Writer Beat Refugee #3

May 9, 2019

France leads celebrity pushback against ‘#MeToo’

In the months since allegations of sexual abuse against US movie mogul Harvey Weinstein first emerged, Hollywood stars have been falling over themselves to condemn him, other ‘ladies men’ in the industry and express their support to those who claimed to be victims of sexual predators. The witch hunt has spread beyond Hollywood first to politics, then business and now the hysteria has reached such levels all men are being condemned. The unanimity of the response has been and astounding example of what the french call Le pensée unique, the single idea. At the Golden Globe awards last Sunday, an entire galaxy of stars came out wearing black in solidarity with victims and those who resisted the demands for conformity were subjected to the obligatory hate campaign.
This week veteran French actresses and 1960s / 70s sex symbol Catherine Deneuve, took a different view.

Deneuve was the most high-profile of 100 prominent French female celebrities who signed an open letter criticising the #MeToo social-media campaign, and related drives to expose sexual harassment in France and elsewhere.
The Hollywood and mainstream media campaigns, the Le Monde letter said, had gone beyond exposing individual perpetrators, and had unleashed a torrent of “hatred against men and sex”. Add to that the usual noise from London’s metropoilitan leftie screechers who, supported by the usual suspects, The Labour Party, Unite Against Fascism, The Anti – Nazi League, the Gay BLTs and the tesicularly deficient progressive wing of the Conservative Party responded with their own Pavolian hatefest. The people can be relied on to unfailingly respond to the trigger signals.

“Puritanism” was running rampant “like in the good old days of witchcraft”, the French feminists argued, stating that the freedom of men to pester was “essential to sexual freedom”.
Around the world – but mainly among the liberal elites of east and west coast USA, the shock of dropping jaws striking the ground registered two point five on the Richter scale and a tsunami of outrage swamped social media. In France itself there were some strong reactions – both for and against – but the response was not front-page news and most people simply gave a gallic shrug and said “Qu’importe”.

Those different reactions say a lot about the different ways feminist view the world in the Anglosphere and Southern Europe France and the US. “It’s hard to imagine a US movie star not being comprehensively pilloried” for signing such a letter, says Emily Yoffe, contributing editor for The Atlantic magazine. And that is a key point; the Politically Correct Thought Police who patrol the internet might get their knickers in a twist and start raging about diversity when someone complains about immigrant refusing to integrate but there are many aspects of diversity followers of the pensée unique are just not willing to tolerate.
The French women are not the first to break ranks from the politically correct consensus.

In an interview for Business Insider, Matt Damon, star of the highly successful Bourne franchise  drew plenty of virulent ctiticism for expressing quite mild concerns about the conduct of the #MeToo movement. He said that the majority of men in Hollywood were not involved in sexual misconduct but this is not not gaining attention.

“We’re in this watershed moment, and it’s great, but I think one thing that’s not being talked about is… the preponderance of men I’ve worked with who don’t do this kind of thing,” he said during an interview while promoting his new film Downsizing.

 

Many social media users condemned the actor for suggesting not being a sexual predator was an accomplishment although that is a ridiculous distortion of what he meant.

It is not the first time Damon has commented on sexual abuse following rape allegations against Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein. Last week in an interview with ABC News Damon said groping and rape were two different things and shouldn’t be treated the same.

“There’s a difference between, you know, patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation, right?” Damon told ABC’S ‘Popcorn’ with Peter Travers “Both of those behaviours need to be confronted and eradicated, without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated, right?”

 

Criticizing the politically correct zealotry of the #MeToo campaign may be taboo in the USA and Britain, so why can such views as are expressed in the letter to Le Monde accepted with so little fuss in France? One reason, according to Anastasia Colosimo, a political commentator who lectures in Sciences Politique in Paris, is author of “Les bûchers de la liberté,” (The butchers of Liberty) and is an enduring influence in France of 1960s-type feminists, steeped in the free-wheeling ethos of the time.

“A key aspect of the struggle of the 1960s was the need to remove any guilt attached to feminine sexuality,” she says. “Women openly said they had the same craving for sex as men.”

 

The signatories of the letter also include writer Catherine Millet, 69, best-known for a 2002 memoir detailing her sexual history in graphic detail. Among the others are Catherine Robbe-Grillet, the author of sadomasochistic stories, and Brigitte Lahaie, a 1970s porn star turned talk-show host.

These older feminists see the drive against harassment, which gathered steam in 1990s America, as a threat to the sexual revolution their generation has achieved. They accept the need to fight rape and workplace harassment. But in their view, says Ms Colosimo, activists who put such dangers at the heart of the modern feminist struggle promote a view of women “as victims and helpless objects of male desire rather than free agents”.

This contrasts with the Anglosphere where the feminist movement has been completely hijacked by ugly, hairy – arsed, man – hating lezzas who are prepared to condemn Harvey Weinstein although he has not yet been convicted of anything, but simultaneously defend Muslims who rape and sexually exploit white girls, “because Multiculturalism.”

 

The pushback is not just in France however, ridiculous claims from the gaggle of squawkers in Hollywood and other sectors of the celebrity circus have alienated more level headed commentators. Novelist Margaret Atwood has criticized #MeToo, from a different angle, her provocative article is published in Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper. The lifelong feminist is singing, if not quite from the same songsheet, certainy from the same songbook as she complains that a broken legal system which permits media witch hunts rather than ensuring due process is observed, thus negating the legal rights of those against whom allegations have been made but as yet no charges have been laid.

 

We saw a similar trend in Britain after the crimes of DJ and TV presenter Jimmy Savile were exposed in 2013 after a police investigation into evidence of his prolific sexual abuse of under age and vulnerable people had been in progress for some months. While rumours had circulated about Savile’s behaviour for years, as was the case with Harvey Weinstein, those who should have acted closed ranks to protect Savile because his carefully constructed public image made him a cash cow for their media companies and charities.

As soon as the Savile story gained traction , though he was safe from legal action having died in 2011, multitudes of attention seekers started to make #MeToo style allegations against male celebrities most of which were not supported by any evidence at all. And as in the latest outburst of politically correct madness names of the accused were made pubic before any legal process was initiated. The legal rights of those accused have been ignored by the very people who usually scream most loudly about “rights”.

 

American novelist Lionel Shriver, is also sceptical about the motivations of those jumping on the #meToo bandwagon. Unanimity in Hollywood, she suggests, is result of risking ostracism by going off-message: “Given the nature of social movements these days, if you have reservations you keep your mouth shut.”In the social media age, Shriver adds, “You have one position that’s acceptable and everyone piles on to it. If you express a dissenting opinion, you’re going to get slaughtered.”

This has not deterred Shriver, who fully supports the Deneuve line and regards #MeToo as a “witch-hunt”. “We’re losing the distinction between serious sexual assault and even rape and putting a hand on a knee,” she says. “It’s as if someone finding you attractive is an insult. I beg to differ: I’m complimented if someone is attracted to me. The only question is: am I allowed to say no?”

 

Last year another major French actress, Fanny Ardant – born in 1949 – went so far as to say that the campaign against sex pests was redolent of fascism. Fascism is an accusation that has been levelled at the forces of politically correct authoritarianism in other contexts too, and with good cause.

 

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Russian Involvement In Corrupt Deals With Obama and Clinton

The US election took place almost a year ago but Democratic Party Politicians, Hollywood luvvies (when they’re not busy accusing Harvey Weinstein of assaulting everybody in the world,) and the sycophants of mainstream media continue to obsess over a paltry $100,000 worth Facebook ads allegedly bought by Russian spies in 2016 seeking to swing the presidential election to Trump. Bizarrely (or maybe not if you are familiar with the track records of these phonies,) they appear determined to ignore a much larger Russian corruption scandal which was known (and reported by The Daily Stirrer and its associates among other alt_news outfits.)

The story of how Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, when they were Secretary of State and President respectively, made a crooked deal to transfer US uranium assets to Russian organisations resurfaced today in the form of newly released FBI documents that confirm what was revealed by Wikileaks before the 2016 election, that the Obama administration was well aware of, and complicit in, illegal activity by the Russians to get a foothold in the U.S. atomic energy business when President Obama approved a deal that handed over 20% of America’s uranium reserves for a knockdown price…and resulted in a windfall of $$$millions in donations to the Clinton Foundation from Russian oligarchs.

As Zero Hedge pointed out last summer (also widely reported in alt_news) when Peter Schweizer first released his documentary Clinton Cash, the Uranium One deal, as approved by the Obama Administration, netted the Clintons and their crime syndicate charitable Foundation millions of dollars in ‘donations’ and ‘speaking fees’ from Uranium One shareholders and other Russian entities.

The purchase of US Uranium Assets in return for $145mm in contributions to the Clinton Foundation was facilitated by Bill and Hillary Clinton, who assisted a Canadian financier, Frank Giustra, and his company, Uranium One, in the acquisition of uranium mining concessions in Kazakhstan and the United States. Subsequently, the Russian government sought to purchase Uranium One but required approval from the Obama administration given the strategic importance of the uranium assets. In the run-up to the approval of the deal by the State Department, nine shareholders of Uranium One just happened to make $145mm in donations to the Clinton Foundation. Moreover, the New Yorker confirmed that Bill Clinton received $500,000 in speaking fees from a Russian investment bank, with ties to the Kremlin, around the same time. Needless to say, the State Department approved the deal giving Russia ownership of 20% of U.S. uranium assets

Newly released affidavits from a case that put one of the Russian conspirators, Vadim Mikerin, in jail, reveal that not only was the Obama Administration aware of Russians’ illegal activity in the U.S.A. but was probably also aware that “Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow.” The Hill reports:

Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States, according to government documents and interviews.

Federal agents used a confidential U.S. witness working inside the Russian nuclear industry to gather extensive financial records, make secret recordings and intercept emails as early as 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, FBI and court documents show. They also obtained an eyewitness account — backed by documents — indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told The Hill.

When Schweizer’s book first brought the Uranium One deal to public attention in 2015, both Obama and the Clintons defended their actions and claimed there was no evidence of any Russians or donors engaging in illegal activity to secure the deal and no national security issue that warranted anyone opposing the deal. That said, we now know that the FBI was aware of wrongdoing going back to at least April 2009 even though the deal wasn’t approved until October 2010.

Links to the affidavits for the Mikerin case released today

Mikerin plea deal [ … ] Warrant affidavit [ … ] Indictment affidavit

 

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Macron Makes Honest Criticism Of Africa – Get’s Called A Nazi

Macron Makes Honest Criticism Of Africa – Get’s Called A Nazi

Macron Makes Honest Criticism Of Africa - Get's Called A Nazi

Plenty of room inside the African Malthusia express

 

It is on record that none of the contributors to this blog have much time for recently elected French President Emmnuel Macron. We have dubbed the former Goldman Sachs executive a ‘grandmotherfucker’ and dismissed him as just another globalist appartchik who will do the bidding of the faceless people who run the financial cartels. However we should always give credit where it is due and, fair play to the lad, he is the first European leader to publicly utter the truth about why the problems of that dysfunctional continent, Africa, are insoluble.

