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"I ate some sausages laced with nitroglycerin other day. Boy did they go off with a bang!"</a><br /><br />2. "I was going to put some jokes about badgers in my set. Then I remembered the Tories had them all shot!"<br /><br />3. "Always leave them wanting more, my uncle used to say.&nbsp; Which is why he loved working in the kitchens at Dachau."<br /><br />4. "Scotland had oil, but it's running out because you're all such fat, greedy bastards!"<br /><br />5. "I wanted to make the most obvious gags about being a feminist and married, and my husband couldn't persuade me not to."<br /><br />6. "There was Ms Costello, Mr Brockett, Ms Wardman and Mr Johnson.&nbsp; And that was just the teachers. Ahhh."<br /><br />7. "Did you threaten to overrule him?"<br /><br />8. "The yes campaign will make up the difference between now and September 18th."<br /><br />(That's enough unfunny jokes about unfunny jokes. Ed.)</span>http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2014/08/those-10-funniest-edinburgh-festival.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-5462982990543792672Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:29:00 +00002014-08-18T22:29:18.451+01:00David Cameronforeign policyIraqIslamic Statejihadistsliberal interventionismpoliticsSyriaUS foreign policyOur clear as mud Iraq strategy.<span style="font-family: georgia; font-size: 130%;">Living life like a comatose / Ego loaded and swallow, swallow, swallow<br /><br />At times, everything seems to descend into parody.&nbsp; <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdLvp630plc">This, for instance</a>, has to be a piss-take, an anonymous record producer making fun of a relatively new genre, a track made with a smile, the creator certain everyone will get the joke.&nbsp; It gets <a href="http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/17023-sophie-hard/">best new music on Pitchfork</a>, Boomkat describes it as <a href="http://boomkat.com/downloads/1065302-sophie-lemonade-hard">"exquisite ear candy ... visionary pop architecture"</a> and <a href="http://www.residentadvisor.net/review-view.aspx?id=15445&amp;comments=3">even Resident Advisor approves</a>.&nbsp; If this turn of events discombobulated the producer (whom last year put out <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byyQsLaCAdk">this pleasing slice of house</a>) then he seems to have just gone with it.&nbsp; After all, why not?<br /><br />By the same token, David Cameron surely didn't think he'd get away <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iraq/11038121/David-Cameron-Isil-poses-a-direct-and-deadly-threat-to-Britain.html">with his article for the Sunday Telegraph</a>.&nbsp; He (or whichever adviser/hanger-on wrote it) writes we can't let ourselves be imprisoned by the events of 10 years ago, and he has a point.&nbsp; Just because we've had a major hand in Iraq being in the mess it now is <a href="http://www.septicisle.info/index.php?q=/2014/08/stop-me.html">doesn't mean we shouldn't return and help Johnny Kurd</a> push back the ethnic cleansers of the Islamic State.&nbsp; Besides,<a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28831248"> we're not going to put "boots on the ground"</a>, just as we didn't in Libya.&nbsp; If we so choose to bomb a few Islamic State positions, or more accurately described, vehicles, as they seem to be the main targets <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/18/us-sanctions-isis-members-mosul-dam-strikes">the Americans have chosen to obliterate thus far</a>, we should know that doing so is all the more likely to prevent the Islamic State from becoming a threat here.&nbsp; Just think what might happen if we sat this one out.&nbsp; A positively medieval caliphate stretching across the Middle East, on the shores of the Mediterranean, bordering a NATO country!&nbsp; A NATO country!&nbsp; What could be more terrifying, more ignominious, more unacceptable?<br /><br /><a href="http://flyingrodent.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/your-dick-in-your-hand.html">Like the estimable Flying Rodent</a>, I'm more than a little tired of the this-time-it-really-is-as-bad-as-we're-saying-it-is intervention argument.&nbsp; Ten years ago every politician told us we were facing a generational battle against Islamic extremism, <a href="http://www.longwarjournal.org/">a long war</a>, a war we might even not realise was still going on or in fact had ended.&nbsp; Yesterday David Cameron said we will be fighting this "poisonous and extremist ideology" for the rest of his "political lifetime".&nbsp; His political lifetime could extend all the way up till next May, but put that happy thought to one side for a moment.&nbsp; Outside of the anti-jihadist monomaniacs, around the time of the Arab spring with bin Laden dead and al-Qaida central having been reduced to Ayman al-Zahawiri occasionally holding forth in his eternally pompous fashion, all those predictions seemed to have come to naught.&nbsp; Why then are all the old favourites being reheated like the fried chicken in the local kebab shop?<br /><br />Cameron, naturally, has the answer.&nbsp; According to him what we're seeing isn't Sunni against Shia, but rather "a battle between Islam on the one hand and extremists who want to abuse Islam on the other".&nbsp; This is, as Kim Howells had it on the Turner prize entrants however many years ago, cold mechanical bullshit.&nbsp; The Islamic State of Iraq 5 years ago had been routed, <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-10677623">thanks to the Awakening groups</a>, i.e. Sunnis who had turned against ISI's brutality.&nbsp; Only our friend Nouri al-Maliki didn't keep his promises to the Awakening groups, with many complaining the payments <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sons_of_Iraq">they were due were either paid late or didn't arrive at all</a>.&nbsp; Then came the uprising in Syria, which quickly descended into a sectarian proxy war.&nbsp; Some of the remnants of <a href="http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/140273/william-mccants/how-zawahiri-lost-al-qaeda">ISI formed the al-Nusra Front</a>, and seeing this brought funding <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/iraq-crisis-how-saudi-arabia-helped-isis-take-over-the-north-of-the-country-9602312.html">from the rich Wahhabi takfirists in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait</a> and so on, possibly including <a href="http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/ab1b61c4-1cb6-11e4-b4c7-00144feabdc0.html?ftcamp=crm/email/201488/nbe/MiddleEast/product&amp;siteedition=uk#axzz39nHL9yna">direct from the Saudi authorities</a>, ISI proper joined the fray.&nbsp; Along with the proceeds from the oil fields they captured, ISI was suddenly swimming in wealth and gathering in a lot more fighters too.&nbsp; With the Sunni Arabs in the north of Iraq once again prepared to join up with or acquiesce to the jihadis, <a href="http://pando.com/2014/06/16/the-war-nerd-heres-everything-you-need-to-know-about-too-extreme-for-al-qaeda-i-s-i-s/">first Fallujah fell, then Mosul did</a>.<br /><br />When Cameron then says we must work with the likes of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey you can't help but wonder if he isn't doing this deliberately.&nbsp; Those three nations have done more to help the Islamic State and its jihadi brethren than the rest of the world combined.&nbsp; Saudi policy towards Syria only altered at the beginning of this year, while it's difficult to know whether Qatar's has at all.&nbsp; Turkey's main role has been to keep the border open, helping refugees escape yes, but also to allow money and fighters to flow through unimpeded.&nbsp; Cameron even mentions the spectre of the Islamic State taking Aleppo, which prompts the obvious question of whether we might just have backed the wrong dog in this fight.&nbsp; Assad's a murderous, barbarous chemical weapon using dictator yes, but compared to the Islamic State he's a sweetheart.<br /><br />What then is the plan now that the Yazidis have been helped off the mountain and the imminent threat of genocide seems to be receding?&nbsp; <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/14/uk-britain-arms-supply-kurdish-forces-iraq-isis">We're going to arm the Kurds</a>, although it's not clear which Kurds, or whether by "arm" we mean provide them with equipment rather than ammunition for their ageing Soviet-era weapons, but are we expecting the peshmerga to liberate all of the territory taken by the Islamic State, albeit with ourselves or just the Americans providing air support, or just Mosul?&nbsp; If it's the former, are the Kurds then just going to hand all this Sunni dominated territory over to the Shia dominated Iraqi army once Baghdad has sorted itself out, or are they going to keep some of it in hope of a greater Kurdistan becoming inexorable at some point?&nbsp; This major favour to the west isn't going to come free, that's for sure, and if anyone with the exception of the Palestinians deserves a state, it's the Kurds.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.uk.krg.org/articles/detail.aspx?lngnr=12&amp;anr=36984">It certainly won't please either Turkey or the Iranians</a>, though.<br /><br />See, what starts out as a thoroughly decent operation to <a href="http://pando.com/2014/06/23/the-war-nerd-like-it-or-not-whats-happening-in-iraq-right-now-is-part-of-a-rational-process/">prevent abused and persecuted minorities from being slaughtered</a> has the potential to quickly become the kind of conflict we did our best previously to prevent igniting.&nbsp; Trying to justify it all by resorting to the ever more exhausted national security reasoning is contemptible.&nbsp; When the best they can point to is <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/07/flag-isis-jihadi-islamic-state-flown-poplar-east-london">hot-heads in east London flying an IS flag</a> or <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/terrorism-in-the-uk/11038871/British-jihadist-at-the-heart-of-terrorist-network-terror-in-Syria-and-Iraq.html">ex-drug dealers joining a different type of war</a> without the slightest evidence they have any intention of bringing the fight here they really have to change the record.&nbsp; Indeed, getting further involved would almost certainly increase rather than decrease the threat, exactly <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-10693001">as MI5 warned prior to 2003</a>.&nbsp; Yet here we are once again, with Michael Fallon warning our role is <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/08/18/britains-iraq-mission_n_5686869.html">likely to take months rather than weeks</a>.&nbsp; Irony, as ever, is smothering everything.<br /></span>http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2014/08/our-clear-as-mud-iraq-strategy.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-2712205254871686733Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:39:00 +00002014-08-15T13:39:42.888+01:00dubstepmiscellanymusicnon-politicsrockyoutube video postsAnd not this mess of a man.<center><iframe width="480" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/070TRo8V2nw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><iframe width="480" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Vb1mqVDoTu4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></center>http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2014/08/and-not-this-mess-of-man.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-6657697660263642387Thu, 14 Aug 2014 16:54:00 +00002014-08-14T17:54:03.525+01:00lazy bloggingmockerysilly seasonCLIFF RICHARD SENSATION.<span style="font-family: georgia; font-size: 130%;">POP SINGER'S HOME RAIDED AFTER POLICE RECEIVED TIP OFF OVER "CRYING, WALKING, SLEEPING, TALKING LIVING DOLL" LOCKED IN TRUNK.<br /><br />RICHARD DENIES ALL KNOWLEDGE, CLAIMS NOT TO BE WIRED FOR SOUND.<br /><br />TOM WATSON OFFERS CONGRATULATIONS AND (CONT. p94)<br /><br />In other news:<br /><br /><a href="http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/aug/13/luis-suarez-premier-league-richard-scudamore">Sexist money-grubbing bully says good riddance to biting racist</a><br />Fighting in entire Middle East, north Africa, section of Eurasia continues<br /><a href="http://www.hrw.org/news/2014/08/12/egypt-rab-killings-likely-crimes-against-humanity">Egypt massacre worse than Tiananmen</a>, Tony Blair still peace envoy</span>http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2014/08/cliff-richard-sensation.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-5196362741298525992Wed, 13 Aug 2014 21:54:00 +00002014-08-13T22:54:50.174+01:00depressionmedia coveragemedia reportingRobin WilliamsRussell Brandsuicide"In America they really do mythologise people when they die."<span style="font-family: georgia; font-size: 130%;">The unexpected death of a celebrity always seems to bring out the absolute worst in the media, and it has to be said, <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/28773734">the "new" media especially</a>.&nbsp; The beyond dispute facts when it comes to Robin Williams <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-28765693">are that he took his own life</a>, and had by his own admission <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/film/2010/sep/20/robin-williams-worlds-greatest-dad-alcohol-drugs">long battled addiction and depression</a>.