Archive for August, 2009

Practical adult approach to house renovation

13 August 2009

Not suitable for children …

Hat tip: Virtual Mirage


Things that enrage

13 August 2009

Lickspittle Ainsworth accuses the public of letting down the troops by adopting a “defeatist” attitude, while he refuses to take the blame for needless deaths of troops ill-equipped by his department.

While innocent members of the public are prosecuted for minor offences such as littering – under the terrorism Act – an actual terrorist might be freed on compassionate grounds by the Scottish Mafia. The poor dear has willy cancer.

Petty bureaucrats policing your purchases

13 August 2009

Full marks to Sainsburys for going above and beyond the call of duty to win my coveted, and internationally prestigious, “Prats of The Week” Award.

Lewis Pengam, a balding 28 year old bank manager, was going about his regular shopping in Sainsburys Birmingham. Within his purchases was a DVD of the family film “Firehouse Dog” (no sex or violence), rated PG.

There he was was at checkout, ready to pay when…..

…blinky, blonky, blimey…

Can you guess what happened next children?

Yes, that’s right, the checkout operative refused to sell him the film unless he showed proof that he was over 18.

I would remind you at this stage that the film is a family film, not a slash and gore or acrobatic porno film.

Mr Pengam’s work colleague was with him, and offered her driving licence as proof of her age.

Can you guess what happened next children?

Yes, that’s right, the checkout operative refused to sell it:

You’re only buying it for him.”

Sainsburys, well deserving Prats of The Week!

Here is Justin King’s (CEO) email, if you want to drop him a note.

Hat tip: Nanny Knows Best

Next time anyone encounters this sort of lunacy, go public. Hold up the ‘offending’ item and ask loudly of everyone in the checkout queues: “Did you hear that, everyone? I am asked for ID to buy a PG-rated DVD ….”

Humiliate the bastards, then abandon your shopping on the checkout counter and announce that you’ll be taking your custom elsewhere.

Then boycott them. The local shops could do with your custom, anyway.

Unless we make a very public stand, with courage, others will meekly take the treatment meted out by these petty bureaucrats.

Good reads

12 August 2009

The trouble with Labour is that they never grasp the consequences – Simon Heffer, Telegraph

Chimps and the Righteous – Dick Puddlecote
More Charity Scaremongery – Dick Puddlecote (he’s inspired today)

UK ministers urge EU Commission to approve GM crops

12 August 2009

Now we know why Hilary Benn has been spouting off about food security.

Livestock farmers warn that lack of feed will put them out of business and they’re of the opinion that they need GM soya and maize to feed their livestock.

Are they aware that GM crops cause cancer and that the pesticides needed for them to grow kill animals that come into contact with it – or do they simply not care?

The Times reports that Government Ministers are pressing the European Commission to speed up approval GM crop varieties or risk a collapse in the £6.8 billion a year market for home-produced chicken, eggs, pork and milk. UK farmers have warned that unless they can feed their pigs and poultry on GM soya and maize varieties being grown in North and South America – but which are currently unlicensed for use in Europe – they may be forced to leave the industry.

The article notes that GM crop producers in the Americas have begun exporting to China and India rather than the EU. The issue is expected to be on the EU agenda in the autumn.

Andrew Malone of the Mail had this to say, after his visit to India:

In one small village I visited, 18 farmers had committed suicide after being sucked into GM debts. In some cases, women have taken over farms from their dead husbands – only to kill themselves as well.

Village after village, families told how they had fallen into debt after being persuaded to buy GM seeds instead of traditional cotton seeds.

The price difference is staggering: £10 for 100 grams of GM seed, compared with less than £10 for 1,000 times more traditional seeds.

But GM salesmen and government officials had promised farmers that these were ‘magic seeds’ – with better crops that would be free from parasites and insects.

Indeed, in a bid to promote the uptake of GM seeds, traditional varieties were banned from many government seed banks.

The authorities had a vested interest in promoting this new biotechnology. Desperate to escape the grinding poverty of the post-independence years, the Indian government had agreed to allow new bio-tech giants, such as the U.S. market-leader Monsanto, to sell their new seed creations.

And this is what our government wants to do to the UK. Andrew continues:

In return for allowing western companies access to the second most populated country in the world, with more than one billion people, India was granted International Monetary Fund loans in the Eighties and Nineties, helping to launch an economic revolution.

Far from being ‘magic seeds’, GM pest-proof ‘breeds’ of cotton have been devastated by bollworms, a voracious parasite.

Nor were the farmers told that these seeds require double the amount of water. This has proved a matter of life and death

With rains failing for the past two years, many GM crops have simply withered and died, leaving the farmers with crippling debts and no means of paying them off.

Having taken loans from traditional money lenders at extortionate rates, hundreds of thousands of small farmers have faced losing their land as the expensive seeds fail, while those who could struggle on faced a fresh crisis.
When crops failed in the past, farmers could still save seeds and replant them the following year.

