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November 24, 2013

Conspiracy or Stupidity?

Filed under: News and Politics — chriscroft @ 3:27 pm

Let’s not worry about the big ones – JFK, Landing on the moon etc.  there are small ones happening now which are more important and insidious.  Here are some areas where I think there may be more going on that meets the eye…

Giving the NHS to the GPs to run – surely something as stupid as this must have an ulterior motive?  Many people within the NHS believe that the government is deliberately trying to destroy the NHS and can do it without getting the blame by handing it to the private sector.  They have already effectively privatised dentists without anyone really noticing.  Why would they want to destroy the NHS?  Because it’s too expensive for the government to pay for, and with the population ageing the problem is going to get worse, so ideally (for the ruling class) the poorer classes would have to pay for their own care via private insurance etc and then the rich only have to look after themselves – they won’t miss the NHS because they can go private in luxury, without having to support the poor.

Could the focus on the state of the economy and the public sector spending cuts, particularly the Local Government cuts, have been a problem that’s exaggerated in order to pursue a right wing agenda of reducing the public sector so that there can be more central government control and a shift towards less state spending on the poor?

Speed cameras certainly aren’t a safety thing, there are a money making exercise.

Iran / Iraq / Afghanistan – we all know it’s about the oil.  Getting control of supply and getting our oil companies in there to get the profits.  A shame that some of our brave soldiers have had to die in the process.  There’s also the USA poodle factor – we have to stray on side with the US because we need their support for trade and in military terms, so we are their poodle but don’t’ want to admit that, so various lies have to be told in parliament.

Global warming – or is it climate change – or is it ‘more extreme weather events’ (though we’ve always had these!) (and ones that don’t fit are written off as just short term weather while ones that do fit are ascribed to showing the trend towards climate change).  Maybe the climate is changing, maybe it’s not – and if it is, then maybe it’s not entirely or even partly due to human activity.  And even if it is, can we do anything about it?  Could it be that it suits the government to have us worried about something, – it takes our minds of other problems like over-population and fish depletion and pollution and the dumbing down of education and government incompetence – and gives them permission to do certain things, like reinstate the nuclear industry, or whatever?  I’m not clever enough to know what their ulterior motive is, but something smells fishy.

“Flying isn’t green” – do they want us to travel left, for control reasons or to reduce congestion of airports so the rich can use them more easily?  I just don’t believe that planes are a significant user of fuel or polluter, in fact they use less fuel per passenger mile than cars, and there are a LOT more cars around.  No, there’s something else going on here.

Energy Prices – a bit like Emilie Sande and Mylie Cyrus who seem to have brilliant PR managers, this story keeps getting pushed into the news, and why would that be?  My guess is that they are paving the way for nuclear power (which I personally am in favour of anyway, but that’s not the point, most people are against it), but there may be another reason too.  Certainly the coal mines were closed down for political reasons rather than economic ones, and maybe this is part of some longer game. Getting us to frack the north west? Getting us to buy EU power so the MEPs can stay at the trough?  Getting us to keep paying lots of tax on our energy while blaming the price on the producers?   I guess the real reasons will be clear once it’s too late…

So people, what did I miss?

Moderation

Filed under: News and Politics — Tags: , — chriscroft @ 12:21 pm

I just watched a rather irritating TV programme where they had people phoning in to say whether immigration is good or bad, and in fact the TV programme had done some research and it was something like 80% of people thought immigration was a bad thing. (Well done to the 20% of people who had managed to realise that we’re all immigrants if you go far back enough, and our uniquely rich culture comes from the diversity of adding up everything from nordic language to curry, reggae music to genetic variation).

So the question was “Is immigration good or bad?”

But of course that survey totally missed the point which is that too much immigration is bad, but too little is ALSO bad. The question we SHOULD be thinking about is “What’s the optimum point?” or at least “How much is too much?” – what’s the acceptable range. And then we can work out how to aim for that.

I do fear unlimited immigration, and I do fear that next January we might get overloaded with people from Romania and Bulgaria, or that we gradually get swamped over the next 5-20 years, because there is a maximum rate that we can assimilate new people, but I don’t know what that maximum rate is, and I don’t know if my fears are founded or unfounded. And nobody is even allowed to talk about it without being branded racist.

So the thinking person’s position should be:
a) it’s not about race, it’s about numbers – of any type / colour / race / creed.
b) it’s not about keeping people out, it’s about working out what is the maximum number of people we can welcome in.

November 19, 2013

Two cartoons – The Inadvertent Saboteur

Filed under: Uncategorized — chriscroft @ 9:07 pm

Spectator SyndromeYou can do better than that

 

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Do you recognise this pattern of behaviour?  

