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UKIP’s Lisa Duffy rises above the trolls

Can we offer a word of praise for Lisa Duffy, the unlovely would-be UKIP leader? The HuffPost says Dear Lisa is being mocked on the web.

The candidate with the most momentum seems to Lisa Duffy, who has secured a number of significant endorsements in the past few days…. While Duffy has attracted support from established party members, some members of Ukip’s youth wing – Young Independence – have been mocking the leadership contender.

Mocking. Not trolling? So says the Huffost, on which you can read such anti-trolling stories as:

Jess Phillips Reveals The Extent Of Trolling As Even More Women Are Forced Offline

We Often Forget Online Abuse Has Real World Repercussions

Why Female Journalists Are A Major Target For Internet Trolls (Sexism Has Something To Do With It)

London Metropolitan Police Service Take A Massive Step To Tackle Online Hate Crime

Is it only mockery when you don’t much like the person on the receiving end, but criminal trolling when you do? The HuffPost provides a few examples of the mocking:

In a closed Facebook group called ‘YI Faculty’, Oscar Gomez, a former local election candidate in North East Derbyshire, wrote: “Roll the fat fuck down the street and straight to the RSPCA. We can flog her off as an unwanted butchers dog.”

Another group member, Edwin Smith, wrote: “She rolls her sleeves up before assaulting another bucket of deep fried poultry.”

After a picture was posted of Duffy mocked up as Mr Blobby with the caption: “Mrs Duffy says Move on”, Smith wrote: “She needs to ‘move on’ to a treadmill.”

And how has Duffy responded to this trolling, which looks a lot like being rude, fattist, sexist (she’s being called a ‘dog’) and, lest it go unsaid, offensive?

Duffy’s campaign manager Jay Beecher said: “…These vile attacks on her are clearly just a childish attempt by some of her competitors who see her as the main contender. We’re busy fighting for a bright future for Ukip, so we’ll do what we’ve always done: rise above them”

Stick and stones, eh. Meanwhile, over at Labour, one MP has called in the police after being told to “get in the sea” on twitter. Oh, grow up.

Posted: 16th, August 2016 | In: News, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Rio Olympics pariah Islam El Shehaby proves anti-semitism is not universal

Good news. Egyptian judo loser Islam El Shehaby has been expelled from the Rio Olympics. El Shabby (sic) refused to shake Israeli opponent Or Sasson’s hand after losing their fight.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has booted the bad sport out, ruling that his conduct was “against the spirit of friendship embodied in the Olympic values”.

The better news is that the Egyptian Olympic Committee condemned El Shehaby and sent him home. The even better better news is that El Shehaby was booed by the crowd after his pathetic snub.

Anti-semitism, if that’s what it was, is not a universal condition.

Rejoice!

 

Posted: 16th, August 2016 | In: News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Screening Donald Trump turns into Violet Elizabeth Bott

 

Donald Trump will screen and screen until America, the enemy and every one is sick.

He reminds us of Violet Elizabeth Bott, the spoilt nightmare in Just William books. She wants to get her own way, too. She will “scream and scream” until she’s sick. Why? Because she can.

 

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Posted: 16th, August 2016 | In: News, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Dalian Atkinson: Police kill threatening unarmed black man with a Taser

Former Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson has died after being shot by a police taser. West Mercia Police tell us:

West Mercia Police can confirm that officers responded to a report for the concern for the safety of an individual at approximately 1.30am this morning at an address in Telford. Upon arrival, taser was deployed and a 48-year-old man, who subsequently received medical attention, was pronounced dead at approximately 3am.

Tasers are safe, right?

West Mercia Police are unable to comment any further as the incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) as is normal procedure, and will assist the IPCC with their inquiries.

 

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Dalian Atkinson celebrates a goal

 

Why did the police shoot? The BBC says:

A neighbour described seeing the former Aston Villa star, 48, being Tasered after “stumbling towards” police.

The Mirror says: “Ex-Aston Villa footballer ‘approached police in non-threatening manner’.” Well, so says a source. The police have not commented.

We hear from Paula Quinn, who lives in a first-floor flat near the Atkinson property in Trench. She tells the BBC:

“They were shouting and kicking so much all I could hear were the boots hitting him. And then the officer who released the Taser stepped back while the other officer still continued to kick and then I could hear him shout to the other officer that was still kicking, ‘Back off, back off, back off.’ And then the officer with the Taser asked the gentleman to put his hands behind his back and did so probably two or three times and reactivated the Taser another four or five times after that.”

Quinn has also spoken to her local newspaper, Before hearing from her again, we hear from Dalian Atkinson’s father:

“He was in a real state. He was very agitated and his mind was upset. The last thing he said to me was ‘don’t move’ when the police came to the door. He was threatening and very upset. I didn’t call the police but someone else did. He got tasered in the street outside in the road. I didn’t see him but I saw a flash. I haven’t had any sleep and cannot take it in.”

The Sun has more:

‘MY BOY IS DEAD’ Dalian Atkinson’s dad’s anguished cries as he revealed his son turned up at his home ‘drunk’ before being Tasered to death by police

Adding:

Ernest, 85, said is son was ‘in a real state’ before he was zapped with stun gun and ‘repeatedly kicked’ by officers

Lots of bold claims in inverted commas point to one thing: uncertainty. The Sun keeps going:

PREM ACE TASER DEATH Former Aston Villa striker Dalian Atkinson was ‘Tasered six times and kicked by cops’ before he died

We hear more:

 

 

The Indy adds a race angle:

Deborah Coles, director of Inquest, a charity that supports families bereaved by deaths in custody, said there will be particular concern over the latest incident because Mr Atkinson was black.

