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Thursday, 30 December 2010

The Most Popular Boys Name In The UK Is ..........

2010 was the year that the boys name 'Mohammed, Muhammed or other of the 12 different spellings of the name' was reported as the most popular in the UK in 2009 (the last full year the office of national statistics reported on) ......

Anthony O'Brien
Anthony O'Brien is a 69 yr old RAF veteran who lives in Manchester .......... he was attacked by what the police described as "Asian or mixed race" teenagers, for this description read "Pakistani descent", simply for wearing a poppy and a RAF blazer.

"They were shouting, 'Fucking shoot all you bastards and blow your soldiers up. Death to all soldiers.' I was scared. I was wearing my RAF blazer and poppy - I wear it regularly because it's smart and I'm proud of it. I thought they were drunk or something. I told them to leave me alone but the little fella hit me on the side of my head. Then the other fella head-butted me. Then they ran away."

I put the two stories together because, whilst you and I probably can see a connection, our politicians apparently can't ...... the BBC can't bring themselves to report this story on their web sites, and don't discuss the nationality of the attackers on the local radio reports of the crime.


PC crap drives the left's agenda, and the BBC thinks its the natural champion of this credo.

Compare And Contrast

Yesterday the ex-President of Israel (he resigned from the largely ceremonial post of head of state in 2007), Moshe Katsav, was convicted of rape by a jury in open court in Tel Aviv. He was found guilty of raping an employee in the 1990s, when he was tourism minister and of later sexual offences while he was President. The judges said they believed the evidence of the woman whose testimony had led to two charges of rape.

Ex- President ......
In Israel's neighbours the courts, or elections have little to do with the removal of leaders .... in fact its only happened once in recent times when Saddam Hussein was tried and convicted (and that took hundreds of thousands of Western troops to ensure it happened) .... assassination on the other hand is a frequent method of 'democratic' change. Of course it takes the 'good' as often as it takes the 'bad' such as King Abdullah of Jordan, or Anwar Sadat of Egypt ..... but its often hard to tell the difference in the Arab World.

Just for interest I have compiled a list of the Arab / Muslim 'democratic changes' of the post 1945 period. These are those who died with their boots on ......

Algeria

  • Mohamed Boudiaf (June 29, 1992), Head of State of Algeria, shot at Annaba
Egypt


Sadat Assasinated
Iran

Iraq
Jordan
Lebanon

Rafik Hariri killed ..... nothing left
Niger

Saudi Arabia

Somalia

Yemen

However, even Israel has had its moments:

Israel

Monday, 27 December 2010

Beggars Banquet

Haiti dropped off the worlds news map very quickly after last years disaster ...... the reasons are the usual ones for this benighted country ..... violence, and corruption, and lets face it, ignorance. Since the UN 'peacekeepers' moved in to quell violence while aid and reconstruction was under way, the Haitians have displayed all the national flaws that they have shown ever since independence.

  • They first blamed Nepalese peacekeepers for the arrival of cholera following the earthquake .... possibly with good cause if some reports are to be believed. They then rioted and looted the aid warehouses (destroying 500 tonnes of food aid), which of course stopped the aid, but when that didn't actually produce enough corpses, the
  • Mobs then started lynching 'Voodoo priests', who they blame for spreading cholera, with at least 45 people have been lynched in recent weeks. "The victims... were stoned or hacked with machetes before being burned in the streets," communications ministry official Moise Fritz Evens said.

However today the Prime Minister of Haiti complained that the international community has not allowed his country to 'play a bigger role in its own reconstruction' following last January's earthquake. Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive is specifically that most aid money was channelled through outside agencies. "It's very difficult for me to give explanation for the use of money that I never receive," he said.

Latest Haitian leader

What he neglects to mention is that the NGO's are the only organisations that foreign governments will allow to have the money, because Haitian governments have a long track record of corruption and theft of all the funds that pass through their hands - from the Duvalier family (and before) .... to the present day.

Papa Doc ....

History suggests that Haiti will probably never be much more than a backward nation, but they could help themselves and start advancing, if only they could tackle the public corruption and lack of education .....  according to many web reports some of the current aid is being stolen.

Sunday, 26 December 2010

Spam, Spam, Spam ... Eggs, And Spam

Spam, Spam, Spam ..... the bane of the email users life, is a common enough problem for most of us that we usually think of this context when the word comes up .... but of course originally it was the commercial name of a salted pork meat product.

Spam the product was already popular in the United States in the 1930s - one of the first radio jingles in the world (1937) was in fact, a kind of ode to Spam set to the tune of 'My Bonny Lies Over the Ocean' .... but during the Second World War Spam became international as US soldiers took it (and often exchanged it for ladies negotiable affections), around the world.

Now of course, although its influence in Europe is somewhat lessened, it still is bought and consumed everywhere from the Philippines to Vladivostok ..... there is even a Museum of Spam. Its funny to think that 'US imperialism' may ultimately have been built on salted meat products ....


Of course while fighting in the Muslim world, its not much use as a nation-building tool in America's modern wars in (pork, remember), but these are tough times in America and apparently domestic sales are going rather well.

