It’s past the watershed so I’ll pose you a question
This photo is absolutely incredible... it should be a poster for what not to do.
But can you tell what's wrong with it?
It’s past the watershed so I’ll pose you a question
This photo is absolutely incredible... it should be a poster for what not to do.
But can you tell what's wrong with it?
Made me smile.
H/T to Big brother watch
I asked a friend's daughter what she wanted to be when she grows up.
She said she wanted to be Prime Minister some day.
Both her parents, Labour supporters, were standing there, so I asked her, "If you were Prime Minister what would be the first thing you would do?"
She replied, "I'd give food and houses to all the homeless people."
Her parents beamed, and said, "Welcome to the Labour Party!"
"Wow...what a worthy goal!" I told her.
I continued, "But you don't have to wait until you're Prime Minister to do that. You can come over to my house, mow the lawn, pull weeds, sweep my drive and I'll pay you £25.”
“Then I'll take you over to the shop where the homeless guy sits outside. You can give him the £25 to use toward food."
She thought that over for a few seconds, then she looked me straight in the eye and asked, "Why doesn't the homeless guy come over and do the work and you can just pay him the £25?"
I smiled and said, "Welcome to the Conservative Party."
Her parents still aren't speaking to me...........
I noticed a slight shift last night in the Beeb’s weather presentation.
Now they call it “Tonight’s Report”. They used to call it “Tonight’s Forecast”.
Why the change? Is it because they’ve realised they’re
not very good Shite at the forecasting bit?
Snow is falling.
But wait, it can’t be. This is the warmest year on record.
Ah. I know. It must be super dense second hand smoke, if ASH is to be believed.
Please tell this thicko what it really is. I am confused.com.
*I promise to post decent stuff tommorrow*
But I’m not holding my breath.
A police riot squad officer who escaped prosecution over Ian Tomlinson's death during the G20 protests has been served with gross misconduct allegations.
I posted about this case here. Injustice again.
He will also be accused of using force that "was not necessary, proportionate or reasonable in the circumstances", and the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is consulting on whether to hold the misconduct hearing in public.
As far as I’m concerned this should most certainly be held in the public view. Maybe it would be a deterrent to the rest of those thugs dressed up in their stab vests and other accoutrements designed to frighten the average citizen on the streets.
They have long forgotten that they are members of the public given extra powers. I’m sure more and more of them think, that they are above the law, that the rest of us have to abide by.
Will justice be done in this case? As I said, I’m not holding my breath.
What do you think?
Solicitors acting for Julian Lewis, MP for New Forest East, sent a strongly-worded warning to Richard Grant for saying in a published letter that Mr Lewis "got away with it" after claiming expenses which would be "considered unacceptable" by most people.
I personally think that his claims were extravagant. A bloody trouser press FFS.
The MP successfully claimed £119 for a wall-mounted trouser press, £5 for a "sweater tidy" and £2,369.75 for kitchen appliances.
Could he not use an iron like the rest of us?
Oh dearie me
A Missouri man has been arrested after allegedly carrying out a robbery on a petrol station kiosk by getting his female accomplice to flash her breasts at the clerks as a distraction.
Original to say the least.
Laron Pearson, 21, was taken into custody on Tuesday after showing up at the station three weeks after the original crime, when workers called the police to identify him as the same man according to the Kansas City Star.
And I couldn’t help myself in tampering with the charge
Pearson is charged with first-degree
I’ll have a look later to see what I can find. But meanwhile dissect this propaganda piece from the Righteous.
Passive smoking is responsible for one in every 100 deaths around the world each year, according to research published today.
And of course we have the usual band wagon jumpers.
‘This research underpins the long-held understanding that second-hand smoking kills and its greatest impact is on children,’ said Dan Tickle, of the No Smoking Day charity.
Betty McBride, of the British Heart Foundation, said: ‘These figures should make smokers stop and think about the impact they’re having on other people’s health, particularly children’s. They should also serve as encouragement to government to... promote smoke-free homes and cars.’
Smoking might give you a heart attack but smokers have better chances of surviving a heart attack than non-smokers, according to a puzzling phenomenon dubbed "smokers paradox". The apparently "protective" effect of smoking in heart attack patients was highlighted in a study confirming smoker's paradox among older patients, released at an international cardiology conference. In a statistical analysis, smokers had a massive 75 per cent better chance of surviving heart attack than non-smokers, the study showed.
These findings may give heart attacks to anti-tobacco operatives. Although the researchers certainly peppered their report with anti-smoking provisos they deserve credit for examining a phenomenon that goes against the politically correct vein.
