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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.


Ampers.

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.

Ampers

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!



Ampers

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!

Ampers

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.

Ampers.

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.

Ampers.

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.

Monday, 27 March 2017

The six major key tests as to whether Theresa May is doing her job properly.


From the UKIP website

 1. The Legal Test:

Parliament must resume its supremacy of law-making with no impediments, qualifications or restrictions on its future actions agreed in any leaving deal. Britain must wholly remove itself from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. No undertaking shall be given in the leaving agreement that constrains the UK to being an ongoing member of the European Court of Human Rights.

2. The Migration Test:

Britain must resume full control of its immigration and asylum policies and border controls. There must be no impediments, qualifications or restrictions agreed to in any leaving deal. We must not be bound by any freedom of movement obligation. The departure terms must facilitate the Government finally making good on its broken promise to cut net annual net migration to the tens of thousands.

3. The Maritime Test:

Joining the EEC involved a betrayal of our coastal communities at the behest of a previous Tory prime minister. They must not be betrayed again. Leaving the EU must involve restoring to the UK full maritime sovereignty. The UK must resume complete control of its maritime exclusive economic zone - stretching 200 miles off the coast or to the half-way point between the UK and neighbouring countries. We must ensure that no constraint other than its own physical capacity or the needs of stock preservation or replenishment – as decided upon by the UK Parliament - applies to our fleet. This will give our fishing industry a long overdue chance to recover.

4. The Trade Test:

The UK must retake its seat on the World Trade Organisation and resume its sovereign right to sign trade agreements with other countries. The UK must have full legal rights to set its own tariff and non-tariff barriers consistent with WTO rules. This means leaving the EU single market and customs union. Continued tariff-free trade, with no strings attached, may be offered to the EU, but if the EU declines the offer then WTO terms are the acceptable fall-back position. Post departure, both sides will have the ability to further liberalise trade on the basis of mutual gain.

5. The Money Test:

There must be no final settlement payment to the EU, and no ongoing payments to the EU budget after we have left. We must also reclaim our share of financial assets from entities such as the European Investment Bank, in which it is estimated that some £9bn of UK money is vested.

6. The Time Test:

Given that David Cameron held the referendum so early in the Government’s term of office, it is clearly reasonable to expect the Brexit process to be completed well before the next General Election. To go into the 2020 election with loose ends left untied or an open-ended transition still in progress would risk plunging the country into a new era of uncertainty and emboldening those who wish to overturn the referendum result. That is unacceptable. So Brexit must be done and dusted before the end of 2019.

Paul Nuttall MEP UKIP

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Do you agree with all, or any, or none of these six key points? If not, please comment stating which point you are disagreeing with.

If you are disagreeing with more than one point, start each point with:

Point 1:
{and your comment underneath}

Doing it this way will make it easier for readers to understand.

If you thoroughly agree with all six points there is no need to add a comment.

Ampers.

Global Warming, how the public have been thoroughly conned for years.

David Evans is an Australian mathematician and engineer.

From Wikipedia:

Dr Evans obtained the degree of Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the University of Sydney in 1983; and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1989. He has four other degrees.

From 1999 to 2005 Dr Evans worked in the Australian Greenhouse Office. There he contributed to the development of FullCam, a fully integrated carbon accounting model for estimating and predicting all biomass, litter and soil carbon pools in forest and agricultural systems for the Australian government. (FullCam, part of Australia's National Carbon Accounting System, received a Special Achievement in GIS award at the 2010 ESRI International User Conference).

He established Goldnerds, an information service for gold investors. He also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, a group founded to promote a "positive voice on environment and development issues". The Committee rejects the consensus of the scientific community on global warming as "alarmist", and Evans has moved from what he calls a "warmist" to a "skeptic" position.

At the end of this 15 minute video, Dr Evans shows you, on his website, how you can download information, in layman's terms, and also download the official data.

This is a series of three videos. The first is all about the data


And the second one is all about cui bono or who benefits. People within the EU will suddenly sit up as they recognise how they are being manipulated.


The last one can be skipped as it is a talk Dr Evens is giving and he is really just going over the work he has covered in the first two. Here we see he is a big powerful guy so I reckon the opposition are a little careful about heckling him :-)

But a good talk nevertheless.


