Friday, 26 October 2012

Commented Oct 26, 2012 at 05:06:13 in World

“Some well-trained and able people traded on their name and relationship with a politician to make a bunch of money. Seems to me that this happens in pretty much every country. The less transparent the government, the more money can be made, but it is par for the course in even the most open of systems.”
John Sununu, Top Romney Surrogate, Suggests Colin Powell Obama Endorsement Motivated By Race [UPDATE] John Sununu, Romney Surrogate Suggests Colin Powell Obama Endorsement Motivated By Race 

Commented Oct 26, 2012 at 04:45:33 in Politics

“Possibly true, but John and Rush are only supporting Mitt because he is white, so it evens out.”
Anglo American CEO Cynthia Carroll To Step Down FTSE 100 Loses Another Female CEO

Commented Oct 26, 2012 at 04:40:01 in UK

“"The chief executive came under pressure from shareholders in Anglo American who demanded an immediate change of management after losing confidence in her strategy and leadership."
     Shouldn't the fact that she is a female outweigh these minor concerns?”
Teacher Training Tests Overhauled To Raise Standards (And They're Not Allowed A Calculator) Teacher Training Tests Overhauled To Raise Standards (And They're Not Allowed A Calculator)

Commented Oct 26, 2012 at 04:24:27 in UK Universities & Education

“Im' not shure this is a gud idea.
You coud be despensing with sum of you're best edicationalists,”
Brighton And Hove Council Suggests Axing 'Mr And Mrs' Labels As It 'Offends Transgender' People Brighton And Hove Council Suggests Axing 'Mr And Mrs' Labels As It 'Offends Transgender' People

Commented Oct 25, 2012 at 20:56:26 in UK

Absolutely right. We should also scrap he and she and call everyone "it."     Transgender people are such a large portion of our community, we should be very careful not to offend them, lest they rise up and take over the country.”
Environmentalists Attack Appointment Of Peter Lilley To Climate Change Committee Environmentalists Attack Appointment Of Peter Lilley To Climate Change Committee

Commented Oct 25, 2012 at 07:47:28 in UK Politics

“In this article, apparently, anti-science means "doesn't agree with me."”
Paul Ryan Poverty Speech Proposes Reforming Programs For The Poor Paul Ryan Poverty Speech Proposes Reforming Programs For The Poor

Commented Oct 24, 2012 at 17:17:40 in Politics

I doubt his ideas will reduce poverty, but it is a sure thing that the anti-poverty programs haven't.

Paul Krugman: Romney Victory Could Mean 'Double-Dip Recession' Paul Krugman: Romney Victory Could Mean 'Double-Dip Recession'

Commented Oct 24, 2012 at 12:28:22 in Business

True, Paul, but so will an Obama victory.

Tom Watson Links Unnamed Former Prime Minister To Paedophile Ring  Tom Watson Links Unnamed Former Prime Minister To Paedophile Ring

Commented Oct 24, 2012 at 12:12:09 in UK Politics

No, he did not. He linked an unnamed aide to an unnamed former prime minister. I wonder how many names of card-carrying communists he has on a list.
Nadine Dorries: George Osborne Is A 'Pernicious Influence' On David Cameron Nadine Dorries: George Osborne Is A 'Pernicious Influence' On David Cameron

Commented Oct 24, 2012 at 09:31:06 in UK Politics

"Nobody wrongs me and doesn’t pay for it," she says, referring to Cameron's 2011 jibe in the Commons that the backbencher was "extremely frustrated". "There is a saying: ‘Revenge is a dish best served cold." 
      Nice to know that she has her priorities right: the good of the country and her constituents must take a back seat to her getting even for a perceived slight. Pretty typical of the "I'm for me first" zeitgeist.
Obama Administration Counterterrorism Blueprint Signals Growth Of Kill List Obama Administration Counterterrorism Blueprint Signals Growth Of Kill List

