I’m going to buy one of these.
Michael mentions “little shops” just below, but aside from the taxation-threats lined up by the GramscoFabiaNazi food-rationists against foods, of whatever kind, this caught my eye. Below is comment (just inside the 1,000 character limit) which I’ve posted on The Daily Wail:-
Modern supermarkets are the greatest boons to Mankind. If you didn’t want them, they’d not exist.
Admit it: you know you must, and you _/know in your heart/_ that these places exist because _/you/_ the customers want them to.
You, I, everyone here all know that we couldn’t function, in the post-modern, socialist hell-hole of frenetic slave-labour just to pay basic bills and taxation, that is “Britain, a Young Country” (remember that Tony Bliar gag?) without these convenient, cheap places.
Yes, “little local shops” are lovely. But Councils, which is to say “Soviets”, have ensured that you can’t either drive to them (pedestrianisation) or park near enough to enough of them to buy enough at one trip to make it worthwhile to try.
RIP UP all pedestrianisation schemes. (Wicked pernicious town-wrecking, on purpose by Stalinists.)
SAW OFF all parking meters and block in the holes.
SACK the “wardens” so they can go and serve you your fresh veggies at “little shops” instead.
Now this is just being silly. I mean, that’s just being malicious. I like my sausages, stay away from them, they’re mine I say, they’re MINE!.
Sorry for the outburst, but this is a subject that I feel very strongly about.
You still can’t have them…
Has nobody among these GramscoFabiaNazi “researchers” considered that children need to be fat in places like Stockton-on-Tees, because it’s effing cold a lot of the time? (So your children can, indeed must, be fat, or they will be uncomfortable.)
And that in wealthy, hot Sussex, way-down south of here, it’s just, well, hot? (So your children can, indeed must, be thin, or they will be uncomfortable.) They have successful vineyards, for f***’s sake.
Anyway, those effete southerners are too close to all those “Haute Couture” designers in strange places like London and Paris who seem to think all humans ought to be 3-meter-high-skeletal boys with a scowl, so they probably get to like thin children…
And of course, picking and treading the Sussex grapes, for the Political-Enemy-Superclass to crow about in venezuela and Cuba, in the traditional pre-capitalist-barbarian grape-treading-manner, gets you fit and thin.
….they’re ‘avvin-a-luff… gotta be.
Having read a Jared Diamond book a few years ago, I began to think the bugger was suspect at the time (Guns, germs and Steel.) Now I know he’s a member of the Enemy Class after all.
I suppose that libertarians would probably agree that there ought to be lots of Universities, since these are theoretically a _Good Thing_ (provided that they function according to the principles of fthe Free Market, and do what they are supposed to do, which is turn out Liberally-Educated human beings. Therefore the recent fungal morphing into “universities” in Britain, of numerous otherwise (I presume?) reasonably competent technical and remedial institutions, so as to meet some socialist “planning target for young people entering further education”, is to be criticised. All it’s done is turn out a whole class of the robbed, the indebted and the duped, fit for nothing except occupation of state sinecures in the gigantic unemployment-relief system known as the “Public Sector”.
It says over at The Landed Underclass that MacDonald’s, the Burger Chain that All Right-Thinking-People Love to Hate, is going to offer degrees, via itself, for the benefit of its staff. I think this a grand idea, and wonder why other outfits are not already filling the clear gap left by the uselessness of most orthodox “university degrees”. Such qualifications can’t possibly be worse and more useless than “golf Course Management”, or “Hospitality Studies with Criminal Psychology.
After all, about 50% of MacDonald’s employees are already graduates whom the ZanuLieBorg concept of further education has already epically-failed. Possibly these commercial degrees, filling an obvious need, if it gets off the ground, will be more marketable to other employers than the “real” ones?
…..and Simon Heffer on Victorians. (Just incidentally so right, that one.)
But I quite accidentally chanced on this stuff today. We all know that most GreeNazis have been articulating their beliefs with quite disarming frankness for decades. So it’s good to find more people (b)logging their progress for the rest of us, sadly too busy to do much about it.
As Auberon Waugh would have said, “I’m not suggesting that we should arrest, tie to MacDonald’s restaurants and then publicly tar-and-feather all lovable sandal-wearing-greens; but more does need to be done to combat the Green Terror”.
It won’t let me paste any links, not get rid of the bloody italics, so here they are:-
From here, but here’s the crux-or-nub:-
Benjamin Williamson, economist at the think tank Centre for Economics and Business Research, said: “It’s hard to think that people are eating less, but it is possible. We know for a fact that people are trading down from organic, premium and fair trade products, to more normal lines.“
So banks will all do what the GramscoMarxiaNazis will tell them to, and not what their customers want them to.
