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Friday, 13 January 2017

A lesson on negotiating for Theresa May.


One of the most important parts of negotiating is to do thorough research before you sit down at the table.

Second, but equally important, is that you keep your plans to yourself right up to the last moment before briefing your team, unless you trust them!

Although I distrust Theresa May – after all (a) she is a politician and (b) she was a remainer, and possibly still is – she is absolutely right not to discuss her final tactics in Parliament – after all, they are also MPs, and not to be trusted!

It is my considered view that Mrs May should start the talks by saying she is considering scrapping membership of the single market, and relying on World Trade Organisation tariffs. We don't want that, but it will wake them up in a panic.

This would hit German car imports into Britain as, of all new cars sold in this country, 30% are German. This has been estimated as costing Germany a loss of between 3m and 5m jobs. Of course it would hit our own export of motor cars but this is just one company, Jaguar, and we could reimburse their 10% rise of import tariffs from the 10% we collect on German Cars. But this may not be necessary now that our pound has returned to its natural level.

Considering the above, it would wrong-foot the EU negotiators from the start, and enable her to negotiate from strength.

Total trade exports for November 2016 were £29.3 billion. This was an increase of £2.5 billion (9.4 per cent) compared with last month, and an increase of £4.5 billion (18 per cent) compared with November 2015.
Total trade imports for November 2016 were £42.5 billion. This was an increase of £2.9 billion (7.4 per cent) compared with last month, and an increase of £7.6 billion (22 per cent) compared with November 2015.

The UK was a net importer this month, with imports exceeding exports by £13.2 billion.

In an analysis published in 2013, the UK Office for National Statistics reported that if all goods trade with the Netherlands is counted as EU trade, then 50.5% of UK exports go to the EU and 54.5% of imports are from the EU. If, to take an extreme assumption, all trade with the Netherlands is excluded from the EU total, these figures fall to 42.5% for exports and 46.7% for imports. If 50% of trade with the Netherlands is excluded, the figures are 46.5% for exports and 50.6% for imports.

I have printed their conclusion below for those who are happy just with the bottom line.

Conclusion
Combined, the two distortions for exports have grown from an estimated £4 billion in 2004 to just over £10 billion in 2010. Both have very large margins of error as a result of the sweeping assumptions therein. The most likely inaccuracy is an overestimate in the Rotterdam-Antwerp effect, resulting from exports to the Netherlands that are not subject to the same rates of transhipment as fuels or containerized cargo. As a proportion of UK exports of £5-600 billion, the overall distortion is not great. The two distortions are an illustration that patterns of trade are not uniform. Particular commodities, such as oil and fuel, can have very specific markets. Particular accounting arrangements, such as in Luxembourg, can create a focus for international investment.Relations with one country can have implications beyond the purely bilateral.

An interesting article, but one which doesn't seem to have taken into consideration:

German motor imports toBritain [see appendix]
Almost one in three cars, or 810,000 cars sold in Britain, come from Germany, making the British island the biggest export destination for German car producers. It is around a fifth of the total number the industry exports worldwide, according to the German car association, VDA. Britain reached a new market high of 2.6 million car registrations in 2015 – 86 percent of which were not produced in the UK.

French cars amounted to 253,297 which is approximately one car in 10. American cars, Ford and Vauxhall, are the largest importers and their total is 570,309 per annum.

This could well mean some of our motor importers could well consider opening up more factories in Britain to avoid the swinging tariffs.

The following equation should be borne in mind

Exports mean more manufacturing, which in turn means more jobs
If we sell more worldwide with a weaker pound, we will have to make more.

Imports mean more manufacturing, which in turn means more jobs
If imports cost more from the EU, we can then afford to make our own goods.

If you spot any weaknesses, please comment below.

Ampers.


Appendix

UK Car Sales 2014/2015

Rank Manufacturer Sales 2014 % Share % Change Sales 2013

Total 2,476,435
9.35 2,264,737
1 Ford 326,643 13.2 5.08 310,865
2 Vauxhall 269,177 10.9 3.75 259,444
3 Volkswagen 214,828 8.7 10.69 194,085
4 Audi 158,987 6.4 11.93 142,040
5 BMW 148,878 6.0 9.81 135,583
6 Nissan 138,338 5.6 17.27 117,967
7 Mercedes-Benz 124,419 5.0 13.67 109,456
8 Peugeot 103,566 4.2 -1.77 105,435
9 Toyota 94,012 3.8 6.05 88,648
10 Citroen 83,397 3.4 6.43 78,358
11 Hyundai 81,986 3.3 6.59 76,918
12 Kia 77,525 3.1 7.54 72,090
13 Skoda 75,488 3.1 14.24 66,081
14 Fiat 67,162 2.7 11.57 60,198
15 Renault 66,334 2.7 43.66 46,173
16 Land Rover 56,200 2.3 2.74 54,699
17 MINI 53,661 2.2 3.33 51,933
18 Honda 53,544 2.2 -3.8 55,660
19 SEAT 53,512 2.2 18.1 45,312
20 Volvo 41,066 1.7 25.71 32,666
21 Mazda 37,784 1.5 20.99 31,228
22 Suzuki 37,395 1.5 13.02 33,088
23 Dacia 23,862 1.0 39.17 17,146
24 Jaguar 18,401 0.7 13.52 16,210
25 Mitsubishi 15,805 0.6 74.76 9,044
26 Lexus 11,572 0.5 28.38 9,014
27 Porsche 9,160 0.4 10.9 8,260
28 Alfa Romeo 5,523 0.2 -2.88 5,687
29 smart 4,342 0.2 -18.29 5,314
30 Jeep 3,909 0.2 75.37 2,229


Thursday, 12 January 2017

Menu system for busy people.

