THE INTERNET…FRIEND OR FOE?

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Well doesn’t that depend upon the purpose of your key-strokes? Frankly, I don’t know who is sicker, the young lady who auctions her virginity online, or the ‘gentlemen’ who bid for it? I think when the Internet first arrived users could be likened to Neanderthal man first discovering fire, but now we are a lot more savvy in how we use the information super highway.

As a writer I find the Internet an invaluable tool. Any information I need I can get a the touch of a button. Sixteenth century Japanese plate armour? It’s there, in front of me! No more running off to a library and waiting six weeks for a book only to find it doesn’t contain what I need. Unable to ‘hook’ a literary agent, I am able to self-publish my novels and let my work stand or fall on its own merit.

The Internet must have created millions of new jobs for those of us who are computer literate and wish to work from home! Amazon and eBay are quite simply, the biggest shopping malls in the world! Okay, shopping online has contributed to the demise of high street commerce, but some people might call this ‘evolution’. Furthermore, ‘online competition’ has forced down prices quite considerably, so now you can afford something that previously you deemed beyond your pocket. Skype enables one to stay in touch with friends and loved ones on the other side of the world, and it’s free!

New ideas exist everywhere on the Internet. Since the information super-duper-highway is not yet fully policed, it is inevitable this particular communication medium allows one access to sites not conducive to good mental healthPornography that denigrate women and children, gambling that plunges one into debt, bogus opportunities that take your money and crush your spirit, online fraud committed by individuals who have no need to even step foot in your country. Hacking and the stealing of intellectual property that had cost the rightful owners years of their time and millions of dollars. Those individuals labelled terrorists can now disseminate their ideologies directly, and without the need to ‘sweet talk’ journalists into publishing their dogma. Terrorists can radicalize online, recruit innocents to their cause and communicate with like-minded fund-raisers using encrypted data. I wonder how the IRA would have made use of the internet to further its cause? It is said the ‘social media’ was employed to great effect in organising the UK riots in August 2011. It can therefore be argued, alongside peaceful co-existence, the internet is used to organise social unrest! What about Internet music piracy? Illegal downloading deprives corporations and individuals of their rightful income! The creation of the Dark Web enables organised crime to flourish. Call me a conspiracy nut if you wish, but I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if government-backed agencies conduct experiments in subliminal advertising that may cause susceptible individuals to act out of nature, causing others harm.

I often wonder whether the inventor of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee could have envisaged the current uses and misuses of his invention? Bringing the world’s population closer together creates opportunities for both honest and dishonest dialogue. Life is not supposed to be perfect. If someone was to pull the plug on the Internet, I fear there would be hundreds of thousands of suicides. The Internet is here, and it will stay here. Use it wisely!

CHICKENS COME HOME TO ROOST!

A chicken flaps its wings.

A chicken flaps its wings. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The UK-based Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) have awarded a £2MILLION taxpayer grant to a three-year study, led by Bournemouth University, but shared between 6 universities called ‘Cultural and Scientific Perceptions of Human-Chicken Interactions’. In other words, the historical relationship between the human and the chicken! You will agree, £2million is not a poultry sum! Some of the cash will even be used to send students to live in Cuba and Ethiopia to learn about how people there interact with chickens. So, do we treat Christian and Muslim chickens any differently? And, why did the chicken really cross the road? No doubt to get away from the barmy scientists who wish to subject the British chicken, the EU chicken and the Third World chicken to psychoanalysis! The study begins in January 2014, and will involve archaeologists, PhD students, geneticists and anthropologists. Huh, nice work if you can get it!

Critics have reacted with fury that public money is going to such a project while funding for the disabled and sick are being cut during the worst economic downturn in history! In defence of the project, a spokesman for the AHRC  said: ‘Today  there are well over 20billion chickens worldwide, yet we still know very little about their social and cultural history.’ Yes mate, and that’s because WE DON’T GIVE A F**K ABOUT IT! Go ask someone queuing at the Chicken Cottage if they are interested in the chicken’s back story!

To remind you folks…the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is a non-departmental public body…in other words, another of those damn QUANGOS, that provides approximately £102 million from the government to support research and postgraduate study in the arts and humanities. The AHRC claims awards are made after a rigorous peer review process, to ensure that only applications of the highest quality are funded. Yeah, sure!

IS YOUR NEW CAR UNRELIABLE?

Aston Martin Vanquish S

Aston Martin Vanquish S (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The problem with unreliable new cars is that although the major component parts may be manufactured in their country of origin, many models…even luxury brands, are assembled abroad, and often in what are considered ‘Third World’ countries in order to take advantage of cheaper labour! Furthermore, when customers complain of ‘electrical’ faults, it would be helpful to know where the motherboard is manufactured!

