the brachii, 45 in the elbow flexion, 30 percent in the vastus lateralis, and 25 percent smaller CSA in the knee extensors, as I wrote in Muscular Strength by Gender and Race, where I concluded:

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Stop Climate Change? Stop Modernity!!! Celebrate Poverty!!! By James Reed

     When will the climate change madness end? Surely only with the complete shedding of Western techno-industrial civilisation.  The case in point, banning the humble sausage, one of life’s remaining joys, to be cruelly snatched from us by  … by … the climate change police!
  https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/08/08/wurst-idea-ever-germany-to-tax-sausages-to-fight-climate-change/

“German legislators have proposed raising the sales tax on meat from seven percent to 19 percent to fight climate change and improve animal welfare. Research has shown that greenhouse gas emissions from livestock account for a higher percentage of total global emissions than the world’s 1.2 billion automobiles, a fact underscored by some German Greens who are pushing for higher meat taxes. A United Nations report from 2012 found that the earth’s cattle population generates more carbon dioxide than automobiles, planes, and all other forms of transport combined. Moreover, the cow pies they deposit and the wind they break produce a third of the world’s methane emissions, considered 20 times more detrimental to the environment. According to Germany’s Federal Statistics Office, slaughterhouses in Germany killed 29.4 million pigs, cows, sheep, goats and horses during the first six months of 2019. During this period, Germany produced 3.9 million tons of meat, led by pork, the primary ingredient in German sausages. “I favor abolishing the VAT reduction for meat and using it (the increased revenues) instead for more animal welfare,” said Greens agriculture spokesman, Friedrich Ostendorff. The idea of raising meat taxes would be to reduce livestock numbers — as well as their gaseous output — by discouraging people from eating meat.”

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Gay People Kissing? Hungarian Hostility By Mrs Vera West

     This is utterly shocking:
  https://www.news.com.au/finance/business/media/cocacola-angers-people-with-ad-featuring-gay-couples-kissing/news-story/270a459c8738d6ad5d727dcea7dd1823

“Coca-Cola has featured same-sex couples kissing in commercials over bottles of the major soft drink in Hungary. And politicians and conservative activists are furious. The ads have been splashed on billboards as well as the company’s Hungarian Facebook page. They show couples sharing a cold drink for the “Love is Love” campaign accompanied with slogans such as “Zero Sugar, Zero Prejudice”. A politician from the ruling Fidesz party as well as conservative media outlets have called for the drink maker to be boycotted.”

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Turmeric and Cancer By Mrs Vera West

     I have covered the issue of the health benefits of turmeric many times before, but there is a concise account of the anti-cancer benefits of turmeric, with an n=1 study, published in the British Medical Journal.
  http://www.herbs-info.com/blog/science-journal-confirms-eating-turmeric-cured-myeloma-cancer-in-57-year-old-woman/?c=d
  https://casereports.bmj.com/content/casereports/2017/bcr-2016-218148.full.pdf

“Myeloma is a haematological malignancy which typically follows a relapsing-remitting course. While treatment can control the myeloma and improve quality of life for given periods of time, remissions generally become progressively shorter with subsequent relapses, and patients ultimately enter a final refractory phase. To help control symptoms and enhance quality of life, some patients use complementary therapies as an adjunct to their conventional therapy. Here, we describe a myeloma patient who started a daily dietary supplement of curcumin when approaching her third relapse. In the absence of further antimyeloma treatment, the patient plateaued and has remained stable for the last 5 years with good quality of life.”

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Are You Ready for Infanticide? By Mrs Vera West

     This seems to be the goal of the NSW government, which is desperately trying to catch up to parts of the UYS in terms of radical abortionism:
  https://www.heraldsun.com.au/blogs/andrew-bolt/seriously-killing-babies-just-days-from-birth/news-story/34415d0888f6a221cba5d6fc57cbcda3
  https://www.heraldsun.com.au/rendezview/why-is-a-liberal-government-pushing-radical-abortion-laws/news-story/1b2ae0c42d13c81faa23b33a14d16c21

“What is the point of electing a Liberal government if all it does is implement a Labor-Greens agenda? This is the question all conservative voters in NSW should be asking today as the Berejiklian government plans to ram through parliament one of the most radical abortion bills on the planet. Not only does the bill allow unborn babies to be aborted right up until the moment of birth, but it forces any doctor with a conscientious objection to refer the patient to a doctor who will carry out the abortion. It’s astonishing that such a dangerously illiberal law would be backed by a Liberal government. If it becomes law, as it probably will since it’s supported by the Premier and Opposition Leader, the government will have betrayed the people who voted for it just four months ago. As furious Liberal backbencher Kevin Connolly points out, the first most MPs knew about this bill was when Health Minister Brad Hazzard appeared at a press conference on Saturday alongside left-wing independent Alex Greenwich, the inner-city protégé of Sydney’s worst-ever Lord Mayor, Clover Moore. Hazzard actually is co-sponsoring Greenwich’s terrible bill, with the support of ersatz North Shore Liberal Felicity Wilson, and Upper House LINO (Liberal In Name Only) Trevor Khan.”