Spam trivia
  • The US supplied huge amounts of Spam to the USSR in WWII
  • Its original name was Hormel Spiced Ham - the name Spam was chosen in a competition.
  • Production in the UK (in Liverpool) ceased in 1998.
  • Hormel Foods sued Jim Henson in 1995, after an "evil" boar called Spa'am featured in a Muppet's movie.
  • Spam email is said to have been named after the Monty Python sketch, where the word takes over the dialogue. 
  • A web archive of haiku about spam (or "spam-ku") contains 19,000 poems about the ubiquitous spam.
  • The term 'Spam' for unsolicited email come from the Monty Python comedy sketch, where every meal comes with unwanted 'Spam'.

Message In A Bottle

On the 4th of  July 1863 a soldier wrote a coded message and placed it in a bottle ..... the intended recipient was Gen John Pemberton, the officer in charge of the defences at Vicksberg, which was under siege from the Unionist forces.

The message was never delivered because that same day the Unionists marched into Vickberg and the fate of the 'Confederacy' probably assured .... they lost the Civil War two years later.


However the message was presented to the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Virginia, by a former Confederate soldier in 1896. It lay un-deciphered for over 100 yrs until this year when it was finally examined.


And in one of the "No Shit, Sherlock!" moments from history it said "You can expect no help from this side of the river"

The full text was:

"Gen'l Pemberton:

You can expect no help from this side of the river. Let Gen'l Johnston know, if possible, when you can attack the same point on the enemy's lines. Inform me also and I will endeavor to make a diversion. I have sent some caps (explosive devices). I subjoin a despatch from General Johnston."

Ah well, better late than never, eh?

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Tall Romans, Old Romans, and Healthy Romans

And in another bit of research, its been shown that the Romans of Pompeii were as tall as we are, and ate a far better diet than the average Victorian. We are often told that that the Romans, or anyone in the past for that matter, were all much shorter than we are. Well, not so these people, and in fact on average, these Romans were seemingly taller than the population of modern Naples.

Tall and Healthy Romans

For some reason we are also always told that the average Roman died in their early thirties (as did everyone else before the modern era, allegedly), even when even a casual look at the historical records showed that if a child survived past age ten, they could live very similar life lengths to us. This research has once again shown this to be just another myth. The Pompeii skeletons show that there are plenty of middle-aged to elderly people among them, and distributed in proportions similar to a random collection of people now.

This is probably because they had a great diet ... the archaeology of the town of Pompeii and the surrounding area gives us an idea what life was like for rich and poor. One conclusion, if you exclude the absolutely destitute who had no support networks at all, is that both rich and poor in Pompeii had a decent diet. True, the rich may have had more elaborate dining rooms, but the poor ate decently too.

They discovered this by examining the contents of a cesspit which collected the waste from the lavatories of a block of modest flats in Herculaneum - the next-door town to Pompeii - and which showed that the ordinary people in this block were eating a marvellous diet, from sea urchins to nuts and figs, eggs and chicken.

I posted a story on this idea, back in 2007 .... its always nice to be vindicated .... Historical myths continue to be exploded .....

The Long Road To Wealth Creation

In one in the eye for the welfare state ethos of 'welfare benefits' for life (which has made sections us the poorest and fattest society in Western Europe), it was revealed this week that peasants living in medieval England, were better off under the feudal system, than the poor in many African countries today!

I had heard this idea of English peasants lives before (notably on Terry Jones history show about peasants that showed that with all the religious holidays and other holidays, they actually worked less than most of us today ..... they averaged three days a week off), but this latest study suggests that economically, they were doing OK as well. This despite the fact that the period was a particularly violent with warfare and plagues a regular set of events.

Rich Peasants?

The report shows that the average income per head was $1,000 (around £638 in 1990 terms), and living standards were higher then, than in countries such as Zaire (now known as the Democratic Republic of Congo), with an average income of $249, and Burundi ($479), in 1990. Even on the eve of the eruption of the Black Death, which first struck in 1348-49, peasant per capita incomes were more than £510, the report "British Economic Growth 1270-1870" has disclosed.

This means that people could afford a much more varied diet rather than the one based on grains and oatmeal, which is normally described in books, according to Prof Stephen Broadberry from the University of Warwick. He based his research upon a wide variety of records that have survived since the Norman conquest, which produced the most literate and numerate society (judging from the court records from the time, in which peasants were forever in court suing for their 'rights'), in Europe, and possibly in the world at this time.
  • Zaire ($249)
  • Burundi ($479)
  • Niger ($514)
  • Central African Republic ($536)
  • Comora Islands ($606)
  • Togo ($617)
  • Guinea Bissau ($628)
  • Sierre Leone ($686)
  • Haiti ($686)
  • Chad ($706)
  • England in the late Middle Ages ($1,000) 

African Peasants

The path to the Industrial Revolution began far earlier than commonly has been understood,’ said Prof Broadberry ...... According to the World Bank, countries which had a per capita income of less than $1,000 last year (2009) included Ghana ($700), Cambodia ($650), Tanzania ($500), Ethiopia ($300) and Burundi ($150), while in India, one of the BRIC emerging economies, the gross income per capita stands only just above European medieval levels at a mere $1,180.


NB: The other episodes from Terry Jones series on the middle ages are here:


The Monk
The Damsel
The King
The Minstrel
The Knight
The Philosopher

New Politics, Same Broken Britain

We may have a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives forming what the government but two stories last week illustrated that Political Correctness still holds sway over the Law and other agents of power.

A Child Killer
Firstly, an illegal Iraqi Kurd immigrant, Aso Mohammed Ibrahim, who has fathered two children while here, killed a 12 yr old girl with his car (which he was driving illegally in any case), and two 'Senior Immigration' judges declared that it would contravene this mans "right to life and to "a family life" under the "Human Rights Act" to deport him .... the right to life of the little girl he killed was apparently of no consequence to the decision.

