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  • Fashion Disaster

    Do you ever look at a picture of how someone is dressed and wonder how a grown up human being who presumable had at lease a little education could get it so wrong. All of us at Boggart Blog, me, fatsally, cleohart and our occasional gues contributors have in the past ridiculed the excesses of fashion designers and the self importance of that modern profession, personal stylists.

    What is so difficult about choosing what clothes to wear that in the twenty first century we need help with this task, we might well ask. But then in the twenty first century there are all sorts of oddball new service industries springing up, personal shoppers, dog walkers, shirt wearers, who are paid to wear shirts apparently,and even a Contest Queen who sells assistance with magazine contests for people who want to win but can't be arsed thinking up a slogan.

    But choosing everyday clothes, T shirt, jacket, trousers or skirt as appropriate, should not be beyond most of us.

    But on reflection, some people need help, they really do:

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  • Economic Recovery or The Return Of Insanity?

    Remember the insanity of Labour's economic boom when Gordon Brown and Gauleiter Ed Bollocks masked from us the fact that we were already up to our necks in rising shit by forcing property prices up with easy credit, letting bankers trade toxic debt and telling us the economy was actually growing. And remember how some economic genius in the Treasury, backed by a fuckwit economic genius called Krugman who knows less about economics that a turd said the only way to reduce a crippling deficit is by offshoring all our manufacturing industry, inviting mass immigration to a land with no jobs to offer and borrowing shitloads of money that we could not repay (coz the economic genius who apparently won a Nobel prize for fuckwittery economics said if you let in a few million immigrations, and pay them benefits then they spend money in the UK economy and it creates growth).

    Well the insanity is back. There are several reasons, first there is an election in the offing so the economy needs to be talked up. Second, the same fuckwith economists as advised Labour prior to 2010 are advising the coalition now and giving the same bad advice. Third, there is another economic crisis looming and the only way to delay it until the elite have got all their assets converted to gold or commodities is by inflating a new debt bubble. Inflation isn't really down, unemployment isn't really improving, and silly interest rates having failed to stimulate the economy are still crippling pensioners and savers.

    Now only an economist or a Labour politician (they're more elitist than the Tories you know) could be fuckwitted enough to think GDP is reliable measure of economic performance. It measures money churning in the economy, not money being made. For a picture of how insane the system is, read Creating Wealth in which I explain how the illusion of economic growth works. I tried to make it simple enough for even a Politician or University Lecturer in economic to understand.

    but if that is too difficult, here's a clip from the 1986 move Back To School in which Rodney Dangerfield pays a self made millionaire who goes back to school to complete his education. In this scene Dangerfield's character finds himself having to explain the realities of life to a cupid stunt of an economic lecturer who has spent all his life studying the "theory" of business and never held down a real job in the real world. If you are a sane person, you'll enjoy this but if you think what the country really needs is another dose of fuckwit economics then you should not even be in my site. GET OUT NOW!

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    The reason I am posting this dire warning is that at a property auction last week a large garage in Camberwell (London) – somewhere to put a car at night, that is, not a repair business or petrol station – was sold for £550,000, having been put on the market by Southwark council as a "development opportunity”. A man from property website Zoopla told the Financial Times that "the buyer could create a significant return despite paying what seems like an extortionate premium today”.

    In other words, if you own a shed you are probably richer than you think, just watch globalised capital's alchemy turn rotten wood into gold. but don't wait to long before cashing in your chips.

    Experience should tell us that even if George Osborne's property bubble is lifting prices all over the UK as the Brown Bollocks boom did between 2002 and 2010, London has long since left everywhere else on the ground. Over the past year, property values in the capital have risen by 18% and the gap between prices there and the rest of the UK is the biggest since records began. The average monthly rent in London is now £1,125. A garage can sell for half a million in London, you can buy a two bedroomed terraced house in reasonable condition in a not too bad street in Blackburn or Burnley for £25,000 (you can actually buy a "development opportunity" for £2000.

    The cost of a house in London and the south east is now beyond all but the wealthy. The cost of a house in most parts of the midlands and north is beyond couples on average income. So who benefits from a property led boom? The bankers, that's who. The finance industry not only fixes economic policy in its own interests but also sucks up public investment. The dire political consequences of this are all around us, though a capital-focused media often fails to see them. But the truth is we are now in a worse state due to economic mismanagement than we were in 2010, 2008 and 2001, in the wake of the last three crashes.

    And the conservative politicians tell us they are doing well, and the Labour politicians tell us they would do better by repeating all the mistakes they made during thirteen years of misrule between 1997 and 2010.

    We're fucked. Vote UKIP.

  • Double Acts

    Before we had Morecambe and Wise or Mike and Bernie Winters the top double act was Jimmy Jewel and Ben Warris, Flanagan and Allen, Nervo and Knox (OK, I've been on a lists website)and numerous forgotten stars of music hall. Since television ousted live variety as the nation's favourite entertainment more traditional acts like Cannon and Ball or Little and Large have vied with the likes of Cook and Moore, Reeves and Mortimer, Fry and Laurie or armstrong and Miller. Comedy is an important part of life, even those serious minded lefties laugh - usually when thy hear about a conservative catching Ebola Fever.

