Friday, 21 November 2014

Scooby Dooing Bad Things?

I was always vaguely suspicious of 'Shaggy' in the ScoobyDoo TV show and films. I mean he eats like a horse, and obviously likes his recreational substances to be organic, but has no job or visible means of support. He is usually too out of his tree to help when the rest of the gang perform their sleuthing ....

My suspicions were based on the fact that he wanders around with a dog, which only he can talk to and understand ..... and any trip to your local city centre will uncover a number of characters who are very similar. They usually have an upturned cup in front of them, and congregate near bank cash dispensers. The only difference is that they don't eat like horses, usually preferring their nutritional intake to come in liquid form and their other recreational substances to be less organic, and more man made.

But I could never prove my suspicions about 'Shaggy' aka Norville Rogers (yet another unlikely moniker), so imagine my surprise when I saw this artists impression of a murder trial suspect ......

Is It Shaggy?

I immediately thought of my earlier suspicions about Shaggy .......  so with a little tweak, and maybe the likeness becomes even more so.

Shaggy Is Exposed As 'The Moncton Killer!!'

I know I shouldn't make light of the murder of three policeman by Justin Bourque, but as he has admitted the charges, there will be no ordeal for the families .... and it was just one of those little moments that take you back in time to something you had almost forgotten about.

Spiders From Mars


The 27th October 1954, was a day that has survived in UFO'ology. In Tuscany, Italy, Fiorentina football club was playing against its local rival Pistoiese, with ten thousand fans in the Stadio Artemi Franchi. Just after half-time, the crowd fell eerily silent ..... all eyes looked to the sky.

Newspaper Illustration Of The Events

The players and officials, sensing something had happened allowed the ball to roll off the pitch and also scanned the clear autumn skies over the stadium, to see the same thing as the crowd. Drifting lazily across the sky was an 'an egg' shaped object, that was apparently dropping something glittery which was coming down from the sky ... it was described as like 'silver glitter' ..... and its been reported all over the world as 'angel hair'. 

Others claimed to see 'multiple objects moving very fast', and then just stopped dead in the sky ... these were described as 'being like Cuban cigars'.

The referee, possibly aware of the ridicule he risked, reported that the game was stopped 'because spectators saw something in the sky' in his referee's match report.

The Press Recorded It Wwidely

You might want to consider 'mass hysteria', especially as the descriptions differ as to what was being seen, but there were apparently numerous other UFO sightings, in many towns across Tuscany reported that day, and over the days that followed ... so whatever it was that was happening, it was seen across the region and not just in one stadium. 

Analysis of the 'angel hair' collected at the time from a local wood, where it had covered many trees, concluded that it contained the elements boron, silicon, calcium and magnesium, and that it was not radioactive ... but as the tests in those days destroyed the samples, we can't resubject it to modern tests.

Sounds like the definitive UFO event doesn't it ......

However, astronomer James McGaha (and former US Air Force pilot), working from the Grasslands Observatory in South Eastern Arizona has said the 'angel hair' and the drifting objects is almost certainly attributable to migrating spiders. These young spiders spin very, very thin webs which are carried by the wind .... "The spiders use these webs as sails and they link together and you get a big glob of this stuff in the sky and the spiders ride on this to move between locations. They just fly on the wind and these things have been recorded at 14,000 feet above the ground. So, when the sunlight glistens off this, you get all kinds of visual effects.  As some of this stuff breaks off and falls to the ground, this all seems magical of course, but I'm fairly confident that's what happened that day."

Spider Balls Are Common

Sadly, this analysis is also backed up by the fact that September and October are the months when spiders in the northern hemisphere migrate - and spectacular spider migrations are commonly reported across Europe and North America.

But for those who like to retain the mystery of all these events ..... Fact: Spider silk is a protein - an organic compound containing nitrogen, calcium, hydrogen and oxygen and not normally 'boron, silicon, calcium and magnesium' ..... make of that what you will.

Too Big For His Palace

He became 'President' instead of Prime Minister this year ~ It was a ceremonial role when he was Prime Minister for a decade, but now like President / Prime Minister Putin in Russia, he just rearranges power to suit his role and keeps it in his hands.

The New Sultan And His Clients ~ Looks Like A Hotel Foyer.
 
He is now Turkeys new Ottoman Ruler .....  Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan I
  • The new Turkish President will cost the Turkish taxpayer about £385m ($615m) for his new Palace, plus another $135m which has been budgeted for its completion in 2015. 
  • His new palace is bigger than the White House in Washington, the Kremlin in Moscow, Buckingham palace in London and even the Palace of Versailles near Paris ... delusions of Sultanate grandeur indeed.
  • In order to build it, hundreds of trees were cut down to make space for it in what had been a forest reserve, bequeathed to the nation by modern Turkey's secular founding father, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (this would once have been a criminal offence in Turkey ... he ignored over 30 outstanding legal challenges to the building ~ one rule for the new sultan, one for the others). 
  • Other Presidential properties will be renovated next year, notably the Huber Palace in Istanbul, and a guest house in Marmaris, on the Aegean coast. 
  • To top off his new role, $185m will be spent on a new Airbus A330-200 Presidential jet. 'Sultan I' anyone?

