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Sunday, 28 May 2017

Jihadists aren't true Muslims?

Following the atrocity at the Manchester Arena apologists for the Muslim community, hoping to shift the blame, have been quick to point out that the Jihadists aren't true Muslims. This is a lie; they are.
The difficulty the imams have is that in admitting that the perpetrators of these cowardly attacks are followers of Islam they must also admit that the Qur'an is open to misinterpretation; that not all the religious book promotes peace and that the sacred texts cannot, therefore, have been the direct word of Allah. This is unimaginable and they must therefore attempt to distance themselves from these radical murderers. It won't work, except amongst the gullible, much as it won't work in explaining the schism between the Shia and Sunni practices, each of which has varying texts incorporated into their respected Hadiths. Nobody can explain why Allah has not interceded with an update to save the loss of so much intertribal blood because to do so would be to question God and thereby commit blasphemy. The same could be said of politely enquiring why an omnipotent deity would require men (and women) to do his dirty work. Why do these killers presume to do God's work?
In the 21st century, this really isn't good enough. Nor is it good enough to deny outright that the goal of all true Islamists is to convert the whole globe to their faith and introduce 7th century sharia law throughout. For most the end justifies the means and if this means the slaughter of hundreds and thousands of innocent children then so be it. We really must put a stop to the Abrahamic religions before they put a stop to us.

You'd be stupid not to vote Labour

Corbyn's the man. As the polls demonstrate a closing gap, the British people are becoming aware of a new reality; Labour is the way forward. If they win the election we can look forward to a cabinet redolent with the wisdom of the likes of Diane Abbott and Emily Thornbury, reassured by the patriotism of John McDonnell, blessed with the policies forwarded by paymaster Len McCluskey of the Unite Union. There will be frequent discussions concerning foreign policy with the UK's greatest allies, the IRA and Hamas whilst relations with the US deteriorate as quickly as the dissolution of the monarchy. Oh yes, so much to look forward to. And then there's the manifesto; promising all things to all people. More money in the pay packet, better pensions, heavy borrowing to pay for fevered expansion to the public sector, now bloated with the arrival of the newly nationalised industries. But hey, where's the money coming from for all this? Don't worry we'll soak the rich, just you see. You'd be stupid not to vote Labour in the 2017 General Election!!!!!

Friday, 26 May 2017

Hedge Funds

My understanding of hedge funds is that they invest money on behalf of clients in a bag of financial products aimed at maximising their profits. Some work very well and some don't which leads to attempts to make the system work better for the money men. improve the certainty.
Let me be clear here, I believe that such funds don't really earn their money; they do no real work, create anything or exploit minerals etc. They manufacture nothing, obtaining money earned by others using algorithms or other such computational devices to exploit the money market at the expense of the real wealth creators. They are, in effect, parasites.
Now, it seems to me that these funds are turning more proactive; actively involving themselves in the corporate world to fashion a market they can rig in their favour. They are coercing senior Company managers to acquiesce to, for instance, mergers or take overs that suit no one but the funds and their managers. These people have access to huge amounts of money, often greater than the GDP of many nations. They can buy influence to move the markets in their favour often, I'm sure, by dirty tricks.
This polarization of wealth is not healthy; it distorts markets causing massive and widespread disorder the consequence of which has the potential to be dire. Sadly the funds also 'own' many politicians in every country of the globe so not many speak up against this trend and those that do can expect to be slapped down. Maybe its time for the hedge funds to be closed down and the assets seized before they hold the world to ransom and put in place measures that stop the growth of these financial carcinomas.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017


The so called 'Moors' murderer, Brady has died in prison of cancer. A policeman on the TV admitted that although he was against Capital Punishment he would have made an exception of psychopath Brady. That said, Brady never revealed the burial place on Saddleworth moor of one of his victims, perhaps thereby protecting his right to life at the expense of the long suffering victim's family. It was yet another example of his calculating cruelty.
At the end he was confined in a suite of rooms, attended by a palliative care doctor and two nurses. Where in the outside world do normal people get given this level of care? Is the treatment of Brady a measure of our humanity or our stupidity?

