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Suppressing the moral compass [1]

hopper hotel 1952

[Edward Hopper; Hotel by the Railroad, 1952]


Many of the best films, especially thrillers, start with some small anomaly in the middle of the dross of a typical day and go from there. Sherlock Holmes stories used that formula.

It’s often the small behaviour or act which goes relatively unnoticed by the wider public which hides the deep cancer that’s eaten out the body politic and the analogy holds up of the small mole on the skin which goes unnoticed and is actually a sign of the cancer.…

IVF and sanctity

crime against humanityThe rise of the BABY VIKINGS: Why single British women desperate for children are turning to sperm donors in Denmark – who’ll play no part in their offspring’s lives

We’ve done a bit on the gay adoption of children being a crime against nature and a gross offence to humanity but haven’t done much about the selfish IVF criminals.

There are obviously cases where the issue was physiological in a woman still within the best reproductive range [up to mid-30s] with the natural father.

That’s not what I’m referring to – I’m referring to surrogacy and sperm donation, which are not just offences against nature but they’re crimes against the child who is given no chance, from birth, of being with both his natural parents.

One can go the economic argument, which is not the clincher in my book. Still, here it is:

In 2010, there were 57,652 cycles of IVF treatment in the UK.

Islam in 2014/15

There are three issues on which I’m personally attacked the most. N1 is feminism, N2 is gays and a new one, N3, is on Islam. Each requires a page in itself.

There is a series of posts starting here plus a rebuttal here, which are worth reading to put this issue into context.

With the gay issue, I essentially said that until you’ve actually been raped in adolescence by one, your opinion is always going to be intellectual and philosophical. For those who’ve faced it in reality though, it’s very real indeed.

With Islam, it’s the same thing – unless you’ve lived with Muslims, I don’t ascribe a lot of weight to your opinion.

I was twelve years in a Muslim republic, half my friends were Muslim, I had three Muslim gfs. I’ve seen the gentle, peaceful side therefore. You don’t need to tell me there are peaceful Muslims – in Muslim republics there are.…

When a supposedly apolitical pundit allegedly condones religious hatred

ordinary muslimsThe story so far

This post is not disappearing and has not been taken down, as the main premise still remains. However, in the light of further information from Iceland Review itself, there are elements which do alter it, particularly now the editorial policy on comments and how they work has been explained.

Below therefore is the rewritten post in the light of these developments.

Iceland Review

IR is a fine journal which, in the words of its publisher, Benedikt Jóhannesson, covers:…

The kinda woman a man needs

sophie-magdalena-13Sophie-Magdalena or 13, one of the characters from the book [click pic].

Quietly demanding,loyal to a fault as long as you are, impossible to handle otherwise, requiring the whole gamut of a man’s skills, one mistake and she hurts you, taciturn, wants things done properly, the best support a man can have [and give back to her] – my idea of feminine perfection.

Another of the major characters in the book, an agent called Ksenia, was written with a birthdate of November 19th, before I knew anything about this astrological thing.

Well, I never. She is almost exactly what the pundits say about Scorpio woman, uncannily so. And she did kill those she felt had transgressed but was also fiercely loyal.

I’ve always been close to dangerous women others are afraid of.  Often quality people.

So, not wishing this research to go to waste and sorry, girls, this is only about wimmin, here is my annotation on what most pundits agree constitute the various signs:…

Old New Year and Vienna Concert


Today is Orthodox New Year on the Julian calendar or in Russia – Old New Year.

It’s possibly the least celebrated of the major holidays [and even that word is used advisedly] over there and yet it is perfectly placed, halfway through the opening month of our current New Year, to hold a celebration on.

I’ve blogged for years on January 7th being perfect for Old Christmas and if possible, January 13th being even better. Actually, I always thought it was the 13th but Google says it’s the 14th this year.

Today is the 13th in our calendar so let’s do it today.

