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Let’s hear it for the Team, guys!

By Mike Cunningham On October 30th, 2014 at 9:12 pm

As many already know, I have zero interest, and less knowledge, in all forms of sports; considering them on a par with, as a lifelong interest, watching paint dry. The tribal chants of the fans, which title of course stems from the more literary translation of fanatics, at British football games, are echoed around American football arenas, vastly different of course to its British namesake. The similar chants and songs of Rugby aficionados echo whether in New Zealand or Wales. Whether the sport is athletics, or curling, ski-ing or horse-racing, the fan(atics) will surge to their chosen meeting, or game, or whatever; often at huge expense, to watch their heroes perform, or not; as the case may be. It does not really matter to the supporters that, in many if not most of the various sporting endeavours, the clubs are owned, and are indeed operated, as big, lucrative businesses, and those same supporters’ needs and wishes are usually subservient to the bottom line; which is that of profit.

The County Council which allegedly serves the City where  I live is a good example of how the cash is thrown around, with over Six Million-odd pounds thrown at the County Cricket Club just because they are really nice guys!

It is profit which determines how much cash is spent upon players, of whatever sport is being discussed, and the players, and their talent, are just another calculation in the rush to gain a better place in the league, or the competition, or indeed whatever. The players are meat on the hoof to the financiers, nothing more, and nothing less. They are paid, sometimes, obscene amounts of money, but if a ligament goes, or a bone fractures once too often, they can be, and usually are, discarded like yesterday’s newspapers. The players are charged by the coaches and managers to go beyond their physical and mental limits to achieve the slogans of ‘be the best’, and ‘we will win’, but a story which has just emerged gives a deeper, darker side to the old chants from the terraces.

The Basketball and Football teams at UNC-Chapel Hill has achieved great glory for that University, in a time span spread over literally nearly two decades, but the leading players, many of them talented African-American students, were given a virtual free ride through enrolment into an African-American Studies Department with zero oversight, accountability or interest in the academic well-being of its students. As long as they performed on the boards, as long as they ‘won’ for the team and the University, they got a virtual free ride, with lies marked up as study, and non-existent examinations given full credit.

However, one group did know plenty about the scheme and actively tried to protect and preserve it. Paid counselors in the school’s Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes (ASPSA) were tasked with doing whatever it took to keep Tar Heel athletes eligible, especially those in “revenue” sports like football and basketball. To that end, these counselors not only “steered” athletes to the AFAM department and did homework for them, but they regularly alerted Crowder and Nyang’oro about the grades that each student-athlete required in order to “remain academically or athletically eligible.”

But the worst part is when those gifted athletes left the University where they had been lied to for years, and probably a phoney degree which could not possibly stand against the truth that they had no decent education at all, what future could they look forward to, apart from a tale of how many times they had Won for the Team’

Sports and Sportsmen, don’t make me laugh!

 

Tea, vicar? Scones? Mr. Kipling’s cake?

By Mike Cunningham On January 29th, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Some people may remember the fruit-cake loudmouths and other loonies when they were publishing their extreme concern over the amount of food which is allegedly wasted from the nation’s kitchens, fridges and tabletops. We were admonished because of our proclivity for eating only part of whatever was cooked, and then gaily throwing the remainder into overflowing dust-bins. Where these people got their statistics and records from, was not disclosed, but they seemed pretty concerned with something which is, and was, really none of their bloody business.

Which brings me to today’s small rant, which is obliquely on the same thing, which is of course food which, for one reason or another, is ditched, thrown, or simply discarded. Seems as though a branch of Iceland, a British frozen-food and vegetable retailer, was known to ditch varying quantities of food into a dumpster located in the delivery yard at the rear of the store. One solid citizen phoned the police when seeing three guys climb over the rear wall, believing a robbery was taking place, but it wasn’t a normal theft; the dumped food was the target of the intrepid trio, as they were arrested with the proceeds of this violent attack on civilization, namely tomatoes, mushrooms, cheese and Mr. Kipling’s cakes.

The Crown Persecution Prosecution Service was asked to consider dropping the case, but the CPS responded this month that the case would go ahead, because “we feel there is significant public interest in prosecuting these three individuals”. The Law which forms the basis of this action against these men stems from 1824, and the charge reads “being in an enclosed area, namely Iceland (Store), for an unlawful purpose, namely stealing food”.

Now my question simply is, should these men have just been warned and set free; or should they even have been charged over the taking of food which had already been dumped, destined for landfill? Should the Majesty of the Law be arraigned against three men who were simply trying to feed themselves with food rejected by its legal owner?

UPDATED

The case against three men accused of stealing food from bins outside an Iceland store has been dropped by prosecutors.

Paul May, William James and Jason Chan were arrested in Kentish Town, north London, in October.

The men denied charges brought under the 1824 Vagrancy Act.

The Crown Prosecution Service said Iceland had made representations that “affected our assessment of the public interest in prosecuting”.

I bet they made bloody representations! Just think of the negative impact on their stores already! Bloody CPS; f***ing useless!

 

STARVING THE BEAST

By Pete Moore On June 6th, 2013 at 11:19 am

Well done smokers!

BBC: Recent figures suggest 8 billion illicit cigarettes were bought in the UK last year, about 16 per cent of the total market.

