Thursday, 17 August 2017

Why do these people want big government to tell me where I can take a pee.
Do these guys think I can't figure it out by myself?
What happened to the Republican party that they think we need big government telling us what to do.

Theresa May  – Britain doesn't want a PM who can't condemn Donald Trump
Come on, May. Join the bandwagon.
Here is something all Britons can agree on: make Donald Trump responsible for all of our racism.
If we can make it look like he is guilty, then all of our sins of racism will be forgiven.

Twitter Points Out Other Times When ‘Both Sides’ Were Clearly Incomparable
Sure, the cancer was aggressive. But the chemotherapy was also very aggressive. 
There was aggression on both sides.    
There is blame on both sides, Anne Frank was being a very loud and rude house guest

Hacker Group Anonymous Takes On The Alt-Right
Yeah. They were going to take down ISIS. Uh huh.Believe it when we see it

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

To the white male supremacists: you're nothing more than venomous crybabies
The interesting thing its that our author does not acknowledge the fact that these white are feeling seriously disadvantaged in there own home. Yes, the fact that they are crybabies is a given, yes, the fact that they are decrying 'their privilege is a given - bet that doesn't mean that you can just dismiss them...
      Sorry, of course you can, but that will simply make them a more determined foe...which is what Trump realises and the Democrats do not

Charlottesville's alt-right rally shows the importance of removing symbols of white supremacy
Donnie is right in one regard: we will need to take down the statues of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson: either that or admit that our founding father's have feet of clay.

The Sun can't pretend having a 'Muslim Problem' isn't reminiscent of Nazi propaganda
"...just as there have been terrorists who happen to be Roman Catholic."
Please name two that have killed in the name of Jesus or the Catholic Church.
       You are right: I forgot the Central African Republic, the Maronite, the Uganda, the Tripura,     Nagaland, the Christian in abortion clinics. These were not just isolation Christian killing, they were killing in the name of  the church.

Monday, 14 August 2017

What Happened to the Negative Music Review?
As about half of them can't sing, I can see why they would do this.
People don't want to be told 'half your vocalist can't sing' - it depresses them.

Foreign Solar Firms Gain Unexpected Support in Tariff Fight
Don't these people know that we're for America First!
We don't care how much it cost us to have our substandard or efficient suppliers, we want America First. 
If we do this for lots of markets, we could set America industry back decades.

What the Google Controversy Misses: The Business Case for Diversity
James Damore has been heaped with calumny because apparently people didn't read what he wrote.  Instead, they wish to see it as an attach on diversity.   That is all very good - I suppose people need to have their shibboleth attached now and then.  It is just hard for Mr Damare, who thought he was merely entering a debate.   He didn't know he was taken on a zeitgeist that didn't deal in fact:  it dealt with "don't you touch this, it is our faith and we will not have anyone messing with it."

Almost half of girls as young as 11 say they are harassed when they go online, study shows
There should be a law so that girls do not need to develop a thick skin, because we know that girls can't take care of themselves. There should be a law so that girls do not need to develop a thick skin, because we know that girls can't take care of themselves

Sunday, 13 August 2017

White Supremacists Show Up To A City That Didn’t Want Them
This kind of terrorism does not have a place in America.
These are unAmercian activities.
They were shouting "Trump Heil" and had licence plates that were mostly out of state. 
What does that tell you about their politics

Theresa May under pressure to cut cost of university as public rejects high fees and huge debts
Well of course they do.
We want our elite to be cosseted by the people.
It is what the lower half should pay for.

Friday, 11 August 2017

What! A former cabinet minister is allow to speak of something that disagree with the zietgeist. How dare he! Does't he know you can only spout things that Newspeak has said may be spoken about

Google should not have given an outspoken engineer the sack
It might been better to keep Mr Damore in place and show how his ideas are just wrong, but that would be allowing free debate. Far better to get him out, since that allows those with his views to hide behind a 'see, we don't have any tolerance for that kind of thought." Meanwhile allowing them to think their thoughts that say "we will always be the boss here."

