Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Outbreak of oil odium...

Very interesting self explanatory graph on the left (click to enlarge). Oil price control 'gloves are off' and the price has 'collapsed' losing 20% since the summer as Saudi strategy changes and a fight for market share ensues..."That means there is not an immediate floor on oil prices" if we needed anything else to worry about!

The OPEC 'split'  belies the fact that this is relatively minor on a historical scale and dropping to 60 or 70 would be the real worry but the fact that so many countries 'need' the price over USD100 a barrel is a worry in itself. 

Monday, October 06, 2014

Obsolete ocracy...

(Photo: Michael Thad Carter; final quote below from Forbes last year)
Keep Calm and Carry On...but there's a lot to be worried about: Islamic extremists, no water, hyperinflation, obesity, too much Internet, WW3, Chinese Eugenics, worrying too much, not enough Internet, the Ebola virus disease (EVD...and today a nurse in Spain is said to be the first person in the current outbreak known to have contracted Ebola outside Africa.), it's beginning to seem like the news scene in V for Vendetta when they are trying to divert peoples' attention (sound familiar?). Well, despite all that, now, tried and tested and available (the 3D printers keep selling out) we have the Ghost Gunner a 3D printed gun from Defence Distributed ("You can have an unserialized toothbrush, and you can have an unserialized rifle.") Apparently the people of the USA "want guns without serial numbers. And apparently, they want to make them at home." Cody Wilson’s "goal of enabling anyone to privately fabricate an untraceable gun is part of a larger anarchist mission: To show how technology can render the entire notion of government obsolete." Hat-tip: Goodbye Gun Control, ZeroHedge (Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog).

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Obvious offence III...

Map from Political Geography Now [Link]
Argie-bargie: Top Gear attacked for 'coincidence' of licence plates: H982 FKL (1982, the year of the Falklands War and FLK is the ISO Country code for the Falkland Islands...pretty close). According to Diario Journada last week Jeremy Clarkson 'chose'  to use the provocative number plate on his car for the filming. Really Jeremy? He insists the whole thing is contrived but if it was a publicity stunt it almost went to the edge but will pay dividends (see his tweet). Plus [from the DT] the executive producer of Top Gear, Andy Wilman, said: "Top Gear production purchased three cars for a forthcoming programme; to suggest that this car was either chosen for its number plate, or that an alternative number plate was substituted for the original, is completely untrue." It is still big news in Patagonia today [in English: BBC] but you can see the contrived response when a spokesman says that they (the British) have been lying to them for 200 years (well, we know better). JC says he is convinced the mob was state organised and he could be right: the Buenos Aires Herald says the 'mob' was made up of "war veterans, unionists and neighbours".

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Out of office III...

Not scandalous...and not Brooks.
King dong, the bitch is read, or red as the case may be. Not sure if there is much of a sex scandal about the latest sex scandal. At least Brooks Newmark (a member...of parliament) doesn't have a double entendre name associated with 'the crime' as in the similar A. Weiner case in the USA.

Interestingly there is clearly a 'conspiracy' afoot by the Sunday Mirror to ensnare Conservatives as Newmark isn't the only one...he was just the fish that took the bait. Maybe the lefty rag and the 'freelance' ("male reporter, a freelance ­journalist who passed the information to the Sunday Mirror" [ha!], set up false twitter account and,posing as a "twenty-something Tory PR girl" called Sophie Wittams, "was carrying out an undercover probe into claims by sources that MPs were using social media networks to meet women"; of course he was) are trying to recreate the continuous wave of scandals that helped Tony Blair to his '97 landslide (itself orchestrated by the BBC and New Labour amongst others). Or maybe they are members/fighters for left-wing charities and green totalitarianism have got their man.

Very late (travelling!) update: very surprised to read this from Guido re the above mentioned 'male reporter'; agree with THIS from Writerlywitterings. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

OK, OK, OK...

UKOK. Interesting rebranding from over a decade ago, (click through the short-listed entries from 2001 HERE) and regurgitated in 2007 as 'The Failure of Cool Britannia' from Summa. Today's referendum may not be the last day of the U.K. but it could be the beginning of the end...

UKOK Campaign 2002
UKOK campaign 2002
UKOK Keith Williams
UKOK credit Keith Williams

Douglas Murray puts it well in The Spectator: "Vote for Britain to be a force for good in the world. Vote to keep the Union". The UK is easily the most successful union of countries in the history of the world and I dispute any silly comparisons trying to belie this by using totally irrelevant comparisons (with the USA in this case) about size, or GDP or Olympic gold medals for fuck's sake. Maybe I'm referring more to the British Empire but IMHO the two cannot and should not be separated. Going back to Murray's article, I agree entirely with a comment by sfin part of which is quoted below:
"Devolution is an EU design. The Blair creature was carrying out article 198 of the Maastricht Treaty (signed by the 'conservative' John Major) which resurrected the committee of regions and urged a blueprint of regions in Europe based on the German Lander system - each region having an elected assembly). Scotland, Wales and Ulster (not Northern Ireland) are EU regions. England does not exist..." [sic]
And finally from the 'New' Archbishop Cranmer: "Doe wee not remember, that this Kingdome [England] was divided into seven little Kingdomes, besides Wales? And is it not now the stronger by their Union? And hath not the Union of Wales to England added a greater Strength therto?…I desire a perfect Union of Lawes and Persons, and such a Naturalizing as may make one Body of both Kingdomes under mee your King. That I and my Posteritie (if it so please God) may rule over you to the Worlds End; Such an Union as was of the Scots and Pictes in Scotland, and of the Heptarchie heere in England."  ' So spake King James I of England and VI of Scotland to the Houses of Parliament in 1603'. True as ever.
"Why is Alex Salmond intent on leading the Scots out of a union which they are manifestly better off in, for one which it is increasingly obvious we would all be Better Off Out?" [my emphasis]

