March 29, 2011

But Can You Win?

"Every time I say "No".

Had a quick gander at Sitemeter. I normally have a look now and then to see who, and how many of you, are stopping by for a read. I noticed a link from Ian's gaff ( PJC Journal ) from last December. I recall being a little despondent at the time, and the above clip, posted by a blogging stalwart who I admire immensely, called Katabasis, gave me heart. I just watched the clip again and it had the same effect. So I thought I would post the clip here.

Will it work for you? Will it inspire you to have a pop at the "establishment"? Will it get you to finally realise that saying "NO!" is the key to it all?

I hope so.

I really do.

"No", is the most powerful word we have in the English language, hell, in any language.

For the love of all that is holy, learn to use it.

It is your salvation. It will stop the Borg cold. It will stop the jobsworths. It will even stop the cops.

And the satisfaction?

Unbelievably unsurpassable.

Try it.

WARNING: Saying "No" is addictive. Only those with balls of pure titanium should attempt to say "No" in the face of mindless bureaucrats.

Get to it!



Unknown said...

Holy crap, was just thinking about that scene over the weekend :-) I was saying NO to filling out my census, but the wife capitulated :-(

Captain Ranty said...


You are not alone.

Mrs Ranty wants to fill it in too. I got my arse kicked for sending the form back, uncompleted. She said I took away her choice. And she is right. I will get her a new form to fill in, although, I don't see how she can complete it and make no mention of me and the two cadets. (She asked them if they wanted to be included and both said no).

I wish I could tell you that I have 100% of her support, but I don't, so I can't. She thinks I am slightly unhinged (but in a nice way) and lets me get on with it.


Oldrightie said...

"She thinks I am slightly unhinged (but in a nice way) and lets me get on with it."

Join the club!

Captain Ranty said...


Thanks for the invite. It's good to know I am not alone!


richard said...

The missis thinks I'm a paranoid lunatic, but not in a nice way. I did what Mike did - tried to explain, but she's into tracing her ancestors and the census is therefore A Good Thing. At least I know it's a stock-taking exercise in order to haul away our last remaining cash, if not worse. What, sez me to her, would the citizens of the Reich have made of a request to supply health details, religion, and job titles? But apparently the State is our friend. I hope she's right, and our household really is better off now that our details have been collected by the world's biggest specialist in industrialised death.
What could possibly go wrong?

Anonymous said...

Dear Captain Ranty

I sometimes ponder the fact that people like yourself, who have a keen need to stick-it to the corrupt authorities that plague our lives, have not considered the following.

Why not come together with all the other "rebel" groups and individuals and have a legal document produced, with references to Magna Carta, that could be signed by everyone in the land who has become thoroughly pissed-off with our "controllers".

In the document could be rules, codes and laws that we will follow and rules, laws and statutes that we will ignore.

This then could be published in the press and posted outside law courts around the country.

At least this would clarify what everyone is rebelling against.

Magna Carta Society Blog said...

Regarding one document for the corrupt authorities, one of the unexpected side effects of March 7th was just that in the form of a class action to show the PTB that even by their own rules they have exceeded their authority.

Details to follow.

Regards, John Hurst.

Captain Ranty said...


"What could possibly go wrong?"

That kind of sums it up for me. We already know that they lose data faster than a mountain girl loses her virginity.

The one thing they excel at is losing our data. They lose memory sticks on trains, they allow their laptops to be stolen, or they post off 25 million records using a second class stamp via the Post Office.

But this time, they will raise revenue with our personal data. I already get far too many phone calls from "Steve" in Lahore, and my number is ex-directory! WTF is selling them my land-line number?

And just who will they sell all my other data to?

No, they can fuck right off.


Captain Ranty said...


We are starting to see previously unaffiliated groups come together.

But your idea is a good one, notwithstanding what John said.

I'll get working on it.


Captain Ranty said...


I guess this is what you alluded to in your email.

I'll call you later for a chat.


Ancient and tattered airman said...

Steve in Lahore, eh? I wonder whether he knows the highly irksome 'Rudolph' from the sub-continent in the same line of business?

Captain Ranty said...


They probably sit next to each other!


Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Just did a test comment. Captain Ranty, you've made my day. What a brilliant blog - found it from a comment on the eureferendum blog. As someone else has mentioned, all these anti EU pro freedom groups need to get together and create a charter for a new government. Have you heard of the Million Angry People protest destined for 2012? Dr North on the eureferendum site is the maestro behind it, although it's all gone a bit quiet at the moment.


Captain Ranty said...

Welcome David!

Good to have another freedom fighter on board.

Be well,