Thursday, December 01, 2016

Owner operator obituary...

Earlier this week Michael 'Jim' Delligatti died. How many know that name? Well, what he did played a big part in my life. Jim and his family are the owner operators of various Pittsburgh-area McDonald's restaurants. However, this franchisee created the Big Mac, McDonald's 'signature' hamburger. He was 98 and came up with the idea for the Big Mac in 1965; introduced it to his own restaurants in 1967 (against McDonald's wishes) and went national in 1968 (they saw the light).
""It wasn’t like discovering the lightbulb," Delligatti told John F Love, the author of McDonald’s: Behind the Arches (1986). "The bulb was already there. All I did was screw it in the socket.""
Not only am I a McDonald's fan, the Golden Arches being a constant in my much traveled life since the early 70s and in the UK from 1974 (yep, since it started). I have tasted their meals in over 40 countries (intentionally testing, and also referring to the Economist's Big Mac Index [Patty-purchasing parity] since its inception). I am also a McDonald's-slagger slaughterer (I mow down the pretentious twits that claim they don't know what it is or have never had one or won't let their children near the place...details on request :-) ).

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Overpricing oranges...

"Can we have faith that the EU Customs Union is moving in the right direction and try to retain our membership? I would argue no and nothing better illustrates this than the latest sorry tale over oranges. Last month, the EU quietly increased eight tariffs on imported oranges from third party countries from 3.2% to 16.0% – a staggering fivefold increase..." Writes Dan Lewis at 'The leading Hub of the UK Economics Community' (Economic Policy Centre).
"Staying in the Customs Union is emphatically not a vote for the status quo. If we must have tariffs in the post-Brexit world, supply chains need tariff level stability. But as this latest change shows, the Customs Union doesn’t give you that. Clearly with dozens of tariffs like these changing and even being added every month, that is not on the agenda. All of which make it much harder for both suppliers and importers to build a trade business case with this kind of unpredictable, ever-changing tariff wall."
Indeed. Ows opines: Out means Out. No to the EU; no to Single Market; no to Customs Union.

Hat-tip: Brexit Central

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Ongoing overt omissions...

They are really so corrupt and bias it's getting to be a joke. Many people are just beginning to realise: the constant anti-Brexit juggernaut has opened many people's eyes to what some of us have known for years/decades: the BBC news gathering/broadcast and political content is bias, follows several agendas, omits facts, omits many stories altogether, stealth edits and lies. Every single day it breaks its Charter. How many times now have they been caught inventing news or accidentally on purpose rebroadcasting fake news. Then the story becomes obscured and the facts unnecessary. The current case in point: a commercial push by accountants becomes the news because it was reported by The Times as a government memo.* The Times can print what it likes; the BBC should be impartial (ha!)

I wish they'd have reported Theresa May's speech last night [LINK to text of speech in full]. Actions speak louder than words Theresa, get on with it. Some may be worried by her support for Liberalism and globalisation [but which Liberalism...and which globalisation! See seemingly contradictory article and comments HERE] etc but I'm not:
"When you fail to see that the liberal consensus that has held sway for decades has failed to maintain the consent of many people, you’re not the champion of liberalism but the enemy of it. When you dismiss the very real and deeply felt concerns of ordinary people, whether here at home or abroad, you are not acting to defend your world view but to undermine it." ... ..."So let us seize the moment. And let us do so together."
Indeed, and now we have a Trump card.

 *One wonders if the memo news was an intentional distraction...

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Orban's overture on ondoyant Oval Office occurrence...

The USA has elected its next President. Ows delayed reaction: crazy week for me in work and play; trying to sort slight problems in Colombia, Chile and Spain.  What a job! Hardly read any news so far (reams to get through!) re the fantastic and hoped for election of a POTUS to break the mould (not mold). The Donald may not be your cup of tea but I get the feeling he will do a great job: a la Ronald Reagan. This will be VERY good for the UK and Brexit. 2016: the year the worm turned.

A message to POTUS-elect Trump and VP Pence: be all you can be. Make the USA* great again.

[edit] 2:15 pm : Highlighting and concurring with Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán [in London] who said "The world has always benefited whenever it has managed to release itself from the captivity of currently dominant ideological trends"...
..."This also gives the rest of the Western world the chance to free itself from the captivity of ideologies, of political correctness, and of modes of thought and expression which are remote from reality: the chance to come back down to earth and see the world as it really is."
 [*there are others in 'America' you know]

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Opacity of ogling onomatomania II...

Hat-tip Zero Hedge. We knew about Google; we knew about Facebook (who are trying to blame algorithms [must be Al Gore Rhythms]: "Even though the math part of the data is unbiased, if the data encodes these social biases, it's hard to get away from that") but now pretty much all the major social networks (Google, Facebook, Buzzfeed, Instagram, Snapchat) are "fixing" their feeds...and I don't mean repairing.

How is it possible they missed (not slightly corrected) the biggest story in the USA* for so long? * That the Hillary Clinton email-server investigation will be re-opened. The Director of the FBI (independently i.e. ignoring Attorney General Loretta Lynch [I wonder why?!!]) sent a letter to Congress saying that they had discovered e-mails that were relevant to the investigation. All this was ignored and stories with forty or more times fewer mentions getting preference. Wow, that data encoding social biases sure is effective.

Some say it could be payback; the whining Democratic supporters and Clinton shills and HRC herself are being very hypocritical; this is certainly not unprecedented...oh, against a Democrat nominee maybe it is.

Anyway, what we have here is...a popcorn overload!

Update 21:30 GMT: Ex CIA: "Nobody uses a private email server for official business. Period. Full stop."...[Link] "Anyone else who did such things in the government would long ago have been tried, convicted and sent to jail."


Friday, October 28, 2016

Odious open obscurantism...

They're right: "The Clintons are perhaps the most corrupt political family in American history. The Bushes may be second, but even they maintained a certain decorum in the White House. Neither Bush president would think of cussing out a secret service man or angrily hurl a White House antique at a spouse. The Clintons are at heart common grifters. They’re lying, vulgar confidence tricksters who continue to enjoy pushing the criminal envelope because they’re used to getting away with their crimes. Both should be in prison. Right now."
Source: Ben Garrison at, more in the store.
Yep; both should be in prison for various different things too. [edit] The cartoon mentions 'corrupt media' and CNN but to be honest it should have also named and shamed NBC, CBS and especially MSNBC too. Disgracefully biased - such blatant omission distortion and sometimes downright lies should be criminal acts. Almost on a par with the BBC!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Overt omissions III...

The current tranche* of deeply disturbing and highly incriminating emails from Wikileaks about Hillary Clinton (and the Obama administration in general) is just so massive that ignoring it should be a criminal act. Current MSM reporting...almost zilch. The below for instance:
Hat-tip: Weasel Zippers. For interest, HERE and HERE my previous thoughts on the Benghazi disgrace. Again: "Trump needs to blow this thing up."

* from John Podesta, Hillary Clinton's campaign Chairman and former President Clinton's ex Chief of Staff

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Outstanding Olympics over III...

Ows's words from August 2012: "I don't want to end what has been a fantastic Olympics - especially for for Great Britain - on a sour note but...this is as good as it gets, as good as it will get: the Rio 2016 table may well have a similar top ten but we won't be third (and first or second is simply not going to happen)" [sic]. Well blow me...down with a feather. Great Britain and Northern Ireland came 2nd in the Olympic Games last month and the just completed Paralympics this month. A truly magnificent effort from everyone. Tokyo 2020...surely this is as good as it will get? :-)