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No Market Solution for This

By Phantom On July 3rd, 2018 at 8:11 pm

Plastic bags are a particular problem.

They’re incredibly cheap to make, so stores throw them at you when you buy something. The other week, I bought a five pound sack of potatoes ( already bagged ) and the cashier started putting that bag into another doubled plastic bag. A bag in a bag for what purpose, I will never know. I said no.

There’s no law against plastic bags in the US. It’s a state or local issue. In the state and local community where I live, there is no restriction on plastic bag distribution. And there is plastic bag litter to be found nearly everywhere. I go on long bike rides, and will see discarded bags in the reeds and waters off the Brooklyn shore.

There’s talk of banning plastic bags statewide. But there’s more than one way to deal with this.

The clever Irish cut plastic bag use by 94% by slapping a 33 cent tax on plastic bags. Just enough of a sting to make you think twice. People got used to it very quickly, and don’t hear any complaints. And you won’t see a plastic bag stuck in tree branches in St. Stephen’s Green.

An unregulated market is supposed to be the best solution to all problems. But here, it’s just not. In the unregulated space of New York City, in many other places in the US, plastic bag litter is everywhere, in the gently regulated Dublin, you won’t plastic bag waste. Who’s the smart one?

I like the good things in life, but one of those good things is a clean environment. In a place where very little is wasted. and where there is no litter. We’re not there, not even close. We need to do some things that we’re not doing now, and one of them might be a plastic bag tax.

I eat lots of fresh vegetables and fruit. I forage maybe four days a week at the many local small markets. Yesterday, I saw lovely kiwis for sale, really cheap at four for one dollar. But they weren’t loose, they sat on a bed of styrofoam plastic, wrapped in clear plastic. Unnecessary overpackaging, of materials that generally won’t be recyclable here. I took a pass.

THE WORLD IS SO ENVIOUS

By Pete Moore On July 3rd, 2018 at 6:39 pm

Boys will be girls? The trans agenda in the classroom.

By Patrick Van Roy On July 2nd, 2018 at 11:13 am

 

by David Vance

The war on gender, central to the deranged Leftist mindset, reaches a new low in this breaking news.

‘At least 40 secondary schools have banned girls from wearing skirts in a bid to cater for transgender pupils, it has emerged.

Schools are opting for gender-neutral uniform policies under which boys and girls both wear trousers, while others are considering similar changes, it is claimed.

They have followed the lead of Priory School in Lewes, East Sussex, which scrapped its female uniform last September, also citing fears over the sexualisation of young women.”

But don’t despair because that is not where this one ends. It is only starting.

A school is allowing boys to wear skirts but NOT shorts during hot weather in a move towards a ‘gender-neutral’ uniform policy. Chiltern Edge Secondary School in Oxfordshire has banned shorts from the uniform, insisting boys who are too hot in trousers should wear a skirt instead.

Just reflect on this. Girls are stopped from wearing skirts whereas boys are allowed to wear skirts. That’s British state schools in 2018.

And at the heart of all of this insanity lies the toxic “trans-agenda” being taken and used to twist traditional dress and cultural patterns out of all shape. Boys and girls are not allowed to think of themselves as such anymore and the feminisation of male culture continues whilst girls are increasingly being ordered to dress modestly. How long before Niqabs are being suggested as a “sensible” way for girls to dress when at school?

The idea that gender should be neutralised for the 99.99% of school children who happily embrace being male or female so that an infinitesimally tiny number of confused students who “identify” as ‘trans” shows how this tyranny from the minority is marching  through the public sector institutions and destroying long established and successful customs. Gender neutral dress codes are not the innocent suggestion some pretend. They are pernicious and seek to erase observable gender in a way which will only confuse young minds.

Radical leftists may think it normal that boys wear skirts but it really isn’t. Forcing girls to stop wearing skirts is equally reprehensible as it seems to be about the imposition of a Sharia-compliant modesty culture. Why can’t they leave kids alone. Boys will be boys and girls will be girls.

D Day approaches for Theresa May vs the Brexiteers.

By Patrick Van Roy On July 2nd, 2018 at 11:09 am

by David Vance

This coming week will see a defining moment in the UK’s planned departure (or not) from the EU.  After more than two years cabinet ministers should be nearing the conclusion of their country retreat at Chequers. It’s there that the prime minister hopes to find resolution in her team on a more detailed offer to the rest of the EU – easing, if not removing, all the contradictions in the Tories’ positions.

