The grand-challenge-cup award for brave man of the week is to go toTom Paine.
The grand-challenge-cup award for brave man of the week is to go toTom Paine.
I couldn’t just let this one go: the subliminal message just chimes in so well with today’s British-State GCSE/A-level “Geography” “syllabuses”. Everyone probably believed it wholeheartedly – it was said on the “Telly”… After all, the “educationists” who produce the syllabus-twaddle just love maundering on about TNCs based in MEDCs exploiting the Pull-Factor among MDPs in LEDCs.
You couldn’t make it up: the use of so many acronyms guarantees the unemployability of any British-State-geography student in any capacity other than a Soviet
Metropolitan Council planning department.
The Knowsley Soviet, here in North West England, gains the “Gramscian-Education-of-the-masses Grand Challenge Cup”, for aiming low, missing, and also coming bottom. Mistakes this big, as Ayn Rand said, are deliberate.
And whaddaya-know? Boys “fall further behind”. Anyone who looks at any part of the British GCSE “syllabus” will see that it’s designed to demotivate males in particular. For example, there is a “topic” in the “Biology syllabus”, occupying about one whole term of “BY1A”, about the female menstrual cycle (in serious detail including hormone levels day by day) and coupling it (sorry, no pun intended) with “aspects of the control of fertility”, going into the days for “safe sex” and how, whether and why to use “artifical methods of birth control” such as “The Pill”. Seriously, some female biology high-school teachers spend a whole term on it. The feelings of boys in the class can only be imagined. I refuse to teach it, saying only “ask your mum”.
So we are to be told, now, to “put books in the home”… I wonder what we are to be told that the books ought to be about, then? Is not that the crux or nub? Bettre watch out you book-people, for your books may not measure up, all 20 of them.
If they are not about David Beckham or Cerril Coal and called “my life”, then they perhaps arent allowed. And what if you have more than 20? Are you a dangerous conservative?
You’d be forgiven for thinking the State knew all along about how to educate. Thats what they have always said anyway, is it not?
My contacts at the state of the art launch facility in Skegness sent me some pictures of the highly trained astronauts who will be representing the United Kingdom in space.
The first launch will coincide with the completion of the 2012 olympic stadium in 2014.
“Sir” “Jonathon Porritt”, (….on…? Bit prissy, n’est-ce-pas?) described as an “adviser”, has apparently come out in the true colours of GreeNazis, and on the original 1960s paleophilosophic Rachel-Carson-Paul-Ehrlich-Hegelian battle-ground. This was human population, its supposed right size, its growth, and what should be done about it in the light of their belief that lots of humans is bad, and a few well-chosen ones is good.
The Landed Underclass integrates his own thoughts about why Greens and other antihuman-oids have these ideas about population levels, with the notion of what populations would become, for a polity, under different market conditions.
The Devil, also cited by Landed, has this. I tend to agree that people who advocate population levels of humans under those which currently exist, are deliberately wicked and evil killers.
UPDATE:- Bella Gerens added to blogroll. An important recent omission corrected.
My attention was drawn kindly by Martin, on a comment on this post, to the fact that I may be “psychological” (as my mother use to trumpet to me year-after-year as a boy) being as I am a AGW “denier”. It also says so in The Landed Underclass, so there’s clearly no hope for me.
Here’s the links to the event if you want to go along:-
One. (Christopher Booker)
Two. (The University concerned.)
Clearly, I will have soon, very soon now, to be “admitted” to a Government Health Farm, to be treated for my errors, until such time as I see the error of my ways and am thus fit for execution.
Truly, one is so sorry, and also one apologises hyper-profusely, to The State, to the UN-IPCC, to Al Gore, and to all the other godlike people and august bodies (who all have no thought but that for our good) for spoiling their day by deciding they’re completely mistaken and incidentally a load of thieving, grasping, knowledge-corrupting GreeNazi scumbags, who want to kick the rest of the world except themselves back into the Endarkenment.
…by a massive Geo-education project, starting before it’s too late and most of us die in this century because of their crackpot projects.
I read this and was stunned. That real people might suggest such things, beats me. Hope we run out of money first (might do even that.)
And here’s Derek “Dolly” Draper, wannabe-arch-deliverer of the blogosphere to New labour, getting pilloried in the usual way:-
(Psssssst…..Why’s he called “Dolly”?)
The London Evening Standard (is it still called that I wonder?) cleans up the Derek Draper Degree Débacle.
The problem with the Left, and the blogosphere, one which they can’t get yet, is that broadly speaking those on the “right” are sharper and cleverer than those on the “left”. This has to be the case evolutionarily speaking, since all external threats to existence - and even survival – have in general come from the “left”. Everybody round here knows and agrees that foxhunting for example increases the survivability and intelligence of the fox population. This is no bad thing for foxes.
To make a living in leftist organisations such as governments, the BBC, death-camps, the Police, quangos, “local councils” Soviets and the like, one doesn’t have to be very smart: only to parrot the party line loudly enough in front of the right selectors, and to grass people up whom you have a thing about.
Furthermore, “rightist” bloggers on the whole seem to be a widely-read, classically-liberally-educated bunch of chaps, and even their off-the-cuffs seem statistically to be funnier and more cutting, more often.
The left takes politics and the Utopianising of civilisation too seriously. Yes, we do too, but not in that way. This very fine Jack Thurston article, (I do believe he is a socialist, but a rather sharp-witted one who can write well) hat-tipped via Guido Fawkes, sums up their problem nicely.
The left, to succeed in actually, really, really, madly deeply truly, winning the battles of ideas, has to lighten up and get out more. The trouble for it then, is that it will get mugged by reality and become conservative.
And, then what?
I had been wondering about this very problem for some time, until I came accidentally across this post on Manhattan Capital. I have no clue what Manhattan Capital is generally about, but if they are scurrilously ironic about today’s Western (should be but aren’t) liberal governments and their fixation with “appearing to do something about” “problems” by appointing “Czars”, then they are on the right side.
I couldn’t resist reprinting it:-
The Federal Agency for Renaming Solutions, which is working overtime to find a more attractive title for the bank bailout program TARP, will also tackle the task of renaming the Czar Czar—the Czar that rules over all other Czars.
