Tuesday, 27 March 2007

Public Slavery Apologies

Peter Hain, British Cabinet Minister, has publicly apologised to black people for slavery.

Why?

Presumably it's some lame effort to reduce the level of violence amongst young black men in the inner cities?

Slavery was first recorded in human history in 6800 B.C, is mentioned in the bible, and as far as I can see, still practiced all over the world. Just because Nike calls it "utilizing local labour practices" doesn't make it any different. A 12 year old working 15 hours a day for a bowl of rice is still slavery, but I don't see Mr. Hain calling for a ban on Nike products. Why is that?

But don't worry...... we'll be along in a couple of hundred years to "apologise".

Africa, to this day is a tribal culture with tribal politics and tribal practices, one of which is enslaving the weaker tribes around them, or failing that killing them off. Barely ten years has passed since the Hutu tribe attempted to wipe out the Tutsi tribe. The African slave trade has been going on for thousands of years. When the first British trading ships started carrying slaves, they didn't run off into the the bush dragging people out of their mud huts; they purchased them from the most dominant tribe in the area who had already enslaved them.

If we are deciding to publicly apologise for all our misdeeds of the past, the least we could do is change the way we behave today, perhaps the apologies might the ring true. In the meanwhile I have compiled a short list for Mr Hain to apologise to, some of which are now overdue.

IRAQ. 2007. We invade them, kill an "unknown" amount of people in the name of freedom, based on faulty intelligence. Sorry about that. Apology due 2203.

IRELAND. Apology due 2118.

TRANSPORTEES TO AUSTRALIA. Well overdue.

INDIAN INSURGENTS. Apology due 2057.

THE BOER WAR. Lest we forget that amazing British invention, the concentration camp. Apology due 2099.

THE AMERICAN INDIANS. Apology overdue.

AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINES. Apology overdue.

What's the use of an apology if you keep on behaving the same way?

No doubt some upstanding member of the black community will come forward and say: "Thanks. We feel really validated now. Our young men will stop shooting and knifing each other."

I don't think so. Tribe = Drug gang.

Wednesday, 21 March 2007

Interfering with nature

Apparently, some mad scientists have come up with a genetically modified mosquito that is better than the ones nature has created. These new bugs are resistant to malaria. They intend to eventually release them into the wild in the hope that they will outperform and supplant the natural ones.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/6468381.stm

Does nobody else see this as a potentially bad idea?

I have 2 words:

Rabbits. Australia.

'nuff said.

These are probably the same scientists who decided it would be a good idea to feed sheep's brains to cattle as a money saving operation.

Did nobody stop and say, "Maybe that's not such a great idea. Cows aren't supposed to eat sheep. It could turn out badly."?

I guess not.

Welcome to mad cow disease.

What is it with these people?

I have to assume that their intentions are good in the first place, but we all know what the road to hell is paved with.

If we end up with a new, stronger strain of malaria or 3 foot long, man eating mosquitos some-when in the future, don't say I didn't warn you.

Tuesday, 13 March 2007

Accountability

Welcome to my blog. First attempt, so if it turns out to be more of a rant than a blog I pre-emptively apologise.

What happened to accountability amongst our public servants? Or am I kidding myself there was ever any in the first place?

I'm reading the newspaper the other day, and several stories stand out.

Apparently a builders merchant, accused of killing some greyhounds is to be sent to prison for an insanely long time and/or fined a huge amount of money, charged under the Pollution prevention control regulations for burying the greyhounds without a permit. I, of course, in no way condone his actions, yet Tony Blair and George Bush can inflict who knows how many dead in Iraq on a misguided premise (a lie to you and me) and I just wondered if they had a permit to bury them? If not perhaps we'll be seeing Mr Blair in court soon? Somehow I don't think so. Apparently he's not to be held accountable as presumably he has a note from his mother explaining that it was the other little boy's fault.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/animalrights/story/0,,2014909,00.html


Another story that caught my eye was the fact that, despite aggresively pursuing smoking bans across Europe, after only 43 days, the European Parliament has reversed it's ban on smoking in their buidings, claiming the ban was "unenforcable". As the smoking ban in England comes into force I see that local councils are already gearing up with smoking police ready and willing to enforce the ban. Just what we need; more "public servants". Somehow I think that it will be "enforcable". Try lighting a cigarette in your local pub and see what happens. Do as I say not as I do?

http://www.smokersclubinc.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=4121

The environment minister, Barry Gardiner claimed a mileage allowance of nearly 11,000 miles, despite the fact that he is provided with a chuaffeur driven car for official business during the week, at the same time claiming to be trying to make "a minimal carbon imprint on the planet". I have some advice for said minister. BUY A BICYCLE. Of course in the interests of non accountability he is unlikely to have to face any consequences, other than parhaps a bad case of piles, from sitting in a car seat for too long. I'd also be interested to know how many miles he travelled in his chauffeured car. Assuming a similar mileage he would have travelled nearly 40,000 miles. Minimal carbon imprint? How stupid do they think we are?

http://www.harrowtimes.co.uk/mostpopular.var.1217049.mostviewed.mp_faces_questions_over_travel.php

Pretty bloody stupid as it turns out. Let's face it, driving a car that many miles has got to be at least as harmfull to those around you as smoking, but I don't see anybody banning cars. Wonder why that is? Could it be because the Automotive/petrochemical industries actually run the world and not the "elected" governments? Maybe.

Yes, definitely more of a rant than a blog. Perhaps I should call it a brant instead (WEBrant.... copyright). Anybody caught using this new term without permission, will of course be sued immediately, to the full extent of the law and or 'till I run out of money.