Friday, 21 October 2016

Shabbat Shalom

Hi All

We're almost at the end of our major holiday season, but still have Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah to look forward to as well as our usual Shabbat.

Shabbat Shalom!

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Bremoaners need to trust the people, not despise them


Is it just this dude or are the Guardian and the BBC , with their lefty liberal  cohorts in parliament,  constantly spouting more bremoan propaganda  lines regarding brexit than ever before? Almost every day they seem to run with a story - however contrived- to attack Brexit and therefore undermine or overthrow the  clear will of the British people?  

 One has a focus on the BBC here  because it has a legal  obligation  to be balanced and neutral in reporting , but is also funded by the British taxpayer directly via a license fee. You cannot watch anything else on a t.v. , even if you never watch the BBC unless you've paid this £120  plus fee and it is a criminal not a civil offence if you don't pay. Therefore unlike the privately controlled guardian , which should be free to write whatever nonsense it wants, I have little time for the BBC adopting the same editorial stance.

 The BBC  is of course  NOT neural , as we see on the reporting of Israel, where it adopts the  left wing and Palestinian line almost constantly. But  auntie is  extremely clever at making itself look neutral when it isn't, by what it doesn't mention or what it chooses to emphasise.

Here are a few thoughts on the BBC and the wider left .

1). Rather than mention the records high stock market, they focus instead on the decrease in the value of the pound. They don't mention that the pound was push up in the 12  months beforehand ,  because of traders betting Britain would stay in the EU , nor that even the IMF has been warning for years the pound is chronically overvalued given Britain's colossal and unsustainable trade gap in which even invisible earnings can't make up for the usual gap in visible earnings : that the estimated value of the pound *should*  be $1.10 and Euro parity. There's no mention that in 2008 /2009  the pound was trading at similar levels as today, instead we are told the pound is at record thirty year lows!

In short the UK as a whole has been importing cash from foreigners , partly into London's property bubble and partly to allow for a debt binge which makes people feel wealthy enough to have elected the conservatives last year. 

2).They don't mention that a falling  pound boosts exports, by making them cheaper. They focus on the increase in import costs, forgetting perhaps that there's no guarantees that the British people will continue to buy the foreign goods and that in a free market economy other companies can come along and produce similar and or better goods and thus solve the trade deficit problem. We've been told for years that petrol- a fossil fuel- has to be replaced. Maybe increased food and petrol prices will force a change of how we farm and what energy resources we use. Isn't that a good thing for the left?

3). They work on the basis that brexit is a disaster for the UK and thus leap at every opportunity to give reason to that starting point. Even if you do think this way, rather than bemoaning and carping all the way why don't you contribute in a positive way?  During WWII many wanted a peace deal with the fascists. Churchill said "we'll fight them on the beaches". The public agreed. The bemoaning stopped and the country did its best to figure out how to win.

4). Like most left liberals who live within the gilded ghetto of SW1 and 7 , the city and the Westminster village, they have increasingly become intolerant of dissent from their narrative and closed world view. In fact the metropolitan elite just talk to themselves. That's why they cannot respect people , let's say another term would be heretical, who have other views without them being tarred , falsely, with accusations of bigotry or insanity  even if those middle class do gooders are patronisingly bigoted towards their clientele as their clientele are just pawns and tools for them . 

5). Bigoted checklist to shut you down. Bigotry exists . Sadly the left has accused so many non bigots of being bigots the real bigots get away with bigotry.  But I digress.  The favourite checklist of bigotry being islamophobia, homophobia, transgenderphobia , sexism , disablism, climate change "denial" and racism . 

NOTE:  If you are not in these categories you are a bigot till proven innocent. Furthermore none of these categories includes bigots. Magically you stop being a human being, so it's only people outside of the box looking in who are bigoted. Hence the heterosexual man is a bigot, but the transgender  woman isn't [ In some ultra  extremist  leftist circles even gay men are fair game as they have more privilege than other victim classes, such as the lesbian one legged, transgender, Syrian Muslim refugee].

Also in polite left liberal  dinner table circles, this absolutely exclude Jews and antisemitism, which is acceptably cloaked under the guise of anti Zionism and in any case" Jew practices" such as circumcision and kosher slaughter are barbaric , so Jews have lost their civilised status and are fair game for ostensible urbane liberal . 

