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Free Speech: Rotherham Council Worried About UKIP Abusing Your Kids Like Labour

ROTHERHAM Borough Council said in 2012 that “not indigenous white British” children were removed from their foster parents because the adults supported UKIP and the council disapproved of that party’s stance on immigration. Labour-run Rotherham, haven of State-facilitated paedophiles, was concerned about the “needs of the children longer term”.

The children were from Eastern Europe.

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Posted: 13th, September 2014 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester Dogs’ Home Fire: Teenager Bailed And Misty The Jack Russell Stars

PA 20893709 Manchester Dogs Home Fire: Teenager Bailed And Misty The Jack Russell Stars

Michael Parker, a local resident who in the past has homed dogs from the centre, holds Misty the Jack Russell outside Manchester Dogs’ Home, Manchester, after a blaze killed more than 50 dogs.

 

THE 15-year-old boy arrrested in connection with the blaze at Manchester Dogs’ Home has been bailed. The fire killed around 60 animals, but 150 dogs were rescued.

A JustGiving account set up by the Manchester Evening News has raised more than £1.2m.

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Posted: 13th, September 2014 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Birmingham’s Racist Bike Lanes Will Emancipate Women

 Birminghams Racist Bike Lanes Will Emancipate Women

 

BIRMINGHAM’S bicycle lands are racist. The Birmingham Mail reports on the city’s Cycle City project, “which hopes to get motorists to ditch their cars, will be backed by £6.3 million from the council, as well as a £17 million Department for Transport grant.”

Good for the environment. Good for your health. Good for local business that can be visited by shoppers who can stop without fear of having their cars slapped with massive fines.

So. Time to heard from Coun Deirdre Alden (Con, Edgbaston):

“The vast majority of cyclists on our roads are young, white men… most elderly people are not going to cycle, and it would be dangerous for them to start on our streets now… women of any ethnic group who wish to wear modest clothing, and I count myself in that category, are not going to cycle. It is a discriminatory form of transport”.

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Guardian Invites Rich Patrons To View It’s Loss Making Intern Zoo

BARGAIN alert: For just £60 per month (£540 per year!), you can become a Guardian patron. What do you get for your cash?

The Patron tier is for those who care deeply about the Guardian’s journalism and the impact it has on the world.

From campaigning on issues affecting the voices less heard to holding those in power to account, Patrons ensure the Guardian can continue to surface the information and ideas that shape the global conversation.

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Posted: 13th, September 2014 | In: News | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Arsenal Get Two-For-Cesc Deal In Munir El Haddadi and Sergi Samper

TRANSFER Balls: Arsenal are linked by Spanish newspaper SPORT to Barcelona’s Munir El Haddadi and Sergi Samper.

Both players sit on contracts with €12million release clauses. So. If Arsene Wenger acts now he can get them both for less than they could be worth when they are fully grown stars.

Arsenal fans may well wonder who these players are. Well, as ever, the lazier elements of the media bill both as versions of what has gone before.

The Indy hails the – yep – new Cesc Fabregas!

 

Screen shot 2014 09 13 at 08.28.14 Transfer Balls: Arsenal Get Two For Cesc Deal In Munir El Haddadi and Sergi Samper

 

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Posted: 13th, September 2014 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Gravedigger Poses For Photo With Nephew Of Rotting Corpse He’s Dug Up

corpse Gravedigger Poses For Photo With Nephew Of Rotting Corpse Hes Dug Up

 

TO a cemetery in Guardamar del Segura, near Alicante on Spain’s Costa Blanca, where the a man’s body has been exhumed. The man, who we’ll call Bernie, is being replanted to lie for eternity alongside his newly departed wife. Overseeing the unearthing are the man’s niece and nephew. The body emerges for the hole its been in for 23 years.

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Posted: 13th, September 2014 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Daily Mail Explains Cloud Technology: ‘It’s Not An Actual Cloud’

 Daily Mail Explains Cloud Technology: Its Not An Actual Cloud

 

THE Daily Mail helps those readers not searching for photos of a naked Jennifer Lawrence “flaunting her curves” by explaining how cloud computing works.

