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  • Mary

    The attack on the ConDem Untermenschen continues.
    This time it’s those citizens who are disabled who will be subjected to an examination by ATOS. 600,000 people could be affected and lose benefit.

    ‘The DLA is what made me able to work – what will I do without it?
    Pain is a constant companion and influences every decision, but the allowance enabled me to focus my energy on working

    + 300 comments since yesterday afternoon.

    Some information on the operating methods of ATOS. There has also been a large walk out by doctors they employed to do their dirty work.

    ATOS A French multinational
    The Board

    No of employees worldwide > 76,000
    Revenue 8.8 billion euros

  • Mary

    The dreaded and chill name of Pinochet surfaces, so unlike all those poor souls* he had dumped in the Pacific from helicopters.

    Pablo Neruda’s grave to be exhumed in murder investigation
    Chilean poet was long thought to have succumbed to cancer but driver claims he was murdered by Pinochet regime

    Good for Neruda’s friend and driver Manuel Araya for standing by him.

    *SANTIAGO, Chile — The bodies of 400 to 500 Chileans who “disappeared” under ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet’s bloody rule were dumped into the ocean strapped to pieces of railroad track to make them sink, according to new court testimonies published yesterday in La Nacion newspaper

  • doug scorgie

    “Beyonce and Jay-Z’s anniversary Cuba trip examined by US Congress”

    “A visit to Cuba by US pop singer Beyonce and her rap star husband Jay-Z is coming under scrutiny in connection with the US economic embargo.”

    “Two Republican members of Congress have requested official information on whether the couple had the required US government permission to travel to the island.”

    “The stars have drawn big crowds in Havana, as they celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary”.

    On the video clip you can see all the horrible oppression the Cubans suffer (not).

  • Mary

    This is a strange item to find on the BBC website of all places. Not giving us ideas now are they?

    8 April 2013
    Musulin and Cahuzac: France’s love for a robber and fury over a crooked tax tsar
    David Chazan
    BBC News, Paris

    A film released this week tells the true story of a robber who stole millions of euros from an armoured van. Many French people feel he was treated too harshly – and are furious that senior politicians who break the law are never jailed.

    I went to see the film the day after Jerome Cahuzac – the very man President Francois Hollande had put in charge of a campaign against tax fraud – admitted he had cheated on his own taxes.

    The cinema audience broke into applause when Musulin grabbed the booty.

    Everyone seemed to be on his side – against the banks, against the multinationals, and against politicians who had been quick to censure the likes of Gerard Depardieu, the actor who says he left France to escape high taxes.

    The film ended with a rap song praising Musulin for taking the cash without without harming anyone. As the lights came up I saw smiling faces all around me.


    Pour encourager les autres peut-être? Ici Madame Guillotine! Liberte Equalite, Fraternite. Mes Braves, aller de l’avant!

  • Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    @ Jemand :

    The Scourge wasted little time in calling you a “dissident troll”.

    There you have in two little words the mindset of the Eminences and their stupid but loud attack dogs : if you dissent from the official line, you’re a troll.


    Personally, I think the real trolls on here are (most of) the Eminences and their attack dogs – not by intention, perhaps, but certainly by the havoc they cause through their scatter-gun postings and insults. It’s really time the 99% reclaimed this blog from the trolls and the loonies.


    La vita è bella, life is good!

  • Mary

    I have placed a sticker on my letter box requesting that NO party political literature is deposited within for the duration of the local elections. That should stop the local Con trougher in his tracks. He makes a visit every four years. He boasts about his work on road maintenance yet people have to drive in zig zag fashion around here to avoid the potholes. Libraries are closed. Cuts everywhere. The ConDem knives are honed to a fine sharpness.

  • doug scorgie

    Just to put the record straight and as an example of why we should not engage with our trolls.

    Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)
    8 Apr, 2013 – 8:46 am

    @ Jemand :

    “The Scourge wasted little time in calling you a “dissident troll”.

    “There you have in two little words the mindset of the Eminences and their stupid but loud attack dogs : if you dissent from the official line, you’re a troll.”


    I said dissembler troll.

    Quite a different meaning as I’m sure this errant clay-brained dewberry knows.

  • Mary

    I sent this round earlier. A friend asks why the start date was 1948 and not 1946 when British troops were killed by Irgun in the King David’s Hotel.

    How the British love their memorials. Sky News have just interviewed the engraver who starts on the latest list. No names of the victims of course including the 11 children and the women killed and injured when three villages were bombed by ISAF last week. Notice the inverted commas used here by the BBC just like those used when Israeli kills Palestinians as if there is some doubt in the matter.

    Afghan children ‘killed by Nato air strike in Shigal’

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    Eleven children have been killed in a Nato air strike in eastern Afghanistan, officials and witnesses say.

    At least one woman was reportedly killed and a further six are believed to have been injured in the incident in Shigal district, Kunar province.



