Wednesday, 17 December 2014
Tuesday, 16 December 2014
'The situation for Syrian women has worsened since July at the hands of Islamic State, said Valerie Amos, the UN's under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief.She described how women and female children as young as 12 are enslaved and sexually abused. "Women captured as slaves by [Islamic State] have been sold in markets in Raqqa. Some are sold to individual men. Others are kept by [Islamic State] in rest houses and face multiple rapes by fighters returning from the battlefield," Amos reported during a UN Security Council session on Monday."Kurdish refugees from Kobani reported the capture of young girls by [Islamic State] for sexual purposes, girls as young as 12."'
Monday, 15 December 2014
'He doesn't command his area," the 57-year-old Grobbelaar told BBC World Service Sport."I've likened Mignolet to worse than Dracula because at least Dracula comes out of his coffin now and then.He seems to stay on his line and that's it. That whole area, not just the six-yard area, is the goalkeeper's.'
Saturday, 13 December 2014
"This has been done without any respect for our laws," Peru's deputy minister for culture Luis Jaime Castillo told the press, calling Greenpeace's actions "thoughtless, insensitive, illegal, irresponsible and absolutely pre-meditated."He explained further: "It was done in the middle of the night. They went ahead and stepped on our hummingbird, and looking at the pictures we can see there's very severe damage. Nobody can go on these lines without permission—not even the president of Peru!"Greenpeace are apparently sorry, big deal. They've done major, maybe irreparable damage to part of the Nazca and should face appropriate retribution. The Greenpeace people that I've encountered have been so self-righteous and convinced of their moral superiority that I can well imagine them doing something like this and then whining 'But I'm trying to save the planet, why are you stopping me?'
Friday, 12 December 2014
'"I turned to the president and I said, something to the effect of, 'Mr. President, you need to bomb the Iranian nuclear facilities, because if you don't, Iran will have a nuclear weapon on your watch and the course of world history will change,'" she told the Washington Free Beacon."And he got his condescending smile on his face and laughed at me and said, 'Well Michele, it's just not that easy.' And I said to him, 'No, Mr. President, you're the president, it will happen on your watch, and you'll have to answer to the world for this.' And that was it and then I left. Merry Christmas," she said with a laugh.'
'... my take on Russell Brand. The leader of the revolution. The messiah of hipster, new media. The doyen of stock statements and half-funny jokes.Well I'll tell you what I found out tonight: the messiah has feet of clay, and the revolution is not occurring on Mr Brand's side – it's happening with UKIP, and it's happening fast."'
'Korean Air's Chairman Cho Yang-ho told reporters the 40-year-old's behaviour was "foolish" and that he regrets he did not raise her better.
The row happened after Cho Hyun-ah, who was travelling in first class, was offered macadamia nuts in a bag and not on a plate.'
“I don’t need to consult a folder to tell you what I believe in” and an attack on Labour's PFI record, I like the cut of Tim Aker's jib. Whilst Polly Billington seems to be just another Labour machine politician who would rather make a fool of herself looking up what the current party line is rather than risk saying something off-message.
'"While the NHS is used to seeing a spike in demand during winter months, this year emergency departments have experienced a spring, summer and autumn crisis as well, leaving no spare capacity in hospitals as we approach winter."At the same time, GP surgeries are struggling to cope with unprecedented levels of demand."'
Thursday, 11 December 2014
' Labour leader Ed Miliband failed a challenge to come up with an eight-word election slogan, even after using his fingers....The slogan the Labour leader chose "a country that works for you, not the privileged few" ran to 10 words, exceeding his budget by a quarter....Asked for a one-line message to put on a billboard in Piccadilly Circus by Andrew Morley, the chief executive of advertising firm Clear Channel, Mr Miliband responded "how many words do I have?"Mr Morley told him: "Let's say eight."The Labour leader said "eight?", then counted on his fingers before deciding: "What I would say is 'a country that works for you, not the privileged few'."'
Birmingham City Council hid links between Asian cabbies and child sex victims for 23 years - Birmingham Mail
The Birmingham Mail reports http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/birmingham-city-council-hid-links-8131813 something most worrying.
'Birmingham City Council 'buried' a report linking Asian private hire drivers to child sexual exploitation victims 23 YEARS ago, the Mail can reveal.
