Feile An Phobail Belfast

by craig on July 30, 2013 2:05 pm in Uncategorized

The Respectability of Torture


St Mary’s University College, Thurs 1st August, 7.30pm

 

Craig Murray, former British ambassador to Uzbekistan, was a whistleblower who was removed from his ambassadorial post by Tony Blair for exposing the Tashkent regime‟s use of rape and systematic torture, including the boiling to death of political opponents. He has also spoken out against Central Asia‟s appalling dictatorships, regimes which are allies of the West, involved in torture and rendition, and was accused of threatening MI6‟s relationship with the CIA. Now a human rights activist, author and broadcaster, he outlines the dynamics of torture and the hypocrisy of incriminated Western governments.

 

My first public appearance for a while will be in Belfast on 1 August where I shall be giving a talk.  Long term readers of this blog will recall that, while my focus is largely on international affairs, the domestic political achievements I most hope to see are a united Ireland and an independent Scotland.

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  1. BrianFujisan,

    I have through my long life noticed that all too often High IQ = Low common sense.

  2. “Unfortunately the military has long learnt this lesson. For example, changing the practise range target from a bull eyse to a human shadow had a huge impact on desensitising soldiers to kill.”

    That combined with a pavlovian conditioning process yes. The most effective method they learnt from Germany was dehumanisation of the enemy though.

  3. BrianFujisan

    1 Aug, 2013 - 6:37 pm

    Indeed Someone

    wonder why there is such a frenzy going on lately regards other intelligence here n there…

    Former Sen. Mike Gravel (D-Alaska), and 2008 presidential candidate says that there is “an extraterrestrial influence that is investigating our planet.”

    http://www.collective-evolution.com/2013/06/03/former-senator-presidential-candidate-an-extraterrestrial-influence-is-investigating-our-planet/

    I see the us are improving on Diplomacy

    US ‘evaluating’ value of summit with Russia after Snowden granted asylum

    http://rt.com/usa/white-house-snowden-asylum-918/

  4. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    1 Aug, 2013 - 6:52 pm

    @ Phil :

    “It is provenly possible to have an army of politically engaged soldiers who are involved in the decision making process and encouraged to take moral positions. The great examples that I know are the anarchist armies in spain and ukraine.”
    ________________

    I’m with Komodo on this one. He was a practitioner and knows what he’s talking about.

    BTW, I’ve never heard of your anarchist army in Ukraine, but if by the Spanish one you refer to the POUM brigade then you should read Orwell (and historians) on that : much motivation, but the internal democracy didn’t do much for its organisation and efficiency.

    The Soviet army functioned for a short while without ranks and that was soon dropped as well.

  5. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    1 Aug, 2013 - 6:56 pm

    Oh, I now see that Phil has already made my point about the P.O.U.M, I didn’t see it before I posted.

  6. @Habbabkuk
    “The Soviet army functioned for a short while without ranks”

    The soviet army? That’s funny. Don’t let a complete lack of grasping the subject interupt you.

  7. Not nice, but necessary.

    Necessarry for whom? and why this selective predilection for a stale establishment and some greedy breeding royals.

    Far from it, Komodo, those few who think they have to be bastards and sacrifice every principle that is human to make this thiefdom work and function for the upper 2 %, are consensual cowards.
    Oh dear we so need the SBS/SAS…. For f….g what? To make out that there is nothing wrong training Al Nusra’s filth, anything you say Gov. yes sire three bags full sire. Full of shite sire, brain dead and dangerous.

    Yes we shoot people abroad, Gibralatar? no problem we do it tomorrow.
    Wars do not happen because bad people want them to occur, they happen because good people have given up caring, a society living on minority scum rule, party politicians rule OK.

    And now to late tea.

  8. Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    1 Aug, 2013 - 9:03 pm

    ‘consensual cowards’

    I’m stealing that. Just so you know. :)

  9. “Double-Feature: “Bradley Manning Verdict Convicts Washington” and “Hiding Economic Depression With Spin” — Paul Craig Roberts”

    http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2013/08/01/double-feature-bradley-manning-verdict-convicts-washington-and-hiding-economic-depression-with-spin-paul-craig-roberts/

  10. Technicolour 1 Aug, 2013 – 6:09 pm
    “and its happened in Bristol too”

    Great. I had no idea shared space was progressing and here on the wild roads of britain. I love that the bristol traffic lights were proven a waste when they broke.

    That traffic regulations cause accidents and slow down traffic is counter intuitive and startling.

  11. “Full of shite sire, brain dead and dangerous.”

    And I’m taking that.

  12. That traffic regulations cause accidents and slow down traffic is counter intuitive and startling.

    I urge anyone interested to read Techniclours links. The implications for our relationship with authority are fascinating.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1533248/Is-this-the-end-of-the-road-for-traffic-lights.html

    http://www.fitroads.com/TEC-Award-truth-final.pdf

  13. Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    1 Aug, 2013 - 10:07 pm

    “That traffic regulations…”

    I thought the story was about traffic circles which have proven successful in reducing accidents.

    I have observed that when traffic lights are out, the public tends to be more cautious and engaged when crossing intersections. It’s a false sense of security at times when you have the green.

  14. technicolour

    1 Aug, 2013 - 10:29 pm

    Ben, below from the Bristol report (am going to finish reading tomorrow). Phil, well put: fascinating and counter intuitive. I feel for these pedestrians, even though….

    “Once again, we found ourselves writing a report that
    concluded that the disabling of all junction controls re-
    sulted in improvements to traffic capacity and reductions
    in journey time for both vehicles and pedestrian alike,
    and hence a reduction in queues and delays. The road-
    user satisfaction surveys showed, however, that a high
    proportion of pedestrians did not feel as safe without con-
    trol and would prefer green man crossing facilities, even
    though most acknowledged there was less delay. Indeed,
    the idea of the lack of any formal control was particularly
    opposed by local visually impaired groups and some dis-
    abled pedestrians. Nevertheless, during the weeks of the
    trials there were no incidents or accident”

    PS a united Ireland would be perfectly sensible, I think.

  15. “Supporters of the Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan have been getting U.S. military contracts, and American officials are citing “due process rights” as a reason not to cancel the agreements, according to an independent agency monitoring spending.”

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-30/al-qaeda-backers-found-with-u-s-contracts-in-afghanistan.html

    pffffft!

  16. Has 14 pint Billy been drinking the Kool Aid?

    “The UK foreign secretary has called Iran’s foreign minister saying he is open to improve ties.”

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/iran-blog/2013/jul/31/uk-open-to-improve-iran-ties-hague

  17. “Has 14 pint Billy been drinking the Kool Aid?

    “The UK foreign secretary has called Iran’s foreign minister saying he is open to improve ties.””

    Not necessarily, Mark. The UK befriended Libya…

    Beware billies with fourteen pints in’em, I suppose.

  18. Sofia Kibo Noh

    1 Aug, 2013 - 11:32 pm

    The Awkward Truth, Studiesshow that “road
    users could quite happily optimise the use of road space
    and behave perfectly adequately without any need for
    the modern traffic management paraphernalia
    ; just simple, aesthetic urban design.”

    Maybe we are already in the throes of a phase-change as the old ways cease to deliver and new ones spontaneously emerge. My earlier reference to the changes that occur in insect colonies alluded to that kind of spontaneous phenomenon.

    Who would choose Windows after they have used Linux?

    Who would put their long-term faith in fiat currencies when Bitcoin increasingly demonstrates an alternative?

    And despite all the effort to suppress human co-operativeness and solidarity things like Prout just keep emerging.

    Imagine the difference it would make if our young people were coached in communication, team-dynamics, conflict resolution, non-violent assertiveness and basic trading even once a week.

    Can we do and be all the little things that will make them take root? I think so.

    Will we always have to deal with human greed and violence? Alas, I think so too.

    But I finish this day encouraged.

    Thanks everyone.

  19. Sofia Kibo Noh

    1 Aug, 2013 - 11:35 pm

    @Dad! 6 52pm

    And I thought you knew EVERYTHING!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revolutionary_Insurrectionary_Army_of_Ukraine

  20. Sofia Kibo Noh

    1 Aug, 2013 - 11:45 pm

    “Over the past eight weeks we have seen the Obama administration show no respect for international or domestic law, but in the end the law is winning. I thank the Russian Federation for granting me asylum in accordance with its laws and international obligations.” Edward Snowden. Aug 1st 2013

  21. Mark at 11 pm. Thanks for the link. “Hague also raised the issue of Tehran’s nuclear dossier which is the subject of an international dispute and talks over it is currently at stalemate.”

    Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction were also the subject of an international dispute. You can no more trust Squealer than you can Napoleon.

  22. My G.P. wants to charge me 100 pounds for one job specific medical report, while I am currently applying for work from several companies. Is that fair, when he gets 150 K as a practise manager from the state. Then he fobs me off with steroid creams and statins for my other ailments to save his practise money.

    The best doctor in the new NHS is the one who saves the most money for the government and uses his public service employment to squeeze the governments’ patients for personal cash.

  23. John, we are still getting laughs out of the Steve Bell cartoon that Flaming June noticed:
    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/cartoon/2013/jun/10/william-hague-statement-gchq-cartoon

  24. Mark

    As Craig said:
    ‘States are the enemy and we are the people’

  25. on a previous thread, i posted about Israeli firm, Nikuv, being involved in Zimbabwe & other African countries. followup:

    31 July – Businessweek: Lesotho Probes Israel’s Nikuv Over Tender for Identity
    Documents
    Lesotho’s Directorate on Corruption and Economic Offenses said it’s
    investigating an Israeli company, Nikuv International Projects Ltd., over
    allegations it paid bribes to win a 292 million loti ($30 million) contract
    to supply electronic passports. ..
    The investigation is politically motivated and is related to a change in
    government that took place in elections last year, (Nikuv’s) Bekker said
    yesterday…
    The issuing of ordinary passports has been stopped in Lesotho after Nikuv,
    which is also running the Zimbabwe voter registration, was contracted to
    issue e-passports and I.D. documents…
    http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-07-31/lesotho-probes-israel-s-nikuv-over-tender-for-identity-documents

    On its website Nikuv says that the company focuses on projects for
    “governmental sectors” and initiated its activities in Africa in 1994 in
    Nigeria. It had “since expanded its activities to Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana,
    Botswana and Angola in IT and additional areas like agriculture and
    security”….
    http://mg.co.za/article/2013-04-12-00-zim-voters-roll-in-hands-of-suspect-israeli-company

  26. BrianFujisan

    2 Aug, 2013 - 2:18 am

    SO MUCH For The NSA “only collecting ‘metadata’

    A professor writer reportedly received a visit from law enforcement agents after she looked up information on pressure cookers via Google and her husband looked up backpacks.

    However, since the original story was published about the incident, some details have come into question.

    Still, if Michele Catalano’s story is true, it sheds light on how the continuing and expanding use of the PRISM program run by the National Security Agency (NSA), along with other surveillance programs, is manifesting itself in the lives of American

    More at EndtheLie.com – http://EndtheLie.com/2013/08/01/writer-reportedly-gets-a-visit-from-police-over-google-searches-for-backpacks-and-pressure-cookers/#ixzz2allhWOrL

    ALSO –

    Senate Commits High Treason:

    “Classifies” votes to HIDE FUNDING FOR SYRIAN REBELS

    “It’s like a pandemic in Washington, D.C., this idea that ‘I don’t have to say anything, I don’t have to justify anything, because I can say it’s secret,’” said Jim Harper, director of information policy studies at the Cato Institute, a Washington-based libertarian think tank.

    In our increasingly Orwellian country, it’s getting hard to tell the difference between parody and reality. But this is very real. And Harper is correct: it is a pandemic.

    Everything is secret in Washington. Who are we at war with? That’s classified. Who is the government spying on? That’s classified. Are we bombing multiple countries on a regular basis with remote-controlled airplanes? That’s classified. Which senators voted for an incredibly unpopular and dangerous plan to give weapons to unaccountable Syrian militias as they fight in a chaotic civil war that should have nothing to do with us? None of your god damned business.

    http://extremeprejudiceusa.wordpress.com/2013/08/01/senate-commits-high-treason-classifies-votes-to-hide-funding-for-syrian-rebels/

  27. “London Assembly demands to know why housing cash was diverted from poorest”

    http://www.housingexcellence.co.uk/news/london-assembly-demands-know-why-housing-cash-was-diverted-poorest

  28. Phil,

    Your rejection of and antipathy towards “competition” is wholly political. Competition is an observable fact of life, as is cooperation, and both are not mutually exclusive.

    Competition drives a positive selection process and cooperation drives a synergistic process. Both produce positive outcomes and are necessary to optimize the survival prospects of both individual species and symbiotic communities of different species.

    Put simply, competition drives improvement and cooperation drives performance.
    . . . .

