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Friday, 17 November 2017

More Pin Interest Fodder

There are times when words fail even me ....

More Pin Interest Fodder ...

Its hard to think how, but someone actually thinks that this might catch on ..... well in certain clubs maybe, but not in my office!

Deaf To Complaints

Sometimes you have to laugh .....

In this case as much as you want to, because its a story from within the deaf community which grabbed my attention.

Deaf Activists Are Quite .... Well Active.

Who would have thought that 'promoting a hearing activity' aka 'promoting oralism', is considered such a NO NO with certain deaf disability activists, that anyone practising such a heinous crime, and who happens to be deaf, can be sent death threats?

Tragic Comic Consequences

Comic Con began in the USA in 1970 and has since spread worldwide as a largely nerdy youth based experience ....

Comic Cons Are Innocent Fun In Free And Liberal Societies.

Up until now it has been considered largely an innocent pastime.

The American Illiterates

The US reportedly has more citizens who are illiterate than most all of its developed economy counterparts.

OECD Adult Literacy Rates .....

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development report on Adult Literacy Rates shows that 8.1% of US adults or 16 million people are functionally illiterate. This is amongst the highest rates of the 35 countries in the OECD.

Friday, 10 November 2017

Neighbourhood Watch

A Swiss man who flew a Jack Daniels flag outside his home ran into trouble ....


..... when his Zurich neighbours mistook it for an ISIS flag.

The Way We Were

On Friday last week I was forced to work from home in order to deal with a domestic crisis that would otherwise have meant using a days holiday (all booked up for the year so a non runner), or pulling a sickie (again, I have used a few real sick days this year!).

Working From Home Can Be Stressful ......

So I was forced to take a day working from home. Now I say forced because I don't find it the easy option. There are several reasons for this.
  1. I am honest and actually want to do a good days work if they are paying me for this.
  2. I find it hard to concentrate without the bustle of an office around me.

Last Of The Dinosaurs

Rail drivers can now earn £80,000 pa in the UK. This thanks to their latest blackmail antics aka as disruptive striking. They have won simply by making millions of lives miserable for over a year ... with a weak government unable or unwilling to sort them out for good.

The User Of One Of These Control Cabins Earns 80k pa ..... The Other Not So Much.

The fact that this latest largesse is paid for by a hostage population of commuters is not lost on them. Most of those commuters can't dream to earn those sorts of wages, nor to have a final salary pension scheme based on that level of income.

Pampered Peacocks

Those naughty Saudi Royals have had a bit of a rude awakening.

How The Mighty Are Humbled - For Now....

One of their own, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has had dozens of people - including 11 of those errant Princes arrested.

Friday, 3 November 2017

Creatures From The Depths

Ah how we love Forteana stories on this blog ..... Hurricane Irma didn't just disturb the citizens of the US coast, but also it seems the denizens of the deep.

Texas City Beach Creature ....

This creature was washed up on the beach and caused a minor twitter storm as its readers 're-tweeted' (is that a word?) the pictures taken by a Texan beach comber near Texas City. Of course immediately the words 'sea monster' appeared and it went viral.

Stuck In An ATM and Other Shorts

The world's longest recorded human tooth was owned by Urvil Patel of Vadodara in India. It was measured at 1.4 inches (3.6cm) when it was removed from his mouth.

Feral Wildman Or Naked Rambler?

The wild man of Pembrokeshire has been spotted by a hill walker in the Presell Mountains. He reported the sighting at the summit of Cam Goedog were he said he saw a "naked feral man hunched over and looking at the ground. I couldn't hear if he was talking to me or just making sounds". The walker did what any sensible person would do when faced with a hairy naked man on a hill top .... he made himself scarce, but only after taking some photographs.

One Sex Studies

Once you go down the road of PC politics you are trapped by your own warped logic .....

Transgender Politics Are Byzantine ....

This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone with a normal view of the world. But when you are educational establishment that professes that it has ‘sympathy with the idea that gender is not binary' then the politics of sexual identity become Byzantine.

Ice Age Wahhabism

The Ice may be breaking in the land of intolerance .... under pressure from a population 70% of whom are under 30 yrs of age, and who have had access to the outside world, Saudi Arabia will allow women to attend sports events in stadiums for the first time from next year despite following a strict form of Sunni Islam known as Wahhabism. But not alone, only as part of family attendance i.e. chaperoned.

Family Stands The Future In The Reformed Saudi Arabia .....

