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June 29th 2014 - October 27th, 2014.


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Sunday June 29, 2014.

Big Brother has arrived.

Welcome to my new blog.

I used to be with an organised blog site but have found they now save every blog anyone posts for posterity. Once a person has blogged something, they wonít be able to delete it. It will be preserved for posterity and, if they happened to be drunk or angry at the time they posted, itís tough luck on them!

But this, I am sure, is a government ploy. The European Union is funding the saving of all blogs for posterity and the reason for this is that a track can be kept on everything a person says. Fourteen to eighteen year olds will have to be very careful because the government will be keeping a track of everything they say and when theyíre older, what they said when they were younger is likely to be held against them. Laws may eventually say that these blogs cannot be used against an individual, but organisations like the CIA, the NSA, and MI6 will have access and they will certainly be able to pass an opinion on to those who are making the ultimate decisions.

No person will be able to escape the beady eye of the government. Every wrong word will be remembered and, when it suits the government of the time, these words will be used in ways which suit the ambitions of the time.

There are the governments of today, and the governments which will come and if that isnít enough to scare the living daylights out of you, I donít know what is.

Needless to say, no longer being a member of a blog community, I doubt if anyone is going to read any of this. But that doesn't matter. The blogosphere is full of people with plenty to say and nobody to listen to them saying it, so I'll just join the crowd.

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Tuesday July 1, 2014.

The End is Nigh!

Is it time to panic?


Although many of us expected the world to end on December 21, 2012, we werenít terribly disappointed when it didnít happen. The ending of any world tends to be an extremely traumatic experience and, having a liking for comfort, Iím very happy to bemoan the failure of the world to end from the comfort of my armchair - in my nice, warm, tastefully decorated living room.
           But the failure of the world to end in 2012 doesnít mean to say the coast is clear for the future of our industrialised society.
           You have to remember that even if the Mayans eventually prove to have been out by fifty years, they will still be considered to have got it right. For example, should the end of the world occur in 2062, fifty years after the Mayans predicted it, it would only be an error of about 1% and that, when you are talking about such long periods of time, would really not be an error.
           The financial disasters of 2008 meant the Mayans almost got it right. If our financial systems had melted down in that year, a mere four year miss would have rated them as predictive sharp shooters. Dead-eye dicks.
           But one of the main reasons I believe the end is still imminent is quite straightforward. If you read books on evolution or watch David Attenborough documentaries, you will know that the size of a monkeyís social group can easily be determined from the size of its brain. Bigger brained monkeys have larger social groups and this is a scientifically established fact. But although the human brain has not expanded much in size over the last several thousand years, thanks to globalisation, the human social group has expanded alarmingly. Simply put, the size of the human brain will not allow humans to live peacefully in a globalised world. Over the last fifty years or so, television has dulled the brains of the people and enabled them to temporarily accept a globalised society. But it cannot last. Sooner or later the people will awake to the realities of their true social situation and find there is not enough space in their brains to cope with it. Before a globalised society can become acceptable to the human race, humans will have to grow larger brains and, as that doesnít seem to be likely any time soon, as they gradually wake from their television induced stupor, they will start doing what they can to reduce the size of their social group to more manageable proportions. This will have to entail the killing of others on a massive scale.
           But who are the others? Who are Ďothersí to people who live in Europe and who are Ďothersí to people who live in say; China?

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Wednesday July 2, 2014

The End of the world?

The Death of Grass, by John Christopher

The Death of Grass

Written in the fifties, this is a novel which has stood the test of time because when thinking about the end of the world, there are many things which have to be taken into consideration and this book deals with many of the least thought about dangers which will face the survivors.
           An empty stomach knows no laws and the question to ask is, would you kill another person to avoid starving to death? If there were no police to care about what you were doing, would you kill other people to make sure you had a small stock of food to depend on in the future?
           If there were no police to interfere, how many people would be willing to kill you and those you love so that they could add your small supply of food to their own?
           What about the government? Would it slaughter millions of its own citizens in an effort to prevent a total collapse of law and order? Or would it do the honourable thing, let everything go to pot and hope for the best?
           A terrific, if somewhat frightening yarn.

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Thursday July 3, 2014

Book Review.

Crisis Economics, by Nouriel Roubini

Crisis Economics by Nouriel Roubini

A Crash Course in the Future of Finance.

A large number of books have been written about the financial collapse of 2008 and this is clearly one of the better ones.
           In this book Roubini has taken a long-term, historical perspective and has pointed out that there was nothing new about the crash. It was simply a re-run of what has happened several times in the past and the world seems destined to repeat the cycle time and time again. In 2004 and 2005 many highly respected people were warning about the calamity that was about to befall us, but nobody wanted to listen. But they didnít listen during the South Sea Bubble, the Dutch Tulip Craze, during the 1920s or prior to any of the other crashes which have occurred so frequently in the past, so theyíre not going to listen next time around - you can be sure of that.
           A most informative read.

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Friday July 4, 2014

No Growth


In this time of habitation,
Was there any generation,
Which faced so much temptation?

For there is everywhere an invitation,
To enjoy flirtation,
With an excitation.

And as business wise, solicitation,
Is in presentation,
There is of good times exaltation.

But as mass is cause of gravitation,
So much exultation,
Must increase the expectation.

But might our present orientation,
Result in inner-depravation,
And lead to deflation, devastation, lamentation?

So while business does its computation,
If it leads this way to inner isolation,
Might there not be of growth negation?


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Sunday July 6, 2014

Murder?

The Old Bailey Defence

1995

The Old Bailey Defence

7,00 words.

Click here


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Monday July 7, 2014

Book Review.

Jihad Vs Macworld, by Benjamin R. Barber

Jihad vs Macworld

Terrorism's challenge to Democracy.

This book was first published in 1995 and although there are paragraphs and chapters which become convoluted and hard to follow, other paragraphs and chapters are electrifying. There are tremendous insights here and consequently, it is still one of the unmissable works for those who would like to understand our capitalist society and how it actually inspires Jihad.
           It has been said that Capitalism needs bankruptcy like Christianity and/or Islam need the devil and Jihad is, in many ways, simply a reaction to the global power of Capitalism. But the problem is that many jihadists refuse to turn their back completely on Capitalism. They watch MTV, eat at MacDonalds or Pizza Hut and even while committing their acts of terrorism, they wear fashionable brands such as Nike or YSL. Some of them even dress like Rambo and this proves that the very things they fight against still have a strong hold on their minds.
           Quite how it will all turn out is still impossible to tell, especially in the light of recent events. But even if successful, will the jihadists ever give up MTV? What about all the other benefits of a capitalist society? Will they really turn their backs on all that Capitalism has to offer? After all, even AK-47s and other weapons favoured by jihadists are products of Capitalism.
           By the end of the book I had come to the opinion that Capitalism needs Jihad like black needs white. Itís the way of the world and something weíll probably just have to live with.
           All in all, a worthwhile read.

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Tuesday July 8, 2014

A seed which fell on shallow ground.

Scientology - the busted flush.

Scientology - the busted flush

Seeds which fall on shallow ground burst quickly into magnificent flower - but before long they begin to whither and die. So it is with Scientology. Whereas once Scientology was strong and its top members were hounding BBC investigative journalists who asked awkward questions, now these very same people have come forward and not only have they apologised to the journalists for their behaviour, they have also admitted that the journalists were correct in their assessments. Something they had previously denied.
           But one of the main reasons Scientology failed was because L. Ron Hubbard forgot to find some way of associating his religion with Jerusalem. If he had done that, Scientology would probably still be a powerful and growing religious force. How he could have done is quite straight forward. For example, the gist of the Scientology story is that a great king, called Xenu, who lived in a far off galaxy, captured all the tax evaders in his realm and flew them to earth in V1 bombers. Once on earth he destroyed them all with hydrogen bombs and scattered their souls into various volcanoes before returning to his ship and flying back home. But, if his ships had landed in what is now Jerusalem before he destroyed all the tax cheats, then Jerusalem would be an important part of the Scientology story and so Scientology could demand to be treated as a mainstream religion.
           But Hubbard failed in this simplest of tasks and so now Scientology is a failing religion. You no longer have to join up and pay hundreds of thousands of pounds to learn the secrets of Scientology, you can just google it and find out all you want to know on the internet - for free.

