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Saturday, 18 April 2015

Yemeni Man Saw Family Burn In Saudi Airstrike

It is rather revealing that the news of Yemeni civilians being killed by Saudi Arabian attacks on terrorists is receiving so little coverage on British media. I did find this Sky News report http://news.sky.com/story/1466525/yemeni-man-saw-family-burn-in-saudi-airstrike which begins:
'More than 600 people have been killed in Yemen in the past three weeks as a result of airstrikes and ground fighting, over half of them civilians including 74 children, according to the United Nations.'

If this had been Israel attacking Hamas terrorists then you can be sure that the BBC would be giving this story great prominence, but not as it's a Muslim on Muslim story. I wonder why that's the case? Why do the BBC obsess over Israel so much?

Friday, 17 April 2015

Ed Miliband - a retrospective (part 1)



I was browsing through my blog looking for pieces about Ed Miliband, there's over 200, and I came across this one from 2008, entitled 'Democracy Gordon Brown style'. What's interesting is the appearance of both Ed Miliband and his brother David, both happy to toe the line that the Lisbon Treaty was not the same as the 'abandined' EU Constitution. Here's what I wrote at the time:
 'Gordon Brown is as fundamentally dishonest as Tony Blair was and his behaviour over the EU Treaty is nothing short of disgusting. Gordon Brown was part of the team that wrote the last Labour manifesto, you remember the one that promised a referendum on the EU Constitution. Yes I do realise that that was only promised to draw any advantage that might accrue to the Conservatives if they promised a referendum. Then Gordon Brown reneged on this promise by claiming that the Treaty was not the same as the Constitution. He and other Labour politicians love to quote Angela Merkel when she said that the Constitutional process had been abandoned. It has, but that does not matter a bean as all that was abandoned was the process of rep;lacing all the existing European Treaties with a new Constitution. This process has been replaced with a new amending treaty that moves us to the same place as we would have been with the Constitution but by amending the existing treaties instead. As Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, the architect of the abandoned European Constitution, admitted
"Looking at the content, the result is that the institutional proposals of the constitutional treaty….are found complete in the Lisbon Treaty, only in a different order and inserted in former treaties.." He made clear that the purpose of the rewritten Treaty was to make people think the new version did not merit being put to the people in referendums. "Above all, it is to avoid having referendums thanks to the fact that the articles are spread out and constitutional vocabulary has been removed," he added. 

An Angela Merkel quote that the Labour liars refer to less often comes from her speech in June 2007 to the European Parliament and runs "The substance of the Constitution is preserved, that is a fact". '
Note that Ed Miliband wouldn't answer whether he'd read the Treaty, I think it's pretty obvious why.

Also look from 1:55 and see how Ed Miliband truly is a rebel, he's put his jacket collar up: what a rebel? No, what a dork!

Also remember that when Labour Party members  pine for David Miliband that he was as happy as his dork of a brother to give away British powers and diminish democracy.

Ed Miliband - clear and concise?



Ed Miliband from 2011, sticking to a predetermined answer come what may.

Remember this video when the Labour Party and the BBC tell you how intelligent, capable and normal Ed Miliband is.

If the BBC wasn't happy to act as the  media and propaganda arms of the Labour Party then this video would have featured strongly in BBC 'satirical' news programmes, but it didn't. Compare that with how often John Redwood's failure to know the Welsh National (Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau) anthem was played. As with the video of Gordon Brown picking his nose in the Chanmber of the House of Commons, this piece of video will not be mentioned on the News Quiz, played on Have I Got News For You or on any of the BBC 5Live 'satirical' weekend shows. So as the BBC and their Labour friends want this video to disappear, I think all bloggers should keep posting it and get the word out about the massive dork who 'leads' the Labour Party.



I found the ITV interviewer's reaction to this part of the interview, here is an extract:

'Ed Miliband thinks that the strikes are wrong at a time when negotiations are still underway. The government has acted in a reckless and provocative manner, but it is time for both sides to set aside the rhetoric and get around the negotiating table and stop this from happening again.


I know this because he told me six times. His PR must have known that was what he was going to do. And yet he still went through a convincing charade of pressing me on my line of interrogation, urging me to keep my questions brief, and even – this was a macabre touch – placing a voice recorder on the table beside me as a kind of warning not to try and misquote his boss. 
As it turned out, the first take was drowned out by a passing siren on the Embankment, but seemed like a thoughtful and precise position for a Labour leader to take. Clear in his condemnation, hopeful of a negotiated settlement. Not partisan, but engaged. Detached, but not aloof. 
The second time it seemed like a less original statement. The strikes are wrong… the rhetoric has gone too far… parents across the country…But then, I’d heard it before and it was useful to have a clean version, unspoiled by a siren.