But with GM seeds they cannot do this. That’s because GM seeds contain so- called ‘terminator technology’, meaning that they have been genetically modified so that the resulting crops do not produce viable seeds of their own.

As a result, farmers have to buy new seeds each year at the same punitive prices. For some, that means the difference between life and death.

A leader in the Telegraph argues, “Farmers are overwhelmed with regulation and red tape, most, it is true, the result of our membership of the [EU’s] Common Agricultural Policy, which has been instrumental in embedding inefficiencies in Continental farming and impoverishing many producers in the developing world through the dumping of surpluses.”

We have our answer then. The EU is the reason that our farmers can’t afford to feed their livestock affordably but instead of rectifying that problem, our esteemed, cerebrally and morally challenged ministers seek to compound the problem by introducing GM.

Someone, please stop these madmen before they destroy this country completely.

Google Friend Connect problems

12 August 2009

I have suddenly lost the ability to follow other people’s blog via Google Friend Connect. Since approximately 10:00 pm yesterday, I’ve been getting the error message:

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Hillary Clinton shows her achilles heel: Ouch!

12 August 2009

Very politely, a student in Kinshasa asked her:

“We’ve all heard about the Chinese contracts in this country there are interferences from the World Bank against this contract.  What does Mr Clinton think, through the mouth of Mrs Clinton, and what does Mr Mtomo think on this situation. Thank you very much.

That must’ve stung!


Hype: swine flu and food security ‘scare’

11 August 2009

Burning Our Money has a cracking post today on the government’s latest cock-ups.

My response:

It has been obvious from the beginning – both in the US and the UK, that swine flu has been hyped up. It seemed strange, because the virus was not even considered to be dangerous, nor had it spread faster than regular flu.

Tamiflu was, of course, concocted to counter avian flu. When that failed to take hold, Tamiflu makers must’ve been gutted. Poor dears.

It does make you wonder how much big pharma (and other large corporations) and the government are in each other’s pockets.

I contend that Hilarious Benn is softening us up for GM crops, which his department has allowed to trial (again) in the UK, despite our protests. He will tell us that GM is the only solution – which is complete bollocks.

We were self-sufficient in food before the left-wing extremist Labour party came to power, and we can be again. Just get the government out of our lives.

Nick Herbert has revealed how Labour has decimated our farming output with its incompetence, its draconian rules and its slavish adherence to EU diktat.

They created the problem. They are the problem. They cannot formulate the solution.

Obama resurrects Real ID with biometric data

10 August 2009

Despite the dangers of the ID card system, as testified by Bruce Schneier*, Congress is currently attempting to resurrect the failed REAL ID Act, more accurately named “Dangerous ID.”

Dangerous ID, which passed in 2005, establishes a de facto National ID System paving the way to Federal biometric tracking of every US citizen.

No state currently complies with the mandates of the 2005 bill and 23 have passed legislation refusing compliance.

So now Obama wants to “Fix it,” and ram it down states’ throats.

Surveillance Czar Janet Napolitano is pushing for a revamp of the system to get the invasive federal program up and running while many are fighting for an outright repeal of the original legislation.

Although Dangerous ID is a clear attempt to establish a National ID System, the reality might be much worse – an International ID System.

We know that’s true because the UK and even Mexico are pushing for the same thing, based on the same standards.

You see, Dangerous ID actually requires that driver’s license photographs meet the UN’s biometric format standards. At this level of sophistication, government software can analyse facial characteristics and generate a unique ID number.

Think about that for a moment – your identity reduced to a single number in an international database that can be tracked globally by one-world government surveillance cameras and facial recognition software.

Last month, Senator Daniel Akaka introduced The PASS ID Act to tweak the 2005 Dangerous ID legislation and ram this program into action over state opposition.

Supporters claim this Real ID Redux bill softens requirements on states, supposedly making the breach of federalism a little more palatable. But it is merely a transparent attempt to get the Dangerous ID system implemented in any form, only to be augmented later to meet government’s needs.

Campaign for Liberty claims that there is evidence that this reincarnated Dangerous ID bill could wind up being worse than the original.

Chief among the bill’s supporters is Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, who stands to wield expansive and virtually unchecked power to set standards.

Under Dangerous ID, Napolitano can unilaterally expand required information on driver’s licenses, potentially to include biometric information such as retinal scans, fingerprints, DNA information, and even Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) radio tracking technology.

International databases, RFID and biometric ID cards, and constant government surveillance are what’s in store if this bill passes.

The name of the bill has changed but the game is still the same.  The same tactics are being used in the US as are used by the EU – viz the EU Constitution being renamed the Lisbon Treaty.  Same deal in a different wrapper.

While the country is busy talking about the Health bill, the PASS ID (ex-Real ID) Act comes in under the radar.

Make no mistake; if this bill is passed in the US, we’ll be next.

* Bruce Schneier, Security technologist, author, founder and CTO of BT Counterpane, gives testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee on the dangers of the ID card system.

If you do only one thing today …

10 August 2009

Read Leg-Iron’s excellent offering today:

Fear and loathing in Birmingham