Researcher Dr Jill Jesson was asked by the authority to look at the issue of child prostitution involving girls in care back in 1990.
The following year, after six months research, she produced a critical two-part report which showed child protection failings by social workers and other agencies.
Her report also highlighted claims that some Asian private hire drivers were linked to the sexual exploitation of young white girls in care, including some who had been cautioned for prostitution offences.
Yet when Dr Jesson presented her draft findings to a steering group, she was ordered to remove all reference linking ethnicity and the private hire trade.
Incredibly, her full amended final report was never published. A meeting planned to discuss it was cancelled – and all copies were to be destroyed.'
Will anybody from that Council face censure? Will anybody learn that political correctness causes more problems than it solves?
'More than 5,000 people worldwide died in November as a result of jihadist violence, a BBC study has revealed.The four worst-affected countries were Iraq, Nigeria, Afghanistan and Syria, accounting for 80% of all deaths.The investigation - co-ordinated with the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) - recorded a total of 664 attacks in 14 countries.It aims to quantify the human cost of jihadi violence in one month, and to offer a snapshot of a complex movement.The investigation showed that nearly seven people died every hour in November as a result of violence attributed to al-Qaeda, its offshoots and groups that subscribe to a similar ideology.'
'To save the NHS, Labour must face the ugly truth of PFI debts
Labour is right to focus on rescuing the NHS from the harm done by this government, but must face the truth that it was the party that introduced private finance into the health service in the first place.......if Miliband is serious about rescuing the NHS, there is an ugly truth to face. The NHS is riddled with extortionate debt from decades of misguided PFI deals. NHS hospitals owe £80bn in PFI loan unitary charges – in other words, the ongoing costs of maintaining PFI hospitals and paying back the loans. Next year alone, trusts will make some £2bn in repayments.'
For more information on the scale of PFI under the last Labour government you would do well to visit NHS For Sale. Here's an interesting graphic...
I await the BBC reporting this part of the NHS story, but not with any hope.
The BBC prefer to lead with 'The NHS would be "in dire straits" without migrant workers, one of the UK's senior economists has claimed.' You can read the article here but I'm sure you could write it yourself.
Wednesday, 10 December 2014
By way of contrast The Telegraph report:
Interesting, but clearly not to the BBC.'The US Torture report provides reams of uncomfortable details about the CIA’s use of torture that was authorised by the administration of George W Bush, but for Britons it leaves one key question unanswered.
What did Tony Blair, then Prime Minister, and Jack Straw, then Foreign Secretary, know of a CIA torture programme that was sanctioned at the very highest levels of the US government? And to what extent were they complicit in giving UK assistance to US operations?
More than a decade after 9/11 the British government has yet to conduct a full inquiry into the UK role in the US torture and rendition programme.
The Gibson Inquiry, set up by the coalition government in 2010 to investigate the issue, was shelved in January 2012 when compelling new evidence emerged that MI6 had been involved in the rendition of two suspected terrorists to Libya in 2004.
An ongoing Scotland Yard investigation into the renditions of Abdel Hakim Belhaj and Sami al-Saadi and a civil claim for compensation in which Jack Straw was named as a respondent rendered the
Gibson Inquiry untenable since it risked prejudicing those proceedings.
However intelligence sources who spoke to The Telegraph earlier this year alleged that both Mr Blair and Mr Straw knew in detail about the CIA’s secret programme after the September 11 attacks and were kept informed “every step of the way”.'
But that's The Telegraph, ostensibly a Conservative supporting newspaper. Why should the BBC follow their lead?
How about The BBC's favourite newspaper, The Guardian? In 2012 that newspaper reported that:
'Jack Straw, the former foreign secretary, and Sir Mark Allen, a former senior MI6 officer, have been cited as key defendants in court documents that describe in detail abuse meted out to Libyan dissidents and their families after being abducted and handed to Muammar Gaddafi's secret police with the help of British intelligence.Now The Guardian is a Labour (or other left-of-centre party) supporting paper, is the BBC more loyal to Labour than the BBC?
