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  • Immigration Problem Moves Swedish Politics To The Right


    Illegal immigrants find their way past border controls
    (source)

    One of the reasons I started to use this blog more after it had lain virtually untouched for years (amassing only about 3000 page views in six years) was that I wanted to brink a more international flavour to my family of blogs and web pages. I was driven towards this course by the attitude among people who call themselves 'liberal and 'progressive' that only one set of beliefs and values is socially acceptable. This  Pensée Unique (to give the blog a foreign flavour)embraces several principles which its supporters (most of whom claim they are atheists) cling to with the fervour of religious zealots. One of these is that all immigration is good. To hear Pensée Unique fanatics in the anglosphere screeching when this dogma is challenged one might think the UK and USA are the only nations where government sponsored mass immigration by people who have no intention of integrating socially or culturally is seen as a problem by significant numbers of ordinary citizens.

    Sweden's Christian Democrats: Cut refugee benefits.

     In response perhaps to the rising popularity of Sweden's new, right of centre political party, the Sweden Democrats who anti - immigration stance is striking a chord with many ordinary, working class Swedes who feel their country is being given away to foreigners by an unrepresentative 'liberal elite' that control national politics, the well established Christian Democrat party has shocked academics and media luvvies by moving sharply against immigration as the country approaches a General Election in March.  
     
    (translated from Dagens Nyheter, Stockholm)
     
    The Christian Democrats have announced proposals to reduce the
    cost of the asylum process in Sweden, arguing that cuts are necessary to
    maintain "the legitimacy" of the system.

    "I am tired of the fact that all discussions [of immigration] start and end with the SwedenDemocrats," Christian Democrat leader Göran Hägglund said on Thursday.

    The Christian Democrat's proposals include reducing the level of benefits paid to refugees seeking asylum in the country and the introduction of temporary residence permits.

    "This is a problem with which we have not achieved sufficient success,"
    Hägglund said referring to the high levels of unemployment among
    newly-arrived immigrants in comparison to people born in Sweden.

    Hägglund explained that his party, which suffered heavy losses in last September's election, would like to see the changes in
    order to "preserve the legitimacy" of Sweden's immigration policy.

    (Many Swedes feel the majority of 'refugees' seeking asylum in Sweden are in face economic migrants attracted by the nation's generous welfare system and reputation for tolderance (Boggart Blogger)

    Among the proposed measures is a proposal that new immigrants be able to
    earn up to 100,000 kronor ($13,000) tax free per annum for their first
    five years in Sweden. At the same time the party proposed a reduction in
    introduction benefits.

    While
    Hägglund underlined that the proposals were not a question of "closing
    the border", the move was welcomed by the Sweden Democrats (SD), who
    have proposed a dramatic reduction in immigration to Sweden.

    "This paves the way for a more informed debate about immigration," acting party leader Mattias Karlsson said on Thursday.

    Karlsson added that the proposal could make it easier for SD to side
    with the Alliance if they were to win the upcoming extra election.

    The Christian Democrats, which form part of the four-party Alliance
    opposition, are reported to have acted alone in the matter while the
    Moderates and the Liberal Party have welcomed the discussion.

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  • Ukrainian Soldier Testifies: We Shot Down MH17

    No doubt some people, on reading this, will accuse me of reposting a propaganda piece from long defunct Soviet Union newspaper Pravda (yes Professor Want-War, I'm talking about you, you death worshipping creep.) That is the level the war or words betwen east and west has reached.

    If you are not a brainwashed establishment lackey however, remember as you read what is below that the USA, UK and EU are every bit as adept at spin, misrepresentation and propaganda. Despite all the provokation in the hope of goading the Russians into firing the shot that would be heard around the world and signal the start of open global conflict, not a single shred of evidence has yet been produced to back up the Obama led narrative that pro Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine shot down the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777.

    So intelligent people ought to approach it with open minds. Neither believe nor disbelieve but file the story away in memory (or bookmark this page) so as more evidence emerges you can join up the dots. And as for Professor Want-War, I've already made him eat his words, on Libya, syrian, The Kiev Putsch in Ukraine and MH17. Now he's going to have to sick them up and eat them all over again.

    from ukrainewar.info

    Shooting Down MH 17 – BUK 312 Story False Says Ukraine Crew Member

    BUK 312 – In Ukraine government territory (Anatoly Sharij)
    BUK 312 – In Ukraine government territory (Anatoly Sharij)

    The shoot down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH 17 came into greater focus with the December 15 YouTube video featuring a former crew member of BUK self-propelled fire installation, number 312 (BUK 312). Ukraine's government and others maintained that the BUK 312 unit shot down MH17 while manned by a resistance crew. The Obama administration championed that narrative holding both the resistance and Russia responsible for the 298 deaths on July 17. The interview was conducted by investigative journalist Anatoly Sharij and translated by Marina Stewart (see full test in English at end of this article). (Image: BUK 312 in Kiev junta terrotiry – Anatoly Sharij, reproduced under Creative Commons licence)

    The 23-year-old former BUK 312 crewmember revealed that the missile unit was in fact manned by the Ukraine military. He outlines the missile system's location and how it operated. The former sergeant also offered analysis and research indicating the very low probability that the 312 crew shot down MH17.

    Claims that the eastern Ukraine resistance shot down MH 17 with a BUK system rely on a Ukraine government audiotape in which resistance commanders allegedly admit to the shoot down. The tape lost credibility when it was discovered that a key part of the recording was made hours before the crash. In addition, the tape was patched together, not a continuous conversation.

    Read full story with numerous links to verifiable sources.

  • German Police See Rise In Far Right Extremism

    Some of our readers, those who are more to be pitied than despised, have been infected by that left wing meme that causes a belief Britain is the only developed nation where the ordinary punters feel multiculturalism has failed and immigration is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay our of control. So here for them is news from Germany.

