As have said at least once before, I have sympathy with the Scottish desire for more self determination but not sure that is going to be helped by leaving a union in which they have significant influence and trying to
join one in which they will have almost none. The Euro rules will force them to abandon the socialist agenda they seem to believe in. Their GDP is below that of Denmark but debts are far higher. Their future in the
EU, if they manage it, will be of Greece-.
Sturgeon has said in the past that voters were not fully informed on consequences of Brexit. Ok, so surely it would make sense to see what Brexit brings before seeking this breakup in the UK? Then the Scots
could see more clearly what the alternatives are. Naturally, she does not want to do that. If Brexit is not the disaster some say it will be, that would scupper her chances. She would rather put the whole negotiation at
risk at immense costs to all of us.
Like so many politicians, Sturgeon is a egocentric zealot, pursuing her aims without proper thought to the consequences. There is little evidence she actually gives a damn about the Scottish people.
Democracy, Democracy, Democracy
Most arguments for or against Brexit fail to address the major issue, the lack of democracy in the EU. Some say that the EU is
democratic because we can vote for the European Parliament and our elected leaders have a say in the European Council but there
is much more to meaningful democracy than putting a cross on a piece of paper.
POINT 1 Voting in the EU is largely meaningless
A national election is a two way consultation. We can understand the issues involved, if we wish to do so, and make it clear, via polls etc.,
what policies we prefer. The parties and the candidates, via the press and public platforms, can inform us what their policies are and we
can make a proper decision. We also know, when we elect a party, who the PM will be and who the senior ministers are likely to be.
When citizens vote for members of the European Parliament, they are only voting for a small proportion of its total membership who are likely
to be outvoted by members elected by citizens of other nations who voted in their own interests. There is no interaction between the electorate
and most of the MEPs or the parties they represent. We have no say in who fills the senior positions in the EU, including the Commission, the
most powerful EU body which frames most of the laws. It all done in back-door deals with people we never elected and about whom we know
little or nothing. Given the numbers, our own PM's say is minimal.
POINT 2 Centralising too many aspects of law is not productive
To be meaningful, democracy should be devolved downwards as far as is practical because different areas have different needs and
problems and therefore different priorities. There are very real differences between the nations of Europe, population demographics,
economic strengths and weaknesses, health issues etc. and many laws are best determined by their own governments who can take account
of their priorities. There are many EU laws that are necessary and sensible but some would be better left to our own governments. Pollution
is a good example, because we are one of the most crowded nations this issue is difficult to fix without measures that could impact
POINT 3 The greater the distance between government and people the more corrupt the former will be
I don't mean (yet) corruption in the third world sense of leaders using taxes to fund huge palaces but in a more subtle sense. Ego is human
nature and many are likely to pursue their own agendas, sometimes with the noblest of intentions. If there is no proper oversight by those who
foot the bill, money may be wasted. You can find the enormous number of EU directives online and while many make sense, others do not.
One example related to when EU countries had to introduce digital television. Given the negligible amount of programs we share, was that
really necessary? When the UK government introduces a dubious law or spends taxpayers' money on something questionable the press will
report it and a resulting public outcry can even get it reversed. When the EU does the same we don't have a clue about it and that is likely to
mean the wastage goes on.
One law for barns and another for the rest of us
The older and more delapidated some things get, the more attractive and interesting they become.
Look at this old dead tree, for example, much more interesting to look at than a sapling:
Or what about this delapidated old barn? When it was new it would have spoiled the surrounding countryside but, now it's all
falling apart, it's quite picturesque:
So how come I don't look more attractive the more ancient I get?
Honesty is the best policy so stick it up yer arse
I record snippets of music from my car radio so I can add the tunes I like to my little YouTube player app.
Trouble is, when I play them back it is hard to hear the music over all the swearing about fucking potholes, bastard drivers coming along just
when I reach a pothole, other bloody drivers who have the cheek to use a single track road when I'm on it, wankers with bloody great people
carriers who think they have a right to drive on the centre line on narrow roads, arsehole pedestrians walking in stupid places, shitty great
lorries, slow cunting tractors and especially
those fucking, fucking, fucking bastard cyclists who should all be shot and burned. Isn't it nice to find out that all this makes me
an honest person.
Mind you, by the same logic, those who get into fits of rage and go round randomly murdering people must be the most honest
people going. Maybe we should release all the convicted psychos and imprison all those wonderful "caring" people.
Maybe, without so much idealism that ignores practical realities, the world would actually work a bit better.
PS the next post will not mention the word arse. Honest!
A swollen arse
It is suggested here
that junk foods should be in plain packaging to discourage over-eating.
Does plain packaging go far enough? Mrs Drinky showed me the packaging on her cigarettes the other day with horrible pictures
of an eye condition. Cigarette packages
throughout the world now routinely carry warnings with horrible
graphic photos. Maybe that's what we need on packaging for unhealthy foodstuffs. Crisps, for example, could have a picture of a big
swollen arse to remind people of the possible link to bowel cancer.
PS Mind you, if adverts for unhealthy foods had pictures of big swollen female arses, I would probably buy a lot more.>
A solution to conflicts
We seem to live in a very divided world but it's questionable if it's worse than it ever has been. Maybe it's just TV and online news
that make it seem like that.
You can get conflicts at a very low level. A couple of days ago I was walking around a series of small lakes used by two different local
angling clubs (AC). There were big notices on locked gates, "xxAC members only, NO yyAC members beyond this point", on parking areas
"Parking for xxAC members only, yyAC club members parking here will be permanently banned from the area", on open access roads saying
"No access for yyAC members", at the lakesides "This lake is for use by xxAC members only, NO xxAC members".
Repeat previous substituting yy for xx and vice versa. It was like being at the border between North and South Korea! Don't think
I'll walk there in the angling season, there will probably be gunfire!
Nowadays you can control your heating and various devices remotely from your phone and energy companies use smart Meters
to monitor your electric usage. Given all the advances in technology and understanding of how the brain works it is only a matter of time before
our minds can be controlled remotely. We will all be obliged to have a small control box inserted into our skulls and the government of the day
will reprogram us overnight to support whatever policies they are currently promoting. It will be a wonderful world free of conflicts because we will
all wake up 100% supportive of everything our rulers advocate. Capitalism, Socialism, Islamism, whatever other bolluxism they choose to follow,
it won't matter because we will all totally agree and get on with each other.
What would you come back as? Me, I would want to come back as an insect or other small, short-lived creature. Instead of being stuck
for 70+ years in the same body doing the same boring old things like going to work or talking to your relatives, you could experience something
completely different every 2 or 3 years. In just a fraction of a human lifetime you could experience loads of different things, chomp your way
through soil as an earthworm, flit around the amazon jungle as a moth, be a starfish wandering on a coral reef, spend your day pollinating
flowers as a bee, burrow in wood as a beetle, be a parasite on nasty humans etc. The variety is endless.
Another depressed day. Ho hum. So little interest in anything. It bothers me most of all that I have no creativity left in me. Don't drink much at all
these days but have had 3 small vodkas tonight. Helps a bit, reduces inhibitions you know. What that means is, I don't care how boring this post is.
There may be a more permanent solution, apparently Roald Dahl's creativity was a lot to do with
the brain damage he suffered in a WW2 plane crash:
PS If that works I may have a drill in the anterior insular cortex area which controls empathy. Who wants empathy with one's F*
stupid fellow humans? That just complicates simple issues. Why be concerned with the way real problems are addressed because
it could marginalise decent people? Shooting the lot of 'em is much easier.
After thinking about it for weeks, once it would have taken me 5 minutes, I did manage to write
a short story for my writer's club.
I'd hate to stop meeting up with all those nice old ladies. Soon happen unfortunately, one I really liked is in hospital and unlikely to
be around long.
PS Although a couple of much younger ladies have turned up in the last 3 sessions. Rather surprising, left the library and one was
hanging around waiting for me and asked for a meet. Her and husband and me and my nice nutty lady unfortunately but still hopeful. Swap?
PPS Got 2 other stories I haven't got round to posting yet. Maybe if not feeling quite so "can't be arsed", may get round to it.
Same old crap
Was fannying around trying for hours trying to do a post on that Sweden migrant rape thing. Searching for evidence in my usual
OCD way and planning to post lots of dull links that nobody would ever click. You know what? I can't be arsed, what really is the point
in evidence or facts when they play no role in anything any more? So here, after my sense has been restored by 5 small vodkas,
(yes it had gone up a bit since the post above) is a much more succinct version:
It is quite true that "The Rape Capital of Europe" is an exaggeration due to a very broad definition of rape, however, the
idea that North African migrants are not disproportionately involved is most unconvincing because:
If that were true it should be possible to disprove it by showing us the real unbiased evidence. Unfortunately, that does not exist because
the Swedish government stopped releasing any statistics in 2006. Why would they do that if they could prove migrants were not responsible?
the only apparently authentic report I could find from Swedish authorities, from 2005, states that "Individuals with a non-Swedish background are
overrepresented in the official crime statistics".
The "arguments" that it is all a fallacy are disingenuous. One chart shows significant rise in rapes together with a relatively small
rise in asylum seekers, ergo, no relation supposedly. However, asylum seekers over the period are only a small part of the N. African
migration. Sweden has been taking them in for a long time, long before the "crisis" last year.
In Stockholm in neighbouring Norway there are still some statistics that do indicate high migrant involvement in rape. It is all played down,
the figures are small, it is not proven that they were all by different perpetrators etc. Fortunately so far, rape figures in the West
are small, that does not mean we should have even a few more that we never needed to have. OUR women matter.
If there is no immediate spike in assaults following the recent rise that does not prove anything either. Recent asylum seekers keen to obtain
residency and full of their over-optimistic hopes for a better life are unlikely to jeopardise their chances. Crime only starts when disillusionment sets in.
Statistics are complex, particularly when figures are smallish. A simple plot of X vs Y over a limited period proves nothing.
The debunkers rather destroy their own arguments. Several articles on the rape rate in Sweden show how relatively small it is by quoting surveys
of those admitting to rape in other countries. Indeed it is, but those other countries with the very high real rape rates that they quote are third world
and emerging countries, including some countries that Europe is taking migrants from. One thing the liberal left never grasp is that any peoples' acts
and attitudes reflect the culture they grew up in. A view that women and non-Muslims are inferior is not going to vanish the moment a migrant crosses our
borders. Another Liberal leftist illusion - racial and religious hatred is something you only find in white Westerners.
Naturally, as per the liberal agenda, that one legitimate link above suggests higher migrant crime is mostly due to discrimination and xenophobia.
Another basic fact the liberal left have never grasped, whatever the cause of these problems, they are problems we don't need to have. Proper
control of immigration to let in only those who will make a strong positive contribution and are prepared to integrate and embrace our society
is the correct solution.
Everybody knows about Guy Fawkes but, just in case the non-existent readers of bloggoth are a bit hazy about the details,
they can find them here.
