Saturday, 31 March 2012
Fundamental reorientation and restructuring of national and international institutions is required to overcome barriers to progress and to move to effective Earth-system governance. Governments must take action to support institutions and mechanisms that will improve coherence, as well as bring about integrated policy and action across the social, economic and environmental pillars. Current understanding supports the creation of a Sustainable Development Council within the UN system to integrate social, economic and environmental policy at the global level. There is also strong support for strengthening global governance by including civil society, business and industry in decision-making at all levels.
The last sentence talks about 'including civil society' etc. This would be wholly contradictory with the above interpretation, if it were more than a flick of the bullfighter's cape. If you have a global committee deciding things, that is the decision-making process. The ordinary individual will have absolutely no influence, and neither will any number of individuals banding together, unless they are capable of defying the military might of an angry UN.
Even more stomach-churning is Annex 3: "Supporting statement from young people representing the voice of youth". One question: WHO THE FUCK APPOINTED YOU TO REPRESENT ANYONE?.
So, go read it and seethe.
"I abhor Earth Hour. Abundant, cheap electricity has been the greatest source of human liberation in the 20th century. Every material social advance in the 20th century depended on the proliferation of inexpensive and reliable electricity. Giving women the freedom to work outside the home depended on the availability of electrical appliances that free up time from domestic chores. Getting children out of menial labour and into schools depended on the same thing, as well as the ability to provide safe indoor lighting for reading. Development and provision of modern health care without electricity is absolutely impossible. The expansion of our food supply, and the promotion of hygiene and nutrition, depended on being able to irrigate fields, cook and refrigerate foods, and have a steady indoor supply of hot water. Many of the world’s poor suffer brutal environmental conditions in their own homes because of the necessity of cooking over indoor fires that burn twigs and dung. This causes local deforestation and the proliferation of smoke- and parasite-related lung diseases. Anyone who wants to see local conditions improve in the third world should realize the importance of access to cheap electricity from fossil-fuel based power generating stations. After all, that’s how the west developed.
The whole mentality around Earth Hour demonizes electricity. I cannot do that, instead I celebrate it and all that it has provided for humanity. Earth Hour celebrates ignorance, poverty and backwardness. By repudiating the greatest engine of liberation it becomes an hour devoted to anti-humanism. It encourages the sanctimonious gesture of turning off trivial appliances for a trivial amount of time, in deference to some ill-defined abstraction called “the Earth,” all the while hypocritically retaining the real benefits of continuous, reliable electricity. People who see virtue in doing without electricity should shut off their fridge, stove, microwave, computer, water heater, lights, TV and all other appliances for a month, not an hour. And pop down to the cardiac unit at the hospital and shut the power off there too.
I don’t want to go back to nature. Travel to a zone hit by earthquakes, floods and hurricanes to see what it’s like to go back to nature. For humans, living in "nature" meant a short life span marked by violence, disease and ignorance. People who work for the end of poverty and relief from disease are fighting against nature. I hope they leave their lights on."
But I will highlight the 'suggestion' above the above in the list of 'suggestions' they wish to 'consult' on, as indicated in the title of this post. Now, I don't think they will move on this any time soon, but it brings to mind an incident I witnessed only yesterday. A young woman being refused a quarter bottle of whisky, even though she was 26 years old, and evidently over the legal restriction. But she didn't have any ID that proved this to the zealous shopkeeper. Therefore she left with her money still in her purse, and I followed, likewise with my money intact.
One step at a time, we have accepted our liberty to be taken from us, and we reap the reward for this cowardice in such ritual humiliations as I witnessed: a grown woman being treated like a naughty child. It wasn't like this in the past, and it doesn't have to be like this now, but as long as we acquiesce in our own degradation and infantilisation, we're only going to get more of the same.
As for the government's alcohol strategy, here's my suggestion:
GO FUCK YOURSELVES YOU PURITAN SCUM.
Friday, 30 March 2012
Apparently there was an AGM held last week end. There is certainly a new website in operation and a Facebook page, but there is a strange absence of names. Who is the leader? The website gives no clue. Who is the treasurer, referred to in a recent post? No one knows. Is it the same person? Is anyone else in the party? I can but guess.