    America too has a rich tradition of comedy double acts, from the Vaudeville acts like Gallagher and Sheen (btw, betcha didn't know the sheen half was an uncle of The Marx Bros.)or Burns and Allen to Hollywood's pairings, Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis and television stars such as Rowan and Martin.

    but in all of this however, there has never been a successful Anglo - American double act. UNTIL NOW.

    For the last few weeks American Secretary Of State John (Lurch) Kerry and British Foreign Secretary William (The Mekon) Hague have been running round smarming, threatening and cajoling to broker a peace deal in Ukraine.

    Today I read:

    Tanks Flying Russian Flag Enter East Ukraine City

    Forget Laurel and Hardy or Vic and Bob, you have to admit even the Three Stooges could not achieve such comic ineptitude ... and they had an extra clown.

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    John Kerry and William Hague in Craplomats or The Road To War

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  • Mickey Rooney Heirs To Sue Footballer Wayne?

    We could be in for some interesting scenes in the law courts once the vultures lawyers get hold of this idea.

    The mother of three-year-old Rooney Scholes ran into trouble when a chocolatier refused to write the little boy's name on a chocolate Easter egg, claiming Wayne Rooney might sue for breach of copyright.

    Pause a moment to take in the sheer idiocy of what you just read, and you will understand why Boggart Blog had to give up our former style of parodying the stupidity of the pompous fools who run the world. We have let these same pomous fools create a world of such surreal insanity they are beyond parody.

    Life-long Manchester United fan Jo-Anne Scholes who named her cats Cantona and Berbatov told the press after the Thorntons chocolate store in Bury refused to write "Rooney" on an egg in chocolate icing.
    (Jo-Anne Scholes? Is that not breach of copyright? Has former United striker and professional ginge Paul Scholes not copyrighted the name? And should I not be suing that upstart Ian Thorpe for using my name without paying me as licence fee, after all I was Ian Thorpe and had published poetry and fiction before that big footed copyright pirate was born. So my copyright is implied if not legally asserted.

    Thornton's explained their excessive caution is due to the fact that many superstar footballers globally trademark their names to avoid being associated with unofficial merchandise, but also to piss off young children who happen to have the same name. If your family name is Smith, Brown, Robinson, Taylor, Jones or N'dabaninge and your little lad has a fairly common forename, forget the personalised easter eggs.

    On the other hand, who'd want to give their kid an official Wayne Rooney easter egg anyway?

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    An official Wayne Rooney © Easter Egg

  • Money From Rock Better Than Money From Air

    Strange things are happening in the finance markets, very strange. As the FT and Dow Jones main indexes go up and down faster than a whores knickers, commodity prices are behaving weirdly too.

    from Zero Hedge:

    The last few days have seen Western anti-Russian rhetoric and red lines escalate dramatically as the military and economic issues come to light in any push back against Putin's pressure. From NatGas export fallacies to "boomerang"-ing sanctions, the west seems stuck (for now).. which brings up the question - why is China and Russia making huge investments in commodity-miners? Russia's largest gold miner Polyus Gold is considering a complete onshoring of its activities and China is buying a huge Peruvian copper mine from Glencore. The outcome would appear to enable both firms to do away with USD but not having to buy this resource in the market... just mine it? Continue reading

    Well commodity backed currency is more stable than money from the air currrency we have had since the end of World War Two or the extreme version of fiat money, which involves city traders exposing themselves (Naked Finance). But who sets the exchange rates? And how many chickens are there to a goat.

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  • Cyril Smith victims may sue LibDems

    Now this would be fun ...

    Former Rochdele MP, fat bastard and National treasure, now exposed as a serial kiddie fiddler Cyril Smith may posthumously bring down the Liberal Democrat Party. A book written by current Rochdale MP, Simon Danczuk reveals the extent to which the paedo politician’s crimes were covered up by political allies who bullied police Victims may sue Lib Dems

    Among the revelations in Danczuk's book, being serialised by the Daily Mail (which has always hated the Liberal Democrats) you will find:

    Details of how Special Branch and Lancashire police thwarted at least two inquiries into Smith by detectives from other forces

    Files of incriminating evidence were confiscated and suppressed by officers working for the Lancashire Chief Constable

    The leader of Rochdale’s Liberal Party tried to bully local detectives into dropping inquiries into Smith in the 1960s

    The Director of Public Prosecutions refused to prosecute Smith in 1970 despite receiving an 80-page dossier from police

    Child porn was found in the boot of Smith’s car near Northampton, but he was released without charge after ‘a phone call was made from London’

    Lawyers for Smith’s victims are looking to pursue Rochdale Council as well as the Liberal Democrats.

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    As Boggart Blog has always said, the whole of the political and public service system is corrupt and degenerate. You know what to do in May when the three main parties are hoping to win your vote. Throw them all out until they start listening to the punters. Vote for the party that will abolish whitewash.

