Archive for September, 2010

Sustainable immigration


Recently, a reader sent a link to a British Nationalist Party youtube video.

Immediate reaction probably may be that the BNP is a far-Right racist party, Islamophobic , anti-immigration et. al.

Wanna make this post as brief as possible.

I see parallels in radical and fundamantalist Islam. It’s like the old SNL Point:Counter Point.

But rather than write a Ph.D whilst half pissed and quite tired anyway, let’s try and cut to the chase.

Immigration.

Essentially it’s good. Just look at America and Australia. And it’s kinda funny watching the BNP get all up in arms about that. Oh, the irony.

But they do have a point, as poorly made as it is.

Take Korea, the Hermit Kingdom. Never the imperialist yet never the beacon of immigration, yet they’ve finally opened up to the outside world. Not that it’s all-accomodating to foreigners yet they’ve been pretty good.

Two points here: skilled migration. And 2: they don’t take shit from foreigners.

As a foreigner here, that at times has sucked, and it especially does for the newbies, but you either get used used to it (and prosper) or you fuck off home.

Countries like Korea, Japan and to a lesser extent, China, have the right mix.

The idea that I or anyone could come to Korea and get welfare is a fucking joke. The idea that Korea is supposed to bend over backwards for me (which they arguably do anyways for me, a skilled migrant) is a joke also.

Mass immigration in our countries was OK for a period, but when it comes to Islam in particular, yet a whole lotta other bunch of welfare wannabes too, drips and drabs is the only way to go… at best.

Take the Singapore model, which has a 15% Islamic population but Singapore doesn’t take shit. And what’s their refugee and asylum seeker (and there is a difference) intake?

Sure, that video IS confronting. No, it’s not the end of days, but at best, it’s not picture perfect, and it deserves some genuine discussion…. Discussion devoid of the the typical Leftist “YOu RaaaaaaaaCist” infantile nonsense.

UPDATE

A few choice words are now printed in white.

Wake up, pussy!


About to retire but I smelled the puppy.

Eek, something sounds icky about that. And I grew up with a black cat.

Yet, in another sense, the editor got it spot on!

H/T WOZ

Oil in Israel


This might shake it up a bit…

All big oil and gas fields have geopolitical significance, but we haven’t seen a big oil find in recent years that could matter more than the Leviathan field in the Mediterranean Sea off of Israel. In recent days Houston-based Noble Energy and its Israeli partner Delek (controlled by Israeli billionaire Yitzhak Tshuva) announced that Leviathan could hold upwards of 4.3 billion barrels of oil.

This is hugely important for Israel, which doesn’t exactly see eye-to-eye with its oil-rich Arab neighbors. Israel is almost completely reliant on imported oil, producing less than 4,000 barrels per day of its 250,000 bpd demand. If Leviathan pans out, it could have enough oil to satisfy Israel for more than two decades.

Let’s see how Iran reacts to this. Perhaps not so well.

Inpex, the Japanese state-backed energy group, is poised to relinquish its remaining share of Iran’s Azadegan oilfield as tightening economic sanctions threaten companies that do business with Tehran.

Cue the fun!

But surely there’s more? Why, yes there is.

Japan tightened sanctions against Iran on September 3 as part of a US-led effort to curtail Tehran’s suspected nuclear weapons programme. It banned new investment in energy development, restricted financial dealings and froze assets of people and institutions linked to Iranian “nuclear activities”.

Add it up. Iran nukes. Israel nikes, er, sorry, nukes. Iran oil. Now Israel oil.

Fun fun fun!… not… kinda…

And poor little Kim Jong-il or his last-chance son will need a better mention than on this blog to try and remain relevant.

They sank an SK warship last time. What next?

Subway emergency intercom found to be faulty


What if there was a real emergency? This could well be not just specific to Taipai. Full story below.

Cee Lo cyberfied


Tim Blair readers and about a billion other people out there are most likely well are aware of Cee Lo Green’s massive single entitled “F*ck You”. In fact, the original film clip is arguably better than the official one. Both are NSFW, incidentally.

Anyway, it hasn’t taken long and the cyber geeks have gotten on to it… and this one is SFW unless your boss is reading your screen. Enjoy…

H/T

Democrat dirt machine digs on


Picture this: A woman hires a house-keeper. The house-keeper provides the relevant documents to show that she is legally allowed to work in the country. Later, 9 years later, she reveals that she is in fact an undocumented illegal worker.

Sadly, the boss is compelled to fire her.

The illegal worker then sues her boss.

Huh? How can an illegal worker sue her boss when all her boss did was follow the law?

Easy. When the boss is Republican Gubernatorial candidate, Meg Whitman, and the race is neck and neck with Democrat Jerry Brown.

Oh, and the lawyer working pro bono for the illegal worker? Heavy ties to the Democrat party and a supporter of Jerry Brown.

