Archive for March, 2013

@NHAparty #NHS these are some of the tweeters that the Daily Maill follows

March 31, 2013

If you type Daily Mail i the twitter search box, you can go to their twitter page.

click on following to see who they check out.

highlight the list as far as you can and copy it to Notepad (text only)

then select all and copy it to word

use select all and replace ” @” with “^p@”

copy and paste into excel and do a sort.

Delete superfluous text and you’ll get a list like this:

@samir

@BuzzFeed.

@BuzzFeedUK

@lukelewis and

@ailbhetross

@George_Osborne

@conservatives team.

@VBischoff

@AdamUren

@amyandrew2

@Rachel_Spike

@albrummer

@ByBenGriffiths

@neilcraven1

@samdunn1972

@rossneumann

@Digg

@Reuters

@DailyMailCeleb

@rachelq82

@TaylorLorenz

@simonrice

@theindyfootball

@EditMeDavid

@DailyMailUS

@bbceastenders

@MariaFowler

@asmdamage.co.uk

@DailyMailUS

@bstebner

@nymag

@nypost

@TalalMusa

@MCVonline’s

@KateUpton

@J_Reilly

@nadiagilani

@MetroUk

@LiveMagUK

@SthLondonPress

@NrthLondonNews

@tweet_journo ‏

@lizmavor

@journalism_jobs

@JessicaMCoggins

@hcpeterson‏

@bianca_london

@justinbieber ‏

@ItsMarkWebster

@footballpodcast

@take3management

@mariahelena11 Protected account

@pknw1 ‏

@housepartydead

@lukelewis

@muckrack

@Liron_Kliger

—-only longer

tweet your messages to these and ask for a retweet. Some will oblige. (some will block you but, they wouldn’t listen, anyway)

do the same with other media, MP’s party m/c’s etc.

Make yourself heard

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Turkeys vote for Xmas

March 26, 2013

Our Society is being dismantled as State services and assets are sold off.

It’s happening because privateers can make money from what are effectively monopolies, which can not be allowed to fail, no matter how much of their income is ripped off in bonuses and shareholder profit’s.

Politician’s are motivated to enact this policy, partly by personal greed  and partly by donations to their political funds.

Those funds are needed to exercise influence on the unaligned by bribes, preferment and advertising campaigns.

Election Campaign Advertising is the main usage of this graft.

Advertising to persuade us to keep voting them back into power, allowing them to continue dismantling our Society.

We vote for our own destruction. we need a new political system that eschews party politics and their advertising campaigns.

We don’t need Sky TV media bundles style of policy choices. we need MP’s who try to reflect the majority views of their constituencies

 

Time that @TheGreenParty @LibDems @UKLabour turned their focus on the people who create the need for so many wheelie bins, making our streets look so shabby

March 21, 2013

I have 4 different coloured wheelie bins degrading the front aspect of my house, with the threat of further.

I get frequent admonitions from my autocratic council telling me that non-recycler’s must be “educated”.

I am frequently faced by articles from the sanctimonious and the self-righteous about how I won’t achieve godliness like them, unless I embrace the “GREEN” philosophies and their credo’s.

Meantime the people creating the need for re-cycling blithely continue triple wrapping goods, which they tell us we need, and which have been assembled by (effectively) slave labour and shipped by oil- guzzling transport around the planet. They sit their counting gold sovereigns, occasionally looking out from their penthouse suites to laugh at the antics of the plebs and their attempts to clean up the mess, knowing that the sanctimonious won’t be bothering them.

Consider the mind set reflected in this snippet from Fullermoney : Packaging � As supermarket chains such as Wal-Mart, Tesco, Ahold, Casino Guichard, Dairy Farm International among others expand their operations internationally, demand for the goods they stock their shelves with has also been on a growth trajectory. This has translated into impressive performances by the packaged foods, drinks, cosmetics, household products and toiletries sectors over the last few years. This has been a central theme among the Autonomies. Since every product that is sold to a consumer must come in some form of packaging this has driven growth in related sectors.

Are they bothered about re-cycling?

No!

It’s just another investment opportunity

 

@C4Dispatches stake-outs lo-tech. @ukhomeoffice

March 19, 2013

Watching Channel 4’s “Secrets of the Pickpockets”, it seemed absurd to have a carload of detectives, staking out an ATM skimmer.

Apart from the danger’s of losing the criminal’s in a car chase, there’s the risk of them being able to ransack numerous bank accounts and then re-use the skimmer.

Wouldn’t it be easier, cheaper and of less risk to the Public if the Skimmer was subverted. Just the fact of the criminals recovering it should be sufficient for a conviction.

It should be possible to (a) deny it the ability to collect people’s bank details and (b) insert a tracking device.

There’d be no need for a car chase. The cops could track them to their HQ, possibly harvesting other skimmer’s etc. The ank details of individuals would never have been at risk. The cops could get on with other duties, until alerted that the skimmer is moving (and therefore back in possession of the criminals).

Stakeouts, in our hi-tech world, seem a little out of place.