Tellingly, we read that “Theresa May has vowed to defy cabinet plotters, telling aides that she will not be bullied out of office by ministers or hardline Brexiteers opposed to her EU plans. The prime minister has decided to stand and fight if Tory MPs force a vote to oust her — declaring that she is content to “win by one vote”.

Why does she refer to those who seek for her Party to deliver what 17.4million people voted for as ‘hardline”? Is this further evidence of what Conservative MP Anna Soubry recently stated in a public letter to her constituents, namely that the Prime Minister wants a “soft Brexit”? Worth remembering that a “soft Brexit” is all about a purely nominal exit from the EU whilst remaining in a close relationship with it and paralleling its institutions and potentially obeying its laws and following its rules. In short, Remain.

Throughout this entire process, questions have been raised about Theresa May’s commitment to a meaningful Brexit. Alarm bells should have been ringing when she appointed Ollie Robbins to being her “personal Brexit adviser”. Robbins is the guy who came up with the idea of the UK creating “a customs partnership” with the EU. The plan would have seen the UK collect import tariffs on behalf of Brussels, while being free to set its own duties for goods bound for the UK. An outcry from cabinet members saw a retreat on this ludicrous suggestion but the very fact that is was suggested tells us all we need to know about Mr Robbins. He is a technocrat who is desperate to do a deal with the EU and is prepared to dilute the form of Brexit in order to achieve this. If that is the state of his mind, and he advises May, then I believe we need to prepare for a desperate attempt at Chequers to push through a further weakening of the UK position in order to get a deal.

That then raises the issues what will the alleged “Brexiteers” sitting around the cabinet table do when they are bullied by May and her Remain focused henchmen? They will be told that divisions amongst them will hasten a possible general election which could then auger in a Corbyn government, something no sane person would want. They will be told that painful compromises are necessary in order to get the EU to offer a deal. So what will Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Penny Mordaunt, David Davis and Liam Fox do when the moment comes?

For the past two years, we have witnessed a weak Prime Minister piroutte to the tune called by the EU. Instead of asserting British strength and confidence she has seemed desperate to keep us in what she calls “a deep and meaningful relationship with the EU” – something the British people explicityl rejected back in June 2016. Come this Friday, she can no longer dodge and neither can those who posture as Brexiteers. D Day approaches.

I fear the worst!

Dead kids and open borders. How fauxtography manipulates your feelings.

By Patrick Van Roy On July 2nd, 2018 at 11:06 am

by David Vance

The legacy media is adept at using shocking images to exploit our emotions and generate political momentum. You wil be familiar with this tragic image from 2015. It has gained global attention and was presented as the ace card in the debate on facilitating massive and unprecented immigration into Europe. It was also cynically staged for the camera.

It shows the drowned body of three-year-old Alan Kurdi. He lost his life as his father sought to flee Turkey – Turkey being a popular holiday spot for millions of British tourists. The Kurdi family has been living in Turkey for three years. They were not fleeing persecution. The little boy’s father sought economic opportunism and it was in pursuance oif this he risked the lives of his boys to the wills of people smugglers. The mainstream political/media were entirely disinterested in this back story – their agenda was to ruthlessly leverage this image to push the open borders agenda and very quickly the EU political class were exploiting the emotional appeal it has to prize open their borders to literally MILLIONS of third world migrants. The image of a dead little boy was enough to bring about what may prove to be the utter transformation of Europe with Angela Merkel infamously pledging that Germany (and by definition the rest of the EU) …

“On the issue of an upper limit, my position is clear,” Merkel said in an interview broadcast live on Germany’s ARD on Sunday. “I won’t accept one.”

So it was that Angela invited in millions from the third world to Europe and revelled in her virtue signalling insanity.

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But the times they are a changing. Italy, under new political management thanks to people electing the Five Star Movement and The League, have said a resolute NO to accepting any more boats loaded up with North African immigrants.

Italy will continue to block rescue boats carrying migrants looking to dock in its ports, its interior minister announced Saturday. The position escalates the new populist government’s fight with other European countries on migration and asylum, thorny issues that have spurred intense debate in the U.S. as well.

