A Cynical Look At World Events. With A Bit Of Sarcasm And Humour

June 30, 2009

A Cynical Look At World Events. With A Bit Of Sarcasm And Humour

Events in Honduras, where the supposedly ‘hugely popular’ President Manuel Zelaya was ousted from power by the armed forces that were instructed to do so by the country’s Supreme Court which ruled that he was corrupt as hell, sent a shiver down the spines of certain leaders around the world. It is all very well for them to talk about democracy and the importance of having a system of checks and balances but it is completely another thing when this system is actually put into action. President Zelkaya, a left-winger, who had based his whole career on populism and anti-Americanism, was arrested by the military at his house in his pyjamas and sent into exile into neighbouring Costa Rica. Mr Zelaya was planning to push through the results of a referendum which would have given him... 

Britain Is Becoming Unfit To Live In. It’s Probably Time To Leave

June 30, 2009

Britain Is Becoming Unfit To Live In. It’s Probably Time To Leave

Pavel Korchagin writes: I am seriously considering leaving Britain and settling somewhere else. It is no longer a nice place to live in. It has changed in the last 15 years beyond all recognition. For the worse, that is. Where do I start? Well, first of all Britain is no longer value for money, like it was fifteen years ago when I came here. In those days you paid for what you got: good quality affordable goods that were still made in Britain or in Europe, excellent service across the board, sound financial advice, proper banking. You could receive good education and good health service. Public transport was running well then, crime was at acceptable levels and you could walk into practically any pub and have a pint of beer and enjoy the atmosphere without going bankrupt or running away from... 

Is Chinese Naval Doctrine Based On The Theories Of Admiral Mahan?

June 30, 2009

Is Chinese Naval Doctrine Based On The Theories Of Admiral Mahan?

Martin McCauley writes from the United States: Rear Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan (1840-1914) was one of the greatest theorists of naval power. He conducted a cost benefit analysis of imperial expansion by integrating commercial, naval and political aspects. How does a nation expand its power at the lowest possible cost? He concluded that commerce was of paramount importance. War was to be a last resort, he stressed. In other words, the goal was expansion by stealth.There are two main schools of thought about naval power. One posits that the largest and most powerful navy should be assembled and then used to defend and expand power. Battleships and aircraft carriers are of key importance. The other regards the huge expenditure and servicing of such a navy as a needless waste of national resources.... 

The British Lion Under Attack. From The European Union

June 29, 2009

The British Lion Under Attack. From The European Union

Thomas Mathew writes: If the Labour government in Britain genuinely wanted to reform the House of Lords, like it has always claimed, it would have never contrived to use trickery to finesse everyone into believing that it had amended and, in effect, revoked every hereditary peer’s right (Letters Patent) to sit in the chamber by passing legislation known as the House of Lords Act 1999. An act of wilful vandalism and total folly.The master plan of Labour commissars was and still is to destroy the British constitution in order to replace it with the constitution of the European Union, the so-called Lisbon treaty, the terms of which were initially agreed on June 18th 2004 and then were slightly amended when the people of France and Denmark said, ‘No’ to it in referendums. At the moment... 

Walking Down the High Street. Where It’s All Hai-Tech

June 29, 2009

Walking Down the High Street. Where It’s All Hai-Tech

Graham Rankin writes: Walk down the High Street and the choice of products seems overwhelming. Should you buy a Nokia, Sony-Ericsson, or a Motorola phone? An iPhone or a Palm Pre? Or what about an X-Box 360, a Wii, a Playstation, a PSP, a DSlite? Or a Sony Vaio laptop? Well, you might think it is a freedom of choice, except that all this stuff is made… by one company, Taiwanese giant Hon Hai, mostly in its factories in Shenzhen, China (although it has factories all over the world, including sites on the US/Mexico border).Now, let us walk down that street again. Imagine removing all the confusing branding and putting a huge Hon Hai logo on the front of every Apple store. We go into mobile phone shops and re-label every phone of the above makes with a Hon Hai sticker. And everything I have... 

