Sunday, July 01, 2018

Ova over oil...

Un oeuf is enough as the old classic goes, but in Venezuela the cost of one egg is the same as 126 litres of petrol (3.33 lorry loads) ... no, you didn't misread that. Ludicrous. "La crisis venezolana es una férrea traducción del incoherente manejo que el régimen chavista y madurista le ha dado a la economía del país durante los últimos 20 años, que hoy se encuentra desquiciada y desequilibrada" [LINK]...more or less: 'The Venezuelan crisis is a fierce representation of the incoherent management that the Chavista and [now] Madurista regime has given to the country's economy during the last 20 years, which today is deranged and unbalanced.' Deranged, I'll say; believe it or not...according to Calisa in Venezuela al Diá, Venezuelan Economist José Toro Hardy has reported* that "A petrol truck takes 38,000 litres; 1L of 91 octane petrol costs 1 Bolivar per litre [yes, one Bolivar]; therefore the cost of the truck-load is Bs38,000. Meanwhile a tray of 30 eggs costs Bs3,800,000 (they tell me that it is already more expensive). That leads to the unusual conclusion that the equivalent of the cost of the tray of eggs you could pay for 100 trucks of gasoline." Making an egg the cost of more than three truck-loads of petrol. Unusual? he also calls it 'Awful'; in fact it's fucking obscene and ridiculous.

I was so wrong in early 2006; but also so right later that year: lot has flowed under the bridge since Orinoco oil overflowing..."The Orinoco river oil strip will become the world's greatest reservoir of petroleum for the next years". This may explain why Chavez seemed so cocky and triumphant as he strutted his stuff on his world tour in the last few weeks. In my opinion it only makes him more of a danger."

* Full article: Banca y Negocio

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Obrogation opportunities II...

Obrogation: to alter the law by passing a new law. From previous post: "The UK's European Union (Withdrawal) Bill now only requires Royal Assent, which will be on 26 June 2018..." :our Independence Day is assured.

Brexit Central:
"the Government’s flagship piece of Brexit legislation did indeed receive its Royal Assent yesterday when the Queen formally signed it into law. Lest we forget, Section 1 of the now European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 states 'The European Communities Act 1972 is repealed on exit day” - with exit day explicitly defined in the Act “as 29 March 2019 at 11.00pm'"
My emphasis. Here it is (PDF)

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Obrogation opportunities...

Happy UK Independence Day! 23rd June 2016 was the day - to great shock from everyone - we voted Brexit. Two years on we are still wrangling about various details but the date is set. Worth a read of The Mogg's words "Brexit and Beyond: Britain’s Place in the World in the 2020s" [Brexit Central]. He is one of the very few - even among government Brexiteers - that refuses to be negative. John Redwood is another, here on The Commentator praising the US Ambassador who say we should be more positive: “To see this defeatist attitude towards Brexit is a bit sorrowing to me,”...isn't it embarrassing that we have to be told?

Rees-Mogg ends with "I have always thought that by and large, individuals making decisions for themselves, make better decisions than others can do for them. This applies on the national scale too. The nation state can make better decisions for itself than other nations can impose upon it. I believe it for the United Kingdom and I believe it for other nations around the world. That is the opportunity for the UK in 2020 and beyond. It is to have confidence in ourselves to make the alliances that will lead to success and to ensure that we have the right economic policies in place."
And if mistakes are made, they are OUR mistakes.

The UK's European Union (Withdrawal) Bill now only requires Royal Assent, which will be on 26 June 2018...

Friday, June 01, 2018

Opiate overdose obduracy...

Or Options on opiates III if you follow this blog or like reading interesting stuff! (Options on opiates and Options on opiates II; I like that second one: chloroform, cannabis, alcohol and morphine in a single cough medicine! Then cocaine to cure the addiction!)...

Anyhoo... I am currently reading an enjoyable fiction novel that has the plot of opiate addiction. The author mentions that this is nothing new and is really a repeat of what happened in the period up to WWI. Although I knew a bit about it - re laudanum luvvies - it chimed exactly with an article I was reading in the NYT (yes, yes, I know): "The late-19th-century opiate epidemic was nearly identical to the one now spreading across the United States", from Clinton Lawson's "America’s 150-Year Opioid Epidemic"..."In the case of the opioid epidemic, history is literally repeating itself.". the article very maturely points out that the main problem is to find a way to take the appropriate steps to both 'confront the powerful interests that drive' the over-prescribing of opiate painkillers and avoid over-criminalising the 'victims': most addicts aren't needle using zombie-looking dropouts in a dirty 'trainspotting toilet' backdrop. And some of these [CBS] "prescription painkillers are about 50 times more potent than heroin and up to 100 times more potent than morphine."

The Council on Foreign Relations has a great background on the issue and although the US Opiate Epidemic is clearly the worst, they are certainly not alone (scroll down to "How are other countries dealing with opioid addiction" HERE). In the UK too, opioid abuse is growing. "Britain already has Europe’s highest proportion of heroin addicts, and last year, drug-related deaths hit a record high in England and Wales" and as previously mentioned, it isn't always the "classic". The image above is from the same article, look closely: click to enlarge.

More info: NIH/NIDA, where it also tells the sorry tale that from July 2016 through September 2017 opioid overdoses increased 30 percent in 45 states; in the Midwest region where a large number of my family (not immediate) live, the increase was 70 percent.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Omnipresent overcrowding; oncoming oneirodynia...

A DEMOS study "At Home With One's Past (PDF)" by Sophie Gaston and Sacha Hilhorst is causing ripples today: "Nostalgia as a Cultural and Political Force in Britain, France and Germany". Their research reveals that the three aforementioned countries, despite overt differences, are "bound together by a common affliction"...[whose] citizens are gripped by a kind of malaise, a sense that something is fundamentally rotten at the heart of their societies." And guess what? They're not wrong. They go on (in the Executive Summary):
"Moreover, an omnipresent, menacing feeling of decline; that the very best of their culture and communities has been irreversibly lost, that the nation’s best days have passed, and that the very essence of what it means to be French, or German, or British is under threat. While the political consequences of this psychological state are unique to each country, our research demonstrates that many of their antecedents are shared."
Of course they are but that decline and loss has been entirely INTENTIONAL! They and we are all benighted with a political class that not only are intentional fomenting civil dissent of even war but at the same time seem utterly worthless, lacking in wit, stamina, class or statesmanship; to borrow a few choice words from elsewhere: they are dross, spivs, chiselers, quacks,  charlatans. and crooks; the filth of their touch befouls anything good. Anyway, back to the survey which in Britain gave some VERY high numbers when asked about immigration:
71 per cent of Britons believe that immigration has made the communities where migrants have settled more divided, reaching 78 per cent in areas that report having experienced large-scale migration in recent years, and 81 per cent amongst Conservative voters.
Unfortunately the conclusion of the report is simply more politicking: we know that any "robust policy responses" will not be robust at all. And forget the "frank and open debate" and the "compelling, pragmatic vision of hope" please. Debate is already too late, they banned and shunned and penalised debate for 20 years and even opened the floodgates to 'rub our noses in diversity'. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Orinoco overflow...

Looking at the IMF inflation figures and the CPI (the Consumer Price Index measures changes in the price level of  "a typical basket of consumer goods and services" etc purchased by households; the rate of inflation is the rate of change of the average CPI) and the map (left) indicating those levels. Venezuela and a handful of central African nations are "25% or more"; OK doesn't sound too bad does it?  However, there's a few more zeros on Venezuela's, HERE. Gross domestic product per capita is falling like a stone and even HALVED between last year and this.

A good overview of the whole Venezuelan crisis is HERE, although only updated to March this year so nothing about the recent sham elections. "The humanitarian crisis has spilled across Venezuela’s borders, with as many as five hundred thousand fleeing in the past two years. Many have crossed into neighboring Colombia and Brazil, while others have left by boat to the nearby island of Curacao." I can tell you many thousands are also in Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador Mexico etc. Several holes in heads needed smartish.

There's also THIS , 'How Chavez and Maduro have impoverished Venezuela', "And it is always the people that suffer most."

The real shame here is not the that it can't be changed but that it will take at least a generation to get over this period. Take out the trash tomorrow and change the whole governing structure including all the higher ranks of all the forces and it would take 50 years to heal the wounds of 'el pueblo': it is deep, the splits and resentments and hate between members of the same families; the scummy thieving armed shits that ruin everyone's' lives; the Cuban poison orchestrating from the shadows, the sin cojones policia, guardia and armed forces that years ago should and could have stopped the rot.

[edited 30/05]
Owsblog Venezuela

Monday, May 28, 2018

Obama's obsequious ovines outed...

Such fun to watch lefty pain: a photograph and reports of migrant children sleeping in cages at a detention centre went viral on Sunday leading to lefty outrage at Trump. The fun is now after they mostly deleted those tweets when it became clear it was a photo taken under Obama's administration.
Sudden change of heart obviously. Some (Book Forum Ominivore or HERE as a cached image) even call it "Trump's racist immigration policy"...I would be interested to hear of an immigration policy anywhere in the world that wasn't racist. They were probably still in a rage over trump blaming the Democrats but even Fact Check, despite showing is wasn't the Democrats (although they are preventing it being changed) can't fully put the blame on Trump, unless they want the children to go to gaol, which of course the luvvies would if it meant getting one over on The Donald. The U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said:
"If you cross this border unlawfully, then we will prosecute you. It's that simple"...If you smuggle illegal aliens across our border, then we will prosecute you. If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child will be separated from you as required by law." Because minors cannot be kept in adult gaols.
Or U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) top official Thomas D. Homan said "I want to be clear. DHS does not have a blanket policy on separating families as a deterrent,"... "Every law enforcement agency in this country separates parents from children when they're arrested for a crime. There is no new policy. This has always been the policy. Now, you will see more prosecutions because of the attorney general’s commitment to zero tolerance."

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Off-putting or onomatophobia...

I think just off-putting really, some words just indicate - or at least give the perception of - lack of flavour! Self-explanatory graphic below; I mean 'vegan' means cardboard, right? Just joking! I mean THIS hottie is a vegan but I'm guessing she isn't the average :-)

Infographic: The Words That Make Groceries Less Appealing | Statista (You will find more infographics at Statista)