    Regarding road traffic experiments where road rules and/or traffic controls are removed, it sure seems to be working out well in Asia and Africa.

    Recommend sorting in descending order of fatalities per 100K vehicles – 
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_traffic-related_death_rate

  29. “It’s like a pandemic in Washington, D.C., this idea that ‘I don’t have to say anything, I don’t have to justify anything, because I can say it’s secret,’” said Jim Harper, director of information policy studies at the Cato Institute, a Washington-based libertarian think tank.

    Lord save us. I’m agreeing with a director at the Cato institute. I didn’t think it was possible.

    Personally, I am the view that Obama should be impeached, no question. Jim probably agrees. The world has gone insane.

  30. I am not at all sure that Eire would be enthusiastic about union with the North because of the expense, unless of course the UK agreed to pay for it (fat chance). I wonder whether people like Craig who are not resident in Scotland would even be allowed to vote in a referendum on Scottish independence. The best thing may be to let things stay as they are.

  31. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    2 Aug, 2013 - 7:25 am

    @ Jemand :

    “Recommend sorting in descending order of fatalities per 100K vehicles –
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_traffic-related_death_rate
    _______________

    Nice post; nothing like a few facts to put to rest the wilder notions cooked up by some. :)

    BTW, I trust you noticed the shocking discrepancy between the figure for Israel (3,7) and that for the Palestinian territories (5,6), a difference of around 50%? Surely another example of insufferable discrimination and oppression?

    Have a good day, everyone, and drive safely!

  32. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    2 Aug, 2013 - 7:28 am

    @ Abe Rene

    “I wonder whether people like Craig who are not resident in Scotland would even be allowed to vote in a referendum on Scottish independence.”
    ______________

    I seem to recall that I was wondering some time ago who would be entitled to vote in that referendum and asking whether any of the prolific posters and pro-independentists knew what SNP policies on that were.

    Answers came there none, of course (inconvenient question, I suppose).

  33. Flaming June

    2 Aug, 2013 - 7:55 am

    We are not all in ‘it’ together.

    Half Of UK Nation ‘Living On The Edge’

    More than half of all British adults are finding it hard to make ends meet and are “living for now”, a major report says.
    http://news.sky.com/story/1123485/half-of-uk-nation-living-on-the-edge

  34. Flaming June

    2 Aug, 2013 - 7:59 am

    Racist, fascist ‘Great’ Britain.

    The new stop-and-search – spot checks near stations to hunt for illegal immigrants
    Onlookers described their shock at the operations, with one member of the public saying it was akin to ‘Nazi Germany’
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/exclusive-the-new-stopandsearch–spot-checks-near-stations-to-hunt-for-illegal-immigrants-8742754.html

    ‘The Labour MP Barry Gardiner has now written to the Home Secretary, Theresa May, demanding an investigation into the checks which he said violated “fundamental freedoms”. The raids come just a few months after Ms May took direct responsibility for immigration from the disbanded UK Border Agency.

    “We do not yet live in a society where the police or any other officers of the law are entitled to detain people without reasonable justification and demand their papers,” Mr Gardiner wrote. “The actions of your department would however appear to be hastening us in that direction.”

    Witnesses who saw the operations in London claimed the officers stopped only non-white individuals, and in Kensal Green said that when questioned, the immigration officials became aggressive.’

  35. Flaming June

    2 Aug, 2013 - 8:10 am

    http://scriptonitedaily.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/ukba3.jpg

    NEWSFLASH: UK Border Agency ID Checking People of Colour At Train Stations

    UKBA3

    Twitter is full of reports of the UK Border Agency stopping and performing random ID checks on people of colour in South East train stations today.

    The above picture (click to enlarge) was taken by twitter user @SaveKRLibrary at Kensal Tube station in the capital this morning. There have been so far unconfirmed reports coming in from other stations.

    The following account was reported to the Kilburn Times:

    “…according to several witnesses the officers were aggressive, intimidating and were specifically targeting non-white individuals.

    Kensal Rise resident Phil O’Shea told the Times he was threatened with arrest when he asked what was going on.

    He said: “I thought the behaviour of the immigration officers was heavy-handed and frightening. They appeared to be stopping and questioning every non-white person, many of whom were clearly ordinary Kensal Green residents going to work.

    “When I queried what was going on I was threatened with arrest for obstruction and was told to ‘crack on’.

    “I asked that officer for his name but he refused to give it and said I could read his number on his shoulder but I couldn’t see a number there.”

    Matthew Kelcher, who lives in All Souls Avenue, also witnessed the operation, he said: “They said they were doing random checks but a lot of people who use that station are tourists so I don’t know what message that sounds out to the world.

    “They seemed to be picking out foreign people in an intimidating situation.

    “Kensal Green is a diverse community which is settled and they (the government) are going about it on the wrong approach.

    “This is more about publicity than dealing about the issue.”

    This is not the first time UKBA have made such strident public appearances, but the timing of the move seems part of a conspicuous ‘zero tolerance’ pantomime, as the political parties compete in a race to the bottom on immigration policy.

    This week, the #RacistVan is touring London streets delivering the government’s new ‘Go Home’ campaign against illegal immigrants. The van is tells illegal immigrants to go home and has received a wave of criticism from the twittersphere, ably coordinated by @PukkahPunjabi. The government plans to roll the #RacistVan out nationwide.

    The following picture is the actual #RacistVan

    /..
    http://scriptonitedaily.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/newsflash-uk-border-agency-id-checking-people-of-colour-at-train-stations/

  36. Sofia Kibo Noh

    2 Aug, 2013 - 8:25 am

    Before I get taken to task for the naïve optimism of my last “co-operative/competitive” post (11 32pm yesterday) I’d better elaborate a bit.

    I used the examples of Linux and Bitcion because both are examples of co-operatiive approaches making something better than what is on offer within the old competitive paradigm. In both cases cutting edge solutions have been created by networks of people inspired by a co-operative ethos.

    The undisputable fact about Linux is that it works better than Windows, using less computing power.

    It’s early days to be claiming too much about Bitcion but I have a sense that we should watch that space. A currency that has already been traded to the value of over a billion dollars and which cannot easily be parasitised by bankers maybe shows that humanity can do with the tools of exchange something akin to what we have already done with the tools of production information technology and communication.

    Both come from an ethos which recognises that, in some areas at least ,we can win with each other more than we can win against each other. Of course there will always be areas where we will have to be fierce and assertive. Rule of law cannot co-exist with rule by the lawless. Shock and Awe (aka Blitzkrieg) can never partner peaceful diplomacy. A culture of unbridled extraction and consumption cannot be called sustainable however many PR campaigns are run.

    Of course there is plenty of room for competition to make a better currency, operating system or whatever. I suppose the crucial point is whether competition is with or against.

    How we nurture cultures of co-operation is up to us, but we all make thousands of small decisions daily, which cascade into our shared reality.

    And even when naked force wins the battle something surprising can grow into the space created. I might be stretching my history here, but from my take on it, although at the Battle of Thermopylae the Spartans put an end to the advance Persian dominated old world order, it was the more “open source” style Athenian culture that was eventually adopted in the mediterranean lands.

  37. Sofia Kibo Noh

    2 Aug, 2013 - 8:37 am

    @Flaming. 8 10am

    Re putting darkies in their place.

    What do these people say to their families when they get home after a days work? I bet not much.

    Proud to be British?

  38. Anyone resident in Scotland is entitled to vote in the referendum.

  39. @ BrianFujisan 2 Aug, 2013 – 2:18 am
    “SO MUCH For The NSA “only collecting ‘metadata’”

    “Do you own a pressure cooker? My husband said no, but we have a rice cooker. Can you make a bomb with that? My husband said no, my wife uses it to make quinoa. What the hell is quinoa, they asked. The joint terrorism task force did not press Catalano’s husband on the dilemma facing liberals over whether quinoa consumption is ethically sound – many Bolivians can no longer afford their staple food now everyone in Brooklyn is eating it.”
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/01/new-york-police-terrorism-pressure-cooker

    I apologize to any of you indefinitely incarcerated without charges or perhaps prematurely vaporized because of my prior lame comment here regarding a conspiracy to import punnets. Shoulda known agencies are humourless.

    “In the mid-year review for 2010/11, GCHQ proclaimed: “Our partners have felt the impact of our capability too, with NSA in particular, delighted by our unique contributions against the Times Square and Detroit bombers.””
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/interactive/2013/aug/01/gchq-spy-agency-nsa-edward-snowden#part-four

    Are there parallel universes? Both those disasters were barely averted only by the perpetrators defective equipment, not by anything the agencies did. Or are they congratulating themselves on gathering evidence post-fizzle?

  40. “Anyone resident in Scotland is entitled to vote in the referendum.”

    Probably, but strictly speaking we don’t know until the franchise is defined in a (Scottish) Government White Paper expected in November. Whatever, it will be different from the franchise at other elections if only by the inclusion of 16-year-olds, so we have no database of voters. Expect voter registration to be an issue.

  41. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    2 Aug, 2013 - 9:22 am

    @ Vronsky

    “Anyone resident in Scotland is entitled to vote in the referendum.”
    _______________

    Yes, that’s probably correct. But I think you’re more than right when you say that voter registration will be an issue. How about a Scot who happens to be resident (perhaps temporarily, for work reasons) in England at the time of registration/the referendum? Should, say, a Pole who might be working and resident in Scotland at that time, but whose stay may well be for a couple of years only, be eligible to vote? The issue of what you might call “Scottish by direct descent”, ie, one or both parents (not grandparents or further back) born in Scotland but their children were born “abroad” (England)?
    I look forward with keen interest to the November White Paper.

  42. If you are on the electoral roll, you can vote. It has nothing to do with ethnicity.
    I may have been born in London, but i can’t vote for the mayor if i don’t live there.

  43. Flaming June

    2 Aug, 2013 - 9:34 am

    Sky seem to be enjoying this. Note the words ‘thrown out’. Nice.

    http://news.sky.com/story/1123466/illegal-immigration-raids-140-arrested

    ~~

    Did you notice the image of the handcuff on the moving billboard?

    http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02629/Immigrant-billboar_2629522b.jpg

  44. Flaming June

    2 Aug, 2013 - 9:47 am

    Promogroup – the company that trails the immigrant poster around (wasting fossil fuel the while) also have Promobikes, Promoscooters and Promovans! In fact any Promo you can think of. What Agent Cameron and his cohort would approvingly call ‘entrepreneurship’.
    http://www.promobikes.co.uk/

    OK to advertise American junk food though.

    http://www.promobikes.co.uk/sliderimgs/12.jpg

  45. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    2 Aug, 2013 - 9:57 am

    re spot checks for illegal immigrants

    Just a few comments :

    1/. Can I assume that posters here agree that illegal immigration (I am talking about illegal economic immigration and not asylum seekers or refugees as defined by international conventions) is not a welcome phenomenon (for a variety of reasons, exploitation of the people concerned not being the least)?

    2/. Can I assume that posters agree that the govt is entitled to do everything possible to combat the phenomenon and that this should include measures and actions to identify persons who have somehow gained entry? And that govt policy should not take the form of saying the equivalent of “we will do the utmost to stop illegal economic immigration at the point of entry but if you happen to overcome that hurdle then we will leave you in peace” (ie, pass GO and collect your £200)?

    3/. Can I assume that actions and measures undertaken by the public authorities charged with upholding the law should, to the extent possible, be efficient and that this will inevitably involve, where appropriate, a measure of targeting?
    (an example from a different area would be stopping motorists for a breathalyser)

    4/. Do posters here agree with a couple of the comments reported above : for example, that these operations are akin to life in “Nazi Germany” or that being asked to identify oneself constitutes an erosion of individual liberties and freedoms, given that identification is required in most other areas of modern life in a complex state (driving licences, state benefits, bank accounts, taking up employment..etc)?

    5/. Do posters consider that action against illegal economic immigration is an electioneering ploy, and if so, (1) does it matter (given that the matter is apparently one of some public concern, and (2) in which way it is more of an electioneering ploy than general economic policy, the NHS, public services in general…etc (also, apparently – and legitimately – matters of public concern?

    6/. Finally, on a more practical level, what other measures would posters like to see the govt undertake in replacement of the measures being criticised, in order to counter illegal economic immigration wrt to illegal immigrants already inside the UK?

  46. The above poster obviously hates the poor and immigrants and wants to abolish compassion.

  47. technicolour

    2 Aug, 2013 - 10:11 am

    “nothing like a few facts to put to rest the wilder notions cooked up by some” – dear Habbakuk, did you actually *read* the reports? Or even an extract from the reports? One was from the Telegraph, you know. Jemand: same questions. And what driving in quite different conditions – roads, weather etc – has to do with reports of how the system here works, I do not know.

    Re your above post: there’s a general and visceral sense of shock which you clearly don’t share.