However, post the AGM, some actions have been taken, one being a YouTube video, purporting to explain what the party stands for. Well, it's libertarianism Jim, but not as we know it. This is not particularly surprising, for whatever skills the erstwhile and presumably current party leader has, his grasp of the political philosophy he claims to espouse has never matched his vice-like grip over the party financial records. The only thing that hints in the right direction is a statement that the party wants to reduce taxation. Well done! What party doesn't claim that. However, this is wholly negated by the party's proclaimed belief in government-run healthcare, pensions, education and all manner of interventions. "What about drugs?" the video asks. The party's policy; 'we favour a debate' or words to that effect.
So the mystery continues, although I expect we will learn more as time passes and the party slips away to the place where so many minor parties go.
Wednesday, 28 March 2012
Sunday, 25 March 2012
Naturally, this does not amuse me, although the over-riding emotion is one of pity for whatever streak of cloudy piss finds in such subterfuge the validation for their otherwise futile and sordid existence.
To my fellow bloggers, therefore, I must warn you, that if you find a comment under my name, it may be from someone else.
UPDATE: I see I am not alone in dealing with this particular virus. Thus:
Saturday, 24 March 2012
Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess? Ye have no more religion than my horse; gold is your God; which of you have not barter'd your conscience for bribes? Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth?
Ye sordid prostitutes have you not defil'd this sacred place, and turn'd the Lord's temple into a den of thieves, by your immoral principles and wicked practices? Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation; you were deputed here by the people to get grievances redress'd, are yourselves gone! So! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors.
In the name of God, go!
Oliver Cromwell; closing speech of the Long Parliament, 30 April 1653
Friday, 23 March 2012
The European Arrest Warrant is one of the clearest examples of how this country's membership of the European Union has been used to nullify long-established protections against the violence of the state.
Let us not accept the Nuremburg Defence when it comes to this treasonous attack on justice. Yes indeed, vile scum like Graham Watson MEP, who boasts of his involvement in having the 'legislation' enacted, are guiltier than most, but guilty also are the pen-pushing Judas trash and black-uniformed goons who have taken this ludicrous warrant from the Portuguese authorities and used it to attack an innocent man.
We are told that the UK government are 'looking into the matter'. What that means in reality is FUCK ALL. The Tory Party and even more so the Lib Dems, of which vile scum Graham Watson MEP is one, are instrumental in implementing this rape of our Magna Carta rights. See below for details:
"After having served loyally for (insert no. of years), knocked on doors, stuffed envelopes, driven old dears to the polling station etc. I realise there's no hope left. The final straw was (insert as appropriate). I haven't left the Party, so much as the Party has left me."Many a sinner twixt stirrup and ground, as they say. This is, broadly speaking, a good thing for UKIP. They get some new members, a number of whom will come with a certain fire in their bellies, being new converts, and experience in local organisation. However, I think UKIP should be careful not to allow themselves to become nothing more than a refuge for rebellious tories. This will limit their appeal to a subset of a subset. Their goal has to be to widen their membership.
The UKIPers I know are all sound libertarians, and for long I've thought the Party's best interest would be served by consciously developing two antagonistic wings, one conservative, the other libertarian. There's no harm in factionalism per se. Indeed, the only way to escape it would be to remain so small it cannot become an issue. Even in this case, there are likely to be personality clashes and I would say it's better to clash over policy than personality.
Whereas I am happy to vote for the Party when the opportunity arises, I would not join under the present circumstances. It's not enough for Nigel to claim he's libertarian. I'll take the claim in good faith, but let the debate be heard, let the two sides within the Party acknowledge each other, acknowledge the division, and work out the common ground in an open and honest way. Then it may be possible for the Party to bolster itself with the numerous unaffiliated libertarians, who have plenty of energy and drive to contribute, and can appeal to a very different section of the population than the shire tory refugees, but will not engage as long as the prevailing message is skewed towards the latter.
In the wake of a massive online campaign to raise awareness, hopes are rising that an obscure and long-sought cult leader will finally be brought to justice, as agents from the elite 'Raccoon Squad' Common Purpose mercenary group close in.