He even had one of his new 'subjects' fined for smoking in a spot he didn't think proper .... shades of the Sultans here.

The Presidential Palace, Ankara Turkey ~ Looks Like Stalinist Building.

Oh, and the new 'prime minister' and nominally the leader of the country?

Well Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will now be using the modest Cankaya Palace in Ankara, which Mr Erdogan has vacated as too small for his head.

Why White Van Man Doesnt Vote Labour

If any story shows you how far the 'professional politicians' of today's Labour Party are from the views of their 'traditional' core of white working class supporters, then its this.

Emily Thornberry is a white Labour MP who had risen from complete obscurity to being Ed Millibands shadow attorney general .... this in its self is something of a clue as she's a lawyer .... a barrister specialising in ... yep you guessed it 'Human Rights' law. She is the Member of Parliament for Islington South and Finsbury since 2005 .... a non traditional Labour area, full of New Labour professionals ... many of whom are the past and future millionaire labour leadership.

Born in North Surrey, her father was a visiting professor of War Studies at King's College London, who went on to become United Nations Assistant Secretary General and to work for NATO. Her Mother became a labour councillor and mayor ... so hardly what you call a 'working class' background ... but similar to the Milliband's.

Her only claim to fame until recently was to make the statement that 'almost every child in Islington had been mugged at some stage' .... possibly by people whose ethnicity we can't discuss? Anyway as you might expect from a new Labour MP from the posh side of the tracks, in order to prove her credentials, she has voted against the detention of terrorist for 90 days, and is also anti the Trident nuclear deterrent ... both of which are policies the actual working class Labour voters wanted, but hey lets not let representative politics spoil getting 'Socialist street cred'.

She is also a member of that band of Labour MP's such as the Blair's, and Diane Abbot, who publicly oppose private or selective education for the normal person, but who send their own offspring to such establishments themselves, not trusting them to the tender mercies of the state system in their own Labour run constituencies ... in this case she sent her son to the selective Dame Alice Owen's School fourteen miles away from her home, and outside her constituency.

Chris Woodhead, the former chief inspector of schools stated at the time that while "I celebrate her good sense as a parent and deplore her hypocrisy as a politician. When will those who espouse the virtues of the comprehensive education, apply the logic of their political message to their children?" .... answer, never.

She now lives on Richmond Crescent, where Tony Blair also lived until he became PM, having moved in on the same day as the Blair's. Oh just to cap it all, her husband, another lawyer became a High Court judge, and was knighted.

She is also the part owner of a number of other properties, and her husband has bought ex-social housing stock for over half a million pounds, and now receives rental income from the property. It also emerged that many of the new residents are Labour Party activists ... so a capitalist landlord, taking social housing to build a private housing empire. (no coincidence over her neighbours, her selection as an MP, nor the knighthood for husband, naturally).

So there we are, another working class warrior .... err, well a Labour MP at any rate.

Now that we are aware of this ladies back ground, its perhaps not too surprising to find that she apparently holds white Essex, Kent man (and woman), in somewhat low esteem. As a part of the by-election campaign to elect an MP in Rochester and Stroud.

Image from "Rochester"

... she tweeted a picture of a terraced house with three England flags, and a white van parked outside, under the title 'Image from #Rochester'.

Denounced as 'snob' and 'out of touch' she later withdrew the tweet, and stood down from her Shadow role ... but too late. The cats is well and truly out the bag with this breed of labour MP's.

Ex Tory MP Mark Reckless won the seat for UKIP .... with Labour's Naushabah Khan a poor third on 6,713 votes .... even the BBC's assistant political editor Norman Smith said on Friday that the tweet "plays to a very, very dangerous theme" for Labour, namely the concern "that they are somehow dismissive, patronising, contemptuous of their own core voters".

On a personal note ... I have only voted once for Labour since the late 1970's, and part of the reason was the removal of real Labour MP's by 'New Labour' spin doctors since the late 1980's ... the new breed of hypocrites and snobs, typified by the Blair's, Ms Thornbury, the Milliband's, Ms Harmon, and Balls are a major reason why.

So coming just six months before the general election this has the same ring as Gordon Browns attack on an old lady whose views on immigration he despised (coming from an all white seat in Scotland), calling her a bigot .... they never learn because they come from an elite that shares neither our concerns nor our education system.

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