Archive for September, 2010

Link of the day

Posted in And thus the Mystery was solved Watson!, Irregular Features, Tenuous Link of the Day, Your cut-out-and-keep Guide with tags , , , on September 24, 2010 by awickerman

A masterful summary of the Labour leadership election odds from Mr E.

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Thinking Fail of the Week

Posted in And thus the Mystery was solved Watson!, Even Stevie Wonder Saw That Coming, Rantings, Your cut-out-and-keep Guide with tags , , , , , on September 24, 2010 by awickerman

From this article. A handful of Frenchmen (and a few others) have been kidnapped from a Uranium mine in Niger, probably by some nasty terrorist types. To deal with this the French defence minister says;

“For the time being, our concern is to be able to enter into contact with al-Qaeda, to have some demands… which we do not have,”

Later in the same article the French national police chief says;

“We’re now facing a peak threat that can’t be doubted. There is a specific threat against French interests.”

Could the fact French interests are being specifically targeted have anything to do with the fact that the French government is so keen to surrender that they actively chase the terrorists for their demands?

An instructive comparison could be the British government’s approach of never paying a ransom, sure some people get stranded (but then if you insist on yachting past Somalia you damned well deserve it) but kidnappers get the point and go after softer targets and governments who just give in, targets such as Frenchmen.

The true meaning of the Pope’s visit

Posted in Alas the Mystery Remains Holmes, Almost Beyond Words, Tenuous Link of the Day with tags , , , , on September 23, 2010 by awickerman

With B-16 safely out of the country we can now reveal the true purpose of his visit; organising the counter-revolutionaries to crush the inevitable workers uprising! It must be true, I read it in the Worker’s Revolutionary Party’s unmissable daily paper The News Line, a paper filled with in-depth analysis such as this;

The ruling class and the pope are joining together in an attempt to defeat the developing British socialist revolution.”

and;

“The only way out of the crisis for the workers of the UK, Ireland and the rest of the capitalist world is through carrying out the world socialist revolution and getting rid of capitalism and imperialism.”

Some people might say the site is somewhat obsessed with revolution to the point of being contradictory (cuts must be opposed by revolution, the government can’t cut enough to avoid the debt and this will cause a revolution, the debt on it’s own will cause a revolution, etc), and that the WRP is a mickey mouse organisation that could barely afford to buy a decent second hand car let alone finance revolution.  And some people would be right, but it is good for a laugh every now and then.

For those who demand scat

Posted in Alas the Mystery Remains Holmes, Almost Beyond Words, Even Stevie Wonder Saw That Coming, Tenuous Link of the Day, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on September 21, 2010 by awickerman

Do you want scat right now? I hope not but if you do then I recommend you talk to the nice chaps at SCATnow. If you’re not sure they’ll even try and convince you by answering the question ‘Why SCAT?, hopefully with a better answer than ‘Why not?’

Why Germans Can’t Tunnel #2

Posted in And thus the Mystery was solved Watson!, Irregular Features, Rantings, Tunnels, Your cut-out-and-keep Guide with tags , , , , , , on September 19, 2010 by awickerman

Today’s example of less than successful German tunnelling comes from the wonderful city of Cologne. In this example the large excavation where one of the stations was supposed to be collapse into itself, taking with it the city’s archive and over 1,000 years of historic documents.

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Outstanding Adverts #34

Posted in Irregular Features, Tenuous Link of the Day with tags , , , on September 16, 2010 by awickerman

In another one of the many occasional series for which this blog isn’t famous it is my pleasure to present this nugget of sexist joy;

Outstanding sexism from everyone's favourite Government owned car maker

This cunning and daring burst of sexism is yours from ChevyMall, the official tat seller for Chevrolet, one arm of everyone’s favourite government owned, and probably still technically insolvent, car maker General Motors.

Honestly I don’t have a problem with it but I can confidently predict there will be trouble over this, after testing the ‘All publicity is good publicity’ maxim to destruction (I doubt constant coverage of an impending bankruptcy helped GM sales) you’d have thought they’d be more careful.

In which I despair about Journalism

Posted in Alas the Mystery Remains Holmes, Almost Beyond Words, Tenuous Link of the Day with tags , , , , on September 14, 2010 by awickerman

The Standard releases the news that the investment managers of various London council’s pension funds are investing in Tobacco company stocks while said councils are also running anti-smoking campaigns.

Is this news? Really? The fund managers are doing their job (maximising the return on their client’s investment) and the councils are keeping hands-off from the decisions (as they should, imagine the complaints if they’d tried directing the pension funds towards their own pet projects!). As the article points out most London councils have a massive pensions black hole that needs to be filled and tobacco stocks are good investments, especially in a recession. Now if smoking was illegal in the UK and every tobacco company had been chased out at gun point I could perhaps see the point, but at the moment smoking is still legal and I don’t think anyone is seriously proposing a total blanket ban.

There is no point to this story, no-0ne’s done anything wrong, and more importantly what the hell is Roy Castle doing there? Seriously WTF?

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