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Monday, 18 June


Kurze Durchsage von Michael "CIA, NSA" Hayden:Other ... Fefes Blog

Kurze Durchsage von Michael "CIA, NSA" Hayden:

Other governments have separated mothers and children
Und dann ein Foto von Auschwitz.

Und dann kommt dieses Highlight:

Civilization is a thin veneer that must be protected
Oh, ach? Wenn sich jemand mit dem Schutz der Zivilisation auskennt, dann jemand wie Hayden, der fr anlasslose Massenberwachung verantwortlich war!

Update: Muss man vielleicht anders herum sehen. Wenn selbst DER erkennt, dass das Unrecht ist, dann ist die Lage wirklich bel.


Set menu time Is the BBC biased?

As you may know, I think that Radio 4's Sunday programme has a particularly pronounced liberal bias. I used to joke that it took its topics for discussion from a set menu. Among the items on that menu were "the usual airing of Muslim grievances" and "a call for something or other by a left-wing campaign group". This week's edition gave us items on Tax Justice Sunday, why Muslims are feeling victimised in Austria, an evangelical Christian's struggles with her sexuality (she's lesbian) and the Church's issues with LGBT rights, what difference having a female as head of Orthodox Judaism in the UK might make, Windrush and racism in the CofE, and why people in America think God has a feminine, in light of the Trump-Kim summit, an interview with a UK-based human rights advocate who fled North Korea. Very little of that dispels my impression about Radio 4's Sunday's bias. (Not that it wasn't interesting).

I particularly enjoyed the Tax Justice Sunday item - a joint interview with Methodist minister Rev David Haslam and Dr Jamie Whyte from the Institute of Economic Affairs. Ed Stourton's handling of it made me laugh. I think it's safe to say that he was more of Rev David's (pro-tax) party than Dr Jamie's (anti-tax) party.  (Listening to it brought back memories of that scene in The Simpsons where someone's monocle keeps dropping out through shock. Please listen for yourself. It begins at 11.56).  


Brexit dividend (2) Is the BBC biased?

Contrary to an optimistic statement I made in the previous post, you should never put anything past Big Bad Al.

The former Labour spin supremo has been accusing the BBC of "Brexit Dividend propaganda" this morning. (Of course he has. He's got no shame!). It's "the Beeb playing along with Tory spin yet again" apparently. 

Unfortunately, he then goes and spoils his own spin by re-tweeting Paul Johnson of the IFS saying there isn't a Brexit dividend. And where was the IFS man saying that? Er, on the BBC. 

Indeed, the busy Mr. Johnson has been on both The Sunday Politics and the BBC News Channel this lunchtime rubbishing the claim of a Brexit dividend.

Ah, I see that Rob Burley and Alastair Campbell are back at it again!:

Yes, that's exactly what Polly Toynbee did. And anyone who reads the BBC Breakfast transcript in the previous will realise that BBC journalists haven't been far behind her either.

And the RB-AC exchange continues and it gets madder and madder (on AC's part anyhow):
Alastair Campbell: That was ju...


Brexit dividend Is the BBC biased?

Jonathan Blake

Wonder if Lord Adonis and Alastair Campbell will be retweeting Guido Fawkes today?  The latter writes, "Have to say the Number 10 press team have played a blinder this morning. First they got Marr to agree to an easy pre-record interview rather than a live. Then they got the BBC to lead all morning on the Brexit dividend rather than the fact that the money is actually coming from tax rises".

