I was going to add this as a comment on my last blog, but it’s too long. Especially for Ms. Holier-than-thou.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1232011/Cash-strapped-Test-Valley-Council-spends-100-000-garbage-bin-inspectors.html#ixzz161RIspOw

Councils use anti-terror powers to check for dog collars
Councils have used anti-terrorism laws to try to catch people donating goods outside charity shops and to make sure dogs are wearing collars.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/7753375/Councils-use-anti-terror-powers-to-check-for-dog-collars.html

How local councils use anti-terror laws to spy on ordinary people

heraldscotland staff

http://www.heraldscotland.com/how-local-councils-use-anti-terror-laws-to-spy-on-ordinary-people-1.828851

>In 1976–80 there was a net inflow of 37,200 foreign citizens
per annum; by 1996–2000 this had increased to anet inflow of 110,200 per annum.
Immigration increased particularly rapidly during the 1990s, and it is responsible
for about half of the population growth during that decade. Recently, reforms to
UK immigration policy have sought to make immigration easier for certain groups
and there is active consideration of future policy initiatives.<

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=6&sqi=2&ved=0CDsQFjAF&url=http%3A%2F%2Feconrsss.anu.edu.au%2FStaff%2Fhatton%2Fpdf%2FHatTaniRev.pdf&rct=j&q=immigrant%20population%20uk%201980&ei=i4HqTJieJIOVswaYs6WPCQ&usg=AFQjCNGOHwMtB6szwSr94XbOrFKsb9q2gg&cad=rjt

>Net immigration into London from abroad tends to displace some existing
residents, who move out into other parts of the Greater South East –
though the short-run effect is nearer to ‘one for two’ than ‘one for one.’
This substantially reduces the impact of immigration on London population
growth, while probably intensifying that on the population mix.An effect of the concentration of migrants in the worst paid segment of
the labour market has been a significant downward pressure on wages at
the bottom end of the market. This seems to have encouraged job
growth in these occupations, but earnings among workers in this sector
have suffered, falling behind growth in the cost of living. At the same time
the gap between earnings levels for this group in London and those in the
rest of the UK has been substantially eroded.The majority of migrants use relatively fewer public services than
indigenous households – and are therefore less costly to the public purse.
There are, however, additional pressures from the diverse needs of
migrants, and the claims of those in the weakest situation. The costs of
housing, translation services, health provision, schools and social security
benefits
have increased as a result of the additional needs of some new
migrants to London.As a new Guardian/ICM survey reveals startling gaps in the cultural knowledge of young British adults, we take a serious look at changing British society and the culture it produces.Young 18- to 24-year-old adults are measurably “dumber” than older age groups, evidence in a special ICM survey for the Guardian indicates.The angry old men of the dumbing down debate have been deskilled and disempowered by the feminisation of culture. < Worth reading to see how the dumbing down is effected.

And a nice, and balanced, comment here: http://fusilier.wordpress.com/2007/04/02/dumbing-down-standards-uk-style/

http://www.guardian.co.uk/dumb/

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Posted by: bravo22c | 21/11/2010

Denationalising England.

I read an interesting Stratfor piece the other day about Moldova.  Some of you may have difficulty in locating Moldova on a globe, but what is happening there is of interest to me because a large percentage of the counterfeit cigarettes that are sold in Romania – and shipped to the rest of the EU – are made there.  A link to the article, – a general piece, not about cigarette smuggling –  is below, if you might be interested.)
One sentence from the article stuck in my mind: Wanna know what it was?

Posted by: bravo22c | 11/11/2010

And then there’s this…

As the clock struck 11am, the nation paused to silently mark the anniversary of Armistice Day, when peace returned to Europe at the end of the First World War.
But in London the solemn moment was marred by a small group of protesters calling themselves Muslims Against Crusades, who burned a model of a poppy and chanted “British soldiers burn in hell”.
They held banners which read “Islam will dominate” and “Our dead are in paradise, your dead are in hell”.

