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Friday, 21 April 2017

The Frozen Mr Fox

Following on from the two moose frozen in combat ....This from Germany.

Frozen Fox
The poor creature was pulled from the Danube river in south-western Germany after it fell through thin ice in January 2017 being discovered by a hunter.

How The Other Half Think

Max Clifford the former millionaire publicist is currently in prison for eight historic sex assaults. He was jailed in 2014 for eight years.

Mr Clifford Still Making Headlines .... Even If Still Just On The Streets And Tabloids.

He is once again appealing against his conviction but is now asking for Legal Aid to do so as he is too poor to even pay for photocopying the documents required to support the appeal. This is because, and I quote his QC "He is absolutely financially ruined".

Elected Autocrats Club

President (for however long he wants to be) Recep Erdogan, the winner of every vote and self claimed European said that "a strong "Yes" vote would be a lesson to the West". With with all the ballots counted, the Yes ended 51.40% and No with 48.60%, so we are about to learn what that lesson will mean.

Birds Of A Feather - Elected Autocrats Club Just Gained A New Member

However, it should be pointed out that the result is disputed by the opposition, and the process has allegedly failed to meet international standards.

Right But In The Wrong

One thing about being on the right in politics is that sometimes you are actually in the wrong. This seems to be particularly the case with the Trump administration, which seems to be determined to follow policies which are doomed to failure from the start, or are merely revivals of previously failed US social policies.

The War On Drugs Doomed To Defeat?

The latest of these is that apparently 'The Donalds' attorney general Jeff Sessions intends to revive the much discredited 'War on Drugs' ...

Friday, 14 April 2017

Pure Fun In Paradise

The news that Saudi Arabia is going to build an 'entertainment city' right on the edge of the capital Riyadh, and which apparently will be 50 times the size of Gibraltar, or about a fifth of the area of Riyadh in size, made me laugh. The idea is to "achieve a healthy and harmonious life, and provide more entertainment, joy and fun"

Religious Police Check Women's Dress On The First Ride.

Can you think of anywhere on earth as unlikely for joy and fun? ... well ignoring North Korea and the numerous other Islamic paradises on earth such as Somalia?

Ambulance Chasing Societies

It wasn't much of a surprise .... the lawyers for the school clock/bomb boy, Ahmed Mohamed aged 14, want a $15 million settlement for the "severe psychological trauma" caused to him, by a teacher mistaking his clock for a 'suicide bomb'. The family lawyers are asking for $10m (£7m) from the city of Irving, and a further $5m (£3.3m) from the Irving Independent School District, saying that Ahmed Mohamed was "publicly mistreated" and remains mentally and physically scarred.

Liberals Shocked As School Clock- Bomb Boy - Sues For Big Bucks

So a minor bruise and a few moments of distress are worth $15 million dollars?

The case is still ongoing a year or so later, with the city's lawyers demanding that the whole case be dropped as it was their duty to consider student and staff safety, above the feelings of one particular student. The family had already lost a series of attempts to sue a number of news and blogging outlets under US freedom of speech provisions. He of course has left the US to take up a scholarship from the Qatar Foundation in Qatar.

Failed Creeds And Ruined Lives

More Muslim Asian organised rape gang arrests in Oxford under the same police operation.

Oxford Child Rape Scandal - Arrests Like These Across The City

Six men - all from Oxford - appeared before Oxford magistrates on 4 April for multiple sex offences against underage girls. They are: Shabir Dogar, 22; Shabaz Khan, 23; Shohab Dogar, 23; Yasin Hamid, 20; Usman Iddris, 22; and Joseph Suraina, 22. Waqas Hussain, 24, of no fixed abode. Waqas Hussain has also been charged with the attempted sexual assault of a girl under 13, as have Shabir Dogar and Shohab Dogar.

Forever Clueless

Jeremy Corbyn is not a man I would vote for. He's basically a hard left politician, wedded to the policies I recall being espoused by Tony Benn (another man whose views were hard left), in the 1960's and 1970's.