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The Great Toilet of London By Richard Miller

     The breakdown of Western civilisation is going according to the grand plan:

“A City of Westminster Clean Streets sign posted to Twitter reads, “This area is being monitored for street fouling. Anyone urinating or defecating may be subject to arrest.” “Welcome to London. Do not sh** in the street,” tweeted Old Holborn. Public defecation used to be more of a problem in non-European countries, but it seems to have made its way here now. The sight of feces in the streets is becoming a major problem in liberal utopias like San Francisco, and it seems it’s London’s turn for a taste of that brand of progressivism.”

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Lawyers commenting on NSW Abortion Law changes By Neil Foster

     I am a member of an informal coalition of practicing lawyers and legal academics which goes by the name of the "Wilberforce Foundation". A number of us have signed off on a press release designed to make it clear that comments from the "Australian Lawyers Alliance" supporting the proposed changes to abortion laws in NSW do not represent the views of all lawyers. The statement follows.
MEDIA RELEASE OF THE WILBERFORCE FOUNDATION IN RESPONSE TO THE SUPPORT OF THE AUSTRALIAN LAWYERS ALLIANCE FOR THE NSW ABORTION LAW REFORM BILL

     The Wilberforce Foundation is a coalition of lawyers and legal academics committed to the preservation and advancement of the moral foundation of the common law, rights and freedoms. Recently, the Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) came out in support of the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill. Whilst the ALA is a national organization representing lawyers, academics and other professionals dedicated to protecting and promoting justice, freedom and the rights of the individuals, it is important to note that it does not speak for all of us. Lawyers, like any member of the community, can have diverse views on morally controversial issues like abortion. The Wilberforce Foundation opposes the bill and disagrees with the ALA’s claims that there are dangerous consequences for women and doctors from the continued criminalization of abortion.

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Could one simple question end the abortion debate? By Akos Balogh

Original article:  http://akosbalogh.com/2019/08/08/could-this-one-question-end-the-abortion-debate/

Our Brothers, the Mosquito By James Reed

     I have written so many articles attacking so many people I can’t remember if I once argued that animal rights activists will be defending the rights of mosquitos next. Well, guess what? My reduction ad absurdum has been rejected, by these wild and woolly folks, who now are  granting rights to mosquitos:
  https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/mosquito-bite-kill-blood-france-animal-rights-eggs-a9036946.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#Echobox=1564767872

“People should not kill mosquitoes but allow them to take "blood donations", a French animal-rights activist has said. Aymeric Caron, a television presenter, said the insects sucked human blood to obtain protein for their eggs, which was “embarrassing for anti-specists who realise they are being attacked by a mother trying to nourish her future children”. Anti-specists are those who oppose discrimination against any species, usually animals. But British animal-protection workers said his comments were “a step too far” and were “an unhelpful distraction”. Mr Caron, who counts himself as an “anti-specist”, said animal lovers should allow the insects to bite, except in Africa, where they would risk catching malaria.”

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US Gun Bans: Next Step in Civil War II Thanks to Leftist Globalist Trump By Charles Taylor

     Trump, as the globalist puppet that he is, has responded to the two shootings by focussing largely on the El Paso one, condemning white supremacism, which he never defined, but which is defined for him by the anti-white establishment as simply white survival, and of course, never singling out Antifa Leftism, behind the more recent Dayton shooting, except for putting it down to mental illness, not ideology.
  https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-08-05/dayton-shooter-was-pro-satan-leftist-who-supported-warren-sanders-antifa-and

     Consequently, there will be new red flag laws, similar to what exists in socialist countries like yours (Australia), where if the authorities think that you are a “problem” they can take your guns, and probably lock you up, or get a psychiatrist, USSR style, to lock you up – all without due process of the law. That, in itself, is an assault upon liberty far worse than any number of shootings, which are occurring right now in our cities by gangs with illegal guns, and will continue to occur. The same social media companies that censor conservative groups, will under the Trump legislation be playing the key role in this policing. This is utterly dangerous given how vindictive these companies are, with numerous examples of their injustices, and their clear radical Leftist agendas. Just let the wolves guard the chicken coop. This is beyond insane and can only indicate that Trump is just a part of the conspiracy, from the beginning. Yes, he played 4-dimensional chess …  for the globalist team.

