Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Heavens Immigrant Stopping Wall

According to all the paintings i have seen, Heaven is a lovely place but if you have ever wondered just what makes it so nice then you can stop because it is down to a strict immigration and a wall to keep the bad types out so says the people at the Conservative Political Action Conference
(CPAC) conference, America's version of the Monster Raving Loony Party.
The Conference's name is: 'If Heaven Has a Gate, A Wall, and Extreme Vetting, Why Can’t America? which fails the catchy title test but ticks all the boxes for 'large amount of mind altering drugs consumed beforehand'.
Of course we could just answer their question and move on by answering 'because heaven is a fairy story you god bothering nutters' but some people have come a long way to listen to days of right wing madness and the caterers have already made three days worth of sandwiches so let's keep that gem to the end as a nice surprise for them, just after the speech on 'If God hates Gays, why shouldn't we'
and just before 'How to make your own Adam and Eve from the mud in your garden'.

Muslims And Jewish Unite

While not all right wingers are racists, most of the racists are on the right wing and the right wing has been empowered by the Brexit vote in the UK and Donald Trump's election victory in America so they have been feeling braver to spit forth their bile and it is Muslim's once again who are taking the brunt of the vitriol.
It has been a tough time being a Muslim over the last decade or so, the small minded and even smaller brained looking to blame the whole religion for almost all of the world's ills so it is great to see a news story being aired that actually shows Muslims in a good light.
After over 150 tombstones in a Jewish cemetery were vandalised this weekend in Missouri, two Muslim's started a campaign amongst their community to raise $20,000 to repair the damage but actually raised a total of $57,000.
The organisers said that there aim was to show: 'solidarity with the Jewish-American community to condemn this horrific act of desecration. Through this campaign, we hope to send a united message from the Jewish and Muslim communities that there is no place for this type of hate, desecration, and violence'.
With all the anti-Muslim shamefully being pumped out by the White House and the racist rhetoric coming from those who feel they are now free to shout their ignorance, we need more stories like this to show that Muslims are not the enemy, ignorance and intolerance very much are.

Government To Blame For NHS Crisis

Much hand-wringing from the Government over the NHS crisis and waiting times as the finger is pointed at Doctors not working long enough hours, the public turning up at Accident and Emergency rather than go see their doctor and that old favourite of the Brexit crowd, Johnny Foreigner coming over here to use our free service and a broad array of other reasons.
With the fingers being pointed elsewhere, nobody seems to be pointing at the proper cause, a right wing Government hell bent on running down the NHS to such a state that we cry out for it to be privatised so we can get a hospital bed. 
While the Government can say that they give more money to the NHS then ever, that is factually true but the NHS budget has historically been raised by 4% each year, since 2010 and the Conservatives picked up the treasuries keys they have given 1% so yes they have given more each year than ever before but then whoever is in Government has done that but while over the last 7 years their budget 
has gone up by 7%, historically it should have gone up by 36% which means they are actually 29% down on the deal.
The Government are also keeping quiet about the 44 hospitals and treatment centres that are being closed with a loss of 15,000 beds so if you think getting an appointment or a bed was hard enough now, wait until these cuts come in this year and there are 15,000 less beds and 44 less hospitals to be treated at.
It is also undeniably true that other factors include the UK population is ageing and older people, on average, have greater healthcare demands than younger generations but the Government have deliberately let things slip and as the Health Minister, Jeremy Hunt, who controls all aspects of the NHS co-authored a book by a group of Conservative politicians that called for the NHS to be privatised, it isn't hard to do the sums and arrive at a deliberate ploy to underfund and run the NHS down to such a point that  Private hospitals and medical insurance becomes the only game in town.
A glance at the American system where healthcare comes with the ability to pay should scare us into this doing what we can to prevent this right wing, capitalist vision from ever seeing the light of day and pointing the finger of blame where it should be pointed, at the Government.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Make The Moon A Planet

Once there were nine planets in our solar system and then there were eight and now a group of NASA scientists think there should be at least 110 planets moving around the sun.
The New Horizons project which visited and beamed back amazing photographs of the Planet formerly known as Pluto have been peeved that the last stop before the Kuiper Belt now downgraded to a minor planet in 2006 and are trying to get the definition of how we define a planet changed but in order to do that it would also mean bringing over 100 large rocky bodies into the Planet Club including our own Moon.
As it stands a planet is a body that orbits the Sun, is massive enough for its own gravity to make it round, and has cleared its neighbourhood of smaller objects around its orbit but the NASA team think that it should be upgraded to include anything that has 'sufficient self-gravitation to assume a spheroidal shape' so basically anything that's big and round and isn't a star.
The proposal isn't getting much approval with the rest of NASA who are happy with their eight planets so it is doubtful it will happen which will come as great relief for schoolchildren everywhere who seem to have enough problem remembering the order of the eight we have so would have no chance with 110 of them.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

What Does Santa Do The Rest Of The Year?