The third time… the third time I was struggling a little bit. I’d asked him how his opposition to the strikes fitted with his position as leader of the Labour movement. I thought it was quite a clever question. Silly me. The strikes were wrong at a time when negotiations were still underway. The government had acted recklessly. It was time for rhetoric to be set aside. 
Some reporters like to have their questions written on a piece of paper, and tick them off one by one as they are asked. It’s something I’ve never done, but at this moment I wished fervently that I had a piece of paper in my hand, just to give me something to look at, and scratch away thoughtfully just buy some time. 
I asked another question. Something about Francis Maude, and his tone of conciliation. Not very good, I know, but the best I could manage. Get him to say something about Francis Maude, I was thinking… his hairstyle, his glasses, the way he peers over the top of them as he drones on, anything, just stop already with the strikes are wrong while negotiations are underway, and the rhetoric has got out of hand… 
I’m not sure what I asked next. Frankly I was in danger of losing it. On my own, with the eyes of Ed Miliband and his three handlers boring into me but apparently oblivious of my presence, I was getting twinges of what I can only describe as existential doubt. So I said some words. And Ed told me that the strikes were wrong, and the rhetoric was out of hand, and both sides needed to sit down… 
That was the worst one, I think. 
If news reporters and cameras are only there to be used by politicians as recording devices for their scripted soundbites, at best that is a professional discourtesy. At worst, if we are not allowed to explore and examine a politician’s views, then politicians cease to be accountable in the most obvious way. So the fact that the unedited interview has found its way onto YouTube in all its absurdity, to be laughed at along with all the clips of cats falling off sofas, is perfectly proper. 
Afterwards, I was overcome with a feeling of shame. I couldn’t look him in the eye.
But before I dried up completely, and had to be led out of Westminster with my mouth opening and shutting, I had an opportunity to ask one last question. I had an urge to say something so stupid, so flippant that he would either have to answer it, or get up and leave. `What is the world’s fastest fish?’ `Can your dog do tricks?’ `Which is your favourite dinosaur?’ But, of course, this was a pool interview, and I had no wish to feed out the end of my television career to Sky and the BBC. 
I realise now, of course, the perfect question to ask, to embarrass him and to keep my job. I should have asked was whether the strikes were wrong, whether the rhetoric had got out of hand, and whether it was time for both sides to get round the negotiating table before it happened again. 
Because that was the only answer I ever got.'
It sounds as though Damon Green has had an epiphany about Ed Miliband.

As an aside, I bet David Miliband has this piece of video downloaded and is playing it to everyone he knows...


As an aside you can get a great effect watching this video if you want. Watch it to the end then replay it. Now try pressing and holding the number 3 on your keyboard down..... great isn't it? Ed Miliband is Ed 'Blinky' Balls reincarnated!

Thursday, 16 April 2015

But doesn't that Labour Party spokesman miss one key factor?

The Telegraph report that 'Ed Miliband's US adviser David Axelrod pays no tax in Britain'

Apparently 'A Labour Party spokesperson said: "David Axelrod lives in the US, works in the US and pays tax in the US. We pay AKPD Media in the US in US dollars. ​There is no tax due in the UK."​'

True but this is for work carried out in the UK, doesn't (or shouldn't) that make a difference?

New TV series gives insight into chefs’ personal lives per NewsBiscuit

NewsBiscuit have a preview of an upcoming programme with an insight into the 'real lives' of TV chefs: Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver, Delia Smith, Nigel Slater and Nigella Lawson. It's a fascinating piece, here's an extract re Jamie Oliver:
'Jamie Oliver says that he finds it difficult to maintain his estuary English, and longs to be able to speak in his natural Surrey accent. 'One has to remember to speak as if one had truly been born in Southend – or Sarfend, as I have to say! I must confess that when I was at Oxford studying for my degree in Philosophy and Economics one did not expect to become a TV chef... One knew nothing about cooking, but one was advised to throw everything into a pot with olive oil and salt and cook it for an hour, and one has lived on that single recipe ever since.'
Satire?

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Christians under threat in the Middle East per BBC News

Jane Corbin for the BBC reports on the persecution of Jews across the Middle East, , there's a programme about it tonight that this article accompanies - This World: Kill The Christians will be broadcast on BBC Two on Wednesday 15 April at 21:00. 

The article is interesting, including where the West's invasion of Iraq is blamed for ending the Christian safety in Iraq, but it is this passage caught my eye:
'The same story is being repeated across the Middle East, where the Arab Spring unleashed forces that turned against Christians and the authoritarian leaders who once protected them.'
Strange, I can think of one Middle East state where Christians live free to worship and live peacefully. But then why would the institutionally anti Israel BBC ever refer to Israel positively?

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

No Shit Sherlock

'The bBC is a big Labour supporting monopoly with the power and network to swing an election and needs to be broken up and to Camerons shame in the last 5 years he has not touched it.'
From the comments at Biased BBC today. 

BBC supporting  Labour - "No shit, Sherlock"

Are you sure Ed?




Ed Miliband said at the Labour Party manifesto launch yesterday that:
“It was the financial crisis that caused the deficit…”
Really? Look at the graph at the top of this piece.
Was it the financial crisis that caused the deficit that Labour ran in 2002/3?
Was it the financial crisis that caused the deficit that Labour grew in 2003/4?
Was it the financial crisis that caused the deficit that Labour grew in 2004/5?
Was it the financial crisis that caused the deficit that Labour grew in 2005/6?
Was it the financial crisis that caused the deficit that Labour ran in 2006/7?
Was it the financial crisis that caused the deficit that Labour ran in 2007/8?

Questions that you won't see or hear posed on the pro-Labour BBC.

Friday, 10 April 2015

At last a political movement that I can get behind, or in front of... #freethenipple - NSFW A Rule 5 Post

The Women of Kvenn, Iceland, want to #freethenipple


So does French singer Soko at London's 100 Club in March, the song is 'I thought I was an Alien'



I'm 100% in favour of freeing the nipple, how about you?  

I would say that this news was unbelievable but bearing in mind the BBC's incessant pro-Labour bias...

I would say that this news was unbelievable but bearing in mind the BBC's incessant pro-Labour bias, maybe not...

The Telegraph reports that:
'Ed Miliband was in a relationship with a senior BBC economics journalist while working at the Treasury, it has emerged after his wife admitted being "furious" about the "secret" romance.

Mr Miliband was still seeing Stephanie Flanders, who at the time covered economics for BBC Newsnight, until as late as March 2004, years later than previously thought.