Corbyn Lives In The 1970's and 1980's Where Life Was Simpler ..... Michael Foot and Tony Benn Were Left Wingers

They had a certain amount of traction then, as the western socialist tide reached its high point, but since then these ideas have ebbed and are now only followed in broken states such as Venezuela and other failed South and Latin American states. Take for instance his latest policy announcement of 'free' school meals for primary school children.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Sub Stories

In a story that reminded me a lot of the mythical Scottish football fans sailing to Argentina in 1974 to watch their team win the world cup, the US coast guards made an unusual interception earlier this year. Their US Navy Plane radar indicated an unknown underwater craft in their territorial waters, and no doubt with their minds full of visions of the mystery subs off the Swedish coast, or maybe even of the Cuba crisis, they raced out to intercept it.

Narco Subs Are Getting More Inventive .... Capt Nemo Would Be Flattered.

What they found was a little more prosaic but no less threatening to the civil society ... It was drug smugglers running in on the pacific seaboard from somewhere 200 miles south of Mexico.

All In The White House Family

For a man who was going to 'drain the swamp' in Washington, Pres. Trump and his family sure are getting that swamp mud well greased into their backs.

All In The White House Family

First his son-in-law Jared Kushner became a senior adviser to the commander-in-chief and then Ivanka Trump has joined the Administration as 'first daughter' and as the unpaid 'Assistant to the President'. Its kind of strange to see a US President appoint members of his own family to the administration .... but then the whole administration is looking increasingly strange as the weeks go by.

Pure Madness

If anything more is needed to confirm how backward the Taliban, IS and others of that ilk really are, its the fact that in 99% of the world polio is eradicated. Polio is a highly infectious disease, caused by a virus which invades the nervous system, and mainly affects children aged under five, was endemic in many parts of the world as recently as 1995, but a worldwide drive has all but cleared it out, but for the last two countries.

Polio Eradication ... Almost

Indentured Indignities

Not so long ago I posted on one of the modern forms of slavery, indentured servants in the Asian and Muslim regions (as opposed to people trafficking). So perhaps its no surprise that a scandal has erupted in Singapore, where a couple starved their Filipino maid.

Ms Gawidan The Maid, Lim Choon Hong and his wife Chong Sui Foon

The couple, finance trader Lim Choon Hong and his wife Chong Sui Foon, pleaded guilty and were convicted and jailed with sentences of three weeks and three months respectively for starving their domestic worker. This after their maid ran away and went to a charity .... where she was found to have lost 20kg (44 lbs) - about 40% of her body weight after being kept on a restricted diet of bread and instant noodles. 
 

Friday, 31 March 2017

Flying Solo

You'd be surprised how often people get sucked from a plane. No really, it happens a lot. Well quite a lot. I don't know why this topic crossed my mind, but it did, and piqued my interest enough to do some Internet research ... so not extensive, but enough to fill a blog post.

Perhaps the most famous of these events was Aloha Airlines flight 243 from Honolulu from Hilo on April 28, 1988. The 19 year old Boeing 737 was flying at about 24,000 feet when the ceiling above the passengers, just aft of the entrance door, suddenly and explosively ripped off, leaving the passenger section exposed to the skies for about one quarter the length of the airplane.

Aloha Airlines flight 243 ,,,,, After Landing.

The casualty of this disaster was flight attendant Clarabelle Lansing, who was immediately sucked out the hole and disappeared, along with the section of passenger cabin roof. Amazingly, the other 90 passengers and 4 crew members all survived, because all of them except the unlucky Ms Lansing were belted in, which prevented more fatalities, although 65 of them were injured. Also incredibly, the jet was able to descend to make an emergency landing on Maui. 

Wiping Mughals From History

Last year there was a campaign in India to wipe the shame of the Muslim conquest from their history books. It was run under the hashtag 'Remove Mughals From Books'.

Mughal Conquest Legacy Is Controversial ...

The Mughal Empire as their rule was called, not only consolidated the religion of Islam in South Asia (often by force), it also spread Islamic (Arab) arts as well. This heritage remains visible in Indian architecture, literature and cuisine to this day.

