Friday, July 18, 2014

Ousted Owen's outing...

An outing in the 'day out' meaning I hasten to add! The Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP, the former (since earlier this week!**) Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will be giving the annual lecture to the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) on 15th October (Institution of Mechanical Engineers by invitation only). Should be interesting!

The GWPF was founded by Lord Lawson amongst others but due to this has a reputation of being purely 'climate sceptic'; however it has "developed a distinct set of principles that set us apart from most other stakeholders in the climate debates:
  • The GWPF does not have an official or shared view about the science of global warming – although we are of course aware that this issue is not yet settled.
  • On climate science, our members and supporters cover a broad range of different views, from the IPCC position through agnosticism to outright scepticism.
  • Our main focus is to analyse global warming policies and their economic and other implications. Our aim is to provide the most robust and reliable economic analysis and advice.
  • We regard observational evidence and understanding the present as more important and more reliable than computer modelling or predicting the distant future.
Above all we seek to inform the media, politicians and the public, in a newsworthy way, on the subject in general and on the misinformation to which they are all too frequently being subjected at the present time."

** It seems a pity, he was obviously a good Environment Minister ("best in a generation" perhaps) and "is one of a tiny number of genuine countrymen in modern politics" (Peter Oborne, DT). Plus he's a 'real' right-winger, a climate sceptic who supported fracking, anti wind farms and to cap it all being married to the sister of the Rational Optimist. :-)

Update: Sunday 20th: "Sacking Owen Paterson is an insult to the countryside", source: Christopher Booker (DT); hat-tip: EU Referendum.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Ottawa, Ontario...

The following statement was made by the Prime Minister of Canada in response to the situation in Israel [Link:]. STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA [edit] Ottawa, Ontario 13 July 2014.
"The indiscriminate rocket attacks from Gaza on Israel are terrorist acts, for which there is no justification. It is evident that Hamas is deliberately using human shields to further terror in the region. Failure by the international community to condemn these reprehensible actions would encourage these terrorists to continue their appalling actions. Canada calls on its allies and partners to recognize that these terrorist acts are unacceptable and that solidarity with Israel is the best way of stopping the conflict. Canada is unequivocally behind Israel. We support its right to defend itself, by itself, against these terror attacks, and urge Hamas to immediately cease their indiscriminate attacks on innocent Israeli civilians. Canada reiterates its call for the Palestinian government to disarm Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups operating in Gaza, including the Iranian proxy, Palestinian Islamic Jihad."
Bravo! Where is the UK's similar statement? Where is Obama's? Where were the lefty protests when similar numbers died every day in Syria? As for most of the MSM...

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Olé, Olé, Olé...OUCH...

disseste sete?
The slogan that was on the the side of Brazil's World Cup team coach read "PREPAREM-SE! O HEXA ESTÁ CHEGANDO!", [edit] meaning 'Brace Yourself - The Sixth Is Coming'. LOL... Well on the beautiful horizon they shipped 7 (seven!) equalling their worse loss ever (in 1920 to Uruguay; I think Oscar in the final minute spared them a stand-alone all-time worst defeat). As for the German's: Blitz K.O.,  Gott ist mit ihnen and so was every single person I have spoken to over the last 4 days (and that is in three different countries without including those on-line etc), when was the last time that probably every English football fan was hoping for a German football victory? This was the biggest win in a World Cup semi-final and it goes without saying that Germany scored more goals in 3 minutes against Brazil than England did in entire World Cup [edit] I've just read a comment that says that the 7 (seven) is two more goals than England have scored in their last TWO World Cup campaigns combined! FFS! Most thought it would be Klose but Brazil have reached a new Loew being Mullered by a Germany on Kroos control...I'll get my coat.  What team has EVER scored four goals in 6 minutes, three of those in 3 minutes let alone in a World Cup semi against Brazil in Brazil! Unsurprisingly, tonight was the earliest any team has been 5-0 up in a World Cup match, ever...and this against Brazil in Brazil. Miroslav Klose got his 16th goal in World Cups becoming the new all-time record goalscorer in World Cups. Muller becomes only the 3rd player to get 5 or more goals in two different world Cups (one of the others of course is him team-mate Klose). The Germans were superb in every position showing, demonstrating o jogo bonito; as one comment said on the BBC, 'turns out training and ability are more important than shouting a national anthem whilst crying'...I'm with Stuart from Deal: "Stop commiserating with the Brazilians, who have been dreadful all tournament, and start praising the Germans who have been absolutely brilliant" and who have surely produced one of the best World Cup wins ever.