Several reasons for smokers having a better survival rate after heart attacks are advanced. Each of them implicitly contradicts the false notion that there are no benefits derived from smoking tobacco. Smokers, according to the director of a heart research institute, are less prone to pulmonary congestion, or fluid on the lungs, and often had lower blood pressure than non-smokers. They also have higher levels of carbon monoxide in the blood which helps them retain oxygen.
Despite the negative comments about smoking, a ritualistic defense all researchers must mumble whenever they find something positive to report about smokers, this study provides more evidence that tobacco is not the demon plant that the zealots would have the public believe.
Put that in your pipe and smoke it. ASH
More of our money lost in this stupid desire by our politicians to ruin the country.
The world’s largest offshore wind project has incurred major cost over-runs in recent months. Wind Energy Update investigates what went wrong and how future projects could avoid similar pitfalls.
And of course it will deliver enough energy for our future needs?
The Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Project, located 25km off the UK’s Suffolk coast, is the world's largest wind farm currently under construction. When complete, it will boast 140 wind turbines with an installed capacity of 504MW, capable of producing 1,900kWh of energy every year – an impressive 5% of the UK's 2010 renewable energy target of 10%.
Will it buggery. We need gigawatts, not kilowatts. Note as well that they’ve missed their target by 50%.
Then of course they just have a teensy weensy problem with our money.
But the project, estimated to cost £650m excluding the cost of grid-connection, has run into difficulties. As a result, US-based company Fluor, responsible for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), recently announced that its third quarter results will include approximately US$163 million (£101.484 million) in cost over-runs on the project.
FFS. I’ve had enough of this green shit. I’m going to chuck another log on the fire and pour myself a Large whisky.
Smokers are not at higher risk of developing receding gums than are non-smokers.
Present data do not support the hypothesis that smokers are at greater risk, say researchers in Heidelberg, Koblenz and Münster, Germany.
The researchers noted that smoking is a major risk factor for destructive periodontal disease. There was only limited information, however, about how smoking affected people with minimal periodontal destruction.
To assess the development of gingival recession, the researchers made four assessments over six months of clinical periodontal conditions in 61 systemically healthy volunteers aged 19-30 years. Of these, 30 smoked at least 20 cigarettes a day and 31 did not smoke.
At the outset, about half of both groups had receding gums at one or more sites.
There was severe gum recession of more than two millimetres in more than three times as many non-smokers (23 percent) as among smokers (7 percent). Further gum recession developed during the study.
The risk of recession did not seem to be influenced by smoking status once statistical adjustments had been made for various factors. These included periodontal probing depth, recession at baseline, how often the volunteers brushed their teeth, their sex, their tooth type and the site of periodontal disease.
Read this Mr dentist of mine.
Why is it that the MSM and especially the BBC never show scenes like this? First they insult the Royal Anglian Regiment. Then you hear them demanding that those who are not of their so called Religion should leave their towns or areas. Their towns? Since when has a group of religious fanatics been so pampered to?
I presume that wanker Cameron has seen this? Of course the spineless shit will just hope that it’ll go away.
H/T to G.O.T
More and more scientists are trying to jump of the slow moving supertanker before the propellers fall off.
A top East European climatologist, who shared the Nobel Peace Prize with UN global warming colleagues, jumps a sinking ship as ocean data signals a cooler climate.
Dr. Lucka Kajfež Bogataj left cold clear water between herself and her former UN shipmates by declaring that rising levels of airborne carbon dioxide probably don’t cause global temperatures to rise. The news scuppers hopes for a change in fortune for the beleaguered UN climate agency. Their doomed ‘ship,’ the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been sailing on an ill wind ever since it was struck by that Climategate ‘torpedo’ last year.
They’re taking to the lifeboats now, faster than you can say “Titanic”.
She’s now saying what most of us have suspected.
Buried in an otherwise drab study on paleo- and proxy methods, Dr. Bogataj admitted to what skeptics have long been saying and what the ice core proxy data shows: that rises in atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) are proven to mostly, if not always, occur AFTER rises in temperature.
Do go and read the whole article as it appears that there are even more scientists queuing for a place in the lifeboats. It’s over at Climate realists.
Shocker: 'Villain' nicotine slays TB
Nicotine might be a surprising alternative someday for treating stubborn forms of tuberculosis, a University of Central Florida researcher said Monday.
The compound stopped the growth of tuberculosis in laboratory tests, even when used in small quantities, said Saleh Naser, an associate professor of microbiology and molecular biology at UCF.
Naser said nicotine worked better than about 10 other substances also tested. If it proves itself in further study, people might swallow capsules of nicotine or get intravenous doses to stave off their TB in the future.