 

Macron has been criticised for claiming Africa’s perpetual humanitarian crisis is due to ‘civilizational problems’ and women in tribal societies having “seven or eight children” hampering social and economic development in African nations.

 

Addressing a session of the the G20 summit, the French President was questioned by a reporter from former French colony Ivory Coast on the possibility of implementing a policy like America’s Marshall Plan for rebuilding Europe after the Second World War to kick start economic development in African nations.

 

“The problems Africa faces today are completely different {to those of Europe after World War Two]  and are civilizational”, Mr Macron told the journalist. “What are the problems?” he went on. “Failed states, tribalism and extremely difficult demographic transitions.”

 

Only through by a more rigorous form of governance, a fight against corruption, a fight for rule of law, a successful demographic transition when countries today have seven or eight children per woman, can change be achieved,” Mr Macron added. “At the moment, spending billions of Euros outright would stablise nothing. So the transformation plan that we have to conduct together must be developed according to African interests by and with African leaders.”

 

In a far reaching reply, Mr Macron also identified issues such as Islamist terrorism, drugs and weapons trafficking and human trafficking.

 

He said that although France had controlled dozens of colonial territories across Africa and accepted responsibility to help with infrastructure, education and heath, a simple money transfer was not the answer. Again he is correct, billions of Dollars, Pounds, Euros, Francs, and Marks have been thrown at Africa’s problems since the end of colonialism and yet the crises only ever seem to get worse.

 

He is absolutely right of course, Africa’s population explosion is unsustainable. Nigeria is on course to be the world’s third most populated nation by 2050, passing Russia, Brazil, Indonesia and the USA. With a population estimated at 195million, Nigeria has seen a 200% growth in population since 1967. Ethiopia, where a famine that threatened the lives of millions of a population that stod at 40 million triggered the ‘Live Aid’ relief effort in 1985 is now over 100million. And yet there has been no agrarian or industrial revolution in Africa in that time, attempts to encourage the use of contraception have been resisted and many tribal communities simply refuse to adapt their traditional lifestyles to changing conditions.

 

At the time of writing, Ethiopia, with a population three times larger than last time, is facing a famine caused by prolonged drought again.

 

Not only is hunger an ever greater problem in some parts of Africa, with vast numbers of people dependent on aid agencies for food, there are also crises arising from shortages of drinking water in drier regions. With economic development not just stalled but propped up on bricks at the roadside because the wheels have been stolen, there is little to invest in infrastructure projects such as a water distribution grid.

 

To make matters worse global corporations, having no doubt bribed government officials, are privatising water supplies so in future only those who can afford to pay for water will be able to drink safely.,  (To do your bit about this, ask your readers to boycott Nestle products)

 

The excerpt of Macron’s speech published on Saturday went largely unnoticed during the G20 summit, where saw violent protests by ‘anti – capitalist’ protesters disrupted life in Hamburg and effectively distracted the media from important news. But an edited clip of his response being shared on social media has since provoked outrage, with the kind of left wing activists who set Hamburg alight accusing the French President of blaming women for poverty, being a Nazi and, inevitably, racism.

 

Media figures also criticised Mr Macron for referring only to “Africa”, rather than specific nations, ignoring huge differences across the world’s second largest continent. Writing for South Africa’s Daily Vox website, Mishka Wazar said: Africa is not a country. You cannot, as a world leader (or even an ordinary person on the streets with no political ambitions) conflate African nations with Africa.

 

Siddhartha Mitter, writing for Quartz Africa, commented: Macron’s remarks fall into a tradition of grandiloquent and condescending statements about Africa that point to every cause of the continent’s difficulties other than colonialism and its enduring trace, he wrote. £There is a long history of population panic and its use in racist ideology.”

 

Mr Macron called colonisation a during his election campaign called colonialism crime against humanity but has been quiet on France’s troubled legacy since his election victory.

He visited Mali, where thousands of French troops are bolstering local forces against an Islamist and separatist insurgency, during his first foreign tour in May and has restated France’s commitment to military intervention in the Sahel region.

 

Nihilism The Real Winner In French Election

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While the mainstream media and those who relish the prospect of living in a society best represented by the image of “a military boot stamping down on a human face, forever” (George Orwell, 1984,) are celebrating the victory of the global elite’s office boy, Emmanuel Macron, in the French presidential election and proclaiming the death of nationalism, another, potentially more significant, story has emerged from the voting statistics.

 

Though the former Goldman Sachs executive Macron won easily in terms of the number of votes cast for each candidate, the largest number of votes, in a situation reminiscent of the movie Brewster’s Millions, a majority of French voters cast their vote for ‘none of the above,’ by declining to choose either centrist Emmanuel Macron or Front National leader Marine Le Pen in Sunday’s presidential election. They preferred to either abstaining by returning a blank voting paper or spoiling their ballots.

 

According to election officials the abstention rate stood at 24.52 percent — the highest since the presidential election in 1969. Additionally the interior ministry reported a record number of blank and invalid ballots, amounting to nine percent of all registered voters, compared to two percent in the first round.

 

“That would make a total of one French person out of three who decided not to choose between the two candidates. It’s really a lot for a presidential election,” Anne Jadot, political science professor at the University of Lorraine, told AFP.

 

Macron’s victory on Sunday was by a large margin, he took approximately 65 percent of the vote to Le Pen’s 35 percent, but don’t forget that is 65% of 66%. It was also the first time since the 1969 election that participation in the second round has been lower than in the first. And that does not take into account the people who simply did not register a vote at all.

 

“The presence of the far-right in the second round did not prompt a lot of mobilisation compared to the first round, in contrast to what happened in 2002,” Jadot said in reference to the election in which Le Pen’s father Jean-Marie saw voters of all parties unite to block him by backing his opponent Jacques Chirac.

 

This year, “there wasn’t the ‘shock’ effect, because (Marine Le Pen’s) presence was expected,” according to Jadot.

 

The large numbers of voters choosing not to participate shows that while France has rejected Le Pen as it’s president, the anti establishment pushback is far from over, add the supporters of Le Pen’s anti – EU, nationalist candidacy to the ‘none of the above’ vote and a huge majority have rejected the pro – EU, pro – immigration line of France’s political establishment.

 

Looks like M. Marcron is going to have a rough ride, assuming that he lasts the course.

 

This is a couple of days late, my previous article on the French election has been hanging around on the front page so I decided to hold off for a while

 

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If, as now looks certain, ‘the empty suit’ Emmanel Macron, the candidate with no party, no philosophy and no policies becomes President of France when the official announcement of the result is made, what will become of those French people who do not want Islamification to continue.

 

Apart from his being a globalist, pro European integration, mass immigration supporting apparatchik of the banking cartel, who knows what kind of France Marcon’s government will deliver? Macron doesn’t, that’s for sure. That’s if he is able to govern effectively at all.

 

French investor and political pundit Charles Gave, commented when asked what Macron’s agenda would look like, said:

“Well, first, nobody knows. Because during the whole campaign, all these talks were on one hand, on the other. I’m in favor of apple pie, and motherhood, you see. Basically he has, to my knowledge, very little program. So he’s running. That is what Hollande said. That he was going to make some fundamental changes without hurting people. And so Macron is a big, empty suit. That’s what he is. You did the right curriculum vitae, he went to the right schools. And you have the feeling that the guy never had an original idea in his life. He was always a good student.”

 

In other circles there is a strong feeling that Macron is a kind of golem created by Hollande, a globalist, federalist mini – me forged in the hope that at least a couple of socialist fingers would remain on the helm of the French state. They knew they were going to lose the election, and that a socialist candidate would suffer a heavy defeat so they created a sort of hologram candidate (we must not forget that before quitting to form his new centre left popular movement, Macron had a senior position in the socialist government under Hollande.

 

The idea, according to cynics – and there are a lot of cynics in France, was Macron would run for them and prevent the pro – EU, pro – Federalism party from losing power. It appears then that, the French political system has been taken over by the the Technocratic / Managerialist class. And this Technocratic class is presenting Macron as something new but in reality he represents business as usual except that the seat of power will be even more remote and detached from the working and middle classes. The pro – EU elite have been in power for 50 years, they have not survived that long without learning a thing or to about using propaganda to manipulate public opinion.

 

The biggest problem, barring terrorist outrages, that Macron will faceing in the French national assembly to enable him to get laws through. As stated above, he has no party, no base of support, and in the assembly elections, due in a few weeks, the socialist party where he might have expected to find most support, is likely to suffer heavy losses. The conservatives will not support him unless they dictate policy. In a sense Le Pen has really won the day because the worst case scenario for her, that she will have to tun again in the 2022 elections, is still achievable. As for the parliamentary elections, Le Pen could reasonably expect to have anywhere between 40 to 100 MP’s if the results bear out polls as accurately as in the presidential vote, and thus could effectively ally with the conservatives to block most of Macron’s likely measures…. which would be a total disaster for the ruling class.”

 

In other words, assuming Macron triumphs and is president elect tomorrow, the National Front isn’t going anywhere. And its rising star Le Pen’s niece Marion, has a distinct advantage over her astringent aunt:

 

Marion, is very young, 28; probably too young to be a candidate in 2022. She is already an MP in the French Parliament. She’s extremely pretty, which will win the votes of French males, and she represents the family oriented values of the French Catholic Right, which is where most Republican and Socialist votes come from. 2022 is going to be interesting.

 

 

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Freedom Of Thought And Information: Quotes.

If the ruling elites want to establish global control they need to be able to control all information the general population have access to. The idea of controlling information in order to limit the ability to think and develop ideas served Hitler, Stalin, Mao Tse Tung and many other dictators well but was completely exposed by George Orwell in the novel ‘1984’.

In recent decades the technique for controlling thoughts and ideas has been more subtle, but that has not prevented many commentators higlighting what is going on.

 

“If those in charge of our society – politicians, corporate executives, and owners of press and television – can dominate our ideas, they will be secure in their power. They will not need soldiers patrolling the streets. We will control ourselves.” — Howard Zinn, historian and author

“The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western world. No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity” – much less dissent. Gore Vidal

 

“Understand that all battles are waged on an unconscious level before they are begun on the conscious one, and this battle is no different. The power structure wishes us to believe that the only options available are those which they present to us, we know this is simply not true.” – Teresa Stover

 

“People in the West need to understand that if the news they receive bears on the interests of the US military/security complex, the news is scripted by the CIA. The CIA serves its interests, not the interests of the American people or the interests of peace.” – Paul Craig Roberts

 

In the years the USA could claim with some credibility to be the only global superpower, the elites managed to gain control of print and broadcast media throughout the developed world. Unfortunately the technology developed as a tool to to enhance the ability of the elite to control information while maintaining the illusion of freedom, The Internet, backfired on them. The General public forever despised by intellectuals and derided by the elite and the media proved to be a lot more intelligent and adaptable than ‘the controllers’ suspected.

