Archive for May, 2009
Susan Boyle, the most popular talent star in the history of the Internet, was pipped at the post by a team of street dancers who were, admittedly, good. However, the real reason she lost is a salutary lesson to everyone – especially since the EU elections imminent (June 4th).
Susan lost because so many of her fans didn’t bother to vote. They were certain it would be a push-over for her to win.
Same with politics. Millions are thinking right now that the opinion polls are suggesting Labour and the Tories are going to get a good hiding, so they will not bother to vote. Forget the opinion polls, because people read them and think it’s a “done deal”, the voters will stay at home, and both Conservative and Labour will do well. Less action will then be taken by the politicians to put their house in order, and changes like “recall” and “more transparency” will not happen.
If you want to see changes in the structure of Government, you have to go and vote, and preferably vote for any party other than the three main parties. Make no mistake, The Liberal Democrats may not have dipped in as much as the other two, but they are too close to the seat of government not to have known what was going on. They should have warned the public rather than ‘cosying’ up to Labour.
People died so you would have the right to vote. Don’t betray their memories in such a sullied fashion.
Here are a few tips to make searching in Google more accurate and therefore, more enjoyable!
1. Capitals are ignored Capitals, capitals, CaPiTaLs are all treated the same way. There is only one exception here, see point 7 below.
2. Put in enough information. Putting London in to get information about City Airport will bring you in umpteen thousand items about London, If you put in London East airport you will get mainly information about City Airport. Naturally there are better ways to do this as you will see in point 3 below.
3. If you want information for a holiday and enter cape town you will get information about Cape Town, Cape Canaveral, Cape PLC, Cape Model Agency and lots of other subjects, but if you put those words in quotes “cape town” you will only get information about Cape Town! Use quotes wisely though. So, in point 2 above, “city airport” london would go straight there.
4. Google ignores single words and digits, if they are essential, add a + before the digit. i.e. Star Wars Episode +1 Google also ignores words like ‘where’ and ‘how’.
5. Google now uses stemming. It will search not only for your search terms, but also for words that are similar to some or all of those terms. If you search for pet lemur dietary needs, Google will also search for pet lemur diet needs, and other related variations of your terms.
6. If your search term has more than one meaning, for example, search for information about the fish bass, but don’t want music, search for bass -music in other words put a minus sign before the subject you don’t want included. Conversely, a + will make sure a word is included.
7. Google doesn’t need the AND operator as this is automatic. However, if you want to use the OR operator, make sure you put it in CAPITALS. For example, searching for Cheetahs OR pumas will produce pages of Cheetahs and Pumas.
8. ~ looks for synonyms. For example, beauty ~tips will also find beauty guide, Beauty help etc. * means every word, for example, looking for a recipe for apples and * are you? .. is when searching for a range of numbers. “2..20 apples” will find pages containing “I eat 3 apples a day” and “I’ll never eat more than 15 apples in a month”
9. Links, lists webpages that link to the given webpage. link:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple will list webpages with links pointing to Wikipedia’s voice for Apple
10. Telephone numbers, If you have a telephone number but no other information, type it in the Google search box, you will be delighted at what is thrown up.
There are many more tips for searching in Google but these are a good start and if you didn’t know them, they may well help you to get a lot more out of the Internet.
An interesting paper given by Libertarian, Sean Gabb, on Sunday the 24th May 2009 to the Fourth Annual Conference of the Property and Freedom Society in the Hotel Karia Princess in Bodrum, Turkey. He is a wordy “wordsmith” but underneath all his words he always has something interesting to say.
In giving this paper, I make no pretence to originality of thought. Everything I am saying today has been said already – usually better, and always in greater detail – by Hans-Hermann Hoppe, by Roderick Long, by Kevin Carson, by Christian Michel, and by many others. If I can contribute anything to the libertarian analysis of class, it is brevity alone.
Libertarians often define a ruling class as that group of politicians, bureaucrats, lawyers, businessmen, therapists, educators and media people who derive income and position from the State. By definition, so far as such people operate as members of a ruling class, they are parasitic on the efforts of ordinary people. Their position comes from forcing others to act as they would not freely choose, or by excluding them from activities they might freely choose. Their income is based on forced transfers of wealth.
