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Media snake-poison

By ATWadmin On November 3rd, 2006 at 11:53 pm

I’d like to offer my congratulations to Reuters, the BBC, The Guardian and The Independent tonight. I’m sure that , even as I speak, the heads of these organisations are phoning each other up and patting each other on the back, and probably planning a huge joint party to celebrate the success of their media strategies.  This must be a proud day for them indeed, because after years of hard journalistic toil day in day out, it must be so gratifying to know that the continual spitting of their treacherous snake poison is having the desired effect upon their readers and listeners:

British believe Bush is more dangerous than Kim Jong-II

Yes, well done, you Guardianistas! "British voters see George Bush as a greater danger to world peace than either Kim Jong-il, or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad"!! …Of course, it matters not one whit whether this perception is actually true or not.  The essential thing is that it must be "seen as" being the case. 

You see, the trick is to confuse "long-term peace" with "short-term safety" in people’s minds. Thus, the statement "In Britain, 69% of those questioned say they believe US policy has made the world less safe since 2001" is afforded an ambiguity it ought not have. In a way, I agree that US policy – the policy which says "we’re not taking this threat lying down; we’re going to fight back" – has indeed temporarily made the world rather less safe, for the time being. It’s called war. What do we want, a "safe war"?

As Chris Muir observed recently in his excellent cartoon-blog "Day By Day", you can’t take out a wasps’ nest without annoying the wasps in the process. You’ve got to clear the house of its civilian occupants and send in the professionals, and it’s going to be unwise to return to the house until the nest has been completely dealt with and the professionals give you the all-clear. Of course, you can always take the stance of "don’t do anything, it’ll only annoy them". Yeah, that works. That is safe. …until one day it’s too late, and then you’ll really wish you had called in the professional pest controllers before the wasps became a real problem.

The very idea that George Bush presents a greater danger to the world than the likes of Ahmadinejad is so utterly warped, and so utterly insulting to the Americans who lost their lives on 9/11, that it deserves nothing but contempt. The fact that so many people believe this nonsense to be the case is a sad reflection on the mainstream media’s abuse of its power, and another indictment of the liberal media’s contempt for the Allied soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Under Fire

By ATWadmin On November 3rd, 2006 at 8:13 pm

Due to the supposed exigencies of having health and safety red-tape strangulation in every sphere of our legislatively-saturated society, Ilfracombe Rugby Club in Devon has decided to have the first ‘virtual bonfire night’  this very evening.  After trying in vain to find suitably qualified fire marshals, and rejecting the necessary 300 tons of paperwork which would require completion before the event could take place, the rugby club will instead show a film of a giant bonfire on a mobile screen, with a PA system in place to add a soupcon of stereo sound to the proceedings.  An estimated 2,000 people are expected to attend this lunacy.

Britain has the highest standard of health and safety regulations anywhere in the world.  That is a fact.  However, what is the benefit of a Pyrrhic accolade when the people of this country are increasingly constrained in everything they do for fear of transgressing ever-more intrusive laws designed for their ‘own benefit’?  Everything in life carries risk.  You cannot wrap society in a comfort blanket of nanny-state cotton-wool; it does not work.  I would rather stop at home than step out on a cold night to watch a bonfire on a piece of canvass.  I only hope the folks of Ilfracombe will think likewise.

 

The Grumblings of Gerry’s Bitch

By ATWadmin On November 3rd, 2006 at 6:47 pm

No party throughout the democratic world can achieve political power without first affirming support for the various institutions of the country/territory they have been mandated to govern.  In particular, the law-enforcing agents of the State must have that support whilst retaining their operational and structural independence.  Otherwise you would see a situation in the democratic West similar to the various coups that have taken place across Africa.  Zambia saw an attempted coup in 1997; Congo experienced the same in May of this year. Each time the parties attempting the coup tried to enlist the support of the police and/or the army to achieve their goals.  In Africa, where human rights abuses are commonplace, coups are understandable if not justifiable.  In the democratic West there is no system of government, nor has there been a history of government, where human rights ‘violations’ other than those minor indiscretions targeted by the likes of the loony Left or Irish separatism, have occurred.  I know there are those who foamed at the mouth because some beturbaned hate-preaching Islamist or some Provisional IRA bacterium had been accorded nothing more from the police and justice system than they so richly deserved, but that is far removed from the experiences in other parts of the globe.  In short, if you want to govern in the West, you support the legally-empowered forces of the State – end of discussion.