 

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Fifty years Of Apocalytic Global Warming Predictions And Why People believe Them

May 2, 2019

Scientists have known for some time that their predictive models of global warming were at increasing odds with the data. More recently, they have begun to pinpoint some of the faulty assumptions in the models used to make projections (not observations) of global warming. One example of this type of correction is a 2018 article published in the prestigious journal, Science.

Nitrogen availability is a central controller of terrestrial plant growth and, thereby, of the carbon cycle and global climate change. It has been widely assumed that the atmosphere is the main source of terrestrial nitrogen input. Surprisingly, Houlton et al. now show that bedrock is just as large a nitrogen source across major sectors of the global terrestrial environment.

Climate scientists have long known that plants offset some of the effects of climate change by absorbing and storing CO2. But they assumed that the ability to plants to perform this function was limited because the availability of nitrogen in the atmosphere was limited. As an earlier 2003 study published in Science stated, “there will not be enough nitrogen available to sustain the high carbon uptake scenarios.”

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Writer Beat Refugee #2

April 30, 2019

 

Fisk, False flags and Fake News

War Reporter Robert Fisk Reports From Syrian ‘Chemical Attack’ Site, Concludes “They Were Not Gassed”
The first report of the famous and respected foreign affairs journalist Robert Fisk has given us a bombshell first-hand account in The Independent which runs contrary to almost every claim made by US, UK and NATO propaganda machines concerning the alleged chemical weapons attack on April 7th in an embattled suburb outside Damascus: not only has the veteran journalist found no evidence of a mass chemical attack, but he’s encountered multiple local eyewitnesses who experienced the chaos of that night, but who say the gas attack never happened.

Fisk is the first Western journalist allowed to enter and report from the site of the alleged chemical weapons incident which has been widely blamed on Assad’s troops. Reporting from Douma in eastern Ghouta, Fisk interviewed a Syrian doctor who works at the hospital shown in one of the well promoted videos released by a major news network which purports to depict victims of a chemical attack.

The report, published late on Monday, has mainstream media in uproar with their video, released minutes after the Saudi-sponsored jihadist group Jaish al-Islam (Army of Islam) accused the Syrian Army of gassing civilians showing rescue workers (with not a haz – mat suit in sight,) treating those injured by the ‘nerve agent’ by splashing water in their eyes. As politicians, in Britain especially, uncritically promoting the “Assad gassed his own people” narrative as an already cemented and “proven” fact based on the word of a notoriously brutal armed group of rapists, murderers and head amputators who itself has admitted to using chemical weapons on the Syrian battlefield in prior years.

Also notable is that no journalist or international observer was anywhere near Douma when the purported chemical attack took place, the rebel held areas of Syria having become unsafe for any westerner in 2016. There’s not much point being on the spot to report your own murder.Two of the last to leave, Canadian Eva Bartlett and British Vanessa Beeley who got out in 2016 for reasons of self preservation but have returned now the government again controls most of the country have both warned that all the reports of Assad’s atrocities ‘against his own people,’ have come from the organisations which have been trying to depose him.

Controversy erupted immediately after Fisk’s report, especially as he is among the most recognizable names in the past four decades of Middle East war reporting, having twice won the British Press Awards’ Journalist of the Year prize and as seven time winner of the British Press Awards’ Foreign Correspondent of the Year (the NY Times has referred to him as “probably the most famous foreign correspondent in Britain” while The Guardian has called him “one of the most famous journalists in the world”). An Arabic speaker, Fisk became famous for being among the few reporters in history to conduct face-to-face interviews with Osama bin Laden, which he did on three occasions between 1993 and 1997.

Fisk says he was able to walk around and investigate newly liberated Douma without Syrian government or Russian minders (in part this is likely because he has reported from inside Syria going back decades, in war-torn 1982 Hama, for example), and he begins his account as follows:

This is the story of a town called Douma, a ravaged, stinking place of smashed apartment blocks–and of an underground clinic whose images of suffering allowed three of the Western world’s most powerful nations to bomb Syria last week. There’s even a friendly doctor in a green coat who, when I track him down in the very same clinic, cheerfully tells me that the “gas” videotape which horrified the world– despite all the doubters–is perfectly genuine.

War stories, however, have a habit of growing darker. For the same 58-year old senior Syrian doctor then adds something profoundly uncomfortable: the patients, he says, were overcome not by gas but by oxygen starvation in the rubbish-filled tunnels and basements in which they lived, on a night of wind and heavy shelling that stirred up a dust storm.

Fisk goes on to identify the doctor by name – Dr. Assim Rahaibani – which is notable given the fact that all early reporting from Douma typically relied on “unnamed doctors” and anonymous opposition sources for early claims of a chlorine gas attack (lately morphed into an unverified “mixed” chlorine-and-sarin attack).

The doctor’s testimony is consistent with that of the well-known Syrian opposition group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), which initially reported based on its own pro-rebel sourcing that heavy government bombardment of Douma city resulted in the collapse of homes and underground shelters, causing civilians in hiding to suffocate.

According to SOHR, which has long been a key go-to source for mainstream media over the course of the war, “70 of them [women and children] have suffered suffocation as a result of the demolition of home basements over them due to the heavy and intense shelling.”

Though outlets from The Guardian to The Washington Post to The New York Times (both of which are not linked because they are behind paywalls) have quoted SOHR on a near daily basis throughout the past six years of war, the anti-Assad opposition outlet’s reporting of mass asphyxiation due to collapse of shelters has been notably absent from the same publications.

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Zuckerberg: Facebook developing AI to suppress free speech?

This week while testifying to a congressional committee in Washington DC, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of one of the largest tech companies in the world, told the lawmakers inquiring into Facebook’s issues with protecting users privacy that the company was developing Artificial Intelligence systems to censor controversial content on the platform.

Besides highlighting the fact that most United States senators, like most of the ordinary people they represent,  do not understand Facebook’s data – mining based business model or the user agreement they’ve already consented to while using Facebook. With pundits who witnessed the spectacle describing Zuckerbrg’s responses to questions as robotic and his reliance on copious notes leading to numerous long pauses in dialogue, some people mush have wondered if Zuckerberg is an Artificial Intelligence system rather than a human being.

Over his two days of in the hot seat, Facebook’s plan for using algorithmic AI for potential censorship practices was discussed multiple times, with Zuckerberg deflecting questions about Facebook’s failure to protect privacy trying to justify his planned suppression of free speech by claiming his censorship plans were in the interests of containing hate speech, fake news, election interference, discriminatory ads, and terrorist messaging.

The problem with that is opinions differ on what constitutes hate speech or any of those other categories up for cybercensorship. Some would say that mentioning Islam’s promotion of acts that are illegal in western nations (e.g. wife beating, sex with under age girls,) is hate speech, but would give a free pass to Muslim preachers who remind their audience the Holy Koran calls on the faithful to kill all who will not convert to Islam.

The track record of Zuckerberg and his company for jumping on every politically correct bandwagon that rolls past is no secret, so obviously they are not suitable people to manage algorthithms which determine what is and is not acceptable content online.

Although nobody raised that specific point, AI was mentioned at over 30 times as Zuck extolled the virtues of technology. He claimed Facebook is five to ten years away from a robust AI platform. All four of the other Big 5 tech conglomerates — Google, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft — are also developing AI, many for the shared purposes of content control. The fact that all of them have proved not fit for purpose in their efforts to control internet users’ activities did not appear to concern the committee.

For obvious reasons, this push for control of so much information by some of the greediest, most amoral and fascistic corporations on the planet should worry civil liberty activists and anyone concerned about the erosion of free speech and other civil rights online. The encroaching specter of a corporate-government propaganda alliance is not a conspiracy theory, it is there, staring us in the face in everything the internet companies do.

Barely a month ago, Facebook, Google, and Twitter testified before Congress to announce the launch of a ‘counterspeech’ campaign in which positive and moderate posts will be targeted at people consuming and producing extremist or radical content, which will of course go down like the proverbial lead zepplin with net users

Like the other major social networks, Facebook has already been assailed by accusations of censorship against conservative and alternative news sources.

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The Lazy Pupil’s Examination Aid.

t is the time of year when caring parents try to ensure they offspring are not shirking their studies, after all good educational qualifications are so important in securing good future prospects. Pupils however, if they have any self respect at all are trying to find ways to skive off and spend time boozing and listening to cool music in the company of friends. So for the benefit of skiving pupils and caring parents Greenteeth Media has prepared this Lazy Pupils Exam Guide, designed to help the clowns, wannabe rock stars, idle burghers and general dickhead exploit the politically correct attitudes of the lefties who have hijacked the education system and secure good grades for even those who have done no work.

(first published 2009 on my Greenteeth Media site)

In my school days, admittedly more years ago than I care to remember, trying to justify the non – delivery of homework projects with the excuse “please Sir, the dog ate it,” was not exactly fresh and original but was still guaranteed to raise a ripple of laughter from classmates. Now of course it is a tired and lame excuse used as a last resort only by the terminally dull – witted. Family pets have advanced in status so much they can actually make a positive contribution to academic achievement.

Britain’s leading examination boards announced this week that results may be upgraded if it is known that the candidate has suffered an emotionally distressing experience in the run up to the exam. Qualifying experiences include death of a parent or sibling (5% upgrade); parent or sibling being diagnosed with a serious illness (5%); death of a distant relative (3%); a broken limb within 48 hours (3%); a broken limb on the mend (2%) – this throws a whole new light on the theatrical expression of encouragement “break a leg” ; and long term illness of disablement of a close family member counting for 3%, with the death of a family pet, Fido or Tiddles, weighing in at 2% if it happens within 48 hours of the exam or 1% between two days and a week prior. Monty Python fans will be emotionally distressed to learn that the death of a parrot warrants nothing. A clear case of speciesism we think.
A spokesperson for one of the examination boards responding to criticism that the scheme is politically correct mollycoddling of the young said that the maximum upgrade had been set at 5% in order to discourage abuse of the system. As she avoided answering when asked if the upgrades will be cumulative I fear the bureaucrats have once more underestimated the ingenuity of ordinary punters. Consider the possibilities in a literature examination…
QUESTION: In Shakespearean tragedy the downfall of the main character is often a result of a failure to address obvious flaws in his own character. Discuss this with particular reference to Hamlet and Macbeth.
ANSWER: Both Hamlet and Macbeth are…Oh GOD! WHAT IS THE POINT? Why should I sit this exam when with a bare bodkin I could my quietus make. Who cares about qualifications and careers. Life is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. Shakespeare’s tragedies? Are there not enough tragedies in the real world. To write or not to write that is the question, when all our yesterdays have lit the way of fools to dusty death.
Only yesterday my beloved Labrador Bonzo shuffled off this mortal coil when a car, driven by my uncle Jim, mowed him down. Jim did try to avoid Bonzo but lost control of the car and perished himself when he hit a wall.
I felt guilty about having let Bonzo off the leash and rushed to cradle the poor dogs noble head as he breathed his last. When at last a friendly police officer noticed my distress and said gently that there was nothing I could do for that loyal dog I noticed my hands were covered in blood. “Will all Neptune’s great ocean was clean the blood from this my hand, I cried out, pulling free of the cop and throwing myself on the ground next to Fido. This was a mistake, the paramedics, in their rush to get to another call, drove the ambulance over me, breaking both my legs.