It could be a potentially white-hat role for one of medicine's great villains. Most scientists agree that nicotine is the substance that causes people to become addicted to cigarettes and other tobacco products.
"Can you imagine if we can get something useful out of it?" said Naser, who presented his study to members of the American Society for Microbiology, which is meeting this week at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. "It's the best thing I've seen to date. It shows there is some hope that this substance we've hated for so long might be formulated in one way or another to fight infectious diseases."
Naser's research team uses naturally occurring substances taken from the jungles of Vietnam to the swamps of Florida in search of ones that might fight disease. He was working with tobacco plants when Naser noticed they were showing some effectiveness in quashing TB.
Unsure what specific component was at work, he decided to test nicotine because it is the most-studied compound in the tobacco plant. He got lucky. First nicotine killed regular tuberculosis, and then harder, drug-resistant strains that will not succumb to the usual medicines.
It worked even when used in doses smaller than what's found in a single cigarette. Naser said such small quantities are not likely to cause addiction. But no one is suggesting that people with TB take up the potentially deadly habit of smoking.
Tuberculosis is highly treatable in most cases but still requires at least six months of antibiotics. When people fail to finish their medications, they can develop dangerous forms of the disease that no longer respond to the standard drugs.
There were no cases of drug-resistant TB in Orange County last year, but statewide, the troublesome forms amount to about 1 percent of all cases, said Graydon Sheperd, chief of the bureau of TB and refugee health at the Florida Department of Health in Tallahassee.
The contagious disease is caused by a bacteria that is spread through the air when an infected person coughs. There were 1,281 cases of newly diagnosed TB in the state in 1999. Doctors say they welcome the search for more tools to treat the ailment.
"The biggest problem we have with TB is compliance. People don't want to take their medications, and we can end up with something that takes even longer to treat," said Dr. Boubker Naouri, TB program manager for the Orange County Health Department. "If we can have better drugs that work faster, it would be a big help."
Remember the case of the custody Sargent who was convicted of actual bodily harm after throwing a 59 year old woman to the floor of a cell?
The officer was found guilty of causing her actual bodily harm and jailed for six months in September.
Sgt Andrews spent six days in prison, but was released on bail pending the appeal at Oxford Crown Court.
Mark Andrews spent six days in jail after being convicted
The appeal judge, Mr Justice Bean, said after the four-day hearing he was satisfied that Sgt Andrews did not intend to throw Ms Somerville into the cell and that injuries she suffered were probably caused by the door frame.
Justice. Pah. I’m moving to Eastern Europe.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new study adds to the previously reported evidence that cigarette smoking protects against Parkinson's disease. Specifically, the new research shows a temporal relationship between smoking and reduced risk of Parkinson's disease. That is, the protective effect wanes after smokers quit.
"It is not our intent to promote smoking as a protective measure against Parkinson's disease," Evan L. Thacker from Harvard School of Public Health emphasized in comments to Reuters Health. "Obviously smoking has a multitude of negative consequences. Rather, we did this study to try to encourage other scientists...to consider the possibility that neuroprotective chemicals may be present in tobacco leaves."
As reported in the March 6th issue of Neurology, Thacker and colleagues analyzed data, including detailed lifetime smoking histories, from 79,977 women and 63,348 men participating in the Cancer Prevention Study II Nutrition Cohort. During about 9 years of follow-up, 413 subjects developed definite or probable Parkinson's disease.
Compared to people who had never smoked and were considered to have "normal" Parkinson's disease risk, former smokers had a 22-percent lower risk of Parkinson's disease and current smokers had a 73-percent lower risk.
"The results were similar for men and women, and were also similar to the results of studies by many other researchers looking at the same topic," Thacker noted.
In former smokers, more years of smoking, fewer years since quitting, more cigarettes per day, and a higher total amount of lifetime smoking were all related to a lower Parkinson's disease risk. The researchers also found that the duration of smoking and the time since quitting influenced risk more than the average daily amount of smoking.
"A 30 percent to 60 percent decreased risk of Parkinson's disease was apparent for smoking as early as 15 to 24 years before symptom onset, but not for smoking 25 or more years before onset," the investigators report.
"The results of our study," Thacker said, "can probably be explained by something in cigarettes -- most likely in the tobacco itself -- actually protecting people against getting Parkinson's disease. That would be the simplest explanation that makes the most sense."
Studies to determine if, in fact, there are neuroprotective compounds in tobacco are warranted, the researchers say. "The observation that smokeless tobacco users also have a lower risk of Parkinson's disease suggests that the most likely candidates are not compounds generated by combustion, but rather constituents of the tobacco leaves."
