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WORKFARE

WORKFARE

The NET result of the foaming,  hysteria against this workfare project is that:

A) thousands of people on benefits who might have got out of the house to do something useful won’t, but will remain at home or kicking around the streets picking up their benefits ad infinitum for doing nothing.

B) a proportion of those thousands will not be offered a job at the end of their placements as their might have had a chance of being had the companies involved not caved in to the baying, self-righteous “leftist” “human rights – we hate ‘capitalists’ brigade.

BRILIANT.

But it all reveals a deeper malaise, all this idiotic public v private lunacy.

The fact of the matter is:

A) All those in the public sector are (unless employed by councils as “Diversity Officers”, hands-off “managers” and similar bollocks) doing something to fulfil a public NEED. They are working FOR the public directly.

B) All those in the prvate sector are working because someone is trying to make money by fulfilling OTHER kinds of need. By so doing, they pay TAX which finances all those working in the public sector. In other words, the nasty, greedy, capitalist urge to employ people to make money both provides goods and services that people THEMSELVES decide they want and/or need AND pays all the money for those PUBLIC services that some government or council DECIDES on their behalf they need or want, whether they REALLY need or want it at all.

Ergo, the eternal lunatic leftist foaming of “private bad – public good” is ludicrous. We really ARE “all in this together”. No doubt some would like the economy to be run entirely by and for the “public.” Well, it’s been tried in various places. IT DOES NOT WORK. Not only does it not work; it leads to poverty and misery – and of course in the case of Cuba – happiness, but Cuba is a special case as we know. The point is, that a private company providing goods and/or services that people REALLY want is ALSO WORKING “FOR THE PUBLIC”. Why there are some who simply cannot grasp this bleedin’ obvious fact is a mystery.

As for ABUSE, it happens in both public AND private sectors. The only difference is that in the private sector it tends to get exposed and corrected more often than in the public sector, where waste, corrruption and inefficiency often become endemic and institutionalised.

The great problem in the world is greed, both for money and for power over other people, and in many cases over other people’s minds (see Iran, NK etc). US society is disintegrating because of it. ANY government’s prime duties is to root it out. Brown not only did not root it out; he encouraged it – some of course would say just as Thatcher did.

However, a certain amount of “greed” is desirable. It produces the ambition to work hard to improve one’s lot, without which THERE ARE NO PROFITS TO PAY FOR YOUR BELOVED PUBLIC SERVICES. As ever, it is when things are taken to EXCESS that there are problems.

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Is Cuba a Dictatorship?

When will you accept that the political system in Cuba (which you call a Dictatorship) is more democratic than most self-proclaimed democracies?

When there is respect for the UN Charter of Human Rights in “free association”, meaning the right to form political groups opposed to the ruling clique and when ordinary people have a say in a secret and fair ballot in the choice of party and/or leader of their country.

The fact that other countries may have defective democracies does not by any sort of contrast or comparison you care to make have any relevance to and/or justification for what happens in Cuba. Having a secret vote as described above is a sine qua non, even if other elements are desirable if not equally essential.

This isn’t complicated, though apparently many continue to struggle with it.

As for your “When I am convinced ….” the intellectual poverty of this argument is breathtaking. If a feeble-minded person watched the North Korean army goose-stepping around and/or thousands of flower-garlanded kids strutting about in perfect formation on the Day of National Celebration then that same feeble-minded person might also be “convinced” that the regime had mass support. Perhaps it does, since they have been brainwashed for 60 years since the Yanks gave up trying to free them in the face of the opposing support of our current best trading partner and the country to which the French IMF stooge Lagarde and others are currently holding out the begging bowl.

Your “convictions” are worthless. I believe Gaddafi was convinced of his people’s love. “The people love me,” he said. HILARIOUS! When you have a ruling clique then the people have no CHOICE,

Dictatorship? not complicated – from Merrien-Webster.

A) a form of government in which absolute power is concentrated in a dictator or a small clique

B) a government organization or group in which absolute power is so concentrated

The Cuban dictatorship may be even considerably (as I acknowledge) more benign than some we could mention. You are of course even  free to argue that the USA is an effective dictatorship of the rich and powerful. Fine. But as I have said, what happens in country A) is not related to how it is in country B) and evil though country B) might be that does not justify not doing it right in country A).

Sorry if this is all too logical for some people who of course are happier with their convictions rather than actual fact.

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2012 in Core Thought, Politics

 

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Is Man Insane?