He and his co-conspirators hid 36 barrels of gunpowder under the House of Lords to blow up its members. A big bonus was that,
if the plot had succeeded, they might also have killed the Prince of Wales. Fantastic! It is quite wrong in principle and a violation of
democracy that these unelected Lords should have any say whatsoever on the laws of the UK. Ditto that that F* royal prat should have
influence purely because of his birth. When is the UK going to kick out this nonsense and give us a real democracy suited to the 21st
century where only the peoples' votes count?
PS I am seriously thinking of swinging to the left and supporting Jeremy Corbyn. A third world economy, a 5000% inflation rate, and
an acute shortage of toilet paper might be a small price to pay for a proper democracy.
The prevalence of long-term health conditions increases with age; and according to a 2010 estimate made by the Department of Health, such
conditions account for 70% of total health and social care spending in England. The Department of Health also estimates that the average cost
of providing hospital and community health services for a person aged 85 years or more is around three times greater than for a person aged
65 to 74 years.
That may be true but it is not true that, as more and more people reach 85+, the spending will rise proportionately.
According to another source:
When measured using remaining life expectancy, old age dependency turns out to have fallen substantially in the UK and elsewhere over
recent decades and is likely to stabilise in the UK close to its current level. It is not age but nearness to death that accounts for health
It is also incorrect to assume that just because people are retired they contribute little or nothing. As that link says:
It is estimated that taking together the tax payments, spending power, caring responsibilities and volunteering effort of people aged 65-plus,
older people contribute almost £40 billion more to the UK economy annually than they receive in state pensions, welfare and health services.
Maybe also this bracket of "old" is over-generic. It is not the elderly in general who will be a burden, given that councils will seize significant assets
to pay for care and many will pop their clogs long before they have been drained. It is the lowest performers in general, the ones who have taken
more from the system than they have put in all their lives, who will not be able to pay for their own care.
We need to ensure that pensions are in line with contributions made during a working life. Less lax welfare, raising the retirement age
in line with average longevity and health, dumping cynical political measures to buy the older vote with the triple lock and heating allowances
regardless of income and getting people into work sooner will make pensions affordable. The high number of people going into further education
when it is no benefit to themselves or the UK is absurd.
Some good news for a change
Nice to see that Kraft Hienz have dropped the Unilever takeover bid.
We don't want yet another major British company taken over by a foreign company, those bastards in particular. Remember what happened to
Cadbury? Some examples just among the companies I have worked at - Lucas (yanks), Rediffusion (yanks, frogs) ,
Blue Circle (frogs, yanks, micks). Wonder what will happen to the Vauxhall plants now that General Motors (yanks) are selling them to
It is quite true that some British companies, British leyland, Marconi etc. were a bit of a disaster and there was nobody to blame but ourselves
but equally some do well, like Smiths Industries, another place I worked at. We need far greater protection from these foreign takeovers that too
often end in asset stripping and closure. It makes commercial sense for a multinational company to organise its factories in the most efficient
way but that is not necessarily in the interests of the nations concerned.
While we can't produce everything ourselves, it is concerning that our economy has become so focused on services and we have let our
manufacturing collapse or be dependent on foreign input and cooperation. What would happen if we had another world war? With our lack of
resources and our expanded population there is little chance we would survive.
Glad to see that
May has proposed a more interventionist policy. We don't need excessive government control or a pouring of public money into inefficient
companies like Leyland but neither is a complete hands off approach the answer. Thatcher was a twat. By denationalising the CEGB
(another place I worked at) in the way she did she destroyed an efficient organisation and today much of our electricity distribution
is handled by frog companies. The French (aka frog) motor industry has prospered because their
government has always taken a more sensible hands on approach.
Stick to the issues and check the facts
I expect it's always been there but there is a serious problem with the press constantly filling the headlines with irrelevant nonsense.
All this stuff about whether
Paul Nuttal was at Hillsborough for example. Who gives a fuck? It has nothing to do with the real election issues. If the left wing
press want to attack Nuttal's views on Brexit, immigration etc. that's fine, they are entitled to their views, but this constant smearing is absurd.
The Independent in particular is becoming increasingly idiotic.
Not only the leftist newspapers are a problem, it has to be said. The supposedly right wing Daily Mail parroted
Dwight Yorke's whine that he was denied entry into the US under Donald Trump's new border laws because he has an
Iranian stamp in his passport. The obvious problem with that is that Trump's rules have, for the moment, been overturned by court order.
Yorke was actually barred under the
Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015. Nothing to do with Trump at all.
Wouldn't it be great if the press concentrated on the real issues and did some basic checks on the facts before publication?
More Daft Figures
The UK's daily GDP would take a 4% hit if all migrant workers stayed at home for a day,
according to the New Economic Foundation. They may be right but on the same page it says that migrants make up 10.9% of the
total workforce. Doesn't indicate a great contribution per head does it?
Nobody is saying there are not many useful migrants who are a plus but there are also many who are not and it is the net contribution that
matters. A figure for the impact of working migrants stopping working for a day needs to be balanced by a figure for all migrants stopping
receiving anything from the state. Subtract the costs of any using the NHS, receiving benefits, committng crimes etc etc and we might have
a figure that means something.
And while no organisation can possibly replace an employee in one day that does not mean that, long term, relying on low skilled
immigrant Labour makes any sense at all. Any increase in our national wealth is only divided among a similar or greater increase in our
Those absurd Brexit slurs
UKIP leader Paul Nuttall has claimed that the officially recorded spike in racist attacks following the EU referendum has been overblown.
He is right for various reasons. This week's excellent "Article That We Could Not Be Arsed To Write Ourselves" is
from The Spectator. If you can't be arsed to click
the link, the main points that it makes are:
Many of these incidents were reported through a police-funded website that allows anyone anywhere to report something they either
experienced or witnessed. They can report anonymously and no evidence is required.
What defines a hate crime is entirely subjective, based entirely on the "victim's" perception.
Ah! But The Spectator is right wing! Must be untrue. No it isn't. Here is
the government's guidance on what constitutes a hate crime:
1.2.3 Perception-based recording of hate crime
For recording purposes, the perception of the victim, or any other person (see 1.2.4 Other person),
is the defining factor in determining whether an incident is a hate incident, or in recognising the
hostility element of a hate crime. The victim does not have to justify or provide evidence of their
belief, and police officers or staff should not directly challenge this perception. Evidence of the
hostility is not required for an incident or crime to be recorded as a hate crime or hate incident.
Jon reports circumstances which amount to an offence under section 4 of the Public Order Act 1986.
He was sworn at and threatened that he would be punched in the face by an attacker who moved
toward him in an aggressive manner. Nothing was said about his sexual orientation but he perceives
that he was targeted as he is openly gay and there was no other reason why he was chosen. He
reports this to the police who should correctly record this as a hate crime based on sexual orientation.
That seems a pretty subjective way of defining a hate crime. What may be even dafter, a lefty
slant, is the insinuation that any real rise in hate crimes is all to do with Brexit. A handful of cases cited but no real evidence that
EU migrants have been especially targetted. Hate crimes against Muslims and migrants generally
have been reported as rising and maybe those are more to do with other recent events which are unconnected with the EU,
namely the major Islamic terrorist attacks in Europe, the reported atrocities by ISIS and other Muslim extremist
groups worldwide and the huge numbers of illegal immigrants and asylum seekers from the rest of the world.
Look too at the reality of Eastern Europe where real Nazi parties are much stronger than they are in tolerant Britain.
Some of the real right wing hate crimes are actually
coming from those wonderful EU migrants.
According to The Daily Mail, a supposed spike immediately after the vote was based on a small number
of completely unverified claims logged on True Vision, that police funded website, and was not a nationwide rise at all. We say this in a PS
only because any lefties among the non existent readers of bloggoth will simply dismiss it because it's in the Mail. We would not dismiss
something purely because The Gaurdian said it, we would check it online to see if there were any independent sources to back it up.
Unfortunately, facts never seem important to the left. Although one gets daft smears from both sides, those suggesting Sadiq Khan had
assocations with radical Muslim groups for instance, the spreading of misinformation or irrelevancies seems especially the preserve
of the left at the moment. The West is in the grip of a new fanatical political "liberal" leftist movement and much of the press is toeing the
line, publishing stories and quoting figures without questioning their authenticity, or advancing simplistic explanations that
suite their agendas without looking into the details and the real reasons.
The real anti-semites
Part of the real rise in hate crime is down to rising antisemitic attacks but why would Brexit increase hatred of Jews?
Anti-semitism always spikes in the UK when there is conflict in Ghaza but would the right wing really be getting that upset about the
fate of Palestinians?
Of the antisemitic incidents in 2013 in the UK,
28% were by blacks, South Asians or Arabs/North Africans, well above their proportion of the UK population (under 9%).
More likely Muslim than Neo-Nazi.
Anti-semitism in Europe generally also comes more from Muslims and left wingers.
This BBC article is one of many over the
last few years to raise the problem:
Anti-Semitism 'on the rise' say Europe's Jews
The survey found 29% of those surveyed had considered emigrating because of concerns about safety, with particularly high figures recorded
in Hungary (48%), France (46%) and Belgium (40%). Perpetrators of the most serious incidents were described as "being perceived as someone
with Muslim extremist views, 27%, left-wing political views, 22%, or with right-wing views, 19%".
Those statistics just mention whites or right wingers. But how many anti-semitic attacks are actually by white British right
wingers? As the presence of Hungary in the above list suggests, Neo Nazis have much higher support in Eastern Europe than in the West and
anti-semitism has always been more prominent there too.
Now it is on the rise,
especially in Poland whose citizens make up a majority of EU migrants to the UK. Trouble is, as we already linked to in the above post,
it isn't staying in Poland.
If we want to reduce some hate crimes, Brexit may be part of the solution.
I always keep lots of notes from the news, under various categories - crime, education, climate change, politics, immigration, education,
sex/rude,conspiracy theories, health, science, technology etc etc etc
One category is Utter wankers, probably add a new idiot every week. I don't add everyone I disagree with or dislike,
Jeremy Corbyn and Gordon Brown aren't there for example. There are even a few lefties/pro EU etc. sorts I quite like, like Polly Toynbee and Nick
Clegg, because they state their cases in a reasonable and polite way. It's really just the hypocrites, the sactimonius bastards, the rich luvvies
who don't have to suffer the problems their daft ideals inflict on poorer people, the corrupt and privileged sorts who have done nothing to deserve
their position, the continual whiners and especially those who are so openly contemptuous of everyone else. The better known ones so far are:
Jean Claude Juncker
The entire House of Lords
These days one can get arrested just for posting a gun emoji so I won't suggest shooting them. Shoving them in
a huge food mixer and feeding them to the pigs would be much more fun anyway. And the piggies would have a nice meal.
On second thoughts, Kenneth Clarke would probably taste pretty disgusting. Maybe the compost heap would
be a better idea.
