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MICRO-CHIPPING OUR RUBBISH!

By ATWadmin On May 24th, 2007 at 9:23 am

I read that more than three million households in Britain may have rubbish bins equipped with "waste stealth tax" technology. Ahead of today’s publication of the Government’s national waste strategy, a survey revealed that 68 town halls have spent millions of pounds buying bins with microchips. The microchips, together with reading equipment which could be installed in refuse lorries, would allow councils to weigh each household’s rubbish. The system could eventually be used to charge households for the amount of non-recyclable waste they produce, which currently has to be buried in landfill sites. There are fears that any new system could cost an average of £240 per year for each home. Every day, we read of these kind of stories with a common theme – we have to pay MORE tax in order to save the planet. Rubbish, literally.

TAXING AFFAIRS…

By ATWadmin On May 24th, 2007 at 8:32 am

Just wanted to correct an error on the BBC report of the visit to Northern Ireland today by the man leading Gordon Brown’s review of taxation. Sir David Varney was appointed to the job by the chancellor in March. Local parties have been pressing Mr Brown for a cut in corporation tax in Northern Ireland, but, so far, he has resisted their demands. The current review of taxation is being seen as a concession. Mr Brown is due to meet business leaders on Friday. It is expected that the chancellor will travel to the Republic of Ireland in the near future to examine its tax policy. Irish businesses pay corporation tax at a rate of 12.5%, compared to 30% in Northern Ireland.

No – not quite right. Large corporations pay tax at the 30% rate. Small to Medium Sized business, which are EASILY the biggest providers of jobs in Northern Ireland, paid corporation tax at 19%. But after the most recent "TAX-CUTTING" budget by Mr Brown – that rate is now INCREASING to 21%. So, even as our Lilliputians at Stormont beg for a tax cut for the largest of companies (Mmmm, I wonder why they are so interested in helping the big cash-rich companies?) Gordon Brown INCREASES tax on smaller to medium sized employers. What a crock!

Persepolis

By ATWadmin On May 24th, 2007 at 8:21 am

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Marjane Satrapi is the author of an animated novel "Perspolis" that Sony has made into a film.

The book and film examines her childhood in Iran before, during and after the 1979 revolution– and ‘how that revolution betrayed its secular and leftwing supporters’ (‘Decents’ UK left-wing blog Harrys Place reported back in January).

Its on at Cannes and up for a Palme d’Or.  The Iranian regime, world experts in propaganda inside and outisnt happy.

In it she describes how when faced with the horrors of the burqa police she would hurry home back to her room and play "We’re the kids of America" at full blast to push the nightmare to the back of her mind.  

As American contributor to HP, Gene put this "When I saw this, I couldn’t help thinking about the segment of "progressive" opinion who seem more concerned with the right of Muslim girls and women to wear the hijab to school in Europe than with their right not to wear it in Iran and elsewhere in the Islamic world".

Marjane lives in Paris. She opposed the French ban on the basis that it encourages kids to take it up as a fashion statement in a form of rebellion. But Marjane’s vision of life under clerical fascism should fascinate and resonate for the reasons Gene describes and more.  Should it then form an obligatory part of history lessons in British schools as intended for Al Gores Cannes debuted global warming piece?

Cannes is also where Michael Moore made his name on the world stage and became the darling of the anti war Left with his propaganda piece Farenheit 9/11. 

As Nick Cohen put it: "The hit of the season (was) Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, a sort of Fox News for liberals. Among the many clunking contradictions and honking errors, one unforgiveable scene stands out. Moore brushes aside the millions forced into exile and mass graves by Saddam Hussein, and decides to present life in one of the worst tyrannies of the late 20th century as sweet and simple. Boys scamper to barber shops. Merry children fly kites. Blushing lovers get married. At the end of the film, leftish audiences in America and Europe show they are more than prepared to forgive and forget. They rise to their feet and applaud".  "When I go to the homes of the richest people I know, I see the works of Michael Moore and Noam Chomsky" wrote Cohen in Sundays Observer.  ‘Well, of course you can read them – because they’re no threat to you’

Feeney Watch – 24.05.07

By ATWadmin On May 24th, 2007 at 8:13 am

This is the difference between a Unionist and a separatist.  Steven King (whatever my differences with him over a future strategy for the Union) has penned an excellent article in today’s Irish Examiner on how the introduction of the IRA into the government of the Irish Republic could possibly and probably destabilise that country’s economy.  However much I detest the role of the Republic in the affairs of Northern Ireland – boycotting products from the Republic because of it – I wouldn’t want to see the present Irish State affected by the sort of economic turmoil the Provos’ monetary and taxation prescriptions have in store for it.

Then look at nagging, moaning, miserable Feeney and his contribution.  For him, as the typical Northern separatist agitator, the fate of Mr & Mrs Average in the Republic and their sense of economic well-being doesn’t matter a toss (it isn’t even mentioned!).  The only thing he’s bothered about is how well the IRA’s showing in Dail Eireann can upset Northern Ireland’s majority Unionist community.  He positively salivates at the prospect.  Let me point out a couple of Unionist responses.

