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The fact that the article highlights the issue -thereby implying that Mr Average doesn’t realise what is going on – is even more scary . [Judicial system]:

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/10/courting-corruption-the-
auctioning-of-the-judicial-system/381524/

Interesting how one can accommodate the lefties. [obama letting in Ebola]:

http://globuspallidusxi.blogspot.com/2014/10/obama-is-letting-diseases-enter
-united.html

Formula One racing without drivers – Bernie will be pleased:

audi-self-driving-car

http://www.engadget.com/2014/10/17/audi-self-driving-rs7-race-track/

Audi, who’s long been toying with the idea of building self-driving cars, has upgraded one of its RS 7 sedans to build an autonomous concept vehicle for those who like to ride fast. The prototype looks pretty much like a production version RS 7, except its steering wheel, brakes, throttle valve and other components are all controlled by a self-driving system.

I’m glad that Tesco’s believe in customer service … I mean, they did offer her a £20 voucher …

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-29652764

PS: I wonder if the voucher was one of those that required a minimum purchase e.g.

Quick weighing of language, using Salter scales

Firstly, let’s get the unpleasantness over with.  Skip this bit by all means and go straight to the post under the pic, as it’s going to be a bit savage.

To my dear friend – the deleted comment was because I’ll not be lectured at ad hominem by someone from the left whose own politics almost invariably turn out to be wide of the mark [though I might personally like the person - hence he is not blocked], particularly as the remark was typically twisted far from the truth, according to the PC Narrative and sought to conflate distinctions very carefully made in NormalSpeak, in order to establish a point the left adores making - they adore painting, in broad, sweeping, emotion-based brushstrokes of zero understanding, anything they don’t like, reducing all to  one-word-covers-all epithets, with not the slightest attempt at understanding nuances and distinctions and they do it with underlying hostility.  

It’s precisely that thinking which prevents any sort of understanding in the west and why this society is so divided – one half will simply not face facts. Plus the point was actually valid – one might not like the things I write but at least they’re true.

Wiggia, Chuckles, Higham on Thursday

Wiggia

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/neil-kinnock-accuses-osborne-of-behaving-like-goebbels-9795636.html

Mr Potato Head slags off Osborne and still denies the Labour Govt did anything wrong, why oh why does anyone ever vote for any of them?

Something more pleasant:

Chuckles

If a packet hits a pocket on a socket on a port…

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/10/15/martha_lanefox_yeuch_the_internet_is_made_by_men/

Higham, commenting on that

Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho has talked of her discomfort that the internet is made by humans who have a penis. The former Martha Lane Fox, CBE, told the Radio Academy’s Radio Festival in Salford that she felt uneasy “that something that is now fundamental, like the water, for everybody’s daily life has been entirely produced by men.”

Alas, she’s right. Unlike Cuban cigars, which according to legend are rolled on the thighs of (female) virgins, internet packets arrive through a brutal, phallus-dominated patriarchy. It’s enough to make anyone queasy.

Martha Lane Fox is a niece of the sixth Marquess of Anglesey (her great-aunt Felicity Lane Fox was once also Baroness Lane-Fox), and was appointed to the House of Lords a year ago – a stunning riches-to-riches story.

Haiku on Thursday

No fly list progress?

In response to a district judge ruling that declared the Department of Homeland Security’s Traveler Redress Inquiry Program unconstitutional, the federal government has annouced its removal of seven Americans from its no-fly list (PDF). The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is representing a total of 13 people suing to get off that list, and the government has until January of this year to deal with remaining six in that group. “Federal agencies have nominated more than 1.5 million names to terrorist watch lists over the past five years alone. Yet being a terrorist isn’t a condition of getting on a roster that, until now, has been virtually impossible to be removed from…” One of the seven removed from the list is Marine Corps veteran and dog trainer Ibraheim Mashal of Illinois. The others had similarly Middle-Eastern-sounding names.

Cheap holiday (?) home in Austria:

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/10/no-one-wants-to-ren
t-hitlers-house/381450/

Something not quite right as yet:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-29628622#

This year’s Nobel in Economics

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/10/15/economics_nobel_explains_tech_indust
ry_oddness/

This is rather amusingly different from last year’s economics prize, which went to three people explaining the Efficient Markets Hypothesis: one stating that it worked, the other that it didn’t and the third providing the deep mathematics to show that both were correct.

Wednesday

First motorbike

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 47m

Sweden

Strictly sleazy: How the perfect family show’s romantic elegance has given way to raunchy routines and ever more skimpy outfits 

Yep, it’s become no more than a show for grotesque slappers who hoof around in as masculine a way as they can, with aggressive gestures meant to pass for their version of femininity. Strictly not a dance programme.

Bite the hand which …

So this woman comes over here and enjoys our hospitality for years, then repays the country by scheming to remove the Elgin Marbles. Nice person. They speak of the jihadists having passports revoked …

They have a point

After Scottish independence vote, separatists say Britain reneging on pledges 

Well, of course Cameron reneges – this is his stock in trade.  He no further will withdraw from the EU but he loves gay ‘marriage’.

The important things …

Wiggia:

A husband went to police station to report his missing wife:
Husband : I’ve lost my wife, she went shopping yesterday and has still not
come home.

Vanity project and other matters

Wiggia reports:

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturenews/11157154/Sir-Roy-Strong-to-destroy-his-famous-gardens-after-snub-from-National-Trust.html

Sir Roy Strong has declared a year after his death his garden The Laskett created by himself and his late wife over thirty years will be torn up after the National Trust turned down the bequest and a substantial sum to keep it going.

I have no idea why the Trust turned it down with such a generous dowry with it, but the say “it was not up to the standard we aspire to” or words to that effect.

Sir Roy has thrown his toys out of the pram and declared he will tear it down now as they wont take it, this from a man who spent thirty years creating it ?

I have never been a fan of Sir Roy, he has always come across as an effete up his own backside sort of person, but each to his own, and he hasn’t helped his cause with self promoting comments about his garden, the biggest formal garden created in Britain since WW11, better than Hidcote etc etc.