The office of the US Czar Czar was recently created to oversee the exponentially growing army of czars appointed to control all aspects of existence. The czars are being given distinctive names, such as Autocrat for the Car Czar, Munarch for the Municipal Bond Czar, Bail Boss for the Bank Czar and Morticia for the Mortgage Czarina.
“Our staff is working 24 hours a day searching for appropriate names,” said Snaky Mox, the director of FARS. “These are very complex issues for which there is no precedent, so we need to be free to make judgment calls along the way.”
One possible new name for the Czar Czar has cropped up in the blogosphere, where several stories were posted to the effect that FARS has already decided on the new title, which is to be Cza Cza Gabor.
Ms. Mox said she cannot comment because new names have to get security clearance before they can be made public. She says malicious clones are spreading rumors that are not true, such as the rumor that the Space Czar is named Captain Kirk. FARS announced yesterday that the Space Czar will in fact be named The Great Big Head.
The whole “achievement” of the topic and also – more importantly – the comment thread, is really quite astounding.
Truly, there is no humour in socialism: there are no jokes: everything is utterly serious. Like Islam, whatever that may be. Perhaps both will actually have to go, after all.
Ummm…..which one did I mean, that should go…??
You have to wonder what the mindset is, of persons who link together these three words. “National” + “Dementia” + “Strategy”. It makes me think of dudes who work under the Ministry, in Richard Blake’s new historical novel, “The Terror of Constantinople“, to be published by Hodder & Stoughton on this coming Thursday (5th Feb 2009.)
“I thought that “national dementia” was something invented and posthumously exploited by “Princess” Diana, and then algorithmically-developed and extended by slebs and also by Peter Bazalgette, until I read the DT today.
You have to wonder what a “dementia czar” would look like, or do in his office. As regards what the Libertarian Alliance thinks about czars, we have two things to say:-
(1) We approve of czars IF and only _if_ they are autocratically appointed within and for private organisations, in which environment those who disagree are free to leave, _and_, importantly, the appointing agents are free to dismiss the czar at any time.
For example, I, the editor of this blog, am the LA Blog Czar.
(2) We disapprove of czars as they are commonly employed these days: which is to say, as used by the British State to act as fall guys and take the blame create spinnable headlines for ZanuLieborg by ordering other less powerful robots about so that it looks in the MSM as if something is being done about some intractable problem that the State has compulsively taken on.
There is something profoundly paradoxical about the left’s use of the word “czar”, considering its masturbatory obsession with the theoretical idea of democracy as it imagines what it persists in calling “people power” to be. I’d have thought that the very concept of “czar” – both as derived from the word “Caesar” which came to mean “Emperor”, and from its Imperial Russian connotations, ought to be in the same token profoundly distasteful to the Gramsco-Marxians.
Perhaps we ought to devil up a list of czars. Here’s some:-
the “crime czar” wants us all to stop calling children “yobs”
and here’s sovereignty, which has already spotted thr tyrants of triviality:-
and it looks like the Yanks have got a touch of Czarrhosis of the whatever, as well:-
reprinted from http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eurorealist/message/27001
By John Coleman
The key players are now all in place in Washington and in state governments across America to officially label carbon dioxide as a pollutant and enact laws that tax we citizens for our carbon footprints.
Only two details stand in the way, the faltering economic times and a dramatic turn toward a colder climate. The last two bitter winters have led tthe public to be skeptical that any runaway global warning. There is now awareness that there may be reason to question whether CO2 is a pollutant and a significant greenhouse gas.
How did we ever get to this point where bad science is driving big government? And how will we ever stop it?
The story begins with an Oceanographer named Roger Revelle. He served with the Navy in World War II. After the war he became the Director of the Scripps Oceanographic Institute in La Jolla in San Diego, California. Revelle saw the opportunity to obtain major funding from the Navy for doing measurements and research on the ocean around the Pacific Atolls where the US military was conducting atomic bomb tests. He greatly expanded the Institute’s areas of interest and among others hired Hans Suess, a noted Chemist from the University of Chicago, who was very interested in the traces of carbon in the environment from the burning of fossil fuels. Revelle tagged on to Suess studies and co-authored a paper with him in 1957. The paper raises the possibility that the carbon dioxide might be creating a greenhouse effect and causing atmospheric warming. It seems to be a plea for funding for more studies. Funding, frankly, is where Revelle’s mind was most of the time.
Next Revelle hired a Geochemist named David Keeling to devise a way to measure the atmospheric content of Carbon dioxide. In 1960 Keeling published his first paper showing the increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and linking the increase to the burning of fossil fuels.
These two research papers became the bedrock of the science of global warming, even though they offered no proof that carbon dioxide was in fact a greenhouse gas. In addition they failed to explain how this trace gas, only a tiny fraction of the atmosphere, could have any significant impact on temperatures.
Now let me take you back to the1950s when this was going on. Our cities were entrapped in a pall of pollution from the crude internal combustion engines that powered cars and trucks back then and from the uncontrolled emissions from power plants and factories. Cars and factories and power plants were filling the air with all sorts of pollutants. There was a valid and serious concern about the health consequences of this pollution and a strong environmental movement was developing to demand action. Government accepted this challenge and new environmental standards were set. Scientists and engineers came to the rescue. New reformulated fuels were developed for cars, as were new high tech, computer controlled engines and catalytic converters. By the mid seventies cars were no longer big time polluters, emitting only some carbon dioxide and water vapor from their tail pipes. Likewise, new fuel processing and smoke stack scrubbers were added to industrial and power plants and their emissions were greatly reduced, as well.
But an environmental movement had been established and its funding and very existence depended on having a continuing crisis issue. So the research papers from Scripps came at just the right moment. And, with them came the birth of an issue; man-made global warming from the carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels.
Revelle and Keeling used this new alarmism to keep their funding growing. Other researchers with environmental motivations and a hunger for funding saw this developing and climbed aboard as well. The research grants began to flow and alarming hypothesis began to show up everywhere.
The Keeling curve showed a steady rise in CO2 in atmosphere during the period since oil and coal were discovered and used by man. As of today, carbon dioxide has increased from 215 to 385 parts per million. But, despite the increases, it is still only a trace gas in the atmosphere. While the increase is real, the percentage of the atmosphere that is CO2 remains tiny, about 41 hundredths of one percent.
