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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Man adopts a penguin in Brazil

The story of a South American Magellanic penguin who swims 5,000 miles each year to be reunited with the man who saved his life.

Retired bricklayer and part time fisherman Joao Pereira de Souza, 71,who lives in an island village just outside Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, found the tiny penguin, covered in oil and close to death, lying on rocks on his local beach in 2011.

Joao cleaned the oil off the penguin's feathers and fed him a daily diet of fish to build his strength. He named him Dindim.

After a week, he tried to release the penguin back into the sea. But, the bird wouldn't leave.

'He stayed with me for 11 months and then, just after he changed his coat with new feathers, he disappeared,' Joao recalls.

And, just a few months later, Dindim was back. He spotted the fisherman on the beach one day and followed him home.

For the past five years, Dindim has spent eight months of the year with Joao and is believed to spend the rest of the time breeding off the coast of Argentina and Chile.

It's thought he swims up to 5,000 miles each year to be reunited with the man who saved his life.

'I love the penguin like it's my own child and I believe the penguin loves me,' Joao told Globo TV. 'No one else is allowed to touch him. He pecks them if they do. He lays [sic] on my lap, lets me give him showers, allows me to feed him sardines and to pick him up.

It's thought Dindim believes the fisherman is also a penguin.

'Everyone said he wouldn't return but he has been coming back to visit me for the past four years. He arrives in June and leaves to go home in February and every year he becomes more affectionate as he appears even happier to see me.'

Biologist Professor Krajewski, who interviewed the fisherman for Globo TV, told The Independent: 'I have never seen anything like this before. I think the penguin believes Joao is part of his family and probably a penguin as well.

'When he sees him he wags his tail like a dog and honks with delight.

This is, I believe, a true story. But there is some doubt as the newspaper it has appeared in is the London Metro, and the TV station which featured it was CNN!!!

Ampers

Thursday, 13 July 2017

A new candidate declares for the UKIP election

I attended an event where John Rees-Evans [JRE] announced his intention to stand in UKIPs forthcoming Leadership Election.

The remarkable thing was, He didn’t mention Moslems once and, rather, addressed what he sees, as our real enemies.

Yes, immigrants are flooding in to the UK, but JRE wants to attack those who created the environment. He sees our real enemies as our politicians, globalists, corporates and the establishment in general.

The problem as many see it is, these people are too powerful for us to fight and Johnny Public must make the best of this New World Order.

But as we say in South Africa: “‘n Boer moet ‘n plan hê” (a farmer must have a plan). John isn’t South African and he’s not a farmer, but he certainly has a plan – and to use a South African expression again; “a bleddy good one”.

His plan is to bypass Parliament as it is today, bypass the media, as they are today, and to do away with the need for large doners who always want their pound of flesh by controlling everything.

How can he do this? His plan is to use the Internet in all three areas.

One, a website for UKIP members, no matter how isolated, to interact with each other. I won’t go into it here but he has some very good ideas in this area.

Two, to use Social Media, YouTube and other means to put out what UKIP is doing. Initially, it will be slow going but the objective is to bypass the establishment media totally so the public can really see what is going on. Much as the Trump Administration have been doing in the USA.

Three, to attract, through means of commercial advantage, small businesses throughout the country, This could work as his idea seems to be, you scratch our backs and we will scratch yours.

John has a certain amount of baggage to overcome (Gay Donkey springs to mind) and he is very earnest and needs to lighten up. But both these shortcomings should disappear as he matures into the job.

I may or may not vote for him as, like him, I am also ex army, and don’t make tactical decisions until I have all the facts (and in this case, the facts are a list of all the candidates standing and their manifestos).

Ampers

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Question: How do you feel about getting old?

As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend.

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world, too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it, if I choose to read, or play, on the computer, until 4am, or sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 50 & 60's, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love, I will.

I will walk the beach, in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves, with abandon, if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set. They too, will get old.

I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And, I eventually remember the important things.

Sure, over the years, my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break, when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car?

But broken hearts are what give us strength, and understanding, and compassion. A heart never broken, is pristine, and sterile, and will never know the joy of being imperfect.

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face.

So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.

As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don't question myself anymore. I've even earned the right to be wrong.

So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free.  I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be.

And I shall eat dessert every single day (if I feel like it).

<taken from a round robin email>

Ampers

Friday, 23 June 2017

Signal Private Messenger is the safest text messaging system in the world


Whisper Systems developed Signal Private Messenger.

Most commercial undertakings are slowly moving their mobile communications to Signal. This article will help explain why.

Both WhatsApp and Signal have encrypted messaging but then the differences start.


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Use anything by Open Whisper Systems.
Edward Snowden, Whistleblower and privacy advocate

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WhatsApp allows you to download your messages so stores them on the cloud. Signal does not store any messages so is safer from government eyes. Both the NSA and GCHQ are suspected of not only searching for spies and terrorists, but looking for commercial secrets.

