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By ATWadmin On April 11th, 2007 at 4:21 am

No, I’m not going to cover some sensational beauty queen fisticuffs on the catwalk! Instead I want to make you aware of this very interesting article which shows the absolute folly of EU countries following the social and economic example of the Scandinavian countries. You may recall that the UK MSM and the left wing parties all hold up the "Scandinavian model" as a preferred destiny for our country. High taxes appeal to most of our political class, and in Scandinavia you get taxed ’till the pips squeak. You also get declining public services. Since 1981, the Nordic nations have created ZERO nett private sector jobs. Again, that probably appeals to the British left since they hate the idea of a flourishing and independent private sector but it hardly augers well for the UK economy. NO, if you want to follow a much more effective economic model – try the Republic of Ireland. The article clearly explains why.


By ATWadmin On April 11th, 2007 at 4:03 am

Nuclear_fireball.jpgWere YOU amongst those celebrating Iranian "Nuclear technology Day"? I note that Iran, now basking in its well- deserved reputation as a giver of "gifts" to those it kidnaps and praised by the likes of the Bishop of Rochester for "moral and spiritual leadership", has shown how much it respects the international community by defying three United Nations resolutions and setting itself on a collision course with the United States. The maniacs mullahs in charge of this dark ages theocracy have declared that their energy rich nation has taken a step forward in its nuclear programme by moving to industrial scale enrichment. And we all know that Iran’s pursuit of nukes is entirely peaceful and driven by profound environmental concerns, and NOTHING to with wiping Israel off the map.

Liberal Forces For Liberal Times

By ATWadmin On April 10th, 2007 at 9:44 pm

Focusing on these young soldiers’ behavior is losing sight of the truly serious problems that this entire situation actually brings right to center stage. For decades now, we have told our young people that all the old values are passe’ and should be replaced with a "new consciousness". The stiff upper lip should loosen up. Real men can cry. Don’t hide your feelings. Values are determined by your feelings about the current situation, not some dry, abstract rules laid down generations ago. Use of force is always suspect, even in self-defense. Life is the most important thing, especially the lives of hostages and captives, which trump duty, honor, and even country. A soldier’s real loyalty is to his or her fellows, not some distant Queen or national ideal. And, above all, caution. Caution, caution, caution. Don’t do anything rash, don’t precipitate an incident, don’t start any trouble, don’t "shoot first and ask questions later", don’t be a cowboy. Go with the flow. And so they did. They’re our children, these young marines. We raised them, taught them, instructed them in what we wanted them to be, hugs, and tears, and caution, and all, right down to running out and cashing in on their 15 minutes. Always get the cash, and get as much as you can, as quick as you can. It doesn’t matter if you’re fighting and screaming on Jerry Springer—you’re still a celebrity. Good, bad, or indifferent, these are the chickens who have come home to roost. If you don’t like what you see, it’s not the fault of the products, it’s the process that made them what they have become. Since time immemorial, elders have asked, "What’s the matter with these kids, today?" Want to see the problem clearly? Go look in the mirror.


– Commentor ‘veryretired’ with his usual considered words, in this thread at samizdata, on the now infamous and ever more shameful episode in the Gulf. I actually believe that there is still a great restless energy and martial spirit in our blighted land. Unfortunately it’s constrained by the forces and movements of which veryretired speaks of, and emerges sporadically, violently and unpredictably in town centres, council estates and (lately) foreign football stadia. We then send to war a couple of Marines, a bunch of fairies and a woman who went AWOL the day she became an absent mother.


By ATWadmin On April 10th, 2007 at 3:37 pm

Did you see that William Wordsworth’s most famous poem has been set to rap music in a bid to encourage youngsters to visit the Lake District? Cumbria tourist chiefs, those people curiously insulated from all forms of reality, have released a rap version of ‘I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud’ to mark the 200th anniversary of publication of the poem. The new version, which features..ahem…" some variation" on Wordsworth’s original words, is accompanied by a pop video featuring the Lake District’s red squirrel mascot MC Nuts and shot on the banks of Lake Ullswater. Frankly, it would be kinder if MC Nuts had been shot on the banks of Lake Ullswater.


By ATWadmin On April 10th, 2007 at 3:04 pm

Here’s an odd one which you may not have seen! A Palestinian woman was found to have three live crocodiles strapped to her stomach when she was stopped by EU officials at Gaza’s border with Egypt. The reptiles, each around 40-50cm (15-20 inches) long, were taped to the woman’s body beneath her dress. But despite her loose fitting robe, suspicions were raised by her girth, an EU spokeswoman told the BBC. (Are they fat-ist?) The woman told border guards she intended to sell the crocodiles to a zoo in Gaza City.

Two things struck me; 1. How did she manage to even walk with three crocs under her dress? 2. They have a ZOO in Gaza City, that alleged hell on earth with poverty and unemployment everywhere?


By ATWadmin On April 10th, 2007 at 2:09 pm

Hi all – hope you all have had a good Easter break! I’m just back and I wanted to thank my fellow-writers for keeping the place alive over the past several days. Now then, where to start? OK – do YOU believe in the concept of "civility enforced" when it comes to blogs?

I picked up that it is being suggested that readers should be warned when they are reading blogs that may contain "crude language", a draft blogging code of conduct has suggested. The code was drawn up by web pioneer Tim O’Reilly following published threats and perceived harassment to US developer Kathy Sierra on blogs.

The code begins: "We celebrate the blogosphere because it embraces frank and open conversation." The draft says people should not be allowed to leave anonymous comments. Blogs which are open and uncensored should post an "anything goes" logo to the site to warn readers, the code suggests.