  • Heartbleed Not New - US Government used It For Years

    When the story of the Heartbleed internet security bug broke last week I was quick to tell people computer makers, internet service providers and software firms had been aware of it for years. In fact, if you have read The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and the other books in that trilogy, the hack used by the eponymous girl, which she and her hacker friends call Asphixia, describes perfectly how hackers have been exploiting the bug in the so called "Secure Socket" system since the late 1990s.

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    Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander (preferred the Swedish version with Noomi Rapace myself)

    And yet even people who know about the long and successful career I had in computer and digital networks called me a dinosaur and resistant to progress when I refused to do online banking, get a pay pal account and all the other bullshit because I said there was no real security in internet technology. And I change my Amazon password on every purchase.

    The fact is, I knew about heartbleed almost twenty years ago. And obviously if you are going to open a back door for government agencies and control freak corporate bodies, (who you would not want in your computer if you had been told) then other undesirables are going to find their way in.

    The real stupidity was in letting ourselves be conned into allowing so much of our business and personal life to be made dependent on a single, very flaky, technology.

    The biggest joke was the science heads who told me "of course the technology is safe, very big prime numbers are involved." I find it quite endearing that science heads believe in magic numbers the way children believe in fairies. What they failed to understand is they very last place anyone who knows their way round comms protocols would try to catch your personal data is the place where encryption starts to protect it. Much easier to grab it between keyboard and screen and the comms processor. I'd have your account number and password long before the data was encrypted.

    But while the various contenders for Evil Empire of the Year, Microsoft, Facebook, Google and the rest issue bland assurances, the problem (government paranoia and obessive surveillance programs, political control freakery, corporate greed) is getting worse. The alternative media are on the case however, see Washington's blog, linked below:

    From Washington's Blog

    Top computer and internet experts say that NSA spying breaks the functionality of our computers and of the Internet. It reduces functionality and reduces security by – for example – creating backdoors that malicious hackers can get through.

    Remember, American and British spy agencies have intentionally weakened security for many decades. And it’s getting worse and worse. For example, they plan to use automated programs to infect millions of computers.

    NSA also encourages large internet companies to delay patching vulnerabilities, to allow the NSA time to exploit them. See this and this. In other words, the NSA encourages companies to allow vulnerabilities to remain unfixed.

    Read full story at Washingtons Blog
    NSA Exploited Heartbleed Bug For YEARS, Leaving Consumers Vulnerable To Attack

    It's true, don't listen to those authority worshippers who yell "conspiacy theory", the news on these plans is out there.

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  • Transhumanism - the fascist dictator's wet dream

    I didn't write this myself but I though it important enough to be speard around - and I have posted a lot on transhumanism and the psychotic insanity of modern scientists recently. You may be surprised to find such an article on a site names farm wars, but farmers know that the intensive cultivation techniques being developed by scientists for Big Ag Corporations are producing nutritionally depleted food.

    Reinventing Humanity: That all-consuming quest for the key to eternal life.

    Barbara H. Peterson -Farm Wars

    Science will control our shapes, our intelligence, even create new breeds of men – violent men to fight our wars, docile men to do our work – hell on earth. (Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde)

    Synthetic food, synthetic voice, synthetic body, synthetic memory, synthetic brain, synthetic everything. That is what we are headed for at an increasingly accelerated rate. We are losing our humanity minute by minute and replacing it with technology. This is not an accident. No, it is quite intentional. We are being programmed to accept the theory that technology is somehow better than nature, and that those who use it are superior to those who don’t, when in actuality, we are becoming hopelessly dependent on it.

    There is nothing wrong with technology when it is used as a tool for accomplishing worthy goals. However, there is a big difference between using it in a positive, beneficial way, and as a manipulative tool to create terminal dependence as a way of life.

    When you become dependent on the machine, those who own the machine own you.

    We are increasingly using unnatural means to achieve “real” sounding and “real” looking artificial constructs to replace what nature has provided. Take for example, Auto-Tune technology. This is used to make singers sound on key when in reality they are taking a shortcut to what normally takes talent and years of practice. We have now replaced true human excellence in art with a microwave version of computerized sounds made to appear as human.

    In January of 2010, Kesha Sebert, known as ‘Ke$ha’ debuted at number one on Billboard with her album, Animal. Her style is electro pop-y dance music: she alternates between rapping and singing, the choruses of her songs are typically melodic party hooks that bore deep into your brain: “Your love, your love, your love, is my drug!” And at times, her voice is so heavily processed that it sounds like a cross between a girl and a synthesizer. Much of her sound is due to the pitch correction software, Auto-Tune. LINK

    This is the society of the future – Auto-Tuned, genetically manipulated, and living in a fantasy world. Not to worry if you can’t do something as good as the next person, or aren’t as physically attractive. Just add this enhancement and that enhancement and in less than the time it takes to say “hey, I want that too,” you will be just as good as the person who has worked for years to perfect his/her talent, nothing required but the bucks to buy the technology. An instant, microwave solution to life.

    Read all of this long but informative artice at Farm News

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  • Woman who had three-hour orgasm leaves doctors mystified

    An old story but one I copied a snip of to do my own spin on and then forgot. It happens when you're the wrong side of 65.