As it is so important to get this information out, all bloggers may take this whole page and blog it as your own. No need to give me credit, after all, all I have done is put it together.

Please, any other readers who want to help promote this page, copy the URL above and send it out on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media. Let's do our bot and get this information out there.

If you don't believe it, add a comment, but please include the number of degrees you have, it doesn't have to be as high as six like Dr Evans as long as you list them.

Ampers

Saturday, 25 March 2017

A very frightening voice, with an equally frightening message

I first met Rodney Atkinson when he was giving this lecture in an House of Lords Committee Room. It was pretty full, of both peers and MPs, it was over a decade ago as far as I can remember, maybe even longer. It terrified me, but when one looks at the ignorance of our political classes, it hadn't frighten them.

I pray that many will pay the price in 2020.

Rodney is the brother of Rowan and where the latter kept us amused with Mr Bean, Rodney just terrifies me with his grasp of the history of the European Union.

It's not a short video so make sure you have time to watch it in one sitting. But you can relax in the knowledge that there's no waffling.



Ampers.

Friday, 24 March 2017

We are British, you'll never destroy our spirit.

What do we do when we've lost everything? we have a cup of tea.


And what do we do when you kill us?


 

So, I suggest you go back and stew in your Middle East cesspool.
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Ampers

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Do you remember those bulldog clips?

Here's an enterprising Korean (I presume from the South as he seems a bright cookie) showing us fifteen ways of making our lives a little easier.

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Interesting video, but be careful, you could be in trouble if you watch it.

I am expecting a knock on the door at any minute but this video needs to be aired. I have actually had a word with my solicitor and he assures me as long as it is on YouTube, and it allowed to be shown there, I will be OK.

Once it comes off, I shall delete this post.

Ampers.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Scots Nationalists and Democracy don't go together.


