Thursday, December 11. 2014
Are you paying attention plebs? No? Well it's time you did. Why? Well, we are truly living in a golden age: the Age of the Bedroom Tax - an age where food banks are all-the-rage and our public services are being squeezed back to the 1930s. But how is our wonderful unelected Head of State doing in this golden age? Well, apparently she - and the other hangers-on - seem to be immune from Tory austerity as 'The Sovereign Grant Fund' (i.e. the replacement for the 'Civil List') for 2015-16 has just been announced (very quietly) and, lo and behold, they've scooped a 12.3% pay rise! See here for this joyous news.
Thursday, December 4. 2014
Wow! For Land Reform anoraks such as myself, this last week or so has been truly inspiring. Behind Scottish Independence itself, Scottish Land Reform surely has to be the next biggest ticket on the agenda. I've posted before on the landmark Land Reform Group report, but it now looks like the SNP Government with Nicola 'The Sturge' Sturgeon at the helm is really pushing to make things happen. Hell, it's almost 'cool' to be discussing the future of our land, rather than the likes of me ranting on about it in a bothy to anyone who will listen.
Friday, May 23. 2014
Monday, May 12. 2014
With the current system of Common Agricultural Policy farm subsidies (CAP) ending next year, the Scottish Government is currently looking at the system that shovels vast amounts of public money to landowners and 'slipper farmers' (i.e. people who own or rent land but do not even own a pair of wellies let alone farm anything, yet still receive a shitload of cash for doing fuck all).
Thursday, March 20. 2014
Today could turn out to be an historic day for Scotland. At last, the way our land is owned, used, traded and subsidised is being put under some long overdue close scrutiny. There is still an awful long way to go before meaningful Land Reform takes place - and powerful vested interests will need to be taken on - but this is undoubtedly a step in the right direction.
Sunday, March 9. 2014
Fortunately UKIP are, politically at any rate, an utter irrelevance in Scotland. Nevertheless it is always good to see them getting a hard time wherever they rear their ugly mugs...
You've got to be kidding, right? Surely such questions as 'Land Reform' are for the developing world, where nasty corporations are cutting down rain-forests and booting off indigenous people to grow beefburgers on, etc. This is indeed true, but the state of land ownership - and the subsidy system it has - in the UK is a scandal of epic proportions. In fact it is the underpinning reason as to why we have to pay a ridiculous amount for a place to live in the UK; a fact that is then sold back to as: 'high house prices are a good thing for the economy'. Sadly most folks are entirely duped by this nonsense.
Monday, March 3. 2014
Recently I discovered Catholic Online - a one-stop shop for the paranoid Catholic. After wading through all the Catholic tat for sale and other incredible guff, I spotted an article that basically said that "Catholicism in the UK is on its last legs" and that secularists, atheists, etc. are to blame. This was an opportunity too good to miss.
Tuesday, February 11. 2014
The UN has finally put a serious boot into the Catholic Church/Vatican/Holy See - or whatever bullshit name that the other Italian mafia is using these days - about their appalling response to their child-abuse scandal. UN-speak usually consists of a turn of phrase that is oblique and inquisitive and often not in good old plain English. So, it was refreshing to read this latest report using some no-nonsense language - into the vile crimes committed by this rotten institutionalized religion - that basically says: "Oi Holy See, NO!"
Friday, January 24. 2014
Then all you need to do is log onto Deacon Nick Donelly’s superb site Protect The Pope. This is a gem of a site that has truly made my day. In fact, to find this site in the same week that the Pope’s accountant has been charged with money laundering means that it has quite possibly made my week!
Friday, December 13. 2013
...since the fucking courts are not going to. The Supreme Court of the UK has now promoted Scientology from being a McReligion to a 'real' religion, thus potentially qualifying it for a tranche of misguided god-subsidies that 'real' religions are entitled to. This fact however - bad enough though that it is - is not the source of my main beef here. What I really object to is that ANY religion gets ANY form of preferential treatment in our society. Christ on a bike, we are actually giving tax breaks to loads of religious fruitcakes whilst people are eating out of food-banks.
Wednesday, December 4. 2013
The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has put a list of detailed questions concerning documented child sexual abuse to the Vatican. Of course the Vatican has, depressingly though predictably, failed to answer. Hiding behind 'canon law' and the bullshit 'fact' the the Holy See is not the Catholic Church, the Vatican has declined to answer the UN questions. Whatever happened to 'real law' where child abusing scum receives justice and punishment?' Looks like the cuddly new guy in the frock is just a better PR man than Ratzinger was...
Saturday, November 30. 2013
Of course the world should not need such a book, but it does. Sam Harris interviews the book's author Peter Boghossian to get the low-down on his approach to dealing with people who are superstitious. If you have any misguided God-squad friends, perhaps this is one for their Xmas stocking?
Monday, August 26. 2013
To use journo-speak the 'land reform question' in Scotland is 'gaining traction', and it can't come soon enough. For too long has public money been shoveled to super-rich landowners simply for having land or for at best a bit of environmental tinkering. Just as the Scottish Parliament is discussing land reform, a 28,000 acre estate is on the market for a cool £11.4 million. So what you might ask? Well, a major selling point, as advertised in the sales particulars, is the fact that this estate is guaranteed £12,000 a week in agricultural subsidies and forestry grants. In other words we are giving someone who can afford an £11.4 million estate £624,000 income.
Sunday, August 25. 2013
Whilst I'm not someone who instantly recoils at any new technology, the controversy around Hydraulic Fracturing of 'Fracking' has all the makings of a get-richer-quick scheme for Tory-boys. Of course Cameron and Osbourne keep spinning the yarn about how domestic fuel bills will tumble as cheap gas (as has happened in the US) will allegedly flood onto the market. The economics in the UK are very different to the US, and there is no evidence that energy prices will fall. Besides, where have we heard this before? Remember the 'electricity too cheap to meter' clap-trap for nuclear power?