Is it fair to say that the BBC has acted as Mrs May's lapdog over this? Well, here's an example of how they've been reporting it - a BBC-on-BBC interview on Breakfast
Sally Nugent: We're joined now by our political correspondent Jonathan Blake. Jonathan, so we're hearing about this kind's being framed as money as a result of Brexit, but it's really not as straightforward as that, is it?
Jonathan Blake: No. Things in politics are rarely as simple as the politicians might like to point out. And when the Prime Minister talks about the Brexit dividend, that is something which a lot of people argue doesn't really exist. The UK will stop paying into the EU budget after we leave the EU, but that money may well be accounted for elsewhere if the government wants to keep funding sectors such as agriculture which get funding back from the EU as a result. There is also the rebate that the UK gets back every year as well from its contributions. And the government's own spending watchdog, the Office for Budgetary Responsibility, has said that tax revenues will fall overall as a result of Brexit. The government has accepted that so we'll have less money to spend in general. Nevertheless, that's the detail. It's the message that matters for the government and for the Prime Minister to come out and clearly link the money she apparently thinks the UK will save as a result of leaving the EU to NHS funding is a very powerful thing for her to be able to do. It will please a lot of Brexiteers within her own party and beyond...


Daily Mail - Vulnerable children are forced to wait more than six months to have teeth removed UK Against Fluoridation

Vulnerable children are forced to wait more than six months to have teeth removed as levels of tooth decay soar

  • Number of children waiting more than half a year for dental care has risen 52%
  • Labour has blasted the deterioration in youngsters' dental care as 'unacceptable'
  • New figures follow Freedom of Information Act requests sent to NHS trust
Vulnerable children are waiting for months in agony to have their teeth fixed in a 'totally unacceptable' deterioration in youngsters' dental care, Labour said.

The number of children have to wait more than half a year for hospital dental treatment has risen 52 per cent, the party revealed.

A further 1,498 youngsters were forced to wait longer than six months in 2017.

Labour also found a 15 per cent increase over three year in the number of children on waiting lists for dental operations under general anaesthetic............

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Sunday, 17 June


And next... Is the BBC biased?

In the last-but-one post we found a BBC presenter leading a Twitter mob. In the last post we found a BBC editor on the receiving end of a Twitter mob, and Rob Burley - the BBC's Editor of Live Political Programmes - made a cameo appearance. Earlier in the week, however, Rob himself was on the receiving end of a massive Twitter mob. This one was led by Carole Cadwalladr of the Observer, still fuming over her last appearance on The Andrew Marr Show where Isabel Oakeshott was put on the sofa next to her. Carole was reported as being in tears after the show, after having the accuracy of her reporting challenged on air. Isabel Oakeshott has subsequently released a stash of emails she'd been sitting on for months. Carole thinks those emails reinforce her own case and blames Isabel for sitting on them whilst simultaneously besmirching her journalism on the Marr sofa. The massed battalions of her supporters (the Cadwalladristas) lit their torches and brandished their pitchforks and set out to burn the witch (Isabel Oakeshott). On the way they turned on poor Rob Burley. It all got out of hand for a while, with Rob also copping it over Isabel's invite to appear on this week's Question Time (which went down very badly with the Cadwalladristas), and Ms Cadwalladr ended up having to delete another tweet after getting her facts wrong (not for the first time). 


Attack Dog Is the BBC biased?

Yet more Twitter fun....

BBC Newsdesk and Planning Editor Neil Henderson is known on Twitter for his almost daily posting of the newspaper front pages. 

He posts an image of the front page with the name of the newspaper and the headline written above it. 

It's a service he's been performing for years. 

Of course, not all of the Twitter public like some of the headlines. So guess what they do? Yes, they blame him!

This time, however, an attention-seeking former spin doctor also got involved:

Neil Henderson (BBC): SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: NHS to get extra 384m per week tomorrowspaperstoday
Lando Loves Norwich: Brexit dividend = an utter lie. Nice of BBC journos to punt that one out there unchallenged. Holding absolutely NO one to account.
Rob Burley (BBC): Is this a parody account?
Alastair Campbell: No. All too spot on.
Rob Burley (BBC): So you think by tweeting the front page of a newspaper, the BBC is endorsing the words on the front page of that newspaper? Wow!
Jackie Leonard (BBC): Every. Bleeding. Time.
Rob Burley (BBC): I think he knows that's a daft thing to say but just wants to start a fight. Unless, of course, this is a parody account...
Alastair Campbell: Go to bed. Unless you want to stay up to hear me on @bbc5live shortly talking about the non Brexit dividend.
Rob Burley (BBC): I'll go to bed when I choose thank you very much! Actually, I am, er, going to bed. Better quality control with the BBC bashing tweets please...
Alastair Campbell: Ps glad you recognise that all my precious Beeb bashing tweets justified and properly quality controlled.
Rob Burley (BBC): P.S That's a stretch.


