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Monday, 27 April 2015

How to deal with Romanian pickpockets in London

I know the Romanian pickpocket gangs work this way but there are others who may work differently.

First of all, put all your dirty tissues in an outside pocket rather than getting rid of them.

When someone bumps into you, apologises and pats you down, don't feel if your wallet is still there, rather pat the pocket with the dirty tissues.

These people work as a team and there is someone watching you to see which pocket you pat.

He's the one who will pick your pocket. Twice I have lost my dirty tissues.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

About "The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership" Scary!

The following article has been cut short for legal reasons from the Independent. Please follow the link at the bottom to see the final half of the items listed.

What is TTIP? And six reasons why the answer should scare you

By Lee Williams
Tuesday 7 October 2014

Have you heard about TTIP? If your answer is no, don’t get too worried; you’re not meant to have.
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is a series of trade negotiations being carried out mostly in secret between the EU and US. As a bi-lateral trade agreement, TTIP is about reducing the regulatory barriers to trade for big business, things like food safety law, environmental legislation, banking regulations and the sovereign powers of individual nations. It is, as John Hilary, Executive Director of campaign group War on Want, said: “An assault on European and US societies by transnational corporations.”

Since before TTIP negotiations began last February, the process has been secretive and undemocratic. This secrecy is on-going, with nearly all information on negotiations coming from leaked documents and Freedom of Information requests.

But worryingly, the covert nature of the talks may well be the least of our problems. Here are six other reasons why we should be scared of TTIP, very scared indeed:

1 The NHS

Public services, especially the NHS, are in the firing line. One of the main aims of TTIP is to open up Europe’s public health, education and water services to US companies. This could essentially mean the privatisation of the NHS.
1 The NHS
The European Commission has claimed that public services will be kept out of TTIP. However, according to the Huffington Post, the UK Trade Minister Lord Livingston has admitted that talks about the NHS were still on the table.

2 Food and environmental safety

TTIP’s ‘regulatory convergence’ agenda will seek to bring EU standards on food safety and the environment closer to those of the US. But US regulations are much less strict, with 70 per cent of all processed foods sold in US supermarkets now containing genetically modified ingredients. By contrast, the EU allows virtually no GM foods. The US also has far laxer restrictions on the use of pesticides. It also uses growth hormones in its beef which are restricted in Europe due to links to cancer. US farmers have tried to have these restrictions lifted repeatedly in the past through the World Trade Organisation and it is likely that they will use TTIP to do so again.

The same goes for the environme3 Banking regulationsnt, where the EU’s REACH regulations are far tougher on potentially toxic substances. In Europe a company has to prove a substance is safe before it can be used; in the US the opposite is true: any substance can be used until it is proven unsafe. As an example, the EU currently bans 1,200 substances from use in cosmetics; the US just 12.

3 Banking regulations

Cameron, Milliband and Clegg club together to tell a children's story.

This is so funny, at the end of it I had to lie down as my insides were aching so much from laughing.

The genius who cut and pasted all this was brilliant.

Tell me what you think!


Ampers.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

British Media - a solution

The following goes against my libertarian ideals so I would welcome a better way.

If we want a free press, we could do it with legislation, but not the way so many lefties propose.

First of all, no one man should control a national newspaper, or in fact any television station. It is a recipe for the greedy and power hungry to control governments.

But neither should legislation curtail the press to go about their lawful work.

In addition, we need different rules for different cases.

For example, we can be more relaxed on the politics of newspapers which have a cover price and are sold in newsagents. Free newspapers should have a 4" x 2" banner at the top of page one stating the party the newspaper supports or, if they don't want to do that, be in the same class as television news and be put into public ownership.

National Newspapers:

Saturday, 11 April 2015

How do pollsters go about their business? [Supposition]

First of all, I want to make this abundantly clear. I am not saying this is what happens, it is more a case of genuinely wondering whether this suspicion is true.

If you think it is false, leave a comment and say where you think I am going wrong. If you think it is true, a comment on why you agree with me would be of interest.

A national newspaper recently commissioned a poll on the Royal Family. They state, on their front page that a majority of people don't want Camilla to be Queen 'in public' and that 40% want William to be the next monarch.

I read this and wondered how true it was. It was a poll so could it be fixed? On further thought the following scenario unfolded..

The newspaper contacts the pollsters and told them they were thinking of writing an article where the majority of people didn't want Camilla to be Queen in public. And, that a sizeable chunk of people wanted Prince Charles to be bypassed when the queen dies.

Having planted in the pollsters' mind the results the newspaper were looking for, the client took themselves off. The pollsters, wanting repeat business from the newspaper, sat down to design their questions and the locations where they would ask their questions.