  1. The DUP might well be concerned at the rise of the Provos in Ireland proper. The electorate does not share their concerns.  No Irish government is going to be so stupid as to blow sky-high everything they’ve purported to work for – the stability of Northern Ireland – for the past twenty or so years.  Produce a green paper; appoint a ‘unity minister‘, and see the whole Belfast Agreement institutional edifice come crashing to the ground in five minutes flat.
  2. How ironic that a British subject cares more about the fate of the Republic’s electorate than someone who comes over with goose pimples everytime someone points out his Oirishness.  And they say Unionists are triumphalist?  If Feeney’s presentation doesn’t put paid to that lie, nothing will.
  3. Perhaps Feeney would like to tell us how a PD junior partner is worse than one containing people who have excused and justified 2,000 deaths; who continue small-scale criminality; who have not disbanded their illegal terrorist organisation; and who see themselves as the legitimate custodians of an all-island independent nation which has never existed?  That alone illustrates the poisoned mindset of Northern separatists.

My prediction is that the Provos will achieve between 8 and 10 seats.  A terrible slur on the collective ‘decency’ of Eire’s electorate at this moment in time, but not something that is going to concentrate the minds of the average Unionist.  They’re British, living in the UK, and that’s the way they’re going to stay!  As for Dublin, the Provos are in opposition today and they will be in opposition this time next week.  The Southern parties have seen how the Provos consumed constitutional nationalism in the shape of the SDLP.  Do you really think they will allow the same to happen to them? (LOL!)

On This Day…24.05

By ATWadmin On May 24th, 2007 at 8:10 am

1883 – After 14 years of construction, the Brooklyn Bridge over the East River is finally completed, connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn for the first time.

1941 – German battleship Bismarck sinks the feared HMS Hood off Greenland with the loss of more than 1,400 lives. The ship explodes when a German shell hits the Hood’s ammunition store.

1964 – A riot breaks out during a football match between Peru and Argentina when the referee disallows a goal. More than 300 people are killed in the fighting. The riot reflects wider political tensions in the region.

1972 – The Black and White Minstrel Show, at London’s Victoria Palace, closes after completing 4,354 performances in seven years. The BBC television show of the same name would continue until July 1978.

1993 – Eritrea wins its independence from Ethiopia after a 32 year civil war.

1998 – In Hong Kong, pro-democracy parties win the first legislative election held under Chinese rule.

think, discuss, act!

By ATWadmin On May 24th, 2007 at 7:30 am

Control Orders. The very name speaks of calm, unruffled competence; of a procedure which recognises that some individuals should be restricted in their movements because of grave suspicion regarding their motives and agenda. It also speaks of a Government which is ‘In Control’ of the nation’s security, and that that same Government knoweth of what it does!

Roadrunner.jpgFast forward now to a “Reality Check”, accompanied by that famously derogatory “Beep-beep” from the ‘Road Runner’ as we survey the latest wreckage of this same Governments’s oft-lauded “Control Order” legislation, based upon the news that three more terror suspects have absconded from these oh-so-strict orders by the simple strategy of walking away! There wasn’t any super-swift escape planning, there wasn’t a crew of muslim jihadi’s hell-bent on releasing them from this famously strict regime where the suspects were detained, tagged and monitored continuously! All these murderous bastards had to achieve was to PHONE the MONITORING COMPANY, and then they had a clear seven days before the checks were expected again! Whilst these latest three were not thought to pose a threat to UK residents, they were believed to be planning to go to Iraq, for example, and kill Americans or British service personnel, thus achieving paradise!

I’m proposing a new law, which would involve a small derogation from the Human Rights Legislation so beloved of Labour Government Ministers. It would allow, after sufficient evidence had been collated and scrutinised by an Independent Committee that any person was both intent on committing any act of terror either in the United Kingdom or overseas, but of a type and nature of that evidence which could not be presented in court, to allow the Heavy Mob from Vauxhall Cross to go in and kill them!

This law, which would be favoured by a good 99% of the indigenous non-muslim, and hence non-jihadi, population of this country, would be named the “de Menezes Paradise law” after the illegal immigrant who was in the wrong place at the wrong time; and would help clear out the scum which have arisen from the sewers where they abound!

 

Al Gore Explains GW

By ATWadmin On May 23rd, 2007 at 10:43 pm

11hydrocycleNow I get it! 

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Francie That!

