Thursday, September 03, 2015

Much Ado About...

Liz's long reign:

We celebrate Elizabeth II becoming Britain's longest-serving monarch

And she has at least one fan:

William's 'worries over social change' message in tribute to Grandma: He writes of 'challenges to communities' in heartfelt homage to the Queen to mark her longest -ever reign (but adds she is such fun, too)

Prince William Praises His Granny the Queen's 'Love of Family and Home'

Prince William pays glowing tribute to grandmother Queen Elizabeth II

Duke of Cambridge praises Queen's life of service in new biography

But perhaps there's more important issues to muse over:

What Does Queen Elizabeth II Carry in Her Purse?

The Brits do have a fascination with minute details of royal life, too:

Queen Elizabeth II to become Britain's longest reigning monarch: The many things the Queen can do that the rest of us can’t


"Here are the things that the Queen can do that you can’t, not that she’s showing off or anything:

If you’re the Queen of England acquiring a driving license like every other British 17-year-old is not necessary. The Queen is the only person in Britain who can drive without a licence. Because they are issued in the Queen’s name, it would be unnecessary for her to give herself a license. But that doesn’t mean she can’t drive – Elizabeth operated a first-aid truck for the Women’s Auxillary Territorial Service during WWII.

As well as not having to have a licence, she also does not have to bother with a registration plate for her car.

The Queen can travel abroad without any travel documents or a passport, since these are issued in her own name. This is something that even other members of the Royal Family can’t get away with, so passports at the ready Charles et al.

Her majesty is entitled to two birthdays per year. While her actual proper legit birthday is on 21 April, her ‘official’ Queen’s birthday is celebrated on a Saturday in June.

Here are the things that the Queen can do that you can’t, not that she’s showing off or anything:

"If you’re the Queen of England acquiring a driving license like every other British 17-year-old is not necessary. The Queen is the only person in Britain who can drive without a licence. Because they are issued in the Queen’s name, it would be unnecessary for her to give herself a license. But that doesn’t mean she can’t drive – Elizabeth operated a first-aid truck for the Women’s Auxillary Territorial Service during WWII.

As well as not having to have a licence, she also does not have to bother with a registration plate for her car.

The Queen can travel abroad without any travel documents or a passport, since these are issued in her own name. This is something that even other members of the Royal Family can’t get away with, so passports at the ready Charles et al.

Her majesty is entitled to two birthdays per year. While her actual proper legit birthday is on 21 April, her ‘official’ Queen’s birthday is celebrated on a Saturday in June."

Not everyone agrees, though:
Do you believe them? Elizabeth II is NOT our greatest monarch, say historians

Well, it may be the wrong Elizabeth, too. Seems there's some dispute over not just the longevity bit, but also how great her reign has been:

Do you believe them? Elizabeth II is NOT our greatest monarch, say historians


ROBERT HARDMAN: Queen Victoria a greater monarch than Elizabeth II? Twaddle! She was a workshy recluse


Queen Elizabeth crowned 'the greatest ever monarch' - but which one?

Liz I or Liz II?

As you can tell, I'm a fan of Queen Liz. She assumed the throne when I was three years old and a actually saw her once, when I was about six or seven years old. She and Prince Phillip were touring Canada, and their train stopped in my home town and they did a brief walkabout. From what I remember, practically the whole town turned out. I remember very clearly what I was wearing, too. I had on a peach coloured dress with white trim, which I loved.

While Liz may be the longest serving and most loved monarch, there's no dispute over who was the worst monarch:
Henry VIII voted worst monarch in history

And here's why (from the article):
"King John I may forever be known as a Bad King following that seminal history textbook 1066 and All That, but according to history authors, it is Henry VIII who should bear the title of the worst monarch in history.

More than 60 writers were surveyed by the Historical Writers Association (HWA), with Henry VIII taking 20% of the vote to find the worst monarch and criticised for a wide range of crimes: he was “obsessive”, “syphilitic” and a “self-indulgent wife murderer and tyrant”, according to respondents.

Robert Wilton, the author of The Spider of Sarajevo, called the Tudor king “a gross man-child, wilfully and capriciously dangerous to everything around him including the country”, adding that psychologically, Henry “barely made it out of infancy, let alone adolescence, and ruled with little more policy than petulant self-gratification”."




















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Adam Michnik...

...resurfaces:

The Russian Godfather: A View from Poland

 From Solidarity to Democracy

 "Adam Michnik is editor-in-chief of Poland's leading daily and its most prominent former dissident. In a SPIEGEL interview, he talks about the threat of authoritarian regimes in Eastern Europe, the decline of the region's political culture and feelings of being treated like second-class citizens in Europe."

 He's right. Something went horribly wrong for Eastern Europe following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

 

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Best Damn Commentary...