So the dear leader, who is so ronery, is now our friend. We really didn’t think he was a problem all along, of course.
So the fascist pig Mugabe, who is entirely without any redeeming features, like Mao Tse Tung was, can do what he says he wants to. It was noble, and right of him, to destroy his people’s ability to produce any food at all, for instance.
Honestly, I sometimes don’t know why we good-people carry on trying to save the world. It seems as though there is something perpetually trying to stop us.
Am I too pessimistic about the future of mankind? Discuss.
Light blogging today as I have to take the wife to do the week’s shopping at ASDA, kind of right now, and owing to Global Warming, we are having a month’s rain in 24 hours in Lancashire, and it’s of course our own fault.
But to amuse you all, Al Gore, and his mottley crue of Gramsco-MarxiaNazi jesters, are, allegedly, “suspected of killing people“.
The Libertarian Alliance, the radical free market and civil liberties
policy institute, today announces the title for its 2008 Chris R. Tame
Memorial Essay Prize competition.
This Prize is funded by a generous grant from The PROMIS Unit of Primary
Care and is in honour of Chris R. Tame (1949-2006) Founder and first
Director of the Libertarian Alliance. The Prize is worth £1000.
The essay title for 2008 is:
“Can a Libertarian Society be Described as ‘Tesco minus the State’?”
Essay Length: 3,000 words excluding notes and bibliography
Submission Date: 10th October 2008
The purpose of this year’s essay title is to draw wider attention to a
debate that has been taking place within the libertarian movement for
over a century, and that is now more relevant than ever: is big business
really part of the free market in which libertarians believe? Or is it
just the “third way” between free enterprise and socialism?
Many socialists and conservatives regard libertarians as cheerleaders for
big business. Our belief in free enterprise is understood as support for
the bigger, and therefore the more successful, corporations – General
Motors, Microsoft, HSBC, Tesco, and so forth – and for an international
financial system centred on the City of London.
Some libertarians are happy to be so regarded. They dislike the way in
which big government provides opportunities for big business to acquire
privileges that shelter it from competition. Even so, they believe that a
world without government, or a world with much less government, would be
broadly similar in its patterns of enterprise to the world that we now
have. It would be much improved, but not fundamentally dissimilar.
Other libertarians disagree. They regard big business as fundamentally a
creation of big government. Incorporation laws free entrepreneurs from
personal risk and personal responsibility, and allow the growth of large
business organisations that are bureaucratically managed. These
organisations then cartellise their markets and externalise many of their
costs. The result is systematic distortion of market behaviour from the
forms it would take without government intervention. These libertarians
often go further in their analysis by denying the legitimacy of
intellectual property rights and ownership rights in land beyond what any
individual can directly use.
Where do you stand in this debate? Are you broadly comfortable with a
global capitalism that is raising billions of people from starvation
towards affluence. Or are you a radical with a vision of a society that
has never yet been tried and is as alien and even frightening to most
people as anything promised by the Marxists.
The winner of the 2008 competition will be announced at the London
conference of the Libertarian Alliance, on Saturday the 25th October at
the National Liberal Club.
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Excellent exposé by Bishop Hill, about the carefully-diguised but fraudulent manipulation of data and preocessing, used to convince gullible people or those with little free time and a lot to do. Lots of useful embedded links to primary sources. Hat tip Samizdata, courtesy of Brian Mickelthwait, and I think the Englishman’s got his teeth into its ankle also. (Useful but slightly irrelevant, although amusing, links to all about Richard Dawkins included free if you see him.) You’ll all be pleased to see that The Devil has picked it up, too, and is somewhat less amused by the scale of the fraud even than I am!
And for some real dunking in proper coloured graphs and all that stuff, go to John Daly, here.
I have to confess something: I have just had to have it explained to me what a “Starbucks” is, and what a “Latte” is also. (I thought it was pronouced “LATT” and was slang for a lavatory…as in “They never use the lats, they do it in our hats, thank God we’re not the P.B.I*…!!!)
Whatever is happening to Starbucks, the point is that:-
(1) The USA, through the benign influence of the Anglosphere and freedom of communication and trade (mostly) has been the father of mass cultural and brand identities which give happiness and daily solace to chiefly poor-people who have no time for, or have been deprived of (through the deliberate devices of Fabians, vulgar-leftists and other Nazis) otherwise available opportunities to learn about such things as ”high culture and high art”.