Her father said what most of us are thinking "What are the judges saying here? They are saying it doesn't matter what you do when you come here, who you kill, what laws you break, as long as you have children you can stay here? He's not a life saving surgeon or a Nobel Prze winner. he was a criminal before, a crimminal now, ands he will continue being a criminal".

And Secondly: There was the tale of a killer, Roger Kearney, who is suing the Post office for wrongful  dismissal because they sacked him for 'gross misconduct' six months before he was sentenced to "Life" or whatever passes for a life sentence in the UK, for the murder of his girlfriend . He says that he should have been paid while on bail and therefore is owed £8,225 .... his statement said that because he was “innocent until found guilty” and says his "human rights" were breached.
Killer
I feel that, if the Royal Mail could not trust me, they must have believed that the allegations against me were true and after 34 years of loyal service, a clear conduct record and no affect on my ability to perform my duties is a clear breach of my human rights.’ .... which ignores the fact that both the court and the jury also believed the allegations, which is why he is in Prison.

The "Human Rights Act" has been nothing but a millstone around our necks ever since the Blair government foisted it on the UK without the slightest hesitation. This liberal interpretation of the act, seems to be a peculiarly British thing, and now features in criminal stories on a regular basis.
The UK truly is an lunatic asylum run by the inmates ....

Sunday, 12 December 2010

"Jaws" .... Not Radio Controlled?

Finally, this week .... there has been a series of Shark attacks in Egypt at the Sharm el-Sheikh which the Egyptians with their typical efficiency have completely failed to get control of. First they killed a couple of the wrong type of shark, and then in a scene reminiscent of the movie "Jaws" declared the beaches open again, only for another fatal attack to take place.

Mossad Agent

So what do you do in a Muslim country when you have a failure?

Why blame your failure on Israel and its intelligence service Mossad, the US and its intelligence service CIA, or even the near toothless UK and its intelligence service MI5 ..... normally this apparently satisfies the Islamic masses who seem unable to notice that its a stupid idea, and merely fuels their belief that they would shine, if only they didn't have so many powerful enemies.

But, surely a shark attack can't be someone else's fault?

That's no problem if you are a Governor of an Egyptian province and South Sinai governor, Mohamed Abdul Fadil Shousha, who was reported on an official Egyptian news site as saying that "What is being said about the Mossad throwing the deadly shark [in to the sea] to hit tourism in Egypt is not out of the question, but it needs time to confirm".

Utterly imbecilic ..... needless to say Israel dismissed the idea .... with Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Igal Palmor telling the BBC: "The man must have seen Jaws one time too many, and confuses fact and fiction." .... not just the man, but the whole culture which could even allow such an idea to circulate.

Nobel Prize, Ignoble Politics

China's behaviour over the award of the Noble Peace prize to Liu Xiaobo one of their own citizens, but one who is in prison for protesting for human rights, has been nothing less than shameful


..... but the behaviour of some of their 'friends' around the world has been equally disgraceful.

A total of 17 countries, plus China, have said they will not be going to the ceremony: I have listed these countries, just so I am reminded of why the world is such a hell hole for so many of its inhabitants,

  • Russia - Ex-Communist Russia has stoked up cold war rhetoric as well reverting to authoritarian mode. 
  • Kazakhstan - Ex-Communist  state where China is one of the main investors in oil-rich Kazakhstan. 
  • Algeria - Muslim state, but Algeria and China have an increasingly close economic relationship. 
  • Tunisia - Muslim state, the country does not approve of a dissident being awarded the prize.
  • Saudi Arabia - Hard line Muslim state, supposedly our 'friend', China is also now a major trading partner.
  • Pakistan - another recipient of western money, but Pakistan sees China as its most important ally. 
  • Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka has growing economic ties with China.
  • Iraq - Muslim state, supposedly our 'friend', but China is an active investor in Iraqi oilfields.
  • Iran - Muslim Theocracy, relies on China to block tighter sanctions against it over its nuclear activities.
  • Vietnam - Communist State, but its not clear why they have taken China's side as they are not allies.
  • Afghanistan - Muslim state, supposedly our 'friend' but China is a source of development aid.  
  • Venezuela - 'Socialist' State, which has supported the Cuban position on the award.
  • Egypt - Muslim state, dissident factor is important for a government that still cracks down on the opposition.
  • Sudan - Hard line Muslim State, but Sudan has strong economic ties with China.  
  • Cuba - Mr Castro means the committee is making a political point, to which he objects, and
  • Morocco - Muslim state which has concerns over the principle that dissidents be awarded the Peace Prize.
Serbia had originally opted to boycott the ceremony but changed its mind and will now send its ombudsman because its applying to join the EU.

What a shameful list of nations .... barely a democracy between the lot of them.

Corruption Not Terrorism Threatens Most People

Sweden is possibly one of the most highly developed societies on Earth and regularly tops leagues for ethical societies ....... so imagine the shock to their self psyche when a story suggested all was not as squeaky clean as they believed ...... shock horror! The Swedish news headlines are dominated by a scandal in Gothenburg, with police investigating allegations that local government officials had accepted bribes from a major construction company.