Saturday, July 6. 2013
Just like Bradley Manning and Julian Assange, Edward Snowden is being hounded by a vengeful US as a 'fugitive'. John Pilger hits the nail on the head in a superb essay exposing the lies and hypocrisy of the US and it's puppet allies.
Wednesday, June 26. 2013
It's not often that I am surprised by how low the Metropolitan Police will go, but today I am totally flabbergasted. Those of you who have followed the harrowing story of the horrific racist-murder of a black lad waiting for a bus in Eltham by some racist scum in 1993, will know of the appalling response by the Met, which ultimately led to the damning Macpherson Report that labelled the Met as "Institutionally Racist". It now looks like the Met not only botched their investigation into the murder of Stephen Lawrence because of their inherent racism, but, they actually spied on his friends and relatives in a despicable smear campaign. It also looks like they deliberately withheld details of this appalling operation from the original Macpherson report.
Thursday, June 13. 2013
This might seem like small beer in the greater scheme of things, but this story illustrates very well how the UK has a long way to go before it becomes a true secular democracy.
Tuesday, May 14. 2013
This story should come, sadly, as no surprise. In a nutshell: our very own Prince Charles of our unelected regime is helping out another (highly repressive) unelected regime with a spot of 'good publicity' for some cash (£700,000) for one of his hobby groups of chums. So when Charles is not talking to plants, baking biscuits or helping his dear old open parliament, he's now filling his time with activities usually left to other sniveling toadies like Prince Andrew or Mark Thatcher.
Saturday, May 11. 2013
Big bad pharma megalith GSK is banging the PR drum in Africa about a partnership with the charity 'Save The Children'. Call me cynical, but are GSK's motives really about saving sick kids in Africa when the very same company has fought tooth and nail to deprive this continent of affordable life-saving drugs for decades? Or is it more likely to be a response to more recent bad publicity over GSK buying-off competition to its extortionately priced anti-depressant 'Seroxat'? Also, reading between the lines, 'Save The Children' is definitely edgy about whoring it with GSK, so it looks like this story may not have a happy ending...
Saturday, May 4. 2013
It is common knowledge that Prince Charles, our hereditary heir to the throne, is well known to be on a nice little earner selling biscuits from Cornwall that 'earns' him about UKP 18 million a year. What is much less well known is that when someone dies down in darkest Cornwall without a will, this blood-sucker gets their assets too. However, keen to be altruistic he then generously shovels some of this unearned dosh to worthy causes like private schools and his other hobby 'charities'.
Tuesday, April 30. 2013
George Monbiot analyses the role of the new UK Government Chief Scientist Mark Walport regarding the proposed EC ban on neonicotinoids because of the rapidly declining bee population that is essential for crop pollination.
Thursday, April 4. 2013
On the very day that our disgusting coalition government gives a huge tax cut to millionaires and hammers the poor, one little old lady billionaire has had a tidy little top-up. Yes, our unelected head of state has just trousered a UKP 5 million pay rise, raising the bundle of public money that our royal parasite gets from UKP30 million to UKP 36 million per annum.
Tuesday, March 19. 2013
Having been interested in the old-time American hobo lifestyle for some time, it has come as a great surprise and pleasure to find a thriving subculture of modern hobos still riding freight trains across the US. PBS has a superbly evocative film about hobos here.
Monday, February 25. 2013
It's pretty obvious that Mr. Ratzinger did not quit because he's old and infirm. There's definitely bigger things brewing; money laundering and child sex-abuse scandals, threat of arrest if he leaves the Vatican, etc. But the latest theory revealed in the Italian press about a 'gay network' in the Vatican, if true, could really see the wheels come off of the Catholic Church. Fingers crossed.
Tuesday, February 19. 2013
It looks like Mr. Ratzinger is so rattled by the prospect of being held to account for his cover-up of the child sex-crimes of Catholic priests on his watch, that he is going to stay holed-up in the Vatican after he stops being God's representative on Earth. Of course someone, someday, might put a stop to the nonsense about the Vatican being a 'state', and then he's toast but I'm not holding my breath. Contrast the international kid-glove treatment of this vile individual to the hounding of Julian Assange, and one gets a good insight into the priorities of powerful western nations...
Friday, February 15. 2013
Christ on a bike! What with his own complicity in the Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal cover-up, we now have the Archdiocese of L.A. robbing a 'grave maintenance fund' to help pay a $600 million child-abuse settlement. It's no wonder Mr. Ratzinger threw in the towel...
The surprise resignation of the PPPP (Paedophile Priest Protecting Pope) could open up new avenues for this odious little man to be sued. US court cases have already featured letters from 'Cardinal Ratzinger' linking him directly to the Catholic Church's cover up of their child sex abuse scandal. Bring it on!
Thursday, February 14. 2013
Well, okay, I maybe extrapolating things a bit here, but hell, the God Squad does it all the time. So, am I the first to link the resignation of Mr. Ratzinger with the hillarious story of a 'gay' dog called Elton and a Catholic gob-shite called 'Bill Donohue'? I think dear old Ratzinger read this story and said: "Right, fuck it, I've had enough of this Catholic shit, I'm off!" Enjoy. (Daily Kos article).
War company Raytheon has developed some software called RIOT (Rapid Information Overlay Technology) that is designed to deal with vast amounts of personal data on social networking sites etc, with the aim of giving anyone who wants to pay for it the ability to spy on and/or track people. Good! Now will all those Twitter and Facebook numbskulls out there, happily sloshing their personal information all over the internet, pay attention? Probably not, the me-me-me generation I fear is here to stay...
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