Elon MuskElon Musk has blown it big time. He has lost all credibility. I used to admire and respect him. I defended him against his critics in the oil industry. I defended him against the pseudo-libertarians who claimed they wanted a level playing field between oil and coal (that pollute the air that others have to breathe) and solar and wind – that don’t pollute. I defended him against those who falsely claimed that wind and solar do pollute. And boy did they use the most preposterous arguments to support their claims.

But no more!

Musk has shot his bolt and showed himself to be dishonest, unethical and even ready to put an innocent man’s life at risk in order to settle a personal dispute. I won’t recount he details of his argument with Vernon Unsworth, the man who was instrumental in saving the lives of the youths trapped in a cave in Thailand. The details are widely available.

You can read about the original dispute in which the habitually dishonest Musk launched his attack, the effect of Musk’s monumental stupidity on the share price of one of his over-valued companies, and his mealy-mouthed apology

But like a petulant child – or maybe more like a disrespectful teenager, Musk can’t seem to learn from his own mistakes. Thus he now comes up with a vicious, and similarly dishonest repetition of even more serious and dishonest allegations.

Fellow of the Royal Society

But what really gets me is that this cocky, arrogant bully (I speak of the Muskrat – whose name is an anagram of Lone Skum) is a Fellow of the Royal Society. In other words, he has the privilege of being a member of an elite British society of  scientists and yet he acts like a foul-mouthed lout and the school bully.

Now I ask the following: Is it right that a man who calls another man a “pedo” and “child rapist” – without offering a shred of evidence – should have the prestige and honour of being a Fellow of the Royal Society. But making such allegations in this day and age endangers the life of the target of the allegations. This means that Elon Musk not only engaged in willful dishonesty, but also knowingly endangered another man’s life.

And Musk did this in furtherance of a personal dispute. The man Musk lied about was instrumental in saving the lives of the youths trapped in a cave. Musk falsely claimed to have helped too. (He did not. He merely got in the way.) The man who had genuinely helped, rightly criticized Musk for lying. Musk responded like the petulant child that he is, by dishonestly calling the man a “pedo” then offering a mealy mouthed apology and then calling the man a “child rapist”.

Elon Musk is clearly unfit to be a Fellow of the Royal Society and I urge the Royal Society to strip him of his fellowship. Failing that, other members of the Royal Society should speak out and demand that he be stripped of an honour for which he is obviously unfit.

 

Below are some policies that will make Britain great and give the EU and others a greater incentive to do business with us.

As large corporations are experts at tax avoidance, change the system so that they run after the authorities rather than the authorities having to run after them. Specifically, a stamp duty on all credit transactions between limited liability entities. There would be no penalties for non-payment, but if the transaction is not “insured” by the stamp duty being paid before giving credit, the debt will be unenforceable in British Courts.

Foreign court rulings on contractual debt would only be subject to secondary enforcement in the UK if the stamp duty is paid. Other countries could enter into NEW mutual enforcement treaties with us on a basis of each country charging 50% of its normal rate stamp-duty. Absent such new treaties, the full amount would be required at the time of issuing credit even if it be for secondary enforcement of a cross-border debt.

At first blush, this might drive creditors offshore, but it would encourage debtors to bring their assets onshore. This, in turn, might appear to make Britaina haven for debt evasion. However, once the debtors start bringing their debt here, the creditors will know of the risk and will follow suit by paying the stamp duty in future. So the whole process will all sort itself out as the effects and consequences become clear.

Any stamp duty payments made during the course of the year may be deducted from the corporation tax bill or their business rates (but not double-dipped). But may not be carried over. In practice, this will mean that in any given year, companies will pay the greater of their (Corporation Tax + Business Rates) or Annual Total Stamp Duty. This means that UK based companies and high street retailers would no longer be at a competitive disadvantage.

Allow capital expenditure for production equipment to be deducted immediately until down to zero (but no rebates).

Minimum income-tax thresholds to be raised. (The idea should be sold to potential investor-employers as de facto subsidy on employment of people in the UK as they can deliver a higher net salary for less gross. The low value of sterling should also be exploited by our trade organizations for the same purpose – especially to encourage film-making here.)

Treat all UK residents (whether citizens or not) as equal for tax purposes.