Luxury marque Aston Martin, currently owned by Ford’s premier Automotive Group, David Richards, Investindustrial (Italian private equity fund), Investment Dar & Ardeem Investment (both Kuwaiti) has only managed to survive by attracting shedloads of foreign investment. The brand doesn’t make much profit…never has, and probably never will do, but the company remains a great status brand. Indeed, from July 2013 Mercedes-AMG supply new components for the next generation of supercar. I’ve heard on the grapevine that as of 2014 the ‘Vanquish S’ model will be assembled in Virtsu, Estonia, and will be branded ‘Estonia Martin’. This could of course be another red herring, which by the way Estonians are particularly partial to!

WOULD YOU DRINK WATER FROM A TOILET?

Toilet

Toilet (Photo credit: homespot hq)

Now available to buy online via FIREFOX, the 22cm-long ‘LifeStraw’ was originally developed by Danish manufacturers in 2005 as a solution to the  devastating problem of unsafe drinking water in the Third World. The straw-shaped  portable water filter enables you to drink safely from ANY body of water…even from a TOILET, providing of course no one’s sitting on it at the time. That would be just plain RUDE!

The straw’s powerful purification pipe removes 99.9999 per cent of water-borne bacteria plus many other parasites,  including E-coli, campylobacter, vibrio cholerae, pseudomonas aeruginosa, shigella and salmonella. And it will safely filter at least 1000 litres of water.

So, the FIREFOX ‘LifeStraw’ is great for travellers and hikers, but I doubt any UK urbanites will use it. It is after all traditional over here to get mindlessly drunk over the weekend and drink from toilet bowls. I’m sure I’ve done it myself!

THE BIG ‘WIND FARM’ CON CONTINUES!

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English: The , also known as the Green Mountain Energy Wind Farm, near . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you or I are unlucky enough to get caught perpetrating a fraud, the chances are we will see the inside of a prison cell, but what happens when our Government perpetrates a fraud using taxpayers money, and a whole lot of it? Well, nothing happens!

The wind farm programme started under the Labour Government and continued under the present coalition Government has so far cost the taxpayer between six and ten billion pounds. You would think that during the recent gusty weather all the wind turbines would have been operating at full capacity, wouldn’t you? Not so! Many turbines were in fact shut down. Explain to me if you will the logic behind the Government paying wind farm operators more to shut turbines down than to keep them operational? In the past two weeks wind farms were paid £4.8million to switch off their turbines. It certainly can’t be because of an excess of stored energy, because wind turbines hardly produce anything! And the key word here is ‘WIND’. Why shut them down when it is windy? If it is because the blades break, as has been known? Apparently this is not the case! We are to believe the National Grid cannot cope with the extra energy produced during high winds. Unlike gas, which can be compressed, electricity cannot be, and therefore there is nowhere to store it. Meanwhile, we in Britain can expect further blustery weather over the next few weeks, the kind of weather you would think would be ideal for turbines? I said from the outset wind farms were a great big fraud perpetrated on the public by wind farm lobbyists cozying up to Government ministers.

These so-called  ‘constraint payments’ are given to operators not to produce electricity when supply outstrips demand, yet in certain areas supply only outstrips demand because tens of thousands of householders up and down Britain have been cut off due to bad weather. Like any wholesaler, if you are forced to keep stock…in this case, energy…normally you would be forced to lower your unit price, which is exactly what energy companies have no intention of doing.

Experts from the Renewable Energy Foundation calculated that, if the wind farms had been operating normally, the companies would have been paid approximately £6million. But because they were ordered to shut down, they received about £7.8million. This includes their £4.8million ‘compensation’, plus about £3million as an agreed electricity wholesale price. Under the complicated rules, they receive both payments even though no electricity has been supplied. This kind of reverse logic is no different to the EEC/EU paying farmers billions of pounds over several decades to leave fields fallow, fields upon which crops could have been grown and sold to Third World countries that suffered food shortages. Then again, the price wouldn’t have been right, right?

What Britain needs is another REVOLUTION!

INTERBREEDING AND INCEST COMMON AMONG EARLY HUMANS!

English: Homo neanderthalensis. Skull discover...

English: Homo neanderthalensis. Skull discovered in 1908 at La Chapelle-aux-Saints (France). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to European evolutionary anthropologist Svante Paabo, a tiny toebone found in a cave in the Altai Mountains of southern Siberia that came from a Neanderthal woman who lived around 50,000 years ago, has shown that several branches of early humans interbred before a single group, Homo sapiens, rose to dominate. Incest appears to have been rampant among the Neanderthals. They discovered that the parents of the female were either half siblings who had a mother in common; double first cousins; an uncle and a niece; an aunt and a nephew; a grandfather and a granddaughter; or a grandmother and a grandson. Well, having observed modern man in his natural habitat…purely in my capacity of an amateur anthropologist you understand…it is comforting to know that some traditions never die out! You know what they say, don’t you? ‘A close family is an interbred family!’ Interbreeding still goes on all over the world, and not just in Third World countries, but in First World countries too. May be it’s because someone can’t get a date, or may be incest is practiced in order to protect family assets? Inevitably, when a baby is born with major deformities, it is left to society in general to pick up the pieces. Those individuals actually responsible should be held to account!

