Saturday, July 18, 2015

Overview of opinions...

[edit 01:39 BST 19/07] Tied up with work - not literally although some of the places I've been it isn't uncommon! - apologies for lack of posting: it certainly isn't from lack of bloggable stories etc! Once again work in 10 countries in the last 6 weeks! Anyhoo...more bad news for climate change warriors: the People's Voice Challenge (PVC...hehe) which is 'to remind world leaders and policy makers what's at stake' (data overview and image below at MYWorld2015 Analytics) seems to make clear what is and isn't high on people's agenda/wish list:

Following the link and looking at the Segments Map we see the Top 5 priorities are pretty much consistent across nearly all the groups and that 'Action taken on climate change' is the last in almost every segment. Hat-tip WUWT who also has the HDI map: "but there are three curious columns on the right where it doesn't come in last, but comes in low. These are the countries where people live that have medium to very high “HDI” which stands for Human Development Index."

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Omnipotent oil...

Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist
Oil production and oil usage is increasing [*] Click to enlarge or better still go HERE for the original or for an even bigger version go HERE. Points to note are that 87% of global energy sources are still fossil fuels and that "renewable sources contribute just 2.7%". Things aren't changing much and remembering the overblown outlook may even seem to be in reverse although based on the compound annual growth rates shown in the graphic [*] "it does seem that we are making progress in tapering the growth of production. Human population and the economy are growing at rates higher than 1.13%, so that means oil is giving up ground to other energy sources."

I would like to point out that the figures are debatable because I thought Venezuela now had the highest proven reserves (and you'd think OPEC would know about their own members) and that worldwide Canada were 3rd. See HERE and HERE; the second (Wiki) link provides the probable reason: "Different sources... ...give different figures, and there are different types of oil, ranging from cheap and easy to recover oils to shale oil or oil sands, which are more expensive and difficult to recover."

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Orinoco overflow of ordure...

Ordure. Shit. Dung. Excrement. Maduro: "...get ready for a time of slaughter and death if the Bolivarian revolution fails..." from ABC Spain. WTF? Not what you'd expect a President of anywhere to say but then Venezuela these days isn't really 'anywhere'.
"Llamo al despertar nacional, al despertar colectivo, del pueblo frente a la oligarquía. Llamo a un despertar nacional de la conciencia popular (…) vencer la guerra económica es la tarea de todos, o lo hacemos entre todos o prepárense para que el imperialismo tome el control del país, prepárense para que venga la masacre del 27 de febrero, y allí la conocerán en vivo, no la conocerán por un video, prepárense para un tiempo de masacre y de muerte si fracasa la revolución bolivariana, pónganse las pilas todos o vamos a ver qué pasa con esta patria, a despertar, he venido a tocar un ‘campanazo’ de despertar desde la Ciudad Socialista Belén."
Rough Ows translated (edited after reading exactly what he said; it's worse. The title there re 'Papa' refers to a meeting of Maduro with the Pope that should have taken place today.): "I call for a national awakening, a collective awakening: the people against the oligarchy. I call a national awakening of the popular consciousness... win the economic war is the task of everyone. We do it all between us or get ready for imperialism to take control of the country; get ready for the slaughter of February 27, and there you will see it live, not on video. Get ready for a time of slaughter and death if the Bolivarian revolution fails, everyone sharpen up or when you wake up you will see what happens to this country. I come to sound the alarm bell from the Socialist Bethlehem City." [The February 27th he refers to is the "Caracazo"].

What a twat; the Bolivarian revolution was failing over 10 years ago. It is certainly not democratic; Venezuela is one of the worst countries for murder and kidnap; it's currently 176th out of 178 in Economic freedom rankings (just behind Zimbabwe and only ahead of Cuba and North Korea! FFS [list]); it's running out of money (just how the fuck?!...) know I could go on. 

Friday, May 29, 2015

Obloquy of only option...

Sepptic Shock. Sepptic tank: in the FIFA president elections Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan - the ONLY other candidate - withdrew after the first round of voting. In that first round Blatter won 133 votes (only just short of the 140 votes needed for an outright win!); Prince Ali got 73. One by one the contenders withdrew until a re-election of the chief maggot was pretty much guaranteed ("...scores of rich, powerful men in their sixties and upward, an international cosmopolitan amoral exploitative malbolge of filth that encompasses all the vice of Dante's eighth circle; pandery, seduction, flattery, taboo breach, barratry, hypocrisy, theft, fraud, peculation, trickery, perjury, impostry and schism. Now here you have the parasitic maggot-heap that clusters around international 'sport', a maggot-heap...").

After the controversial decision to have the 2022 World Cup in Qatar it seemed things might come to a head: billions spent beforehand (yes, b-b-billions) on national level bribes; millions from slush funds for personal bribes; tens of billions in contracts to 'fight for'. One can only hope that the US instigated investigation (takes the USA to get the ball rolling! They don't even like football soccer!) and arrests etc will lead to many more arrest not just confined to the North, Central and South America Confederations. [edit] THIS screenshot really tells a story.

THIS IMAGE tells another (borrowed from a friend and previously shown in the post; size made me want to link it instead).

Update: Another good maggot-mention post by Sigillum at Anna Raccoon's

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Orinoco opportunity...