Disallow tax rebates for the act of making works of art available to the public. It’s a joke and it doesn’t really serve the public interest.

Set local policing levels in boroughs or counties in proportion to the following formula: Crime rate * Population * (total income tax revenue / total market value of residential properties)

Allow certain pre-listed categories of skilled employees from non-EU countries to work in the UK with a minimum of bureaucracy. No complex points system, just a simple listing of approved skills.

National curriculum to change. Core subjects to include computer programming in various computer languages and scripting languages (age 9 upward) and logic design (age 11 upward) Don’t be afraid to challenge our kids. They WANT to succeed. Also, Chinese to be taught as first foreign language and then a choice between Korean or Japanese. We will need to be able to communicate with our new trading partners! This will signal your resolve both to the Pacific Tigers themselves and to our European neighbours. (This is in addition to bringing back grammar schools.)

All internal UK flights for Heathrow to land at RAF Northolt and set up a baggage and shuttle service between Northolt and Heathrow for international connections. This will solve the immediate congestion problem and could be implemented within WEEKS! Fast rail link to be built ASAP – if possible, using Inductrack. Heathrow can still get a third runway at a later stage, but this preliminary measure alone should massively alleviate overcrowding.

HS2 to use Inductrack passive maglev.

Make company directors and senior decision-makers (at least in PLC companies) liable, in the second position (after the company itself in the case of insolvency or liquidation), for company debts in those cases where it can be proven on the balance of probabilities that the company unreasonably took on those debts or later acted in a manner such as to significantly impair its capacity to pay those debts (if said action occurred on the watch of said decision-makers).

Abolish pre-pack liquidation. It rips off legitimate creditors, does nothing to protect jobs and facilitates fraud by crooked businesses and neo-resurgent “long firms”.

Limit the capacity of private companies to sue the government under trade agreements in cases where it can be proven – on the balance of probabilities – that the contract was substantially deleterious to the taxpayers’ interests and that this fact would have been foreseeable to a reasonable party on a basis of the information available at the time to the respective parties (i.e. only if (a) both parties would have been in a reasonable position to foresee it and (b) the damage to the taxpayer’s interest was substantial and financially significant would the government be able to default or unilaterally amend the terms without liability to the private company

Make it a criminal offence to make a false age-claim to qualify for – or assist another in qualifying for – refugee status, punishable by imprisonment and deportation. Make the makers for false declarations liable as accessories for any other crimes committed in the UK by the person(s) they assist until such time as they disclose the truth about their misrepresentations or the person is re-admitted after truthful self-disclosure or discovery.

 

Okay, it’s a little early but as summer draws to a close and the autumn sets in we are looking forward to Halloween, Thanksgiving (for the Americans) and of course, Christmas. And this got me thinking.

Because I am a keen and enthusiastic cook, and the big day is slowly but inexorably rolling towards us, it is only natural that I should be exploring some ideas for  Christmas dinner. Yes friends and fellow gourmets, over the course of the next few weeks I will be trying out some recipes and then – after getting some feedback from my nearest and dearest – I will share my best Xmas dinner ideas with you dear readers.

By the same token, you are invited to share your own ideas for Christmas dinner with me, especially for the end of the meal. You see, I am essentially a main course person. Yes, I do some hors d’oevres occasionally, but basically I am the man who stuffs the turkey, cuts up the spuds (never peel ’em, just wash ’em) and then – in a mad rush at the last minute – I boil the water for the Brussels sprouts.

So when it comes to the final course – whether you call it “pudding” like the upper classes, “sweet” like the upper-middle classes, “afters” the lower-middle classes or “desert” like the working classes, I am lost and all at sea. Were it not for the kindness of strangers, my  sweet tooth would go unsatisfied, unrequited and unfulfilled. Indeed some of the best Christmas dinner deserts I’ve had were based on suggestions from other people or recipes that got from them after tasting their wares.

Christmas dinners for vegetarians

One other thing, we know that Christmas is a hard time for vegetarians. And one of my nephews is a vegan, so I can certainly empathize. Now admittedly, he is also Jewish (my nephew that is). But Jesus was also one of “us”, so why shouldn’t we celebrate his birthday – if it was his birthday? Anyway, for what it’s worth I will do some research and try to come up with some vegetarian Xmas dinners.

