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Global Warming, Jihad and Things that Go Bump in the Night

By ATWadmin On March 14th, 2007 at 4:41 pm

Over zealous legislators in Britain are rushing to push through new carbon targets  which will further regulate an over-regulated economy. Al Gore and like-minded friends are anxious to do the same in America.  The amount of press, educational seminars and proposed regulation in the name of Global Warming is massive and growing. Why?  Because we are afraid.

Why are we afraid?   Why do we rock ourselves, balled up in the fetal position, clutching our stomachs, sweating in panic?  Is global warming a threat so terrifying, so imminent that we need to curtail freedoms and fortunes in order that it might abate?  Is global warming a clear and present danger?  Or an overstated and imaginary crisis?

Christopher C. Horner, expert on global warming legislation and regulation writes: “Warming is happening, but it is slight, it is relative, and it is not “global” in that it is not warming everywhere.” He points out that even if there is a slight warming,  “… this does not mean that the warming trend of the past three decades will continue at its current pace, much less at a catastrophic pace. (It also may mot be a bad thing on net.)”

So, if global warming is not the imminent threat that we pretend it to be, what is going on?  Could it be that our focus on global warming is a coping mechanism?  A substitute for the far greater challenge that looms in front of us, in the full light of day, the threat that we dare not fully address in polite company?   A real, present, self-declared threat to our existence, to our way of life, to all that we hold dear?

Everyday brings news of encroaching Islamic extremism. And we don’t know what to do about it. But Islamic jihad is not going away. Paraphrasing Leon Trotsky: “We might not be interested in jihad, but jihad is interested in us.”

This one’s for you

By ATWadmin On March 14th, 2007 at 3:43 pm

It’s been brought to my attention that today is No Smoking Day. If only I’d known, I’d have puffed away even more on my low-tax French cigarettes.

Not to worry. I’ll celebrate No Smoking Day in the only appropriate way this evening – by sitting outside, with a beer, puffing away on a cigar.

you had to be there!

By ATWadmin On March 14th, 2007 at 10:43 am

I flew down to London yesterday, for a very brief visit with my elder brother; returning the same evening. Now some may cavil at my decision to increase my ‘Carbon Footprint’ by the amount of CO2 from the twin-engine jet upon which I travelled, but since I personally do not believe any of the piles of garbage spewed from the ‘Green and Mean’ lobby about global warming, you may be unsurprised by the fact that I enjoyed the whole trip! Well, maybe not the whole trip, just most of it!

The bit which got me truly riled and angry was the wait, in a very large queue, at the Departure Security barriers at Terminal One, Heathrow Airport! There we stood, or rather there we all shuffled along, as the determinedly stolid security crew waved the waiting hordes forward into one of four lines aimed at the x-ray machinery set up to scan the luggage-mobiles-computers-jackets-coats of the prospective airline passengers! We also waited in line to be waved through the metal detectors to display that we collectively carried no weaponry, or grenades, or knives, or indeed any items which could feasibly be turned against the crew of the aircraft we all wished to board. Reluctantly, and I do mean RELUCTANTLY, I have to accept that these precautions are necessary, but there I would depart from the ‘herd’ mentality which has pervaded our mass transit establishments. I do not believe that it was necessary to have us all TAKE ALL OUR SHOES OFF,  and also have them x-rayed as we passed through the scanner and detector. I might have a beard, but my skin colour is white, not brown or black; along with the overwhelming majority of my fellow passengers!  My name is not Richard Reid!

With almost no exceptions, the bastards who have either succeeded or attempted to blow themselves sky-high are Muslim by religion, and brown or black in colour! Why are the majority of travellers humped together in this Kafka-esque nightmare of suspicion, just because our lily-livered Government refuses to do things without reference to the Equal Opportunities Commission, or the Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR), or any organisation which has ever employed Trevor Phillips? The IRA killers, who supplied more than their fair share of the carnage of the ’70’s and 80’s, were making a bloody and detemined statement, but they drew the line at killing themselves along with their victims, except where the few ‘own goals’ redistributed their body parts across the landscape!

The cherry on the cake of stupidity and political correctness, however, was supplied by the inanely-grinning female figure, dressed all in black combat trousers, black jacket, black hijab or scarf or whatever the bloody thing is called wrapped around her silly head, who was the only person who would really raise my suspicions,

AND SHE WAS PART OF THE BLEEDING SECURITY SEARCH TEAM!

 

United community to hold divided government to account?

By ATWadmin On March 14th, 2007 at 9:14 am

The Alliance Party has linked up with Green MLA Brian Wilson and independent Kieran Deeny in a group they have labelled “United Community”

Alliance leader, David Ford, says that the group will constitute a “constructive opposition” to the parties who will form the government.

So out of the 108 MLAs up on the hill nine will be in opposition. The other 99 will be part of the government – a government which they themselves believe will be characterized by daily infighting!

Forgive my cynicism but I would suggest that “United Community” is unlikely to do a very good job of opposing the corrupt government which is now “inevitable”.

I don’t think that Mr Ford and his friends are going to highlight the immorality of having convicted terrorists in government or say anything that is likely to upset “the process”.

This is little more than a desperate attempt to make Alliance and the two other MLAs who designated themselves as “United Community” appear relevant. Their votes don’t count for very much given the bizarre tribal voting system at Stormount.

Mugabe: The final chapter?

By ATWadmin On March 14th, 2007 at 12:52 am

I was interested to read David Blair’s commentary piece in the online Telegraph, re the deteriorating situation in Zimbabwe.

"…there are growing signs that Mr Mugabe is finally losing his grip.

Never in its 44 year history has Zanu-PF been as divided as it is today. Mr Mugabe appears to be in a state of open warfare with both his party’s main factions. In the past, Mr Mugabe would always have been clever enough to ally with one faction against the other. At the very least, he would have turned them against one another and kept each permanently off-balance. But today, both groups appear to have united against him.

Two factors are eroding Mr Mugabe’s position every day. First, he is 83 and his mental powers are visibly failing. While physically fit, the edge has come off Mr Mugabe’s mind.

Second, Zimbabwe’s economy is in meltdown. At first, this national calamity did not threaten his grip on power. …. But the crisis is reaching such proportions that the Zimbabwean state itself is disintegrating. Mr Mugabe can no longer afford to pay his security forces.

The police and the army rank-and-file are just as desperate as everyone else. This combination of discontent within and without Zanu-PF is unprecedented. Mr Mugabe’s final days may be upon us."

 

The cessation of Robert Mugabe’s reign of terror is obviously to be welcomed, at its most basic level. But the concern now is, how will this play out, and what will his government be replaced with? When a state’s economy collapses to such a stage that the government cannot even pay its own army or security services, then I reckon that anarchy, military coups and even full-scale civil war may be on the cards.

There is a body of opinion that says that to some extent, "we" (ie, "the West" and in particular the UK) are to blame for allowing Zimbabwe to degenerate this far. Some say that we ought to have intervened militarily in order to help the people of Zimbabwe. I readily admit that I haven’t followed this debate in detail, so I won’t offer an opinion of my own, but invite your comments. What do you think?

 

 

madrid

By ATWadmin On March 13th, 2007 at 7:31 pm

r3503274918.jpgI spent a while living in Northern Spain so like to keep up with what is in the news there. At the same time the weekend gone was also the sad anniversary of the Madrid terrorist attack.  We were just emerging into Spring 04 in London and I remember the horrendous silence in the office that day, hurriedly phoning Spanish colleagues, unable to reach them, the raw emails I received from many of them asking ‘why’.  Another awful chapter in the legacy of terrorism. The conservative Popular Party was swept from power in the surge of emotion and confusion that followed. That confusion remains and it isnt an exageration to suggest that a reasonable portion of the population still believe the underhand tactics of the PP government that maintained the attacks were carried out by ETA.

On Saturday gone,  hundreds of thousands of demonstrators protested at an opposition rally in Madrid, venting renewed rage at what they say is the current Socialist government’s  surrender to the Basque  terrorists.  Some believe the government’s decision to release ETA hunger striker de Juana -who has served 18 years for 25 murders- has saved the ‘delicate’ ‘peace process’ that has been taking place between the government and ETA.  (De Juana was given a new jail term for making threats from inside prison).  But opinion polls in both left- and right-leaning newspapers in Spain show a majority of Spaniards think the government was wrong to capitulate and grant him house arrest. Although this majority was ‘slim’, strength of feeling is running very high. Though the PPs tactics are viewed cynically as manipulating terrorism to suit their own ends (and one paper has since alleged ETA have done the same re the Madrid train bombings), this isnt the first demonstration against terrorism in Spain. The words of the party resonate for a reason.