Oh?

“There’s a lot of disquiet over the disproportionate number of people from BME (black and minority ethnic) communities who are dying at the hands of the police. This will understandably raise questions about whether the use of the Taser was proportionate in the circumstances.”

Much more to follow.

 

Posted: 15th, August 2016 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


‘Get in the sea, twitter’ orders Labour MP Thangam Debbonaire

There are no jokes. there are only comments. The Telegraph reports:

A student at the University of Bristol has faced disciplinary procedures after telling Labour MP Thangam Debbonaire to “get in the sea” on Twitter.

No way. Get in the sea!

Ms Debbonaire responded to the tweet sent by student Verity Phillips on 15 July, saying: “This person has just told me to drown – I believe that is a threat to kill.”

“I expect Bristol Uni to deal with this,” she added in another tweet.

Can you swim, Thangam?

The rest of us can try but I fear the tide has turned…

Posted: 15th, August 2016 | In: News, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Slut shaming topless Helen Skelton

Helen Skelton’s topless video is all over the internet. When she was 17, so the story goes, the BBC TV presenter sunbathed topless in France. Without her knowledge someone filmed the teenaged Skelton and uploaded the footage to porn websites. A mere two years later the tabloids made Skelton’s breasts front-page news.

 

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The Mirror published stills from the covert video, albeit with a light frosting over Skelton’s nipples. That’s the Mirror which yesterday reported:

Revenge Porn: Teenager, who left pal feeling suicidal, says she’s ‘the loser’ after publishing secret sex tape

 

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Elsewhere the Mirror reports on “the dark side of sexting, and reveals what can happen when your most intimate photos get into the wrong hands”.

But when the Mirror sees Skelton’s naked breasts, presumably supplied via the wrong hands to a porn site, it appraisers her body, “Gorgeous mum-of-one Helen looks fantastic in the video.” A source calls it a “nightmare” for Helen.

As the Mirror exploits Helen’s nightmare to prove the misery and allure of covert porn, assuring the victim it’s ok so long as your fit, the Sun reports:

 

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TOPLESS PHOTO STORM Helen Skelton is ‘distressed’ after topless photos of her from when she was 17 emerge

Amid more shots from the “leaked” footage, journalists TINA CAMPBELL AND JOANNE KAVANAGH tell us of Skelton’s “distress”.

The 33-year-old mum of one was holidaying in France in 2001 and believed to be unaware that she was being filmed and ONLY 17 at the time.

 

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Tina and Joanne might like to have a word with their Sun colleague Hannah Crouch, who in April told Sun readers

Hundreds of women fallen victim to website which shares nude pics without permission – A 21-woman has exposed a slut-shaming website which asks users for explicit photos

Are you only a victim when you’re not on the telly?

 

Posted: 15th, August 2016 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The higher education bubble: graduates earn below average wage

The higher education bubble needs pricking:

One in four graduates in work a decade after leaving university in 2004 is earning only around £20,000 a year, according to a new study.

Well, so says the Guardian. The average wage in Britain is around £26,500. It’s time to end the higher education push. The only people to benefit are those graduates who went into full-time education – as teachers, administrators and student debt pedlars.

 

 

Posted: 15th, August 2016 | In: Money, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Stripping Helen Skelton in ‘topless video leak’

Helen Skelton, the BBC’s Olympic Games presenter who looks and sounds like a primary school teacher talking to her class, is in a topless video. So says the Daily Star, which leads with the “exclusive” old news that “Olympics Helen” once sunbathed topless. The story first appeared in April 2014, when she was “Blue Peter’s Helen in topless video”. Presumably it will be revisited and adapted whenever Skelton gets a new job.

 

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Helen Skelton’s flesh has been big news in the tabloids, which has been watching her Olympics striptease.

It began with a look at Skelton’s legs. She has two. The world was shocked. “BBC presenter Helen Skelton sends pulses racing in her skimpy outfit,” cooed the Sun. Skelton was wearing a skirt. Behind her Olympic athletes took to the swimming pool dressed in tight swim suits and budgie smugglers. No pulses were raced at the Sun. If Skelton wants to go out in her Lycra bra and big knickers and run around the presenting table, the Sun won’t notice so long as she’s also wearing a Team GB sticker across her chest.

 

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After the legs came the stomach. Sam Morgan was on Skelton Watch.

 

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Then came “another body part”. We call them “arms”.

 

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And so to the breasts.

Footage of the presenter exposing her boobs was uploaded to an adult website. It soon racked up thousands of hits as fans clamoured to see it. In the four-minute clip Helen, who once presented kids’ show Blue Peter, is seen on a beach wearing just a pair of shorts. Sources close to the blonde have claimed she was 17 at the time.

Who wants to ogle a teenager, then?

One pal said: “Helen was on holiday in France. She was enjoying her holiday and relaxing in the sun. She had no idea she was being filmed, so this leak will be quite a shock for her.”

To recap: Helen Skeleton has legs, arms, a stomach, breasts and hair. Read all about it!

PS: says one tweeter: “Put those shoulders away you whore.”

Posted: 14th, August 2016 | In: Celebrities, News, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Rio 2016: The anti-Semitic Games?

Israel’s Jewish athletes are being shunned at the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro. Is it anti-Semitism?