I do not promise the best results, because this sub-category of cuisine is one in which I lack expertise. But I will do my best.

As they used to say in old-fashioned newspapers: watch this space!

 

London, England – February 2, 2016 – Fresh from its skirmish with Wikipedia over whether magnetic therapy is pseudoscience or effective alternative medicine, Magnetic Products Store (MPS®) has come out fighting with a magnetic bracelet giveaway to “brighten up someone’s Winter!”

Magnetic Products Store a leading seller of magnetic bracelets, is doing a late winter giveaway, of one of its magnetic bracelets, open to male and female entrants alike. The giveaway is being run from its Facebook page. [Click here if you are using a tablet, smartphone or other mobile device.]

“Late winter is a depressing time in England,” said MPS spokesman Phil Abrams, “because it’s still cold and rainy and the days are short, but Christmas and the New Year are behind us. Bright and shiny magnetic bracelets are a powerful antidote to the winter blues – regardless of the debate over magnetic therapy.”

The reference to “the debate over magnetic therapy” is understood to be a reference to the spat between the magnetic jewellery business and a Wikipedia editor who has consistently blocked and deleted any attempts to draw attention to studies indicating that magnetic bracelets and jewellery can have a palliative effect on arthritis patients.

Attempts to modify the Wikipedia page “Magnet Therapy“, to include references to a number of such studies have been reverted by the editor who stated ” We are not here to sell magnet therapy.” The editor argued that the statements from the medical studies to the effect that the evidence did not support magnetic therapy were the “key” statements, whilst those that said otherwise, in the case of osteoarthritis, were not.

After several unsuccessful attempts to include the qualifying statements from the relevant medical studies, MPS is now seeking to put the dispute behind them and is offering this winter giveaway of a man’s or woman’s magnetic bracelet, placing the emphasis on the brightness and aesthetics of the bracelets, rather than any contentious therapeutic or palliative properties. The giveaway result will be announced on February 6.


The choice of prizes is  the European titanium magnetic bracelet or a Venus Hearts bracelet, both pictured above.

 

The true story of the murder or Rachel Nickell by Robert Napper and the attempts by the police to put Colin Stagg in the frame.

(If you are based in Britain, click on the image on the left, or on the title, to buy The Wimbledon Common Murder: The Shocking Story of How an Innocent Man Nearly Got Sent down for Life! If you decide to join audible.co.uk, please make this book your first purchase.)

To those who think that the British criminal justice system is superior to the American legal system – this book will serve as a rude awakening!

The shocking story of an innocent man who spent 13 months on remand and 14 years in limbo because of police shenanigans and the incompetence of a psychologist working with them. Colin Stagg spent thirteen months in jail awaiting trial for the murder of Rachel Nickell – a crime he did not commit. The case against him was weak from the outset, but was a classic example of the way in which facts can be misrepresented in the hands of professionals, be they lawyers, psychologists or police officers.


When the case against Stagg collapsed, his life was made a living hell by the tabloid press, portraying him as a man who had got away with murder. Police leaks, and a book by a psychologist who had assisted them, led to the ongoing perception that Stagg was a murderer. This nightmare carried on for fourteen years until a “cold case review” identified faults in the original investigation. This culminated in the identification of the real culprit – a man who had indeed slipped through the net and gone on to kill again…

(If you are based in the United States, click on the image on the right, or the title to buy The Wimbledon Common Murder: The Shocking Story of How an Innocent Man Nearly Got Sent down for Life!  If you decide to join audible.com, please make this book your first purchase.)

 
 Here’s an interesting thought experiment:

1) Using publicly available sources, calculate the number of Arabs and Muslims killed by Israel and Zionists and the Yishuv since the start of the modern Zionist movement.

2) Using publicly available sources, calculate the number of Arabs killed by their fellow Arabs and Muslims.

3) Now, to avoid the exaggerations that sometimes occur in these statistics, subtract 10% from the figure from item (2) and treat the revised figure as the number of Arabs and Muslims actually killed by their fellow Muslims.

4) Now calculate 1% (one percent) of the figure in item (2), subtract it from the figure in item (1) and treat THAT revised figure as the figure for the number of Arabs and Muslims killed by Israel and Zionists.

