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ECONOMICS FOR DUMMIES…

By David Vance On April 5th, 2014 at 2:23 pm

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There you go, it gives you the essentials.

PICTURE OF THE DAY…

By David Vance On April 5th, 2014 at 2:20 pm

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LET THEM EAT ..PORK?

By David Vance On April 5th, 2014 at 1:35 pm

Wonder what you make of this one, dear reader?

Far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen said on Friday it would prevent schools from offering non-pork alternatives to Muslim pupils in the 11 towns it won in local elections, saying such arrangements were contrary to France’s secular values. 

France’s republic has a strict secular tradition enforceable by law, but faith-related demands have risen in recent years, especially from the country’s five-million-strong Muslim minority, the largest in Europe. ‘We will not accept any religious demands in school menus,’ Le Pen told RTL radio. ‘There is no reason for religion to enter the public sphere, that’s the law.’ Pork is forbidden under Jewish and Muslim dietary laws.

This should prove quite a contest of wills. Muslims demand alternative to pork, Le Pen says no alternatives to pork! On this one, I can see both points of view. As a vegetarian, I would prefer not to eat Pork. Is Le Pen saying I  should accept meat? On the other hand, Muslims cannot demand anything, surely, based on religious grounds?

HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN A PROBLEM LIKE MARIA?

By Pete Moore On April 5th, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Benefits cheat Maria Miller is finding herself in hotter water.

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Labour MP John Mann has written to the Metropolitan Police, requesting they investigate her. They might be of some use, but the rozzers usually tread carefully around politicians, and after the Andrew Mitchell affair the Met will tread even more carefully. More interesting are The Telegraph’s revelations this morning. It claims that Miller “issued a series of threats to Parliament’s independent standards Commissioner” in an attempt to block the investigation into Miller’s expenses. Once the Commissioner found that Miller had been on the fiddle, she recommended that Miller repay more than £40,000 “but the decision was overruled by a secretive committee of MPs.” It’s good to have friends! Hayek would have understood. He famously explained that the very worst people get on top in politics. But then there’s this:

The Telegraph has now published details of a recording of a telephone call made by Mrs Miller’s adviser to one of its reporters. In the conversation, the adviser said she wanted to “flag up” that the Culture Secretary was currently involved in discussions over the future of press regulation.

The implication is clear. Tim Worstall thinks this demands an instant resignation. Well yes, but the entire episode is clearly explained: this is simply how government works and what government is all about. We can take what is yours, simply because we want it; if try to block us we will sweep you aside, and if you resist or report what we are doing, we will use our power to harm you.

This is government all over. Maria Miller is a political animal employing policial means, that’s all.

Brass ones

By The Troll On April 5th, 2014 at 1:12 am

Moran: Members Can’t Afford to Live Decently in D.C.

moranDespite what constituents outside of Washington might think, members of Congress are underpaid, a House Legislative Branch appropriator suggested Thursday.

Virginia Democrat James P. Moran said he plans to highlight the injustice by introducing an amendment to the Legislative Branch bill during its full committee markup, and at floor consideration of the bill. Moran made the comments while the bill that funds members’ $174,000 salaries was being marked up in the Legislative Branch subcommittee.

“I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid,” Moran told CQ Roll Call. “I understand that it’s widely felt that they underperform, but the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.”

This Politician who has been in Congress for 23yrs believes he is underpaid, and he justifies the statement by saying he is a member of the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.  Well Mr Moran if you were a member of any real Board of Directors you’d be going to jail, and the stock holders would be demanding that you be tarred and feathered.

How do you justify your job let alone a job where you have driven the corporation into Trillions of Dollars in Debt. Mr Moran has decided he is not going to run this time for re-election. Gee I guess 24 years in a job that is supposed to be temporary has been long enough.  I’m sure he feels that the nation has been lucky that he has served us for so long. read his wiki

We need Term limits. No man or Woman should be allowed to serve more than two terms. This disease of career Politicians needs to be purged.

ATW FRIDAY JUKEBOX….

By David Vance On April 4th, 2014 at 5:40 pm

I’ve been away most of this week so only just back from my travels and trying to unwind. Here’s my selection for the Jukebox, lovely song.

NEW LIVER ANYONE?

By David Vance On April 4th, 2014 at 5:36 pm

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Interesting development on the Health front.

 

Alcoholics suffering from severe liver disease are to be allowed to have transplants on the NHS for the first time. 

The scheme will be controversial because there is a national shortage of suitable organs for transplant – and critics will say those who bring ill-health on themselves should not receive such help. The NHS Blood and Transplant Service’s decision, announced last night, will affect those with ‘severe alcohol-associated hepatitis’ (SAAH), who have until now been excluded from transplants because the prognosis was so poor.

Admitting some people may be unwilling to donate if they know their livers may go to such patients, NHSBT’s James Neuberger told the Guardian: ‘We transplant humans, not angels.’  The pilot project comes amid concern over rising deaths from alcoholic liver diseases – at a time when deaths from other conditions are falling.