Now that we have retired, we found it was very time consuming ensuring we ate a reasonably good and varied diet; as was ordering or buying shopping.

We order most of our food from Ocado, but some of their fresh vegetables and fruit are in larger quantities than we require, so we also shop from Tesco and smaller shops. In addition, some of their meat joints are very expensive so we also buy these items from a nearby Aldi.

Our weekly menus start from Tuesday to Monday, more about these later.

Our main Ocado order is delivered between 9am and 10am on a Tuesday. We walk up to Aldi early Wednesday morning where we also purchase the Aldi items we need, and a couple of their fresh (cooked on the premises) croissants. These are the best we’ve ever tasted outside of France. This makes our mid-morning coffee very enjoyable and is our weekly treat.

We have set up five weekly menus which we use in rotation over a five week period. This gives us a choice of 35 different lunches and 35 different dinners.

Here is an example of the front page of the first of our weekly menu.




The reason one of the lunches is in red ink, and one of the dinners is in blue ink will be covered a little later.

On the back of this page we have added the shopping list. As you can see, there are check marks we tick as we order from Ocado. The shopping list pertains only to that week’s meals. It covers Ocado food, Aldi, Tesco and local shop purchases, and a check list to ensure we have enough herbs and spices in our spice racks. In addition, there is a replacement list should we want to try out a new recipe.



Certain items are in red ink, whilst others are in blue ink. This is for when we are invited out or want to go out for a meal the following week. Food shopping for one of the lunches is printed in red ink; food shopping for one of the dinners is printed in blue ink. This makes it easy to skip those items when we order from Ocado or go to the local shops if we are going out for a meal.

Those who have followed up to now are probably beginning to wonder what happens if we are invited for a meal on the actual day? This is simplicity itself. All we do is to carry one meal over to the next week, and the red or blue ink will compensate; very easy for us. We have a separate check list for household items, vegetables and fruit.
 

So, we have five set meals for a five week period which is repeated each five week period. We have two sets of menus, one for the winter period (8 months a year) and one for the summer period where we have a lighter change of menu – less roasts and more salads. You get the drift?

To make life easier, we have a directory on the computer called Meals. Then there are two sub-directories, summer and winter. Under these are five directories, Menu A, Menu B … Menu E and we have the menu file of each meal’s cooking instructions in each sub directory. A further directory is called notes for anything else. And, yes, we’ve made a special week for the Christmas week.

I have included here, a picture of one of our cooking menus for Roast Ratatouille and all our cooking instructions are done the same way. We embolden the ingredients as we are old and used to miss the occasional item!


This does take a little time in setting up and there is nothing to stop you reducing to four weekly menus, not less or you’ll tire of the food. As time goes on, we want to increase to six, or even seven weekly menus. We chose five initially as this should be enough to stop us getting bored.

And, yes, we still need to find more quick nutritious lunches to replace one of the cheese and ham sandwiches, and one of the baked beans! But we do make our baked beans on toast with onions, garlic, ginger, cumin, garam masala, cayenne pepper and turmeric! 

Any questions, other than what happens after we have eaten the baked beans, in the comments section below will be answered.

Ampers.


Friday, 6 January 2017

32 reasons why Obama is alleged to be a Muslim

I cam across this today, and it is sweeping the social media in America. The bit in italics was added by a friend of mine Ted, a hard bitten merchant navy engineer who does not treat fools kindly.
Keep this old adage in mind: If you walk like a duck and quack like a duck; have feathers like a duck; eat like a duck and lay eggs like a duck there is a very high probability that it is a duck!
Mike Gallagher, an American radio host and conservative political commentator. He is the host of The Mike Gallagher Show, a nationally syndicated radio program that airs throughout the United States and the 8th most recognized talk radio personality in the USA, is heard by over 2.25 million listeners weekly has compiled and written the following essay entitled:


"Obama: It was You."


President Obama: This is why you didn't go to France to show solidarity against the Muslim terrorists:

It was you ... who spoke these words at an Islamic dinner - "I am one of you."

It was you ... who on ABC News referenced -"My Muslim faith."

It was you who ... gave $100 million in U.S. taxpayer funds to re-build foreign mosques.
                                                                                                                                  
It was you who ... assured the Egyptian Foreign Minister that - "I am a Muslim."

It was you who ... bowed in submission before the Saudi King.

It was you who ... sat for 20 years in a Liberation Theology Church condemning Christianity and professing Marxism.

It was you who ... exempted Muslims from penalties under Obamacare that the rest of us have to pay.

It was you who ... purposefully omitted - "endowed by our Creator " - from your recitation of The Declaration Of Independence.

It was you who ... mocked the Bible and Jesus Christ's Sermon On The Mount while repeatedly referring to the 'HOLY' Qur'an.

It was you who ... raveled the Islamic world denigrating the United States Of America.

It was you who ... instantly threw the support of your administration behind the building of the Ground Zero Victory mosque overlooking the hallowed crater of the World Trade Center.

It was you who ... refused to attend the National Prayer Breakfast, but hastened to host an Islamic prayer breakfast at the White House.

It was you who ... ordered Georgetown Univ. and Notre Dame to shroud all vestiges of Jesus Christ BEFORE you would agree to go there to speak, but in contrast, you have NEVER requested the mosques you have visited to adjust their decor.

It was you who ... appointed anti-Christian fanatics to your Czar Corps.

It was you who ... appointed rabid Islamist's to Homeland Security.

It was you who ... said that NASA's "foremost mission" was an outreach to Muslim communities.

It was you who ... as an Illinois Senator was the ONLY individual who would speak in favor of infanticide.

It was you who ... was the first President not to give a Christmas Greeting from the White House, and went so far as to hang photos of Chairman Mao on the White House tree.

It was you who ... curtailed the military tribunals of all Islamic terrorists.

