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From PWW to White Teeth

These screen-shot pictures describe the route from a Pacific Webworks (PWW) business plug to an example of a teeth-whitening advert.  This route is a common one for internet scammers who make use of a plethora of Fake Blogs and News sites (like here) to further promote their dodgy dealings.

In this case, the website template seems to be in a midway stage of design as the final picture shows exclusion notes in the webpage footer, but no links that the exclusions are derived from!!!  (See this comment for further info on these scammers.  I originally came across them in an investigation into Google Treasure Chest…)

Pacific WebWorks Discusses Infrastructure Improvements

Pacific WebWorks Discusses Infrastructure Improvements

Don't Break the Bank- A Mom's Trick to Whiter Teeth - London News Web Daily

Don't Break the Bank- A Mom's Trick to Whiter Teeth - London News Web Daily

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Send in the Army

No Problem

Workington has been split in two by collapsed and closed bridges

Workington has been split in two by collapsed and closed bridges

The towns of Workington and Cockermouth are now effectively isolated because all the bridges are down, washed away in the floods.

However, they are ONLY bridges, and bridges can be made and rebuilt.  The problem is the lack of communications for the towns and surrounding villages, which affects everything, not least the provision of food.

But still that’s no problem for a creative, well-fed and well-organised, industrialised country like ourselves.  Is it?

Bailey Bridges

Brcko Bridge, Bosnia.  4 days contruction time!

Brcko Bridge, Bosnia. 4 days contruction time!

By the use of their modern replacement, the Mabey Logistic Support Bridge, the towns of Cockermouth and Workington should all be fully connected by next Monday with Bailey Bridges, if our government and the people employed to plan for disasters do their jobs properly!

Places like Bosnia, Iraq, Germany – anywhere that’s had it’s infrastructure blitzed by warfare or natural disaster, all have long-lasting evidence of the effectiveness of these things.

The bridges can span 200m, take a 60T tank and only take 4-6 days to make!

If you need a wider bridge, erect two!

It’s not a problem.  Just do it.

Workington

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Thatcher’s Recession, and Now?

How Bad was Thatcher’s Recession compared to the Current Economic Slump?

Q. Well, how would you find out, exactly?

Slump's Progress

Slump's Progress

A. Surprisingly easily.  This graph here compares historical economic slumps with the current one, on a month by month basis.  It’s taken from the “National Institute of Economic and Social Research” (NIESR) website here.  Notionally, it’s an academic institution, but on examining it’s staff and management you’ll see that it’s a collection of vested interest groups, supplying a “knowledge base”.

But There’s No Denying their Facts!

Rig IIThe current slump is in black and the fall seems to have plateaued out a bit.  It’s tracking something like the red line and the green line.  So what you see is the Green Line, which is Thatcher’s Slump, being nearly as bad as the depression in the 1930s (the red line)!

However, in Thatcher’s time, Britain was awash with North Sea oil wealth!  Coal mines were still producing horrendous quantities of fuel and North Sea Gas had been on-stream for years.

In short, the country was sound with it’s own supplies of energy, dependant on no-one.  And yet, it had the worst economic state since the great depression!

So much for Thatcher’s miracle!

The current labour government has not been blessed with such good fortune during the current slump.  Britain is now a huge energy importer and is vulnerable to the vagaries of the market in oil as we saw last year.

Where Did the Money Go in Thatcher’s Time?

Thatcher Explains All

Thatcher Explains All

The legacy of Thatcher’s time in office was leaking schools everywhere, a crumbling rail network, hived off bus services that redefined “service”, a crumbling road system, paid-for medical treatment…. an almost endless list!

  • So where did the money go?
  • Where did the strategic national energy reserves of oil, coal and gas go?
  • Where did Britain’s manufacturing industry go?
  • Well the energy was burnt to get money to pay people on the dole.
  • Britain’s manufacturing (and most of the Western world’s) went to China and would have happened anyway

That leaves the money.  Where did the money go?