Beaten by Israeli fighter Or Sasson in the judo, Egypt’s Islam el-Shehaby refused to shake his Israeli opponent’s hand. He looked like a bad sport, and in a sports arena that’s no good thing.

Reports claim El-Shehaby is an idealist unable to separate sports from race, religion and politics, rather than a sore loser. The NYPost claims El-Shabby (sic) was under pressure from Islamists to refuse to fight Sasson. The Daily Mail provides an example. “My son watch out, don’t be fooled, or fool yourself thinking you will play with the Israeli athlete to defeat him and make Egypt happy,” said the host of an Egyptian TV station. “Egypt will cry. Egypt will be sad and you will be seen as a traitor and a normalizer in the eyes of your people.”

The International Judo Federation’s Nicolas Messner says“This is already a big improvement that Arabic countries accept to (fight) Israel… There is no obligation to shake hands, but to bow is mandatory… his attitude will be reviewed after the games to see if any further action should be taken.”

 

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The Jerusalem Post says Syrian boxer Ala Ghasoun heard the call and refused to fight an Israeli athlete.

The Washington Times reports says the Lebanese barred Israelis from boarding a bus.

Palestinian swimmer Mary al-Atrash told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp: “There is no Olympic-sized swimming pool in the Palestinian territories that Palestinians are allowed to use, so Atrash practices at the YMCA in Beit Sahour, near Bethlehem. The pool is 25 meters long, half the length of the facility she’ll compete in at Rio.”

Israel say they invited Atrash to apply for a permit to travel to Jerusalem to use their facilities. She didn’t. Liel Liebovitz of Tablet Magazine added that there are several full-sized pools within the Palestinian territories.

 

Posted: 14th, August 2016 | In: Back pages, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Story of the Year: Foxton’s estate agents arrested for fighting by Boris Johnson’s Islington home

One of the top stories of 2016 has appeared in the Times: “Estate agent sacks staff after brawl outside Boris Johnson’s home.” It gets better yet when the teaser to Nadeem Badsha’s story gives more details: “Class War activists brawled with three Foxtons estate agents outside Boris Johnson’s Islington home.”

It is believed that the men, seen wearing suits, were on their way back from a pub after closing their branch due to concerns it could be a target for protesters from Class War. A spokeswoman for Foxtons told the London Evening Standard: “We were extremely disappointed to learn of this incident.”

You bet they are. If there is one thing Foxton’s staffer should be good at it’s pushing and punching down.

The Standard calls them “businessmen”. It adds:

The activists, whose faces were covered with scarves and hoods, set off coloured smoke bombs and paraded a banner of the newly appointed Foreign Secretary’s face beneath the blade of a guillotine.

Are they activists’ mugs covered with scarves and hoods in case their colleagues in the Met recognise then, allegedly? Or are they, as keen decapitators, jihadis?

Of course, this beyond-satire news is not fun for the two men, aged 28 and 68, charged with assault. A third man, 49, was arrested on suspicion of assault. All three no longer work at Foxtons, which has yet to report what living in a high-crime zone has done to Islington house price.

Posted: 13th, August 2016 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Duke of Westminster left his son very little (but the trust got loadsa tax-free money)

The Duke of Westminster has died. There will be no land grab for his vast estates in London’s Mayfair and Belgravia. Chinese and Russian investors can stable the horses.  The Duke, whose family gained their estates thanks to an ancestor’s friendship with William the Conqueror, who took charge of the land after a successful invasion, has left the spoils of war to this heirs. The Guardian is upset that the State won’t get their chunk of change:

…the sixth duke is said to have left an estate worth £9.9bn upon his death this week to his son and yet, despite the fact that inheritance tax is supposedly payable on all estates on death worth more than £325,000, it has been widely reported that very little tax will be due in this case.

He did? No. He left the estate to a trust managed by his son. As the departed Duke said:

I’d rather not have been born wealthy, but I never think of giving it up. I can’t sell. It doesn’t belong to me.”

It belongs to the trust. Indeed, the Guardian adds:

The English legal concept of a trust is believed to have been developed during that era, when knights departing the country with no certainty of returning wanted to ensure that their land passed to those who they thought to be their rightful heirs without interference from the Crown. Trusts achieved that goal and the concept has remained in existence ever since, representing the continual struggle of those with wealth to subvert the rule of law that may apply to others but that they believe should not apply to them.

No. They are using the rule of law to stay legal.

The late Duke had this advice for his heir: “He’s been born with the longest silver spoon anyone can have, but he can’t go through life sucking on it.. He has to see himself as a caretaker, keeping the estates in good shape in his lifetime. It took me ten years just to understand what I had inherited.”

 

Posted: 13th, August 2016 | In: Broadsheets, Money, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


George Monbiot: vegans against cow shit

George Monbiot wants to tell us about his meals in the Guardian. We live in an age of narcissism, so a broadsheet writer talking about his dinner is staple fare:

I’ve converted to veganism to reduce my impacts on the living world

Cows swoon:

The world can cope with 7 or even 10 billion people. But only if we stop eating meat. Livestock farming is the most potent means by which we amplify our presence on the planet. It is the amount of land an animal-based diet needs that makes it so destructive.

We should slaughter all the animals?

An analysis by the farmer and scholar Simon Fairlie suggests that Britain could easily feed itself within its own borders. But while a diet containing a moderate amount of meat, dairy and eggs would require the use of 11m hectares of land (4m of which would be arable), a vegan diet would demand a total of just 3m.