Judged By The Company You Keep

It always makes me laugh that the deluded supporters of the 'Palestinians' in the West, usually avail themselves of the luxuries and safety afforded in democratic Israel, by staying there, while merely visiting their friends in Palestine, and only then under armed guard by their hosts. This to prevent themselves being kidnapped by the even more violent sub-terrorist groups that also operate in the Palestinian territories.

Judged By The Company You Keep - Hugh Lanning With Friends.

Its even funnier that when the Israeli government objects to the presence of these Palestinian supporters in Israel, the supporters bleat on about their human rights and the rule of law, (none of which are available in their friends lands), to complain. They actually cite "freedoms essential to democracy" as a complaint .... both Hamas and the PLO practise no democracy, let alone the essential freedoms of such a system, but they are not held to the same standards as Israel.

The Most Dangerous Man In Europe

The most dangerous man in Europe ... has to be the anointed leader of the Turk-men, and Turkish people worldwide, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. His government arbitrarily arrests thousands, has laws that are seemingly set by party diktat, presides over a regime that routinely turns a blind eye to the police using torture, has sacked hundreds of thousands of Turkish citizens, and disregards any of the political and legal norms established both in Europe and amongst fellow NATO members.

Being Compared To Fascists Works Both Ways .....

He has now apparently decided that he can abuse civilised countries such as Germany and Holland, with whatever terms he wants, and no one can touch him because he holds the key to letting millions of Muslim asylum seekers attempt to get to Europe. So much so, that he has now vowed to review all future relations with the "fascist and cruel" European Union, after rows about his government ministers attempting to hold political rallies in Germany, Holland and Austria were rejected by those governments.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Romanian Runners

We have all heard of at least one acquaintance, or even a friend, who has been involved in what is colloquially known as 'doing a runner' .... which is when people run out of a restaurant without paying for the meal or alcohol that has been consumed.

Doing A Runner Is Usually A Male Only Activity ....

Normally this would be at most a party of four males, and usually less than that, but never more than a party of maybe ten people (usually a stag party in a curry house). The plan to do the runner is rarely determined beforehand, and usually arises only after a large amount of alcohol has been consumed, and thus beer bravery heightened.

They Just Don't Do Irony

Irony - Where are you in the Muslim world?

You just can't make this one up .... the Saudi's, who love to demonstrate that women in Islam are treated like 'sisters' and not a lesser class of human at every opportunity, came up with a new wheeze. They would invite the worlds press to the opening session of the inaugural 'girls council' in al-Qassim province.

The Saudi Girls Council - Features No Women Or Girls.

They considered this to be a very liberal action, in a land where women's lives are proscribed at every turn by the decisions of the law, the religion and their male relatives. Saudi Arabia is not exactly known for giving women any sort of platform in public life. They cant drive cars and have only a very limited political franchise to vote.

Scottish Blackmail Artists

Scotland, or rather the Scottish National Party, have adopted the ludicrous view that their devolved regional government of around 5 million British citizens, has the same powers and rights as the UK government of over 60 million citizens .... that in fact a small Scotland, has the same political weight inside the United Kingdom as England, in what they persist in calling 'a partnership of equals'.

The Gun Is Always Against Our Heads

This idea is as ludicrous as for example, the Orkney's telling the Scottish devolved government that it needs to consult with the old Kirkwall government of the Norse rule (which was ended after 600 years in 1468 AD). Actually the Orkney's do want want a self-rule deal, one to mimic the self-rule deal struck by the Faroe Islands with Denmark in 1948, but that's another story. You can just guess how much abuse the Orkney Islanders would get from the wild and hairies of the SNP, if they took that line too often.

Oh, Another Terrorist Attack?

Well its happened again, but this time in London .....next time, who can guess?

Khalid Masood - Home Grown Terrorist .... One Of Many More To Come?