Friday, 12 May 2017

GE 2017. Update 3. Chatham House speech

The leader of the opposition has spoken at Chatham House, the Royal Institute, on his policies for International affairs. His dream was for a peaceful world, untroubled by conflict, harmony abounding. It all sounded so peaceful, so idyllic, as if there was never any disagreement amongst the Nations let alone military aggression. In a Corbyn world you can always talk your way out of a situation.
His total approach to the Nation's security is to assume the rationality of a likely adversary as if they are always ready to comply with the resolutions of the United Nations. Oh yeah!
What about Kim Jung Un and the more militant followers of Islam? Neither are rational or likely to follow the dictates of the UN.
Corbyn spoke of his pedigree, how his parents fought for the International Brigade against Franco, relishing his description of the eventual winners as fascists supported by Hitler. These stupid people were supporting the Communists and yes the Monarchists ran a hard Country for the few, but imagine where they'd be now following the socialist agenda of Marx, Trotsky and Lenin. And let's not forget that when Hitler asked for Franco's support in the Second World war the Spaniard insisted on neutrality.
Corbyn stated that he'd not fight the upgrade for Trident but fell short of committing himself to use the weapon, thereby negating its deterrence factor. The British Army, a supreme, highly trained fighting force he suggested would best be used in peacekeeping rolls or in conflict resolution where human rights and white flag waving take precedence.
Throughout the speech, I heard not one word on Islam, the single most inflammatory factor in world conflict. Not one word on ISIS or Al Caeda. These people are not interested in following UN resolutions, only on destroying the West, its values, and setting up a world-wide Caliphate under Sharia Law. Tackling them is like tackling an out of control wild bushfire. You put it out in one place only for it to spring up elsewhere and then back again. These people are not open to dialogue; they die to achieve their aims but Corbyn has no answers other than to talk to people like Hamas. Is it a coincidence then that he introduced, at the beginning, the Somalian ambassador to the UN. Why? The one thing, however, he doesn't want to talk about are these Islamic issues because, I believe. he is after the Muslim vote, pure and simple, an object lesson in hypocrisy or lying by omission.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

GE2017. Update 2. Labour manifesto

The Labour manifesto for the 2017 General Election has been leaked. That it has a marked socialist agenda is no real surprise given Corbyn's pedigree but will it lead the Labour party into the political wildness for decades?
Principal measure is the nationalisation of the railways, the mail and the energy industry, an echo of the Brexit mantra of regaining control; the bringing back into public ownership of key, strategic industries that shouldn't be entrusted to private, including foreign, ownership. I have sympathy with the idea but at what cost? Apart from compensating the Companies, all the employees will become public servants with all the benefits that brings; guaranteed employment, generous, unaffordable pensions. Then they will be compelled to become unionised and therefore at the mercy of McCluskey's Unite agenda of strikes and industrial chaos. Indeed, as Labour's paymasters, the Government will dance to the Union's tune of previously failed Socialist dogma. It's the politics of envy, the lowering of all standards in the need to subjugate the population into the lowest state of social existence.
This program is illustrated by the call for better equality. Now, I'm not suggesting, that this is necessarily a bad thing; there are some circumstances in which bosses have earnings that bear no relationship to the work they do, but there must be room for ambition, building businesses that employ, creating prosperity for all with rewards for the risk takers. Banks must be better regulated for instance but at the first whiff of a Labour Government in the exit polls, trillions of pounds and dollars will drain from the British economy. All the big companies will relocate leaving the UK a shell. It's almost as if the Labour Party wants to lose. Somebody suggested that Corbyn is a Tory plant, much as I thought of Tony Benn, doing all he can to ensure victory for the opposition. I suppose, the only surprise is that even with this manifesto for disaster, twenty percent of the population will vote for the Lemming party.

Monday, 24 April 2017

General Election 2017 update 1

Well; it has started. The desperados I spoke of in my last blog are making their preperations and social media is the means. Orchestrated tactical voting is being organised nationally to increase the odds of overturning Tory support. Already the Communists have announced they will put up no candidates urging their members to vote for the Labour Party man or woman.
Meanwhile the leader of both the Labour Party, Corbyn, and the Scottish Nationalist Party, Sturgeon, addressed the Scottish Trades Union conference. Corbyn's performance was wooden, reading from a speech, presumably written by an underling, it nevertheless contained the usual soundbites if lacking passion. Not so with Sturgeon; her utterances exuded every ounce of her loathing for the English and the Tories. Every mouthful tasted of her antipathy towards Conservative leader, May, who she maintains is an opportunist, hell bent on destroying the opposition and therefore Democracy in the british Isles.
This election, fuelled by Brexit concerns, promises to be fiery as the opposition stoke up trouble. They have seen the trouble in France where Marine Le Pen's party looked to be drawing level in the polls. Coming up next, all police leave cancelled. Boris's water cannons rolled out as the TUC under Mccluskey's prompting take to the streets.