Friday, September 12, 2014

Oppression obsession...

A messy Mesopotamian mosaic; the image left is as good a guide as any to the current 'who's friendly with who' status in the western cradle of civilization. The Economist also has a handy map although probably already out of date: "America is gathering allies for a long campaign against extremists in Iraq and Syria" (note 'long'). Yesterday Saudi Arabia hosted US representatives along with those of Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates [BBC] Turkey was there too but didn't sign the communique to 'provide military support and humanitarian aid, and to halt the flow of funds and foreign fighters to IS' (who now have between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters across Iraq and Syria! [RTE]). Both Turkey and Saudi Arabia are beefing up security along their border with Syria and Iraq respectively. The latter is taking it seriously with the construction of a 900 km 'high-security five-layered fence on the border with Iraq to protect the country from “infiltrators and smugglers”'.

And for the sudden upsurge in traffic from KSA to Owsblog I will remind you that KSA has other worries too having issued instructions to close down its embassy in Sanaa, Yemen and evacuate diplomats and Saudi citizens due to Islamic civil war (Houthi rebellion) there.

Seems Islam is a bit of a recurring problem folks: but perhaps the point is getting across to some: "The only way to fight al Qaeda and Islamic State is by being transparent and open about it. We have a problem: some of our teachings promote militancy and we don't need those teachings any more"...and a damn sight more besides you don't need.  [but not all, Reuters: 'Saudi Arabia's clerics condemn IS but preach intolerance']. Well worth a read:
"Saudi authorities point to the influence of the radical wing of the Muslim Brotherhood in developing modern jihadi thinking, but play down Riyadh's decades of support for Islamists around the world as a counterweight to anti-royal leftist ideology."
Is the Kingdom 'committed to tackling radicalism's roots, or only its symptoms.': "while Saudi Arabia's official Wahhabi school of Sunni Islam attacks Islamists as heretical and "deviant", many of its most senior and popular clergy preach a doctrine that encourages intolerance against the very groups targeted by IS in Iraq...   "It's their definition of extremism we may not agree with."

Physicians thy-selves.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Outrecuidance over overweening octroi...

OK, a sanction isn't really an octroi but who cares. Zerohedge on the news that on Friday (if a leaked FT report is correct, and it seems to be) that the EU Europe's has upped the ante and may be crossing the Rubicon in its sanctions strategy by targeting the main Russian energy exporters. A glance at the image (left, click to enlarge) will make the craziness of this move glaringly obvious. "If today's news is confirmed, Europe's dramatic shift in sanctions strategy means that Europe's embargo of both the US Dollar and the Euro will accelerate as Russia further intensifies its shift away from both the west and the petrodollar. The only and clear winner here: China..."

Interestingly the UK isn't as secure as it looks from the image above although I will give a hypothetical prize to anyone who can guess correctly the country 2nd on the list of where we import most of our coal from...[answer in red]

Friday, September 05, 2014

Oligophrenic ocracy...

What would Jesus and Mo say?
Updated. Nail on the head about our feeble minded government and weak Western leaders generally. Observations about the 'moderate Muslim' from Daniel Greenfield on his Sultan Knish blog: "The moderate Muslim is an invention of the liberal academic, the secular theologian, the vapid politician and his shrill idiot cousin, the political activist."
"Moderate Islam is just multiculturalism misspelled. Its existence is a firm article of faith for those who believe in multiculturalism."
Well worth a read and whilst there why not read about clearly the worst thing imaginable: The Deadly Israeli House Strikes Again: "There are few weapons as deadly as the Israeli house."

A few more thoughts on much the same theme HERE from 20 months back. Or from this week the suggestions for belated actions from Geert Wilders HERE re Dutch Ostriches.

Update: The other day Dan Hodges posed a question, as a statement really: "Too many of Britain’s Muslims are failing to integrate. We need to find out why"; we all know the answer:  Islam, because they are always Muslim first and tolerant people bend over backwards for them. Those in power have backed off, turned away and far worse attacked those brave enough to speak up or point it out. The Law has ignored their crimes.The solution is to STOP bending over backwards and start pushing back. No tolerance, no leeway, no overlooking.

More links: Diane Abbot deflection; crass apologist.

"Truly this is one of the biggest scandals of our time. And it's going to get bigger" from James Delingpole: "Rotherham - with 1400 girls abused - is just the tip of the iceberg."