.... cue more vigils, more 'I Am London' hash-tags, more politicians claiming that Islam is not to blame, more religious leaders standing together with the Muslim representative and calling for unity ~ and the Imam, Mullah or whatever they are, claiming that its not Islamic to murder in cold (or hot) blood. This despite all the evidence we see in the daily news, that currently it is in fact very Islamic to murder people on a vast scale around the globe, every day, every week, and all year round.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Not What It Seems ...

The Peoples Republic of Hackney, where incidentally Diane Abbott is the Shadow home secretary and MP for Hackney North, apparently showed once again that anti-Semitism is now a feature of the UK, when what appeared to be an anti-Semitic street sign was put up near a synagogue by persons unknown.

Ms Abbott immediately called it "disgusting" and "unacceptable", while Labour's MP for Tottenham David Lammy said it amounted to "despicable, nasty behaviour that has absolutely no place in our community."

A Lamppost Near A Synagogue In Stamford Hill, North London Caused A Stir ....

 And in fact many others joined in the condemnation ..... But in fact all turned out to be not what it seemed ....

Learning Some Lessons The Hard Way

Imagine the following scenario: A group of foreigners were invited to come here to work on a job that the locals didn't want to perform. It was never intended that they stay longer than the job, but they started bringing their families over and 'settled'.

The Danes Decided To Settle In Numbers ...

The Art Of No Compromise

The fact that Donald Trump's Presidency is turning into something of an object lesson in legal and administrative incompetency, is perhaps not totally surprising. After all this is a man who has run his own business with little regard for the niceties of negotiated compromise for decades. This despite the fact that his ghost written book, "The Art of the Deal", was his one claim to fame before he started his TV shows ...

Skinny Budget .....

Well, apart from managing to negotiate a $916 million tax write off in 1995 on his busted business model. Which means he has paid lower, or no, taxes for at least a decade or so - technically he could have used this deal for up to 18 subsequent years, allowing him to legally avoid paying federal Income Taxes until 2013. Its not clear if the £103m tax write-down that Mr Trump recorded in 2005, is connected to those losses in 1995 .... but the latest tax leaks, shows that President Donald Trump paid $38m (£31m) in tax, on an income of more than $150m (£123m) in 2005. This is an effective tax rate of 24%, which is apparently higher than the average American citizen would pay, but below the 27.4% averaged by higher-earning US taxpayers.

Pandoras Box is Empty

This statement from a Pakistani neighbour of David Lytton (The man on Saddleworth Moor), so shocked me that I am posting it as it is . .... 'Another [neighbour] said that he was a Muslim and that David told him that he had converted in 1996. Now, I don't know whether he said this in view of the treatment meted out to Christians here, as they are made to eat in separate pots from us, Muslims, but he definitely told me that he was a Muslim."

Facebook Pakistan ..... Double Standards

The casual description of the persecution of Christians as being unclean, and Haram, and not able to use the same eating bowls as Muslims, tells you all you need to know about how they think of us, at least outside the West, and makes it all the more amazing that we give their religion so much latitude.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Lucky April Fool

In April 2015 Gary Lincoln from Cardiff was doing some much needed DIY around a clients house ... this involved the use of an electrical angle cutter. Unfortunately, accidents do happen as they say, and Mr Lincoln had a bad one. Despite the cutter being fitted with a safety guard, he managed to get it caught on his jacket sleeve and it pulled him in to sever his left hand at the wrist ....

One Lucky Man ......

Killer Clown Bricked It

The recent clown scare, which has swept the western world, has a well founded basis for the fear its generated amongst some of the 'victims', in some cases.

Killer Clown Unmasked ... Not So Scary?

But as was going to inevitably happen, some of its fans have gone too far ....

Paying The Piper His Due

We have discussed the well known phenomena of the 'smaller the country the bigger the flag' .... this has been seen in Presidents attending side-walk (pavement) openings,or creating a national airline which is just the Presidential plane, or in many of the smaller the states the bigger the Presidential family corruption.

Politicians On The Take Are Nothing New In Any Culture ....