Well, I understand what Tim is trying to do but I disagree. I don’t agree with this sort of regulation. If people want to come here and post anonymously that is fine by me.  I prefer it is people leave their name, but again, how do I know it is a real name? If someone’s posts content that I find obscene or offensive, I reserve the right to delete it and ban them. This happens rarely and I find that most of those who come here are civil and make fair points. Let’s be clear, when you enter ATW, our rules apply but thousands of you seem happy to visit and we are happy to hear from you. So I rather agree  with blogger and commentator Jeff Jarvis, who calls this attempt at imposed regulation "misguided".

On his blog, he wrote:

"This effort misses the point of the internet, blogs, and even of civilized behavior. They treat the blogosphere as if it were a school library where someone… can maintain order and control. They treat it as a medium for media. It’s a place. And when I moved into the place that is my town, I didn’t put up a badge on my fence saying that I’d be a good neighbor. I don’t need anyone lecturing me and telling me not to be disagreeable."

Too many want to control the net and I do understand the need for civility – just don’t try and make it mandatory.

Talking Point – 10.04.07

By ATWadmin On April 10th, 2007 at 11:37 am

‘Had the captured naval personnel been American, there is no way Iran would have emerged with the major propaganda coup that it did after the detention of Turney & Co.’  Discuss.

Stop Press: Terrorist Resigns from Party of Terrorists

By ATWadmin On April 10th, 2007 at 11:01 am

During the Julys of 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 1999 I stood with the Orangemen of Portadown District No. 1 on Drumcree Hill as they demanded to walk down a public thoroughfare in their own country.  On some occasions they were successful; others, sadly, they failed to achieve their rightful objective.  However, this isn’t about the Orangemen of Drumcree: they have been invoked to put this story into some sort of context.

As you come down the road from Drumcree Church you cross a small stream.  You them come to a row of extremely posh detached houses – some of whom used to provocatively fly the foreign Irish tricolour during the stand-offs (so much for the poor, starving nationalists!!).  Finally, you turn left on to the Garvaghy Road.  During the Drumcree disputes you would have been met by an assorted gaggle of republican MOPEs who somehow believed that owning a house close to a public road somehow gave them ownership of that road to dictate who could and couldn’t walk down it.

In reality you weren’t able to access the Garvaghy Road each July.  The law enforcers of the United Kingdom erected a high steel barrier and deployed hundreds of personnel to ensure the rights of those loyal to the UK were subordinate to the rights of those who sought to destroy it.  In other words, due to the intransigence of the Garvaghy slime and their terrorist-convicted chief scout, Brendan McKenna, the police had to bar the right of way for parading Orangemen returning from church.

So how ironic it is to see the same Brendan McKenna resign from the Provisional IRA party over……their, it increasingly appears, ‘support’ for policing.  Apparently the PSNI are good enough to ring-fence McKenna and his assorted rabble when he’s on his summer wind-up of Orangemen at Drumcree; they are not good enough the other 364 days of the year in their effort to tackle crime and ‘dissident’ terrorism.  There is no movement in the world better at cherry picking than the republican one.  On this occasion one of their own has bitten them back with the very same concept.

On This Day…10.04

By ATWadmin On April 10th, 2007 at 10:55 am

1633 – Bananas go on display in a shop window in London – the first time the fruit has been seen in Britain.

1849 – Walter Hunt of New York patents the Safety Pin. It takes him just 3 hours to make and later sells the patent for several hundred pounds to pay off his debts.

1912 – British-built luxury liner Titanic sets sail on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York.

1924 – The first book of crosswords is published in New York.

1955 – In England, Ruth Ellis shoots her lover David Blakely outside a pub in Hampstead in North London. Following her murder trial, Ruth Ellis becomes the last woman to be hanged in Britain.

1981 – Rioting starts in the London suburb of Brixton.  The riot resulted in almost 300 police injuries and 65 serious civilian injuries; over a hundred vehicles were burned, including 56 police vehicles; almost 150 buildings were damaged, with thirty burned. There were 82 arrests.


More cash? just sign here, and here!

By ATWadmin On April 10th, 2007 at 8:29 am

I believe I have posted before on the wonderful subject of the spending plans of our wise and beneficial rulers, those totally-dedicated, wise, impartial (and also extremely well-paid and pensioned) members of the European Commission, and the multifarious dpartments and splinter groups within the E.U.; and I hope that the Reader will understand that I only report on what has been accomplished with awe and only a minute amount of cynicism!

alice.gifThe report of the explosion within the 17-mile circular-diameter tunnel near Grenoble (had to be France!), used by the C.E.R.N. project, was caused by, and I quote "….. we missed some very simple balance of forces. Not only was it missed in the engineering design but also in the four engineering reviews carried out between 1998 and 2002 before launching the construction of the magnets.” What he was referring to was an explosion caused by a mathematical mistake in the calculation of the forces generated by the energisation of one of the magnets within this massive loop, and the consequent panic and evacuation of the entire complex!

Now you might wonder why I am telling readers of this blog, many of whom are American, as well as Irish, English, Scots, and from all over the English-speaking world, of the problems in an industrial complex, albeit a rather unusual one, sited deep underground on the French-Swiss border! Well you should be vitally interested, because not only have Americans contributed huge sections of the engineering bits for this horizontal pile of crap; Irish, British and whole other chunks of European Union members are going to be paying for the huge costs of rebuilding the foundations for all these massive bits of esoteric machinery, as we have been paying for this boondoggle since 1954!


All in the cause of looking for something which might not even exist; except in the minds of theoretical physicists, and of course European politicians, who are used to searching inside their own arseholes!