Wind farms cracking up?


No, not laughing at you because they’ve swindled billions from the gullible and not-so-gullible tax payer, but literally the concrete foundations they rest on.

So far, it’s not 100% confirmed but have a read:

I am at an energy conference in Europe.

Yesterday I talked to two friends of mine who are involved in civil engineering in the UK. They both told me that concrete foundations for onshore wind turbine towers in the UK are starting to crack. Apparently it is being hushed up as much as possible. (There is only a small possibility that this is an unfounded rumour. But, as always, the possibility exists.)

The lawyers are deep into it with accusations of negligence and the like flying in all directions. Apparently the defence has been that they were built according to the current code. But there seems to be no doubt that the code is inadequate. But does the engineer have an obligation to design something that will meet the requirements of that particular site or blindly follow a code? And then there is the fact that they are part of a fixed price turnkey package so everybody has always tried to cut foundations and everything else to the absolute minimum.

Anyway, if this problem is widespread it will be the biggest blow to windpower in the UK so far.

Read on.

It’d be interesting to find out how they’re doing in Australia. Will all wind farms turn out like these wind farm graveyards?

One can only hope.

Further reading on renewable energy nonsense.

British terrorists in Pakistan


Unlike AP and the Jakarta Globe, the Telegraph is responsible enough to call a spade a spade.

At least 20 Britons are undergoing terrorist training in Pakistan to launch Mumbai-style shootings and suicide attacks in Britain, intelligence sources have told The Daily Telegraph.

The young Muslims, who all hold British passports, are said to have travelled into the lawless tribal areas of Pakistan to join training camps run by al-Qaeda and their associated militant groups.

Kim Jong-un, NK’s next leader, revealed


Previously, the only photo we had of North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-il’s, third son and apparent heir, was one someone took back in high school.

Well, now a fresh one has emerged.

I remember reading, personality wise, he’s a chip off the old block. Big drinker, too. And looking at that pic, that doesn’t seem too much of a stretch which means not sure all that bodes well, but maybe his love of American basketball will improve things a bit.

As you may know he just got promoted to General, and also recently got promoted to a a vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission. This is along with his dad’s younger sister getting bumped up, too. Her husband is also one of the big wigs.

All in the family, eh.

Tell ya what, also. Kim Jong-il isn’t looking much better than he was back in this photo. Any day now… please.

UPDATE

More on Kim Jong-un here, and thanks to the Drudge Report, a better photo, gratefully swiped.

Stimulus packages: Rudd/Gillard vs Obama


Just how much money have Labor blown on stimulus packages compared to say the big-spending Obamatron across the puddle? Let’s do some quick basic math.

Obama’s stimulus package was a thumping $787 billion dollars. With the US population at about 307 million, that works out to just over $2500 for every man, woman and child in the US.

So let’s have a look at what Rudd and Gillard have done in less than two years. We’ve had our own $42 billion stimulus package, but then on top of that, Labor has whacked us with the failed $16-odd billion BER, and as if that isn’t enough, we’re about to be whacked with the almost incomprehensible $43 billion NBN.

So let’s add these up. With a population of just over 21 million, the stimulus package slips out at slightly less that Obama’s at about $2000 per capita. The BER slops on a bit more at $750. And then the over-priced, ill-conceived, soon-to-be obsolete, biggest whitest elephant in the smallest room ever NBN slaps us with another $2050 or so.

All told, in less than two years, the ALP has added a staggering debt of over $4800 on to every Australian, which is apparently supposed to stimulate us.

WOAH! Cop that Obama. Our guys have nearly doubled your piddly effort! You ain’t got nothin’!

PS

The rise in value to the Aussie dollar from about 66 US cents in February last year to almost 97 US cents today may be good if you’re going on holiday but try convincing our exporters and farmers it’s so wonderful. There’s not much incentive for a certain expat to send money home right now, either.

UPDATE

The Yanks yank back!

Los Angeles spent $70 million in stimulus funds to create 7.76 jobs

Yet England holds reserve…

Over term for the 20 years these turbines are suppose to last, we are looking at a public subsidy of £1.2 billion – enough to build a 1GW nuclear power station – a plant with a deliverable capacity more than 13 times this wind array. That is the extent of the rip-off to which we are being subjected.

And for that, it appears, we get 21 full-time green jobs. But if we gave them a million each and told them to get lost, that is not even a rounding error on the amount we are dealing with. We would get to “save” (i.e., not spend) £1.2 billion, less £0.021 billion. Instead, we pay – effectively – nearly £60m per job for the 20 years.

WTF is this? A competition as to who can destroy the West the fastest without letting radical Islam take the credit???