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Posted: 10th, September 2014 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Local News Watch: Euthanise Your Mum With A Free Sausage Roll In Plymouth

sausage roll Local News Watch: Euthanise Your Mum With A Free Sausage Roll In Plymouth

 

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Posted: 10th, September 2014 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Ashya King: Jehovah’s Witnesses Made Them Do It

ASHYA King: a look at reporting on the desperately ill five-year-old boy. Writing in the Independent, Joan Smith sticks the knife in:

When the Kings first removed Ashya from hospital, it was widely reported that the family were Jehovah’s Witnesses. Southampton General Hospital denies releasing this information to the media, and it does not seem to have had any bearing on Ashya’s treatment to date. But the fact that his parents belong to a millennial religious cult – members believe that the end of the world is imminent and only 144,000 human beings will be saved – suggests that they might not be entirely open to rational argument. Maybe that is why they have not taken up an extraordinary offer from the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to fly an oncologist to Spain to reassure them about the treatment Ashya would receive in the UK.

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Posted: 9th, September 2014 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Ray Rice V Lorena Bobbitt: Domestic Violence Has No Gender

PA 2672858 Ray Rice V Lorena Bobbitt: Domestic Violence Has No Gender

Lorena Bobbitt, flanked by her attornies James Lowe, left, and Lisa Kemler, meets reporters outside court in Manassas, Va., Monday, Feb. 28, 1994. A judge ordered her release from a mental hospital, five weeks after her acquittal on reason of insanity for cutting off her husband John Wayne Bobbitt’s penis. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Date: 28/02/1994

 

 A FEW thoughts on domestic violence from Jezebel, revisited in light of the Ray Rice story:

“According to a study of relationships that engage in nonreciprocal violence, a whopping 70% are perpetrated by women. So basically that means that girls are beating up their BFs and husbands and the dudes aren’t fighting back. With Amy Winehouse busting open a can of whupass on her husband last week, we decided to conduct an informal survey of the Jezebels to see who’s gotten violent with their men. After reviewing the answers, let’s just say that it’d be wise to never ever fuck with us.”

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Posted: 9th, September 2014 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Ray Rice V Janay Palmer: Trial By Video And Show Me The Gun

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DID you see the video surfaced of NFL player Ray Rice hitting his then girlfriend Janay Palmer so hard she fell unconscious? The couple married a month later. They must have waited a month until the bruises healed so as to look good in the wedding photos.

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Posted: 9th, September 2014 | In: News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


BBC Breaks TUC leader Frances O’Grady Speech on Class With Royal Baby Newsflash

PA 20855182 BBC Breaks TUC leader Frances O’Grady Speech on Class With Royal Baby Newsflash

 

TUC leader Frances O’Grady was talking about the ficional TV show Downton Abbey and was about to mention the fictional book Bridehead Revisisted when the BBC interrupted her culture review for breaking news that Kate Duchess of Cambridge was pregnant.

Always good when the satire writes itself.

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Posted: 9th, September 2014 | In: News, Royal Family | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Schoolgirl Placed In T-Shirt Stocks For Wearing Over-The-Knee Skirt

school skirt Schoolgirl Placed In T Shirt Stocks For Wearing Over The Knee Skirt

WHEN Florida high school student Miranda Larkin was seen wearing an above-the-knee skirt, she was ordered to wear “an ensemble consisting of yellow tee-shirt with ‘Dress Code Violation’ on the front, and a pair of red sweatpants with the same words down the leg, just in case anyone missed the big, bold lettering on the shirt.”

It’s a look that should catch on.

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Posted: 8th, September 2014 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Mentally Ill Homophobe Battered Sleeping Flatmate With a Hammer

Connor Huntley Mentally Ill Homophobe Battered Sleeping Flatmate With a Hammer

 

CONNOR Huntley, 18, was badly hurt by his flatmate Joseph Williams.Williams, 21, is starting a 14 years prison sentence

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Calais Migrants Resort To Their Last Hope Of Reaching The UK: The Human Rights Posters

PA 20825154 Calais Migrants Resort To Their Last Hope Of Reaching The UK: The Human Rights Posters

 

IN Calais, France, migrants have been protesting,  demanding human rights protection. They have alleged police brutality against them, with some claiming to have suffered broken hands and legs.

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Witchcraft Eradicator Sues British Humanist Association For Half A Billion Dollars

witches  Witchcraft Eradicator Sues British Humanist Association For Half A Billion Dollars

 

THE British Humanist Association has a court case looming:

The British Humanist Association (BHA) and Witchcraft and Human Rights Information Network (WHRIN) are being sued by the wealthy evangelical preacher and ‘witch hunter’ Helen Ukpabio who has dubbed herself a ‘Lady Apostle’. Mrs Ukpabio claims to have expertise in identifying children and adults who are possessed with witchcraft spirits and in how they can be ‘delivered’ from those spirits. Her lawyers have informed the BHA and WHRIN that she is launching a legal case against them due to their criticism of her teachings and methods.

…Her legal case against the BHA is based on Mrs Ukpabio’s stating that she wrote that a child ‘under the age of two’ who is ‘possessed with black, red and vampire witchcraft spirits’ can be identified by features such as s/he ‘screams at night, cries, is always feverish, suddenly deteriorates in health, puts up an attitude of fear, and may not feed very well.’ Her teachings are to the effect that babies under the age of two who exhibit signs of illness or standard, entirely normal childhood behaviour (such as crying, not feeding well, screaming at night, having a fever) may be possessed by vampire witchcraft spirits. She also teaches that children who stamp their feet may be ‘trying to make signs… to communicate with gnomes, the witchcraft spirit in charge of the earth.’ Ukpabio claims that the BHA misrepresented her by saying that she ascribed these symptoms to Satanic possession and hence has damaged her reputation and livelihood to the sum of half a billion pounds.

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Posted: 8th, September 2014 | In: Money, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Edmonton Murder: Palmira Silva’s Alleged Killer Nicholas Salvador Is No Longer a Muslim

IS Nicholas Salvador Muslim? When news of Palmira Silva’s murder broke, the Press lead with the story that she’d been “beheaded” in her Edmonton, North London, garden.

The Sun saw the suspect’s religion as a key fact.

 

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The Mail reported that she’d not been beheaded. Mrs Silva had been “almost decapitated”.

All gruesome.

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Posted: 7th, September 2014 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Islamists Earn Israel $15bn

TO the Middle East, were the nutters are making Israel rich:

Israel signed a memorandum of understanding with Jordan Wednesday, under which it will supply the Hashemite Kingdom with $15 billion worth of natural gas from its Leviathan energy field over 15 years …

The Jordanians turned to Israel because their supply of natural gas from Egypt had been halted by repeated terrorist attacks on the gas pipeline from Egypt, a Channel 2 report said.

The Islamist brain’s trust at work…

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Ashya King: Now He’s ‘Our Ashya’ Brett and Naghemeh King Are No Longer Jehovah’s Witnesses

 

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ONCE upon a time, cancer-striken five-year-old Ashya King had been placed in great peril by his Jehovah Witness parents Brett and Naghemeh King. Media piled in on the oddball Kings, who had done wrong in removing their son from NHS care and taking him to Spain. One paper was at pains to paint the Kings as weirdos. At every turn they were billed a Jehovah’s Witnesses. This was one of the reasons they had defied common sense and the British way to flee the country.

 

 

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They were different. And they were wrong.

The good cops were “battling” to find the boy, rescue him from the oddball parents who let their chidlren play in a swimming pool.The Mirror reported:

The five-year-old has a deadly brain tumour and experts have warned he needs specialised care immediately. British officers have issued European arrest warrants for “neglect” against Ashya’s Jehovah’s Witness parents Brett, 51, and Naghmeh, 45. They took him from his hospital ward and fled on Thursday.