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The System does Not Like Reasoned, Scientific Argument By Charles Taylor

     Science is useful to the Establishment, only so long as it delivers the answers that the system wants. When people use it to question the ruling narratives of the day, which in the US at the moment is centred around shootings confirming the Left view of the universe – then watch out, even if you are a celebrity, non-white astrophysicist:
  https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jul/28/neil-degrasse-tyson-sexual-misconduct-investigation
  https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/08/05/fck-off-smash-mouth-bashes-neil-degrasse-tyson-for-data-minimizing-mass-shootings/

“Celebrity astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is facing backlash from rock band Smash Mouth and gun control advocates after he took to Twitter to compare the number of deaths from the latest mass shootings to that of other causes, such as medical errors and suicide. “In the past 48hrs, the USA horrifically lost 34 people to mass shootings. On average, across any 48hrs, we also lose…500 to Medical errors, 300 to the Flu, 250 to Suicide, 200 to Car Accidents, 40 to Homicide via Handgun,” Tyson said after the deadly mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. “Often our emotions respond more to spectacle than to data.” With more than 73,000 responses to his tweet, Tyson also faced scrutiny from other prominent figures who were quick to responded to his tweet. “Cold take, Neil. 200+ Americans died from gun violence in the past 48 hours,” Moms Demand Action founder and gun control activist Shannon Watts responded.“Your data is wrong Neil. In the past 48 hours, 200 people were killed with guns and many more were injured while a powerful organization lobbies to protect its interests,” writer and lawyer Amee Vanderpool wrote in response to Tyson. “Maybe you should add some emotion to your game, because your data collection sucks.”

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Better to Eat Cardboard! By Mrs Vera West

     How bad is our processed food? As the title indicates, maybe it would be better to eat cardboard from the boxes, or weeds:
  https://www.zmescience.com/science/ultra-processed-food-us-29072019/

“For every 10 calories someone in the US eats, 8 come from store-bought foods and beverages (packaged and unpackaged). The ready-to-eat food market plays a crucial role in the US, and it also plays a crucial role in the development of obesity and cardiovascular diseases. Time and time again, studies have shown that processed foods (and particularly, ultra-processed foods) are dangerous to human health. Not only do they make you fat, but they also increase the risk of many serious conditions, including cancer and diabetes — and yet, Americans can’t have enough of them. “The US packaged food and beverage supply is large, heterogeneous, highly processed, and generally unhealthy,” the new study reads. Scientists analyzed 230,156 products, finding that 71% of products such as bread, salad dressings, snack foods, sweets, sugary drinks and more were ultra-processed. When they looked at the largest 25 manufacturers, a whopping 86% of products were classified as ultra-processed. Scientists also ranked foods based on their healthfulness, using a ranking system developed in Australia that ranks foods from 0.5 stars (unhealthiest) to 5 stars (healthiest) The Health Star Rating system scores packaged foods, offering consumers a quick look at the nutritional profile of packaged foods — something which can be difficult to assess in our day to day lives.”

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The Irony of Being Pushed Under a Train By Richard Miller

     Hands up everybody who loves diversity, richness, vibrancy? Sure, we all do. And who likes trains? Less people, probably they take buses, or drive, putting up with the traffic, one of the great things about mass migration and demographic displacement.
  https://metro.co.uk/2019/07/31/man-pushed-boy-8-train-used-campaign-promote-integration-10494467/
  https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2019/08/01/eritrean-refugee-pushed-german-child-train-poster-boy-swiss-integration/

“The Eritrean refugee charged with killing a child by pushing him in front of a train was a ‘poster boy’ for successful integration in Switzerland. German interior minister Horst Seehofer had said during a news conference that the suspect, who is accused of fatally pushing an eight-year-old boy in front of a moving train in Frankfurt on Monday, had been considered “an example of successful integration” and was “mentioned in publications” in Switzerland. Zurich prosecutors confirmed to German news magazine Focus that Habte Araya, 40, had been in psychiatric treatment since 2019 and had not worked for a year. Prior to that, he had worked for several years at transport companies in the Swiss capital and two years ago, was portrayed as a model of integration in a publication of the Swiss Workers’.”