The documents accuse Straw of misleading MPs about Britain's role in the rendition of two leading dissidents – Abdel Hakim Belhaj and Sami al-Saadi – and say MI6 must have known they risked being tortured. They say British intelligence officers provided Libyan interrogators with questions to ask their captives and themselves flew to Tripoli to interview the detainees in jail.'
Tuesday, 9 December 2014
'... let's face it, chocolate is pointless, containing mere calories without nutrition, coveted by fat idiots the world over thanks to a centuries-old marketing campaign that has succeeded in linking it, quite randomly, with sex....... the sugar rush that passes for pleasure in people who are too fat to have actual sex. And after the rush, the body's chemical response: secretion. Chocolate doesn't make you sexy, it makes you obese.And it makes all your teeth fall out. And it's time we stopped telling lies about it.'
Sunday, 7 December 2014
'Frank Field, a labour MP, said that immigrants are contributing 'a lot less' than people think to the economyThe immigration debate will get "very nasty" if politicians continue to ignore the pressure the foreigners are placing on Britain's public services, a Labour MP has warned.Frank Field, a former employment minister, said that immigration is causing Britain's population to increase by the size of the city of Birmingham every two years.He said that while immigrants make a positive contribution to the economy, it is "a lot less than people think".He said that the levels of immigration must be questioned at a time when public spending is facing huge cuts.He told the Today programme on BBC Radio 4: ""If you look at now the rate of increase in population then every two and a half years with people coming in for the first time and with the children of people who have arrived here for the immigrant community, we are actually increasing our population faster than the whole size of Birmingham.'
Saturday, 6 December 2014
Friday, 5 December 2014
'A brutal rape of a Jewish teenager and burglary of her home by a gang of apparently Muslim youths is being seen as evidence of growing anti-Semitism in France.The assault at gunpoint, in which the attackers demanded cash because "Jews have money", sparked a wave of indignation and an upsurge of fear in France's 500,000 strong Jewish community.'
'The Australian parliament has approved changes to immigration laws that include reintroducing controversial temporary visas for refugees.'
Thursday, 4 December 2014
Urdu translator helped people pass driving theory tests by giving the correct answers per Birmingham Mail
Harder to remember than Time And Relative Dimension In Space...
Wednesday, 3 December 2014
According to George Osborne, this is what it looks like when the plan is working. #onlyforafew http://t.co/36XFtMmigS
'Malky Mackay, Dave Whelan and now Mario Balotelli. Mackay said: nothing like a Jew that sees money slipping through his fingers. Dave Whelan said: Jewish people chase money more than anyone else. And Balotelli reposted a tweet in which Super Mario is compared to a Jew because he's good at grabbing coins.'
'... shadow chancellor Ed Balls criticised Mr Osborne for failing to "balance the books"."Unless growth is strong and wages are rising for working people the deficit doesn't come down," he said. "Without a plan for jobs and work, it's not going to work."'
Tuesday, 2 December 2014
Whilst the BBC eulogise over his greatness, I prefer to remember him somewhat differently. This selection has been sitting on a page of this website called Gordon Brown's greatest hits, here it is in all its glory.
Gordon Brown picks his nose
If this had been a senior Conservative politician the BBC topical news programmes would never tire of this footage but as it was a Labour Chancellor and then Prime Minister I don't believe I've ever seen it mentioned.
Gordon Brown just about keeping his temper
Fraser Nelson nails Gordon Brown, look at his fake smile.
Gordon Brown gets booed at the the D-Day commemorations.
Gordon Brown's death stare, a truly weird moment.
Gordon Brown abolished boom and bust!
Birmingham's first Islamic school 'spent £1m of public money on school in Pakistan' per Education News in The Independent
'Council officials in Birmingham are investigating claims that a trust running the city's first-ever Islamic school spent £1 million of public money funding a new school in Pakistan.The allegations concern the Al-Hijrah school, a voluntary-aided state funded school for four to 18-year-olds which was set up in 1999 and run by a trust.The school was at the centre of controversy earlier this year when it was placed in special measures after an inspection by education standards watchdog Ofsted declared it to be "inadequate".An interim board was appointed by Birmingham City Council to run the school after the entire governing body was sacked after it was revealed its budget was £900,000 in the red. It was initially refused entry to the school by the previous regime running it but has now taken over.Now it is understood the council is investigating claims that the Trust used public money to help fund a new £1 million boys' only boarding school in the city of Ziarat in Pakistan at a time when the school in Birmingham was in dire need of improvement.According to the minutes of its meeting in September, it discovered: 14 members of staff were without contracts, seven were still working there even though their contracts had expired and 29 had not had Criminal Record Bureau checks."There are a number of teachers with no teacher reference number but receiving qualified teacher salary," they add.'
