If privatising the NHS is such a good idea, why not privatise
Your car is German. Your vodka is Russian. Your pizza is Italian. Your kebab
is Turkish. Your democracy is Greek. Your coffee is Brazilian. Your movies are
American. Your humour is Jewish. Your tea is Tamil. Your shirt is Indian. Your
oil is Saudi Arabian. Your electronics are Chinese. Your numbers are Arabic
and your letters are Latin. And you complain that your neighbour is an
immigrant? Pull yourself together! Copy and paste if you're
"A mighty, wealthy family-run organisation that can effectively buy up
politicians and police officers: we feel we have a word for that, and it
originates in Sicily rather Sydney."
The House of Commons investigation into Climategate
"found no evidence Professor Phil Jones, whose e-mails were hacked and
published online, had manipulated data.
It said his reputation, and that of his climate research unit, remained
News. So the glaciers have started rolling again then.
Apparently a couple of phrases buried in someone's email mean we're
all safe from climate change, and anyway a bit of snow in the UK means the
planet isn't getting warmer after all. Well that's a relief then. I'll sleep
well tonight. (Mmmm, how much does a climate change denier website cost? Of
the 10 biggest
corporations in the world, 6 are oil companies and 3 are car companies...)
Look out of the window in the UK and you can see that climate chaos is already
with us. Meanwhile the Leaders of the Free World are still looking for Nero's
fiddle. The US offered a 4% reduction in Copenhagen and
called it 17%. The
standard is to quote relative to 1990 levels, and we need a 40% cut to have a
chance of staying below 2 degrees warming. The "17%" was relative to 2005 so in fact meant 4%.
Proposing 4% is an insult and to call it "17%" is a bare-faced lie. The US then blamed
China for the eventual 2% deal. Business as usual, then. Time for a real
If it is not economically viable to save the
planet, then the economic
system must be wrong.
Boycott Israel goods and
Universities. ("As Professor Hilary Rose put it, the academic area is to
Israel what Rugby Football was to Apartheid South Africa.")
Does anyone remember WMD? Weapons of
What do the former head of the American Jewish Congress,
army veteran, and this Jewish history
professor all have in common?
They all think Israel is telling us a pack
of lies that much of the US and UK media are repeating verbatim, including
the BBC :-(.
What made the Gaza attacks launched on 27 December different from the main
wars fought by Israel over the years was that the weapons and tactics used
devastated an essentially defenceless civilian population. The one-sidedness
of the encounter was so stark, as signalled by the relative casualties on both
sides (more than 100 to 1..), that most commentators refrained from attaching
the label "war".. Critics described the attacks as a "massacre".
Sheffield student bombed by Israel.
(Israeli soldier: "I call it murder".)
chief economist says Marx was right!
Saying that Israel is justified in assaulting Palestine because of Hamas'
rockets is like saying the UK should have bombed Belfast when the IRA was
active. Who do our media
that they repeat this nonsense?!
Two wrongs don't make a right: the
holocaust can't excuse stealing
people's land and killing
their children. (Note to US and UK: there are simple
answers why we're targets.)
army veteran view. Protest!
As someone who has had "scientist" in my job title, I feel entitled to
question the assumptions behind the following: today (29/9/2008) I came across
a recent government-approved estimate of the funds needed to achieve the next
milestone in child poverty reduction. It was £4 billion. Now, pick some recent
headline figure about the money that "we" need to inject into the finance
industry to save "ourselves". How many multiples of £4 billion do you get to?
Worried that our leaders don't take climate
change seriously? Of the 10 biggest corporations in
the world, 6 are oil companies and 3 are car companies...
"...do you know why I think George W. Bush is so pissed off at Arabs? They
brought us algebra. Also the numbers we use, including a symbol for nothing,
which Europeans had never had before. You think Arabs are dumb? Try doing long
division with Roman numerals." Kurt Vonnegut, A man without a country
Iraq? Stop the war.
bombing and the Iraq war; but see also
crimes in progress a few hours away: