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ISSUE #204 - 28th
Abortion as Genocidal Sexism and Racism
Certain terms in our politically correct age are so
toxic that they can be used only in carefully pre-ordained contexts and
never must any hint of opposition be expressed.
Two of the most poisonous are racism and sexism,
and each of these words carries its own special interpretation. Under
no circumstances must you convey the slightest support of either concept in any
way whatsoever; you may not even evince an ever so slightly nuanced
interpretation that might differ from the official script.
The racism script says that - regardless of
justification - a white must never express anything negative about a
non-white, nor take any action which might be seen to have the potential
to disadvantage a non-white vs a white. Of course the reverse does
not apply. Non-whites can disparage whites all they want - like
the US Supreme Court's newest judge
Sonia Sotomeyer, a Latina - and nobody bats an eye as it is
for a non-white person to be racist. (Forget that throughout
Africa and Asia the shade of your skin is the single greatest
determinant of your status as perceived by others - the less dark the
With sexism the story is similar. Only men, that
is, white men, can be sexists, and they must never say anything remotely
negative about women nor disadvantage them in any respect.
The one exception is certain types of women who
refuse to see themselves as part of an oppressed minority, such as
Margaret Thatcher, Sarah Palin, Anne Coulter, and are therefore
viewed by other women as virtual men, to be freely belittled.
(Only last week Ms Coulter was
harassed by university authorities and students in Canada
and prevented from making a speech, because she has a reputation for
Black men and Muslim men, apparently due to their
rich exotic culture that we whites don't appreciate, have special
dispensation to oppress women all they like, whether through
“ho”), control (burqa, arranged marriage) or mediaeval
punishments (stoning for adultery).
The defining issue in the nexus of sexism and racism is
abortion. If you oppose abortion you are most certainly sexist because
you are denying women rights over their own body, and most probably
racist as well because more non-whites than whites seek abortions. US
Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California
succinctly expresses the politically correct attitude: “Is
[abortion] morally correct? Yes, I believe it is
morally right ... to use tax dollars from pro-life Americans to cover
insurance plans that cover abortion.” Abortion is so morally
right that taxes should pay for it (a view that will have delighted the
Yet if there is one issue which almost oppresses and
kills more females and non-whites than any other it is that self-same
abortion. Consider ...
In the past I
have written about the unintended consequence of China's
one-child policy, introduced in
1979 by Mao's tyrannical successor
Xiaoping: if you are allowed only one child and you are Chinese, that
child has to be a boy. Only a boy will carry on your name and only
a boy can be relied upon to take care of you in your old age, since
daughters will have to care for their in-laws. Thus female
foetuses and live baby daughters in China have been killed in and out of
the womb in their tens of millions, to the extent that by 2020 China
24 million excess males of marriageable age. This translates
to 24 million (or more) girls killed in order to achieve this imbalance,
the great majority apparently aborted. If selective slaughter of
female infants is not sexist I can't think what is.
it doesn't stop in China. As a recent Economist
cover story explained,
a “woman's right to choose” an abortion turns out in practice to
be “a woman's right to choose” the elimination of women.
The sexism is profound.
In the US, abortions are carried out overwhelmingly on
the poorer people in society, and these are overwhelmingly black.
Indeed, there has long been a
preponderance of abortion clinics deliberately located in rundown black neighbourhoods.
American population includes
six whites for every black. Yet for every white abortion there
five black abortions, which adds up to over
400,000 per year, being 37% of all American abortions . This
is what lies behind the
astonishing observation that “abortion
kills more black Americans than the seven leading causes of death
combined”. Five of the lesser causes appear in the chart - AIDS,
Violent Crime, Accidents, Cancer, Heart Disease; the time period
covered is 1973 (the year of Roe vs Wade, which legalised abortion) to 2008.
Such statistics are the justification of the provocative
billboard below, the source of much irritation on the part of the
pro-choice lobby -
and this one
There is a black genocide going on, and that is
something that is as racist as you can get. As Dr Johnny Hunter, a
leading black anti-abortion campaigner
“The civil rights activists did not fight to make
‘safe, legal, and rare’
Clinton on abortion]
... This womb-lynching has caused
more African American deaths than the Klan achieved in over 144
Yet the abortion industry and those who defend it would
be the last to consider themselves racist lynchers who far exceed (by a
factor in the tens of thousands) even the
dizzy standards set by the Ku Klux Klan.
Anti-Female Anti-Black Genocide
Forget for a moment about the intrinsic (im)morality of
an individual abortion.
Large-scale availability of abortion has turned
out to be both sexist and racist in the extreme, and this is nothing at
do with white males.
Any proponent of
abortion is, ultimately, promoting the genocide
That's what Adolf Hitler tried to achieve
against Jews, gypsies
and the disabled. It's about as wicked as you can get.
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While we're on racism, it's enough to make you want to join the
National Party, if only to spite Britain's
Orwellian “Commission for Equality and Human Rights”
and its hare-brained accomplices in the judiciary.