At the time he was a special adviser to Gordon Brown, the Chancellor of the Exchequer.'
The BBC of course won't confirm or deny the story:
'A BBC spokesman declined to say if Miss Flanders had informed the corporation at the time of her relationship with Mr Miliband, saying: "We wouldn't comment on former staff members personnel details."'
The BBC acts as the Labour Party's propaganda arm, and there's not much we can do about it.
The BBC will win the election for the Labour Party, and there's not much we can do about it.

Skiing stupid, fractured right wrist makes trackpad usage very very tricky, painkillers make me somewhat dozy, hopefully post again after the weekend


Thursday, 2 April 2015

ONS rebukes Labour over zero-hours poster per PoliticsHome.com

More Labour lies exposed?
'The Office for National Statistics has issued a correction to a Labour claim that '1.8 million people' are on zero-hours contracts.

The ONS official Twitter account picked up on a new posted that quoted the figure, pointing out that there are actually 1.8 million contracts, but only 697,000 people have a zero-hours contract for their main job.'

More here but not at the BBC who are more than ever in full VOTE LABOUR mode.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Is that the case Ed Balls?

The BBC faithfully report Ed Balls as saying that:
'Conservatives were "telling people you have never had it so good" despite it being the "slowest recovery for 100 years".'
Maybe Ed Balls or one of his allies at the BBC could point me to whichever Conservatives have been saying this, I can't think of any.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

PA schooling: "Fight the Jews, kill them, and defeat them"

Palwatch has yet another insight into the genocidal brainwashing of Palestinian children. Something that the institutionally anti Israel BBC will never report on.
' "I came to rehearse the play in order to boycott Israeli products and fight the Jews, kill them, and defeat them. The goal is to boycott Israeli products."
[Official PA TV, March 22 and 25, 2015]'

Soccer and terrorism: what UEFA needs to know per The Warped Mirror

'Naturally, the BDS activists who try to pressure UEFA into boycotting Israel also have nothing to say about the pervasive glorification of terrorism, and the cooperation with terrorism, that is so common in Palestinian sport.  But whether it is sports or any other area, BDS always means bigoted double standards: grotesquely magnifying Israeli problems that are not dissimilar to shortcomings in other countries, while ignoring gross abuses by Palestinians.'
More  here that the BBC should also be made to read, as it might help to counter their institutionally anti Israel bias.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Tim Minchin only lasts for 3 minutes


Sky Arts - Anarchy In Manchester - ignorant or misleading?

Near the beginning of Sky Arts' programme Anarchy in Manchester, the presenter John Cooper Clarke emotes:
"The summer of 1976 was hot and bothered as the British economy declined, its cities decayed..."
At the mention of the British economy declining, the VT shows Margaret Thatcher.

So did the programme makers not know that in 1976 Britain's economy was suffering under a Labour government, lead first by Prime Minister Harold Wilson and then James 'Jim' Callaghan. Or maybe did the programme makers think that this would be just another way of denigrating Margaret Thatcher, for as all Arts graduates know everything bad that happened in the 1970s and 1980s was the fault of the Tories, especially Margaret Thatcher.

Obvious when you think about it

Per a letter in today's Times:
'Sir, Perhaps airlines should follow the example of El Al, whose cockpits have direct access to a restroom without pilots having to leave the cockpit.
Graham Warner
Whitefield, Greater Manchester'
If true, it seems rather a good idea but tricky to convert short haul planes I would have thought. 

Missing the Premiership? Here's Arsene Wenger and his impossible coat pocket...



Tricky things pockets...

Friday, 27 March 2015

For any sleep-deprived parents of a non-sleeping baby - A public service post


"One thing they don't mention in the parenting book
Your love for them grows, the closer to dead they look"
Sick but very accurate!

Thursday, 26 March 2015

What We Know About German Crash Co-Pilot

' The co-pilot of Flight 9525 which crashed in the French Alps wanted to "destroy the plane", a prosecutor has said.
Andreas Lubitz, who was 28 and a German national, is understood to have joined the Germanwings airline in 2013 straight after training.
It is also reported Lubitz had been included by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on its database to show he had met or exceeded its pilot certification standards, which aim to "reduce pilot errors that lead to fatal crashes".
The certfication is seen as the difference between "a safe flight and one that ends in tragedy".
Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin says Lubitz was alone at the controls of the Airbus A320 and "intentionally" put the plane into the disastrous descent.
He had refused to let the captain back into the cockpit.
Mr Robin said Lubitz had never been flagged as a terrorist.
But pressed over Lubitz's religion, he said: "I don't think this is where this lies. I don't think we will get any answers there."
Mr Robin said the plane's black box recordings showed Lubitz "was breathing normally, it wasn't the breathing of someone who was struggling".'
' But pressed over Lubitz's religion, he said: "I don't think this is where this lies. I don't think we will get any answers there."'
Interesting

Germanwings plane crash: Co-pilot 'wanted to destroy plane' per BBC News

'The co-pilot of the Germanwings plane that crashed into the French Alps on Tuesday appeared to want to "destroy the plane", French officials said.Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin, citing information from the "black box" voice recorder, said the co-pilot was alone in the cockpit.

He intentionally started a descent while the pilot was locked out.Mr Robin said there was "absolute silence in the cockpit" as the pilot fought to re-enter it.

The co-pilot, now named as Andreas Lubitz, 28, was alive until the final impact, the prosecutors added.'

More here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-32063587

Airbus Reinforced Cockpit Door Description and Procedure and the Germanwings plane disaster

Airbus Reinforced Cockpit Door Description and Procedure: https://youtu.be/ixEHV7c3VXs

Watch especially from 3:56 for the emergency access procedure, why could the pilot of the Germanwings wings plane not access the cockpit via this method?

