As is well known, all scandals are given a designation ending in -GATE in much the same way as tropical cyclones are given names and US invasions are given codenames according to where they occur. (Ops. DESERT SHIELD, DESERT STORM, DESERT FOX – all Iraq, Ops. INFINITE REACH and INFINITE JUSTICE were both Afghanistan. In…Read More Which “-Gate” will this one get?
The NEF’s basic idea is that when a public authority of any kind has a capital project on, they could form a mutual pension fund to finance it. The members would sign up and pay in their pension contributions + employer contributions and the like, and the fund would build the project and lease it…Read More That pensions thing
Well, it would appear there are two B727s making the news…PPRuNe link…..but it appears from the next page of the thread that it’s all over. The aircraft was apparently sold to a new owner after its repossession – who knew nothing of its dodgy and dramatic past. Haven’t we all met people like that! It…Read More That 727 story – update
I’d composed a long post on the New Economics Foundation’s proposals on a form of mutual finance scheme for public construction as a pensions solution, but it’s mysteriously disappeared. You can still get the document under “Downloads” below.Read More Sorry
If you have been paying attention, you might remember that a while back, several IRA Volunteers were arrested in Colombia of all places, where they were alleged to have been engaged in co-operation with the FARC. (Supposedly, the men had been testing weapons and equipment. At the time, the news aroused indignant denials from all…Read More UK/Colombia – a curious connection…
The BBC reports that the Pakistani embassy in Kabul has been sacked by a mob protesting about supposed Pakistani interference in Afghanistan. Worse, there have apparently been several frontier incidents between Pak and Afghan troops, including exchanges of fire. The Afghans have every reason to suspect and fear Pakistani machinations in their country – the…Read More This is all they – or we – need….
It would appear that the Foreign Affairs Select Committee report has let the Downing St Director of Strategic Communications, Alistair Campbell, aka Consultant Spin Doctor, “Riviera Gigolo”, hate figure of the Right, the Left, the Media and probably the church too, wannabe Scotsman, reformed alkie and all-round political thug off the charge of interfering with…Read More Memory, Forgetting, Alistair Campbell and Iraq
Has today resurfaced in The Guardian. Apparently, a Canadian pilot named Bob Strother recognised it in Conakry under a new Guinean registration (3X-GOM), where it is supposedly being used by local business interests. (Guardian report) According to the paper, “an American official in the region said this was the first he had heard of the…Read More That 727 story…..
Compare that heap of mad tosh with http://spewingforth.blogspot.com, an excellent US site blogging news on workers’ rights to protection from injury at work. This is a great example of a serious blog covering real live news that is insufficiently reported elsewhere. They’ve earned the right to a permanent Ranter link. Note – net dogs need…Read More Better blogging..