It was you who ... refused to condemn the Ft. Hood killer as an Islamic terrorist.

It is you who ... has refused to speak-out concerning the horrific executions of women throughout the Muslim culture, but yet, have submitted Arizona to the UN for investigation of hypothetical human-rights abuses.

It was you ... who when queried in India refused to acknowledge the true extent of radical global Jihadists, and instead profusely praised Islam in a country that is 82% Hindu and the victim of numerous Islamic terrorists assaults.

It was you who ... funneled $900 Million in U.S. taxpayer dollars to Hamas.

It was you who ... ordered the USPS to honor the MUSLIM holiday with a new commemorative stamp.

It was you who ... directed our UK Embassy to conduct outreach to help "empower" the British Muslim community.

It was you who ... funded mandatory Arabic language and culture studies in Grammar schools across our country.

It is you who ... follows the Muslim custom of not wearing any form of jewelry during Ramadan.

It is you who ... departs for Hawaii over the Christmas season so as to avoid past criticism for NOT participating in seasonal White House religious events.

It was you who ... was uncharacteristically quick to join the chorus of the Muslim Brotherhood to depose Egypt's Hosni Mubarak, formerly America's strongest ally in North Africa; but, remain muted in your non-response to the Brotherhood led slaughter of Egyptian Christians.

It was you who ... appointed your chief adviser, Valerie Jarrett, an Iranian, who is a member of the Muslim Sisterhood, an off-shoot of the Muslim Brotherhood.

It was you who ... said this country is not a Christian nation.

It was you who ... said the Muslim call to worship is the most beautiful sound on earth.

Can there be any doubt that Obama is a true Muslim?

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

The silent majority

After Brexit, and Trump, it is becoming evident that the silent majority which hugely outstrips the loud arrogant left, and the bankers, is beginning to stir and, as Corporal Jones said, in Dad’s Army, “They don’t like it up ‘em”!

I’d like to add another phrase of Corporal Jones’s “Don’t Panic” but then, they are panicking. And as James Delingpole said in his recent article in Breitbart News, we are winning the battles, but the war is by no means over.
Dogs who bark when you approach them, seldom bite. The ones which do bite are the silent ones, these are the most dangerous.

Like dogs, the left with their loud voices and insidious attacks on society are relatively harmless. The right have a go now and again but aren’t too worried about them.

But it is the silent ones, who work behind the scenes we have to be wary of. The shadowy figures behind our politicians, Usually rich and powerful bankers – the Rockefellas, the Rothchilds,  JP Morgan are examples.

Their families are vast. For example, the Rothchilds are one of the wealthiest and most influential families in the world. Estimates range from many billions for the head of family to a staggering $700 trillion, split between legions of descendants.

This sort of wealth commands enormous power; look at the poorer George Soros with an estimated wealth of only $23 billion. Look at the damage he does, and just imagine the power of the Rothchilds.

Then we have the Bilderberg Group which meets annually. Little is known about what they discuss but most in the know think it is about their plans for a new world order of one world, one government. I am not so sure, as huge swathes of their wealth come from armaments. One world government would make armaments obsolete.

Underneath this crowd of villains, we have the International Corporates and national corporates. Both groups have the ear of the EU and create enough red tape which they can handle in-house, but work which cripples their smaller SME competitors.

Finally we have all the national bodies which are bribed regularly by the EU. For instance, the BBC have received over £20 million to date and only very recently received a payment for £300,000.

These are the silent ones who go about their business of destroying Brexit and Trump behind the scenes. We have to be wary and watchful at every moment. Trump has wisely sacked his secret service body guards and employed his own for personal protection. We have to watch very carefully to ensure that Brexit goes ahead. Nigel Farage is very kind in his accusations that Theresa May is a ditherer. However, I suspect more skulduggery afoot.

I am, single handed, running the www.watching.org.uk website, but need more help with the following:

1. Checking newspapers and magazines, both on the web and physical copies for information where the thought of Brexit has brought good fortune to the UK.

2. Checking newspapers and magazines, both on the web and physical copies for information where work is afoot to ensure that Brexit just doesn’t happen.
In both these cases, all I need is a web link if from electronic newspapers or magazines, or if a physical copy, the full title, page number, name and date of the newspaper or magazine.
3. help with checking lists of data. This is more involved than the above but would suit someone proficient at using Google to verify facts and data, searching for items etc.

Please ignore this plea for help if you feel that all our politicians are honourable people and would never do anything against their voters’ wishes.

Ampers.

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Interesting Facebook post I read.

I was sent this interesting post by James Delingpole on his website which has enraged a good many people. If it enrages you, then please do not return to my website.

