June 30, 2010
Bags for Death?
Tests on shoppers’ bags revealed half contained traces of E.coli, a lethal toxin which killed 26 people in Scotland in 1996 in one of the worlds worst food poisoning outbreaks.
Scientists also found many were contaminated with salmonella.
But while they are better for the environment, the new research suggests they could be harmful to health if not cleaned regularly.
Professor Charles Gerba, who led the study said: “Our findings suggest a serious threat to public health, especially from bacteria such as E.coli, which were detected in half of the bags sampled.
“Consumers are alarmingly unaware of these risks and the critical need to sanitise their bags on a weekly basis.”
A poll revealed 97 per cent of shoppers who used eco-friendly bags never washed or bleached them.
Art Grads Mock the Dead
Was it Mssrs Tate and Lyle's Molasses?
But I think the East Coast cultural elite should be horrified at this mocking of 21 deaths and enormous environmental damage. Have the protestors no shame?
I refer of course to The Great Boston Molasses Disaster
Carbon Free Utopia
Zero Carbon Britain 2030 wants British livestock be reduced to 20 per cent of current levels, and since shipping in frozen meat is carbon intensive, and verboten, you'll have to do without. Or be a Lord to afford one.
This one example is just one of the random miseries to be inflicted on the population as part of the Trust's proposed "New Energy Policy", a collection of ideas assembled with the scattergun enthusiasm of the Taliban. I know it's the end of the month, and everyone's ignored this document - but I urge you to download it - all 4MB of it.
Let's look at a few examples. To get to a Zero Carbon Britain means reducing electricity consumption … by half. In turn, this means the end of modern industrial society - production of tangible goods would largely disappear. With nothing to sell, so would sales, marketing and support jobs. All domestic air travel will be banned, and all travel they deem unnecessary will also be impossible. With nobody working nobody would have to move about. It all fits together. Hopefully you now see the genius of the plan.
Some deluded fools think that Sceptics are winning the argument on the science behind the Global Warming scare. They may be but it doesn't make any difference. The relentless Green machine long ago left behind any need for logic, it is on a mission and reason is swatted aside. Time for the Sabots I think
Report by the Green Investment Bank Commission - Give us £550bn to waste, now.
The scale of the investment required to meet UK
climate change and renewable energy targets is unprecedented,
with estimates of investment required reaching
£550 billion between now and 2020. In contrast, only
£11 billion was invested in Britain’s “dash for gas” during
the 1990s, which was considered transformational at the
The Commission has identified a number of market
failures and investment barriers in financing low carbon
infrastructure, which have led it to conclude that, without
intervention, the UK’s low carbon targets will not be
In addition to ensuring the UK meets its legal decarbonisation
targets, the case for intervention is supported by a
number of arguments including:
• Ensuring energy security and future growth;
• Reduction of exposure to high and volatile fossil fuel
• Creation of a large number of new businesses and jobs;
• Underlying externalities and market failures.
The Commission recommends that the GIB be established
“to support the delivery of the UK’s emission reduction
targets as set by the Climate Change Act 2008. The support
should be based on a public-private investment model
The Commission recommends that:
• The Bank should be commercially independent and
therefore not accountable to ministers or to Parliament
for individual investment and lending decisions. This is
a prerequisite for building credibility with the markets.
It also should limit direct public liabilities by placing GIB
liabilities off the Government balance sheet.
Some argue that good government policies and waiting
for the financial market to return to “normal” after the credit
crunch will be enough to deliver the necessary investment. We
disagree. Even a return to the “old normal”, which is not likely,
would not accommodate the unprecedented scale, urgency
and nature of the challenge. The only sensible plan given the
conclusion of the Stern Review is to act now to facilitate the
required investment needed to safeguard our future.
Just say "No"
No to the lot of it, No to these placemen angling for cushy quango jobs, No to the flawed economics, No to the implicit compulsion, No to our taxes being splurged. No to the utter madness of the whole idea.
The members of the Green Investment Bank Commission are:
Bob Wigley (Chair), Chairman, Yell Group plc
James Cameron, Executive Director and Vice-Chairman, Climate Change Capital
Mark Ferguson, Chief Investment Officer, Generation Investment Management
Katherine Garrett-Cox, Chief Executive, Alliance Trust plc
Seamus Keating, Chief Financial Officer, Logica plc
Nick Mabey, Chief Executive, E3G
The members of the Advisory Panel are:
Ben Caldecott, Climate Change Capital
Sean Hanafin, Citibank
Ingrid Holmes, E3G
Abyd Karmali, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Miriam Maes, Foresee Ltd
Shaun Mercer, Carlyle Group
Tom Murley, Hg Capital
Davide Taliente, Oliver Wyman
James Wardlaw, Goldman Sachs
Arran Yentob, Oliver Wyman
All disinterested observers of Green Investing....
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results
Greg Barker, climate change minister: 'We cannot go on relying on foreign fuel' - Telegraph
Greg Barker, the Climate Change Minister, tells Louise Gray about the Coalition's plans to give Britain its own supply of clean energy.
Green setback for UK as British power supplied by renewable sources falls
Fall of 7.5% in power obtained from wind, hydro and other renewable sources blamed on dry winter with low wind speeds
The news comes as the government will tomorrow unveil a major report (pdf) into how it will pay for the hundreds of billions of new spending needed to meet the UK's targets for renewable energy and cutting climate change emissions by setting up a new Green Investment Bank (GIB).
June 29, 2010
Coalition of the Willies launch an online war against global warming
Free tofu or something at the launch party for The Coalition of the Willies tomorrow, 30th of June. 35-47 Bethnal Green Road.
"A war on global warming needs to be a war on consumerism – the status quo in our developed societies. So really: a war on the mainstream constituency of the capitalist state. Fortunately, the war on global warming isn’t in the hands of government alone. It’s time for a new approach – an approach that mobilizes the creative energies of the global population and turns the way we see the problem on its head. We need to find a way of waking people from their consumerist daze and showing them how empowering a war-effort could be. People could contribute so much more than just turning off the lights. We can use the internet to kick-start our own revolution – harnessing the energy of the human swarm, and focusing it on THE problem of our time. Get ready to change the world. There are millions of others waiting to play their part. All that they need is the infrastructure to make it happen. We have the tools that we need to construct this infrastructure. We have the talent and intelligence to make it a system people will want to use. Lord knows we have the motivation to get busy. So get started, before it’s too late. Log on, converge, and swarm.
Swarm? Aye, it's warm, I think I'll give it a miss and enjoy a beer and BBQ instead.
Mann Uncertain on His Hockeystick
Prof Mann, a climatologist at Pennsylvania State University, said he had always made clear there were "uncertainties" in his work.
"I always thought it was somewhat misplaced to make it a central icon of the climate change debate," he said.
No need to thank climate change
Prof Jeremy Thomas, head of ecology at Oxford University, said it is only now that the climate is warming that the species is able to start spreading across Britain once again.
This climate induced spreading actual consisting of now understanding the lifecycle of the flutterby, being able to identify where suitable host colonies of ants thrive and then bringing the rare little darlings to these pampered sites in a van. The massive warming of the Cotswolds would seem to actually have little to do with it.
How safe is the cash in your wallet?
All euros are backed by the European Central Bank but the serial numbers prefixed with X may be regarded as most secure because they are issued by Germany. N is also a good prefix, because these come from Austria. P, L, U and Z prefixes may also be favoured because these are issued by the authorities in Holland, Finland, France and Belgium.
If you share widespread fears that the euro cannot last in its present form, you might want to avoid notes with the prefixes F, G, M, S, T or Y. These are issued by Malta, Cyprus, Portugal, Italy, Ireland and Greece.
Here and now, in a long-planned move to make life difficult for forgers, about 150m British £20 notes with a picture of Edward Elgar will be replaced as legal tender on Thursday, July 1, by notes with a picture of Adam Smith. When the change was first announced during the last Labour government, I noted how apt it was that Gordon Brown should replace a great English composer with a Scots tax collector – for that was Smith’s day job before he became an economist.
The transition will no doubt be smooth and the Bank of England says it will continue to honour all the notes it has issued.
Let’s hope the same can be said of the European Central Bank and all its euros.
I'm sticking those proper White Fivers .
Leave that tree alone!
Subsidies for burning wood are distorting business. Waste wood and low grade timber burning is a great idea but burning usable timber and importing it from around the world just because a subsidy makes it worth burning is bonkers, and damaging to the timber industry, the environment and our wallets.
