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Stop Stoptober and Sober October

Feel free to use this logo/badge any which way you like:

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You can get the full size by clicking and clicking again. I think it speaks for itself in its reaction to the nazis.

May and her thought crime police

Via haiku:

Theresa May, the current UK Home Secretary, has announced that, if re-elected, her party (the Conservatives) will push for “extremist disruption orders” which would effectively ban people declared “extremist” (using a very broad definition) from using social media or appearing on TV.

Extremists will have to get posts on Facebook and Twitter approved in advance by the police under sweeping rules planned by the Conservatives.

They will also be barred from speaking at public events if they represent a threat to “the functioning of democracy”, under the new Extremist Disruption Orders.

Misleading terminology

Women of all shapes and sizes pose for nude silhouettes in empowering slatternly photo series

And as usual, I bring you a woman’s comment on it:

I am female and I just don’t understand what is supposed to be “empowering” about posing in the nude.

“Selfies” are nothing new.

Around October 1839, Robert Cornelius took a portrait of himself outside of the family store. The daguerreotype produced shows an off center portrait of a man with crossed arms and tousled hair. This self-portrait of Robert Cornelius is one of the first photographs of a human to be produced.

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And while we’re about it:

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This is what’s happening in the middle-east-

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Enough to make grown men cry

It’s not often your humble blogger cries but this is one of the issues where he gets close.

It’s when out-and-out champions can’t really, in all honesty, cut it any more.  The flame reignites from time to time and the canny old fox does a few tricks but then the adoring fans see him make an error here, an error there.

Two people who have done that in the past year are Steve Gerrard and Corey Enright.  .

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Gerrard, of course, let in that goal which cost then the Premiership [possibly].   Corey Enright was just as jaw-dropping:

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Mr. Reliable in the Geelong team of their golden era, nothing got past him and the other four lads – self-effacing, he still shut down forwards with monotonous regularity.  All he wanted, as with Steve Gerrard, was to be out there playing.

And like Gerrard, he was not just good, he was one of the greats.…

Security alerts

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ALERTS TO THREATS IN 2013 EUROPE

From JOHN CLEESE

The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent events in Syria and have therefore raised their security level from “Miffed” to “Peeved.” Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to “Irritated” or even “A Bit Cross.” The English have not been “A Bit Cross” since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies nearly ran out. Terrorists have been re-categorized from “Tiresome” to “A Bloody Nuisance.” The last time the British issued a “Bloody Nuisance” warning level was in 1588, when threatened by the Spanish Armada.

The Scots have raised their threat level from “Pissed Off” to “Let’s get the Bastards.” They don’t have any other levels. This is the reason they have been used on the front line of the British army for the last 300 years.

The French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from “Run” to “Hide.” The only two higher levels in France are “Collaborate” and “Surrender.” The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France ‘s white flag factory, effectively paralyzing the country’s military capability.…

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Politics home

What a moral reprobate, what a snake in the grass:

I could campaign to leave EU, warns Cameron

The only reason Labour might win is actually three reasons:

1.  Labour tribalists are political morons  and non-tribalists who see Labour as an alternative to the leftist Tory Party under Cameron are just as clueless;

2.  Cameron drove them away, in the same way he could not even get a majority in what should have been a landslide in 2010;

3.  UKIP is a consequence of Cameron and adds to the mix.

The political leadership in this country is seriously pathetic.  You can say things about Harper in Canada or Abbott in Australia but at least they have spines.  Our lot are just corrupt, personally ambitious people and they have neither the wit nor desire to hide it.

Seems to me there won’t be a whole lot more defections from the Tories but the damage is already done.…

The cost of immigration to France

From Brussel’s Journal:

The French organization Contribuables Associés (Associated Taxpayers) has published a study on the real cost of immigration. The website Le Salon Beige has a link to the complete study, in pdf format. The study shows that for a 30-year period after the Second World War immigration was a benefit to the State.

But when the immigration laws changed to allow family reunification, and political or economic asylum, employment as the primary motive was replaced by the notion of population substitution, i.e. the bringing in of massive numbers of immigrants to change the ethnic make-up of a country. The needs of the immigrant population have thus surpassed the revenue from payroll contributions and taxes. The key points of the study are as follows:

- France has 6,868,000 immigrants, or 11% of the population.
- Immigration reduces by two thirds the growth of the GNP.
- The cost of immigration in France is 71.76 billion euros.…

Et tu, Australia*

With the drastic reduction in posts per day, it means topics need to be grouped more and so there’ll be fewer stand-alone posts.

This includes one from Downunder, courtesy Amfortas, about the deepest hypoocrisy of Them, especially through local councils, illustrating that it’s just as bad there as here.  It’s a modern disease, it seems … or has it always been with us?

Exorbitant Council fines for renting out rooms

To make a small addition to the reams of stuff about ‘Them’ that James regularly brings to the table, I thought I might add a bit about Mini-thems in Oz.

It seems it is perfectly OK in Sydney  to have three spouses at home if you are a Muslim and keep them well covered but visitors are subject to regulation. It is also OK to wander around town in ‘Godzone Queensland’ with signs saying ‘Behead all who insult Islam’, but not OK to tell those who support the sign holder to ‘go back to where you came from.…

Alice Gross [2]

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Call it an insensitive question but if you were that killer, which of the two in the pic wouldyou choose to kidnap? The over-made up, delicate, coquettish-eyed one or the straight-down-the-line sister.

[Addendum, at 11:28, in the light of Tom's comment - I'm speaking here of a killer's mindset, not ours - establishing that such excessive social media usage, unchecked and her acting as a player without the experience to do so is what got her to meet him and why she's gone.]

The family of missing schoolgirl Alice Gross speak of their “agony” over her disappearance ahead of a reconstruction of her last known movements.

There are two possibilities:

1.  She is kidnapped by the man and is now dead.

My reaction to that is horror and more than hoping they get him, I hope it was quick … but fear not. Thoughts are with the parents and sister.

2.  She met and went off with the man and is now either in a relationship or dead.…