The Commission had the BNP prosecuted for alleged racism
in its constitution, specifically its exclusion of minorities from
membership. The BNP was found guilty and told it could not recruit new
members until its constitution had been de-racialised by making membership
open to all, a process that took several months. As intended, the
moratorium on lucrative new memberships was a serious blow to its efforts to fight
Britain's coming general election;
nevertheless the BNP re-wrote a new constitution, ratified it via an EGM
and presented it to the court for approval.
good enough, because it requires new members to subscribe to the
BNP's principles, two of which state:
“We are pledged to the continued creation, fostering, maintenance
and existence of a unity and of the integrity of the Indigenous
“We are pledged to stemming and reversing the immigration and
migration of peoples into our British Homeland that has, without the
express consent of the Indigenous British, taken place since 1948,
and to the restoring and maintaining, by legal changes, negotiation
and consent, the Indigenous British as the overwhelming majority in
the make up of the population of and expression of culture in each
part of our British Homeland.”
So although anyone, including
minorities, can now join the BNP, the judge ruled that it is in effect
“racist” to expect minorities to accept these clauses. So
the ludicrous outcome is that the BNP have now made another
constitutional change that no longer requires would-be new member to
accept the clauses. In other words you join a club whose central rules and
philosophy you are specifically not required to observe - surely Groucho Marx would
something to say about that. This curious contortion has
however allowed the membership moratorium to be lifted.
So to summarise, to declare that
you want to stem and reverse immigration and to legally restore through
negotiation and consent an indigenous majority in your own country is
now in today's Britain a racist aspiration and therefore unacceptable,
indeed illegal. I wonder how a prohibition to promote your own
people and culture would go down in, say Japan,
Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia. According to the judge's ruling,
no-one in Britain has any further right to his/her own country: it belongs to
whoever manages legally or otherwise to waltz in through the ever-porous
borders and claim it.
Meantime, following from - and
doubtless the result of - its travails with the human rights commission
and associated publicity, the BNP has been enjoying a stampede of new
members and their subscriptions.
Then there is the
£10 T-shirt with a quotation
deemed so “offensive” (read: racist) that its wearer,
Reg Bates who is a
parliamentary candidate no less, was excluded from a course run by the
UK's National Health Service.
words constitute Article 51 of the
Magna Carta, the founding document of the jurisprudence of the
entire Anglophone world, from New Zealand to Singapore to India to Britain to North
America. Nevertheless, the state-run NHS by its action has ruled that the
heretofore much denigrated
Bad King John (1167-1216 AD), whom we now must recognize to have
been exquisitely multi-cultural and politically correct in his demand
for continued regal hegemony, should never
have agreed to sign the perverted document that those racist indigenous
British aristocrats pushed in front of him way back in 1215.
Interestingly, it's not considered in
the least bit racist when white women, seeking egg-donations (or
purchases) for implantation, routinely
screen the donors to check they are of the desired race, upbringing
and education (white, middle-class, graduate, good-looking).
Surely this invidious practice, like the BNP's racist constitution, also
deserves to catch the malign eye of
the human rights commission.
But, as has happened with the BNP, it would likely only
increase interest the, er, donations.
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- As If!
It is always interesting to watch the debate flow and
ebb about the desire in Ireland for reunification with Northern Ireland.
Until the Good Friday Agreement of 1998, it was a Constitutional
imperative - the South claimed sovereignty over the North. That
was dropped via a referendum, to be replaced after the GFA by a
“a united Ireland shall be brought about only by
peaceful means with the consent of a majority of the people,
democratically expressed, in both jurisdictions in the island.”
I remember how the ratification of the GFA was greeted
with much euphoria and talk about brotherly love between the people of
both jurisdictions. In the South, discourse was dominated by a
belief that what was good for Northern Ireland was ipso facto good for
all of Ireland.
poll conducted last January for Slugger O'Toole, a clear majority
(55%) of Irish adults agreed that
“on balance it would be better for
people on both sides of the border if there was a United Ireland”.
So much for the rhetoric. What of the reality?
This was recently revealed by two words: Shannon and
The first dose of reality came in 2007 when Aer Lingus
decided for economic reasons to relocate a few Heathrow flights
from Shannon to Belfast. Strikes, demonstrations and
disruption immediately ensued, as people from the Shannon area and
indeed the rest of the country protested the loss of jobs, of easy
access to London and of prestige. Columnists ranted, letters
splattered across newspapers, TV debates wailed in despair. This
was a grievous affront on the integrity and honour of of the nation, and
the Government must intervene to prevent it from coming to pass.
No-one was rejoicing that our poor downtrodden brothers
in supposedly decrepit Northern Ireland would get a leg-up when those
jobs, access and prestige popped up in lower-cost Belfast. Aer
Lingus went ahead with the move despite the protests, and ever since has
been contributing a bit more to the North's GDP.
Northern Ireland would instantly implode
were it not for the massive subvention of
£6-7 billion it has long received every year from the British
Exchequer. (Though snce Wales and Scotland also get handouts it means only
England actually pays for them - all of them, like Daddy handing out
pocket money.) Surely any measure, such as the
arrival of Aer Lingus, that
improves the province's economy,
makes its people better able to stand on their own two feet and
helps them wean themselves from suckling quite so hard on the English
taxpayers' well-worn nipple
should be welcomed by anyone who proclaims
concern about the Northerners' overall wellbeing, dignity and, well,
Not long after, the world economies came
Different countries took different counter-measures, but Gordon Brown,
Britain's Prime Mentalist (as
likes to call
him), decided to emulate Robert Mugabe by wrecking the currency though
printing more of it. But instead of calling it Mugabeconomics, he
invented an equally ugly term, quantitative easing, to achieve a similar
result. It took only a year for some 25% of the wealth and income
of every man, woman and child to be effectively confiscated when sterling
dropped by this amount against the other major currencies.