A. Tax havens, that’s where.

Thatcher and all conservatives of that ilk whine on about making a country fit for the entrepreneurial spirit.  But their actions, both now and historically, for the most part, go soundly against that spirit. (I’m thinking particularly of Ashcroft here who may be entrepreneurial but whose contributions to UK PLC as opposed to Tory Ltd have been minimal…)

It’s in their name – conservative.

Their gut reaction is to hoard wealth, and if they can’t do it at home, they’ll do it abroad (like Shirley Porter).  Remember, the wealth of “The City” is not derived from the re-invested wealth of landowning Tories suddenly looking for a home for their money once local industries had gone.  It comes from abroad.  There’s no way they’d invest their own money in infrastructure or development.  Sheesh!

Their other modus operandi is to do as little as possible for the country while maintaining the status quo.  Hence, this is why all large companies and financial institutions are full of the same old people, having the same background and speaking the same language.  The banks and other institutions behind the economic collapse are headed by these people, who flit from government to the military, to law, ‘business’ and finance with impunity.  Anywhere that’ll keep them busy, keep them wealthy and keep them pulling strings.

True, many do ‘charitable’ activities and are on the controlling side of many charities.  But that’s purely dressage.  Being involved with charity does not make you a good person.  You just look good.  In a truly civilised society there should be no need whatsoever for charity.  It’s a definition of civilised, or being civil, in my book.

Worms from Woodwork

Now, with the piss-poor Labour government and their own side’s resurgence all the old tories are all coming out of the woodwork again.  The odious slimery is oozing forth like the dark stain from history that it is.  The Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) is one such place.

Thatcher-Cameron

Thatcher-Cameron

The CPS, created by… Thatcher!… in 1974, proclaims it’s freedom credentials from it’s lofty privileged position.  Among it’s luminaries is Thatcher’s advertiser (Saatchi) and the European gaffer of Goldmann Sachs, one of the companies internationally bailed out with public funds and one of those businesses at the forefront of the whole current economic mess!  Most of the rest seem to have had various Tory positions over the last two decades.  So much for independent think tank!  (By the way, the CPS is a pseudo-charity – a non-profit-making organisation which relies on the donations of individuals and companies to carry out its work!!)

Part of the CPS’s ‘current thinking’ is to roll back the surveillance culture that has developed under Labour.  Personally, I can’t see it happening…

The trouble is, as has just been revealed in a book supposedly derived from recently released archive material from MI5, (The Defence of the Realm: The Authorized History of MI5), like all power-grabbers, Thatcher used MI5 for her own ends.  She used MI5 to discredit Red Robbo the Trades Union Leader and had tabs on Scargill.  Prime Minister Wilson even had the tabs on him and ordered tabs on others….  and so it goes. (see Book tells of MI5’s secret pastthe fact is that Margaret Thatcher demanded action from MI5 to deal with “wreckers” in British industry and yet it was herself that wrecked that same industry!.)

That’s why I see it as highly unlikely that Cameron, if the Tories get in, will roll back the shutters on our increasingly closeted and shuttered state apparatus.  He’s there purely to re-instate the old status quo….

  • To keep jobs for the boys
  • Re-exert the dominant power structures of the state and the wealthy, bolstering their unhealthy connections to their former pre-eminence
  • Say that all the new hospitals and schools which have replaced all the leaking and collapsing ones, would have happened anyway…
  • Say that the new fast rail links would have happened anyway without government sponsorship
  • Ensure that money stashed abroad by the wealthy remains unreachable by the state
  • Bring back smoking in pubs
  • Tax the poor to pay for the rich’s mistakes
  • Kill foxes ritually
  • Say that they’d have fixed the credit-crunch anyway..

All these and more will come under the banner of “freedom” and I’m quite sure that MI5 will be used to ensure they happen.  The media will naturally be roped in to lend a publicity hand to smooth the waters and ensure that the status quo has safe passage;  A media governed by;

  • a non-tax paying, non-resident Australian-American,
  • a non-resident Briton who prefers to pay French tax
  • and a brotherly twosome who threaten locals who don’t vote for “their man”.

Great?  Britain.

