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Recycling – the Other Side of the Story…

By ATWadmin On January 17th, 2007 at 5:39 pm

It’s Wednesday evening, and across my estate, all the neighbours are busy filling their recycling boxes with paper and plastics. As they faithfully leave their boxes outside, their consciences are once more cleansed and absolved by the knowledge that they are "doing their bit for the environment".

And who am I to deny them the right to their fantasies, even if their beliefs are contradicted by the evidence? After all, if peoples’ idea of ‘helping the environment’ means causing the carbon emissions of several thousand gallons of fuel on each cargo ship to China, and supporting slave-labour earnings of £50 per month with workers living in conditions of extreme, toxic pollution….

From the article: Leigh Atley runs a plastic recycling plant in the Cotswolds, built to the highest environmental standards. He’s losing millions of pounds in potential income – as well as the possibility of expanding his business and providing more jobs – because he can’t compete with Chinese waste dumps. "We need to have our own infrastructure in this country capable of recycling everything that we are producing every year," he told me. "And we are producing more and more."
But for now it’s simply cheaper to ship our problem to China. And it’s the people of Lianjiao who are suffering the consequences.

 

Is this the reality behind our so-called "environmentally friendly" recycling policy? It’s no use our government telling us all that we’ve got to "go green", but at the same time crippling British business with regulations, red tape, high taxes and soaring costs such as the minimum wage. The fact remains that "you can’t buck the market", and this is the inevitable result.  

 

death penalty outrage

By ATWadmin On January 17th, 2007 at 5:37 pm

nazaninwithlawyer.bmpNazanin Fatehi (pictured left) at her retrial last week. Her lawyers received verbal confirmation from the court that she will be exonerated from the charge of murder.  However the court has ruled that disproportionate force was used by Nazanin while trying to defend herself and her 15-year old niece from rapists. Accordingly, they have asked Nazanin to pay “dieh” (blood money) to receive a pardon from the family of the deceased. Once this amount is paid, Nazanin can be released from prison.

Her laywers are appealing as Nazanin is innocent for acting in self-defence and  should not have to pay any money at all (3 out of the 5 judges came to this decision re the dieh). The appeal may take several months, so in the meantime arrangements may be made to have Nazanin released from prison by paying bail money into court – a sum set at a staggering (and impossible) $40,000.  Neverthless her mother extended her thanks to all who signed the petition and pushed this case into the limelight. "You brought us the only one wish that we had: freedom of our daughter. May God give all of you, our brothers and sisters health and happiness for all that you have done ".

There are at least 23 child offenders on death row in Iran.  Iran and Pakistan are the only countries known to have executed child offenders during the last year. Iran are a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which forbids executing someone who was under the age of 18 at the time of the offence.  To get round this, the Iranian authorities keep the youths locked up in jail until they have turned 18 before they execute them. Legislation banning the death penalty for child offenders have been considered for several years, but it has never been passed.

info from Save Nazanin campaign

My Lords, Ladies and Terrorists

By ATWadmin On January 17th, 2007 at 5:32 pm

Aren’t republicans amazing?  I don’t mean amazing in the positive sense of the word, more like the amazement one has when seeing an outsized piece of unflushed faeces in a public toilet.  For at the same time as they seek to blacken the name of the RUC and our Armed Forces, they busily scurry behind the scenes attempting to exonerate those who committed such crimes as the Northern Bank robbery.

Take the relatives of two IRA terrorists who were joyfully shot dead by the security forces in the early 1990s.  The families of these two, who would have been responsible for the loss of many innocent lives had they been allowed to live, are petitioning the House of Lords to challenge the manner in which their deaths occurred.  They are calling on the services of Madden and Finucane (Peter Madden will be handling the big stuff as poor old Pat Finucane is otherwise engaged) to ensure a verdict of ‘unlawful force’ is given when considered against the background of…….try not to wet your trousers laughing…..Article 2 of the European Convention – the right to life!!

I sincerely wish the HoL treats this gross attempt at hypocrisy in the manner it deserves.  The victims of Bloody Friday, La Mon and Darkley had a right to life.  Terrorists don’t.

We’re all saved, or doomed, or whatever!

By ATWadmin On January 17th, 2007 at 1:31 pm

I’ve just found this delightful little piece of rubbish, and thought I’d share the warmth!

Yes, the mighty (if slightly-tinny) voice of the (Fourth) Great Leader has spoken, and we should rejoice, for the Great Ken has laboured mightily, and brought forth ‘The Mayor’s Food Strategy’.

