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Rule of Rose Banned in UK?

By ATWadmin On November 25th, 2006 at 10:24 am

rule-of-rose banned.jpgReaders may remember that on the 21st I brought to your attention the worrying possibility of a game of the very successful Silent Hill ilk being banned from European gamers. Apparently we’re that much less capable of discerning fiction from reality than those in the US and the Japan. Today’s news suggests that the self-appointed moralisers have managed to convince the company that would have been shipping the game to us (505 Games) that they really do know what’s best, and that includes keeping the game from us. Apparently the ideas of free will and personal responsibility really do count for nothing with some people as, despite the fact that games, like videos can be and often are age-restricted, this game must be stopped.

Some commenting here on ATW have said that Sony’s non-releasing of the game in the US makes the European outcry ‘seem tame by comparison’. This is, sadly, an utter nonsense. Sony did not release the game on its own volition because they feared that it would not be well received, which they are perfectly entitled to do as they are the ones who developed the game. However, they did not make any moves to stop Atlus games from releasing it in the US, and any American readers who have faith in their own sanity and ability to discern right from wrong and video games from day-to-day life may purchase the title from amazon.com. (Take a minute to appreciate how lucky you are that you’re allowed that freedom while you’re buying it.) Oddest thing of all? According to PSX Extreme, it’s only in the UK that this game, Rule of Rose, will be withheld from gamers. The rest of Europe, where the trouble and nonsense started, will get to play the game. I have sent a note to 505 Games asking why the UK in particular was selected for this dubious honour and, should I get a response, will let you all know. Personally, I’m not holding my breath in anticipation.

In the meantime, I think I might go play some Silent Hill. It is, after all, allowed in the UK, so it must be safe and non-disturbing. Right? Well, alright, you have a look at this and see what you think:

 

THE RADIOACTIVE BEAR PROWLS LONDON….

By ATWadmin On November 25th, 2006 at 10:14 am

nuclearsign203afp.jpgI’m sure we’ve all been following the remarkable tale of the former KGB Colonel, Alexander Litvinenko, who has been murdered in London by some form of radioactive contamination, using Pollonium 210. London police have detected traces of this material at several locations in the UK capital. 

On his deathbed, Litvinenko nailed the blame for his condition on Russian President Putin. He was a staunch critic of the Putin regime and has paid for this – with his life.

On a broader front, this brings into question the status of Russia under Putin. It is a dying country, in demographic freefall, and which is seeking to earn whatever cash it can by working with the likes of tyrannies such as IRAN,  providing them with a missile defence system (Mmm..and whose missiles do you think Iran might be anticipating having to stop – and why?).

I believe that Putin is no friend of the West, and that his regime is as corrupt and as weasely as any that proceeded it. The fact that it sends assassins armed with radioactive materials to London to silence those who criticise it is far from a work of fiction. Just ask the next of kin of Mr Litinenko.

ATW FRIDAY EVENING JUKEBOX

By ATWadmin On November 24th, 2006 at 7:48 pm

Here’s a grown-up song, with a  lyric that we would all do well to follow. The last verse is a bit of a tear-jerker…..!

WHO PACKED THE DUP’S BAGS?

By ATWadmin On November 24th, 2006 at 7:05 pm

Here is an article especially written for ATW by Samuel Morrison – a young Fermanagh-based unionist.

795151-564257-thumbnail.jpg"When we go away for a few days, we are all liable to forget a few things – our toothbrush, comb, camera, etc. However, given the size of the DUP talks team (it was reported in the press that the number exceeded that officially allowed by the government) one would have thought that at least one of them would have remembered to pack a copy of the manifesto.

If they did all forget to bring a copy they could easily have obtained one from the DUP website. Sir Reg and his team got into hot water with the NIO for posting on a blog while the talks were going on. Perhaps the Democratic Unionists didn’t have PCs in their rooms. Maybe the government removed them as punishment for bringing too many negotiators?

Jim Allister’s QC brain seems to have enabled him to recall most of the 2005 manifesto from memory. He appeared to have remembered that it contained a photograph of the Agreement in a waste paper basket and that any paper which merely made "practical changes to the operations of the Agreement" of 1998 was just not good enough.