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Wednesday July 9, 2014

Does music inspire and therefore cause us to aspire?

Or does our choice of music simply reflect our aspirations?


I ask this question because I was in a pub in Charing Cross the other day and everyone was jigging and boogie-ing to the music. It then occurred to me that to make this picture complete, all that was needed was a Harrison Ford to dash in, grab our most precious possession and run away with it.
           But, because everything is a question of scale, I realized that as this noise was being played in many London pubs, what was needed was a Harrison Ford from outer space who would dash down to the city of London, grab our Stock Market and make off with it. Then, when, in our horror, we realized what he'd done, we'd all grab our spears and bows and arrows and give chase. But after many hair raising escapades and narrow escapes, this adventurer would finally make it back to his space ship and disappear. However, being a decent sort of chap, instead of selling our stock market off to the highest bidder on his home planet and being immensely rich for the rest of his life, he'd donate it to a museum so all his kind could see what we earthlings worship and prize above all else.

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Thursday July 10, 2014

Political Commentators.

In recent times nothing has become more boring than listening to the pundits on radio or watching them strut their stuff on TV.
           Whatever the subject, they always have perfect opinions, perfect thoughts and exactly the right feelings. They are, or appear to be, super beings who have given the word Ďrighteousnessí a whole new meaning. But this is probably because they all have careers to worry about and fear that a single wrong word could interfere with their prospects. In consequence, they have turned themselves into media automons who never make a mistake but are extremely predictable. Whatever the subject, we all know what theyíre going to say before they say it. We also know the tone of voice they are going to use and what kind of expression they will have on their face. Boring, boring, boring!
           It is for this reason that I have found many of the people who produce youtube videos to be so interesting, particularly those who comment on religious and political matters. They may be amateurs and lack the expensive camera equipment available to television stations, but they do have a variety of different views and, unlike their television and radio counterparts, they arenít boringly predictable.
           One of the commentators whose views I like is Pat Condell and, loath though I am to give you a link which will take you away from this site, probably never to return, my favourite Pat Condell video, on Swedenís political situation, can be found at:


Pat Condell - Islamic threat to democracy.


Pat Condell comments on Swedish insanity

Pat Condell on Facebook


You might also try this youtube video for something different.

Young Woman in Red


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Friday July 11, 2014

A Great British Hero.

Neville Chamberlain - A great British hero.

102 lines of Vogon verse.

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Saturday July 12, 2014

Was it all a scam?

Is the British Government institutionally dishonest?


Royal Mail.

The selling off of the publicly owned Royal Mail has brought such disrepute on the heads of British politicians that few now look on Westminster as anything other than a House of Thieves.
           Politicians have now admitted that the shares were sold off at a ridiculously low price, but everyone seems to try and side-step the fact that only the very rich were allowed to purchase them in any noticeable quantity. Low status citizens of the United Kingdom who applied to buy shares in the launch were limited to just a few while high status people, no matter where they came from, could buy as many as they wished. But the IPO was so over-subscribed that even a partially sighted individual, even if they didnít have a guide dog, would have been able to see that the shares were grossly under priced. But all the government did was to make sure that only the very rich could obtain them in any significant numbers. The poor, or those who high status members of government probably secretly look down on and sneer at, were almost completely excluded. Worst of all was the fact that any low status citizen of the United Kingdom who had the gall to apply for more than £10,000 worth of Royal Mail shares was forbidden from buying any at all!
           As time has passed the rich have trousered their vast profits and itís become time for the government apologists and spin doctors to get themselves on television and radio and also into the press and say it was all a mistake. But it couldnít have been a mistake. The fact that the launch was so grossly over-subscribed proves that it wasnít a mistake. Not only that, the deliberate government policy of making sure that low status citizens were not allowed to partake in this profit frenzy proves that something was seriously amiss and so the people have a right to suspect some kind of government skulduggery.
           Nudge, nudge, wink, wink? Is that what politicians and billionaire businessmen are intimating to each other over delicious meals and bottles of expensive wine in Londonís best restaurants? The deed has been done and all the government has to do now is brazen it out for a few days until it becomes yesterdayís news and everybody forgets all about it.


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Monday July 14, 2014

Israel & Palestine? Why should I care?


Israel/Palestine.

To be honest, Iím getting rather fed up with the media trying the tedious old shock-horror tactics on this story. They keep trying to horrify me with their stories of blood, gore and death.
           But hasnít this war been going on for thousands of years? Is it unreasonable to think that it is going to go on for another several thousand years?
           Remember. It used to be;í Samson, Samson. The Philistines are coming! The Philistines are coming!í Now itís ĎNetanyahu, Netanyahu! The Palestinians are coming! The Palestinians are coming!í
           The whole issue has become very boring. I donít care about what happens in Israel and Palestine. Itís none of my business, so I donít want to be bothered with it. The only people who feel they have a right to be upset are the those in the City of London. As I heard the story, the Palestinians have taken the Gandhi option and are making their own rockets. Shock, horror! I thought that wasnít allowed in a Capitalist world. No factories, no business structure and so no shares or dividends!
           Of course nobody in the City of London feels badly about the Israelis. They have the decency to make their weapons within the capitalist framework. In consequence, if a London investor wants to, he can buy shares in businesses which make weapons for the Israeli military and so every time an Israeli fires a bullet at a Palestinian or drops a bomb on his house, the investor will get an extra few parts of a shekel in his dividend. Best of all, if the hostilities hot-up, he can expect the value of his shareholding to go up and so, on top of dividends, there will be capital gains as well.
           But to me, itís all just one great big, yawn-inducing bore.


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Tuesday July 14, 2014

Has Westminster betrayed the people of the United Kingdom?


RoyalMail.

Shortly after completing my posting on the Royal Mail, it occurred to me that there was an important point regarding this privatisation that I had failed to mention.
           Since its inception, postage in the United Kingdom has always been known as the Monarchís mail and was, because it was the monarchís mail, sacrosanct. But now, what was once the Queenís mail has become the Capitalistís mail.
           It should surely have been unconstitutional for the government to grant the use of the word ĎRoyalí to what is, essentially, a private, money grubbing corporation which, in its hunt for greater and greater profits, will be completely indifferent to words like honesty, decency and fair play.
           The Queenís mail has become the rapacious lizardís mail and should be named accordingly.


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Wednesday July 16, 2014

Why the future is black. Black as black can be.

You hear it on radio and television and also from the people in the street: We are members of a whiz, high speed, technological society and anyone who wants to make the most of their lives has to get in touch with all that surrounds them. Being modern and up to date is the key to a successful life.
           But what is rarely heard is that we are human beings and human beings are prone to being highly emotional and irrational. One of our most dangerous flaws being our tendency to see a truth we want to see in preference to a truth which is.
           To a human, a beautiful lie is infinitely preferable to an ugly truth.


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Thursday July 17, 2014

Are you an inferior?