Our guest blog, today, comes from  P Williams, a life time Conservative (from age 15) from the Labour stronghold of Rotherham, and now living on the Scottish borders.
In between, five years were spent living in France and discovering the French were no more enamoured with being ruled from Brussels as most Brits are. And, in England, as a factory owner, Williams repeatedly came head to head with debilitating EU red tape.
Thank goodness for a PM with the strength and commitment to stand up to the Scottish Nationalists call for yet another Referendum – mainly because they lost the first one. I have asked many people living here on the border what they would want and resoundingly the reply comes back that they do NOT want another horribly divisive time which many endured the first- time round. It became very hard to remain calm in the face of downright racist attitudes put forth by the Nationalists – but of course, in the UK, racism seems to be reserved to the colour of skin, and not the division of English and Scots. There are a lot of us English living in Scotland for many different reasons. Some of us came up here to be near to our families, and many just because they love the country and wanted to live here in peace and harmony – something which was in very real danger in the run up to the first Referendum. The Nationalists cannot accept defeat, and do not understand the word ‘Democracy’ as meaning standing by the majority decision of a poll taking purely in Scotland.
If you think of it in terms of a teenager wanting Independence it is a very good parallel. Ask any teenager if they would like their own flat or house and the reply comes very fast. Yes please. THEN tell them that Mum and Dad will not be paying anything towards their living in future – they won’t be paying the rent, the utility bills, or stocking the store cupboard with food, or indeed lending them the equipment to cook or clean with, and the reply starts to change. They suddenly realise just how much Mum and Dad pay for their nice comfortable life-style at home. All they have had to do up to the point of Independence is fund their entertainment, and any clothes that they feel they would like that Mum and Dad won’t pay for. This is exactly what happens with Scotland. Imagine, if you will, the taxation that would be necessary if not a penny that is collected outside Scotland is available to the Scottish Government.
With 5.5 million people in the country (and that is a lot less than live and pay taxes in London alone) the whole infrastructure would have to be maintained by Scottish taxation. Schools, Health Services, care of the elderly, roads, and all the thousands of things currently supported by the Barnett Formula (which is the division of money from the whole taxation income from the whole of the UK, the lion’s share of which (per capita) goes to Northern Ireland and Scotland). If the Scots want to be Independent, then this would mean total Independence, not ‘Oh yes, but the UK will still pay the bills, Independence’. It would not be true Independence to continue the farce that is the Barnett Formula. Pensions alone would face a huge black hole of enormous proportions, to such an extent that Scotland would not be able to pay the Old Age Pension. As for free prescriptions for everyone, that would be another impossibility. In fact, Scotland would be Bankrupt in the first month – and its tax-payers (less than 50% of the total population, since children and old people do not pay tax and they make up at least 50% of the population) would have to bear the whole burden themselves. At the first Referendum, which was voted by a clear majority against, the Nationalists argued that ‘Scotland has oil’. Well, what price is oil now, and being a diminishing resource, and exploited by foreign countries, and therefore most of the profits are not taxed in Scotland anyway, the income would not go very far to paying for all the other demands on the Scottish Treasury.
Such is the feeling in England, I fear, that if the Scots asked for a Referendum on their Independence and allowed the English to vote, they would be Independent and without a penny piece of support coming from England. Then it would be a Laurel and Hardy moment, as the Scots would be saying to Sturgeon "That’s another fine mess you’ve got us into"!
Scottish Nationalists claim that the majority of Scots wish to stay in the European Union. Of course, that was voted on against a backdrop, put forward by the Scottish Nationalists, of how many benefits the Scots might lose from Brussels, but the farmers have now realised that the rest of the UKs farming community could end up much better off post Brexit and now the farming community is having a serious re-think on that. Go and chat to farmers at the Marts up and down the country, and the majority now want to get out of Europe – and the main trade of all Scottish businesses is with England not Europe. I see more foreign lorries heading up the M6 to Scotland every day, and I cannot see those European companies wanting to lose their trade with the UK – after all, we import far more than we export so it would be brainless to want to lose our market, and if Europe (or rather, Brussels) wants to set up barriers to trade, the UK is actually in a much stronger position that Europe because they need us far more than we need them.
We have been governed for too many years by faceless bureaucrats in Brussels, under the guise of the European Parliament. The real truth is that the European Parliament is a toothless tiger, only there to enact the laws which have been concocted by the Council of Europe, none of whom are directly elected, and over whom not a single country in Europe has any jurisdiction. Indeed, there is an inner sanctum that meets and to which not even the Prime Minister of any of the member countries is allowed to attend (let alone have a voice in) and that is where the majority of our laws are formulated. Scotland claims it wants to remain in that club?
I don’t consider that Scotland would even be allowed to join as an Independent country anyway, because one of the main criteria for any country joining is its fiscal stability and Scotland cannot claim to have that with its main claim to income coming from such a volatile material as oil (in both senses of the word). Certainly, if it were to rely totally on taxation of the people it would sink beneath the weight of its burden like a lead weight dropped from a great height into water. All the rules currently in force from Europe can be vetoed by any one member state, and getting all 27 to agree to any one rule is a minefield of diplomacy and guile, to say nothing of corrupt dealings to get something passed that the other 26 do not like. Holding one’s breath and hoping would not be an option.
P E Williams

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

One's politics is sometimes a little difficult to define

I have had this bug which has been doing the rounds and I have been able to do little other than sit and think for these last few days.

What politics do I stand for?
Looking at all the parties on the scene, it is hard to fit myself inside any of them.

On the right, I stand for business. The country needs business to survive. There are three classes of business. SoHo, which covers a business from one man to 20, including directors. They consist of about 97.5% of our UK Companies. Then we have SMEs which range up to around a 1,000 employees and cover another 2% of our companies. Finally the Corporates, including International Conglomerates, which account for the last half a percent.

The SoHo companies are the best to encourage as they only have to employ a single person each to double our people in employment over night. It is these, and the smaller SMEs who are to be encouraged.

When companies grow too big and look for the easy way to expand, by buying their competitors, jobs are shed, unemployment goes up. Not so bad with the larger SMEs but disastrous when the Corporates amalgamate.

I tend to think of SoHo and small to medium SMEs as right of centre but the larger SMEs as left of centre, with the largest Corporates almost communist in nature.

On the left, I stand for a fairer society. I would like to see a higher benefit offered when someone loses their job for three months only, say 10% less than their annual salary package. This to be increased, on a month by month basis, as long as they attend interviews and write at least 50 letters a week approved by the job centre. i.e. genuine attempts. They must have the skills required when writing the letters. Job centres to stamp the mail after they check the letters.

