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ATW OPEN THREAD

By Pete Moore On October 31st, 2015 at 1:43 pm

Something wiccan this way comes.

Wassail. The ancients just called; they want their feast day back. Happy Samhain everyone. The veil between the living and the dead is at its thinnest so avoid burial mounds, which is a tad difficult round these here parts. The place is full of them. Tradition dictates that we leave food and drink out for departing spirits. It sounds generous to me, but hey, tradition is tradition.

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May the rugby gods forgive me, but I think I want the Wallabies to beat New Zealand this afternoon in the World Cup Final. The Australian coach, Michael Cheika, was appointed a year ago and took over a squabbling shambles of a team. Now they’re 80 minutes from being World Champions, given a bit of luck and the All Blacks not on top form. I want them to win to crush this idea that it takes four years to build a world cup winning team, which many in England believe. The England coach, Stuart Lancaster, was appointed four years ago and was still talking about learning and developing when the tournament started. What we learned is that after four years we still couldn’t ruck legally, and that’s why they got nowhere near the final. Bah.

Anyway, it’s all moot if New Zealand hit top form. KO’s at 1600.

Have yourselves an Open Thread then. I’ll be watching the rugby and drinking whatever the souls don’t touch.

Will Fewsorange Win the 2015 New York Marathon?

By Phantom On October 30th, 2015 at 9:05 pm

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ATW regular Fewsorange will run the NY Marathon this Sunday.

I hope that he has done more preparation for it when I ran it, twice before. Even if you’re not one of these sleek rabbits that run the sub three hour times, it is such a great rush, especially on the Fourth Avenue Brooklyn leg, then again on First Avenue in Manhattan, until, lets just say you get a wee bit tired up on the Bronx and then have to run back into Manhattan into your moment of glory by Columbus Circle.

The best of luck to Fewsorange this Sunday! Don’t do what Rosie Ruiz did!

QUIDS COMPANY

By Pete Moore On October 30th, 2015 at 8:04 pm

MORE popcorn, because hopefully no-one will be getting out of this one alive.

The Kids Company, a “charity” headed by a Nigerian sofa and Alan Yentob of the BBC, went bust a few months ago. We learned this week that the government gave it £49 million (that’s forty nine million) of our pounds, and yet it still went bust. Why Slipper of the Yard isn’t yet involved goodness knows. I suspect he will be on Monday morning. Via Buzzfeed tonight, we learn:

A “horrifying” new report seen by BuzzFeed News and BBC Newsnight sheds light on some of Kids Company’s extraordinary financial decisions and its spending of £46 million of public money, raising further questions over why government ministers agreed to an additional £3 million of funding just days before it shut its doors.

The confidential report, carried out by auditors at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) in late July this year, details how:

– The charity spent more than £50,000 meeting the cost of a PhD for an individual described as the relative of an Iranian diplomat

– Two children of staff members received over £130,000 in client payments

– Another client received more than £47,000 in tax-free support in 2014

– A client had also been bought a pair of designer shoes for £305

Hey it was only other people’s money, but as Hayek taught, spending other people’s money on other people is the worst possible way and guaranteed to be wasted. All those millions were doled out by politicians, including the Prime Minister, despite warnings by bureaucrats. I reckon the sofa must have photos of Cameron. Enjoy your weekend, the tax farm calls on Monday morning.

Friday

By The Troll On October 30th, 2015 at 7:19 pm

POINT OF ORDER

By Pete Moore On October 30th, 2015 at 7:00 pm

BBC ululations have filled the airwaves today – Shakar Aamar has been released from Guantanamo Bay! According to the Beeb, he’s the last “British resident” of Gitmo but he is now “home”. Typically, this is technically correct but highly misleading.

Aamer is a Saudi, resident in the UK from 1996 until 2001, when he moved to Afghanistan. It wasn’t the first time he’d been there, but after his move, which was apparently to hand out lollipops to children, for which you need the AK47 and forged British passport he’d come by, he ended up in Tora Bora, surrounded by the jihadi friends he’d made in London. I know, it’s the typical tale of a charity worker.

Apparently this foreigner, arrested by foreigners in a foreign land, is in line for a fat compensation payment. Fine, well he can get it from foreigners, because his case has nothing to do with Britons.

Scary Movies

By Mahons On October 30th, 2015 at 12:13 pm

I am not a fan of slasher/torture movies, the violent porn that seems to grip the teenage mind these days (or what passes for minds).  However, I do like a good scary movie and offer a few suggestions to stimulate discussions on people’s favorites.