This follows changes to allow women to drive cars .... they have even allowed pop concerts and cinemas to open up (but to mainly men). Women there have been able to vote since 2015. Education is compulsory for girls and boys until age 15, and more women than men graduate from university.

Friday, 27 October 2017

Natural Justice

Some times there seems to be no justice in the world ...... the bad get away literally with murder. As for those cruel to animals, well it never seems that their cruelty is properly punished.

Mongolian Phat Boy - Animal Cruelty?

Take the large Mongolian above .... surely his riding this horse constitutes animal cruelty?

Life On The Streets

China is a land of endless mystery and subtly but it's also a land, in which like the literary city of Ankh-Morpork, and little Italy in 1950's New York, private life is often led on the streets.

Life In The Streets In Turn Of The Century Mulberry Street, New York City (Little Italy)

Events in Yulin City lived up to this when a man, his wife and his lover enacted an eternal scene in front of dozens of bystanders. However there was a twist as it was the wife and the lover who were partnered against the man. The fight which apparently started indoors, spilled on to street as the two vengeful vixens punched and kicked the errant husband. He was naked apart from his underpants and his face and back were bloodied as the assaults continued.

Dirty Politics

There has always been a part of the left, which harbours very little interest in democracy or fairness but has a visceral hatred of all those who oppose their views ......,

Fair Comment or Borderline Democracy?

This often manifests itself in the violent disruption of non socialist political events, which apparently is totally acceptable to Messrs Corbyn and Abbott and the rest ....

Self Inflicted Wounds

Following the latest bombings in Mogadishu, which has left at least 281 dead, and many hundreds injured, Somalis in the diaspora i.e. those who have got some western government to accept them, are up in arms at protest.

Somali Bombings Are All Too Common ....

.... not at the bombers, oh no, but at westerners for not hash tagging 'Je Suis Mogadishu', or some such sentiment, for not making it a trending hash tag.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Frozen Food

This whale died on Wrangel island in the Russian Arctic, where hundreds of polar bears over summer while waiting for the ice sheets to form.

Frozen Food .... But Not Iceland Style
So when this unexpected bounty turned up, well over 200 polar bears were drawn by the smell and a free-for-all took place .... Polar bears, birds, sharks and even killer whales attack. So whales that die on the seashore, they don't last all that long as the large predators move in.

Wives, Lives and Automobiles

Talking about selling your husband on eBay as a joke raised the possibility that people had tried to sell others on the Internet in perhaps a more serious manner.

Selling Your Life on eBay Has Hazards .....

Perhaps unsurprisingly given our modern morality it was evident quite quickly that they had. This blog had previously picked up on the apparent sale of a black male as a slave (which may of course simply have been a spoof), and usually it's simply disguised as "workers", as is the case with the 'maids' sold in Asia and the Middle East.

In A Land Of The Pure

Now when you consider how much child abuse by Muslim men of South Asian origin has occurred in England in the past decade, it should perhaps come as no surprise that it also occurs in the rest of the Islamic world. Perhaps the only surprise is that it is ever reported .... actually now I think about what happens in that part of the world to girls who are raped and report it, perhaps its actually no surprise at all that so little child abuse is reported.

Of course this actually makes it easier for abusers to get away with it, than in more open and tolerant societies, a fact which seems to be highlighted by the reported abuse of children in the town of Karaman in Anatolia Turkey. Its described as a 'conservative' town by the BBC, meaning its a socially hard-line Islamic town, where Islamic organisations hold great influence over civil society.

Ensar Foundation Closely Linked To Turkish Government ....

However, even in such places, there are occasionally cracks in the rigid surface of conformity which these sorts of town usually display to the world, and so a 54-year-old teacher has been accused of sexually abusing 10 children, in what are alleged to be guest-houses run illegally by two Islamic foundations - one of which, the 'Ensar Foundation', has close links to the Turkish government.

Pot Calling Kettle

In a strange and somewhat ironic intervention Donald Trump junior entered into the debate about the sexual misconduct allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

Woody Harvey and the two Donalds .... Who Has Anything In Common?

He has criticised actor director Woody Allen for not exactly giving a ringing criticism over the rape and molestation charges.

Friday, 13 October 2017

A Brian For Sale

When I opened eBay's new antiques email on Monday morning this week .....

Brian For Sale ......

I was offered a 'Brian' ....

Cultural Discrimination

We in the west are constantly having to listen to pressure groups of various sorts, from black peoples, women, homosexuals, trans-genders, Muslims, the disabled, and probably more others than you can point a pointy stick at, complaining about 'discrimination'.