[BLOGMASTER: I want to correct an error in the reprinted article above: the CO2 precentage is 0.031%, which is 3.1 humdredths of one percent.] [Sorry]
Several hypotheses emerged in the 70s and 80s about how this tiny atmospheric component of CO2 might cause a significant warming. But they remained unproven. Years have passed and the scientists kept reaching out for evidence of the warming and proof of their theories. And, the money and environmental claims kept on building up.
Back in the 1960s, this global warming research came to the attention of a Canadian born United Nation’s bureaucrat named Maurice Strong. He was looking for issues he could use to fulfill his dream of one-world government. Strong organized a World Earth Day event in Stockholm, Sweden in 1970. From this he developed a committee of scientists, environmentalists and political operatives from the UN to continue a series of meeting.
Strong developed the concept that the UN could demand payments from the advanced nations for the climatic damage from their burning of fossil fuels to benefit the underdeveloped nations, a sort of CO2 tax that would be the funding for his one-world government. But, he needed more scientific evidence to support his primary thesis. So Strong championed the establishment of the United Nation’s
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This was not a pure climate study scientific organization, as we have been led to believe. It was an organization of one-world government UN bureaucrats, environmental activists and environmentalist scientists who craved the UN funding so they could produce the science they needed to stop the burning of fossil fuels. Over the last 25 years they have been very effective. Hundreds of scientific papers, four major international meetings and reams of news stories about climatic Armageddon later, the UN IPCC has made its points to the satisfaction of most and even shared a Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore.
At the same time, that Maurice Strong was busy at the UN, things were getting a bit out of hand for the man who is now called the grandfather of global warming, Roger Revelle. He had been very politically active in the late 1950′s as he worked to have the University of California locate a San Diego campus adjacent to Scripps Institute in La Jolla. He won that major war, but lost an all important battle afterward when he was passed over in the selection of the first Chancellor of the new campus.
He left Scripps finally in 1963 and moved to Harvard University to establish a Center for Population Studies. It was there that Revelle inspired one of his students to become a major global warming activist. This student would say later, “It felt like such a privilege to be able to hear about the readouts from some of those measurements in a group of no more than a dozen undergraduates. Here was this teacher presenting something not years old but fresh out of the lab, with profound implications for our future!” The student described him as “a wonderful, visionary professor” who was “one of the first people in the academic community to sound the alarm on global warming,” That student was Al Gore. He thought of Dr. Revelle as his mentor and referred to him frequently, relaying his experiences as a student in his book Earth in the Balance, published in 1992.
So there it is, Roger Revelle was indeed the grandfather of global warming. His work had laid the foundation for the UN IPCC, provided the anti-fossil fuel ammunition to the environmental movement and sent Al Gore on his road to his books, his move, his Nobel Peace Prize and a hundred million dollars from the carbon credits business.
What happened next is amazing. The global warming frenzy was becoming the cause celeb of the media. After all the media is mostly liberal, loves Al Gore, loves to warn us of impending disasters and tell us “the sky is falling, the sky is falling”. The politicians and the environmentalist loved it, too.
But the tide was turning with Roger Revelle. He was forced out at Harvard at 65 and returned to California and a semi retirement position at UCSD. There he had time to rethink Carbon Dioxide and the greenhouse effect. The man who had inspired Al Gore and given the UN the basic research it needed to launch its Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was having second thoughts. In 1988 he wrote two cautionary letters to members of Congress. He wrote, “My own personal belief is that we should wait another 10 or 20 years to really be convinced that the greenhouse effect is going to be important for human beings, in both positive and negative ways.” He added, “…we should be careful not to arouse too much alarm until the rate and amount of warming becomes clearer.”
And in 1991 Revelle teamed up with Chauncey Starr, founding director of the Electric Power Research Institute and Fred Singer, the first director of the U.S. Weather Satellite Service, to write an article for Cosmos magazine. They urged more research and begged scientists and governments not to move too fast to curb greenhouse CO2 emissions because the true impact of carbon dioxide was not at all certain and curbing the use of fossil fuels could have a huge negative impact on the economy and jobs and our standard of living. I have discussed this collaboration with Dr. Singer. He assures me that Revelle was considerably more certain than he was at the time that carbon dioxide was not a problem.
Did Roger Revelle attend the Summer enclave at the Bohemian Grove in Northern California in the Summer of 1990 while working on that article? Did he deliver a lakeside speech there to the assembled movers and shakers from Washington and Wall Street in which he apologized for sending the UN IPCC and Al Gore onto this wild goose chase about global warming? Did he say that the key scientific conjecture of his lifetime had turned out wrong? The answer to those questions is, “I think so, but I do not know it for certain”. I have not managed to get it confirmed as of this moment. It’s a little like Las Vegas; what is said at the Bohemian Grove stays at the Bohemian Grove. There are no transcripts or recordings and people who attend are encouraged not to talk. Yet, the topic is so important, that some people have shared with me on an informal basis.
Roger Revelle died of a heart attack three months after the Cosmos story was printed. Oh, how I wish he were still alive today. He might be able to stop this scientific silliness and end the global warming scam.
Al Gore has dismissed Roger Revelle’s Mea culpa as the actions of senile old man. And, the next year, while running for Vice President, he said the science behind global warming is settled and there will be no more debate, From 1992 until today, he and his cohorts have refused to debate global warming and when they are asked about we skeptics, they insult us and call us names.
So today we have the acceptance of carbon dioxide as the culprit of global warming. It is concluded that when we burn fossil fuels we are leaving a dastardly carbon footprint which we must pay Al Gore or the environmentalists to offset. Our governments on all levels are considering taxing the use of fossil fuels. The Federal Environmental Protection Agency is on the verge of naming CO2 as a pollutant and strictly regulating its use to protect our climate. The new President and the US congress are on board. Many state governments are moving on the same course.
We are already suffering from this CO2 silliness in many ways. Our energy policy has been strictly hobbled by no drilling and no new refineries for decades. We pay for the shortage this has created every time we buy gas. On top of that the whole thing about corn based ethanol costs us millions of tax dollars in subsidies. That also has driven up food prices. And, all of this is a long way from over.
And, I am totally convinced there is no scientific basis for any of it.
