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Scissors, hell and the Twilight Zone


There were some references to hell today. My esteemed mate subscribes to the view that we’re already in it but just don’t recognize it. In other words, we’ve already been naughty people and have been consigned down here.

What brought this on in his case was that there was a clear road on Sunday on our usual jaunt, so he swung round to do a three point turn and suddenly there were, I counted, 34 cars the other way and a bank of cars honking our way. Now there had seriously been none at all at the point of turning.

What brought this on in my case were scissors first and a prepayment key for the lekky second.

The scissors. It’s been a week now and they still have not reappeared. I don’t believe anyone stole them, I clearly mislaid them and yet, on the law of averages, they should have turned up by now.…

What the hell’s going on?

Thanks, Daniel1979 [not sure where I should link these days] for the Breitbart link and it certainly raises questions.

Daniel said: “Had to keep reminding myself, this is not the Daily Mash.”

I replied: “Not sure Breitbart should dabble in it, with the readership they have – doesn’t do a lot for their cred.”

Someone of a certain age in this country was brought up in a largely secular fashion but still had the basic grounding in the Bible stories – Good Samaritan, Lazarus, Ten Commandments, Moses, that sort of thing. He knows of this person Jesus and of the other guy the Stones referred to. However, the bottom line was it was hardly front and centre in his consciousness, except in a vampire film or the exorcist.

There’ve been two generations now where any sort of religious consciousness has diminished to the point if doesn’t play any major role in public life and do you ever hear from the Archbishops any more?…

Race differences are genetic?


Nicholas Wade

It is obviously understandable why Jewish intelligence and success, the subject of extreme and violent jealousies through the ages, makes people nervous. But the outsized contribution of Jews to almost all fields must surely interest all but the dullest of minds: just 0.2 per cent of the world population, Jews accounted for 29 per cent of Nobel Prizes in the late 20th century, and 32 per cent so far in 21st century. That tiny, remarkable country Israel recently won its fifth Chemistry Prize in a decade. [Ed West]

This was suggested, nay, even demanded by Lord T as a post. :)

It’s about genetic differences and two good starting points are Ed West’s article at the Speccie from May, 2014 and an Amazon review here. The point driven home to me, besides the interesting stuff on evolution and genetics, was:

Ultimately Wade’s argument is about the transparency of knowledge.

Vlad the Impaler of Bunkum

This is a bit rich coming from Vlad, though the sentiments are right:

Russia is a Christian country, Putin was saying. This speech recalls last December’s address where the former KGB chief spoke of Russia as standing against a decadent West:

“Many Euro-Atlantic countries have moved away from their roots, including Christian values. Policies are being pursued that place on the same level a multi-child family and a same-sex partnership, a faith in God and a belief in Satan. This is the path to degradation.”

The western writer, in this anti-Vlad piece, asks:

Heard any Western leader, say, Barack Obama, talk like that lately?

Well no, you wouldn’t, would you? You wouldn’t expect a “leader” to speak the truth but plenty of other people have been mentioning it though.  They’re called conservatives.  Interesting that the writer calls himself conservative too.

Vlad is Them, along with those he opposes.  The flag is national sovereignty, it could be Christianity and in Russian Orthodox terms, that does not have a history over there of compassion.…

To reincarnate or not reincarnate, that is the question

Whether ’tis nobler in the mind …

It’s generally best not to run too many “left field” posts in a week at NO, otherwise the rationalists, engineers – in other words, sane people, the readers of this blog – get a bit restless.


However, there appears to be no choice in this story of the Dalai Lama and China. You can read the whole thing here at The Wire but essentially:

The Dalai Lama has said he may be the last Dalai Lama, and that he will not reincarnate inside Tibet if it is still under Chinese control. The Chinese government is not amused.

In an interview on Sunday, the 14th Dalai Lama (born Tenzin Gyatso) was quoted by the German paper Die Welt as saying that perhaps it’s best for the Dalai Lama to go out with a bang rather than a whimper. “We had a Dalai Lama for almost five centuries.