    The rise of anti - EU parties UKIP in Britain, the Front National in France and the Sweden democrats, all three of which are exploiting deep seated social unsease as the political elite's consensus policy that uncontrolled immigration is great for countries struggling with economic problems, unemployment and the burden of massive sovereign debt generated because of equally loonytoons consensus policies on welfare benefits.

    These policies, adopted throughout the developed world have saddled the taxpaers with unserviceable debts and the last thing nations need is massive influxes of low skilled, poorly educated migrants who don't speak the langage of the nation they expect to support them, have nothing to offfer economically or culturally and have no intention of integrating with the national community (to the extent that immigrant factions are demanding the british, French, Swedes, Danes and so on abandon custioms and traditions to integrate culturaly with the immigrant communities.

    Such contempt from the useless, parasitic tax eaters who have wormed their way into the elite, the academics, media and showbiz luvvies was bound to lead to a backlash sooner or later. So far it has been political, but in some areas, where the governing elitists are most determined to turn Europe's ancient civilisations into third world shitholes, things are starting to take a nasty turn.

    Germany, where the embyonic anti - EU movement AFD have not progressed as far as UKIP, the FN or Five Star but are getting there, neo - Nazi groups are starting to spring up.

    Read more at The Local, Germany: Police see rise in far right extremism: report

  • Christmas Message: Economic Recovery, Bah, Humbug

    Contributed by Phil. T. Looker

    Albert Finney as Ebeneezer Scrooge
    Albert Finney as Ebeneezer Scrooge (source)

    These words or something near them were seen in almost every financial newspaper and website today:

    "Oil prices have dropped $50 a barrel. That may not sound like much. But when you take $107 and you take $57, that's almost a 47 percent decline…!”

    To certain people not unconnected from this blog who have an easy come, easy go attitude to money this may not sound like a big deal. When the accountants and maths geeks get busy with their scientific calculators, the decline starts to look catastrophic.

    The Financial Pundits seem to think so anyway. And even Ian has to agree for one the meths geeks are right. So what's going on?

    Many people who have spent the last couple of years hailing the shale revolution and crowing about the economic boom it would usher in (never mind the serious environmental concerns about fracking). Being traders rather than accountants they failed to understand the downside side of shale's effect on business. The significance of little things like the fact that much of the day-to-day shale operation was being run on junk bond financing. Thus they had no problem in convincing themselves that in the future every day would be Christmas. Sorry but I have to be Scrooge and tell you the bubble just burst.

    The bubble floated well in the zero gravity environment of zero interest rate policy (ZIRP) where investors desperate for "yield” — i.e. a better return than sweet FA on their money — ended up in the bond market's junkyard. These investors, it turned out, were the big institutional concerns, pension funds, insurance companies, mixed bond investment trust funds. ZIRP was killing them.

    In the good old days of the late 20th century boom-and-bust they would see an annual interest rate of between 5 and 10 percent which enabled them to fund their obligations, i.e. pay pensions, settle insurance claims, cover company salaries and have a bit left over for a Christmas jolly.

    ZIRP ended all that. In fact zero interest destroyed the most important index in the financial world: the true cost of borrowing money. It also destroyed the entire relationship between borrowed money and the cost-structure of the endeavors it was borrowed for. Shale oil is the prime (or sub prime) example.

    The fundamental constraint for investing in shale oil was that the wells were only good for about two years after which they were pretty much fracked,(hence that was the contstraint nobody in the entire fracking world talked about).

    So, if you were in that business, and held a bunch of leases, you had to constantly drill baby drill and drill and drill again just to maintain production. Drilling costs between $6 and $12-million per well.
    Over the past seven years is that the drillers and their investment bankers, aided and abetted by the kind of scientists who deal in mathematical models, theory, speculation and guesswork hyped the holy shite out of the shale fracking business (the scientists had no qualms about building mathematical models that exaggerated the oil and gas yield from wells by 96% with makes even the climate science fraud look reasonable).

    It was not a shale revolution but another Ponzi scheme, it was Enronomics all over again; as long as the money kept rolling in they could pay out the early investors and boost confidence in their scam. In the few short years they drilled the results looked so impressive that to quote the song Evita sings "The money kept rolling in". It was going to save the American economy, it was going to chain the Russian bear, it was going to put the arabs in their place and restore the status quo.

    Sadly the shale oil and gas economic "miracle” was a rerun of the dotcom bubble, the housing bubble, the South Sea bubble, the Tulip bubble (which we generally accept was the first investment bubble). It was deja vu all over again. The frackers sucked so much oil out of the ground in a short period of time that they killed the goose that laid the black, slimy egg; in response to American over production the Arabs cut their prices, demand for oil at a price that made it worth drilling for just dropped away.

    The current stage (stage 4?) will see much of the junk financing default, bankers will steer clear of junk financing just as they steer clear of sub prime mortgages now, and a lot of planned wells will be abandoned, meaning that the current crop of wells will crap out within two years, and production will not be replaced by new wells because there is no money in it (it may come as a surprise to lefties but the objective of business is to make a profit. Still, on the bright side, all those wannabe protestors can go home and spend Christmas with their dear old Mum, no point protesting against something that ain't gonna happen.

  • Economist, Nobel Prize Winner, Has Irony By Pass

    With the left wing screechers still having their volume dial turned up to eleven over George Osborne's statement that we will need five more years austerity to get the economy sorted we need some respite. In fact after five years of 'austerity' the debt has grown, earnings are down, real unemployment (i.e. including those jobless the government statisticians don't count) is about the same, the poverty gap is wider and we are still fucked so no respite in sight from the brain dead zombies who insist that to get the country on the right track we need five million unskilled, uneducated, undomesticated immigrants from third world terrorist hot spots.