From 2005 though September
the pound was worth around €1.47 (shown on the graph as 68p
By November 2009 it would
only get you €1.11 (90p/€),
a dramatically reduced level at which it has more or less
remained ever since.
The drop from €1.47 to €1.11
represents the 25% devaluation mentioned
Oh, sure, in the short term dramatic devaluation boosts
exports and saves some jobs. But it's an illusory benefit because it
also puts up the price of imports, and domestic goods which compete with
imports, and pretty much everything else in a globalised world.
This is inflation unleashed, and the 25% confiscation of wealth is
manifested to ordinary people in terms of their deiminshed buying power
and wealth, hence
reduced consumption, hence jobs destroyed. Higher inflation is now
working its insidious way into the British economy.
In Ireland, however, the collapse of sterling created a
bonanza for anyone who drove across the border to the sterling area of
Northern Ireland to shop using their newly enhanced €uros. So
across the people
drove, in hordes, including thousands of civil servants on strike over
pay cuts. These migrant bargain-hunters clogged the roads and shopping malls of Newry
and other border towns. To the latters' surprise, they experienced a welcome boom when the rest
of the UK and Ireland were suffering from deep recession.
Did the richer people of the South welcome the
unexpected injection of wealth into the struggling Northern economy, one
with a GDP of
£16,188 per head (or
about €20,000) compared to
about €28,000) in the South? Were the Southerners - richer by
40% - magnanimous towards the windfall of their Northern brethren?
Were they hell! They were furious. The radio
talk shows exploded with indignation. The newspapers fulminated in
How dare people drive North for bargains, and deprive Southern shopkeepers of
revenue and the Finance Minister of VAT receipts. Indeed, that
Minister and even the Tánaiste (deputy prime minister) declared shopping
in Newry to be “unpatriotic”.
I heard no-one suggest that Southern tradespeople need to push down
their own costs to remain competitive.
So are Irishmen and Irishwomen in the South the
slightest bit interested in unifying with those in the North?
Pshaw! In word only. In deed, never. Recent events,
such as the two described, have illustrated an unacknowledged and
awkward truth: there is no river of love flowing northward
(doubtless nor southward either).
Gerard O'Neill of Turbulence Ahead has a
different view: he thinks unification will happen possibly in
the mid teens, but more likely in the 2020s.
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Bud, the Rancher
named Bud was overseeing his herd in a remote mountainous pasture in
California when suddenly a brand-new BMW 7-Series advanced toward him
out of a cloud of dust.
driver, a young man in a Brioni suit, Gucci shoes, RayBan sunglasses and
YSL tie, leaned out the window and asked the cowboy, “If I tell you
exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, Will you give me
at the man, obviously a yuppie, then looks at his peacefully grazing
herd and calmly answers, “Sure, Why not?”
parks his car, whips out his Dell notebook computer, connects it to his
Cingular RAZR V3 cell phone, and surfs to a NASA page on the Internet,
where he calls up a GPS satellite to get an exact fix on his location
which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the area in an
man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop and exports it to an
image processing facility in Hamburg, Germany.
seconds, he receives an email on his Palm Pilot that the image has been
processed and the data stored. He then accesses an MS-SQL database
through an ODBC-connected Excel spreadsheet with email on his Blackberry
and, after a few minutes, receives a response.
he prints out a full-colour, 150-page report on his hi-tech,
miniaturized HP LaserJet printer, turns to the cowboy and says, “You
have exactly 1,586 cows and calves”.
right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves”, says Bud. He
watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on with
amusement as the young man stuffs it into the trunk of his car.
says to the young man, “If I can tell you exactly what your business
is, will you give me back my calf?”
man thinks about it for a second and then says, “Okay, why not?”
a Democratic Congressman for the US Government,” says Bud.
That’s correct,” says the yuppie, “but how did you guess that?”
guessing required,” answered the cowboy. “You showed up here even
though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already
knew, to a question I never asked. You used millions of dollars worth of
equipment trying to show me how much smarter than me you are; and you
don’t know a thing about how working people make a living - or about
cows, for that matter.”
is a herd of sheep ....
give me back my dog.”
Hat tip: Barry O'Neill
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Comments to Cyberspace
Four assorted comments this time.
Our Halal Trial
Comment to KFC on its trial of Halal menu options
Halal slaughter, and indeed the Kosher method it copies, are an
unnecessarily cruel method of killing animals. It has no redeeming
characteristics whatsoever ...
A United Ireland by 2016?
Comment to Turbulence Ahead blog
Advocates of a united Ireland should propose an all-UK referendum.
No-one could doubt the outcome - an overwhelming vote to get rid of the
pesky, money-draining place. As for the South ...
Ahern proposes Autumn referendum on blasphemy
Comment to Atheist Ireland
Ahern is a clown, as both his infantile
blasphemy law, and his puerile reasoning for holding a blasphemy
referendum, amply illustrate. He should have remained
in his canoe.
Do you welcome the resumption of pay talks
between the Government and unions?
Comment in the Irish Times
Ridiculous. Other than the unions themselves, for which it is their
raison d'etre, no-one supports the industrial inaction of the public
service, not even the vast majority of those employees themselves, and
no-one has thought it remotely likely that the pay cuts would in fact be
reversed. This was a battle that the government was well on course
for winning and ...