From the warmongering of the troika to oil

trickle down

There’s a lot of common sense among commenters at certain publications, for example, at the Spectator on Charles Walker’s misunderstanding of the Ukraine:


Charles Walker is a clown, war-monger and idiot.

We lived harmoniously for decades with Tsarist Russia, despite war crimes and abuses of “human rights” far, far greater than anything Putin has done, and reached an accommodation with the Soviet Union.

The EU is an ever-growing, ever-expanding, monster, and apparently, NATO sees itself in competition with the EU, forever trying to meddle in more areas.

Our priority is the “Islamic state”, not the Russian-Ukrainian border skirmish, where the two sides are equally unpleasant.

There are two themes to this post and most posts around this time.

First is that we all have a corner of the truth and some of us who explore might have a few corners of the truth but that’s all they are and there are always other perspectives.…

It’s not the morality, it’s the danger

notting hill ethics

In the post:

… I quoted the Schiller Institute at length, of which this is part:

The ugliness we see around us has been consciously fostered and organized in such a way, that a majority of the population is losing the cognitive ability to transmit to the next generation, the ideas and methods upon which our civilization was built.

The loss of that ability is the primary indicator of a Dark Age. And, a new Dark Age is exactly what we are in. In such situations, the record of history is unequivocal: either we create a Renaissance—a rebirth of the fundamental principles upon which civilization originated—or, our civilization dies.

Yuri Bezmenov touched on it in the 80s:

The result? The result you can see … the people who graduated in the 60s, dropouts or half-baked intellectuals, are now occupying the positions of power in the government, civil service, business, mass media, and educational systems.

Is Kate Bush a witch?


Hell, Tuesday already – where does it go? I meant to post this before her concert but things just got away. No matter, she’s still in concert at this moment.

Interesting that she opened with Lily, as it features below.

The question, of course, is whether she is a witch or just play-acting as one. Well worth exploring. I’ve done posts on her before, positive ones, which indicates that I like her, find her pretty and like her voice, as many do.

However, some days ago, I read some things about her out of the blue and began wondering.

Kate Bush would almost certainly have been burned as a witch three centuries ago but then again, she’d not have been so open about it all back then. The most intriguing thing, to me, is how she is certainly claimed by various occult groups as one of them.

Let’s start with a detractor.  There’s a form of “Christianity” which is “burn the witch, burn her”, as Python parodied and this makes it impossbile for the milder Christians to get to any sort of truth or hearing.…

Hallelujah, Louise Mensch

Here’s a genuinely heartwarming story:

sweet louise

You know what’s one of the loveliest things on earth, something which brings relief from stress and endears the person to you – when a woman, ever so rarely, can admit she was wrong.  If wimmin only knew how that could be their secret weapon, getting under the guard and changing a detractor into a supporter.

Thing is, almost no woman can do such a thing – it sticks in the craw.

Louise though [notice I don't call her Mensch anymore] was able to say she wasn’t aware and I’m willing to say it probably wasn’t her fault.  In parliament, one is a mushroom and it’s up to the whips to maintain the level of ignorance.  A lot’s been said about Dave swanning around on a body board when he had every chance of refusing entry to the terrorists … except for one thing:

He knows full well that it was his lot – Them – who created those terrorists in the first place [see Operation Cyclone].…

In the middle of the night

It’s interesting that Wolfie “accuses” me of “supporting” Israel because an interesting thing happened in the middle of the night.

The drug dealer down the passageway here had someone banging doors after midnight and once I’m awake …

So, I looked at the email and there were a few from JD, one taking me to task for a hazy memory of the number of the beast – JD’s heavily into the mathematics of the universe. I knew I’d seen it somewhere in a book, now found the book, found the number and wrote it back.

However, there was something wrong with it. Let me quote what I wrote:

In 2005, a translation was uncovered of the earliest copy of Revelation [so it says].  The 1700 year old papyrus was recovered from the rubbish dumps of Oxyrhyncus, Egypt.  and deciphered by a team from the University of Birmingham under Prof David Parker.