Commented Oct 24, 2012 at 06:29:28 in Politics

Any nation adapts its war to the tactics of the enemy. Attacked by armies with divisions of infantry and armour, they respond with divisions of infantry and armour. Attacked by small-scale murderers, they respond with small-scale murder. It may not be pleasant or morally comfortable, but it is inevitable - and a far sight better than the deliberate bombing of civilians in Dresden, Coventry or Hiroshima.
Richard Mourdock On Abortion: Pregnancy From Rape Is 'Something God Intended' [UPDATE] Richard Mourdock On Abortion: Pregnancy From Rape Is 'Something God Intended' [UPDATE]

Commented Oct 24, 2012 at 06:16:13 in Politics

“Difficult, but totally understandable position. To some, God is both omniscient and omnipotent, thus any act or event that occurs does so with God's fore knowledge and - as God is able to prevent it - with His intent to allow it to happen. Under this logic, all the various natural disasters and human-led holocausts are things that God intended to happen.
          Mourdock's God is not a very nice God, but He is neither inconsistent nor incomprehensible. Question is, do we want representatives who worship nasty Gods?
Why Would A Sex Offender Do A Lot of Charity Work? Why Would A Sex Offender Do A Lot of Charity Work?

Commented Oct 24, 2012 at 06:03:12 in UK

Ascribing evil motives to ALL actions of a sexual predator is far more comfortable than the idea that people are complex and may have both good and evil motives. Easier does not mean better or more accurate.
Want a Real Prison Revolution? Then Set the Fairer Sex Free Want a Real Prison Revolution? Then Set the Fairer Sex Free

Commented Oct 24, 2012 at 05:58:25 in UK Politics

Why do we need a sexist reason to set a sensible policy? Why is this idea couched in terms of gender, rather than in terms of the type of offense or offender?      How do you square "...64.3% of women released from British prisons in 2004 were reconvicted within two years of release," with " the vast majority of the female prison population would be of no danger to the public."”
UK Feminista Suffragettes To Rush Parliament UK Feminista Suffragettes To Rush Parliament

Commented Oct 24, 2012 at 05:48:26 in UK

“I prefer humanism to feminism or any other kind of sexism.”
Prisoner Voting Rights Prompt Tory Row (POLL)Prisoner Voting Rights Prompt Tory Row (POLL)

Commented Oct 24, 2012 at 05:44:36 in UK Politics

When someone commits an imprisonable offense, they are saying that they do not consider themselves a part of society to be bound by its rules.
     Offering individuals who do not consider themselves part of society control over that society seems the height of folly. It is like the UK offering the vote to the citizens of the Republic of Ireland or saying that, if Scotland becomes an independent country, their citizens will still be allowed to vote in the UK.

Friday, 19 October 2012

       If you got it, flaunt it: she's young and her milk glands are in good shape. Why anyone is upset about seeing a healthy a young animal's milk glands is beyond me”
MPs Expenses: Senior Politicians Among Those Renting Homes While Claiming Money MPs Expenses: Senior Politicians Among Those Renting Homes While Claiming Money

“This is outrageous. We set up a system designed to punish those who buy a house to use as a base to serve us in parliament and to favor those who merely rent accommodation for the same purpose - then they go around it. Worse, they do it stupidly - instead of using a rent-to-buy scheme, they rent to each other. Did they think we woukldn't find out? Or did they think we really didn't mean it when we said we were against MPs owning homes in London?”

Nick Griffin Twitter Storm After BNP Leader Appears To Tweet Gay Couple's Address Nick Griffin Twitter Storm After BNP Leader Appears To Tweet Gay Couple's Address Commented Oct 19, 2012 at 04:35:14 in UK

It is dead certain that Griffin's tweets did less damage to the two than these news stories do. Any penalty meted out to Griffin should be meted out to each media outlet that repeated the tweets.
The best and the brightest, hey?
Mysterious Earth-Sized Planet Discovered Close To Our Solar System Mysterious Earth-Sized Planet Discovered Close To Our Solar System  Commented Oct 17,