Reports say that the cockpit voice recorder showed that one of the pilots was trying to break the door down in order to get onto the flight deck, why?

Also I note that the names of the two pilots have not been named, why?

The captain is described as having more than 6,000  hours flying experience and prior to Germanwings as having flown for Lufthansa and Condor. The co-pilot is described as having joined Germanwings direct from training in 2013. Why do I have a bad feeling about this aspect of the story?

Is this a repeat of Mozambique Airline TM470, which was crashed in November 2013?

Germanwings plane crash: Pilot 'locked out of cockpit' per BBC News

The BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-32062278 that:

'One of the two pilots of the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps was locked out of the cockpit, according to reports.

Early findings from the cockpit voice recorder suggest the pilot made desperate efforts to get back in, sources close to the investigation say.'

I wonder where this story is going. Do we know the names of the two pilots and the cabin crew yet?

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

The BBC and the EU

This morning I see that the BBC have a report entitled 'MPs criticise 'lack of EU debate'' on their news website. The piece commences:
'The government's "failure" to let MPs debate EU legislation is "deplorable", a Parliamentary committee says.

The European Scrutiny Committee said ministers had refused to schedule debates on issues such as free movement and the EU's Budget.

It also said BBC coverage of EU matters should be "improved substantially".

The government said the number of EU debates had doubled since 2009-10, while the BBC said its coverage was "extensive and impartial".'
It's strange that the BBC concentrates on the criticisms of the government whilst minimising reporting the criticisms of the BBC. The coverage of the BBC's reporting is left to the end of the piece and is just this:
'The committee has also been examining the BBC's coverage of European issues, taking evidence from director general Lord Hall and head of news James Harding earlier this month.

During that appearance, Lord Hall said the desire for balanced output "ran deep" within the BBC and he believed that this was being achieved.

Mr Harding said if the public was going to trust the BBC to report on politicians impartially it had to be clear that BBC journalists weren't "asked by politicians to come and account for what they do and in effect do the bidding of those politicians".

But the committee said it was "concerned about the manner in which the BBC treats EU issues", calling for coverage to be "improved substantially".

It suggested coverage did not reflect all sides of the debate on the European Union, and more analysis was needed.

Its chairman, Conservative MP Sir William Cash, said the BBC had "very particular obligations" to be impartial and to "educate and inform".

He added: "We do not believe this is currently being achieved in the context of the BBC's EU coverage."

A BBC spokesman said the corporation provided extensive and impartial coverage of European and Parliamentary issues, and it would be a breach of the corporation's independence if a committee of MPs instructed the BBC on its coverage.'
The actual report of the Committee says this:
'84. We note that four particular aims were set out by the BBC in its Response to the Wilson Report:64F[65]
    "to offer our audiences across all platforms clear, accurate and accessible information about the way EU institutions work and their impact on UK laws and life;
    "to ensure impartiality by reflecting the widest possible range of voices and viewpoints about EU issues; to test those viewpoints using evidence-based argument or informed opinion;
    "to demonstrate the relationships between the different member states and the European Union.
    "to reveal and explain to our audiences areas of contentious fact and disputed principle."
85. Given the fact that the Wilson Report raised such serious criticisms of the BBC's treatment of EU issues, we remain profoundly unconvinced that these aims have been fulfilled.

86. We are not yet convinced that the BBC's training adequately equips BBC editors, correspondents, producers and interviewers to devise the questions and coverage to reflect all sides of the EU equation, in accordance with the BBC Charter and its obligations. We were told by Lord Hall that the organisation is "very reflective. It thinks very hard about what it is doing … The culture, I think, is one of questioning", and on the question of the complexity of the issues in question, we were told that "the challenge is to say 'this is complex; it matters. Now we, as journalists, must try to get to grips with it".65F[66] In our view a good deal more analysis is required. '

And here is the summary:
'90. In summary, we still remain deeply concerned about the manner in which the BBC treats EU issues. Our witnesses seemed to be more intent on defending and asserting their own opinions, mindset and interpretation of the obligations under the Charter and Framework Agreement than in whether they had in fact discharged them or whether they had the mindset to carry through their post-Wilson aims. In the interest of the licence fee payers, and the public in general, and in the context of the approaching General Election and a prospective referendum on the EU, and given the fact that the BBC themselves state that 58% of the public look to the BBC for news they trust, we believe that the BBC has a duty under its Charter, Framework Agreement and the general law, and following the Wilson report in particular, to improve substantially the manner in which it treats EU issues.

91. Furthermore, we conclude that in the light of the evidence we have taken over the past two years from the BBC, and given the statements made by the Chairman of the BBC Trust, Rona Fairhead, indicating that even she, as Chairman of the Trust, wishes to see reform of governance, that our criticisms of the way the BBC treats EU issues, and the approach by its leaders to the Committee, particularly the initial refusal to give oral evidence, shows that accountability to Parliament must be a key factor to be considered as part of the review of the BBC Charter in 2016, as should be strict adherence to the aims set out by the BBC in its response to the Wilson Review.

92. We have already published the transcripts of both hearings, and we also publish a submission from the organisation Newswatch commenting on the session with the Chairman of the BBC Trust, the BBC's response to that submission (which in our view is dismissive), and the BBC's follow-up submission following the oral evidence session with Lord Hall.

93. We deeply regret the fact that Lord Hall's repeated refusals to give oral evidence delayed the session to such an extent that it has not been possible to conduct further work on these issues before the dissolution of Parliament. Our central tenet, regarding the BBC's coverage of the EU scrutiny process in the House, and EU issues more generally, is that the country's public service broadcaster must command wide confidence in its coverage of such a sensitive and complex issue. We do not believe that this has been achieved.

