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By David Vance On August 19th, 2014 at 8:27 pm

Then throw away your iPhone….



By David Vance On August 19th, 2014 at 8:26 pm

I am sure that we all are sickened by the violence on the American street in recent days. The terrible loss of innocent life and the violence. I am talking about….yes, CHICAGO. 

Seven people lose their lives in shootings — probably black people murdered by…black gangs. What drives this savage violence I wonder and why does the media seem a tad disinterested?

I notice Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton have been so busy accusing WHITE America of being racist in Ferguson, blaming slavery as a prime cause, that they have not been able to comment on the corrupt gang culture that defaces this and many other US cities.  A few hard facts for the race hustlers out there;

“In New York from January to June 2008, 83 percent of all gun assailants were black, according to witnesses and victims, though blacks were only 24 percent of the population. Blacks and Hispanics together accounted for 98 percent of all gun assailants. Forty-nine of every 50 muggings and murders in the Big Apple were the work of black or Hispanic criminals.’

“FBI for 2007 finds blacks committed 433,934 crimes against whites, eight times the 55,685 whites committed against blacks. Interracial rape is almost exclusively black on white — with 14,000 assaults on white women by African Americans in 2007. Not one case of a white sexual assault on a black female was found in the FBI study.”

If interracial crime is the ugliest manifestation of racism, what does this tell us about where racism resides — in America?

The Ferguson meme from a UK perspective as channeled by the likes of the rancid BBC, is that Michael Brown was a harmless and innocent black man brutally murdered by white cops. All the predictable Race Hustlers from Jackson to Sharpton to Armah have been allowed to trot out their bile on the media without ANY balance, any pause for considering the facts.  Why do some black people in Ferguson feel the need…to riot, to loot and to try and kill Police Officers? In what way does this deal with anything, other than betray a perplexing resort to violence. Speaking on Sunday, Sharpton said that Ferguson was about “liberation” … like this…



By David Vance On August 19th, 2014 at 7:00 am


The sun rises fresh each morning and so do I. So does hope. Early morning is my favourite time of the day, love the silence before the cacophony of the day.

I’ve taken a break to think about things. Sometimes you only get perspective in going away.

There are a number of things I want to say to you.

I wanted to thank all those who took the time to email me. I have read everything that you said. I have also read every comment in the Changes post. I then thought about what to do next.

I run two very busy blogs, this one and Biased BBC. I have a very active social network account on Twitter. I have frequent media appearances to prepare for and this is a little of what I do in my spare time.

These public platforms afford me the opportunity to write and talk about things that interest me. I remain fascinated by what goes on in this world, almost like a child. The daily news does interest me, full of little jewels. The joy lies in the writing and in the sharing of views with others.

No one has to agree with me but – and this is my caveat – they do have to be agreeable as judged by me on MY space, on MY site.  Now some here find me hypocritical. Fair enough, I have never said I am perfect nor that I am out to achieve balance, or even fairness. I am out to put forward my views and that is as far as it goes.

Inevitably I attract my critics. Some of them are – literally – deranged and they spend most of their time spewing poison my way I have no desire to go into details. I am not talking of ANY of the ATW regulars but trust me there are some crazed people out there. Do reflect on that and what it may mean for someone like me.

On the ATW specifics, I want to say the following. Many of you have posted comments that reassure me in recent days. I can see your maturity and the understanding of how I really hate the name calling and rows in the comment threads. A few of you demonstrated why I sometimes feel low but that is to be expected. But the truth is this; I took up the cudgels of political commentary many years ago now and it has become something of a life’s work for me. I won’t be stopped; I won’t be deflected and I sure as hell will keep on going until the breath finally leaves me. I want you to comment but to do so politely and with respect for others AND yourself. If you don’t like this or find it overbearing then you know how to exit.

I have read various suggestions made and thank you for them. But the plan is simple. I will keep an eye on things and would ask that you make me aware, via email, of anything that seems wrong. I am libertarian in my approach but if someone behaves badly, I will ban. I will not make exceptions. Look upon it as my inner totalitarian.

ATW welcomes all views, no matter how contrary they are. I do not seek to censor. However ATW does not welcome offensive people, it does not welcome juvenile in-fighting.

Look upon this as a new dawn, not a false one. I will return to comment on news stories. I want to thank everyone who does come here and I extend a warm welcome to anyone thinking of coming BACK here. ATW is open for business.