"Ich bin ein Berliner."
JFK's words (which actually mean "I am a doughnut", but never mind) have been popular since the latest terrorist atrocity - as of course they inevitably would. We all know well enough, by now, the standard operational procedure that all right-thinking people adopt whenever someone from the Religion of Peace commits another mass murder.
First, the snappy hashtag phrase of solidarity: #jesuischarlie #prayfororlando #ichbineinberliner
Then the decorating of your Facebook/Twitter profile in the colours of the flag of the latest victim country. So: red, gold, and black are this month's red, white, and blue.
Then the candlelit vigils.
Then the hipster playing "Imagine" on a wonky piano in an impromptu and entirely unexpected gesture near the scene of the atrocity.
Then the visit by politicians vowing that the people will remain defiant in the face of this outrage.
Then the good news story about some Muslims who were brave and/or nice - usually members of the persecuted Ahmadi branch of Islam - which proves that it is a Religion of Peace really.
Then the caravan of grief moves on. Till the next atrocity. And so on and so on ad infinitum.
We've all noticed this stuff, many times over. And most of us find it properly sick-making. But there's one other element in the standard left-liberal playbook response to these terrorist atrocities which, I think, hasn't been widely noted yet. And I think it should be because it's as least as disgusting and lame and feeble and hypocritical and dishonest and cowardly and succour-to-the-enemy-giving as any of the responses I've listed above.
I'm talking about the Blame Nigel Farage response.
We saw a perfect example of this in the immediate aftermath of the Berlin atrocity earlier this week when the chattering classes on social media very quickly made up their hive mind who the guilty party was in the Christmas market massacre-by-truck.
Was it, perhaps, the ISIS-inspired terrorist who killed a Polish truck driver, commandeered his vehicle, drove to a crowded Christmas market in the centre of Berlin, turned off the headlights and then accelerated into the crowd of men, women, and children, killing at least a dozen and maiming many more?
Of course not!
The very worst, most evil and culpable person in the world the day after the Berlin massacre was - in the view of progressive types on Twitter and on the BBC and in The Guardian - Nigel Farage.
But what could Nigel Farage possibly have done wrong that was worse than killing lots of people going about their shopping in a Christmas market in Germany?
Well, he'd done the terrible thing of saying this in a tweet:
Terrible news from Berlin but no surprise. Events like these will be the Merkel legacy.

You might be wondering what the problem is here. Me too. I think it's perfectly arguable, indeed entirely reasonable, to suggest that Angela Merkel's bizarre experiment to invite over a million "refugees" of mostly Muslim extraction into her country was primarily responsible for this terrorist attack. Thinking this doesn't make you a bad person or an "Islamophobe". It's a simple numbers game: the more Muslims you invite in the greater the likelihood that among them will be unfriendly ones bent on doing great harm.
But to appreciate this basic, obvious truth is to think clearly and logically - which is not something the liberal-left likes to do. What it much prefers to engage in is emotive demagoguery, dubious moral equivalence and cynical smearing of the type we see expressed in this response to Farage's tweet by a left-wing activist called Brendan Cox.
@Nigel_Farage blaming politicians for the actions of extremists? That's a slippery slope Nigel.

Cox is keen to promote the idea that extremists from the "far right" are just as big a threat as "Islamist" ones.
On the day after the massacre, he tweeted:
Far right &Islamist extremists share same hate driven psychology, intolerance towards difference& tendency to violence. We must defeat both

