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THEY DON’T LIKE IT UP’EM

By Pete Moore On June 23rd, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Monckton’s gone and put his foot in it.

Standing in front of a projection of a swastika next to a quote from Prof Garnaut that read: “The outsider to climate science has no rational choice but to accept that, on the balance of probabilities, the mainstream science is right in pointing to high risks from unmitigated climate change,” he told the audience: “That’s a fascist point of view. “That you merely accept authority without question. Heil Hitler, on we go.”

The Lord (and deputy leader of UKIP) has withdrawn his comments and apologised for his “unparliamentary and unstatesmanlike” opinions. Quite right too, a sensible outcome from which all can learn. I’ll tell you what though, if any scientist tells me I have “no choice” but to accept his opinion as fact, the fascistic tosser can get stuffed.

CHE GUEVARA WALKS INTO A PUB IN LIMERICK …

By Pete Moore On May 21st, 2011 at 7:16 pm

The things you find out online, eh?

The headline’s not the intro a joke; Che Guevara really did go on the razzle in Limerick.

Interesting, no?

THE PERILS OF NOT LEAVING WELL ALONE

By ATWadmin On June 30th, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Via Timmy, possibly the oddest football match ever played:

There was an unusual match between Barbados and Grenada.

Grenada went into the match with a superior goal difference, meaning that Barbados needed to win by two goals to progress to the finals. The trouble was caused by two things. First, unlike most group stages in football competitions, the organizers had deemed that all games must have a winner. All games drawn over 90 minutes would go to sudden death extra time. Secondly and most importantly, there was an unusual rule which stated that in the event of a game going to sudden death extra time the goal would count double, meaning that the winner would be awarded a two goal victory.

Barbados was leading 2-0 until the 83rd minute, when Grenada scored, making it 2-1. Approaching the dying moments, the Barbadians realized they had no chance of scoring past Grenada’s mass defense, so they deliberately scored an own goal to tie the game at 2-2. This would send the game into extra time and give them another half hour to break down the defense. The Grenadians realized what was happening and attempted to score an own goal as well, which would put Barbados back in front by one goal and would eliminate Barbados from the competition.

However, the Barbados players started defending their opposition’s goal to prevent them from doing this, and during the game’s last five minutes, the fans were treated to the incredible sight of Grenada trying to score in either goal. Barbados also defended both ends of the pitch, and held off Grenada for the final five minutes, sending the game into extra time. In extra time, Barbados notched the game-winner, and, according to the rules, was awarded a 4-2 victory, which put them through to the next round.

As the first rule of economics states, incentives matter.

Or, as conservatives know, the time for change is when it can no longer be resisted. “It seemed like a good idea” is not sufficient reason to meddle.

I COME TO DEFEND OBAMSES, NOT BURY HIM

By ATWadmin On May 27th, 2010 at 7:06 pm

It may be that a man who commands the seas the stop rising is expected to lower them also, thus making it a simple task to plug the Gulf oil leak. I don’t know, but the Living God has been drawing some flak over the business according to the BBC:

US President Barack Obama has defended his government’s handling of the huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico ….. The president’s comments came as questions were increasingly being asked about whether he had been sufficiently engaged in handling the disaster, says the BBC’s Adam Brookes in Washington.

What do people expect him to do, clamp a monkey wrench between his teeth, pop a roll of Duck Tape onto his wrist and dive down himself? Let’s have some perspective here. Accidents happen and a bloke in DC can only do so much. Whether we like it or not, we are beyond the realm of practical state coercion here.

The move comes after an opinion poll said 60% of Americans were unhappy with the government’s response.

He can threaten BP with a federal government wrath, but that doesn’t plug the hole. He can tell BP to get on with it, which he has done, but oil and physics can’t hear him. Maybe legal and financial threats will make some people feel better, but still the oil will gush. What else can he do?

He admitted the government did not have the technology to deal with the damaged oil well nearly a mile (1.6km) below the surface, meaning that Washington must rely on BP to plug the ruptured well.

It’s fair to say I’m not Obamses’ greatest fan. However the urgent task is technical and belongs to engineers who are trying their best – while no doubt knackered, unshaven and working around the clock – to plug the hole. For all the power that resides in the President, there’s nothing he or the federal government can do today to help. But if you like, what can he do?

YOU SHOULDN’T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ IN THE PAPERS

By ATWadmin On May 16th, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Thirtysomethings could routinely conceive babies using IVF within a decade because it will have become better than sex as a means of reproduction, scientists have predicted.

Excuse me for disagreeing with scientists, but not while I’m about.

THE HEART BLEEDS FOR GORDON BROWN

By ATWadmin On November 3rd, 2009 at 7:54 pm

HE’S like, really skint. The Prime Mentalist would have us believe he has “very little money” and that “it’s very expensive being prime minister.”