June 28, 2010
Louise Gray Recycles Moral Decadence
Lawns suffering from drought - Telegraph
By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent
Published: 8:00AM BST 26 Jun 2010
Dr Geoff Dixon, Senior Research Fellow in Horticulture at the University of Strathclyde, said green lawns will become symbols of "social and moral decadence" because of climate change and population growth, as meters are introduced to ration water.
Lawns will become sign of 'moral decadence' because of climate change - Telegraph
By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent
Published: 10:00PM BST 01 May 2009
Professor Geoff Dixon of the University of Reading's Centre for Horticulture and Landscape said, "Clinging to the grassy elegance of English lawns will be signals of social and moral decadence."
Keep repeating it love, I suppose you get paid by the word...
Squeal Piggy, Squeal
The Government has promised to guarantee NHS spending growth in real terms but the BMA says this will be “minimal”. The association called the cuts potentially “devastating”.
Dear Mr Doctor, Please try to preserve some dignity and sense of reality as your trough is not kept overflowing, but merely filled to the brim. You wouldn't want to lose the public's trust in what you say, would you?
June 27, 2010
I really, really have no interest but it is a bit boring to make a point of it. I thought of mocking or taking the kids out this afternoon, only to realise I would be surrounded by smug Guardian readers with kids called Tarqinasta and Zacanoosy.
Besides who isn't enjoying the national flags flying everywhere, and I believe the atmosphere inside the stadium is to be enjoyed, even on the box.
Thousands to die from exposure to second hand gingerism
Dame Helena Shovelton, chief executive of the British Lung Foundation, said the findings showed the government had to act. "Smoking just one cigarette, even with the car window open, creates a greater concentration of secondhand smoke than a whole evening's smoking in a pub or a bar," Shovelton said. "A ban on smoking in the car with children would prevent some of the 22,000 new cases each year of asthma, caused as a direct result of passive smoking.
Lottery chairman resigns over 'media insults' - Telegraph
DAME Helena Shovelton has resigned as chairman of the National Lottery Commission. She blamed increased media coverage over the People's Lottery debacle which she said amounted to "vilification against me personally".
So please don't insult the Ginger Whinger, she may get all huffy and leave....
Rational responses here
Get on your bike
The coalition Government is drawing up controversial plans to relocate the unemployed to areas of the country where there are jobs, it has been revealed.
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said he would be bringing forward proposals to make the workforce "more mobile".
"We have over the years, not us personally but successive governments, created one of the most static workforces in the western world," Mr Duncan Smith said.
"In Britain now we have workforces that are locked to areas and the result of that is we have over five and a half million people of working age who simply don't do a job.
"Often they are trapped in estates where there is no work near there and - because they have a lifetime tenure of that house - to go to work from east London to west London, or Bristol, or whatever is too much of a risk because if you up sticks and go you will have lost your right to your house.
"The local council is going to tell you that you don't have a right to a house there, the housing association is not going to give you one. We have to look at how we get that portability, so that people can be more flexible, can look for work, can take the risk to do it."
The coalition is believed to be looking at providing incentives for workers to relocate, rather than compelling them to move.
No compulsion? So why are they controversial then? But how does this fit in with Pickles new Localism agenda where local people get to say who gets council houses?
June 26, 2010
Warning - Ballbreaker at work
The Fog of War
Either there is a volcano about to blow or someone has set fire to Salisbury Plain again, not a lot of sunshine for those Wiltshire folk downwind of it today...
Indirect GM Food - the new scare
Under European rules, any food containing raw GM ingredients, such as corn or soy, must be labelled as such.
There is no legal obligation for food producers, shops and supermarkets to do the same when the GM link is further back in the food chain.
Michael Meacher, the former environment minister, said animal feed was being used as a way of “inserting GM into the food chain”.
“If people choose to eat GM that is a matter for them,” he said. “But I think we are trying to trick them by making sure it actually happens even though people realise what the implications are.”
And the implications are exactly what? Everybody in this country has eaten "indirect" or in the case of veggies "direct" GM food. Nearly every meal will have some in it and has done for years. And apart from nutritious healthy food being cheaper and more available what has the implications been?
June 25, 2010
Friday Night is Music Night (54321 The Weekend Starts Here Edition)
Nanny says "Early to bed"
May cut "carbon" emissions, but other types.....
Censored at The Telegraph
Guess how many they have? Five!
At least the Guardian managed six in their article; Top Gear: the six best comedy stunts | Television & radio | guardian.co.uk
When I pointed this earlier article out, and the shortchange at the Telegraph I was censored - wonder why?
Amazongate rumbles on
Moonbat accuses North of "peddling inaccuracy, misrepresentation and falsehood." - He ain't going to take that sitting down....
June 24, 2010
Al Gore's Emission Problem
Al Gore behaved like 'crazed sex poodle' with masseuse - Telegraph
The woman, who recalled telling Mr Gore he was behaving like a "crazed sex poodle", claims he pinned her to his bed and forcibly French kissed her.
A French kissing sex poodle? I can't think of any lower insults, I must remember the reuse it.
He "flipped me flat on my back and threw his whole body face down over atop me, pinning me down and outweighing me by quite a bit".
The woman said Mr Gore provided a "dramatic display of violent temper as well as [an] extremely dictatorial, commanding attitude besides his smiley, global warning concern persona".
Having squirmed out of his grasp, she fled his suite. She claimed she later found stains on the front of her trousers and kept them uncleaned as evidence, believing they were his body fluids.
I think I'm going to upchuck.
Of course it is important to point out that Saint Al denies everything and Plod didn't find sufficient evidence to press charges. Maybe it was a really really small stain...
Cheese Eating Surrender President
McChrystal's fate sealed by mockery of French - Telegraph
Gen Stanley McChrystal's mockery of the French appeared to seal his fate in the eyes of Barack Obama, according to White House officials.
The French or a highly decorated American fighting man - who would you choose?
Delete Post Puffing Macca
Sir Paul McCartney believes the environmental disaster may have a silver lining, with the search for clean, renewable energy now being pushed forward.
The Beatles legend said: "Sadly we need disasters like this to show people. Some people don't believe in climate warming - like those who don't believe there was a Holocaust.
Free Paul McCartney with Bonus Carla Bruni with every packet
On youtube around 8:30pm GMT (2:30pm E.T) on Sunday, 27 of June.
Now do I get a free ticket, backstage pass and massage?
Guns and Being a Subject Race
"Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest." -- Mahatma Gandhi
If you don't want to venture into Murdoch's walled garden the salient points are here, in this excellent blog article.
Strong Government Not Needed to Save World
Maurice Strong, the founding executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme and self-proclaimed "world's leading environmentalist", has hit back at his critics in a rare interview with the Guardian... the 81-year-old Canadian, who organised both the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment in 1972 and the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, said his only motivation was to alert the world that mankind's current actions are environmentally unsustainable.
Last year, Lord Monckton accused Strong during a US TV programme of being a central figure in a "collusion" between UN officials, business leaders and scientists to use climate change as a device to make money.
Strong, a former oil and utilities industry executive who is currently a director of the Chicago Climate Exchange, North America's only exchange trading credits for greenhouse gas emissions, rejected the accusation.
as he sat in his underground lair stroking a white cat.
Would you like extra grease with that?
A DOCTOR has called for greater focus on providing nutritious hospital food after her husband was served bridies and beans in a ward hours after he was admitted with a heart attack.
As well as the bridie-based meal, the GP was offered helpings of sausages, cottage pie and haggis.
Dr Campbell, 46, attacked the standard of catering, claiming that in some cases the food was "unrecognisable".
I will admit my ignorance in not knowing what a bridie was - it seems to be a Sweaty Cornish Pasty. But I doubt the hospital version is as welcoming as a proper one.
One for the Traction Man I think.
Louise Gray Writes Bunk About Acid Rain
Acid rain could return because of car fumes - Telegraph
A report in the journal Scientific American warms that nitrogen emissions from car fumes and fertilisers is now building up in the atmosphere and falling as nitric acid.
In the 1980s emissions from coal-fired power stations caused sulphuric acid to form in the atmosphere and fall as rain, killing forests.
Bunk, absolute bunk. The Nitric Acid scare was part of the original - see the official US report. A link rich start to learning more about the whole Acid Rain story and its similarities to the Global Warming one, especially in the media.
June 23, 2010
Royal Society Recruits New Expert
Cuts, What Cuts?