“Oh yeah, and Chris, never mind that sea voyage - we've got problems enough here in Spain." Isobella.
Who Won The Debate? (Obama vs. Romney, Round 2) Who Won The Debate? (Obama vs. Romney, Round 2)  Commented Oct 16, 2012 at 23:10:11

“Sadly, another example of candidates less interested in what they stand for than in who they are running against.”
Ministers Accused Of 'Royal Cover-Up' After Publication Of Prince Charles' Letters VetoedMinisters Accused Of 'Royal Cover-Up' After Publication Of Prince Charles' Letters Vetoed

Commented Oct 16, 2012 at 09:06:58 in UK Politics

“Good for the ministers. Hope they stand their ground. Neither diplomacy nor government nor sensible decision-making can be effectively conducted if everything that every member of government says or writes is published as an open letter.”

Monday, 15 October 2012

PBS belongs to the people  (Sun Sentinel Oct 15)       
        Government funding of PBS (a private company) is complex and cicuitous. A better example would be CPB, which does get a direct government appropriation - and which funds PBS in several ways.  Cutting CPB would do the most damage to local public radio and television stations, which get the lion's share of their appropriation.
        The real question is why these kind of subsidies are all dealt with piece-meal and separately: why is no one saying cut all corporate welfare, including payments, allowances and deductions for banks, airlines, agribusiness, oil, gas, theaters, opera houses and PBS.  The reason is, we have gotten used to lobbyists convincing government to take our tax dollars and give them to their mates or their pet causes.
        If PBS and local public Radio and TV stations get a cut in their public funds, they will find another business model, just as oil and gas companies or agribusinesses would.  Some local stations, especailly in smaller communities, may go belly up.  I doubt that many oil, gas and agribusinesses will, though they may have to get up off their backsides and work a little harder for their living.

Anti-Islam Film Protesters Rally Outside Google's London Headquarters (VIDEO) Anti-Islam Film Protesters Rally Outside Google's London Headquarters (VIDEO)

Commented 15 Oct 2012 at 11:34:10 in UK

There is a film that is offensive to some and those offended peacefully protest it's availability.
Freedom of speech in action, on both sides. Ain't a free society wonderful?
Barack Obama And Mitt Romney's Economic Plan Barack Obama And Mitt Romney's Economic Plan

Commented 15 Oct 2012 at 11:15:01 in Politics

"the past four years have unleashed a raw, bitter war over economic class, our social obligation to the poor and sick, and the basic sustainability of the modern state that has existed since Franklin Roosevelt."

Actually, what has unleashed the war is that our bank manager mentioned that we have been kiting checks for 50 years and are now so deep in debt that we will have to cut back on our lifestyle. But we have gotten so used to the gravy (and there is now so much of it) that the cuts will really hurt - so we go to war to ensure the cuts hurt the other guy more than they hurt us.
    What happened to "we're all Americans, we're all in this together," you ask? 
    That's sooo 20th century.
Using Illegal Drugs Is Like Gambling Or Eating Junk Food, Says UK Drug Policy Commission Using Illegal Drugs Is Like Gambling Or Eating Junk Food, Says UK Drug Policy Commission

Commented 15 Oct 2012 at 10:53:37 in UK

“Absolutely right! Just include chips and fizzy drinks in the list of class A drugs. Problem solved. Later, if we decide to remove substances from the list based on the amount of harm, they may be the last to go.

As nanny says, everything that is not compulsory should be forbidden.”
Abortion: Bpas Launches 'No More Names' Campaign Amid Row Over Termination Limits Abortion: Bpas Launches 'No More Names' Campaign Amid Row Over Termination Limits

Commented 15 Oct 2012 at 10:44:34 in UK

"what do you call a woman who's had an abortion?"
Someone who has had to make a tough choice that will be second-guessed by millions who do not know her or anything about her.”
The Week That Was: Behind Every Man... The Week That Was: Behind Every Man...