Some information gleaned from a “National Geographic” prog, one the few English transmissions we get down here in Freiburg

  • Greenland and the Arctic are melting and the process is accelerating. Melting water slips down the crevasses under the glaciers and lubricates them into acceleration into the sea. There seems on the face of it nothing happening to halt this. If the whole of Greenland’s ice melted, this alone would raise the sea level worldwide by twenty-three feet.
  • Previously it was thought that a rise in sea level of this magnitude might occur by 2100. Now some scientists believe it could happen as early as 2050.
  • Until recently, scientists believed that the Antarctic (which has FAR more ice than the Arctic and Greenland) was immune to the melting mechanisms occurring at the other pole: now they are realizing that this was a false assumption, as satellite measurements clearly show large areas of melting glaciers and ice there also. In this case, the problem is less water getting under glaciers than falling down crevices that do not reach to the bottom. As this falling water freezes it cracks the ice open and facilitates its movent to end up in the sea.
  • The global climate is changing faster than at any time in the past 10,000 years.
  • The 8 warmest years on record have occurred since 1998.
  • In the past 100 years, sea level has already risen between 5 and 9 inches and it is still going up.
  • There were more hurricanes in 2005 than in any other year on record, thought to be due to increased temperatures.
  • Within the last decade, there were outbreaks of both malaria and dengue fever in the US as temperatures rise.
  • Heat waves are gaining in intensity and frequency. Europe’s 2003 heat wave caused an estimated 35,000 deaths.
  • Graphs showing global temperature rise and CO2 levels over millions of years show an eerie correlation – these stats are derived largely from examining drilled-out ice cores.
  • There are sixteen million new cars on the road every year.
  • Chins is opening one coal-fired power station every week.
  • Most countries are actively seeking to exploit more fossil fuels where possible. As the ice-caps melt, even formerly inaccessible areas are in the line of fire, not to mention off Cuba and soon The Falkland Islands among others, not to mention vast shale-fracking in the USA. (which some have said will soon make the USA an oil exporter ….)
  • 60% of the world’s population lives within 60 miles of a coast and will be severely affected both by rising sea levels and more frequent and powerful storms.

Strangely, GW has gone off the front pages recently. I believe this to be due to:

A) our preoccupation with the short-term and particular how much money we have – the most surreally hilarious aspect of which being Madame Lagarde (the well-known French stooge in the IMF) handing out the begging bowl to poorer Asian countries who are supposed to help bail out basically rich but idiotic Europe “for their own good” so that we can buy more cheap stuff off them

B) our low boredom threshold – we always need something new either to wear, to drink or to worry about – hence the success of marketers – not enough people care about next year, let alone the next century

Both A and B) are really the bleedin’ obvious, but some might not have grasped this even so.

And in another National Geographic prog comes the news that the once-pristine, searingly-hot but starkly-beautiful Sahara is becoming increasingly polluted to the point where many camels are dying though ingesting rubbish left by tourists and other visitors. This is of course eerily analogous to the situation in the oceans, where beautiful and totally innocent fish die through eating or becoming trapped in plastic and other materials.

Conclusion: Homo Sapiens is insane and does not deserve to survive.

Clarification: Not ALL men are insane, but the SANE ones aren’t doing enough to control the rest. Nothing new there, then.

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2012 in Core Thought

 

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Greece – European Shame

Chris – CALM DOWN

Greece is bankrupt because:

The country LIED about its stats to get into the euro and one of the chief LIARS is the current UNELECTED PM, who was responsible as Governor of the Bank of Greece for preparing his country’s entry into the euro.

EVERYONE KNEW it was all lies but nobody CARED. (well, I did ….)

Germany and France almost immediately BROKE THEIR OWN RULES about debt.

They then did NOTHING as their banks lent INSANE AMOUNTS to Greece.

The EU (aka Germanay and France – the only ones who count) have now UNDEMOCRATICALLY removed the Greek PM and dumped an ex ECB/EU/Goldman-Sachs crony onto the Greek people to carry out its wishes – JESUS CHRIST, it’s like something out of the Nazi Gauleiter period.

This person has NO LEGITIMACY WHATSOEVER. Not only that, he is coming out with statements such as “This violence has no place in a democracy.” HE DOES NOT COMPREHEND DEMOCRACY

“Democracy”???

– NOBODY IN THE EU HAS VOTED FOR A EUROPEAN SUPERSTATE, yet this is their agenda. The EU is DESTROYING democracy. The people are treated with UTTER CONTEMPT. When the ELECTED Greek PM said he would take the proposals to a referendum of his people HE WAS SACKED BY THE EU.

– The Greek economy and middle class are being destroyed. Anti-German sentiment is very high (and NOT JUST IN GREECE); the EU itself is under threat.

– The people RESPONSIBLE for all this = the EU, Germany and France and the Greek political elite are now DICTATING to the Greek people what they (the latter) must do).