&nbsp; Everything else is conjecture and guesswork, completely unnecessary cruel and invasive guesswork at that.<br /><br />There's a cycle that works in these cases somewhat like this.&nbsp; First, the shock of the news.&nbsp; Second, the reports from where fans have gathered and/or left tributes.&nbsp; Third, the tributes from those who actually knew the deceased.&nbsp; Fourth, the tributes from those who might have met the deceased once or maybe even twice, but nonetheless have been commissioned to write however many words on the person "they knew".&nbsp; Fifth comes the standard revisionism from the critics, most of whom a week back were probably slaughtering the deceased's last project, urged by their editors to look back and find something they can praise and so make clear what a genius the sadly departed was.&nbsp; Sixth, the tabloids start looking for why someone with seemingly everything to live for could do such a thing, and then in turn, the new media and people like me start responding to that.<br /><br />And so on.&nbsp; It's not exactly what's happened since the news broke late on Monday night, but it's fairly close.&nbsp; Knowing Williams had reached the point where he no longer wanted to go on living, it makes it especially crass when those affecting to have been moved or inspired by him are even now still far more concerned <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/12/russell-brand-robin-williams-divine-madness-broken-world">with everything being about them</a>.&nbsp; Who knows, perhaps Russell Brand had been thinking about Williams, although it seems highly unlikely considering the only person Russell Brand seems capable of thinking about is Russell Brand, as his ejaculation in the pages of the Graun amply demonstrates.&nbsp; Brand's prose is so overwrought, so self-referential, so solipsistic, only the Guardian could have ever thought it was worthy of being spunked over the front page.&nbsp; Brand's shtick is to appear to be aware of his own contradictions when in fact he's completely oblivious to them, vacuous to the very end.&nbsp; Yes, people with "masks less interesting than the one Robin Williams wore" are suffering, but please spare us the thought Williams' suicide tells us anything about their individual woes, or that being more vigilant, aware, grateful, "mindful" will help them.<br /><br />The same goes for this specious notion genius, especially comic genius, <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-28753326">goes hand in hand with a hidden internal sadness</a> <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/12/robin-williams-sadness-clown-addiction-mental-illness">or heightened personal problems</a>.&nbsp; Being extraordinary means there has to be something lurking beneath, making them just as human as the rest of us, right?&nbsp; Turn that idea around and it makes far more sense: that they're just like us, and just as susceptible to depressive illness and all the rest of it.&nbsp; Those who have it the worst are the ones who can't articulate the way they feel, not those of us blessed/cursed with being able to express ourselves either through speech or the written word, the ones who can't understand why it is they think the way they do.<br /><br />This is why it comes across as patronising in the extreme when those with personal experience of mental illness speak as though they are fully representative of some imaginary community of the afflicted.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/12/robin-williams-tragedy-understand-depression">Alastair Campbell doesn't do this</a> in his sensitive piece, but his suitability for the role of <a href="http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/news/alastair-campbell-mind-champion-year">"mental health ambassador"</a> has always been dubious.&nbsp; <a href="http://maryhamilton.co.uk/2014/08/reporting-suicide-kill-readers/">Far more objectionable is</a> <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/13/robin-williams-suicide-how-not-to-kill-readers-front-pages">Mary Hamilton's insistence that the</a> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28772923">amount of detail included</a> in most media reporting on Williams' death is dangerous.&nbsp; I've written in the past <a href="http://www.septicisle.info/index.php?q=/2008/02/reporting-suicide-compassionately.html">about some genuinely thoughtless</a> <a href="http://www.septicisle.info/index.php?q=/2011/03/reporting-on-suicides.html">or worse journalism on suicide</a>, and to compare that with this week's coverage is a nonsense.&nbsp; Treating the suicidally depressed as though they are too stupid to know how to hang themselves or cut their wrists is laughable; yes, Hamilton says, people can Google and get far more detailed instructions, but that interaction acts as check.&nbsp; Presumably going to actually get a belt, rope or knife wouldn't play the exact same role then.<br /><br />Hamilton also implies suicide is not rational, and there are also never any good reasons to kill yourself.&nbsp; The suicidally depressed may not be thinking rationally, but to infer it is never rational, or it is never the least worst option is just as stigmatising as the people who say suicide is selfish or express opinions similar to those Campbell quotes Jeremy Hunt as doing.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/13/two-thirds-britons-not-treated-depression">The NHS doesn't have the best record when it comes to mental health</a>, hardly surprising when funding for treatment is always going to come second to the newest cancer drug proven to extend life by a few weeks, and the real terms cut isn't going to help matters, but provision is arguably better than it has ever been, as is understanding and sympathy, although it can still only get better.&nbsp; Claiming hyperbolically there is an acute crisis helps no one, especially those needing support who may well be put off even trying to get it.&nbsp; <a href="http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2014/03/18/im-triggered-by-your-triggers">Just as trigger warnings are infantile</a>, so is the idea newspaper front pages alone can make illness worse.&nbsp; Media taken as a whole, old and new, is something else.</span>http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2014/08/in-america-they-really-do-mythologise.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-445731107925190220Tue, 12 Aug 2014 22:12:00 +00002014-08-13T18:20:51.666+01:00commentariatforeign policyGazaHadley FreemanIraqIslamic StateIsraeljihadistsliberal interventionismpersonal is politicalpoliticsThe personal is more political than ever.<span style="font-family: georgia; font-size: 130%;">Don't tell me, a liberal American Jew in London, what to think about Israel, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/08/dont-tell-me-what-think-about-israel">pleads Hadley Freeman</a>.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/12/gaza-palestinians-world-israel-collective-punishment">We are all Palestinians, writes Karma Nabulsi</a>.&nbsp; We broke Iraq, therefore we have a responsibility to do whatever it takes to save its people from themselves, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/12/families-iraq-terror-isis-killers-kurdish-minorities-military-action">insists Tom Watson</a>.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/aug/11/tory-foreign-office-minister-quits-intolerable-expenses-rules">Feel my pain, demands Tory MP</a> earning an amount the vast majority of us can only dream of receiving at the end of the month.&nbsp; No, feel our anguish, <a href="http://thisworld.us/2014/08/05/elie-wiesel-accuses-hamas-of-child-sacrifice/">says group of utterly deranged Israel supporters</a>, at how those we will defend to the death are <a href="http://i2.wp.com/thisworld.us/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/article.jpg">forced, literally forced by Hamas</a>, to kill Palestinian children.<br /><br />The personal is political, as feminists prior to the <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2014/08/11/jessica_valenti_says_tampons_should_be_free_people_freak_out.html">current generation of Twitter using crybabies</a> had it.&nbsp; Back then it meant something, and perhaps it still does.&nbsp; Politics is always personal, of course.&nbsp; For some, <a href="http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/peteroborne/100126347/it%E2%80%99s-modernisation-not-morality-that-is-the-dirty-word-of-politics/">it's a crusade or it is nothing</a>.&nbsp; It's hard not to think though we've reached a peak for this, despite what it seems I'm writing about, I am in fact writing about myself style of political commentary.<br /><br />Hadley Freeman doesn't really care about Israel or Gaza then, nor does she care <a href="http://liberalconspiracy.org/2014/08/10/two-more-responses-to-nick-cohen-over-tricycle-theatre/">about the Tricycle theatre asking the Jewish Film Festival</a> to reconsider accepting money from the Israeli embassy, rather she's affronted that anyone would dare think she, a good liberal American cosmopolitan Jew might care to express her opinion about something serious for a change.&nbsp; In her entire piece we don't learn what she does think, although to judge by her quoting of <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/03/opinion/sunday/roger-cohen-why-americans-see-israel-the-way-they-do.html">Roger Cohen's claim</a> that to not hold a negative view of Israel in Britain is to be considered without a conscience, and her end summation that media coverage in America and Europe is equally skewed, just in opposite directions, we can guess.&nbsp; Nor does she present any evidence anyone has told her or any other Jews what to think about Israel, but that's to be expected.<br /><br />Europe's roots are showing, nonetheless.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/07/antisemitism-rise-europe-worst-since-nazis">Reports of antisemitic attacks and vandalism have spiked</a>, as they usually do when Israel brings out the Hellfire missiles.&nbsp; Racism is always racism, and it is without question protests against Israel attract <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/07/antisemitism-rise-europe-worst-since-nazis">their fair share of Islamists, kooks, conspiracy theorists and outright loons</a>.&nbsp; Nor is enough done by others on the marches to denounce them, or make clear they are most definitely not welcome.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/11398567.Synagogue_is_sprayed_with_pro_Gaza_graffiti/">Smearing "FREE GAZA" on the walls of a synagogue</a> is as just as much an act of stupid hate as painting "EDL" or something similar on a mosque would be.&nbsp; It is strange though that, unlike when hate crimes against Muslims peaked after the murder of Lee Rigby, we haven't had left-wingers claiming such reports of antisemitism have been exaggerated, <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/terrorism-in-the-uk/10093568/The-truth-about-the-wave-of-attacks-on-Muslims-after-Woolwich-murder.html">as we did with the attacks on Tell Mama by the Telegraph</a> and Mail on Sunday.&nbsp; Also peculiar is the number of articles which popped up one after the other about <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/07/gaza-coverage-rise-antisemitic-attacks-europe">Europe's continuing problem with antisemitism</a>, or as it could be more accurately termed, Europe's continuing problem with racism.<br /><br />Other than crying antisemitism, the other perennial is victimhood, again because of its roots in reality.&nbsp; Once, <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/664790-we-can-forgive-the-arabs-for-killing-our-children-we">the Golda Meir quote about forgiving Arabs for killing their children</a> but not forgiving them for making Israel kill their children was poignant and reflected how Israel was surrounded by enemies. Now it can be wrongly interpreted all too easily, precisely because Palestinian life is regarded as cheap and the standard defence of every Israeli attack is they have no choice.&nbsp; The advert paid for by <a href="http://thisworld.us/">This World</a>, co-written by Elie Wiesel, takes the "human shield" argument, whatever its extremely limited merits and debases it completely.&nbsp; We are the ones who are really suffering by having to kill children is its message. The Palestinians are responsible if they don't change their leaders; they must find "true Muslims", to represent them, Muslims acceptable to Likudniks.&nbsp; Even the main suspect in the murder of the Palestinian teenager Abu Khdeir, an act committed in revenge for the kidnap and slaughter of three Israeli teens, <a href="http://angryarab.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/we-burned-this-boy-alive-and-then-we.html">claims to have immediately felt remorse for his crime</a>.&nbsp; Feel our pain, not theirs.<br /><br />Not that we are all Palestinians has any true resonance beyond the demonstrations either.&nbsp; We are not Gazans, nor would we want to be.&nbsp; It's not enough to want justice for the Palestinians, the lifting of the Gaza blockade, the establishment of a viable Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital, we have to be them, not just express our most earnest solidarity.&nbsp; So too we must save Iraqis, at least once it's decided <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/11/british-protesting-gaza-iraq-israel-oppression-palestinians">whom it is we should be demonstrating in favour of today</a>.