Archive for September, 2008

Will they, won’t they

This is the question, will the American politicians come up with a solution by Monday? It is alarming to hear of a Dutch bank in trouble. Not the Dutch bank Howard, my uncle, has a lot of his savings in but rather close to home for him none-the-less.

Howard’s other bank is the American “Citibank” which, recently, had been giving cause for concern. However, in this clip we learn that one banking group is up for sale and Citibank is one of the three bidders. I have to admit, this has given him a little more confidence. But in this situation, things can get out of hand very quickly. I think he is now beginning to regret not taking my advice to buy gold!

Isn’t Ron Paul magnificent. The one member of the American government who seems to know what is happening, why it is happening, and how we can “fix it” We will have to start calling Ron, Jim!

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PS Everything is right at the time of writing, but in the short time this gets into the blog, things can change, drastically!

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An insight into this blogger

Am I homophobic?

I have never been quite sure as, whilst I have a few homosexual friends (I take people as I find them) I dislike the overall homosexual movement passionately.

Many of my readers will be asking themselves why I don’t refer to these people as “gay” rather than “homosexual”. This, I have to admit is the whole rub of the situation.

“Gay” was one of the most beautiful words of the English language. It has been hijacked by the homosexual movement and this is the reason why I am so sad that “gay” can no longer be used with its original and true meaning. However, I do not hold this against homosexuals individually.

Am I a racist?

Once I was accused of racism by an African when with a group in my younger days. I looked straight into his eyes and said: “Like you, I am an African, and I can assure you I am no more racist than any other African.” He looked stunned, then a broad grin spread across his face as he knew he (a) had to shut up there and then (b) that Africans are one of the most racist people in the world! We became the best of friends and I only lost touch with him when he went to America and entered their political arena – No! It wasn’t Barack Obama.

I am, of course, considered racist by people of the Politically Correct brigade because I tell jokes involving an Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotsman, and sometimes rail against the French. But I am happy with my position and whenever I meet a new acquaintance, I take them at face value and never make judgements. Everyone is entitled to their views. If I don’t agree with them, I don’t try and change them, neither do I rail against them, I just quietly walk away. After all everyone is entitled to their beliefs and opinions.

Am I sexist?

Yes, I definitely am. I love the opposite sex and, what is more important, and more unusual, I like them as well! I know beyond any doubt that there is a total difference between the sexes which certainly won’t endure me to feminists. Men can learn from women and women from men. Let me give you an example of the former. When I was in my teens I was intrigued about women’s intuition. I studied it carefully and came to the conclusion that they, unlike men, had tapped into their sub-conscious, and allow this to work on the problem. Over the years I perfected this and now find when I sleep on a problem, I usually wake up with the solution.

Am I Politically Correct?

No, No, a thousand times NO! I will always call a spade a spade, and don’t, please, read anything racist in that remark. Political Correctness was introduced by Marxists when, alarmed at the Anglo-Saxons capacity for independent thought, devised political correctness as a means to destroy ordinary people capacity, in the UK and America, to voice their feelings and what they believe in out loud.

For example, Marxists want, desperately, to totally destroy England. They are not concerned with Britain, it is England and the English which have always been a thorn, with their ability of independent thought, in their collective sides.

Take Immigration, for example. Immigration is ruining England. We are over-crowded and our NHS is crumbling. Our schools can’t cope with all the different languages, and our police are becoming more like the American police thugs every day. If we stand up and condemn the rapid influx of other peoples into our country we are racists. The BNP are racists because they want to kick out the foreigners already here. How can we be racists if we accept those from a multitude of nations, religions and ethnic creeds already here, but want to say, “enough” and “no more” ?

This is how “Political Correctness” destroys our rights to voice our opinions, not just on immigration, but in all matter of subjects.

My political leanings.

Many of you reading this will think, this guy is definitely a Conservative as he has quite right wing views. Wrong!!! The old left-right system of measuring political leanings is rather archaic, even though it is still in use throughout Britain today.

The real divisions in politics are Statist, Centist or Libertarian. I will explain and show where the two main parties in thos country fit in.

Statists are people who believe the Government should run all aspects of the economy, and all aspects of our own individual lives. The nearest party which fits in with Statism are the Socialists.

Centists are people who believe the Government should run all aspects of the economy, but that the individual should be responsible for running their own individual lives. The nearest party which fits in with Centism are the Conservatives, but they are closer to Statism than the third alternative.

Libertarians are people who think that Government should be cut back totally and have very little to do with the economy or individuals. There is no party in the UK offering much hope for Libertarianism although there are one or two libertarians in the Conservative party. But nowhere enough to make a difference.

So who do I vote for in an election if there is no one for me? Well, as I have said, as a Libertarian, there is no party available for me to belong to.

