"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

++ Breaking ++ Major Explosion At Gibraltar Dockyard

++ Breaking ++ Major Explosion At Gibraltar Dockyard


I don't know whether this is a round-up or an overview - don't suppose it matters. Here are a few of the things I've found out today:

The freeganism & "theft by finding" case has been adjourned until 20 June. The judge said: "This is a far more serious matter than I first thought." Food was thrown out by Tesco after a power failure at the store and was destined for landfill. A petty and pointless prosecution.

A new report on EU involvement in American politics has been published. Thousands of euros are being spent trying to win friends and influence people - money goes to support various lobby groups. That's 'our' money, as if we need reminding.

David Gauke, Treasury Minister, and Dave Hartnett, boss of HMRC misled Parliament about Vodafone's tax avoidance scam.

Taylor gets 12 months. It's about time people like this thieving Lord were automatically stripped of their titles on conviction of a criminal offence. At the moment there is no such provision.

Politicians are more than twice as likely to go to jail than the Man on the Clapham Omnibus.

The Electoral Commission is to investigate Chris Huhne for offences under the Representation of the People Act 1983.

As the government tells Londoners to 'get out of town' for the Olympics it clearly has no intention of doing so itself since 9,000 tickets have been ordered for events. "3,000 will be set aside for for civil servants and other officials, who will have the chance to buy tickets from the reserved pool. Another 6,000 will be available for Ministers and top officials to entertain "international and domestic political and business leaders, dignitaries and others with a close connection to the Games"." I bet they're looking forward to trying out those zil lanes for themselves.

Olympic 2012 staff on fixed contracts are to get redundancy pay-outs. Most days I can't believe what I'm typing up and today's no exception.

There have been accusations of treason in the Greek Parliament as debate hots up about the involvement of the ECB/IMF/EU troika and Goldman Sachs.

Cameron breaks ties with the Jewish National Fund, a Jewish charity since 1901. Of course, it was the Guardian wot won it (says the Guardian).

The Treasury Select Committee could publish the full, uncensored PWC report into the collapse of RBS but won't, on the advice of Adair Turner, head of the FSA, who says it wouldn't be in the public interest. Oh, I think it would.

The Egyptian Army has admitted to carrying out virginity checks on arrested protesters. "We didn't want them to say we had sexually assaulted or raped them, so we wanted to prove that they weren't virgins in the first place." Presumably the morale of this story for the Egyptian Army is if she's a virgin, don't rape her but if she's not... ... There's no denial of rape allegations. The General said: "The girls who were detained were not like your daughter or mine."

Some universities are colluding with the police by handing over cctv tapes & personal data of students. The message is: Don't protest.

A third of rapists and murderers in the UK are foreigners and £34m was spent on translators for victims, suspects and witnesses last year.

How can any Minister in this government hold their head up high? The MoD is now renting ships from the Norwegians.

Here's an update on the YouTube censorship row. Any blogger can tell you what's happening. (Perhaps you'd better watch yesterday's videos before they too 'disappear').

Two from Indianapolis: The Supreme Court repealed part of Magna Carta and ruled that homeowners have no right to resist illegal entry by police; Indiana Supreme Court receives threatening emails and phone calls.

Re-defining definitions. The EU, again. When is a document not a document?

Europe's problems go way beyond Greece. I don't think we need a leading economist to tell us that, although perhaps the EU's finance ministers do.

UK gives another £1.4bn in aid for Pakistan. "The one-million-strong Pakistani community in UK serves as a bridge between the two countries," said Prime Minister Syed Gilani.

The Belgian supermarket, Carrefours, has withdrawn a brand of toilet paper from sale because horoscope images looked similar to Arabic words - Allah and Mohammed.

I wonder why we have so many uninsured drivers.

Just say NO!

A blog post about MK-Ultra and its successors.

Quote of the Day:

"I've always been an exhibitionist. I want everyone to look at me when I'm out."

And they do, dear, they surely do. She should read THIS. If you want to see more of the 'aspiring model' (not advised) go HERE.

EU Wants 5-10% of GDP

There's not a lot I can say after a post title like that.

A "special committee on the financial, economic and social crisis" (un-named so that could very well be its title) has reported to Parliament that the answer to the near-collapse of the euro is deeper economic and political integration. To fund this they've suggested the creation of an EU Treasury with each member state contributing between 5% and 10% of GDP to the EU budget.

Good luck with selling that one to the British people, Cameron.