  48. Very good talk by Craig in Belfast. Well attended – especially for the very first day of the festival. Interesting questions and discussion afterwards. I thought the whole thing went very well. (Craig’s sense of humour much appreciated, as ever.)

    On the way back to our hotel, coming down the Falls Road, we had an egg thrown at our car. It hit the windscreen on the driver’s side, with a loud ‘Crack’. Totally unexpected. It was probably some youngsters fooling around.

    Anyway, after a huge breakfast, we’re heading back south.

  49. @Jemand; “just a discussion about the pretensions of people (in particular, lefties) who purport to feel it more than others and the superiority they think that it confers upon them”

    Not a rather pointless exercise in second guessing & making rather snide assumptions ?

    “compassion is of little or no value if it is absent of action. It is only an emotion, after all, and not an expression of commitment or effort to perform a moral duty”

    Compassion is the natural empathy that we feel towards others when they are suffering, and there is no choice about it, you either feel it automatically or you are emotionally impaired; for some people who are sensitive enough to the plight of others, it is almost like a curse, as it is not a nice feeling to feel the suffering of others. Unlike the chicken & egg analogy, compassion is the root cause of any action and/or moral duty, and it is definately not something that somebody purposely feels in order to get high on an ego superiority trip (!), so instead of making assumptions about others who you only believe “purport” to care about the plight of others, you would be making much better sense if you could provide argumentation as to why you believe they are being insincere.

  50. The “general and visceral sense of shock” probably extends no further than the Twitter mob of middle-class lefties that can always be relied upon to kick up a storm over such things. The mob can’t wait for something like the “racist van” to come along so they can take to Twitter, brimming with self-righteousness, and chant their “Racist Tory scum” / “Fuck off back to Eton” slogans whilst patting each other on the back for their latest efforts with Photoshop. The reality is that the “racist van” is just a gimmick and a sop to the voters; most illegal immigrants probably couldn’t even read it anyway, and would likely not give a toss even if they could.

  51. Nevermind: I was absolutely NOT claiming the royals and the “stale establishment” were necessary or desirable. If bad people don’t make wars, how do you rate GW Bush vis-a-vis Iraq? Good person? Good advisors? It wasn’t an apathetic America that allowed that to happen. It was a gung-ho America which encouraged it to happen. An America (arguably) misinformed by bad people. Sorry, but I don’t buy your thesis.

    Necessary for whom? Ask rather necessary for what. For some protection of our national interest and claim to autonomy against other national interests and claims. Granted, this is overhyped by our “leaders”, but it is still a valid requirement.

    Yes, the Gibraltar killings were shameful. I’m no fan of Rumsfeld, but stuff happens. The IRA weren’t exactly models of restraint either.

    Sorry, H. I wasn’t a practitioner, it would be dishonest of me to let that go. I managed five years without being within 100 miles of a shot fired in anger, and I’m very happy about that. (I did some fairly arduous stuff though.)

  52. Anon: Fuck off back to Eton.

  53. Good on you, K. For Queen and Country!

  54. technicolour

    2 Aug, 2013 - 11:10 am

    ‘“general and visceral sense of shock” probably extends no further than the Twitter mob of middle-class lefties’

    this has to have been said by one of the middle class bitterati. ‘probably’. i mean, cleaners and careworkers don’t give two hoots about fairness, decency, humanity, politeness, or their slightly tanned neighbours, the oiks*

    *sarcasm

  55. For Queen and Country!

    No. To get away from my bloody awful parents…Mail readers.

  56. Flaming June

    2 Aug, 2013 - 11:34 am

    More on the necessity to pursue British war criminals.

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/news/content/view/full/136051

  57. Flaming June

    2 Aug, 2013 - 11:41 am

    Racist Australia. I see we used the services of the visa issuing company VFS until it was discovered that the confidentiality of applicants was breached.

    Australian Immigration – the Snowden Link?

    by Murray Hunter / August 1st, 2013

    With the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship already under siege over the treatment of refugees in detention camps, deaths in custody, and the abandonment of the principals of the UN Convention on refugees in regards to boat people, another disturbing aspect of the department’s handling of its portfolio is emerging with the recent appointment of VFS Global as the sole processing partner of visa applications for entry into Australia.

    This appointment process of VFS appears to have been undertaken very quietly without the usual press releases accompanying a major policy decision. The lack of transparency in this agreement is dubious at best, where the department selected a single company as a service delivery partner to handle visa applications and the taking of biometric data from applicants on its behalf, which has effectively created a monopoly for VFS Global

    [..]

    The VFS-Snowden Link?

    The London based VFS Global is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Kuoni Group, a public-listed company headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. What makes VFS interesting is that the chairman of the parent company, Henning Boysen was closely involved with Booz, Allan & Hamilton in the area of predictive intelligence, the same company that Edward Snowden worked for. Like Booz, Allan & Hamilton, WFS Global almost solely acts as a contractor for Government in data collection services. Two other directors were previously involved with Boston Consulting Group which has long been suspected of having close links with the US intelligence community.
    [..]

    /..
    http://dissidentvoice.org/2013/08/australian-immigration-the-snowden-link/

    Nice stuff.

  58. K – I’d still have loved my parents had they been Morning Star readers.

    Technicolour – if you have dropped the capitals and punctuation to try and give the impression that you are down with the plebs, then it’s not working!

  59. “British war criminals.”
    “Racist Australia.”

    Obviously you have to have a certain few characteristcs to be deemed a war criminal or racist by the Murrayistas!

  60. Flaming June

    2 Aug, 2013 - 11:52 am

    Wow. A humanist speaks.

    ‘In a television interview later, Kerry said of the drone strikes, “I think the program will end as we have eliminated most of the threat and continue to eliminate it.”

    “I think the president has a very real timeline and we hope it’s going to be very, very soon,” he told Pakistan Television, when asked whether the U.S. had a timetable for ending drone strikes aimed at militants in Pakistan.’

    Kerry hopes Pakistan drone strikes to end ‘very soon’
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/01/us-usa-pakistan-kerry-idUSBRE97015B20130801

  61. technicolour

    2 Aug, 2013 - 11:53 am

    curses, anon, you have seen through my cunning disguise but I can dissemble no longer. No more will the Duc de Richelieu hide in the shadows. Doff, peasants, doff, to your master!

    (the laziness of RSI, actually, but good try, Anon, as we all kno the plebs cant spel, innit)

  62. Flaming June

    2 Aug, 2013 - 12:01 pm

    What we always knew. We are the poodle of the US.

    Snowden Leak: GCHQ ‘Paid £100m’ By US

    Fears about the relationship between US and UK spy agencies are raised in the latest documents from whistleblower Edward Snowden.

    http://news.sky.com/story/1123562/snowden-leak-gchq-paid-100m-by-us

  63. “If you are on the electoral roll you can vote”

    Actually, that that is *not* so was my point. My American wife (for example) is a US citizen and although a long term resident is not eligible to vote in British elections. However she expects to be able to vote in the referendum. She is a very active campaigner for a ‘Yes’ vote – in general I notice that non-Scots find it easier to recognise the referendum question as a simple one with an obvious answer.

    Many people eligible to vote in 2014 will never have been on the electoral roll before – non-EU citizens and 16 year olds (EU citizens already have the UK franchise, I am told). It remains to be seen if British citizens who avoided electoral registration in order to evade the poll tax will allow their existence to be recorded now. I very much doubt it – having done a lot of door-to-door canvassing I notice that some people value their invisibility.

  64. K – I’d still have loved my parents had they been Morning Star readers.

    Maybe they were lovable. Pity they didn’t pass it on.

  65. “No more will the Duc de Richelieu hide in the shadows”

    More like just another self-hating, middle-class loser with an axe to grind!

    K – Hang on a minute – wasn’t it you describing your parents as bloody awful because of their choice of newspaper?

    And do tell, was it something that happened in the military or a lack of love from your parents that led you to become the most dangerous thorn in the side of the British Establishment?

  66. Flaming June

    2 Aug, 2013 - 12:39 pm

    30 years minimum in jail for each of Daniel Pelka’s murderers.

  67. technicolour

    2 Aug, 2013 - 12:44 pm

    “More like just another self-hating, middle-class loser with an axe to grind!” – don’t be too hard on yourself, please. I think this obsession with class is peculiar: where does it come from?

  68. Two mentions constitutes an obsession?

  69. From the Daily Mail, Technicolour. Along with all the rest of it.

    Lovably – K

  70. Harrible

    You remember surely back in the days of the Captivity, and you were taking in food to Daniel in his lions’ den and we were a bedraggled crowd of oppressed slaves? And some people said we should get out of this mess through practising our religion and some people said through lying, spying and political manipulation? And the political people got on fine and became freemen, selling their kinsmen to the authorities and the proper Muslims got targeted, droned/ fed to lions?

    yeh? The political people got military contracts for delivering essentials and so-called law-keeping. The ordinary people who saw through the politics became refugees. It doesn’t matter whether it is escape from a totally corrupt post-soviet Eastern European country or from a Zionist progrom to un-pick Islam in Pakistan, the people who come to safety are not leaving because of economic reasons. They come because they have been stitched up by the political opportunists from their own community who have played the Empire’s political game against their own people. (In Afghanistan, using the good name of the Taliban).

    In Syria or any other Zio-torn country, (Zio including the ravages of Communism as well as the ravages of the War on Islam,) it is only a tiny segment of the society that is supported by Empire to subdue the rest. There are many resistance groups emerging in Syria who protect their communities from Zio-political Islam and ordinary criminality. The Great Game of oppressing Islam and removing Muslim assets has been transformed by the internet into a miserable game of conkers played by thieves and brigands. And trolls.

    Why do you resent the instinct for survival and freedom amongst refugees and why do you support our own UK state/NWO/Zio oppression who are starting a new civil war in Egypt in order to gain the water resources that feed the Nile for Israel? You are a truly Harrible specimin of hasbara trollery. Harrible harrible harrible.

  71. And do tell, was it something that happened in the military or a lack of love from your parents that led you to become the most dangerous thorn in the side of the British Establishment?

    You sound/read like a comic stereotype lefty social worker, there, Anon. There is hope for you yet. No. It may have had something to do with being suddenly transplanted from an aspirant bourgeois background , as an Other Rank, to the world as most people experience it, though.

  72. p.s.
    Of course there will always be a segment of refugee society that is the lying, spying, Mafia political, wishing to come for economic reasons, and who start to climb the slippery ladder of politics by working for MI5/6 and our own UK intelligence agencies. These scum also need to be reminded that they are not welcome in a community that is trying to escape from political oppression. This is the real problem of becoming a refugee – that the political potato-tomato-stall merchants who sold their own people at home, start to sell their own community in this country. Or worse, start selling us English Muslims to the Queen.

  73. technicolour

    2 Aug, 2013 - 1:21 pm

    Seriously, Anon:

    “The reality is that the “racist van” is just a gimmick and a sop to the voters”

    – well, yes, except it’s slightly more sinister than that, isn’t it? a ‘sop’ would be distributing free half pints. Instead, as so many people including this nice young man point out, it’s couched in the language of hate; and designed to stir up fear and resentment among the people who can read it:

    George the Poet
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0wY5suww80

    Nor, as part of the same climate, do the testimonies of the people who saw the operations at kensal rise (thanks for the link, mary) sound as though they’re responding to a ‘gimmick’. They sound as though they’re responding to a frightening and aggressive situation.

    most illegal immigrants probably couldn’t even read it anyway, and would likely not give a toss even if they could.

  74. I thought this guy was interesting. Alternative universe explored….

    http://www.peterfrase.com/2010/12/anti-star-trek-a-theory-of-posterity/

  75. Home Office is now a tool for stirring up racial tension

    Over the last few weeks we’ve seen some very visible signs of the Government’s “hostile environment” crusade. There have been vans out on the streets with threatening slogans and, reportedly, non-white people being visibly stopped and searched.
    The Home Office is responsible for community cohesion. Yet we are increasingly seeing what appears to be hostility towards non-white immigration, which will do nothing but incite racial tensions and divisions …

    Hitler had a bum rap by the looks of it. He is perhaps much misunderstood, he should have only wished to provide a “hostile environment” to the illegal immigrants, end the torrents of the hoards of “immigrants swamping” Germany, and really was a nice guy all around after all. Although he was a bit a misguided and shot a few bullets in the wrong direction and at the City folk here in London.

    What in hades has happened to this country?

    The fascists are no longer content to remaining as cryptofascists and are now openly and in your face declaring their fascism and are getting away with it too.

    Is this aggressive posture of the Home Office born out of the diabetes of the Theresa of May?