With whatsApp, you both have to be using the WhatsApp app. but with Signal you only both have to if you want encryption. So Signal also doubles up as a SMS program, reducing the need for two communications programs.

WhatsApp allow free calls and texts. As with WhatsApp, Signal allows secure messaging. The difference is, with WhatsApp, if you want to send text to someone not on WhatsApp, you have to use a texting app. However, with Signal, if both people have Signal installed, it has encrypted messaging. But if the other person hasn't Signal installed, you can still message others with unencrypted texts as you do with a standard texting app.

One major difference is, unlike WhatsApp which may store your messages on the cloud, Signal never stores messages and therefore doesn't offer a cloud service. This keeps your messages away from spying eyes.

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After reading the code, I literally discovered a line of drool running down my face. It’s really nice.
Matt Green, Cryptographer, Johns Hopkins University

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Now for the crunch, WhatsApp is a propriety app, whereas anyone can download the Signal code (it's in the public domain) and a friendly programmer can examine the code for government trap doors, then compile it for company use. So users of the former don't know whether NSA have added a trap door, whereas users of the latter know there isn't a trap door or technical people would have spread this information all over the Internet.

The following has been taken from Wikipedia which is of interest:
Reception

In October 2014, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) included Signal in their updated surveillance self-defense guide.[84] In November 2014, Signal received a perfect score on the EFF's secure messaging scorecard;[42] it received points for having communications encrypted in transit, having communications encrypted with keys the provider doesn't have access to (end-to-end encryption), making it possible for users to independently verify their correspondents' identities, having past communications secure if the keys are stolen (forward secrecy), having the code open to independent review (open source), having the security designs well-documented, and having a recent independent security audit.[42] At the time, "ChatSecure + Orbot", Pidgin (with OTR), Silent Phone, and Telegram's optional "secret chats" also received seven out of seven points on the scorecard.[42]

On December 28, 2014, Der Spiegel published slides from an internal NSA presentation dating to June 2012 in which the NSA deemed Signal's encrypted voice calling component (RedPhone) on its own as a "major threat" to its mission, and when used in conjunction with other privacy tools such as Cspace, Tor, Tails, and TrueCrypt was ranked as "catastrophic", leading to a "near-total loss/lack of insight to target communications, presence..."[85][86]

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden has endorsed Signal on multiple occasions.[34] In his keynote speech at SXSW in March 2014, he praised Signal's predecessors (TextSecure and RedPhone) for their ease-of-use.[87] During an interview with The New Yorker in October 2014, he recommended using "anything from Moxie Marlinspike and Open Whisper Systems".[88] During a remote appearance at an event hosted by Ryerson University and Canadian Journalists for Free Expression in March 2015, Snowden said that Signal is "very good" and that he knew the security model.[89] Asked about encrypted messaging apps during a Reddit AMA in May 2015, he recommended Signal.[90][91] In November 2015, Snowden tweeted that he used Signal "every day".[33][92]

In September 2015, the American Civil Liberties Union called on officials at the U.S. Capitol to ensure that lawmakers and staff members have secure communications technology.[93] One of the applications that the ACLU recommended in their letter to the Senate Sergeant at Arms and to the House Sergeant at Arms was Signal, writing:

One of the most widely respected encrypted communication apps, Signal, from Open Whisper Systems, has received significant financial support from the U.S. government, has been audited by independent security experts, and is now widely used by computer security professionals, many of the top national security journalists, and public interest advocates. Indeed, members of the ACLU’s own legal department regularly use Signal to make encrypted telephone calls.[94]

In March of 2017 Signal was approved by the Sergeant at Arms of the U.S. Senate for use by senators and their staff. [95][96]

Following the 2016 Democratic National Committee email leak, Vanity Fair reported that Marc Elias, the general counsel for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, had instructed DNC staffers to exclusively use Signal when saying anything "remotely contentious or disparaging" about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.[97][98]

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I am regularly impressed with the thought and care put into both the security and the usability of this app.
It's my first choice for an encrypted conversation.Bruce Schneier, internationally renowned security technologist
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The following two paragraphs concern "WhatsApp" and the Google app "Allo".

When you first set up WhatsApp, you’re encouraged, but not required, to share your phone’s contact list with the app. This helps the WhatsApp service connect you with other users quickly and easily. A WhatsApp spokesperson confirmed to me that the company retains contact list data, which means that WhatsApp could also hand over your contact list in response to a government request.

The first thing to understand about Google’s forthcoming Allo app is that, by default, Google will be able to read all of your Allo messages. If you want end-to-end encryption via the Signal protocol, you need to switch to an “incognito mode” within the app, which will be secure but include fewer features.

