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May 28, 2017 8:04 pm
The public usually deserve better and are found wanting their public servants the ones to constantly disappoint. The past is riddled with them; bright-eyed idealists seduced by power and overladen with PR recasting. There are only so many lies to be retold and they are rolled out with neaseating regularity.  Read More
May 28, 2017 6:48 pm
The dole was never attractive, neither was school; torturous, cruel, fostering brutality and conformity, two wings of the state. The tories' second term was horrible and I was a teenager wasting away on the inside. There was no escape, the assets sold off, Scotland affected more than most parts of the disunited kingdom. Little has changed. Not even I have dulled my anger, in fact...  Read More
May 28, 2017 6:00 am
Obama Care squeezed by Trump into Orangeade #Juxtasupposin  Read More
May 27, 2017 1:31 pm
Those waiting for evidence for Russian collusion with the Trump campaign may watch his first term expire, and see never see any evidence (if there wasn't any collusion, the investigations will not be able to produce the evidence of a non-event), but Trump may not seek another term (if he is alive, he isn't young, and although he seems robust, that may change over-night) out of frustration... That...  Read More
May 26, 2017 8:53 am
Writing. Reading. Painting. Repeat. Did any of what I created make sense, make an impact? It doesn't matter. As it's out of necessity I do these things, a matter of will.  Read More
May 26, 2017 8:30 am
We never did get what our forefathers wanted for us; a truly socialist UK, one seeded by Hardie in Scotland. Instead we got competition, bloodless entrepreneurs, Spinners of half-truths, PR slurry from eager and half-witted lips and the legacy of four decades of conservative certainty. Blair didn't help with his rebooted version; New age nonsense, more PR, the odious Campbell et al. ...  Read More
May 26, 2017 8:23 am
It was the best of evenings, part reminiscence, part future-perching. The Rose and Crown a worthy stage, with a panoply of willing actors. Guinness was slugged and the matters of the day put to bed. The past was visited, ghosts buried as the space station soared overhead. Me and Greavsie waved at the astronauts, as Pete the Sweep in his cups, savoured Irish independence. Jack and I...  Read More
May 26, 2017 3:29 am
Some flunky apparently forgot to pack the tub of presidential "yuge" glue on Air Force 1 this week: HERE "You're FIRED!" Follow me on Twitter  Read More
May 26, 2017 1:44 am
The Congressional Budget Office is the strictly nonpartisan federal agency that produces independent, objective analyses of budgetary and economic issues for the Congress of the United States. On Wednesday, the CBO released its much-anticipated analysis of the healthcare bill passed by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives earlier this month. The Republican bill has been named the...  Read More
May 26, 2017 1:24 am
Regarding Islam and Eschatology Wrote this note to a Catholic group in an attempt to sober them up regarding the "lateness of the day" i.e., eschatology i.e., the end of the age... Hi All! Frank I want to open by apologizing to you, for not allowing you to clearly articulate your position regarding Islam. In the short note which follows I hope to relate my concern with the Church, the...  Read More
May 25, 2017 1:31 pm
A recent NY Times front page article, " The Right Builds an Alternative Narrative About the Crises Around Trump ," is an example of a perspective that we need to make a regular feature, to support our defense in the war on truth. It has been widely recognized that the shocking surprise of the Trump election - and that it happened at all - is partly because reasonable people who live in the world...  Read More
May 25, 2017 11:31 am
He was right about the Second Gulf War, just as his plays skewered British society. Yes, Pinter was right and worth listening to. One of the few, one of the few.  Read More
May 25, 2017 11:22 am
The miners were next, after the Falklands 'victory'. Belgrano bombed, school was numbing, we were restive youths, I was too weak, started my truanting habit, one that has lasted into late adulthood, some habits die hard, others burn in the synapses, twist in the guts. It was goodbye to most of Auld Scotia. The new dawn brought industrial-scale unemployment, communities divided by...  Read More
May 25, 2017 10:06 am
Corporal punishment was still with us, had yet to come before Strasbourg. An affront to us children, as more deep cuts were made to education and we were mired in teacher's strikes. They were a rum lot our pedagogues; disaffected, a fair smattering of alcoholics and those miscast. A few stood out, refused to give in to pessimism and I still hold them in high esteem. It was the new dark...  Read More
May 25, 2017 9:57 am
The first wave of factory closures; Linwood decimated, the thread mills not far ahead. Secondary school offered little comfort; corporal punishment and a Darwinist set-up that terrified. Thatcher was not popular, had yet to win The Falklands back to raise her approval ratings. I hid behind McIlvanney novels and listened to XTC dreaming of tomorrow, like there was no today.  Read More
May 24, 2017 2:20 pm
When it comes to the end and I have to be called to account, i whatever form this may take, I tried, I tried. I wrote endless emails and letters to MPs and on behalf of prisoners of conscience. I gave money and my time, to those I felt needed it, still do, when I can. I tried, I tried. Not for any other reason, than to be as human as I could. It didn't always work and I had many...  Read More
May 24, 2017 1:07 pm
The echo of a smile, the trace of a greeting, the handshake that means nothing, the grand gesture; empty in all but name. I've met them, still meet them, those insincere merchants, patter-churning, clear-eyed con men and women. After all it's an equal ops world, so I'm told. They've allowed me to gaze into their sanctums, but have never been fully admitted. Too unruly, too...  Read More
May 24, 2017 11:29 am
Never really the absolute end, just a break in the endless fighting, an oasis in the city.  Read More
May 24, 2017 11:21 am
Suicide is strangely comforting, yes? So said Ivor Cutler in an aside, grim Scottish humour and apposite  Read More
May 24, 2017 11:16 am
The trilogy not quite written, though daubed on paper and on page, will remain unseen and unwanted  Read More
May 24, 2017 11:12 am
We need a way out, when pressures mount and threaten, we compress, I too am looking; where?  Read More
May 24, 2017 11:06 am
I sat in rapt silence, trying to find a way out, now, but coming up short, again  Read More
May 24, 2017 10:09 am
Words from my father, 'give 'til yer nose bleeds'. I get it now, in these febrile times. We need more love, more understanding, more empathy. The failure to understand the culture of 'others' is how we ended up here. Apathy is a cancer, which lets might win, which lets politicians make decisions on our behalf. The time is ripe for real action, not impotent shows of rage, that's what...  Read More
May 24, 2017 9:58 am
Taking lives is not a show of power, it's an act of cowardice, an act that lacks faith, charity and love. That's the four letter word that eludes psychopaths large and small scale. I don't feel numb when I see what happened in Manchester, or what happens on a daily basis, throughout The Gulf, Pakistan and has happened in East Timor, Ireland, Vietnam and a hundred wars fought for...  Read More
May 23, 2017 2:49 pm
" How Online Shopping Makes Suckers of Us All " is a very nice analysis of how "standard prices and simple discounts are giving way to far more exotic strategies, designed to extract every last dollar from the consumer." This article by Jerry Useem in The Atlantic provides a big-picture view of the growing use of dynamic pricing to seek perfect price discrimination -- how companies "are...  Read More
May 23, 2017 2:40 am
The moving finger of international terror touched the northern industrial city of Manchester, England, today. It was another cowardly attack, this time on young people at a concert appearance by Ariana Grande. The audience was made up largely of teenagers and families. At least 22 were killed and dozens were injured in what appears to be a suicide bombing, using an improvised device containing...  Read More
 
 
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