And lots of manure to grow the stuff with? Human shit is only good for columnists to make a living. The rest of us need horse, bird, pig and cow shit.

Rothamsted tells us:

Livestock manures are a valuable source of nutrients in many organic rotations. Making best use of these nutrients:
• contributes towards economic sustainability
• minimises pollution of the wider environment

Can you have good animal shit without animals to do the shitting? Monbiot adds:

Not only do humans need no pasture, but we use grains and pulses more efficiently when we eat them ourselves, rather than feed them to cows and chickens.

If not more animals to create more animal manure to grow crops with, is the option to go for increased GM crops and artificial fertilisers?

This would enable 15m hectares of the land now used for farming in Britain to be set aside for nature.

Nature? Are human beings not natural?

File under: show us your shit.

Posted: 10th, August 2016 | In: Broadsheets, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chris Biggins, Nazis and the EDL-supporting Daily Star’s Big Brother fantasy

Helping readers spot Nazis and other far-Right loons is the Daily Star. The paper that once cheered for the EDL leads with a picture of erstwhile panto dame Chris Biggins, formerly of Celebrity Big Brother, dressed as a Nazi. Is this how he chillaxes at home?

No. This is his work gear. Says the Star:

Disgraced CBB housemate Biggins dresses as Nazi in unearthed video

RAUS!

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The Star adds:

IN a story that keeps getting worse, Christopher Biggins once appeared on television dressed as a Nazi.

Biggins is now on par with – in no special order – Ricky Gervais, Ralph Fiennes, Roger Moore, Michael Fassbender, Alec Guinness, Michael Caine, Marlon Brando, Donald Duck and various actors on TV’s Dad’s Army. Biggins must be delighted. Who knew he could act so well?

Grainy footage has surfaced of the pantomime star appearing in sketch wearing a full Nazi uniform.

Oh, yes he did.

It couldn’t come at a worse time for Biggins, who was booted from the CBB house on Friday for making offensive comments towards X Factor star Katie Waissel.

Waissel should get a grip. Big Brother should stop being so censorious and killing its own show. Biggins should get some new material. Lest you missed the joke, Biggins (not a Jew) told Waisell (is a Jew) she had best be careful in the showers. Geddit?! If you did, you should like Jerry Sadowitz (is a Jew), who often starts his shows by telling the Jews to head to the shower blocks.

 An insider from the show told The Sun: “I was part of the crew in 1997 and we were filming a ‘joke’ gameshow called Vahalla or Bust as part of a BBC documentary. Biggins didn’t seem to mind dressing as a Nazi at all, and didn’t question the morality of it.”

Well, to take the piss out of Nazis, it can be useful to dress as one.

Now watch this.

 

Posted: 9th, August 2016 | In: Celebrities, News, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Russell Square attack: Chelsea fan Zakaria Bulhan and being mentally ill for ISIS

Russell Square attack: Bernard Hepplewhite, 67, was one of the six people attacked in London by a knifeman. The Mail says he “suffered a serious injury when a deranged attacker thrust a kitchen knife into his stomach.”

Deranged? The Mail should be more careful than to give the attacker a pass. Yovel Lewkowki, one of the victims, says the alleged killer was “cool and calm”. That is the only appraisal we’ve seen on the attack from any of the victims. Does the Mail know better?

The accused, one Zakaria Bulhan, understood the charges when they were put to him in court.

So why does the Mail call him deranged?

In other news, the Mail says:

Was ‘devout Muslim’ Russell Square knifeman radicalised? Police to trawl ‘impressionable’ attacker’s PC for links to ISIS as neighbour claims mental illness is a ‘scapegoat’

Deranged or radicalised or mentally ill? You could use any of those three cover-alls in isolation of combination to explain pretty much any crime? Was Rosemary West radicalised by her husband and father? Was John Christie mentally ill? Was Hitler deranged?

The Mail adds:

Counter-terror police will today forensically study computers belonging to the Russell Square knifeman as a neighbour claimed the ‘impressionable’ teenager could have been inspired by ISIS.

Scotland Yard believe Zakaria Bulhan, 19, a Norwegian national of Somali origin who moved to the UK in 2002, was not ‘motivated by terrorism’ but its officers are trawling his possessions for extremist material.

But neighbour Parmjit Singh, a BBC radio DJ known as ‘DJ Precious’ on the Asian network, said he had known ‘impressionable’ Bulhan for seven years, adding: ‘His mental health problems are a scapegoat.’

We’ll know more when Bulhan, a “Chelsea fan”, is back in court. Yeah, he’s a fan of The Blues. Why is that a fact the Mail sees fit to share? Is being a Chelsea fan the benchmark of normality? Why do we know that Osama bin Laden supported Arsenal but not what football teams non-Muslim enemies of the State gun for? Does Anders Behring Breivik support Manchester United? Did Michael Ryan cheer on Norwich?

DJ Precious adds:

‘I think peer pressure, hanging around with gangs. He wasn’t working, he was hanging around with Somalian boys and I think they had possible links to serious ISIS people – not directly, but they see all this stuff and are inspired by it. Why would he attack an American woman tourist in a random attack? I think boys have put pressure on him to go there and do something. He was very impressionable growing up’.

Such are the facts.

 

Posted: 9th, August 2016 | In: News, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Policy Exchange Übermensch want British people barcoded

Policy Exchange sound like a revolting bunch. The Guardian reports on their plans to bran you all with a barcode:

British people should be given a “unique person number” to help the government keep track of the population following the vote for Brexit, according to a new report by a leading thinktank.