Come off it. If this is honest judgement, no wonder we’re up it without one. McRuin has to scrape by on a mere £195,000. He has no property costs, what with having to slum it at Downing Street and Chequers.

His cost of living expenses aren’t exactly sky high since most of them, including the costs of cleaning a flat of his somewhere, are dumped onto the taxpayer’s groaning back. As soon as he goes out the Daimler arrives with Jeeves up front. If you’re wondering who pays for that, well let’s say it’s a while since Brown paid for a tank of petrol. His pension (can you- ah, I think you can) will give him £60,000 pa when he’s finally kicked out.

So how is being PM an expensive business? It isn’t. This loon doesn’t even smoke and drink. He’s a wealthy man with negligible expenses and no idea how ruinous his taxes are to someone on an average wage, which is why he’s so free and easy with them.

If Parliamentarians had to live like the average person on an average wage taxes would be abolished.

THE WORLD’S MOST STUPIDEST BURGLARS

By ATWadmin On October 29th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

I LOVE a story like this. It’s always reassuring to know there’s someone out there dumber than you.

CARROLL, Iowa —  Police had no trouble identifying two men accused of trying to break into a Carroll apartment.

Police were responding to a call about an attempted burglary when they pulled over a car matching the alleged suspects’ vehicle. Inside the car, officers found two men with their faces blackened with permanent marker.

Police say the caller described two men with painted faces attempting to break into an apartment Friday night before driving off.

I see Iowa went Democrat in the 2008 presidential election. Just saying, that’s all …

Killing time, or fish?

By ATWadmin On October 22nd, 2009 at 7:45 pm

Whiling a way a spare half-hour before watching an American police procedural on Sky, I flipped channels and wat5ched the last half of a documentary on Trawlermen, their lives, the dangers, the scant rewards. I have known for many years of the totally useless, insane and criminal rules forced on our Fishermen by the dead hand rule of the European Union. The rules which say how many, how much and where the fish may be caught! The rules which are enforced by the Fishery Protection vessels of Her Majesty’s Navy!

The rules, I will remind you, of the penalties for landing one pound ( or kilo) over the quota for the month, of cod, of haddock, of coley! The rules which impose a fine which can, and does, bankrupt the owners and workers who know nothing else!

I watched as perfectly good netfulls of fish were dumped over the sides of the trawler during the filmed excerpts of one of the hardest, toughest and most dangerous jobs still existing in this bland, homogenised world of ours!

Why dumped; you may well ask?

The Trawlermen had caught all they were allowed to, and even after sharing their catch with a sister ship, had to throw healthy food to be eaten by the seagulls. Meanwhile in Brussels, and in Whitehall; the bureaucrats relaxed, happy that their Regulations were followed to the letter!

An Example To Us All

By ATWadmin On October 15th, 2009 at 12:17 pm

SOMEONE’S doing well:

PA – Investment bank Goldman Sachs is expected to announce a bumper profits haul amid signs that the sector’s lucrative bonuses are back just a year after the banking crisis that almost caused financial meltdown.

Staff at the US giant, which employs 5,500 people in London, look set for a reported £14 billion pay and bonus pool this year when bosses unveil what is forecast to be a sharp rise in third quarter earnings.

A cynic would decry these profits and bonuses, but I won’t. Granted, with the economy continuing to sink under the weight of debt, national bankruptcy looming and the shoe leather wearing thin, the rest of us are wondering if we’ll have a job in a few months. All in all one could be forgiven for seeing an almost magical quality about Goldman’s performance, but then they’re a magical band of special people.

What GS has demonstrated is the truth of what your parents told you, that all you need to succeed are simple hard work, determination, unswerving commitment, ownership of the federal reserve,  control of the Treasury Department, the ability to borrow your freshly printed dollars at 1%, an arrangement to swap them for 4% Treasury Stock, hundreds of millions of taxpayers to weigh you out and a puppet President.

But Max Keiser, now there’s a man who smells a rat –

The Pharoah Obamses Wins The 2009 Nobel Peace Prize

By ATWadmin On October 9th, 2009 at 10:51 am

NO, you’re not dreaming. He really did win it.

The C-in-C who presides over two occupations, two wars, the god-king who is increasing troop numbers in Afghanistan, who regularly bombs Pakistan (a pleasure not tasted by the hated Dubya), who bestrides an administration which still holds untried men in Guantanamo’s cells and someone who threatens to bomb or facilitate the bombing of Iran* truly, War is Peace.

Unbelievable … but then the fool Krugman walked away with the Nobel Prize for Economics while advocating the economic creed which got us where we are.

* Whether these are good and welcome things or bad, dangerous and wrong isn’t the point here, they just are.