How fortunate the world was that Margaret Thatcher was in charge in Britain – how sad that she is gone from the scene.
I guess this is a preview of coming attractions – but from the UK we get:
Housing officials have ordered tenants to remove welcome mats from their doorsteps – claiming they are health and safety hazards.
Residents received a letter saying the mats were potentially dangerous and were being banned, amid fears people might trip over them and sue for damages.
The note read: ‘(Doormats) being left in communal areas is a serious health and safety issue and is a fire safety risk.’
At what point does this insanity end. Should everyone be bubble-wrapped? I love the government excuse given:
Guy Cresswell, director of housing services at Great Places Housing Group, said: ‘Government legislation requires us to carry out fire risk assessments and to comply in full with recommendations made.
‘This work has been carried out for us by expert independent assessors. Our fire risk assessor recommended that doormats outside of people’s homes at Gaskell Rise should be removed because people could trip up over them.
The people living there think its insane, but they have no recourse. So the mats go.
So let’s run a little simulation. You are the lunch lady at an elementary school. You are going through the yard of said school and find 4 boys have tied a girls hands and feet and are whipping her with a jump rope. You stop them, untie the girl, report the kids to the principal.
To my mind that’s pretty heroic. Whether its a girl or a boy being beaten with a rope it might be a good thing.
Then later that week you see the girl’s parents in the local grocery store and you tell them you were so sorry that the incident had happened. Unfortunately it turns out that the school authorities are lying pigs and they hadn’t informed the parents about what actually happened. It was a “jump rope incident” and the terrified girl hadn’t told her parents the whole truth (maybe because she was intimidated by the authorities?). The parents are rightly outraged at not being told just how serious an incident this is and they go to the pusillanimous dirtbags at the school to ask what had happened and why they were lied to.
And the only action that the school administation takes is to FIRE YOU!
Sound impossible – not in what used to be Great Britain.
When staff at Great Tey Primary School, near Colchester in Essex, discovered what she had done, she was accused of breaching pupil confidentiality and suspended.
Thanks to the Times of London:
Earlier this year it was reported that the London borough of Haringey had used a spy plane to record residents’ energy use patterns:
- Thermal images of homes have been taken by a light aircraft fitted with military spy technology to record the heat escaping from people’s houses.Maps identifying individual homes have now been placed on the internet to encourage occupiers to reduce their wastage and carbon emissions by fitting insulation and turning the thermostat down.
- An aircraft, fitted with a military-style thermal imager, flew over the borough 17 times to take pictures of almost every house in the area.Footage of heat loss was converted into stills, then laid over a map of the area, before each house was given colour-coded ratings.
Homes that were losing the most heat were represented as bright red on the map. The least wasteful households were shown in deep blue. Shades of paler blues and reds were used to show grades of heat loss.
A formal complaint about Google’s Street View has been sent to the Information Commissioner (ICO).
Drawn up by lobby group Privacy International (PI), it cites more than 200 reports from members of the public identifiable via the service.
PI wants Street View shut down while the ICO investigates the service.
“The ICO has repeatedly made clear that it believes that in Street View the necessary safeguards are in place to protect people’s privacy,” said Google.
Privacy International (PI) director Simon Davies said his organisation had filed the complaint given the “clear embarrassment and damage” Street View had caused to many Britons.
Active government invasion of your privacy is OK, recording public views of the streets isn’t.
Britain is a strange, strange country any more.
I ran across a great review of Gordon Brown and The Holy Messiah’s visions for the future by Janet Daley in the UK Telegraph:
Mr Obama – who gives the impression of being considerably out of his depth in the economic maelstrom – talks of an “opportunity” to “reorganise our priorities”. He gave a major speech last week in which he actually seemed to suggest that the present crisis had been caused by America’s failure to develop a universal health care system and to attend to the impending environmental disaster of global warming (“we made the wrong choices”), and that by focusing on these matters a way can be found out of the country’s economic problems.