94. Given the possibility of a referendum on the UK's EU membership before the end of the decade, and potentially a renegotiation of the Treaties, the issue of how the media in general, and the BBC in particular, covers the EU is of paramount importance. We asked Lord Hall if, as Director-General, he would undertake to appear before our successor Committee, and he responded that "if the subject matter was one that involved the BBC in some sort of way, I or others would appear." We welcome this commitment.'

That the Committee concluded:
'..we still remain deeply concerned about the manner in which the BBC treats EU issues. Our witnesses seemed to be more intent on defending and asserting their own opinions, mindset and interpretation of the obligations under the Charter and Framework Agreement than in whether they had in fact discharged them or whether they had the mindset to carry through their post-Wilson aims. In the interest of the licence fee payers, and the public in general, and in the context of the approaching General Election and a prospective referendum on the EU, and given the fact that the BBC themselves state that 58% of the public look to the BBC for news they trust, we believe that the BBC has a duty under its Charter, Framework Agreement and the general law, and following the Wilson report in particular, to improve substantially the manner in which it treats EU issues.'
should be reported by the BBC but the BBC is not interested in facts or impartiality, it has its own agenda to further.


Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Hold on, isn't that an example of apartheid?

This fascinating WND article is well worth a read.

But this passage caught my eye:
The Saudi authorities prohibit non-Muslims from venturing within 15 kilometers of Mecca or the other holy city, Medina. Infidels who are discovered in the sacred precincts can expect severe punishment.
So Israel is called an 'apartheid state' by the usual suspects although non-Jews (including Muslims) have equal rights with Jews and it's Jews who are not allowed to pray at on the holiest site in Judaism whilst Muslims are. 

However in Saudi Arabia non-Muslims aren't allowed near Mecca or Medina and there's barely a peep from those who protest about Israel. Might it possibly be the case that some of the protesters are less concerned with human rights than with hating Jews?

Israel and the Genocide Myth

I have had my differences with @MsIntervention but this piece http://www.thewhatandthewhy.com/#!Guest-Writer-Israel-and-the-Genocide-Myth/c112t/5510725a0cf22035304e54ed is spot on.

'... a Palestinian murdered by an Arab does not carry the same significance as one who died at the hands of an Israeli. This says a lot more about the enemies of Israel than it says about Israel itself.'

Barack Hussein Obama - The Anti-Israel President

Obama - The Anti-Israel President: https://youtu.be/xO8qZP_iU9I

Monday, 23 March 2015

Night Tube per Transport for London

Finally some good news for London party people:

' From the early hours of Saturday 12 September 2015, Londoners and visitors to the Capital will be able to travel on the Jubilee, Victoria and most of the Piccadilly, Central and Northern Tube lines all night on Fridays and Saturdays. We also hope to expand across other lines in subsequent years.'

More details here https://www.tfl.gov.uk/campaign/tube-improvements/the-future-of-the-tube/night-tube

Tortoise Sex Interrupted By Explorer, World's Slowest Chase Ensues - headline of the year?

http://m.huffpost.com/uk/entry/6921758

London's Jews 'fear racial attacks' per BBC News

This BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-31993763 manages to avoid fingering who Jews are most fearful of attack by...

'London has become a sanctuary for French Jews hoping to escape anti-Semitism in recent years.
But there are growing fears about security for Jewish people in the wake of recent attacks and racial abuse abroad.

Jewish school children in London say they are being forced to hide their religious identity because of fear of being attacked.

With levels of anti-semitism on the rise, children as young as eight have been targeted, including a Hasidic boy who was pelted with stones and a group of Jewish girls who were terrorised by a man threatening to kill them.
Sixteen-year-old Elisheva Hersh, who was verbally abused for being Jewish, told Inside Out she feels being Jewish is risky so she tries to hide it.

Elisheva's decision not to display her religious identity is not unusual in Britain.
According to a recent poll earlier this year by The Campaign Against Anti-Semitism about 37% of Jews admitted doing the same.

Caroline Wyatt reports for BBC Inside Out London.
Inside Out is broadcast on BBC One London on Monday, 23 March at 19:30 GMT and nationwide on the iPlayer for 30 days thereafter.'

No mention of Islam or Muslims?

People think Harriet Harman is 'a f*****g knob' says Labour MP Simon Danczuk

This Independent article http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/people-think-harriet-harman-is-a-fg-knob-says-labour-mp-simon-danczuk-10127466.html manages to find a Labour MP with his finger on the pulse of public opinion.

I can't see the BBC reporting his views.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Palestinian scientist wins top job at Israeli ministry - The apartheid state of Israel again

'A scientist from East Jerusalem was appointed to a senior position at Israel's science and technology bureau Sunday, becomng the highest-ranking Palestinian without Israeli citizenship in an official government post.

Tarek Abu-Hamed of Sur Baher, who specializes in the field of chemical engineering, was named as deputy chief scientist of Israel's Ministry of Science, Technology and Space, the state body responsible for setting national policy on issues such as international scientific collaborations and research and development funding.'

More here http://www.timesofisrael.com/palestinian-receives-top-job-at-israeli-ministry/ but not on the institutionally anti Israel BBC, where the narrative must be preserved.

Friday, 20 March 2015

Dexys Midnight Runners - Burn It Down

Dexys Midnight Runners - Burn It Down: https://youtu.be/8OgTNCeW3sU

The best intro ever?

A strange collaboration Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney





Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney - FourFiveSeconds 

Over one hundred million views before I manage it, what has happened to me and my relationship with popular music?