NBN too expensive


Everyone already knows Gillard’s second demon love child (the BER came first), the whopping $43 billion National Broadband Network is a garguantuan waste of taxpayer money. Did Julia listen? Put it this way, did Bob Brown say it?

But could there possibly be the slimest of slim chances that she’ll listen to the world’s richest man and the most successful telco operator in history? Probably the same answer, but regardless, Slim Helu’s opinion is out there, and Julia is out of excuses.

Mr Slim, speaking at the Forbes Global CEO Conference in Sydney today, said: “It’s too much money.

“It is not necessary to invest so much money, because technology is changing all the time,” he said.

Mr Slim said $7000 a home to connect about six million homes was too expensive.

And he criticised the reliance of the project on fibre, emphasising the need for wireless services.

“You need to have a multi platform of everything; mobile, landline, fibre, cable and copper,” he said.

“You need to have all these. You need to have a very good fibre network and rings and you need to have a loop of fibre to sustain when you have a problem in one place that the communications don’t get interrupted.

“But with copper and cable you can give 20 or 30 MhZ. I think fibre is not enough. You need to have a good network of wireless.”

By the way, speaking of that first demon love child of Julia’s, the final round of contracts have been awarded, so we’re all in the tank for even more than that $5-odd billion or so that’s been wasted.

Aliens deactivating nukes?


Seems a bit of a stretch, but it was too good to pass up.

Aliens have landed, infiltrated British nuclear missile sites and deactivated the weapons, according to US military pilots.

The beings have repeated their efforts in the US and have been active since 1948, the men said, and accused the respective governments of trying to keep the information secret.

The unlikely claims were compiled by six former US airmen and another member of the military who interviewed or researched the evidence of 120 ex-military personnel.

The information they have collected suggests that aliens could have landed on Earth as recently as seven years ago.

The men’s aim is to press the two governments to recognise the long-standing extra-terrestrial visits as fact.

Cripes, and here I was thinking man-made global warming was a hard sell.

UPDATE

Further analysis…

http://www.youtube.com/user/NMAWorldEdition#p/u/3/-SebOQqCGbw

Chavez slips


It’s about time that socialist felt some heat. That said, it’s only a start.

The opposition overturned Chávez’s two-thirds majority in the national assembly, and claimed to have won most of the popular vote. If it were confirmed, the result would mark a milestone.

With most of the votes counted, the Democratic Unity coalition won at least 65 of 165 seats in the assembly – well short of a majority, but enough to inhibit Chávez’s ability to appoint judges and other officials and to push through laws.

The opposition claimed that it had won 52% of the popular vote but argued also that changes in electoral rules favouring rural areas, where Chávez is popular, meant that this support had failed to translate into proportional seats.

It’s still good news though considering the world has had a wee bit of time to experiment with far Left policies. Look at the Norks. Look at Detroit.

More.

General Kim Jong-un


It’s all part of the plan to have North Korean leader, Kim Jong-il’s, third son take over the reins when the time comes, which I predicted would be any day soon although in hindsight, that seems a bit optomistic.

So the Dear Leader’s son, who isn’t even 30, is now a general, along with crazy glasses man’s sister.

Meanwhile, of course, North Korea suffers.

More.

Webber extends F1 championship lead; Alonso looms


Third in Singapore was good enough. And particularly good since Mark started from fifth on a track that’s not known for its overtaking advantages.

Red Bull rolled the dice, pitted Mark early, which took him from fifth to eleventh, but he quickly made up three places, three places which included passing Schumacher to settle in eighth with most of the blokes in front yet to pit.

Barichello proved a bit too fast and held Mark up a bit, but that early pit stop was enough to effectively move Mark up from fifth to third… enough to extend Mark’s championship lead.

Four races to go and a 100 points up for grabs. Lewis Hamilton has failed to finish for the second race in a row. Good for Mark. Yet Alonso has won two races in a row. Bad for everyone. Great stuff, but. The Ferrari has proved to be a winner on both a super-fast track (Monza) and a relatively slow track (Singapore).

That’s impressive. Usually it’s one or the other.

It’s so still up in the air, so why Bernie wants to change the new points system for some gold medal system is a bit of a head scratcher, since it’s obvious this new points system is working well.

Anyway, Mark’s 11 points ahead, which is better than 11 points behind, but with 25 points up every race for said winner, it’s still anyone’s game.. It’s still up to four more races, five more drivers, and the whim of the racing gods!

Japan is next, and then Korea. Assuming the track is bloody well ready by then (and if I know anything about Korea, they will get that track ready – if only to spite Japan), it could well be a maker or breaker.

Japan, Korea, Brazil, Middle East.

Ultimately, the last few tracks will favour the Red Bulls, and ultimately Mark Webber… however Ferrari isn’t going to make it easy.

Who dares wins. Webber was lucky.

UPDATE

Contrary to Lewis, Tim Blair takes the perfect line.

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