Tech help

Printers, printers.

OK, so, in the print queue on one machine I’ve a document it says is “deleting”. I cannot get it to print anything else while that is going on. But it’s bneen going on for days now, that deleting.

Know it’s not the printer, have hooked another machine up to it and printed something.

So, how do I get shot of that thing clogging up the print queue? Have highlighted and deleted. Have “cancel all print jobs”, all the obvious things that the system allows.

But that damn file is still there, blocking the queue.

Any ideas?

We’re looking for writers

Over at Continental Telegraph.

No, don’t get excited, it’s definitely unpaid.

But we would be interested in more people joining the roster. There is no commitment to regularity, you don’t need to sign up to do a regular column or anything.

Pieces should be unique tho’. We’re not going to become simply a place to reprint blog posts.

If you’ve an expertise, or a point of view, we’re interested. If you’ve specific books, records, video games you’d like to review and tell us all about that’s fine too. That second might well suit those who review stuff at Amazon for example.

Drop me a line at “” and we’ll get things moving.


Much brain power is being overused in attempting to make the US tech giants contribute more to Her Majesty’s Revenue. The initial complaint, that the current international business taxation system doesn’t deal well with digital, is entirely correct – it doesn’t.

The problem is that almost all of the suggested solutions to this inconvenience run up against two rather harsh economic facts. One is that businesses never really pay any tax at all, and the other is that the problem of not paying any taxes at all is already largely solved.

If only Ritchie could grasp both points, eh?

In other news, am doing a piece for the Independent, writing my little fingers off at Continental Telegraph and how are you all?

Yes, things will happen here once we’ve got that running……

Road Trip!

Fear not for blogging and its frequency. Short road trip to Porto going on.

So far complete and abject failure at tracking down the bloke I was at school with who owns one of the port trading houses.

The only time I’ve ever tried to use that old buy network and it’s not working. How is it that it’s such a powerful force in British life then?

Damore’s Google suit proves Worstall’s Law

“Every organisation will, in the end, be run by those who stay awake in committee”

Worstall’s Law.


Damore, who was fired in 2017 after writing a controversial memo about gender and technology, alleges in the lawsuit that white, male conservative employees at Google are “ostracized, belittled, and punished”.

The lawsuit claims that numerous Google managers maintained “blacklists” of conservative employees with whom they refused to work; that Google has a list of conservatives who are banned from visiting the campus; and that Google’s firings of Damore and the other named plaintiff, David Gudeman, were discriminatory.

Yup, another organisation being taken over be the committecrats.

So, here’s a thing then

Some years back told to start taking pills for high blood pressure. Hmm, OK.

More recently, thinking that things aren’t quite right. Excessive sleeping – 10 hours a night and a 90 minute siesta?

Also, drinking well down, weight off (few stone, and it has stayed off for years) and exercising properly. Not gym bunny but 20 to 40 km on a bike two, three times a week, or swim a mile same number of times. No, not all weeks but often enough still that none are a strain, they’re an enjoyment.

So, off to the Doc for the usual middle age tests, PSA, diabeetus and so on. Ask Doc, well, blood pressure? Test while on pills, perfect.

Come off for a week. Bounces up a bit, as is expected. But only to “pre-high blood pressure” on rebound.

And today? Below (admittedly, without coffee or cigarette/vape today at all) being on the pills (110/70).

So, don’t take them any more.

How likely is this that weight and exercise actually cure this?

Adam Smith Institute and Adam Smith International

Dirty tricks of aid barons paid millions of our money: RICHARD PENDLEBURY analyses the work of the Adam Smith Institute


Adam Smith International, the fattest of Britain’s foreign aid fat-cat contractors, remains defiant, if not entirely convincing.

AS International is an entirely different organisation from AS Institute.

There was a common origin but there’s been no connection for decades.

ASI, which has its headquarters close to Blackfriars bridge in central London, remains at the centre of this disquiet over ‘profiteering’ in the world’s trouble spots. The firm was founded in 1992, arising from, but unconnected to, the Right-of-Centre Adam Smith Institute think-tank.

Quite so. That headline needs to change a bit, no?

Writing college papers

So, knocked that on the head. Did the one to check I could do it. And I could quite obviously make a decent amount of money doing it. $4,000 a month or up would be really quite trivially easy.

But then that’s the problem really. Couple of thousand words in the Amazon Whole Foods thing? Sure, I’ve done it already anyway elsewhere. Couple of hours for $100? Sure, why not? But what I would write about it really wouldn’t be what a prof is expecting from a 2nd year business studies student. No, not sounding grand, just reality.

One to leave for times of disaster perhaps, not the current well, wouldn’t it be nice to be making more?

Seriously glorious

I do think this is quite lovely. Writing college essays. There’s someone out there doing a media/journalism course. Who has to do a short piece as coursework. Model piece of simple journalism in fact.

Which they’ve decided to get someone else to write through an essay service*.

Hmm, maybe they want to be an editor?

*They’re offering a rate higher than such pieces normally get paid too…..this sort of stuff normally getting $0.

The credentialism of today

So, a bit more investigation of those essay writing services. I find that they all want to see a copy of my degree certificate. I have no idea where it is, never having used it at all (hmm, might have used to to angle for a US visa at some point).

But isn’t that fascinating? I must prove that I have the qualification to help people cheat?

Anyone any experience with essay writing services?

Casting around for some work. One obvious possibility is the various essay writing services out there. I should be able to turn out an econ essay after all.

Anyone got any experience as a writer of them? As a supplier to these companies? Any suggestions and all that?

I have something of a feeling that this is generally being done by Third World types and the rates of pay reflect that but who knows, maybe that’s not true?

So now we’ve a good measure of my market value

MPs who have accepted up to £1,000 an hour to appear on television shows broadcast on RT, formerly Russia Today, have defended their links to the station, classed by the US government last week as a Kremlin propaganda vehicle.

Sputnik is the radio part of all that and I’ve been on it a couple of times.

They stopped asking me when I pointed out that my time is valuable to me at at least thus there should be some nominal at least payment (as with the BBC, enough for a decent round perhaps, that sort of amount).

A clear and useful indication of market value there then.