Considerable amounts of Rihanna sideboob in that video.

Pupils 'banned from watching solar eclipse' for cultural and religious reasons per ITV News

ITV news report http://www.itv.com/news/london/2015-03-20/children-banned-from-watching-solar-eclipse-for-cultural-and-religious-reasons/ that:

'A headmaster has admitted primary school children were banned from watching the eclipse for 'cultural and religious' reasons.'

The school is in Southall so I'm guessing the  religion isn't Judaism. Probably not Christianity or Buddhism either. So it's Hinduism, Sikhism or Islam. I wonder which.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Bohemian Rhapsody tackled by Sketch She - A vaguely Rule 5 post


Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody becomes Sketch She's Bohemian Carsody

To answer to your two questions:
1) yes, I think so
2) black ones, I think

Don't come over all innocent, you know what I mean.

Inconvenient facts about the Israeli elections that you won't find reported on the institutionally anti Israel BBC

This New York Observer article is well worth a read. It analyses why Benjamin Netanyahu won the election despite Barack Hussein Obama's best efforts and that of much of the world's media.
However it was this passage that most deserves wider readership:
'The election had other implications. The "Apartheid state" saw a 29% increase in the number of Arabs elected to the Knesset (Israel's parliament). Most of this increase came from Arabs elected within Jewish parties and not Arab parties. For the second time in a row, the number of women members of the Knesset increased. Israel has a higher proportion of women in the Knesset than the proportion of women in congress.

Neither of those outcomes will be widely disseminated, neither in the world's media nor in colleges and universities across the world. That would compel people to rethink the characterization of Israel by those seeking its destruct.'
Very true, I mean can you imagine the BBC reporting such facts? It would go against their anti-Israel narrative.

Don't let them do it again

Don't let them do it again: https://youtu.be/q_DJ64bPBOw
Why would you trust Ed Balls and Ed Miliband again?

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

I'd feel sorry for Ed Miliband but he really does deserve every piss-take that comes his way



I'd feel sorry for Ed Miliband but he really does deserve every piss-take that comes his way.

And as for Ed Balls sitting next to him with that idiotic pretend shocked expression on his face, how he has the nerve to look at himself in the mirror after all that he's done to the UK economy, I just don't know.

When George Osborne can take the piss out of a Labour politician that easily then you know it's just to easy.

Jeremy Bowen's Tweets about the Israeli elections 1-10

I have looked at the last few days Tweets by the BBC's Middle East Editor, Jeremy Bowen. Let's see if they strike you as impartial...

 So this first tweet shows just the sort of view of Israel that you'd expect from Jeremy Bowen.

Does this picture express Jeremy Bowen's hopes for a left of centre victory and this a weaker Israel after the elections?

A family setting picture of the leader of the Arab Joint List, I wonder if Jeremy Bowen will tweet similarly about the leaders of the larger Jewish led parties?

Well Jeremy Bowen managed a picture of Benjamin Netanyahu but it's a lampooning from the Arab List Party.
 
Election over and Jeremy Bowen has to cast aspersions on why Benjamin Netanyahu won.

Just the facts, Jeremy, just the facts.

Is Benjamin Netanyahu solely responsible for relations with Barack Obama, or does Barack Obama bear any responsibility for his anti-Israel policies?

According to who? Just the facts Jeremy, just the facts.

No investigation as to why he's so popular?
No other Israelis quoted after the election, just one opponent of the victor. If the left had won the election would Jeremy Bowen have only reported what a disappointed Netanyahu supporter said? Also is 'demoninator' a faithful reporting of what the Israeli said, an 'innocent' typo or a sly dig by a disappointed 'impartial' BBC journalist?

Jeremy Bowen and the result of the Israeli elections

So Mr Bowen:
Couldn't you find a Netanyahu suppoter?
Is 'demoninator' a faithfiul report of what the Israeli said, a convenient typo or a jibe from a disappointed BBC 'journalist'

Coming next, an investigation into Jeremy Bowen's impartial reporting of the Israeli elections.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Israel election: No clear winner, exit polls suggest per BBC News

This BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-31933326 does seem to show that Israel is NOT an apartheid state as is so often falsely claimed:

'The Joint Arab List, an alliance of Israeli Arab-dominated parties, has come third with about 13 seats, exit polls suggest.

It has said, however, that it will not take any positions in government.'

The one hundred and ninety ninth weekly "No shit, Sherlock" award

'The government's Fixed Term Parliaments Act was a "mistake", ex-Conservative cabinet minister Ken Clarke has said.'


No shit, Sherlock

Monday, 16 March 2015

Israel’s top right-winger wants his people to ‘stop apologizing’

'So my point to the Israelis is stop feeling like you have to pander to the world. It's our country and I understand the world is trying to twist our arm with many means, but committing national suicide is not the right policy from our perspective.'

More sense here http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2015/03/16/why-israels-top-right-winger-wants-his-people-to-stop-apologizing

More nonsense here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Spain: "The Mediterranean Corridor of Jihadism"

' Much of Spain was ruled by Muslim conquerors from 711 to 1492; Salafists believe that the territories the Muslims lost during the Spanish Reconquista still belong to them, and that they have a right to return and establish their rule there — a belief based on the Islamic doctrine that territories once occupied by Muslims must forever remain under Muslim domination.'

More here http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/5368/spain-mediterranean-jihadism

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

The one hundred and ninety eighth weekly "No Shit Sherlock" award

The Telegraph reports that  "BBC executive negotiating over TV debates under fire over Labour links"

Apparently 'Senior Conservatives are understood to be furious at the behaviour of the BBC, believing that executives at the Corporation want to undermine the Prime Minister ahead of the election.'