Here are some examples:-
Ford cars. Western pop-music (whatever you say about the Beatles/Stones/Shadows/all other Brits etc, the USA invented it. Coca-Cola (and Pepsi). MacDonald’s. Burger King. KFC. Hollywood movies (without the new-lefty-slant, from now on, please!) Jazz. Colour television (HOW long did it take the Booby-See and ITV to get it going here?) We could all name more.
(2) By contrast, the rest of the world with the chief exception of Britain, plus a few laggard European hangers-on, has contributed close to f***-all. What mass-popular, mass-cultural, all-uniting concept, that is freely-available via the market, has been exported from …. Saudi-Arabia? Or …. Russia?
Never mind about Starbucks: I didn’t even know what one was. But when we see MacDonald’s outlets closing, it truly will be a cultural bad sign.
*”Poor Bloody Infantry”
They have struck here. What a bloody saddo shower of nerdy (no, not nerdy, just evil and wicked) these “people” are. How can we share a planet with these buggers? They do not see the world, and existence, through our prism.
I’d really, really, really, sometime before I die, like to know something. It’s this:-
What under Heaven is it, that causes otherwise outwardly human beings to (a) want a job like a “DEFRA inspector”, (b) actively go out and get that job (for it does not come to you, you have to want it and ask for it, like any other job) and (c) then go about joyfully “delivering consumer confidence” by threatening a retailer with bankruptcy or a criminal record?
Are there actually real, living, breathing human beings on this planet, nay, in this nation (worse) who are actively anti-Libertarian? And who actively torment others, using the force of “law” with the “it’s not our problme, it’s yours, matey” line?
Perhaps I really am autistic. Because I can’t understand why anybody would _want_ to behave, and would _wilfully_ (and in public) behave like these people?
OK, so a EU-directive says something? Disobey the f*****g thing, like everybody else. It’s what it’s for. The EU has corrupted the very idea of “law” so let’s just go with the flow and get on with our lives, get out more, and sell the kiwis whatever. Who cares, for f***’s sake?
Why not either let him give them away, if it’s so crucial (then all the “consumers” have lost is nothing at all) or sell them to poor people for less?
> If you tried to dream up anything so silly to denigrate our new
> government in Brussels, no one would believe you but complain you were
> instigating another Euro-myth. B&A
> EU rules ban sale of ‘too small’ kiwis By Richard Savill 26/06/2008
> A wholesaler has been banned from selling a consignment of kiwi fruits
> because EU laws deemed them too small.
> Tim Down, a market trader for 25 years, said he was not permitted even
> to give away the 5,000 Chilean fruits, each of which is about the size
> of a small hen’s egg and weighs about 60g.
> Mr Down said his family run firm would lose several hundred pounds in
> sales because of the ban.
> “It is bureaucratic nonsense, they are perfectly fit to eat,” Mr Down
> said at his stall at the Wholesale Fruit Centre in Bristol.
> Inspectors from the Rural Payments Agency, an executive agency of the
> Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), made a
> random check on his stall, and found a number of his kiwis weighed 58g,
> four grams below the required minimum of 62g.
> Mr Down said that 4g in weight was the equivalent of about one
> millimeter in diameter.
> He said: “They (the inspectors) went through a lot of my stock using
> their own little scales.
> “These regulations are enforced in the United Kingdom with a higher
> level of rigour than is applied in mainland Europe. There is not a
> level playing field.
> “This fruit will now go to waste at a time when we are all feeling the
> pinch from rising prices.” He said there would also be the
> environmental cost of taking the fruits to a landfill site.
> Mr Down said he was not permitted by law to give away the kiwis to a
> school or hostel and faced a fine of several thousand pounds if he did.
> Barry Stedman, head of the Rural Payments Agency’s inspectorate, said
> the consignment had failed to meet the minimum standards for saleable
> produce, in contravention of EU grading rules.
> “The inspector’s decision is consistent with RPA’s commitment to
> protect consumers, who must feel confident that the produce they are
> buying is of the right quality,” he said.
> “RPA’s role is to work with traders to provide advice and assistance
> to ensure that this happens and to help traders carry out their
> business within the law.”
> The agency said Mr Down has been given a number of options, including
> sending the fruit back to the importer.
> The European Commission said recently that it wanted to relax the
> regulations which prevented misshapen or underweight fruit and
> vegetables being sold.
> The rules have previously banished curved cucumbers, straight bananas
> and skinny carrots.
> “The inspectors visit us on a random basis, probably two to three
> times monthly and select items at random that they wish to inspect,”
> said Mr Down.
> “The latest inspection took place subsequent to the announcement by
> the EC that the regulations are being modified.
> “We have had many items rejected over the years, but this, for a
> variety of reasons, is one of the most nonsensical.”