    Liz from Seattle (who didn't reveal her last name) had had great sex with her partner Eric, but long after he climbed out of bed, Liz was hitting ever higher peaks of pleasure.

    About an hour into her epic climax, Liz started to panic. By the second hour, the panting woman was rushed to hospital where medical staff thought she was in labor. Doctors said they were mystified.

    Liz’s orgasm lasted for over three hours before she finally found relief.

    Well doctors might have been mystified but the answer is obvious to me. Liz's partner Eric is obviously a dozy plonker and in a classic case of an iatrogenic medical problem the medical staff were all too preoccupied with prescribing unnecessary and ineffective drugs to take out the Rampant Rabbit he had left behind.

    So the poor girl has to endure a permanent climax until the batteries ran down.

  • Oh Dear, Mainsteam Politics Sinks Deeper Into The Sewer

    I just don't know where to start today. Here's a little compliation to get us going on the deparvity and degeneracy of those who have made their political careers in the LibLabCon and who, despite the scandals and embarrassments of the last few years are still at it.

    Inquiry into Tory conference ‘gay-sex party paid on expenses’

    from The Independent
    Parliament’s expenses watchdog is to investigate claims that the taxpayer indirectly funded a hotel suite that was used for a gay-sex party during a Conservative Party conference.

    The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) said it was “deeply worried” by allegations that public money was used to pay for a suite of rooms used where the party took place.

    It said it would be investigating the claims, which come in the wake of revelations about inappropriate relationships between young Tory researchers and MPs following the Nigel Evans trial. Mr Evans was cleared of a string of sexual assaults on young men following a five-week trial at Preston Crown Court.

    The Independent understands that a suite of rooms costing up to £2,500 per night was booked at Manchester’s Light ApartHotel by an organisation called the Policy Research Unit (PRU). The PRU, which is overseen by senior Conservative figures, provides “parliamentary research” for the party’s MPs that is carried out by a team of mainly young researchers and interns.
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    Monstrous cover-up: How the Liberal party, police and MI5 concealed MP Cyril Smith’s child abuse

    from The Daily Mail
    The shocking scale of the Establishment cover-up of former Liberal MP Cyril Smith’s sickening sex abuse of boys is revealed today.

    ‘For four decades, the depraved 29st politician was free to prey on vulnerable children as young as eight.
    Police received at least 144 complaints by victims of the predatory paedophile yet the authorities blocked any prosecution – allowing Smith brazenly to continue his abuse.

    The Liberal Party even put his name forward for a knighthood in 1988 in spite of the rumours of his sordid activities swirling around Westminster.

    David, now Lord Steel nominated him for the honour despite knowing of the allegations about the bachelor MP for Rochdale, the ex-Liberal leader’s involvement emerging only in recent weeks after a Freedom of Information battle.’

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    Sexminster - Hattie Harperson Outs sexual Harassment Culture

    from BBC News

    A male hierarchy at Parliament is part of "a recipe for a culture in which sexual harassment can prevail", Labour's deputy leader has said.

    Harriet Harman said the problem was also caused by "the hours, and people being away from home".

    A voluntary code of conduct has been issued to Conservative MPs telling them not to "bully, abuse or harass" staff.

    Conservative Douglas Carswell said a power to recall MPs would raise standards at Westminster.

    Ms Harman said Labour was reviewing its codes of conduct.

    A Channel 4 News investigation this week reported that a third of the young men and women working in Parliament said they had suffered sexual harassment.

    It said young men were more likely to be sexually harassed than women, with 40% of the men interviewed saying they had received unwanted sexual advances.

    Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today, Ms Harman said: "When it comes to sexual harassment we certainly have been looking again at our codes of conduct which we've had for some time in the party, which sets out specifically what behaviour is not acceptable for an employer towards their employee in terms of sexual harassment and what the procedures are to deal with it.

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    Trougher's Union: House Of Commons Standards committee Exposed

    from Guido Fawkes

    It is not just the chairman of the Standards Committee who is a trougher of the highest order. Sir Kevin Pork Barrel is aided and abetted on the troughers’ union by nine other MPs including Tory Christopher Chope, who was exposed during the expenses scandal for charging the taxpayer £881.25 to transport a sofa 85 miles from his second home to his constituency in order to have it reupholstered. Expenses piggy Chope also repaired the roof of his house on the taxpayer at a cost of £10,377, and installed a £2,600 bathroom paid for by us. Not satisfied with his fill, Chope also tops up the family income by employing his wife as his secretary.

    Shamed former LibDem armed forces minster Nick Harvey is another member of the committee. Harvey stuck two fingers up at servicemen when he claimed £7 on expenses to attend a Remembrance Service. A furious Royal Navy officer marched up to Harvey and gave him the cash in an envelope in disgust. He only lasted a few more months in the job.

    Also on the homework marking committee is Labour MP Alan Whitehead. Whitehead was found by the fees office to have overclaimed for his mortage interest in 2009, submitting a bill for £380 when should have claimed £198.66.