    Is should be no surprise that the world's leading brain dead idiot economist Paul Krugman has had an irony by pass. You thow up your hands in surprise but what other explanation could there be for Krugman's recommending governments to follow the advice he was giving throughout the 1009s until the dotcom bubble burst and from 2001 to 2008 when the sub prime bubble burst.

    Yes without the slightest hint that he is aware of the irony Krugman is suggesting that to get out of the shite we must follow the economic policies he developed that got us into the shite.

    from Alternet.com

    The problem with ideologues is that they do not learn from their mistakes, not even after they repeat them and things go wrong again. Paul Krugman returns to one of his favorite subjects in his Friday column: the mismanagement of Greece's fiscal crisis, which erupted five years ago and has ongoing terrible side effects that are damaging the whole world. "But I’m not talking about the side effects you may have in mind — spillovers from Greece’s Great Depression-level slump, or financial contagion to other debtors," Krugman writes. "No, the truly disastrous effect of the Greek crisis was the way it distorted economic policy, as supposedly serious people around the world rushed to learn the wrong lessons."

    Greece is again in crisis and Krugman is wondering if (hoping that )the world will learn the right lesson this time.

    The first time, the conversation became all about cutting government spending and obsessing over deficits. That this worsened unemployment and blocked any chance for growth was simply denied by fiscal austerity hucksters like British prime minister David Cameron and U.S. budget hawk Paul Ryan. We're all going to be Greece, they hysterically warned. Minus the sunshine. Krugman:

    In reality, Britain and the United States, which borrow in their own currencies, were and are nothing like Greece. If you thought otherwise in 2010, by now year after year of incredibly low interest rates and low inflation should have convinced you. And the experience of Greece and other European countries that were forced into harsh austerity measures should also have convinced you that slashing spending in a depressed economy is a really bad idea if you can avoid it. This is true even in the supposed success stories — Ireland, for example, is finally growing again, but it still has almost 11 percent unemployment, and twice that rate among young people

    Read more at Alternet

    But does the academic scab louse not understand it was lack of financial discipline and unrestrained borrowing that got Greece, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Cyprus and other debtor nations into trouble in the first place. Al little austerity when Krugman was screaming "Borrow, borrow, borrow, the good times will never end," and they might not be in such trouble now.

  • Forever blowing bubbles, but bubbles always burst.

    One by one the stock markets were crashing all over the world yesterday. What have I been telling you? The 'economic recovery' was never anything of the kind. Since before the 2008 crash, but at a more intense rate, the central banks, governments and commercial banks have been inflating bubbles within bubbles in an effort to maintain the illusion that they were in control. The truth is the recession that became a crash has turned into a depression as deep as the great depression of the twentieth century. Which is not what you wanted to hear before Christmas.

    Unfortunately the monster the establishment created could not be controlled, it has to be fed or it will die of course and their monster grew so big it devoured everything. Printing money (Q E) has failed because it devalued everything, inflating asset values has failed because few in the developed nations can now afford to buy homes as increasing prices outstripped increases in earnings, bolting down interest rates to stupidly low levels failed because maxed out consumers could not take on more debt even at 3,4, or 5 per cent.

    Yesterday saw world energy prices plunge, stock markets record massive sell-offs, credit begging to become an issue, record private, corporate and sovereign debt threaten the global financial system and rating agencies suddenly start downgrading everything from mining companies and extractive companies, via entire countries to the shirt on your back.

    It was inevitable really, the case is that the west has pumped trillions of dollars into a system that was bloated with debt in the first place. As a result of enormous QE programmes that have almost universally rewarded only a few bankers and billionaires* while enormously increasing the burden on taxpayers. Almost every asset has had its value blown up so it can serve as collateral on more loans, the whole system has been so bloated it looked likely to burst for a long time.

    Now there is no more money to throw on the bonfire, the Ponzi scheme is imploding. Control freak politicians and business leaders thought they could beat market forces by manipulating markets, in the end we have all ended up in hock to Uncle Rothschild.

    Is this the big one or will "The Controllers" once more manage to stretch sticking plasters over the jagged stumps of severed limbs? Will We The People be fool enough to keep on consuming or are we about to enter a period of self imposed austerity which will snowball into a deflationary avalanche?

    Things could appear to unravel much more quickly than in previous bust cycles. This is because they are already unravelling but corporate control of the media has presented bad news as good. The energy bust began 4 months ago and already prices have fallen 40%. We could see $50 a barrel soon. And, already we are seeing stock prices falling and rating agencies throwing downgrades around like confetti. Is that good? Only in the short term, we poor punters are never going to see a 40% reduction in our bills or the cost of filling the car and looking further ahead it means profits will drop, jobs will be lost and demand will dry up.

    Housing markets will be hit too. Even the insane market in London, where a broom cupboard can sell for £250,000, property prices in some areas are starting to stutter. Property prices have for a long time underpinned the value of the currency but a correction is overdue.

    Looking at the carnage around the world yesterday, all the major asset classes look likely to take more hits; energy, property, stocks, tech and bonds, and it is long overdue. A measure of how insane the global economy has become is that Uber, a taxi booking software service with no assets is valued at $40billion for its Stock Market launch. We are seeing a repeat of what happened just prior to the dot.com bust just 15 years ago.

    Even commodities took a small hit yesterday so there really is nowhere to hide. Good thing I bought some acreage and have been practicing aiming a shotgun and saying "Get orf moi laaaaaaaaand." We could be on the way back to feudalism.  Keynesians may now with to retire to their chamber with a bottle of Single Malt of Vintage brandy and a loaded revolver before I say .............................

    I Told You So

    Quantitative Easing involves insolvent governments issuing bonds and central banks buying them in, effectively the taxpayers are buying government debt. This is bad enough, but with base interest rates (the rates at which governments lend to banks) at zero or close to zero and bonds carrying a 3.1% (USA), 3.5% (UK) and up to 10% for basket case economies like Greece, all that happens is banks borrow from the government at 0.5% and lend the money straight back at 3%+. Nice work if you can get it.

