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By Pete Moore On April 30th, 2015 at 8:58 pm

Former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers …

“Nobody over the last 50 years, not the IMF, not the US Treasury, has predicted any of the recessions a year in advance, never,” he said.

No, not that, but Timmy’s comment that it’s a problem for those who think they can plan an economy.

Hardly anyone, Peter Schiff aside, predicted the 2008 crash so closely, and if any government economists even predicted a coming recesion they’re still hiding that light under a dense bushell. Gordon Brown may have thought he had abolished boom and bust, but in this era of chronic fiat money inflation, the economy will always be heading for boom or into bust. The only uncertainties are around how large the bubble will be and when the bust will come.

I’d go a little further than Tim Worstall and say that Summers’ comment demolishes the case for all economic planning. Or as von Mises said: “If one rejects laissez fayre on account of man’s fallibility and moral weakness, one must for the same reason also reject every kind of government action.”

The Fog….or the Mind of an Left-leaning Liberal

By Mike Cunningham On April 30th, 2015 at 12:13 pm

One of the many problems which affect the elderly is a faulty memory. We struggle to recall a word, a phrase, a statement, even a name; sometimes we confuse adverbs with adjectives, but, sometimes, specifically, I cannot recall a species. Allow me to explain:-

Jim Naughtie of BBC Today fame, was interviewing a few years ago, some lady: Scots I seem to recall, on the subject of the priority removal of pests, small rodents or small animals, from her garden property. As I stated before, I just cannot remember the species which was being discussed, but I definitely recall the Scots lady’s statement, which was “Och, I just kill them all!” This statement, which to me was perfectly reasonable and logical, because after all they were discussing garden pests, whether moles, or rats, or rabbits, or whatever. But  I vividly remember the BBC interviewer’s response, which was to blurt out, in tones which reeked of Hibernian ‘Wee Free’ censorious condemnation, “But that’s Murrrrrderrrrr!” (for interpretation, explanation and further information, readers are advised to watch or listen to the voice of the female detective who is featured in old videos or DVDs of ‘Taggart’.

So whilst the lady was describing the efficient removal and ridding her garden of pests, which were destroying her plants, or flowers, or whatever; the BBC man was comparing her actions to that of a serial killer!

Now transfer, if you would, your thoughts to the members of a British Anti-Terrorist Police Group, where sensitive intelligence has lead them to believe that a foreign-born but naturalised British citizen is making plans to go to another country; and whilst in that country he will be collecting a device, or equipment, which may, repeat may, be imported back to Great Britain, and will be used in, to use the correct legal term, the furtherance of an Act of Terrorism. The intelligence strongly suggests the return of the plotter back to Great Britain. There are no phone tap or intercepts recorded, no e-mails which can be used as evidence with which to arrest him whilst on British soil; all they have is verbal warnings that this man is about to wreak death and destruction upon his return from his visit abroad.

The philosophical question I now put to readers is this:- As the country, which for our purposes shall be known as S.A., which the suspect will visit, is a firm believer in, and a very efficient user of, Capital Punishment; should the Anti-Terror Group advise the S.A. police force that the suspect will be travelling equipped with a deadly terror device, in which case the suspect, holder of a valid British passport will more than likely be arrested, charged, found guilty on terror charges, and executed by decapitation, a fate which he would have thoroughly deserved: or, knowing that the British government, but not, strangely enough, the majority of the British people, has strong and deeply held reservations about Capital Punishment and the Death Penalty, should the Anti-Terror police remain silent, and hope against hope that they can intercept the suspected ‘jihadi’ on his return to British soil before he makes his final moves towards his martyrdom?

Just like the question the Australians had to think about!

Whilst on the subject of Australians, I loved the crucifix! Just the right touch of innocence and religious devotion!


By Pete Moore On April 29th, 2015 at 7:56 pm

I’M totally, absolutely gobsmacked to learn that the multi-millionaire parasite, Margaret Hodge MP, is a turbocharged hyprocrite –

A senior Labour politician – the party’s fiercest critic of tax avoidance – has been accused of hypocrisy after it was claimed she was handed more than £1.5million in shares from a tax haven.

