Archive for October, 2012

Can Trade Unions Strangle A Country? – Yes They Can!

Posted in Budget Cuts, Europe, Government, Insanity, Modern World, Spain with tags , , , , , on 30/10/2012 by floroy1942

My wife and I have a penthouse in a residential community in Marbella on the Costa del Sol in Spain, and it wasn’t until today that I realized how labour laws are strangling the country. My wife is president of the community and responsible for the day to day running of it along with her three-man committee. We have a concierge who is causing many problems by not doing his job properly, spreading rumours and has on occasion been abusive to residents. In an effort to make him more efficient he has been given a work schedule with specific tasks at specific times, but he still seems to think he can do as he pleases and for the most part ignores it. Under these circumstances you would think the simple solution would be to fire him and get someone new: Wrong! This is Spain!

Today my wife and the committee sought advice from an official labour advisor who told them he cannot be fired unless we can prove gross negligence. Such is the state of the labour laws in Spain that it is almost impossible to get rid of a lazy or useless worker – there is literally nothing you can do! The only way to rid ourselves of the man is to pay him a huge sum of money in compensation. As you can imagine, this is not really a viable option in these troubles times.

Some of the contractors that used to do jobs around the community have proven to be sloppy, inefficient and lazy which is symptomatic of many. Needless to say, they do not work here anymore.

This whole business started me thinking and examining the state of the country in light of these laws. Spain has been in the doldrums ever since the housing market collapsed and the country had sunk further into debt year by year, and as I have said previously, the biggest problem is inefficiency. Although the current prime minister Rahoy is strenuously refusing a bailout from the EU, the situation is dire. The country has one of the highest unemployment rates in Europe and with the recent increase in purchase tax, prices are going through the roof.

When you visit some governmental or local offices it is customary to find chaos, rudeness from staff, and a total lack of cooperation, plus you have to get used to waiting for long periods to be helped. At this point I must make it clear this is not a ‘blanket statement’ because there are exceptions to every rule. The local council offices (ayuntamiento) in Marbella were very quick and efficient when we visited last week, but compared to that, the labour offices in the city are a complete disaster.

The bottom line really is that in this country, if you have an inefficient, or lazy worker there is little you can do to get rid of them. The labour laws have made it almost impossible to replace someone who just isn’t good enough. It seems that provided you turn up for work and manage to shuffle a few papers around your desk every so often you cannot be fired.

I tried doing some research into the Spanish labour laws but the waters are very muddy and its almost impossible to get any real information, but one thing that is certain, like in many other countries, they evolved from trade union pressure on the government.

There is nothing more motivating for a worker than to know he can be fired if he doesn’t do his job properly, but to get that far, there has to be a major shift in government policy regarding the labour laws before the country will be able to get back to its collective feet. One thing is certain, whichever government takes on this task will find the mob outside the gates in lynching mood.

Roy.

UN Investigator – Death Penalty Is Torture! Really?

Posted in America, Britain, Europe, Human Rights, Modern World, Prison, Torture, UK, USA with tags , , , on 25/10/2012 by floroy1942

As the years go by I sometimes think the world is getting crazier by the minute. There are so many loonies loose in society today who all want to be taken seriously that it makes me wonder which part of the woodwork they spring from. Now we have a UN investigator called Juan Mendez who considers the death sentence for criminals amounts to torture because it inflicts physical and mental pain on those about to die. My answer to that is: So what!

A Grieving Family

A Grieving Family

We have over the last thirty years or so entered a time where more thought is given to the murderers, torturers and rapists than to the victims. Many governments are looking to the Human Rights Act which gives everyone a ‘right to life’, even sadists and mass murderers. If Hitler and his SS buddies were alive today they would have received a paltry prison sentence and been back out on the streets. The pendulum has swung so far the other way that nobody gives a hoot for the loss of life, the pain and suffering of the victims of crime caused by mindless acts of violence.

In many people’s minds we cannot possibly condemn a vicious rapist, mass murderer or torturer to death because that is cruel punishment. Instead they prefer to house them in a comfortable prison at the tax payers expense for the rest of their miserable lives. In very many countries the prison system is overloaded and costs the tax payer billions a year just to keep them off the streets and yet they would never cause any more heartache and pain if they received a just sentence – i.e. the death penalty. “An eye for an eye” as the good book tells us.

UK Prisoner - Snooker Anyone?

UK Prisoner – Snooker Anyone?

But this is something the human rights idiots have been able to latch on to and gain some success for some ungodly reason. But what makes me angry is the total lack of sympathy for the victims of vicious crime and grieving parents. The justice systems in most western countries seems so intent on making sure the perpetrator has his ‘human rights’ respected that those of the victims are mostly brushed aside.