It is perfectly undertandable WHY the new Italian government should take this position. More than half-a-million so-called “refugees” have arrived in Italy over a three year period – more than the entire population of Tuscan capital Florence. This is causing huge local concern and resentment which was reflected in the election results.  But Italy making a stand against accept more NGO ferried immigrants has caused Angela Merkel a problem as she herself comes under domestic pressure on the same issue of the tsunami of immigration she has presided over. What to do?

Cue the fauxtographers. Look – new images emerge of drowned children just as Italy and others want to halt the massive people trafficing supported by the NGOs

Again we are having our emotions manipulated by those who ruthlessly seek to keep our borders open to as many who want to come to our lands.

No one wants children to drown. The best way to stop this is to stop ALL the boats and send the message to the people smugglers that the NGO provided free ferry service to Europe is over.

All boats should be returned without exception. The choice is clear. If the EU political class continue collusion with the NGOs in pursuance of the Soros Open Borders agenda, we will have more drowned children with camera lenses zooming in on their corpses. Is that a price worth paying?

Save lives. Stop the boats. Ban the NGOs.

UNBELIEVABLE

By Pete Moore On July 1st, 2018 at 6:07 pm

Simply, unbelieeeevable.

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Russia has just knocked Spain out of the World Cup. Rubbish, unfancied even by Russians, derided and mocked Russia, who lost seven on the trot before the World Cup, who are the lowest ever ranked host, who no-one thought would even get out of their group, has just knocked out Spain, one of the greatest teams in the world and tipped by many to win it.

The Alternative World Cup Hall of Fame contains the Davids who got one over the Goliaths. It includes Pak Doo Ik, the North Korean who scored the goal which knocked out Italy in 1966. It includes Yordan Letchkov, the Bulgarian whose glorious bald pate scored to eliminate Germany in 1994. It now includes the name Igor Akinfeev, for he is the Russian goalie whose penalty saves have just knocked out Spain. Remember the name, it’ll come up in the pub quiz.

This was on England’s side of the draw. It means that one of the following teams will appear in the World Cup Final in a fortnight:

Colombia, Croatia, Denmark, England, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland.

Right, I’m off to Youtube to find that splendid Russian national anthem.

 

Music

By Patrick Van Roy On July 1st, 2018 at 4:36 pm

do yourself a favor and check this out, you won’t be disappointed.

ATW ELEMENTS OF STYLE

By Pete Moore On June 30th, 2018 at 7:28 pm

Glory be to God for dappled things

What a joy to come across this beauty along a lane today. She’s an Austin Healey 3000 in British racing green. Classic British cars don’t come much more classic than this.

I would have got a better shot but she was nestled up against nettles. I got as close as I cared to.

I bow to no-one in my admiration for modern motors. They are stunningly efficient machines. They’ll go hundreds of thousands of miles in all climates and weathers. Often they’ll do it for people who treat clutches and gearboxes badly too. I understand the need for efficiency in production, but the automotive industry has lost a sense of style. Many modern cars look alike, particularly Jap and Korean models. There’s no personality or character.

That can’t be said about the 3000. The curves, the chrome and those wire wheels just do it for me. Modern cars will easily beat her on every stat, but this is what I’d jump into on a day like this.

Civility

By Patrick Van Roy On June 30th, 2018 at 5:43 pm

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night

By Mahons On June 30th, 2018 at 2:13 pm

Sherlock Holmes remarked on one of his adventures about the “curious incident of the dog in the night.” The baffled Scotland Yard Inspector replied “But the dog did nothing in the night!”, to which Holmes observed “That was the curious incident.”

You would think the Annapolis Shooting would inspire Rightworld types to post about the incident. Yet like the dog in the night from the story they have been silent. Curious?

The story doesn’t register on their outrage meter. Why? The killer was not a Muslim. He was not an illegal immigrant. He was a white male legal gun owner who had issues with mainstream media. Elementary!

The shooter was clearly capable of such an act for years, but the toxic atmosphere caused by the loudmouths from all sides of the political spectrum has increased dramatically and an environment in which such incidents might increase is building.

He appears to have been nuts. Obsessed. Capable to those that encountered him of the very act he ultimately committed. Place this individual into the tempest of reckless rhetoric that has spilled over from the looney internet into our daily lives and the question seems to be not why this happened, but why this doesnt happen more often.