After three months, or longer if they write application letters, their money drops to the present rate, and after another six months, they get no money, but bills paid, and food stamps. We are here to give a helping hand to get them back on their feet. And encourage them to do so.

Disabled. There are so many sob stories here, I would need to know a little more. We have a duty to look after those less fortunate than ourselves. Whatever their allowance, if they manage to take a job, even if only for a day or two, they keep their allowance. They also keep their wages, and receive an extra bonus from the state as a reward for getting up and doing something. I once employed a charming Ashanti girl from West Africa in a wheelchair. Best receptionist I ever had. Had to widen the door to accommodate her wheelchair, and she was absolutely totally loyal to me, might have had a different ending if I were single at the time..

Perceptions

The problem in this country


People on the left view people on the right as right wing National Front types or cold, hard hearted businessmen. There used to be a back street car hire company in New York which became a world leader and second only to Hertz. Read Robert Townsend’s “Up the Organisation” - there’s a used copy for a penny on AmazonUK. It shows how Robert turned the company around. I’d have loved to have worked for him. All of the bosses I worked for in my youth were fair and decent men. The only nasty ones I came across were in the Army, lefty Corporals and Sergeants. Hateful, but after training I became one!

People on the right view people on the left as lazy, shiftless trouble-makers. Yes there certainly seems to be a lot like that, but are there really that many? People like George Soros pays millions to stir the left up; recently those protesting against Trump were paid from $35 a day upwards by Soros to try and destroy their new President. George Soros made his initial fortune selling fellow Jews to the Nazi Kamps at age 14 in Hungary in 1944, and turned that money, over the years into billions. Not a nice person. People on the left, the militants, make so much noise that we tend to think every socialist is a militant left winger. They are not. I know many who are decent, and although I am of the right, I have a good friend who is a Labour Councillor and prefer his company to any Conservative councillor I know. And even most of my Brexiteers, even though he is a remainer!

So, saying someone is a right-winger or a left-winger is not always as simple as it may seem. I am not referring to the filthy Right Wing Fanatics or the Dirty Scruffy Left Wing Fanatics. I am speaking about the ordinary Conservatives, the ordinary UKIPpers and the ordinary Socialists. The quiet ones who go about their jobs without causing mayhem. The people with a little bit of decency, who know we need businesses to generate wealth, and know we need to give those less able a helping hand.

Ampers

Saturday, 11 March 2017

A new subject to be taught in schools

We need to introduce a new subject in the curriculum of Comprehensive, Grammar and Free Schools, from the age of 13.

The purpose of this subject is to prepare our young for the tough world of employment.

The subject should consist of
  1. Research
  2. Negotiating
  3. Job Hunting
  4. Money handling
Searching for research
This should be the first subject to teach, as it will assist on all the other subjects.

How to use libraries
  • This is the most important area for research as it is more reliable than the Internet.
  • Showing that choosing a few books on the subject can help get a better overall picture.
How to use the Internet.
  • Searching Google will throw up a lot of unreliable information. However, a lot of it can point you in the right direction for using libraries.
  • Searching Amazon for books on the research subject so you know what to ask for when you visit your local library.
Outside influences
  • Listening to Television News and learning how to treat what you hear with a sceptical view. Look for other sources to confirm news that is important to your life.
  • Reading newspapers and learning how to recognise the slant your newspaper puts on the news.
  • The benefits of reading more than one newspaper so get to know how newspapers can bend the news with different slants depending on the political views of the owners and editor.
  • When you hear news from friends and acquaintances, it is not wrong to verify sources as your friends may not have been taught the importance of verification.
Negotiating

Our first experiences of negotiating comes to us when we are one day old. We quickly learn to negotiate for milk by using noise. Alas, afterwards it all seems to go downhill. We must learn the science of negotiating. In particular for:
  • University, to get the most out of our tutors.
  • Job interviews, how to get picked for the job, and how to negotiate a good remuneration package.
  • How to negotiate a mortgage package from your bank or building society.
It should be born in mind that your University tutor, potential employer and banker are all skilled negotiators and without a fundamental knowledge of this subject, you will be like babes in the woods and will always get a raw deal.

Job Hunting

There are good ways and bad ways to do this. The subject needs to explain various methods to you so you can choose which one will suit you.