– As far as I am aware NOT ONE SINGLE PERSON IN THE EUROPEAN ELITE has been held accountable for this shambles. ON THE CONTRARY, one of the chief architects of it all has been made UNELECTED PRIME MINISTER OF HIS COUNTRY by an OUTSIDE ORGANISATION in order to enact the wishes of the latter, which are principally to A) save their banks and B) their UNMANDATED EUROPEAN SUPERSTATE PROJECT.

AND YOU WANT ME TO CALM DOWN IN THE FACE OF THIS FASCISM?

I am not sure you realize what a horrendous crime has been committed against the people of Europe.

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2012 in European Union

 

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GREECE UPDATE

Greece is going well. The political elite that got their country into this shambles have agreed to massive austerity and misery for their people to save the eurozone. But, MOST SIGNIFICANTLY, they have signed pledges that NO FUTURE GOVERNMENT of the country will be able to CHANGE the decision they took last night.

One has to ask therefore what is the POINT of a future general election in Greece, since the elected parliament will not be able to decide on the most critical aspect of Greece’s future.

THIS IS THE WAY THE EU FUNCTIONS, just as they dumped the elected Greek PM in favour of a lying EU/ECB/G-S technocrat.

Of course, one might say that these written pledges have about as much valaditity as one of Brown’s predictions about “growth”. We’ll see.

Oh, and the cunning plan of Germany is that the Greeks won’t even SEE any of the bailout money. This will go DIRECT to the creditors so that none of it can disappear into the Greek economic black hole. Greece will still eventually default, but AT LEAST THE GERMAN TAXPAYERS WILL HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE OF PAYING OFF THEIR IDIOTIC BANKS THAT OVERLENT TO GREECE; Isn’t that comforting?

ONLY THE TAXPAYER is the loser. Now WHERE have I heard that before?

All of this is frankly disgusting and quasi-fascist, but most people don’t seem bothered much. England v France is much more important than democracy in Europe of course.

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2012 in Core Thought, European Union

 

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Labournomics

Labournomics:

1) It’s only money – we can always print, borrow or tax more of it.

2) It’s not OUR OWN money, so the cost of anything whatsoever is irrelevant.

3) ergo (The GPB&BP is nothing if not logical) Any old ludicrous contract we sign mortgaging the future is irrelevant.

4) We must keep our chaps onside, so we’ll pay OTT to all civil servants, doctors, senior judges etc, including insane pensions and bonuses.

5) By the time this lunacy is found out, we’ll be departed on our index-linked pensions probably running some Brussels Commission or international quango as a “statesman”, or in Blair’s case giving speeches and advising people on how to lie convincingly.

WELL DONE LABOUR.   From “The Telegraph”:

Executives at Royal Mail, which is still publicly owned, could be in line for some of the biggest “performance awards” in the coming months. Last year, Moya Greene, the chief executive, was given £142,000 in addition to her £498,000 basic salary.

Ministers are thought to have been angered by the refusal of some senior Whitehall officials to waive their “contractual” right to bonuses this year. However, in many government departments, contracts agreed by the previous Labour administration are being renegotiated, giving the Coalition an opportunity to intervene. In several departments and public bodies, at least the top quarter of workers automatically qualify for performance-related payments. (Ed. WHATEVER THEIR “PERFORMANCE”)

One Whitehall source said: “Thousands of public sector workers now basically expect to receive a bonus every year regardless of how well they perform. “The whole system has got completely out of kilter. It’s about time it is addressed.”

It is understood that one area of concern is the payment of bonuses to doctors and other medical professionals.The Department of Health recently disclosed that some of its staff receive lucrative “clinical excellence awards” which are automatically paid each year. One Department of Health official received a payment worth £75,796 last year. More than 18 others received more than £35,000 each.

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2012 in Politics, UK

 

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NEWS ROUNDUP

AID: Apparently India ASKED us to stop giving them the ONE BILLION of aid but we insisted on continuing it even though they can afford nuclear weapons and one of the world’s most sophisticated aircraft. Well done chaps in the HOC. The Indians don’t want our peanuts but apparently it makes us feel moral to force it on them. Still, giving 30,000 GBP in benefits to a Rumanian immigrant also seems to make us feel moral. No wonder 10% of the Rumanian population is flocking to Britain to bathe in the glow of this wondrous morality.

ARMS: The only reason the Indians preferred the Rafale is apparently becuse it has loads of weapons that the eurofighter hasn’t yet got (because we can’t afford them – a bit like the aircraft-carriers with no planes, which I at first thought was a joke) and though we promise it will have them by 2018 the Indians don’t believe us …….