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Irony on Welfare  –           Old Lange’s Rant of the Day

Friend Paul Engel sends:
 The Food Stamp Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is proud to distribute the greatest number of free Meals and Food Stamps ever – to 46 million people.
     Meanwhile, the National Park Service (also USDA) , asks us “Please Do Not Feed the Animals.” Their stated reason for this policy is: “The animals will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves.”
      Thus ends today's lesson in irony.

Dear Paul
32% of the people on food stamps are in work, but don’t make enough to feed their kids
20% are disabled
15% are elderly                    The average beneficiary gets $125 a month.

I am happy with requiring the others to work in exchange for receiving their food stamps, because I agree that free handouts destroy initiative and create dependency: it’s why I want to repeal the oil-depletion allowance, free crop insurance, carried interest, the step-up-in-basis rule and other government welfare handouts to agribusiness, banks, coal, oil & gas, and the rich.
       In 2016, the Obama administration tightened up federal rules that require the able-bodied to work to get stamps. The states and counties that have implemented these work-for-stamps rules have seen a dramatic reduction in the able-bodied on their food stamps roles – falls of 25 & 50%.   The problem is: the extra cost and staff needed to manage a work-for-stamps system is local, while all of the benefit money comes from the Feds.  This negative incentive meant few states set up work-for-stamps systems before they had to. (There has been nothing stopping them from doing this for the past decade or two.)   Indeed, when unemployment was high, most states (especially the red states who are the larger recipients of SNAP funds) applied for and received a waiver of the federal work-requirement rules – it saved them money and cost them nothing.

Blogger Jaymz writes on Medicaid:  
I don't believe a quarter of the working age population are so physically or mentally disabled to be unfit to contribute to the economy.  Probably well under ten percent, maybe five, I don't know.  For the others, their problems are unique and complex, and Medicaid is not the ideal solution.  You might call them "misfits",

Of the 70+ Million who are on Medicaid, only 24 Million are non-disabled adults (aged 19-64), and 59% of those are employed. That leaves us with only 9.84 million “misfits”, or 3% of the total population.   I can readily believe that 3% of Americans are misfit deadbeats.
       The rest are simply not paid enough to afford even the most basic health insurance.   (If you make $15k a year, it is impossible to pay even 3k – $250 a month– for health insurance.)

Raising the minimum wage to a living wage could take millions off both Medicaid and food stamps.

Number of young people planning to go to university falls to lowest level in eight y14% shows that at least some people are coming to the realization that having  university degree is not the be all and end all....there are other walks of life.ears
14% shows that at least some people are coming to the realization that having university degree is not the be all and end all....there are other walks of life.

Tories accused of secret 'fire sale' of hospital land to bail out cash-strapped NHS
The article does not say how many parcels of land are being contemplated, as this would make it clear that this would not amount to a hill of beans in the NHS defecit.   That is: this story is a beat up.  
14% shows that at least some people are coming to the realization that having  university degree is not the be all and end all....there are other walks of life.
14% shows that at least some people are coming to the realization that having  university degree is not the be all and end all....there are other walks of life.
14% shows that at least some people are coming to the realization that having  university degree is not the be all and end all....there are other walks of life.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Google Fires Employee Who Wrote Memo Criticizing Diversity Initiatives
I could see this getting out of hand.
It was time cut your losses and realize that some people don't have the right to their opinion if their views are in the minority.  Especially if their views might argue against the zeit geist. We all know that women and men seek the same things - that's a given

Who Ultimately Pays for Corporate Taxes? The Answer May Color the Republican Overhaul
Just make the tax cuts be a flat sum on the dollar.
That way the people who will have the biggest effect on the economy will get the tax cut.

Monday, 7 August 2017

White Christians and the appeal of Trump & the Republicans            Old Lange’s rant of the day

 Christians are gradually losing their superior position in American society, a position that automatically gave them better jobs, better housing, better loans, better schools, better police protection; in short, better everything.  It is gradual; whites still enjoy a huge advantage in preferences and privileges, but fewer than before.  Not being stupid, affluent White Christians can see the writing on the wall. (Poor whites never expected privilege and are astonished to and pleased find a president – even a party – speaking to them as “white” rather than “the poor.”)  Both poor and affluent do shre the view that White Christians are superior to all other ethnic groups.