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Black Dog Is the BBC biased?

More Twitter fun...

Nicky Campbell raised a pitchfork-brandishing Twitter mob last night and sent them marching against the Mail on Sunday. His tweet read: "Appalling headline in the Mail Online. Beggars belief". 

The headline in question was this:

Unfortunately for Nicky, lots of sensible people pointed out that BLACK DOG is the pseudonymous name of a Mail on Sunday columnist and the Mail on Sunday has a BLACK DOG column every week and has done for years. 

Of course, lots of less sensible people were already incensed by this stage and weren't for letting this irritating fact get in the way of their outrage. They are raging on.

Nicky, however, deleted his original tweet. He then posted another one (minus any manifestation of contrition): 

The answer, regardless of any silly Twitter debate, is that "it's the name/pseudonymn of the column/journalist and has been for years". End of story.


Consumers Stubbornly Cling to Cash, after Multiple IT Fiascos & Payment Systems Outages Rigged Game

An industry dogged by non-believers who fret about privacy and fraud.

The last month has been an unhappy time for daydreamers of a cashless nirvana. Following weeks of disruptive tech failures, payment outages, and escalating cyber fraud scams, much of it taking place in Britain, consumers have been reminded of one of the great benefits of physical cash: it is accepted just about everywhere and does not suddenly fail on you.

The findings of a new study by UK-based online payments company Paysafe, partly owned by US private equity giant Blackstone, confirm that consumers on both sides of the Atlantic continue to cling to physical lucre.

For its Lost in Transaction report, Paysafe surveyed over 5,000 consumers in the UK, Canada, the US, Germany, and Austria on their payment habits. One of its main findings is that 87% of consumers used cash to make purchases in the last month, while 83% visited ATMs, and 41% are not interested in even hearing about cash alternatives.

Despite the apparent benefits of low-friction payment technologies, these findings suggest many consumers arent ready to lose visibility of the payment process, says Paysafe Group Chief Marketing Officer Oscar Nieboer. Its clear that the benefits are not unilaterally agreed upon, with cultural and infrastructure trends at play, and it may be some time before adoption is widespread.

Although consumers continue to cling to cash, they appear to be carrying less of it: 49% overall in the survey and 55% of U.S. respondents said they carry less cash now than they did a year ago. The average American consumer carries $42 today thats $8 less than in 2017. In the UK the average amount carried in 2017 was 33; that has now fallen to 21

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Wir erinnern uns: Aussphen unter Freunden, das geht ... Fefes Blog

Wir erinnern uns: Aussphen unter Freunden, das geht gar nicht!

Gut, dann ist sterreich anscheinend nicht unser Freund, denn:

Der BND hat laut Medienberichten systematisch Einrichtungen in sterreich ausgespht. Die Agenten berwachten offenbar mehr als 2000 Ziele.
Wohlgemerkt: Wir reden hier von 1999-2006. Kontext: Jrg Haiders Zeit in der Bundespolitik war bis 2000.

Roland Kochs Performance bei Bilfiger war grob wie ... Fefes Blog

Roland Kochs Performance bei Bilfiger war grob wie erwartet. Auf dem Niveau seiner politischen Arbeit. Mit anderen Worten: Unter aller Sau.

Meine Damen und Herren, es ist soweit!Seit Tagen eskaliert ... Fefes Blog

Meine Damen und Herren, es ist soweit!

