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By ATWadmin On February 2nd, 2007 at 9:11 am

Did you read that the lights of Paris dimmed for five minutes on Thursday in a nationwide “lights out” campaign, aimed at “raising public awareness” over global warming? The Eiffel Tower, lit by 20,000 bulbs, also went dark. During the switch-off, the power grid operator RTE observed a fall of 800 megawatts, representing just over 1% of France’s total consumption.

I think this is very symbolic of the approach taken by the apostles for global warming. Determined to IMPOSE their slef-hating theories upon the rest of us, they will literally pull the plug given half the chance. How many people in France were consulted on this act? Is choice now redundant? Isn’t this just a pathetic stunt designed to help sell the liberal dogma that mankind is entirely to blame for climate change? Maybe the global warmers would like to see the lights REMAIN out?

You can be sure that the media will hard sell the idea today that because “2000” (lovely round figure, eh?) scientists have signed off on the idea that mankind “is very likely” to be the primary cause of climate change, this becomes definitive.

Nonsense. As my friend Peter Glover has pointed out recently, last time the IPCC issued a similar report, back in 1998, 17,000 scientists signed the “Oregon petition” expressing doubt about man-made global warming and opposing the Kyoto Protocol.

The fact is that there is NO consensus on these matters, that there is huge room for debate, but what’s the chances the MSM will ignore dissenting voices on this? Very likely, I’d say, wouldn’t you?


By ATWadmin On February 2nd, 2007 at 8:50 am

tutu.jpgI notice that Archbishop Desmond Tutu is expected to receive an honorary doctorate from a Northern Ireland university. He is to receive a Doctor of Laws (LLD) degree from the University of Ulster later this year.  Tutu is a truly reprehensible character, lauded as a latter-day saint by the liberal left.

Setting out his stall way back in 1984, he said…

"I find capitalism quite horrendous and unacceptable. I am a socialist."

Well, that’s going to get you on-side with the MSM a bit, isn’t it?

He also was quick to accuse the US of behaving "like a bully" in the immediate wake of 9/11.

He has, of course, also supported vigilantism..

" When young people take up arms, I will not condemn them." (ABC Interview, October 16, 1984.)

All in all,  a little creep whose embrace by the leftist fields of academia will surprise no-one. I also think that "Honorary Degrees" are a complete waste of time anyway which only devalue the concept of working hard to obtain such a qualification.

The Global Warming Cult

By ATWadmin On February 2nd, 2007 at 2:12 am

PICB.jpgMore doom and gloom from the IPCC and their media lackeys. More waffle to sanction tax rises and corporatista energy companies cashing in. From the mire of partycrats, bureaucrats, stooge academics and booze-quaffing journalists a sombre note arises over the vol- au- vons – the World is heading for catastrophic man-made global warming. Still, its the last night of the conference and the show must go on.

As always, even under mild questioning they do admit that they know very little about how the global climate functions, not that this slows their enthusiasm to share with us “possible scenarios” of famine and flood – as if these things are new experiences for the suffering race homo sapiens. No scientist can ignore the correlation between solar activity and global temperature, nor doubt that the almost all “green house gases” are nothing to do with human activity.  But the illogical cult of global warming doom plods on. Never an optimist be, they recite – the people must be scared, softened up, so they won’t mind as we edge them ever more under our socially engineered control.

What is wrong with a couple of degrees centigrade? We used to hope for sunny days back in 1647 – they’re here now, we should enjoy it – plant grapes and olives, (and a fig for their opinions) toast the old gods and be happy the New Ice Age the enviro-nuts were warning of back in the 70’s has been put on hold for the time being.

They’ve always got it in reserve of course, should the utter vacuity of all the IPCC’s mustered evidence become widely known. Perhaps some time in the future we will wake up to find that the global warming’s off, and the Ice Age really is the enemy.



By ATWadmin On February 1st, 2007 at 7:01 pm

Oh dear! Palestinian Hamas gunmen ambushed what the Islamist group said was a convoy carrying weapons to President Mahmoud Abbas’s guard unit in the Gaza Strip on Thursday and five people were killed, local residents said. As you can see, the cease-fire is still holding! Give these people a State?????


By ATWadmin On February 1st, 2007 at 6:51 pm

..said the Spider to the fly. I see that the Irish Government has graciously decided to set up a special committee to deal with Northern Ireland affairs. It’s primary focus will be to ..erm…allow Northern Ireland elected representatives to speak in the Irish Parliament. Look on it as an embryonic all-Ireland structure and you get the general idea. You also get an idea of the total disrespect the Irish Government has for the constitutional integrity of this part of the United Kingdom. As usual, the political leadership of Unionism has not got a clue how to deal with it. How could they – when they are so occupied with getting into power with IRA terrorists?