Posted by: bravo22c | 28/08/2010

What an Innings

From 39 for 5 to … whatever the score is when Trott gets his double century. What a shame though that that spell of four for nought in eight balls by a young man of only 18 has been wasted. The lad deserved better support.

Posted by: bravo22c | 14/07/2010

White guilt and the air-brushing of history.

The big lie. History reversed – black is white. How to parrot the white guilt line and airbrush the truth out of history.

Of course, the British Consul General James Finn did not write in 1857, ‘…the country is to a considerable degree empty of inhabitants…’ (FO 78/1294, 15 Sep 1857.) Arthur Penrhyn Stanley, the cartographer, did not write ‘In Judea…for miles and miles there was no appearance of life orhabitation.’ (……………… need a reference) The Palestine Royal Commission did not note that, ‘on the road fromGza to the North, no orange groves, orchards or vineyards were to be seen until one reached (the Jewish village of) Yabna…the villages in this area were few and thinly populated…’ (Peel Report, 1937.) Sharif Hussein, Guardian of the holy places of Arabia did not write, ‘The resources of the country are still virgin soil and will be developed by the Jewish immigrants.’ (Al Qibla, 23 March 1918.)

Of course, Palestine was historically the homeland of the Palestinian Arabs alone, not the land of Israel, re-named Palestine during the Roman occupation – and only for that time – never Christian lands invaded and occupied by expanding Islam.* Of course, Palestine was never part of Syria, never the Ottoman Province of South Syria. There were no Greeks – 20% of the [population in the 1600’s (F Eugene Roger, La Terre Sainte, 1637,) – and the Ottomans did not encourage immigration by Syrians, Egyptians, Turks, Armenians, Persians, Kurds,Afghans, Circassians, Bosnians Algerians, Bohemians, Bulgarians, Georgians… to try to make something of the place. A Governmant handbook of 1920 did not note, ‘ The bulk of the population are fellahin…in the Gaza District they are mostly Egyptian and elsewhere of the most mixed race.’ (Syria and Palestine, FO Handbook No 60. HMSO 1920.)

It is absolutely not the case that the small Arab population of South Syria did not regard themselves as Palestinians, or people of a separate nation, how could you say such a thing? Clearly, it is not the case that Arabs flocked to the area on the back of the increased prosperity brought by Jewish settlers, (see quote from Sharif Hussein, above,) so that the Arab population increased by 118% between 1922 and 1946 (Howard M Sachar, History of Israel, Knopf, 2003.) Franklin D Rossevelt did not conclude in 1939 that ‘Arab immigration into Palestine since 1921 has vastly exceeded total Jewish immigration… The Arabs of the British Mandate did not, on any account regard themselves as mainly Syrian, and the Peel Report did not say that they ‘…clung to the principle that Palestine was part of Syria and should never have been cut off from it.’ The Syrian leader Auni Bey Abdul Hadi did not testify to the Peel Commission that, ‘There is no such country as Palestine. Palestine is a term the Zionists invented. There is no Palestine in the Bible.Our country was for centuries part of Syria.’ Ahmad Shuqairy, founder of the PLO, did not say in testimony to the UN Security Council, ‘It is common knowledge that Palestine is nothing but Southern Syria, (UN Security Council Special Committee on Palestine, 1956.)

And, never let it be said that the Arabs of Palestine fled their homes because they were told to do do in advance of the invasion of the new State of Israel by five Arab armies in 1948. The Higher Arab Executive did not broadcast warnings to leave, or that those Arabs who accepted Jewish protection would be regarded as outcasts. (Economist, amongst many others, October 2 1948.) Khaled Al Azm, Prime Minister of Syria after 1948 did not write, ‘Since 1948 it is we who demanded the return of the refugees while it was we who made them leave….We brought disaster upon the refugees by inviting them and bringing pressure to bear upon them to leave…We have rendered them dispossessed.’ (Memoirs of Haled al Azm, Beirut 1973.) Mahmud al Habbash certainly did not say, ‘ ‘…in 1948 Palestinian Arabs left their homes willingly under the instruction of their own Arab leaders and with false promises of a prompt return. (Column in Al Hayat al Jadida, official newspaper of the Palestinian Authority, 13 Dec 2006.)