If you choose, you can follow the Inadvertent Saboteur on Twitter @InadvrtSaboteur
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November 4, 2013

All time best rock and pop videos

Filed under: Lists, Music — chriscroft @ 11:47 pm

AHA – take on me http://youtu.be/djV11Xbc914

Peter Gabriel Sledgehammer http://youtu.be/OJWJE0x7T4Q

Jamiroquai – Virtual Insanity http://youtu.be/4JkIs37a2JE

Firestarter http://youtu.be/wmin5WkOuPw

Foo fighters – The Pretender http://youtu.be/SBjQ9tuuTJQ

Addicted to love http://youtu.be/XcATvu5f9vE
You can call me al http://youtu.be/uq-gYOrU8bA

Kylie – Can’t get you out of my head http://youtu.be/8UPT8u4Cq1w
come into my world http://youtu.be/63vqob-MljQ
love at first sight http://youtu.be/wf421JsG004
slow http://youtu.be/Omrp4QR_Rpo

Chic – Le Freak http://youtu.be/h1qQ1SKNlgY

George Michael – Fastlove http://youtu.be/kQVWYu4BdMo

Daft Punk http://youtu.be/h5EofwRzit0

Robin Thicke http://youtu.be/yyDUC1LUXSU

Peter Gabriel Sledgehammer http://youtu.be/OJWJE0x7T4Q

Madonna – Vogue http://youtu.be/GuJQSAiODqI

Rock DJ http://youtu.be/BnO3nijfYmU
let me entertain you http://youtu.be/ymPu2PdLW3I
Kids http://youtu.be/cvn6eYJh-0c

Gangam Style http://youtu.be/4JkIs37a2JE

Saturday night fever: Night fever http://youtu.be/FECFb1_YdII
Stayin alive http://youtu.be/Fa9n7GirhsI

Billie Jean http://youtu.be/Zi_XLOBDo_Y
Thriller http://youtu.be/hG6oy46qKE4

Your’e the one I want – Grease http://youtu.be/aataTbxlWeM

Where the hell is Matt http://youtu.be/zlfKdbWwruY

Oasis – d’y’know what I mean http://youtu.be/6NtqA5zywQA

Bowie – ashes to ashes http://youtu.be/CMThz7eQ6K0
– let’s dance http://youtu.be/N4d7Wp9kKjA

Teen Spirit http://youtu.be/hTWKbfoikeg

Another brick in the wall http://youtu.be/ViDECLF_l4Y

Boogie Pimps – http://youtu.be/t6HSlZBNwUQ

INXS – need you tonight http://youtu.be/w-rv2BQa2OU

Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams http://youtu.be/qeMFqkcPYcg

Beyonce Crazy in Love http://youtu.be/ViwtNLUqkMY

Jessie J – the money – http://youtu.be/qMxX-QOV9tI

Start Me up http://youtu.be/SGyOaCXr8Lw
Miss you http://youtu.be/hic-dnps6MU

Madness – house of fun http://youtu.be/GJ2X9SANsME
one step beyond http://youtu.be/SOJSM46nWwo

Foo fighters – learn to fly http://youtu.be/1VQ_3sBZEm0
The Pretender http://youtu.be/SBjQ9tuuTJQ
best of you http://youtu.be/h_L4Rixya64

Stacey’s Mum http://youtu.be/dZLfasMPOU4

Call me maybe – girls http://youtu.be/FIfbghHdG1s
original http://youtu.be/fWNaR-rxAic
split screen – http://youtu.be/O7zdr-82WAo

Nelly – Ride wit me http://youtu.be/RtSDWq6HsJE
Hot in here http://youtu.be/GeZZr_p6vB8

U2 – Vertigo http://youtu.be/98W9QuMq-2k
– Get on your boots http://youtu.be/JcDNilZbZg8

Missie Elliot – Get Yr Freak on – http://youtu.be/FPoKiGQzbSQ

Bob Dylan – subterranean homesick blues http://youtu.be/trosB4pa3vg

Californication http://youtu.be/YlUKcNNmywk

Little talks http://youtu.be/ghb6eDopW8I

Bryan Adams – run to you http://youtu.be/nCBASt507WA

Electric Six – gay bar http://youtu.be/HTN6Du3MCgI
high voltage http://youtu.be/2a4gyJsY0mc

Kelis – Milkshake http://youtu.be/6AwXKJoKJz4

Darkness – Thing called love http://youtu.be/sRYNYb30nxU

OK Go – on running machines http://youtu.be/dTAAsCNK7RA

Red Hot Chili peppers – Can’t stop – http://youtu.be/BfOdWSiyWoc

White stripes – seven nation army – http://youtu.be/0J2QdDbelmY

Utah Saints – Running man – http://youtu.be/oMLCrzy9TEs

Satisfaction (power tools) http://youtu.be/V5bYDhZBFLA

Macklemore – Thrift Shop

Rihanna – Rube Boy
Eric Prydz – Call On Me – http://youtu.be/L_fCqg92qks
Britney – Toxic http://youtu.be/LOZuxwVk7TU

Grace Jones – Private Life – http://youtu.be/yvLn_qC7QAs

bakerman http://youtu.be/ymdssZOAx3Q

all saints – never ever http://youtu.be/Vx6DtgW_uh0

Queen – I want to break free – http://youtu.be/o-Zo4AVL7AE

3oh3 -0 Starstrukk http://youtu.be/dvf–10EYXw

Azealia Banks – 212 http://youtu.be/i3Jv9fNPjgk

Will Young – your game http://youtu.be/YrZ1joBXiQw

Green drummer girls http://youtu.be/APtj3EvhfWA

 

what did I miss??

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