Is he quite mad? Does he really believe that the banking crisis and the recession were some kind of divine retribution for the absence of universal health care, and excessive carbon emissions? Or is he suggesting that a practical solution lies in spending money on health care and the development of alternative energy sources?
Its a power grab and everyone knows it who is actually paying attention. Here’s Mr. Brown’s vision for the future:
In Gordon Brown’s fantasy, this is an “opportunity” to exercise control over the whole world. Not just stricter regulation by national governments of their own economic institutions, but a wondrous new level of international regulation by supranational functionaries – to be appointed by whom? A World Government agency accountable to no electorate and with no democratic mandate from the populations over whom it will wield such power? Trotskyists used to say that Stalinist Russia had failed to achieve Utopia because it had embraced “socialism in one country” rather than going for “world revolution”. Now, we are being told that Labour’s market-led social justice programme failed because it opted for “regulation in one country” instead of understanding the need for “world regulation”.
Maybe being an ex-Marxist is a bit like being a lapsed Catholic: you never quite get rid of the old thought patterns.
In the more overheated renditions of the Brown theme, there is talk of a “global vision for fairness”, in which the very poverty that is being visited upon all the developed economies will somehow make it possible to redistribute wealth to the developing world.
And these wonderful visions of destroying rich countries in order to make everybody equally poor have been voted into office by a bunc h of idiots who somehow think they will get everything for “free”. Free health care, free mortgages, car tires automatically inflated to the right pressure, free food, and all done by taking the money from the six evil rich people who control all the wealth.
Horse Pellets and Hockey Sticks. We get what we deserve.
How crazy are things getting in Europe? How about this crazy:
Germany‘s federal environment agency has issued a strong advisory for people to return to prewar norms of eating meat only on special occasions and otherwise to model their diet on that of Mediterranean countries.
“We must rethink our high meat consumption,” said Andreas Troge, president of the UBA, the government’s advisory body on environmental issues.
“I recommend people return to the Sunday roast and to an orientation of their eating habits around those of Mediterranean countries.”
And remember – this is all done to cure man-made global warming. It is interesting how that phrase has morphed into climate change, but essentially its – you Krauts, meat once a week if fine for peasants. I hardly get the feeling that German diplomats are going to be munching salads 3 meals a day 6 days a week as they entertain their other aristocrats.
But a little belt-tightening is good for the peasants. Keeps them from thinking too well of themselves. I mean England is going along with this crap at their hospitals:
Meat-free menus are to be promoted in hospitals as part of a strategy to cut global warming emissions across the National Health Service.
Unfortunately its just a preview of coming attractions. The Messiah has decreed that America is to destroy its economy on the altar of greenery. Just today he signed the death warrant for the auto manufacturers. Your future government ration cards will not include a daily meat ration. Perhaps you can supplement your diet by trapping and eating squirrels and pigeons.
A few of my favorites from the long, long list of gushing and fawning yesterday.
1. The Beating the “Literally” Dead Horse Award
The great leaders in the US weren’t the cheerleaders who promised morning in America. They were the ones that forced us to look in the mirror. Since Reagan there has been this tradition, which has become a cliche, of promising morning in America, this fake optimism, we’re the best, the city on the hill.
2. The 12-year-old Schoolgirl Thrill Award
It is, however, mere moments before footage of the crowd – that amazing, breathtaking crowd – makes me giddy with anticipation and disinclined to look backward, no matter how thrilled to see the back of Bush I am.
And oh how thrilled I am.
Barack Hussein Obama gives his first speech as our president, and its every word and every beautiful turn of phrase appeals to our better natures. It implores us to service, to sacrifice, to shared responsibility. It asks for our imagination and our participation. It says, in each idea, each exhortation, each question, each sentence: I am a uniter, not a divider.