And on Signal:

The first thing that sets Signal apart from WhatsApp and Allo is that it is open source. The app’s code is freely available for experts to inspect for flaws or back doors in its security. Another thing that makes Signal unique is its business model: There is none. In stark contrast to Facebook and Google, which make their money selling ads, Open Whisper Systems is entirely supported by grants and donations. With no advertising to target, the company intentionally stores as little user data as possible. If you back up your phone to your Google or iCloud account, Signal doesn’t include any of your messages in this backup. WhatsApp’s gaping backup issue simply doesn’t exist with Signal, and there’s no risk of accidentally handing over your private messages to any third-party company.

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Signal is the most scalable encryption tool we have. It is free and peer reviewed.
I encourage people to use it everyday.
Laura Poitras, Oscar winning filmmaker and journalist

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I'm not paranoid, but there is no way I want amateur chefs working at NSA or GCHQ finding out about my secret baked beans on toast recipe, But I will say I use in excess of eight ingredients!

Ampers

Monday, 12 June 2017

A pep talk to all UKIP members throughout Britain.

A good appraisal from the leader of Barnet UKIP which may be of interest to local UKIP branches throughout Great Britain.

Ampers

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Well the election is over for now but that may not be the end of the story. There may have to be another election at some point soon.

I cannot see the Tories lasting the full five years. A pact with the DUP is not likely to hold because there are fundamental differences of policy. Such as same sex marriage and abortion for example.

Anyway, during the life of a parliament there are defections, deaths and other events causing by-elections. One such event could happen in Thanet South where the MP was charged with fraud prior to the election. I don't know but this may at some point cause him to step down even though it relates to the 2015 election a fraud charge could become a fraud conviction.

In Chipping Barnet UKIP saved Theresa Villiers, by not standing, we got her elected as she only won by 353 votes. In 2015 UKIP got over 4000 in Chipping Barnet.

I believe that this means she owes us and it may be an idea to have a meeting with her at some point to put forward our opinions directly to her in person. I am sure she recognises the fact that without UKIP support she would not have won.

UKIP nationally ran a very poor campaign and our ex leader Mr Nuttal appeared to do nothing right. Locally in Barnet I feel we did make the best of a bad situation. Against the advice from our superiors we decided to stand candidates and also ordered 20,000 leaflets which were from UKIP official templates. Many of these leaflets were delivered in Hendon, Mill Hill and Colindale.

Our candidates attended several hustings and got positive reviews on their performances and we also managed to get several articles in the Barnet media again which was mainly favourable.

We as Barnet UKIP can therefore feel proud we kept the UKIP flag flying and did our best in difficult circumstances.

The party nationally is in turmoil however, we as a local branch must understand that we seek to represent the people who live and work in Barnet and we must therefore continue to communicate with, educate and also serve the local population.

Therefore our aim now is to prepare ourselves for the Local Council Elections which will take place in May 2018. UKIP Barnet is entitled to stand 63 candidates and we aim to get 63 UKIP candidates on the ballot.

This will be a mission, however, I strongy beleive that by the time May 2018 comes around people will be ready for a change and will be receptive to UKIP as a credible alternative.

Nigel Farage has said that he may return as party leader which will give the party a fighting chance again, but regardless, we must organise ourselves and become a more professional political organistation.

After the Barnet AGM which will be held during July 2017 we will seek to expand the elected committee with several new appointed positions. The aim of this will be to improve and expand the party locally. We will seek to contact all local businesses to promote UKIP as the business friendly party for Barnet.

In 2016 over 40,000 people in Barnet voted for Brexit and it is our duty to represent those electors by giving them a voice. The ony way is to get councillors elected to Barnet council. It is highly possible because we have time to plan and promote ourselves and the public mood is very much against the political establishment at the moment.

Personally i do not believe the election result nationally is a bad one. Remember, Theresa May is not a Brexiteer and never has been. She only took the party leadership to block lesser known staunch leavers such as Andrea Leadsome from becoming PM. I dont expect her to survive as PM because there are several better and more trustworthy people in the Tory party such as David Davis and Jacob Rees Mogg who would make better choices for Britain. Zac Goldsmith would also be a pro Brexit choice but he is an outsider now in the Tory party after they threw him under the bus last time.

One of the reasons Jeremy Corbyn did well despite the media smears and establishment campaign against him was because he is seen by voters as the anti candidate. He has always voted for Brexit in the past, in 2011 he voted for a referendum and was one of only 19 Labour MPs to do so. So he will not block Brexit and he has pledged not to.

The Tories ran a shocking campaign which included such clangers like the dementia tax and scrapping free school meals that it was possibly deliberate. I mean it now gives Theresa May the option to go for a fake Brexit or even a second referendum.

If Nigel Farage does return as party leader he will energise the party and the base especially as the public will be looking for Mr Brexit to save us from Theresa May.

UKIP did badly but we still got over 500,000 votes and that means we got more than the Greens. We can build on that solid bedrock of support for the 2018 council elections.