What has Brexit to do with being anti-human?

The paper from Policy Exchange said people feel Britain is being used as an “economic transit camp” and these fears could be allayed by creating a “population register”.

The Übermensch at Policy Exchange can go first. Form an orderly queue while we heat up the banding irons.

Posted: 8th, August 2016 | In: Broadsheets, News, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Russell Square killing: ‘mentally ill’ Zakaria Bulhan understands the charges

Russell Square killing: a look at reporting on the death of Darlene Horton and Zakaria Bulhan’s arrest in London.

Bulhan, 19, has been charged with murdering Mrs Horton and attempting to murder Martin Hoenisch, Lillie Selletin, David Imber, Bernard Hepplewhite and Yovel Lewronski, who were all injured.

Daily Star: “REVEALED: Tragic last text sent by American stabbed to death in Russell Square”

THE last text sent by Darlene Horton.. has revealed how much she loved our great capital.

She texted a friend:

 “…I do love London and could stay until November easily.”

The Sun: “Darlene Horton planned to play tennis with best pal shortly before tragedy struck”

Tragedy struck. Or a killer struck?

OC Register: “San Jose man describes attempt to stop London stabbing suspect”

Martin Hoenisch, 59, is a retired firefighter. He says:

“I’m a firefighter. I’m a good guy. Any guy would try to stop this…. He [the alleged killer] never broke his stride.”

Did “cool and calm” Zakaria Bulhan say anything?

“He never said a word,” Hoenisch said.

Adding:

“I freaking love London.”

Bulhan has been at Westminster Magistrates’ Court. Much has been made of suggestions that he is mentally unwell. The Irish Times sees him in the dock.

The teenager mumbled his name, address and date of birth to the court with his hand over his mouth. Bulhan was unrepresented in court and sat hunched throughout the short hearing with his hand over his mouth.

He held his face in his hand as the names of the victims were read to him in court. When asked if he understood the charges, he nodded and gave the judge a thumbs-up gesture. Bulhan was remanded in custody and ordered to appear at the Old Bailey on August 9th.

He appears to have understood everything.

 

Posted: 7th, August 2016 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Man mourned by wife and girlfriend in competing newspaper obituaries

To New Jersey, where thoughts are with Leroy Black, mourned by his “loving wife” and his “long-tome girlfriend”, according to his two obituaries placed in the Press of Atlantic City newspaper.

 

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Mr Black, 55, died at home on Tuesday of lung cancer. He is survived by his wife Bearetta Harrison Black and his girlfriend Princess Hall. Both women placed death notices in the paper.

 

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The competing obituaries were put in the newspaper separately because “the wife wanted it one way, and the girlfriend wanted it another way,” someone at the Greenidge Funeral Home said.

Surely, it is what he would have wanted.

 

Posted: 7th, August 2016 | In: Key Posts, News, Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Paul Pogba arrives at Manchester United before Juventus training

Transfer balls: It’s been 17 days since the Daily Mirror told us Pogba had “signed” for Manchester United. Today the BBC tells us that Pogba has been “summoned to Juventus training”.

To say goodbye to his former teammates? No. To train for the Italian season with his current club, Juventus.

Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri tells media:

“It makes no sense at the moment talking about potential replacements for Pogba because, right now, Pogba is a Juventus player…

“I’ve summoned Pogba together with (Patrice) Evra tomorrow night. So that means he has training here in Vinovo on Monday.”

Some news, then, to Mirror readers. But wait a moment. The Telegraph has news:

Paul Pogba set to sign for Manchester United: Frenchman arrives ‘in secret’ to complete medical

Pogba’s secret arrival is all over the newspapers.

After arriving in secret last night, the Frenchman, 23, will be undergoing his medical at a top secret location ahead of a world-record transfer to Old Trafford.

The Express explains:

Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport claim the Juventus star touched down in the UK yesterday and will today complete his move to United.

The report says Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri’s comments yesterday about Pogba expected for training were merely a smokescreen.

The Italian newspaper says there are no “photographs chronicling Pogba’s arrival” because it was all top secret and only the Press in Italy and the UK know anything about it.

Over to the Mirror, where the paper of record tells us:

Manchester United transfer news and rumours: Paul Pogba to undergo medical TODAY

Today. The Press have been telling readers Pogba is joining Manchester United ‘today’ for many, many days.

Lest we forget:

 

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Such are the facts.

 

Posted: 7th, August 2016 | In: Back pages, Key Posts, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Celebrity Big Brother calls in the thought police on ‘Nazi’ Chris Biggins

Why was Christopher Biggins kicked out of the Celebrity Big Brother house?

In the “Real reason Christopher Biggins was removed from Celebrity Big Brother house LEAKED”, the Daily Mirror promises to reveal all.

When news broke yesterday about his shock departure, we learned that the star had allegedly made a sick joke about Nazi concentration camps.

 

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So bad was Biggins’ joke that Katie Waissel, a former X Factor contestant (more on her here), was reduced to “teas”.

 

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As Katie reaches for the sugars, know that the Mirror’s story about is based on a Daily Star story. The paper adds:

Now, The Sun Online is reporting that he also made an offensive comment about people with AIDS.

What did he say, then?

As the CBB celebs queued up to use the bathroom shortly after waking up, The Sun reports he said to the former X Factor star: “You had better be careful or they will put you in a shower or take you to a room!”