  • It's a Square World For Maths Geeks

    http://mashable.com/2014/12/12/education-minister-maths-question/

    See also: In Defense of Math: 7 Reasons Numbers Rule

    "What's the cubed route of 125?" Leon Remphry asked Education Secretary Morgan on Sky News.

    "I think it's probably better that politicians don't do maths or spelling on air," she responded.

    Not happy to leave it there, Remphry asked again, saying that he had to press her for the answer. But Morgan gave the same response.

    For anyone left wondering about the answer, Remphry revealed the cubed route of 125 is 5. The cubed root of a number is a value that when multiplied three times, gives that number so in this case it's 5 x 5 x 5.

    Some geek replied:

    Hagrinas Mivali 3 hours ago

    It's not an arbitrarily difficult question. It's an elementary school question, and is no different from asking Dan Quayle how to spell potato. Even if she didn't get it the first time around, she should have gotten it when pressed. It doesn't require deep thought.

    Square roots and cube roots are types of roots. If a root is cubed (assuming it was a cube root in the first place) you will end up with your original number. So the cubed root would be 125 assuming that the root is 5, and it's cubed. I thought he said "cube root" but the smart ass answer to "cubed root" would be even easier.

    It's not a matter of being able to solve a problem but of knowing that by definition, she needs to find n where n times n times n = 125. It's like a person not knowing that the square root of 25 is 5, or that if I give you five quarters, you will have 1.25.

    If this woman is the Minister of Education, then she is in charge of determining the curriculum for schools. She should at least know what she is asking the kids to do. It's not as if he asked her a calculus problem that needed a half sheet of paper to work out. In that case, I could excuse her for not remembering the formulas.

    That's all very well but my answer would have been "Who cares?" Not everybody is a maths geek, its nearly fifty years since I left school and I have never had to work out the cube root of anything despite my working in computers for thirty years.

  • Question Time. Time Out for Brand.

    I was looking forward to the BBC's Question Time last night, the big face off between Russell Brand and Nigel Farage it was billed as. Unfortunately it turned out to be as much a non event as those World heavyweight Boxing Championship contests in the 1970s when Muhammed Ali was on his bum o' the month campaign, with the UKIP leader taking the role of Ali and Brand huffing and puffing a little but fearing to come out of his corner before throwing in the towel at around the halfway mark.
    (Nice sustained metaphor Ian, take a bow)

    qt2-horz
    Brand, audience member who savaged him, Farage, gobby woman who screams 'racist'.
    Pictures shamlessly stolen from BBC Question Time web page under terms of Fair Use

    The fact is when Russell Brand decided about a year ago I guess, to revive his flagging career by coming over all political, he was talking like a libertarian (or maybe just channeling Alex Jones or David Icke) but while that grabbed headlines it did not play to Russell's natural audience who love globalism, big government, immigration, the dissolution of national sovereignty and national cultures and the idea that if we all join hands and sing Kumbaya we'll turn into fairies and live happily ever after.

    Still, despite the destruction of the Brand brand, the show was worth watching, for the man in the audience who excoriated Brand for patronising the disabled, and for the Labout representative on the panel who excoriated him for sexism when he tried to shout down the voluptuous but otherwise uninteresting Conservative, Penny Morduant.

    Particularly enjoyable however was the blue-haired, loud mouthed female audience member who raged that Farage was a racist and advised that she was "coming for you Farage, don't you bl**dy worry."

    I read in a comment thread earlier her name was Penny La Roche, if that is true then she is a professional race baiter who makes her living charging local Anti - Nazi League and Unite Against Fascism groups exorbitant fees for personal appearances at anti - BNP or anti - EDL demonstrations. If that is true it's sad sad commentary on the mentality of the ANL and UAF that they can't screech, "Racists, Fascists," for themselves.

    Whoever the woman was, she epitomised the thoughtful, reasonable and liberal face of the modern left.

    After a second interruption as she tried to shout down a female audience member and was firmly put in her place by the commenter ("It is not racist to want to stop murderers and rapists coming into our country") the stewards must have decided she had fretted and strutted her hour upon the stage because she was heard no more.

    Our next Prime Minister commented that she was "lovely". Or maybe he was referring to the extra votes she had just pushed UKIP's way.

  • Four Way Coalition To Rule After Election?

    Government coalition partners discuss policy in Hungary or somewhere. (source)

    Big political news today is that theConservatives are manoeuvring themselves into a four party deal that could see David Cameron staying on as Prime Minister even if he does not gain a majority in the General Election. According to a leak from Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, Tory party managers are trying to broker a continuation of a the coalition deal with the Liberal Democrats but include UKIP and the DUP in what they call a 'confidence and supply' deal.

    With polls showing Labour and Conservatives dead heated on around 32 percent, with the Liberal Democrats on 8 percent and UKIP on 15. Because of the way parliamentary seats are distributed, Labour need far fewer votes to win the election, so on current polling they would be a larger party. However, no party looks like getting an overall majority, and the SNP are demanding too high a price for propping up a Labour Government (in effect they want to exclude English, Welsh and Ulster MPs from voting on Scottish law while exercising the casting vote on any laws affecting the rest of the UK) so another coalition is on the cards.

    Under the terms of the deal being discussed, Liberal Democrats and Conservatives would remain as ministers, whilst UKIP and the DUP would vote for the government in confidence motions.

    Officially both the DUP and UKIP will do a deal with whichever party offers the biggest sweeteners. as it is unlikely Labour activists would countenance a deal with UKIP or the DUP, this makes the Conservatives favourites to lead such a coalition.