The Popular Party (PP) leader Mariano Rajoy organized the staggering march, with one banner declaring, "Spain for freedom. No more concessions to ETA". The PP leader billed the mass rally, comprising people both left and right, in his view ‘as the most important demonstration in Spain’s 30-year democracy’.  "The government had to twist the rules, trample on procedure and trick the Spanish to free an insatiable terrorist," conservative Rajoy told the crowd. "They are demands the terrorists imposed on the government to prove its goodwill. This is the toll the government has paid to negotiate. ETA doesn’t want peace, it’s looking for victory". 

Police (government) estimates put the rally figure at 350,000 but some angry & revealing comments in the Times yesterday put the figure at close to 2.1 million.  These demo numbers always indicate that the people of Spain are raw and volatile on this issue  – neither happy with the governing Socialists nor with the way the government (any) is handling ETA – angrily accusing them of trying to dismantle Spain and far from willing to appease terrorism. 

Adam Smith: an enlightened choice

By ATWadmin On March 13th, 2007 at 6:27 pm

Adam_Smith.jpgThe new £20 note has been issued today by the Bank of England, featuring the economist and philosopher Adam Smith. The choice of Smith (1723 – 1790), most famous for his economic opus “The Wealth of Nations” and “The Theory of Moral Sentiments”, is slightly controversial, as he was of course Scottish (- overseas readers may not be aware that there are various banks which issue money that is legal tender in Britain, including three Scottish banks), but then the Bank of England was founded in 1694 by the Scotsman William Paterson.

Our over-meddling, over-taxing Scottish Chancellor may care to reflect on the wisdom of Adam Smith before adding to our burdens:

“It is the highest impertinence and presumption, therefore, in kings and ministers, to pretend to watch over the economy of private people, and to restrain their expense… They are themselves always, and without any exception, the greatest spendthrifts in the society. Let them look well after their own expense, and they may safely trust private people with theirs. If their own extravagance does not ruin the state, that of their subjects never will.”

 

Fer Ford’s Sake, what are they doing now?

By ATWadmin On March 13th, 2007 at 1:22 pm

brave_new_world_cover_1.jpgThe Government’s obsession with very young children seems to be taking us one step closer to “Brave New World”, with their coming “curriculum for toddlers” setting out in minute detail what a child should be capable of on an almost monthly basis. It is not enough for the Government that they take control of children at school to start their indoctrination programme, now they want to begin almost from the moment the child is born.

All children are individuals and develop at their own speed. A child will be ahead of the pack in some areas and behind in others. Girls and boys develop differently, with girls talking on average before boys, for instance. Instead of allowing children to do this, the Government will have each one monitored,marked and categorised, even video taped, and as usual the rationale for their actions are utterly spurious. Sooner or later it won’t just be deranged libertarians like me saying the State has got too large. When an inspector is checking that an eight-month-old baby has passed the “able to smile with pleasure at toys” milestone, it’s pretty obvious.

 

 

CAPITULATION, NOT NEGOTIATION…..

By ATWadmin On March 13th, 2007 at 9:52 am

The Guardian has a truly fascinating article on the REALITY of what constituted the Northern Ireland "peace process" from someone very close to Tony Blair, the blessed St Peter Mandelson. I quote him..

When Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness entered the room you were expected to stand up. They were senior military, they were top brass. Apart from being leaders of Sinn Féin they were leaders of the (sic) military council."

 

For years, I have argued that the term "peace process" is nothing but a rhetorical flag of convenience to disguise the Government’s contemptible dealing with the IRA, betraying the essence of democracy, and using poor gullible power-crazed unionists as their shields. I see the content of this article as proof of what I, and some others, have said. Imagine – standing up for the leaders of a terror group that has killed thousands.  

THE GREAT PASSPORT RIP-OFF!

By ATWadmin On March 13th, 2007 at 9:21 am

britpassport.jpgSome things really irritate me – and chief amongst these is the Government ripping me off. Do you feel the same? If so, I wonder what you make of the following;

In 1995,  a 10 year British Passport cost £18. If you had kids under 5 years old – as I did then, you could add them onto your own passport for an extra £5.

Today, a standard British passport now will cost you £66, or £72 for the jumbo-version. (Do Elephants travel by air? Mm..jumbo-jets?)

So, since Labour have come to power, the price of a Passport required for us to leave the UK has increased by 500%. The Government tries to use buzzwords such as "Security" and "Biometrics" as the reasons for this massive increase in what they charge us for the means to travel outside their fiefdom. It is a complete disgrace, an absolute rip-off, and as Philip Johnston points out in this most excellent article, the accompanying vast bureaucracy now being built around the process of obtaining a passport reeks of complete State Control.