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Quotes for Issue 204
- - - - C A N A D A - - - -
“We have a great respect for freedom of expression
in Canada ... our domestic
laws, both provincial and federal, delineate freedom of expression
... Canadian law puts reasonable limits on the freedom of
expression. For example, promoting hatred against any identifiable
group would not only be considered inappropriate, but could in fact
lead to criminal charges”
François Houle, Provost of the University of Ottawa,
which is funded by Canadian taxpayers,
“welcomes” American award-winning and best-selling
Anne Coulter to his campus to speak to conservative students.
Whether or not incited by M Houle,
Ms Coulter's talk was
cancelled for her own safety
at the University of Ottawa.
A day of shame for the university and for its
who you would like to think will now be summarily fired.
- - - - - U S - - - - -
have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away
from the fog of the controversy.”
US Speaker Nancy Pelosi urges Democrats
to pass the 2,700-page Obamacare bill, sight-unseen
- which they obediently did, by 220 votes to 207.
This is much the basis on which
notorious Lisbon treaty
was voted through,
which is probably a good reason it succeeded.
“To the extent that the [President's annual] State of
the Union [address] has degenerated into the status of a
political pep rally, I'm not sure why we [the Supreme Court
judges] are there.”
US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts expresses disquiet
at President Obama's use of his 2010 SotU
to excoriate the Supreme Court
for a decision on campaign financing that he happens not to like.
Justice Roberts makes the point that protocol demands
that the judges in attendance sit there expressionless,
with opponents surrounding them
“cheering and hollering”.
This is a serious rebuke to the neophyte president.
- - - - - I S R A E L - - - - -
Palestinians and the nations of the
Middle East will be rid of a bad omen once
Israel is annihilated.
Israel, a foreign presence and a Western prodigy in the region, has
reached the end of its road.”
in a speech in the south of the country,
leaves no-one in any doubt of what his Israel policy is.
Now if only he had the means to carry it out
- a nuclear bomb with a rocket delivery system, perhaps.
- - - - G L O B A L W A R M I N G - - - -
Quote: “There has been a very large, organized campaign to
try to convince people that global warming
is (oops, sorry)
isn't real, to try to convince people that they shouldn't
worry about it.”
Good ole Al Gore, still on the global
still terrified of actually debating
with anyone from the
“large, organized campaign”.
It is interesting that global
are increasingly hijacking and inverting the deniers' arguments
and painting themselves, like Mr Gore does here, as victims.
that we deniers are
part of a huge
kept afloat with
unlimited funds from
hey, that's what we've long been saying about them!
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ISSUE #203 - 7th
Married Biological Parents
Prompted by an article,
to protect children? Then promote marriage”
by David Quinn, director of the
I unearthed a recent report to the US Congress entitled
National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect”,
by the US Department of Health and Human Services.
as it's known, is
455 pages long, so I do not pretend I read every word, but I did go
through quite a bit of it (so you don't have to). I wanted to
evaluate whether to add it to a webpage of references that I maintain
which provides documentary support for the statement,
Biological Parents Are Better for Children”.
Self-evident as it may seem, this sentence is however hotly contested by
people who advocate less conventional parenting arrangements, including
A surprising such advocate is the
UK's probable prime minister, David Cameron, despite his on-off waffle
about supporting conventional marriage by providing tax relief for married couples.
set-piece speech on 28 February to his
Spring Forum in Brighton (much lauded because he delivered it noteless without
two Obama teleprompters or even a
Palin hand), he told the story of a man who had impregnated his
unemployed girlfriend. He was outraged that the couple couldn't
cohabit and raise their child together without the woman losing
the free gifts that working taxpayers are
forced to donate to her every week her benefits. His
solution was ... more benefits - he saw no reason to advocate that the
parents get married.
Such public approval of unmarried parenthood
is, from a child welfare viewpoint, a deeply malevolent position from
such a prominent politician - or indeed anyone. It's
also very hypocritical, considering he has commendably given his own
children the best chance in life by marrying and living with their mother.
Why is he so eager to deny this opportunity to other defenceless children?
Anyway, about 150 pages into NIS-4, you come across this
absolutely stunning chart, which makes the very point acutely -
Gold = Married
Purple = Other
Silver - Unmarried
Pale Blue = Single
Parent with Partner
Turquoise = Single
Parent, No Partner
Light Grey = Neither
“Harm” in this context comprises all maltreatment, abuse and
“All abuse” comprises physical abuse, sexual abuse and
“All neglect” comprises physical neglect,
emotional neglect and
Tellingly, the report comments that
“The rate of Harm Standard
abuse for children living with two married biological parents [shown in
gold in the chart] ... is significantly lower than the rate for children
living in all other conditions of family structure and living arrangement
... The rates in the highest and lowest risk groups differ by more than a
factor of 11”. Eleven!
This illustrates a simple choice, really. You are either
pro diversity in parental lifestyle choice for adults,
One or the other. You can't be both.
Naturally, since by comparison with
freedom for adults, the welfare of children is irrelevant (unless white
Catholic priests are doing the abusing), nearly everyone in our brave new
“diversity” opts for the former.
There is little merit in shedding crocodiles tears about
children having been abused by priests or relatives or institutions in their childhood,
unless we are equally angry at the deliberate choice of parents to raise
their children outside of wedlock.
Of course there is only one reason that couples cohabit
when they could marry. It is that one or both want to keep the
back door open so that they can escape from the relationship at any
Kids' wellbeing? To hell with it.