Perhaps the most famous of all these modern day alleged small country thieves was the Marcos family in the Philippines, followed closely those protégé's such as the Mugabe's, with their land grabbing family and friends, or Equatorial Guinea President Nguema and his son, who have stolen billions, and even President Zuma of South Africa, who as the third black president, has already destroyed the clean vision of President Nelson Mandala's first Presidency.

Trumps Travel Ban Travails

President Trump has reissued his travel ban list (minus Iraq), which of course is still essentially the same list of countries who were under extra scrutiny under President Obama (now minus one). Although you would never know this from the pro-refugee, pro-immigration liberals, who weep every time a refugee is refused entry.

Many Americans Remember Iranians Treatment Of Hostages - Even Though Liberals Don't.

Now I am happy to admit that President Trump is possibly a tower short of a shopping mall, but in this area I actually think he's being rather restrained, as there are many more Islamic paradises he could have included in the list. So with his minimalist list of Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen (six of the seven countries on the original 27 January order), the US have subjected the citizens of those countries to a 90-day travel ban and extra background checks.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Bucket Lists

Recently I was asked if I had any bucket list requests .... I said no. My reasoning is that it always seems to me that many of these are really all about creating memories for the benefit of the families left behind (which I don't have), rather than for the person who is expected to pass on. Of course, there are also life bucket lists, and I guess if pressed I would say that I would have liked to have moved to the US for a while, or been into outer space, and circled the moon like those two space tourists plan.

Typical Bucket List .....

Generally you usually only hear about these lists when someone is terminally ill, but if you are ill, you are usually too poorly to want to run about going to Disney Land, climbing Seven Hills, or backpacking across Australia ... to take few examples. After all its not going to be the terminally ill person remembering these events when they go.

Heavy Load

Apparently King Salman of Saudi Arabia is not one to travel lightly. He also doesn't seem to believe that the cost cutting measures in his country should apply to him. He is now on a regional tour of South East Asia, partly to explain why the Saudis have increased the cost of a pilgrim visas to Mecca and partly to invest in other countries labour, as they can't rely on Saudi's to take up the slack when the oil runs out.

Many Boot Licking Lackeys Required ...

However he is is travelling in style, which entails having 459 tonnes of equipment. This includes two gold-clad escalators, a pair of Mercedes-Benz limos, and a custom-made toilet which has been built for him at a mosque in Jakarta, according to the Indonesian media reports.

False Idols

When a Glasgow shopkeeper was murdered in cold blood in his tobacconists by Sufi Muslim Tanveer Ahmed from Bradford, because he was from the 'wrong' islamic sect, his killer was rightly sentenced to a long stretch in prison. But apparently he is to many in Pakistan, a hero and warrior, for stabbing an unarmed man to death. In this he has joined the state governor body guard, Mumtaz Qadri, who killed the man he was guarding because he had challenged the biased Pakistani blasphemy laws. Qadri too is now a martyr to Islam - yes they built a shrine housing his tomb in Rawalpindi.

Face Of A Cowardly Murderer .....

If you ever needed to know why Pakistan is a failed state then this should be enough information.

Clear And Present Danger To Themselves

This blog has posted before on the phenomena of those westerners, who apparently against all common sense put themselves and others in grave danger, by going to locations where they are likely to be taken hostage or killed, usually simply for being white, and usually a non-believer as well.

Philippine Navy Finds The Remains Of Another Hostage Taking ....

Normally these are people are men or women of a certain mind-set, who somehow come to think that they are not going to be ill treated by the people who they are going to 'help'. The help they think that they are offering these people is rarely of much use .... just helping out, or more usually putting the locals in danger by association with them, but they somehow convince themselves that they are serving some noble calling, and go anyway.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Never The Twain Shall Meet

This is why the migrant crisis will end in tears ....

This is a picture of a pro-refugee rally in March 2016 in London. All placards provided by the Socialist Worker party ... as usual.

Pro Refugee Rally In London

Noticeably, its a picture dominated by women's faces .... reflecting the equality and open society that has developed in Europe.

