The lion, and the hypocrisy.

Oh, the sheer terror of it all! The black headlines flood onto the pages and the screens, all stating one thing only; ‘How cruel, how terrible, how unfeeling; and on, and on, ad infinitum’. A  cross-section of those headlines read: ‘Global anger reaches Minnesota’, ‘Justice for Cecil’, and  ‘The hunter is hunted’; as well as ‘Dentist who killed Cecil regrets his actions!’ The target of all this wrath? Some monstrously-inhuman serial killer who is targeting people named Cecil? No folks, all this ink and false indignation revolves around an American who fired a cross-bow bolt and wounded this particular lion in Zimbabwe, before tracking the animal and finally despatching it with a bullet. The terrible story evolves when it was revealed that the lion had been lured away from the protection of a game park, and then ambushed by this bloodthirsty dentist, who had paid $50,000 for the privilege of shooting this  lion. Further news shook the world’s population  when it was revealed that the lion actually wore a tracker collar, which had been fitted as part of some spurious scientific survey or other. Real live ‘celebrities’ were quoted as expressing their horror at the mindless slaughter of a proud animal, just to feed the trophy wall of a rich tourist. Worse was to follow, as can be seen from perusing this particular section of what is loosely termed ‘Social Media’. As Joseph Conrad might have put it “he cried out twice, a cry that was no more than a breath: The horror! The horror!”.

The Zimbabwean game hunter and his tracker have been arrested on charges of poaching, and Vegetarians Worldwide are seeking to have the dentist arraigned on charges of assisting King Herod and the slaughter of the Innocents. (well, yes; I exaggerate, but only by a small amount).

Has anyone stepped back, metaphorically speaking, and gazed at this ludicrous non-story, and checked out the enormous hypocrisy behind this explosion of fake anger and total lunacy. What has actually happened? We, as Homo Sapiens, are literally at the head of the global food chain, and we kill literally millions of animals, birds and fish every single day so that we might eat, and prosper, and survive. We are a predator species, and whilst accepting that an American dentist was not hunting for food, we must accept that he was following in the footsteps of our ancestors going back to the dim mists of time. We hunt, we kill; even at second-, third- or even fourth-hand, because when we visit a supermarket, or a corner store to buy readily available protein in the shape of chicken, or beef, or pork; we automatically must accept that some animal or other species has been killed to provide that protein, so that we might survive. Vegetarians may state that they live perfectly well without the sacrifice of a living thing, and they have as much right to that belief as anyone else; but it is not a majority viewpoint. Hunters kill and claim their trophies every day, all over Africa, excepting of course where the locals are too busy killing each other;  South Africa operates legal trophy hunting as do many other countries, so what is the problem? Why the fury, the snot and the anger? We accept, in silence, the bloody ritual slaughter within British slaughterhouses which is dictated by the Muslim Halal and the Jewish Kosher rituals, so why the vicious headlines about the death of one old lion?

The real hypocrisy, in my own viewpoint, is in the silence on where this non-story emanates from, namely Zimbabwe. Where are the headlines about everyday life in this poverty-stricken nation, which once owned the proud title of the bread-basket of Southern Africa? Where are the headlines about the farms stolen from the owners who are just as much African as the thieves who have legally, and illegally, stolen 90% of the farms in this once-productive country? Where are the stories in the major newspapers the world over about the total theft and hijacking of the richest diamond deposits discovered in the last ten years? Where are the postings on ‘Social Media’ about the everyday misery of those unfortunates not to be either in Government jobs, on the payroll of unscrupulous and murderous politicians, or on the trucks and cars which ferry the bully-boy gangs from Zanu-Patriotic Front who masquerade as the new ‘War Veterans’ when they arrive and terrorise any meeting of which their masters do not approve! I link, without further comment; to a blogsite which I read regularly, which gives an insight into the everyday struggles to survive, in a country which I visited twice; and in doing so drove through that same Hwange Game Park which was the lion’s hunting ground: that country which once was so prosperous it exported millions of tonnes of food.