£ million prize is a mere token reward for Engineer’s. @number10gov

March 18, 2013

So enginneer’s are to be honoured with a prize to acknowledge their benefit to humanity.

It’s not enough

It has been part of British culture, for too long, that enginneer’s are tradesmen. their role has been equated to that of plumber’s and even binmen (Sanitation Engineer’s)

Other countries, without our “public school/ruling classes” culture, have long honoured their engineer’s and their wealth producing importance.

A German firm, employing a graduate engineer, will use that as part of their self-promotion, going so far as to put up brass plaques for each one employed.

In the USA, the Engineer may have his importance recognised by paying him twice the salary of the CEO.
This notion would be laughed out of a British board room, with sneering comments about the hired help.

At present if an employee comes up with a world shattering innovation, he would be required by law to take out a patent in the name of his employer’s, without any recompense. (imagine if the Internet had been invented by someone working for microsoft)

If we want innovation and if we want to reward engineer’s etc. then the law should be changed to give the innovator’s, at least, a 50% share in the profits from any patent.

@educationgovuk Performance related pay is not only an excuse for cutting the wage bill, it will be counter-productive.

March 18, 2013

The excuses for cutting the pay of teacher’s, who are assessed as being “poor”, is that it will improve the standard of education and that it is for the benefit of the kids.
The logic used is absurd.
The same “poor” teachers will be teaching just as badly, but with less enthusiasm and with lower self esteem. The education being delivered will be the same.

Gove may not be the idiot he appears. He may simply be cynical enough to know that there are plenty of Tory voter’s and Newspaper columnist’s, who will vehemently parrot the party line, without any depth of thought attached.

If the teacher’s aren’t good enough, then those who trained them and passed them through their pastoral year, should be sacked, along with those same “poor” teacher’s.

The worst aspect of this is that not only will this not improve pupil education, it will actually work against it.
My reason for saying this is that the assessor’s of the teaching staff are human with human frailty.
It is all too possible that favouritism, bullying, sexual predation etc. will be encouraged by placing such power in the hands of the assessor’s.

A school, where the assessor misuses such power, can’t help but quickly gain a counter-productive culture, where poor teacher’s curry the favour of their superior’s, whilst the good teacher’s, who value their integrity are undermined.

A perspective on Fracking. We need energy and less hysteria in making decisions on it.

March 16, 2013

Lifted straight from my Fullermoney newsletter. The idea of using coal to avoid fracking seems disconcerting.
The geopolitical shift that would result from decreasing reliance on oil, and more specifically on Russian oil and gas, is one that European politicians might not want to ignore. And if natural gas displaces coal, then fracking is good not only for the economy but also for the global environment.

But if fracked gas merely displaces efforts to develop cleaner, non-carbon, energy sources without decreasing reliance on coal, the doom and gloom of more rapid global climate change will be realized.

My view – The extraction and burning of fossil fuels is a messy process but mankind could not prosper without them. So-called clean or green energy is a nice idea. However, countries which have invested heavily in wind farms are now realising just how expensive, unreliable, inefficient, noisy, unsightly and hazardous for wildlife these installations are proving to be.

Solar power is preferable to windmills, not least because it can be used in small units attached to buildings, but it is certainly not a standalone system in most countries. Fossil fuel backup is required for all green energy technologies, which increases the costs considerably.

Pre-Fukushima, nuclear power was regarded as sort of green, albeit with terrifying leakage and waste disposal problems. Consequently, few countries are ready or willing to invest in new nuclear, which is almost certainly safer, although the spent fuel problem needs to be resolved by rendering it harmless.

Fortunately, US fracking technology has ended the ‘peak oil’ risk, because global sources of shale oil and natural gas are widely spread and vast. The US economy has been the enormous beneficiary of this unconventional oil and gas production to date. Other countries have access to the technology but political inertia has largely delayed their use to date, not least in Europe.

Paradoxically, Europe’s green energy programmes have increased pollution because of the additional need for backup coal burning plants. Conversely, pollution has actually declined in the USA thanks to the amount of natural gas that is being produced and used. Moreover, the American economy is benefiting enormously from its energy cost advantage.

@oflynnexpress onservative & Labour MEP’s are against a secret ballot on EU Budget vote. so who’s for it?

March 11, 2013

Subsequent to an email about the EU having a secret ballot on EU Budget, I contacted my MEP’s and got these responses:

Thank you for your recent email regarding a secret ballot on EU Budget vote.

I can assure you that Labour Euro MPs do not support the idea of a secret ballot on the MFF as proposed by Martin Schulz. We believe that a vote as important as this should be conducted in the most transparent way possible.

Further information can be found on a recent press statement made by the European Parliamentary Labour Party (EPLP) on this issue: http://www.eurolabour.org.uk/Labour_MEPs_say_no_to_secret_ballot_on_the_MFF

And

Thank you for your email regarding the upcoming vote on the 2014-2020 7-year EU budget (or Multiannual Financial Framework), particularly in relation to the plans by Socialist MEPs to force a secret vote on its approval by MEPs
in the European Parliament.
 
May I take this opportunity to state that I feel a secret vote is simply wrong.
 