    UKIP have stated they will do a deal with either Labour or the Conservatives, but privately acknowledge Miliband is unlikely to offer them an in/out referendum on the EU. This would make cooperation almost impossible.

    What is that demonic sound we hear echoing across the nation. Don't worry, its only old Iain Paisley over on The Dark Side laughing his bollocks off.

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  • Doctors, scientists greased by Big Pharma? Told you so.

    There are few greater pleasures in life than confounding one's critics, being in the company of Helena Bonham Carter in the penthouse suite of a luxury hotel would be one but it isn't likely to happen anytime soon, so confounding my critics will have to suffice.

    I recall a member of our community who is of the government worshipping persuasion scoffing when I one said that on a long timeline I am always proved right. Since then I have enjoyed repeatedly making him eat his words.

    After FUKUS axis intervention to overthrow Libyan dictator Gadaffi, Libya has descended into lawless chaos just as I said it would. When he sneered at my prediction that by arming the Islamist rebels in a proxy war against Syrian dictator Assad, the west would precipitate a wider regional conflict he sneered that I was a Russophile who whoreshipped Nigel Farage and Vladimir Putin (I know it's irrational but make allowances, he's a scientist) Now what has happened as armed, trained and funded by the Obama administration ISIS continue to rampage through the middle east.

    When I said after the downing of Malaysia airlines flight MH17 that the atrocity was being used by American propaganda chiefs in an attempt to justify armed conflict with Russia and its ally China, he got his knickers in a twist again. And yet the USA, using the neo Nazi regime they imposed in Kiev, is still trying to provoke armed conflict in Ukraine.

    And of course when I have slated scientists for being the corrupt, greedy, self interested crooks and liars they are, he has moaned about people who are "anti - science" whatever that means.

    But when I call scientists, paraphrasing Robert Burns, "a sack of rogues, bought and paid for with corporate gold," this is the kind of thing I mean.

    from Natural News:

    The legacy of back room wheelin' and dealin' by the drug industry, which routinely pays off doctors and academic researchers to hawk oftentimes dangerous and ineffective pharmaceuticals and medical devices, could soon be blown wide open by newly enacted legislation passed as part of the Affordable Care Act of 2010.

    The Physician Payments Sunshine Act, which was successfully moved through the Senate with the help of an extensive investigation led by Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA), provisions that doctors who receive payoffs from drug or vaccine companies must disclose this when pushing new therapies or medical procedures from what would otherwise appear to be unbiased intentions.

    The law was reportedly added to Obamacare because it was unlikely to pass on its own due to intense industry pressures against any sort of reform. Paying off doctors has become the bread and butter of Big Pharma drug marketing. It's both discreet and highly effective, repeatedly creating the illusion that the medical profession at large endorses the latest drugs and medical procedures, many of which aren't safe and don't work.

    Many medical groups have become dependent upon drug industry payoffs

    According to the Harvard Business Review's (HBR) Paul Thacker, who served as Sen. Grassley's lead investigator from 2007 to 2010, doctors and medical groups routinely accepts cash payments from the drug industry for speaking engagements, scientific papers, and other medical propaganda designed to make drugs and medical devices appear safer and more effective than they actually are.

    An investigation spearheaded by NPR (National Public Radio), Consumer Reports, and ProPublica found that in the three years leading up to its publishing in late 2010, drug companies had settled cases totaling $7 billion for paying doctors to promote drugs. In many cases, doctors were encouraged to prescribe drugs for off-label conditions, or to prescribe expensive drugs when they weren't actually needed.

    Follow the link below to find out how corruption of the medical professions has become so corrosive in US Healthcare that the normally corporate friendly government has been forced to act.

    Learn more at Natural News:

    Things are not going to be much different in the UK, as we have previously reported. After all, the big players in the prescription drugs racket are the same on both sides of the pond.

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  • Seeking a job in France? Think . It's no wonder migrants want to get to Britain

    Thinking Of Moving To France To Find Work? You might be in for a shock. While lefties, i.e. human-like creatures that lack the power of rational thought) will tell you Britain is the only EU member where people think that those authoritarian EU regulations that stifle progress and favour immigrants over long term residents in jobs, housing etc., a look around Europe tells a very different story. Yesterday we reported that the Neo - Nazi Social Democrat government of Sweden has passed a law making it a criminal offence to criticize their immigration policy whic involves plans to import fifty million immigrants from the third world into that nation of less than ten million people (OK, fifty million may be a slight exaggeration but you get my point.)

    SPEISA

    Sweden passes law to criminalize any criticism of immigration

    A new law will come into effect in Sweden after Christmas 2014, that will allow people to be prosecuted for criticizing immigration or politician’s unwillingness to tackle the issue. The Constitutional Committee’s report has been voted for in parliament, seen in a letter from the Parliamentary Offices. Member of Parliament Andrew Norlén, member of the Constitutional Committee, has been pushing the issue and he says it will rapidly become a deterrent.

    “I do not think it takes very many prosecutions before a signal is transmitted in the community that the internet is not a lawless country, the sheriff is back in town” Norlén said during a one-sided ‘debate’ on the issue in Swedish parliament.

    This new law is meant to stop Swedish people from complaining about their country being turned into a third world nation.

    Without freedom of speech there can be no democracy. If you are not allowed to say certain things then parties that support your ideas cannot exist and Sweden is at high risk of turning into a communist USSR-like country.

    Meanwhile in France, thanks to loonytoons economic and emplyment policies and an open doors approach to immigration finding a permanent job is like winning the lottery, and new figures suggest that it's getting harder and harder with companies overwhelmingly preferring to hand out temporary contacts.

    Short-term job contracts and the equivalent of zero hours contracts dominated the French labour market last year, representing more than eight out of ten new hires, cementing the notion that landing a permanent job in France is like finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

    The figures, released by the Labour Ministry’s statistics office Dares (link to french language site), showed that short-term CDDs (Contrat à Durée Déterminée) represented 83.6 percent of all new hires in 2013, up 2.3 percentage points from 2012.

