140 thoughts on “Scotland’s Gay Conservative Leader

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  • Komodo

    Re. redefining antisemitism:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/nov/06/averting-accusations-of-antisemitism-guardian
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    “An important feature of the Guardian online is that the comment threads are post-moderated: a team of moderators check almost half a million comments a month posted on the site for language that breaches the community guidelines across a whole range of issues – not just antisemitism. They are experienced in spotting the kind of language long associated with antisemitic tropes such as Jews having too much power and control, or being clannish and secretive, or the role of Jews in finance and the media.”
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    You have been warned. There is nothing wrong with ANY Jews, ANYwhere. Not even Israeli rightwingers. Got it?

    (You can say what you like about Scots, though.)

  • Mark Golding - Children of Iraq

    Nuid,
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    I note, ‘The UN nuclear watchdog will unveil details of an advanced warhead blueprint..’ looking ar the Guardian link you kindly provided.
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    I wonder if that is the same ‘blueprint’ the CIA provided? I am sure it was ‘Vyacheslav Danilenko’ who evaluated the design and said it was ‘говно’ a vulgarity meaning ‘crap’ – good try Clinton – I note the new composition of the 35-member IAEA Board for the 2011 – 2012 period – Shame Ansar Parvez has been succeeded; the board is now 85% anti-Iran. I will send my nuclear dossier to the Brazilian board member considering the excellent economic and diplomatic cooperation between Brazil and Iran.

  • Janus

    Re Iran wanting Israel wiped off the map

    Angrysoba explained it well when he wrote in October last year:

    “Humble pie time.

    I spoke to an Iranian friend of mine who happens to be very apolitical about the quote of Ahmadinejad’s. I wrote down the roman script version that appears on Wikipedia and asked him what it meant. He didn’t know so I started reading it. He still looked baffled. Then I tried going through the words individually and he recognized most of them and told me what they mean. His English is not great so we sometimes had to use Japanese but the message came through. In the end he said he understands the phrase to mean, “The occupying regime of … will hopefully disappear from the pages of history.”

    When I tried to pronounce the word for occupying he said I pronounced it terribly and started laughing, “I think you shouldn’t go Iran. No one understand you! Ha ha ha ha!”

    But I asked if it meant the same as in the sentence “We are occupying this table”.

    “Yes, yes!”

    “And what about this ‘mahv shaved”? I pronounced it “marv”.

    He was confused for a while but then realized, “Ah you mean marrr hah v!” with a rolling “R” if I remember correctly. He explained it means disappear or go away. “It means, if they come and sit at our table I hope they fuck off.”

    So I asked, “Does it mean you will remove them?”

    He said, “No, no! It just means you wish they fuck off.”

    The “qods” part didn’t register at all even when I explained it was Farsi name for a particular city. He said there is no city called that in Iran. I ventured, “Maybe in Filistine?” and then the penny dropped, “Ah! Qods!”

    So, in short I am now ready to believe that the phrase does mean, “We wish the regime occupying Jerusalem [Israel] will be removed from the pages of time.” Or words closer to that effect than that Iran desires to actively eradicate it.”

    http://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2010/08/julian_assange_1.html#comments

  • Mark Golding - Children of Iraq

    Komodo
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    Iran has been working to thwart the American/Israeli plan to create serious civil disturbance in Syria necessitating intervention. The idea being to draw Iran into the maelstrom and create an intervention window for a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities by MOB’s.
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    A document claimed to be written by a former member of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran’s legal department, stating that the Bushehr nuclear plant would cause the next Chernobyl type disaster because of lapsed safety standards, was in fact sourced from Britain. The International Institute For Strategic Studies has said in a report that ‘if Iran threw caution to the wind’ and attempted building a nuke it ‘would take them to the end of this decade to enrich enough bomb grade Uranium.
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    http://www.iiss.org/publications/strategic-dossiers/irans-strategic-weapons-programmes/press-coverage/?p=11

  • nuid

    “Not good, but there is one cheerful thought – a new govt in Italy surely cannot be even worse?”
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    Possibly not, Craig, time will tell. But there is a smash and grab going on that stinks to high heaven …
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    Mark Golding: There were forgeries before Iraq too? Someone tweeted this morning: “Ron Paul’s RADICAL proposal: treat Iran like a nation of fellow human beings & offer it friendship”. Exactly the opposite of “AIPAC’s ‘War With Iran’ Bill” mentioned above.
    It makes me sick to my stomach.