Commented 14 Oct 2012 at 11:06:01 in UK

“...here's a woman whose dress sense/lipstick choice/career path (sadly often in that order) is to be analysed and debated across the political spectrum."

And why is this a sad thing? Her dress sense and lipstick choice demonstrates her EQ (emotional quotient) - that is, how good she is at figuring out what makes other people feel positively about her. Her career path merely shows how good she is at turning EG and IQ into money or favour.”

Jimmy Savile Abuse Allegations 'Could Span Six Decades And Include 60 Victims' Jimmy Savile Abuse Allegations 'Could Span Six Decades And Include 60 Victims'

Commented 14 Oct 2012 at 10:40:04 in UK

So What? Let the social workers and counselors get on with helping the victims and get this garbage off the news. Enough of your titillation and pandering to prurient interests already.
PS: To both Paul and Les
    Isn't it annoying that people can be both good and evil at the same time?
   Why can't things be all black or all white, like wot they used to tell us in sunny school?” 
Central Banks Can't Inflate Market Prices Forever Central Banks Can't Inflate Market Prices Forever

Commented 14 Oct 2012 at 10:34:51 in Business

“Sorry, Mohammed, I don't like your chances. Responsibility is sooo 20th century. Today's average government entity, like the average citizen, runs a mile at the sound of the word and starts looking for someone else to blame.””
Jimmy Savile Allegations To Be Subject Of Two Independent Reviews By BBC Jimmy Savile Allegations To Be Subject Of Two Independent Reviews By BBC

Commented 13 Oct 2012 at 16:59:29 in UK

“Gosh. Two whole inquiries. Well that will lay the media feeding frenzy to rest, won't it?
Ever notice how the sexual antics of journalists are NEVER reported? Apparently it is not in the public interest for us to know how many of the journalists and publishers, who tsk-tsk so loudly at Jimmy Saville or Strauus-Kahn, are guilty of the same practices.”
Ayman Al-Zawahiri, Al-Qaeda Leader, Calls For More Anti-Islam Film Protests Ayman Al-Zawahiri, Al-Qaeda Leader, Calls For More Anti-Islam Film Protests

Commented 13 Oct 2012 at 16:52:45 in World

“He wants more anti-Islam demonstrations? Don't like his chances, at least in the west. Most folks don't care enough about the tiny minority who pervert Islam for their own mohareb ends to bother demonstrating.”
More Than 1.6 Million Adults Live With Parents, Unable To Get On Property Ladder More Than 1.6 Million Adults Live With Parents, Unable To Get On Property Ladder

Commented 13 Oct 2012 at 16:48:08 in UK

“The majority of those living with parents do not pay a market rent nor contribute the full cost of their food. If you spend all your income on yourself, it can be hard to save up to rent or buy your own place. Most of these people would be happy with social housing (it is better that my mom and dad don't pay for me: but okay if other people's moms and dads pay for me), so it is a good thing that they cannot get it.”
Civil Servants Could Face Tougher Working Hours, Slashed Benefits To Cut Costs, Union Claims Civil Servants Could Face Tougher Working Hours, Slashed Benefits To Cut Costs, Union Claims

Commented 12 Oct 2012 at 02:44:34 in UK

“Both are benefits become rights by virtue of being provided by government. If government provides a benefit, each citizen (at least each in the same class or group) must get that same benefit - as we have a "right" to be treated fairly and without discrimination. Failure to treat citizens fairly is such a violation of basic rights that the government deserves to fall and citizens treated unfairly are within their rights to bring that government down.

However, if government does not provide or mandate education or healthcare (or does so only for those with special needs or only up to age 12), then I have no right to these benefits. I must find them on my own.

A government may mandate that people who are sick must be paid, even though they do no work on a given day (a reasonable thing for government to do - protecting citizens, their dependents and hence society at large). In that case, I have a right to sick pay because I may not be discriminated against.