Burning our money drew attention to the plain fact that under the Osborne plan, total public spending is not facing any cut at all. In fact, it is projected to increase from £697bn this year to £758bn in 2015-16, a rise of 9%.
Departmental spending on current services (including all those doctors and nurses etc) is planned to be roughly unchanged over the next 5 years
Departmental spending on capital projects is planned to fall by £13bn pa (23%) - the entire cut decreed by Darling
Annually Managed Expenditure (largely welfare) is projected to increase by £74bn (23%)
So apart from capital spending, where are those cuts?
Where indeed? Apart from in the taxpayers standard of living.
Another England Win Today?
England v Australia: Eoin Morgan puts Aussies to the sword with superb ton - Telegraph
England (268-6) beat Australia (267-7) by 4 wickets
And today's match looks exciting:
Martin Johnson names strong England squad to take on New Zealand Maori - Telegraph
Martin Johnson names strong England squad to take on New Zealand Maori
England have no intention of taking the last game of their five-match tour of Australasia lightly after naming seven of the match-day squad who beat the Wallabies in their 22 to face the Maori in Napier on Wednesday (8.35am BST).
Two wins against Australia down under - could it get any better?
The morning after the night before
6 out of 10. Not enough cutting, this was his big chance to do it and blame Labour. Not enough redirecting and reducing the State, just shrinking it. Too much mulcting to make up the difference. But probably as good as he could get past his partners.
Now off for a Full English with some pointy headed bean counters who will explain it all to me as they lift my wallet.
June 22, 2010
The Consensus is Back - The Debate is Over
Some 98% of climate scientists that publish research on the subject support the view that human activities are warming the planet, a study suggests.
It added there was little disagreement among the most experienced scientists.
The study's authors said they found "immense" differences in both the expertise and scientific prominence of those who supported the "primary tenets" of latest assessments made by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and those who were sceptical of the IPCC's findings.
In general, they added, the researchers who were convinced of the human impact on climate change had published twice as many papers as their sceptical counterparts, and were cited in other people's research two to three times more often.
Sceptical groups, however, argued that publication in scientific journals was not a fair test of expertise.
They said that those who choose which papers to publish favoured research that supported the IPCC's view, and suggested that the new study was tautologous.
Tautologous - that's a good word, I had another in mind.
The Budget Speech
Do not, as some ungracious pastors do,
Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven,
Whiles, like a puffed and reckless libertine,
Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads,
And recks not his own rede
- Hamlet (1.3.48-52), Ophelia to her brother, Laertes.
I prefer the first speech I ever gave when I trod the boards as a typecast ten year old....
[Knocking within. Enter a Porter]
Porter: Here's a knocking indeed! If a
man were porter of hell-gate, he should have
old turning the key.
Knock,knock, knock! Who's there, i' the name of
Beelzebub? Here's a farmer, that hanged
himself on the expectation of plenty: come in
time; have napkins enow about you; here
you'll sweat for't.
Knock,knock! Who's there, in the other devil's
name? Faith, here's an equivocator, that could
swear in both the scales against either scale;
who committed treason enough for God's sake,
yet could not equivocate to heaven: O, come
Knock,knock, knock! Who's there? Faith, here's an
English tailor come hither, for stealing out of
a French hose: come in, tailor; here you may
roast your goose.
Knock, knock; never at quiet! What are you? But
this place is too cold for hell. I'll devil-porter
it no further: I had thought to have let in
some of all professions that go the primrose
way to the everlasting bonfire.
Anon, anon! I pray you, remember the porter.
the fact that we understand so little about the Sun suggests that there are plenty of new theories and pieces of evidence to uncover.
There are many questions that need answering. For example, the Sun’s heat energy does not act in the manner that many would expect. Typically, if you move away from a heat source, the temperature declines. The surface of the Sun has a temperature of about 6,000 degrees, yet a few thousand miles above its surface, that rises to well over one million degrees. This heat ring around the Sun, the solar corona, is what we see during a solar eclipse. But how can this phenomenon be explained?...
I love it when the science isn't settled. What else isn't known about the sun's influence?
June 21, 2010
NICE Lies on Heart Disease
It says “toxic” artificial fats known as trans fats, which have no nutritional value and are linked to heart disease, should be banned.
It says there are about five million people in the country suffering the effects of cardiovascular disease — a “largely avoidable” condition that includes heart attacks, heart disease and stroke — and that it causes 150,000 deaths annually. Nice says 40,000 of these deaths could be prevented, and hundreds of millions of pounds saved, if its measures were introduced.
The guidance, which was commissioned by the Department of Health, also recommends that:
• Low-salt and low-fat foods should be sold more cheaply than their unhealthy counterparts, through the use of subsidies if necessary;
• Advertising of unhealthy foods should be banned until after 9pm and planning laws should be used to restrict the number of fast food outlets, especially near schools;
• The Common Agricultural Policy should focus more on public health, ensuring farmers are paid to produce healthier foods;
• Action should also be taken to introduce a “traffic light” food labelling system, even though the European Parliament recently voted against this;
• Local authorities must act to encourage walking and cycling and public sector caterers must provide healthier meals;
• All lobbying of the Government and its agencies by the food and drink industry should be fully disclosed.
Prof Klim McPherson, the Chairman of the Nice Guidance Development Group and professor of epidemiology at Oxford University, said: “Where food is concerned, we want the healthy choice to be the easy choice. Going even further, we want the healthy choice to be the less expensive, more attractive choice.
“Put simply, this guidance can help the Government and the food industry to take action to prevent huge numbers of unnecessary deaths and illnesses caused by heart disease and stroke.” The average person in Britain consumes more than eight grams of salt a day. The body only requires one gram to function. Targets are already in place to reduce salt consumption to six grams by 2015 and this should be extended to three grams by 2050, the guidance says.
There is no evidence on the NICE website to back this up, just a cosy notice of an embargoed press conference.
Of course we all wait for the evidence before judging, won't we but I notice one phrase - which I have tracked down - NHS Choices - What are trans fats? They have no nutritional value.
They may not be good for you, they may taste like axle grease, but they do have nutritional value, they supply energy and their break down will result in stuff the body can use, and misuse.
The claim they have no nutritional value is a lie, pure and simple. And I will bear that in mind as they preach to me.
...with some fava beans and a nice Chianti
Shallots and Beans would have been a better choice...
RSPCA goes Fox Hunting and Fails
Toddler 'attacked by fox at school' - Telegraph
The boy pulled the animal's tail and was then attacked, the paper claimed, before onlookers pulled the boy free.
An RSPCA inspector was called in but could not catch the creature, it was reported.
Hardly an unprovoked attack, but maybe the RSPCA man wasn't the best choice for trying to catch Charles James, or did he rustle up some chums, doggies and horses, don the red coats and tally-ho through the streets? Maybe he didn't, which is why he failed.
UK is too disparate for tax union
The chancellor will seek to temper his austerity package by announcing that any company set up outside London, the south-east or the eastern region will not have to pay employer National Insurance contributions (NICs) for its first year in business.
Osborne's move is aimed at deflecting fears that his budget will turn regions that are dependent on the public sector for employment into wastelands. Treasury sources says the move is being deliberately targeted at regions with a high concentration of public sector workers and would help 400,000 firms, according to estimates from HM Revenue and Customs.
Wot larks, regionalisation of the tax policy, might as well regionalise the currency as well, devalue the Geordie Guinea to boost employment there. It is the same thing. How does this go down with his masters in Brussels?
Welcome to the Fascist Games 2012
The Secretary of State shall make regulations about advertising in the vicinity of London Olympic events.
The regulations may apply in respect of advertising of any kind including, in particular—
(a)advertising of a non-commercial nature, and
(b)announcements or notices of any kind.
(5)The regulations may apply in respect of advertising in any form including, in particular—
(a)the distribution or provision of documents or articles,
(b)the display or projection of words, images, lights or sounds, and
(c)things done with or in relation to material which has or may have purposes or uses other than as an advertisement.
A constable or enforcement officer may—
(a)enter land or premises on which they reasonably believe a contravention of regulations under section 19 is occurring (whether by reason of advertising on that land or premises or by the use of that land or premises to cause an advertisement to appear elsewhere);
(b)remove, destroy, conceal or erase any infringing article;
(c)when entering land under paragraph (a), be accompanied by one or more persons for the purpose of taking action under paragraph (b);
(d)use, or authorise the use of, reasonable force for the purpose of taking action under this subsection.
The last corrupt scumbag to head up the Olympics pictured in typical pose in 1974 - yes 74.