  • Komodo

    Relevant: I think this was as far as Ahmedinejad could have been expected to go. If the US had not had a regime change agenda, it would have considered the offer sympathetically.
    Note that 20% enrichment is well below the level needed for weapons-grade uranium.
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    http://news.antiwar.com/2011/10/04/ahmadinejad-offers-immediate-halt-to-20-percent-enrichment/
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    Re. Syria, I think this is more of a Saudi/Qatari shitstir – at the behest of the US, but working round the deep and deserved unpopularity of the US in the country. I wouldn’t expect Iran to get too heavily involved; that would involve a logistics nightmare for them; and think it is more likely that simple Syrian regime change is the intention. As things develop, look forward to Israel having another go at Lebanon, though.
    Bastardy is the order of the day.

  • parky

    @ Mark Golding
    …has “unlawful killing”, the film i mean naturally, really been banned in the UK by the UK Gov? I doubt they will ever ban the act, for use by themselves. It does not show up yet on pirate bay but maybe it is too new for that, however i look forward to seeing it when it is. By actually “banning” something they of course draw attention to it all the more and it is doubtful they can ban it from the net. Thanks for the heads up anyhow.

  • Janus

    Yes, AS, pity Obama doesn’t know about it:
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    “Israel, a small country of less than eight million people, looks out at a world where leaders of much larger nations threaten to wipe it off of the map.”
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    President Obama, speech to the U.N. General Assembly, September 21, 2011

  • glenn

    Mary: I’d be careful about trusting ‘The Blaze’ to be truthful when telling you the date. It’s run by that Nazi Glen Beck, a freak who lies as easily as you or I breathe. He got too insane and far-right even for Fox News, so now he promotes his wild conspiracy theories to teabaggers on his Internet broadcasts (and on that filthy website).
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    Nothing Beck quotes should be considered accurate, and you might want to look at the comments section on his site to see how murderous and deluded his devotees are these days.

  • Komodo

    To which I would add that dogwhistle (genuine) antisemitism and hysterical denunciation of anything vaguely resembling sane politics are never far away from Beck. And since departing Fox, he has found his natural constituency with the Koch ( http://mediamatters.org/blog/201006290072 )-funded Tea Party. Avoid like the plague. Which he would like to be.

  • Guest

    Glen Beck believes in not one word he says, he has found that preaching insanity to the damaged in society is very lucrative, and takes full advantage of every opportunity afforded him. A true mercenary, who believes and cares in absolutely nothing but himself.

  • Komodo

    Radio 4 reports in detail on the enthralling case of Michael Jackson’s Doctor (guilty of involuntary manslaughter of a mad celebrity)
    It didn’t manage to include – though this has just appeared on the BBC website, some hours after it broke – the case of 3M vs Lanny et al (= the MoD and Harvey Boulter), which has just been concluded in the High Court in favour of Lanny et al to the tune of $1.2M. So it missed out on Boulter’s intention to subpoena Liam Fox and Adam Werrity when 3M brings another claim against Boulter in the US. And on 3M’s intention to subpoena Fox. The issue is blackmail. And Fox is central.

  • mary

    Why does Dr Murray show no emotion? Even when the verdict was given he was impassive. A weird lot.

  • Komodo

    My best guess is that Jackson contained a wormhole to another universe, through which his associates travelled to our own spacetime continuum. Now he’s dead, they can’t get back….

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