Now that’s Education…..Black Africa Style!

The schoolkids in the City of Port Elizabeth are said to be rioting over the standards of education in the schools.

Nonsense, they seem to have a real grip on the fundamentals (click on thumbnails) of various disciplines, such as:-

anewtonfirstNewtons First Law,….. which states that every object will remain at rest or in uniform motion until compelled to change by an outside force

anewtonsecondNewtons Second Law…… Acceleration is produced when a force acts on a mass. The greater the mass (of the object being accelerated) the greater the amount of force needed (to accelerate the object).

anewtonthirdNewton’s Third Law ……For every action there is an equal and opposite re-action.

anewtonlawthermodynamicFirst Law of Thermodynamics – Energy can neither be created nor destroyed. It can only change forms.

Those whom the gods wish to destroy…..        

Being a fairly rational soul, I just cannot fathom the reality which certain people, nearly all of whom are politicians or high-profile so-called sporting celebrities, seem to wish to reside in. Times without number, we see men and women in high office or public standing, brought low as a direct result of truly foolish, usually sexual but not always, behaviour. Is it simply hubris, that strange sensation which tells them that ‘they can get away with it’; or ‘no-one is watching’, or the last and probably the most foolish, ‘no-one can touch me because of who I am’?

The list is endless, but just the latest in a long sordid line are the revelations regarding Lord Sewel, some cocaine and a couple of prostitutes who were obviously more mercenary than usual. Here is a man who was at the very backbone of political life, and he throws it all away for what? Seemingly for very little indeed. John Buttifant The Lord Sewel, Baron Sewel CBE, BA, MScEcon, PhD, LL.D., by very virtue of the letters after his name and title, is not a daft man; he’s got a Degree, a Masters, a PhD, and he piloted through the Lords the whole Scottish Devolution kerfuffle. Okay, he didn’t do the last job totally by himself, but his finger was on the thread, and his team did the business. So why the hookers? Why the totally stupid faffing about with an orange bra? He’ll be lucky if he’s not doing time along with the ordinary criminals, except, if he is charged, it’ll probably be a stiff slap on; no better not, he may enjoy that!

The list of politicians who have grovelled for forgiveness just goes on, with the name of John Prescott, he who ‘WorkedForCunard’ featuring prominently, alongside such paragons as Jeremy Thorpe, cleared of plotting the murder of his homosexual lover, but really as guilty as sin; David Mellor for having taken a holiday courtesy of the PLO, as well as screwing some whore; Neil Hamilton for taking cash for questions from that paragon of virtue Mohammed Fayed. John Major, the man who would later become Prime Minister, screwing Edwina Currie in a four-year long affair: the mind boggles, not for the affair, but for risking everything for a screw with the Westminster Bicycle?

Move the red-lined ‘scope towards the ‘Celebs’ and the target area becomes almost too rich, with the ‘clean-living family man’ image of the wealthy Ryan Giggs ever-so-slightly tarnished after the super-injunction failed to stop the news of his sexual activity with some slapper, and then the bombshell of his eight-year affair with his brother’s wife; then the strangely-hushed reporting of the suicide of some football bloke called Gary Speed. or the strange case of the ex-wife of the Sultan of Brunei who claimed she could silence the UK Parliament over the facts of her abortion and gambling. (follow the link, and search for ‘Burby’) As I wrote, there are too many to select more than a few names, but the reader must get the picture. The ‘sportsmen’ or celebrity builds up a reputation with a sporting ability, which appears to draw a fan following; they parlay that ability into the big bucks, and then; what happens? Do they lose sight of their character? Do they realise the pressure which their screwing around places on their families? Do they even care?
The reason for my writing is important, for one of the very few freedoms given us by our rulers is under review. It is true that Sewel’s ruin would have been made public without the Act; but we would not have learned about the scope of the Expenses scandal without it. A great many stories have come under scrutiny because of the Freedom of Information Act, and the politicians have learned to detest this one Act, which makes them ‘reveal all’. A committee has been formed to scrutinise the Freedom of Information Act, and as Tony Blair himself stated that his one regret was proceeding with this Act, we can only watch and listen as our freedoms are once more curtailed, by the very people who said it would be so good!