I will be on the BBC on Monday morning hopefully to debate this.  I think this is a flawed move. There are a number of obvious reasons why.

1.  The chances of a successful transplantation are lower for alcoholics

2. There is a significant risk of a relapse of alcoholism, thus ruining the implant. I agree with the surgeon who  who performed George Best’s liver transplant  and who says urgent measures are needed to identify patients who are likely to abuse alcohol after their operations, so they can be kicked off hospital waiting lists. “Livers are in short supply and the waiting list has grown over the past two to three years. If you knew someone was going to be recidivist you wouldn’t take them on for a transplant.”

3.  Denying it sends a message about the use of alcohol & deals with the moral hazard.

Then there is the danger, highlighted above, than those who are Liver donors might decide not to donate if they consider that reckless drinkers are to be the recipient. Yes, we transplant humans not angels but at any price where livers are finite? Also, consider the costs to the taxpayer. WHY should we fund those who drink to excess in this way?

In the socialised healthcare model, alcoholics can logically claim that they have a right to a new liver and to hell with the costs. It’s another reason WHY I oppose the NHS, it rewards the feckless.

BEST WISHES…

By David Vance On April 4th, 2014 at 5:11 pm

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I see that my former political colleague, Jim Allister, has thrown his hat into the European elections.

The Traditional Unionist Voice (TUV) have confirmed that its party leader Jim Allister will stand as a candidate in the European elections on 22 May. He was previously an MEP from 2004 to 2009.

The MLA founded the TUV after leaving the DUP over its decision to share power with Sinn Féin. He is the only TUV representative elected to Stormont. Mr Allister said the TUV would fight the election on two “complimentary tracks”. He said he wanted to provide the electorate with better representation in Brussels and to allow them to give their verdict on the “dismal, pitiful performance of Stormont”. “We have shown what one determined voice can do. Be it in Belfast or Brussels, TUV is no shrinking violet. TUV delivers,” he said in a statement.

He said he would be giving the electorate the opportunity to “pass their verdict” on a range of issues. Mr Allister said regarding Europe, his party had a “very clear message”. “The EU is not delivering for the UK. As UK taxpayers we pour in £17bn into Brussels every year, and, even with the rebate and grants, we get back barely half,” he said. “In addition, EU membership is robbing us of the right to make our own decisions on such vital matters as immigration, trade agreements and social policy.”

Not much to differ with there. I wish Jim and the TUV every best success. The Two large unionist parties are tragically PRO-EU. UKIP is anti- EU. The SDLP and Sinn Fein are PRO EU.  I fear that the NI electorate approaches European elections in the usual tribal and agriculture worshipping mode that has characterised it for decades. We shall see!

AN EDUCATION IN NANNYISM…

By David Vance On April 4th, 2014 at 5:03 pm

Remember, the weaker the family unit, the stronger the State. That MAY help inform you regarding this…

“Sir Michael Wilshaw, head of Ofsted, says parents need checklist of skills to teach children as he warns that many five-year-olds are unfit for demands of school. Every parent should be issued with a simple checklist of skills children should master by the age of five, he said, including toilet training, behaviour boundaries, recognising their own name, putting on a coat and shoes and talking in sentences.”

In one way, I sympathise with Wilshaw and indeed many teachers in Primary schools.

They encounter 5 year old children who cannot recognise their name, are untrained to use the toilet and who have no idea of behavioural standards.  Responsibility lies ENTIRELY with the parents. We have to accept that there is a generation of dysfunctional parent(s) out there, and the consequence is this conveyor belt of feral children. Government has a major problem insofar as it has presided over the destruction of the traditional family unit; it has delighted in the removal of self responsibility and it has ensured that we do not judge appalling behaviour badly. And so the schools become the battle ground.

GAY MARRIAGE MEANS DEATH?

By David Vance On April 4th, 2014 at 4:53 pm

Gay marriage may YET be the death of you. 

The Archbishop of Canterbury has warned that the Church of England accepting gay marriage could be “absolutely catastrophic” for Christians in countries where homosexuality is illegal. Speaking on his first live phone-in on LBC radio, the Most Rev Justin Welby said he recently visited the grave of 369 bodies in South Sudan where it was believed “if we leave a Christian community here we will all be made to become homosexual and so we will kill all the Christians”.

Asked by one caller about whether the Church of England would accept gay marriage after it was allowed in law, he said: “The impact of that on Christians in countries far from here, like South Sudan, like Pakistan, Nigeria and other places would be absolutely catastrophic and we have to love them as much as the people who are here. “I’ve stood by a graveside in Africa of a group of Christians who’d been attacked because of something that had happened far, far away in America. And they were attacked by other people because of that. “That burns itself into your soul, as does the suffering of gay people in this country,” he added.

Why that sounds as if some Africans are inherent homophobes? Why might that be, I wonder? How can we enlighten them and – whilst we go about that – how many Christians will die? I guess if it means that pro gay liberals FEEL good, then that is ok?