Just then my mobile phone rang. It was my mother calling from the hospital to tell me she had been diagnosed with terminal cancer and within six months would be heading for that unexplored country from in whose bourne no traveller returns.
In a perfect world I would be able to turn for comfort to my Dad, a virtuous man, but as it says in Hamlet, Act 2 Scene 2 “Virtue itself ‘scapes not calumnious strokes” and Dad has been paralyzed and unable to speak these three years.
I asked my sister, a Goth to let me have some of her downers. Each man is but a poor player who frets and struts his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more, I said.


“But in that sleep of death what dreams may come,
she quipped rather wittily in the circumstances just before she fell downstairs and broke her arm.
Then I heard a terrible sound coming from the kitchen and rushed in just in time to see poor Tiddles choke to death on a furball.

I tried without success to sleep last night, for after all, we are such stuff as dreams are made of, our little lives are rounded with a sleep.
But what will it avail me if I pass this examination. There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamed of in your philosophy Mr. Examination Marker.
And if you add it all up that should be worth a pass.


Algorithms Are No Better At Telling The Future Than Tarot Cards Or A Crystal Ball

According to a new report “An increasing number of businesses are investing in advanced technologies that can help them forecast the future of their workforce and gain a competitive advantage”. It’s true, almost every day we see more and more bollocks being written by supposedly intelligent people who believe that by using something called ‘Big Data’, machines can already be relied on to make better decisions than humans, and that soon computers will equal or even surpass us in intelligence.

Such people are to be pitied rather than despised, obsessed with ‘science’ they are simply not intelligent enough to distinguish factual information from the far fetched fantasies of science fiction writers. Having already put a very successful career in Information Technology behind me (I had to retire early due to health problems,) I have always maintained that machines will only be capable of behaving intelligently if we radically redefine what we mean by ‘intelligence’.

Personally I am quite sure there is a little more to our thought processes than the ability to parse vast amounts of data extremely quickly and filter / match certain keywords. Language is how we communicate not only information but ideas, emotions and stories. And machines have no ability to infer meanings from words. You can feed a million words into a computer, along with definitions. And when you enter that word and ask for a definition, a simple program will display the answer almost instantly, without the machine having the slightest idea what any of it means.

Many analysts and business consultants and hi – tech corporations however continue to believe that, with enough data, algorithms embedded in currently fashionable People Analytics (PA) applications can predict all aspects of employee behavior: from productivity, to engagement, to interactions and emotional states. Predictive analytics powered by algorithms are designed to help managers make decisions that favourably impact the bottom line. The global market for this technology is expected to grow from US$3.9 billion in 2016 to US$14.9 billion by 2023.

Despite all the usual promises and all the geek mythology, predictive algorithms are as mystical as the oracles and auguries of the ancient world. One of the fatal flaws of predictive algorithms, the one that has made such nonsense of the predictions of climate change soothsayers, is their reliance on “inductive reasoning”. This is when we draw conclusions based on our knowledge of a small sample, and assume that those conclusions apply across the board. It is the methodology that predicted the Remain campaign would win Britain’s EU referendum and that Hillary Clinton would anihilate Trump in the US Presidential election.

Where inductive reasoning falls down is it ‘thinks’ like a machine. To put it in human terms, a manager might observe that all employees with an MBA are highly motivated. According to inductive reasoning it therefore follows that all workers with an MBA are highly motivated. The conclusion is flawed because it assumes a consistent pattern where there are many unpredictable factors in play.

Experience to date informs us the pattern exists, so there can be no reason to suspect it will be broken. In other words, inductive reasoning can only be inductively justified: it works because it has worked before. Therefore, there is no logical reason to consider that the next person our company hires who has an MBA degree will not be highly motivated. That is how machines think. A human manager, in looking for a highly motivated candidate to fill a position would not make assumptions based on the kind of qualification candidates hold, but would frame certain questions in the interview to explore that aspect of a candidate’s suitability.

And until machines can handle unpredictability we should stop indulging fantasists by talking about Artificial Intelligence and refer more realistically to data processing.

A Chronicle Of Decay (slam poem)


World Hijab Day – A Celebration Of Muslim Authoritarianism And Feminist Hypocrisy

Someone suggested we make WB the come to place for stories the media will not report. The 48 hour rule is a bit on an obstacle to that, but it’s not a bad idea. Here we go then.

Today, February 1st is apparently World Hijab Day. This is the latest demonstration of the abject stupidity of liberal feminists and inevitably has its very own hashtag: #StrongInHijab. Most of the usual suspects, the self righteous virtue signallers and professional hypocrites, politicians showbiz luvvies and media sheeple are jumping on the bandwagon, in the name of “Womens’ right to choose.”
What makes this a day which ranks as one of the most sickening displays of virtue signalling is that privileged middle-class Western feminists are lining up to display their multicultural credentials by donning a hijab as a fashionable symbol of liberation. In order to be seen to support Islamic human rights 110% pretend they to be ignorant of the brave women in Iran and other places in the Middle East where women are literally risking their lives to remove the hijab. To them it a hated symbol of oppression. The Iranian regime has decreed it compulsory for a woman to cover every part of their body apart from their face, and wearing a hijab is thus compulsory.
Yes on this very day, while western poseurs are fighting for Muslim womens’ right to wear the hijab, in Iran, Saudi Arabia, UAE and all around the Islamic world women are being stoned or flogged for demanding the right NOT to wear the hijab. Punishments for removing a hijab in Islamic societies can be brutal – Islamist regimes are known to physically beat women for non-compliance with their dress codes. This is true not only in the Middle East but is increasingly becoming accepted in the name of multiculturalism in the West.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has joined in the chorus of the self-righteous and added her voice to the celebrations. Teresa The Appeaser told the House of Commons that “a woman should be able to wear whatever she wants”. As ever the very worst kind of hypocrite, May makes absolutely no mention of women who do not want to wear a hijab and are regularly arrested, imprisoned or somehow forced to by huband, Imam or religious police for not wearing one.

 

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Flower Of Scotland – A Celebration Of A Special Scot

At the risk of triggering some snowflakes by using the name Trump without an accompanying 20,000  word hate fest, I decided it would be appropriate to rehash this old post which I have been using for ten to twelve years on this special day in the Scottish cultural calendar, simply inserting the name of the incumbent US President and updating a few details.

On a visit to a military hospital where soldiers wounded in action in Syria and elsewhere were recovering from their injuries Donald Trump  told the medics that he wanted to meet all the patients. Despite being warned it might not be possible due to the seriousness of some patients condition, when the tour party came to a ward with a sign on the door that read: Absolutely No Entry except to specialist medical staff the President said he wanted to go in.

“That really is not wise Mr. President,” the senior doctor warned him, “these men have a rare and terrible condition, its best they remain quiet, the slightest excitement might upset them.”

“Nonsense, everybody is uplifted by my plan to Make America Great Again,” the President insisted.

In that case, as you are their Commander – in Chief I cant refuse but want it noted I’m letting you in only under duress, the Doctor said.

They went in. Everything seemed normal, the patients lay quietly on beds, read or watched TV.

Then Obama approached the man in the first bed and said, Hi buddy, how’re you feeling. I’ve heard hospital food can sometimes be sub – standard. Are they feeding you well?

The man sat bolt upright, his eyes widened and his nostrils flared as he began to declaim:

Fairrr fa your honest sonsie face
great cheiftain o the pudding race,
aboon them a ye tak your place,
painch tipe and thairm.
Well worthy are ye o a grace
as lang’s my arm.

“Oh jeez, I feel so bigly for the poor man,” the President said to the Doctor.” I wish I had listened to you now. Still I must greet all the men now I’m here.”

With that he headed for the next bed.

How you doin’ soldier, I guess you are all suffering from some extreme kind of post traumatic stress disorder. My personal shrink tells me a lot of people with similar conditions find it helps to keep a pet. Can I ask how do you feel about having a pet, a small animal that could stay by your bed?
Again the man’s demeanour changed as he began to recite:

Wee cowrin sleekit timrous beastie
oh what a panics in they breastie,
why wad ye run awa sae hastie
wi blethrin brattle.
I wad be laithe to run and chase thee
wi murdrn pattle.

“Wow this really is terrible, is there any hope for these guys?” Trump asked the Doctor who sadly shook his head as they approached the next bed.

Well, said the president, maybe they’d respond better if I let them know how much they’re appreciated.

They came to the next bed where the President said to the occupant, “Son, I want you to know America is so proud of you and your comrades in arms. Your Yuuuuge sacrifice will never be forgotten. Have you a message for the boys and girls still out there protecting liberty and American values.”

And the soldier replied:

Scots wha hae when Wallace bled,
Scots who Bruce has aftimes led,

Onward tae yer gory bed,

Or tae victorie.

Wha fae Scotland’s king and law,

Freedom’s sword will strongly draw.

Free men stand and free men fa’

Let him follow me.

“I’m sorry Doctor, we have to leave now, I cant take any more of this said Trump, What is wrong with these men, is it some terrible psychiatric affliction.

The Doctor said, “No Mr President, its the Burns unit.”

Tonight is of course Burns night, the anniversary of poet Robert Burns, when Scots gather to share a feast of haggis, tatties and neeps (turnips) washed down with Ouisce Beath (water of life aka Whisky,) and celebrate the life and work of a national hero.

You can find the poems Address To A Haggis, To A Mouse, and Robert Bruce’s Address Before Bannockburn and the rest of Burn’s works HERE.

Another Scottish poet who is not so celebrated as Burns perhaps deserves a mention. William McGonagall, reputedly the worst poet ever published in the English language deserves to be remembered if only for his ability to be unintentionally hilarious. Read my Tribute To McGonagall and a poem in the master’s style, Ode To Porridge

Learn more about McGonagall

McGonagall online – poems, plays, biography

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April 29, 2019

Media Silence Surrounds Muslim Massacre of Christians

March 23, 2019

While the world united in an frenzy of outrage (whipped up by mainstream media) at the killing of 50 (and counting) Muslim worshippers in a Mosque in New Zealand this week there was not a whisper about a far bigger numerically at least, massacre of Christians by Muslims in Nigeria. The mosque attacks were unarguably an atrocity worthy of universal condemnation. Presidents, prime ministers, royalty, and religious leaders rushed to extend their condolences to victims and their families — as well they should — while denouncing the extremism that reportedly motivated the shootings.

Without exception, the mainstream media gave coverage saturation to the New Zealand shootings, with newspapers devoting the whole of their front pages to it and television news channels leading news broadcasts with it. But we should not forget the crime was committed by, according to the evidence released so far, a lone nutter who may have had one or two supporters who indirectly helped. It was not part of an organised religious war.

The most bizarre aspect of news coverage of crimes inspired by religion this week was not, in fact, the attention paid to a heinous crime committed in New Zealand, but the absolute silence surrounding the simultaneous massacre of scores of Christians by Muslim militants in Africa.

