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Mike’s News-Grab and commentary!

By Mike Cunningham On July 24th, 2015 at 2:19 pm

This morning, courtesy of the BBC’s Toady (sorry) Today Programme; we were treated, if that is the appropriate term, to selective segments of propaganda disguised as news items; I term them ‘propaganda’ because only one side of an argument is given or portrayed; with absolutely no chance of a considered discussion, especially from opponents of whatever subject is being discussed. They ranged from an impassioned critique of an EU Commission proposal to harmonise Wildlife protection measures; to the maundering pronunciations of a Lame-duck US President on why the United Kingdom must remain wedded to the European Union.

  • A five minute report on the evils of gambling in Australia, and how awful it was, and all that compulsion, ‘n everything: innit?
  • We heard how Prez. Barack Hussein Obama is heading back to his (Partly) ancestral homeland of Kenya, and how excited he was to speak of the ‘entrepeneurs’ who were enlivening the Kenyan business culture: and we then heard from two of Kenya’s ‘business elite’ about how successful they were, and it was all due to capitalism; or sleight of hand, or something ( No mention of the billions stolen by the larcenous Kenyan governments; but thats all because ‘boys will be boys’, and that).
  • Some RSPB woman commenced  an impassioned critique of an EU Commission proposal to harmonise Wildlife protection measures; and how it was all wrong, and the birds were all doomed, and it was just terrible!
  • A Sutton Trust spokeswoman declared that ‘social mobility’ was at risk because Academy schools in England were unable to improve the results of their ‘disadvantaged’ students. No mention was made of two facts which may impinge on those same results: it was possible that the whole idea of ‘Comprehensive education’ was actually ‘shit’ and; the other possibility was that the kids were either uninterested, or just plain thick!
  • We were told that Chris Froome, a cyclist, was believed to be loading up with high-performance chemicals and drugs during the ‘Tour de France’, which I discovered was a form of mental torture for millions of fat Frenchmen who just could not get over the fact that yet another Englishman was beating the crap out of their fellow countrymen.
  • Glaxo SmithKline informed us all that they had discovered a vaccine for malaria, but it would only be suitable for kids over one year old. It was also implied that, because the African countries where malaria was endemic were very, very, poor; lots of liberal idiots believed that GSK should give this vaccine away, despite this medication costing literally tens of millions to invent and produce, and GSK should not be allowed, under any circumstances, to actually make a profit!
  • Obama featured once more, in an interview in the White House (oh how they must hate that name) and stated that Great Britain must stay in the European Union, becozz its such a good place, and becozz of ‘trade’, and becozz of the UK’s former lap-dog approach to America’s military adventures; spoiled only by our blunt refusal to bomb Syria’s Assad.
  • We were then told of the dicovery of a planet named ‘Kepler-452b’ and how it was just possible that life may exist outside our Solar System, and how exciting this was, and how squillions more money was needed for more ‘research’, and telescopes, and things like that!
  • Some bloke then was interviewed about some snake, or it may have been a lizard, which had lived some hundred million years ago, which had been re-discovered in some museum in Germany; which was ‘dead interesting’ and also exciting; or something.
  • The NHS also featured, and we were told how Emergency Care  stuff and things were gonna’ get better, but not, unfortunately; for a long, long time; probably about the same length of time as the snake’s remains had been in the museum!

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When you wish upon a star!

By Mike Cunningham On July 13th, 2015 at 2:10 pm

The BBC is to urge pensioners to voluntarily give up their free licence fee to save the corporation and protect their favourite programmes.

The BBC is to ask the over-75s to opt out of their entitlement to free licence fees, hinting that it will help secure the future of television or radio programmes.

A senior executive at the corporation said the elderly will be invited to pay at least £145.50 each year to the “cost of the BBC’s services” after it takes over responsibility for funding free licence fees in the years to come.

James Heath, director of policy at the BBC, said: “We will give those eligible households an opportunity to voluntarily pay for a TV licence and so make a contribution to the cost of the BBC’s services.”

Members of staff at the corporation have regularly spoken out about the threat to programming on screen and on air if further funding cuts are imposed, suggesting licence fee-payers’ favourite shows could suffer.

