Sorry, feminists, we’ve been neglecting you of late …

You know, fair’s fair and credit where it’s due.  This is awfully decent of the feminists, wishing to take paycuts in support of the men – thanks, ladies for demonstrating for a return to equal pay:

equal pay

Was going to do something on Carol Mills but Guido did it first.

Regulars here may or may not have noticed that there has been little on parachutees of late and that’s not because they no longer abound. They are there all right but it’s just distasteful disfiguring these blog pages with them. I mean, it involves research time, time I could be using breathing and working.

Just why anyone in his or her right mind would employ such a person is beyond me. It’s been tried how many times now, for quota reasons and is there even once it has worked out for the good? It’s bad enough with the usual pollies [male] with their incompetence but why would you also wish to add to that incompetence the worst of female foibles to boot?…

What floats our boats

Before consigning this to the PC dustbin, I think I was once in a position to judge.

Yes! Oui! Si! Learning a new language activates the same part of the brain as SEX

  • People who learn new words trigger the brain’s ventral striatum

  • Region also lights up during sex, gambling or eating chocolate

  • There may be an emotional connection in learning new words

  • Results could be used to help treat people with learning difficulties

Reason I think there might be something to it first requires the removal of ego from the equation and the way males always try to make out they’re studs.

I’m not, I’ve never been and so the pickings have been lean, though there’ve been a few over the years, like most men.  So I’ve no illusions about how attractive a middle-aged man is to a young lady.  Not.

Now the young ladies.  Those in Russia are much freer from the feminist constipation and whiny-moaniness, they’re much freer spirits and emote more freely.…



Have you done your morning acrobatics yet?


And while you’re there, have you thought about your end of year presents yet? What about these social justice calendars?

sj calendar

Unlike bland, privileged garbage kittens chosen for nothing more than shallow good looks, Social Justice Kittens radiate fierce strength in the face of untold adversity, and all are gifted with a dazzling array of genders and orientations to go with their tiny, oh-so-kissable faces! THE STATUS QUO WILL NEVER FULLY ACCEPT THESE KITTENS!

The curious case of the cloned coppers

From This True:

The village of Oakley, Mich., is about one square mile, and has fewer than 300 residents, but its police department grew to well over 100 officers, mostly reserves who apparently have no police training.

Residents wanted to know why, and who all of these out-of-town officers were. The police department not only refused to produce a roster to citizens, it denied a Freedom of Information Act request from the local newspaper.


How did they even get to Calais?

It took Eritrean migrant Adhanom Ghabrai two years and several brushes with death to reach northern France from his east African home. Now 35 km from his destination, he says no border controls can stop him from reaching Britain.

“England is my goal,” Ghabrai, 28, said outside his makeshift tent near the French port city of Calais. “The question is not ‘if’ I succeed but ‘when’,” he said in English, adding he had tried “at least 40 times” since May.

Aid workers say new migrants, who travelled from southern Europe through the free-travel zone, are east Africans who are poorer and less well-connected than earlier waves of migrants from Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Free-travel zone, eh?  For illegals.  Uh-huh.  What exactly is this free travel zone?  Roma, yes.  Understood.  But Africans?

This is who needs visas to enter the Schengen zone.  Now that includes Eritrea, whemce this man Ghabrai comes.…

An open letter to British readers of all parties …

… but you others are welcome as well.

Some of you who are regulars here disagree fundamentally on politics with many of us.  Some of you can’t stand UKIP, I like them. Some of you are for staying in the EU, many of us are not.  Tomorrow there’ll be some more political posts.  All of that is OK, it’s what we do.

What is NOT Ok cuts across our internal party politics, indeed anti-party politics. What you see in the picture below is surely a disgrace.  

I spent some time with a trade minister in a Russian republic and there was a word which was pretty important in international relations – protocol.  The diplomatic service revolves around it.

Within the EU, there are the Shengen states but there is also the UK, as one of the main three. Whilst the UK does not have top place at the table, neither is it relegated to the level of the new members, particularly the poorer and dependent ones.…

The objectification of Her Royal Hotness

There was just the slightest of references at the Wail and that’s enough pretext for this blog:




pippa middletond



Yes, agreed. I for one refuse to objectify her. Let’s look at her book instead, coming up to Hallowe’en: ‘We feasted on creepy edible morsels, Hallowe’en-themed chocolates and spookily named concoctions, which often looked better than they tasted.’

pippa's book

Pippa, Pippa, light of my life, fire of my loins ……


Quite a programme today Before we kick off with JD, the French have a certain way with words:

Massacre à la botoxeuse

And so to JD:

George Monbiot not always a Moonbat]-

Human beings – by which I mean those anthropoid creatures who do not necessarily receive social security – often live in families.

But benefit claimants live in “benefit units”, defined by the government as “an adult plus their spouse (if applicable) plus any dependent children living in the household”.

On the bright side, if you die while on a government work programme, you’ll be officially declared a “completer”. Which must be a relief.A dehumanising system requires a dehumanising language.

So familiar and pervasive has this language become that it has soaked almost unnoticed into our lives. Those who do have jobs are also described by the function they deliver to capital. These days they are widely known as “human resources”.

Here’s the incident we needed …

You know how this blog has been rabbiting on about political will and how the unilateral action, as a result of an incident and with an assumed public backing, is the ONLY thing which will get the ball rolling?

Well here it is, on a plate. Dave stands up to the extortionate demand for £1.7 billion:


… or else he doesn’t and loses the chance this nation had. He certainly has every reason, he has all the grounds he needs to refuse:

eu demand

Forget Brexit, Flexcit, Tugmytadgeit – it ain’t gonna be done that way, folks.  It ain’t EVER gonna be done that way.