Global Warming. It is _the_ hoax. It is bad science. It is a highjacking of public policy. It is no joke. It is the greatest scam in history.
Story Created: Jan 28, 2009 at 6:19 PM PST
Story Updated: Jan 29, 2009 at 9:15 PM PST
Here he is in good form on MPs’ expenses thieving. it actually raises the question about how, if at all, MPs and indeed all other “representatives” ought to be remunerated. here’s a poll:-
Sometimes we here, on whichever of the duty-typwriting squadrons is on “watch”, are tempted to emulate the language of Obnoxio The Clown, or the Devil himself. (He’s uncovered a previously unstudied State-Bogus-Charity in that one…Obnoxio’s latest just refers to some bureucrat or other as a c*** . )
But this is a family blog, so, apart from saying shit and crap which is rather weak playground stuff now, we only go so far as to merely write f*** (sometimes even c*** these days.) And also we only show pictures of Keeley Hazell wearing bras (until we get bored with her and we go and get someone else. Possibly Lucy Pinder – anybody got any preferences? See poll below. If in doubt, go here and select someone else.)
To get back to the point, the government is bust, the main world’s private banks have feverishly bought themselves into virtual bankruptcy by queuing for 15 years to buy each others “securitised” pigs-in-pokes, Gordon Brown is printing money….and then they all go and spend it on what? Food-police. Here’s an exerpt:-
Home cooks will also be told what size portions to prepare, taught to understand “best before” dates and urged to make more use of their freezers.
The door-to-door campaign, which starts tomorrow, will be funded by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), a Government agency charged with reducing household waste.
The officials will be called “food champions”. However, they were dismissed last night as “food police” by critics who called the scheme an example of “excessive government nannying”.
WE MUST ALSO BEAR IN MIND THAT THIS IS ! “ALL ABOUT PROPERTY RIGHTS” ! People who have purchased food are entitled to dispose of it how it pleases them. The bought food DOES NOT become State Property: it belongs to the householder.
No bureaucrats yet come round to tell you not to throw a brick at your Wireless Tele Vision, thus rendering it at least partially if not fully unserviceable, whenever Jonathan Ross come on screen: why should they come and tell you what to do with food whiche displeases you?
It’s all very sad: it’s as if the poor government buggers just can’t kick the gravy-train (sorry) habit, even when there’s really no money, as opposed to just the appearance of no money.
Prince Harry has been publicly lynched (again.) About three hundred years ago, he jocularly referred to one of his soldier mates as a “Paki” – which is what he was, and still is I think – in good humour, in an airport departure lounge in front of the other young soldiers. I don’t recall any complaints or Daily Marxist Mirror headlines at the time, do you?
Worse follows! Apparently he’s “offended” all “British Asians” – has anybody asked the Chinese, the Japanese, the Iranians, the Iraqis, the Indians, the Nepalese, the Khazakhstanis for that matter, and all the others, if they have been “offended”? Or the Siberian Esquimos…or have I offended these by failing to class them as “Inuit”?
As Auberon Waugh would have said, “I’m not suggesting that it’s yet time to summarily shoot all people who own phones with video-cameras in them”….but do you get the impression that there are some people about who, on purpose, use liberating Western technology to bring back the Endarkenment?
Perhaps I should be offended to be called a “Brit”. I happen to think it’s chav, low, horrid and insulting, and far far far worse than “Pom” or “Rosbif”. “Brit” of course ought to offend all English Englishmen, or even British British-people (so of course the BBC uses the awfully repellent word “Brit” all the time as often as it can – just as “Paki” is supposed to offend all Pakistani Pakistanis, is it not?
(1) It was a party, you wear silly stuff, and get drink while satirising bad-people.
(2) They were all young. This is their job.
(3) WE can’t aribrush nazis socialists who killed people more scientifically and industrially than other socialists did or still do, out of history, out of a desire to be “nice”, by pretending they didn’t exist. Further to this matter, look as this assinine piece of supplication by bureaucrats.
Now then….this is the sort of thing our MPs OUGHT TO BE saying!
Apparently “marking schoolwork and tests in red ink” …. wait for it … “could upset children”. Well, I never! What will the Gramsco-Marxian liberal-culture-razers think of next? But Tom Harris joins us in debunking such pointless PC-nonsense. Hat tip The Devil.
The point that Tom I suspect would like to make, but can’t be seen by his mates to, is that all this rubbish is about destroying institutions, and abolishing cultural and folk links with the past (which is evil and anathema to lefties.) It is the “Year Zero” mentality. Until we can get rid of this meme, we are fighting on the back foot.
ITEM:- I remember that, a while back, Tom Harris bravely published a comment thread which was (a) very long, and (b) largely critical of him and his views, on…..er…..I forget what. Ummmm. Oh, here it is! It’s about our growing progress towards being a Police State. But he was brave and fair (Tom Harris, that is.)
Chris Taylor, of Shakespeare Street Southport, tel 01704 544047, still has them, for a bit.
HOW TO DISPOSE OF CFL/modern/low energy light bulbs:-
(NOTE: I had in fact typed a carefully-worked out series of instrictions, for how to inconvenience bureaucrats in the course of their “business”, for this slot. But the blog would probably get shut down if I published it.
So, what you should do instead, is (a) smash the bulb, and (b) put the remains in your wheely-bin.)
You should just go read his eloquent and surprisingly uninvectivised prose there. I have to do dinner. And as we all know, anthropogenic global warming is just a load of hot air.
But the buggers even lost some……what amazing intellectual contortions are turned even in a few paragraphs.
The pointless slaughter being described, although no different qualitatively from all other pointless socialism-induced-slaughters of blameless civilians which have ever occurred and will ever occur in the future – as they will – is the result of just one thing: a Stalinist outfit deflecting our gaze from its own deliberate uselessness as regards the supposed requirements of “its” citizens captives, and towards instead a pretend-enemy: in this case Israel.
Israel is an increasingly vulnerable target of course, as memory of three things as follows: the historiographic-philosophical reasons why Jews think they exist as an identifiable entity (largely un-understood), the Holocaust, and 9/11, all recede into folk-legend….or, worse……..cease to be aired on British mainstream “Wireless Tele Vision”.