It is bad enough that the DUP are supping with the republican devil (and my purpose here is not to concentrate too much on their decision), without them having to face the clarion calls of a resuscitated pan-nationalist front demanding that all the pressure be put on them to force their hand.  That very call is now coming from Sinn Fein’s political bitch, the Social Democratic and Separatist Party whose leader, Mark Durkan, has insisted the British and Alien governments show Paisley’s crowd just who is in charge.  Nothing about the fundamental pre-condition of support for law and order (though I suspect it would amount to seldom more than cheap words).  Durkan would rather see his ideological masters presiding over Northern Ireland without having to support the police, than face the prospect of Direct Rule and a morally-intact Unionist bloc.  I always think the SDLP criticising Sinn Fein has all the comic irony of a pimp’s underling questioning the indecency of prostitution.

Sinn Fein and the SDLP are SEPARATISTS!  They will always work hand-in-glove for anything designed (short or long-term) for the instability and eventual destruction of Northern Ireland.  Durkan’s role as Sinn Fein’s Ulster play-thing only reinforces that fact.  When are the DUP going to wake up!!!?

On This Day…

By ATWadmin On November 3rd, 2006 at 6:38 pm

1493 – Christopher Columbus, on his second voyage of discovery, sights land (thought to be the present Dominican Republic) after sailing the Atlantic.

1843 – The statue of Horatio Nelson is placed on top of Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square.

1903 – Panama achieves independence.

1942 – The Battle of El Alamein – the British Eighth Army, commanded by General Bernard Montgomery, breaks through the German front line, having taken 9000 prisoners and destroyed 300 tanks.

1948 – Scottish singer, Marie Lawrie, is born in Lennoxtown near Glasgow.  She became a national star at the age of only 16 with her first UK hit, ‘Shout’.  We know her better as Lulu.

1957 – The Russians launch a dog, ‘Laika’, into space aboard Sputnik II. She dies when her oxygen runs out after 10 days.

The more corrupt the state, the numerous the laws.

By ATWadmin On November 3rd, 2006 at 4:59 pm

As I glanced at the polls and pundits talking about the American Mid-Term Elections, I wondered how many British people know, understand or care how their vote is allocated in the vital, some would even say fundamental duty of voting in the European Elections. The belief that their individual vote elects a European Member of Parliament is the single largest misunderstanding in modern politics. How many people have actually heard of a Belgian lawyer named D’Hondt? Not many will immediately claim a connection with how the European Parliament, one of the bodies which determines how you live, what you buy and, to a large extent, what you eat! The complex way that votes are allocated in a system which is vaguely understood on the continent, and not understood at all in the British Isles, is based upon a mathematical formula devised by this mathematician and lawyer, who incidentally died in 1901, (so you can’t plan to track him down and assassinate him in sheer frustration) to make things fair, and always allow the losers to influence the results!

A simple way of attempting the understanding of a very complex subject is to study a table, printed below:-

To best way calculate numbers of seats is to create a table with the actual number of votes divided by 1, 2, 3, 4 and so on:

Party:

One

Two

Three

Four

Five

Votes divided by 1:

270

100

80

70

10

Votes divided by 2:

135

50

40

35

5

Votes divided by 3:

90

33.3

26.67

23.33

3.33

Votes divided by 4:

67.5

25

20

17.5

2.5

and then retire to a seat in any pub, clutching a pint (at least we still have pints, as Labour hasn’t made them illegal as well), and try to work out what might win the three-thirty at Haydock Park, because the system adopted by the technocrats and bureaucrats in Brussels is as much of a gamble as the average horse race, but with bigger rewards for the winners!