There are verses in the Koran which describe Jews and Christians, even though they are supposedly people of the book, as Kafirs. A word most often translated from the Arabic as infidel, miscreant and/or inferior.
           It is therefore quite reasonable to assume that this word to a Muslim, when applied to Christians or Jews, means pretty much the same as it did to white South Africans when they applied it to the black native population.
           Do you like living among people who, in the reptilian parts of their brain, look on you as an inferior and probably even think you sub-human?
           Itís in the Koran and to a Muslim, the Koran is the word of their God.
           What Muslim is going to call their God a liar?

Muslims.

Western Muslims and the Future of Islam by Tariq Ramadan - page 205.


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Friday July 18, 2014

Are you a Christian?

A deluded nincompoop?

To Muslims, those who believe that Jesus was the Son of God and the Messiah are in a state of denial and therefore, by implication, are nothing but deluded nincompoops. The koran explicitly states that religion in the sight of God is Islam and only Islam. The Koran also states that anyone who follows a religion other than Islam will not find themselves accepted in the hereafter and will NOT be allowed into heaven.

Western Muslims and the future of Islam.

Western Muslims and the Future of Islam by Tariq Ramadan - page 205.


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Saturday July 19, 2014

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

F-35 joint strike fighter

The American lemon.

Never in the history of government taxation,
Has so much been paid
By so many,
For so little.

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Monday July 21, 2014

R. J. Reynolds and the end of America.

R. J. Reynolds.

The news concerning the recent court ruling clearly shows that this isnít a measured response against a wrongdoer. Itís not fair compensation for a victim or a severe punishment of some kind, itís a rabid pack of hyenas savaging a wounded beast and tearing it to shreds. It is in fact; American society ripping itself to pieces.
           Mind you, such is my distrust of the American government, if this was a popular blog I wouldnít breath a word of my thoughts on this. Iíd just let them get on with it.

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Tuesday July 22, 2014

What's wrong with the West?

In his book Tariq Ramadan clearly states that it is the duty of Muslims living in the West to turn the West into an acquired territory and a land suitable for Muslims to live in.
           But he seems to forget that most of the Muslims who have moved to the West have found themselves thousands of times better off in terms of money, property, education and personal safety. Not to mention all the advantages their children enjoy by being British, European or American citizens. But all this is obviously not good enough for Muslims. They have their koranic ideas of what constitutes a good society and these ideas are clearly different to those held by people who are indigenous to Western lands.
           If the West is to become an acquired territory and a land suitable for Muslims to live in, what does that really mean?
           Do psuedo-spiritual Muslim writers subtly imply that the black flag of the Muslim nation should fly over Buckingham Palace and Number 10? Do they suggest that the West will only be suitable for Muslims when it is governed by Muslims?

Western Muslims and the future of Islam.

Western Muslims and the Future of Islam by Tariq Ramadan - page 54.

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Wednesday July 23, 2014

Westminster
A vacuum at the top.


David Cameron.

Add Americanised vodka chi.


Most of the people I know have completely lost faith in the government and so there is definitely a power vacuum in Westminster. My own opinion of David Cameron is such that I only dare to express it in anagramatic form. Otherwise Iím sure Iíd either be arrested or end up being sued for libel. (This may be a personal blog which expresses my personal opinions, but when it comes to lawyers, thereís no telling what they can and canít do.)
           But fundamentally, Cameron, like his predecessor Blair, is, without doubt, a warmonger. Also, like Blair, his warmongering is proving to be disastrous for the British taxpayer. We all now sneer at the disasters of Iraq and Afghanistan but Cameronís involvement in Libya is proving to be every bit as laughable while his obsession with getting involved in the Syrian conflict was, as I understand it, only nipped in the bud by Nick Griffin, leader of the hated BNP. Itís clear that Cameron WANTED to get involved in Syria and didnít care too much if the rebels shot people in cold blood and even allowed video of their murders to be broadcast on the internet. War seems to be Cameronís way of trying to make a name for himself and so now that a Malaysian passenger jet has been shot down, seemingly with equipment supplied to Ukrainian separatists by the Russians, heís yelling and shouting for Putinís blood.
           What an idiot!
           If anyone wants to take on Putin theyíd better be sure of their ground and certain of winning the engagement. I wouldnít mess with Putin and am convinced that in situations like this, lightweights like Cameron and Obama are in great danger of biting off more than they can chew.
           Hence my present need to express my above opinion. Some may think it extreme but everytime I hear him yapping on about Putin, they're the words which automatically come to mind.

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Thursday July 24, 2014

Are Muslim women uneducated
so they can be ignorable?


According to Ramadan most Islamic schools in Britain are for Muslim girls and exist to protect the them from society. (Thatís people like you and me.) He also states that the school programme usually finishes at lower secondary level and the girls are then expected to give up studying.
           So from this it would seem that it is reasonable for Western people (and Muslim males) to look on the burqua or veil as a mark of uneducated ignorance.

Western Muslims and the future of Islam.

Western Muslims and the Future of Islam by Tariq Ramadan - page 244.


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English can be a problem. Normally 'you and I' is correct but in this particular instance, I think 'you and me' is correct.
But I'm not completely sure. Any suggestions?
Also, should it be burka, burqa or burqua?

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Friday July 25, 2014

Liar loans are back.

American dishonesty is alive and well.


The new news on the American economy shows that whereas people once got liar loans to buy subprime housing, they are now getting liar loans to buy second hand cars. These dishonest loans, once made are immediately bundled up and then sliced and diced before being sold off to investors.
           The banks are once again making enormous profits and itís the poor who are suffering. In America, poor people who stop off at a second hand car yard for a look are frequently subjected to fast talking salespeople and, before they know it, theyíve signed a piece of paper and become the owner of a second hand car, regardless of whether they can afford it or not. But worse, as the NY Times has reported, many of these cars are nothing but grossly over-priced clunkers.
           But nobody cares. The loans are sold off to unsuspecting investors and the owners of the cars will find not only that the clunkers are repossessed, their inability to pay will mean that they are forced into bankruptcy and all their personal possessions will be seized.
           But again, nobody cares. Why should they? Is not America the land of the greedy and home of the shyster?

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Saturday July 26, 2014

East European buskers

A blessing to British streets.


The thing about East European buskers and their accordions is that these people can usually play their instruments. When you walk past, at least you are treated to some real music.
           Not like the indigenous British born busker who believes that the secret to music is a cacophony of very loud noises. In fact so brutal and uncouth are British buskers in their view of what constitutes music, underground stations such as Liecester Square have become veritable torture chambers for those who are forced to use them.
           Unlike their East European counterpart, British born buskers clearly have a Listeresque view of themselves and their abilities. But to know what is meant by the word Listeresque, youíll have to watch one of funniest episodes of the BBCís classic series Red Dwarf.

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Monday July 28, 2014

The coming bitcoin calamity

Bitcoin.

Who will be the losers?


Bitcoins have been around for a while now and so although it used to be easy for individuals to mine these coins, now they can only be mined by people who possess powerful computers. In the beginning anyone with a desktop could connect to the internet and mine bitcoins by processing the blockchains or, in other words, by processing and verifying the bitcoin transaction data.
           Today itís a lot harder and this is one of the reasons the value of bitcoin has risen so dramatically. Today, people with desktops can no longer log onto the web and earn coins. Only those who can afford powerful computers can mine bitcoins and in consequence, bitcoin has ceased to be a currency of the people and become a currency of the rich.
           As time goes by bitcoins will become harder and harder to mine and so, before long, only those with extremely expensive computers will have the capacity to mine them But what happens when these very rich bitcoin miners decide they want to use their expensive computers for something else? Who will process and verify the bitcoin transaction data then? All the people who once mined bitcoins will have disconnected their desktops and so there will be no computers on the world wide web to process the data. People who own bitcoins may want to spend them, but where will the computers to process and verify the transactions be?
           The only way bitcoin will be able to continue to exist is if the bitcoin exchanges provide the expensive computing power needed to process all the data and, if they do that, they will have to charge high fees for every transaction. But will they be willing to process and verify transactions which do not go through their exchanges? Transactions on which they will make no money? If the answer to this is no, they will almost certainly decide to switch off their computers and turn their attentions to something else.
           Bitcoin will have died and those who still possess coins will find they own nothing but pieces of complex mathematical data with which they can do nothing.