White Christians feel abandoned by the Democrats because, at base, the party does not think White Christians should have preference and privilege, nor that they are superior to all other ethnic groups.  In the past the rhetoric about taking care of the poor and the minorities came with the unsaid understanding that White Christians came first, of course, but poor and minorities were the next most important thing.  The new Democratic party openly courted the votes of the minority and the poor first and just assumed that the white working class would stay with them. (“What are they gonna do, vote Republican?”)   No wonder working White Christians felt abandoned.

There is much speculation about why Republican politicians so often attract White Christians by focusing on peripheral cultural issues such as gay marriage, religious freedom, legalized marijuana and the like – when the economy, healthcare and foreign policy have so much more impact on their day-to-day lives.   The answer is three-fold: 1) these cultural issues are based on deeply held beliefs that White Christians think are very important, 2) the Democrats have taken positions on these issues that many (if not most) White Christians do not share and 3) White Christians feel that they have little control over economy, healthcare and foreign policy.    No wonder White Christians feel abandoned.

The first of the three is probably the most important.  White Christians feel as deeply about these cultural issues as minorities do about profiling, and for the same reason: they see them as existential.   Defending them is defending White Christian survival.  So, when Democrats take an opposing view, it is no wonder White Christians feel abandoned.

Other key, although peripheral, issues for White Christians are related to a limited-pie view of the world: welfare dependency, foreign aid, public schools.  If resources are limited, White Christians want them to come to White Christians not to some other group.   Again, the Democrats have taken a position that White Christians are doing just fine, it is others that need more help and hence more government resources.   No wonder White Christians feel abandoned.

If the Democrats do not realize this, and act on this realization, they will continue to lose the White Christian vote.  It is an old political saw that “you can’t win the presidency without the Black and Hispanic vote.”  Turned out not to be the case.   Democrats need to remember that, in most states, you can’t win dog-catcher without a goodly share of the White Christian vote.


Intriguingly, one of the most inexplicable but deeply-felt cultural arguments is disagreement on the proper size and scope of government.  This is not a White Christians thing at all; whether a White Christian favours big or little government may depend upon simply on whether someone in the family has a government job.  There is universal disagreement on this issue and it goes  across all races and classes.  Politically, however, it is only a perceived difference, rather than a real one.   Neither Party is really for bigger or smaller government.  The parties just want to shrink or grow different parts of government.

Republicans favour big government in Washington telling people whether they can get an abortion, what and where they can smoke, how they can die, who can sell insurance in their state and where they can take a pee.    Democrats want big government in Washington to stay out of managing a woman’s fertility, out of surveilling citizens, out of the right to die, out of where people can pee and out of building walls.  (Both parties are happy with big government telling people where they can smoke, but Republicans and Democrats often disagree on whether big government should have any say in what we can smoke.)   Republicans want to reduce government by cutting welfare for individuals, Democrats want to reduce government by cutting welfare for corporations.   Republicans want bigger government though increased spending on defence, Democrats want smaller government through decreased spending on defence.  

PS: BOTH parties ALWAYS increase the number of federal workers when they get in power.

Let’s restrict the number of privately educated people in Britain’s elite
I think she has something here. If only 7% can go into public jobs, and only 43% of those from public school can go into public jobs, then that means we could have 50% of our chief executives, barristers, journalists, judges, medical professionals and MPs be filled by people from other walks of life. 
Unless Ellie is a elitist at heart and just wants her ilk to win at the lottery for professional jobs.

Brexit ‘Divorce Bill’ Of £36 Billion Rejected By Tory Eurosceptics
No. Britton does not wish to pay for its committents to the EU. We wish to say that our committents to the EU are nothing
We wish to be known as the deadbeats of Europe.