BBC wanting to undermine a Conservative Prime Minister? No shit, Sherlock

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Living with the J-word per BBC News

Michael Goldfarb has a piece in the BBC magazine http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-31765970 that addresses the rise in anti Semitism.

'A new cycle of Jew-hatred/anti-Semitism has begun in Western Europe since Israel's third war with Hamas.

Is it physically violent? More than it used to be. Does it have political teeth? No. Does it remind me of every incident since I was eight years old. Yes.

How does it make me feel? Like I said at the top - it's complicated - but it reinforces for me the knowledge that being hated is part of being Jewish.
How does that make you feel?'

One aspect not addresses is that of the BBC, whose institutionally anti Israel stance is responsible in a large part for the rise in anti Semitism in the UK.

The sinister treatment of dissent at the BBC per Nick Cohen in Comment is free at The Guardian

This is a must read article for anyone who still believes that the BBC are the good guys.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/08/bbc-whistleblowers-jimmy-savile

Friday, 6 March 2015

In 2006 Newsweek thought George W Bush's use of the word Caliphate was humorous

' When Ahmed heard "caliphate" Wednesday morning, he thought of the way Bush used the word "crusade" after September 11. "There's a fundamental misunderstanding with the president and his advisers on core Islamic issues," Ahmed said. "He's getting bad advice, they're misinformed on Islamic terminology." Either that, or he's making a strategic rhetorical choice.'

More here http://www.newsweek.com/bushs-new-word-caliphate-111461

Hillary leaked intel using private email to stop Netanyahu’s war plans per Allen B. West

Allen B. West http://allenbwest.com/2015/03/it-gets-worse-hillary-leaked-intel-using-private-email-to-stop-netanyahus-war-plans/ has some information that you won't find reported on the BBC.

BBC The Report - Anti-Semitism in the UK: Is It Growing?

Last night's The Report programme was entitled 'Anti-Semitism in the UK: Is It Growing?'

The Report's description of the programme is 'Anti-Semitism in the UK: Simon Cox investigates the changing face of prejudice against Jewish people after recent lethal attacks in Paris, Copenhagen and Brussels. With the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, calling for European Jews to move to Israel, we look at whether there is more dangerous anti-Semitism online and on the streets of the UK.'

Let's have a listen and see if the BBC actually focus on the perpetrators of anti-Semitism.

One minute in and the BBC have found a right-wing former member of an a far right anti-Semitic group, although they also promise to look at anti-Semitism within the British Muslim community. We will see which threat the BBC are more comfortable discussing.

The first incident mentioned was perpetrated by a white right-wing gang.

The first interview is with 'Michael' a former member with the far-right group Combat 18. Some minutes again the BBC are still interviewing 'Michael' about a new far-right group's anti-Semitism - National Action.

Now we've moved on to some more coverage of National Action. Half way into the programme and it's far-right groups all the way.

Now we've moved onto a British politician, Lee Scott, victim of anti-Semitism who describes the perpetrators as calling him an 'enemy of Islam' and that he should be 'stoned to death'. The programme seems to skip over those comments. 

Almost two thirds into the programme and the programme plays some National Action comments, just to give us a flavour?

Now we're discussing 'a controversial group', ISCAR  , who are an Israeli student group who fight anti-Semitism on social media. This part of the programme discussed Joshua Bonehill's proposed march through Stamford Hill and ISCAR fight against it. They also played Joshua Bonehill's phone call to BBC 5Live. 

Over two-thirds of the way through the programme and we're back in Stamford Hill looking at the way the Hassidic community has 'spread' since the programme's presenter, Simon Cox, worked in the area.

Twenty three minutes into a half hour programme and nothing about the threat from Muslims to the Jewish community. Instead we've moved onto how some non-orthodox Jews want to confront the anti-Semitic gangs. They refer back to the groups that marched against the fascists in London's East End in the 1930s. Another link to the far-right and ant-Semitism.

Finally twenty five minutes into the programme the BBC manage to bring up Islamist extremism as the new threat, let's see how they cover it. The opening comment is '... Islamist extremists... and their violent, distorted view of Islam that is of course shunned by the vast majority of Muslims'. Is that true? We will return to that later.

Then there is an interview with a Muslim expert, Memed Natchbandi (?), who visits Mosques around the UK and is an advisor to the police and government, who admits that anti-Semitism is endemic amongst Muslims, the phrases 'casual racist views' and 'nasty stereotypes' are used. But the BBC presenter, Simon Cox, is keen to counter that narrative by pointing out that 'Jewish communities are not the only victims of hate crime, Muslims suffer from it every day too. In fact there are more reported Islamophobic attacks in the UK than anti-Semitic ones. And there have been Islamophobic murders,   murders such as the murder of an 82 year old grandfather in Birmingham in 2013. And surely any Muslims listening to (the Muslim expert) would say that his was a misleading and inaccurate portrayal of his views.' Why did the BBC deem this comment necessary or indeed accurate? I'll come back to that point later. 

Three minutes later and the programme has moved onto Jews, including Jewish MPS, who are hiding their Jewish heritage.