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    Tory MP Patrick Mercer expected to be banned for up to six months
    Saturday

    from The Daily Telegraph
    A former shadow Tory minister is likely to be suspended from the House of Commons after being caught in a cash for questions investigation.

    The House of Commons’ Standards Committee is understood to be considering banning Patrick Mercer from being an MP for between four and six months.

    News of the likely ban will cap a difficult week for David Cameron who has had to cope with the resignation of Maria Miller, the Culture Secretary, over an expenses scandal.

    The Prime Minister’s attempts to launch his European Parliament elections campaign on Thursday were also overshadowed by the resignation.

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    Channel 4 Investigates Britain's Parliament's Looming Sex Scandals

    from Breitbart UK

    While Evans was found not guilty of all the charges before him – including sexual assault and even one count of rape – the culture of sexual harassment in Westminster is often spoken of, observed, and even experienced – as Breitbart London contributor Alex Wickham told Channel 4:

    "Time and time again you hear the same stories with different people. They're all known about. They're known about by anybody who is a researcher or staffer in parliament".

    "Stories of men and women from all three parties saying they've been treated inappropriately and there's nothing they can do about it, and that there's a real climate of sexual harassment going on in Parliament".

    Wickham has previously written about Westminster's sex scandals for Breitbart London.

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    Westminster Sex Scandals: Tony Grew Misses The Scoop Of His Career

    Guido Fawkes blog

    Last night’s Channel 4 News investigation found that young men working in parliament were more likely to be sexually harassed than women, and specifically that there were a group of gay MPs who preyed upon men in Westminster. Back in January Guido publicly tipped off one journalist to the story on Twitter, he didn’t want to investigate, instead PoliticsHome’s Tony Grew said the allegations were untrue:

    Today the story is on the front pages of two newspapers, has been heavily followed up by the rest and is dominating the airwaves on 24 hour news channels and radio, yet gets only a fleeting mention on PoliticsHome. They should have a word with their Lobby correspondent about his news values…

    More on this at Guido Fawkes

  • If You Build It, They Will Come

    Scientists Transplanted Laboratory-Grown Vaginas Into Women Born Without Them

    In a first for medical science researchers at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s Institute for Regenerative Medicine have grown human vaginas in the lab and successfully implanted them into women born without a minge. The procedure has allowed four women to have normally-functioning bodies.

    The organ tissue was grown using cells from each patient’s genitals, then surgically stitched and formed into the shape of a vagina. The condition which causes women to be born without a vagina is Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser syndrome, in which a woman is born with underdeveloped sexual organs. Each of the patients in the experiment was a teenager at the time of the surgeries, which took place between 2005 and 2008. The follow up support and monitoring shows the women having normal sexual function and quality of life.

    Like the title says, if you build it, they will come

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  • Patient sues doctor who forgot to take out appendix during appendectomy

    Going into hospital in Britain is scary, even if you are healthy and are only there to visit a friend or relative, you can easily end up minus a couple of limbs and on The Liverpool Care Pathway. But going to hospital in the USA is an even more hazardous adventure.

    Surgical instruments, medical swabs, bedpans, x ray machines, student nurses, they have all ended up being left in patients after surgery. But even more potentially life threatening than what they sometimes put in is what they do not take out.

    A New York man, we learned this week, had to have an appendectomy twice, since the first doctor simply forgot to take out his appendix.

    CBS News reported Thursday, that investment banker William McCormack had surgery preformed by Dr. Michael Kerin at Lawrence Medical Center in Bronxville, N.Y. fourteen months ago to have his appendix removed.

    But McCormack recently had to undergo a second surgery at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake for what he thought was an unrelated medical ailment. A second doctor took a look at McCormack’s enlarged appendix and decided that it needed to come out.

    Imagine McCormack’s confusion when he found out he’d had his appendix removed - twice.

    “Dr. Kerin is a surgeon, he should’ve known what an appendix looks like,” McCormack’s attorney Mitchell Baker said to CBS 2. "Kerin apparently removed some type of "yellowish mass" from McCormack. The mass looked nothing like his appendix that was in need of removal.

    Can't wait to head how much the good doctor will be sued for. But ass the patient is an investment banker perhaps Kerin should be struck off for not makig a more lethal mistake.

  • Come Back Mr. Bradford and Mr. Bingley - oh, wait a minute

    Not so long ago the Building Societies were a byword for financial probity and stability, the safe place for small savers to deposit their hard earned, where their money would earn a modest rate of interest and help people buy their own homes. The names, The Halifax, Leicester Permanent, The Woolwich and the Bradford and Bingley were about as exciting Even the logos of these august institutions oozed trustworthiness and staid respectability.

    Brandford and Bingley
    Mr. Bradford and Mr. Bingley, staid respectability or greedy shysters?

    Then financial deregulation allowed the big banks to move into the mortgage business and pretty soon we had more scandals that The Old Bazaar In Cairo has sandals. Endowment mortgage mis - selling, payment protection insurance misselling, sub prime mortgages, bankers bonuses and all the rest.

    But surely the building Societies were above all this, even if they were now owned by hedge funds controlled by The Cartel.