UK citizens to get more rights over personal data under new law
Will they all be able to have them squash their sex offenders register

Monday, 31 July 2017

What's the GOP ever done for us?   Old Lange's rant of the day
Blogger Sarge Freedom asked: What major piece of legislation has the GOP championed and passed in the past 50-years that actually HELPED make life better for the MAJORITY of the people of the United States?  And Richard Kolber responds: I just can't think of a single thing the GOP has done for the non-rich in the last 50 years 
Let’s not go overboard.  
Republicans are just Americans whose ideas about how to do things differ from Democrat ideas.
Some key Republican accomplishments in my lifetime:

1954 Chief Justice Warren gets full Supreme Court for school desegregation in Brown v. Board of Education
1955 Eisenhower administration bans racial segregation of interstate bus travel
1956 Eisenhower begins construction of the Interstate highway system.
1957 Eisenhower deploys the 82nd Airborne Division to desegregate Little Rock’s schools
1957 & 1960 Eisenhower’s Civil Rights Acts

1970 Nixon establishes the Environmental Protection Agency
1972 Title IX
1972 Shanghai Communique, Salt and ABM treaties
1973 Nixon ends the draft
1974 Vietnam Amnesty programme

1975 Ford’s  Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act

1981 Reagan establishes the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities
1987 Reagan demands freedom for Eastern Europe from the Soviets. (Tear down this Wall)
1987 Reagan’s INF treaty with Russia
1988 Reagan signs Civil Liberties Act, compensating Japanese-Americans

1990 Bush Sr’s Americans with Disabilities Act and the Clean Air Act Amendments
1990 Bush Sr proclaims the New World Order
1991 Bush Sr‘s Desert Storm campaign to liberate Kuwait from Iraqi occupation.
1992 Bush Sr negotiates and signs NAFTA

2002 Bush Jr’s No Child Left Behind
2003 Bush Jr’s Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003
2003 U.S. Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act of 2003 (including PEPFAR)

Okay, you said 50 years, so I guess Eisenhower doesn’t count, and Republicans seem to be repudiating or cutting funds for some of these (e.g. the EPA, ADA, Clean Air Act, New World Order, NAFTA, No Child Left Behind and PEPFAR)
So maybe they didn’t do all that much that will last, but it  was certainly not nothing.

PS: I am sure that Republicans would also tout their big tax cuts (Reagan and Bush Jr), but most of the benefits thereof went to the rich with very little for the working American and both fed a boom and bust cycle that led to recession

Diana's family lead backlash against Channel 4 revealing intimate sex life with Prince Charles
When the media are in the middle of emotional masturbation, almost nothing can stop them. Is it hurtful to some, does it help anyone? Who cares? It sells advertising!

Sunday Times Sacks Kevin Myers For Anti-Semitic And Sexist Column

The anti-Jew remarks are beyond the pale, as is the idea that women should have to "earn" equal pay.
They should be paid the same because they are women, full stop. 
Regardless whether they draw equal audience or have equal talent, they should still get the same money.
Otherwise, Vanessa Feltz would be on minimum wage

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Some people just do not understand insurance                                    Old Lange's rant of the Day 

You are absolutlely right, Richard, the question WHY THE HELL SHOULD I PAY FOR YOUR PRE-EXISTING CONDITION? shows that Russell does not understand insurance. It is like asking WHY THE HELL SHOULD I PAY FOR YOUR hospitalization when you fell down the stairs drunk? If Russel understood insurance, I don’t think even he would suggest that the first is an illegitimate expense because a pre-existing condition is not your fault, but the second is a legitimate expense because falling-down drunk is your fault.

In another exchange, you ask Russell What's more important to you, your wallet or remaining ideologically pure? The answer for many is: ideological purity. They would rather cling to a for-profit system than get better healthcare, for everyone, at a lower cost. Oddly, this is exactly what President Trump promised America when he started on his Repeal Obamacare drive: he promised that Trumpcare would deliver better healthcare, for everyone, at a lower cost. The difference is that single-payer systems (as used in every 1st-world nation bar the USA) would deliver this promise, while Trumpcare never had any intention of doing so – it was a pure con.

