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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 .......

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