...on the Indian Industry I have ever read:


"“Recognizing that additional resources are required to solve aboriginal problems does not mean writing larger cheques to aboriginal leaders. Most of these leaders have little interest in improving the lives of the marginalized; their concern is gaining control over government funds, which results in unqualified friends and relatives “delivering” low quality services.
“Untold millions are also provided to lawyers and consultants in the Aboriginal Industry to perpetuate grievances and justify a return to a romanticized past.
“The increasing fantastical character of the aboriginal rights movement, epitomized by ‘Idle No More’, is the result of the influence of the ‘Aboriginal Industry’ – the group of lawyers and consultants who benefit financially from keeping aboriginal peoples in a state of segregated dependency. This industry has encouraged unrealistic hopes in the aboriginal population by fuelling resentment towards the “white man”, and promising “compensation” for past wrongs.
“Meanwhile, unrealizable demands for sovereignty, robust “aboriginal rights” and the quest for a “nation-to nation relationship” keeps aboriginal policy in a perpetual state of suspension, where never-ending negotiations always result in more demands for legal clarification and “consultation”. The continuation of aboriginal deprivation that results from such obfuscation then justifies the need for the distribution of more government transfers."
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"“Recognizing that additional resources are required to solve aboriginal problems does not mean writing larger cheques to aboriginal leaders. Most of these leaders have little interest in improving the lives of the marginalized; their concern is gaining control over government funds, which results in unqualified friends and relatives “delivering” low quality services.
“Untold millions are also provided to lawyers and consultants in the Aboriginal Industry to perpetuate grievances and justify a return to a romanticized past."

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Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Go Aussies!!!

She Did It Again !!! W O W !

"Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia, as the government targeted radicals in a bid to head off potential terror attacks.

Separately, Gillard angered some Australian Muslims on Wednesday by saying she supported spy agencies monitoring the nation's mosques:"
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"'IMMIGRANTS, NOT AUSTRALIANS, MUST ADAPT... Take It Or Leave It. I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture.Since the terrorist attacks on Bali, we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Australians.'

'This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom.'"

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BWAWAWAWAWA!!

 I normally don't agree with the vandalization of election signs, but I'll make an exception with this  this one.

May's campaign signs in home riding defaced with tin foil hats

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You Can't Make ...

...this shit up:
 

Man Claims To Have The Largest “Junk” In World & That Is Not All

"...the 52-year-old’s 18.9in member is so long that ladies are afraid of it.
The member hangs well below his knees and he wants his ‘gift’ to be recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records."

Somebody needs to tell him it's not length that matters, it's circumference, but I digress.

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Stuff Made With Petrolium

Things Made From Oil That We Use Daily (a partial list)

AKA, the decline and fall of Western Civilization:

•Agriculture

•plastic ties

•row cover (I have no idea what that is.)

•irrigation piping

•polyethylene

•polypropylene

•bags and packaging

•pesticides and herbicides

•food preservatives

•fertilizers

Clothing and Textiles


• cord
• everything polyester: blouses, pants, pajamas etc.
• everything permanent press: shirts, dresses etc.
• beads
• bracelets
• pantyhose
• nylon zippers
• plastic hangers
• purses
• thongs and flip flops
• earrings
• ribbons
• fake fur
• windbreakers
• sandals
• garment bags
• shoe laces
• rain coats
• iron-on patches
• sneakers
• sweaters
• sofa pillow material
• monkey bars
• photo albums
• wet suits
• flippers
• tennis balls
• boats
• insulated boots