After a sum total of over two thousand years, during which time London managed to not only look after itself, from a Roman trading post to a thriving myriad-souled city of over eight million, but also provide the guiding influence which gave us, amongst other things, jellied eels, democracy, Shakespeare’s plays, the Palace of Westminster and all that that majestic series of buildings has produced, through architectural wonders such as St. Paul’s to the grotesque dead rubbish built these days to house the latter-day money-changers of the temples; where people have looked after themselves and their families for long generations without listening to a weirdy nut-case whose sole need is for self-advertisement, we have finally seen the end result of ‘Red Ken’s’ great labours!

With such gems as “In many parts of London, people struggle to access affordable, nutritious food. Many of those involved in the food system are barely benefiting from it economically and the environmental impact of the food system is considerable” and “It celebrates our vibrant and successful food culture, seeks to maximise new opportunities and tackle and overcome areas of weakness. “ we can rest assured that ‘Our Ken’ has seen the future, and it is good!

So, at a cost of a measly £3.87 million pounds over the next three years we can sit back as Ken and his colleagues

●    improve Londoners’ health through food
●    reduce the negative environmental impacts of food
●    support a vibrant food economy
●    celebrate and promote London’s food
●    develop London’s food security.

Don’t you feel comforted?

 

AMUSING OURSELVES TO DEATH….

By ATWadmin On January 17th, 2007 at 12:13 pm

Is the UK population being distracted from matters of real substance by a daily media agenda of insubstantial waffle?

Two nights ago, a TV programme exposed the naked hatred being taught across the UK in allegedly "moderate" mosques. We heard exhortations to beat men, to throw  homosexuals off the cliff, to treat Jews and Christians as dogs, and to overthrow the UK Government. The next day, the MSM reacted with monumental INDIFFERENCE. Only here on the blogosphere did this story gain wings.

Last night, on a trash "reality" TV programme called Big Brother, a few of the housemates made bitchy remarks about a fellow housemate, and "Bollywood" star, Shilpa Shetty. Cue banner headlines screaming "RACIST" in our daily papers today. This appears to be escalating into a virtual international incident and has been run on the hour in the daily news cycle.

Now, we need to keep things in context. The stupid witterings of a few idiots in a contrived TV show are one thing, the widespread preaching of Jihad against this State is quite another. And yet, remarkably, the MSM goes with the former and all but ignores the latter!

Are we going to end up as a sedated mass who sit at home watching the likes of Jade Goody on TV whilst our Nation is undermined by Islamic insurrectionists, even as we are amusing ourselves to death?

WASTING POLICE TIME……

By ATWadmin On January 17th, 2007 at 9:58 am

What a scandalous waste of taxpayers money.

The Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman is investigating IRA claims that the RUC failed to prevent a murder attempt on Sinn Fein/IRA leader Gerry Adams more than 20 years ago. Mr Adams has made a complaint following reports that the police had prior knowledge of a UDA plan to ambush him in Belfast city centre in March 1984 while he was travelling from the High Court. Mr Adams was shot five times when his car was sprayed with bullets, while his bodyguards were also seriously injured. UDA leader John Gregg was jailed for his part in the shooting. But naturally all opportunities to blacken the RUC’s name are to be taken by republican insurrectionists.  

Now I am sorry that Mr Adams was shot, as I DO NOT believe the revolting UDA had any right to act as judge, jury and would be executioner. And of course in a way the RUC is to blame – as Adams should have been in jail for his role as Terror Godfather. But the person who also carries responsibility is Adams himself. After all – he who lives by the sword…. 

RUBBISH!

By ATWadmin On January 17th, 2007 at 9:50 am

I note that a major environmental clean-up is under way in south Armagh where the contents of an illegal landfill site are being sent back across the border. A fleet of lorries has carried hundreds of tonnes of household waste including old nappies and decaying food back to the Irish Republic. The tonnes of illegal waste netted the rubbish racketeers thousands of pounds. It is the first time illegal waste has been repatriated. About time too. I think it is outrageous that waste from a foreign country should be dumped illegally in Northern Ireland, though I also suspect that the only way to stop this would be to increase security along the border and – ahem – that might pose a few problems for some people. Good riddance to unwelcome rubbish, say I!

WE’RE ALL DOOMED….

By ATWadmin On January 17th, 2007 at 9:31 am

Everytime I watch a News Programme these days, there is always an obligatory “global warming” scare story. Clearly the MSM has embraced and now promulgates the Green Gospel. However, writing over on the American Thinker, James Lewis has some words of wisdom for the apostles of global warming….



