The Ranting Kraut

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Archive for October, 2008

Indoctrinate U on the Web

Posted by rantingkraut on October 31, 2008

An excellent documentary on the impact of political correctness on US universities: Indoctrinate-U.

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Alistair Darling: Higher taxes after recovery

Posted by rantingkraut on October 30, 2008

According to Alistair Darling: “… once the current crisis has passed … the Government will have to “live within its means” and return the public finances to balance. That sets the scene for higher taxes and lower spending in the next parliament.” (source)

Given the current mess, that is unfortunately a reasonable prediction. One should take care to remember though, that labour managed to consistently run a deficit during the decade of uninterrupted high growth which preceded the current recession. More importantly Read the rest of this entry »

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EU Commissioner: Smoking Bans not Draconian Enough

Posted by rantingkraut on October 29, 2008

EU Commissioner Vladimir Špidla seems to be upset that not all member states are as draconian as the UK in implementing the smoking ban:

Smoking bans currently differ widely across the EU. While Ireland was the first EU country to make its pubs and restaurants smoke-free, puffing cigarettes is still allowed in some pubs in Germany and Belgium. And smoking is still common in both bars and restaurants in central and Eastern European countries like Hungary and Romania.” (source)

Clearly, such differences can’t be tolerated. This would be bordering on subsidiarity.

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Trevor Phillips Demands Quotas for Whites

Posted by rantingkraut on October 28, 2008

Trevor Phillips recently called for white quotas to protect low skilled whites from better qualified immigrant competition. This is intended to prevent them from supporting far right parties:
Mr Phillips argues that ministers should allow councils and education authorities to introduce measures favouring young whites unable to compete with highly-skilled immigrants and he says the financial crisis could trigger anti-immigrant feeling in the UK.” (source)
This blog has argued before that there is no such thing as positive discrimination. If local workers are not as well qualified Read the rest of this entry »

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Mark Steyn on Europe, America and the West

Posted by rantingkraut on October 27, 2008

“…the only reason why Belgium has gotten away this long with being Belgium and Sweden Sweden and Germany Germany is because America’s America. The soft comfortable cocoon in which Western Europe has dozed this past half-century is girded by cold hard American power. What happens when the last serious Western nation votes for the same soothing beguiling siren song as its enervated allies?” (Source)

HT: The Atheist Conservative

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No Victory in Sight in the War on Drugs

Posted by rantingkraut on October 26, 2008

Millions uprooted, terrorized or made refugees. Hundreds of thousands imprisoned. Thousands killed. Trillions of dollars lost. Wiretapping and government surveillance of civilians. Our civil rights eroded. No end in sight. Iraq? Hardly — it’s the war on drugs.
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This war has gone on for years. It has cost hundreds of billions of dollars and filled our jails. Criminal gangs prosper and proliferate. It has eroded our civil liberties. The drug trade has seriously destabilized Mexico, Columbia and Bolivia. There is no victory in sight.

The economics of the drug trade are clear. Demand remains undiminished. The cost of production remains low. Arrest a horde of producers, smugglers, wholesalers and retailers and all that can happen is that the profit margins go up. That is what must take place when supply diminishes while demand remains steady. Higher profits brings more recruits into the trade. ” (John Frary in the Western Standard)

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New(ish) Blogs

Posted by rantingkraut on October 25, 2008

The Institute of Economic Affairs (iea) started its own blog last month. Feminists Against Censorship have also started blogging while ago. They don’t post very often, but have been among the few following the censorship provision in the “Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008”.

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Petition Against Sharia Courts in the UK

Posted by rantingkraut on October 24, 2008

Back in September, there were reports about Sharia courts issuing binding verdicts in the UK. There is now a petition on the government’s web site to stop the operation of these ‘courts’. The petition is set to run until the 1 January 2009.

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Ken MacDonald on the Emerging Police State

Posted by rantingkraut on October 21, 2008

Outgoing Director of Public Prosecutions Sir Ken Macdonald warned that the expansion of technology by the state into everyday life could create a world future generations “can’t bear”.

In his wide-ranging speech, Sir Ken appeared to condemn a series of key Government policies, attacking terrorism proposals – including 42 day detention – identity card plans and the “paraphernalia of paranoia”.

Instead, he said, the Government should insist that “our rights are priceless” and that: “The best way to face down those threats is to strengthen our institutions rather than to degrade them.”” (Source)

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Mark Thompson, Islam and the BBC

Posted by rantingkraut on October 21, 2008

The BBC’s Mark Thompson, according to the telegraph, argued in a lecture to Theos that Muslims should be treated more sensitively than Christians because they “… are a religious minority in Britain and also often from ethnic minorities…”.

These comments, of course were promptly played down by the BBC: “A BBC spokesman said Mr Thompson did not mean Islam should be given preferential treatment, just that all religions are different. He said: “People should look at his actual comments rather than trying to infer additional meaning that isn’t there.” (Source)

Looking at his actual comments is not so easy Read the rest of this entry »

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