Seit Tagen eskaliert der Streit in der Union. In der Whlergunst schadet ihr das massiv, ebenso wie der SPD. Diese liegt nur noch ganz knapp vor der AfD. Die Groe Koalition htte laut dem aktuellen RTL/n-tv Trendbarometer keine Mehrheit mehr.
Das Szenario male ich ja seit Jahren an die Wand. Jetzt, wo es da ist, fhlt sich das auch Scheie an. Htten sie das nicht machen knnen, bevor es die AfD gab?


Another point of view Is the BBC biased?

The 'upskirting Sir Christopher Chope' story (have I phrased that correctly?) is an interesting one. 

The almost universal political clamour (two minute hate?) for the Christchurch MP's damnation (perhaps suggestive of what Douglas Murray was describing on Free Thinking the other night) after he halted a Private Members Bill making 'upskirting' an imprisonable offence for up to two years and, thus, prevented it from passing into law on a lowly-attended Friday nod-and-a-wink vote without a full parliamentary debate has been echoed across much of the media and social media - though I've seen a fair few expected dissenting voices - from Spiked to The Conservative Woman

As you can see from the way I phrased it there, in full-blown biased fashion, it's perfectly possible to put up a defence of Sir Christopher, however bad the signals such a defence might send.

In other words, it's perfectly possible to believe that 'upskirting' is immoral and should be illegal (if it isn't already) whilst also believing that if youre going to create a law that could put someone in prison, it should be considered worth debating and worth the time of the governments legislative agenda rather than being rubber stamped on a Friday afternoon when few MPs are there.

Wearing my usual blogging hat, the odd thing that struck me here is that the BBC seems to have given more of a context to Sir Christopher's actions than other prominent media outlets, And, in parallel to that, I've read a few articles and plenty of comments about this and was struck by how many people were also citing the BBC's reporting in their criticism of other media for simply berating him. 

Why? Well, people had spotted the BBC's Mark D'Arcy veteran parliament correspondent reporting that:
Sir Christopher is a leading member of a group of backbench Conservatives who make a practice of ensuring that what they see as well-meaning but flabby legislation is not lazily plopped onto the statute book by a few MPs on a poorly attended Friday sitting. He insists on proper, extensive scrutiny. 
And I spotted...


Rostislav Ishchenko Seven Against Eight or 2+2=3 The Vineyard of the Saker

by Rostislav Ishchenko Translated by Ollie Richardson and Angelina Siard cross posted with source: On June 9th-10th, the G7 summit was held in Quebec and the Shanghai Cooperation


Pretty Vacant North Yorks Enquirer

A Letter to the Editor from John KENDRICK of Scalby, Scarborough, commenting on our local Councils implementation of the present public toilet facility in Whitby, for which the depth of forethought would appear to conform to the sign on the door (above) pretty vacant.



I was somewhat disturbed today to discover that the toilet facilities in North Terrace, Whitby, adjacent to the skate park, now require an admission fee of 40p . These were free to use up to around a month ago.

Are the children who come to use the skate park (and other nearby facilities) after school expected to pay this extortion should they have the need to spend a penny?

Where are these kids supposed to go should they need to? I bet many dont carry any cash, let alone have a spare 40p with them?

I can think of plenty of expletives about this but none would be publishable. Disgusting will have to do.

These facilities have already been financed from our public funds via Council Tax.

What is Scarborough Borough Council and its underlings coming to?

I have to say, it seems our Scarborough councils are now no longer fit to run essential public services for the Boroughs residents and visitors.

Kind regards,

John Kendrick

John KENDRICK, Scalby, Scarborough. 16th June 2018.