It was later stated that both the reporter, and James Heath, managed to keep straight faces until the end of the interview!

 

Birmingham? What could be worse?

By Mike Cunningham On April 3rd, 2015 at 9:17 am

I read thast the BBC is having lots of little difficulties when ‘persuading’ (a precise definition of ‘persuading’ can be obtained by referring to the President Putin dictionary) staffers to relocate to  their new pleasure palace in the capital of all things ‘Brum’.

Now, personally, anything which generates annoyance, frustration or other forms of angst within the Labour Party Propaganda Machine (BBC) would normally be music to mine ears, but even I have to feel a little sympathy for all those BBC-employed Guardian readers actually forced to live alongside a great many of the people whom they profess to admire so very, very much!

Birmingham? What could be worse?

Well, there is one place worse. None other that the crying,  weaselling, thieving, hypocritical capital of the world: Liverpool!

It all depends who is talking about what

By Mike Cunningham On July 16th, 2014 at 10:35 am

 

Listed to  a slot on BBC Today this morning where this retired policeman was quoted that he was certain various senior colleagues frowned upon his attempts to prosecute the killers of Stephen Lawrence, and alleged that these attempts probably were also corrupt.  These remarks, first aired on Newsnight,  were broadcast in every half-hourly news bulletin, and of course, as he was attacking the Metropolitan Police, and also were in aid of one of the BBC’s favourite people, a black youngster who was struck down by white men before (sarcasm alert) attaining approximately the same status as Martin Luther King (black awareness), or Fillipo Brunelleschi (architecture); they were given the widest publicity and scrutiny.

Not too much publicity or notice was given by the same BBC editors of the earlier part of the same interview where he stated that he (the retired policeman) been removed from a earlier enquiry into abuse in Lambeth childrens’ homes as he was asking too many questions about people in ‘high places’.

The thing which puzzles me is the query as to why Retired Detective Chief Inspector Clive Driscoll didn’t raise seven sorts of Cain in an attempt to gain justice for the children who were, allegedly, being abused, instead of meekly keeping quiet and looking after his own skin and, of course, job?

and here is the news, from the BBC; as we see it.

By Mike Cunningham On April 28th, 2014 at 11:19 am

We were once more regaled this morning on the BBC Today programme with the dark and dangerous stories emanating from the Syrian War, with reports from the ‘rebel’ side of the battleground which the city of Aleppo has become. The BBC reporter described the horrendous effects of the Assad forces weaponry which has been cosily christened the ‘barrel bomb’ which is either an oil drum dropped from a helicopter, which is stocked with home-made explosives and the regulation shrapnel, designed specifically to rend and tear human flesh, or a reinforced gas container, stuffed with the same explosive mix, plus detonator of course; the explosive force generated when detonated would of course shatter the steel containment shell, producing even better shards of shrapnel to injure or kill, well, anybody in its explosive path. The reporter described the areas he was standing in as a war-zone beyond imagination, blaming all this destruction on the Syrian dictator, as well as his Russian-supported military, alongside the really efficient murderers of Hezbollah, whose intervention helped save Assad’s forces from defeat in the Lebanese border towns. Everything which had happened to this once-bustling city was ascribed to the Government’s forces, but there was the routine disclaimer that ’rebel’ forces had also conducted killings of civilians.

All the froth, all the verbal fury, was there for one purpose and one only; to remind us all of our disgraceful (in the BBC’s eyes of course) decision not to join in Obama’s proposed war against the ‘red lines’ of Syrian use of chemical weaponry. To remind us that all these people were dying, or suffering, because we, as a Nation, had not stepped forward when the clarion call came to once more send our Armed forces into harm’s way, to remove this upstart dictator who was punishing the people who had rebelled against his rule! To remind us that it still was not too late to send our soldiers, along with what missiles we still have access to, into yet another sandy deathtrap where we would never, ever, be even able to make one iota of difference.