  76. technicolour

    2 Aug, 2013 - 1:37 pm

  77. technicolour

    2 Aug, 2013 - 1:46 pm

    This, though:

    “Police on trains in Germany used to check people of color for no other reason than they were people of color. Suprisingly the German traveling public started protesting when they saw this happening. Shouting at them, taking pictures, going up to then and saying “check me first”. Amasing. – the police seem to have dropped the tactic” (comment on Mary’s link)

  78. What’s this all about then?

    http://edition.cnn.com/2013/08/01/politics/embassies-close/index.html

    Washington (CNN) — [Breaking news alert, 8:41 a.m. ET]

    Al Qaeda is linked to a terror threat that has prompted the State Department to direct its embassies in key Middle East nations, including Egypt and Israel, to close Sunday, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce, R-California, told CNN’s “New Day” Friday. “It’s my understanding that it is al Qaeda linked, alright, and the threat emanates in the Middle East and in Central Asia.”

    [Previously published story, 8:56 p.m. ET]

    A terror threat prompted the State Department on Thursday to direct its embassies in key Middle East nations, including Egypt and Israel, to close on Sunday with the possibility they could remain idle longer.

  79. doug scorgie

    2 Aug, 2013 - 2:08 pm

    Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)
    2 Aug, 2013 – 7:28 am

    “I seem to recall that I was wondering some time ago who would be entitled to vote in that referendum and asking whether any of the prolific posters and pro-independentists knew what SNP policies on that were.”
    “Answers came there none, of course (inconvenient question, I suppose).”

    Not an inconvenient question Habbabkuk, just a stupid one!

    To vote on Scottish independence one must reside in Scotland and be registered to vote there.

    I know it’s difficult but keep running it through your mind and eventually it will click.

  80. Flaming June

    2 Aug, 2013 - 2:08 pm

    I cannot see the downtrodden (though they don’t realize that they are) indigenous British standing up like that Technicolour. All you hear at bus queues and on public transport is the talk of ‘too many immigrants’ especially when attempting to discuss the causes of the bank crash.

    Milton Mayer They Thought They Were Free: The Germans 1933-1945

    [..]This separation of government from people, this widening of the gap, took place so gradually and so insensibly, each step disguised (perhaps not even intentionally) as a temporary emergency measure or associated with true patriotic allegiance or with real social purposes. And all the crises and reforms (real reforms, too) so occupied the people that they did not see the slow motion underneath, of the whole process of government growing remoter and remoter.[..]

    http://www.press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/511928.html

  81. Hmm, Sunday is Obama’s 52nd birthday coincidentally or otherwise.

    And closing even the Israeli embassy because of a supposed terror threat??

    Wonder if any other countries will follow the US lead and will the UK announce any embassy closures?

  82. http://israel.usembassy.gov/wm08012013.html

    Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens August 1, 2013

    Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens

    The Department of State has instructed certain U.S. Embassies and Consulates to remain closed or to suspend operations on Sunday, August 4. The Department has been apprised of information that, out of an abundance of caution and care for our employees and others who may be visiting our installations, indicates we should institute these precautionary steps. It is possible we may have additional days of closings as well, depending on our analysis.

  83. Fanning the flames of immigration anxiety is a component part of agent Cameron’s ‘Big Society’ – I call it the ‘Big Society Gap’ as correctly identified by think tank ‘Civil Exchange’ as having zero common vision and zero common goals between younger and older people, affluent and disadvantaged communities, rural and urban areas and white and ethnic minority people.

    The real ‘Big Society’ is dead RIP; the ‘Big Society’ died when agent Cameron abandoned his ‘connect with the people while washing up and chastising the kids’ – the ‘home video’ was pulled with the demise of Tory secret weapon, ‘Webcameron’ a subliminal advertising exercise which promulgated:

    “”I want to tell you what the Conservative party is doing, what we’re up to, give you behind-the-scenes access so you can actually see what policies we’re developing, the things that we are doing…”

    Yeah right Mr Cameron! we found out the hard way; behind the scenes you were fucking spying on every British man, women and child. Why? Because that knowledge is power and essential for us[Tories] to rule by divide.

  84. Flaming June

    2 Aug, 2013 - 2:39 pm

    From the Medialens editors.

    Immigrant checkpoints are naked state racism
    Posted by The Editors on August 2, 2013, 1:34 pm

    Today is Roma Holocaust Memorial Day, marking the start of the liquidation by the Nazis of the “Gipsy” camp at Auschwitz on 2 August 1944. Today is also being marked by racist, illegal state targeting of immigrants on the streets of Britain. The parallels are clearly not exact, but the sentiments are.

    At a time when most people are struggling to pay their bills, when wages have been driven down by zero hours and other slave-like “contracts”, when the ConDems are fighting for votes against the nationalist Ukip, it comes as little surprise that the Home Office has unleashed its dogs.

    They may not be wearing brown shirts, but the UK Border Agency officials might as well be. Setting up checkpoints at key locations around London, Durham, Manchester, Wales and Somerset, they have patently targeted non-white citizens for identity checks.

    This is racial profiling with a vengeance. Stopping people on this basis to ask them for their identity is patently unlawful, as is the Home Office boasting that they have caught “offenders” before people detained have even been charged.

    http://aworldtowin.net/blog/immigrant-checkpoints-are-naked-state.html

  85. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    2 Aug, 2013 - 3:25 pm

    @ Vronsky:

    “(EU citizens already have the UK franchise, I am told).”
    _____________

    Partly. Just to clarify :

    Under EU legislation, EU citizens have the franchise in a Member State other than their own and in which they are resident, but only :
    – in municipal (local) elections, not general elections
    – if they apply for the franchise (and, in so doing, undertake not to vote in the same type of elections in their country of origin; Member States are obliged to exchange information on such applications).

  86. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    2 Aug, 2013 - 3:28 pm

    @ Komodo

    “Sorry, H. I wasn’t a practitioner,”
    _______________

    I wasn’t clear enough, I meant that you have served.

  87. ”I want to tell you what the Conservative party is doing, what we’re up to, give you behind-the-scenes access so you can actually see what policies we’re developing, the things that we are doing…”

    Yeah right Mr Cameron! we found out the hard way; behind the scenes you were fucking spying on every British man, women and child.

    Cogent, Mark.
    Check out Martin Rowson’s Silly Season:

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/series/martin-rowson-silly-season

    A jagged gash in the weft of reality. Indeed.

  88. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    2 Aug, 2013 - 3:38 pm

    @ Mr Scorgie :

    ““I seem to recall that I was wondering some time ago who would be entitled to vote in that referendum and asking whether any of the prolific posters and pro-independentists knew what SNP policies on that were.”
    “Answers came there none, of course (inconvenient question, I suppose).”

    Not an inconvenient question Habbabkuk, just a stupid one!”
    ______________________

    Oh, OK. You obviously know ahead of the rest of the citizenry what will be in the Scottish govt White Paper mentioned by Vronsky in his post of 08h59 thus :

    “we don’t know until the franchise is defined in a (Scottish) Government White Paper expected in November.”

    I feel you should discuss this with Vronsky, don’t you?

  89. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    2 Aug, 2013 - 3:45 pm

    [Mod/Jon: abusive attack on Passerby, deleted]

  90. doug scorgie

    2 Aug, 2013 - 3:51 pm

    “Newspaper forced to apologize over anti-Semitic clue in crossword puzzle

    Tribune Media Services newspapers printed a crossword clue where the three-letter answer for Shakespeare’s ‘Shylock’ was ‘Jew’

    In response the Anti-Defamation League asked the paper to print an apology and refrain from using clues that perpetuate negative Jewish stereotypes

    The paper issued an apology and promised not to print the clue again”

    http://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/no-reference-to-jw-allowed.html#entry34078877

  91. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    2 Aug, 2013 - 4:05 pm

    “Immigrant checkpoints are naked state racism
    Posted by The Editors on August 2, 2013, 1:34 pm”
    ( a load of over-the-top guff follows – see at 14h39)
    _____________

    If the F.P. felt like showing us she has a mind of her own, she could stop simply cutting and pasting egregious bits of nonsense like the one above and, for instance, have a crack at the questions I submitted at 09h57 today.

    All others “viscerally shocked” by the spot checks at Kensal Green are also welcome to join in, of course!

  92. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    2 Aug, 2013 - 4:08 pm

    @ Komodo

    “Cogent, Mark.”

    You are the maestro of the oxymoron, Komodo, I take off my hat to you (cf avatar – no hat)

  93. Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    2 Aug, 2013 - 4:14 pm

    AlcAnon;

    I am keeping an eye on these ‘threats’. I don’t believe anything the USG says and it could be an op to garner support for surveillance. Waiting for some Wikileaks/Manning/Snowden pushback to change public opinion back to preferring security over liberty.

  94. Flaming June

    2 Aug, 2013 - 4:27 pm

    Six in a row. For goodness’ sake, find someone to play with him down at the beach volleyball court.

  95. doug scorgie

    2 Aug, 2013 - 4:31 pm

    Interesting debate on Zionism

    BBC (Persia) Hardtalk

    The debate (in English) starts around 1min in.

    http://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/gilad-atzmon-on-hardtalk-bbc-persia-very-interesting.html#entry34085304

  96. Flaming June

    2 Aug, 2013 - 4:43 pm

    Same old stuff from the crowd at BBC Watch about that Doug.

    http://bbcwatch.org/2013/07/31/bbc-persian-service-promotes-antisemitic-holocaust-denier-atzmon/

    See the comment below the article from Elizabeth Morley.

  97. when Going to Edinburgh soon, I shall black up, see whether I can be caught in the immigrant dragnet, our very own beginnings of an even more sophisticated golden dawn, Goetter daemmerung on all these scroungers, but only those who can’t afford to come here with loot they garnered from others hard labour.

    Most of them are desperate to work, the tales of Dick Whittington are still pandered, although today these golden paved streets are just for self pleasuring psychopath bankers, the vast majority of us feel a hard wind blowing.

    Thanks for all the great links provided.

    Bradley Manning is not a murderer, Lt.William Caley is/was. So anything more than two years in the slammer, taking account of the three years of psycho torture endured already, I think there is a chance for the US to re-address their Trust vacuum and let him go.

    Free Bradley Manning NOW!

  98. technicolour

    2 Aug, 2013 - 5:01 pm

    Habbakuk: did you read the traffic reports yet? Have you watched To Shoot an Elephant?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXHB2dnd42Q

    I’m very keen to hear your responses!

    Mary: I’m finding the great British public positively seething with tolerance and resistance, actually. Anyway, even people who have been thoroughly misinformed or fearmongered can be quite quickly reassured with the facts, I think.

  99. Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    2 Aug, 2013 - 5:02 pm

    Yes Nevermind. Calley served just three and one-half years for his crimes. Manning faces how many?

  100. This is an interesting little video on the tolerance of Muslims in England (4’35”):

    Are extremists invading Britain?

  101. technicolour

    2 Aug, 2013 - 5:33 pm

    what a curious little video. the last time I had someone telling me that i would go to hell, it was a born again Christian.

  102. Intersting to see the life of the abusive comment to have stayed put for now more than one and one half of one hour!

    For some reason, on this blog, there has been “accommodation” given to these parasitic ziofuckwit vermin that have settled in and using this blog as yet another platform to further their filthy, supremacist, segregationist, apartheid agenda. Further given the degrees of latitude and laxity in moderation offered to these parasitic vermin, begs the question what the fuck is going on here?

  103. Flaming June

    2 Aug, 2013 - 5:57 pm

    Not my experience in deepest Surrey Technicolour. A lot of prejudice is encountered. I even had a friend, a woman of my own age, applauding what Rudd is doing with the immigrants on Papua New Guinea. I had to remind her that Australian troops have been engaged in the coalitions in the ME wars causing mayhem and displacement of its peoples.

  104. technicolour

    2 Aug, 2013 - 6:06 pm

    FJ: interesting, and how did she respond?

  105. Flaming June

    2 Aug, 2013 - 6:06 pm

  106. even in Syria joining the rebels I see

    Not so long left now!

    Assad delivered a speech the night before last I believe, during which he thanked the Syrian nation for helping him to get rid of the terrorists. Further, he indicated that shortly the war on terrorists will be over and the Syrian army will vanquish the terrorist, disappointing their sponsors.

    The game is over, and the score is heavily in favour of the opponents of the US and toadies. As I have already indicated, there is unrest in Qatar, as well as unrest in Saudi, with the the Saudis forces opening fire on the population of al Awamia, in Qtif. The “kaleidoscope” has broken, hence the adventurers, brigands, and privateers are on the back foot.

  107. technicolour

    2 Aug, 2013 - 6:22 pm

    With some wiki links?

  108. Flaming June

    2 Aug, 2013 - 6:28 pm

    Technicolour. She didn’t want to know nor could she defend her view which left me thinking there’s goodbye to a friendship.

  109. Technicolour: Yes indeed, same here! Who are we to believe, when all sides trot out the same line of hysterical, dark-ages mumbo-jumbo, with the threat that the all-loving god will throw you into hell for eternity should you fail to embrace their particular version of it?