Topic: Wankers list
Comments so far:
Sleep walking in the liberal fog
EU referendum result in Stoke on Trent was pretty conclusive in favour of Brexit: 36,027 voted to remain while 81,563 voted to leave. Polls
in some of the newspapers indicate that Paul Nuttal, the UKIP leader, is likely to win the coming by-election there.
The Guardian reports some optimism by the Labour party who traditionally holds the seat. They are saying that UKIP is too disorganised.
The article is also saying that the Liberal Democrat candidate may do rather better than expected because he is "a Pakistani
immigrant who is banking on the support of the seat’s sizeable Kashmiri population".
This is nothing new.
Look at the
EU Referendum results broken down by ethnicity. 53% white (including the Scottish who voted out for their own reasons) voted leave
as against 33% for Asians and 27% for blacks. This rather shows why London voted remain, not because Londoners are better educated
as some have been telling us, but because 55% of its population are from an ethnic background and have no attachment to the concept
of Britain as an independent nation.
It is human nature for all people of all cultures, however defined, to put their own kind first. This is a reality that we need to grasp.
Large scale immigration, unless of those who want to embrace our culture and be part of our Britain, will inevitably destroy it. They will seek to
shape our society, and our country, to their own interests and ours will become increasingly diluted.
So often on the local crime news you see a story about some F* bastard mugging or robbing an elderly or disabled person,
and frequently there is quite gratuitous violence. Isn't about time we started protecting these people a bit more? My suggestion would be a
free machine gun or rocket launcher attached to all disability scooters, wheelchairs etc. Of course poor eyesight, arthritic fingers etc. might
make them difficult to use in time, so they would need to be equipped with AI automated criminal recognition and shoot anyone who fitted the bill
who came within 3 feet.
Gordonio Benuto! Always used to watch the BBC news at 6 but now its the same things, Brexit, Trump, protests, shortage of housing,
NHS shortfalls, illegal migrants, Syria etc etc. I watch the headlines, shout FFS! and go back upstairs. Was the world always so F* boring
and depressing as this? I can't be arsed watching the same F* thing every night. It's like time has stood still.
More foreign aid
The EU, including Britain, gave the previous regime in Gambia
78 million Euros over 5 years to a country ruled by a corrupt president who believed in witchcraft, who imprisoned
people for years without trial for saying anything he didn't like, and who lived in a palace with a fleet of luxury cars. The government had the sense to
stop direct aid to Gambia but we were, and still are, subsidising them via the EU and the World Bank.
Now public sector workers in Gambia
have had their working hours cut to 36 hours. Some might say that's
only the same as Public sector workers in the UK. True, but public sector workers in the UK are overprivileged at the expense of the
rest of the UK workforce who mostly have 40 hour a week contracts. They not only have shorter hours but better pay, better pensions and better
job security. There is certainly no reason why the UK workforce should be supporting the same level of entitlement in other countries.
Go back in history when Britain had huge levels of poverty and ordinary citizens struggled to support themselves. No one was handing them
money to provide them with modern living standards. Helping to tackle real poverty is one thing but why should these third world countries
expect us to provide lifestyles comparable to some of the better off in the West?
Sums it up
Saw a joke recently that is pretty accurate:
Foreign Aid: The transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.
Those obsessed lefties
Can't be arsed with facebook or Twitter etc. and the only forum I ever bother with is Contractor UK.
Less and less recently, as most of the posts are just somebody ranting about Brexit or Trump.
One Russian chap I used to rather like hardly ever posts about anything but Brexit now. Many posts are pretty pointless, as they do little more than quote headlines that we can read in the papers and,
when there is significant comment from some others, it is full of invective - little in the way of polite discussion, reasoning or facts, just abuse. The rudist, most derogatory posts on CUK are nearly always by the more
"liberal", leftist members of the forum who hate Brexit and Trump. Anyone who does not agree with their position on anything is a cretin, stupid, uneducated, ignorant etc.
They have little grasp of reality or the lessons of history. Because the horror stories about Brexit have not materialised, the posts are usually just opinions of pro-EU figures rather than facts. One particular idiot
on CUK even claimed, citing some obscure "study", that far right terrorism is more of a problem than Islamic terrorism in Europe. Of course there is a rise in the far right due to legitimate concerns being ignored for
far too long, that's human nature, but more of a problem? Seriously? The major Islamist attacks in Europe in the last two years saw 35 killed in Brussels,
86 in Nice and 12 in Paris. 62 European holiday makers were also slaughtered in Tunisia. Where were the far right attacks on a scale remotely like those? Even serious lone wolf attacks involving death or injury
motivated by far right beliefs were easily outnumbered by those in the name of Islam. Perhaps he thinks leaving a pig's head in a mosque doorway is as bad as mowing down women and kids with a lorry!
Worst of all is the contempt displayed for ordinary citizens. The left wing used to be about empowering working class people once, now
most socialists are middle class, idealistic zealots
who think the working man should have no say in his own future and should be ruled by an "educated" elite who know best.
PS Dictionary. Educated. A younger person who has done a pointless course in Media Studies etc. because going to college, and putting off
paying taxes and actually contributing to society for a few more years, is now the done thing.
Ranting in the blood
Been reading my mother's dairies that my Sister found. Despite her long term health and marriage problems, she generally came across as a happy person but the diaries tell a different story.
Apart from all the rantings about my father and his other women (Bitch! Bitch! Bitch! at regular intervals) there's a lot of moaning about world events at the time, all the plane Hijackings by those
lovely Palestinians, Thatcher etc. Makes you wonder if some people who don't seem outwardly concerned about world events are secretly fretting as much as those who are continually talking about them.
Can't say I am a fan of the way Trump says things or the rather impulsive way he does them but some of his policies show a better grasp of realities than those of Obummer, Merkel or other liberal
leaders of the free world.
"Speak softly and carry a big stick" is one of the more sensible sayings. It makes sense to say things in a way that does not cause unecessary offence, that only detracts from the real arguments. More importantly,
it can raise predudices. We can't stick our own citizens in concentration camps or expel them anymore so it does not help to make it harder for Muslims or other minorities to get jobs or for those willing to integrate
to do so. A very black and white approach is unfair too. Should the translators and others who risked their own lives helping US troops in Iraq be excluded from the US?
On the other hand, a continuing ridiculous pretence about the realities will be far more damaging. The rise of extremism in Islamic countries is not some far right fiction. Without much stricter controls
we will inevitably get more terrorists sneaking through our borders. Terrorism aside, the numbers of those adhering to this backward creed is a threat to the future progress of our societies. It is quite absurd
that those who claim to be liberal should defend a religion that, in much of the world, does not accept Western principles like democracy, freedom of religion or the rights of women.
Tone it down a bit Trump and try and sound a bit more accomodating but, basically, you have a darn sight more common sense on that issue than most of the leaders the West has seen since WW2.
Spent hours this week doing F* tax returns for the sister. Complicated enough as she owns property but made much worse by her
crappy incorrect figures and inadequate information.
My temper was not helped by all the unnecessary garbage in these things, sure I could do them a lot simpler. What is it about public sector
IT that it's so crap? I do some volunteering for things run by the police and local government and it's routine to get an email, followed later by
another correcting the previous errors or saying the first was sent in error to the wrong people. Back to the tax return, my BP was raised even
more by "technical fault please try again later" just as I was about to submit.
Got back on eventually and started checking things out (again!) and there was a popup:
Always pleased to help out on IT issues HMRC, here's my improved version, free of charge:
PS Wow! A government "page" without the usual 66% ethnic minority quota!
A world full of infants
Know I'm not the only one to say it but, darn it, need a rant fix. Why are some people, and more importantly our law and institutions,
so ridiculously oversensitive about everything?
Just recently we have seen a speech by the Home Secretary, in which she said we should "look again at whether our immigration
system provides the right incentives for businesses to invest in British workers", reported as a hate speech. I suppose a professor who
has made significant discoveries can't really be described as an idiot but really, what an idiot! If
a very measured speech about the potential effects of immigration on British workers is a hate crime, how could we ever discuss immigration
at all? This ludicrous oversensitivity affects everyone, including some minorities who have been more affected by EU immigration than the rest of us.
"Article we Could Not be Arsed to Write", by an Asian lady, says it all.
Individuals are affected by this oversensitivity too, like that
Jeremy Vine case. Seriously, some verbal abuse by a lady against a 6' 3" bloke, with an emphasis on her making a gun
sign with her finger? I don't think fingers can fire real bullets. Not yet anyway. Why is court time wasted on cases like that? Vine, you're a total
Rant Over. Ah, that's better! Ok Zebedee, you can go home now.
That's an idea!
We keep reading all this stuff about transgender people undergoing operations so their bits conform to their self perceptions.
Can't imagine what it looks like (yuck!) but there is such a thing as
genital reassignment for women that involves grafting of bits to make a willy. There have also been sophisticated advances in replacing limbs with
mind-controlled prosthetic robot arms
Why are people so limited in their imaginations that they want to replace their real body parts with replicas of the same old thing? All the technology
is there to make a real Robocop! If I lost a limb in an accident I would like it replaced by something much more useful. Being a boring old fart
who spends time fannying around in the shed I would probably have a complete tool kit built into my hand, just press my elbow the correct number of times
and my thumb would turn into a 15mm socket spanner.
The transgender thing would be useful too, the police would have to have a very good reason to look there. Gangsters could just think of something
suitably rude and out would pop their .44 crotch revolver. Or a .22 if their masculinity was a bit lacking.
PS All done on the NHS of course
Reading the BBC Red Button text news while slurping my breakfast this morning as usual. Compared to the old Ceefax service
one advantage, or disadvantage depending on what's on, is that the current TV program plays on the left.
I was just reading some text news that a male who had received gender-changing surgery had given birth and was wondering
quite how that worked. Where did he get the lady's bits from? Or did he give birth out of his arse? Then, Ken Clarke came on
on the Andrew Marr show at left. F* hell, I hate that loathsome twat!
Perhaps one advantage of someone giving birth out of their arse would be that, if the child turned out to be like Ken Clarke, they
could shove him back up there!
You can't pick your relatives
I have never checked it myself but, according to a relative who claims to have delved into his ancestry, I am descended from
Richard Doyle, a Victorian illustrator. For unspecified
reasons I can well believe it. That makes me related to his nephew, Conan Doyle, most famous as the author of Sherlock Holmes.
Not as good as being descended from Jack the Ripper but I was quite chuffed at the possibility.
Until now anyway! It seems that makes me
related to Benedict Cumberbatch who plays Sherlock in the TV series of that name and he is on my very long list of lefty twats!
I like Sherlock but both of the main actors are lefty twats as most famous actors are. Wouldn't it be nice if there was an app for smart
televisions that substituted the faces in a program for faces of one's choice in real time? Sherlock would be more enjoyable if I could swap the
faces of Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman with those of some sensible righties.
