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Matt cartoon, December 19 2014

Gang Green and the Government Staff Infection

*Ee-ee-ewww*, Bill! Whittle, that is. What a wicked pun! Two in fact.

Well, if this little 6 1/2-minute number doesn’t make you heave, nothing will. It’s not news, I mean anybody whose head isn’t in his knickers already knows it, but for the collectors in the audience, here are a few more specific abominations.

Bill has entitled this “Tie-Dyed Tyranny.”

Beware of the Leopard

“But Mr. Dent, the plans have been available in the local planning office for the last nine months.”

“Oh yes, well as soon as I heard I went straight round to see them, yesterday afternoon. You hadn’t exactly gone out of your way to call attention to them had you? I mean like actually telling anybody or anything.”

“But the plans were on display…”

“On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them.”

“That’s the display department.”

“With a torch.”

“Ah, well the lights had probably gone.”

“So had the stairs.”

“But look, you found the notice didn’t you?”

“Yes,” said Arthur, “yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying Beware of the Leopard.”

(The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)

New EU tax rules that come into force on 1 January could kill thousands of mini and micro online businesses.

The new VAT rules have been on the cards for six years and are ostensibly aimed at preventing big companies (yes, we mean you, Amazon, Apple and Starbucks) from claiming that all their European profit is made in Luxembourg (or similar tax havens) where they benefit from paying hardly any tax.

To this end, online businesses will have to pay tax in the country of the consumer buying the goods, not the business. The side effect of this seems to be that many small businesses will find themselves having to unravel miles of red tape associated with complying with 28 different VAT regimes.

(The Register)

The Government (whether it’s the EU, HMG, or the Ham-on-Rye Parish Council matters not; it’s The Government) estimated that about 4,000 British businesses would be affected. It’s turning out to be more like 250,000, some of whom have only found out about it this month. It’s unclear at this stage whether HMRC’s publicity department is housed in the basement or not.

Because make no mistake about it: this isn’t some minor adjustment that businesses who’ve been conscientious about their tax affairs would be expected to have heard of. The majority who’ll be caught out have never been registered for VAT before, and are dealing with such tiny amounts that the cost of compliance will vastly outweigh their income. If you charge anything at all for digital downloads, from January 1st you’re liable for VAT. The UK’s turnover threshold for VAT doesn’t, for some reason (presumably because you’re also paying directly to 27 other régimes), apply.

To be fair, there is a system – you gotta have a system – for “simplifying” the process, but even that is proving to be more trouble than it’ll be worth for some of these miniscule “businesses”. Which won’t bother Amazon or Apple in the slightest. Yet again, government regulation hammers the small players and leaves the intended victims practically unscathed.

(I’ll gloss over the fact that in discussions over internet sales tax exemption in the US, someone always pops up to tell everyone how much easier it would be if they had VAT instead like those enlightened Yoorpeans.)

Still, on the upside, that’s another quarter of a million recruited to oppose the EU.

Midweek Humour – Letters Page

Elementary Mistake

Well, that’s interesting.

Harold Range, the German public prosecutor looking into the NSA’s purpored hacking of Angela Merkel’s cellphone, says

The document presented in public as proof of an actual tapping of the mobile phone is not an authentic surveillance order by the NSA. It does not come from the NSA database.

There is no proof at the moment which could lead to charges that Chancellor Merkel’s phone connection data was collected or her calls tapped.

(Bloomberg. I first came across this at PJM, but the link there refers back to itself.)

Don’t know what to make of that. Was Snowden feeding disinformation? Was he fed disinformation? And by whom? Is this disinformation? Or are the NSA leaks the Guardian’s very own Hitler Diaries? (Wouldn’t that be fun?)

More to come on that, I think. Or not, given the nature of the thing.

And, while we’re on the subject of hacking and leaking, it turns out that the Sony leaks show them complying with North Korean requests to tone the Kim Jong-un movie down. So it looks like there’s more to that one than has so far met the eye, too.

This sort of thing is one of the chief reasons I’m a libertarian in the first place: politians – whether actual political ones, the petty office variety, or anything in between – are slippery bastards almost by definition, and trying to follow what they’re up to is a complete, unmitigated, pain in the arse.

Is this from Santa or from Satan?

Dear Lydia

 

My sister just dropped a nuke in the war to get her kid to behave.

Reddit user sgtpnkks

Now don’t get me wrong, as a parent I’ve struggled with the bad behaviour and petulance of my own child, but writing a fake letter from Santa to get your kid to behave is pretty out there…

Time for an honest debate about rape statistics

UVA Rape Protests

I’m sure we’ve all heard about the bogus statistics touted by Radical Feminists about 1-in-5 college students being raped and thought “That’s bullshit”, but as good rationalists, who prefer to make their arguments based upon evidence, didn’t have up-to-date data on which to reject the Rad Fem narrative.

