Friday, April 17, 2015

Opposition obeisance...

A picture painting a 100 words. [edit: OK, maybe I meant 1000!] A photo of the Opposition Leaders' debate on the BBC last night: the audience were a completely random selection of the UK electorate, no really, randomly selected from lists of SNP and Labour activists or from their social clubs. Title of the picture? Left and Right. Photo Credit: Stefan Rousseau posted on Twitter (LINK).

I see the photo has already done the rounds: good comments here too (IMHO!) [The Spectator]

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Oncoming obtenebration II...

The news in the UK that inflation rates stayed at zero [££Times and/or handy Economist graph HERE on what's what] (missing deflation but headed there anyway?) currently paints a rosy picture for the UK consumer, will the phrase "The economy, stupid" hold true for the coming UK General Election in May?

Across the water however, some very worrying figures emerged:
" a world in which the only economic growth comes as a result of new credit entering the economy (as opposed to Fed reserves being stuck in the S&P), the only thing that matters is how easy it is to get credit into the hands of those who need it. As it turns out it has never been more difficult to get credit... "And without any new credit entering the economy, a recession is all but assured."
Time will tell...

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Opiparous obvention...

Things of beauty to be appreciated all your life; something to make your's and other's lives better; things that will make everyone happy...and a beautiful girl in a make-me-horny dress to attract your attention. The Ten Cannots: lessons that Ed and Ed and their tribe of lying hypocritical [and in some cases downright evil] shysters should learn:

You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot help little men by tearing down big men.
You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.
You cannot build character and courage by destroying men's initiative and independence. And you cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves.

[W.J.H. Boetcker - Wiki]

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Obama's obambulation...

Obama seems to be thrashing about with an innate anti-Midas touch desperately trying to find something to enable him to be remembered for something good; he may manage it: there's still a while to go.  Let's hope he isn't remembered as the guy who heralded a new big bang: his overt 'cooling' towards Israel and even more overt crazy-gang bending-over-backwards to the Iranians (so poor that even the Democrats are questioning some of it) seem to indicate he wants a permanent solution to the Middle East problem...very permanent. Obama said,
"The issues at stake here are bigger than politics" ..."These are matters of war and peace."
Yeah, we know...but you seem intent on making war more likely?

[Update: Iran’s statement in Farsi on the 'deal' contradicts Obama’s and Kerry's don't say?! Some US figures quoted even differ to the Italian and French texts of the talks!] [Link: NY Post]

On another topic, Obama even managed to condemn the Muslim terrorists that targeted Kenyan Christians without using the words Islam, Muslim or Christians...(click on image to enlarge) a job at the BBC awaits!

Obvious option...

All the campaigning that the Conservative Party need to do...

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Oratio obliqua of opiparous opuscule...

It is very rare to read an article where you agree with every single word! James Delingpole has managed to do just that, today in Breitbart London:
I call them the "Wankerati" [...] But this isn’t about talent – or lack of – it’s about personal politics. Everyone on that list ranges in outlook from the nauseatingly bien-pensant to the rabidly left-wing, to the point where you could fairly confidently predict their position on any number of topics from Nigel Farage, Israel/Palestine and global warming all the way through to mildly racist jokes, foxhunting, bankers, positive discrimination and the European Union. Oh, and Jeremy Clarkson, of course." [...] 
This isn’t really about Clarkson. It never was about Jeremy Clarkson the man. It’s about the things he represents: puerile humour, laddish banter, irresponsibility, political incorrectness, smoking, drinking, driving fast cars and enjoying them, admiring the military, kind of half wishing you could be in a war so you could test your mettle, practical jokes, taking the piss, saying things you’re not supposed to say, public school, bad hair cuts, not worrying about fashion, thinking Margaret Thatcher was great, thinking foreigners are funny, “racist” stereotypes, chauvinism, and so on. Lots of people still think that way, even though they’re not supposed to. Now Clarkson’s gone there’s no one at the BBC – literally NO ONE, for the BBC has always been good at purging such people or making sure they never get a look-in in the first place – to speak for them."

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

OPEC or Osborne...

"What cost of living crisis? CPI inflation falls to zero for first time on record" writes Nelson Fraser in The Spectator. Indeed but not for the first time ever apparently but certainly the first time since the Consumer Prices Index was created in 1989 (click to enlarge image). More good news in the article by Fraser for those suggesting 'deflation' could be a problem.

Of course CPI doesn't include all household expenses; that would be the Retail Prices Index (RPI) which includes mortgage and rent (and Council Tax); these would be most people's highest outgoings but even this Index hovers just over the 1% mark. One commenter asks who is responsible, oil price fall or the Chancellor...

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Otoño o Ostara...

Google has this doodle today which I though was a bit odd...'Primer dia de otoño' (First day of Autumn) until I remembered I was in the southern hemisphere...d'oh. Ostara back home and if you're a bit of a pagan: "The spring equinox in the Northern Hemisphere falls on Friday March 20 this year, marking the time when the sun passes over the celestial equator. Wiccans and other neopagans observe the day as Ostara, a festival that celebrates the season's change from dark winter to brightening spring." [HuffPo] Of course yesterday for many also saw a supermoon and a solar eclipse! [EarthSky] ooooo.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Operose Oisin...

...or not, as the case may be. [edited very late to correct name!] No doubt most now know the 'news': Jeremy Clarkson has caused another fracas and has been suspended from the BBC:
"Sources said he was accused of hitting the producer in an incident last week, and the remaining three episodes of the current series might not be broadcast."
A petition supporting Clarkson - and remember all the details aren't out yet*! - is passing 260 thousand as I write this (Anti PC in action?); it reached 100K within 6 hours of being posted yesterday just after 5 p.m. by Guido. Clarkson allegedly hit a Top Gear assistant producer Oisin Tymon; this has been said to have been because no food had been laid on during a day out filming but who knows: JC has had a fair bit of stick on various occasions for all sorts of nothings, this however could be a bit more: before the 'Je suis Jeremy' starts we should realise that hitting a colleague wouldn't wash elsewhere. That said, maybe Oisin had previously been a leaker of one or more of the 'naughty Jeremy' stories (Oisin poison has a ring to it), or maybe he liked pink ties, or maybe he's 100% innocent of any fault. No doubt soon all will be revealed. It's causing a Twitter and media storm - naturally - and I particularly like THIS hilarious Tweet from Maggie Lavan (I hope she doesn't mind me copying it here).