Next Friday is [apparently] Black Friday.
This is yet another of those ghastly concepts which has spread across the Atlantic in an effort to squeeze even more money out of our wallets.
This is followed by Cyber Monday. I haven't a fucking clue what that is but as it is yet another Mercan invention I shall treat it with the contempt it deserves and ignore it completely.
Then we have Giving Tuesday. I confess I have never heard of this one before so it must be a new one. Not content with trying to sell us every useless piece of tat they can think of, they are now trying to squeeze money out of us for no reason whatsoever other than apparent guilt.
I have to thank ASH for pointing me in the direction of Giving Tuesday, as they are using it to appeal for funds. It seems the millions of taxpayers' money they already get isn't enough.
I think for once, just in the spirit of Giving Tuesday I shall send them a donation. Now my Deposit Account is a little threadbare at the moment but the dog has stepped up to the plate and offered me all her deposits so I shall happily forward them on to ASH.
I actually feel quite sorry for ASH. In particular, ASH Scotland has just had a very hard time of it.
Their Sheila Duffy appeared before some committee or other and things didn't go quite as planned. She rode in on her white horse in her guise as saviour of mankind presumably with the intention of ordering the committee [and the gubmint] to have nothing to do with the Evil Big Tobacco. However she was [just a little] confused by the way things went. It's well worth the watch.
Dick Puddlecote has already had a go at poor Shiela [as if she hadn’t enough troubles] but I would like to add one small observation, purely in the interests of honesty and accuracy which poor Sheila seems to crave so much.
In her opening
propaganda speech she gives the usual guff about Big Tobacco designing their products to kill [blah blah]. she mentions that smoking kills one in every two consumers [with a dark hint that they may be planning to up that to two out of three]. She then goes on to state that tobacco is responsible for a quarter of all Scottish deaths, which confuses me a little. Assuming a quarter of the population smokes, that means that all of them account for a quarter of all deaths? This is in fact true – if a fifth of the population are readheads then a fifth of all deaths are redheads. Right? But being a redhead didn't necessarily kill them. That's called logic.
So if a quarter of the population smokes, and a quarter of all deaths are smokers then that would seem to imply that smoking was just as incidental as being a redhead or having blue eyes. So using her own argument, smoking seems to have no effect on whether you die or not? What point is she trying to make?
Poor Shiela. And on top of all that she is accused of being a part of the tobacco industry?
You have to feel sorry for her?
I think I will add my own contribution to Penny's after all.
She seems to like wallowing in shit.