By Pete Moore On August 18th, 2014 at 9:40 pm

Carrying out beheadings and other extreme acts is unthinkable for most people, but the right cocktail of factors can make anyone an extremist, says neuroscientist Prof Ian Robertson

I’d have thought this is pretty obvious. I’ve said in here before that if I’d been born in NI I might have gone that way. I don’t mean that I’d have been a different person and therefore of a different mind either. There’s not the slightest chance of me initiating violence against someone, or of attacking innocents for a political cause, but even as I am now, I think that the younger me, if born elsewhere, would easily have been capable of picking up a gun and doing terrible things. That’s not to excuse terrible acts, and I wouldn’t today excuse myself my younger self.

This isn’t a great admission. Within a few years the Germans went from being as sophisticated, intellectually and culturally, as any people, to terrorising a continent. But it’s not as if the goosesteppers and headchoppers are the only extremists. The transatlantic War Party is still popular, and by any (classical) liberal measure it’s extreme. Clearly we need to be on guard first and always to ourselves.

What now?

By The Troll On August 18th, 2014 at 2:56 am

We await the word of the master of the house.  What will be the fate of our home?  The bickering of the children has taken it’s toll, and we wait for judgement. Sitting on death row for our crimes.  Shall it be the noose, or a reprieve, the hand of the executioner or a letter from the Governor?

Some may not feel this way, but the depression that I feel I know is shared. By me, David, and several others.  I feel an oppressive weight hanging overhead. I have to write something.

This site has been my home for a long time. I have seen it in many incarnations, populated by many characters. Some loved, some hated. An eclectic  gathering of scholars, wonks, politicians, lawyers(god help us), businessmen, doctors, engineers, drunkards, anarchists, and housewives.  All however have been part of a grand tapestry that I love. A reflection of life filled with the richness of passion, love, envy, desire, anger, and hope.  All the fragrances that make life worth living.

Maybe it is to much a reflection of the world. The world is at war, and so are we.  I like to believe that there is still Hope in the world. So I cling to hope for us.

There will be no comments on this thread. Not to be the Bastard that I am, but because I hope we will all reflect on this living work of Art and how it has been a part of each of our lives. I hope it remains so.

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Not everyone in Ferguson is crazy

By The Troll On August 17th, 2014 at 12:18 am

A man who was protesting today after looting broke out last night again in Ferguson is getting a glimpse of reality.

Now I don’t know if the killing of the man in Ferguson by the Cops was justified or not. No one except the 4 people involved really know.  What I do know is when you spend seven days attacking the Cops the reaction they witnessed last night was always a possibility.

Rioting broke out again, the store that the man had “allegedly” robbed before being killed was looted and destroyed. The Cops stood and watched.  They dared not intervene.

If the Police are afraid to react to preserve the peace, who will stop the Animals from getting YOU?

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37yrs ago he went Home

By The Troll On August 16th, 2014 at 10:04 pm

Elvis Presley


By Pete Moore On August 16th, 2014 at 8:40 pm

Politics schmolitics

Pure comedy gold at the touch of a button: what a great thing this interweb is, eh? I have my Porridge box set on the shelf somewhere and it gets a run out occasionally. It’s up there with the greatest sitcoms in my book. The scripts and observations were pin sharp, so good you can watch them over and over and they’re always fresh. Just add a top cast and squeaky boots -

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By Pete Moore On August 16th, 2014 at 6:17 pm

What a fascinating documentary this is.

It was on 8th December 1991 that Boris Yeltsin and his Ukraine and Belarus counterparts met and signed the instrument to dissolve the Soviet Union. I came across this RT (nope, not doing that waltz again) film, using interviews with many people witnessed it, about the events leading up to, and on, that day. Anyone interested in modern European history might find it fascinating too. A couple of points stand out. Mikhail Gorbachev, as Russian President at the time, was kept entirely in the dark and knew nothing about the meeting or what would happen. Someone has already noted in these here parts (ehem) that Mikhail Gorbachev was no heroic reformer, and here we see in his own words that he tried – and failed – to defend the Soviet Union “to the last bullet”. We also see that Boris Yeltsin might have been a little in the dark too, because a worker at the remote facility who attended Yelstin when he arrived for the signing says that “it was clear he’d just come from a social function.” I think we know what he means.

If you watch it maybe you could park yourself on youtube’s bandwidth -

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By David Vance On August 16th, 2014 at 2:48 pm

I have received an email from long term ATW commentator Agit8ed informing he that he has decided to leave the site. Some of you may be familiar with his reasons – it comes down to the language and tone used in recent discussions. This depresses me no end. I hate it when anyone leaves. I always wanted ATW to be a big enough tent for all. But it’s not. And I wonder should I carry on. I am in a lucky position insofar as I write what I want and feel no real need to justify anything but when people partake in the comments, things can turn ugly and that really bothers me. I’m going to think about it.