Well, it's a point of view, certainly. But if you ask me it's a crass, ignorant, and irresponsible one. What on earth does the "far right" have to do with a mass murder of innocent shoppers committed by a follower of Islamic State? And how does the comparison add anything useful to the debate? It doesn't: it does the exact opposite. It's a classic piece of liberal-left "whataboutery", of intellectual evasion, of progressive smearing.
"Right wing extremists are just as big a problem as Islamist terrorists," it seeks to tell us.
And: "Let's not seek to point the finger of blame at any ideology in particular."
And: "But do let's blame the kind of people who think mass immigration is a bad thing because their 'intolerance towards difference' is what's really causing all this violence."
So I'm really not surprised that Nigel Farage chose to take Cox to task on LBC radio.
Hours after the Twitter exchange between the two, Mr Farage went on LBC radio and said: "Well, of course, he would know more about extremists than me, Mr Cox, he backs organisations like Hope Not Hate, who masquerade as being lovely and peaceful but actually pursue violent and very undemocratic means."
What does surprise me - though it shouldn't: I've seen often enough how these people roll - was the speed with which the news cycle shifted its attention. One minute we were being invited - quite properly - to focus on the latest appalling atrocity committed in the name of the Religion of Peace. The next - ooh look, a dickie bird! - everyone from the BBC and The Guardian, to various rentaquote Labour MPs, plus the usual suspects on Twitter had decided that the real story of the day was how disgusting and culpable people on the right were, especially Nigel Farage.
MP Tracy Brabin, who replaced Mrs Cox in her Batley and Spen constituency, said: "Beggars belief... A new low for Farage."
Chris Bryant, the Rhondda MP and former shadow Commons leader, said: "The sheer nastiness of Farage sometimes takes my breath away."
Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins added: "When your entire career has been built on hate, not hope, it perhaps shouldn't shock me, but Farage still sinks lower than I'd have believed."
Jess Phillips, MP for Birmingham Yardley, wrote on Twitter: "I hope Farage never ever feels the pain we feel about Jo, because unlike him I am not a monster."
Again, it's worth asking: what had Nigel Farage done or said wrong to justify phrases like "sheer nastiness" and "monster"? And if Nigel Farage is a "monster", what term would you use for the Tunisian guy who murdered that Polish truck driver and then deliberately ploughed the vehicle into a Christmas market full of kids?
I think we need to be absolutely clear here: these people have no claim whatsoever to the moral high ground. They are stupid, wrong, and evil.
In December 2016, as throughout this year and last and the one before, innocents have been butchered by a merciless creed which deliberately sets out to kill and maim by whatever means. And instead of facing up to this threat and asking important questions like "how did this come about?" and "how can we deal with it?", all these left-wing virtue-signallers in the Labour party, at The Guardian, at the BBC, and on Twitter want to do is duck the issue by pointing in the direction of their favourite bugbear "the far right" instead.
Here is Owen Jones playing the game in The Guardian:
No more pussyfooting around: Nigel Farage and his associates have poisoned our country’s political culture, and it’s time to push back. Their offensive – in every sense of the word – has been so swift, so devastating, that we risk normalising it.
Here is the left-wing comic Mark Steel trying it on in the Independent with some satire which works really well if you're a doctrinaire left-winger and Hope Not Hate fan who believes Brexit was a disaster and that what Europe needs right now is more unchecked immigration, from the Middle East and North Africa especially.
What has fuelled their moral indignation is the fact that Brendan Cox is the widower of Jo Cox, the MP who was murdered in the streets during the EU referendum campaign by a loner with neo-Nazi sympathies called Thomas Mair.
I have never spoken to, read, or met anyone on the Brexit side of the argument who was any less appalled by Jo Cox's murder than people on the Remain side were. Yet ever since her senseless death at the hands of a vile individual, elements in the Remain camp have sought to pin her murder on the "rhetoric" used by the Brexit camp, especially by people like Nigel Farage.
(This is a common trope of the regressive left - and has been since at least the 2011 shooting of Arizona Democrat politician Gabrielle Giffords, which the liberal media also did its best to blame on right-wing rhetoric rather than on a sad, confused, angry nut-job.)
Probably the most egregious example of this was a piece by David Aaronovitch in The Times, which I wrote about under the headline "Aaronovitch: Brexit campaigners kinda, sorta killed Jo Cox MP"
Few people have pushed this notion more assiduously than Brendan Cox himself - who donated a large chunk of the memorial fund raised in Jo Cox's honour to the dubious charity Hope Not Hate, whose speciality is to promulgate this same misleading line - that the "far right" is an equivalent threat to fundamentalist Islam.
No doubt in doing so Brendan Cox believes he is honouring his wife's memory.
The problem is that the "good work" Brendan Cox believes his wife was doing before she died is anathema to over half the country - and indeed to millions of people in Europe whose countries have been swamped by the kind of mass immigration that the Coxes believed would be good for them.
That's why the Remainers lost the referendum: because, contrary to the assertions of campaigners like Jo and Brendan Cox, British people had had quite enough of unchecked immigration and could not see the benefits of remaining shackled to a sclerotic, anti-democratic, supra-national bureaucracy within the European Union.
However, the response of the losing Remainers (the 48 per cent) has not been to accept with good grace the democratic will expressed by the Brexiteers (the 52 per cent). Rather it has been to fight, fight, fight the result with whatever means, fair or foul, come to hand and to try to ensure that Brexit never happens.
Among the fouler means the Remoaners have sought to use to get their way is to try to blacken the motives and character of anyone who voted Brexit, while claiming for themselves the moral high ground as ordinary decent people who represent the "British values" of tolerance and fairness and who are appalled by the supposed outbreak of post-Brexit "hate crimes" in a country they claim not to recognise anymore.
It goes without saying that this is pure propaganda based on the flimsiest of evidence, most of it anecdotal or simply made up.
But it's a line that has caught the imaginations of the losing Remain camp and their friends in the media, not least thanks to Brendan Cox himself.
Whatever phrase you use to describe Cox's activities since
his wife's murder, "maintaining a dignified silence" wouldn't be one of them. This was especially noticeable in the tense days before the referendum vote, when he invoked his late wife's memory to promote this popular Remain trope: that the language being used by the Brexit camp was inflammatory and dangerous and somehow unBritish.
"I think she was very worried that the language was coarsening, that people were being driven to take more extreme positions, that people didn’t work with each other as individuals and on issues, it was all much too tribal and unthinking," Mr Cox said.
"She was particularly worried - we talked about this regularly - about the direction, not just in the UK but globally, the direction of politics at the moment, particularly around creating division and playing on people’s worst fears rather than their best instincts."
He has continued to promote this view ever since - taking advantage of the significantly higher media profile which he gained as a result of his wife's death and finding a ready audience at parti-pris, pro-Remain media organisations like the BBC for his left-leaning, pro-immigration, anti-Brexit opinions. This Christmas he has been given still more space to promote his views by Channel 4 which has chosen him to broadcast their Alternative Christmas Message.
Is there, perhaps, some special rule whereby if you have been tragically widowed, you get a free pass to spout unchallenged whatever views you like in public - even if the cause you are supporting is potentially very dangerous and certainly very offensive to well over half the population?
Brendan Cox's many admirers in the Remain camp - on the regressive left and in Hope Not Hate most especially - would seem to think so.
I got a small taste of this myself when, at the height of the Farage/Cox spat, I tweeted:
"When are we allowed to say that Brendan Cox is a total arse?"