Thatcher’s Economic Legacy

  • Greed
  • Selfishness
  • The Channel Tunnel (economic disaster, multiple bankrupt)
  • M25, world’s biggest car park and fume cupboard
  • …er.  That’s it.

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The Man Who Ate the World – by Frederik Pohl

Many moons ago I read the short story with the above title.

The Man Who Ate the World

The Man Who Ate the World

Although not one of Pohl’s best works, it has nevertheless left an obviously lasting impression on me. Written in the mid-fifties, it’s a future tale of consumerism gone mad.

  • In the tale, it’s illegal not to consume as much as possible.  The hero of the story takes this to extremes and eventually is consuming more than a city, but actually, the only thing he really desires is his teddy bear which was taken from him as a child.
  • He’s never grown up.
  • He lives to eat and consume to take away his torment.

There’s not much discourse about the story on the web.  Try here and here.  You can get old copies in the usual places, but try here.

The real World Now.

The story is a warning against swallowing up the world and it’s resources.  After all;

  • it is round,
  • we really are stuck on it
  • and can’t get off
  • so if we destroy it,
  • we’re knackered.

Now amazingly, the global downturn in the world’s economies (The Credit Crunch), has made everyone believe that the only way to happiness and good fortune is;

  • to spend like we all did previously over the last few years,
  • for governments to have massive infrastructure projects,
  • to return to a time of cheap money so we can all spend, spend, spend again, like there’s no tomorrow,
  • to drill for oil all over the place,
  • to have massive battery powered cars…

Pohl doesn’t look so daft now.  These are some of the headlines below taken from today’s Business news page of the BBC News website.  (Other sites say much the same thing – it’s just handy ).  Check them out and see that I’m right – the only possible future envisaged is one like before the Crunch, but with “safeguards”, whatever that means.

It’s like a mad panic to make anything as long as someone, somewhere has enough money to buy it and thus keep someone else in work.

No thought whatsoever is being paid to the notion that the “object” being made is a useless bad object that does nothing except give a job to someone.

We’ve a long way to go until we are safe on our world!

Also, early this morning, a few young protesters from Plane Stupid became national pariahs for daring to block Stanstead runway for a couple of hours as a demonstration against the profligate use of the Earth’s resources by air transport.

The most vocal complainers about the demo were those in the 20 quid Ryanair seats having a quick break to some foreign clime – exactly the most consumptive folk on the world!  Someone on the radio said the demonstrators should “have the book thrown at them” and be locked up for 10 years at least!

Many demonstrators are indeed still locked up without charge…  They could still be in the nick, perfectly legally, on 6 Jan 2009.  The fact we know they are locked up is a bonus.   The police are within their rights not to tell anyone, who has been locked up, or why, or where.  In fact, I can be locked up for asking.  And so could you!

The man who threatened their lives by attacking them with a snowplough went home without any bother.

https://youtu.be/TcC0Eo6MTVA   What a wonderful country we have.  :-?

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One More Shot at the Warrington Cycle Campaign

Strangely post on August 18th, 2008
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With the recent (overwhelming) successes by our cyclists at this years Olympics, one would think that this would spur even more people to get on a bike, lose a bit of flab, save a bit of money or even aspire to higher things.

For all those new starters, there are one or two obstacles to overcome.  No, not the one about which bike to get or the embarrasment of wearing lycra or silly shorts.  Or even the debate about what saddle to choose.

No, it’s physical obstacles to one’s progress through towns.  Like this one, Oxford, in this month’s “Cycle Facility of the Month” from the Warrington Cycle Campaign.

A cycle path for the 22nd century


The commentary for the picture is as follows:

A cycle path for the 22nd century

After watching an episode of Star Trek, the forward looking traffic planners of Oxford were thinking about how transport infrastructure would work in the middle of the next century. Boldly predicting that by then bicycles would be equipped with teleportation devices they realised that they could save a lot of paint by designing intermittent cycle paths, with cyclists able to beam themselves from one stretch to the next.

Just remember:

  • People are paid to design, implement and layout this sort of rubbish, not sued..
  • You might know them or pass them in the street.
  • They look perfectly normal.  You just can’t tell.

You see, the heart is important, not the appearance.

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