I was just thinking about my time in a para military organisation. (I can’t tell you which, otherwise I’d have to shoot this blog).
It was a while ago and my ship was out in Angola as part of the peace keeping mission at the time.
We’d been sent down to provide early support for a composite battalion of the British Army, to assist in a settlement of power in the country.
Well I usually keep my head down, and don’t volunteer for anything that might curtail my sojourn in the Officers bar and consequentially was distressed to be summoned to the Captains cabin at short notice, with no idea why.
Conversation goes like this.
Captain: FE. I want you to liaise with the Royal Engineers.
FE: Wouldn’t another younger, keener, promotion seeking engineer, be a better choice. (FE remembers his time carrying out Hurricane relief. FE’s bar time was severely curtailed).
Captain: No FE, you’re the man for the job (Add your own claptrap puff piece if you wish), so I’ve nominated you.
FE: Yes Sir. (Under breath remark. You Cunt)
Captain: You’ve full authority.
And here’s the rub. I actually fitted in well with the Royal Engineers that I was liaising with. Being a Marine engineer who has to adapt to any problem, I found kindred spirits in theatre. I was amongst people who used the information available to them and made things happen.
And they taught me all sorts of useful skills.
1. Very important. How to use and strip an SA80 assault rifle.
2. JCB operation.
3. How to use and strip an AK47 assault rifle. (In case I lost the SA80).
4. How to build a bar out of an old container in one day.
5. How to make safe an anti-personnel mine. (Done with some trepidation on my part).
6. How to defuse a BOMB.
7. Too old. Can’t remember 7. Oh yes, it’s coming back to me. The safe way of blowing a door off.
Of course the only really useful one in the UK is number 3. You never know when you might have to prize a cash machine out of a wall.*
*To the Plod. That was a joke.
I thought the last post of mine was daft, concerning that fact that pregnant mums who smoked were likely to give birth to criminals.
Now “experts” believe that second hand smoke makes you deaf. Well it didn’t affect my kids. They can hear my wallet open from 300 miles.
People who are exposed to the second-hand smoke from others' cigarettes are at increased risk of hearing loss, experts believe.
Doctors already know that people who smoke can damage their hearing.
The latest study in the journal Tobacco Control, involving more than 3,000 US adults, suggests the same is true of passive smoking. (Emphasis mine)
Of course it is the usual culprits who are spouting this drivel. Tobbacco Control. As is usual in the above quoted paragraph, they come out with the weasel words, believe and suggests. In other words hypothesis and not proof.
And they continue
This revealed that people exposed to second-hand smoke were far more likely to have poorer hearing than others, and to a degree where they might struggle to follow a conversation in the presence of background noise.
Now. I’ve been smoking for over forty years, and a fair bit of that time worked in Engine rooms where the levels of noise are extreme. How come my hearing is not reduced to nothing then?
And they finish with this.
"Before you next light up a cigarette, consider how it could impact not only on your own long-term hearing but your friends' and relatives' too."
And I’ll finish with this you miserable control freaks. Just Bugger off.
On a final note, the pic accompanying the article is this.
Please will someone help the poor little Cheeeeldren?
If you can belief the latest nonsense from the Healthists.
Children whose mothers smoked heavily during pregnancy are more likely to become career criminals, research suggests.
Well my wife smoked during two of her pregnancies, and neither offspring have a tendency to carry out a bank robbery or even indulge in the odd shoplift or two. (Then again, maybe they’re too clever to be caught).
Children whose mothers smoked heavily were 31 per cent more likely to have been arrested than those whose mothers never smoked.
They were also more likely to be repeat offenders. The increased crime risk is found among children whose mothers had 20 or more cigarettes a day when pregnant, according to the report by Harvard School of Public Health in the US.
I can’t even get angry at this piece of shite. In fact I even had a little giggle. Think of the Cheeeldren.
*Hey Kids. If you have a stash of gold bars anywhere. Could your destitute father have a bar or two?*
I hope you’ll forgive me for not having an outpouring of sentimentality on the issue.
Because I’ve been there.
War is the most ugliest and horrifying thing you could experience in life. Nothing prepares you for the sheer horror and terror that happens around you. Forget the films you have seen, where the soldier lies dying in the arms of one of his mates and gently slips away. I can’t even dare picture the sights I have seen less narrate them here.
We all go cuddly at this time of year and buy a poppy and bend our heads in two minutes of silence.
What we all should be doing, is doing our best to support our veterans, and our currently serving serviceman, for the whole year. Not remember them for one day. Think about them every day.