The Face Of A Callous Killer

I wrote some time ago about an Iraqi illegal immigrant who came to Britain and entered a life of crime stretching over a number of years and had served several terms in prison. One day he struck a 12 year-old girl with his car and when he stopped she was alive, but trapped under the wheels of his car. Instead of helping her he dragged her along the road for several yards as he drove off and left her to die in the road. He was caught and appeared before the judge who gave him a four-month prison sentence. He had previously been sentenced to deportation for earlier offences, but this is where the Human Rights Act enters the story. Because he had married an English girl after one of his prison sentences and had two children with her, he could no longer be deported because he claimed ‘the right to family life’ under Article Eight of the act. It was bad enough that he got only a four-month prison sentence for killing the child while banned from driving for earlier offences, but then the law could not even deport him for his string of criminal activities when he was illegal in the first place. Such is the state of the law today.

A Buffoon - Juan Mendez

A Buffoon – Juan Mendez

And now we have Senor Mendez decrying the death penalty because is is too cruel on the criminals. He is quoted as saying, “States (i.e. American states) need to re-examine their procedures under international law because the ability of states to impose and carry out the death penalty is diminishing as these practices are increasingly viewed to constitute torture.” He also said, “there was no such thing as a pain-free form of execution, which makes it difficult to reject the idea that it is a form of torture”.

He seems to forget that we all have to face up to the fact that not everyone is the same, and there are in society many people with ‘sick’ minds who like the prospect of inflicting pain and suffering on people, and before any of the Human Rights lobby want to make a case of the ‘sick’ word, let me explain that I mean perverted, malicious and evil.

American Cell - The Bare Necessities

American Cell – The Bare Necessities

Personally, I don’t give a rat’s backside if some sadist or mass murderer feels a little ‘uncomfortable’ as he receives a lethal injection or gets the noose or firing squad, to hell with his feelings and pain, he brought it on himself and must pay a just penalty. If it hurts it sure as hell won’t last as long as his victims pain, and that of the grieving family!

Too Few Countries Still Have The Death Penalty

Too Few Countries Still Have The Death Penalty

Really, what would this idiot Mendez have the courts do, wrap them in cotton wool, slap them on the wrist and send them to a holiday camp? Oh sorry, they do that already, and call them prisons. To deter the vicious cycle of violence we find ourselves in, due to the weakness of many countries justice systems, we need now more than ever the deterrent of the death penalty. In the old days when the death sentence was in full use, without the condemned spending years on Death Row I might add,  we had one hundredth of the murders and vicious killings we do now. There is a lesson there!

Roy.

Al Qaeda On The March Again

Posted in Afghanistan, Al Quada, America, Europe, Islamic Revolution, Muslim, Sharia Law, Taliban, Terrorists with tags , , , , on 23/10/2012 by floroy1942

Anyone who thinks Al Qaeda is not heavily involved in the current problems with the Arab world is in my opinion extremely naive. News in from Jordan over the past couple of days only reinforces my opinion that this insurgency group is doing all it can to destabilised governments in the Middle East and involve more and more countries in the unrest. There is evidence enough to support the theory that they, and their splinter groups, are heavily involved in Syria, Libya, Lebanon and many African countries like Somalia and Yemen and have of course been fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq for years.

Al Qaeda Training Camp

US Commanders in Afghanistan reported last week that although estimates suggest there is only a small number of Al Qaeda fighters remaining in the country, they are once again on the move and doing what they can to increase their numbers. With the cessation of all Coalition activities in the country by the end of 2014, the door will be wide open for both Al Qaeda and the Taliban to step in and fill the vacuum through fear and intimidation.

The People Celebrate After The Arab Spring

In the meantime the insurgents have been involved with the fighting currently taking place in Syria which has now spilled over in to Lebanon. But the story does not end there, for other countries like Kuwait, Bahrain, and even Saudi Arabia one of the most stable of Arab countries, are also beginning to see bomb attacks and/or demonstrations. But this latest news of an Al Qaeda cell in Jordan attempting to bomb shopping centres and western diplomatic missions seems to be their latest attempt to cause unrest in the country and overthrow King Abdullah. Most unsettling is the fact that all eleven suspects arrested are Jordanian, so this indicates that their propaganda is working on many of the Jordanian people, especially the young, who have quite likely been persuaded to become terrorists by Islamic clerics preaching in the mosques.