    Heard an interesting interview with a former Utah-based Christian who finally saw the light. He was a skilled organist, and was invited to play at many churches of all sorts of denominations (Xian, Mormon etc. etc.). Between playing, he had to listen to the sermons. Over time, he came to realise that all these religions, and all the subdivisions thereof, basically said the same thing – theirs was the One True Way, you’d better do what they say, or you’ll be condemned to hell for all eternity.

    Of course, they varied in how forcefully they played this message, but all said more or less the same. They couldn’t all be right, he realised. So why should his own brand be any more correct that the rest? He rightly concluded that none of them were correct, it was all BS, and become much happier as a result of his new-found enlightenment.

  110. Fedup poses an age-old conundrum, “…what the fuck is going on here?

    I have to admit to wondering the same on a daily basis. Here’s an example of someone struggling with very much the same sort of question.

  111. technicolour

    2 Aug, 2013 - 6:49 pm

    FJ: Ouch.

    This is an awful and powerful short video about the detention process in Australia:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wq0KSJWT2F8

    This is also worth watching:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bcz4xh5qwVU

  112. doug scorgie

    2 Aug, 2013 - 7:07 pm

    Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)
    2 Aug, 2013 – 9:57 am

    “re spot checks for illegal immigrants”

    “Just a few comments:” [Questions I think]

    “1/. Can I assume that posters here agree that illegal immigration … is not a welcome phenomenon?”

    Well it is illegal to be here illegally Habbabkuk so I’ll grant you that.

    2/. Can I assume that posters agree that the govt is entitled to do everything possible to combat the phenomenon and that this should include measures and actions to identify persons who have somehow gained entry?

    Only if the “everything possible” is legal.

    I suggest that, the actions of both the police and the border agents, is illegal and shows contempt for the law by the Home Office.

    Stop and question: police powers
    A police officer has powers to stop you at any time and ask you:
    • what you’re doing
    • why you’re in an area and/or where you’re going
    However, you don’t have to answer any questions the police officer asks you.
    https://www.gov.uk/police-powers-to-stop-and-search-your-rights

    “3/. Can I assume that actions and measures undertaken by the public authorities charged with upholding the law should, to the extent possible, be efficient…”

    Yes.

    …and that this will inevitably involve, where appropriate, a measure of targeting?”

    Only if it’s legal and proportionate.

    “4/. Do posters here agree with a couple of the comments reported above : for example, that these operations are akin to life in “Nazi Germany”…”

    That may be a bit over the top but it is a worrying development towards a police state.

    “…or that being asked to identify oneself constitutes an erosion of individual liberties and freedoms…”

    Yes it clearly does erode our liberties. The police do not have the right to demand identification unless they suspect that someone is committing an offence or they believe they have committed an offence.

    “…given that identification is required in most other areas of modern life in a complex state (driving licences, state benefits, bank accounts, taking up employment..etc)?”

    That is a complete red herring Habbabkuk.

    “5/. Do posters consider that action against illegal economic immigration is an electioneering ploy…”

    Of course it is and it doesn’t matter which political party is in government. It’s called “playing the race card”.

    “…if so, (1) does it matter (given that the matter is apparently one of some public concern…”

    Why, I wonder is it a matter of public concern? Would it be the anti-immigrant propaganda by the government aided by the right-wing MSM:

    The Daily Mail: Propagating misinformation about immigrants.
    Again.

    On Monday 14 Feb, the front page of the Daily Mail pronounced: ‘Thousands of illegal workers claiming benefits: Loophole in the law costs taxpayers millions’. But by Thursday it became clear that this wasn´t a real expose of ‘welfare abuse’ rather another cynical attempt to propagate misinformation about immigrants.

    http://www.migrantsrights.org.uk/blog/2011/02/daily-mail-propagating-misinformation-about-immigrants

    “…and (2) in which way it is more of an electioneering ploy than general economic policy, the NHS, public services in general…etc (also, apparently – and legitimately – matters of public concern?”

    Electioneering ploys are by nature lies whether it be on the NHS or Trident or immigration. However there is deep seated racism among many white Brits and it is an emotive subject (like sectarianism) that can be manipulated by the state to divide and rule.

    “6/. Finally, on a more practical level, what other measures would posters like to see the govt undertake in replacement of the measures being criticised, in order to counter illegal economic immigration wrt to illegal immigrants already inside the UK?”

    Prevention is better than cure is it not. But job cuts to Customs, Coast Guards and the Border Agency have led to an increase in smuggling, whether of drugs or people. The gates have been left unattended to save money.

    There is little point in chasing after illegal immigrants inside the UK if the gates remain unattended.

    I would also argue that the majority of illegal immigrants, if they are working, will be working for far less than the minimum wage and thus are not “taking our jobs” those jobs would not exist without them.

    If properly funded systems were in place illegal immigrants would not be able to fraudulently gain welfare benefits or housing. Such systems that do exist are scandalously under-funded.

    Job cuts and inadequate funding have consequences.

    Anyway Habbabkuk that’s my view what’s yours?

  113. Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    2 Aug, 2013 - 7:08 pm

    Remember the USS Liberty.

    http://rense.com/general39/pilot.htm

  114. Flaming June

    2 Aug, 2013 - 7:42 pm

    The Minister for Immigration Mark Harper was on Ch4 News. He is very pleased with the results of the Home Office anti illegal immigrant initiatives and is obviously well recovered from the fracture he sustained to his foot after falling off a table while dancing in a Soho nightspot at the end of June! Loads of fun with Mark?

    Wonder if he is planning any more trips to Israel courtesy of CFoI?

    17 July 2007 – View full entry
    6. Overseas visits
    11-15 June 2006, to Israel, hosted by Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI). CFI contributed the cost of flights, accommodation and some meals. The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Official Guests Department) contributed to the costs of travel inside Israel, some accommodation and meals. (Registered 5 July 2006)

    He does not mind visitors from Israel coming to this country, even if they are war criminals.

    Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (19 January 2010) has video
    Mark Harper: I listened carefully to the Foreign Secretary’s answer to the hon. Member for Liverpool, Riverside (Mrs. Ellman). He agreed, I think, that leaders of Israel should be able to come to the United Kingdom without fear of arrest. What I did not hear in his answer was the steps that the British Government will take to ensure that that can happen……

    http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/mark_harper/forest_of_dean

    http://www.channel4.com/news/immigration-police-checks-arrests-government-home-office

    ~~~

    Ch4 News also included an item about Lynton Crosby’s anti-immigrant policy he devised for Howard which brought him to power.

  115. Flaming June

    2 Aug, 2013 - 8:08 pm

    Craig was interviewed on Radio Ulster’s Good Morning Ulster yesterday morning. 1hr 11mins in

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b037l8p5

  116. Glenn_uk

    Re your Muslim protest video 

    Those Muslims weren’t extremists, they were orthodox. I find it amusing to see people label others as “extremist” when they don’t like the message. Apparently, if you are faithful to a 1500 year old religion, then you are extreme. 

    The white English girl, while genuine in her concern about the cultural transformation of her community, was quite naive, presumptuous and a little condescending in her attitude towards the protesters. Who knows Islam better than a Muslim? A part-time Christian or feel-good agnostic?The people who spoke to her struck me as honest and plain speaking.

    You will need to get used to the changing face of British culture because there’s a whole lot more to come – all in good time. But if you don’t like orthodox Muslims, maybe you can show them the errors of their ways by telling them what Islam is actually all about.

  117. technicolour

    2 Aug, 2013 - 8:53 pm

    “while genuine in her concern about the cultural transformation of her community” – did you see a ‘cultural transformation’? did anyone? is Oxford St ‘culturally transformed’ when an equally small group of Hari Krishnas dance down it? The pillars of our society – Boots, MacDonalds – surely still remain.

    “Those Muslims weren’t extremists, they were orthodox” – well, telling people they will rot in hell is quite extreme, in my experience of people. Also, not Koranic teaching for ‘people of the Book’

    “You will need to get used to the changing face of British culture because there’s a whole lot more to come – all in good time” – ahah. A seer on board.

  118. For my plodding friend, Technicolour.

    Cultural transformation is an ongoing process, or do you think that the UK has remained the same for the last 50 years? 

    And extreme slogans don’t quite make an extremist, does it now? What do you suggest protesters to chant at a protest? Then again, maybe it takes one to know one. 

    As for “Koranic teaching”, I guess we should feel blessed to have your academic knowledge of Islam at hand over the preaching of Muslim clerics themselves. What was your major again? Theology?

    A seer on board? Is that supposed to be a clever putdown of a rational prediction?

    How many close personal friends of yours are Muslim? I mean, you claim to be tolerant and accepting, and that Muslims are good people just like everyone else, so you must have a whole bunch of Muslim friends who connect with you in a deep and meaningful way, right?

  119. Benghazi was fishy and CIA people are being gagged for something not to come out. Large weapopns consignment being shifted from Libya to Syria, maybe?
    Normal western processes excused by our diplomatic corp and foreign office as ‘necessary’.
    Nothing to see here, walk on.

    http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/cia-pressured-quiet-benghazi/2013/08/02/id/518451?s=al&promo_code=1465A-1

  120. technicolour

    2 Aug, 2013 - 9:47 pm

    Jemand, if you’d read any of the dialogue between Suhayl and Arsalan to which you contributed, and followed some of the links, you would perhaps have a clearer idea of the breadth of Islamic thought?

    “Cultural transformation is an ongoing process, or do you think that the UK has remained the same for the last 50 years?”

    Where has remained the same? But, in this context, the film has not shown that Islam has ‘transformed’ (extreme word) the whole of Luton, or even that particular street in Luton. You are nevertheless suggesting that Muslims, who form under 5 percent of the population, a figure which includes babies and grandmothers and children and great-uncles and boy clubbers and girls in jeggings, are going to ‘transform’ the whole of the UK?

    Well, that would be nice. I’d like us all to calm down, look after our children, and go dancing more.

  121. Flaming June

    2 Aug, 2013 - 10:05 pm

    Not content with just Lynton Crosby, the Con Dems now hire Obama’s election
    campaign manager. They must be getting the wind up.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-23551323

  122. AlcAnon – the world-wide caution announced by the US State Department is fitting and timely. Today is the last Friday in the holy month before Eid.

    Tomorrow we will witness extreme violence in Egypt and while our eyes are turned in that direction a devastating attack on locations in Damascus by Israeli cruise missiles will be followed by Israel controlled takfiri groups moving through Qatana approaching Daraya from the South West.

  123. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    2 Aug, 2013 - 10:26 pm

    @ Mr Scorgie

    Thank you for engaging. Hereafter my responses to your comments. For easy of reading, I’ll put them in upper case.

    _______________

    “1/. Can I assume that posters here agree that illegal immigration … is not a welcome phenomenon?”

    Well it is illegal to be here illegally Habbabkuk so I’ll grant you that.

    AS YOU OBVIOUSLY ATTACH GREAT IMPORTANCE TO LEGALITY (AS EVIDENCED BY SOME OF YOUR LATER COMMENTS)I SHALL TAKE YOUR ANSWER AS A “YES” – ie, YOU AGREE THAT ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS NOT TO BE WELCOMED.

    2/. Can I assume that posters agree that the govt is entitled to do everything possible to combat the phenomenon and that this should include measures and actions to identify persons who have somehow gained entry?

    Only if the “everything possible” is legal.

    I suggest that, the actions of both the police and the border agents, is illegal and shows contempt for the law by the Home Office.

    YOU ARE WRONG;UNDER CURRENT LEGISLATION, OFFICIALS OF THE BORDER AGENCY HAVE THE RIGHT TO DO WHAT THEY WERE DOING AT KENSAL GREEN

    Stop and question: police powers
    A police officer has powers to stop you at any time and ask you:
    • what you’re doing
    • why you’re in an area and/or where you’re going
    However, you don’t have to answer any questions the police officer asks you.
    https://www.gov.uk/police-powers-to-stop-and-search-your-rights

    THAT IS CORRECT. BUT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT OFFICIALS OF THE BORDER AGENCY HERE. SEE ALSO COMMENTS ABOVE AND BELOW.

    “3/. Can I assume that actions and measures undertaken by the public authorities charged with upholding the law should, to the extent possible, be efficient…”

    Yes.

    …and that this will inevitably involve, where appropriate, a measure of targeting?”

    Only if it’s legal and proportionate.

    IT WAS LEGAL AND I BELIEVE IT WAS PROPORTIONATE : FIRSTLY, THERE IS A GREATER CHANCE THAT YOU WILL FIND ILLEGAL ECONOMIC IMMIGRANTS IN AREAS LIKE KENSAL GREEN THAN, FOR EXAMPLE,IN THE LEAFY SPACES OF SURREY WHERE FLAMING JUNE LIVES (if you need an explanation for that, ask and I shall respond); SECONDLY, ILLEGAL ECONOMIC IMMIGRANTS ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE DARK-SKINNED THAN WHITE – BECAUSE THEY ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE FROM CERTAIN COUNTRIES THAN FROM OTHERS (there would be little point in stopping Flaming June, for example).