    But by the second quarter this year, the situation had got even worse. Dares said that by then, the number of temporary hires had climbed to a staggering 84.2 percent – a new historic high.

    The agency said the trend was hitting all age categories, but that the number of permanent positions handed out had seen a particularly strong decline among those aged between 15 and 49.

    Despite government efforts to reverse the trend by slapping employers with higher charges for very short contracts – often lasting just a few days – Dares said employers are still more willing to take the hit of extra costs than transforming such contracts into permanent jobs, known as CDI (Contract à Durée Indéterminé) contracts.

    The agency also said the duration of short-term contracts are continuing to shrink, with about half of them lasting ten days or less in 2013, compared with 14 days or less the year before. Around a quarter of them didn’t last longer than two days, it said.

    The figures come as France faces record-high unemployment levels, at 10.4 percent, mostly hitting the country’s young.

    President François Hollande has said he will not stand for re-election in 2017 unless he manages to cut the unemployment rate.

    His presidency seems to hinge on the so-called "responsibility pact" which will cut payroll taxes for employers by €40 billion in return for companies boosting recruitment. He has pledged to create half a million jobs by 2017.

  • When The BIS Is Worried At The State Of Financial Markets We're In Deep Shit

    Contributed by Phil T. Looker

    Few outside the financial community will have heard of the bank Of International Settlements perhaps, it is the organisation in which governments and international banking organisations settle their obligations to each other. as such, the BIS is a major player in fixing rates, making sure markets are rigged and generally managing the financial jiggery pokery involved in making sure the status quo is preserved.

    So when the BIS, the exclusive club of bankers and billionaires that fixes the markets starts to worry about the markets being broken you know we are in big trouble.

    This article fom Zero Hedge explains just how big and how far in we are:

  • Maggie Thatcher's Willie

    Jeremy Thorpe Jeremy Thorpe - No relation

    Sensational New Westminster Child Abuse Claims: Mrs. Thatcher's Willie Ordered The Cover Up

    Every Woman should have a Willie, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher once famously said. Maggie's Willie was William Whitelaw, Home Secretary in her government and old Iron Knicker's most loyal supporter.

    Now Police are launching a probe into the most sensational claims yet to surface in the VIP child sex abuse ring scandal. It has been alleged that Whitelaw ordered police to scrap an inquiry into MPs involvement.

    Detectives are beginning an investigation into claims that former Conservative Home Secretary ordered police to abandon an active investigation into the VIP paedophile ring alleged to have operated in Westminster from the 1980s.

    Whitelaw allegedly ordered senior Metropolitan Police officers to scrap a year-long investigation into a paedophile ring that was suspected of abusing 40 children, the youngest of whom was six. Whitelaw's alleged intervention, surely a prima facie case of perverting the course of justice, happened in 1980 after a newspaper report revealed crown prosecutors were looking at 350 possible sex abuse offences, including allegations it ‘obtained young boys for politicians, prominent lawyers and film stars'.

    The story, which was first published on July 7, 1980, that year in the London Evening News revealed police had put evidence in front of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) against several, possibly as many as twelve men who could face trial for procuring boys for immoral purposes and for sexual offences against boys.

    And while we are on the topic of senior politicians' involvement in sex scandals can I just remind readers that former Liberal Leader, rent - boy user and dog killer Jeremy Thorpe is no relation. I have traced the family back eight generations and found that while he is one of those effete, dodgy, silk pajama wearing East Anglian Thorpes, our branch of the clan are solid, reliable Northern Thorpes (from south Durham and Westmorland originally). Nothing soft about us. We don't wear silk pajamas, we wear the uncured skins of Woolly Mammoths we have strangled with our bare hands.

  • More Bad New For Lib Dems - And A Personal Message

    The weeken opinion polls are in, according to You Gov for tThe Sunday Times, Condervatives and Labour are still neck and neck, UKIP continue to make progress and The Greens are doing very well. Here's a preview from Anthony Wells' UK Polling Report:

    This week’s YouGov/Sunday Times poll is now up here. Topline figures are CON 32%, LAB 32%, LDEM 6%, UKIP 17%, GRN 7%. With Labour and the Conservatives still neck-and-neck this is very much in line with the YouGov polling before the Autumn Statement. Note the level of Green support though, YouGov and Lord Ashcroft have both shown the occassional one-off poll with the Greens ahead of the Liberal Democrats in the past, but YouGov have now produced three polls in a row with the Greens in fourth place ahead of the Lib Dems. [Read full article]

    Knowing that Boggart Blog readers are not really interested in Labour and Conservatives, will be pleased to see The Greens doing well but have another burning question on your lips, I left Tony a PM advising him to ask his contacts in the market research business if they would kindly include the minor parties so we can all share the hilarity as we watch the Lib Dems slip behind The Official Monster Raving Loony Party in polls.

  • Child sex abuse inquiry in crisis as victims walk away

    Storm coulds gather over Westminster as anti - establishment mood gathers momentum

    In yet another blow to the credibility of the establishment, the proposed inquiry into the alleged cover up of the crimes of paedophiles high up in the political, legal, media and business world appears to be falling apart because of repeated attempts to pack the inquiry with establishemt figures.

    Alleged victims of abuse involved in the historic abuse case currently being investigated by MPs and police have advised Home Secretary Theresa May, that they are ready to withdraw support from the Government's child sex inquiry. Twenty-three individuals, some of whom claim as children they suffered serious and prolonged abuse at the hands on senior Members of Parliament, Senior Civil servants and other high ranking figures in the public sector, sent Mrs May a letter claiming the inquiry is "not fit for purpose".