There we are, Sherlock Season 1 starring Jeremy Clarkson and John Wayne! A huge improvement!
Raising the bar
Bumidick Cuntisnatch is best known recently for swearing on stage while demanding that the government take in far more Syrian "Child"
migrants. I would not necessarily disagree if they were all really children but they are not
Even leaving aside all the phonies who lie
about their age, calling an under 18 a child is a subjective legal assessment in an affluent society that bears no resemblance to
physical reality. Most boys are physically men 5 years or more before that. Mentally too. I was rather immature for my age but hitchhiked
around Denmark on my own when I was 16, had no problems doing it and did not feel in any way vulnerable. In poorer countries
many people live independently and are self supporting at ten years old.
Take in those who are really children, physically and emotionally, and there is some chance of integrating them into their new nation.
Taking in well developed lusty single teenage males, especially if they are low performing and/or traumatised, puts our own citizens at risk
and it is their welfare that should come first. Young adults can also be unrealistic and, in their search for "meaning", may embrace daft
ideas, including Islamism.
Moderate numbers of real chidren maybe, if lefty twats like Cuntisnatch contribute some of their huge wealth to pay for it so
our own kids in care don't go without anyway, but all these other "children" ? No thanks.
Raising the bar ever higher
It does make you wonder how much higher the legal age of adulthood is going to go.
The outgoing idiot - good riddance
Most of us are little affected by the internal affairs of other nations, so we don't get as worked up about their leaders
as we do about our own. We judge them more on the foreign and trade polices which do affect us. Obummer always looked to me
like a head-nodding, platitude-spouting nothing but I can't say I hated him. At least he didn't drag the US, and us, into any more ridiculous wars
with no hint of a proper post-war plan.
But what a total twat he is proving in his last weeks. He has apparently tasked his staff with locating as many areas as possible
where his agendas are protected from Trump's, like placing bans on offshore drilling. Not that I necessarily disagree with all of
them, it's just the timing. Having not done these things in his four years in power he is simply trying to "cement his
legacy". That sounds to me like a) a pure ego trip so he can nod his head left and right and say "Look what I acheived" and b) rather
undemocratic. The US electorate made its choice in accordance with the rules that have applied to every presidential election and
to start a last minute drive simply to thwart the intentions of the incoming president shows a contempt for US democracy.
Much more important is the decision to expel Russian Diplomats for a supposed interference in the US election process.
While I would not rule out the involvement of Russian hackers in anything (see next post) the claim looks
distinctly unproven. Raising international tensions is not something that should be done lightly and without very good reason,
we don't want to get into another cold war. When the nukes start dropping on the rest of us it will be no comfort to know that Obummer
and Clinton are happy in their cosy bomb-proof bunkers enjoying their little victory. This looks like a decision made out of pure spite over
internal politics because the Democratic candidate didn't win the election.
At least Putin has had the sense to avoid any retaliation against an idiot who won't be around for much longer. If Trump acheives nothing
else, improving long term relations with Russia would be a real legacy.
PS And, as far as we can make out, these supposed hacking attempts did not involve false news but rather the publication
of genuine emails which revealed some unfortunate truths about the Democratic candidates, the rigging of debate schedules to
suit the preferred candidates for example. Exposing truths about politicians is anti-democratic? Just the opposite I'd say!
Come on Russia! Pleaser hack into our leaders' emails in the UK and tell us what the F* bastards are really up to!
Russian hackers continued
We have a little online business and keep a log of all visits where somebody adds something to the shopping cart but do not
proceed with a purchase. It's necessary because, while shoppers may not proceed for various reasons, a large number of such
failed purchases could indicate a technical fault.
Of such visits recently, the majority are from Russia and India. We know why the Indians are doing it, we often get emails from
Indian SEO companies claiming they can improve our site SEO and put us at the top of Google searches. Funny how all the sites
they do expensive work for can be top of Google! No idea why the Russians are doing it, though. Our products are solely aimed at
the UK market and would have no relevance at all for Russians. The site also clearly states we cannot sell outside the EU.
I doubt anything on our site would have significantly influenced the US elections. So what is it all about? Probably they are just looking
at sites everywhere, big and small, trying to find security issues so that they can infect them with malware. It is an unfortunate reality that specific
countries can become world centres of specific crimes, whether drug smuggling, cold calling scams, email frauds etc.
Romania has been the hacking center of the world to
date but maybe Russia is competing for that title. Could these "Russian tamperings with the US election" just be part of that process?
Maybe some of these Russian hackers were not trying to influence the election but just wanted somebody
who clicked on a top secret government website to be redirected to a scam website that would try and sell them fake legal
highs, dodgy unregulated investments, expensive watches that would never turn up or packets of exploding Chinese-made counterfeit
luxury brand underpants.
New Rant Ratings Gauge - see top left
Sometimes I sleep okish, sometimes not so good. Woke about 5 last night. The brain usually goes into rant mode when that happens
but I was determined not to
let it last night and soon had a few stupid ideas for possible stories. Could it be that creativity = 1/rantivity ? Invisible graphene monsters, a world
leader whose policies are decided by his pet hamster, a second hand scrabble board that is actually a ouija board and releases an evil ghost
when someone scores above 38, an author taken over by his fictional character...
Talking to some people can be quite inspiring if they are not mundane sorts who yack about shopping at Tescos etc. Was at a family
do on xmas day, aaaaagh!, but it was actually ok as spent most of the time talking total bollux with my favourite, and oddest, nephew. Had
a brilliant idea for a story but forgot what it was. Damn!
Maybe I should get back into reading too. Nowt is more mind numbing than sitting in front of a PC idly scanning the news. Books seem much
better, you have to think. I was reading a paperback I have had for years and never read - "The Necronomicon", all about the supposed facts behind
H P Lovecraft's ideas. It looks like it turns into bollox once it gets going, bible style tracks on Nyarlathotep etc., but the long preface is very
interesting, about the psychology of people like Lovecraft, Machen, Crowley and the other supposed loonies of that era.
Lovecraft was an obsessive reader and a reclusive individual who suffered from lethargy all his life and died quite young of cancer, not long
after losing his imagination apparently. May be a warning there - writing utter bollux keeps you healthy!
This is my new year's resolution (again! say the non-existent readers of xoggoth) - avoid too much rant! I have therefore added a xoggoth page
checker at left to show percentages of posts in each of four categories, one of the bloggoth three Rs - Rude, Rant and Rubbish, or other.
Non existent readers may think the definition of what is a rant must be rather subjective. Not at all. It goes without saying that bloggoth posts will always
be 100% accurate and brilliant so issues of bias cannot exist. The allocation is made subjectively according to scientific and accurate measurements of
the level of gruntiness I feel when posting them, with due weighting given to any use of arse, wanker, bastard and so on.
We aim to reduce rant content to below the critical level of 26.51039%. If we cannot manage this within a reasonable period we will die of
cancer like our hero Lovecraft.
PS One of several heros that include Alistair Crowley and Vlad the Impaler.
Seeing what's not there
Suppose it happens more as you get older. Silence is never total silence, darkness is never total darkness. Draw the blackout blinds, get into bed, pull the duvet
over your head, close your eyes and you can still hear a faint hiss, still see a pinkish glow. The latter diminishes a bit after a while but doesn't disappear. Sure if one
worried about these too much they'd keep you wake.
But what seems odd is that in this glow, in the dark and underneath your eyelids and the duvet, one can still seem to detect movement of your hand above the
duvet. This must surely be imagination, one knows where the hand is after all. Still, I might try and devise some gadget to test this out.
Who knows? Perhaps we do have an X ray vision. All I need is a bit of practice and I will be superman!
Naturally I will be looking through ladys' dresses, not wasting my time performing heroic deeds and rescuing people. After all, who is worth rescuing except
me and large bottomed ladies?
government advice on help they can offer abroad quite clearly states that they cannot...
"Pay any bills or give you money from public funds because we are not funded to do this and it is the obligation of individuals to take
responsibility for themselves. It would also be unfair for those who take out insurance to subsidise those who do not, and you would not
normally get these bills paid if you were in the UK."
An awful situation for the poor girl to be in but why should she be exempt from payment when anyone else in trouble, if taken ill due to a
condition excluded by the small print in their insurance for example, would have to pay? Maybe the best long term solution to this problem is
to not give citizenship to awful people who believe in forced marriage. Best long term solution to improve perceptions about the decent
Pakistanis who don't too.
Sure it's not just we at bloggoth who are bothered about all these investigations into historic crimes, things that supposedly happened
Sometimes it's necessary so we avoid making the same mistakes but what if there are no more real lessons to be learned,
if we have already done as much as is necessary and possible, within reason, to insure pople's safety?
Perhaps a major factor to consider should be the real possibility that such investigations, when concrete evidence has
long disappeared, when the memories of the supposed witnesses have been blurred by time, may stigmatise, or end in conviction of, innocent
False memories, confusion about events, getting people mixed up are not impossible after decades. There is also the real possibility
that some attention seekers will make false claims, either with a hope of getting compensation or just to join in with the crowd when some
famous person gets accused
as happened with Lord Brittan. What did that do for the last years of his life I wonder? The police, having been accused of failing
to tackle these problems did what authorities often do, they swung to the other extreme. Anyone charged
with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty but it appeared they were doing the opposite and treating
everyone as guilty until proven innocent.
While being a celebrity has its advantages, it has downsides too. You or I could be accused of some crime and few outside
our family would know about it but, if you're famous, the accusation will be in all the papers. If you are not prosecuted, even if all the indications
are that you are innocent, your name will be tarnished and your income damaged for ever more. We are no fan of Cliff Richard,
he's a boring singer and religious twit, but
what happened to him was appalling.
Always dubious about laws but maybe the government does need to consider introducing a few more rules. Perhaps judges,
before the actual trial, should decide on whether it is in the public interest to pursue a prosecution once a certain interval has passed.
Historic "war crimes"
Worst of all are the prosecutions of our armed forces personnel years after the events involved. Time on its own introduces
uncertainties over supposed events as in the above post but there are additional points to consider.
Some complaints are coming from
those who were our enemies, not just innocent civilians, so malice is likely to be a major factor. Should we seriously imagine
that The Taliban are going to tell the truth?
The nations involved, like Afqhanistan and Iraq, are very poor so it must be very tempting to make false claims to obtain compensation.
Given that these countries are dangerous and still have a very tribal mentality, is it possible to properly check both sides of a story? What if an
Afghan or Iraqi witness could support our soldiers' case, would they come forward? Would they dare to? I doubt it.
We need to take account of the realities of war. Someone hiding behind a bush might be an enemy or an innocent civilian but how long can
a soldier take to decide without risking his own life? Quick decisions are sometimes necessary and they are bound to be wrong
We also need to take account of the enormous stresses of soldiering. When soldiers have been involved in conflicts, been in great danger,
seen their mates killed or witnessed atrocities carried out by the enemy, is it really fair to expect the same dispassionate behaviour that
we would expect from a ticket inspector?
