Oct 01

It’s not what he would have chosen and nor would anyone but the most depraved say that Miliband wanted the frankly child like attack on his father from the paper that backed fascism and did not want Jews to come to the UK. I am not inferring that in any way. Indeed that it fell in the Tory party conference when they planned to showcase Theresa May’s small minded bigotry is a happy accident and shows the Mail has no thought to the timing of its bigoted ignorance. Continue reading »

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Jul 29

What did I think of the Olympic opening ceremony. Bloody Brilliant. Continue reading »

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Jan 22

Was tweeting with a Tory who was horrified The ‘unelected’ Lords voted down the 1.6 Bn of cuts to sponging scroungers or in reality mostly people in real need.  I did make the point that in many ways the Lords closer reflects reality of the number of voters each party got but there you go. Continue reading »

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Aug 20

David Cameron probably considers himself an intelligent person with values. He has tended to float without an anchor able to lead both Conservative Party and Coalition. He has at times shown magnificent ignorance and been prepared to accept the UK’s past as an imperial power whose malign influence lies behind many of the world’s problems. Continue reading »

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Oct 10

No I’m not talking about financial debt albeit I probably could be. I am also not talking about AGW but I probably could be. Nope it’s debt in terms of what it has borrowed from the Earth.

The underground water supplies currently be trawled deeper and deeper in the 3rd world to bring the Western World such daily essentials as Coffee, Roses, Flowers etc. The soil sucked dry to produce goods to send to us in the West. The resources burgled at a short term price with no thought of the future.

The rivers which many countries use for drinking water are increasingly contaminated and likely to become the subject of if not wars diplomatic skirmishes. We’ve seen how a relic of Stalinism has come to bite Hungary and have an outside chance to hit 5 other countries who rely on the Danube.

Never mind the two state solution to Palestine how about the growing water grab between Israel and Jordan? When people take your water do you die or fight?

The number of precious minerals and commodities being used to extinction. This drives much of the undercurrent to the spats between the US and China.

I worry less about financial debt as being poorer for even a decade or more is not an end to life. It is not extinction. Poverty brought by the greater success of others Capitalism we in the UK can hardly complain about. However a world poverty and starvation providing the world’s rich with luxuries is not a pleasant idea.

That the boot may be on the other foot for many westerners who have read the Daily Mail or any of Britain’s tabloids like The Times and Guardian will hardly make for much Schadenfreude from someone like me who lives in the UK.

Where environmental debt does equate with national debt is that much of it is to produce cash crops to pay back western banks with money provided by China and the Far East. The goods that Western economies mostly no longer earn are produced at the expense of the environment in the 3rd world. Can our banks allow them to not borrow from their water and soil for our benefit? No.

So in the end all debt is linked. The goods produced to pay debts cause carbon to be released and in turn are paid for by countries who run year in year out deficits. That these goods may come with an even greater debt only adds to the tragedy.

The point is that regardless of whether you view AGW as a lie or a conspiracy or believe it truly it is not the only part of the environmental iceberg we are steaming to.

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Mar 07

The End Of The Line documentary showed a depressing view of human futility. We’re stripping the oceans and continue to do so. The EU with its patronising superior view of its own dismal materialistic culture sets a target for fishing at twice the sustainable level and 3 times the level to let the stocks grow back. Then the EU allows them to fish what they like which is 4 times the sustainable level. Never mind what we strip fish off corrupt African Govts coasts. Next we’ll strip the shrimp, lobster and other stuff that replaces them and so on. Never mind what the equally delusionally superior culture of Japan does.

Personally I would be even more negative than this documentary. So the West will eat fish from sustainable sources just as we do not take beef from the Amazon. However the rest of the world has to eat or starve.

The irony with all the things that the Capitalist World complains will cost too much like protecting Fish and the planet is that they are surely cheaper than the sink hole that Iraq and Afghanistan are. If a small group of lunatics in the White House want we will find the money to attack Iran or the desert of Afghanistan to no strategic end, none positive at any rates. People just can’t shake their anthropology and imposing our culture on other countries on the basis of some near non existent threat will always over come inertia better than dealing with simple long term problems that could lead to a form of extinction for many of the world’s peoples.

The point is as we see with Climate Change those of us with a misanthropic point of view can see that really a lot of people will fiddle while the World burns. Do not think that when things start going badly wrong with the climate that the deniers will disappear or inertia overcome? Correcting Fisheries policy takes a trillionth of the science and a small fraction of the money and we’ve done squat. When it all comes home to roost  the deniers will point out the hopelessness and suggest we dance all the way to hell, they maybe right at that point.

One caveat for fatuous Western people who read bollocks like the Daily Mail don’t assume we have the wealth when the resources start drying up to buy up what is left. The West owes money and who do you think we owe it to? Do you think when food is in short supply they will let us buy it up with their money?

We can read Piers Morgan’s top 100 celebrities today in the wretched Mail. When he updates this list in 10 years time it will be used to wrap modified plankton and jellyfish and chips.

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Dec 30

One of the side effects of Yahoo is that it shows headlines from a range of papers and occasionally my inner train-spotter has to read what the sewer minds of the Mail readers get as a daily treatment.

Reading the occasional piece of garbage does show the current apartheid system whereby people just seek out views and news that backs up their prejudices. Equally news providers spin the news to suit a strata of the populace. Thus the Mail had a tortuous story about how nasty Harriet Harman was moving fire stations from middle class areas to be nearer the unwashed. It read like class hatred by her and the comments from its reader were all pretty nasty about Harman.

Now I don’t need much prompting to bash Harman and New Labour but moving fire stations to near where old poor people still have a chip pans and people are more likely to have fires is not a class issue, it’s sensible. They spun a story where the Govt showed sense, one of the few from New Labour recently, to one that is class warfare.

Really when the media accuse New Labour of spin it really is the pot calling the kettle black. In terms of the Tories v New Labour how can anyone get so exorcised about the difference between 2 parties who will now: keep fighting whatever war their US puppet masters tell them to: slash public spending including public sector pensions: retain the brutal expense of PFI: do nothing about climate change until the Americans tell them to: leave the Bank of England to set interest rates. It makes the hate and bile towards the so called ‘Socialist’ Harman on the basis of a sensible policy even more ridiculous. Seriously it’s the narcissism of small differences.

Other side issues are why women read a paper that clearly shouts down any woman who sets out to do anything but look after kids. It would absolutely hate what most of its readers do in their lives. I guess the MC that read that shit don’t have a self awareness button or maybe have such deeply ingrained self loathing that they are hopeless cases.

Indeed even when sane people pointed out in the comments that having fire engines near fires made sense the readers continued their rant – and expressed displeasure at anyone using sense as a guide. The point being media writes to prejudice and few absorb or critically assess the factual content of what they are reading. For all the new media and opinion people appear to want mere summations of gut prejudice not rationality or fair minded debate.

Personally it also makes sense to sell the fire stations in middle class areas for the real estate profits. Indeed with the poles in place they’d make great lap dancing places and be very near where their middle class clientèle is – the cuckolded husbands of Mail reading wives – hags and fishwives as people call them.

Lap dancing is probably an issue Harman and the Mail agree on as well.

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