|The 'tale that this image tells' should not be a reason to overpopulate London (click to enlarge/see in focus!).|
Monday, December 15, 2014
Thursday, December 04, 2014
public enemy number one: Maria Corina Machado. The BBC reports of the trumped up charges of conspiracy and/ or threatening/ plotting to kill the President. She was finally released but a future charge will be brought as the powers that be don't like people disagreeing publicly.
Just so you know what's what, Caracas Chronicles have put together an unbelievable list of "the torrent of abuse she’s faced these last few years". Her support team also has a website of the persecution.
In other news, Venezuela may sell its
Monday, November 17, 2014
Sorry for the lack of posting: business in thirteen countries (four of then twice) in the last two months is keeping me a bit busy! The above image arrived in my inbox today along with news of the TTIP and it struck me as pertinent. Add the quote above to "laws and regulations more numerous than the hairs of an ox [are]"more to be feared than fierce tigers" and "The more artificial taboos and restrictions there are in the world, the more the people are impoverished…" the more one can see where old Lao-tzu was coming from. More about the 'world is your oyster' opportunities here.
Thus the virtuous attend to contracts
while those without virtue collect taxes …More: "When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing—when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors—when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you—when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice—you may know that your society is doomed." Ayn Rand; Atlas Shrugged, 1957
Posted by Span Ows at 4:35 pm
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
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
|(Photo: Michael Thad Carter; final quote below from Forbes last year)|
Saturday, October 04, 2014
|Map from Political Geography Now [Link]|
Sunday, September 28, 2014
|Not scandalous...and not Brooks.|
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
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...
"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]