The emergency budget will be painful. The cuts in spending and the increases in tax will be felt by everyone, resented by some but understood, I think, by most. Our coalition government is united in accepting that its first duty is to clean up the fiscal mess it inherited. Not any old mess but a great, steaming pile of manure. Someone has to remove it. We can't just hide the smell beneath the perfume of optimistic forecasts or rely on natural decay ...
Should The Cuts Hit The NHS?
As anticipation mounted about Chancellor George Osborne's emergency budget aimed at bringing the public sector spending deficit under control people were asking if budhgets for the National Health Service (NHS) would be cut. We can think of one area of the NHS where cutting the budget might improve matters...
The Politics Of Fear And Panic
Fear and panic certainly seem to be gaining ground as the weapon with which the political and business elite intend to control us and force us to comply with their feiendish schemes.
The Adventures Of Posthumous Sperm
Parliament will allow women to be impregnated by Posthumous Sperm my first thought was to find out who this Posthumous Sperm person might be and why he is particularly qualified to impregnate women. It is after all a job many of us blokes would be well up for if we were given the chance...
Hybrid Embryos Will bring Viz Characters To Life
Parliament debated the hybrid embryo clause of the human fertility bill yesterday and despite the irrational and superstitious fears of Church of Scienceology scientists cult leaders that our elected representative do not understand science and therefore were not qualified to debate the bill, the clause was...
World Cup: The Idea Is To Win But England Players Don't Get It.
Far be it from us to suggest footballers are thick, I mean thinking the idea of a penalty shootout is to put the ball as far wide or high of the goal as possible is a simple mistake to make. Emile Heskey reached a new level of incomptence however, and what more he did it in a warm up game against....
Rooney Not Of The Old School
It was always inevitable that England striker Wayne Rooney would get into trouble at the world cup. The scouser's ripe language was bound to upset referees who have been bribed (allegedly) to find any excuse for sensing off England players. But getting in trouble is a friendly with a local team exceeded our expectations...
Rooney To Ref: Swive You Earsling - Now Wayne Can Vent His Spleen Safely
Boggart Blog. though not a football blog is for the World Cup as patriotic as any British blog can be so we came up with a scheme to protect England star Wayne Rooney from overzealous foreign referees. We are sending out our expert on medieval English, Grammercy Pecksniff to coach Rooney in using archaic swear words and insulting phrases words even English referees will not understand..
The Necessity Of Curbing State Spending
The left, already laughable styling themselves "the opposition" even as Labour splits into tiny factions including the "old left" the traditional party of the working class, the people with traditional Labour values who recognise there are no magical solution, the "progressive left", the kind of people my colleague Ian Thorpe refers to as The Politically Correct Thought Police, who are currently working themselves into a frenzy about
The Pursuit Of Mediocrity by fatsally.
SATS test, introduced in 1993, were supposed to meaure a pupil's progress through the education system from junior to senior school and ensure every child was fulfilling their potential. Now we see the government constantly lowering standards in order to ensure enough pupils from each school are reaching government imposed targets.
Oh Brave New World
In common with Orwells Nineteen Eighty Four, forever imprinted on the minds of my generation because of the cover image of a military boot grinding on a human face, Brave New World was a book that changed the way we viewed the world we lived in. In many ways it inspired aspects of the social revolution of the 1960s as people shrugged off the social controls that had imposed such restrictive conventions on western society.
FILTH! The Mary Whitehouse Effect
Advance publicity for FILTH! a dramatised version of the Mary Whitehouse story starring Julie Walters and coming (oops, pardon!) to a television near you has predictably aroused (oops, pardon!) the holier-than-thou brigade to start ranting about ... any mention of FILTH! in the media tends to make the legions of the narrow minded come over Mary Whitehouse (oops, pardon!).
Is It Time To Ban Maths From Schools?
Academics and politicians are always banging on about how school pulpils have no interest in maths and science. They blame everybody but themselves of course. When you get down to it, maybe the way Maths and Science are taught in schools is to blame. Or maybe it is the nerds who teach it and try to infect pupils with their own irrational enthusiasm for the uttrly pointless that has made these subjects so uncool.
Welcome To Our World Cup
America's football (soccer if you must)team is taking part in the World Cup again. Lets hope their gallant performances as underdogs, and their good natured sportsmanship are not treated with the same indifference as four years ago. After all, though a sports team alone cannot undo the damage done to America's international reputation by the Bush administration, its a start.
Will Wind Power Be A Way Of Farming Money For Operators.
Despite the wailing of the Green lobby and the Climate Change evangelists and Science worshippers wind power is a bloody stupid thing to invest money and effort in if we want to create a sustainable, non - polluting energy source to power the nation. If we are simply looking for ways to channel taxpayers money into the pockets of immensely rich and powerful energy corporations and landowners however it is hard to think of a better way to do it.
Pentagon Hunts Wiki Leaks Founder
Pentagon hunts WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in bid to gag the website. Soldier Bradley Manning said to have leaked diplomatic cables to whistleblower, . Plus video of US troops killing Iraqis; fear and panic in Washington DC is a story in todays Guardian
Third Climategate Report imminent - Whitewash manufacturers report sales boom.
recommended by Ed Butt
If you were planning to do a spot of DIY over the weekend you may encounter a problem an acute shortage of whitewash in your local store, as it may have been appropriated for more urgent purposes. The estimable Bishop Hill is reporting he has heard on the grapevine that the publication of the third report from the investigation of the scientific fraud known as climategate will be as big a whitewash as...
10 June 2010
Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill - The Tide Turns
by Ian R Thorpe
It seems that after managing to pass off several weeks of dithering indecision about how to react to the catastrophic oil spill that has resulted from the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, Barack Obama in asking whose arse should he kick has provoked the same reaction from the oil industry and the American voters, "Your own, Mr President." .....
9 June 2010
Obama Deepwater Horizon
by Xavier Connolly
President Obama described the oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico as America's worst environmental disaster ever. That is not true, the oil spillng from the fractured well has a long way to go before overtaking a similar blowout in the Gulf in 1979. What do we expect from the rock star President other than posing, posturing and crude attempt to make political capital out of catastrophe...
Snail science used in fight against Crystal Meth
We have reported on how mice, squirrels, crocodiles, fish and even fruit flies are helping to advance science. Recruiting snails to help scientists understand the effects of drugs like crystal meth is radical even for the kind of whacky science we like to report here...
The Grey and White Peril Coming To A Garden Near You
Nimbys who have fled the urban jungle for the peace and tranquillity of the countryide have been horrified that badgers have been infecting their deal little thoroughbred doggies and pussies with nasty diseases. Now the same people are up in arms because the government having made badgers a protected species has had to order a cull of badgers because some parts of the country are overrun with them. Townies will never understand the country.
Health And Safety Step In To Stop Slightly Risky University Graduation Day Mortarboard Throwing
Following an incident when a graduating student was injured by a descending mortarboard during the traditional rite of passage involving throwing the ludicrous headgear into the air, a university has advised students that this tradition should be given a miss. The Health and Safety Thought Police are always eager to stop slightly risky but fun traditions. Boggart.blog was able to get hold of a copy of the risk assessment for the forthcoming degree congregation when students graduate.
Blair Faith Foundation
In an interview published in Time Magazine this week Tony Blair tells of how his faith in God helped him make the really tough decisions that leaders sometimes have to make, like the decision to lie through his teeth to sell an illegal war to a reluctant and disbelieving public. Well Tony Blair's God is certainly a forgiving God. The God of hypocrites maybe?
Wake Up And Taste The Coffee
Wake up and smell the coffee, the saying goes but according to a scientific study published this week maybe we should wake up and taste the coffee. Another post from Boggart Blog's Mad Science department
The Great, The Gullible and the Apple iPad
One of the reasons we established this page was to fire broadsides at marketing and public relations hype. Apple is a company that built is success on highly manipulative hype by persuading people to buy expensive gadgets that perform less well than much cheaper versions. The launch of Apple's most pointless gadget yet, the iPad was a natural target.
Stupid Scientists Do Deniers Job For Them by Ian R Thorpe.
You just have to wonder sometimes whether, if the IQs of all scientists were added together they would reach double figures...
Silly Secular Society Leader Makes Year's Most Stupid Statement
Terry Sanderson, President Of The National Secular Society says: I look at it this way. If science disappeared from human memory, we would soon be living in caves again. If theology disappeared from human memory, no one would notice. Theology is a completely and utterly useless pursuit. It is self-indulgence of the first order. It grieves me that public money is spent on theological colleges while real education struggles to gain the funds it needs to maintain itself. The Daily Stirrer's Ian R Thorpe presents a balanced argument that proves Sanderson is a very secular piece of the female anatomy.
Gay Minister and The Lib Dem Closet
Strange that the party responsibe for pushing through the law that decriminalised homosexuality should have had three senior MPs in the past decade who preferred to stay in the closet. Or is it? The gay mafia is so active in politics a desire to stay out of the limelight they generate is understandable...
Imposing Orthodoxy By Stealth: Big Brother And Your Shopping Habits
Subtle influences are at work to change the way you shop and thus the way you live. Is this manipulation driven purely by the profit motive or are more sinister motives involved?
Blair's New Job News of a new job for Tony Blair, not that he is giving up any of the hundreds of jobs he already has. So what'd Blair into now? We don't quite understand but it sounds a bit far fetched.
Our American friends like to make jokes about British teeth. They might be more sympathetic towards our desire to keep our natural teeth if they knew the history of British dentistry since the formation of the National Health Service.
Conspiracy Theory of the Month - Patriotism
Whenever the word conspiracy is mentioned someone is bound to shout "Tin Foil Hat Wearer." The shouter is obviously involved in some kind of conspiracy and trying to divert attention from their activities. Conspiracies are all around us, large and small. Governments may not be beaming radio signals into our brains to control us but if such a technology was available you can bet they would be. This conspiracy theory concerns patriotism, an age old conspiracy among the elite to persuade the sons of the non elite it is a good and noble thing to die for one's country. Especially if the dead guy was the one carrying the flag.
Pain In Spain As Green Fraud Exposed Spain and Denmark were singled out as a green becons when they announced schemes to make their economies reliant on "sustainable energy." Sadly the experiments have failed and the effects of global financial crisis have been exacerbated by those nations flirtation with unproven technologies.
When David Met Angie
What would happen when Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron, leaders of the Conservative / Liberal Democrat coalition met Angela Merkel, German Chancellor and leaders of a coalition headed by the conservative Christian Democrats? The mother of all love ins perhaps? Of might one of our two star crossed lovers play it horribly badly?
The Power Of Positive.
There are many cod philosophies based on positive thinking. But when does positive thinking stop and self delusion start. Are the positive addicts really trying to help with their positive thinking tips or are they really just trying to share their addiction and draw you into their bubble of unreality. Ian R Thorpe bursts the positive thinking bubble...
War On Terror 2008: A Suspect Called Paddington
Paddington Bear makes a return to the printed page in a new book by author Michael Bond.
In the story Paddington copes with life in the 21st century in his inimicable way, leaving a trail of chaos and bemusement behind him. But just think if Paddington was making his debut in the 21st century, rather than the gentler more trusting times of post-war Britain.
Sugar is Kosher; Stupidity and Michaels Chicken Arent
I have not been able to get interested in this new television series of The Apprentice with a bunch of chavs trying to demonstrate their budding business acumen to Lord Sugar and his sidekicks. The usual crop of desperate wannabes on The Apprentice are aged beteen twenty and thirty and thus have had time to develop the unique and idiosyncratic personality flaws and disorders that make them such a repulsive and obnoxious bunch of...
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