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Tuesday July 29, 2014

FTSE 100

Yesterday's market Report.


Helium was up, feathers were down, paper was stationary, interest in knives sharpened, pencils lost a few points, elevators both rose and fell and with regard to escalators, some went up but others went down. Also, mining equipment hit rock bottom, sun peaked at midday and at the same time the market for raisins dried up. Aviation took off, oil tankers sank, alcohol was fluid, gyroscopes were stable, artistsí models didnít move, vacuum cleaners picked up, caravans were trailing, socks remained unchanged, balloons were inflated, pancakes were flat, tempers fluctuated and finally, the bottom fell out of disposable nappies.


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Wednesday July 30, 2014

Are you your brother's keeper?

Israel/Palestine.

Personally Iím getting rather bored with the reports coming out of Gaza and wish the media would turn its attention to something else. But the point of this posting is to say that even though I think that in this instance, Israel is right, I would never dream of supporting Israel.
           Over the years the behaviour of Israelis over the illegal West Bank settlements has so horrified me that now Israelis are people I could never, ever support. - no matter how right their cause
           The same holds true for a number of my friends.


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Thursday July 31, 2014

British Christian Killers?

Conservative Party.

Itís common knowledge that David Cameron and his Conservative Party ministers fell over themselves to give aid to the rebels in Syria and now, with the use of equipment supplied by the British government, these rebels have taken over large areas of Iraq and are threatening to murder Christians who refuse to convert to the Islamic faith.
           The pictures presently coming out of Iraq are horrific, but although Cameron and his cronies knew these people were cold-blooded murderers, they continued to give them aid and this means that they are all accessories to murder. At the last election people didnít know that the Conservative were going to behave in such an unbelievably callous and immoral manner, but many, including myself, now believe that at the next election, anyone who votes Conservative will automatically become an accessory to murder.

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Saturday August 2, 2014

Creating a place for yourself in hell.

Due to violence and social unrest Britain has been forced to close its embassy in Libya. I remember David Cameron telling us all that he knew best and that the British military had to fight and win the rebelsí war for them. We didnít agree but Cameron and his friends were rich, old Etonians who kept insisting they were wiser and more knowledgeable than the rest of us. They were, after all, from the upper classes and we were not and so, at taxpayer expense, the British military fought and won the rebelsí war against Gaddafi.
           But now, for David Cameron, only super-spin and plenty of help from his friends will keep the Devilís claw from his heart. He must definitely be the Monty Python Twit of 2014.

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Friday August 1, 2014

George Soros and his concept of reflexivity.

People without religion or deep fundamental beliefs are very reflexive without realising it. As their situation changes they change their outlook and beliefs and, without close self-examination, they easily forget their earlier stance. So in both an individual and collective sense, people without a religion are changed by their changing situation and cease to be the people they used to be.

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Sunday August 3, 2014

Israel/Palestine.

Israel/Palestine.

If I can get you to hit me I can then go running off to the police shouting ĎHe hit me! He hit me!í After that I can go to the media, tell them what you did and allow them to photograph my bruises.
           I remember we had a few little shits like that at school. But it was all just a ruse to curry favour with the teachers. Nasty creeps.

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Monday August 4, 2014

What is time?

Grafitti on a wall once stated:

'Time is just nature's way of stopping things happening all at once.'

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Tuesday August 5, 2014

What does the word 'jihad' really mean?

The word Jihad means pretty much whatever the person saying it wants it to mean. But you have to remember that there may also be a significant difference between what a Muslim 'says' it means to them and what it actually does mean. When their position is weak and insecure, Muslims will insist that the word jihad refers to an inner, spiritual struggle but later, when their position is stronger and more secure, they may well decide that this word really means a religious duty to destroy the infidels and conquer countries for Islam.
           I personally refruse to trust a Muslim. Today he may behave as if heís your friend but tomorrow you may well find him banging on your door and telling you that if you donít convert to Islam by this time next week, he is going to come back and kill you.
           As Machiavelli observed in 1532; Men rise from one ambition to another. First they secure themselves from attack and then they attack others.
           And so it goes. The world may change, but humans donít.

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Wednesday August 6, 2014


There was a young lady quite slight,
Whose speed was faster than light,
She set off one day,
In a relative way,
And returned the previous night.
                                                                                                              Mammoth book of Jokes.

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Thursday August 7, 2014

Dealing with the problem.

Israel/Palestine.

Lots of fun in the media. Those who support the Palestinians in Gaza and those who support the Israelis are beginning to shout at each other and Iím wondering when one of them will revert to fisticuffs. Personally, I really couldnít care less about the situation and who did what to whom. But as an ex soldier I can tell you that itís impossible to throw tons of high explosive around and not expect to kill a lot of people you didnít intend to. (The Americans and British, with their experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan, can tell you all about it.)
           The Palestinians, however, are clearly on a war footing. They have spent huge amounts of money on weapons to use against Israel. Money they could have devoted to schools, hospitals and economic development. Israel had a bit of a problem because shooting down all those missiles was costing a fortune and there was always the danger that some of them would get through. Not something the government wanted as such a failure would be remembered at the next election! In consequence, it is my view that Israel had no option but to move in and put a stop to the missiles, but that meant blowing up a lot of things and a lot of people.
           So, how can Israel handle the next attack from Gaza? If missiles are used then I think the Israelis should speak the language of dollars and cents, a language everyone understands. They should tot up the cost of shooting all the missiles down and then demand full recompense from the government of the Gaza Strip. It is the duty of that government to prevent the terrorists from firing their missiles and if they fail in that duty, they have to make good the cost of shooting them down.
           No doubt the government of Gaza will refuse to pay but that will give the Israelis a great opportunity for a psychological victory in the international media. ĎThe government of the Gaza Strip allows terrorists to fire dangerous missiles into Israel but refuses to pay for them to be shot down. Outrageous!í


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In Iraq the SAS used to refer to women and children killed during operations as 'Echos and Kilos'.
(Task Force Black. by Mark Urban - page 261)
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Friday August 8, 2014

Politics.

There is a story that not long ago David Cameron went on an image enhancing visit to an old folks home. But as he moved from patient to patient smiling nicely and saying pleasant things, he was really put out by the fact that no one seemed to know who he was. Eventually, in desperation, he asked one elderly lady, ĎDo you know who I am?í
           'Donít worry,' replied the old lady. 'Just ask matron. Sheíll tell you.'

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Saturday August 9, 2014

Should we get rid of the UN?

United Nations.

Because the UN is paying for many of the schools and hospitals in the Gaza Strip, the Palestinians are free to spend money they would normally have to spend on schools and hospitals on weaponry to use against Israel. If there were no UN schools and hospitals in Gaza the Palestinians would have to pay for these necessities themselves. That would mean they wouldnít have any money for weaponry and there would be no war against Israel. So getting rid of the UN would save the lives of many children.
           Iím reminded of the sixties and seventies when we were all encouraged to throw money at the starving masses in India and Pakistan. But all that happened was that because the soft hearted people of Great Britain were looking after the poor and destitute, the governments of India and Pakistan were able to spend money they would otherwise have had to spend on the poor and destitute on building atom bombs. It is, in fact, quite possible to say that nuclear bombs in the Indian sub-continent were paid for with charity money because if it hadnít been for that charity money, these bombs would never have been built.