By ATWadmin On February 1st, 2007 at 6:36 pm

bsouth.jpgI was sorry to hear today that one of my favourite bands, The Beautiful South, have announced they have split up. Humourously, they quote "musical similarities!" for the break up.

Paul Heaton is a GREAT British lyricist, I’ve liked him ever since the Housemartins burst on the scene 20+ years ago, and I sincerely hope Paul comes back with something new. As my tribute to him I can say I rate him almost as much as I rate Elvis Costello – and so I leave you with their first number one from 19 years ago – the gorgeously cynical "Song for Whoever."  Spot all the jokes in this classic video!

RIP Beautiful South – much missed by this fan.

pink pound

By ATWadmin On February 1st, 2007 at 12:03 pm

Interesting to read how hotels that cater for gay couples are adamant the new law is a waste of time and in some cases are preparing to ask for exemption. What better example of how a meddling government insisting on legislating for people’s behaviours creates more issues than it solves.

The hotels concerned, which cater for a thriving ‘exclusively gay’ tourism market, have joined criticism of the law claiming they want the right to refuse heterosexuals – and fair enough! As pointed out by hoteliers the new law will make gay people feel deprived of a place where they felt entirely comfortable. And for others the ban on gay advertising could put them out of business (and it is BIG business) –  it will mean that some heterosexual couples will also feel uncomfortable if they feel they booked into a gay hotel.

"We are a unique venue and we only admit gay and bi sexual men. This so-called anti discrimination law is actually discriminatory against gays". Another commented that ‘this is our home and as a landlord we have the right to refuse anyone we want’.   


By ATWadmin On February 1st, 2007 at 9:33 am

I laughed at the trouble that SDLP leader Mark Durkan has gotten into over newspaper claims he has made that SDLP "ensured no former RUC officers got the job of Chief Contable of the PSNI." In essence, Durkan boasts that those SDLP members who sat on the board that carried out the interviews to determine the best candidate for this important job went into such interviews determined that any candidates from the RUC would be discriminated against. There were three candidates for the job of Chief Constable – 2 were experienced RUC officers, 1 was an Englishman with no experience of Northern Ireland policing. The latter got the job! 

This is  the brave new world we are told to embrace, a world in which being the best candidate for a job is peripheral to your chances of getting it. From a policing point of view they key criteria to being recruited into the service is not being a Protestant, and the key criteria to holding the most senior position in the force is to have no experience of Northern Ireland. Can’t ask fairer than that, eh Mark?

I listened to UUP Policing Board member Fred Cobain try to wax indignant over this issue in an interview with SDLP spokesperson Dolores Kelly. A chimp would be rather more eloquent than poor Fred. And as for young Ian Paisley Jnr’s ranting about the need for the suspension of his SDLP colleagues on the Policing Board from recruitment panels until an inquiry has taken place, will he actually DO anything about it or will he just bluster? Exactly!


By ATWadmin On February 1st, 2007 at 9:25 am

Today sees new laws doubling the amount of passenger duty people pay when taking flights from the UK come into force. The increase was announced by Chancellor Gordon Brown last December. He said airlines should pay more for damaging the environment.  (More specifically, they should pay HIM more) This tax hike amounts to £40 per person, making a holiday for four people now £160 more expensive for every family that takes one. I’m  with Mike Carrivick, chief executive of the airline trade body the Board of Airline Representatives, who has said the tax was purely a money-grabbing exercise, dressed up in the rhetoric of environmentalism. Listen, if Greenies are so concerned about aviation impacts, let them stop flying. This way they moan, we pay. Is that fair?


By ATWadmin On February 1st, 2007 at 9:03 am

muslim_protest_2.jpgAnd so the gruesome details emerge. Those brave Muslim soldiers (and their families) who serve in the British Armed Forces are expected to be given new security guidance after a suspected Islamist plot to kidnap, torture and behead a British Muslim soldier was allegedly foiled with the arrest of nine men in Birmingham yesterday. It seems that some followers of the ROP around Birmingham were seeking to conduct a "Ken Bigley" style atrocity, decapitate a Muslim who serves this country as a corporal in our armed forces, and then release the death video "as a warning".   

Such is the depravity that distinguishes a significant section of Islam in the UK.  I can fully understand the stress this must put upon Muslim families, where older members of the family can no longer be sure of the motives of the younger radicalised family members. 

I also hope Muslims will understand why it is vital they speak out and condemn all such plotting unambiguously. Yet only this morning I heard a spokesman for the Muslim Council of Britain explain, in his very reasonable manner, that the radicalisation of British Muslim Youth is essentially a consequence of…….wait for it…..yip, you guessed right…British Foreign Policy!!! Hurrah – it’s OUR fault that some of them want to slaughter us. Quite honestly, I think the MCB should be banned – it is a thoroughly repugnant organisation that speaks with a forked tongue.