It makes me wonder how duped our political class are when it comes to renewable energy. They keep banging on that it is needed to sustain our way of life, rather than that nasty CO2 producing conventional power station.
Well, tonight my
Bird Mincer Wind turbine (I haven’t really got one. I’m not a brainwashed, green, cretin), would be producing sweet fuck all, as there is not a breath of wind here in deepest darkest Kent.
However on Thursday and Friday there was oodles of wind. Enough to power
The large Hadron collider barely my lighting if I had a commercially bought, private property device.
But to cut to the chase. Even supposing I had a turbine that could produce three times my consumption, how would I store the surplus? Well I could invest in a transformer and go and get dozens of batteries from Halfords, (Halfords, if you’re reading this, the free plug here, is worth a few quid for my help with your sales) or I could build a heat sink in the garden and recover the energy by a heat pump system.
The trouble with this strategy is, it is cost prohibitive to the lay person.
And of course, it will be to the national projects as well.
It’s different in places such as Norway, where they can use the energy produced to pump water up to high level reservoir to be used to generate hydro-electric power when the wind ceases to blow.
So if we go down the road of having 20% of our energy from renewables in the future. Where is 20% of the energy tonight going to come from?
Links to previous ramblings on this subject can be found here
The Woman Marine Pilot
The teacher gave her fifth grade class an assignment: Get their parents to tell them a story with a moral at the end of it. The next day, the kids came back and, one by one, began to tell their stories.
There were all the regular types of stuff: spilled milk and pennies saved. But then the teacher realized, much to her dismay, that only Janie was left.
“Janie, do you have a story to share?'
''Yes ma'am. My daddy told me a story about my Mom. She was a Marine pilot in Desert Storm, and her plane got hit. She had to bail out over enemy territory, and all she had was a flask of whiskey, a pistol, and a survival knife.
She drank the whiskey on the way down so the bottle wouldn't break, and then her parachute landed her right in the middle of 20 Iraqi troops. She shot 15 of them with the pistol, until she ran out of bullets, killed four more with the knife, till the blade broke, and then she killed the last Iraqi with her bare hands.
''Good Heavens,' said the horrified teacher. 'What did your Daddy tell you was the moral to this horrible story?
"Don't mess with Mommy when she's been drinking."
More health and safety Bollocks. But at least someone has stood up to them.
A council which cut down washing lines, took away residents' doormats and removed children's bicycles for “health and safety” reasons has halted the operation after being confronted with a mass protest led by a nun.
Rules are Rules. But I wonder if the paragraph below highlights the real reason.
The Irish-born nun, who lives in the area, added: “To focus on this ridiculous thing about washing lines and doormats is quite stupid when there is anti-social yob behaviour they should be dealing with. If they don't want us hanging out our washing in view of Canary Wharf then they should buy us all tumble-dryers.”
And what on earth is “Tenancy Enforcement Work” supposed to mean?
The organisation, which acts as the housing arm of the local authority, said the aim was to “carry out tenancy enforcement work, including the removal of washing lines, bikes and other obstructions as a landlord to keep residents safe”.
I’m sure the residents appreciate all their hard work.
That’s the National debt.
I’ve just been watching Martin Durkin’s explanation on the channel 4 episode, Britain’s Trillion pound horror story, that was aired last night. In it he shows how we got into it and maybe a way out. It does make for depressing viewing. I strongly suggest that all members of our ruling elite should be locked into a cinema and made to watch it. (Under pain of death naturally).
It’s worth watching even if it is 72 minutes long.
If you look at my emphasis you’ll note how he manages to squirrel in a plethora of emotive words in his comment. Pretty good Huh.
12 Nov 2010 12:50:20pm
If the doctor who told you to manage the pain was taking money from the drug company from whom you need to buy your pain killers, would you still trust them?
You need to wake up, and look at the serious conflict of interest being shown by the anti-global warming factions. Big Mining, Big Oil, Big Cars, MORE GROWTH....We know what these people want, and it MORE MONEY AND POWER.
The same tactics of delay and deny, were used by the big tobacco companies, so that they could continue to make massive profits while knowing full well that the medical evidence was correct, and that they were killing people.
We need a change of direction here, because people, if you are under 40, this issue will come home to roost during your lifetime. For those old enough to miss the fun, think about your children cause they will cop it instead......
Well done to get the Cheeeldren in.
In no way is this post mocking what our forebears did. It’s just to show that even in the dark days of WW2. They just learnt to adapt in what was the truly British way.
My favourite is Rule 7.
Note: Both my Grandfathers spent many years alternating as Captain of their club.
Sorry for the poor definition.
