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still wasting daylight

Yet another example of the trail of stupidity and destruction that follows socialist ‘New’ Labour.

Brown the Clown - friend of the environment.
Brown the Clown - protector of the people.
Brown the Clown - economic genius.
Brown the Clown - strong on the causes of crime.
Brown the Clown - man of courage.

Or otherwise...

“We've known about these benefits for a long time. In 1993, Time for Change, a report by the Policy Studies Institute, concluded: "It is rare in our experience for a policy proposal to combine social and economic advantages in such an attractive way."

“So why has nothing happened? Politicians have consistently seen it as "too difficult". and left it to MPs and peers to introduce Private Members' Bills, but, despite the enthusiasm of parliamentarians such as Tim Yeo and Lord Tanlaw, no Bill has made significant progress.

“It's time for change and if the arguments listed above are insufficient, there's an extra dimension for 2008. The Government is focused on the need to reduce carbon emissions as a key element of tackling global warming. For the most part this depends on new and frequently expensive technology and on encouraging or enforcing changes in lifestyles to cut energy consumption. By putting the clocks forward an hour (to GMT+1 in winter and GMT+2 in summer) we would immediately reduce the need for domestic, office and street lighting and save carbon emissions. Research by Cambridge University engineers shows that more than one million tonnes of CO2 a year now released into the atmosphere could be avoided - at a stroke, and at no cost. Families struggling with high energy costs would also find their bills reduced.

“The time for wasting daylight is over. We cannot go on condemning 450 people each year to unnecessary death or serious injury. We cannot miss the opportunity to encourage healthier lifestyles and to take a swift step towards saving carbon emissions. Reform has the support of many not-for-profit organisations, of academics and, when polled, most of the British public. Let's pull this back from the "too difficult" pile. It's easy and long overdue.”

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brainwashing - how to destabilise a society
[interview in English]

This interview dates from 1985. Yuri Bezmenov, ex-KGB agent crossed over to the West in the 1970s.

I think this interview is interesting and the problem is real, but I’m not that paranoid. Remember, socialism is in retreat all round the world.

[Heads up from Stan Pierce]

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the hurricane, the meteorologist and the householder in the storm - more muses on the financial gum-up

“This week, I spoke to Mr Ruffer again. He likes comparisons. He made one with the weather. If you are in a hurricane, he said, you are rightly extremely frightened - you may lose everything, you may even die. But if you are a meteorologist, a hurricane, though extreme, is a recognisable phenomenon. It is part of weather. It will pass.

“The same is true with a financial crisis. It cannot be avoided, but people will suffer more or less, depending on how good was their protection before it began, how quick was the emergency help when it happened, and how well organised was the recovery. People felt so upset about Hurricane Katrina not just because it was a terrible natural event, but because the response was inadequate. So with the credit crunch.”

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delusions linked to perceived lack of control

On pitying conspiracy theorists.

“Overall, the researchers found that the subjects who were made to feel less control perceived significantly more illusory patterns or connections.

“ "Having a sense of control has a wide variety of adaptive advantages," Whitson told Discovery News. "Not only are people who feel in control less likely to see things that aren't there and end up chasing ghosts, but there are also a wide variety of health and societal benefits." ”

“ "Feeling secure is part and parcel of feeling in control," Whitson explained. "When people can affirm the self they are less likely to underperform in the face of negative stereotypes, to act defensively or aggressively or prejudicially." ”

“ "Give a person a sense of security and control, and defensiveness and obsessiveness melt away," said Whitson.”

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why the left-wing media and politicans hate sarah palin - xavier

“… so mean a spirit of jealousy at superior excellence …”

“He hated Eric at first sight, simply because his feeble mind could only realise one idea about him, and that was the new boy’s striking contrast with his own imperfections. Hence he left no means untried to vent on Eric his low and mean jealousy. He showed undisguised pleasure when he fell in form, and signs of disgust when he rose; he fomented every little source of disapproval or quarrelling which happened to arise against him; he never looked at him without a frown or a sneer; he waited for him to kick and annoy him as he came out of, or went in to, the schoolroom. In fact, he did his very best to make the boy’s life miserable, and the occupation of hating him seems in some measure to fill up the vacuity of an ill-conditioned and degraded mind.”

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This quote comes from Eric, or little by little, a story written by Frederic W. Farrar in 1858 which, as was often the case then, had “…one single object—the vivid inculcation of inward purity and moral purpose…”.

Yes, the book’s goal is priggish, and was soundly laughed at in Rudyard Kipling’s excellent novel, Stalky and Co. [1889]. However, it was the way for that period - Little Lord Fauntleroy [1884] by Frances Hodgson Burnett, being a similarly high-minded tale. Pollyanna, written by Eleanor H. Porter and published in 1913, has a similar theme of goodness, laid on thick and sticky.

Eric, or little by little by Frederic Farrar

Eric, or little by little
by Frederic W. Farrar, 1858

Dodo Press, 2007, pbk
ISBN-10: 1406516864
ISBN-13: 978-1406516869

11.39 [amazon.co.uk] / $21.99 [amazon.com]

  Stalky and Co. by Rudyard Kipling

The complete Stalky and Co.
by Rudyard Kipling

Oxford University Press, USA/Oxford Paperback, 1999
ISBN-10: 0192838598
ISBN-13: 978-0192838599

£6.29 [amazon.co.uk] / $9.56 [amazon.com]

Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Little Lord Fauntleroy
by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Puffin Classics, 1994, hbk
ISBN-10: 0140367535
ISBN-13: 978-0140367539
£4.49 [amazon.co.uk]

Sterling , 2008, hbk
ISBN-10: 1402745788
ISBN-13: 978-1402745782
$5.95 [amazon.com]

  Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter

Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter

Pollyanna
by Eleanor H. Porter

Wordsworth Editions Ltd, 1994, pbk
ISBN-10: 1853261459
ISBN-13: 978-1853261459
£1.50 [amazon.co.uk]

Tark Classic Fiction, 2008, pbk
ISBN-10: 1604501278
ISBN-13: 978-1604501278
$4.99 [amazon.com]

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what a pain

“In marketing as in medicine, perception can be everything. A higher price can create the impression of higher value, just as a placebo pill can reduce pain.

“Now researchers have combined the two effects. A $2.50 placebo, they have found, works better one that costs 10 cents.”

“Previous studies have shown that pill size and color also affect people’s perceptions of effectiveness. In one, people rated black and red capsules as “strongest” and white ones as “weakest.” Other information like the country where the drugs were manufactured can also affect perceptions.”

Heavens knows why, but this research won an Ig Nobel Prize this year.

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self-reinforcing market instability due to trader’s hormones!

A neat little article, it includes comment on herd behaviour.

“The implications of this hypothesis are far-reaching, for if traders become more risk-seeking during booms and more risk-averse during slumps, then the markets may be inherently unstable and traders may fail to seize on profitable opportunities.”

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