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Abortion and Doctor Who


Those of you who are regulars here know that Amfortas is Catholic and anti-abortion, not to give it those other silly epithets.

Your humble blogger has an ambivalent attitude to it.  There are cases of the mother’s health but nowhere near the scale we see out there.  It’s also not just the mother’s decision because there was a father involved too and so it is not strictly ‘the right over my own body’, post-coitus [nice topic for a Monday morning].

No way.  If you agree to be entered, then you agree that that man is part of the consequences too.  Women are forever carrying on about feckless fathers abandoning them but this is their decision in the first place.  It’s their body in the sense that they can decide who goes in and who doesn’t.

If they can’t hold their liquor, then don’t go to that bar or club.  This is the whole point of responsibility for one’s self – making choices for oneself to take into account weaknesses.…



Truly uncanny how things come together. Amfortas had no sooner written, in a comment at OoL:

I am waiting for a card that reads: “Don’t piss on Catholics. They have a Rosary and are not afraid to use it.”

… than haiku comes in with this:

Great man that, in a way but I’d admire him more if he’d done the same with atheists:

Q: How many atheists does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: None. They prefer stumbling around in the dark.

Meanwile, also via haiku, the belief in oneself – the Leica promo for their 100 years. How many do you recognize?


Another thing I believe is that my gas supply issue will one day be resolved. I received a letter today that they have the right to enter my home and for the 12th time since January, phoned up again to ask why, when they are investigating an ongoing complaint and putting in a new meter, am I getting threats.…

How much do we know about the Druze?

So Amal “is from a prominent Lebanese Druze family“.  We saw tales of Clooney having to convert, him saying her mother is not Druze, others saying she’s Muslim and their own history showing prominent leaders in the Druze community having married outside before.

I did a study of the Druze for my novel, from the position of women, family structure and cuisine to political and religious positions – a canny group indeed, many of whom live around Mt. Carmel, where the last part of my long saga finishes.

‘His name is Imad Azzam – second cousin of a prominent Ahl al-Tawhīd.  He’s a Druze. They’re basically Arabic but they go for Taqiyya  or التقية – they subordinate themselves to the local culture and even embrace it, in order to keep their own belief alive. There are two divisions – the inner, called the Uqqal, and the outer.

What I don’t like about the inner is that it seems a little like the occult orders on the other side.

Mise-à-jour [1]

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.…

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.