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For those in peril………

By Mike Cunningham On April 21st, 2015 at 10:35 am

We should stand for a minute, in memory of the day when an era of short-cuts, penny-pinching, fraud and greed was to cost eleven lives

I am not, as many will recall, overfond of mass memorials. Yes, the Two-minute Silence in Great Britain at 11 a.m. on 11th day of the 11th month to remember those who gave their lives so that we might live without tyranny is, to my mind, one of the very few exceptions to my own rule. Anything proposed or formulated by the European Union is definitely beyond the pale as far as I am concerned.

But there are times when I believe we should pause, and remember those, who by a combination of arrogance, stupidity, greed, simple corruption and fraud have lost their lives while simply doing their jobs.

A minute, if you will, for the Dead of Deepwater Horizon!

 

 

Update:-

The arrogance, stupidity, greed, simple corruption and fraud are all charged against the employers, the rig owners, the well developers and the people who exposed the workers to those terrible risks! I apologise if my words were misstaken in any manner whatsoever!

 

Abandon hope, never mind ‘Ship’

By Mike Cunningham On October 18th, 2014 at 5:12 pm

Just to add to the general gaiety in America, a lab worker, who apparently did not know of the requirements of self-monitoring required for those who have been in close contact with EBOLA, is  aboard a Carnival Cruise Ship in the Carribean; under what is euphemistically-named  ‘Voluntary Isolation’.

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As she is 19 days into the 21 days considered sufficient for clearance, just imagine what the outcome would be, on a Cruise ship with 5,000 panicking people on board, if she developed a temperature!

 

a volunteer is someone who didn’t understand the question (Navy Proverb)

By Mike Cunningham On October 11th, 2014 at 5:22 pm

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It is but typical of this modern age, when top NHS and government officials ask for ‘VOLUNTEERS’ to go to shit-hole dumps like Ebola-ridden Sierra Leone in the West of Africa to help fight and contain the disease that the locals are too ignorant/scared/thick/tribalist/disorganised/ill-prepared/dependent on witchdoctors (delete the adjectives you feel are too truthful) to organise a defence themselves: and after ‘Volunteering’, these dumb clowns are told that if they catch the scourge themselves they will not be flown back to the UK to seek better treatment.

I just wonder if we can’t get a bi-i-i-g truck sent around, loaded up with all these politicians and senior Health officials who are organising help for these African people who just don’t seem capable of helping themselves, and then shovel the truck contents onto a nice, noisy C-130, and then drop them over the target area, so they can ‘volunteer’ themselves.

Not the ‘Final’; but the Only Solution!

By Mike Cunningham On October 7th, 2014 at 10:19 am

We learn today of a Spanish nurse who has contracted Ebola after tending to a dying priest flown out of Liberia to a Madrid hospital. A few days ago, we read of an black bloke in Texas who went down with Ebola after travelling from Liberia, via Belgium to Dallas. He lied when he boarded the plane in Africa, as he stated that he had no contact with any affected person, but instead had ‘transported’ a woman who later died of this disease in Monrovia, exposed probably many people before he finally went to hospital in Dallas, and now expects to be treated.

What should be imposed on all these tin-pot West African states is a complete international travel embargo, no-one allowed out at all, and the only people allowed in are the truly stupid who think they can ‘help others’.

My solution to this dread epidemic is quite simple, if probably a little too strict for the liberals, the ‘do-gooders’ of this world, those who believe that the inhabitants of these tropical shit-holes deserve help. The countries where this dread disease is raging should be clamped down with an international air and land travel embargo, and left to rot, because all that is happening now is the ones with any cash are buying tickets to anywhere in the West, and transporting their deadly diseases along with them. The travel embargo should remain in force until a month after the last person dies. Many might die, but the West would remain disease-free.

But I know that most Western Nation-States are too soft, too woolly-minded, too full of the dread mindset which says ‘We can help’, when what they should be doing is setting up the barbed-wire fences around these plague spots, and then waiting until this disease kills all it touches, and then dies out naturally!

 

never mind the sprinklers, check out the shopping!

By Mike Cunningham On May 29th, 2012 at 7:48 am

The names of upmarket stores and retail outlets include Van Cleef & Arpels, Caran D’Ache, Dunhill and Gap. The features of the Villagio Mall include a miniature Venetian canal complete with gondoliers, a play area and lots and lots of places for people to spend all their cash.

What they didn’t seem to have is a fire-fighting plan, sprinklers, evacuation schemes and trained personnel; or even a fire alarm which wasn’t routinely ignored by everyone familiar with the huge complex. I have helped build and commission malls and shopping centres, I know how complex and cumbersome the safety requirements can be; but they have to be observed.

Qatar’s Sheik Abdullah said all buildings in the country abide by safety requirements. Seems a pity that small children had to die before this statement was proved, shall we say, inadequate!

Rescue, or ‘did you see me, Ma?’

By Mike Cunningham On October 31st, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Spokesmen for the four hundred and thirteen uniformed personnel who were unable to fit their faces into the photograph of the baby being mauled rescued from the rubble have agreed to take out a class action suit against the photographers. The ‘rescuers’ claimed that they were not given any time to arrange themselves into a group before the shutter clicked on the famous photograph!

Remember the ‘Horizon’

By Mike Cunningham On April 20th, 2011 at 6:54 pm

I am not, as many will recall, overfond of mass memorials. Yes, the Two-minute Silence in Great Britain at 11 a.m. on 11th day of the 11th month to remember those who gave their lives so that we might live without tyranny is, to my mind, one of the very few exceptions to my own rule. Anything proposed or formulated by the European Union is definitely beyond the pale as far as I am concerned.

But there are times when I believe we should pause, and remember those, who by a combination of arrogance, stupidity, greed, simple corruption and fraud have lost their lives while simply doing their jobs.

A minute, if you will, for the Dead of Deepwater Horizon!

Resolution 1974.33333

By Mike Cunningham On April 19th, 2011 at 4:58 pm

When the U.N. Security Council agreed the historic resolution to defend civilians in Syria, at the urging of that champion of Human Rights President Mugabe of Zimbabwe, the British were the only ones to accept that, as the UN had authorised the ‘lunacy’ in Libya, the same had to be done for Syria, where the Armed Forces of mad and bad Assad were shooting lots of civilians.

The Prime Minister and his Defence Secretary Liam Fox did, however, manage a weak smile when the RAF strike force was unveiled at a special ceremony and fly-past to mark the start of the Campaign.

all those who go down to the sea in ships

By ATWadmin On April 25th, 2010 at 8:54 am

 

Amidst our puny thoughts of politics, spare a thought for those missing, now presumed presumed dead, from the Deepwater Horizon, whose girders, casings, machinery and cavernous spaces must now act as the communal grave for eleven oil workers who have gone down to that sea for the final time.

In Memoriam

Ave atque Vale