Saturday, February 23, 2008
What do we -- as society -- have against prostitution?
1. We all sell parts of ourselves -- body, mind, or spirit -- for money.
2. Unlike many other business (say my car mechanic) with prostitution you get what you pay for.
3. In other businesses you often feel that you got f**d (last night’s restaurant, for instance). With prostitution, this is what you pay for.
So let’s recognize prostitution for what it is -- an honest trade where you get what you pay for, and focus on that which is important: forced prostitution, and human trafficking should clearly top this list.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Can anyone tell me what it means that Northern Rock will be bought into ‘public ownership’? Am I, as part of the public, an owner? Can I get dividend when the bank starts making money again? Can I sell my shares, my part of the ownership?
What a misnomer; what a spin!
All it really means is that they will use my money to buy something I cannot use or enjoy. And some would claim that the capitalist democratic world is what we should impose on everyone.
God help them all.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
What do you do when you wake up on Sunday morning and discover that the weather is absolutely gorgeous? We decided to take the family and go outdoors to build dens.
Took about an hour of construction
Not so impressive from the outside, but after all, isn’t this the essence of a den?
But really comfy inside
Saturday, February 9, 2008
"Heathrow crash jet survivors may sue BA."
This announcement came a few weeks after the passengers hailed the pilot, claiming that they had not even been aware that a crash happened, until they left the plane.
Not that I mind that anyone sues BA -- I like them as little as the next person. But doesn’t it seem as if some vulture lawyers are doing their stir up? Let’s send them to Iraq, lots of stirring opportunities there, I hear.
Saturday, February 2, 2008
Nuclear clean up cost hit £73bn, was reported merely a few weeks after the government promised that 'Taxpayers will pay nothing to go nuclear'Without expressing any opinion about nuclear energy, I still have 1uestions:
- Will it be only future investment in nuclear that will not cost anything?
- Will will the private companies running the facilities leave the nuclear waste in place for the time being, and bail out once they are asked to clean it, when it become too expensive -- just the way they did with the privatization of the trains?
- Can we make official deceit illegal, punished by sending the offenders to Baghdad? It was their deceit that got us there after all.
Friday, February 1, 2008
Yesterday it took me three hours to get back home after work, instead of the normal 40 minutes. It was just another one of those train signal failure that forced me to take an underground to a different line, which took me to a different station, mot mine, but still a reasonable taxi ride from home.
Unfortunately, it’s not a rare occasion. Unfortunately, I know I won’t get compensated for the extra time or money I spent. Unfortunately, no one at work today agreed to put any money against me that such an occurrence will not happen again within a months.
The entire concept of privatisation of monopolies is senseless. Capitalism is based on competition. There is no competition to the trains. Without this, it is nothing but extortion:
- Governments use tax payers tax to build the train infrastructure for the benefit of the tax payers.
- Then the government decide they are more concerned about the quick money (to pay for Iraq war, for instance) so they forget that the tax payers paid for the train, and decide to sell it to the fat-cash-cow milking company that pays the highest bribe. (How can you sell something that belongs to the public, I am still not sure)
- The fat-cow milkmen, who borrowed the money to buy the cash cow, is now committed only to its shareholders. But this is easy, as they have a monopoly, they do not need to invest, all they need to do is take apart, destroy, under invest, and squeeze.Commuters? What are they?
- The utterly unhappy commuters are bad news before elections, so the government take the mandate away from the company, but leave them with the profits. After all it wasn’t public property anymore when they destroyed it.
- The government now find a skinny cash-cow milking company, to turn fa.