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Stanley
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Posted -  14/11/2010  :  06:26
NEW VERSION TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR MEMBERS WITH SLOW CONNECTIONS TO CONNECT.

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Stanley
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Posted - 17/05/2011 : 05:53
In that case Catty you are destined to be perpetually dissatisfied.

Did you aee the report about the bloke who fell 200ft down a cliff at Scarborough while trying to rescue his dog? Miraculously he survived. So did the dog. I wonder if it scrambled up on its own? (Just found this link, the dog fell with him.)

See the LINK for the latest on the IMF chief.  It's all looking more and more credible as evidence emerges. Refusing him bail and imprisoning him at Rikers prison reinforces this.

Despite his absence the bail out for Portugal was agreed yesterday, 28 billion euro. Apart from the effect on the French Presidential election I notice that the incident has focussed attention in the US on the activities of the IMF. Good! I have long been worried about the motivation of many of the bail-out deals in the past. Too many of them seem to be based on monetarist thinking and focussed more on opening countries up to external investment than simply alleviating the plight of populations caught up in economic crises which were not of their making.


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catgate
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Posted - 17/05/2011 : 09:45


quote:
Stanley wrote:
In that case Catty you are destined to be perpetually dissatisfied.


I reached that conclusion some considereable time ago, Stanley. My constant wish, for the last decade and more, has be that  people would waken up and see reality, and not merely accept what the vested interests feed to them through the media. My personal contacts with Government Ministers, M.P.s,and Councillors (County and Local) has left me with a very firm view.


Every silver lining has a cloud.


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Tizer
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Posted - 17/05/2011 : 10:33
"My constant wish, for the last decade and more, has be that  people would waken up and see reality, and not merely accept what the vested interests feed to them through the media."

Mine too Catty. People seem to have become more gullible in the 21st Century, not less.


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Stanley
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Posted - 18/05/2011 : 06:27
Agreed, is it just laziness?

I'm reading the company history of Vickers at the moment. One thing that caught my eye was that in the naval rearmament race around 1900 both Vickers and Armstrongs were having a lot of problems with the Admiralty. At one point Vickers asked for a meeting with the First Seal Lord on the subject of the design and accuracy of naval guns and he replied that he was too busy dealing with matters more immediately important to the navy to see him! One wonders what they were! The chied naval architect was a man called White who blocked many improvements because he didn't agree with them. His credibility was somewhat damaged during the controversy by the fact that the new royal yacht he had designed was so unstable it almost turned turtle in dock! Embarrassing Eh? See this LINK

 


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catgate
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Posted - 18/05/2011 : 16:22


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Agreed, is it just laziness?


 I  think in most cases it is due to reading words through a closed mind and not allowing them into the cognizance area of the brain for fear of having to freadjust their outlook.


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tripps
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Posted - 18/05/2011 : 23:10
That's very perceptive Cats.  


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belle
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Posted - 18/05/2011 : 23:11
what attracted my attention just seconds ago was our new member called Cosmo morris at tesco.net......is he for real?


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Stanley
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Posted - 19/05/2011 : 05:10
Looks genuine Belle, a lady from Buckinghamshire called Marion. No posts yet but we will welcome her when she does!

Catty and Tripps, I remember reading a profile of an American President once which assessed his reception skills, on reading he was scored very highly for speed but very low for apprehension. I have a theory that our screen-based culture with constantly shifting images damages the ability to observe, think and assess the evidence. There simply isn't enough time to concentrate. 

Japan and the reactors sinks from the news until the numbers show that the economy has been pushed back into negative growth by the earthquake. Not surprising of course, far more news-worthy events for the media to focus on to feed the news junkies. Makes you wonder about our priorities. Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran, where are you now?


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Posted - 19/05/2011 : 14:17
The following piece of spam caught my attention today. It made me smile

Dear Mr. Cameron,

Please find below our suggestion for fixing England's economy.