The voters might prefer a simpler system, of either ‘Majority Wins’ or even multiple votes for people of different abilities, education and achievements such as the one devised by the author Nevil Shute, which is more fully described in his novel "In the Wet", but that would mean acceptance that the system in place at present is faulty, and what politician is going to admit to heresy?

DOWNLOAD A POPPY!

By ATWadmin On November 3rd, 2006 at 1:40 pm

Poppy_Appeal_Logo_Web.jpgThis rather excellent idea was brought to my attention by an ATW reader..it seems that the Poppy Apeal folk are offering a modern way to donate.

Texting "poppy" to 85099 gives you choice of 1 of 3 poppy images for your phone and donates £1.50 to the Legion.

What more worthy cause could one donate to. As we approach Remembrance Sunday, let us all give what we can to assist those who have made great sacrifices for our freedoms.

MORE…?

By ATWadmin On November 3rd, 2006 at 1:33 pm

pigs.jpgI have to express my disgust at the news that almost £5m of public money has been pumped into the pension fund for Northern Ireland Assembly members in six years.

And the contribution from taxpayers is more than three times the input from the politicians themselves! Newly-released figures show £4,868,910 was injected into the MLAs’ pension scheme from the public purse between May 2000 and March 2006. In the same period, contributions from members came to £1,530,010. That £4.87m is on top of salaries and expenses paid to MLAs, which last year added up to almost £9m. Now bear in mind that the Assembly has not functioned during the majority of this time. It’s a complete WASTE of tax-payers money. 

ATW TOP 50 – UPDATE!

By ATWadmin On November 3rd, 2006 at 11:35 am

Thanks to all who have been in contact re becoming a REGISTERED commentor in ATW. I think some folks have had problems with getting an email through to me, as I need to set them up on the Top 50 ATW ring.

Please use either the  EMAIL THE EDITOR link  above OR use the Email me link on the old Typepad ATW site. These should get through to me OK – and sorry if you have had problems – it’s still early days getting everything just perfect here but I’m working on it!Being a chemist.

A TINY TRAGEDY…

By ATWadmin On November 3rd, 2006 at 11:22 am

You know sometimes one focuses so much on the big issues that afflict this world, that tiny tragedies slip by un-noticed. I was reading this news story about how the father of four girls found murdered in their blazing home was concerned about the state of his disintegrating marriage. Friends said Mohammed Riaz, 49, had begun to fear that his Anglo-Pakistani wife, Caneze, was having an affair and it seems one thing led to another and …four young girls lost their lives. Mr Riaz had become devout in his devotion to Islam and centred his life around the local Mosque, apparently.

I have nothing to say about the rights and wrongs of this case other than to observe the desperation, anger and horror that lies behind the headlines. God bless the poor young girls, murdered by their own father. 

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE….

By ATWadmin On November 3rd, 2006 at 10:10 am

cameronST070606_228x429.jpgThe ideological void that Conservative Leader David Cameron represents is manifest in his latest off-the-wall suggestion that society needs to learn to "love louts" a bit more.

Cameron insisted Labour’s get-tough policies and Asbos had failed to tackle the teen thug crimewave.

And he urged people instead to focus on the root causes of crime and “show a lot more love”. The plea — which follows his “hug a hoodie” gaffe last summer — came as it was revealed that our teens top the league for casual sex, drinking, drug-taking and petty crime.

Mr Cameron said in a speech in Wales: “To those who simply say, ‘Crime is the fault of the criminal and that’s all there is to it’, I say: Tell it to a young offender."

I SAY TELL IT TO THE VICTIM OF CRIME.

Cameron is so soaking wet that he is virtually without substance – and yet the poor desperate for power Tories have installed this clown as their Leader. He seems to delight in making  statements aimed at playing to the uberliberals in the MSM who themselves are much more concerned about the criminals than the victims  of crime. It is NOT up to us to "love a lout" – it is up to Government to rigourously enforce the law, to punish those young thugs that break it, and to ensure that the law-abiding can go about their daily business without fear of robbery or violence. But that would reek of traditonal Conservative values…. and so must be jettisoned as thoroughly modern Dave seeks his claim as the leftful successor to Blair as a new phony PM.