The sum-up links Israel to Jews and mentions the far-right and Islamist extremists


So were Simon Cox's claims that 'their violent, distorted view of Islam that is of course shunned by the vast majority of Muslims' true?
'A YouGov survey for the Daily Telegraph,[6] published two weeks after the July 2005 bombings in the London Underground, showed that 88% of British Muslims were opposed to the bombings, while 6% (about 100,000 individuals) fully supported them, and one British Muslim in four expressed some sympathy with the motives of the bombers.[7] A 2007 poll found that one Muslim in four thought the Government had staged the bombings and framed the Muslims convicted.[8]'
 How about Simon Cox's claims about the relative numbers of anti-Semitic versus Islamophobic attacks in the UK? Before I look at the figures, I'm not sure why this is even relevant. However according to the 2011 census the Muslim population of the United Kingdom was 2,786,635, some 4.4% of the population whilst the Jewish community amounted to some 269,568 or 0.4% of the population. The Muslim community in the UK is around ten times larger than the Jewish community, were there ten times the number of Islamophobic attacks as anti-Semitic ones?  I doubt it.

Now we turn to Simon Cox's casting doubt on the Muslim experts description of anti-Jewish casual racism as being endemic amongst British Muslims. On what grounds does Simon Cox feel able to say '.. surely any Muslims listening to (the Muslim expert) would say that his was a misleading and inaccurate portrayal of his views.' How does Simon Cox know this? What research has he done to arrive at this conclusion? Or is this just another example of the usual BBC knee jerk defence of Muslims when they are being criticised?

So there we have it, a half hour BBC programme on the rise of anti-Semitism in the UK that manages just three minutes on the problem of anti-Semitism in the UK's Muslim community and counters that with the BBC presenter casting doubt on the veracity of those claims. Just another typical piece of BBC programming that protects Muslims from criticism even when that criticism is from a British Muslim expert. 

Also missing from this programme was any mention of the rise of anti-Semitism amongst the British left, especially at Universities and amongst the 'intelligensia'. But maybe investigating that source of anti-Semitism would be hitting too close to the BBC for their own comfort?

Friday, 27 February 2015

Islamic State: Iraq minorities 'threatened with eradication' per BBC News

The BBC report http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-31655433 on the continuing eradication of non Muslims from another part of the Islamic world.

'Islamic State militants are trying to eradicate Iraqi minority groups from large parts of the country, human rights organisations have warned.

A report details summary executions, forced conversions, rape and other abuses suffered by minorities.

Such acts are tantamount to war crimes, and in some cases, genocide, it argues.

Iraqi minorities face a "threat to their existence", said the Institute of International Law and Human Rights (IILHR), one of the groups involved.

Focusing on Iraq's Christian, Kaka'i, Shabak, Turkmen and Yazidi populations, the report looks at their plight after the fall of Mosul to IS in June 2014, a key point in the rise of a group that now controls swathes of the country.

Minorities were soon targeted, the report details. Christians were told to leave Mosul or face execution.'

The pattern is clear across the world, in countries where Islam becomes the majority religion, non Muslims suffer discrimination, at best, but too often persecution and death. Post partition, compare the fate of Muslims in Hindu majority India with that of Hindus in Muslim majority Pakistan.

US-Bangladesh blogger Avijit Roy hacked to death per BBC News

This BBC report http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31656222 does contain a very important truth.

"Islamic terrorists can do whatever they like. They can kill people with no qualms whatsoever."

Of course those words aren't those of the BBC who would never link the word terrorists with the word Islamic.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Gaza resident: 'Everyone has forgotten us' per BBC News

The BBC's obsession with vilifying Israel continues as they publish this report http://m.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-31617943

'Gaza resident: 'Everyone has forgotten us'

During the last conflict with Israel, more than 2,000 Gazans were killed and 18,000 Gazan homes destroyed.'

No context but then why examine causes when the BBC is institutionally anti Israel?

If President Obama truly loved America

12 year old CJ understands...




Archbishop Cranmer 'gets it' unlike Channel 4 and the institutionally anti Israel BBC

The whole article is here http://archbishopcranmer.com/ukip-the-first-100-days-and-channel-4-gratuitous-anti-israelism/ but here's an extract:

'It is extraordinary, as Europe's Jews are being spat on in the streets, shot in kosher delicatessens andslaughtered in their synagogues, that Channel 4 persists with its pathological antipathy toward the State of Israel. Do they not understand that it is the only democracy in the Middle East? Do they not appreciate that Israel is the only country in the entire region where women are equal; adulterers aren't stoned; children aren't sold into slavery; Christians aren't beheaded; gays aren't thrown from tall buildings; and prisoners aren't caged like animals and burned alive?'

Amnesty's report details 'devastating year of mass violence' - BBC News

Further to my last post, I see that I was correct. This BBC report http://m.bbc.com/news/world-31614093 an analysis of the Amnesty International report includes this:

'Anna Neistat, Amnesty's senior director for research, said: "Huge arms shipments were delivered to Iraq, Israel, South Sudan and Syria in 2014 despite the very high likelihood that these weapons would be used against civilian populations trapped in conflict.'

Israel is the target. The institutionally anti Israel BBC would love that.

Amnesty calls on UN powers to lose veto on genocide votes

This BBC report http://www.bbc.com/news/world-31617141 about Amnesty International's call to end the five members of the UN Security Council's veto in cases of genocide mentions some countries by name:

'Amnesty's annual report makes for sober reading, notes our correspondent.

This is unsurprising, he adds, given the atrocities committed in Syria, Iraq, Nigeria, Central African Republic and other countries.

Amnesty's report said that 2014 had led to one of the worst refugee crises in history, with four million Syrians displaced by war and thousands of migrants dying in the Mediterranean.'

I will wager a fair sum that the first country to be accused of genocide will be Israel and not the countries named above. The United Nations is hopelessly biased against Israel and this would be another way to vilify the only majority Jewish state in the world.

JAY Z's 1st Rap EVER on TV They Didn't Even Say His Name!

http://youtu.be/rAtJnQ8OiVw

I'm no fan of Jay Z, I prefer his other half, Beyonce. However I thought this video was rather charming.