By now everyone is back into the swing of work and school things as Christmas was almost two months ago but now that all the fun of
Christmas is a distant memory, did you ever stop to wonder what Santa does for the rest of the year?
The first thing he does is have a good sleep to wear off the effects of all those glasses of sherry and mince pies left in every household and after circling the globe for 24 hours, the reindeer need a bit of shut eye also.
After waking fully refreshed and now sober, the first job is to repair any damage to the sleigh from this year's run, all those roof tiles can play havoc on the sleigh's runners and he rubs down the paintwork ready to give a fresh coat of paint later in the year.
Then he then gets cracking on next year's toys and updating the Naughty and Nice list, even with Mrs Claus helping out with an Excel spreadsheet, it's a long job and needs constantly updating as names are flipped between the naughty and nice sides.
There are also endless meetings to discuss how the present delivery went and what can be improved for next year and most importantly what toys to make for this year by the elves in the workshop, the last thing they want is to spend all year making something only for boys and girls to ask for something else and them having to work double shifts in November and December to catch up. 
Around July or August he does take some time off to relax too (Scotland is a favourite spot) before delving back into work as the children's letters begin arriving in October and it's non-stop through to December 26th and he does it all over again.
See, being Santa really is a year round job!


I don't want to keep writing about Donald Trump but when he is so eye-wateringly awful at his job that everyone stops to mock him, well what can a person do except join in the mocking?
So impatient is he to try and justify his Muslim ban by pointing out Muslim terror attacks elsewhere that he has started making them up as he did yesterday when he cited a non-existent attack in Sweden during a rally of his supporters. 
Trump told supporters: 'We’ve got to keep our country safe. You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this?'
The simple answer is nobody would believe it because as the Swedish Government pointed out 'Nothing has happened here in Sweden. There has not been any terrorist attacks here. At all.'
The former Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt tweeted: 'Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking?'
Most ironic after his bizarre rant about the dishonest media and fake news just a few days ago that he and his increasingly ridiculous administration has once again been spewing forth on terror attacks that never happened, like the fictional Bowling Green Massacre and the one that never happened in Atlanta.

Laughably shocking though it is, the Swedes have a good sense of humour and the media there have been running real Swedish stories under the heading 'Non-Fake News' : 'Due to harsh weather in northern parts of Sweden the road E10 was closed between Katterjakk and Riksgransen' and 'a wooden moose got the attention of a lovesick moose bull.'
Of course it goes without saying that our thoughts are with all Swedes at this difficult time of a non-terrorist attack but stay tuned to Donald Trump for further updates on made up terror attacks.
And we all thought Comical Ali was the pinnacle of ridiculousness, Donald Trump and his gang are comedy gold!!
Not sure what happened to the promise to make America great again but him and his useful idiot supporters are certainly making it a laughing stock. 

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Books To Make You Smarter

Jane Austen said 'The person who has not taken pleasure in a book must be intolerably stupid' and boy are we surrounded by many people who have obviously never taken pleasure in a book apart from ones that comes with crayons but not to despair because neuroscientist Sam Harris has developed a list of 12 books that everyone should read to make them smarter.

1. The history of Western philosophy, Bertrand Russell
2. Reasons and persons, Derek Parfit
3. The Last Word, Thomas Nagal
4. The Holy Koran
5. Superintelligence, Nick Bostrom
6. Humiliation: And Other Essays on Honour, Social Discomfort and Violence, William Ian Miller
7. The Flight of the Garuda: The Dzogchen Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, Keith Dowman
8. I am that, Nisargadatta Maharaj
9. Infidel, Ayaan Hirsi Ali
10. The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion
11. The Journalist and the Murderer, Janet Malcom
12. Machete Season: The Killers in Rwanda Speak, Jean Hatzfeld

Quite a heavy, and dare i say boring, looking list there but nobody said being smart was easy but for people who don't find reading books a joy at the best of times they would be quite a slog to work through and i'm not sure how the Holy Koran even got in there.
I think to bring those with an aversion to reading literature into the fold you need to hand them something that would hold their attention and slip things in under the radar so they don't get a chance to say 'hang on, me is learning, what the...' and throw down the book and watch Ice Road Truckers instead.    

