Thursday, 23 October 2014

Canada Joins Target List

Canada has always been overshadowed by its more gobby neighbour but somehow it has always managed to avoid being too closely entangled with the country it shared the top bit of North America with as the Americans decided there was not enough war in the world and decided to spend the last 200 years rectifying it.
Now it has become a target for terrorism after the Canadian military become involved as part of the American-led coalition currently bombing Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria.
Things will now change now and it is assumed that the Parliament will adopt the paranoid fortressing techniques that already seal the White House and the Houses of Parliament into a bubble of concrete and steel.
That could be why Canada was chosen as a target, it was always the softest and easiest target of the allies but things in Canada will change now that it has been bought into the fold which could prove a watershed moment for the Canadian politicians who, if they are like the US and UK who were never ones to waste a crisis, will bring in sweeping 'anti-terror' laws.
Canadians can expect to hear lines such as 'if you got nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear' and 'everything to keep you safe' from the mouths of the government as their rights and privacy are chipped away.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Gamergater Nerds

I did find the idea of hundreds of angry game playing nerds quite funny and now they have joined forces, called themselves Gamergaters and launched a crusade to rid the gaming world of the one thing that will always be out of their reach, females.
It all began after Zoe Quinn began trying to publish a text based game called Depression Quest which so outraged the gaming community because it isn't a real game, that they stopped fondling their joysticks long enough to harass Zoe by posting her address and home phone number and forcing her out of her home.
Not content with their work so far and spurred on by their victory, they have now set about cleaning up gaming journalism and describe themselves as a victimised demographic and have contacted advertisers on gaming websites that write less than complimentary things about gamers, they particularly dislike the description that they are angry, young, white males. 
So outraged where they that they created a female character called Vivian James as some sort of protest and in the time honoured tradition of pasty faced teenagers, the gaming boards filled up with angry, young white males at the bottom of the social pecking order fantasising about having sex with her.
The internet is one of the most widest channels to broadcast views with a degree of anonymity that has ever existed and is therefore bound to attract imbeciles of all types, it is just that this latest bunch are angry white males who are probably still living at home and who's only interaction with females is through video games and internet porn so they should be pitied because to quote someone famous, being attacked by them must be like being savaged by a dead sheep.
Probably the best way to repel them would have been for Zoe Quinn to have turned up on their doorstep, they would have ran a mile if a female actually tried to speak to the socially backward Gamergaters who's sex life seems to comprise of doing it with a cartoon they drew.

Monday, 20 October 2014

The Quo's Greatest Hits

Looking through my record collection i have a few Greatest Hits albums and i may have been tempted by the new Status Quo Greatest Hits album until they committed the ultimate music band sin that raises many peoples hackles, putting new material on the Greatest Hits.
I am sure they are proud of the new songs and spent many hours refining the lyrics and fine tuning the chord changes but is it really down to the bands themselves to tell us what are their greatest hits?
Considering they have been around since the 60s they don't have a shortage of songs they could fill a CD with and i'm sure Quo fans would much prefer a couple of the old songs to ones they don't know which should be on the next album and not shoehorned into a compilation of their very best.
Knowing how the music industry mindset works, i assume the point is to encourage fans that already own the previous albums to purchase the Greatest Hits one as well just for the new songs on it.
It seems incredibly arrogant to me to include new songs which if they really were that good would stand up on their own and make an appearance on the Status Quo Greatest Hits Vol. 2.
It's as much a rip off as the 'Live Album' idea that crops it's ugly head up every now and then but that's a moan for another day.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Why Is Nobody Screaming At Obama?

Although nobody at the Nobel Committee will admit to it, when they handed the Prize for outstanding contributions in peace to Obama in 2009 it was much more to do with him not being George W Bush than anything which he contributed to peace.
Now that he has spent the last five years either bombing or threatening to bomb assorted countries around the World, the Committee would be justified in asking for their award back but they won't because for some reason Obama is still not seen as bad as his predecessor.
The same people who marched and waved banners decrying Bush for his actions in Afghanistan and Iraq seem less keen to berate the current American President for waging the kind of wars they should instinctively oppose.   
If this was George W. Bush launching these wars the streets would be flooded with screaming pacifists but as Obama is not a right wing evangelist, the anti-war crowd are not so quick to jump on a president who is supposedly on the same side even if he turned out to be just as quick to use the military as the man he replaced.
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism have just reported that the 400 drone strikes in Pakistan, a country that America is not even at war with, has killed 2,379 people of which 2,084 were not even combatants and the news didn't even make a splash.
Imagine if that kind of news came out when Bush was stomping around the globe, he was dodging shoes thrown at his head for less.     
The innocent people who die in wars are just as dead and homes are just as destroyed regardless if the Commander in Chief is a well spoken black man in a suit or a retarded cowboy in a stetson but those who screamed so loudly at the last President, seem to have lost there voice with this one.

