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THE MILE HIGH TAX….

By ATWadmin On December 21st, 2006 at 8:13 am

britishairwaysL280606_228x152.jpgYou remember I was talking about the EU’s plans to dramatically curb air-travel yesterday? Under the EU scheme, airlines will buy a ‘permit to pollute’ – with the cost passed on to passengers. It now appears that passengers should expect a price hike of about 10 per cent, according to former British Airways boss Sir Rod Eddington. That could add more than £100 to the price of many flights.

The PR line being sold in the media by the leftist elite is that this will reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by rewarding companies which pollute less and deterring passengers from flying by increasing flight costs. It will ALSO mean a double-whammy for passengers who earlier this month were hit by Chancellor Gordon Brown’s separate decision to double the existing air passenger duty – adding hundreds of pounds to the cost of family holidays.

I don’t know about you but this feels like an all-out onslaught from the political class on our freedom to travel, with a clear intent to limit where and when we will go. I notice the SILENCE from the Conservatives on this subject – presumably they are too busy thinking up ways to impose even greater taxation on us!

NURERMBURG STYLE TRIALS FOR GLOBAL DENIERS?

By ATWadmin On December 21st, 2006 at 8:11 am

Gulp! earyh.jpgLooks like those of us who query anthropogenic global warming are bound for "Nuremburg style trials" -according to at least one U.S. based environmental magazine that former Vice President Al Gore found deemed respectable enough to grant a one-on-one interview to promote his OWN agenda of global warming doom.

Grist Magazine’s staff writer David Roberts called for the Nuremberg-style trials for the “bastards” who were members of what he termed the global warming “denial industry.” Roberts wrote in the online publication on September 19, 2006, "When we’ve finally gotten serious about global warming, when the impacts are really hitting us and we’re in a full worldwide scramble to minimize the damage, we should have war crimes trials for these bastards — some sort of climate Nuremberg.”

I suppose I can always claim that I was only following orders?

On a more serious note though, it is worrying to see the way in which the apostles of global warming and their hand maidens in the MSM are trying to close down ANY DEBATE on the subject of global warming. They are seeking to establish man made warming as an incontrovertible  fact, despite a lack of consensus or data to prove their opinion. Perhaps Grist magazine is merely the cutting edge of the Green movement as it moves to silence all critics.

THE BEST WAY TO FIGHT AIDS……

By ATWadmin On December 21st, 2006 at 7:59 am

Can I just say that I fully support the call by Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, who heads the Vatican office for health care, that fidelity in marriage and premarital abstinence from sex are the key weapons in the fight against AIDS. Well said!

Now I know that the liberal Aids industry will be up in arms against this speaking of common sense, but when you consider what the Cardinal is saying, it is good advice. Fidelity in marriage IS a really good idea, and abstaining from sex before marriage is also pretty sound. Naturally there will be those who point out that because human nature is fallible, the Cardinal is not being realistic, but surely he is setting out obvious behavioural standards to which we should all aspire? 

CHEEKY CHEEKY…..

By ATWadmin On December 21st, 2006 at 7:36 am

Cheekygirls1.jpgI have no interest in Liberal-Democrat MP Lembit Opik’s personal life and I really couldn’t care less if he is going out with a 48 year old Weather Girl or a 24 year old Cheeky Girl! That is one reason this site, unlike some others, has not covered this stupid story so far.

But I was curious about the fact that Lembit was able to take out time from his doubtless ever so busy role as Lib-Dem spokesman on Wales and Northern Ireland, to intervene over threats to deport his pop star girlfriend Cheeky Girl Gabriela Irimia to Romania.

You see I didn’t think that the Government ever actually deported anybody, but perhaps when one listens to the Cheeky Girls 2004 hit single "The Cheeky Song (Touch my bum)" it is possible to appreciate why  the Home Office felt they must go back to Romania!  

However good news all round! Everyone now agrees that Lembit has acted with the utmost propriety in his efforts to keep Ms Cheeky and her sister n the UK and thanks to Romanian (and Bulgaria) joining the European Union in January 2007, all its citizens will have the right to travel freely within Europe. And thus to welfare target and all round soft touch Britain. Estimates indicate that there may be hundreds of thousands of cheeky boys and girls joining Gabriela and her sister.

TRIVIALISING PERVERSION..

By ATWadmin On December 20th, 2006 at 6:23 pm

795151-599532-thumbnail.jpgDo YOU agree that those poor saddos that steal steal women’s underwear from washing lines should be added to the sex offenders’ register? The Government thinks so, but as far as I can see this is un-necessary bureaucracy and it sort of devalues the point of a sex offenders register. Men who steal ladies underwear off washing lines need a stern talking to and fined for their odd behaviour. If they repeat it, and are convicted, then the fine should be punitively increased – but I really don’t see how it is a "sex crime"?

EVERYBODY’S HAPPY NOWADAYS….

By ATWadmin On December 20th, 2006 at 1:20 pm

Apart from being a cool song by The Buzzcocks from long ago, this also appears to sum up how people in Northern Ireland feel about our wonderful Police Service. Yes – it’s been revealed that almost 80% of people have "confidence" in the PSNI, the world’s most politically correct and neutered policing SERVICE!What amused me most about this seasonal PR story dressed up as news was that the media headline that followed it was all about an armed robbery that took place in the Park Centre, one of Belfast’s busiest shopping centres. Oddly enough, our wonderful Police Service seemed to miss that.