Margaret Hodge has built a reputation for taking on those accused of having ‘secretive’ offshore funds as the chairman of the Commons public accounts committee.

But The Times reported the multi-millionaire had benefited from a controversial scheme that lets wealthy Britons move undeclared assets back to the UK without facing criminal action.

The disgusting woman has been at the head of Labour’s campaign against tax-avoidance (which is perfectly lawful), while avoiding shed loads of tax herself. What shocking news that’s it’s one rule for her kind only. Keep voting drones, your tribunes are really gonna get the rich next time.

the missing adjective……Alleged

By Mike Cunningham On April 29th, 2015 at 4:52 pm

When the dreaded name ‘Jimmy Saville’ appears in print, usually nowadays in huge headlines, alongside such terms as ‘victims’, or ‘abuse’, or even more explicitly ‘sexual activity with a minor’; we are alerted, almost by Pavlovian behaviour modification; to expect ever more unsavoury details regarding this dead ******** pervert.  But there seems to me to be almost a bandwagon effect, with the added problem that, because the man is dead, absolutely none of these allegations can be tested in a Court. But hey; there’s the legal get-out, because it has long been established that you cannot defame or libel the dead. So, the band-wagon rolls on with Savile accused of everything from necrophilia to advising Prince Charles on his marriage prospects. We have all seen the headlines, hells gates, I myself have even written on ATW regarding this particular man, and of the crimes he has been accused of; and of my own distaste for the very thought of this high-profile personality being allowed to literally get away with crimes worse than murder.

The evidence, the accusations, tested by CPS solicitors on evidence collected by the police, seem incontrovertible; the accusers line up, with their claims and hopes for, er, Compensation!!!!

There is, however, yet another side to this long, turgid and complex story, and that is the side retailed by a blogger named Susanne Cameron-Blackie who writes under the title Anna Racoon. Scan her voluminous postings, as she writes with a certain veracity based on her sojourns at the Duncroft Approved School.

As to the truth of the many and varied allegations against this disc jockey; I am fairly certain that discussions, stories, rages will continue for years; but, in researching this small post, I have formed the conclusion that it is a little far-fetched to automatically state that there can be no doubt of his guilt. After all, it would have to be an enormous conspiracy involving hundreds of BBC staff, not particularly known for being reticent, thousands more of NHS, Broadmoor and Stoke Mandeville staff, all of whom would need to be totally complicit in a massive cover-up.




By David Vance On April 29th, 2015 at 1:47 pm

Well then, didn’t this ad raise quite the storm in a Tea cup?


Here’s a tip for political activists: if your rabble-rousing echoes the behaviour and ideas of Islamists, then you’re doing something wrong. Consider the Protein World advert which — clutch my pearls! — features a photo of a beautiful, svelte woman in a bikini next to the question: ‘Are you beach body ready?’ Angry women, and probably some men, have been writing outraged slogans on these posters, scribbling on the poor model’s face and body, seemingly blissfully unaware that they’re following in the footsteps of intolerant Islamic agitators.


“Feminism, sadly, becomes more like Islamism every day. Alongside the ad-defacing antics, there’s also the campaign to put saucy tabloids and lads’ mags in black bags, echoing an ugly sight I beheld in Dubai once: Western magazines whose covers had been defaced with black gaffer tape by religious censors determined to hide women’s cleavage from the masses. And there was the war against Page 3 (RIP): a boob-hiding project that Muslim Patrol would be proud of. Too much modern feminism depicts women as fragile, as unable to cope with rude pictures or rough words, as requiring protection from the banter and imagery of everyday life. In the words of the anti-Page 3 campaign, such stuff can have a ‘negative impact’ on women’s ‘self-esteem’. It’s so alarmingly patronising, and it really does bring to mind the cloying over-protectionism of Islamists, who likewise see women as dainty, easily damaged, in need of constant chaperoning when they venture into the jungle of public life.

Can’t we try to resuscitate the spirit of the old sexually liberated feminism, when the likes of Germaine Greer didn’t want to ban photos of bikinis but instead posed for them?”

Sadly not. Modern feminism is a soul mate to Islamism. It is vocal, quick to take anger, and keen to shut up any real debate.