As right — wing Breitbart News (and a handful of other fringe news organisations) reported, Fulani jihadists have racked up a death toll of over 120 Christians over the past month in central Nigeria, employing machetes and gunfire to slaughter men, women, and children, burning down over 140 houses, destroying property, and spreading terror.

There are several possible explanations for this remarkable silence, all of which should concern reasonable, fair minded people. It is well documented that over the past few years, Muslim radicals have killed Christians (and Hindus, Buddhists, secular humanists, Shinto and shamanistic animists,) around the world with alarming frequency, perhaps one more slaughter, and in backward, corrupt Africa, did not seem particularly newsworthy to the editors and PR teams at major news outlets. Muslims being killed, on the other hand, may strike many as newsworthy firstly because it is so rare and secondly because it happened in New Zealand, a peaceful, tolerant, liberal country.

Another motive for the media’s blanking news of the massacre of Christians in Nigeria may be geo-political and racial. New Zealand is a first-world country where such things are not supposed to happen, whereas many people still consider Africa to be an uncivilised place where brutality and mass killings are commonplace. The slaughter of black Christians in Africa may not ignite sufficient rage among virtue signalling liberals in the west the way a mass shooting of white and brown Muslims in New Zealand would.

Or perhaps it is simply a case of media companies fearing a Charlie-Hebdo-style attack on their premises and staff if they report the truth about Islam.

Finally, a story about Muslims killing people for not being Muslims, or for being the wrong kind of Muslim, simply does not play to the political agenda that many mainstream media would like to advance. How much mileage can be gained from Muslims murdering Christians, when Christians in America and Europe are seen as an obstacle to the “progress” twoards a multicultural society under a global government desired by liberals and the Davosocracy? The left sees Christians in the United States as part of the problem and seeks to undermine their credibility and influence at every turn rather than emboldening them.

Anti-Christian prejudice has bee referred to as “the last acceptable prejudice,” one that few bother condemning. “No one much cares about offending Christians,” wrote the coalition of African-American pastors in an essay last Tuesday. “In fact, mocking, belittling, and blaspheming Christianity is becoming a bit of a trend in our culture. Anti-Christian bigotry truly is the last acceptable prejudice.

“The hypocrisy on display is astounding,” the pastors continued. “Christianity is the dominant religion of our country. It is the foundation of our government and morality. And yet, Christians are treated as fair game for mockery and insult.”

The Pastors are correct, it is grossly hypocritical to condemn violence against Muslims because of their religion yet by our silence condone Muslim violence against Christians and other religions. Christians, atheists and the rest are just as human and are entitled to equal protection in law if the left’s wailing and gnashing of teeth about equality mean anything. Ot is it a case of some religious animals being more equal than others?

Christians are by far the most persecuted religious group in the world, and I say that as someone who has not ‘identified’ as a Christian since going through puberty, but the mainstream media routinely ignore this fact as if it were unimportant or uninteresting. As a result, many people do not even realize how widespread the persecution is or that 75 percent of the victims of religious persecution around the world are Christians.

Not the first outing for this article, it has been posted on Medium, The Daily Stirrer, and Boggart Blog, but I’m still beset by family problems and wanted to let everyone know I’m still active.


Scaremongering IPCC Tries To Revive Climate Hysteria

Lord Summerisle (Christopher Lee) in The Wicker Man (1973)

Those discredited jokers, gropers and fake scientists of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have surpassed themselves in the idiocy stakes in their latest report (Summary for Policy Makers linked below). It is just a rephrased version of the farrago of adjusted data, dubious science, wailing and gnashing of teeth and eco-fascistic edicts on how we shall all live our lives in the future.

Here are a few of the main points:

Sea levels are rising. (As they have been, by the way, at the same harmless pace, for centuries),

The crisis is so dire, we’re told, that even if all countries could possibly deliver their Paris Accord commitments, it will not be enough to stop the planet heating by 2 degrees C or more.

Dramatic changes to the lifestyles of people in the developed world are needed, carbon emissions must be cut by impossible amounts to stave off a climate disaster,(no mention of how many of the thirty — something thousand delegates to the Paris climate conference turned up in private jets, oh no, us ordinary punters must change OUR lifestyles but the elites must live ever more lavishly, in order that they may be at their best when dealing with the onerous tasks involved in saving the planet.)

We, that is the developed nations again, must flush $2.4 trillion down the toilet by 2035 to create sustainable energy projects such as wind and solar, (even though these ‘sustainable’ sources have failed to prove they can supply the baseload required by modern, developed societies.)

Climate-related risks to health, livelihoods, food security, water supply, human security, and economic growth are projected to increase as the planet warms

Vector borne diseases such as malaria and dengue fever will probably increase

You can read a Summary For Policy Makers of the IPCC report, published by the IPCC. If you’re a sucker for punishment just click the link. It covers all the points I’ve referred to but the prose style doesn’t make for good bedtime reading.

Using the comparison to a religious cult favoured by many of us Warmageddon sceptics, Benny Peiser of the Global Warming Policy Foundation describes the latest science fantasy publication as the IPCC’s “Hail Mary”: its last, desperate shot at trying to scare a world which just doesn’t care any more. He’s right. None of the predictions made by the Warmageddonist lobby over the past twenty years have been correct. Snow is not a folk memory, the arctic sea ice has not disappeared, the predicted 50 million refugees displaced by rising sea levels must be wearing Harry Potter’s cloak of invisibility.

The reason people no longer believe the “last chance to save the planet” bollocks is first, we’ve heard it many times before, second, it hasn’t been supported by real-world evidence and thirdly because thanks to the internet and free speech (which governments, aided and abetted by Google and Facebook, want to abolish,) we have access to all the scientific research projects conducted by diligent researchers according to the scientific method (i.e. no adjusted data,) and these reports make sense.

Take that tired old line on vector borne diseases. Anyone who has followed this saga or researched it thoroughly knows that this claim was debunked years ago by an expert epidemiologist, Paul Reiter.

As far back as 1998, just as the hysteria was starting to rev up, Reiter delivered a lecture on this subject to the Cooler Heads Coalition:

All attempts to link specific recent outbreaks to climate change cannot survive a confrontation with the facts. In all cases, local conditions (such as the banning of DDT, land use changes, or foreign contact) account for expansions of disease vectors or increases in infection rates.

Yet here is the IPCC, trotting out the same old scare stories as if no one’s paying attention.

What is new, or new-ish, is the IPCC’s overdue acknowledgement that the Paris Climate Accord was a failure. What would be really meaningful is if the IPCC would admit that its attempts to push the globalist agenda by creating a big scary monster have failed.

Meanwhile an independent (and not nearly so enthusiastically reported by mainstream media) audit of the key temperature dataset used by climate models has exposed more than 70 problems with the data which render it “unfit for global studies.” It’s worth reminding warmageddonists, who tend to have short memories, that all the projections and predictions made by “climate scientists” to date have been based on output from ;mathematical models’ of the climate rather than empirical observation.

The problems identified in the data include zero degree temperatures in the Caribbean, 82 degree C temperatures in Colombia and ship-based recordings taken 100km inland.

The audit concluded that the people running these mathematical models are deliberately exaggerating temperatures to support a theory of global warming utilizing global averages that point to very different outcomes to what is being forecast after the data has been adjusted.

The investigation has discovered (not really, all thinking people have known for years what was going on,) that “that climate models have been tweaked to produce results favourable to supporters of global government, and scientists double down on that cheat by feeding the computers with incorrect (aka ‘adjusted’) data, which renders their projections of future temperatures and the influence of human activity on climate meaningless. It also points out The Paris Climate Agreement’s adoption of 1850–1899 averages as “indicative” of pre-industrial temperatures is “fatally flawed.” The entire Paris Climate Agreement merely sets an agenda to eliminate the advancement of society and reset the social development clock back to pre-Industrial Revolution levels of inequality. Yet the theory that before the Industrial Revolution, our planet’s atmosphere was somehow pristine and uncontaminated by human-made pollutants has been also proven to be completely bogus with archaeological finds showing human activity was affecting the environment 2000 years ago.

An indication that rather than simple scientific concern for the environment, there is a rather unpleasant and authoritarian political agenda at work in the warmageddonist agenda is revealed in the IPCC reports recommendation that we should all eat less meat and propaganda should be employed to nudge everybody towards a vegetarian or vegan diet. Now there are plenty of conservative vegetarians, it is not just a left wing thing, but for the left everything is political thus vegetarianism cannot be a matter of individual choice, it has to be made a political issue.

According to a report in The Guardian:

Avoiding meat and dairy products is the single biggest way to reduce your environmental impact on the planet, according to the scientists behind the most comprehensive analysis to date of the damage farming does to the planet.

The new research shows that without meat and dairy consumption, global farmland use could be reduced by more than 75% — an area equivalent to the US, China, European Union and Australia combined — and still feed the world. Loss of wild areas to agriculture is the leading cause of the current mass extinction of wildlife.

The new analysis shows that while meat and dairy provide just 18% of calories and 37% of protein, it uses the vast majority — 83% — of farmland and produces 60% of agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions. Other recent research shows 86% of all land mammals are now livestock or humans. The scientists also found that even the very lowest impact meat and dairy products still cause much more environmental harm than the least sustainable vegetable and cereal growing.

Like all the statistics quoted by the Warmageddonist cult, figures cited in The Guardian’s report should be taken with a pinch of salt. 86% of all land mammals???? Does anybody know how many rats populate the sewers and dumps of the world’s cities, or how many monkeys there are in the Brazilian rain forest? Does anybody really know who many squirrels live in the vast woodlands of northern USA and Canada. Can anybody honestly say they have counted all the vast herds of Caribou in northern Scandinavia and Siberia? The problems of arriving at a reasonable estimate of how many small mammals inhabit the vast landscapes of Africa and Asia are insurmountable.

The new audit of climate data and scientific methods also argues that even the most simple basic quality checks have not been done on the HadCRUT4 dataset, which is managed by the UK Met Office Hadley Centre and the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia. The audit exposed that estimates (guesses,) were made to cover uncertainties arising from thermometer accuracy, homogenization, sampling grid boxes with a finite number of measurements available, large-scale biases such as urbanization and estimation of regional averages with non-complete global measurement coverage.

Some have described this politicisation of climate science as a front in the elite’s war on the middle class: Remember the late Maurice Strong? In 1992 this Cultural Marxist activist and proponent of global government was the chair of the UN’s World Commission on Environmental Development (also among the world’s biggest crooks — remember the “food for oil” scam?) said that the middle class lifestyle was unsustainable, and then went on to list a whole series of items that were not sustainable including eating meat…watch this video as 13 mins 45 seconds for the quote.

Strong’s career was quite amazing, from a lowly oil company bureaucrat from a poor background, he grabbed an opportunity to work for The United Nations and while there saw that the elites were planning for the destruction of democratic societies and a move to global governance by a central bureaucracy supported by academics.

To start to understand this man and his influence read his statement below to a group of reporters.