Mr Allister is also, apparently, the only member of the talks team that recalled a commitment to "no terrorists in government", "accountability of all North-South matters to the people of Northern Ireland" (St Andrews says that "any changes to the existing arrangements would require the specific endorsement of the Assembly and the Oireachtas" which means that I, as a Northern Irish voter, cannot vote for a party that advocates the abolition of cross border bodies) and that "inclusive, mandatory coalition government which includes Sinn Fein under d’Hondt or any other system is out of the question".

The other members of the talks team appear to have only noticed these inconsistencies when they got home. Maybe that is why they never mentioned the manifesto in the "Your Verdict" document. The St Andrews Agreement versus the DUP manifesto would, as I have suggested to a number of senior party figures, make very interesting reading.

One wonders if Mr Robinson’s famous presentation with which he toured the country highlighted the following for party members:

St Andrews not only requires the DUP to attend cross border bodies (something which they never did in the past) but means they have to encourage more North-Southery (parties in the executive have to "encourage … the Assembly to establish a North-South parliamentary forum");

"The Government", not the Assembly, "will introduce an Irish Language Act reflecting the experience of Wales and Ireland" where signs are bilingual;

"The Government will work with business, trade unions and exprisoners groups to produce guidelines for employers which will reduce barriers to employment and enhance re-integration of former prisoners";

Dublin will work "with all the parties to establish a platform for long-term economic stability" in Northern Ireland thus laying the foundations for an all-Ireland economy;

Dr Paisley will have a Siamese twin like relationship with IRA killer Martin McGuinness because he has agreed to "observe the joint nature of the First and Deputy First Minister" and when he was saying that McGuinness will have to swear an oath supporting the police, did he remind his audience that Michel Collins and Eamon de Valera swore oaths of loyalty to the British Crown which, by DUP logic, would make the 1916 rebels monarchists?

The DUP‘s so-called "consultation exercise" was nothing of the sort. It was the biggest con job in Irish political history.

Some people might compare the DUP to Lundy. That would be unfair. Lundy had the manners to tell the people of Londonderry that he wanted to open the gates. The DUP have given Dublin the keys and are pretending that they have won a victory.

Samuel Morrison, former DUP voter.

“IRA GO MISSING” SHOCK SENSATION…..

By ATWadmin On November 24th, 2006 at 6:18 pm

795151-564230-thumbnail.jpgFor YEARS now, it has been the practice of the more intelligent Unionist politicians to refer to Sinn Fein/IRA as being one organisation, inextricably linked.  Individuals hold senior office in both parts of these terrorist hydra. But the times they are-a- changing. I have heard DUP luminary Jeffrey Donaldson on several occasions – most recently this evening – using media platforms to talk about "Sinn Fein" stepping up to the plate. The "IRA" part of their name has gone missing in action.

I suspect this is deliberate DUP softening up policy. They know that many unionists would not ever BUY the concept of IRA/Sinn Fein embracing policing – because they know that the IRA are lying terrorist thugs whose word means nothing. So instead the DUP now just refer to Sinn Fein – the IRA bit is excised. 

More DUP spin, I fear and Jeffrey should be ashamed of allowing himself to go through this Robinson- directed farce. If I have got it wrong, perhaps Jeffrey or his associates could make a point of explaining why he pointedly leaves out the words IRA when talking of Sinn Fein, when for so many years he made a point of inserting them? Jeffrey – where did the IRA go to?  Have they gone away? I think we should be told…

SEA LEVELS ARE FALLING!

By ATWadmin On November 24th, 2006 at 3:38 pm

earyh.jpgHave a read of this. It appears that CONTRARY to the Global Warming end of the world is nigh evangelical predictions, sea-levels are destined to FALL!

Why? Because the Antarctic ice-shelf is thickening – based on the the most recent decade of pertinent real-world data! But which of us shall break this devastating news to the Rev Al Gore?

Bye, Bye Black Sheep

By ATWadmin On November 24th, 2006 at 3:26 pm

Possibly the best news I’ve heard all day.  The walking black pudding (now there’s an ironic description!), Aishah Azmi, has been sacked by the school where she refused to remove that ridiculous handkerchief wrapped around her mush.  Although found by a court not to have been discriminated against after being suspended for looking a complete prat, the judge nevertheless awarded £1,100 for ‘injury to feelings’ (remind me again how much the lady in battle with British Airways has been awarded to-date).