Many voters lent their votes to the other parties for this election but the cycle will change now and those 4,000,000 who supported us in 2015 will return. UKIP will come back stronger as we have done in the past.

Kal Kahn
Chairman - Banet UKIP

Sunday, 11 June 2017

An imporrtant communications for the UKIP membership.

UKIP results in GE2017

First of all, the picture of woe

We received 593,852 votes, or 1.8% of the votes cast.

At the GE2015, we received 3,881,099 votes or 12.6% of the votes cast.

This election, we lost 3,288,047 voters who lost faith in our NEC shenanigans. Or to put it another way, 89.20% of our previous voters.

It is impossible to put such an appalling loss on one man. Yes, there does seem to be weak leadership here, but the leadership is not, funnily enough, the leader. A political party is run by their NEC (National Executive Committee) and the UKIP NEC needs to resign en masse and give the membership a chance to elect a completely new committee. This will only happen if UKIP members press, and press hard for this. There is an old saying, “a foolish man does the same thing, time and time again, and expects a different result.” Dwell on this saying, it is important in politics.

If a huge amount of our membership emails mail@ukip.org, giving their membership number, saying “We are seriously considering our position in UKIP and will not be renewing unless the entire NEC resigns and there are fresh elections.”

It is time to show the NEC that we cannot be taken for granted.


If you have friends and colleagues who are UKIP members, please pass them a link. If you are on social media, please spread this far and wide. If we don't do something, UKIP will be confined to the dustbin of history.

Ampers.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

England, in the end, rises up to all challenges.

My loving people

We have been persuaded by some that are careful of our safety, to take heed how we commit our selves to armed multitudes, for fear of treachery; but I assure you I do not desire to live to distrust my faithful and loving people. Let tyrants fear. I have always so behaved myself that, under God, I have placed my chiefest strength and safeguard in the loyal hearts and good-will of my subjects; and therefore I am come amongst you, as you see, at this time, not for my recreation and disport, but being resolved, in the midst and heat of the battle, to live and die amongst you all; to lay down for my God, and for my kingdom, and my people, my honour and my blood, even in the dust.

I know I have the body of a weak, feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too, and think foul scorn that Parma or Spain, or any prince of Europe, should dare to invade the borders of my realm; to which rather than any dishonour shall grow by me, I myself will take up arms, I myself will be your general, judge, and rewarder of every one of your virtues in the field.

I know already, for your forwardness you have deserved rewards and crowns; and We do assure you on a word of a prince, they shall be duly paid. In the mean time, my lieutenant general shall be in my stead, than whom never prince commanded a more noble or worthy subject; not doubting but by your obedience to my general, by your concord in the camp, and your valour in the field, we shall shortly have a famous victory over these enemies of my God, of my kingdom, and of my people.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

The most important video I have watched on YouTube

Stefan Molyneux, of FreeDomain Radio, talks about how we have to avoid the problem which has dogged Western Civilisation over the last century.

It is just over an hour long but will probably open up a lot of insights of the way the world has been progressing during that time. It is not a quick fix video, but a warning that if we don't understand what if happening, we will travel blindly towards the end as we know it.

If you can't be bothered to watch, that's fine, those of us who do will gain power over those who don't.


Ampers.

Friday, 28 April 2017

What’s wrong with Britain – apart from the SNP?

Oh dear! There are so many things it’s difficult to know where to begin.

First of all, we are being manipulated. Whether by politicians or a “shadowy establishment” or the bankers is immaterial. The main point here is we are being manipulated.

First of all, the aim is to make us poor. The printing of money with nothing to back it up was the start. That, together with an extremely low interest rate, was designed to hit the prudent middle class—to decimate their savings. The poor were hit by higher food prices caused by the EU CAP where it costs us so much to import food both from within and without the EU. This is apart from all the immigrants taking up jobs previously held by the working class.

And, note that overcrowded hospitals and doctors surgeries, together with over crowded schools, don’t affect the uber rich, or our politicians – including Diane Abbot – who make full use of the private sector.

Then we have the globalists who will stop at nothing to obtain their dream of world government where they will have full control of fiscal policy which will make slaves of everybody.

Our politics are all wrong. On the one hand we have the Labour Party who have managed to fool the left for generations that they are for the working man. The working man has suffered as much financially under Labour as they have under the Conservatives.

On the other hand, we have the afore-mentioned Conservatives who, from past performance, show they are only after what they can get. Usually as kickbacks from Corporate Business, and some, such as Kinnock and Mandelson, have made millions from the EU, which come indirectly from the taxes you pay our government.

The Liberal Democrats hate the idea of a ‘sovereign and free’ Britain and will avoid us being in a democracy as long as possible.

UKIP are in trouble, but hopefully they will climb out of the mire. The original party when Mr Farage was at the helm had a lot of good ideas but I fear it may have been destroyed by Conservative fifth columnists.