    “4/. Do posters here agree with a couple of the comments reported above : for example, that these operations are akin to life in “Nazi Germany”…”

    That may be a bit over the top but it is a worrying development towards a police state.

    SO WE AGREE ON THE OVER-THE-TOP BIT, ALTHOUGH I’M NOT SURE WHY YOU SAY “MAY BE” RATHER THAN “IS”. CONVERSELY, YOU COULD USE “MAY BE” IN THE SECOND PART OF THE SENTENCE RATHER THAN “IS”.
    ANYWAY, I DO NOT BELIEVE IT IS ANY MORE A WORRYING STEP TOWARDS A POLICE STATE THAN ANY OTHER ACTION BY THE PUBLIC AUTHORITIES DESIGNED TO UPHOLD AND ENFORCE THE LAW OF THE LAND.

    “…or that being asked to identify oneself constitutes an erosion of individual liberties and freedoms…”

    Yes it clearly does erode our liberties. The police do not have the right to demand identification unless they suspect that someone is committing an offence or they believe they have committed an offence.

    I AGAIN REPEAT THAT THE OFFICIALS OF THE BORDER AGENCY WERE ACTING WITHIN THEIR POWERS, SO THERE IS NO POINT IN YOU TALKING ABOUT THE POLICE THE WHOLE TIME. SECONDLY, EVEN IF IT HAD BEEN THE POLICE, THEY WOULD HAVE ACTED ON THE BELIEF THAT THE PERSONS ASKED TO IDENTIFY THEMSELVES HAD COMMITTED AN OFFENCE, NAMELY THAT OF BEING IN THE COUNTRY ILLEGALLY.

    “…given that identification is required in most other areas of modern life in a complex state (driving licences, state benefits, bank accounts, taking up employment..etc)?”

    That is a complete red herring Habbabkuk.

    NO, I DON’T BELIEVE IT IS. CERTAIN FACILITIES AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC REQUIRE IDENTIFICATION. BEING IN THE UK IF YOU ARE A NON-EU FOREIGN NATIONAL IS ALSO A FACILITY AND IT SEEMS DIFFICULT TO ARGUE THAT THE AUTHORITIES ARE NOT ALLOWED TO ASCERTAIN IF YOU ARE AVAILING YOURSELF OF THAT FACILITY IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAW.

    “5/. Do posters consider that action against illegal economic immigration is an electioneering ploy…”

    Of course it is and it doesn’t matter which political party is in government. It’s called “playing the race card”.

    I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT IT IS PLAYING THE RACE CARD. AT MOST IT IS PLAYING THE ANTI-ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION CARD.

    “…if so, (1) does it matter (given that the matter is apparently one of some public concern…”

    Why, I wonder is it a matter of public concern? Would it be the anti-immigrant propaganda by the government aided by the right-wing MSM:

    YES? I DO BELIEVE IT IS A MATTER OR PUBLIC CONCERN, ALTHOUGH IT IS CERTAINLY NOT THE TOP CONCERN. I DON’T THINK YOU CAN CLAIM IN THE SAME BREATH THAT IT IS NOT A MATTER OF PUBLIC CONCERN AND THAT THE GOVT IS USING IT AS A “CARD”.

    The Daily Mail: Propagating misinformation about immigrants.
    Again.

    On Monday 14 Feb, the front page of the Daily Mail pronounced: ‘Thousands of illegal workers claiming benefits: Loophole in the law costs taxpayers millions’. But by Thursday it became clear that this wasn´t a real expose of ‘welfare abuse’ rather another cynical attempt to propagate misinformation about immigrants.

    THIS EXAMPLE IS A TRUE RED HERRING FROM YOU. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT IMPLEMETING THE LAW OF THE LAND AND NOT WHAT THE DAILY MAIL – WHICH DOES NOT SPEAK FOR THE GOVT – IS SAYING.

    http://www.migrantsrights.org.uk/blog/2011/02/daily-mail-propagating-misinformation-about-immigrants

    “…and (2) in which way it is more of an electioneering ploy than general economic policy, the NHS, public services in general…etc (also, apparently – and legitimately – matters of public concern?”

    Electioneering ploys are by nature lies whether it be on the NHS or Trident or immigration. However there is deep seated racism among many white Brits and it is an emotive subject (like sectarianism) that can be manipulated by the state to divide and rule.

    I DON’T THINK YOU HAVE ANSWERED MY QUESTION. FURTHERMORE, WHO IS TRYING TO DIVIDE WHOM FROM WHOM AND TO WHAT PURPOSE – PLEASE EXPLAIN MORE CONCRETELY (AND IN ELECTORAL TERMS).

    “6/. Finally, on a more practical level, what other measures would posters like to see the govt undertake in replacement of the measures being criticised, in order to counter illegal economic immigration wrt to illegal immigrants already inside the UK?”

    Prevention is better than cure is it not. But job cuts to Customs, Coast Guards and the Border Agency have led to an increase in smuggling, whether of drugs or people. The gates have been left unattended to save money.

    NO, I DON’T BELIEVE THAT THIS IS TRUE. ILLEGAL ECONOMIC IMMIGRANTS – AND THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE MONEY OUT OF GETTING INTO THE COUNTRY – ARE PRETTY DETERMINED AND CUNNING PEOPLE AND NO BORDER CONTROLS ARE 100% EFFECTIVE (UNFORTUNATELY)

    There is little point in chasing after illegal immigrants inside the UK if the gates remain unattended.

    TH SAY THAT THE GATES ARE LEFT UNATTENDED IS A GROSS MISREPRESENTATION AND IT IS IN ANY EVENT SILLY TO TAKE A POSITION WHICH SAYS THAT IF SOMEONE GETS PAST BORDER CONTROL SUCCESSFULLY HE SHOULD BE LEFT IN PEACE THEREAFTER. THIS IS A SERIOUS MATTER AND NOT A GAME OF MONOPOLY (“PASS GO AND COLLECT YOUR £200″)

    I would also argue that the majority of illegal immigrants, if they are working, will be working for far less than the minimum wage and thus are not “taking our jobs” those jobs would not exist without them.

    IRRELEVANT FOR OUR DISCUSSION HERE (YOU YOURSELF SAY “ALSO”). AND EVEN IF IT WAS NOT, WHAT YOU WOULD BE SAYING IS THAT ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS OK BECAUSE THESE PEOPLE ARE WORKING FOR LESS THAN THE MINIMUM WAGE.

    If properly funded systems were in place illegal immigrants would not be able to fraudulently gain welfare benefits or housing. Such systems that do exist are scandalously under-funded.

    AGAIN, IRRELEVANT FOR OUR DISCUSSION; I DON’T BELIEVE I SAID ANYTHING ABOUT WELFARE FRAUD DID I? YOU MIGHT BE CONFUSING ME WITH THE DAILY MAIL.

    Job cuts and inadequate funding have consequences.

    Anyway Habbabkuk that’s my view what’s yours?

    THERE YOU GO, MR SCORGIE, BONNE LECTURE ( I’M ASSUMING YOU WROTE AS THE SPOKESPERSON FOR OTHERS AND THAT THEREFORE NOBODY ELSE WILL STICK THEIR HEAD ABOVE THE PARAPET)

  124. Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    2 Aug, 2013 - 10:31 pm

    Mark; The US travel alert ostensibly is an unspecified threat, but the likely spot is Yemen.fwiu.

    Is your reference speculation on yesterday’s huge explosion in Homs?

  125. Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    2 Aug, 2013 - 10:33 pm

    All that shouting is giving me a headache.

  126. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    2 Aug, 2013 - 10:46 pm

    @ Ben

    Don’t be silly. I gave the reason why I would use upper case – it’s so that even ignoramuses like you could easily pick out my replies to Mr Scorgie’s replies to my original comments

    Have another smoke and your headache will disappear.

  127. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    2 Aug, 2013 - 10:49 pm

    “As a dog returneth to his vomit ” (Proverbs 26:11)….

    …so the Frequent Poster, oblivious to what everyone else is writing about, returns to her favorite obsession at 19h42.

    Yup, it’s Israel time again in leafy Surrey!

  128. [Mod/Jon: abusive attack on Habbabkuk, deleted]

  129. technicolour

    2 Aug, 2013 - 11:10 pm

    Not on, Fedup. Appalling, in fact. You are sounding strangely like a crazed far-right person – do you know that? You do know that this is just typing.

    Habbakuk: before you mention Israel again, it might be good for educational purposes (after all, are we not here to have our view extended?) have you watched To Shoot An Elephant yet?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXHB2dnd42Q

  130. Not on, Fedup. Appalling, in fact. You are sounding strangely like a crazed far-right person – do you know that? You do know that this is just typing.

    [Mod/Jon: abusive, deleted]

  131. technicolour

    2 Aug, 2013 - 11:14 pm

    ILLEGAL ECONOMIC IMMIGRANTS – AND THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE MONEY OUT OF GETTING INTO THE COUNTRY – ARE PRETTY DETERMINED AND CUNNING PEOPLE AND NO BORDER CONTROLS ARE 100% EFFECTIVE (UNFORTUNATELY)

    come on:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bcz4xh5qwVU

  132. Fedup/Passerby is getting cross. Put your anti-splatter covers on your screens.

    Thanks for the link to BBC Radio Ulster, Mary.
    I must say the guy who interviewed Craig irritated me. 1) It would have taken him all of 5 seconds to find out the pronunciation of “Féile an Phobail” — so he didn’t pronounce it Fayla an Foebal. And 2) he sounded more interested in the sound of his own voice than in what Craig was saying.
    But maybe it’s just me …

  133. technicolour

    2 Aug, 2013 - 11:18 pm

    Well,

    “I am sick of these cunts insulting all and sundry and getting away with it!”

    er…

  134. [Mod/Jon: abusive, deleted]

  135. “I am sick of these cunts insulting all and sundry and getting away with it!”

    No, Fedup/Passerby. You cannot tolerate any – even the smallest hint of – insult to yourself. And you start foaming at the mouth over it.

    Calm down. Go out for a walk.

  136. And “u75″ is?

    You don’t know me from Adam, or Eve, Fedup. The only place you’ve come across me is here.

  137. [Mod/Jon: abusive, deleted]

  138. Yeah you wish!

  139. “Old hag you played the same shit in u75 you can fool these tossers, but you are not fooling me I know what and who you are!”

    Paranoid nonsense. Perhaps you’d tell us what u75 is?

  140. Don’t be coy now, you are talking to me, remember!

    Sum total of your efforts are sniping from the side lines with your suppressive fire in support of the ziofuckwits. You are constantly on Mary’s case, and there is not a week that goes by without you calling me fedup/passerby, cute isn’t it?

  141. Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    2 Aug, 2013 - 11:27 pm

    It seems Yemen is the likely location. Hotter by the minute.

    http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2013/08/us_drones_kill_5_aqa_1.php

  142. technicolour

    2 Aug, 2013 - 11:28 pm

    Ihtiraam lil ahl, Fedup.

  143. Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    2 Aug, 2013 - 11:30 pm

    It’s pretty hot in here too.

  144. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    2 Aug, 2013 - 11:30 pm

    No, no, you musn’t get all annoyed with Fedup!

    He’s doing a great job in diverting you away from my post(s) of substance.

    So he’s really working for you. :)

  145. Puedo hablar diversos cuatro idiomas, así que ¿qué más da?

  146. [Mod/Jon: abusive, deleted]

  147. technicolour

    2 Aug, 2013 - 11:33 pm

    You are constantly on Mary’s case,

    nonsense

    and there is not a week that goes by without you calling me fedup/passerby, cute isn’t it?

    tschah

  148. technicolour

    2 Aug, 2013 - 11:36 pm

    Fedup: uberhaupt nichts! no ochin interiessneye.

    Habbakuk: have you watched To Shoot An Elephant yet?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXHB2dnd42Q

  149. “Sum total of your efforts are sniping from the side lines with your suppressive fire in support of the ziofuckwits.”

    You’re clearly unbalanced, Fedup/Passerby. And you clearly don’t read here very carefully either or you’d have worked out long ago that I’m pro-Palestinian.
    And I assure you that we have not met anywhere else. I very seriously doubt if I’d forget your hot air and your language and your strange way of expressing yourself. Not a lot of people start sentences and forget to finish them.

    I call you Fedup/Passerby because they are one and the same person. Clear as day. And you made a reference to your “other nicks” on the Counter-terrorism thread.

    Now calm down. You don’t have the faintest idea who I am. And whatever u75 is, I know zero about it.