Discrimination in this context invariably means that they want more money and rights than the rest of us, from all female lists for political jobs, to a quota of black males for all football managers jobs ....

Sticks And Stones Are .... Discriminates Against Me.

So it should be no big surprise, when yet another group tags itself to the role call of claimants for more of the pie .... however its a surprise when you find out who it is who is accused of doing the discriminating.

Lest We Forget

Strangely after last weeks posting, there has been another example of history being forgotten in the news this week ....

Battle Of Britain - Never Happened For Some, Granddad's War To Others

..... Only this time it was much closer to home than India or the Orient.

Catalans Crisis Is Warning To Scots

The Spanish reaction to the 'Catalan Crisis' is one that should give all Scots pause for thought.

Catalan Crisis .... Rocking Not Just Spain

Not because the UK government would resort to violence and direct rule in the Spanish style. No, but because it indicates that Spain will not countenance any EU rule changes that encourages separatists in Spain, or indeed elsewhere.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Do Bears Crap In The Woods?

Stevenage council has taken steps to stop pigeons roosting in trees around areas of the town centre.

I Think The Pigeon Poop Would Improve It ...... Soulless Socialist Architecture 

Hard to imagine a more futile waste of time and money, but there you are. Of course there are reasons - aren't there always? - it's supposedly because they have just tarted up some of the towns piazzas or squares, and don't want bird droppings ruining their handiwork. Oh and health and safety concerns of course.

History By Numbers

In a story that's going to wind up at least one reader that I can think of, the Dutch pharmacist and retail chain Kruidvat has been forced to apologise, after it unwittingly sold a colour-by-numbers book that upset some customers.

We Don't Do History By Numbers

The book was supposed to show 'famous people', and such significant historical figures as Nelson Mandela, Albert Einstein and Abraham Lincoln.

Cat Got Their Tongues

In this age of the Supra-National state (or so we have been told by EU Federalist's - "Ever closer union" and all that), it's perhaps surprising that some people's want to go the other way and proclaim their independence.

Spanish Police Have Long Had Something Of A Reputation ......

But they do, and democracies have to find ways to handle that. In the UK we allowed the Scottish referendum and probably face another such vote before too long.

Lone Gunmen

What can one say?

Close to sixty people gunned down dead in yet another US mass killing. Stephen Paddock, the man named as the "lone-wolf gunman", was killed as well (although who cares about that snivelling shite?) ....

The US Has An Ambivalent Attitude To Lone Gunmen

..... and so another sorry chapter is added to a list, that is already far too long:

Friday, 29 September 2017

Tennessee Terror

There's emergency calls ....

Grim Accident Scene ......

and there's emergency calls.

Mumbo Jumbo Science

The ‘Pushpak Vimaan' is a flying chariot or vehicle described in the Indian epic Ramayana.

Ramayana-ram Returning From Lanka On The Pushpak Viman .... An Indian Invention

Satya Pal Singh is an MPhil in Chemistry, and former Mumbai Police commissioner, who is currently India's BJP junior government HRD Minister, and who believes that engineering students should be taught about the Pushpak Vimaan, as part of a new engineering curriculum, covering ancient Indian scientific “discoveries” and “inventions”.

Its Not All Black And White

The term "White Flight" originated in the United States, starting in the 1950s and 1960s, and applied to the large-scale migration of people of various European ancestries from racially mixed urban regions to more racially homogeneous suburban or exurban regions. This is often linked to what is sometimes termed the 'Great Migrations' of the African-American populations.

Black And White Ideal ... Socially United 1950's and 1960's

Until the early 20th century, more than 90 percent of the African-American population lived in the American South, and four-fifths were living in rural agrarian areas. However by the end of the first and second waves of the great migrations, while 53 percent of the African-American population remained in the South, 40 percent lived in the North.

Ever Closer Union Not A Certainty

Mrs Merkel took a bit of blow in the recent German elections. She had been widely tipped to sail serenely in to office again, for an unprecedented fourth term as German Chancellor. However although she retained the post, it was something of a Pyrrhic victory as it came with a steep price.

Pyrrhic Victories Are Always Costly .... Ask Mrs May In The UK.   
Credit Library of Congress "Another victory like this and our money's gone!"

Her party had its worst electoral performance in 70 years, and it ushered in a 'far right' (in the eyes of the left leaning media at least), party for the first time since 1945. So she has limped over the finishing line, faced with the prospect of months of haggling with the Greens, and the Pro-Business Free Democratic Party to form a workable coalition.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Crap Day Trips

Now most of us have been to an attraction that we have considered to be 'Merde' or 'Shite' in the common parlance. Usually its something where we have paid money to see (such as a circus sideshow), or travelled a long way to go and see such as an exhibition, and which has turned out to be deeply disappointing.