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Iceland in the EU?
What madness is
possessing our EU overlords, ever
stronger since the Lisbon ratification? They actually want to
welcome Iceland into the EU! Now I know that Icelanders are white
Christians who speak good English, but does not the word
strike terror into the heart of King
van Rompuy? Are memories so short that we have forgotten the
idiocy of having admitted
Greece into the €uro in 2002 only by deliberately pretending
they had achieved - when they clearly had not - the agreed monetary
criteria with regard to their debts and budget deficits, while
moreover massive tax evasion was the national sport of both
Romania into the EU in 2007 in the full knowledge that they
are corrupt, mafia-gangster, poverty-ridden states and that they
have massive unsolved problems with their brutal orphanages and
other such institutions?
In each case, there was the puerile, utopian view among
the EU élite that once these countries had passed through the respective
sceptred portals, their problems
would magically disappear with the liberal sprinkling of copious
quantities of EU citizens' money like some miraculous fairy dust.
Well they didn't; they're still there.
Greece's fiscal profligacy is on the verge of bringing
the €uro crashing down around everyone's shoulders. As Thomas
Mayer, the chief economist of Deutsche Bank,
warned last week: “If the Greece situation is handled badly, the
Eurozone could break down.” Italy is nearly as bad.
Though there has been sporadic improvement, Romania and
Bulgaria are still mired in
gangsterism, while thousands of their orphans, disabled
and other unfortunate people still
conditions in what are euphemistically
referred to as
And the thing is - thanks to their membership of the
- these are no longer national problems confined to the countries that
created them. They have become problems of the other 23 countries
of the European Union.
hum, whatever; let's now do the same kind of thing again”
seems to be the Brusselarians' attitude as they prepare to welcome
Iceland into the EU.
Iceland owes Britain and the Netherlands
over €5 billion due to the collapse of its Icesave savings scheme
and the fact that the two creditor countries compensated 400,000 of
their nationals for lost deposits of this amount. Those depositors
greatly outnumber Iceland's own
307,000 citizens. Repaying the Brits and Cloggies thus amounts
to a debt overhang of €16,000 per Icelander man, woman and child, which
in a referendum they have just, with a
majority of 93%, decided (unsurprisingly) not to honour.
Like the Italian, Greek, Bulgarian and Romanian
problems, the Icelandic one will not be made to vanish simply by
subsuming Iceland into the EU. Quite the contrary. Like
those others, it will
then become the EU's problem and ultimately it will be the non-Icelandic
EU citizens - like me - who are forced to pay (though not the bankrupt
Italians and Greeks, obviously).
What madness is this? There is no imperative or
advantage whatsoever to shoehorn faraway Iceland - which like Turkey is
not even part of a geographic Europe - into the EU.
How dare the van Rompuy cabal expose the EU in such a
cavalier fashion to Iceland's sovereign debts. When Icelanders
have paid them off they can join; not before.
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Last week I attended the
annual lecture of the Engineering Graduates Association at my Alma
Mater, University College Dublin. It was presented by the Chief
Executive of Ireland's state-owned Electricity Supply Board, Pádraig
McManus, who graduated from UCD just a few years after I did. The
ESB is Ireland's principal supplier and distributor of electricity.
“ESB Strategy 2020 - An
the lecture in fact embodied the company's vision up to 2035.
It was quite an eye-opener, as the
ESB's chosen future direction is entirely predicated on
anthropogenic global warming, AGW, and hence on an imperative to achieve
a carbon neutral future by 2035, almost regardless of cost.
“Carbon neutral” doesn't mean no carbon, it apparently means a
drastic reduction in emissions from burning hydrocarbons, while somehow
offsetting (tree planting in the Amazon?) any that might nonetheless be
released into the atmosphere.
ESB power generation will be decarbonised by a huge
switch to, principally, wind and tidal power, supported by hydro power
storage systems centred around artificial elevated lakes that would
drive turbines, and by electric power stored in the millions of
batteries in people's electric cars that we'll all be forced to buy.
Smart grids will optimise power distribution across the country,
possibly integrated into the UK's grid if not mainland Europe's.
(I read somewhere that to meet Ireland's power
demand, every square metre of land space would have to be devoted to
wind farms, or biofarms, or both).
But a centrepiece of Mr McManus's is to build a CCS
(carbon capture and storage) power station by 2020, ie a fossil-fuel
plant whose carbon dioxide emissions are compressed and pumped into
permanent subterranean storage (such as abandoned coal or gas fields).
The CCS part is a massively expensive undertaking which provides no
To support its ambitious
green programmes, the ESB
intends to pour untold money into researching and developing all of the
necessary and unproven green
technologies mentioned above. One slide showed the ESB spending
€20 billion on renewables and a further €200 bn on so-called
This is a company which
in 2008 had an asset base of €8.2 bn, revenues of €5.0 bn, a net
profit of €276 million and 5,534 employees. These are respectable
numbers for a medium sized and successful company, but completely out of
kilter with investment plans of €200+ bn. Yet the CEO provided no
indication of where such vast sums are supposed to come from -
presumably, like any parastatal, by mugging beleaguered taxpayers.
To me, the green
investment plans are utterly wild, bizarre and phantasmagorical.