Friday, 21 April 2017

The desperation stakes

The circumstances seem perfect, an election the outcome of which by general agreement is so one sided that Mrs May will win by a landslide. Or will she?
I remember being on a management course where a game was run to show the effects of impossible odds against success. Faced with certain and catastrophic defeat, people will resort to desperate measures to make the odds more favourable and I reckon we will see this in the UK's general Election of 2017. As an illustration, look at today's news concerning the bombing of the Borussia Dortmund team bus. It was perpetrated by a market trader who was desperate for the value of the shares in the football club to drop.
Already the practice of lying by omission is evident, Party spokesmen are ignoring questions from broadcasters they don't like; that is, both the broadcasters and the questions. That is normal but it will get worse, much worse. The Scottish National Party, who don't try to hide their disdain for the Conservative Party and the English in general, are reportedly trying to form an unholy alliance with the Greens, Labour Party and the Liberals in an anything but tory push. The electorate will be both bullied and sweetened in measures that paint a false picture of the competing claims pushing the boundaries of the acceptable with hyperbole and insinuation. Private eyes will be engaged, dustbins searched as Parties look for any story to embarrass the opposition. Sadly for the opposition, the Conservative favourites are headed by a churchgoing woman of unimpeachable character, hiding no skeletons in the closet. This makes it even harder for the others, leading to more extreme measures to disrupt the poll. In my classroom, one man, not in the leading team, smashed the fire alarm to end the contest. Watch out for dirty tricks in the coming six weeks; the stakes are very high both personally and nationally.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Early thoughts on general Election 2017

The press is full of a lady called Brenda from Bristol who laments on the prospect of yet another election. The last general election was 2015, then the Scottish national Referendum, the brexit referendum and now this, the fourth in four years. Why voting fatigue? Surely we can drag ourselves down to the polling booth once a year to exercise our democratic right. Just be pleased you can do it; many can't.
Many from the various opposition parties are crowing about an apparent u-turn and accuse the Prime Minister of opportunism as if they wouldn't dream of doing so in the same circumstances. U-turns are not, necessarily, a sign of weakness but on the contrary, one of strength; it indicates a willingness to adapt to changing circumstances without compromising basic values. The First Minister of Scotland complains on both counts but I wonder if she'll be so cocky on June 9th.
The Greens have aired their new Party Political broadcast. They couldn't risk putting one of their number in the advert for fear of embarrassment, restricting the message to pictures of perceived problems overlaid with a haunting, folky tune that would appeal to the young. The same generation courted by the Labour Party because these are the voters who have been nowhere and done nothing. People who have hopes and ambitions but with misconceived notions of how the world operates; of what makes the world go round.

What is the point of TV debates except giving the TV companies the opportunity for cheaply produced programs. Tim Farron says that he would welcome a TV debate but that is not what it is. A debate listens to ideas and comes to a consensus but there is no way in which the Liberal Democrat will change his mind on Europe. A TV 'debate' would only allow the airing of views already put forward in interviews without the intrusion of personality politics.

The biggest threat to Mrs May is the press continually harping on about Mrs May's coronation, landslide victory, Labour annihilation etc. The public might get heartily sick of this one sided competition and feel some sympathy for the underdog and vote accordingly.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

The problem of North Korea

As I see it the problem of North Korea is the problem of Kim Jong-Un. I can imagine that POTUS Trump believes that if he could take out the Korean leader (KJU), the generals might look for honourable peace by which I mean one in which they do not have to surrender.
But how to do it without triggering a huge overraction from KJU, destroying huge swathes of South Korea and possibly Hawaii. I can't believe that the CIA haven't already looked into assassination, indeed we will never know how many agents have already been liquidated by a paranoid regime acutely aware of the threat. Does anyone know where KJU spends the night, does he rotate addresses, for instance, or does he live in a MOAB proof bunker beneath his Presidential palace?
The cost of failure to kill KJU in any strike would be high but what of the benefits if successful? Apart from a global exhalation of breath in relief, Asia, including China, might feel the loosening of a noose from around their collective necks. The unification of the Korean peninsular would also be a prize worth the effort but one mustn't underestimate the likely cost in terms of lives lost.
While KJU is alive this 'loose cannon' could strike anywhere at any time. His missile failure today (16/4/2017) shows that his arsenal isn't yet as he would like it but what else does he have? Does POTUS wait and hope for some future accommodation or does he act now? Obama wasn't up to the job of deciding but is Trump willing to put US lives at risk? Did he come to some sort of understanding with the Chinese leader at their recent meeting? As ever, information and intelligence are key but with an actionman POTUS I don't think we'll have to wait long to see the outcome.