Medien im Jahre 2018:Nicht nur der von selbsternannten ... Fefes Blog

Medien im Jahre 2018:

Nicht nur der von selbsternannten Rchern in Bremen berfallene 50-Jhrige ist vllig unschuldig, sondern offenbar auch derjenige Mann, der im RTL-Magazin Punkt 12 unter Pdophilie-Verdacht gestellt wurde.
Ja! Im "Fernsehen" (RTL) haben sie einen angeblichen Tter gezeigt, aber verpixelt. Der war unschuldig. Aber verprgelt wurde jemand anderes:
Bis zu zehn Mnner hatten den RTL-Film zum Anlass genommen, einen unschuldigen 50-Jhrigen an seiner Wohnungstr zusammenzuschlagen, weil sie ihn irrtmlich fr den im Fernsehen verpixelten Beschuldigten hielten.

Der US-Spamwirtschaft fllt gerade auf, dass niemand ... Fefes Blog

Der US-Spamwirtschaft fllt gerade auf, dass niemand Opt-In gemacht hat bei ihren Datenschutz-Warnmails.

Ja wie kommt denn sowas? Wollen die Leute etwa die wichtigen Hinweise gar nicht haben?!


Macedonia protesters clash with police until late Saturday, one injured (videos) Keep Talking Greece

One protester was injured during clashes with police outside the Greek Palriament in Athens on Saturday. Clashes started early in the afternoon and continued until in the night, during and after the no-confidence vote against the government over the Macedonia agreement. Again and again, groups of protesters tried to raid into the Parliament building. At

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Greek Govt survives no-confidence vote over Macedonia agreement Keep Talking Greece

Greek government survived late on Saturday the no-confidence vote submitted by major opposition party, conservative New Democracy over the Macedonia Agreement. The motion against the government received just 127 votes in favor towards 153 votes against. MP Dimitris Kammenos (ANEL) voted in favor and was immediately expelled from the party.  With Kammenos out, SYRIZA-ANEL coalition

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Artemis Sorras, the man to buy the Greek debt with $600billion, arrested in Athens Keep Talking Greece

Greek police arrested fugitive Artemis Sorras in a house in Alimos suburb of South Athens on Saturday. The self-proclaimed billionaire had grown a beard and long hair and at times he was going around pretending to be a priest, some media report. The arrest followed a tip off, police sources told the state news agency.

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Ich wei ja nicht, wie es euch ging, aber bei einer ... Fefes Blog

Ich wei ja nicht, wie es euch ging, aber bei einer berschrift wie dieser hier mache ich mir erstmal ein bisschen Sorgen:

"Hackbacks": Bundeswehr-Hacker knnten jetzt zurckschlagen
Glcklicherweise verfliegen die Sorgen schnell, wenn ich ein bisschen runterscrolle und dann lese:
Die Bundeswehr verfolgt im "Cyber- und Informationsraum" zahlreiche Projekte, die bis sptestens 2021 ihren vollen "Wirkbetrieb" aufnehmen sollen, darunter etwa das Absichern von Gefechtskommandos per Blockchain-Technik.
Danke, McKinsey! Ich machte mir kurz Sorgen, dass ihr vielleicht nur das physische Schlachtfeld befrieden knnt mit eurer Geldabsaug- und -vernichtungskampagne gegen die Bundeswehr. Aber offensichtlich seid ihr auch in der Demilitarisierung des Cyberspace bahnbrechend effektiv. Phew! Nicht ausdenken!

Ich hatte kurz Sorgen, dass die vielleicht so viel Geld auf das Problem werfen, dass sich das doch von alleine lst. Aber frchtet euch nicht:

Ein Aggressor msse die Abschreckung sofort nach seiner Identifizierung (sofern sie eindeutig mglich sei) zu spren bekommen, und sie sei auch nicht auf den Cyber-Bereich beschrnkt. Im Rahmen der Null-Toleranz-Richtlinie knnten weitere Manahmen folgen.
Nach dieser Meldung ist vllig ausgeschlossen, dass da jemand sitzt, der mehr als Management by Buzzword-Sprechblase betreibt. Ich schlafe jetzt wieder ruhiger.