Stockholm, Sweden

Now by most countries standards this would hardly be headline news, or certainly not for more than one day, but in Sweden, this is a shocking revelation ..... when you consider that outside of the first world economies (and there is a tie in with this fact), most countries are corrupt, with the very poorest societies also the most corrupt, then the Swedish problem is minuscule.

In fact some 56% of people interviewed by Transparency International said their country had become more corrupt in the last few years, which is a sad indictment on the state of the world. What makes this even more depressing is that most bribes are paid to the Police.

In Afghanistan, Nigeria, Iraq and India more than 50% of people said they had paid a bribe in the past year - many of them paying off the police. Bur even so they are not considered the most corrupt institution .... Political Parties were regarded as the most corrupt institutions with 80% of people regarding them as corrupt. Political parties also topped the list in Transparency's 2004 barometer, with 71%.

Religious bodies experienced a sharp rise in people regarding them as corrupt - 28% in 2004 increased to 53% by 2010. And with one in four of those polled saying they had paid a bribe in the past year, its not hard to make the correlation between corruption and poverty around the world.

  • In sub-Saharan Africa, 67% of bribes were to avoid trouble with the authorities.
  • In the Arab world and Latin America most bribes were paid to speed things up.
  • In Asia-Pacific, 35% of people bribed to get a service they were entitled to.
  • In North America and the EU, most bribe payers said they could not remember why they had paid (about 5% of those polled said they had paid a bribe).
(90,000 polled over 86 countries for the results)

NB: Sadly this morning the Swedish are discovering once again that being a civilised country only  makes  you apparently a target for the new barbarians with two apparent 'jihadist suicide' bombers attaking them ..... but they are not alone in this regard, and even so, I would argue that more people are affected by Corruption, than by Terrorism. 

Monday, 6 December 2010

Global Warming .... British Ice Age!!

Every year is record warmest year according to Meteorologists, and yet Britain has harder and harder winters ......  If Britain has much more "Global Warming" like this 'autumn' .....


 then I will freeze to death!

"Honey Traps" And Other Cold War Strategies

A British MP has had his Russian 'Parliamentary Aide', Katia Zatuliveter, age 25, arrested over claims she is a Russian spy. Of course he says she isn't a spy, but as the KGB (FSB, or whatever they call themselves these days), have used Russian ingenue's, to beguile older western males into loosening their tongues (if nothing else), over sensitive information for decades, so its rather odd that she should gravitate towards an old minor leftie MP just 'for love', and for no other reason. Must be his good looks ...... err, or something.


The MP concerned, Lib Dem Mike Hancock has an 'interesting' CV according to the Wiki page entries for him.


He has been a member of both the defence select committee's of the British Parliament and he is the vice chairman of the all party groups on Russia and Croatia ....... but perhaps more 'interesting' is that according to the same wiki pages "Hancock has said that he will act to defend the government of Azerbaijan in the British Parliament. He says that he disapproves of criticism of President Ilham Aliyev's regime, and has stated that, in particular, he disapproves of the democratic opposition movement within Azerbaijan"  ....  a country whose last elections (which his mate won with 76% of the vote), "fell short of international standards and were accompanied by voter intimidation, unequal campaign opportunities for the candidates, and widespread violations of the electoral laws and process." so a real supporter of democracy world wide then?    

He is also a 'Armenia holocaust denier, "Hancock has stated that he does not believe the Armenian Genocide actually happened, describing it as a "so-called genocide" based on "dubious historical" claims; in March 2010, he said: "Armenia is like a headless chicken that runs around in circles. They really do not know where to run." ...... maybe one or two million Christians murdered by Turks is only a dubious historical claim to him, even though its accepted by many civilised countries.

Hamid Massacre 1894-6
Finally, "On 12 October 2010 Hancock was arrested on suspicion of indecent assault and released on police bail until January 2011. The case relates to allegations that he made sexual advances to a vulnerable constituent after she had contacted him seeking assistance with noisy neighbour."

I don't know what his constituents think of all this, but I know he would be joining the dole queues come the next elections if he was my MP ..... not that he would care what I thought.

Update: As we all suspected she has now admitted having sex with this MP in a four-year relationship ..... and Jonathan Glasson, lawyer for the home secretary said that 'Mr Hancock was known to have had extra-marital affairs' ..... Back in the day, an MP would have stood down for either of those statements, but nowadays such is the low morality and high arrogance of our political 'ruling elites', that he's actually trying to stop his spy mistress from being deported.

No doubt her 'Human Rights' would be impacted if her spying caused her to suffer any penalties, much less be deported.

2nd Update: As I guessed she won her right to remain here .... a lot of old men on a tribunal thought it wasn't slightly odd that a 20 something yr old blonde Russian girl would 'fall in love' with a 60+ yr old British MP ... happens all the time!

Malware and Other Ills

This weekend I picked up a virus ..... no not the 'woman flu', or 'heavy cold' that is going around frozen Britain, no I mean one of those horrors that beset the Internet, the Trojan/virus call it what you will.


The one I got was the "Google Redirect" .... this is caused by something called the 'TDL3 Rootkit' which causes the Google redirect virus infection. A person who is using Google as a home page or search engine is redirected to visiting unwanted websites ..... and its a real bugger to get rid of!!

Eventually after much searching (hampered greatly by the fact that I was being redirected) I found a site that didn't just spout nonsense ....  "How to Remove the Google Redirect Virus", which apart from being full of generally good advice, has a specific link to the the utility 'TDSSKiller.exe' which is by Kaspersky, and killed the problem in a few moments ...... so a full cheer from a grateful web user for these companies who offer free cures for very nasty little problems.