I think the sad situation in that nation, where the only problems used to arise when Assad wished to reinforce his friends in Hezbollah’s Lebanese camps with Iranian rocketry to be used against Israel; can best be described as one where we in the West have no dog in that fight; where it would be best left if the combatants, with Assad’s Russian-supplied forces did battle against the Jihadi-bent terror gangs who are all fighting with treasure sent from the Saudis and Qataris, and they can fight on, and kill each other, until they grow tired of the bloodshed, and just stop.

As a footnote to my words, and as a further judgement on the stealthy philosophies of the Beeb, I would ask just a few pointed questions for you to ponder:-

  • When was the last time the BBC told of the terrible starvation and suffering of the North Korean people, and asked what Britain should do about it?
  • When was the last time that the savage torment placed upon the Zimbabwean people by the geriatric dictator Mugabe, along of course with his Zanu-PF thugs, was even discussed on the BBC airwaves?
  • When was the decision by the Botswana Government not to stop the forced removal of the Kalahari Bushmen to the resettlement camps, so that diamond mining can carry on without these pesky Bushmen wanting a major share of the profits; ever criticised on the BBC?
  • When was the fate of the people who once lived quite happily upon the island of Diego Garcia in the Chagos Archipelago, but forcibly removed by British government agents so that the whole island chain could be leased very profitably to America as a base for carriers, submarines and equipment ships, ever taken up, or even championed by a supine BBC?

 

it all depends on your ‘Point of View’

By Mike Cunningham On April 18th, 2014 at 9:40 am

It is, unfortunately, a fact of life that anyone in Great Britain with even vaguely ‘centrist’ or ‘right-of-centre views’ perceives the BBC as an organ of the Left;  a broadcaster with a built-in bias against anybody, any politician, any Party, which views political life in this country in opposition to its own, narrow, egocentrically left-wing, liberally-biased viewpoint.

The Biased BBC blog, edited consistently by our own David, gives graphic illustration of that built-in bias against anyone who does not share, whole-heartedly, the BBC’s viewpoint.

Peruse, if you would, the following comments following a Guardian report on a statement by Eric Pickles on council propaganda news-sheets:-

He will have to close the BBC down, that spouts Tory propaganda on every news programme.

Well said, couldn’t agree more. I can barely watch the BBC news these days, it’s so full of Tory propaganda.

You’ll enjoy this headline.

Rising wages change terms of debate

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-27048545

My 85 year old Mum mentioned the BBC tonight. She said she had stopped watching the BBC News because its a Tory party broadcast.
She’s switched to Channel 4. I might do the same.

My query is quite simple: are these people on the same planet as the rest of us?

 

…and don’t mention Europe; its all Climate Change: Gottit?

By Mike Cunningham On March 23rd, 2014 at 11:40 am

I listened this morning to the Farming Programme, the premier programme from the BBC for both rural and farming communities in Great Britain. The whole slot was dedicated to a revisit to one farm, and one farming family, whose home and fields were devastated by the torrential downpours of the winter. The Somerset Levels, where this farmer’s family has lived for three generations, has always had flood problems, as was admitted by the farmer himself, but the interview concentrated on the fantastic response by volunteers to the problems of the entire Levels farming and rural community which had literally been washed away by the flood waters. From huge quantities of hay and silage from farmers based hundreds of miles away, hauled and delivered free of any charge whatsoever for the displaced cattle standing in borrowed barns; to the lady who made sandwiches to help feed the volunteers toiling to shore up the leaking sandbag barriers, they all received due praise.

afloodfarmThe farmer, first interviewed as he battled to arrange transport for his animals, was philosophical about the struggles ahead as he talked to the BBC about awaiting a mobile home to arrive so his family could once more be together in some semblance of normality, talked about the damage done to his home. with brickwork cracked, floors destroyed and the very stuff which everyone surrounds themselves laid out on the grass, prior to being ‘skipped’.

Mention was made of the amazingly short  time between the ‘normal’ flood water which had lain for a week or more, and the onslaught of nearly five feet of water as the huge amounts of rainfall moved forwards over the surrounding farms and fields. But strangely enough, just a few phrases were uttered about how this devastation had occurred in the first place. An off-hand remark about ‘the politics’ of the Somerset Levels, when the farmer talked about the lack of maintenance of flood prevention measures, dismissed by the BBC interviewer as unimportant, showed, as far as I am concerned, the deep, almost impenetrable brainwashing of BBC staff when it comes to any criticism whatsoever of European or even British government policies, with special emphasis not given to the mad policies and directives of the Environmental Agency, with their earnest desire to save the bloody birds and habitats, and forget about those noisy farmers, who simply could not understand that the flooding was in their own ‘best interests’!