The size and activities of a ruling class will be determined by the physical resources it can extract from the people, by the amount of force it can use against them, and by the nature and acceptance of the ideology that legitimises its existence. None of these determinants by itself will be decisive, but each is a necessary factor. Change any one, and the working of the other two will be limited or wholly checked.
Of these determinants, the ideological are the most open to control and change. In the short term, resources are fixed in quantity. At any time, the amount of force available will be limited. What will always interest ruling classes, therefore, is the nature and acceptance of its legitimising ideology. This will vary according to circumstances that are not fully within the control of any ruling class. It may involve averting the Divine Wrath, or promoting acceptance of the True Faith, or protecting the nation from external or external enemies, or raising the condition of the poor, or making us healthier, or saving the planet from us. The claims of the ideology may, in other times and places, seem unfounded or insane. What they generally have in common is the need for an active state directed by the right sort of people.
Since the function of these ideologies is to justify theft or murder or both, they need to be promoted by endless repetition – which is a valid form of argument if truth is less important than winning – and by at least the discouragement of dissent. Efficient promotion will produce a discourse – this being the acceptance of a language and of habits of thought in which dissent cannot be expressed without also conceding its immorality. Efficient promotion will also produce a state of almost universal false consciousness – in which ordinary people are brought to accept ideological claims as true that are opposed to their own interests as these might be reasonably considered.
Now, to speak of ruling classes, and in these terms, will often produce a strongly hostile reaction from libertarians and from conservatives. In the first place, it sounds like Marxism. Indeed, in summarising my own beliefs about a ruling class, I have deliberately borrowed terms from the Marxist theory of class – “discourse”, “false consciousness”, “class consciousness”. This is sure to disturb many – and perhaps many in this room. For at least three generations, our movement was at ideological war with Marxism. We did all we could to refute its claims and to spread the truth about its consequences wherever it was tried. To use its language to express broadly similar concepts will appear to be making concessions
that amount to intellectual surrender.
In the second place, many libertarians deny that the concept of a ruling class has any meaning in our own world. In 1605, for example, Guy Fawks and his fellow conspirators tried to blow up Parliament while it was being opened by the King. If they had succeeded, they would have killed the King and the whole of the senior aristocracy and the leaders of the Established Church and – give or take a few nominees – the leading men of every shire and town in England. At one stroke, they would have killed around seven hundred men, and this would have snuffed out the whole of the English ruling class.
And this was a ruling class. Its members were largely there by virtue of birth. They were often related to each other. They shared a common education. They dressed differently and spoke differently from those over whom they ruled. Generally, they were cleaner. They were committed to the Protestant faith and to the land settlement of Henry VIII. Their class
consciousness was expressed in countless ways, and was reflected in their language. They spoke of “persons of quality” or “persons of gentle birth” or of “gentlemen”.
Most gas (therms) and electricity (kilowatts) utility companies refuse to show you how many therms/kilowatts you use, and won’t show this on their invoices. This makes it difficult to change suppliers.
Why not put a reminder in your calendar to take a reading once a month of both gas and electricity. Although this needn’t stop you making a change of supplier before the first year, after the first year you will have the correct facts to be more accurate when you ask for quotes.
In addition, make a reading of your electricity and time when you go to bed, and then when you get up. Divide the usage by the hours you were asleep. Then multiply by 365 and you will see how much electricity your household uses when you are asleep.Is all this necessary?
If you are interested in saving money why not do the same the following night but before you take the figures, turn off everything except your fridge freezer. Deduct that figure from the previous figure and this is the amount of kilowatts your household wastes every year by not turning off everything (other than your fridge/freezer) before you go to bed. You may decide it is worth considering timed switches or the Intelliplug. The Intelliplug saves a lot of turning off switches and is worth its weight in gold! We paid £77 for three of these and now save £132 every year. We estimate the life of the plugs to be ten to fifteen years. Work it out.
