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It’s nothing to do with a viewpoint, it’s to do with gross disloyalty and a cynical ploy

September 19, 2014 No Comments
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This post is not specifically about Andy Murray, it’s about issues arising from his behaviour and the general manner in which the whole thing was run. What has come through loud and clear today is that most of the English and over half the Scots wish now to live and let live, to coexist. But we see a 20 000 signature petition to run the vote again. Which side do…

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Beeb language is a dead giveaway of bias

September 18, 2014 7 Comments
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Glad Wiggia brought this to our attention because if it needed proof of Beeb political bias, here it is. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-29204170 If you look at that headline and ask: “And what? Seems reasonable to me,” then that shows your own bias towards the left. But if you’re like so many thousands others and me, you’ll immediately zero in on the words “far right” and know that only a leftist uses such…

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EU – the utter lunacy of remaining in

September 17, 2014 15 Comments
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The thing I find astounding and so many others obviously do too is how they can get away with the non-democratic structures and policies with that degree of impunity. It’s the impunity itself which gets me. The specific cases – well take your pick: Since the European Commission refuses to take into account the public’s views directly, people have turned to another mechanism to make their voices heard: a special…

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If you feel it strongly, then for heaven’s sake write and post

September 15, 2014 14 Comments
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If you feel it strongly, then for heaven’s sake write and post

The post further down on Lord Hill concerned me a bit – Wiggia got no comments until today – and so I thought I’d look at the stats on the post: You’ll notice at the right end of the line the number of views.  That’s a respectable number for a guestposter and bears no relation to the comments numbers. Going around the blogs, I’ve noticed a few fellow bloggers a…

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Ceramic poppies, fish and dishonesty

September 15, 2014 2 Comments
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Ceramic poppies, fish and dishonesty

Let’s not argue about this stupid idea: You might think it a grand idea. I see it as a cynical moneymaking scam by a fake charity. We’re each entitled to our view. However, the breakdown of the costs of the £25 odd flower you would buy is that £8 something goes to the charities and then those charities take their own cut out of that. The organizers have tried saying…

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Pensions – who cares?

September 13, 2014 1 Comment
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Yes, astounding and yet not so astounding: In events that smack of the TV farce Fawlty Towers, firms that took over rival companies simply lost whole box loads of paperwork recording pension contributions and entitlements, sometimes during office moves. Thousands of mergers have occurred in the pensions industry in recent decades, many of them in the Eighties and Nineties when paper-based record keeping was the norm. I am eternally grateful…

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New phone app helps you determine if you’re racist or not

September 12, 2014 8 Comments
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New phone app helps you determine if you’re racist or not

Via haiku, in the “oh my goodness”, “read and weep” departments again – can this get any sillier? A mobile phone app you can install to help you know whether you’re racist or not: A new mobile phone app that challenges Australians’ understanding of racism through role play has won global praise for promoting cultural understanding. The app focuses on subtle racism – an indirect or understated form of discrimination…

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MH17

September 10, 2014 1 Comment
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It’s often not the dastardly plot but a cascade of events, not even a cascade of errors. Russia fears the NATO/CIA involvement and knows it’s going on – did the KGB and other unit intelligence just disappear overnight in 1990? So it’s night follows day that they supply weaponry. But they’ve also been supplying the Ukraine in former days. You can even put a positive slant on NATO/CIA – that…

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Religion and tolerance

September 7, 2014 13 Comments
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Haiku [from N.O.], points to the Robert Lindsay piece on Islam producing psychopaths. [This post appears only at OoL.] Though it’s difficult to disagree with Lindsay, I’d like to digress and look at two other aspects – his quote below and then religion in general. When it comes to anger, Western societies widely agree that it is a sign of weakness. Uncontrolled explosions of this unpleasant feeling are maybe the…

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The evil of textualism

September 4, 2014 Comments Off
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Ho ho ho and what does America [and subsequently the world] have on its hands here? Haiku reports on the New Yorker’s report on Textualism, the new ism: The case is the latest chapter of the legal assault on Obamacare, but it is also the most prominent instance of a larger fight over an ascendant legal theory known as textualism. This approach, which was pioneered and advocated by, most prominently,…

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Dumbing down

September 1, 2014 4 Comments
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Via Sackers, this: Forget “Peak Oil” and “Peak Credit” … Are We On the Downslope of “Peak Intelligence”? He makes the classic error, of course, in not considering the factor of intent in all this.  He’s not wrong, of course but he just hasn’t filtered it through the prism of intent. There are detailed arguments in every sphere of life, there are the GCSE results, there’s everyday anecdotal evidence but…

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TTIP and the wrong focus

August 31, 2014 2 Comments
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TTIP and the wrong focus

This was interesting to find today, datelined August 29th: A new survey, conducted by YouGov on behalf of 38 Degrees, found that a further 39% think the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) “would be bad for the UK”, with just 13% saying it would have a positive effect. Today is the 31st and I only just completed mine, i.e. it only just arrived, so why bother sending it…

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It’s almost game over in the Ukraine

August 29, 2014 2 Comments
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What is coming through loud and clear from Russia is that Ukrainians are seen, within Russia, as brothers and sisters. My mate’s view over there is not unlike this Bloomberg writer’s: http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2014-08-28/putin-has-changed-the-game-in-ukraine A second front has been opened against the Ukrainian army in the rebellious Donetsk region. The Ukrainians were forced to give up the town of Novoazovsk on the Sea of Azov, not far from the strategic port of…

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ALS icebucket – where does your money go?

August 29, 2014 8 Comments
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ALS icebucket – where does your money go?

Thought this interesting. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money for the ALS Association is sweeping the nation, and going viral in social media. However, do you know what you are supporting if you contribute funds to the ALS Association? Where Does the Money Contributed to the ALS Association Go? So where does the money donated to the ALS Association actually go? You may be surprised to find out that the Association itself claims that only 27% of…

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A child’s prayer to end the evening

August 27, 2014 7 Comments
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A child’s prayer to end the evening

Dear God Please bless Mummy and Daddy, please look after my Aunty Em, please help all the good boys and girls of Rotherham and keep away all the bad monsters, like trolls, the one-eyed purple people eater [shudders], the long legged scissor man, Asian grooming gangs and all Lefties [convulsive shudders] who let it happen. Please make sure, God, that no Lefties are ever in charge of me. And make…

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