Writing your CV


Going from College will make it difficult to do a good CV; you need to learn the value of doing part time jobs whilst at University rather than partying all the time. A couple of part time jobs will give you a better CV than the party goers.

When preparing your CV, keep it short, and easy to read. Use bullet points. List your part time jobs and underneath, list the skills you have.
  • Skills learned from your part time jobs
  • Add skills you learned from hobbies, providing they will be of help at work
  • Add skills you may have received if you were good at sports. (Football: working with a team); (Tennis: A quick eye and fast reactions).
But, there’s another point to bear in mind when writing your CV. Your prospective employer will sift through the CVs and put them into three piles.
  • Bin it
  • Acceptable
  • Interesting, we need to wheel him in to find out more
Think carefully, out of the second two piles, which one do you want your CV to be in? Which one stands a better chance of getting employed.

Searching for jobs
  • Read the newspaper adverts and apply for an interview.
  • Get taken on with an employment agency
Both the above methods will have you fighting against hundreds of other people. But this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do this. However, there is another way.

I will tell you a story of what I did when I was younger in 1963. After the army. I lived on the Central Line in Notting Hill Gate and wanted to work in the City. I didn’t want to spend my life changing tube trains, and wanted to work near the tube station so I didn’t waste time walking. I took my voice recorder, travelled to St Paul’s and looked around for large companies and recorded the address in my tape machine. Then the next station and so on. I eventually got my first job at a South African Gold Mine company called Union Corporation in the Shares department. I worked there for two years and every morning I walked through the doors at exactly 9am (got in early and had a coffee and read the newspaper at the coffee bar next door). But my punctuality got me a fantastic reference when I left. All my army reference said was, this man smiles and whistles under all difficulties! Not enough to get a good job.

Nowadays with a voice recorder available on every telephone and everyone having a computer, it should be a doddle.

The additional Benefit
When I wrote and posted my letters, they arrived out of the blue. That same moment the Union Corporation boss received my letter, he also received a resignation and he decided to wheel me in before going to the expense of finding an additional member of staff.

Money Handling
The interest rates on savings are so low that many people think it’s not worth it to save.

I don’t. And now I am in my seventies I am benefiting from years of savings.

I put away money into a savings account every pay day and when it built up to a sizeable amount, I started an insurance business. I would insure myself against loss of my valuable items. I would get quotes, take the best quote, and increase my savings by the payments recommended. I had to pay out on one or two items over the years but my savings grew at a good rate. After many years, I insured my cars; expensive ones, such as an E-type and Mark Ten Jag, for third party only, and added the difference from the full insurance to my savings. Then the account really took off.

This is just one way of increasing savings, but it shows how you can make money once you have a reasonable amount saved up. And, remember, you’ll never get on the housing ladder unless you start saving money from your first job.

I am not suggesting the teachers teach the following; it is merely to give some idea of how it is possible to make money work for you. Adam Faith, the 60s rock ‘n’ roll singer made his real money because he was good with his hands. He bought a cheap dilapidated house, renovated it to a high standard, sold it, bought a house twice as large, did the same. He did this four times over the years, then moved down to a size he wanted, renovated it, and kept it for his home.

The Money handling section should also teach you how to use a bank account, how to invest your money wisely (half in a low risk venture, three quarters of the remaining on a medium risk and higher returns [I get 6.45% now from LendInvest] and the remainder on a more high risk strategy).

It should teach you about credit cards and the importance of paying the balance off, automatically, by direct debit every month. Then find a card which pays you for using it, my Barclaycard two card system gives me an Amex card with a 1% rebate and a Visa card for those who don’t take Amex, which has a 0.5% rebate. I use credit cards for everything and get a very sizeable present from Barclaycard every year.

Finally, before building up the course notes, a questionnaire should be sent to all captains of industry asking for their ideas on each of the four items.

Have I left anything out? And should there be just one period a week set aside? Remember, I suggested starting at age 13. Any ideas in Comments, below will be answered.

Ampers.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Interesting geographical facts

Excuse the bad fitting, but these are so interesting and it would take me a month of Sundays to decrease all the photos and change the type face, and delete the extraneous spaces!

Ampers

PS - All now corrected, and much easier to read and look at. And, it took much less than a month of Sundays!