Instead of giving billions of pounds to banks that will squander the money on lavish parties and unearned bonuses, use the following plan.

You can call it the Patriotic Retirement Plan: There are about 10 million people over 50 in the work force. Pay them £1 million each severance for early retirement with the following stipulations:

1) They MUST retire - Ten million job openings - unemployment fixed

2) They MUST buy a new British car - Ten million cars ordered - Car Industry fixed

3) They MUST either buy a house or pay off their mortgage - Housing Crisis fixed

4) They MUST send their kids to school/college/university - Crime rate fixed

5) They MUST buy £100 WORTH of alcohol/tobacco a week ......

and there's your money back in duty/tax etc

6) Instead of stuffing around with the carbon emissions trading scheme
that makes us pay for the major polluters, tell the greedy buggers to reduce their pollution emissions by 75% within 5 years or we shut them down.

It can't get any easier than that!


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panbiker
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Posted - 19/05/2011 : 15:09
Nice on Kev, I'd vote for it!


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Stanley
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Posted - 20/05/2011 : 05:42
Right, that's the economy sorted....

Meanwhile, in the real world  The alleged victim in the Srauss Kahn case is being hounded by the press. I feel sorry for the woman, caught up in an international incident, definitely not fair if the assault took place and this is surely the safe assumption. The case against SK strengthens as he is formally charged after the Grand Jury hearing. Looks more and more as though there was a fire hidden in the smoke. Interesting comment on World Service this morning that he may have been protected for years by the French privacy laws.

At the IMF the search is on for a new MD. One faction wants to break away from the custom of having a European incumbent and look further afield. The opposing faction say that now is not the time for innovation. Really?


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thomo
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Posted - 20/05/2011 : 18:56
So, a court has ruled that five British Soldiers murdered in Afghanistan were illegally killed, too damn right they were. Their poor families say that they blame the MOD, I blame the murdering Islamist bastards who sanctioned this atrocity in the name of a diversion from the true path of that religious belief. It is also said that it must not happen again. The answer from my point of view is simple, bring the troops home! and make sure that whoever remains stays there. If we encounter persons here in this country who share the desires of those who have chosen such a radical path, then send them to Afghanistan, and keep all of the "Rotten eggs" in the one basket!
And before anyone "kicks off" about the strength of that sentiment, I have Islamic friends around here who share it.


Edited by - thomo on 20/05/2011 7:02:39 PM


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frankwilk
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Posted - 20/05/2011 : 19:41
Thomo,
Our son has been 6 months in the sandy place training Afghan National Police overall he has a not to bad opinion on most of them. The majority do want their country to be better, and are willing to die for that aim. What happened in Nad Ali was really bad. I believe one of the only things to come out of all this mess is that now troops have sidearms for more personal protection. This enemy needs to be brought to heel both Home and Away.We need to preserve the
 " Human Rights " of all people who live in our country, but if you don't like our country and what we stand for then go and live in an  Islamic Republic. But as you leave you give up any rights to come back here. I agree we need to be a lot  harder on the minority of trouble makers, and expel them.



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thomo
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Posted - 20/05/2011 : 19:56
That says just about right Frank, Welcome home.


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Stanley
Local Historian & Old Fart


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Posted - 21/05/2011 : 06:00
The problem with Islam is an old one, see the Crusades and the Expulsion of the Moors from Spain. Like all deep seated matters like this the most likely route to eventual rapprochement is by talking to reasonable organisations like the Islamic Brotherhood in Egypt. They are reasoable and moderate and get very little support from the west. In particular the US refuses to take Hamas off the list of terrorist organisations even though they have now settled their affairs with Fatah and are trying to get reasonable negotiations under way. (Brokered by the Brotherhood). It's noticeable that the Brotherhood haven't taken any leading role in the 'Arab Spring'. I could be wrong about them but they look like the best option we have at the moment. The most unlikely source of any improvement is out of the barrel of a gun.


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