By David Vance On April 29th, 2015 at 1:39 pm

I see the courtier N Ireland media has got itself all excited about this;

Martin McGuinness has proposed a referendum to settle the vexed issue of same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland.

Mr McGuinness got qualified support for his idea from Mark Durkan of the SDLP and Naomi Long of Alliance.

Now then, the REASON that McGuinness is calling for a referendum is because the NI Assembly has yet again VOTED in the issue and it has been voted down. Since the issue cannot be won in the Assembly, McGuinness seeks to get around this via a referendum.

But maybe he has a point, maybe we need to engage in referendum a lot more so here are three that I would like to hold;

1.  The restoration of the death penalty for all convicted terrorists. Yes or No

2. Should we stay in the EU or not? A UK wide poll. Yes or No.

3. Should we be part of a United Ireland. Yes or No.

Well, I am sure Marty, Alliance and the SDLP will all agree that we NEED to allow the people to speak on all SORTS of issues.

Conflicts of Interest, Bribery

By Patrick Van Roy On April 29th, 2015 at 12:50 pm

HilllaryWhen you give someone money to do a “favor” for you it’s a Bribe unless of course your last name is Clinton. The following is the first couple of paragraphs and a chart from a story on the Clinton Foundation. Please go read the whole story HERE. I don’t see how the Beast survives this, but then again it’s the Clintons, and the Democrat voters don’t really care about integrity.

181 Clinton Foundation donors who lobbied Hillary’s State Department

The size and scope of the symbiotic relationship between the Clintons and their donors is striking. At least 181 companies, individuals, and foreign governments that have given to the Clinton Foundation also lobbied the State Department when Hillary Clinton ran the place, according to a Vox analysis of foundation records and federal lobbying disclosures.

The following chart shows entities that donated to the foundation and lobbied the State Department during Hillary Clinton’s tenure. The totals include funding from both the corporate and charitable arms of listed companies (the Gates and Walton foundations are named to illustrate that point). The chart does not account for contributions made by executives, and it may omit some companies who made contributions or lobbied through subsidiaries.


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Postcard from New Orleans

By Phantom On April 29th, 2015 at 12:32 pm

I’ve been in NOLA for four days, and today its time to go home.

These business boondoggles aren’t as boondogglish as you may think. I’ve had up to eight meetings a day, all the while keeping things moving on my active accounts back home. Which means 430 am wakeup calls and go go go. Still you don’t hear me complain. I love to travel and I am very fond of this city.

On Saturday, I was able to sneak away to DBA, a pub on Frenchman Street. For a 20 buck cover you got to hear a 90 minute set by John Boutte, the jazz ? Musician who did the theme from the Treme HBO series. It was wonderful.

Good music and great food isn’t hard to find here.

In each of my four trips here, I’ve found the locals cheerful and kind.

Bourbon Street is like the nightmare scene from ” Its a Wonderful Life “. Which to me is not much of a nightmare at all – its loud, garish cheap bars cheek to jowl with great restaurants. Every night has the Mardi Gras feel.

NOLA is not just the French Quarter, though. I quite liked the Warehouse District, which is quieter, without the beads, one nice quiet bar or restaurant after the other.

The place is jam packed with tourists, including a bunch of US and British sailors on what has to be one of the best port calls they will ever see.

I know all about the city’s deep flaws, but I want to come back soon, to dig deeper in one of the more interesting cities in America.


By David Vance On April 28th, 2015 at 9:17 pm

I suppose I have ended up as a veteran blogger and no, that’s not cockney rhyming slang. Somehow or another, ATW has been steaming along for around 15 years and what started as just a bit of an experiment ended up as part of my life and daily routine.   Years of posting stories brings a certain amount of ease and perhaps insight into what people want to read and I am always keen to showcase the talent of young people and encourage them. Here’s a blog by a young man, in his late teens, but he shows a remarkable maturity and he is keen to develop. Do me a favour and pop over to his blog and wish him well!


By David Vance On April 28th, 2015 at 8:21 pm


These two characters have never been seen in the same room.

PS I noticed someone on Twitter has picked up on the below…! I really don’t take myself too seriously!