The charismatic chief of the Libertarian and Swiss Constitutional Supporters Resistance Army has not been seen in years. Intelligence sources believe he has retreated into the deepest jungles of Somerset with a band of die-hard supporters, amongst whom it is held that he possesses magical powers, such as the ability to make accounting records disappear, and to enable him to exercise hypnotic control over software designers, who are then prepared to commit horrific acts of html coding, sustained only with empty promises.
Thursday, 22 March 2012
I was casting around, via a meandering path which started at 'The Battle of New Orleans', went via 'American Werewolf in London' and ended up with the above after pausing with a few numbers from Odetta. It would be overdoing it to say it was destiny ...
Wednesday, 21 March 2012
Key to interpretation:
Jack Nicholson - the government
Screaming woman - the average citizen
The door - what's left of your individual liberty and independent wealth
... or something
Sunday, 18 March 2012
Reisman then plots a path back toward sound money, i.e., a 100% reserve, gold-backed currency. The first stage of this would be to move to a 100% paper currency. This seems like the most plausible way of sanitizing the dollar, although another way forward would be to move towards private gold-backed currencies, which is discussed by Henry Hazlitt in the final part of 'The Inflation Crisis and How to Resolve it'. This would be preferable, due to it being a free market solution, but it does have one significant drawback; the high likelihood of bringing the full force of government aggression down on your head.
With thanks to Mises Institute Media
Saturday, 17 March 2012
The problem is that, even if people take different views, there has to be a common area of facts, but on this issue, no matter what evidence and rational debate is presented to overthrow the fairy tale of Roosevelt's success ( and you'd think the fact it's known as 'The Great Depression' may suggest a lack of success), it is a mammoth task to cut through the wall of willful ignorance. The enemies of liberty cannot refute the evidence of Benjamin M. Anderson, Murray Rothbard etc., who have laid out the water-tight case against Roosevelt's stinking New Deal. All they can do is cover their ears with their hands and shout 'la la la'.
Anyway, here's an interesting extract from Thaddeus Russell's 'Renegade History of the United States', which draws attention to the parallels between Roosevelt's policies and those of Hitler and Mussolini, and notes many instances where these latter two and their supporters were effusive in their praise for America's Great Dictator.
A paragraph under the above heading, by Ludwig von Mises; from an essay named 'Liberty and its Antithesis'.
Western civilization is based upon the libertarian principle and all its achievements are the result of the actions of free men. Only in the frame of a free society is it meaningful to distinguish between what is good and ought to be done and what is bad and ought to be avoided. Only in such a free society has the individual the power to choose between morally commendable and morally reprehensible conduct.
Man is not a perfect being and there is no perfection in human affairs. Conditions in the free society are certainly in many regards unsatisfactory. There is still ample room for the endeavors of those who are intent upon fighting evil and raising the moral, intellectual, and material level of mankind.
Found in the the collection "Economic Freedom and Intervention", published by Liberty Fund, and viewable here at their own Online Library of Liberty.
Four different legal philosophies about the nature of the inventor’s right were thus expressed in the patent laws of the various countries; the French, recognizing a property right of the inventor in his invention and deriving from it his right to obtain a patent; the American, silent on the property question, but stressing the inventor's legal right to a patent; the English, recognizing the monopoly character of the patent, and regarding it in theory as a grant of royal favor, but in practice regularly allowing the inventor’s claim to receive a patent on his invention; the Austrian, insisting that the inventor has no right to protection, but may, as a matter of policy, be granted a privilege if in the public interest.
Fritz Machlup; An Economic Review of the Patent System; from the introduction, page 3
Thanks to the Mises Institute
Friday, 16 March 2012
What a mockery. If Cameron gave more than shit, he'd take action in Parliament to throw the treaty out. That's what being a sovereign nation means. But he doesn't care in the least, that British citizens can be arrested and extradited for supposed crimes which, if they even happened, took place in Britain.
Aside from the US extradition treaty, there is of course the European Union Arrest Warrant, another glaring example of the monstrous infringement of our rights and liberties in this land due to the EU, and that this government has done a fat fucking zero to reverse the dismantling of our nation.
Thursday, 15 March 2012
Meanwhile he's an actual Ugandan, journalist and fellow blogger Rosebell Kagumire giving her view on the Kony campaign.
