Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Part Time Tories

It's all turning a bit tasty as we edge closer to the May election, and on the agenda now is MPs second jobs.
Ed Miliband has accused David Cameron of failing to limit the outside earnings of MPs, after the government rejected a Labour proposal to ban MPs from having paid directorships and consultancies
Miliband, who seems to be finally finding his feet, reminded the Prime Minister of his 2009 quote that: 'Double-jobbing MPs won’t get a look in when I am in charge' which flustered the PM as yet another blow landed on his shiny, moon-like face.
This all follows on from Jack Straw and Malcolm Rifkind being caught offering to use their positions as politicians on behalf of a fictitious Chinese company in return for thousands of pounds.
A quote from a Tory MP summed up everything that is wrong with the Conservative Party when he explained that an MP's salary (£67,060 plus £40,000 expenses) is 'not meant to be a full income'.
Remember that in May, vote Conservative and you get someone who will consider £100K part time earnings and dedicate part time hours to their constituents accordingly.

71 Days to go and Google Trends is still showing a thumping great win for Labour with Ed's party  winning 4 times the votes of the Conservatives but annihilation for the Liberal Democrats.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Church Telling Voters To Vote Labour

I have never read the Bible but from the little i do know about it that Jesus chap was always droning on about poverty so it is only expected that the Church of England has stuck it's head above the pulpit to say that when it comes to the election, we should vote 'with the good of others in mind'.
Although they do not directly endorse a particular party, it is obviously painting a big red arrow towards the Labour Party which has upset the Conservatives who have complained that 'There is a very definite left wing leaning to their message'.
After five years of right wing Conservative policies, most people are poorer and more worried than they were and with David Cameron upping the rhetoric recently against people who are poor, young, ill, fat, addicted or unemployed, people who were already very unlikely to vote Conservative, they can consequently be alienated and castigated without electoral cost so it is about time someone spoke up for them and the Church has stepped forward.
The 52 page letter boils down to the liberal conviction that society is better when rather than seeing an obese person or someone out of work we don't think like the Conservatives and think how can we punish them but show compassion and look for ways to help them.
Compassion for someone worse off than ourselves should always be the first emotion and not anger and conspiring ways to punish them for being worse off.
Not often i find myself in agreement with the Church and there are many sides to the Church that i find abhorrent, the treatment of gays and women for starters, but in this case they are spot on so What Would Jesus Do?
Not vote Conservative that's for certain.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Anyone Seen Arnie?

Watching the news brings home that there are plenty of ways that we could go to meet our maker before our time ranging from catching Ebola to be mistaken for an unarmed black person by an American policeman. There is also North Korea, Nuclear War, Artificial Intelligence rising up, stray Asteroids, Al Queada, fracking poisoning us all, drugs, Vladimar Putin, Assad, ISIS or climate change so just to make sure we don't get to chime in the 22nd Century, they have only gone and upgraded the Large Hadron Collider.
The piece of machinery that can already create black holes is due to be restarted after scientists doubled it's power so they can now smash particles into each other at just a hair less than the speed of light, a speed unprecedented in human history.
'These collisions produce a cascade of subatomic particles and radiation that provide clues about the building blocks of matter' said one scientist at CERN, adding excitedly: 'Some of these particles are new and are not usually seen outside of such collisions. The more energy in the collisions, the greater chance that something interesting will show up'.
As my scientific background consists of writing my initials in bacteria in a petri dish and burning the sleeve of my blazer on a Bunsen Burner at school, i may not be best qualified to pass comments on things of a scientific nature but won't a collision of particles that made a black hole, if smashed into each other at twice the speed, just make a twice as large black hole?
It's one thing discovering the Higgs Bosun but not much use if we are disappearing over the Event Horizon and sucked into oblivion a fraction of a second later. 
Where are the Terminator types coming back in time to stop us making such a catastrophic error because if ever a leather clad man wielding a shotgun on a motorbike saying 'Hasta la vista, baby' whilst riding around Switzerland is required, it's now.