On November 11, 1999 Terry Kelly was in a drug store in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. At 10:55 AM an announcement came over the store’s PA asking customers who would still be on the premises at 11:00 AM to give two minutes of silence in respect to the veterans who have sacrificed so much for us.
Terry was impressed with the store’s leadership role in adopting the Legion’s “two minutes of silence” initiative. He felt that the store’s contribution of educating the public to the importance of remembering was commendable.
When eleven o’clock arrived on that day, an announcement was again made asking for the “two minutes of silence” to commence. All customers, with the exception of a man who was accompanied by his young child, showed their respect.
Terry’s anger towards the father for trying to engage the store’s clerk in conversation and for setting a bad example for his child was channeled into a beautiful piece of work called, “A Pittance of Time”.
No offence to the Belgians. But.
If you’re wondering. I’m referring to Herman Von Rompuy.* Yes that little man that came from nowhere as unelected President of the Council of Europe.
He’s just made a speech that should worry most of you who think that this country has any sovereignty left.
Firstly he is unshakeable in the view that the Euro is in our best interests.
Ever since, the fate of Europe and the euro have been intertwined.
The euro is the most visible and the most palpable sign of our common destiny. It is also our most
Sharing a currency means that the decisions of one, affect all.
We have seen how! This spring, the crisis of a country of 10 million people became the crisis of 350
million people; early May, it even turned into a global threat.
And here is what he really wants.
We have together to fight the danger of a new Euro-scepticism.
This is no longer the monopoly of a few countries.
In every Member State, there are people who believe their country can survive alone in the globalised world.
It is more than an illusion: it is a lie!
Yes I am old enough to admit to voting for the Common Market. No Mr Rompy Pompy. I didn’t vote for a fucking United States of Europe. I want my country back.
* No I didn’t spell it wrong by mistake.
And if you want to read a better article on the subject click here.
Had to laugh at this.
A supermarket shopper was surprised to find she had been overcharged for her fruit and veg – because the cashier’s large breasts were resting on the scales.
And a bit of re-training maybe?
‘The young lady concerned was taken aside and the matter was sorted out.
Well it brightened up my morning.
A mother was working in the kitchen, listening to her five-year-old son playing with his new electric train set in the living room.
She heard the train stop and her son saying,
'All of You b*****ds who want off, get off now, 'cos we're in a hurry! And all of you b*****ds who are getting on, get on now, 'cos we're going down the tracks'.
The horrified mother went in and told her son,
'We don't use that kind of language in this house. Now I want you to go to your room and stay there for TWO HOURS.
When you come out, you may play with your train, but I want you to use nice language.'
Two hours later, the son came out of the bedroom and resumed playing with his train. Soon the train stopped and the mother heard her son say,
'All passengers who are disembarking the train, please remember to take all of your belongings with you.
We thank you for travelling with us today and hope your trip was a pleasant one.'
She hears the little boy continue,
'For those of you just boarding, we ask you to stow all of your hand luggage under your seat. Remember, there is no smoking on the train.
We hope you will have a pleasant and relaxing journey with us today.'
As the mother began to smile, the child added..........
'For those of you who are pissed off about the TWO HOUR delay, please see the fat controller in the kitchen.’
More stop smoking dodgy statistics from Cancer Research UK.
In 2007, 32% of smokers in England said they had tried to quit within the previous three months. This fell to 23% in 2008, 22% in 2009 and stood at 17% at the end of October 2010.
Depends on what you ask a smoker.
And you have a worrying paragraph below.
Professor Robert West, director of tobacco studies at the Cancer Research UK health behaviour research centre, said: "As the country tightens its financial belt, we've seen the number of smokers trying to quit slow down.
So we’re to be likened to Dogs or lab Rats now.
Professor West's report also found that fewer than 5% of smokers use NHS stop smoking services, which have been found to be much more effective than quitting alone.
Yeh right. The quit rate from their own published figures gives a high success rate of just 1.6%. Very effective my arse.
The one thing you have completely overlooked Professor West, is that Smokers like smoking.
So just FUCK OFF and leave me alone.
No don’t groan.
It’s been a busy two weeks which left me mentally exhausted and therefore blogging became a secondary importance.
As I’ve posted before I was involved in buying a flat for my daughter and her Fiancée which involved numerous financial changes of position due to the inability of the mortgage lender to actually provide any sort of service. Including an act of sufficient impropriety that could result in legal proceedings against the institution.
Then the latest and more taxing event was Bonfire night.
On saturday my house was invaded by a locust like horde demanding shelter and hospitality. The bloody kids and their partners. before and after the display I spent the whole evening trekking to the local shop to keep them suitably supplied with the refreshments of their choice.