Waissel was left in “tears” by that.  The Mirror then tells us that Katie Waissel’s mum has called for “a police probe”. Oh, puh-lease. This is so pathetic. A weak joke is a crime? And it clearly was a joke. If that comment reduces to Waissel to tears and teas she should toughen up.

Another story in the Mirror notes in  headline that might well be beyond parody:

Celebrity Big Brother Christopher Biggins ‘Nazi transcript’ is a FAKE confirm Channel 5

Do people know what anti-Semitism looks like? Not, Shami Chakrabarti, clearly. She can’t see antisemitism over all that ermine. Biggins is no Nazi. That’s plain to see.

 

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Old fruit

 

The Mirror continues to milk the gnat’s teat by asking in yet another story on Biggins:

Has Christopher Biggins’ shocking comments ruined all his good work?

No. But don’t take our word for it. The Jewish News notes:

Christopher Biggins’ Jewish agent defends star over ‘Nazi gas chamber’ jibe

Showbiz agent Jonathan Shalit, who represents Biggins, told Jewish News: “I have been close friends and worked with Biggins for many years and can confirm that he would never intentionally cause offence. If something was said in jest which caused offence then I am certain that was not his intention. Biggins is a much loved and wonderful man.”

It’s not the causing offence that is the issue – it’s if someone thinks you are causing offence that matters in these censorious times. You can be an unwitting racist.

Biggies told Sun on Sunday: “I am mortified by what has happened. Most of my friends are Jewish. I apologise. I love Jewish people. My best friend is Lesley Joseph and you don’t get more Jewish than that.”

 

More on antisemitism in the right-on British Press here

More on antisemitism in the right-on British Press here

 

As the righteous media grade Joseph for her Jewishness, we read in the Mirror what else the old stager said:

He joined in a discussion with Renee Graziano and Frankie Grande on sexuality and when asked if she had a problem with gay people, the Mobs Wives star said: “When you’re gay you’re gay. And I think it’s beautiful because I think it’s who you are and it’s natural. But I think today in society they kind of force things on people and they confuse you.”

Man who says gays are beautiful is ousted from TV show for causing offence? We live in odd, offence-seeking times, indeed, readers.

Biggins then went on to claim bisexual people are the “worst type”, telling the pair: “I think the worst type though is, I’m afraid to say, the bisexuals. What it is is people not wanting to admit they are gay.”

The Mirror then notes:

And on Saturday it emerged that he was partly removed because he claimed bisexuals are to blame for AIDS during a shocking outburst.

Which part of him was removed? His mouth? His foreskin? His hair? He said:

 “Gays had been really badly treated for so long. Then came a period where they were respected. But suddenly, a killer disease then came along which was attributed to homosexuals – but it was actually a bisexual disease. What the government didn’t realise is that there were bisexuals out there who were having sex with those people. They then brought it back to their families over here and in America. That’s how it became a worldwide disease. Whoever investigated AIDS f***ked up big time.”

In a welter of stupidity, however, the price for opportunism must got to Big Brother, which summoned Biggins into the Diary Room and in words George Orwell would surely appreciate, ruled:

“On Monday in a conversation with Katie when she remarked she was not in the house to represent the Jewish community, your comment was plainly capable of causing offence to Katie and the viewing public.

“Big Brother spoke to you about your language. When BB pointed out to you that your language was capable of great offence you apologised and indicated you understood the seriousness of the situation.

“But you have continued to use unacceptable language.”

Once upon a time, the Celebrity Big Brother VIP silo was a bit of fun, a chance to see forgotten-faces of TV stars you thought were dead or living in Spain. Now it’s a miserable place, where free speech is trampled on and everyone is watched lest they cause offence. It’s getting to be a lot like modern Britain.

Posted: 7th, August 2016 | In: Celebrities, News, Tabloids, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


City refuses to issue permits for dumpster pool parties

To Philadelphia, where locals are hiring skips (dumpsters) filling them with water supplied via a fire hydrants water and creating urban swimming holes. It’s the Olympic legacy in action.

Of course, health and safety matters. The pool fans say they power-wash the dumpster, line the bottom with plywood and tarps and cushion the corners with pool noodles. But city officials are still upset.

 

skip party dumpster

Toilet facilities not provided (BYO)

 

The Department of Licenses and Inspections’ Karen Guss says you need a permit to fill a skip with water, and she won’t grant one. “You would think this decision would not require an explanation,” says Guss.  “We are not screwing around, Philly. The city strongly recommends that residents opt for recreational options that are safer, more sanitary and less likely to deplete the resources firefighters need in an emergency.”

The issue of Pot Noodles has been forwarded to the Department of Too-Much Salt and Fat.

 

Posted: 6th, August 2016 | In: News, Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Jews problem solved: There is no antisemitism in the Labour Party says Labour peer Shami Chakrabarti

Shami Chakrabarti tells us there is no anti-semitism in the Labour Party. Thanks to Shami Chakrabarti, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn can rest easy in the knowledge that he and his party do not acquiesce to antisemitism.

Shami Chakrabarti  joined the Labour Party and became Chair of its Independent Inquiry into Antisemitism.

 

Corbyn anti-semitism

 

There is no antisemitism in the Labour Party.

There is no antisemitism in the Labour Party.

There is no antisemitism in the Labour Party.

There is no antisemitism in the Labour Party.

In utterly unrelated news, the Leader of the Labour party has nominated Shami Chakrabarti for a peerage.