&nbsp; We either have to do so because this could have been prevented had we armed the rebels in Syria, although it's not made clear which rebels we were meant to have given heavy weaponry to, or because of our involvement in the Iraq war, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/12/britain-moral-duty-arm-kurds-islamic-state-isis">or because of Sykes-Picot</a>, or because of whatever other justification can be dredged up.&nbsp; Then again, according to the Sun, <a href="http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/76882000/jpg/_76882596_sun12.jpg">we can't do anything</a>, although it isn't exactly clear what we're supposed to do about Australian jihadists taking their kids to Syria.&nbsp; Perhaps we were meant to provide him with a toy AK-47 which in turn would have prevented the Islamic State from taking over the north of Iraq?<br /><br />For a nation supposedly turned isolationist by the vote on Syria, our other representatives in the media are as quick as ever to want the bombers sent in, without explaining what it would achieve, whether there is any sort of plan, or if attacking IS from the air will push them back.&nbsp; One has to wonder if this isn't about us rather than them.&nbsp; It shouldn't therefore surprise <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/12/90000-not-enough-expenses-mark-simmonds-tories-ministers-wages?guni=Network%20front:network-front%20main-4%20Pixies:Pixies:Position2">when an MP tries the same tactic</a>, attempting to garner sympathy as he can't afford to house his family in Westminster under the new expenses regime.&nbsp; He wasn't prepared to have them live anywhere else in London, the public transport system in the capital being notoriously unreliable, and so would rather step down instead.&nbsp; As one of the few people who wouldn't begrudge MPs a second home in London with the tab picked up by the taxpayer, at least within reason, Mark Simmonds hasn't really helped out his colleagues.&nbsp; His wish to spend more time with his family could also have something to do with his missing the Syria vote last year, not hearing the division bell <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/aug/30/david-cameron-ministers-syria-vote">as he was discussing Rwanda with Justine Greening</a>.<br /><br />It could be in this age of Buzzfeed writers believe the only way to get readers interested is by making it personal.&nbsp; It could be the cult of the self continues to grow.&nbsp; It could be the only way to get anything worth doing done is to spell out why it matters to us, charity beginning at home, altruism no longer enough.&nbsp; It could be we can only talk about things when they happen to celebrities, even if then <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-28753326">most reach immediately for contemptibly puerile clichés</a>.&nbsp; At least it's talking, right?&nbsp; It's that it's also limiting, closes down debate, encourages personal abuse, which in turn leads to further articles about how terrible it is to be called names in the comment section and on social networks.&nbsp; What was it the original piece was about again?</span>http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-personal-is-more-political-than-ever.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-3045358257622529896Mon, 11 Aug 2014 20:51:00 +00002014-08-11T21:51:41.273+01:00Last.fmmusicpersonal shitsocial networking websites227 Lears and I can't remember the first line.<span style="font-family: georgia; font-size: 130%;"><a href="http://www.last.fm/user/Kirei-">100,000 plays</a>.&nbsp; In just over 10 years.&nbsp; 11,047 artists.&nbsp; 1,849 plays of Bloc Party.<br /><br />I'm not sure what any of this means.&nbsp; Or if it means anything.&nbsp; Other than I've listened to an average of 27 songs a day.<br /><br />This urge to document the most mundane things about our lives is quite something though, isn't it?</span>http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2014/08/227-lears-and-i-cant-remember-first-line.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-4820241295184957369Mon, 11 Aug 2014 20:40:00 +00002014-08-11T21:40:25.550+01:00foreign policyIraqIslamic Statejihadistsliberal interventionismpoliticsSyriaUS foreign policyStop me...<span style="font-family: georgia; font-size: 130%;">Stop me if you think you've heard this one before.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/08/kurds-islamic-state_n_5663211.html">An armed force is approaching a major city</a>.&nbsp; <a href="http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/07/19/iraq-security-christians-idINKBN0FO0V920140719">Already hundreds of thousands of people have fled in their wake</a>.&nbsp; There is a <a href="http://www.newstatesman.com/world-affairs/2014/08/iraq-s-yazidis-are-brink-genocide-who-will-save-them">very real threat of genocide being committed</a>.&nbsp; Those on the ground <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/06/opinion/ghitis-yazidi-islamic-state-genocide-iraq/">are pleading for help from the outside world</a>.&nbsp; Doing nothing isn't an option.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/11/iraq-crisis-david-cameron-pressure-recall-parliament">Parliament has to be recalled</a>.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.septicisle.info/index.php?q=/2011/03/giant-leap-into-dark.html">It's all too wearily familiar, isn't it</a>?&nbsp; In fact, if you were the cynical sort, you could say that seems to be the point.&nbsp; The difference is that unlike in Libya a few years back, there really is a genuine possibility of an entire community being slaughtered, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/10/kurdish-rebels-yazidi-iraq-isis">the Yazidis of Iraq threatened in a way they never were during</a> the reign of the Ba'ath party by the self-proclaimed "Islamic State".&nbsp; It's difficult therefore to object at all to the steps taken by the Americans <a href="http://www.juancole.com/2014/08/nightmare-in-iraq.html">since the flight by up to 40,000 Yazidis to Mount Sinjar</a>, of whom up to 20,000 are now thought to have managed to escape into Iraqi Kurdistan.&nbsp; How much help the airstrikes and drops of aid have been is open to question - there are suggestions the food and water parachuted <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-28740801">down hasn't survived the impact with the ground</a>, while in the past <a href="http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/isis-us-saves-iraq-yet-again">the aid itself has proven deadly</a> - but if it has allowed the peshmerga the breathing room to evacuate some of the refugees, all pessimism should be tempered.&nbsp; The danger is not just directly from the jihadists, but also the fearsome Iraqi summer: without shelter or water, <a href="https://twitter.com/sheeraf/statuses/498897800596176896">heat exhaustion can affect the young</a> and the elderly very quickly.<br /><br />This said, these strikes are not anything close to altruism.&nbsp; Over the weekend <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/10/world/middleeast/iraq.html?ref=todayspaper&amp;_r=0">US media reported on the "thousands" (later "hundreds")</a> of Americans in Erbil, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/25/diaspora-returns-to-build-iraqi-kurdistan">the Kurdish city that has become a mini-Dubai</a>, except far more liberal and tolerant than the emirate beloved by the corpulent Western elite.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/oil-erbil">As Steve Coll reports in the New Yorker</a>, the vast majority of however many Americans there really are in Erbil are there because of the oil, with a far smaller number of military operatives also in residence.&nbsp; Erbil probably wasn't at imminent risk of being overrun by IS, as the peshmerga would most likely have regrouped and been quickly reinforced, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/11/us-arm-peshmerga-iraq-kurdistan-isis">as indeed they now have</a>.&nbsp; Still, it never hurts to be absolutely certain, and the plight of the Yazidis and other minorities provided an opportunity to bomb a few Islamic State vehicles in the bargain.<br /><br />Quite what the US plan now is doesn't immediately present itself.&nbsp; If the idea is a rerun of Libya, with the US carrying out attacks on IS targets which get too close to areas they've decided to protect while the Kurds and hopefully also the central government properly get their shit together, this could take a while.&nbsp; It's clearly not a coincidence that in Baghdad today <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28739975">there's been a coup against Nouri al-Maliki</a>, after the reports <a href="http://www.juancole.com/2014/08/maliki-preparing-coup.html">Maliki himself was preparing a coup</a>.&nbsp; The appointment of Haider al-Abadi <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/11/haider-al-abadi-profile-iraqs-next-prime-minister">as the new prime minister, instantly welcomed by the US</a>, hardly suggests the turmoil and torpor in the Iraqi capital is going to be over any time soon.&nbsp; Nor is replacing one Shia Islamist from the Dawa party with another Shia Islamist from err, the Dawa party likely to win over the disenchanted Sunnis whom have either worked with the Islamic State or done little to oppose their takeover of much of the north of Iraq.<br /><br />Exactly why it is then <a href="http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/politics/article4172446.ece">some MPs are now chomping at the bit</a> to get ourselves involved is a bit of a mystery.&nbsp; Or rather, isn't.&nbsp; Ever since the Syria vote there's been <a href="http://www.septicisle.info/index.php?q=/2014/01/its-all-multiculturalisms-fault-again.html">continued murmurings from those convinced the only way we can stand tall on the world</a> stage is to support America in absolutely everything she does.&nbsp; When parliament voted against intervening in Syria at that time, something David Cameron took as ruling it out for all time, it was only a matter of days before government ministers were complaining this meant <a href="http://www.septicisle.info/index.php?q=/2013/08/what-syria-vote-does-and-doesnt-signify.html">the royal prerogative had gone out the window</a>, and we would no longer be regarded as a reliable ally, much less a "full spectrum" one.&nbsp; It doesn't seem to matter the US hasn't made any suggestion as yet it could do with more help, and besides, we've already taken it upon ourselves to <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/aug/11/raf-abandons-aid-drop-northern-iraq-yazidi-mount-sinjar">carry out further humanitarian drops of aid</a>.&nbsp; They've even gone so far as to suggest parliament could discuss Gaza at the same time, just to make sure it appeals to those on the opposite side, devious buggers that they are.<br /><br />The real difficulty is knowing how much blame to put on each state actor for the current desperate situation.&nbsp; Amazing as it is, at the weekend both Hillary Clinton and <a href="http://sotu.blogs.cnn.com/2014/08/10/mccain-dismisses-claim-that-he-has-it-in-for-obama/">John McCain were insisting if only we'd armed the Syrian rebels</a> earlier we wouldn't now be in this mess.&nbsp; The fiction that there is or was a Syrian moderate faction ready to be trained and empowered <a href="http://www.lrb.co.uk/v36/n16/patrick-cockburn/isis-consolidates">before the Islamic State and al-Nusra established themselves as the big two</a> continues to go unchallenged.&nbsp; A more than healthy dollop of blame must obviously be put on Bashar al-Assad for his murderous reaction to the original, peaceful protests which demanded reform, not revolution.&nbsp; After the switch to armed struggle, the funding of the most extreme factions by <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/iraq-crisis-how-saudi-arabia-helped-isis-take-over-the-north-of-the-country-9602312.html">Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait, some of it through private donors, some of it direct</a>, is how IS managed to reach the point where it was able to hold not only a large area of Syria, but also launch an operation to control much of northern Iraq, having previously been reduced to a mockery of its former self.&nbsp; The west either turned a blind eye to this, or in some cases, facilitated it and encouraged it with little concern for the potential consequences.&nbsp; Only last year did the west suddenly realise the monster it had helped create, and even then useful idiots and apologists for the other rebels <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/isis-winning-its-war-on-two-fronts-militants-conquered-sunni-regions-of-iraq-and-are-now-consolidating-hold-on-northeast-syria-9641167.html">kept pushing the nonsense there was some sort of deal between Assad and IS</a> where they didn't attack each other.&nbsp; Finally, al-Maliki and his Iranian/American backers bear a grave responsibility also for his antagonising and marginalising of the Sunni population to the point where so many were prepared to align themselves with the Islamic State.<br /><br />Whether if given the same shock and awe treatment as Iraq was back in 2003 IS would quickly disintegrate doesn't enter into the equation.