“In order to save the planet, the group [GIM] decides: Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring this about? This group of world leaders [GIM] forms a secret society to bring about an economic collapse.” Maurice Strong — regarding Generation Investment Management LLP

Like his close associate George Soros, Strong, was one of the architects of the Kyoto agreement, and the brains behind the global warming scare as a means to swing public opinion behind the Cultural Marxist plan for global government. He was also a member of the “Chicago Climate Exchange” an initiative to create a market for trading carbon credits designed to make its founders billions on climate change.

The audit report has exposed the dishonesty built into the climate change scare and the entire global government scheme. The climate treaties, accords and agreements, from Kyoto to Paris appear to be directed at the goal of making fake news the norm. Anomalies in IPCC data it has identified include at St Kitts in the Caribbean, the average temperature for December 1981 was zero degrees — unusual for the Caribbean to say the least, normally the average for that time of year is 26C. For three months in 1978, one weather station in Colombia reported an 82 degrees Celsius average — hotter than the hottest day on Earth. Can it be that these ‘scientists’ whom we are told we must believe because they are so very clever, do not know the difference between Celsius and Farenheit? Then in Romania, one September the average temperature was reported as minus 46°C, which has never happened as Romania is quite a long way from either the north or south pole. The published data revealed scientific survey ships have reported ocean temperatures from places up to 100km inland.

The paper also points out that the most serious flaw identified was the shortage of data. For the first two years, from 1850 onwards, the only land-based reporting station in the Southern Hemisphere was in Indonesia, then a Dutch colony. There were ship observations at the time but Australian records were not started until 1855 in Melbourne, behind Auckland, New Zealand, which started in 1853. The data used to calculate ‘pre — Industrial Revolution temperatures for these regions appears to have been completely fabricated.

According to records of the HadCRUT4 dataset on which calculations are based, it was almost 1950 before data from even half of the Southern Hemisphere was available. Yet they claim global warming has taken hold for 100 years prior to that. The Paris Climate Agreement takes the HadCRUT4 average from 1850 to 1899 as an “indicative” temperature or pre-Industrial Revolution. There is absolutely no possible way the data set being used to support all this Global Warming is even valid for any forecast. And in fact the Industrial Revolution is generally accepted to have begun a hundred years earlier.

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Brit Speak: The Battle for Our Language

Americans can get quite tetchy when pompous Brits accuse them of mutilating the language, so it’s understandable that we are a tad impatient when an American starts to criticize our slang and colloquial expressions.

Some American academics, we have learned, have expressed concern about infiltration of British slang words and colloquialisms that are finding their way into the pure and beautiful American language after being picked up from TV shows and films. One particular individual who shall be nameless because he is probably the type of small minded, humourless scrote who would sue me for mentioning he is a small minded, humourless scrote, is getting his knickers in a right old twist and throwing a hissy fit about Brit Speak every chance he gets. Wanker!

And what are these colloquialisms he finds so irritatingly un-American? Well his favourites are “gone missing” and “at the end of the day.”

When I read this I thought “Bollocks!” Sorry, I was like “No Way! That is so not true. British street slang, gone missing? OMG, As if? And at the end of the day it isn’t like we British are not hearing Americanisms 24/7 is it?

Had I been in a better mood when I read of it I might just have thought “Whatever,” and let it go but on that day I was sick as a parrot because when ordering in a restaurant I was told I could not have chips with my steak as they only served french Fries (which aren’t French at all, but Belgian.)

The good professor feels that “gone missing” is a typical example of sloppy British grammar and should never be used instead of that fine, upright, stars-and-stripes-waving, silver-ring-thinging Americanism “gone astray.”

It is a generalisation and very unfair to say that Americans do not get irony, but there is a certain class of American of whom that is true. The “aspirational middle class,” or corporate droids as the British, Australians and Canadians have fondly dubbed them not only do not do irony, they do not do humour at all. And so the effect of “gone missing” is lost on them.

When something has gone missing it implies an act of will was involved When somebody has gone missing it implies they have absconded or are deliberately not where they ought to be. When things go missing it implies: “I know one of you thieving bastards took it, just put it back and nothing more will be said.”

Or, “There was a full chocolate cake on that plate, half of it didn’t go missing by itself.”

Things go astray in the mail, Little Bo Peep’s stupid sheep went astray, thousands of Bernie Sanders’ votes went astray in the 2016 Democratic Party primaries. The boyfriends of pregnant middle eastern girls go missing. Ships navigating the Bermuda Triangle occasionally go missing. People go missing with the funds from the social club. In other contexts, gone astray is no more American than Apple Pie (which is actually German, it was brought to Britain by the Saxons.)

“Gone astray” is perfectly standard English grammar and to use it where the colloquial “gone missing” is more appropriate it to condemn us all to that banal, sterile and colourless version of English spoken by corporate managers, the style immortalised in that early Microsoft Grammar checker that would have us change references to Dick Van Dyke into Penis van Lesbian or refer to the championship winning brass band, The Black Dyke Mills Band as the African American Lesbian Mills Band. (Microsoft always denied this but I used that version of Word. It was Word for Windows 2.0 I think.)

It must be said here that similar attempts to impose politically correct attitudes on the vernacular in the UK have all gone tits up. I recall a middle class leftie journalist complaining that he was having trouble finding the right way to offer advice to London cab drivers (a notoriously voluble and opinionated profession) on the casual racism of their language. Fortunately one of his colleagues was sufficiently in touch with reality to advise the man that if he started lecturing London cab drivers on what they could or could not say he was cruisin’ for a bruisin’.

Colloquial language is a wonderful, colourful and vibrant thing.Compared to the kind of rubbish the politically correct and corporate managers would have us speak, a blunt, bland statement of fact would sound like Shakespeare in full flight. I’m an Eng. Lit. BA so I’m usually over the moon when I hear particularly poetic colloquialisms such as “I wouldn’t say he bats for the other side but if they were a man short he’d probably help them out. (Michael Caine on being asked if a well known Hollywood male star and former gerbil owner – allegedly –  was gay) Or, “that woman has a vagina like a wizard’s sleeve,” (a male news – who quickly became an ex – news reader,) presenter on learning a female colleague was pregnant for the third time in five years.) The language of the street, bar and locker room are colourful and helps us bond as communities by showing that we share certain experiences and values.

If this Britspeak hating professor wants to kill that and make us all speak flavourless, colourless standard English I’m afraid his plans are doomed to go pear shaped.

Another other phrase singled out for attention by the professor is “at the end of the day.” Now I can’t understand how this was noticed as BBC America does not screen Football Focus, nor even an Americanized version titled Soccer Focus. “At the end of the day” does not strike me as particularly British, in fact it has the idiom of those American management buzz words and phrases that began to creep into the language in the 1970s. You know, the ones that use several words when one would do, “at this moment in time” instead of “now”, “we have an ongoing situation” instead of “we’re fucked” or “the outcome was not what was hoped for but we learned many valuable lessons from the exercise (it was an absolute cock up) etc. “At the end of the day” is a phrase spoken by sport pundits and it usually followed by the phrase “it was a game of two halves.”

We are told however it is mightily offensive to use “at the end of the day” instead of that modest and unpretentious phrase “in the end.” Now when have you ever heard an American say “in the end” rather than “in the final analysis.” American English loves wordiness, police officers say “I need for you to sand up” instead of just “stand up please,” salesmen say “I have to meet with” rather than “I have to meet,” blind to the fact that “meet with” is a non sequitur. And Americans will tell us they are planning to go “horseback riding.” What part of the animal would anyone ride? Its nose?

Not that I would ever ask Americans to change the way they speak, I love linguistic variations and they can tell us a lot about the character of a place. Why then should we British be robbed of our verbal idiosyncrasies. It is our bloody language after all.

At the end of the day, linguistic usage is a trivial matter but when college professors start to pontificate on the topic it quickly becomes annoying because it is another example of the academic habit of claiming everything as their feifdom from splitting the atom to making a perfect cup of tea and now the English language.

With respect to our American friends it is time we Brits fought back. We should recruit bloggers around the world, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Jamaica, South Africa, India, Pakistan and we should overwhelm American academic institutions with slang, patois, lingua franca and parliari.

American my khyber! They’ll soon be on their twos and threes begging for mercy if we start to throw rhyming slang at them. For a long time now I have planned to write an article on British slang in British slang. When the full range of local dialects and their origins is revealed guy who started all this this will be Uncle Dick of hearing the glorious, incomprehensible variety.

I will start that project as soon as I can find a window in my diary.

Some Examples Of Corporatespeak (far worse than any local slang).

Let’s touch base about that offline. I think it means have a private chat but I am still not sure. It could be code for a sex act. You touch my base and I’ll touch yours.

Worse however is We need a holistic, cradle-to-grave approach. Yeah, right.

To Pre-plan is a very annoying example of management speak. Either you plan or you don’t.

One financial services call centre I head of told employees their mission was to sprinkle our magic along the way. It’s a call centre FFS, not Hogwarts.”

The PR industry has for many years thrown up ( ! ) many of most ludicrous phrases uttered by managers. One of the best was, we’d better not let the grass grow too long on this one.

My least favourite business-speak term is not enough bandwidth. Even in the computer and telecommunications business (my old stamping ground) few people really understand what bandwidth means. When heard someone use this term to refuse an additional assignment, I realised I was completely ‘out of the loop’. Ahem, I’ll get me coat.

Taking the title for the most idiotic buzz phrase ever came appropriately from someone in the catering industry. ‘You can’t have your cake and eat it, so you have to step up to the plate and face the music.’ Let’s hope that particular executive mixes his cakes better than he mixes his metaphors.

 

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Ghost particle found beneath Antarctica holds key to breakthrough in understanding the universe. Or does it?

13 July, 2018

In another great scientific breakthrough that will make absolutely no difference to anything but is likely to cost taxpayers a pile of money as scientists scam research grants out of politicians by selling the idea that it is really important we understand and learn to control processes which have worked for billions of years without needing assistance from scientists, the mystery of the origins of light are set to be unlocked by the discovery of an elusive “ghost” particle a mile beneath Antarctica, scientists have announced.

 

Astronomers have for the first time identified the source of a high-energy neutrino which shot through a solid ice laboratory at the South Pole last year in “a “triumph that promises to revolutionise understanding of fundamental physics.”

 

Sorry but the only breakthrough I can see here is that these scientists have taken the idiotic hyperbole of cosmology further away from reality than ever before. For people who have taken little interest in theoretical physics, Neutrinos are, according to people who believe the meaning of life can be found in equations, are virtually massless, subatomic particles which race across the universe, passing unnoticed through planets and stars. Despite their abundance – hundreds of billions pass through each human every second – they have so far proved impossible to detect because they interact with matter so rarely.

 

Or in layman’s terms, they are imaginary things like fairies, demons and the Disney Princess who sings “Let It Go,” in Frozen.

 

The alleged detection of this frozen neutrino on September 22 2017 has since, according to its discoverers, enabled scientists to identify its point of origin. Using a complex network of ground and space-based radiation telescopes and the highly advanced scientific technique of making stuff up, the international team traced the particle’s provenance to a flaring galaxy, or “blazar”, with a supermassive black hole at its heart four billion light years away.

