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Saturday, 29 Nov 2014 (Only #Current Affairs)

Fame! I have made it to the Top Comments spot on YouTube, with a comment I made about a video of Nigel Farage's performance at the EU.



And here is the YouTube page. Whatever you think of Farage, he is entertaining.



Wednesday, 28 May 2014 (Only #Current Affairs)

FROM THE VATICAN:-

Pope Francis to journalists: «Child abuse by priests is a betrayal of the body of the Lord, it is like doing a Satanic Mass»

These were the words spoken by Pope Francis to journalists who asked him questions on child abuse by priests during the return flight from the Holy Land. The Holy Father added that all priests who have similar charges will be treated equally with no favoritism.


Franky suspended bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg because he was spending too much money on his residence and other church buildings. Pope Francis acted swiftly, apparently sending a clear message that he is serious about the principles of humility and modesty.

Yet Bishop Finn of Kansas remains in office and without disciplinary measures after being found guilty of failure to report suspected child abuse in 2012.

When something does not seem right or ring true, I find that the old adage, "Follow the money!" leads me closer to an understanding.

I think Pope Francis has more work to do if he is to show that he is serious about cracking down on perverts in the church and those who turn a blind eye to molestations by priests.

References:-

1. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/24/world/europe/vatican-suspends-german-bishop-known-for-spending.html

2. http://www.kansascity.com/2014/02/16/4828951/call-for-vatican-to-discipline.html

Monday, 16 Dec 2013 (Only #Current Affairs)

Mars and Snickers shrink but prices stay the same.

A public Relations Fail. Or "Why my nine-year-old is more savvy than a confectionery company."

My nine-year-old lad was watching this news story on BBC's Newsround. When the presenter reported that the company's stated motivation was not to make more money but rather to encourage people to eat more healthily, I heard him scoff disparagingly: "Yeah right!"

It seems to me that Mars are naive to think that people will believe this, even were it true. Wouldn't it be more savvy to simply state something like this:-

"We're obligated to meet certain regulatory standards and, at the same time, keeping the great taste of the product is a real priority to us. In order to achieve those aims while containing costs, we had to reduce the size of the chocolate bar a little bit.

And it would be honest, too.

Suddenly there would be nothing for my nine-year-old to be cynical about.

Public Relations Fail.

** Sources **

For the BBC Newsround story, Click here.

Mars says it's to encourage people to eat more healthily and keep the number of calories (the energy contained) in a standard bar, to fewer than 250.


For the Telegraph Online story, click here.

Mars told The Grocer that it had shrunk the products to meet its public health targets.

Tuesday, 29 Jan 2013 (Only #Current Affairs)

This made me laugh. I have snipped this from the current Wikipedia entry on Michael Gove, MP for Surrey Heath (my patch).


BNP membership amongst teachers
As Education Secretary Gove has stated that schools should have the power to dismiss teachers for being members of the British National Party (BNP). He told the Guardian: "I don't believe that membership of the BNP is compatible with being a teacher. One of the things I plan to do is to allow headteachers and governing bodies the powers and confidence to be able to dismiss teachers engaging in extremist activity".



Not an extremist position, then.

Here's the link: Michael Gove on Wikipedia

Wednesday, 9 Jan 2013 (Only #Current Affairs)

I have some fairly conservative views, which do not jive with the liberal mainstream vibe. I am unapologetic about that. I also find some of the - apparently - wacky conspiracy theories quite intriguing. For example - Did the USA really send men to the moon? Were there suspicious government aspects to the 9/11 terrorist attack? Is there a cabal of private industry concerns planning to take over the world? I don't know, but some of the questions asked and evidence cited by some of the conspiracy theorists demand a little investigation. Unfortunately I have a living to make so someone else has to do that job for now.

Bottom line: I'm open to debate and inquiry. However, there are some people whom you just don't want on your side. Or even in your company. Or ear shot. Take Alex Jones, for example. (I mean it: Please - Take him away.)

Here is Alex Jones making a complete arse of himself and, in the process, flushing any credibility his arguments might have right down the toilet.



On the other hand, here we have a clear-headed American and ex-marine making some of the same points in a much more reasoned way. I know who I'd rather have come to tea.


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