But it gets worse. At the start of his lecture, Mr
McManus firmly assured his audience, like a latter day Al Gore, that
“everybody now accepts AGW”
(OK, when he heard me muttering in the back row he did concede
there was the
As one such oddity, in the Q&A session I asked him
whether, in the event that AGW theory nevertheless collapsed - and there
was already evidence (from faked hockey stick graphs to leaked e-mails
to dropping temperatures to unmelted glaciers) that it might - did the
ESB have a Plan B? In other words, should the AGW justification
disappear for making green
investment decisions that are fundamentally uneconomic, what then?
To my astonishment, he had no coherent answer. The best he could
manage was that the 2020 CCS power station could be cancelled
(subtext - I'll be long retired by then, so who cares).
I am left with the opinion that the senior management of
the ESB is deeply unserious if not grossly incompetent, and that the Board
seems no better. I am also astonished that the CEO seems blithely
unaware that futures may change and that proper companies make plans
that consider more than one scenario, especially when it is so radical.
Let's hope that AGW unravels as quickly as possible
before the ESB and other similarly foolish organizations sink too much
of other peoples' cash into ridiculous money-destroying ventures.
Meanwhile, of course, if you have a bright,
green idea or product to
protect us all from non-existent AGW, go at once to such companies and
milk their bloated AGW budgets for all you can, because the
“good” times will
Actually, the ESB might be interested in
this piece of
green Irish electrical
has been designed especially for ladies interested in truly sustainable
if solitary pleasure. Made of recyclable materials, you use your
hand to provide the pleasure by (no, not that way) winding the crank
handle until you've generated enough power to do the trick, as it were.
Enjoy, while being an angel to the earth, with no discarded batteries to
end up as toxic waste in a landfill.
Now that's real, not
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No this isn't about Uma Thurman or
The only carnivorous plant I ever heard of was the Venus
There are dozens of them around the world, such as this Sarracenia hybrid, with its promise of sparkling nectar and a rim that
looks like a prime landing pad but is slippery and lethal. The
bee has just slid into the sweet liquid and instead of eating lunch has
View the National Geographic's whole gallery of
fourteen deadly, carnivorous beauties, stunningly photographed.
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Comments to Cyberspace
Four comments; plenty of variety.
Do you think Catholic dioceses should ask parishioners for help
meeting the cost of clerical child sex abuse claims?
Comment in the Irish Times in response
Of COURSE the dioceses have to ask their
parishioners for donations. They have no other source of income than
that provided by their parishioners. Never have. Even their existing
assets (chalices, churches, church halls, land, money in the bank etc)
was paid of by the donations for previous parishioners ...
Blue Obama-lite (and parenthood)
Comment in the Spectator-hosted Melanie Philips Blog
Cameron's story about the man who impregnated his welfare-dependant
girlfriend reminded me of a chart I spotted in an new report to the US
Congress entitled " Fourth National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and
Do you agree with the decision by Trevor Sargent to resign?
in the Irish Times in response to a
It's pathetic that the issue has become one of whether and who
leaked the infamous letter. The offence was not the leaking but the
letter itself, from a serving minister demanding - on ministerial
notepaper - that the Gardai drop a criminal case. This is utterly
disgraceful. Sargent evidently believed ...
Letter to the Irish Times on 20 February 2010
Regarding your editorial about Foreign Affairs Minister Micheál Martin's
to Iveagh House of Israel's ambassador Zion Evrony, on the basis that
Israel was a suspect in the assassination in Dubai of Hamas's Mahmoud
al-Mahbouh, I think a sub-editor must have accidentally deleted the last
paragraph. You know, the bit where you demanded that Minister Micheál
Martin also call in, one by one, the ambassadors of Egypt ...
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Quotes for Issue 203
- - - - - C U B A - - - - -
“The murder [of dissident Orlando Zapata
Tamayo] by the tyrant Fidel Castro and his cowardly jailers will
never be forgotten.”
Florida Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart,
a nephew of Fidel Castro's ex-wife, Mirta Diaz-Balart,
tells the US Congress of the death of Mr Zapata Tamayo,
by hunger-strike while imprisoned since 2003 in Cuba
In 2003, Amnesty International declared
Zapata Tamayo to be a
“prisoner of conscience”.
- - - - - N E T H E R L A N D S - - - - -
“We are going to conquer the entire country.
The leftist elite still believes in multiculturalism, coddling
criminals, a European super-state and high taxes, but the rest of
the Netherlands thinks differently. That silent majority now has a
leader of the Partij voor de Vrijheid
(Party for Freedom , which is certainly something to party for),
after sweeping gains in Dutch local elections,
which put him on course to be the next prime minister.
essential point is that if you want to live in the Netherlands,
then accept its laws, culture and people, its way of life.
If not, don't come. And if you are there, don't stay.
If you accept, then you will be welcomed.
This is so frightening for the entrenched establishment,
that in a cack-handed attempt to outlaw legitimate opposition,
Mr Wilders has been put on trial for Islamophobia,
in light of his short movie
which demonstrates Koranic inspiration
for terrorist atrocities such as 9/11,
and advocates tearing offending pages out of the Koran.
Nobel literature laureate Winston Churchill
Second World War”,
Mr Wilders likens the the Koran to Hitler's Mein Kampf,
as a manifesto for action against infidels.
In the Britain's House of
Lords last week, he had the temerity to
are many moderate Muslims,
but there is no such thing as a moderate Islam.
Islam strives for world domination.