Michael Master has argued elsewhere that Senator McCain helped Republicans by keeping Obamacare alive. (He may be right, though it seems odd for Michael to crow about serving party before country.) Obamacare is a very flawed system and hence easy to campaign against. Still, most Republicans and quite a few Democrats would prefer to keep Obamacare rather than accept a single-payer system, because a single-payer system bears the label “socialism,” and “socialism” is a word that sends them quaking in their boots. They do not mind the “socialism” of our military, who defend ALL Americans, regardless of whether they can afford to pay for that defence. They don’t mind the “socialism” of a police force, who will protect all citizens, regardless of their ability to pay. They are happy with the “socialism” of a fire department that protects all property, regardless of income. It is only healthcare that drives them to say "Healthcare is a human right? That is a pantload of socialist shit."

Like Russel, they will argue that “my boyfriend’s cousin had to wait for a year for a hang-nail operation under socialized medicine,” deliberately ignoring the fact that every single-payer system in the western world (i.e. most developed countries bar the USA) allows queue-jumping by those who can afford to pay for it. It is like the “socialism” of schools that will educate all children, regardless of ability to pay – though anyone may insist on their right to pay more for a better education.

Single-payer would deliver good basic healthcare for everyone at a lower cost and allow the more affluent free choice: the ability to purchase even better healthcare if they so desired. The end result would be that the affluent would get the same excellent healthcare that they get now at the same price they now pay and the poor would get better healthcare at the same price they pay now (little or nothing). Everyone in America would win.

But that would be “socialism” and all good Americans hate “socialists,” except for our socialist military, police, firefighters, and teachers, who we love. (Okay, maybe not teachers.)

PS: Cui bono: What happens to the health insurance industry under single-payer and does that explain their billions in political donations? Opposition to single-payer is funded by insurance companies and healthcare providers who grow very, very fat on for-profit medical care that is inferior to, and more costly than, medical care in the rest of the developed world. Those who do not understand what insurance is and those who are terrified of the word “socialism” are their dupes and pawns

EU accused of 'wilfully letting refugees drown'
I thought it was Libya who was willfully letting people drown.
Lange's rant of the day
From: Michael Master    Sent: 28 July 2017 12:56
America is not as great as it was for working white middle class Christian Americans.   they heard Trump.   so they voted for him.   it was a revolt against the divisions in America caused by Obama.   
    I think you have something there, Michael.  Those who saw themselves losing out in the competition of life (privileged white-but-not-rich Christians) were attracted to someone who said he could bring back the America they remember: where whites had better jobs than everyone else, where Christians got preferential treatment almost everywhere (at the banks, at car dealerships, even at the grocery store), where women stayed at home to raise the kids and men got paid more for the same work than women who didn’t.
      They resented Obama because he was not white, but also because he was more articulate, better educated and street-smarter than they.  They even tried to pretend that he was not Christian, because his obvious superiority  offended their sense of propriety.  (As if being Muslim could somehow explain why he was smarter, better-educated and more articulate.)
      In short, Mr Trump appealed to people who felt they were losers; people who revere winners.  They saw Trump slog through bankruptcies, through suits from people he did not pay for the work they did, and through fraud cases by paying millions to settle.  They saw him ignoring American tradition (keeping his taxes secret, manufacturing his products overseas, using-illegal immigrant labour) and getting away with it, and they said: “That’s our man.”
        Having made their choice, they now have post-purchase rationalization.  Is he spending more taxpayer money on his vacations in a few months than previous presidents spent in a full year – that’s okay, he’s our guy.  Is he pocketing their tax money in countless business deals – that’s okay, he’s our guy.  Is he working to get mega tax cuts for the very wealthy and but a pittance for them – that’s okay, he’s our guy.  Did he collude with our enemies to get himself elected – who cares, he’s our guy. 
        Some even try to justify their decision by saying “Hilary would have been worse,” which may be true but it is an awfully close-run thing.  A year ago, it was hard for me to imagine anyone who could possibly be worse than Hillary but I am, slowly but surely, starting to believe it's our President 

Japan Slaps 50% Tariff on Some U.S. Beef
Is this part of Japan First?