Maybe reciprocity should be a factor too. If we have a conflict with a reasonably advanced nation that has also signed up to the UN treaties
then it makes sense to adhere to the rules because, hopefully, they will accord the same rights to our soldiers. Also, if we can avoid any serious
breaches, it should reduce the hatred and make a reconciliation easier once the tensions are over. On the other hand, if the enemy is a
terrorist group that is likely to torture or kill our troops whenever they get the chance, no matter how we act, why should we be concerned about what
happens to them? We should protect ourselves and others by eliminating them whenever possible.
If I was an officer in our armed forces and was informed one of my men had machine-gunned some men while they were eating breakfast
and they belonged to one of those Islamist groups who kidnap and rape young girls, who use innocent citizens as hostages, who torture and
behead those who don't agree with their deluded claptrap, I would certainly hush it up if I could.
And slap the chap on the back and buy him a drink!
Let's just surrender next time. Much easier.
In other news
dogs like to face North when they crap. Funny, since I have had an en-suite with approx. East facing bog I haven't had much enthusiasm for life.
Maybe these things affect us. Perhaps I need to start s(h)itting sideways.
Some leaked cabinet letters apparently suggested that the Home Office
wanted schools to withdraw places offered to children if their families were found to be living in the country illegally. Naturally some twat lefty
has denounced the idea, saying that denying innocent children the right to a good education is disgusting.
Right? What fucking right? Why should those here illegally have rights and entitlements to services paid for by our citizens and legal
migrants? What about our own children who are finding it increasingly difficult to get into the best schools or those closest to home thanks
to mass immigration? Don't they have any rights?
And why do we allow someone to claim asylum if they only do so when they get
as is the case with 70% of them?. If they have a genuine case they should be able to make it on entry or, if they are here on
a visa, as soon as good reason emerges. If they only claim it when facing deportation they are clearly frauds.
One often sees these people saying how the UK treats them so much better than other nations, especially France,
as here or
here or here.
Sensible French. We will never stop illegal immigration until we stop being so tolerant and supportive of the illegal immigrants.
Oh yes, the story
I did manage to write a story for my writer's club at the very last minute. Funny, once I'd got into it creativity started to return
and I had other silly ideas too. Must be... ah yes! My downstairs bog is blocked! Could it be that my imagination was draining into the toilet?
Well ok, it's less of a story, more a short philosophical treatise explaining life, the universe and everything. Makes as much sense as all
the bollux written by famous philosophers anyway and at least it doesn't take 3 days to read it.
It's as though Bonfire Night never finished round here, you are constantly hearing loud bangs. It's all those
bastards, including him next door, shooting poor little pheasants. Why should they put up with it?
Fortunately birds are not stupid, this little cockatoo can
make his own tools.
For some months I have been training a brigade of pheasants to fight back, here they are on parade before they go to war tomorrow.
Revenge is coming Mr Pikey Scum!
Stuck in the past?
Apart from the evening news, I rarely watch TV because there's never bugger all on that's worth watching. I flick through the channels and
it's nearly all utter crap. The only things I ever do watch occasionally are really old series, Last of The Summer Wine, Dad's Army, Mash,
'Allo 'Allo, etc. Is modern stuff really all crap or am I just a fossilised old fart? Even more worrying, most of the ladies on TV
I lust over are on ancient repeats too. Raquel in only Fools and Horses and Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan in Mash are the two I still fancy
Stuck in my own past? Trouble is, can I be sure that these lusts will not start to go back even further? How long before I start
fancying Hatshepsut? She looks pretty sexy there.
Hmmm Just been for a coffee, don't find Hatty attractive anymore. Now here's a lady I really fancy!
As we have said before (can't be arsed to check) we should not be judging Brexit by short term economic factors,
market movements are not reality, it's all just a casino.
Nevertheless, we admit we cannot help but snigger when things are not half as bad as the Bremoaners kept telling us or when
others are doing even worse. We know their long term views are unrealistic idiocy but, even their short term views were wrong too,
even though short term major economic turmoil seemed a real possibility.
Euro's longest losing streak on record continues with the Euro slipping below $1.0620.
Pound edges back towards $1.24 even though the Dollar is on track for the best fortnightly performance since 1988.
We know it's far too too soon to be making judgements of course but..... Snigger.
Bring it on
Can't seem to find the link but was there yet another warning a day or two ago about the amount of time children spend on their mobile
phones or computers and watching TV.
A bad thing? Nah! Real world interaction by humans is outdated and very destructive of our planet. Let's aim for a future where we all
just lie still on a bed all day with our physical needs taken care of by robots and our brains tapped into a virtual world where we can do anything
we want to do. Then humans would take up very little room, we could be packed feet apart in huge warehouses in safe places where there
are no earthquakes or oher natural disasters.
Then the rest of the world could be left unspoilt to be enjoyed by nice little elephants, birds, earthworms etc.
Bash me nut
Scrambling down a steep bank today, tripped over a branch and fell on the pavement. As usual, nothing at all hurt. Dunno how I can
manage to fall on concrete and never hurt anything, must be luck or fast reactions (for me age).
Been trying in vain to do a story for Friday's writer's club but can't think of bugger all. Used to be creative once but seem to have
lost it. In hindsight I wished I'd cracked me skull, it
did a good job for Roald Dahl. Hmmm. Cracking your skull in an accident might be a bit hit and miss, I suppose, instead of being a Roald
Dahl I might end up as a Fred West.
I need a more targetted approach. Right! Where's me electric drill?
PS Although actually, being Fred West might be quite fun too.
We like decorating our garden with wierd things. Deer jawbones make the perfect Swastika.
So do all these well meaning (no! not just to get more taxes - oh you cynic!) laws have any positive effect?
Will laws on other supposedly unhealthy things like sugar acheive anything either? Given human nature one suspects
not. If people need these things for comfort, are poor on will power, and can get them relatively easily they will go on using them.
Making dangerous and addictive drugs illegal probably makes sense since a relatively small percentage of the population has
ever used them anyway. But trying to stop people using fags, booze and cake? Those cats have been out of the bag for so long we will
never get them back. Prohibition should have taught us that.
And let's blame the EU. Why? Because it is largely to blame, that's why!
Tax is not the only factor. Another major cause is the EU, its open borders and all those wonderful hard-working migrants.
Because of much lower costs in some Eastern European countries, smuggling legally purchased cigarettes to countries like the UK
where cost is much higher is a lucrative business and, due to the relaxed border controls, relatively low risk. Counterfeit cigarettes
*Note also mostly come from Eastern Europe via the borders with Turkey and other countries and these may be
much more hazardous. Consumption of illicit spirits, which can be lethal due to high concentrations of methanol and other poisonous
substances, has traditionally been much more common too in low income Eastern European countries too, and hardly surprisingly,
this is now being smuggled into western Europe on an increasing scale.
Maybe leaving the EU and ending free movement of Eastern Europeans to the UK will partly solve the problem. Be better than
raising taxes anyway.
Note: Mostly from China, it hardly needs saying
PS here's a few links.
Illicit spirits made in places such as Latvia, Estonia and Poland are proliferating across Europe as tax increases have fuelled demand
for cheaper alternatives in the black market.
Link2 The illicit tobacco trade in the EU is huge and is run by serious organised crime rings. With 10% of the market in the EU, organised crime groups
illegally sell 65 billion cigarettes a year, making a profit of up to €5 billion.
Two out of three cigarettes smuggled into the EU are bought by criminals legally – with all taxes paid - in 3rd countries on the EU’s Eastern
Cigarette factories in Belarus and Ukraine have also been pinpointed by customs officials as selling to criminal gangs, who smuggle them
into the EU. Greece has become a popular route for tobacco smugglers recently as its borders are porous because of the economic crisis
and the near collapse of its customs authorities.
Link 4 HM Revenue & Customs estimates that 10 per cent of cigarettes in the UK are illegal, rising to 39 per cent of hand rolled tobacco.
And while the racket costs taxpayers at least £3 billion a year, it's not just a revenue issue. Dodgy fags are often packed with rat droppings,
grass cuttings, and chemicals. Human faeces, asbestos, and dead flies, have been discovered on occasions.
While many illicit cigarettes are copies of popular brands smuggled from countries such as Poland, China is becoming a major player in the
market. Tobacco companies are increasingly seeking to unearth illegal supply networks fearing that new blank packaging will play into the
criminals' hands. No longer will they have to forge intricate packet designs.
Although most illegal alcohol and tobacco comes in from Eastern Europe and the Far East, the majority of end-user sales takes place within
local communities. The most common sources for buyers include car boot sales.
Lovely and wobbly
My nice loony religious lady is visiting her daughter in the US again so company has dropped. Ah well, got my volunteer things,
Wednesday windmill work and my council footpath inspections. On the latter I wander around logging position of styles, gates and signs and
checking for any problems. Actually, don't tell the council, but I have ulterior motives. When you ain't got a woman in your life, the second best
thing is to go around wobbling signposts.
The following image was deleted
on grounds of obscenity.
Have you heard? xoggoth is being investigated for abuse of underage signposts
and posting illegal signpost porn on the net.
Can it be so simple? Ah! Nothing is simple.
Been feeling tired and low for months. Then a week or two ago I got some multivitamin pills with iron. Amazing difference! For
almost a week I've been feeling back to normal. Looked it up online and it appears there is an established link between lack of iron and tiredeness.
Of course if you look at anything to do with health online there is always the doom and gloom as well. Too much iron, and these vitamins
appear to have about twice as much as is required, damage your arteries, increase risk of heart attacks, arthritis, macular degeneration etc etc.
Healthier to eat lots of red meat, which I don't, but then that gives you cancer etc etc. Bloody hell! Is there anything that's good for you that
isn't bad for you?
Oh well, nice to go out feeling good. Sunny again, must get out for a walk before I suffer my heart attack/stroke/blindness/psychotic
episode or whatever.
Can't be arsed to check but, according to my financial advisor, it is normal for every US president to move to the centre on attaining office.
As Obummer's tenure has indicated, the US constitution does limit the president's power, especially on domestic issues. He has more
say on foreign affairs and something that Trump has not backed away from is
his intention to stop support for Syrian rebels.
However, Islamism is perhaps not the major issue. It is the shear numbers of these groups and the differing aims that make it extremely
unlikely they could ever get together and agree on a government anyway. As the Iraq fiasco showed, getting rid of a dictator, even one as
nasty as Hussein was, when there is no realistic chance of a cohesive single opposition is only going to lead to another prolonged conflict that
will kill even more people.
PS Another plus for Trump. For those lefties who lump together Brexit and Trump's election as the rise of facist nationalism, interesting
to see that Trump's concerns about Chinese dumping of goods on the world market are
shared by the EU. High time this was tackled, along with their turning of a blind eye to counterfeiting of goods on a huge scale and
their general disdain for intellectual property rights.