Enjoy yourselves in London in 2012 - I'm planning to be trecking in the Rockies.
June 19, 2010
Cameron to save Iceland?
UK may try to stop Iceland joining EU over bank collapse refund
Iceland was put on a fast track to join the European Union today, but the Cameron government served notice that it could block the country's membership unless it settled the £2.3bn Britain says it is owed as a result of the country's financial collapse two years ago.
Iceland is otherwise likely to have a relatively smooth passage through the negotiations because it is in effect already part of the European single market.
The biggest problem for Iceland joining may ultimately lie in popular opposition to pooling its sovereignty. Opinion polls recently have shown growing reluctance to join the EU.
Problem? The best chance for Iceland would be a better way of putting it. As part of the European Economic Area, Iceland is already a member of the EU's single market. It is also a member of the Schengen Area which removes border controls between member states. It has all the benefits, such as there are, with fewer of the costs. They would be mad to join just to adopt the euro.
The professional gardeners, who dispense earthy advice to Radio 4 listeners, have been subjected to the threats after suggesting the best way to trap and kill moles, rats and squirrels.
Animal rights activists have become increasingly vocal about the killing and trapping of these animals and gardeners now say they are receiving an increasing number of aggressive emails and letters.
Andrew Tyler, the director of Animal Aid, an animal rights group, said: "The whole premise of gardeners killing squirrels is hateful and bigoted. It's the worst kind of intolerance.
"People should cherish them. But there is a concerted attempt to characterise them as vermin.
His comments come just ten days after nine-month-old twins Lola and Isabella Koupparis were mauled by a fox cub in east London. Following online threats from animal rights activists, a police officer was posted outside the family home to guard the parents.
I think we can judge what is vermin here.
The Irrational Pessimist
Why isn't everyone listening to me? I'm going to scweam, and scweam, and scweam until people stop buying this horrid book.
June 18, 2010
Friday Night is Music Night (Englishmen and Whips Edition)
This Sceptic Isle
No, we`re not big on dogma,our history shows it to be dangerous in the extreme.
Hence only three or four percent church attendance,and an almost instinctive resistance to the strident tones of hempen-clad crustafarian soap-dodgers preaching `the new truth`.
The beautiful irony is that the `activists` and pressure groups are really turning the public off,and long may they continue.Nothing turns people off a `cause` quicker than being berated by a dangerously uninformed teenager with a planet to save.The BBC springs to mind.
Spendthrifts get a letter from the Bank Manager
Finance secretary John Swinney has written to all managers across the public sector, calling on them to deliver the maximum in the face of "sharp falls" in future budgets.
"As public-sector leaders and managers, we must all be very clear that every pound of public spending for which we are responsible is targeted to address key public priorities and secures real value for the people who rely on these services.
"We must be vigilant, determined and encourage innovation in pursuing economy and efficiency. We have been able to rely over the past ten years on real-terms increases in public spending year on year and we must now adapt to a different climate."
That's more like it - picture him as a Scottish Bank Manager peering over his half-moon glasses from behind the big desk as you have the temerity to ask for a loan and you will get the picture.
And how much more is spent locally?
Of course we don't do that sort of Government waste over here, do we?
The wheels of the Ilfracombe Healthy Town Project are now firmly in motion after the £10,701 grant from NHS Devon.
The money will be spent on holding several events and activities in the Ilfracombe area for people in North Devon, which place an emphasis on cycling and walking.
The North Devon Community Sports and Physical Activity Network was awarded £98,000 to buy a fleet of 180 bikes in June 2009
Bristol City Council: Walking Initiatives Grant
Information on how to apply...
And so on.
But it can all be justified because Dr Adrian Davis has written a paper : Economic Assessent of Walking and Cycling 090310.doc
Once we all cycle we are all going to live for ever and not need the NHS, so the best thing the NHS can do is spend its money on push bikes.
In among all his costs and savings nowhere does he seem to factor in the extra fatalities of cycling (about 3 times per many per mile as car travel), the injuries all cyclist get from falling of on a monotonous regularity, the environmental costs of all those sweaty grime encrusted pedalists cleaning up and the buying of even more lycra.
It is nonsense to pretend that there is an economic justification for mulcting the taxpayer to promote hobbies.
TerraCycle: The Google of garbage? - Telegraph...corporately financed collection brigades.
Wot no Council Directives?
Wiltshire residents are being asked to comment on proposals for future rubbish collections across the county.
Toby Sturgis, cabinet member for waste, said: “We want people to recycle as much as possible in Wiltshire. Our aim is to provide a first class recycling service no matter where residents live in the county and increase our current recycling rate from 40.5 percent to over 50 percent.
“It is vital that we reduce the amount of rubbish going to landfill sites as space is at a premium and we must reduce the gas emissions and environmental impact these sites have on our county.
“The impact of not reducing the amount of rubbish will be the landfill taxes, which will increase from £12.5million to £17million by 2015.”
As usual the Council has got it the wrong way round - the vital, literally as in important to life, thing is for the Council to ensure a prompt refuse collection to minimize pests, disease and nuisance. That is the reason why the council is involved. The rest isn't vital but just opinions and options.
And as ever Wiltshire Council is behind the times as Pickles starts the process of unravelling the rubbish conspiracy
If you have view please vote - the expensive Wiltshire Council online voting form has only two questions, yes or no and an optional one of your anonymous details that "they won't be able to identify you from" , sex, age, exact postcode, shoe size....
June 17, 2010
Get Off Your Arse
Brad Burton celebrates being unsubtle in his evangelising of the joys of self employment. I can't fault his message "get off your arse", it is the only way to get on. The book is fun, easy to read and certainly worth it if your are self-employed or boring everyone at work about how one day you are going to tell the boss to stick his job.
It is very much his story of how he did exactly that and the outcomes, good and bad, of doing so, mixed in with tips and instructions of how to do the same.
Having been through the self-employed mill a few times I note there is stuff he has missed. Maybe they will be in book two.
About how to smooth into being your own boss. You don't have to flounce out of cosy paid employment. You can do the research, get everything sorted and take the opportunity to leave on good terms.
It isn't all or nothing. The important trend I meet everywhere is people having a portfolio of work, a bit of this, a bit of employment, a bit of that. It offers more stability, safety and interest.
Taking on employees - don't. Well, until you are so big you really have to.
Dealing with the regulators - you will no longer have someone doing that crap for you.
And so on.
And most importantly recognising when it isn't working. Sometimes just working harder isn't the answer, sometimes the market has change, sometimes it was just a crap idea. Recognise that and walk away and start doing something else.
Everyone who goes out and earns their own living could add lots more tips, I could write a book myself. But I haven't, yet, so in the meantime I can recommend this book.
Disclosure - this is a unasked for review of a book I paid for.
June 16, 2010
Land Value Tax - the Window Tax of our Age
Tax land: it can’t be hidden from the Revenue
Taxing land values would be a fair way to help to plug the budget gap while stabilising — and even boosting — the economy.
Sorry, from behind Murdoch's Paywall, but you haven't missed much, yet another nasty demand to tax land based on jealousy and the desire to grab as much money for the government to waste as possible.
What these Land Tax fanatics fail to realise that land is a tool, it is the same as a scribblers typewriter or an accountant's calculator. It is a tool of the trade. The profits of the trade are already taxed. Why should one sort of tool be taxed when others aren't?
Unproductive assets such as jewellery and show off watches would be a fairer target, why not suggest those?
The land under your des res may not be a tool but was paid for from taxed income and is no way different from the tiles or windows of your house. Why not tax them? At least the number of windows is easier to verify. Or has that idea already been tried and shown to fail?
Let us have no more of this nonsense, as I said talk of Land Value Taxes only encourages more taxation rather than substitution of taxes. It is driven by petty jealousy and wealth bashing of the most boring 1970s type. Enough.
Monkey See, Monkey Watch
I fear even the hallowed portals of the King's Arms may be polluted by the flickering idiot box on Friday night. You let them vote, you let them come into the Public Bar, you then provide chairs, and then they demand to watch bloody girly games when men should be allowed to quietly sup stood at the bar. The rot has gone too far, I may have to be chauffeured to another establishment at this rate.
Protesters heckled soldiers and brandished placards opposing the war in Afghanistan during a homecoming parade for troops today.
A group of predominantly Muslim protesters gathered in Barking town centre, in east London, as members of the 1st Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment marched through the streets.
One witness said: "There were about 25 to 50 Muslim protesters carrying placards with things like 'Muslims Against Crusades' and 'British Soldiers Go To Hell'.
I think we all know what the correct response should have been.
French Useless - It's the Truth
A former Foreign Office minister described the French language as "useless" as he called for more young people to learn Mandarin and Arabic.
I always thought he was completely wrong on everything, I was wrong, it is about time someone said the truth even if it upsets the Tories who worry about "insulting" the French. That isn't a worry, that's a duty!
I'm not going to pollute my mind by entertaining the notion of studying the farrago but I gather our Noble Lord suggests we should apologise for shooting the wrong people. If we had shot McGuiness all would have been fine, in fact it would have been justified and justifiable. Is it too late to correct that error?
June 15, 2010
The picture of McGuiness with a luger they didn't use to illustrate the story.
Lord Saville of Newdigate's tribunal was told that Mr McGuinness, Sinn Fein MP and the party's chief negotiator, had admitted opening fire with a Thompson sub-machine gun "precipitating" the killing of the civilians by British Army paratroopers in Londonderry.
Mr McGuinness has so far refused to co-operate with the inquiry, which was told that he was reputedly the commander of the Provisional IRA in the city at the time of the shooting on 30 January 1972.
Mr McGuinness is seeking legal advice on whether to give evidence. He said the shooting claims against him were "a pathetic fabrication" and an attempt by the British Army to divert attention from their own culpability over the killings.
Mr Christopher Clarke QC, counsel to the inquiry, told of security service documents implicating Mr McGuinness. One message which came from The Hague, dated April 1984, described the debriefing of an informer, code named "Infliction". It stated: "McGuinness had admitted to Infliction that he had personally fired the shot (from a Thompson machine gun on single shot) from Rossville Flats in the Bogside that had precipitated the Bloody Sunday episodes."
Another classified document, produced a month later, referred to a conversation with another senior member of the Provisional IRA who confirmed that Mr McGuinness fired the shot.
I love the smell of money in the morning
Angry? Don't be so bloody silly. He goes to bed every night hugging himself in glee about this. He can jump on planes and go to photo-ops, he can shout at foreigners, he can't be blamed for the problem and it is distracting everyone from the real problems. And the best part, billions of dollars for the government to spend..
Chief Constable Patrick Shearer said manpower would be increasingly focused on crime hot spots, suggesting middle-class suburbs will have to deal themselves with ‘petty’ offences such as vandalism.
He admitted his remarks may appear “quite frightening” to the public but police need to target their resources on the areas where they are most needed and not those where their presence is most requested.
"Deal themselves with petty offences", "quite frightening" to the
public offending scum around these 'ere parts, I think is what he meant.
June 14, 2010
A billion here, a billion there, soon you are talking real money
The economy will grow more slowly and was more damaged by the recession than previously claimed, the new Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) is expected to conclude today.
At the same time, an ageing population will place an increasing burden on Britain’s ability to pay its way, the independent panel of economists will warn.
Some have estimated that the bill for state pensions could soar to £2.2 trillion as the baby-boomer generation reaches retirement age. Gold-plated Civil Service pension liabilities will add another £1 trillion to the bill, according to recent research from the CBI.
The country’s debt has soared to £893 billion, 62.1 per cent of GDP, and is expected to rise to £1.4 trillion in the next four years. Mr Darling estimated the economy would grow by between 3 and 3.5 per cent next year, with growth returning to a trend of between 3.25 per cent and 3.75 per cent in the following years.
..the OBR is expected to say that a greater proportion of Britain’s annual deficit, £156 billion this year, is due to underlying problems with the economy.
Alistair Darling, the former Chancellor, has said that he will be demanding an apology from David Cameron if the OBR revises down the borrowing figures because “public finances are in better shape than I think we thought”.
Demand an apology? The only think he should demanding is the coward's right to wear a blindfold as he is tied to the post.....
Death from under the bonnet
Windscreen water infection risk
A Health Protection Agency-led study, which looked at why people at the wheel were more likely to be infected. Most at risk were found to be those driving a van, people who drive through industrial areas, and people who often had the car window open.
Well that is White Van Man doomed then...
But the "most intriguing" higher-risk group was drivers not using screenwash - which kills off the legionella bug, the study authors found. They said: "Not adding screenwash to windscreen wiper fluid is a previously unidentified risk factor and appears to be strongly associated with community acquired sporadic cases of legionnaires' disease.
"We estimated that around 20% of community acquired sporadic cases could be attributed to this exposure."
Last year there were 345 cases in England and Wales - although some infections were caught overseas. An estimated 10% of people who contract legionnaires' disease will die from complications arising from infection.
So 70 cases, 7 deaths from not using windscreen wash?... But just think of the alcohol being sprayed into drivers faces and the pollution and the damage to the paintwork....
Nanny is going to have fun with this one.
Death Rates and Data Sharing
A major freedom of information trawl by the Guardian has found that death rates around the country in routine surgery to prevent a swollen artery from bursting are very variable - and that many hospitals are well above the national average.
The Guardian investigation also reveals that hospitals carrying out more operations have lower death rates than those that do few. More experienced surgical teams appear safer. Leading vascular surgeons argue that AAA operations should be concentrated in larger centres that do at least 50 procedures a year and the many smaller units should be closed. Reorganisation was planned to begin this year in London for that purpose, but Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has put all hospital closures on hold.
Here's the full data from our investigation. What can you do with it?
• Get the data
Good investigation, excellent idea to pass the data out to the crowd, is this how journalism will work in this new age?
June 13, 2010
Black Farmer Plays Race Card
Rubber-stamped by Dave, rejected by Wiltshire - Times Online
Cameron’s Black Tory followed Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones’s long quest to become the MP for Chippenham, in Wiltshire... He lost, natch, and Wiltshire suddenly had its first Liberal MP since around about the time the Corn Laws were repealed.
I would have liked the programme to tease out some of the reasons for this defeat: was it because Emmanuel-Jones was black, or was it that he had been imported from London — or maybe, more subtly, a combination of the two? It is entirely possible that some of Chippenham’s voters believe that black people are one of those strange, new-fangled things invented in London, like mains drainage and electricity. My guess is that in this largely rural, conservative seat, the colour of his skin probably tipped the balance.
It was always going to be a Lib Dem win, he got a similar swing to the fragrant Claire Perry who won Devizes. Wiltshire doesn't need metropolitan sneering that it is some racist rural throwback of a county, we can do that sneering ourselves...
June 12, 2010
Press Association Mistakes Cameron For a Queen
Cameron in first state visit to US - Google Search
David Cameron is to visit the US for the first time as Prime Minister on July 20 for talks with President Barack Obama....
The Press Association - 4854 related articles
He is just the bloody Prime Minister, the monkey; State visits are when the Head of State makes a visit. How hard is that for anyone to understand? Bad enough that the Press Association makes the mistake but that 4854 news organisations blindly copy the error shows the rigorous standards of the great traditional media...
Proven Pussy Attracting Perfume
Jaguars obsessed with Calvin Klein scent | Environment | The Guardian
Calvin Klein's Obsession for Men has proved a hit with jaguars in the Guatemalan jungle.
The discovery was made by the Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx zoo in New York. In an attempt to draw cheetahs to camera traps, it experimented with 23 different scents. Estée Lauder's Beautiful detained the cats for two seconds on average, Revlon's Charlie lasted 15.5 seconds while Nina Ricci's L'Air du Temps managed 10.4 minutes. Obsession for Men's musky scent scored best: 11.1 minutes.
Scientists are using the cologne to lure the elusive big cats to hidden cameras in the Maya biosphere reserve.
Ann Gottlieb, who helped create the scent, told the paper: "It's a combination of this lickable vanilla heart married to this fresh green top note – it creates tension."
The cologne also had synthetic "animal" notes like civet, a musky substance secreted by the cat of the same name, giving it particular sex appeal. "It sparks curiosity with humans and, apparently, animals."
Pah, "lickable vanilla heart"? - I'll stick to a quick spray of Boar Mate...
BOARMATE™ is an aerosol containing synthetically produced 'boar odour' (5[alpha]-androst-16-en-3-one). This compound has an odour identical to that produced by the boar's submaxillary glands; the same odour that a sow reacts to by "standing" when she is ready for mating.
BOARMATE™ was developed as an aid to the farmer to overcome difficulties...
..... it typically creates a dominant, intimidating, aggressive aura. Therefore, pheromone products containing this are likely to project an aggressive alpha impression (either alpha male or female), which might help you to be the centre of attention and be noticed more. Since alpha aggressiveness is often associated with sex and good mate choice, this pheromone can create a sexual vibe and increase sexual tension. To cause members of the opposite sex to become slightly intimidated by you can be attractive, so this pheromone helps in this regard too. Androstenone has also been known to cause people to act more respectfully and polite to the wearer.