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Monday August 11, 2014

The Curse of Age.

United Nations.

Old men like to chase young women too. Their trouble is that if they manage to catch one, they have an unfortunate tendency to forget why they were chasing them in the first place.

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Tuesday August 12, 2014

Syrian rebels stone woman to death.

Was reminded of Monty Pythonís ĎLife of Brianí when I read about this in the newspapers and saw the photographs. But then remembered that many Muslims want to bring Sharia Law to the UK. If such were to happen all British women would be stoned for adultery while men would escape unscathed because adultery for a man would not be a crime.
           Was discussing this in a pub with some drinkers and we were all quite shocked when one of our number suggested that in English the word Muslim should be another word for dumbshit. Not that anyone disagreed, but itís not really the kind of thing a person should say in polite society, even if everyone is somewhat inebriated.

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Wednesday August 13, 2014


A flea and a fly in a flue,
Were imprisoned, so what could they do?
Said the fly ĎLet us flee!í
ĎLet us fly!í said the flea,
So they flew through a flaw in the flue.
                                                                                                              Mammoth book of Jokes.

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Thursday August 14, 2014

The Letter Home.

Dear Mother and Dad,
           Since I left for college I have been remiss in writing and I am sorry for my thoughtlessness in not having written before. I will bring you up to date now, but before you read on, please sit down. You are not to read any further unless you are sitting down, okay?
           Well, then, I am getting along pretty well now. The skull fracture and the concussion I got when I jumped out the window of my dormitory when it caught on fire shortly after my arrival here is pretty well healed now. I only spent two weeks in hospital and now I can see almost normally and only get those sick headaches once a day. Fortunately, the fire in the dormitory, and my jump, was witnessed by an attendant at the gas station near the dorm, and he was the one who called the Fire Department and the ambulance. He also visited me in the hospital and since I had nowhere to live because of the burnt out dormitory, he was kind enough to invite me to share his apartment with him. Itís really a basement room, but itís kind of cute. He is a very fine boy and we have fallen deeply in love and are planning to get married. We havenít got the exact date yet, but it will be before my pregnancy begins to show.
           Yes, Mother and Dad, I am pregnant. I know how much you are looking forward to being grandparents and I know you will welcome the baby and give it the same love and devotion and tender care you gave me when I was a child. The reason for the delay in our marriage is that my boyfriend has a minor infection which prevents us from passing our pre-marital blood tests and I carelessly caught it from him.
           Now that I have brought you up to date, I want to tell you that there was no dormitory fire, I did not have a concussion or skull fracture, I was not in the hospital, I am not pregnant, I am not engaged, I am not infected and there is no boyfriend. However, I am getting a ííDíí in American History, and an ííFíí in Chemistry and I want you to see those marks in their proper perspective.
           Your loving daughter,

           Sharon.
                                                                                                              Extract from Influence, The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini.

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Friday August 15, 2014

Good Manners.

During one of his Asian tours, Lord Curzon paid a visit to Japan and whilst driving in the countryside one day, he was horrified to see a group of women bathing naked in a pool near the road. Unable to believe his eyes he asked the driver to stop and sat watching for a good minute, He then asked his interpreter whether it was not thought indecent in Japan for people to bathe naked so publicly.
           'No,í came the reply, Ďbut it is considered indecent to watch them.í

                                                                                                                                               (The Lowest Form of Wit by Leonard Rossiter, page 54)

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Saturday August 16, 2014

Region Free DVD on your computer.

You know how it is. You go to a charity shop and buy a DVD but when you get home you find itís a region 1 or region 4 disc. Thereís not a lot you can do unless you have a region free player.
           To make your computerís DVD a region free drive all you have to do is download the excellent program - DVD43 - and install it. This free ap works with Windows XP on 32 bit systems but does not work on newer 64 bit systems. If that isnít a good reason for sticking with the computer you already have, I donít know what is.

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Monday August 18, 2014

What kind of mind have you?

There is a saying: Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people and tiny minds discuss sex.

                                                                                                                                                                     (Brainwash by Dominic Streatfeild)

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Tuesday August 19, 2014

How the Capitalists steal your money.

Influence, The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini.

Although itís true that Iím still in the process of reading this book, I'm finding Influence, The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini, to be so good that I thought Iíd blog it straight away.

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Wednesday August 20, 2014


Fares going up again,
Prove the train,
To be a pain.
Credibility these rises strain,
And are on Cameron a stain.

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Thursday August 21, 2014

Poor little Israel - nobody likes it.

The Gaza conflict has started again and nobody seems to be on Israelís side. Iím not surprised. In Ď67 and Ď73 we all cheered for little Israel and were delighted when it proved victorious. But things have changed. Today, many might appreciate the military and political necessity for Israel to do what itís doing, but the settlements mean that few are willing to actually support it. In this, Israelís hour of need, I find that I can, because of the settlements, turn my back on the country and feel not the slightest twinge of guilt.

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Friday August 22, 2014

Why did the ISM murder James Foley, an American journalist?

When I think about it, I feel that it couldnít have been because they wanted to force the Americans to back off. Islamic State Militants would have had to be completely off their rockers not to realise that such a cold blooded act would bring down on their heads the wrath of the drones and their Hellfire missiles. I donít think much of the ISM, but I canít believe theyíre that stupid.
           However, at the time of the murder, Gaza was getting all the media attention and the ambitions of the ISM were clearly of less interest to the press. Personally, I suspect that like small children, the ISM were feeling left out and wanted to do something to put themselves back in the spotlight. Consequently, I am of the opinion that this murder was really an attempt to outshine Gaza in the headlines. But the danger here is that both the ISM and the Palestinians may begin competing for press attention and if we want peace, we should think about relegating news of Middle East conflicts to small items tacked on to the end of the main news. As Mrs. Thatcher would say, ĎThey should be deprived of the oxygen of publicity.í

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Saturday August 23, 2014

How long will the American Empire last?

It used to be said that the sun never set on the British Empire. But now it never sets on a MacDonalds, a Pizza Hut or a Disney Land. Nor does it ever set on an Apple iPhone or computers using a Windows operating system.
           But for how long can this last?

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Monday August 25, 2014

The Evils of Capitalism.

Banks don't break laws, bankers do. But when the crimes are discovered, it's the banks which get blamed - not the bankers. So it's the banks which have to pay the fines and make restitution, not the bankers.

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Tuesday August 26, 2014

What's wrong with Britain?

BBC Radio 4 recently reported on the new craze for hugging your boss. How is it that in return for their close to minimum wage, people who spend all day obediently doing what their bosses tell them are now expected to start hugging their bosses and saying things like ĎI like you.í?

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Wednesday August 27, 2014

Is Rupert Murdoch homophobic?

There is the joke Rupert is fond of telling. 'What is the difference between a refrigerator and a pooftah? A refrigerator doesn't fart when you take out the meat.'

                                                                                                                                    (The Man Who Owns the News by Michael Wolff. Page 51)

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Thursday August 28, 2014

Non Muslim children sexually abused by Muslims in Rotheram.

It often seems to me that many in the media are trying to avoid mentioning that all the groomers and abusers in this horrific crime are Muslims. But to a Muslim who studies his Holy Book, abusing an infidel is a minor offence and not really a sin. Consequently, sexually exploiting non Muslim children who are, according to the Koran, only Kafirs, is not something which would damage a Muslimís chances of going to paradise when they die.

                                                                                                                                    (Western Muslims and the Future of Islam by Tariq Ramadan page 234)

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(As far as I have been able to ascertain, not a single one of the abused children was a Muslim.)
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Friday August 29, 2014

The Self-perpetuating lie.

