Right. I am now aware of some of the stuff posted on another thread by long time ATW regular Petr. It crossed the line. He is gone. Anyone who mistakes my silence for indulgence is in for a shock. ATW is a place for vigorous debate but there is NO WAY I will tolerate anyone making threats against another.
British voters are evenly split on whether Britain should remain in or leave the European Union ahead of a June 23 referendum to settle the question, an ICM poll showed on Tuesday.
WE’RE reminded yet again that the pollsters haven’t the foggiest which way this is going. The Remains were something like 15 points ahead at the weekend in another poll. This weekend they’ll be back in front, with immoral, traitorous (according to the soon-to-be-unemployed PM) Brexiteers leapfrogging back in front next week.
My prediction holds steady, that Remain will just win. Remain rhetoric remains is steady at Force 10, full of lies and panic. Their internal polling betrays their true feelings. We Brexiteers have all the facts, all the optimism and all the motivation on our side, alas Remains have postal votes and 100%+ turnouts, like one Austrian town.
IN a rare outbreak of common sense, a council has done the right thing in approving a fracking application in Yorkshire. Cue eco-commie outrage, declarations of war and “a ‘people’s declaration’ in an attempt to stop the process going ahead.
It’s a funny old world. The Left never stopped going nuts about Tories closing coal mines (little noticing that Labour governments closed far more mines), yet when heroic entrepreneurs want to create jobs and lower energy costs for the people, by installing one little fracking wellhead, off they go again like their hair’s on fire.
Below is a 2600 word whine by Anis Shavani a much loved wackjob of the left. He is loved because he forms into well written prose the inner angst and disdain of the elite bolshevik left. There is a guy on the radio that says the left is the most fun to watch when they are out of power and pulling out their hair. Shavani isn’t waiting he’s already opening his wrists in a beautiful whine over what he see’s as an inevitable Trump victory.
Please take the time to read it. This is the perfect example of the lefts mental illness.
There are many here that will agree with some of his views of the world. Personally I think this is one of the best unintentional comedy pieces I’ve read in a long time. If you take the time you’ll find he hits many points well worth discussing, even if his conclusions and solutions are totally wrong. In my opinion.
Here is a sample, the rest is below the fold.
Nonetheless, Trump has brought to the surface the leftover mobs of American society, the residual unemployable, the “losers” constituting perhaps a third of society, who were never acknowledged as such during the past many cycles of political ups and downs, but who are now forcing the successful two-thirds to face up to the fictions of the market.
When Trump’s masses see Clinton tacking to the middle—as she undoubtedly will, rather than go for the surefire path to victory by heading left, by picking Bernie Sanders for example—the more they will detest it, which will push her only further in their direction, not in the direction that can bring victory. Clinton, because of her disembodied identity in the placeless global economy, cannot make a movement toward the direction of reality, because the equations would falter, the math would be off, the logic would be unsustainable. And that is the contradiction that the country can easily see, that is the exposed front of the abstract market that will bring about its supposed reckoning in the form of Clinton’s defeat.
Donald Trump is going to win: This is why Hillary Clinton can’t defeat what Trump represents
People are rising up against neoliberal globalization. Trump represents capital, but also understands this reality
As Memorial Day Weekend approachs the 100th anniversary of Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs is being celebrated gourmands and the good eats community. The Mecca of the tube steak is located at Surf Avenue and Stillwell Avenue in Brooklyn’s Coney Island. Back in the day they were five cents a dog, and still a bargain in modern times. Walk up service from the boardwalk while the Atlantic waves hit the beach behind you. I’d suggest two, with mustard. The amusement parks, human circus and endless summer flow into each other while you stroll around. Once an outer barrier island, Coney is actually now a peninsula, but it retains its cheesy charm with an old school dignity befitting one of the crown jewels of Kings County. Like The Warriors, you need to get there one day. Enjoy one of the hot dogs they have been serving year round for 100 years, since Nathan Handwerker set up his stand and let the summer come alive.