WHIPLASH: The UK is apparently the whiplash champion of the world with 1500 claims per day, even though most cars now have head restraints and many of these claims are for “accidents” happening at less than 5 mph. In Germany, you cannot make a whiplash claim for any “crash” under this speed, though I suppose introducing this in the UK would simply mean that the criminals staging these accidents would only make sure the speeds were higher. Apparently the Transport Minister is “going to do something” about this ludicrous situation. Locking up for 10 years hard labour on the Mull of Kintyre a few of the fraudulent doctors certifying these whiplash claims might help. Where is Fatso Clarke when you need him? Probably working out how many prisoners he’s going to free before they’ve done half their sentence.

LIB-DEMS: One newspaper article claimed that more Lib-Dems would like to be like Chris Huhne. Well, at least politics is funny. Of course, he is innocent until proven guilty, but as far as MPs are concerned it might be more realistic to make up a new law saying that they are all guilty until proven innocent. I did note that Huhne is described as being “very clever”, which of course just goes to show tht cleverness per se can be overrated. And getting your wife to lie for you to the Old Bill and then unceremoniously dumping her isn’t really THAT clever, is it? Meanwhile, 100 Tories are revolting over absurdly-high subsidies to solar energy firms and Osborne comes out with this surreally-ludicrous piece of blue-rinse insanity: “We’re not going to save the planet by putting our country out of business,” the Chancellor declared. “So let’s at the very least resolve that we’re going to cut our carbon emissions no slower but also no faster than our fellow countries in Europe.” How are the wind turbines doing in this weather by the way? When it snows do the blades fling off snow all around? Must be fun for the kids.

Oh, David Laws is predicted to return soon, public memories of stealing their money reckoned to last no more than a year or so (He resigned as chief secretary to the Treasury in May 2010 after it emerged he had used taxpayer-funded allowances to pay some £40,000 in rent to his partner.) No wonder Mandelscum was able to resign twice for wrong-doing but still get a plum job in Brussels and now return as a Lord. Can anyone name me ONE BENEFIT that has accrued to Britain for the 100,000 GBP plus and counting that is paid for Scummy to do his Lording? Just ONE?

The IMF (aka extension of the French Finance Ministry): wants billions more to bail out the euro and those nasty, evil capitalist Tories are trying to block this so the money can be spent on our own immigrants and aid to India. Pretty beastly. How selfish can you get? After all, the fact that A) the euro is based on lunatic economics, a pack of lies and an undemocratic obsession with creating a United States of Europe, B) the sooner it collapses so that it can be reformed the better and C) the UK is already as near bankrupt as Brown could manage is neither here nor there. What is Little Ed’s policy on this, BTW? I’m not up to speed on that, though usually it is whatever is opposed to the Tories.

MT: Oxford dons are apparently objecting to a new facility being named after the Iron Lady, even though that’s what the 15 million GBP donor wants. You must be well off if you are prepared to turn down vast sums out of political spite. And of course, the fact that the British electorate voted her in three times doesn’t count – anyone who votes Tory is perforce insane. Mind you, the same goes for Blair, so perhaps we ARE insane. On the other hand, a minority voted for Brown, so that diminishes the insanity quotient a tad.

RELIGION: Apparently, Bishops now feel it is now necessary to start a campaign for the right of people to wear a crucifix. How things have changed since the Spanish Inquisition. I can’t see any objection to crosses, as long as they don’t totally obscure the face of course. Ugly though some faces may be, I still feel one should be able to see faces of one’s fellow man – or rather woman.

SYRIA: The fascist regime now has the green light from two of the world’s other nastiest regimes to continue massacring Syrians. Next step is probably the carpet-bombing of the usual cities: Homs, Daraa, Hama – actually, just about anywhere. Time to feed arms into the country so the people can defend themselves – a bit like Cuba tried with Columbia of course, except that that was only to subject the people to more dictatorship. Which reminds me, what is Cuba’s take on the UN resolution? I must do some research.

CRICKET: The Pakistanis have clearly doctored the pitch as well as the ball. When we bat it turns and fizzes all over the place but when they bat it’s as docile as a sleeping cow. How do they do that? I have a large bet on KP getting out for under 10 runs. Not very good odds at around 5,000 to 1 on, but still pretty good value.

RUGGER: Murrayfield is never exactly a doddle even though the Scots are more fearsome with a claymore and haggis in their hands. So, well done to the untried, unknown bunch of youngsters who proved they can at least defend well. Didn’t see a lot of fizzing threes action though. Still, a win is a win by any other name.

Have a good day – let’s hope that by the end of it that A) the Israelis haven’t yet attacked Iran B) Assad hasn’t wiped out another city C) the Russians haven’t sent an armoured brigade to “defend Syria’s sovereignty” D)loads more Tibetan monks haven’t set fire to themselves in protest at the ethnic-swamping of their country by our major trading partners and E) various motley EU nincompoops haven’t announced that a Greek debt deal is nearly done – as it has been for the past two months.

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2012 in Britain

 

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