What fun, eh?

Female prisoners are made to shower with transgender women offenders who are still “anatomically male” in at least one Scottish prison, an MSP has said.

Kenneth Gibson, the SNP politician for Cunninghame North, made the revelation to Scottish Parliament today after calling for a ban on transgender offenders who are physically male being admitted to female prisons.

Not the showering together, that’s only fun when it’s voluntary. But the can of worms being opened here. Checking grollies to decide between male and female seems sensible, logical, and in terms of prisons and enclosed environments, just plain right.

Then we’ve the currently fashionable insistence that grollies don’t matter and aren’t what defines.

Who to believe, eh?

What fun

James Healy, 40, was one of a group of men who admitted carrying out a “frenzied attack” on the Guardian journalist outside a north London pub in August last year.

Prosecutors claimed the attack was motivated by the victim’s sexual orientation and political views.

But Healy insisted he did recognise Mr Jones and had clashed with him simply because he had bumped into him, spilling his drink and had failed to apologise.

It’s so difficult to know who to believe, eh? Although his mates:

Ambrose and Tracey previously both denied a charge of ABH and the charge was left to lie on file, with prosecutors accepting their actions were not motivated by homophobia.

It’s not the race card Afua, it’s simply shtick

Afua Hirsch tells us that, well, British society is racist, innit, and that’s that.

The correct response being:

Squealing about how Racist Britain is just doesn’t work as soon as you lift your eyes and peer at what the rest of the world is like.

As that position of Afua Hirsch shows. A thoroughly racist society does not take a double immigrant (part Jewish, part Ghanaian), provide one of the finest educations in the world (Oxford), allow them to qualify as a lawyer then provide a good metropolitan living on TV, radio and as a columnist in one of the major national newspapers. Nor, of course, would a patriarchal one offer that to a woman. The very soapbox we’re being harangued from shows what drivel the contentions are.

Because it is

My miscarriage was the worst thing to happen to me – how could my doctor treat it like an everyday event?

It’s a rare event for you – not for him. Just as with death of an adult. Hmm, did I get that diagnosis wrong maybe? But the Doc ain’t gonna be wailing like the family now, is he?

Sounds fun

The appointment is unpaid, but the Corporate Accountability Network has an agreement with Sheffield at present to supply research support on a project that we hope might lead to suggestion for an accounting standard on reporting productivity. I am being paid on a salaried basis for that work by the CAN.

Do we have any evidence that Ritchie knows anything about productivity? As with profit, it’s a residual so we never can measure it ……


This is to encourage governments to issue simple savings products – in effect, time limited bonds exchangeable for cash at any time, but with a penalty for early redemption – and make these the only or main products that can be offered by tax favoured tax savings schemes like pension funds and the equivalent of the UK’s Individual Savings Account schemes.

Entirely missing the point that bonds are the wrong investment for the long term. And he’s entirely missing the liquidity problem of everyone having a put on the bonds, hasn’t he?

Say the bonds are issued at 3% – he’s mentioned this number before. So, inflation rises to 5%. Everyone and their Granny sells their bonds back to the government.

And then what?

Fun how this works, innit?

Second, to argue that to deny the people of Scotland a vote is to uphold democracy is absolutely absurd: it is very obviously the opposite of that.

For having a referendum on leaving the EU was something that should not have happened.

And the bizarre thing is that any thinking person knows that he is on the wrong side of history here. Scotland cannot be held in a Union against its will forever. And the more that Union is imposed the greater the will to leave will be.


On Meghan’s Money

Was just interested where it had come from. Middling actress, £5 million?

Have a feeling that that’s a self-declaration there. Rootling around – not very hard – she was getting $37,000 a show for suits apparently. $300,000 and change for a year. And that would be the pay toward the end of the run, not the beginning I would think. Knock taxes and living expenses off that and well, £5 million banked sounds a lot.

Sure, brands, sponsorships, film roles etc.

And, well, not sure I believe the total sum really.

Entirely agreed that TV and film is a good way for a toothsome lass to gain a “fortune”, will beat many others for those who succeed.

But £5 million banked? Really not sure I believe it and would want to see the bank accounts before I did.

The way out

My Burning Ears:

I do hope that someone not utterly hare-brained has an idea how to get us out of our current one. Have the central banks actually been following some kind of long-term masterplan to that end, or have is what we’ve seen so far just a dance between periods of fire-fighting and spells of trying to gradually pull away from the fire-fighting without the steps necessarily belonging to some grander underlying scheme?

So far it’s been firefighting and hoping. Peeps keep trying to raise interest rates to get back to “normal” and the economy deflates again.

The problem is difficult.