Thursday, 27 November 2014
Monday, 24 November 2014
... the world hasn’t the slightest interest in the fate of Palestinians, other than as a battering ram to use against Israel.
Think about this: Israel closes the major crossing point into Gaza. Thousands of Gazans are stranded in other countries and cannot get home. In Gaza a thousand more people, in need of medical treatment outside, cannot get out. They are "suffering from medical problems including kidney failure, cancer and blood-related diseases [and] seek urgent treatment or further diagnosis…." A health ministry official says "If the closure continues, their health conditions will deteriorate and we may start to witness some deaths."Another report states that "Officials of the Palestinian Authority say they are growing increasingly resentful….for continuing the closure of the…border crossing…which has now been closed for over a month." This report says the number of stranded Palestinians is now 3,500, in addition to the thousand inside Gaza who need medical care outside.Front page news? "Israel Turns Gaza Into Prison." UN Security Council resolution? "Urgently demands that the Government of Israel open the passage and permit those needing medical attention to reach doctors and hospitals." The U.S. State Department? Perhaps it says "We are deeply troubled by the humanitarian dimension and believe the passage should be opened immediately…." Marches and demonstrations in European capitals? "This is Genocide!" signs say.Nope. Because the crossing in question is Rafah crossing, between Gaza and Egypt not Israel, and the country keeping it closed is Egypt. The Palestinians are "resentful," in that story, about the government of Egypt. The health conditions of the people who are "suffering from medical problems" are suffering because of Egypt.The Egyptian official explanation is that security requires the closing. Recently the Egyptian terrorist group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis pledged loyalty to the Islamic State. In October, 33 Egyptian security personnel were killed by terrorists; last week, 5 more. Why these events require that people in need of medical treatment may not use Rafah, and how that closure enhances Egyptian security, may be debated.My point is a different one: were it Israel keeping the key passage closed and simply saying security requires it, this would be a very big deal. The condemnations would be constant. Instead, near silence. Double standard? The usual uninterest in how Arabs treat other Arabs? The desire not to criticize General Sisi's government in Cairo? So it seems. A Palestinian would be justified in concluding that the world hasn't the slightest interest in the fate of Palestinians, other than as a battering ram to use against Israel. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.
Sunday, 23 November 2014
Saturday, 22 November 2014
'Suspected members of the Somali militant group al-Shabab have killed at least 28 people in an attack on a bus in northern Kenya, officials say.The bus was travelling to the capital, Nairobi, when it was stopped in Mandera county, near the Somali border.After taking it off the road, gunmen separated out those they thought were non-Muslim before killing them, officials said.Somalia-based al-Shabab has been mounting attacks in Kenya since 2011.That was the year when Kenya sent troops to Somalia to help fight the Islamist militia. Mandera, a remote area in Kenya's north east, has been one of the regions affected.Kenya's interior ministry said on its Twitter feed that the bus attacked early on Saturday had been carrying 60 passengers.One official told Kenya's Daily Nation newspaper that assailants had asked passengers to read out verses of the Koran, before executing those who failed.'Can you see the less than subtle attempt to hide who these terrorists are? No mention of the facts that they are is Islamist terrorists killing non Muslims only in the lead in paragraph, because that's all that most people read if they read the article at all. And because that's what forms the headline line on the main news pages. For the BBC who are desperately trying to pretend that Islamic terrorists are not involved in a war against non Muslims that is very very important. Facts be dammed, there's a propaganda war to win.'
Wednesday, 19 November 2014
Labour's Emma Reynolds is quizzed about "racism" on immigration, and how Labour a few years ago attacked Conservative leader Michael Howard for racism for even metioning immigration, now want to talk about it when Labour are losing votes on the issue of immigration.
Barack Husein Obama: somewhat inconsistent or a liar? You be the judge. Just don't expect an investigation on the Obamamessiah worshipping BBC.