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Compare And Contrast Reporting On Jeremy Forrest And Emily Fox, Teachers Who ‘Groomed’ Underage Pupils

Screen shot 2014 09 06 at 18.34.23 Compare And Contrast Reporting On Jeremy Forrest And Emily Fox, Teachers Who Groomed Underage Pupils

 

COMPARE and contrast the reporting on Jeremy Forrest, the teacher who went on the lam with his 15-year-old pupil and teacher Emily Fox, who had sexual relations with one of her 15-year-old pupils, a female.

The BBC on Jeremy Forrest:

The prosecution said Forrest, 30, of Petts Wood, south-east London, had groomed the pupil at Bishop Bell CofE School in Eastbourne where he taught…

The maths teacher was labelled a “paedophile” by the prosecution, who said he “groomed” the vulnerable teenager and his actions were a gross breach of trust.

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Posted: 6th, September 2014 | In: News | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Russian TV Broadcasts Video Game Fan Art As An Example of WWI US Propaganda

deviant art Russian TV Broadcasts Video Game Fan Art As An Example of WWI US Propaganda

 

THE  Moscow Times says Russia’s state TV network Channel One broadcast the above poster as an example of WWI US propaganda. You might know it better as fan art for the video game Team Fortress 2. 

The Moscow Times:

A voiceover claimed the painting had been created by a U.S. organization called the Committee on Public Information, which allegedly created propaganda posters of “German monsters” to get the message across that “Germans are the devil incarnate…”

The poster was actually created by a Finnish artist who goes by the nickname TankTaur, TJournal reported. It was published on the DeviantArt website in 2009 and can still be found there.

You can see how they were fooled. Get a load of this stuff…

Posted: 6th, September 2014 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Edmonton Murder: The Bearded Muslim Beheader Is Not A Muslim

THE Edmonton Garden Murder: A look at reporting on the murder of Palmira Silva allegedly by one Nicholas Salvadore.

Reports are replete with news that Mrs Silva was “beheaded”. But other news says she was “almost decapitated” in a frenzied attack.

Sky News suggests Mrs Silva was already dead before she was beheaded:

 

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The Mirror: “‘The bogeyman”: Edmonton machete murderer who beheaded gran alleged to be cage fighter ‘Fat Nick’”

The boygeyman? The alleged killer of 82-year-old Mrs Silva is now a figure of fantasy rather than the Sun’s “Muslim”.

 

 

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Indeed, the Mirror does not mention the alleged killer’s religion once.

Nicholas Salvadore has been described by locals as “the local bogeyman” whom people would “stay away from”… Aspiring cage fighter Nicholas Salvadore, known to pals as “Fat Nick”, was tonight under armed guard in hospital having psychological tests after being held over the 82-year-old’s gruesome murder.

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Posted: 6th, September 2014 | In: News | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The 1995 Canada Referendum Hoax: Listen To The Queen Talking To A Radio DJ She Thought Was The Prime Minister

PA 3385293 1 The 1995 Canada Referendum Hoax: Listen To The Queen Talking To A Radio DJ She Thought Was The Prime Minister

Thousands of supporters for national unity gather at the Museum of Civilization in Hull, Quebec, across the Ottawa river from Parliament Hill, Sunday October 29, 1995. 

 

IN 1995, Canada was saved from destruction by the desperation of Canada’s prime minister, Jean Chrétien, and a sudden and passionate mobilisation of the “No” vote. The country voted. And Quebec would not leave Canada.

But it was close. The “No” campaign won, but only by a small margin — 50.6% to 49.4%.

Her Majesty The Queen had been worried, commenting, “It sounds as though the referendum may go the wrong way”. We know she said that because her telephone conversation with a radio DJ pretending to be Chrétien was broadcast to the nation.