My 12, in no particular order would include:

1. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
2. Animal Farm, George Orwell
3. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
4. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
5. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
6. Lord of the Flies, William Golding
7. Don't Sweat the Small Stuff, Richard Carlson
8. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
9. Valley of the Dolls, Jacqueline Susann
10 Hearts in Atlantis Stephen King
11 Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Philip K. Dick.
12 Brave New World, Aldous Huxley

Make your way through them and i refuse to believe that you will not put down the 12th book a better, smarter and more rounded person than when you picked up the very first one.

Another Far Right Moron Up For Election In Netherlands

Before the French get to chose who will replace their current Government, the Dutch have a go in March and as the fashion these days seems to be having a dangerous right-wing idiot included on the ballot paper, allow me to introduce Geert Wilders who launched his election campaign by calling Moroccans 'scum'.
Mr Wilders, whose manifesto includes banning the Koran, stopping Muslim immigration and shutting mosques, currently tops opinion polls ahead of the 15 March parliamentary vote, but has seen his lead reduced in recent weeks.
The Moroccan rant comes months after he was convicted of hate speech over his promise to reduce the number of Moroccans in the Netherlands.
Seemingly basing his views (and silly hair) on the dangerous right wing idiot across the other side of the Atlantic, Wilders is promising to voters he will 'regain their country and make the Netherlands for the people of the Netherlands again' as there are 'a lot of Moroccan scum in Holland who make the streets unsafe'.
Championing of US President Donald Trump's policies appears to be backfiring though as Trump's agenda is pulling America apart and the Dutch are afraid that electing someone like Geert Wilders will result in the same in their small European nation and are backing away from voting for him as is shown by his tumbling poll lead.
Such is the poison of Wilder that the UK Government tried to ban him from visiting in 2009 but by the end of 2017 we could have far right wing leaders in the Netherlands, America and France and that is a scary thought and even more so if you are a Muslim who have become the Jews of the 21st Century and we know how that ended the last time the far right-wing had so much control.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Like The Message But Hate The Messenger

We have had three Prime Ministers since Tony Blair slinked out of Downing Street but such was the stink and strength of feeling that he left behind even now he can't put his head above the paparapet without large swathes of the country wanting to take it off.
That is the problem he faces which makes it even worse that what he said today about Brexit is spot on, this Government is about to  take the UK over a cliff edge and someone needs to stop it.
You don't have to like Blair to agree with his stance on Brexit but whatever he may say, it's undermined by who he is and what he's done.    
The irony is that his call for the people of Britain to rise up and force the Government to listen is lost in the memory of 2 million people of Britain rising up against his Iraq War folly and him dismissing them.
The remain camp need a hero, someone to unite and stem the suicidal march to economic madness that 52% of the British public voted for but instead of a hero we got Tony Blair, and he is just to divisive a figure to those of us on the pro-EU side to rally behind who remember his lies and actions during his turn in power.

French Colonialism

France and Britain were amongst the worst of the colonisers who would forcibly take over countries, rape and pillage them for their own benefit and make with the military if the people we were subjugating took offence.
Some still try and make the defence that we 'civilised them', those that lived possibly but not so lucky were the millions who died under the Union Flag and Tricolour and while us British tend to not mention it or call them the Commonwealth, the French President nominee, Emmanuel Macron, has come out and said that what the French did was 'a crime against humanity', 'truly barbarous' and 'part of our past that we should apologise for'.
Damn straight you may think but those on the right wing of French politics has said that his words were treacherous and treasonous and pulled out the same nonsensical cliches about bringing wealth, law and order to the nations while they were being stomped all over.
The latest polls show that Macron would come second to the ultra right wing Marine Le Pen in the first round of voting and then would resoundingly defeat her in the second which would come as a relief as yet another right wing lunatic in one of the major nations of the globe would really be something to worry about.