Oddly, I still have no idea where I picked this problem up from because I most definitely did not give any administrator permissions to a download ..... ah well, at least its apparently fixed for now. 



 

Sunday, 28 November 2010

How The Elephant Got His Trunk

When the Great Rudyard Kipling wrote his "Just So Stories", he included the story of 'how the elephant got his trunk' ...... 'he trod on what he thought was a log of wood at the very edge of the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River, all set about with fever-trees. But it was really the Crocodile, O Best Beloved, and the Crocodile winked one eye--like this!' ....

The little elephant enquires what the Crocodile eats for tea,  'Then the Elephant's Child put his head down close to the Crocodile's musky, tusky mouth, and the Crocodile caught him by his little nose, which up to that very week, day, hour, and minute, had been no bigger than a boot, though much more useful.' 'I think,' said the Crocodile--and he said it between his teeth, like this--'I think to-day I will begin with Elephant's Child!'

They struggle for hours and 'the Elephant's Child's nose kept on stretching; and the Elephant's Child spread all his little four legs and pulled, and pulled, and pulled, and his nose kept on stretching; and the Crocodile threshed his tail like an oar, and he pulled, and pulled, and pulled, and at each pull the Elephant's Child's nose grew longer and longer ....' well you get the idea. I was read the story as a child, as you may well have been but would you ever, as an adult think to see this is truth?

Well this Elephant gets his trunk - the hard way. As these photos show, Kiplings just so stories may have an element of truth with crocodiles and elephants probably acting out the story for millennia .....

The elephant was drinking from the River Luangwa with her baby
when a crocodile leapt out of the water and grabbed hold of her trunk.
She was initially brought down to her knees, as the predator
thrashed around.
But the elephant eventually summoned the strength to walk away from the water,
dragging the still-attached crocodile with her for several metres
The crocodile then let go. However, as the elephants ran away, the baby tripped and fell.
The pair were seen feeding from the river later in the day.
Sometimes fact is as strange as fiction ......

Dirtiest Job Of The Week?

Wei Xinpeng is a man whose method of earning a crust definitely qualifies as dirtiest job of the week ..... he skulls up and down the Yellow River in China in his little skiff, looking for the bodies of those drowned or killed and dumped in to the  mighty river.

Its A Dirty Job, But Someone Has To Do It...
He was originally prompted to do it when one of his children drowned, and he never recovered the body for burial .... he then started looking for other bodies and then 'selling them back to relatives for burial. "I bring dignity to the dead," says Mr Wei, who goes to the temporary bridge where many bodies are caught up in the current eddies there .... if the finds one, he then posts notices in the newspapers and he charges relatives up to $500 if they want to take the body home (he has sold about 40 corpses in all) .... if they don't he buries them himself.

Two Speed Web In UK

In the UK the 'coalition' (sounds like a war government doesn't it?) have decided that instead of having a web neutral Internet in the UK, where each web site is served to your browser at the same speed, regardless of the the 'importance' of the site you are viewing, we will have a two speed system.

Communication Minister Ed Vaisey says that in future ISP's can throttle back the speed of delivering content of sites that they deem less important i.e. Those that don't 'pay more' to be classed as important. Sites which refuse to pay could see connections slowing to a crawl, while those who do pay would pass costs on to consumers ...... even those customers who paid for the highest-speed Internet connections could find their favoured sites slowing to a crawl if the website did not pay for a premium link.

A Communicator Who Can't Communicate ...

This is obviously a two pronged attack on the Internet and Web as a tool and medium for all, and suddenly on the 'Big Boys' will be 'first class' users, the rest of us schmucks will get a second class service ........ if the rest of the world ignores this new situation, then the UK could end up as backwater where international customers just disappear.

Increasingly I dislike the course that this 'coalition' is taking over a number of issues, but this is an outright attack on me and others (75% of the UK have Interent access) who use the web as both a tool of commerce and entertainment ..... it should at least be noted.

Oddly as I wrote this I found that Mr Vaisey had been doing some back tracking ..... "We're not saying one ISP should be able to prioritise one provider's content over another and I don't support the commercial decision to downgrade a rival's site." He added that he thought people who criticise him for abandoning net neutrality haven't read his speech: "I say the same as Berners-Lee." (Founder of the World Wide Web, who has strongly defended Net Neutrality), in which case he communicated this like a drunk with a sock in his mouth  ......... so we shall have to wait and see.



     

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Asyum Seeking Reaches New Levels

There were two stories that show that the UN charter on Asylum needs serious strengthening ........

Firstly, a wealthy Pakistani cricketer, Zulqarnain Haider is seeking asylum in the United Kingdom, because he has fallen foul of the corruption that is an epidemic in both Pakistan's cricket, and wider society ..... now it seems to me that the political asylum laws were not meant to cover sportsmen dodging bookie gangs .... but I guess it covers everything these days, from African homosexuals, to wealthy sportsmen in corrupt countries.

Asylum Seekers Get Wealthier ....
And then, from the coming "Super Power" China, we are still getting "Asylum Seekers" (whys that then?) .... this one apparently boarded a flight from Hong Kong to Vancouver disguised as an elderly white male .... but apart from the ingenuity, it was pretty dumb as he used a Halloween "Ugly Old Man" mask .... apparently he was only caught his young-looking hands were noted , and later when he emerged from a washroom looking like a man in his twenties


You can buy masks like this all over the net and I found many example such as this one .....