Distorted, white guilt-ridden opinion and bigotry is supportable only if the facts are completely ignored and the grauniadista chatterati re-writing of history is believed.

*Conquest of Syria, 637
Conquest of Armenia, 639
Conquest of Egypt, 639
Conquest of North Africa, 652
Conquest of Cyprus, 654
Conquest of North Africa, 665
First Arab siege of Constantinople, 674–678
Second Arab siege of Constantinople, 717–718
Conquest of Hispania, 711–718
Conquest of Georgia, 736
Conquest of Crete, 820
Conquest of southern Italy, 827

Posted by: bravo22c | 28/06/2010

Whacko of the Week (2)

I know it’s unsporting to shoot a sitting bird, but this has to qualify for a Whacko award. Step into the limelight the Nut from the NUT* who said, regarding the possible establishment of a Primary School by Cambridge University:

“If the school was run by the university’s department of education, surely they should be sharing their knowledge with all schools?

“I reckon they would not be able to resist offering places to university lecturers – we could end up with a selective catchment.

“The local education authority should deliver equality of provision in a coordinated way, and we think having a patchwork of providers is going to damage that.”

The spokesman** failed to consider that Local Education Authorities are already acting is a patchwork of providers and are nowhere near delivering equality of provision – postcode lotteries? Actual places lotteries?

Simple solution. Make all schools independent. Give parents vouchers. Shut down all of the LEA’s. Save money and improve schools at one and the same time.

Whackos.

* An apt name, some would say. Oh, alright then, I would say.

** Yes, I know, but let’s not do the PC mangle-the-language thing.

Posted by: bravo22c | 12/06/2010

I lost my moisturiser.

On my way back from Bucharest to Moscow I had to transit through Munich. Since it was a short trip, I was travelling with hand-carried luggage only. In my washing kit I had a bottle of moisturiser. (After 25 years of running around in the open, the first seven in a semi-permanent haze of diesel smoke, if I don’t moisturise regularly I turn into a remarkably good stand-in for the amazing Lizard Man.)

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Airport Security is pants

Posted by: bravo22c | 10/06/2010

The Trouble with gods…

…is incompetence. If a supposed omnipotent being cannot deliver a single, clear message to all of its creations, what does that say about omnipotence? If not omnipotent, then not a god. That makes all the mummery the same, whether a shaman rattling the bones or a priest shaking a censer while they both mutter magic spells, no difference, just superstition, that’s all.

Posted by: bravo22c | 10/06/2010

White Guilt (3)

I wonder if it’s worth it for me, personally, to read Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s new book. Since her views are so close to mine, and she speaks with greater authority, I would only be nodding my head in agreement through most of it, reinforcing the views I already hold:

A feminist, she is infuriated by those Western feminists who will not take on subjects such as female circumcision, honour killing and the sale of brides in Muslim societies (and among Muslims in our own societies) because they wish to blame Western colonialism for all ills. Reference

The way to better understanding, I have generally found, is to read the views of those with whom you disagree. I would, however, recommend her work to those of you who insist on seeing the other point of view through the lens of your own cultural values, not those which apply in forming that other view.

Nomad. Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Posted by: bravo22c | 20/05/2010

Whacko of the Week

Had to add an extra Whacko of the Week when I saw this. It is a joint award; to the Daily Telegraph for publishing this crap, and to Hartwig Hausdorf, the ‘expert’ in question:

Aliens ‘hijack’ Nasa’s Voyager 2 spacecraft, claims expert.

Herr Hausdorf is a graduate of the Munich Tourism Trade School. He worked in a travel agency specialising in tours to the Far East and now heads a Travel Agency. He writes books on the para-normal, (that is, fairy tales.) That is is ‘expertise.’ Bad Daily Telegraph!

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