Another UKIP Racist Exposed

Thinking of voting UKIP in the upcoming Election? Are you concerned that some of their views don't quite mesh with yours but are considering a vote for 'something different' to the main parties?
Listen to what Rozanne Duncan who is a UKIP councillor, has to say to the UKIP press officer and give some thought to the calibre of people who make up the party.
"The only people I do have problems with are negroes. And I don't know why. I don't know whether there is something in my psyche or whether it's karma from a previous life or whether something happened to me as a very, very young person and I've drawn a veil over it - because that sometimes happens, doesn't it? But I really do have a problem with people with negroid features'.
To their credit UKIP have since expelled her, a decision Mrs Duncan claimed was due to a 'hidden agenda' and insisting that there was nothing "racist or derogatory" in what she said.
She said: "I don't regret saying it. I don't regret anything, that's the truth. I still honestly believe that what I said was never at any time racist or derogatory'.
This comes hot on the heels of UKIP's Thanet South chairman Martyn Heale speaking about the media attention over his past membership of the National Front and explaining that: 'For Christ's sake, I was never a member of the Gestapo. I was not a member of the Stasi, I never served a term of imprisonment in my life'.
With members like these, we can hope that if you were considering a vote for UKIP, the Labour Party, Conservatives, Lib Dem's don't look quite so bad now.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Rise Of The Female Ai

I have spent a lot of time with my Sat Nav this past week and the lovely, soothing female voice telling me to take the next exit and then perform a U-turn at which point i would turn to my phone and Cortana who again in a pleasant female tone would tell me she couldn't answer my question.
Although their is an option for a male voice to take you the wrong way on the motorway, the default voice for many artificial intelligence systems does seem to be female and after watching a programme about robots, it seems that most of the humanoid robots are also.
I have asked why the female form and voice are used in these types of things and the answer is that females are less threatening for the users then males which does make sense but i am sticking with my original thought that if it is intelligence, and male, if follows that it must be artificial so they use female voices instead.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

All Together

HM Revenue & Customs say that tax evasion costs the UK economy £34bn a year and figures from the Department of Work and Pensions put the total amount of money lost to benefit fraud was around £2bn a year.
A goldfish and a bank account in your dogs name in Switzerland to anyone who can guess which of these the Government has put the most resources and media advertising into combating.

A cleaner confessed to benefits fraud of £25,000 while a wealthy property dealer and Football Club Chairman was found to have hid a six-figure sum from the taxman.
A cigar and a HSBC computer mouse-mat to anyone who can guess which one got a 7 month prison sentence and which one got a penalty of 10% of the amount in return for anonymity.

Ian Duncan Smith, the current Secretary of State for Work and Pensions has ordered a crackdown on 'people that take money for doing nothing from hard working taxpayers which makes my blood boil'.
A buff coloured envelope stuffed with used tenners if you can guess which politician was investigated by the House of Commons Select Committee on Standards and Privileges to have claimed money from the taxpayer for his lunches, haircuts, food for his own home, a mirror for his flat, his laundry and his underwear and dubious salary claims made on behalf of his wife that were paid out of the public purse which the Committee described as 'inappropriate'.

All in it together remember.

Man 0 Bull 1

A man has had to undergo extensive surgery in a Spanish hospital after he was savagely gored during a bullfighting festival where spectators run ahead of the rampaging bull.
The man needed a three-hour operation because of the wounds, which included injuries to his thighs and back muscles, according to surgeon Enrique Crespo who said it was: 'the biggest goring wound I've ever had to operate on'.
Hang on...maybe it i wait a few seconds....i think it's....nope, nothing.
No matter how hard i try i just can't dredge up any sympathy for him whatsoever and just think if you are idiotic enough to want to run in front of a bull and the bull manages to catch you, you are still an idiot but one with massive gores in your back and thighs.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Conservative Diversion Tactics