There are worse insults in the English lexicon than calling someone a "total arse" - as I was reminded by the large number of responses I got from Hope Not Hate virtue-signallers telling me as I was a "c***". My view on this remains as it was when I tweeted it: that if you're going to express suspect opinions in the public arena, then you should expect to be called on them, no matter how tragic your personal circumstances. Of course, Cox deserves sympathy as a widower; this does not, however, give him carte blanche to promulgate - uncriticised - the kind of political viewpoint which, unfortunately, goes a long way towards explaining the wave of terrorism we are experiencing in Europe today.
For about 24 hours, I experienced what Nigel Farage has to put up with pretty much every day of his life - and has done for the last 25 years. Wave after wave of self-righteous lefties pouring vitriol, wishing death on me, calling me the worst names they could think of in their limited imaginations.
I'm perfectly OK with the insults. I'm used to it. It's a technique popular with the regressive left known as "point and shriek" and "isolate and swarm". The purpose - as Vox Day explains in this SJW attack survival guide - is to frighten you, isolate you, and silence you. And the key thing is to recognise it for what it is and not be upset by it - and definitely not apologise.
But what I cannot tolerate or forgive - and nor should you - is when these scum-sucking regressive types think they have the right to judge and to take the moral high ground.
Farage was absolutely right when he said in that tweet that the massacre in Berlin was a direct result of the Merkel legacy.
John R Bradley puts it well in the Mail:
The undeniable reality is that Europe’s breathtakingly reckless open-door immigration policy has provided a perfect cover for Islamic State to further its bloody, anti-Christian agenda.
Undeniable and real it may be - but the regressive left shows, as yet, absolutely no sign of accepting it or engaging with it.
This is why I have a very special Christmas message to all those people who attacked Nigel Farage for telling the truth about the Berlin massacre, and to all those who called me a "c***" for being rude about Brendan Cox.
You are the reason Donald Trump won the US Presidential election; you are the reason 17.4 million people voted for Brexit; you are the reason the European Union is collapsing. You are hateful, bigoted and - for all your hypocritical pretences to the contrary - fascistic.
You are an intellectually spavined, moronic, self-righteous and disgusting losers who have been shown by the events of 2016 to be on the wrong side of history. There is nothing noble or worthy or decent about your ranting rage: it is the fury of a vampire stuck with a stake, realising as he shrieks his last that finally the good guys have ended his reign of terror.
I leave you, as a treat, with the delicious words of Owen Jones in the Guardian - as demented a case of psychological projection as it has ever been my amused privilege to witness.
We face a great danger, and not even those who will suffer because of it have realised just how grave it is. Intolerance and hatred have been legitimised across the western world. Dissent is becoming treason. That is bad enough. But there are other violent extremists who are being both radicalised and legitimised across the west. If we don’t take a stand now, new dark chapters are soon to arrive.
No, Owen, my fluffy little ephebe. It's not my side that is guilty of any of that. It's your side that has been doing this for decades - closing down free speech, demeaning people who dare to speak out, promoting hatred and violence while pretending to preach tolerance (so long as it's tolerance of things you think it's OK to tolerate).
You are unconscionable scum. Your philosophy has been responsible for causing untold misery across the world for over a century. The idea that any of you are able to take the moral high ground on anything is as risible as your threadbare arguments.
Still, the great thing is that you guys finally lost in 2016. Happy 2017 everyone - it can only get better from here on in.
 Happy New Year to all Brexiteers.

Ampers.

Monday, 19 December 2016

How this old geezer would reform the NHS


We need to reform the NHS, comment if you agree or object. If objecting, please say why and what you would do instead.

First of all, there are too many layers of authority between the Government and the surgeries & hospitals at the end of chain.

Once we are out of the EU, we need to get back to the “county level” of running things.

Ministry: there should be an NHS Department in charge of all purchasing and payments. Now that the NHS is fully computerised, both sections could be run with no more than a staff of 100 for each section, although this would have to be greatly increased whilst setting up.

Purchasing: senior executives of Amazon should be approached to set up an Amazon style operation. Not to run the supplies department but to advise in setting it up. And to inspect (but not oversee) it on a regular basis.

Payments: the department should be responsible for two areas. And two areas only, everything else should be handled at the local level (surgeries and hospitals).

First of all they should be responsible for the payment of all salaries which are paid into the bank, and the issue of all payment instructions to the surgeries and hospitals for weekly cash wages.

Secondly they should be responsible for the payment of all purchasing incoming invoices.

County Council: There should be no other levels of management until we come to Country Level in the local Country Council offices. This is where they decide whether hospitals should work individually or in groups, and the number of surgeries required for the local demographics. Nothing else. The Council themselves can make those decisions, but perhaps a manager (one only) could be based there, using the council’s secretarial services when required?

Surgeries should be responsible for the running of their surgeries, other than the actual payment of salaries, equipment or medicines. They already have a practice manager so would only need one extra member of support staff.

Hospitals: should be responsible for the running of their hospitals, or hospital groups, other than the actual payment of salaries, equipment or medicines. They already have a managerial staff so would only need to expand their support staff.

Ampers.

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Only two of you for Christmas Lunch, here's what to do.

Pam and I are looking forward to Christmas day.

There's just the two of us, so we don't have Turkey as we don't want to be eating it at the end of January, or February perhaps?

We have roast pheasant, or used to until this year as we like to spend as little time in the kitchen as we can. We've discovered Pheasant breasts at Ocado. And cooking is easy - we cook at 65° C in a sealed plastic bag for a couple of hours, then just before serving, fry it in butter for a minute or so each side so it is a golden colour. As long as it is at 65° C you can cook it for 90 minutes or as long as you like so we don’t have to keep checking it. So it’s on at 11am and forget! And, no, the plastic doesn’t melt at that temperature!

Yes, it is costly, but it is only once a year! And, we thoroughly enjoy it...

We make a day of it with every course on the hour, starting at noon

Our menu is as follows:

First Course:
A smoked salmon salad with quails eggs.
No “French” stuff here, English sparkling wine to wash it down

Main Course:
Pheasant breasts, Asparagus, Tinned minty potatoes and petits pois (peas).
Washed down with a top Rustenburg South African Pinotage.

Dessert:
Pecan & Toffee Roulard (Waitrose)
A great dessert wine, Royal Tokaji wine completes the circle”

Cheese:
Mature Stilton on French bread tingles the palate
Old Port washes it down superbly and great for the toast to Her Majesty.

Coffee:
But with the finest chocolate, washed down with a great Van Ryn Cape Brandy.

* Computers, phones and tablets banned from noon.

Ampers

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Parliament works against all decent citizens in the UK.

This is a comment a colleague left in the Daily Mail, it will be interesting to see whether it will be published:
"The biggest job we in Britain have facing us today is getting rid of the corrupt politicians from Westminster who it seems may be in the majority.
"They argue and work constantly in favour of unpatriotic and often treasonous acts often using a form of double speak and coded language to disguise their actions and motives when referring to them. Michael Fallon is one of many such wreckers of the UK and is often reviewed on UK Column, a must watch for people who want true news.
 

"Giving away taxpayers' money against taxpayers' wishes is one of the worse acts that all the traditional parties and politicians including the Greens practice.

"One of the terrifying aspects of these criminal politicians is that they are putting together an aggressive police force to impose a police state, something our BBC and main stream media refuse to report."
My colleague mentions Fallon, but I sincerely doubt if there is more than a small handful of MPs who really have this countries interest at heart. But please don't ask me to name them as I haven't a clue who they are.