It’s going to be done solely by political will on the wild, stormy ocean of politics and no one can stop a PM of this country doing it unless he is in thrall to some power.

No independent PM would hesitate.  Is Dave independent enough and does he have the inclination and will?…

Rose Cheramie

melba-marcades-about-1957There’s a level, in the course of an investigation, which you might call the judicial or ‘playing the judge’. Interesting how most people immediately adopt that role on any new issue.

That is, they both adopt the stance ‘present to me the facts, lay them at my feet’, rather than going out to find them themselves and then adopt the judicial role of deciding yea or nay.

It’s a passive role and a lazy one.

Better than that is the person who still doesn’t go [or perhaps simply hasn't the time to go] and find out but rather visits someone he or she regards as an authority.

We do it all the time. With electrical circuits, I know very little and don’t have a natural ‘feel’ for what does and doesn’t work, beyond simple notions of current travelling in a circuit. So I’d prefer to defer to an expert on this.…

Liverpool and St Helens


Belfast Telegraph:

When Cristiano Ronaldo turned to go, Anfield started to boo him and then, thinking better of it, began to applaud generously. It was not quite the standing ovation Old Trafford had given the Brazilian Ronaldo after his hat-trick for Madrid against Manchester United in 2003 but it was a sign that, however passionate, they are rarely a one-eyed crowd.

The flick of his ankle that produced Madrid’s opening goal is one of the finest Anfield will see this season and his contest with Martin Skrtel was like a Ferrari accelerating past an articulated truck. Frankly, Real had expended more sweat overcoming Ludogorets Razgrad in the previous round.

They did not have to be frighteningly good in Bulgaria but sometimes they were last night. This was the Real Madrid that went to Munich, humbled Bayern 4-0, and inflicted on Pep Guardiola what he described as the worst night of his career.

Effective action required, with immediate effect, on Muslim radicals

Mark Steyn in Canada is international in the way Andrew Bolt is in Australia – the things they say have relevance globally. Sure they’re alpha males and even in this interview, the interviewer is disagreed with in a couple of places.

Leaving all those negatives aside, the point is that much of what is going on is now global – so Australian and American kids will join ISIS, plus some from Sweden. The world culture now has the world so much in its grip that the whole global theatre comes out with a faux reality and the mindless and feckless lap it up.

I don’t mean mindless in a derogatory way here, more in a ‘victim’ way – made mindless or else just children who can’t be responsible for whom they are.

[H/T Wiggia] Insanity rules:

There is a very powerful theme running through world culture and that is that any common sense must be labelled with an -ism.…

Climactic cataclysm? Other things too …

This type of thing via haiku is always interesting to contemplate – perhaps AKH might be interested:

There was a sign from the sun, the like of which had never been seen and reported before. The sun became dark and its darkness lasted for 18 months.  Each day, it shone for about four hours, and still this light was only a feeble shadow.  Everyone declared that the sun would never recover its full light again.
Historiae Ecclesiasticae

Between the years 535 and 536, a series of major global climatic events that took place that could easily be described as a global cataclysm with catastrophic consequences. The above abstract is from the sixth century historian and church leader, John of Ephesus, in his historical work, Church Histories (‘Historiae Ecclesiasticae’).

- See more at:

And methinks he makes a good point:

One thing that is quite peculiar about this global cataclysm is that it is a very little known event.

Boat – the circuits

Very, very rough diagram, with Paint and GIMP the only graphics programmes onboard:


circuits roughly


1.  The philosophy is twofold:

[i] to keep AC, DC, house lights and outboard entirely separated;

[ii] to minimize power when mechanical will cover it.  No servos, inverters etc.

Generator is earthed [or watered] via metal strip.  Outboard earthing is taken care of by manufacturer.

2. Regs say Gen, Battery and OB must all be outside cabin by at least 1 metre. First two have own storage lockers, with run-off and ventilation.  Outboard is covered and secured.  Gen only used  on open to the sides part of  cockpit which has roof.  Refuelling by putting on towpath first.

3.  As you see by the diagram, I’m no electrical engineer but one can’t be all things.

4.  Houselights have their own batteries and wind-up mechanisms and I’ve been using these at home – they work.  It also applies to heating, which is battery driven pads inside sleeping bags.…

Autumn’s in the air

Busily writing here and see we’re already up to our next post “slot” for the day. Was going to run these later in the day but let’s do it now. The Atlantic is photographically waxing all lyrical again. Via haiku:


Aspen trees on FSR 612 at North Kaibab Ranger District, near the Grand Canyon in north-central Arizona, on September 21, 2014. (David Hercher/U.S. Forest Service, Kaibab National Forest)


Bavarian farmers escort their herd during the traditional “Almabtrieb” in Bad Hindelang, about 180km (110 miles) south of Munich, on September 11, 2014. (Reuters/Michael Dalder)

A few I gathered:

Have you heard this new number I wrote?


The world turns:



rocky mountains


science teachers

Winter of discontent

On November 1st, Qualified Majority Voting supercedes UK Law and means that the EU can veto decisions in 43 areas of policy, should the parliament make those decisions. Previously, it required a unanimous vote of all countries in the union.

Let’s move on to the Ipsos Mori poll which says 56% of people now want to stay in Europe. They canvassed 1002 people whom they said were a fair representation of the UK.

An American commenter wrote:

IpsisMori’s primary client is the UK govt. This survey consisted of phoning 1002 adults (‘weighted to match the profile of the population.’) I worked for Touche Ross in management consulting – I could do exactly the same and have it come out any way the client wanted – it’s poor methodology and easy to sway. It’s only purpose is to sway folks who blindly believe in polls.

Though agreeing with that, I’d also make the point that we need to look at the overall percentages in the UK.…