I am now destitute.
My new address is:
The cardboard box, The road, anywhere. TNxx 00xx
I’ve just been delving further into the subject of my last post. There, I was trying to understand the workings of an organisation called “The Office of International Treasury Control (OITC)”.
It would seem that they’ve operated in various countries such as Cambodia, Ecuador, and Fiji to name a few.
And of course I’d completely forgotten about this incident in the dim and distant past.
The firm made an abortive US$5 billion bid for the British car company MG Rover in 2005, the Financial Times reported, puzzling accountants by issuing a down payment of 1 pound in the form of a postal order.
What really convinces me that this is maybe a scam of the highest order, akin to a monumental Nigerian 419 operation, is the message on their website.
Bandwidth Limit Exceeded
The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to the site owner reaching his/her bandwidth limit. Please try again later.
I mean really. If you’ve got billions to give away then surely you can afford the bandwith for your website.
Then again. maybe everyone reading my last post are scrambling onto their site to partake of their largesse.
And they’ve got a facebook page stating their aims if you’re interested. A most impressive list of followers. All eighteen of them.
Mind you if I drop out of the Blogosphere in the next few days………………….
I came across this at another Blog and thought it was worth reprinting.
An Excerpt from Hansard on the 1st November 2010. Very strange.
For the past 20 weeks I have been engaged in a very strange dialogue with the two noble Lords, in the course of which I have been trying to bring to their attention the willing availability of a strange organisation which wishes to make a great deal of money available to assist the recovery of the economy in this country. For want of a better name, I shall call it foundation X. That is not its real name, but it will do for the moment. Foundation X was introduced to me 20 weeks ago last week by an eminent City firm, which is FSA controlled. Its chairman came to me and said, "We have this extraordinary request to assist in a major financial reconstruction. It is megabucks, but we need your help to assist us in understanding whether this business is legitimate". I had the biggest put down of my life from my noble friend Lord Strathclyde when I told him this story. He said, "Why you? You're not important enough to have the answer to a question like that". He is quite right, I am not important enough, but the answer to the next question was, "You haven't got the experience for it". Yes I do. I have had one of the biggest experiences in the laundering of terrorist money and funny money that anyone has had in the City. I have handled billions of pounds of terrorist money.
Lord James of Blackheath: Not into my pocket. My biggest terrorist client was the IRA and I am pleased to say that I managed to write off more than £1 billion of its money. I have also had extensive connections with north African terrorists, but that was of a far nastier nature, and I do not want to talk about that because it is still a security issue. I hasten to add that it is no good getting the police in, because I shall immediately call the Bank of England as my defence witness, given that it put me in to deal with these problems.
The point is that when I was in the course of doing this strange activity, I had an interesting set of phone numbers and references that I could go to for help when I needed it. So people in the City have known that if they want to check out anything that looks at all odd, they can come to me and I can press a few phone numbers to obtain a reference. The City firm came to me and asked whether I could get a reference and a clearance on foundation X. For 20 weeks, I have been endeavouring to do that. I have come to the absolute conclusion that foundation X is completely genuine and sincere and that it directly wishes to make the United Kingdom one of the principal points that it will use to disseminate its extraordinarily great wealth into the world at this present moment, as part of an attempt to seek the recovery of the global economy.
I made the phone call to my noble friend Lord Strathclyde on a Sunday afternoon-I think he was sitting on his lawn, poor man-and he did the quickest ball pass that I have ever witnessed. If England can do anything like it at Twickenham on Saturday, we will have a chance against the All Blacks. The next think I knew, I had my noble friend Lord Sassoon on the phone. From the outset, he took the proper defensive attitude of total scepticism, and said, "This cannot possibly be right". During the following weeks, my noble friend said, "Go and talk to the Bank of England". So I phoned the governor and asked whether he could check this out for me. After about three days, he came back and said, "You can get lost. I'm not touching this with a bargepole; it is far too difficult. Take it back to the Treasury". So I did. Within another day, my noble friend Lord Sassoon had come back and said, "This is rubbish. It can't possibly be right". I said, "I am going to work more on it". Then I brought one of the senior executives from foundation X to meet my noble friend Lord Strathclyde. I have to say that, as first dates go, it was not a great success. Neither of them ended up by inviting the other out for a coffee or drink at the end of the evening, and they did not exchange telephone numbers in order to follow up the meeting.