 

Quantum mechanics theory tells us a particle doesn’t exist until it is observed (by a cat which is simultaneously dead and alive or something), so how can this one have been tracked back to it’s point of origin before it was observed interacting with the astronomers in Antarctica last September?

 

Nutrinos, like many other sub atomic particles, are based on a theory that has been ‘proven’ using other theories. Presumably these theoretical particles, which remember, are ripping through your body tissue at a rate of millions per second without you noticing, will be used to prove other theories down the line, the kind of theories beloved of modern science, because the high pontiffs tell us that like God, they must to be considered true until someone can prove they are untrue.

 

When they do, the rest come tumbling down like dominoes.Big Bang theory proposes that before BigBang everything was compressed into a single mass, The Singularity, a mass varying in size between a grain of salt and a small planet (I go for a rat turd). Question what existed before Big Bang, what did this very singular rat turd live in, what existed outside it, and you will be told, usually rather tetchily, that nothing existed.

 

“The cosmic rat turd was floating around an infinite void then?” You offer only to be told that a void could not exist, nothing could exist outside the rat turd. All the voids, all the time and space, all everything was compressed into the rat turd.

 

“So the rat turd existed in infinity?” you venture.

 

“NO YOU IDIOT, NNNNOOOOO, infinity was in the rat turd,” your physicist debating partner will scream.

 

And thus all the theories of cosmology built around Big Bang collapse.

 

The sciencetits do not give up however, original theories are ‘tweaked’ to add some special rule to fit the real world again, dark matter is invented, or dark energy. Gravitational waves are conjured out of thin air to prop up failed theories. And again the scientific academe insists they must be assumed to be true because nobody can prove they aren’t.

 

It all keeps the academics busy consuming our tax money in the form of research grants, and living well while people whose work actually matters struggle.

 

I cannot be the only one who considers that modern physics (i.e. theoretical physics) in which any ‘proofs’ offered are nothing more than mathematical speculations based on other theories is a load of bollocks. Just as climate change scaremongers tell us ‘the science is settled’ and dismiss any criticism of the all too obvious flaws in their ‘science’, so physicists dismiss any criticism as coming from people outside their quasi – religious cult. My experience has shown that such attacks are used in self-interest. This latest non – revelation is just more of the same.

 

So long as politicians keep wasting our money funding them, physicists will continue to learn more and more about less and less until they know everything about nothing. Biologists and Chemists don’t have it so easy, they have to deal with things that exist in reality.

 

I should add here that in the 1980s I worked in several organisations involved in atomic research, and though my job was in computer systems, I learned a little from talking to the engineers and physicists involved in real world stuff. And those guys unanimously regard the theoreticians of the academic world as a bunch of clowns.


 

As Bad News Continues To Pile Up For Tesla and EV Fans …

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOK let’s see if I can post something. It’s a bit of a throwaway post, brought from another site, but if it’s going to disappear I’d rather not waste time. And if you are seeing it, well all I can say is “Welcome Back Writer Beat”

Tesla model 3 (source : https://indideevs.com/ )

 

With a spate of fatal and near fatal crashes raising doubts about the safety of the power storage system in Tesla sports models, the corporate stock exchange valuation taking hit after hit and Elon Musk’s promises looking more and more unrealistic as the company’s operating deficit gets bigger and bigger, today has brought another shock for fanboys of Tesla and electric vehicles in general.

The progress of the Tesla Model 3, which was supposed to be the “entry-level” electric vehicle for the middle class, that would take electric cars into the volume market has been beset failures to meet promised production levels as well as technical setbacks.
Leading up to the launch of the Model 3, it was positioned as the people’s EV, the electric car that everybody could afford, rather than being just a toy for virtue signalling liberal luvvies. Once in mass production, Musk promised, economies of scale would help the cash burning Tesla Corp. generate cash and profits consistently. The car’s relatively modest $35,000 price tag (Only about $10k more expensive than comparable Ford, GM or Volkswagen models,) was heralded as one of its key selling points, low enough that Tesla could generate the volume needed to gain operating leverage by selling it to the masses.

 

But as Elon Musk himself admitted this weekend on Twitter, selling a $35,000 Model 3 right now would cause Tesla to “lose money and die”. So, instead of selling this mass-market vehicle, Tesla has focused on selling a more expensive version of the vehicle. A much, much more expensive version, in fact more than double the base price. Yes, $70k for a very ordinary family car with a proven tendency to incinerate its occupants.

A lot of bollocks has been talked about Tesla cars, surely the public (apart from sceptics like me who know that the current generation of EVs have no more chance of being commercially successful than the first battery powered automobile, launched in 1834, and for the same reasons. Likewise the first Porsche was powered by electricity. Technology may have improved a zillion times since then, but so has what we expect an automobile to be able to do for us.

Tesla’s $35,000 Model 3 Could Now Cost You $78,000 – Bloomberg

 


 

I Love It When People Try To Shoot Me Down (coz I’m a better shot)

Suddenly I find I’m a player in the Russiagate scandal and involved (indirectly) with Stormy Daniels too. FAME AT LAST! MWAH HAHA HAAAA!

A few days ago I posted a comment in the thread under an article on the anti – Russian propaganda and scaremongering being whipped up by governments

and mainstream media. There was the Skripal case in Britain, a former spy who had worked for both Russian and British intelligence was poisoned in a quiet country town to which he had retired. Poisoned along with him, though not suspected of being involved in any way with spying was his daughter Yulia, something of a hottie a few years ago when this picture was taken, which guaranteed plenty of front page coverage in the tabloids.

 

Politicians and the press were quick to blame Vladimir Putin and tensions between the west and Russia were escalated, but the incident took place over a month ago  and no evidence has yet been offered linking the Russian government with the crime.

 

And then there was the alleged gas attack carried out, according to politicians and the media, by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al Assad on his own people. In spite of there being no evidence to support the allegations, which were based on information from sources linked to Al Qaeda and ISIS, the media went into full with hunt mode.

 

A preliminary statement from UN inspectors sent to investigate the alleged war crime reported no evidence of a gas attack could be found and furthermore no evidence could be found suggesting that sites targeted by US /NATO punitive missile strickes on Asad’s chemical weapons manufacturing facilities had in fact been occupied by chemical weapons manufacturing facilities.

 

With all this going on in the background the excellent independent journalist Caitlin Johnson published an article titled Any Discussion Of Russian Disinformation Is Invalid Unless It Addresses Iraq Lies.

 

I left a comment on the article, not of any great depth, but simply to help give it visibility (Caitlin doen’t need me to tell her she’s a good writer. I said:

 

Ian Thorpe: The anti Russian propaganda has now reached such an intense pitch we can assume the west’s liberal democracies are on the brink of social and economic collapse for there to be such great efforts to distract our attention from these issues.

 

Today I had a reply from someone whose name I was not familiar with.

 

Michael Avenatti: “After significant investigation, we have discovered that Mr. Trump’s atty Mr. Cohen received approximately $500,000 in the mos. after the election from a company controlled by a Russian Oligarc with close ties to Mr. Putin. These monies may have reimbursed the $130k payment.”

https://twitter.com/MichaelAvenatti/status/993959992762994688

 

A quck bit of reasearch revealed some interesting information about Mr. Avenatti so I replied:

 

How about full disclosure Michael: You are the lawyer acting for Stephanie

Clifford (aka Stormy Daniels, right, the porn actress who claims she was paid hush money to keep quiet about an affair with Trump,) and you allege that a company with links to a Russian oligarch (note spelling) made payments to Michael Cohen, but offer no evidence that such payments were in any way illicit.

 

In fact your allegations are considered so ludicrous that The Guardian, a UK left wing newspaper and certainly no friend of the Trump administration, ran a piece on the story exposing that your claim had no substance. BTW Many respectable companies, both European and American, have links to Russian businessmen.

 

We can only hope you were not acting for Stormy during the sex scenes in her movies.

 

Now my moral position has always been easy going and I’ve been round the block more times than the paperboys bike, so I’m not prejudiced against porn actresses, nor hookers (though I think virgins over the age of twenty five are a bit scary,) but I find quite a lot of her claim a bit suspect. First I’d guess from her current photos she is a bit older than she’s prepared to admit. Maybe its just the result of her lifestyle and she really is fortyish. And then when a woman flaunts boobs she obviously did not grow herself so blatantly, one wonders what else is not genuine.

 

I look forward to Mr. Avenatti’s next legalistic sally.

 

UPDATE:

Do You Feel Lucky
Well OK, I knew the comment that turned up in reply to mine was probably posted by a bot working for a Democratic Party disinformation campaign, so I wasn’t surprised to see the same comm


ent turn up on Zero Hedge … and get treated with similar disdain.

 

 

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War On Free Speech Killing Comedy?

 

Sophie Passmann (Image source: Twitter)

 

German comedian Sophie Passmann has become probably the first person to have a tweet deleted for being funny under Germany’s new online hate speech law, which is one of the strictest ‘hate’ laws in Europe, although it does not prohibit Muslim Imans from calling on their followers to kill all infidels.

 

Fraulien Passman commented: “There shouldn’t be a law against bad jokes, because that would mean that half the comedians in Germany wouldn’t be allowed on stage.”

 

Some worry that such laws  have an adverse effect on freedom of speech and thus curtail important civil rights. But others, mostly the snowflake generation, contend that the law, which came into force at the start of this year, is a step in the right direction. I wonder do these people understand how closely their behaviour resembles that of the 17th century Puritans, the people who banned Christmas, music, dancing, and thoroughly disapproved of laughter.

 

So what did Sophie Passmann do to trigger the snowflakes? Well it wasn’t very funny but it certainly wasn’t offensive. A bit of background is necessary first:

 

Passmann is a 24-year-old comedian who lives in Cologne, host to a large immigrant community and consequently the place where racial tensions run highest. Every New Year’s Eve Sophie becomes the butt of her friends’ jokes because of one of Germany’s most enduring year-end traditions: the airing of “Dinner for One” across German television. A British sketch originally, it’s about the 90th birthday party of an Englishwoman named Miss Sophie who has outlived all her friends. So her butler makes his way around the dinner table, impersonating each of the guests.

 

“New Year’s Eve is terrible for a person called Sophie,” says Ms. Passmann. “My friends think it’s funny to call me Miss Sophie all night.” So this year she shot back. On the day the NetzDG law went into effect, she posted a tweet at 9 a.m. that played on the idea that immigrants are destroying German culture: “As long as it’s a tradition in Germany to watch ‘Dinner for One,’ refugees can totally come to Germany and destroy our culture.”

 

It’s not her best joke, as she is the fist to admit, but it should have been obvious that it was humor. As far as the new puritans are concerned it is unacceptable to mention immigrants or Muslims in any humourous context. By the evening Passman had received multiple notifications from Twitter that users found it offensive, and by nightfall the company had removed it.

 

Some people may ask why should bad taste be acceptable in humour. My argument is that not only should be acceptable in humour, it is absolutely essential as a tool for puncturing the bubbles of pomposity and self righteousness with which those who would impose their moral prejudices on the whole world like to surround themselves.