Of course, it really isn't about improving the economy of Europe, of job creation, red tape reduction or improving the quality of life for European people. It's all about "maintaining or improving [the EU's] position in the world," according to Wolfgang Klinz, a German Liberal MEP who chairs the committee.

The report will be debated and voted on by all MEPs in July.

Go on, I dare you. We'll be waiting.
avatars: animated images: cats: Cat Files it's nails

The People's Pledge: Going Local In London

The People's Pledge is a cross-Party movement launching the first phase of a long-term public pressure campaign to build demand for an EU referendum amongst voters in Britain's most marginal constituencies. A series of activities in an initial group of target seats is planned with the aim of signing up more people in each marginal constituency than the sitting MP has majority.

By making sure voters know where their MP stands on an EU referendum, and by building strong local demand for a say on Britain's future relationship with the EU, the People’s Pledge will pile pressure on MPs and, ultimately, their rival candidates to also sign the Pledge and support an EU referendum.

Forthcoming dates:

7 June: Hendon: Majority 106
9 June: Brent Central: Majority: 1345
14 June: Hampstead and Kilburn: Majority: 42
16 June: Ealing Central: Majority: 3716
17 June: Ealing North: Majority: 9251
25 June: Sutton and Cheam (Saturday): Majority: 1608
28 June: Streatham: Majority: 3259
30 June: Watford: Majority: 1425
2 July: Hammersmith (Saturday): Majority:3549
5 July: Islington South and Finsbury:- Majority: 3569
7 July: Kingston and Surbiton: Majority: 7560
12 July: Brentford and Isleworth: Majority: 1958
14 July: Enfield North: Majority: 1692

If you can help by handing out leaflets contact Chris Bruni-Lowe on chris@peoplespledge.org or just go along, sign up and offer support. There are some useful downloads available on their website including a sign-up form to get family and friends involved (one signs up ten, each signs up another ten and so on - easy to see how this can snowball very quickly).

I'm not 'on' Facebook; it's taken me years to succumb to Twitter and even that's a step on a rocky precipice as far as I'm concerned but there's also a Facebook group for those who are interested. Alternatively, or as well as, you can also sign up for an emailed newsletter, which is where this info came from.

Ministers and MPs are fond of saying that the EU isn't an issue for British voters but I believe they're either stupid or lying. We have to make sure they're in no doubt about our views and aren't able to slide away from addressing the problems. We must make them accountable to us, not Party Whips.

Monday, 30 May 2011

Around The World In May








Meanwhile, in Germany, the tables are turned:

The Yemen

And in Britain: ?

Another EU tax grab on Britain
Frontex to guard UK borders?
"Bradford is inbred"
Overseas Aid: buying popularity abroad

It's With Us

More precisely, it's with America and will be here sooner than we think.

FAST is the American equivalent of Europe's ADABTS and it's just undergone its first round of field tests in NE America. Results analysis is ongoing and there will be further field tests to come as excited researchers lick their lips in anticipation of yet another technological advance furthering the progress of mankind.

FAST = Future Attribute Screening Technology
ADABTS = Automatic Detection of Abnormal Behaviour and Threats in crowded Spaces

I first blogged about ADABTS HERE. It works by analysing what they call 'multimodal signals' such as body language, facial expressions, speech intonation and so on. It's nice to see that the Home Office Scientific Development Branch is having a hand in developing ADABTS, presumably so that the UK can be in it but not run by it. However, I'm still not clear whether we'll be actors, players or stakeholders; maybe the EU should add the word 'patsies' to their list of descriptives.

When news of this technology first came to light in 2009 NeoConOpticon carried this quote in a short article:
In response, defence expert Ko Colijn says the alarming tone of Hayes’ report is “a bit exaggerated”. Colijn points out that the EU does not have the authority to create a “well-oiled Orwellian society” even if it wanted to. It will be up to the individual member states to decide what is implemented. “Many projects will fall by the leeway.”
I think we can see that Colijm was unduly casual about the implications: what the EU wants, the EU gets and, as in so many other instances, the UK is either a staunch supporter or a prime mover.
"ADABTS aims to facilitate the protection of EU citizens, property and infrastructure against threats of terrorism, crime, and riots, by the automatic detection of abnormal human behaviour. Current automatic detection systems have limited functionality, struggling to make inferences about the acceptability of human behaviour."
PS I see that the original file in my post linked to above has gone awol; this happens so often now that it's becoming quite unremarkable to find info wiped or hidden.

