I have a moral compass. I’m a
pretty straight sort of guy.
At least we beat the BNP socialists.
Everything we did was right. We must
Money grows on trees. Economic illiteracy.
We mustn’t rush to reduce the
deficit. We must support small business.
We must spend on this, that and the other.
Where does he suppose the taxes to
keep on borrowing will eventually fall?
Once again, fascist Labour have spent
Britain into the poor house. So vote for us and let us
do it again.
We’ve centralised and stolen
British liberties. I will not let the coalition take away
from us our concern for liberty.
We believe in fairies - hooooraaaaayyyyyy!
“We are the optimists”.
No, they are the Vandals of history, the Vandals both
in propaganda and in historic materialism.
“My beliefs, my values are my anchor and when
people try to drag me, as I know they will, it is to
that sense of right and wrong, that sense of who I am
and what I believe, to which I will always hold.”
[Quoted from bbc.co.uk]
“....A few months ago NASA Chief Charles Bolden
announced that from now on the primary mission of America's
space agency would be to improve relations with the
Muslim world. Come again? Bolden said he got the word
directly from the President. "He wanted me to find
a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much
more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel
good about their historic contribution to science and
math and engineering." ...”
“ ...a letter the Obama Administration sent to
Scotland a week before the event in which it said that
releasing Megrahi on "compassionate grounds"
was acceptable as long as he was kept in Scotland and
would be "far preferable" to sending him back
“Combining its usual litigious absurdity with
economic obtuseness, the Equality and Human Rights Commission
compounded the IFS farrago with its own pronouncement:
the Budget could be in breach of the 2010 Equality Act
if it showed no regard for the possible impact on “social
equality”. This is tantamount to saying that no
government may interfere with the right of people to
be dependent on state benefits – and furthermore,
that those benefits must be maintained at a level that
guarantees the “equality” of recipients
will not be damaged.”
“There are two major problems with this concept:
being “lifted out of poverty” by government
action meant that benefit payments were nudged up by
marginal increments so as to push the poor just above
the statistical level of relative poverty. The boundary
that they crossed might make little difference to their
actual quality of life, but, on paper, they were “out
of poverty” – at least until the next jump
in the general standard of living put them arithmetically
back into relative poverty, thus necessitating another
increase in benefits to pull them once more across the
magic line, etc, etc.”
the pretendy government ‘inflation’ figures
are still magically low - meanwhile in the real world...
“Cost of weekly shop soars 59% in three years
Tuesday, 17 August 2010
“Ahead of new official inflation figures being
published today, a report has revealed that prices of
basic foods are far outstripping inflation.
“Figures from mySupermarket.co.uk show that the
cost of staples such as flour and rice has soared over
the past three years, with pasta and noodles up by more
than half, the grocery comparison site said. Rice has
climbed 59 per cent while flour is up 58 per cent and
pasta is up 51 per cent.
“Other pantry essentials have also rocketed in
cost, with tinned meat up 53 per cent, tea up almost
a third and bread and eggs both up almost 20 per cent.
Over the same period, the official inflation figure
has increased by just 9.1 per cent.” [Quoted from
Savers cannot get a real return.
Note the usual misuse of the word ‘inflation’.
“Once customers need to pay tax on their savings,
they cannot stop inflation eroding the value of their
cash. Higher-rate taxpayers require a return of 8pc
to match RPI inflation, and basic-rate taxpayers require
a 6pc return.” [Quoted from telegraph.co.uk]
CPI, which is just about nothing to
do real with inflation, is presently 3.1%. RPI is 4.8%]
The BBC, as usual, supinely and dishonestly
pumps out government propaganda.
Widely lowering wages also magnify
the effects of fascist ‘New’ Labourbacked-up inflation on the
poor and powerless.
“You can see why the Government proposes to measure
inflation by the Consumer Prices Index or CPI , which
we are told today is rising at an annual rate of 3.1
per cent, rather than the Retail Prices Index or RPI,
which is more than half as high again at 4.8 per cent.
Both figures fell slightly in the year to July –
from 3.2 per cent and 5 per cent respectively in June
– but CPI will produce much lower costs for the
Government and employers when they calculate how much
pensions should rise in future.” [Quoted from
“In her 2006 book, Generation Me, Twenge notes
that self-esteem in children began rising sharply around
1980, and hasn’t stopped since. By 1999, according
to one survey, 91 percent of teens described themselves
as responsible, 74 percent as physically attractive,
and 79 percent as very intelligent. (More than 40 percent
of teens also expected that they would be earning $75,000
a year or more by age 30; the median salary made by
a 30-year-old was $27,000 that year.) Twenge attributes
the shift to broad changes in parenting styles and teaching
methods, in response to the growing belief that children
should always feel good about themselves, no matter
what. As the years have passed, efforts to boost self-esteem—and
to decouple it from performance—have become widespread.
“These efforts have succeeded in making today’s
youth more confident and individualistic. But that may
not benefit them in adulthood, particularly in this
economic environment. Twenge writes that “self-esteem
without basis encourages laziness rather than hard work,”
and that “the ability to persevere and keep going”
is “a much better predictor of life outcomes than
self-esteem.” She worries that many young people
might be inclined to simply give up in this job market.
“You’d think if people are more individualistic,
they’d be more independent,” she told me.
“But it’s not really true. There’s
an element of entitlement—they expect people to
figure things out for them.”
“Ron Alsop, a former reporter for The Wall Street
Journal and the author of The Trophy Kids Grow Up: How
the Millennial Generation Is Shaking Up the Workplace,
says a combination of entitlement and highly structured
childhood has resulted in a lack of independence and
entrepreneurialism in many 20-somethings. They’re
used to checklists, he says, and “don’t
excel at leadership or independent problem solving.”
Alsop interviewed dozens of employers for his book,
and concluded that unlike previous generations, Millennials,
as a group,“need almost constant direction”
in the workplace. “Many flounder without precise
guidelines but thrive in structured situations that
provide clearly defined rules.” ”
“...the U.S. may be in for its third jobless
recovery since 1991. The recession bottomed in March
of that year, and unemployment kept increasing for 15
months, reaching 7.8 percent in June 1992. Similarly,
the last recession ended in November 2001, and unemployment
didn’t peak until reaching 6.3 percent in June
2003.” [Quoted from bloomberg.com]
US unemployment is now 9.5%, ever nearer
to EUSSR rates.
Of course, ‘unemployment’
is difficult to assess in a world of ever-increasing wealth,
measurements based in dole claimants, two-job living units,
part-time working, ever increasing automation and associated
productivity growth and optional lack of jobs.