I would like to stick the boot in, twist the knife: I am glad (and had hoped) that Germany would crush an obviously poor Brazil. That feeling became intense and I wanted humiliation and destruction when I saw what IMHO was a pathetic gesture of one player that should have got a red card in the quarter final and another that should have had at least 5 yellow and two red cards over the course of 5 games holding the shirt of another player would should also have got at least two red cards in previous games. And I got it: justice was done, the fraud revealed in the most beautifully brutal way. Croatia, Mexico, Chile and Colombia were all cheated against both by Brazil and the officials. The other night, Neymar, having lived by the sword so much finally died by it (who thought he was really injured when he first went down...btw, fractured vertebrae? Pants) and along with him it seems any semblance to a football team: 'It's safe to say that Thiago Silva was holding this defence together'. They got what was coming having cheated and fouled their way well beyond what their football deserved - my real dream of Argentina crushing Brazil in the final now cannot come true, but this was a good second!

P.S. Spain only scored eight goals during the entire tournament to win the 2010 World Cup.
P.P.S. Only 4 more goals needed to break highest number of goals at a World Cup (currently 171 in 1998, the first year the competition went to a 32 team format)

Odalisque original...

Odalisque in Red Pants, a painting by Henri Matisse has been handed back to Venezuela by the USA officials. Having been stolen in the early noughties it was found two years ago in Miami. An odalik was a sort of chambermaid/understudy concubine, and if she had 'extraordinary beauty or had exceptional talents in dancing or singing' [Wiki] Later, the word odalisque came to refer to a mistress of a wealthy man or, for some Turks, a wife: "If any lady possesses a pretty-looking slave, the fact soon gets known. The gentlemen who wish to buy an odalisque or a wife, make their offers. Many Turks, indeed, prefer to take a slave as a wife, as, in such case, there is no need to dread fathers, mothers, or brothers-in-law, and other undesirable relations."

A smidgeon of good news I suppose in a country where shortages and rationing is the norm; that is getting harder and harder to get to and where the communicational hegemony (Caracas Chronicles) got a whole lot worse last week when El Universal (oft linked to from Owsblog and is/was Venezuela's oldest and last remaining independent newspaper and almost alone in having an English on-line version) was sold: apparently bought by a Spanish investment group which started barely a year ago and claims to have over one billion dollars in capital investments. [INFODIO]. There, Alex mentions that "according to current legislation, it is illegal for foreign corporations to own newspapers in Venezuela" maybe we can guess where at least some of that countries stolen assets are going.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Own owl omen...

Tytonidae or Strigidae? But knowing Labour probably Ogygoptynx. The wise, talented, majestic beauty [Wiki] ...surely about as far from Labour as one could get.  Today the Labour Party’s official Twitter account "issued the unusual pledge shortly after Ed Miliband set out a new package of Labour policies for next year’s general election "Everybody should have his own owl"" [link: DT] Why not just admit it was a simple mistake instead of the hackneyed 'hacked' excuse?

Mind you, maybe it's an omen for tonight...Update: obviously not...and not as wise as geese apparently!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Ordure ocean...

Certainly Shit Creek but with a paddle at least, and most certainly (to quote Boris, always one for a good phrase) "the quintessence of turd polishing pointlessness" [edit] i.e. opposing Jean-Claude Juncker as the next president of the European commission was a complete waste of time; Boris also said it is like "trying to swat a fly on the leg of the rhino that is standing on your chest" LOL.

The Prime Ministers of The UK, Sweden and the Netherlands (David Cameron, Fredrik Reinfelt and Mark Rutte respectively) with German Chancellor Angela Merkel: interestingly these countries have nearly always been the highest per capita net contributors (no disrespect to Austria previously and to Denmark and Finland now and other net contributors as things are more 'balanced' these days.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Olamic obduracy...

You have been warned, again. New Labour ruined the economy, set the country on course for disaster; took away more rights than ever before; generally the worst government ever...and yet that red donkey in a rosette is still a truism isn't it (and certainly true in some places)? Please, I am genuinely gob-smacked - when it is clear that even his own party can stand him - just how the FUCK can 29% prefer Ed Miliband as Prime Minister? Hat-tip: Political Betting, Source: Lord Ashcroft Polls ("polled more than 26,000 voters in 26 constituencies that will be among the most closely contested between the Conservatives and Labour at the next general election").
"Across the battleground I found a 6.5% swing from the Conservatives to Labour – enough to topple 83 Tory MPs and give Ed Miliband a comfortable majority."
See pie chart: 5% sure, 10 maybe, at a push...but 29%?

Update: (off on a tangent) oh well, putting that in perspective, in critically troubled Venezuela [edit] Nike Nick Ripe (Krusty II) is down to 37%!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Over or out...

Sorry Dave, not this time (I hope you get 2nd!). Probably next year. Even Google backs UKIP "A cross in the bottom box on your ballot paper today is a vote for UKIP…"