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Michael Moore on Donald Trump – Fahrenheit 11/9

Film-make Michael Moore can be an acquired taste, but then again, he’s not afraid to make points that other shy from, and he’s an Oscar winner, so he must be doing something right.

The first trailer for Michael Moore’s Donald Trump documentary Fahrenheit 11/9 has been released, promising an incendiary look at modern life in America.

The Oscar-winning film-maker has been focusing on the effect of the president in an attempt to shift public perception before November. “I’m finishing my movie and getting it out before the midterms because I want millions of people to get to the polls,” he said to Bill Maher in June. “We’re going to bring Trump down.”

In the first footage from the film, we see Moore speak to the Parkland student and activist David Hogg and rising Democratic star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The Bowling for Columbine director is also seen spraying “Flint water” into the front yard of Rick Snyder, the governor of Michigan.

Moore describes Trump as “the last president of the United States”. The film’s title is a reference to the day that he won the election.

In an interview with HuffPost, Moore describes Trump as an “evil genius” and speaks to the potential power of his new film.

Fahrenheit 11/9: first trailer for Michael Moore’s Trump documentary

The documentary will premiere at this year’s Toronto film festival before a US release on 21 September.

“Hope is passive,” Moore said about the movie. “Hope gives you permission to let someone else do the work. Hope leads people to believe that tax returns, or a pee tape, or the FBI or an adult film star will save the country. Hope, and the passivity that comes with it, is what helped get us here to begin with. It’s the lazy way out. We don’t need hope. We need action.”

Seems fair – fairer than anything that’s come from the Orange Moron.

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August 14, 2018 Posted by | Appeal, Civilian | , , | Leave a comment

Interesting proposal/consultation on George Square traffic ban

In a way, I’m slightly intrigued by the appearance of a proposal and consultation regarding the banning of traffic and permanent pedestrianisation of the area around George Square.

While I’m happy to admit my comment is ‘Tongue in cheek’, I almost wonder “Why bother?”

There’re already restrictions in the form of bus lanes, and the convoluted routes that get you to and from George Square in a vehicle (not to mention the time spent sitting at all the traffic lights both around, and approaching, the Square, make it an area to avoid if you actually want to get somewhere.

Granted road access is needed for deliveries to business, and passengers to Central Station, but neither of those happen at speed, or quickly, so controlled or limited access is fine for their needs.

It might as well have a traffic ban.

And if they match that with a sensible organisation of the roads and routes around the area (straighten them out and rationalise the traffic lights) then traffic flow would probably be improved.

But that’s my thoughts from actually standing in the Square for ages, watching how the traffic moves around it.

I’m sure the many ‘Armchair Experts’ who never move their backsides out of their comfy chairs, or have even seen the Square will have better ideas and proposals on a traffic ban and pedestrianisation there than I ever could.

On more serious note, given that this process is STARTING with a consultation rather than an announcement means it will get a fair hearing and be given due consideration.

Consultation on potential George Square traffic ban

Glaswegians are being asked for their views on removing traffic from the city’s George Square.

Roads around the square, in the heart of the city, were closed during the European Championships – with a busy programme of cultural events attracting thousands as part of Festival 2018.

Although roads are now reopening, Glasgow City Council today confirmed it was considering making the move permanent in future – and asked people to share their views.

Council Leader Susan Aitken said: “I think most Glaswegians would like a George Square that is focused more on people, rather than cars – but, with the experience of the European Championships fresh in people’s minds, we’re keen to hear what the city feels would work.

“We’re already making some other significant changes to how the city works and moves; including establishing Scotland’s first Low Emissions Zone and dedicating more space to walking and cycling through our £115m Avenues project.”

People can have their say by completing a short online survey, which is live now

Consultation on potential George Square traffic ban

The survey is actually short and simple – I even filled it in, and I don’t do that very often nowadays!

George Square Stitch

George Square

August 14, 2018 Posted by | Appeal, Civilian, council, Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

Would be nice if the disgusting Alex Jones was left penniless by the courts

But he’ll play the system for years, and be financially supported by all the crazies who worship at his feet.

He’s just a pig, and nasty with it. (Apologies to the animal world and that kind of nice friendly pig, but as applied to people, it’s about as polite a word as I can use here.)

Sad to say I came across him more years ago than I care to remember and, unfortunately, was taken in by his clever mixing of fact and fiction, used to justify and give plausibility to his outrageous and dangerous claims.

Fortunately for me, I’d already done a lot of background reading from responsible sources on the subject concerned, and it didn’t take long for me to become alarmed at the claims he was making, and found out just what a nasty piece of work he was. But it also taught me how clever and dangerous he was, and is.

Given some of the claims he’s made over the years, it’s hard to see how he’s managed to keep his job – on the other hard, Conspiracy Theorists are probably happy to shower him with cash to keep fronting and promoting their crazy ideas.

But he’s become arrogant and extreme, and maybe gone too far.