By ATWadmin On May 23rd, 2007 at 8:51 pm

Ulster Unionist councillor for Coleraine, David Barbour, had this to say in today’s edition of the Belfast Newsletter:

‘Sinn Fein/IRA drew near to Britannia with their oath-taking mouth and honoured her with their swearing-in lips, but their heart is far from her.’
How true.  First bewhiskered Maskey was frothing at the mouth (much like the victims of the IRA’s torture sessions down the years); now Francie ‘We’ll go back to doing what we know best’ Molloy has travelled to Dungannon to see his old IRA buddy, Brian Arthurs, who just happens to be on trial for money laundering.  In other words, the police (which the Provos pledged to support) have brought a criminal charge against a republican, and the courts (which the Provos also pledged to support) are in the process of sub-judice.  Still, without waiting to see if Arthurs is actually guilty, old Francie has reverted to type – accusing the PSNI of ‘political policing’.
I know I keep banging on about this case, but I want as many readers as possible to comprehend the reality that the republican movement cannot be trusted – full stop!  The Oath of office means about as much to them as the death of one of their ‘volunteers’ means to me – absolutely nothing!!  Thus, it is pointless for former terrorists like Martina Anderson to set up an initiative aimed at ‘Unionist engagement’.  Aside from the very patronising nature of the exercise, there is nothing the pro-Union people want to engage the IRA about, except for their conversion to upholding Northern Ireland within the United Kingdom.  Even five or ten years of such meaningless platitudes would come crashing down in an instant every time a dead Provo gets a dose of oratory necrolagnia at a Shinner love-in; or a stupid proposal such a ‘green paper’ comes to the fore.
Provos won’t change.  They’ll never change.  David and I know that even if Trimble and Paisley don’t.

 

Just another normal day in the life of British “Justice”…

By ATWadmin On May 23rd, 2007 at 7:46 pm

To be honest, it is getting to the stage where I just shrug my shoulders, and can no longer be even bothered to summon up the passion to get angry about such things, even though I know I ought to feel angry and outraged. Week in week out, month in month out, the same ridiculous incompetence, the same contemptuous travesties of what I would call "justice" – What is our government trying to do? Are they deliberately trying to turn this country into a lunatic asylum, where rapists and terrorists are free to walk while motorists and smokers are demonised?

A rapist who was chased and caught by passers-by after he attacked a woman on a County Durham footpath has been granted a reduction in his sentence.

In July 2006, 20-year-old Martin Walsh was surrounded in Tanfield when his victim broke free and raised the alarm. He was jailed for life at Durham Crown Court with a minimum term of six years for two rapes and an indecent assault. London’s Appeal Court ruled this was too long for an indeterminate sentence, reducing it to four-and-a-half years.

 

Mrs Justice Cox said his offences did not fall in the category of "a campaign of rape involving several victims", though the life sentence was still justified. During the November trial, the court heard Walsh was "drunk and angry" when he dragged the young woman into bushes and threatened to kill her before carrying out what was described as a series of sickening attacks.

 

Oh, that’s alright then, the poor chap was simply a bit "drunk and angry". Six years for a rape? Far too long, of course. Let’s cut it down to four years. A very sensible decision by that female judge; she’s a credit to all women, don’t you think? In fact, why should we jail him at all? He was probably feeling "frustrated and marginalised" and was simply letting off a bit of steam. Ten minutes’ community service should suffice, surely?

…..and if that lovely example of British Justice didn’t make you feel good, if you need more happy stories to give you that wonderful "feel-good" factor about life in our wonderful New Labour paradise, then relax, for I bring more glad tidings! – 

 

 Scotland Yard are hunting three men who are believed to have absconded from control orders imposed under the Prevention of Terrorism Act.

 

Police say they know that Lamine Adam, 26, his brother, Ibrahim, 20, and Cerie Bullivant, 24, are associates and may be together. Members of the public are being warned not to approach them, but to call 999. Home Secretary John Reid is expected to make a written statement to parliament on Thursday.

 

The Adam brothers failed to contact a monitoring company on Monday evening.

 
Oh, my sides! Actually, I always loved a bit of Monty Python, and I am glad that this team of comic geniuses (or should that be ‘genii’?) are now running the country, because only they could have made this one up! So, don’t forget folks, these individuals are dangerous potential terrorists, and you should not approach them under any circumstances. That is why our beloved government has cracked down so hard on such criminals, and has acted to protect us from them! Oh yes, indeed, they have been placed under the strictest Control Orders! They were required to (ooooh, shudder) report to a monitoring company’ every five days! And if they failed to do so, the police would be very, very, and I mean VERY cross about it! So there! Imagine the fear these men must be feeling right now – if they are apprehended, then the gloves will REALLY come off, and they will of course be free to go, but will have to sign a very serious declaration, promising that they will never ever ever do anything naughty, or else, and we really mean it this time, no, really we do, no more fooling about!

In other news, I saw a policeman on horseback today, and I think the horse looked a bit gay actually. Well that’s all from me tonight – oh wait, there’s a knock on the door, I’d better – Oh my G- the house is surrounded by armed response vehicles! They’re breaking the door down and…

 

 

Come on you reds!

By ATWadmin On May 23rd, 2007 at 2:28 pm

Acropolis_21.JPGTonight Liverpool play AC Milan in the final of the UEFA Champions League in Athens.  As an Arsenal fan, I’d like to wish them all the luck in the world.  Two years ago these two clubs produced a classic, when Liverpool clawed back three goals in the second half and won on penalties. I hope we see the best of football tonight, from the players, the fans and the Athens police.