PPS More sense. US President-elect Donald Trump has said he will
deport or jail up to three million illegal migrants initially. Those targeted would be migrants with criminal records, such as gang members and
drug dealers, he told US broadcaster CBS in an interview. Racist to deport criminals who have no legal right to be in the US? Daresay some
loony lefties will think so but most sensible people will be behind this. If it ever happens of course.
That's how balance works in human societies
Nice if we always had practical, pragmatic and democratic governments that acted on realities and put the wishes of the
majority of their citizens first. Too often it doesn't happen, we are ruled by elitists who have little comprehension of what life is like
outside their cosy sphere, idealists who pursue their impractical visions and businessmen whose main priority is their own wealth.
Hardly surprising when ordinary people have had enough and vote for the "extreme" candidates,
like Trump, who see things as they do. Hardly surprising when they want to cast off the yoke and take back some control as with Brexit.
Who can blame them? Look at what ordinary people in the UK have had to put up with as a result of immigration pressures due to
the EU's freedom of movement. They can't get their kids into nearby schools, wages are being held down, rents are being driven up,
the roads are getting more crowded. The looming problems with shortage of power and water are being exacerbated and our beautiful
countryside is increasingly under threat. And who knows what will happen in the future when there is no democracy? When the unelected
Eurocrats decide to expand their dream by letting in Turkey or Albania or bring in regulations that damage our banking sector? And for what?
If you divide the increased national wealth as a result of immigration by a similarly increased population nobody is any better off. In many
parts of the EU, the over liberal attitudes of idiots like Merkel to "asylum seekers" has put European citizens at risk. In some areas people
don't fell safe anymore.
In the US too, immigration, mainly illegal in their case, is seen as even more of a problem. The crime caused by illegal Hispanics is not
a far right myth and the economic impact on the poorer US citizens, including the Black Americans who should be a priority for any responsible
US government, is enormous.
Can't say we are a fan of Trump but he looks like the best option who will restore some balance. Let's hope we get some similar
upsets in Europe. Even extreme policies, if they contradict the previous extremes, do provide balance when you average them out over time.
PS Pity about his attitude to global warming though.
Cebrities! Bah! There are so many well known British liberal-lefty celebrity twats like Benedict Cumbernatch, Lily Allen, Jude Law,
Russel Brand, Emma Thompson, Bob Geldorf, Charlotte Church, Martin Freeman, Paul O'Grady, J K Rowling, the list goes on. And on. There
are a few celebrities I do like from time to time but it never seems to be long before I discover they are liberal-lefty twats too and I have to add
them to my total wankers list. In you go,
Came back from holiday in Spain last week with lots of photos and videos of boring castles etc. Naturally the video we like most is one of
little sparrows and doves gnashing food left on the next table.
PS Pity he didn't do it when we were dancing with two nice young ladies, not when some wierd young bloke in white came up
and started jumping around.
Topic: Little birdies
Comments so far:
Went for my usual wander today. The footpath went through a field with several young bulls with very sharp horns. Hesitated a bit, I must admit,
but then thought, nah!, If they were aggressive, the farmer wouldn't put them in a field with a public footpath through it. Well, they weren't aggressive but
they were either curious or friendly. Four of them came right over to me and followed me all the way across the field.
Animals like xoggoth cos he's nice to them. Someday I would like to go to Africa and wander across the Serengeti at night, Hello little lions!
Liife gets bloody annoying. Spent nearly £9000 on a new central heating system, installation finished last Friday. Seemed dodgy last night
but got it going eventually, thought I might have just had the RF controller too close to the TV, but today it's not working at all. The installer came
round but couldn't fix it, the fault is in the boiler unit. Hopefully the manufacturers are sending somebody on Friday and I might get some heat.
Not related to the fault, but it would seem we have a tank full of the wrong fuel, got to get that drained and refilled. Aaaaaaaaaaaaagh!
Oh well, going on holiday to Spain next Wednesday. I expect the plane will crash immediately after take off. At the moment, I'm not sure I'd
PS Apparently I could use the old fuel oil in my van as it's basically diesel. Just that, as it was for domestic use, I never had to pay tax
on it. Wahee! Cheeting the stinking government out of their "due". Less money to pay for f* foreign aid, f* EU contributions, f* welfare for
non-citizens, f* health tourists, f* "expenses" for MPs that nobody else can claim in similar circumstances, f* cost of the House of Lords,
etc etc. Citizens of Britain! It is your MORAL DUTY to evade tax!
PPS Look at this tax evading CUNT,
Prince Charles Much fuss about Amazon and Google not paying enough tax in the UK but at least they do help the UK economy with
their sales platforms. Even us republicans have to conceed that some other members of the royal family do a lot for Britain's image but
nobody likes the Prince of daftness (or his ghastly brother). What does this privileged, interfering arsehole do for the UK?
Time for BEHEADING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Big bugs have little bugs...
Maybe it goes the other way too, big bugs are feeding on larger bugs etc. If there is a god who created us all, maybe he was just one of
many like him who was created by an even more powerful god, and that more powerful god was among the many created by an even more
powerful god... and so ad infinitum.
Or perhaps gods evolve over time, just like life on earth does. Maybe our god was pretty primitive, just a caveman as gods go.
The next god may be more intelligent and have the technology to to make a better job of things. In the future, the Steve Jobs of gods is
going to create life in a far more sophisticated way. He may allow us, in return for more prayers or something, the opportunity to pick
and choose what sort of bodies we can have. Huge brain, huge muscles, huge knob or whatever else appeals to you.
Do something useful you little sods!
Aside from eating them, mankind has always made use of animals - horses/elephants/camels as transport, sheep and silkworms
for fabrics, bees for honey, pigeons to carry messages, leeches for microsurgery, etc.
Got around to treating all my wooden garden furniture this year. Painted it with teak oil anyway, couldn't be arsed to spend ages
treating and sanding the surfaces to bring the original colour back. In autumn I always see wasps nibbling at the surfaces so can't we get them
to do the job in return for a plastic nest or a jar of jam?
Philosophy is crap
Had an odd experience the other night. Woke up at about 4AM and was trying to get back to sleep when I heard the doorbell. Looked out
the window, saw nobody and was just about to go back to bed when I heard my son shouting "Dad!!". Went downstairs, checked front and back
doors and nobody there. That wasn't quite the end of it, just going back to bed when I heard a thump on the back door. Nobody there again.
Son came back about 7AM as usual and he'd been at work all night so I obviously dreamed the whole thing. But it was just as real as reality,
so how do you tell the difference? Mention things like this to anyone and most people will recall some similar odd experience.
When the difference between imagination and reality can be so blurred on occasions what sense does it make trying to look for
meaning in life? Was asked if I wanted to go to a philosophy class. No way. Philosophy is just as pointless and futile as religion. It's all just a
lot of conjecture. Whatever you believe, there are others out there, as educated and bright as you are, who are equally convinced of something
totally different and their arguments are no less "logical" than yours. Humanity should stop wasting its time on this crap and just go with realities.
Or what appears to be real - it really makes no F* difference.
How do you get it back?
Lost our imagination, as is totally obvious from this blog recently. At one time the stream of total bollux on here used to flow like the river Tiber,
now there's just a rare drip.
Ah well, at least we don't (yet) have the physical problems that our ageing friends and acquaintances have. One lady (the one that
resembles the crazy cat lady from the Simpsons) has to go to Brighton hospital for tests tomorrow. Know it well, spent a lot of time going there
with the missus for her radiation therapy and chemotherapy, fat lot of good they did. Another old male acquaintance I was talking to today
has been to hospital twice this week.
Naughty/rude bits involved in both cases, as with the missus. It's usually the embarassing bits - colon, testicles, prostate, breasts, womb,
uterus, ovaries, cervix, etc. that get ill. Why is it we never get cancer, or any other disease, in our elbows or ear lobes? In my opinion we should
have eggs/sperm extracted from us at birth and then used, as in Huxley's Brave New World, to create humans as required in test tubes.
Then we could have have all the reproductive stuff removed, greatly reducing the risks of cancer and helping us live longer.
Hmmm. On the other hand, without any bonking, probably the best thing in life (after raspberries and cream, once you get to my age), would
we want to live longer?
Life on Mars
News items about the possibility of life being found on other planets, within or outside our own solar system, crop up fairly frequently.
Nothing has definitely been found as yet but it's bound to happen in the next decade
according to NASA's top scientists.
Hopefully it will not be intelligent life capable of coming here, we have enough problems with people from elsewhere on our
own planet at the moment. We don't want giant transparent centipedes claiming asylum and helping themselves to our welfare and
social housing thanks very much.
Can't say we are that interested in astronomy, we prefer things a bit nearer, like the nice little bugs in our garden but we suppose there
could be some aspects of alien life that could be interesting. NASA scientists discover new galaxy that is actually a huge alien
lady's bottom. Mmmm.
We always read the crime news and one thing that stands out in the last few years is a rise in Asian crime in the South East.
It was a different story in the Midlands but they used to be pretty law abiding down this way, noticeably more law abiding than white Brits
it appeared, but that does not seem to be the case now. Our "racist" observation is quite correct according to
this 2014 report from the lefty Guardian:
Scotland Yard is to set up a specialist team to deal with soaring crime in London's south Asian communities,
The number of south Asian murder victims has almost quadrupled in the past decade from 10 in 1993 to 38 last year, compared
with a 32% rise for the general population, while the kidnap rate has more than doubled from 90 to 228 from 1998 to 2003, accounting
for 20% of the Met's total kidnap figure last year and racking up 114 kidnaps so far this year.
Drug crime in Asian communities has increased 41% in the past five years, compared with the overall figure of 37% for London. Pakistan
is the source of 27% of the heroin found in London, with a rising number of Asian addicts and associated crime, and Tower Hamlets,
one of the Asian crime hotspots, dubbed the UK's heroin capital.
If we take in people from nations with significant problems they bring those problems in with them. If they retain more of a bond with
those nations than they do with their adopted one, the problems won't stop coming when most are born here. If we take in people who won't
integrate and become part of our own society they are never going to succeed in it.
Maybe one day we will learn from realities instead of blaming ourselves for everything.
Got me worried
When you operate a website, even for a very small business, you get used to comment spammers.
Occasionally, as with this blog, you get a lot of totally pointless generic comments, usually from somewhere like Russia, Ukraine etc,
that have nothing whatever to do with anything on the site. They don't have any links to dodgy sites or contain any software with viruses etc
so I really have no idea what purpose they serve.
Just recently have been getting empty comments from my business website with my own email address. Darn it! I know
I have been a bit loopy over the last few years but have I unconsciously started to contact myself?
Hang on, the door bell is ringing! Might be me.
I actually feel ok today. First time in weeks I have not been downer than an extremely down thing at the bottom of down there.