Kirklees is my adjacent council.  Thus, it will be interesting to note what effects this very sensible ruling has on Muslims across West Yorkshire.  Doubtless there will be the usual cries of ‘oppression’ we hear from minorities – be they followers of Slab Murphy or Allah – every time the British State refuses to bend the knee to their every demand.  For me, I believe expelling here from her job is only a half-way measure.  As she clearly has cultural leanings so far removed from what the bulk of people here find acceptable, she should be expelled from the country, also.  Azmi evidently has a great love for extreme Muslim traditions.  Let her start a new life in an extreme Muslim country!!!

ATW FRIDAY JUKEBOX….

By ATWadmin On November 24th, 2006 at 3:26 pm

Here’s a great song from a much ignored but truly excellent British singer-songwriter. I’ve been a fan of Graham Parker for decades, have seen him live in concert in Londno, and admire his adroit skill with words. Popular success has evaded him but his writing is powerful, touching and always worth a listen..

TORIES EMBRACE SOCIALISM…

By ATWadmin On November 24th, 2006 at 1:04 pm

Interesting to read David Cameron has confirmed that there has been a "big change" in the way the Conservatives think about poverty. In a speech to mark 25 years since the Scarman Report into the Brixton riots, the Tory leader argued poverty is not only "absolute" but "relative". It was not just "material deprivation," but the fact that some people "lacked things others took for granted".

This is the essence of socialism – ENVY! Cameron seeks to embrace the leftist analysis of "poverty" and in doing so once again confirms that his Party is no loner Conservative but drippingly wet liberal. There is no such thing as poverty in this country but by redefining it as "relative" and thus establishing a benchmark that continually adjusts regardless of absolute income/welfare benefits, the Poverty Industry goes from strength to strength….

Feeney Watch – 24.11.06

By ATWadmin On November 24th, 2006 at 12:47 pm

It’s a while since I tackled the most poisoned pen in insurrectionist politics.  So, for the benefit of our regulars, I’ve decided to take Bigoted Bri to task once more.  His latest submission to the Irish News contains the traditional nonsense (such as it is) that emanates from his mind (such as IT is!).  He begins by describing the notion that the only thing important in ‘Irish’? (British-Ulster) politics in the support of the rule of law by a terrorist organisation.

I have news for him.  It is the only important factor.  Power sharing (as it exists in other parts of the world) commits the parties to respect the integrity of the state.  That’s why it has worked.  The reason it will never work in Ulster is that two, not one, parties committed to the abolition of the UK as we know it demand a free run to do just that; in addition to wanting control of law-enforcement agents to assist them in that endeavour.

‘Ownership’ of a country is determined by two overriding criteria:

  1. The numerical majority of the largest single group therein.
  2. Adherence to the fundamental principles of respect for the predominant cultural and social ethos of the territory.

On the first principle, Unionists have no competition.  They provide one part of the jigsaw that gives the Union constitutional and legal legitimacy.  On the second, Unionism reflects socio-political reality: namely that the territory of what is now Northern Ireland has been part of the United Kingdom for over 200 years, and culturally tied to the British mainland for far longer.  Nationalists have no equivalent.  Ireland has never been a united, independent entity; most of the cultural shibboleths which underpin Irish separatism are based on the falsehood of an ancient Irish nation; the use of those shibboleths is not to create an Irish identity comfortable with the territorial status quo (as is the case with the Irish who reside in Great Britain), it is to progressively destroy and usurp the constitutional, cultural and political expression of the majority British population.  That is why nationalism must never have ‘ownership’ of Northern Ireland until it undertakes a total re-think of its aims and aspirations.

What is particularly ironic about BB and his opinion on the validities of Sinn Fein, is that today convicted killer, Michael Stone, attempted to disrupt the first sitting of the reconsituted farce that is powersharing.  Incidentally, Stone has committed many crimes in his past.  He killed a number of IRA supporters at a funeral and has also done some crimes worth losing sleep over – such as supporting the Belfast Agreement.  Following his shenanigans today, Stormont has been cordoned off and labelled a ‘crime scene’.  The truth is it has been a crime scene since Sinn Fein and the PUP were allowed to sit in its chambers eight years ago.