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The Blue Peterization of serious presentations

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Raedwald has a pretty good go at dissecting this program on BBC:

http://raedwald.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/12-days-to-save-england.html

12 days to save England is the BBCs latest history program wrapped in a dumbed down package for the masses in an attempt (they would say) to be more inclusive.

I did watch the first episode and the presenter is described by Raedwald well enough for me to have to say nought on the subject, part two of this histogram is to follow.…

Chomsky is an idiot

In response to:

Nearly all content now is published on social platforms, and it’s not Rupert Murdoch but Google’s Larry Page and Sergei Brin and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg who have much more say in how news is created and disseminated. Are they “manufacturing consent” like their counterparts in so-called ‘legacy’ media?

… Noam Chomsky opines, in an interview:

Well, first of all, I don’t agree with the general statement. Say, right now, if I want to find out what’s going on in Ukraine or Syria or Washington, I read The New York Times, other national newspapers, I look at the Associated Press wires, I read the British press, and so on.

What a fool. He knows nothing of the NYT and WP long in the hands of Them, a vehicle for the globalists?  He’s heard nothing of Katie Graham and Co.?…

The power of the word

Roger Scruton is quoted here from UNZ, via Chuckles and it’s chock full of the rhetoric of our side of politics, a nice post-prandial read.

As an example of the cowardly, defeatist, ethnomasochist cancer rapidly eating away the vital organs of Western civilization, the “grooming” scandals in the English town of Rotherham have made less of a stir than they should have.

And of course, Roger quotes from someone else, namely from James Kirkpatrick’s essay “Strong Tribe vs. Weak Nation”:

The report does not pussyfoot around when it comes to who was responsible for years of systematic and comprehensive sexual assault: “Children were sexually exploited by men who came largely from the Pakistani Heritage Community.”

Roger continues:…

Eurovision’s become a freak show

The delectable Rossa comments on Eurovision:

Conchita Wurst and Spain’s sexy contestant Edurne Garcia lead the way at dress rehearsals ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest final | Daily Mail Online

Spain’s “gorgeous blonde” is favourite. She’s a Man U WAG! Australia debuts for first time. You know, that well known European country. And as if you needed it another chance to see last year’s winner….

I shan’t be watching and if Spain wins for that reason, if her song is utter garbage just like the others, then I’m not sure I’d take an interest any more.  Of course I’ll follow the liveblogs with my own parasitic live blog, as per every year and bring pretty pics.  Might even listen to some of the numbers.

That’s for later.…

Dignity

Dicht gedrängt stehen Menschen am 05.05.2015 vor einer U-Bahn im Bahnhof am Alexanderplatz in Berlin. Die Lokführergewerkschaft GDL hat ihre Mitglieder aufgerufen, beim bisher längsten Streik in der Geschichte der Deutschen Bahn die Züge bis zum Sonntagmorgen um 9.00 Uhrstehen zu lassen. Foto: Kay Nietfeld/dpa +++(c) dpa - Bildfunk+++

Dicht gedrängt stehen Menschen am 05.05.2015 vor einer U-Bahn im Bahnhof am Alexanderplatz in Berlin. Die Lokführergewerkschaft GDL hat ihre Mitglieder aufgerufen, beim bisher längsten Streik in der Geschichte der Deutschen Bahn die Züge bis zum Sonntagmorgen um 9.00 Uhrstehen zu lassen. Foto: Kay Nietfeld/dpa +++(c) dpa – Bildfunk+++

You can tell a good man, even if you can’t understand all his graphs, when he quotes things like this:…

Death Star Mimas

As we all know, there is real science:

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The DS-1 Orbital Battle Station,[8] known unofficially, but more commonly as the Death Star or Death Star I, and known to the public as the Imperial Planetary Ore Extractor by the propaganda department,[9] was a massive Imperial battlestation/superweapon with a diameter of 120 kilometers designed to enforce law and order throughout the Empire with the threat of planetary destruction.

The working life

William Bealby-Wright had a brief stint on Spike Milligan’s Q6 in 1975 but, as founder member of Doggerel Bank, was already something of a cult figure in this land for the first album of what was dubbed “industrial rock” but was in fact musically accompanied poetry. Leonard Cohen had done poetry to music as well.

The album Silver Faces traces a young man’s commute on the long silver train to the worst type of factory for his first day’s work on the mind-numbing assembly line.  He does word portraits of different strata of British society, something Python did visually.  It’s a pity that YouTube does not have the whole album.

The first track here is about that train:

Bow and O’Hara paid, others got clean away with it

For some reason long lost in the whisky, I was looking at this bio of Maureen O’Hara and it seemed to me that those ladies who resisted the casting couch and putting it about with all the major actors of the day should have some sort of support.

And yet life is never fair.  Miss O’Hara is barely remembered, certainly by this panel:

… whilst the [allegedly] most egregious offenders such as Ava Gardner, Joan Crawford, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and so on were lauded and remain pure in the public consciousness. That seems wrong to me. Whilst there is a danger of Mary Whitehousism in this, of placing names on a proscribed list, at the same time they should not have got off Scot free.

And my reason for saying it is Clara Bow. That was a woman who didn’t just sleep her way up, she went out of her way to have whatever moved and was in trousers or even what had four legs, the equivalent of Errol Flynn one presumes, minus the bestiality.…

How time alters perspectives

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As is quite normal in these days of television wall to wall dross, the answer is to do something else, go out or put a film on, on this occasion I chose the latter.

The reason for this piece is not that the film itself was a cinematic great or a breakthrough in my viewing experience but that it provoked those thoughts about how, with an older film, one would view it with today’s mindset.…