The New Year by the Julian calendar is still informally observed, and the tradition of celebrating the coming of the New Year twice is widely enjoyed … Usually not as festive as the New New Year, for many this is a nostalgic family holiday ending the New Year holiday cycle (which includes Eastern Orthodox Christmas on January 7) with traditional large meals, singing and celebratory drinking.

We don’t need your transformation

This post follows on from:

In the latter post, the principle proposed was that the true or real enemy of the people, at any time, can be identified as the predators and parasites.  More fully, it means any who cast an eye at what we legitimately have … and want it. Not only want it but create ideologies and schemes in order to take it from us. Because they think they have a right to what is ours.

It’s a good model of “the enemy” because it’s all-encompassing. Someone taking lives in Paris is just as much one of these predators and parasites as any bankster or socialist or even government itself.  That is, he wants to take our lives away from us because we do not give his beliefs our belief.…

Female terrorist still at large

Why is the media claiming it’s all over? It’s not:

terrorist escapes

Hayat Boumeddiene, the 26-year-old woman wanted in Thursday’s fatal shooting of a policewoman outside Paris, escaped Friday from the grocery store in the confusion as hostages ran away, Alliance Police Union spokesman Pascal Disand said. She’d been in the market with Amedy Coulibaly, the other suspect in Thursday’s deadly incident.

Sincerely hope they are still searching for her and she gets what the other three got. Or is it OK to be a female terrorist?…


Heading Wednesday today, of course, is the Muslim murder of journalists at Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

Probably time all political bloggers started running anti-Muslim extremist cartoons.

Actually, probably not time to do that, as it’s sinking to the Muslim level.  Probably time to start the deportations:

1.  First cab off the rank all Imams, innocent or guilty.

2.  Any male between 18 and 40 who’s been in more than two Muslim demonstrations or identified in any gang action, grooming etc.

That would do for a start.  That leaves the supposedly “peaceful” Muslims untouched and free to live their lives.  It’s the humane option.  Otherwise there’ll be racial and religious violence soon.

Just a quick look at this other one – Fry [57], his lover [27]. And they’re not paedo-inclined?

Meanwhile, more greedy women playing the trap-em, divorce-em and fleece-em game:

Oil tycoon’s ex-wife rejects $1bn cheque because it’s ‘not enough’

Whither love?  And they want to make classes on respect for women compulsory in schools?…

Merry Christmas and Epiphany

Over these two days.

This is the time of year which still confuses me because of the western use of the Gregorian calendar and the eastern use of the Julian.

In Russia, New Year was where it is for the world, Christmas or the Nativity was on January 7th, Old New Year was on January 13th, Epiphany on January 19th, though I was never sure of the latter.

In the west, Epiphany is on the 6th. Not sure but think Christmas might be on the 6th in Greece and some Orthodox nations.

However, I note that it’s not just a day in some traditions but sometimes a week or eight days. The bottom line is that it’s an arbitrary date concerning the manifestation of the Christ child to presumably the people or perhaps the Magi. Hence this is the key carol:…

Hollywood Babylon

sign of the double cross


Real life investigations  are far messier and fragmented than journalistic exercises, with bits of evidence come in from here and there, all of which are put on the big board, no exceptions, especially the inconvenient fragments.

And this is where the oft-quoted Holcombe syndrome comes in:

Perry Mason, advocate, had just finished pointing out an anomaly in Sergeant Holcombe’s evidence in a murder trial and now asked, ‘Does that seem logical to you?’

Sergeant Holcombe hesitated a moment, then said, ‘Well, that’s one of those little things. That doesn’t cut so much ice. Lots of times you’ll find little things which are more or less inconsistent with the general interpretation of evidence.’

‘I see,’ Mason said. ‘And when you encounter such little things, what do you do, Sergeant?’

‘You just ignore ’em,’ said Holcombe.

‘And how many such things have you ignored, Sergeant, in reaching your [current] conclusion?’

In short, one can’t afford to leave out the inconvenient bits because it seriously skews your “truth”.…