If, however, some employers elect to pay workers for sick days not taken, while others do not, the government is unlikely to get involved (since there is no social benefit in forcing all employers to do this). In this case, I have a "right" to this pay only if I work for company that pays it to others like me.”
Invest in Girls Invest in Girls

Commented 11 Oct 2012 at 09:54:29 in UK Celebrity

“"...entire families and communities are changed when girls go to school."
Now you know why the Taliban want to kill any girl children who do.”
Scottish Independence: Plans To Allow 16 Year Olds To Vote Criticised By UK GovernmentScottish Independence: Plans To Allow 16 Year Olds To Vote Criticised By UK Government

Commented 11 Oct 2012 at 00:58:38 in UK Politics

“Whenever some politicians get worried about the outcome of a vote, they try to dream up ways to cheat. Sadly, this tendency is not limited to one side of the aisle or the other.

In the old days, we had a word for these politicians: we called them crooks.”
  •   Did 'brutal' cuts cause West Coast rail fiasco? · an hour ago
    No, incompetence was the cause. But, of course, since everything is always the fault of someone else, (especially incompetence), this article will be just one of many from various factions singling out their usual suspects
  •  Car bombing kills 15 in northwest Pakistan · 2 days ago
    I wonder how many women and children these moharebeh murdered or maimed here. Isn't it time for Islam to rise up against these enemies of god? Time to put a fatwa and a bounty on their heads?
  •   Exclusive: MS drug 'rebranded' – at up to 20 times the price · 
    Well there is NO reason why these people should be paid for the cost of getting this drug from off-licence to on-licence. It should come out of their own pockets. After all, they were the ones who were stupid enough to invent it and test it, weren't they?
  •   The return of DSK · 2 days ago
    Okay, he's a scum bag. But have you noticed that the sexual antics of journalists are NEVER reported on? Apparently, it is not in the public interest for us to know how many of the reporters, who are tsk-tsking so loudly about Strauss-Kahn, are guilty of the same practices.
  •   Facebook: The antisocial network · 4 days ago
    I know it makes good headlines to pretend otherwise, but try to remember: companies pay tax on profits not on income
  •   Obama team 'to blame for Benghazi embassy deaths' ·
    And their committee has already shown willing to publish classified material and endanger the lives of US personnel abroad in order to make their point.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Civil Servants Could Face Tougher Working Hours, Slashed Benefits To Cut Costs, Union ClaimsCivil Servants Could Face Tougher Working Hours, Slashed Benefits To Cut Costs, Union Claims

Commented Oct 10, 2012 at 18:13:02 in UK

“Absolutely. 25 days paid holiday is a basic, god-given right that mankind should not dare to question, just as being paid for sick days we do not take has been part of the British heritage for countless generations. As the American constitution should have said: all people are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, including life, liberty and the pursuit of annual leave, sick pay, childcare, flexitime, part-time and term-time working, and job sharing.”
Why Bother With Facts on Welfare When Fiction Is So Convenient?

Why Bother With Facts on Welfare When Fiction Is So Convenient?

Commented Oct 10, 2012 at 18:04:18 in UK Politics

“Well of course they are false stereotypes. We all know that no one in the UK is on benefits who could be working and that absolutely everyone collecting disability is really unfit to work. It is clear that paying someone to stay home (paid for by someone else) that is only 10% less than they would make if they went to work could never be seen as an incentive to stay home - all of these people would jump at the very first job they were offered for that extra 10%”
We are all Plebs to the Class Warriors of the Right

We are all Plebs to the Class Warriors of the Right

Commented Oct 10, 2012 at 17:58:31 in UK Politics

“Yeah, and when them elites says pleb, it's a slur - but when we parasites says toff, it's just a description.”
Malala Yousufzai 'Stable' After Pakistan Taliban Shoot 14-Year-Old Blogger For Being Pro-West (PICTURES)

Malala Yousufzai 'Stable' After Pakistan Taliban Shoot 14-Year-Old Blogger For Being Pro-West (PICTURES)

Commented Oct 10, 2012 at 12:58:06 in UK

“"This was a new chapter of obscenity, and we have to finish this chapter," Ehsan added.