&nbsp; Even with quite possibly the most violent and potentially dangerous jihadist force the world has yet seen dismantling <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sykes-Picot">the Sykes-Picot agreement</a>, the Americans aren't interested in getting involved to such a point again, entirely reasonably.&nbsp; At the same time, by carrying out attacks on IS from the air they seem ready to step into the role of ostensible Iraqi air force, with all that entails for possible civilian casualties and potential further disenchantment of the Sunni population should IS eventually be pushed back.<br /><br />Call me crazy, but I think it might just be best if we sat this one out.&nbsp; Don't count on it though.</span>http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2014/08/stop-me.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-77547416021010200Fri, 08 Aug 2014 11:08:00 +00002014-08-08T12:08:05.419+01:00miscellanymusicnon-politicsyoutube video postsAnother chance.<center><iframe width="480" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ZteUNIPbpEs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><iframe width="480" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/2a7SEjvhWHA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></center>http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2014/08/another-chance.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-3581769047148574407Thu, 07 Aug 2014 21:38:00 +00002014-08-07T22:38:38.342+01:00bullshitdepressionmindfulnessMindfulness.<span style="font-family: georgia; font-size: 130%;">Is the exact same type of snake oil bullshit as previously pushed by self-help gurus, just rebranded and marketed to a new generation.<br /><br />That is all.<br /></span>http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2014/08/mindfulness.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-5817709460419035313Thu, 07 Aug 2014 21:36:00 +00002014-08-07T22:57:50.407+01:00Alex Salmondcelebritiescelebrity cultureConservative-Liberal Democrat coalitioncurrency unionpoliticsScotlandScottish independenceScottish National PartyIf Simon Cowell wants us to stay together, then who are Scots to argue?<span style="font-family: georgia; font-size: 130%;">One of the absolute finest qualities we as humans possess is our ability to admit when we're wrong, or when we don't know something.&nbsp; By contrast, never back down, never apologise is the mantra of such towering figures as Kelvin MacKenzie, and even if not immediately, such principles tend to eventually catch up with you.<br /><br />I will then freely set out how at times this politics thing completely and utterly bewilders me.&nbsp; Do politicians seriously commission focus groups, which are often nothing of the sort, and use them as their ultimate guide for which policies are most likely to reach the nation's collective erogenous zones?&nbsp; Did they really imagine that an obviously catastrophic in retrospect ploy would work, when anyone with half a brain could of told them it was beyond idiotic?&nbsp; Is <a href="https://twitter.com/grantshapps">Grant Shapps</a> a real person and not a fictional creation designed to destroy the Tories from within, ever ready with a charmless, redundant anti-Labour soundbite?<br /><br />The ultimate example of this has to be, at least in my eyes, the celebrity endorsement.&nbsp; Absolutely no good can come of it, either to the famous person or the cause they take up/are persuaded to support.&nbsp; It doesn't matter how noble it is, <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-27809235">whether it be trying to stop Sexual Violence in Conflict</a>, a notion that seems to ignore that they the two have always and will always go together and the best way to end the former is to stop the latter, or as we're getting on to, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/aug/07/scotland-vote-no-independence-celebrities-jagger-daley-forsyth-open-letter">urging the United Kingdom to stay united</a>, someone out there will take against you for it.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.jpost.com/Arts-and-Culture/Arts/Rihanna-FreePalestine-tweet-causes-social-media-firestorm-362997">Just tweeting #FreePalestine is enough to make an image consultant</a> have kittens, while Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz are naturally, according to <a href="http://www.timesofisrael.com/us-celebs-squabble-over-gaza/">the Times of Israel and other celebs</a>, antisemites for their comments.&nbsp; Bono was always a twat, but he didn't really become such a stupendous bell end (yes, equal opportunities sexual organ based insults are here again) <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/15/opinion/15theroux.html">until he started his philanthropic work</a>.&nbsp; At the same time as being a tax exile, natch.<br /><br />So it is with the 200 or so celebs and semi-celebs who've signed <a href="https://www.letsstaytogether.org.uk/">the Let's Stay Together letter</a>.&nbsp; The sentiment expressed is mild, and done in such a way as to make it unlikely anyone could be genuinely offended by the simple plea for voters to consider all that we've shared over the past 300 years of union.&nbsp; At the same time, those behind the campaign <a href="http://nationalcollective.com/2013/04/07/dirty-money-the-tory-millionaire-bankrolling-better-together/">have what could be described as a murky past</a>, and the message is one anyone contemplating voting yes will have already thought over themselves.&nbsp; They really don't need people without a vote, famous ones at that, to tell them something they already know.&nbsp; Some might also recall the Guardian's Clark Country fiasco back in 2004, when the paper urged readers to write to voters in America as to why they shouldn't re-elect George Bush.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2004/oct/21/uselections2004.usa4">It didn't go well</a>.<br /><br />Nor does it help when the vast majority of those who've added their signature are exactly the kind of celebs you'd be tempted to move to an independent Scotland to avoid.&nbsp; The very first name is David Aaronovitch, for crying out loud.&nbsp; Kirstie Allsopp swiftly follows, and once you realise both Trinny <i>and</i> Susannah have signed, along with <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEolSjlcqng">Neil "paedophiles have more genes in common with crabs than they do with you and me" Fox</a>, it's easier to note those on the list who aren't complete tools.&nbsp; Like Olivia Colman, David Mitchell and Tamsin Greig.&nbsp; Or Stephen Hawking and Doreen Lawrence.&nbsp; Then you realise Simon Cowell, Tracey Emin and Andrew Lloyd-Webber have also etched their initials, and heading north of Gretna after a Yes vote once again looks incredibly attractive.<br /><br />It wouldn't be so bad if the lead No has in the opinion polls <a href="http://ukpollingreport.co.uk/scottish-independence-referendum">didn't look all but impregnable</a>, or had <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/aug/05/alex-salmond-alistair-darling-scotland-debate-independence">Alex Salmond trounced Alistair Darling in the debate</a> as so many expected he would.&nbsp; As it happened, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/06/scottish-independence-debate-salmond-yes-vote-beginning-process">Salmond fell shortest on the currency question</a>, the exact quandary Yes campaigners have repeatedly and with some justification said is a non-issue.&nbsp; The problem is voters don't believe the rUK will roll over after a Yes vote and say OK, let's discuss this in a civilised fashion now it's happened, even if that's most likely what would happen.&nbsp; Nor did Salmond help himself by bringing up the scare stories over a Yes vote, as it's one thing for <a href="http://wingsoverscotland.com/">a blog like Wings to do it</a>, and quite another for the prospective first prime minister of an independent Scotland to.<br /><br />Much as you don't want it to be the case, <a href="http://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/referendum-news/one-year-on-will-better-together-change-their-tactics.21402294">Project Fear looks</a> as though it's done its job.&nbsp; The Yes campaign's insistence everything will be <a href="http://www.septicisle.info/index.php?q=/2013/11/promising-too-much-too-soon.html">absolutely fine post-independence just hasn't worked</a> when set against the apocalyptic visions painted by Better Together.&nbsp; A better society as Salmond promises is a fine sentiment, it just doesn't seem able to win out against those worried about what might happen if things don't go according to the SNP's plan.&nbsp; Add in what you can only describe as the naivety of the <a href="http://radicalindependence.org/">Radical Independence campaigners</a>, convinced supporting the SNP now will mean jam tomorrow, and it will take something miraculous for the gap to be made up.&nbsp; A bunch of well-meaning if jumped up celebrities aren't going to piss off that many wavering voters, sadly.</span>http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2014/08/if-simon-cowell-wants-us-to-stay.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-4853302005063885361Wed, 06 Aug 2014 21:46:00 +00002014-08-06T22:46:35.107+01:00Boris JohnsonConservative-Liberal Democrat coalitionConservativeselection 2015politicsToriesRun for the hills.<span style="font-family: georgia; font-size: 130%;"><a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-28673113">Boris Johnson's announcement he intends to return to parliament</a> is about as much of a shock as Tony Blair <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/aug/02/tony-blair-gas-pipeline-italy">signing up to shill for another dictator</a>.&nbsp; Beneath the bumbling act lies a man whose life has been one long tale of relentless ambition, as <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/may/28/love-lust-insinuations-boris-johnson-book">his biographer Sonia Purnell</a> <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/mar/27/just-boris-sonia-purnell-review">has documented</a>. Having succeeded in becoming London mayor, it was only a matter of time before he made his move back to the Commons, readying himself for if or rather when there becomes a Conservative leadership vacancy, convinced as he is he was born to be prime minister.<br /><br />That Johnson has chose to set out his availability now rather than wait until nearer the election and parachute into a safe seat courtesy of a late retiree isn't exactly a ringing endorsement of the skills of his former adviser <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/shortcuts/2014/aug/05/kill-mill-conservative-plot-undermine-ed-miliband-wreath">Lynton Crosby and his "Kill Mill" strategy</a>.&nbsp; Johnson clearly believes regardless of his transparent suggestions to the contrary that Cameron's position should the Tories fail to win is likely to hang by a thread; indeed, you can only really see Cameron remaining leader in the event of a Labour minority government.&nbsp; A Lib-Lab coalition or outright Labour victory, distant as the latter might seem at the moment, and he would surely be forced to resign.<br /><br />Johnson is far too canny though to just wait it out, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/aug/05/boris-johnson-britain-glorious-future-outside-eu">hence the report he commissioned which finds </a>although staying in the EU would be in our best interests, it wouldn't be a disaster to leave either.&nbsp; Despite Cameron's placating of the right of the party by getting rid of <a href="http://www.septicisle.info/index.php?q=/2014/07/all-you-need-is-gove.html">the few remaining holdouts against leaving</a> the European Convention on Human Rights, Johnson is positioning himself as the man to really get us out of the EU, whereas Cameron won't even contemplate his renegotiation strategy failing.&nbsp; The one problem with this is Johnson is just as socially liberal as Cameron and Osborne (he could hardly not be) something that doesn't sit entirely comfortably with the headbangers who believe the only thing holding the Tories back is a "real" right-wing manifesto and leader.<br /><br />Whether we'll see Cameron and Johnson on the campaign trail together isn't clear, although you have to suspect we won't be seeing <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/5322946.stm">a Tory version of Cameron buying his rival</a> an ice cream.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/06/cameron-reap-rewards-boris-johson-return">Those with links to the "players"</a> are making out this was all agreed in advance and how delighted Dave and pals are by Boris deciding to battle on two fronts.&nbsp; Underneath George Osborne must be seething, his own designs on the leadership having clearly been thrown into the utmost jeopardy.&nbsp; As for where this leaves Londoners, destined to have a part-time mayor for over a year in spite of Johnson's <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/aug/06/boris-johnson-election-leadership-cameron">past promise to not do precisely this</a>, they've never really been at the forefront of his considerations anyway.<br /><br />The other question is whether the country as a whole could really stomach Johnson as leader of the Tories, let alone prime minister.&nbsp; You have to go back almost half a century to find someone else with such a how, shall we say, distinctive past in a similar position.