Have you noticed how itís always the BBC which tells us how great and wonderful the BBC is? But to anyone who looks, the BBC certainly isnít the organisation it makes itself out to be and it is also clearly prone to doing favours for friends. The other day, for example, there was a radio programme on women publishers and how supportive and nurturing these women are and what a boon they are to publishing. But anyone who has tried to get a book published will know that these women publishers are not in the least bit nice. They are, in fact, vicious, mean and nasty. One woman publisher, who I've been told is particularly nasty, is Sheila Murphy from Aurum Press. If you donít believe me, ring them up and ask. (Some years ago Aurum Press did a book on palmistry and as they had money and influential friends, they thought they could do what they liked. They even went so far as to publish their own version of the authorís work without the authorís permission! The author has also told me that when he looked into the possibility of legal action, he was informed that it was going to cost a minimum of £25,000 and so he had no option other than to just drop the case.)


Download the original version of the authorís work in ebook format from:

Moore' Manual of Up-to-date Palmistry.

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Saturday August 30, 2014

Airbus A-380.

A-380 Jumbo Jet.

38 lines of Vogon verse.

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Monday September 1, 2014

The Prehistory of Phone Hacking.

Exposed by Gerry Brown.


Exposed! Sensational True Story of Fleet St. Reporter by Gerry Brown is a truly interesting book. It was published in í95 so the stories are old, but how they were uncovered, investigated and finally published makes fascinating reading. Phone hacking? I donít think such a concept would have troubled Gerry Brown - but attitudes were different in those days.

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Tuesday September 2nd, 2014

The Shakespearean Curse.

Shakespeare

For centuries school children have been tortured by schoolmasters who insisted they learnt Shakespeare. I myself remember detesting classes in which we had to study Shakespeare and so, as soon as I left school, I turned my back on the bard. Thousands of other school children shared my feelings and so imagine my horror when I heard on the news today that unfortunate school children are now going to have to study TWO Shakespearean plays!! I do feel sorry for them.
           Itís true that some students really like Shakespeare and so the study of his plays should be voluntary. After all, why should thousands who are not really interested in Shakespeare be forced to suffer horribly for the whims of a few?

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Wednesday September 3rd, 2014

Boris Island, is it a good idea?

Boris Johnson

Being an end of the worlder, a person who believes that there is going to be no growth in the future, it really is a question of whether or not I am right.
           If I am wrong in my views, then I think Boris Island is essential to Britainís future and that every effort should be made for its completion. Focus should be the all important word and all other projects should be put on hold until the job is completed. It should be a national project and national pride should demand that it is done well, on time and within the budget. It could become to Britain what the Hoover Dam is to America.
           However, in my views about the coming collapse of world society are correct, then I donít suppose it matters.

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Thursday September 4th, 2014

Matrimonial Difficulties

36 lines of Vogon verse.

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Friday September 5th, 2014

Scottish Independence, is everyone being short-sighted?

There should have been two referendums. The first would have asked the Scottish people if they wanted to vote for independence and if the answer to this was yes, a detailed plan, costing billions, would have been drawn up and released to the public so at the second referendum, everyone would know exactly what they were voting for. At the moment, I donít think too many of the Ďyesí voters know exactly what theyíre letting themselves in for and most may well find that their vision of an independent Scotland is vastly different to the reality of an independent Scotland.

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Saturday September 6th, 2014

Moon colonies have finally become a real possibility.

Kirk Sorensen on thorium

Thanks to the efforts of many pioneers, especially Kirk Sorensen, it has at last become possible to build a colony on the Moon and supply it with all the power it needs for an endless amount of time. But if itís now at least theoretically possible to build a successful Moon colony, why not colonies on Mars and maybe even Pluto?


Living on the moon with thorium reactors.

For more information on thorium reactors you might also watch:

Kirk sorensen on the nature of thorium

More videos on thorium

Kirk Sorensen on youtube.

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Monday September 8th, 2014

Suicide is wrong
so we can't buy Trident.


Trident

Even a limited nuclear war is likely to cause a nuclear winter and a nuclear winter will wipe out most forms of life on the planet - including humans.

The 8th Day

On the 8th Day - The threat of a nuclear winter.

Other films on the horrors of a nuclear war:

Threads - A BBC film from 1985

A film from the sixties - very grim.

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Tuesday September 9th, 2014

Rupert & friends. (Includes the BBC.)

12 lines of Vogon verse.

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Wednesday September 10th, 2014

Calais and the People Nobody Wants.

Asylum Seekers in Calais

We don't want them. The French don't want them. So what's going to happen?
Every year there are more and more of them whilst the population of Europe
becomes older, frailer and less able to resist. Eventually the younger many must surely win out.

Asylum seekers

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Thursday September 11th, 2014

Why masturbation is wrong.

A Vogon view.

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Friday September 12th, 2014

Why Scottish Independence could be good for England.

Scottish Flag

The advantage for the Scots if they decide on independence is that they will be freed from the tyranny of Brussels. In the international market they will be free to make their own agreements and not be limited by EU policy. After three hundred years of unity, if independence is decided on, it will be completely impossible to seal the border between England and Scotland. In consequence, all a Scottish company wanting to do business with a company in the EU will have to do is simply open a branch office in London and ship their goods from Tilbury or Heathrow.
           The people of England will also benefit enormously from Scottish independence because English and Welsh companies will be able to open branch offices in Edinburgh or Glasgow and take advantage of Scotlandís freedom to do deals in the international market.
           Wealth, should independence be voted for in Scotland, is likely to pour into the country.

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Saturday September 13th, 2014

Sportsman hits wife in Las Vegas lift.

The world has been shocked by the pictures. But the world also forgets that to be a successful football player, a man has to be something of a thug. He has to get out onto the field and when the whistle blows, he has to get stuck in. Then he has to keep pushing for all he is worth until the game is over.
           Itís pretty hard, if not impossible, for a player to switch these aggressive attitudes off the moment a game is over. In fact, if they did manage to switch them off and become gentle people, they might well have difficulty switching their aggression back on when the next game started.
           The wife of this sportsman, on the other hand, has obviously found that whereas a short while ago she was married to a millionaire, she is now married to a pauper.

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Monday September 15th, 2014

Who's trying to cause trouble?

Allah is Satan

Saw this sticker on a train bound for Victoria and canít help but think that someone, who clearly shares my sentiments, is pushing for trouble. But many in Britain believe that itís not a good idea to provoke the Muslims because if Muslims are going to butcher thousands in the name of their Allah, itíd be better for everyone if they go and do it in Iraq.

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Tuesday September 16th, 2014

Scottish independence and why I would vote NO.

Union Jack

Although itís a great many generations ago, my ancestry is provably Scottish and even if I did once have a yen for Scottish independence, I am a Royalist and now that the Queen has subtly made her opinion known, I would, if I was voting, have no option but to concede to her wishes.

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Wednesday September 17th, 2014

The curse of the wordprocessors.

Capital by John Lanchester

In the old days, when authors had to use typewriters, they stuck to the point of their story and included an odd descriptive paragraph to flesh out the story and soften the edges. But this! Long drawn-out graphic descriptions follow long drawn out graphic descriptions and make the reader feel that time is being wasted. There is nothing unique or original about the plot and it certainly isnít clever. It is in fact rather disjointed and is stuck together by graphic description after graphic description. Consequently, this is a book I was delighted to finally finish reading and then take back down to a charity shop. But I sometimes wonder how it managed to acquire so much media acclaim. Did these critics actually read it, or did they just flick through the pages and draw their inspiration from a few random paragraphs?

