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The sin of other people’s music and what it means for swimmers

To Thornbury, south Gloucestershire, where swimmers at the Thornbury Leisure Centre hear music in the changing rooms. Hilary Kingswood, 64, says the music is “chronic” and “annoying”.

Music should be joyous. “Music is the best means we have of digesting time,” said Igor Stravinsky.

Kurt Vonnegut noted:

If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph:

Neither made their remarks while doing laps at a public pool in the early morning.

“Beforehand it was peaceful, but having this music is such an intrusion, something that no one has asked for,” Hilary adds. “We don’t need it and all it does is ruin the peaceful atmosphere that many of us want for an early morning swim. If people want to take music into the gym, they take headphones anyway.

Kate Hand, 62, adds: “I put my towel on, packed my bag, got in my car and went home to get ready for work. It is not that loud anywhere else in the centre, so why it has to be there I don’t know. We are customers and our opinion should be heard, but it seems like they don’t want to change anything.”

Andy Robinson, the centre manager, says: Music can be both motivational and relaxing and we hope it doesn’t hinder Mrs Kingswood and Mrs Hand from maintaining a healthy lifestyle.”

Well, it is raising their heart rates.

Friedrich Nietzsche has a word:

God has given us music so that above all it can lead us upwards. Music unites all qualities: it can exalt us, divert us, cheer us up, or break the hardest of hearts with the softest of its melancholy tones. But its principal task is to lead our thoughts to higher things, to elevate, even to make us tremble…


The musical art often speaks in sounds more penetrating than the words of poetry, and takes hold of the most hidden crevices of the heart… Song elevates our being and leads us to the good and the true. If, however, music serves only as a diversion or as a kind of vain ostentation it is sinful and harmful.

And annoying. Other people’s music can be truly awful.

Silence is golden, as the psychiatrist Paul Goodman observed:

Not speaking and speaking are both human ways of being in the world, and there are kinds and grades of each. There is the dumb silence of slumber or apathy; the sober silence that goes with a solemn animal face; the fertile silence of awareness, pasturing the soul, whence emerge new thoughts; the alive silence of alert perception, ready to say, “This… this…”; the musical silence that accompanies absorbed activity; the silence of listening to another speak, catching the drift and helping him be clear; the noisy silence of resentment and self-recrimination, loud and subvocal speech but sullen to say it; baffled silence; the silence of peaceful accord with other persons or communion with the cosmos.

Turn it off.

Posted: 8th, November 2016 | In: Key Posts, Reviews | Comment

Drones can hack your lightbulbs from 1000 feet overhead

Drones can hack your lightbulbs. It’s true. It sounds mad to say it, granted. But it’s true. PC World reports on a cyber attack on your so-called smart bulbs:

Researchers were able to take control of some Philips Hue lights using a drone. Based on an exploit for the ZigBee Light Link Touchlink system, white hat hackers were able to remotely control the Hue lights via drone and cause them to blink S-O-S in Morse code.

The drone carried out the attack from more than a thousand feet away.

If they can blink for help, presumably they can also be turned off and on in, say, an attack by an enemy? The war-time command to “Put that light out” would be null and void if the enemy was controlling the things.

“There is no other method of reprogramming these [infected] devices without full disassemble (which is not feasible). Any old stock would also need to be recalled, as any devices with vulnerable firmware can be infected as soon as power is applied,” according to the researchers.

Apparently, the Israeli and Canadian researchers have informed Philips of the design flaw and it’s been “patched”.

Isn’t technology marvellous.


Spotter: iotWorm


Posted: 7th, November 2016 | In: Reviews, Technology | Comment

Make Your Own ‘Mazel Tov Cocktails’ With Scottie Nell Hughes

Scottie Nell Hughes was talking to CNN about Hillary Clinton’s props Jay Z and Beyoncé. She made a reference to Jay Z and Kanye West’s 2012 video for “No Church in the Wild. It features a ‘Mazel Tov’ cocktail.

No. Not a Molotov cocktail. Hughes spotted a “mazel tov cocktail”.

Hughes went on Twitter, “trust me.. I realized at that moment, I should have taken a nap at some point the last 24hrs.”

So how do you make a Mazel Tov cocktail? Like this:

Ginfilte (fish)
Cream (cheese)
Kabbala Coffee Liqueur
Single smaltz whiskey

Posted: 7th, November 2016 | In: Reviews | Comment

Thick kids rejoice: Scottish school bans homework

One in the eye for parents tired of Other Parents boasting of their kids’ top marks in spelling and sums. Pupils at Inverlochy Primary School in Fort William, Scotland, don’t get any homework. In a poll, most parents voted against it. Instead of homework, the children are told to read anything.

In all, 62% of parents (the ones with the less bright kids?) at the 193-pupil Highland school voted to stop homework; 79% of pupils (the sane and those with no interest in passing 11-plus exams?) voted to ban homework. The 10 teachers were unable to reach an consensus and split the vote 50/50.

Of course it matters not a jot. The tiger / pushy / middle-class / anxious / immigrant parents will make their children work at home whatever the school says. Some will hire tutors.

Spotter: Sunday Post 


Posted: 7th, November 2016 | In: Reviews | Comment

Busy Bins: ripped off Manchester homeowners pay private company to collect rubbish

Human skill fills the voice in Manchester, where bin collecting has become a luxury. You’d think getting rid of human waste would be a priority for any Western society, living longer and better on the back of improved hygiene and the availability of fresh water and cheap food. But in Manchester, collecting rubbish is a lifestyle choice.

Some householders in Greater Manchester are paying a private firm to empty their bins. Many are angry because some councils have reduced rubbish collections in an attempt to cut costs, and to motivate people to recycle more.

You’re motivated to recycle by having overflowing bins? Maybe not. For every problem, ingenious humanity conjures a solution:

A local businessman who bought himself a truck eighteen months ago is now emptying up to 800 bins a week.

Where there’s muck, there’s brass. Across the Manchester area, councils plan to empty bins every three weeks.

Manchester Council had a plan:

Between 1 August and the end of October 2016 we’re taking your old rubbish bin away and replacing it with a new, smaller grey one. We’ll put an information sticker on your old bin on the collection day 2 weeks before the swap.

On the day of your swap we’ll take away your old bin and recycle it.

We’ll leave new grey bins outside front doors or in front gardens, anytime during the day until 7pm. Your address will be on your new bin.

We can’t let you keep your old larger bin – the switch to smaller bins is to help cut the amount of waste from grey/black bins and increase recycling – so we won’t empty old bins after the swap.

In June 2016, the MEN reported:

Coun Nigel Murphy, the council’s executive member for neighbourhoods, said: “When recyclable waste is put into the wrong bin, money is being needlessly being thrown away. Taking this action to boost Manchester’s recycling rates now will save the city almost £2.5m every year in waste disposal costs, helping to protect the vital council services that residents care about for the long-term future, while also helping the environment.

“Doing nothing is not an option and we are determined to work with residents to ensure that as much waste as possible is recycled.”

In steps Bury Bins.

Josh Morris, a 25-year-old businessman who is licensed to handle environmental waste, manages the bin collection service in Greater Manchester.