Amazing: I know that the Taliban are obscene, but I wouldn't have expected him to admit it.
One must admire the shooter's Talibanity however: not sure which baby was the one he was supposed to kill, he shot two or three babies, just to be sure. A cowardly moharebeh, worthy of the obscene Taliban”
'Abu Qatada Will Not Get A Fair Trial In Jordan, Claim Human Rights Experts

'Abu Qatada Will Not Get A Fair Trial In Jordan, Claim Human Rights Experts

Commented Oct 10, 2012 at 12:47:29 in UK

“Well, true. It is the business of the UK legal system to call other sovereign nations liars and their justice systems inferior. If we don't protect any of their criminals who manage to turn up here on forged passports, what else is the law for?”
Malala Yousufzai, Teenage Pakistani Girl Activist, Attacked By Taliban

Malala Yousufzai, Teenage Pakistani Girl Activist, Attacked By Taliban

Commented Oct 9, 2012 at 11:45:41 in World

“The baby-killers are at it again. But then, she did commit a horrid crime in their eyes: not only did she ask to learn something - she didn't demand that what she learned should dictated by them.”
States Deny Millions Of Ex-Felons Voting Rights

States Deny Millions Of Ex-Felons Voting Rights

Commented Oct 8, 2012 at 22:53:57 in Black Voices

“Well of course they are: it is a way to quash the liberal vote, since a liberal is a conservative who has just been arrested.     If liberals wish to retaliate, they should support stonger law enforcement, since a conservative is a liberal who has just been mugged”
Supreme Court Looking At Affirmative Action In College Admissions

Supreme Court Looking At Affirmative Action In College Admissions

Commented Oct 8, 2012 at 22:42:30 in Politics

“"The university says ... that white students with lower scores also were admitted, while many more minority students with higher scores than Fisher also were not offered admission."

Therefore, the plaintiff was NOT denied admission solely on racist grounds, which makes this is a very complex case - and not one I would have picked to decide the issue of racist preferences.

Affirmative action is deliberately racist and sexist, designed to compensate for race-based and gender-based discrimination that affect the applicants long before they get to college age. The purpose is to give equality of opportunity, NOT equality of results. If, as it seems, the university's race-blind admissions were doing pretty well at creating a diverse student body, it is very hard to argue that the program is really necessary.

Finally, the damages could be very costly: compensating all rejected students (of any race) with higher scores for the difference between their costs to attend UT and the cost to attend the school where they ended up enrolling.

For these reasons, I'd expect a narrow rather than broad decision.”
Linda McMahon Campaign Leaks HuffPost Reporter's Emails To Bolster Its Ethical Bona Fides

Linda McMahon Campaign Leaks HuffPost Reporter's Emails To Bolster Its Ethical Bona Fides

Commented Oct 8, 2012 at 03:40:59 in Politics

“Oh no! Politicians covering journalists the same way that journalists cover politicians?
That's not fair. Aren't journalists supposed to be the only ones who are allowed to quote people out of context?”

Hunt's Abortion Statements Are About Politics, Not Medicine

Commented Oct 7, 2012 at 06:10:20 in UK Politics

“As there is no scientific reason to shorten the period when abortions are permitted, the only reason to suggest that the period should be shortened seems to be prejudice. Prejudice against those whose religious beliefs allow abortion.”
Karl Watkin, The Millionaire Businessman On A Mission To Keep Terror Suspects In The UK

Karl Watkin, The Millionaire Businessman On A Mission To Keep Terror Suspects In The UK

Commented Oct 6, 2012 at 04:19:37 in UK

“Rare: a man of principle who puts his money where his mouth is. One might object to his adding to the the cost of these extraditions, which are designed to outsource prosecution and imprisonment and save taxpayer funds better spent elsewhere - but we still save a million on the trial and 50k a year for subsequent incarceration, so we can probably afford it.”