Readers old enough to remember Yes Minister will know how easy our MPs are manipulated into "doing what is expected of them".

Ampers.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

$350 paid to ALL demonstrators by George Soros for a one day's demonstrating against Trump

US and French media highlight anti-Trump demonstrations in various cities. This dispute is not spontaneous. Protesters are paid ...

On Craigslist, a website for classified ads very popular in the United States for his job search ads, sale and rental of housing, etc., one can easily find ads offering a job of a special kind "show against Donald Trump ".

The benefit is paid on time. From one city to another, protest against Donald Trump reports between 10 and 35 dollars an hour.

During the election campaign the protesters were already paid to protest against Trump ... but no "official" media ever spoke of it. All obediently showed images of anti-Trump protesters without saying anything about the evidence that they were being paid to demonstrate.


"Fight Agenda Trump! We are hiring full-time activists. "Washington Can! "Is the oldest and most deeply rooted nonprofit political association of our state. For more than 35 years, we have been fighting at the local and national levels on issues such as race, social, health, immigrant rights, and tax fairness. We are looking for motivated people, whether part-time or full-time. We offer permanent positions. We offer medical assistance, paid holidays, paid sick days. The average salary is between $ 15 and $ 20 an hour "

The suspicious announcement was published by Washington CAN! - an acronym for the Washington Community Action Network - is part of a network of nearly 500 undercover associations all over the United States, grouped under the name USAction, founded in 1999 and currently run by the African American activist William McNary.

The vice-president is Heather Booth, a historical figure of American feminism. USAction was born out of the ashes of Citizen Action - headed for years by Heather Booth - which had activists and affiliated associations in 34 states before turning into public support for the Democratic Party and then President Bill Clinton. The organization was involved in the Teamstersgate scandal due to illegal financing given to Ron Carey and his re-election as the Teamsters union, which now represents public and private sector workers.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Efficient meal planning for the busy family

Efficient meal planning for the busy family

OK, we’re retired, so we can hardly call ourselves busy. Mind you, keeping interest in the Good News and Bad News blogs at watching.org.uk does take a lot of time each day.

First of all, we decided on a revolving weekly menu we call them simply Menu A, Menu B … Menu E. These we set up in a word processor and we have a printer with duplex on (prints both sides of the page). On one side we have the menu and on the reverse side we have headings of the three main places we shop (Ocado/Tesco/Local) with all the items for the menu week listed with check boxes.

We have a large A4 folder with 62 clear pockets we bought from Amazon for only a fiver (not the one with animal fat of course) where we list each of the weekly menus followed by the lunch and dinner menus for each dish.

We chose five menus, and are thinking of increasing them to six so there is more separation and don't have the same meals near the same date of each month.

We have a large list of foods we buy from Ocado and, on a Sunday, I get my tablet where I keep a database of the foods stored in our garden cabinet. Once I mark them in a column of the Ocado list, I then go down the back of the weekly menu adding all the items we need for the weeks menus. I then mark them off the shopping list. Finally, we include other items such as cleaning materials, spices, vegetables and fruit.

We fire up the Ocado website and quickly enter all the items on our four page shopping list.

The whole operations including printing takes less than an hour and we book the shopping slot for early Monday morning – and it is done. Occasionally we pop into the local shops or Tescos for items that Ocado doesn’t sell in small quantities.

The folder is just for advance information, it plays no part in the ordering procedure.

Each week, we tick one item which we feel isn’t up to our standards, and search the billions of recipes on the net for a replacement. Mostly we are happy with our choices. But in time may get bored. Six menus will give you 42 different lunches and 42 different dinners. Surely that is enough for most families?


An added bonus is, we have more space in our fridge/freezer/cabinets.

Bon Appétit.

Ampers.

Afrikaners get a bad press, what are they really like?

Ek onthou 'n voorval op 'n plaas waar die taai Afrikaans voorman toesig oor 'n groep swartes tot 'n groot leivoor te grawe.

'n Oproep deurgekom hom en ek is gestuur om hom te roep om die huis. Onmiddellik het hy weg is, die swartes gestaak en verlig sigarette.

Ek het teruggekeer na die huis en die voorman het die oproep klaar en hy het gaan staan by die venster kyk die swartes. Ek het gevra of hy gaan hulle ophou rook, Nee, het hy gesê, sal ek tot hulle klaar wag. Wat het hy gedoen. Toe het hy na die groep skree op hulle weer aan die werk te kry.

Hulle het, maar hulle was glimlag, weet hulle ...

(My taal nie te goed nie, ek was in Engeland vir 61 jaar!)
Translation:

I remember an incident on a farm where the tough Afrikaans foreman was supervising a group of blacks to dig a large irrigation ditch.

A call came through to him and I was despatched to call him to the house. Immediately he had left, the blacks downed tools and lit up cigarettes.

I returned to the house and the foreman had finished the call and he stood by the window watching the blacks. I asked if he was going to stop them smoking, No, he said, I’ll wait till they have finished, cigarettes cost much money. Which he did. Then he returned to the group shouting and screaming at them to get back to work.

They did, but they were grinning, they knew…
Ampers

Friday, 2 December 2016

Send this man a Christmas Card

Big Al, sent to prison for, what was it? Ten years. What for? For something they let Muslims off with practically nothing in the UK.

A soldier who lost it for a second.

The politicians do not mind Muslims raping our children, killing our citizens, but one soldier, trained to kill and make split seconds decisions, lost his sanity briefly, gets ten years in prison.

If you feel this is unfair, send this man a Christmas Card. I am going to.

And you can, as the Americans say, "take that to the bank!"