ADABTS .pdf leaflet
More acronyms A 100-page .pdf: "Towards a more secure society and increased industrial competitiveness"
H/t: Activist Post for the heads-up on FAST.

UPDATE: I understand it's Memorial Day today in America: "In all, since 1775 over 1,316,000 men and women have sacrificed their lives for our country." It's a sobering thought when you look around at what's happening now.

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Light Relief

Here's some humour, sort of, because it's been a strange day - a cat doing a Tommy Cooper impression, broken washing machine, tea made without tea, a broken tooth and don't get me started on the vacuum cleaner:

Pic for a dating profile


From HERE and HERE

Why Europrats Don't Understand Us

Click to enlarge

Well, Knock Me Down...

My blog's been censored. The story I wrote about the Lawful Rebellion group in Birkenhead at the beginning of March has been removed, completely.

On Twitter someone posted a link from Press TV talking about the government suppressing news and the YouTube videos so I chipped in with a link to one of my old posts about it which led me to this: Kerfuffle in Birkenhead. But, if that's the case, why haven't they gone for THIS?

What's happened, where has it gone and why didn't I receive any notification? I'd like to hear from anyone who has a simple, non-conspiratorial, non-government censorship angle on this one. Perhaps I'm still dreaming?

And what about my other posts that weren't re-instated after Blogger's downtime earlier this month? (The reason I double-blog at WP now and it's just as well - Kerfuffle in Birkenhead is HERE). Don't forget to back up your blogs every night!

Sunday Reflection

Sunday Round-up

It must be me - these are the most interesting headlines this morning:

Twitter cave in: South Tyneside councillors force Twitter to hand over details of British users. Hundreds of thousands of pounds of taxpayers' cash used in California legal action to disclose identities behind @fatcouncillor, @cllrdavidpotts, @councillorahmedkhan, @councillorkhan and @ahmedkhan01.
Another day, another injunction. The sex discrimination case, the married executive and "one of Britain's top public bodies involved in law & order".
Ashton's EEAS oversteps the mark. EC & EEAS "are going beyond their remit to speak for the EU, by claiming to speak on Britain's behalf on a range of issues which are more properly sovereign concerns."
NATO naval HQ in Northwood under threat as NATO plans closure of two of its three maritime command centres.
Dannatt warns about Defence cuts "An Army as small as 80,000 would find it very hard to be credible."
SAS capture two Taliban leaders in dawn raid - no shots fired.
Bedtime & bath-time advice given to Police Forces. If you want to know about sandwich-fillings, ask a policeman.
Salmond's hope for Scotland: to become "the Saudi Arabia of renewable energy". Energy exports to underpin economy of an independent Scotland.
Deutsche Bank advises Treasury?? Bank advises Treasury to privatise Northern Rock.
Cameron tightens grip on so-called A-list candidates and he's ruled out more open primaries after voters elected 'wrong person' last time. Remember THIS? Now it's THIS. "I'll tell you what; we're not having any more open primaries!"
Cameron not backing Lansley on NHS reforms. Lansley worked on the reforms for eight years while he was Shadow Health Minister - how can Cameron say he wasn't aware of the policy?
NHS could save £40m pa "Simple changes" to surgery procedures could save cash.
Scotland Yard & phone hacking The game of finding someone to blame begins.
Shoesmith could have been fired legally without compensation if Haringey had followed correct procedure.
Young guns for hire. The rise of the child contract killers.
Huhne refuses to co-operate with the police. This follows his wife's refusal to make a formal statement.
Secret plans to cut compensation to victims of crime   Civil servants are examining cheaper schemes around Europe before committing to a new set of tariffs for victims of crime.
No agreement on Party funding £50k cap on donations "would bankrupt Labour" who rely on Union funding.
Uni lecturers back the burkha "Delegates will cite as further evidence of Islamophobia the Swiss referendum decision to forbid the construction of minarets on mosques."
From the 27th: Opening debate on Tower Hamlets' muslims. "Little that is good or remotely heart-warming is happening there."
Queen to Obama: “Oh no, not really. All I wanted to say was 'thank you'.”
Festival of Shakespeare planned for Olympics 2012

Monaco GP: 1937

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Once More Unto The Breach, Dear Friends

Come on then, let we few, we happy few, we band of brothers, get all Shakespearean on the EU's @rse and find out what they've been doing.