We need to ensure that all constituencies have an equal amount of inhabitants in them, that will avoid any party having control of Parliament with fewer voters than any other region.

Then you have the system of “jobs for the boys” where many, who fund the political parties end up in the Lords. Cronyism run amock!

So, what can we do about it?


We need to reform the House of Lords and make it an elective body. The first chamber is a talking shop where they examine the second chamber’s laws and check them. There is no need for expenses other than free tickets in the Parliament canteens and second class travel warrants with the facility for them to pay the extra for first class.

The second chamber (Commons) should have a reduced salary of £50,000 for backbenchers, rising in increments to £80,000 as a minister, and £125,000 as a prime minister. After all, a PM has a free house, a car and chauffeur etc. All perks should be taxed, the same as any other UK director, other than fixed amounts for offices and staff. The various bars and restaurants should not be subsidised.

Although I think the whip system demoralises honest MPs, it should be kept. We need to have a limit where it can be used in any one year of three times, but not to be carried forward.

We need to study other countries to see whether we can get a better system. Should we have a separate vote for the Prime Minister as in America? Should we allow non politicians to stand? Should we allow him to choose his cabinet, but unlike America, only from MPs? There should be no interference from the upper house. This way, the vote for the leader can be on the same ballot paper as the vote for MPs.

Is the French system a better idea than proportional voting? We need to examine that and decide on one of them. The present system of first past the post is not good. Whether you like UKIP is immaterial to my next statement, but fairness is.

Is it right for a party that gets just over 3,8m votes gets one MP and two parties with approximately the same number of votes between them, get 64 seats? The British readers of many generations will think this unfair, others and newcomers to these islands will be happy with the status quo.

Ampers

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Look out for the Halal accreditation label on foods, this is why:

I received this email from a friend, I cannot verify its authenticity but it seems genuine.
You may be aware that " Dick Smith " chain franchise stores are being pressured by the Islamic Council of Australia to gain 'Halal Certification' otherwise they will be proscribed and banned from Muslim custom. This is their response:   
A MESSAGE FROM DICK SMITH.
"We at Dick Smith 's have received a number of letters from people asking if we will be putting the Muslim Halal logo on our food. To acquire Halal certification, payment is required to the endorsing body (the Islamic Council) and involves a number of site inspections of both our growers and processors in order to ensure that our practices comply with the conditions of Halal certification.     
It is important to note that this does not reflect the quality of the food being processed or sold it only means that the products are approved as being prepared in accordance with the traditions of the Muslim faith.
We are aware of an increasing number of large companies both in Australia and overseas, such as Kraft and Cadbury, who have obtained accreditation to use the Halal logo. We don't believe they have done this because of any religious commitment but rather for purely commercial reasons. Perhaps these large organizations can afford to do this. While we have a choice however, we would prefer to avoid unnecessarily increasing the cost of our products in order to pay for Halal accreditation when this money would be better spent continuing to support important charitable causes where assistance is greatly needed. 
We point out that we have never been asked to put a Christian symbol (or any other religious symbol) on our food requiring that we send money to a Christian organization for the right to do so. Others would add that money paid to any Muslim 'organization' (and you had better believe it: these people ARE 'organized') can easily find its way into the hands of Islamic extremist-fanatics and murderers, irrespective of assurances to the contrary. What other assurances do we accept from Muslims? Oh, that's right, 'Islam is a religion of PEACE'! How less Australian can companies get, than to place money into the hands of those who seek to exploit us?"
This is an example of how the leaders of Muslims in Australia/NZ. are bullying large commercial organizations (especially in the food industry) into paying what is no more than blatant extortion money. The amazing part is that these weak-kneed organizations (Cadbury/ Schweppes/ Nestles/ Kraft etc.) actually pay the large sums demanded by these self-appointed religious bureaucrats.    
Of course, the manufacturers promptly pass this levy on to unwitting consumers as cost increases. Next time you buy a block of Cadbury's chocolate, look for the Halal Certification seal on the wrapper. So, regardless of your own religious faith, you end up subsidizing Islam. The Council also controls the Muslim voter bloc which, as yet, does not have sufficient critical mass to make a difference - but give them time. Several state jurisdictions are under pressure to adopt or permit Sharia Law in Marriage, Family and Property matters and some, under the delusion that they are being progressively liberal, are permitting this. This has already happened in some local authorities in the U.K. Google the U.K. Education Department's current investigation into the conduct of Muslim-run schools in the Birmingham area of England. How many more warnings do people need?
Check the produce on the shelf and don't buy anything Muslim extorted.
I hope, like me, you have found this educational and I will try not to buy any product which has the Halal accreditation on its label.

Ampers

Monday, 17 April 2017

Is this a call for a revolution in Britain???

Pat Conlan goes on a lot about Moslems in this video, but am I mistaken in thinking that, towards the end, he could be calling for a revolution, not so much against Moslems, but against politicians?

