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DAVID HUME HAS BEEN CANCELLED

By Pete Moore On September 13th, 2020 at 9:18 pm

The work of the University’s Equality & Diversity Committee and its Race Equality and Anti-Racist Sub-committee has continued over the summer.

Edinburgh University’s Student Red Guards never rest. What history have they corrected?

From the start of the new academic year the David Hume Tower will be known as 40 George Square.

David Hume. Not even he makes the cut.

Stark, staring, barking at the moon mad.

HOW CAN ANYONE BE UNDECIDED?

By Pete Moore On September 13th, 2020 at 7:05 pm

Two Los Angeles police officers are in a critical condition after being shot in what police are calling an ambush, reports the BBC. The video shows a sneak, cowardly ambush.

The LA County Sheriffs Department had to put out this message later:

To the protesters blocking the entrance & exit of the HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM yelling “We hope they die” referring to 2 LA Sheriff’s ambushed today in Compton: DO NOT BLOCK EMERGENCY ENTRIES & EXITS TO THE HOSPITAL. People’s lives are at stake when ambulances can’t get through.

That’s right. The usual BLM bums and far-left losers blockaded a hospital entrance to prevent the ambulance carrying the officers from reaching it. And they chanted that they hope the officers die. I’d have shot the bums down to clear the way. Blue lives matter more than some other lives.

I’m astonished that anyone can be left undecided in the presidential election. LA today saw the destructive, nihilistic face of the left. It’ll be somewhere else tomorrow because it’s a commonplace, every day occurrence.

Common Sense from a Trade Union

By Mike Cunningham On September 13th, 2020 at 11:25 am

We, here in these windswept Islands, have had, certainly for the last thirty years, political leadership in the form of either chancers, liars, fools, charlatans and, in the past few months, a man who is, in many respects, a combination of all those traits mentioned previously. But no matter how bad Prime Minister Johnson proves himself to be, he is just following on from the dismal history of those who were in power over those last thirty-odd years. All those political leaders, inclusive of Johnson himself, the class buffoon whom we were all taken in by, myself as well as millions of others; all seem to be enamoured of only one phrase, one saying which seems to have ruled their every waking thought.

The phrase? World Beating: or, as an alternate; World Leading. The stupid and unrealistic term ‘World Leading’ when it comes to British Politics and Politicians, cast together in an insane race to accomplish what is foolishly-termed ‘Zero-Carbon Economy by 2050; is but typical of the soundbites produced by the present breed of British politicians; together with an incompetent and near useless so-called Civil Service.

There have been times, in our past history, when we were ‘World Leaders; or indeed World Beaters’. But those British leaders, either in the time of the Industrial Revolution, or  the years of the Napoleonic Wars; when Britain stood alone against a ruthless Continental Dictator: or not so long ago, when these Islands again stood alone in defiance of yet another Dictator, did not consider their actions or policies to evolve because they wished to ‘Lead’.

No, indeed, the Engineering genius which powered that ‘bloodless Revolution’ was powered by profit; because the cotton mills which emerged because fabric could be spun and manufactured far cheaper than by hand: and the canals and later railway lines were built so that that cotton; that coal, those mountains of manufactured goods could be sold cheaper than ever.

We stood against a French dictator alone, because we couldn’t accept  that ‘Might was Right’; and; after smashing his navies at Trafalgar sent him into final exile after Waterloo. Read the rest of this entry »

Roald Dahl

By Patrick Van Roy On September 13th, 2020 at 3:42 am

Guest Post by Seimi

“…we all start out knowing magic. … But then we get the magic educated right out of our souls. We get it churched out, spanked out, washed out, and combed out. We get put on the straight and narrow and told to be responsible. Told to act our age. Told to grow up, for God’s sake. And you know why we were told that? Because the people doing the telling were afraid of our wildness and youth, and because the magic we knew made them ashamed and sad of what they’d allowed to wither in themselves.”

So wrote American author, Robert R. McCammon, in 1991. And he was correct, of course. How could he not be? After all, he was merely echoing the thoughts of one of the most gifted writers the English language ever produced.

Today is Roald Dahl Day, when those who know what Snozzberries and Humpy-Rumpys are, celebrate the birth of a man who refused to be shackled by cumbersome inconveniences like being a grown-up, living instead by mantras such as, “Never grow up…always down,”  and “Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”

Dahl, the son of Norwegian immigrants, was born in Llandaff, Wales, on the 13th of September, 1916. During the Second World War, he joined the Royal Air Force, where he scored five confirmed victories, before being invalided back to England after the Battle of Athens.

Dahl was eventually sent first to Canada and then to Washington, as a member of British secret intelligence, from where he sent information to Winston Churchill on his US counterpart, Franklin D. Roosevelt. He was eventually promoted to Wing Commander, for the duration of the war.

He was accused of being anti-semitic, because of his stance regarding the siege of West Beirut by Israel in the Lebanon War of 1982. He wrote, “…a race of people”, meaning Jews, had never “switched so rapidly from victims to barbarous murderers.” (Wiki) He stated, “I am not anti-Semitic. I am anti-Israel.” And also said, of the USA, that they were, “…so utterly dominated by the great Jewish financial institutions” that “they dare not defy” Israelis. (Wiki)

But it is undoubtably for his children’s books which he is best remembered. The Twits, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach and on and on and on. His books have sold over 250 million copies worldwide, and his readership grows by the day. His books followed eight basic rules:

  1. Just add chocolate
  2. Adults can be scary
  3. Bad things happen
  4. Revenge is sweet
  5. Keep a wicked sense of humour
  6. Pick perfect pictures
  7. Films are fun…but books are better!
  8. Food is fun!