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Posted: 5th, September 2014 | In: News, Royal Family | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


20 Dull British Postcards 1960-1990

PRESTON Bus Station is exotic. It warrants its own postcard; proof that you visited the place and wanted to share the experience with your loved ones back home in Bury.

Dear, mum, Wish you were here.

Other British hotspots – Station Road, Cuffley; one of Lincoln’s Top 5 shopping centres; Fortes Corley service Area on the M6 – all have offical postcards.

Here are 20 of the finest:

 

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Posted: 5th, September 2014 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Britain’s Jihadis Are Agents Of The British Government – Others Just Want To Come Home

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The mother of a missing Lebanese soldier who was kidnapped by Islamic State militants, shouts slogans against the Lebanese cabinet during a demonstration to demand action to secure the captives’ release, in front the Lebanese government building, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. Lebanon’s government is forming a crisis committee to handle the case of some two dozen members of the security forces held captive by Syrian militants amid escalating criticism over its response to the hostage affair.

 

THE Times says: “Dozens of British jihadists have become so disillusioned with fighting in Syria that they have contacted the UK begging to come home.”

Begging to come home. Really?

One jihadist, claiming to represent 30 Britons, approached an intermediary to complain of growing despondency among the men in his group. They had gone to fight against President Assad’s regime but were instead engaged primarily in fierce combat with rival rebel groups, he said. The man, who cannot be named, contacted researchers from the International Centre for Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR) at King’s College London via social media in the past two weeks. He effectively sought amnesty, saying that the group feared long prison terms but would be willing to enrol on a deradicalisation programme and submit to surveillance.

And be willing, surely, to grass up his former comrades.

Is this true? Or is it a spot of cunning, an attempt to make the jihadis distrust the BRitish contingent?

What is the International Centre for Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence?

ICSR’s mission is to bring together knowledge and leadership. Producing first class, rigorous research, our aim is to educate the public and help policymakers and practitioners find more intelligent solutions in dealing with radicalisation and political violence.

Shiraz Maher is a Senior Research Fellow:

Shiraz Maher is a Senior Research Fellow and is currently coordinating the Centre’s research on the Syrian and Iraqi conflicts. He also researches the development of Salafi-Jihadi ideology, and jihadist organisations in the broader Middle East. As a result of this research he has been invited to give evidence before three parliamentary committees.

Maher is also an adjunct at Johns Hopkins University where he teaches a course on radicalisation (along with Peter Neumann), and was a visiting lecturer at Washington College during the Spring Semester of 2012.

He was also awarded the first Konrad Adenauer Foundation Fellowship in Energy Security (2012-2013) based at the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS) where he explored the impact of political unrest in the Middle East on energy markets.

Maher has previously worked for Policy Exchange, writing on Security and Foreign Policy. He published a series of influential studies there which attracted widespread attention across government. His report on reforming the government’s counter-terrorism strategy was described by Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education, as ‘brilliant’, while Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank, former Chief of the Defence Staff, called it ‘remarkable’.

But lest you think the outfit takes a side, it states:

ICSR is independent and non-partisan. All our work is published. We undertake no classified research for governments or international organisations.

The Times adds:

The militants are from a group affiliated with Islamic State, the terrorist network that beheaded two American journalists and is threatening to murder the British aid worker David Haines… More than 500 British citizens are believed to have travelled to the region since 2011, with most joining Isis, raising fears that they will return radicalised and trained to carry out terrorist attacks in the UK.

The British man told researchers: “We came to fight the regime and instead we are involved in gang warfare. It’s not what we came for but if we go back [to Britain] we will go to jail.
“Right now we are being forced to fight — what option do we have?”

Soldier discovers life in the military not all he thought it’d be. Shocker!

Shiraz Maher, who runs a research unit at ICSR that is in intermittent contact with about 50 British jihadists, said that the man regretted being involved in the conflict. The man said that he was among a group of fighters, most of them in their early twenties, “a good chunk of whom” were depressed and disillusioned, Mr Maher added.

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