&nbsp; We prefer our leaders if not boring then certainly staid; our most recent flirtation with someone even closely comparable <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/tony-blair/10981122/Tony-Blair-Im-worth-less-than-20-million-and-Im-not-interested-in-making-money.html">didn't end well for us</a>, although it certainly has for him.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2008/apr/14/charliebrooker.boris">The "Boris ler-gend" cult</a> can only go so far.&nbsp; Should the Tories not win next year however, making it 23 years since they last got a majority, longer than the 19 Labour spent in the wilderness, they might just be moved to decide Boris couldn't possibly make things any worse.</span>http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2014/08/run-for-hills.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-444758731142867182Wed, 06 Aug 2014 17:47:00 +00002014-08-06T18:47:02.436+01:00questions to which the answer is obvioussilly seasonstupidityIs 29 the perfect age?<span style="font-family: georgia; font-size: 130%;"><a href="http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/05/29-perfect-age-friend">No.</a></span>http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2014/08/is-29-perfect-age.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-2396777155638017925Tue, 05 Aug 2014 22:59:00 +00002014-08-06T01:40:06.377+01:00Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalitionDavid CameronGazahistoryIraqpoliticsSayeeda WarsiTony BlairWWIThere is a light and it never goes out.<span style="font-family: georgia; font-size: 130%;"><a href="http://www.septicisle.info/index.php?q=/2014/08/funeral-march-for-agonys-last-edge.html">As yesterday's post probably made clear</a>, I'm not one for state approved close to enforced commemorations, or events in general.&nbsp; Remembrance Sunday just about stays on the right side of voluntary, non-politicised reflection, despite the efforts of some to turn it into <a href="http://www.septicisle.info/index.php?q=/2008/11/rise-of-poppy-fascism.html">a support the troops, why aren't you wearing a poppy type fest</a> of unpleasantness.&nbsp; If you really were that moved, involved yesterday by the 100th anniversary of the start of four years of (then) unparalleled carnage and unnecessary suffering to turn out the lights and have a solitary candle burn between 10 and 11, good for you.<br /><br />For most though I suspect it will have just passed them by entirely.&nbsp; There are no veterans of WWI left, and an ever dwindling number of those who can remember the conflict at all.&nbsp; It's also impossible to pretend WWI was a noble endeavour, at least compared to its successor, as arguable as the case is that one led inexorably to the other.&nbsp; You can debate all the myths or claimed myths, but none of it alters how the one real, overwhelming reason to remember is the unconscionable by modern standards waste of life, the millions sacrificed so the elite could (mostly) continue to live as they had, at least for a few more years. The collapse of empires affected us after the war, but only at the time in the form of the Bolsheviks pulling Russia out of the conflict.&nbsp; Yes, there were concessions given in the form of universal suffrage once it was over, and it took the rise of Nazism to make a major European war thinkable again, yet things for the most part stayed the same.<br /><br />If you were expecting much, or indeed any of this to be reflected yesterday it was a forlorn hope. The leaders from the continent <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/04/europe-leaders-hail-ties-peace-mark-centenary-first-world-war">hinted at the role the EU has had in keeping the peace</a> and we got the odd reference to what followed and that was pretty much your lot. Instead there was as much ceremony as you could take, a shallow sense of the loss so many went through and not much other than the hushed, reverential tones of the most maudlin reporters the BBC could get hold of in August. The Very Reverend Dr John Hall at the <a href="http://www.westminster-abbey.org/press/news/news/2014/august/candelight-vigil-marks-great-war-centenary">Westminster Abbey service went so far as to suggest</a>, after mentioning the failed efforts to keep the peace, everyone spend a moment not in reflection but in repentance.&nbsp; Many of us have things we could, should repent, but guilt over or responsibility for the first world war isn't among them.<br /><br />While there were then German apologies for the violation of Belgian neutrality, there weren't any admissions the war as a whole was something to be regretted, just the loss of life.&nbsp; Particularly abrasive was the involvement of the royals, with there being no recognition of the major role the European if not British monarchs had in the conflict and its continuation.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/05/guardian-view-first-world-war-commemorations">As the Graun remarks in its leader</a>, there was also little thought given to how much this country, Europe and the world has changed since 1914, perhaps because all those at the forefront of the commemorations would much prefer the certainties and deference of that era compared to our unruly and acerbic times.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2715955/Queen-Prince-Philip-commemorate-start-First-World-War-Crathie-Kirk-Sandringham.html">Queenie we're told was spending the day after a private memorial</a> quietly contemplating it all, and she definitely had the right idea.<br /><br />Without wanting to go <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/04/1914-first-world-war-pornography-violence-centenary-military-propaganda">the full Simon Jenkins</a>, it's also a difficult sell for politicians who find it remarkably easy to send in the bombers, <a href="http://www.septicisle.info/index.php?q=/2012/11/bomber-camerons-on-tour-again.html">agitate for arms sales</a> and compete over issuing the blandest statement on the massacre of innocents by allies to convince they take anything from WWI except the idea Britain always has been and always will be great.&nbsp; David Cameron, bless him, mentioned the role the navy played last week in evacuating British citizens from Libya without pausing to consider whether the need to do so could have been linked to the regime change NATO all but instigated in the country.<br /><br />Maybe it was this disjunct between Cameron's solemn intoning of learning lessons from history at the same time as doing nothing about Gaza <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/aug/05/lady-warsi-resigns-government-gaza-stance">that finally convinced Baroness Warsi to resign</a>, or it could have been the symbolism of extinguishing a candle at the aforementioned Westminster Abbey service.&nbsp; Either way, there is nothing that aggravates politicians as much as <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/aug/05/warsi-resignation-charge-sheet-against-cameron-on-gaza">one of their colleagues suddenly having a fit of conscience</a>: it suggests they don't have such pangs, when they do.&nbsp; They just don't act on them, or persuade themselves the ends justify the means.&nbsp; Read the contempt expressed for Clare Short in Alastair Campbell's diaries, which at times verges on the sexist, the same echoes <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/aug/05/lady-warsi-osborne-israel-gaza-conflict">you can clearly detect in the response from some Tories</a>.&nbsp; Warsi was probably surprised to survive the reshuffle, and <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/picture/2014/aug/05/lady-warsi-resignation-letter">in her resignation letter expressly mentions</a> both Ken Clarke and Dominic Grieve leaving the government, the loss of "their experience and expertise" as becoming "very apparent".&nbsp; As direct criticism of your party leader goes, it doesn't get much more personal.<br /><br />Nor does describing the stance taken by the coalition as "morally indefensible".&nbsp; <a href="http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/anne-paq-photogallery-488261541">Images from Gaza of the destruction wreaked</a> in the neighbourhoods that saw the fiercest fighting <a href="http://mic.com/articles/87343/then-and-now-photos-show-what-aleppo-looked-like-before-it-was-destroyed-by-civil-war">are reminiscent of the streets of Aleppo</a> and Homs, so complete is the devastation, only this happened not over months but days.&nbsp; No language is strong enough to condemn Assad and his forces, yet criticism of Israeli tactics, while beefed up in recent days, has remained muted by comparison.<br /><br />Warsi's resignation will be shrugged off.&nbsp; Not enough people care about Gaza; it won't decide many, if any votes next year.&nbsp; If she has kept a diary of her time in office and publishes it before the election, then many will conclude her real motivation was personal gain.&nbsp; Nor can we pretend this is the first government to cower when it comes to Israel; Tony Blair did everything possible during <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2010/sep/09/lebanon-blair-middle-east-mistake">the Israel-Lebanon-Hezbollah war to delay a ceasefire</a>, rather than try to put an end to the conflict.<br /><br />Blair's legacy is even more fearful when it comes to Iraq.&nbsp; Under reported has been the <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2709433/The-Islamic-State-Killing-Fields-Terror-group-releases-horrifying-video-showing-drive-shootings-suicide-bombings-dozens-victims-rounded-executed.html">latest major propaganda release from ISIS</a> I mentioned last week.&nbsp; It contains what I can only describe as the most disturbing video footage I have ever seen, and I'm sorry to say I've watched a lot of jihadi releases and "real gore" clips.&nbsp; Some begging for their lives, dozens of Shia men are taken into sandy wasteland where all ordered to lie on their fronts.&nbsp; A masked fighter then walks along the line, carefully firing a single shot from an AK47 into each man's head.&nbsp; In another section, a group of men are hurried to the bank of a river (as the footage is apparently from Tikrit, it has to be the Tigris), one of their captors slapping them on the back as they pass.&nbsp; Once there, on a concrete section smeared with blood, each is taken to the edge and a single shot from a pistol fired into their heads, the victim then pushed or thrown into the water.&nbsp; In its former incarnations ISIS carried out a number of executions of groups of men which were filmed, but never were so many killed as in this video.&nbsp; Nor did we see them being led to their death, the majority going meekly, in the same way as so many thousands of Jews were taken to their deaths by the Einsatzgruppen, walking in line, told to lie side by side, waiting for it to be their turn to be shot in the back of the head.&nbsp; A group that is unafraid to record its crimes against war, against humanity, <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/iraq-crisis-how-saudi-arabia-helped-isis-take-over-the-north-of-the-country-9602312.html">potentially the beginnings of a genocide</a>, is one that apparently believes its otherwise ridiculous claims of being <i>the</i> Islamic state, immovable.&nbsp; A century on from the "war to end all wars", it's the far more recent ones we entered into that should be reflected on, troubling us most.</span>http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2014/08/there-is-light-and-it-never-goes-out.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-6514087772887482113Mon, 04 Aug 2014 16:26:00 +00002014-08-06T01:39:44.006+01:00cynicismhistorymockerypoliticsWWIFuneral march for agony's last edge.<span style="font-family: georgia; font-size: 130%;"><a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28632223">WORLD LEADERS ATTEND WWI CENTENARY EVENTS</a><br /><br />REMEMBRANCE AND LEARNING THE LESSONS THE MAIN THEME<br /><br /><a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/aug/04/ed-miliband-criticised-impersonal-wreath-first-world-war">"MOST ENDURING LEGACY IS OUR LIBERTY," SAYS DAVID CAMERON.</a> "WE MUST NEVER FORGET."<br /><br />KEY QUOTES:<br /><br />"When you think that almost every family, almost every community was affected, almost a million British people were lost in this war, it is right that even 100 years on, we commemorate it, we think about it and we mark it properly." -- David Cameron.<br /><br />“The first world war will serve as a reminder of the brutality of conflict for generations to come and a reminder to those in power to avoid entering war unless it is absolutely necessary.” -- Ed Miliband.<br /><br />"Thanks for fucking up the Boche while we got our shit together Belgium." -- Prince William.