As I feel it is my duty to vote, I go and listen to all sides talk and the candidate who I feel will do more for my constituency gets my vote, even an independent. Failing anyone suitable I vote for the opposition on the belief that if my vote helps stop any party from getting in for a second time can’t be bad as the heavier forms of corruption usually rears its ugly head from the second term onwards. In addition, those of you who really know about politics know that the politicians only play a very small part on how Britain is run. So it really doesn’t matter which party gets in.

People often say, but you will let the other side in. “What other side?” I reply. To imply an “other side” means that I have a party in the first place.

I feel better now dear reader… how do you feel?

Ampers

PS If you want to know more about what is happening in the financial world of America should go to this page of links to information on all the subjects.

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Stephen King did not write this horror story.

To most of us, the American politicians seem to be jumping over the cliff like Lemmings over their debt mountain. And our politicians are no better! But out of all the politicians over there, there is one sane man. I refer to Dr Ron Paul. Here is his take on the matter taken from the Ron Paul Blog:

I have had permission to reproduce this in full and have included a link above to the page I got it from on their website. It tells a frightening and horrific story. The highlighting is mine.

Dear Friends,

Whenever a Great Bipartisan Consensus is announced, and a compliant media assures everyone that the wondrous actions of our wise leaders are being taken for our own good, you can know with absolute certainty that disaster is about to strike.

The events of the past week are no exception.

The bailout package that is about to be rammed down Congress’ throat is not just economically foolish. It is downright sinister. It makes a mockery of our Constitution, which our leaders should never again bother pretending is still in effect. It promises the American people a never-ending nightmare of ever-greater debt liabilities they will have to shoulder. Two weeks ago, financial analyst Jim Rogers said the bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac made America more communist than China! “This is welfare for the rich,” he said. “This is socialism for the rich. It’s bailing out the financiers, the banks, the Wall Streeters.”

That describes the current bailout package to a T. And we’re being told it’s unavoidable.

The claim that the market caused all this is so staggeringly foolish that only politicians and the media could pretend to believe it. But that has become the conventional wisdom, with the desired result that those responsible for the credit bubble and its predictable consequences – predictable, that is, to those who understand sound, Austrian economics – are being let off the hook. The Federal Reserve System is actually positioning itself as the savior, rather than the culprit, in this mess!

• The Treasury Secretary is authorized to purchase up to $700 billion in mortgage-related assets at any one time. That means $700 billion is only the very beginning of what will hit us.

• Financial institutions are “designated as financial agents of the Government.” This is the New Deal to end all New Deals.

• Then there’s this: “Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this Act are non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion, and may not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency.” Translation: the Secretary can buy up whatever junk debt he wants to, burden the American people with it, and be subject to no one in the process.

There goes your country.

Even some so-called free-market economists are calling all this “sadly necessary.” Sad, yes. Necessary? Don’t make me laugh.

Our one-party system is complicit in yet another crime against the American people. The two major party candidates for president themselves initially indicated their strong support for bailouts of this kind – another example of the big choice we’re supposedly presented with this November: yes or yes. Now, with a backlash brewing, they’re not quite sure what their views are. A sad display, really.

Although the present bailout package is almost certainly not the end of the political atrocities we’ll witness in connection with the crisis, time is short. Congress may vote as soon as tomorrow. With a Rasmussen poll finding support for the bailout at an anemic seven percent, some members of Congress are afraid to vote for it. Call them! Let them hear from you! Tell them you will never vote for anyone who supports this atrocity.

The issue boils down to this: do we care about freedom? Do we care about responsibility and accountability? Do we care that our government and media have been bought and paid for? Do we care that average Americans are about to be looted in order to subsidize the fattest of cats on Wall Street and in government? Do we care?

When the chips are down, will we stand up and fight, even if it means standing up against every stripe of fashionable opinion in politics and the media?

Times like these have a way of telling us what kind of a people we are, and what kind of country we shall be.

In liberty,

Ron Paul

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The cost of printer inks

I once had an Epson on a three year contract and it went wrong about three months before the end of the three year contract.

The engineer came round and just exchanged it for a new one. “Wow” I exclaimed: “Don’t you repair them?” The engineer looked at me pityingly and said: “Epson aren’t in the business of selling printers, they are in the business of selling ink cartridges.”

A few years ago I had a Canon and went to the Printer Inks Co on the Internet for a lower priced ink cartridges. They sell X-Print which I have found superb. They haven’t caused any distress to either my printer or to me. The latter being most important.

I now have an HP Photosmart C7280 all-in-one printer and remembered Printer Inks.