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Thursday September 18th, 2014

Today is the day.

Flag of Scotland

Today is the day on which the people of Scotland will make a momentous decision. Do they wish to continue the union or do they want to go their own way? I for one will be very sad if we part company because Scottish people have always added greatly to the quality of life in England. In fact, I think English people have failed to appreciate exactly how much England benefits from the union and have always seemed to think the Scots should think themselves lucky to be part of England. But for me, if they choose independence, I will be sorry but if they decide to stay I will be delighted. In fact, Iíll go further and say that Iíll be so partylighted, Iíll be singing, dancing and drinking in the streets. After all, what could be worse for an Englishman than life without the Scottish as part of our national family?

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Friday September 19th, 2014

A Vogon's view on food.

MacDonalds Big Mac

16 lines plus of Vogon verse.

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Monday September 22nd, 2014

Darwinism?

Darwin

When animals are seeing,
A one called human being,
Their hearts with pride are filled,
And all self-doubts are stilled.
For though all through time their way did wend,
They know humans did descend,
From a clueless monkey,
Who to nature lost the key.
For he did make one starry night within a tree his bed,
But then fell out, banged his head and said:
'Of all I see it is the most important me.
Ah! I see I think, so I suppose that I must be.'

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Tuesday September 23rd, 2014

Hollywood Child Killers

Hollywood Child Murderers

Hollywood the fiction mill,
Our children oft make ill,
As writers use their quill,
With Satanic skill,
To thoughts in minds instil,
Saying pizza is a thrill,
Which can stomachs fill.
While in truth pizza is just swill,
Which our childrenís health can chill,
Because when their heroes trill,
Luring hearts to the treadmill,
Children stomachs will refill,
And when they overfill,
It can them sometimes kill.

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Wednesday September 24th, 2014

boo hoo

boo hoo

$135 million and 18 months. A dot.com story from concept to catastrophe. Great read and probably essential reading for anyone who wants to go into business. But I got the strong impression that although the founders lost millions of other peopleís money, they didnít lose any of their own millions. Some, it seems, are still not happy as you will see if you google Ernst Malmsten

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Thursday September 25th, 2014


What goes up and never comes down?
Does this question cause a frown?
It's age you clown,
Something in which we must all drown.

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Friday September 26th, 2014

Would be me on TV.

Viewers in an interview would see,
A me both bright and free,
A man who says things right
And with a chirpy song,
makes light
Of anything within that's wrong,

Those things inside somewhere deep
Where I would them keep,
So while I laugh and smile,
And practise guile
I viewer's thoughts direct,
To where they won't truths suspect,

Truths they may not like,
And my image are unlike,
So they are the surface nowhere near,
And them to show I fear,
Because if I did these disclose,
All might my pitch oppose.

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Saturday September 27th, 2014

What is a junkie?

The Fix by Damian Thompson

Our disorientated society is on the verge of spinning out of control so this is certainly an important book. But although Damian Thompson highlights many of the causes in his book, The Fix, I really donít think thereís anything anyone can do about the problem. The tendency for people to become addicted to all manner of things is just one of many problems facing human society today, but it is a significant one and that is why this book is a worthwhile read.

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Monday September 29th, 2014

What was so great about Churchill?

Donít misunderstand me, I think Churchill was a great PM during the war and no one could have done the job more effectively. But when you look at Churchillís history, he was always a politician looking for an enemy. In 1916 particularly, the Irish rebels were the enemy which had to be defeated and in 1926 it was the strikers who were the enemy. All his political life Churchill sought out enemies and so in 1939, when Hitler foolishly popped his head above the parapet, Churchill entered heaven. This was him, from the top of his head to the tips of his toes and it was a jolly good job for the world that Churchill was there. But in the 1945 election Churchill immediately turned the rhetoric he had been using against the Nazis against the Labour Party and Iíve always felt that it was this, more than anything else, which cost him the election. Between 1939 and 1945 Churchill was a man who was perfectly in tune with the events of the time and although we should not forget all that he achieved, it might be well to remember that in other times he was definitely not the man for the job of PM.

In January 1940 Churchill was an isolated and rejected figure in the Conservative Party and was nearly abandoned by his own constituency association. In fact, in May 1940 when he walked into the House of Commons for the first time as prime minister, he was greeted by a cold silence on the Conservative benches.

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Tuesday September 30th, 2014

A Vogon's view on cigarette advertising.

Cigarettes.

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Wednesday October 1st, 2014



Evils of the lottery

About the people Camelot,
Gives surely not a jot.
For they think it's neat,
To with maths their wallets cheat.
But it will one day be seen,
Camelot just sells a dream.
For the lottery business, its viewpoint.
Is to almost all the ticket holders disappoint.

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Thursday October 2nd, 2014

What's not in the news?

News which reaches the electorate,
Our TV and papers decorate.
But as today itís always corporate,
Few in truth orate.

The few who sit upon the throne,
When they their thoughts intone.
Always set the tone,
As they the media own.

So when the newsbells peal,
Even if they almost all reveal,
The little things the corporations do conceal,
Ensure we all believe in their ideal.

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Friday October 3rd, 2014

The President Coolidge Affair.

One day President Calvin Coolidge and his wife were visiting a government farm and were taken on separate tours. When Mrs. Coolidge was shown the chicken pens she asked whether the rooster copulated more than once a day. "Dozens of times." replied the guide. "Please tell that to the president." Mrs. Coolidge requested. When the president was shown the pens and told about the rooster, he asked, "Same hen every time? "Oh, no, Mr. President. A different one each time." The president said, "Tell that to Mrs. Coolidge."
                                                                                                                                                          (How The Mind Works, Stephen Pinker. page 470.)

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Monday October 6th, 2014

European Union Flag

The heart of Britain lies outside Europe and so anyone who suggests that Britain should become more fully integrated with the European Union doesnít understand the nature of the British heart. Pro marketeers believe that if Britain became more involved in the EU, it could take a leading role in European affairs, but this is certainly not something that the Germans would take kindly to. Neither would the French, the Danish, the Poles, the Spanish, the Portuguese or the Spanish. Italy and Greece are also unlikely to be happy with the idea of Britain dominating the EU. In the EU, there is now no doubt that Germany is, in all but name, the boss with France as its number two. In consequence, any attempt by Britain to ingratiate itself with the EU would mean that it would have to accept a low position in the Unionís pecking order and that is not something the British heart would be comfortable with. (There is and has always been, in any union of people or organisations, because of the power dynamics, a pecking order and Britainís true place in the pecking order of the European Union is not something any Briton could ever be proud of.)

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Tuesday October 7th, 2014

Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana
                                                                                                                                                          (Groucho Marx)

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Wednesday October 8th, 2014



Evils of the lottery

Camalot, Camalot,
Likes to spam a lot,
As everyday it tries,
To tell you blatant lies,
As they are always spinning,
True chances of your winning,
Because from the maths itís evident,
Your chances of a fatal accident,
Are more, a hell of a lot,
Than of getting the jackpot.

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Thursday October 9th, 2014

What is a lie?

Saatchi & Saatchi

Do you realise,
The word advertise,
Rhymes with lies?
So as profits corporations prize,
To profits maximise,
They will in their hearts not agonise,
When lies they authorise.

As now money all idealise.
The rich all mythicize,
And as well them glamorise,
Some them even idolise,
So this is to advise,
We our world dehumanise,
When we truth disguise,
But does this you not terrorise?

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Friday October 10th, 2014

Ebola and the Nightmare of Terrorism.

Jihadist flag.