I guess he’s weathered being held to account in the past, and these court actions will probably run for years as he twists the law to suit his needs and keeps the cases running and running with contrived legal defences.

But it would be nice if his nonsense was thrown out – and they came for every penny he had to give to his victims.

Charlottesville: Why one man is suing Alex Jones for defamation

While the banning of his outlets on so-called ‘Social Media’ is a welcome event that is long overdue, it’s sad that Twitter has not joined this action. It can only be hoped they’ll reconsider their mistake, and dump him too.

Does the banning of Alex Jones signal a new era of big tech responsibility?

His nature is also revealed by looking at the sort of stuff he sells on his own ‘Infowars’ fake news web site.

Bottles of what used to be called ‘Snake Oil’ for crazy money.

August 13, 2018 Posted by | Appeal, Civilian | , | Leave a comment

Lost cat is mute in Pollokshields

Another in the unfortunately undated ‘Lost Cat’ poster series, seen last night, but no idea how long it has been up.

Guess from its (the poster’s) condition.

No name for the cat either (he’s mute, not deaf).

The folk that used to live at the bottom of the garden a few years ago seemed to be able to attract cats, and always had one or two. Lucky they’re not there any more – the way the cats around here mostly won’t let anyone near them means they’d probably have been out of luck.

But we did get a call from once, asking if we’d unlock our garage and leave the door open a bit…

Seems they’d lost their current cat over the weekend, and had eventually tracked her down by following meowing coming from our garage.

We opened the door and had a look, but nothing seen – but the neebs seemed happy enough when we saw them later.

Lost Cat Poster Pollockshields Shawlands

Lost Cat Poster Pollokshields Shawlands

August 13, 2018 Posted by | Appeal, Civilian, Lost, photography | , | Leave a comment

More odd rally cars spotted – no giant spider this time

I’m really quite puzzled by the odd rally cars I’ve seen passing through Glasgow now, after the first with the giant spider (I keep wondering if was spotted and approved at customs).

I came across two more last night, hiding in the car park at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and muffed my chance of maybe learning more too!

I’d been approached earlier, by some foreign chappies trying to fathom the parking ticket machine (‘Charges apply at ALL times’ – seriously, that’s just dirty tricks Glasgow District Council). They’d been studying the instructions for ages, then came and asked me if I had any change (unfortunately not, I often go out without a penny, just to make sure I don’t spend what I don’t have). Sorry guys.

It was only later, after I’d spotted these cars, and saw the same guys collecting their luggage, I realised I’d missed my chance.

They have the same rally ‘badge’ as the spider Citroen, other than the team name, and no more info or identification of the event.

Surely somebody out there knows, and will give us a clue.

There’s a nice comfy ‘Comments Area’ waiting for you, just below.

‘The General Mercy’.

Kelvingrove Rally Mercedes

Kelvingrove Rally Mercedes

 

Kelvingrove Rally Mercedes

Kelvingrove Rally Mercedes

And another. The red lettering over the rear number plate is lost in the evening gloom, but states…

‘Still… Could be worse’.

Kelvingrove Rally Opel

Kelvingrove Rally Opel

 

Kelvingrove Rally Opel

Kelvingrove Rally Opel

August 11, 2018 Posted by | Appeal, Civilian, photography, Transport | | Leave a comment

Who’s behind the tiny robots left in Portobello?

I have to give this a mention.

Tiny hand-made wooden robots, about 6 inches high, have been left on Portobello beach, with notes attached saying they’re free to whoever finds them.

This pic by Ryan McGoverne.

Portobello Wooden Robot By Ryan McGoverne

Portobello Wooden Robot By Ryan McGoverne

See more examples of these cute little tourists here:

Mystery over tiny robots left on beach

Do you know who’s behind them?

Will we ever know?

August 9, 2018 Posted by | Appeal, Civilian | , | Leave a comment

I really do hate ‘Glasgow 2018’

Another black mark for this.

I just received a gallery of pics for the ‘Merchant City Festival Carnival Procession’.

Looks nice, I’d like the option to have visited – but continue to feel isolated from the city for the duration of the disgusting ‘Take Over’ of the area, and loss of what I consider my ‘Safe Routes’ (via road) into Glasgow during the day, when Glasgow 2018 events are taking place.

The 12th cannot come fast enough, and all this Glasgow 2018 rubbish is cleared out of the city, and the roads are returned to the people, not the elite few who have been parachuted in from Europe.

There was another black mark in the evening, as I was almost barred from getting out of Glasgow Green in the evening, and had to push through what appeared to be the entire French cycling team, which had decided to park itself in front of a gate, caring not for the locals trying to enter/leave the Green.

Why would they do this? A metre to side, the gate would have been clear, and I wouldn’t have been able to moan about them.