They Hoped To Merda The Opposition Attractions ...

Well now there is an attraction that would take that description as a compliment. It is called the "Museum of Shit", and is the brainchild of Italian Dairy farmer Giantonio Locatelli.

Chinese Codes

Damn clever those Chinese .....

Message To The World .....

This was created by the residents of Xilinshui village (named "the most beautiful village in Hebei" in 2015), in China, using 130,000 Chinese junipers, and it measures 227m (744ft) along each side, and the trees are between 80cm and 2.5m in height. Its intended to publicise the village to the outside world.

Yesterday's Views

It looks as though my blogs peak is now firmly in the past. Viewing figures have dropped off a cliff recently, from over 200 views per day at its peak, to barely 39 views yesterday. I am facing the faintly unappetising prospect of blogging purely for my own amusement.

The Sea Of Indifference ... Has No Life Guards.

Now I have posted before, on what a lonely and soul destroying thing it can be for many people, to launch their thoughts on a subject into the choppy waters of the Internet, only to find those waters are just a sea of indifference.

No More Surprises

What? No 'Je Suis Londres' posts this time?

Emoji's versus Bombs ... UK's Keyboard Warrior Generation Fight Fire With Facebook

No solidarity marches, with Imams claiming its nothing to do with Islam, again? .... No more of that hypocrisy?

Friday, 15 September 2017

Mysterious Codes And Events

Every now and then you come across those web sites that list bizarre photo's or lists of strange events ... in my case quite often as I keep a watch out for them. Most images portrayed are well known, and often are described on the sites as being 'mysteries', when in fact often there is a valid explanation (even if unproved, because so much time has passed since the events).

As this sort of stuff I always find interesting, if not always convincing, I have banded a few well known, and perhaps lesser well known of these 'mysteries' with a more prosaic explanation if known.

Kryptos:

Just outside the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, you will find a statue that has coded encryptions on its surface. This very captivating sculpture was created by artist Jim Sanborn to show that everything can be resolved and decoded, with the use of patterns and clues. Of the four inscription sections that were included, only the first three have been cracked. But the fourth? Not even the brilliant minds in the CIA were able to get to the bottom of it.

Kryptos Statue ... One Code Undeciphered

Monkey Nuts

There is a famous "monkey selfie" photograph that has been published many times around the globe since it was taken by Naruto the Macaque monkey in the Indonesian jungle in 2011, and which has been re-used on countless websites. It apparently is copyrighted and makes some money for its 'photographer', David Slater from Monmouthshire in the UK.

Macaque Monkey Madness - Photograph © by David Slater (or Naruto the Monkey Photographer)

But that's where the dispute lay. After all argued Peta, the animal rights group, the photograph was actually a 'selfie' by a monkey, who therefore was the photographer, and not the owner of the camera it used who was making all the money.

BLAME BAME

Once again in the wake of disaster we see looters in America. This is the same as when there has been a civil disturbance, and in virtually every case, the looters seen, are from the black (or Hispanic) communities.

Hurricane Irma Looters - Or Just Some Early Christmas Shopping?

Now there are those who would say that the statement I have made is inherently racist, and unfairly brands one or two sections of society. That there must be the odd white looter as well .... that for some reason they just are not usually caught on film.

Into The Heart Of Madness

At one time we all expected that sub-Saharan Africa would rapidly develop and its nations would take their place at the table of forward thinking nations. After all, we had been told by the mainly white, left wing, self appointed 'intelligentsia', that the only thing holding them back was white 'imperialism' and 'colonialism'.

Colonial Map Africa 1950's

So when this ended for most African states in the 1960's, the new emergent nations had a lot of advantages. They had no external debts, resources in abundance, a young population, democracies, and the basic infrastructure of railroads, roads, airports, urban water supplies and schools. We all sat back and waited for the take-off.

Friday, 8 September 2017

The Babushkas Of Russia

When I read this story and came across the word 'Babushka', I couldn't help thinking of the 'Mamushka Dance' performed by the Adams brothers in the 1991 movie The Addams Family. Of course it was a totally erroneous connection as apart from the fact that the dance includes a bit of Russian Cossack dancing there is in fact no real connection to Russia. Still its hard to not think of it when you hear the word 'Babushka' .... grandmother

'Babushka' .... Grandmother - Tough As Old Boots.