Decriminalisation Of Homosexuality: 50 Years After 1967 Act, 5 Obstacles To Equality Persist
I see a different five Obstacles:  1) Lesbians, 2) Bis3) Gays, 4) Trans, 5) Queer
They are so self-centered and sexuality focused that people just want them to shut up and get on with it.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Trump Administration to Bar Transgender Individuals From Serving in U.S. Military
Transgenders are twice as likely as the general population to have mental health and substance abuse issue. We'd like our military to have FEWER of these problems than the general population. I recommend very, very thorough mental screening of trans applicants; being exceedingly careful whose fingers one puts on triggers
PS: The president may have difficulty with constitutionality on this issue.

BBC Presenter Apologises After Tory Donor Calls Jeremy Corbyn A ‘Twat’ Live On Air
Well of course he should apologise for what someone else said about Corbyn - especially as it was the truth. One should never tell the truth about politicians on live radio.

Grenfell Inquiry Judge Told To Resign By Angry Residents
They have already decided what the outcome of this inquiry should be and they are not certain that a truly independent judge will rule the way they want, so of course they want him to resign
Charlie Gard: we should ask why his case became the media circus it did
Because journalists, this paper included, thrive on conflict and getting people to dislike each other. 
If they can find something that fans the flames of disagreement, they will publish it..

Photo Of Trans Boy In Texas Shows Exactly Who Is Affected By ‘Bathroom Bills’
These poor children: Parents have allowed them to become confused about their gender and sexuality and then wonder why they cry.

Illegal immigrant in upstate NY allegedly raped young girl
Sadly, legal residents rape far more women than illegals do, whether per capita or in raw numbers.
But that does not fit the FOX News narrative of "let's all hate illegals."

Monday, 24 July 2017

Tory activist suggests minister's sexuality could be behind decision to change trans policy
What are they doing about trans-agers: people who identify with a different age than the number of years they have been alive?

Parents end fight to take Charlie Gard to America
Finally the 5-month torture of this poor infant has stopped. He NEVER had the potential to be a normal, healthy little boy. If you disagree, please name two children that this alleged experimental therapy was successful with.

Jeremy Corbyn Insists Labour Never Promised To Write Off Historic Student Debt
Trump now has competition in the lying stakes

‘Star Trek’ Actor Going Boldly Into On-Camera Gay Romance
Is there some reason we should care who star trek actors (or characters) like to have sex with?
Whaare they doing about trans-agers: people who identify with different age than the number of years they have been alive?
Whaare they doing about trans-agers: people who identify with different age than the number of years they have been alive?

Sunday, 23 July 2017

There are more important things than Donald Trump’s Twitter feed
True, but it does not stop you from putting his tweets on page one as often as you can. 
 Physician, heal thyself.

Radio station cancels Richard Dawkins appearance over Islam tweets
Quick, shut him up before he tells the truth
Pay should be decided on sexists grounds. What gender a person claims is far more important than any ability to draw and entertain an audience.

Johanna Konta Interview on BBC Today Leads To Calls For John Humphrys To Resign
Humphreys is always more interested in himself than in his interviewees. He thinks it makes him look like a "tough" journalist to belittle people and make them look bad.

He does, but only for federal crimes. He has no power to pardon in state prosecutions.
True, but it does not stop you from putting his tweets on page one as often as you can.   Physician, heal thyself.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Boots apologises for morning-after pill response
The campaigners said that more women would use the pill if it was cheaper, Boots said more women would use the pill if it was cheaper and the campaigners said "what a horrible thing to say."   Boots apologised.

Muslim woman detained for reading Syrian art book on plane takes court action
Because of her race? She claims she was discriminated against because she is caucasian?
At least she looks caucasian to me; if I am mistaken, what race is she?
PS: There is something odd about this story: who said that she was detained for reading a book? The airline? The authorities? The woman? Her lawyer?

California judge refuses to bring back Trump's sanctuary cities ban
Good! ICE agents should do their job and stop asking city cops to do it for them.   City cops will detain anyone who ICE has a warrant for, so ICE should get up off their butts and get the warrants.

