The Scottish independence referendum is deeply flawed as a democratic process because (1) the terms of independence have not been agreed before the referendum is held so Scottish voters will be buying a pig in a poke; (2) the people of England, Wales and Northern Ireland have been allowed no say in whether Scotland should be allowed to secede from the union or, if they are to be allowed to leave, the terms on which they may secede and (3) the political circumstances of the UK if Scotland votes NO to independence have gone largely unexamined.
A Monster Reawakens: The Rise of Ukrainian Fascism
A precedent the West will live to regret
by Justin Raimondo
With the eyes of the world fixed on Russia’s invasion of Crimea and the prospect of a wider war engulfing all Ukraine, our attention has been diverted from what may be the most significant aspect of this crisis: the ascension of a genuinely fascist mass movement into the corridors of power.
Our “mainstream” media shrugs off what it describes as the presence of “a few ultra-nationalists” at the Kiev protests, but this is nonsense: it is far more than a few. Indeed, the activists of the two main fascist parties in Ukraine – Svoboda and “Right Sector” – provided the muscle the insurrectionists needed to take over government buildings in Kiev and across western Ukraine. Continue reading
Note: Very fancy Slovak here – hard for me to understand. But flattering, even so, to my friend Mr Blake. SIG
Sprisahanie v Rime
Preklad Marian Pochyly
Roku 608 na juhovychode dnešneho Anglicka pracuje mlady Sas Aelric ako tlmočnik Maximina, kňaza z Ravenny. Vo voľnom čase suloži s Edwinou, dcerou miestneho panovnika Aethelberta. Keď jeho vzťah odhalia, odsudia ho na smrť, pred katom ho zachrani Maximin, s ktorym sa ale musi vydať na cestu do Rima. Duchovny odtiaľ planuje priniesť knihy potrebne na vzdelanie krajiny. Tesne pred hradbami Večneho mesta sa dostanu do potyčky. Vyviaznu, ba dokonca ziskaju nemalu sumu peňazi, relikviar, no najma listiny. Zaležitosti sa začnu zamotavať v okamihu, keď pri stĺpe s vyobrazenim uradujuceho panovnika Byzancie Foka, najdu mŕtve Maximinovo telo. Aelric prisaha pomstu. Začina patrať, pričom sa postupne zoznamuje s mestom. Pokračuje v ulohe, kvoli ktorej s mnichom prišli – riadi prepisovanie vybranych knih, spolu s vyslancom Etiopie sa zahĺbi do machinacii na burze; ako spoločnik aristokrata Lucia nahliadne do zakulisia davnych obradov a po prvykrat v živote vidi papyrus.
No a predovšetkym… Luštenie tajomstva listin si vychutnajte sami. Knižka tvori prvu časť trilogie prepojenej postavou rozpravača. Avizovane nazvy Teror v Konštantínopole a Krv v Carihrade jasne davaju najavo, že priaznivci akčnych trilerov v historickych kulisach sa maju na čo tešiť, fanušikov historickych romanov však nepochybne uvedie do pomykova vysoka davka „aktualizacie”. Aelricov bojovne ladeny ateizmus je v siedmom storoči n. l. nanajvyš nepravdepodobny. Spravanie hrdinu, v zrejmej snahe autora približiť sa skusenostnemu obzoru moderneho čitateľa, evokuje skor psychologicky profil šikovneho a vykonneho manažera dnešnych dni.
Published in Knizna Revue,
Sean Gabb, Director of the Libertarian Alliance, speaking on Winchester Live on-Line, on Tuesday the 4th March 2014.
The background to this discussion is a proposal, somewhere in the West Country, for the Police to be fitted with body cameras.
Sean argues these points: Continue reading
I am writing as your constituent to say that I do not want any hostile response by the British Government to what the Russians are doing in the Ukraine.
We do not understand what is happening in the Ukraine. We have no control over events there. We have no vital interests in the region. As in Serbia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and all the other places we have invaded in the past few decades, there is no chance whatever that any intervention we made in the Ukraine would make life better for the ordinary people there.
Above all, the Ukraine is within the Russian sphere of influence. The Russians do have vital interests in the country, and will do whatever is necessary to secure them.
The one interest we have is to avoid a flood of refugees across the eastern border of the European Union. This is best secured by not interfering with Russian efforts to stabilise the Ukraine.
William Hague is mad to go even as far as he has to provoke the Russians. I trust that you will, the next time you see him, draw my concerns to his attention.
by Dick Puddlecote
Resent Ignorant EU Interference? Please Sign Here ThenI have added a new link to the sidebar to the right which I hope you will all consider clicking through and signing (and sharing widely).
The European Free Vaping Intiative is a clever Europe-wide attempt to force the EU to rethink their dumb and counter-productive stance on e-cigs.
We’ve heard weasel words from the tobacco control industry about how they believe e-cigs are useful but that, you know, they just need a teensy-weensy bit of regulation, that’s all. Well, as I’ve mentioned previously, the terms of the TPD are not just a little bit of regulation – instead, they will ban all of the most effective forms of vaping and only leave the ones which don’t pose a threat to the pharmaceutical industry less effective ones. Continue reading
Note: I will, as Director of the Libertarian Alliance, write to the Dutch Embassy this evening. Ninety days in isolation is a tactic used by authoritarian governments to break a suspect. It isn’t something to be expected of a “civilised” European government. SIG Continue reading