Thursday, April 23, 2009


The soi-disant, ersatz 'Scottish Government''s latest wheeze is that the police will be allowed to keep a proportion of monies seized from gangs. The practice of making financial gain from the arrest of criminals is properly called 'bounty-hunting'. Turning our police officers not into Boba Fetts but Boba Fettes can hardly be described as progressive.
Its other most recent wheeze is the appointment of a 'Chronic back pain tsar'. When Gilbert and Sullivan wished to satirise imperial Japan, they created 'The Mikado'; a similar effort on post-devolution Scotland might be styled 'The Lumbago'.
The most apposite and universally applicable piece of post-Budget commentary comes from a former US Assistant Secretary of the Treasury.
The number of fatal poisonings amongst Jews and Muslims may be set to increase exponentially.
As learning aids, books beat computers every time. You do not have to reboot a book. A book does not freeze on you at a critical moment. Messages saying 'The page cannot be turned' do not pop out of a book in the same way that some browsers indicate they cannot open some webpages. You do not need constant electrical supply in order to read a book. And a book is not so loaded with code that you have to wait five minutes for it to open.
And books do not have apps.
The Catholic publication 'The Tablet' seems to be calling for rather radical measures against bloggers, providing another reminder why I do not read the Catholic press. Paulinus has given it the treatment, and without anaesthetic.
Budget commentaries are exercises in invincible ignorance; usually issued by the invincibly ignorant. I think the commentors on the latter link have been holding an informal competition to see how many times they can use the terms 'Henry VIII' and 'syphilitic' in the same sentence.
Lastly, folks, a prayer request. Please pray for me. Not really feeling well at the moment, and am concerned is showing in the prose. Many thanks.


Blogger Martin Meenagh said...

I'll pray for you, though I have love reading your blog every morning and I notice no dimunition in quality.

All the best,


23 April, 2009 09:46  
Blogger Paulinus said...

Thanks for the mention, Martin.

I have never keen very keen on health Tsars. It all looks a bit gimmicky. That said I do like the idea of a bid to bring to the attention of medicos the fact that many of their patients suffer pain and that it is their job to ameliorate that pain. Pain docs are usually realistic folk too. They know the limits of their craft: they don't make rash promises about effectiveness and do encourage chronic pain patients to manage their illness themselves and not become dependent on docs (or worse, politicians).

I know Dr McKenzie professionally and to a lesser degree socially. He's a good guy: a clever and compassionate doctor (and not in thrall to the likes of Alexander Salamander and his greetin'-faced Depudy Dawg).

He's also a Jordanhillbilly like myself.

23 April, 2009 10:51  
Blogger Paulinus said...

Oh, and of course I will pyar for you.

23 April, 2009 11:26  
Blogger Martin said...

Thank you, gentlemen.

23 April, 2009 20:30  

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