There is no antisemitism in the Labour Party.

There is no antisemitism in the Labour Party.

There is no antisemitism in the Labour Party.

There is no antisemitism in the Labour Party.

Now read this.

Posted: 5th, August 2016 | In: News, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Page 3 stunna Sam Fox in ‘big boobs hell’ balls

In Samantha Fox’s Big Boob Hell”, the Daily Star looks at the former Page 3 stalwart now starring on Celebrity Big Brother, and says: “My boobs were too big for Page 3.”

How about Page 3 and Page 4?

 

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Former Sun stalwart Sam Fox in class

 

Sam adds:

“I asked my mum if I looked fat in a dress because my boobs looked too big in it. She said, ‘Your boobs are great’. I only realised they were fine when other women began paying for surgery to have boobs like mine.”

Did women really browse the aisle of Messers Nip ‘n’ Tuck’s surgery and say ‘I’ll have the Sams’? And did they realise that having ‘Sams’ is akin to being in hell – a hell that looks like being caught in your undies riding a small rocking horse:

 

 

Posted: 5th, August 2016 | In: Celebrities, News, Tabloids, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Russell Square attack: armed police target ‘Jihadi’ Zakaria Bulhan and the mentally ill

Russell Square attack: at look at reporting on the death of Darlene Horton and Zakaria Bulhan’s arrest.

Pamela Gellar knows all about it: “Darlene Horton, American Murder Victim of Jihad Attack in London.”

We do not know that the accused, one Zakaria Bulhan, is a jihadi. We also don’t know if, as is alleged, he was driven by poor mental health to murder one and stab five more people in central London. Undeterred by fact, Gellar ploughs on:

This jihadi targeted tourists — those injured are Australian, American, Israeli and British.

No. The alleged killer targeted anyone. How he picked them out from the crowds, we don’t know. London is a city of many creeds and colours. The idea that Bulhan could identity tourists from native Londoners is absurd. Granted, US tourists are fond of massive plaid shorts and location T-shirts, but Darlene Horton was wearing neither when she was killed. Moreover, despite efforts by members of the Labour party, Oxford University, the Left and BBC journalists, the Israeli victim was not wearing a huge Swastika on her arm, goose-stepping up the pavement and deserving of attack.

The Metro: Israeli teenager Yovel Lewkoswski says the killer was cool and clam when he struck.

yovel lewkoswski

 

The Guardian: the paper’s front page says an American woman was killed by a man. The paper sees fit to note the victim’s nationality but not that of the alleged killer.

 

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Inside, the Guardian notes: “A 19-year-old Norwegian of Somali heritage was arrested on suspicion of murder after the attack that also left two women and three men injured, one seriously.”

It adds:

Police said there was no evidence the attack was terrorism-related and evidence to date pointed to mental health issues sparking a “spontaneous” knife attack on strangers selected at random.

There ere lots of people with mental health issues out there. Should we be afraid of them? The Guardian adds:

The number of police officers, including armed officers has been increased on the streets of the capital in the wake of the attacks as “a precautionary measure”. Police said that would continue “for as long as we need it to”.

Nothing to do with terror, Islamists and jihadis, then. This is about the fear of people with mental health issues. This is how we treat the mentally ill in the UK: we aim guns at them and treat them as suspects.

The paper also noted:

Although police say terrorism is just one possible line of enquiry in the Russell Square attack, its comes amid heightened fear of a terrorist attack in the UK. On Sunday, Britain’s most senior police officer, Met commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, said an attack was a matter of when not if.

Does Sir Bernard-Howe think we should lock up everyone with mental health issues, just to be on the safe side?

The Telegraph features the news on its front page. It’s a small story: “man kills tourist”. It also says the police “fear terror attack”.

 

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The Times shows us the victim. It says Darlene Horton’s alleged killer has a “history of mental health issues”. There is no focus on terror.

 

times russell square darlene

The woman who was killed in the knife rampage in central London on Wednesday night had been due to fly home to America yesterday.

Darlene Horton, 64, was stabbed in front of her husband, a psychology professor in Florida. She bled to death despite the efforts of paramedics after a knifeman attacked six people in Russell Square. One witness reported that Ms Horton’s last words were: “He’s still here, he’s still here.”

Richard Wagner, her husband, had brought students to the UK to study “how the principles of psychology apply in different cultures” and to “immerse themselves in British culture”, according to the programme on Florida State University’s website.

In the Mail, Darlene Horton is the victim of a “teenage migrant’s knife frenzy”. To the Mail, this is an immigration issue.

 

Mail darlene horton

 

The Indy leads with: “Russell Square attack: London student Zakaria Bulhan named as suspect in stabbing that left American woman dead”

Such are the facts.

Posted: 5th, August 2016 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Russell Square murder: when cool, calm and crazed Zakaria Bulhan met Darlene Horton and Yovel Lewkowki

Russell Square knife attack: when cool and calm Zakaria Bulhan met Darlene Horton and Yovel Lewkowki, A round-up of media news on a suspected murder in London.

 

Zakariah Bulxan / Bulhan Russell Square

 

The BBC: “Russell Square stabbings: Man arrested on suspicion of murder”

A man. Anything more about this man who allegedly murdered a US citizen called Darlene Horton, 64, an innocent on holiday in London with her husband? Not yet. Not on the BBC.

Police believe the attack in Russell Square on Wednesday was “spontaneous”, with victims “selected at random”.