Blood On The Floor

Now recently I have had plenty of things to say about one religion in particular (its hard to avoid them and their backwardness, as the death toll ratchets up), so its easy to forget that there are other religious groups who also hold strange views. Take the Jehovah's Witnesses .... a pacifist Christian group, and harmless to the rest of us (although their beliefs can make them dangerous to themselves).

They hold some very firm beliefs about blood being the symbol of life. This can cause some awkward ruptures with what most of us believe in. For example they consider that their 'God' Jehovah, is displeased by celebrations. This is actually an odd belief, when you consider the amount of feasting and partying that goes on in both the Old and New Testaments ... even Jesus attended celebrations such as the Marriage at Cana, which was a knees up of epic proportions, and he provided the wine!

Jesus Liked A Celebration And Knees Up ...

A Right Royal Do

When India's royalty lost their official powers in 1947, it was because the Indian nation gained independence from the British, who had maintained much of the local rulers powers as a cheap way of leaving locals in charge under them. In fact the number of Indian princes - as rulers were now termed by the British administrators - grew enormously under the Raj, as the British bestowed titles on landowners and chieftains.

Raja Bhaiya (Royal Big Brother) .... Just Like Granddaddy Did it

But since independence, the fates of these modern-day Maharaja's, Raja's, Rana's, Maharana's, Nawab's, Nizam's and Princes have varied. Some have sunk into genteel poverty, which has forced them to turn their old forts and royal residences into hotels to attract tourists from Europe and the US. Some like the five tribal kings of Gujarat state's Dangs region, have not ascended the political and economic ladder, as many of India's ex-royals have done, but in fact now live in huts in the jungle, with just a political pension of 2,000 to 3,000 rupees a month (about $40-60).

Blair or Bliar?

Tony Blair, the ex prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, who was also the Labour Party's most successful general election winner, is a man who just can't stop himself. Despite the fact that he is no longer popular, he has now decided that there is no one out there who can pick up the battered flag of the EU Remain Campaign.

Blair Praying For A Political Comeback? .......

It was found stricken on the field of battle by the arch political scavenger himself, and now raised to the ramparts again with the "mission" to persuade Britons to "rise up" and change their minds on Brexit.

Friday, 17 February 2017

A Small Victory For Perseverance

A small Internet milestone was passed this week .... on the 16th of February this blog reached its 10th anniversary. Who would have thunk it! I certainly didn't intend to keep going for a decade. In fact after my first couple of postings I was already considering that it was a struggle to find content. This was mainly because I was making the rookie mistake of thinking that I should post fresh updates every day .... Top Tip: You in fact need to post regular blog updates, but not everyday, unless you are doing some sort of journal or diary. About once a week is the minimum.

Happy Birthday To Us!!

So here we are, 10 years later. Sadly I didn't manage the magic double of 500,000 visitor hits in a decade, and in fact at least a few thousand of the hits the blog has managed, will have been me visiting to see if there were any comments. Again, at first I made the mistake of measuring the blogs 'success or failure' in terms of 'comments' and 'followers', rather than just 'views', and that was depressing at first as virtually no one visited my pages. However I now get between 250 and 350 hits a day, which is enough for my ego to feed off ☺ and is founded upon the number of subjects I have covered over the decade.

Once A Green And Pleasant Land

Gypsy Invasions are usually nothing to do with the English Roma and all to do with Irish council estate dwellers getting into caravans, and invading the UK each summer. They call themselves travellers and claim legal protection, after the Labour Party classified them as a racial minority. They are nothing of the sort, and are simply the worst of Irish society committing crimes in England.

Tinkers, Travellers, Rubbish and Dogs .... That's What A 'Gypsy Invasion' Is Made Of.

Changing The World

When a politician sets out on their career, they often dream of becoming a national or even international figure of influence. In their wilder flights of fancy they often hope to change the course of history for their country or even, dare to hope that they can set the agenda for a continent. An example of this is the ephemeral vision of 'Middle East Peace', which occasionally grips US Presidents. Although it has to be said not by many other world leaders, who are often more pragmatically trying simply to stop Armageddon breaking out there.

Merkel Divides People ......

