November 6, 2013 at 9:49 am #9073
Raúl Ilargi MeijerKeymaster
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[See the full post at: Sometimes Humor Is The Best Way To Tell A Tragic Story]November 6, 2013 at 5:38 pm #8960
Illargi – why waste time reading the UK press? I know it’s diverting, but there are better ways to spend your time that don’t have you howling at the computer screen. Saying that, I’m also guilty – it’s like watching a slow motion car crash, although in this case I’m one of the passengers.
The Guardian is just as crazy as the Telegraph. I should know, I used to write for the former as their correspondent in Denmark. I emailed a good few requests to editors to write about peak oil, collapse etc – and was even willing to do it for no money on their unpaid blogs section (‘Comment is free’ haha – yes indeed). The message I always got back was ‘not interested’. Apparently writing about energy in any other way than stating over and over that it is ‘abundant’ is up there with Elvis sightings, according to the news editor.
So I gave up.
Incidentally, no doubt you saw the news about closing shipyards in Portsmouth and Glasgow today? Through all the headlines are about lost jobs the first thing that crossed my mind is ‘They’re trying to save energy’. Knock a couple of giant steel-smelting shipyards on the head, and there a bit of an energy saving for a country that is going down the drain singing ‘Rule Britannia’.
ps. You missed the Guardian article yesterday talking about immigrants wanting a share of the UK ‘bonanza’.November 6, 2013 at 10:21 pm #8965
I used to consider the Financial news put out by the MSM as funny, not any more though. It has actually turned into a disgusting cacaphony of unbearable noise.
Watching the business news on CNBC in particular is unbearable. The only way It is possible for me to put up with it is to have the mute on and just watch the prices go by on the tape.
You will hear them talking about how the entire economy is based on the sale off Apple’s new I Pad Air on Black Friday if you are not careful. Hit that mute button as soon as possible, don’t dilly dally for more than a second.November 8, 2013 at 3:26 am #8969
I know fewer comment here because the excitement of plunging stock markets isn’t happening right now. However, I think the ECB rate cut today shows that TAE is right on the mark when predicting deflation. To me, it’s becoming clearer day by day that hyperinflation isn’t going to happen, notwithstanding rising stock markets.November 8, 2013 at 1:09 pm #8971
Are you in the UK, Ken? You might want to take a look at the Dow (DJIA) and S&P 500. Odds are quite high that their tops are now behind us.November 8, 2013 at 2:24 pm #8974
Here I have an idea for you. What say you and me set up a BS (bull sh*t) export/import company. You’re based in Holland right (? ) which is a bit low lying. UK has stacks of BS so we can offload some to boost your land levels with added fertility for growing all those tulips. We can use the eurotunnel so also boosting the French economy which is about to keel over any ways (the Elite are scarpering like rats leaving the sinking ship). We could use both rail and freight, there by incentivising the building of the HS2 (high speed no.2’s). If we insist on electric vehicles for the road side haulage collection from all the local source points (house of commons ‘enclosure’, government think tanks, utilities boardrooms etc) we could also restart the UK engineering base, based on Dyson technology for instance. That would solve the front end collection problem – we just vacuum the sh*t up! 😆
Hell it might work for Hull:
There is much confusion in the minds of the media and electorate as to exactly which direction the UK economy is actually travelling. This is not easy to guess. GDP is frequently heralded as the most reliable compass. It is most certainly not, if indeed it ever was.
Let us take a look at what GDP is. How is it defined? I am comfortable with the Penguin Dictionary of Economics: “As a measure of the total flow of goods and services produced by the economy over a specific time period”. There are a number of caveats attached but they are simple and non controversial and this is not an economics paper but an aide memoire for the interested layman.
Let me give two examples of why it is such an unreliable measure of economic success. Using my Euro-constituency as my first, let us imagine I was a benevolent plenipotentiary in Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire and my subjects judged me on GDP growth for the kingdom.
At present this figure is close to zero, stifled by 20% VAT, employment legislation, business rates, EU regulation and the usual list of either engines of modern government designed to place a millstone around the neck of the wealth-creating sector.
However, I have a cunning plan. I intend to build an earth mountain on the south bank of the Humber. I intend to create this by digging the most enormous hole on the north bank. This will double the tolls on the Humber Bridge, expand massively the haulage business so create jobs for truck drivers and hence transport cafes and service stations. Health and safety expenditure will, of course expand exponentially, the council will take on more people as will highway repair companies. Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire will experience a bonanza. House prices will soar and the high street retail trade will recover. So what’s not to like?
Let us look again then at recent UK numbers. Zero point eight per cent growth in last quarter’s GDP. But what does it really mean? Money printing on an enormous scale to support the banks and recycle money into area of financial assets. Mud pies only with money substituting mud. So real money is degraded, interest rates on savings are negative, those on fixed incomes are crucified. Inflation figures are skewed by government who pretend all is well.
Because it is a financial fake boom, the apples never fall far from the tree. So London booms and the rest of the country flat-lines at best. The national debt grows, the party goes on, no longer good quality wine in the punch but home distilled rot gut. That is what this government’s figures are. Moonshine.
The government has printed £350 billion in its term of office. It borrowed £120 billion last year, spent nearly 50% of GDP and the national debt climbs at ten per cent a year. For what? A measly 0.8% in the last quarter and the government is boasting about it. How the Far East economies must laugh at us as they quietly accumulate our gold reserves and our manufacturing companies.
Godfrey Bloom is an independent member of the European Parliament for Yorkshire and the Humber
On arrival in Holland, it gets offloaded to boost existing land levels or even reclaim more, enough for another Oostvaardersplassen:
Ain’t nature a bitch! Bring back the wolves or maybe the people could go ‘Future Primitive’
Nonetheless, the literature can provide highly useful assistance, if approached with an appropriate method and awareness and the desire to proceed past its limitations. In fact, the weakness of more or less orthodox modes of thinking can and does yield to the demands of an increasingly dissatisfied society. Unhappiness with contemporary life becomes distrust with the official lies that are told to legitimate that life, and a truer picture of human development emerges. Renunciation and subjugation in modern life have long been explained as necessary concomitants of “human nature.” After all, our pre-civilized existence of deprivation, brutality, and ignorance made authority a benevolent gift that rescued us from savagery. “Cave man” and `Neanderthal’ are still invoked to remind us where we would be without religion, government, and toil.
This ideological view of our past has been radically overturned in recent decades, through the work of academics like Richard Lee and Marshall Sahlins. A nearly complete reversal in anthropological orthodoxy has come about, with important implications. Now we can see that life before domestication/agriculture was in fact largely one of leisure, intimacy with nature, sensual wisdom, sexual equality, and health. This was our human nature, for a couple of million years, prior to enslavement by priests, kings, and bosses.
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