You tell me.


Ampers

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Getting things done, on Android

A while ago, I looked at an app which was still on Alpha build and thought, I’ll come back to this later. A year or so later I looked again and it was still in Alpha mode, but with a notice the Beta mode was under construction.

I bravely decided to look further and, for an alpha mode program it was extremely well behaved. So I started using it. And now thank my lucky stars that I did.

Here is how it can work.


You can enter a task, either as a stand alone task, or connected to a project or checklist. The latter being just a list of tasks which need to be done for a specific major task, but not quite as big as a project.

An example of a checklist could be home security, where you’d have the following tasks. Produce spreadsheet, enter all items to be marked, take photographs of each item, mark with smartwater. As you complete each stage, over a week or so, you would make them completed and they would come off the list.

An example of a project could be building an extension to your property, where you would have a series of checklists and many separate tasks.

Then there are folders, Context lists and Tag lists.

Under folders you could have subheadings like computer, telephone (for calls to make), smartphone (for housekeeping with apps), etc.

Under Contexts. You could have things like Home, Work, errands, purchases etc.

Under Tags, there could be one for each room in your house, front and back gardens, garage etc.

With these set up, you can view a list of tasks for when you are by the phone, computer, jobs to do at work or buy things that need buying, or jobs to do in a specific room so you can do them all in one fell swoop.

Goals, These are for major events in your life and by setting your task against a specific goal, you can see the progress made.

When setting up the initial task, keep the heading short as there is a field for more detailed information. A status field allows you to assign next action, Active, planning, delegated, waiting, hold, postponed and a someday status.

Anther field is Type, where you can set the job as a Task, Project, Checklist, And, underneath, call a contact, Return a call, Email a contact or SMS a contact. These latter points enable you to set up tiny tasks without having to spend too much time filling in all the other details.

There is an opportunity to star a task… No specific requirement here, you can assign the stars for whatever type of tasks you wish.

Then there is an inbox for when you are on the move. To speed things up, just add the task title and leave things until you are settled at home or at the office. A trip to the inbox will remind you to fill in all the relevant information.

The completed item allows you to review all the items you have completed and you can set up in Settings when you want a task to be totally deleted. I have set up mine to delete in 28 days [in Settings] after I hit the Completed button.

Not bad for an Alpha mode app is it? And, after a month, I can assure you, everything works perfectly. However, to be efficient, care should be taken when naming Folders, Contexts and Tasks. And you can backup your datafiles to Dropbox, 2gb is free and is more than enough for this app.

But I have only covered a small part of whet the app can do, hopefully enough for you to want to download it and give it a try. As far as I am aware, however, it is only available on Android. But after the release of the fabulous Samsung Galaxy S8, you may want to change to Android! If you prefer to stick with the iPhone, you’ll soon get the curved screen as Apple have just bought 90 million of them from Samsung for their upcoming new iPhone version.

Finally, if the above has whetted your appetite, and you are going to download the app, set up the app on your phone first, then download an excellent tutorial here.

The app is called: DGT GTD and can be downloaded here.

And, finally, a book about "Getting Things Done" by David Allen, on Amazon - also available on Kindle. I have the Paperback and the kindle version.


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Buying a house in the 21st century

Before you choose an area, look around for signs of natural phenomenon, like being near a river which could burst its banks, or where there can be problems with flooding, or foul air from nearby factories. Traffic and Schools may be important if you have young children.

Then choose the house in the normal way, bedrooms, kitchen, lounge, outbuildings, garden etc.

Then, is the area prone to storm flooding? Or near a river? If so, make sure you on a hill, even if ever so slightly. Make sure the water will bypass you and go down the hill. An area where you can build a reversed "V" trench in an emergency may be useful, just in case.

The next thing to consider is, do you like morning coffee on the patio, or perhaps a sundowner in the evening? If your house is North or South facing and there are no high walls at the back, you'll be in luck.

If you like fast Internet, and the local exchange has fibre to your nearest green box, make sure you are fairly close to it as the rest of the way to the house is via old style copper wires. Unless you are willing to spend the sort of money to have pavements up-routed for new fibre cabling to your house.

The next thing to consider is, how is the area served for transport, both local and longer distance.

Then there are shops, here, the more important issue is, is there a small local food shop nearby for when you find you’ve run out of something. Supermarkets aren't as important as you can either order over the net or drive there.

If in the countryside, is there a pub fairly near by that also serves food? Or perhaps a nice restaurant? It is nice to get out now and again without having to go too far.

So, as you can see, you need to look at a little more than just your house, you have to think of children’s schools if you're young, or getting about when you grow old.

