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NO UNIONS REQUIRED IN NORTH DAKOTA

By Pete Moore On October 20th, 2014 at 3:57 pm

Walmart is a favourite target of the economically ignorant and other statists. Well check out what it has to offer new employees in ND:

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(h/t economicpolicyjournal)

What’s going on is that there’s an oil boom in North Dakota, sucking in labour. One of the arguments of the economically ignorant is that employers, with little twirly moustaches and bags of “swag” over their shoulders, get away with paying employees what they want.

ND proves this argument is rubbish.

These Walmart rates are well above the minimum wage. Walmart needs employees, so it has to compete for labour and bid up prices until there are takers. No unions required, no minimum wage laws required, just the market working for everyone’s benefit. And there’s nothing Walmart can do about it. The conclusion then is that we need wage competition everywhere to raise wages, not dummkopf laws which raise costs, destroy jobs and keep wage competition down.

WE ARE STARDUST

By Pete Moore On October 19th, 2014 at 7:48 pm

Cosmic!

I admit that I can’t get my head around much of this outer space stuff. When I read that a star is x million light years away, my head thinks of the speed of light, then it goes into meltdown trying to imagine the distance an object would cover travelling at the speed of light for x millions of years. I simply can’t process it. I did try reading Hawking’s “A Brief History of Time” but gave up. I couldn’t grasp some of it. Though I know that massive objects generate gravity, I don’t understand how. So when Brian Cox talks about Einstein’s theories and explained quantum theory for idiots, as I heard him do on the wireless a couple of weeks ago, I might as well have listened to something else. He did his best but that stuff just isn’t understood by what’s between my ears.

But I do understand what Dr. Michelle Thaller says below in a few short minutes, and what a mind blowing thing it is, yes? It’s such a fundamentally amazing idea, if what she says is true, I just had to share it here –

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Can they do it?

By The Troll On October 19th, 2014 at 4:16 pm

The Infamous Skunk Works made an announcement last Wednesday that most people missed. Lockheed Martin is building a Fusion Reactor that will fit on the flatbed of an 18 wheeler.  If they pull it off the advancements that can be reached could change a lot of how we look at the world.

Fusion Reactors have been the wall in Nuclear Tech since the beginning of the Atomic Age. Fusion unlike Fission is clean, the only real waste product is the reactor and containment facility itself there are no fuel rods to dispose of.  The following film explains what they are planning.

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There are of course those that have their doubts that they can pull it off, being that it’s Skunk Works though I don’t believe they would have announced the project if they didn’t already have a working unit in a “classified” location.

CAMERON IS SUCH A LIAR

By Pete Moore On October 19th, 2014 at 3:56 pm

I know, he’s a politician so therefore a proven liar, but Peter Hitchens nails him today, describing him as an “amazingly transparent man, who resorts instinctively to dishonesty, as a weed in a dingy backyard climbs towards the light”.

This was in response to Cameron’s absurd lie that he would impose an “emergency brake” on immigration, which was his reaction to Carswell winning the Clacton by-election for UKIP. All Cameron can do is reach for the spin becaue there’s no substance there. There never has been. His one productive job, between working at Tory HQ and becoming an MP, was as chief spinner at a now defunct TV channel. He couldn’t even get the job himself, having to rely on his future mother-in-law, Lady Astor, to put a word in with her chum who ran the firm.

Think about it. Cameron had the finest education money can buy from Eton and Oxford, and his one productive job was PR, i.e. spinning. You cannot possibly get more shallow than that.

And now Comrade Barroso has revealed the lie too, pointing out that Cameron’s plan would be illegal under EU law, which it obviously would be. The free movement of labour is not just policy, but a cornerstone principle. Cameron must know this, so he lied when he said that he will cut EU immigration.

The only possible way to do so would be to eject the EU from the UK, and Cameron will never propose or support such an idea. He’s as pro-EU as his LibDem partners in government, never forget. Nothing he can say will change this fundamental fact.

To no one will we sell, to no one deny or delay right or justice.

