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Saturday, 29 December 2012

There is too much talk about guns, for or against, in America. Here you can read about the real killer.

Thinking the Unthinkable

Michael holding a butterfly
In the wake of another horrific national tragedy, it’s easy to talk about guns. But it’s time to talk about mental illness.

Three days before 20 year-old Adam Lanza killed his mother, then opened fire on a classroom full of Connecticut kindergartners, my 13-year old son Michael (name changed) missed his bus because he was wearing the wrong color pants.

“I can wear these pants,” he said, his tone increasingly belligerent, the black-hole pupils of his eyes swallowing the blue irises.

“They are navy blue,” I told him. “Your school’s dress code says black or khaki pants only.”

“They told me I could wear these,” he insisted. “You’re a stupid bitch. I can wear whatever pants I want to. This is America. I have rights!”

“You can’t wear whatever pants you want to,” I said, my tone affable, reasonable. “And you definitely cannot call me a stupid bitch. You’re grounded from electronics for the rest of the day. Now get in the car, and I will take you to school.”

I live with a son who is mentally ill. I love my son. But he terrifies me. 

Who reads Ampers' Rants, it is really quite surprising!

I now have Google Analytics on my smart-phone and was amazed to find out where my visitors come from. But, before I tell you let me explain that I lost a huge number of followers when I moved from Blogger to Wordpress. And a similar number when I got disillusioned with Wordpress and moved back to Blogger (Blogspot).

In case a new blog provider came along and encouraged me to move again, I registered so that I can chop and change blogs without losing readers.

Now for the number of countries of my readers. This now totals an unbelievable 136 countries. I even have readers in Mongolia!!!

The top ten countries, in order of quantity of readers are:

Foreign Aid; a better way for Britain to gain by this.

President Zuma of South Africa has built himself a Palace costing £17,000,000. The South African Government paid for this as follows: £2,000,000 out of the exchequer and £15,000,000 from the British Tax-payer in the form of Prime Minister Cameron's generous foreign aid policy with money he claws from the British citizens by the method of collecting their increasing taxes.

This has to stop. If we have to give foreign aid, then it should not go to despots to arm their forces against their citizens, build huge palaces, or top up their Swiss bank accounts. There must be a better way, and there is.

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

For England to be successful, we should adopt this educational idea

This is a 20 minute TED video. It starts with a horrific story of how, although this woman proved xraying pregnant women caused cancer in children, it was 25 years before the medical profession stopped doing this.

But this is just the beginning of an intriguing tale of how a woman hired someone who totally disagreed with her, with the job of proving her theories false. No "yes men" around her. What a difference to business today!

She then talks about a University who sets a test before taking on a graduate for a PhD course. The person has to list five ideas or theories that they believe in, it can be anything under the sun, and they have to support them against the Universities best intellectuals, to prove they can marshal and defend their ideas.

Finally she makes the suggestion that there are too few PhD students, and that we have to introduce this down to school level.Imagine the benefit to our young if they have to prepare a theory or idea, and to be able to thoroughly defend it from attack by their classmates, and what the classmates will get by learning how to take an idea to pieces? How much more useful this would be than the socialist drivel our young have drummed into them.



Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Ladies, is it true that men know everything? And that you worship their knowledge?

There was a fantastic poet on Television a decade or two ago called Pam Ayers. In the following tv performance she enthrals us on the abilities of her husband to educate - not!


Monday, 17 December 2012

Baileys? Ladies, try this drink instead, you'll never go back.

I am referring to the famous (in South Africa) drink called Amarulu. Yes, you can get it in Britain if you search for it. and it is well worth the effort.

And, introduce it to the man in your life and there's a good chance he'll get hooked as well.

I have offered it to several English people who were Baileys drinkers and I have learned that they never returned to Baileys after tasting this beausiful more-ish cream drink.

But a warning...

Enjoy ;-)


Friday, 14 December 2012

Dedicated to the families of the relatives and friends of Sandy Hook School in Connecticut

Here is a South African song of mourning, which I thought was fitting, after finding a link to it on Twitter. It seemed appropriate. (Sandy Hook school in Newtown.)


Thursday, 13 December 2012

Young Londoner demonstrates his ability speaking in 30 accents

This is well worth spending the time watching and listening. He is very talented when you consider he speaks in 30 accents. Naturally, if he just concentrated on two or three he would be even better with those.


Friday, 7 December 2012

Cameron gives all our money away to Swiss and Caymen island bankers. There's a better way.

We give 0.7% of our GDP to third world countries.

We could inctrease that, with a fanfare of trumpets, to 1% to help nullify the howls of anguish from the disreputable lefties.

My plan is to give these countries vouchers which have to be spent in Britain, buying goods made or assembled in Britain, or the hiring of British experts to help with farming and manufacturing advice.

There are negative and positive issues here.

This 93-year-old has a message for us: “A beach body at 90 is no longer a dream”

One of the most interesting websites on the Internet is Ted Com They have seminars lasting 30-40 minutes on every subject under the sun. What makes it doubly interesting is all the people giving the lectures are articulate and riviting.

One that all of us will appreciate is this one, where an amazingly fit and active 93 year old discusses the secrets in not growing old gracefully.

Before you can do business with this company you have to pay US$125,000 to join their client list

There is a travel company based in Manhattan, New York, which has a client base of 70% in America, and 30% around the world.

They are not on the Internet and their phone number is unlisted.

If you manage to ever bump into one of their clients, and ply them with enough drinks, they will tell you how to contact them.

However, make sure you can afford it. Before you pay for any of their services you have to join their client list. The fee for this is an initial non returnable US$100,000 but it doesn't end there, you have to retain them at US$25,000 a year. Miss a year and you have to pay the US%100,000 again plus the US$25,000 for the coming year.

They are large enough to have prestige premises in one of the most expensive areas in New York, large enough to accommodate the directors and 24 staff.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

My "feelings" on the chancellor's budget statement 2012-12-05

At half past twelve I tuned in to BBC Parliament and listened to Osborne's statement, opposition Chancellor Balls' reply, Osborne's reply to Balls, and then Chancellor's questions through to 3pm when I felt I had heard enough.

Thoughts and feelings are different, and there will be enough tax accountants writing about their thoughts on the statement, so I thought I'd just write about my feelings on the subject.

On listening to Osborne’s statement, and knowing that it would be a matter of immediate resignation if he is caught out on a lie, I felt that he was, on the whole, pretty truthful. Although, I also knew that he would be presenting bad information in the best possible light.