The religious intolerance of laïcité


There’s a level at which I say to atheist readers of this blog – hey, that’s fine, I do my thing, you do yours.

But then we come to three situations which are just not right:

1. The Nigerian elections threatening more Christians with death

2. The fact that these are not the media-portrayed and therefore secularist-believed portraits of the intolerant, fire and brimstone, paedophile hate preachers which are the images many atheist have, justifying the view by going back to the Crusades or into the Jewish first book … but these are congregations going to church in the normal peaceful way of the majority of Christians.

3. In the light of the Charlie Hebdo rally, it needs to be asked how much of that was anti-Islam and how much anti-Religion, in the sense that ALL religions are exactly the same in every detail in many people’s minds. Laïcité. And not just laïcité but a quite vicious attitude towards Christians in particular.…

Global cooling?

Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, yesterday:

new england snowstorm

Latest Climate News: Updated January 27, 2014

*Offshore company connected to Russian oil industry found to be funnelling millions to anti fracking green organizations in the USA. link

*Blizzard shuts down New York City and Boston link

*Significant winter storm headed for northeast USA. link

* NASA now only 38% sure that 2014 was the warmest year of the satellite era. link

*EPA is about to try to limit methane emissions but methane has very little impact on the climate and USA emissions are falling anyway. link

*NASA says they are really not sure 2014 was the warmest year ever (in the past 36 years)link

*Great Lakes ice coverage is 13% larger than this same time last year, on the way to setting another record perhaps. link

*Some say this is the warmest year ever recorded but satellite data of surface temperatures reveals something quit different.

The coquettish art of the vacuous courtesan

wadhamStill making up the mind about Lucy Wadham, an English expat in France some 30 years. She employs some remarkable turns of phrase I’d like to believe are hers but they so often follow a concluded quote by one of the literary greats that it’s not easy to tell.

And yet it’s an important point because on p78 of The Secret Life of France, Faber and Faber, 2009, she refers to why the French want you to speak French to them – it makes them feel warm inside but will then massacre your own language five minutes later in order to spare their own ears from hearing any more of your French.

She says French is not an efficient language:

There are too few nouns for it to be properly useful.It is a language given to digression and subordinate clauses – the language of diplomacy, the language of noncommitment.

And it is that very noncommitment which spills over into the sphere of sexual relations, upon which she is quite prudish.…

The falseness of Person of the Year awards

The moment I saw this one about Australian of the Year some days back, the way it was top spread at The Age and the feminist journo trumpeting it as a vindication for women, it was quite clear that a lot stank about the whole thing.

I wrote to the journo’s Twitter account and asked why she was dishonest enough not to run comments?

The issue was not that this unfortunate woman had a severe trauma – she did and the result was bad. It was the way it was jumped on by these others. Trouble is, not many are clear-headed about it from what I’ve seen so far.

Leaving the lady aside for now and looking just at the Australian of the Year award, what are the criteria? Surely it is someone who has firstly achieved something in the past year – not something nebulous such as overcoming trauma, for there are many women and men in this category.…

Reality corner

Maybe it’s because of those years in Russia and I apply this just as much to myself as to any one else but we’re too soft by ‘alf and we kid ourselves we can do things when we can’t.

In my case, the book’s fine, just getting done, the boat will be OK if I can get past some very tricky parts with the pontoons but there are things now in other fields I simply won’t attempt any more.  similarly, I’m desperately trying to stay in the black financially.

All of that is in my hands.  Sure the government can ruin things but one plans with that in mind.  It still comes back to our choices.

Leggy had something to say about this today:

I cannot be offended by words unless I choose to be and I do not choose to be. Insult away – if you come up with a good one I’ll store it for future use myself.

Das Boot, das Buch und die Blogging

The boyz are dropping me hints about the boat.  First, haiku:

dilbert das boot

Then Amfortas [though to be fair, this is for comparison purposes]:


I’m also getting it in the ear at this end – the site manager next door, my landlord and my mate are all dropping hints.  Simple answer is I’m not gluing under 8 degrees.  Once it goes above that, I’m down there again.

Cunning plan is to get the book into EPUB and PDF – all efforts are currently directed there] and hopefully that will dovetail later this week in the first build for a while.

There is likely to be light blogging [by N.O.’s standards] today, dear reader.  Ivan’s waiting.


#  First up, from haiku:

Man lists his Tesla Model S as an $85-a-night Airbnb room:


#  Moving on … Well, no equivocation in this one, sent by Chuckles:

In the wake of the campus rape lies of 2014, who can blame these guys for believing feminism is conducting its own War Against Men:

This is not a debate about gender roles. It is not about economics or the esoterica of hateful radicals in an ivory tower. This is a war, an ideological campaign to smear all men as moral monsters. It is not a war against “patriarchy” or some imagined evil rich guy. This is a war on men as such – of all races and social classes. It is a war against your brothers, sons, fathers, friends and relatives. And right now, the bad guys and girls are winning.