Where is the world's hottest place?                             
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Death Valley National Park   ....   The highest air temperature ever recorded on Earth was 134 degrees Fahrenheit, at Death Valley National Park on July 10, 1913.  
  
  
  
  
Where is the world's   coldest place   ?
  
  
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East Antarctic Plateau ... On the high ridge of the East Antarctic Plateau, the temperature can drop to as low as  -135.8  degrees Fahrenheit, which was recorded in August, 2010.    
  


Where is the world's most populated city   ? 
  
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Shanghai  ...   At a whopping 24,150,000 permanent inhabitants, Shanghai is the only city that is home to over 24 million people in one city.    
  
  
 
Where is the world's least populated city? (the picture is the clue)
  
  
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Vatican City ...  With a paltry population of 842, the city-state of Vatican City is the smallest city and state in the world.  
  


  

Where is the world's  wealthiest city   ? 
  
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Tokyo, Japan   ..   That tower might as well be made of gold since Tokyo tops the charts with a GDP of $1,520 billion, beating New York City by a mere $310 billion.  
  
  


  

Where is the world's poorest city in the poorest country   ?  
  
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Kinshasa, Congo   ....   it is the poorest city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which is also the poorest country in the world, at a GDP of $55 billion. Many of its residents live on less $1 a day.     



  




What is the highest point in the world?   (this one is easy)  
  
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Mount Everest ... Towering 29,029 feet in the air, the top of Mount Everest is the closest you can get to touching outer space while still standing on Earth.  
  
  


  
  
Where is the lowest point in the world?
  
  
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The Challenger Deep Trench  It is the lowest known natural point in the world at 35,797 ft      below sea level at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. Only three people have ever made it to the bottom in a submersible, one of which was filmmaker James Cameron.    
  
  
  
  
 

What is the most photographed place      in the U.S.?  
  
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Surprise: the Guggenheim building in New York  ...   Photos have always told stories, but in today's world of cell phone cameras and social media, that story is relayed as data to companies who monitor everything we do. Geotagged data was culled by Sightsmap using a Google-based image sharing software, and can show us the most photographed places in the world, right down to this landmark. The strange winner is this building in New York City.  Guess it impresses a lot of visitors.  
  
  
  
  
 

Where is the wettest spot on Earth?  (and it's not the Amazon!)  
  
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Mawsynram, India  ...   In this city in India, it rains an average of 467.35 inches per year,   and has a record of 1000 inches in 1985 ... much more than any rain forest!  
  
  
  
 

Where is the driest spot on Earth? (It's not the Sahara!)  
  
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The Atacama Desert  ... The 600 miles of South America's Atacama desert is recorded as the driest place on Earth, no contest. This desert has an average of only 4 inches of rain every hundred years. Incredible, but true.  
  
  


  
  
 

What city claims to be the sunniest place in the U.S.?  
  
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Yuma, Arizona  ...   In this city in Arizona, the sun shines for an average of 11 hours a day.   The usual forecast is sun for 90 percent of the year, averaging a total of 4015 daylight hours each year.    
  
  
  
  

Where is the most expensive city to live in?   (It's not in the U.S. thankfully)  
  
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Singapore    ...   This city has recently beat out Tokyo, Japan, for the title of "most expensive city" for 2014. Cars can cost between 4-6 times as much in Singapore from what they cost in the US or UK  (for example, a Toyota Prius actually costs about $150,000.00 there).  
  
  
  
  
 

Where is the      least expensive city      to live in?  
  
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umbai, India   ...   At the other end of the spectrum, Mumbai, India, is the cheapest place to live in the world, according to the Worldwide Cost of Living Index, 2014.  For some comparison, a loaf of bread that would cost $3.36 in Singapore,   would only cost $0.91 in Mumbai. A lot of poverty brings the cost of living down.  
  
  
  
  
  
What country consumes the most food per capita?
  
  
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The overweight United States   ...   We eat an average of 3,770 calories a day each.   Shamefully, obesity is becoming more of a problem every year.  
  
  
  
  

 Where is the world's oldest city ?  
  
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Damascus    ...   There's quite a bit of controversy over which city gets to officially claim the title of "oldest continuously inhabited city. However, Damascus is the safest bet, with evidence of civilization that extends back over 11,000 years.  
  
  
  
  
 
 

Which is the youngest country in the world?  
  