‘ I was misinformed’

My all-time favourite film is the black-and-white masterpiece ‘Casablanca’ starring the inimitable Bogart and Bergman, as well the masterly performance of Claude Rains as the corrupt, yet strangely incorruptible Casablanca Police Captain. My favourite scene and words  were :-

Captain Renault: What in heaven’s name brought you to Casablanca?

Rick: My health. I came to Casablanca for the waters.

Captain Renault: The waters? What waters? We’re in the desert.

Rick: I was misinformed.

anagasakibombTowards the end of this morning’s ‘Toady’ Programme on the Beeb, we were treated, if that is the appropriate term, to the usual left-wing, biased and totally one-sided critique of the American decision to end the War against Japan. That end, encompassed in total by the release of two atomic weapons, jolted the Japanese military out of their self-imposed security blanket which itself was comprised of a million volunteers for suicide, all presumably carrying explosives or grenades, who had pledged to protect the Emperor and the Homeland; along with a still-impressive and dedicated Army, and the tattered remains of the once –proud Air Force, itself a shadow of its former grandeur, and mostly comprised of the Kamikaze elements, whose pilots had been taught how to take off, but little else.

The American (had to be an American) named Schlosser, was himself of the ‘Flee, for we are all doomed’ mentality, argued in level, apocalyptic tones that all fissile material should have been surrendered to the UN in 1946 (just imagine those clowns being in charge of 16,000 warheads anywhere in the present day, when the former head of the UN Human Rights Committee was Libya, then run by the totally reliable and lucid Muammar Quaddaffi), and whilst the present-day technology to supervise was American, and therefore the best, these warheads were still an accident waiting to happen. We were also given a glance at the writings and broadcasts of John Hersey, who wrote of the awesome and awful consequences of those atomic weapons, and how terrible it all was, and America should have done something else besides drop two bombs which stopped the war. America should have invaded, he opined; and counted the cost of a prophesied million-odd American military lives as one worth spending, against the ruthless killing of approximately 250,000-odd enemy lives killed in two split seconds by one uranium-, and one plutonium- bomb. We were also told that Mr. Schlosser has a new book out, but we were not told that his book is yet another well-researched (by him, with his slants, and his editorial input) blast against the nuclear weaponry which has, strangely enough, kept the global peace since those days in early August 1945.

Speaking purely for myself, as I always do; I am more than happy to be reassured that we had the likes of F.D.R., and after him the business-like Harry Truman in charge of the business of War; mainly because they were interested in one thing, and one thing only; how to end the war whilst protecting American and Allied lives. If they could do so by wiping out two cities, and thus impress the Japanese military that much more was to follow, their job was done. Afer all, the Japs started that particular shin-dig, and it was up to the Americans to prove that they could be just as ruthless towards the enemy, as that enemy had proved ruthless towards America.

Mike’s News-Grab and commentary!

This morning, courtesy of the BBC’s Toady (sorry) Today Programme; we were treated, if that is the appropriate term, to selective segments of propaganda disguised as news items; I term them ‘propaganda’ because only one side of an argument is given or portrayed; with absolutely no chance of a considered discussion, especially from opponents of whatever subject is being discussed. They ranged from an impassioned critique of an EU Commission proposal to harmonise Wildlife protection measures; to the maundering pronunciations of a Lame-duck US President on why the United Kingdom must remain wedded to the European Union.