Infants and Children

• acrylic toys

• baby oil
• laundry baskets

• waterproof pants

• baby aspirin

• bath soap

• mittens
• pacifiers

• baby blankets

• bibs

• rattles

• doubleknit shirts

• baby bottles

• disposable diapers

• baby shoes

• teething rings

• nipples and binkies

• dolls

• stuffed animals

Sports, Hobbies and Games
• baby lotion

• allergy medication

• cotton-tipped swabs

• inhalers

• liquid Pepto-Bismol

• aspirin

• first aid cream

• lancets

• pill cases

• band aids

• first aid kits

• latex gloves

• latex gloves

• burn lotion

• glycerin

• mosquito spray

• rubbing alcohol

• chap stick

• heart valve replacement

• nasal decongestant

• surgical tape

• syringes

• Vaseline

• antiseptics

• hearing aids

• anesthetics

• artificial limbs

• eyeglasses and sunglasses

• antihistamines

• cortisone

• vaporizers

• denture adhesives

• laxatives

• Bactine

• oxygen masks

• stethoscopes

• prescription glasses

• cough syrup
• hearing aids


Kitchen and Household


• vinegar bottles

• egg cartons

• meat trays

• trash bags

• breadboxes

• freezer containers

• melamine dishware

• tumblers

• cake decorations

• jars

• microwave dishes

• utensils

• candles

• freezer bags

• milk jugs

• vacuum bottles

• coasters

• gelatin molds

• nylon spatulas

• wax paper

• coffee pots

• ice cream scoops

• oven bags

• mops

• drinking cups

• ice trays

• plastic containers

• fabric softener

• detergent bottles

• plastic table service

• drain stoppers

• dish drainers

• lunch boxes

• pudding molds

• sponges

• dish scrubbers

• brushes

• baggies

• drinking straws

• Styrofoam

• paper cup dispensers

• measuring cups

• Teflon coated pans

• table cloths

• refrigerator shelves

Beauty

• cologne

• hair brushes

• lipstick

• permanent wave curlers

• perfume

• hair color

• mascara

• petroleum jelly

• comb

• foam rubber curlers

• shampoo

• contact lenses and cases

• hair spray
• hand lotion
• shaving foam

• hair dryers

• shoe inserts

• dentures

• body lotion

• face masks

• skin cleanser

• deodorants

• moisturizing cream

• soap holders

• disposable razors

• leather conditioner

• mouthwash

• sunglasses

• facial toner

• lens cleanser

• nail polish

• sunscreen

• tooth brushes

• toothpaste tubes

• vitamins

• synthetic wigs

• bubble bath


• soap capsules

• carpet padding

• Naugahyde

• Venetian blinds

• TV cabinets

• extension cords

• picture frames

• flocked wallpaper

• shower doors

• Formica

• refrigerator lining

• vinyl wallpaper

• curtains

• kitchen carpet

• shag carpet

• welcome mats

• fan blades

• lamps

• shower curtain

• patio furniture

• swings

• linoleum

• upholstery

• rugs


• caulking material

• light switch plates

• plungers

• faucet washers

• clotheslines

• measuring tape

• polyurethane stain

• water pipes

• electric saws

• paintbrushes

• propane bottles

• wood floor cleaner/wax

• vinyl electrical tape

• plastic pipe

• shingles (asphalt)

• light panels

• garden hoses

• plastic wood spackling paste

• awnings

• glazing compound

• Plexiglas

• spray paint

• enamel

• epoxy paint

• artificial turf

• folding doors

• floor wax

• glue

• house paint

• paint rollers

• toilet seats

• water pipes

• putty

• solvents

• roofing material

• plywood adhesive

• sockets
• propane

Automotive


• antifreeze

• flat tire fix

• street paving (asphalt)

• car battery cases

• coolant

• motor oil

• tires

• loud speakers

• bearing grease

• sports car bodies

• traffic cones

• car enamel

• brake fluid

• dashboards

• windshield wipers

• visors

• car sound insulation

• oil filters

• car seats

• convertible tops

• fan belts
• gasoline

Miscellaneous


• ash trays


• dog food dishes

• toolboxes

• CDs and DVDs

• balloons

• dog leashes

• tape recorders

• synthetic rubber
• bubble gum

• dog toys

• flashlights

• nylon ropes


• bungee straps

• flight bags

• cassette player

• flea collars

• flutes

• lighter fluid

• electric blankets

• tool racks

• name tags
• cigarette filters
• ammonia
• newspaper tubes
• calibrated containers
• tool racks

• insect repellent

• phonograph records (vinyl)

• crayons

• ice buckets

• dyes

• pillows

• credit cards

• flashlights

• fly swatters

• plastic cup holders

• dice

• movie and camera film

• k-resin

• rain bonnets

• luggage

• video cassettes

• charcoal lighter

• rayon

• safety glasses, gloves, hats

• shoe polish

• signs

• cassette tapes

• toys

• watch bands

• waterproof boots

• shopping bags

• bedspreads

• checkbooks

• covers

• tobacco pouches

• clothes hangers

• flea collars

• flavors

• masking tape

• safety flares

• flags

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Does Anybody Care?

Cameron announces 26 new Tory peers in dissolution honours
"David Cameron is facing accusations of "cronyism" after handing 26 peerages to former Tory ministers and aides"
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"The list includes ex-Tory leader William Hague and Mr Cameron's Downing Street "gatekeeper" Kate Fall.

The Lib Dems get 11 peers, with eight for Labour, making a total of 45 new Lords members, swelling the total size of the Upper House to 826.

The SNP branded it "a sorry list of rejected politicians, cronies and hangers-on with big chequebooks"."

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Yawn

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Can't A Man Get A Break?

Tim Hortons attempted robbery has Cole Harbour police investigating

All he wanted was some tim bits and he'd seen the cops eating there.

Sheesh!!

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WOW!!!!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Blooooging...

...will sloooooowww down to a trickle, 'cause I'm getting sick and tired of it. You can only document absurdities in the world for so long. After a while, it becomes really boring. When the same people keep doing the same thing to the same other people, for the fifty millionth time, it's a bit much.

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Oh, oh

Say it ain't so:

An ill wind blows for Denmark's green energy revolution
"Denmark has long been a role model for green activists, but now it has become one of the first countries to turn against the turbines."

Climate Crisis, Inc. has become a $1.5 trillion industry

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Yay!!!

Well, At Least They Are Talking...

...about it:

Perhaps our politicians will eventually pay attention.

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