Local authority rubbish collection day – green wheelie bin being loaded onto a refuse cart, UK ALAMY

After starting in his hometown Bury, he quickly expanded his services to nearby Rochdale and Oldham due to a huge spike in demand.

He told the Daily Mail: “I started with a van last year. Now I have three trucks collecting 200 bins a day.”

He sends the rubbish he collects to a private sorting plant.

Says Josh of Busy Bins, “…apart from the regular emptying of their bin, they absolutely love the fact we put their bins back outside their home & not down the road.”


“Many households struggle to keep on top of their rubbish following the reduced bin size, citing problems with overflowing bins, fly-tipping, bad smells and increased problems from flies and rats.

“It’s a problem that a significant number of households’ face and our service provides people with the option to have their bin emptied before it is overflowing”.

People will pay for a good service. Demand and supply, right?

Posted: 7th, November 2016 | In: Key Posts, Money, Reviews | Comment

Brexit balls: Ukip’s Susanne Evans thinks MPs should control the judiciary

Still wondering why Ukip is so reluctant to let go of Nigel Farage? The Herald reports:

Ukip leadership hopeful Suzanne Evans has suggested judges should face the prospect of being sacked by MPs in the wake of the Article 50 case in the High Court.

Ukip wants politicians to have control over the judges? What lunacy.

She warned about judges increasingly intervening in political decisions and suggested the judiciary should face being grilled by a Commons select committee with the power to recommend sacking them.

What a terrible idea. An independent and impartial judiciary is one of the cornerstones of a democracy.

The fundamental concept of judicial independence came into being in England and Wales in 1701 with the enactment of the Act of Settlement. This statute formally recognised the principles of security of judicial tenure by establishing that High Court Judges and Lords Justice of Appeal hold office during good behaviour. Appropriate and formal mechanisms had to be in place before a judge could be removed.

Before 1701 senior judges held office at the sovereign’s pleasure and there are many examples of judges being removed from office for failing to decide cases in accordance with the wishes of the King or Queen. Since the Act of Settlement it has only been possible to remove a senior judge from office through an Address to the Queen agreed by both Houses of Parliament.

But, yeah, better to let the MPs decide on their own who is fit to uphold the law as they see it. We trust our MPs implicitly, don’t we? That question to you, Nigel Farage.

Posted: 6th, November 2016 | In: Politicians, Reviews | Comment

Brexit: Corbyn’s red line ends in Labour’s annihilation and rebirth as May dithers

Jeremy Corbyn was sort in  favour and sort of not in favour of the country remaining or leaving the European Union.

The Mail now paraphrases the Labour leader:

I will only accept Brexit on MY terms says Jeremy Corbyn as he tells Theresa May he’ll force a spring election if she doesn’t agree

Brave, isn’t he. Trouble is, of course, that Corbyn’s terms are not worth a jot because Labour will be thrashed in a General Election.

The BBC adds:

Jeremy Corbyn said Labour would block the triggering of Article 50 if Mrs May did not guarantee access to the single market.

So we get a General Election. May wins a landslide. Labour get a new leader. The country gets an effective opposition. The will of the people is done and the country leaves the EU. As May writes in the Telegraph:“The people made their choice, and did so decisively. It is the responsibility of government to carry out their instruction in full.”

The Mirror thunders:

Jeremy Corbyn gives Theresa May ultimatum: Agree to Labour’s Brexit terms or I’ll force election in spring

Corbyn says access to the single market should be a red line for the Government.

He says: “Sorry, but we live in a democracy and the Government has to be responsive to Parliament. It’s not my timetable so it’s up to her to respond.”

Mr Corbyn’s bottom lines are:

UK access to 500 million customers in Europe’s single market.
No watering down of EU workplace rights.
Guarantees on safeguarding consumers and the environment.
Pledges on Britain picking up the tab for any EU capital investment lost by Brexit

Government has to be responsive to Parliament. And Parliament has to be responsive to the will of the people. We voted to leave the EU.

Get on with it, already.

Posted: 6th, November 2016 | In: Politicians, Reviews | Comment

The State outlaws Christianity in gay adoption row

Intolerance is the byword in illiberal Britain. The Times reports on a disturbing case of right and wrong thinking. A foster couple want to adopt two children in their care. The bairns have been living with the married couple for almost a year.

Social services said it would not consider the couple’s request to adopt the children because they had aired “concerning” opinions about the possibility of a same-sex couple being chosen as the adoptive parents instead.

The issue seems to be one of equality. You must recognise, accept and validate an alternative point of view even if it is at the expense of your own heartfelt beliefs. If you thought fostering was about raising children in a secure, loving and thriving home, you were wrong.

Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre, which is supporting them, said: “This couple’s viewpoint is lawful and mainstream.” This weekend the husband said: “We don’t want to fight or make ideological arguments. We are normal people.”

We live in age where identity is all and action is rooted in therapy. Life is about symbols and signalling.

The State seeks to control and legitimise your thoughts, using constraints on conduct to heel past wrongs. The irony of ironies is that the State that outlawed homosexuality, branded gay men a danger to children and decreed what consenting adults could think and do with their own bodies now says you must support gay rights or be despatched to ‘the wrong side of’ and, er, deemed unfit to be around children.

They added: “We are Christians and we expressed the view that a child needs a mother and a father. We expressed our views in modest, temperate terms based on our Christian convictions. We love everyone (regardless of sexual orientation) and we love the children and believe that they would benefit from the foundation offered by a mother and a father.

“The decision… appears discriminatory to us and not related to the children’s needs. The children love us: we love them. All the reports show that we are a loving, caring and stable family. What more could a child need?”


Asked how he would react if one of the children came out as gay, the husband said: “It is hard to accept, but we would accept it.”

But the State is not listening. It’s telling. It has an agenda and you must comply to it.

They claimed that the social worker became upset that they did not endorse “views that go against our conscience” and they became “concerned about his motives”. They claimed that he threatened that their status as foster carers might be reviewed…

They also said that they had mentioned their interest in adopting the children many times to the social worker but he had put them off, saying their home was too small. Two days after they were told that a gay couple were being lined up as adoptive parents, the husband and wife formally applied to adopt the children themselves.

This smacks of a new form of religious persecution. Agree and adhere with State policy or be relegated in the country’s status league tables and punished. You are no longer an upstanding citizen worthy of the State’s trust. All of us – gay and straight – should recognise that when the State tells you what to think, what to believe in and how to be human, none of us wins.


Posted: 6th, November 2016 | In: Key Posts, Reviews | Comment

Copenhagen celebrates Donald Trump with a great bus ad

copenhagen trump bus

Donald Trump is exciting minds in Copenhagen, Denmark. The sign on the bus declares  “Americans abroad – vote!”

“We would like to say to the American citizens: Remember to vote – it has consequences”




The idea bveing that don’t vote and get Predient Trump. Do vote and gt PResident CLinbton. Or, better, yet, just take a bus and tell the driver to take you back in time to when the US President had gravitas and the people’s trust.