  150. Fedup, everybody’s getting fed up.

    Something’s about to happen with instructions for UK residents to leave Yemen. (Yemen is one of the countries where a large number of people are killed by drones). It would surprise me if any of this “news” is based on information about al Qaeda. After all the Yanks arrested and imprisoned 779 people from al Qaeda (many from the Yemen). After more than ten years they have charged 13 people out of those that have been incarcerated in Guantanamo Bay and I know of only one conviction. Mark Golding at 10.13 I hope this is not right, but nothing would surprise me. Russia and China will probably not get involved. The plan for the US/Israel to dominate the world is still on target. At least that is what they think. That is what the Nazis thought too. All empires are doomed. When the sleeping giant (people) wakes up there will be unimaginable changes.

  151. You are constantly on Mary’s case,

    nonsense

    Course not, as ever jump in there, and start your act, go read the constant drivelling about Mary’s punctuation, grammar, fuck knows what else, that is not being on her case. Then comes her fucking crystal ball that she so gases into so fucking often fedup/psserby that is her fucking sum total of contribution juxtaposition with a token peppering of links for keeping up appearances sake.

  152. Hi Ben – al-Qaeda mapped defectors in Yemen are identified and taken out.It is an ongoing process Ben and a source of good earnings for ex SAS mercenaries.

  153. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    2 Aug, 2013 - 11:39 pm

    @ Technicolour
    (23h14)

    “– AND THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE MONEY OUT OF GETTING INTO THE COUNTRY-”
    _____________

    Apologies, I think I mislead you with a typo; the above part sentence should have read as follows :

    “-and the people who make money out of getting THEM (ie, the illegal economic immigrants) into the country – “

  154. You’re clearly unbalanced, Fedup/Passerby. And you clearly don’t read here very carefully either or you’d have worked out long ago that I’m pro-Palestinian.

    Yeah sure!!!

    Remember it is me you are talking to.

  155. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    2 Aug, 2013 - 11:45 pm

    @ Technicolour

    You’re rather keen that I should watch “To shoot an elephant”. What’s it about (time is money, you know!) and how/why do you think I would benefit?

    Are you related to elephants, or even an elephant yourself? You have such a good memory….. :)

  156. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    2 Aug, 2013 - 11:48 pm

    If you are Céléstine, who is your Babar? Nobody on here, I hope!

  157. Gilbert Mercier, Editor-in-Chief of News Junkie Post has just published this accurate picture of how the hyenas and other scavengers of the US/Israeli banking and cartel conglomerates are picking at the raw flesh of a public out of which it has pecked the eyes.

    http://newsjunkiepost.com/2013/08/02/capitalism-back-to-the-dark-ages-of-feudalism

  158. technicolour

    2 Aug, 2013 - 11:49 pm

    ok Fedup:

    You are constantly on Mary’s case,

    Fucking nonsense!

    I’m off to bed now. Habbakuk, have you -

  159. True John there will be unimaginable changes, incomprehensible to our conditioned minds.

    Yet that shift in consciousness (sleeping giant waking up) is eeezy man if we could connect with each other. Obviously although sadly and unfortunately that rebirth will be the result of a catalyst, an impetus from distress, suffering and pain.

  160. technicolour

    2 Aug, 2013 - 11:52 pm

    Oh, Habbakuk, just before I go, as I said originally:

    “To shoot an elephant” is an eye witness account from The Gaza Strip. December 27th, 2008, Operation Cast Lead…from the only foreigners who decided and managed to stay embedded inside Gaza strip ambulances, with Palestinian civilians.

    Purpose: information/elucidation

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXHB2dnd42Q

  161. Yemen you say?

    British embassy in Yemen to close as ‘precaution’

    The British embassy in Yemen is to be closed on Sunday and Monday as “a precautionary measure”, the Foreign Office has confirmed.

    A spokesman would not say if the closure was in response to a specific threat.

  162. “Remember it is me you are talking to.”

    LOL! I’m supposed to know what that means? Tell us what u75 stands for and maybe I can go and investigate. Otherwise, stop wasting your breath. You’re talking through your ar*e.

  163. Tell us what u75 stands for and maybe I can go and investigate

    Surely you cannot be so coy now, can you?

    You know! I have the measure of you, your act is nothing new is it?

  164. Ben Franklin thanks for the link to more recent drone killings in Yemen. Recently the journalist Shaye was released from a wrongful imprisonment but is not allowed to leave Yemen. Are they going to target him because of what he knows of the innocents killed in these cowardly attacks.

    http://newsjunkiepost.com/2013/06/04/the-united-states-of-extra-judicial-murder-and-imprisonment/

  165. Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    3 Aug, 2013 - 12:02 am

    I sense this is to swing the pendulum back to making the Public more concerned about security than liberty. Great damage has been done to the Monolith by Manning et al and they could be staging a comeback for their reputation as ‘protectors’.

    Imagine if they show, with charts and graphs, that they could have gotten metadata to stop an attack, if only Snowden hadn’t spilled their candy in the Lobby. The metrics for civil liberties would take a giant step backward.

  166. It’s after midnight, Fedup/Passerby, and your nonsense is boring. Whoever you think I am, you’re wrong.

    I’ve Googled u75 and come up with this
    http://www.urban75.net/forums/

    somewhere I have never visited before. Ever.
    I told you, you’re off your head. You have the measure of nothing. Just more of your hot air.

    Goodnight all

  167. technicolour

    3 Aug, 2013 - 12:15 am

    ps try searching for ‘dreoilin’ on the Urban 75 forums. Fedup, can you explain why there are no results?

  168. I told you, you’re off your head. You have the measure of nothing. Just more of your hot air.

    Yeah sure!!

    You are a cunning little devil aren’t you?

    Hot air! You wish don’t you?

  169. ps try searching for ‘dreoilin’ on the Urban 75 forums. Fedup, can you explain why there are no results?

    You really think you are so sharp don’t you?

    Search engines, that is namely google knows everything, and your search turned up nothing, so that is the end of that then?

    Pitiful just pitiful!

    Let us see what is your explanation for this “phenomena”?

  170. Ben did you ever go to Ogrich before it transmuted to an sis front shop?

    If you did so, there you would have seen the chopper attack in its entirety, and many other attacks, including the friendly fire incidents along with the nude pics of the US soldiers posing with their weapons along with other sick clips of US soldier eating a dead Iraqis Marsbar, and puking as he ate it?

    Manning is being fitted up, the poor bastard, most of the clips that are no longer on the net were doing the rounds in the early days of the war. Don’t know what is happening with peoples memory, no one seems to remember shit!

  171. Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    3 Aug, 2013 - 12:58 am

    Yemen Times..

    “The AQAP-affiliated online Arabic magazine, Sada Al-Malahim, called the NDC members “infidels,” and encouraged supporters to send in the addresses of those who voted against the measure.”

  172. Fedup, you are priceless. 

    Funnier than a one-eyed, flatulent dog chewing on its hind-leg.

    Watch Fedup in action –
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbn__Tta_0E&feature=youtube_gdata_player

  173. Flaming June

    3 Aug, 2013 - 5:54 am

    Dreoilin. Thanks. Agree about Craig’s interviewer who I assume is Conor Bradford who sounds so ‘smoooooth’. Another second generation BBC type like so many others. His father was Roy Bradford, a Unionist MP and minister!

    I found this interview.
    http://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/new-day-for-good-morning-ulster-s-conor-bradford-1-1888583

    ~~~

  174. Flaming June

    3 Aug, 2013 - 6:03 am

    Hate to disabuse the Resident Invigilator that ‘leafy Surrey’ does not see any interventions from Mrs May’s heavies trawling for humans who don’t have the right bit of paper.

    In February, an old lady died alone having been left for 9 days without a visit from her carers after the care agency employed by Surrey CC to look after closed down following a UKBA raid. Note the involvement of the Met in the raid. Outrageous that nobody was prosecuted.

    Family disappointment as police drop investigation into pensioner who starved to death
    Family and friends of a pensioner left to die alone after the council forgot to replace her care staff have told of their outrage that no one will be prosecuted. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/elderhealth/10049848/Family-disappointment-as-police-drop-investigation-into-pensioner-who-starved-to-death.html

    In Guildford, another trawl has just taken away six other humans, for deportation presumably. Their countries of origin are Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and Nepal. Note the possibility of a £10,000 fine for an employer and also the cooperation of the Surrey Police and the council. Verily a police state.

    Illegal immigrants found working for Guildford firms http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/illegal-immigants-found-working-guildford-5402869

    Just two instances of round ups in Surrey. I expect there are many more that do not make the headlines.

    ‘And then they came for you’…….

  175. Flaming June

    3 Aug, 2013 - 6:09 am

    I say old chap! BRITISH Telecom. What! Never!

    What we always knew.

    BT and Vodafone among telecoms companies passing details to GCHQ
    Fears of customer backlash over breach of privacy as firms give GCHQ unlimited access to their undersea cables

    http://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/aug/02/telecoms-bt-vodafone-cables-gchq

  176. BrianFujisan

    3 Aug, 2013 - 6:16 am

    Its a little over the top…. for Fedup.
    mysterious the history re Dreolin, whom knows fedup as passerby… and vise versa… Whilst i dont think its helpfull to re open shit with the girls

    I find it sickening the commenter above Should decry that censorship improves history….

    as i say Sickening

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-hiroshima-myth-unaccountable-war-crimes-and-the-lies-of-us-military-history/5344436

  177. Flaming June

    3 Aug, 2013 - 6:18 am

    Just one of those coincidences. I was looking at the Equalities and Human Rights Commission to see who resides there. They are now inquiring into the legality of the Border Agency’s recent activities.
    Immigrant spot checks: Equality watchdog investigates
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23552088

    The UK is good at holding inquiries by the dozen.

    Who should be the deputy chair but this person from BT!

    Currently Director of People and Policy at BT, Caroline Waters has a distinguished record on equality, inclusion, and human resources, and has been the driving force of many diversity-focused groups such as the Chair of Employers for Carers since 2001, helping to found the Employers’ Forum on Belief, and as Chair of the Lone Parents working group. She was awarded HR Director of the Year in the 2009 HR Excellence Awards and has also judged a number of prestigious diversity awards including the CRE Race in the Media Awards and Help the Aged’s Living Legends. She was awarded the OBE for services to diversity and equal opportunities in the New Year’s list in 2010. She is a Trustee of the Employers network for equality and inclusion.

    http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/about-us/the-commissioners/

  178. BrianFujisan

    3 Aug, 2013 - 6:18 am

    Shit Sorry mary…My post was ment for Jemand ..

  179. Flaming June

    3 Aug, 2013 - 7:34 am

    Q Are Bush and B.Liar back in power? I only ask because terrrrrrrr is all over the internet.

  180. Flaming June

    3 Aug, 2013 - 7:43 am

    Have the terrrrrrr alerts got anything to do with Obomber’s meeting with the Yemeni President on Thursday and a US drone strike on Yemen that killed four Alki Ada ‘militants’.

    http://english.ruvr.ru/news/2013_08_01/Obama-Yemen-leader-to-meet-on-Gitmo-after-drone-strike-6483/

  181. Old Aussie fart, good to see your family vids, but what has got to do with the price of eggs in the farm yard? You are still the same senile tosser who cannot distinguish between a mental malady and and insult, whining on about you are not old and irrelevant. Despite the same tag team operating on the same lines, on another thread, sort of habit with these really.

  182. Brian, I am sick of the same characters using the same tactics to intimidate commenters and bully them. The history is indeed an inserting one, hence the denials, and the constant stream of accusations, and so far as the opening shit with girls goes, snap out of it! Just have cruise on the internet clips and see how “girls” are kicking the blokes heads and stabbing them, the rage is equality now.

  183. Brian also do some research on Tokyo fire bombings, Curtis LeMay the war criminal (he actually is on record acknowledging that if US loses the war, he will be tried for war crimes) planned these meticulously. He had learned his trade from Bomber Harris and attacks on Germany, including the Dresden bombings; waves of incendiary bombs, followed by high explosives bombs, causing a fire storm of 200 miles an hour magnitude. The stories of German mothers getting stock in the melting road asphalt in a bid to rescue their young, are trickling out gradually.

    Those animals around here supporting such a policies, can do so because the mickey mouse version of history available on tap 24/7 on Hitler Channel will not even hint at the reality of what ghastly, and sickening crimes were committed during the “just wars”.

  184. Good to see you making new friends here, Fedup. That’s what this blog is all about – friendship.

    As an Islamist, Fedup, what is your opinion of the protest video posted by Gelnn_uk on this page?

  185. A van at the Tory conference saying "Eff off back to Eton," and reaction by a Torygraph Zionist

    3 Aug, 2013 - 10:18 am

    This van will be parked outside the Tory conference, carrying the slogan “FUCK OFF BACK TO ETON”. Good stuff.

    Once again, as with the party held in Trafalgar Square to celebrate Thatcher’s death, anarchist Ian Bone is doing something that a large number of us can latch onto. Nice one, Ian!

    But wait a minute…the Torygraph don’t like it!