The Shining mixes the occult, a director Stanley Kubrick at his visual peak, and the humourous and horrifying Jack Nicholson.  The child in danger, the haunting hallway silences broken only by the bigwheel racing off the carpet, the snowy hazy maze and the creepy music make it the best adaption of a Stephen King story (though King hated it).

The Closet of Dr. Caligari, silent film. It will creep your shit out believe me.  It is beautiful and exceptionally weird.  Almost 100 years old, with one of the original twists.

Halloween. The original.  More WTF moments than a Palin family reunion.  Donald Pleasance at his most most Donald Pleasancey.  And a young Jamie Lee Curtis before she got old and promoted eating yogurt to take a crap.   Believe me, the mask wearing maniac can solve a constipation problem more quickly.

28 Days Later, in which the zombies (called the Infected) pretty much have wiped out Britain until a small group reaches the “safety” of a British Army outpost.  Great great pacing and tempo.  Fantastic ensemble.

Any suggestions, disputes, or comments?

Saving Speaker Ryan

By Mahons On October 30th, 2015 at 11:33 am

Earn this?  Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan has been elected Speaker of the House of Representatives.  A Tea-Party approved Republican with a touch all bases conservative approval rating the 45 year old is the youngest Speaker in nearly 150 years.  He was the Vice Presidential nominee who ran unsuccessfully in the last Presidential election.  His appeal to me is based on a less is more approach, the less one listens to him, the more he is appealing.

Ryan has the political cover of the recent budget deal which will allow him to establish his Speakership without a rebellion on his right driven by right wing anarchists beholden to talk radio fantasies.   Most of the self-absorbed anti-governing radicals would turn on their own mothers, never mind a young colleague, if it ment appearing to compromise to get things done.

Ryan is untroubled by abject hypocrisy which no doubt explains his rise is Washington, DC.  He is less tan, less likely to tear up and more photogenic than the former Speaker.  The Office, although only a couple heartbeats from the Presidency (The Speaker is next in line after the Vice President), is historically a difficult path via election to the Presidency, Ryan’s obvious goal.

I wish him well and hope he has a Nixon-to-China type of tenure in which he becomes part of the solution and not part of the problem.

HE/SHE/IT…

By David Vance On October 29th, 2015 at 9:43 am

Two stories, a common theme.

Why I call my son ‘he’, against my better judgement.  Bringing up a child in a way that rejects society’s obsession with gender is simply too exhausting, but there are ways that they can be shielded from it

And then this..

Soaring demand for transgender treatment among children: Number of referrals has risen fivefold in five years, doctor warns

Sexual identity hive think amongst liberals is driving this perversion of childhood innocence. I can think of nothing worse than a “mother’ denying the gender of her own son or daughter. Truly we live in a fallen age.

 

The 2015 World Series is Underway

By Phantom On October 28th, 2015 at 8:23 pm

It’s October, when the attention of all red blooded Americans, Canadians, Japanese, and Latinos turns to the World Series.

This year’s best of seven pits the Kansas City Royals against ATW’s very own New York Mets.

The Kansas City Royals haven’t won a championship since 1985, the Mets not since 1986, so someone who hasn’t won in a while will be happy in about a week.

The Mets were formed in 1962, a few short after the wicked Walter O’Malley moved the Brooklyn Dodgers to Los Angeles after the 1957 season, after enticing the owner of the NY Giants to move to San Francisco at the same time. Real baseball fans wouldn’t support the remaining NY team ( the Yankees ), so NYC had a hole in its soul for four years. In 1962, the wrong was partially righted when your NY Mets came to be.

The Mets won a World Series only seven years after being born. The champeens appeared on the Ed Sulivan Show afterward, and sang ” You Gotta Have Heart” . Pete Moore often told me that this has always been his favorite version of the song.

Go Mets!!

POINTLESS

By David Vance On October 28th, 2015 at 7:30 pm

The PURPOSE of Welfare reduction is to….yes, reduce Welfare. You would think that is pretty elementary but NOT if your name is Jeremy Corbyn and you are the Leader of Her Majesty’s (sic) Loyal opposition. Just consider this…

Jeremy Corbyn has pressed David Cameron to guarantee nobody will be worse off as a result of cuts to tax credits.

Think about that. If NO ONE is worse off then there is no saving and no reduction. The purpose of welfare reduction is ….reduction!