    The threat comes ahead of a meeting between Mrs. May and her advisers and representatives of victim support groups for child sex abuse survivors on Friday which could lead to the inquiry being further undermined. Already the inquiry has been delayed twice when people appointed to lead it, Baroness Butler-Sloss and Fiona Woolf were revealed to have business, social or political links with people named among the alleged abusers.

    The chief executive of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC), Peter Saunders, said his group would withdraw support for the inquiry if Mrs May does not pledge to give it statutory status, which would vastly increase its powers to subpoena evidence.

    "We are the largest survivors' group and we have some very significant concerns about this inquiry," Mr Saunders said.

    "Mrs May has said she is willing to meet us about our requests but if she says no we will probably walk away.

    "I am not hopeful that we will get what we want.

    "The Home Secretary has said she is willing to consider granting the inquiry statutory status at some point in the future but that she will not do so at this stage.

    "We think this is wrong - it's a deal-breaker."

    The withdrawal of NAPAC and other support groups would be a major blow to the credibility of any inquiry.

    Read more in the Westminster Paedophile cover Up Scandal

  • The Global Warming Scam Was Never About The World Getting Hotter

    So as the politicians gathered in Lima fly in their favourite chefs, sommeliers and prostitutes halfway round the world in fossil fuel gobbling, CO2 belching private jets, to ensure the great and good are kept in tip top shape for solving the world's problems (like how can the elite scam more money from the poor) Boggart Blog would like to take this opportunity to remind our readers what the climate conference is really all about:

    from Newsbusters, November 18, 2010

    If you needed any more evidence that the entire theory of manmade global warming was a scheme to redistribute wealth you got it Sunday when a leading member of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change told a German news outlet, "We redistribute de facto the world's wealth by climate policy."

    Such was originally published by Germany's NZZ Online Sunday. Here's the translation.

    (NZZ AM SONNTAG): The new thing about your proposal for a Global Deal is the stress on the importance of development policy for climate policy. Until now, many think of aid when they hear development policies.

    (OTTMAR EDENHOFER, UN IPCC OFFICIAL): That will change immediately if global emission rights are distributed. If this happens, on a per capita basis, then Africa will be the big winner, and huge amounts of money will flow there. This will have enormous implications for development policy. And it will raise the question if these countries can deal responsibly with so much money at all.

    (NZZ): That does not sound anymore like the climate policy that we know.

    (EDENHOFER): Basically it's a big mistake to discuss climate policy separately from the major themes of globalization. The climate summit in Cancun at the end of the month is not a climate conference, but one of the largest economic conferences since the Second World War. Why? Because we have 11,000 gigatons of carbon in the coal reserves in the soil under our feet - and we must emit only 400 gigatons in the atmosphere if we want to keep the 2-degree target. 11 000 to 400 - there is no getting around the fact that most of the fossil reserves must remain in the soil.

    (NZZ): De facto, this means an expropriation of the countries with natural resources. This leads to a very different development from that which has been triggered by development policy.

    (EDENHOFER): First of all, developed countries have basically expropriated the atmosphere of the world community. But one must say clearly that we redistribute de facto the world's wealth by climate policy. Obviously, the owners of coal and oil will not be enthusiastic about this. One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. This has almost nothing to do with environmental policy anymore, with problems such as deforestation or the ozone hole.

    For the record, Edenhofer was co-chair of the IPCC's Working Group III, and was a lead author of the IPCC's Fourth Assessment Report released in 2007 which controversially concluded, "Most of the observed increase in global average temperatures since the mid-20th century is very likely due to the observed increase in anthropogenic greenhouse gas concentrations."

    As such, this man is a huge player in advancing this theory, and he has now made it quite clear - as folks on the realist side of this debate have been saying for years - that this is actually an international economic scheme designed to redistribute wealth.
    - See more at: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2010/11/18/un-ipcc-official-we-redistribute-worlds-wealth-climate-policy#sthash.BTpDbYoa.vbr6p8jO.dpuf

    (h/t Disqus commenter foxoles)

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  • If a man pulled a stunt like this

    Watching The Apprentice last night, this weeks task was about negotiating skills. One of the items the apprentices had to get a good deal on was a diamond of certain size and quality.

    Dan who is Jewish went to a Jewish diamond dealer, played the Jewish card for all he was worth and bargained the price of a £250 diamond down to £175.

    Roisin also had to get a diamond. Roisin also went to a Jewish diamond merchant. Roisin is not Jewish, she's Irish so no racial aces to play. Roisin got her diamond for £50.

    Roisin is pretty,
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    Roisin is a blue eyed blonde
    Roisin has big boobs.

    Never overestimate the power of tribalism when it's up against the power of lust. BTW Roisin (below) let her hair down and wore a tight sweater for the task.

  • Black Singer Accused Of Racism For Singing White Christmas

    We can be sure American society is truly Fucked Up Beyond all Redemption when we read news items like this:

    Social media lit up Wednesday evening with complaints of racism after former Hootie & the Blowfish lead singer Darius Rucker performing "White Christmas" at the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony at New York City's Rockefeller Square. There has been civil unrest all week in New York after a grand jury declined to indict a New York police officer in the death of unarmed Eric Garner during a confrontation over cigarette sales in July. Race activists urged on by professional race baiters like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton had threatened to disrupt the switch on.

    Darius Rucker: Singing about Christmas being only for Whites? FFS

    The ceremony went ahead under police protection, and Rucker performed "White Christmas," a classic written by a Jewish immigrant, Irving Berlin.

      The mob, products of America's catastrophically failed, politically correct education system are so stupid they had no trouble convingcing themselves that the mere reference to the color "white" by a black singer in the throes of a racially-charged controversy was offensive , sent out the message that Christmas is only for White people, and suggested New York City authority and Mr. Rucker felt contempt for the feelings of black people.