For £49.46 inclusive I can get two black cartridges and one each of the various five colour cartridges in a pack, together. The HP price of these would be £82.65 inclusive and they are throwing in a 15 sheet pack of A4 photographic paper as part of the deal. That sounds pretty good doesn’t it? Similar savings for Brother, Canon, Dell, Lexmark and Epson printers.

Give X-Print cartridges a try. If, like me, you find them eminently suitable, you’re on the road to saving big bucks in the office or home.

There is one caveat; if you are a professional photographer constantly producing A4 or larger prints with a very critical eye, I am not absolutely sure whether these will be good enough. I think so but I don’t have that critical an eye. So here is what to do. Print your photograph in black and white and put it aside. Buy just one of the X-Print black cartridges and put it in your printer. Use it for a few pages of type to get your old ink out of the system. Print another identical black and white photograph as the one you put aside, and then compare them.

Oh yes, they now have a three for two offer. This also applies to their special savings packs. If you spend £98.92 inclusive, you will get £247.99 inclusive worth of ink cartridges, a saving of £149.03 inclusive on the HP price. They also sell genuine manufacturers ink cartridges, if that is what you insist on, much cheaper than other shops. In addition, they sell manufacturers re-manufactured cartridges.

This is certainly worth investigating. The money saved is just too much to ignore. And, in my opinion, the old saying that you get what you pay for doesn’t apply if you are judging price against the printer manufacturer’s highly inflated prices.

Go for it!

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Gordon Brown just doesn’t get it!

I have just been listening to Gordon Brown addressing the Labour Conference. He had his wife get up first to explain how wonderful he really is. At least someone loves him!

When Brown got up to speak he had a long standing ovation, but the more cynical amongst us will probably wait for the polls to confirm whether it was all a put up job for the media or not.

To give Brown his due, he seemed impressive as he laid out his plans for a new Britain. Later in his speech he swiped at the Tories but he just doesn’t get it, does he? The Tories, and Gawd knows, I have no brief for the traitorous party who took us into the EU, want to slash government spending, Brown paints a picture of intense suffering if they go ahead. But he just doesn’t understand that his plans, and this includes all the lifelines he has thrown to the Finance Industry, will cost the tax payer even more money out of their ever diminishing pay packets. And believe me, they are diminishing, and at a fast rate.

But my beliefs as a Libertarian is for less government interference. Slash government back, let the Councils (or the States in America) run their communities, give people their own money back into their pay packets, let them then decide how they spend their money, with everyone having to compete for their custom. This will give real power back to the people.

And, listen to both parties (and the Americans) bleat about the free-market Finance Industry, and the left bleat about capitalism. We haven’t had a proper free financial market for nearly a century. It is awash with governmental regulations. It is these regulations that have brought the world crashing down around us. And we haven’t had free-market capitalism either – for the same reason.

The banks and mortgage people have brought about their problems themselves! Lending without any reference to whether the borrower could afford to pay back or not is pure stupidity. They deserve to goto the wall.

And Brown doesn’t seem to understand anything at all about short-selling. These short-sellers actually perform a useful service. They seek out weak companies, companies with weak and ineffectual management and bring then down. In other words, they weed out those companies that are losing money, losing market share and losing credibility. By stopping them plying their legitimate trade you are only ensuring that unproductive companies survive. I admit, to the uninformed they do seem very much like vultures. But having spent a lot of my childhood living in the African veldt, I have seen the useful service these birds do to keep the veldt clean.

The entire crises in the Western World have been brought about because politicians interfere too much in every aspect of business life. In addition, the lack of well-being the public feel is probably due to all the interference in private life as well.

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A tricky one

Listen to this video and try to work out whether this black pastor supports Obama or McCane. Yes, I admit, it is a tricky one but I am sure all my readers will work it out in the end.

The subjects of his discussion are Obama and Palin, and the differences between them.

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Ensure there is someone standing by before you start watching as you may need a helping hand to stop your hysterical laughter.

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BT does NOT want your business

BT, it seems, does not want your business. This afternoon I had reason to telephone BT to query a couple of sneaky additions on my telephone bill.

To talk to an operator to query my bill I dialled 151. I then got a recorded message that gave me two options. Ah! I thought. That is an improvement. Little did I know.

My option got me onto a different recorded voice who gave me several options. I pressed the button I thought was relevant and got yet another recorded voice with even more options. I pressed one of the buttons and received another set of options where there was no option for what I required. I pressed #7 to go back a step and then kept pressing random numbers in a frenzy until I got a human on the end. One who very kindly transferred, with sympathy, to the right department.

It was a nightmare and, over the next few days I shall be seriously investigating the market to see who can offer me a better service. And what would you guess will run high on my list of preferences?

Yes, damn right! Easy access to the help desk. But for that I need your help with suggestions. My email address is top left, if you have a better telephone company with good help desk access, please let me know. My email address is on the top left of this web page.

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