6). All brexiters are crazed UKIP bigots. So are 52% of the UK and 55%  of that English (?).  Didn't a lot of people say they voted precisely because they felt no one is listening to their concerns?  Didn't they vote leave because they left patronized,  insulted  and fed up with the witch hunts by the PC industry?

7).  All Brexiters are white working-class uneducated folk who like their trailer trash counterparts in the deep south of America , suffering from "false consciousness"  and whipped up by demagogues in the  Conservative and UKIP parties.  

 Except that the actual working class- I distinguish between the feral underclass who make us look like a "mad max society"  as seen on tv's "the Jeremy Kyle show" [who are a an unfortunate product of leftist ideology ] -   is no more a monolithic bloc than any other strata of  society. They aren't by and large bigots. They are actually reacting naturally to their own status in so much as importing cheap foreign labour has undermined the working-class sense of  job security and ability to compete. Therefore you are going to support , if you are unable to provide for yourself and your family, a proposition to level the playing field so you can get a job or hold onto one. 

Besides which there are plenty of educated and middle-class voters who also voted leave, for reasons of liberty, sovereignty and a desire to make Britain more than a European outpost in the Atlantic.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

A sense of humour ....


As we're fully into the festive season , time for some jokes to lighten our mood:

The Million-Dollar Question for God

A poor man walking in the forest feels close enough to God to ask, "God, what is a million years to you?
God replies, "My son, a million years to you is like a second to me."
The man asks, "God, what is a million dollars to you?"
God replies, "My son, a million dollars to you is less than a penny to me. It means almost nothing to me."The man asks, "So God, can I have a million dollars?"
And God replies, "In a second."

Public Toilets

Bloomberg, on a business trip, found himself having a public toilet. He had just made himself comfortable when he noticed that the toilet paper roll was empty. He called out to the next booth, "Excuse me, friend, but do you have any toilet paper in there?"
"No, I'm afraid there doesn't seem to be any here, either."
Bloomberg paused for a moment. "Listen, he said, do you happen to have a newspaper or a magazine with you?"
"Sorry, I don't."
Bloomberg paused again, and then said, "How about two fives for a ten?"

The Priest And The Rabbi 

A priest and a rabbi were sharing a compartment on a train. After a while, the priest put down his book and said to the Rabbi, "I know that in your religion you're not supposed to eat pork... but have you really never ever tasted it?"
The rabbi closed his newspaper and replied, "I must tell you the truth. Yes I have, on the odd occasion."
The rabbi then had his turn to interrogate. He asked, "I know that in your religion you're supposed to be celibate... but..."
The priest interrupted, "Yes, I know what you are going to ask, and yes, I have succumbed to temptation once or twice."
The two continued with their reading and there was silence for a while.
Then the rabbi peeked around his newspaper and said, "Better than pork, isn't it?

Adam and Eve 

One day, God and Adam were walking in the Garden of Eden.
God told Adam that it was time to populate the world. "Adam", he said, "you can start by kissing Eve".
"What’s a kiss?", asked Adam.
God explained and then Adam took Eve behind a bush and kissed her.
Adam returned with a big smile on his face and said, "Lord, that was great! What’s next?".
"Now you must caress Eve".
"What’s caress?", asked Adam.
God explained and then Adam took Eve behind a bush and lovingly caressed her.
Adam returned with a bigger smile and said, "Lord, that was even better than a kiss! What’s next?".
"Here is what gets the deed done. Now I want you to make love to Eve".
"What is make love?", asked Adam. 
God explained and then Adam took Eve behind the bush.
A few seconds later, Adam returned and asked, "Lord, what is a headache?"

Sarah's thinking ?

Someone once asked what am I thinking (presumably because of my moniker "Sarah's thinking).  What do you think I'm thinking?

Thought for today

Bonjour and enjoy!

New UNESCO Bible translation releases


Latest  revised standard edition of UNESCO Bible is out :

1). Jewish  Bible

2). Christian Bible:

They're just setting the historical record right-  Jews have no connection to Jerusalem and or the Temple ,  eh dudes?

Friday, 14 October 2016

Shabbat and Sukkot

Hi All,

So we come to our weekend and another Shabbat. On Sunday we begin the festival of Sukkot.  Open thread as usual.

 Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach!