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Thursday, 26 March 2015

What We Know About German Crash Co-Pilot

Sky are reporting http://news.sky.com/story/1453119/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.'

Fixed-term parliaments were 'a mistake', says Ken Clarke - No Shit Sherlock

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

More here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-31917502?ocid=socialflow_twitter

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

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.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Militants, migrants and the Med: Europe's Libya problem - BBC News

In this BBC report http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-31584236 the BBC pretend to be concerned about the possibility of ISIS terrorists  not that the BBC would ever use such a pejorative word, infiltrating Europe disguised as migrants (more correctly immigrants).

' "The southern Crusader states... can be reached with ease by even a rudimentary boat," says the document, widely quoted in the British press after it was translated by the Quilliam Foundation, a counter-extremism think tank.

However, the Foundation says the authenticity of the document cannot be confirmed and its claims must be treated with caution - at most as propaganda rather than mission statement.'

Every statement that runs counter to the approved narrative that Islam is the Religion of Peace and that ISIS don't really want to establish a world wide Caliphate is treated as suspect by the BBC and other media and will continue to be so treated until it's way to late for the West to do anything concrete to counter the threat.

The last passage of the BBC report is perhaps the most pernicious:

'Attacks inspired by Islamic State have killed fewer than 25 people in Europe over the last year. None of the attackers were migrants.'

None were immigrants so that's fine? It's better to be killed by a non immigrant Islamist than a migrant one? None in the last year so don't worry about the threat? The BBC disgust me.

Islamic State 'abducts dozens of Christians in Syria' - but it's not about religion...

The BBC http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-31601451 manage to report that

'... violent attacks by extremist groups like IS, which has forced Christians living in the territory it controls to either convert to Islam, pay a religious levy (jizya) or face death.'

But seem confused as to the motive. Stupidity or deliberate blindness to the obvious?

Monday, 23 February 2015

What ISIS Really Wants and Is

This fascinating article http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2015/02/what-isis-really-wants/384980/ will tell you more about ISIS than a thousand Barack Hussein Obama speeches will.

Here's a key extract:
'The reality is that the Islamic State is Islamic. Very Islamic. Yes, it has attracted psychopaths and adventure seekers, drawn largely from the disaffected populations of the Middle East and Europe. But the religion preached by its most ardent followers derives from coherent and even learned interpretations of Islam.

Virtually every major decision and law promulgated by the Islamic State adheres to what it calls, in its press and pronouncements, and on its billboards, license plates, stationery, and coins, "the Prophetic methodology," which means following the prophecy and example of Muhammad, in punctilious detail. Muslims can reject the Islamic State; nearly all do. But pretending that it isn't actually a religious, millenarian group, with theology that must be understood to be combatted, has already led the United States to underestimate it and back foolish schemes to counter it.'

How Barack Hussein Obama would have given that speech after the attack on Pearl Harbour

As found at Theo Spark

Sunday, 22 February 2015

US security chief warns shoppers after terror threat per BBC News

'In the video, a man with a British-sounding accent and full face covering calls on supporters of al-Shabab to attack "American or Jewish-owned" Western shopping centres.'

Jewish not Israeli? Maybe someone should explain that to Barack Hussein Obama and David Cameron, it's about religion.

More here http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-31576486 but no mention of the word Muslims.

Barack Hussein Obama talks about Radical Islam / random folks



A parody?

BBC News obsessing over India, as it does with Israel.

This BBC report http://www.bbc.com/news/world-31557244 highlights the BBC obsession over India and putting that country in as bad a light as possible.

The BBC's pro Islam outlook and it's employment of many more Muslim than Hindu staff means that its news output is skewed.

This article lists some crimes against Indian Muslims, crimes that are worthy of reporting. However the BBC is not as interested in reporting the massively higher number of crimes against non Muslims carried out by Muslims in countries such as Pakistan and Indonesia.

That the BBC is institutionally anti Israel is pretty much accepted by right thinking people. That it is also institutionally anti a Hindu India is also clear.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Say Islamist, I dare you.

The BBC faithfully report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31564014 the latest comments by the Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper on the three British Muslim schoolgirls reported to have travelled to Syria to join up with ISIS
"The idea of 15-year-old British schoolgirls setting off to Syria is very disturbing, and shows that more action is urgently needed to stop young people being drawn into extremism and conflict."

How many non Muslims have joined up with ISIS? So the word Muslim should appear between British and schoolgirls. What extremism are these young people being drawn into? Surely the word Islamic needs to be inserted between into and extremism.

Stop the dhimmitude.

Building an airplane



Building an airplane, a Boeing 737-800 in this case.

An amazing video and one that involves a surprising amount if nmanual labour when compared to building a car. Volumes I suppose...

Friday, 20 February 2015

Wishful thinking!

The BBC report England captain Morgan as saying

"I think the basics of our plans and our thinking is there, it's just about having a good enough skill level to execute them."We intend to go about putting it right by getting a win in and putting in a performance against Scotland."Our first goal is to get to the quarter-finals and we can still do that."

Can, yes. Will, no.

Hearing Tarantino

One of the pleasures of a good Tarantino film is the noises, more specifically thie litle noises that he amplifies. It would seem that someone agress with me...


Hearing Tarantino from Jacob T. Swinney on Vimeo.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

A possibility that the Market Research people hadn't considered?

Thanks to Curmudgeonly Skeptical for the spot.

Anti-Labour bias at the BBC? What a fiction!

Allison Pearson in The Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/bbc/11420489/Anti-Labour-bias-at-the-BBC-What-a-fiction.html has an interesting angle on the perniciousness of the BBC's anti Conservative bias.

'The Left has no monopoly on virtue and kindness, no more than the Right has the monopoly on greed and hypocrisy. Can we see a contemporary BBC drama about that, please?'

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

But what about The Crusades?

Here's some facts to put the 'What about The Crusades' excusers of Jihad in their place.


Bill Warner, PhD: Jihad vs Crusades

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Over 100 artists announce a cultural boycott of Israel per Letters in The Guardian

This Guardian letter raises an interesting question but first the letter and a record of the signatories:
'Israel
Letter: Over 100 artists announce a cultural boycott of Israel
Friday 13 February 2015 16.51 GMT
Along with more than 600 other fellow artists, we are announcing today that we will not engage in business-as-usual cultural relations with Israel. We will accept neither professional invitations to Israel, nor funding, from any institutions linked to its government. Since the summer war on Gaza, Palestinians have enjoyed no respite from Israel's unrelenting attack on their land, their livelihood, their right to political existence. "2014," says the Israeli human rights organisation B'Tselem, was "one of the cruellest and deadliest in the history of the occupation." The Palestinian catastrophe goes on.

Israel's wars are fought on the cultural front too. Its army targets Palestinian cultural institutions for attack, and prevents the free movement of cultural workers. Its own theatre companies perform to settler audiences on the West Bank – and those same companies tour the globe as cultural diplomats, in support of "Brand Israel". During South African apartheid, musicians announced they weren't going to "play Sun City". Now we are saying, in Tel Aviv, Netanya, Ashkelon or Ariel, we won't play music, accept awards, attend exhibitions, festivals or conferences, run masterclasses or workshops, until Israel respects international law and ends its colonial oppression of the Palestinians. To see the full list of supporters, go to artistsforpalestine.org.uk.
 
Peter Kosminsky, Mike Leigh, Jimmy McGovern, Phyllida Lloyd, Max Stafford-Clark, Will Alsop OBE, John Berger, Miriam Margolyes, Maggie Steed, Riz Ahmed, Anna Carteret, Jeremy Hardy, Brian Eno, Richard Ashcroft, Gillian Slovo, China Miéville, Aminatta Forna, Hari Kunzru, Liz Lochhead, Hanan Al-Shaykh, Peter Ahrends, David Calder, Caryl Churchill, Sacha Craddock, Selma Dabbagh, Ken Loach, Roger Michell, April De Angelis, Andy de la Tour, Mike Hodges, Rachel Holmes, Ann Jungman, Kika Markham, Simon McBurney, Andrew O'Hagan, Courttia Newland, Michael Radford, Lynne Reid Banks, Kamila Shamsie, Alexei Sayle, Roger Waters, Mark Thomas, Susan Wooldridge, Laura Mulvey, Pauline Melville, Khalid Abdalla, Bidisha, Nicholas Blincoe, Leah Borrromeo, Haim Bresheeth, Victoria Brittain, Niall Buggy, Tam Dean Burn, Jonathan Burrows, Taghrid Choucair-Vizoso, Ian Christie, Liam Cunningham, Ivor Dembina, Shane Dempsey, Patrick Driver, Okin Earl, Leon Rosselson, Sally El Hosaini, Paul Laverty, Eyal Sivan, John Smith, Mitra Tabrizian, Siobhan Redmond, Ian Rickson, Tom Leonard, Sonja Linden, David Mabb, Rose Issa, Gareth Evans, Alisa Lebow, Annie Firbank, James Floyd, Jane Frere, Kadija George, Bob Giles, Mel Gooding, Tony Graham, Penny Woolcock, Omar Robert Hamilton, James Holcombe, Adrian Hornsby, John Keane, Brigid Keenan, Hannah Khalil, Shahid Khan, Sabrina Mahfouz, Sarah McDade, Jonathan Munby, Lizzie Nunnery, Rebecca O'Brien, Timothy Pottier, Maha Rahwanji, Ravinder Randhawa, Leila Sansour, Seni Seneviratne, Anna Sherbany, Eyal Sivan, Kareem Samara, Cat Villiers, Esther Wilson, Emily Young, Andrea Luka Zimmerman, Jeremy Page, Sarah Streatfeild, Colin Darke, Russell Mills, Elaine Di Campo, Treasa O'Brien'

Leaving aside the questionable statements about Israel in the letter. Do these people ever boycott Russia for invading Ukraine and killing many more people than Israel has ever killed? Boycott Syria for killing more people in two years than Israel has in self defence since 1948. What about China whose regimes have killed tens of millions as well as invading, occupying and indulging in population transfers in Tibet.

To paraphrase Mrs Merton, what attracts these people to opposing the only majority Jewish state?

Caught on camera, the day smoking Ed Balls triumphed over the Bank of England per The Telegraph (part 2)

This Telegraph article also includes this key paragraph:
'After Mr Sergeant repeated Mr Balls' argument that the regulatory change was "automatically" linked to independence over interest rates on the BBC news that night, Mr Balls tells Mr Brown: "Sergeant bought the whole bloody lot. It was great."'
Willingly?

Caught on camera, the day smoking Ed Balls triumphed over the Bank of England per The Telegraph

This Telegraph article is interesting for both the repetition of that which many of us have known and repeated for years but also for the supine BBC reporter aspect.
'1997 documentary reveals how Ed Balls and Ed Miliband helped Brown redraw banking regulations, despite Treasury fears and Bank of England protests

Ed Balls boasted of over-ruling the Bank of England as Gordon Brown stripped it of the power to regulate the City, a newly-uncovered film reveals.

The act that some economic experts argue contributed to the financial crisis was captured by a documentary film crew.

Gordon Brown's economic adviser is seen telling a senior journalist that the Bank strongly objected to the plan to hive off regulation of the finance industry to a new watchdog – but they had no "choice" over the decision.

The then-30 year old is later seen jubilant after the BBC's John Sergeant gave positive coverage of the move to create the Financial Services Authority, telling Mr Brown: "Sergeant bought the whole bloody lot."'

A question for Ed Miliband, one that the pro Labour BBC won't ask

Mr Miliband if the deed of variation applied to your father's will wasn't used to (legally) avoid tax, what was the reason?

Valentine's morning confusion

Choosing romantic music, I played the beginning of this track and said that it was one of the most romantic songs ever. I asked Mrs Notasheep to guess what it was. From the bit of Professor Higgins speaking she recognised it was My Fair Lady and asked if it was Why Can't A Woman Be More Like A Man! 


Here's what it was: On The Street Where You Live

Does this story reveal too much about the psyche of Mrs Notasheep and myself?

Friday, 13 February 2015

How confusing

Was I alone when listening to The Archers tonight of thinking that the next dance track was going to Sweet's Blockbuster? 

Air raid sirens are very confusing...

A question for Ed Miliband, one that the pro Labour BBC won't ask

Mr Miliband - if the deed of variation applied to your father's will wasn't used to (legally) avoid tax, what was the reason?

Steve Strange R.I.P.

Another icon of my teenage years has died, aged just 55, my memories of Visage are still vivid and will hopefully never Fade To Grey




Still a stonking music video, once seen never forgotten

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Ban on pork in Islington’s primary schools - Education - London 24

Here it is:
' The Great British banger is off the menu for Islington children as pork has been banned in all the borough's primary schools.

Islington Council has been criticised by the pork industry for refusing to dish up chops, sausages and bacon to youngsters, although the meat is served in secondary schools.

Despite pork being a cheap meat, the council claims it is too expensive to serve because the authority has to monitor what every child eats in case those whose cultural or religious beliefs forbid pork, eat it by accident.

...

Dr Zoe Davies, chief executive of the National Pig Association, said: "This is something we are particularity concerned about.

"It's something we have heard of but we wouldn't say it's common. It tends to happen in areas where there are large numbers of children from, for example, a Muslim background who wouldn't eat pork."

"But we would like there to be a choice. Pork is a very affordable and nutritious meat.

Cllr Joe Caluori, Islington council's executive member for children and families, said: "By not having pork on the menus in our schools, we can keep down costs and reduce food waste, maximising the schools meal budget in tough financial circumstances. We meet regularly with our catering contractor and stakeholders, and feedback is that schools are very happy with the food offered by the service."

A council spokesman added: "Young children, some as young as 4-yrs-old, of different religious and ethnic backgrounds may not know which foods contain pork, or may not realise the importance of avoiding it due to their culture or beliefs.

"Monitoring each child, every day ensuring they are avoiding pork, is an unnecessary cost at a time of tight budgets."'
So they won't serve pork in case a Muslim (or they would add, Jewish) child eats it. But they still serve beef. Do they not care about Hindu and Sikh children?