    Or so we thoughtalthough our confidence was shaken when The Cooperative Bank disappeared into a black hole and emerged in the portfolio of an American Hege Fund. Surely though, those old names, those symbols of middle class stodginess were still safe, we thought

    Then this story broke:

    Probe into bank overdraft fees that cost twice as much as a payday loan

    Customers using the Halifax Reward current account and the Santander Everyday Account pay £100 in charges for going £100 into an unauthorised overdraft for a month, equal to an annual percentage rate of 1,200 per cent.

    But it would cost £37 to borrow £100 from payday lender Wonga over the same period.

    Which also found that customers borrowing £100 over a month with Halifax within an agreed overdraft would pay £30 for the period, giving an effective APR of 356 per cent.

    Following an investigation by the OFT, banks have changed overdraft levies from a more traditional interest rate to a daily fee, typically of £1 a day or more, saying it is easier to understand.

    But the FCA, which took over regulation of consumer credit from the OFT this month, is concerned that the simpler fees ‘may be a mechanism by which providers are increasing revenue from authorised overdrafts’.

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    Good grief. Will Mr. Bradford and Mr. Bingley be caught selling dodgy high income bonds to old ladies next? Scrub that, they already have.

  • Some People Are Never Satisfied....

    Some people are never satisfied!

    Take the case of the woman from Florida who claims she can have 50 orgasms a day.

    She says it's making her life a nightmare.

    She has of course been diagnosed with that well known condition, Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder, and claims that she can get aroused riding in a car,(bet there are a few 60 year olds that remember that feeling fnahh fnahh) to listening to loud bass music. Obviously she avoids cycling, horse riding, rope climbing and sitting on the washing machine during the spin cycle and, interestingly, sexual contact.

    She has now started a regime of exercise, meditation and medication to numb the affected areas.

    Be careful what you wish for gal.

  • My Heart Bleeds For Those Who Built Businesses Online

    Heartbleed: A Security Flaw Or A Deliberate Move Towards Government Control of the Internet

    On the other side of my face I'm laughing however at those nerds and geeks who spent years wetting themselves everytime PC Wanker reported someone had discovered a bigger prime number. "Oooooooohhhhheeeeeeee, better security, they squealed. Sadly not because where the security keys generated by SSL start to protect is just about the lat place anyone who understands the technology would try to catch your account numbers, passwords etc.

    What I find amazing is this vulnerability in the Open SSL system, which was supposed to give total security for online transactions was known of almost as soon at the system was launched. It now seems very likely that the developers knew the system was useless before they launched it on an unsuspecting public. And you can bet the cybershits knew about it long before the good guys found it.

    Anyone out there still think I'm a dinosaur for refusing to do online banking etc.

    from Infowars

    Dire warnings about Heartbleed, a serious internet security risk affecting millions of websites, is echoing across the internet today. Described as a flaw in OpenSSL, the open source encryption technology used by the vast majority of web servers, Heartbleed is said to put HTTPS e-commerce websites at risk.

    The bug “can give hackers access to personal data like credit card numbers, usernames, passwords, and, perhaps most importantly, cryptographic keys—which can allow hackers to impersonate or monitor a server,” writes Lily Hay Newman.

    The risk was discovered by a Google researcher at Codenomicon, a Finnish company specializing in the development of “fuzzing tools” to ensure computer network security. The Codenomicon client base includes government and the defense industry and, as noted below, has suspicious connections to Obama, DHS, and the FBI.

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    Heartbleed Internet Bug: Pretext For Web Lockdown?

    ‘The Heartbleed bug is being described as the most critical security flaw to hit the web since its inception, a crisis that could lay the groundwork for massive government regulation and censorship of the Internet.

    “Millions of websites may have been leaking critically sensitive data for the past two years, thanks to a devastating flaw in the OpenSSL software many sites use to encrypt and transmit data,” reports Yahoo Tech, as experts warned web users to change all their passwords immediately in a bid to protect themselves from a vulnerability that could have allowed hackers to infiltrate millions of email accounts, sensitive tax records and a myriad of other private data.

    “Catastrophic is the right word. On the scale of one to 10, this is an 11,” said security expert Bruce Schneier in a blog post which explains the implications of the flaw..’

    from BBC News

    The major security flaw at the heart of the internet may have been exposing users' personal information and passwords to hackers for the past two years.It is not known how widely the bug has been exploited, if at all, but what is clear is that it is one of the biggest security issues to have faced the internet to date.

    The BBC has attempted to round up everything you need to know about Heartbleed in this very helpful page.

  • Useless Drugs And Vaccines - Lying Science Whores. Told You So.

    flu vaccine cartoon
    A wise physician knows the worthlessness of most medicine - Benjamin Franklin (picture source)

    A new study published today by a research team at Oxford University reveals that as many of us alternative media reporters said at the time, the drug Tamiflu, prescribed for hundreds of thousands of people during the swine flu 'pandemic' a few years ago, does nothing to halt the spread of influenza and the Government at that time wasted nearly £500 million OF OUR EFFING MONEY stockpiling it, a major study has found.