Reporter hailed as hero after broadcasting  press briefing in defiance of White House rules
This is fake news. Anyone who would record and forward things people actually said MUST be a fake news agent.   How can we manage spin if people hear our words as we speak them?

Trump appoints man who thinks climate science is 'junk' to top science post
This severely offends those whose religion is climate change. Okay, the guy is wrong, but does he deserve vitriol because he is wrong, or should he be educated.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

GOP urges 'civil disobedience' over new Seattle tax
The GOP, once the party of law and order, now wants to use left-wing radical activist tactics to protect the income of the rich, rather than using the US justice system to oppose an illegal tax.    How times have changed!

BBC to name presenters paid more than £150,000 a year of which two thirds are men
Men and women should be paid exactly the same, regardless of their talent or their ability to draw audiences; equality of results is what is wanted, not equality of opportunity. 
     If this were no so, if we wanted equality of opportunity, we would not ask why women are paid less than men, we would ask why Jane is paid less than Peter

Trump’s Plan To ‘Let Obamacare Fail’ Is Morally Appalling
If Obamacare fails, it fails on Trump's watch. That is, it will be Trumpcare that caused it to fail

Delivery Drivers Too Scared To Work After Dark Because Of Acid Attacks
So there ARE no-go areas in London.

Men and women should be paid exactly the same, regardless of their talent or their ability to draaudiences; equality of results is what is wanted, not equality of opportunity.  

If this were no so, if we wanted equality of opportunity, we would not ask why women are paid less than men, we would ask why Peter is paid more than Jane.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Corbyn Tells May How To Avoid 'Disrespecting' Grenfell Victims

Since Jeremy has already decided what the inquiry should find, why doesn;t he publish the results now?
Isn't he disrespecting the victims by keeping mum? 
Or is it just because he hasn't been advised by an ethnically diverse panel yet?

Iranian Press Publishes Tributes Without HijabWhat head coverings must male Iranians wear?
Are there any items of clothing required for male Iranians?

Baker Street Hijab Incident Suspect's Girlfriend Was Set Upon First
The police are investigating this attack on a black woman by Muslim women as a hate crime.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Some GOP Lawmakers Really Want To Carry Guns In The Capitol
No way they should be allowed to have guns in the House and Senate unless I am too. 
If these nutcases are going heeled, I want to be able to protect myself.
Remember the second amendment exists so we can defend ourselves against these people.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

'Catastrophic collapse' of  ice sheet could raise global sea levels by three metres, warns scientist
       No, actually, she doesn't.  She says if ALL of the ice in the Antarctica Peninsula melted, it might raise the sea level by 1/2 a meter.  She adds that the current minuscule slice (about the size of Wales) will have NO effect on sea level. She goes on to say melting that would bring a 3.3 meter rise would take up to 1000 years.
      However, such honest scientific conclusions are not sensational enough for the Indie, who prefers to publish fake news headlines in the hopes of selling more advertising.  Is it true?  Who cares?  It sells.   Does it mislead or readers?  Who cares?

Bromance blossoms as Corbyn meets EU’s chief Brexit negotiator in Brussels
Good for Jeremy. Rather than have a united British position, we can have party positions that vie with each other for attention and acceptance, ensuring that Britain gets a worse deal than we could united. But what is Britain and its future compared to getting a few more votes?

Group to confront boats rescuing refugees in Mediterranean ‘and take them back to Africa’
Good for them. It is about time someone stopped this people trafficking. Those trying to enter the EU illegally should be safely and humanely delivered back to their port of departure or the next feasible port. If they wish to enter the EU legally, they are welcome. Let them apply from their home country in accordance with EU law.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

‘Classless’ Attack On Gender Creative Kid
Child abuse takes bizarre forms these days.
If the kid was "age non-conforming" and wanted to drink alcohol and drive a car, I suppose they would encourage him (albeit not at the same time).