Speaking of cycling teams…

I wonder how long the black gunk that has been stick to the road to turn many kerbs into ramps for the cycle racers will be left, or how long and inconvenient the works (which only took a few days to install them) to remover them and restore the kerbs will take.

(I should take pics, but at the moment don’t have the time as the longer routes I take are stealing my time.)

I still don’t know if the host bears the costs of all this work to accommodate these stupid games, rather than the games organisers, as is the case with the equally irritating Commonwealth Games.

Please, Edinburgh…

Try to make out and present a better case for this sot of stuff to be held on YOUR streets in the future.

Or Perth, or Dundee, or Aberdeen, or Peterhead, or Fraserburgh, or John O’ Groats, or Wick, or St Kilda.

Still…

It’s maybe not ALL bad, since we seem to be a UNESCO City of Music, and there’s a musical event in George Square.

I spotted this young lady, from Germany if I know my accents, singing her heart out in the middle of a big empty stage.

George Square 2018

George Square 2018

Not very welcoming though – the place was swarming with ‘volunteers’ and other related staff, almost outnumbering those visiting.

I kid you not, everywhere seemed to have some sort of ‘Event Staff’ in attendance, or watching.

This also sparked of an unrelated thought which often comes to mind when I get near these events.

Why do so many supposedly ‘professional’ sound engineers seem to be blessed with ‘cloth ears’?

While the sound system appeared to be decent, why was it (like so many I have come across) set up so that distortion appeared as soon as the performer got a just a little bit loud?

It’s not hard to set up a system so that it doesn’t do this – why can’t these so-called ‘professionals’ manage it occasionally?

Is their motto ‘LOUDER IS BETTER! – and to hell with quality’?

August 5, 2018 Posted by | Appeal, Civilian | , , | Leave a comment

There goes the Britannia Panopticon charity shop

It’s been some time since I walked the bottom end of High Street, specifically the last hundred metres at Glasgow Cross.

I usually try to have a look in the charity shop for the Britannia Panopticon, even though I always seem to arrived there when it closed.

No worries over that happening any more – it’s now permanently closed, shut, and gone for good.

06/04/2018

It is with great sadness that we have to let you know that oor wee shop at 49 High Street will be shutting on 21st April 2018.

Thank you for all of your support and kind comments over the years.

Come in and grab a bargain while you can!

This is, unfortunately, the price of success, not for the shop owners, but the city (or Glasgow), as its real estate becomes more desirable, and the costs associated go up accordingly.

I wrote a while back, about plans to upgrade the area (sorry, I can’t lay hand on the info quickly – it may have been an aside on a related issue), which those residing there claim has been forgotten and neglected.

Good job folks, somebody noticed – and here comes the price of success as a result.

I took a wider shot of the sadly empty shop after spotting it.

This shows the vintage shop signs still in existence over this, and the shop to its left.

Click for the larger view.

Britannia Panopticon Charity Shop Closed

Britannia Panopticon Charity Shop Closed

August 3, 2018 Posted by | Appeal, Lost, photography | , , | Leave a comment

Oscar is missing in Oatlands

Another of the ‘professional’ quality missing cat posters was seen on my wanderings yesterday, this time in part of Richmond Park being redeveloped in the midst of new build houses in Oatlands.

I always plead for people to include dates on these, so we know if we are looking at a recent poster, or one that has been left up for ages.

See also Oscar is Missing

He’s 3 years old, and while he has a chip, it seems he doesn’t have his tail!

Oscar Missing Cat

Oscar Missing Cat

July 31, 2018 Posted by | Appeal, Civilian, Lost | , | Leave a comment

Wylie is missing from Tullis Street Bridgeton

Another missing cat poster spotted, and with a date, so we know it’s not ancient (the poster, not the cat).

I’ve been here quite often recently, and missed this every time, until now.

Missing Cat Wylie

Missing Cat Wylie

July 27, 2018 Posted by | Appeal, Civilian, Lost, photography | , | Leave a comment

Found cat – Bridgeton or Glasgow Green

Spotted this slightly different poster for a ‘Lost’ cat yesterday, hope it is a genuine one.

Not the usual ‘Lost Cat’ poster, but a ‘Found Cat’ this time.

Unfortunately, like many ‘lost cat’ posters, this one has no date, so there’s no way to tell if it’s new, recent, or old – other than by making a guess based on its condition under out lovely Scottish weather. But with the recent dry spell, it could still be weeks old.

Still, it can’t be that old, as this guessing came of age is often harder of the page is properly plastic laminated.

Some are put in plastic sleeves, but as these are really just unsealed plastic bags, they make things worse since they fill with rain water, which can’t then evaporate, and destroy the paper/print even faster as it never dries once it gets wet.

Assuming this is legit, hope the little tuxedo cat gets home.

Found Cat - Bridgeton or Glasgow Green

Found Cat – Bridgeton or Glasgow Green

July 21, 2018 Posted by | Appeal, Civilian, Lost, photography | , , , , | Leave a comment

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