The actual answer is economic growth. Well, yes, D’Oh. But the generation of that, well. Actually, this is an area where Ritchie is partly right. Monetary policy isn’t going to solve that problem. It can – and has – prevented deflation and thus negative growth. But actual growth?

Fiscal policy isn’t it either, although it can help. Reducing the UK tax burden to something like Singapore’s would help, certainly. And while I can dream no, that’s not a serious suggestion.

The other bit is government. Reduce the regulations preventing growth. The 1930s, for example, saw a housing led boom in the economy. But then back then it didn’t take 5 years to get from field to breaking ground with planning permission. REACH, as properly insisted upon, means you should pay up £250,000 for making even lab bench amounts of some new chemical to show that it’s not harmful. That slows down chemical research a bit, no? The entire economy is festooned with these restrictions that slow down economic growth.

One reason that it’s been computing – and online manifestations – that have been growing so much is that it’s all new. There are no regulations to stop you experimenting with whatever. You just can’t do that in any extant area of the economy.

The actual way out of the current slow growth and low interest rate world is laissez faire. Within the usual Common Law strictures of don’t kill the customers etc. But just leave markets and capitalism free to get on with experimenting.

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Ignoring Your Bankroll While Playing

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Gambling Under the Influence

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Believing In the Fallacies about Gambling

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Not Knowing the Rules

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Playing the Wrong Games

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Not Playing With Optimum Strategy

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Using the Betting Systems

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Not Playing For Free before Betting Real Money

This is a self-explanatory one. if you fail to use the demo or free versions to learn the ropes before wagering real money, it may come back to harm you because you do not know about the payouts, winning combinations, special features and how they work.

Playing In Casinos without License

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Not Registering an Account with the Right Details

When you over protect your identity and register with fake details, it may come back to hurt you when you want to make monetary moves like deposits and withdrawals, or when you lay complaints that must be rectified in your name.

Not Understanding the Casino Bonuses

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Won’t pay for carbon? Don’t fly then. Or, why Flybe will be history

Yes, that’s the point of a carbon tax, a Pigou Tax. To insist that the consumer pays the full cost of their consumption choices.

The suggested mechanism for saving Flybe is for it to be permitted to waive payments of air passenger duty owed to the government. Air passenger duty is the tax charged, in effect, to compensate for the externalities of flying and varies according to the flight taken. It is a very basic carbon levy.

It’s not a carbon levy, it’s a Pigou Tax.

Deferring or cancelling this payment does, of course, make no sense. This duty has already been collected by Flybe from its customers. It merely acts as an agent in collecting this sum.

Yes, quite so. It has already performed its function therefore. Which is to change the prices consumers pay in order that they face the full costs of their consumption.

What happens to that revenue is of secondary – possibly tertiary – importance. The job is done by getting costs into consumption decisions.

And now the stupidity which is a necessary component of any Murphesque:

So is Flybe over? Maybe not. I think carbon insolvency needs to be planned: transitions are required. A temporary stay of execution whilst alternatives are prepared may be appropriate. But, the key word is temporary. The carbon must be eliminated. If Flybe customers won’t pay the price of their pollution then their flights must end. All I would permit is an orderly winding up rather than an overnight cessation. But the game is over, come what may. This type of travel cannot survive in a net zero carbon environment.

But you’ve just told us that the FlyBe customers have paid the tax.


Monetary policy does not work

So says the Great Tuber:

There is widespread speculation that the Bank of England will cut interest rates as reaction to the UK economic performance that Johnson’s election timing conveniently hid from public view.

My reaction is, so what? The official rate is 0.75%. What is it going to be cut to? 0.5%, again? Well, whoopee. That’s going to change the square root of diddly squat in the real world.

It really is time that we faced reality. Green QE apart -and that is not possible because there are no green government bonds to buy – the role of the central banker envisioned by neoliberal economists is now over.

Monetary policy did not work.

OK, monetary policy doesn’t work. So we can go back to having 5% interest rates no problem then. Because the cut from 5% to 0.75% didn’t work, didn’t have an effect.

Hmm, well, actually, putting it that way the idea that monetary policy doesn’t work is a statement of the utmost stupidity, isn’t it.

But then Great Snippa and all that…..

Suppose so really

Like customers in non-sex industries, clients come with ideas about how much a given worker’s labor is worth, and cam performers of color, who are gender queer, fat or disabled have to navigate some clients’ perceptions that their labor is worth less.”

Gwyneth Paltrow’s on screen labours pay more than those of Doreen from accounts. Kim Kardashian’s on screen efforts pay more than those of xe from accounts.

This is a surprise or problem to whom?