Apaches for Libya.  Old news but included because I first heard this on the radio last week: it was announced by a French Defence Minister.
Everyone's a victim now. Police chief accused of corruption counter-sues for slander/libel.
Burglar freed to care for children - HRC "We submit that the judge erred in law in failing to have proper or any regard to the children that he was the sole carer for."
British unskilled bear the brunt as migrants flood the country
Measles outbreak across UK
Nazi uniforms banned at WW2 re-enactment
"I saw Live Aid and I'm sticking to my promise" If only he'd read the comments there and HERE. I think he must have a deathwish.
Watch out for E.Coli  Germans blame Spanish cucumbers for virus that killed three and hospitalised hundreds.
This one passed me by: European Obesity Day. The WHO describes the situation as "an epidemic" and warns about the effect on businesses and pressure on healthcare. Got to look after those work units!
Europe's regions to be further divided into three categories defined by wealth.  More glorified wealth re-distribution.
Comparisons between Scotland and Catalonia: Are we on the way to a world of confederate states?
Towards a federal Britain.  "A federal Britain would be a more diverse and stable environment for investment and economic development."
More allegations of plagiarism as the EU Regional Policy Commissioner also stands accused.
Regulating just because they can: the EU's cookie directive.
Former MPC member Blanchflower: "Euro debt default is inevitable". He speculates about France and Spain.
Fitch credit ratings agency has Belgium in its sights.
Herman's Happiness Speech. "In order to convince Europe's citizens that the endeavours of these times are worthwhile, this is the moment for Europe to invest in a new, enticing economic and political dream."  Can't wait.
Unlabelled cloned meat, milk & dairy now available across the EU. The FSA shelved proposals that would have required it to go through a safety assessment.
In a vote last month to freeze their pay & perks the Labour MEPs voted against, the LibDems abstained and the Conservatives & UKIP voted in support.
MEPs' wishlist includes a 5% budget increase, an end to national rebates & 'own resources' (aka direct taxation). Spending on cohesion & agriculture to be maintained at current levels.

Highlights of a debate: "Germany no longer needs Europe: the dream is over"
Hannan & Stuart -v- Garton-Ash & Giscard-d'Estaing

Finally, here's Herman's haiku for Japan:
"The three disasters
Storms turn into a soft wind.
A new, humane wind."

Not bad, but he should spend more time polishing his technique because it's not a match for this:

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our English dead.
In peace there's nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility:
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger;
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,
Disguise fair nature with hard-favour'd rage;
Then lend the eye a terrible aspect...

Henry V, Act 3, Scene 1

Post Of The Week

This week it comes from the Runnymede Institute who asks whether a form of Stockholm Syndrome is holding back UK protest and revolution.

Governments could pull the plug on chicanery at the drop of a hat but neither the majority of the public nor the financial services community would tolerate such a thing due to the greater catastrophe that’s sure to ensue. Shapers of New Labour’s societal-wrecking policies knew since before 1997 that they would require a great amount of legislation (4,238) in preparation for the day John Bull was rudely awakened from his slumber, the day he realised whose interest all the politicians actually represent.

Rigging financial services rules was a top priority for Blair and his cronies during the credit boom. Shopaholics and owners of a lot of ‘stuff’ now find that it ‘owns’ them rather than the other way around. People got on the property ladder only to discover stealthy tax obligations that put some in nearly immediate negative equity. But one needs a roof over their head and everyone trudges on doing the best they can ‘hoping‘ things will ‘change‘ for the better when there’s realistically no end in sight.
You'll need to read the whole post to get the context but it's food for thought isn't it?  I'm heartened by the way the blogosphere, or at least our corner of it, is discussing 'referism' and democracy - we need to have a realistic & achievable goal.  The current political system obviously only benefits a few, not the majority.

The msm can sneer & belittle all it likes and the political parties may try to overpower it but politically-independent blogs will carry on.

W*nker Smith & The Disappearing Video

I've just noticed that a video I posted in March 2010 has been removed from YouTube by someone claiming copyright. Here's the same video albeit considerably shorter:

All Rise!

Please show some respect for the President of Reuritania and stand for the fanfare. Our Precious Leader concerns himself with the global economy, North Africa & the Middle East and has a special mention for Christine Lagarde.

Rejoice, comrades, when he tells us that "EU leaders and heads of governments have clearly shown that we will not let the euro fail. The EU economy is firmly on the path of recovery." Hooray for this year's bumper potato harvest.

G8 Summit

EC at Deauville


Two articles from the same paper which highlight the almost total disconnect between ordinary people and the politicians, particularly those responsible for justice in this country:

Severely wounded Para's compensation increased to £580k - after a legal battle

Foreign millionaire gets £372k for 6 days in the cells when implicated in SFO enquiries into BAE bribes

We can all see that something is badly wrong with the English judicial system yet our Westminster Assembly just doesn't have the will, or the capability, to tackle it. It's sheer madness.

A few years ago I'd have been impatiently champing at the bit and waiting for the next election, local or general, to change things round but now? Now I'm older and wiser. Nothing will change unless we make our voices heard.

Gil Scott-Heron RIP

Gil Scott-Heron, 1949 - 2011
(Apparently his father, Giles Gil Heron, played football for Glasgow Celtic in the 50s; he was known as The Black Arrow).

Friday, 27 May 2011

A Damning Headline

"In Oslo all sexual assaults involving rape in the past year have been have been committed by males of non-western background."

"This means that every single rape assault in the last five years where the rapist could be identified, was a man of foreign origin."

Vlad Tepes

Friday Post

Raedwald examines an aspect of one of the causes of political moribundity in this country: political funding. The only comment I'd add is that it isn't only the young who are "anti-Party" in the UK, in fact I'd argue that those who do remember the days of the grassroots associations and clubs have more reason to be anti-Party today.

Extract only:
"The gagging stench of cronyism and corruption, privilege and nepotism, avarice and self-seeking hangs heavy over our political parties. They have become remote metropolitan elites, bereft of local grass-roots membership and support and therefore utterly alien to a generation that has never known the old Conservative Associations of the '70s, the Liberal Clubs and Labour Federations.
"[...] the Committee is going through the unadvertised stage that follows the public enquiry and gathering of hundreds of thousands of words of evidence, the stage called 'behind closed doors political horse-trading' in which all the evidence is ignored whilst they hammer out a conclusion palatable to all three big parties. The Lib Dems, with far fewer than their (2009) 60,000 members nationally, are as bankrupt as Greece and are desperate for our tax money to fund them. They won't support a report that says 'No' to tax funding for the three big parties based on their last vote share. Labour are now wholly reliant on the Unions for funds, and won't sign up to a £50k cap on donations that includes the Unions. The views of the public, and of all those who took the trouble to contribute to the enquiry, count for nothing. This matter will be decided by the party HQs and the political class. To their own advantage. " 

Condell: Let's Blame The Jews

Well, I like it:

UPDATE: I thought you might like this too, on the same subject, which I found over at Vlad Tepes:

What Does This Mean?

liberalising, supporting, strengthening, multi-lateralising, clearly, clearly, clearly...

All I can see is a lot of hot air waffle and a lot of money flowing out. Still, at least it keeps them off street corners and out of trouble... oh, wait a minute...

There's a first time for everything so here's a link to an article at the BNP website. We all know that Barroso is an ex-Maoist but this is the first I've heard of the EC ruling that questions about the communist background of some Commissioners was inadmissible and not for discussion.


There was something wrong with my online radio connection this morning so I thought I'd check out the msm instead. Wish I hadn't. It's just old, regurgitated 'news'. Then I turned to Twitter where I find that a fair few of the people I'm following are doing the same thing - with normal people this is not so bad but when it's done by MPs and MEPs it's a bit worrying. Still, at least it shows that when they're not visiting libraries or schools in their constituencies they do read the papers from time to time, if only to see if they're mentioned.

And another thing. Why the surprised reaction when anyone with an ounce of common sense can see which way the wind's blowing?  THIS for example. Last year the coalition not only ring-fenced overseas aid but pledged to increase the budget and enshrine it in law. It was stupid at the time and it's still stupid now.

Historical revisionism is still all the rage and anything from Edward I (Hammer of the Scots) to the present day is ripe for an apology or presented in an unfavourable light. I was disheartened to see some people actually calling for a war crimes tribunal but perhaps I shouldn't have been surprised - this is the paper whose commenters rail against muslim extremists and sharia law but in the next breath call for 'an eye for an eye' in criminal justice.

I see Obama has signed off another four years of the Patriot Act via the wonders of modern technology. Something called the "autopen" allowed him to sign off this repressive piece of legislation in Washington despite the fact that he's in France.