The Quran commands Muslims to exercise jihad ...
to establish shariah law ... to impose Islam on the entire world.”
- - - - - EU - - - - -
“You have the charisma of a damp rag and the
appearance of a low-grade bank clerk ... Who are you? I'd never
heard of you, nobody in Europe had ever heard of you ... Who voted
for you? ... You come from Belgium which is pretty much a
non-country. You have no legitimacy in this job ... and the
sooner you're put out to grass the better.”
EU Parliamentarian Nigel Farage welcomes
the new Lisbon-enabled permanent president of the EU,
the former Belgian prime minister Herman van Rompuy (who?),
who was appointed not elected to that position,
much as most EUropeans were never permitted to vote for the Lisbon
picked up on my tip-off to him.)
- - - - - U K - - - - -
The decision to invade Iraq in 2003
“was the right decision made for the right reasons.”
It galls me, but I agree with and support
in this piece of his evidence to the Chilcott Enquiry
into Britain's invasion of Iraq
“You can't say that Islam is a religion of peace,
because Islam does not mean peace. Islam means submission. So the
Muslim is one who submits. There is a place for violence in Islam.
There is a place for jihad in Islam.”
a leading Muslim radical
shocks everyone by stating the bleedin' obvious,
“there is a place for violence in Islam”.
He and Geert Wilders are singing
from the same (Koranic) hymn sheet.
“I think Jesus was a compassionate,
super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems.”
Elton John (the atheist) bravely claims Jesus
as one of his own.
But as Mark Steyn
“Any thoughts on Mohammed, Elt?”
- - - - - I R E L A N D - - - - -
“The weakening of faith in Ireland has been a
significant contributing factor in the phenomenon of the sexual
abuse of minors.”
Pope Benedict XVI seems curiously to think
that clerical abuse of children is a result of,
rather than a cause of, the weakening of
the Catholic faith in recent decades.
“I am frankly amazed that the Taoiseach should
seek to retain in Cabinet a man who wilfully committed perjury. If
this happened in the neighbouring jurisdiction, a Cabinet minister
wouldn't last until the end of the day.”
Eamon Gilmore, leader of Ireland's Labour Party,
comments on the perjury committed by Minister of Defence Willie
when he swore an affidavit that he had not accused
a Sinn Fein councillor of being associated with a brothel.
A recording showed that he had indeed made such an allegation.
The Minister had apologised,
and the Dáil (parliament) exonerated him in a vote of confidence.
So perjury's seemed to be OK in Ireland, if you're a Minister.
But he was forced out the next day.
Quote (minute 6:20):
“No, I certainly am not [going to ring Michael O'Leary of Ryanair].”
Mary Coughlan, Ireland's Tanaiste (deputy prime
and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment,
declares she is not prepared to accept an invitation
from Ryanair's acerbic Chief Executive
to discuss saving 300 maintenance jobs at Dublin Airport.
He is always rude about the government and
she clearly hates him more than she cares about 300 redundant
“Why don't you intervene in this personally, meet with
me and give us a commitment that the Government will do what is
necessary to win these jobs and this investment for Ireland?”
Mr O'Leary ups
with a further challenge to Ms Coughlan.
amplified by countless callers on talk radio,
all furious that pride prevents her from talking to Mr O'Leary.
will meet Mr O'Leary today without any pre-conditions.”
Within 24 hours,
the inept Ms Couglan cracks
and agrees to talk face-to-face with the Ryanair boss.
Quote: “It is another example of Aer Lingus, the Dublin Airport
Authority, the Department of Transport and this Government trying to
find ways of blocking Ryanair and if that means they lose 300 jobs I do
not think frankly that they care.” [And the 300
jobs were indeed lost]
Mr O'Leary comments on the fruitless
outcome of the meeting.
Ms Coughlan is
another example, talked about in
my last blog,
of a feckless appointee to a top position
solely because she's a woman.
“I am looking forward very much to ... receiving an
Egyptian assessment of the current situation in Gaza, about which I
have consistently made known my strong concerns regarding the
continued unacceptable blockade imposed against that territory.”
Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin,
Ireland's laughable Minister for Foreign Affairs.
He is to make a visit to Egypt during which
he will ask the Egyptians to let him visit Gaza via the Rafah gate .
He fails to see the irony of claiming
a blockade of Gaza by the despised Jews while
blithely getting Egypt's normally closed gate (as in Egyptian
specially opened for him.
- - - - - D U B A I - - - - -
Quote: “Dubai claims Irish passports used in killing
of Hamas chief.”
Headline in the Irish Times on 16 February.
I had no idea they were so lethal.
Britain's Israeli Embassy, in playful mood,
alludes to the assassination in Dubai of Hamas's
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“The Lemon Tree”, by Sandy
is a delightful novel-style history of modern Israel and Palestine told
through the eyes of a thoughtful protagonist from either side, with a
household lemon tree as their unifying theme.
But it's not
entirely honest in its subtle pro-Palestinian bias, and therefore needs
to be read in conjunction with an antidote, such as
This examines events which led to BP's 2010 Macondo blowout in
the Gulf of Mexico.
BP's ambitious CEO John Browne expanded it through adventurous
acquisitions, aggressive offshore exploration, and relentless
cost-reduction that trumped everything else, even safety and long-term
Thus mistakes accumulated, leading to terrifying and deadly accidents in
refineries, pipelines and offshore operations, and business disaster in
The Macondo blowout was but an inevitable outcome of a BP culture that
had become poisonous and incompetent.