Ampers.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

This is a very amusing, and serious suggestion, we should take on board.

Stefan Molyneux is my favourite Canadian. I watch a lot of his videos as he puts his serious points across with immense humour. In this video he asserts that the American huge national debt is not the people's responsibility.

It really doesn't matter which civilised country throughout the world you live in, this also applies to you. It's 14 minutes of serious/humour.


If you click on the link you will be taken to his "Freedomain" website where he has hundreds of videos on all subjects, ranging from a few minutes to over an hour. Most have a right hand side where he illustrates his talk with references so (not for this one) but many of his videos are best watched on a PC or Notebook in full screen so you can read the references.

Ampers.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Search Google more efficiently

How to search for stuff on Google that most people don't know about

Some excellent tips from the Independent, slightly abbreviated, but click here for the full article.

Some more tips here from Motto Time

And even more here from Life Hack

1. Find your favourite pages again

Feel like re-reading one of your favourite indy100 articles but can't remember the exact wording?

If you search for the parts you can remember and include 'indy100.com' in the search, Google will search the website for you.

2. Search with synonyms

By adding the ~ symbol before a word, Google will look for results for its synonyms.

It will bring up topics on a subject matter rather than ones relevant to a specific word.

This should produce a greater variety of results, and stop them being narrowed by the fact you can't think of another word for it.

3. Asterisk it

If one of the search terms is on the tip of your tongue, add an asterisk '*' into the search and Google will hazard a guess at it.

4. Missing words

If you’re looking up a particular phrase but can only remember a few key words from it, this tool is the one for you.

In between the first and last parts of a search phrase, type the instruction ‘AROUND’ and in brackets the approximate number of missing words.

For example:
‘Now is the AROUND(7) discontent’

5. Add parameters

Sometimes narrowing your search is useful, especially when you want to do it in a particular way. If what you're looking for can have numerical limits, use them.

If you want results that refer to a specific date, or things produced in a certain era (such as car models) add the date range separated by an ellipses.

Same goes for things in a specific weight, age, or size range.

6. Exact phrasing

Another tool that's useful for quotations or lyrics is searching for exact phrasing. By putting your search phrase in "" quotation marks, you can limit the search to that word order and collection of words.

7. Remove certain types of results

Skint but want to search for something that normally returns shopping results? You can remove categories of results by negating words from the search with a minus sign " - ".

For instance searching for good books, you can type "books -buy".

8. Find related sites

For websites that are almost, but not quite like the one you have in mind, put the word 'related:' before your search term.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Are these people nutcases? Or is cholesterol good for you?

 I read the following on this website, can we believe it, are we being foxed?

Read on...

The media, the medical and drug sector, the food industry, and many other sectors have teamed up to sell the masses a pack of lies. And like lab rats the masses believe what they are being force-fed, instead of taking a few seconds to do one simple thing, they instead opt to do nothing, but swallow the blue pill they have been given, instead of opting to question everything. A simple question leads to some research, and research provides alternative viewpoints. A brain that is not exercised is a worthless instrument, and the longer it is not used the more useless it becomes.

We stated several times before that the war against cholesterol was total rubbish. In fact, cholesterol is good; it’s a healing agent, and when levels are high it is trying to protect the organism from allergenic or inflammatory agents. Just like the drug industry once fooled people into believing eggs were bad for health, they continue to pump the nonsense that cholesterol is bad when there is no real credible evidence to support this claim. If you read the research studies they cite you will find that at the very best they are employing something called faulty logic or they are downright lying to support these wild assertions.
 
The real danger is the crap they call beneficial oils that they are trying to push the public to buy and like lab rats the masses willingly oblige.  Any form of seed oil (other than Coconut and olive oil when pure) is dangerous to your health.  Butter is also very good and can be used as an oil substitute.  Do your research on the critical of PUFA and seeds oils. PUFA equals polyunsaturated fats.   Fish oils also fall into this dangerous category. What you think you know could very well end up hurting you seriously. To make things look good, they have created outlets such as prevention magazine and a host of other publications (many of them operating as non-profit) whose sole purpose is disinformation.  If they can make it look like it’s the drug industry versus the so-called toxic health industry it creates the illusion of good versus evil, thus one group can be sold drugs and the other so-called healing agents which are just as dangerous. The end game is to have a host of sick patient’s line up for treatment.

Dr Uffe has clearly debunked the crap that medical industry pushes out re cholesterol. He has published numerous books and the link below clearly illustrates how cholesterol is good for you and that in general higher levels as you age are associated with a longer lifespan.

https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=uffe+ravnskov

The second link takes you to Dr Uffe Ravnsov’s website and is loaded with useful information. Again this directly confirms our assertion that those at top look at the masses as nothing but a good source of cannon fodder and why not. The masses are gullible and stupid; they fall for the same ploy over and over again, regardless of whether it comes to learning the real history of the world, investing or regarding their health and welfare. [Ed: The same in politics]  This will never stop; the only thing you can stop is to make sure you are not part of the herd. The masses never have and will never win; the only time they stand any chance of moving up the rung is if they change their way of thinking. To the early bird comes the worm; to the late bird if lucky, the crap, otherwise it is more likely to get shot.

http://www.ravnskov.nu/cholesterol.htm

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Have to admit, I cry when I watch this, even at 77.

Well, not actually cry, but the tears do well up...

It is about South Africa and is in Afrikaans, but I can assure you, you do not need to know the language to feel the despair.

There are various amounts of murders to farm owners and workers so it is hard to ascertain the truth, but it is generally acknowledged that farm murder rates are 50% higher than the rest of South Africa, and although farmers have it tough, killing of white non-farmers in South Africa has halved since the end of Apartheid, whereas black on black killings have swelled enormously.

I've been away for 61 years but still feel the pain.



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