The one which most are in denial over

Pleased to meet you
Hope you guess my name
But what’s puzzling you
Is the nature of my game

JD brought up an interesting one:

Just been watching a video of Al Murray explaining the Euro Crisis (this is a shorter version of it):

He’s right of course – everything is far too complicated for me to understand and that applies to the ‘great game’ currently being played in the Middle East and this I have been reading rather puts things in a new light (pun intended)

“Yet chief among the Yezidi angels was a unique and very important figure indeed. His name was, and still is (for the Yezidis still exist), Melek Taus, the Peacock Angel. He corresponds with the Judeo-Christian concept of the Evil One – Satan or Lucifer – but this association hardly does him justice, for Melek Taus is seen as a supreme being, with authority over worldly affairs.

The Pope and the Rabbi

Reprinting of The Political Commentator, Michael Haltman’s debate between the Pope and a Rabbi [I like the pic]:

Several centuries ago, the Pope decreed that all the Jews had to convert to Catholicism or leave Italy. There was a huge outcry from the Jewish community, so the Pope offered a deal: He’d have a religious debate with the leader of the Jewish community. If the Jews won, they could stay in Italy; if the Pope won, they’d have to convert or leave.

The Jewish people met and picked an aged and wise Rabbi to represent them in the debate. However, as the Rabbi spoke no Italian, and the Pope spoke no Hebrew, they agreed that it would be a ‘silent’ debate.

On the chosen day, the Pope and the Rabbi sat opposite each other. The Pope raised his hand and showed three fingers.

The Rabbi looked back and raised one finger.…

Bad news on the doorstep

Well, not on the doorstep but shoved through my letterbox yesterday afternoon.


I heard it being pushed through and looked out of the window and there they were…. five of them, smartly dressed, standing by the front gate having a conversation. I knew they weren’t Morons Mormons because three of the five were female and I know that Morons Mormons are frightened of women so I thought oh, must be the other lot.

Sure enough, on the back of the leaflet it had “Find the Bible’s answer to these questions at”

What is wrong with these people? The Bible says nothing about A World Government.

Another madcap ‘preudoreligion’ invented in 1870 and all their ‘predictions’ to date have been wrong!

They didn’t ring the doorbell or knock on the door so maybe the ‘silent treatment’ we all give them is beginning to have an effect. Pity. My father used to answer the door to them and argue in a way that left them bamboozled and befuddled or even ‘dazed and confused’ and then he would come back into the house, laughing.…

A red heifer is born

There might be a cause and effect about to happen. It might seem to the non-religious and non-Jewish that this has no meaning to them but in fact it does have great meaning, tangentially, to all of us.

1. The theology goes that the Jews are awaiting their Messiah. Leave aside that he’s already been 2000 years ago and was crucified. The Jews believe that there’s a sequence of events which starts with the appearance of an “unblemished” red heifer who can’t even have two hairs of a different colour.

There’s apparently a very weighty committee which determines all this and they decide if the animal is kosher or not. Takes some time. There’ve been some close calls over the last couple of decades but always there was some blemish which disqualified the calf.

Now there’s a fair bit of talk that this might be the one. Still remains to be seen but it’s worth keeping an eye on.…

How would you organize this meeting?

You see this sort of thing all the time:



Seems to me that the groundrules are pretty important here, so let’s lay a few groundrules.

1.  The meet-up will take place during lunchtime tomorrow – it will be squared with your employer or whomever you had planned to see – the angel will take care of that part.

2.  The bench sits three, of which you must constantly occupy one place over that hour [so go to the loo early and make sure you've eaten].  If you attempt to get up from the bench, the process stops and the deal’s off.

3.  You can arrange the people and time allocation according to your own plan but you must submit that plan in advance now, in order for the angel to go and gather them all for the appearance.  They have the right to refuse to appear, in which case you can either put in another name or give more time to the others.…