However the book is gravely compromised by a
litany of over 40 technical and stupid
errors that display the author's ignorance and
It would be better
to wait for the second (properly edited) edition before buying.
As for BP, only a
wholesale rebuilding of a new, professional, ethical culture will
prevent further such tragedies and the eventual destruction of a once
mighty corporation with a long and generally honourable history.
Note: I wrote
my own reports on Macondo
A horrific account
how the death
penalty is administered and, er, executed in Singapore,
the corruption of
Singapore's legal system, and
enthusiastic embrace of Burma's drug-fuelled military dictatorship
More details on my
nonagenarian Alistair Urquhart’s
incredible story of survival in the Far
East during World War II.
After recounting a
childhood of convention and simple pleasures in working-class Aberdeen,
Mr Urquhart is conscripted within days of Chamberlain declaring war on
Germany in 1939.
From then until the
Japanese are deservedly nuked into surrendering six years later, Mr
Urquhart’s tale is one of first discomfort but then following the fall
of Singapore of ever-increasing, unmitigated horror.
After a wretched
journey Eastward, he finds himself part of Singapore’s big but useless
Taken prisoner when Singapore falls in
1941, he is, successively,
part of a death march to Thailand,
a slave labourer on the Siam/Burma
railway (one man died for every sleeper laid),
regularly beaten and tortured,
racked by starvation, gaping ulcers
and disease including cholera,
a slave labourer stevedoring at
shipped to Japan in a stinking,
closed, airless hold with 900 other sick and dying men,
torpedoed by the Americans and left
drifting alone for five days before being picked up,
a slave-labourer in Nagasaki until
blessed liberation thanks to the Americans’ “Fat Boy” atomic
distraught and traumatised on return to Aberdeen yet disdained by the
British Army, he slowly reconstructs a life. Only in his late 80s
is he able finally to recount his dreadful experiences in this
There are very few
first-person eye-witness accounts of the the horrors of Japanese
brutality during WW2. As such this book is an invaluable historical
“Culture of Corruption:
Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies”
This is a rattling good tale of the web
of corruption within which the American president and his cronies
operate. It's written by blogger Michele Malkin who, because she's both
a woman and half-Asian, is curiously immune to the charges of racism and
sexism this book would provoke if written by a typical Republican WASP.
With 75 page of notes to back up - in
best blogger tradition - every shocking and in most cases money-grubbing
allegation, she excoriates one Obama crony after another, starting with
the incumbent himself and his equally tricky wife.
Joe Biden, Rahm Emmanuel, Valerie Jarett,
Tim Geithner, Lawrence Summers, Steven Rattner, both Clintons, Chris
Dodd: they all star as crooks in this venomous but credible book.
ACORN, Mr Obama's favourite community
organising outfit, is also exposed for the crooked vote-rigging machine
This much trumpeted sequel to
Freakonomics is a bit of disappointment.
It is really just
a collation of amusing
little tales about surprising human (and occasionally animal) behaviour
and situations. For example:
Drunk walking kills more people per
kilometer than drunk driving.
People aren't really altruistic -
they always expect a return of some sort for good deeds.
Child seats are a waste of money as
they are no safer for children than adult seatbelts.
Though doctors have known for
centuries they must wash their hands to avoid spreading infection,
they still often fail to do so.
Monkeys can be taught to use washers
as cash to buy tit-bits - and even sex.
The book has no real
message other than don't be surprised how humans sometimes behave and
try to look for simple rather than complex solutions.
And with a final
anecdote (monkeys, cash and sex), the book suddenly just stops dead in
its tracks. Weird.
A remarkable, coherent attempt by Financial Times economist Alan Beattie
to understand and explain world history through the prism of economics.
It's chapters are
organised around provocative questions such as
Why does asparagus come from Peru?
Why are pandas so useless?
Why are oil and diamonds more trouble
than they are worth?
Why doesn't Africa grow cocaine?
It's central thesis
is that economic development continues to be impeded in different
countries for different historical reasons, even when the original
rationale for those impediments no longer obtains. For instance:
Argentina protects its now largely
foreign landowners (eg George Soros)
Russia its military-owned
businesses, such as counterfeit DVDs
The US its cotton industry
comprising only 1% of GDP and 2% of its workforce
The author writes
in a very chatty, light-hearted matter which makes the book easy to
However it would
benefit from a few charts to illustrate some of the many quantitative
points put forward, as well as sub-chaptering every few pages to provide
natural break-points for the reader.
This is a thrilling book of derring-do behind enemy lines in the jungles
of north-east Burma in 1942-44 during the Japanese occupation.
The author was
a member of Britain's V Force, a forerunner of the SAS. Its remit was to
harass Japanese lines of
command, patrol their occupied territory, carryout sabotage and provide
intelligence, with the overall objective of keeping the enemy out of
is admirably yet brutally frank, in his
descriptions of deathly battles with the Japs, his execution of a
prisoner, dodging falling bags of rice dropped by the RAF, or collapsing
in floods of tears through accumulated stress, fear and loneliness.
He also provides some fascinating insights into the mentality of
Japanese soldiery and why it failed against the flexibility and devolved
authority of the British.
The book amounts to
a very human and exhilarating tale.
Oh, and Irwin
describes the death in 1943 of his colleague my uncle, Major PF
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