An “illicit” cigarette merely being one on which the state is denied its monstrous skim of course. This year, more billions!

THERE WILL BE NO ESCAPE

By Pete Moore On June 4th, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Banksters everywhere

The Telegraph: Andorra bows to EU pressure to introduce income tax

Beautiful Andorra has been bullied by the international bankster cartel into looting an income tax from the people for the first time. This on top of recent introductions of a corporate tax and VAT for the first time. What’s more, a bill will be introduced into parliament intended to “progressively bring its tax system in line with international standards”.

I’ve been to Andorra. It’s a stunning, beautiful place with roads and buildings and food and all those things which the propaganda says will disappear unless we’re massively looted. The Telegraph passes this off by saying it “has relied on banking secrecy, tourism and duty-free trade to become a financial and commercial succes”. So privacy, welcoming visitors and free trade are sufficient.

What comes next, when the looting is “in line with international standards” is inevitable: debts secured against the future sweat of Andorrans, to be paid back by these newly levied taxes. What today is a beautiful, civilised and wealthy place – the kind of place anywhere can be – will become another heavily indebted and crushed regulatory state. There’s no escape. Other “tax havens” (i.e. anywhere currently beyond the reach of the banksters) are marked for assimiliation. You will be denied liberty, everywhere.

The man from Del Monte stays here

By Mike Cunningham On May 31st, 2013 at 9:55 am

 

I am not, as a rule, over-complimentary of our Justice and Prisons system; but there always is a first time for seeing things getting better. We see far too many lenient or virtually non-existent sentences passed by woolly, well-minded judges to be anything but truly cynical about the whole Justice process, but very occasionally we see a light shining through the murk.

So it is with a glad hand that I write of the sound and thoroughly welcome decision to keep the thieving, lying Asil Nadir in the friendly, cuddly confines of Belmarsh Prison instead of allowing him to fly off to Turkey, where he might, or might well not, have completed his sentence for fraud and embezzlement.

Apart from anything else, his defence was paid for by the British taxpayer, as he pleaded poverty; but was able to repay some five million quid under the threat of more prison time.

 

TAKING WHAT LITTLE THEY HAVE

By Pete Moore On May 24th, 2013 at 7:39 pm

A gang of thugs can’t even leave the homeless with their sleeping bags and food.

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When you see government do something, it’s always important to ask yourself if it would be right, or acceptable, for you to do it also. If an act is wrong for you to do, then it’s also wrong for government to do.

If you or I forcibly took the food and sleeping bags from the homeless, we would be thieves and rightly condemned. Probably we would be prosecuted. That others get together and call themselves “government” does not mitigate the act. That the magic word “government” provides a shield of immunity for thugs and thieves is simply more evidence that “government” is intrinsically evil.

 

 

YOU KNEW IT WAS COMING

By Pete Moore On May 21st, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Preside over at least 1200 deaths?

Then walk away with a £2m pension pot

As arrogant as it is, there was never going to be any other outcome. No you cannot resist. If you attempt to keep your income from being looted and given to him you will be visited by men ready to do violence on his behalf.

BOOM! RON PAUL ON THE IRS GANGSTERS

By Pete Moore On May 21st, 2013 at 8:21 pm

Washington Times: Ron Paul: Fix IRS by shutting it ‘once and for all’

Former Rep. Ron Paul of Texas called the recent IRS fiasco troubling — but writes that the only way Congress can protect the freedoms of Americans from a long pattern of suspected IRS abuse is to “shutter the doors” of the agency “once and for all.”

Conservatives, Republicans and supposed fans of small government: you had you chance but voted instead for a man whose scandals would just be getting underway if he’d been installed in the White House. The real scandal of the IRS isn’t that it targeted opponents of the ruling regime, it’s that it daily holds a gun to the heads of millions of Americans and steals their money. You had your chance to do away with it, and you bottled it.

THE REAL FUEL PRICE SCANDAL

By Pete Moore On May 15th, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Much political posturing today at the news that oil firms might have colluded to drive up fuel prices.

The real fuel scandal is that prices are driven up and that we are ripped off every day, because most of the price is the cut the state takes. We can’t do anything about it because they have a gun to our heads.

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HAMID KARZAI ON THE CIA PAYROLL

By Pete Moore On April 29th, 2013 at 4:06 pm

For some reason, the CIA has been dropping off tens of millions of dollars to Karzai’s office for over a decade. The payments – cash packed in suitcases, rucksacks and plastic bags – are still being made. The New York Times reports:

For more than a decade, wads of American dollars packed into suitcases, backpacks and, on occasion, plastic shopping bags have been dropped off every month or so at the offices of Afghanistan’s president — courtesy of the Central Intelligence Agency.

All told, tens of millions of dollars have flowed from the C.I.A. to the office of President Hamid Karzai, according to current and former advisers to the Afghan leader.

But without government, who will make Karzai stinkingly rich?

Moreover, there is little evidence that the payments bought the influence the C.I.A. sought. Instead, some American officials said, the cash has fueled corruption and empowered warlords, undermining Washington’s exit strategy from Afghanistan.

“The biggest source of corruption in Afghanistan,” one American official said, “was the United States.”

Someone thinks this is good policy – for themselves. Goodness knows the useless Karzai isn’t worth it. I can only imagine alot of cash has been channeled round to American-owned bank accounts in exotic places.