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Exercise and Depression By Mrs Vera West

     I have covered the health benefits of exercise for our older people, but there are benefits of exercise for everyone, beyond the now well-known cardio-vascular health effects.
  https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6733175/Just-15-minutes-jogging-day-reduces-risk-depression.html

“Just 15 minutes of jogging every day could reduce the risk of depression, a doctor has said. Speaking on the back of a recent study that found physically active people are less at risk of the mental health condition, a medic from Massachusetts General Hospital urges the public to 'just move'. Whenever patients come to him complaining they are feeling down, the doctor tells them to 'get outside and do something' before he will prescribe an antidepressant. Dr David Agus, from the hospital's department of psychiatry, told CBS News: 'My patients now, when they say, "I'm starting to feel a little depressed and not do as much," my first thing is not prescribe a pill, but get outside and do something.'”

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Walk for Brain Health By Mrs Vera West

     The exercise news today is something that older readers may already have taken on board, namely that walking is not only good for one’s cardio-vascular health, but can also fire up the brain, and who doesn’t need their brain fired up. This is the message of a new book, In Praise of Walking by neuroscientist, Shane O’Mara:
  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Praise-Walking-science-walk-good/dp/1847925014/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_14_t_0/257-5187800-9265127?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=HQ2YBGE9SV8ZW8ZFZQ0E

     This book was released only today (1 August 2019), and here is Alor.org, so fast that we already have a review (of a review):
  https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/jul/28/its-a-superpower-how-walking-makes-us-healthier-happier-and-brainier

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The Violence of the Left By James Reed

     Some of us here have some sympathy for the idea that runaway non-democratic technological innovations, imposed from the top down by the super-capitalists are bad, but none of us goes so far as to reject civilisation itself. But mathematics professor Ted Kaczynski did that. This is the Unabomber, a cold-blooded killer who thought that mailing bombs to academic scientists would bring down the system. Instead it killed I think three scientists, devastating their families, and did nothing. This man from the anarchist Left though has inspired a new generation of Leftoids:
  https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2018/12/the-unabomber-ted-kaczynski-new-generation-of-acolytes.html

“Quietly, often secretly, whether they gather it from the air of this anxious era or directly from the source like Jacobi did, more and more people have been having Kaczynski Moments. Books and webzines with names like Against Civilization, FeralCulture, Unsettling America, and the Ludd-Kaczynski Institute of Technology have been spreading versions of his message across social-media forums from Reddit to Facebook for at least a decade, some attracting more than 100,000 followers. They cluster around a youthful nickname, “anti-civ,” some drawing their ideas directly from Kaczynski, others from movements like deep ecology, anarchy, primitivism, and nihilism, mixing them into new strains. Although they all believe industrial civilization is in a death spiral, most aren’t trying to hurry it along. One exception is Deep Green Resistance, an activist network inspired by a 2011 book of the same name that includes contributions from one of Kaczynski’s frequent correspondents, Derrick Jensen. The group’s openly stated goal, like Kaczynski’s, is the destruction of civilization and a return to preagricultural ways of life. So far, most of the violence has happened outside of the United States. Although the FBI declined to comment on the topic, the 2017 report on domestic terrorism by the Congressional Research Service cited just a handful of minor attacks on “symbols of Western civilization” in the past ten years, a period of relative calm most credit to Operation Backfire, the FBI crackdown on radical environmental efforts in the mid-aughts.

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Vaccine Tragedies By Mrs Vera West

     Here is a sad story that raises political and ethical issues about mandatory vaccines:
  https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/children/3543692/Healthy-toddler-died-10-days-after-being-given-MMR-vaccination.html?fbclid=IwAR3mnNmssEAaCEn0Aa4OCobtAb8DkC2f1VcRu-HdPD_LNrVgeEXFybwvmXM

“Sarah and Christopher Fisher said they believed the jab was "implicated" in the sudden death of their son George. The inquest heard how George had suffered an epileptic-type fit four months before being given the MMR vaccine and that this might have been a warning he could react badly to the jab. However, a consultant told the inquest that while it had been deemed safe to give the child the innoculation against Measles, Mumps and Rubella, his parents should have been told to monitor his temperature. Mrs Fisher, 42, a hotel receptionist, said she had not been given any information about what symptoms might signal an adverse reaction to the jab.
The inquest heard how George was found dead in his cot on the morning of January 19, 2006. Mrs Fisher, who has three other children, said George had been happily playing football with his father the day before he died. He went to bed as normal about 7pm. Before Mrs Fisher went to bed at 11.30pm she heard him "chatting away" on the baby monitor. She made a final check on him, turned him onto his back, put the quilt over him, stroked his head, and said goodnight. She heard him drink from his bottle and then throw it down on the floor before shuffling around to get comfortable. At 8am next morning, she said, her daughter Megan, who shared a room with George, called out to her. "I put her in our bed. I glanced at George as I went into the bathroom and was surprised he was not yet awake.

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