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Looks like hashtag activism isn’t working. The call to #BringBackOurGirls never did prick Boko Harem to hand back the women it stole in Nigeria. Even vain Michelle Obama – wife of a man who supported ousting Libya’s Colonel Gaddafi in 2011 and sided with Libya’s version of the BNP – could not appeal to the better nature of Islamist loons drawing up new boarders in Africa by tweeting the aforesaid hashtag and tilting her head.
Publicis Singapore’s advert for Crisis Relief Singapore tells us “Liking isn’t helping”. The advert has won a Gold Lion in Press category at Cannes Festival.
Not liking can win you an industry gong in a swanky resort. Liking just makes you feel better about yourself and lets everyone else know how morally correct you are…
The U.S. government have released lots of informaion about what they found along with Osama Bin Laden at that compound in Abbottabad.
The stash of pornography reportedly found in the hideout of Osama Bin Laden by US commandos will not be declassified released “due to the nature of their contents”, an official has said.
Among the thousands of documents was what Reuters described in 2011 as a “fairly extensive porn stash”.
Brian Hale, a spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, told The Telegraph that the pornography would remain classified even as details of Bin Laden’s other personal files were released.
We’ve obtained the full lsit, which includes such titles guaranted to detonate a jihadi as:
Missionary Position Impossible
Fatwah And Forty
Debbie Does Hamas
Beaver & No Head
And many, many more…
Did you people in Kent and Essex feel the earthquake in middle of the night? The epicentre of the quake measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale was just south of Ramsgate.
What was it like?
Graham Young (Times): “It felt a bit like a bomb going off. The whole of the building shook for about seven seconds and the sky filled with seagulls.”
Others wrote to the British Geological Survey:
“…like a train running under the house, shaking everything. Woke me up. So disturbed I make a cup of tea!”
“Woke me from deep sleep and first thought it was thunder as very disorientated. Lasted about a minute I suppose but was a very odd experience! House shook, I’m a bit scared now!”
“Heavy shaking – like a lorry crashing outside the house – couldn’t believe it!”
Stella Hulott (Facebook): “I am in Westgate on Sea. My cats are upset and the husband has slept through it. My heart is still pounding!”
Jake West (Guardian): “At 3am it’s normally quiet. There was silence, then there was shaking. It was very odd. It felt like there was someone very heavy who was stomping down the stairs.”
Paul and Janette, Worsfold (Telegraph): “My wife and I jumped out of bed at 2 50 as our flat in Deal began to shake quite violently. Indeed it shook enough for the to crash into the bath and break.”
Keeley Brady, Hullbridge, Essex: “My daughter said she was woken up and her clothes hangers rattling on the door handle.”
Susan Fry: “The vibrations felt like being on cruise ship when it comes onto port sideways.”
— Sam O’Brien (@samobrien32) May 22, 2015
London is getting bar ABQ, a venue set in a large RV named after the setting of the TV show Breaking Bad in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
For £30, 22 punters-a-time will not get to sample the blue meth, but”cook” two drinks.
Anyone unable to afford £15 drinks can pop along to Danny’s Burger RV (formerly Danny’s Burger Van) on the M62 betweeen 2am and 5am every weekday, where so long as you’ve got the cash, Danny’s pretty much got anything you want.
To New Zealand, where Member of Parliament Ron Mark is addressing the House. The opposing benches are jeering him. He looks their way and speaks softly. What’s that? We didn’t catch it. But it was picked up loud and clear by Parliament TV’s sign language interpreter who relayed the words to viewers back home. She’s making a guest appearance as part of Sign Language Awareness Week.
And we now more aware of her skills:
Note: The New Zealand television channel TV3 was banned for three days from filming in Parliament in August 2006 for showing Mark repeatedly giving the finger to another MP.
Peadophiles are not all Muslim. I know. It’s a shock for those of you read the Daily Mail and quote it in the manner of a man who has read only one book. But it’s true. You see, a nonce is no great respecter of family honour, race, religion and colour. A peadophile is just a human being with a sick mind who damages lives.
It’s unfair to target only Mail readers. It was in The Times, for instance, that Melanie Phillips spoke thus of grooming gangs in Rotherham:
“It’s not Pakistani Christians, Hindus or atheists who are involved in these crimes. Nor is it just white girls who are targeted: Sikhs have been complaining for years that their girls are attacked by Muslim men… in Muslim society women are treated as inferior people, and non-Muslims are widely regarded as trash”.
What of tribal mores? She says nothing. What of going after the most vulnerable – white girls in the care of a failing system who were ignored by an unaccountable police force and others in power who lived by a culture of denial? What of Asian girls in the home?
When you focus only on the criminal’s religion you downplay and deny all other factors. You reduce the argument to us and them. You appeal to the racist.