What a state of affairs: toilet paper so scarce and expensive you could use use money to wipe your arse? Not quite, as Tim Worstall explains; however - and more interestingly - he also mentions how making money (i.e. the act of making money) loses money, or that you can make money (make a profit) by selling paper money and buying coins. It certainly isn't the first time either of those things has happened but it could be happening now in Venezuela, hypothetically.
"A country really has come to something when robbing banks isn't the way to make money. Instead, go and make change at the bank is. Swap paper money for metal money and make a 2,000 percent profit by melting it down"... ..." You can walk into a bank in Venezuela with $300 worth of banknotes and someone will give you $7,000 worth of metal. Assuming they will make change for you, of course. And who would rob banks when this is true, when such profits are available entirely legally?"
I'll tell you how it goes :-)

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Obliged obedience or oppression?...

More interesting stuff: Samizdata blog in yesterday's quote of the day quoted Rand Paul:
"With regard to the idea of whether or not you have a right to healthcare, you have to realize what that implies….I'm a physician, that means you have a right to come to my house and conscript me, it means you believe in slavery. It means you’re going to enslave not only me, but the janitor at my hospital, the assistants, the nurses…There’s an implied threat of force, do you have a right to beat down my door with the police, escort me away, and force me to take care of you? That’s is ultimately what the right to free healthcare would be."
Now that may sound a bit harsh, silly even ("slavery"?) but he has a point. On Samizdata two concepts of liberty (negative and positive: Isaiah Berlin) is mentioned whereas also IMHO, the distinction between negative and positive rights (not the same) comes into play: witness almost the exact thing Rand Paul mentions, "In the field of Medicine, positive rights of patients often conflict with negative rights of physicians" [Wiki]. Going further: the Internet Encyclopaedia of Philosophy (IEP) provides reams in a 'philosophical analysis of the concept of human rights': Moral vs. Legal Rights [IEP]; Claim Rights & Liberty Rights [IEP] ...we can see how easy it was for politicians to make a dog's breakfast of all this.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Only one outlier...

Interesting stuff: How Britain voted on May 7th – the Ipsos MORI guide (click image to enlarge but better to see it HERE at Political Betting unless you're eagle-eyed). Not much we didn't already know/ suspect; personally I find it odd that 65% of BME still voted Labour although this is lower than in 2010 when they got 68% (and this was down from much higher historical levels: see conclusions in Runnymede Trust PDF also re 2010); presumably another reason for New Labour's disgraceful, cynical and probably treasonous immigration policy (MW briefing paper) [yes, I know the Coalition did nothing to reverse it].

This time the Conservatives increased their share of the BME vote: maybe just a result of the collapse of the Lib Dem vote...[edit] more info HERE re BME split: black and minority ethnic identifying as Christians plus Muslims preferring Labour but Hindus and Sikhs preferring the Conservatives to Labour, again IMHO, no real surprise.

Also, back to the PB link: "Meanwhile the British Polling Council has announced details of its inquiry into what went wrong with the polls." Could the EU IN/OUT polls be equally flawed?

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Oh O...

The tale of a man and women: 1. the record has gone again. Les Femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’) [Women of Algiers] a Pablo Picasso oil painting from 1955 (14th Feb)) has set the new record for the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction yesterday (USD179 million or in real money GBP115 million). It was "inspired by Picasso's fascination with the 19th-century French artist Eugène Delacroix. It is part of a 15-work series Picasso created in 1954-1955 designated with the letters A to O." Not quite the sort of art I prefer here or here but incredible nonetheless. 2. In the same auction "Alberto Giacometti’s L’homme au doigt (Pointing Man) sculpture sold for a hammer price of $126 million, or $141.2 million including the buyer’s premium; a new auction record for any sculpture ever sold" [Forbes]. 

Auctioneer Jussi Pylkkanen said "Fucking ding dong, would you Adam 'n' Eve it; the Milky Bars are on me!"...OK, he didn't really say that but I'll bet what he did say means the same thing.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Offering opportunity II...

UKIP heaven. They have only got one seat in the House of Commons (with 12.6% of the total vote!) and they may have come 2nd in over 100 constituencies (see Update 2 on previous post) across SE and SW England and the Midlands but, more than this, surely the map that highlights UKIP's success the 'most' is the one above, which shows the biggest party swing in each constituency (See 16.38 'The biggest swingers'); UKIP performed in almost every single English constituency. For David Cameron the future's bright; if he was pragmatic (thanks alexsandr at Speccie) could it be blue and purple?

Friday, May 08, 2015

Maggie's back!...

The O's in the blog-post titles will resume tomorrow! The UK political map now looks a lot like Maggie Simpson! Mashable on Twitter ...although it looks like they have used the 2010 election map [update**], the current one doesn't have all that Lib Dem orangey-yellow down in the South-West and Wales fooled everyone. One thing right: the red's a dummy...

** Update: "The image was first posted before the election results were known; the election map shown is actually a prediction of the voting results that was published by The Telegraph."

Update 2, 9th May: Interesting: below the Louth to Severn line (not including London) shows barely 12 Labour wins (all in urban centres: Plymouth, Bristol, Oxford, Luton, Norwich etc.), almost replicating 2010, BUT more interesting: the Severn to Thames line has Labour not even 2nd in most constituencies:  Michael Heaver [on Twitter] "This second place 2015 map shows why UKIP has a very exciting future indeed".