Well – the US Department of Justice have recently published updated data and even with the distortions of modern rape reporting basically says “That’s bullshit”.

new report on sexual assault released today by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) officially puts to bed the bogus statistic that one in five women on college campuses are victims of sexual assault. In fact, non-students are 25 percent more likely to be victims of sexual assault than students, according to the data. And the real number of assault victims is several orders of magnitude lower than one-in-five.

The full study, which was published by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, a division within DOJ, found that rather than one in five female college students becoming victims of sexual assault, the actual rate is 6.1 per 1,000 students, or 0.61 percent (instead of 1-in-5, the real number is 0.03-in-5). For non-students, the rate of sexual assault is 7.6 per 1,000 people.

College Students Are Actually Less Likely To Be Victimized

Actual rape is a terrible crime which I condemn utterly, but the divisive way that Rad Fem’s are using rape to push their false narrative of rape culture is quite literally tearing Western society apart, to such an extent that even when actual rapes occur and a woman’s life is destroyed, a growing portion of the male population is increasingly suspicious, due to the “Cry Wolf” problem.

College reactions to criticism and political interference from the Obama Whitehouse are only exacerbating matters, specifically when you have “targets for dealing with on campus rape” and it is already in reality as rare as hens teeth, you inevitably end up creating a McCarthyist environment in which all males are treated with suspicion and College Kangaroo Courts hold inquiries which would put Stalin to shame.

If this continues, then we will see US Colleges, which are already overwhelmingly female,  become virtual deserts of male presence, some of which is exacerbated by the ever increasing costs of a US university education and the fact that there are far more programs and scholarships available to women and especially minority women than there are men.

Is this how the US finally goes into decline, because of a false narrative proposed by people like Anita Sarkeesian and supported by the Obama Whitehouse? Will the 2020′s return segregation to the US in the form of mandated male and female colleges?

I certainly hope not.

The DOJ Report in Full

Somehow this has something to do with Christmas…

A puzzle…

12 men but no women have stood on the Moon.

Why did Neil and Buzz sort of wear bras on their away-days?

Well, not quite. There are bonus points for telling the full story and why?

And for real bonus points can you name some stuff they left there?

Give Appeasement a Chance*

Everybody’s talking about
Terrorism, Islamism, extremism, point-the-fingerism
This-ism, that-ism, ism ism ism
All Obama’s saying is give appeasement a chance.
All Obama’s saying is give appeasement a chance.

C’mon, everybody’s talking about
GOP vulture, spy culture, mess up, ‘fess up,
Prisoner hoarding, waterboarding, secret torture, now we’ve caught ya.
All Obama’s saying is give appeasement a chance.
All Obama’s saying is give appeasement a chance.

C’mon, everybody should be talking about
Sainthood, brotherhood, fluffy kittens, woollen mittens,
Inviting Osama’s buddies for tea (let’s forget Obie threw him into the sea)
All Obama’s saying is give appeasement a chance.
All Obama’s saying is give appeasement a chance.

C’mon, everybody stop talking about
Suicidal blame game, WTC up in flames,
Thousands dead, this is an auto da fe what’s to be said?
All Obama’s saying is give appeasement a chance.
All Obama’s saying is give appeasement a chance.

No, I don’t condone torture although I do accept that sometimes it is a necessary evil and hard decisions have to be made.

No I don’t believe showing the terrorists this level of state weakness and cowardice will in any way stop them trying to destroy us all. In fact I believe it will encourage them.

Yes, I do believe that Obama is salting the earth before the next US election. Forcing an entire nation to fall on its own sword in order to crush one’s political opponents (no, not the terrorists) is not the way a sane person would go about it.

Obama had the chance to close down Guantanamo, I seem to recall it was one of his electioneering promises before he became POTUS. But he didn’t.  Let’s not forget that this is also the creature who wanted to bomb the crap out of Syrians and was thwarted by the democratic process. He’s a thrice damned hypocrite. And he has fatally weakened the country he is supposed to protect and damaged its international standing. It is world class hubris.  It makes him either very vindictive or very stupid. I vote for both.

*Apologies to John Lennon for torturing his lyrics.

Dai Dai Dai Dafyyd Iwan…

So our CCIZ prize for complete and utter twat of the week, goes to Dafyyd Iwan, a former President of Plaid Cymru and folk singer in his own right, though if I remember rightly, having heard him play a few times, his voice sounds like a goose fart in the fog, rather than the majestic instrument possessed by Thomas the Voice, wants the Welsh Rugby Union to ban the singing of Tom Jones Delilah at Welsh Rugby matches because it encourages violence against women.