Maybe they should be licenced in case the Canadian Border guards can't spot that they are jokes?

The United Nations and Womens Rights ....

In one of those stories that proves that the world has gone truly insane, the United Nations new super-agency to promote women's rights, is likely to get two members that weren't envisaged when the agency was proposed .......... Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Yes, the peace loving sponsors of Islamic fundamentalism worldwide are to be able to set the agenda and what constitutes a woman's rights around the world ...... women be afraid, be very afraid.
Both of them employ religious Mutaween police to whip women in the streets ......


Iranian Religious Police respecting women's rights ...
Ah well, I guess this is what the UN has become these days ..... and the West says nothing.

Bison Herding and Other Wonders

I was much struck by a BBC film report of the annual Bison round up in the Black Hills of South Dakota .... this entails cowboys moving the 1,000 animals to a winter pasture .....


Bison Stands Off Wolves 
I looked it up, and there are approximately 500,000 bison in captive commercial populations (mostly plains bison), on about 4,000 privately owned ranches ..... true wild bison on the range number only 15,000 individuals in total, these are North American wild bison i.e. still on the natural range, free-ranging, not confined primarily by fencing.


Running Bison
Bison were hunted almost to extinction in the 19th century, and were reduced to a few hundred by the mid-1880s ....

15,000 Bison Skulls from one hunt!
..... this from a peak of  several millions ..... I guess with the human encroachment of the planet, this (and maybe the whales to some degree) may be the last major recovery of a species we will manage. I can't see any other currently endangered animals being allowed to recover to even this degree in the future.

The US Passenger Pigeon, which went from three to five billion in the United States when Europeans arrived in North America, to extinction in the early in the 20th century, is the more likely pointer for the fate facing much of the animal world.  

US Passenger Pigeon - Extinct
Imagine enormous migratory flocks – sometimes containing more than two billion birds – that could stretch one mile (1.6 km) wide and 300 miles (500 km) long, crossing the sky, sometimes taking several hours to pass ..... wow, what a wonder that would have been to see!

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Breeders Cup Chaos - Fighting Jockeys

Two little men, but big on heart decided that enough was enough and showed their fighting spirit .....

Castellano and Borel fought near the winner's circle moments after the Breeders Cup Race. Jockey Borel was angry over a mid-race move by Jockey Castellano aboard 'Prince Will I Am' that nearly sent Jockey Garcia's horse 'Romp' tumbling and blunted Borel's momentum on 'A.U. Miner'.

Borel approached Castellano while they waited to speak to race officials, jabbing a finger at Castellano just yards away from the celebration in the winner's circle for race winner 'Eldaafer'. Castellano then made a move toward Borel, setting off a chaotic scene that ended with Borel being restrained by a couple of security officials and older brother Cecil ..... Unfortunately for all concerned it was filmed by TV and video cams, and they will up before the racing beak this week.


Just cos your a bantamweight don't mean your not competitive ... and just in case you think this is unique .... take a look  at this film clip ......

Narco States And The West's Blood Guilt?

Do Drugs and the money they create, corrupt a society to the point that it becomes a Narco State?

I ask because the news from Mexico's drug war is getting increasingly bad ..... a mass grave discovered in Mexico, contained the bodies of 18 kidnapped tourists. They were seized by a drugs gang, although it may have been mistaken identity and their deaths bring the total to more than 28,000 people who have died in drug-related violence in Mexico since December 2006, when President Felipe Calderon began deploying troops to take on the traffickers. If the killings continue to increase at the current rate, that total will rise to about 75,000 by the time the government's term in office ends in December 2012.

This map, shows just how powerful Mexico's drug cartels have grown, with at least a billion dollars of US money coming over the boarders, and enabling the traffickers able to buy the very latest in weapons from the gun dealers in the US ..... see there is a trade of sorts.



Columbia is also discovering that drug lord money can corrupt even the law officials.

Police in Columbia became suspicious of what was happening at the National Narcotics Office, after drug traffickers were found to be in possession of properties, which had officially been seized by the National Narcotics Office, the agency that was supposed to assets seized from drug traffickers .... it was found that in at least one instance the person put in charge of managing the property seized from an infamous drug dealer, had links to the dealer's cartel.

Colombian Minister of Justice German Vargas Lleras said he had ordered the intervention after "hundreds of irregularities and many serious anomalies" had surfaced at the National Narcotics Office, with over 100 of its contractors dismissed.

The Heavily Guarded German Vargas Lleras

I am increasingly supportive of calls for drugs to be 'legalised' as government monopolies, with the price and marketing set at about that for cigarettes .... because the misery and cost experienced by poorer countries to try to stop drugs being provided for the Western (US/European) market is far in excess of that being suffered by those Western consumer countries.

The point about the drugs trade is that its demand led ..... if the West wasn't producing millions of addicts, who are rich enough to buy the drugs, then the drugs trade would cease ..... it's this demand in the West, that fuels the drug trade, from supplier states such as Columbia and Afghanistan (where it funds killing our troops), through the route states such as Mexico, Turkey, Pakistan, and finally to the drug markets of the Western cities.

It is therefore up to us to find some way of breaking the trafficking cycle, but surely not with the blood of innocent Mexicans, and Colombians?

Friday, 5 November 2010

Being British Is Not A Privilige Anymore.