Its a name that's almost as old as Russia itself, and in many minds is one of the enduring images of a visit to Russia, especially during the Soviet era, where these old ladies were employed as concierges, and often as KGB informants, on housing blocks and hotels. They were, and remain, a formidable force in Russian society, as the local district council for the village of Svedniy Bugalish in the Urals recently found out.

Cannibal Run

When I was a kid, tales of cannibalism seemed like the exotic stuff of King and Empire, with explorers in darkest Africa, or Borneo, or Papua New Guinea .... before these lands were incorporated into the enlightenment of the empire.

Cannibal King?

However of late, cannibalism has made something of a comeback .... firstly in places like the post colonial African states where self styled emperors such as Emperor Bokassa I of Central Africa  aka President Jean Bedel Bokassa of the Central African Republic, who was alleged to indulge in cannibalism (although 'cleared' in a later trial). Bokassa's former cook, claimed to have been ordered to prepare a human corpse stuffed with rice and flambéed in gins for his master (and presumably unsuspecting guests).

Back Scratching Your Friends

Vicky Pryce (nee Vasiliki Kourmouzi - she is Greek), along with former husband MP Chris Huhne, has previously been convicted of perverting the course of justice, and she was sentenced to eight months in prison. Currently she is reported as being personally involved with Denis MacShane (b. Josef Denis Matyjaszek), a one-time Labour Party MP (who was himself imprisoned, in December 2013, for fraudulent claiming of Parliamentary expenses), and who is suspended from the party.

Vicky Still Gets BBC Media Gigs

So you would think that she would not be the first choice of economists anyone would call upon to give opinions on the UK economy ..... but you would be wrong

New Holiday Worries

The future is looking increasingly dismal. This is because despite attempts by politicians, and certain strands of the media to down play it, the plain fact is that polls consistently show that a sizeable number of the Muslims in popular holiday destinations would happily wipe out all non Muslims tomorrow if they could.

Levels Of Terror Alert - Europe's New Future.

This number includes many living in what are currently non-Muslim lands. The current level of terror threats indicates that this is impacting our continent and our lives.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Poetic Justice

Now this blog always like evidence of poetic (or perhaps divine), justice.

Historically We Have All Liked To See Poetic Justice ......

We have posted in the past on the case of Kashmiri Islamic militants being eaten by a bear in Kulgam district, south of Srinagar in Indian Kashmir.

Fat Chic

Does Tesco sell tent dresses?

I ask because they run a series of adverts featuring Ruth Jones .... an actress who gained fame in the TV show Gavin and Stacey. She had been slim'ish in the past, when she was once a normal looking size.

Ruth Jones - She Has Seen Slimmer Days

But she wasn't exactly slim in that TV show,...... so perhaps its no surprise that she ain't slim now, as well as gaining fame, she also gained a few pounds in weight.

Acting Concerned

Once again Hollywood has found itself in a 'whitewashing' row after Deadpool star Ed Skrein has pulled out of a role in the latest comic book movie revamp of 'Hellboy'. He has done so because the part of Major Ben Daimio was drawn as a mixed Oriental Asian heritage character in the original comics.

Colonel Nick Fury Was Very White In His Back Story ....

This decision by a concerned white actor has the usual whiff of PC hypocrisy about it.

Arsenic and Old Time Religion

Apparently Pakistan has recorded some of the worlds highest levels of Arsenic in their groundwater supplies.

Arsenic Poisoning Pakistan .... Explains A Lot.

This is the main water source for up to 60 million of its citizens who live in the Indus valley (out of about 150 million people around the world who rely on groundwater which is contaminated with arsenic).

Friday, 25 August 2017

Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting

If you are of a certain age then you will remember the films of Bruce Lee .... Fists of Fury was one that springs to mind. If not him, then maybe you will recall the TV series Kung Fu starring David Carradine.

The Traditional View Of Kung Fu Masters In China May Be Overblown ......

These two media series did much to cement the idea in the West, that Chinese martial arts allowed practitioners to defeat anyone in single combat, defy overwhelming odds, and perform almost magical flights through the air, whilst performing various poses.

Po Faced Politics

Its no secret that I detest the modern phenomena of Political Correctness and all that it spins into ...

Ludlow Hospital League of Friends ... Money Not Wanted Anymore.

.... multiculturalism, reverse racism, hypocritical political policies, quota recruitment policies, turning a blind eye to immigrant criminality etc etc

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