By Mike Cunningham On October 19th, 2014 at 11:38 am

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The above copy letter comes care of The Sunday Times

 

Many, if not most, of the articles listed in the Magna Carta have either been repealed, or fallen away because of changed circumstances.

But of those remaining, perhaps the most famous contains the phrases:-

No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of his standing in any other way, nor will we proceed with force against him, or send others to do so, except by the lawful judgement of his equals or by the law of the land.

To no one will we sell, to no one deny or delay right or justice.

We should examine the quoted words very carefully, and then we should all contact our own MPs, whether Coalition or Opposition, and ask, very respectfully of course, if they support the further removal by fiscal means of the ancient right of Judicial Review. Some claims may be vexatious, some may even be slightly lunatic, but all British subjects should be able to call their own Government to account!

 

We’re all gonna die!

By The Troll On October 19th, 2014 at 1:35 am

erkleThat would be my exclamation if Obama was driving the car…..

Well it’s back to the Golf Course Obama appointed an Ebola Czar we ain’t got nuthin to worry bout now.

That is the mentality that we’re supposed to have. The problem is solved a czar has been appointed, now it will get fixed.  If not, well hey I put “Him” in charge of it. Obama had nothing to do with why when we get hit with a pandemic, or a terrorist attack so many people died.  He was after all on the links, and someone else was supposed to be handling it.

He appoints a bagman to manage our security against a virus and goes golfing…..

please read the posts title.

ATW COMEDY CORNER

By Pete Moore On October 18th, 2014 at 6:49 pm

Politics schmolitics

Rhod Gilbert does make me laugh, and not all stand ups can do that (witness the unfunny and strangely overrated Tim Vine). It’s not just that Gilbert is funny, but also his lugubrious way and the fact that he doesn’t swear like most comedians seem to now. Well, he doesn’t swear too much, which is quite unusual now.

(Note to Americans: he’s not retarded, that’s a Welsh accent) –

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Abandon hope, never mind ‘Ship’

By Mike Cunningham On October 18th, 2014 at 5:12 pm

Just to add to the general gaiety in America, a lab worker, who apparently did not know of the requirements of self-monitoring required for those who have been in close contact with EBOLA, is  aboard a Carnival Cruise Ship in the Carribean; under what is euphemistically-named  ‘Voluntary Isolation’.

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As she is 19 days into the 21 days considered sufficient for clearance, just imagine what the outcome would be, on a Cruise ship with 5,000 panicking people on board, if she developed a temperature!

 

“I had no idea!”

By Mike Cunningham On October 18th, 2014 at 11:41 am

A comment upon the previous thread led me to search for this small clip from ‘Contact’ the sci-fi film based on Carl Sagan’s novel of the same name.

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These days, I have little time for the various talking heads which claim to represent the so-called Religions of this world, or even less for those Religions themselves; as I wrote in a small piece on my own blogsite a few years ago. Have a read, and then maybe you will understand why I maybe accept that there HAS to be a Supreme Guiding hand which founded this sprawling, infinite Universe, we simply don’t have a real clue either what His or Her, or even Its name might be, we have not read any words from the Hand of that Supreme Being; and we certainly do not have a close grasp on any message which may have been sent from those twinkling stars.

Some may remark that to extract a short clip from a sci-fi movie, and use it to illustrate a belief, or even a lack of belief, is either facile or absurd; but is it not equally absurd to state a belief that, through the ALLEGED words of a Man who lived over two thousand years ago, we should adopt a certain code of ethics; or, taken from a different Book, the written words of an illiterate goat-herder which were remarkably spoken to him by an angel, and from those words have spread the whole panoply of Islam; or should we ignore those religions, and place our faith in Buddhism, or Hinduism, or even, slightly closer to home, the strange and somewhat silly beliefs of the Wicca?

As with all things Religious; You pays your money, and You takes your Choice!

 

ATW OPEN THREAD

By Pete Moore On October 17th, 2014 at 8:19 pm

The Guvnor’s away again and I’m knackered. Looks like it’s a 5-minute stir fry job again. Have yourselves an Open Thread then, one decorated with a man riding the Wall of Death in a motor and a knocked up sidecar. With a lion in it.

Now that’s old school.

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