Who knows, may actually get back to blogging summit.
All in favour of sexual freedom, what people choose to do with their arses is up to them. The big butt, I mean but,
is, as with any risky activity, adults should bear the consequences of their own actions.
These men could just buy some condoms and if they can't be bothered that's their problem. Men involved in risky bum sex, migrants trying to
cross the Med or channel in unsafe boats or whatever. As adults you are responsible for your own decisions. If it goes wrong, don't expect
the rest of us to pick up the bill or waste our time and resources to help you.
As an old fart I should support handing out money to us old farts but I don't. There is no very good reason for the triple lock
pension scheme. Those who have paid for their pensions with lots of tax and NI throughout their working lives should certainly have their
pensions protected from inflation but there is no justification to keep raising it in real terms. Same with the winter fuel allowance, why hand
that out to well off sorts?
These schemes were just bribes to get the older section of the population to vote Tory. Not the way democracy should work.
Opec's worst fears are coming true. Twenty months after Saudi Arabia took the fateful decision to flood world markets with oil, it has
still failed to break the back of the US shale industry.
North America's hydraulic frackers are cutting costs so fast that most can now produce at prices far below levels needed to fund the
Saudi welfare state and its military machine, or to cover Opec budget deficits.
Doubt it will happen but bankrupting that F* awful country with their disgusting, backward strict Islamist laws and their continual
undermining of Western democracy by financing the spread of Salafist claptrap can only be good. If we don't depend on them so much
we can stop pretending that this very worst of all Islamist states is our friend and ally.
PS Hopefully we can ignore the "green", AKA ignorant lefty twats, and get fracking going round here too.
Went for a walk with my nice loony religious lady recently looking for the cardigan she lost while walking the day before. Found it
fortunately. She lost a jumper the previous time we went walking together near there too.
Last week I lost a pair of pliers when I went to help my son after a collision
with a fox damaged the sump shield on his car. Poor little foxy was dead unfortunately.
When you get older you seem to be constantly losing things, especially if you walk a lot. In the past year I have lost a compass,
the spare batteries for my GPS tracker, a pair of sunglasses, the case for another pair of sunglasses, a pedometer,
a couple of maps, two pairs of reading glasses, a case for some other reading glasses and a camera. When doing jobs round the house or
garden I must spend 90% of the time looking for tools or materials I have absent-mindedly put down somewhere.
Ah well. There is a plus side to everything! Haven't had a search team callout in my area for some time but all the ones I have been on
have involved screwed up younger people and dozens of us spent hours looking for them. It will be a lot easier if we have to go out
looking for some old fart like me.
Of course people will say, and quite rightly, that the majority of Muslims in France will not be supporters of these actions but,
when we fought the Germans, did we think about the many Germans who did not follow Hitler's extreme views?
When a threat springs from a particular group, when we cannot readily distinguish those who threaten us from others in the group,
when too many innocent members of that group see the reporting of the real offenders as a betrayal,
when the threat grows to such an extent that our whole society and safety of our citizens is threatened then there is no other logical action but to
act against that group as a whole.
There comes a point when you have to forget all the subleties, the distinguishing of the innocent individuals and make the logical
decision to defend yourself against an enemy .
The solution to all things for us OCD sorts is LISTS! We used to laugh at the missus for making lists of everything she planned to do
with her day but now realise how wise she was. We now keep lists of everything, how long we go walking for and what footpath map was applicable
(yes we have books of printouts of footpath areas, all numbered in order from North West to South East) , how many of each
exercise we have done in our little garage gym, all the things we plan to do each day.
When you are totally F* disinterested in doing anything at all, working your way through a boring list at least keeps you from staying in
bed all day.
A new friend
People think we are barmy for sharing our meals and vodka with a little puppet parrot but this week we took
a small step towards normality, we have a new friend - a Wood Pidgeon! It's a living thing at least!
It is an odd colour, most wood pidgeons are gray but this one is light brown although it must be the same species as it gets attention
from other randy Wood Pidgeons. Poor bird has a few problems. It does not appear able to fly properly, although
it can just about get onto a fence to keep itself out of danger. Also it seems to sit dozing in the sun a lot with its feathers all fluffed up making
it seem very fat. But it's the behaviour that is really odd. The first day I saw it, it was waddling down the path. Then it stopped and looked at me
and came flying over and perched on the trellis right next to my seat. Put down a bit of seed and it was wandering around right under my feet,
not afraid of me at all.
Now it turns up at about 5pm every day and sits with me listening to my wisdom. And eating any food I give it of course, but it's
a lot cheaper than the whisky I have to provide for my drinky neighbour.
This looks like a piece of artwork or a computer generated image but actually it is just an untouched, accurate photo of a stream.
In some areas of the forests round here the streams have a very high iron content. The downside is that they contain very little life, you
never see anything moving in them, not even insects. The plus side is this very red colour and when the bright sun manages to make it through
the trees and hits the surface this is what you see.
Must stop ranting so much! How does it help? Want to go back to days when bloggoth was almost all bollox. Was happier then.
So from now on must mark rants and keep to minimum. Starting now we shall mark all our rants, and hopefully, by making them
stand out, do a few less.
The F* French. Is it just we at bloggoth who loath them?
Other enemies come and go and a few decades after its all blown over we like them again. How many in the UK still hate the Germans or
the Japanese? But the F* French!
They blame us for the migrant problem in Calais and are threatening to pull out of current border agreements.
Maybe there would not be a major problem if you were not waving them over your borders, you arseholes!
There have been huge lorry hold ups due to all the strikes by their F* ferrry workers that have included violence
and deliberate damage to cargos of British Lorries.
More lorry hold ups due to blockades of ports by their F* fishermen over EU imposed quotas.
Violent attacks by French fishermen on British fishermen who had the right to be fishing there under the same EU rules that give
the French access to our waters.
Strikes by their air traffic controllers that wreck people's holidays. It's happening again this summer and
has become such a regular problem that there is now talk of
an EU wide traffic control to tackle it.
Recently France has seen a wave of violent clashes and strikes in protest against labour laws that caused petrol shortages and
more hastle for holiday makers and people going to the EURO football. Why are they always on strike????????????
In the wake of Brexit it is the frogs who are making most of the threats, like Hollande's warnings to London financiers over Euro clearing,
it is bollux according to Forbes and they do know a bit about these things.
Of course we are more likely to have problems with our nearest neighbours because their proximity necessarily creates conflicts
of interest, when did you ever hear of a war between Australian Aborigines and Eskimos? It isn't always the case of course but bound
to happen if the people in your neighbouring country are F* self centred, socialist, striking wankers like the French!
PS They have just lost 1 nil to Portugal in the Euro 2016 final. Hurrah for Portugal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Technically that's correct, if you define education in the very narrow sense as having a college or university qualification. The reality
is that, thanks to the leftist agenda which sees higher education as yet another human right, far more people go into it than used to be the case
even though, for so many,
it does nothing at all for their career prospects. Maybe a degree in history or economics has some relevance but how exactly does a 3 year
course in Media Studies or Architecture or Computer Science make you more able to judge the future direction of Europe?
It is the older people who are more qualified to make these judgements because they are more educated in ways that matters. They
may not have a BA but they have experienced far more, both personally and through the media. They have seen wonderful ideals
come to nothing, seen the duplicity and egotism of our leaders exposed and watched imposed empires break apart in violent conflicts.
They are far better equipped to judge what the EU is and what it may become.
Older people are also more practical. Too many youngsters look for meaning and grasp at the latest social movement without considering
the realities. In my yoof many threw away their career prospects because they were sucked into the hippy rejection of consumerism. Today
some are violently opposing any belief that does not fit with their often absurd anarchist or socialist ideals. That's always easier when you
are still a student and not actually picking up the bill via your tax payments. I wonder how many of these No Borders people will be so keen
if it actually happens? When our economy is wrecked by a huge flow of people from places like Somalia or Sudan and nowhere is safe.
Don't notice too many of us oldies going to fight with ISIL either.
When I acheive my ambition to become world dictator I'm going to raise the voting age to 30. That's when most people start
to have some sense and a grasp of reality.
PS They won't be able to vote me out obviously but I would allow voting on a few things, e.g. micro-chipping of dogs or
having performing arts in schools that I didn't give a shit about.
Just rephrase and inflate it minister
Immigration Minister James Brokenshire
said today that it would be unwise to guarantee EU nationals living in the UK assurances they could stay without UK nationals abroad getting
the same assurances. Sensible people will ask why that is unreasonable but the lefty idiots like Labour's Andy Burnham and Independent
commenters think it is "threatening migrants".
What he should have said was something like:
"Of course we want all the positive, hardworking migrants from Europe to remain here. They are an enormous benefit to our economy
and contribute greatly to the wonderful and vibrant diversity of our society which would be far poorer without them. We will do everything in our
power to negotiate a reciprocal arrangement that will provide legal guarantees on residence for them and for British citizens currently in
other nations of the European Union. The other forward looking nations of the EU share our belief in moving towards a more equal global society,
one in which we leave behind our narrow national differences and predudices and it is unthinkable that such an accord cannot be reached.
There you are minister! It says exactly the same thing but is full of PC crap and five times as long and lefties will be happy with it.
And note the clever encoding. We can still kick out all the useless sorts because it specifically refers to positive, hardworking migrants. In
righty terms that means what it says but a lefty will take "positive, hardworking migrants" to mean all of them!
Backwardness does not exist - unless it's in defence
The "anti-racist" agenda tells us that, despite the documented problems of poor and third world countries, including low performance,
backward cultural beliefs and practices, poor education, conflict, high levels of violence, crime and corruption, and despite the real
traumas they may have experienced, that all migrants from them are aspiring, law abiding and hard working people the moment they
cross our borders. Any problems are down to exclusion by us nasty racist white people.
It's a different matter when they end up in court obviously. Don't you just feel sorry for
this Somalian rapist whose defence lawyer (funded by us obviously) claims he did not realise that rape was not acceptable in the UK?
Even though he had been convicted of it before! Or how about
this poor Kurdish refugee whose assault charges are down to the trauma he suffered while illegally sneaking into our country in a lorry.
His defence, the interpretor, dealing with his depression are all paid for by us obviously, not to mention the probably tens of thousands of pounds
worth of goods that had to be ditched from the lorry.
The UN asylum convention, drawn up over 60 years ago when global travel was not easy, needs to be ditched or seriously reformed.
We should not be expected to permanently take in people who are a threat or a major burden to our own citizens.
Why don't they set up special stores to sell food that has been in asylum seeker filled lorries? Surely those wonderful No Borders people
would buy it? It's only us racists who don't want to eat food that these poor people have been pissing and shitting on.
What this "threat" actually amounted to was a gun emoji and a message "Another MP that needs...". In other words it was not actually a
threat at all, just the sort of joke comment that people make all the time. Some will rightly say it was in extremely bad taste so soon after the
shooting of MP Jo Cox but our authorities should not be cracking down on bad taste, they should be acting in a cool headed manner to tackle
genuine threats or those that appear genuine enough to frighten and cause distress.