 

typical!

By Mike Cunningham On December 18th, 2013 at 9:32 am

What can one say about the BBC which, unfortunately, hasn’t been said, many times, before?

They just get over the glorification and all the other sanctimonious bullshit spread around for over ten days after the death of one celebrity terrorist;, and now we have to listen to SEVEN mentions on national news bulletins, three ‘I remember meeting him, and he was just a lovable rogue’ clips; then a prolonged bit about how the Police, whilst attempting to extradite this amoral, vicious criminal, were so stupid they didn’t even know that Portuguese is the language of Brazil.

Oh how we larfed!

 

here is the NMBBC news, as we remember it.

By Mike Cunningham On December 7th, 2013 at 10:08 am

and the Love Fest goes on, and on, and on; ad-bloody-infinitum

The Guardian……….Johannesburg Funeral preparations, leaders unite…..Muslim vigilantes,,,,,,,,,,,,Mandela………

The Telegraph………….Mandela, Mandela……………………….

BBC Today, and the twin mourners-in-chief, John Humphrys and Evan Davis:-

Evan Davis…………”The World Trade Organisation has just completed a deal freeing global trade from red tape: and now back to Nelson Mandela”

John Humphries……….The super storm which been blasting Scotland and the East coast has now passed; homes have been destroyed and fields flooded; but I remember, after Mandela was freed, the first elections…….”

At that point, I switched off the radio, remembered the superb concert which I had attended and enjoyed so much yesterday evening; and got on with my life.

 

and here is the News, read by Alvar Liddell…

By Mike Cunningham On August 5th, 2013 at 2:02 pm

 

Once upon a time, such as during the Second World War years, we might be said to have faith in the News, as broadcast by the BBC. Sixty-eight years later, we know better both for that time, and, unfortunately, for now. Newsworthy items, such as many defeats or setbacks, were routinely embargoed or prohibited from the newspapers or the BBC airwaves, in the spurious belief that, first of all, ‘the Government knows best’; and that news of defeats would support a movement for either surrender; or movement towards neutrality. The sinking of the battleship HMS Barham by a German torpedo was considered to be so internally delicate that news censorship was decreed, and was only lifted some three months after the sinking. The film of the tragedy was only revealed after the end of the war. Helen Duncan’s imprisonment was considered to be a direct result of the Barham’s sinking, as the Government wanted to keep any news of the tragedy under wraps.

So we now turn to today’s news, as published by our very own Goebbels organisation, the BBC Today Programme. We had a turgid piece about the production of a ‘hamburger’ costing around £250,000.00 and made or ‘grown’ from stem cells. Then the usual rubbish about sports, a piece about how a train was late, and a lot of chatter about ‘zero-hour contracts’, and how terrible they are, and how the Tory Government are so awful to allow them. Another episode of the long drawn-out saga of the Catholic Church and the latest scandal of sexual abuse by Benedictine monks in Scotland. Then the triumph of the BBC’s investigative journalists in the discovery that the dead Boston Bomber, the one who was actually killed by his younger brother as he drove over him whilst escaping, had ‘strong links’ to ‘Right Wing American hate sites on the Web’. I presume we were expected to infer from this ‘bombshell’ that the two clowns who killed three and maimed one hell of a lot more that day in Boston were not Muslim Jihadi murderers, but in fact were deeply influenced by the likes of Timothy McVeigh; and of course, by extension of that inference, by the BNP and the EDL.

I have visited the online spoutings of Anders Breivik of Norwegian infamy. Does this make me into a prospect for a mass murder? Of course it does not. I would like to pin a great many politicians to a wall, but I would just imprison them for a long, long time.

 

The BBC: a great successor to the proud traditions of Herr Goebbels, who would be so proud of what they have achieved with his perverted ideals!