<br /><br />"I think a curse should rest on me — because I love this war. I know it's smashing and shattering the lives of thousands every moment — and yet — I can't help it — I enjoy every second of it." -- Winston Churchill <br /><br />In other news:<br /><br /><a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/03/royal-navy-libya-rescue-uk-nationals-tripoli">Fighting in Libya rages three years after Western intervention</a><br /><br /><a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/04/sunni-seize-iraqs-dam-defeat-kurdish">Fighting in Iraq rages eleven years after Western intervention</a><br /><br />Insurgency in Afghanistan continues thirteen years after Western intervention,<a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-28621142"> recount in disputed presidential election goes on</a><br /><br />Fighting in Gaza rages <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/aug/04/david-cameron-israel-gaza-hamas-ed-miliband-labour">as politicians umm and arr over what is and isn't disproportionate</a> <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/04/uk-government-reviews-arms-sales-israel-gaza">at the same time as</a> <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/us-restocks-israel-ammunition-015126465.html">resupplying the Israeli military</a><br /><br />REMINDER:<br /><br />Turn your lights out tonight between 10 and 11 to demonstrate your depth of feeling for the sacrifice made by those who fought to secure our freedom.&nbsp; If you find your attempts to knock yourself out aren't working, please tweet @lightsoutcompliance with your location and a NHS-sanctioned unconsciousness consultant will visit to ensure your conformity with this entirely voluntary and by no means redundant gesture.<br /></span>http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2014/08/funeral-march-for-agonys-last-edge.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-3990701051559910622Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:34:00 +00002014-08-01T13:34:25.250+01:00grimeindiemiscellanymusicnon-politicsyoutube video postsDon't make me over.<center><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/HJVCPQIFYKs" width="480"></iframe><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/AcR3vPQJdg4" width="480"></iframe></center>http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2014/08/dont-make-me-over.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-6412075382426990620Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:36:00 +00002014-07-31T19:36:33.585+01:00lazy bloggingmockerysilly seasonstupidityThose all important silly season stories in full.*<span style="font-family: georgia; font-size: 130%;"><a href="http://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2014/jul/30/why-the-fashion-headdress-must-be-stopped">Death to racist feather headdress wearing festival fucks</a>, says the Graun.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/commonwealth-games/usain-bolt-the-times-publishes-transcript-of-interview-with-bolt-where-they-claim-he-labelled-commonwealth-games-a-bit-s-9639212.html">Commonwealth games awesome says athlete</a>, Commonwealth games pointless and bit shit say public.<br /><br />Ebola: <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-28593987">we could die</a>, say people in affected countries.&nbsp; Ebola: we're all going to die, <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newsvideo/11003107/Ebola-outbreak-UK-border-not-prepared-for-virus-warns-Immigration-Service-Union.html">say Telegraph</a>, <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2711462/Ebola-Q-A-How-no-cure-deadly-disease-statistically-likely-eventually-reach-Britain.html">Mail</a> and <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/11000212/Ebola-outbreak-well-do-whatever-it-takes-to-protect-UK-says-Philip-Hammond.html">government of hypochondriac dickheads</a>.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/jul/30/youtube-dapper-laughs-itv2-dating-show-daniel-o-reilly">Real-life Nathan Barley gets TV series on dedicated idiot channel</a> in latest example of death of satire.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/index.php?option=com_k2&amp;view=item&amp;id=331531:teen-girl-with-right-breast-six-times-larger-than-left-one-refused-surgery-to-correct-anomaly&amp;Itemid=4">Person with breasts attacks other person with breasts</a>.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2711662/Having-laugh-Turkish-women-react-deputy-prime-ministers-call-females-not-smile-public-posting-pictures-beaming-chuckling.html">People on Twitter do something in defiance of something</a> someone somewhere said.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28242662">People use internet to advertise drugs</a>, shock BBC investigation finds.<br /><br />I've had just as much if not more casual sex than Byrony Gordon, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jul/30/girls-need-imperfect-role-models-little-miss-perfect">pay me the same level of attention pleads Rhiannon</a> Lucy <a href="http://www.septicisle.info/index.php?q=/2014/01/this-is-post-about-sex-and-porn.html">Seagulling</a> Cosslett.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/jul/29/album-music-format-streaming-playlists-extinction">Album format dead</a>, say artists who've never managed to produce a single decent tune.<br /><br />I can't make promises on tax, says Cameron. <a href="http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/493880/Cameron-hints-at-40p-tax-cut">Cameron to cut tax, reports entire media</a>.<br /><br />I<a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/11000079/Islamic-State-jihadists-issue-30-minute-killing-spree-on-video.html">SIS releases video of murder of dozens of captives</a>, Tony Blair still Middle East peace envoy, George W. Bush still incoherent inoffensive dauber, Israel still decimating Gaza to neutralise terror threat.<br /><br />*In full meaning as many as I can stand without getting a hatchet and driving it with full force into my skull.</span>http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2014/07/those-all-important-silly-season.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-5058645450328130699Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:58:00 +00002014-07-30T22:58:38.449+01:00GazaGazaUnderAttackHamasIDFIsraelIsrael-PalestinePalestinepoliticsIsrael snatches defeat from the jaws of victory.<span style="font-family: georgia; font-size: 130%;">If we spend our whole lives bending, what do you think we will get?&nbsp; What are you trying so hard to understand, aren't the structures obvious yet?<br /><br />In conflict, there comes a point where the only rational choice left, whether as a result of loss of men, materiel or territory is to surrender.&nbsp; The alternative is complete annihilation.&nbsp; This is predicated however on the victorious side accepting it.&nbsp; Arguably, both positions were adopted respectively <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008%E2%80%932009_SLA_Northern_offensive">as the Sri Lankan forces closed in on the Tamil Tigers' last remaining</a> strongholds, with the result being the deaths of hundreds if not thousands of civilians trapped in the crossfire.&nbsp; Evidence of <a href="http://www.septicisle.info/index.php?q=/2011/06/if-it-bleeds-it-sometimes-leads.html">war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan military following</a> their eventual victory and the Tigers' belated surrender is also abundant.<br /><br />Relating this to Gaza, Israel has no intention of fully reoccupying the Strip <a href="http://www.jpost.com/Defense/IAF-strikes-Gaza-after-rocket-fire-sets-Sderot-factory-ablaze-360868">despite calls for just that from the far-right</a>, not least as it would give the militant groups ever greater opportunities of abducting soldiers than "Operation Protective Edge" currently has.&nbsp; It can't then force a victory that way.&nbsp; It can try and exhaust the very ability of Hamas and Islamic Jihad etc to resist by keeping the military operation going for so long that their stockpiled caches of rockets and ammunition are completely depleted, but they can't know how long that will take, nor is there a guarantee the political pressure from the international community won't, finally, become too much to ignore.&nbsp; Similarly, they don't know how many actual fighters Hamas etc have, nor can they trust their actions won't have pushed those with sympathy for the militant groups into joining/rejoining.<br /><br />Just as there can only be peace through a negotiated settlement, so it appears there can now only be no peace through negotiations.&nbsp; This is what is meant <a href="http://www.timesofisrael.com/pm-wants-gaza-demilitarized-and-the-world-agrees-but-how/">by the idea of "demilitarising" Gaza</a>, something we've heard a lot of the past few days.&nbsp; While it's not by any means clear just how "demilitarising" Gaza would be achieved, as the idea of UN monitors disarming Hamas while at the same time trying to provide for the hundreds of thousands <a href="http://www.unrwa.org/gaza-emergency">reliant on UNRWA's various programmes</a>, the implications are obvious.&nbsp; Hamas, despite all the obstacles in its path, including the blockade and deteriorating relations with former allies such as Syria and Iran, has succeeded in becoming just that little more like Hezbollah in Lebanon.&nbsp; During <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Cast_Lead">Operation Cast Lead</a>, Hamas or other groups killed 6 Israeli soldiers.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2014/jul/30/gaza-another-un-school-hit-in-further-night-of-fierce-bombardment#block-53d943c9e4b09f89ae839918">56 have so far been killed in this latest conflict</a>, including 5 inside Israel itself when Hamas used one of its <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=5NAhozItSq0">"terror tunnels" to attack a military outpost</a>.<br /><br />This only underlines how the outside world and almost certainly Israel herself <a href="http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/07/14/cant_kill_hamas_make_it_stronger_protective_edge_israel_gaza">have underestimated Hamas</a>.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.jpost.com/National-News/Lapid-Hamas-is-weaker-than-ever-361893">We were told Hamas was weak</a>, <a href="http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/07/12/israels-quandary-hamas-probably-weak-enough-to-eradicate-but-whoever-takes-their-place-will-likely-be-worse/">how it resorted to war as a sign of its decline</a>, and it's true the <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/02/palestinian-unity-government-sworn-in-fatah-hamas">unity government deal suggested Hamas</a> knew its position was ebbing.&nbsp; Only now do we discover that in fact Hamas has spent its time in Gaza preparing for just such a conflict, building the underground infrastructure any resistance group confined to a small area of land would need to store its weaponry.&nbsp; It's also the case the tunnels provided <a href="http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/7/23/gaza-undergroundhamastunnels.html">Gazans with necessities denied by the blockade</a>, as well as the <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/shortcuts/2013/may/19/kfc-smugglers-of-gaza">odd luxury</a> (if fried chicken can ever be described as such).&nbsp; Nor is Hamas given any credit for its changes in strategy.&nbsp; It still has its <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamas_Covenant">repellent, antisemitic charter which calls for Israel's destruction</a>, but it has long since moved away from the suicide attacks that did so much damage to the Palestinian cause.&nbsp; Had they wanted to they could have sent bombers through the tunnels; instead those who haven't been obliterated the second they stepped into Israel went for military targets.<br /><br />Hamas then must be disarmed, not because its rockets threaten Israeli civilians in any meaningful sense, but as it now seems more formidable than before.&nbsp; Israel has spent the last few years safe in the knowledge that <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/23/world/middleeast/palestinians-criticize-abbas-for-public-fatah-feud-at-delicate-time-diplomatically.html">Fatah is as corrupt and broken as it has ever been</a>, while Hamas has been isolated and contained in Gaza, a situation especially useful for <a href="http://www.septicisle.info/index.php?q=/2012/11/the-cynicism-of-terrorist-state.html">proving the governing party's military mettle</a> prior to elections.&nbsp; The reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas, itself in response to Israel yet again<a href="http://www.newrepublic.com/article/118751/how-israel-palestine-peace-deal-died"> not living up to promises made</a> in an effort to kick start peace talks, led to Israel taking the opportunity presented <a href="http://www.septicisle.info/index.php?q=/2014/07/a-price-to-be-paid.html">by the kidnap/murder of three teenagers</a> to pre-emptively strike against Hamas in the West Bank, which in turn brought us to where we are now.<br /><br />We shouldn't pretend the political mood is shifting against Israel when it isn't. Philip Hammond is right to say it is <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/30/gaza-crisis-israel-undermining-support-west-philip-hammond">undermining its own support</a>, but it seems however much Israeli politicians <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/10994154/John-Kerry-is-an-alien-an-ongoing-embarrassment-what-Israel-thinks-of-US-secretary-of-state.html">insult and lecture both Obama and John Kerry</a> neither is prepared to take <a href="http://www.jta.org/2014/07/30/news-opinion/politics/senate-backs-israels-goals-in-gaza-conflict#ixzz38z0QAb85">on the lobby in the country</a>. The real, significant change is at the lower level, where&nbsp;the voices of journalists are being heard before false balance is added later.