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South Sudan   ...   The people of South Sudan were formally recognized as an independent country in 2011   making it the youngest country in the world to-date.    
  
  
  
  
 

Which is the world's most visited city?  
  
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London   ...   After a several years of competition with Bangkok, London has regained its place as the world's most visited city (according to MasterCard's 2014 Global Destinations City Index). The city sees about 18.69 million international visitors annually, generating      $19.3 billion in revenue for their city.    
  


  
  

 What is the world's least popular country   ?  
  
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Iran    ...     On that same rating scale, Iran has come in dead last (at a 79% negativity rating) for many years.  Only 15% of people polled viewed Iran in a positive light.  
  
  
  
  
  

Where is the world's most dangerous city to live in?  
  
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San Pedro, Honduras   ...   This city averages  over three murders a day. The violence stems from the city's role as a major hub for illegal drug and arms trafficking.  
  
  
  
  

 Which country consumes the      most caffeine      in the world?  
  
  
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Sweden        ...   The strong coffee in Sweden will put a spring in your step, and hair on your tongue.       The Swedes consume an average of 388 mg of caffeine in coffee per person, per day   (that's almost 5 Red Bulls in the U.S.).  
  
  
  
  
Which country in the world drinks the most alcohol   ?
  
  
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Belarus    ...   In the little country of Belarus, each person above the age of 16 drinks an average of 4.62 gallons of alcohol every year. That's a lot of booze.    
  
  
  
  
Which country is the most bicycle friendly in the world?  
  
  
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The Netherlands … By comparing cities using the average number of bicycle trips made daily, one city reigns supreme: Groningen   in the Netherlands.  About 50 percent of the population commute via bike daily, making it the city with the greatest proportion of cyclists.   However, many other cities in the Netherlands have a great bicycling tradition.    
  
  
  
  
  

Where is the world's most energy efficient city?  
  
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Reykjavik, Iceland   ...   All of the energy and heat used by the citizens of Reykjavik, Iceland   come from geothermal plants and renewable hydropower making it the most sustainable and energy efficient city in the world. This city has also been replacing traditional buses with hydrogen-fueled buses,   from which the only emissions are water.  
  
  
  
  
  
  

Which country has the      longest life expectancy      in the world?  
   
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Monaco  ...   According to the World Health Organization's study from 2013, Monaco tops the charts for longest living citizens with an average life expectancy of 87.2 years. Men in Monaco live an average 85.3 years, and women live longer to an average of 89 years.  
  
  
  
  
  
 

Which country has the shortest life expectancy   ?  
  
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Sierra Leone      On the opposite side of that coin, the population of Sierra Leone live only to an average of 47 years. The men of Sierra Leone live to an average of 47 years old, whereas   women live a little longer, an average of 48 years. Poverty plays a big roll in their short life expectancy.  
  
  
  
  
What country would qualify as the most stressed-out nation in the world because of their living conditions?
  
  
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Nigeria    ...   By looking at the homicide rate, the GDP per capita, continued income inequality, corruption, lack of education opportunities and unemployment numbers, one thing is clear: Nigeria's people are, hands-down, the most stressed out population in the world.  
  
  
  
  


  
  
Which city has the highest average IQ?
  
  
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Hong Kong    ...   There are a lot of factors that affect an IQ score, ranging from national and personal wealth, to simply what test is used. As a result, these findings are highly controversial, but suggest that Hong Kong has the highest IQ level,   at an average of 107 points per person. 

*However, Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China, meaning that it falls within the sovereignty of the People's Republic of China, yet does not form part of Mainland China, because it has it's own government. So these results are questionable. 
  





  




Which foreign city is the world's most  well-connected one for Internet use   ?
    
  
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Seoul, South Korea  ... Surprisingly, despite China's 618 million Internet users who spend an average of 18.7 hours a week surfing the net, China didn't even make the top 10 for Internet connection. Seoul, Korea is a different story considering the average connection speed, availability,   (including free access), openness to innovation, support of public data, and privacy/security,  Seoul, South Korea  is the champion of Internet-connectedness. With 10,000 government supported  free WiFi spots dotting the city, and an Internet speed that goes unchallenged globally, Seoul is an Internet junkie's paradise. 

I hope you enjoyed these fascinating snippets.

Ampers.