To use ebola as a weapon of terror all a single, suicidal jihadist has to do, acting on his own initiative and according to his own understanding of the Koran, is get himself infected in Liberia and then, before any symptoms show, get a flight to London. A few days after that, when he becomes contagious he can travel in the rush hour tubes and trains touching as many people as he can and in the evenings, he can go to clubs dressed in a t-shirt and by standing near an exit or a toilet, he can be sure that people will be constantly brushing up against him while only wearing light party clothes. He could, in fact, probably do this for several days and infect many hundreds before becoming noticeably ill.
           After this ebola would spread rapidly through the UK because, when experiencing first symptoms of the illness, most people would not think that they are suffering from ebola and so would continue to indulge in physical contact with family members and medical staff - most of whom would be likely to become infected.
           Once the government realised that ebola was an epidemic in Britain, it would be forced to warn the public and the people would then, in their terror, all begin to stay home and refuse to go anywhere where they couldnít be sure of being completely safe. But, when vast numbers of the frightened population begin to do that, it will bring the whole national economy shuddering to a halt. Soon after that, the world as we know it would cease to exist and the Mayan prediction would prove to have been just a few years out. (Pharmaceutical companies, as you can see from the above, will have to be quick with a vaccine if we are to avoid a terrible calamity.)

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Saturday October 11th, 2014

An appalling indictment of the treatment
of women by men in Saudi Arabia.


Princess by Jean P. Sasson.

If you read this book youíll wonder at the hypocrisy of the American government. It always speaks so eloquently of womenís rights in the world, except in regards to Saudi Arabia where the possession of oil means that Saudis can do as they please without fear of American criticism.
           This is a horrifying story but it might be wise to remember that some of those Saudi women hidden behind their veils can be feisty in the extreme and you toy with them at your peril.

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Monday October 13th, 2014

Affluenza. Are you a little lost in our chaotic world of consumerism?

Affluenza by Oliver James.

Would you rather be a you thatís right for you, or a you thatís right for our capitalist society? Nobody agrees with everything an author says but on balance I would say that if you have any doubts or anxieties about yourself and your identity within our society, you are likely to find this is an enlightening and mind enhancing book.

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Tuesday October 14th, 2014

Humour.

A local surgery called the home of a Mr. Jones but when the doctor asked to speak to him, his wife apologised and said that he was asleep in bed.
           'Well,í said the doctor. ĎWhen he wakes up, can you tell him thereís been a mix up with his test results and so we donít know whether heís got AIDs or Alzheimerís.í
           ĎOh, dear,í moaned the anxious wife. ĎWhat will I do?í
           ĎMmmm,í replied the doctor after thinking for a moment. ĎI suggest that when he wakes you persuade him to go for a walk and if he comes back, donít sleep with him.í

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Wednesday October 15th, 2014

War is God's way of teaching people geography.
                                                                                                                                                          (Source unknown)

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Thursday October 16th, 2014

Living Dangerously in the UK.

Last Tuesday the BBC World Service reported on the fact that, quoting from the Koran and other Islamic sources, ISIS in Iraq has decided that they have the religious right to rape and enslave some non Muslim women. It also reported on the fact that many Muslims around the world have said that ISIS is not interpreting the Koran in the generally accepted manner. But that only means that this behaviour by ISIS is simply a question of how the Koran is interpreted. In consequence, whatís to say that in the future, when more of them arrive and they have more power, Muslims in Britain wonít decide to interpret the Koran in ways similar to ISIS?
           Thereís no head honcho or boss in Islam and so any group of Islamists can interpret the Koran in ways which are most favourable to their current situation. Therefore, if killing all the unbelievers happens to suit the moment - why not?

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Friday October 17th, 2014

In the Shadow of the Sword - Tom Holland.

In The shadow of the Sword by Tom Holland.

Not for the casual reader but if you are interested in the world during the time of Mohammed, this is a most informative book. Did you know that Mecca was so small and insignificant that it did not feature on any Roman map? It also wasnít on the way to anywhere from anywhere and so the armies mentioned in the Koran were probably relative, that is to say about twenty to forty men, if that. But in the time of Augustus, Bethlehem also didnít feature in the Roman mentality and Pontius Pilot would certainly not have bothered to inform Rome about the crucifixion of three criminals, even if he did think one of them was innocent.
           This to me is a lesson in evolution. Evolution, be it a gene or a meme, often happens away from the mainstream where it slowly grows, develops and gathers strength. Then, when it is ready, it takes the main stream by storm and enforces change.

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Tuesday October 21st, 2014

Why the Europeans want Britain to stay in the EU.

European Union Flag

In terms of money, Britain is a major net contributor to the EU and so present members do not want Britain to leave because theyíd have to make up the shortfall themselves. Not only that, theyíd also lose many of the benefits they gain from British membership. Europeans, for example, wonít be able to fish in British waters and there are many other advantages the Europeans gain from British membership and they donít want to lose out.
           Britons on the other hand would gain enormously by leaving the EU. There may be a drop off in trade but this will be more than adequately made up for by not having to give so much money to Brussels. Also, as European businesses benefits from British markets as much as British business benefits from access to European markets, if Britain decides to leave the union, all kinds of deals will be in the offing, all of which will benefit both Britain and the EU.
           Britain's heart lies outside mainland Europe so Britons would be foolish to sacrifice their true selves for the sake of an economic ideal.

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Monday October 20th, 2014

A Vogon's view on crime.

Criminals.

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Wednesday October 22nd, 2014

What is a free press?

There is a difference between a free press and a money making press. The money making press, as it seeks to make as much as it can, is definitely not free. It is a slave to its bottom line and the content of what it prints will always reflect their slave status.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      (Source unknown)

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Thursday October 23rd, 2014

Will the world be destroyed by capitalism?

In the seventies and eighties the scientific community was convinced that the hole in the ozone layer was being caused by CFCs, but there was no smoking gun to prove it. However, because people began to bombard their political representatives with requests to ban these chemicals, the manufacturers, including Dupont, launched a world wide publicity campaign which attempted to discredit the scientists and convince the world that their product was safe. Luckily, in 1987 the smoking gun was found and the world was able to save the situation by taking preventative action before it was too late. (Think tobacco companies.)

                                                                                                                                                                     (The Weather Makers by Tim Flannery, page 217)

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(Had the corporations chosen to use BFCs instead of CFCs in aerosol, the world would
never have discovered the problem in time and human society would have been destroyed.)
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Friday October 24th, 2014


European Union Flag

Are the Eurocrats in Brussels trying to steal British money? The news is presently full of stories about Brussels demanding an extra £1.7 billion from Britain because Britain is doing so much better than other European countries.
           But is this all political hogwash? It is all so sudden and unexpected that one canít help but suspect that after a lot of huffing and puffing, David Cameron will be told that Britain doesnít have to pay and he will have won a great political victory. A victory which will ensure that at the next election, the Conservatives trounce UKIP and there will be no danger of Britain actually leaving the EU. (The Brusselsí Ďexcuseí will be that as Italy and Greece simply canít afford to pay, it has no option other than to completely cancel the demand. Though there will probably be some kind of special compensation for Ďbasket caseí France.)

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Monday October 27th, 2014

Should you donate to charity?


Jasmine Whitbread

In his book, Life in the Fast Lane, (page 256) Boris Johnson said that aid money is really just poor people in rich countries buying super cars for rich people in poor countries. But on February 3rd last, the Daily Mail published an article on some leading lights in the charity industry and the fact they were being paid salaries of up to a quarter of a million pounds a year - not counting perks and bonuses.
           Read this article and see whatís happening to the money you donate. Youíll see that not only are poor people in rich countries buying super cars for rich people in poor countries, they are also buying super lifestyles for rich, well connected people in rich countries.

Daily Mail on Charity (3 meg .pdf file)

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