&nbsp; When hardened hacks <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2014/jul/30/gaza-another-un-school-hit-in-further-night-of-fierce-bombardment#block-53d8aae3e4b08005b3cfd4e6">say the situation is as bad as they've experienced</a>, and n<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACgwr2Nj_GQ">ews anchors make clear their disquiet</a>, it's ever harder for the frankly increasingly laughable IDF propaganda to affect the picture.&nbsp; The "most moral" army on the planet, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jul/28/israeli-military-most-moral-no-more-outrage-indifference">which once did worry about so-called collateral damage</a>, <a href="http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4550882,00.html">now tells desperate lies</a> or not even that when it <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/30/world-disgrace-gaza-un-shelter-school-israel">shells UN schools</a> or kills children playing on the beach.&nbsp; Shortly, if not now, Israel will no longer be able carry on as it long as.&nbsp; That, even as the slaughter continues, is the very slightest of silver linings.</span>http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2014/07/israel-snatches-defeat-from-jaws-of.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-7272511851518040377Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:12:00 +00002014-07-29T20:17:54.837+01:00Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalitionDavid Cameronimmigrationimmigration policyLabourpoliticssilly seasonDavid Cameron will find you.<span style="font-family: georgia; font-size: 130%;">It's Tuesday, it's the dog days of July, so it must be time for a reprise of the who can be the most reprehensible cunt to immigrants act. You might recall last year around this time <a href="http://www.septicisle.info/index.php?q=/2013/07/silly-racism-season.html">the Home Office sent round their "go home" vans</a>, a move we're now informed <a href="http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/comment/profiles/article1436306.ece">wasn't the brainchild of Lynton Crosby</a>, will wonders never cease. <a href="http://www.septicisle.info/index.php?q=/2013/10/the-immigration-monster-and-go-home-vans.html">It wasn't a complete success</a>, truth be told, but a majority didn't think it was racist and those that way inclined probably quite liked the message.<br /><br />Facts you see don't enter this equation.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/immigration/10995875/David-Cameron-Were-building-an-immigration-system-that-puts-Britain-first.html">According to our fabulous prime minister</a> Labour operated a "no questions asked" approach to benefits and this acted as a "magnetic pull" to migrants, or presumably at least those with an iron constitution.&nbsp; <a href="http://leftfootforward.org/2014/07/no-evidence-the-benefit-system-acts-as-a-magnetic-pull/#more-87112">This contradicts just about every piece of evidence</a> we have about why those from the accession 8 countries came here, <a href="http://www.politics.co.uk/news/2014/07/09/the-benefits-tourism-myth-official-study-finds-migrants-have">with the Migration Advisory Committee most recently finding little</a> to support such claims, but no matter.<br /><br />As well as announcing <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-28537663">a further limitation on the time</a> those from EU countries can claim Jobseeker's Allowance, <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-28544715">a change it's estimated will affect around a whole 5,000 people</a>, Cameron was also channelling his inner Liam Neeson.&nbsp; Apparently if you're an illegal immigrant, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&amp;v=6P9rnlOAGWs#t=117">he will find you <s>and he will kill you</s></a>.&nbsp; To make clear just how serious he is, he went along on a raid, <a href="http://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2014/07/trophy-pictures/">and was filmed by the BBC chillaxing</a> in the <s>victim's</s> alleged criminal's kitchen with Theresa May.&nbsp; It's probably worth noting as this point how Mark Harper, who had to resign as a minister earlier in the year after he was found to be employing an illegal immigrant as a cleaner, got a job back in the reshuffle, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jul/23/isabella-acevedo-immigration-minister-cleaner-yarls-wood-mark-harper">while Isabella Acevedo is waiting to be deported</a>, separated from her teenage daughter.&nbsp; Ah, justice.<br /><br />It doesn't matter all this is self-defeating in the extreme.&nbsp; Politicians simply aren't listened to on immigration any longer, and haven't been for quite some time now, <a href="http://www.septicisle.info/index.php?q=/2013/12/thing-of-year-immigration-monster.html">the reason being they took their cue from the tabloids</a>, made all these foolish promises about limiting it, and haven't done so because they can't.&nbsp; Rather than start admitting they can't and return to making the argument immigration is positive overall, while the negatives can be tackled through careful targeting of the areas which have seen the most change, like reckless gamblers they keep doubling down.&nbsp; Cameron is still, still, insisting his beyond idiotic target of bringing net migration down to the tens of thousands can be achieved, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jul/29/david-cameron-illegal-immigrants-find-you-send-home">while Labour continues trying to one up the Tories</a>.&nbsp; Adding illegal immigration to the mix is just asking for it; the days of the Liberal Democrats calling for an amnesty, the only even remotely workable solution, and one which would bring the exchequer hundreds of millions (at least) in extra revenue, are long gone.&nbsp; Instead they must all be found and sent home.&nbsp; Just like Lucan, Shergar and Madeleine McCann will be (apologies).</span>http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2014/07/david-cameron-will-find-you.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-2854095122329754219Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:52:00 +00002014-07-29T17:52:49.710+01:00mockeryScum-watchsilly seasonSun-watchtabloid stupidityBoy, 4, has the mark of Murdoch.<span style="font-family: georgia; font-size: 130%;"><a href="http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0CCIQFjAA&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thesun.co.uk%2Fsol%2Fhomepage%2Fnews%2F5788731%2FParents-horrified-after-mark-of-the-devil-appears-on-4yr-old-sons-chest-leaving-docs-baffled.html&amp;ei=48PXU8qtIoib0QWsnIGACg&amp;usg=AFQjCNH19GSAcEIf-1c59HLGtavT4Hj6Gw&amp;sig2=xBMeTD7rJBOiZwEqizE64w">The parents of a boy, 4</a>, were horrified when a "mark of Rupert Murdoch" appeared on his forehead.<br /><br />Tracy Gardner and Nobby Torchwood spotted the dollar symbol as they got their son, Keith, out of bed one morning.<br /><br />The sinister sign of the evil one is proving a devil to explain.&nbsp; The imprint has baffled his parents, teachers and even the family's GP, all of whom are apparently as thick as pig shit.&nbsp; Or we might be making this background detail up.<br /><br />Shocked Tracy, born yesterday, of Salem, West Norwood Cassette Library, said: “It’s a nightmare. Some people have said it’s the symbol of Mammon — the sign of the worship of money above everything else — which has been very upsetting.<br /><br /> “Just looking at it made me shake thinking the soul of that terrible man had visited my boy.&nbsp; Something or someone had made the sign on him but we just can't explain how, as neither Nobby or I have the power of independent thought, believing instead everything we see on Channel 5.”<br /><br />Wondering if it might be a skin infection or rash, they took Keith to their GP, Dr. Nick Riveria.<br /><br />"He too was baffled.&nbsp; He recommended we take him for an MRI scan, privately, as the NHS is very pushed at the moment.&nbsp; We didn't however have the £5,000 to spare."<br /><br />Worried Tracy put a picture of Keith on Facebook, where it soon received 5 likes, and attracted a comment from among others, Tom Watson MP.&nbsp; "Clearly this boy has been touched by a presence not unlike the one that made me start believing the claims of ludicrous Tory MPs of the 1980s.&nbsp; We need a public inquiry into this right now."<br /><br />Other MPs have also since raised their concerns, as parliament is in recess and they have to keep tweeting in order to give the impression they're doing something.&nbsp; "What possible justification can there be for calling the Sun a newspaper," Abraham Shelley didn't ask, "when it publishes trash not even the cheaper knock-offs of Take a Break would touch with a ten foot pole?&nbsp; That's the real issue, especially when the parents of the boy obviously sold the story and don't care about their or his privacy in the first place."<br /><br /><b>THE SUN SAYS</b><br /><br />Our story is totally justified on two grounds.&nbsp; First, it's the silly season, and the rest of the press are filling their pages with similar guff.&nbsp; It's not as though there's civil war in Libya, massacre after massacre in Gaza or conflict in Ukraine we could be reporting on.&nbsp; That costs money.<br /><br />Second, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/jul/29/the-sundevil-satan-boy-outrage-chest">every time there's OUTRAGE about something</a> we just get more attention, clicks and subscribers.&nbsp; Last time we checked Mail Online has 190m unique visitors a month, despite Twitter and the chattering classes hating the paper with a passion.&nbsp; You're feeding us, you gullible, keyboard slamming morons.</span>http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2014/07/boy-4-has-mark-of-murdoch.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-1897567832703386192Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:06:00 +00002014-07-28T18:06:24.717+01:00GazaGazaUnderAttackHamasIDFIsraelIsrael-PalestinePalestinepoetryOur country is a graveyard.<span style="font-family: georgia; font-size: 130%;">Gentlemen, you have transformed<br />our country into a graveyard<br />You have planted bullets in our heads,<br />and organized massacres<br />Gentlemen, nothing passes like that<br />without account<br />All that you have done<br />to our people is<br />registered in notebooks<br /><br />Tawfiq Zayad (<a href="http://angryarab.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/our-country-is-graveyard-but-tawfiq.html">Asad AbuKhalil's translation.</a>)</span> http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2014/07/our-country-is-graveyard.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-3256258955569776324Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:01:00 +00002014-07-28T18:01:45.657+01:00abuses by tabloidsAndy CoulsonHack AttackNews of the ScrewsNews of the WorldNick DaviesThe class of the News of the World.<span style="font-family: georgia; font-size: 130%;"><a href="http://www.randomhouse.co.uk/editions/hack-attack/9781448114344">Nick Davies' Hack Attack</a> <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/jul/25/-sp-rupert-murdoch-passive-power-hack-attack-nick-davies">looks to be</a> <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/2014/jul/28/-sp-bullying-hypocrisy-andy-coulson-reign-news-of-the-world-hack-attack-nick-davies">as essential reading</a> <a href="http://www.septicisle.info/index.php?q=/2008/02/book-review-flat-earth-news-by-nick.html">as Flat Earth News was</a>:<br /><br /></span><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><span style="font-family: georgia; font-size: 130%;">Hoare was furious with him one time when Hoare brought in a story about a famous actress only to find that Coulson, first, refused to publish it; second, took the famous actress on holiday; third, was clearly being rewarded in her bed; fourth, and worst of all, told the famous actress how Hoare had managed to get the story in the first place, with the result that the source was exposed and lost forever.</span><br /><span style="font-family: georgia; font-size: 130%;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia; font-size: 130%;">When Hoare discovered all this, he told Coulson direct and to his face that he was a “complete cunt”. Coulson replied with a line which became a regular catchphrase as he worked his way upwards: “I’ll make itup to you, mate.” As though it didn’t matter what you did, because you could always throw a favour in somebody’s direction and just move on.</span><br /><span style="font-family: georgia; font-size: 130%;">...</span><br /><span style="font-family: georgia; font-size: 130%;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia; font-size: 130%;">There is a story that Coulson’s assistant editor Ian Edmondson often liked to tell, about the time when he was still only a junior reporter on the News of the World and he had a girlfriend who was a reporter on another newspaper. He liked to call her “Boobs”. It so happened, he would explain, that Boobs made friends with Tracy Shaw, a particularly eye-catching young actor from Coronation Street who was of great interest to the tabloids. As Edmondson told it, there was one night when the two women had gone out on the town together and afterwards, Boobs had confided in him that Shaw had done some coke. This was obviously a secret, he would say, and one which could cause trouble for Shaw and potentially for his girlfriend – but also it was obviously a good story for the News of the World. So, he recalled with some relish, he had persuaded the trusting Boobs to tell him the whole tale again, secretly recorded her every word and gave it to the paper.