Be sure to wear an adequate cover fragrance over or near any androstenone applications, this pheromone has quite a pungent stale sweat/urine smell in high concentrations.
An over dose (OD) of andostenone can cause:
Bad smelling applications
Aggression from other members of the same sex
An aggressive mood in the wearer
Members of the opposite sex to be overly intimidated, leading to no or even negative reactions.
Maybe I'm overdoing it.....
No Through Road Off The Straight And Narrow
Nearly got lost and went the wrong way on the way home this morning....
Jaffa Miliband BOGOF Deal?
The front-runner for the Labour leadership, often criticised for appearing other-worldly, reveals his human side in an interview with The Times.
He talks of the “bond of unbelievable strength” that he has with his sons. Mr Miliband and his wife, Louise, travelled to the US to be present at their births. The boys, Isaac, 5, and Jacob, 3, are not biologically related. The Milibands write every six months to the birth parents.
Lots of guff about why they wanted new borns, not a sign of an apology that his wants are unavailable to British adopters in the UK because of the laws he supported, but yet again no hint of the real reason. He simply wanted nice little Jewish kids, and the US is the only place you can order them.
June 11, 2010
Chilli CookOff 17th July 2010 King's Arms All Cannings
Bring your BBQ, Free to Enter, Cash Prizes - or just come and taste.
Details 01380 860328
(I'm entering Mr du Toit's Texan Recipe...)
Friday Night is Music Night (Hound Edition)
Apologies - couldn't find one without an intro, it is worth the wait.
All Scots Are Dead - Official - Probably
Unhealthy living is almost universal in Scotland, with virtually everyone in the country putting themselves at risk, according to a study.
"Considering five major risk factors to health - cigarette smoking, heavy alcohol consumption, poor diet, physical inactivity, and overweight - nearly the whole adult population (97.5%) have at least one behavioural risk factor."
The study was led by Dr David Conway, who added that the true picture may be even worse due to respondents putting a positive spin on their behaviour.
Green Awards - How to get rid of the bodies - Winner
MEP, leader, Green Party
For doing what exactly? Getting elected? Wow!
Other winners include B&Q for services to Barbeques, Hugh Fernly Whatisname for services to Chickens, Riverford Organics for services to mouldy vegetables and my favourite;
Jupiter Big Idea Award
Resomation is an alternative to cremation and burial with added environmental benefits. The Resomation process is a water based alternative that utilises natural decomposition chemistry but accelerates it so that a body is reduced to ash in three hours rather than months or years as in burial.
I think John George Haigh - the "Acid Bath Murderer" may have got there first, I hadn't realised he was just a misunderstood green pioneer...
Saville Fixes It
The long-awaited report into the Bloody Sunday massacre will conclude that a number of the fatal shootings of civilians by British soldiers were unlawful killings, the Guardian has learned.
Lord Saville's 12-year inquiry into the deaths, the longest public inquiry in British legal history, will conclude with a report published next Tuesday, putting severe pressure on the Public Prosecution Service in Northern Ireland to prosecute soldiers.
Another one of Tony Blair's expensive ideas that will come back to haunt us. Sod'em all, especially the fat cat lawyers who have milked the taxpayer to produce this farrago of nonsense. Not one of them is fit to polish a pair of boots. I hope they will be pleased with themselves with the trouble they will cause.
June 10, 2010
Thursday Night is Music Night (100 Today Edition)
Chester Arthur Burnett (June 10, 1910 – January 10, 1976), better known as Howlin' Wolf, was an influential American blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player.
Only by pure chance did I notice it was his 100th today - when if there was any justice in the world his, and his followers, music is all that would have been played today.
It doesn't get much better
Death in the Queue
The government is to take the controversial and potentially unpopular step of scrapping four-hour waiting time targets in accident and emergency departments and instead focus on delivering the "best possible results for patients", it said yesterday.
Lansley said that lower waiting times were "not a measure of the result for patients" as had been shown at Stafford hospital where between 400 and 1,200 more people died than would have been expected over three years.
He announced that a public inquiry into the unnecessary deaths of at least 400 patients at Stafford hospital, which had been rejected by the Labour government, would question senior NHS officials at the hospital's trust, as well as the local and national NHS bodies.
Sadly it seems that some sort of stick is needed to goad the NHS into actually deigning to treat patients before they die, but the crude stopwatch approach wasn't the best way. Whether there is a best way with the system we have is open to question.
Arctic Land Grab
I think this translates as "Nasa launches bid for more funds by chasing poster child worries". The scientists who already study the Arctic should tell the von Braun's to sod off back to playing with tubes and bangs.
Slopping out in Scotland
Haggis for all then....
Councils, as well as businesses such as supermarkets and restaurants, will have to dispose of food separately from other refuse within three years, under the ambitious Zero Waste Plan, published yesterday.
The expense faced by councils and businesses to bring in the changes to rubbish collection have not been calculated, but a recent report for the Scottish Government concluded that delivering the SNP's plans would cost billions of pounds.
However, the cost of not taking action could be even higher because of looming European fines for sending waste to landfill, and landfill taxes that will go up to £80 a tonne in 2014.
New legislation will be drawn up to bring in the changes in the Zero Waste Plan. It is not yet known whether there will be penalties if local authorities and businesses fail to comply.
Food rotting in landfill releases methane, a greenhouse gas 20 times as potent as .
Iain Gulland, director of Zero Waste Scotland, said it made "perfect sense" to meet the need for heat, electricity and fertilisers using "materials we currently treat as waste, but are in fact a valuable resource".
"Delivering zero waste will mean a transformation in how we think about the things we throw away and it should usher in a new era of true zero waste technologies like anaerobic digestion," he added. "This is about economic necessity as much as being an environmental 'nice to have'."
How hard is it to understand - the food waste that goes into landfill is compacted and sealed in, it already undergoes anaerobic digestion, it produces methane which can be captured and used to create power.
The imposition of slop buckets is a cultural icon, a compulsory tithe, a mandated act of worship to the Goddess Gaia. It has nothing to do with saving resources. As Tim Worstall never tires of pointing out the act of separating the waste has a cost to the householder, the whole slop bucket system is a costly and unnecessary imposition to society as a whole.
Green MSP Robin Harper , accused the government of "simply going through the motions".
No, please no, he will be expecting us to shit a bucket next for our turds to be collected weekly to be digested....
June 9, 2010
Evidence Based Policies
Ministers have been told to respect independent scientific advice and to base more decisions on sound evidence, in a drive to transform the Government’s relationship with science.
Principles that give expert advisers the right to disagree publicly with government policy have been incorporated into the code of practice for ministers.
Excellent - now all we need is for the scientists to actually rely on sound evidence rather than being policy driven as well.
Nanny On The Naughty Step Please
Warning: the nanny state can seriously improve your health - Health News, Health & Families - The Independent
The "nanny state" mostly gets a pasting from critics who dismiss government efforts to make us fitter or slimmer or healthier as unwarranted intrusion into individual's lives.
Today, the critics get their comeuppance with research showing that nannying works. In the first year after the smoking ban was introduced in July 2007, the air in bars, restaurants and offices suddenly became sweeter – and more than 1,000 heart attacks were prevented.
Researchers, from the University of Bath, who examined hospital statistics for England found there were 1,200 fewer admissions for heart attacks in the 12 months after the introduction of the smoke-free law.
Yaa Boo Sucks - Nanny was right, how could any one argue against her? And her new plans for more restrictions.
Emergency AMI admissions in English hospitals
2003/04: 60,680 (a fall of 1.33%)
2004/05: 58,803 (a fall of 3.1%)
2005/06: 55,752 (a fall of 5.19%)
2006/07: 53,964 (a fall of 3.21%)
2007/08: 51,664 (a fall of 4.26%)
As you can see, the decline in admissions in the year after the smoking ban was larger than the year before but smaller than the year before that. In fact, the average in the previous two years was 4.2%—almost exactly what it was in the year after the ban (4.26%).
Faced with this evidence, from a nation of 49 million people, what else can you do but hold up your hands and admit that smoking bans have no perceivable effect on a nation's heart attack rate?
So what's Gilmore's conclusion?