Spotter: DR Nyheder

Posted: 5th, November 2016 | In: Politicians, Reviews | Comment

Brexit: you can’t have it because Parliamentary sovereignty is corrupt

Brexit continues to make news. The people voted. But to some they came up with the wrong response to the question. We now get Brexit is the hard or soft versions, whatever that means.

Writing in the Guardian, Polly Tonybee notes:

The ruling on article 50 is a huge opportunity. It would not be anti-democratic to try to stop what many other countries see as economic suicide.

It would not be undemocratic to prevent a democratic vote. Got it?

Stephen Phillips,Tory MP for Sleaford and North Hykeham, has stepped aside. In an open letter he writes:

The campaign to give parliament the right to determine our future relationship with the EU is not about reversing the referendum result. Nor is it about subverting the will of the British people, or having a second bite of the cherry. It’s about the sovereignty that I and others cherish, a sovereignty that resides principally in the House of Commons and in its ability, when given the opportunity, to inform and direct the government of the day.

And did you get that, peeps? Westminster gets to make the final decision on Brexit. Parliamentary sovereignty was earned the hard way to ensure the will of the people won the day. Parliament should not be bound by the rule of the monarch. Parliament should support and ensure the will of the people. If MPs now subvert the vote, what purpose do they serve?

Do you trust MPs, like Paul Flynn (Labour MP for Newport W), who opined, “The Brexit vote deserves the same respect as Boaty McBoatface…

The Brexit vote deserves the same respect as the vote which chose to name a state-of-the art ship Boaty McBoatface (it was named RRS Sir David Attenborough instead).

Ah, TV’s Voice of God, Sir David, who opined:

The veteran broadcaster, 90, said the decision about the future of the UK should have been left to MPs who could have voted on behalf of the electorate. Attenborough said allowing the public to vote on the monumental decision earlier this year has created a “mess”. In an interview with Emily Maitlis for Radio Times he said: “I mean, that’s why we’re in the mess we are with Brexit, is it not?

“Do we really want to live by this kind of referendum?”

Interesting times, indeed.

Posted: 5th, November 2016 | In: Politicians, Reviews | Comment

Chicago Cubs: six million fans rejoice (if you double count everyone in the city)

Like you we too are delighted the Clubs Cubes Cubs won the World Series of baseball for the first time since in ages – but still faster than is takes Theresa May to make a decsion.  The Mail sees the celebrations:

The fall classic! Daredevil Cubs fans risk their lives with crazy ‘trust falls’ as SIX MILLION pack the streets of Chicago to celebrate their World Series win 108 years in the making



Chicago Cubs millions


Six million people on the streets of Chicago, a city with a population of 2,720,546?

The Chicago Tribune is circumspect

By Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communication’s count, an estimated 5 million people lined the 6-mile parade route and gathered at the rally in Grant Park. But — like other official crowd counts — there’s reason to be skeptical, experts say…

“The guesstimates are almost always vast exaggerations,” said Clark McPhail, a sociology professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Such are the facts.


Posted: 5th, November 2016 | In: Reviews, Sports, Tabloids | Comment

Gordon Anglesea: protected, persecuted and finally prosecuted

Gordon Anglesea was a top copper in north Wales when he was molesting children. Today he was sentenced to 12 years in prison for his abhorrent crimes.

Gordon Anglesea is 79.


gordon anglesea


He was convicted of one charge of indecent assault against one boy, and three indecent assaults against another. His offences took place between 1982 and 1987, when both boys were aged 14 or 15.

Judge Geraint Walters said Anglesea was “beyond reproach”.

The BBC delivers a timeline of the conniving copper:

1967 – Anglesea starts work as a police officer in Cheshire. He later resigned following a marriage breakdown and joined Flintshire constabulary.
1976 – Promoted to inspector in Wrexham and in 1978, becomes responsible for the Bromfield area which included the Bryn Estyn children’s home
1978 – Sets up a Home Office attendance centre in Wrexham
1988 – Becomes a superintendent in Colwyn Bay


gordon anglesea

Community Care, 16th October 1986


And then:

1991 – Retires suddenly after 34 years’ service. Later that year the Independent On Sunday runs an article about Anglesea’s connections with Bryn Estyn. Similar stories follow in the Observer, Private Eye and on HTV Wales.

He said he was libelled. Anglesea said he had never molested boys when working as uniformed police inspector. The courts agreed. But he was lying.

1994 – Sues the four media organisations for libel and is awarded £375,000 in damages
1997 – Answers questions about allegations of sexual abuse before the north Wales child abuse tribunal.
2000 – The Waterhouse report says the allegations about Anglesea had not been “proved to our satisfaction”


News of the World, 23rd October 1983

News of the World, 23rd October 1983 Via


The Times reported on February 16, 2000:

Widespread sexual abuse of boys and girls occurred in children’s residential homes in North Wales between 1974 and 1990, according to the Waterhouse tribunal’s report, Lost In Care.

It found that a paedophile ring did exist in the Wrexham and Chester areas, consisting of adult men targeting boys in their mid-teens. Youngsters in care were particularly vulnerable to their approaches.

The tribunal was appointed in 1996 by William Hague, who was then Welsh Secretary, after Clwyd County Council decided against publishing a report by a social services expert, John Jillings, into abuse of children in care. The council feared that it would be sued for defamation; it was also warned against publication by its insurers because of the possible effect of compensation claims.

Although by 1996 12 people in North Wales had been convicted of abusing children, there was speculation that the abuse was on a much greater scale. In 1986, Alison Taylor, officer-in-charge of Ty Newydd local authority children’s home in Bangor, had complained to her superiors in Gwynedd County Council about alleged assaults on children. Dissatisfied with the response, she spoke to Keith Marshall, a county councillor, who reported her concerns to the Chief Constable of North Wales.

A police investigation was carried out by Detective Chief Superintendent Gwynne Owen, head of North Wales CID, from 1986 to 1988. The Crown Prosecution Service recommended no criminal proceedings. The investigation is described in the report as defective, sluggish and shallow.

Eric Davies, chairman of Clwyd social services, wrote a memorandum about Ms Taylor saying: “She is a blatant troublemaker, with a most devious personality … I would very humbly suggest … that this lady’s services be dispensed with at the earliest possible time.” Ms Taylor was suspended and eventually accepted voluntary redundancy.

However, she contacted the Prime Minister, Welsh Office, Health Secretary and Local Government Ombudsman. She compiled a voluminous document that was presented to the new social services chairman, Malcolm King, in 1991. He reported it to the police.

The report states that without Alison Taylor’s complaints, there would have been no public inquiry into the alleged abuse of children in Gwynedd. In general terms, she has been vindicated. The response by senior management at Gwynedd County Council to her complaints was discouraging and inappropriate. The Welsh Office’s response was inadequate.

The ensuing North Wales Police investigation, from 1991-93, took statements from more than 500 former children’s home residents who complained of abuse. Some of the most chilling came from beyond the grave. At least 12 children formerly in care have died, most by their own hand. Statements made by six, who died after telling police in the early 1990s about abuse and brutality in the Bryn Estyn community home in Wrexham, were read to the inquiry.

As the police investigation continued, newspaper articles, beginning with the Independent on Sunday, linked a former police superintendent, Gordon Anglesea, to child sexual abuse. He successfully sued for libel, receiving damages of Pounds 375,000, in 1994. The tribunal heard evidence alleging that Mr Anglesea did commit serious sexual misconduct at Bryn Estyn, but were not persuaded that the libel jury’s verdict was wrong.

The report details the abuse experienced by children from the 1970s and names some of the perpetrators. At the local authority-run Bryn Estyn, senior officers Peter Howarth and Stephen Norris sexually assaulted and buggered many boys. Norris continued to abuse boys as officer-in-charge of another home, Cartrefle, until he was arrested.

Alison Taylor, as described by the Guardian in 1998:

In North Wales, it was Alison Taylor, the manager of a children’s home, who spent five years banging on the door of her employers at Gwynedd Council, the police, the Welsh Office, the Department of Health, and the Social Services Inspectorate. All turned her away. Undaunted, she compiled a dossier of 75 separate allegations, won the backing of two local councillors and finally secured the conviction of four men for an orgy of abuse. As a result, the Government finally ordered the vast public inquiry which has now heard nearly 300 former residents of homes make detailed complaints of physical and sexual assault against148 adults. By that time, however, Alison Taylor had been suspended and sacked.


Private Eye, 20th February 1998 by Paul Foot

Private Eye, 20th February 1998 by Paul Foot (via)


Time rolled on.

2014 – Arrested and bailed by officers from Operation Pallial, an investigation into child abuse in north Wales care homes
2015 – Charged with historical sex offences


Anglesea was investigated as part of Operation Pallial. As a results, 8 men have been convicted, including care home owner John Allen, who was jailed for life in 2014.

John Allen was 73 when he was jailed.

Old men get it in the neck after years of getting away with it.


Newcastle Journal, 18th February 2000

Newcastle Journal, 18th February 2000



Former hotelier Allen opened his first home, Bryn Alyn Hall in Llay, near Wrexham, in 1968, although he did not have any qualifications in childcare, his trial was told.
He set up the Bryn Alyn Community, which was to become one of the UK’s largest providers of residential care, providing accommodation for children sent from about a dozen local authorities.

During the trial, which began in early October, the jury was told of Allen’s previous conviction in 1995 for six counts of indecent assault involving repeated abuse of six boys dating from the 1970s.

More victims came forward following the publication of the Waterhouse report into abuse in north Wales care homes in 2001 and after Operation Pallial was set up.
One former resident at the Bryn Alyn children’s home said living there “wasn’t care, it was like hell”.

Denial and despair in North Wales (September 1997), The Guardian, September 1997, by Nick Davies:

Without power to resist, the children were utterly vulnerable to the paedophiles who had infiltrated the homes. They became sex objects – in the dormitory and in the sick bay, in Peter Howarth’s flat and in Stephen Norris’ room, in the showers, in the staff room, in the bath, in cars, in sheds, in tents, on the tow path of a canal; with men, with women, with residential workers, social workers and with anyone else who wanted them because on the evidence of these survivors, in these children’s homes, no paedophile ever failed to get his or her way…

For the adults, this was a world without boundaries: a woman worker saw a good-looking 14-year-old boy so she screwed him; a man saw a 12-year-old girl who was pretty so he pulled her into a shed and raped her. One boy was allegedly being used for sex by both his housemaster and the female deputy housemaster. When a teacher complained about this, and took the boy home to protect him, his superiors alleged that he, too, was abusing the child. The teacher protested his innocence, explaining that it was his wife and not he who had also started having sex with the boy.

Many simply buckled and did everything they could to comply, searching for favour from their tormentors. One man described how he had been anally raped with such violence that his backside had bled for days. He was afraid that someone would be cross with him for having blood on his underpants and so, several times, he had secretly taken them and flushed them down the loo.

Two girls ran away and were picked up by police who told them they were lying about conditions in the home. Once the police had left them, one of the women recalled, a care worker punched her in the stomach while her friend was taken into a side room, from which she emerged later with a bruised eye and a split lip. On at least 12 occasions, over the years, police were asked to investigate allegations of violence or paedophilia in the homes but, almost always, their inquiries came to nothing.

Who knew about Anglesea? And why did it take so long for Officer Anglesea to face justice?

Posted: 4th, November 2016 | In: Key Posts, Reviews | Comment

Happy Marijuanikkah! Cannabis is Kosher

Good news for you frumer yidden who like a toke on Shabbos. Cannabis is kosher. The bad news is, of course, that because everything made kosher is more expensive than the non-kosher strain, your Friday night joint will set you back a tidy sum.

But never mind the cost. Rejoice!

The Israel National News say Israeli clerics Rabbi Kanievksy and Rabbi Yitzchak Zilberstein say weed has a “healing smell” and blessed the leaves. In January 2016, a body called the Orthodox Union certified medicinal marijuana as kosher.

Rabbi Efraim Zalmanovich, an orthodox rabbi of some reputation, has issued a religious ruling sanctifying the use of marijuana. The rabbi’s ruling clarifies an opinion by Rabbi Hagai Bar Giora, of the Israeli chief rabbinate, who in March 2013 told reporters, “If you smoke it, there is no problem whatsoever.”

No problem.

Posted: 4th, November 2016 | In: Reviews | Comment

Gina Miller v The Daily Mail: the ‘fearless City guru’ who began a filthy foreign gold digger

The United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union has been delayed because judges did their jobs. For Leavers and anyone who values democracy, that is disappointing news. The better news is that the media has a new idol. It’s Gina Miller. Who she? The Daily Mail has lots:

April 11, 2016: the Mail first notices Gina Miller. She is the “Glamorous investment manager”. She is a “feisty investment manager” who “delights industry critics with her fearless cage rattling”.
We got to appraise her assets. “Unsurprisingly, stylish Guyanan-born Gina is not short on admirers,” says the Mail. “During her modelling days I’m told she was the inspiration behind racy playwright Dennis Potter’s 1989 BBC drama Blackeyes, starring sexy Gina Bellman as a much-desired fashion vixen.”



Gina Miller sexy


Fast forward to the post-Brexit appeal to the judiciary to let Parliament delay the will of the people, and Gina Miller has a new Daily Mail profile.

On June 22, the Mail was looking again at Gina Miller. She is no longer the “Glamorous investment manager”, but the “Glamorous Guyanan-born investment manager”. She was at an EU Ref debate “politely arguing the benefits of remaining in the EU”.

A boorish audience member shouted: ‘I don’t see why anyone should listen to you. Perhaps you should stay in the kitchen.’ Witnesses report Miller maintained her composure and ignored the oafish heckler. A pity. The feisty mother-of-three, 55, is a tough cookie with a spectacularly acid tongue.

Those boorish oafs who attack the polite, glamorous woman are fools. And know that she is 55 years young.


gina miller brexit


On October 17, the Mail noted: “Campaigners led by former model Gina Miller, 51, have mounted a historic challenge to argue that Mrs May cannot leave the EU without the prior authorisation of Parliament.”

A short profile was included on now the 51-year-old

Ms Miller, a campaigning former model who is married to a multi-millionaire fund manager, was a supporter of Remain during the referendum campaign and has previously said she ‘felt physically sick’ when she heard the result.