His philosophy was simple:

“I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.”

And his works are eminently quotable.

“It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you.”

“If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

And one of my favourites:

“Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world.”

Celebrate Roald Dahl Day today. Go find one of his many books (we all, those of us who are parents,  have them, somewhere in the house!) Laugh at the Twits. Marvel in the BFG’s wisdom and peculiar phrases. Despise Matilda’s parents and the Trunchbull. Wish you owned a chocolate factory, or at least a giant peach! Be a kid, just for one more day.

Happy birthday, Roald.

PALESTINIANS ARE LOSERS

By Pete Moore On September 12th, 2020 at 7:29 pm

“We have dignity, martyrs, prisoners and refugee camps of glory, and this is enough for us.”

Mohannad Aklouk, Palestinian envoy to the Arab League, responding to the Israel-UAE peace deal

The utter incompetence and rejectionist thinking of the Palestinian leadership summed up in one sentence. They are such losers. They’ve had billions in aid and still live in hovels, raising their children to hate Israelis. The leasers don’t live in hovels, of course. They keep in touch with their Swiss bank accounts from nice villas, while telling everyone else to raise their children to hate Israelis.

Outside help and aid is pointless. Only the Palestinians can change their situation, but first they have to change themselves.

BELIEVE IT

By Pete Moore On September 12th, 2020 at 6:52 pm

“We never seriously believed that the EU would be willing to use a treaty, negotiated in good faith, to blockade one part of the UK, to cut it off, or that they would actually threaten to destroy the economic and territorial integrity of the UK.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson

HM Government has been more than generous to the EU. Major concessions were made to achieve the Withdrawal Agreement and an orderly exit from the EU. The EU’s thanks was to demand that the UK give up its territorial waters and agree to follow EU rules in perpetuity. If the UK did not agree then the EU would annexe and blockade a part of our territory to prevent food movements.

We already knew that the EU is sick and foul, but they’ve really outdone themselves in these talks.

National liberation is never pretty but the EU has played dirty. We should not allow it to piggyback off of the UK’s decency and credibility a moment longer. There is no good case for carrying on the trade negotiations. The rest of the world wants to sit across the table from us on friendly terms. We should get on with being a global nation once again and leave the EU to its inevitable sclerotic decline.

Benghazi

By Patrick Van Roy On September 12th, 2020 at 3:19 pm

8 years ago 4 Americans died in Benghazi because Hillary Clinton & Barack Obama decided in spite of it being requested that they needed NO additional Security. This resulted in our Ambassadors body being dragged through the streets.

The whole situation was mess. After the fall of Libya caused by Hillary Clinton to aid the British Libya had a stockpile of SAMs. These weapons needed to be secured. In the process of securing these arms an arrangement was made by John “the traitorous scumbag” McCain to use the operation to funnel arms illegally to the Syrian Rebels. Ambassador Stevens was a CIA bagman & deal broker.

The day after the annex was overrun Obama who no one knows still where he was that night came out blamed it on some poor bastard that made a youtube video and then got on a plane to raise money for his reelection.

 

Four Americans died in the 2012 Benghazi attack: Ambassador Chris Stevens, Information Officer Sean Smith, and two CIA operatives, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, both former Navy SEALs.

“What difference does it make”

 

Brexit – final days. Politicised Policing

By Patrick Van Roy On September 12th, 2020 at 1:41 pm

David Vance in conversation with Rebecca Butler

 

ATW FRIDAY NIGHT JUKEBOX

By Pete Moore On September 11th, 2020 at 7:22 pm

Because Friday night is Music Night

Another week done at the coalface of capitalism. Gosh, the football season kicks off tomorrow (up the Arse). It seems like only a few weeks since the last one ended. Doesn’t time fly? Have a good weekend whatever you’re up to.

A change of pace this week. I stumbled across this performance of John Williams’ mesmerising composition a while ago. How do you compose something as moving as this? That I wonder how is probably the reason why I’m not a composer.

The blurb caught my eye: “Davida Scheffers has lived her dream in winning a contest and the opportunity to play with the Dutch Orchestra. Davida suffers from an extremely painful neuromuscular condition that derailed her career, and she thought she would never get to play in a professional orchestra again… The young blond lady is her daughter and was 18 years old that day.”

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EUROPE’S FAILED COVID STATES

By Pete Moore On September 11th, 2020 at 7:06 pm

The British media ran daily “UK vs other countries” pieces when it was thought that our infections and deaths were duh worst in Europe. That all stopped when everyone realised that the numbers are made up. I don’t think they’ll be coming back any time soon either.

Several European countries are recording a rising number of daily cases amid fears of a resurgence of the virus.

Hans Kluge, the director general of the WHO’s Europe office, has likened Covid-19 to a “tornado with a long tail” and warned that rising cases among young people could spread the disease to more vulnerable older people […]

A number of European countries have re-imposed local lockdowns in their worst-affected regions, and there have been renewed appeals for people to wear face coverings and follow social distancing rules.

Those “it’s all about the quality of leadership” articles won’t be seen again either.