We therefore conclude that the implementation of smoke-free public places is associated with significant reductions in hospital admissions for myocardial infarction
No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money
EVEN MORE BOOKS PUBLISHED IN 2009:
The number of new books published in the UK in 2009 was 133,224, an increase of 3.2% over the previous year’s total of 129,057..the number of English-language titles recorded by Nielsen Book as having been published somewhere in the world (excluding UK and Ireland) rose to 604,768 in 2009.
The increases can be accounted for in part by growth in print-on-demand (POD) and digital product, which we expect to continue to increase in the future.
The characters who are going to an early grave | Sam Jordison | Books | guardian.co.uk
The squeeze on mid-list authors has been a big story in publishing for years now. It's impossible even to keep track of which authors have dropped off the radar. Publishers don't announce it, and the last thing most writers want to do is broadcast the fact they can no longer get published. Yet, it seems reasonable to estimate that dozens (maybe hundreds) are disappearing every year
So "mid-list" writers can't get paid to write books that don't sell very well but get "favourable reviews". Is it a conspiracy against them and culture or is the world trying to tell them something?
June 8, 2010
Yum yum URL
UPDATE - The BBC has changed the URL, can't think why, to http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/carrots_glazed_with_47422
Bloody thing going off can put even the hardiest stud off his stroke, and if the call is "Honey, I'll be home in five, thought I'd surprise you!" then a performance dip can be expected.
Fat Boy Likes Chips With Everything - Shock !
Sneaky bin chipping still in the bag for UK.gov • The Register
The big change, reported in national media today, is from a scheme to reward good recyclers and punish the bad ones, which the last government attempted to pilot last year.
Instead, the coalition intends to put in place a scheme to reward those virtuous householders who recycle a significant amount of their waste. The new approach is mostly "carrot", as opposed to "carrot and stick".
Bins will still have to be chipped. The reward scheme will be run on an "opt-in" basis, as opposed to being compulsory: but it is likely that councils will still have to collect data from all bins, and therefore all households, in order to select out data relevant to those who are opted in.
Oh FFS, what is the bloody difference between withholding a carrot and a punishment? Even a toddler knows the answer. Do they think we are stupid?
Collecting waste is a public good, pay people not to put their rubbish in a bin and what will they do with it?
Clue, the answer isn't necessarily recycle it.
Me, I'm going to get my bin rechipped, the last bin bug "fell out", and start just putting it out filled with helium balloons....
Councils Still Talking Rubbish
Councils face multi-million fines from Europe if they do not reduce landfill and the recession looms, townhalls are planning to introduce even more draconian measures to force people to recycle and cut costs.
Bristol City Council are expected to give the go-ahead to a new recycling scheme that will employ "waste doctors" to search through the black bin bags of residents. If they find any glass, paper or other materials that could have been recycled they can hand out fines from £75 and legal action could cost up to £1,000. The 'Recycling for All' pilot scheme will also reduce bin sizes in an effort to make people cut down on waste.
The Local Government Association said "Throwing rubbish away in landfill is expensive and so it makes sense to recycle as much as possible as apart from anything else it is more economically viable and helps keep council tax down."
THE true £6.5 billion cost to the taxpayer of achieving Scotland's zero waste targets has been revealed in a new report.
The study, commissioned by the Scottish Government, lays bare the huge expense associated with diverting rubbish from landfill and instead disposing of it by methods such as recycling and composting.
Pickles ain't going far enough to stop this nonsense, but then his hands are tied by the EU, not that he would admit it.
June 7, 2010
Link Catch Up
I get so much good stuff which I really enjoy and much appreciate but sometimes I fail to weave it into the daily narrative..so to catch up:
National SocialAccounts here - Door there - Please pick up a P45 on your way out.
istMarketing Centre a strategic partnership between the Department of Health in England and Consumer Focus (formerly the National Consumer Council) have just launched an online Social Marketing Planning Guide and Toolbox. This practical planning guide seeks to help you to develop and deliver effective solutions to behavioural challenges, drawing on best practice in social marketing. The guide sets out six key stages to the social marketing planning process: a broad framework for you to work within as you develop an approach that suits your needs. The National Social istMarketing Centre will be running its second social marketing summer school from 7th-11th June in Bled, Slovenia. Building on the highly successful 2009 school, it will bring together practitioners from around the world. The programme has been designed for people working in areas such as public health and environmental protection, as well as NGOs and anyone who wants to gain social marketing expertise in a concentrated time period. Participants will gain a thorough understanding of social marketing through interactive workshops. They will leave the school with the skills and expertise to implement their own programmes. Consumer Focus is the statutory organisation campaigning for a fair deal for consumers in England, Wales, Scotland, and, for postal services, Northern Ireland. We are well-resourced to use these powers and campaign on the issues that matter most to consumers. In fact, with 170 staff, we’re the largest and the best-resourced advocacy body in the history of the UK consumer movement. We are not an advice agency nor are we a statutory regulator. Other bodies such as Consumer Direct, Citizens Advice, local authority trading standards and the Office of Fair Trading play these roles.
And finally Text Drugs to 80801 - saves going out for them.
An Invitation that will be hard to resist
The coalition will invite the public tomorrow to take part in an internet consultation on the spending review that the Government says will help to determine where the axe should fall.
I have a little list.....
The case for flat beer
The carbon footprint of a pint of beer:
300g CO2e: locally brewed cask ale at the pub
500g CO2e: local bottled beer from a shop or foreign beer in a pub
900g CO2e: bottled beer from the shop, extensively transported
Beer is unlikely to dominate your carbon footprint but it can make a significant contribution. According to my calculations, a few bottles of imported lager per day might add up to as much as a tonne of CO2e per year – equivalent to around 50,000 cups of black tea.
I promise not to drink so much black tea to make up for it. Of course Wadworth's still uses horses to deliver locally, though I guess the emissions form the beer fed horses are worse than CO2
From whose point of view?
DAVID Cameron will warn today that the impact of the government's plans for slashing the deficit will be "enormous" and worse than he had feared.
What's this "worse" you talk of Kemo Sabe?
Raedwald is up before me with the answer
We've never seen blood like that, say Scots from boarded aid ships - Scotsman.com News
Ali El-Awaisi, 21, was one of five Scots aboard the six vessels that attempted to break the Israeli blockade of the region and were stopped by commandos..Speaking yesterday after being deported by Israel, Mr El-Awaisi said:.."They offered me a bacon sandwich and I'm a Muslim and they were laughing at me."
A bacon sandwich? Was it a kosher one? Who can doubt the brutality of the Jews?
An Islamic charity yesterday released photos of Israeli commandos wounded in the deadly raid on Mavi Marmara. Several of the images, taken by an unidentified person aboard the ship, show an Israeli soldier surrounded by people aboard the Turkish-flagged vessel.
Osman Atalay said the images show activists "intervening" or "tending" to the injured soldiers.
I suppose that depends on the cropping...
June 6, 2010
Tales from the Sangar
With Mrs E away I indulged in a little home improvement on Friday, this is the new view from the spare room.
That is the canal at All Cannings in the near distance, range about 800 yards.
This is pure coincidence...
Fire crews to the rescue of sinking canal boat at All Cannings (From This Is Wiltshire)
Fire crews came to the rescue of a sinking canal boat yesterday evening after it sprang a leak as it travelled along the Kennet and Avon Canal at All Cannings, near Devizes.
It just "sprang a leak"....
Der längste Tag
A solid argument for optimism
Unlike the Moonbats who are frotting at the mouth about this book I have actually read it, but then I also actually read him on sex; The Red Queen and The Origins of Virtue and know him to be a thoughtful and insightful science writer.
The book could do with a touch of tighter editing, but once he gets into the swing it is a story you must read. You will know the conclusions other commentators have given to it, big state bad, free trade good. Things will get better despite the actions of government and well- intentioned fools.
It is a heavy solid book so buy a copy to take with you on your travels, once you have ingested the lessons in it you can then use it on any passing fool or politician; if they refuse to learn its lesson by reading it then its weight can be used to persuade them by imparting a lasting impression on them.
I may need to get mine reinforced.
How Boringly Middle Class Are You?
Dear, dear Iain thinks he is an Oik for failing this test, he likes to imagine it makes him all roughty toughty Sarfend style. I think it just means he is still a horny handed son of the soil.
Of course we don't go to the bloody opera/ballet, full of ghastly people in penguin suits they bought themselves.
Cleaner? They may be someone from the village who "comes in" - of course you wouldn't call this paragon "a cleaner". Hackett and Barbour - don't make me laugh, like turning up at a shoot with an over and under.