Wall Street Journal Announces Restructure, Hints At Diversity Push Among Leadership
Nothing wrong with quotas, I suppose. I trust there will also be diversity goals for ethnicity (so many Hispanics, so many Germanics, so many Asians, etc.)

English Language Test For Nurses May Be ‘Too Rigorous’, Says David Davis
उसने क्या कहा, the applicants replied
This is VERY scary because, unlike politicians, academics tend to stay bought.

Grenfell Tower Fire: Ministers Still Clueless Over Unsafe High-Rises
And, apparently, journalists are also clueless: one assumes that otherwise they would have told us.
Councils should ONLY be led by people who have lived their entire lives in "properly diverse" tower blocks

Monday, 10 July 2017

Donald Trump Jr's message to Russian operatives? I'm open for business
All this story does is confirm the modern shift in politics: it is all about winning.
Are they an enemy of my country? If they can help me win, who cares?
Why do they want to help me win? Who cares?
What will they want if I do win? Who cares?

Quite right!
When Americans are colluding with foreign powers to get dirt on other Americans, the last thing we want is for the press to know about it. They might tell other Americans, which would be soooo inappropriate.

Blac Chyna Secures Restraining Order
Gud fer hur!
What did Whyte Flatware, Grien Cristul and Rid Taybulcloth have to say about it?
Theresa May Asks For Jeremy Corbyn’s Help To Deliver Brexit And More
The Drowning Not Waving headline is, presumably, because cooperation between parties is seen as an anathema by the Huffington Post - going against their unceasing attempts to divide Brittons and pit them against each other.

Grenfell Tower Is ‘A Symbol For Tory Britain’, Says Len McCluskey
Camden Market is a symbol of Labour Britain?
Remember, no Britton dies in vain: their deaths will be used to score party-political points.
Camden Market Fire Sees 70 Firefighters Battle ‘Huge’ Blaze In North London
Camden is a Labour council but I bet they find a way to say this is the Tories fault

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Old Lange's Rant of the Day
Muslim activist's reference to 'jihad' draws conservative wrath
This is difficult.  Like "organic" or "racist" the word "jihad" has changed meaning, at least in English.   It no longer carries associations of struggling with oneself against temptation or sin, nor struggling to protect the faith.   
      It now means "extremist violence" or "religious war" and no amount of logic, argument, discussion or "education" will put that genie back in the bottle.  Yes, this is wrong and it misunderstands the true meaning of the word, but that is the way things are.
      Just as "organic" is no longer the opposite of "inorganic" but now means something grown with only a few agreed chemical inputs.  Just as race is not longer a part of "racism" and something anti-Irish or anti-Muslim can be called "racist."    Just as "genetically modified" no longer includes hybridizing, but has become restricted to intra-cellular manipulation.  So "jihad" has come to mean brutal violence perpetrated by those who falsely claim to commit their atrocities the name of Allah
   No sensible person in America today would use "jihad" to describe anything other than religious war....unless they desire to inflame and create opposition.  Of course, it is also possible that the speaker might be woefully or deliberately ignorant of current American usage     
    Thus, we must conclude that Ms Sarsour is either an incendiary, not a sensible person or pig-ignorant.

Sheriff In Heart Of Ohio’s Opioid Epidemic Doesn't Carry Overdose Reversal Drug
That is outrageous. When people overdose and die from illegally obtained drugs, it is clearly the fault of the police. Our police have an absolute obligation to keep us alive, no matter what we try to do to ourselves.   Indeed, leaving the police out of it, it is a moral obligation for EVERYONE to carry Naxalone on their person at all times. If anyone overdoes and dies, it is the fault of anyone who is in the vicinity.
Note: the article says Sheriff "refuses" to carry. Refuses who? Did someone tell him to carry these drugs with him. Could we please have a list of drugs that police should carry with them? (I assume every officer must have Alteplase, Diazepam, Dopamine, Epinepherine, Inspra, Insulin, Naxalone, Nikenamide, Nitroglycerine and Simbiacort turbo inhalers, but are there others?)
For comparison, could someone please provide a list of a list of drugs that paramedics should carry with them?