</span><br /><span style="font-family: georgia; font-size: 130%;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia; font-size: 130%;">... </span><br /><span style="font-family: georgia; font-size: 130%;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia; font-size: 130%;">But Weatherup was no kind of street fighter. He appeared to be stuck in a 1970s time warp, playing the John Travolta part in Saturday Night Fever. He wore expensive suits and special gloves for driving and he had a well-known tendency, at the first sight of a sunny day, to turn up in the office in tight-fitting white tennis shorts; and an equally well-known tendency to slide up behind the young female reporters and massage their shoulders or even kiss their necks.</span><br /><span style="font-family: georgia; font-size: 130%;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia; font-size: 130%;">... </span><br /><span style="font-family: georgia; font-size: 130%;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia; font-size: 130%;">During the spring of 2005, for example, he (Coulson) personally oversaw a project to snatch an interview with the Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe, in Broadmoor psychiatric hospital, where he was serving his time for the murder of 13 women. This was kept very secret.</span><br /><span style="font-family: georgia; font-size: 130%;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia; font-size: 130%;">The reporter on the job was instructed not to tell colleagues. For maximum discretion, any senior editor could have managed the job, but Coulson liked to think he knew how to run an investigation and he duly authorised the payment of a hefty fee to Sutcliffe’s brother, Carl, and also the purchase of a camera and recorder that were specially designed to trick the metal detectors at Broadmoor. Carl Sutcliffe concealed them inside a plaster cast and visited his unsuspecting brother who then found himself splashed across the News of the World, primarily on the grounds that he had become fat – “a balding 17-stone slob”, as the paper put it.</span><br /><span style="font-family: georgia; font-size: 130%;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia; font-size: 130%;">... </span><br /><span style="font-family: georgia; font-size: 130%;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia; font-size: 130%;">Some sources were naive. They would tell their story before getting a signed contract and would simply never be paid. One woman agreed to talk on the promise that the News of the World would pay for her to have a good holiday. When she tried to claim her reward, an editor declared that she was from up north, so she could stay in a caravan, for £150. Some got contracts and fell for an easy trick. The contract promised them big money if the story went on the front page. The reporter knew very well it would go inside the paper but kept that quiet. When the story came out and the source begged for something, anything, the reporter would offer them a tiny fee and, as one put it: “You wear them down and, in the end, they’ll take buttons.” A few – including a woman who had been raped by a footballer – fell foul of a clause which said that to the best of the source’s knowledge, the story must be true: the News of the World printed the story, claimed the source had been knowingly wrong about some part of it and refused to pay up.</span><br /><span style="font-family: georgia; font-size: 130%;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia; font-size: 130%;">...</span><br /><span style="font-family: georgia; font-size: 130%;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: georgia; font-size: 130%;">The paper ruined a long list of more or less famous men by exposing the fact that they had visited prostitutes. And yet, in search of more of these stories, one News of the World reporter was told to make contacts among high-class sex workers with the specific instruction that he should have sex with them, do cocaine with them and claim it all on expenses. So he did.</span></blockquote>http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-class-of-news-of-world.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-4625222599815804742Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:27:00 +00002014-07-25T22:24:11.081+01:00indiemiscellanymusicnon-politicspost-dubstepyoutube video postsSucking on the hose pipe.<center><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/vNk-yG_mv0k" width="480"></iframe><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/CVnQEvm-Efs" width="480"></iframe></center>http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2014/07/sucking-on-hose-pipe.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-1610320062766740186Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:26:00 +00002014-07-24T21:26:26.370+01:00GazaGazaUnderAttackHamasIDFIsraelIsrael-PalestinePalestinepoliticsThe (Palestinian) right to death.<span style="font-family: georgia; font-size: 130%;">Shall we cut straight to the chase this time?&nbsp; As we know, <a href="https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BsXALi1CEAEFCFq.jpg:large">Hamas stores its rockets in schools, hospitals, mosques</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/EjmAlrai/status/490813833406320640">ambulances</a> and so on and so forth.&nbsp; There is a certain amount of truth to these claims: UNRWA has twice in recent days <a href="http://www.unrwa.org/newsroom/press-releases/unrwa-strongly-condemns-shelling-school-gaza-sheltering-civilians-and-calls">discovered rockets hidden in vacant schools</a>, something it has condemned in the strongest possible terms.&nbsp; The key word there though is vacant schools; regardless of what Hamas and the other militant groups are, they do not store rockets in places where civilians are sheltering from the violence.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/24/israeli-strike-un-school-gaza-kills-women-children">When the IDF then shells an UNRWA school</a> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28468526">where hundreds of people were taking refuge</a>, it knows precisely what it's doing.&nbsp; When they say terrorists store weapons in all the places mentioned above they're making clear they reserve the right to attack anywhere; it's a defence in advance.&nbsp; When those shells kill 15 innocents, all the IDF can do is try and divert some of the blame, even it involves telling easily disprovable lies.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.idfblog.com/blog/2014/07/24/hamas/">According to the IDF, there was a humanitarian window</a> between 10:00 and 14:00 today when those sheltering in the school could have left to try and find somewhere else to escape the violence.&nbsp; Instead, Hamas apparently prevented them from leaving.&nbsp; This is news to UNRWA, <a href="https://twitter.com/ChrisGunness/status/492299360164519936">who say they tried to coordinate exactly such a window</a> and it was never granted.&nbsp; In any case, Hamas continued firing from Beit Hanoun.&nbsp; The IDF was responding to that fire.&nbsp; By shelling <a href="https://twitter.com/ChrisGunness/status/492298945125576706">a school they had the exact coordinates of</a>, where they knew there were hundreds of civilians who wanted to leave but couldn't.<br /><br />Something about this story doesn't add up.&nbsp; To be precise, this is the sort of story a five-year-old would find difficult to believe.&nbsp; It leads you to one conclusion, and one conclusion only: the IDF doesn't care what it hits in Gaza, and it will always blame Hamas regardless of how bad it looks.&nbsp; This is the exact sort of behaviour we condemn when it's the Syrian military doing it.&nbsp; They're the same kind of lies we find outrageous when they're told by the Russians.&nbsp; Yet still our representatives will keep repeating Israel has the right to defend itself.&nbsp; The Palestinians, <a href="http://www.septicisle.info/index.php?q=/2014/07/you-will-be-buried-in-same-box-as-killer.html">as said before</a>, only have the right to die.</span>http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-palestinian-right-to-death.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-14422435.post-1149529478827597065Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:43:00 +00002014-07-23T23:43:11.022+01:00antisemitismBenjamin NetanyahuDavid WardGazaGazaUnderAttackHamasIsraelIsrael-PalestineLiberal DemocratsPalestinepoliticsWhen words are not equal.<span style="font-family: georgia; font-size: 130%;">And what do you know, about alienation honey? Yeah please, explain how it feels.<br /><br />There are numerous ways to shut down debate when it comes to Israel/Palestine.&nbsp; The most obvious, and the most used and abused, is to cry antisemitism, although it must be stressed the line between vehement anti-Zionism and antisemitism is often an extremely fine one.&nbsp; We saw this not too long ago <a href="http://www.septicisle.info/index.php?q=/2013/01/do-we-have-to-go-through-this-again.html">when the Israeli ambassador to the UK denounced</a> <a href="http://www.thecommentator.com/article/2577/sunday_times_blood_libel_cartoon_on_holocaust_memorial_day_no_less">a Gerald Scarfe cartoon in the Sunday Times</a> (having read a copy at the weekend, calling it a comic does a disservice to the Beano) as antisemitic on the grounds he portrayed Binyamin Netanyahu with a big nose, encasing Palestinians in a wall where the bricks were held together with blood.&nbsp; This apparently invoked the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_libel">blood libel </a>and the age old antisemitic trope of caricaturing Jews as having big/long facial appendages.&nbsp; As I noted at the time, it's fine for those who want to cry racism to do so on flimsy evidence, <a href="http://www.nationmultimedia.com/breakingnews/Twitter-remains-unprofitable-despite-leap-in-sales-30232589.html?utm_source=The+Nation&amp;utm_medium=twitter">as Twitter would be even more unprofitable</a> than it currently is if people didn't; when actual state actors start doing it to silence criticism, something much more sinister is at work.<br /><br />Today we have a wonderful new example of the disparity in the nature of the discourse.&nbsp; As they have in the past, <a href="http://972mag.com/what-no-country-in-the-world-should-tolerate/93485/">Israeli politicians and those defending Israel's actions in Gaza</a> have asked what other countries would do were they subjected to barrages of rockets on their towns and cities.&nbsp; <a href="http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/11/18/15257041-obama-israel-has-every-right-to-defend-itself-from-gaza-missile-attacks?lite">No nation could tolerate it</a>, they say.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/israelgaza-conflict-rockets-fired-at-the-houses-of-parliament-in-idf-propaganda-image-intended-to-justify-gaza-offensive-9619380.html">The IDF went so far as to photoshop an image</a> of the House of Commons under just such an attack, questioning what we'd do then.&nbsp; This obviously ignores how we dealt with the threat posed by the IRA, or how other countries which have faced down terrorist groups have done so without imposing <a href="http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/07/22/here-s-how-big-gaza-comparison-some-cities-around-world">a permanent siege on a heavily populated but relatively small city</a>, but as the Israeli prime minister said, <a href="http://www.newrepublic.com/article/118751/how-israel-palestine-peace-deal-died">only Israel understands Israel</a>.<br /><br />When Lib Dem MP David Ward tweeted, saying <a href="https://twitter.com/DavidWardMP/status/491653069424558081">"If I were in Gaza, would I fire a rocket? Probably yes"</a> he was conducting a similar thought experiment.&nbsp; You could say it's a rather redundant one, as transplanting yourself into such a situation without also taking into account how different your life would be makes it likely your entire world view would also be drastically altered, but at the same time it raises the question. What would you do? Would you resist as well, even if not necessarily alongside Hamas?&nbsp; I find it likely I probably would.<br /><br />Even to pose the question <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/jul/23/lib-dem-david-ward-refuses-apologise-gaza-tweet">the other way it seems is to provide Hamas with succour</a>, to suggest there is an equivalence between Hamas rockets and Israel defending itself.&nbsp; Palestinians, as we really should have learned by now, don't have the same right to target those the UN says may have committed war crimes.&nbsp; Indeed, according to the berk's berk, Tory chairman Grant Shapps, Ward's tweet may have incited violence, while Labour's Douglas Alexander said his "vile comments are as revealing as they are repellent".&nbsp; Quickly the party issued a statement clarifying the obvious, that he was pointing out how people can be driven to such desperate measures, but not before the <a href="http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=130&amp;Blog_ID=1217">Board of Deputies of British Jews</a> said Nick Clegg should expel Ward from the party.&nbsp; Just as with everything else, words are simply not equal.</span>http://septicisle1.blogspot.com/2014/07/when-words-are-not-equal.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (septicisle)0