Daily Mail UK Against Fluoridation

Sickening truth about how much sugar children are eating: We asked three girls to keep a food diary, the results horrified their mums

  • Studies show children and teenagers consume more sugar than they should
  • FEMAIL asked three mums to help their daughters keep a food diary for a week
  • Jessica, 12, consumed 490g sugar weekly, the recommended allowance is 210g
  • Jessica's mum Claire Lilley, 43, vowed to avoid processed foods to lower intake
  • A dietitian revealed the seemingly healthy foods that are filled with sugar  
  • Sugary treats lie at the heart of family time these days. From after-school snacks to birthday parties with lots of chocolate, biscuits and sweets, sugar is loaded with messages of reward and enjoyment.
    Add to that the hidden sugars in convenience foods and the treats children choose for themselves at school, and even parents with the best of intentions will find it hard to monitor just how much of the sweet stuff their children eat. 
    According to a recent survey, c...


Chortle Is the BBC biased?

According to the comedy website Chortle, Laurence Howarth, the script writer for Radio 4's Dead Ringers, has conceded (a) that his show may have an inherent anti-Brexit bias [you don't say!], (b) that it does more jokes against Brexit than for it [well, know me down with the late Sir Ken's tickling stick!], and (c) that it has a writers room that's "intrinsically partisan" because it has more than its fair share of "typically London-centred, broadly left-wing people", who were also predominantly Remain voters [who'd have guessed?!]...

...but it's all OK really because, being conscious of this inherent, intrinsic bias, they can counteract it, and, "overall", the show doesn't have a point of view, and "a natural balance" emerges between and during sketches. (So there you go: there's nothing to worry about after all!)

And why does Lawrence think there are there more jokes against Brexit than for it? Because "thats whats happening" and because "the ones doing Brexit are in power".

Hmm. There's a huge effort to stop Brexit, and plenty of the 'stoppers' are also plum targets for satire. And even if we except his "the ones doing Brexit are in power" argument why exactly does that justify there being more anti-Brexit jokes than pro-Brexit ones? It possibly explains the people targeted for satire, but surely doesn't explain the preponderance of jokes against Brexit itself? Or am I missing something?

Anyhow, here's a joke: Took the shell off my racing snail this weekend. Thought it might speed him up. If anything, it made him more sluggish.

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Saturday, 16 June


How Greeks comment on ex Golden Dawn MP escaping arrest, police blockades on highway Keep Talking Greece

In what police claims it was a movie-like car chase on the countrys highways on Friday night, the now former Golden Dawn MP, Konstantinos Barbarousis, managed to escape arrest for high treason. The MP who called for a military coup, got on his parliamentary car and driving at high speed left the Greek capital, Athens,

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How Did JPMorgan Reverse an Arrest Warrant for its Mexico Bank Chief? Rigged Game

Peculiar things happen a lot where JPMorgan Chase is involved.

By Pam Martens and Russ Martens of Wall Street on Parade

On Monday Reuters reported that a judge in Mexico has issued an arrest warrant for the country head of U.S. investment bank JPMorgan for alleged fraud. Details about the arrest warrant were provided the same day in a lawsuit filed in the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York.

The lawsuit explained that a prosecutor has conducted a criminal investigation into fraud by J.P. Morgan. Based on the preliminary evidence collected, the prosecutor recently (in June 2018) requested that a judge detain Eduardo Cepeda, the chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Defendants Mexican unit, and former J.P. Morgan managing director Miguel Barbosa. Upon review of the evidence presented by the prosecutor, a criminal court judge has found the elements of felony fraud in the amount of $100 million, and issued a detention order for Eduardo Cepeda and Miguel Barbosa.

That was this past Monday. By Wednesday, Reuters was reporting the following: A judge in Mexico canceled an arrest warrant for the country head of U.S. investment bank JPMorgan Chase & Co and another employee, the bank said on Wednesday, just days after it was issued.

Exactly how does one get a judge to rescind an arrest warrant after an alleged finding of felony fraud in the amount of $100 million? Well get to the details of the alleged fraud in a moment, but first a bit of historical perspective on JPMorgan Chases decade-long crime spree.