This week, Gina Miller gets lots of coverage in the Mail. She is the “financial entrepreneur Gina Miller”. She is the “businesswoman and former model who…goaded Brexiteers by saying they should ‘celebrate’ the ruling.”


gina miller brexit


On November 3rd, Gina Miller is reduced to being the “Wife of Mr Hedge Fund”. Her foreign roots are once amore front and centre.

Martin Robinson’s story begins:

The wife of a millionaire financier nicknamed ‘Mr Hedge Fund’ today faced accusations she had derailed British democracy with her Brexit victory.

Is that boorish to reduce the glamorous and stylish tough cookie campaigner (source: Daily Mail) to the role of Her Indoors?


gina miller brexit


On November 4th, the Mail was outraged. Gina Miller as being targeted by nasties.

Remainer Gina Miller is bombarded by vile abuse threatening death and rape after her High Court anti-Brexit victory
Trolls called for the lawyer to be shot while another wished cancer on her
Others called for the Guyanese-born mother-of-three, 51, to be deported…
The 51-year-old, who voted Remain, brought case following referendum

Alexander Robertson begins his story with…  Oh, but before that, did the Mail tell you that Miller was 51? It did. Twice. Oh, good. And did it mention that she was born in Guyana? It did. Perfect. Now read on:

The woman accused of derailing British democracy following her Brexit victory in the High Court has received rape and death threats online. Gina Miller has been targeted on social media by online trolls, with calls from some for her to be shot dead, while others wished cancer on her. The mother-of-three, who was born in Guyana but grew up in Britain, was called a ‘foreigner’ and an ‘immigrant’ by some, with others saying she should be deported.

You wonder where these trolls got the idea that Gina Miller – once glamours and now just a “woman” – was foreign-born, and that the place of her birth is central to the story?

Richard Littlejohn uses his Mail column to call Gina Miller a “City slicker”.

His fellow columnist Katie Hopkins opines:

Gina Miller – The woman with the cash who brought this case against the government said Brexit had made her feel physically sick. Looking at this Guyanan-born wife of a multi-millionaire, laughing in the faces of ordinary Brits, her smug face makes me feel much the same way.


gina miller brexit


Gina Sunderland picks up a wooden ball to lob at Gina. She writes: “There is a whiff of the Jackie Collins heroine about Gina Miller – at least in the version she tells of her life story.”

Jackie Collins wrote fiction. Is Sunderland implying that Gina Miller’s life story is untrue? She continues:

She says she struggled alone to bring up a daughter with special needs and claims to have endured a troubled relationship – before emerging triumphant to find happiness with a multi-millionaire hedge fund manager husband. Often described as a former model – though it is not clear exactly when she was modelling – three-times married Mrs Miller styles herself as an investment guru and philanthropist.

The Mail has called her a model many times (see above) and a fierce campaigner in the City (see above).

Sunderland adds:

As a young woman in the 1980s, La Miller is said to have been the inspiration behind Dennis Potter’s sexually charged TV drama Blackeyes about a model played by her slinky namesake Gina Bellman.

Said by the Mail (see above):

Whether this story, or the tale that her silhouette was used in the opening credits of a Bond film, is true remains open to question. But she has done little to dispel the rumours.

You might suppose a national newspaper with huge resources could check these rumours – and its own reporting (see above) – to find the facts now fit to print in shadow. But no.

Sunderland has more to add:

Now a mother of three aged 51, Mrs Miller is a woman whose sultry appearance can still turn heads.

For her victory speech yesterday outside court, she was dressed, librarian-style, in a blue tweed jacket and high-necked navy T-shirt. Usually, though, she prowls the City – where in some quarters she is known as ‘the black widow’ after her campaign to force investment firms to make their charges clearer and cheaper – in killer heels and tight- fitting frocks.

Philanthropic? Investments guru? Is Gina self-styled thus or said to be so by the, er, Daily Mail?

And then Ruth looks at Mr Miller:

Today the balding, bespectacled financier is worth nearer £30million. Some have wondered why a livewire like Mrs Miller is married to him. Cynics may say she has about thirty million good reasons.

Cynics? Or boors?

Posted: 4th, November 2016 | In: Reviews, Tabloids | Comment (1)

Closing time at Australia’s The Grove Hill hotel

Ever go to Australia’s The Grove Hill hotel, a watering hole between Darwin and Katherine, in what might best be termed ‘the middle of nowhere’?  The place is closing. Owner Stan Heausler wanted to sell it but no buyers came forward. Now in his 80s, ‘Stan The Man’ has had enough.

He might continue to drink a bottle of rum a day, as is his won, but he won’t be doing it at the Grove.


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Grove Hill pub in February 1942

Stories abound about the pub “built in 1934 from materials scavenged from abandoned mining sites in the aftermath of the Great Depression.”

“We were in Victoria dredging for gold, me and Derek, and there was a total eclipse,” says one patron. “We were in the Beechworth pub, I was only 17 … He drank everyone’s beer in the bar while they were out looking at the eclipse. I had an old 350 twin motorbike and we got half a carton under each arm, but going up the hill he fell off the back. For weeks later we were picking cans off the road, picking them up every time we went into town.”

The Northern Territory hotel just existed. “It’s not a great little pub,” says Darwin restaurant owner Lars. “It’s just been here for so fucking long, no one really gives a shit. It’s just been here.”

PS: any gold left in the land, Stan? “We used to sell gold nuggets, ” he recalls, “but the locals had run out of them so we’ve got to wait for them to find some more.”

Posted: 3rd, November 2016 | In: Reviews, The Consumer | Comment

Brexit balls: ersatz Liberal Nick Clegg says Leavers have ruined your pork pies

Nick Clegg is a LibDem MP. You need to carry that idea in your head as Clegg talks about Brexit in the Guardian:

Melton Mowbray pork pies, stilton cheese and British-made chocolate such as Cadbury’s could be under threat from Brexit, the former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has warned.

How so?

Speaking to a food and drink industry conference on the impact of leaving the European Union, Clegg said it was possible that European rivals would start producing lookalikes to British foodstuffs if they lost the legal protection from imitation offered by EU rules.

The French will start producing fake bars of sugar-rich CHOMP in a devious Brexit-fed plot to wean their population off delicious chocolate and onto junk food. Bulgarians will be free to make blue cheeses and serve them in bell-shaped pots.

It’s carnage, readers!

“Outside the EU they won’t enjoy the appellation bestowed on those products and I would have thought other countries would take advantage of that pretty quickly and put products into the European market that directly rival those protected brands,” Clegg said.

And sell them to, what, holidays Brits? Maybe Bulgarians can cook up a Marmite copy and sell it back to us cheaper.

Clegg the liberal!


Posted: 2nd, November 2016 | In: Broadsheets, Politicians, Reviews | Comment

Sunderland’s David Moyes turns the Stadium of Light into a darkened room

After a match Sunderland manager David Moyes sits in the dark. “I probably spend Saturday night, and quite often, in a darkened room somewhere,” sys Moyes.