Neck Tattoo's And Tunnel Earrings

I have nothing against tattoos, i have seen some very nice ones and some that seem to have been drawn on by a 3-year-old but there does seem to be an increasing trend of young people getting the tattoo on their necks or behind their ears.
I have colleagues with tattoo's on the arms and it isn't until you see them outside of work and in a t-shirt that you realise they are there as they are covered by shirt sleeves during the working day but short of wearing a scarf, it isn't easy to cover up a neck tattoo. 
It may look cool at 19 and you are a student but not quite such a good idea at times when you have to look professional such as at an interview or business meeting.
Same goes with the tunnel earrings which go inside the hole in the ear lobe and stretch it which is not a good look when you move out of academia and into the real world of work.
Get a tattoo by all means but get it where it can be covered up or exposed depending on the situation because getting on in work and life in general is hard enough and having a neck tattoo and huge great self-imposed holes in your earlobes is not going to make things any easier and i guarantee that when you are the other side of 30, you WILL regret it.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

400th Drone Strike In Pakistan

On October 11, the US carried out its 400th drone strike in northwest Pakistan since its strikes started there in 2004. In almost a decade, 2,379 people have been killed.  
US National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said: 'Strikes were only carried out when there was near-certainty that no civilians would be killed. The death of innocent civilians is something that the US Government seeks to avoid if at all possible'.
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, as part of the Naming the Dead project which uses Pakistani government records to research those killed by American drone strikes reported that: 'Only 295 of the 2,379 dead were reported to be members of some kind of armed group'.
Obviously the White House's idea of 'near certainty' and 'avoiding the death of innocent civilians' is very much different to the rest of ours or maybe it sees a 12.5% success rate as a job going well.

Religion From 1534 In 2014

In 1534 King Henry VIII was forbid by the Catholic Church to divorce Catherine of Aragon and marry Ann Boleyn as they did not recognise or support divorce so he jabbed two chubby fingers at the Vatican and made up his own religion, The Church of England, took back the wedding ring from Catherine and  gave it to Ann and all lived happily ever after. Well Henry did, Ann had her head chopped off two years later but we can be thankful that the Catholic Church have moved with the times and are no longer struck it the bad old days of 480 years ago.
Now we have a Pope who is looking to modernise the Church and is speaking of acceptance of divorce but in the vote of the Catholic Church synod today, he was rebuffed by the senior clerics who want to keep the divorcee's out.
It appears Pope Francis's attempt to bring the Catholic Church closer to the 21st Century was foiled by the people who want to keep it in the 16th and another nail gets hammered into the coffin lid of religion who seems intent to make itself as irrelevant as possible to people in 2014.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Flippen Hell

Around 800,000 years ago the North was in the South and the South was in the North but the Earth's Poles flipped and caused a huge headache for compass makers of the day and they may be set to be left with boxes of stock which point the wrong way as the Earths magnetic field is preparing to flip all over again.
The Earth's magnetic field is in a weakening stage right now and will continue until it weakens sufficiently that it flips itself and the Geochronology Center at the University of California, Berkeley are saying that another flip is due soon.
'It's impossible to say whether we're just seeing the first of possibly several slight movements or a true reversal' said one geologist unhelpfully but did say that they have combed the geological time line and they do not have any evidence of catastrophes that might be related to a magnetic flip.
However, if the magnetic field weakens enough or temporarily disappears during the flip, then the Earth could be hit with dangerous amounts of solar radiation and cosmic rays which is not a good thing.
Probably not a good idea to start up a compass making business anytime soon.

Native American Headdress Ban

Glastonbury has added Native American headdresses to the list of items traders cannot sell at the festival as the wearing of them by non-Native Americans is 'disrespectful'.
Apparently this is using an ethnic minority's traditional culture as novelty clothing and is a no-no and some culture academic from the University of Kent has joined in, stating that the eagle feathers in the headdress are revered and worn for specific ceremonial occasions. 'They are not everyday wear' he warns.
As the UK has a Native American population of virtually nil and i doubt if what happens over a long weekend at a music festival in Somerset is unlikely to matter much to Native Americans in the US.
As the headdress is made of beads, cloth and feathers, does that mean all these items are banned or just if they are arranged in a certain way?
I would have thought they would be better off banning U2 and other rock stars who refuse to give up even thought their best days are 30 years behind them.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Ched Evans Return To Football

Judy Finnigan has sparked a debate on the future in football of Ched Evans, a player currently due for release in the next few days after serving his sentence for rape.
Judy's opinion was that this wasn’t a 'violent' rape, it was in a hotel room and the victim had been drinking and that Evans has 'served his time' and should be allowed to get back to his job, playing football.
Finnigan has since apologised unreservedly for these comments, saying they were badly worded and that's quite right, she seemed to be implying that because the victim had been drinking and the rape wasn't violent and happened in a hotel room, it was somehow not so bad on some sort of Finnegan sliding scale of rape ordeals.
Of course this is absurd, rape is rape a life changing traumatic ordeal whether it takes place in a comfortable hotel room or in an alley and whether violence was used or not.
Putting aside the start of her bizarre and unhelpful comments, she does have a point about someone having done a crime, served their time and when they come out they should be able to continue with their lives without being punished forever.
Yes he is a nasty, odious piece of work, but he has served his time and he does have the right to work again in his professional sphere which just happens to be football.
Whether the football fans of whatever club takes him on, if they do, or the fans of clubs he plays against will allow him is another thing and the abhorrent Ched Evans has nobody to blame but himself for that.