I’ve got a bit fed up with documenting (or rehashing) the same old scandals about those in authority all over the world.
The so-called ‘civilised West’ is beginning to crack up, and I’m not the one to stop it, nor to plaster over its cracks.
So most of the stories from previous versions of my web-site are in a separate page, Opinions
which I will not update except to correct errors or to use it as a repository for opinions previously on this page.
See the summary in the right-hand column.
PARIS ET NICE
In support of the victims of terrorism in Paris, Brussels, Sinai, Florida and wherever
In support of the victims of political persecution, in particular Boris Nemtsov (Бори́с Ефи́мович Немцо́в) and Alexander Litvinenko (Алекса́ндр Ва́льтерович Литвине́нко)
So the “Little Englanders” (or perhaps I should say 37.5% of them) have decided to leave the European Union. Now they can all march off to Garage’s local and enjoy a pint or two while the rest of the continent picks up the pieces. They’ve certainly turned the world upside down, and quite probably shot themselves in the proverbial foot, to mix metaphors.
The fault is almost entirely Camoron’s. The EU destroyed his two predecessors, Thatcher and Major, through rows in the Tory party, and now it has got him. He thought that having a referendum would kill the problem finally, by asking the public to decide.
Of course what he didn’t realise was that it’s governments that are elected to decide on such difficult questions. The public aren’t to be trusted with such heavy matters. They should argue, not about matters of international treaties and commitments, but rather about how many angels could dance on the point of a needle (Anders Sandberg [in “Quantum Gravity Treatment of the Angel Density Problem” – Annals of Improbable Research, 2001] has calculated, based on theories of information physics and quantum gravity, that there is an upper bound of 8.6766×1049 angels).
Everyone’s a loser. And we now look forward to barmy Boris running the Foreign Office, with his aptitude for terminological inexactitudes (lies), being offensive to foreigners, and racist xenophobia. And we might even see his American image Trump ruling the western world. That’s not to mention squeeky-clean Putin in the opposite corner.
See this article by Glenn Greenwald in The Intercept_ (25th June 2016): Brexit Is Only the Latest Proof of the Insularity and Failure of Western Establishment Institutions.
Try this for size: LibDem 404 .
This cartoon from “The Independent” refers to the report by Sir Robert Owen which said that Vladimir Putin was probably involved in the murder. Litvinenko was poisoned in November 2006 in London using a cup of tea laced with radioactive Polonium-210.
Guns with History video arguing against Amendment 2 of the US Constitution (the right to bear arms).
I have lost count of the number of people killed in the US for reasons which in any civilised country would have them prosecuted for murder. Many victims are poor and mainly black, and the killer is often a Police Officer or a Vigilante.
Then there are the High School atrocities performed because teenagers were able to buy an AK-47 or something similar. And every time, the President says that something ought to be done about the availability of firearms. And evey time the National Rifle Association comes out with the need for guns for self-protection...
See this analysis of gun violence in the USA from Wikipedia, and 1,052 mass shootings in 1,066 days: this is what America’s gun crisis looks like from The Guardian.
The full broadcast interview is here.
With thanks to David Schneider [@davidschneider on Twitter]