Sunderland are bottom of the Premier League. So bad are they that having been gifted parity in their last match against Arsenal – a penalty got them into a game they should have been losing 4 or 5 nil –  the Mackems conspired to let in three goals. “Sunday gets a wee bit better,” adds Moyes, Sunderland’s seventh manager in the past five years, “but not much, and hopefully by the time Monday morning comes, you are ready to go again.”

What a life, eh. That bit about a “darkened room somewhere” fingers the spine. Anywhere without a light will do for Moyes on a Saturday night. Lock up your rabbit hutches. (On the lighter side, at least Mrs Moyes get to go to the cinema with her husband.)

Sunderland are now the holders of the worst start in Premier League history after 10 matches. They have amassed two points. As Moyes sits in the dark – and how’s that for a vision of the boss whose team play at The Stadium of Light –  he can try to work out if there are three worse sides in the Premier League who can ensure Sunderland avoid relegation and stay up.


Posted: 1st, November 2016 | In: Reviews | Comment

Buying the FBI: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump vie for influence

The wife of the Deputy Director of the FBI got a wad of campaign donations from Terry McAuliffe, a Clinton ally.

The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Mr. McCabe’s wife, Jill McCabe, received $467,500 in campaign funds in late 2015 from the political-action committee of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a longtime ally of the Clintons and, until he was elected governor in November 2013, a Clinton Foundation board member.

Very generous.

In other FBI news:

The embattled director of the FBI has been accused of covering up evidence of Donald Trump’s links to Russia while inflicting severe damage on Hillary Clinton, as Democrats hit back in a growing scandal involving her email server.

Having links to Russia is a crime?

Harry Reid, the Democrat leader of the Senate, accused James Comey of “a disturbing double standard” and, in a remarkably forthright letter, said he regretted supporting a man who he once believed was “a principled public servant.”

And Comey?

Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey and several conservative attorneys and legal scholars held a private forum last month in which they harshly criticized FBI Director James Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation just eight days before Comey sent a letter to Congress announcing his bombshell decision to review new emails in the probe. The event, billed as a discussion on “The Law after Comey’s decision,” featured several speakers including Mukasey, who served in the George W. Bush administration, hammering Comey over the legal precedent he set in concluding the email probe three months ago without charging Clinton with a crime.

Why now? What did he find?


FBI Director James Comey stressed in his letter to Congress Friday that investigators don’t know how significant the new emails may be. But even if they don’t implicate the Democratic presidential nominee, their mere existence could call into question testimony Abedin gave months ago about the email system.

FBI records reflect that she told investigators “that she lost most of her old emails as a result of the transition.”

During a June 28, 2016 deposition with the conservative Judicial Watch, Abedin also swore she looked for and turned over all devices she thought contained government work to the State Department.

“I looked for all the devices that may have any of my State Department work on it and returned – returned – gave them to my attorneys for them to review for all relevant documents,” Abedin said. “And gave them devices and paper.”

Why would she have 600,000 emails on a compute she shared with her dick pics husband?

Thomas Frank:

They are the comfortable and well-educated mainstay of our modern Democratic party. They are also the grandees of our national media; the architects of our software; the designers of our streets; the high officials of our banking system; the authors of just about every plan to fix social security or fine-tune the Middle East with precision droning. They are, they think, not a class at all but rather the enlightened ones, the people who must be answered to but who need never explain themselves.

Let us turn the magnifying glass on them for a change, by sorting through the hacked personal emails of John Podesta, who has been a Washington power broker for decades….

I think the WikiLeaks releases furnish us with an opportunity to observe the upper reaches of the American status hierarchy in all its righteousness and majesty.

One week to go. Hillary or Donald?

Posted: 1st, November 2016 | In: Politicians, Reviews | Comment (1)

Ben Needham: gypsies, a dead witness and a ‘cover-up’

Ben Needham has still not been found. The renewed search for the toddler who vanished on Kos 25 years ago has given us nothing of substance. But the tabloids are at work. If we can’t see the child, we can continue to gawp at his mother.

“‘WHITEWASH’ ON KOS,” says the Sun. “Ben Needham case ‘has all signs of a cover-up’ with sex slurs used to discredit toddler’s mum.”

The story continues:

THE hunt for toddler Ben Needham – who went missing on the Greek island of Kos 25 years ago – has the signs of a cover-up, an investigation found. Greek police were “under pressure” to end their probe quickly, reports The Mirror, and a witness apparently falsely claimed he had slept with Ben’s mum Kerry in an attempt to smear her.

Wow, indeed, that Greek police have spoken out. Good on them. But wait a moment.

…a retired cop, one of the first to join the hunt, admitted: “We were under pressure to close the case. Everyone wanted to find the child. We did our best.”

Unnamed ex-policeman says force was under pressure to end the case of the missing toddler who vanished on holiday to an holiday island? It’s news devoid of detail.

In the Mirror, we read he headline:

Ben Needham case has hallmarks of cover-up with cops wanting probe closed quickly and sex lies in bid to blacken mum’s name

We love a conspiracy, eh, readers? Who knew?

British police searching for answers to the disappearance of the toddler 25 years ago have tried hard to finally lift the gloom

Lucy Thornton writes:

The Ben Needham case has all the hallmarks of a cover-up, a Mirror probe has found. The Mirror can reveal Greek police were pressured to close their inquiry quickly and a witness lied that he slept with the boy’s mum, blackening her name.

A key witness account on Kos is missing and a Greek official has dismissed the UK police’s theory that Ben was run over by a digger.

As the last British tourists leave Kos at the end of the holiday season, a sinister cloud hangs over the island.

After that, Thornton makes it about, well, her.

Mirror colleagues and I have spent months investigating the mystery and found claims of a Greek “cover-up” as wicked lies, vanishing statements and smears against the family were made.

This is the Lucy Thornton who when reporting on the vanishing of Shannon Matthews, wrote: “I’ve shared the despair and relief, says the Mirror’s Lucy Thornton.” Adding: “Meanwhile, I was hugged in the street by people I barely knew less than a month ago. They thanked me. What For? For just doing my job.”

Never mind the missing child, get a load of the reporter.

Mirror colleagues and I have spent months investigating the mystery and found claims of a Greek “cover-up” as wicked lies, vanishing statements and smears against the family were made.

She then adds:

Rumours continue on the island, that Ben was taken by gypsies, or the mafia.

After the wicked- lies and “cover-up”, round-up the usual suspects. Gypsies. Always the gypsies.


Independent on Ben Needham - 1995. 'Gypsies did it'

Independent on Ben Needham – 1995. ‘Gypsies did it’


In 2000, the BBC reported:

Theories have included Ben having been killed, abducted by gypsies or sold on to a family who could not have a child, but police have never closed the file.

And in 1997, the Sunday Mirror reported:

The search for Ben has become a crusade for Greek private eye Stratos Bakirtzis from Thessalonika, northern Greece. Two years ago he raised the alarm and told police he had found the missing toddler while investigating a gipsy family. However, he claims the child was swapped before police could search the house.

So much for rumours and belief. What of facts, and the Mirror’s investigation?

Kerry believes there has been a cover-up over her son’s death and people wanted her to “go away….and forget about Ben”.