The song is a huge favourite at Welsh matches, and yes it is about a Crime Passionnel, but then the French used to let you off for this until they changed the law back in 1970, and frankly if you ban Delilah where do you stop? Hang down your head Tom Dooley? Which I heard Lonny Donagan belting out in the 50’s, or Billy Holliday’s Strange Fruit? The list is endless.

Hell, you may as well ban Tom’s Green Green Grass of Home too, as it is all about the singer going to the Gallows (presumably for murdering Delilah) not a nostalgic homecoming to The Land of My Fathers…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2x-3nl5jM_w

Cartoon of the Week.

Hillary Clinton – Let Appeasement be our Credo

Hillary Clinton - Key to Peace is Empathizing with our Enemies

Mrs. Clinton spoke at Georgetown University about what she called “smart power,” which entails “using every possible tool and partner to advance peace and security, leaving no one on the sidelines, showing respect, even for one’s enemies, trying to understand and insofar as psychologically possible, empathize with their perspective and point of view, helping to define the problems, determine the solutions.”

But former Lt. Col. Oliver North dismissed the comments as “irrational.”

“I can’t think of a presidential candidate who would have said those kinds of things,” he told Fox News. “If you’re going to run for president of the United States, you cannot talk that way about the people who intend to kill us. Who are dying to kill us. … This is capitulation.”

Hillary Clinton hammered for insisting U.S. should ‘empathize’ with enemies

I am not actually surprised by her stance. Don’t get me wrong, she is a shrewd and intelligent woman, but one who often fails to see “the big picture” in policy making (that was always Bill’s strong point) and who has been caught out exaggerating her own successes as well as trying to hide her obvious failures (she’s sorry that she “misspoke” about Bosnia  and about “only governments create jobs” during the mid-terms).

So where does the latest comment on how she would deal with her enemies by “empathising” with them leave her? Given that the current enemy of freedom and democracy seems to be radical Islam and ISIS, I struggle to find any empathy for people who believe that I should be murdered because of my sexual preference or that beheading people who are of a different religion, a different sect or even simply not as radical a Muslim as they like is acceptable.

These are not matters of empathy or compromise, this is not the basis for US/Soviet-style détente. ISIS and other forms of radical Islam are the absolute antithesis of everything that Hillary Clinton claims to represent, be it freedom and equality for women or respect for the rights of the individual. These are matters of principle and I would argue that this is why Hillary has failed in the past and will continue to do so.

RAB of this place has described Hillary as “the once and future Queen“, but I strongly suspect that any chance she had of gaining the Whitehouse slipped away in 2008, indeed when you look at Hillary’s actual performance, going back to the HillaryCare plan of the 1990′s, it is clear that too often she compromises when she should have stuck to principles.

I understand very well that the nature of Washington, given the delicate balance between Republicans and Democrats, is that all achievements tend to be matters of compromise, but what works for a legislature of Washington insiders looks from the outside like corrupt, pork-barrel politics.

Hillary may be still be in the lead for the Democratic nomination in 2016, but I doubt she will win the Whitehouse, because she is simply too old, tainted, compromised and out-of-touch – even her latest PR campaign is just appalling in its schmaltzy and patronising attempt to get those who aren’t followers of her agenda to back her, namely the vast swathes of middle America.

Clueless…

Sometimes I think that the world has gone completely insane, but when I read stories such as this, I know it has.

Some po faced leftie feminist harridan has written to the BBC to complain about one of its longest running and most popular radio comedy shows. I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue has been running for over 40 years now, but this sad bitch has decided that the imaginary scorer Samantha, who has been a running joke throughout those 40 years is being treated as a sex object.

‘She considered that Samantha was only referred to as a sexual object and believed the male panellists used ‘schoolboy sexist so-called humour’, that was ‘both puerile and unfunny’.’

But what I find insane is that the BBC took any time whatsoever in investigating this miserablist  drivel. Surely this should have been passed straight to the BBC’s Department of Sarcastic Replies….

Dear Ms Redacted,

Thank you for your letter of the 14th Inst. I have passed your letter on to our Head of Comedy and he has had a damn good laugh. He is sorry if you find I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue full of “schoolboy sexist so called humour” but we feel we must appeal to all demographics without bias or favour, and we find that sexist schoolboy humour has a very large following.

May I suggest some remedies that could alleviate your disgust and distress? Try tuning in to another station that may chime better with your sense of gravitas, or perhaps using our iPlayer facility to find comedy more suited to your taste, something featuring Alexi Sayle perhaps? Or ultimately you could use the off button on your radio.