In the minds and dark hearts of people such as Hamas, whatever that might be, and its friends, whoever they may be at any given time, it is easy to demonize Israel. Israel , seen across a barbed-wire fence, represents the negation of all their deeply-held beliefs about how rights and duties work. Israel has made the Hamas-driven poverty in the Gaza strip hideous, because Israel, just a fence away, has shown what can and will be achieved instead in a pluralist democracy. Israeli democracy is not perfect, but then neither is Gordon Brown’s, Nicholas Sarkozy’s or Tony Blair’s. But it is a galactic distance improved from that exercised by Hamas, if they do at all, inside Gaza.
I cannot think of a war, in those centuries of history which I have studied, in which either or both sides did not accidentally or even deliberately kill “women and children”, or even civilian non-combattants generally. I’m not sure either what today’s British lefties are silent about the fact that there’s a poor woman trying to save her “nine children” from Israeli shellfire.
Rather than blame the Israeli Navy for threatening her children with its shrapnel, should they not ask why Hamas has not arranged doctors to prescribe her the “Morning After Pill”, to be obtained at any secondary school “student services office” near her home?
Why should she have nine children, but any of my teenage students, if they wish, ought not to? She probably started when she was 14 or 15. Why ought they then not to? We ought to celebrate diversity and adopt it surely? No?
Where is the moral equivalence that we seek from these lefties, when we need it the most?
Hamas is saying it’s going to do a Stalingrad:-
A Hamas delegation travelled to Egypt to discuss ceasefire terms but its leaders vowed to continue the rocket attacks and said its were committed to attack Israeli troops “in every street, every alley and at every house.”
So what do “ceaefire terms” mean, then, when you say you’re going to do FISH to the end regardless?
I thought Israel was (a) suppling electric power, (b) sending in “aid” (consisting of food and medicines etc) and (c) had evacuated the Gaza Strip of Israelis some years ago?
What do the buggers want? Spaghetti?
it also does not look to me, a bumpkin from Lancashire, that the Ghazis are doing much growing of stuff. look at this Googleearth image:-
…he has nothing at all to say about this matter. As a 10-year-old boy he unwittingly invites in a hoodlum and then makes capital out of it when he needs to lambast “Tory Cuts” – I expect that’s what will be spun out of it later.
I wonder what aspect of the “Muslim State” they were criticising? To me, the phrase “Muslim State” is either tautological or else a truly frank expression of what the objective of Islam is.
Ah, that’s what it is…..pleaded guilty to making seditious comments “with intent to bring hatred or contempt against the president or the government”.
Personally, I’d want to do what they have done, if it’s true, to about 95% of what pass for “governments” in poor benighted Africa. But I haven’t got enough moral fibre, sorry. So I just blog
It’s soon enough but nowish would be better, to silence all the global-warm-Nazis… so they HAVE TO resort to their guns after all, and their open hatred of Mankind…..before they are really really ready and truly in charge.
Obnoxio the Clown happily moderates his usual level of un-re-bloggable-invective, and flags up an interesting problem. It now seems the the French Gestapo Police have cottoned on to the idea of anti-motorist-speed-camera-radar-directed-police-fundraising, in the way that the British Gestapo Police have been doing for some time. He cites an interesting website which automatically challenges speeding accusations, resulting in the need for a court to be convened. (Thanks for the link, Clown!)
In France, I expect this will work quite well, for the ghost of Pierre Poujade still happily stalks that unfortunate land which continues to need his services, and the State-motorist-fining-system could be toppled. France, after all, has a history of successful revolutions, driven from below: although we cannot always be positive about the results – look at 1789……However, as France is not, and never has been, a democracy in the liberal English classical pluralist sense that we understand the term to mean, this kind of blown-safety-valve-release-mechanism is part of how laws are made or unmade in that polity. Yes, grillions of French motorists will try this methid of overloading the justice system regarding speeding. It will b fun.
But in Britain, our problem is that we’ve been so non-violent and so used to “The Rule Of Law” for so long, that we confuse “laws” with “Law”. We have forgotten how to behave unreasonably and violently towards bureaucracy-toerags who think they can say frankly that they can decide what the “law” is. I don’t think there are what Chris Tame called “enough people to make a difference” left in Britain.
So the idea will not take off here, and Clown’s pessimism is not misplaced. But I remain to hope to be surprised.
The Asse-Hat is going to go along with his socialist masters in government on this one, we can all now see.
I will decide what to think in a day or so. This is all blowing up correctly while everyone is out shopping in Woolworth’s, so that nobody will notice.
Perhaps the English cathedrals will be razed after that, and the land used for “affordable housing”. Just think what fun it would be for the builder-chaps in their jolly little plastic hats, to go at the windows with a wrecking-ball.
It’s all about “change”, you see.
I confess: the idea is not mine. Sean Gabb and I were discussing, in our inimitably pessimistic way, earlier this year, what kinds of things ordinary Subjects of the Crown could do, in their daily lives, to either annoy or make more difficult the lives of our political masters and their more lowly appointees.
The provisos were that:-
(1) We should try not to cause criminal damage. So 30,000 builders in 10,000 White Vans with 20,000 Stihl-Saws at 02.00 am GMT, all cutting down the posts of the speed cameras at one moment in time, will NOT do.
(2) We should not physically harm or otherwise assault bureaucrats, Ministers, MPs, their families, and the like. I recall that we could not decide what to do about “Traffic Wardens” or “Artificial Policemen“.
Please could ALL readers suggest something in the comments. Some things I can think of:-
(1) ALWAYS be seen to be filming the officers of the State, or else pretend to photograph them, while they are going about their “business” – even if you are not so doing. We all now carry little peanut-sized-thingies that not only film stuff but phone people, make tea, tell you whree you are etc. It is not (yet) a crime to make privaye movies in public places. this will increase their “workplace stress”, and with a bit of luck some of them will clock off “sick”. We will not be any the worse thereby, even though they still cost us.
(2) Place “Britain is leaving the EU: it is inevitable” stickers on State notices of all kinds. Also on the rear number plates of “official cars” and the like. Or, over the bar-code on their tax discs. This will cause inconvenience when the vehilces pass through ANPR camerae (now believed to be live) and does not cause any damage as they wash off.