After 57 years of increasing EU budgets, David Cameron managed to secure a budget cut for the first time in the EU’s  history. This is a brilliant success for the Prime Minister, the UK and the whole of the EU. This now must be approved by the European Parliament.
 
I and the Conservatives in the European Parliament have consistently called for the EU budget to reflect the austerity conditions in the UK and other European countries where we are tightening our belts and undergoing a period
of structural fiscal reforms to put public finances on a sound footing.
 
We want to reform EU spending, to have a greater focus on jobs and growth and to ensure that every pound spent at European level represents value for money for UK taxpayers. Unfortunately, the Socialist parties in the European Parliament disagree with these proposals and so are trying to force a secret vote in the hope that the budget cut will not be passed.
 
I feel a secret vote would be catastrophic for the image of the European Union as well as for the Parliament in particular. I fully support an open vote on the 7 year budget and I and the Conservatives will wholly oppose any move to bring a secret ballot on this issue.
 
MEPs must be held to account for their votes by their electorates. This is a basic and non-negotiable tenet of a epresentative democratic institution.
 
Please rest assured that I and my Conservative colleagues will be doing everything within our power to ensure the vote is held in the open so that every citizen across the EU is fully aware of how their representatives vote on an issue of such crucial importance.
 
Thank you once again for your email
 
Sajjad Karim MEP
 
Member of the European Parliament for North West England

Why do I suspect that there’ll be a secret ballot?

 

@NHAparty @UNISONOurNHS an email saying Gov’t wants to sell your freely given blood.off

March 11, 2013

The government has decided to sell the Plasma service. No surpirise there then. I have also been fortunate enough to have received a contact from a very ‘socially aware’ journalist and two of her friends, all of whom are really committed to preventing the sale of PRUK.

The government is currently seeking a purchaser. Initial information has mentioned a few companies showing an interest. The ones we have heard about are all foreign, Spanish, German and American. I don’t know the name of the Spanish company. The German firm is a ‘plasma company’ by the name of Biotest AG. There is some concern about the track record of Biotest, with the possibility that they lost their license at some time in the past. They also appear to be doing a lot of business with China, where they can get a better price for some of their products. From America there are two companies, Baxter International, which I believe is a company that handles ‘plasma products’ and whose share price seems to be on the up. The other company is Bain Capital, a private equity firm (where presidential candidate Mitt Romney made his millions, and still has shares). I don’t know a lot about private equity firms, but t hey seem to be linked to things like ‘venture capital schemes’ and will be keen to have their share of the profits. The ‘shadier’ side of these companies is connected with ‘asset stripping’. If you google Bain Capital, thee are some worrying articles that emerge, including the sacking of Illinois workers and relocating to China.

There are three immediate courses of action that we can take.

1) One of the people I am now working with has spoken to MPs, and through the offices of Jeremy Corby, Hywel Williams and Frank Dobson has been able to have an ‘Early Day Motion’ (EDM) tabled. You can see it at  http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2012-13/1164 – including the number of MPs who sign up to support it.You can help by contacting your MP and making them aware of the EDM and asking them to support it.

2) Can we make sure that as many people we know are aware of what is happening and if we can get them to join our campaign that would be great.

3) It would appear that not all health professionals are aware of the government’s plans and that includes haematologists, so if you have the chance to inform interested groups…

Thank you for your support for this campaign.

Geoff Dunbar

@daily_express @number10gov is the HS2 part of a vanity project

March 8, 2013

A letter to the Daily Express prompted by an item in Fred Forsyth’s column.

When Fred Forsyth made mention of Corridor 2, (http://www.corridor2.eu/corridor2/home.html?L=1) I immediately thought of the roads of the Roman Empire and the Autobahns of the Third Reich but Corridor 2 is merely a route and the HS2 would be too vulnerable for military purposes.

Then again, how would it be of use for freight, which by its nature is massive and therefore ponderous and  for which the time element is not significant?

Eurocrats would fly (first class), if the time element was important.

Which all leaves me thinking that whole purpose is that of a vanity project, unless The Daily Express knows better.

Either way, it seems worth a little more clarification than “it’ll allow people to get from London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly in 1 hour, rather than 2 hours”. The cost will be a mere £33 Billion. (about £400 for every man, woman and illegal immigrant in the country).

The other main argument for HS2, is that the existing lines would be unable to carry the anticipated increase in passenger numbers. This leads to two area’s where we are short of information.

How will these two main stations cope with the increased capacity? Will they be expanded? Will the feeder roads and Tube be upgraded, to cope with this increased passenger load, or will the stations act as bottlenecks.

What would the cost be, if we merely duplicated the present rail lines?

It’s worrying that when you try to get information, all one can find are turgid reports (e.g. http://highspeedrail.dft.gov.uk/sites/highspeedrail.dft.gov.uk/files/hs2-economic-case.pdf) with their “never mind the quality, feel the width” attention to minutiae and disregard for substantive issues.  

It reminds me of Sir Humphrey’s placing of memo’s at the bottom of the tenth dispatch box.