A piece of hate filled human garbage named "Abu Hamza " arrived on our shores from Egypt, slept around with whores, married a British woman, divorced, drank alcohol and slept around again (but with a British passport now), and then got old time religion (aka decided not to work, but become a Muslim preacher while on state benefits), married again to a Muslim and had seven kids, (who are all supported by my taxes) and preached that Westerners, Jews etc should be killed ..... he is currently serving a seven-year sentence for inciting murder and racial hatred, but is due out soon.

He's cost me thousands in taxes
He should have been stripped of his British passport in 2003, but because it has taken seven bloody years to get to a tribunal, and the Egyptians did the same inside seven weeks (after we started our process to do so), he would be left 'stateless', so under the "Human Rights" convention, that Labour said was to help ordinary Britons, not terrorists, he can no longer be stripped of his 'British passport.

He is supposedly to be deported to the US to face trial, but guess what, the same tax funded lawyers who have managed to retain his British passport for him, have also so far stopped his extradition ..... but allegedly he will be gone soon.

I am beyond words that this man can apparently stay here, and if he manages to fight off extradition (or maybe wins his case in the US), will be able to come back and start 'preaching', and we can do little or nothing about it ..... why is his benefits status at least not reviewed? If he's well enough to peddle hate on the streets, can he be that disabled?

I simply ask this ...would I be able to stand on street corners calling for Muslims to be expelled? Nope, I would be arrested, and there would be a queue of 'Human rights lawyers', lined up to help put me into prison for as long as possible ........

My Thanks to Tony Blair, his wife Cherie (a lawyer ... you can guess which kind), and the Labour Party for making this country a richer and better place now that the 'Human Rights' of people like Abu Hamza are paramount in our legal system.

The collected sayings of a British Citizen and Proud Passport Holder:

Killing Infidels (Kafir's)

"Killing a Kafir who is fighting you is OK. Killing a Kafir for any reason, you can say it, it is OK - even if there is no reason for it"

"If a kafir person (non-believer) goes in a Muslim country, he is like a cow. Anybody can take him. That is the Islamic law. ... If a kafir is walking by and you catch him, he’s booty. You can sell him in the market. Most of them are spies. And even if they don’t do anything, if Muslims cannot take them and sell them in the market [as slaves], you just kill them. It’s OK .... I say the reality that’s in the Muslim books anyway. Whether I say it or not, it’s in the books."

Killing Jews

"We do not hate Jews because they hurt each other, we hate them for their corruption on earth.

The Jew cannot look a Muslim in the eye or pass him knowing they have oppressed a Muslim or some other Jew had oppressed a Muslim elsewhere. So nation of Mohammed must regain their dignity and this dignity would not be regained unless with blood."

Suicide Bombings

"It is not called suicide... this is called martyring, because if the only way to hurt the enemies of Islam except by taking your life for that then it is allowed "

Alcohol:

"Don't go to the man who is selling a wine shop and tell him please why you selling the wine shop, come to the mosque? Make sure that the man who gave him the licence for that wine shop does not exist anymore on the Earth. Finish him up."

On Brothels (He was a bouncer at a strip club):

"Every place of iniquity, every brothel, every video shop which is selling naked, for the victorious party is a target"

Remember, if the Americans can't take him, he will be out on the streets shortly .......

Sunday, 31 October 2010

A Leap Too Far

Sapolai Yao, the Steeplechase champion of  Papua New Guinea was disqualified from this years Commonwealth Games Steeplechase race ..... he was caught by 50,000 spectators, and a world wide TV audiance, using the nearest pot plant to get over the steeplechase barriers.


First you climb ....

Then  you leap .....
He was just knackered, and frankly I don't remember anything from the rules as they were explained to me at school sports days that specifically prohibited climbing the hurdles .... and in fact the athlete, who stands a little under 4 feet 10 inches tall (1.52metres), somehow, still managed to finish 9th of the 13 runners. This begs the question, 'where were the other four runners while he was erecting the scaffolds?' 

I would give him a medal for ingenuity ....

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Two Faced Hypocrite

Harriet Harman is in my opinion the most detestable woman in British politics .... she was a key player in many of the New Labour Party's most divisive policies, from open Non EU immigration, to unequal 'Equality' measures, but always claimed that her anti-white, anti-male (white) laws were because she was fighting "Racism and Inequality" ..... even if it was all in her left wing PC head.

So she talked the 'equalities talk', and walked the 'equalities' walk while she was in in power ..... she even brought in "Quota" lists for the shadow cabinet .... only gender and skin colour, not abilities will count for the selection of the next possible Labour Government ministers ...

But now, after forcing us to use PC new-speak (under threat of criminal action or sacking if we spoke our minds), she suddenly calls a Scottish Liberal Coalition Minister and MP, Danny Alexander a "Ginger Rodent " ....


Now that's not only an nasty little insult, but an ethnic slur on rodents ...... but of course we can only hold her to a different set of values than she would apply to me or you, or Tory MP's. Of course she later apologised ..... later being the operative word, but then the mud has stuck by then.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

How The Benefit Trap Works ....

Amongst all the rows over who has been most affected by the public sector cuts introduced by this Government there was a couple of nuggets that simply had to be rehashed and mulled over. These were the impact that capping at state benefits at £26,000 (net!) may have on those on long-term welfare claimants.