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The truth about trade with the EU

 This is from a recent email from Roger Helmer, a UKIP MEP.
The following courtesy of Rogers good colleague William Dartmouth, UKIP's trade Spokesman:
Adrian Webster writes (Sunday Telegraph April 2nd) : “... No new trade deal (with the EU) comes without immigration quotas....”
Not so.
The EU has over 100 Trade Agreements. Of these, it is only the four EFTA countries - Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway whose specific and particular trade agreements require “freedom of movement”. Of these four, Liechtenstein has a derogation and Switzerland voted against “freedom of movement” in a referendum in 2014. So that leaves just two countries - Norway and Iceland - who have granted “freedom of movement” in return for a Trade Agreement with the EU.
None of the EU's other trade agreements has freedom of movement -- let alone immigration quotas.
Mr. Webster is in good company when he peddles this blatant falsehood. It has been restated on Bloomberg and – endlessly -- on the BBC.
Roger Helmer

Riots after Polish man murdered by migrants

Too sickening to try to be clever about, watch - in dismay!



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Friday, 7 April 2017

Will we, or won’t we [leave]?

I am getting a little worried about Theresa May’s actions, and there are two ways they can be interpreted,

The first way is, she intends to welsh on our Brexit referendum and will accept unlimited immigration, and continue to pay money to the EU.

The other way is to accept all the EU’s requirements and once we are out, cancel them one by one.

However, the second way is fraught with difficulties
as the EU leaders aren’t stupid and will have legal agreements tying up Britain to accept everything agreed on at the end.

So I am coming to the opinion that she is still a Remainer at heart. However, she is a politician and I am sure she has one eye on May 2020, and when the chips are down, she will accept the choice which will benefit the Conservative Party in the end. And, that end is winning the 2020 election.

It is up to us to help UKIP grow (I am not a member) from their present miserable position. and, I'm not that happy with their new leader. Along the way, though, we must make sure we don’t vote in the secret Tory people on the UKIP NEC. This must include any political seats, or on the NEC next time round. I think most of us know who they are.

Alas, there is no other party that threatens the Conservative within UK Politics. I believe Arron Banks and Andy Wigmore are starting up an organisation called the Patriotic Alliance. A poor choice of name for two reasons. There is, or was, a Patriotic Party in the UK which I believe was far right, and there is a Patriotic Alliance in South Africa which was started up by two ex-criminals.

We could also consider raising funds through crowdfunding towards building up a fund for use if Theresa May chooses to stay with the EU. However, we need to work out what to do with the money if Theresa May decides she’d be better off in 2020 if she gets us out. If, dear reader, you have an idea for the use of the money if we get our Brexit, please add it as a comment below.

It is not a conspiracy theory to realise there are powers, higher than the West’s politicians, who have an agenda for us. However, once you try and guess that agenda, I’m afraid that is where conspiracy theories come into the equation.

The Chines have a insult, it is: “May you live in interesting times”. Well, I am afraid we are living in those interesting times!

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Thursday, 6 April 2017

Looking for a job? It really is a full time job!

So, you’ve been “let go” or you have given your notice in? For this article I am presuming the length of time before your last day is a calendar month.

Set aside time every weekday night and weekends for the following; you want to get a job as soon as possible so it would be foolish to do nothing in this period where you are still earning money.

Curriculum Vitae &  Résumé

First of all, what are they?
(the above taken from the Undercover Recruiter website with my small addition)
A CV (Curriculum Vitæ, which means course of life in Latin) is an in-depth document that can be laid out over two or more pages and it contains a high level of detail about your achievements, a great deal more than just a career biography. The CV covers your education as well as any other accomplishments like publications, awards, honours etc.

The document tends to be organised chronologically and should make it easy to get an overview of an individual’s full working career. A CV is static and doesn’t change for different positions, the difference would be in the cover letter which can be used instead of a résumé.

A resume, or résumé, is a concise document typically not longer than one page as the intended (the reader) will not dwell on your document for very long. The goal of a resume is to make an individual stand out from the competition.

The job seeker should adapt the resume to every position they apply for. It is in the applicant’s interest to change the resume from one job application to another and to tailor it to the needs of the specific post. A resume doesn’t have to be ordered chronologically, doesn’t have to cover your whole career like and is a highly customisable document.
The first thing you need to update, is your CV. After you have brought it up to date, between your personal information and the list of previous jobs is to list your talents. Look at every job you have had and extract abilities from it.

As an example, imagine you had a job in sales and were reasonably successful. You could list “the ability to persuade people to look at things from a different point of view”. Looking at your CV for the sales job, all that tells the potential employer is you can sell, the earlier description shows a usefulness in all aspects of business. Get the picture?

OK, your CV is up-to-date, you’ve extracted your talents from each job, and you are ready to get started.

Employment Bureaux/Head Hunters

Now is the time to take your CV around and email all local agencies. Add your CV as a PDF attachment. The reason for this is that not every company uses Microsoft’s word but everyone can print out a PDF document. In this case, you may want to include a one page proper résumé.