Peculiar things happen a lot where JPMorgan Chase is involved. Crimes are routinely committed, tens of billions of dollars are paid in fines, the bank admits to three felony counts in a two year period, it gambles in exotic derivatives with its bank depositors money and loses $6.2 billion and yet, no executive ever goes to jail and CEO Jamie Dimon not only keeps his job but keeps getting big pay raises, moving him now onto the Forbes billionaire list

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Tsipras deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for Macedonia agreement, says Foreign Policy Keep Talking Greece

US foreign affairs magazine Foreign Policy is praising the Macedonia deal, Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, has reached with his FYROM counterpart, Zoran Zaef.  The two leaders created a model for solving identity clashes across the globe, foreign policy expert Edward P. Joseph writes among others. Alexis Tsipras Deserves the Nobel Peace Prize Greeces prime minister,

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Three opinions Is the BBC biased?

I'll set three opinion pieces side-by-side here and let you judge....

North Korea's answer to Fiona Bruce

The first comes from John Simpson on this morning's Today programme:
The exultant voice of Ri Chun-hee, North Korean television's top newsreader. She tells her audience the good news. Apparently even North Koreans find her hard to take. Still, the main thing she announced was - to use a familiar Trumpism - fake news. President Trump had, she said, promised to lift the sanctions on North Korea. Well, no-one knows for sure what went on when the two men were just talking alone together with their interpreters but if he did that really would have been dynamite. Even so Mr. Trump, who'd said beforehand he wouldn't be doing any preparation for the summit, did promise (apparently off the cuff) to stop the joint military exercises which the US has always carried out with South Korea without telling the South Koreans first.
Donald Trump: We will be stopping the war games, which will save us a tremendous amount of money, unless and until we see the future negotiation is not going along like it should.
Until now North Korea has always wriggled out of promises it's made to the Americans and others about its nuclear programme, but, if it suits him, Kim Jong-un could perhaps agree to cut back on his nuclear weapons and even let international inspection teams check that he's keeping his word.
Donald Trump: ...


Today five years ago thousands took the streets of Berlin to... Thorsten Strasas. Blog.

Today five years ago thousands took the streets of Berlin to march against Turkeys Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his AKP administration. They also expressed their solidarity with the Turkish opposition. The participants came from a political wide range from left wing and Kurdish groups to Turkish nationalists. 06/16/2013.
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'Free Thinking' lives up to its name again Is the BBC biased?

Philip Dodd

I praised Radio 3's Free Thinking before and am about to do so again. You'd never find anything like Wednesday night's edition anywhere else on the BBC, and certainly not on Radio 4. It was a 45-minute conversation about 'the intellectual dark web' hosted by the excellent Philip Dodd and featuring Douglas Murray, Bari Weiss and Ed Husain. All three guests were sympathetic towards 'the intellectual dark web' and Philip Dodd got it spot-on by providing a sceptical counterweight to them without being overly intrusive. (Most other BBC interviewers would have failed on that front). Please listen for yourselves. 

Meanwhile, here's something Douglas Murray said on the programme:
I'm not answering for Bari but, if I can say so, I think we all know exactly what is going on it with these attacks. If you got a load of crap you get when you write about one thing, when you see something else that is a lie are you likely to identify it as such or are you likely to think I could do without that crap as well it? I know journalists all across our country - and many journalists from the BBC - who say things like, 'I'm not willing to take x on as a subject. I'm just not willing to'. I've had this discussion  with senior people in the BBC who have admitted to me they don't want to take stuff on because they know what's coming their way if they do. Now an individual may occasionally be willing to take on one big fight, but there's just the point where you go, you know...I said some years ago, 'I've already got some Islamist problems going for me. I've already been told not to appear in public by the police for some time. I could do without the transsexuals coming for me as well. I could just do with a break this week, OK!' We've all had that instinct. Sometimes that's fine, but a lot of the time it isn't, and it's people ducking questions because the pric...