Now lets start with a few points .... most unemployed benefit claimants don't get much more than the basic benefits, plus housing benefits .... so a man, wife and two children, living in a local authority rented accommodation, in the North West of England, might be on £100.95 (Couple Allowance) + £17.40 (Family Premium) + £115.14 (£57.57 per child) ..... a grand total of £233.49 pw or £12,141.48 pa in benefits plus an average of £84.24 per week in housing benefits paid direct to the landlords. This represents a net income of £16,521.96 pa (the housing benefit element will differ in areas, but the main benefit income will not).

Now in order to 'earn' that amount net, a 'worker' would have to be on a salary of £21,291 pa ..... i.e. a starting salary that is higher than that offered on many non skilled jobs ..... and this is where the 'benefit trap' starts, because in reality no one is going to get up every day, pay for transport etc without being a lot better off, so a salary of at least £500 pw (£26,000 pa) is the realistic figure that would get this particular claimant back to work (but note: If they are in expensive accommodation they may never want to come off welfare benefit payments, which is why housing benefits will be capped at at £400 a week).

For single people the incentive to work is greater as they are on either (£51.85 and £65.45 pw ... under or over age 25).

You, like me, may think that these levels of benefits for people with kids, represent a quite high hurdle against finding work, when they are set above the lower levels of wages currently paid in the UK, so imagine what happens when they have large numbers of children or like Kellie-Ann Cottam, who apparently suffers from a painful disability called Ehlers Danlos syndrome, and needs help to care for her four children (to three different fathers) ..... to maintain the same lifestyle, she said she would need to earn £60,000 (£41,710.40 net) a year to meet her family's needs.


Now let us be honest, she is basically unemployable, she has no skills (psychology graduates litter the lower levels of many offices .... salary around £18k, so no good to her), that could ever give her a career that would give her the £60,000 a year, which she considers to be the reasonable equivalent to living off the back of those of us who have to get to work everyday for a lot less than that.

Through the government's motability scheme she has also been given a specially adapted people carrier for herself and her children, who are aged between seven months and 14 years of age, oh, and she also gets free prescriptions, school meals for the children and free trips to the dentist and the optician .... she has been on the Benefit System for ten years, so she has managed to have relationships that produced at least two children, but somehow not ever managed to come off welfare payments.

She in fact epitomises all that's wrong with the benefits system .... "I am so grateful for the benefits system, I don't have a husband, I don't have a breadwinner - the state is my breadwinner," she said. Well I didn't get asked if I wanted to be her and her broods 'breadwinner', and nor did anyone else ..... still in all fairness this lady has admitted that the 'Benefit Trap' exists for her and that shes in it, and she has tried to launch a self help scheme called “Challenge Britain” to try to end people’s reliance on handouts ...... presumably not for herself though.

Final word on this benefit system to a woman from Grimsby ... A pub regular called Amanda said: "Don't cut the benefits for the people who are really, really struggling. I don't think it's fair - we are struggling enough as it is. I live on £174 a fortnight and it's not fair." ....... the keys to this statement is that the interview was 'lunchtime' in the pub where 'Amanda' was 'a pub regular' ..... and she thinks she is 'really struggling'.

She should read the diary of an unemployed family from living in York in 1910, where a Mr Nevinson was having a very hard time..... if he didn't find a job, he and his family didn't eat. From his diary its apparent that the family were only eating about a third of the calories they needed.

"Up at five, walked round and round the town until 12. Nothing doing anywhere, so I was fairly sick of walking about. No breakfast, no tea and no supper. Went to bed around 7.30."

The Watsons - Victorian Poor
The diaries reveal that in one week the family had just tea and bread for most meals. Occasionally they could afford margarine or jam as well. Sundays seemed plentiful in comparison.

Monday:
  • Breakfast - Tea, bread and margarine
  • Dinner - Tea, bread and margarine
  • Supper - Tea, bread
Tuesday:
  • Breakfast -Tea, bread and jam
  • Dinner - Tea, 3 stale buns
  • Supper - Tea, bread
 Sunday:
  • Breakfast - Tea, kippers, bread
  • Dinner - three pennyworth of meat pieces boiled with potatoes
  • Tea - bread and margarine, onions

PS: If you agree with me that the "Benefit Trap" has to be addressed, before Britain can ever tackle the welfare culture, then email this article or a link to your MP or your representative in Congress (the problem is the same in much of the US) .... China, India and Brazil don't have this problem, and people work.  

True Democracy

US dollar notes to be phased out? In vaults across the country, the US government is building a stockpile of $1 coins. The hoard has topped $1.1bn an amount that if stacked would reach almost seven times higher than the International Space Station, and the piles have grown so large the US Federal Reserve is running out of storage space. The reason for this is that use of the $1 coin instead of a note could save the US $700m per year ..... however this plan to replace the dollar note has met opposition .... the people, who when allowed a choice do not readily surrender the tried and trusted.

The US public just keep using the notes and ignoring the new dollar coins, but then the US is a nearly true democracy, in that the federal goverment can rarely just force laws on people. So just like the Greeks, who were nearly 80% against joining the Euro currency (maybe they sensed the disaster that this would allow), but were forced without a vote to do so, so the US public keeps using dollar bills instead of the unwanted coins ..... there's a lesson for governments of all persuasions here ... let us vote properly on all these issues .... immigration, law and order, and any other of the issues that have been hijacked by narrow interest pressure groups, and which are causing massive discontent in the majority, whose opinions are just ignored.


Democracy is meant to be the will of the majority, not the tail wagging the dog, which is what we get in Europe these days.

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