5) Now, based on these calculations answer the following two questions:

(A) How many Arabs and Muslims have been killed by Jews and Zionists since the start of the modern Zionist movement?

(B) How many Arabs and Muslims have been killed by their fellow Arabs and Muslims?

Please add your figures in a comment below and share the results with your friends. Also feel free to Like and link to this page here and in social media and bookmarks.

Please add your figures in a comment below and share the results with your friends. Also feel free to Like and link to this page here and in social media and bookmarks. Also feel free to mention it in your blogs and link to it, if you agree with its message.

 

I’m doing a giveaway of ten copies of How to write an Amazon book that SELLS. To enter the giveaway, click on the link below.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

How to write an Amazon book that SELLS* by David Kessler

How to write an Amazon book that SELLS*

by David Kessler

Giveaway ends December 09, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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How to write an Amazon fiction book - coverWell it’s done. Written. Finished. That is the writing is done. And the publishing. Now comes the selling. This is pretty much the most comprehensive treatise on writing and selling books for the Kindle that you’ll find. Kindle and CreateSpace. Okay that’s Kindle and CreateSpace that you’ll f–oh, er and Smashwords. The three platforms that you can learn to write best-selling books for with this treatise are the Kindle, CreateSpace and Smashwords. And of course Lulu.

How to write - paperback coverAll right, this is pretty much the most comprehensive treatise on writing and selling books for the Kindle, CreateSpace, Smashwords and Lulu that you’ll find. Not forgetting, of course, books written in the hope of getting them published by mainstream publishers. Okay, just to make it clear: among the platforms and outlets that you can use the information in this treatise to write books for are the Kindle, CreateSpace… Shall I go out and start again?

Anyway, suffice it to say that this book is available (with slightly different titles) for the Kindle (How to write an Amazon fiction book that SELLS*: *by someone who HAS… MANY TIMES!
) and in paperback (How to write an Amazon book that SELLS: by someone who HAS… MANY TIMES !

And for two days (Sunday 29th November and Monday 30th November) the Kindle edition will be available FREE.

 

For the last couple of months, I have been beavering away (if that’s the right expression) writing a book about creating writing in general and writing for self-publication – especially for the Amazon Kindle – in particular. I figure that as a published author with three books published by HarperCollins and a further four thrillers published by Hodder Headline, I am better placed than most to write about how to write a good book. Also, as someone whose books have sold by the tens of thousands – both for the Kindle and  in print – I am eminently qualified to write a book on how to write a bestseller.

I could have called it how to write a thriller, but I wanted to broaden its scope. Although most of my books have been thrillers, I have also written, science fiction, chick-lit, children’s and young adult fiction, journalism and even literary fiction. So I gave the book a more general title more befitting its content and purpose. The book deals with everything from getting story ideas, developing the plot, viewpoints, dialogue, narrative and descriptive writing to things like motivating oneself, overcoming writer’s block and promoting the book after publication.

It has taken me longer than I expected, because I wanted to make sure that it didn’t have any typos. It would hardly make a good impression if I published a book about how to write and self-publish for the Kindle and then littered the book with typographical errors. (It would be like writing to Gay News and applying for a job as a “poofreader”.) However, now I am nearing the end and so I feel that it I time to share the news. I probably could have done so earlier. In fact, that might have motivated me to work faster!

But anyway, the deed is done (or nearly), so I’m telling you now. I’ll update you all when it is published.

Bye for now.

 

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There comes a time in a man’s life when he must put his dreams on hold and start working hard to make a living. Or rather, there comes a time in a man’s life when he realizes this fact. For me that day has come. (That it took me so long is another story!!!!!)

 

As a result of this, I have created two new websites. One for my copywriting activities and the other for my copy editing and proofreading services.

The Professional Copywriting Service is a London-based copywriting team offering a comprehensive range of copywriting services, including business writing, financial public relations, report writing, technical writing, advertising and ghost-writing.

The proofreading and copy editing services that I offer are quite wide-ranging, covering everything from ebooks for the Kindle and Smashwords, through print-on-demand books via CreateSpace and Lulu, to books for publishing houses, articles for scholarly journals, blogs, company reports, charity reports, text books, internet content, etc.