Probably too busy churning out postive pre-Xmas publicity!

SEX WORKERS?

By ATWadmin On December 20th, 2006 at 1:03 pm

Now I don’t wish to be pedantic or indeed cruel but I wondered what you make of those who have complained that the BBC are wrong to label the five women murdered by an alleged strangler in Sussex as "prostitutes." Whilst this was undeniably their trade, apparently some people think that the term "sex-worker" would be better. Less judgmental, you see. I disagree.

I think that for once the BBC are using the right term to describe the sordid activities these unfortunates pursued. I am sure it is horrible for their families to have their daughters all to public fall from grace blazoned across the media but let it also act as a warning. Prostitution is a dead end street. Let’s not dress it up in flowery PC rhetoric. Those men who use prostitutes are equally wretched. Sometimes we need to call things by their proper name. The BBC is correct to do so.

‘never mind the width, feel the quality!’

By ATWadmin On December 20th, 2006 at 11:08 am

795151-599045-thumbnail.jpgTwenty-eight years ago, my family and I lived in a suburb to the west of Johannesburg, adjacent to a beautiful sweeping valley which ranged to the north towards Pretoria. The escarpment upon which the suburbs stood were at the high point of the valley, and the view, despite the impact of the roads and buildings, was both grand and settled. A proposal was made by ESCOM, the then generator of all electric power in South Africa, to run a line of huge pylons right up the centre of the valley carrying ultra-high voltage lines to improve power capacity to the gold mines further south of the Witwatersrand, and they were  confident of success. A storm of disapproval rained down on the council, and their Chief Engineer, who openly wished afterwards that he hadn’t opened his mouth, spoke the magic words, “To counter the effects and impact upon this beautiful place, we shall, of course, be painting the pylons green!”

Run time forward to the present date, and focus on the proposal to site 341 huge turbines in the Thames Estuary. Check out the explanations and ‘Environmental Impact Statements’ made to soothe the brow of people who argue against the placement of even more of these huge windmills! Check out the statements showing how they will not produce the ‘Greenhouse Gases’ produced from conventional power stations! Revel in the joy with which our political masters announce that more and more will be built!

What you don’t read about is the truth that conventional or nuclear power stations will still be needed to provide back-up for these monstrosities, because the wind just doesn’t blow long or hard enough to make them economically viable! What you also don’t read about is the huge but hidden subsidy for every KiloWattHour of power produced from these ‘Don Quixote’ versions of a Whitehall wet dream, where the builders and operators get £200,000.00 every year from each of these ‘rotary cash cows’. ‘Costing the Earth’ was the byword of the Environmental Lobby;

what they didn’t disclose was who is paying these costs!

 

BAN FLYING?

By ATWadmin On December 20th, 2006 at 9:34 am

Why doesn’t the EU just come out and be honest about the fact that it seeks to basically BAN flying – except for its’ own very important social engineers? Today we hear that the EU’s environment commissioner is to propose including airlines in the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), which aims to ..ahem…."tackle" climate change.

At first the plan would include flights within the EU, expanding to include flights in and out of the EU by 2012. It means extra taxes on the Airlines, which means prices will increase. The pitiful reason given by the EU and the likes of NuLabour’sDavid Milibanned is that it will "tackle climate change" is left unchallenged in the MSM.

Note the use of misleading figures in the BBC report…

Air travel currently accounts for between 3% and 8% of unwanted gases – figures issued by the industry and environmental groups vary within this range.

What are these "unwanted gases"? And what does this % mean? Is this a cute way of avoiding saying that whilst 3% of anthropogenic emissions may come from aircraft,  anthropogenic emissions themselves only make up around 4% of atmospheric C02. Against this context, the EU plans are statistically meaningless – but I’m sure the extra revenue  will come in handy. They are using the concerns we all have about global changes to TAX us. It’s a revenue-raid by the political Left dressed up in soppy "save the world" rhetoric and we must not fall for it.

THE TROUBLE WITH FREE WILL….

By ATWadmin On December 20th, 2006 at 9:23 am

Villainous Company expounds on the trouble that accompanies free will…..well worth a read…

The existence of free will necessarily implies the presence of both good and bad choices, but somehow in the perverse politically correct atmosphere we live in, it has become unacceptable to notice that some people persist in making foolish choices which cause problems for other people. The even more bizarre aspect of this development is that it is generally the most ardent advocates of freedom who seem most upset at any suggestion that people be held to account for the consequences of their own choices. But without responsibility, we are not truly free – we are just children doing as we please and allowing the nanny state (or other people) to clean up the messes we make. Recognizing that freedom necessarily entails responsibility may at times be harsh, but ultimately it is a far more respectful alternative than the condescending stance which will excuse anything rather than risk the startling thought that if we are free beings, we must answer for all our actions, right or wrong.

 

It is this RESPONSIBILITY aspect to personal behaviour that seems to cause real trouble for the political left. It is as if they are in DENIAL that some people are foolish. that some people choose very badly, and yet there must be no consequences for such poor judgement.

Hat-tip to Bird Dog @ Maggies Farms for the story…