The Iran Six

Did they ever think there would be any progress?   Blind Freddy can see where Iran is going and to say this:

While expectations for any major breakthroughs in the latest round of talks between Iran and the major powers are virtually non-existent, the two-day meeting that begins today in Istanbul could help ease growing tensions over Iran’s nuclear program.

… is either wishful thinking, spin or strategic disinformation.  Similarly, Clinton saying that if they behave themselves, Iran will be “allowed to enrich” is so laughable, it’s … laughable.  And this:

While he ruled out the possible lifting of existing sanctions against Iran, he also stressed that Washington was open to reviving the October 2009 proposal to swap most of Iran’s low-enriched uranium (LEU) stockpile in exchange for more highly enriched rods that are needed to fuel the Tehran Research Reactor (TRR), which produces medical isotopes.

… makes me wonder just what Iran must think of the “international community”.

Life

AUTHOR: Jessie Belle Rittenhouse (1869–1948)
QUOTATION: I bargained with Life for a penny,
And Life would pay no more,
However I begged at evening
When I counted my scanty store;
For Life is a just employer,
He gives you what you ask,
But once you have set the wages,
Why, you must bear the task.
I worked for a menial’s hire,
Only to learn, dismayed,
That any wage I had asked of Life,
Life would have paid.
ATTRIBUTION: JESSIE B. RITTENHOUSE, “My Wage,” The Door of Dreams, p. 25 (1918).
SUBJECTS: Life

Attempts at extracting ourselves from the EU

I’d like to explain something about The Albion Alliance.

AA Mark 1

Most readers here know that it was a project, pre-General Election, to get MPs and PPCs to acknowledge the need for both direct democracy and for a referendum on our EU membership.  It had modest success with supporters, although there were a goodly few.

Its site was here.

Where it didn’t do too badly was in getting responses from the parties – for example, Tory PPCs tended to give stock responses which appeared to come from party HQ.  Labour frothed a bit more at the mouth and AA were seen as dangerous lunatics.  Hain’s speech to the Welsh Conference was a bit OTT on AA, Tebbit dismissed the project.

Truth and Lies Series – Part 2

Three more lies to distract us from the truth.

Lie 1: The BDI Is Falling Because Of An Expanding Shipping Fleet

A new disinfo tactic  in the past two weeks is the suggestion that the Baltic Dry Index is not falling because of decreasing demand for raw goods, but a growing fleet of idle freight vessels in an already tight market. That is to say, some analysts are suggesting that it is not demand that is falling, but the supply of ships that is growing.

While it is true that world freight fleets are to add 200 new ships, this is not to occur for another year and a half:

http://thestar.com.my/maritime/story.asp?file=/2011/1/10/maritime/7756404&sec=maritime