As for the EU, well, what can you say about an institution that believes the way to harness the vibrancy and open-ness of free market enterprise is to regulate it? This entire misbegotten concept, that now has no reason to exist beyond its own self-perpetuation, is unsustainable. Look at any statement or press release by an EC Commissioner and you'll find that if it isn't announcing give-aways or issuing threats, it's talking about introducing more legislation.

(Sarkozy: Ugly in the 70's, twice as ugly now.  Whoops!  Just committed a crime under French law) .

Britain has been particularly hard hit by European-style politics. We have (had?) a system whereby rights do not derive from government as they do on the continent. The only way to 'harmonise' us was via infiltration and subversion - and they've done an excellent job.

I don't think we should kid ourselves that Cameron & Co will change things.  They've had plenty of opportunity to show their mettle and change direction, but they haven't.  I can only assume this is because things are going exactly as they want.

There is no political party or even an outsider who can lead us out of this mess. The change that must happen must come from us as individuals and we must be responsible for our own actions instead of looking to others. No-one will come.

I'm meandering off the point now and repeating myself so I'll leave it - it was just supposed to be a moan about the stale news we're fed day in and day out. The bottom line is that if you want real news the best bet is to check out the legislation in the pipeline and avoid the msm like the plague. You'll rarely find the truth from those whose jobs depend on toeing the party/press pack line.

Just one other thing - I'm also disgruntled at passing on two bits of important info to another blogger who then presented it as his own without acknowledgement. I know this is shallow and ego-driven of me, but I'm only human after all and some kind of thanks would have been appreciated; a private email would have done the trick.

TFIF!  It looks like I'll have to come up with a bit of humour for later.  Any political parties with preferential A-list candidates and a whipping system who want my vote at the next election can have this starter:

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Oh-oh. What Was He Thinking?

It's all very well Enda Kenny saying it was a done as a tribute to Obama but I think he should sack his speech-writer, or whoever thought it would be a good idea:

Captain Ranty-Freeman and Lawful Rebellion Practitioner: High Treason: Court Action Today-UPDATED

Captain Ranty-Freeman and Lawful Rebellion Practitioner: High Treason: Court Action Today-UPDATED

Why I Like Ashley Mote

There's about half an hour's viewing in these videos and not one word with which I disagree. It has been said before but needs repeating, endlessly, until the message reaches the majority of British people. Interesting to note that Mote is neither an MP nor an MEP.

"It falls to us... this is our country."

H/t: SirNyler

Ashley Mote website

What Has Europe Done For Us?

It's been a while since I posted a WHEDFU, mainly because I've given good links in previous posts and reckon that anyone who's interested will follow-up for themselves. Also, the press are beginning to report more on EU issues - how can they not when so much pours from Brussels that affects us. Another issue is simply that there's so much of it; I could spend all day every day blogging about the latest directive or initiative, the pan-european think-tanks and the structure and, frankly, I find that a depressing, wrist-slashing thought. I think there's a market out there for an at-least-weekly national newspaper which publishes eu-related articles without editorial input - just the facts about what's happening. I'd buy it!

Anyway, I've decided to keep WHEDFU going, if only because it provides an overview of the direction we're travelling in. Whoever continues to say that we aren't affected by the EU, or that we're not interested, is misguided. Here's the bare bones of the past few weeks:

Germany backs permanent EU seat in UNSC to detriment of British interests
De-industrialisation of the UK wins EU approval
European Arrest Warrant used against man with a bank overdraft
UK regulatory authority will be EU enforcer
Open Europe: What the EU’s financial supervisors will mean for the UK and the City of London
EU to re-write intellectual property law
Airbus A380 received illegal state aid
Barroso pledges an extra 1.34bn euros "to encourage democracy"
Poland thinks twice about adopting the Euro
Junker pressures Greece over 50bn euro privatisation programme
Greek fire-sale of public assets
Greece & the Goldman Sachs connection
Local authorities gain exemption from EU state aid scrutiny
Potocnik calls for collective action from Europeans to save the planet
Carbon pricing for ships & planes could fund EU climate change fund
EU-China trade war over paper tariffs
IMF praises Ireland's austerity measures
Europe must do more for Ireland says IMF
Merkel: Greeks, Portuguese & Spanish take too many holidays and retire too early
Tomorrow's G8 agenda: "The summit will start with lunch"
Cathy Ashton's "image" problem
New low for EU-Israel relations
Lingering problems for Kosovo
Trouble in the Sudan
'Schnappsomat' a hit with EU officials
Mark Seddon: When are the people going to get the referendum on the EU?