 

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Trump Meets, “Chats Amicably” With Putin, Sides With Russia Over “Election Interference” At APEC Meeting

All eyes were on Trump and Putin again as the two leaders bumped into each other at the APEC meeting on Saturday. They patted each other on the back several times, and Putin whispered something in Trump’s ear. The US leader listened attentively leaving reporters to guess what the two discussed.

Shortly after, President Trump again dismissed allegations of Russian meddling in last year’s U.S. election, following his first brief meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin at the APEC conference after their first encounter in July. Speaking to reporters on Air Force One, Trump said that he believes Vladimir Putin’s denials about election meddling – over allegations raised by US intel agencies including the CIA, NSA, and FBI which claim that Russia actively worked to meddle in the election – which are an “artificial Democratic hit job” and did not want to press further because he thinks the U.S. and Russia can work together on issues that include North Korea, Syria and Ukraine. He also said that interference talk “gets in the way and that’s a shame,” because people will die because of it.

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Labour in Fresh Anti-Semitism Row After Candidate Posts on Facebook: ‘What Good Have the Jews Done?’

Far-left Nasreen Khan, a shortlisted Labour Party candidate for a Bradford council seat, posted anti-Semitic comments on Facebook and accused teachers of “brainwashing” children into thinking “the bad guy was Hitler”.

A former activist for anti-Israel George Galloway’s Respect Party, Ms. Khan was responding to a video on Facebook in 2012 called, “The Palestine You Need to Know”.

Using the name Naz Kahn, she posted: “It’s such a shame that the history teachers in our school never taught us this but they are the first to start brainwashing us and our children into thinking the bad guy was Hitler.

“What have the Jews done good in this world??”

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UK Will Be ‘Colony’ of EU if It Wants Brexit Trade Deal, Taunts EU Official

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EU officials taunted the UK, claiming Brits would be “forced” to abide by the bloc’s laws, without any say over those laws, as they battle for a trade deal on the EU’s terms.

Article 50 rules insisted the UK must negotiate the terms of its withdrawal, to be ratified by all 27 remaining members, within a strict two year period.

“We should not be pressured or rushed. They really should come up with the money,” one senior EU diplomat said.

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Another Middle East War? Things Are Escalating Quickly

Authored by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

I didn’t spend all week writing about the gigantic tremors occurring in the Middle East because I thought it was fun. If I’m even remotely correct in my analysis, the entire world will be affected and shaped for decades to come by what’s about to go down in the region.

Rather than rehash what I already wrote, I suggest you take a read of the following if you missed them the first time around.

There’s been a major update since those posts were published. Namely, it appears the government of Lebanon has seen enough and is coming out with its side of the story. As I reported in Part 1, the Saudis immediately claimed Lebanon declared war on it following the obviously staged and forced resignation of Hariri via Saudi Arabia over the weekend. This appears to be a case of classic psychological projection, as in reality, Saudi Arabia appears to have declared war on Lebanon. It straight up kidnapped their Prime Minister.

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ISIS was forced to withdraw from its last major stronghold in Syria on Thursday, after Syrian troops declared victory in Albu Kamal. A report from The Guardian noted that “Albu Kamal had long been crucial to the ferrying of jihadists from Syria into Iraq during the American occupation, and vice versa during the war in Syria.”

A statement from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights declared, “Forces loyal to the regime … have advanced in the Albu Kamal border city and established complete control after the withdrawal of the remaining [Isis] fighters to areas under their control in the countryside.”

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As news bulletins are full of Trump we remember there are other politicians

January 20, 2017

Today we witnessed the inauguration of TRUMP as US President. For the past few years politics has been dominated by ugly people it seems, Trump, le petit crapaud Francois Hollande, Angela Merkel, Hillary Clinton and so on. But does politics have to be so ugly. We did a bit of reasearch and found some hotties who are involved in politics. Readers should feel free to offer their own suggestion and contributions of hot men from female and gay readers will be welcome.

20 Most Gorgeous Female Politicians

Times have changed. In the past, women’s role in the society were only limited to nursing or being a wife. But fortunately today, women are empowered. They can now become the brains and the beauty behind a nation. Let’s see, here are 20 of the world’s hottest female politicians.

1. Nicole Minetti

Served in Silvio Berlusconi’s Italian government. Her time in politics was tainted by the infamous Rubygate scandal. A lot of people believe that this unqualified politician was placed in his government for one reason… Her body !

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Now take a look at the other political hotties in a list compiled by celebs-spot.com One or two in the gallery we are not so sure about, and we’re sad to find no trace of former French education minister Racida Dati (below, top – the light was not kind to her in this shot but there’s more on view than in other pictures) or rising star of the UK Green Party, Elizabeth Ward in the list.

 

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‘Frustrated’ computer scientist gives perfect response to ‘patronising’ tweet

October 5, 2016
 Computers can often be frustration, not only to novice or casual users, but for very different reasons, to people like myself with long careers in delivering computer based systems for business behind us. The problem is if course the rise of the nerds, those OCD bell ends who are totally obsessed with technology and are also utterly convinced that computers are smarter than humans. The first program I wrote was loaded from punched paper tape so that gives an idea of how far back I go. People who agree with my view that computers are fine tools for doing repetitive tasks but only humans can do the thinking  are not necessarily the older computer professionals, but those who understand where machine intelligence is in relation to human intelligence. People like Prof. Jan Golbeck, a senior lecturer in computer technology for example. Ms Golbeck does not like the Java language that sits behind HTML and Java Script and is the real engine that drives the internet, in fact the Prof tweeted that she would like to punch the object oriented programming language in the face, a comment which drew a patronisint responce from one twitter twat:
from The Daily Telegraph
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Professor Jen Golbeck replied to a ‘mansplainer’ on Twitter  Credit: Jen Golbeck / Twitter 

A computer scientist has revealed her ‘frustration’ at others thinking she is technologically illiterate because of her gender.

Jen Golbeck, an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland, shared of a screenshot of an exchange she had with a male Twitter user.

She initially tweeted her frustration at using Java, a popular computer programming language, explaining that she wanted to “punch it in the face”.

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Credit: Twitter 

Professor Golbeck then received a ‘patronising’ response from another user who encouraged her to ‘learn it’ – along with a winky face.

She tweeted back to the “mansplainer” that she is actually a computer science professor who has taught programming classes.

“I’m a computer science professor. I’ve taught a dozen programming classes that use java. I know it, thanks,” she wrote.

Her response has been shared by more than 20,000 users, with one user responding: “Mansplaining in 140 characters or less is the worst.”

Professor Golbeck added that she finds ‘mansplaining’ tweets very frustrating, adding that she regularly receives similar comments.

In August, another professor shut down a student’s ‘homophobic’ tweet with this response.

While this girl’s note to a boy about the importance of boundaries also went viral.

Now I understand the Prof’s frustration. Object oriented languages are modular in nature, and by making pre – compiled code modules available to perform common tasks they assume every programmer wants to do the same things in exactly the same way. This means that any programmer wishing to do anything out of the ordinary usually has to go through some complex and long winded loops to do simple things. And because it tries to be all things to all men, Java (and other Object Oriented languages) lead to massive software bloat, which is why we all have to have a supercomputer on our lap in order to run an operating system.

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US woman arrested for selling a dead body in a freezer at yard sale

September 17, 2016

You just can’t make up stuff like this.

Marcella Jean Lee, 56, was  recently arrested in North Carolina after her mother’s dead body was found in a freezer she sold at a yard sale. Lee was charged on Thursday (15 September) with concealing a body and failure to report a death, more than three months after selling the chest freezer to her neighbour for $30.

Ms Lee covered up the nature of the freezer’s grisly contents by telling her neighbour not to open the appliance because it was being used as a time capsule and that church members would come by at some point to collect the contents inside.

However, the neighbour opened it up later to find the body of Arma Roush, the 75-year-old mother of Ms Lee, whom police had been looking for since the discovery. She was finally arrested about 100 miles south of the city of Goldsboro, where her mother’s remains were found.

Lee is now being held at New Hanover county jail under a $50,000 bond, Fox 8 reported.

A post mortem examination showed no signs of foul play regarding Ms Roush’s death. The pensioner had been living with her daughter and was last seen alive in August 2015.

In a 911 call, obtained by WNCN at the time of the discovery, the neighbour said: “I have a serious problem. My neighbour sold me a deep freezer. I just opened it and there’s a body in there. I am freaking out.” So would you be if you opened a second hand freezer and found a still inside it.

She later told the TV station:  “She sold me her frozen mother for $30. How do you do something like that?”

The woman said that the day after she bought the freezer, Ms Lee had left town claiming she was heading to West Virginia to be with her mother, who was now staying at a nursing home. She’d have got away with it too, but for the pesky smell.

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US blackmail not welcome in UK

June 30, 2016

Mon 25 Apr 2016  

President Obama’s recent intervention in the British Referendum debate, threatening that the UK would be “at the back of the queue” for a US/UK trade deal, has rightly been treated with the contempt it deserves.  It is totally out of order for a foreign Head of State to attempt to intervene in a domestic political issue in this way.  Obama’s attempt to bully British voters was also not credible.  Here are just a few of the zillions of reasons why.

First, Obama is a lame duck President. In the final year of his second term he does not command a majority in either house of the US Congress.  While Hilary Clinton might take a similar view to Obama, (Crooked Hillary, who will take any view someone is willig to pay her to take)many Republicans would not and a lot of Democratic Party supporters would recognise that it is not the place of the US President to advise British citizens that they should act in America’s interests rather than their own country’s .

Secondly, neither the EU nor the UK has a USA trade deal today, so the UK outside Europe would be in exactly the same position with regard to US trade as it (and other EU member states) are today.  Yes, there is an EU/US trade deal (TTIP) currently under negotiation, but it is highly controversial and looks more and more likely to fail as time passes.  Both the timing and the outcome are extremely uncertain.
The UK joined the Common Market in 1973, and has been unable to make independent trade deals since then.  In my view, we should have had a free trade deal with the USA decades ago had we not been in the EU.

Thirdly, trade deals are supposedly about mutual benefit.  A good trade deal is beneficial to both parties.  A free trade deal is a win-win deal which in the case in point would benefit the USA as well as the UK.  President Obama has been criticised for following the worst examples of EU policy, and in seeking to use the offer (or denial) of a free trade deal as a a diplomatic lever for a political objective, he is doing so again.

The UK is a major trading partner of the USA.  In threatening to withhold a UK/USA trade deal for political reasons, Obama is in effect threatening to disadvantage the very country he represents.  This is why his threat is not credible.
This is a deliberate and impudent attempt at blackmail by a vainglorious little man who is desperately eager to salvage something of his reputation after eight years of a disastrously failed presidency. It should be dismissed accordingly.

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The Republican Contenders: All Less Appealing Than Trump

February 10, 2016

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After Iowa they said Donald Trump’s campaign was no more substantial than a fart in a hurricane but in New Hampshire he followed through.

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