Scary and real
I had this article about Britain's coming disillusion pointed out to me, and it really struck home. The fiddling of figures in the UK has reached desperate proportions; the imperative to deceive out of control. From immigration to education to unemployment there has been a general whitewash of data, leading to a bubble of false confidence and false alarms to go with it.
All due to burst sometime soon, according to a book written by former Guardianistas Elliot and Atkinson, reviewed by Jeff Randall.
Yes, they're Daily Mail themes, and yes, such things sell books, and no these authors are not the only two good apples in the rotten basket. In fact though, the greatest disservice done by our fetid media, as well as our fetid politicians, is that they have so promiscuously oversold the truth, mingling it with their little lies to such a point where truth and lies are indistinguishable. I won't be reading the book, I don't think, but it seems to me that it's a truth in this case only slightly oversold.
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Scary and real
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Hope for Gaza and the West Bank: gangs of fascists are fighting each other in what might ironically be titled a "civil war". The BBC chooses to avoid the irony, for some reason.
So what's the good news (apart from the above)? Well, as noted by Instapundit from this Times' report, "Some Palestinian analysts predict that a collapse of the Palestinian Authority would pave the way for Jordanian custodial rule in the West Bank and a similar arrangement for Egypt in Gaza."
Which would mean the reunification of the Palestinian ethnic grouping, and an end to the farcical pretense of a nation used by the Arab world to undermine Israel, more or less.
The Wall is working, t'would appear.
Oh, and the second hope would be that such rule of law would end the Kassam missile attacks into Israel.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
The Big Story you haven't heard about.
The BBC is usually all over stories of violence from America, especially those with a racial dimension, like this.
Curiously enough they're not all over this story, which comes via the excellent la Shawn Barber. And saying that the US media would rather ignore it is not an excuse: Greg Dyke boasted once that the BBC covers topics too hot for the US media (he was actually talking about Iraq, but the same would be true regarding white on black crime, which would be generally referred to as race hate crime). Not on this occasion, it seems.
It made my blood boil. Swift and accurate justice would stop people such as the criminals concerned from getting as far down the line of evil callousness as to commit such crimes against the very humanity of us all.
Update: HotAir now has a barnstorming vent on the subject which pretty much says it all.
Monday, May 14, 2007
"I look like an exploding tomato and shout like a jet engine and every time I see it makes me cringe."
The above quote is from John Sweeney, of the BBC's Panorama, and is a calculated attempt to make it look as though he was just out of control when lambasting the Scientologists. In fact, I'd say he seemed to have an icy control behind his bellowing, as though indulging a whim out of contempt for his subjects.
Black is not the conspiratorial type.
Mark Steyn is in danger of turning me into a Conrad Black trial-geek. His coverage is getting hotter and sharper by the day, as is the nature of the case. The point, however, that I have summarised above, is the Black may be an intellectual dreamer, an other-worldly oddly patriarchal figure out of his time- but he is no conspirator, whereas David Radler clearly is.
I only hope US justice is strong enough to demonstrate that, since it wasn't strong enough to prevent the abuse of Black's name and twilight years up till now. And, yes, since you ask, I am buying the Steyn line on his former boss and friend.