And so an article in the Jewish Chronicle. A Jewish man who abused two girls aged 14 and 15 has been brought to book.
The conviction of paedophile Todros Grynhaus will encourage more victims to report abuse to police, according to a senior figure in the strictly Orthodox community. Grynhaus is facing a “substantial” jail sentence after being found guilty of seven charges of sex abuse against two teenage girls this week. The 50-year-old teacher-turned-businessman is a well-known figure in Salford’s Charedi community.
A source says:
“It [the conviction] has also created a backlash against meddlers who wished to suppress truth in this matter.”
Westminster paedos: a look at reporting on the story of historical sex abuse gone unpunished.
The Guardian tells us that since Sir Jimmy Savile was dug up, stripped of his knighthood and beaten with sticks, 1,400 people have been investigated for child sex abuse.
That sound a lot. It might even be too much to actuall fund. Talk of a paedophile amnesty would be on the cards were the issue not so toxic. And, then, if you investigate the suspect, do you also investigate those who turned away and failed the victims?
The Guardian sums up:
Officer leading Operation Hydrant inquiry says out of 1,433 alleged offenders 76 were politicians, 43 were from music industry and 135 were from TV, film or radio
The Mirror Group titles have been found guilty of phone hacking. We’ve been listening out for what Labour MP Chris Bryant has to say about it. When Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp was found guilty of the same, Bryant, a phone-hacking victim, was verbose and demanding:
“They argued for a long time that there were very few victims – that there was just one rogue reporter – that they had done a full investigation and all that proves to be untrue. One of my anxieties is the police didn’t do a full investigation in 2006, 2009 and 2010 when lots of people were calling for a full investigation. Consequently we still don’t know the full level of the criminality that went on at the News of the World and in fact many of the victims themselves don’t know they were involved.I think this is just the beginning of the story. I’m seeking a judicial review of the Metropolitan Police’s activity. I have a big anxiety about why the Metropolitan Police didn’t do a proper investigation themselves.”
“The next thing is, I’m writing to all the non-executive directors, including the former Spanish Prime Minister Mr Aznar and others of News Corp, to ask them what they knew, when they knew it, what actions they took to ensure that their newspaper was complying with police investigations,” Bryant told Reuters yesterday. “What did the directors do to check on what Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson said about phone hacking back in 2003, and did they know about hush money that was paid? This company has shown itself completely unable to act within the law, and if it’s not able to do that, if it’s true as the police said on Tuesday that they had deliberately thwarted the police investigation, then I think they shouldn’t have any share in a British media organisation.”
“Leave aside the original criminality of hacking people’s phones – including the victims of crime who never asked to be brought into the public domain at all – it’s the cover-up, the lies. ‘This was just one reporter,’ ‘This was just one newspaper,’ when actually we know it was endemic in the whole of News International.”
They were “drunk on power”:
“There was a major cover-up at News International which stretched right up to the very highest levels of the company, as we know even up to James Murdoch.And that, in the end, I suspect, will prove to have been the biggest crime.”
He knew where the buck stopped:
“This is designed to try and protect Rebekah Brooks, and I believe that if she had a shred of decency after what we have heard about Milly Dowler’s phone being hacked, which happened on her watch as editor, she should have resigned by now. Everything that’s been announced today just goes to show that there’s been a cover-up, that Parliament has been misled, that police have been corrupted, that police investigations were undermined. This strategy of chucking first journalists, then executives and now a whole newspaper overboard isn’t going to protect the person at the helm of the ship.”
Chris Bryant has been far less vocal about the Labour-supporting Mirror’s crimes.
If they have it their way, our MPs will control the free press.
Hacking: Will John Prescott discuss Paul Gascoigne’s £188,250 compensation in his Daily Mirror column?
Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has been awarded £188,250 in phone-hacking damages from Mirror Group Newspapers.
Others who had their privacy unlawfully invaded by the Mirror’s titles include: Sadie Frost (£260,000), Shane Richie (£155,000), Lucy Benjamin (£157,250) Shobna Gulati (£117,500), Alan Yentob (£85,000), Robert Ashworth (£201,250) and Lauren Alcorn (£72,500).
Meanwhile, hacking victim and Labour Party stalwart John Prescott continues to write for the Labour-supporting Mirror.
In case you missed it, this is what Prescott said when Rupert Murdoch’s titles were caught hacking:
The News of the World died. The Left cheered.
Prescott and his Mirror column live on.
The Washington Post reports that suspected IRA member Prince Charles is to meet Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams to promote “reconciliation and healing”.
Charles continues to deny being a member of the IRA, Hot Gossip and The Sex Pistols.
Varma has given a TED talk on the process and what he found.
And this has a purpose: a parasitic mite is threatening to destroy bee colonies. Scientists have bred mite-resistant bees. Can these creatures be introduced successfully into the wild?
I mean, what could possibly go wrong?