DON’T GO TO BED HUNGRY…if you can help it!

Red Cross Parcel

Red Cross Parcel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

POLITICIANS declare Britain is out of economic intensive care, and on the road to recovery! Oh really? Well according to the Independent newspaper, as welfare cuts and the economic downturn send soaring numbers of people to soup kitchens and food banks across Europe, the British Red Cross will this winter start collecting and distributing food aid to the needy in Britain for the first time since the Second World War! Makes you think, doesn’t it? Some people…particularly the elderly, can’t afford food and heating! Many have the choice of starving to death, or freezing to death! Hundreds of elderly people freeze to death in Britain every winter, and this is one tradition we should break with! The British government…any British government has no business sending £12BILLION in aid each and every year to Third World countries when its own people are suffering! Don’t talk to me about human rights and democracy! British Prime Minister David Cameron has been quoted as saying, ‘We are all in it together!’ Pull the other one!

DON’T PLAY WITH MATCHES, BECAUSE THERE’S NO ONE TO PUT OUT THE FIRE!

English: Official logo for the World Police & ...

English: Official logo for the World Police & Fire Games (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The so-called ‘civilized’ Developed World is rapidly becoming UNcivilized, while people in some parts of Under-developed Third World countries are shouldering their AK-47s while trying their hands at tea, cucumber sandwiches and bite-size pastries! Christ, there’s even a mini-cab firm in Timbuktu, although quite where you might wish to go I don’t quite know? Personally, I’d like to live in Canada!

The West is suffering from riots, terrorist aggression as well as urban and forest fires, but where have all the police officers and firefighters gone? I’ll tell you where they are, at the ‘WORLD POLICE and FIRE GAMES’ in BELFAST, Ireland, where they are competing in football matches, boxing matches, beach volleyball and an ‘ultimate firefighter’ contest, whatever that is! So if your nether regions catch fire, be prepared to put them out yourself. Meanwhile, one of the football matches was called off after a number of MARBELLA police competitors were sent off for ‘continued inappropriate behaviour.‘ It’s comforting to know that ‘publicly funded’ community servants are enjoying themselves while the rest of us are catches ourselves alight when we’re not being mugged!

SWEDEN IN FLAMES…ONCE AGAIN IMMIGRATION REARS ITS UGLY HEAD!

Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden.

Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Western forces used to set up vast tented refugee centres in Third World countries in which fleeing victims of civil wars could live. Now the policy is to invites many of them to live in our countries. Many of them are no longer fleeing for their lives, but from economic hardship. I get it, I really do, but meanwhile Sweden is reeling after a fifth night of rioting in largely run-down immigrant areas of the capital Stockholm. Italy has had its riots, as has France and England. Immigrants cannot expect us to give up to them our jobs and our homes. Furthermore, in times of economic hardship everywhere, if there is no real prospect of immigrants making comfortable lives for themselves over here, then it must be wrong to invite them to stay. If you were to lock a child in a chocolate shop only to tell said child  DON’T TOUCH, would not the child throw a tantrum? Western immigration policies do not work! Multiculturalism only works up to a point. If is all a question of ALLEGIANCE, then Christendom must feel like a strange place indeed for someone following an alternative religion.

Thirty-five-year-old far right murderer, Norwegian Anders Brievek who killed 77 people at a Labour Party youth camp on UTOEYA Island in July 2011, accused the governing Labour Party of promoting multiculturalism and endangering Norway’s identity. Sadly, Brievek will be sitting in his prison cell wearing a self-satisfying smile on his face having read about what’s currently occurring in Sweden. ‘Vindication’ he must be thinking! I suspect the prisoner is being inundated by requests for interviews.

NOTICE IN HOSPITAL BLOOD BANK: “Give blood not excuses, unless they are very good ones!”

English: NHS logo

English: NHS logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Slagging off the National Health Service appears to be a national past-time. The fact is the NHS has been bastardised. Please explain to me why flagship hospitals of thirty years ago (eg, Northwick Park, Royal Free) are no longer flagship hospitals.

The NHS was not designed to cope with the numbers of patients it currently must, many of whom come from Third world countries that provide their citizens with little no free preventative medicine. In other words…and some of you won’t like this…a forty-year-old male Third world immigrant may not be in the same physical condition as a forty-year-old British man. Cost, cost, cost!

The NHS was never designed to deliver a service to hundreds of thousands of people who have never paid a single national insurance stamp. If you ran a company and instead of charging a profit for your product, you instead gave it away at cost, how long would you remain in business? The situation is ludicrous!

How much or how little does Industry support the NHS. What I mean to say is this. I believe that most everything that is used in a public hospital arrives from abroad…from bedpans to beds, from drugs to scalpels. With no control over cost the NHS will continue to grind to a halt.

But who is to blame for the demise of the NHS, why generations of people who knock on your front door asking for your vote!!