Citzalia: The re-launch

Finally, here's Herman's haiku on leaving China:

China of today
Reinvents itself anew.
Old, new, together.


Tuesday, 24 May 2011

They Won't Stop Trying

Tptb don't like the internet do they? If it isn't judges making rash threats to sue thousands of twitterers, it's politicians trying to rein it in.

Two things have happened today (apart from the injunction business). The first is Sarkozy who has said that governments need to lay down and enforce rules in the digital world. He was speaking at a conference organised by something called the "e-G8."

The second is that Obama's internet "kill-switch" is back on the agenda in Washington via the "Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act".

In the UK we have the IWF (Internet Watch Foundation) which, you'll be pleased to hear "operates independently of Government". But, wait a minute, they also say they're "closely supported by the Home Office, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Ministry of Justice as well as working with the Department for Children, Schools and Families and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and a number of Parliamentarians, Peers and MEPs who take an interest in our work." They're also partly funded by the EU.

Web searches, YouTube, Blogger, Groups, Videos were removed at the request of the British government between Jan and June 2010. (Click to enlarge)

See also:
Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA)
European companies developed Iran's internet-blocking technology
Government resurrects Labour's plan to log all our communications
"Hugely controversial ‘Big Brother’ plans to store details of every internet click, email and telephone call that we make are being revived by the Coalition, it emerged last night. Police, security services and other public bodies would be able to find out which websites a person had visited, and when, where and to whom a text or call was made."
They're determined to exert some sort of surveillance over the internet; they really can't bear to see something so free and out of their control. We have to be prepared to fight back hard.


Here's some lunch-time humour (click to enlarge):


Welcome, Barack Obama

UK/USA relationship re-branded from Special to Essential
The Guardian
The Telegraph

Monday, 23 May 2011

Seen On Twitter

Choudary's "Guardian Angels"
East London-based bigot Anjem Choudary reckons hardline “Sharia cops” will do a better job of policing Muslim areas than traditional officers...
“In these ‘Emirates’, these Islamic enclaves, we are going to start implementing our own neighbourhood watch, our own police."
Well, the Met can't say they haven't had warning. I've done enough fuming for one day - go and have a look at the full article.

UPDATE: HERE is a timely article reminding us that sharia enforcement in Tower Hamlets has been taking place for some time now. If you travel around the country you'll find this isn't an isolated example.

John Hemming's Ryan Giggs Moment: Video

Never Trust The Government

The Conservatives and the LibDems both campaigned on an election manifesto pledging to abolish ID cards and the National Identity Register.
Nick Clegg: "It is outrageous that decent, law-abiding people are regularly treated as if they have something to hide. It has to stop.

"So there will be no ID card scheme, no national identity register, no second generation biometric passports.

"We won't hold your internet and email records when there is just no reason to do so. CCTV will be properly regulated, as will the DNA database, with restrictions on the storage of innocent people's DNA.

 "There will be no ContactPoint children's database. Schools will not take children's fingerprints without even asking their parent's consent."
David Cameron: "In all these ways, our personal freedom has been diminished. The balance of power in our country has shifted away from the individual - just trying to live their life and towards the state and its agencies - constantly probing, prying and picking on people.

So we will make some important changes. The next Conservative government will revoke the unjustified and unreasonable powers that let people enter your home without your permission.

We will change the law that allows councils to snoop on people for trivial matters.

We will review the use of the Terrorism Act's Section 44, and the stop and search powers contained within it.

We will change the Criminal Justice Act 2003 to strengthen the right to trial by jury.

 And we will review the operation of the Extradition Act - and the US/UK extradition treaty - to make sure it is even-handed and works both ways."

We need to keep a close eye on what they're doing and we also have to ask ourselves what is the role of the EU in all this.
"...likely to lead to a proposal to “harmonise” the content of national ID cards (biometrics) and their use (e.g. e-government services like social benefits and health).
This questionnaire is the start of a process of “soft-law making” by the Council of the European Union which may lead to it adopting a set of “Conclusions” on national ID cards (ie: not binding on EU Member States but enabling them to take joint common actions). The European and national parliaments have no say over the content of Council “Conclusions”.

Let's hope they don't hear about this: New York bans outdoor smoking.

PS Look at what else the lucky Americans are getting.

A Message From Our Dear Leaders

"You will do as you are told." What a collective of patronising b@st@rds they are:

UPDATE: 25 May 2011 Since posting this video the comments section on YouTube has been deleted - I wonder why!