The Tax Evasion conversation was getting a little bit too hot for the Conservatives, especially as almost daily yet another Conservative Party donor was found to have been squirrelling away funds to avoid paying tax so they have tried to deflect every ones view with yet another policy that being 'You will lose benefits if...'.
The latest plan is to take away benefits of anyone out of work who is obese, on drugs or alcoholic and has been received warmly by the Parties voters who don't seem to ever get bored with bashing and demonising the people at the bottom but are much more reluctant to condemn the people at the top denying the treasury tens of billions. 
To those who think this is a good idea, just hope you never become unable to work because you just may find yourself suddenly dependent on a state that may refuse to help you.
It takes a special type of monster to turn the safety net into a stick to beat people out of safety and we can only hope that come May the nasty party won't be anywhere near power to implement their poisonous ideology. 
The other parties should keep the focus on the tax dodgers, those who willingly withhold paying tax while enjoying the benefits that the rest of us taxpayers in the country pay for.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Hello Universe

Scientists at a US science conference have said it is now time to actively try to contact intelligent life on other worlds and are debating just what the message from Earth should be.
The first problem i forsee is that aliens would not have evolved and developed the same technology as us on Earth. We know there is no life except us Earthlings in our Solar System and the nearest solar system is Alpha Centuri which is 4.367 light years away, or a tad over 20 trillion miles, while we recently discovered the light from an 11 billion year-old star so what if life formed on one of the planets revolving around that particular star which would be so far advanced of us that our attempts at contacting them would be the equivalent of us sending smoke signals to their email account.  
In the opposite direction, we will not have the technology to catch communications sent by a civilisation many millenniums further down the communications evolutionary time line than us.
The chances of an alien civilisation having the equipment to not only catch our 'Hello Universe' message but to be able to decipher it and answer us in a way we would understand is less than negligible.
For all we know they may be sending us messages daily but we are not far enough advanced to know what they are and ignore them.
Secondly, do we really want to announce ourselves to a hugely advanced civilisation that would view us with as much disdain as we view an irritating insect or judge that we are a waste of good atmosphere and incinerate us on sight. 
Thirdly, if science fiction films are anything to go by, the first thing the alien life form asks is to be taken to our leader and that needs sorting out if we are going to send out invites to them to come check us out because it would just be embarrassing in front of our intergalactic brothers and sisters if we just stand there scratching our heads while trying to work out exactly who the Earths leader is.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Left Wing Atheists v Right Wing Religionists

Using the Google search facility, we can write in Left Wing Blogs and find approx 36 million of my like minded breatheren spreading the love but write in Right Wing Blog and there are almost double the amount with 70 million cluttering up the place. Probably foaming at the mouth as they exercise the few braincells they have by pounding the keyboard with their fists and ranting about how GWB was a misunderstood genius. 
Writing in 'Atheist Blog' we have a choice of 18 million places we can go and read about all things Darwin but write in 'Religious Blog' and the choice is an astonishing 176 million blogs.
Giving it some thought and going with Occam's Razor, it may appear that there are just more right wing religious people with blogs then left wing atheists but let's wipe the razor for Occam and go again because it may be that right wing religious types just have more to say.
Granted what they say is mostly what we can generously call twaddle but in the best tradition of Charlie Hebdo, we may not like what they say but they are well within their rights to spout as much twaddle as they like.
Thinking it through further, it could be a case that they, the religious and the right wing, are more in need of confirmation of what they believe so there are 176 million religious bloggers all saying 'Who thinks God's Great?' and feeling the love when like minded religious bloggers say they do and they all light a candle and sing Onward Christian Soldiers.
That could be the same reason there are so many right wing bloggers, all those selfish feelings and erotic thoughts about Sarah Palin making them feel strange and they need to know that they are not alone, that there are people like them somewhere out there. 176 million right wing bloggers stroking each other into a frenzy and blaming Socialism for every ill that has befallen them since they were born. 
It could also be that Atheists and Left Wingers are too busy trying to make the World a better place through drinking latte and wearing T-Shirts that say: 'No-one has been stoned to death by atheists' so just don't have the time to write a blog.
Yeah, let's go with that.