Whisper who dares: This morning there was only one spam and that, 'heavens to Betsy', had actually been picked up by TypePad's anti-spam system. I have been acidulous in putting their IP numbers on my block list but I have now backed that up by picking key words or phrases that they tend to repeat and putting those on the block list as well. That requires some judgment because obviously some of the words might be used perfectly innocently in other contexts and I have no wish to block any innocent commenter. Anyway, we shall see what the week ahead brings from the spammer brigade!
So will you suckers swallow it? I refer, in this instance, to my fellow Brits who, like me, are currently wading through the ordure of the annual conference season of our main political parties. So far they all share one characteristic, that is, they are all offering us bribes and, as usual, the bribes are paid for with our money! This is the oldest political trick since democracy was invented and yet you cannot blame the pols for trying it on because every five years we fall for it! Not that I have paid attention to the minutiae of what has dribbled from their golden tongues but my impression is that the only political leader to speak commonsense was Nigel Farage of UKIP. Alas, surrounded as he is by some very fourth-rate third-raters there is no possibility of his party ever forming a government. Still, he is a very useful bludgeon with which to beat 'Dim Dave' about the head and so I look to all of you to vote UKIP in next year's European elections.
The "Nagel brigade" receives re-enforcements: I wrote about "The Charge of The Nagel Brigade" back in January. Thomas Nagel is, in 'Pythonese', "a very naughty boy!" because he wrote a book pointing out that 'Archbishop' Dawkins (and his congregation) were wearing no clothes! For this he was rewarded with a barrage of withering fire from his opponents but I am delighted to tell you that he is now in receipt of re-enforcements in the form of a new book by Stephen Meyer (no, me neither!) called Darwin's Doubt. You may judge how effective this book is by the shrieks of outrage - “Mendacious intellectual pornography” according to one 'Dawkinista'! Best to buy the book and then judge for yourselves but Tom Bethell in The American Spectator provides a detailed review which has convinced me that my problem in choosing reading material for my two week holiday in Rhodes next year is now settled!
Deutschland über alles: I was tempted to place a question mark at the end of that sub-heading in the light of Ambrose E-P's latest analysis in The Telegraph. Like everyone else, A E-P believes Madame Merkel will win the election but, given the complexities of their electoral system, an exact outcome cannot be predicted. A great deal depends on how well the AfD, their equivalent (roughly speaking) of our UKIP, do at the final count. If, and it's a big 'if', they can break the 5% barrier and thus gain parliamentary recognition by having their own MPs then, according to A E-P, that will be a game-changer. He also points to several severe and even dangerous cracks in the German economic edifice which, true to style the whole world over, the ruling classes are intent on ignoring.
Nail-spitting fury: Writers and compilers of instruction manuals should be taken out and one in three of them shot on the spot whilst the other two in three should be forced to try and make sense of each others gobbledogook! I have just sat in my 'new' car for 40 minutes trying to set the clock to the correct time. I nearly succumbed to a John Cleese moment in which I wanted desperately to beat the car with a tree branch. Actually, I am thinking of hiring myself out as a sort ot 'test to destruction' of instruction manuals. What I mean is, that if I can actually understand it then even the likes of 'Dim Dave' might, and they don't come any thicker than him, er, except for me!
Obama's banana: Apart from the hard sciences - and I do mean hard! - I have a rather low opinion of university 'education', particularly as I never partook of one. Here is an example from a former professor of law at Harvard University: “Raising the debt ceiling, which has been done over a hundred times, does not increase our debt.” That piece of stonking 'stoopidity' was uttered in all seriousness by the President of the United States of America, the Leader of the Free World, the man upon whose judgment we in the democracies will depend should the you-know-what hit the fan. Why don't you try it on your local bank manager the next time he calls you in to discuss your, er, non-overdraft which has, amzingly, gone over its, er, non-limit. Even the humorous Mark Steyn fails to get a laugh out of the dire situation into which America is sinking. Go read it, it's like a cold shower but it's good for you - honestly!
No more rumbles today, see you tomorrow - spammers permitting!