Gangsters’ molls and the gender gap

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Women are not a special sacrosanct group in society, for goodness sake – they are one half of society and among them are the intelligent, stupid, long, short, fat and thin, strong and weak, just as with men.

There are differences in temperament which are gender based – men tend to have a certain mindset or reaction to situations and women another and so be it.  What’s the problem?  There doesn’t need to be a Feminazi movement just to tell us that.

One thing many women and girls are susceptible to, to a greater extent than with men, is the blind loyalty to the partner or the gang.  It is different.  The besotted man will pen love poems and stand outside her window for hours, in the hope of catching a glimpse but he’s sure as hell not going to store weapons for her to use with her gang.

Claudia Webb from the Trident Independent Advisory Group says vulnerable young women are sometimes pressured into storing or transporting weapons by the men they know. “We are deeply concerned however, that this involvement seems to be increasing and those who are involved seem to be younger and younger,” she added.

The number of women charged with firearms offences in London has increased six-fold in the past year – 12 women have been charged since January.

At the school where I was one of the heads, we had a woman join the clothes washing and cleaning staff.  She did our rooms as well and all was well until one day when she disappeared, along with my quadraphonic sound system, giga-tele and the school’s computers.

Quite right – it turned out she was the gang’s moll and her hero was the leader of the pack, like something out of Westside Story.  Outside of video clips and film, where have you ever seen a woman walking about with a dozen men in tow?  Men are too lone wolf for that.

Even in the blogosphere, there are people who have a few “vulnerable young women” around them they persuade to do things – the original smooth-talking bad-boys, in full caricature.  It’s a phenomenon but that’s not what this post is about.

I wonder if this problem of the accolyte women is any better or worse today than before, whether the problem is any more aggravated by the loss of respect in the past three decades and especially in the last twelve years.

One unfortunate character trait that inflicts itself on me is expecting that everyone, women included, be responsible for what they say and for how they act and that there are consequences, good and bad, which flow from illogical constructs.  The tendency of law enforcement and courts to go easier on the woman has also been observed, for example, with Meredith kercher’s alleged killer who made eyes with the judge.

Personally, the foibles of men and the foibles of women are something to come to terms with, not any great problem but when they try to make out they’re not what they are – then that would be risible, were it not attended by dire consequences.

Late evening listening – Dearieme presents David Russell


ACguitardotcom says, of David Russell:

In the realm of classical guitar, there is a small handful of luminaries whose concerts and recordings have earned them international stature. Scottish-born guitarist David Russell is one of these rare performing artists who has garnered favor with audiences, guitar aficionados, music critics, and concert presenters around the world.

Born into a family of artists and encouraged to pick up the guitar at an early age, Russell has always made the guitar the central focus of his life—from listening to and imitating the recordings of Andrés Segovia through conservatory studies at London’s Royal Academy to tutelage under the legendary José Tomás.

He recommends using a metronome. When asked about practice he has said:

Metronome is good for making sure you are doing it right, for controlling tempo, etc but then you have to be able to have good rhythm without metronome.

Dearieme’s contribution:

My contribution:

Black-armoured troops beat on dissidents in America


Alex Goodall heads his post on this “Speechless“.  I am too.  First we had the incident in Pittsburgh, reported by Harry Hook as “rare video footage“and now it’s turned out to be far from an aberration.  Rare, Harry?

Why the dressing in black and formed into ranks, like something from an apocalyptic movie?  Why the beating on drums as they approach ordinary people to beat them up?  Don’t get me wrong – I was never a student demonstrator or a rabble rouser but this is not only eye-opening, it is horrifying.

It’s as if the new order has stepped up a gear and gone to the next stage in suppressing dissenting voices.

Quite frankly, this is so alarming, the blogosphere should be up in arms about it!

Libertarian Party Conference – where is it?

280The Lib Dems have had their conference – reported on.

Labour are having theirs – reported on.

The Tories are having theirs next week – to be reported on.

LPUK … hello?  Where are you?  Where’s your conference?

All right, fair’s fair – the MSM have been politically unjust in shutting out the “minor parties”, as they see them but we’re not in the MSM – we’re in the Blogosphere .

Where is anyone on significant blogs writing about LPUK ?

Just look at this snapshot of a google page:

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Where is the national executive?  Where is Ian Parker-Joseph whom I count as a friend but who might not be too rapt at the tenor of this post.

Nevertheless, this is politics and no one is going to give us anything on a plate.

Where is LPUK? 

The Devil’s Kitchen reported, in June:

For a party that is generally unknown outside of the blogosphere, a party that the press refuses to acknowledge, name or to write about, 6.9% is a more than respectable result, one which on a national basis means that we have already breached the level required to retain a deposit.

Perhaps this is the issue – chartthe money question.  If people are not paying over their hard-earned, then a national campaign is out of the question.  I feel a lot of sympathy for people putting in all the hard work and this post seems to be undercutting that but I do believe that the question still needs to be asked:

Where is LPUK?

DK suspects that while most will vote for the Tories next May, that will not be the case the election after that.

Others have said that this is their best chance yet, whilst discontent is so rife and the economic situation is so dire.  Bloggers are looking for news of the latest things LPUK have done so they can analyse them.  Even if the party goes the Council Elections route as the way in, we still have a General Election coming up and if it is to be regarded as a viable contender, the question must be addressed:

Where is LPUK?

Tanning beds – not as safe as supposed


There were already more than enough warnings:

1.  The  American Academy of Dermatology says most bulbs used at salons emit UVA and small amounts of UVB rays. It is also believed that this is contributing to a variety of cancers.

2.  According to Nicholas Lowe, author of Skin Secrets, using a tanning bed will not offer the limited amount of protection that a little sun will provide. The melanin that is produced by a limited exposure of the sun will offer a little protection… although you had to damage your skin to get it.

The UVA rays used with tanning beds does not work in the same way. Natural sun will cause the skin to thicken and that is where the protection comes into play. The UVA rays used in a salon has no effect on the thickening of the skin.

3.  Neil Izenberg MD also believes the amount of UVA rays that are emited are very dangerous and advises that teens stay away from the salons. Source:

4.  Sid Kirchheimer, a health and medical writer and editor for two decades, believes that by visiting a salon once a month could increase your chances of cancer by fifty five percent. Are you willing to take the chance? Source:

It goes on:

5.  “Indoor tanning before the age of 35 has been associated with a significant increase in the risk of melanoma. Yet on an average day, more than one million Americans tan in tanning salons,” said Arielle N.B. Kauvar, MD, FAAD, dermatologist and chair of the Academy’s Council on Communications.

“Research shows 70 percent of indoor tanners are female, primarily 16 to 29 years old — the age group that’s particularly at risk for developing skin cancer. We especially hope women who are using or considering using tanning salons will think twice about partaking in this risky behavior.”

I used them in Russia for a short time and the thing which was clear was that the receptionist or some other girl was usually given the job of running the tanning beds, having neither the time nor the knowledge of exactly how it operated and I remember thinking at the time that it was perhaps best not to continue.

When there were burns on the arms which shouldn’t have happened in so short a time, I discontinued doing it.

Labour Conference


Just the heading in Google news was enough for  me:

Hard-hitting stuff from Mr Brown – who seems genuinely to be enjoying it up there. He says the true test of a government is not the quality of its marketing but the quality of its judgment.

Well, if it’s a matter of judgment, Gordo, you’re knotted, mate, come next May.