So most of the would be world changers fail to even make the top ranks at home, and settle for a mediocre career, warming a seat somewhere, and making up the numbers in the party machines votes. However there are some who rise to the very top, and Mrs Merkel has to be counted as one of those. She became the undisputed leader of Germany and the must turn to European leader for US Presidents and Russian leaders alike ..... but most of all she bestrides the European Union. Her opinions on all things Fiscal or Social, are those that hold sway. So on Greek debt its Germany's views that set the rules.

Twitter Politics

Donald Trumps term as the 45th President of the United States has not started well. I am not particularly referring to the arguments over specific policies, where I take the view that he made it clear what his policy ideas were, and was duly voted in to office to carry out those policies. Its called Democracy folks, and that's how its supposed to work, for good or bad.

Combative Trump At War With Everyone .... Or So It Seems.

No, what I am referring to is the complete chaos and incompetence of his team, and the method of communication that President number 45 has adopted since entering the White House. Twitter is not, and should not be the policy communication device for the President of the United States of America. The fact that he's been unable to confirm many of the senior government posts, is just another indicator that President Trump was personally and politically ill prepared for the office he has now taken (I suspect he thought he would narrowly lose the election).

Friday, 10 February 2017

TV Weird

Like a lot of people, I have something of a love for Sci-Fi and weirdness and am always drawn to these sorts of shows on TV. Nowadays they are ten a penny and indeed right now, and without me bothering to look at the schedules the following shows are currently available, 'Grimm', 'Earth - final conflict', 'Stargate - Atlantis', 'Red Dwarf', 'Special Unit 2', 'Supernatural', and indeed several more (I am ignoring the Vampire and Zombie sub series). They are now a couple of popular genres for TV companies and so a niche market is probably not really a niche market any more.

The Time Tunnel Travellers Were Lost In Space

However that wasn't always the case. Back in the day, it was slim pickings for those of us who liked the Sci-Fi and Fantasy genres. We used to hug these shows to our chests like long lost brothers whenever they turned up ..... always aware that they were likely to be just dropped from the schedules at any moment .... For instance I remember that I was in shock, when the eponymous time travellers in 'The Time Tunnel' were left there, stranded in the past, after the US TV company just dropped the show mid season (The BBC recently did much the same with 'Atlantis').

Tattooing Pigs

As discussed before on this blog, the world is full of strangeness. For instance there is a Dutch artist, Wim Delvoye, who is famous for his work of tattooing pigs. Both alive and dead ones.

Three Little Painted Piggies ....

Who would have thought that the cr*p that started with the Turner prize giving awards to artists for such work as Tracey Emin's 'My Bed' (which was short listed), and the Saatchi brothers buying that same rubbish for vastly inflated sums (£150,000 ..... it last sold for a little over £2.5 million), would end up with a tattooist/artist using pig flesh as his canvas?

A Visionary Man

Hans Rosling, a man who was something of a visionary in the normally dry world of Statistics and Data Analytics's, died of cancer this week.

It was a sad loss, as anyone who saw his TED talk on how data can be obtained, visualised, and used, will attest. I won't attempt to explain how revolutionary that talk was, but simply as a tribute, I will simply add it to this post.

Copyright and Credit to TED as the owner of this TED Talk

I would recommend that if you haven't watched it, you do so, as its a real eye opener as to how we might view the world if we saw data correctly as a living and evolving thing.

What was interesting was how he showed that there is no longer a 'third world' in the way that lazy journalists (and bloggers) commonly use the term.

Its A Scary World

The world has become a very scary and strange place of late.

This Sort of Scary Is Within Our Cultural Norms ....

For those of us lucky enough to be born into the Western world, most of the scariness in our lives comes from the external cultures being introduced into ours, often via immigration, or perhaps globalisation. And the strangeness's, well they can nearly always be explained within our own cultural contexts (even The 'Donald'). Mostly it comes from our Western freedom to do our own thing, as long as it harms no others, so eccentricities abound, and are largely tolerated.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Ankh-Lesspork

The USA was apparently aghast when in one of those 'Fake News' stories (Or is it an alternative truth), that have suddenly come to haunt us out of the blue (who had even heard of the idea of fake news before this year?), reported that there was a national shortage of bacon in the USA!