If you have some holiday due to you, and the agencies want you to come in to see them, take a morning or afternoon off (not a day as you may have interviews to attend).

Writing letters to advertisements

 When sending off your CV with a covering letter, read the advert carefully, and list the special requirements in the advertisement. In the body of the letter, mention every requirement and state whether it is within your present knowledge and, if you have no knowledge of one of them, write something like “I’m a fast learner and this is something I always wanted to do”.

Writing letters on the off-chance

Write to companies you can easily get to even if no job has been advertised. The big difference here is your letter will be in a pile of one on the human resource manager’s desk, rather than in a pile of 500! You could say in the covering letter that you have passed by the company often and always wanted to work for them! Here is another case where you may want to include a proper résumé.

Looking for a job is a full time job

OK, you’ve tried the above but to date you have had little luck. Now you have to put all your efforts into finding a job.

Put aside a certain amount of time each week for this. The people who will be the most successful and will find a job before their money runs out, are those who decide to work Monday to Friday between 9:00am and 5:00pm for this purpose. And if you want to be successful, remember; no days off and no time off.

If you think I have left anything vital off this, please use the comments below.

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Pat Condell love-in for remainers!!!

As I've often said in the past, a picture's worth a thousand words - so a video must be worth a million words.

Unless you know differently.

Pat has disabled the ability for me to inbed the video, so please click this link.

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Sunday, 2 April 2017

Is George Soros Behind This Plot to Topple Trump?

The mainstream media hates him. Hollywood hates him. The “Intellectual Yet Idiot” academia class hates him.

Most critically, the CIA hates him. So does the rest of the Deep State, or the permanently entrenched “national security” bureaucracy. They did everything possible to stop Trump from taking office. None of it worked.

I think the CIA hates Trump for a very simple reason: he’s threatening to take away their livelihood.

Trump wants to make nice with Putin and the Russians. But countering the so-called “Russian threat” is how many thousands of Deep State bureaucrats make a living.

These people feed off the trough of the $1 trillion-plus military/security budget. Playing nice with the Russians would kill their jobs—and end their way of life.

Trump has said:

We will pursue a new foreign policy that finally learns from the mistakes of the past. We will stop looking to topple regimes and overthrow governments.

Toppling regimes is the CIA’s bread and butter. No wonder they hate him.

Of course, the feeling is mutual. Trump has used plenty of sharp words to describe the “intelligence community.” He’s reportedly aiming to fundamentally restructure the CIA.

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John F. Kennedy’s Battle with the CIA

Donald Trump is the first president since John F. Kennedy to openly take on the CIA.

After being suckered into the Bay of Pigs disaster in Cuba, JFK said he wanted "to splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it into the winds."

Kennedy fired CIA Director Allen Dulles. But that was about as far as he got.

JFK, of course, failed to break the Deep State’s grasp on power. In an ironic twist, Allen Dulles would later be appointed to the Warren Commission to investigate Kennedy’s assassination.
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The CIA is the undisputed all-time world champion of orchestrating coups. And right now, Trump is squarely on its radar…

How the Deep State Will Take Down Trump

The way I see it, the Deep State has three main cards to play against Trump. If one doesn’t work, they’ll move on to the next one.
  •     The Delegitimization Card
  •     The Herbert Hoover Card
  •     The John F. Kennedy Card
The Delegitimization Card

There’s a joke that goes something like this…

Question: Why can there be no “color revolution” in the US?

Answer: Because there are no US embassies in the US.

To get the joke you have to understand the role the US played—through CIA officers based out of US embassies—in orchestrating various color-coded revolutions, really coups d’état, over the past 17 years:
  •     The Bulldozer Revolution in Serbia (2000)
  •     The Rose Revolution in Georgia (2003)
  •     The Orange and Euromaidan Revolutions in Ukraine (2004 and 2014)
  •     The Tulip Revolution in Kyrgyzstan (2005)
  •     The Cedar Revolution in Lebanon (2005)
  •     The Jeans Revolution in Belarus (2006)
  •     The Saffron Revolution in Myanmar (2007)
  •     The Green Revolution in Iran (2009)… though that one didn't work.
  •     The Grape Revolution in Moldova (2009)
  •     The Colorful Revolution in Macedonia (2016)
All of these AstroTurf revolutions have one thing in common. In each case, George Soros’ NGOs helped delegitimize the targeted government.

Of course, there were valid grievances against these governments. But the US Deep State manipulated these situations to advance its geopolitical agenda.

Here’s how it worked: Soros’ NGOs would help fund and organize “professional protestors.” Then they’d use color-specific branding to help rally others to their cause.

Soros has turned colored revolutions into a science. The pattern is predictable.

Now it’s playing out in the US.

It smells to me like the CIA and George Soros’ NGOs are trying to start a “color revolution” in the US, just like they’ve done in numerous foreign countries.

Read the rest of the article here.