    8 April 2013 Last updated at 07:23

    National Memorial Arboretum tribute to troops killed in 2012

    National Armed Forces Memorial at Alrewas
    The Armed Forces Memorial was dedicated by the Queen in 2007

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    The names of servicemen and women killed on duty last year are to be engraved at the National Memorial Arboretum.

    Fifty-three names are due to be carved into the Armed Forces Memorial, including 44 killed in Afghanistan.

    The work at the site in Alrewas, Staffordshire, is being carried out by stonemason Nick Hindle and is expected to take up to a month to complete.

    A service is due to be held later in the year for families of those killed.

    The Armed Forces Memorial, dedicated in 2007, is the nation’s tribute to the more than 16,000 personnel who have died on duty or through terrorism since 1948.

    The 150-acre arboretum is also home to more than 250 other memorials.

    They include police, fire and ambulance service memorials as well as those of a number of other organisations including the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and the Royal British Legion.


    Make the memorials redundant. Stop the wars. Stop the killing and maiming.

  • Mary

    Biased BBC Gives Top Strategy Job To Israel Lobby

    Reminder. Purnell is the appointee of the new DG Tony Hall and chairman Milord Patten.

    Patten is still on the advisory board of Bridgepoint Capital along with the execrable Milburn. The disgraced HBOS Crosby has just resigned from it.

    Patten should resign too. Bridgepoint is accruing profits from the privatisation of OUR NHS on which subject the BBC is supposed to have impartiality. He has a conflict of interest.
    pages 1 and 2 Healthcare portfolio.

  • Kempe

    “A friend asks why the start date was 1948 and not 1946 when British troops were killed by Irgun in the King David’s Hotel.”

    From the NMA website:-

    “The start date is 1 January 1948, which follows on directly from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission which commemorates those who died up to 31 December 1947. The one exception is for those members of HM Armed Forces killed in Palestine who are included on the Memorial.”

    Always glad to help.

  • Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    @ The Scourge this morning :

    “Just to put the record straight and as an example of why we should not engage with our trolls.

    Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)
    8 Apr, 2013 – 8:46 am

    @ Jemand :

    “The Scourge wasted little time in calling you a “dissident troll”.

    “There you have in two little words the mindset of the Eminences and their stupid but loud attack dogs : if you dissent from the official line, you’re a troll.”


    I said dissembler troll.

    Quite a different meaning as I’m sure this errant clay-brained dewberry knows”


    Yes, sorry, you called Jemand a ‘dissembler troll’ and not a ‘dissident troll’.

    This is mere nit-picking and in no way invalidates my point, which is that as soon as someone disagrees with the establishment line on this blog the Eminences and their attack dogs – including you, Scourge – immediately call them a troll.

    Very un-serious of you.


    La vita è bella, life is good!

  • Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    I’ve just read Mary’s very long screed on war memorials.

    Can one of the saner contributors to this blog tell what point she was trying to make?


    La vita è bella, life is good!

  • Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    Mary, at 10h57, whines :

    “Our collegiality here sticks in their craws Doug.”


    And with that Mary once agin gives the game away.

    Collegiality = groupthink = intolerance.

    Let me, in turn, put forward the following proposition :

    “Our unwillingnesss to let tendentious nonsense, ad hominems and outright lies go unchallenged sticks in their craws, Kempe”


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  • Villager

    Mary, did you see the South2North programme on Al Jaz re Palestine? Worth catching up on if you missed it. Btw, have you read Susan Abulhawa’s book? Does anyone recommend it?

  • Dreoilin

    “In Internet slang, a troll is someone who posts inflammatory,[1] extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as a forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response[2] or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.[3] The noun troll may also refer to the provocative message itself, as in: “That was an excellent troll you posted.”

    “While the word troll and its associated verb trolling are associated with Internet discourse, media attention in recent years has made such labels subjective, with trolling describing intentionally provocative actions and harassment outside of an online context. For example, mass media has used troll to describe “a person who defaces Internet tribute sites with the aim of causing grief to families.”[4][5]”

    I think to label someone a “troll” simply because they disagree with the prevailing orthodoxy here, is silly. Can your beliefs not stand up to a little questioning or dispute?

    And please remember that this blog is Craig’s, and Craig told Habbabkuk that he/she was welcome here. Ergo, commenters do not have the right to insist Habbabkuk be thrown out or “quarantined.” Sorry.

    And Jemand is clearly not a troll.

    As for earlier worries (expressed by Mary as “what are readers going to think?”) I would suggest that readers are far more likely to be put off by discussion of earthquake generating gamma lasers and UFOs than by any queries from Habbabkuk or disagreement by Jemand.

    Jesus, people, grow the F up. And stop slinging puerile insults at people who hold different views to you.

    It’s not collegiality, Mary. It’s the Catholic Church attitude of, “Pull up the drawbridge! Don’t let anyone question anything!”