(3) Place small but ostensibly accidental amounts of the wrong recyclable material (such as a large rusty steel automotive pressing like a flywheel or a Brake Disk, into a plastic box for beer cans) into any State Receptacle designed for another sort. If what they say is true, this renders the entire bulk amout later, useless.
(4) ALWAYS ( or affect to ) smoke in the presence of a State Employee, ideally inside a building or a car (it becomes a “workplace” if there are 2 or more of you in it!) or if not, then in your house or on the street.
I would welcome lots more suggestions. I want 100 good ones by Christmas, to cheer you all up with on a special “ANNOY A BUREAUCRAT FOR THE CHILDREN AT CHRISTMAS” post………………..
UPDATE: Perhaps…the EU really IS the problem? And its presence merely encourages our own home-grown Nazis to behave even more Sovietically than they would naturally – which is not very natural to them, being British as they are…..(or perhaps I am being too charitable towards them.)
The pound is heading towards the Euro as we speak. I do not care, really: so what? They’re all false “FIAT” type toilet paper anyway, so it does not matter what value each unit (not) has, so long as the (not) value is known.
But perhaps this was all engineered a long time ago. For the defining event to be so, so long after the actual battle which the Euro lost, which was to engulf Sterling, that enough “Big Brother” and “X factor” episodes have taken place for “the people” to have forgotten what this was all about in the first place.
Here it is. I can’t tell. You decide. “Particularcuba”…weird. I spotted it using a thingy called alphainventions, which shows you loads of weird blogs about all sorts of inconsequential stuff which does not matter a monkey’s toss, but some gems also, now and then.
Like mining, really.
UPDATE 13.12.08…..And what did I tell you, below?
A little bird has told me that “Manchester voters” have rejected a proposed “congestion charge” scheme. For foreign readers who live in free nations, this is a way whereby the Greenazis charge you real money to do what you need to do using cars, trucks and lorries in towns and cities, and pretend to spend the money on “integrated public transport systems”, whisch is to say: their “salaries”.
Manchester has just been put through what the Nazis call a “consultation process”. it will get one of these schemes whether it likes it or not, ans we are all too busy trying to scratch our arses to protest in the only ways that will ultimately mean anything.
What’s the betting that the government Beer-Nazi Soviet is going to get some fake-charity to ban beer ads next?
And all you indolent bastards out there might find this even a bit funny too:-
…oh, and good for the Okkers. Sod the veggies:-
And this is probably too comfortable to be an Udenopticon….
I had never thought I’d see Ghandi as a hero, but if you take one act he did in context (rejecting the Salt Tax) then Guido is totally right that the TV License “Fee” is an unjust and forcible protection of a state-monopoly, and is against the interests of everyone. It is even against the interests of talented tV producers, programme-makers and technicians, many of whom could probably be better employed in other broadcasters, or even totally outside the industry!
Charles Moore has been going on about this terrible, evil thing for some time – at least three years to my certain knowledge. Now that momentum has been picked up by his campaign, it is hard to see how one of two things can avoid happening:-
(1) The BBC will get nasty, turn up the flame-wick of horror, and start prosecuting thousands and thousands and thousands of people, the whole thing possibly ending at gunpoint,
(2) its income will fall off badly, possibly to zero as Rupert Murdoch picks up the trail, and The Sun starts to flag up the opportunity to not pay and get away with not being scragged by fake detector vans and paramilitary “License Fee Collectors”.
Option 2 is more likely I think. I haver long suspected that “detector vans” either contain nothing at all, or else are unable today to “detect” a modern TV, as it has no powerful “line timebase”, emitting bags of RF at multiples of the horizontal timebase frequency – it is of course “flat screen” which needs none of that old rubbish… (actually it was not rubbish but very cleverly optimised to to what it had to do, although megalithic by comparison with today’s electronics.)
We at the Libertarian Alliance have long advocated closing down the BBC. Fully. That’s it. A State Broadcaster can have no purpose to serve, in a State which is minimalist and liberal. There is no need for one, if the barrier to braodcasting for anyone who wishes to, in a technological civilisation, is low enough – and it now is.
I don’t sadly really know if other nations have a compulsory, criminally-driven TV licensing scheme for their State borat-caster – but I’d love to know. Please write in. I guess ShootinPutin has put one in even if it’s only run by the KGB against liberals and dissenters: and I expect that the pigs Kim Jong Il and Castro have got one, and also that other pig in ByeloRussia, can’t rememebr his name, all pigs are the same really.
Pity really that I have to so traduce such a useful animal as the pig here. Henceforth, all socialist scumbags will be called cockroaches – such as those who are bureaucrats, or whose Police kill people, or who dispense State welfare, or who ban smoking or displays of tobacco.
One Lily Kember, (here’s more about her) a “third year” student of “Anthropology”, who helped to disrupt Stansted Airport yesterday, could have a shining career as a protester in China, about “treatment” of political dissidents.
I wonder if she’d like to go there , perhaps to stop some rather large open-cast coal mines being dug, say, in Manchuria? But she probably does not know where that is.
Tory Bear thinks she’s a bit of a prat. I’d send her to China, put a Duracell in her, wind her up, and see what she does there.
Yep. Lily Kember is a remarkable woman, who really cares about the planet (not people though.)
No: “woman” is too dignifying a word for that congeries of atoms, not animated by any morality recognised by any but Al Gore. It probably watched “an inconvenient truth” and was smitten.
All praise to Guido Fawkes for yet again trying, vainly I am afraid, to highlight the plight of the poor wretched (“native” almost entirely) Southern Rhodesians.
“Zimbabwe”…is S. Rhodesia called that, like for the reasons “Mumbai” and “Beijing” and “Ho Chi Minh City” are now, in British State school “geography textbooks”, compiled by people called Jim somebody-or-other, or Fionualla something-else ???
Never mind: in the hearts and minds of all normal non-homicidal human beings who are also not Marx-crazed or Hitlerite or other Unity-type socialist maniacs, it is Southern Rhodesia. So why has the poor place gone tits-up?