Letter From Obamaland: Getting Those Pesky Bills Through Congress

June 29, 2009

Letter From Obamaland: Getting Those Pesky Bills Through Congress

Martin McCauley reports from the United States: The climate and energy bill scraped though the U.S. House of Representatives by 219 votes to 212 last Friday. The House has a Democrat majority. However, 44 Democrats voted against the bill and 8 Republicans voted in favour. Much was made on television of the length of the bill which runs to over 1,000 pages. How many of those who voted in favour actually read the whole text? My guess is that very few, if any, did. This is the tactic now being adopted by the President when he wishes to get contentious legislation through. Provide mountains of text and next to no time to read or peruse the proposed bill. Look out for many more examples of this tactic in the months to come. Make no mistake about it, this President is intent on changing America.... 

When Politicians Should Just Say Nothing. And Do Their Job

June 28, 2009

When Politicians Should Just Say Nothing. And Do Their Job

Alex Nekrassov writes: There was no doubting of Michael Jackson’s global appeal and unrivalled ability to entertain at the peak of his career. And yet ,even in his prime, he was no Mozart and even no Elvis. I for one found his music karaoke-esque and the man himself odd and even weird at most times.Jackson was clearly a deeply disturbed man, especially over the last decade. His rapidly deteriorating health, due, as we are told now, to his addiction to surgery and prescription drugs, his strange life style, his child molestation charges and the loss of a multimillion fortune combined a spectacularly potent mix that brought down a man whom some people still call the King of Pop. As opposed to Elvis, who was just The King. Jackson was on the verge of launching his ‘great comeback’,... 

Could It Be That China Is Developing An Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile? And Would The U.S. Tolerate It?

June 28, 2009

Could It Be That China Is Developing An Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile? And Would The U.S. Tolerate It?

Martin McCauley writes from the United States: Taiwan is of critical strategic importance to the People’s Republic of China. Geographically it blocks access to the western Pacific. Hence, the Middle Kingdom will do everything in its power to prevent the island becoming an independent state. Its great weakness at present is that the United States navy has the power to intervene if an armed conflict broke out between Beijing and Taipei.There is no way the Chinese navy, at present, could outgun the U.S. navy. That is why the goal of Chinese strategic planners is to possess a system that could deter the U.S. from intervening. It might well be that the Chinese are actually building such a system as you read this. Beijing, it appears is developing a land based anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBN).... 

Of Mice And Men: How The Chinese Communist Party Views Officials On The Ground

June 27, 2009

Of Mice And Men: How The Chinese Communist Party Views Officials On The Ground

Martin McCauley writes: The Communist Party of China (CPC) has managed to avoid public unrest in Beijing and other cities on the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen massacre on June 4. It was expecting some mark of dissent but none has materialised. However, all is not well in the provinces. Tension between Party and government officials and the police, on one side, and the local population, on the other, is approaching boiling point. The greatest threat to Party rule is unrest on the provincial level. There are now thousands of ‘incidents’ or open protests by Chinese peasants every year. The latest upheaval happened in Hubei province where over 10,000 peasants fought running battles with police. Tension flared after the authorities were accused of covering up the suspicious death of... 

The BBC Is Caught Abusing The Expenses System. No Surprise There

June 26, 2009

The BBC Is Caught Abusing The Expenses System. No Surprise There

Thomas Mathew writes: Should we be surprised by the announcement that the overpaid top executives of the publicly funded – I repeat, PUBLICLY FUNDED – British Broadcasting Corporation, that bastion of the loony left, spent licencepayers’ money on entertaining politicians and so-called celebrities? I am not at all surprised. It actually could not have been otherwise. Because, first of all, all loony left-wingers always treat public money is if it was their own. And, secondly, when they entertained all those people they were actually entertaining themselves as well. Paying for their own pleasures and reaping the benefits of unaccountability. Can I repeat this word again? UNACCOUNTABILITY. That is when you do a bad job but still get rewarded for it handsomely.Under the Freedom... 

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