    The song refers to snow, the stuff that falls out of northern skies in winter, in recalling a traditional Christmas scene, it is not about race or cocaine - not to be confused with 'China White' (oops, pardon - just can't get away from racist references these days) .

  • Are Humans Becoming Extinct

    A Warmageddonists vision of the future - scientists are not aware CO2 is food for vegitation so higher CO2 will lead to a greener planet.

    If you listen to scientists, as they cream their underwear while raving about the latest totally unprovable theory that posits humanity will either destroy itself or destroy the world before lunchtime tomorrow you might well think of killing yourself. If you need proof of the ignorance and idiocy of those who confuse mathematical models with reality, just ask them what happened to the fifty million refugees who by 2013, the models predicted, would be displaced by rising sea levels as a reult of ice cap melt?

    Far better to kill scientists without having listened to them. Not only is it humane, (you only have to listen to the drivel the poor schmucks come out with to realise there's no hope for them and they should be treated like mad dogs), but if we just let evolution and nature's cycles sort stuff out without some idiotic fuckwit control freak with a PhD in stupid trying to do it better, things will not be too bad. I mean, nature has four billion years experience, science has only been aroun a couple of thousand.

    Scientists hate evolution of course, they hate anything they can't control. This week we have already had The Brain In A Bottle Stephen Hawking sating Artificial Intelligence will wipe us out though as yet we are not even close to understanding what intelligence is (but it sure as hell isn't what computers do) and some scientists, Guy McPherson included, down at the Climate Change conference who fear that climate disruption is so serious, with so many self-reinforcing feedback loops already in play, that humans are in the process of causing our own extinction.

    These guys say coal will likely overtake oil as the dominant energy source by 2017, and without a major shift away from coal, average global temperatures could rise by 6 degrees Celsius by 2050, leading to devastating climate change (Truthout.org). But if the science of Fuckwittery had not promised us medieval technology (Windmills) and smoke and mirrors could meet all our energy needs we could have been building Nukes, developing cold fusion and radiant energy technology, and not now be facing catastrophic energy shortages.

    Well if you can make any sense at all of the previous paragraph you are as mad as a box of scientists. Here's a clue why, from the conference press release.

    Across two decades and thousands of pages of reports, the world's most authoritative voice on climate science has consistently understated the rate and intensity of climate change and the danger those impacts represent.

    Now that gem of scietific truth is the exact opposite of what has happened in the real world. In view of the latest IPCC report stating that climate sensitivity to CO2 have been overstated, what these Warmageddonist fuckwit scientists appear to be saying is that because real world observations show the effect of increased carbon dioxide to be considerably less that the mathematical models of the climate predicted it would be, nature has got it wrong. (The equations and algorithms of the computer models are infallible of course.)

    Well here's a page from a peer reviewed scientific publication, Berkley Earth showing how far apart the real world data and the pointy head predictions are. you can make up your own minds about the infallibility of pointy headedness, but after you see the graphics at the linked page there will not be much to make up your mind about. The 'science' is a fraud, read world data does not lie.

    Model Performance Against Berkley Earth Data Set - Graphic comparisons

    A FOOTNOTE ON HAWKING'S LATEST BLETHER as someone on facebook just had a go because "you can't stand a disabled man being smarter than you." (Guess what, I'm disabled and much smarter than Hawking, my knowledge is based on real world experience.

    Prof Hawking, a THEORETICAL physicist (i.e. doesn't live in the real world) has pontificated on the wonders of artificial Intelligence before. His colleague Roger Penrose had to painstakingly explain to him that there is a gulf between algorithmic activity and human mentality that goes back to the fundamental limiting results in Mathematical logic. Predictions of where AI would be in 10 years have consistently been as unreliable as predictions in climate science, and for good reason.

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  • How Drunken Monkeys Climed The Evolutionary Tree

    drunken monkey

    Alcohol was thought to have been first brewed by Neolithic farmers around 9,000 years ago when northern Chinese villagers made the happy discovery that fruit and honey could be fermented into an intoxicating liquor.

    But new evidence suggests our ancestors had become accustomed to drinking nearly 10 million years before. So ignore those hand wringing, moanie - moanie fuddy - duddies and their 'three thimblefuls a week makes you an alcoholic' shit. If it wasn't for booze we'd still be swinging around in trees. Booze culture is evolutionary

    Anthropologists are now turning to the view that when primates left the trees and began walking on two feet they also started scooping up mushy, fermented fruit which was lying on the ground. And over time their bodies learned to process the ethanol present and their minds learned the meaning of "It's party time.".

     A team at Santa Fe College in the US studied the ADH4 gene  which enables us to produce an enzyme to break down alcohol in the body. Do not make the mistake of thinking this is linked to ADHD, ADH4 actually stands for Alcohol Deficiency Hopelessness 4 gene which is not present in miserable fuckers who never have a drink. Any primates unable to digest the fermented fruits would have died before passing on their genes, but those who could would have passed the drinking gene on to their offspring.

    It was hypothesised that the booze metabolising gene did not appear until alcohol was first produced by early farmers in Asia. But researchers were amazed to observe it 10 million years earlier, at the end of the Miocene epoch.

    The findings could explain why tree-dwelling orang-utans still cannot metabolize alcohol while humans, chimps and gorillas all of which are more familiar with the ground through hitting it face first while rat - arsed, can. The lesson we learn fom this is never go for a drink with an Orang Outan, they's either get aggressive and beat the crap out of you because they are ten times stronger than an adult human male, or they'll throw up on you, pass out and you will have to carry them home because no cabbie will take them.

    Other that that, and bearing in mind another recent study showed that alcohol related illness is overstated, far more cases in the liver disease 'pandemic' are due to doctors overprescribing paracetamol than has been acknowledged preciously, your Boggart Bloggers advise you to get ready for a great Christmas. BRING IT ON.

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