The other day, I met up with a childhood friend ” Karl ” that I hadn’t seen in years. He’s been living in Europe since he went for a semester abroad in Paris, and never came back. He cut all his classes. He spent his time more profitably, in pool halls, where he learned colloquial French in record time.
He has started a small business, has French citizenship, a French wife, lots of European friends. He ran an anti French website from Paris ( ! ) during the Iraq war years, which nearly became the subject of a Penguin book.
He still has a US accent, but he prides himself in that he can out-curse any French person, a fact that drives his French friends nuts.
He lives in another major European country now.
He works in a field that most of us wouldn’t know at all. He works in Bitcoin security.
Bitcoins are a non-national currency. No one knows who created it. They’re an alternative to the dollar or euro, etc, but also an alternative to gold and silver. Some see bitcoin as a revolutionary idea. I will freely admit that I don’t understand it.
I was amazed when Karl told me that he didn’t have a bank account. He has a bitcoin account of some sort, but no normal savings or checking account at all. His employer pays him in the bitcoin equivalent of the local currency. He has a debit card that allows him to do small financial transactions in the euro and pound world.
Not having a bank account makes it hard for the European governments to know how much money he has. And it may make it impossible for the US government to know anything about his income or assets. ( The US thinks that its citizens abroad should pay it income tax. No other country takes this position for their expats )
I asked him what he would do if his bitcoin was stolen from his virtual account. He said that it was very unlikely to happen. Well, I dunno.
Money, banking, buying things has changed greatly in the past couple of decades. For the most part, I like the changes. But I’m not ready to have a virtual currency in a virtual account that no one knows about. I don’t want to be Mount Gox’ed.
Karl is not rich. He is very far from the so called ” one percent “. This is his way of protecting what he has earned over a lifetime, in income that has always been taxed in the country where the money was earned. I don’t think that there is anything wrong with it.
Would you ever do this? Do you use bitcoin? Do you know anyone who does?
IT’S too tight to call the Austrian presidential election. The contest is between Norbert Hofer (a moderate and patriot) and Alexander Van der Bellen (a scruffy, unshaven, far-Left eco-commie and Europhile traitor).
The official election site has it at 51.9% for the patriot Hofer and 48.1% for the commie, with only postal votes to be counted. Hofer deserves it of course, because he’s the sensible option, a patriot and the underdog who has battled torrents of lies and propaganda. Alas, I fear that Austria is about to lurch to the far-Left and that the commie will get it.
In the UK we know full well that postal voting is wide open to Left Wing electoral corruption. Nothing is too shameless when you already call yourself a socialist, a creed which justifies any means necessary towards an end. Also, postal voting is naturally attractive to Leftists, who are lazy and much more likely to vote from their beds.
No doubt I speak for all connected to ATW when I say that decency, hope for the future and – dammit – Europeanness are hanging by a thread in Austria. Let’s hope and pray that Hofer gets the gig.
Longtime readers of ATW will know where I stand on the NHS. I would get rid of it as soon as look at it. This vast bloated anachronism consumes more and more of our taxes and provides less and less service. But – I hear – it’s those EVIL Tory cuts that are causing it to fail so spectacularly. Then again….
See, here is part of my issue with the NHS. In private industry, a business agrees a budget and may well employ a Finance Director to ensure that it meets required budgetary limits. The NHS contains thousands of financial managers, many on huge salaries and gilt edged pensions. So how do you think they are doing? What sort of performance do they turn in to justify this expense?
An unprecedented overspend by hospitals and other NHS trusts is expected to be announced later by health bosses. The figures for England from the regulator, NHS Improvement, cover the 2015-16 year, which finished in March. By December – the three-quarter mark – hospital, ambulance and mental health trusts were already £2.2bn in the red, with the figure expected to have risen.
This is the crux of the matter. They ALL overspend and no one is sacked! Instead, it is treated as a virtue. They use it to get even more cash and I am sure promotions are obtained on the back of cosmic grade failure!