Pork Belly Futures - Always Big In The USA and China

Well to be precise (and you learn something new every day), belly pork supplies (from which bacon is cut), were at an all time low. The national pork belly reserves had hit a low of about 8.2 million kg in December 2016, according to the government figures, compared with about 22.7 million kg a year earlier. The reasons given for this were many and varied. All day breakfasts at Wendy's and McDonald's being one of them.

Room With A View

News from the North is that a convicted murderer from Scotland, Graham Coutts has decided to request a room with a view.

Cell With A View ... Scenic Of Course.

The idea is that having spent much of his prison time in Yorkshire England (where he admits the food is better), he now wants to see the 'snow topped mountain' hills of Scotland when he looks out of his cell bars. His 30 year sentence is hanging greatly on him, and besides his old mum has been travelling hundreds of miles over the last 14 years or so, in order to see him once a week for an hour and a half. So Her Majesties Prison Edinburgh with a view of the Pentland Hills would be just the ticket for them both.

Hidden History

The exact location of the tomb of Alexander the Great, and his final will and settlement of his Empire have long been mysteries. The location of the tomb for instance has been lost for centuries. Initially buried in Memphis Egypt but later in the late 4th or early 3rd century BC, Alexander's body was allegedly transferred from Memphis to Alexandria, where it was reburied.

Is This His Sarcophagus?

Historically its location was known for hundreds of years, it was visited by Caesar in 48BC and partially looted later by Caligula. In 199AD Alexander's tomb was sealed up by Emperor Septimius Severus during his visit to Alexandria, and then in 215AD, some items from Alexander's tomb were relocated by Emperor Caracalla for reasons that are not clear.

Passport Blues

For all of you who are still panicking over the EU departure (as if it was a bereavement), and for whom the loss of an EU passport is like identity theft …. Panic Not!

Panic Not .....

For apart from all the various dual national schemes available for each EU member country, there are also millionaire routes as well e.g. Invest around a million pounds into Malta, live there one year, and you qualify for citizenship on an EU passport. Alternatively if you rush over to live in an EU country right now … they may be willing to offer you residency in a few years .... or maybe not.

Friday, 27 January 2017

Shakeyer Stupidity

Sheikh Abdullah Al-Sheikh is what passes for an intellectual in Saudi Arabia, and he holds the position of 'Grand Mufti'. I tell you all this, not because you care very much, but more as background and context.

This year he passed a fatwa i.e. He made a 'religious judgement' on something being permissible or not in Islam. Nothing new there, he will have passed hundreds if not thousands of these judgements over the decades .... anything from death sentences, to restrictions in the marital home or advice on prayers.

Chess Games Can Be A Matter Of Life And Death .....

Contagious Madness

PC Madness is a contagion .... as discussed in an earlier post this madness has infected Liberal educational establishments in the US, to the point that they discriminate against anyone who is not infected with the same madness as them.

(Ex) Professor Michael Rectenwald

This was highlighted when an un-tenured assistant professor at New York University, the liberal studies professor Michael Rectenwald, was removed from teaching classes by a 12-person committee calling itself the 'Liberal Studies Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Working Group', who don't actually agree with diversity of opinion, equality of views, or inclusion of all .... preferring to brand and exclude all those who don't agree with their Neo-Fascist liberal values.

Chinese Cuisine Corruption

Fancy a trip to china? Visiting the Great Wall of China …………… the restaurant maybe?

The Great Wall Of China .... Worth A Visit?

Well, be careful what you eat over there …. they have recently uncovered yet another massive food scandal. This time its with illegal products and ingredients being passed off as kosher (well not kosher, but you know what I mean). This time it’s condiments and seasoning's. The very staples of Chinese cuisine and effecting both domestic (Totole and Donggu), and international brand names (including such luminaries as Maggi, Knorr, and Nestle).

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