I was having a drink with George, a 76 year old friend who was complaining about the receptionist in his local surgery. He told me: “They always ask at the Doctor’s office why you are there, and you have to answer in front of others what’s wrong and sometimes it is embarrassing. There’s nothing worse than a Doctor’s Receptionist who insists you tell her what is wrong with you in a room full of other patients. I know most of us have experienced this, and I decided to teach the woman a lesson.”
He walked in and approached the Receptionist. The Receptionist said, “Yes sir, what are you seeing the Doctor for today?”
“There’s something wrong with my dick”, he replied.
The Receptionist became irritated and said, “You shouldn’t come into a crowded waiting room and say things like that.”
“Why not? You asked me what was wrong and I told you,” he said.
The Receptionist replied; “Now you’ve caused some embarrassment in this room full of people. You should have said there is something wrong with your ear or something and discussed the problem further with the Doctor in private.”
The man replied, “You shouldn’t ask people questions in a room full of strangers, if the answer could embarrass anyone.”
Anyway my friend walked out, waited several minutes and then re-entered.
The Receptionist smiled smugly and asked, “Yes?”
“There’s something wrong with my ear,” he stated.
The Receptionist nodded approvingly and smiled, knowing he had taken her advice. “And what is wrong with your ear, Sir?”
“I can’t piss out of it,” he replied.
The waiting room erupted in laughter so I guess by then, everyone was listening intently.
I just had a conversation with a local in my area and I mentioned I would be voting for the Jury Team. WHAT??? He almost yelled! If you do that you will let Labour in. I used to be a member of UKIP and said: “So what? I hate the Conservatives as much as I hate Labour. The Conservatives took us into Europe and Labour kept us in. The Conservatives promised us a referendum recently and broke their promise – and they are guilty of some of the worse “expenses” robberies to boot! “
I am voting for The Jury Team. This is a party building up a ground force to support independent candidates. The objective is to destroy the corrupt and wicked Party Whip system. A system that corrupts young MPs right from the beginning of their political career.
Forget Labour, forget the Conservatives, and forget the Liberal Democrats. If you never vote for the smaller parties you will never destroy the strangle-hold the Two Party System holds over the British public.
I am right of centre but, in a way, I hope Labour get back in. People now are stirred up, and once they give their parties “bloody noses” on June 4th, they will have forgotten everything by next year when there must be a General Election. You can be sure Gordon Brown will hang on as long as possible.
If Labour get back in they will be back with their noses in the trough as soon as you can say “Michael Martin” and you can be sure it will get out into the public arena. Then after a repeat performance, Labour will be destroyed totally. This time round, if the Conservatives get in, there’ll be less troughing but things will steadily get worse, as they did the last time they were in.
Government under all three larger parties are Statist. This means that not only do they want to totally control the economy, but they want to control our lives as well. More regulations spew from its machinery, more rules, more laws, even the police are snowed under and cannot cope – as with nearly all other organisations that have control of our lives.
In fact, Douglas Carswell says in his book “The Plan”, “We are trapped in a cycle. Every time something goes wrong – a scandal in a care home, the revelation that school meals lack nutritional value – ministers feel the need to ‘do something’. That something usually involves a new task force or quango, which then has a vested interest in enlarging its remit and prolonging its existence. Accordingly it spools out new guidelines and regulations and recommendations and surveys, snarling up the system in more paperwork and almost invariably worsening the situation, which of course leads for calls for yet more intervention and standardisation.”
Until we all learn to have minds of our own, and vote for our own interests and the interests of our country, rather than a particular party because either our parents and grand parents voted for them or, we have such blind hatred for the “other party” that we will vote for an equally bad party because we don’t hate them so much, this country will continue along the same lines as it has since the war. This is steadily downhill, speeding up particularly in the last decade.
Many people will read this, nod their head sagely, agreeing with me, and then at the general election will vote Tory or Labour as they have always done.
The British people always get the government they deserve, including this one!
This is every man’s delight – and every woman’s nightmare! I want one, my wife doesn’t. And I am pretty sure this is one clash of wills that I will lose… totally!.
The video was taken at the CES show and is live so it leaves a little to be desired technically – but all the same well worth watching – if you are male! Enjoy!