Why is the world economy so cacked?

July 27, 2009
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When the US economy went walkabout in August of 2008, one man piped up and remarked that it was awfully irresponsible of the Americans to allow their economy to fall into such dire straits. This is the same man who was very muscular with Georgia not weeks before. Should he not have understood that since the US was not going to drop A-bombs on Moscow, at least it could flex its muscle by bringing the world economy to its knees. Many US foes have been, for years, blathering on about how US hegemony is waning, the empire is crumbling, the bears are eating the bulls and so on. The terrorists using Islam as cover are gurgling with saliva anticipating a crashing halt to their enemy.

No, it is not that simple. The US is not dead nor even out for the count. The thing is that the news of the demise of the US is greatly exaggerated. Canadians use to say that when the US sneezed, Canada got a cold. The truth is that when the US gets a cold, the rest of the world gets a touch of the bubonic plague.

Anyway, PM Putin was prescient. I just hope he uses his nous (ugh!) to get the Georgia business sorted out.

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Surfing and telly watching — which of these has higher social value?

January 30, 2009

    Surfing is probably one of those pursuits which can reveal just how desperately dull one’s life has become. Dull, dull, achingly dull! Get a life! is what I hear myself whispering to myself. While locked away at home due to a thriving colony of bacteria in my lungs, I did what many on sick leave do. No, I do not watch the telly – at least not during the daylight hours – because that is just not done in this part of the world. The truth is that there is nothing on the telly which is even mildly amusing. Almost nothing, not even Dr Phil can get me to turn it on – OK – Nigella, yes especially now that she had something injected into her lips. If I know she is frying up dumplings I will helter skelter to the tube.

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Spammed in comments and trackbacks

July 26, 2007

    I have not been very active in my blog for the past month or so. I took a quick peek only to be startled and annoyed but what I saw. There were numerous comments and trackbacks but on closer inspection these were nothing more than insidious spams exhorting me to buy drugs to engorge my manhood or heart or both. I imagine some or most of these messages were sent by bots but I also believe that one or two of the hundreds of these exhortations were sent by human beings. To these I give them the two finger salute – or one – depending on cultural preferences. In the meantime I have reset my blog engine to keep these nasty intruders at bay.
    Rather than just delete the spams – I decided to have a look at some of the offerings – or rather I went to the originating IP and investigate who these desperate people/bots. The first one I came upon was http://blogs.grab.com/paxill. No fun in this – paxil is a pill and the site is a pill pusher site which originates in http://blogs.grab.com. Blogs.grab is a sorrowful place. I should not make fun of people who love pink, lace-choked teddy bears the size of a Kodiak – but they exist they have moved to the web. Blogs.grab takes full advantage of people whose lives are as are barren as space between atoms and cajoles them to buy fripperies – usually small banal graphics of no artistic value – or laced-up huggable Kodiak bears. These cynical masterminds are the real villains which have caused me this early morning interjection.
    Oh by the way: you wonder what on earth is paxil. It is a drug used to treat depression and anxiety disorders. It belongs to the family of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI). Also called paroxetine hydrochloride. (This is from the St Jude’s Children Hospital site http://www.stjude.org) At the bottom of the http://blogs.grab.com/paxill site I found this warning: ABUSE SPAM / MALWARE – abused [a] iq17.com In other words stay away from iq17.com – Oh, I don’t mean go there and check it out – I mean do not waste your time.

What is so funny, Edward Sturton?

May 2, 2007

Listening to Today, today, I got a tad irritated with the holier-than-thou attitude all too often the domain of the chattering classes, usually liberal and progressive in their social outlook to the point of shedding a crocodile tear for the odd pedophile or cold-blooded terrorist. I don’t think I have ever really listened so carefully to Radio 4 Today so that I could pick out some inappropriate holier-than-thou churlish remark by the newscasters – at least so that I would actually discuss it with anyone and certainly not write about it. I did today and it was Edward Sturton.

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Goats should be for cheese not for marrying

April 18, 2007

The world, it has been said, is a starking raving mad place. The species that makes life a maddening experience is no other than you and me – homo bl**dy sapiens. I love to rag on about humanity. And who does not especially when  just getting over a monstreous cold.

I was listening to some radio programme or other and surfing the Internet (could I have composed this sentence 30 years ago?) when I came upon the following news item:

Sudanese to "marry"  goat

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Nothing is nada and no thing is nada again

March 23, 2007

I came upon this little gem of a programme which might interest some of you. Here is a blurb.

NaDa is a new concept. A thought, really. It is very light : 1 byte. It doesn’t take long to fetch. It doesn’t take long to understand. It doesn’t disturb your habits nor does it makes you feel insecure. It is a reassuring piece of software that does nothing, and does it very well. That’s a lot !  for the brave it can be found at: http://www.bernardbelanger.com/computing/NaDa/.

It is not open source but it is free. And gosh, how small can a piece of software get?

But for those with a scatalogical turn or mind, then this may be for you.

Daniel ParnellÍs iFart serves one purpose: to allow any Mac OS X user to make fart noises using their Mac. A laudable goal, but does this application cut the.. umƒ cheese?
Dare I pass the URL to you? No, it will just turn to sh**e.

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