I found myself between a rock and a hard place that were totally paranoid about each other, because the foundation X people have an amazing obsession with their own security. They expect to be contacted only by someone equal to head of state status or someone with an international security rating equal to the top six people in the world. This is a strange situation. My noble friends Lord Sassoon and Lord Strathclyde both came up with what should have been an absolute killer argument as to why this could not be true and that we should forget it. My noble friend Lord Sassoon's argument was that these people claimed to have evidence that last year they had lodged £5 billion with British banks. They gave transfer dates and the details of these transfers. As my noble friend Lord Sassoon, said, if that were true it would stick out like a sore thumb. You could not have £5 billion popping out of a bank account without it disrupting the balance sheet completely. But I remember that at about the same time as those transfers were being made the noble Lord, Lord Myners, was indulging in his game of rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic of the British banking community. If he had three banks at that time, which had had, say, a deficiency of £1.5 million each, then you would pretty well have absorbed the entire £5 billion, and you would not have had the sore thumb stick out at that time; you would have taken £1.5 billion into each of three banks and you would have absorbed the lot. That would be a logical explanation-I do not know.
My noble friend Lord Strathclyde came up with a very different argument. He said that this cannot be right because these people said at the meeting with him that they were still effectively on the gold standard from back in the 1920s and that their entire currency holdings throughout the world, which were very large, were backed by bullion. My noble friend Lord Strathclyde came back and said to me that he had an analyst working on it and that this had to be stuff and nonsense. He said that they had come up with a figure .
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for the amount of bullion that would be needed to cover their currency reserves, as claimed, which would be more than the entire value of bullion that had ever been mined in the history of the world. I am sorry but my noble friend Lord Strathclyde is wrong; his analysts are wrong. He had tapped into the sources that are available and there is only one definitive source for the amount of bullion that has ever been taken from the earth's crust. That was a National Geographic magazine article 12 years ago. Whatever figure it was that was quoted was then quoted again on six other sites on the internet-on Google. Everyone is quoting one original source; there is no other confirming authority. But if you tap into the Vatican accounts-of the Vatican bank-you come up with a claim of total bullion-
Lord James of Blackheath: The total value of the Vatican bank reserves would claim to be more than the entire value of gold ever mined in the history of the world. My point on all of this is that we have not proven any of this. Foundation X is saying at this moment that it is prepared to put up the entire £5 billion for the funding of the three Is recreation; the British Government can have the entire independent management and control of it-foundation X does not want anything to do with it; there will be no interest charged; and, by the way, if the British Government would like it as well, if it will help, it will be prepared to put up money for funding hospitals, schools, the building of Crossrail immediately with £17 billion transfer by Christmas, if requested, and all these other things. These things can be done, if wished, but a senior member of the Government has to accept the invitation to a phone call to the chairman of foundation X-and then we can get into business. This is too big an issue. I am just an ageing, obsessive old Peer and I am easily dispensable, but getting to the truth is not. We need to know what really is happening here. We must find out the truth of this situation.
How very strange. is that
smarmy nice Mr Cameron aware of this? Or is it the ramblings of an aged Lord?
James attracted the attention of conspiracy theorists after a speech in the House of Lords on November 1, 2010, in which he states that he has laundered "billions of pounds of terrorist money" and claimed to have been asked to investigate an unnamed organization that wants to fund massive public works projects in the UK with vast currency reserves backed by gold bullion. A Labour party staff member and political blogger who wrote about the story speculated that the organization in question is the Office of International Treasury Control
Could be the makings of the greatest scam of all time. Who are the OITC, if they exist at all? And why would they be so philanthropic?
H/T to Charlie
1. We’ll have a referendum on Europe. Where’s that gone?
2. He’s doing more to fuck us up over his green policies, than Labour could have dreamt about. Bloody windmills and inefficient solar panels will not keep the lights on in 2015. Apart from the fact we’ll be shivering, as we won’t be able to afford the leccy bill.
3. He categorically stated that he wouldn’t pay a jot more to the EU government. That failed. Didn’t it Dave?
4. European arrest warrant. I thought Dave was going to do something about that. Must have misheard him.
5. The rolling back of the surveillance state? Haven’t seen any of that yet. In fact it’s getting worse if this is anything to go by.
6. Cull of the Quangos? Far too few culls, in my opinion. What about stopping payment to the Fake charities. ASH springs to mind.
7. We are going to ally our forces with France. God give me strength. We’ve been fighting them for hundreds of years.
My message to that nice Mr Cameron is : Grow some Balls.
My message to the conservative party: Sack him and get a leader that has the guts to stand up and be counted.
A letter to the Torygraph.
In reply to the Nutty Professor
“SIR – On the same basis as finding that alcohol is more harmful than heroin, one could argue that drivers are more harmful than suicide bombers. “
Well said, John Holden from Penzance.