Losing just his temper? Is the BBC biased?

A.C. Grayling is still smarting after his performance on this week's This Week. The philosopher has now tweeted

One of Andrew Neil's former colleagues on The Daily Politics, Giles Dilnot, has provided a succinct paraphrase:

Giles then added:

If only we had a present-day Molire to write a new play about the great man. Le professeur draisonnable perhaps? 


Another bouquet (containing a hidden brickbat) Is the BBC biased?

Here's another bouquet for the BBC - something I missed at the time but found yesterday via a comment at Biased BBC.

Back in early Mark on The World This Weekend made a major thing of something that wasn't true. 
The bones of the English local election results have been picked clean by now but here's one under-reported result: Nearly 4,000 people who wanted to vote were stopped from doing so, according to the Electoral Reform Society.
(Obviously the bouquet isn't for Mark Mardell here!)

We expressed scepticism about it at the time, questioning how 'under-reported' it was and, more seriously, questioning why The World This Weekend took that dodgy-sounding ERS figure at face value. We wondered, 'Was it a case of "fake news"?'.

What I didn't realise was that Radio 4's More or Less debunked the ERS's figure a few weeks later and played a clip of Mark Mardell saying what I quoted above. It turns out that the ERS - and, thus, the ever-so-trusting Mr Mardell - were wide of the mark by a factor of ten. 

More or Less made it clear that it was another BBC reporter, namely Newsnight's David Grossman, who first smelt a rat at the BBC. His journalistic instincts told him that the figure sounded suspiciously large. He dug into it and did the calculations. A BBC News website article followed with the final findings that only around 340 people had been turned away. 

It's good that one part of Radi...


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third.jpgA Radical Review of William J. Barber The Third Reconstruction (2016)
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Felony charges against ex Golden Dawn MP for preparations of High Treason acts Keep Talking Greece

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Repeating the Same Mistakes North Yorks Enquirer

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At a time when moves are afoot to resurrect the Scarborough Harbour Users Group, perhaps now is the time to look at just why that group was virtually dismembered by the actions of the Director of Finance at SBC, Nick Edwards.

Many of stakeholders at Scarborough Harbour feel they have been let down by SBC Director of Finance Nick Edwards refusal, since July 2015, to meet with the Scarborough Harbour Users Group.

Nick Edwards reason to suspend the consultation meetings is because the Group refused to accept the Terms of Reference concocted by SBC as part of the failed Whitby Harbour Board fiasco.

The Terms of Reference Mr Edwards refers to were delineated in 2011 by the then Director of Tourism, Brian Bennett, who has since left SBC, reportedly to join Sirius Minerals.

Those Terms of Reference were deemed necessary to comply with Governmental legislation regarding the formation of the Pilot Whitby Harbour Board which, in turn, required an official consultation group.

Download the PDF file WHB_ToR_2011.

Without a consultation group, the Pilot Whitby Harbour Board would be acting in contention to governmental recommendations, which would be embarrassing for SBC, and so the Terms of Reference were hastily cobbled together by Brian Bennett.

The Terms of Reference are contained in the separate, but identical, Reports presented to the Whitby Harbour Board dated Oct 3rd 2011, and then to Whitby Harbour Users Group dated Oct 11th 2011.

This is the Risk Matrix that accompanied the Report as presented to the WHB.

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Unbelievable: Non-Schengen nationals need passport for beach Tsamakia on Lesvos Keep Talking Greece

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Golden Dawn expels MP after Justice launches investigation for High Treason Keep Talking Greece

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Um risco real do protofascismo no Brasil Anarkismo

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No texto abaixo, realizo trs comentrios rpidos a respeito desta situao inusitada, onde a democracia indireta, liberal, representativa e delegativa no Brasil ps-golpe coxinha pode levar a um protofascista ao segundo turno, e qui, ao Palcio do Planalto.

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