Let's hope the police do not decide to investigate everyone who has ever suggested Tony Blair should be killed, the investigation
could take even longer than the Chilcot enquiry.
More disdain of democracy and the working man by the left
The title says it all.
"Brexit reminds us some things are too important to be decided by the people". It's one of several articles we have
read recently (all from the political left) that tell us that the common man is too uneducated and stupid to make important decisions, we should
leave them to our elected leaders and the appointed government experts. Sorry to bring reality and logic into it again but let's point out a
few flaws in that:
The most obvious one is that our elected leaders and experts are not guaranteed to be benign and act in the public good. Hitler was elected
and had the benefit of state advisors, so that made him a good leader of the German people did it? History is littered with self-serving,
egotistical or impractically idealistic leaders, both elected and otherwise, who have inflicted disaster on their citizens.
While it is true that those who acheive leadership will generally be more intelligent and better educated than average, intelligence
and education do not define political direction or views. You can find equally intelligent people on both sides of every political argument -
look at Camoron and Johnson for example - both highly intelligent, Eton and Oxford educated men and yet they had (or claimed to
have, which is what matters) completely different views on EU membership. You are telling us we should trust our leaders to do the right
thing but which leader is it that we are supposed to trust?
If the common man is too ignorant or stupid to make a decision on EU membership, why is he capable of making a decision in
a UK election when many of the same issues are involved? The various political parties have very different views on
the major issues like the economy, welfare and social services, world trade, immigration, defence and... ah yes, EU membership!
If we can't be trusted to weigh up those factors in a referendum, why can we trusted to do so in an election? One can only conclude that
some lefties do not believe in democracy at all.
If the common man should trust in our leaders to do the right thing, then surely you should do the same lefties? If
a Tory/UKIP coalition wins the next election you'll still be telling us we should trust our leaders will you? I suspect not. This protest
against the referendum result is just hypocritical sour grapes and I have no doubt that, if stay had won, you'd be praising the common sense
of the British voters.
Finally let's look at some recent history and one of those wise leaders, President Tito of Yugoslavia. He imposed a common government
on disparate nations, largely dominated by the most powerful state of Serbia, although he was from the small nation of Croatia. There are
distinct parallels with the EU today where the zealots like Junker from the small nation of Luxemburg are obsessed with trying to pressure us
all into a common federation that is largely dominated by Germany. And what happened? Yugoslavia fell apart in Europe's deadliest
conflict since WW2, having failed after nearly 50 years to acheive a conscencus between the constituent nations. The EU that Junker and
others are trying to press us into is even less likely to succeed given the greater divergence of cultures and languages. Yugloslavia is
just one example of the way that forced unions between people of different views and cultures rarely work. Not to say that they can't,
but what is the best way to find out if people feel they have a sufficiently common ground to make a success of it? Ask them of course!
PS As usual, we are delighted to see that most of those who comment on Independent articles have far more sense than those
who write them.
Why are the left so fucking illogical?
The Independent used to be one of our favourite newspapers but it's now hosting some screaming loony articles,
appallingly one sided, illogical and often innacurate, in their Indy500 column.
this one. Ah, so the UK has dropped from fifth largest in the world to sixth overnight! The importance of that rather depends on how close
the economies of France and the UK were to start with doesn't it? And it isn't even true as
this main Independent article states.
Even if it was true, it's quite absurd to make judgements based on a few days. Everyone expected the
pound and stock markets falls, it's the nature of the finance market, it's just a global casino. It's the long term that matters. The left is always
extrapolating from nothing. We saw the same thing two years ago last January when they told us, based on a few days migration
figures, that fears of mass immigration from Bulgaria and Romania were unfounded. Can't find any recent figures but there were 219,000
in the UK 8 months ago and rising.
And why is blanket hatred of some groups ok?
The other day my nice loony religious lady overheard some shop assistants moaning about the older vote affecting the EU referendum result
and the one who served her seemed rather hostile.
Leftists have been blaming the brexit vote on the uneducated working class and the
boomers for weeks and one of the worst articles is again in The Independent -
How old people have screwed over the younger generation - in three charts. What would be the reaction if somebody did a similar article
showing how the ethnic minority vote affected the result, with "black" instead of "old" and "whites" instead of "younger generation" in that title?
Yet it's ok to use such terms when referring to older people.
Leaving aside the referendum, it seems too common to see articles blaming the older generation for things or resenting their relative wealth.
Is this totally unrelated to
the rise in crime against those over 50? I suspect not.
Every generation blames the one before
Ah yes, The Living Years by Mike and the Mechanics. One of my all time favourites.
Out of the frying pan...
I can well understand Scotland's desire to be free of the UK. It never works when people are forced into a union with others who have
different cultures and different views on what the future should be. People need to look at history - the Roman Empire, the Austro Hungarian
empire, the Ottoman empire, the USSR or Yugoslavia for example. As Scotland's case shows, even centuries don't necessarily solve the
issues. But this is exactly why we voted to leave an EU that was seeking more and more to impose a uniform government on disparate nations!
The Scottish really need to think logically about what they are doing rather than just act out of their historic resentment at the English.
They have already managed to get quite a bit in terms of self government. If we English can also get self determination and our taxes
do not pay for Scottish public spending, most of us would be in favour of them having even more autonomy. They are an important part
of the UK and their desires should not be ignored.
On the other hand, if they are a separate nation within the EU they will count for very little. They have a GDP not much different to that of
Greece. They will have almost no say in what happens and one seriously has to wonder, if they want to be a self determining nation, how
staying with the EU makes any sense.
Narrow Minded Youth
It is one of those myths that younger people are more open minded but the exact opposite is true.
Today we are seeing a lot of hatred
like this being whipped up against older people in the wake of the refererendum result.
It is quite true that younger people are more likely to embrace the latest fashionable ideals. In my hippy
yoof, many young people threw away their career chances due to their rejection of consumerism. Today many embrace similarly
unrealistic ideals, like open borders with little consideration of the consequences, or socialist societies, despite the failures of every
truly socialist/communist society there has ever been.
It is also quite true that older people are more 'set in their ways'. They prefer it when things do not change too quickly but that is down
to experience, they have seen it all before and tend to have better knowledge of the realities of history. The numerous failures of UK governments
to live up to their election promises, the many military failures by the West, the collapse of the USSR, the lack of bog paper in Venezuela,
they have seen so many great ideas come to nothing or have adverse consequences.
Being open minded is not about zealously embracing the latest idea, it is about being able to consider the pros and
cons of an idea and too many young brains seem poorly wired for that, their emotional need for meaning and purpose in their lives
overrides their ability to think logically.
You can see this closed mindedness everywhere today. The NUS "No Platform" policy has been used
to bar many who do not follow their liberal left agenda. It is impossible for any group to publicly protest about mass immigration without being
violently attacked by far greater numbers of "anti-facists" and the pictures indicate these are mostly young people. Ah yes, and those raping,
beheading Islamists joining ISIS, not too many oldies there either.
Maybe these hate-filled young fanatics who object to leaving the EU should do a Google of "violent protests Greece".
Lots of young people violently protesting aganst austerity imposed by the EU!
No need to say why.
PS I see Hollande is saying "The EU must be understood and controlled by its citizens. I will do everything to secure profound change
rather than decline"
It's a pity you and the other zealots didn't do that before instead of sending Camoron away with next to nothing you fuckwit.
A seriously reformed EU, with more democracy, that went with the realities of human nature and evolved more slowly, that was prepared to
learn from history, that put the real concerns of ordinary citizens above the unrealistic ideals of unelected, overpaid, privileged bastards is
something that I, and many others, would have voted for.
Why do the left so hate democracy?
Back in the 60s it was possible to have some respect for leftists. As real socialists should, they put the interests of working
class people first. The Labour party back then was totally against the Common Market, against globalisation and domination by large
Now all you see from many on the left is contempt for ordinary people, surveys that show Brexiters are less educated, dismissal of any idea
that they deserve a say in their own future. Everything should be in the hands of wealthy educated people who know best. Above all, they hate
referenda. A total fuckwit on Contractor UK was citing the fact that a referendum was used to give Hitler absolute power as an argument against
referenda in general. It's the sort of "argument" that is typical of lefties, maybe they should denounce reducing inflation on the grounds
that Hitler did that too.
a pretty typical item in today's news. Among the worst things Camoron ever did was "pandering to the right wing
of his party by announcing a referendum". Terrible! If you let ordinary people make a choice about their own future you must be
a neo Nazi.
Silly Scottish cow
Nicola Sturgeon is banging on about an independent Scotland again. Actually, she is not an idiot and will probably want
to make some firm arrangements regarding Scotland's currency first.
She can no longer join the European Union without also joining the Eurozone. Given the leftist nature of the Scottish, and the inevitably
struggling economy that will result, we are probably looking at another Greece if they join the Eurozone, their GDP is very similar. Like Greece,
Scotland will be totally dominated by the Germans and forced into stringent controls on public spending that they will not be too happy with.
The only alternative is total independence, difficult for a small country. Good luck to them but I hope to hell they are not allowed
to remain in any sort of currency union with England, we have been propping them up with the Barnett Formula for far too long.
Independence should mean exactly what it says!
PS Hang on! In just a few years' time the British pound will have the Prince of Daftness's face on it. Take it! Take it! Nicola, we don't
want it any more! I'd rather trade in old socks than have to look at that bastard's face every time I buy something.
This Silly Seacole Stuff
It's something that never seems to go away, arguments about the merits or otherwise of
Who cares either way? We really do need some icons to persuade the lowest performing minorities in the UK that they can succeed if they put
in the effort but is a black youth in a gangland area going to be convinced of that by the case of a lady who was 3/4 white, died nearly 140 years ago
and suffered the real discrimination that was acceptable at the time? And why would she mean anything at all to a Bangadeshi kid?
Surely it would make far more sense to make more of successful minority people in today's Britain?
The Next President
The US has a reputation for being socially conservative but, if Clinton gets in, they will have had a black and a female president
in quick succession. They have already had a disabled president in Roosevelt. Well done US! You are leading the way in breaking down
the barriers against the poor oppressed minorities!
Let's see, disabled president, black president, female president, that only leaves one
major discriminated against minority to go, the LGBT community. Say hello to 2020's new president.
Topic: The Next President
Comments so far:
As we have commented before too many have no ability to appreciate context, seizing on some single word or
phrase and ignoring all the words that actually define the point. This seems to be particularly a lefty/liberal problem.
Not to say all of that bent are illogical loonies, in general we find the leftist Guardian presents its case rather well, even if we don't agree
with it. Their "What has the EU ever done for my..." series of articles in favour of Bremain may be rather selective, we are all selective when
arguing our own case, but at least they appear properly researched.