Highlights of the Universal ShowQueen Pageant 2015: the world’s greatest transgender and drag divas compete
The Universal ShowQueen Pageant 2015 features the world’s greatest transgender and drag divas in competition. The winner was Aleeciya Ashton, aka Jerrica Benton.
A note on death by (27 January 1847 – 17 March 1918), Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford:
Spotter: June, Flashbak
Chantae Marie Gilman, 28, admitted climbing on top of a sleeping man and raping him. Gilman, a 16-stone mother to three, says she can’t recall anything.
Detective Roger Ishimitsu reported: “Once arriving home he fell asleep on his bed (and) slept very hard due to a long day.”
Detective Drew Fowler, with the Seattle Police Department tells Komo News:
“From a statistical standpoint, yes, it is atypical to have a female aggressor. But we work to hold all people responsible for their actions. The law is specifically written to be gender-equitable and we will charge anybody with a crime that they’ve committed.”
The fact he has to say there is one law for all and women can be guilty of rape is odd…
Al Sharpton’s daughter Dominique Sharpton, 28, is suing the city of New York for allegely spraining her ankle on a wonky pavement. Dominique says the the ankle is “severely injured, bruised and wounded”. She wants $5 million in damages to compensate her for “loss of quality of life, future pain and suffering, future medical bills, [and] future diminution of income.”
Currently on vacation in Bali, the membership director for her gadfly dad’s National Action Network claims she “still suffers and will continue to suffer for some time physical pain and bodily injuries,” according to the suit filed against the city departments of Transportation and Environmental Protection.
And despite claiming “permanent physical pain” in a breathless notice of claim in December, at around the same time there were social-media shots of her in high heels and fancy dresses and climbing a ladder to decorate a Christmas tree.
Dominique has recently posted this message on her Instagram about the view from the top of a Bali mountain she hiked up:
File under: Christmas comes early..
Officials at the Greek port of Kavala were scheduled to unveil a memorial to Jewish victims of the Holocaust – 1,484 Jews in the city were murdered by the invading Germans and their Bulgarian allies.
But the burgers won’t show the tribute to the dead because the monument features a Star of David. That same symbol appears on the flag of Israel, and because the local leaders don’t like that country the Jews must go without their ancient symbol or else find a new one, perhaps of a teddy bear, say, a broken plate or an unmarked pit?
It’s not anti-Semitism, of course. It’s just anti-Israel. And if Jews can bury their dead without any Star of David showing, the Greeks and all decent folk would be appreciative.
The Sun says “Good riddance” to Hull City’s Jake Livermore who faces the “sack over drugs shame”. A routine drugs test revealed traces of cocaine in Livermore’s urine. The club suspended him. His future is uncertain. Livermore is an idiot.
But for the Sun to attack the player who took a non-performance enhancing drug that cheats only his teammates is lamentable. Cheering the idea that he should be sacked for his foolishness is weak.
According to the BBC, Pope Francis called Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas “an angel of peace” while presenting him with a gift.
The BBC’s David Willey in Rome says that after 20 minutes of private talks, Pope Francis gave Mr Abbas the medallion depicting an angel of peace adding: “It is appropriate because you are an angel of peace.”
But did he?
La Stampa says not:
As is tradition with heads of State or of government, Francis presented presented a gift to the Palestinian leader, commenting: “May the angel of peace destroy the evil spirit of war. I thought of you: may you be an angel of peace.”
So. The Pope did not call Abbas an angel of peace.
Such are the facts.
The Sunday Times says the inquiry into historic sex abuse will publish its findings in…2023. Phew! All nonces and their enablers will have eight years to get ill or die. They say the Devil looks after his own, so Hell should arrive by 2022 for most.
Tom Harper reports:
During a meeting last month with campaigners, a senior Home Office official was recorded as saying the inquiry, headed by the New Zealand judge Dame Lowell Goddard, could “go on for eight years”.
So. It could go on for longer.
As you were, sickos. You can dawdle on Earth for a while yet. Factor in any criminal cases and trials and chances are you’ll be getting a congratulatory letter from the Queen before you give the old gel her pleasure…
Ben Needham is back in the news.
Ben’s mother Kerry has been on the TV in Greece. She’s still hunting for her son who vanished 24 years ago. A new photo is doing the rounds. It was emailed to Kerry and British police? Is it Ben?
She tells the Sunday Mirror:
“My God, this is really happening. Are we going to receive the call that finally leads us to Ben?’
Calls follow this latest appeal. A man who might be Ben has been spotted in the Greek towns of Larissa and Veria.
The Mirror adds:
The Needhams have been convinced Ben was taken by gypsy family.
This Friday Florida Times-Union front page features a gun show sticker by a story of a shooting.