  • A five minute report on the evils of gambling in Australia, and how awful it was, and all that compulsion, ‘n everything: innit?
  • We heard how Prez. Barack Hussein Obama is heading back to his (Partly) ancestral homeland of Kenya, and how excited he was to speak of the ‘entrepeneurs’ who were enlivening the Kenyan business culture: and we then heard from two of Kenya’s ‘business elite’ about how successful they were, and it was all due to capitalism; or sleight of hand, or something ( No mention of the billions stolen by the larcenous Kenyan governments; but thats all because ‘boys will be boys’, and that).
  • Some RSPB woman commenced  an impassioned critique of an EU Commission proposal to harmonise Wildlife protection measures; and how it was all wrong, and the birds were all doomed, and it was just terrible!
  • A Sutton Trust spokeswoman declared that ‘social mobility’ was at risk because Academy schools in England were unable to improve the results of their ‘disadvantaged’ students. No mention was made of two facts which may impinge on those same results: it was possible that the whole idea of ‘Comprehensive education’ was actually ‘shit’ and; the other possibility was that the kids were either uninterested, or just plain thick!
  • We were told that Chris Froome, a cyclist, was believed to be loading up with high-performance chemicals and drugs during the ‘Tour de France’, which I discovered was a form of mental torture for millions of fat Frenchmen who just could not get over the fact that yet another Englishman was beating the crap out of their fellow countrymen.
  • Glaxo SmithKline informed us all that they had discovered a vaccine for malaria, but it would only be suitable for kids over one year old. It was also implied that, because the African countries where malaria was endemic were very, very, poor; lots of liberal idiots believed that GSK should give this vaccine away, despite this medication costing literally tens of millions to invent and produce, and GSK should not be allowed, under any circumstances, to actually make a profit!
  • Obama featured once more, in an interview in the White House (oh how they must hate that name) and stated that Great Britain must stay in the European Union, becozz its such a good place, and becozz of ‘trade’, and becozz of the UK’s former lap-dog approach to America’s military adventures; spoiled only by our blunt refusal to bomb Syria’s Assad.
  • We were then told of the dicovery of a planet named ‘Kepler-452b’ and how it was just possible that life may exist outside our Solar System, and how exciting this was, and how squillions more money was needed for more ‘research’, and telescopes, and things like that!
  • Some bloke then was interviewed about some snake, or it may have been a lizard, which had lived some hundred million years ago, which had been re-discovered in some museum in Germany; which was ‘dead interesting’ and also exciting; or something.
  • The NHS also featured, and we were told how Emergency Care  stuff and things were gonna’ get better, but not, unfortunately; for a long, long time; probably about the same length of time as the snake’s remains had been in the museum!

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Not a single F”#***ing penny!

Very shortly, the whole 50-odd million of us who live in England  will wake up to find that, if they visit a supermarket, they will have been the victims of a massive robbery, and they will not be able to complain, or alert the authorities, because this particular crime has been perpetrated by Parliament. Courtesy of Nick Clegg, the alleged MP, along with a staunch follow-up crew from the Daily Mail, they ran a campaign to make everyone who shops at English supermarkets BUY the plastic bags at 5p a pop, with an estimated turnover profit of around £90 million, per year.

These pricks who obviously have never been near a supermarket, and thus have never had to carry their own purchases to a car, have built this Tax to hit everyone but them, and its all for such a good cause!

Whether the so-called environment actually needs protecting is, to my mind, a moot point; what with uniformed Council would-be Nazis jumping on someone for dropping fag-ash on the pavement, but the vast majority recycle the damn things anyway, so what’s the point of making us buy them? Are we going to get our money back if we return or re-use them? I doubt it very much!

aplasticbag2The Act of Parliament which authorises this wholesale garbage goes into such detail as the thickness of the bags, etc., but the one thing it does not stipulate is of course who is going to be the beneficiary of all this lovely cash. The Act primly states that it (the £90-odd million) should go to good causes, so can’t you see the slavering jaws of the greedy clowns from the scum who run the RSPCA, the RNLI, along with the Oxfam Vultures who endorsed the phone campaigns against those who suffer from Dementia; and all the usual suspects as they hammer at the back doors of Tesco, Sainsburys, and the rest, blood in their eyes at the very thought of all that money going up for grabs!
The solution? Use or recycle old bags; buy long-lasting bags, anything: but don’t give 5p, never mind £5.00, to the slavering herd who will be all over the cash, demanding ever more for their f’#**ing so-called blood-sucking Charities!