I am refunding you your Licence Fee, in the hope that you may put it towards what I am sure will be a futile attempt to purchase a sense of humour.

Yours Faithfully…..

But you just know that the sad Harpie will be back next week complaining that Mornington Crescent doesn’t make sense…

Oscar Wilde Syndrome.

I trained as a Lawyer and my advice to anyone who is thinking of suing any person or organisation for Libel, even if you have been libeled, but especially if you haven’t, is don’t. Take it on the chin, ignore it and move on with your life. Under British Law it is much to much of a gamble either way, as the outcome of this court case today shows.

I have no idea whether Mitchell called the PC a fuckin pleb or not, and could care less. It is not a criminal offence after all. By all accounts Mitchell is a nasty piece of work who is ideally suited to the job of Chief Whip where being a bully is an absolute plus. He was nicknamed “Thrasher” Mitchell when he was a Prefect at Rugby Public school (yes the same one as the fictional Flashman… you just can’t make it up can you?). But there are some very disquieting aspects to the whole “Plebgate” affair.

First; there is the fact that one Police Officer has been jailed for obstructing the course of justice (presumably the one who pretended to be a member of the public who was just passing by and was “shocked” by Mitchell’s language, and just happened to email the Cabinet office using almost word for word what PC Rowland says Mitchell ranted at him, when he wasn’t there at all). Second; that three other Protection Officers have been sacked. And third; that another five are on gardening leave and under investigation, yet the Honourable Justice Mittings finds that there is obviously no conspiracy against Mitchell. Oh fuckin really??

On the balance of probabilities (not beyond reasonable doubt) which is how this case was decided, the good Judge found that…

‘I am satisfied at least on the balance of probabilities that Mr Mitchell did speak the words alleged or something so close to them as to amount to the same including the politically toxic word pleb’.
And the Judge then goes on to virtually insult the PC again…

Pc Rowland was ‘not the sort of man who would have had the wit, imagination or inclination to invent on the spur of the moment an account of what a senior politician had said to him in temper’

So which do you prefer then PC Rowland, being called a fuckin Pleb, or thick and unimaginative by a High Court Judge?

And the High Court Judge in question, has a bit of form for being an anti establishment dripping wet Liberal.

Oscar Wilde was a bloody fool to sue for Libel, it destroyed him, and the same has happened to Andrew Mitchell. The court costs are going to be eye-watering. And all he had to say in the first place was… Yes I called him a fuckin Pleb, because he is a fuckin Pleb! What of it?

Nasty politics

We’ve see some pretty nasty and hypocritical politics this week from the Labour Party, this time in the form of Tristram Hunt. You rather get the sense that Tristram doesn’t like private schools which is a bit surprising really.
Tristram is the son of Julian, Baron Hunt of Chesterton who was the Labour leader of Cambridge City Council in the early 1970’s. Now despite this, Julian seems to have decided to send Tristram to University College School in leafy Hampstead. UCS as its known is in the Eton Group of schools which includes Eton, Westminster, and Marlborough. You get the point; it’s one of the elite of UK independent schools.
Obviously having enjoyed such privilege, the clear thing to do would be to write a biography of, er, Friedrich Engels. Anyway, the various goings on self-hating champagne socialists who enjoy easy lives in broadcasting aren’t terribly interesting.
However, what made me sit-up was the proposal that independent schools must “earn their way” This was rather baffling because I thought they already did. Now it’s true they enjoy charitable status which means the fees are a bit lower than they would otherwise be. This puts some of the schools in the range of ordinary people as well as Barons. Perhaps not the near six grand a term UCS want for their senior school, but some of the schools are do-able.
So what do independent schools actually do? Well they educate about 7% of UK kids. That alone you might think would justify the charity status. The UK state system would simply be overwhelmed if all of these kids entered state schools. This won’t happen. The proposal won’t finish off UCS or other elite schools, but it might hit the more marginal ones who charge lower fees. So parents poorer than Tristram’s dad would lose this option and be forced back into the state system.
They educate the children far better than the state manages, thereby raising general educational standards. Another benefit you might imagine. They educate children from abroad which is in a sense, a type of export (as it brings in foreign currency) so this helps the balance of payments, another benefit. Private school kids despite being 7% of the population accounted for 50% of gold medals at London 2012 and that was apparently a big deal to government types for some reason.
For me anyway, most important of all, they offer an escape route for people who see the state system and think “not in this fucking lifetime” And that’s what they really don’t like. The independent sector puts parents in control, not politicians.

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