Like Saudi Arabia and many other Gulf states, Jordan has been a staunch ally of the West, and any actions undertaken by the insurgents will be designed to undermine this relationship in the hope of gaining a foothold in the country and turning it in their favour. The Jordan government has for some time been voicing concerns about stability in the country, for it is bordered by three trouble spots, namely Syria, Iraq and Palestine. They are well aware that the militants are consolidating their position in Syria and are deeply afraid the whole thing could eventually spread to Jordan.

The Spread Of The Arab Spring

Since the unrest in the Arab world began in Tunisia it has spread like wildfire through country after country and does not look like ending for some time to come. In my view, if the militants gain control of  even one Middle East state and manage to impose Sharia Law, we can only sit back and wait until the unrest is sparked off in other countries like Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Kuwait etc. It will be roller-coaster ride such as the world has never seen – unless someone steps in to stop it!

Sharia Law Taliban Style

There can be no doubt that the main aim of these insurgent groups is to gain power across the Arab world and force Sharia Law on all Arabs. Why? Because their perverted and corrupt version of Arabic law will give them complete control over everyone, for such is their version of the law that trumped-up charges can be levelled at anyone who disagrees with their being the masters.  Under their system of law you are either compliant – or dead. From evidence gathered during the Taliban years in Afghanistan this fact shines out above all others for  it is nothing more than total control through fear.

The Madrid Bombing

Over the past few years Al Qaeda seems to have strayed from their original aim of attacking the West head-on, and have for some time been involved in spreading their influence in countries across the world that have a large Muslim population. This is amply demonstrated by their moves into Somalia, Yemen, Mali and many other African nations where they have continually tried to unseat governments, cause general unrest and in some cases take over large areas of countries like Mali and Somalia. It is a change of tactic that to some extent was predictable, for with the overall failure of terrorist acts such as 9/11, London and Madrid in turning the Arab world against the West, what better way than to infiltrate fellow Arab countries, cause unrest and the fall of governments and eventually turn them over to their way of thinking, i.e. that the west is the monster and should be eradicated!

All European countries, America and Canada have large populations of Muslim immigrants and how many of them are true to their adopted country? If you want to go to to extremes, it can be said that a good portion of ‘Allah’s Army’ is already here.

Does Anyone Imagine They Will Be On Britain’s Side In A War With An Arab Country?

Let’s just suppose for a moment, and this is just crazy speculation, that the radicals do finally take over a good many Middle East countries and impose Sharia Law with all the trappings. With their hated enemy just across the Mediterranean does anyone imagine they would just sit on their hands and be content? If they gain sufficient control they could shut off most of the world’s oil supply which would cripple the armed forces of any western nation. Considering the millions of Muslims that live in Europe, would they stand idly by if the EU goes to war with Arab nations? Maybe it is taking speculation too far but you have to admit, it is a possibility. I’m just glad I won’t be around to see the ‘impossible’ come true.

Roy.

The Losers In The American Election Campaign

Posted in America, Elections, Insanity, Modern World, Obama, President, USA with tags , , , , on 21/10/2012 by floroy1942
The Contenders

The Contenders

It should be simple enough really, you hold a few rallies, rent a bit of air-time on TV and radio, and then everyone goes to the polls and votes for their favourite – Right? Wrong! Under the American presidential election system you hit the campaign trail one whole year before voting day and spend that time digging up dirt on your rival and splashing it all over the TV channels, and visiting every nook and cranny of the country to get your message across. The main point is, what does all this shenanigan cost?

Well, according to the latest information published by Politico, so far campaign donations have hit the $1 BILLION mark for both Obama and Romney. To me, as an ordinary citizen, that seems like a shameful amount of money to spend trying to get voters on your side. And I say this in light of the millions of people in the country who cannot find work, who have no proper home, and struggle to put food on the table. With so many struggling to make a living, doesn’t this seem completely ludicrous, or am I wrong?

Who Will Help Him?

Who Will Help Him?

I don’t blame the two candidates because that is the way American politics works, but in any other country it would be considered shameful. Two billion dollars would help a long way towards getting people in work and helping people to put a roof over their heads, and not only that, give medical help to the many who cannot afford to go to the doctors or the hospital.

I realize that in America this amount of money will not go far, but it seems to me that it can be put to far better use helping people than paying astronomical fees to TV stations to air some stupid campaign advertisement that is probably all hogwash anyway. Romney spent a mind-boggling $30 million on advertising in August alone!

Desperation

Desperation

It is true that this money is made up of donations, but if someone wishes to make such a donations could they not better do it to help the less fortunate? The country would be out of its financial crisis within months if the same attention was given to the country and its people instead of just the election. But unfortunately, people being what they are, and I by no means include only the American people in this, are out for all they can get for free. In my opinion, few of the really large donors like corporations are giving the campaign money because they think Obama or Romney are ‘really nice fellows’, they are looking out for their own futures and will back whoever they think will help them continue to make huge profits. In some cases I am sure they will expect a favour in return if their candidate wins.