(1) We ran away before we’d finished:-
Like everywhere else in Africa, a place largely of darkness in enlightenment terms, we -which is specifially to say, the British – had hardly arrived and unpacked our coaling stations, plantation kits, factories, churches, mines, laws, power stations, morals and teaching, before we were panicked out of the place by post-war leftist guilt and manufactured socialist “anti-Imperialism”. It is not necessary to mention all the actual and true colonial powers here, such as the French, the Germans, the Belgians (beneath contempt – just look at the Congo…) the Portuguese (almost as bad) etc. All the governments of these European triumphalist big-government-battleship-wielding-bureaucrat-bastards have not understood the first thing about what global exploration and improvement of the conditions of “native peoples” was for. These European “Empires” – real ones – are therefore entirely irrelevant to the ultimate fate of Africa except insofar as they have increased the distance up which that sad continent has to be pulled by true liberals and capitalists with some decent morals.
(2) We let our universities, here (and over there) get run ( = bad) and taught in ( = worse) by Gramsco-Marxians:-
I’m sorry, but this is quite unforgiveable: we ought not to forgive ourselves for falling asleep on the job – of Teaching The World How To Live. We actually allowed real people, who we knew hated what we stood for, to teach not only students here that the West was “decadent” and “capitalism” was wrong, but to teach Africans that too – and then send them back to run the bloody place!
There will come a point when Libertarians have to decide something important: to what extent ought we to prevent, by force if necessary, the enemies of freedom, liberty and humanity from doing any more harm?
At The End of All Things, even libertarians may feel that they have to exact some mild retribution for the damage done by socialism. In theory, socialists certainly would not be allowed within a given distance of children, sensible schools or those universities which are awake, if they wanted to teach their fiction. But I suppose we’d of course have to let them set up private institutions of “learning” if they were so dedicated – that would fix them.
And they can always blog if they have the stamina, and can write well: if they do, people will come to their blog. If not, then not.
(3) Western politicians:-
We allowed people in developed First-World nations to become politicians, who had been through the same mill I have just described. We allowed them to throw around other people’s money, which meant that theye didn’t evaluate its objectives well: and we allowed them to exert media influence, by letting their friends into the BBC etc. They promoted a climate of guilt, implicit in which was that everything we did in Africa was wrong, and everything Africans now do to eahc other was thus right, by induction. Their minor friends wrote geography and history text books, promulgating the same messages. (Read one: any one after the rot set truly in, in about 1990. You will be astounded.)
(4) The United International Marxist Dictators’ Subsidised Clubhouse with free prostitutes and dinners for all delegates all the time and no taxation of salaries, located in the West United Nations:-
You all know about the “United Nations”. And about the “non-aligned” (which is to say, anti-liberal) countries, and what role these play and have played in the deliberations of this clubhouse. And because of this institutionalised corruption, “peacekeeping forces” – especially those predominantly staffed by forces that don’t include the Anglosphere – can favour which side they like (as in Darfur) or run child-abuse scams (as in the Congo.) They betray their irremediable amorality by taking advantage of the very people they have supposedly been sent to “help”. The UN can also, and does, thwart real and justified attempts by the West (us, not the other Europeans, who should never have arrived in the first place) to rectify some of the damage done by our running away in under even a whole century.
(5) We did not take umbrage and react at Mugabe’s GENOCIDE against “white farmers”:-
Had we done so immediately (white people are people too, and can bleed, die and lose stuff) the butcher Mugabe would have piped down – I bet 5p – and none of this tragedy might have happened. But we could not, as the will of people here was constrained by the prevailing climate of policial and BBC discourse about “Africa” and “White Imperialism”. We had to grit our teeth and sit by and watch, while a more or less working economy, which was a net exporter of foodstuffs and other things, was systematically trashed in front of us.
I’m sure that the pig Mugabe is eating well, and has clean fresh water, the poor babe. And that his “staff” also do, plus their probably German- or Belgian-made guns. (probably more highly regarded by him that eprfectly OK and much cleaper Chinese or Russian equivalents. or maybe all his kit is South African?)
Perhaps South Africa – which could terminate that bastard today if it wanted to – is allowing all this misery to carry on, as it make the place look less bad than it really is.
UPDATE:- And Gordon Brown wants __YOUR__ body…..
We talked about this some months ago. Now also, you should smoke for the children, and also to keep up ZanuLieborg’s taxation-takings, so they can continue to dip their hands in the Till at the expense of poor-people who have nothing else much to lighten their miserable Nazi-jackbooted lives.
It is an absolute wonder, to me, that nobody else in the media-Glitterati can see that we are being marched, by jackbooted ThugNazis in our government, back to a pre-capitalist, neo-feudal society, that looks like anything pre-1381 – the date of the first bourgeois tax-revolt.
Ordinary common-or-garden Nazis were disarmingly frank and openly brutal, by comparison. They approached Mugabe’s PR skills, in fact.
Now then….This caught my eye as the Firefox foxthingy animal-dooberry started to run just now.
What else is “to be sold under the counter” on direction from “ministers”, in due course?
Alcohol (causes death by driving), knives (kill people), tabloid newspapers and “Zoo” and “Nuts” (offend wimmin), FHM, pork (offends Moslems and contains cancer-causing chemicals), automobiles (pollute the planet), and we could all name more things that “dangerous”, “offensive” or risky in use.
You’d have thought that this junta, so keen on promoting the plight of “small shops” and “small businesses” would want to make it easier for them to sell gear to people, not harder. I don’t believe for a moment that !”ministers” who write and spout this stuff are unaware of its shining fascism: I think they mean it very, very sincerely and that they absolutely know that they can, must, and will force people to behave in defined ways predicated by themselves and theyr gramsco-Marxian “uni” Tutors. Just regard some of this blisteringly fascist prose:-
Tobacco products will be barred from display in shops despite fears it could hit small stores during the economic downturn.
The new restrictions come after an extensive consultation on measures to reduce the number of children who take up smoking and helping those already addicted to quit.
But ministers will not go as far as recommending all cigarette packaging be plain with only the brand name and health warnings printed on them.
Sales from vending machines will also be restricted as research has shown children can buy cigarettes from them easily even though they are supposed to be in places where shops owners and pub landlords can supervise them.
Experts are keen to build on the success of the ban on smoking in public places, introduced in England in July 2007, and the increase in the legal age to buy tobacco to 18.
The main opponents have been concerned at the impact on small businesses during the downturn and a surge in illegal tobacco smuggling into the UK.
Last night a Business Department source said: “We know that business has been resisting this but there are times when the consumer’s interest must outweigh that. We believe the public are with us on this move.