3. The I Can Name The Most Dead Guys In One Paragraph Award
Mr. Obama talked, with echoes of Churchill, of the challenges of taking command of a nation beset by what he called “gathering clouds and raging storms.” As a student of past Inaugural Addresses, he knew what he needed to accomplish. He had to evoke the clarion call for national unity that Lincoln made the centerpiece of his second Inaugural Address, in 1865, married with Franklin Roosevelt’s warning that the market had been allowed to go haywire thanks to the “stubbornness” and “incompetence” of business leaders. And he needed to recall the combination of national inspiration and resoluteness against new enemies that John F. Kennedy delivered in his Inaugural Address, just over six months before Mr. Obama was born.
4. The Of Course My Expectations Aren’t Too High Award
Kenya – From The Times of London
“This man is Jesus,” shouted one man, spilling his Guinness as Barack Obama began his inaugural address. “When will he come to Kenya to save us?” If Barack Obama’s spin doctors have been trying to lower expectations since his election victory, the message clearly has not reached the land of his father.
“Now he is president we will get food and jobs,” said Ben Ochieng, as he danced to the traditional music that replaced the planned show.
“It is right that when people get power they look after their family, so we know that Obama will build lots of good things for us, like schools and roads and clinics,” said George Opiyo as he left the theatre.
5. The How Can I Impress The Importance of This On You Any More Award
Few public utterances can have been more keenly anticipated by more people in more places than the inaugural address of President – President, now, how does that sound? – Barack Obama.
(And we need to be aware that this includes things like The Sermon on the Mount, Moses and the 10 Commandments, and any address by the Pope – me)
6. The Undeniable Force Tin Foil Hat Trophy
But Barack Obama is our new leader, our new son of freedom. He is at once at the center of a force and the force itself. That he is the right person for this job can not be denied, indeed there must be no more Orwellian denials of the sort the outgoing administration engaged in daily, hourly.
7. The Economic Idiot of 2009 Award
As the president gave his campaign cry of “yes we can!” the reality of an exuberant walk up Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House, cynical men and women eyeing their assets with that very greed the new President had condemned in his inaugural speech were whining “no we can’t.”
As the country rose to heights the most hopeful could scarcely imagine, these cynics were pushing the stock market down to new depths — more than 300 points down, below 8000. This knee-jerk vote of non-confidence in the economy in the face of the most impressive vote of confidence in democracy the country has ever seen reveals a dangerous schism. It sets how we think as investors against how we act as citizens. It makes Wall Street more important than Constitution Avenue.
(We swear in a proud “wealth spreader” and you are surprised people want to take the money and run?)
8. The Death to Conservatives and Neocons and Especially BUSH!!!!!!!!! Award
For all the immensity of the symbolism, though, yesterday was about something more tangible and practical. It was a day of change as well as a day of ceremony, and Mr Obama made clear, in his hugely anticipated inaugural address, that this moment in Washington marked the death and burial not just of the George Bush presidency, but also of the neoconservative approach to foreign policy, the hands-off-the-markets approach to the economy and to what Mr Obama called the era of “petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas” in public life which underpinned the past eight years.
And the Europeans are so glad when they can get Americans to publicly bash their own country. But to do it while praising the gimme gimme society at the same time is a twofer:
In a few weeks, my daughter will begin nursery with the help of a generous government grant – a privilege she wouldn’t have in the US, where children begin public education when they are five.
With the US presidential race gearing up for the fall, I am continually amazed at how little support or even attention is paid to social services – from welfare to maternity leave – that are standard issue in almost every other developed country, but essentially non existent in America. National Geographic recently surveyed 168 countries and found that America was one of only five countries that did not give mothers any paid maternity leave – right up there with Swaziland, Papua New Guinea and Lesotho.
Because we all know that the reason that we fought and died in excising tyranny from America was so you and your like could coerce the productive citizens to pay for your babysitting and maternity leave. The slogan was “United we stand, divided we end up having to pay for babysitting and maternity leave ourselves”.
Its probably in the Constitution that the “right” to paid maternity leave exists – next to that penumbra that gives the “right” to murder babies.
Twit and a half