More belief. And facts?

In a bid to smear the Needham name, a man who worked with Kerry at a hotel on Kos falsely claimed to have slept with her, while she was out hunting for Ben. He left Kos shortly after making the allegation. He turned public opinion against the unmarried British mum and many blamed the family as a result. But Kerry has now been told by South Yorkshire Police officers this witness has finally told the truth.

He confessed it was a lie, but claimed he felt bullied into it. It is understood prosecutors on Kos are looking at this admission.

As we are invited to understand what the Mirror has understood, we hear from the unnamed source:

But he said his main reason for speaking was to reveal the statement of a mysterious witness, a friend of his, was never taken because bosses ignored his report. “He told me he’d seen a car with number plates from abroad. It had two people in the car and they were not Greek people. The witness said the child was playing outside and someone stepped out of the car and took him. My friend does not lie. I went back but once he knew the child was still missing he didn’t want to speak.

Can we speak with the witness?

He said the witness, like so many others, has since died.

Such are the facts.


Posted: 1st, November 2016 | In: Reviews, Tabloids | Comment

Haris Stanikzai: the bearded 16-year-old from the Calais Jungle’s Countdown to immaturity

In “YOU’VE GOATEE BE KIDDING” the Sun zooms in on a “’22-year-old’ bearded migrant ‘uni student’” who “insists he’s just sixteen as he starts secondary school classes”.

Haris Stanikzai, from Afghanistan, plays the unenviable role of migrant teenager in the spotlight. Dan Sales spots Haris emerging from the now eradicated Calais Jungle. A new life in the UK means Haris has “already been enjoying classic UK telly Deal or no Deal and Countdown.”

It doesn’t get any better than that.


Haris Stanikzai migrants Calais Jungle


The Sun is not alone in questioning Haris’s age.

Child refugee allowed into UK had spent three years at university – Telegraph
‘Child migrant’ from Calais Jungle boasts of being 22 on a dating website – Mail

As the Mail appraises the teenager for signs of sexual maturity, Sales looks at evidence to suggest Haris is older than he claims to be:

A LinkedIn page says he studied at an Afghani university three years ago. But yesterday it was alleged he had enrolled in university three years ago and had a dating profile saying he was 22.

SHOCKER 1: Teenager pretends to be older to pull!

SHOCKER 2: LinkedIn is relevant!

Haris’s uncle, Jan Ghazi, 37, who Haris is living with, tells the paper: “We have spoken to him and we are happy he is 16 to 17. I happy he is a child. He says his plan is to become a doctor. He has said I want to go to school. We don’t know which year, we are waiting for the Home Office papers.”

The Sun than spoons on the lemon juice by captioning a picture: “Haris and uncle Jan chat on sofa by flat-screen television.” Wosamatter?! Cathode Ray Tube not good enough for them, eh?

Uncle Jan adds:

“These last two weeks he has been coming to work with me, to the pizza takeaway. On television he has been watching the news about the Calais Jungle. Of British programmes he’s watched Deal Or No Deal, Come Dine With Me and Countdown.”

Oh, yeah. What else, Uncle Jan?

“We don’t have a birth certificate for him, but we know roughly the date and the time. He is between 16 and 17 and he has not been to university. They said he was in the 7th semester of university, that would make him 25 to 27. Does he look 27 to you?”

Yes! Maybe!



“His brother was shot dead on the border of Iran. We were told he had been killed by one of the people smugglers.”

Haris has not had it easy. But he could have it easier. All he need do is shave, dye his hair blond and cry. We like our migrants to look very young, not too dark skinned and weak. Haris comes across as mature, resourceful, capable and, like many teens, a fan of day-time telly. And who has any sympathy for someone like that?

Posted: 31st, October 2016 | In: Key Posts, Reviews, Tabloids | Comment

Olympic elitism can train white-working class kids to know their place

Isn’t elitism great. Governments – Labour and Tory – love it. Without elitism you get no Olympic gongs to buff and parade for the public good. In the Guardian, we read:

Schools are failing white, poor, working-class children and should adopt an approach similar to the British Olympic team to help bolster their performance, a thinktank has recommended.

Throw loads and loads money at the bods and reward the best?

Mark Morrin, the report’s principal author, notes:

“The Team GB approach is about looking across all the variety of inputs that can affect performance in the classroom, putting the right strategies in place and collecting data and measurements to identify what works and focus on getting the maximum returns. Those small gains can then add up to something bigger than a sum of its parts.”

Then you take the very best and put them in competition with the very best, right? You make them believe they can make it? Or is this about making the lowest perform a little bit better in the big tests they rarely win, rewarding progress over attainment – and testing new theories on the under-nourished?


Posted: 31st, October 2016 | In: Broadsheets, Reviews | Comment

The trucker who caused a fatal accident is mostly Romanian

It all began when the Labour government made Bulgarian and Romanians second-class citizens of Europe. Well, maybe it began way before that. But the point is that when the Daily Mail spotted an accident and that one driver had been on his mobile, the paper made nationality an issue.

“Seconds before four-car pile-up,. Romanian truck on his mobile,” observes the headline.


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Would it have been less newsworthy had the driver been British? Reporter Rebecca Camber twice more mentions that driver Razman Rusu is Romanian.


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The Telegraph only mentions the now jailed driver’s nationality once, when it becomes relevant to the story:

Rusu, a Romanian national living in the UK, returned to his home country but was arrested on his arrival back in the UK.

The Mirror mentions it once – and not in the headline.

The GetWestLondon website doesn’t mention it all, but does note: “Rusu had been living in the UK but left the country for Romania after the crash.”

The Sun reports: “DASHCAM DUMMY JAILED Terrifying moment lorry driver causes pile-up on M1 while staring at his mobile phone – Razvan Rusu, 30, will serve eight months behind bars after being convicted of dangerous driving.”

That Rusu is Romanian is mentioned once.


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The Express however trumps even the Mail.

JAILED: Romanian lorry driver who caused M1 pile-up while distracted by his phone – A ROMANIAN lorry driver fled the country after ploughing into motorway traffic while distracted by his mobile phone.

No police report mentioned the man’s nationality being a factor in the crime.

Posted: 30th, October 2016 | In: Reviews, Tabloids | Comment

A Rape on Campus: a non-apology apology as the libel trial progresses with no sign of the real victims

Rolling Stone magazine publisher Jann S. Wenner should not have deleted the 2014 story on ‘Jackie’s’ alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia. There was no proof whatsoever Jackie had been raped. The Columbia University Journalism School called the story a “failure of journalism”.

Wenner’s been talking a libel trial brought by Nicole Eramo, a former associate dean of students at the university. She claims the magazine’s story portrayed her as the “chief villain”. She’s seeking a modest $7.5 million in damages.

“We did everything reasonable, appropriate up to the highest standards of journalism to check on this thing,” says Wenner, as quoted in the NY Times. “The one thing we didn’t do was confront Jackie’s accusers – the rapists.”

Confront? Surely ask for their version of events. As journalism goes, offering the accused a right to reply is pretty standard stuff. The paper adds. ‘Wenner said there was nothing a journalist could do “if someone is really determined to commit a fraud”.’