As a scientist I’ve learned never to say “never.” So human-caused global warming is always a hypothesis to hold, at least until climate science becomes mature. (Climate science is very immature right now: Physicists just don’t know how to deal with hypercomplex systems like the earth weather. That’s why a recent NASA scientist was wildly wrong when he called anthropogenic warming “just basic physics.” Basic physics is what you do in the laboratory. If hypercomplex systems were predictable, NASA would have foolproof space shuttles —  because they are a lot simpler than the climate. So this is just pseudoscientific twaddle from NASA’s vaunted Politically Correct Division. It makes me despair when even scientists conveniently forget that little word “hypothesis.”) 

The human-caused global warming hypothesis is completely model-dependent. We can’t directly observe cars and cows turning up the earth thermostat. Whatever the human contribution there may be to climate constitutes just a few signals among many hundreds or thousands. All our models of the earth climate are incomplete. That’s why they keep changing, and that’s why climate scientists keep finding surprises….


 


You should read his article – no one is denying that our Planet changes. It changes all the time. But before we start gibbering that every drought/flood/storm/blizzard is OUR fault, a little reason might be useful?

FRUITCAKES. LOONIES AND CLOSET RACISTS..?

By ATWadmin On January 17th, 2007 at 9:18 am

Did you read that the Conservatives are to warn voters that backing Ukip could allow Labour to retain power amid Tory fears that the revived anti-Europe party could deny David Cameron victory at the next election?

Ukip, which wants Britain to leave the EU, won 16 per cent of the votes at the 2004 European Parliament elections. Although it won only 2.9 per cent of the votes when it stood at the 2005 general election, analysis of the results suggests that it may have prevented the Tories winning up to 16 seats and shows it inflicted much more damage on the Tories than Labour.

Cameron is obviously rattled by UKIP progress. Last year he called those in this Party – INCLUDING many former Conservatives, "Fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists, mostly". Not sure if that is true but perhaps better that than "quislings, cowards and socialists" – which appears to be what the modern Conservative Party has morphed into under the –ahem…."leadership" of Call Me Dave.

I’m not a fan of ANY political party, but I have met UKIP Leader Nigel Farage and found him a decent enough man. I wish the UKIP well, and as far as I am concerned the more votes they get from left and right the better. The UK needs to remove itself from the vast corrupt EU.

You Are What You Like

By ATWadmin On January 17th, 2007 at 9:14 am

Did anybody see the programme on BBC Four last night called Oz and Them?  It looked at the historical ties between the UK and Australia and had contributions from the likes of Germaine Greer and Clive James.  I love programmes which instil knowledge about the world.  I also regularly watch the repeats of Survival between 6 and 7am on ITV3. Any quiz programmes receive my attention – from The Weakest Link to University Challenge (though how the hell anybody knows the answers on University Challenge is way beyond me!  ‘What is the square root cosine of the quantum figure relative to Pythagoras when considered in the ratio of three decimal places?  YOU WHAT!!!?)  The point I am making is that both music and televisual choices say much about the cultural threshold of our society. 

In that case much of what passes for contemporary British culture is found wanting.  What sort of country is it when more people vote on cerebrally inimical cobblers such as Big Brother and the X-Factor than they do in General Elections?  Has the collective intellect of the British nation stooped to such low levels?  We now have tabloid newspapers devoting whole pages to what was said; who cooked for whom; and which boy copulated with which girl in the Big Brother house.  How is that remotely interesting?  What does it say for our country when legions of viewers find this nonsense entertaining?  Did they check out their brains at the entrance to the living room?

Musical tastes are equally reflective of this country’s contemporary poor taste.  I don’t know about you, but everytime I hear Lily Allen sing I get this urge to punch the nearest person to me.  ‘Dreams, dreams, of when we ‘ad just started fings.’  ‘Fing’?  What’s a ‘fing’?  Do you mean ‘things’ you adolescent, talentless Cockney ignoramus?  You expect to hear an accent as bad as that spewing forth from a Petticoat Lane fly-pitcher who’s got a gross of pop socks to flog from a wheelbarrow.  ‘Apples and pears down th’ old frog and toad, luv.  And don’t forget me bucket of jellied eels, darlin down at the Old Bull and Bush.”  Twenty or thirty years ago we put people at the top of the charts who actually had talent (save for aberrations such as Joe Dolce).  These days we put the likes of Lily Allen at the pick of the pops and Big Brother at the top of the television ratings.  Isn’t it pathetic?