    Are they saying vaccines and drugs are useless? You might well ask. No, what they are actually saying is that the purpose of most vaccines drugs and therapies in to make us patients for life and thus turn us into cash cows and guinea pigs for the Pharmaceutical Corporations' profit making machine.

    You many remember that the Swine Flu pandemic was going to kill squillions of people and would be so potent that when the clever scientists gave us their clever drugs to bring us back to life the disease would kill us again ... and again. That's exaggeration, but the miniscule threat (that turned out to be not a threat at all, there were less caess of flu in swine flu year than a normal year. Swine flu was overhyped to the extent that when the disease failed to jump the species barrier and kill squillions of people, that august body the Whores' Health Organisation World Health Organisation was forced to redefine the word 'pandemic'. Itstead of meaning '"Will infect tens of millions and kill millions on every continent, it now means "Will maked a few people here and there feel a little off colour.

    But the scientists and their Big Pharma paymasters, lying whores and greedy bastards that they are, would not hold up their hands and say "Sorry folks, we got it wrong," thus salvaging a little credibility. Oh no, they insisted that their lapdog politicians timeley action in purchasing vast stocks of Tamiflu had averted the pandemic. Really? An interesting statistic emerged later; in Germany (population 80 million) ten per cent of the population received Tamiflu and there were 3000 deaths attributed to Swine Flu. In Britain, (population 60 million)around two per cent of people in 'vulnerable groups', i.e. old people, children and those with pre-existing medical conditions, received Tamiflu and 30 deaths were attributed to Swine Flu.

    The latest review, authored by independent medical researchers at Oxford University, claims that Roche, the drug’s Swiss manufacturer, gave a “false impression” of its effectiveness and accuses the company of “sloppy science”. It has previously been reported that most of the researchers who worked on trials of Tamiflu had financial links to the manufacturers (see below).

    The Oxford study found that Tamiflu, which was given to 240,000 people in the UK at a rate of 1,000 a week, has been linked to suicides of children in Japan and suggested that, far from easing flu symptoms, it could actually worsen them. They also expressed support for the view that Tamiflu damages the human immine system making it more likely people who take it will develop other problems. Many reports have mentioned the damage done by vaccines to auto - immune systems.

    Roche claimed at the time of the 2009 swine flu outbreak that trials showed it would reduce hospital admissions and complications such as pneumonia, bronchitis or sinusitis. Based on the results, the Department of Health bought around 40 million doses of Tamiflu at a cost of £424 million and prescribed it to around 240,000 people. In 2009, 0.5 per cent of the entire NHS budget was spent on a drug that scientists knew did not work.

    We should perhaps consider making the fuckers take their own drugs as part of the clinical trial process.

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    Scientists say UK wasted £560m on flu drugs that are not proven - The Guardian
    UK wasted £600m of taxpayers' money on useless flu pills - The Independent
    Millions wasted' on flu drug Tamiflu - BBC News

    Doctor’s Diary: Swine flu scientists were too close to big pharma

    By Dr. James LeFanu; The Daily Telegraph

    There is rather more than is immediately apparent in the recent grudging acknowledgement that the swine flu vaccine increased the risk of the serious sleeping disorder narcolepsy fourteen-fold – and that those affected (mainly children) are entitled to compensation.

    As many will recall, the threatened swine flu “pandemic” of 2009 proved something of a non-event, with only 10 per cent of the predicted number of cases and a miniscule mortality rate of 0.0005 per cent.

    This discrepancy between the dire warnings and what turned out to be among the mildest flu outbreaks of the past 100 years prompted an inquiry by Paul Flynn MP for the Council of Europe that criticised “the waste of huge sums of public money and the provocation of unjustified fears”, while presciently anticipating “health risks from vaccines and medicines that have not been sufficiently tested”.

    Simultaneously, an investigation by the British Medical Journal noted how key scientists advising the World Health Organisation on planning for an pandemic “had done paid work for pharmaceutical companies that stood to gain from the guidance they were preparing”.

    Put simply, over the previous decade the pharmaceutical giants had developed a swine flu vaccine at great expense, and obtained a product licence for an antiviral drug, on the basis that it reduced the duration and complications of a flu attack.
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    So once again Boggart Blog, Little Nicky Machiavelli and The Dauily Stirrer are vindicated. We all warned that the annual flu scare and taxpayer funded campaign to push vaccines was a scam. A battle is won but the war is never ending. The next skirmish, currently being fought mainly in Japan and the USA concerns the HPV virus and the vaccine which drug companies and liberal fascists claim must be given to pubescent boys as well as girls to prevent the little lads developing cervical cancer.

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  • Death Deniers Won't Let Us Die In Peace

    It is often said that the only fact of life is that we all die.

    However there is a growing faction, admittedly usually the middle brow press, that seem to want us to live forever, think all of those headlines that tell us miracle drugs or food will help us live 10, 20, 30 years longer.

    There are stories of people aged 80 or 75 being refused aggressive, intensive and invasive treatments for terminal conditions and the Death Deniers throw up their arms and rant about how unfair this is, how ageist. Why, these elderly sufferers of cancer and lymphoma and what have you have every right to have their hopes raised that they can be cured and enjoy a further 2 or 3 years of life,whilst not letting on about the arduous and debilitating nature of the cures and their related side effects.