But this all detracts from the real reason for this post. If the American election campaign was run in a more normal and acceptable way, shall we say in line with many European elections, this money could be put to far better use helping those in the country that need help the most. Its interesting to note that most charities that ask for donations to help the poor and needy could never raise this much money in a month of Sunday’s, but people are more than willing to splash it around at election time.

The Fight Is On

The Fight Is On

Over the last twenty years or so the campaigns have got steadily dirtier and more sordid, so you have to think where it will all end. Will the next election in four years be worse than this one. In light of the past you have to imagine it will, so who will be the brave president who puts a halt to the declining morality at election time? Who will be brave enough to say: “Enough is enough – Let’s concentrate on issues rather than mudslinging?” Which members of Congress and the Senate will stand up and vote to drag the American electoral system back into the real world? I think the answer to these questions is: None! So therefore American politics will continue down the same road for the foreseeable future.

What makes this doubly sad is that many countries look up to the United States, and it does without doubt hold a very important position in the world, but to me elections such as we are witnessing diminish the glow of freedom and righteousness that America has emanated for so long. Something for the American people, and the next president to think about perhaps.

Roy.

Austerity – Do We Need It?

Posted in Benefits, Britain, Budget Cuts, David Cameron, England, Europe, Government Spending, Immigrants, Old Age Pensioner, UK with tags , , , on 20/10/2012 by floroy1942

Austerity is currently a dirty word in many countries across Europe at the moment, and with good reason. Spain, Italy, Greece, France, Holland and now the UK, are experiencing demonstrations about the measures governments are being forced to take to rein in booming debt levels. In countries like Greece and France they have had much the appearance of open warfare between the public and the police with cars being set alight by demonstrators and rubber bullets fired by police.

The Deadly Duo

The people have seen cuts to their salaries, increased taxes, and major reductions in social welfare as the government seeks to overcome the massive debt burden they carry through mismanagement by previous governments during the ‘good years’. In the past, many across Europe were throwing money away at any project that would keep them in power, Britain’s Labour Party under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown are a prime example of this. It all came to a head with the banking crisis when huge sums of public money had to be used to bail out the greedy ‘fat cats’ who run our banks. After that things just went downhill.

But the reasons for the current crisis are different for many countries. In Greece for example, the main cause has been tax dodging by most of the population and basic corruption, coupled with very poor management of nationalized services like the train network which was running at a multimillion loss for years. In Spain much of the cause was the sudden bursting of the housing bubble, and extremely poor efficiency in government and local departments, and of course, corruption. In Britain it was Lionel Blair and his gangs of crooks who opened the floodgates to any ‘tom, dick or harry’ who wanted to come to Britain and take advantage of the rampant social benefits they showered on anyone who didn’t like the idea of working for a living.

Whatever the reason, the ordinary people are having to pick up the tab for the excesses of previous governments and those in power at the moment are being crucified by the populace for the measures they are now forced to take to try and ‘balance the books’. Naturally, the actions they are forced to take make them so unpopular that they will have little chance of being re-elected at the next round of elections for voters have extremely short memories.

Hypocrisy At Its Finest

I find it rather farcical that Ed Milliband of the Labour Party will address the crowds at a demonstration planned for London this next weekend, for he will no doubt play to the crowd and delight in bombasting David Cameron and the Coalition while conveniently forgetting that it was his predecessors who got us in this mess in the first place.  This will delight the crowd who will have long forgotten this essential fact. To me it smacks of massive hypocrisy!

To me, what people have to realize is that you cannot live in debt all your life, especially when it comes to a country. If we want stable and fair social services, stable prices and salaries, we have to overcome one of the over-riding problems with most individuals these days, and that is basic greed! It is one of the strongest defects in the modern generation where everyone wants something for nothing and will do almost anything to get it. There are tens of thousands of people in Britain today who have never done an honest days work in their lives because they live off the numerous handouts from Social Services. The entire system is so corrupt and rotten that many get far more from ‘the social’ than they could possibly earn doing a job of work, and they get away with it in spades.

The system is so full of holes that an immigrant coming into the country with nothing but the shirt on his back gets more money than an old-timer who has worked hard all his life. On top of that, after he is established he brings over his wife and ten children for which he gets more money, and then the grandparents, uncles and their children are welcomed with open arms. We have Tony Blair and his  band of crooks to thank for that mess. But do the electorate remember this, do they hell!

An Uphill Struggle

So now David Cameron, Nick Clegg and the Coalition are trying to solve the mess they inherited and getting crucified for doing it, and no, this is not a bias for any one political party, just a statement of fact.

It’s a similar story across Europe but  not for the same reasons. Countries have spiralled into debt and the muck has hit the fan so the people have to cough up the shares they have not been paying for the last twelve years or so. For any country to properly function there has to be an equal division of labour, payment of taxes and a government that is not susceptible to corruption. Sounds like Paradise, well it probably is and until mankind decides to put aside greed and selfishness and learn these basic facts we will never end the cycle of despair.

If we are lucky the crisis will be over in a few years, and then we can prepare for the next one which will surely come so long as people continue to want something for nothing and are too lazy to work for a living. I just feel sorry for those who really deserve the payments they get from Social Services, like those who are genuinely sick but have seen their benefits cut to pay those ‘playing the system’. It angers me when I hear many people who live in Spain throughout the winter claiming their ‘Cold Weather’ benefit, while those that really need it in the UK sometimes have to choose between eating and staying warm . Its acts like this that add to the debt mountain and make austerity measures all the more difficult for everyone.

 Roy.

Another Human Rights Farce

Posted in America, Britain, England, Hackers, Human Rights, Insanity, UK, USA with tags , , , on 19/10/2012 by floroy1942

Once again the Human Rights Act has been used to circumvent the law of the land and allow someone to get away with a crime that they should have been locked up for. In this particular case I am referring to Gary McKinnon, who has just escaped extradition to the USA for hacking into government computers and causing $700,000 worth of damage.

Asperger’s syndrome doesn’t seem to have effected his speech or mind judging by this interview!

His defence team cited medical reports that he suffered from asperger’s syndrome and depression and if he were to be shipped off to America to face justice there he would likely commit suicide.

The Home Secretary

After eight long years of trying to get the courts to agree to extradition, the Home Secretary Theresa May has finally changed her mind and quashed the extradition order on humanitarian grounds. Personally, I don’t give a damn if he has asperger’s syndrome or any other syndrome, the one thing that comes to mind is the old saying: “If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime!”

If his medical state is not 100% then I am sure the American justice system would have taken that into account and he would receive whatever medical treatment he needs. They would not be able to do otherwise with an English prisoner in an American jail. If anything happened to him while in prison there the political fallout would be great.

The One That Got Away

I am quite convinced that McKinnon knew full well what he was doing when he hacked into the American Defence Department and NASA computers. You don’t just stumble into such systems by accident, it takes planning. It is not something just anyone can do, it takes a huge amount of computer knowledge to get past sophisticated security systems in such places. Let’s face it, you or I wouldn’t stand a chance! So I just don’t believe all this hogwash that he was ‘looking for evidence of UFO’s’ and didn’t know what he was doing.

But now after an eight year long struggle he has finally achieved his aim of avoiding extradition, but the question still remains if he will face justice on the charges in a UK court. For that we will have to wait and see. Actually it is more likely he will be hired at a grossly exaggerated salary by some computer firm as has happened to hackers before. Sometimes I despair!

Roy.

Is Sex Art?

Posted in Europe, Insanity, Modern World, Relationships with tags , , , , on 15/10/2012 by floroy1942

Would you have sex with a gaggle of people watching? No, neither would I, but it seems some people in Denmark consider this an art form!  Annie Poulsen, who is the project manager of the exhibition currently being shown in Silkeborg Denmark, is of the opinion that a couple having real sex in front of an ogling crowd of spectators in a gallery is art.

Sorry, This is All I’m Going To Show You!

It must take a special kind of man and woman to be willing to take off their clothes and perform the sex act in such conditions. It must take a really strange mentality to even imagine that such a thing can be called art. But there again, if a painting that a child of six or a monkey could do sells for millions of dollars what else do you expect.

If someone does decide to have sex in public there are always people who want to watch so there is no surprise there, because we are a breed with an insane streak of curiosity and in many cases pure lechery. Well, all these people should be happy!

In a radio interview with the BBC, Annie Poulsen said that the ‘performers’ would be on stage for three hours. Well, if that is so, all I can say is he in particular must have one hell of a lot of stamina, in a man that’s every woman’s dream, right? It also makes you wonder if they had to practice for many weeks before the exhibition opened. Now there’s a thought! Actually I can just imagine one of the watchers asking the guy his name and getting the reply: Thor. I hope you got that little gem!

The world of art is a very strange place filled with lots of strange people, but you know what they say, “Different strokes for different folks”! and I chose that saying carefully. It makes you wonder what these idiots will come up with next.

Roy.

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