Horses? Sort of in that they tend to be around when meeting chums at the point to point or out slaughtering something.
No idea how much a bottle of wine costs, wine comes in cases.
Of course one wouldn't tell people which school one went to, people just know.
Shop? Someone buys stuff at a grocer but I'm not completely sure who or where.
Supper instead of dinner? What a stupid question, they are completely different meals, a good evening has both.
Kiss cheeks, sounds like what Peachy Fluff used to do at school - see above.
Aga - is that one of those Spanish shotguns? The kitchen has a range of indeterminate age and name.
Poncy bloody tea, do you want a thrashing? It just has to be hot, dark and sweet, talking of which;
Prosecco, I seem to remember losing my wallet and getting the clap from one of these when a few of us went ashore in some Italian port.
Hummus, ask the gardener.
June 5, 2010
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Friday Night is Music Night (Go Go Girl Edition)
Happy New World
People with Asperger's, a mild form of autism, tend not to attribute events in their lives to a "higher power or supernatural force,". Conversely, the tendency of supposedly healthy people to see "intention or purpose" behind random events may stem from an overactive "theory of mind," the innate ability to sense perceptions, emotions and intentions in others. Faith is a pathology, and so is the lack thereof. Basically, we're all nuts. Who could disagree?
Autism test could make the condition 'preventable' - Telegraph
But now researchers at Imperial College London have discovered a potential way of spotting the disorder in children as young as six months old.
That would mean that intensive behavioural and social treatment could begin before the disease has caused any permanent psychological damage.
With millions of mostly boys being diagnosed with "Autistic Spectrum" this worries me. I'm not talking about the full blown rocking in the chair software geek type just what used to be just be the average stand offish masculine type. They are now labelled and will be made to conform to the required more emotional submissive status the state demands.
Idol has Feet of Clay
Plans to build a 130 metre-high wind turbine to provide 5% of the energy needed to run the Olympic park have been scrapped, according to the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA).
Dubbed the Angel of Leyton, the turbine had been hailed as a green beacon. It was said to be key to the ODA's commitment to deliver 20% of the park's legacy energy needs from renewable sources from 2014 onwards.
The scheme, however, is "no longer feasible"..it cannot comply with new health and safety regulations by games' opening.
No Whirligig? It is like Nuremberg without an Eagle. Toppled by Health and Safety, what symbol will now represent the oppressive fatuous vacuity of the Olympics?
June 3, 2010
Failing to Fact Check George Monboit
This state-hating free marketeer ignores his own failed experiment | George Monbiot | The Guardian
Free-market fundamentalists, apparently unaware of Ridley's own experiment in market liberation, are currently filling cyberspace and the mainstream media with gasps of enthusiasm about his thesis.
This article was published on guardian.co.uk at 20.00 BST on Monday 31 May 2010. A version appeared on p25 of the Main section section of the Guardian on Tuesday 1 June 2010.
So what are these "gasps" - was it Hamish McRae - The Independent Sunday, 30 May 2010 - hardly gasping.
BusinessWeekMay 28, 2010, 11:29AM EST
Matt Ridley, a British science journalist (and formerly a director of Northern Rock), - blow, they know of his secret directorship.
It might be Cái gì giúp loài người tiến bộ?, I assume Moonbat's Vietnamese is better than mine... Zoologist Matt Ridley in a new new book, "The Rational optimist: How Prosperity evolves" (pure sanguine: The Evolution Prosperity how) to introduce the most important factors leading to the advancement of men, which resulted in the economic life increasingly more prosperous. According to Ridley as we progress through exchange and trade. - Unlikely.
Maybe he meant:
The Rational Optimist: Matt Ridley’s regurgitation of denialist propaganda
Ridley’s arguments aren’t even sophisticated. He repeats the crudest pieces of denialist propaganda, which anyone with a genuine interest or understanding of science knows are factually incorrect:
Polar bear populations are rising
That Michael Mann’s “hockey stick” is broken
The hoary old “scientists in the 1970s used to believe an ice age was immanent” myth
Average temperatures during the Medieval Warming Period were higher globally than today
Maybe not, as it is only a blog and Moonbat says: "Free-market fundamentalists, apparently unaware of Ridley's own experiment in market liberation, are currently filling cyberspace and the mainstream media with gasps of enthusiasm about his thesis."
I can't find any fundamentalists filling the mainstream media with any sort of enthusiasm whilst being unaware of his involvement of Northern Rock, which is disclosed in the book, that pre-dates Moonbat's article.
Of course I'm not accusing George of making things up, I'm merely showing my inability to fact-check his article.
On the Formation of Coral Reefs
Scientists have been surprised by the findings, which show that some islands have grown by almost one-third over the past 60 years.
That is "scientists" in a special meaning of the word. Real scientists wouldn't be surprised.
Any chance it will end the greenmail by the kleptocrats of the region?
No, didn't think so...
The global temperature has risen to a record for a 12-month period, according to Nasa.
The analysis undermines the case made by climate sceptics, who have used the slight cooling trend in recent years to argue that man-made emissions are not causing global warming.
The Met Office said its own analysis of temperature records suggested that the global temperature remained just below the 12-month record achieved in 1998. However, Vicky Pope, head of climate advice, said it was possible that Nasa was correct because the Met Office had underestimated recent warming detected in the Arctic.
There are very few weather stations in the Arctic and the Met Office, unlike Nasa, does not extrapolate where there are no actual temperature readings.
Would she be so keen to agree to the Met Office being wrong based on "extrapolations" if Nasa was claiming a cooler temperature?
June 2, 2010
Son of Hockeystick
Nasa scientist James Hansen condemns attacks from 'politicised' media | Environment | guardian.co.uk
The utterances of James Hansen, the Nasa climatologist who is widely credited with being the first scientist to successfully megaphone the risks of climate change to the wider world back in the 1980s, always attract attention.
So a new draft paper, co-authored with colleagues at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, which has just been submitted to the journal Reviews of Geophysics, is sure to get noticed. Particularly so because it tackles head on the unique pressures facing climate science at the moment, namely, calls from a doubting public and media for climatologists to be more transparent about how they arrive at their conclusions.
Figure 3. Global-mean annual-mean land-ocean temperature index for three alternative treatments of the urban adjustment.
Figure 3 compares the global mean temperature versus time for the two alternative urban adjustments and no urban adjustment. The main conclusion to be drawn is that the differences among the three curves are small. Nevertheless, we know that the adjustment is substantial for some urban stations, so it is appropriate to include an urban adjustment.
More at the links.
Did you miss me, yeah, when I was away?
The dreaded long weekend is over. It is refreshing to drop back forty years to Anglesey, and even better to watch English bowmen at work at Beaumaris Castle but the best bit was enjoying the drive home on the A470. A fantastic road, it almost made me wish for a bike.
New Super Nanny - Addicted to our Cash
Doctors should ask patients about their drinking more often, says Nice - Telegraph
The advice over patients and their drinking habits are being issued to doctors as part of the first ever official medical guidelines from the National Institute for health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) on how to deal with the country's spiralling drink problems.
One in four people - a total of 10 million - is estimated to be putting their health at risk by drinking more alcohol than the recommended limits.
UK-wide crackdown on alcohol looms to close cross-Border loophole - Scotsman.com News
David Mundell MP, minister of state at the Scotland Office, said this was an area where the two administrations could co-operate to mutual benefit, if the Scottish Parliament goes its own way.
"I represent a Border constituency (Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale) and if we do have very different pricing (in Scotland and England], the main beneficiary would be Asda in Carlisle. That's the reality of going down that route.
A Scottish Conservative spokesman said: "Using the tax and duty system to target problem products would avoid indiscriminate collateral damage that unit pricing could cause – and any increase in revenue would go to the Exchequer to help tackle the deficit."
I thought we had voted this lot out.
Off the Levant Shore
by John Masefield
Quinquireme of Nineveh from distant Ophir,
Rowing home to haven in sunny Palestine,
With a cargo of ivory,
And apes and peacocks,
Sandalwood, cedarwood, and sweet white wine.
Nineveh is in Iraq whereas Ophir could be in Zimbabwe, Peru, the Philippines but probably in Pakistan or India.
If only modern cargoes to Palestine from those regions were as pleasant.
Still not sure what he was worried about - he had admitted to people he was a merchant banker, that he was an MP and even that he had Lib-Dem tendencies. Beyond that what else was there to be ashamed of?
People really don't care what others insert into what orifices, they may be interested and as long as it is done in the street and frighten the horses we really don't care.