Looking bad in the world of the young.…


First the majority [though this has now been overtaken]:

When you read John Humphry’s piece it becomes clear. The corruption he talks about, with the example of the tax collectors fleecing the car dealership of thousands, is enough to undermine anyone’s ambition. Why work when parasites like that help themselves and you have to pay up under duress.
For me the Troika are now between a rock and a hard place. If the new Govt manages to get the terms of the repayment of their ‘bail out’ changed, just watch the PIIGS a line up to do the same. If the Troika says no, watch the Greeks default. The Grexit will also set a precedent.

Putin has already offered the Greeks a lifeline. Money in exchange for developing the Greek resources under the Aegean. And possibly even extend this new oil pipeline they’re building between Russia and Turkey, through Greece (as a hub) to Europe, bypassing Ukraine.…


It’s Australia Day today or as some are calling it downunder: First Fleet Day, a day to celebrate the subsequent genocide and oppression of the aborigines.

And now:

Once again, I’m caught here in this blogging bind of so many issues to cover but readers complaining that the posts zoom past too quickly.

By running posts today only at 6, 9, 12 and now [maybe at 18], it’s provided breathing space but there are 18 separate issues awaiting in emails alone, let alone going around the blogs and ignoring the MSM altogether. Frankly, I do not have the answer to this, beyond compromise.

Anyway, down to it:

elizabeth-hurleyGot sucked into this “famous for being famous” debate last evening.

There are obvious contenders – Paris Hilton, Elizabeth Hurley, the Kardashians, Jade Goody, Paris Hilton to name a few and it seemed to me it had to be for having done virtually nothing worthwhile.…

The lies of the U.S., NATO and Kiev

When the first story of the shelling of Mariupol came out, I immediately went to a couple of non-RT sites to find out and one had an interview with the rebel commander, a longish interview.

I was silly enough not to cut and paste to Word as I had no idea – I should have had – that the western media would so blatantly come out with this garbage about the rebels shelling the town.

Even before reading the commander, it was bleedin obvious – who has the form of shelling towns, of the two?  Why would the rebels do that?  For them, it’s a hearts and souls thing – look at Mariupol on the map and it’s a clear strategic thing Russia would like the rebels to have.  They are not overwhelmingly loved in that town so a PR job was obviously going to be an imperative.

Then I read the interview.…

In which Celia Green and I comment on the left’s fruitcakery

natalie bennettNatalie Bennett, Arch-Green

The main reason I won’t engage with these people has much to do with my profession, part of which was to run through things such as the logical syllogism with students:

All men are mortal
Socrates is a man
Therefore, Socrates is mortal

Though students are young, most in my groups had the mental capacity to follow all this and to argue their own cases – that was our bread and butter work in a way.

And everyone developed that sort of mindset – that anything argued must begin with either the statement followed by the steps, backed by the evidence which led to it or else it was done in reverse, with a conclusion drawn at the end.

So, having spent half a working lifetime doing that and then confronting the utter lack of logic in the political arena, along with sheer legerdemain and “shiftiness” in position, it’s a bit more, I’d argue, than just your sense of exasperation – it actually distresses me, seriously distresses me to see such shoddy argument, to the point I can’t deal with it and do avoid it.…

The Pope


It’s certainly not my intention to alienate N.O.’s Catholic readers but at the same time, just as one goes for the jugular on Welby in our own Church, so it is only right to go for any seeming impropriety anywhere else – we certainly do it on the Muslims and I do it on that half of Jewry represented by Nethanyahu.

Let’s start with this:

It’s a matter so dark and serious it has only been whispered about behind closed doors in Vatican circles by courageous priests such as the late John F. O’Connor, Alfred Kunz and the late Malachi Martin.

But now, thanks to the release by the Holy See of an official bulletin titled “Acta Apostolicae Sedis,” it has been confirmed that the papal conclave that elected Pope Francis March 13 heard a message, immediately before the voting, from a senior cardinal dealing directly with the threat of “The Smoke of Satan” descending on the Vatican itself.

And another thing …


Swimming in Germany:

dalek swimming

Groanworthy from Chuckles:

A man walks into a bar in the early afternoon and walks over to the landlord, who is stood behind the bar polishing a couple of glasses. The man straightens his tie and his round wire-framed glasses and then puts his briefcase down on the floor.

“Good afternoon, sir”, says the landlord, “What can I get you?”

“A large measure of your finest malt whisky please kind sir,” says the stranger.

The landlord pours him a double of the Bruichladdich ‘Flirtation’ and puts it down in front of him. Quick as a flash, the stranger has picked up the glass and emptied it down his throat before the landlord has had a chance to speak.

“Er… thats four-fifty mate”, says the landlord.

“I’m sorry, but I don’t owe you anything.” says the indignant customer.

“How d’you work that out then, Sherlock?” asks the landlord.

“You clearly asked what you could get for me.