    Hurrah then for the former teacher who decided enough was enough and took herself off to Dignitas. She said she didn't want to live in this modern electronic age. She hadn't been brought up with today's technology and felt she could not understand it, nor learn to understand it.

    "How terrible," wailed the press. This otherwise healthy woman had taken her own life when she could have lived for years longer.

    Only further down the articles did we find out she was 89.

    89 FFS!

    Perhaps about time the Death Deniers realised not everyone wants to live forever, and however much they might not like it, it comes to us all in the end.

    RIP old girl and good on you.

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  • Now They Know Where Ukraine Is, Americas Lose Interest

    Over the past few weeks I have been puzzled to see, while looking at some of the nuttier American news blogs (not necessarily run by creationists or right wingers I must say) who were alarmed by reports that Russian troops were massing on American territory. Was Putin preparing to annex California, they asked. Had Oregon, Idaho and Montana already joined the Russian Federation.

    Opinion polls, for the US media is obsessed with polls and statistics, revealed that those Americans who did actually know where Ukraine is located where the former USSR nation is located were the least supportive of calls for US military intervention.

    WTF? Well now we know what was responsible for the panic.

    A report on one of the more sensationalist news channels revealed that according to the Defense Ministry of the Ukraine, which is citing a "military expert", Dmitry Tymchuk who draws pretty maps with lots of red lines and arrows, the interim (for which read illegal) government in Ukraine is sounding the alarm on what it reports is an imminent invasion by Russia into the east of the country.

    And television screens showed Tymchuk's latest map.

    ukraine

    And millions of American's heaved a sigh or relief on learning that Ukraine is not a geographic territory spanning Canada and Alaska where there was a gold rush at the end of the nineteenth century. It's OK guys, no need to worry 'bout Russians in Ukraine, now they can go back to worrying about the war between The Nephilim and Extra Terrestrials that is going on in their heads. (In closing I should say that Before Its News is not a nutty site, they drag this stuff in from all over the web and get mega traffic and good advertising revenue)

    prospectors in yukon
    Prospectors seek gold in Yukon - they migh have been Ukrainian, who knows?

  • Liberal Fascist Calls For Global Warming Skeptics to be Arrested

    The 'Liberal' Nazis over the pond in Obamaland are at it again, threatening and bullying to suppess free speech and freedom of thought ...

    The thinly-veiled totalitarian bent of the unhinged left has reared its ugly head once again with a demented rant by Gawker’s Adam Weinstein which calls for thought criminals who question man-made global warming to be arrested and thrown in prison.
    “We have laws on the books to punish anyone whose lies contribute to people’s deaths. It’s time to punish the climate-change liars,” blathers Weinstein, before claiming that man-made climate change kills 150,000 people a year.
    Weinstein cites the example of six Italian seismologists who were convicted of manslaughter in 2009 after they failed to connect a series of tremors the week before to a subsequent earthquake that killed 309 people, arguing that public figures who openly express the thought crime of questioning the scientific establishment should face similar punishment.
    “Those denialists should face jail. They should face fines. They should face lawsuits from the classes of people whose lives and livelihoods are most threatened by denialist tactics,” barks Weinstein.

    Right, as carbon taxes and green levies on household fuel bills have already lead to people in the prosperous democratic nations dying of malnutrition or hypothermia because, with pensions trashed by paltry interest rates due to failed left wing economic policies while fuel and food bills rise as pooliticians are duped by the crooks and liars of climate science, if we are going to punish those whose political activism causes people to die I suggest we start with this self righteous shit Weinstein.

    Bing him to me here, now, and I will cheerfully disembowel him and strangle the creep with his own intestines.

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  • Furred arteries found in ancient skeletons

    I was astounded (i.e. gobsmacked) to read a headline that said archaeologists had found ancient skeletons which revealed our ancestors who survived on the allegedly healthy paleolithic diet. The paleo diet, consisting of five main food groups, meat and fish, nuts, eggs, leaf and root vegetables and fruit has often been recommended for preventing furred arteries and thus holding off cardio vascular disease.

    from The Daily Telegraph
    Modern day diets and unhealthy lifestyles are often blamed for furred arteries which result in heart disease.
    But studies of an ancients skeleton had found that the problem has been affecting human health for a least 3,000 years.
    Ancient African skeletons have been discovered with atherosclerosis, a thickening of the artery wall due to fatty build-up and a major factor in cadiovascular disease - the leading cause of death today.
    Doctors blame our modern lifestyle with smoking, obesity and hypertension commonly the cause.
    But the condition was also prevalent 3,000 years ago among the simple farming communities who worked the land by the Nile in what is now Sudan.
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    So was it all wrong then, one more example of the uselessness of science, or have we stumbled upon another bunch of headline seeking academics playing fast and looks with factual evidence. Observe for yourselves:

    ancient skeleton
    A 5000 year old skeleton

    Furred arteries? - What effing arteries are those then?

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