Says the paper’s ‘vice president of audience’ Kurt Caywood:
All of us at The Florida Times-Union know that gun violence is one of the most emotionally charged and pressing issues facing our community. The tragedy that occurred on a Duval County school bus Thursday was as societally significant as it was frightening. As such, a team of reporters, editors and photographers approached this story with great sensitivity and professionalism, and we stand proudly by their report on page 1A of Friday’s newspaper.
They did. But did you?
The appearance of a gun-related front-page sticky note on the same day was an incredibly regrettable coincidence. It was born of the purposeful separation between our news and advertising departments, an approach we take because we value nothing more than the objectivity of our journalism. That said, this clearly was an oversight. We’re aggressively reviewing our procedures and will implement steps to prevent such a situation in the future.
File under: who reads it before it goes out?
Observer Food Monthly highlights the ‘worst aim ever':
Westminster Paedos: Tory MP Alexander Victor Edward Paulet Montagu secret sex crimes against children
The Times has news that an MP who abused boy in 1970s let off with a police caution.
A Conservative MP escaped prosecution for child abuse in the 1970s even though he admitted indecent assault… Victor Montagu was cautioned by police after he assured them that he would avoid contact with the victim. The disclosure will lend weight to allegations of an establishment cover-up of historical child sex abuse.
Montagu was an MP for South Dorset. That’s Alexander Victor Edward Paulet Montagu, also known as Viscount Hinchingbrooke and the Earl of Sandwich.
He indecently assaulted a boy for two years.
And he is DEAD. Of course he is. Because only the dead get judged.
The Guardian says the decision not to prosecute him was made by the Dorset and Bournemouth police force and Sir Norman Skelhorn, QC, the former head of the crown proseuction service.
Sir Norman also decided that Cyril Smith, the Liberal politican, should not face charges after eight men went to police in 1970 claiming that he had abused them. He died in 2010.
That’s was Sir Cyril Smith until he died and was duly found guilty of being a nonce.
A letter from prosecutors in 1972 said:
“The assaults, which are admitted, are not of themselves very serious, and if Mr Montagu is prepared to take the excellent advice given to him by Detective Chief Inspector [Jack] Newman and avoid any contact with the boy I do not think proceedings are called for.”
The Guardian has the facts:
The files show the boy was interviewed on 10 November 1972 after rumours that he was being sexually abused. Two officers visited Montagu at his home in Mapperton, Dorset, and interviewed him under caution. He was later charged by police with two counts of indecently assaulting a male under 16 on a number of occasions between 31 December 1970 and January 1972 and of indecently assaulting the same boy between 31 December 1971 and November 1972. He was remanded to appear at Bridport magistrates court.
But when the then chief constable of Dorset and Bournemouth, Arthur Hambleton, wrote to Skelhorn for advice on the case, prosecutors chose to give Montagu a caution instead of proceeding with a criminal trial in public.
Montagu’s son, Robert says his father abused him between the ages of seven and 11.
Robert Montagu has gone on the record.
The abuse was finally discovered when one of Robert’s sisters realised he was sharing a bath with their father. Shortly afterwards, his mother and the family doctor sat him down and questioned him. He told them everything.
Days later, he was sent back to prep school, confused and terrified that his father would go to prison. Instead, the family decided to say nothing, protecting the reputation of the family whose motto, ironically, is ‘Post Tot Naufragia Portum’ – ‘After so many shipwrecks, a haven’.
Robert says: ‘I do think we have to take this problem more seriously – pursuing people who act in this way and not allowing them to escape. It’s easy for me to say that.
‘I let my father escape, as have all my family. But we’ve got to get tougher. I particularly want families to be active in reporting. It’s a difficult thing but it must be done. You cannot have an 11-year-old telling of abuse that had reached a zenith and not act. You must make sure that person is not in a position to do the same again.’
As Robert grew older, he realised there were others. Once he saw the paperboy go into his father’s bedroom and close the door. Victor, who died in 1995 aged 88, also abused one of Robert’s schoolfriends.
Robert says: ‘I know personally of ten (victims) and I’ve spoken with most of those. They were family friends, London contacts, Dorset contacts, holiday contacts.’
You can read the story in Robert’s book A Humour Of Love. But you can’t ask his dad if it’s all true because dad is dead.
To Dickson, Tennessee, where Corey Huddleston, 52, is charged with aggravated burglary and sexual battery. Huddleston is accused of going to the home of Bret and Elizabeth Cutrell and behaving badly.
He knocked on their front door. A house guest opened up and Huddleston pushed his way inside.
When Chuka Umunna annunced his decsiosn to stand as Labour leader, he adressed the electorate with his video:
Celebrated and attacked for his ‘slickness’, Umanna had announced his ambitions with all the finesse of a 1970s corporate training video. It was a character recalibration up there with Ed Miliband cutting a glass while chanting ‘seven sizzling sausages simmering slowly’ in diction Brian Sewell would consider ‘intimidating’.