Hat tip: Infowars
Tuesday, 13 March 2012
The strongest argument in favour of the change in law seems to be: If you don't agree, you're a gay-hating bigot, who's motivated by nothing but hatred and bigotry. Bigot!
Hmm, pretty convincing, especially when liberally (sic) sprinkled with the expected sub-Dawkins 'sky-fairy' imagery and general revilement of christians, due to the fact that certain bishops have publicly disagreed.
Personally, it doesn't affect me and I don't care. It's nothing to do with me if two men want to sign a contract to each other and call it marriage. I wouldn't raise my little finger to prevent it, nor indeed to support it. I do however find it faintly ridiculous for a "marriage" to consist of two husbands or two wives. Surely you need at least one of each? This is where the astute and ever-wary Guardian reader will reach for the Bigot Hotline - "I think I've spotted one!"
I know that the government will state that this will not arise, but it will be only a matter of time before a case is taken into court of a gay couple being refused their desire to marry in a church, and a test case will be made, and it's a fair bet that the judges will rule in favour of the gay couple. The thought police will be strengthened, the windows into men's souls will be ordered open for inspection, and oppressive weight of state-imposed orthodoxy will grow heavier, and it won't be enough to not give a fuck, YOU MUST AGREE.
On top of this, I find the attempt to bludgeon any disagreement to this proposal under a hale of insults disquieting. There is no necessary connection between opposing this measure and hatred. The only hatred I have noticed is that amongst the shrill lobbyists for the law change. All this heat so that the government will change the meaning of a word! In their fantasy world, many of the proponents are fighting an heroic barricade battle against the massed ranks of theocratic power. So puffed up with their sense of moral and rational superiority, they cannot see how close they resemble the very thing they despise. Substitute the word 'heretic' for 'bigot' and the transformation is complete.
Monday, 12 March 2012
Murray N. Rothbard, from Man, Economy, and State -chapter 10; labor unions
It is not that the Taliban ever worry too much about 'collateral damage'. Whatever their vow to avenge these 'martyrs', they've made plenty of their own. But this latest event looks like the kind of thing that will drive a permanent wedge between Nato and her allies in Afghanistan, and make the people there understand that, whatever the issues, the occupation cannot resolve them.
One of the reasons for the continuing occupation is that it is easier, from a political point of view, to stay, than to pull out - or 'cut and run' as it would be called, would make it seem that all the blood and treasure was spent in vain. So, in order to maintain face, the troops will stay on, searching for an opportunity to march out heads held high, rather than scrambling onto the Saigon chopper. Such an exit has almost invariably eluded Afghanistan's would-be conquerors, but I guess there's always a first time.
Sunday, 11 March 2012
At least ninety young people abducted and stoned to death because of the way they dress - murdered by the extremist elements brought to power by the destruction of the previous regime.
According to the Mail:
Iraq's Moral Police released a statement on the interior ministry's website condemning the 'emo phenomenon' among Iraqi youth, declaring its intent to 'eliminate' the trend.Surely this kind of crazy brutality is the stuff which gets the "liberal interventionists" all hot under the collar and ready to wage war? Or maybe it makes them pause for thought, that it was they who put these murderous nutters in power? Ah, but I realise my error: there is no pause for thought or reflection amongst the "liberal interventionists". They are too busy focusing on the next task in hand. Surveying the desolation they leave in their wake would only confuse matters.
Wednesday, 7 March 2012
Judge Nap discusses the lack of difference between GOP and Democratic Party with Lew Rockwell and Jacob Hornberger of the FFF
"And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues."
Sunday, 4 March 2012
It is no surprise that the western media cheerleaders who did such sterling work propagandising for NATO during the months of bombardment have largely lost interest in covering the aftermath of Gadaffi's overthrow. Indeed, Libya is being held up as some kind of example of how such interventions should be run, with some demanding a similar mission to deliver 'peace and democracy' to Syria.
So, I am happy to read that Roger has done the decent thing and jumped over to UKIP - something the tories could easily have avoided, had they not prevented the process whereby Roger would stand down his seat and the next-in-line would take over.
I am not a UKIPer, but what that party undoubtedly needs is a few people of Roger's standing, i.e., in the same weight category as the renowned party leader. There's only so far the party can go with only one media personage.
Hat tip: Autonomous Mind