    According to Jake Wallis Simons, writing in that wretched organ, everyone who uses ‘social media’ will be aware of this van. Sadly I think he’s exaggerating. Jake goes on to express his outrage at the fact so far he hasn’t come across “a single person who has criticised it as an expression of hatred and prejudice”. Oh how terrible! Us Moorlocks just don’t understand stuff! We’re just animals!

    Jake can’t write for toffees, but he landed himself a job at the Independent, where his pals made one of his novels a “Book of the Year”.

    Most of his novels are on Jewish themes. A raving Zionist, he helps promote the ‘Iranian nuclear threat’.

    Loyal to Israel (read on), he also pokes fun, in his cackhanded way, at those who would dare criticise the US and British war effort and intelligence services. For instance, he says things like “The Guardian’s new Edward Snowden exclusive is anti-American mischief”.

    Ho hum. Another day, another Edward Snowden exclusive in the Guardian. This one reveals a real shocker: spies do spying. No, no, you don’t understand. They do. They actually do. At one point, the article quotes an anonymous GCHQ employee complaining about “the level of deception involved”. With a straight face and everything. (April 1st, was it?)

    He went to St Peter’s College, Oxford, but appears to have got a completely crap degree, because he ended up doing a PhD in “Creative Writing” at the University of East Anglia…

    …after failing to get into MI6. Maybe that was because he was too thick, or maybe they’d filled up their Zionist quota for that year? After all, the Zionists will decide how obvious they want to make what they’re doing. In any case, either consideration would have been sufficient.

    The following quotes are from here.

    Many of my friends from Oxford tell the same story. The Master discreetly calls them in for sherry one day. After a brief – and somewhat stilted – chat about their future, he asks if they have considered the Foreign Office. If they reply positively, he asks how they would feel about the “special Foreign Office”. There follows several weeks later an interview in a certain nondescript building near Westminster. At that point, whether the candidate embarked upon a career with SIS (MI6) or not, they will draw their story to a close.

    The students who were approached were precisely the sorts one would expect. The ones who were studying PPE or languages; those with an interest in politics, perhaps active in the Union; the ones who were the most efficient, conformist, responsible, ambitious, and worldly that Oxford had to offer. Personally, I was none of these things, and I never got the “tap on the shoulder”. Nonetheless, when casting around for a suitable career after University, I thought I might as well throw SIS into the mix.

    I managed to make it through the first round before I was rejected. To be honest, I was surprised that it had taken all of one round for MI6 to twig that a creative type like me, with an unusually small hippocampus and a dislike for anything practical, might not be of great benefit to our national security. Nevertheless, I’d tasted the tiniest soupçon of the world of espionage, and found myself determining to experience it – or a version of it – for myself one day, through fiction.

    Several members of my family have served in the Israeli army, in various different units. My brother, for instance, was a combat medic, my cousin was in an infantry brigade, and my uncle was a paratrooper commando. I myself, at the age of sixteen, briefly flirted with the idea of joining up, even though I knew deep down that it was just a fantasy (like the attempt I would later make to join SIS). Instead of joining the IDF, I went travelling in Asia, then on to Oxford. But my proximity to the toughness and camaraderie of the Israeli army has left me with an enduring fascination. And, of course, a wealth of interview contacts.

    When I began my research for The Pure, I was surprised by how rarely the contemporary Mossad features in popular culture. This is the deadliest, most feared, most awe-inspiring secret service in existence. The audacious assassination of the Hamas weapons smuggler in Dubai in January 2010 – for which Mossad operatives disguised themselves as tennis players – commanded the attention of the world (in Israel, tennis kit has become a standard fancy dress outfit). As did the 1996 killing of the Hamas suicide bombmaker Yahya Ayyash, known as “the Engineer”, whose head was blown off by a booby-trapped mobile phone.

    Did tennis kit become a standard fancy dress outfit in Israel before or after the Dubai murder? Does someone here know?

    Jakie continues:

    My first port of call was to interview my various contacts from the Israeli military. I also consulted the wealth of media reports – many of them speculative – about alleged Mossad operations around the world. Most helpful of all, however, was the 1991 memoir By Way Of Deception: the making and unmaking of a Mossad officer, by Victor Ostrovsky. This book, the publication of which the Israeli government tried to suppress, claims to lift the lid on the Mossad’s recruitment and training processes, as well as their modus operandi in the field. Much of The Pure is based on this, which I think lends the thriller authenticity.”

    So he wrote the book for his Zionist pals, got helped by the Brits who didn’t recruit him for a proper job, and ripped a load of stuff off from Victor Ostrovsky.

    Finally, it was natural to show the first draft of the manuscript to the various British diplomats and intelligence officers to whom I was connected through Oxford. By and large, they found that the book rang true, although they did provide several very important pieces of advice, all of which I implemented. My only regret is that for obvious reasons I am unable to acknowledge them, and my Israeli contacts, by name. Nevertheless, they have my thanks.

    What strikes me, is that this dickhead can’t write.

    The world of international espionage – so desperate, so dangerous, so cunning and audacious – is a perennial source of vicarious entertainment. In expanding our fictional horizons to encompass the world of the Mossad, I hope to provide not only high octane thrills and spills, but also a thought-provoking exploration of the difficulties involved in being an Israeli in the world today.

    Expand our horizons? High octane? Thought-provoking? The world today? That’s fucking awful! I wouldn’t have thought you could get a PhD in “creative writing” at the Unversity of East Anglia, having so little clue. Did he have some pals there, too? Or what?

  186. A van at the Tory conference saying "Eff off back to Eton," and reaction by a Torygraph Zionist

    3 Aug, 2013 - 10:22 am

    I am now told that Jakie got a first in English at Oxford, and apparently he did get a PhD in 2009 from the University of East Anglia. Funny he appears to have no skills whatsoever in writing creatively. There again, maybe they are just using the word “creative” in the “advertising” sense, i.e. not to mean anything to do with creativity?

  187. Flaming June

    3 Aug, 2013 - 10:26 am

    The colour Orange.

    Shame on this woman who is a Unionist councillor. Has she not seen enough killing in N Ireland?

    ‘On Facebook, she responded to someone else’s post about an imaginary attack on the parade in which several people including Sinn Féin figures are killed.

    She wrote: “We would have done a great service to Northern Ireland and the world.” She later apologised.’

    Ruth Patterson is charged over Facebook parade comments
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-23547697

    Her CV. Well embedded. Deputy Lord Mayor and Alderman even.
    http://minutes.belfastcity.gov.uk/documents/s62749/PattersonRuthCV.doc.pdf

  188. Jemand – Censorship Improves History 2 Aug, 2013 – 4:21 am

    “Phil, Your rejection of and antipathy towards “competition” is wholly political.”

    Blimey, I do not even know how one might reject or dislike the notion of competition. One might as well say “I don’t believe in trees”.

    I guess you only read one part of what I said. So, just to be super duper clear, let me repeat my point again (apologies to others). It is a simple point that is lost in the “it’s a dog eat dog world” orthodoxy constantly sold to us in an ideological push to justify greed and war. Here it is:

    Cooperation drives evolution as well as, if not more than, competition.

    “competition drives improvement and cooperation drives performance.”

    There you go. I suggest you oversimplify and create partition with your specificity but really we are saying very similar things.

    “Regarding road traffic experiments where road rules and/or traffic controls are removed, it sure seems to be working out well in Asia and Africa.”

    Er, I don’t believe they are experimenting with ‘shared space’ in those places. Which sort of makes the point. Perhaps at some point some countries might look at embracing such a wonderful idea to reduce the traffic deaths.

    Orthodoxies are deeply entrenched. The fact that traffic regulations cause accidents and slows down traffic is difficult to get your head around. But try harder because the evidence points that way:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1533248/Is-this-the-end-of-the-road-for-traffic-lights.html

  189. FJ
    “Shame on this woman”

    Sure shame her but don’t arrest people for what they say.

  190. Mary – Ruth Patterson was charged under the Communications Act 2003.

    Section 127(1)(a), prescribes that “a person is guilty of an offence (a) if he sends by means of a public electronic communications network a message or other matter that is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character” (i.e. otherwise than by means of a programme service).

    According to a High Court Appeal:

    Whether a message is grossly offensive is a question of fact.

    In deciding, judges should apply “the standards of an open and just multi-racial society, and that the words must be judged taking account of their context and all relevant circumstances…Usages and sensitivities may change over time.

    Language otherwise insulting may be used in an unpejorative, even affectionate, way, or may be adopted as a badge of honour (‘Old Contemptibles’). There can be no yardstick of gross offensiveness otherwise than by the application of reasonably enlightened, but not perfectionist, contemporary standards to the particular message sent in its particular context. The test is whether a message is couched in terms liable to cause gross offence to those to whom it relates.

    In other words – words are just words…

  191. Hi Mark / Eton Van,

    I know one such ex SAS operating out of Dubai.

    0 Recommends.

    I wonder why?

  192. “I guess you only read one part of what I said. So, just to be super duper clear, let me repeat my point again (apologies to others). It is a simple point that is lost in the “it’s a dog eat dog world” orthodoxy constantly sold to us in an ideological push to justify greed and war.”

    I just asked my dog if it is true and he says it’s just Neocon propaganda, in nature dogs do not tend to eat other dogs.

    So the reality is that this is not a dog eat dog world.

  193. “Ruth Patterson was charged under the Communications Act 2003.”

    I take it her daddy isn’t a high court judge then.

    http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/vile-threat-sent-to-girlfriend-of-rangers-1314619

  194. Don’t see much in resurrection, all seems to be a lot of twaddle, but tomb raiders in Egypt, since the latest uprising against the army, obviously, they seemingly serve whoever pays them, mainly the US during the last thirty years. But now ancient tombs are robbed, as they were pilfered by accolade seekers, western Victorian explorer’s/ researchers who stole what was not their’s then and now.

    Whether its the Elgin Marbles, aborigines heads, or Egyptian artefacts in our museums, they are all stolen.

    But what of the proposition that this is really Habbakuk?

    http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/german-boy-finds-mummy-in-grandmothers-attic-a-914493.html

  195. Fred

    “I just asked my dog if it is true and he says it’s just Neocon propaganda, in nature dogs do not tend to eat other dogs.”

    What a clever dog you have. Or are you repeating orthodoxy sarcastically.

    Ok let me try again. Yes, you are correct, competition exists. However, there is a shed load of cooperation that goes unrecognised because of the ideologic promotion of unforgiving competition. This ideology misrepresents reality to covince you to accept greed and war as ‘natural’.

    Funny enough wild hungry dogs exactly cooperate in packs. You fail to see the larger cooperation even in your own example.

  196. Home Office may have broken the law in ‘racist’ hunt for illegal immigrants

    The excesses of the home office in promoting racism as a policy has finally dawned on some of the pundits.

    The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said it was demanding an explanation for raids in the past week which led to the detention of dozens of suspected illegal immigrants. It said it intended to assess whether “unlawful discrimination took place” with officials only stopping non-white people.

    However even more disturbing aspect of the Home Office witch hunt has emerged:

    … in some cases of domestic violence, is the police asking the women about their citizenship status. This isn’t the purpose of their visit, they are supposed to be protecting the women.

    Considering the above, the questions arise, have there been such an investigations, by the police in other cases referred to them, ie have the police been subjecting the victims of violence or other crimes first to an immigration status check, before addressing reasons for referral to the police in the first place?

  197. That interview of Craig by BBC NI was unusual by BBC standards. Craig was allowed to speak freely and unchallenged, and the interviewer even assisted Craig in elaborating some of his points.

    Almost as if Craig were a respected member of the establishment.

    Obviously this is unusual for the BBC more generally, so media watchers need to ask themselves why.

  198. Fedup, please calm down. This is only a blog, and your repeated fuck-off-piss-off-fucking-whatever isn’t helpful even for this non-family friendly environment. It seems not to have had the effect of offending whoever you wished to offend, so the only result is that you reveal yourself to be easily wound up. So, chill-pills please.

    I can’t see what in this thread has got you annoyed. Is the Counter Revolution discussion on religion sneaking into newer posts? :)

    (I’ll get back to that thread when I have a couple of hours spare!)

  199. Herbie,

    Obviously this is unusual for the BBC more generally, so media watchers need to ask themselves why.

    My view of the ‘free press’ is that it is, paradoxically, slightly free. If (relatively) radical views such as a anti-war perpectives or anti-capitalist sentiment are permitted 1% of airtime, then such instances can be used as an example of press freedom. If the system were more efficient, and no such views could get exposure, people would more frequently comment on how view X may not be espoused in public.

    The funny thing is that this process happens automatically, rather than their being a conspiracy to arrange it. Thus, in relation to your last sentence, I don’t think the BBC necessarily got Craig past the secret censoring committee. Rather, the various mundane circumstances of which program it was, who the reporter was, and where they are based may result in the “influencers” in London not being able to stop the interview without causing themselves embarrassment.

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