  • Dreoilin

    Just to clarify: I currently have a bad back, and it took me some time to post the above. The last comment I had seen when I posted was Kempe
    8 Apr, 2013 – 12:22 pm.

  • Mary

    I had better not say a word about the demise of La Thatcher.

    If there is any attempt to have a state funeral, there will be riots.

    As she once said ‘Enough is Enough’

  • Villager

    English Knight, nice Sufi one that.

    Here’s K on the subject:

    “Silence comes…when you know how to observe
    Silence of the mind comes naturally—please do listen to this—it comes naturally, easily, without any effort if you know how to observe, how to look. When you observe a cloud, look at it without the word and therefore without thought, look at it without the division as the observer. Then there is an awareness and attention in the very act of looking; not the determination to be attentive, but looking with attention, even though that look may last only a second, a minute—that is enough. Do not be greedy, do not say, “I must have it for the whole day.” To look without the observer means looking without the space between the observer and the thing observed, which does not mean identifying oneself with the thing that is looked at.

    So when one can look at a tree, at a cloud, at the light on the water, without the observer, and also—which is much more difficult, which needs a greater attention—if you can look at yourself without the image, without any conclusion, because the image, the conclusion, the opinion, the judgement, the goodness and the badness, is centred round the observer, then you will find that the mind, the brain, becomes extraordinarily quiet. And this quietness is not a thing to be cultivated; it can happen, it does happen, if you are attentive, if you are capable of watching all the time, watching your gestures, your words, your feelings, the movements of your face and all the rest of it.”

  • Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    The following from The Scourge yesterday evening :

    “Softening-up the British public for UK drone attacks?

    “Today the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and the University of Surrey’s Centre for International Intervention (cii) have published Hitting the Target? How New Capabilities are Shaping International Intervention.”

    “What [is required is an examination of] new polling data examining the attitude of the British public towards the use of armed drones. While some of the data is useful, unfortunately some of it is also skewed because of badly worded questions. For example, the poll asks:”

    “It was recently reported that the UK Government might be passing information to US authorities to help them carry out missile strikes from unmanned aircraft called “drones” to kill known terrorists overseas in countries like Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. To what extent, if at all, would you support or oppose the UK Government assisting in a drone missile strike to kill a known terrorist overseas?”

    “ The response is that 55% of those polled either strongly supported or tended towards supporting such strikes. The reality however is that strikes in Pakistan are taking place not against “known terrorist” but against “suspected” militants or insurgents. The use of the word ‘terrorist’ and ‘known’ rather than ‘suspected’ hugely undermines the resulting data from this question.””

    Given the likely (limited)readership of the RUSI/Sussex CII paper, I don’t quite see how the material you quote supports your suggestion that the British public is being softened up for UK drone attacks. Could you perhaps explain your reasoning in greater detail?

    And a quite specific question : what are the grounds for thinking that the response of those polled would have been different had the question referred to “suspected militants or insurgents” rather than to “known terrorists”?


    La vita è bella, life is GOOD!

  • Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    @ Dreoilin

    I suppose you won’t thank me for it (the brand of Habbabkuk and all that) but I must tell you that I rather appreciated your post of a little earlier on.

    As a resident of the land of Paddy Power, are you a betting woman? If so, I’ll wager you half a crown that your post will draw a hurt response from Mary.

    Or, once she reads this, perhaps not! Delicious.

  • English Knight

    I rather prefer to read Mary’s posts. Kempe was asked to eff off by Craig what’s he still doing here? Habba of course is Craig’s preferred in house canary in the coal mine, we will have an inkling of any ME juvenile war stratagems through him,as he comes acrossto the blog with yiddish cacaphony soaked up at HuffPo.

  • Mary

    Thanks for that research Kempe. Good work! I will tell my friend.

    I hope that all 91 deaths are recorded. There were just a few cold words in the Jewish Virtual Library.

    Walking downhill toward on the same side of the street as Yemin Moshe is another beautiful park that also offers a great view of the Old City and, just beyond that, the famous King David Hotel, the most luxurious (read expensive) hotel in Israel. Along with its reputation for its accommodations, the hotel is probably best known as the target of a bomb by the Irgun, the Jewish underground organization led by Menachem Begin during the fight to gain independence from Britain. The hotel was then the British military headquarters. The bombing on July 22, 1946, killed 91 people.

  • crab

    Mary can say whatever she likes about hbk, because hbk literally shadows most of her posts and is constantly facetious and goading to her.
    Craig addressed hbk, a while ago – he didnt tell anyone else how they should react.

    I think the less people get upset by seemingly deliberate antagonism the better. It is also too easy to suspect people of bad faith and shenanigans when its just bad moods and foibles involved. But i think hbk’s comments have stood out as remarkable in that regard, so i say so now and then, it is trolling.

  • Mary

    Come in all trolls. Hurry! Hurry over! There’s a new post from Craig. Your time here is over.

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