Tuesday, 18 November 2014
My complaint to the BBC has been submitted:
The BBC interviewer refused to allow Israeli Minister Naftali Bennett to show a photograph of victims of the terrorist attack in Jerusalem in this interview.
Naftali Bennett lifted a photo of the scene of the terrorist attack, depicting a man in a tallis (Jewish religious shawl) lying face down on the floor of a synagogue.
“You know, this individual came this morning to pray,” Naftali Bennett said, pointing at the man in the picture.
The BBC presenter said rather indignantly that “We don’t want to actually see that picture, if you could take that down”
I don't recall the BBC being reticent to show pictures of Palestinian 'civilians' killed by Israeli attacks that were in retaliation for the firing of thousands of rockets at Israel. Why will the BBC happily show photos of Palestinan Muslims killed by Israeli Armed Forces but not Israeli Jews killed by Muslim terrorists?
The reason that the BBC will happily, indeed eagerly, show pictures of the Palestinian dead but not Israeli Jews is that they want to increase sympathy for the Palestinians and dehumanise the Israeli Jews.
Monday, 17 November 2014
New surveys conducted in France suggested that Frenchmen of Muslim origin were far likelier to espouse anti-Semitic views than the general population.Now why would Frenchmen of Muslim origin be far likelier to espouse anti-Semitic views than the general population?
I know why and that's why being told that 'New surveys conducted in France suggested that Frenchmen of Muslim origin were far likelier to espouse anti-Semitic views than the general population.' provokes a serious "No shit, Sherlock" response.
Sunday, 16 November 2014
'With regard to the Israel-Palestine conflict, in July 2006 he stated that as he gets older his sympathies are shifting back to Israel.'
Saturday, 15 November 2014
England all-time leading point scorers
In case you didn't realise quite how exceptional Jonny Wilkinson was.
Friday, 14 November 2014
A Yeoman Warder, William "Bill" Callaghan, imparts a fair bit of historical knowledge with great humour during a tour of the Tower of London. Not a great fan of children though..., nor the French, Italians and quite a few others.
Give this man his own history series, he's comedy gold!
Thanks to Theo Spark for the spot.
The Grand Designs presenter has revealed he made an episode of his long-running architecture show “deliberately designed to get people as drunk as possible” after discovering its fans had invented a drinking game based on the series.
The rules of the drinking game required viewers to drink when regular incidents happened on the show, such as the owners running out of money or quitting their job to manage the project.
McCloud said: “We even actually wrote an entire programme around the drinking and it’s covert so one of the programmes is deliberately designed to get people as drunk as possible.
“There are all kinds of rules like every time I used the word ‘bespoke’ it’s a double shot, the wife gets pregnant half way through, that's a treble.”
Other rules include having a drink if the owners ignore planning permission or their windows do not fit.
Thursday, 13 November 2014
Thanks to Talksport's Colin Murray for the spot.
Wednesday, 12 November 2014
The European Arrest Warrant - an inconvenient fact that seems to be being ignored by such as the BBC
So the EAW Framework Decision came into force under a UK labour government...
The European Arrest Warrant was established by an EU framework decision in 2002. Framework decisions were legal instruments of the third pillar of the European Community akin to directives and only take effect when implemented by EU member states by transposing them into their domestic law. The European Arrest Warrant replaced the 1957 European Convention on Extradition (ECE) which had previously governed extraditions between most member states, and various legal instruments which had been adopted to streamline the process of extradition under the ECE such as the 1989 agreement on the simplification of the transmission requests for extradition, the 1995 Convention on simplified extradition procedure, the 1996 Convention on extradition between Member States, and the provisions of the Schengen Agreement regarding extradition.
The EAW Framework Decision came into force on 1 January 2004 in eight member states, namely Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. By 1 November 2004 all member states had implemented the legislation except Italy, which did so on 22 April 2005. Bulgaria and Romania implemented the Decision on their accession in 2007.
Tuesday, 11 November 2014
That's one of the main Obamacare architects, Jonathan Gruber, bragging about deceiving the American people, who he says are stupid.
Imagine if this had been a Republican saying this, how loud would have been the outcry and how much coverage would it have received on CNBS, the BBC and the other Obama cheer leading channels? But as it's an Obama man, shhh not a word.