He just went nuts? He saw a knife, picked it up and just went nuts, allegedly knifing to death Darlene Horton and stabbing five others from Britain, America, Israel and Australia?

Police arrested a 19-year-old Norwegian national of Somali origin. They say there is no evidence of radicalisation.

So why mention it, then? And radicalised by who or what? The BBC does not say.

The Met Police’s assistant commissioner for specialist operations, Mark Rowley, said the investigation was increasingly pointing to the attack being “triggered by mental health issues”.

Aren’t they always. Mental health issues can pretty much describe anything and everything. Maybe instead of using a Taser to down the alleged killer, the police should have called in an emergency therapist?

The Guardian: “London stabbing: suspect is Norwegian Somali with ‘no evidence’ of terror – as it happened”

The Israeli woman injured in the Russell Square stabbings is an 18-year-old from Tel Aviv on a pre-enlistment trip to London…

What you might call ‘holiday’.

Yuval Labkovsky was returning to her hotel with her grandfather, after eating in a Thai restaurant, when she was set upon. Labkovsky was lightly injured in her hand during the stabbing attack and released after treatment in hospital.

She tells YNet news

“On the way back from the hotel, I heard screams and saw two men running toward me… I was afraid that it was a terror attack and was sure the two men were running away from the incident.

“I approached the first and felt a pain in my hand. I thought I was just hit, but it turned out he was the stabber. The second man, who was chasing him, was the man who tried, and later succeeded, in catching him.

“I saw a woman lying on the floor, covered in blood. Her husband supported her. Suddenly I realized I was also bleeding. I’m not afraid in Israel, so I have no reason to start being afraid in London.”

In Israel the stabbings are not random and spontaneous. They are organised. Mental illness is not given as a factor. But to the Guardian the alleged’s killers mind is an issue:

Jo Loughran, interim director of Time to Change, the mental health anti-stigma campaign run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, has urged the media to ensure any reporting of a mental health element to the Russell Square attacks is “informed and balanced”.

She says:

We understand that the police have released an update about the tragic incident at Russell Square stating that mental health is an increasingly significant factor in this case. The media must rightly report on this angle but we encourage them to do so responsibly.

They report on that angle because it’s easy.

There have been a number of horrendous acts of violence committed across Europe over recent weeks. As the media look to unpick these extremely complex incidents to explore motivations and reason we urge journalists and editors to provide well informed and balanced coverage of mental health. Millions of people experience mental health problems every year and the overwhelming majority will never pose a risk to others.

Maybe – just maybe – he wasn’t driven to it by mental illness. Maybe – just maybe – the alleged killer is not the victim here.

Daily Mail: “Russell Square ‘knifeman’ named this evening as Somali-born Zakaria Bulhan, 19, from Tooting, south London”

And on mental health?

Police called to Russell Square at 10.30pm last night after crazed man ‘went on the rampage’ with kitchen knife

Not mentally ill, then. He was crazy!

Zakaria Bulhan, 19, moved to the UK from Norway in 2002, and was said to be suffering possible ‘mental health issues’ when he allegedly began silently stabbing his unsuspecting victims in a busy London street last night.

His former friends from Graveney School in Tooting, south London, have now revealed how Chelsea football fan Bulhan was a quiet boy who was bullied in the early stages of secondary school. One friend said: ‘He was quite quiet, but had friends. He was a little bullied but nothing too extreme.’

A victim of bullying and poor mental health, then.

Earlier today, police raided the south London council flat where he lived with his family. Neighbours of alleged knifeman said his mother was ‘really nice’ but knew little about her two sons… The family live on the middle floor of a three-storey block of flats next to St George’s Hospital in Tooting…

The unnamed woman said: ‘There was lots of policemen there this morning. The mother is always here. She’s really kind and friendly and always opened the door and got parcels for us.

Parcels?

‘They’re a Muslim family, the mother always wore a full black burka.’

Relevant?

A downstairs neighbour confirmed that a mother and two young men live in the flat. He said… ‘I’ve never had a conversation with either of the two boys. Apparently they are Somalian but they all speak with an English accent. The mother is really quiet. She always has her hijab on but she’s a very pleasant woman and speaks proper English’.

Burka or hijab? No photos of her to help us decide, but plenty of the aforesaid Israeli woman, now called Yovel Lewkowki:

 

Yovel Russell square

 

Says Yovel:

‘The attacker was dark-skinned and bald and the knife he was holding was a small kitchen knife,’ she said. ‘He was very calm and cool.’

No crazed, then. Calm and cool.

 

Posted: 4th, August 2016 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Unemployed cheese expert arrested for heated row over cheese sandwich

Time to ban heated cheese, which leads to heated rows and heated violence. The unemployed should be first to feel the full force of the cheese police

A Georgia man is facing criminal charges after raging at his spouse for making a grilled cheese sandwich too cheesy, cops allege.

 

heated cheese row

 

According to an Athens-Clarke County Police Department report, James De Paola, 55, began “shouting and cursing” at his wife Michelle during a confrontation last Wednesday afternoon in the couple’s Athens home.

The unemployed De Paola became incensed at his 51-year-old spouse due to her “using three slices of cheese in a grilled cheese sandwich.” De Paola told cops that he had told the victim she “could make a grilled cheese sandwich with two pieces of cheese instead of three.”

 

The unemployed should be banned from all cheese and cheese-related items. And cheese should not come in slices. It comes in triangles.

Posted: 4th, August 2016 | In: News, Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0