Farage: Video

Clarity, insight and common sense from Nigel Farage as he addresses a conference in Germany:

Thought For The Day

Imagine that £1bn is available to re-invigorate Britain's manufacturing sector or to invest in research and development in the country's scientific and technology sectors.
"The MOD's initial view is that they [the costs] will be in the order of tens of millions of pounds, not hundreds of millions." Osborne 22 May 2011 Column 850
Imagine that any money saved by Treasury cuts isn't shipped abroad in the form of protection money to the EU, eurozone bail-outs or in overseas aid. Moreover, imagine that spending on overseas aid wasn't going to be enshrined in law.

Imagine that some Prime Ministers are more concerned with domestic matters rather than impressing on the world stage .  Imagine that some political parties kept their pre-election pledges. Imagine also that some Prime Ministers aren't occupied with furthering Common Purpose.

Imagine that the City of London didn't have plans to be the centre of Islamic sharia banking in the West and a government didn't offer tax concessions to further their aims.

Imagine that the British taxpayer isn't being screwed left, right and centre by successive governments.

Okay, dream over.  Get back to work, debt-slaves.

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Sunday Reflection

Sunday Round-up

There seems to be quite a lot happening today although, as usual, the Sunday Telegraph hasn't woken up yet.

Finally out of Iraq after 8yrs as the last RN trainers leave
Massive $1bn bank fraud puts Afghan pull-out dates in doubt
Man who helped compile Dodgy Dossier takes job with company drilling for oil in Iraq
UK-US split over Libya strategy
London's fire engines could be sold off as private company goes into administration
Civil Servants & the $1bn Gold Card
More jobs for England: Scottish Parliament calls for removal of Faslane Trident base
Convicted Mujahadeen terrorist can't be deported - named in the now-disappeared comments as Mohamed Khemiri, formerly from Manchester
Flyin' pigs: Tweeter singled out for possible court proceedings
DM demonstrates ludicrous situation with a page of black censorship strips
A fine piece from David Davis: the law cannot stand
Osborne backs Lagarde as IMF chief
Lagarde already under investigation for irregular payments and abuse of power
Further allegations against DSK
Yet another American President discovers his 'Irish roots'
Expenses & speeding points - campaign against Huhne hots up
Clegg backs Huhne who has his "total support"
25 CIA agents on Britain's streets but intelligence withheld
Selling NHS drugs abroad for profit has been going on for years
Common sense prevails as Prison Officer sacked for carrying knife to work
EuroPol in the news - get used to it
"Wave" of North African migrants head for Britain
Animal by-products could be fed to farm animals again thanks to the EU
Research telling us what we already know - English 10yr-olds grow weaker because traditional childhood pursuits have been curtailed
What I like to see: campaigners "livid" at cancellation of stupid pet project
The Law of Unintended Consequences strikes again - fly-tipping on the rise
Only Bulgaria & Romania worse than UK for a happy family-life
Scottish students may be allowed laptops - pen & paper too burdensome
Health & Safety strikes again: beware low-flying geese
Some good news: British inventor solves vision problems for 200m children
RIP The Earl of Onslow
Pretty pictures

Spanish GP: 1954

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Condell: Video

"Irish PM an unelected Belgian..."

Kathy Kirby RIP

For the fond memories of my dad's eyes on stalks and my mum tut-tutting:

Just For The Record

It's yesterday's news about the thieving low-life toerag ex-Minister Elliot Morley.

There still aren't enough MPs facing charges or being jailed for my liking. Fiddling expenses or flipping homes was pretty much accepted practice and endemic - there are many MPs who got away with it. They still have the nerve to complain that the current IPSA rules are too tough on them. Tough sh!t.

LBC article

Six Days Of Protests In Spain

As I was putting this together I was amazed to hear it being reported on BBC News24. Are the msm beginning to report fully on the large-scale demos in Spain, Greece, Portugal?  The Guardian published a short article yesterday but beyond that I haven't seen much.

With local & regional elections due on Sunday the High Court has upheld an electoral board ruling that protests are banned today but it hasn't had any impact on the demonstrators who are turning out in their thousands at large cities across the country. Overall unemployment is running at roughly 20% (more than 4m people) with 18-24yr olds being very badly hit at 43+%.

Cellar Door
Ian Simms
In Focus
Live stream - Puerta del Sol, Madrid


#SpanishRevolution for outsiders

PS It's happening in Italy, Germany & France too - check it out - and here's the front page of today's El Pais

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