“We have asked smokers’ views on this too. There is no doubt that the vast majority want to quit.”
It was reported last month that Business Secretary Peter Mandelson was attempting to block the moves because of the effect on small newsagents and corner shops which rely on cigarette sales for up to a fifth of their custom.
Research has shown that children recognise many brands of cigarettes and prominent displays of products helps to reinforce their familiarisation which influences them to take up smoking. A study in California found children aged between 11 and 14 were 50 per cent more likely to smoke if they had been exposed to tobacco marketing in corner shops.
Shelves full of cigarettes also lure those trying to quit smoking into buying more packets or tempted those trying to quit to buy them, the Department of Health consultation said.
Almost a third of smokers thought removing cigarette displays would help them to give up.
The products will not necessarily have to be placed under the counter but should not be visible, ministers will say today.
It could mean that cigarette packets are covered, placed in a cupboard or a back room.
Launching the consultation in April, health minister Dawn Primarolo said: “It’s vital we get across the message to children that smoking is bad. If that means stripping out vending machines or removing cigarettes from behind the counter, I’m willing to do that.
“Children who smoke are putting their lives at risk and are more likely to die of cancer than people who start smoking later.”
Other countries have already banned the display of tobacco at the point of sale or are planning to do so including Iceland, Thailand, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Norway.
Latest figures show 22 per cent of adults smoke in England, which is down by 1.9m since 1998, and the Government is on target to reduce this to 21 per cent by 2010.
However almost 30 per cent of those in routine and manual jobs still smoke and rates are not dropping in this group as fast.
Smoking is one of the leading causes of early death and accounts for 87,000 deaths in England each year and smoking related illness costs the NHS £1.5bn a year to treat.
Among children nine per cent of 11 to 15-year-olds smoke regularly, rising to one fifth of teenagers aged 16 to 19. More than three in ten 20 to 24 year olds smoke, which is the highest of any age group.
And…I’m sure that Keeley Hazell would not want her little local shops, in Bromley, to go bust through lost ciggy-sales…the sales merely lost to the pushers, at £125 for 20 smacks! I’m not betting on it, but I’d guess the “street” price of 20 “Marlboro’s”, not legally manufactured by Philip Morris, at all, to be about £5 or £6 per spliff… and that’s for starters, until it gets more difficult to supply….
From A Nation of Shopkeepers. Truly, we are in the shit, and it’s ‘coz we have just been rather asleep and have not been paying attention to what the buggers were up to in the undergrowth.
UPDATE: and here’s some stuff I said about these protest-droid-guys a long time ago….
This just in. I guess they’re just practising for Heathrow and Gatwick, right now, but we shall see more of them later. Hopefully famed in gunsights, but maybe not.
I wonder why they are not doing this at Peking or Moscow-Sheremetyevo….or even O-Hare?
The comments by some of the “pro testers” are illuminating and humorous. One Lily kember, a 21-y-o “Third year” “Anthropology” “student” at Edinburgh University (what’s she doing down there not studying, when she should be up there?) thinks “that is so much CO2″……
They should stick to hugging trees. Less harmful and less irritating: and people with business to do can then ignore them.
But I think it will get worse.
…and yet we are all blessed with these wonderful little new digital-camera-thingies the size of a shrivelled peanut. I do sometimes wonder what we are supposed, now, to be allowed to do with the thingies?
East Germany’s Honecker-or-whatever-his-name-was under the Communists Nazis and the Stasi would have been proud.
The Daily Quislingraph carries a “report” that Damian Green, arrested (and then bailed, why only that? What’s wrong with “release without charge” – as he has done freedom a service?) for allegedly being in possession of “leaked documents”, obtained them by “grooming” (ummm, what’s that?) a “civil servant”, allegedly the eponymous Christopher Galley, who is of course, still “disappeared” as of now.
If so, and if “leaking” is OK if the New Labour Government Stalinists do it (as they have been for years if not longer) then, under the principles of a level playing field in liberal pluralist democracy, it’s OK for the opposition to take advantage of “leaks”.
The problem arises when one side tries to upend the playing field , or do the equivalent of “rocking the table” in Billiards and Snooker. This of course is transparently what ZanuLieBorg is doing to our constitutional settlement, and what it has set out to do at least since 1997.
An administration which:-
(1) Creates one new crime a day, by arbitrary definition,
(2) Wants to bring in ID cards by force or stealth,
(3) Forcibly nationalises Banks for spurious reasons based on new and arbitrary definitions of solvency,
(4) Wants to not have its rotten and pocket boroughs in inner cities merged into fewer bigger ones,
(4) Fills the nation with CCTV camerae,
(5) Is creating a very very large and immortal DNA database by stealth, (mostly of young whilte males now, but you just watch what will happen in a couple of years)
(6) Has deliberately decimated and downsized the Farming Communities really quite early on (cunning move that was, before any of us really noticed!) (they are Kulaks and thus conservatives by and large) by burning their animals at the point of a gun, trampling their fields with “ramblers” (who are clearly mostly lefties or they would have better things to do), closing their shops and Post Offices, and allowing the EU to dictate what produce of theirs could be sold to whom at what price,
(7) Has removed the intellectual basis of anti-Stalinist opposition to wickedness, in the Lords, by gerrymandering it by force,
(shall I go on? That’s all I could type in a minute flat.)
An administration which does all this, is Nazi. Plain and simple. Now, it bcoemes the DUTY, first of opposition MPs, and then the rest of us, to oppose it. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to share the fate of the poor miserable German people in 1945. As I keep on saying, it could be argued that they did bring a terrible retribution and fate upon themselves, by failing to reject what were ostensibly and frankly portrayed socialist/ultranationalist policies, clearly outlined to them in successive elections and publlications – not to mention violent events.
Any Conservative MP who thinks that he ought to suborn the Civil Service, directly or otherwise, to find out more about the nefarious things going on under the surface of this government, ought to do so – it’s now his duty. This is war. In the pursuit of truth, particularly in what passes for “government” and the things it tries to cover up, and if socialist (as this outfit is), then it is always and invariably a lot – bad laws should be broken. Publicly and often. While the “media” are still nominally free, this strategy will weaken the masses’ belief, in time – and it will take time – in the cases for their retention.