You could err on the side of caution. But this was an agenda-driven story.

He said that while the magazine rightly retracted “the Jackie stuff,” he disagreed with the decision to retract the entire article in the wake of a damning report on it in April 2015 by The Columbia Journalism Review. He said the bulk of the article detailed ways that the University of Virginia could improve its treatment of victims of sexual assault.

“I stand by the rest of the article: personally, professionally and on behalf of the magazine,” Mr. Wenner said.

Mr. Wenner added: “You just want to be double careful, and by and large we are. We are deeply committed to accuracy in a humanistic philosophical pursuit of the truth.”

Heads have rolled.

Mr. Wenner testified that he knew there was a problem when he came to work the first Friday in December 2014 and found his managing editor, Will Dana, distraught. The deposition also provided Mr. Wenner’s fullest account of his decision to terminate Mr. Dana and the reporter who wrote the article, Sabrina Rubin Erdely. She had just begun a $300,000 writing contract. Mr. Wenner said that the quality of their work had slipped, in part because of fallout from the article.

“I cannot run the company with devastated, traumatized people,” he said.

Some irony that one traumatized woman’s alleged trauma was their undoing. Can’t work with that state of mind amongst the staffers – but can use it as a subject matter. And as for trauma, what about what of the accused?

The New York Post has more from Werner:

“I’m very, very sorry. It was never meant to ever happen this way to you,” Wenner told Nicole Eramo in taped testimony played at the
$7.85 million defamation trial.

“And believe me, I’ve suffered as much as you have,” he said. “And I know what it’s like. I hope that this whole thing hadn’t happened but it is, and it’s what we live with.”

The Daily Beast provides a neat summing up of the alleged crime and notes Wenner’s apology:

He insisted that then-managing editor Will Dana’s retraction was “inaccurate… We do not retract the whole story,” and that the magazine’s biggest mistake was not corroborating Jackie’s account with her alleged attackers.

Indeed, had Erdely and her editors even attempted to do so, they would likely have arrived at a similar conclusion as Charlottesville police did after a five-month investigation: that there was no party at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity on Sept. 28, 2012, the night that Jackie claimed she was brutally raped by eight men; and that they found no evidence that Jackie was assaulted at Phi Kappa Psi or any other fraternity at UVA.

And now for that apology:

“We screwed up. Bring it on. We suffered,” Wenner said, before going on to apologize to Eramo. “It was never meant to happen this way to you. And believe me, I’ve suffered as much as you have. But please, my sympathies.”

And the accused men? No word.

Posted: 30th, October 2016 | In: Reviews | Comment

Dear Sir: A woman writes a formal rejection letter to a penis photo on Facebook

Like many internet users, Sarah-Louise Jordan recived an unsolicied picure of a penis in a Facebook message. She writes, “I found a surprising picture in my messages. So, I did the only English thing there was to do; I wrote them a letter.”


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“Dear Sir,

Thank you for the unexpected and unsolicited submission of your penis portrait for our consideration. We regret to inform you that it has failed to pass our most basic standards of quality control at this time.

However, for a nominal fee we can offer you a report that will help you change that.

The A4 report, provided via postal service, will include a personalised booklet that cover the following:

Why genitals are not an acceptable conversation opener (a step by step guide to saying hello)

How to appear as though you weren’t raised by wolves

Better ways to deal with your sexual frustration

How to dress your penis for social media (a rough guide to pants)


Penis reading: a new form of palmistry that may help you unlock the key to your future.

We will also answer questions you might have such as:

Do I have too much time on my hands?


Why did my penis fail basic standards of quality control?

(Note: the number one reason for this occurring is that it is attached to a bigger dick than itself.)

Finally, as a gesture of goodwill we intend to offer two free samples with all of your future penis portrait submissions:

An inventive critique of your pride & joy


A surprise consultation with your closest available family member about your portfolio.

We trust this exciting offer is acceptable and look forward to working with you in the near future.

Yours faithfully.”



dick photo facebook letter b


dick photo facebook letter b

Spotter: Sarah-Louise Jordan on Facebook

Posted: 30th, October 2016 | In: Key Posts, Reviews | Comment

Hillary Clinton: they found more emails on the Weiner’s laptop

So the FBI has found more emails from Hillary Clinton’s secret server. Apparently 1,000-odd emails were found as part of the Anthony Weiner investigation.

Emails, eh. You can accidentally (on purpose) wipe your own emails but the trouble is if they were sent, then they sit on the recipients server; if you received them, they’re on the sender’s electronic log book. These emails were on Weiner’s laptop.

Mrs Weiner, Huma Abedin, works for Hillary. She and Anthony are estranged.

What have the FBI found?

Mrs Clinton was supposed to have handed over all evidence relating to her use of a private email server – something she instigated in 2009, when she was appointed secretary of state. The Weiner investigation shows she did not.

Career politician misspeaks the truth. Read all about it!

The NY Times notes:

In a letter to Congress, the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, said the emails had surfaced in an unrelated case, which law enforcement officials said was an F.B.I. investigation into illicit text messages from Mr. Weiner to a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina. Mr. Weiner, a former Democratic congressman from New York, is married to Huma Abedin, the top aide.

The Guardian says the emails have nothing to do with Clinton:

Anthony Weiner takes center stage in presidential race about men’s sex lives

About men’s sex lives? Or about a woman who wants to be President lying?

Zero Hedge adds:

It remains to be seen just what is in the emails, although whether Hillary sent emails with confidential content herself, or directed, or simply allowed her closest aide, Huma Abedin to forward such emails to her outside unsecured email address (where they subsequently ended up on Anthony Weiner’s notebook), is what this latest case will be all about and how it will be defended and prosecuted in the media, by the water coolers and perhaps, in court.

Howie Carr considers the (lack of) evidence in the Boston Herald:

Before he toppled over from the vapors, Paul Krugman called to cancel his nomination of FBI Director James Comey for next spring’s Profiles in Courage award for having the “courage” to broom the obstruction-of-justice rap against Hillary Clinton.

I’m not a big James Comey fan, to say the least. My feeling is, if you want to hide something real good, just stick it in one of his law books. He’s proven he’ll leave no stone unturned, except the one Hillary Clinton is hiding under.

But let’s be real. A bottom feeder like Comey would never have taken this high-stakes gamble if there were any way he could have kept sweeping the dirty laundry under the rug.

What they’ve already turned up from Carlos Danger’s cellphones obviously ain’t about yoga schedules and Chelsea’s wedding plans. Of all people, Comey knows what happens if you take a shot at these people and miss. Ken Starr, anyone?



Hillary Clinton emails WEiner


As he says: “I Did Not Have Classified Relations With That Woman, Mrs Clinton.”

Even a fool like Trump can milk this.

Expect to hear more of Trump’s words two months ago:

“I only worry for the country in that Hillary Clinton was careless and negligent in allowing Weiner to have such close proximity to highly classified information. Who knows what he learned and who he told?”

Why did the Democrats go with Clinton? It looks like a massive error.

Posted: 29th, October 2016 | In: Key Posts, Politicians, Reviews | Comment